Andy Metzger

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Stories by Andy Metzger

Holmes one of few reps willing to buck DeLeo

Holmes one of few reps willing to buck DeLeo

Says House should run differently, hints at run for speaker

IT IS TUESDAY MORNING – primary day – and Rep. Russell Holmes is stirring things up, as usual. Trash and grit swirl in the air as the Mattapan Democrat, wearing a gas-powered leaf blower, pushes litter into the path of street sweepers due to arrive later in the day. The weekly chore dates back about(...)

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Chandler gets $35,000 bump with new emerita post

Chandler gets $35,000 bump with new emerita post

Extra pay will ease pay cut for giving up president's job

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHEN SHE HANDED OVER the Senate president’s gavel last month, Sen. Harriette Chandler made a soft landing financially thanks to the creation of a new title that was accompanied by a $35,000 stipend. As president, Chandler had been paid at an annual rate of a little more than $160,000. After she(...)

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Community benefit districts facing headwinds

Community benefit districts facing headwinds

Legislation likely to pass this week but fate uncertain

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE RECENT CONTROVERSY over legislation that would allow local organizations to levy fees on property owners to improve their neighborhoods has led the leader of the House Republican caucus to question his support for the bill he cosponsored. North Reading Rep. Brad Jones, the House minority leader, was a cosponsor of a(...)

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After surtax fail, Senator sees regional transpo taxes as “Great plan B”

After surtax fail, Senator sees regional transpo taxes as “Great plan B”

Would enable local communities to band together

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHEN ONE DOOR to transportation revenue closes, there’s an opportunity to try to open others, according to a Longmeadow Democrat who is making an eleventh hour push for local ballot initiatives to fund buses, highways and bike paths, an option available in most other states. The Supreme Judicial Court determined last(...)

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Lawyer: Hefner looking forward to trial

Lawyer: Hefner looking forward to trial

Says accusers can no longer remain anonymous

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MAN AT THE CENTER of a scandal that has rocked the Massachusetts Senate appeared in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery, open and gross lewdness and dissemination of an illicit nude photograph. During a court appearance just around the corner from the State(...)

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Stun guns, tasers protected by 2d Amendment

Stun guns, tasers protected by 2d Amendment

SJC 'reluctantly' scraps law barring civilians from using weapons

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE POSSESSION OF stun guns and tasers is protected by the Second Amendment, the Supreme Judicial Court concluded on Tuesday, “reluctantly” scrapping the state law banning civilians from possessing those weapons. The decision written by Chief Justice Ralph Gants was a reversal from an earlier SJC ruling upholding the conviction of(...)

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Lottery leaving Braintree for Dorchester

Lottery leaving Braintree for Dorchester

Disappointed Braintree mayor says it was Goldberg's decision

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS LOTTERY plans to try a change of scenery, moving its administrative staff from its longtime headquarters in Braintree a few miles north to Dorchester. Putting the roughly 140 headquarters staff near UMass-Boston and within walking distance of the Red Line could appeal to a more diverse and younger workforce,(...)

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Another uncontested special election

Another uncontested special election

Crighton moves to Senate after getting 2,854 votes

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE LYNN DEMOCRAT BRENDAN CRIGHTON joined the Senate on Wednesday after cruising uncontested in a special election on Tuesday. Just 2,854 votes made Crighton the newest senator, according to the official tally. As of the most recent statistics from about a year ago, the district had 110,093 voters, meaning Crighton won the formal support(...)

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GIC health premiums will fall or stay flat

GIC health premiums will fall or stay flat

Even without plan consolidation, rates are holding steady or falling

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ABOUT HALF THE MORE than 430,000 people covered by Group Insurance Commission plans will see a decrease in their premiums in fiscal 2019 and on average there will be no increase in premiums, GIC Executive Director Roberta Herman said Thursday. “This is kind of unheard of,” Herman told the GIC board(...)

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A campaign that may be all about nuance

A campaign that may be all about nuance

The Wynn controversy highlights differences between Capuano and Pressley

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ON THE  BANKS of the Mystic River, workers have been building a structure envisioned by Steve Wynn, the casino magnate who recently relinquished control of his global resort empire after the Wall Street Journal reported he pressured employees into sex. The jobs stemming from the site are the foremost concern for(...)

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