Monday, April 15, 2013
Medford voted for Elizabeth Warren and owns fewer hybrid cars than the state average.
Medford is brown and blue: That’s what we found when we compared data from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to the vote in the 2012 U.S. Senate race. You can see the results in the map above: Large circles suggest towns with more hybrid ownership per capita, and the red/blue color suggests which way those towns voted last year. In Medford, 15.7 of every 1,000 vehicles is a hybrid, compared to the state average of 18. Patch’s research suggests the state has a good number of what might be called “green Republican” communities. More than 40 percent of the communities where Republican Scott Brown carried the vote have an above average numbers of hybrids. The data is a nice rebuttal to the national trends of hybrid/GOP separation: …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Governor Deval Patrick won't run again, and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray wants the job. So do Treasurer Steve Grossman and 2010 Republican candidate Charlie Baker. Who do you think should run for governor?
Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray could hold out any longer. On Thursday, he told the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce he'd like to be governor, according to WBUR. Mind you, he didn't say he would run, just that he wants to be governor. With the election two years away, starting an official campaign now would be a bit premature. But Murray's not alone. Governor Deval Patrick has said he will not run in 2014, leaving the door open for Murray and a host of other suitors to the office. State treasurer Steve Grossman and 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker have also expressed interest in a run in 2014. And it wasn't so long ago that Scott Brown was greeted with shouts of "Governor!" during is concession speech. Who do you …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
U.S. Senator Scott Brown will leave office in January. What should he do next?
U.S. Senator Scott Brown, a Republican, was defeated Tuesday by first time candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat. Warren will take office as the state's junior senator in January. She'll replace Brown, who was elected in a special election in January 2010 when he defeated Democrat Martha Coakley. In his concession speech on Tuesday night, Brown told his supporters that "defeat is only temporary." As soon as the race was called, analysts began suggesting Brown may run for Massachusetts governor in 2014 or would seek the state's other U.S. Senate seat if Senator John Kerry is named Secretary of State under President Barack Obama in his second term. What should Brown do next? Tell us in the comments.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Democrat Elizabeth Warren beat incumbent candidate Scott Brown in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race.
Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren has beaten incumbent Republican candidate Scott Brown for a seat on the U.S. Senate, according to the Associated Press. Warren is won by a margin of eight percentage points, 54 percent to 46 percent, making her the first female senator elected in Massachusetts. An estatic Warren addressed a crowd of hundreds of excited supporters at the Copley Fairmont Plaza hotel in Boston on Tuesday night. "We did what everyone thought was impossible," she said. "We taught a scrappy, first-time candidate how to win." "You took on the powerful Wall Street banks and let them know that you want a Senator out there fighting for the middle class all of the time," she said. "And despite the odds, you elected the first …
How might the U.S. Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren affect the presidential race—and vice-versa? Find out what local politicos think, and check here late for election results. Connect with us on Twitter at #PatchElections.
Check back at your local Patch all day for live election updates. While Massachusetts is expected to go to Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the race for President of the United States, influential Massachusetts political insiders have varying opinions on how the U.S. Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren will affect the presidential race, and vice versa. According to results from the Blue Commonwealth and Red Commonwealth surveys sent out last week and compiled today, Monday, 60 percent of the 23 local Republicans who responded think that the Brown-Warren race will result a modest increase in votes for Romney, while 40 percent of the 20 local Democrats who responded think the U.S. Senate race will increase Obama's total of …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Boston Herald endorsed Senator Scott Brown on Wednesday; his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren has recently had several endorsements as well.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Boston Herald endorsed Senator Scott Brown on Wednesday, praising his "fiscal sanity and bipartisanship." Brown would be more likely than his Democratic foe, the Herald editorial board argued, to stay out of lockstep with their respective party leadership. "Democrats have made much of the fact that, should he win election to a full term, Brown would represent a vote in favor of the current GOP leadership. But Brown at least has a track record of breaking with that same GOP leadership and representing a more moderate voice," wrote the Herald editorial board. "We’re less certain that Elizabeth Warren would challenge Harry Reid & Co. on important issues." Endorsement season is in full swing, as the election looms 13 days away on Tuesday, …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The SNL alum turned U.S. Senator riled up a highly partisan crowd Friday, Oct. 18 in Lexington, where he and local politicians hit on economic and environmental concerns in support of Elizabeth Warren.
Politics are no laughing matter, but with little more than two weeks remaining before the Nov. 6 elections, Massachusetts Democrats looked for a shot in the arm from the so-called “clown” of the Democratic Party, Al Franken, the former SNL cast member turned US Senator from Minnesota. Franken was in Massachusetts Oct. 19 to support Elizabeth Warren, the U.S. Senate candidate looking to unseat the Scott Brown, the Republican incumbent, in a tight race many politicos expect will have ramifications far beyond the Commonwealth’s borders. And the stumping stopped here in Lexington Friday afternoon, as Franken and U.S. Rep Ed Markey, who represents Medford, joined a few more familiar faces to address an overflowing Depot building. There were …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Former Gov. Paul Cellucci, who served as governor and lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, endorsed Sen. Scott Brown for U.S. Senate on Wednesday.
Incumbent U.S. Senate candidate Sen. Scott Brown added another former governor to his list of supporters on Wedneday, this time former Governor Paul Cellucci. Cellucci, a Republican, served as lieutenant governor in Massachusetts under Gov. Bill Weld from 1991-1997, then moved on to governor from 1997 to 2001. Brown picked up an endorsement from former Governor Weld, also a Republican, a few weeks ago. Cellucci said in a video released by the Brown campaign that his support comes from Brown's stance as "moderate on social issues and conservative on fiscal issues," and his "record of bipartisanship." "I would say we need more people, desperately need more people, like Scott Brown... who will vote on the issue," he said. "He will do what's…
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Held in Springfield, this debate focused more on issues, less on personal attacks.
Vital issues core to this race for the U.S. Senate—taxes, healthcare, soaring higher education costs, abortion, insurance coverage of contraception—were the focus of last night's debate between Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren. And, of course, there were different views of which candidate accomplished the most in this penultimate debate. The final debate between them is scheduled for Oct. 30. Who do you think 'won' last night's debate? Tell us in the comments section below.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
"What Scott Brown and the Republicans are running on is to repeal that (the affordable care act) and go back to fighting again -- four years more -- they don't have any alternatives to offer." -Elizabeth Warren
U.S. Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren stopped in Medford Wednesday as her race with Republican incumbent Scott Brown approaches its final month. Warren, accompanied by Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn and U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, visited City Hall before heading to the Medford Senior Center, where she made her way to a stage as the theme of Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky" was played by a brass band. McGlynn gave his official endorsement to Warren and credited her for challenging Wall Street interests before she gave a brief speech. Warren told the audience that the affordable care act's survival -- along with benefits for seniors -- could hinge on who they send to Washington. "After many years of fighting, we finally got a health care bill that …