The confirmation of John Kerry as Secretary of State starts the third senate contest in Massachusetts since 2010.
The special election to fill Kerry’s unexpired senate term is expected to be held on June 25th. Gladys Oyola, the city of Springfield’s election commissioner said it’s a good date, as it is just after schools close but before the busy vacation season.
Democratic Congressman Ed Markey is the only announced candidate for the special election ,so far. Governor Patrick will name an interim appointee to fill Kerry’s seat until the special election.
Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 10:34 am
No big surprises in these bits of news about President Obama's cabinet:
-- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as expected, this morning approved the nomination of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be the next secretary of state. Kerry, the committee's chairman, is set to replace Secretary Hillary Clinton after he gets the approval of the full Senate, which also is expected.
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Edward Markey is challenging all Democratic and Republican candidates in the race to fill John Kerry's U.S. Senate seat to agree to keep outside groups from spending money on political ads.
The Malden Democratic said he wants a deal similar to the so-called "people's pledge" agreed to by former Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren in last year's Senate race.
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry’s confirmation hearings are scheduled for tomorrow. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he expects Kerry to head to Foggy Bottom without issue.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton insisted on Wednesday that the department is moving swiftly and aggressively to strengthen security at U.S. installations missions worldwide after the deadly Sept. 11 raid on the consulate in Libya.
In probably her last appearance on Capitol Hill as America's top diplomat, Clinton once again took full responsibility for the department's missteps leading up to assault at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Barney Frank, Congressman from Massachusetts (Democrat), 4th District; Chairman, Financial Services Committee, USA captured during the session 'The Next Global Crisis' of the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2010
Political observers widely expect Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to be confirmed as the nation’s next Secretary of State, leaving an interim Senate term to be filled in his wake. What they didn’t expect was the about-face this week by now retired Democratic Congressman Barney Frank, who announced that he would be interested in filling Kerry’s seat in the run-up to a special election. WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke about Frank’s next act with Glen Johnson, who covers politics for The Boston Globe.
Progressive activists are staging demonstrations and taking other actions across the country Monday to urge no cuts to social safety net programs be part of any deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. In western Massachusetts they took the message to a district office of the state’s senior US Senator John Kerry. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
In demanding no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, Jenny Daniell, an organizer with MoveOn, said they wanted to remind Senator Kerry that Main Street, not Wall Street, won the last election.