Ever since we've been watching Lowell politics, we've observed that there are not only two (or more) "factions" on local issues, but two types of Councilors. Old school councilors are lifetime citizens, who have many familial and personal … [Read more...]
MA-05 hits the NY Times op-ed page
On today's NYT op-ed page, Gail Collins gives her whimsical take on the Mass. 5th (reg. req'd).This primary -- an almost sure ticket to a safe Congressional seat -- is going to be held on the day after Labor Day. There is an old saying that … [Read more...]
MA-05: a Donoghue surge?
The polling is in. Niki Tsongas still holds a fairly commanding, though basically unchanged, portion of the electorate: she's got 40%, up from 38% two weeks ago. The big news, though, is Eileen Donoghue, who has jumped from a … [Read more...]
MA-05 candidates clash on experience
Dick Howe's got a rundown of the final debate between the MA-05 candidates. Eileen Donoghue is making a run at Niki Tsongas' experience -- portraying herself as a seasoned public servant and Tsongas as, well, a political wife who didn't … [Read more...]
Note to media on MA-05: Just cover the race.
Dick Howe sorry, Marie also notes the coverage of MA-05 as being defined as coverage of the Tsongas campaign. So we're not alone in noticing that the others have gotten short shrift from certainly the Globe, and as we noticed, the AP, which … [Read more...]
Well, this is just hard to explain, isn't it?Here's an article on MA-05 fundraising; and as we might expect, Niki Tsongas is in the lead. Somewhat less expected is Barry Finegold's strong showing. And as we've seen on BMG, in terms of 2nd … [Read more...]
Donoghue on health care
I'm reminded of an excellent roundtable discussion at TAPPED, outlining what a decent set of health care priorities would look like. There was some thought that the tie should be cut between employer and coverage. I have to agree with that, … [Read more...]
What’s Experience Worth in the 5th CD?
Cross-posted at Marry in Massachusetts.The most candid about the experience issue was David O'Brien. He had never been elected to anything, but was redolent of politics, serving many years on the state and national Democratic committees. He … [Read more...]
This is not a joke: Meehan to moderate MA-05 debate
Marty Meehan's going to moderate the last MA-05 debate before the primary, on August 27.Say what?Hasn't his wife already thrown in with one of the candidates?Don't you think he might be biased towards someone whom he thinks would carry on … [Read more...]
MA-05 Health Care forum post-mortem
Well, I came out of the health care forum on Saturday pretty happy with our slate of candidates. The candidates were all essentially well-prepared, clear and forthcoming with their thoughts on health care. They did not avoid questions, they … [Read more...]