Friday, May 26, 2006

Friday Roundup

It's been a busy week and unfortunately I've missed some of the things I've wanted to talk about. Here are a couple of things that got left as half-formed posts in the past few days.

  • Liveblogging the Labor Forum. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO has posted the liveblog of their candidate's forum yesterday in Falmouth. It is well worth checking out for a better feel for what happened at the event than the Globe article. (Via Political Intelligence)
  • Is There Any Way They Can Both Lose? Massport and the Turnpike Authority are sparring over who gets Tobin Bridge tolls. Currently, they go to Massport, but a commission recently recommended that responsibility for the bridge be transfered to the Turnpike Authority. This is, of course, starting a turf war as both agencies really want that toll money.
  • Phoenix Demystifies Auto Insurance. This week's Boston Phoenix has an editorial on the auto insurance battles that have been playing out on the airwaves. The Phoenix comes out against Governor Romney's plan to "reform" the Commonwealth's auto insurance industry and ends up admonishing Attorney General Tom Reilly for not going far enough in trying to reduce the rates that Massachusetts drivers pay.
  • Sam He Was: Lieutenant Governor candidate Sam Kelley announced yesterday that he is dropping out of the race for the number two spot. This comes the very day he was to face the tough questions from the Watertown Democratic Town Committee. He claims that it was because he was having trouble getting enough certified signatures but we know better.
  • Weld Loses NY Conservatives. In New York, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld has lost the Conservative Party's nomination to fellow Republican John Faso. No statewide Republican candidate in New York has won without Conservative backing since 1974. (via Political Wire)
As always, consider this an open thread, and enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!