After Pay Hike, Dems Rule Out Governor's Sales Tax Holiday Plan

BOSTON -- Just months after overriding a gubernatorial veto to give themselves a massive pay hike, Beacon Hill Democrats today shut the door on Governor Baker's proposal to provide just one weekend of sales tax relief for consumers. As the State House News Service notes: "Lawmakers this session quickly passed a hefty pay package for themselves, even though state finances were questionable at the beginning of the year, too." Continue reading

ICYMI: "Setti Warren: 'Do As I Say, Not As I Do' On Immigration Enters 'Phase II'"

BOSTON -- Mayor Setti Warren attempted Friday to make sense of his recently announced opposition to a bill which would allow police to detain illegal immigrants convicted of crimes like murder after the State House News Service pointed out he was once in favor of such a move. Unfortunately for Warren, in his attempt to clear things up, he staked out more confusing positions when he said that police should "cooperate" with federal officials, despite his support for making Massachusetts a "sanctuary state," and his support of the Safe Communities Act which would prohibit police from cooperating with federal officials to detain dangerous illegal immigrants. Continue reading

Dems: Plenty Of Money For Pay Hikes, None For Tax Relief

BOSTON -- Beacon Hill Democrats had no trouble finding $18M to hike their own pay earlier this year, which they rammed through with virtually no debate, but when it comes to providing sales tax relief for consumers across the Commonwealth, Democrat leaders are now saying they can't find the money. Continue reading

WTAS: Beacon Hill Dems Under Pressure To Back Guv's MassHealth Reform

BOSTON -- Democrats on Beacon Hill are under pressure to pass Governor Baker's sensible reforms to the MassHealth program that will control spending and save taxpayer dollars. Today, the Cape Cod Times editorial board joins a chorus of opinion leaders urging Democrats to do their jobs and pass the reforms. Continue reading

Dems Under Fire For "Sitting On The Sidelines," "Dodging" On MassHealth Reform

BOSTON -- Senate Democrats on Beacon Hill are under fire for "dodging" and "sitting on the sidelines" while Governor Baker receives praise for taking action with commonsense reforms to save taxpayers millions with the MassHealth program. Today's Lowell Sun editorial slamming Senate President Rosenberg follows a Boston Globe editorial saying the package deserves approval. Continue reading

ICYMI: The Lowell Sun: On Health Care, Warren's All-Talk Approach Shows She's Just Playing Politics

The Lowell Sun editorial board takes Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the Massachusetts congressional delegation to task today - over their complete failure to offer any substantive solutions on health care. The Sun's editorial notes that Warren's all-talk approach indicates she's just in it for the politics - and has no interest in actually fixing what's wrong with the current system. Continue reading

More Money For Politicians Fuels More Dysfunction Among Dem Leaders

BOSTON -- Months after voting to give themselves a massive pay raise, tensions reached a fever pitch among Democrats this week as party leaders openly attacked one another, stalling negotiations over long-awaited bills. Senate President Stan Rosenberg called comments from House Speaker Bob DeLeo "Bull$#!t" and implied that House members are incompetent all after the two Democrats resorted to criticizing each other in cryptic public statements. Continue reading

MassGOP Chairman Calls On Healey To Explain, Apologize For Office's Misconduct & Cover-Up

BOSTON -- A superior court judge sharply criticized Attorney General Maura Healey's office for concealing evidence and trying to cover up mistakes in a drug lab scandal, and the consequences of that behavior could lead to "thousands" of convicted drug dealers being freed, according to the Boston Herald. Healey's attempt to whitewash the mishandling of the Sonja Farak case just to make her office look better could have lasting and dangerous consequences for the criminal justice system, according to today's report. Continue reading

ICYMI: Warren's Single Payer Flip-Flop-Flip

BOSTON -- Senator Elizabeth Warren's acknowledgement yesterday that she's lurched to the left by supporting single payer health care completes her flip-flop-flip on the issue - given that in 2012, she opposed the idea after previously supporting it. Continue reading

Dem Guv Hopefuls Tongue-Tied On ICE Partnerships

BOSTON -- Democrats moved quickly yesterday to distance themselves from a controversial bill that would have sharply limited the ability of local law enforcement to coordinate with federal authorities to keep dangerous criminals off the streets. But their colleagues running for governor suddenly found themselves tongue-tied, unable to support a commonsense program that's kept dangerous criminals off the streets - while one candidate actually endorsed eliminating the partnership. Continue reading