February 21st, 2010
11:07 AM ET
3 years ago

States at risk from Washington gridlock, governors say

Gov. Patrick, left, and Gov. Douglas, right, appeared on State of the Union Sunday and discussed the lack of bipartisanship in Washington.
Gov. Patrick, left, and Gov. Douglas, right, appeared on State of the Union Sunday and discussed the lack of bipartisanship in Washington.

Washington (CNN) – The partisan gridlock gripping Washington endangers already fragile state budgets nationwide, two governors said Sunday.

"We really need Washington to come together, to work on a bipartisan basis and get us out of this," Gov. Jim Douglas, R-Vermont, said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union.

The states are scrambling to fill big fiscal holes for fiscal year 2011, which for most starts on July 1, and face combined budget gaps of $134 billion over the next three years, according to a report released Saturday by the National Governors Association.

"States foresee fiscal year 2011 … to be the most difficult to date, and few see fiscal year 2012 much better," the report stated.

The outlook is made worse by a lack of certainty coming from Washington about how much financial support states can expect from the federal government.
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Filed under: Deval Patrick • Economy • Jim Douglas • State of the Union
September 24th, 2009
02:42 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Only 3 in 10 say re-elect Massachusetts governor

A new poll out Wednesday has bad news for Gov. Patrick.
A new poll out Wednesday has bad news for Gov. Patrick.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new poll suggests that that just three in 10 Massachusetts voters think Gov. Deval Patrick deserves to be re-elected next year, but dissatisfaction with Patrick as governor does not translate into support for a Republican replacement in next year's general election.

Twenty-nine percent of people questioned in a WHDH-TV/Suffolk University survey released Wednesday said Patrick should be re-elected to a second term in 2010, while 56 percent said it's time to elect someone else as Massachusetts governor. Fifteen percent are undecided.

The poll's release came one day before Patrick announced that Paul Kirk would serve as a temporary replacement for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

The survey indicated that Democrats are split over whether Patrick deserves to be re-elected. Three out of four Republicans and six out of 10 Independents say it's time to elect someone else.

According to the poll, 42 percent approved of how Patrick's handling his duties as governor, and 49 percent said they disapprove of how he's doing his job.

But a majority of those questioned, 54 percent, said Massachusetts would not be better off with a Republican as governor, while 35 percent disagreed. And the survey indicated that Patrick leads possible challengers in hypothetical election match ups.

The WHDH-TV/Suffolk University poll was conducted September 12-15, with 500 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Updated: 4:52 p.m.


Filed under: Deval Patrick • Massachusetts • Ted Kennedy
September 24th, 2009
08:31 AM ET
5 years ago

Sources: Patrick to pick Kirk as Kennedy replacement

Sources tell CNN longtime Kennedy friend Paul Kirk is the Kennedy family's choice for an interim replacement.
Sources tell CNN longtime Kennedy friend Paul Kirk is the Kennedy family's choice for an interim replacement.

(CNN) - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will announce an interim replacement Thursday for the U.S. Senate seat left open by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, and hours before the announcement, two Democratic sources, one of whom is close the Kennedy family, tell CNN that Patrick has picked Paul Kirk.

Wednesday two Kennedy family associates told CNN that Kirk, a longtime senior aide to the late Sen. Kennedy and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is the family's favorite to fill his vacant Senate seat – and that the late senator's sons have relayed this view to Patrick. One source said the late senator's widow, Vicki Kennedy, was among the family members supporting a Kirk appointment.

The announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET at the State House in Boston.

The appointment would give Democrats a crucial 60th vote in the Senate as the chamber weighs President Barack Obama's health care proposal.

The measure, which Wednesday afternoon passed the Massachusetts House and Senate,
would not go into effect for 90 days - a period that ends just a month before the scheduled special election for a permanent successor to complete the remainder of Kennedy's Senate term– unless two-thirds of the state House voted to bypass the delay and enact the measure immediately.

Democrats fell just short of that mark, with a final state House vote of 95-59. But Patrick also has the power to declare an emergency, which would allow the provision to go into effect right away.

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Filed under: Deval Patrick • Ted Kennedy
September 23rd, 2009
06:08 PM ET
5 years ago

MA lawmakers approve appointment bill - but new hurdle looms

(CNN) - Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to approve a measure that would give Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint an interim replacement for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy until a new election can be held - but it's still too soon for the bill's backers to claim victory.

The measure, which Wednesday afternoon passed the Massachusetts House and Senate, would not go into effect for 90 days - a period that ends just a month before the scheduled special election for a permanent successor to complete the remainder of Kennedy's Senate term - unless two-thirds of the state House voted to bypass the delay and enact the measure immediately.

Democrats have fallen just short of that mark, with a final state House vote of 95-59.

Patrick also has the power to declare an emergency, which would allow the provision to go into effect right away. An immediate appointment would give Democrats a crucial 60th vote in the U.S. Senate as the chamber weighs President Obama's health care proposal.

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Filed under: Deval Patrick • Ted Kennedy
September 9th, 2009
02:43 PM ET
5 years ago

Massachusetts governor faces challenge from a former Democrat

Deval Patrick will face a challenge from former Democrat
Deval Patrick will face a challenge from former Democrat

(CNN) – Beset by a sinking approval rating and an ongoing budget crisis, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is facing a gubernatorial challenge from a former member of his own party.

State Treasurer Timothy Cahill announced Wednesday he will formally challenge the one-term governor as an independent candidate next year, a move that could set up a civil-war of sorts in the state's Democratic Party.

"I do not enter this race to run against any individual or party," Cahill said in an official announcement speech in Boston. "Instead I run because I believe we need new leadership to make Massachusetts a vibrant place once again."

Patrick, a Harvard-educated lawyer and former member of the Clinton Justice Department, was elected overwhelmingly in 2006 but has since seen his poll numbers sputter after a series of controversies and the ongoing decline of his state's economy.

A Boston Globe survey earlier this summer put Patrick's approval rating at 35 percent, the lowest in his three-year tenure.

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Filed under: Deval Patrick
August 31st, 2009
03:30 PM ET
5 years ago

MA lawmakers set date for succession bill hearing

Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to announce the date of the special election to replace Ted Kennedy's seat.
Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to announce the date of the special election to replace Ted Kennedy's seat.

(CNN) - Two Massachusetts political sources say the Joint Elections Committee in the state legislature plans to hear a Senate succession
bill in just a week and a half.

The decision to consider the measure on September 9, just after lawmakers return from break, highlights the growing momentum to pass a change allowing the appointment of an interim senator to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat until a special election can be held to replace him.

Monday afternoon, Gov. Deval Patrick announced a new vote to fill the seat would take place on January 19.

One source close to the Kennedy family said former Rep. Joe Kennedy, whose name has been mentioned as a possible replacement for his uncle, is not eager for the job.

"Joe is reluctant," said the source. "The question is, does the pressure rise to a point where he feels he has to do it? Things here are too new to be able to answer that."

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Filed under: Deval Patrick • Massachusetts • Ted Kennedy
August 28th, 2009
10:59 AM ET
5 years ago

Dates proposed for Massachusetts special election

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will decide the date of the special election to fill the Senate seat.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will decide the date of the special election to fill the Senate seat.

(CNN) – The special election to fill Massachusetts' vacant Senate seat will be held on either January 19 or January 26, the Massachusetts secretary of state confirms.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will make the final decision on the exact date.

If a primary is needed that would be held either December 8 if the earlier general election date is chosen or December 15 if the latter one is chosen.

Massachusetts law currently states the special election has to be held between 145 and 160 days after a seat is vacated. Galvin gave his proposal to the governor's office Thursday.


Filed under: Deval Patrick • Massachusetts • Ted Kennedy
August 27th, 2009
09:11 AM ET
5 years ago

Patrick supports Kennedy's wish for interim senator

Patrick supports appointing an interim senator.
Patrick supports appointing an interim senator.

(CNN) – Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, told CNN Tuesday he supports the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's wish to appoint an interim senator to serve during the five months before a special election is slated to be held.

Calling the proposal "eminently reasonable," Patrick told CNN's Larry King. "Massachusetts needs two voices in the United States Senate, especially at a time of momentous change like this."

Under current Massachusetts law, a special election must be held 145 to 160 days - about five months - after a Senate seat becomes vacant. The winner of that election serves the remainder of a senator's unexpired term.

Last week, Kennedy - who died Tuesday at age 77 after serving nearly five decades in the Senate - urged that the law be changed to allow the governor to appoint a temporary replacement until the special election can be held.

Patrick also said he has no interest in running for the post itself.

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Filed under: Deval Patrick • Ted Kennedy
August 26th, 2009
02:48 PM ET
5 years ago

Patrick supports changing law to allow for interim senator

Gov. Deval Patrick is in favor of a state law that would allow him to appoint an interim replacement.
Gov. Deval Patrick is in favor of a state law that would allow him to appoint an interim replacement.

(CNN) - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he is in favor of a change in state law supported by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy that would allow him to appoint an interim replacement to fill the state's vacant Senate seat.

Under current Massachusetts law, a special election must be held 145 to 160 days after a Senate seat becomes vacant, with the winner serving the remainder of the former senator's unexpired term.

"I believe that the senator's request to permit the governor to appoint someone to serve for that five months until a special election was entirely reasonable," Patrick said in an interview with Boston radio station WBUR. "I think particularly now when you think about the momentous change legislation that is pending in the Congress today, Massachusetts needs two voices. "

Asked if he would push the state legislature to make that change, Patrick said he would, and that he would sign the bill into law.

Last week, Kennedy - who died Tuesday at age 77 after serving nearly five decades in the Senate - urged that the law be changed to allow the governor to appoint a temporary replacement until the special election can be held.


Filed under: Deval Patrick • Ted Kennedy
June 5th, 2009
07:39 PM ET
5 years ago

Report: Plouffe to helm Patrick re-election bid in Massachusetts

Patrick’s campaign will again be led by David Plouffe.
Patrick’s campaign will again be led by David Plouffe.

(CNN) - David Plouffe, who steered President Obama's 2008 White House bid, will serve as campaign manager for the re-election bid of presidential pal Deval Patrick, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

Plouffe and senior presidential advisor David Axelrod helped lead Patrick's first Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign to victory in 2006, using themes that proved remarkably similar to those used in Obama's presidential effort.

Patrick - whose poll numbers have taken a hit in the face of the state's budget problems - does not currently face any major challenger from either party.


Filed under: David Plouffe • Deval Patrick
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