Politics

The Codcast: A conversation with teeth in it

Oral health is intrinsically related to overall physical health but for those without dental insurance, especially poor children, access to a dentist presents challenges both financially and geographically. State Sen. Harriette Chandler of Worcester and state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli of Lenox have introduced bills in the Legislature to create a new practitioner called “dental(...)

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Emotional Baker nixes walking in St. Pat’s parade

Emotional Baker nixes walking in St. Pat’s parade

'That word veteran, to me, it approaches holy,' he says

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER indicated on Wednesday that he will probably not march in the Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade because OUTVETS, a group of gay veterans, is not being allowed to participate. In responding to a reporter’s question, the governor became visibly emotional, saying he had spent time over the weekend with the families and(...)

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Sparks fly on electric vehicle provision

Sparks fly on electric vehicle provision

Obscure state board split on change in building code

A FIGHT IS BREWING on Beacon Hill over how far the state should go in promoting the adoption of zero emission vehicles. Environmental advocates and many state lawmakers want new homes and commercial buildings to come equipped with the electrical lines needed to hook up electric vehicle chargers. Developers and home builders, however, say customers(...)

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Senators leave money on the table

Senators leave money on the table

No lawmaker takes three stipends, some decline any increase

PUBLIC PRESSURE APPEARS to have won out as no Massachusetts state senator opted to receive three stipends for leadership positions as they could have under the rules and three Democratic lawmakers eschewed any increase in their pay. The increases are part of a broad package of pay raises for lawmakers, constitutional officers, and judges that was(...)

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No place for ‘personal attack’ on Bump

No place for ‘personal attack’ on Bump

CommonWealth should have called out Pioneer Institute official

I AM A FAN of MassINC and CommonWealth magazine, and a regular listener to the podcasts you produce. But I want to express in the strongest terms possible my outrage and disappointment in the standards on display at the end of that podcast featuring state Auditor Suzanne Bump and the Pioneer Institute’s Greg Sullivan regarding(...)

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Trump’s working class appeal

  The narrative explaining Donald Trump’s surprise victory in November has been anchored by the undercurrent of white working class anxiety and discontent that he tapped. It helped flip three crucial industrial states — Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — into Trump’s column and handed him the White House. Trump is keenly aware of who buttered(...)

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