massachusetts politics

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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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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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Kerry Thanks Massachusetts Supporters

US Senator John Kerry (D-MA) flanked by US Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) l, and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
Credit WAMC

John Kerry is spending his final day as a United State Senator thanking the people of Massachusetts. Events were scheduled in the state’s three largest cities, with the farewell tour beginning in Springfield.

After 28 years representing Massachusetts in the United States Senate John Kerry said closing that chapter of his career is bittersweet.

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New England News
8:25 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Brown 'leaning strongly' toward Senate bid; Rep. Steven Lynch also expected to confirm candidacy

Left, Former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown. Right, Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Steven Lynch. Both are expected to confirm they will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by John Kerry.
Credit Fickr/Diane Beckwith-Zink and Wikimedia Commons

BOSTON (AP) — GOP officials close to Scott Brown report that the former Republican senator is "leaning strongly toward running" in the special election to replace Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry.

They report that Brown is likely to enter the race early next week. The officials spoke Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to share internal discussions.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Republican Lawmakers Call for Departure of Mass. Sec. of Health and Human Services

Republicans in the state Legislature in Massachusetts are calling for the departure of JudyAnn Bigby, the state's health and human services secretary.

In a letter sent on Thursday to Gov. Deval Patrick, House Republicans cited "poor management" in the aftermath of two recent crises: The alleged tampering with drug tests at a former Department of Public Health lab, and a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a Framingham compounding pharmacy that was regulated by the state.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Women, Big Democratic Turnout Key Warren Win

Elizabeth Warren is going to be the first woman from Massachusetts to serve in the United States Senate.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill looks at Warren’s historic victory in Tuesday’s election.

The outcome of Tuesday’s closely watched, highly competitive election for US Senate in Massachusetts was not surprising, but was none the less improbable.  When the campaign began,  Warren was a relatively obscure, first time candidate, according to Tim Vercellotti, the director of the Western New England University Polling Institute.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Massachusetts Senate Candidates Debate In Springfield

People line up to enter Symphony Hall in Springfield MA for Wednesday night's Massachusetts senate candidates debate

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.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Massachusett Senate Candidates Hold Combative Debate

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.

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