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The Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators Sexual Assault Working Group is calling for a five-step action plan that includes mandatory sexual harassment training for state employees and an anonymous survey to gauge harassment within the State House. It follows a column by the Boston Globe alleging rampant sexual harassment on Beacon Hill. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, a Pittsfield Democrat who co-chairs the Sexual Assault Working Group.

Following a piece in the Boston Globe alleging sexual harassment at the Massachusetts State House, female lawmakers say no one should feel unsafe at the capitol.

Over the past 25 years, the exclusive and often elite atmosphere of private schools in New England has been shaken by lawsuits and allegations of sexual abuse. The Boston Globe's Spotlight team, the investigative unit that inspired the Oscar-winning movie of the same name for its coverage of Catholic clergy sex abuse, looked into the scandals in the private schools and on Sunday published its story on the front page. Jonathan Saltzman, one of the reporters who dug into the story, says many of those who were abused came forward because of Penn State, the Catholic Church and other high-profile cases.

Boston Globe Launches Site About Catholicism

Sep 3, 2014
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The Boston Globe has launched a new website about Catholicism,, which will feature news and analysis about Catholics and the Catholic Church, which has been a strong presence in the Boston area and Northeast for centuries. Teresa Hanafin is the editor.

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The voters of Massachusetts favor an expanded bottle deposit law, are split along party lines on climate change, and support a plan to build a natural gas pipeline from the northern Berkshires to Dracut. Those are the findings of a recent poll in the Boston Globe that looked at how Bay State voters feel about several issues involving the environment. David Abel, a Globe reporter, spoke to WAMC about the results.

Should Boston Host The 2024 Olympics?

Jun 27, 2014

WAMC's Brian Shields talks with Boston Globe political reporter David Scharfenberg on a new poll to gauge public support for the 2024 Olympics to come to Boston.

Group Wants Mass. Carbon Tax On State Ballot

Jun 24, 2013
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A group of environmentalists wants Massachusetts to be the first state to adopt a so-called carbon tax.

The Committee for a Green Economy tells the Boston Globe that it's launching a campaign to get the signatures needed to put the issue on the 2014 ballot.

The tax would impose new levies on gasoline and other fossils fuels, based on how much carbon dioxide they produce when burned. The aim is to fight climate change by reducing the use of fossil fuels. The committee says the tax could generate $2.5 billion in revenue annually.

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.  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 Scot Lehigh, a columnist for the Boston Globe.

An article in the Boston Globe this weekend implied that Vermont’s senior U.S. Senator used his influence to manipulate the base selection process for the Air Force’s new fighter jet.  Those against basing the F35 at the South Burlington National Guard Base are pleased, but supporters say the article lacks credibility.

3 GOP US Senate hopefuls squaring off in debate

Apr 10, 2013
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The three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate are preparing to square off in a televised debate.

Michael Sullivan, Gabriel Gomez and Daniel Winslow are expected to participate in the debate sponsored by WBZ-TV and the Boston Globe. The debate is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The three are competing in the April 30 primary.

Whoever attracts the most votes will face the winner of the Democratic primary pitting Congressmen Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch against each other.


President Barack Obama was just one of several elected officials who praised the work of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino as he announced this past Thursday that he would not seek re-election after 20 years as the chief executive of Massachusetts’ capitol city.   

Could the 2016 primary calendar finally put an end to the often laborious Iowa Caucus process? WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Boston Globe reporter Matt Viser to try to find out.

All of a sudden, the field of candidates who want to replace John Kerry as Massachusetts Senator is a crowded one. WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Boston Globe political editor Cynthia Needham about the state of race.

The New  York Times  is putting its New England holdings, including the Boston Globe up for sale.