As I was preparing an article on some upcoming Senate races in 2014, I was going to write that former Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts should sit this special election cycle out and possibly concentrate on the full six year term in 2014. In the special election, two Democratic heavyweights in Massachusetts politics will fight it out to see who fills out that term of | Read More »
Boston’s NPR radio station, WBUR, conducted a poll earlier this week that shows Scott Brown is in a “strong position” to rejoin his colleagues in the Senate, assuming John Kerry is appointed to be Secretary of State, triggering a special election.
The poll was conducted with 500 registered voters on Monday and Tuesday, and Brown’s favorables are very high, even though it is less than two months after he lost a brutal campaign battle against Elizabeth Warren.
…John Kerry becomes the next Secretary of State. From the Boston Globe: “I expect to do the same thing I did last time,” [MA Governor Deval] Patrick told reporters. “I’m not ruling out other options. But, as a practical matter, it’s hard for me to imagine how you could serve in the Senate for a four-month period and also run a statewide campaign in a | Read More »
This is Fundamental to our nation, as written in the Massachusetts Constitution by John Adams, second president of the United States who drafted this State Constitution. This establishes the fundamental principal that our Exceptional form of government is dependent on teaching piety, religion, and morality and this must be an active component of our Government. The good order and preservation of civil government is dependent | Read More »
As you may know, I spent some time in Massachusetts this year, working on some Congressional races, and it’s been an interesting time for me, seeing the differences (the many, many, many differences) between that state and my home state of Florida.
Both states have a legislature dominated by one party, but with wide variation in how much autonomous power the controlling party really has. When the Republicans who control the Florida House and Senate push their luck too far, the Florida press corps howl in protest and voters in even heavily-Republican districts tend to reject anything really outlandish (case in point: the failure of many of the constitutional amendments, which originated in the Legislature, on the ballot this year).
In contrast, in Massachusetts, when the Democrats try something nutty, it’s met with shrugs and mostly ignored as simply business as usual. At best, media outlets like the Boston Herald may cover a story here and there, but it rarely seems to slow down the Democrats’ appetite for abusing government power…
This is Barney Frank’s old district, more or less… and it is an interesting choice of candidates. On the one hand, we have Sean Bielat: businessman and Marine officer. On the other hand, we have Joe Kennedy III: …um, Kennedy. No. That’s pretty much it. He’s a Kennedy. He also thinks that Osama bin Laden was killed via drone strike, but never mind that right | Read More »
MA-03 is a NE Massachusetts district currently represented by Niki Tsongas – and if you’re wondering who that is, don’t worry: nobody else particularly remembers her, either. It’s an interesting district: represented by one of the more reflexively liberal Congresswomen in the House, but it has a history of voting for Republicans. The current Republican candidate Jon Golnik is hoping to capitalize on that; we | Read More »
The rather epic redistricting of Massachusetts in 2011-2012 (short version: the state lost a district, and nobody wanted to be the guy without a chair, and things went downhill from there) resulted in the creation of a conservative – for Massachusetts – district involving the Cape Cod area. It’s a seat with a half-incumbent: current MA-10 Rep. Bill Keating didn’t exactly live inside the district’s | Read More »
Unless the name is ‘Adams,’ they rarely last beyond the third generation, and for good reason. Background: somebody pointed out to Mr. Kennedy the President’s drone operations in Yemen/Somalia, and asked whether Kennedy supported the idea that the House needs to reestablish some of its oversight into the issue. This is actually a thorny problem; and while Kennedy’s answer (he essentially blamed that awful partisan | Read More »
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Grace Wyler to discuss the race for the Senate, the media firestorm brewing over recent comments by Richard Mourdock, and Obama’s closing argument in these final days of the campaign.
For anyone who thought or believed that Massachusetts was suddenly showing signs of conservatism because Scott Brown won in 2010 or Barney Frank is retiring, you are wrong. Brown’s 2010 surprise victory was partly attributable to a recognition of his moderation, and ineptitude on the part of his Democratic opponent, Martha Coakley. Brown will not have conditions favorable to him this time out. For example, | Read More »
The major trouble with trying to talk about Joe Kennedy III as a candidate is… oh, heck, let the Sean Bielat campaign explain it: (Ad done by our own Ben Howe, btw) That’s it, in a nutshell: there’s nothing there except the ‘Kennedy’ and the ‘III.’ If this kid was named ‘Patrick Dolan’ or something then he wouldn’t be the Democratic nominee for MA-04 | Read More »
It appears that one of the Democrats’ favorite ploys of paying union members to show up and rally for their candidates isn’t working for Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren. Instead of paying union members $50 dollars to stand in support of their candidate, as they did in 2008, union bosses are now threatening to fine union members if they fail to show up at Elizabeth Warren events. | Read More »
1st Debate Scott Brown vs Elizabeth Warren, conservative analyses pt.1 Elizabeth Warren, character doesn’t matter, it’s alright to lie to level the paying field as long as no one notices. This is Elizabeth Warren’s understanding of affirmative action, take from the haves for the have-nots for personal gain its okay and forget about the corruption. Elizabeth Warren, Leveling the playing field. This is Marxist | Read More »
This year, there are 33 Senate seats up for election with 23 of them currently held by Democrats or independents who caucus with Democrats (Lieberman in Connecticut and Sanders in Vermont). Currently, the Democrats control the Senate by a 53-47 margin. Of the 23 Democratic seats, seven incumbents are not running while of the ten Republican held seats, four incumbents are not running. One of | Read More »