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   There was confirmation today that Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will run for reelection in 2018.

VIDEO: Attorney General Jeff Sessions On Capitol Hill

Nov 14, 2017
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is back on Capitol Hill for a House Judiciary Committee hearing about his oversight of the Justice Department. He is also likely to face questions about Trump campaign contacts with Russia. Watch the hearing live and learn about the key players and terms that will likely be raised.


Following a record low voter turnout for last month’s primary, the city of Springfield is taking steps to remind people to vote on November 7th. 


Voters in Massachusetts in 2018 may decide on a major tax cut, raising the minimum wage, and putting a surtax on the state’s highest earners along with several other issues that have been cleared legally as potential ballot questions.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is in western Massachusetts today. 

She spoke this morning at the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council’s annual Labor Day breakfast.  This afternoon, the Democrat is scheduled to tour the Northampton VA Medical Center.   

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke exclusively with Warren following her speech at the breakfast in Chicopee.


  With a highly competitive and crowded field of candidates for City Council and School Committee, the League of Women Voters in Springfield, Massachusetts has launched an interactive online voters’ guide.

      It has been an election season of surprises in Springfield, Massachusetts and voters have not even gone to the polls yet.

Watch #AlbanyDebate |First Democratic Mayoral Debate

Aug 17, 2017

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio and WNYT NewsChannel 13 will host a live debate among the Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany — Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin, and Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr. — on August 17th from 8-9 p.m. at The Linda, WAMC's performing arts studio, at 339 Central Ave. in Albany. You can tune in here.


A former Massachusetts legislator has withdrawn from the crowded field of Springfield City Council candidates citing a potential conflict of interest.


     Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey said he is optimistic about prospects for a bipartisan effort on shoring up the Affordable Care Act now that Republican repeal efforts have failed.


Despite a judge’s ruling, voters in Massachusetts will still need to register in advance to cast ballots in upcoming municipal elections.


The field of Republicans looking to take on Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren next year is growing.

The dean of the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts says he is calling it a career. 

City Councilors in Springfield, Ma voted 9-3 to override Mayor Domenic Sarno's veto of an ordinance creating a five-member board of police commissioners.

  This year’s municipal election in the largest city in western Massachusetts has drawn a large number of candidates.  Even in the absence of an election for mayor in Springfield, it is shaping up to be a very hot campaign season.


  This year’s municipal election in the largest city in western Massachusetts has drawn a large number of candidates.

     The longest-serving current mayor in western Massachusetts is not seeking re-election this year to a ninth term.

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The longest-serving current mayor in western Massachusetts has announced he won’t seek reelection to a ninth term this year. 

Environmentalist and entrepreneur Bob Massie is running for governor in Massachusetts.

    One of the more colorful characters in Massachusetts political history has died.

The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is working to cultivate a good relationship with the Trump White House.


Gearing up for a reelection campaign next year, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren today continued a recent series of meetings with Massachusetts constituents.


Republicans in the Massachusetts Senate plan to introduce a bill to reimburse cities and towns for the mandated costs of last year’s early voting. 

      As President Donald Trump delivers his first speech to a joint session of Congress in prime time tonight his job approval ratings are historically low. 


The first early voting held in Massachusetts last year was very successful, but it proved expensive for cities and towns, and the state auditor said Tuesday the state should pay some of the costs. 

Breakaway NYS Senate Democrats Face Backlash

Feb 8, 2017

A faction of breakaway Democrats in the New York state Senate has been gaining members lately, but they are now facing a backlash, including raucous opposition at meetings in their districts.

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        The first Democrat has formally announced a run for governor of Massachusetts in 2018.

An exterior view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston

   Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has vetoed a bill raising the pay of state legislators and other elected officials, but his action is likely to be only symbolic.


     For many in Massachusetts, Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States was no cause for celebration. 

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   There won’t be much celebrating in Massachusetts Friday when Donald Trump becomes president of the United States.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is holding a post-election town hall in Springfield tomorrow evening.