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Bad News for the Obama Camp…

When Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts died this past summer, they were left without a senator. Just yesterday, they had a special election to elect a new senator. Last week, the Democratic candidate was projected to win by a lot. Just last night, she lost by four. A Republican Senator is now in Massachusetts. Some of you may be asking: “What’s the Big Deal?” The big deal is that now the Democrats do NOT have the majority anymore, and it will now be harder for the country to agree on issues such as Health Care. Before, you had more democrats so you could “pass” things just with all of the Democrats’ votes. But now, you don’t have enough Democrats. You need the Republicans, too. Read more about it here. Then summarize it and give your reaction in 4-6 sentences for Homework.

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  1. Saleda A.
    January 24, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    -The unbelievable victory for Republican Senator Brown has Democrats in shock and fear. Brown beat Coakley in a close call, but in Massachusetts, a state well-known for being Democratic. The Republican win for the late Ed. Kennedy’s seat has shaken the stability for the Democrat’s agenda in Health Care reform, since Brown isn’t expected to change his mind on opposing the bill. Obviously the dispute between the House and the Senate has become much more agitated now.
    -I think that Democratic Massachusetts has lost a lot in losing Ed. Kennedy. But they made a mistake about choosing Brown to demonstrate their frustration with Obama’s actions, because Obama has a big mess of problems to fix, left by the previous administration.

  2. Lazaro F.
    January 24, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Scott Brown a republican was elected to fill the senate seat that was left by Edward M. Kennedy. Scott Brown defeated Martha Coakley a democrat who was favorite to win just over a month ago. Brown had 52 percent of the votes and Martha Coackley got 47 percent of the votes. This affects the health care system because Scott Brown vowed to oppose the bill and democrats will no longer control the 60 votes in the senate needed to overcome filibusters. Mr. Brown also supports water boarding as an interrogation technique for terrorist suspects; he also opposes a federal cap-and-trade to reduce carbon emissions and also opposes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants unless they leave the country. In my opinion I don’t like this idea too much of having a republican elected because he said he’s going to oppose the bill and this is going to affect many people because they are not going to receive the benefits of health care if the bill is not passed. I also believe that all U.S citizens should get health care because people’s health and well-being are very important.

  3. Melissa V.
    January 24, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    I watch news a lot. -___- I saw this on the news, too. This senator is against Obama’s Health care reform & he said that he will oppose it. In the article it explains how the Democratic candidate that ran against him lost to Mr. Brown’s 52%. Obama gave a speech that same day explaining how Mr. Brown in office will affect the end result of the health care reform. In the article, they explain how the people of Massachusetts felt that Mr. Brown gave off a vibe that he knows more of his state then his opponent.

  4. Andrea R.
    January 24, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Scott Brown was elected on Tuesday to fill the seat in the Massachusetts senate. He defeated Martha Coakley who was from the Democratic party. Mr. Brown has promised to oppose the health bill and once he takes office the Democrats will no longer control the 60 votes needed. I believe that it will be even harder now to pass the health care reform bill because now there is a voice in the senate opposing the bill.

  5. Santiago I.
    January 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    After Senator Edward Kennedy, the last brother of the Kennedys, died, it was logical that there should be a new senator in Massachusetts. When the election began, all the people were anxious to know the results, those results made a Republican candidate to win the elections. The real problem is that now Democrats don’t have enough votes in the senate to help and support the reforms. There should be more Democrats in order to make a change in the U.S congress.

  6. Stephanie G.
    January 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Scott Brown, Republican state senator, rode an old pickup truck and a growing sense of unease among independent voters to an extraordinary upset. Tuesday night when he was elected to fill the Senate seat that was long held by Edward M. Kennedy in the overwhelmingly Democratic state of Massachusetts.
    Mr. Brown had 52 percent of the vote to Ms. Coakley’s 47 percent. Mr. Brown has vowed to oppose the bill, and once he takes office the Democrats will no longer control the 60 votes in the Senate.

  7. Jonathan H.
    January 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Republican Scott Brown is now the senator of Massachusetts, which is a democratic state. This election caused a big commotion where the Democrats in Congress tried to salvage a bill which had to do with the nation’s health care system. The late Mr. Kennedy once called it “the cause of my life.” Mr. Brown vowed to disapprove the bill, and when he takes office the Democrats will no longer be able to control the 60 votes in the Senate that was needed to conquer filibusters. This agitates me because I believe that all American citizens should get health care and now since we have one more republican in congress who opposes the bill, It has another affect on whether this bill will be passed or not.

  8. eliana a.
    January 20, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Scott Brown, a republican is now the senator of the democratic state Massachusetts. The election left Democrats in Congress scrambling to salvage a bill overhauling the nation’s health care system, which the late Mr. Kennedy had called “the cause of my life.” Mr. Brown has vowed to oppose the bill, and once he takes office the Democrats will no longer control the 60 votes in the Senate needed to overcome filibusters. This really upsets me because I hope that all American citizens get health care and now we have one more republican in congress who opposes the bill.

  9. Denis G.
    January 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Scott Brown,Tuesday night when he was elected to fill the Senate seat that was long held by Edward M. Kennedy in the overwhelmingly Democratic state of Massachusetts.Brown defeated Martha Coakley by a little,Brown had 52 percent of the vote to Ms. Coakley’s 47 percent.Mr. Brown has vowed to oppose the bill, and once he takes office the Democrats will no longer control the 60 votes in the Senate needed to overcome debates.Mr. Brown ran strongest in the suburbs of Boston, where the independent voters who make up a majority in Massachusetts turned out in large numbers.I think that know their will be conflicts between the democrats and republicans because there will always be somebody on the opposing side saying no to something or conflicting on a statement.

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