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Rep. Thomas Petrolati Trying to Block Investigation of the Probation Patronage Scandal

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The Globe on Sunday has a very important article about Rep. Thomas Petrolati’s attempts to thwart the investigation into the patronage scandal at the probation department.

Petrolati is at the center of some of the most egregious patronage abuses. His wife Kathleen is a top manager at Probation. A former aide, Andre Pereira, and the husband of his current aide, Colleen Ryan all have Probation jobs that pay more than $74,000.  Scores of financial supporters have also received jobs at the Probation Department. And Petrolati is a close friend of Probation Commissioner John “Jack” O’Brien, who was suspended in May after the Globe revealed a pattern of political favoritism in hiring.

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Alimony Reform Bill (H1785) Delayed Until the Next Legislative Session

Rep. John Fernandes

Alimony Task Force chairs promise to work on a bill through the Summer and Fall to have a bill ready early in the next session. (Details on next year’s bill)

With the legislative session running out of time, and the House under Speaker’ DeLeo’s legislative lockdown – no bills are moving. In a letter to his legislative colleagues, Representative John Fernandes reveals that the task force, set up over 10 months ago to make a recommendation on meaningful alimony reform, has failed come up with a recommendation in time to act this year:

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past several weeks, some of you have approached me regarding the work of the Alimony Task Force, of which I serve as House Chair.  I am aware that many of you have also been contacted in the last few days about the articles that appeared in the Boston Globe this past Sunday and Monday about the alimony issue and how the legislature is handling the same.

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Rudnick Calls on Sen. Creem to Recuse Herself from Alimony Reform

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This just in from Charles Rudnick:

NEWTON (July 19) – The following is a statement from Charles Rudnick, Democratic candidate for the State Senate seat representing Brookline, Newton, and Wellesley:

“Sen. Cynthia Creem must immediately recuse herself from any role in legislation pertaining to divorce law given the clear and disturbing conflicts of interest detailed Sunday and today in the Boston Globe. This type of conflict undermines the public’s confidence in the Legislature and its ability to manage issues like this impartially. I have pledged to be a full-time Senator to avoid even the appearance of such conflicts, as well as to provide more effective leadership on the complex challenges facing the Commonwealth. I hope Sen. Creem’s volunteered recusal will help end the logjam on meaningful alimony reform.” read more »

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Alimony Reform bill (H1785) waiting on casino bill battle

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The Massachusetts alimony reform bill (H1785) is for now stuck in committee while key legislators are busy with the casino bill battle.

A compromise alimony reform bill is being worked on in the Alimony Reform Task force.

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Sen. Cindy Creem Considering Compromise on Alimony Reform

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Sen. Cynthia Creem may be Softening her Position Against Alimony Reform.

Creem has long been an opponent of Alimony Reform. When the current Alimony Reform bill (H1785) was introduced this year, Creem introduced a counter proposal S1616, sponsored by the various bar associations which would make a single two word change to the current law, and preserve current lack of guidelines. The lack of guidelines make Alimony notoriously contentious to litigate and expensive for both the State and litigants.

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Alimony Reform, Shared Parenting, and CORI Reform Bills Expire May 7th

Alimony Reform almost certain to get a second extension. Shared Parenting and CORI Reform on life-support.

This year’s deadline for legislative committees to act on bills was March 17th. Any bill that was not referred out of committee or extended on that day is dead for this legislative session. But a committee may give certain bills and extension order – this year until May 7th.

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O'Flaherty and Creem get Another Award from the Lawyer's Lobby

Reps. Murphy, DeLeo and O'Flaherty rewarded for their service to the lawyer's lobby

The Equal Justice Coalition has recognized a number of legislators for their service to the legal community. They are:

  • House Speaker Rep. Robert DeLeo
  • Rep. Charles Murphy
  • Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty
  • Sen. Steven Panagiotakos
  • Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem
  • Sen. Patricia Jehlen

The Equal Justice Coalition is a lawyer’s lobby group which advocates for state funding for legal aid for civil actions by poor clients, to pay for representation in domestic violence actions, divorce actions, child custody etc.

EJC successfully lobbied for $10 million dollars of state funding for the legal community. According to their own press release, when it looked like legal aid would suffer the same budget cuts as our schools:

In published letters, 38 managing partners of law firms, and 107 general counsel attorneys went to bat for legal services. Lawmakers have listened, apparently rescuing MLAC from disaster. Lobbying for legal-aid is no easy task…

And today those lawmakers were rewarded.

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Cynthia Creem gets Mass Bar's Legislator of the Year Award

On Thursday March 11th, Cynthia Creem was honored at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2010 Gala Dinner with their coveted “Legislator of the Year Award.” And it’s about time. After all, Sen. Creem has been carrying water for the lawyers’ lobbies for years. They say it best themselves:

As the co-chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Creem weighs in on legislation related to criminal law, the courts and civil and equal rights. A sponsor of four bills on behalf of the MBA, Creem has a longstanding history of collaboration with the MBA.

When the various lawyers’ lobbies ( Mass Bar, Boston Bar, Women’s Bar, Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys, Real Estate Bar etc. etc. )  need to get something done they can count on Creem. She files about 4 bills on their behalf most years.

Cynthia Creem and lawyer lobbyist friends from the WBA

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Cynthia Creem faces Ethics Questions over Alimony Reform

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The public debate over two dueling alimony reform bills has called into question whether Sen. Cynthia Creem has a conflict of interest.

There are two bills currently up for discussion in the Legislature, s1616 and h1785. Both concern time limits for alimony payments.

Massachusetts’ current alimony law does not empower judges to cap the duration of an alimony award, enabling post-divorce settlements that can last a lifetime. The current law has drawn fire from alimony payors who say they’ve been forced for years to pay large percentages of their incomes, occasionally forcing them into bankruptcy. read more »

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PAC's Own Creem, Rudnick is Clean

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Charles Rudnick

An analysis of contributions to Sen. Cynthia Creem shows that her campaign is funded largely by PAC and lobbyist money. Charles Rudnick by contrast has pledged not to take money from lobbyists and PACs and is funded mostly by individuals – family and friends – and a big loan from his own funds.

Cynthia Creem starts off with a commanding campaign financing lead on Charles Rudnick. According to public campaign finance records Cynthia Creem has a political warchest of around $84,000. By comparison Charles Rudnick has raised only about $35,000. read more »