Karen Anderson spoke at the Twin City Tea Party candidates night Monday.

When the Subject of the DCF came in Q & A you can see this was a subject that moves her.

As was evidenced by her answer to my question

her web site is here.

On Monday I covered the Twin City Tea Party Candidates night. One of the candidates I covered was former state rep Rich Bastien who is running to regain the Worcester 2nd Seat he lost in 2012.

Before his speech I spoke to him about the oddity of an election where you can directly compare the records of two state reps.

You can find out more about Rich Bastien’s campaign here.

If you want to know why the GOP has done so well lately, it’s because we have candidates like Susannah Whipps Lee.

Anyone who spends 5 minutes with this woman will see she has incredible potential, but more interesting is that she is running a business that employes a ton of people. She could be doing that and living fine, instead she is heading to the state house to serve.

(and yes she will win her election)

If you want to help her across the finish line you can kick in here.

This is how we change Massachusetts, one district at a time.

If you want to find out why there is a tea party movement take a look of this interview:

Listen to the arrogance described and his amazing story of being voted out of a public event because his presence made his opponent “uncomfortable”.

Multiply that attitude in districts all around the nation and violá, you have a grass-roots candidates springing up all around the nation.

Chuck is running in the 3rd Middlesex district in Massachusetts his website is here.

Justin Brooks former president of the Twin City Tea Party and candidate for state rep held a meet and greet at the Luxury Box in Leominster mass.

Fedora Fans were in evidence

But the star of the show was the candidate who spoke to me at the event.

It was not long ago that many of these seats would have been uncontested, but although Massachusetts managed to duck the big red wave on the national level in 2010, on the state level the GOP is now stirring to life.

How much life is there in the Grand Ole Party? We will find out in November.

State Senator Jen Flanagan (D) and State Rep Kim Ferguson (R) spoke at the twin City Tea Party tonight at the Border Bar and Grille to talk about Redistricting.

They spoke mainly about the process and spoke a lot about the Federal requirements concerning majority minority districts.

They answered a fair amount of questions and I have plenty of video that I will update with as soon as they are uploaded.


Continue reading “State Senator Jen Flanagan and Rep Kim Ferguson at the Twin City Tea Party 11-28-11”

Well it took a lot of lawyers, cracked and broken election boxes, and some interesting handling of ballots during a recount but the Democratic machine managed to get the result they were looking for:

A Worcester Superior Court judge is ordering a new election for a contested Massachusetts House seat after ruling the November contest ended in a tie.

The ruling by Justice Richard Tucker means Democratic incumbent Geraldo Alicea of Charlton will again face off against Republican challenger Peter Durant of Spencer.

An earlier recount of had placed Durant one vote ahead.

But Tucker ruled a single uncounted vote for Alicea should be included in the official tally, ending in a tie.

Of course the democratic legislature might just choose to steal the election outright:

Representative Michael T. Moran, a Boston Democrat who co-chairs the Legislature’s Election Laws Committee, said the judge’s ruling would now be reviewed by a special House committee of two Democrats and one Republican.

The committee will make a recommendation about next steps to House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, he said. “The strongest option is to have a reelection,’’ Moran said. “But you have to look at everything.’’

“It’s fair to say this is extremely, extremely rare, and it poses a whole set of different issues and problems,’’ Moran said.

Red Mass. Group:

The correct answer for Moran would have been, “we have asked the Secretary of State to schedule the election for as early a date as possible.” He did not say that. Leaving the door open to the seating of Alicea.

Speaker Deleo and the rest of the Legislature should know that we the people of Massachusetts will march on the State House if they pull this again. As recent events in the Middle East have shown 2011 is a whole lot different than 2000 or 2001. Through the internet we can easily organize demonstrations, and they will be held.

This is what happens when you have a one party state. Remember we have done this to ourselves.

11:52 p.m. predicted the big red wave

11:39 p.m. Talking the why’s of why people are angry.

11:22 p.m. Talking about local electoral action

11:14 p.m. John Weston has rejoined us.

11:12 p.m. Talking about Term limits some disagreement on this among the panel.

11:08 p.m. Bill Campbell (r) for Sec of State now on the air

10:55 p.m. Pension reform now his topic.

10:49 p.m. Grossman talks about making more information available to the voter if elected.

10:36 p.m. Steve Grossman candidate for State Treasurer now on the air,

10:34 We just plugged the alyssa_milano $1 challenge for LA children hospital on the air and mentioned Stacy McCain.
Sam likes the picture proving he has excellent eyesight!

10:32 p.m. Marty Lamb (r) ma-3 now on the air

10:24 p.m Sam hits it out of the park “Why are we democrats while in power not solving the problems?”

10:20 p.m. Talking about candidates accountable, asks about what is the biggest spin. Say Sheriff’s office has no power on immigration. Mentions that he has addressed Tea Party events

10:14 p.m. He talks about the choices of sitting on his stoop and not get involved or getting involved. He talks about his own 26 year pay-in to the pension.

10:08 p.m. Sam asked the question about Pensions and dipping, Foley talks about his long record in law enforcement.

9:58 p.m. Asked about the power of the Sheriff office, and the lesser power in Massachusetts. He answered that there is a lot of local power held outside the position. He doesn’t consider that a problem as running the prison and coordinating with State and local police is more important that just a question of power.

9:52 p.m. Talks about a good idea to have a law enforcement presence on the Gov Council.

9:49 p.m. The argument is concerning the advantage about keeping long term congressmen.

9:44 p.m. I have video of this candidate from a Twin City Tea Party meeting here

9:39 p.m. Tom Foley (d) now in candidate for Sheriff

9:37 p.m. Talking about if independent candidates have a chance to win

9:35 p.m. A lot more of the lets play nice stuff, I don’t subscribe to that myself, politics should be played hard but honest

9:33 p.m. Carolyn Kamuda (u) one of 4 candidates for this office, State Rep, 1 Dem 1 Rep, 1 Ind 1 Unenrolled (Carolyn)

9:31 p.m. Now defending the bailouts and the president, that won’t earn many votes in Fitchburg/Leominster but then again its a local race

9:29 p.m. Ford declares he doesn’t vote the straight party ticket, voted for Weld and Paul Cellucci

9:21 p.m. Talks about changing the rules so they are not required to meet only in Boston, have the hearing in the jurisdiction where the appointee will serve

9:16 p.m. Talking a bit about voter anger

9:15 p.m. Fran giving some background on himself.

9:10 p.m. Fran Ford (d) candidate for Gov Council now on the air

9:00 p.m. staying for the Rosen and Rosario show

8:55 p.m. Tom talks about the outsourcing attacks

8:51 p.m. Neil remains on the attack

8:49 p.m. Apparently Congressman Neil ducked a Thursday Debate , but did show up for Friday but couldn’t talk to each other.

8:47 p.m. Tom Wesley now on

8:45 p.m. “I’d like to see judges who believe illegal immigration is illegal” Paul Caruccio

8:31 p.m Paul Caruccio running for Governor’s council now on the air

8:17 p.m. We are so loaded with great guests tonight!

8:12 p.m. Jim Henderson on now, Tom Wesley (r) ma-2 is in the studio

8:05 p.m. Interviewed Paul Caruccio during the break candidate for Gov council 6th district

7:59 p.m. Soon to come on the air Jim Henderson (I) candidate for Sec of State likely after the top of the hour

7:58 p.m. Sean stayed till the top of the hour

7:51 p.m Talking about cuts and asking about Cap and Trade

7:44 p.m. Sean Bielat stays through the break. Asked him about the info in this post by Stacy concerning the net loss for Mass.

7:35 p.m. Talking about the danger of cap and trade and the uncertainties of costs

7:28 p.m. Sean Bielat about to go on the air

7:24 p.m. Talking about business climate and why run?

7:12 p.m. First guest Peter Durant (r) running for 6th Worcester

7:10 p.m. Quoting Hughey Woodring you can find my interview with him here

7:05 p.m. Opening speech from Mike about the conservative candidates and supporting them

This afternoon I interviewed Jim McKenna (R) who ran an successful write-in/sticker campaign to get on the ballot to face Martha Coakley in the fall elections:

DTG: A write in campaign is tough, in a primary doubly so and would be considered impossible for a Massachusetts republican before this year. What happened?

JM: Experienced political people told us we couldn’t do it but the people got involved, there seemed to be more homemade signs and individuals pushing the candidacy than we ever expected. Between myself and Guy Carbone another fine write-in candidate we know at least 20k went to the polls motivated for this race. I’ve never seen people so involved.

I think this is the most significant event from election day INCLUDING the O’Donnell victory in Delaware.

I’ll explain in some detail later today on WCRN 830 AM between 4-6 p.m.

The actual sticker
…it is that a Write-in / Sticker campaign for Jim McKenna to get on the ballot so Martha Coakley would not be unopposed succeeded and he will be on the ballot this fall.

The state republican party did not run a candidate to oppose her, in a year like this it is in excusable.

James did this through tea party after tea party and managed to win the day.

Run this though your head. Sticker campaigns are notoriously difficult, a Republican one even doubly so.

Yet the headline on James campaign site is WE DID IT!

Those on the left and in the media who are trying to convince themselves that last night was a good sign for them in November…

..be afraid, be VERY afraid!

Lots of interesting races but for me there are three that stand out for me.

Kamal Jain at the Twin City Tea Party March 2010
Two of them are statewide: State Auditor features two spectacular candidates Mary Z. Connaughton and Kamal Jain are both seeking the auditor’s office. Mary has the experience as a CPA, Kamal has some spectacular ideas and experience as an efficiency expert. I will be happy with either candidate picking one is going to be the toughest vote I’ve ever cast. I keep going back and forth and I likely won’t make a final decision until I get into the booth. (Whoever loses this race needs to run for another office in 2012 so I can vote for them)
Mary Connaughton in Framingham August 2010

For Attorney General Guy Carbone and James McKenna are both running Sticker campaigns. Again both are more than acceptable. Carbone is paisan, his story is the story of my family, his patron saint is the patron of my church (St. Anthony di Padua) and his positions sync with mine, James McKenna is not paisan, I have no idea of his family background, but our positions also sync, I have some familiarity with his work as a prosecutor and his work with ethics and he will get my vote today.

Jim McKenna (right) at the Reading Tea party 9/2010

There are also contested primaries in the congressional races for the 5th, 3rd and 10th districts, most of the action is on the GOP side.

The other race that interests me in on the Democratic side and is local. For Worcester County Sheriff you have Tom Foley vs Scott Bove. Massachusetts is one of the few states where the Sheriff’s office is not very powerful. Foley has a long experience in law enforcement but Bove has 20 years at the prison itself as a Co. Since the primary duty is to run the prison Foley has to have my nod.

Scott Bove (D) for Sheriff

These races won’t get the press that Christine O’Donnell vs Mike Castle is getting in Delaware but the names in these small races often are where future reps, governors, and congressmen come from. The Mass GOP is building up its farm system and will be ready to play hardball in 2012.

State Rep Candidate Ray Igou (9th Essex) at the Reading Tea Party 9/7/2010

he is an airline pilot by trade and another great example of a regular guy who decided to step up to make a difference. He not only talks sense, I look forward to seeing him at the statehouse.

This is why we will win and continue to win, we are inspiring not people looking for a career but people with lives and careers to step forward to lead. This guy has class and sense.

My latest examiner article actually went up a few days ago but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to promote it. The article talks about the difference between what my arch enemy friend Chris Lackey and what other people see:

Chris, whose critique didn’t touch much on speakers like Bill Campbell (r), was very unlucky, as a committed atheist he picked the only week that any presentation remotely touched on religion, If he had been covering other tea party events he perhaps would have understood the heart of the tea party, best exemplified by people like Kristine Abrams who is running for state rep on the Republican Ticket in the 11th Plymouth district.

Kristine is not a politician, she is a regular person who got sick and tired of what was going and an instead of deciding that there was nothing she could do; decided to do something herself. She had campaigned in her district with a message of fiscal responsibility and is making a difference by challenging the one party status quo in this state.

Remember that .0075 per hit is the only revenue I’m making other than the odd tech support job. So click on it and read this and my other examiner articles here.

There was a very good rebuttal at the Sentinel & Enterprise a few days ago:

No, what is clearly evident is that people who share Mr. Lackey’s views are terrified that their humanist/statist hold on government policy is being threatened. However, the philosophy of the tea party in the Twin Cities is nothing to fear. It is a view of smaller government, more local control, peaceful protest, and an inclusive environment where anyone is welcome. To accuse the Twin Cities Tea Party of being intolerant or rude is completely ridiculous and a terrible slight to the group of individuals who take the time out of their busy lives to make it possible for us to have our forum.

My own rebuttal didn’t make the papers I’ll throw it up later.

Barry gives us his take on the PCGSP

Enthusiasm is the right word for what is going on. One can’t talk about the republican resurgence without using the name Scott Brown and credit is given where due.

Victoria Dibel is exactly the type of voter that events like this a for:

The fact that Mary Connaughton got her vote when she had not heard of either her or Kamal Jain the other Republican candidate for auditor (and Both are VERY impressive) shows how important such events are.

Just heard Michael Graham talk about Barack Obama as the best creator of conservative voters ever.

Just now was able to get the Net will update as able

Jeff Perry now going up Crowd gave him a rousing round of applause. Let the group in a cheer against both Obamacare and Amnesty

Joe Malone now coming up gets a good reception.

Ray Kasperowicz gets a huge round of applause when suggesting impeachment against Eric Holder.

Mary Z. Connaughton up if you’ve seen my interview with her you know what see is saying tonight. “This is OUR year”

Here is the final slideshow update

The Results of the Straw poll are here

Update: Redundant slideshows removed

…at the twin city tea party on Monday:

I had a lot of trouble uploading video yesterday so a lot of the Monday stuff is coming up today and tomorrow.