Startup real estate crunch moves to DTX via @1776

1776: “Cost is the biggest obstacle in Boston, hands-down, according to those in the startup community. The price of rent is close to the highest in the country. That means for companies to find physical spaces is difficult and costly. And for members of startup teams, many of whom are young graduates of the city’s many universities, living costs can easily be out of their desired price range, especially on the housing front.”

Best of #masen Awards #mapoli with @MrWillRitter @NilssonCarl @AndrewZucker @danwinslow

Absentee ballot requests down 21% compared to 2010 #masen special #mapoli

Secretary of State Bill Galvin announced today that requests for absentee ballots are down 21% (49,748 down from 63,610) from this time in 2010 before the Scott Brown, Martha Coakley and least we forget Joseph L. Kennedy race.

The 2010 race broke this way.

Brown: 1,168,178 51.8%
Coakley: 1,060,861 47.1%
Kennedy: 22,388 1%
Others and blanks: 2,300
Total less blanks: 2,251,427 (used to calculated vote percentages)
Total votes cast: 2,253,727

If we extrapolate Galvin’s dip in absentee requests to the total voter turnout we see 473,282 fewer voters in the 2013 special for a total voter turnout of 1,780,445.

The 2013 Warren v. Brown race drew 3,184,196.

Galvin said: “With many people focused on the Bruins playing in the Stanley Cup final, the (Whitey) Bulger trial, and the end of the school year, the special election has a lot of competition for attention.”

The biggest of these factors could be the “end of the school year, anyone with children is crazy busy with field days, fields trips, graduations and volunteer appreciation luncheons. Will that keep Obama soccer moms home or suburban Escalades from the voting booth? You tell me.

Hey and don’t forget this great weather were having too!

@gomezforma new radio ad “Oportunidades” #masen #mapoli

Translation provided by Gomez camp:

If you work hard and study hard, this country will give you all the opportunities you want.

That’s what my parents would tell me as a child.

And that’s what I tell my four children now.

But the situation in this country worries me. I worry that our children will not have the opportunities this country gave me.

Hello, I am Gabriel Gomez, son of Colombian parents and candidate for Senate.

I am speaking to you today to ask you to vote for me on June 25.

To give thanks to this country, I served in the military as a pilot in the Navy and later as a Navy SEAL.

Now, I want to serve the families of Massachusetts.

I’m going to Washington to fight for policies that create more jobs, and for a solution to our immigration system that will welcome others like us who want to achieve the American dream.

 I am Gabriel Gomez, candidate for the Senate, I hope to get your vote on June 25 and I approve this message.