9/15/14 Panel

Sep 15, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Islamic State Threat
Senate Control
Obama Legacy
"Living in Sin" Couples Married by Pope

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Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has started looking for campaign staff and courting the political elite in New Hampshire.

Before JFK became the man who led America through the days of Camelot, there was John F. Kennedy - junior senator from Massachusetts. The senate is, after all, where JFK's leadership and presidential ambitions truly began.

JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency, is a new book that deals exclusively with JFK’s years in the senate and how they helped catapult him towards the presidency.

John Shaw is a Senior Correspondent and Vice President for Market News International, and a contributing writer to the Washington Diplomat.

Senate Votes To Advance Specialty Pharmacy Bill

Nov 13, 2013

The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a bill designed to tighten government oversight of pharmacies that custom-mix prescription drugs, in the wake of last year's deadly meningitis outbreak tied to contaminated pain injections.

Olympia Snowe

May 20, 2013

    Former Senator of Maine, Olympia Snowe, joins us to talk about getting out of the Senate and how to save it.

Her new book is Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress.

This week saw the end of the Massachusetts special Senate election primaries, with Congressman Ed Markey claiming the Democratic nod to face Republican Gabriel Gomez, who won a three-way race. The two will face off at the ballot box on June 25 and have wasted no time trading criticism. Political observer Dr. Alan Chartock says polling, which showed Markey ahead just 44 to 40 in the early going, predicts a close race.

  The future of the postal service is in question.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Stephen Lynch, who is running in the Democratic primary for Senate, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is against postal cuts. 

Congressional colleagues are now electoral opponents in Massachusetts.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Stephen Lynch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is running for Senate on his own merits, not merely to oppose Congressman Ed Markey. 

  Immigration reform appears near – but that’s on the Senate side.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he hopes immigration reform can pass through the House as well.


With Senator John Kerry’s resignation taking effect Friday, and an interim appointee named, the field is taking shape  for the special senate election in Massachusetts.

The special election scheduled for June 25th will be the third time since January 2010 that Massachusetts voters trek to the polls to pick a US Senator.   The new campaign is launching just a couple of months after Massachusetts voters settled the most expensive race in the nation between then incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown and now Senator Elizabeth Warren.