Category: College of General Studies

The Politics At Play In President Obama’s Immigration Order

November 20th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WGBH 0 comments

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Is the Obama presidency over?

November 20th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Conversation US, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Is the Obama presidency over? This has been the burning question on the lips of many Washington DC pundits and beltway insiders in the wake of devastating Democratic midterm election losses…

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Health Connector sticks with Jonathan Gruber

November 18th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber will remain on the board of the Massachusetts Health Connector, even as President Obama attempts to distance himself from the embattled MIT economist and conservatives used him in an attack ad in a high-
profile U.S. Senate race…

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“It would make political sense for him to disappear. Just get rid of him. Have him do a mea culpa statement and go into the dustbin of history. There’s just no way you can keep him on with a straight face and tell everyone that everything’s working fine. He’s become a poster boy for the bad management of Obamacare.”

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Chabot: Gov.-elect needs to keep lid on angry side

November 17th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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How long till we see Angry Charlie again?…

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“You can’t run away from your character. You might push it down but eventually it’s going to bubble up.”

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Falchuk’s inroads for independents ‘a lot to be proud of’

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Evan Falchuk finished a distant third in the Nov. 4 gubernatorial election, but the spiky-haired entrepreneur who ran as an independent candidate exited the race with a precious victory…

Expert quote:

“There’s such a kind of massive dissatisfaction, discontent that you can get some votes as a third, fourth party.  (Falchuk) can be an equal-opportunity damage maker for both parties, which I guess is his point.”

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Analysts: Charlie Baker’s appeal to independents, cities was key in victory

November 7th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Following Charlie Baker’s victory in the gubernatorial election, many political analysts say positioning himself as a moderate was a key to the Republican’s success…

Expert quote:

“The irony of ironies here is Baker’s blueprint for how to win as a Republican in Massachusetts is to deny you’re a Republican. Independent seems to be the way to go here.”

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Chabot: Deval Patrick scandals damaged Martha Coakley campaign

November 6th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Voters elected Republican Charlie Baker in part as a demand for a strong manager on Beacon Hill — where scandal after high-profile scandal plagued Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration and tainted Democrat Martha Coakley’s failed campaign…

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“I think Charlie Baker suddenly portrayed the race as Patrick’s third term, asking voters if they want more of the same. He was able to hang those around Martha Coakley’s neck. She needed her own message, not Patrick’s.”

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Associated Press: Charlie Baker elected Governor

November 5th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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Menino funeral

November 3rd, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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Experts: GOP gains ahead, but no major shakeup

November 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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The Republicans could steal one or two key races, but aren’t poised for a massive haul in Massachusetts this Election Day, analysts are saying in the final days before the midterm elections…

Expert quote:

“If Baker doesn’t win, you might as well just kiss off the Republican Party in the state. If they can’t win this race, what can they win?”

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