2:39 PM, Jun 10, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll from Suffolk University finds Democratic congressman Ed Markey with a seven-point lead ahead of this month's special election for the U.S. Senate in Massachsuetts. In a survey of 500 likely voters, Markey received 48 percent support, while his Republican opponent, businessman and retired Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez, received 41 percent support. Ten percent say they remain undecided for the special election, which will be held on June 25.
Markey's lead has dropped ten points since Suffolk last polled the race in May. Then, Markey had an 17-point lead over Gomez, 52 percent to 35 percent. Here's more from Suffolk:
“Ed Markey continues to lead but the margin has dwindled,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. “Markey’s core ballot test number has fallen below 50 percent and recent Obama administration scandals, especially the Associated Press phone records scrutiny, have touched a nerve with likely voters who are holding back or no longer supporting Markey and President Obama with the same intensity.”
Many recent polls have shown Gomez within 8 to 12 points of Markey, and none have shown him beating the veteran Democrat. A poll released last week by the McLaughlin Group, which works for GOP candidates, showed Markey and Gomez just a point apart, 45 percent to 44 percent.
Polling for a special election can be problematic, however, with lower turnout than with regular elections and variance in who turns out. Massachusetts is a heavily Democratic state, so Markey maintains the advantage. But special elections can be opportunities for political upsets, as the voters of Massachusetts know well after delivering a victory in 2010 to Senate candidate Scott Brown, a Republican, over the favored and veteran statewide candidate, Martha Coakley.
Markey and Gomez are vying for the seat once held by John Kerry, who resigned from the Senate earlier this year to become secretary of state. The seat is currently occupied by Democrat Mo Cowan.
10:33 AM, Jun 4, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
A big part of Obamacare is its massive expansion of Medicaid. Fortunately, this expansion can’t happen in most states without Republicans freely choosing to make it happen. Unfortunately, far too many Republican governors seem to be confused about the distinction between repealing Obamacare and implementing it.
4:23 PM, May 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
While traveling to New Jersey today, President Barack Obama stiffed the Democratic opponent of Republican governor Chris Christie. Obama did not meet privately with Barbara Buono, the Democratic candidate. But he did walk along the Jersey Shore boardwalk with Christie.
Via the pool report:
11:44 AM, Mar 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol, with Nina Easton, Karl Rove, and Joe Trippi, on the Internet-only Fox News Sunday postgame show:
7:00 AM, Mar 13, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In the aftermath of Mitt Romney’s defeat in last fall’s election, and the defeat of a myriad of Republican Senate candidates (establishment and Tea Party alike) in Romney’s wake, Republicans are getting no shortage of free advice. The quantity of that advice, however, is more apparent than its quality.
6:10 PM, Feb 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The following are excerpts of the Republican response to the State of the Union Address, which will be delivered by Marco Rubio:
9:44 AM, Feb 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
On Fox News last night, the boss defended the Tea Party against the GOP establishment:
1:36 PM, Jan 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
THE WEEKLY STANDARD previously noted Senator David Vitter’s offense at Chuck Hagel’s “suggestion that my support of Israel is somehow contrary to my Constitutional oath.” Here’s Vitter’s full letter, laying out that concern and many others:
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:25 PM, Jan 18, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:
7:20 AM, Jan 9, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
As an ignorant but unabashed admirer of Xenophon, I was struck by this email from a reader, and thought other readers would enjoy it as well:
10:44 PM, Dec 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Idaho senator Mike Crapo, a Republican, was arrested last night after running a red light for allegedly driving under the influence. Crapo's arrest took place just outside Washington, D.C., in Alexandria, Virginia.
4:26 PM, Dec 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with an Indianapolis radio station, Senator Dan Coats blasted Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's rumored choice to be the next secretary of defense.
"I don’t know how you can nominate someone and make them Secretary of Defense who has had so much disrespect for the military," Coats told radio host Tom Rose. "And said so many public things in opposition to the military, what it stands for, the values that it holds. Chuck has alienated an awful lot of people."
10:15 AM, Dec 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Late last night, the former Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, announced on Twitter that he had officially joined the Democratic Party:
3:13 PM, Dec 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Republican staffer in the House of Representatives has been fired for writing an unpopular memo. The crime? The memo suggested more lenient punishments for copyright offense.