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,1.4 t } T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 11 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 16, 2012 $.30 A COPY II [I Happy patrick's Day from the Post-Gazette i by l eiaani Former US Senator Bob Kerrey Back in Fray? It appears that former US Senator Bob Kerrey, (D-NE) has decided to seek the Democratic nomi- nation for the seat he once held. That seat is cur- rently held by the outgoing US Senator Ben Nelson also a Democrat. Kerrey is also a former governor and 1992 presidential candidate. Snowe Isn't Falling in Maine Anymore? US Senator Olympia Snowe, (R-ME} has decided to retire from the US Senate at the end of this term. What had been also a shoo-in re-election for a Republican-held Senate seat now seems up for the taking? The name of former governor John Baldacci, a Democrat, has been mentioned. Former two-term Maine governor Angus King, an Independent said he too is considering a run. Soaring Gas Pump Prices? Blame That President? Right now, as gas prices at the pump are skyrocketing, there is not one Democrat up on Capitol Hill blaming the Obama White House's failed energy policies. Right now, most gas sta- tions are charging somewhere in the area of $3.69 to $3.75 per gallon for regular gasoline. Back in the spring of 2006, it was quite a different story. (Continued on Page 10) Santorum Wins Alabama, Mississippi Races Gingrich 2 nd Place, Romney Gets Poor Results The big winner in Tues-day's Alabama and Mississippi pri- maries was Rick Santorum. He finished first in both states. All three candidates, Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney finished close to one another. Biggest loser of the day in per- ception was Romney whose campaign actually thought they could take Mississippi but ended up twice in third place. Santorum said, "We did it again. The time is now for con- servatives to pull together. We are going to win this nomina- tion before the convention." by Sal Giarratani Republican Candidate Rick Santorum The Romney campaign stated, "If you count delegates, it's a great night for Mitt." Romney also told CNN before the votes where in, "If you look at the math of how many delegates he'd have to win to become the nominee, ' it's a very difficult road for him." l " Conservative Republicans are watching to see what Gingrich will do. He's a southerner who couldn't carry two deep south states like Alabama and Mississippi. Some Santorum supporters are urging Ghl'iCh to ,bow out and let Santorum take on Romney one on one. However, many believe that Gingrich's ego may prevent that from happening. Meanwhile, Romney's show- ing in primaries in states be- low the Mason-Dixon line is worrisome to many Republi- cans looking to beat President Obama in November. Next Tuesday's Illinois pri- mary is now crucial to Mitt Romney's quest of the GOP nomination. There will be 69 delegates in play and Romney must show he can win in Obama's home turf. His poor showing in southern states makes Illinois a major goal of the Romney folks. If Romney bounces back next week, his momentum could pick up steam again. If Newt supporters cross over to Santorum then this presidential nomination race may very well go right to the convention floor. If that happens, Republicans would have less than two months to convince the American people that the eventual Republican candi- date can compete for votes with Obama de- spite the president's very low opinior, in polls over his handling of the economy. Many Republicans think as the presi- dent's numbers drop and the price of gaso- line rises, a Republican candidate can and will win in November. AT BOSTON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM by Maria Carmen Triola, Teacher of Italian appointed by MAE Consulate General of Italy-Boston (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) The Boston Children's Museum hosted the first Italian Culture Night on Fri- day, March 9 th. Thanks to the Consulate General of Italy, the Band 'Newpoli' -- Southern Italian Folk En- ages and backgrounds, over semble, a guitar player and 650 children and adults en- entertainer, and a long list joyed a taste of Italian cul- of volunteers from the ture with the spectacular C.A.S.I.T. Inc., the PIB, the backdrop of Boston's skyline COMITES who organized and helped out and to the people who came out to participate, it was a blast! It was a beautiful, festive evening and people of all at dusk. The purpose of the event was to give all friends of Italy a special cultural event with music, art, dance, and fun for the entire family. During "Carnevale," the weeks before the beginning of Lent, Italians have parties (Continued on Page 8)