massachusetts politics http://wamc.org en Massachusetts Republicans Look For Early Convention To Give Candidates A Boost http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-republicans-look-early-convention-give-candidates-boost <p>Massachusetts Republicans endorsed a full slate of candidates at the party’s convention over the weekend.&nbsp; This year’s election will feature open seats for Governor, Lt. Governor and two other statewide offices.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> The GOP is hoping to make inroads in Massachusetts where it currently holds no statewide offices, no seats in the state’s congressional delegation and is outnumbered in the Massachusetts legislature by about 5 to 1.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 86565 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Republicans Look For Early Convention To Give Candidates A Boost Massachusetts Republicans Back Baker For Governor http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-republicans-back-baker-governor <p>Charlie Baker, making his second run for governor in Massachusetts, got the Republican nomination at the state party convention over the weekend.&nbsp; Baker narrowly avoided a primary fight – at least for now.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Republican activists at the state convention in Boston strongly backed Baker for their party’s gubernatorial nomination with 82 percent of the 2,500 delegates voting for him.</p><p> " Thank you for believing in me," Baker said to the cheering delegates.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:28:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 86544 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Republicans Back Baker For Governor Massachusetts Republican Party Chair Optimistic About 2014 http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-republican-party-chair-optimistic-about-2014 <p>Massachusetts Republicans hold a convention in Boston on Saturday to endorse candidates for statewide office.&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with state Republican Party Chair Kirsten Hughes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:42:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 86368 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Republican Party Chair Optimistic About 2014 Kerry's Departure For Diplomacy Leads To Markey's Elevation To Senate http://wamc.org/post/kerrys-departure-diplomacy-leads-markeys-elevation-senate <p>2013 should have been an off-year for statewide politics in Massachusetts, but that was not the case, as the state’s voters were called upon to elect another new U.S. Senator</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The election cycle actually began in late 2012 when President Obama nominated Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to be U.S. Secretary of State. After securing Senate confirmation in January, Kerry resigned from the Senate seat he had held for 28 years.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:28:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 80944 at http://wamc.org Kerry's Departure For Diplomacy Leads To Markey's Elevation To Senate 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 Western Mass. Will Lose Ally When Murray Departs http://wamc.org/post/western-mass-will-lose-ally-when-murray-departs <p>When Timothy Murray steps down next month as Massachusetts lieutenant governor it will mean the state’s top elected officials will all reside in the greater Boston area.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 20:46:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 65408 at http://wamc.org Western Mass. Will Lose Ally When Murray Departs Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe - Voter Apathy And The U.S. Senate Speical Election Primary http://wamc.org/post/scot-lehigh-boston-globe-voter-apathy-and-us-senate-speical-election-primary <p>Voters in Massachusetts are going to the polls on Tuesday for a primary to select candidates for the upcoming special election to replace Senator John Kerry.&nbsp; Kerry, of course went on the replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State earlier this year. For a preview on what to expect on primary day WAMC's Bob Barrett spoke with <a href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/scot_lehigh/scot_lehigh_biography/">Scot Lehigh</a>, a columnist for the Boston Globe.</p> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 16:10:00 +0000 Bob Barrett 63294 at http://wamc.org Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe - Voter Apathy And The U.S. Senate Speical Election Primary Democratic Senate Candidates Drop The Gloves In Final Debate http://wamc.org/post/democratic-senate-candidates-drop-gloves-final-debate <p>With just a week remaining before the primaries in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts the two Democratic candidates held a debate in Springfield last night that was punctuated with heated rhetoric.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> The two veteran U.S. Representatives, Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey, argued bitterly over their Congressional voting records on issues ranging from homeland security to health care to the bailout of the automobile industry. Markey accused Lynch of personal attacks and deliberate distortions, while Lynch at one point called Markey a “liar.”</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:10:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 62991 at http://wamc.org Democratic Senate Candidates Drop The Gloves In Final Debate Democratic Senate Candidates Debate In Springfield Tonight http://wamc.org/post/democratic-senate-candidates-debate-springfield-tonight <p>With exactly one week until the party primaries in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts the two Democratic candidates will participate in a debate in Springfield.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:01:44 +0000 Paul Tuthill 62941 at http://wamc.org Democratic Senate Candidates Debate In Springfield Tonight GOP ex-MA Lt. Gov. Healey opts out of US Senate race http://wamc.org/post/gop-ex-ma-lt-gov-healey-opts-out-us-senate-race <p>BOSTON (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey has joined a growing list of Republicans who've ruled out running in a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the departure of former Sen. John Kerry.<br><br>Healey said Monday she was grateful for the advice of those who urged her to get into the race but said she's decided against it.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:30:00 +0000 Associated Press 57191 at http://wamc.org GOP ex-MA Lt. Gov. Healey opts out of US Senate race