Voters Back Markey in Special Senate Election
Sara Brown

Vineyard voters followed the rest of the state in electing Cong. Edward J. Markey to the U.S. Senate in a special election Tuesday.

Mr. Markey, a Democrat from Malden who has spent 37 years in the House of Representatives, was elected to the senate with 55 per cent of the vote, the Boston Globe reported. His opponent was Gabriel E. Gomez of Cohasset, a businessman and former Navy SEAL.

Voter turnout on the Island averaged 32.5 per cent, higher than the statewide average of 27 per cent.

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Islanders Head to Polls Today for Special Senate Election
Polls will be open across the Island for an unusual June election today. Republican Gabriel E. Gomez of Cohasset and U.S. Cong. Edward J. Markey of Malden, a Democrat, are vying to take the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry, who stepped down in January to become Secretary of State.
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Senator Wolf Urges Supporters To Keep Him Honest, Balanced
Mike Seccombe

There was no triumphalism about Dan Wolf’s first visit with the Democratic party faithful of the Vineyard after he won his state senate seat last month. Quite the reverse.

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Cape Air Owner Runs for State Senate
Julia Wells

He is a pilot who became the owner of an airline that became one of the best small business success stories in the country. And now Dan Wolf, the owner of Cape Air, has decided to add politics to his CV. Mr. Wolf has announced he will run for the Cape and Islands seat in the Massachusetts senate that Rob O’Leary will vacate this year, when he makes his own bid for the seat in U.S. Congress that will be vacated by Rep. William Delahunt, who is stepping down.

Wait a minute, who’s on first?

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State Budget Cuts Spare Local Aid
Peter Brannen

As the ink was still drying on a $30.6 billion state budget signed into law on Monday by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a spokesman for Cape and Islands state Sen. Dan Wolf said they were still studying the local impacts of the budget.

Pared down some $750 million from the previous year, Mr. Wolf has characterized the budget as one of the most difficult in memory, but his chief of staff Seth Rolbein said there were some welcome developments.

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