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Massachusetts 2010 Statewide Election Results: Coakley, Grossman, Galvin, Bump

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Attorney General – General
2120 of 2168 Precincts Reporting – 98%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Coakley, Martha (i) Dem 1,378,651 63%
McKenna, Jim GOP 810,468 37%

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Governor's Council 2nd District

Rich Mitchell's Funny Cartoon About his Opponent Kelly Timilty

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The video makes reference to many controversies surrounding Kelly Timilty. Check out the following articles:

The District 2 Dems Against Another K. Timilty Campaign, and are led by Plainville Democratic Town Committee Chair Mary-Ann Greanier (who is acting independent of that position).

Greanier and a reported 35 of her allies have mobilized to roust Timilty from office. Their gripe: in 2008, Timilty admitted to using Governor Deval Patrick’s endorsement in campaign literature without consent and forging his signature. For the farce, she was fined $8000 by the attorney general’s office.

Greanier, claims Timilty is more or less an absentee delegate who collects her check and does little else. “what she did was insulting, obnoxious, and illegal enough that we don’t want her as our nominee.”

Timilty was chided in a recent issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for attending fewer than half the weekly council meetings during the past year. But Timilty waved off the no-show charge at the forum, saying her attendance record is “neither here nor there.”

Councilor Kelly Timilty of Dedham allegedly sent out a mailing to voters that had Gov. Patrick’s signature and an endorsement message from him – two things Patrick’s office said he did not do. “The mailing sent out recently by the Timilty campaign was not approved by the Deval Patrick Committee, nor did the governor approve or author the letter that bares his signature,”

Kelly A. Timilty, the governor’s councilor whose campaign copied Governor Deval Patrick’s signature on election fliers and claimed his endorsement without permission, took responsibility yesterday

Secretary of State

Secretary of State Bill Galvin Reneges on Commitment to Debate Jim Henderson

[ed_note]We got this message from Jim Henderson, a candidate for Secretary of the Commonwealth. A common campaign strategy for incumbents is to avoid debating challengers – sadly it looks like Bill Galvin is among the many debate dodgers this cycle.[/ed_note]

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Bill Galvin became to sole candidate for statewide office to refuse to debate this election season, after refusing to attend a scheduled forum to be hosted by Suffolk University’s Rappaport Center. After being accused by Independent candidate Jim Henderson of dodging debate opportunities, Galvin noted at a Friday editorial board meeting in Needham, that the Suffolk debate was proof that he was willing to make his case to voters. However, organizers at the Rappaport Center confirmed Monday, that Galvin’s campaign changed course and refused to commit to the event, contradicting the incumbent’s Friday statement. In light of these circumstances, the organizers were forced on short notice to cancel the debate.

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Mary Connaughton State Auditor Suzanne Bump

Debate between Mary Connaughton and Suzanne Bump

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Secretary of State

Secretary Candidate Jim Henderson Introduces Map-Based Poll Location Tool

[ed_note]We received this message from Jim Henderson, candidate for Secretary of the Commonwealth. It is a useful tool for getting a map to your polling place. We will see if we can integrate something like this on ME2010.[/ed_note]

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Jim Henderson, independent candidate for Secretary of the Commonwealth, today introduced the Poll Map, a new online map-based tool that allows voters to quickly determine the location of their polling place through Google Maps. The tool can be accessed at http://pollmap.jimforsoc.com/.

“The Poll Map tool represents a distinctly different approach to providing information to the public,” explained Henderson. “By using data already maintained by state agencies, my campaign has developed a special feature that will allow a voter, with a simple mouse click, to get a map of where their polling place is located. However, in addition to providing the Massachusetts voter with an easy-to-use tool, this represents an example of the benefits of open data initiatives. With greater access to public data, there are countless opportunities for innovation out there for the public benefit, whether it is done by a self-taught programmer like me, or one of the many skilled computer specialists we have in this state.”

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Attorney General

Attorney General's Race: Jim McKenna Debates Martha Coakley on Keller At Large

Martha Coakley has a problem with selective prosecution.

Jim McKenna really presses her on her lack of effectiveness on illegal immigration and public corruption in this debate. He is much stronger in this appearance than he was their last debate on NECN’s Broadside.

We’ve got the debate video, and the background to help you understand some of the exchanges in the debate.

More video and analysis after the jump.

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Governor's Council Governor's Council 2nd District

Interview with Rich Mitchell, Candidate for Governor's Council 2nd District

[ed_note]Richard Mitchell is a candidate for Governor’s Council 2nd District. As we have done with a number of Governor’s Council Candidates, we have an in-depth interview with Mr. Mitchell. We also have a video interview with Rich on Hector Montalvo’s Behind the Scene. [/ed_note]
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Richard Mitchell

Why would you like to be on the Governor’s Council?

I am running because the Massachusetts Judicial System, especially Family Court, is completely dysfunctional. Judges are the primary cause of this broken system. We appoint poor unqualified judges and then we do not remove them.

Judges routinely violate the law, rule according to their personal opinions, and trample due process and the Constitution of the United States.

The Governor’s council is the only check that we have on gubernatorial appointments to the judiciary. The Governor can appoint anyone he wants and it is up to the Governor’s Council to approve or reject each nominee.

For the past 20 years or more the Governor’s Council abdicated its responsibility. It has been a rubber stamp and has approved virtually every nominee that the Governor appoints.

The people of Massachusetts deserve good judges.

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Attorney General

Coakley Allowed Illegal Immigrant Amnesty Groups to Dodge Financial Reporting Requirements

Student Immigration Movement on State House steps

A Special Report: Tax returns and annual reports past due

AFSCME, SEUI the Boston Teachers Union/AFT, Mass Equality, New World Foundation major donors

The Student Immigration Movement, a Boston based non-profit and advocacy group for the federal immigration DREAM Act and its parent organization, Neighbor to Neighbor, have failed to file the required financial disclosure forms with the office of State Attorney General Martha Coakley.

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Mary Connaughton State Auditor Suzanne Bump

Auditor's Race: Suzanne Bump and Mary Connaughton in a very tight race


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Massachusetts is unusually lucky to have two extremely competent and qualified women running for State Auditor.

The race is very close. Suzanne Bump has been maintaining a slight lead in the polls. In a recent Suffolk University/7News Poll, Suzanne Bump led Mary Connaughton 29 to 27%. A Globe poll two weeks later has Bump leading Connaughton 33 to 29%. With 5 weeks left before the election, 40% of voters have still not made up their minds.

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Attorney General

Martha Coakley's Public Financing Miscalculation Puts Her at Severe Funding Disadvantage Against Jim McKenna

Martha Coakley

Martha Coakley has been bitten by her own hubris again – her campaign is limited to spending $650,000.

Thinking that she would run for Attorney General unopposed, Martha Coakley opted for public campaign financing. She received $75,000 of public campaign funds but is now limited to spending just $650,000 to run for a statewide office.

Coakley famously lost her race against Scott Brown for the Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy. It was supposed to be an easy victory for Coakley. But Coakley took the race for granted. She ran a weak campaign, and appeared aloof and entitled.

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