Advocates for low-income families in Massachusetts are calling on the state and federal governments to increase funding for fuel assistance programs in the shadow of sequestration.
In a few short days, members of Congress must vote to avoid the series of across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration, but if not; many programs that benefit the neediest families will have their budgets slashed mid-year.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey is joining with other gun control activists to call on Congress to approve tough gun laws.
Markey will meet Monday with Stop Handgun Violence founder John Rosenthal, Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and the mother of a gun violence victim to press for quick passage of national gun laws proposed by President Barack Obama.
There will be no senate comeback bid this year for Scott Brown. The former Republican senator announced Friday he will not run in the special election to fill the vacancy left by John Kerry’s departure.
Brown who became a national Republican star with his upset victory in the 2010 special election for senate in Massachusetts, then lost to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren last year, has decided to sit out this year’s senate campaign.
The race for US Senate in Massachusetts is heating up. Congressman Stephen Lynch has launched a campaign for the Democratic nomination. Lynch and fellow Democratic Congressman Ed Markey are the only announced candidates, so far. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Lynch in Springfield about why he’s running for senate.