Tag Archives: Ted Kennedy

TONIGHT: Massachusetts Democrats Rally To Thank Late Senator Ted Kennedy

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Massachusetts Democratic Party has invited supporters to gather at 8 tonight at the historic Boston Common to say, “Thank you, Teddy and celebrate today’s Supreme Court ruling!” “Teddy,” of course, refers to the late Edward Kennedy, a longtime Democratic Massachusetts senator who called providing health care for all, the nation’s great “unfinished business.” “Today, ...

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The Day Ted Kennedy Died…

In the Breitbart obituary post, commenter LACA reminds of the above.

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Photo Of The Day – Kennedy Grave Note

Upon the approval of the health care reform bill, Rep. Patrick Kennedy left the following note on his father’s grave: “Dad, the unfinished business is done.” Excuse me, I have something in my eyes….

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Martha Coakley Wins Primary In Special Election To Replace Ted Kennedy

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has won the Democratic primary to replace Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate. The victory came at a critical time for President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party, which is counting on maintaining its 60-seat majority in the 100-member Senate as the body wrestles with legislation for a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system. Coakley, 56, ...

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Kennedy Aide Picked As Replacement

Paul Kirk, a longtime aide to Ted Kennedy, has been chosen by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to be Kennedy’s interim replacement in the U.S. Senate. Kirk was a longtime senior aide to Kennedy and served as chairman of the national Democratic Party in the late 1980s. Patrick is to announce his selection for the Senate seat at 11 a.m. at ...

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Without Ted, What Now For DADT?

What will happen to the overturn of DADT, now that its lead Senate sponsor is gone? “Sen. Kennedy is the lead sponsor of the bill; obviously with his illness, those issues , any number of issues that he was the leader of are complicated by his absence,” David Scott, vice president of the Human Rights Campaign, which lobbies for gay ...

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Mass AG (And DOMA Opponent) Martha Coakley To File For Kennedy’s Seat

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who in July filed a federal challenge to DOMA, is the first candidate to request paperwork for the special January election to replace the late Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate. Ms. Coakley, 56, who has not officially announced her candidacy, is required to gather 10,000 valid signatures by Oct. 20 to participate in the ...

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Who Will Replace Ted?

Sen. Orrin Hatch thinks it should be his wife.

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“TeddyCare For All”

As Sen. Ted Kennedy was being memorialized in Massachusetts yesterday, about 1000 New Yorkers rallied in his name in Times Square for health care reform. Will Kennedy’s death help move the battle forward? (Via – Gothamist)

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Photo Of The Day

The Clintons, the Dubyas, the Obamas, the Bidens, and the Carters sat together at today’s memorial for Sen. Ted Kennedy. The elder Bushes elected not to attend, which seems odd.

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Obama’s Eulogy For Sen. Ted Kennedy

President Obama delivered a moving tribute to Sen. Ted Kennedy at Kennedy’s memorial in Massachusetts today.

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Ted Kennedy: LGBT Activists React

I’ve reached out to noted LGBT leaders and activists, requesting their reactions to the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. Below are some of the responses so far, presented in no particular order. Please return to this post later in the day as more messages come in. John Aravosis, activist and AmericaBlog founder: “I pretty much came out, politically, thanks to ...

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Kennedy At 2008 DNC Convention

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Sen. Ted Kennedy Dead At 77

Ted Kennedy, friend and hero to LGBT folks, people with HIV/AIDS, minorities, the disabled, liberals, and progressives over his decades in the U.S. Senate, succumbed to brain cancer late Tuesday night at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. This is a tremendous loss for the nation, losing what many Americans, including myself, consider to have been the greatest elected official ...

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Ted Kennedy Wants His Replacement Chosen Quickly

Sen. Ted Kennedy is worried that he will die or be too ill to vote on health care fall this fall and has asked the Massachusetts legislature to speed up the process for replacing him. Kennedy’s request comes in the midst of the heated national debate over health care, which has been the senior senator’s focus in Congress for decades. ...

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34 Senate Co-Sponsors Of Hate Crimes Act

A whopping 34 U.S. Senators have already signed on as co-sponsors of Ted Kennedy’s hate crimes bill. This bodes very well. Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI], Sen Bayh, Evan [IN], Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM], Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA], Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH], Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA], Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD], Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA], Sen Collins, Susan ...

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Hate Crimes Bill Passes U.S. House!

After hours of contentious debate during which GOP members of the House parroted numerous lies funneled to them by the American Family Association, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HR 1913) passed by a vote of 249-175. Democrats opposing: 17. Republicans in favor: 18. Yesterday Sen. Ted Kennedy introduced a Senate version of the bill. President Obama has ...

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Caroline Kennedy Withdraws From Clinton Seat Consideration

UPDATE: Although this is the top story on the NYT site at this writing, other news outlets are saying Kennedy may still be a candidate. Citing health concerns for her uncle Sen. Ted Kennedy, who collapsed yesterday during the inauguration, Caroline Kennedy is withdrawing her bid for Hillary Clinton’s seat. On Wednesday she called Gov. David A. Paterson, who will ...

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Sen. Ted Kennedy Suffers Seizure At Inauguration Luncheon

Sen. Ted Kennedy suffered an apparent seizure at an inauguration luncheon. He was taken away by ambulance and was conscious when being carried out of the venue. More as it becomes known. Kennedy was treated for a brain tumor last year.

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Ted Kennedy Speaks At The DNC

The greatest Senator of our lifetime did not disappoint. “Barack Obama will close the book on the old politics of race and gender and group against group and straight against gay.” Hey, we got a shoutout! From the Wall Street Journal: In a surprise, emotional appearance before adoring Democratic delegates, an ailing Sen. Edward Kennedy invoked the memory of his ...

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