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Common Wealth: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in Mass Politics?

Friday, November 02, 2012


Every Friday, GoLocalWorcester takes a look at who's rising and falling in the world of Massachusetts politics.


Deval Patrick: The Governor jumped out ahead of Hurricane Sandy to organize state resources to respond and make sure the Commonwealth's utility companies were better prepared for the aftermath than last year. Even though almost 400,000 customers lost power, Patrick provided a steady stream of updates and press conferences to keep Bay State residents in the loop so they could stay safe and weather the storm.

Richard Tisei: The Republican congressional candidate released the most refreshing campaign ad of this year's election cycle. Having faced a deluge of negative attacks in recent months, many television viewers and voters were likely to agree with the narrator's "Ahhh, that was nice," after 30 seconds of watching the waves gently lapping on a Gloucester beach.

Elizabeth Warren: The consumer advocate and Democratic Senate hopeful is riding high heading into the final weekend before Election Day. A Suffolk University poll released this week gave her a 7 point edge over Republican Senator Scott Brown, the largest margin
she has held in recent surveys.

Scott Brown: The Senator kicked off his statewide "People Over Party" bus tour on Thursday to push his message of bipartisanship and independence throughout the Commonwealth. While he trailed Warren in the Suffolk poll, a Boston Globe survey from earlier this week found the two candidates tied, and the multiple-day road trip may drum up enough grassroots support to propel him to victory on Tuesday and another bus ticket to Washington.

Tim Murray: After finalizing the state's deal with rail carrier CSX to bring more commuter trains to Worcester last month, the Lieutenant Governor was back in town on Thursday join local and state officials in welcoming Rectrix Aviation to the Worcester Regional Airport. The private charter jet company will invest $5 million to develop a 27,000-square-foot hangar and create nearly 100 jobs with its new fixed-base operation in New England's second-largest city.


Worcester Elections: City officials began work to clarify election rules and regulations immediately following September's state primary in order to avoid any similar issues during next week's general election. But with just days to go before voters head to the polls, questions still remain after the Secretary of State's office informed the Board of Election Commissioners that procedures for election observers outlined by City Clerk David Rushford run counter to state policies and must be revised.

Curt Schilling: Things keep getting worse for the former Red Sox pitcher and failed video game entrepreneur. The State of Rhode Island filed a lawsuit against Schilling and former Economic Development Director Keith Stokes on Thursday seeking damages following the collapse of 38 Studios, which filed for bankruptcy less than two years after receiving a $75 million loan guarantee from the Ocean State.

Compounding Pharmacies: Federal officials found two more contaminated drugs produced by the Framingham-based New England Compounding Center responsible for the fungal meningitis outbreak that has sickened nearly 400 and killed 28. Meanwhile, state officials shut down another compounding pharmacy in Waltham, and lawmakers are pushing for more regulation in light of the seemingly widespread lack of sterility in such facilities.

Hurricane Sandy: Much of the Northeast is reeling from the Frankenstorm that ravaged the region early this week. Massachusetts only shut down for one day due to the storm, but some residents were still without power, and it will be much longer before large swaths of New York and New Jersey are back online and back to normal. 


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