Glen Johnson and Colleagues on UMass Lowell Panel Today

In today’s Boston Globe – Glen Johnson Glen Johnson  Politics Editor at and lead blogger for “Political Intelligence” notes that by this time next year that presidential race and our local Massachusetts U. S. Senate race will be history – already decide by the voters.  While Election Day isn’t until  November 6, 2012, the campaigns are in full swing… debates, political pushing, shoving and  shuffling, fund raising, cross-country treks, presidential primaries and caucuses, state convention caucuses – are all ongoing, imminent or in the offing.

Are the voters ready or paying attention? Johnson says: ” One year out, the battle is joined, whether or not voters are ready for it.” 

Read the full article here at

Today Glen Johnson and others will gather in Lowell to examine the year ahead in presidential politics. The discussion –  “What to Look for in the 2012 Presidential Primaries” moderated by UMass Lowell  Chancellor Marty Meehan – will take place at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.

Panelists include:
  • Charlie Baker, Massachusetts politician and businessman
  • Joe Battenfeld, journalist and Boston Herald contributor
  • Jennifer Myers, Lowell Sun reporter
  • Glen Johnson, Boston Globe reporter and Political Intelligence columnist
  • Prof. Frank Talty, Director of Academic Programs in the UMass Lowell College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion
This event is part of  the Lunchtime Lecture Series  sponsored by UMass Lowell and Parker Lectures with support from the UMass Lowell Center for Industrial Competitiveness, Middlesex Community College, the Cultural Organization of Lowell and the UMass Lowell Center for Arts & Ideas.
Stay tuned for a report later today.