Author Archives: Jerold Duquette

About Jerold Duquette

Jerold Duquette is an associate professor of political science at Central Connecticut State University. He is the author of Regulating the National Pastime: Baseball and Antitrust and has published articles and book chapters on campaign finance reform, political parties, Massachusetts politics and political culture, public opinion, and political socialization. Professor Duquette lives in Longmeadow, MA with his wife and four children.

Welfare Reform: Dog Whistle or Compassionate Conservatism?

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God economic news should help Coakley and Malloy

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Citizen Power and Citizen Impotence

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Why Question #3 Will Not Pass

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Republican SuperPAC Ad Complicates Baker’s Task

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Are National Trends “Hobbling” Coakley?

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Sweetheart-Gate

Charlie Baker’s effort to deflect tough questions by cozying up to the press is S.O.P., but the value of his “sweetheart” slip up to his critics and opponents is partly due to his campaign’s strategy of making the race about Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley, rather than about Democratic and Republican ideas about governance.

Because his chances of election hinge on avoiding association with his own political party, Baker has been forced to adopt a candidate-centered strategy, which not only makes media scrutiny of his character “fair game,” it also makes it very hard to complain about. Baker’s route to the corner office has always been a steep climb. Every time he loses his footing like this his chances diminish.

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Coakley, Brown, & Baker and the difference between Senate and Guv elections

Success for Martha Coakley, Scott Brown, and Charlie Baker this November may depend on a proper appreciation of the difference between US Senate and gubernatorial elections.

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After Action Report: Media Polling Performance

For the past four months I have been arguing that the contest for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination between the sitting State Attorney General and State Treasurer was much closer than the pollsters would have us believe. Now that the results on Election Day seem to support my conclusion, the pollsters who saw a 40-plus point Coakley lead in the Spring and a 20 or more point lead three days before the polls opened, need to figure out where they went wrong.

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The Polls fooled Reporters who wrote “Nothing to see here.”

Attorney General Martha Coakley beat Treasurer Steve Grossman by 6 points in yesterday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. Today, the media is filled with headlines about the surprisingly close result. We here at Masspoliticsprofs, however, were not surprised. In fact, we’ve been explaining how and why the political media’s uncritical acceptance of polls showing a consistently huge Coakley lead was a disservice to voters.

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