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New England News
5:51 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Gov. Patrick Has Harsh Words for Members of Congress

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had some harsh words the federal government as he made stops in the western part of the state today.

“It’s embarrassing," said Patrick.

“The Tea Party Republicans are playing a big game with the lives of some little people frankly,” he said. “I think that’s got to end.”

The democrat says this is not a new issue, but it has reached a new level.

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New England News
4:30 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Study Finds Primary Care Shortage in Western Mass.

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A recent study shows there aren’t enough doctors in Massachusetts and the problem is even worse west of Springfield.

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New England News
7:22 am
Thu September 19, 2013

New Law Would Put 17-Year-Olds In Juvenile Court

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Congressional Corner with Tim Vercellotti

  Ted Kennedy and John Kerry are names of the past when it comes to Massachusetts’ Senate delegation.

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 Senator Elizabeth Warren is unusually popular nationally.

New England News
6:53 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Federal Court Decision Could Affect Biomass Industry

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not have the authority to put a "biogenic carbon deferral" into place in 2011 that would postpone regulating the carbon emissions from biogenic sources for three years.

The temporary deferral was set to expire in 2014, when EPA is due to release a decision on the future regulations of biomass energy after the results of a 3-year study on carbon emissions associated with bioenergy sources.

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New England News
3:28 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Massachusetts State Senator Dan Wolf - Flying Towards The Top Of Beacon Hill

Massachusetts State Senator Dan Wolf

Dan Wolf wants to go from the cockpit to the governor’s office. Wolf is a state senator from Cape Cod, and one of the founders of the regional airline Cape Air. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in an increasingly crowded field of candidates who want to replace Governor Deval Patrick who is not seeking re-election next year. Speaking with WAMC’s Brian Shields, Wolf says he began Cape Air as a mechanic and pilot, which gives him the right experience for the governor’s job.

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New England News
6:32 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Mass. Governor Signs FY 2014 Budget, Vetoes Transportation Funding

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today signed the fiscal year 2014 budget into law and vetoed millions of dollars dedicated toward transportation and local aid in a bid to pressure lawmakers to accept his revisions to a still unresolved transportation finance bill.

Governor Patrick addressed reporters at a press conference after signing the $33.6 billion spending plan. He paid specific attention to programs that aim to close the achievement gap, reduce healthcare costs, and prevent youth violence. 

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Berkshire Democrats Back Plan To Reinstate Tolls On Mass Pike

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Democratic lawmakers in the Berkshires have voiced their support for a transportation budget that would reinstate tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike from the New York border through Springfield.

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WAMC News
9:21 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Markey Wins Special U.S. Senate Election in MA

BOSTON (AP) — Longtime Democratic Rep. Edward Markey has won a special election in Massachusetts to succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.

The 66-year-old Markey on Tuesday beat Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and political newcomer.


The race did not draw the deep interest of the 2010 special election between Republican former Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley. Brown pulled out a surprise victory that year, though he lost the seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in November.

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New England News
7:51 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

New Leaders Announced For Mass. Exec. Office Of Health And Human Services

The Massachusetts Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services recently announced new leaders of several key Health and Human positions.

Secretary John Polanowicz said that the new team is “strong and experienced” and will help the Patrick administration “advance goals around health care access, youth violence prevention, and strengthening our safety net services.”

Stacey Monahan was named the new Commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance. Monahan had served as Interim Commissioner following the resignation of Daniel Curley in February.

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