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Standard Times: Re-elect Keating to Congress

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The race in the 9th Congressional District is as important for New Bedford, the Cape and Islands as any other this Nov. 4, including the race for governor, and it’s imperative for the region’s economic future that Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Keating be re-elected.

Keating’s knowledge of the whole district has been instrumental to his service in Congress. He helped find the flaw with the federal flood insurance program that was unfairly rating the East Coast as if we were on the West Coast. He also sees the value of New Bedford-based wind energy not just to the local economy, but to the energy needs of the whole district and the economy of the whole state.

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Patriot Ledger: Keating deserves another term

The Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. William Keating has based much of his campaign on a stunt to support his claim that Keating, a Democrat from Bourne, is invisible. In a video ad, John Chapman asks residents of the 9th Congressional District, "Do you know your congressman?"

None could name Keating.

It's dangerously similar to a stunt pulled by late-night talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel only two weeks ago. In a video that's been viewed more than 600,000 times on YouTube, a Kimmel producer asks average Americans one simple question: "Who is Joe Biden?"

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Boston Globe: Bill Keating for 9th District

AFTER LAST year’s Marathon bombing, Representative Bill Keating shouldered a thankless but vital responsibility. A second-term congressman from the South Shore and Cape Cod, Keating began investigating why law enforcement hadn’t stopped alleged bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev before the attack.

Posing questions that could be interpreted as second-guessing law enforcement never earns much popular acclaim, but Keating’s actions were crucial to learning from the incident. By pressing for explanations over many months, sometimes over the opposition of the FBI and members of his own party — and by laying out plans to continue his inquiries — Keating showed why he deserves reelection on Nov. 4.

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Cape Cod Times: Keating Has Earned Another Two Years

William Keating may not be the most electrifying member of Congress, but when he sinks his teeth into an issue, he doesn't let go.

Just look at what he did following the Boston Marathon bombing. As a former prosecutor, he started asking questions no national security agency — from Homeland Security to the FBI — wanted to ask. How could this have happened and could it have been prevented?

When the FBI office in Boston stonewalled his request for information, he flew to Russia twice to gather information about the suspected bombers.

He learned that the Russians had, in fact, tried to warn the United States about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers suspected of carrying out the attack.

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Endorsed by New Bedford Firefighters and Police Officers

Congressman Bill Keating was endorsed by the New Bedford Firefighters Local 841 and the New Bedford Police Union at a joint rally this afternoon at the city’s Black Whale Restaurant. 

The New Bedford Firefighters Local 841 is endorsing Congressman Keating for the second time.

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Keating swings back hard at GOP challenger

Congressman William Keating meets with The Patriot Ledger editorial board Wednesday

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Our View: Planting seeds for growth in Bristol County

Gov. Deval Patrick was at the former Lincoln Park site Friday to announce about $50 million in state investment in the form of MassWorks infrastructure grants to benefit Bristol County. There was stiff competition for the grants this year, with four to five times as many applications than usual.

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At UMass Dartmouth, faith leaders come together to discuss roles in combating substance abuse


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Matters of homeland security

U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass, has had no shortage of opportunities to hold out homeland security as a priority of his past term.

A member of the House Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security committees, Keating launched an investigation in the aftermath of last year's Boston Marathon bombings to sniff out any dysfunction that might have prevented the government from preventing the fatal finish-line attack. It was a "lonely job," he said, with so many loath to question the FBI or other security agencies. But he learned that the Russians had, in fact, tried to warn the United States about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers suspected of carrying out the attack.

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Keating put troops first; what's wrong with that?

To the Editor:

I was proud to read that U.S. Rep. William Keating fulfilled his commitment to our military and their families by attending the 102nd Intelligence Wing's family day ceremony at Joint Base Cape Cod rather than take part in a political talk show.

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