Mass Decision 2010


WGBH presents Mass Decision 2010, an in-depth look at the upcoming state election in Massachusetts, the candidates vying for your votes, and the issues that matter most to those who live and work in the Commonwealth. WGBH will be covering the election from every angle during Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Takeaway, The Emily Rooney Show, The Callie Crossley Show, Greater Boston, and Basic Black. We want you to help shape the debate by adding your voice to the conversation below.
WGBH Debates
The Final Governor's Debate
Jill Stein, Tim Cahill, Charlie Baker and Gov. Deval Patrick meet for a gubernatorial debate hosted by the Boston Media Consortium Monday, Oct. 25 2010. (AP)
The gubernatorial candidates put forth their well-honed campaign messages one last time during a final televised debate.
>> Read: Debate live blog transcript
>> Look and listen: The second debate

Debate: Massachusetts 4th District
On Greater Boston
, Oct. 15, 2010
Rep. Barney Frank faced his upstart Republican challenger Sean Bielat in a debate on Greater Boston.
>> Watch: MA-4 debate on Greater Boston

The Treasurer's Race
Democrat Steve Grossman and Republican Karyn Polito faced off in a debate on Greater Boston.
>> Campaign snapshot: The treasurer's race
Critical Mass: Adam Reilly On Politics
Oct. 17, 2010
Cahill doesn't want to keep talking about Loscocco-gate. But until he can offer some clearer explanations, he won't have a choice. 
Oct. 14, 2010
Tim Cahill answers questions after a debate at WGBH in September. (WGBH)Emails released Wednesday by ex-aides to Tim Cahill suggest the independent candidate for governor may have misused his office as state treasurer to help his campaign. It's the latest twist in a series of events catalyzed by the defection of his running mate, Paul Loscocco.
AdWatch 2010
We're collecting the most talked-about campaign ads in the Bay State.
On the ballot
When heading the polls this November, you'll not just see a list of candidates on the ballot, but also three questions. Let us know where you stand on these ballot questions by taking part in our polls below.
Voting by the numbers
In the 2006 Massachusetts gubernatorial election, Deval Patrick won a majority of the vote in every one of the Commonwealth's 14 counties.
2,243,835 total votes were cast in the 2006 Massachusetts gubernatorial election.
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Election Results

Patrick Wins Second Term

Gov. Deval Patrick won a second term Tuesday night, beating back voter frustration over the economy and a resurgent Republican party.  

Keating Defeats Perry With Safe Margin
In the closely-watched 10th Congressional District race to replace retiring Congressman Bill Delahunt, Norfolk County District Attorney Bill Keating held off a strong showing by Republican Jeff Perry of Cape Cod Tuesday night in a contest that was expected to come down to the wire. 

Mass Decision 2010: The Results

See the full results of the 2010 statewide elections. Cahill Wraps Up Beleaguered Run For Office
Tim Cahill answers questions after a debate at WGBH on Sept. 21. (WGBH)State treasurer and independent candidate for governor Timothy Cahill came in a distant third in poll results on Tuesday's election night, getting just 8 percent of the vote.
Sounds Of Election Night

Memorable quotes captures from election night 2010
Election Night Coverage From WGBH
Record High Turnout Expected On Election Day
Massachusetts officials are expecting more voters to turn out on Tuesday's Election Day than in any other gubernatorial election in the past 20 years.

> Join WGBH for a live discussion as the returns come in, tonight, 8-11pm.
> Watch and listen to live coverage of election night 2010
Election Coverage From WGBH
At Home With The Candidates
Greater Boston's Jared Bowen spent time with all four candidates for Massachusetts governor. Catch up on Jared's series of at home interviews with Jill Stein, Charlie Baker, Deval Patrick and Tim Cahill.

Question 2 Puts Affordable Housing Funding On The Line
On Nov. 2, Massachusetts voters will consider Question 2, which would repeal a law designed to increase the supply of affordable housing in Massachusetts.

State Pension, Red Sox Plates At Issue In Treasurer's Race
Polito and Grossman.Democrat Steve Grossman and Republican Karyn Polito are taking aim at each other's fiscal policies -- and baseball preference -- as they close up their contest to be state Treasurer.
>> Campaign snapshot: The auditor's race

Obama, Patrick: Parallel Paths, Divergent Numbers

President Barack Obama and Gov. Deval Patrick have long been close friends and political allies. But a WGBH poll of the 10th Congressional District shows some voters view the two very differently.

>> In Boston, Obama rallies party faithful

WGBH Poll Shows Dead Heat In 10th District

The race for the 10th Congressional District is wide open, according to a poll released Monday by WGBH and the MassINC. Polling Group.

Loscocco: Cahill Coordinated With Patrick

The former running mate of independent gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill is accusing the Cahill campaign of coordinating with the Patrick campaign.
>> Cahill Suit Alleges Political Sabotage
>> Cahill LG Steps Down, Endorses Baker

Wife Of Rep. Tierney Pleads Guilty To Tax Charges

Patrice Tierney pled guilty to federal charges of helping her brother conceal income from an allegedly illegal business that generated millions of dollars. Her husband, Rep. John Tierney, is running for re-election to Congress in the 6th District.

For Perry, Tea Party Is Double-Edged

The GOP's nominee in the race for the 10th Congressional District, state Rep. Jeff Perry, has a dualistic relationship with the Tea Party. He doesn't want Sarah Palin to campaign for him -- but he's just been named a Republican Young Gun.

>> Tea Party Favorite Takes On 10th
>> In 10th District, Keating Takes Aim At Perry
>> Greater Boston tours the 10th Congressional District

WGBH Blog: Climatide
Election 2010: Voting On Climate Change

Issues of climate change and renewable energy dominated the first major gubernatorial debate -- and continue to crop up as election day nears.

WGBH Blog: Beat The Press
If A Candidate Can't Win, Should She Debate?

The media consortium (including WGBH) hosting the next televised gubernatorial debate is now allowing Green-Rainbow party candidate Jill Stein to participate.
The Governor's Race
Deval Patrick"We need a government that is what we are at our best. Smart, efficient, pragmatic, and compassionate."
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Charlie Baker"I’m the only one who’s serious about reforming state government, cutting spending and putting the taxpayers first..."
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Tim Cahill
"The Democrat has a problem with big government and the Republican has a problem with the Big Dig."
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Jill Stein
"Fairness is not only just, but is the only practical way to preserve essential services and to avoid a continuing series of budget crises."
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Cape Wind: First Gubernatorial Issues Debate
Cape WindOn Monday, August 16th the four Massachusetts Gubernatorial candidates took to the stage at Suffolk University. The debate centered around Cape WInd and what the state's role should be in promoting a green energy future.
The Emily Rooney Show: Gov. Deval Patrick
Deval PatrickAt a press conference the morning of August 11, Governor Deval Patrick blasted his opponents. He joined Emily from the campaign trail.
Greater Boston: Charlie Baker
Charlie Baker Running for Governor Controversies abound in the race from the economy to casino gambling to the Cape Wind project. As part of Greater Boston's Mass Decision 2010 series, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker joins Emily.
The Emily Rooney Show: Tim Cahill
Tim CahillIndependent candidate for governor Tim Cahill has been on the defensive – fighting back against a slew of campaign ads poking holes in his record. Ever since he left the Democratic Party last year, Cahill has faced a steep climb, lacking the political and financial muscle that a party infrastructure brings. Still, he’s been making headlines, like late last month when he accused Gov. Patrick of “playing politics with terrorism."

Attorney General's Race
Greater Boston: Martha Coakley
Attorney General of Massachusetts, Martha Coakley This spring, Attorney General Martha Coakley released a review of what is causing health care costs in Massachusetts to increase. After a year-long study, the AG found that greater medical tests did not account for higher costs and that price increases for services accounted for most of the spike.
Secretary of State's Race

In the coming weeks, WGBH will be checking in with the candidates for Secretary of State. William Francis Galvin, who has held the office since 1995, is being challenged this year by Republican  William Campbell and Independent Jim Henderson. The Secretary of State is responsible for the Election Division, the Security Division and many other important governmental groups such as the Historical Commission.

Treasurer's Race
Greater Boston: Steven Grossman
Steve GrossmanThe Newton businessman and former head of the Democratic National Committee announced his candidacy for state treasurer. What is his top priority in managing the state’s finances?
Greater Boston: Karyn Polito
Karyn PolitoShrewsbury’s Karyn Polito was first elected state representative in 2000. Now she’s attempting her first run at state-wide office as the Republican nominee for state treasure.
Auditor's Race
The Emily Rooney Show: Guy Glodis
GlodisEmily is joined by Worcester County sheriff Guy Glodis who also served 8 years in the statehouse – 2 as a state representative and 6 in the senate. At this month’s democratic state convention for state Auditor – Glodis narrowly lost the nomination to Suzanne bump – but he will appear on the ballot along with Mike Lake from Northeastern University.
Congressional Representative Races
Spotlight on the 10th Congressional District
Scituate signStretching from the Cape and Islands, up the South Shore, and all the way to Quincy, the Massachusetts 10th is the most populous—and the most conservative—of the state’s congressional districts. With longtime incumbent Bill Delahunt stepping down, the 10th is also the GOP’s best hope for another Scott Brown moment and a second Republican in the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation.
On the Trail with the Republicans
Radio reporter Sarah Birnbaum follows in the footsteps of the four Republican candidates during recent campaign events.
On the Trail with the Democrats
Radio reporter Sarah Birnbaum follows in the footsteps of the two Democratic candidates during recent campaign events.
10th Congressional District Radio Debate
Live radio debate on The Emily Rooney Show. All six major-party candidates join us in studio.
Post-debate Analysis
Kelly Bates, Executive Director of the Access Strategies Fund; and Marvin Venay, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Democratic Legislative Caucus join Callie for a post-debate discussion on The Callie Crossley Show.
Greater Boston tours the 10th
From Provincetown to Quincy Center—, see why the district has become November’s big prize.
Greater Boston: Michael Capuano
Rep. Michael CapuanoAfter publicly wavering, the Somerville Democrat voted for President Obama’s health care reform plan. The Congressman said he wanted to ensure the reform would be beneficial to Massachusetts.
Niki Tsongas on The Callie Crossley Show
Niki TsongasWith a handful of candidates running against her in the 5th Congressional District, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas faces a tough re-election in November. She joins us to talk about how she'll convince voters she's still the woman for the job.
The Callie Crossley Show: Keith Lepor
Keith LeporA Republican Candidate running for 9th Congressional District, Keith Lepor, aims to be the one to take incumbent Stephen Lynch's seat in November. Callie talks to him about how he distinguishes himself from the other republican in the race.
The Campaigns
The Emily Rooney Show: Who Deserves Credit/Blame For The Big Dig?
James AloisiThe big dig has become - at least temporarily - a flashpoint in the governor’s race. But some say misinformation is running rampant. Former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation James Aloisi joins Emily Rooney with his take.
The Emily Rooney Show: Jennifer Nassour and John Walsh
Nassour WalshOn the heels of press conferences by all three major-party gubanatorial candidates, Emily Rooney talks with the heads of the commonwealth's Republican and Democratic parties.