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SouthCoast Today EDITORIAL

February 14, 2010

Charlie Baker is going to be asking the voters of Southeastern Massachusetts to turn from Gov. Deval Patrick and the Democrats in the November election.

He will be counting on convincing voters here that he is the savvy business leader who can dig the state out of a frightening financial and economic mess.

That might be a tough sell all by itself for the former head of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, which was placed in receivership by the state's insurance commissioner shortly after he became its chief executive officer and which needed nearly $250 million in a state-sponsored bond issue to remain afloat. He also was the state's secretary of administration and finance during part of the Big Dig project.

Baker Opposes SouthCoast Rail

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New Bedford Standard-Times: Republican gubernatorial candidate Baker cool to rail expansion
February 11, 2010
Contact Jack Spillane at jspillane@s-t.com

Charlie Baker brought his Republican gubernatorial campaign to New Bedford and Fall River Wednesday but he did not come bringing good news for the two-decade-long local effort to bring commuter rail to the region.
The following is a statement from Communications Director Alec Loftus in response to House Republican attacks on behalf of Charlie Baker:

"In an attempt to deflect attention from Charlie Baker's responsibility for the Big Dig and crushing debt, House Republicans used their state computers to mail in a political attack that was as tedious as it was false.
 
"Republicans are desperately attempting to hide the truth about Charlie Baker, who was a leader in multiple administrations responsible for running up debt in Massachusetts to unconscionable levels.
 
"In stark contrast, three separate bond-rating agencies, Moody's, Fitch, and Standard & Poor's have affirmed the Patrick- Murray Administration's strong fiscal leadership with a AA bond rating.
 
"Baker and his Republican surrogates in the State House are now trying to re-write history about his role as chief architect of the Big Dig financing scheme. Just ask former Big Dig Chief Matt Amorello, who was right at Baker's side during his latest campaign kickoff."

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By Robert Z. Nemeth

Now that the historic contest for the U.S. Senate seat is behind us, attention is turning to the next major political battle of the year: the gubernatorial election. The three-way race is between the incumbent Democrat, Deval Patrick, state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill, who left the Democratic Party to run as an independent, and a Republican, Charles Baker. Christy Mihos, a Cape Cod businessman, who unsuccessfully ran for the job in 2006, is also in the race. ...

... I talked about the upcoming campaign and the governor's chances of winning a second term with Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, whose political future is closely intertwined with that of Mr. Patrick. A consummate loyalist, he dismissed criticism of his boss and expressed optimism about the future. "The last time I checked the polls, we were winning," he told me.

Read Nemeth's full column.
BOSTON - Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray today released the following statement on Republican Charles Baker's support[1] of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow special interests and even foreign corporations[2] to spend unlimited amounts of money on our elections.
 
"This week Charles Baker revealed his support for special interests and foreign corporations in their bid to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections right here in Massachusetts, and across the nation.
 
"Baker wants to open the floodgates to a new wave of campaign ads this November, funded by special interests and companies that aren't even based in America.
 
"It is becoming more and more clear that Baker is the candidate of special interests and powerful corporations, and will be indebted to them-and not the people of Massachusetts-if elected governor."
 
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[1] (NECN, 1/26/10, BroadSide with Jim Braude: Charlie Baker on Governor' Race
http://www.necn.com/pages/landing?blockID=169315)

[2] (The Wall Street Journal, 1/29/10, Foreign spending on politics fought
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704194504575031584009869108.html)
 
A new network to end homelessness in the MetroWest area has already helped 79 families move from shelters into permanent housing.

Tim visited Framingham Jan. 27 to officially launch the new regional network of the state's Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness for the MetroWest area.

Read the story in the MetroWest Daily News.

"It's easy to be against things. It takes tough-mindedness and courage to be for something," said Governor Patrick in his State of the Commonwealth address. "In Massachusetts, at our best, we are for each other, we are about seeing our stake in our neighbors' dreams and struggles as well as our own." 
2010 speech text
2009 year in review video
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BOSTON - Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray today released the following statement on Treasurer Tim Cahill's selection of former Republican Representative Paul Loscocco as his running mate:

"I welcome Republican Representative Paul Loscocco to the campaign as Treasurer Cahill's running mate.

"Voters will have a clear choice in this election, with three challengers who want to retreat to the failed policies of the past, and Governor Patrick and I who are working hard to keep Massachusetts moving forward."

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Lt. Gov. Tim Murray today released the following statement in response to the Baker-Tisei Campaign's gross distortions about the debt they created in Massachusetts.

"The Baker-Tisei camp must be hitting the eggnog early if they're pointing fingers about debt. After all, these are the same people who created the notorious Big Dig financing scheme.

"Charlie Baker and Richard Tisei helped create, as part of the Republican leadership in the Corner Office and the Legislature, record levels of debt and they tried to hide it.

"Meanwhile, our Administration conducted the first-ever debt affordability analysis, and we have been honest with the citizens of Massachusetts, while engaging in responsible fiscal management. This was recognized by three separate bond rating agencies that recently affirmed our AA bond rating, citing our strong fiscal management."

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Holiday Celebration Slideshow

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On Dec. 10, Tim joined friends and supporters at Mechanics Hall in Worcester for his Annual Holiday Celebration.

Tim recently sat down with Mayor-elect Donna Holaday of Newburyport and Mayor-elect Willy Lantigua of Lawrence to talk about the economy and other important issues facing cities and towns. Watch the interviews in the latest episode of The Commonwealth Report:

Boston's Bringing BIO Back

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via MassBio News:

In June 2012, Boston will again host the prestigious BIO International Convention, the world's largest gathering of the biotechnology industry. The annual event attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the world, including more than 500 members of the international press.

"Our ongoing focus on the biotechnology industry is just one of the many reasons the Massachusetts economy is primed for recovery and growth," said Governor Deval L. Patrick.

Read the full story and more bio news in the Winter 2009 edition of MassBio News.

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