Politics

On immigration, Baker follows Trump playbook

On immigration, Baker follows Trump playbook

Governor’s legislation is likely unconstitutional

ON JULY 24, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision in the case of Lunn v. Commonwealth, holding that Massachusetts law enforcement officers lack authority to hold individuals on the sole strength of a federal immigration detainer. In response, Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation to allow Massachusetts law enforcement officers to detain targets of(...)

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Trump misunderstands history’s arc

Trump misunderstands history’s arc

Comparing Washington and Lee is a false equivalence

“A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE is a dangerous thing.”  It’s an old saying that perhaps resonated more clearly than ever before when one heard the person holding the office of president of the United States equating the secessionist leader Robert E. Lee with the nation’s first and third presidents.  Painting with a broad brush dipped in a(...)

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Walsh, Baker condemn hatred, bigotry

Walsh, Baker condemn hatred, bigotry

Mayor says 'hate groups' not welcome in Boston

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH delivered a stern message on Monday to “hate groups” who may be planning to come to Boston this weekend. “Boston does not welcome you here. Boston does not want you here. Boston rejects your message,” he said. “We reject racism. We reject white supremacy. We reject anti-Semitism. We reject the KKK.(...)

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Taking on the Trump deportation machine

Taking on the Trump deportation machine

Let’s stop collaborating beyond what the law requires

MANY OF US CHOOSE TO LIVE in Massachusetts because of its freedom, relative to the rest of the world. While imperfect, our Commonwealth is safer, richer, cleaner, and fairer than most other places I’ve lived. This position of relative privilege and freedom gives Massachusetts residents both the opportunity and the obligation to work together to(...)

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Trans (and Republican) in the time of Trump

Trans (and Republican) in the time of Trump

Fair-weather friends aren’t needed at a time like this

SINCE COMING TO TERMS with my identity, I cannot recall all the times that I’ve been called brave and strong. I remind people that coming out has nothing to do with strength and everything to do with survival. It’s something that needed to happen if I ever wanted to have a truly authentic life. Truth(...)

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Sizing up 3 options on ICE detainers

Sizing up 3 options on ICE detainers

Does Baker’s approach represent middle ground?

Debate over immigration policy has bubbled up for years at the federal level, and now the recent decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in the case of Lunn v. Commonwealth has brought it to the forefront for state legislators, too. Attention has coalesced around three bills, each touching on a similar set of issues,(...)

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Tsongas not seeking reelection

Tsongas not seeking reelection

Her exit will likely spur heavy competition for her seat

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE US REP. NIKI TSONGAS, who has served in Congress since 2007, will not seek reelection in 2018. Tsongas, who is the widow of the late Sen. Paul Tsongas, won a special election when UMass President Marty Meehan resigned his seat to become the chancellor of UMass Lowell. The Lowell Democrat representing(...)

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Rep. Straus’s idea is a really bad one

Rep. Straus’s idea is a really bad one

Don’t rob Peter (Massport) to pay Paul (Metropolitan Highway System)

AUGUST.  That lazy, hazy month without an official vacation day because, well, everyone is either on vacation or slowing down because everyone else is on vacation.  Like that bewitching period between Thanksgiving and New Year, when everyone is preoccupied with keeping or avoiding the holidays, August is a sort of Bermuda Triangle of a month,(...)

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Nixon legacy lives on through Trump

Nixon legacy lives on through Trump

Both leaders pursued the ‘silent majority’

THE MEDIA AND VARIOUS JOURNALS are overflowing with comparisons of Donald Trump to many political figures past and present. A recent Harvard Political Review article compared Trump to Maine Governor Paul LePage. Others have suggested Richard Nixon is a more accurate comparison.  We approach these discussions from two distinct points of view, given the five(...)

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