The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Its capital city is Boston. The name is derived from the Indian tribe that lived there, the "Massachusett". It is one of four states officially known as "commonwealths"; there are no practical differences between a "commonwealth" and a "state". It is well noted for being a bastion of American leftism and is often called "Taxachusetts."
Liberal icon Ted Kennedy, the third longest-serving Senator in U.S. history, died from a brain tumor in August 2009, marking the end of an era. During the 2004 Presidential Election the Democratic super-majority in the state legislature blocked the Republican Governor Mitt Romney from appointing an interim senator should John Kerry be elected President. The legislature changed the law back again after Kennedy's death, allowing Governor Deval Patrick, a Democrat, to appoint a temporary replacement for Kennedy. He chose former Democratic National Committee chairman Paul Kirk. Kirk did not seek a full term of his own, and a special election was held on January 19, 2010.
Republican State Senator Scott Brown pulled a major upset, defeating Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley in the election. Brown rode on a wave of voter anger at President Obama and his health care overhaul (ObamaCare) and won by a 52%-47% margin.
Although once a bastion of social conservatism (the term "Banned in Boston" is still in widespread use) Massachusetts is known as one of the most Catholic and most liberal states. It is the most populous state to have all-Democratic congressional representation (before Brown won in 2010). It was called "Taxachusetts" because of its high tax rate, which has since been lowered by a series of Republican governors in the 1990s and 2000s (William Weld, Paul Cellucci, Jane Swift and Mitt Romney); they were among the most liberal Republican governors in the country.
The current governor, elected in 2006 over Republican and former Lieutenant Governor Kerry Murphy Healey, is Deval Patrick, who was the first Democrat to take the office in 16 years, and the first African American to win the post. A strong liberal in the state that legalized homosexual marriage, Patrick signed a bill which allowed out-of-state gay couples to marry in Massachusetts. In a speech afterward, Patrick was recorded openly mocking conservatives and the Bible by stating, "In five years now, ... the sky has not fallen, the earth has not opened to swallow us all up."
Patrick is faring poorly in polls, as he has been ineffective in getting his own priorities enacted, and in dealing with the recession of 2008.
In 2012, an Elementary school in Bellingham, MA attempted to take out the word, "God" from the song, "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood for a school concert. The attempt failed, as parents in the community complained. 
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- It is one of four states officially known as "commonwealths"; there are no practical differences between a "commonwealth" and a "state".
- See statistical analysis of 2010 vote
- http://walkingtofreedom.com/forum/index.php?topic=2.0 Accessed March 28, 2014
- http://www.rollcall.com/50richest/the-50-richest-members-of-congress-112th-2012.html Accessed March 29, 2014
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_richest_American_politicians Accessed March 29, 2014
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_members_of_the_United_States_Congress_by_wealth Accessed March 29, 2014
- http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-brie Accessed March 28, 2014
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