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Governor Patrick of Massachusetts is up 13%……….

While some had written off after the Scott Brown GOP win….

It hasn’t worked that way…

Deval Patrick, the Democrat,  is comfortably ahead in his state..and should sail on to re-election…..

From Politicalwire…..
A new Suffolk University poll in Massachusetts finds Gov. Deval Patrick (D) leading the three-way race for governor with 42%, followed by Charles Baker (R) at 29% and Tim Cahill (I) at 14%.

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May 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

Patrick Deval wants back in…….

'People who write this guy off do so at their own peril. . . . He has started to do what he did before.' -- Kevin Sowyrda, Republican media consultant, on Governor Deval Patrick.

[ “People who write this guy off do so at their own peril. . . . He has started to do what he did before.” — Kevin Sowyrda, Republican media consultant, on Governor Deval Patrick. ]
Yep……

The Dog never thought he was out…..

After a visit from the President who has his back and gave him a shot in the arm…..and  TWO guys against him (one GOP and one Indie )….

The Deval machine is back in business…

Seeing Scott brown do his thing in the state…The Democrats and the White House in particular will not stand by idly in Deval’s run for another term

The media fallout from a second spot in Massachusetts going to the ‘R’ column would be unbelievable…..

To be sure, seasoned Democratic observers and other analysts say, Patrick still faces serious challenges on the road to November. His job performance ratings have been perilously low and the political climate remains toxic. His fund-raising has been anemic compared with the huge monthly hauls that Baker has been taking in since last fall; the Republican has built a campaign war chest that is three times the size of the governor’s.

But even though their assessments are largely anecdotal, Democrats believe that Patrick, who is holding a series of campaign kickoff events this weekend, is experiencing something of a resurgence that can be felt in precincts around the state.

“Several months ago I thought his chances of reelection were going south big-time,’’ said state Representative Eugene L. O’Flaherty, a Democrat from Chelsea and no longtime ally of the governor’s. “Now, personally, I think he is going to win.’’

“There has definitely been a shift,’’ added Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, who was an early supporter. “There were times I thought he was on the ropes.’’

Curtatone said his constituents “are recognizing a new energy . . . You can talk to people and hear it.’’

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April 7, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Daniel…..Massachusetts – 10: Announcement; Former MA State Treasurer Joe Malone (R-MA) OFFICIALLY declares his Candidacy for Congress…..

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Former Massachusetts State Treasurer Joe Malone (R-MA) made official his bid for retiring U. S. Rep. William “Bill” Delahunt’s (D-MA) House Seat POLITICO reports.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34792.html
Daniel G.

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

The Massachusetts Republican party tries to expand on Scott brown's back….

Republican Jason Healey (left), independent Fred Long, and others discussed politics over coffee and French toast at Mul’s Diner in South Boston last week. Similar GOP efforts are underway elsewhere in the state.

[Republican Jason Healey (left), independent Fred Long, and others discussed politics over coffee and French toast at Mul’s Diner in South Boston last week. Similar GOP efforts are underway elsewhere in the state. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)]
In a state where Republican might be considered a dirty word……there is a quiet awaking……not much…but at least there is a little wiggle room….
Scott Brown has thrown the spotlight on the party in the state…..

In South Boston, the most politically entrenched of city neighborhoods, people often come to Mul’s Diner to talk politics. The West Broadway diner is the kind of place where candidates and elected officials can find a reliable base of reliably Democratic voters.
This from Boston. Com…….

Last week at Mul’s a new political movement was being hatched.

They called themselves the South Boston Conservatives. And the nine South Boston voters who gathered over coffee and French toast had come to make a Republican mark on this Democratic political stronghold.

“What is the very first thing we have to do, besides getting a larger crowd?’’ asked Eunice Fallon, a 79-year-old who last campaigned for Barry Goldwater.

Long considered an endangered species, the Massachusetts Republican is staging a comeback. In small groups across the state, conservatives are joining forces to try to seize on the nation’s impatience with change and last month’s stunning election of Republican Scott Brown to succeed liberal icon US Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Since last summer, Republican ward committees that were dormant for years have been revived in traditionally Democratic Boston neighborhoods, including South Boston, the kind of place where loyalty to family, Kennedys, and ward bosses with job offers made voters lifelong Democrats, despite their socially conservative mores.

“I have this little elderly lady in my building; she was afraid to go down to the polling booth and vote Republican because she knows the ladies who have been there forever will know she voted Republican and will tell everybody,’’ said Jason Healey, a 33-year-old technology software salesman and Connecticut transplant who moved to South Boston in 2007.

The traditionally Irish Catholic enclave always had a socially conservative mind-set defined in part by its resistance to court-ordered busing to integrate schools and its successful Supreme Court battle to prevent gay rights groups from marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But the neighborhood’s deep ties to its politicians and labor kept it so securely Democratic that Republican ward committees effectively stopped functioning in the early 1990s.

Those calculations may be changing, with an influx of new people and a dramatically altered economy.

South Boston was the only city neighborhood that voted overwhelmingly for Brown. And the Republican went there for a campaign stop that was filmed for a successful ad that showed him interacting with voters at a time his Democratic opponent was being criticized for seeming aloof.

Fallon, who spotted Brown that day, was so excited to see him campaigning in South Boston that she circled the block to look again.

“In 25 years I’ve lived in South Boston,’’ she said, “I’ve never seen a Republican face.’’

In recent months, Healey said he reorganized South Boston ward committees by tracking down people from a list of about 350 South Boston registered Republicans he got from City Hall. He needed only two willing volunteers to become officers.Continued…

February 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

The Massachusetts Republican party tries to expand on Scott brown’s back….

Republican Jason Healey (left), independent Fred Long, and others discussed politics over coffee and French toast at Mul’s Diner in South Boston last week. Similar GOP efforts are underway elsewhere in the state.

[Republican Jason Healey (left), independent Fred Long, and others discussed politics over coffee and French toast at Mul’s Diner in South Boston last week. Similar GOP efforts are underway elsewhere in the state. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)]
In a state where Republican might be considered a dirty word……there is a quiet awaking……not much…but at least there is a little wiggle room….
Scott Brown has thrown the spotlight on the party in the state…..

In South Boston, the most politically entrenched of city neighborhoods, people often come to Mul’s Diner to talk politics. The West Broadway diner is the kind of place where candidates and elected officials can find a reliable base of reliably Democratic voters.
This from Boston. Com…….

Last week at Mul’s a new political movement was being hatched.

They called themselves the South Boston Conservatives. And the nine South Boston voters who gathered over coffee and French toast had come to make a Republican mark on this Democratic political stronghold.

“What is the very first thing we have to do, besides getting a larger crowd?’’ asked Eunice Fallon, a 79-year-old who last campaigned for Barry Goldwater.

Long considered an endangered species, the Massachusetts Republican is staging a comeback. In small groups across the state, conservatives are joining forces to try to seize on the nation’s impatience with change and last month’s stunning election of Republican Scott Brown to succeed liberal icon US Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Since last summer, Republican ward committees that were dormant for years have been revived in traditionally Democratic Boston neighborhoods, including South Boston, the kind of place where loyalty to family, Kennedys, and ward bosses with job offers made voters lifelong Democrats, despite their socially conservative mores.

“I have this little elderly lady in my building; she was afraid to go down to the polling booth and vote Republican because she knows the ladies who have been there forever will know she voted Republican and will tell everybody,’’ said Jason Healey, a 33-year-old technology software salesman and Connecticut transplant who moved to South Boston in 2007.

The traditionally Irish Catholic enclave always had a socially conservative mind-set defined in part by its resistance to court-ordered busing to integrate schools and its successful Supreme Court battle to prevent gay rights groups from marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But the neighborhood’s deep ties to its politicians and labor kept it so securely Democratic that Republican ward committees effectively stopped functioning in the early 1990s.

Those calculations may be changing, with an influx of new people and a dramatically altered economy.

South Boston was the only city neighborhood that voted overwhelmingly for Brown. And the Republican went there for a campaign stop that was filmed for a successful ad that showed him interacting with voters at a time his Democratic opponent was being criticized for seeming aloof.

Fallon, who spotted Brown that day, was so excited to see him campaigning in South Boston that she circled the block to look again.

“In 25 years I’ve lived in South Boston,’’ she said, “I’ve never seen a Republican face.’’

In recent months, Healey said he reorganized South Boston ward committees by tracking down people from a list of about 350 South Boston registered Republicans he got from City Hall. He needed only two willing volunteers to become officers.Continued…

February 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Martha Coakley looks like a winner…. at this time… in Massachusetts…..

From Merlin….here’s her Rasmussen numbers right now…….
Massachusetts Senate Special Election

Rasmussen Survey

Martha Coakley (D) 50 %
Scott Brown (R) 41 %
Others 1 %
Undecided 7 %

January 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Women | , , , , | 2 Comments

Sen. Edward ( Ted ) Kennedy……1932 – 2009……..

PoliticalDog101 joins the rest of America, and the world, in expressing its sorrow in seeing one of America best politicians passing……Ted Kennedy, the last of the brothers from Massachusetts, was an icon in American politics……..born into the most famous american political dynasty, and the last keeper of the flame….his last year was a rough one……..physically and politically……he leaves the nations first black (mixed actually)  president, a party that came back, a niece that tried to come back for him, and a family that loved him………he will be missed……….

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Politics | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments