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October 24, 2014
State Senator Dan Wolf to host the event

A rally for Democratic candidates will be held on Friday, October 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Zion Union Heritage Museum, 276 North Street in Hyannis. The event is hosted by State Senator Dan Wolf.

Slated speakers include incumbent Barnstable 2nd District State Representative Brian Mannal (D-Centerville), Barnstable Assembly Delegate incumbent Pat Princi (D-Barnstable), County Commissioner Candidate Mark Forest (D-Yarmouth) and Cape & Islands District Attorney candidate Rick Barry (D-Cotuit).

October 24, 2014
State Senator Dan Wolf to host the event

A rally for Democratic candidates will be held on Friday, October 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Zion Union Heritage Museum, 276 North Street in Hyannis. The event is hosted by State Senator Dan Wolf.

Slated speakers include incumbent Barnstable 2nd District State Representative Brian Mannal (D-Centerville), Barnstable Assembly Delegate incumbent Pat Princi (D-Barnstable), County Commissioner Candidate Mark Forest (D-Yarmouth) and Cape & Islands District Attorney candidate Rick Barry (D-Cotuit).

October 23, 2014
1st Barnstable, 2nd Barnstable and County Commissioner candidates square off at town hall

Candidates in three highly contested races will square off at Candidates Night at the Yarmouth Town Hall on Thursday, October 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All Yarmouth citizens are invited to attend this forum sponsored by the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee.

State representative candidates for the 1st Barnstable District, Timothy R. Whelan (R-Brewster) and Elisa Zawadzkas (D-Dennis) will debate. The two are running to replace longtime State Representative Cleon Turner who is retiring from the post.

October 23, 2014
1st Barnstable, 2nd Barnstable and County Commissioner candidates square off at town hall

Candidates in three highly contested races will square off at Candidates Night at the Yarmouth Town Hall on Thursday, October 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All Yarmouth citizens are invited to attend this forum sponsored by the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee.

State representative candidates for the 1st Barnstable District, Timothy R. Whelan (R-Brewster) and Elisa Zawadzkas (D-Dennis) will debate. The two are running to replace longtime State Representative Cleon Turner who is retiring from the post.

October 22, 2014
O'Keefe, Cummings, McDonald & Cruz back Republican State Senate candidate

Tuesday the Plymouth and Barnstable County sheriffs and district attorneys met at Buzzards Bay Park to officially back Representative Vinny deMacedo, the Plymouth and Barnstable District State Senate candidate.

Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth), who currently represents the Plymouth 1st District, is looking to take over the State Senate seat left vacant by the retiring Therese Murray.

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October 22, 2014
O'Keefe, Cummings, McDonald & Cruz back Republican State Senate candidate

Tuesday the Plymouth and Barnstable County sheriffs and district attorneys met at Buzzards Bay Park to officially back Representative Vinny deMacedo, the Plymouth and Barnstable District State Senate candidate.

Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth), who currently represents the Plymouth 1st District, is looking to take over the State Senate seat left vacant by the retiring Therese Murray.

October 21, 2014
US Government students to run congressional debate

Congressional candidates for the 9th District will square off at Monomoy Regional High School on Oak Street in Harwich on Wednesday, October 29 at 12:45 p.m. According to a release from the school, the debate between incumbent Congressman Bill Keating (D-Bourne) and his opponent John Chapman (R-Chatham) will be run by US Government students.

Students will serve as moderators, panelists and timers during the afternoon debate. 

The debate will be watched by Monomoy Regional High School seniors and juniors. The public is also invited to attend. 

October 21, 2014
US Government students to run congressional debate

Congressional candidates for the 9th District will square off at Monomoy Regional High School on Oak Street in Harwich on Wednesday, October 29 at 12:45 p.m. According to a release from the school, the debate between incumbent Congressman Bill Keating (D-Bourne) and his opponent John Chapman (R-Chatham) will be run by US Government students.

Students will serve as moderators, panelists and timers during the afternoon debate. 

The debate will be watched by Monomoy Regional High School seniors and juniors. The public is also invited to attend. 

October 21, 2014
DA, State Senate and County Commissioner candidates to debate

The League of Women Voters of Falmouth will host a candidates night on Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Morse Pond School, 323, Jones Road in Falmouth. Prior to the debate, candidates will greet attendees beginning at 7 p.m.

Candidate for three seats will participate in the debate. Plymouth and Barnstable State Senate candidates Matt Patrick (D-Falmouth), Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) and Heather Mullins (L) will debate. The three are all running for the seat left vacant by retiring State Senator Therese Murray.

October 21, 2014
DA, State Senate and County Commissioner candidates to debate

The League of Women Voters of Falmouth will host a candidates night on Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Morse Pond School, 323, Jones Road in Falmouth. Prior to the debate, candidates will greet attendees beginning at 7 p.m.

Candidate for three seats will participate in the debate. Plymouth and Barnstable State Senate candidates Matt Patrick (D-Falmouth), Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) and Heather Mullins (L) will debate. The three are all running for the seat left vacant by retiring State Senator Therese Murray.

October 20, 2014
Dem Keating hopes to hold off Republican Chapman of Chatham

A rally-reception will be held for Congressman Bill Keating on Tuesday, October 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Flying Bridge Restaurant, 220 Scranton Ave. in Falmouth. The fundraiser is hosted by Mary Pat Flynn, Megan English Braga, Thelma Goldstein, Steve Angelo, Bill Grant, Paul Houlihan and Bob Isadore.

Individual tickets are $35, $75 and $125 and include hors d'oeurves and cash bar. 

RSVP online at www.billkeating.org/falmouth.

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October 20, 2014
Dem Keating hopes to hold off Republican Chapman of Chatham

A rally-reception will be held for Congressman Bill Keating on Tuesday, October 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Flying Bridge Restaurant, 220 Scranton Ave. in Falmouth. The fundraiser is hosted by Mary Pat Flynn, Megan English Braga, Thelma Goldstein, Steve Angelo, Bill Grant, Paul Houlihan and Bob Isadore.

Individual tickets are $35, $75 and $125 and include hors d'oeurves and cash bar. 

RSVP online at www.billkeating.org/falmouth.

October 19, 2014
Nickerson: "Chaprales has the perfect blend of professional experience and local perspective"

Adam Chaprales, candidate for Second Barnstable District State Representative has garnered another nod from the court camp. Barnstable County Clerk of Courts Scott Nickerson announced his endorsement of Chaprales this week.

"Adam Chaprales has the perfect blend of professional experience and local perspective to make him a great State Representative, and I am pleased to endorse his candidacy," said Nickerson.

October 19, 2014
Nickerson: "Chaprales has the perfect blend of professional experience and local perspective"

Adam Chaprales, candidate for Second Barnstable District State Representative has garnered another nod from the court camp. Barnstable County Clerk of Courts Scott Nickerson announced his endorsement of Chaprales this week.

"Adam Chaprales has the perfect blend of professional experience and local perspective to make him a great State Representative, and I am pleased to endorse his candidacy," said Nickerson.

October 18, 2014
A little over 400 hours until the polls open - Tax revenues lagging, will casinos help? - "Alternatives to incarceration"? Romney trumps Clinton

WEEKLY ROUNDUP - Won't you please vote

Recap and analysis of the week in state government

Elections continue to dominate, but Ebola concerns are creeping up

Whether you like to count down by weeks, days or hours, the window for a game-changing moment or an "October surprise" is rapidly closing for candidates across Massachusetts.

October 18, 2014
New law allowing liquor stores to open earlier on Sunday, at 10 a.m., takes effect next week - Two more weeks of political ads

WEEK OF OCT. 19, 2014

October 18, 2014
New law allowing liquor stores to open earlier on Sunday, at 10 a.m., takes effect next week - Two more weeks of political ads

WEEK OF OCT. 19, 2014

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October 17, 2014
Governor will make appearances in Sandwich and Yarmouth on Oct. 19

Cape Cod Democrats are preparing for a visit from Governor Deval Patrick on Sunday, October 19. The governor will be visiting campaign headquarters in Sandwich and Yarmouth.

October 17, 2014
Governor will make appearances in Sandwich and Yarmouth on Oct. 19

Cape Cod Democrats are preparing for a visit from Governor Deval Patrick on Sunday, October 19. The governor will be visiting campaign headquarters in Sandwich and Yarmouth.

October 15, 2014
1988: Chappaquiddick re-examined

1988: Chappaquiddick re-examined

On this day in 1988, Jo Thomas reviewed Leo Damore's coverage of the Chappaquiddick incident for the New York Times. Her review began:

Under Dike Bridge

October 15, 2014
Head to your town clerk's office to register for the Nov. 4 election

If you haven't registered to vote yet for next month's election, you must do so today. Wednesday, October 15, 2014 is the deadline for voter registration in Massachusetts.

If you do not register today, you will not be able to vote in the election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

To register, you must be a United State citizen, a resident of Massachusetts and 18-years-old on or before election day (November 4).

Register in person at the town clerk's office in your town:

October 15, 2014
Head to your town clerk's office to register for the Nov. 4 election

If you haven't registered to vote yet for next month's election, you must do so today. Wednesday, October 15, 2014 is the deadline for voter registration in Massachusetts.

If you do not register today, you will not be able to vote in the election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

To register, you must be a United State citizen, a resident of Massachusetts and 18-years-old on or before election day (November 4).

Register in person at the town clerk's office in your town:

October 14, 2014
Had actor Gary Coleman hired those Cranberry PR folks, he'd been elected governor of California instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger

2003: Could Cranberries help elect Gary Coleman governor?

This week in 2003 the Christian Science Monitor was advising politicians to eat more cranberries if they wanted to win in November.

Below is the start of that cautionary tale:

Cranberries kick the can

The fall fruit no longer appears only as jellied sauce in a can. It now stars in soups, cereals, and maybe elections.

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October 14, 2014
County commissioner and assembly candidates on the environment

The Voting Energy 2014 Candidate Forum will be held on Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at the Brewster Meeting House, 1969 Main Street/Route 6A in Brewster.