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Focusing on the optics of a pay raise

Just as lawmakers are putting down their right hands from being sworn in for the new term, they’ve decided to take up a two-year-old report that portrays them as woefully underpaid and recommends hefty raises all around, hikes that would push compensation for constitutional officers and legislative leadership near the top among all states. While there(...)

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Tito is in

After keeping politicos guessing for months, and then recently saying he’d make a decision by the spring, Tito Jackson is diving into the race for mayor of Boston this afternoon, with an announcement scheduled for Dudley Square’s Haley House at 2 p.m. With that, the Roxbury district city councilor will become the only declared candidate(...)

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Ewwww!

The gasp you hear over the lurid allegations about President-elect Donald Trump is not the collective electorate. That’s more of a shudder. No, the group inhale is from members of the mainstream media over the fact that the unsubstantiated and unverified report containing charges that Russia has compromising information and videos of Trump actually made it into(...)

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Center: FY18 budget gap $615.7m

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimates the state’s funding gap for the coming fiscal year will be $615.7 million and recommends two policy changes to introduce greater transparency into the budget-writing process. The gap, as the left-leaning center explains in a new policy brief, is essentially the difference between forecasted revenues and expenses but(...)

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Clark’s lonely boycott

As Democrats try to figure out how to deal with President-elect Donald Trump, US Rep. Katherine Clark is taking a novel approach — she’s boycotting his inauguration. Clark said her attendance at the Jan. 20 event would “normalize” someone who has promoted “bigoted, misogynist, anti-Semitic, and racist claims.” That seems to be a fairly myopic view;(...)

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Schilling’s conservative pitch

For a guy who says he doesn’t care about going into the Baseball Hall of Fame, former Red Sox pitcher and noted right-wing flamethrower Curt Schilling is spending an awful lot of energy talking about the reason he won’t make it – and why he doesn’t care. Schilling, who has made conflicting statements about whether he will(...)

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