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Former Republican Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei speaks to reporters in Wakefield, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, after announcing he will run for the state's 6th Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. John Tierney. Tisei is one of three openly gay Republicans nationwide expected to run in this year's midterm elections for Congress. (AP)
Former Republican Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei speaks to reporters in Wakefield, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, after announcing he will run for the state's 6th Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. John Tierney. Tisei is one of three openly gay Republicans nationwide expected to run in this year's midterm elections for Congress. (AP)
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We'll begin today with the future of the Massachusetts Republican party in this deep blue state. For many years the state GOP shied away from polarizing social issues that have come to dominate the Grand Old Party in other parts of the country. But last night, the Republican State Committee overwhelmingly backed a new party platform that ventures into that very territory, particularly on abortion and gay marriage.

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David Scharfenberg, WBUR political reporter.

Amy Carnevale, chair of the Mass. GOP's platform committee.

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Boston Globe "After a spirited debate in which some members disputed whether social issues should be included in the party’s guiding principles at all, the activists backed the new platform by a 52-to-16 vote. With the vote, the activists aimed straight at some of the social issues that the Republican Party has long intentionally shied away from in Massachusetts, where liberal and libertarian views dominate public discourse."

This segment aired on February 26, 2014.

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