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, ....... .. 'ST lV..: - !,!!d,,l,t.t,,hd,,t,Ld!t. J.,:tl,,J,I,hi THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS T (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 13 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 30, 2012 $.30 A COPY i Santorum Takes Louisiana by Storm by Sal Giarratani Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum won the Louisi- ana Republican presiden- tial primary, beating the acknowledged front-runner Mitt Romney nearly two to one at the polls. Santorum had 49 percent, Romney had 26 percent and lagging in third place was Newt Ging- rich at 17 percent. Santorum, already cam- paigning in Wisconsin as the votes were being counted, told supporters in Green Bay Packers Country: "We're still here. We're still fighting. We still believe, as this race really shows." Romney Still leads in the all important delegate count and even with a 49 percent share of the vote, Santorum picked up only eight new dele- gates and doesn't appear to change the overall dynamics of this Republican version of the WEE Smackdown. It is still the Big Unit versus Santini. However, another loss in southern states for Romney continues to underscore a pattern in this drawn out race. Santorum has a work- ing Southern Strategy. To date he has won Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and now Louisiana. While Ging- rich has won both South Carolina and Georgia. Rom- ney appears to have no strat- egy below the Mason-Dixon line. " The next primaries will be Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, DC on April 3. (Continued on Page 12) North End Chamber of Commerce A Proud Participant of North End Restaurant ek 2012 Week 1 April 1 st - 6th Week 2 April 8th 13th Dinner- $33.12 News Briefs by fletl Giarratani What Do Poll Numbers Mean in the Real World? Recently, WTKK 96.9 conservative radio talker Jay Severin referenced a recent poll indicating 32 percent of Americans agreeing with Obama's thinking and 68 percent disagreeing. To him, this seemed to mean good fortune for Republi- cans, especially his boy Mitt Romney. Elsewhere, other mainstream media sources have Obama's job approval ratings hovering between 38-41 per- cent. However, even with all this bad polling for the Democrats, Fox News Network polls show Obama one-on-one beating Romney, Santorum and Gingrich. Of course, Jay didn't mention the sad news from the Fox poll. In. the end, Republicans are in much more trouble than they should be and the longer the GOP nomination process goes forth, the more likely an Obama victory appears. The GOP con- vention will be held in Tampa just before Labor Day. The election is in November. Will the win- ner be from among the current crop or will a surprise candidate appear on the convention floor? The Democrats need only sit quietly to make their unified final push. If the Republi- cans screw this election up, the party will long live to regret the error of this protracted blood- (Continued on Page 10) Mayor Menino Promotes The Boston Model for Success Announces Plans for Public Innovation Center and Encourages National Agenda to Replicate Boston's Example of Partnership, Not Partisanship Recently, during his an- nual address to the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, Mayor Thomas M. Menino highlighted how Boston has successfully created lobs, education, and innovation during a stalled economy. Mayor Menino outlined The Boston Model, calling on the nation's leaders in Washing- ton to learn from Boston's successes by focusing on partnership, rather than partisanship. "With spring officially here, there is no doubt that Boston is a rising sun. And I believe our progress shows that Boston has a lot to offer the nation," Mayor Menino said. "Politicians in this country are now so focused on ideology, and not on the things that improve people's daily lives." " Mayor Menino also an- nounced that the City has finalized a partnership agreement with Tim Rowe and the Seaport Square de- velopment team to operate the new Boston Public Inno- vation Center. The Center will break ground in three weeks and will serve as a hub and home base for en- trepreneurs to meet and ex- change ideas, to convene programs and events, and support of the innovation economy. The center will be a one story, 12,000 square foot facility, including a 3,000 square foot restau- rant, and 9,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Mayor Menino outlined five steps that the federal government should take to replicate Boston's success. One: Create a National College Completion Effort Two: put One Million High-School Teens to Work Over the Summer Three: Launch a Na- tional Workforce Housing Program for Middle Income Households Four: Invest in Basic Life Science and Healthcare Five: Use Green Tech- nology to Improve People's Lives "The most vital thing to replicate would be cur coop- eration and partnership," Mayor Menino said. "To- gether, we have showed The Boston Model is about part- nership; not partisanship." Results of "The Boston Model" Include: $3 billion dollars of devel- opment currently under con- struction in Boston. i00 companies and 3 thousand jobs have set up in our waterfront Innova- tion District since January 2010. (Continued on Page 13)