Category: Springfield Republican

Boston broadcasters rake in millions from New Hampshire presidential primary advertising

Springfield Republican John Carroll, College of Communication As the presidential candidates blitz through New Hampshire in advance of that state’s first-in-the-nation primary on Feb. 9, Massachusetts broadcasters are reaping the benefits… Expert quote: “The time when political advertising gives them the biggest bump is after the first of the year, because that’s usually a fairly […]

In search of a Hillary Clinton ugly Christmas sweater or Ted Cruz coloring book? 2016 presidential campaign stores offer array of swag

Springfield Republican Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication From coloring books to flip flops, guacamole bowls to sponsored flights, political junkies in search of presidential campaign gear to give out this holiday season face no shortage of swag options, with nearly every 2016 candidate hosting a store on his or her respective website… Expert quote: “Now, […]

Severe weather events in Massachusetts herald climate change, BU scientist says

The Republican Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The real danger in climate change lies in surprise and unpredictability — and not necessarily severity — according to Dr. Adil Najam, dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University… Expert quote: “If we simply knew […]

What’s next for Deval Patrick? Departing Massachusetts governor doesn’t rule out presidential bid after 2016

Springfield Republican Tom Whalen, College of General Studies On Jan. 8, the day Republican Charlie Baker is sworn in as the Massachusetts governor, Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick and his wife, Diane, are planning to leave for “a long, warm weather nap,” Patrick said Monday… Expert quote: “If you watch him do a media interview, presidents […]

As bottle bill politics hits supermarket aisles, shoppers have mixed reactions

Springfield Republican John Carroll, College of Communication Gregory Murphy was checking out at Market Basket in Woburn last week when he was startled to see the cashier slip a flier into his grocery bag urging him to vote against a ballot question expanding the bottle bill… Expert quote: “There’s a lot of fungibility in the […]

Independents Evan Falchuk, Jeff McCormick struggle to break through in gubernatorial race

Springfield Republican Tom Whalen, College of General Studies At a recent gubernatorial forum with human service workers, independent Evan Falchuk stood out for his aggressive criticism of his opponents… Expert quote: “You have to have a lot of money, and why would you do that if you’ll end up losing?” View full article

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

Springfield Republican Tom Whalen, College of General Studies 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 […]

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

Springfield Republican 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 […]

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

Springfield Republican 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, […]

Massachusetts Republicans regroup after defeat in U.S. Senate special election

Springfield Republican Tom Whalen, College of General Studies When Democrat Edward Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez in the June 25 special election for U.S. Senate, it was only the latest loss for the Massachusetts GOP, and the string of defeats is leading some Republicans to rethink the party’s strategy… Expert quote: “The leadership at the […]