Politics

MA ruling on corporate donations is a missed opportunity

MA ruling on corporate donations is a missed opportunity

Nation’s worst campaign finance law should go to Supreme Court

THE RECENT DECISION by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court regarding corporate campaign contributions was a missed opportunity by the state’s highest court to eliminate the country’s most unfair campaign finance law. Instead of closing the union loophole, which gives an unfair advantage to unions over individuals and employers, they ruled that discrimination is constitutional. They upheld the(...)

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For tax plan, Gonzalez’s gives it the college try

For tax plan, Gonzalez’s gives it the college try

Cool reception for idea of taxing big endowments

THE MASSACHUSETTS REPUBLICAN PARTY has hammered Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jay Gonzalez for not releasing details of how he would pay for an ambitious agenda that calls for new spending on education and transportation. Gonzalez has answered that with a plan — but he’s now getting hammered over the details of it. Gonzalez is proposing a(...)

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For tax plan, Gonzalez’s gives it the college try

The Massachusetts Republican Party has hammered Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jay Gonzalez for not releasing details of how he would pay for an ambitious agenda that calls for new spending on education and transportation. Gonzalez has answered that with a plan — but he’s now getting hammered over the details of it. Gonzalez is proposing a(...)

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Caccaviello to mount write-in campaign

Caccaviello to mount write-in campaign

Berkshire County DA says Harrington too inexperienced

THE INCUMBENT DISTRICT ATTORNEY in Berkshire County, who came in second in the three-person Democratic primary, says he is not giving up and plans to run for the office as a write-in candidate. Paul Caccaviello said he felt compelled to continue his campaign because of the lack of prosecutorial experience of the Democratic primary winner,(...)

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HPC urged to weigh in on nurse ballot question

HPC urged to weigh in on nurse ballot question

Health plans: Commission should estimate cost of staffing initiative

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE CITING COMPETING CLAIMS from both sides of a nurse staffing ballot question, health insurers on Wednesday asked a state agency to produce in the next month an independent analysis of the costs associated with Question 1. In a letter to Health Policy Commission executive director David Seltz, the Massachusetts Association of(...)

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Gonzalez follows millionaire tax playbook

Gonzalez follows millionaire tax playbook

Dem wants to join Trump in taxing college endowments

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE Jay Gonzalez crafted a tax plan that attempts to draft off of the popularity of the millionaire tax, but instead of taxing well-to-do individuals he intends to tax nine wealthy, private colleges and universities. Gonzalez is proposing a 1.6 percent tax on college endowments greater than $1 billion, an initiative he says(...)

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The politics of disasters

The politics of disasters

Incumbents, challengers use Merrimack Valley explosions as campaign fodder

DISASTERS HAVE A WAY of defining politics and elections. Many believe Hurricane Sandy, and then-Gov. Chris Christie’s embrace of President Barack Obama, helped push the president over the top for reelection because of his administration’s response. Likewise, many pundits thought President George W. Bush’s flyover and ham-handed handling of the relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina(...)

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The politics of disasters

Disasters have a way of defining politics and elections. Many believe Hurricane Sandy, and then-Gov. Chris Christie’s embrace of President Barack Obama, helped push the president over the top for reelection because of his administration’s response. Likewise, many pundits thought President George W. Bush’s flyover and ham-handed handling of the relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina(...)

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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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Boston’s change election

Boston’s change election

New campaign approaches, emerging turnout strongholds fuel upsets

FIVE WEEKS BEFORE Nika Elugardo took on state Rep. Jeff Sánchez at a candidate forum in the Democratic primary contest in the 15th Suffolk District, JP Progressives could tell there was a pick-up in voter interest. That’s why the liberal neighborhood political group changed the forum location from a function room at Doyle’s—a bar and(...)

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