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Politics
6:12 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Massachusetts Republicans Look For Early Convention To Give Candidates A Boost

Republicans nominated a full ticket of candidates for statewide offices at the 2014 convention in Boston
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Republicans endorsed a full slate of candidates at the party’s convention over the weekend.  This year’s election will feature open seats for Governor, Lt. Governor and two other statewide offices.

The GOP is hoping to make inroads in Massachusetts where it currently holds no statewide offices, no seats in the state’s congressional delegation and is outnumbered in the Massachusetts legislature by about 5 to 1.

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Politics
12:28 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Massachusetts Republicans Back Baker For Governor

Charlie Baker addresses the Massachusetts Republican Convention after delegates voted overwhelmingly to endorse him for governor.

Charlie Baker, making his second run for governor in Massachusetts, got the Republican nomination at the state party convention over the weekend.  Baker narrowly avoided a primary fight – at least for now.

Republican activists at the state convention in Boston strongly backed Baker for their party’s gubernatorial nomination with 82 percent of the 2,500 delegates voting for him.

" Thank you for believing in me," Baker said to the cheering delegates.

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Politics
12:42 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Massachusetts Republican Party Chair Optimistic About 2014

Massachusetts Republican Chair Kirsten Hughes

Massachusetts Republicans hold a convention in Boston on Saturday to endorse candidates for statewide office.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with state Republican Party Chair Kirsten Hughes.  

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New England News
6:28 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Kerry's Departure For Diplomacy Leads To Markey's Elevation To Senate

Credit wikipedia commons

2013 should have been an off-year for statewide politics in Massachusetts, but that was not the case, as the state’s voters were called upon to elect another new U.S. Senator

The election cycle actually began in late 2012 when President Obama nominated Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to be U.S. Secretary of State. After securing Senate confirmation in January, Kerry resigned from the Senate seat he had held for 28 years.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Rosenberg Making Plans To Lead Massachusetts Senate Starting In 2015

State Senator Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst is poised to become the next president of the Massachusetts Senate.  The 63 year old Rosenberg, who has been in the state legislature since 1987, announced he had received the overwhelming support of the Democratic caucus on Wednesday to succeed Senate President Therese Murray when her term ends.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rosenberg.

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New England News
4:46 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Western Mass. Will Lose Ally When Murray Departs

When Timothy Murray steps down next month as Massachusetts lieutenant governor it will mean the state’s top elected officials will all reside in the greater Boston area.

   It is rare for a politician who lives west of the Boston suburbs to win election to statewide office. Jane Swift of North Adams was elected  lieutenant governor in 1998 and later served two years as acting governor. Murray, who is from Worcester, forged a bond with western Massachusetts. State Representative Angelo Puppolo of Springfield does not believe the region will suffer when Murray leaves office.

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New England News
12:10 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe - Voter Apathy And The U.S. Senate Speical Election Primary

Scot Lehigh

Voters in Massachusetts are going to the polls on Tuesday for a primary to select candidates for the upcoming special election to replace Senator John Kerry.  Kerry, of course went on the replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State earlier this year. For a preview on what to expect on primary day WAMC's Bob Barrett spoke with Scot Lehigh, a columnist for the Boston Globe.

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New England News
12:10 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Democratic Senate Candidates Drop The Gloves In Final Debate

U.S. Representative Edward Markey and U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch held a fiery debate in Springfield one week before the April 30 primary for Senate.
Credit The Springfield Republican ( debate pool photograph)

With just a week remaining before the primaries in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts the two Democratic candidates held a debate in Springfield last night that was punctuated with heated rhetoric. 

The two veteran U.S. Representatives, Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey, argued bitterly over their Congressional voting records on issues ranging from homeland security to health care to the bailout of the automobile industry. Markey accused Lynch of personal attacks and deliberate distortions, while Lynch at one point called Markey a “liar.”

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Politics
5:01 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Democratic Senate Candidates Debate In Springfield Tonight

With exactly one week until the party primaries in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts the two Democratic candidates will participate in a debate in Springfield.

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New England News
9:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

GOP ex-MA Lt. Gov. Healey opts out of US Senate race

Former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor and state Republican Party chair Kerry Healey.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

BOSTON (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey has joined a growing list of Republicans who've ruled out running in a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the departure of former Sen. John Kerry.

Healey said Monday she was grateful for the advice of those who urged her to get into the race but said she's decided against it.

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