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Why voting present rankles

Ed Markey took a beating last week for not taking a position in committee.

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Early onset silly season

Hot time, summer in the city.  And another silly season begins.  This one stars a wealthy Secretary of State, a yacht, and an unfolding crisis in Egypt.  Cue the feigned outrage.

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Markey generates excitement by proxy while Gomez gets little help from his friends.

Ed Markey has never been known as a charismatic, smooth talking, crowd pleaser. In his ongoing campaign for the US Senate, he has made no effort to persuade voters that he is.

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Appointment Intrigue and Special Election Tedium

This should be an interesting day here in Massachusetts. Governor Deval Patrick will appoint an interim senator to serve in Secretary of State John Kerry’s seat until a special election is held in late June.

As I’ve written before I think it would be most interesting for the governor to appoint a new and fresh figure who at least cracks the mold somewhat. The appointee would get a political boost and perhaps bypass our sclerotic sort-of democracy in the commonwealth. Perhaps another woman, Hispanic or African-American candidate, someone associated with an important issue like gun control, or someone who has achieved at the highest levels in business or academia or the non-profit world. An ideas person. Someone like Elizabeth Warren, perhaps?

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Will Steve Lynch Buck the Party Central Committee?

Steve Lynch is in or out, Scott Brown is in or out …

TheKerrySeat is becoming the seat no one wants – no one but Ed Markey of course. The Malden Democrat is near to clearing the field with a little help from his friends in the Democratic establishment,  most especially the party check writers, aka the Central Committee of the Democratic Party – excuse me, I meant the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Diddy was right –“It’s all about the Benjamins” —  and damn this thing we call our sort-of democracy in Massachusetts.

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It’s On!!!

The brawl to (temporarily) have it all is on, according to Secretary of State Galvin’s office. It was announced today that the primary election (if necessary) will be April 30th, and the general election for Senator Kerry’s vacated US Senate seat will be held on June 25th.

What does it all mean? How will the calander impact the shape of the race? Whose summer vacation plans will take the worst beating? Stay tuned to this space. We will explain it all to you in as close to real time as we can.

Next up… Who gets the even more temporary nod from the Guv?

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ProfessorU on the newest members of the Mass. congressional delegation

Professor Ubertaccio joined Fox25 this morning to talk about the two newest members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation.

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Best of: Your Next Senator Will Be . . .

Unfortunately Prof. Cunningham is ill and will not be doing an original post today. He leaves us with this prior rumination on predicting who will succeed John Kerry. On Tuesday he will return to discuss the known-knowns, known-unknowns, and unknown-unknowns in the race to succeed Senator Kerry.

Your Next Senator Will Be . . .

Your next senator will surely be (your guess here) and that will set things up for (who knows?) to be your next governor. There is a lot of speculation about how the next two years of politics will play out and it is this sort of expert attention that boosted the successes of Governor Tom Reilly and Senator Martha Coakley, as well as the inevitable re-election of the unbeatable Senator Scott Brown.

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Popular Misconceptions Die Hard

In today’s Springfield Republican there is a very reasonable, well written, and well sourced article about the upcoming special election to fill John Kerry’s US Senate seat. Yet, the piece contains at least one incorrect characterization of the Brown-Warren race just concluded, as well as some unreasonable implications regarding the potential of Bay State Republicans to benefit from the lessons of 2012 in a 2013 campaign.

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A Different Kind of Temporary Senator?

With all the speculation that Senator John Kerry will be named Secretary of State local politicos are consumed with who will run and who Governor Deval Patrick will name as the interim senator. In that vein Conor Yunits has a very good op-ed Look outside ranks of pols, rich in the Boston Herald today. Conor calls for some outside-the box-thinking; the governor should consider appointing someone from a group that almost never gets senate representation. He suggests a young person; or a veteran; or an African-American (none currently in the senate); another woman; a political outsider; or someone from the 99%.

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