Today's GOP, even in Massachusetts, is at times an astounding thing to behold. Here's the latest, from a newly-elected state rep. Cross-post follows.
Cross-posted from Blue Mass Group.
I'm not a big fan of yesterday's Supreme Court decision denying taxpayers standing to contest an alleged Establishment Clause violation because it was structured as a tax break rather than a direct subsidy. I want to muse a bit on one portion of the opinion that, it seems to me, could resonate well beyond the Establishment Clause context.
In explaining that direct subsidies and tax breaks should not be treated the same for standing purposes, Justice Kennedy wrote:
Like contributions that lead to charitable tax deductions, contributions yielding STO [School Tuition Organization] tax credits are not owed to the State and, in fact, pass directly from taxpayers to private organizations. Respondents’ contrary position assumes that income should be treated as if it were government property even if it has not come into the tax collector’s hands. That premise finds no basis in standing jurisprudence. Private bank accounts cannot be equated with the Arizona State Treasury.
My previous post discusses why this line of argument gets Kennedy exactly nowhere in terms of defending his result. But in this post, I want to discuss why it may portend rough seas for the Obama administration's preferred mode of defending the individual mandate in the health care law.
I know, I know, it was a pretty rough night in most of the nation. But in Massachusetts, we re-elected Deval Patrick to another term as Governor, and we kept our entire congressional delegation blue - and all of that despite some of the most determined and well-funded challenges we've seen in years, including a couple (the challenge to Barney Frank and the race for the 10th congressional district) receiving a good deal of national Republican support. Not a single Republican won a statewide office, and Republicans actually lost a seat in the state Senate while picking up a few in the House that still leave them well short of enough members to block the Democratic super-majority in that chamber.
What happened here? What's the lesson?
The rest of this post is cross-posted from Blue Mass. Group.
Cross-posted from Blue Mass Group.
At this point, can there be any serious doubt that Jeff Perry, the Republican candidate for MA-10, is not fit to serve in the Congress of the United States?
Lisa Allen, who was 14 years old when Perry's subordinate officer Scott Flanagan groped and illegally strip-searched her, today issued a damning statement that directly contradicts everything that Jeff Perry has been saying all along. Here is her statement:
I cannot stand by silently any longer while what happened to me is discussed in the press. It upsets me that Jeff Perry can run for Congress after what he did to me when I was fourteen years old.
Cross-posted from Blue Mass. Group.
Alaska disqualifies felons from voting. Therefore, it appears that Senator Stevens can vote neither for himself, nor for local celeb Sarah Palin's vice-presidential bid.
All together now: awwwwww. Details on the flip.
Remember that $150 check that Ann Romney wrote to Planned Parenthood in 1994? Turns out that the check was for a fundraiser to benefit Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts.
And Mitt Romney was there. Blue Mass Group has got the photo to prove it. Here's the link -- I can't post photos here.
When news of Ann's check came out, Team Romney said that it was her contribution, not his; that she couldn't remember why she wrote the check; and that Mitt might not even have known about it. You be the judge.
Believe it or not, there's an actual race going on in Massachusetts. The MA-05 congressional seat is vacant, Marty Meehan having resigned to take over UMass-Lowell, and there's a special election on October 16 to fill it. The contenders are Democrat Niki Tsongas, Republican Jim Ogonowski, and some other folks.
At the moment, anyway, the race doesn't appear to be a gimme for the Dems. The most recent poll has Tsongas up by 10, but actually trailing among independents. MA-05 is an unpredictable district that has sent Republicans to Congress in the past.
Is anyone else struck by this? Especially after reading Kathryn Jean Lopez's fawning interview with Mitt Romney (HT: Jay), it seems to me that Mitt Romney is positioning himself as the guy to vote for if you want more of what you've had for the last eight years. From what I've seen, there is absolutely nothing in what Romney's been saying lately (as opposed to in 1994 or 2002), whether on Iraq, gay rights, abortion, stem cell research, tax cuts, or just about any other issue I can think of, that's in any respect different from current administration policy. Incidentally, current public approval of the Bush Iraq policy is a stunning 28%, and overall Bush approval is 36%.
Yet Romney wants to run as George W. Bush.
Isn't that kind of an odd strategery?
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