Legislature gives swift approval to voyeurism measureFueled by public outcry, a bill to outlaw what’s known as “upskirting,’’ the practice of secretly snapping certain sexual photos, rocketed through the Massachusetts Legislature Thursday in an extraordinary show of legislative will.
Charlie Baker, GOP candidate for governor, plays up health care experience in campaign video Charlie Baker’s campaign today released a video highlighting the Republican gubernatorial candidate’s work at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, the sprawling insurance firm that struggled financially and with customer confidence before Baker played a role in righting it. Subtle, no? The five-minute spot, which will play on the Web but not on TV, according to Baker’s campaign, draws an implicit but none-too-subtle contrast between Baker’s private-sector work and one of the biggest problems bedeviling Beacon Hill currently, the bungled rollout of the state’s health care website. It’s been a favorite talking point of Baker’s on the campaign trail, as he argues that the state should receive a waiver from the federal Affordable Care Act.
Obama to visit Boston for fund-raisers WednesdayPresident Obama is swooping into Boston to raise money for the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday, less than a week after Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and former governor Mitt Romney held a major fund-raiser for the Republican Party in Boston. About 25 donors have shelled out as much as $32,400 to attend a small “round-table discussion” with Obama in Cambridge and another 70 donors have given $5,000 to $20,000 to attend a fund-raising dinner later in the evening at Artists for Humanity in South Boston. Earlier in the day, Obama will stop in Connecticut to push for an increase in the federal minimum wage, an issue he has made a centerpiece of his domestic agenda.
Common Cause calls for new disclosure law for super PACS in governor’s raceAn advocacy group concerned with the flood of outside money in politics is warning that the creation last week of a super PAC aimed at the Massachusetts gubernatorial race presages a torrent of shadowy spending heading toward November. “I think we’re seeing just the tip of the iceberg. There are going to be more and more committees forming and the amount of outside money that’s going to be spent in the 2014 Massachusetts elections is going to dwarf what we’ve seen in the past,” said Pam Wilmot, the executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts. On Feb. 24, local Democrats formed The Mass Independent Expenditure Political Action Committee, a type of organization — often shorthanded as a super PAC — that can raise unlimited amounts of money from people, corporations and labor unions and spend it freely.
Christie, Romney, Baker appear at RGA fundraiser that raises $1 millionNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie, embroiled in scandal over a punitive traffic jam, swung into Boston Thursday to raise money for Republican gubernatorial candidates, but stepped into a different type of controversy when organizers had to scramble to change venues. The last-minute shift, from a private home in Newton Corner to a Back Bay hotel, came after the event, featuring arguably the nation’s most newsworthy Republican and the party’s most recent presidential nominee, drew unwanted media attention. Christie, who chairs the Republican Governors Association and is still considered a formidible potential 2016 candidate, was in town to raise money for the RGA alongside former Governor Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, and Charlie Baker, the party’s leading candidate for governor in Massachusetts this year.
Fundraiser with Chris Christie, Mitt Romney, Charlie Baker hits snag, changes venuesThursday night’s Republican Governors Association fundraiser featuring New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, was initially scheduled for a private home in Newton Corner. But Christie’s status as the onetime presumptive frontrunner for the GOP 2016 presidential nomination, now ensnared in a controversy over punitive traffic re-direction complicated things. The event, intended to be a staid and intimate affair, instead rocketed into the national political limelight. The intended host, New Balance chairman Jim Davis, is a generous political benefactor, but eschews media attention, including the reporters who flocked outside his home on Thursday afternoon.
Christie, Romney and Charlie Baker to attend Republican fundraiser in Boston area tonightModerate Republican governors past, present, and perhaps future are scheduled to meet in the Boston area tonight at a high-dollar fundraiser hosted by a billionaire sneaker magnate. The exclusive fundraiser for the Republican Governors Association will feature Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, who is chairman of the group and has been embroiled in a scandal about his administration’s politically motivated closing of traffic lanes. Former governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, is scheduled to attend the event as well, along with Charlie Baker, who is making his second bid for the governor’s office. The fund-raiser is being hosted by Jim Davis, the chairman of New Balance, who has an estimated net worth of $3.1 billion, according to Forbes magazine.