congressional politics

BOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has joined the board of directors of Kadant Inc., a Westford-based paper company.

Brown said he looked forward to "contributing to the future direction" of the company.

Kadant president Jonathan Painter said the company welcomed the chance to draw on Brown's "wealth of experience on local, state, national and international issues." The company describes itself as a leading supplier to the global pulp and paper industry.

The nation is fast approaching the so-called fiscal cliff, and after last week’s school shooting in Connecticut and the addition of gun policy to the legislative agenda, it’s unclear whether democrats and republicans will be able to make up their minds on anything before the end of the lame duck session.

The Clintons continue to be major players in American politics despite both being out of elected office. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Bill Clinton remains a Democratic kingpin.

President Obama’s reelection could have major repercussions for the future of the Supreme Court. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the president is likely to make another nomination or two during his second term.

Super PACs and other issue groups spent billions during the campaign season. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that many big spenders were met with diminishing returns.

The presidential election was tight, but in the end, President Obama won a second term. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that state polls were mostly accurate this cycle.

China’s currency tactics have become a national talking point. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens — a Democrat running for reelection in the new 21st district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that such manipulation hurts the U.S. economy.

Candidates are scrambling to reach voters in the final days of the campaign. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens — a Democrat running for reelection in the new 21st district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is hopeful he will be sent back to Washington.

By this time next week, the election will be decided. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens — a Democrat running for reelection in the new 21st district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that dealing with tax reform is high on the list of what needs to be done next in Washington.

No matter who controls Washington after the election, major issues await. In today’s Congressional Corner, Bob Dieterich – the Republican candidate for New York’s new 20th district seat currently held by Democrat Paul Tonko — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is ready to contribute solutions.

No matter who controls Washington after the election, major issues await. In today’s Congressional Corner, Bob Dieterich – the Republican candidate for New York’s new 20th district seat currently held by Democrat Paul Tonko — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is ready to contribute solutions.

This year’s political advertising is part of a new era in campaigns. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko, a Democrat running for reelection in the new 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Citizens United has changed the game.

Before election day comes debate season. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko, a Democrat running for reelection in the new 20th district, tells  WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he enjoys the opportunity to contrast ideas with his opponent.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently huddled in Vermont to prep for his debates with the President. In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells Alan Chartock that Romney could win nearby New Hampshire, but not the Green Mountain state.

The Farm Bill is set to expire at the end of the month. In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells Alan Chartock that the House must act on the bill, which has already gotten out of the Senate.

The Democrats’ convention in Charlotte brought a disparate party together under one roof. In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells Alan Chartock that he saw enthusiasm for President Obama at the convention.

Redistricting means even incumbents are new to voters in November. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Nan Hayworth discusses a variety of issues important to the electorate with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

Recent scandals in Albany have jumpstarted a discussion about the hurdles women in government can face. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Nan Hayworth tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that she has not faced sexual harassment in Washington. 

November is quickly approaching. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Nan Hayworth tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that she is busy campaigning in the new 18th district.

One of the most difficult routes to Washington is a write-in campaign. In today’s Congressional Corner, write-in candidate Thomas Jenkins — who is running against incumbent Republican Chris Gibson and Democrat Julian Schreibman in New York’s new 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that it’s time for regular people to take back the House.

The presidential election is getting most of the attention, but there are several toss-ups on the Congressional level. In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock continues his discussion with Dan Lamb, the Democratic candidate for New York’s new 22nd district seat currently held by Republican Richard Hanna.

New Yorkers are split on the issue of hydrofracking. In today’s Congressional Corner, Dam Lamb — the Democratic candidate for New York’s new 22nd district seat currently held by Republican Richard Hanna — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he opposes the drilling process.

New Yorkers are awaiting a decision on hydraulic fracturing. In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Julian Schreibman — who is running against incumbent Republican Chris Gibson in New York’s new 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that fracking poses a major risk to the environment.

Republicans and Democrats are both hoping to claim a key upstate New York seat. In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Julian Schreibman — who is running against incumbent Republican Chris Gibson in New York’s new 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that incumbency alone can’t carry Gibson across the finish line.

Election season is upon us. In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Julian Schreibman — who is running against incumbent Republican Chris Gibson in New York’s new 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his background makes him a quality candidate for Congress.

The violence in Syria appears far from resolution. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the U.S. must be careful about Assad’s replacement.

Connecticut is in the midst of its second Senate race in two years. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his colleague Chris Murphy is facing a moneyed behemoth in wrestling executive Linda McMahon.

Republicans are gearing up for their convention next week in Tampa. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is a liability for the GOP.

Republicans are targeting several Democratic seats in the fall election, including a key rematch in the North Country. In today’s Congressional Corner, Republican candidate Matt Doheny — who is attempting to unseat incumbent Democratic Representative Bill Owens in New York’s new 21st district seat — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he supports safe hydrofracking.

A rematch in the North Country is expected to go down to the wire. In today’s Congressional Corner, Republican candidate Matt Doheny — who is attempting to unseat incumbent Democratic Representative Bill Owens in New York’s new 21st district seat — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the region is ready for new leadership.

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