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Mathew Helman

  • Posted Charlie Baker Trying to Have It Both Ways on Minimum Wage to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] In recent days, Massachusetts Attorney General and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley has been sparring with failed 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee and fellow 2014 gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker over the minimum wage.  Coakley has been...
  • Posted Tea Party Leader Allen West's Advice for Baker-Polito: Make Campaign About West vs. Obama to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] When Republican Karyn Polito was announced as Republican Charlie Baker's 2014 running mate, after numerous other choices reportedly were considered, one of the critiques immediately raised about her selection was her closeness with the right-wing...
  • Posted Five Public Policy Questions for Republican Karyn Polito to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] During the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Republican Charlie Baker and his running mate encountered embarrassing episodes in which they seemed not to be on the same page politically.  One of the most pronounced such moments was...
  • Posted Republican Charlie Baker's "Papers Please" Approach to Homelessness to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] With a spike in homelessness in Massachusetts, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has decided to dip a toe into the policy pool with the declaration of a general goal: Republican gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker Wednesday...
  • Posted Five Questions the Boston Globe Should Have Asked Charlie Baker Instead of 'What's Your Shoe Size?' to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] Massachusetts has seen some important political races recently, including last year's Brown-Warren U.S. Senate race (was that just last year?!), this spring's special U.S. Senate election to succeed Secretary of State John Kerry, and the...
  • Posted Richard Tisei Could Have Called Out Speaker Boehner Over the Shutdown and Chose Not To to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] News broke today that Republican Richard Tisei, the GOP's failed nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2010 and the GOP's failed nominee for the 6th district Congressional seat in 2012, has filed paperwork to move forward...
  • Posted Republican Charlie Baker Misses Mark on Minimum Wage Opposition to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] This morning, Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Baker appeared on the Boston Herald Radio program "Morning Meeting."  Among the issues discussed, Baker highlighted his apparent opposition to raising the minimum wage (beginning at the 1:17:02...
  • Posted Republican Charlie Baker Refuses to Place Blame for Shutdown with Speaker John Boehner and Tea Party Republicans to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] Republican Charlie Baker, the GOP nominee for Governor of Massachusetts in 2010 and a candidate for Governor in 2014, released a statement on the shutdown of the federal government.  Here it is in full (hat...
  • Posted Republican Charlie Baker and the Honesty & Integrity Issue to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] Republican Charlie Baker's failed 2010 gubernatorial campaign fell short for a number of reasons.  It has been highlighted that Baker was found to be too harshly negative as well as too boring.  Adding to that...
  • Posted Charlie Baker Kicks Off Campaign with Pessimistic Policy Message of What Can't Be Accomplished to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] One of the major flaws of Republican Charlie Baker's failed 2010 candidacy for Governor was his harshly negative tone.  Even Baker himself says: "I violated all of my own standards and rules for management and...
  • Posted Weekly Scott Brown-d Up, Week of 11/2/12 to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] Republican Scott Brown is desperate for voters to forget about his Republican affiliation, his close ties to Mitt Romney, and his close ties to an unpopular and increasingly far-right-wing Republican Party.  That's why he's campaigning...
  • Posted Weekly Scott Brown-d Up, Week of 10/26/12 to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] Republican Scott Brown's already-diminished credibility took even more body blows this past week.  Brown appears to be basing his closing arguments to the electorate on dishonest attacks that have already been thoroughly debunked, as well...
  • Posted Scott Brown's Record is NOT Pro-Choice to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] The closer we get to Election Day, the more misleading Republican Scott Brown's rhetoric gets.  Facing a large deficit among female voters, Brown is simply Etch-A-Sketching his anti-woman record.  Watch and Share our 1-minute video,...
  • Posted Weekly Scott Brown-d Up, Week of 10/19/12 to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] Man, oh, man.  Did Republican Scott Brown choose the wrong week to have one embarrassingly terrible news story after another, or what?! The week led off with fundraising figures for July through September.  Republican Scott...
  • Posted Where's Scotto? to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] While Republican Scott Brown does show up to make dishonest attacks against his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, and her supporters, Brown has notoriously ducked high-profile events at which voters might question him and attempt to...
  • Posted Scott Brown and "Binders Full of Women" to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] At the Presidential debate last night, Mitt Romney defended his lousy record on issues of concern to women in the workplace by insisting (though not completely honestly) that he had "binders full of women" that...
  • Posted Mitt & Scott: What's the Difference? to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] Tonight is the second debate between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney.  This Presidential debate has profound implications for Massachusetts' 2012 U.S. Senate race.  Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren has proudly touted her ties...
  • Posted How Scott Brown Could Fill Fenway Park to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] The capacity of Fenway Park is just over 37,000.  So how could Republican Scott Brown fill (or, at least, nearly fill) the seats at Fenway?  He could simply add up all of the jobs for...
  • Posted Weekly Scott Brown-d Up, Week of 10/12/12 to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] With less than a month until Election Day, how was Republican Scott Brown described in the last week?  Based on Brown making mudslinging the foundation of his campaign, Republican former Congressman Joe Scarborough noted that...
  • Posted Scott Brown Is Keeping Secrets to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] Republican Scott Brown is keeping more secrets from you.  And, unlike his "secret meetings" with Kings and Queens, these secrets are actually reality-based.  Two such secrets in particular came into further focus this week. Legal...
  • Posted 30 Out Of 32 to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] It has been said that the best way to predict what someone will do in the future is to look at what he has done in the past.  This maxim holds true for Republican Scott...
  • Posted Republican Scott Brown: Bay State Birther to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] "Senator Brown has turned into a Bay State Birther, for goodness' sake!"-Gov. Deval Patrick We're all well aware that Republican Scott Brown has made divisive attacks and mudslinging the centerpiece of his campaign, opting for...
  • Posted Weekly Scott Brown-d Up, Week of 10/5/12 to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] As Republican Scott Brown continues to offer Massachusetts nothing besides divisive attacks and mudslinging, he has painted himself further and further into a corner.  This held true over the last week. The most notable event...
  • Posted Scott Brown's "Model" Justice, Antonin Scalia to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] By now, we all know that Republican Scott Brown cited the Supreme Court's most extreme right-winger, Antonin Scalia, as his "model" Justice.  But what does that mean?  What is the Scalia record that is so...
  • Posted Weekly Scott Brown-d Up, Week of 9/28/12 to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] Last week, Republican Scott Brown essentially declared that he can't run for re-election on his real record, so all he has to offer the people of Massachusetts is divisive mudslinging. Republican Scott Brown's paid media...
  • Posted Who's Winning the Big Insurance Primary? to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] "Now, I don't know anybody who's hired by an insurance company that was actually working for the victims." -Republican Scott Brown, 9/21/12 Republican Scott Brown has been working very hard to misrepresent the role that...
  • Posted Weekly Scott Brown-d Up, Week of 9/21/12 to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] Could this have been the worst week of 2012 for Republican Scott Brown, politically speaking?  Polls, policies, party politics, the debate, endorsements, and campaign finance all displayed a politically wounded Brown. Normally, polls are not...
  • Posted #BothWaysBrown to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] On the campaign trail, Republican Scott Brown calls himself a "jobs crusader" despite voting against tens of thousands of jobs for Massachusetts.  Brown calls himself "pro-choice" despite an 80% anti-choice voting record.  We would have...
  • Posted Weekly Scott Brown-d Up, Week of 9/14/12 to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] A significant portion of Republican Scott Brown's media strategy has relied on his ability to coast on charm and superficial likeability, and to never, ever get called out for anything.  Well, awfully bad news has...
  • Posted Happy Lehman Brothers Day, Scott Brown to ProgressMass
    [Cross-posted on Blue Mass Group.] This Saturday marks the anniversary of a very inauspicious occasion. the Sept. 15, 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers. It's worth noting that the retrospectives we might see of that anniversary could further the narrative that...
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