Category: Fred Bayles

Steve Grossman counting on low primary turnout

August 5th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

State Treasurer and gubernatorial hopeful Steve Grossman is banking on a low turnout to help propel him to victory when Democratic voters go to the polls for the September primary…

Expert quote:

“There’s nobody that has fired up a large portion of the population.”

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With minimum wage increase accomplished, Massachusetts labor activists turn to campaign for earned sick time

June 26th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers, Springfield Republican 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

For more than a year, liberal and labor activists in Massachusetts advocated simultaneously for two initiatives: a higher minimum wage and mandatory earned sick time…

Expert quote:

“Minimum wage is a concept that is easily grasped; earned sick time is a little bit more in the weeds. If the two had been combined as a joint campaign, it would have helped both.”

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SJC rules casino repeal question can be put on ballot

June 24th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

Massachusetts’ highest court this morning cleared the way for a repeal of the state casino law to appear on the November ballot, setting up a fierce referendum campaign for the fall and placing the fate of the state’s nascent gambling industry into the hands of the people…

Expert quote:

“The direct impact is limited to a couple communities that have already voted in favor of it.”

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Bid for Canton elections in fall advances

May 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

With voter turnouts in the low hundreds for the past two town elections, Canton is poised to become the first town in the state to move its spring elections to November…

Expert quote:

“Even in off-term (nonpresidential) elections, November participation is pretty low — close to dismal.”

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In Bay State, nothing gets past powerful House leader

May 7th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

No one in Bay State politics may wield as much power as the speaker of the House, whose ability to reward allies, punish enemies and determine the direction of billion-dollar policy has proven key to controlling the 160-member body…

Expert quote:

“I think governors are lame ducks the day they are elected.”

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Split in probation case could spell trouble for pols

April 5th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

Bay State pols may be called to testify twice in separate high-profile trials involving the scandal-plagued Probation Department’s former bosses after a federal judge yesterday split the case’s indictment in two — a decision that bodes ill during the direct run-up to Election Day, one expert warned…

Expert quote:

“That can’t be a good thing if anybody seeking re-election to the State House is called before the November election, especially immediately before. If this case is going through October, that’s still going to be burning fresh in people’s minds, especially if legislator X has to explain why his first cousin’s nephew got a job.”

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Bay State pols prove there’s life after crime

January 19th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers, Politics 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

With Carlos Henriquez joining the ranks of convicted Bay State lawmakers, the list of Beacon Hill misbehavers has been trotted out ad nauseam this week…

Expert quote:

“My joke with my class is, there’s a sequence in political corruption cases. You rise up to high political office, you get convicted and then you get a talk show.”

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Owner doesn’t rule out move from paper’s Morrissey Boulevard site

January 9th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

New Boston Globe owner John Henry said he has no plans to redevelop the paper’s Morrissey Boulevard property — though he didn’t rule out selling it off and moving operations…

Expert quote:

“He’s taking a slow approach, weighing some of the pros and cons of giving up the printing business for the real estate bonanza that you get one time.”

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Votes don’t always go casino backer’s way, despite spending

November 16th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, MetroWest Daily News, Newsmakers, Politics 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

If there’s one thing that casino referendums across the state have proved it is that money doesn’t buy votes…

Expert quote:

“It really comes down to the sense of community. If (the community) is happy with the status quo, I don’t see much that they can do to convince people to vote for a casino regardless of what the casino promises. Even with the promises of money, jobs and community improvement funds.”

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GOP, White House not flinching at shutdown

September 29th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

Congressional Republicans and the White House are playing a game of political Russian roulette, risking at least a partial shutdown Tuesday of federal programs to preserve their pet provisions in a bill to continue funding the government…

Expert quote:

“I think we may (have a longer shutdown) this time because neither side wants to blink. It might only end when people who don’t know what it means start feeling some of the effects.”

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