State Treasurer Steve Grossman accepts the Massachusetts Democratic Party's endorsement for governor at the party's state convention in June at the DCU Center in Worcester. Grossman got the nod after receiving 35 percent of the delegates. Attorney General Martha Coakley received 23 percent of the delegates, while Don Berwick came in with 22 percent.
In less than three weeks, people in Massachusetts will decide which gubernatorial candidates will face off in November’s general election. In the meantime, the endorsed Democratic candidate has some ground to make up.
Massachusetts Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley speaking with WAMC News before Massachusetts Democratic State Convention in June. At the convention, Coakley received 23 percent of the delegates while the state party endorsed state Treasurer Steve Grossman who garnered 35 percent. Don Berwick received 22 percent.
U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords died this week at the age of 80. For most people in the U.S., he will be remembered as the former Republican who shifted the power of the Senate to the Democrats in 2001 when he left the party to become an independent. But his Vermont constituents remember him for much more.
The University at Albany has named its new athletic director. Mark Benson was introduced at a campus press conference Wednesday morning. Formerly assistant vice president for athletic development at Old Dominion, Benson replaces the retiring Lee McElroy, who stepped aside in June after 14 years. The SUNY school opened a new football stadium last year. Its football team now plays in the Colonial Athletic Association, which Old Dominion competed in before leaving for Conference USA.
In this magisterial biography, Adam Begley offers an illuminating portrait of John Updike, the acclaimed novelist, poet, short-story writer, and critic who saw himself as a literary spy in small-town and suburban America, who dedicated himself to the task of transcribing “middleness with all its grits, bumps and anonymities.”
Springfield has been banking on casino gambling, but voters in November could overturn the law.
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 a grassroots repeal effort is gaining steam.
One note on this segment: after Alan’s conversation with Tim Vercellotti, the federal government informed Massachusetts that it would not need space to house the Central American immigrants.