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New England News
3:40 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

State Senators Hear Western Mass. Accomplishments And Concerns

State Senator Ben Downing, on left, was joined by seven of his colleagues for a stop on the Senate's Commonwealth Conversation tour in Great Barrington.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

A little less than a month after Republican Governor Charlie Baker and members of his team embarked on a statewide tour, leaders of the Democratic legislature are following suit. And the Senate’s Commonwealth Conversation Tour included a stop in Great Barrington.

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New England News
5:30 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Mass. Lawmakers To Review Gov. Baker's Proposed Budget Cuts

Mass. Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst)
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has outlined more than $500 million in cuts the Republican believes will help close a $768 million budget gap. The Democratic Senate plans to drill down on those recommendations.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

MA Senate Passes Bill Allowing Early Voting

Massachusetts residents would be able to cast ballots up to 10 days before an election and register to vote on Election Day under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Massachusetts Senate Thursday. 

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New England News
7:03 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Mass. Senate Approves Bill To Allow Early Voting

Massachusetts residents would be able to cast ballots up to 10 days before an election and register to vote on Election Day under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Massachusetts Senate.

The bill would also let voters register online.

The House last year approved a similar bill that would let voters cast ballots up to two weeks before a presidential election.

The Senate bill expands that to allow early voting in all biennial state elections and primaries by 2016.

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New England News
8:49 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Patrick Reviewing Proposed Mass. Welfare Changes

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he is reviewing a proposal to require photo identification on electronic benefit transfer cards used by welfare recipients.

The governor would not immediately say if he would allow the measure to become law. The Legislature added the provision to a spending bill that reached Patrick's desk on Monday.

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New England News
12:18 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Boston Globe politics editor surveys crowded Senate field

All of a sudden, the field of candidates who want to replace John Kerry as Massachusetts Senator is a crowded one. WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Boston Globe political editor Cynthia Needham about the state of race.
 

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New England News
4:49 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Scott Brown Will Not Run For U.S. Senate

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There will be no senate comeback bid this year for Scott Brown. The former Republican senator announced Friday he will not run in the special election to fill the vacancy left by  John Kerry’s departure.

Brown  who became a national Republican star with his upset victory in the 2010 special election for senate in Massachusetts, then lost to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren last year, has decided to sit out this year’s senate campaign.

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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
WAMC

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
12:30 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Massachusetts Senate Candidates To Debate In Springfield

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Republican U.S Senator Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren will square off tonight in their 3rd  debate in the volatile Massachusetts Senate Race.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

The debate will take place at Springfield Symphony Hall at 7PM. It is the  only debate being held in the western part of the stat. And, it is the most crucial of the four debates in the opinion of  Springfield based political consultant Anthony Cignoli.

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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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