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postheadericon Beacon Hill Blotter: “YOU Are There”

Walter Cronkite

"You Are There" with Walter Cronkite

In 1952, CBS aired a historical reenactment show called “You Are There,” hosted by Walter Cronkite, who would begin the program each week with “What sort of day was it? A day like all days, filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times… and you were there.” Actors would play key historical figures and recreate scenes from American and world history and there would be a reporter narrating the scene as it unfolded.

This past Tuesday, Treasurer Steve Grossman and I had a meeting regarding a mortgage relief plan for homeowners and we each spoke about the chance to make significant contributions to the Commonwealth through our roles on Beacon Hill. The Treasurer recalled watching Cronkite’s show as a child and expressed the excitement he felt each time the words, “and you were there” were uttered. It was must watch television for him and, as he explained, gave him a unique perspective on history – something he hoped to play a big part of someday.

As my fourth installment for the Beacon Hill Blotter, I hope that I am able to give you a sense of the activity and context of what transpires here at the State House. It’s my goal to enlighten and also document the work being done by myself and my colleagues to move Massachusetts forward. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Beacon Hill Blotter: Good Enough for Government Work

Will & Geoff Diehl

Will & Geoff Diehl, 1972


Growing up, I used to look forward to visiting my grandparents. On my father’s side, I especially relished the chance to ride on Grandpa’s lap when he mowed the lawn. Watching him operate his Lionel train set was awesome and I felt I’d died and gone to heaven when he’d “help” me with a project at his workbench. Without fail, he’s proclaim, “Good enough for government work,” as we (he) would finish making a wooden boat, a model rocket or a pencil holder. My grandfather, Wilmer Diehl, had been a mechanic in the Army, specializing in airplanes, so following his service, he was recruited by American Airlines to become a “flight engineer.” It was, literally, a new seat in the cockpit -the third – and was a role that he and a select few from the military pioneered for commercial aviation. His favorite joke, both in and out of the military and throughout his life, was the quip about his work meeting the minimum for government standards. Everyone who knew Will understood that the joke really was that he never did anything unless it was to meet the highest standards he set for himself – be it work, family, or his faith in God. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Beacon Hill Blotter: Relief in the Bullpen


State Rep. Geoff Diehl of Whitman

The 2011 Red Sox bullpen seems to be shaping up. Hideki Okajima is back in, Bobby Jenks looks to be a huge asset and, between Bard or Papelbon, we should have a lights out closer. If all goes well, the Sox pitching staff has the makings of a World Series-bound crew.

The 2011/12 bullpen for the 187th Massachusetts General Court also has some promising talent and, with 20 (possibly 21) new Republican State Representatives, it is welcome relief to the returning member of the House GOP. Still outnumbered 4:1, the caucus was in an even greater minority last session, serving in a 9:1 ratio (16 members vs. this sessions count of 32, pending the Durant/Alicia court case). But with a diverse group from around the state, Beacon Hill has the potential to make a significant and positive impact on the future of this great Commonwealth. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Beacon Hill Blotter:Inaugural Post, Post-Inaugural

Diehl family in the House chamber. Photo taken by Greg Derr, Patriot Ledger
Diehl family in the House chamber. Photo taken by Greg Derr, Patriot Ledger

This being the first blog post for WATD’s “Beacon Hill Blotter” (and my first-ever blog entry in general), I want to thank you for your interest and welcome you to share with me your thoughts and ideas about how we can continue to make Massachusetts better each and every day. Hopefully, this post (and future entries) will give you a clear perspective of how I believe the days’ events will impact our lives. I start with the Inauguration of the House of Repesentatives yesterday… Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Plymouth & Norfolk District: Hedlund holds on to seat

State Senator Bob Hedlund will continue to represent Plymouth and Norfolk Senate Seat after an early win last night. Hedlund a Republican from Weymouth took on Independent Paul Kearney of Cohasset. Hedlund has served as state senator from 1991 to 1992 and then again from 1994 to 2010. The Plymouth and Norfolk district is made up of the towns Duxbury, Hingham, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell, Scituate, Cohasset, and Weymouth.

postheadericon Plymouth County: Wright and Incumbent Commissioner McMullen take part in forum

[singlepic id=131 w=210 h=120 mode=watermark float=right]Incumbent Plymouth County Commissioner Tim McMullen and challenger Sandra Wright squared off in a WATD Political Forum held Wednesday night at WATD’s Marshfield studios. The forum moderated by WATD Managing Editor Christine James was aired live on 95.9 WATD FM, and online at www.959watd.com.

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postheadericon Political Forum: Hedlund, Kearney take part in Plymouth & Norfolk Senate forum

[singlepic id=129 w=210 h=120 mode=watermark float=left] The two candidates vying for the Plymouth and Norfolk Senate seat take part in a forum and debate the issues.  State Senator Bob Hedlund, a Republican from Weymouth takes on challenger, Indepdenent Paul Kearney of Cohasset in a WATD Political Forum held at the station’s Marshfield studios.

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postheadericon Interview: 3rd Plymouth District Candidate Tim Finnerty on the South Shore’s Morning News

The South Shore’s Morning News with Rob Hakala & Lisa Azizian, is live on the radio  weekdays from 5-9am. Simply put, it’s everything you need to get going in the morning!  It’s a daily dose of News, Weather,  Traffic, Business and Sports. This political season, the show is giving candidates the opportunity to answer questions posed to them by the award winning South Shore’s News Station. In this particular piece, candidate Tim Finnerty stopped in for a short interview.

postheadericon Interview: 10th Congressional Candidate Joe Van Ness on The South Shore’s Morning News

The South Shore’s Morning News with Rob Hakala & Lisa Azizian, is live on the radio  weekdays from 5-9am. Simply put, it’s everything you need to get going in the morning!  It’s a daily dose of News, Weather,  Traffic, Business and Sports. This political season, the show is giving candidates the opportunity to answer questions posed to them by the award winning South Shore’s News Station. In this particular piece, candidate Joe VanNes stopped in for a short interview.

postheadericon AP News: Mass. Governor hopefuls quickly spending campaign cash

The top candidates for Massachusetts governor are draining their campaign accounts in the final drive to Election Day, even as the Republican Governor’s Association dumps another $1.5 million into the race. Read the rest of this entry »

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