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Manic Monday Markup 11/4/13…

The State of Things:

Read our endorsement for Mayor of Holyoke and our endorsement for the Springfield City Council!  AND DON’T FORGET TO VOTE TOMORROW!!!

…And the World:

We begin today in Egypt, where former President Mohamed Morsi declared he is still the nation’s rightful ruler.  Amid protests, his trials is delayed to next year.

Latest details from The Guardian and The New York Times on the News of the World trials.

After getting up in arms about the United States intelligence regime spying on nations like Brazil, South America’s largest country admits to spying on foreign countries, including the US.  Meanwhile, the editor of the German periodical Der Spiegel talks to NPR about Germans’ efforts to guard privacy.

Also from The Guardian, the British government’s reaction to the Snowden leaks is hurting freedom according to a new report.

The Feds:

So much today, where to begin?  The United States Senate defeated a filibuster of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act or ENDA, which would protect LGBT workers from being fired due to their orientation.  House Speaker John Boehner says no, a move that could only damage the GOP further, especially as Greg Sargent notes lots of GOPers used to support it.  President Obama blogged in favor of the legislation over the weekend at HuffPo. Meanwhile, Cong. Mike Michaud, a Maine Democrat running for governor comes out as gay.  NPR has some thoughts.

The Capital Times, a liberal partner publications to Madison, Wisc.’s main daily has some insight into the Democratic nomination for governor.  Long story short, Dems may actually have the perfect nominee to do battle with Republican Scott Walker, but some want a primary anyway.

A dispatch from a community in New York State about the hopes and dreams a casino is to bring.

Lots of elections throughout the nation and New England in particular tomorrow.  The Stamford Advocate says their hometown’s mayoral election is the city’s most expensive to date.

The last gasps of the nation’s only gubernatorial elections this year in New Jersey and Virginia, in particular where Ken Cuccinelli’s long slog to seeming defeat approaches.  Meanwhile in Rhode Island, Republican Allan Fung, Cranston’s mayor launches his bid for governor as does Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat Charlie Crist in Florida.

The State of Things (cont’d)

Bad news for Martha Coakley about how her federal campaign account has been handled since her Senate defeat in 2010.  Dutifully, the GOP is calling for an investigation.  The Massachusetts Republican party is not organized well enough to dig this up, so it may be coming from with the Democratic primary field.  Well, it could be the GOP, but would they be silly enough to leak it before Coakley as the nominee?  Probably…

The final stretch in Boston approaches.  The New York Times has a decent piece by Kit Seelye on the outside forces in the race and makes some good observations about Connolly getting caught flatfooted.  David Bernstein has some final thoughts about could make tomorrow’s election in Boston.  Joe Battenfield at The Herald makes a 2010 Coakley comparison to at-large Councilor John Connolly’s bid for mayor.  The Boston Globe looks at the canvassers hitting the streets for candidates.  WBUR boils the race down to four factors and considers their styles.  Also closing messages from Connolly and Rep. Martin Walsh.

The Boston Globe profiles the District 8 race, which was part of our Millennials A-Massing feature focused on Boston.  We’ve also got Part II up now, with a focus on young pols in Holyoke and Springfield.

The Fourth Estatements:

The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz gets some attention today with two items.  The First is an article about Mark Thompson’s work at The New York Times, where he is the CEO, and the remaking of that paper for a digital era.

The second is news that the Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart, one of the site’s noted liberal voices, but also the editor of the blog Open Zion will become a senior columnist at Haaretz come January.  Open Zion will fold at the end of the year.  His work will also appear in the Atlantic and National Journal, a great addition to both stateside publications.

City Slickers:

The Republican finally got around to writing a story about the Springfield municipal election.  It was actually pretty good.  It would have been better if it were only one of many in-depth profiles of the race.

A Springfield Parking garage was partially closed due to the condition of the Interstate 91 viaduct.  State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey was in Springfield to assess the condition of the highway as well as other infrastructure in the area.

A panel of federal judges seemed to suggest that Springfield’s foreclosure ordinance may be better suited for the state Supreme Judicial Court as the issue appears to touch the relationship between the municipality and the commonwealth more than federal constitutional issues.

Twitter Chatter:

Tomorrow is Election Day and tomorrow’s elections could not be more important whether in Springfield, Holyoke or Boston.  Today we go super simple for the tweet prize, because voting is that important.  Today we award the tweet prize to Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office.  Because these are largely municipal elections, rules can vary across the commonwealth.  With a helpful tweet, the office links voters to polling place hours.  The Elections Division site is very user friendly and can direct you to where your polling place is and, what your ward is, which can be critical in races in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield and Westfield.  PLEASE VOTE TOMORROW!