Politics

Dukakis, Weld make last push for rail link

Dukakis, Weld make last push for rail link

Former governors say state cost estimate for North-South tunnel ‘preposterous,’ urge reconsideration

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNORS Michael Dukakis and William Weld made one more push for state officials to revisit their $12 billion cost estimates for a connector tunnel between South and North stations and reassess the feasibility of digging under Boston streets once again without the fear of repeating Big Dig history. “This study is preposterous,” Dukakis(...)

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Pols putting pressure on National Grid

Pols putting pressure on National Grid

Push bill thrusting state into middle of labor dispute

Momentum seems to be building on Beacon Hill, particularly in the generally more conservative House, to hold a hearing on precedent-setting legislation that would thrust the state into the middle of a private labor dispute. The legislation, filed by Rep. James O’Day of West Boylston, targets National Grid, which locked out 1,250 steelworkers in June(...)

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Politics, not law, guiding Healey on Exxon suit

Politics, not law, guiding Healey on Exxon suit

US Supreme Court should rein in politically motivated investigation

IN THE AGE OF TRUMPISM, political and legal norms are regularly cast aside.  The ends, we are told, justify the means.  It is in this context that businesses, particularly manufacturers, have become skeptical of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s legal action against ExxonMobil as a centerpiece of her efforts to combat global climate change.  Along(...)

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For GOP, is the lesson be more like Charlie?

For GOP, is the lesson be more like Charlie?

Everywhere else you look in state GOP, it’s very bad

MASSACHUSETTS REPUBLICANS suffered yet another electoral drubbing last week. Apart from Gov.  Charlie Baker, every Republican candidate for statewide office got trounced by 24 to 46 point margins, based on unofficial returns. None of the congressional races were even remotely competitive. The legislative caucus shed three more members, further reducing their already paltry numbers. Republican(...)

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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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