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LePage: Drugs in Maine come from Lowell, Lawrence

LePage: Drugs in Maine come from Lowell, Lawrence

Says two Mass cities, along with CT and NY, are sources of opioids

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MAINE GOV. PAUL LEPAGE, a second-term Republican who has become a lightning rod in the debate over drugs and race, did not shy away Monday from his suggestion that black and Hispanic drug dealers from other parts of New England are fueling the opioid epidemic in his home state, expanding his(...)

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AIM scorecard tells “tale of two chambers”

AIM scorecard tells “tale of two chambers”

High grades for House, poor marks for Senate from business group

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A MAJOR BUSINESS association gave Senate President Stan Rosenberg its lowest score this election cycle, and criticized the Senate’s work in the current legislative session. “While the House of Representatives and Speaker Robert DeLeo successfully forged consensus on important measures such as wage equity and energy, the Senate hewed to a(...)

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Trump’s phony appeal to blacks

Trump’s phony appeal to blacks

Against track record of bigotry, his pitch rings laughably hollow

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE Donald Trump is a Machiavellian lout whose overblown xenophobic tendencies have lately inveighed upon race — specifically black Americans. His bullying of black people began recently with his speech to a largely white audience in Wisconsin two weeks ago, following the riots in Milwaukee after the death of a black man by(...)

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Warren as school choice champion

Warren as school choice champion

Senator ambivalent on charter ballot question – but she’s been passionate supporter of school vouchers

WHEN ASKED ON Thursday about the November ballot question to raise the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts, Sen. Elizabeth Warren sounded a note of caution about the initiative. “You know, I’m just concerned about the proposal and what it means for the children all across the Commonwealth,” Warren told reporters after delivering a speech(...)

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Sanders group accused of breaking law

Sanders group accused of breaking law

MA Fiscal Alliance: Our Revolution needs to register as PAC

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS FISCAL ALLIANCE, a conservative non-profit that has established itself as a foil to Democratic lawmakers on Beacon Hill, believes the new organization formed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to carry on the ideals of his presidential campaign may be violating state campaign finance law. Our Revolution, which launched this(...)

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Bernie’s Bay State army mobilizes

Bernie’s Bay State army mobilizes

Crowd at Greenfield pub talks next steps

FOR ANYONE WHO THINKS the Bernie-or-Bust movement is dead, think again, at least if you live in Massachusetts.  Our Revolution, US Sen. Bernie Sanders’ new initiative to inspire and promote far-left-leaning candidates to elected posts at all levels of government, launched nationally Wednesday night, including gatherings at 74 cafes, brew pubs, and private homes across(...)

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Milton board backs Joyce

Milton board backs Joyce

Vows to reassess senator's home, but says he did nothing wrong

THE THREE MEMBERS of the Milton Board of Assessors said on Tuesday that they will review and probably reassess state Sen. Brian Joyce’s home, but they indicated the lawmaker had done nothing wrong. The hearing was held in the wake of a Boston Globe story last week that charged that Joyce’s home was vastly undervalued(...)

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No transforming option for president

No transforming option for president

Voters face imperfect choices, including one far outside mainstream

IN JANUARY 2015, the two of us took pen in hand and collaborated on an article for CommonWealth titled “Looking for the Man or Woman on a Horse: Can the 2016 presidential race produce a transforming leader?” Among other things we wrote, “After what appears to be a decade or more of drift and questionable decisions, especially(...)

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Questions raised over Globe’s Joyce story

Questions raised over Globe’s Joyce story

Assessor says all necessary permits were pulled

MILTON TOWN RECORDS and interviews with local officials are calling into question the accuracy of a Boston Globe story suggesting embattled state Sen. Brian Joyce shortchanged the municipality on property taxes. Last week, the Boston Globe ran a page one story under the all-caps headline “SENATOR’S RENOVATIONS A SURPRISE TO ASSESSORS.” The story, accompanied by(...)

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Senate chamber to undergo renovations

Senate chamber to undergo renovations

Next year, body will meet in two work spaces temporarily

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER THE NEW LEGISLATIVE TERM begins in January, the state Senate plans to abandon its historic chamber and begin meeting in two temporary workspaces elsewhere in the State House. Beginning in January, the Senate plans to hold its sessions in both Gardner Auditorium and a recently renovated fourth-floor meeting room to(...)

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