Category: Fred Bayles

Boston mourns, campaigns go west

November 1st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

The candidates for governor are ramping up their campaigns in western Massachusetts as the Boston area mourns the death of former longtime Mayor Thomas M. Menino…

Expert quote:

“You go out to Worcester and Springfield, (people may say), ‘Yeah he was a nice guy,’ but I don’t think it sucks all the oxygen out of that political world for the people out there. I think when you go outside the Boston media market, it’s a question of whether (Menino’s death) will have an effect.”

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Casino backers spending heavily on TV ads

October 23rd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Pro-casino television ads by an industry -backed political group have run nearly 3,000 times on local broadcast stations, while underfunded gambling opponents have so far been unable to run even one television ad defending casino repeal, Question 3…

Expert quote:

“For many people, if it isn’t in their backyard they don’t care.”

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Casino repeal faces long odds

October 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

If gambling opponents could pick a political climate for a casino repeal vote, they could hardly do better than right now…

Expert quote:

“I hate to sound cynical and dismissive, but you can never underestimate the inattention of voters to subjects. I do not think this is a prime issue in people’s lives, especially when you have some hotter issues.”

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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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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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