Have we any Massachusetts residents* among our readers? If so, may I urge you to donate to–or at least vote for–Martha Coakley, currently your Attorney General, to take over the late lamented Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat?
Yesterday, Coakley handily won the Democratic primary, and is now looking toward the general election on January 19th, where she’ll take on state senator Scott Brown. (If you’re not registered to vote, stop reading right now and get on that!)
Coakley would be the first female senator from MA, and the eighteenth in the Senate right now. Her positions on reproductive rights, healthcare reform, DOMA, DADT, victims’ advocacy,and a zillion other things you can read about at her website, are laudable, and befitting a progressive from a state that has already recognized same-sex marriage and vastly expanded health care coverage back in 2006.
Granted, I’m a New Yorker, so I can’t speak directly to her years of service–citizens of the commonwealth, please weigh in–but the presence of another smart, dedicated female ally in the Senate can’t be anything but good.
*What’s the word for that? “Massachusans”? “Massachusettians”?