Patch interviews the Democratic and Republican candidates in the upcoming special state primary.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
A second week of announcements has seen the mayor field swell to eight, which more contenders signaling their interest.
In a mayoral race, sometimes an early favorite can dissuade other would-be contenders from starting a campaign. The 2013 Boston mayoral election is not one of those races. Instead, the race has drawn several more contenders this week, and more still are mulling a run. The crowded field has led to what the Boston Herald's Peter Gelzinis called "a shootout in a lifeboat," with each candidate working feverishly to solidify his support in his own backyard. The swollen field will be reduced to two after the primary, and every new candidate lowers the total vote threshold needed to make the finals. This past week, city councilors Mike Ross and Felix Arroyo joined the race, along with long-time Dorchester community activist Bill Walczak. That's …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
A look back at what happened over the past week in the U.S. Senate race.
It was a very busy week in the race for U.S. Senate. Things started to get heated as the candidates continue to race toward the April 30 primaries. We saw candidates lashing out at party backing, another facing an ethics complaint, new poll numbers, and more. Let’s start with the Democrats this week. Democratic candidates Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Edward Markey (D-Malden) will face off in a second debate Monday night in Lowell. If the news of the past week is any indication, it should make for an interesting back and forth between the candidates. Lynch took aim at his party leaders last week for supporting Markey. Lynch told the Boston Herald that the Democratic leaders haven’t been fair and told them that he thinks they’ve done…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Eight Charlestown residents are running for seven at-large seats.
Eight local residents are running for seven at-large seats on the Charlestown Neighborhood Council in this Saturday’s election. All Charlestown residents ages 18 and up are eligible to vote in the council election and can cast their ballots between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Knights of Columbus hall, 545 Medford St. The at-large candidates include seven incumbents—Barbara Babin, Peg Bradley, Paul Clausen, Tom Cunha, Ed Grace, Mark Rosenshein and Erin Sullivan—and one new candidate, Amanda Reinfeld. Elections for the CNC are staggered, with seven of the 21 seats up each year. Seven of the seats are held by a representative from each precinct in Charlestown, seven are held by representatives from Charlestown’s nonprofit …
Friday, November 2, 2012
The candidates are into their final push, reaching out to voters in all sorts of ways.
We have just days left until election day, and each campaign is into the final stretch. In many cases, that includes an overwhelming amount of contact with voters, from phone calls to roadside "visibilities," to fliers in the mail and endless television ads. Regardless of your political stripe, you have likely been subject to most of this. Which part of the final push has bugged you the most? Which candidate have you heard from the most? Tell us in the comments section below.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Very social networking site uses Romney's image to knock his tax practices and encourage people to have affairs.
Mitt Romney is a cheater—at least on his taxes—according to online, extramarital personals website AshleyMadison.com. The very social networking site posted that opinion on a billboard in South Boston this week, and the message lasted for less than a day. The billboard featured an image of Gov. Romney putting his finger in front of his lips in the universal sign for "Shhh..." juxtaposed with the message: "if cheating on your taxes is ok, so is... AshleyMadison.com." The ad ended with the company's tagline of "Life is short. Have an affair," and it ended its tenure along the roadside in less than 24 hours. While Romney's tax practices have come under criticism for the use of Caribbean and Swiss bank accounts, there is no evidence the …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Mario Teran is one of a cluster of locals in Charlotte this week to represent Massachusetts at the Democratic National Convention.
We caught up with Mario Teran, a Roslindale Democrat, before he shipped out to Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention. Here's what he had to say. Q: Are we going to see you on TV in a funny hat? "Maybe." Q: Do you feel that your presence at the convention will make an impact? How so? "I’m hoping so. I want to be actively involved in all the main meetings and committees. Hopefully [I'll] make a lot of connections with people that could lead to other collaborations in the Democratic party and locatl and national politics." Q: These days a lot of people are disenchanted with the two major parties. What makes you proud of your party? "I don’t believe that the Democratic party is 100% correct all the time, but I think they do a good …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Massachusetts governor had delegates on their feet Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, but did his speech resonate with you? Let us know by posting a comment below.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick came out firing Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, attacking his predecessor Mitt Romney's record in the Bay State. "Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he's fixed," he said. "I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn't one of them. He's a fine fellow and a great salesman, but as governor he was more interested in having the job than doing it." By the end of his speech, which touched on President Barack Obama's first-term accomplishments, the economy, role of government and the American Dream, Patrick had the packed crowd of delegates on their feet and in a frenzy, but we want to know: How did Patrick's speech play here in Boston? Were you a fan of the governor's …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Warren narrowly leads Brown in Boston fundraising.
Elizabeth Warren outraised Sen. Scott Brown in Boston in the second quarter of 2012, according to recently-released Federal Elections Commission data, but not by much. The challenger hauled $451,000 compared to Brown’s $405,000, capturing 18 of the 30 Boston zip codes represented in the last quarter’s filing. In Charlestown, Warren raised 50 percent more than her opponent, and clocked two-thirds more transactions. While Brown may have come close to outraising his challenger in the city—grabbing 47 percent of all funds raised—Warren appears to be far ahead of the senator in Boston supporters. Her campaign recorded a total of 850 transactions compared to Brown’s 497. While some of those transactions are refunds to donors who have given too …
Friday, July 13, 2012
U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren joined us live on July 13 to answer your questions. Here's a short recap of the Q&A session.
U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren joined us for a live chat with Patch readers on July 13. Many of the questions submitted were about her position on healthcare, job creation and the affordability of higher education. Check out the following short recap, or browse through the full Q&A transcript. Patch: The first question came from a reader in Lynnfield. "Although there is a relatively small number of Mass. voters of Native American descent, do you feel you have addressed their concerns about your own statements involving your heritage?" Elizabeth Warren: Growing up, my mother and grandparents often talked about our family's Native American heritage. As a kid, I never asked them for documentation--what kid would? But growing up, I …