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Thursday notes

Hope everybody is enjoying this beautiful March weather.  While my feet dry off, I wanted to touch on a few items of note:

1)   We have a number of organizational meetings coming up in the next few days, including meetings tonight in Norwood, Springfield and Saugus.  To find a meeting in your town, keep an eye on our events page: http://www.stephenflynch.com/events

2)   Congressman Lynch will join Dan Rea in studio tonight on WBZ AM 1030 from 8-9 p.m.  Be sure to tune in.

3)   We added a new video of Congressman Lynch discussing education to the issues page. Watch it. There should also be a video on jobs up later today. (Update: the jobs video is up.)

4)   Yesterday, Congressman Lynch joined a number of his colleagues in signing on to the Grayson-Takano letter, pledging to “vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits -- including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.”  The letter mirrors a letter from the Congressional Progressive Caucus that Rep. Lynch had previously signed.  Several progressive websites trumpeted the Grayson-Takano letter yesterday as a huge step for a certain candidate for Senate, while conveniently omitting that Rep. Lynch had also signed.  I’m sure it was an honest mistake.

5)   During an interview this morning on Rock 102 in Springfield, Rep. Lynch was asked why his name was omitted from a letter last week calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  The phone line went dead before he could complete his answer, but as has been previously reported, Congressman Lynch has opposed DOMA during his time in Congress, and cosponsors a bill that would repeal it. The email request to sign onto the amicus brief was sent to an email account for a staffer who had left the office several years ago. Congressman Lynch never received the request, but fully supports the brief and it's goal of repealing DOMA. If he had known about the letter, he would have signed it. 

6)   Finally, I wanted to comment on the Herald poll.  Polls are fun. Some polls are better than others. The UMass Lowell Herald poll surveyed 600 registered voters.  From those 600, they pulled out a subset of 309 “potential Democratic voters.”  Potential voters and likely voters are not even close to the same thing, particularly in a special primary in April.  The WBUR poll of likely voters three weeks ago showed a 7 point race, and even the LCV/NARAL poll (commissioned by Markey supporters) released earlier this week had the spread at 14 points with 28% undecided.  I love the Herald, but a poll of all registered voters means very little in a special election like this. 

On the flip side, the poll certainly helped solidify the Herald’s credibility with liberal Democrats. 

-Conor

Posted 12:50PM on March 07 2013

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