Election 2012

Stories on Election 2012 candidates and races, including the Massachusetts Senate race.

Gomez, Still Mulling Another Campaign, Addresses National Republicans

August 15, 2013

BOSTON — If Gabriel Gomez runs again, he’s going to need more financial support from national Republicans. Wednesday night he addressed that base at the RNC summer meeting in Boston.

Gomez, Markey Debate 'Painful To Watch'

June 06, 2013
Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez, left, and Democrat Edward Markey clashed in their first U.S. Senate debate on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in Brighton. (Yoon S. Byun/ AP Pool)

The first U.S. Senate debate between Gabriel Gomez and Ed Markey was largely lacking in zingers and, well, in unscripted passion.

It's Time To Kill The Filibuster. Let's Filibuster It.

June 06, 2013
The last time the filibuster was used responsibly: Actor Jimmy Stewart in a scene from the 1939 film, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." (Columbia/AP)

It’s time to force a national conversation on why, in the “world’s greatest deliberative body,” a simple majority isn’t enough to get anything done?

Michele Bachmann And The Rise Of The ‘Brandidate’

May 31, 2013
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., announced this week that her fourth term in Congress will be her last. In this photo, Bachmann attends a book signing at Books-A-Million Friday, Dec. 2, 2011,  in Rock Hill, S.C. (Richard Shiro/AP)

They say when one door closes, another opens. And so it goes for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Her political career may be winding down, but she’s just getting started.

Romney Aide Calls For Change In GOP Strategy

May 22, 2013

BOSTON — Citing missteps, an aide to the Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign is calling for a sea change in how the Republican Party conducts politics in the next presidential election.

Tone, Tolerance And The Future Of The Republican Party

January 29, 2013
Reince Priebus (AP)

In order to win back America’s hearts and minds, Republicans need to be open to change.

Poetry In Motion: The Classic Form Isn’t Dead, It’s Evolving

January 24, 2013
Like our nation’s changing demographics, Anita Diamant says poetry isn’t what it used to be. Indeed, this year's inaugural poet, Richard Blanco -- who happens to be openly gay and a first generation Cuban-American -- made reference to "many prayers, but one light." (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

A look at the history of inaugural poems and the surprising vitality of contemporary American poetry.

Confronting Our Legacy Of Racial Violence (With A Little Help From The President)

January 21, 2013
An apt commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Margaret Burnham says President Obama is signalling his willingness to address our violent racial past. In this photo, Obama speaks during the dedication of the MLK Memorial in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

An apt commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: President Obama is signalling his willingness to address our violent racial past.

Republicans And Democrats: Two Definitions Of The Word ‘Dumb’

January 14, 2013
Marc Landy: We’re caught in the gulf between Republican stupidity and Democratic silence. The president’s inaugural address is an opportunity to turn the tide. (Poster Boy NYC/flickr)

We’re caught in the gulf between Republican stupidity and Democratic silence. The president’s inaugural address is an opportunity to turn the tide.

Not One Hispanic Leader, But Thousands: The Dreamers

January 02, 2013
Diana Saravia, 10, of Beltsville, Md., left, demonstrates -- along with members of immigration rights organizations -- in front of the White House as they call on President Barack Obama to fulfill his promise of passing comprehensive immigration reform, in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (Cliff Owen/AP)

Latinos played a crucial role in the 2012 presidential election. But, says Ilan Stavans, the biggest test is yet to come.

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