Category: College of General Studies

Super PAC money a force in governor’s race

August 28th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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As the Sept. 9 primary nears, super PACS are increasingly flexing their financial muscles. Unrestrained by donation limits, super PACs have accounted for more than 40 percent of all spending in the race for governor over the past two months…

Expert quote:

“It’s made it absolutely mandatory that candidates need them (super PACs) in order to survive politically … The message to candidates is if you take the moral high ground, you’re going to lose.”

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War chests may hold key in 6th District race for Congress

August 24th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Money doesn’t talk, but it does help win elections. The race for the 6th Congressional District is proving to be one of the tightest in Massachusetts this election season, and money may end up being a deciding factor…

Expert quote:

“Right now people are just beginning to pay attention to the individual races, and if you can out of the gate shape your narrative, make an impression, define your candidacy, and at the same time define your opponent’s candidacy in a negative way, that will do wonder.”

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New Hampshire Senate Race

August 23rd, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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Martha’s Vineyard: The Obamas arrive for 2 week vacation

August 10th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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Experts: U.S. policy failing in Mideast peace efforts

August 4th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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While the United States leveled condemnation at Israel over its latest attack on a United Nations shelter site in Gaza yesterday, the Obama administration — and specifically Secretary of State John F. Kerry — is failing in its promise to address the issues plaguing the embattled region, experts say…

Expert quote:

“He kind of hung himself by his own words. He raised expectations when he entered office and said he was going to take on the big challenges and solve them. … I think he is honestly a victim of his own hubris.”

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Impeachment chatter: Could President Obama be impeached?

July 29th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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From John Adams to John O’Brien, there is a long history of political patronage in Massachusetts

July 24th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Springfield Republican, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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In 1797, President John Adams’ treasury secretary fired the U.S. commissioner of revenue. The commissioner’s crime? Aiding the Democratic-Republican Party over Adams’ Federalist Party, according to a 1993 article by Brian Porto in Pace Law Review…

Expert quote:

“The guy is being tried for doing the same thing most politicians have done in the state. It’s not pretty. I don’t think it’s necessarily ethical, but it’s reality. If you hold everyone to the O’Brien standard, a lot of people are going to be going to jail.”

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How immigration to Massachusetts could impact governor’s race

July 23rd, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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Elizabeth Warren

July 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Arise America TV, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Steve Grossman goes on the attack in first ad of race

July 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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State Treasurer Steve Grossman’s decision to go negative against rival Martha Coakley is a “Hail Mary” meant to bolster the struggling pol as he lags behind the attorney general in several polls, said fellow politicians and pundits…

Expert quote:

“I think it’s well worth taking the risk. He has all this money in his campaign coffers. What’s the point of it just sitting there?”

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