Elections

New England News
7:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Brown-Warren Senate Race Close As Polls Open

The hard fought closely watched race for US Senate in Massachusetts has come down to the wire.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

With President Obama expected to win Massachusetts by double digits, the outcome of the US Senate race will hinge on which candidate picks off the most Obama voters, in the opinion of Tim Vercellotti, director of polling at Western New England University.  A survey four weeks ago found 18 percent of Obama voters going for Scott Brown, but that’s fallen now to ten percent.

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New England News
4:40 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Vermont Election 0fficial Predicts 70 Percent Turnout

Vermont's top election official is predicting about 70 percent of the state's registered voters will head to the polls on Election Day.

Secretary of State Jim Condos said Monday the 70 percent figure would be in-line with the last three presidential elections.

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New England News
4:19 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

73 percent Voter Turnout Predicted In Massachusetts

The top election official in Massachusetts predicts voter turnout Tuesday will match what it was four years ago.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

   Secretary of State William Galvin expects  3.1 million of the state’s roughly  4.2 million registered voters, 73 percent,   will go to the polls. He said the closeness of the presidential race nationally and tight contest for US Senate in Massachusetts will compensate for the lack of  euphoria that drove the vote in 2008… Massachusetts  Democrats have cranked up a big get out the vote effort, according to party vice chair Ray Jordan.

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New England News
4:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Brown-Warren Senate Race Down To The Wire

US Senator John Kerry (D-MA) greets campaign volunteers at the western Mass. Democratic Campaign Headquarters in Springfield
Credit WAMC

The candidates in the hard  fought closely watched U.S. Senate  race in Massachusetts rallied their supporters in eastern Massachusetts Monday.  The focus on election eve in western Massachusetts is the voter turnout operation, the so-called ground game.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Massachusetts senior US Senator John Kerry visited the Democratic Party’s western Massachusetts campaign headquarters in Springfield  on election-eve and gave a pep talk to the volunteers.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

GOP Illuzzi, Democrat Hoffer Vie in Vermont Auditor Race

A long-time Vermont state senator and a long-time, self-employed policy analyst are vying to fill the vacant job of state auditor.

The race between Republican Sen. Vincent Illuzzi of Derby and Burlington Democrat Doug Hoffer is Vermont's only statewide political race to fill an open seat.

Illuzzi is leaving the state Senate after 32 years. He says he's qualified to fill the office because of his knowledge of state government. One area he says he'd look for savings is in the way the state manages its computer systems.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Republican AG Challenger Files Campaign Finance Complaint Over Democratic Primary

Sorrell-McMullen

The Republican candidate in the race for Vermont Attorney General has filed a petition asking for a court review of the incumbent Democratic candidate’s interaction with a PAC and a campaign supporter.

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New England News
7:30 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Mass. Senate Candidates Spend $68 Million

The race for US Senate in Massachusetts has shattered previous political spending records in Massachusetts.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

The campaigns of Republican Senator Scott Brown and Democratic Challenger Elizabeth Warren have been spending at a furious rate. A combined total of $68 million as of Oct 17th.   Political consultant Tony Cignoli of Springfield notes that final campaign finance reports are due until well after the election.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

VPIRG Proposes Tighter Disclosure Rules for SuperPacs

A Vermont advocacy group is calling for the state to reform the reporting requirements for SuperPac spending in the state.

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group is asking legislators and the Secretary of State to make key changes in Vermont’s campaign finance law pertaining to the super-spending political action committees.  Executive Director Paul Burns wants to tighten the current reporting requirements.

VPIRG is also proposing that anyone funding more than 50-percent of a SuperPac must claim responsibility and appear in all advertisements. 

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New England News
5:45 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Welch Cruising Toward Re-Election to 4th Term

Peter Welch

Democratic U.S. Representative Peter Welch is cruising to re-election to his fourth term in Washington, but he is still working to let Vermonters know he remains committed to promoting their interests.

At a recent campaign stop in South Royalton, Welch talked to seniors about health care, the federal budget and gridlock in Congress.

He said it's clear what needs to be done about the debt: everything must be on the table.

He was one of 100 House members calling for $4 trillion deficit reduction from a combination of revenues, defense and domestic cuts.

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New England News
5:25 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

AG Candidate McMullen Asks for Quick Court Review

Republican Attorney General candidate Jack McMullen is accusing former Governor Howard Dean of being the conduit in illegal coordination between the campaign of Attorney General Bill Sorrell and a super PAC.

McMullen says Dean was on both sides of the equation by serving as a consultant to Sorrell's primary campaign against T.J. Donovan and by narrating TV and radio ads for a purportedly independent PAC, the Committee for Justice and Fairness, that supported Sorrell.

    Calls to Dean at his home and through an aide produced no immediate response.

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