Politics

Heroux and Lantigua, what’s the difference?

Will he or won’t he? Right now, Attleboro Mayor-elect Paul Heroux won’t resign from the House, where he’s served since 2013, saying he can do both jobs effectively. It’s an interesting dynamic building and a stark contrast between how Heroux is being treated by his fellow Democratic lawmakers and how former state representative William Lantigua was(...)

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Gomez still weighing Senate run

Gomez still weighing Senate run

His entry would crowd the ‘moderate’ lane in GOP primary

THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FIELD to take on US Sen. Elizabeth Warren next year now includes three candidates, but another contender is still eying the race. Businessman and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez is meeting with potential advisors to chart a path forward and still closely considering his options, according to a source with direct knowledge(...)

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Rosenberg: We’re not done with pot

Rosenberg: We’re not done with pot

Senate president says Legislature could make more changes to marijuana law

SENATE PRESIDENT STANLEY ROSENBERG said the recreational marijuana law will continue to evolve and he foresees the Legislature making several changes a year. “We created a joint standing committee because we know additional questions are going to come back to us over time and we know that because that’s what happened in Colorado,” Rosenberg said(...)

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Mass. needs to put a price on carbon

Mass. needs to put a price on carbon

Actions must back words if we want to be a climate leader

SINCE THE TRUMP administration stands alone as the only national government in the world rejecting the Paris Climate Agreement, states across the U.S. are standing up, saying “We Are still in” when it comes to climate action. Massachusetts is among them, but we need to back words with action. Under the Global Warming Solutions Act,(...)

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Baker unveils new opioid legislation

Baker unveils new opioid legislation

Focuses on need for standards in addiction treatment

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Monday unveiled his second legislative proposal to deal with the opioid epidemic, focusing primarily on expanding access to treatment, demanding more vigilance on opioid prescriptions, and providing education on addiction in schools. Since hospital emergency rooms are witnessing a sharp rise in opioid-related visits (33,444 in 2015), the governor’s bill attempts(...)

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Calling the question on guns

A week after a gunman mowed down 25 members of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland, Texas, worshippers from the church gathered yesterday for Sunday services — this time in a makeshift sanctuary under a large white tent on a nearby baseball field. The church itself now stands more as a shrine to the destructive(...)

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It’s now Massachusetts’ turn

It’s now Massachusetts’ turn

After wins elsewhere, transgender rights faces key test in Bay State

FOR MANY, ELECTION NIGHT 2017 was a glimmer of hope after a downright dark political year. Races all over the country made history. One of the most significant was the election of Danica Roem in Virginia, one of the first openly transgender people elected to a state legislature in the United States. History was recorded,(...)

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Lowell’s single-issue election 

Lowell’s single-issue election 

Divided city showed consensus is possible 

ELECTIONS, as they say, have consequences. This is certainly the case in Lowell, where voters on Tuesday delivered a stunning rebuke to their elected officials and their decision to relocate the city’s sole public high school from downtown to its suburban edge. In the process, voters also showed that consensus can emerge in a city riven by race, class, and(...)

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Heroux plans to work 2 jobs as mayor, rep

Heroux plans to work 2 jobs as mayor, rep

Says holding on to State House job could help Dems hold seat

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ATTLEBORO’S MAYOR-ELECT, Democrat Rep. Paul Heroux, plans to serve out the remaining 14 months of his term in the House even after taking over at City Hall, in part to give his party a better chance at holding the House seat. After hearing about his plans, House Speaker Robert DeLeo on(...)

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