The Scan - July 11, 2013

Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, where 20 children and six educators were gunned down in a Newtown school last December, is outraged by the marketing of a target-shooting zombie mannequin its manufacturer calls the "Gun Control Lobbyist."
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Gov. Dev­al Patrick (D), ex-Har­vard Pil­grim Health Care CEO/ex-MA HHS/Fin­ance sec. Charlie Baker (R), and Treas. Tim Cahill (I) have their first de­bate 6/16 on WRKO-AM.

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Patrick spokes­per­son Alex Gold­stein: “The gov­ernor sup­ports all op­por­tun­it­ies for voters to en­gage in the polit­ic­al pro­cess, which is ex­actly what this de­bate is all about.”

Baker spokes­per­son Amy Goodrich: “Patrick and Cahill have been call­ing the shots on Beacon Hill dur­ing the last four years, and Charlie looks for­ward to tak­ing them both on.”

Cahill “was un­sure wheth­er he could at­tend the de­bate,” but his camp con­firmed 6/15 that he’ll at­tend. Cahill camp dir. Amy Birm­ing­ham: “He’s look­ing for­ward to (the de­bate)” (Chabot/Carlin, Bo­ston Her­ald, 6/16).

Dur­ing the de­bate, Patrick and Cahill cri­ti­cized Baker “for rais­ing premi­um costs and a lack of trans­par­ency” dur­ing his time at Har­vard Pil­grim Health Care. Baker as­ser­ted “di­vul­ging price in­form­a­tion is the first step to lower­ing premi­um costs,” and claimed “he couldn’t re­veal it uni­lat­er­ally” (John­son, AP, 6/16).

Baker and Patrick also clashed “over the state budget.” Baker “ac­cused Patrick of put­ting off tough de­cisions as the state faces loom­ing de­fi­cits due to the fal­ter­ing eco­nomy.” Baker: “The plan you’ve been ex­ecut­ing is just kick­ing the can.” Patrick, in re­sponse: “Charlie, I have a lot of re­spect for you. But the no­tion you, with your fin­ger­prints all over the Big Dig fin­an­cing plan would talk to me …”

Baker also ac­cused Patrick of “star­ted spend­ing the rainy day fund be­fore it star­ted to rain.” Patrick said his ad­min. had “wisely stew­ar­ded” the budget (Bier­man, Bo­ston Globe, 6/16).

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