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Rep. Edward Markey announced Thursday that he would seek a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Democrat takes double-digit lead in Mass. Senate race

06/22/13 02:39PM

Democratic Rep. Ed Markey is in prime positioning to sweep the Massachusetts Senate race if his double-digit lead in the polls holds for Tuesday's special election. The latest UMass Lowell-Boston Herald poll from Thursday found Markey up a full 20 points to his opponent, Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez. The poll showed Markey leading with 56% of support from Bay State voters, compared to 36% support for Gomez. Yet another poll out from Emerson College Friday found Markey outpacing Gomez 51% to 41% read more

In this Sept. 26, 2012 picture, Domestic worker Alicia Wotherspoon carries Stella Widmann as she begins her day of work at the Widmann home in San Diego. Older daughter Luna Widmann looks on at right.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Labor protections still elude home care workers

06/22/13 12:35PM

Most people take labor protections like the 40-hour work week, overtime, and the minimum wage for granted. Since Franklin Delano Roosevelt enacted them 75 years ago, expanding the regulations to include workers initially left out even brought Democratic New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm and former Alabama Governor and segregationist George Wallace together to lobby for them. read more

Photo by: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

June 23: Immigration, SCOTUS preview

06/22/13 10:01AM

On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we will be discussing the latest on negotiations over immigration and how the "Hastert Rule" could mean for reform's chances in the House. We'll also be previewing the Supreme Court's upcoming decisions on the Voting Rights Act, the Defense of Marriage Act, and Prop 8. Joining Steve on the panel will be: Christina Bellantoni, politics editor, PBS NewsHour (@cbellantoni) Raul Reyes, contributor,, columnist, USA Today (@RaulAReyes) Robert Costa, Washington editor, National Review (@robertcostaNRO) read more