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Hassan takes on Ayotte in NH

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan made it official on Monday: She’s running for the US Senate seat currently held by Republican Kelly Ayotte, setting up a high-stakes battle next year between two popular politicians in a state that could play a pivotal role in determining whether the Senate remains in the hands of the GOP. Hassan made(...)

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Bergantino steps down, NECIR stays on the case

Nonprofit investigative journalism is hard to do and even harder to finance over time. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at Boston University, has found something like journalism’s Holy Grail: NECIR is one of the more successful ventures of its type in the country, linking what called “in-depth, high-impact investigations” with dependable revenue(...)

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Gaming Commission faces its toughest decision

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, facing perhaps its toughest decision ever, is being urged by two newspapers to give deference to the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe as the agency decides whether to award a casino license in southeastern Massachusetts. An editorial in the MetroWest Daily News ignores all the complexities of the situation and urges the Gaming Commission(...)

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