'Backed to the wall by an angry electorate …'
... And lawmakers still won't kill two hack holidays.
Can you imagine the fierce behind-the-scenes resistance to pension reforms by these scheming clowns? ...
... This piece
cuts close to the heart of the Hack-Progressive Alliance, i.e. progressives' toleration of a certain level of hackerama in return for hacks delivering the liberal goods. But it doesn't quite rise to classic Hack-Progressive Alliance levels. Within a month of Deval taking office, Sal was apparently all over the new adminstration about the Cognos contract. There was some go-along-to-get-along sentiment within the administration but also some resistance to go-along-to-get-along. The latter buckled in the end -- as it usually does when legislative leaders start whining about 'cooperation' and 'legislative prerogatives.' Still, the administration can be cut a little slack because it was new at the time. ... No excuse, though, for the appointment of James A. Aloisi, a cynical sop to the permanent bureaucracy if there ever was one. ... Forget the Ethics Commission.
It's irrelevant. It always has been. It always will be. There are only two forces that can keep the Legislature in line: the voters and the U.S. attorney's office. The former, unfortunately, have been asleep at the switch for years.Update
-- Patrick acknowledges
he talked to Sal about software contracts. I don't know. This is pushing it. How many red flares, alarm bells and barking watch dogs do you need? ... Yeah, it's perfectly normal for a speaker of the House to take an active interest in a software contract. ... Well, they did report it to the IG. ...