Politics

Trump ends DACA; Markey says Congress will respond

Trump ends DACA; Markey says Congress will respond

Senator calls action ‘plain evil,’ Healey calls Sessions a liar

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION on Tuesday ordered an end to an executive branch program shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation, prompting an outpouring of opposition from top officials in Massachusetts. The Obama-era program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, allows minors who entered the country illegally and were raised primarily in the United States to receive(...)

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Stacked deck at Cannabis Commission

Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg stacked the Cannabis Control Commission with people who voted against legalizing recreational marijuana. Four of the five appointees voted against the ballot measure, and now will be charged with implementing marijuana legalization on a fairly tight timetable. Already, people are saying there won’t be(...)

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Majority of pot board opposed referendum

Majority of pot board opposed referendum

New cannabis commission seeds concerns about the law’s future

THE NEW CANNABIS Control Commission is now complete but, with the appointment of yet two more members who voted against the ballot question to legalize marijuana, the panel has a majority who opposed the measure and just one proponent, who was one of the drafters of the initiative petition. Attorney General Maura Healey appointed Britte(...)

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Ballot opponent to head legal pot commission

Ballot opponent to head legal pot commission

State treasurer taps former Bain executive as chair of regulatory board

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A RETIRED BUSINESS executive and former Bain and Company partner who voted against the referendum to legalize marijuana has been tapped by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg to chair the new Cannabis Control Commission and lead the state’s efforts to get a recreational pot industry off the ground by next summer. Steven Hoffman,(...)

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Goldberg warns of NH lottery moves

Goldberg warns of NH lottery moves

Says Mass. lottery is 'sitting here like dead ducks'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THERE ARE PROVERBIAL TROOPS amassing at the New Hampshire border and the Massachusetts Lottery is “sitting here like dead ducks,” Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said Tuesday of the New Hampshire Lottery’s move to sell products online and introduce Keno. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu in July signed a bill that seeks to(...)

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Outdated state laws hard to repeal

Outdated state laws hard to repeal

Legislature content to let them stay on books

A RECENT POST by Professor Paul DeBole of Lasell College highlighted several archaic, unenforced, and/or unconstitutional state laws that have outlived their time and should be repealed. He concluded we should “at least have a conversation about whether or not to repeal them. At least the legislative hearings would be good theater.” In fact, there are at(...)

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Some sanctuary city police chiefs back Baker ICE detainer bill

Some sanctuary city police chiefs back Baker ICE detainer bill

Chelsea’s Brian Kyes calls governor’s bill a ‘fair compromise’

SOME MASSACHUSETTS POLICE CHIEFS appear to be staking out a different position than the communities they represent on how to handle detainer requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the Massachusetts Major City Police Chiefs Association on Monday released an endorsement of legislation filed by Gov.(...)

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Was Boston Common rally really about white supremacy?

Was Boston Common rally really about white supremacy?

Ayyadurai says Walsh, Baker, media created a fiction

THE 40,000 PROTESTERS who showed up at Boston Common on Saturday had nothing to protest because the free speech rally was focused on free speech and not white supremacy or racism, said Shiva Ayyadurai, a Republican candidate for US Senate and one of the keynote speakers at the rally. Ayyadurai on Monday said the portrayal(...)

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Convictions shouldn’t preclude all casino jobs

Convictions shouldn’t preclude all casino jobs

Finding a legislative fix may make for interesting politics

THE MGM SPRINGFIELD CASINO is scheduled to open late next year, and casino managers are worrying about how they’ll fill all the jobs that will need filling. The big problem: a section of the 2011 casino law that requires the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to prohibit the employment of any casino job applicant who was convicted of(...)

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