"Andrew," clearly a troublemaker, asks:
What are your current power rankings for Gov in '14? What about Capuano's seat if he runs for Senate or Gov?
I still think Charlie Baker is #1 for 2014, then Martha Coakley, same as I did back in March. Beyond that, I think I'd move Capuano up a few notches, and move Carmen Ortiz down a few, but otherwise that list is still pretty valid.
I think Selvaggi is less a longshot than Bielat due to nature of their
respective districts. Why no press on that race which is a city of
A few reasons I can think of:
--Selvaggi didn't raise a couple million dollars and top 40% of the vote two years ago (as opposed to Bielat);
--Selvaggi's family isn't the most important and entertaining family in the history of the Commonwealth (as opposed to Bielat's opponent);
--Covering Selvaggi requires mention of "Plaster Fun Time."
"Diana Anderson" posed three questions, but I'm going to take on this one for now: "Jesse (not Mermell)" asks: (Sorry, was showing up wrong for some reason before.)
Yesterday you listed all Mass. politicians with "klout" over 50. Most
were either Federal officials/candidates, state constitutional officers
and legislators/candidates, or Boston city councilors.
"Colin Mahoney" starts us off with this:
When, exactly, did U2 jump the shark?
When, exactly, did U2 jump the shark?
Easy: In 1987, with the release of Joshua Tree.
Feel the excitement -- it's Ask Me Anything Day!!!
Leave your questions as comments to this post, or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will do my best to answer in posts throughout the day.
Lay it on me, I'm looking forward to it.
Big congratulations and Mazel Tov to Boston city councilor Ayanna Pressley, who got engaged this past Friday to boyfriend Conan Harris.
"I'm surprised and elated," Pressley tells me. No wedding date has been set.
Apparently some of Pressley's staff was involved in Harris's attempts to spring the proposal; Pressley would not give details, but said that it happened on their regular Friday "date night."
In this week's issue of The Phoenix -- in print and online now -- I have a few things to check out. I have a feature looking at the race between state senate president Therese Murray and second-time Republican challenger Tom Keyes. I also have a column lamenting the lack of debates (and attention to debates) in Massachusetts congressional races.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some of the funding behind the opponents of this year's ballot questions in Massachusetts.
I wrote that The Committee Against Physician Assisted Suicide, which is opposing Question 2, had decided to return a $250,000 contribution from the American Family Association (AFA) -- but not a similar amount from the similarly gay-bashing American Principals Project (APP), and its chairman Sean Fieler.
In this week's issue of The Phoenix -- in print and online now -- I have a cover story about how Mitt Romney would change the country, and a column asking whether Richard Tisei could ease the GOP's homophobia.
The Romney piece scans a number of areas -- environment, energy, foreign policy, and so on -- to imagine what would change in the first six months of a Romney administration.
I thought Scott Brown did much better in tonight's debate than in the first one. Elizabeth Warren was fine. David Gregory was no John Keller.
I was surprised Warren didn't do more to tie Brown to Washington Republicans, which I would think should be part of every answer. Fortunately for her, Brown did his own damage by naming Antonin Scalia as his idea of a model Supreme Court justice (after a lengthy pause that made him look like he was trying to remember the name of a justice -- as one wag said to me, I think we can all agree that "Scott Brown" and "lightning round" don't go well together).
Not sure how useful the deep-dig is in this poll, but here it it anyway.
--Top number: Elizabeth Warren 43, Scott Brown 38, with a somewhat unlikely 18% undecided.
--Their favorable/unfavorable ratings are almost identically strong: 53/33 for Brown, 53/36 for Warren. And a very impressive 58% approve of the job Brown is doing as Senator, with 33% disapproving.
Via email, "Tyler" asks:
How do you think the first-term Republican State Reps elected in
Worcester County will do for re-election this year? Do you think any
will be voted out?
This is a great question, which I'd love to hear some central-Massachusetts readers chime in on.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but there are four of them who face Democratic challengers: Richard Bastien in the 2nd (Jonathan Zlotnik, Dem); Peter Durant in the 6th (Kathleen Walker, Dem); Kevin Kuros in the 8th (Robert DuBois, Dem); and Ryan Fattman in the 18th (Donald Bourque, Dem).
Do you think there is any seriousness to the allegations around
Elizabeth Warren's law license? Or will it only have an effect in the
Seems to me that, at the very worst, assuming anything about this story is really anything, you've got somebody who is clearly doing work she is perfectly qualified to do, for clients who are very happy to pay for her expertise, but may have skirted laws concerning the proper state licensure for doing such work in quite the way she was doing it.
Why does the Clerk Magistrate of Hingham Court (and others) have lifetime tenure? Why can't we get rid of the loafers?
First of all, it is unfair to call the holders of Massachusetts's eighty five statutorily-created clerk-magistrate positions "loafers." Loafers are shoes that are chosen for their ability to properly serve their function, and which can be replaced when they get old and useless.
"O.P.P." asks an intriguing question:
As redistricting enters Round 3, which City Councilor would win in a
Royal Rumble-style brawl to get the map they want? Extra points for
rankings based on scrappiness, ruthlessness, and willingness to use a
This is tough -- there's some scrappers on the council. I wouldn't want to try to mug any of them.