Politics

Pro-pot Jehlen to head marijuana panel

Pro-pot Jehlen to head marijuana panel

Lewis, who opposed legalization, falls to vice chair spot

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A PRO-LEGALIZATION SENATOR will lead the Senate’s effort to make changes to the marijuana ballot law after Senate President Stanley tapped Somerville Sen. Patricia Jehlen to lead the new Committee on Marijuana Policy. Jehlen, who supported the legalization campaign last fall, will take the lead for the Senate as the branch(...)

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Baker remembers JFK

Baker remembers JFK

What would he think of our current state of affairs?

What follows is the prepared text of Gov. Charlie Baker’s speech on Wednesday in the House chamber to honor the centennial of former president John F. Kennedy’s birthday. I STILL REMEMBER the first time I heard the words, “President John F. Kennedy.”  It was November 22, 1963.  I had just turned 7 two weeks earlier. (...)

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1984? Try 10 years earlier

Critics of President Donald Trump’s 26-day tenure liken it to an Orwellian world, where “alternative facts” and “fake news” mean the opposite of what we’ve always believed. But with the breathtaking events of the past 24 to 72 hours, a better comparison than 1984 might be 10 years earlier and the siege of the Nixon administration.(...)

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Massie considering Democratic run for governor

Massie considering Democratic run for governor

One-time lieutenant governor nominee says Baker has been too timid in face of Trump threats

BOB MASSIE, A veteran social justice activist who ran for lieutenant governor more than two decades ago, says he’s seriously weighing a run for governor in 2018. “I’m giving it very strong consideration,” said Massie, a Democrat. “We are a critical moment in the history of the United States and the life of planet that(...)

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Is Trump crazy like a fox?

President Trump is taking an enormous amount of flak. The news is filled with stories questioning his policies and his judgment. Saturday Night Live is hilariously skewering the president and his spokesman Sean Spicer. And the Boston Globe, via its sister publication STAT, asked 10 psychiatrists and psychologists on Monday whether Trump has a mental(...)

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Why I’m joining the Democrats — and how they must change

Why I’m joining the Democrats — and how they must change

The party needs a 21st Century New Deal

AMERICAN POLITICS has changed. The driving force today is class – working people versus the wealthy, connected elite – and working people feel angry and left behind. They feel they’re missing out on the American Dream, and wonder what happened to that dream. They’re fighting wars that, after a decade and a half, still leave(...)

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Polling matters now more than ever

Polling matters now more than ever

Some polls missed in 2016, but we can’t give up on them

POLLING IS AN act of political resistance. It agglomerates the messy and inconvenient opinions of everyday people, kneads them into a whole, and forces them through the door into the air-conditioned echo chambers of political elites. This is not newly true, it’s just newly apparent. Right now, the polls are an awkward mess steaming on(...)

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Legislative income inequality

Legislative income inequality

Widening pay gap in House could have negative impact, reps say

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE NOW THAT PAY RAISES for lawmakers have been finalized, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will soon dole out the lucrative leadership and committee assignments that could allow some legislators to more than double their pay. That power in the hands of just two Democrats sparked some of(...)

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