Janet Jeghelian, talk show host and former lieutenant governor candidate, dies at 83

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Bryan Marquard Globe Staff  February 09, 2018 As one of the few female voices in the boys’ club of Boston talk radio in the 1980s and early-’90s, Janet Jeghelian sounded themes she would raise anew when she became a pioneering Republican woman seeking statewide offices.“I really think the female input is necessary on everything that’s happening, whether it’s taxes, job security, children, local government, or housing subsidies,” she told the Globe in 1991, when she was cohosting a morning talk program on WRKO-AM. “Women have vital concerns with these. It makes me sick that men think they’re the only ones vitally concerned about these issues.”Mrs. Jeghelian, who was 83 and living in Walpole when she died Saturday, went on to seek the Republican nomination to challenge US Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 1994. Unsuccessful in that bid, she subsequently was Jane Swift’s lieutenant governor opponent at the 1998 state GOP convention, and she went on to challenge US Representative J. Joseph Moakley in 2000. Advertisement “It’s one of those things — once it’s in your blood, I suppose it’s there,” she said in 1998 of the allure of running for office, even when campaigns fall short. “You just want to be a public servant, and deal with it the best you can.” Get Today's Headlines in your inbox: The day's top stories delivered every morning. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Having formerly served on the Westwood Board of Selectmen in the 1970s, Mrs. Jeghelian set out in 1994 to persuade voters that the talents that helped her succeed in talk radio would translate into the abilities a US senator needs to serve constituents.“Whether people have confidence in you and trust you is what determines your survivability Continue Reading

Social conservatives balk at Trump tax bill that would end Pence adoption tax credit

WASHINGTON — The GOP tax plan President Trump wants Congress to send him by the end of the year could undo one of Vice President Pence’s policy priorities when he was Indiana’s governor — supporting adoption through tax credits.The House version of the tax plan would end the federal tax credit. And because Indiana’s adoption tax is tied to the federal one, the state boost would end as well.But the change is being fought by adoption advocates — including prominent social conservative groups who are allies of Pence.Creating the state tax credit was a top priority for Pence when it passed the state legislature in 2014. “We’re well on our way in Indiana to becoming the most pro-adoption state in America,” Pence bragged during the vice presidential debate last year. “I think if you're going to be pro-life, you should be pro- adoption.”More than 1,000 Hoosier families took the tax credit the first year it was available in 2015. About 1,300 used it last year, according to the Indiana Department of Revenue.National social conservative leaders, some of whom are close to Pence, are fighting the proposed change.But Rep. Kevin Brady, the Texas Republican who heads the House tax-writing committee, has defended eliminating the credit. Brady, who has called his two adopted sons the biggest blessing he and his wife could ever have, said it nonetheless makes more sense to lower tax rates for everyone instead of filling the tax code with benefits for specific activities."The call is this: Do we want a tax code that has special provisions that you may need once in your life, or do we want a tax code that lowers rates every year of your life?" he said last week.But pressed on the issue Tuesday by conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt — who called the tax credit “of deep, symbolic and real value to the pro-family movement" — Brady said the fate of the credit is being Continue Reading

HEAR IT: Talk show host Laura Ingraham curses on air during technical difficulties (WARNING – GRAPHIC LANGUAGE)

Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham dropped the f-bomb on her listeners in a tirade during technical difficulties Friday morning, according to a report. The Laura Ingraham Show host lost the sound in her headphones but didn’t realize her microphone was still beaming out to her syndicated national audience, Gawker reported. “What’s going on? What do I do guys? I can’t hear anything. What do I do?” she said, expressing more and more frustration as a Creedence Clearwater Revival song began to play in the background. “We gotta put a ‘Best of’ on, Drew,” Ingraham said. “We’re gonna lose every f-----g station we have. This is unbelievable. I don’t know what to do. What do I do? Just read stories?” The awkward soliloquy lasted about two minutes before the show resumed. “By the way, guys, there is yet another development on the trade issue in China,” Ingraham said without mention any of the tech issues. Representatives for Ingraham didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment through her website Friday night. Listeners in 225 markets across the country hear Ingraham, 52, on her radio show. She is also editor-in-chief of LifeZette.com, a conservative news and culture website, and has written five books. Follow on Twitter @tobysalkc Continue Reading

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt to participate in second 2016 Republican debate

Hugh Hewitt will participate in one of the first Republican presidential debates, the conservative radio talk show host's network said Tuesday in a statement. The Sept. 16 debate will take place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., and is the second of at least nine such events. The debate will be hosted by a partnership between Salem Media Group, which broadcasts Hewitt's "Hugh Hewitt Show," and CNN. Hewitt will participate in the question-and-answer section of the debate, Salem said. "I am delighted to be included with journalists posing questions as part of one of America's finest political traditions — the presidential debate," Hewitt said in the statement. "These debates come at a critical time, and good questions will allow Republican primary voters the opportunity to see and hear their would-be nominees provide answers to issues that genuinely concern them." Hewitt is not the debate's moderator and no decisions have been made yet on who CNN's moderator will be, a spokesperson for the TV network said. The RNC has so far approved nine debates and is looking at three more. No Republicans have yet formally announced a 2016 candidacy, but several, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have created political action committees, suggesting that they could soon launch their campaigns. Continue Reading

Rush Limbaugh ashamed of his country! The conservative talk-show host says we’re being played for ‘suckers’ over sequester spending cuts

Rush Limbaugh has reached his breaking point: he's ashamed of his country. The conservative radio talker went on a rant Thursday against President Obama's warnings that the automatic so-called "sequester" spending cuts looming in March will lead to drastic cutbacks in military readiness and critical government services. " I can't help but think that we are all being played for a bunch of fools, a bunch of suckers on this sequester business," Limbaugh said on his show. "I don't know. Are you like me? Do you really think 800,000 people are gonna lose their jobs in the Pentagon because we cut $22 billion? Do you really think air traffic control's gonna shut down? Do you really think there aren't gonna be any meat inspectors? Do you really think that all of these horror stories are going to happen? I don't. In a reversal of First Lady Michelle Obama's infamous 2008 comments that for the first time in her life she was proud of her country, Limbaugh went on: "Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country. To be watching all of this, to be treated like this, to have our common sense and intelligence insulted the way it's being insulted? It just makes me ashamed." [email protected] Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Glenn Beck’s next rally to be in Jerusalem, conservative talk show host announces

Glenn Beck is taking his cause worldwide. The conservative talk show host said on his radio show on Monday that he was planning a "Restoring Courage" rally in Jerusalem. The rally, which is meant to take a stand against the two-state solution that would divide the holy city, would be modeled after Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., last August that drew more than 80,000 people. Beck said he wasn't confident he could draw that many to Jerusalem - but thought the rally was important for a city that he claimed was the "center of our faith." The Fox host, who is Mormon, visited Israel last week. During the trip, he toured several sites including the tunnels under the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel newspaper Ha'aretz reported. "I believe I've been asked to stand in Jerusalem," he said. "Many in the history of man have had the opportunity to stand with the Jewish people...and they have failed." Beck said he would be there for the rally in August, even if only seven other people showed up. He said a final date would be announced but was complicated by the current spurts of violence in Israel. "I ask you to join me," he said. "I also ask you to take this message globally, to take this to every corner of the earth. If you have family living overseas, this is not an America solution. This is a people of faith solution. This is a people all over the world solution. I ask you to help get this word out." The talk show host hasn't always been a favorite of Jews. In January, hundreds of rabbis demanded that he be sanctioned after he made insensitive comments about Nazis and the Holocaust. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh sells opulent NYC penthouse for whopping $11.5 million

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has reportedly sold his luxury Upper East Side condo for a whopping $11.5 million, a broker told the Wall Street Journal. New York City - and its high-taxes on wealthy home owners - behind for good. And now he is free to flee: the property went into contract late last week with an undisclosed buyer, reports Luxist.com.Central Park, according to the Corcoran listing.Richard Smith (check out the waves-crashing-palm-tree bedroom mural).New York Knicks getting NBA star LeBron James last week, reportedly suggesting that the athlete would be financially better off in Miami.Palm Beach property worth, according to Gawker.com, more than $40 million. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Letting conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh into the NFL would be a mistake

The Rams are already the worst team in the NFL with a 14-game losing streak. And if Rush Limbaugh's group that is making a bid to buy the team wins out, they have the potential to get even worse. Just as Reggie White's signing as a free agent with the Packers in the first year of unrestricted free agency in 1993 helped revive them as he sent a signal to African-American players that Green Bay was a good place to live, Limbaugh's potential presence as the owner of the Rams has created a backlash from black players who claim they would never play for a team owned by him. Voting him in would be a mistake. Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka told the Daily News last week that comments made by Limbaugh, the highly-opinionated conservative radio host, are "flat-out racist." Kiwanuka and Bart Scott, the Jets linebacker, each said they would never play for a team owned by Limbaugh. "If he is a racist, that would be a problem," one NFL owner said. The comments Limbaugh made in his job on ESPN in 2003 about Donovan McNabb led to his resignation days later and have not been forgotten six years later. He is still very much a polarizing figure. Now, it's easy to say that players will put political beliefs aside and always follow the money, but it's not like St. Louis is the only place to play. The NFL is 65%-70% black. If black free agents refuse to play for the Rams, and if the Rams black players don't want to play for Limbaugh and refuse to re-sign, imagine the product the Rams will put on the field. The Rams have not won a game since Oct. 19, 2008 - 357 days ago - and the team that lost 35-0 to the 49ers last week might look like a Super Bowl contender by comparison to their team if Limbaugh owns them. It's going to take an awful lot of damage control for Limbaugh to win over players like Kiwanuka and Scott. The NFL does not need a lightning rod like Limbaugh owning one of its 32 owners. He is so outspoken it would be inevitable he would say something to Continue Reading

Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio host, rushed to Hawaiian hospital with chest pains: report

Radio loudmouth Rush Limbaugh was reportedly rushed to a Hawaii hospital after suffering chest pains Wednesday night. Paramedics responded to a call for help at 2:41 p.m. local time at the Kahala Hotel and Resort, a Hawaii TV station reported. Limbaugh, 58, who has an army of 20 million listeners, was taken to Queen's Medical Center in serious condition, station KITV said. Limbaugh's lawyer, Roy Black, told CNN he couldn't confirm the report but was "concerned" about Limbaugh. The right-wing talk show host was vacationing for the several days in Hawaii and was seen playing on a golf course nearby. Ironically, Limbaugh chose the same holiday destination as his nemesis President Obama. Another frequent target of Limbaugh's bile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also is vacationing in Hawaii this week. Limbaugh has increasingly been seen as a key leader in the Republican Party, especially among archconservatives who hope Sarah Palin can lead the party back from the electoral wilderness. Limbaugh has been the top-rated voices on radio for years and earns a reported $50 million a year. In 2003, Limbaugh was accused of buying thousands of illicit prescription pills, which he claimed were an effort to curb pain from a back operation. He checked into rehab and insisted he'd done nothing wrong. He was charged with doctor shopping three years later, but his record was expunged under a deal with Florida prosecutors. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Polls told President Obama to give unpopular talk show host Limbaugh the bum-rush

There's a reason White House aides have dubbed conservative radio ranter Rush Limbaugh the new face of the GOP - polls showed he's a big, fat target of opportunity. Only a tiny fraction of voters younger than 40 - 11% - have a positive view of the talk king, a survey James Carville and other Democratic advisers to President Obama took last fall found. That - combined with Limbaugh's more recent wish to see Obama "fail" - was all the White House needed to launch its coordinated campaign this week to cast Limbaugh as the hydra-headed leader of the temporarily headless GOP. "Who in the Republican Party commands more fear than he does?" Carville asked the Daily News. "Nobody." Limbaugh, clearly enjoying the attention, upped the ante Wednesday by challenging Obama to a debate on his radio show - while conceding that, yes, he is the GOP's "last man standing." The White House declined to comment. "If you can wipe me out in a debate ... do you realize you will own the United States of America?" Limbaugh said on-air. "You will have no opposition." Stoking the flames, Limbaugh mockingly urged the President not to send in his place any "lightweights," including "the ballerina, Emanuel." The reference was to Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, a serious ballet dancer in his youth, who kicked off the strategy by calling Limbaugh "the voice and intellectual force" behind the GOP. The White House's central aim, insiders say, is to stoke the anger of independents, a key bloc always more interested in solutions than in partisan naysaying. Wednesday, the strategy came into full bloom when former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe penned an Op-Ed in The Washington Post headlined, "Minority Leader Limbaugh." But the self-reinforcing power of the strategy, others noted, is that it depends on Limbaugh continuing to talk in ever-more divisive tones - a bet many are happy to make. "As long as he's talking, we're happy," said Carville, whom Limbaugh Continue Reading