CommonWealth Staff

Stories by CommonWealth Staff

Trump to the rescue?

It has been the received wisdom in these parts that the election of Donald Trump has presented one huge headache after another for our endangered species moderate Republican governor. Everywhere Charlie Baker turns, pesky reporters want him to comment on the latest outrage emanating from the Oval Office — from “shithole” countries whose emigres we(...)

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The confidentiality question

When it hired an outside law firm to investigate Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, the Senate Ethics Committee promised victims of sexual assault that they would not pay a professional price for coming forward. “I am committed to a fair and thorough review of the facts as well as a process that ensures confidentiality for any person(...)

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Lacking confidence in sex harassment probe

When the Senate voted to hire an outside counsel to investigate sexual assault and harassment allegations against then-Senate President Stan Rosenberg’s husband, part of the motivation was to give victims and witnesses the comfort of coming forward with an assurance of confidentiality. Without such guarantees, many victims’ advocates said, it would be impossible to have a complete(...)

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The Codcast: The Senate’s surprise (acting) president

Harriette Chandler never had designs on the Massachusetts Senate’s top post, and she readily admits to mixed feelings about landing there. Her unexpected ascension was the result of the scandal swirling around her close ally, Stan Rosenberg, who temporarily relinquished the Senate president’s job last month while an investigation is underway. Congratulated on her new(...)

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Firms leaving behind the suburbs

Businesses are migrating from the suburbs to Boston and Cambridge at an accelerating pace, leaving behind white elephant office parks and putting more pressure on transit services in the urban core. Phillips NV is the latest firm to make the leap, announcing plans to relocate its North American headquarters and nearly 2,000 jobs from Andover(...)

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