Consistency Matters

When does independence in a politician become inconsistency? Does it matter? An election held near my town this week says it does - and that inconsistency sometimes just doesn't pay. The race was for a state senate seat. The candidates were two experienced politicians - one an alderman in the state's largest city, the other … Continue reading Consistency Matters

The next local election: if you don’t care, rest assured that someone else will

The urgency of national news sometimes casts local politics into the shade. Watch out for that. I spent the last election season preaching "downballot" to anyone who would listen. I have no regrets, in view of some of the issues coming up in my area at the state and local levels that are sure to … Continue reading The next local election: if you don’t care, rest assured that someone else will

In Louisiana: Another Month of Mudslinging

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- Bad news on today on the Dead Pelican – that’s the Louisiana version of The Drudge Report.    The headline there links to a Washington Times story predicting yet another month of negative campaigning here in Louisiana: While voters around the country eagerly await Tuesday as the end of the campaign … Continue reading In Louisiana: Another Month of Mudslinging

Update Fitchburg 1:30 p.m.

I've been to every precinct in the city so far and this is what I saw. In ward 6 where two years ago I stood alone a group held signs for republican candidates The only candidate on the democratic side promoted was Tom Foley for Sheriff I have never in my life seen more people … Continue reading Update Fitchburg 1:30 p.m.

A conversation with Rich Bastien: candidate for Worcester 2nd District

Rich Bastien is running in the 2nd Worcester district in the statehouse, I talked to him at the Bill Gunn Town Hall in Leominster Last week. If his story is being repeated statewide the times they will be a changin'!

Jen Flanagan and Neal Heeren at the Tea Party Candidate Forum

Here is the video of Jen Flanagan and her opponent Neal Heeren at the Twin city Tea party on the 28th I recorded these in about 10 minutes swatches based on my camera and the space on my two cards: I actually think she made a good presentation. I thought her answer on "Tea Party … Continue reading Jen Flanagan and Neal Heeren at the Tea Party Candidate Forum

Twin City Tea Party candidate forum Democrats attend!

The Twin city tea party had its monthly meeting at the Border Grille and Bar yesterday. That in itself isn't big news. What WAS big news is that it included a candidates forum and two sitting DEMOCRATIC members of the General Court attended. Jennifer Flanagan (Sen 4th Worcester district) and Jen Benson (Rep 37th Middlesex … Continue reading Twin City Tea Party candidate forum Democrats attend!

My Latest Examiner Column: Massachusetts Democrats missing the (tea) Party

My latest column for the examiner is up an excerpt: ...with the April meeting pending; organizer Justin Brooks started contacting democrats either in office or running for office. He left messages or talked to a half dozen different candidates eager to get another perspective, without success. Most office holders and candidates never got back to … Continue reading My Latest Examiner Column: Massachusetts Democrats missing the (tea) Party

Speaking of elections in Fitchburg

Our Mayor Lisa Wong is a very bright young woman, if you meet her you can't help but like her. Her visit to our house when she was going door to door was memorable because of something funny. As we were talking to candidate Wong at the front door, my youngest kept trying to pull … Continue reading Speaking of elections in Fitchburg