Politics

Nurse staffing study left union in the dark

Nurse staffing study left union in the dark

Nurses’ association faults state panel on pivotal report

THE CONTENTIOUS BALLOT QUESTION campaign over nurse staffing levels may be over, but bitter feelings remain over a study that played a pivotal role in the high-profile debate. In early October, the state Health Policy Commission released an analysis estimating the potential impacts of Question 1, which would have mandated minimum nurse staffing levels in(...)

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Airbnb sues Boston to halt regs

Airbnb sues Boston to halt regs

Company claims new rules violate constitutional rights

AIRBNB FILED SUIT against the city of Boston Tuesday seeking to block officials from implementing new regulations on short-term rentals set to take effect January 1, claiming the rules illegally require the company to turn over private host information and to bar investors from listing multiple units. In its lawsuit, Airbnb portrays itself as merely(...)

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New Dem electeds talk race — and racism

New Dem electeds talk race — and racism

Elugardo describes her party as 'straight-up racist'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRATS, who won race after race in Tuesday’s elections, appear to have a some racial tensions within their party. In a televised interview that aired Friday night on WGBH, Suffolk County District Attorney-elect Rachael Rollins and state representatives-elect Nika Elugardo and Liz Miranda, all of Boston, pledged to be forceful(...)

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Baker shows a Republican can do well in cities

Baker shows a Republican can do well in cities

Courting urban leaders, voters was a strategy that paid off

ON HIS WAY to a landslide victory this week, Charlie Baker did something unusual for a Republican these days. He won urban areas, pulling 55 percent in the state’s 20 largest cities and towns, according to unofficial returns from the AP. This is not normal fare for our politics here in Massachusetts, or really anywhere(...)

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Baker faces big challenges on education, transportation

Baker faces big challenges on education, transportation

Popularity may be tested by need for more revenues

NO REPUBLICAN in more than 60 years has governed Massachusetts for two full terms. Charlie Baker has been pretty clear about what he plans to do with the next four years, but far less forthcoming on how exactly he’s going to accomplish it. GOP governors William Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Mitt Romney all felt the(...)

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Going behind the vote totals in legislative races

A correction was added to this story. THE OVERALL OUTCOME of Tuesday’s legislative races wasn’t all that dramatic – Democrats, who already dominate on Beacon Hill, picked up three more seats – but there were some interesting trends and tidbits for political junkies. The cost of a campaign for a legislative seat typically runs between $20,000(...)

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Going behind the vote totals in legislative races

Going behind the vote totals in legislative races

Look who did and did not contribute to Nguyen

A correction has been made to this story. THE OVERALL OUTCOME of Tuesday’s legislative races wasn’t all that dramatic – Democrats, who already dominate on Beacon Hill, picked up three more seats – but there were some interesting trends and tidbits for political junkies. The cost of a campaign for a legislative seat typically runs(...)

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A hard line against colorful hardliners

A hard line against colorful hardliners

Lyons paid the price. Could Hodgson too?

The state has always had colorful figures in elected office who make for interesting copy and are willing to pop the balloon of decorum and comity that’s often really just a cover for the go-along mentality that keeps pols safely in place and shies away from challenging the status quo. Former state rep Dan Winslow(...)

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A hard line against colorful hardliners

The state has always had colorful figures in elected office who make for interesting copy and are willing to pop the balloon of decorum and comity that’s often really just a cover for the go-along mentality that keeps pols safely in place and shies away from challenging the status quo. Former state rep Dan Winslow(...)

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Massachusetts’ upside-down tax system

Massachusetts’ upside-down tax system

Asking the richest to pay their fair share would add $2B in revenue

AT A TIME when people across the state seem to agree that our Commonwealth needs additional resources for public investments, asking those with the highest incomes to contribute a similar share of their incomes in taxes as the rest of us could support major investments to boost prosperity and economic opportunity for all. Every state(...)

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