This is our first year blogging, and though it would be a bit presumptuous of us to assume that people will listen to everything we say, there’s a lot of confusion about who to vote for and how to vote on the ballot questions, so we thought we would share how we are viewing a number of candidates as well as the ballot questions.
As you will see below, we are highly influenced by both Bill Cotter at Operation Rescue and MassResistance.
Attorney General: Martha Coakley (D) vs Jim Mckenna (R)
We are voting for Jim McKenna.
There has been some confusion about Jim in recent days, the guy running against pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage Attorney General Martha Coakley. McKenna was reported to have made statements in Bay Windows that he was opposed to DOMA, but MassResistance reports that they personally spoke with McKenna over the weekend–he never spoke with the homosexual newspaper Bay Windows and the allegations that he’ll work to strike down DOMA aren’t true.
Governor: Deval Patrick (D) vs Charles Baker (R)
Either leave it blank, or consider writing in Lively and Davis. MassResistance says they have been asked to encourage people to write in “Scott Lively and Keith Davis” (without the quotes) for Governor / Lt. Governor on your Mass. ballot if you can’t deal with any of the official candidates and you want to vote for someone. As we’ve reported, both Scott Lively and Keith Davis are first class individuals that you can be proud to vote for. (Just the names as indicated above are probably sufficient, without addresses.)
Secretary of State: William Galvin (D) v. William Campbell (R)
We are voting for William Campbell
Operation Rescue reports, “Galvin is pro-life by reputation.” Mass. Resistance reports that Campbell is, “to the best of our knowledge, pro-life and pro-traditional marriage.” He is also for the very important principle of requiring voter ID on Election Day.
Auditor: Suzanne Bump (D) v. Mary Connaughton (R)
We are voting for Mary Connaughton
Mass. Resistance: “Suzanne Bump proudly marches in the Gay Pride parade and is proud of her support of same-sex ‘marriage.’ Besides that, she’s basically another hack Democrat politician.” Mary Connaughton is actually an auditor and “has a record of fiercely defending the taxpayers interests against fraud when she was on the Mass. Turnpike Board, and she also goes to Tea Parties!” Also, Mary gave pro-life answers to MCFL’s questionnaire. Operation Rescue and Mass Resistance concur on voting for Mary.
We are voting YES on all 3, following the suggestions/advice of MassResistance and Operation Rescue. By the way, NARAL urges a “No” vote on questions 1 and 3. NARAL says a “Yes” vote (which will cut taxes) could have a devastating impact on access to reproductive health services in the Commonwealth. Bummer. Though we are concerned about cuts in aid to the poor, we agree with the positions of MassResistance described below.
Question 1: Repeal the sales tax on alcoholic beverages, recently passed by the Legislature.
Our vote: YES:
Last year the Legislature passed a 6.25% sales tax on beer, wine, and liquor. But it’s a “double tax” imposed on citizens. And it puts Massachusetts businesses at a disadvantage over businesses across the border in neighboring states. Massachusetts consumers already pay a substantial excise tax on alcoholic beverages, and this tax is on top of that one! It’s just another way to pad the state budget. They should either do one tax or the other, but not both.
This is being opposed by special interest groups claiming that the money is needed for alcohol treatment programs. But in fact, as we found with the cigarette taxes, that money rarely goes where it’s supposed to. It just goes into the general fund. This wasn’t passed to fund treatment of alcoholics. It was passed to get more money for the budget.
Question 2: Repeal the 40B law regarding permits for low-income housing.
Our vote: YES
This terrible law allows speculators to buy up land in any community and easily build subsidized, high-density housing — without regard to local zoning regulations. It adversely affects the communities, costs taxpayers extra money to support, and the towns have no control over it while the developers make lots of money. The Massachusetts Inspector General has called this law a “pig fest” that “represents one of the biggest abuses in state history.”
The truth is that the biggest impediments to normal low-income housing are the state and local governments — with their overbearing regulations and oppressive housing laws, and general hostile attitude toward landlords. In other parts of the country the private market creates an ample supply of low-income housing.
Sadly, this is being opposed by a number of misguided religious groups on both the left and the right, as well as the usual left-wing special interests.
Question 3: Reduce the sales tax to 3%
Our vote: YES
Recently the Legislature RAISED the sales tax from 5% to 6.25%. Anyone who actually reads the huge annual Massachusetts state budget would be outraged at the enormous special-interest pork, pet projects, special-interest programs, pensions (sometimes at early retirement ages), union demands, and general waste of hard-earned taxpayer money. We’re not exaggerating. One tiny example: This month the Boston Herald reports that the state pays $6.4 million hiring less than 100 people for “PR services” for government agencies. Overall, the state budget grows each year faster than inflation (often double the rate of inflation).
The usual pro-tax groups and labor unions are claiming that “essential services” would be immediately cut if this were to pass and that cities and towns would not get their state aid. The truth is that the Legislature has never been forced to say “no” to the special interests. It’s about time they started.
It’s been estimated that approximately 30,000 jobs would be created in the private sector (mostly in small businesses) if the measure passes.
Recently a business group headed by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce announced it was opposing this tax rollback. However, news reports also reveal that it’s a group of big businesses that use state-funded services. “It goes too far. It’s extreme,” they say. That’s always the mantra: Every time taxes are raised, it’s to cover needs, but every tax rollback “goes too far.”
See here for the MassResistance choices (green are preferred, red are not preferred).
U.S. Congressional Seats
See here for the MassResistance choices (green are preferred, red are not preferred). This is pretty simple to explain. In Massachusetts’ Congressional delegation all of the incumbents are horrible, arrogant pro-Obama liberals who need to be thrown out. (The tenth district is an open seat, and the Democrat candidate is just as bad as the other incumbents.) All of the Republican candidates are worth voting for (although Golnik in the 5th is not 100% pro-life). Those in bold below are preferred.
D -*JOHN OLVER, Amherst
R – WILLIAM GUNN, Ware
I – MICHAEL ENGEL, Southampton
Columnist Howie Carr often compares John Olver to an oak door. That’s about right.
D -*RICHARD NEAL, Springfield
R – TOM WESLEY, Hopedale
We’ve liked Tom Wesley since the beginning — solid on all the issues.
D -*JAMES McGOVERN, Worcester
R – MARTY LAMB, Holliston
I – PATRICK BARRON, Worcester
Marty Lamb is aggressive and is certainly working hard. He’s had more press releases, more events, more emails, and more endorsements than anyone, it seems. James McGovern is not well known but trust us on this: He’s worse than anyone in the delegation except Barney Frank.
D -*BARNEY FRANK, Newton [GVF]
R – SEAN BIELAT, Brookline
I – SUSAN ALLEN, Brookline
T – DONALD JORDAN, Wareham
Barney Frank needs no introduction to anyone in America, and is our first choice to be thrown out of office. Bielat looks like he’s poised to do it.
<!–Sean Bielat has an impressive political team, and is successful at triangulating when necessary, telling the press he’s not a Tea Party candidate but getting big Tea Party support anyway. Good practice for being in Congress, we suppose.
D -*NIKKI TSONGAS, Lowell
R – JON GOLNIK, Carlisle
L – DALE BROWN, Chelmsford
C – ROBERT CLARK, Berlin
Golnik is pro-choice but supports traditional marriage. He’s still a thousand percent better than Tsongas, who’s behind every nutty left-wing cause there is. Dale Brown is pro-life and good on most other issues but supports gay rights.
D -*JOHN TIERNEY, Salem
R – BILL HUDAK, Boxford
Hudak can’t shake the wrath of the Boston liberal media because he once had an anti-Obama yard sign, and also asked about Obama’s birth certificate. All the more reason to vote for him.
D -*EDWARD MARKEY, Malden
R – GERRY DEMBROWSKI, Woburn
Gerry Dembrowski has the best campaign YouTube video of the year: “Ed Markey: The Undocumented Congressman” where Gerry goes to Markey’s neighborhood and asks his neighbors if they’ve ever actually seen him.
D -*MICHAEL CAPUANO, Somerville
Capuano is an obnoxious hard-core leftist, but in Somerville he fits right in. It’s still too bad he has no opposition.
D -*STEPHEN LYNCH, Boston
R – VERNON HARRISON, Braintree
I – PHILIP DUNKELBARGER, Westwood
Vernon Harrison is the real thing. He’s a passionate social conservative and is 100% pro-life. He came out nowhere and won the primary and has the momentum to possibly pull it off, given the dynamics this year. As we’ve said before, Stephen Lynch started out many years ago as a pro-family state rep. Now he prides himself on being among the homosexual movement’s best friends in Congress.
D – WILLIAM KEATING, Quincy
R – JEFFREY PERRY, Sandwich
I – MARYANNE LEWIS, Scituate
B – JOE VAN NES, West Tisbury
I – JAMES SHEETS, Quincy
This is about as conservative a district as there is in Massachusetts, so on paper Jeffrey Perry should take it, even though the polls show it’s a tight race now. Let’s hope so. Marianne Lewis is a former Democrat state rep who decided to run for Congress at pretty much the last minute. Most people have no idea who she is.
This week the Democrats have begun a vicious and obviously well-funded attack-ad campaign against Perry in the Boston media. Let’s hope he has the resources to fight back and win!