Saturday, October 20, 2012
Are the debates old hat by now, or will the last one offer valuable insight?
The third presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is scheduled for Monday night. Will you tune in, or have you already tuned out? Obama and Romney squared off in two debates earlier this month — on Oct. 3 and Oct. 16 — while the vice presidential debate was held on Oct. 11. For some, a third presidential debate on Oct. 22 may be overkill, if they've made their decision on who to vote for already, or just aren't that into politics. On the other hand, debates can offer further insight into the candidates, and, you never know what gems or gaffes could come out. So tell us: do you plan to tune into Monday night's final presidential debate? Let us know in the comments.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Pay for women in Boston is better than the rest of New England, but it's still not on par with what men make for the same jobs. Should we pass laws to attack the problem, or is there another solution?
The pay gap between men and women—the difference in pay for the same jobs—was front and center in this week's presidential debate. The exchange over equal pay led to the second debate's most memorable quip about "binders full of women." That statement became an instant Internet meme. Slate, meanwhile, has published an interactive map showing how each state and county does with wage inequality. In New England, Suffolk County (Booston and a few surrounding cities) does best. On average, women here are paid 83 cents for every dollar a man earns for the same job. Worst in New England? Coastal New Hampshire's Rockingham County, where women average 59 cents for every dollar a man in a similar role would earn. After decades of debate, the needle'…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Go register to vote!
Today is the last day to register to vote, so go register already! Six million people didn’t vote in the 2008 elections because they either did not know how to register or because they missed the voter registration deadline. Here’s information on how you can register in time for the Nov. 6 elections:
Here's how Massachusetts Republican and Democrat activists and officials responded to last night's presidential debate.
The attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of four Americans became a flashpoint in Tuesday night's second debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney: that's the major finding of the Red and Blue Commonwealth flash polls sent out to local politicos immediately after the debate ended last night. Obama and Romney faced off on Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York in a town hall format, with CNN's Candy Crowley moderating a debate that covered both domestic and foreign policy. Of the 17 local influential Democrats who took the poll after the debate ended, 13 of them (76.5 percent) voted that Obama won by a large margin and four (23.5 percent) voted that the president won by a …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The town hall-style debate gave voice to questions from uncommitted voters. Who handled the issues best?
President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney were in Long Island, N.Y. Tuesday night, answering questions Tuesday night from voters who said they were still undecided while also managing to go at each other. The questions covered topics that included energy costs, unemployment, immigration, tax codes and more. Wednesday morning, Patch will have flash survey results from Massachusetts political activists and leaders, both Republican and Democratic. But right now, what about you: what do you think? Who would you say 'won' this second presidential debate? Tell us in the comments sections below.
The second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is scheduled for 9 p.m. tonight.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
After Joe Biden and Paul Ryan sparred throughout last week's Vice Presidential Debate, the nation's voters are looking forward to President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney's second debate: a town hall event focusing on foreign and domestic policy. The second presidential debate between Obama and Romney is set for 9 p.m EST on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Check below for more information on that debate and the remaining debates leading up to Election Day. AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more, including CNN Espanol. Live Streaming Online: YouTube's Election Hub, AOL. Full info on Tuesday night's debate, as well as the schedule for the final debate, both of …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Democrat who debated Romney in 2002 says Barack Obama must be on his toes tonight.
- Dan Tuohy
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Mitt Romney's been down in the polls before, says Shannon O'Brien, the former Massachusetts state treasurer who battled him for governor in 2002. "I've seen him turn things around." O'Brien is referring to their 2002 debate, which was seen as a springboard for the millionaire businessman. Romney has since sparred in numerous GOP debates, in 2008 and 2012, and has smoothed out some of that stiff Romney from yesteryear, she says in an interview with Patch. His is a familiar strategy, said O'Brien, who now owns a consulting business in Boston: Those punch lines she refers to are the supposed "zingers" Romney is reported to have rehearsed over the past month. How many will he fire off? And how well will the sitting president fend them off? …
Patch will be joined by local Massachusetts party officials and you can take part in the conversation.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Join Patch starting at 8:30 p.m. tonight for a live chat during the presidential debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Patch will be joined by local Massachusetts party officials who will discuss the debate as it happens. You will be able to join the conversation too. Come back to this site at 8:30 p.m. for a pre-debate discussion and then participate as you watch the first debate, which starts at 9 p.m.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Brown reportedly says Romney's comments are at odds with his own view of the world.
In the firestorm ignited over GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Sen. Scott Brown is voicing his disagreement with the former Massachusetts governor. Romney made national headlines when a video was leaked of him at a fundraiser telling donors that 47 percent of Americans is dependent on the government, feel entitled and will never vote for him. Brown reportedly told The Hill -- a publication that reports about Congress -- that Romney's comments don't reflect his beliefs. "That’s not the way I view the world," Brown is quoted as writing in an email. "As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in. Too many people today who want to work are being forced into …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Mother Jones released a video of Mitt Romney telling a private audience that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on the government and will never vote for him. Was this a ruinous gaffe, or has Romney told a hard political truth?
A secret video obtained by Mother Jones magazine has rocked the political world. In that video, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said "... there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what..." according to a transcript in the Washington Post. He went further, saying he wasn't worried about them. The magazine released a portion of the video Monday. In a late night press conference Monday, …