Politics

Rivera: Pushing for change creates enemies

Rivera: Pushing for change creates enemies

Says recall pushed by tax cheats and bad cops, employees, and landlords

A group in Lawrence is mounting a campaign to recall Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera from office. What follows is the mayor’s response to that effort. His mention of landlords “looking to take advantage of the city” is an apparent reference to a city-landlord dispute chronicled in CommonWealth.  I RAN FOR MAYOR to make Lawrence better,(...)

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Healey approves 20 ballot questions for 2016

Healey approves 20 ballot questions for 2016

List includes items on marijuana, Common Core, whales, and charter schools

TWENTY PETITIONS proposing new laws that would, among other things, legalize recreational marijuana, expand the state’s authority to license charter schools, and protect whales from fishing nets, passed their first legal test after Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday certified the initiative petitions, clearing a path toward the 2016 ballot. Healey also certified two proposed amendments(...)

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Say it ain’t so, CNN

Say it ain’t so, CNN

Method of selecting debate lineups ignores late surges

CNN’S CRITERIA for deciding who makes the grown-ups table for the GOP debate next month doesn’t make sense. It’s the sports equivalent of declaring the Red Sox losers in the iconic, come-from-behind Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Yankees because they scored their runs too late. The Red Sox won(...)

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Healey, Pollack at odds over casino

Healey, Pollack at odds over casino

Transportation secretary explained her position in personal note to AG

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER, a Republican, and Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat, are two of the most popular politicians in the state, so when they disagree they tend to tread very carefully. The Baker administration, through secretary of energy and environmental affairs Matthew Beaton, is expected on Friday to decide whether Wynn Resorts is deserving(...)

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Presidential polling largely useless now

Presidential polling largely useless now

Voters not paying attention, not thinking about politics

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP? You might want to stow that notion in the same category as the presidencies-that-weren’t of Howard Dean, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, and Mike Huckabee. Like the Donald, they all had leads in national polls before the actual voting started in their parties’ presidential nominating contests in recent past cycles. The collapse of(...)

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Baddour to join ML Strategies

Baddour to join ML Strategies

Bringing MA lobbying clients with him

FORMER STATE SENATOR STEVEN BADDOUR, his colleague Daniel Connelly, and their Massachusetts lobbying clients are leaving McDermott, Will & Emery to join ML Strategies, the lobbying arm of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo. Baddour, in a telephone interview, said he and Connelly will be joining ML Strategies on September 1. He said he(...)

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Raising a stink at Boston City Council

Resolved: There is no good time and it never looks good for elected officials to propose and vote on their own raises. But, really, doesn’t City Councilor Bill Linehan, in rejecting an 11 percent proposed pay hike from a mayoral commission, make it look worse by bemoaning the ability to afford bananas (about 60 cents a(...)

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To be Frank

To be Frank

Former congressman Barney Frank is never at a loss for words

BARNEY FRANK IS passing time with a newspaper crossword puzzle before our interview. When I arrive at the West Newton video studio where he does live shots for CNBC, Frank crushes the newsprint and sinks it into a nearby trash can. The former congressman dispenses with pre-interview niceties. He’s ready to talk. And he holds(...)

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Rivera explains stance on Lawrence Trust Act

Rivera explains stance on Lawrence Trust Act

Says he opposes ordinance, but will let it take effect

Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera issued the following statement on Wednesday, a day after the City Council voted 7-2 in favor of a measure that bars police from detaining anyone for federal immigration  officials unless the person has a criminal warrant for their arrest. The ordinance also bars federal immigration officials from using city facilities, databases,(...)

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Murray’s defense fund grows with insider donations

Murray’s defense fund grows with insider donations

Former Senate president’s account used to pay legal fees from Probation probe

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE TWO DAYS AFTER she left office, capping a 22-year career in the state Legislature, former Senate President Therese Murray in January established a legal defense fund that has since accrued $17,500 from a lobbying group, a former Senate colleague and a former advertising executive. There are no limits on contributions to such(...)

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