Category Archives: Southeastern Massachusetts Politics

Charlie Baker’s thoughtful pause

At a lunch last week at Suffolk Law School, Charlie Baker was asked about his position on the South Coast rail.  He didn’t rush to support the current project and paused before noting that perhaps making New Bedford and Fall River less dependent on Boston’s wealth might be a good thing.  That’s a thoughtful pause.

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Oh, it’s on in the 9th! Or is it?

You might be forgiven for thinking the general election is well underway in the 9th District and Democratic incumbent Bill Keating is in trouble.

You’ve been misinformed.

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The 4th Congressional District Forum

 The Martin Institute at Stonehill will be hosting a two primary election forums for the candidates in the 4th congressional district.

The August 14 forum will begin at 6:00 with Democratic candidates Rachel Brown, Joe Kennedy, and Herb Robinson.

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Present at the Destruction in MA09

When the new 9th District was created by the Legislature it forced Representative Bill Keating into a tough decision: with Quincy now in a district represented by incumbent Stephen Lynch, he could stay and fight it out in a primary election.  Or he could move to his summer home in Bourne and contest the 9th as  the technical incumbent.  He chose the latter, wisely. But a spectacle to deny him renomination continues.

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Color Cranberry Country Competitive

The natural beauty of Cape Cod is matched only by the expert pours of our local bartenders and our competitive politics.  And 2010 promises a good deal of competition.

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Sutter Loses

Sam Sutter’s race for the Democratic nomination in the 9th congressional district just hit a brick wall: Rob O’Leary is out of the race.

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Fair Massachusetts Besmirched

According to the Globe’s Shira Schoenberg, Newt Gingrich resorted to one of the tried and true campaign tactics of Republican presidential candidates yesterday — he attacked Massachusetts. Read it and weep for our dear commonwealth:

“’We’re thinking of having a Massachusetts rally at some point in New Hampshire, sort of a please don’t turn America into Massachusetts,’ the former House speaker told around 125 people at the Radisson Hotel.

Gingrich explained to reporters later that Massachusetts, the home state of archrival Mitt Romney, is ‘a very expensive state with a very liberal political culture.’”

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The New MA-09: Notes from Cranberry Country

It’s not the foliage that looks a little bit more red this season.  The new congressional maps put out today create a new district on the South Coast, Cape and Islands-the very heart of Cranberry Country.  Democrat Bill Keating is moving into his home in Bourne and will contest the district, avoiding a divisive primary fight with Stephen Lynch in the new MA-08.  But will he encounter a few obstacles.

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The View from Cranberry Country

Scott Brown stopped by Sandwich the other day.  Just a week earlier I was driving to the Sagamore Bridge and I passed Tom Conroy walking Rt. 6A, the Old Kings Highway. 

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