Public skepticism about more government control of health care remains a serious obstacle for both President Barack Obama and Republican primary candidate Mitt Romney.
As governor of Massachusetts, Romney instituted an early statewide version of Obamacare, mandating the individual purchase of insurance. Romney continues to defend his system with desperate attempts to distinguish it from Obamacare. Read More
WHAT: A Massachusetts man’s driver’s license was revoked by that state’s Registry of Motor Vehicles because a new facial-recognition system rejected his photograph.
WHY: The system evidently concluded that his picture looked too much like that of another driver and thus assumed his application was fraudulent. Read More
Freshman Massachusetts state Rep. Mark Cusack, 26, is being investigated by the office of House Speaker Robert DeLeo for allegedly engaging in an indecent act with a female legislative employee. The two were discovered by a court officer in the supposedly empty chamber. Cusack has served less than six months. Read More
Illinois Democrats’ congressional redistricting map has been releas Read More
Aubrey “Bud” Groskopf, an elected official in Yarmouth, Mass., waved around a fake handgun at a candidates forum. He was dramatizing his argument that environmentalists are “pointing the gun at our temple” to force the Cape Cod town to build sewers. Although Groskopf warned the audience the gun was a toy before pulling it out, some people panicked and ran from the room. Stung by criticism, he said at least he managed to draw attention to the sewer controversy. Read More
Who’s knocking labor unions these days? Read More
This week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s announcement that he was forming a presidential exploratory committee coincided with the five-year anniversary of his signature legislative accomplishment, the Bay State’s health care law.
Much of this week’s political analysis has focused on whether Romney could survive the Republican primary given the striking similarities between his health care law and the one President Barack Obama signed last year. Read More
Senators John Kerry and Max Baucus have an interesting opinion article in the Wall Street Journal today urging ratification of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. It’s interesting not so much for what it says as for whom it’s addressed to. Kerry and Baucus make in straightforward terms the case for the Colombia FTA—it would open new markets to U.S. Read More
Johnnie Butts allegedly tried selling fake gold jewelry to the wrong man at a suburban Boston supermarket. He offered William Pace a bracelet and a chain marked 14-karat gold for $100. Two problems arose: Pace, who was out of uniform, is the police chief in Randolph, Mass., and he also owns a jewelry store. He could tell the gold was fake by its look and feel. So he arrested Butts on a charge of attempted larceny by false pretense. Read More
Back in June, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, whom many think would be an attractive 2012 presidential candidate, was quoted by Andrew Ferguson in the Weekly Standard for saying the next president "would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues." That quickly attracted some harsh criticism from opponents of abortion and same-sex marriage. Read More