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postheadericon AP News: Mass. Governor hopefuls quickly spending campaign cash

The top candidates for Massachusetts governor are draining their campaign accounts in the final drive to Election Day, even as the Republican Governor’s Association dumps another $1.5 million into the race. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Massachusetts: Ballot question would dump alcohol sales tax

By Bob Salsberg, Associated Press Writer

Package store owners and liquor distributors are pushing for Question 1 to pass on the Nov. 2 state ballot, repealing the 6.25 percent sales tax on alcohol.

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postheadericon AP News: Massachusetts governor hopefuls to meet with faith leaders

BOSTON (AP) – The four candidates for Massachusetts governor are scheduled to meet with religious leaders from across greater Boston to discuss religious tolerance and the concerns of working families.

The event is being held Sunday evening at Temple Israel of Boston in the Longwood section of the city. The forum is sponsored by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.

Organizers say they want to press the four candidates – Republican Charles Baker, Democratic incumbent Deval Patrick, independent Timothy Cahill and Green-Rainbow candidate Jill Stein – on everything from respect for all religious faith to exorbitant interest rates charged by banks.

The faith leaders also say they’ll ask the candidates for their plans to improve urban schools, including those in minority communities.

postheadericon Poll: Many Obama 2008 supporters defecting to GOP

By LIZ SIDOTI, AP National Political Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama’s winning coalition from 2008 has crumbled and his core backers are dispirited. It’s now Republicans who stand to benefit from an electorate that’s again craving change.

Nearly two years after putting Obama in the White House, one-quarter of those who voted for the Democrat are  defecting to the GOP or considering voting against the party in power this fall.

An Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll released two weeks before Obama’s first midterm elections found that just half of them say they definitely will show up Nov. 2.

In a reflection of broad dissatisfaction with politics, just as many people who backed Republican presidential nominee John McCain are either supporting Democrats now or still considering how to vote. McCain voters are far more motivated to vote, however.

postheadericon AP News: Grossman, Polito vie for Mass. treasurer office

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press Writer

BOSTON (AP) – The race for state treasurer is pitting a five-term Republican state lawmaker against the former head of the state and national Democratic parties.

Both say they’re political outsiders.

Republican Karyn Polito says she’s spent her years on Beacon Hill holding Democrats accountable.

Democrat Steve Grossman portrays himself as a local businessman.

Grossman has faulted Polito for saying she’ll vote for a ballot question lowering the state sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 3 percent, then urge lawmakers to increase it to 5 percent.

Polito said the initiative is the only way to force lawmakers to cut the tax.

Polito recently tried to single-handedly block fellow lawmakers from passing a $400 million spending bill during an informal session. Polito said the bill needed to be debated.

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