Category: Fred Bayles

Unions dominate PAC spending in Massachusetts politics, with 18 of top 20 spenders

July 16th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers, Springfield Republican 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

Political action committees connected to organized labor were the top spenders contributing to state-level lawmakers and candidates last year, according to a study released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance…

Expert quote:

“There has been a great tradition of pro-union policies since the 1930s, 1940s, with real populist politicians supporting the working class and relying on the working class.”

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Markey Still Edging Out Gomez in Massachusetts Senate Race

May 17th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers, U.S. News & World Report 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

The race to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s former Senate seat has come into focus, with a little more than a month left before the special election…

Expert quote:

“We’re running out of time here and Markey’s got an impressive machine. The question now is, because this is a special election, not how many voters you have, but who can get them out. I know the state Democratic Party is not going to let another Scott Brown happen on their watch.”

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‘Obamacare’ not playing a leading role in state campaigns

May 7th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers, Washington Times 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

President Obama’s health care law may be a partisan flash point on Capitol Hill, but unique factors have forced it to play a supporting role in spring campaigns to fill empty seats in Congress…

Expert quote:

“This was supported by Republicans and Democrats in the legislature. There were no demonstrations.”

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‘Unprecedented’ Show of force

April 20th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

Armored tanks, automatic weapons, SWAT teams and a thermal imaging camera on a helicopter were part of the massive arsenal that helped hunt down a 19-year-old college student wanted for bombing the Boston Marathon and killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology policeman…

Expert quote:

“After 9/11, a lot of departments went through a lot of training and got a lot of money from the federal government. They don’t roll it out for any occasion, but some of that stuff is available when they have specific events. Their communications was very good, their tactics were really good. … I think it’s a 10.”

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2012 Massachusetts Senate race may have sucked money, enthusiasm out of state ahead of special election

February 11th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers, Springfield Republican 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

Lori Divine-Hudson, who co-owns Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, hosted a fund-raising dance for then-Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren…

Expert quote:

“This is going to be a fast, hard campaign. You have to do a lot of organizing right away, a lot of fundraising right away…then you have to do it all over again next year.”

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Massachusetts Republican State Rep. Dan Winslow would run for U.S. Senate as a ‘bipartisan problem solver’

February 5th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers, Springfield Republican 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

Portraying himself as a “bipartisan problem solver” and a fresh face in Washington, Republican State Rep. Daniel Winslow took a major step toward launching a U.S. Senate campaign on Tuesday by forming an exploratory committee…

Expert quote:

“He was very active in terms of promoting legislation and speaking out on the issues.”

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Romney son, wife eyed for Senate seat; Brown out, field open

February 4th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers, Washington Times 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

Former Sen. Scott P. Brown’s decision not to seek the Senate seat vacated by Democrat John F. Kerry has sent the Massachusetts GOP back to its wish list of candidates — a list that, for some, includes Ann Romney and Taggart “Tagg” Romney, the wife and oldest son of Mitt Romney, last year’s GOP presidential nominee.

Expert quote:

“…in some ways, Lynch is closer to Scott Brown than to Markey. He is a real Reagan Democrat in a lot of ways — at least on paper.”

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Gov. Deval Patrick names William Cowan as temporary replacement for Sen. John Kerry

January 30th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers, Springfield Republican 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

Gov. Deval L. Patrick today appointed a close aide, senior advisor and former chief of staff William “Mo” Cowan, as the state’s new interim U.S. senator for the next five months…

Expert quote:

“You want someone who is familiar with government, you don’t want someone with ambitions. You want a piece of very nice white bread that has no flavor or would in any way affect the special election.”

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Experts: Show of emotion won’t save career

January 18th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s teary defense of her case against Internet prodigy Aaron Swartz showed an emotional side of the embattled prosecutor, but that won’t stop foes from using the controversy as a “weapon” against her if she pursues what appeared to be a burgeoning political career, one expert said…

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Opinions vary on media’s handling of Franklin chemist scandal

January 7th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

On the December day Annie Dookhan appeared in Suffolk Superior Court to face 15 new charges stemming from her alleged role in a sweeping state scandal, Richard Aucoin waited inside the same courthouse…

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