CommonWealth Staff

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The Codcast: Natl. Grid says lockout all about its customers

The Massachusetts president of National Grid defends the nearly four-month lockout of 1,250 workers by saying the company is doing what it needs to do to bring its costs in line and protect customers from excessive charges. It’s an interesting line of reasoning at a time when union leaders and their supporters are saying the(...)

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Boston Magazine gets only half the story

Boston Magazine’s recent story about the state’s embrace of Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts tells only half the tale. The article by Michael Damiano seeks to portray the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and its former chairman Stephen Crosby as toadies eager to bend their own rules to land Wynn’s casino in Everett. The commission and Crosby certainly(...)

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Betting on Amazon’s interest

The Legislature might want to award a few more racing dates to Suffolk Downs to hedge against the growing view that Amazon will site its $5 billion HQ2 project somewhere other than Boston. The online betting now leans toward Northern Virginia as the favorite to land Amazon’s projected 50,000-person workforce with a plus-$240, meaning you can bet(...)

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The Codcast: A question of money and speech

All the talk in Massachusetts about the referendums before voters next month focuses on Questions 1 and 3, with little acknowledgement that there’s a number missing in between. However, unlike the other ballot questions which seek to create or maintain state laws, Question 2 would launch that most typical Bay State of creatures, a commission to(...)

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Baker goes turtle while Gonzalez gets carried away

It couldn’t compete with the drama of the Astros-Sox game, but Wednesday night’s debate between Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez packed a lot of punch. Baker went turtle several times, rolling up into his shell when he was confronted with issues or inconsistencies that he didn’t want to acknowledge. Gonzalez, whose(...)

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Canada cannabis

The bong, er, gong, sounded early Wednesday morning for the nationwide sale of marijuana in Canada, only the second country in the world to legalize the drug and the first major world economy to allow adult use and sales. The move from vote to sale was just four months, a relatively lightning-fast period that many(...)

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