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Rally for Sean Bielat and Charlie Baker, featuring Scott Brown and Mary Z. Connaughton

Charlie Baker at Foxboro Rally, intro by Scott Brown.

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Patrick 46%, Baker 39% and Cahill 10% in Latest Suffolk Poll

Poll Analysis from Jessica Van Sack:

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view.bg?articleid=1288667

Definitely not a good poll for Baker, but not as negative as many are saying. Can’t say I disagree with Van Sack, fallout from Cahill collapse appears to be helping Patrick.

Question 3, cutting sales tax to 3%: Support: 44%, Oppose: 49%

Question 1, repeal alcohol sales tax: Repeal: 46%, Maintain: 47%

Marginals: http://www.suffolk.edu/images/content/FINAL.MASS.Statewide.Marginals.pdf

CrossTabs: http://www.suffolk.edu/images/content/FINAL.MASS.STATEWIDE.TABLES.OCT.12.pdf

Poll Analysis later.

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Jack Gately: Upgrade to Charlie Baker

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Video: Charlie Baker Candidate for Governor Interviewed by Hector Montalvo

Hector has another long and extremely informative interview with Charlie Baker. They go over tax cuts and the impact on the economy, especially on small business. Baker talks about how there are two sets of rules – where the regular people have had to make tough choices and accept lower earnings, while the state has continued to give itself budget increases and pay raises.

Baker makes two pledges:

  1. He will not raise taxes
  2. He will never cut local aid

Baker says that in the last election Patrick made three promises that he has not kept:

  1. That he would cut property taxes
  2. put 1000 new cops on the street
  3. make no cuts to local aid

“Those are big promises that haven’t been kept.”

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Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker Release New Ads

Patrick’s Ad – Moving Forward
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Baker’s Ad – Grateful for Union Support
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Charlie Baker on Tuesday's WBZ Governor's Debate

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The Baker campaign is out first with some short takes on Charlie Baker’s performance on Tuesday’s WBZ Governor’s Debate.

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Bob Monty on Nassour’s MassGOPolicy: FAIL!

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Massachusetts’ voters are purportedly all fired up and eager to throw out all the incumbents this November – but not the MassGOP. Its concentration is on the top-tier offices of governor, light governor, a smattering of other constitutional state offices and a couple of congressional seats – just not the state Legislature.

The absurdity that gubernatorial candidate and health care multi-millionaire Charlie Baker and his new BFF and former New York political operative and now MassGOP leader, Jennifer Nassour, is proposing, is to get the top ticket jobs and worry about the state’s House and Senate seats two years from now – when he will be just another lame duck (if he wins). He’ll never be able to sustain a veto (if he wins) – just like his Democrat predecessor, DeFault Patrick (if he loses); and all those before him. All of our recent governors have been woeful pawns to the whims of the Legislature, so why is no one aiming to control it instead of the Corner Office? Must be the drapes – yeah… that’s it – they like the drapes.

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Massachusetts Gubernatorial Debate about Cape Wind

The original post is on MassInc. The debate was at Suffolk University on August 16th, and focused on just Cape Wind.

Baker and Cahill come down against Cape Wind based mostly on cost and the massive subsidies to make it work. Patrick supports it based on the environmental benefits and on the jobs it creates. Patrick also cites how Cape Wind would protect Masssachusetts from cost volatility.

Stein is especially strong and convincing. She classifies herself as a commited environmental activist but opposes, like Baker and Cahill, based on cost and low cost efficiency. Where she really shines is how she calls out Patrick for taking contributions from Cape Wind interests, and for the closed door deals that got it done. She calls on the Governor to return contributions from Cape Wind lobbyists.

At one point Patrick calls Stein a “mole” and she retorts that “you have to be a mole to know what is happening on Beacon Hill.”

It is amazing to see the Green Party and Republicans largely in agreement. The debate ends up being to a large degree about transparency and insider “pay to play” contracts.
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Patrick Campaign Releases its own web video in response to yesterday's Mass GOP 'Priceless' ad

YouTube Preview ImageThe Patrick campaign released a response to yesterday’s Mass GOP ad attacking Deval Patrick. This is a somewhat longer video that tries to convey more information. The Mass GOP ad was short and straight to the point. Today’s video from the Patrick campaign is interesting – but a lot less focused than the Mass GOP ad.

What do you think?

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Deval Patrick "Priceless" Ad – Mass GOP Launches a new Attack Ad

YouTube Preview ImageThe Republican National Committee has launched a new – pretty effective – attack ad against Deval Patrick. Its a riff on the classic “Visa Priceless” ads that have become an internet idiom.

Republicans have been almost paranoid in their expectation that the Democrats would go negative in the gubernatorial race. This ad serves a double purpose – it is in itself an attack ad – but it also serves to warn the public to expect attack ads from the Patrick campaign in an effort to pre-emptively neutralize them.

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