CO2 not DNA shapes outcome of Markey/ Kennedy race

The most discordant note in Joe Kennedy's elegiac concession speech on Tuesday night was his observation that, even knowing the outcome, if he had to do it all over again, he would do it "in a heartbeat." Giving voice to the frustrations of tens of thousands of working-class voters living in Massachusetts gateway cities is …

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Ed Markey’s climate change work needed in US Senate

Massachusetts voters who care about climate change will want to return Ed Markey to the U.S. Senate.  He has worked on the issue for decades, well before many  of the rest of us were taking seriously the impact of fossil fuel-generated CO2 on the earth's atmosphere. If you understand the existential threat that confronts the …

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Mass. Senate race: an embarrassment of riches?

No one has a right to hold onto an office in perpetuity, but having served a long time shouldn't necessarily be a disqualifier. Senator Ed Markey has been in public office nearly half a century.  The one-term+ US Senator has been in  Washington for 43 years,  both as a member of the House and of …

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St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast: more love-in, less roast

Southie's traditional St. Patrick's Day breakfast was anything but traditional yesterday.  A testament to the new Boston, a majority-minority city, the breakfast was hosted for the first time ever by a woman, a person of color, a Haitian-American, and a resident of Dorchester...all wrapped up in the energetic and charismatic persona of State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. …

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Final Debate – six days left to election

Last night's Senate debate between Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez was a schoolyard scramble to see who could make the "old and stale" label stick. Gomez says it's Markey who's old and stale because he's been in Congress for 37 years.  Markey says it's Gomez, because he's touting old and stale Republican ideas, like opposition to assault …

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Gomez v. Markey a study in contrasts

It's easy to think of ourselves as thoughtful deliberative voters with no single litmus issue for judging a candidate, but that theoretical criterion came up short last night in the final moments of the Senate debate between Gabriel Gomez and Ed Markey. The defining (litmus, if you will) issue for many became preserving or overturning Roe …

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Markey needs to step it up

Senator John McCain is in Boston today to support Republican Gabriel Gomez' bid for the U.S. Senate race.  Gomez, a former Navy SEAL,  is expected to step up his attacks on Democratic Congressman Ed Markey for being soft on homeland security.  The "soft" votes can be explained, but to so-called independents parachuting late into this …

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And they’re off and running

Long-term Congressman Ed Markey's announcement that he'll run in a special election to fill Senator John Kerry's Senate seat (once Kerry is confirmed for Secretary of State) starts the new campaign season (did the old one ever stop?) with a splash.  The dean of the Massachusetts delegation is highly accomplished, and he is  said to …

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