Correction: Election 2020-Bill Weld story
BOSTON (AP) — In a story April 15 about former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, The Associated Press reported erroneously that former Sen. Jesse Helms represented South Carolina. He represented...
Baker in no hurry to back ‘mentor’ Weld’s presidential bid
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has described himself as a big fan of former Gov. William Weld, while making no secret that he isn't much of a fan of President Donald Trump.
Baker: Weld a ‘mentor,’ but too soon to back his 2020 bid
BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker isn't ready to throw his support behind the likely presidential bid of his predecessor and one-time boss.
2020 Dems hit early voting states; Weld explores GOP bid
Several Democratic presidential candidates are spending the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, while a Republican has announced he's creating an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 run.
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California are visiting early voting states on Friday that will be critical to securing the Democratic nomination next year.
Ex-Gov. Weld likely not the last primary challenge to Trump
BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, little-known on the national stage but well-respected among veterans in the GOP establishment, announced an exploratory committee for president on Friday, becoming the first Republican to move toward a serious primary challenge against President Donald Trump.
Former Gov. Weld could discuss possible White House run
BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld is expected to discuss his status as a possible candidate for president this week.
On Friday, Weld will be the featured speaker at a "Politics & Eggs" event in Bedford, New Hampshire.
Weld has indicated he may discuss his potential political plans during the Friday morning visit.
Ex-Gov. Weld back in the GOP as he mulls Trump challenge
BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld has changed his party registration from Libertarian back to Republican as he mulls a possible primary challenge against President Donald Trump.
Weld served as a Republican governor from 1991 until 1997. He later became a Libertarian and ran for vice president on a ticket with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson in the 2016 election.
Former US House speaker to promote legalizing marijuana
CINCINNATI (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he has had a change of heart on marijuana and will promote its nationwide legalization as a way to help veterans and the nation's deadly opioid crisis.
The U.S. marijuana industry has a new spokesman: John Boehner.
The Republican former Speaker of the House has joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a company that cultivates, processes and dispenses cannabis in 11 U.S. states. Boehner's endorsement, after saying nine years ago he was "unalterably opposed" to legalization, could be considered a watershed event: Marijuana has gone mainstream.
Former governor William Weld sues to change election system
BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's winner-take-all system for presidential elections.
MassLive.com reports the lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Boston as part of a nationwide effort to change how the United States chooses its president.
Similar lawsuits have been filed in California, Texas and South Carolina.
By Colin A. Young
State House News Service
BOSTON -- Days after new data reported that anti-Semitic hate crimes have increased in New England by about one third over last year, a state task force created in the 1990s to combat hate crimes will be revived Monday.
Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to sign an executive order re-establishing the Governor's Task Force on Hate Crimes and then swear in its members with Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett on Monday afternoon.
Gov. Charlie Baker re-establishes hate crimes task force
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has re-established a task force charged with advising him on the best ways to deter and prevent hate crimes in Massachusetts and support victims.
The Republican governor said Monday that his administration "is committed to making Massachusetts a safe and welcoming place with zero-tolerance for hate or violence."
Baker nominates chief justice for state appeals court
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated associate appeals court justice Mark Green to serve as the chief justice of the state's second-highest court.
If confirmed by the Governor's Council, Green would replace Scott Kafker, the former chief justice of the appeals court who was elevated by Baker to the Supreme Judicial Court earlier this year.
GOP Gov. Baker again battles his own party on health care
BOSTON (AP) — Charlie Baker's relationship with GOP leaders in Washington just keeps getting stickier.
Republican attempts to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law have become something of a recurring nightmare for the Republican Massachusetts governor, who pushed back against earlier efforts, all of which failed.
GOP governor, Democratic lawmakers tout bipartisanship
BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic legislative leaders meet regularly and often boast of their bipartisan cooperation even when they disagree significantly over policy.
On Sunday, the so-called "big three" on Beacon Hill — the governor, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg — will share tips about working together across party lines during a meeting of lawmakers from around the country.
BOSTON (AP) — With Beacon Hill's focus zeroing in on the economy and taxes, Gov. Charlie Baker should be in his element.
During the 2014 election, Baker pitched himself as a careful steward of the state's purse strings — a fiscally cautious, socially moderate New England Republican out of the mold of his onetime boss, former Gov. William Weld.
LAUGHLIN — If the lines indicated the importance of this election to many residents, then the significance went out the door. By the afternoon, the lines at Laughlin Library were out the door and around the corner as many waited their turn to exercise their right to vote.
Results were not available at press time. The Times will report as results become available.
- The SunBill Weld Challenging Trump for GOP NominationApril 17, 2019
- The SunWeld is Running for PresidentApril 16, 2019
- Today's News-HeraldNY Daily News: Well, well, Weld: Finally, a Republican challenger to TrumpFebruary 19, 2019
- The SunBaker Sketches Broad Agenda in Second Inaugural AddressJanuary 3, 2019
- The SunBaker Sketches Broad Agenda in Second Inaugural AddressJanuary 3, 2019
Weld planning election eve rally in Boston’s Faneuil Hall
BOSTON (AP) — Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate William Weld is planning an election eve rally in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall.
Monday's event is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
The former Republican Massachusetts governor has stumped with Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, but in recent weeks has also turned his attention to defeating Donald Trump.
If the presidential election were held today, Hillary Clinton would win in a walk, at least in Brownsville, according to the city’s school children.
In a mock election conducted by Kids Voting USA for the Brownsville Independent School District and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Clinton and her Democratic running mate Tim Kaine garnered 68 percent of the vote compared to 17 percent for the GOP ticket of Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a three-percentage-point lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton on the eve of early voting in Texas, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Libertarian VP candidate Weld urges voters to reject Trump
BOSTON (AP) — Libertarian vice presidential candidate William Weld is urging voters torn between major-party presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to reject Trump.
Weld offered a blistering critique of Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, saying that while he has demonstrated charisma and panache he also has shown an inability to handle criticism, conjured up enemies and stirred up envy, resentment and group hatred, demonstrating "the worst of American politics."
Libertarian Party’s William Weld to hold town hall in Bangor
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Libertarian Party's vice presidential candidate William Weld is coming to Bangor to hold a town hall meeting with residents.
Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts, will appear at Spectacular Events Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday night. He is running with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson on the Libertarian ticket this year.
Johnson and Weld also made a campaign appearance in Maine in late August. The two made stops in Portland and Lewiston.
Libertarian VP candidate Weld to focus on defeating Trump
BOSTON (AP) — Libertarian vice presidential candidate William Weld says he plans to focus exclusively on denying Republican Donald Trump the presidency with the hope of helping rebuild the GOP after November.
The former Republican governor of Massachusetts told The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/2dZGumS ) Tuesday he still supports Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, but his top priority is defeating Trump. Weld has called Trump a "huckster."
Brain freeze? Gary Johnson can’t name favorite world leader
WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it a brain freeze or another "Aleppo moment," but Gary Johnson has stumbled again in his quixotic presidential campaign.
The third-party candidate, in a television appearance Wednesday, was unable to produce the name of a single foreign leader he respected. Prodded to come up with something, he finally settled on a former president of Mexico — but couldn't recall his name.
Editorials from around Ohio
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 9
Given that a majority of Americans dislike the two major-party candidates for president, the Commission on Presidential Debates should open up the first presidential debate to one or more third-party candidates.
E-book from libertarian Gary Johnson coming Sept. 27
NEW YORK (AP) — A new campaign book is coming out at the end of September, from Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
Libertarian Johnson and running mate seek support in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, are campaigning in Maine.
Johnson aims to gain enough traction to appear in the presidential debates alongside Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton this fall.
The pair are looking for support from voters who're unhappy with the major party candidates.
Libertarian presidential ticket pledges balanced budget, entitlement reform
SALT LAKE CITY — Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson and running mate William Weld have a vision of what their first 100 days in office would look like: A wide highway cutting down the middle of partisan politics on its way to a balanced budget and entitlement reform.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is set to hold a rally in the state that launched his political career.
The former New Mexico governor is scheduled Thursday to hold a rally at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a similar campaign event at the same location in May. That rally turned violent and caused thousands of dollars of damage.
BOSTON (AP) — Libertarian vice presidential nominee William Weld says he's seen interest and fundraising pick up as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign has struggled recently.
Weld said he's spoken with a handful of Republican members of Congress who are considering reassessing their endorsements for the fall election.
"The ice is cracking a little bit," he said Monday.
Weld is running with Libertarian Party presidential nominee and...
Who is Gary Johnson? Some frustrated Utah voters looking at Libertarian candidate
SALT LAKE CITY — Zach and Kayla Bloxham didn't expect to see the presidential candidate they plan to vote for in November grabbing lunch in the City Creek Center food court Saturday.
But there was Libertarian Gary Johnson, digging into a plate of the Red Iguana's fish tacos, chatting with his running mate, William Weld, and campaign staff about the sudden interest in their third-party bid for the White House. ...
If Mitt Romney endorsed Gary Johnson, Utah could very well become a swing state
Other view: Gary Johnson, Libertarian, makes his pitch for the presidency
The following editorial appeared in Wednesday’s Chicago Tribune.
Last summer, when Donald Trump visited with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board at the start of his campaign, we had no idea — nada, none, zippo — we were hosting the future Republican nominee for president. It’s been a surprising political cycle, to say the least.
With that in mind, the board met Tuesday with the Libertarian Party candidate for president, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson,...
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts delegates to the Republican National Convention are navigating choppy political waters as they trek to Cleveland to select Donald Trump as the GOP's presidential nominee.
Their party's figurehead back home — Gov. Charlie Baker — is not only skipping the convention, he's the only Republican governor in the country to publicly reject even voting for Trump.
Mitt Romney — the state's previous Republican governor and the party's 2012...
Copyright ? 2016 Albuquerque Journal
SANTA FE ? Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson's recent appearance on comedian Samantha Bee's "Full Frontal" show was Johnson at his wide-eyed quirkiest: mugging for the camera, giving Bee an impromptu buss on the cheek as they navigated a climbing wall, describing some Libertarian convention-goers as "just bat(expletive) crazy."
"I am a round peg in a square hole when it comes to the perception of what you're...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Libertarian Party of Maine says it officially has enough signatures to become an official political party and have its presidential and vice presidential candidates appear on the November ballot.
Party chairman Chris Lyons, of Brunswick, said that on Tuesday afternoon, a deputy secretary of state informed him that the party has "comfortably exceeded" the 487 signatures it needed to gather since late May to reach a 5,000-signature...