massachusetts http://wamc.org en Former Mass. AG Harshbarger: Ruling Means Casinos Can Be Stopped http://wamc.org/post/former-mass-ag-harshbarger-ruling-means-casinos-can-be-stopped <p>Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger has been providing free legal advice to those working to repeal the state's casino law. The State Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Tuesday that a ballot question to repeal the law can be placed on the statewide ballot on election day in November. Harshbarger says he was excited and satisfied by the courts decision to allow the vote.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:49:27 +0000 Brian Shields 93430 at http://wamc.org Former Mass. AG Harshbarger: Ruling Means Casinos Can Be Stopped Mass. Chipping Away At Health Insurance Backlog http://wamc.org/post/mass-chipping-away-health-insurance-backlog <p>Massachusetts officials say they're continuing to sign up people for health insurance even as they concede they may not have a fully functioning insurance website by the end of June.</p><p>That's the deadline to move more than 200,000 people into insurance plans that comply with the federal health care law.</p><p>They said one option continues to be ditching the trouble plagued website and starting over.</p><p>In the past three weeks, the state has enrolled 21,000 people in transitional coverage and cut the time it takes to enter paper applications from two hours to 39 minutes.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:08:47 +0000 Jaired Crofut 84844 at http://wamc.org Mass. Chipping Away At Health Insurance Backlog MA Task Force To Recommend School Safety Standards http://wamc.org/post/ma-task-force-recommend-school-safety-standards <p><a href="http://www.mass.gov/governor/" target="_blank">Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick</a> has created a task force to address school safety.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:58:10 +0000 Jim Levulis 82077 at http://wamc.org MA Task Force To Recommend School Safety Standards AG: Mass. Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages http://wamc.org/post/ag-mass-will-recognize-utah-same-sex-marriages <p>BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in Utah before they were put on hold by the U.S. Supreme Court.</p><p><a href="http://www.mass.gov/ago/about-the-attorney-generals-office/about-attorney-general-martha-coakley/" target="_blank">Attorney General Martha Coakley's office</a> said on Thursday that it believes marriages in Utah were validly performed and should be recognized in Massachusetts, the first state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:31:10 +0000 Jim Levulis 82014 at http://wamc.org AG: Mass. Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages Congressional Corner With Tim Vercellotti http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-tim-vercellotti-9 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Casino gambling appears on the horizon for Springfield, Massachusetts.</p><p>In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that voters in Springfield have welcomed MGM to the city.</p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 81061 at http://wamc.org Congressional Corner With Tim Vercellotti Congressional Corner With Tim Vercellotti http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-tim-vercellotti-7 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The new year means a new election cycle.</p><p>In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Massachusetts gubernatorial race is starting to heat up.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 81058 at http://wamc.org Congressional Corner With Tim Vercellotti Gov. Patrick Has Harsh Words for Members of Congress http://wamc.org/post/gov-patrick-has-harsh-words-members-congress <p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had some harsh words the federal government as he made stops in the western part of the state today.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s embarrassing,&quot; said Patrick.</p><p>&ldquo;The Tea Party Republicans are playing a big game with the lives of some little people frankly,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I think that&rsquo;s got to end.&rdquo;</p><p>The democrat says this is not a new issue, but it has reached a new level.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:51:36 +0000 Jim Levulis 74964 at http://wamc.org Gov. Patrick Has Harsh Words for Members of Congress Study Finds Primary Care Shortage in Western Mass. http://wamc.org/post/study-finds-primary-care-shortage-western-mass <p>A recent study shows there aren’t enough doctors in Massachusetts and the problem is even worse west of Springfield.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:30:09 +0000 Jim Levulis 74351 at http://wamc.org Study Finds Primary Care Shortage in Western Mass. New Law Would Put 17-Year-Olds In Juvenile Court http://wamc.org/post/new-law-would-put-17-year-olds-juvenile-court <div _fallwcm="1" class="bdyItmPrt" id="divBdy"><div><div><div><div style="margin:14pt 0;"><br> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:22:22 +0000 Lucas Willard 73929 at http://wamc.org New Law Would Put 17-Year-Olds In Juvenile Court Congressional Corner with Tim Vercellotti http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-tim-vercellotti-2 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ted Kennedy and John Kerry are names of the past when it comes to Massachusetts’ Senate delegation.</p><p>In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Senator Elizabeth Warren is unusually popular nationally.</p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 71414 at http://wamc.org