massachusetts politics

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
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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
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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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New England News
12:16 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Brown Goes On The Offensive In Tight Massachusett Senate Race

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.

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New England News
6:08 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Conservative Political Group Rates MA Legislators

A Massachusetts group has released their annual ratings of state lawmakers on taxpayer friendliness. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more on how the legislative session stacked-up…

The Citizens for Limited Taxation rate each lawmaker on how they performed, according to the group’s philosophy, on, as Associate Director of CLT and Director of CLT’s political action committee Chip Faulkner says...

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Berkshire Voters to Choose Middle Register of Deeds in Democratic Primary

Tomorrow, Massachusetts voters will head to the polls to vote in the September 6th Democratic Primary. And in Berkshire County, primary voters will also choose a new Middle Berkshire Register of Deeds. WAMC's Berkshire bureau Chief Lucas Willard has an eye on the closely watched race....

The Register of Deeds position itself manages and records all deeds, land titles, and land records for a district within the Commonwealth. It is an elected and not appointed position. 

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New England News
5:56 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

MA Dems Try to Link Sen. Scott Brown to Paul Ryan

Massachusetts Democrats are trying to tie Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown to Mitt Romney's hand-picked running mate, conservative Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan.  Lucas Willard has more…

Democrats are banking that Ryan's budget proposals, including his plans to transform Medicare into a voucher system and re-shape the nation's tax system, could undermine support for Brown and other Massachusetts Republicans, including congressional hopeful Richard Tisei.

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