Politics

Mass GOP to compete in 40% of legislative races

Mass GOP to compete in 40% of legislative races

'We're trying to work smart and efficiently,' says chair

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE STATE’S POLITICAL HISTORY being what it is, the Massachusetts Republican Party hopes to make modest electoral gains at the state level this year, favoring a targeted strategy rather than casting the kind of wide net that has blown up in its face before. Despite Gov. Charlie Baker’s soaring popularity and(...)

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Baker won’t vote for Trump or Clinton

Baker won’t vote for Trump or Clinton

Calls the current election cycle one of most troubling he's seen

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER TOSSING TROUT into Jamaica Pond on Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Baker heaved aside his earlier notion that the Republican presidential nomination has not yet been decided. The expected showdown between the likely Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton means the governor will not vote for the Republican presidential(...)

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Committee votes on transgender bill

Committee votes on transgender bill

Redrafted bill involving AG, MCAD seems to be moving

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MARKING A POTENTIAL BREAKTHROUGH on the issue, the long-awaited Judiciary Committee vote on transgender rights legislation has commenced, with House Speaker Robert DeLeo expressing confidence that a redrafted bill will protect transgender individuals from harassment and give businesses clear guidance to implement the proposal. The bills being polled in committee Friday(...)

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Parents of transgender children want vote on bill

Parents of transgender children want vote on bill

We fear for the safety of our sons and daughters

AS PARENTS OF TRANSGENDER CHILDREN in Massachusetts, we’ve been closely following the movement of  the transgender protections bill pending in the Legislature. As you can imagine, this bill would have a tremendous, deeply personal, and direct impact on us and our families by ensuring full, explicit protections for our children in every area of their(...)

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House passes budget 156-0

House passes budget 156-0

Spending in bill surpasses target set by Baker

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE passed a $39.56 billion fiscal 2017 budget Wednesday afternoon, shipping its spending plan to the Senate which plans in May to debate its vision of what state spending should look like beginning July 1. The budget was approved after two-plus days of deliberations marked by light and sporadic(...)

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Man vs Woman

Well, there’s no more skirting around about how the presidential election will play out between now and November. “She is a woman. She is playing the woman card left and right,” said the GOP’s self-proclaimed presumptive nominee Donald Trump about his presumptive November opponent, Hillary Clinton. “She didn’t play it last time with [then-senator Barack] Obama. But(...)

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House nixes gas tax hike, film tax credit cut

House nixes gas tax hike, film tax credit cut

Rep calls film tax credit "a boondoggle'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE on Monday shot down proposals to increase the gas tax and put a cap on the state’s film tax credit program as they began to dispense with more than 1,300 amendments to the annual state budget bill. The House swiftly took care of more than 30 revenue-related amendments(...)

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Scott Brown says Rizzo never endorsed him

Scott Brown says Rizzo never endorsed him

Former senator says bogus claim “typical” of unions bankrolling super PAC

FORMER US SENATOR Scott Brown, who was portrayed as a favorite of a Democratic pol in an attack ad designed to harm the candidate’s chances in a close Democratic primary, is firing back with an attack of his own, saying he plans to file a complaint with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.(...)

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Pass the GMO labeling bill now

Pass the GMO labeling bill now

Despite wide support, measure may not get a vote

MOST PEOPLE CARE what’s in their food. Whether the reason is dietary, religious, moral, or a concern about flavor, we like to know – and many need to know – what we’re eating. That’s why nearly everything we consume is labeled, and why those labels are so important to us. In January, Whole Foods had(...)

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