Politics

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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Election 2018: Coarse correction

Election 2018: Coarse correction

Dems take House but it may not be a party for the next two years

The Blue Wave hit a Red Wall and though the splash soaked the barrier, it didn’t do the damage a tsunami would have brought. While Democrats celebrated their new-found ability to thwart President Trump and the GOP-controlled Senate, a resistance that will have a decided Massachusetts blue tinge to it, they will have to step carefully to(...)

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Election 2018: Coarse correction

The Blue Wave hit a Red Wall and though the splash soaked the barrier, it didn’t do the damage a tsunami would have brought. While Democrats celebrated their new-found ability to thwart President Trump and the GOP-controlled Senate, a resistance that will have a decided Massachusetts blue tinge to it, they will have to step carefully to(...)

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Baker, Warren cruise to second terms

Baker, Warren cruise to second terms

Trump was undercurrent in both races

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE REPUBLICAN GOV. CHARLIE BAKER will return to the corner office in January, resoundingly winning reelection Tuesday night after campaigning on a message of bipartisanship. Baker defeated Needham Democrat and former state budget chief Jay Gonzalez to earn a second four-year term. With about 45 percent of precincts reporting around 10:45 p.m.,(...)

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Nurse staffing measure soundly defeated

Nurse staffing measure soundly defeated

Uncertainty over impact doomed ballot question

TOO MUCH DOUBT raised about its impact and too much division even among those who were supposed to be its bedrock backers. That double whammy proved deadly for the campaign to mandate minimum nurse staffing levels in Massachusetts as voters soundly defeated Question 1 on Tuesday. Based on incomplete returns, the ballot measure was being(...)

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CommonWealth’s election cram sheet

CommonWealth’s election cram sheet

Find out what you need to know to make good choices

IF YOU’RE TRYING to cram for Tuesday’s election, check out CommonWealth’s election coverage — both news stories and opinion pieces — to get a handle on the issues. GOVERNOR’S RACE Charlie Baker and the incredible vanishing gender gap Gonzalez’s ‘secret’ MBTA document Opinion: For our environmental future, Gonzalez is clear choice by Mark Sandeen and Bob(...)

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Dempsey starts own lobbying business

Dempsey starts own lobbying business

Ex-lawmaker leaves ML Strategies with clients he brought to firm

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE JUST A LITTLE OVER A YEAR after ending his legislative career for a high-profile lobbying job at ML Strategies, Brian Dempsey has left the Boston firm to start his own consulting business with two former aides. “I’ve decided to go out on my own. It’s an exciting change,” Dempsey told the(...)

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Yes on 3 is a healthy choice

Yes on 3 is a healthy choice

Referendum on transgender rights affects more than bathroom access

ALL OF US know that accessing basic health care and emergency medical care treatment is essential to taking care of ourselves and our families. This November, voters will have a unique opportunity to uphold a Massachusetts state law that prohibits discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations, which includes hospitals and doctors’ offices. Voting Yes(...)

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