Politics

It’s now Massachusetts’ turn

It’s now Massachusetts’ turn

After wins elsewhere, transgender rights faces key test in Bay State

FOR MANY, ELECTION NIGHT 2017 was a glimmer of hope after a downright dark political year. Races all over the country made history. One of the most significant was the election of Danica Roem in Virginia, one of the first openly transgender people elected to a state legislature in the United States. History was recorded,(...)

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Lowell’s single-issue election 

Lowell’s single-issue election 

Divided city showed consensus is possible 

ELECTIONS, as they say, have consequences. This is certainly the case in Lowell, where voters on Tuesday delivered a stunning rebuke to their elected officials and their decision to relocate the city’s sole public high school from downtown to its suburban edge. In the process, voters also showed that consensus can emerge in a city riven by race, class, and(...)

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Heroux plans to work 2 jobs as mayor, rep

Heroux plans to work 2 jobs as mayor, rep

Says holding on to State House job could help Dems hold seat

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ATTLEBORO’S MAYOR-ELECT, Democrat Rep. Paul Heroux, plans to serve out the remaining 14 months of his term in the House even after taking over at City Hall, in part to give his party a better chance at holding the House seat. After hearing about his plans, House Speaker Robert DeLeo on(...)

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Insurers sound alarm on Senate health bill

Insurers sound alarm on Senate health bill

Warns of price hikes, say cost penalties not broad enough

InsuSTATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SEVERAL LARGE HEALTH INSURERS are sounding the alarm on the eve of Senate debate on a health care bill that seeks to shrink the gap between rates paid to the most expensive hospitals and lower-paid providers, warning that without changes the bill would drive up costs for consumers. The insurers, including(...)

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Pot board wants $5 million more

Pot board wants $5 million more

‘No fluff’ budget for FY18 is $7.5 million, lower than projected

THE STATE’S CANNABIS Control Commission has asked lawmakers for another $5.2 million for the remainder of the fiscal year on top of the $2.3 million that was already set aside to get the regulatory structure for legal marijuana up and running in time for the launch target of July 1 for retail pot shops to(...)

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Brockton candidate already a winner

Brockton candidate already a winner

Longshot mayoral challenger overcame a hard start in life

WITH MAYORAL RACES in the gun lap around the state, most eyes are on what’s happening in Boston and then maybe on Lawrence and Framingham or Newton. But little attention has been paid to the race in Brockton, where incumbent Mayor Bill Carpenter is challenged by 26-year-old Jimmy Pereira, one of the more unlikely and(...)

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Revisiting one of Walsh’s biggest defeats

Revisiting one of Walsh’s biggest defeats

Walsh lost his battle against Wynn Resorts, but now it seems forgotten

IT’S HARD TO REMEMBER NOW why Boston Mayor Marty Walsh spent a good chunk of his initial two years in office fighting a legal and verbal war with Steve Wynn and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. At the time, Walsh said he felt Boston was a host community to Wynn’s Everett casino because no one could(...)

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House, Senate end bickering, sign budget deal

House, Senate end bickering, sign budget deal

Bill bans bump stocks, provides $3m for gang initiative

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE DEVICES KNOWN AS BUMP STOCKS that were used in the Las Vegas shooting a month ago to turn ordinary rifles into automatic weapons would be banned in Massachusetts under a bill the Legislature sent to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk on Thursday after weeks of bickering between the House and Senate. The(...)

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Commission backs sticking with one type of ‘time’

Commission backs sticking with one type of ‘time’

But says no change should be made unless most NE states go along

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS WILL FALL BACK this weekend after all and will likely continue to adjust their clocks twice a year for the foreseeable future. A legislative commission studying whether the Bay State should shift permanently to Atlantic Standard Time — essentially the time zone that Massachusetts observes between March and November(...)

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