Monday, April 15, 2013
Braintree voted for Scott Brown and owns fewer hybrid cars than the state average.
Braintree is brown and red: That’s what we found when we compared data from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to the vote in the 2012 U.S. Senate race. You can see the results in the map above: Large circles suggest towns with more hybrid ownership per capita, and the red/blue color suggests which way those towns voted last year. In Braintree, 15.5 of every 1,000 vehicles is a hybrid, compared to the state average of 18. Patch’s research suggests the state has a good number of what might be called “green Republican” communities. More than 40 percent of the communities where Republican Scott Brown carried the vote have an above average numbers of hybrids. The data is a nice rebuttal to the national trends of hybrid/GOP …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
U.S. Senator Scott Brown will leave office in January. What should he do next?
U.S. Senator Scott Brown, a Republican, was defeated Tuesday by first time candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat. Warren will take office as the state's junior senator in January. She'll replace Brown, who was elected in a special election in January 2010 when he defeated Democrat Martha Coakley. In his concession speech on Tuesday night, Brown told his supporters that "defeat is only temporary." As soon as the race was called, analysts began suggesting Brown might run for Massachusetts governor in 2014 or would seek the state's other U.S. Senate seat if Senator John Kerry is named Secretary of State under President Barack Obama in his second term. What should Brown do next? Tell us in the comments.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Democrat Elizabeth Warren beat incumbent candidate Scott Brown in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race.
Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren has beaten incumbent Republican candidate Scott Brown for a seat on the U.S. Senate, according to the Associated Press. Warren is won by a margin of eight percentage points, 54 percent to 46 percent, making her the first female senator elected in Massachusetts. An estatic Warren addressed a crowd of hundreds of excited supporters at the Copley Fairmont Plaza hotel in Boston on Tuesday night. "We did what everyone thought was impossible," she said. "We taught a scrappy, first-time candidate how to win." "You took on the powerful Wall Street banks and let them know that you want a Senator out there fighting for the middle class all of the time," she said. "And despite the odds, you elected the first …
How might the U.S. Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren affect the presidential race—and vice-versa? Find out what local politicos think, and check here late for election results. Connect with us on Twitter at #PatchElections.
Check back at your local Patch all day for live election updates. While Massachusetts is expected to go to Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the race for President of the United States, influential Massachusetts political insiders have varying opinions on how the U.S. Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren will affect the presidential race, and vice versa. According to results from the Blue Commonwealth and Red Commonwealth surveys sent out last week and compiled today, Monday, 60 percent of the 23 local Republicans who responded think that the Brown-Warren race will result a modest increase in votes for Romney, while 40 percent of the 20 local Democrats who responded think the U.S. Senate race will increase Obama's total of …
Monday, November 5, 2012
U.S. Sen. John Kerry and local officials joined Elizabeth Warren in Braintree on Sunday afternoon.
Over the last several weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 election, Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly argued that U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-MA, is not a bad guy, but that he has made some bad votes. The Democratic challenger ticked off a number of those on Sunday afternoon at Braintree High School – jobs bills, unemployment, student debt – and urged an auditorium full of supporters to show up to the polls on Tuesday and send her to Washington instead. "The Republicans have made their vision pretty clear," Warren said, using the tact that a vote for Brown might mean a Republican-controlled Senate come 2013. "In effect, what they are saying is, 'I got mine, the rest of you are on your own.' We're a better people than that." Warren was introduced on …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
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Elizabeth Warren held one of the last large events of her U.S. Senate campaign on Sunday afternoon at Braintree High School. Sen. John Kerry introduced the Democratic challenger, who was also flanked on stage by Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan and Weymouth Mayor Sue Kay. Warren faces Republican Scott Brown on Tuesday, Nov. 6. More photos and reporting from the campaign rally Monday morning on Braintree Patch.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Braintree High School will host the event two days before the election.
Two days before voters across the state decide whether to re-elect Sen. Scott Brown or send Elizabeth Warren to Washington, Braintree will host a campaign rally for the Democratic challenger. The Warren campaign has rented the Braintree High School gymnasium on Sunday, Nov. 4 for an event that kicks-off at 1 p.m. Braintree Public Schools Business Manager Peter Kress confirmed the rental on Thursday night. Warren is expected to arrive at about 1:30 p.m, Kress said. She previously held a public event in Braintree at Local 369's Emerald Hall in April. During that appearance, Warren, a Harvard University professor, spoke about her humble roots as the daughter of a maintenance man and the quality of life that comes with investing in research …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Dear Editor, As someone who has watched a close friend make the overwhelmingly difficult decision to terminate a pregnancy in her late teen years, the issues of choice and women’s reproductive health hit close to home. I remember the arguments she had with herself and the tears she shed from rage, guilt, and sadness. At the time, I could do nothing but listen and offer a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. But the lasting effect of this experience is a reinforcement of the importance that we do not let our elected officials treat reproductive issues like a political football. Which brings me to Scott Brown. On reproductive issues, the senator frequently touts himself as a pro-choice Republican defender of women, sporting a pretense of …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The FEC database breaks down presidential, congressional and other campaign donations by state and city.
By the Sept. 30 federal campaign finance deadline, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-MA, had raised $16,105 in itemized contributions from Braintree residents, compared to $2,079 for Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, according to an analysis of the Federal Elections Commission database. Warren added $730 from Braintree residents since the end of June, and Brown added $1,870. The candidates' most recent campaign finance reports showed that Brown had raised $27.45 million so far this cycle (plus $7 million leftover from his last election) and Warren $36.3 million, according to the Boston Globe. Brown had $10.2 million cash on hand and Warren had $7.3 million, the Globe reported. For a run-down of local elections, go to http://braintree.patch.…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
With Warren holding a small lead in the polls, and Brown getting a key endorsement from the Boston Herald, who do you think has the momentum coming into the final days of the election?
Democrat Elizabeth Warren is up by five points over incumbent Republican Scott Brown in the latest WBUR/MassINC poll of the Massachusetts senate race. That's a near-total reversal of the BUR poll last month, which had Brown up by four on Oct. 9. In fact, Warren has been trending upwards in most recent polling. The New York Times' FiveThirtyEight blog has Warren up by four in an average of recent polls. The blog, which uses advanced statistical modeling akin to baseball sabermetrics (think Moneyball) gives Warren an 89 percent chance of winning the election. But Brown's got some significant energy on his side as well. He's been barnstorming the state with political luminaries like Senator John McCain and today won the Boston herald's …