Massachusetts State Senate http://wamc.org en Democrats Look To Pickup Open State Senate Seat http://wamc.org/post/democrats-look-pickup-open-state-senate-seat <p>A city councilor from Holyoke and a State Representative from Westfield will square off in November in a special election to fill a vacant state Senate seat in western Massachusetts.&nbsp; Democrats see it as a chance to add to an already commanding majority on Beacon Hill.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 22:36:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 75255 at http://wamc.org Democrats Look To Pickup Open State Senate Seat Republican Minority Shrinks As State Senator Departs http://wamc.org/post/republican-minority-shrinks-state-senator-departs <p>A 22-year veteran of the Massachusetts Legislature is stepping down to take a post in the administration at Westfield State University.&nbsp; It will mean the Republican minority on Beacon Hill will become even smaller.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Republican State Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield is going to resign this Friday and begin work next Monday in a newly created position at Westfield State University.&nbsp;&nbsp; Knapik said he will work closely with the university president and the Westfield State Foundation board in advancing the university’s mission.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 70764 at http://wamc.org Republican Minority Shrinks As State Senator Departs Veteran State Senator Resigning To Take University Post http://wamc.org/post/veteran-state-senator-resigning-take-university-post <p>A veteran state legislator from western Massachusetts is leaving office.&nbsp; Republican State Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield confirms he will resign Friday to take a new post in the administration at Westfield State University.&nbsp; Knapik is in his 10<sup>th</sup> term. His departure will leave only 3 Republicans in the 40 member senate.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Knapik this morning.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:20:26 +0000 Paul Tuthill 70741 at http://wamc.org Veteran State Senator Resigning To Take University Post Rosenberg Making Plans To Lead Massachusetts Senate Starting In 2015 http://wamc.org/post/rosenberg-making-plans-lead-massachusetts-senate-starting-2015 <p>State Senator Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst is poised to become the next president of the Massachusetts Senate.&nbsp; The 63 year old Rosenberg, who has been in the state legislature since 1987, announced he had received the overwhelming support of the Democratic caucus on Wednesday to succeed Senate President Therese Murray when her term ends.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rosenberg.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:50:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 70492 at http://wamc.org Rosenberg Making Plans To Lead Massachusetts Senate Starting In 2015 Massachusetts State Senator Dan Wolf - Flying Towards The Top Of Beacon Hill http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-state-senator-dan-wolf-flying-towards-top-beacon-hill <p>Dan Wolf wants to go from the cockpit to the governor’s office. Wolf is a state senator from Cape Cod, and one of the founders of the regional airline Cape Air. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in an increasingly crowded field of candidates who want to replace Governor Deval Patrick who is not seeking re-election next year. Speaking with WAMC’s Brian Shields, Wolf says he began Cape Air as a mechanic and pilot, which gives him the right experience for the governor’s job.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:28:58 +0000 Brian Shields 69244 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts State Senator Dan Wolf - Flying Towards The Top Of Beacon Hill Finance Control Board For MBTA Proposed http://wamc.org/post/finance-control-board-mbta-proposed <p>A bipartisan group of&nbsp; Massachusetts State&nbsp; Senators is proposing a new&nbsp; governing board for the MBTA to go along with a $50 million &nbsp;financial bailout.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; State Senator Gale Candaras of Wilbraham says the MBTA, which operates public transit in the greater Boston area, should not get any more money unless management changes.</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 08:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 41370 at http://wamc.org Finance Control Board For MBTA Proposed