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The BOSTON GLOBE endorses Baker for Governor. WTF


Baker’s candidacy offers an opportunity to consolidate some of the advances made during the administration of Deval Patrick. Baker could be counted on to preserve and extend educational reforms, to ensure the rigorous administration of new funds for transportation, to knowledgeably oversee the cost-containment law now reshaping the state’s signature health care industry. At a difficult inflection point in state government, Massachusetts needs a governor who’s focused on steady management and demonstrable results.
Roundup of endorsements
Governor: Charlie Baker
Attorney General: Maura Healey
State Treasurer: Deb Goldberg
State Auditor: Patricia Saint Aubin
Secretary of State: Bill Galvin
3d District: Niki Tsongas
9th District: Bill Keating
Question 1: No
Question 2: Yes
Question 3: Yes
Question 4: Yes

much more at the link.

since we have now started early voting how is it that

the races are so close, I mean 1-3 points on most races and in many cases
both candidates are under 50 percent ...

I have a question concerning a new requirement my job is requiring.

they are instituting a navy style PT test.
1.5 mile run pushups and sit ups ,
different requirements for males and females
and different requirements for different ages.
requirements being the time allotment for the run
and the number of pushups and sit ups required.
is this legal ? I know the military can get away
with different requirements based on sex and age
but a private company. I would think that people
doing the same job, getting the same pay, would
be required to have the same requirements.

anyone have any idea if this is legal or not.

IBD bronze plan price increase - silver price down.

the GOOD news is that the silver plan prices should come DOWN!

ObamaCare shoppers in search of the lowest-cost plan may come down with a mild case of rate shock when 2015 exchange enrollment begins next month.
An examination of next year's rates in the biggest city in 15 states and Washington, D.C., reveals that the cost of the cheapest bronze plan will jump an average of 13.9% for 40-year-old non-smokers earning 225% of the poverty level ($26,260).


In Seattle, the cost of the cheapest bronze plan, after subsidies, will soar 64%, from $60 to $98 per month, for individuals at this income level. Some other cities seeing notable gains include Providence (up 38%, from $72 to $99 per month); Los Angeles (up 27%, from $88 to $111); Las Vegas (up 22%, from $100 to $122); and New York (up 18%, from $97 to $114).


The surge in the cost of the cheapest subsidized bronze policy could negatively impact enrollment in 2015. This year, 39% of bronze plan choosers picked the lowest-price option. One might expect that share to rise in 2015, when millions of people who passed on ObamaCare exchanges this year are expected to enroll.
While some potential enrollees may opt out because of the higher cost of bronze, some young adults may instead pick catastrophic plans available to those under 30. The latter scenario is also not great news for ObamaCare exchanges, since catastrophic plan members are grouped separately, leaving the main risk pool relatively older and more costly.


Perhaps the clearest evidence of the benign rate environment for 2015 came from an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation . The authors found that the cost of the benchmark silver plan would fall an average 0.8% in the same 16 cities that IBD looked at.
Further, the report found that the after-subsidy cost of the second-lowest-cost silver plan would also fall an average 0.8%.
There are two big reasons for the difference. First, Kaiser researchers calculated after-subsidy premiums for someone whose expected income in 2015 is the same as in 2014, while IBD's illustration assumes income rises with inflation.

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ya know I am very concerned about Ebola however I am more concerned

about enterovirus 68. it seems to be more widespread and dangerous.
I could be wrong as far as the dangerous part goes, but that is
how I feel about it.

Karen Lewis will not run for mayor in Chi-town.

she has cancerous brain tumor. :<


Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who just pulled out of mayoral contention, is suffering from a cancerous brain tumor that was diagnosed shortly after she experienced a severe headache last week.
As a result, Lewis underwent a five-hour surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she is scheduled to undergo a regimen of chemotherapy and radiation, according to a source close to Lewis.


Lewis has wanted Mayor Rahm Emanuel gone practically since he took office, but she will not be the one to unseat him in February, the head of her mayoral exploratory committee said Monday.
“Karen Lewis has decided to not pursue a mayoral bid,” Travis said. “Yet she charges us to continue fighting for strong neighborhood schools, safe communities and good jobs for everyone.

more at the link.

Good gravy - more fraud / waste at the pentagon


The mysterious workings of a Pentagon office that oversees clandestine operations are unraveling in federal court, where a criminal investigation has exposed a secret weapons program entwined with allegations of a sweetheart contract, fake badges and trails of destroyed evidence.
Capping an investigation that began almost two years ago, separate trials are scheduled this month in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., for a civilian Navy intelligence official and a hot-rod auto mechanic from California who prosecutors allege conspired to manufacture an untraceable batch of automatic-rifle silencers.


The exact purpose of the silencers remains hazy, but court filings and pretrial testimony suggest they were part of a top-secret operation that would help arm guerrillas or commandos overseas.
The silencers — 349 of them — were ordered by a little-known Navy intelligence office at the Pentagon known as the Directorate for Plans, Policy, Oversight and Integration, according to charging documents. The directorate is composed of fewer than 10 civilian employees, most of them retired military personnel.
Court records filed by prosecutors allege that the Navy paid the auto mechanic — the brother of the directorate’s boss — $1.6 million for the silencers, even though they cost only $10,000 in parts and labor to manufacture.


“By design, that office is supposed to do a little more than policy and programmatic oversight,” the former defense official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because much of the directorate’s work is classified. “But something happened and it lost its way. It became a case of the fox guarding the henhouse, and I suspect deeper issues might be in play.”

there needs to be prosecution - next thing you tell me
hammers do not cost 1000 dollars and toilet seats do not
cost 3000.

can someone tell me how is it that

Kay H. is only up by 2 against Tillis ?

and how can Gardner be up over Udall by 5 ?

I have some questions about the VA.

I am a retired Vet. had a few things happened to me while I was in.
some of it documented in my med record, some not.
how long and how many hoops am I going to have to jump thru
to get a claim processed?


has anyone heard anything on wether the ACA

subsidies are legal. I know there is a lawsuit saying the
IRS overstepped their authority. but I haven't heard
anything else on the lawsuit.

Did a quick google search and nada ....
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