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Warren: Bill Would Bar Credit Checks By Employers

Dec 18, 2013

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is introducing legislation that would ban what she calls the widespread use of personal credit history by employers looking to hire workers.

Warren said the practice unfairly targets women, minorities, seniors, students and others with fewer resources to bounce back financially after a personal setback like an illness or divorce.

Those low credit ratings can follow an individual for years.

Warren told reporters there's little evidence of any correlation between a poor credit rating and job performance.

Democrat Clark Wins Mass. Congressional Race

Dec 11, 2013
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Democrat Katherine Clark has defeated three opponents to win a special election to fill a vacant Massachusetts congressional seat.

The state senator from Melrose will be only the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. House.

After winning a crowded Democratic primary, Clark ran a low-key general election campaign, agreeing to a single debate against Republican Boston attorney Frank Addivinola.

The other two candidates were Wellesley resident James Aulenti Arlington resident James Hall.

Mass. US Senators Defend Votes On Filibuster Rule

Nov 25, 2013
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Massachusetts' two U.S. senators are defending their support of a key change to the Senate's filibuster rule.

Senate Democrats pushed through the change Thursday.

Instead of requiring a 60-vote majority to end debate and allow a yes-or-no vote on presidential nominees to federal courts or cabinet departments, a simple majority can now clear the way for a final vote.

Republicans cried foul, but the state's two Democratic senators say the change was needed given GOP obstructionism.

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U.S. Senator Edward Markey says he's planning to run for re-election.

Markey told reporters Monday that this is a critical time in the country's history and it's important that Massachusetts has its voice heard in Washington.

He said he and fellow Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren are doing their best to represent the state in the Senate. He said he wants to continue that effort.

Clark Wins Dems Mass. 5th District Primary

Oct 16, 2013

Democrat Katherine Clark and Republican Frank Addivinola have captured their respective party's nominations in the special election primary for Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District.

Clark, a state senator from Melrose, will face off against Addivinola, a Boston attorney, in the Dec. 10 special election to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant by Edward Markey's election to the Senate.

Seven Democrats and three Republicans had battled for the chance to represent the district that includes communities north and west of Boston.

Voters Head To Polls In Mass. 5th District Primary

Oct 15, 2013
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Voters in Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District are heading to the polls to winnow down a field of seven Democrats and three Republicans in the state's latest special election primary.

Massachusetts Secretary William Galvin is predicting a strong voter turnout. Galvin said 100,000 to 120,000 Democrats and up to 20,000 Republicans could cast ballots Tuesday.

US Sens. Markey, Warren Weigh Attack On Syria

Sep 5, 2013

Two Massachusetts Democratic U.S. senators say they want more information before deciding how to vote on President Barack Obama's request for limited military action in Syria.

Sen. Edward Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday he voted "present" on the latest version of the resolution.

Markey said he wanted to review classified materials and was concerned about the unintended consequences of an attack. He said the current resolution is too broad.

Sens. Warren, Markey To Attend Labor Day Breakfast

Sep 2, 2013
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Massachusetts U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are expected to join union leaders for Boston's annual Labor Day Breakfast.

The breakfast is scheduled this morning at the Park Plaza Hotel and is sponsored by the Greater Boston Labor Council.

The breakfast traditionally provides politicians a chance to affirm their support of labor issues.

US Sen. Edward Markey To Tour Western Mass. Cities

Aug 27, 2013
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U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is planning a tour of western Massachusetts to talk with mayors, business leaders and local voters.

The Massachusetts Democrat will begin today’s visiting with Pittsfield Mayor Daniel Bianchi before talking with local business owners along North Street near city hall.

Markey then heads to Chicopee to meet with Mayor Michael Bissonette and visit the River Mill Senior Center brownfield redevelopment site. From there, Markey is planning to visit Springfield businesses and tour Union Station with Mayor Dominic Sarno.

US Sen. Markey Planning "Ceremonial Swearing-In"

Aug 8, 2013
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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Edward Markey is planning to hold a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall.

Markey was actually sworn in last month by Vice President Joe Biden during a brief ceremony in the Senate chamber in Washington.

Today’s event is a chance for more of the Democrat's supporters and members of the public to mark the start of his tenure in the Senate.

Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez in a June special election to fill the seat left vacant by John Kerry's resignation from the Senate to become secretary of state.

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Just three weeks after being sworn in as the new U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, Democrat Edward Markey began a series of public events around the state today. His first stop was in Northampton.

Markey, who was criticized for a light schedule of public appearances during the special election campaign, said he plans to visit every part of the state during the August Congressional recess to learn about local issues and what Washington can do to help.

US Sens. Warren, Markey Balk At Student Loan Deal

Jul 23, 2013

Massachusetts U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are faulting a compromise deal on student loans, saying it doesn't go far enough to protect students.

While the deal could lower rates for students over the next few years, it could spell higher rates as the economy improves.

Warren said that while she's in favor of a compromise, the deal that's currently on the table doesn't do enough to reduce what she said are the profits the government is making off the backs of students.

Markey Win Sets Up Special Election For House

Jun 26, 2013
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The election of Edward Markey to the U.S. Senate sets the stage for yet another special election in Massachusetts, this one to fill the U.S. House seat that Markey has held for more than 36 years.

Several Democrats had already expressed interest in running for the 5th congressional district seat if Markey won the special Senate election. They include Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, state Sens. Katherine Clark, Karen Spilka and William Brownsberger, and state Rep. Carl Sciortino.

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Veteran Democratic Congressman Edward Markey has won the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts to succeed John Kerry .   

BOSTON (AP) — Longtime Democratic Rep. Edward Markey has won a special election in Massachusetts to succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.

The 66-year-old Markey on Tuesday beat Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and political newcomer.

The race did not draw the deep interest of the 2010 special election between Republican former Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley. Brown pulled out a surprise victory that year, though he lost the seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in November.

Mass. Voters Head To Polls To Pick New US Senator

Jun 25, 2013
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Massachusetts voters are heading to the polls to pick a new U.S. senator.

Democrat Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez scrambled to energize supporters and mobilize get-out-the-vote efforts in the hours leading up to today’s special election to succeed John Kerry, who resigned to become U.S. secretary of state.

The candidates wrapped up a busy last day of campaigning by holding rallies — Gomez with former Sen. Scott Brown in Quincy and Markey in his hometown of Malden.

Markey, Gomez Head Into Final Full Campaign Day

Jun 24, 2013
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 Republican Gabriel Gomez and Democrat Edward Markey are preparing to crisscross the state during their final full day of campaigning before Massachusetts' special U.S. Senate election.

Markey planned a "get out the vote" drive Monday, greeting supporters in Springfield and Worcester and participating in a business tour of downtown Lawrence before attending a rally at the YMCA in his hometown of Malden.

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The two candidates in next week’s special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts faced off in their final debate last night.  It was wide-ranging and spirited.

      

       Veteran Democratic Congressman Edward Markey and Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez exchanged barbs over each other’s records as both attempted to close the sale with voters heading into the final days of the campaign.

       Gomez, who continues to trail in the polls, almost begged voters to take a chance on him.

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The two candidates in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts stuck to familiar themes during a debate Tuesday night in Springfield.  With polls showing the race tightening, Democrat Congressman Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez appeared to be trying to play it safe and avoid missteps.

In less than three weeks Massachusetts voters will head to the polls for the third time in just over three years to elect a United States Senator.  Voter interest in the race to replace John Kerry-now secretary of state- remains low.

Michelle Obama To Visit Victims, Attend Fundraiser

May 29, 2013
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First lady Michelle Obama is planning to be in Boston to meet with victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. She'll also attend a fundraiser for Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Edward Markey.

Obama planned to deliver remarks at the fundraiser today at Boston's Taj Hotel for Markey and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Markey and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee have a joint fundraising committee.

Markey said Tuesday he was looking forward to the visit, calling Obama a "very iconic, powerful figure."

Markey Again Asks Gomez To Sign "People's Pledge"

May 6, 2013
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Democrat Edward Markey is pressing his Republican opponent in the state's special U.S. Senate election to sign a pledge to discourage outside groups from spending money on TV, radio and Internet campaign ads.

Markey sent a letter to Republican Gabriel Gomez Friday asking that he join him at the Omni Parker House in Boston today to sign the so-called "People's Pledge."

Gomez refused to sign the pledge and instead demanded Markey return the millions he's received from political action committees during his three decades in Congress.

A  newcomer to politics will take on a veteran U.S. Representative in the special election in Massachusetts  to replace John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.  The contest has some echoes of Scott Brown’s upset victory in a special senate election three years ago. 

Markey, Gomez Win Mass. US Senate Primaries

May 1, 2013
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 Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey and Republican former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez won their party primaries Tuesday, setting up a race between a 36-year veteran of Washington politics and a political newcomer for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by John Kerry.

Markey defeated fellow U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch in the Democratic primary while Gomez, who's also a businessman, bested former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and state Rep. Daniel Winslow in the GOP primary, according to unofficial returns. The special election is scheduled for June 25.

Mass. Voters To Decide US Senate Primary Winners

Apr 30, 2013

Massachusetts voters are heading to the polls to decide which Republican and Democratic candidates will win their party primaries and go on to run in the state's second special U.S. Senate election in four years.

The race to fill the seat formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry has been overshadowed by the Boston Marathon bombings. A light turnout is expected today.

The Republican candidates include former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and state Rep. Daniel Winslow.

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It appears that interest for Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate primary election tomorrow is low, particularly for cities and towns in the westernmost part of the commonwealth.

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Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Stephen Lynch has canceled most public events on the eve of the primary election because he is ill.

U.S. Rep. Lynch's campaign says all public events have been canceled Monday except for a scheduled rally at the Iron Workers Hall in South Boston at 7 p.m.

Lynch is facing off against fellow U.S. Rep. Edward Markey in the Democratic primary on Tuesday.

State Rep. Daniel Winslow, businessman Gabriel Gomez and former U.S. attorney Michael Sullivan are squaring off in the Republican primary.

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With just a week remaining before the primaries in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts the two Democratic candidates held a debate in Springfield last night that was punctuated with heated rhetoric. 

The two veteran U.S. Representatives, Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey, argued bitterly over their Congressional voting records on issues ranging from homeland security to health care to the bailout of the automobile industry. Markey accused Lynch of personal attacks and deliberate distortions, while Lynch at one point called Markey a “liar.”

3 GOP US Senate hopefuls squaring off in debate

Apr 10, 2013
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The three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate are preparing to square off in a televised debate.

Michael Sullivan, Gabriel Gomez and Daniel Winslow are expected to participate in the debate sponsored by WBZ-TV and the Boston Globe. The debate is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The three are competing in the April 30 primary.

Whoever attracts the most votes will face the winner of the Democratic primary pitting Congressmen Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch against each other.

BOSTON (AP) — Several candidates vying in the special U.S. Senate campaign in Massachusetts are working to define their positions on abortion.

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, a conservative Democrat, has been trying to reconcile his stated anti-abortion position with the more nuanced stance he has taken since entering the race. Lynch has emphasized that he would not vote to make abortion illegal.

Lynch's Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, has been endorsed by two major abortion rights groups.

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