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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 18, 2010 / 4 Iyar 5770

The makings of another GOP upset in Massachusetts

By David Broder



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Before there was a Scott Brown, amazing the political world by capturing Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat, there was a Charles D. Baker Jr., challenging the Democratic grip on Beacon Hill by announcing that he would try to deny Barack Obama's favorite governor, Deval Patrick, a second term.

Baker, a 53-year-old Harvard grad, was no run-of-the-mill candidate. His GOP credentials were established during the years that he worked as the budget chief for Republican Govs. William Weld and Paul Cellucci, and his business background was augmented by his more recent service as chief executive of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, the second-largest insurer in the commonwealth.

But on the day he entered the race last July, Baker said he supported abortion rights and same-sex marriage. "My brother's gay, and he's married, and he lives in Massachusetts, so I'm for it. Is that straight enough?" he told the Boston Globe.

In case the message was missed, Baker later chose as his running mate for lieutenant governor a veteran state senator, Richard Tisei, who is openly gay.

Even more surprising, perhaps, was the back story on the Patrick-Baker relationship. Four years ago, when Patrick won over establishment Democratic opponents on his way to becoming Massachusetts's first black governor, he sounded out Baker about becoming his running mate on what would have been a cross-party ticket. Baker said no but later agreed to serve on Patrick's budgetary transition team.

All this happened before Brown won the special Senate election after Kennedy's death, raising the stakes in the gubernatorial election and catapulting Baker into prominence.

In an interview last week, Baker said he sensed the potential for the perpetually outnumbered Massachusetts Republicans, who hold only five of 40 state Senate seats, to forge a "new coalition of reformers," drawing support from independents and disaffected Democrats.

But the path ahead for him is filled with obstacles. In the Republican primary, he faces businessman Christy Mihos, who ran for governor four years ago as an independent, and in the fall he may have to share votes with Timothy Cahill, twice elected as state treasurer on the Democratic ticket but now running against Patrick as an anti-tax independent.

Baker outraised all the other candidates in the first reporting period of the year, drawing on his support in the insurance community, and has signaled that he will fight to control the tax issue — vowing to try to roll back a 1.25-percentage-point sales tax increase enacted by Patrick and the Democratic legislature last year in an effort to soften the recession's impact on schools and social services.

In the interview, Baker said his "disappointment" with Patrick began when the governor signed deficit budgets in his first two years, even before the recession hit. Now things look much grimmer.

Letter from JWR publisher

On tax-collection day this year, Boston newspapers reported that the lower house of the legislature had passed a budget that cuts state aid to localities and schools by up to 4 percent, while approving for the first time legislation creating two gambling casinos and adding racetrack slot machines, in hopes they will produce millions in new revenue.

That same day, Sarah Palin was whipping up the anti-tax crowds at a Tea Party rally on Boston Common. Baker did not attend, but as he campaigned across the state, he reminded his audiences that he had quoted George H.W. Bush's fateful pledge, "Read my lips. No new taxes."

In an earlier interview, Patrick told me that he believed Massachusetts voters would reward him for taking a "balanced" approach to the fiscal crisis that his state, like most others, has been facing — trying to minimize both tax hikes and spending cuts. Meantime, he has begun criticizing Baker for his ties to the health insurance industry, whose premium increases are causing problems for Massachusetts's pioneering effort at universal health coverage.

A Baker victory would signal that Brown's upset win was not a fluke. But he rightly said, "I'm still an underdog."

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