Politics

Here we go again!

January 29th, 2013 at 6:19 am by under Politics

Didn’t we just go through a U.S. Senate race here inMassachusetts?

The most expensive one in the nation in November, between then incumbent Republican Scott Brown and his then challenger, now Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Now we’re about to do it again.  With the expected resignation of Sen. John Kerry, who is becoming Secretary of State, there will be a special election in June to fill his seat.

This race may not have the intensity of the Brown-Warren contest, which came during a Presidential year.   But think how rare it is to have turnover in a U.S. Senate seat here inMassachusetts.

John Kerry became the state’s junior Senator when he took office in 1985, 28 years ago.

He became the state’s senior senator, in 2009, when Sen. Ted Kennedy died.

Kennedy, entered the  Senate in 1962, winning a special election for the seat, that had previously been held by his brother, John F. Kennedy, who sent on to become President.

Ted Kennedy won his first full term Senate election in 1964, and went on to re-election each time, until his death in 2009.   He served in the Senate for nearly 47 years.


Democrats to hold State Committee meeting in Springfield

November 12th, 2012 at 2:05 pm by under Politics

Springfield in June hosted the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s  Convention.

Now the Democrats will celebrate their November victories, by holding their quarterly State Committee meeting in Springfield this week.

The Democratic State Committee meeting will be held this Wednesday, November, 14TH at CentralHigh School. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.


Boston popular spot for Presidential nominees on Election night

November 6th, 2012 at 6:21 pm by under Politics

For the third time in 24 years, a Presidential nominee , will find out in Boston whether they’ll be heading to the White House.

Tonight Republican nominee, Mitt Romney is back in the city, where he’ll watch the election results and await the voters verdict.

It was eight years ago, in 2004, that Senator John Kerry returned to his home in the city after wrapping up his campaign.

But it didn’t turn into a victory party.

What seemed like promising results in his favor early in the evening,  didn’t hold up.  And  George W. Bush defeated Kerry to win a second term.

And in 1988 it didn’t turn into a celebration for  then Governor Michael Dukakis,   the Democrat’s nominee,.  He  also returned to Boston for Election night.   He lost that race for the White House to the elder George Bush.

Tonight, Mitt Romney is hoping to turn that trend around, hoping for a celebration in Boston for a change.

 

 

 


Election Day is here

November 6th, 2012 at 5:59 am by under Politics

After months of campaigning and millions spent in advertising, voters have their say today.

Not only is it a Presidential year, but here in Massachusetts we have the U.S. Senate race between incumbant Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Big races guaranteed to bring out a  big turnout.   Expect that there may be long lines to vote in certain places.

There’s now 4.34 million eligible voters in Massachusetts.  Secretary of State William Galvin projects that as many as 3.2 voters may cast ballots, which would be a record for the state.

 

 

 

 


Obama, Romney visit N.H. on final weekend of campaign

November 4th, 2012 at 1:45 pm by under Politics

It’s the final 48 hours of the Presidential race.

President Obama and Mitt Romney both squeezed in visits this weekend to battleground state, New Hampshire.

Romney, the Republican Presidential nominee held an early morning rally in Portsmouth on Saturday.

And President Obama was in Concord on Sunday,

With what polls say is an extremely tight presidential race, the two candidates still contending for New Hampshire., which is the only battleground state in New England.

 

 

 

 


Political signs could be gone with the wind

October 29th, 2012 at 1:41 pm by under Politics

With winds expected to kick up here in Western Massachusetts due to Hurricane Sandy,  if you have a lawn sign for a candidate on your lawn, you might want to take it in.

With just a week to go before the election, you might have a hard time getting another sign if yours flies away.

There’s more signs around for the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Scott Brown and challenger, Elizabeth Warren.

But signs for the Presidential race, have been harder to come by, because resources have been going to battleground states.

So if you have one for your candidate, best to hold on to it, bring it in, since supplies of those signs would be limited at this point,


Presidential Campaign rolls on around Sandy

October 29th, 2012 at 8:28 am by under Politics

Just over a week to go until Election day.

Hurricane Sandy which is menacing the East Coast, has forced President Obama and Mitt Romney, re-arrange campaign schedules just as they head into the final week of the Presidential race.

Rallies in the storm’s path have been cancelled.   President Obama will be monitoring the federal response to the storm on Monday back in Washington, after cancelling a scheduled appearance in Florida.

Mitt Romney is campaigning in the Midwest after cancelling appearances in Virginia on Sunday.

A stop in New Hampshire on Tuesday has also been cancelled.


Fmr. Gov. Dukakis talks about Presidential run

October 26th, 2012 at 8:21 am by under Politics

 

Fmr. Gov., Michael Dukakis at Chicopee Democratic City
Committee Breakfast

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis seems to be relishing this election year.

Dukakis has been visible and out campaigning this year for the Democratic ticket.

Dukakis has been in Western Massachusetts for a number of  Democratic party events.

Just this past weekend, he was in Chicopee for the Democratic City Committee’s annual breakfast.

Dukakis, who was the Democratic Presidential nominee in 1988, told 22News not much has changed about campaigns,  except for social media’s influence  and the amount of campaign contributions.

He said another thing that hasn’t changed, is how demanding it is to run for president.

Dukakis said, “it’s long, it’s hard. You better be in pretty good shape physically.”  Dukakis also said that it is an ” incredible experience” to run for President.

Dukakis left the Governor’s office in 1991.  He now teaches at Northeastern University in Boston.


Signs of the campaign

October 24th, 2012 at 1:45 pm by under Politics

Driving home or to work these days, along with the foliage, you can’t help  but notice the campaign lawn signs that dot the landscape.

With a very hot Senate race in Massachusetts this year, a lot of signs for Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren have popped up in the last month.

If you’re looking for a lawn sign for either candidate, you can start with the local campaign offices of the Democrats and Republicans.

Those looking for Elizabeth Warren signs can get them at the Western Massachusetts Democratic Field offices locations are;

Springfield:       24 Island Pond Rd.

Pittsfield:           274 Wahconah St.

Greenfield:        182/195Main St.

Scott Brown supporters looking for a sign, can find them at the Republican Victory office in East Longmeadow, located  at  37 Harkness Ave..    The number is 413-224-1850.


Fmr. Gov. William Weld moves back to Mass.

October 22nd, 2012 at 6:26 am by under Politics

Former Mass. Gov. William Weld

Look who’s back.

Former Massachusetts Governor, William Weld, has moved back to Boston from the Big Apple to join a major law firm.

Just recently he’s been upping his profile again.

Weld served as Governor from 1991 til 1997, when he resigned while being considered for Ambassador to Mexico during the Clinton years.  When that nomination didn’t pan out, Weld moved to New York, where since then he’s worked in finance and law.

He also ran for Governor of New York before pulling out of the race in 2006.

Weld surfaced at the Republican National Convention in August, serving as a delegate from New York.   He also spoke to the Massachusetts  delegates during the Convention.

Weld this month endorsed Sen. Scott Brown’s re-election effort and is a supporter of Republican Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.