Charlie Baker

New England News
6:04 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Some In Western Mass. Feel Slighted By Baker's Transition Team

Governor-Elect Charlie Baker (R-MA.)
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

For eight years, western Massachusetts has enjoyed unprecedented attention from Beacon Hill. But the new year brings a new governor and administration, and some western Massachusetts lawmakers are not too fond of an early move by the governor-elect.

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New England News
12:55 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Outgoing Mass.Taxpayers Foundation President Warns Of Big Budget Deficit

Michael Widmer, a long time Beacon Hill fiscal watchdog will retire early next year. Widmer has run the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation for 23 years.  The group recently issued a controversial analysis of the state’s budget deficit and an annual report on Massachusetts municipal finances.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Widmer.

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New England News
6:07 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Governor-elect Baker Taps Democrat For Top Economic Post

Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Charlie Baker’s first cabinet pick is a Democrat.  The Republican Massachusetts governor-elect has named a respected city administrator to be his economic chief.

Governor-elect Charlie Baker Wednesday named Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash to be his administration’s Secretary of Housing and Economic Development.  A statement from the transition committee praised Ash as “an accomplished local government official who reflects the administration’s focus on job creation, communities, and bipartisanship.”

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New England News
5:51 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Baker, Legislative Leaders Promise Cooperation

Mass. Republican Governor-elect Charlie Baker
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Republican Governor-elect Charlie Baker and Democratic legislative leaders are promising to work together to address the state's most pressing issues despite their political differences.

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New England News
6:08 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Charlie Baker Makes First Visit To Western Mass. As Governor-Elect

Governor-elect Charlie Baker ( R-MA) arrives at West Springfield Town Hall to visit Mayor Ed Sullivan, an independent, who endorsed Baker in his race against Democrat Martha Coakley
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker, just three days removed from his close election victory, visited western Massachusetts today.  He met privately with the mayor of the region’s largest city, and also with a suburban mayor who had endorsed Baker’s candidacy.

The Republican governor-elect and the Democratic mayor of Springfield dismissed their political differences and stressed their mutual interests in economic development and finding innovative ways to improve the state’s public schools.

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New England News
7:07 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Race Behind Him, Baker Turns Focus To Administrative Team

Republican Charlie Baker has been elected as the next governor of Massachusetts.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Charlie Baker has begun the process of taking over as governor of Massachusetts. The Republican met with Democratic Governor Deval Patrick at the Statehouse Wednesday.

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New England News
12:13 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Baker Elected Massachusetts Governor In Tight Race

Voters elected Republican Charlie Baker to be the next governor of Massachusetts.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Republican Charlie Baker will be the next governor of Massachusetts. He beat Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley. It was a close race down to the end.

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WAMC News
10:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Berkshire GOP Chair Jim Bronson On Charlie Baker's Win

Republican Charlie Baker has won the gubernatorial election in Massachusetts. Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley conceded early today. Berkshire GOP Chair Jim Bronson was watching returns at Pittsfield headquarters Tuesday night.

"...winning by one vote is just as good as winning by a million, the point is Massachusetts has decided to move in a different direction and elect Charlie Baker, and that’s just tremendous," said Jim Bronson.

Baker is the state’s first Republican Governor after Mitt Romney did not seek a second term in 2006.

New England News
2:03 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Gov. Patrick: I Believe In Martha Coakley

Gov. Deval Patrick
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Today’s neck-and-neck election for governor of Massachusetts marks a new political era for the Bay State: Governor Deval Patrick is not on the ballot. But he is invested in the outcome. The Democrat, who is not seeking a third term, has been a vocal supporter of Attorney General Martha Coakley, who faces Republican Charlie Baker in today’s race. Patrick spoke this afternoon with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

New England News
12:15 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Baker, Coakley Make Final Pitch To Massachusetts Voters

Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker.

It’s the final hours of campaigning in Massachusetts, where polls show Republican Charlie Baker with a slight lead over Democrat Martha Coakley, the state attorney general, in the race for governor. Incumbent Deval Patrick is not seeking a third term. Both candidates are seeking a political comeback after high-profile defeats four years ago. Earlier today, WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with both candidates.

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