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Michael Flaherty emulates Al Gore

Following his loss, he's grown a beard. A goatee to be exact.

Flaherty's beard: At City Council meeting today.Flaherty's beard: At City Council meeting today.

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It's Evil Flaherty come to take his vengeance on us!

-Foxed

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I meant to specify Evil Flaherty from our Evil Mirror Universe.

No disrespect to our own Mike Flaherty.

-Foxed

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I am a Flaherty supporter myself but am confused as to how you are able to get so many Flaherty posts up on the front page?

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I'm also voting for Flaherty but Universal Hub shouldn't be running propaganda for any particular candidate on its front page.

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I voted for him, too. But he's not a candidate anymore. He's a 'lame duck' incumbent.

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But he didn't.

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He couldn't!

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Because you're saying he's immature, or is there some other reason?

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If you really want to set up a site solely to diss Coakley and love up Capuano, by all means, do so. That's not what I'm trying to do here. For that matter, if you really want comprehensive Senate coverage, KennedySeat.com is doing a far better job.

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It's going to be interesting when we find out that KennedySeat.com is being run by someone on Pags payroll. I look forward to seeing the financial data from Pags, specifically the line item that explains who he paid for that banner ad on KennedySeat.com.

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If you look at the ad on KennedySeat.com, it's coming through Google. I've had the same ad show up here, as well.

Doesn't mean that a) Matt O'Malley is writing that site and b) that Pags has paid for that ad to appear specifically on that site.

Go to the site and mouse over the ad. You'll see it's coming through Google. The way Google works is it basically scans the content of a page and then tries to match that against keywords advertisers have paid for. Google ads are an easy way for a site to make a little money. So Pagliuca is paying Google to run ads on pages about the Senate race, no matter the site, which I know because when we had a Capuano post at the top of the home page here yesterday, all of a sudden that ad started showing up here as well (and not working, because they'd configured it wrong). Doesn't mean I'm suddenly in the employ of Pagliuca, anymore than you can use that as an argument against whoever is writing KennedySeat.com (for the record, I have no idea who it is).

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I'm assuming those Google ads inserted on the basis of the browser's IP address?

I've come across Pag sidebar and banner ads on sites that have absolutely nothing to with Massachusetts, so either they're getting pushed out to readers based on their ISP's location, or he's really wasting his money (beyond the fact that he's wasting his money on trying to get my vote).

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I only noticed them here with that Capuano story (and even then, not all the time, but that's because I don't just run Google ads). It might not even be ISP-based - I think Google has a "behavioral" ad unit that displays ads to you in part based on other stuff you've looked at (so maybe you enjoyed all the Capuano posts here, then went somewhere else, but the campaign followed you).

In contrast, the non-stop Pags ads on the Herald site appear to be based on the campaign actually paying the Herald money directly simply to take up all their invenetory - even as the Herald continues to run negative stories about him (so there!). I haven't looked at where the ads on boston.com are coming from because, to be honest, I don't care (the only reason I even looked at the Herald ads is because when I noticed his ads here were busted, I wanted to see if they were busted on the Herald, too - and they weren't).

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I was one of those very valuable undecideds until a few days ago but starting to lean Pags way (Khazei still has a shot)- not sure how realistic Pags' solutions are - but at least he has the common sense to say - this is what I'm going to do AND this is how I'm going to pay for it.

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And I agree Adam,

While covering politics is within the bounds of what this site is trying to be, publishing opinion, puff pieces, or user created political commentary should be kept to their own sections and not front page material.

It's better suited for other blogs, or one of the many that talk politics and pick sides.

I was a little disheartened to see how anti-Menino this site got before the mayors race (not directly your doing).

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couldn't have anything to do with facts that would lead a reasonable person to express anti-Menino concerns such as the fact that his chief of staff was deleting public records, the same chief of staff identified as the "go to guy" in the Menino administration in a Federal corruption case, the same chief of staff who took a leave of absence during the campaign. The fact the Secretary of State's investigation was met with stonewalling by Menino's staff, and then finally the Secretary of State found that public records were deleted and referred the matter to the Attorney General's office to determine if the deleted records was intentional act and a crime. Those facts seem like substantive reasons for anti-Menino sentiment... on UHub or anywhere for a reasonable person.

But you raise a good issue. UHub embraced the back and forth of the mayor's race but not the US Senator's race. Hard to know why.

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I've thought about that and if I ran negative stuff about Menino (OK, when ...), it's because he's been in office for 16 years and so has a lot to possibly answer for. Plus, as Anonymous says, yeah, there was Kineavy and all that.

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My comments on this thread were meant as a joke.

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It's Adam's site, and he can editorialize all he wishes. This isn't a newspaper that professes to be fair and balanced, and needs to distinguish between reporting and opinion. This is a personal blog that has always had all of Adam's biases and political leanings built into it - why whine about it now?

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