Politics

Turning protest into policy reform

Turning protest into policy reform

Walking the walk isn’t enough in fighting racism

AS 40,000 PEOPLE converged on the streets of Boston in late August to march against white supremacy, Massachusetts stood as a beacon of nationwide resistance to the racist policies coming out of the White House. It was fitting; historically, many revolutions have started in Massachusetts. Raising our collective voice against bigotry is a healthy exercise(...)

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Baker nominates T attorney for Appeals Court

Baker nominates T attorney for Appeals Court

Englander key inside player at the transit authority

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Wednesday nominated John Englander, the general counsel at the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, to serve as an associate justice of the state Appeals Court. Englander is a key inside player at the T. He has been involved in a number of hard-nosed negotiations with vendors, particularly LAZ Parking,(...)

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NH voter fraud claims baffle Mass. officials

NH voter fraud claims baffle Mass. officials

GOP, Dem leaders say Kobach's claims are fiction

AT A MEETING of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity on Tuesday, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner dismissed assertions by commission vice chair Kris Kobach that widespread voter fraud influenced the state’s 2016 presidential and senate races. “The problem that has occurred because of what you wrote is that – the question(...)

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A promise to Dreamers worth keeping

A promise to Dreamers worth keeping

We must protect vulnerable students affected by DACA change

AS STUDENTS RETURN to school this week, many will face the humdrum childhood challenges that each new year brings – subjects to conquer, friends to meet, and challenges to overcome. Some, however, enter the classroom facing a country where their protections are crumbling around them, set into motion by President Trump’s decision to end the(...)

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Reform before revenue debate rages on

Reform before revenue debate rages on

Setti Warren says MBTA needs more money

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE SETTI WARREN on Friday rode the Red Line into Boston with a Suffolk University student and afterwards told reporters the state needs to invest more in the MBTA. “Everyone who rides the T knows this system is broken, it’s inadequate, it’s under-resourced,” said Warren. “The folks that don’t know it are the(...)

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Baker’s health care advice to Congress

Baker’s health care advice to Congress

Governor backs bipartisanship, cost sharing, insurance mandate

The following is a transcript of Gov. Charlie Baker’s prepared testimony on Thursday before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY to provide testimony before the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market. Thank you for your willingness(...)

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Healey approves 21 initiative petitions

Healey approves 21 initiative petitions

Progressives, business likely to clash if questions make ballot

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE TWENTY-ONE INITIATIVE PETITIONS, including proposals to raise the minimum wage and lower the sales tax, are one step closer to appearing before voters after clearing Attorney General Maura Healey’s eligibility review. Healey on Wednesday released a full list of initiative petitions that met constitutional requirements and were certified to move ahead in the(...)

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New pot czar has inhaled

New pot czar has inhaled

Hoffman says drug is 'harmless' but can be abused

DESPITE VOTING AGAINST the referendum to legalize marijuana last November, Steven Hoffman, the chairman of the new state board charged with regulating the nascent retail pot industry, said he thinks the drug is “harmless” and will cause no more problems than alcohol. “I personally believe marijuana is a harmless drug,” Hoffman said in an interview(...)

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Trump ends DACA; Markey says Congress will respond

Trump ends DACA; Markey says Congress will respond

Senator calls action ‘plain evil,’ Healey calls Sessions a liar

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION on Tuesday ordered an end to an executive branch program shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation, prompting an outpouring of opposition from top officials in Massachusetts. The Obama-era program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, allows minors who entered the country illegally and were raised primarily in the United States to receive(...)

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