Posts Tagged ‘Massachusetts’
MA: Lt. Governor Candidates Debate
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 10:16 Written by rslcpol Tuesday, 28 September 2010 01:35
From The Daily Free Press:
Well-informed, attentive and freethinking students will change Massachusetts, former State Rep. Paul Loscocco, R-Middlesex, said at a lieutenant governor’s debate on Monday.
Loscocco, Independent Tim Cahill’s running mate, joined Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, State Sen. Richard Tisei, R-Wakefield, and Rick Purcell in a forum for the candidates for lieutenant governor at Curry College in Milton.
Challenges to government officials should be made by students now, Tisei, Republican Chalie Baker’s running mate, said.
“[Massachusetts is] losing a lot of our under-40 population, particularly younger people with advanced degrees and advanced skills, to other states because our state is too expensive, it’s not competitive and people don’t think there’s opportunity,” Tisei said.
However, a failure to retain a younger population is not Massachusetts’ only shortcoming, candidates said.
GOP Has Advantage in Mass. AG Race
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 10:22 Written by rslcpol Monday, 27 September 2010 12:04
From the Sun Chronicle:
Martha Coakley is starting to look like a figure out of a Greek tragedy. The state attorney general has made another political miscalculation, one that could conceivably cost the Democrats the second most important statewide office, just as her earlier miscalculation cost the Democrats what should have been a safe U.S. Senate seat.
It’s hard to fathom how one candidate could cause so much havoc in her own party. First Coakley opened the door for Scott Brown’s election to the seat of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Now she has opened the door for the Republicans to win Coakley’s own seat as Massachusetts attorney general.
In the race to fill Kennedy’s seat last January, Coakley ran a poor campaign. She avoided retail politics, coming off as aloof and entitled. The message was Massachusetts voters wouldn’t dare elect a Republican to succeed Kennedy. That, of course, turned out to be wrong. All that Wrentham Republican Brown needed to win was a last-minute burst of advertising financed from out of state.
MA: Lt. Governor Candidates have First Debate
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 10:29 Written by rslcpol Thursday, 23 September 2010 01:39
From The Daily Free Press:
Candidates for lieutenant governor faced off for the first time on Wednesday, attacking each other’s running mates for policies that they said would dig the commonwealth further into a financial hole.
Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and State Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei, R-Wakefield, traded some of the sharpest barbs at the debate at Suffolk University Law School.
“No matter where you go in Massachusetts, people instinctively know that the state government is off-track,” Tisei said.
Murray countered that the state’s fiscal situation is improving.
U.S. Senator Scott Brown says Mass. AG could lose her election
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 10:37 Written by rslcpol Monday, 20 September 2010 12:58
From the Boston Herald:
A Republican write-in candidate for attorney general who wants to do what U.S. Sen. Scott Brown did – beat Martha Coakley – is off to a “pretty substantial” start, the iconic Massachusetts GOP standard-bearer said yesterday.
Brown suggested yesterday that a repeat of his own come-from-behind win by former prosecutor James McKenna of Millbury is possible if voters want to send a message.
“They’re sending a lot of very powerful messages,” Brown noted, in an apparent reference to national upsets and strong Republican turnouts Tuesday in Massachusetts. He called McKenna’s “10,000 times two” write-in vote claim “pretty substantial.”
McKenna won at least 10,000 write-in votes Tuesday to win a place on the Nov. 2 ballot, according to Secretary of State William Galvin. But McKenna claimed yesterday that when the tally is complete, he’ll have at least 20,000.
Interview with Mass. Republican AG Candidate
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 10:38 Written by rslcpol Monday, 20 September 2010 12:14
From the Examiner:
Jim McKenna has now been officially certified as qualifying for the November ballot to face Martha Coakley for attorney general. He was kind enough to give me a few minutes of his time this afternoon:
DaTechGuy: Jim Congratulations on making the ballot, do you have an exact count on the number of write-in/sticker votes you managed to get:
Jim McKenna: The final count is not in we know of 15k, but it could come in much higher.
DTG: A write in campaign is tough, in a primary doubly so and would be considered impossible for a Massachusetts republican before this year. What happened?
JM: Experienced political people told us we couldn’t do it but the people got involved, there seemed to be more homemade signs and individuals pushing the candidacy than we ever expected. Between myself and Guy Carbone another fine write-in candidate we know at least 20k went to the polls motivated for this race. I’ve never seen people so involved.
Mass. Republican says he’ll be on the Ballot for Attorney General
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 10:42 Written by rslcpol Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:56
Republican James McKenna of Millbury is claiming success in his bid to get on the November ballot as a challenger to Democract Attorney General Martha Coakley.
Mr. McKenna and a team of supporters set out yesterday to get the required 10,000 write-in votes that would earn him a spot on the Nov. 2 ballot. Ms. Coakley was running unopposed.
MA: Write in Campaign for Attorney General
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 10:48 Written by rslcpol Monday, 13 September 2010 01:23
From Red State:
Republicans failed to get a candidate to file for Attorney General to run against failed Senate candidate MArtha Coakley, who is now very unpopular. As a result, James McKenna is running a write-in campaign as a Republican. If he gets 10k write in votes, he will be the nominee. No office so important should go uncontested. MA has strange write-in laws, so it is important to make sure you get it right for your vote to count. To properly write-in James McKenna:
Make sure you fill in the oval by the BLANK Attorney General spot on the ballot.
In the blank space write: “James McKenna 28 Miles St. Millbury” If you do not write the full thing, your vote will NOT count. Just writing James McKenna is not sufficient.
Mass: ‘Change is in the Air’
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 02:22 Written by rslcpol Monday, 22 March 2010 12:45
From the Boston Herald:
An already intense and volatile Massachusetts political scene could be cranked up several notches by last night’s controversial votes for and against the Democratic health-care initiative – signaling a potentially long and brutal season ahead.
“It’s going to be a hard-fought campaign, no doubt about it,” declared John Walsh, chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. “This is going to be an important election – there’s a lot at stake.”
Among the things at stake is the Democrats’ lock on the 10 House seats representing Massachusetts in Congress – not to mention a slew of open legislative seats at the State House. Republicans and conservative Tea Party members are hoping they can now repeat Scott Brown’s stunning upset victory in January in the U.S. Senate race.
MA: AG Learns from “Crushing” lost
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 02:33 Written by rslcpol Monday, 15 March 2010 12:24
From Boston Herald:
Standing out in the rain this weekend to collect her own signatures for the ballot, Attorney General Martha Coakley is on a mission to reinvent herself after her bruising loss in the Senate race.
“I’ll always be the woman who lost Ted Kennedy’s seat,” Coakley, 56, told the Herald. “It’s a crushing loss, but I’m hopeful that my record as AG, and the lessons I learned from the loss will help me be a better candidate.”
Though her only potential opponent so far is perennial candidate Republican Jack E. Robinson, Coakley isn’t taking her re-election for granted, she said.
Mass. Republicans Blow Away Fundraising Field
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 02:44 Written by rslcpol Thursday, 4 March 2010 02:25
Republican Charles Baker and running mate Richard Tisei continue to blow away the Massachusetts gubernatorial field when it comes to fundraising.
The duo said Wednesday they had raised a combined $561,000 in February, compared to $250,000 for Gov. Deval Patrick and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray.
The newly minted independent ticket of Timothy Cahill and Paul Loscocco reported raising about $87,000.