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AIM Congratulates Governor-Elect Baker

Posted by John Regan on Nov 5, 2014 8:54:57 AM

The 4,500 member employers of Associated Industries of Massachusetts congratulate Governor-Elect Charlie Baker for his victory in a substantive and hard-fought gubernatorial campaign. AIM looks forward to working with the new governor to expand jobs, economic opportunity and prosperity for the people of Massachusetts.

AIM will host Governor-Elect Baker as the featured speaker at its November 14 Executive Forum at the Waltham Westin Hotel. The event will include a presentation to Mr. Baker of The Blueprint for the Next Century, a long-term economic plan developed to mark AIM’s centennial in 2015.

AIM also commends Attorney General Martha Coakley both for a dignified campaign and distinguished public service career.

Topics: Charlie Baker, Election 2014, Martha Coakley

The Governor's Race - By the Numbers

Posted by Christopher Geehern on Sep 19, 2014 9:37:27 AM

Democrat Martha Coakley must win the female vote by at least 10 points and lose the independent vote by fewer than 22 points to become governor, while Republican Charlie Baker must win independents by more than 22 points and also attract 17 percent of Democrats, Suffolk University pollster David Paleologos said today.

paleologos.good.smallThe director of the university’s Political Research Center told the Associated Industries of Massachusetts Executive Forum that the race for Massachusetts governor will be affected by gender demographics, the performance of three third-party candidates, a rising population of independent voters, and widespread apathy among the electorate.

Paleologos based many of his observations on the nationally recognized polling that Suffolk did for the 2010 Coakley-Scott Brown Senate race and the subsequent 2012 race between Brown and Elizabeth Warren. With woman expected to make up 53 percent of those expected to vote in the 2014 gubernatorial election, Coakley must do better than the 5 percent gap she posted over Brown with female voters in 2010.

Meanwhile, registered independents have gone from 44 percent of the electorate in 1990 to 54 percent today, according to Paloeologos, while the percentage of registered Democrats has dropped from 43 percent to 35 percent during the same period. Brown beat both Coakley and Warren by double digits among independent voters.

“Martha coakley will win women on election day. The question is by how many and what will the difference be between what she wins women by and what she loses men by?” Paleologos told more than 250 business executes at the Forum.

He later added, “Charlie Baker will win independents on election day. The question is by how many?”

The growing prominence of independents may also allow third-party candidates Jeff McCormick, Evan Falchuck and Scott Lively to swing the balance of a close race for governor, Paleologos said. Third-party candidate drew 5.2 percent of the vote in the 2002 gubernatorial election, and that percentage rose to 9.5 percent by 2010.

The election is likely to be played out against a backdrop of low turnout, perhaps approaching 50 percent. The ballot question on casino gaming may drive some voters, Paleologos said, but he also noted that 53 percent of state senators and 61 percent of state representatives are running unopposed.

Topics: AIM Executive Forum, Election 2014

Independent Candidates for Massachusetts Governor Share Views

Posted by Christopher Geehern on Aug 22, 2014 9:37:00 AM

Two independent candidates for governor of Massachusetts, Evan Falchuk and Jeff McCormick, discussed their views recently as part of an ongoing series of In the News conversations with the candidates sponsored by AIM, Denterlein and NAIOP Massachusetts.

Falchuk is the former president of the health-care company Best Doctors. He is running as the candidate of the United Independent Party, which he founded with a mandate that "everyone is equal, everyone's civil rights must be protected and that the government must spend our money wisely."

McCormick founded Saturn Partners in 1993, financing and growing early stage companies that include Boston Duck Tours, Twin Rivers Technologies, and the e-marketing firm Constant Contact in Waltham. He maintains that government has a targeted role to play in nurturing innovation and solving problems -  from providing accountable leadership, to introducing new ideas, to stepping out of the way.

Here are excerpts of the conversations with former news anchor R.D. Sahl, senior advisor at Denterlein. AIM, Denterlein and NAIOP Massachusetts will post full interviews of all the candidates in September.

 

Topics: Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Election 2014

Berwick: Progressive Agenda Good for Business

Posted by Christopher Geehern on Jul 30, 2014 3:01:06 PM

Donald Berwick, a Democratic candidate for governor, discussed his views on economic growth, health-care cost control and casinos Monday during a forum sponsored by AIM, Denterlein and NAIOP Massachusetts.

The session was part of a series of conversations that the three organizations are hosting with the major gubernatorial candidates. Attorney General and Democratic candidate Martha Coakley spoke on May 5, Republican Charlie Baker appeared on May 12 and state Treasurer Steve Grossman on May 19.

Berwick, a prediatrician who formerly headed the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs, shared his views in an interview format with former news anchor and current Denterlein advisor R.D. Sahl.

Topics: Election 2014, Massachusetts Governor

Grossman Presents Himself as 'Progressive Job Creator'

Posted by Christopher Geehern on May 19, 2014 2:43:00 PM

Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman, a Democratic candidate for governor, discussed his views on economic growth, education and renewable energy this morning during a forum sponsored by AIM, Denterlein and NAIOP Massachusetts.

It was the final in a series of conversations that the three organizations are hosting with the major gubernatorial candidates. Attorney General and Democratic candidate Martha Coakley spoke on  May 5 and Republican Charlie Bakker appeared on May 12.

Grossman shared his views in an interview format with former news anchor and current Denterlein advisor R.D. Sahl.

Topics: Election 2014, Governor of Massachusetts, Steve Grossman

Baker Says Economic Inequality Key Challenge for State

Posted by Christopher Geehern on May 12, 2014 2:23:00 PM

Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker discussed economic inequality, health-care cost transparency, the minimum wage, and other issues this morning during a forum sponsored by AIM, Denterlein and NAIOP Massachusetts.

It was the second a series of conversations that the three organizations are hosting with the major gubernatorial candidates. Attorney General and Democratic candidate Martha Coakley spoke on  May 5 and fellow Democrat Treasurer Steve Grosman will appear on May 19.

Baker shared his views in an interview format with former news anchor and current Denterlein advisor R.D. Sahl.

The objective is to allow employers to review each candidate's positions on important issues. The video below includes brief segments of Baker's comments, but AIM plans eventually to put the full interview with each candidate on its web site.

AIM member employers are welcome to attend next week's session at the UMass Club, though seating is limited. Please make your reservations by contacting Nicole Iannucci at niannucci@denterlein.com or by calling 617-482-0042.

 

Topics: Charlie Baker, Election 2014, Governor of Massachusetts

Coakley Discusses Issues at AIM/Denterlein/NAIOP Forum

Posted by Christopher Geehern on May 5, 2014 3:21:00 PM

Attorney General and Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley outlined her opinions about health-care cost control, economic development and other issues this morning during a forum sponsored by AIM, Denterlein and NAIOP Massachusetts.

It was the first of a series of conversations that the three organizations are hosting with the major gubernatorial candidates. Coakley shared her views in an interview format with former news anchor and current Denterlein advisor R.D. Sahl.

The objective is to allow employers to review each candidate's positions on important issues. The video below includes brief segments of Coakley's comments, but AIM plans eventually to put the full interview with each candidate on its web site.

Republican candidate Charlie Baker will appear next Monday, May 12, at 7:30 a.m. at the UMass Club in Boston. Demcratic candidate and current State Treasurer Steven Grossman willl speak on Monday, May 19 in the same location.

AIM member employers are welcome to attend the two remaining sessions, though seating is limited. Please make your reservations by contacting Nicole Iannucci at niannucci@denterlein.com or by calling 617-482-0042.

Topics: Election 2014, Governor of Massachusetts, Martha Coakley

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