Politics

Is Charlie Baker really a Republican?

Is Charlie Baker really a Republican?

Lyons, Walsh square off over governor’s political machinations

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER has an R next to his name, but many Republicans don’t think it belongs there. Ed Lyons, a Republican activist who is a big fan of Baker, said the governor’s acceptance of the grand bargain in the recently completed legislative session disturbed many in the GOP.  The grand bargain embraced legislation raising the(...)

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Baker’s creative friction

Baker’s creative friction

Governor may seem like a Dem at times, but he’s creating GOP value

IS CHARLIE BAKER STILL a Republican? Lately, many Republicans have come to believe he has been co-opted by Democrats. They recently saw Baker sign legislation to increase taxes for paid leave and to increase the minimum wage. They also wonder why Baker didn’t seek to maintain the MBTA’s crucial exemption to the Pacheco Law, which(...)

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Why we boycott Faneuil Hall

Why we boycott Faneuil Hall

Bid for a hearing on changing the name was denied

The following remarks are a slightly edited version of a speech delivered on Thursday at a protest at Faneuil Hall.  THE ROOTS OF BOSTON — our history, our legacy, our genesis — have been watered with the blood of the slaughtered. From first nation people to the bound African slave, Boston at the outset represented(...)

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The Senate’s big whiff

The Senate’s big whiff

How a mixup on Beacon Hill shut horse-racing down

THE PROCESS OF passing legislation on Beacon Hill is a lot like a game of ping pong. The House passes a bill and sends it over to the Senate. The Senate tweaks the legislation and sends it back to the House. The back and forth goes on until final language is agreed upon. Then the(...)

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The Senate’s big whiff

The process of passing legislation on Beacon Hill is a lot like a game of ping pong. The House passes a bill and sends it over to the Senate. The Senate tweaks the legislation and sends it back to the House. The back and forth goes on until final language is agreed upon. Then the(...)

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In Middlesex DA’s race, a progressive face-off

In Middlesex DA’s race, a progressive face-off

Ryan facing spirited challenge with calls for reform in the air

DONNA PATALANO, who is challenging incumbent Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, looks like exactly the right candidate at the right time. The Winchester attorney is pushing a strong reform platform focused on addressing racial disparities in the criminal justice system and the need to rethink policies of the tough-on-crime era of the 1980s and 90s.(...)

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DCR, carousel negotiations go round and round

DCR, carousel negotiations go round and round

Getting a new lease is a lengthy, tortuous process

ONE DAY LAST SUMMER Leo Roy, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation, showed up at the Paragon Carousel across from Nantasket Beach in Hull with some ominous news. Roy told Marie Schleiff, who heads the nonprofit group that runs the carousel that her organization would not be getting the $1-a-year, 25-year(...)

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Baker amends short-term rental bill

Baker amends short-term rental bill

Would exempt those who rent units less than 14 days a year

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER returned the Legislature’s bill to tax and regulate short-term rentals on Wednesday, waiting until the day after the House and Senate adjourned formal sessions for the year to propose an amendment that would exempt homeowners that rent out their units for fewer than 14 days a year. The(...)

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Lawmakers leave a lot on the table

Lawmakers leave a lot on the table

Senators complain about House brinkmanship, lobbyist influence

MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS SUSPENDED their rules and went beyond their midnight end-of-session deadline, but still they couldn’t finish all the work they had planned to do. The House adjourned at 1:12 a.m. Wednesday and the Senate ended its session at 1:20 a.m. When the dust settled, the two chambers had approved bills dealing with opioid treatment, economic development,(...)

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