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Chief Justice Robert Mulligan in 2008

Tensions between the Judiciary and the Legislature have simmered for years over the legislators use of the courts as a source of patronage jobs for the politically connected. This year’s budget process may have finally set off a battle between the Judiciary and the Legislature which will play out during the election season.

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Martha Coakley

One of the interesting numbers in the recent Suffolk University poll, that is not much talked about, is Coakley’s surprisingly high unfavorability numbers.

Q7. Is your opinion of Martha Coakley generally favorable or generally unfavorable?
Never heard …………………….. 1%
Favorable ………………………. 40%
Unfavorable ……………………. 52%
Heard of/Undecided …………… 6%

This is a pretty bad number for someone who was within a few percentage points of winning a senatorship. One thing that is especially bad for Coakley is that just 1% of the respondents had never heard of Coakley. Not surprising after the massive amount of campaign advertising in her recent Senate race. It’s difficult for politicians to improve unfavorability numbers – and especially hard for a prosecutor – unless they get a big case that is out in  front of the public. Read the rest of this entry »

RSS Massachusetts Election 2010

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