2016

MGMSpringfield

One of the world’s biggest companies moved its headquarters from Connecticut to Massachusetts in 2016.  Construction began in earnest on the MGM casino in Springfield.

   A serious rift opened between the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts and the city council in 2016 over the issue of police supervision.  It threatened to pit the city’s executive and legislative branches against each other in court.

         The increasingly cashless society came to interstate highway travel in Massachusetts this year, while multimillion dollar transportation projects forged ahead.

WAMC

This was an unforgettable year in politics.  The presidential election that defied polls and pundits dominated the nation’s focus, while voters in Massachusetts made history through a ballot referendum.

Massachusetts in 2016 became the latest state to legalize marijuana.

Although it was opposed by most of the state’s political establishment including the Republican governor and Democratic attorney general, voters overwhelmingly approved Question 4 to make it legal  for  adults over age 21 to use, possess, and grow small amounts of marijuana.

  Politicos have long speculated about Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s next move.

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 Patrick is already on the 2016 radar.

Eliot Spitzer on Gun Control & 2016

Oct 21, 2012

In the last Presidential debate, the question of gun control came up - more specifically assault weapons.  Governor Eliot Spitzer was asked about his views on the issue.

Spitzer was also asked whether or not he sees current governor Andrew Cuomo on the ballot for president in 2016.