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

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

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.

Best Of Cog: Religion, Politics And America

December 21, 2012
Does the Christian right still have influence over the electorate? Or are we seeing a permanent decline of its influence? In this Sept. 9, 2010 photo, a billboard erected by atheists in Oklahoma City reads "Don't believe in God? Join the club." (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Does the Christian right still have influence over the electorate? Or are we seeing a permanent decline of its influence?

Best of Cog: Steve Almond Is Mitt Romney… And So Are You

December 21, 2012
Mitt Romney pauses as he addresses campaign workers while visiting a PA campaign call center11/6/2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Mitt Romney was skewered for his 47 percent comments. But Steve Almond argues that everyone does it: we tell one story in public — and another in private.

Advice To The Next President: Leveraging The Power Of The Oval Office

December 19, 2012
The Oval Office of the White House in Washington pictured Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

We conclude our series by looking into the key issues, opportunities, and challenges that President Barack Obama faces entering his second term.

Advice To The Next President: Immigration Reform

December 12, 2012
Undocumented people fill out application forms for the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 at Navy Pier in Chicago. (Sitthixay Ditthavong/AP)

The results of the 2012 election seem to have spurred bipartisan consensus on at least one issue: the need for comprehensive immigration reform. In the next installment of our series, our panel weighs in.

A Modest Proposal: Penalties For Pundits Who Swing And Miss

November 28, 2012
One of the problems with punditry, says Ed Fouhy, is that no one is held accountable when they screw up. Would predication batting averages help? (Eric Risberg/AP)

One of the problems with punditry is that no one is held accountable when they screw up. Would prediction batting averages help?

Advice To The Next President: Gun Violence In Cities

November 21, 2012
Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton speaks at a news conference next to several weapons, part of a haul that included more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana found in an apartment building in Los Angeles, Friday, April 7, 2006. (Nick Ut/AP)

Gun violence is an all too common fact of life in many urban neighborhoods across America. The next installment of our series looks at what President Obama can do to help reverse this long standing trend.

Why The Democrats Need Rush Limbaugh

November 19, 2012
Jim Borghesani: In order to keep the differences between the parties stark and vivid, the right-wing megaphones need to keep firing loud and hot. In this photo: Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. (Ron Edmonds/AP)

In order to keep the differences between the parties stark and vivid, the right-wing megaphones must keep firing loud and hot.

Mass. Democratic Party Chair: We’re Ready For Next Race

November 16, 2012
Massachusetts Democractic Party Chairman John Walsh in his office at the state party headquarters on Summer Street in Boston. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

John Walsh says if the president appoints Sen. John Kerry to his Cabinet, Mass. Democrats are ready to “start knocking on doors next weekend.”

Unions, Other Groups Spend Big In Mass. Elections

November 15, 2012

The Massachusetts Teachers Association spent the most on independent expenditures this year at nearly $310,000.

Four Women, Four Votes: A Snapshot Of Election Day

November 14, 2012
From “any excuse to get out” to voting against “euthanasia” -- even among a like-minded bloc of elderly women, what drives people to the polls is almost always different and almost certainly surprising. (Charles Krupa/AP)

From “any excuse to get out” to voting against “euthanasia” — Margot Livesey discovers that even among a like-minded bloc of elderly women, what drives people to the polls is almost always different and almost certainly surprising.

Election 2016: Is Rick Santorum Next?

November 13, 2012
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

He’d like to be — but that doesn’t mean the Republican Party will give him the nod. Here’s an early look at his chances as well as some of the other likely contenders.

One Lie Too Many: The Downfall Of The Romney Campaign

November 12, 2012
Elieen Muirragui of Prince William County, Va., looks at the newspaper front pages posted outside the Newseum in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The majority of newspapers featured photos of President Barack Obama who successfully defeated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the presidential election. (Susan Walsh/AP)

It wasn’t the first post-factual presidential campaign, after all. The outcome of election 2012 confirmed that voters still know a lie when they hear one.

A Note To The GOP From Romney’s Predecessor: Wake Up

November 09, 2012
Former Mass. Gov. Jane Swift's message to the GOP, "It’s the demographics, stupid."  In this photo, Swift, left, speaks to Gov.-elect Mitt Romney in the governor's office during inaugural ceremonies at the Statehouse in Boston Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003. (Matt West/AP, pool)

If the Republican Party wants a future — particularly in Mass. — it needs to repair the rift it’s caused with youth voters, women and people of color.

What’s Next For Romney?

November 09, 2012

Scott Helman, a Boston Globe reporter and author of “The Real Romney,” joined WBUR to discuss what the future may hold for Mitt Romney.

Is There A New Spirit Of Compromise On Capitol Hill?

November 08, 2012

We speak with Rep. Michael Capuano about the future of the newly redistricted Massachusetts Congressional Delegation.

A Warning To Future Candidates: Wear Religious Blinders At Your Own Risk

November 08, 2012
Left, U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo. Right, U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, R-IN. (Charlie Riedel, Darron Cummings/AP)

Though we have a way to go before we elect a secular president, extreme religious values will now cost a candidate an election — even in America’s heartland.

Election 2012: Full Legislature Results

November 07, 2012

A full list of results for contested races for the Massachusetts House and Senate.

Random Thoughts On The Morning After

November 07, 2012
Voter Line

Massachusetts’ standing as a graveyard for presidential candidates remains intact, says WBUR’s analyst.

Commentary: A Sad Night For Mitt Romney

November 07, 2012
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Whether you liked him or not, agreed with him or not, it was a sad moment to watch Mitt Romney walk off the national political stage last night, probably for the last time.

Map: Mass. Town-By-Town Election Results

November 07, 2012

How’d your town vote? See here on our interactive map.

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