Matt Murphy

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Dempsey starts own lobbying business

Dempsey starts own lobbying business

Ex-lawmaker leaves ML Strategies with clients he brought to firm

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE JUST A LITTLE OVER A YEAR after ending his legislative career for a high-profile lobbying job at ML Strategies, Brian Dempsey has left the Boston firm to start his own consulting business with two former aides. “I’ve decided to go out on my own. It’s an exciting change,” Dempsey told the(...)

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State tallies up costs of N. Grid lockout

State tallies up costs of N. Grid lockout

$13m in unemployment benefits, plus food stamps, MassHealth

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE FOUR-MONTH LOCKOUT by National Grid of more than 1,200 union gas workers has cost the state millions in lost tax revenue and triggered more than $13 million in unemployment benefits, according to a Baker administration analysis conducted at the request of House Speaker Robert DeLeo. Administration and Finance Secretary Michael(...)

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Lawmakers revive bill to pressure National Grid

Lawmakers revive bill to pressure National Grid

Measure would require utility to extend health benefits, deny rate increases during lockout

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE HOUSE APPEARS ready to begin ratcheting up the pressure on National Grid to end its lockout of more 1,250 union gas workers, reviving a three-month-old bill that would force the utility to extend health benefits to the locked out employees and deny the company any rate increases or public money(...)

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N. Grid spending stable, but hookups, leak repairs down

N. Grid spending stable, but hookups, leak repairs down

Numbers show the fallout from locking out union workers

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER LOCKING OUT roughly 1,200 union gas workers in late June, National Grid has spent about the same amount money as in previous years on labor, materials, and other expenses but fixed fewer gas leaks and hooked up 50 percent fewer new gas customers, according to data provided to the state.(...)

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SJC dismisses thousands more drug cases

SJC dismisses thousands more drug cases

Faults chemist Sonja Farak and two assistant AGs

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THOUSANDS MORE drug convictions tied to testing done by criminal chemist Sonja Farak and the former state drug lab in Amherst will be dismissed after the state’s highest court on Thursday ruled the “no other remedy would suffice.” The decision clears all remaining cases for so-called “Farak defendants,” and directs Attorney(...)

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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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