10:01 AM, Aug 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat John Tierney, a nine-term House incumbent from Massachusetts, couldn't answer a straightforward question about whether his constituents are better or worse off than they were two years ago. At a Democratic primary debate Thursday, each candidate was asked to give a one-word, "yes or no" answer to the question. Every challenger quickly said "no," but when the question came to Tierney, he hestitated and laughed uncomfortably.
"Yes or no?" the moderator asked again.
"You're not going to get an answer from me," said Tierney. "You're going to get the same answer I gave before. They're not where they ought to be, but they're somewhat better than they were two years ago." Watch the clip below:
Tierney, as the Boston Globe reports, is facing a tough primary challenge after two consecutive cycles of close calls in the general election. The Democrat's financial activity has come under investigation, and his wife recently spent time in jail for tax fraud.
The likely Republican candidate in 2014 is state senator Richard Tisei, who ran against Tierney in 2012, holding the veteran congressman below 50 percent and losing by just a percentage point. A victory for Tisei would give Republicans their first House member from Massachusetts since 1997. At least one poll has shown Tisei leading Tierney.
7:41 AM, May 16, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Secretary of State John Kerry, in the United Kingdom for a meeting of the nations of the London 11, spoke to the press at the Foreign Commonwealth Office in London.
May 5, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 32 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
"The state of Massachusetts doesn’t recognize three-way marriage—but . . .” (“Married lesbian ‘throuple’ expecting first child,” New York Post, April 23).
3:12 PM, Apr 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll released Thursday found New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen with an eight-point lead over her Republican challenger for the Senate, Scott Brown. The survey of registered voters, conducted by Democratic polling firm PPP on behalf of the League of Conservation Voters, found 49 percent would support Shaheen, the first-term incumbent, with 41 percent supporting Brown.
9:29 AM, Apr 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Scott Brown leads incumbent Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire by five points in a recent poll obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD. The poll, commissioned by the Republican Governor's Association, was conducted on March 19 and 20 and asked 600 likely voters in New Hampshire who they would vote for in the U.S. Senate election. Respondents were given both Brown and Shaheen's names and their respective parties.
6:38 PM, Mar 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts who defeated Republican Scott Brown in 2012, has sent out a fundraising email to encourage supporters to donate to New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Brown announced Friday he is forming an exploratory committee to run against Shaheen for her U.S. Senate seat. Warren's email urges people to "beat Scott Brown again."
Read the email below:
The answer may depend on President Obama.Mar 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27 • By MICHAEL ASTRUE
The January 31, 2014, Boston Globe front page included two life-and-death stories. One announced that the U.S. Department of Justice would seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is facing trial for the Boston Marathon bombing. Animated debate about the proper penalty for Tsarnaev continues around Boston.
1:01 PM, Nov 8, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Could former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown run again, this time next-door in New Hampshire? The Boston Globe reports that two Republican senators are urging their old colleague to make a run against Democrat Jeanne Shaheen:
9:21 AM, Aug 8, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Boston Herald reports:
Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown played it coy yesterday when asked if he’s running for governor, saying “there’s nothing wrong with a primary” — and setting the stage for a possible showdown with fellow GOP powerhouse Charlie Baker.
12:27 PM, Jun 24, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In the final poll from Suffolk University before Tuesday's special election, Democratic congressman Ed Markey leads Republican Gabriel Gomez in the race for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts by 10 points. In the survey of 500 likely voters at the end of last week, 52 percent support Markey while 42 percent support Gomez. Here's more:
8:02 AM, Jun 20, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Gabriel Gomez, the Republican candidate in the June 25 special election for Senate in Massachusetts, has a new television ad featuring quotations from his recent debate with Democrat Ed Markey.
"You've had thirty-seven years down in the Congress to get something done, and that's why people are tired of D.C.," Gomez told Markey. Gomez criticized Markey and Congress for not passing immigration reform or entitlement reform.