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Warren: Bill Would Bar Credit Checks By Employers

Dec 18, 2013

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is introducing legislation that would ban what she calls the widespread use of personal credit history by employers looking to hire workers.

Warren said the practice unfairly targets women, minorities, seniors, students and others with fewer resources to bounce back financially after a personal setback like an illness or divorce.

Those low credit ratings can follow an individual for years.

Warren told reporters there's little evidence of any correlation between a poor credit rating and job performance.

Mass. US Senators Defend Votes On Filibuster Rule

Nov 25, 2013

Massachusetts' two U.S. senators are defending their support of a key change to the Senate's filibuster rule.

Senate Democrats pushed through the change Thursday.

Instead of requiring a 60-vote majority to end debate and allow a yes-or-no vote on presidential nominees to federal courts or cabinet departments, a simple majority can now clear the way for a final vote.

Republicans cried foul, but the state's two Democratic senators say the change was needed given GOP obstructionism.

US Sen. Warren: Delay New Flood Insurance Rules

Sep 20, 2013

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren says she's concerned about new federal flood insurance rules.

Warren is pressing Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate about the impact of the new rules on families in Massachusetts and across the country who have been placed into a flood zone for the first time.

Warren said those families are now being asked to pay thousands of dollars in premiums.

Mayoral Preliminaries To Be Held In Mass. Cities

Sep 17, 2013
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Voters in several Massachusetts cities are heading to the polls to whittle down the number of candidates running for mayor.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, the state's youngest mayor at age 24, has four challengers in his bid for a second term.

In Lawrence, Mayor William Lantigua faces five challengers in today’s preliminary election, with the two top-vote getters advancing to the general election in November.

US Sens. Markey, Warren Weigh Attack On Syria

Sep 5, 2013

Two Massachusetts Democratic U.S. senators say they want more information before deciding how to vote on President Barack Obama's request for limited military action in Syria.

Sen. Edward Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday he voted "present" on the latest version of the resolution.

Markey said he wanted to review classified materials and was concerned about the unintended consequences of an attack. He said the current resolution is too broad.

Sens. Warren, Markey To Attend Labor Day Breakfast

Sep 2, 2013
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Massachusetts U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are expected to join union leaders for Boston's annual Labor Day Breakfast.

The breakfast is scheduled this morning at the Park Plaza Hotel and is sponsored by the Greater Boston Labor Council.

The breakfast traditionally provides politicians a chance to affirm their support of labor issues.

Warren Plans Mass. Visits During Congress Break

Aug 21, 2013

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is making visits around the state this week as Congress takes its August break.

This afternoon the Massachusetts Democrat tours the AbbVie Bioresearch Center in Worcester. That's followed by a trip to Springfield for Sheriff Michael Ashe's annual clambake.

US Sens. Warren, Markey Balk At Student Loan Deal

Jul 23, 2013

Massachusetts U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are faulting a compromise deal on student loans, saying it doesn't go far enough to protect students.

While the deal could lower rates for students over the next few years, it could spell higher rates as the economy improves.

Warren said that while she's in favor of a compromise, the deal that's currently on the table doesn't do enough to reduce what she said are the profits the government is making off the backs of students.

Markey Again Asks Gomez To Sign "People's Pledge"

May 6, 2013
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Democrat Edward Markey is pressing his Republican opponent in the state's special U.S. Senate election to sign a pledge to discourage outside groups from spending money on TV, radio and Internet campaign ads.

Markey sent a letter to Republican Gabriel Gomez Friday asking that he join him at the Omni Parker House in Boston today to sign the so-called "People's Pledge."

Gomez refused to sign the pledge and instead demanded Markey return the millions he's received from political action committees during his three decades in Congress.

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Newly-elected Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren continued  her  first tour of Western Massachusetts after being sworn-in by hearing from constituents in the Berkshires. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports...

At Pittsfield City Hall, Warren met with lawmakers, and local  officials, where they discussed a variety of topics including the county’s infrastructure, public safety, education, and economic development.

Democratic US Senate Candidate  Elizabeth Warren met with members of the press at the Berkshire Eagle on Monday. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended the meeting and filed this report…


The candidates for US Senate in Massachusetts met for a third debate Wednesday night. The face off in Springfield produced sharp exchanges on policy issues including taxes, healthcare and women’s rights.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.


Republican U.S Senator Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren will square off tonight in their 3rd  debate in the volatile Massachusetts Senate Race.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

The debate will take place at Springfield Symphony Hall at 7PM. It is the  only debate being held in the western part of the stat. And, it is the most crucial of the four debates in the opinion of  Springfield based political consultant Anthony Cignoli.

The two candidates in the closely watched U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts had a combative debate Monday night.  In their second face to face showdown, Republican incumbent Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren  aggressively clashed on several issues.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The closely watched race for the US Senate in Massachusetts has taken a negative turn. With three recent polls showing Democrat Elizabeth Warren  with a small lead among likely voters, Republican incumbent Scott Brown is targeting Warren’s character.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

After sparring at a distance for almost a year through campaign events and advertising, the two candidates for US Senate in Massachusetts met  face to face Thursday night. No attacks were spared in the hour long broadcast debate.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

   Republican Incumbent US Senator Scott Brown questioned Democratic challenger’s Elizabeth Warren’s character, saying she had been dishonest in claiming to be of Native American heritage. He said the policies she advocates would result in a crushing jobs killing tax burden.

        The  race for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts between Republican incumbent Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren is intensifying.  As the fall sprint to election day begins, a new poll finds Warren has pulled ahead.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill reports.


Union officials who gathered in western Massachusetts Friday for a Labor Day observance said they were energized by President Obama’s  Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.  The task for the labor leaders now is to convince union households not to desert the  Democratic party as the economy continues to struggle.  WAMC”S Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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 head of the Massachusetts Democratic Party is apologizing for suggesting that Republican Sen. Scott Brown was trying to portray himself as "an honorary girl" in TV ads that seek to attract women voters. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Chairman John Walsh said in a statement he regretted the remark, which he said was made in the excitement of the opening of the party's national convention.

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The Massachusetts Republican Party has filed a series of public information requests to investigate the state’s mailings of voter registration forms to welfare recipients – a move the GOP claims is politically motivated. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

The Massachusetts Republican Party says that when the state settled in a lawsuit, brought on by a political advocacy group, it was part of an insider move to strengthen support for Democratic Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren. Tim Buckley of the Mass GOP…

       WAMC"s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Springfield Massachusetts based political consultant Anthony Cignoli, who commented on the political impact of Thursday's US Supreme Court ruling.

Senator Scott Brown’s campaign says the Republican incumbent won’t take part in a debate hosted by the Kennedy Institute  and U-Mass Boston.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

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Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts has been re-energized. Her last remaining challenger for the Democratic nomination fell by the wayside at the party’s endorsement convention in Springfield over the weekend.  New polls showed the race between Warren and  Republican incumbent Scott Brown  remains a dead heat.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and likely Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren are releasing several years of tax returns.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Brown made his federal and state returns for the tax years 2006-2011 available for inspection by reporters on Friday. Warren was expected to release four years of returns later Friday.

In the most recent tax year, Brown and his wife, Gail Huff, reported total income of $510,856 and paid federal taxes of about $125,000 after a refund. They also contributed more than $16,000 to charity.

U.S. Senator Brown, Warren to Release Tax Returns

Apr 27, 2012

Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown and likely Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren are planning to release several years of tax returns.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The two campaigns said they'll make the returns public today. 

The decision to release the returns followed more than a week of negotiations during which both campaigns haggled over when to unveil the returns and how many years to release.

Both campaigns are also hoping to use the information in the returns to take political jabs at each other.