October 22, 2012 |
As in previous debates, Mitt Romney has referred to the education system in Massachusetts as No. 1 in the nation. On Monday, he referred, in particular, to fourth- and eighth-graders ranking at the top. Student achievement in Massachusetts is arguably first in the country based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a test given to a sample of students nationwide. These are the test results to which Romney was referring. Massachusetts also has been praised for its rigorous academic standards.
November 6, 2012 |
In one of the nation's marquee U.S. Senate races this November, Democratic challenger and Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren hopes to unseat Sen. Scott Brown, who won a stunning victory two years ago in a state with just 11% of voters registered as Republican. Warren's campaign has drawn a lot of attention from the left for her promises to crack down on abuses by Wall Street. For his part, Brown -- whose election first broke the Democrats' filibuster-proof majority in the Senate as President Barack Obama worked to pass his signature healthcare law - has positioned himself as a moderate while drawing millions in donations from financial firms wary of Warren's rhetoric.
February 17, 2012 |
Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, whose upset victory in early 2010 marked the moment when many started to take the tea party movement seriously, leads his likely 2012 Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren by 9 percentage points, according to a new survey of voters. Brown has 49% support compared with Warren's 40%, according to a Suffolk University poll released Thursday. Warren, whose reputation as a consumer advocate has made her the darling of progressive activists, holds a commanding lead over her Democratic challengers for the party's nomination, which will be decided in the primary election Sept.
August 8, 2011 |
Massachusetts, whose 2006 healthcare overhaul provided a template for the landmark national law signed by President Obama last year, has already demonstrated that it is possible to achieve almost universal health coverage. Now, the trailblazing state is providing another clue about what may happen when the federal government begins guaranteeing health insurance for all citizens starting in 2014. Massachusetts community health centers and so-called safety-net hospitals - originally created to serve the poor and uninsured - have seen no let-up in demand, even after the state's reforms, according to new research published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
January 20, 2010 |
In a stunning blow to Democrats, Republican Scott Brown on Tuesday seized the Massachusetts Senate seat once held by Edward M. Kennedy, handing the GOP the crucial vote that could thwart President Obama's far-reaching agenda, beginning with healthcare reform. More broadly, Brown's epic upset signals the start of what could be an exceedingly tough year nationwide for Democrats, who are fighting to hang on to their majorities in the House and Senate in a political climate that seems to grow more hostile by the day. "The effort to pass Obama's legislative agenda has grown more difficult, a flood of new Democratic congressional retirements may follow, and Republicans will certainly feel emboldened to expand their list of Democratic targets for the fall election," said Rhodes Cook, an independent campaign analyst.
June 2, 2011 |
— At least two tornadoes swept through western and central Massachusetts on Wednesday, slamming debris into buildings, toppling trees and killing four people, the governor said. The storms did extensive damage in Springfield, the state's third-largest city with 150,000 people. About 40 people were injured, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said. One person died in Springfield, two in West Springfield and another in Brimfield, authorities said. Tornadoes were reported in several other communities, including Monson and Sturbridge.