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Gants v Conley: Time for a real debate?

The Boston Globe delivered an editorial spanking to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley over the weekend for questioning the political activity of Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants. Gants has been leading the charge for doing away with mandatory minimum sentencing in most cases, an issue that the Globe editorial page is also(...)

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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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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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Presidential climate change

About an hour-and-a-half before President Trump delivered his most presidential speech to date, Greater Boston host Jim Braude offered viewers a prediction based on New England weather. “If you don’t like what you hear from the president tonight at 9,” Braude said, “Mark Twain might suggest, well, wait a few minutes then, too.” Braude was making the(...)

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MA-CT casino wars

Massachusetts stole GE from Connecticut, so now Connecticut is doing its best to undercut the $500-plus million MGM casino under construction in Springfield. Two Connecticut Indian tribes — the Mashantucket Pequots who own Foxwoods and the Mohegans who own Mohegan Sun — are teaming up to build a $300 million casino in East Windsor, which(...)

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