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Poll: Most Important U.S. Senate Race Issue?

Democratic frontrunner Elizabeth Warren is expected to challenge Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown.

In less than three weeks Massachusetts voters will vote in the March 6 Super Tuesday primary, and, while much focus is deservedly upon the upcoming presidential race, we decided to take a look ahead to the Sept. 6 Democratic senate primary.

Democrats will have three choices for someone to challenge Republican Senator Scott Brown: frontrunner and Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren, immigration lawyer Marisa DeFranco, and corporate lawyer James Coyne King.

Each of the candidates list what they believe are the most important issues in this race on their campaign websites: Scott Brown on the issues; Elizabeth Warren on the issues; Marisa DeFranco on the issues; James Coyne King on the issues. But we want to know what you think is the most important issue.

Please share your ideas by taking this poll and by commenting in the comment section below.

CB February 18, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Judy, I'm simply saying Harvard is 1 part educational institution and 1 part Hollywood sensationalism. There is nothing magical about the place. Its a mistake to assume you are automatically a success because you attend or that it's always the best move to accept an offer if you also get into the University of Vermont or UNH. I see their product everyday and I've yet to be wowed. Now, I would feign ignorance while simultaneously trying to send the message that I'm smarter than everyone, but Diana already does that so well. Geez, I'll make sure to triple check my use of coined phrases and punctuation. I fear her wrath and public ridicule, heh :)
Tim February 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM
First, Scott Brown received a lot of money from Texas and other states in the special election. I know personally of people in Texas who sent him money just because they don't like the influence that Massachusetts has in national politics. Having Republicans in the Senate benefits the national Republican agenda (which obviously benefits interests in oil and other interests in Texas). Secondly, Scott Brown is a lawyer, educated at Tufts and Boston College. To suggest that he is not part of the "elite" that conservatives love to bash is odd. It's a bit like suggesting Mitt Romney, who is worth $250 million, is "just a regular guy." Yeah, right, and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you!
Cheryl Buono February 18, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Diana, My company's healthcare policy covers IVF for lesbian couples. How does fertilizing a woman that otherwise could not get pregnant by her sexual orientation partnership, help control healthcare costs? In general insurance is intended to cover catastrophes, accidents and other unplanned or unanticipated events. Healthcare insurance has become more of a service plan. Costs can’t be controlled under this model as people demand more and the government imposes more on the healthcare and insurance industries.
Enrique February 18, 2012 at 03:15 PM
As a working man I couldn't even afford to pay Warrens real estate taxes on her home in Cambridge, nevermind the mortage. She could care less about the working family and you people know this but keep voting for people who hurt America.
Anne Justice February 18, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Enrique, How many poor politicians do you know in either party? Are you saying that her wealth has to do with how much she cares about working families? Could you afford to pay Scott Brown'sreal estate taxes or mortgage?
Enrique February 18, 2012 at 05:51 PM
You can support Warren all you want. I dont like her or what she stands for. Have you read about what she did to protect the insurance companies at the expense of people who were hurt?
Anne Justice February 18, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Enrique, Three questions were asked.Why didn't you answer any? I did not say who I supported.Why wouldn't you just answer the questions? Maybe I support Brown but I wonder what you mean by your statements reguarding someones wealth.
Enrique February 18, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Who do you think you are talking to? I'm not one of your kids so mind your tone
Anne Justice February 18, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Huh??? Seriously, that's your response. Thank you for such a mature answer. Bless your heart.:)
Jan Paulsen February 18, 2012 at 10:47 PM
As for the so-called Conscience Exemption: I would support it if the organizations that claim it would be willing to forego accepting Federal funds. As long as they are getting money from the government, they need to conform to the same laws as do the others who get this money. The question here is: how much is their "conscience" worth? and the other question is: how deep are their religious convictions?
Charles Towne February 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM
JP, you hit on Obama's plan. Force the private religious hospitals out of business. The rest will fall in line and then you'll get rationed healthcare along with death panels. The ironic thing is then your only option will be to pray to get better.
Guido Sarducci February 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
So Willard Romney, Dubya, and Bielat all went to Harvard, how come that's NEVER mentioned or held against them? It's only democrats who attended Harvard are ''elite''? Warren didn't attend Harvard she teaches there. It's unbelievable that going to Harvard is somehow something a democrat should be ashamed of , it's mind blowing how having a great education is something the right considers unAmerican.
Guido Sarducci February 19, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Marcy, El Globo absolutely CRUSHES the Herald in daily and Sunday circulation. So your question should actually be ''Does anybody read the Herald anymore?'' The Globe endorses dems. and the Herald endorses republicans, you just finding this out ? How many puff pieces has the Herald run on Brown? C'mon man, The Herald is a joke, it takes 5 minutes to read, when was the last time the Herald endorsed ANy Democrat? PULEEZE !
Judy Bode February 19, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I rather liked the Sunday Globe cartoon Humor so often hit's the mark Cy Bode
Diana February 19, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Oooh, the Globe likes Warren, the Herald likes Brown. In other breaking news, water remains wet, Generalissimo Franco still dead. Also, while I believe that it's not smart to vote for a boy whose mother marinated him in vodka for nine months, it's not nice to make fun of him either.
Diana February 19, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Cheryl, your insurance presumably covers IVF for heterosexual couples as well, do you object to that? Laura, apologies for calling you "Linda" the other day, not sure how I missed that.
Diana February 19, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Why would I feign ignorance when I have actual ignorance? There's no shame in not knowing everything, and when I have a question I ask. I have a process, you see. Have question > Seek information > Learn stuff > Form (and occasionally even change) opinion. It's not rocket surgery. ;) Of course, the "law" thing was clearly snark, but scare quotes are the cheapest of rhetorical tools and are worthy of nothing but snark. The easiest way to avoid ridicule by not being ridiculous.
Diana February 19, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I'd like to amend my previous list to include "death panels."
Guido Sarducci February 19, 2012 at 07:54 PM
The Herald is doing so good that it gets printed by the Globe. They moved all their production to a non UNION sweatshop in Chicopee. The Herald will be gone long before the Globe. But I hope not because we need 2 newspapers. And what will all you wingnuts ''read''? I think Cowie Harr wrote a column on ''hacks'' today , democratic hacks of coarse, because we all know that there are NO republican hacks ?
Diana February 19, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Dan, she's an actual professor. Do you just not understand the proper use of quotation marks?
Charles Towne February 19, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Jeremy Lin went to Harvard.
Charles Towne February 19, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Jeremy Lin went to Harvard.
Diana February 19, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Of course he would, he went to Yale. :) Kudos on the correct use of quotation marks, though.
DannyBoy February 19, 2012 at 08:55 PM
You got a point, Guido. Somehow, these people get a pass from the right for attending Harvard, because they are GOP. The hypocrisy is just mind-boggling. And we should not hold a person's background in higher education against them.
peter lucci February 19, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Aw shucks that's too bad, you were so "entertaining"!!!
Guido Sarducci February 19, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Cowie Harr, ''SPOT ON'' ?? When has he EVER criticized ANY republican for ANYTHING ?? Cowie is the King of hacks, gets free food everyday, free lipo. for his gimme girl wife too, and free hair plugs. He was pretty quiet about the ''nation wide search'' for the ''job'' given to Jeff Perry ? Why ? Oh yeah, Perry is a Republican, and we all know Republican corruption doesn't exist.
CB February 20, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Generally speaking, responses that just contain invective but are void of content, ideas, facts or logic are not valuable. Rarely, they can be perceived as witty or inventive, but usually they leave the opposite impression. Snarkiness is also a little Axis II. If you try, I'm sure you can figure out how to get your point across without being snarky.
Diana February 20, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I generally agree, but if you really feel that way, I'm a little curious as to why you'd pick my posts in particular to object to when this thread is strewn with exactly what you describe. I believe the inability to appreciate humor is also an Axis II indicator, fyi. I will, of course, give your diagnosis the consideration it merits.
CB February 20, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Good point. I may have totally misinterpreted your messages. I did appreciate the humor (actually kinda funny). Just dont want people to be afraid to post because their comments might be dissected for sentence structure and grammar when they just want to contribute. Aren't we all a little Axis II? :)
Diana February 20, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Heh. No worries. Also yes, given how broad Axis II is. :) That said, although I admit to being a language nazi, I wasn't picking on Dan's grammar or sentence structure. I was picking on him for not only using a cheap rhetorical stunt, but using it incorrectly. Repeatedly. Until it made me twitch. I'm all for everyone posting and a lively discussion, but I refuse to pretend that all opinions or all methods of expressing them are equally deserving of respect. That would be like, well.. like intellectual communism. ;)

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