(CNN) – Two high-profile governors had vastly different assessments Sunday of who was to blame for the massive cuts to defense spending that are slated to go into effect at the beginning of next year.
The so-called "fiscal cliff," which would force the Pentagon to cut $500 billion from its budgets over the next decade, came about after congressional negotiators failed to agree on a deficit-reduction plan last fall. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, blamed the potential cuts on the White House, while Gov. Deval Patrick, Democrat of Massachusetts, said Republicans in Congress were to blame.
(CNN) – – U.S. Rep. Barney Frank married his longtime partner Saturday evening, becoming the first member of Congress to marry someone of the same gender while in office.
Frank's office said the 16-term Massachusetts Democrat married Jim Ready, a small business owner and photographer from Maine at a Newton, Massachusetts ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
Washington (CNN) - New questions are being raised about Mitt Romney's last days as governor of Massachusetts and the way he handled records of his administration. Those same questions are following Romney on the campaign trail, raising concerns by some about how transparent he would be if elected president.
The office of Romney's successor, Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, sent CNN documents showing that Romney's administration spent nearly $100,000 in state funds to completely replace computers in his office, just before Patrick assumed the governorship in January of 2007. The documents are two lease agreements for the computers. The first one, from 2005, shows the state paid just over $107,000 for the computers. That agreement was supposed to last three years.
New York (CNN) - In an interview with CNN's "In the Arena" host Eliot Spitzer, Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick admitted racism may be playing into the birther movement.
Patrick, a close friend and political ally of the president, campaigned for him in 2008 and plans to appear with Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign.
(CNN) - Democratic incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick has won re-election in Massachusetts' gubernatorial race, CNN projects, beating out Republican Charlie Baker. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
(CNN) – A new poll in Massachusetts shows Democratic incumbent Deval Patrick is maintaining a narrow lead in the state's governor's race.
According to the new survey from Suffolk University, Patrick leads Republican businessman Charles Baker by 7 points, 46-39 percent. Independent candidate Tim Cahill, who is believed to be drawing support away from Baker, stands at 9 percent.
The poll, conducted between October 25-27, has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
(CNN) - Incumbent Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick received some help Saturday from the most powerful Democrat in the country: President Barack Obama.
"The reason I came today isn't just because Deval has been there for me as a friend, but because he continues to inspire me as a leader at a time when too many folks bow to the politics of the moment," Obama said at a campaign rally for Patrick in Boston. "He represents the politics of conscience and conviction in an age of too much cynicism."
Obama admitted that he's sometimes on his Blackberry backstage when he attends events for candidates, but "when Deval speaks, I listen."
Boston (CNN) - As President Obama was pumping up thousands at a rally for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, hecklers interrupted his remarks.
A press pool producer inside the Hynes Convention Center said the protesters held up a banner that read "Keep the Promise" as they chanted.
Another sign read "Fight Global Aids."
(CNN) - Nineteen days before the election Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts holds a seven point advantage over Republican challenger Charlie Baker according to a new poll
A Suffolk University/7 News survey released Thursday indicates that 46 percent of likely voters in Massachusetts support Patrick, with 39 percent backing Baker, one in ten supporting Tim Cahill, the state treasurer and former Democrat who's running as an independent, and four percent undecided.
"It's unseemly, to use a tactful term, to see so many people – so many people in office – sit on the sidelines and root for failure," Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Massachusetts, said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union. "I think most Americans, no matter what their political background or political party affiliation if they have one, want their president to succeed."
Obama "does not pretend to have all the answers" and has solicited policy ideas from Republicans, Patrick said.
"I think that the American people are going to hold accountable those who simply sit on the sidelines and root for failure," Patrick said. "We can't afford that anymore."
Patrick also said that, in his view, Obama has focused on the issues that matter to the public: health care, job creation, and the economic pain that has gripped the country since late 2008.