Politics

Baker balks at parts of Senate criminal justice bill

Baker balks at parts of Senate criminal justice bill

Provisions 'seem to not make a heck of a lot of sense'

STATE HOUSE NEWS MAJOR PROVISIONS of the criminal justice bill passed late last week by the Senate “just seem to not make a heck of a lot of sense,” Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday, panning the bill for easing sentences for some drug dealers and neglecting other aspects of the justice system. The Senate passed(...)

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Boston city council races reflect change – and tradition

Boston city council races reflect change – and tradition

Preliminary election for two open seats offered surprises

THEODORE H. WHITE WROTE many years ago that the life of a city is like a ballet.  Anybody who has studied the American city, specifically the City of Boston, understands that there are rapid demographic changes underway.  Boston is no longer mentioned in the same paragraph with Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland and other cities that(...)

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Amazon vs. marijuana

Amazon vs. marijuana

Communities throw millions at retail giant while snubbing pot

WHEN A CHICOPEE woman won the record-setting Powerball jackpot in August, lost in the cacophony were the two $1 million winning tickets sold in Dorchester and Watertown. Despite the disappointment of not hitting the big one, neither winner said “no, thanks” to the lesser sums. But that appears to be what’s happening in Massachusetts with(...)

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Top Baker aide offers sex offender fixes

Top Baker aide offers sex offender fixes

Public safety chief says board did not 'lose' 1,769 offenders

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IN RESPONSE TO A CRITICAL AUDIT, the state’s top public safety official on Tuesday outlined changes that could be made at the agency tasked with monitoring sex offenders, including the fingerprinting of Level 1 offenders. Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett testified at an oversight hearing called after a state(...)

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New pot czar is known quantity

New pot czar is known quantity

Assistant treasurer tapped as executive director for marijuana commission

A TOP AIDE to state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg who fashioned the regulatory infrastructure for the nascent retail marijuana business when that office was set to oversee the emerging industry has been tapped as the state’s executive director of the new commission in charge of legal pot. Assistant Treasurer Shawn Collins, 31, was unanimously approved by(...)

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State: Wellesley can ignore public records request

State: Wellesley can ignore public records request

First-of-its-kind ruling cites harassment clause

THE STATE’S SUPERVISOR OF PUBLIC RECORDS for the first time has allowed a governmental entity to ignore a citizen’s bid for documents because the request was a form of harassment or intimidation. The ruling by Rebecca Murray dealt with Wellesley resident Ronald Alexander, who has filed more than 200 public records requests with the town(...)

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Anti-violence funds jeopardized by House-Senate flap

Anti-violence funds jeopardized by House-Senate flap

Senate balks at funding program in supplemental budget

THE SENATE IS taking the lead on Beacon Hill on criminal justice reform, but the chamber seems to have lost its way on a key initiative to help gang members go straight and stay out of prison. The Senate and House both passed budget measures last week intended to close the books on spending for(...)

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Mass. citizens point the way on climate change

Mass. citizens point the way on climate change

State leaders and policymakers need to get on same page as voters

WE LIVE IN a time when the way we power our lives is literally putting our survival at stake. We’re seeing an increase in deadly natural disasters, glaciers melting at a worrisome rate, and American states and territories at risk of disappearing from the map due to rising sea levels. Yet the Trump administration seems(...)

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