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Republicans Criticize A Mass. Voter Registration Program

Republicans in Massachusetts are questioning a decision by state officials to send voter registration letters to a half-a-million welfare recipients.   WAMC”S Paul  Tuthill reports.

   Republicans are trying to gain political capital from the disclosure that Massachusetts spent  $276,000 to send voter registration information to welfare recipients.. State officials say it was done in order to settle a lawsuit that alleged the state had violated a federal law requiring that people be given a chance to register to vote when they access public assistance.   The campaign of Republican Senator Scott Brown  turned the controversy into a fund raising appeal, branding the voter registration effort  an example of Beacon Hill Machine politics. Brown’s campaign also noted the daughter of his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, is on the board of the group that pushed the lawsuit.  The state Republican party Thursday demanded to see any relative communication including from the Governor’s office..

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.