Politics

Bridging the urban-rural divide in Mass.

Bridging the urban-rural divide in Mass.

Three suggestions for linking Boston and rest of state

EVAN HOROWITZ AND JAMES PINDELL of the Boston Globe remarked in a November 14 article that “the Trump effect” occurred in Massachusetts as well: while Greater Boston voted more Democratic in 2016 than 2012, outside of I-495 trended more Republican—often significantly. A map accompanying the story depicted a growing divide between Greater Boston and the(...)

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Worcester T&G by way of Tokyo

More than 120 Massachusetts daily and weekly newspapers learned on Thursday that they will report to ultimate bosses halfway around the world after the private equity firm that owns GateHouse Media announced it was selling out to a Japanese multinational corporation for $3.3 billion. SoftBank Group Corp. said it is purchasing Fortress Investment Group, which(...)

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ML Strategies breaks lobbying record

ML Strategies breaks lobbying record

Well-connected firm raked in more than $4m in fees in 2016

ML Strategies saw its lobbying fees soar to more than $4 million in 2016, setting what appears to be a single-year record among Massachusetts firms.   ML Strategies, which is wholly owned by the law firm Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, has seen its business explode in the last three years. The lobbying(...)

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Senators to see average pay rise 39%

Senators to see average pay rise 39%

Stipends will boost some lawmakers’ pay even more dramatically

THE AVERAGE PAY OF A STATE SENATOR will likely rise about 39 percent this year to $110,942 under a new compensation scheme that rewards lawmakers with stipends for the leadership positions they hold. At least 25 of the 34 Democratic lawmakers in the Senate will earn more than $102,000 a year, including an expense stipend,(...)

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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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