elections 2012

Senator Patrick Leahy
WAMC/Pat Bradley

There is considerable speculation that Democrats could take control of the U.S. Senate in November.  During an event in downtown Burlington this afternoon, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley asked Vermont’s senior U.S. Senator Democrat Patrick Leahy how optimistic he is that the Senate could change hands.

Since all the public opinion polls and experts are predicting a close race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney Tuesday, we though our question of the day would put you on the spot and ask – Who do you predict is going to win the Presidential Election?

We are not asking who should, or who you want – just who you think is going to win.

The 2012 presidential contest between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney represents the comeback of GOP boss Karl Rove, according to Vanity Fair investigative reporter Craig Unger. He joins us to discuss his new book, Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power

In last night’s presidential debate, former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney stated that while in Boston both sides came together to create an assault weapons ban. But is that statement accurate? WAMC’s Lucas Willard did some fact-checking and filed this report.

In last night’s presidential debate, moderator Candy Crowley pressed Mitt Romney’s stance on a federal assault weapons ban – asking why he came from supporting an assault weapons ban in Massachusetts to not supporting a federal ban. This was his response.

What are your reactions to last night's Presidential Debate?

How close do you think the 2012 Presidential Election is, really?

A political action committee backing Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is sending out a new mailing telling voters how to cast absentee ballots in Massachusetts.

The group America 360 announced earlier this week that it was ramping up its efforts on behalf of Brown, who is facing a challenge from Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren.

The mailing, which includes forms voters can use to request absentee ballots, calls Brown a "new independent voice" and says Warren is "hyper-partisan" and out of touch.

Undocumented youths across the country are seeking to bring attention to Congressional candidates who oppose the DREAM Act. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The DRM Action Coalition hosted a conference call this week where young undocumented activists announced the candidates they wish to bring attention to for their opposition to the DREAM Act. In 2010, the House of Representatives passed the original DREAM Act, but the bill was filibustered in the Senate. Now, ahead of the upcoming election, young DREAMers are speaking out.


Republican Senator Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren have sharp differences when it comes to taxes, with both claiming their policies would lower taxes for the middle class.

Brown and Warren both support extending Bush-era tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 per year. Warren, however, wants the cuts to expire after December 31 for those above that income level, while Brown would extend cuts for Americans in all tax brackets.

During tonight’s presidential debate, citizen groups are calling for the issue of campaign financing to be raised to candidates Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

A non-partisan group has determined that families buying health insurance would pay about twice as much under Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

In a study completed by the national non-profit Familes USA, researches determined that families buying health insurance would pay far more under Mitt Romney’s proposals than President Obama’s signature health care law by 2016, the last year of the next elected president’s term.

The Connecticut Supreme Court has sided with state Republicans, agreeing their candidates should appear on the top line of the November election ballot.

In a unanimous decision posted Wednesday, the justices agreed state law requires Republican candidates to be placed on the top line.

The GOP took Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to court after she denied their request to change the order of the ballot.

Staff members for GOP U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and the Massachusetts Republican Party are seen shouting war whoops and performing tomahawk chops in a new video.

The actions are an apparent reference to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American heritage.

A Massachusetts Republican party spokesman confirmed one of its field coordinators, Brad Garnett, is seen leading whoops and making tomahawk gestures.

State Democratic officials identified another individual making tomahawk motions as Jack Richard, a member of Brown's US Senate office.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren once did legal work for a company that was fighting a federal mandate to pay additional money into a health care fund for retired coal miners. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Published reports Tuesday said Warren was paid about $10,000 in the 1990s to work on a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of LTV Steel, which was emerging from bankruptcy.

The 1992 federal Coal Act required companies to pay into a fund for long-term health care of retired miners and their families.

What do you make of the video that surfaced Monday showing Mitt Romney dismissing President Barack Obama’s supporters as people who take no responsibility for their livelihoods and who think they are entitled to government handouts?

Jesse Ventura

Sep 17, 2012

We speak with former Minnesota Governor, Jesse Ventura, about party politics and his most recent book, DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government.

Election Day is just seven weeks away, and the President and Governor Romney are working to convince swing voters -- and swing states -- to support them. Our Question of the Day: have you already made up your mind, and if not, what could change it before you vote?

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. 

The Franklin County Register of Deeds has cleaned out his office and hasn't shown up for work since he lost last week's re-election bid, but says he's just taking vacation. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Joseph Gochinski cleaned out his office over the weekend without telling anyone and no one has seen him at work since. The one-term Democrat lost Thursday's primary to Scott Cote.

Cathy Winseck, deputy assistant register, tells The Recorder of Greenfield she and other staff found his office cleaned out when they came in Monday.

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.

A weak jobs report is providing fodder for Massachusetts’ contested U.S. Senate race, with each candidate using the numbers to fault their rival. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Republican Senator Scott Brown says the addition of just 96,000 jobs across the country in August shows the economy is weighed down by skyrocketing debt and the threat of tax hikes.

He says his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren would make the problem worse by pushing for higher taxes.

Warren faults Brown for voting against bills she says would have supported thousands of jobs in Massachusetts.

The results of the Massachusetts Democratic primaries are in, and incumbent Congressman Richie Neal has won the seat 1st Congressional District seat held by retiring Congressman John Olver. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Springfield Congressman Richie Neal faced off in a three-way race for the democratic nomination against former state senator Andrea Nuciforo, Jr. of Pittsfield, and Alford writer & activist Bill Shein. With all 277 precincts in the newly drawn 1st Congressional District reporting, Neal won handily with roughly 65% of the vote.

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.

Springfield Congressman Richie Neal the three-way race for the democratic nomination for Massachusetts 1st Congressional District against former state senator Andrea Nuciforo, Jr. of Pittsfield, and Alford writer & activist Bill Shein in yesterday’s Democratic Primary.  WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

With all 277 precincts in the newly drawn 1st Congressional District reporting, Neal won handily with roughly 65% of the vote.