James McGovern

2:02 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

McGovern: Zimmerman Decision Wrong

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Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the 2nd District, says he is disappointed with the jury’s decision in the George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin on Saturday night, leading to widespread protests in the days since.

"Trayvon Martin was obviously profiled and I think a terrible tragedy occurred," McGovern tells WAMC. "I’m glad the civil rights department of the Justice Department will be looking into this because I do think at the base of all of this is the issue of civil rights."

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New England News
6:25 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Mass. Lawmakers Asked to Provide Home Heating Assistance in Shadow of Federal Cuts

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.

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New England News
12:55 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

McGovern Files Constitutional Amendments On Campaign Finance

U.S. Rep. James McGovern (D-MA)
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Massachusetts Congressman James McGovern  introduced two constitutional amendments this week aimed at campaign finance reform. The amendments are in response to the controversial US Supreme Court “Citizens United” decision that found corporations have the same free speech rights as people.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Congressman McGovern.