Politics

Lacking confidence in sex harassment probe

When the Senate voted to hire an outside counsel to investigate sexual assault and harassment allegations against then-Senate President Stan Rosenberg’s husband, part of the motivation was to give victims and witnesses the comfort of coming forward with an assurance of confidentiality. Without such guarantees, many victims’ advocates said, it would be impossible to have a complete(...)

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Rosenberg suggests House to blame for Airbnb inaction

Rosenberg suggests House to blame for Airbnb inaction

Senator says ‘it’s not rocket science’ to craft regulations

SEN. STAN ROSENBERG chastised his fellow lawmakers on Thursday for dithering for years while the short-term rental industry embedded itself in the market and grew unencumbered by regulations and the lodging tax “It’s not going away, technology is not going away,” said Rosenberg, who was part of a CommonWealth magazine Newsmakers panel discussing how Beacon Hill(...)

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GEe, what will Amazon do?

Just as GE is set to move into Boston, word comes that the multinational conglomerate that city and state officials wooed here with a multi-million dollar package of tax breaks and incentives will look nothing like the corporate anchor that was envisioned to launch the Seaport into the future. Everything coming from GE CEO John(...)

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Gomez leaves GOP, eyes independent bid against Warren 

Gomez leaves GOP, eyes independent bid against Warren 

Move keeps options open; more challengers would likely benefit incumbent 

GABRIEL GOMEZ, who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate as a Republican in 2013, has switched his party affiliation to independent and is not ruling out a run against Sen. Elizabeth Warren this year, according to a source familiar with his thinking. Gomez said on WCVB’s On The Record this weekend that he had switched his voter registration(...)

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The Codcast: The Senate’s surprise (acting) president

Harriette Chandler never had designs on the Massachusetts Senate’s top post, and she readily admits to mixed feelings about landing there. Her unexpected ascension was the result of the scandal swirling around her close ally, Stan Rosenberg, who temporarily relinquished the Senate president’s job last month while an investigation is underway. Congratulated on her new(...)

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Rosenberg and spouse separated

Rosenberg and spouse separated

Aide: Senator has no plans to seek divorce at this time

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SEN. STANLEY ROSENBERG, back on Beacon Hill where he said he hopes to resume his work as a rank-and file senator after giving up the presidency in December, said Thursday he has separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who precipitated his fall from power after being accused of sexually harassing at(...)

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The Airbnb gold rush is on

The Airbnb gold rush is on

Whole buildings, like this one in Chinatown, are being converted into hotels

Photographs by Ken Richardson AIRBNB, LIKE THE draw of ride-hailing apps to car owners, started with the premise that your home can make you a little extra money by renting out rooms to travelers looking to save a few dollars. Empty-nesters, they said, could rent out junior’s bedroom now that he’s moved out and put(...)

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Mayor of firsts

Mayor of firsts

Yvonne Spicer says she’s undaunted by new challenges—a good trait for the first person to serve as mayor of Framingham.

Photographs by Frank Curran YVONNE SPICER, like a  lot of her fellow Framingham residents, freely admits that she voted against the charter question to make the state’s biggest town a mid-sized city. But once the measure passed by the thinnest of margins, the former teacher and vice president of the Museum of Science did what(...)

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Pot and the minority community

Pot and the minority community

Is legal marijuana a blight or boon?

Photographs by Michael Manning THE PRESIDENT OF THE LAWRENCE CITY COUNCIL had already issued a stern warning against booing. City resident Steven Gil was at the podium, struggling mightily to make the case at the hearing in early October that allowing marijuana businesses in the city would be a good thing. “Please don’t shut the(...)

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