Elections

New England News
5:40 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Shumlin, Brock, Spar in TV Debate in Burlington

Vermont Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin and Republican challenger Randy Brock interrupted each other and challenged the truth of each other's statements during their last television debate before Election Day.

The candidates were allowed to ask each other questions during part of Wednesday night's debate hosted by WPTZ-TV in Burlington.

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New England News
5:20 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

MacGovern Doesn't Want F-35 Planes at Vermont Airport

USAF

Republican U.S. Senate candidate John MacGovern says he doesn't think the U.S. Air Force should base F-35 fighter planes at the Burlington International Airport.

MacGovern says the area is incompatible with the next generation fighter plane that is louder than the F-16 plane now flown by the Vermont National Guard from the base.

MacGovern said it could be years before the Air Force phases out the F-16, which would give plenty of time for the Vermont Guard to find a new mission or redevelop the base.

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Elections
12:40 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Senate candidate Long urges fracking

U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long, the Republican challenging incumbent New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, says the controversial gas drilling process called hydrofracking — currently being studied by the state — is safe. Long told WAMC’s Alan Chartock on the Capitol Connection program this week that the economic benefits of fracking are too great not to go forward with drilling.

North Country News
12:20 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Contentious Congressional Debate in New York’s North Country

The Republican and Democrat running in New York’s new 21st Congressional District race met in a contentious televised debate this week.

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Elections
7:23 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Senator Gillibrand and Challenger Long Debate in Saratoga Springs

Wendy Long is challenging Sen. Gillibrand

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and challenger Wendy Long traded barbs over taxes, abortion and the economy in a sometimes contentious debate.

The two Senate candidates faced off at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday evening.

Democrat Gillibrand is a heavy favorite in her bid to be re-elected to the seat she was appointed to in 2009 after Hillary Rodham Clinton became secretary of state. Gillibrand won the election to finish the last two years of Clinton's term in 2010.

Republican Long is a New York City attorney making her first run for elected office.

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Elections
7:07 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Hayworth, Maloney Meet Again in Dutchess County Forum

Hank Gross

First-term incumbent Rep. Nan Hayworth faced Democrat challenger Sean Patrick Maloney on Wednesday, during a forum sponsored by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

They are running for a seat in the new 18th New York Congressional District.  Recent polls indicate the race tight.

The 45 minute exchange allowed both candidates a brief opportunity to describe their qualifications and express differences on several key issues

Contender Maloney served three years as staff secretary for President Bill Clinton.

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Elections
6:00 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Fact Check: Romney's Stance on Gun Control

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.

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Elections
1:22 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

October Surmise: Predicting The Next President

Fans wear President Obama and Mitt Romney masks at the Atlanta Braves-Miami Marlins game Sept. 25 in Atlanta. One of many quirky election year predictors is based on which candidate's likeness sells better as a Halloween mask.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 4:07 pm

Predicting a presidential winner is one of America's favorite pastimes in an election year.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

New Endorsements In Massachusetts Senate Race

Both candidates in the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts are touting new endorsements.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

Democrat Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday picked up the backing of President Barack Obama, who said Warren will be "a strong, tireless and determined advocate for the people of Massachusetts."

The Democratic president also noted the Harvard Law School professor's role in creating a federal consumer watchdog agency.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Vermont Attorney General Candidates Debate

One of the most-watched contests in Vermont this election season is the race for the state Attorney General.  The state’s largest newspaper recently hosted a debate between the three candidates vying for the position.

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