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2006 elections

By JeremyBThompson - 2/7/08 - 7:40 pm

Precinct maps of Boston primary results here.

By adamg - 1/22/07 - 4:39 pm

You wouldn't know the election was more than two months ago, based on the Google text ads that keep popping up on sites that mention Kerry Healey or Mitt Romney. Take, for example, the 2008 page on Patrick Ruffini's site, which had this at the top a few minutes ago:

Earth to Kerry: Come in, Kerry!
By adamg - 1/3/07 - 5:01 pm

That's what the Globe's Political Intelligence will be doing over the next couple of days.

By adamg - 12/31/06 - 3:54 pm

Nothing against Deval Patrick - I voted for the guy, after all - but the Globe's Bostonian of the Year doesn't actually live in Boston. Maybe they should have named him Miltonian of the Year? OK, OK, makes more sense than Time's inane decision to make me person of the year, but still.

By adamg - 12/10/06 - 10:16 am

On Blue Mass. Group, David reports learning two things from a "Beat the Press" show on political bloggers: John Carroll has a broken sarcasm meter (unable to figure out a joke even when it's explained to him) and Joe Sciacca of the Herald is under the impression that the Patrick campaign was disappointed when Blue Mass. Group endorsed Patrick.

By adamg - 12/7/06 - 10:18 am

Hub Politics interviews Peter Torkildsen, who wants to take over the chairmanship of the Massachusetts Republican Party.

By adamg - 11/25/06 - 10:13 am

David Kravitz of Blue Mass. Group is co-chair of Deval Patrick's civic-engagagement:

... Our group been asked to consider three general "principles" in going about our task:

Converting the grassroots campaign into a way of governing;

Increasing civic engagement; and

Rebuilding communities throughout the state. ...

By adamg - 11/18/06 - 8:51 pm

Regular visitors to Hub Politics might be forgiven for thinking that exactly 30 seconds after he takes his oath of office, Deval Patrick will jump into his limo and drive out to Shirley to personally free Benjamin LaGuer (and then point him in the direction of the white women).

By adamg - 11/17/06 - 7:38 pm

The Deval Patrick Transition (hmm, sounds like a 1980s rock group, no?).

By adamg - 11/16/06 - 8:39 am

Peter Morin knows something about how to get elected as a Republican in Massachusetts - he served as a state representative from the Cape between 1985 and 1991. On Wave Maker, he discusses ways Massachusetts Republicans can climb out of the basement (and admits he voted for Patrick because he seemed far more human than Healey): Basically, local, local local - the party has to do a better job than Romney did at recruiting likable, intelligent candidates at all levels, but especially for beginning positions like state rep.

By adamg - 11/11/06 - 3:51 pm

Bruce is not surprised that Boston elections officials blew it in yet another election, this time by failing to provide enough ballots at a number of polling places:

... How tough a job is this?

You've got a list of registered voters in front of you. Count the names on the list. Get that number of blank ballots. We're talking about the kind of math that baffles first-graders.

And, Boston election officials, apparently. ...

By Ivana Moore-Enmoore - 11/9/06 - 1:57 pm

Photographic evidence now proves that three Billionaires for Bush took off their bling in order to infiltrate two 'Victory' parties on Election Night (well, one "Victory" party and one Victory Party!).

We even met a "Prisoner for Patrick", darling! The experience was most enlightening.


By adamg - 11/9/06 - 12:22 pm

Mike Mennonno notes that now that the national press has discovered Our Deval, suddenly his race is mentioned all the time:

By adamg - 11/9/06 - 12:12 pm

OK, so Secretary of State Bill Galvin vows to take over the Boston elections department because of that ballot-shortage issue the other night. Andy at Mass. Revolution Now wonders where the Dark Prince was before the election - when Boston was already under federal investigation on various election issues:

... Bill Galvin has been in charge of voting supervision in this state for something like 12 years and only now is he going to get serious about looking out for voters?

So what does anyone think we can expect from Billy? Well his latest idea has been bringing in the electronic disaster machines manufactured by Diebold. I feel so safe having Billy on the job now. ...

Actually, this isn't the first time Galvin has yelled at Boston elections officials, and Tuesday's ballot shortage might just be the proverbial straw.

The Globe's Political Intelligence reports that Galvin "issued a scathing report" on the city's election performance back in 2003. And you'll recall the whole Dianne Wilkerson/Sonia Chang-Diaz mess, in which the city elections department failed to even count any votes in several precincts this past September.

By adamg - 11/9/06 - 8:51 am

Oh, sure, there are those Gloomy Gusses who are barricading their doors against the imminent onslaught of rapists and who fret their taxes will go up so high they won't be able to afford that Porsche they have their eye on. But for most Boston bloggers with an opinion on the elections, it's still party time.

By adamg - 11/8/06 - 3:29 pm

In an exclusive interview, Mihos could only say: Woof!

By adamg - 11/8/06 - 1:54 pm

How you're feeling right now depends, of course, on which way you voted yesterday. A round-up of local bloggers on the national results (and Rummy, too!):

Educand: Is that... the sound of a pendulum swinging?!?

Blogorelli: Could the political composition of our country be changing?

That thought is exciting, just like my favorite headline from this morning, "Democrats Hold Breaths, Country Turns Blue"!

By adamg - 11/8/06 - 10:00 am

Ian tended a bar at the party:

... We were set up in, effectively, the overflow room. There was a big room with balconies and big auditorium setup stuff where all the speeches happened, and our room was right next to it, with giant television screens, tables, and bars. It never got crowded enough for us to get busy, unfortunately. Busy is fun; slow is less fun. Also, busy is more money.

Our bar had four bartenders and two cash registers at it, and one barback assigned.

We had something I'd never encountered before. Female barbacks. ...

By adamg - 11/8/06 - 8:57 am

Mass Marrier analyzes the defeat of the three statewide ballot questions; he says 2 and 3 were just too confusing for most people. As for 1:

... Voters bought into Chicken Little-style claims of bodies on the highways and drunken teens in an updated version of Reefer Madness. ...

Talonvaki was glad to see Question 1 defeated, but for a different reason:

By adamg - 11/8/06 - 8:55 am

Transcript of Patrick's victory speech.

Matt: Deval. Thanks for being my new Governor.

Sharon Gartenberg: Deval Patrick's Resounding Victory: A Vote for Community:

Voters in Massachusetts have given our overwhelming support to a governor-elect who stresses sense of community and the need to care about each other's dreams and aspirations as well as our own. It's a message we've clearly been hungering for after the bitter, negative, partisan politics that Karl Rove and the Bush administration have brought to the national arena these past six years. ...

Now the hard work begins, Adam Reilly writes:

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