Politics

The race to get pot regs

One of the key components in legalizing marijuana for those who backed the referendum was to ensure equitable access to the market by disadvantaged communities, especially communities of color who have long been shown to be disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system for drug-related crimes. When the Legislature passed its fix to the law last(...)

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Pressley is a ‘breath of fresh air’

Pressley is a ‘breath of fresh air’

Boston councilor would be welcome new voice in Congress

IN JACK SULLIVAN’S January 31st Daily Download item about the 7th Congressional District race between Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Congressman Michael Capuano, he used several Super Bowl analogies, but he forgot to mention that often the underdog wins. Like so many people, Mr. Sullivan may not be aware of the enormous surge of women(...)

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Draining the swamp? Not so much.

If there was one thing that a sharply divided electorate agreed on in 2016, says Diane Hessan, it was on the need to “drain the swamp.” The corrupted stew of lobbyists, corporate influence-peddling, and the nearly unlimited role of money in campaigns is something Americans almost universally revile. That made it brilliant politics for Donald(...)

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Chandler no longer “acting”

Chandler no longer “acting”

Senate Dems look to put Rosenberg in the rear view mirror

SENATE DEMOCRATS AGREED to remove the “acting” title from Senate President Harriette Chandler for the remainder of the year before holding an election for a new president, deciding the storm clouds hovering over Sen. Stan Rosenberg were overwhelming the chamber’s business and precluding any comeback by the former president at least this year and maybe(...)

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The case for paid family leave and a boost in minimum wage

The case for paid family leave and a boost in minimum wage

25 years after federal leave law passed, it's time for Massachusetts to step up

25 YEARS AGO, on February 5, 1993, President Clinton signed into law the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows certain workers to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave to deal with a serious health condition, have a baby, bond with a newborn or adopted child, or take care of a seriously(...)

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Baker hits some turbulence

Suddenly, Gov. Charlie Baker doesn’t seem so invulnerable. He may still be the most popular governor in the country, but over the last few weeks Baker has hit some serious turbulence. An agency he controls botched the rollout of a new approach to health insurance for 430,000 state and municipal workers. Then his administration awarded(...)

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What does Ayanna Pressley know that we don’t?

This being Super Bowl week, pigskin-related analogies are everywhere. In that vein, we’re focused on the special teams warning about outkicking the coverage. That’s where a punter or kicker sends the ball far down the field but at a distance that allows the receiving team to set up a return and thwart defenders. Boston City(...)

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Baker calls allegations against Wynn appalling

Baker calls allegations against Wynn appalling

If true, gov says, Las Vegas casino mogul is 'unsuitable' to hold Mass. license

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said Monday that if the allegations of sexual misconduct by casino employees against Steve Wynn are true then the developer would be unsuitable to hold a casino license in Massachusetts, but his condemnation came with one major caveat. “I’m not the decision maker,” the governor said. Baker, a(...)

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Forry leaving Senate for Suffolk Construction

Forry leaving Senate for Suffolk Construction

Departure comes weeks after she expressed interest in Senate presidency

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE SEN LINDA FORRY, a Haitian American and the first woman of color to represent a district that includes South Boston, Mattapan and Dorchester, will resign from the Senate on Friday to take a position with Suffolk Construction just weeks after suggesting she was interested in contending for the Senate presidency.(...)

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