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New England News
5:46 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

GOP Rep. Winslow enters race for Mass. Senate

Massachusetts State Representative Daniel Winslow

BOSTON (AP) — Republican State Rep. Daniel Winslow has officially entered the race for the U.S. Senate.

Winslow said in letter to supporters and GOP activists on Thursday that he would be a candidate in the special election to fill the seat formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry.

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New England News
9:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

GOP ex-MA Lt. Gov. Healey opts out of US Senate race

Former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor and state Republican Party chair Kerry Healey.
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BOSTON (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey has joined a growing list of Republicans who've ruled out running in a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the departure of former Sen. John Kerry.

Healey said Monday she was grateful for the advice of those who urged her to get into the race but said she's decided against it.

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New England News
1:13 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Brown Won't Run in Special Election

Scott Brown

BOSTON (AP) — Former Republican Sen. Scott Brown won't be running in a Massachusetts special election to fill Democrat John Kerry's seat.

A person familiar with the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss it says Brown will not run.

Brown was defeated in November by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He had won the seat in a special election in 2010.

U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch are seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat being vacated by Kerry, who is leaving the Senate to become Secretary of State.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Kerry Thanks Massachusetts Supporters

US Senator John Kerry (D-MA) flanked by US Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) l, and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
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John Kerry is spending his final day as a United State Senator thanking the people of Massachusetts. Events were scheduled in the state’s three largest cities, with the farewell tour beginning in Springfield.

After 28 years representing Massachusetts in the United States Senate John Kerry said closing that chapter of his career is bittersweet.

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New England News
4:24 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Congressman Lynch Launches Senate Campaign

US Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) launches his Senate campaign speaking with patrons at O'Brien's Corner restaurant in Springfield
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Massachusetts Congressman Stephen Lynch has  launched his campaign for the US Senate in Massachusetts becoming the second Democrat in the race.

Lynch, who grew up in a housing project in Boston and was an ironworker before going into politics said he would be the voice of  working families in the Senate.  He took a dig at the Democratic Party establishment for trying to clear the field for fellow Congressman Ed Markey, saying he would try to earn the election, not buy it.

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New England News
6:24 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Kerry To Make "Thank You Tour" Of Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is saying his thank-you’s and goodbyes as he prepares to become the country’s Secretary of State.

In a nearly hour long farewell address in the Senate Chamber, Kerry lamented the recent gridlock in the legislative process, but said he had hope in seeing a new generation of Senators not given to cynicism. He said it was the honor of a lifetime to represent Massachusetts in the senate for 29  years.

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New England News
4:40 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch Expected to Announce Senate Candidacy on Mass. Tour

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BOSTON (AP) — Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch is launching a tour of Massachusetts during which he's expected to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by John Kerry.

Lynch plans to begin his tour Thursday in Springfield with a visit to O'Brien's Corner restaurant, followed by a stop at the Parkway Diner in Worcester.

Lynch will end the day with a rally at the Iron Workers Local 7 union hall in South Boston. Lynch is a former ironworker who became a union official before entering politics.

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New England News
3:53 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Gov. Patrick Names Interim U.S. Senator

William
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has tapped a close confidant , advisor and long time friend to be the state’s interim United States Senator.   William “ Mo” Cowan  will temporarily replace John Kerry until a special election is held later this year.   

To temporarily fill the senate vacancy Governor Patrick turned away from high profile politicians and turned to his former chief of staff and one –time chief legal counsel. Cowan, a 43 year old African American pledged to go to Washington   mindful of the needs and aspirations of  Massachusetts residents.

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New England News
12:27 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Gov. Patrick Sets June 25 For Special Senate Election

A voter and his son at a polling place in Springfield MA on election day 2012
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With Senator John Kerry’s resignation taking effect Friday, and an interim appointee named, the field is taking shape  for the special senate election in Massachusetts.

The special election scheduled for June 25th will be the third time since January 2010 that Massachusetts voters trek to the polls to pick a US Senator.   The new campaign is launching just a couple of months after Massachusetts voters settled the most expensive race in the nation between then incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown and now Senator Elizabeth Warren.

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New England News
10:45 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Mass. gov. picks ex-aide Cowan as interim senator

William 'Mo' Cowan
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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has tapped his former chief-of-staff William "Mo" Cowan to serve as interim U.S. senator until a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Secretary of State-designate John Kerry.

Patrick says Cowan's role in helping turn around the Massachusetts economy in recent years "has earned him the respect and admiration of people throughout government." He says the state will benefit from Cowan's wisdom and good judgment.

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