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August 17, 2005

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eury13

I've done some volunteering with the Jehlen campaign. They did a poll a little over a week ago that put Pat 10 points ahead. Callahan was 2nd with Mackey 3rd and Casey trailing. From what I understand this was a professional poll done by an independent organization, not volunteers in the campaign office or anything like that. Even with a 5% margin of error that places Jehlen pretty solidly in the lead.

Haven't heard any of the other campaigns' numbers. I just wanted to add some specifics to the article.

train

As a campaign supporter, it seems to be strange that you would choose this forum to "release" results from a poll... Normally, these results are reserved for high-level campaign staff (as the article states) and trickle down with some motivational additions or subtractions. As a liberal, Rep. Jehlen is threatened most by another liberal candidate that runs the risk of splitting the vote and allowing another candidate to dark horse their way into the seat. It makes sense for you to have been told these results, because it removes the best viable threat to her ascension. By placing Callahan in this position above Mackey, it serves to inspire supporters who work literally on the inspiration by the candidate they believe in and free pizza.
Also, polls serve as a snapshot of a constantly moving and evolving situation and merely serve as a way for a campaign to get their bearings and test the effectiveness of strategies and messages, not as a . A poll is obsolete the second it is published and analyzed, hence the reason firms such as Zogby run rolling polls that drop the oldest completes when they are replaced by newer ones. None of the campaigns in this race have the resources, financial or otherwise to accomplish this, so as of right now, we need to look at the other indicators to see who is where, and more importantly where they will end up.
We all remember the importance placed upon polls this past November, and it is no surprise that the campaigns place the best face (in press releases, articles and posts on this board) with regards to a poll, it’s what they do.

MB

Whenever I hear talk of polls, I think of the famous photo of Truman holding a newspaper that says "Dewey wins!"

I really don't believe in putting any weight in polls. Sure, campaigns should do them, get an idea of what people are thinking... but beyond that, there is no need for them, or at least to make them public.
Polls don't vote... just like yard signs don't vote... I don't want to make any guesses, I'd rather just wait and see what happens on the 30th- and that will be who has worked the hardest and made the biggest impact in the area they are not from!

Medford Dem

I've heard that every campaign's polling is showing pretty much the same breakdowns. But the big issue is who can pull out their vote and that's where Jehlen and Callahan have big advantages.

Jehlen has all the progressive groups, teachers and nurses unions, a huge base in her district and Reps Sciortino and Marzilli (and former Rep Donovan) who have bases in the district. Callhan has Mayor McGlinn and Reps Donato and Toomey and pretty much the Medford good old boy network. Both of those campaign organizations will pull out a lot of votes. My math says that Jehlen will have more people to pull though, and she certainly has a ton more active volunteers.

Mackey and Casey have good pockets of support, but I just don't think they've got the organizations to pull their vote out.

eury13

Train, yes, the campaign was happy to release the information to volunteers and placed no restrictions on spreading the good news. From what I gathered, the important fact was that Jehlen had gained ground from the previous poll taken a few months ago and the other candidates were either losing ground or just hadn't gained much momentum.

I also agree with MedfordDem that the GOTV capacity will be the deciding factor. It'll be interesting to see who has the ground game on election day.

dah!!!

Obviously Jehlen volunteers are as dim as their candidate. That is the only explanation I can come up with after reading eury13's post. Yes dear, of course you will be told accurate polling data in return for licking stamps. Perhaps if you stuff an envelope, you will be allowed write some legislation.

Medford Dem

dah, why is that odd that they didn't keep good news a secret? When polls show that you're leading, you let everyone know. When they show that you're behind, you say "we're very happy" and "we expect to win."

Cos

I notice that none of the quotations explicitly say which candidate their polls show to be in the lead. When a campaign says they're "happy" they might mean "we've gained from our last poll" or "the kinds of voters we're targeting seem to be leaning towards us" or any other thing that they could spin into "our strategy can work and put us in the lead by election day".

From what I've seen out canvassing and phonebanking recently, most people still don't know there's an election coming. In a situation like that, what polls say about who's ahead and by how much, isn't necessarily the most significant aspect. How many strong supporters a campaign has, what percentage of them are likely voters, and how they break down compared to the campaign's targeting and mail sent out, are potentially more useful. And of course, each campaign has a different strategy, so they may be asking different questions, to find out different things. We won't see the campaigns sharing that kind of information. And I doubt any of them "expect" to win - though they all hope to.

My impression now is pretty much what it has been for a while: Pat's the frontrunner, anything could happen, any of the four might win, and the best and strongest field & GOTV effort will probably decide it. I doubt any campaign's polls contradict that.

notwithjehlen

Everyone out there should watch the broadcast of the Somerville Theater debate held August 10th. SCAT (channel 3) will run it August 20th and 27th at 9 am and August 23rd at 2 pm. I'd think most people who watched it would have a hard time supporting someone who doesn't understand the rules of the debate, and can't come up with a bill in 15 years that has her name on it! Someone needs to ask her where she's been for Somerville when it comes to the Lowell St bridge, the Sycamore St bridge, the Walnut St bridge, the Cedar St bridge, Dilboy Field, Foss Park, Draw 7 Park..........These are all state projects that our ineffective legislator has been unable or unwilling to secure funding for! We need a legislator who cares as much for the district's needs as for the lofty 'progressive' goals that are constantly espooused.

Rules

Not understanding the rules? Jarrett Barrios didn't understand the rules and he was the moderator! I think each candidate demonstrated during the debate that none of them really understood the rules. The first half hour of the debate was spent with the moderator explaining the rules.

eury13

If anyone does choose to watch the televised debate, I don't know if they'll have the patience to sit through Barrios' 30-minute explanation of the rules that left all of the candidates confused (Mackey and Casey had questions as well).

People harping on Jehlen's supposed lack of achievements when they really don't seem to get the situation. First off, committee chairs get their names on legislation. Jehlen was stripped of her leadership positions by Finneran. Secondly, she has taken action on local issues, including many of those that you mentioned. The people of Somerville seem happy enough with her. They've overwhelming voted to re-elect her 8 times!

aliveinfive

In response to Rules....you hit the nail right on the head my friend. I was freightened the night of the debate to watch these candidates inability to comprehend even the most simple of instructions from Barrios. Even though he spoke to them and us like he was a third grade teacher giving directions to his class of nine and ten year olds. If this is the best the Dems can offer, my vote in Sept. goes to Bill White. Intelligence over party will rule for me

mackeyalltheway

Pat Jelen is a nice person, but as a legislator I think shes worse than useless. Lowell street and dilboy are two excellent examples. If you go to pat's website at the state house, she's on all these joint commitees that do nothing. she's got a nice high paying part time job with enough people who follow her to keep getting her re-elected since no democrats want to run for the seat. Joe Mackey got more done for women's rights in his first year in the state house then pat has since 1992. and by the way people forget who Joe beat in the primeary in 1984 to get the seat and that it was JOE MACKEY that was the REAL PROgressive before it became cool. he's the real deal as far as my opinion. I think you now who I'm voting for.

notwithjehlen

Being 'over-whelmingly' re-elected is easy to do when you never have a serious opponent! Go back and count the number of blank votes during those elections and you'll probably be surprised. It's too hard, and expensive, to beat ANY incumbent, so there was never serious opposition (until now). And part of being ineffective is being unable to get those committee chairmanships that count (for example, look at the ones Mackey had). And how can you look at 2 bridges and a football field being closed for 4 years each, and say she's been involved in local issues? She never spoke out once about the Lowell St. bridge until she was gearing up for this campaign. And just look at the state's neglect of Foss Park, we can't even get basic maintenance done!

train

Eury, it’s clear you lack a fundamental misunderstanding of how the legislature works... Not all legislation is proposed by the committee chairs. There were approx. 2000 pieces of legislation filed this session, and less than 50 people in the Speaker's Leadership team (including chairs, paid vice-chairs, and other leadership positions) that would mean that each member included in that circle would have to file 400 pieces. Although some members do get "file happy" no one proposed anywhere near that number. Every Rep., Jehlen, Casey, Mackey (during his tenure) and even Callahan (through initiative) had every opportunity to propose any piece they would like.
I agree the rules were very complicated, and I was surprised not to see anyone question the choice of moderator. Although I am a very strong supporter of Senator Barrios, and feel he has helped re-define what a progressive State Senator should be, I feel that having an elected official moderate a debate among candidates for the body in which that person serves invalidates and cheapens that debate. After all, Senator Barrios will have to work directly with the winner of the election, not just as a colleague in the Senate, but as a common force to represent Somerville. Having an objective moderator gives the discussion a more powerful meaning and depth.

train

In my excitement, I mistakenly posted a "mis" in front of "understanding"... please forgive this oversight!

Ron Newman

It was not clear to me whether Barrios created the rules, or was just following instructions given by The Somerville News. What confused everyone was the "you may rebut once during this question, after any other speaker" rule. It caused everyone, including Barrios, to lose track of whose turn it was to speak next.

Brittain33

Dilboy Stadium isn't even in Jehlen's district--it was in the district represented by Vincent Ciampa. Did the people who dislike Pat Jehlen give the same complaints to Ciampa, who didn't get it fixed when he represented the area, even though he was so tight with Tom Finneran? If Pat Jehlen's responsible because it's part of Somerville and she represents Somerville, then where was Tim Toomey on Dilboy Stadium? If you're going to hold that up, there's plenty of blame to go around, and Pat Jehlen isn't first in line.

mackeyalltheway

Most of vinny's district was in Medford, so maybe he didn't pay as much attention to things down the street from his house on osipee road. But I'll say one thing for Vinny and Tim. They always made it to opening day in little league. When the kids were playing, i never saw Pat at opening day once. Like I said, she's a nice person but has no business as a rep since she doesn't know how to work wit the others to get things done unless its something like naming the state muffin or donut or someone's in jail for beating his wife and his 'rights' are getting threatened. Then she comes out of the woodwork! She'l be no better in the senate when Trav starts his hardball and barios is gone off to the DA office. She'll get an office in the broom closet and medford will suffer.

Ron Newman

Perhaps Pat did not help out with Little League, but isn't the OpenAir Circus just as valuable to kids in Somerville? She's been involved with that ever since it started.

mackeyalltheway

Ron I don't know to much about the openair circus so I can't say whether its more valuable or not to kids. I'm sure it's a good thing. My point was that pat seems to shy away from somethings that are big to a lot of the people in the district. especially in somerville since I think her whole district is located there. Maybe its that she just can't make it but it comes across as a diss to some people I talked to and I feel that way as well sometimes. I don't care if someone makes a speech or not at these things but just them being there is important to a lot of people.
By the way it was Vinny Campa that Joe Mackey beat in 1984. anyone remember that?

forget somerville

I hope you all keep arguing over the debate rules in davis square, dilboy field and somerville bridges. Beat yourselves up over it. This race will be decided in Medford. And, Callahan signs are great, but has anybody actually seen this guy around lately??? My guess is he's been blogging on this website for the last month.

kingsolomon

ForgetSomerville is right... sort of.

Years back, Denny McKenna always relied on a Medford straw to hold his seat. The name Maloney rings familiar, but it could have been someone else. Vinny Piro vs. Salvatore Albano had the same situation.

Since this is the first time in the past 15 years that the district has really been "tested" in terms of voter demographics, it's hard to say what the outcome will be. I would even go so far as to say that the one little piece of Woburn may be the wild card this time. Obviously, plain old voter ambivalence will weigh heavily in the outcome during an off year when there are no contested local races in September, especially in Somerville.

What will be interesting to me will be when the seat has to be defended during a regular election cycle and the dynamic of a gubernatorial race is introduced.
Oh, I do love this. Politics isn't science... it's ART!!!

kingsolomon

ForgetSomerville is right... sort of.

Years back, Denny McKenna always relied on a Medford straw to hold his seat. The name Maloney rings familiar, but it could have been someone else. Vinny Piro vs. Salvatore Albano had the same situation.

Since this is the first time in the past 15 years that the district has really been "tested" in terms of voter demographics, it's hard to say what the outcome will be. I would even go so far as to say that the one little piece of Woburn may be the wild card this time. Obviously, plain old voter ambivalence will weigh heavily in the outcome during an off year when there are no contested local races in September, especially in Somerville.

What will be interesting to me will be when the seat has to be defended during a regular election cycle and the dynamic of a gubernatorial race is introduced.
Oh, I do love this. Politics isn't science... it's ART!!!

kingsolomon

ForgetSomerville is right... sort of.

Years back, Denny McKenna always relied on a Medford straw to hold his seat. The name Maloney rings familiar, but it could have been someone else. Vinny Piro vs. Salvatore Albano had the same situation.

Since this is the first time in the past 15 years that the district has really been "tested" in terms of voter demographics, it's hard to say what the outcome will be. I would even go so far as to say that the one little piece of Woburn may be the wild card this time. Obviously, plain old voter ambivalence will weigh heavily in the outcome during an off year when there are no contested local races in September, especially in Somerville.

What will be interesting to me will be when the seat has to be defended during a regular election cycle and the dynamic of a gubernatorial race is introduced.
Oh, I do love this. Politics isn't science... it's ART!!!

kingsolomon

My apologies to all for the accidental triple post.

Eugene

Mackey and Jehlen are dead in the water. Mackey is picking up steam but it is hurting Jehlen and helping Callahan. Look at the endorsements Mackey has received, they are all lightweights. Mackey and Jehlen are gonna kill each other and Mike Callahan is on his way to Beacon Hill. Paul Casey is a non factor in this race. As far as effectiveness, Mike Callahan will be able to deliver to the district more than any of the candidates. He may not be real liberal, but he will play ball with the leadership and Medford, Somerville, Winchester, and Woburn will benefit. The other candidates will not be able to get legislation passed. Just look at the years they have been around.

eury13

Okay, correct me if I'm wrong (which happens every once in a while) - anyone can propose legislature, but MOST of the time it is written and named by the chair of the committee in which it's developed.

As for the Lowell St bridge - the citizens of Somerville didn't start taking notice of the lengthy construction time until 2 years ago, at which point Jehlen and Shannon began to work to speed up progress (which they did successfully). And that effort had nothing to do with this election, as Shannon was still alive at the time.

Oh, and 'mackeyalltheway,' it's striking how you attack Jehlen for perceived neglect of her district, but when it's brought to your attention that Dilboy stadium was Ciampa's responsibility you're very quick to forgive Ciampa because he went to little league games? What's the actual issue here? Constituent services or smiling at photo-ops?

mackeyalltheway

Hey euro13, I'm sorry!! I didn't attack pat. I said i liked her personaly but she should think about just showing up at things like little league. you know make an appearence. don't have to say anthing, just be there. let people know who you are. sorry it offended you. the circus sounds like a good thing and all but i never knew about it. I neve asked Vinny for any favors or anything like that and I'm not letting him of the hook about dilboy, but Pat is nowhere around it seems except if your from janitors in worcster or something not from somerville or your a senior she might do you a favor. Don't get me wrong it might be just the way it looks to me personaly. She always gets elected over and over so she must be doing something right and she runs the show at the potluk suppers up on College ave and so on. She's very friendly and like someones grandmother, but i never see her get things done in the state except naming state donuts and stuff that doesn't really amount to anything. Maybe i'm the ONLY person that feels like this??.

Events

I see Pat Jehlen at lots of events I go to. Every year, not just election years. Art Beat, festivals, parades, the fireworks, outdoor concerts in seven hills park, the open air circus, the vigil for victims of Domestic Violence that is held each year in Somerville in October, testifying at every public hearing on the Green Line, the forums she holds herself on the budget, the Lowell Street Bridge, how to write a bill workshop. I see her at all these places and more.

I haven't seen Joe Mackey, Paul Casey or Michael Callahan at any of these places. Maybe I didn't notice them there, but I didn't.

JackTheHack

Pat Jehlen couldn't get a house of reps congratulatory citation for a centenarian. She's one of the most educated and intellectual people on Beacon Hill, but in the legislative arena she gets nothing done. Thanks to her intransigence and her "core beliefs" she has been summarily locked out of every major committee and every debate. As a result, she has never successfully shepherded any piece of meaningful legislation through the house.

Since it seems likely that she's going to be the next State Senator, I have some advice for her...

Dump those Cambridge Volvo liberals and Socialists calling themselves Progressives with their political science degrees and high ideals. Judge Brandeis is gone and he isn't coming back. Move to the center of the Democratic Party where most of the unenrolled voters are. Listen to what people who are taxed to death are saying.

It's the only chance we have of getting any kind of representation. Otherwise she'll wallow in irrelevance, just like she has for the past 15 years through 4 house speakers and a litany of popcorn-coffee-break committees, and continue to be branded a wing-nut. It's like the really smart, bespectacled child in school who, while the kids are all playing in the schoolyard at recess, sits in the corner quietly reading Tennessee Williams. The kids are saying "wanna come over and play with us Pat?" but she ignores them completely and keeps her nose buried in the book. Doesn't make her a bad person, but it does little to endear her to her peers. Brilliant, but unable to function in a social setting, which is what politics and, in particular, the legislature really is.

But, hey, what does a 50-something Crimson-gowned cabbie know?

Ron Newman

Given the large number of people Pat attracts to January Soup Parties and election-night parties at her house, I find it odd to call Pat unsociable.

And yes, I also seem to run into her at just about every Somerville public event.

notwithjehlen

I've seen pat at a lot of recent events, typical of pols who show up in an election year. I mostly see her at events which attract a 'progressive' following:artbeat, openair circus (by the way every picture in the paper of this years' participants were kids from outside of Somerville!), vigils for gay marriage, domestic violence, etc. I don't see her at things like July 4th fireworks, sunsetter shows, veterans memorial dedications, and any number of local fundraising events: SHS scholarship fund, PTA scholarships, Brian Higgins Trivia night, etc. Of course noone can be at everything, but people like Joe Mackey are at all of these, before there was an election involved. YOu may not have noticed because, not being an elected official, he receives no official recognition - he's there as an involved citizen, just like me! And I hate to keep returning to the Lowell St. bridge, but we've been complaining about this for years now and Jehlen has been nowhere in sight until this spring - coincidentally when the campaign was starting. And all she did then was bring some state contractors to a meeting with neighbors, giving them a chance to vent their anger (much of it directed at elected officials such as Jehlen for their inaction!). I feel the 'noise' from the neighbors did much more than Jehlen did to finally get the project (almost) started!

How do you define it

"see her at events which attract a 'progressive' following: artbeat, openair circus....., domestic violence,"

So, are you saying that people who are not politically progressive don't like and don't go to festivals that show arts and crafts and music and food like Art Beat?

So, are you saying that people who are not politically progressive don't like and don't go to events where kids learn how to walk on stilts and have fun like Open Air Circus? Or that they don't like circuses in general? Do they only like baseball and football?

So, are you saying that people who are not politically progressive are in favor of domestic violence and wouldn't go to a vigil for victims of domestic violence to support victims and their families?

Gee, I hope not. Because I don't find that true at all. I see people from all types of lives and political views at these events. Maybe you should come to one and see it for yourself. I think you have a narrow view of the world.

eury13

First off, I know for a fact that Jehlen was at the 4th of July fireworks this year. Secondly, to repeat what I wrote above, Jehlen and Shannon became involved in the Lowell St. bridge debacle around 2 years ago... together. Yes, it was probably in response to local complaints that progress wasn't being made, but is that not how it's supposed to work? Elected representatives respond to the concerns of their constituents? Or should our reps and senators be personally overseeing every public works project in their district?

P.S. 'mackeyalltheway,' I certainly didn't mean to jump down your throat earlier. It's hard to read tone in these things and it seemed at the time that you were criticizing Jehlen while letting Ciampa off the hook for the same thing. As for what she's done, well, that seems to be the issue of choice on these boards. I've been volunteering with her campaign and spoken with seniors who appreciate what she's done with Prescription Advantage and is now doing with money for home care. I know people who appreciate her fighting for increased minimum wage. And, to return to the Lowell St. bridge issue, I know that residents in the area are glad she fought for pedestrian access during construction (which was one of the issues that had held up the project).

I'm not familiar with the state donut issue. However, doesn't someone want to make Necco Wafers the official candy of the commonwealth?

BigRedMud

Been reading the posts about Lowell Street bridge here and in the Journal Online at the local capsite. I can't believe their still fiddling with that! I moved back up to the island in 1994 and they were just starting the new bridge across Northumberland Strait. It was opened in mid 1997.

People of mine that are still in the states were telling me about Lowell Street. I can't believe that ANYTHING in the Maritimes can get done faster than in Taxachusetts. We wrote the book on make work jobs that get stretched out forever. Looks like you guys have rewritten it! They can build a bridge to PEI 7 miles over ice flows in 38 months but they can't get across two train tracks on Lowell Street in over 4 years. You want we should send you a couple of our engineers to show you how, eh?

mb

I think "notwithjehlen" was saying that Pat only shows up to things that "she and her people care about." not that the average somerville person isn't there, or involved... but there are other things going on in somerville too that Pat never seems to be at.. .probably because she knows those who truly support her wouldn't be there either.

Ron Newman

As someone who frequently walks or bikes across the Lowell Street Bridge, I very much appreciate Sen. Shannon's and Rep. Jehlen's efforts to ensure that pedestrian access is maintained throughout the construction period. This was definitely not part of the state's original plan.

My understanding is that this became a much more important issue after CVS moved to Magoun Square. Residents of the VNA Assisted Living would have lost walking access to the new CVS if the state had not built the temporary pedestrian bridge.

I've run into Pat at events that would not necessarily be considered "progressive", such as the January 1st Prospect Hill flag-raising and the Memorial Day parade. I think I've also seen her at the Paul Duhamel pancake breakfast, and she's on the board of directors of the Somerville Mathematics Fund. So I really don't understand the suggestion that she is somehow absent from local community events and organizations.

All that said, I'd still be quite happy to have Joe Mackey representing me, if Pat doesn't win the primary. On the other hand, Casey or Callahan would have to work pretty hard to get my vote in September if either one wins the primary.

aliveinfive

Jhelen got the lowell st. bridge funding that jumpstarted the construction??? that's a joke my friends. Try this. Sen Edward Kennedy's nephew owns the land next to the bridges and plans to build hundreds of condos. He needs access to the land from the bridges. So who do you think got the $$$ to get the bridges fixed. Nice try, but even Jhelen knows the truth on that one

Ron Newman

What is the name of this nephew?

JackTheHack

Ron Newman, you are half-correct about the bridge with respect to access over the train tracks. The access is an issue with ALL of the seniors at VNA. It is especially so for those who want to taxi to and from Magoun Square. The bridge has been out since before both the VNA AND the CVS opened, but it would absolutely be easier and CHEAPER to taxi direct down Medford to Lowell than the current runaround via Cedar and Alpine.

Cutting across from the parking lot toward Trum is a nuissance, and effecting a U-turn in the middle of Medford Street is a challenge even on a quiet traffic day. It all translates into a slightly higher fare which, for anyone on a fixed income, is not good. And that is to say nothing of all the other cross-town trips that detour around the bridge. It's a real issue with seniors and anyone else. The pedestrian bridge is a good thing, but you can't get a fire truck across it in a hurry!

Incidentally aliveinfive, I'd heard that rumor as well about the factory site and the Kennedy family. Tell us more please.

aliveinfive

To those of yu that need to get the real story on Jhelen's Lowell st bridge efforts. Call the honest and truthful Rep. today and ask her about the Senator's nephew. She has all the info you'll ever need. But somehow I doubt you'll ever get the whole truth.

Ron Newman

If you're going to attack someone could you at least spell her name correctly?

JackTheHack

Ron, I'm sorry, but I don't see where aliveinfive is attacking anyone. Condemned bridges are a fact of life. The bridges crossing the train tracks in Somerville are all about the same age (maybe 80 years?). Therefore, it stands to reason that they will all fail at about the same time. Rather than see some sort of omnibus bill or bond issue to facilitate the systematic replacement of them, we have this ridiculous wait-and-see approach. Then, when the inevtiable occurs, the process of securing the needed funds begins. No proactivity, no planning, justa continuous litany of crisis and resolution; and usually resolution only comes after months or, in this case, years of protracted stalling and finger-pointing. Oh, and by the way, the cost is usually some multiple of what it may have been if the issue was dealt with properly and proactively in the first place.
Since the gas tax money goes to the state, it should rightly be the job of the state representative to see to the timely and appropriate disbursement of it to projects that benefit EVERY constituent.
Instead, we have things like Chapter 70 and oodles of state money (which is really taxpayer's money) being thrown to overhouse a dwindling student population in palatial new schools. Do we really NEED a new Lincoln Park School? No one ever seemed to ask that question, at least not in earnest. Too politically charged I guess. This is where I look to a state rep to exhibit some spine. Instead, they cave in to constituent pressure, build it, then when the next cost-cutting crash comes, start whining about a lack of funding for proper maintenance.
Bridges are admittedly less glamorous than shiny new school buildings whith computers in every class and swimming pools and performing arts centers, but if an emergency vehicle is hindered due to road closures, the issue of life and limb overtakes the issue of a leaking school roof or even functional illiteracy.
The state representative, in this case, is key to moving the process forward. There are numerous reasons for this, one of which is that the Commonwealth's tax on gasoline (some 11 cents a gallon)is earmarked for road construction and repair, including bridges.
Sure, it's great to acknowledge the plight of the homeless and to "advocate" for improved social programs, but charity begins at home. Sorry to go on about this, but it annoys me to no end to have to field remarks from people who just cannot understand why we can't drive from Highland Ave. to Magoun Square by way of Lowell Street. I often find myself, out of pure frustration, saying "call your state rep." When asked who that is, guess who's name is usually invoked.
Just an opinion from someone for whom Lowell Street and other bridges being out is a daily (or nightly) personal hell.

Andy

The Boston Globe endorsed Joe Mackey today. That is a serious setback for Pat Jehlen's need to eliminate him as a choice for progressives. Things are getting very interesting.

JackTheHack

So the "liberal" Globe endorsed Joe Mackey. I guess we can assume the Lowell Street bridge didn't factor in THAT decision. Hmmm... I wonder if the Herald (employer of Howie Carr) will endorse Pat Jehlen? Anyone giving odds on that?

meetooinfive

the globe endorses Mackey, the Progressives are pulling their hair out in the middle of Davis Sq, and Callahan is back at Suffolk Downs scoping out sites for lottery self service machines. Ah Somerville on the eve of election season. Can't you just feel the love. Bill White just keeps looking better and better. As the song goes "See you in September."

Sick_of_Liberals

progressives pulling their hair out!?!?! You must mean the ponytails! They still have to find their way to the polling places next tues. through a cloud of pot smoke. mackey's no bargain until you put him on the shelf with these other losers. i'll hold my breath, but i agree that Billy white's the best choice out of a thin group.

I can't wait for This election to be done and over with!

I can't wait for This election to be done and over with. I will bet you any amount of money that once the election is over, the winner will disappear into the sunset until it reelection time again and fill our heads with more promises. They are all so full of crap and so like every other politician. With the exception of Callahan. He looks like he would stick around and grant request for people, not like the others.

Melissa

I walk across the Lowell St. Bridge every day to walk to Porter Sq T to get to work. Almost every night I have an unfriendly encounter with at least one raccoon on that bridge bc the construction team leaves trash out. Anyone know who I could call to talk about this? I work til generally 11PM and that bridge is scary enough experience without a wildlife component.

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