Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Andrea Nuciforo's Corruption! INSURANCE. Also see Denis Guyer, Carmen Massimiano, Daniel Bosley.

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Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr.
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"Ex-senator moving on insurance position: Six say Nuciforo sought advice"
By Frank Phillips, (Boston) Globe Staff, January 16, 2007

Former state senator Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr., who was sworn in two weeks ago as Berkshire County register of deeds, is already moving on to his next job search: a bid to become Governor Deval Patrick's commissioner of insurance.

Nuciforo, who has been the Senate chairman of the committee that oversees the state's heavily regulated insurance industry, has told his former colleagues and politically connected figures on Beacon Hill that he wants the insurance post, which would pay about $120,000 a year. The move would require him to resign as register, which pays him about $80,000 a year but also permits him to practice law.

Nuciforo, a Pittsfield Democrat, did not return calls over the last several days seeking comment. Nuciforo's former Senate aide, Patrick J. Quirk, said the senator would have no comment other than he would be "flattered" to be considered for a position in the Patrick administration.

But six of his former Senate and political colleagues on Beacon Hill have told the Globe that he has sought their advice and help in seeking the insurance post.

It is not clear what chance Nuciforo has in landing the position in the Patrick administration. A senior adviser to the governor said the former state senator probably would not get the position, although he may be granted an interview. Patrick's press secretary, Kyle Sullivan, said the administration does not comment on "pending personnel matters."

Nuciforo's campaign to become insurance commissioner has confounded many of his former colleagues in the State House and stirred the political world in Pittsfield, where Nuciforo has been a popular state senator for 10 years.

Last March, he shocked local political observers when he announced he would not seek reelection and instead run for the register of deeds position that was being vacated.

Because he was a popular senator with a bulging campaign account, his presence in the campaign for register persuaded two other contestants, including a former Pittsfield mayor who once served as his aide, to drop out of the race. He ran unopposed in the primary and general election, taking over what is considered a political sinecure.

Nuciforo, a 10-year incumbent whose final Senate term ended Jan. 2, was deeply involved in several controversial auto insurance reform proposals designed to change the way auto insurance is regulated in Massachusetts, including plans by several major firms and former governor Mitt Romney that sought to create a more competitive market.

Nuciforo , the former Senate chairman of the Financial Services Committee, came out strongly against House legislation proposed last June that would have phased out state-set rates and phase in competitive rate setting over five years. He predicted that if it passed the House, the bill would be "dead on arrival" in the Senate, contending it was "consumer-unfriendly." He and other critics said it would sharply increase premiums for drivers in urban areas.

Commerce Insurance Co., the state's largest auto insurer, has lobbied heavily against many of the proposals on Beacon Hill, contending that proposals to overhaul the system would raise rates for drivers in urban areas. Those opponents say the legislation would reduce subsidies that currently flow from suburban and rural drivers to urban motorists.

Nuciforo collected $11,000 in political donations from Commerce executives in the last year. As his committee considered the bill last year, he also collected donations from insurance company executives who wanted more autonomy in setting rates. Massachusetts is the only state in which regulators set auto insurance rates.

Patrick has yet to clearly outline his views on insurance reform, although during the campaign last year, he said he would like to see more competition.

Nuciforo has focused his private law practice on insurance issues during the time he chaired the committee. He is listed as "of counsel" to Berman & Dowell, a Boston law firm that cites insurance defense as one of its three practice groups. He joined the firm the year he became committee chairman. Nuciforo's practice area is listed "insurance coverage" and "insurance defense , " according to the firm's website. That legal work entails defense work for insurance companies against claimants.

According to the firm's promotional material, Joseph S. Berman, a partner, "leads the insurance defense group which provides clients with aggressive and cost-effective representation in a broad range of insurance matters, including insurance defense, coverage, and the defense of unfair insurance practices lawsuits."

Berman said in an interview several months ago that Nuciforo does not refer insurance defense work to him or others in the firm.

Nuciforo, who made $72,000 a year as a state senator, listed receiving $15,000 in income from the law firm in 2005, according to his latest financial statements filed with the State Ethics Committee.

Last week, Patrick fired Julianne M. Bowler, Romney's insurance commissioner, who was implementing an assigned risk plan, in which as many as 1 million of the state's drivers would be randomly assigned to carriers based on market share. The plan marked a radical change from current policy.

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"Nuciforo angles for state post: Registry position exit would raise eyebrows"
By Jack Dew and Hillary Chabot, Berkshire Eagle Staff
Wednesday, January 17, 2007

PITTSFIELD — If former state Sen. Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr. leaves his new job as Middle Berkshire register of deeds, it would create an opening in the county's best-paying elected office.

The Boston Globe reported yesterday that six of Nuciforo's "former Senate and political colleagues" have said he is seeking a position as Gov. Deval L. Patrick's commissioner of insurance, a job that would pay $120,000 a year. The deeds position, meanwhile, pays $80,000 annually.

The insurance commissioner's position would be a logical step from Nuciforo's role in the Senate, where he presided over the Financial Services Committee, which includes the state's insurance industry in its portfolio.

Patrick's administration has not commented on The Globe's report, and Patrick spokesman Kyle Sullivan would not say whether Nuciforo is a candidate for the insurance post.

"We do not comment on pending personnel matters," Sullivan said.

Nuciforo left the Senate in January after serving 10 years, saying he had never intended to spend his career on Beacon Hill and that a decade of commuting to Boston was enough.

He was elected in November to replace the outgoing Middle Berkshire register, Mary K. O'Brien. But even before Nuciforo was sworn in to the six-year term, there were reports in Berkshire political circles that he would forgo that job for a post in the Patrick administration.

Those same reports said Secretary of State William F. Galvin would appoint his friend and close political ally, Gerald S. Doyle Jr., to the deeds office. Doyle was Pittsfield's mayor from 1997 to 2001.

Doyle said yesterday that he has had no conversations with Galvin about any such plans. If the job were offered, he said, he would "keep an open mind."

According to the secretary of state's office, the deeds post would be filled by appointment until the next state election is held in 2008. The office did not comment on the Nuciforo situation.

Nuciforo's departure would perpetuate the recent Berkshire political merry-go-round. The race for his seat drew a host of political veterans and newcomers, and was won by Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, in his first campaign for political office.

Just as the dust from that race was settling, state Rep. Daniel E. Bosley announced he was stepping down from the Legislature to join Patrick's cabinet. Candidates had begun lining up for Bosley's seat when he changed his mind and said he would stay in the Statehouse.

Bosley said he wouldn't be surprised if Nuciforo were a candidate for the insurance commissioner's job.

"(Nuciforo) is a person who has more than a passing (interest) in this stuff," Bosley said. "If the governor calls you, you listen. And if they are looking for someone with expertise, they would at least look at him."

Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, said he heard rumors as soon as Nuciforo was elected to the registry position that the former senator was lobbying for the insurance job.

Other colleagues, such as Sen. Stephen Brewer, D-Barre, wouldn't say whether Nuciforo had discussed the position with them.

"Even if we did talk about it, I couldn't divulge that. I would never discuss a private conversation," Brewer said, adding that Nuciforo would be a perfect fit for the job. "I think the world of him. He's bright and he's fair and he'd make a great insurance commissioner."

While in the Senate, Nuciforo was opposed to ending state control of auto insurance rates. That made him a friend of consumer organizations such as the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group and some insurance companies, and the enemy of insurers that want to see state control end.

During the campaign and his first days in office, Patrick has been largely quiet on insurance. He did, however, cut loose the insurance commissioner who served under Gov. Mitt Romney, Julianne Bowler, who was seen by industry groups as supportive of ending state controls.

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January 16, 2008

Dear News Media, Pols, & the People:

It is hard to believe that one-year has passed by since my 11+-year political ENEMY was FINALLY called on for his CORRUPTION in Massachusetts Politics by "The Boston Globe"!

un-Happy one-year Anniversary, "LUCIFORO!, You no good Son of a Bitch!" no-Good luck on your run against Olver for Congress! Ha ha ha...the laugh is on you!

-Jonathan Alan Melle
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www.jonathanmelleonpolitics.blogspot.com/2007/10/andrea-f-nuciforo-jr-luciforo-devilish.html
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The Boston Globe News Article:

www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/01/16/ex_senator_moving_on_insurance_position/?page=full

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Mary Carey's Blog:

www.aboutamherst.blogspot.com/2007/01/melle-vindicated.html

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"Ruberto Details Plans for Success", By Jen Thomas -iBerkshires.com-, January 07, 2008
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Mayor James M. Ruberto is sworn in by Register of Deeds Andrea Nuciforo as City Councilors Matthew Kerwood and Michael Ward look on at Monday's inaugural ceremony.
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"Nuciforo’s perjury, fraud and conflicts of interest"

This message is for the People of Berkshire County, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the News Media, Concerned Citizens, and State Senate Republican Candidate Dawn Taylor Thompson to understand the illegal and unethical business activities of State Senator Andrea F. Nuciforo II, who is seeking a fifth-term as State Senator this year.

Allegation # One: State Senator Andrea F. Nuciforo II committed perjury in a personal financial disclosure to the Ethics Commission (see Addenda: Appendix B).

Fact # One: Nuciforo stated that he earned all of his “extra income” from his Pittsfield Law Practice during the calendar year of 2003 (see Addenda: Appendix B).

Fact # Two: Nuciforo is one of five corporate Attorneys for a Boston Law Firm (see Addenda: Appendix A).

Fact # Three: Nuciforo never explained his private law practice activities for Berman and Dowell in Boston to the Ethics Commission and the People of Berkshire County.

Conclusion # One: Nuciforo’s perjury to the Ethics Commission is evidenced by the three aforementioned facts. Nuciforo is corrupt (and misleading) by not disclosing all of the sources of his “extra income” to the Ethics Commission. Nuciforo must explain to the People his position as a corporate Attorney for “Berman and Dowell” in Boston. Nuciforo must report and/or be reported for his perjury to the Ethics Commission; and he should explain his corrupt actions to the People of Berkshire County. Nuciforo should be prosecuted for his perjury to the Ethics Commission.

Allegation #2: Nuciforo committed fraud by not reporting his full income to the Ethics Commission.

Fact #1: Nuciforo, as with all Massachusetts and American citizens, are income taxpayers to the state and national governments. Nuciforo’s “extra income” is also subjected to taxation.

Fact #2: Nuciforo is one of five Attorneys with “Berman and Dowell” in Boston.

Fact #3: Nuciforo reported no “extra income” from his position with “Berman and Dowell.”

Conclusion #2: Nuciforo’s “extra income” statements to the Ethics Commission are fraudulent. Nuciforo’s fraud is evidenced by the three aforementioned facts. Nuciforo’s “extra income” is subject to taxation laws of both Massachusetts and U.S. laws. Nuciforo must be investigated for his income reporting to the state of Massachusetts’ Dept. of Revenue and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Nuciforo should be prosecuted for any and all fraudulent income reporting to the DOR and/or IRS.

Allegation #3: Nuciforo committed conflict of interest violations by both sitting as the Chairman of the Committee on Banks and Banking in the Massachusetts State Senate and serving as a Banking Law Attorney for “Berman and Dowell” in Boston.

Fact: See Addenda: Appendix A.

Conclusion #3A: Nuciforo is BOUGHT AND PAID FOR by the Boston special interests!

Conclusion #3B: None of these news items have been reported to the People of Berkshire County. The news media is not effectively reporting the facts and issues to the People. The news media is showing a similar corruption to the disingenuous actions of the politicians. It seems like almost everyone has a price, but only some people and entities are a little more obvious than others.

Note: The three branches of government are (1) the Legislative, (2) the Executive, and (3) the Judicial. The fourth branch –or the fourth estate- is the Press, which is now called the news media.

Author’s Note: I, Jonathan A. Melle, am an American Citizen with U.S. Constitutional Rights and Civil Liberties. I will always speak my good conscience as long as I live!

Addenda

Appendix A

http://bermananddowell.com/attorneys.jsp

Berman & Dowell

210 Commercial Street,

Boston, Massachusetts 02109-1305

Telephone: 617-723-9911

Facsimile: 617-723-6688

Joseph S. Berman

Elizabeth S. Bostwick

John S. Day

Rodney S. Dowell

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ANDREA F. NUCIFORO, JR.

Of Counsel, Email: anuciforo@bermandowell.com

Practice Areas: Professional Liability Defense; Commercial Litigation; Banking Law; Insurance Coverage; Insurance Defense.

Lawyer for Berman & Dowell (a Law Practice industry) from January 1999 — September 2006 (7 years 9 months). "Luciforo" served "Of Counsel" at this Boston-based litigation practice. Source: www.linkedin.com/pub/andrea-f-nuciforo-jr/6/1b/982

Biography: Law Clerk to Chief Judge Frank H. Freedman, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1989-1991. Member, 1997— and Chairman, Committee on Banks and Banking, Massachusetts State Senate, Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District.

Appendix B

"Lawmakers report extra income" published in The Berkshire Eagle on Wednesday, 6/2/04

BOSTON -- Practicing law was a bit more prosperous in 2003 for state Sen. Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr., D-Pittsfield, though it's unclear whether it was the result of the senator working more as a lawyer.

According to a personal financial disclosure to the Ethics Commission, Nuciforo earned $20,897 from his Pittsfield law practice last year, a sharp increase from the $8,400 he earned as an attorney in 2002. In 2000, Nuciforo earned less than $5,000 as an attorney.

One of Nuciforo's areas of expertise is in estate planning.

Compared to many other members of the Legislature, Nuciforo's outside earnings are not significant. Many legislators are also powerful attorneys earning upward of $100,000, while others own lucrative businesses.

Though Nuciforo's lawyer earnings were more than double the previous year, attorneys often explain that there is not always a direct correlation between what they are paid and the number of hours they worked.

Nuciforo did not want to comment, only saying that he stands by his disclosure as fact.

He represents the largest district in the state geographically, with 48 cities and towns. He is also Senate chairman of the Banks and Banking Committee.

Lawmakers and state officials are required to file statements with the Ethics Commission that detail their earnings and personal holdings. They were only required to state dollar ranges when reporting a value of a home or earnings, though some were more specific.

NOTE: The State "Ethics" Commission let Nuciforo off the hook with a CONFIDENTIAL decision. Hmmm.

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10/11/2007

This link used to take you to Nuciforo's Corporate Boston Law Firm web-page:

http://www.bermananddowell.com/jsp2196567.jsp

But now you will NO LONGER find that Nuciforo serves the Corporate Elite for a Private Boston Law Firm named "Berman & Dowell" as a private Corporate Attorney for Boston's big banks and insurance companies.

Now, the link directs you to another web-site:

http://www.lawyers.com/

In the interim, the web-page reads:

WE ARE SORRY...

The page you have requested cannot be found.

Your browser should refresh to http://www.lawyers.com in 10 seconds. If this doesn't occur, click here.

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I (Jonathan Melle) have saved this web-page in the very case that this would happen.

Here you will find that Nuciforo really only serves the Corporate Elite in Boston as a private Corporate Attorney for Boston's big banks and insurance companies.

Berman & Dowell
210 Commercial Street,
Boston, Massachusetts 02109-1305
Telephone: 617-723-9911
Facsimile: 617-723-6688
bermananddowell.com

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.
Of Counsel
Email: anuciforo@bermandowell.com

Practice Areas: Professional Liability Defense; Commercial Litigation; Banking Law; Insurance Coverage; Insurance Defense.

Admitted: 1989, Massachusetts; 1990, New York; 1991, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Law School: Boston University, J.D., 1989

College: University of Massachusetts, B.A., 1986

Member: Berkshire and Massachusetts Bar Associations.

Biography: Law Clerk to Chief Judge Frank H. Freedman, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1989-1991. State Senator, Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District, 1997-2007 and Member, 1997-2007 and Chairman, 1999-2007, Committee on Financial Services, Massachusetts State Senate.

Born: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, February 26, 1964

ISLN: 904108949

Lawyer for Berman & Dowell (a Law Practice industry) from January 1999 — September 2006 (7 years 9 months). "Luciforo" served "Of Counsel" at this Boston-based litigation practice. Source: www.linkedin.com/pub/andrea-f-nuciforo-jr/6/1b/982

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FindLaw > Lawyer Directory > Lawyer

Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr.

Firm: Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.

Address: PO Box 1205
65 Bartlett Ave
Pittsfield, MA 01202-1205

Phone: (413) 499-2244
Fax: (413) 499-7911

West Practice Categories:

Estate Planning

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Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.
Lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts
(Suffolk Co.)

Berman & Dowell
210 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109-1305
Phone: (617) 723-9911
Fax: (617) 723-6688

Lawyer for Berman & Dowell (a Law Practice industry) from January 1999 — September 2006 (7 years 9 months). "Luciforo" served "Of Counsel" at this Boston-based litigation practice. Source: www.linkedin.com/pub/andrea-f-nuciforo-jr/6/1b/982

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www.nuciforo.com

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Welcome to My Online Office

Senate President Robert E. Travaglini recently appointed me to serve as chairman of the newly-formed Committee on Financial Services. The committee will have jurisdiction relating to banks, credit unions, insurance companies, insurance agents, state securities laws, and a variety of other matters.

This assignment, in addition to my membership on the Elder Affairs, Higher Education, Consumer Protection, and Election Laws Committees gives me an extraordinary opportunity to serve the citizens of the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District. The Financial Services committee will consider changes to Massachusetts laws relating to automobile insurance, homeowners insurance, mortgage lending, and other matters that have a direct impact on consumers across the Commonwealth.

I encourage you to visit Nuciforo.com often, as the site will be updated regularly to keep you informed about legislative activities, and upcoming events in western Massachusetts and the State House.

Thank you for the privilege of representing you in the Massachusetts Senate. As always, please feel free to contact me should you need my help.

Sincerely,

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.
State Senator

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Website under construction.
Please call 413-442-6810 with any questions.

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Re: Open Letter to the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
State Ethics Commission
John W. McCormack Office Building
One Ashburton Place
Room 619
Boston, Massachusetts 02108-1501

Attention: Stephen P. Fauteux, Enforcement Division Chief (mgm)

Dear Mr. Fauteux:

Enclosed, please find several news articles, editorials and letters published by “The Berkshire Eagle” entitled: "Challengers face funding obstacles”, “Nuciforo to head panel overseeing auto insurance”, “Nuciforo must show independence in post”, and “Nuciforo’s challenge”. Also, please find a photocopied letter that you sent to me at my previous mailing address in Amherst, NH.

As a former lifelong citizen of the Berkshire region of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until April 6, 2004, I am disturbed by Berkshire State Senator Andrea F. Nuciforo II’s public record of special interest politics. Specifically, Nuciforo has been promoted last month to the position of Senate Chairman of the Financial Services Committee, which will bring in both “intense lobbying and cash donations from the insurance industry” and the banking industry. The problem with this situation continues to be that Nuciforo provides private banking and insurance legal services through the law firm “Berman & Dowell” on 210 Commercial Street in Boston.

Please direct yourself to the following web link: http://bermananddowell.com/jsp2196567.jsp.

This web page even states that Nuciforo’s practice areas include Banking Law, Insurance Coverage and Insurance Defense. This entire situation continues to be evidentially in clear violation of the conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A. Please take appropriate legal action.

Sincerely,

Jonathan A. Melle

NOTE: The State "Ethics" Commission let Nuciforo off the hook with a CONFIDENTIAL decision. Hmmm.

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June 04, 2005

Re: Open Letter to the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
State Ethics Commission
John W. McCormack Office Building
One Ashburton Place
Room 619
Boston, Massachusetts 02108-1501

Attention: Stephen P. Fauteux, Enforcement Division Chief (mgm)

Dear Mr. Fauteux:

Below, please take the time to review the following herein news article published today, June 04, 2005, “Lawmakers disclose finances” (The Berkshire Eagle). ONCE AGAIN, State Senator Andrea F. Nuciforo (D-Pittsfield) is in BLATANT violation of the state’s CONFLICT OF INTEREST LAWS!

It is truly amazing to me that I can still go to the following web pages: http://bermananddowell.com/attorneys.jsp , http://bermananddowell.com/jsp2196567.jsp , and see first-hand that Nuciforo is a corporate banking and insurance lawyer. WHAT KIND OF AGENCY ARE YOU RUNNING, ANYWAY? This is a BLATANT and CONTINUAL and RECURRING VIOLATION OF MANY OF THE LAWS THAT YOUR STATE AGENCY ENFORCES.

By the way, I have been posting these matters on the following web blog: http://berkshireeagle.blogspot.com/ , “Topic: Berkshire County’s Politicians - - - - Local, State, and Federal”. Also, I am emailing this letter I am sending to you today to many of the state’s major and regional newspapers, Berkshire Politicians, and the People for their review.

I BELIEVE VERY STRONGLY SO THAT IF YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES DO NOT STOP THIS VIOLATION THAT YOU SHOULD BE FIRED!

Sincerely,
Jonathan A. Melle

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"Lawmakers disclose finances"
THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
By Erik Arvidson, Eagle Boston Bureau

BOSTON — State Rep. Daniel E. Bosley appears to have curtailed his out-of-state travels over the past year and a half, though he still travels more than most of his colleagues.

The North Adams Democrat, who in years past would rack up tens of thousands of dollars in traveling expenses from trips all over North America, can no longer claim to be one of the most well-traveled members of the House.

In a disclosure filed with the state Ethics Commission this week that details personal financial information, Bosley reported that he received no travel reimbursements in 2004 from the Council of State Governments, a nonprofit organization made up of political leaders from across the country.

A year ago, Bosley disclosed on his report that he had received between $20,000 and $40,000 from the CSG to reimburse him for travel expenses to attend various conferences and meetings.

Bosley was national chairman of the CSG in 2003, and the position required him to attend virtually every significant meeting.

Bosley's campaign finance reports filed with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance show a sharp reduction in travel-related costs.

Between 2002 and 2003, Bosley compiled a total of $37,230 in traveling expenses, including air fare, lodging, taxi fare, conference fees and meals, according to his campaign finance report.

Most of those expenses he paid out of his own pocket, then reimbursed himself with campaign funds.

But in the report filed in January detailing his campaign finance activity for 2004, Bosley charged just $3,606 in traveling expenses to his campaign account. He still owed himself $5,706 in liabilities, which he did not have to describe in detail but presumably included travel costs.

Bosley could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Both of the Berkshires' new House lawmakers were required to file disclosure reports with the Ethics Commission, even though they were not legislators in 2004.

Rep. Denis Guyer, D-Dalton, reported that he earned between $40,000 and $60,000 as a purchasing specialist for Crane & Co. in Dalton, and between $1,000 and $5,000 as a Dalton selectman. His real estate holdings included his primary family residence on Haworth Street.

Rep. Christopher Speranzo, D-Pittsfield, reported that he earned $57,926 between his position as assistant attorney general and Pittsfield's city solicitor. He also listed only his primary residence, on Thomson Place, for real estate.

The base wage for all members of the Legislature is $55,567.

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Sen. Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr., D-Pittsfield, disclosed that he earned $9,460 from his law practice in Pittsfield in 2004. He earned $20,897 from practicing law in 2003.

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State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, did not report any secondary income.

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A Past Berkshire Eagle NEWS ARTICLE: "Insurers swell senator's war chest: Nuciforo able to raise $137,000 in donations" (By Erik Arvidson, Eagle Boston Bureau
The Berkshire Eagle, Saturday, January 21, 2006): "Nuciforo (Luciforo's) top donor was the Webster-based Commerce Insurance Co., the state's largest auto insurer, which had 18 executives or employees donate a total of $9,000. All of them donated the maximum $500 allowed to an individual under the state's campaign finance laws. / Commerce has lobbied the Legislature heavily to retain the current closely regulated system, opposing a plan by Romney to provide drivers with more choice and to introduce more competition."

» Nuciforo's (Luciforo's) top five donors

These are the top five companies that had employees contributing to state Sen. Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr.'s campaign in 2005:
1. Commerce Insurance Co. — $9,000
2. Liberty Mutual — $6,800
3. Nation One Mortgage — $5,350
4. Arbella Insurance Group — $2,400
5. Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas LLP — $1,775]
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The Berkshire Eagle
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"Nuciforo named leader of new finance panel"

BOSTON -- State Sen. Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr., D-Pittsfield, was named Senate chairman of the newly created Financial Services Committee yesterday by Senate President Robert E. Travaglini.

Nuciforo was formerly the chairman of the Banks and Banking Committee, which has been consolidated with the Insurance Commit-tee to form a new joint House-Senate panel that will examine all aspects of the financial services industry.

House and Senate leaders said the new committee was created to keep pace with the changing face of finance and to eliminate overlap.

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The Berkshire Eagle
"Nuciforo to head panel overseeing auto insurance"
By Erik Arvidson, Berkshire Eagle Boston Bureau
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BOSTON -- With his promotion to Senate chairman of the Financial Services Committee, state Sen. Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr., D-Pittsfield, has moved front and center in the debate over the high cost of auto insurance in Massachusetts.

In addition to a $7,500 pay raise -- bringing his annual pay to about $70,000 -- Nuciforo's statewide profile will likely rise as a result of chairing the panel that will be a key voice in the debate over how to make auto insurance rates more affordable.

Nuciforo said he would take a balanced approach to considering matters relating to auto and homeowners insurance, which will be the two biggest areas of concern he will inherit as a result of the committee restructuring.

"It's a very broad jurisdiction this committee will have," Nuciforo said. "I come with an open mind to insurance issues. With auto insurance and homeowners insurance, consumers often complain about the limits of coverage. Auto insurance consumers are unhappy with the rate-setting structure. There are a lot of thorny issues to deal with this year."

There are just 19 auto insurers operating in Massachusetts today, compared to 53 in 1990.

Nuciforo would not say whether he agreed with Gov. Mitt Romney's comments that the current auto insurance system is riddled with fraud and rewards bad drivers.

"I will be meeting with all of the interested parties and will conduct hearings. We'll make the best decisions we can," Nuciforo said. "This will be a good opportunityfor consumeradvocates and representatives of the industry to bring their concernstothe open."

The Financial Services Committee was created as a result of the merger of Nuciforo's old Banks and Banking Committee, and the Insurance Committee.

Nuciforo and his House co-chair counterpart -- who has yet to be named -- will also likely be the subject of intense lobbying and cash donations from the insurance industry.

According to the secretary of state's lobbyist division, the auto, home, and life insurance industries spent a total of $1.46 million in 2004 on lobbyist salaries and contributions to elected officials.

Combined with the reported expenditures of the banking, lending and investment industries, Nuciforo's Financial Services Committee oversees issues that were the subject of $2.6 million in lobbying efforts last year.

The former Senate chairman of the Insurance Committee, Guy W. Glodis of Worcester,received $14,425 in lobbyist donations in just six months in 2003, according to the Metrowest Daily News.

Nuciforo has served as chairman of the Banks and Banking Committee since 1999. Prior to that, he was Senate chairman of the Election Laws Committee.

Senate President Robert E. Travaglini and House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi agreed to restructure the legislative committees to modernize them and make them more efficient.

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NEWS ARTICLE:

"Casino backers fill key coffers: Lobbyists have given the most money to the House speaker, despite his opposition to expanding gaming."
By Hillary Chabot, Eagle Boston Bureau
The Berkshire Eagle, Sunday, September 30, 2007

BOSTON — State politicians looking to fill their campaign coffers might want to consider a new position — casino gambling opponent.

It has worked well for House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, who has battled fiercely against expanded gambling for three years. He took in $10,575 during that period from lobbyists representing casino interests, according to state campaign finance records. That sum is more than any other lawmaker.

Jane Lane, DiMasi's campaign spokeswoman, argued that the donations prove that money cannot always buy votes.

"The speaker has been a longtime opponent of casino gambling," Lane said. "Obviously these donations have had no bearing on his position and are merely a reflection of their support for the speaker's agenda for the state."

But Barbara Anderson, executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation, has a more cynical view.

"I'm not surprised. Why else would you be holding out?" Anderson said. "I always assumed his resistance came from the fact that, as long as the issue is unresolved, people will be paying him to vote with them."

The contributions include DiMasi's political action committee, which uses funds to elect and retain Democrats in the House.

Gov. Deval L. Patrick's plan to bring three resort-style casinos triggered a surge of money from hopeful developers to lobbyists in the past year. But casino lobbyists were busy trying to sway lawmakers' votes long before that. The lobbyists spent $316,321 over the past three years on Massachusetts politicians, with about $7,000, or less than 2 percent, flowing to politicians in the Berkshires.

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Locally, casino opponent Rep. Daniel E. Bosley took in the most in casino lobbyist donations, $3,150, followed by former Sen. Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr. with $2,850. Bosley argues that the lobbyists who represent casinos also represent other businesses. He even has a personal relationship with some of them, including one former aide.
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"People think they're buying influence, and clearly they're not," Bosley said. "It's hard to walk through the halls without walking into somebody who's a casino lobbyist, and it says a lot about my fairness and that they recognize smart, hard-working people despite the fact that we're on opposite sides of the issue."

Casino supporter Treasurer Timothy Cahill got the second most in donations from casino lobbyists, taking in about $9,000. He was an ardent opponent of casinos until this year, when he changed his mind, citing slowing lottery revenues.

"Treasurer Cahill is proud to have had the support of thousands of individual contributors over the years, and he makes his decisions independently of the multiple perspectives these donors represent," said Cahill campaign spokeswoman Laurie Basio. The contributions totaled less than 1 percent of Cahill's total donations over the past three years.

Money for access

Pam Wilmot, executive director of lawmaker watchdog group Common Cause, said that money may not buy votes, but it often buys access.

"Money helps with access to officials. It doesn't necessarily guarantee you'll get your way, but it does get you in the door," Wilmot said.

The biggest contributors include Suffolk Downs at nearly $87,000; Mashpee Wampanoags follow at $35,200; Harrah's entertainment at $28,000; Aquinnah Wampanoag gaming at $23,425; Foxwoods at $23,200; Raynham Taunton Greyhound Park at $21,000; and Plainridge Racetrack at $19,084.

Patrick received about $5,000, and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray pulled in about $6,000. Current Senate President Therese Murray, who supports casinos and has only been president since March, took in $5,600.

Wilmot said there is another reason why money might not sway legislator votes when it comes to casinos. People are watching.

"The antidote to money is citizen participation, and that can be mobilized around a few key issues effectively. This is one of them," Wilmot said.

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Massachusetts

"State may scrap auto insurance appeals: Industry lobbies commissioner to protect premium surcharges", By Glen Johnson, Associated Press, Friday, October 10, 2008

BOSTON — The state's insurance commissioner, addressing a concern of some insurers, is considering eliminating the unique right under which Massachusetts drivers have been able to appeal auto premium surcharges they consider unfair for accidents caused by bad weather, road problems or some other abnormal circumstance.

Each year some 50,000 Massachusetts drivers seek relief from the Division of Insurance's Board of Appeals. Roughly 20,000 people succeed, saving themselves $8 million in insurance surcharges at roughly $400 a pop. There's a 20,000-case backlog at the state Board of Appeals.

But in the latest wrinkle in the "managed competition" insurance system she instituted in April, Insurance Commissioner Nonnie Burns is considering eliminating surcharge appeals as a vestige of the "fixed-and-established" insurance system under which drivers operated for 30 years before last spring.

Insurers argue the appeals process is no longer valid because it is not written into the managed competition law. The law is aimed at lowering premium costs and expanding the number of, and competition between, insurers in the state.

Massachusetts was the only state in the country with an insurance commissioner who set the premium rates that all insurers had to charge. It also was the only one with an appellate board to hear complaints when drivers felt they weren't, in the industry's term, "at fault" in an accident.

In other states, aggrieved parties use the court system, an additional option available in Massachusetts.

Insurance companies also say with the state now requiring them to compete for business through premium prices, how and whether they levy additional surcharges — or repeal them — should be an additional point of competition between them.

Some insurers like Liberty Mutual are already touting "accident forgiveness" plans, in which drivers with an otherwise good record would not face a surcharge if they have an accident. Under the old system, the insurers say, those drivers would have automatically faced a surcharge calculated by the state based on the type and severity of their accident.

Maintaining a standardized set of accident descriptions and penalties "could have the unintended consequence of affecting competition between insurers," said James Harrington, executive director of the Massachusetts Insurance Federation, which represents some of the state's major insurance companies.

Burns and her staff were reluctant to discuss the issue publicly, but she said in a statement: "We continue to examine the many different transition issues carefully and expect to issue further guidance over the next few months on topics ranging from cancellation procedures to surcharges and appeals in order to ensure as smooth a transition as possible."

Experts do not expect the Board of Appeals to disappear entirely, since it also holds hearings on insurance cancellations and license decisions made by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. Redress through the courts would also maintain an option, although the Board of Appeals was created, in part, to speed up the appellate process and conserve court resources.

Drivers who have not renewed their policies also continue to be eligible for surcharge appeals. Even those who have taken advantage of the competition to switch insurers since April 1 are still governed by the existing rules, under a one-year transition period between the old and new systems.

But under the rules Burns still must promulgate, people who have switched policies, and everyone who must renew them in the future, could lose their appellate right under the new regulations.

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Beacon Hill is awash in charges of political corruption. Some fear Senator Dianne Wilkerson could give up additional information to seek a lighter sentence. House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi is accused of ethical failings, and Senate President Therese Murray was subpoenaed.
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"Waves of scandal rattle Beacon Hill"
By Matt Viser and Frank Phillips, Boston Globe Staff, November 2, 2008

Senator Dianne Wilkerson seemed to think last week that her Senate colleagues would go easy on her. And she had reason. All her past indiscretions had been overlooked, and the collegial body that meets in a powder-blue room with cushy chairs has never tried to oust one of its own before a conviction for a crime.

"I trust that you will act consistent with prior practice," Wilkerson wrote in a letter to the Senate president.

But Wilkerson clearly misjudged the size of the shock wave her arrest on bribery charges triggered on Beacon Hill.

Members of the House and Senate - and the Massachusetts public - have already been subjected to a stream of news about the alleged ethical failings of House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi and his close friends. As the taint of corruption settled deeply over the State House last week and subpoenas from the US attorney's office were delivered to top-ranking state officials by the hour, Wilkerson's Senate colleagues quickly moved to purge her.

Beacon Hill is once again awash in charges of political corruption, cronyism, and influence peddling, a spate of scandals that seasoned observers describe as perhaps the worst in three decades. And the sense that shoddy or criminal behavior has become pervasive is peaking just as the state confronts its worst financial crisis in years and needs strong leadership from its elected officials.

"It's really other-worldly, honestly," Senator Mark C. Montigny, a New Bedford Democrat, said of the current atmosphere on Beacon Hill. "What happens at a time like this is it reinforces the worst and the most cynical in politics. And the worst thing a politician can feel is that the public thinks everyone is on the take. Who knows how long we're going to be in the aftermath."

Lawmakers say they are being confronted by angry constituents in the waning days of their reelection campaigns. Top politicians have responded that Wilkerson's arrest by the FBI is based on the alleged actions of one rogue senator and that it does not reflect how Massachusetts politics really works.

But federal investigators have cast a wide net in the case, and some fear that Wilkerson could give up additional information to seek a lighter sentence. Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Maureen Feeney, City Council president, and Senate President Therese Murray have all received federal grand jury subpoenas in the Wilkerson case and have been referenced in one another's subpoenas - creating the appearance of a web of unseemly politicking that stretches from the State House to City Hall.

As one grand jury prepares for testimony in US District Court, DiMasi is under siege, with several ongoing investigations, including a state grand jury probe into more than $2 million in payments paid by a state computer software contractor to three of his close associates. One of the speaker's associates who received payments, his personal accountant, Richard Vitale, gave DiMasi a highly unusual third mortgage on his North End condominium.

"This has got to stop," Representative Cory Atkins, a Democrat from Concord, said of the overall atmosphere. "Voters hate it. Our greatest asset is our integrity, and if we blow that, we blow the democratic trust."

Governor Deval Patrick, who came to office vowing to change the culture, is now watching that culture career out of control. But even the self-professed reformer governor has taken his lumps, accused of using loopholes in state campaign laws to leverage jumbo contributions from lobbyists and businesses seeking favors from state government.

He also, like many prominent officeholders, endorsed Wilkerson in the Democratic primary despite her long list of previous legal problems, saying it was a matter of loyalty because of her early endorsement of his 2006 candidacy.

"I came to Beacon Hill to bring change," Patrick said Friday in announcing a special task force to propose ethics reforms. "We need ethics and lobbying reform, and we need it now."

The turmoil could not come at a worse time, with legislative leaders huddling with their lawyers behind closed doors, politically weakened and distracted when they need to be focused on closing the $1.4 billion budget gap created by the national financial crisis and dealing with chronic financial problems in transportation, healthcare, and education.

"It's certainly a very turbulent time for all of us," said Senator Steven C. Panagiotakos, chairman of Ways and Means, referencing both the state's budget problems and political climate. "There's a lot of uncertainty about what's tomorrow going to bring."

The top leaders of the Senate and House have been forced repeatedly to defend their reputations.

The Wilkerson arrest is testing Murray, who faces her first political crisis since being elected president in March 2007.

Murray was mentioned in an FBI affidavit as being present at a closed-door meeting with Wilkerson and other leaders to broker a deal for more liquor licenses in Boston - five of which, Wilkerson allegedly claimed in FBI tapes, were hers to control. Murray, who has publicly denied she was at that meeting, also received a subpoena last week and is prominently mentioned in subpoenas sent to other government offices, including one to the state's technology division demanding that her e-mails be preserved.

"I'm comfortable and confident that the integrity of the Senate - and my own integrity - will remain intact at the end of this ordeal," Murray said Thursday during a news conference, after she led the Senate to a unanimous vote calling on Wilkerson to resign and urging an ethics investigation that could lead to her expulsion.

DiMasi, meanwhile, has repeatedly asserted that he had nothing to do with the award of a flawed $13 million contract to Cognos ULC, the company responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to his friends. He suggested, in an open letter to his colleagues this year, that a Cognos sales associate was dropping his name for political purposes without his knowledge.

Despite his repeated entreaties, the weakened DiMasi has been unable to quell organizing efforts within the House by two people vying to succeed him: Robert DeLeo, chairman of Ways and Means, and John H. Rogers, the majority leader.

But in an indication of how charged the atmosphere is, Rogers, too, is among those facing ethics allegations. He has been defending himself over an arrangement in which his campaign allegedly paid funds to a consultant who in turn made mortgage payments on a vacation home on Cape Cod owned by Rogers and his wife.

In still another controversy brewing, in Central Massachusetts, Robert P. Spellane, a Worcester Democrat and vice chairman of the committee that regulates banks, has been forced to explain how he was able to forgo a year's worth of payments on a $340,000 loan from a local bank with an executive who supports him politically.

And while the charges did not involve or conflict with his public duties, state Senator J. James Marzilli's bizarre arrest on charges that the Arlington Democrat sexually harassed and accosted four women in downtown Lowell has only heightened the image that Beacon Hill is sliding out of control. The Senate has not expelled Marzilli, although it referred his case to the Senate Ethics Commission. There has been no action in the four months since the referral. He is not running for reelection.

"It is a time of crisis," said Scott Harshbarger, former attorney general, who praised Patrick for announcing formation of a special ethics task force Friday. "That is a danger, but it also represents a great opportunity to make major reforms."

But the track record for past reform efforts is spotty.

Over the years, reformers have seen the political establishment cut the budgets and challenge many of the powers of the State Ethics Commission and the Office of Campaign and Political Finance. In the early 1990s there was a full-fledged assault on ethics laws as state lawmakers sought to limit the investigative powers of the Ethics Commission, including taking away its subpoena powers in preliminary inquiries and forcing it to reveal confidential informants.

DiMasi, who was House chairman of the Judiciary Committee at the time, challenged an Ethics Commission subpoena of his records, taking the case to the Supreme Judicial Court. The court ruled in favor of DiMasi, saying there was no legal basis to subpoena his documents after his name appeared in a lobbyist's records as taking more than $700 worth of meals, golfing fees, and entertainment expenses.

"Each time they took action over the next ten or twenty years, their powers were challenged and eroded," Harshbarger said. "This is a real opportunity to get back on track."

Most recently, reformers were dismayed when the Legislature in 2003 repealed a statewide referendum approving the Clean Elections Law, a sweeping measure designed to break the stranglehold that, reformers believe, special interests have on the electoral process.

It remains to be seen where, on the scale of past scandals, the current series of events will fall.

In the early 1960's, a special commission found fraud and payoffs in the state's construction of Boston Common's underground garage.

The State House was engulfed in scandal in the 1970's over bribes given to legislators by the contractor building the University of Massachusetts' Boston campus. The Senate majority leader, Joseph J.C. DiCarlo of Revere; a ranking Senate Republican leader, Ronald A. MacKenzie; and James A. Kelly Jr., the Senate Ways and Means chairman, all were convicted in federal court and sentenced to jail time.

In 1984, the House assistant majority leader, Vincent J. Piro of Somerville, allegedly took a $5,000 bribe, saying he had to "grease a few guys" to get him a special liquor license. His first trial ended in a hung jury. He was acquitted in a second trial.

"Each generation has had their scandals," said Jack Beatty, the historian and biographer of one of Boston's most famous rogues, James Michael Curley. "We will have a high-minded commission named after someone, and there will be resolves that Massachusetts will reform itself. But Massachusetts political culture being what it is, the infallible patterns will be repeated for the next generation."
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Matt Viser can be reached at maviser@globe.com.
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Mr. Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts
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"Patrick plans task force on ethics: Bribery, corruption allegations on radar"
Worcester Telegram & Gazette News Online, Saturday, November 1, 2008
By John J. Monahan, jmonahan@telegram.com, (Worcester) TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

BOSTON— While the impact of state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson’s arrest this week on public corruption and bribery charges continues to reverberate on Beacon Hill, Gov. Deval L. Patrick yesterday announced he is calling for a new wave of reforms to the state’s ethics and lobbying rules.

The governor said numerous incidents of alleged ethical breaches have swirled around state government in recent months, culminating in this week’s arrest of Ms. Wilkerson following a lengthy federal probe into alleged bribes in exchange for action on a liquor license.

Mr. Patrick said he would name a task force to develop a package of reforms he will send to the Legislature in January, adding he hopes they will then be acted on within 30 days.

That could involve new restrictions on lobbying and possible elimination of requirements for legislative approvals for routine local government decisions such as award of new liquor licenses.

The governor also said he will seek tougher penalties for ethics violations and public corruption crimes, saying penalties in place now may be too weak.

Currently the maximum penalty for state ethics law violations by public officials is $2,000. While some criminal offenses for bribing public officials are misdemeanor offenses with a maximum $500 fine, others are felony offenses.

The governor said his decision to toughen ethics and lobbying laws stems from many headline stories in recent months, not just the case involving Ms. Wilkerson.

Recently controversy has swirled around reports of pension abuses by Boston firefighters and ethics investigations over reports House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, D-Boston, gave favorable legislative treatment to a close friend during changes in ticket resale laws and helped direct a state software contract to a firm whose lobbyist is a top DiMasi donor.

Ethical questions have also surfaced recently over the appearances House Majority Leader John Rogers, D-Norwood, used campaign funds indirectly to help pay for purchase of a vacation home on Cape Cod. Mr. DiMasi and Mr. Rogers have denied wrongdoing.

Earlier in the day, Ms. Wilkerson announced she was withdrawing from a sticker campaign to win re-election, launched after she lost a primary battle for the Democrat nomination to challenger Sonia Chang-Diaz.

The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to ask that she resign from the Senate immediately, but Ms. Wilkerson said she would announce Wednesday whether she would resign or remain in her seat until her term expires in January.

Her withdrawal from Tuesday’s election follows other actions by the Senate Thursday that included stripping her of her chairmanship of the state Administration and Regulatory Oversight Committee and membership in four other Senate committees, and referral of the criminal allegations against her to the Senate Rules and Ethics Commission for a review that could result in a recommendation to expel her from the Senate.

In an outline of the reforms he is seeking, the governor pointed to the state home-rule structure dating from the 1960s that subjects many local decisions to legislative approval, from how cities and towns can tax and borrow, run local elections and regulate civic affairs. He said sponsors of those home-rule requests to the Legislature are forced to spend a great deal of time and political capital to get non-controversial local matters approved on Beacon Hill and that they are subject to being held up by lawmakers trying to gain support for other legislation in return for passage.

He said, as a recent example, a multimillion-dollar mixed-use development has been held up by a legislative standoff over a local liquor license.

The governor, who endorsed Ms. Wilkerson for re-election earlier this year, said he was “embarrassed” and “disappointed” now the allegations have surfaced she accepted $23,500 in bribes, actions which were allegedly photographed by the FBI.

The governor said incidents like that “imply a repeated and careless disregard for the public trust” that hurts the image of all public officials.

He said he would also look at the possible need for more open government laws. “I do believe some air needs to be let into this building, some light needs to be shone on our work,” the governor said.

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"Bearing the brunt of Citi's folly"
By Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr., The Berkshire Eagle, Op-Ed, Saturday, December 06, 2008
PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts

On Nov. 24, 2006, the day before Thanksgiving, shares in the international banking giant Citigroup closed at 50.31. Citi investors had reason to toast the holiday season. The company had paid tens of millions of dollars in dividends to shareholders, and Citi stock values were riding high on the strength of its retail and investment banking businesses.

But the holiday cheer did not last. Just two years later, on Nov. 21, 2008, Citi shares were trading at 3.77, having lost more than 90 percent of their value. One of the most sophisticated banking conglomerates on earth was facing insolvency.

What happened? Citi's management chose to make disastrous bets on mortgage- and consumer loan-related securities. Some of these securities, which Citi's balance sheet carried at a value of some $90 billion in 2006, were effectively worthless by 2008. In most cases, the revenue streams that supported these assets — the periodic loan payments made by millions of borrowers throughout the world — were drying up, making it impossible for Citi to find investors willing to buy these securities.

For many Citi customers, of course, Citi's distress was little cause for concern. The FDIC provides insurance to all US depositors up to $100,000. But the big guys — institutional investors, wealthy individual depositors, Citi executives and Citi's trading partners — had a lot to lose. Citi's shareholders, many of whom are corporate shareholders like insurance companies and hedge funds, began to recognize that their shares could become worthless. Corporate borrowers faced the possibility that Citi would not be able to originate new loans or continue its existing loan agreements.

That's when the Washington, with the blessing of President Bush, Treasury Secretary Paulson and a compliant Congress, stepped in. As reported by the Wall Street Journal and Marketwatch.com, here is what American taxpayers have agreed to do for Citi.

Citigroup and the government have identified a pool of $306 billion in troubled loan-related assets. Citigroup will absorb the first $29 billion in losses in that portfolio. After that, three government agencies — the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. — will take on almost all additional losses. The plan would essentially put the government in the position of insuring Citigroup's balance sheet. Taxpayers will be on the hook if Citigroup's massive portfolios of mortgage, credit cards, commercial real-estate and big corporate loans continue to sour.

In addition, the Treasury Department also will inject $20 billion of fresh capital into Citigroup. That comes on top of the $25 billion infusion that Citigroup recently received as part of the broader U.S. financial industry bailout. Think about this for a moment: having put up more than $45 billion in cash, American taxpayers could ultimately suffer an additional $270 billion in losses resulting from Citi's toxic investments. The treasury's largess in favor of Citi startled even the most jaded and self-interested people on Wall Street.

The government's rescue of Citi, while notable for its generosity, is more notable for its shortcomings. Simply put, the treasury's plan does not provide taxpayers with the ownership, management and security that they deserve as Citi's savior. Here are the top five requirements that the government should have imposed when agreeing to put the taxpayers at risk to save Citi.

* Taxpayers should have an ownership interest in Citi. Unlike any other recent investor, the government did not gain any meaningful ownership interest in Citi or its assets. If ownership is good enough for Alwaleed bin Talal, the wealthy Saudi Prince who obtained preferred shares in Citi in exchange for his $350 million investment last month, it should be good enough for the American taxpayer, who has $300 billion at risk.

* Taxpayers should obtain a collateral interest against Citi's assets. The government has obtained no collateral against any of Citi's real estate or securities. This leaves taxpayers vulnerable and unsecured should Citi fall into bankruptcy or insolvency. Whether by agreement with the treasury or by special legislation passed by the Congress, the taxpayers deserve this basic level of protection.

* Taxpayers deserve a vote in the Citi boardroom. Notwithstanding the huge government investment in Citi, taxpayers hold little sway within the company. In fact, the few Citi "shares" that taxpayers get provide no guaranteed dividend, and carry a "non-voting" designation. This should be corrected immediately, again by agreement or by special legislation.

* Taxpayers should demand new management. The government's most puzzling misstep is its failure to change Citi's executive ranks. The government did not demand a change in Citi's governing board, much less seats on the board, in exchange for the taxpayer bailout. Taxpayers, to say nothing of the investing public, deserve a fresh approach to Citi's problems, free from the myopia that brought Citi to the brink of insolvency.

* Citi must submit to strict and enforceable limitations on executive compensation. The public is understandably suspicious of huge government bailouts for financial titans. Such extraordinary moves can work only if the public trusts that they are necessary to preserve the American economy, and not geared to rewarding poor management. Thus, the government should exact substantial sacrifices from the executives that led Citi into its current crisis.

Citi has reason to give thanks this season because taxpayers stepped in to save the company from insolvency. Now that taxpayers bear the risks associated with Citi's continued operation, taxpayers deserve the protection and operational clout that comes from being Citi's saving grace.
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Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr. represented the Berkshire, Hampshire & Franklin district in the Massachusetts State Senate from 1997-2007, and served as chairman of the Legislature's Committee on Financial Services for eight years. He is currently Central Berkshire County registrar of deeds.
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The government's rescue of Citi, while notable for its generosity, is more notable for its shortcomings.

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12/6/2008

Andrea F Nuciforo II ("Luciforo") is one of the most CORRUPT state Pols EVER! When "Luciforo" was a Massachusetts State Senator, he chaired financial committees that regulated the same financial industries he was also working for as a private Attorney for a corporate law firm on Commercial Street in Boston. When the "ethics" commission forced "Luciforo" to step down from his State Senator post, he strong armed 2 woman candidates out of the Massachusetts Election for Middle Berkshire Register of Deeds, which The Boston Globe called his SINECURE. Weeks after taking that plum post, "Luciforo" lobbied State House Insiders to have Gov. Deval Patrick nominate him to the position of Massachusetts Commissioner of Insurance, which he was past over for. "Luciforo" is like the proverbial pot calling the kettle black by criticizing the federal bailouts, while he has raised over 6 figures in one year in campaign dollars from special interest Boston area financial institutions. "Luciforo" wants to run for US Congress so he can do the bidding of the same financial companies he is writing against in Pittsfield & Boston. I personally dislike "Luciforo" because he tried to jail me while at the same time filing multiple "ethics" complaints against my dad to ruin his career and our lives in the Spring of 1998. "Luciforo" has layered his bullying of me since May 1996, manipulated my life and family, and blacklisted me from being able to work in or around the Pittsfield area. "Luciforo" is the kind of politician who believes so long as he doesn't leave his finger prints or evidence behind, he can get away with his abuses of power. I strongly dislike ANDREA F NUCIFORO II!

- Jonathan Melle

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A BOSTON GLOBE EDITORIAL
"Winter of ethical discontent"
December 10, 2008

GOVERNOR PATRICK'S task force on public integrity was given a strict timetable - just eight weeks over a busy holiday period - to produce its final report. But the January deadline shouldn't serve as an excuse to sidestep tough issues, especially in this season of waning confidence in elected officials.

The 12-member task force is likely to recommend raising the paltry maximum fine of $2,000 now imposed on officials who violate the state's' conflict-of-interest law. Other easy-to-assemble recommendations, such as requiring lobbyists to wear name and affiliation badges while on duty in any public building, may surface. More controversial issues, including granting subpoena power to the secretary of state's office, are on the table. The need for such power became clear recently when Secretary of State William Galvin was blocked while attempting to follow a document trail left by three close associates of House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi. They have been accused by the state's inspector general of failing to report $1.8 million in lobbying fees.

The task force, which is scheduled to meet again today, needs to recommend bold actions that will inspire public confidence as well as address problems faced by administrators in the State Ethics Commission and Office of Campaign and Political Finance. Several states, including Connecticut, place outright bans on political contributions from lobbyists, or prohibit such contributions while lawmakers are in session. While hardly foolproof, it's the kind of message that needs to be heard on Beacon Hill.

The task force also needs to address the limited ability of state law enforcement officials to conduct electronic surveillance of public officials. State wiretap laws largely limit surreptitious one-party recordings to investigations involving organized crime. As a result, only federal agents can conduct the kind of photo surveillance that led to the recent arrests on bribery charges of former state senator Dianne Wilkerson and Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner. Task force members, including former attorney general Scott Harshbarger, need to give the public clear guidance on the question of expanded surveillance.

The task force also needs to give the public fresh ideas on how to prevent corruption. Clear-cut cases of bribery are rare. But what of the state representative who dials up a developer and requests that a certain favored attorney or subcontractor be used on a condo project? If the developer balks, neighborhood opposition to the project can suddenly escalate. And that can lead to delays and increases in the cost of doing business in Massachusetts.

It's hard to connect the dots. But the task force needs to do so, before the state's integrity index dips even lower.

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"MASSPIRG Interview with Andrea Nuciforo"
By Citizens for Nuciforo - POSTED: 6/11/2009

This interview was originally published in a winter 2006 newsletter.

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., was elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1996, and is serving his fifth term. Representing 48 cities and towns in the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District, Sen. Nuciforo has worked to enhance elder services, promote economic development, strengthen public education and protect the environment.

Sen. Nuciforo serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Financial Services. He is Vice Chair of the Elder Affairs Committee, and is also a member of the Higher Education, Consumer Protection, and Election Laws Committees.

As Senate Chair of the Financial Services Committee, you are charged with reviewing and acting on various auto insurance proposals. What are some of the reforms you think the Legislature could adopt to make auto insurance work better for consumers?

I believe we can make our auto insurance market more competitive without sacrificing important consumer protections. We need legislation that fights fraud and theft, and reduces the high incidence of traffic accidents in the commonwealth.

We must also fix the so-called residual market (i.e. the place where high-risk drivers get auto insurance) so that all of the auto insurance companies share losses in an equitable way. I do not believe that Massachusetts law should allow insurers to set rates using criteria such as credit history, occupation, marital status and education level.

I’m sure you’re hearing about high energy prices from your constituents. What are you advising them to do to deal with this problem?

In response [to my constituents], I have supported, and the Massachusetts Legislature has passed, a bill providing tax credits and tax deductions to those meeting eligibility requirements—the Home Energy Assistance and Tax Relief Act.

This, along with state and federal programs, such as Citizen Energy Oil and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), will provide temporary relief to those most affected by high costs.

However, this energy crisis calls each of us to re-evaluate how we consume energy. An energy audit can be helpful in recommending improvements that will conserve energy resources and help create a home environment that is efficient. Collectively, each person’s conservation efforts will go a long way to help control energy costs.

And with the Bush administration pushing for policies that favor big, polluting, profitable energy companies, what can the Commonwealth do to get on the track toward a cleaner energy future?

When the Bush administration proposes giving away $7 billion in royalties to the oil and gas industries, as they did in February, we had better take it upon ourselves to address clean energy solutions. Frankly, we missed an opportunity earlier this year when the governor opted out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Moving forward, we always need to be focused on conservation efforts and should instill this upon our children through educational outreach. We also need to actively engage efficiency programs, as we did recently in the Legislature by passing energy efficiency standards and tax credits, promoting green building design, and instituting a $1 million Fuel Cell Initiative.

Identifying new sources of clean energy is truly a unique opportunity for the United States, and Massachusetts is well positioned to lead that effort.

What are the issues that top your agenda right now at the Statehouse?

I’ve been working closely with my colleagues to provide meaningful health care coverage for all residents of the Commonwealth. I am also focused on securing additional resources for the Brownfield Redevelopment Fund, which has been extremely successful at reviving contaminated sites in cites and towns across Massachusetts. I have also authored a bill to require the state pension fund to divest its holdings from companies that do business with the Sudan. And, as mentioned, I look forward to addressing many of the shortcomings of the auto insurance situation.

What role do groups like MASSPIRG play in the debates about clean energy and consumer protection?

MASSPIRG continues to play an active role in keeping the legislative spotlight on key environmental and consumer issues. My staff and I interact frequently with representatives from MASSPIRG, who provide us with fair and accurate information, which I very much appreciate. The organization has also had tremendous success at mobilizing support on the grassroots level. Like my colleagues, it’s critical to hear from my constituents about their positions on the issues.

Source: http://nuciforo.com/wpafn/news/masspirg-interview-with-andrea-nuciforo/

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"Governor Deval Patrick taps new Massachusetts insurance commissioner"
Boston.com - AP - February 8, 2010

BOSTON --Gov. Deval Patrick has named Joseph Murphy the state's new Commissioner of Division of Insurance.

Murphy has been serving as acting commissioner since last September, following the departure of former Commissioner Nonnie Burnes.

Patrick said Murphy will have plenty on his plate including overseeing the state's ongoing managed competition for auto insurance. The governor said the new system has attracted 11 new companies to the state and lowered costs for good drivers.

Murphy has also been investigating the possibility of creating group purchasing cooperatives to help bring down the cost of health care premiums.

Murphy is scheduled to deliver a report on the proposal with recommendations to Patrick by the end of the month.
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www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/02/08/gov_patrick_taps_new_mass_insurance_commissioner/?comments=all
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50th Anniversary - 2009

50th Anniversary - 2009
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Columbus Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Pittsfield Politics: Capitanio, Mazzeo agree on budget cuts, public safety

Pittsfield Politics: Capitanio, Mazzeo agree on budget cuts, public safety
Paul Capitanio, left, speaks during Monday night's Ward 3 City Council debate with fellow candidate Melissa Mazzeo at Pittsfield Community Television's studio. The special election (3/31/2009) will be held a week from today (3/24/2009). The local issues ranged from economic development and cleaning up blighted areas in Ward 3 to public education and the continued remediation of PCB's.

Red Sox v Yankees

Red Sox v Yankees
Go Red Sox!

Outrage swells in Congress!

Outrage swells in Congress!
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., left, and the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., listen during a hearing on modernizing insurance regulations, Tuesday, March 17, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). - http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090318/pl_politico/30833

Beacon Hill's $pecial Interest Tax Raisers & $PENDERS!

Beacon Hill's $pecial Interest Tax Raisers & $PENDERS!
Photo Gallery: www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/03/15/St_Patricks_Day_Boston/

The path away from Wall Street ...

The path away from Wall Street ...
...Employers in the finance sector - traditionally a prime landing spot for college seniors, particularly in the Northeast - expect to have 71 percent fewer jobs to offer this year's (2009) graduates.

Economic collapse puts graduates on unforeseen paths: Enrollment in public service jobs rising...

Economic collapse puts graduates on unforeseen paths: Enrollment in public service jobs rising...
www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/03/14/economic_collapse_puts_graduates_on_unforeseen_paths/

Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis

Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis
Should he be fired? As Bank of America's Stock Plummets, CEO Resists Some Calls That He Step Down.

Hookers for Jesus

Hookers for Jesus
Annie Lobert is the founder of "Hookers for Jesus" - www.hookersforjesus.net/home.cfm - Saving Sin City: Las Vegas, Nevada?

Forever personalized stamped envelope

Forever personalized stamped envelope
The Forever stamp will continue to cover the price of a first-class letter. The USPS will also introduce Forever personalized, stamped envelopes. The envelopes will be preprinted with a Forever stamp, the sender's name and return address, and an optional personal message.

Purple Heart

Purple Heart
First issued in 2003, the Purple heart stamp will continue to honor the men and women wounded while serving in the US military. The Purple Heart stamp covers the cost of 44 cents for first-class, one-ounce mail.

Dolphin

Dolphin
The bottlenose is just one of the new animals set to appear on the price-change stamps. It will serve as a 64-cent stamp for odd shaped envelopes.

2009 price-change stamps

2009 price-change stamps
www.boston.com/business/gallery/2009pircechangestamps/ -&- www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/02/27/new_stamps_set_for_rate_increase_in_may/

Red Sox v Yankees

Red Sox v Yankees
Go Red Sox!

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama
AP photo v Shepard Fairey

Rush Limbaugh lackeys

Rush Limbaugh lackeys
Posted by Dan Wasserman of the Boston Globe on March 3, 2009.

Honest Abe

Honest Abe
A 2007 US Penny

Dog race

Dog race
Sledding for dogs

The Capital of the Constitution State

The Capital of the Constitution State
Hartford, once the wealthiest city in the United States but now the poorest in Connecticut, is facing an uphill battle.

Brady, Bundchen married

Brady, Bundchen married
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen wed Feb. 26, 2009 in a Catholic ceremony in Los Angeles. www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/gallery/tom_gisele/

Mayor Jimmy Ruberto

Mayor Jimmy Ruberto
Tanked Pittsfield's local economy while helping his fellow insider political hacks and business campaign contributors!

Journalist Andrew Manuse

Journalist Andrew Manuse
www.manuse.com

New Hampshire Supreme Court Building

New Hampshire Supreme Court Building
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_Supreme_Court

Economic State of the Union

Economic State of the Union
A look at some of the economic conditions the Obama administration faces and what resources have already been pledged to help. 2/24/2009

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama
The president addresses the nation's governors during a dinner in the State Dinning Room, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari).

The Oscars - 2/22/2009.

The Oscars - 2/22/2009.
Hugh Jackman and Beyoncé Knowles teamed up for a musical medley during the show.

The 81st Academy Awards - Oscars - 2009

The 81st Academy Awards - Oscars - 2009
Hugh Jackman pulled actress Anne Hathaway on stage to accompany him during his opening musical number.

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow
A Progressive News Commentator

$500,000 per year

$500,000 per year
That is chump change for the corporate elite!

THE CORPORATE ELITE...

THE CORPORATE ELITE...
Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and chief executive of General Electric

The Presidents' Club

The Presidents' Club
Bush, Obama, Bush Jr, Clinton & Carter.

5 Presidents: Bush, Obama, Bush Jr, Clinton, & Carter!

5 Presidents: Bush, Obama, Bush Jr, Clinton, & Carter!
White House Event: January 7, 2009.

Bank Bailout!

Bank Bailout!
v taxpayer

Actress Elizabeth Banks

Actress Elizabeth Banks
She will present an award to her hometown (Pittsfield) at the Massachusetts State House next month (1/2009). She recently starred in "W" and "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," and just signed a $1 million annual contract to be a spokesmodel for Paris.

Joanna Lipper

Joanna Lipper
Her award-winning 1999 documentary, "Growing Up Fast," about teenaged mothers in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Happy Holidays...

Happy Holidays...
...from "Star Wars"

Massachusetts "poor" economy

Massachusetts "poor" economy
Massachusetts is one of the wealthiest states, but it is also very inequitable. For example, it boasts the nation's most lucrative lottery, which is just a system of regressive taxation so that the corporate elite get to pay less in taxes!

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon
Hollywood Actress

Peter G. Arlos.

Peter G. Arlos.
Arlos is shown in his Pittsfield office in early 2000.

Turnpike OK's hefty toll hikes

Turnpike OK's hefty toll hikes
Big Dig - East-west commuters take hit; Fees at tunnels would double. 11/15/2008.

The Pink Panther 2

The Pink Panther 2
Starring Steve Martin

Police ABUSE

Police ABUSE
I was a victim of Manchester Police Officer John Cunningham's ILLEGAL USES of FORCE! John Cunningham was reprimanded by the Chief of Police for disrespecting me. John Cunningham yelled at a witness: "I don't care if he (Jonathan Melle) is disabled!"

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
The 44th US President!

Vote

Vote
Elections

The Bailout & the economic stimulus check

The Bailout & the economic stimulus check
A political cartoon by Dan Wasserman

A rainbow over Boston

A rainbow over Boston
"Rainbows galore" 10/2/2008

Our nation's leaders!

Our nation's leaders!
President Bush with both John McCain & Barack Obama - 9/25/2008.

Massachusetts & Big Dig: Big hike in tolls for Pike looming (9/26/2008).

Massachusetts & Big Dig: Big hike in tolls for Pike looming (9/26/2008).
$5 rise at tunnels is one possibility $1 jump posed for elsewhere.

Mary E Carey

Mary E Carey
My FAVORITE Journalist EVER!

9/11/2008 - A Show of Unity!

9/11/2008 - A Show of Unity!
John McCain and Barack Obama appeared together at ground zero in New York City - September 11, 2008.

John McCain...

John McCain...
...has all but abandoned the positions on taxes, torture and immigration. (A cartoon by Dan Wasserman. September 2008).

Dan Wasserman

Dan Wasserman
The deregulated chickens come home to roost... in all our pocketbooks. September 2008.

Sarah Palin's phobia

Sarah Palin's phobia
A scripted candidate! (A cartoon by Dan Wasserman).

Dan Wasserman

Dan Wasserman
Family FInances - September, 2008.

Mark E. Roy

Mark E. Roy
Ward 1 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Theodore “Ted” L. Gatsas

Theodore “Ted” L. Gatsas
Ward 2 Alderman (& NH State Senator) for Manchester, NH (2008).

Peter M. Sullivan

Peter M. Sullivan
Ward 3 (downtown) Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Jim Roy

Jim Roy
Ward 4 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Ed Osborne

Ed Osborne
Ward 5 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Real R. Pinard

Real R. Pinard
Ward 6 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

William P. Shea

William P. Shea
Ward 7 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Betsi DeVries

Betsi DeVries
Ward 8 Alder-woman (& NH State Senator) for Manchester, NH (2008).

Michael Garrity

Michael Garrity
Ward 9 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

George Smith

George Smith
Ward 10 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Russ Ouellette

Russ Ouellette
Ward 11 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Kelleigh (Domaingue) Murphy

Kelleigh (Domaingue) Murphy
Ward 12 Alder-woman for Manchester, NH (2008).

“Mike” Lopez

“Mike” Lopez
At-Large Alderman for Manchester, NH. (2008).

Daniel P. O’Neil

Daniel P. O’Neil
At-Large Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Sarah Palin for Vice President.

Sarah Palin for Vice President.
Republican John McCain made the surprise pick of Alaska's governor Sarah Palin as his running mate today, August 29, 2008.

U.S. Representative John Olver, D-Amherst, Massachusetts.

U.S. Representative John Olver, D-Amherst, Massachusetts.
Congressman Olver said the country has spent well over a half-trillion dollars on the war in Iraq while the situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate. 8/25/08.

Ed O'Reilly for US Senate in Massachusetts!

Ed O'Reilly for US Senate in Massachusetts!
John Kerry's 9/2008 challenger in the Democratic Primary.

Shays' Rebellion

Shays' Rebellion
In a tax revolt, Massachusetts farmers fought back during Shays' Rebellion in the mid-1780s after The American Revolutionary War.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore
Actress. "The Big Lebowski" is one of my favorite movies. I also like "The Fugitive", too.

Rinaldo Del Gallo III & "Superman"

Rinaldo Del Gallo III & "Superman"
Go to: http://www.berkshirefatherhood.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=699&cntnt01returnid=69

"Income chasm widening in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts"

"Income chasm widening in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts"
The gap between rich and poor has widened substantially in Massachusetts over the past two decades. (8/15/2008).

Dan "Bureaucrat" Bosley

Dan "Bureaucrat" Bosley
"The Bosley Amendment": To create tax loopholes for the wealthiest corporate interests in Massachusetts!

John Edwards and...

John Edwards and...
...Rielle Hunter. WHO CARES?!

Rep. Edward J. Markey

Rep. Edward J. Markey
He wants online-privacy legislation. Some Web Firms Say They Track Behavior Without Explicit Consent.

Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan
She gained fame with her antiwar vigil outside the Bush ranch.

Olympics kick off in Beijing

Olympics kick off in Beijing
Go USA!

Exxon Mobil 2Q profit sets US record, shares fall

Exxon Mobil 2Q profit sets US record, shares fall
In this May 1, 2008, file photo, a customer pumps gas at an Exxon station in Middleton, Mass. Exxon Mobil Corp. reported second-quarter earnings of $11.68 billion Thursday, July 31, the biggest quarterly profit ever by any U.S. corporation, but the results were well short of Wall Street expectations and its shares fell as markets opened. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File) 7/31/2008.

Onota Lake 'Sea Serpent'

Onota Lake 'Sea Serpent'
Some kind of monster on Onota Lake. Five-year-old Tyler Smith rides a 'sea serpent' on Onota Lake in Pittsfield, Mass. The 'monster,' fashioned by Smith's grandfather, first appeared over July 4 weekend. (Photo courtesy of Ron Smith). 7/30/2008.

Al Gore, Jr.

Al Gore, Jr.
Al Gore issues challenge on energy

The Norman Rockwell Museum

The Norman Rockwell Museum
Stockbridge, Massachusetts

"Big Dig"

"Big Dig"
Boston's financially wasteful pork barrel project!

"Big Dig"

"Big Dig"
Boston's pork barrel public works project cost 50 times more than the original price!

Mary E Carey

Mary E Carey
My favorite journalist EVER!

U.S. Rep. John Olver, state Sen. Stan Rosenberg and Selectwomen Stephanie O'Keeffe and Alisa Brewer

U.S. Rep. John Olver, state Sen. Stan Rosenberg and Selectwomen Stephanie O'Keeffe and Alisa Brewer
Note: Photo from Mary E Carey's Blog.

Tanglewood

Tanglewood
Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine.

Google

Google
Chagall

Jimmy Ruberto

Jimmy Ruberto
Faces multiple persecutions under the Massachusetts "Ethics" conflict of interest laws.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
Obama vows $500m in faith-based aid.

John McCain

John McCain
He is with his wife, Cindy, who were both met by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe (right) upon arriving in Cartagena.

Daniel Duquette

Daniel Duquette
Sold Mayor James M. Ruberto of Pittsfield two tickets to the 2004 World Series at face value.

Hillary & Barack in Unity, NH - 6/27/2008

Hillary & Barack in Unity, NH - 6/27/2008
Clinton tells Obama, crowd in Unity, N.H.: 'We are one party'

John Forbes Kerry

John Forbes Kerry
Wanna-be Prez?

WALL-E

WALL-E
"out of this World"

Crisis in the Congo - Ben Affleck

Crisis in the Congo - Ben Affleck
http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/popup?id=5057139&contentIndex=1&page=1&start=false - http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=5234555&page=1

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen
NH's Democratic returning candidate for U.S. Senate

"Wall-E"

"Wall-E"
a cool robot

Ed O'Reilly

Ed O'Reilly
www.edoreilly.com

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
World Champions - 2008

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
J.D. Drew gets the same welcome whenever he visits the City of Brotherly Love: "Booooooo!"; Drew has been vilified in Philadelphia since refusing to sign with the Phillies after they drafted him in 1997...

Joe Kelly Levasseur & Joe Briggs

Joe Kelly Levasseur & Joe Briggs
www.2joes.org

NH Union Leader

NH Union Leader
Editorial Cartoon

Celtics - World Champions!

Celtics - World Champions!
www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_18_08_front_pages/ - www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_17_08_finals_game_6/ - www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_17_08_celebration/ - www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_15_08_celtics_championships/

"The Nation"

"The Nation"
A "Liberal" weekly political news magazine. Katrina vanden Heuvel.

TV - PBS: NOW

TV - PBS: NOW
http://www.pbs.org/now

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone
List of Twilight Zone episodes - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Twilight_Zone_episodes

Equality for ALL Marriages

Equality for ALL Marriages
I, Jonathan Melle, am a supporter of same sex marriages.

Kobe Bryant leads his time to a Game 5 victory.

Kobe Bryant leads his time to a Game 5 victory.
L.A. Lakers holds on for the win to force Game 6 at Boston

Mohawk Trail

Mohawk Trail
The 'Hail to the Sunrise' statue in Charlemont is a well-known and easily recognized landmark on the Mohawk Trail. The trail once boasted several souvenir shops, some with motels and restaurants. Now only four remain. (Caroline Bonnivier / Berkshire Eagle Staff).

NASA - June 14, 2008

NASA - June 14, 2008
Space Shuttle Discovery returns to Earth.

Go Celtics! Game # 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals.

Go Celtics! Game # 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals.
Boston took a 20-second timeout, and the Celtics ran off four more points (including this incredible Erving-esque layup from Ray Allen) to build the lead to five points with just 2:10 remaining. Reeling, the Lakers took a full timeout to try to regain their momentum.

Sal DiMasi

Sal DiMasi
Speaker of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives

Kelly Ayotte - Attorney General of New Hampshire

Kelly Ayotte - Attorney General of New Hampshire
http://doj.nh.gov/

John Kerry

John Kerry
He does not like grassroots democracy & being challenged in the 2008 Massachusetts Democratic Party Primary for re-election.

Tim Murray

Tim Murray
Corrupt Lt. Gov. of Massachusetts, 2007 - 2013.

North Adams, Massachusetts

North Adams, Massachusetts
downtown

Howie Carr

Howie Carr
Political Satirist on Massachusetts Corruption/Politics

Polar Bear

Polar Bear
Global Warming

Elizabeth Warren - Web-Site Links

Elizabeth Warren - Web-Site Links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Warren & http://www.creditslips.org/creditslips/WarrenAuthor.html

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren
Consumer Crusader

Leon Powe

Leon Powe
Celtics forward Leon Powe finished a fast break with a dunk.

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett reacted during the game.

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo finished a first half fast break with a dunk.

Teamwork

Teamwork
Los Angeles Lakers teammates help Pau Gasol (16) from the floor in the second quarter.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant took a shot in the first half of Game 2.

Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins (right) backed down Lamar Odom (left) during first half action.

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
The Boston Symphony Orchestra performed the national anthem prior to Game 2.

K.G.!

K.G.!
Garnett reacted to a hard dunk in the first quarter.

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce reacted after hitting a three upon his return to the game since leaving with an injury.

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
Kobe Bryant (left) and Paul Pierce (right) squared off in the second half of the game.

James Taylor

James Taylor
Sings National Anthem at Celtics Game.

John Forbes Kerry & Deval Patrick

John Forbes Kerry & Deval Patrick
Attended Celtics Game.

Greats of the NBA: Dr. J, Bill Russell, & Kareem!

Greats of the NBA: Dr. J, Bill Russell, & Kareem!
Attend Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis
The actor (left) and his date were in the crowd before the Celtics game.

John Kerry

John Kerry
Golddigger attends Celtics game

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton
Ends her 2008 bid for Democratic Party nomination

Nonnie Burnes

Nonnie Burnes
Massachusetts Insurance Commish & former Judge

Jones Library

Jones Library
Amherst, Massachusetts

Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton
2008 Democratic Primary

"US vs Exxon and Halliburton"

"US vs Exxon and Halliburton"
U.S. Senator John Sununu took more than $220,000 from big oil.

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen
4- U.S. Senate - 2008

William Pignatelli

William Pignatelli
Hack Rep. "Smitty" with Lynne Blake

Ben Bernanke

Ben Bernanke
Federal Reserve Chairman

Gazettenet.com

Gazettenet.com
www.gazettenet.com/beta/

Boys' & Girls' Club

Boys' & Girls' Club
Melville Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Denis Guyer

Denis Guyer
Dalton State Representative

The Berkshire Eagle

The Berkshire Eagle
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Carmen Massimiano

Carmen Massimiano
Williams College - May 2008

Larry Bird & Magic Johnson

Larry Bird & Magic Johnson
www.boston.com/lifestyle/gallery/when_the_celtics_were_cool/

Regressive Taxation! via State Lotteries

Regressive Taxation! via State Lotteries
New Massachusetts state lottery game hits $600 million in sales!

Andrea Nuciforo

Andrea Nuciforo
"Luciforo"

John Barrett III

John Barrett III
Long-time Mayor of North Adams Massachusetts

Shine On

Shine On

Elmo

Elmo
cool!

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce kissed the Eastern Conference trophy. 5/30/2008. AP Photo.

Kevin Garnett & Richard Hamilton

Kevin Garnett & Richard Hamilton
Kevin Garnett (left) talked to Pistons guard Richard Hamilton (right) after the Celtics' victory in Game 6. 5/30/2008. Reuters Photo.

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce showed his team colors as the Celtics closed out the Pistons in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. 5/30/2008. Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis.

Joseph Kelly Levasseur

Joseph Kelly Levasseur
One of my favorite politicians!

Mary E Carey

Mary E Carey
In the Big Apple: NYC! She is the coolest!

Guyer & Kerry

Guyer & Kerry
My 2nd least favorite picture EVER!

Mary Carey

Mary Carey
My favorite journalist EVER!

Nuciforo & Ruberto

Nuciforo & Ruberto
My least favorite picture EVER!

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Senate - 2008

NH Fisher Cats

NH Fisher Cats
AA Baseball - Toronto Blue Jays affiliate

Manchester, NH

Manchester, NH
Police Patch

Michael Briggs

Michael Briggs
#83 - We will never forget

Michael "Stix" Addison

Michael "Stix" Addison
http://unionleader.com/channel.aspx/News?channel=2af17ff4-f73b-4c44-9f51-092e828e1131

Charlie Gibson

Charlie Gibson
ABC News anchor

Scott McClellan

Scott McClellan
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/m/scott_mcclellan/index.html?inline=nyt-per

Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho
Downtown Boise Idaho

John Forbes Kerry

John Forbes Kerry
Legislative Hearing in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, BCC, on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
My favorite classical U.S. President!

NH Governor John Lynch

NH Governor John Lynch
Higher Taxes, Higher Tolls

Paul Hodes

Paul Hodes
My favorite Congressman!

Portland Sea Dogs

Portland Sea Dogs
AA Red Sox

New York

New York
Magnet

Massachusetts

Massachusetts
Magnet

New Hampshire

New Hampshire
Magnet

New Hampshire

New Hampshire
Button

Carmen Massimiano

Carmen Massimiano
"Luciforo" tried to send me to Carmen's Jail during the Spring & Summer of 1998.

Kay Khan - Massachusetts State Representative

Kay Khan - Massachusetts State Representative
www.openmass.org/members/show/174

Luciforo

Luciforo
Andrea F Nuciforo II

B-Eagle

B-Eagle
Pittsfield's monopoly/only daily newspaper

Jon Lester - Go Red Sox!

Jon Lester - Go Red Sox!
A Red Sox No Hitter on 5/19/2008!

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Dustin Pedroia & Manny Ramirez

U.S. Flag

U.S. Flag
God Bless America!

Jonathan Melle's Blog

Jonathan Melle's Blog
Hello, Everyone!

Molly Bish

Molly Bish
We will never forget!

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo listens to some advice from Celtics head coach Doc Rivers in the first half.

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace embrace at the end of the game.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon calls for the ball as he charges toward first base. Papelbon made the out en route to picking up his 14th save of the season.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka throws to Royals David DeJesus during the first inning.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka delivers a pitch to Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek during the second inning.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew is welcomed to home plate by teammates Mike Lowell (left), Kevin Youkilis (2nd left) and Manny Ramirez after he hit a grand slam in the second inning.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell crosses the plate after hitting a grand slam during the sixth inning. Teammates Manny Ramirez and Jacoby Ellsbury scored on the play. The Red Sox went on to win 11-8 to complete a four-game sweep and perfect homestand.

JD Drew - Go Red Sox

JD Drew - Go Red Sox
www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/gallery/05_22_08_sox_royals/

Thank you for serving; God Bless America!

Thank you for serving; God Bless America!
Master Sgt. Kara B. Stackpole, of Westfield, holds her daughter, Samantha, upon her return today to Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee. She is one of the 38 members of the 439th Aeromedical Staging Squadron who returned after a 4-month deployment in Iraq. Photo by Dave Roback / The Republican.

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

Kathi-Anne Reinstein
www.openmass.org/members/show/175

Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy
Tragic diagnosis: Get well Senator!

Google doodle - Jonathan Melle Internet search

Google doodle - Jonathan Melle Internet search
http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&q=jonathan+melle+blogurl:http://jonathanmelleonpolitics.blogspot.com/&ie=UTF-8

John Forbes Kerry

John Forbes Kerry
Billionaire U.S. Senator gives address to MCLA graduates in North Adams, Massachusetts in mid-May 2008

Andrea Nuciforo

Andrea Nuciforo
"Luciforo"

A Red Sox Fan in Paris, France

A Red Sox Fan in Paris, France
Go Red Sox!

Rinaldo Del Gallo III

Rinaldo Del Gallo III
Interviewed on local TV

Andrea Nuciforo

Andrea Nuciforo
Luciforo!

John Adams

John Adams
#2 U.S. President

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I stood under a tree on the afternoon of May 9, 2008, on the foregrounds of the NH State House - www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/nhinsider/vpost?id=2967773

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Inside the front lobby of the NH State House

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Bill Clinton campaign memorabilia

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Liberty Bell & NH State House

Jon Keller

Jon Keller
Boston based political analyst

Jon Keller

Jon Keller
Boston based political analyst

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Franklin Pierce Statue #14 U.S. President

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
NH State House

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Stop the War NOW!

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
"Mr. Melle, tear down this Blog!"

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I stood next to a JFK photo

Jonathan Levine, Publisher

Jonathan Levine, Publisher
The Pittsfield Gazette Online

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I made rabbit ears with John & George

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I made antenna ears with John & George

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I impersonated Howard Dean

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
mock-voting

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
pretty ladies -/- Go to: http://www.wgir.com/cc-common/cc_photopop20.html?eventID=28541&pagecontent=&pagenum=4 - Go to: http://current.com/items/88807921_veterans_should_come_first_not_last# - http://www.mcam23.com/cgi-bin/cutter.cgi?c_function=STREAM?c_feature=EDIT?dir_catagory=10MorningRadio?dir_folder=2JoesClips?dir_file=JonathanMelle-090308? -

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Go Red Sox! Me at Fenway Park

Mary E. Carey

Mary E. Carey
My favorite journalist! Her voice sings for the Voiceless. -/- Go to: http://aboutamherst.blogspot.com/search?q=melle -/- Go to: http://ongeicocaveman.blogspot.com/search?q=melle

Velvet Jesus

Velvet Jesus
Mary Carey blogs about my political writings. This is a picture of Jesus from her childhood home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. -//- "How Can I Keep From Singing" : My life goes on in endless song / Above Earth's lamentations, / I hear the real, though far-off hymn / That hails a new creation. / / Through all the tumult and the strife / I hear its music ringing, / It sounds an echo in my soul. / How can I keep from singing? / / Whey tyrants tremble in their fear / And hear their death knell ringing, / When friends rejoice both far and near / How can I keep from singing? / / In prison cell and dungeon vile / Our thoughts to them are winging / When friends by shame are undefiled / How can I keep from singing?

www.truthdig.com

www.truthdig.com
www.truthdig.com

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Concord NH

The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post
http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=loc&newest=1&addr=&zip=01201&search=Search

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
smiles & beer

Jonathan Lothrop

Jonathan Lothrop
A Pittsfield City Councilor

Michael L. Ward

Michael L. Ward
A Pittsfield City Councilor

Peter Marchetti - Pittsfield's City Councilor at Large

Peter Marchetti - Pittsfield's City Councilor at Large
Pete always sides with the wealthy's political interests.

Gerald Lee - Pittsfield's City Council Prez

Gerald Lee - Pittsfield's City Council Prez
Gerald Lee told me that I am a Social Problem; Lee executes a top-down system of governance.

Matt Kerwood - Pittsfield's Councilor at Large

Matt Kerwood - Pittsfield's Councilor at Large
Kerwood poured coffee drinks for Jane Swift

Louis Costi

Louis Costi
Pittsfield City Councilor

Lewis Markham

Lewis Markham
Pittsfield City Councilor

Kevin Sherman - Pittsfield City Councilor

Kevin Sherman - Pittsfield City Councilor
Sherman ran for Southern Berkshire State Rep against Smitty Pignatelli; Sherman is a good guy.

Anthony Maffuccio

Anthony Maffuccio
Pittsfield City Councilor

Linda Tyer

Linda Tyer
Pittsfield City Councilor

Daniel Bianchi

Daniel Bianchi
A Pittsfield City Councilor

The Democratic Donkey

The Democratic Donkey
Democratic Party Symbol

Paramount

Paramount
What is Paramount to you?

NH's Congresswoman

NH's Congresswoman
Carol Shea-Porter, Democrat

Sam Adams Beer

Sam Adams Beer
Boston Lager

Ratatouille

Ratatouille
Disney Animation

Ruberto Details Plans for Success - January 07, 2008

Ruberto Details Plans for Success - January 07, 2008
"Luciforo" swears in Mayor Ruberto. Pittsfield Politics at its very worst: 2 INSIDER POWERBROKERS! Where is Carmen Massimiano? He must be off to the side.

Abe

Abe
Lincoln

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime
Leader of the Autobots

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime
1984 Autobot Transformer Leader

Cleanup Agreements - GE & Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites

Cleanup Agreements - GE & Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/cleanupagreement.html

GE/Housatonic River Site: Introduction

GE/Housatonic River Site: Introduction
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/

GE/Housatonic River Site - Reports

GE/Housatonic River Site - Reports
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/thesite/opca-reports.html

US EPA - Contact - Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites

US EPA - Contact -  Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/contactinfo.html

GE Corporate Logo - Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites

GE Corporate Logo - Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/index.html

Commonwealth Connector

Commonwealth Connector
Commonwealth Care

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Healthcare Reform

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Healthcare Reform

Network Health Forward - A Commonwealth Care Plan

Network Health Forward - A Commonwealth Care Plan
Massachusetts Health Reform

Network Health Together: A MassHealth Plan - Commonwealth Care

Network Health Together: A MassHealth Plan - Commonwealth Care
Massachusetts Health Reform

www.network-health.org

www.network-health.org
Massachusetts Health Reform

Neighborhood Health Plan - Commonwealth Care

Neighborhood Health Plan - Commonwealth Care
Massachusetts Health Reform

Fallon Community Health Plan - Commonwealth Care

Fallon Community Health Plan - Commonwealth Care
Massachusetts Health Reform

BMC HealthNet Plan

BMC HealthNet Plan
Massachusetts Health Reform

Massachusetts Health Reform

Massachusetts Health Reform
Eligibility Chart: 2007

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
Massachusetts Health Reform

Business Peaks

Business Peaks
Voodoo Economics

Laffer Curve - Corporate Elite

Laffer Curve - Corporate Elite
Reagonomics: Supply Side

Corporate Elite Propaganda

Corporate Elite Propaganda
Mock Liberal Democratic Socialism Thinking

Real Estate Blues

Real Estate Blues
www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/2008/0316/

PEACE

PEACE
End ALL Wars!

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech
Norman Rockwell's World War II artwork depicting America's values

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
A young Abe Lincoln

RACHEL KAPRIELIAN

RACHEL KAPRIELIAN
www.openmass.org/members/show/218 - www.rachelkaprielian.com

Jennifer M. Callahan - Massachusetts State Representative

Jennifer M. Callahan - Massachusetts State Representative
www.openmass.org/members/show/164 - www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/05/04/legislator_describes_threat_as_unnerving/

Human Rights for ALL Peoples!

Human Rights for ALL Peoples!
My #1 Political Belief!

Anne Frank

Anne Frank
Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

A young woman Hillary supporter

A young woman Hillary supporter
This excellent picture captures a youth's excitement

Hillary Clinton with Natalie Portman

Hillary Clinton with Natalie Portman
My favorite Actress!

Alan Chartock

Alan Chartock
WAMC public radio in Albany, NY; Political columnist who writes about Berkshire County area politics; Strong supporter for Human Rights for ALL Peoples

OpenCongress.Org

OpenCongress.Org
This web-site uses some of my Blog postings

OpenMass.org

OpenMass.org
This web-site uses some of my blog postings!

Shannon O'Brien

Shannon O'Brien
One of my favorite politicians! She stands for the People first!

The Massachusetts State House

The Massachusetts State House
"The Almighty Golden Dome" - www.masslegislature.tv -

Sara Hathaway

Sara Hathaway
Former Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.
A corrupt Pol who tried to put me in Jail

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.
Another view of Pittsfield's inbred, multigenerational political prince. Luciforo!

Luciforo

Luciforo
Nuciforo's nickname

"Andy" Nuciforo

"Andy" Nuciforo
Luciforo!

Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr., Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer)

Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr., Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer)
Nuciforo's henchman! Nuciforo tried to send me to Carmen's Jail

Andrea Nuciforo Jr

Andrea Nuciforo Jr
Shhh! Luciforo's other job is working as a private attorney defending wealthy Boston-area corporate insurance companies

Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer) Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr.

Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer) Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr.
Nuciforo tried to send me to Carmen's Jail! Carmen sits with the Congressman, John Olver

Congressman John Olver

Congressman John Olver
Nuciforo's envy

The Dome of the U.S. Capitol

The Dome of the U.S. Capitol
Our Beacon of American Democracy

Nuciforo's architect

Nuciforo's architect
Mary O'Brien in red with scarf

Sara Hathaway (www.brynmawr.edu)

Sara Hathaway (www.brynmawr.edu)
Former-Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Nuciforo intimidated her, along with another woman, from running in a democratic state election in the Spring of 2006!

Andrea F. Nuciforo II

Andrea F. Nuciforo II
Pittsfield Politics

Berkshire County Republican Association

Berkshire County Republican Association
Go to: www.fcgop.blogspot.com

Denis Guyer

Denis Guyer
Dalton State Representative

John Forbes Kerry & Denis Guyer

John Forbes Kerry & Denis Guyer
U.S. Senator & State Representative

John Kerry

John Kerry
Endorses Barack Obama for Prez then visits Berkshire County

Dan Bosley

Dan Bosley
A Bureaucrat impostering as a Legislator!

Ben Downing

Ben Downing
Berkshire State Senator

Christopher N Speranzo

Christopher N Speranzo
Pittsfield's ANOINTED State Representative

Peter J. Larkin

Peter J. Larkin
Corrupt Lobbyist

GE - Peter Larkin's best friend!

GE - Peter Larkin's best friend!
GE's FRAUDULENT Consent Decree with Pittsfield, Massachusetts, will end up KILLING many innocent school children & other local residents!

GE's CEO Jack Welch

GE's CEO Jack Welch
The Corporate System's Corporate Elite's King

Economics: Where Supply meets Demand

Economics: Where Supply meets Demand
Equilibrium

GE & Pittsfield, Massachusetts

GE & Pittsfield, Massachusetts
In 2007, GE sold its Plastics Division to a Saudi company. Now all that is left over by GE are its toxic PCB pollutants that cause cancer in many Pittsfield residents.

Mayor James M Ruberto

Mayor James M Ruberto
A small-time pol chooses to serve the corporate elite & other elites over the people.

Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Deval Patrick
Deval shakes hands with Mayors in Berkshire County

Deval Patrick

Deval Patrick
Governor of Massachusetts

Pittsfield High School

Pittsfield High School
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Sara Hathaway

Sara Hathaway
Pittsfield's former Mayor

Rinaldo Del Gallo III

Rinaldo Del Gallo III
Pittsfield Attorney focusing on Father's Rights Probate Court Legal Issues, & Local Politician and Political Observer

Rinaldo Del Gallo III

Rinaldo Del Gallo III
Very Intelligent Political Activists in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Rinaldo Del Gallo, III, Esq. is the spokesperson of the Berkshire Fatherhood Coalition. He has been practicing family law and has been a member of the Massachusetts bar since 1996.

Mayor Ed Reilly

Mayor Ed Reilly
He supports Mayor Ruberto & works as a municipal Attorney. As Mayor, he backed Bill Weld for Governor in 1994, despite being a Democrat. He was joined by Carmen Massimiano & John Barrett III, the long-standing Mayor of North Adams.

Manchester, NH Mayor Frank Guinta

Manchester, NH Mayor Frank Guinta
Cuts Dental Care for Public School Children-in-Need

Manchester, NH City Hall

Manchester, NH City Hall
My new hometown - view from Hanover St. intersection with Elm St.

Manchester NH City Democrats

Manchester NH City Democrats
Go Dems!

2008 Democratic Candidates for U.S. Prez

2008 Democratic Candidates for U.S. Prez
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, John Edwards

NH State House Dome

NH State House Dome
Concord, NH

Donna Walto

Donna Walto
Pittsfield Politician -- She strongly opposes Mayor Jim Ruberto's elitist tenure.

Elmo

Elmo
Who doesn't LOVE Elmo?

Hillary Clinton for U.S. President!

Hillary Clinton for U.S. President!
Hillary is for Children. She is my choice in 2008.

The White House in 1800

The White House in 1800
Home of our Presidents of the United States

John Adams

John Adams
2nd President of the USA

Hillary Clinton stands with John Edwards and Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton stands with John Edwards and Joe Biden
Hillary is my choice for U.S. President!

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Radisson in Manchester NH 11/16/2007

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
U.S. Senator & Candidate for President

Pittsfield's 3 Women City Councillors - 2004

Pittsfield's 3 Women City Councillors - 2004
Linda Tyer, Pam Malumphy, Tricia Farley-Bouvier

Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
My friend Brian Merzbach reviews baseball parks around the nation.

The Corporate Elite: Rational Incentives for only the wealthy

The Corporate Elite: Rational Incentives for only the wealthy
The Elites double their $ every 6 to 8 years, while the "have-nots" double their $ every generation (or 24 years). Good bye Middle Class!

George Will

George Will
The human satellite voice for the Corporate Elite

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren
The Anti-George Will; Harvard Law School Professor; The Corporate Elite's Worst Nightmare

The Flag of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The Flag of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
I was born and raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

State Senator Stan Rosenberg

State Senator Stan Rosenberg
Democratic State Senator from Amherst, Massachusetts -/- Anti-Stan Rosenberg Blog: rosenbergwatch.blogspot.com

Ellen Story

Ellen Story
Amherst Massachusetts' State Representative

Teen Pregnancy in Pittsfield, Mass.

Teen Pregnancy in Pittsfield, Mass.
Books are being written on Pittsfield's high teen pregancy rates! What some intellectuals do NOT understand about the issue is that TEEN PREGNANCIES in Pittsfield double the statewide average by design - Perverse Incentives!

NH Governor John Lynch

NH Governor John Lynch
Supports $30 Scratch Tickets and other forms of regressive taxation. Another Pol that only serves his Corporate Elite Masters instead of the People!

U.S. Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter

U.S. Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter
The first woman whom the People of New Hampshire have voted in to serve in U.S. Congress

U.S. Congressman Paul Hodes

U.S. Congressman Paul Hodes
A good man who wants to bring progressive changes to Capitol Hill!

Paul Hodes for U.S. Congress

Paul Hodes for U.S. Congress
New Hampshire's finest!

Darth Vader

Darth Vader
Star Wars

Dick Cheney & George W. Bush

Dick Cheney & George W. Bush
The Gruesome Two-some! Stop the Neo-Cons' fascism! End the Iraq War NOW!

WAROPOLY

WAROPOLY
The Inequity of Globalism

Bushopoly!

Bushopoly!
The Corporate Elite have redesigned "The System" to enrich themselves at the expense of the people, masses, have-nots, poor & middle-class families

George W. Bush with Karl Rove

George W. Bush with Karl Rove
Rove was a political strategist with extraordinary influence within the Bush II White House

2008's Republican Prez-field

2008's Republican Prez-field
John McCain, Alan Keyes, Rudy Guiliani, Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, WILLARD Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Ron Paul

Fall in New England

Fall in New England
Autumn is my favorite season

Picturing America

Picturing America
picturingamerica.neh.gov

Winter Weather Map

Winter Weather Map
3:45PM EST 3-Dec-07

Norman Rockwell Painting

Norman Rockwell Painting
Thanksgiving

Norman Rockwell Painting

Norman Rockwell Painting
Depiction of American Values in mid-20th Century America

Larry Bird #33

Larry Bird #33
My favorite basketball player of my childhood

Boston Celtics Basketball - 2007-2008

Boston Celtics Basketball - 2007-2008
Kevin Garnett hugs James Posey

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
All heart! Awesome basketball star for The Boston Celtics.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady
Go Patriots!

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch
Owner of Fox News - CORPORATE ELITE!

George Stephanopolous

George Stephanopolous
A Corporate Elite Political News Analyst

Robert Redford

Robert Redford
Starred in the movie "Lions for Lambs"

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep
Plays a jaded journalist with integrity in the movie "Lions for Lambs"

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise plays the Neo-Con D.C. Pol purely indoctrinated by the Corporate Elite's political agenda in the Middle East

CHARLIZE THERON

CHARLIZE THERON
"I want to say I've never been surrounded by so many fake breasts, but I went to the Academy Awards."

Amherst Town Library

Amherst Town Library
Amherst, NH - www.amherstlibrary.org

Manchester NH Library

Manchester NH Library
I use the library's automated timed 1-hour-per-day Internet computers to post on my Blog - www.manchester.lib.nh.us

Manchester NH's Palace Theater

Manchester NH's Palace Theater
Manchester NH decided to restore its Palace Theater

Pittsfield's Palace Theater

Pittsfield's Palace Theater
Pittsfield tore down this landmark on North Street in favor of a parking lot

Pleasant Street Theater

Pleasant Street Theater
Amherst, Massachusetts

William "Shitty" Pignatelli

William "Shitty" Pignatelli
A top down & banal State House Pol from Lenox Massachusetts -- A GOOD MAN!

The CIA & Mind Control

The CIA & Mind Control
Did the CIA murder people by proxy assassins?

Skull & Bones

Skull & Bones
Yale's Elite

ImpeachBush.org

ImpeachBush.org
I believe President Bush should be IMPEACHED because he is waging an illegal and immoral war against Iraq!

Bob Feuer drumming for U.S. Congress v John Olver in 2008

Bob Feuer drumming for U.S. Congress v John Olver in 2008
www.blog.bobfeuer.us

Abe Lincoln

Abe Lincoln
The 16th President of the USA

Power

Power
Peace

Global Warming Mock Giant Thermometer

Global Warming Mock Giant Thermometer
A member of Green Peace activist sets up a giant thermometer as a symbol of global warming during their campaign in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. World leaders launch marathon negotiations Monday on how to fight global warming, which left unchecked could cause devastating sea level rises, send millions further into poverty and lead to the mass extinction of plants and animals.

combat global warming...

combat global warming...
...or risk economic and environmental disaster caused by rising temperatures

www.climatecrisiscoalition.org

www.climatecrisiscoalition.org
P.O. Box 125, South Lee, MA 01260, (413) 243-5665, tstokes@kyotoandbeyond.org, www.kyotoandbeyond.org

3 Democratic presidentional candidates

3 Democratic presidentional candidates
Democratic presidential candidates former senator John Edwards (from right) and Senators Joe Biden and Chris Dodd before the National Public Radio debate yesterday (12/4/2007).

The UN Seal

The UN Seal
An archaic & bureaucratic post WW2 top-down, non-democratic institution that also stands for some good governance values

Superman

Superman
One of my favorite childhood heroes and movies

Web-Site on toxic toys

Web-Site on toxic toys
www.healthytoys.org

Batman

Batman
One of my favorite super-heroes

Deval Patrick & Denis Guyer

Deval Patrick & Denis Guyer
Massachusetts' Governor stands with Dalton's State Rep. Denis E. Guyer.

Bill Cosby & Denis Guyer

Bill Cosby & Denis Guyer
TV Star Bill Cosby stands with Denis E. Guyer

Denis Guyer with his supporters

Denis Guyer with his supporters
Dalton State Representative

Denis Guyer goes to college

Denis Guyer goes to college
Dalton State Representative

Peter Marchetti

Peter Marchetti
He is my second cousin. Pete Marchetti favors MONEY, not fairness!

Matt Barron & Denis Guyer with couple

Matt Barron & Denis Guyer with couple
Matt Barron plays DIRTY politics against his opponents!

Nat Karns

Nat Karns
Top-Down Executive Director of the ELITIST Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Human Rights for All Peoples & people

Human Rights for All Peoples & people
Stop Anti-Semitism

Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill

Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill
State House, Room 227, Boston, MA 02133, 617-367-6900, www.mass.gov/treasury/

Massachusetts State Attorney General Martha Coakley

Massachusetts State Attorney General Martha Coakley
1350 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103, 413-784-1240 / McCormick Building, One Asburton Place, Boston, MA 02108, 617-727-4765 / marthacoakley.com / www.ago.state.ma.us

Bush v. Gore: December 12, 2007, was the seventh anniversary, the 5-4 Supreme Court decision...

Bush v. Gore: December 12, 2007, was the seventh anniversary, the 5-4 Supreme Court decision...
www.takebackthecourt.org - A political billboard near my downtown apartment in Manchester, NH

Marc Murgo

Marc Murgo
An old friend of mine from Pittsfield

Downtown Manchester, NH

Downtown Manchester, NH
www.newhampshire.com/nh-towns/manchester.aspx

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei
Movie Actress

Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities (MCHC)

Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities (MCHC)
www.masschc.org/issue.php

Mike Firestone & Anna Weisfeiler

Mike Firestone & Anna Weisfeiler
Mike Firestone works in Manchester NH for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign

James Pindell

James Pindell
Covers NH Primary Politcs for The Boston Globe

U.S. History - Declaration

U.S. History - Declaration
A 19th century engraving shows Benjamin Franklin, left, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman at work on the Declaration of Independence.

Boston Globe Photos of the Week - www.boston.com/bostonglobe/gallery/

Boston Globe Photos of the Week - www.boston.com/bostonglobe/gallery/
Sybregje Palenstijn (left), who plays Sarah Godbertson at Plimouth Plantation, taught visitors how to roast a turkey on a spit. The plantation often sees a large influx of visitors during the holiday season.

Chris Hodgkins

Chris Hodgkins
Another special interest Berkshire Pol who could not hold his "WATER" on Beacon Hill's State House!

The Big Dig - 15 tons of concrete fell from a tunnel ceiling onto Milena Del Valle's car.

The Big Dig - 15 tons of concrete fell from a tunnel ceiling onto Milena Del Valle's car.
Most of Boston's Big Dig highway remains closed, after a woman was crushed when 15 tons of concrete fell from a tunnel ceiling onto her car. (ABC News)

Jane Swift

Jane Swift
Former Acting Governor of Massachusetts & Berkshire State Senator

Paul Cellucci

Paul Cellucci
Former Massachusetts Governor

William Floyd Weld

William Floyd Weld
$80 Million Trust Fund Former Governor of Massachusetts

Mike Dukakis

Mike Dukakis
Former Governor of Massachusetts

Mary E. Carey

Mary E. Carey
Amherst, Massachusetts, Journalist and Blogger

Caveman

Caveman
www.ongeicocaveman.blogspot.com

Peter G. Arlos

Peter G. Arlos
"The biggest challenge Pittsfield faces is putting its fiscal house in order. The problem is that doing so requires structural changes in local government, many of which I have advocated for years, but which officials do not have the will to implement. Fiscal responsibility requires more than shifting funds from one department to another. Raising taxes and fees and cutting services are not the answer. Structural changes in the way services are delivered and greater productivity are the answer, and without these changes the city's fiscal crisis will not be solved."

James M. Ruberto

James M. Ruberto
"Pittsfield's biggest challenge is to find common ground for a better future. The city is at a crossroads. On one hand, our quality of life is challenged. On the other hand, some important building blocks are in place that could be a strong foundation for our community. Pittsfield needs to unite for the good of its future. The city needs an experienced businessman and a consensus builder who will invite the people to hold him accountable."

Matt Kerwood

Matt Kerwood
Pittsfield's Councilor-At-Large. Go to: extras.berkshireeagle.com/NeBe/profiles/12.htm

Gerald M. Lee

Gerald M. Lee
Pittsfield's City Council Prez. Top-down governance of the first order!

Mary Carey

Mary Carey
Mary with student

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox
Jonathan Papelbon celebrates with Jason Varitek

Free Bernard Baran!

Free Bernard Baran!
www.freebaran.org

Political Intelligence

Political Intelligence
Capitol Hill

Sherwood Guernsey II

Sherwood Guernsey II
Wealthy Williamstown Political Activist & Pittsfield Attorney

Mary Carey 2

Mary Carey 2
California Pol & porn star

Pittsfield's Good Old Boy Network - Political Machine!

Pittsfield's Good Old Boy Network - Political Machine!
Andy "Luciforo" swears in Jimmy Ruberto for the returning Mayor's 3rd term

Berkshire Grown

Berkshire Grown
www.berkshiregrown.org

Rambo

Rambo

The Mount was built in 1902 & was home to Edith Wharton (1862-1937) from 1903 to 1908.

The Mount was built in 1902 & was home to Edith Wharton (1862-1937) from 1903 to 1908.
The Mount, the historic home in Lenox of famed American novelist Edith Wharton, is facing foreclosure.

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