Rick Kelleher is a big, white-haired, crisply presented man who looks very much the way you’d expect a Boston Irish power broker to look. If you found yourself sitting next to him on a plane, you might notice how he kept the conversation flowing naturally and emphasized his points with the physicality of a great salesman, dramatically raising his eyebrows and cocking his head. On this morning, Kelleher is seated at a back table in the lobby restaurant of the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel, where the server knows exactly how he likes his house-smoked salmon. He carries himself as if he owns the place, and, in a way, he does. Related Links New England’s smallest colleges are struggling Former Mount Ida students sue, accusing college leaders of fraud The college debt crisis is even worse than you think Sitting across the table is a man who is also in his late 60s but who cuts a very different figure. Kumble Subbaswamy — unassuming, of slight build, with … [Read more...] about ‘ZooMass’ no more. Is turning UMass Amherst into an elite university needed?
Most Americans support Democratic candidates in the House, but Republicans are catching up according to the Quinnipiac University Poll. In a national survey released on Tuesday, Quinnipiac found that almost half of Americans support the Democratic candidate for the House in their local district, lower than the results of a poll taken in September. Oct. Democratic candidate: 49 percent. Oct. Republican candidate: 42 percent. Oct. Don’t know or other: 8 percent. Sept. Democratic candidate: 52 percent. Sept. Republican candidate: 38 percent. Sept. Don’t know or other: 10 percent. The poll also found that most voters would prefer Democrats in charge of the Senate, and that most disapprove of President Donald Trump’s job performance. Democrats in charge: 50 percent. Republicans in charge: 43 percent. Don’t know or other: 7 percent. Approve of Trump: 53 percent. Disapprove of Trump: 41 percent. Don’t know or other: 6 percent. "The numbers suggest the big … [Read more...] about Quinnipiac: GOP Moving Closer to Dems on Generic House Ballot
Forty-eight percent of Americans, when asked whom they most believe, chose Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, while 41 percent picked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released on Monday. However, 49 percent say Kavanaugh “is the target of a politically motivated smear campaign” over the sexual misconduct allegations, while 45 percent say he is not. The survey also showed that 48 percent are against the Senate confirming Kavanaugh, while 42 percent back him. This shows a rise in those opposing his confirmation since the last poll, when 42 percent opposed and 41 percent wanted him on the Supreme Court. Other results from the poll indicate: Independents, who supported Kavanaugh 45 percent to 39 percent in the last survey on September 10, now oppose his confirmation 49 percent to 39 percent. Women oppose confirmation 55 percent to 37 percent, while men support it 49 percent to 40 percent. Among whites, 51 percent want him … [Read more...] about Quinnipiac: 48 Percent Believe Ford; 41 Percent Kavanaugh
With less than six months to go until Floridians go to the polls to elect the state’s next governor, the latest Quinnipiac University poll gives Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum a nearly double digit lead over his opponent, former Rep. Ron DeSantis. Gillum, who is seeking to become the first black governor in the state’s history as well as the first Democrat elected to the office in two decades, got 54 percent of the support in the poll released Wednesday – up from 50 percent three weeks ago – while the GOP nominee, who pulled in upset win in the primary thanks to the support of President Donald Trump, got 45 percent. The results came after a NBC News / Marist poll released Tuesday showing Gillum, as well as longtime Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, having a slight lead in both their races that remained within the margin of error. Gillum’s support in the latest poll came mostly from women (59 percent to 39), independents (56 percent to 40) and minority … [Read more...] about Latest Quinnipiac Poll has Andrew Gillum With Nearly Double Digit Lead in Race for Florida Governor
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds a nearly 10-point lead over his challenger, Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke according to the latest Quinnipiac University Poll released Tuesday. The vast majority, 93 percent, of the likely voters surveyed said they have made up their minds about the upcoming midterm election. Despite his success in raising his profile, O’Rourke still trails the incumbent by 9 percent. Cruz: 54 percent. O’Rourke: 45 percent. "The Texas U.S. Senate race between Sen. Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O'Rourke, and Democratic hopes for an upset win there, have boosted talk of a Senate takeover. These numbers may calm that talk," Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director Peter A. Brown said in a statement. "Congressman O'Rourke may be drawing big crowds and media attention, but Texas likely voters like Sen. Cruz better." Voters were firmly split on partisan lines. Most O’Rourke voters ranked healthcare as their most important issue, followed by … [Read more...] about Quinnipiac: Cruz Leads O’Rourke by 9 Points