Sunday, March 3, 2013
As debate schedules are set and signatures are collected, campaigns are in full swing.
It was another busy week in the race for U.S. Senate last week as we start counting down the weeks to the April 30 Primary. As of Wednesday, two Democrats and three Republicans filed the required number of signatures to run in the special election for U.S. Senate. On the Democrat side we have U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch. So far for Republicans, it’s former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset and State Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk). All five submitted more than the required number of signatures to the Secretary of State’s office to appear on the April 30 Primary ballot. City and town clerks have until Monday to deliver all signatures. The five are all vying for the seat left vacant by …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Two Democrats, including Framingham's Congressman, and three Republicans submitted the needed 10,000 names.
Two Democrats and three Republicans submitted the required number of signatures to run in the special election for U.S. Senate, according to the Boston Globe. U.S. Reps. Edward Markey (D-Malden) and Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) each filed more than double the 10,000 certified signatures required. Markey, who represents Framingham, led the way with nearly 34,000 signatures, while Lynch had just over 25,000. On the Republican side, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan filed nearly 19,000 signatures, followed by former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset at almost 17,000 and state Rep. Daniel Winslow of Norfolk at more than 13,000. Those totals only include those signatures submitted to the Secretary of State's office by Wednesday's 5 p.m…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Framingham's Congressman wrote a letter to Stop & Shop's Chief Operating Officer to seek a resolution "consistent with the company’s strong reputation as a labor-friendly workplace.”
Framingham Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) Wednesday expressed concern over the grocery chain Stop & Shop’s reported hiring of replacement workers, and at a higher wage than unionized workers, in the company’s ongoing negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement with Stop & Shop employees and the United Food & Commercial Workers. In a letter sent to Stop & Shop COO James McCann, Rep. Markey said that with many Stop & Shop employees living in his Congressional district, he found news reports of the company’s plans to hire replacement workers and pay them a higher wage than unionized employees “troublesome.” Instead, Markey asks that the company “hew to its reputation as an employer that cares for the economic well-being of its …
Monday, February 11, 2013
State Rep. Carl Sciortino (D-Middlesex) is running for Congressman Ed Markey's seat as Markey is running for the U.S. Senate seat.
Monday, February 11
The following information is from a press release from Carl for Congress: Massachusetts State Representative Carl Sciortino (D – 34th Middlesex) announced his candidacy for the Commonwealth’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Framingham, on Friday. “I am running to continue the strong progressive leadership that the families of the Fifth District have always counted on,” said Sciortino. “I look forward to bringing my record of accomplishment to Washington to fight for our progressive values.” The Fifth Congressional District is currently represented by Rep. Edward Markey of Malden, the frontrunner in the special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, who was recently appointed Secretary of State by President Barack Obama. “I am …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday proposed ending first-class mail delivery on Saturdays, beginning in August.
In the coming weeks, Congressmen Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch will likely try to distance themselves as they seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. But on Wednesday, both men spoke out about the U.S. Postal Service’s proposal to cut first-class mail delivery on Saturday. The plan calls to end regular mail service on Saturdays, while maintaining Saturday delivery for packages and express mail. Lynch said he is “deeply concerned” that the postal service announced its proposal “without congressional consent. “The elimination of Saturday mail delivery will have a negative impact on thousands of businesses across the nation that are operating on a six-day schedule. This could be a damaging policy change in a fragile economy. "…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Stephen Lynch posted a YouTube video this morning with his announcement.
While Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) isn’t expected to make a formal announcement until later this afternoon, a new Stephen Lynch for Senate Facebook page popped up this morning with a link to a “Stephen Lynch for US Senate Announcement” YouTube video that announces Lynch’s Senate candidacy. Earlier in the morning, the Stephen Lynch for Congress Facebook page had posted a message directing people to the newly created Senate page for news “on today’s plans and schedule.” Lynch, who represents the MA 8th Congressional District in which Jamaica Plain is located, is expected to make an announcement at 4 p.m. today at the Ironworkers Local 7 Hall in South Boston. There has been rumblings Lynch would run but no official announcement …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Kerry will replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
With only three dissenting votes, the U.S. Senate has confirmed John Kerry as the new Secretary of State. Kerry will take over for Hillary Clinton, who is leaving her post after four years. The move means Kerry will have to resign as a senator soon paving the way for a special senate election. The primary election is scheduled for April 30 and the general election will be held on June 25. U.S. Congressman Ed Markey, D-MA, has announced he is running for the seat. U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch, D-MA has hinted that he may run. As for an interim senator for Kerry's seat, Gov. Deval Patrick plans to announce his pick on Wednesday, Jan. 30, according to the Boston Herald.
Nomination papers for candidate will be available soon.
The special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat John Kerry will likely soon vacate will be held on June 25, according to the Boston Globe. The primary election will be held on April 30. Kerry, who has been nominated to become the next Secretary of State, will likely submit his resignation on Tuesday, Jan. 29 immediately before the full U.S. Senate votes to confirm him, according to the Globe. Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin plans to make nomination papers for Kerry’s seat available soon and would give candidates four weeks to collect the 10,000 signatures required to get on the primary ballot, according to the Globe. To date, U.S. Congressman Ed Markey has announced he is running and U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch is …
Friday, January 25, 2013
U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch reportedly plans to run for the seat John Kerry will likely vacate.
U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch, D-MA, plans to announce he will run for the seat John Kerry is expected to vacate if he confirmed as Secretary of State, according to the Boston Globe. A source told the Globe that Lynch will challenge Congressman Ed Markey, D-Malden for the Democratic primary nomination. Markey recently announced he was running for the seat. Lynch plans to formally announce his plans after Kerry’s expected confirmation. Kerry received a warm welcome during his Thursday, Jan. 24 confirmation hearing with he Senate Foreign Relations Committee and will likely be confirmed, according to the Washington Post. Lynch represents 21 communities, including Boston, Braintree, Hingham, Canton, Stoughton, Norwood and Milton. Markey, who…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
A special election would be held 145 to 160 days after confirmation.
Sen. John Kerry’s confirmation hearing to become the next Secretary of State will take place on Jan. 24, according to Fox25. No opposition is expected to Kerry’s nomination. If he is named to the new post, a special election will be held 145 to 160 days after the confirmation and an interim senator will be named to serve until the election. The front runner to replace Kerry is Congressman Edward Markey. A number of Democratic leaders have already voiced their support of Markey. Congressman Michael Capuano announced earlier this week that he will not run for the seat and Congressman Stephen Lynch is still mulling the possibility. On the Republican side, former Sen. Scott Brown has not announced whether he is going to run.