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      Voting rights advocates hope to establish automatic voter registration in Massachusetts.


Voting rights advocates are urging Massachusetts to create an automatic voter registration system

The ACLU of Massachusetts has launched a voter education campaign to spotlight the local elected officials who are among the most powerful in the criminal justice system: the District Attorney.

The House seat left vacant by the death last month of a longtime western Massachusetts legislator will not be filled until the November Election. 

   The abrupt exit of Stan Rosenberg from the presidency of the Massachusetts Senate has led to speculation about who will be the leader of the chamber in 2019.   Another Democrat from western Massachusetts is considering running for Senate President.

Live Video Stream — Trump Addresses CPAC

Feb 23, 2018
Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

President Trump is speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. His comments come amid a debate about gun laws after a shooting a high school in Parkland, Fla. National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre spoke at CPAC on Thursday, warning conservatives of a "socialist agenda" to take firearms from law-abiding citizens. Trump called the NRA and LaPierre "Great American Patriots" in a tweet Thursday morning and later said the organization "is ready to do things" to address the problem of gun violence.

A long-time state legislator from western Massachusetts has died.


Governor Charlie Baker has signed a supplemental appropriations bill approved by the legislature that includes money to reimburse cities and towns for early voting expenses in 2016.

A powerful member of the Massachusetts House leadership from western Massachusetts has decided not to run for re-election this year.

   A powerful member of the Massachusetts House leadership from western Massachusetts is not running for re-election.

      A veteran state legislator from western Massachusetts  says he is going to retire.

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     Democrats in the Massachusetts Senate moved this week to address a leadership crisis that was threatening to drown the legislative agenda in the final few months of the two-year session.


The Massachusetts House has approved a supplemental budget that includes money to reimburse cities and towns for the costs of having early voting for the first time in 2016.


    There was not much hope for bipartisan compromise on major issues going into last night’s State of The Union address by President Trump and it appears those low expectations were met. 


    The top election official in Massachusetts has scheduled the state’s 2018 primary for September 4th — the day after Labor Day.  Secretary of State William Galvin is also proposing legislation to allow five days of early voting for the primaries.


The top election official in Massachusetts has scheduled the state’s 2018 primary for September 4th— the day after Labor Day.  

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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
Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

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.