Monday, April 15, 2013
Stoughton voted for Democrat Elizabeth Warren this past November, yet owns fewer hybrid cars than the state average.
Does hybrid vehicle ownership indicate voting patterns? Are towns which voted for Democrat Elizabeth Warren this past November more likely to have higher hybrid ownership rates? Not exactly. That’s what we found when we compared data from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to the vote in the 2012 U.S. Senate race. You can see the results in the map above: Large circles suggest towns with more hybrid ownership per capita, and the red/blue color suggests which way those towns voted last year. In Stoughton, which voted for Warren, 15.4 of every 1,000 vehicles is a hybrid, compared to the state average of 18. Patch’s research suggests the state has a good number of what might be called “green Republican” communities. More than 40 …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
A look back at what happened over the past week in the U.S. Senate race.
The Democratic candidates for Senate this week talked about the war in Iraq, launched more television ads, opened regional and local campaign offices and continued to get the word out as the April 30 primary draws near. This past week marked the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, and with a hotly contested U.S. Senate Primary just over a month away, both Congressmen seeking the Democratic nomination found themselves defending their votes. Democratic opponents Congressmen Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Edward Markey (D-Malden) both voted to use force in Iraq, but the two Senate candidates disagreed on a vote the following year to approve $87.5 billion to fund the war. MassLive.com reports that Lynch voted for the funding…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Cowan, a Stoughton resident, was sworn in as Massachusetts' junior U.S. Senator by Vice President Joe Biden on Feb. 7.
U.S. Senator William "Mo" Cowan was sworn into office a few minutes after 12 p.m. on Thursday by Vice President Joe Biden on the floor of the Senate. Cowan, a Stoughton resident, was appointed last week to be interim Senator by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Cowan is taking the place of former Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, who became Secretary of State - serving until a new senator is elected in the June 25 special election. Cowan was the former Chief of Staff for Governor Patrick, before accepting this interim Senate appointment. Prior to his role as Chief of Staff, he also served as chief legal counsel to Governor Patrick, having served in the Patrick-Murray Administration since 2009. Newly elected Massachusetts Senator …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Dozens of Stoughton youth recently volunteered at a huge Christmas party for Boston-area homeless shelters.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
A busload of teens from the Stoughton Life Teen program. recently volunteered at the annual Christmas in the City event in Boston, helping to make the holidays a little brighter for homeless children and families in need. The Stoughton Life Teen volunteers were joined by members of the Stoughton YAC, as well as other volunteers from the area. Stoughton Life Teen went on Saturday Dec. 15 to help set up and decorate for the party, held Sunday Dec. 16, which was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston. Stoughton Life Teen helped to create over 6,000 paper snowflakes which were used to decorate the hundreds of tables set up for guests. They also helped to create unique placemats for each of the 5,000+ seats with …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Congressman Stephen Lynch is deciding on whether to run for John Kerry's Senate seat.
Massachusetts Congressman Stephen Lynch said he is definitely considering running for John Kerry's senate seat. The South Boston Democrat was on the Joe Ligotti Show on WTKK Radio Saturday afternoon and said he would be honored to be a Senator. Kerry has been nominated by President Barack Obama to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state and is expected to be confirmed. Kerry, a Democrat, has served as one of Massachusetts' Senators since 1985. If Kerry is confirmed, Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to appoint an interim Senator until a special election can be held. The Boston Herald is reporting Barney Frank is the leading candidate for the interim position. Frank didn't seek reelection to Congress after redistricting was finalized. …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
A look at some statistics and trends from the 2012 Presidential Election (held November 6) here in Stoughton and statewide.
With the 2012 Presidential Election in the books, Stoughton voters, like voters statewide, supported President Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent, in his quest for reelection, voting for the President by a wide margin over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee. Stoughton also went the statewide trend in supporting Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Party nominee, over Republican incumbent, Senator Scott Brown. Many communities in Massachusetts voted for Warren. What is noteworthy, however, is that just 11 communities in the Southeastern part of the state, Stoughton included, switched from backing Brown in 2010 during his Special Election race against Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, to Warren in …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Kids Voting Stoughton Election Results: Stoughton students split their ticket supporting President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and Senator Scott Brown, a Republican, taking part in Kids Voting Stougton's mock election Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Thanks to Kids Voting Stoughton, more than 1,000 Stoughton students in grades K-12 also got to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6 - and they showed an independent streak, differing from their parents and other adult voters in Stoughton (and statewide) in one key race. Their votes didn't count towards the official election results, but this mock voting program simulated the adult voting experience. Kids Voting Stoughton was held from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the various polling locations around town, with 1,391 ballots cast. Students were able to vote for president, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative in Congress, state senator and state representative. Stoughton students backed Barack Obama for President with 61.1 percent of the vote (850 …
U.S. Senator Scott Brown will leave office in January. What should he do next?
U.S. Senator Scott Brown, a Republican, was defeated Tuesday by first time candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat. Warren will take office as the state's junior senator in January. She'll replace Brown, who was elected in a special election in January 2010 when he defeated Democrat Martha Coakley. In his concession speech on Tuesday night, Brown told supporters that "defeat is only temporary." As soon as the race was called, analysts began suggesting Brown may run for Massachusetts governor in 2014 or would seek the state's other U.S. Senate seat if Senator John Kerry is named Secretary of State under President Barack Obama in his second term. What should Brown do next? Tell us in the comments.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Democrat Elizabeth Warren beat incumbent candidate Scott Brown in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race.
Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren has beaten incumbent Republican candidate Scott Brown for a seat on the U.S. Senate, according to the Associated Press. Warren is won by a margin of eight percentage points, 54 percent to 46 percent, making her the first female senator elected in Massachusetts. An estatic Warren addressed a crowd of hundreds of excited supporters at the Copley Fairmont Plaza hotel in Boston on Tuesday night. "We did what everyone thought was impossible," she said. "We taught a scrappy, first-time candidate how to win." "You took on the powerful Wall Street banks and let them know that you want a Senator out there fighting for the middle class all of the time," she said. "And despite the odds, you elected the first …
How might the U.S. Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren affect the presidential race—and vice-versa? Find out what local politicos think, and check here late for election results. Connect with us on Twitter at #PatchElections.
Check back at your local Patch all day for live election updates. While Massachusetts is expected to go to Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the race for President of the United States, influential Massachusetts political insiders have varying opinions on how the U.S. Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren will affect the presidential race, and vice versa. According to results from the Blue Commonwealth and Red Commonwealth surveys sent out last week and compiled today, Monday, 60 percent of the 23 local Republicans who responded think that the Brown-Warren race will result a modest increase in votes for Romney, while 40 percent of the 20 local Democrats who responded think the U.S. Senate race will increase Obama's total of …