Politics

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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No one is taking Healey seriously

Attorney General Maura Healey says she wants to keep her job and plans to run for reelection in 2018, eschewing a showdown with Gov. Charlie Baker. A lot of people are having a hard time taking her seriously. Last summer, as talk of a Baker-Healey match heated up, Healey squashed it by declaring she would not be(...)

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Stipends on steroids

Stipends on steroids

Bigger paychecks give leaders more sway over members

HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO and Senate President Stan Rosenberg got much more than a $1,000-a-week pay hike when the Legislature passed the bill to increase their salaries: They also were handed enormous clout to reward – or punish – lawmakers to ensure their fealty by controlling as much as a third of their income. Not(...)

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Lawmakers override Baker pay raise veto

Lawmakers override Baker pay raise veto

Senate goes stipend crazy, allowing up to three

THE HOUSE AND SENATE on Thursday overrode Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of legislation authorizing big salary increases for lawmakers, constitutional officers, and judges. The Senate also sweetened the pay hike for its members by approving a rule that allows each senator to take stipends for up to three leadership positions; the House limited its members(...)

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Eversource seeks higher fees on customers with solar

Eversource seeks higher fees on customers with solar

Environmental group raises concerns about proposed demand charge

Eversource is proposing special charges for customers with solar installations to make sure they pay their share of the cost of operating the power grid. The proposed charges are contained in Eversource’s rate filing, which is under review at the state Department of Public Utilities. The utility says the charges are needed because many solar(...)

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