Jonathan Melle

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Richard Tisei - A Republican from Wakefield & the minority leader of the Massachusetts Senate

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The Boston Globe, Op-Ed
RICHARD R. TISEI
"Patrick's summer sizzle"
By Richard R. Tisei, June 18, 2008

GOVERNOR Deval Patrick will be in Hollywood and San Diego this week to pitch the state to filmmakers and biotech firms. No doubt he will promote Massachusetts as a great place to do business. Meanwhile, companies here are closing their doors and moving operations to other states because they can no longer afford to do business in the state. Over the past four years our state has ranked close to last when it comes to job creation.

In the 18 months since Patrick has taken office, he has offered an inconsistent and at times counterproductive economic development policy. Rather than concentrating on assisting the state's struggling core industries, the governor's efforts have focused primarily on more "sexy" endeavors such as movie stars, casinos, and life sciences.

Patrick takes with him to California one of the nation's most generous film tax credits. The movie industry had a banner year in 2007, posting a record $9.7 billion in box office receipts. It also raked in another $138.7 million in tax credits and sales tax exemptions courtesy of Massachusetts taxpayers.

Both liberal and conservative budget watchdog groups, including the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and Beacon Hill Institute, have assailed this credit as a giveaway that at best creates temporary part-time jobs. The Department of Revenue reported that the state collects less than 18 cents for every dollar in tax credits issued. Moreover, according to the department, these tax credits are primarily helping to pay the salaries of actors, producers, and directors earning more than $1 million per film.

Patrick is also bringing with him his new $1 billion life sciences plan. The plan creates a system of generous tax credits awarded on a company-by-company basis, permitting Patrick to pick winners and losers within the industry. If two companies are developing nearly identical products, one could be selected for a tax credit while the other is left out. This lack of broad-based applicability is a point that will undoubtedly be left out of the conversations in San Diego.

Patrick's inconsistent economic development policy is out of step with the realities and needs of the state. Core industries, from financial services to manufacturing, technology, and defense, are suffering due to the high cost of doing business in Massachusetts.

Instead of offering giveaways to selected industries, Patrick should introduce legislation that makes Massachusetts more competitive for all businesses, followed by special sessions of the Legislature later this summer dedicated solely to improving Massachusetts' competitiveness. The sessions should address unemployment insurance rates, healthcare costs, and electrical and utility rates - which are all among the highest in the nation. Workers' compensation, homeowners insurance, and taxes, both state and local, should also be addressed.

And then there is Patrick's soon to be enacted $500 million corporate tax hike. Decisions are being made looking only at the immediate need to increase bottom line revenues without considering the longer view of whether these policies will fairly balance tax policy and state revenue necessities with economic development.

The corporate tax bill primarily affects large multi-state corporations. These companies - including Fidelity, Bank of America, Citizens Bank, General Electric, Verizon, and many lower profile companies - serve as easy targets. However, these corporations employ 40 percent of the state's workforce and are responsible for a large portion of the state's highest paying jobs, the majority of which are portable and can move to other, less costly states.

While the governor has pushed for over-the-top tax credits to pay the salaries of movie stars and is picking winners and losers in the biotech industry, many Massachusetts employers are either transferring jobs out of the state or looking elsewhere to invest and grow. For example, Fidelity and General Electric, once mainstays of the state's economy, are choosing to expand and add new jobs in other states.

Making Massachusetts competitive again will take real leadership, and it requires a change in attitude throughout state government that employers are not the adversary. The global economic structure is rapidly changing; the state must act now or it will be poorly positioned for the new economy.

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The Boston Globe
"2008 Ballot guide"
November 2, 2008

The biggest buzz on the 2008 Massachusetts ballot has been generated by three referendum questions. Use this guide to help make an informed decision on Tuesday.

Q1
Would reduce the state personal income tax rate to 2.65 percent for the tax year beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2009, and would eliminate the tax beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2010.

PRO

Proponents say the tax, which generates roughly $12.5 billion a year for the state, enables government waste, fattens labor unions and public employee benefits, and robs workers of 5.3 percent of their hard-earned income. They say returning the money instead to the state's 3.4 million workers would help people afford to live in Massachusetts and encourage private business growth.

Notable supporters: Carla Howell, former Libertarian gubernatorial candidate, and her Committee for Small Government; and Barbara Anderson and Citizens for Limited Taxation, who led the effort to pass the property tax control known as Proposition 2 1/2 in 1980.

CON

Opponents say eliminating the tax, which funds roughly 40 percent of the stat's budget, is a reckless move that could wipe out public schools, safety, and infrastructure. They also caution that it would harm the state's credit rating and ability to borrow money, discourage businesses attracted by its schools and quality of life, and cause other taxes to be raised to make up the difference.

Notable opponents: Coalition for Our Communities, which draws most of its funding from public-employee unions; community-activist groups; state and local business organizations; public offi cials; and a host of elected bodies, including Boston's City Council.

THE CONTEXT

The same question appeared on the ballot in 2002. Tax supporters dismissed it as outlandish, spending just $4,600 to oppose it, so they were stunned when it won 45 percent of the vote. This time they mounted an aggressive campaign, raising and spending several million dollars to preserve the state's income tax. Meanwhile, Question 1's proponents had raised and spent about one-tenth as much through mid-October and were relying on voter frustration with elected officials, economic constraints, and a general belief in limited government to win passage.

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
"Voters reject income tax repeal"
By Eric Moskowitz, Boston Globe Staff, November 5, 2008

By a better than 2-to-1 margin, Massachusetts voters yesterday rejected an effort to repeal the state's income tax, following an aggressive campaign by unions and other opponents who warned that eliminating the tax would gut state government.

Although they were in no mood for change on taxes, voters yesterday did upend the status quo on two other issues. They chose by a wide margin to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, and they also ended the state's seven-decade tradition of greyhound racing.

Six years ago, a similar tax-repeal question attracted little attention and no organized opposition but nearly passed. Stunned tax supporters took no chances this time, spending millions on an aggressive campaign warning that repealing the income tax would trigger drastic cuts to government programs, damage the economy, and prompt increases to other taxes and fees.

"We said the proposal was reckless, and we think voters saw it just as that," said Peter Meade, chairman of the Coalition for Our Communities, which led the opposition.

About 69 percent of voters opposed the repeal, with 80 percent of precincts reporting. In 2002, the repeal prevailed in about 100 communities. As of press time early this morning, it had not carried a single city or town.

The Coalition for Our Communities outspent the supporters of Question 1 by a 10-to-1 ratio through mid-October, a gap expected to widen on finance reports that will be filed after the election. That enabled the question’s opponents to pay for a flurry of television ads and a sophisticated effort to identify likely supporters and undecided voters.

Among other tactics, they sent full-color, personalized mailers that incorporated a voter’s name and community into the imagery and warned of specific local cuts.

Carla Howell, the former Libertarian gubernatorial candidate who led the effort to repeal the tax, blamed the defeat on the fund-raising gap.

"We knew that this was a David-versus-Goliath battle," said Howell, chairwoman of the Committee for Small Government, speaking to a crowd of about 20 supporters at Ken’s Steak House in Framingham last night. "All we needed was a bigger stone."

In an interview afterward, Howell also likened her limited-government bid to the Boston Tea Party, casting the campaign "in the long tradition of little guys trying to do what's right for working men and women."

But there was more than a monetary gap at play. The Coalition for Our Communities drew on a door-to-door network of activists worried about cuts to schools, health centers, public safety, and other programs. In Dorchester and Mattapan alone, more than 100 volunteers from several nonprofits offered rides to the polls yesterday and handed out thousands of palm cards with a thumbs-down icon and the words, "Times are hard enough. Let's not make them worse."

"We know how important Question 1 is to many services that are important to working families across the state," said Cortina Vann, a community organizer with the Dorchester-based Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, where a classroom normally used for a low- and moderate-income home-buyer course had been converted into a war room, the walls covered with charts detailing precinct locations and volunteer schedules.

On the other side, the Committee for Small Government, invested a chunk of its limited resources, which totaled $431,000 through mid-October, early in the campaign, on the signature drive to get the question on the ballot.

After that, Question 1 advocates hoped that frustration with government waste as well as fatigue from strained family budgets would lead many of the state's 3.4 million workers to strike a blow against the 5.3 percent income tax.

"We’re getting taxed to death in Massachusetts," said Bernie Friesecke, a North Reading voter who contributed $85 to the Committee for Small Government.

"You get these television ads that tell you we're going to lose this, that, and the other thing," said Friesecke, a 78-year-old retired aeronautical engineer. "No one’s ever telling you that we've got corruption and spending on stuff we don’t need, in huge quantities."

The question called for cutting the income tax to 2.65 percent on or after Jan. 1 and for eliminating it entirely a year later. That would have returned an average of about $3,700 per worker but stripped the state of roughly $12.5 billion a year, or about 40 percent of funding for the current budget.

Opponents warned that the question would also harm the state’s credit rating and destabilize its economy, in addition to forcing cuts to the myriad services that rely on the tax. The coalition received heavy funding from public labor unions but also attracted outspoken allies in the state's leading business groups and from a wide range of government officials.

Some of those who voted for the question thought it had no chance of taking effect. Andrew Gray, a microbiology graduate student from Somerville, said he knew some supporters who just wanted to tweak government and send a message, thinking it would either lose or be immediately repealed by lawmakers if it passed.

"I don't want to play that sort of gambling game," said Gray, 29, who voted no.

Still, the question won some repeat supporters, such as George Bloom, a 47-year-old engineer from Lynnfield, a town that had widely supported the tax repeal in 2002.

"I agree with virtually nothing the Legislature does. I think they're the biggest bunch of hacks in the world," said Bloom, citing what he considered mismanagement of funds, outsized public-employee pensions, inefficient road projects, and an inhospitable business climate, among other things. "Tell me if I should stop. ... I'm just basically a disgruntled and beaten down voter."

But others in Lynnfield yesterday echoed the message of the Coalition for Our Communities.

"I just think it's kind of reckless," said Christine Noonan, 55, who works as a planner for GE. "And I really don't want to see my property taxes go up."
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Globe correspondents John S. Forrester and Jillian Jorgensen contributed to this report.
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The Boston Globe, Op-Ed, RICHARD R. TISEI
"Why we shouldn't get too comfortable"
By Richard R. Tisei, November 6, 2008

EVEN AFTER Governor Patrick's recent budget cuts - and after the failure of a ballot measure to abolish the state income tax - the Commonwealth is not out of the woods financially. Even with the approximately $900 million in so-called 9C cuts that the governor wants to make, Massachusetts is likely to face a deficit of at least $1 billion in the new year.

Come January, we will see how much the recent collapse in the stock market and housing sectors will hurt capital gains tax collections. The governor is predicting a 30 percent drop in these revenues, but we'll be lucky if that happens. During the last recession, capital gains plummeted by 70 percent, from $1.16 billion to $337 million in just one year, and forced massive cuts throughout the budget, including local aid. The same could happen again.

We still have a long way to go to get through fiscal 2009, which began July 1, and can expect a difficult year. And we are not dealing with only a short-term fiscal crisis. Our current economic woes will continue at least into fiscal 2010. We need to plan accordingly.

In the two years that Patrick has been in office, the state budget has grown by nearly $2.5 billion - close to 10 percent, a rate of growth that is unsustainable. He's added two new secretariats and spearheaded efforts to borrow $13 billion for capital projects. The new reality is that government needs to tighten its belt, just as every resident of the Commonwealth is doing.

But out of adversity comes opportunity. State leaders may be more willing to embrace key reforms in the way government operates - even ideas they might have rejected in better times.

In coming weeks, House and Senate Republicans will be using five basic principles to guide us through the budget-balancing process:

1. We need to decide which services government should provide. I give the governor credit for making a lot of tough decisions, but some of his priorities don't make sense. For instance, his recent cuts included the closing of the Ferguson Industries for the Blind, a workshop that has been employing blind people since 1906. How can we slash human services programs and tell people to expect longer lines at the Registry of Motor Vehicles when we're still paying "volunteers" through the governor's new $3 million Commonwealth Corps program?

2. We must not divert scarce funding to new programs like the Commonwealth Corps or to expand programs, no matter how well-intentioned. For example, funding for after-school grants - a worthy endeavor - was increased by 177.5 percent in the fiscal '09 budget. Even after the governor's 9C cuts, there are still significant expansions of programs like this that are taking place throughout the budget. How can we expand programs if we cannot adequately fund the basic education programs we already have?

3. We must freeze hiring immediately, and conduct a thorough review of the 2,000 positions throughout state government created since Patrick took office. Although the governor has announced plans to eliminate some positions through attrition and voluntary retirements, government is still growing faster than it should. We must strive for efficiencies and eliminate waste in government.

4. We must use our reserves sparingly, and only after identifying cost reductions throughout state government. The fiscal '09 budget was passed with a $400 million drawdown from reserves, and the Legislature recently authorized the use of up to $200 million in additional reserves this fiscal year. That would leave $1.6 billion in the rainy day fund. If we aren't careful, we might not have the reserves necessary to carry us through future fiscal years. We could also jeopardize the state's bond rating and make it even more difficult for the Commonwealth to borrow for future projects.

5. Most importantly, every effort must be made to hold local communities harmless and preserve local aid. Many communities have yet to recover from the local aid cuts in 2003. Imposing additional local aid reductions at this time would wreak havoc on municipal budgets and decimate essential local services.
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Richard R. Tisei, Republican of Wakefield, is the minority leader of the Massachusetts Senate.
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The Boston Globe, New England in brief, November 22, 2008

"GOP leader urges Patrick to act on roads"

Senate minority leader Richard R. Tisei called on Governor Deval Patrick yesterday to finalize a plan for transportation changes before resorting to increased tolls or gas taxes. In a letter to the governor, Tisei said Patrick's lack of action "has only served to increase the current and future burden on the taxpayers of Massachusetts." A spokeswoman for Patrick declined further comment because she had not yet received the letter.

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"Reform meets dogma"
The Berkshire Eagle - Editorial, Saturday, January 03, 2009

A new and long overdue reform has taken effect in the state with the dawning of the new year that prevents businesses in Massachusetts from avoiding taxes by shifting profits out of state. Many businesses employed this accounting dodge for years to the detriment of the state they did business in, but Republican lawmakers were arguing for its repeal the day it was implemented. Happily, Republicans are more than likely too small in number to pull this off, but the attempt helps explain why they are so small in number.

Under the new law passed last year, companies will be required to pay taxes to the state based on the amount of profit they earned in the state and will be prohibited from changing their incorporation level to avoid paying taxes. Corporations with a major presence in other states, which precludes most Berkshire businesses, were listing profits in other states to trim their tax payments here. The new provisions are expected to raise $400 million annually in desperately needed funds. As a compromise that benefits all state businesses, Governor Patrick and lawmakers agreed to a gradual reduction in the corporate tax rate beginning a year from now that will take it from its current 9.5 percent, the fourth highest in the nation, to 8 percent by 2012.

This is the very definition of a fair compromise, but Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei sees it as a bad measure requiring repeal because it amounts to raising taxes during the course of a recession. This does not constitute raising taxes, of course, but Republicans routinely describe any kind of tax reform as raising taxes. If the state was not in a recession, Republicans would undoubtedly argue that "raising taxes" during good economic times would cause a recession. In fact, tax reform is needed more than ever when a recession is drying up tax revenue, as is currently the case.

There are so few Republicans left in the House and Senate that the Democratic supermajority can brush aside any filibuster attempt or veto threat. It's not good for democracy, but it is not the fault of Democrats. This situation suggests that Republicans should stop doing whatever it is that reduced them to this sorry state, but they remain imprisoned by the party dogma that voters aren't buying at either the state or national level. Opposing good reform measures that benefit Massachusetts will guarantee their continued irrelevance.

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"Republican lawmakers blast governor for not identifying budget cuts"
Boston.com, January 14, 2009, 12:27 P.M., By Matt Viser, Boston Globe Staff

House and Senate Republicans are blasting Governor Deval Patrick for not being more forthcoming about his imminent budget cuts – and they plan to fight legislation today that would give the governor unilateral budget-cutting powers.

“He hasn’t provided any information to anyone,” Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei said in an interview. “It’s disgraceful, and he’s not living up to the job. This is not transparent, it’s not an open process, and it flies in the face of everything he said he was going to do.”

The House and Senate are scheduled later today to vote on whether to grant Patrick expanded powers that would allow him to cut into the $5.3 billion the state provides in aid to cities and towns. Top lawmakers expect the Legislature to give Patrick the powers, but they want the governor to provide a more detailed plan of how he plans to use them.

The debate could also hinge on philosophical differences over how money is distributed. The last time local aid was cut midyear, in 2003, Governor Mitt Romney agreed to use the same percentage reducation for all cities and towns -- so a wealthy community, such as Newton, had the same percentage reduced as an less wealthy area like New Bedford. It is unclear whether those terms will be used this time, or if the Legislature would allow the governor to preserve funding for poorer areas while making deeper cuts in wealthy areas.

Administration officials refused yesterday to detail what programs and services would be cut, including how much would come from cuts to local aid and whether they would use funds from the $1.7 billion remaining in the state's reserve account.

Leslie A. Kirwan, secretary of Administration and Finance, said she was not ready to discuss solutions as she briefed reporters on revenue figures, adding, "We haven't formulated a plan."

Republicans are drawing a sharp contrast with Patrick’s approach and the way Romney handled the cuts in January 2003, the last time there were midyear cuts to local aid.

At that time, the Democratic-led Legislature pushed Romney to offer more detailed plans on his cuts. After a flurry of closed-door meetings, Romney agreed with legislative leaders to a series of terms that included a pledge to not close more than a third of the budget gap with local aid cuts, and using the same percentage reduction in aid to all cities and towns.

Romney also disclosed the scope of the cuts in an address to the Massachusetts Municipal Association.

"We know this needs to be done in a timely fashion, because we're bleeding money," Senate President Therese Murray said yesterday in an interview. "But it's hard to act in the dark. We'd like a little bit of light, in terms of what the parameters are."

Yesterday, Patrick administration officials drastically reduced revenue estimates for this year, predicting a $1.1 billion midyear budget gap that the governor must solve within the next two weeks.

The budget gap, which will trigger a second round of cuts, is slightly worse than Patrick forecast two weeks ago, when he anticipated that he would face a shortfall of up to $1 billion.

Under state law, Patrick has two weeks to produce his plan
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The Boston Globe, Op-Ed, CHARLES CHIEPPO
"Losing a fiscal shell game"
By Charles Chieppo, February 20, 2009

THERE'S nothing like an economic meltdown to make state government feel powerless. Its impact on the economy is marginal, and it takes time before even that effect is felt. The natural desire is to take bold action to turn the tide. Unfortunately, those actions often do more harm than good.

Recently, Massachusetts has chosen a familiar path that is ultimately a dead end: luring specific businesses and industries with preferential treatment. The Commonwealth beefed up tax credits to the film industry and paid nearly $70,000 per new job to entice a pharmaceutical firm to expand in Lexington.

It also bet a billion taxpayer dollars on the biotech industry. Let's hope the Commonwealth is a better poker player with its chips than the federal government was with the first $350 billion it sunk into ailing financial institutions.

These deals are, in the words Governor Patrick often used during his campaign, a fiscal shell game. Massachusetts is in no position to absorb foregone revenue from tax breaks, so last year state government offset the hit with about $300 million in business tax hikes. The damage done by broader increases outweighs the benefits to chosen industries.

The biotech initiative also relies heavily on another trick: borrowing. A $500 million bond authorization means the more than $1.8 billion state taxpayers pay annually for debt service - already the fourth-largest line item in the budget - will increase. Or its term will be extended. Either way, we pay more.

Although the benefits wouldn't be felt immediately, there are things the Commonwealth can do to limit the pain of future recessions.

Massachusetts must get retirement costs under control. This year alone, paying down unfunded liability for public employee pensions will cost more than $1 billion.

The average annual state pension of about $23,000 isn't the problem. But countless loopholes allow the connected to reap windfalls that stoke the flames of anti-government sentiment. Both the governor and House Speaker Robert DeLeo promise pension reform; let's hold them to it.

Much of the burden of hard times falls on municipalities. Most cities and towns can save by purchasing employee health insurance through the state's Group Insurance Commission. But they currently have to negotiate with local unions to do it, even though GIC usually provides better coverage options at a lower cost. Municipal officials should be given authority to make the switch.

Employee health insurance is also part of the state fix. One-time federal stimulus money won't eliminate the gap between revenues and expenditures the Commonwealth faces almost every year. Increasing the amount state employees contribute toward their health insurance, as Governor Patrick has proposed, would narrow that gap by more than $50 million annually.

Those who decry "balancing the budget on the backs of workers" should remember that, contrary to conventional wisdom, public employees in Eastern Massachusetts earn 15 percent more on average than private-sector employees who do similar jobs, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Perhaps the biggest thing the Commonwealth could do to improve the business climate is fix our bloated unemployment insurance system. The unemployment costs Massachusetts businesses pay are more than twice the national median. Benefits are the nation's richest, they can be collected for longer than anywhere else, and qualifying for them is easier here than in most other states.

The system is also riddled with loopholes that result in many people - including small-business owners who lay themselves off - using the system to supplement their income for part of every year. An Associated Industries of Massachusetts proposal would address these "frequent fliers" by forcing their employers to pay more.

A recession isn't the time to shorten the benefit period, but bringing benefits in line with comparable states, tightening eligibility, and closing loopholes would reduce the cost of creating jobs.

In a democracy, there's little incentive to enact long-term reforms when people are hurting. But state stimulus efforts often hurt more than they help. Perhaps officials wrestling with economic crisis should take their cue from physicians: "First, do no harm."
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Charles Chieppo is the principal of Chieppo Strategies, a public policy writing and advocacy firm.
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"Calling all pork-busters: Pols urge taxpayers to alert them of waste"
By Laurel J. Sweet, Monday, March 2, 2009, www.bostonherald.com, Local Politics

When Gov. Deval Patrick brings home billions in federal stimulus bacon, two Republican lawmakers will be counting on government-fatigued taxpayers to be “pork busters,” dropping dimes on napping hacks and boondoggles run amok.

“Let’s face it, people don’t like us (politicians), and we give them a lot of reasons to not like us. Let’s not use this as an excuse for an orgy of spending,” said Sen. Michael Knapik, 46, of Westfield.

Cities and towns are already lining up for the anticipated $6 billion to $9 billion in recovery and reinvestment dollars at the Golden Dome trough for everything from sidewalks to synthetic-turf fields.

Tomorrow at the State House, Knapik and Republican Rep. Vinny deMacedo, 43, of Plymouth will be putting would-be stimulus money pigs on notice by announcing an e-mail “hotline” for the public to report to them - by word or photograph - any perceived abuses or wasting of the funds. Such as: workers sleeping on the job, projects dragging out for no good reason, or expenditures that seem plain absurd.

“This is the call to arms to 6.4 million pork-busters and watchdogs,” Knapik said of the state’s population. “Questionable spending is in the eye of the beholder, but you will know the boondoggle when you see it. You will know the pork when you see it.”

Knapik said tips received, anonymous or not, will be passed along to the proper authorities, including the inspector general’s office.

“I hope we get no input, quite frankly,” he said. “I hope the streets are paved with gold - or maybe just paved.”

Paving is what some communities have in mind, along with new senior centers, parking garages and modern sewers. But Boston also wants $3.85 million to forge a path for bicyclists and walkers between Roxbury and South Boston. And while Falmouth is holding out its hand for $1.5 million for the “nourishment” of Chapoquoit Beach, Mashpee requests $120,000 to replace school carpeting being held together with duct tape.

Patrick’s spokesman Kyle Sullivan said the governor’s got taxpayers’ backs with his Web site, www.mass.gov/recovery, which in due time will enable them to track online how the stimulus dough is being put to work.

“The governor has been a national leader in preparing for increased transparency and oversight of the recovery funds,” Sullivan said.

Both Knapik and deMacedo noted that because the feds are mortgaging the country’s future by spending money they don’t have, not one penny can afford to slip down the drain.

“We’re talking billions of dollars. The sheer numbers are crazy,” deMacedo said. “I’m not diminishing at all the (Patrick) administration. We want to make sure this money is spent efficiently.”
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Article URL: www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view.bg?articleid=1155607
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House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading, Massachusetts); (Photo by Angela Rowlings).
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"GOP leaders say they’ll have more followers"
By Hillary Chabot, March 7, 2009, www.bostonherald.com, Local Politics

Although the dwindling ranks of Republican lawmakers have prompted a case of all leaders and no followers in their state Senate caucus, GOP stalwarts argued yesterday a conservative comeback is in the wind.

“We’re down, but I don’t think by any stretch of imagination we’re out,” said House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading). “The amount of people angry about tax increases could prompt a strong comeback.”

The party has shrunk to five Republicans in the Senate. They take in stipends totaling $82,500 as members of the party’s leadership team despite the fact that there are no other members to lead.

Republican lawmakers said a heaping of tax hikes on booze, gas, candy and soda, combined with an ethical cesspool on Beacon Hill, could prompt voters to send more Republicans to the State House.

“It’s a perfect storm. People are looking for a change, I’m hopeful there will be more Republicans to lead,” said Sen. Scott P. Brown (R-Wrentham), who currently collects a $15,000 stipend as associate minority whip.

Brown said he occasionally does line up votes amongst the four other members, but admitted he doesn’t pay attention to his title.

“I’m on six or seven committees, I have a 99 percent voting record, and it is (a) tradition that has been in effect for 50 years,” Brown said of the title.

GOP activist Jim Rappaport defended the stipends, saying even though the members preach fiscal conservatism, the roughly $60,000 a year salaries for the lawmakers is too low.

“These guys are like the Christians thrown in with the lions, all they do is battle up there,” Rappaport said.

Jones said he hopes the state GOP lawmakers, who have seen their numbers decline from 39 to 21 since 1990, can start to crawl back from the bottom.

“Clearly nobody’s happy with where we’re at. We’ve just got to keep our sleeves rolled up and keep working,” Jones said.
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Article URL: www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view.bg?articleid=1156792
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"Too many chiefs: All Senate Republicans paid as leaders, but there’s no one to lead"
By Hillary Chabot, March 6, 2009, www.bostonherald.com, Local Politics

The state Senate’s five lone Republicans, spearheading a new campaign against the Democrats’ wasteful spending, are raking in more than $80,000 a year in taxpayer-funded stipends, each claiming a leadership title - even though they have nobody to lead.

All five members of the anemic Senate minority caucus boast a top-tier post, including a minority leader, an assistant minority leader, a “third assistant minority leader,” a minority whip and an assistant minority whip.

“It’s a joke. There’s nobody to whip,” said Steve Crosby, a former Administration and Finance secretary under Republican Gov. Paul Cellucci and acting Gov. Jane Swift. “This is the kind of thing where, if the Democrats were doing it, the Republicans would send out a snippy press release.”

Although they launched a statewide listening tour yesterday to blast Beacon Hill Democrats’ tax-and-spend agenda, the GOP senators had no problem collecting as much as $22,500 a year for their largely ceremonial titles.

Both parties have traditionally had five-member leadership teams, but the steady drain of Republicans from the Senate over the past two decades has left the party in the ludicrous position of being all leaders, no followers.

“Are there a lot of chiefs and no Indians? Yes, but we’re working to try and change that,” said Sen. Scott P. Brown (R-Wrentham), who gets a $15,000 stipend as the assistant minority whip.

Senate Minority Leader Richard R. Tisei (R-Wakefield) defended his leadership team, saying it has to work twice as hard to keep an eye on one-party rule and try to rein in overspending.

“It’s us against the world,” Tisei said. “We’re the only ones to question the majority, and we have a lot of responsibility to act as watchdogs.”

For that work, the five Senate leaders pull in a total of $82,500 a year in taxpayer dollars over and above their base pay.

Tisei gets $22,500 on top of his $61,440 salary. Assistant Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr (R-Gloucester) gets a $15,000 stipend in addition to his $58,237 salary, as does Third Minority Leader Michael R. Knapik (R-Westfield).

Minority Whip Robert L. Hedlund (R-Weymouth) and Brown, as assistant minority whip, both get $15,000 tacked onto their $61,440 salaries.

Tisei said his caucus led by example when they refused a 5.5 percent pay raise earlier this year, but he argued his members earn their stipends.

He also noted that every Democrat in the Senate gets “some sort of stipend,” serving as either chairs or vice chairs of various committees.

“If we had the opportunity to sit down and reform the whole system,” Tisei said, “I would be all for it.”
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Article URL: www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view.bg?articleid=1156542
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"Massachusetts Republicans call for Walsh appointment to be 'rescinded'"
By Matt Collette, Boston Globe Correspondent, March 28, 2009

The Massachusetts Republican party is calling for Governor Deval Patrick to "rescind his appointment" of State Senator Marian Walsh to a high-paying job at a state authority.

The comments came in a written statement from MassGOP spokesman Barney Keller after a story in today’s Globe on the involvement of Patrick's aides in Walsh's hiring at the Massachusetts Health and Education Facilities Authority. Keller said in a telephone interview he had no further comment.

The Globe reported that, contradicting a series of steadfast denials, internal e-mails showed that Patrick's top aides controlled Walsh's appointment.

The e-mails showed that the authority's chairman, Allen Larson, worked closely with Jay Gonzalez, Patrick's undersecretary of administration and finance, in the days before the authority voted to hire Walsh as a $175,000-a-year assistant executive director.

Critics have questioned Walsh's qualifications and noted that the post had been vacant for a dozen years. The position had not been advertised, and no search firm had been hired to compile a list of candidates. The appointment was not on an agenda for the authority meeting where it was unanimously approved. Acknowledging the controversy, Walsh recently requested that her salary be reduced to $120,000 a year.

As of late this week, Larson continued to say that the push to hire Walsh came from the authority, the Globe also reported today.

"Governor Patrick and his staff should explain why they encouraged Allen Larson to deliberately mislead the public in order to install a political supporter in a patronage job,” Keller said in today's statement.

A spokesman for the governor did not immediately have a comment.
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Related link: www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/03/28/patrick_aides_directed_hiring/
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"Patrick aides directed hiring: Set Walsh's salary, wrote job description E-mails detail their level of involvement"
By Frank Phillips, Boston Globe Staff, March 28, 2009

Contradicting a series of steadfast denials, internal e-mails show that Governor Deval Patrick's top aides controlled the appointment of state Senator Marian Walsh to a high-paying job at a state authority, from setting her salary to crafting her job description.

They also provided the agency's talking points for the news media in an attempt to quell a public uproar.

"I'm going to send you a proposed job description from [Patrick chief of staff Doug Rubin] soon," Patrick senior adviser Jay Gonzalez told the two top officials at the Massachusetts Health and Education Facilities Authority in a March 11 e-mail.

As of late this week, one of those officials, HEFA chairman Allen Larson, continued to say that the push to hire Walsh came from the authority.

"I would deny that," he said when asked if the Patrick administration engineered the hiring. "We have been looking for the additional staff expertise since I got on the board. We have been working with the administration to figure that out. But I do not consider this an orchestrated matter."

The e-mails indicate, however, that Larson and his staff worked closely with Gonzalez, Patrick's undersecretary of administration and finance, in the days leading up to the board's decision on March 12 to hire Walsh as a $175,000 a year assistant executive director. (After Patrick's action kicked up a political firestorm, Walsh requested this week that the salary be reduced to $120,000.)

The e-mails were released to the Globe after a public records request.

The salary level of $175,000 originated with the administration, the e-mails indicate. They also show that Rubin drafted Walsh's job description. Patrick's press office wrote the script for public statements by the agency.

On the weekend before the Patrick-controlled HEFA board unanimously approved Walsh's appointment as assistant director, Larson asked Gonzalez to justify why the Democratic lawmaker should be paid more than $128,500. That was the amount that a Burlington-based consulting firm, The Survey Group, reported as the average market base pay for the position.

Larson asked Gonzalez to contact Rubin for backup information that would support a $175,000 salary.

"Generally, it's lower than the $175,000 figure," Larson wrote to Gonzalez, referring to the consultant's survey of pay at other government agencies. "It would be helpful if Doug or others could send along some comparables so that we have substantive justifications."

There is no e-mail that describes how the administration responded, but other documents show that after the board vote, the agency's executive director, Benson Caswell, wrote Walsh offering her the job at the $175,000 salary. Another document shows Walsh's total salary package, which includes retirement benefits and healthcare coverage, would have totaled $242,442.

The appointment, coming amid talk of tax and toll hikes, has generated public anger directed at Patrick, who ran for election in 2006 as a reformer vowing to end patronage hiring on Beacon Hill. In the face of the criticism, Patrick has said the deputy director job at HEFA needed to be filled, even though it has been vacant for 12 years.

Patrick's director of communications, Joseph Landolfi, said yesterday in response to the evidence in the e-mails that Patrick's staff acted appropriately. He said the contacts involved "personnel decisions with chairman Larson that related to HEFA's role in supporting the governor's economic development agenda."

The e-mails about the salary also contradict statements from Walsh, a West Roxbury Democrat and one of Patrick's earliest political supporters. Walsh said this week that the authority had proposed the $175,000 salary after looking at the compensation levels of other, similar agencies.

"They made the offer based on a due diligence," she said after announcing she wanted the salary reduced to $120,000 in wake of the public outrage over her appointment.

The records also reveal that Gonzalez needed clearance from the governor's senior staff on several of the major issues.

The day before the board meeting where Walsh was formally selected, Gonzalez told Caswell that Rubin would create the job description that would be presented to the board. Caswell had already written and sent to Gonzalez a two-page job description for an assistant executive director. But that job description outlined duties that included working to develop new projects and procure new financing, expertise that Walsh did not possess.

The revised description, which is one paragraph, focused her duties on government-relations work, including merging the agency with the Massachusetts Development Authority, and not on tax exempt capital financing.

Gonzalez also edited a draft e-mail that Larson wrote for board members, telling them that Walsh had been "nominated" for the job and that her hiring would be taken up at the Thursday meeting.

"I think this is great," Gonzalez told Larson late Sunday afternoon after reading his final draft of the statement. "I have forwarded it on to a couple of others internally and asked them to get back to me by the end of the day today if they have any concerns."

As the story of Walsh's appointment unfolded, the governor's press operation was in close touch with Liam Sullivan, who handles media relations for the authority.

On the day the board voted to hire Walsh, Patrick's deputy press secretary, Rebecca Deusser, e-mailed Sullivan directing him to release a joint statement by Larson and Caswell praising Walsh as highly qualified for the job. Deusser had written most of the two-sentence statement.

Sullivan was also in constant touch with Patrick's press office, getting approval for talking points for dealing with reporters and providing it with information on press inquiries he was getting. Landolfi said his press office became involved the day the board hired Walsh. The "sole purpose" he said was to coordinate "who responds to various media inquiries ensuring that responses were accurate."

The governor's hiring of Walsh has prompted some who have worked with independent state authorities to sharply criticize the intrusion of political influence on the agencies. David T. Hannan, a former chairman of the authority, said the appointment is a breach in the legislative intent to create independent authorities that would be insulated from political pressures or become patronage dumping grounds.

"That is political mischief," said Hannan. "The Legislature created the authorities to avoid this kind of political mischief."
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Scot Lehigh of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
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"Massachusetts senator proposes selling naming rights"
The Associated Press, Tuesday, June 9, 2009

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts state senator says given the state's financial crisis, it's time to consider selling naming rights to state-owned facilities, including pools and parks.

Wakefield Republican Richard Tisei (ti-SAY') tells The Boston Globe that if selling naming rights to corporate sponsors keeps facilities open and brings in money, then it should be examined.

An amendment to the Senate's supplemental budget that would allow for naming rights passed 36- 3. If the measure is included in a House and Senate compromise budget, the proposal could be sent to Gov. Deval Patrick for approval.

Under the proposal, the state secretary of administration and finance would solicit bids and determine if they were appropriate.

Previous similar attempts have failed.

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"Baker picks Tisei as GOP running mate"
State House News Service, November 23, 2009
via metrowestdailynews.com/news

BOSTON — Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker has selected Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei as his running mate and was slated to make the official announcement this morning in Wakefield.

An outspoken critic of the Patrick administration, Tisei adds insider heft to Baker's campaign, bringing with him 18 years of experience in the state Senate and six more before that in the House. Tisei is one of only five Republicans in the Senate and his run for lieutenant governor would open up the seat he has long held.

“He’s a very tenacious campaigner, a good campaigner,” said House Minority Leader Brad Jones. “He’s never lost an election. If you look at Richard’s district, it runs the gamut of cities to suburbs, from affluent to less affluent. It’s a great sort of microcosm of the state.”

Jones questioned the outsider approach that Gov. Deval Patrick, who intends to run for re-election with Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, brought to public office, listing the lawmakers – Reps. Doug Peterson, Mike Festa, Jim Leary, Bob Coughlin and Dan Bosley, as well as Sen. Marian Walsh – that Patrick either placed in his administration or sought to.

Jones predicted Tisei critics might try to hammer him as an insider, but retorted, “This will be an arguing line but I think it’s a little ridiculous. I think you have to look at what they’ve done in office. Deval Patrick’s as much an insider now as anybody else.”

The Baker-Tisei ticket has a decidedly North Shore feel, with Baker from Swampscott and Tisei from Wakefield. Treasurer Tim Cahill, running unenrolled, and Republican Christy Mihos, competing against Baker for the Republican nomination, have not announced running mates. The lieutenant governor is elected independently in Massachusetts but candidates have historically formed alliances with preferred picks during primaries. Baker made his announcement on his Facebook page and Twitter account.

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Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei has said he's concerned the state's true financial condition is being concealed until after the Nov. 2 general election. (Wendy Maeda/ Globe staff)
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"Senate Republicans to block Massachusetts budget bill"
By Glen Johnson, AP Political Writer, October 5, 2010

BOSTON --Gov. Deval Patrick says his Republican challengers have reached "a new low" after lieutenant governor candidate Richard Tisei (tih-SAY') suggested there could be a post-election tax increase in Massachusetts.

In a statement Tuesday, the Democratic incumbent said Charles Baker's running mate "makes baseless insinuations" about the budget.

He calls them "both ridiculous and irresponsible."

Tisei is vowing to block action on a $420 million supplemental budget bill until Patrick explains the reasons behind the spending and whether he will need more cash this year.

Tisei says he's concerned the state's true financial condition is being concealed until after the Nov. 2 general election. And he says he's hearing talk -- though he won't say from whom -- about a potential post-election tax increase.

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"Despite defeat, Tisei has no regrets: Lieutenant governor run ‘a great experience’"
By John Laidler, Boston Globe Corrrespondent, November 14, 2010

It was not the ending Richard R. Tisei had in mind when he signed up to be the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker a year ago.

But the Wakefield Republican said that despite the defeat they suffered in the Nov. 2 election, he has no regrets about his decision to run for lieutenant governor.

“If I had the opportunity to do it all over again, I’d do it all over again because it was a great experience,’’ said Tisei, 48, the state Senate Republican leader.

“I traveled all around the state. I learned a lot about Massachusetts. I met an incredible amount of people,’’ he said.

“I didn’t have a bad day in the entire campaign. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out the way we would have liked. But . . . I was very proud to have stood by Charlie’s side and helped him during the campaign,’’ he said.

Tisei now is preparing for what will be his first break from public service since his election to the State House at age 22 in 1984. He served six years as a state representative, and is now finishing his 20th in the Senate.

Tisei said his immediate plan when he leaves office in January is to work full time at Northrup Realty, the agency in Lynnfield that he co-owns with his business and life partner Bernie Starr.

“My business has been growing every year, and it’s gotten to the point where this is good timing because I can concentrate on it full time and help it grow even larger. So I’m excited by that,’’ said Tisei, who began working at Northrup in 1982 and purchased the company with Starr in 2000.

Tisei said, however, he plans to “stay involved in government and politics. And in the future I would hope to run for something else.’’

While he said he has no specific plan in mind, Tisei has expressed interest in running for Congress. He resides in the Sixth District, which is represented by Salem Democrat John F. Tierney. He also will likely be mentioned as a future GOP contender for statewide office.

“If Richard decides to run again, he would be a terrific candidate for any office he may seek,’’ said Al Turco, who is chairman of the Wakefield Board of Selectmen and chaired Tisei’s lieutenant governor campaign.

“Richard brought a tremendous amount to the Baker-Tisei ticket in terms of his knowledge of . . . state government and his ability to raise funds not only in his district but throughout the state,’’ said Turco, a Republican State Committee member.

House minority leader Brad Jones of North Reading said he looks forward to his outgoing GOP colleague “remaining engaged in the political process,’’ and believes Tisei has strong potential as a future candidate.

“He’s run in a lot of elections,’’ Jones said. “He’s won in blue cities and red towns, and certainly, if that’s a direction he chooses to want to go in in the future, I think those possibilities will be there.’’

Looking back on this year’s race, Tisei said that campaigning as a running mate was a “little different than just being out there by yourself as a candidate.’’

But he said when Baker asked him to join the ticket, “I knew what I was getting myself into.’’

Tisei said he was motivated by a really strong belief that Baker would be an excellent governor, and a belief that “given my background, I would be in a great position to help him govern the state.’’

With his campaign driver and aide, Scott Conway of Melrose, Tisei crisscrossed the state, speaking before groups and raising about $2 million for the campaign.

“Everyone thinks Massachusetts is one state; it’s really a bunch of different regions,’’ Tisei said. “Like the Berkshires — I was really surprised that they are so disconnected from the rest of the state. You’d go out there and people sometimes were totally unaware of what was going on in Greater Boston.’’

Reflecting on the outcome, Tisei said: “Charlie and I did everything we could to win but at the end of the day this is still a tough state for a Republican to win statewide, and when you take on an incumbent governor, it’s very difficult to do.’’

He said it also turned out to be a very difficult year to run as a Republican in Massachusetts.

“Sometimes, the tide at the end of the campaign either sweeps you in or acts as an undertow,’’ he said. “In this case, we were positioned to win, but I think a lot of swing voters looked at what was happening nationally with the Republicans doing so well and just got a little nervous about electing Republicans here in Massachusetts.’’

Tisei, who represents Lynnfield, Malden, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and part of Melrose, publicly disclosed he is gay just prior to his selection as Baker’s running mate. He said he does not believe it hurt his campaign.

“Wherever I went, it was never an issue. I have a track record in government and people judged me on my record,’’ he said.

While he was pleased with the role he played in helping shape bills such as the education and welfare overhaul acts of the 1990s, Tisei said what gives him the most satisfaction is the assistance he was able to render to individual constituents.

“I had a district office open for 26 years in Wakefield and anybody could walk through the door who needed help,’’ he said. “And we were able to help them a lot of the time.’’

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2009 price-change stamps
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AP photo v Shepard Fairey

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

Honest Abe

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A 2007 US Penny

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Sledding for dogs

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Hartford, once the wealthiest city in the United States but now the poorest in Connecticut, is facing an uphill battle.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_Supreme_Court

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The Oscars - 2/22/2009.
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Rachel Maddow

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A Progressive News Commentator

$500,000 per year

$500,000 per year
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THE CORPORATE ELITE...

THE CORPORATE ELITE...
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The Presidents' Club
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5 Presidents: Bush, Obama, Bush Jr, Clinton, & Carter!

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

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Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon
Hollywood Actress

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Peter G. Arlos.
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Turnpike OK's hefty toll hikes

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The Pink Panther 2

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Barack Obama
The 44th US President!

Vote

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A rainbow over Boston

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Dan Wasserman

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Ward 1 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

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Ward 4 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

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Ward 5 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

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Ward 6 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

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Ward 7 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

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

Michael Garrity

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

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At-Large Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

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Go USA!

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts

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"Big Dig"

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

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Daniel Duquette

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

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Wanna-be Prez?

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"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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