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Trahan wins recount by 145 votes

Trahan wins recount by 145 votes

Koh concedes, urges Democratic unity behind his rival

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THIRTEEN DAYS after an election that left her with a small advantage over Dan Koh, Lori Trahan of Westford emerged as the decisive winner Monday in the Third Congressional District Democratic primary, with Koh conceding as recount totals failed to alter the initial outcome. “My deep roots in the district will(...)

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Diehl says he could be asset to Baker

Diehl says he could be asset to Baker

Dems continue to try to link Baker to Trump

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE REPUBLICAN AND PRESIDENT TRUMP supporter Geoff Diehl said Thursday that he could be an “asset” to Gov. Charlie Baker in Washington despite their policy differences, countering the message from Democrats that the governor’s support of his candidacy against Elizabeth Warren is a liability. Diehl also pushed back against the notion that(...)

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DeLeo-controlled PAC helps incumbent Dems

DeLeo-controlled PAC helps incumbent Dems

Doles out $4,000 to eight lawmakers, including Rushing, Barry

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IN A SIGN OF WHICH House primary races may be worth watching over the next two weeks, the political action committee controlled by House Speaker Robert DeLeo made its first round of donations earlier this month to eight of the 16 incumbents facing party challenges in two weeks. The Committee for(...)

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Galvin, Zakim trade verbal punches

Galvin, Zakim trade verbal punches

Secretary slams councilor for past failure to vote

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE There was no love lost between Secretary of State William Galvin and Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim who squared off in a tense half-hour television debate on Tuesday evening, trading verbal punches and innuendo as the two battle in a Democratic turf war for an office Galvin has held for over(...)

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Baker amends short-term rental bill

Baker amends short-term rental bill

Would exempt those who rent units less than 14 days a year

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER returned the Legislature’s bill to tax and regulate short-term rentals on Wednesday, waiting until the day after the House and Senate adjourned formal sessions for the year to propose an amendment that would exempt homeowners that rent out their units for fewer than 14 days a year. The(...)

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Taxes on short-term rentals could hit 17.5%

Taxes on short-term rentals could hit 17.5%

New taxes expected to take effect in January 2019

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SHORT-TERM HOUSING UNITS rented through websites like Airbnb could be taxed at almost 17.5 percent in cities like Boston and Massachusetts would become the first state in the country to maintain a central registry under compromise legislation agreed to Sunday night by House and Senate negotiators. State officials have been trying(...)

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Sanchez, Spilka drop immigration issue from budget

Sanchez, Spilka drop immigration issue from budget

DeLeo: 'There's really been no consensus in the House'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE INABILITY OF HOUSE AND SENATE budget negotiators to reach a consensus over immigration law enforcement doomed a budget measure that would have restricted local police from acting as immigration agents, the House’s lead negotiator said. The negotiator, Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez of Jamaica Plain, and his counterpart in the Senate, Karen(...)

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DeLeo: Let’s take policy issues out of spending plan

DeLeo: Let’s take policy issues out of spending plan

Call comes as House to take up opioid, education budget legislation

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH THE STATE’S ANNUAL BUDGET now nine days late, House Speaker Robert DeLeo floated the idea Monday of separating the policy proposals in the spending bill from the dollars and cents needed to fund the government in an effort to reach a compromise. Massachusetts is the last state in the country(...)

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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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