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Rosenberg resigns from Senate

Rosenberg resigns from Senate

Amid mounting pressure he submits one sentence note to clerk's office

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT STANLEY ROSENBERG, who spent more than 27 years in the state Senate and became the first openly gay president of the body, bowed to pressure from his colleagues to resign on Thursday and will leave the Legislature at the end of the week. Rosenberg’s one-sentence resignation letter came(...)

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Mum’s the word on Rosenberg report

Mum’s the word on Rosenberg report

Senators tight-lipped on when investigation results will be released

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SENATORS SAID WEDNESDAY they did not discuss the contents or timing of the release of a looming Ethics Committee report on the conduct of Sen. Stanley Rosenberg during a more than two-hour caucus on Wednesday, leaving lingering questions over when the potentially disruptive report will be released. “You know that I’m(...)

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Compromise criminal justice bill unveiled

Compromise criminal justice bill unveiled

Backers say measure will reduce recidivism, prison population

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A HANDFUL OF MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES for drug offenses would be repealed and the state’s approach to juvenile offenders overhauled in a sweeping criminal justice bill released Friday by House and Senate lawmakers. The completion of the compromise bill marks the end to months of private negotiations in the Legislature over(...)

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Galvin to Rivera: ‘I made you mayor’

Galvin to Rivera: ‘I made you mayor’

Lawrence mayor’s endorsement of challenger triggers feud with Secretary of State

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SECRETARY OF STATE William Galvin hasn’t had a primary opponent in over a decade, and it appears that Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim’s challenge this year isn’t sitting well with the six-term incumbent. Hours after Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera endorsed Zakim two weeks ago, Galvin called the mayor to voice his(...)

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Orrall announces challenge to Goldberg

Orrall announces challenge to Goldberg

Republican state rep vows to bring 'fiscally conservative' approach to treasurer's office

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE REP. KEIKO ORRALL, a Lakeville Republican, launched her statewide campaign for treasurer on Tuesday promising to bring a “fiscally conservative” approach to an office that oversees the Lottery, school building and the state pension fund. Orrall, one of two state members on the National Republican Committee, also tied her herself(...)

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Baker calls allegations against Wynn appalling

Baker calls allegations against Wynn appalling

If true, gov says, Las Vegas casino mogul is 'unsuitable' to hold Mass. license

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said Monday that if the allegations of sexual misconduct by casino employees against Steve Wynn are true then the developer would be unsuitable to hold a casino license in Massachusetts, but his condemnation came with one major caveat. “I’m not the decision maker,” the governor said. Baker, a(...)

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Forry leaving Senate for Suffolk Construction

Forry leaving Senate for Suffolk Construction

Departure comes weeks after she expressed interest in Senate presidency

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE SEN LINDA FORRY, a Haitian American and the first woman of color to represent a district that includes South Boston, Mattapan and Dorchester, will resign from the Senate on Friday to take a position with Suffolk Construction just weeks after suggesting she was interested in contending for the Senate presidency.(...)

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Rosenberg and spouse separated

Rosenberg and spouse separated

Aide: Senator has no plans to seek divorce at this time

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SEN. STANLEY ROSENBERG, back on Beacon Hill where he said he hopes to resume his work as a rank-and file senator after giving up the presidency in December, said Thursday he has separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who precipitated his fall from power after being accused of sexually harassing at(...)

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State tax collections soar in December

State tax collections soar in December

Monthly revenues exceed projections by $527m

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE TAX COLLECTIONS IN DECEMBER left Massachusetts government flush with unbudgeted cash as revenues for the first half of the fiscal year have exceeded estimates by $728 million, shedding light on Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision this week to lift the hold he had put on legislative spending earmarks. The Department of Revenue(...)

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Crighton only name on ballot for Senate seat

Crighton only name on ballot for Senate seat

Rep. faces no formal opposition in bid to replace McGee

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN, but Rep. Brendan Crighton of Lynn is poised to become the newest senator on the North Shore. Crighton will walk uncontested on the ballot into the Senate seat held for the past 14 years by Lynn Mayor-elect Thomas McGee barring the emergence of a write-in candidate who would(...)

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