The five candidates hoping to become the next governor of Massachusetts met in western Massachusetts last night for their first broadcast debate. With five weeks to Election Day, and polls indicating a close race, the frontrunners played it safe and avoided gaffes.
Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley differed on the need for universal preschool and indexing the gasoline tax to inflation during a mostly cordial hour-long debate in Springfield Monday night that also included the three independent candidates for governor.
The candidates for governor of Massachusetts will meet in Springfield tonight in the only western Massachusetts debate before Election Day. Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley, independents Evan Falchuk, Jeff McCormick and Scott Lively, and Republican Charlie Baker will take part in the hourlong debate. The latest polls show Coakley and Baker in a neck-and-neck race. Baker spoke today with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.
In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Attorney General Martha Coakley is looking for redemption.
Former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle ( 2nd from right) is seen here at the start of a meeting of the board of trustees in Oct. 2013. At the conclusion of a nearly 10-hour meeting the board put Dobelle on leave. He retired a month later.
The former president of Westfield State University, Evan Dobelle, must now answer to allegations brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General that he misused public funds. Dobelle’s attorney said he looks forward to having his day in court and to restoring his tarnished reputation.
A 27-page complaint filed in state court in Boston Thursday by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley accuses Dobelle of charging the university for personal items, trips, meals in fancy restaurants, and family vacations totaling nearly $100,000.
Young people from across Massachusetts are planning to converge on the Statehouse to press for more funding for youth summer jobs programs.
The protesters plan to hold a rally at the Old South Church in Boston at 11:30 a.m. Thursday before marching to the Statehouse to press lawmakers to approve up to $24.5 million to support three youth jobs initiatives.
Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democratic candidate for governor, is scheduled to address the rally.