Category: Springfield Republican

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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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…

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“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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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…

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“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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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…

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

July 6th, 2013 in 2013, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Springfield Republican, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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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…

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“The leadership at the top more or less look out for themselves, but don’t look strategically at the long term for the party and the state. The old cliché is Massachusetts Republicans always want senator or Congress but never local water commissioner or dog catcher.”

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French Parliament candidate Frederic Lefebvre campaigns in Boston to represent overseas citizens

May 23rd, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Springfield Republican, William Keylor 0 comments

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William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences

French Parliament candidate Frederic Lefebvre jetted into Boston on Wednesday afternoon on a flight from Washington, D.C….

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“It must be a very expensive, physically exhausting experience. It’s like a presidential campaign, but add to that Canada.”

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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…

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“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…

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

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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…

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“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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U.S. Rep. Ed Markey challenges fellow candidates to sign a “People’s Pledge” barring outside advertising from Senate election

January 28th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers, Springfield Republican 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

U.S. Rep. Ed Markey said Monday that he will agree to ban outside advertising from the U.S. Senate race, if the other candidates will do the same…

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For Massachusetts broadcasters, a 2013 Senate special election could be the gift that keeps giving

January 2nd, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers, Springfield Republican 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

For ad-weary Massachusetts residents, a third U.S. Senate election in as many years may be a turnoff…

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