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Mar 16, 2012

Independent reshapes race to replace Snowe in Maine

By Ros Krasny

(Reuters) – A decision by big-name Democrats to pass up Maine’s U.S. Senate race and the candidacy of a prominent independent have shaken up a contest that once looked like a potential Democratic pickup after the retirement of moderate Republican Olympia Snowe.

Snowe’s decision in February not to seek re-election set off a scramble among potential candidates and complicated the Republican effort to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats in November’s elections.

Mar 14, 2012

Thousands still without power after Boston blaze

BOSTON, March 14 (Reuters) – Thousands remained
without power in Boston on Wednesday morning after a transformer
fire caused a massive blackout on Tuesday night, forcing
tourists and Bostonians to flee onto eerily darkened streets
beneath thick black smoke.

The three-alarm fire in Boston’s congested Back
Bay neighborhood cut power to hundreds of residences, businesses
and hotels, disrupted public transport and briefly prompted
authorities to urge residents to stay indoors because of fears
of toxic fumes.

Mar 12, 2012

Mobster Bulger’s girlfriend Greig to plead guilty

BOSTON (Reuters) – Catherine Greig, the girlfriend of reputed Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, will change her plea to guilty in charges relating to their 16 years on the run, according to documents released Monday by authorities.

Greig will plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, conspiracy to commit identity fraud, and identity fraud.

Mar 12, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Elizabeth Warren recalls Girl Scouts armed with sharp knives

Monday is the 100th birthday of the Girl Scouts of the USA, an organization that has made it their mission to help young girls develop their full potential. So what better way to mark the occasion for Elizabeth Warren, candidate for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts, than a fund-raising solicitation?

Democrat Warren, who is in a close race with Republican Scott Brown, reminisced in a note to supporters about the days when her daughter and some-time collaborator Amelia Warren Tyagi was a Brownie and Warren was a troop leader.

Mar 9, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Romney goes after the South Pacific vote

If Republican Mitt Romney is playing his “away game” in the southern United States this weekend, his son Matt is playing the “really, really away” game as he looks to prop up his dad’s support in the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, which hold their caucuses on Saturday. Romney is truly leaving no delegate unturned in his quest for the magic 1,144 needed to clinch his party’s nomination.

Matt (the second oldest Romney son, said to be known within family circles as “the smart one”) attended a lunch on Friday with the Northern Marianas Republican leadership on the island of Saipan, and on Saturday will hold a meet-and-greet and address caucus-goers at the Sheraton Hotel in Tamuning, Guam.

Mar 9, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Newt’s home field advantage was among the weakest


Newt Gingrich faces some do-or-die primary contests in Dixie, his supposed home turf, over the next few days. Alabama and Mississippi hold their respective Republican primaries on Tuesday with Gingrich, the former U.S. House Speaker, and former Senator Rick Santorum expected to compete for, and potentially split, the conservative/evangelical vote.

Gingrich, though, didn’t do that well on his actual home turf – Georgia – during the Super Tuesday contests. Sure, the former history and geography professor at the University of West Georgia and 20-year representative of the state’s 6th Congressional district won 47.2 percent of the Republican vote in the Peachtree State. But according to political scientist Eric Ostermeier, that was one of the worst home-state primary performances by a Republican in decades.

Mar 9, 2012

Blue-collar voters elude presidential hopeful Romney

BOSTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is finding it tough to connect with lower-income voters in his own party, a record that bodes poorly for success in a potential general election contest with President Barack Obama.

A stream of memorable gaffes on the topic of wealth – Romney is one of the richest men ever to seek the presidency – has cast the former venture capital executive as out of touch with the concerns of working Americans.

Mar 7, 2012

Women, working and single, rescue Romney in Ohio primary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney has single women, working women, and arguably, Rush Limbaugh, to thank for his narrow win in the Ohio presidential primary, but that won’t defuse the Republican Party’s “woman problem” in November’s general election.

Exit polling for Tuesday’s Republican contest in Ohio, a national bellwether state, suggest that the rise of abortion and contraception as election issues, and a week of controversy surrounding right-wing talk show host Limbaugh, affected the election.

Mar 5, 2012

Romney builds momentum with easy Washington win

BELLEVUE, Washington (Reuters) – Mitt Romney breezed to an easy victory in the Washington state Republican presidential caucuses on Saturday, earning another momentum boost heading into next week’s crucial “Super Tuesday” contests in 10 states.

With about 80 percent of precincts reporting in the non-binding straw poll, Romney had 36 percent support. Most of the precincts still to report were in pro-Romney King County, which includes the greater Seattle area.

Mar 4, 2012

Romney wins Washington state Republican caucus

BELLEVUE, Washington (Reuters) – Mitt Romney breezed to an easy victory in the Washington state Republican presidential caucuses on Saturday, U.S. media projected, as he gained another momentum boost heading into next week’s crucial “Super Tuesday” contests in 10 states.

With about 58 percent of votes counted in the non-binding straw poll, Romney had 36 percent support, followed by U.S. Representative Ron Paul at 25 percent, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum at 24 percent and former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich at 11 percent.

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      "Ros Krasny is Boston Bureau Chief, leading coverage of the New England scene. She was previously a regional Federal Reserve correspondent based in Chicago, and spent many years writing about agricultural commodity markets with Bridge News and Knight-Ridder Financial news."
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