Politics

Steve Lynch’s balancing act

Steve Lynch’s balancing act

Is the lunch-bucket Democrat out of step with his own party?

NO ONE WOULD question the wisdom of a gambler who put money on US Rep. Stephen Lynch securing another easy win next year. Still, the odds are changing a bit, in part because the demographics of his district are changing and the Democratic Party in Massachusetts is moving away from him to the left. Since(...)

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The road less traveled

The road less traveled

Distance from Boston is an obstacle to statewide office

GREATER BOSTON IS the breeding ground for the state’s top politicians. Going back to 1900, three out of every four constitutional officers came from within 25 miles of Boston. Go out 50 miles, and the percentage rises to 85 percent. Most analysts say the state’s political axis tilts toward Greater Boston because that’s where the(...)

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Nickeled and dimed

Nickeled and dimed

Dartmouth officials give little in public records requests

THE TOWN OF Dartmouth is certainly a stickler for the rules, unwilling to forego a nickel copying fee for a document disclosing a legal settlement involving hundreds of thousands of dollars. CommonWealth sent a public records request to Town Administrator David Cressman for a copy of a settlement agreement between Dart-mouth and its former police(...)

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House budget OKs Medicaid levy

House budget OKs Medicaid levy

Dempsey defers to Baker on business assessment

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE on Monday unanimously advanced a $40.3 billion spending blueprint for next year that would greenlight the Baker administration’s plan to levy an assessment on employers to help pay for MassHealth, but only after a public hearing process aimed at giving the business an opportunity to air their(...)

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Democrats’ platform of opportunity

Democrats’ platform of opportunity

Party needs a coherent, future-oriented vision

THERE’S AN OLD QUIP that a camel is a horse designed by committee. In June, Massachusetts Democrats will affirm a new state platform – the camel meant to guide federal and state party officials from Massachusetts for the next four years, including the gubernatorial candidates. Like 2013’s version, it will be a laundry list, not(...)

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For Arroyo, probate job no soft landing pad

For Arroyo, probate job no soft landing pad

Controversy renews questions about electing obscure county officials

This wasn’t how the story was supposed to end. When Felix Arroyo was elected Suffolk County Register of Probate in 2014, the former Boston city councilor was supposed to sail off into obscurity, collecting a six-figure salary for a post no one pays attention to and then enjoying the spoils of a nice public pension(...)

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Curtatone, Hodgson hold largely cordial sanctuary city debate

Curtatone, Hodgson hold largely cordial sanctuary city debate

Mayor sees furor over immigration as part of white nationalism push

SOMERVILLE MAYOR JOSEPH CURTATONE and Bristol Country Sheriff Thomas Hodgson on Thursday dropped their sound-bite attacks on one another and for the most part engaged in a substantive debate about sanctuary status and the nation’s immigration policies. Hodgson, a Republican, was outnumbered but held his ground during a panel discussion hosted by the UMass School of Law(...)

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Finneran loses pension appeal

Finneran loses pension appeal

SJC says lies tied to role as speaker

THE STATE’S HIGHEST COURT has rejected an appeal by former House speaker Thomas Finneran to reinstate his pension, saying the one-time legislative leader’s lies during testimony in a federal lawsuit were related to his position and taking his retirement money away did not constitute an “excessive fine.” The Supreme Judicial Court overturned a 2015 ruling(...)

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