Malone jumps ship, Coakley aide wants her job

Report that torpedoed Caesars Entertainment’s casino to be made public - People who hate "The Simpsons" write to FCC - Over-packed Guv's race - Gas prices hold at $3.38 a gallon in state, but not on Cape Cod
Joe jumps GOP ship; Some people hate Bart.


Ran for Congress against Jeff Perry in 2010 who lost to Keating

Joe Malone announced this morning on FOX 25 during his Morning Quarterback appearance with Scott Harshberger, that he is leaving the Republican Party and registering as an Unenrolled/Independent voter.

Like many Massachusetts Republicans, Joe says he's fed up with the foolishness of the Tea Party Republicans in Washington.

Malone was elected state treasurer in 1990 and was re-elected in 1994, serving from 1991 to 1999. In his second run he was elected with 70 percent of the vote, but ran unsuccessfully here for the Republican nomination for Congress in 2010 losing to Jeff Perry who then lost to Democrat Bill Keating in the General Election that November.

Malone is a traditional Republican in many ways, especially in his financial view of what he says has to be done in Washington.

Malone reminds us of the Progressive Republicans of the recent past like Frank Sargent, Elliot Richardson and Ed Brooke. These were the type of Republicans any thinking independent could support, and it's the independents who decide the elections around here.

We just spoke with Joe on the phone, and he tells us he is writing an Op Ed for to further explain his decision.


Report that torpedoed Caesars Entertainment’s plans for a casino at the Suffolk Downs horse track

A redacted version of the report that torpedoed Caesars Entertainment’s plans for an East Boston casino at the Suffolk Downs horse track will be made available to the public when it is completed, likely Wednesday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said over the weekend. Suffolk asked its partner Caesars to withdraw because of concerns raised by the commission’s background check, the first phase of casino licensure. It is the second such departure from Suffolk, which had originally teamed up with Vornado Realty Trust, which balked at the investigations.

Steve Wynn, a competitor against Suffolk and Foxwoods for the lone eastern Massachusetts license, expressed concern to the gaming commission last week about unfair scrutiny into international casino operations. "We're scared to death,” Wynn said, defending his operations in Macau, China. MGM, which is seeking to build in Springfield, also testified about investigations into overseas operations, but focused strictly on regulatory policy rather than wading into the specifics of the proposal. The commission has yet to determine Suffolk’s suitability, and will hold an adjudicatory hearing Oct. 29, and is releasing the report ahead of time because of news media stories and the impending Nov. 5 vote on the host agreement Suffolk made with Boston. - Boston Business Journal.

Mohegan Sun, which is seeking to build in Palmer, has received eligibility approval. While the move showed “glaring problems” with the proposal for casino opponents, Caesars said the blame lies with the commission. “We believe the Commission is attempting to set standards of suitability that are arbitrary, unreasonable and inconsistent with those that exist in every other gaming jurisdiction,” Caesar’s said in a statement. - The Boston Globe.


Maura Healey was the architect of the state’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act

Sparking a so far dormant race, assistant attorney general Maura Healey on Monday morning announced that she would seek the top law enforcement job, running as a Democrat to succeed her boss Attorney General Martha Coakley. Healey, former chief of the business and labor bureau and the public protection and advocacy bureau, resigned from the attorney general’s office last week to pursue her campaign, becoming the first official entrant to the race. Healey has no prior political experience running as a candidate for office, but brings a legal resume to the race that includes her role as the architect of the state’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. - The Boston Globe.

Coakley is leaving the attorney general’s office after two terms to run for governor, but Healey won’t be alone in the race for long. Rep. Harold Naughton, a Clinton Democrat, is expected to announce his candidacy for attorney general this week, according to advisors, after initially eying the lieutenant governor’s race.

Healey, 42, lives in Charlestown with her partner, Gabrielle Wolohojian, a Massachusetts Appeals Court judge appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to the bench in 2008


What Good Is An Agency That Doesn't Ban Shows I Don't Like?

Here is a list of complaints to the FCC about how terribly offensive The Simpsons is. The rants date from 2003 to 2007, but they aren't even complaints about how bad the show got. One typical complaint was:

There was an episode of The Simpsons that featured marijuana leaves being fed to a train as fuel. This is very concerning since it glamorizes drug use to children that may be watching.

And another example:

In the episode, Homer Simpson is imagining unpleasant things that could happen while being uninsured. Among the things Homer was also imagining was Marge Simpson having a lesbian kiss with another woman. This is a show which audiences from as young as 4 years old watch frequently. Because of its animated format and theme of the story (happenings of a middle class family), this is naturally accepted by many parents as an acceptable program for children. The image of Marge Simpson kissing another woman is indecent and the episode should be banned from broadcast to prevent children from seeing this.


Venture Capitalist makes the total nine running to replace Patrick in 2014

Jeffrey McCormick, a founding partner of the Boston venture capital firm Saturn Partners, has filed papers to run for governor in 2014 as an independent, adding a new dynamic to the 2014 field already crowded with a handful of Democrats, one Republican and another independent.

McCormick, who lists a Beacon Street address near the Public Gardens, formed an account to run for governor on Monday morning with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance. His Boston-based campaign committee lists Francis Basler Jr. as its treasurer. McCormick could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.

McCormick founded Saturn in 1994 to finance early-stage growth companies, according to a biography on the company’s website that lists him as the managing partner of the firm. Saturn touts among its successful investments Twin Rivers Technologies, the email marketing company Constant Contact and Boston Duck Tours.

McCormick, 52, of Boston, also sits on the board of the Sean McDonough Charitable Foundation, the Citi Performing Arts Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Trinity Church Boston. He is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Six Democrats are running, one Republican, two Independents

On the Democrat side, the race for governor next year includes Attorney General Martha Coakley, Treasurer Steven Grossman, former Obama administration Medicare and Medicaid chief Donald Berwick, biotechnology executive Joseph Avellone, former state and federal homeland security advisor Juliette Kayyem and Sen. Daniel Wolf, who has suspended his campaign for now.

Republican Charlie Baker, who joined the venture capital firm General Catalyst after his 2010 campaign for governor, is the only candidate running so far on the GOP side, while independent Evan Falchuk is running under the banner of his own United Independent Party.

Baker knows firsthand the impact an independent can have on the race, even if it’s been difficult in the past for non-party candidates to break through. Though he was far better known than either Falchuk or McCormick, Treasurer Tim Cahill ran as an independent in 2010, capturing 8 percent of the total vote in a race that was decided between Gov. Deval Patrick and Baker by six points.


After dropping significantly in recent weeks, gas prices in Massachusetts held last week, averaging $3.38 per gallon, according to survey results released Monday by AAA Southern New England. Gas prices ranged in the survey from $3.25 per gallon to $3.69 per gallon. At this time in October 2012, gas prices in Massachusetts were averaging $3.76.

Cape Cod, however, never sees the statewide average. Here we get gouged an extra 20-30 cents a gallon for the trip across the canal. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on