A federal judge ruled today that organizers of a Senate debate this Sunday can exclude independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai because published polls show him garnering less than 10% of the vote. Read more.
Buzzfeed News reports on the bogus accounts - one named Donna Trumper, another Vinnie Boombatz - backing independent Shiva Ayyadurai and attacking incumbent Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican Geoff Diehl. Ayyardurai called the reporter a racist before hanging up on her.
Paul LePage braved our shores yesterday to speechify in Waltham for Republican senate candidate Geoff Diehl, NBC Boston reports.
A federal judge in Boston today agreed with a request from Senate candidate Shiva Ayyardurai to dismiss his lawsuit against Cambridge over its banning him from from parking his "Real Indian" campaign bus at his Concord Avenue headquarters, because the city rescinded the ban after getting proof Ayyardurai was not parking it there permanently, but was instead actually using it to go places. Read more.
Shiva Ayyadurai, who is now running as an independent against Elizabeth Warren, filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Cambridge this week, alleging it is harassing him over his campaign bus now that it features the "resonating campaign slogan" of "Only A Real Indian Can Defeat The Fake Indian." Read more.
One-time video-game magnate Curt Schilling yesterday signaled his intent to not run for Senate next year in favor of V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai:
As of today, from where I sit, you're my choice for Senator of the state of Mass. in 2018 and it's not even close.
He closed his tweet with the secret mating call of Massachusetts right wingers: #Fauxcahauntas.
"This is no time to quit," she writes.
Salon took a stopwatch to the debate tape and found that Scott Brown spoke 23 minutes and 40 seconds to Elizabeth Warren's 18 minutes and 15 seconds.
David Bernstein reports on the candidacy of James Coyne King - and how his choice of one top paid advisor could mean Mike Capuano won't be running.
Stephen Lynch seems to think so. Of course, his ascension to the house of solons would require John Kerry to be appointed Secretary of State or something. But he's got $1-million+ burning a hole in his bank account and running in a special election would mean he gets to stay in the House when he loses, so why not?
On the Republican side, "party leaders and consultants" are actually chatting up Bill Weld. Bill Weld? When did they repeal the residency requirement for running for statewide office?
Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), the state's largest business advocacy organization with more than 7,000 Bay State businesses and institutions who collectively employ more than 675,000 employees, released the third edition of its biennial Legislative Scorecard. The Scorecard is designed to evaluate the pro-business voting record of each of the members of the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives.
This has to be some sort of a first. The boston.com Political Intelligence blog has a snarky post about wannabe Senate candidate Jim Ogonowski's embarrassing failure to file, by today's deadline, enough signatures to qualify for the Republican primary. (He was
300 30 short of the required 10,000.) Who posts the first comment? Why Ogonowski himself:
Broken Down Sawx Fan relays the news that Curt Schilling plans on pitching next year, not running for Senate.
Lance writes Schilling, who lives in Medfield, could make a credible candidate - and help revive the state Republican Party:
8 p.m. tonight on NECN.
Massachusetts GOP News calls Chase a fighter and hopes he'll bring up Chappiquiddick.