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I figured you all could use some good Saturday night music and news, especially you Carole King fans out there:

http://www.masslive.com/...

As Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey ramps up his campaign against Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez ahead of the June 25 election, he's enlisting the aid of some big names including his would-be colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, singer Carole King and even first lady Michelle Obama.

Markey, who has served in Congress since 1976, has a big day on Monday starting off with Warren helping him at a phone bank in Framingham from noon to 2 p.m. Later in the evening, Markey will arrive at a fundraiser hosted by U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., and headlined by the Grammy-award winning King.

The two-hour concert is slated to take place at The Beehive on Tremont Street in Boston starting at 6 p.m. Monday.

For a $100 contribution to Markey's campaign, guests can have standing-room access to the King concert. $1,000 will buy you a chair and a $2,600 gift to Markey will land you in the "priority seating" section, according to an invitation to the event.

Co-hosts for the high-profile event include big names in Boston's political fundraising scene, including Shanti Fry, who worked to help Warren raise a record amount of campaign cash in 2012.

And on Wednesday, May 29, Markey will get a special boost from the first lady as Mrs. Obama is scheduled to stump for the Senate hopeful in an event at the Taj Boston, a luxury hotel on Arlington Street. - The Republican, 5/10/13

Polls show Markey (D) with the lead over Gomez (R) but the lead varies in each poll:

http://www.wbur.org/...

A new WBUR poll shows U.S. Rep. Edward Markey leading former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez 41 to 35 percent in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race.

Markey’s six-point edge expands to an eight-point margin — 46 to 38 percent — when undecided voters leaning toward one candidate or the other are included.

“Either way you look at it — with leaners or without leaners — you’ve got a race within single digits coming out of the primary,” says Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC Polling Group, which conducted the survey for WBUR. “You’ve got a competitive race.”

The WBUR poll is in line with a Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Friday that showed a tight race — 44 to 40 percent for Markey, a Democrat. But it differs sharply from a Suffolk University/WHDH-TV poll, released Wednesday night, that gives Markey a 52 to 35 percent lead.

Whatever the spread, the WBUR poll suggests plenty of room for movement before Election Day on June 25.

Nearly one in four voters are still undecided. And political newcomer Gomez, if far better known than he was just weeks ago, remains undefined for much of the public.

While 37 percent of poll respondents have a favorable view of Gomez and 16 percent have an unfavorable view, nearly half have no opinion of the candidate or haven’t heard of him.

“People are starting to get a sense of who he is; he’s not wholly undefined,” Koczela says. “But he still has a ways to go in defining himself. And that really cuts both ways, because he’ll be trying to define himself and the Markey campaign will be trying to define him.” - 90.9 WBUR, 5/8/13

The election is Tuesday, June 25th.  If you would like to donate or get involved with Markey's campaign, you can do so here:
http://www.edmarkey.com/

Originally posted to pdc on Sat May 11, 2013 at 07:57 PM PDT.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Thank you (4+ / 0-)
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    Bugsby, SoCaliana, Remediator, pademocrat

    Big Carole King fan and I even grew up and still live in the same neighborhood that she did here in Brooklyn NY.  

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Sat May 11, 2013 at 08:26:51 PM PDT

  •  Great report, excellent pics. (3+ / 0-)
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    SoCaliana, fenway49, pademocrat

    We were in Boston a week ago and loved seeing all the Markey signs. Lots of signs of the Warren campaign still around too -- bumper stickers, placards in apartment windows, etc. Bean Town seems almost as enthusiastic about politics as it does about sports. Almost :0)

    I was a peripheral visionary. I could see the future, but only way off to the side. ~ Steven Wright

    by Bugsby on Sat May 11, 2013 at 08:51:38 PM PDT

    •  Definitely true (0+ / 0-)

      I've lived in some other places and there always have been more stickers, signs, etc. here than elsewhere. Compared to NYC I find it much easier to get involved. In the last three years I've met at events, or randomly seen on the street, most major political figures in eastern Massachusetts.

      But, please, please, don't call it Beantown. Nobody here does that.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:38:54 AM PDT

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  •  I sure hope... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Markey raises some money and gets his campaign in high gear before It's Too Late.

    Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

    by RamblinDave on Sat May 11, 2013 at 09:20:08 PM PDT

    •  I'm sorry, (3+ / 0-)
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      fenway49, Remediator, pademocrat

      what part of Big Fundraiser/Carole King/Michelle Obama did you miss?

      I grow tired of Low-Information Handwringers.

      • Markey is ahead in the polls.
      • His opponent Gabriel Gomez is mainly getting coverage for his tax scam and his Swift-Boat-style attacks on the President last year, plus his lame excuses and half-assed denials and obfuscations.
      • Markey gets covered for his statements on issues and major endorsements.
      • Markey is, as this Diary explains, raising significant money and holding major campaign events.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Sun May 12, 2013 at 05:51:05 AM PDT

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      •  Read my comment again (1+ / 0-)
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        fenway49

        It's a joke, which clearly went WAY over your head. Note the unorthodox capitalization. If you still don't get it, then you're the one with a low-information problem when it comes to great music.

        Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

        by RamblinDave on Sun May 12, 2013 at 05:18:06 PM PDT

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        •  I missed it too (0+ / 0-)

          And I mentioned the song in another comment on this very thread. Very good, but subtle.

          Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

          by fenway49 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:31:49 AM PDT

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    •  Too late? (3+ / 0-)
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      Remediator, True North, pademocrat

      The campaign is in high gear. I saw Markey speak outside a diner yesterday and he attracted over 100 people, most of whom went out to knock on doors afterward. We've got people organizing things in every precinct. We are engaged and busy. The Lynch people, all those unions, are coming fully on board. I can say from personal experience, this is nothing like the Coakley operation.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:41:27 AM PDT

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  •  So, that's why Carole's in town (1+ / 0-)
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    fenway49

    She was signing books at a store in Cambridge yesterday.

    The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

    by raboof on Sun May 12, 2013 at 05:54:51 AM PDT

  •  Oh, the irony (4+ / 0-)

    Yesterday my wife and I knocked on doors for Markey, then went to an event at a diner in Newton Centre where Joe Kennedy showed up to endorse Ed. After that we got in the car, turned on the radio, and heard "It's Too Late," and my wife was talking about how much she likes Carole King.

    We like her even more now. Go Markey!

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:21:33 AM PDT

  •  I just personally feel that (0+ / 0-)

    there's something horribly wrong with somebody who doesn't like blue Democrats and wonderful songwriters.

    If you happen onto an event where they're together, you've definitely hit the jackpot.  

    Carole King is a great treasure.

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