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, March 28, 2013
GOP and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate debated Wednesday night at the Channel 5 studios in Needham.
In the days leading up to the first Democratic U.S. Senate debate, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) has been called upon frequently to explain the vote he took against the health care reform bill in 2010. Wednesday night, Lynch and U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Malden) went several rounds on the topic. They faced-off for 30 minutes at the Channel 5 studios in Needham following a contest among the three declared Republican candidates. For Markey, President Obama's initiative, aimed at universal health care coverage, was "the proudest vote of my career." "Steve, when that vote came up you were wrong," Markey said. For Lynch, taxes and a lopsided deal for insurance companies were among the problems that outweighted benefits such as the …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Nomination papers deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 27.
With only days to go before nomination papers are due in the race for U.S. Senate, last week was a busy one for announced and potential candidates looking to fill the seat left vacant by John Kerry’s appointment to Secretary of State. The Republican field lost one prominent candidate, and another generated a bit of controversy. On the Democratic side, Congressmen Edward Markey (D-Malden) and Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) have been working through their pre-primary debate schedule and campaigning across the state. Democrats Markey and Lynch hit the road Both Democratic candidates hit the road again last week from Pittsfield to Salem, meeting with residents and attending fundraisers. Markey had campaign stops in Taunton, Fall River, …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Stephen Lynch posted a YouTube video this morning with his announcement.
While Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) isn’t expected to make a formal announcement until later this afternoon, a new Stephen Lynch for Senate Facebook page popped up this morning with a link to a “Stephen Lynch for US Senate Announcement” YouTube video that announces Lynch’s Senate candidacy. Earlier in the morning, the Stephen Lynch for Congress Facebook page had posted a message directing people to the newly created Senate page for news “on today’s plans and schedule.” Lynch is expected to make an announcement at 4 p.m. this afternoon at the Ironworkers Local 7 Hall in South Boston. Lynch would be the second Democrat running for the unexpired term left vacant by John Kerry’s confirmation to Secretary of State earlier this week…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Markey is in, Lynch set to make an announcement Thursday and Brown reportedly considering throwing his hat into the race following Tuesday’s nomination of John Kerry as Secretary of State
With Tuesday's official nomination of U.S. Senator John Kerry to the post of Secretary of State, the field is opening up with folks vying for Kerry's seat in his unexpired term in the U.S. Senate. But before that even happens an interim senator has to be named. On Wednesday, Governor Deval Patrick announced his former chief of staff William “Mo” Cowan will be the interim senator and will serve until a new senator is elected in the June 25 special election. Patch reported in December that Cowan, a Stoughton resident, would be stepping down this month and returning to the private sector. Besides being Patrick’s former chief of staff, Cowan also served as chief legal counsel to Governor Patrick, having served in the Patrick-Murray …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Kerry will replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
With only three dissenting votes, the U.S. Senate has confirmed John Kerry as the new Secretary of State. Kerry will take over for Hillary Clinton, who is leaving the post after four years. The move means Kerry will have to resign as a senator soon paving the way for a special senate election. The primary election is scheduled for April 30 and the general election will be held on June 25. U.S. Congressman Ed Markey, D-MA, has announced he is running for the seat. U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch, D-MA has hinted that he may run. As for an interim senator for Kerry's seat, Gov. Deval Patrick plans to announce his pick on Wednesday, Jan. 30, according to the Boston Herald.
Friday, January 25, 2013
U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch reportedly plans to run for the seat John Kerry will likely vacate.
U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch, D-MA, plans to announce he will run for the seat John Kerry is expected to vacate if he confirmed as Secretary of State, according to the Boston Globe. A source told the Globe that Lynch will challenge Congressman Ed Markey, D-Malden for the Democratic primary nomination. Markey recently announced he was running for the seat. Lynch plans to formally announce his plans after Kerry’s expected confirmation. Kerry received a warm welcome during his Thursday, Jan. 24 confirmation hearing with he Senate Foreign Relations Committee and will likely be confirmed, according to the Washington Post. Lynch represents 21 communities, including Norwood, Boston, Braintree, Hingham, Canton, Stoughton and Milton. Markey, who…
Monday, January 21, 2013
A special election would be held 145 to 160 days after confirmation.
Sen. John Kerry’s confirmation hearing to become the next Secretary of State will take place on Jan. 24, according to Fox25. No opposition is expected to Kerry’s nomination. If he is named to the new post, a special election will be held 145 to 160 days after the confirmation and an interim senator will be named to serve until the election. The front runner to replace Kerry is Congressman Edward Markey. A number of Democratic leaders have already voiced their support of Markey. Congressman Michael Capuano announced earlier this week that he will not run for the seat and Congressman Stephen Lynch is still mulling the possibility. On the Republican side, former Sen. Scott Brown has not announced whether he is going to run. Tell us your …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
The incumbent senator and widow of the late Sen. Kennedy both spoke positively about Ed Markey's candidacy on Friday.
A day after announcing his intention to run for U.S. Senate, Congressman Ed Markey received the backing of some big names in the Democratic party, including the incumbent senator, Friday. Senator John Kerry, Vicki Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee all lined up behind Markey, reported the Washington Post. ”Ed’s one of the most experienced and capable legislators in the entire Congress and it would be an almost unprecedented occasion for such an accomplished legislator to join the Senate able to hit the ground running on every issue of importance to Massachusetts,” said Kerry in a statement. Kennedy also spoke positively about Markey. “I believe that Congressman Ed Markey is the …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
After hinting that he'd make a run for Sen. John Kerry's seat should he be tabbed to be Secretary of State, U.S. Rep. Ed Markey will run for Senate in 2013, according to a Boston Globe report.
After hinting that he'd make a run for Sen. John Kerry's seat should he be tabbed to be Secretary of State, U.S. Rep. Ed Markey will run for Senate in 2013, according to a Boston Globe report. Markey, 66, is the first prominent candidate to announce he'll make a bid for Kerry's seat, which will be filled through a special election next summer, according to the Boston Globe. On Dec. 17 Congressman Markey told reporters at Malden City Hall that he'd "seriously consider" vying for Kerry's Senate seat. Meanwhile, Kerry, a Democrat and head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is expected to be confirmed by the Senate in the coming weeks as the next head of the State Department, according to the Boston Globe. Two other Bay State …