Politics

Obama endorses six candidates in MA

Former president Barack Obama waded into political races across the country on Monday, endorsing 260 Democratic candidates in 29 states, including six in Massachusetts. Obama made a series of endorsements in August, but none of those was in Massachusetts. This time he backed Jay Gonzalez and Quentin Palfrey for governor and lieutenant governor, Ayanna Pressley(...)

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Slow pot rollout costing state tax revenue

Slow pot rollout costing state tax revenue

Advocates say short staff, bureaucracy creating problems for legal sales

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SAYING MASSACHUSETTS HAS missed out on $16 million in marijuana taxes, officials behind the 2016 legal marijuana ballot question on Monday pointed to staffing levels and bureaucracy at the Cannabis Control Commission as potential reasons for the slow rollout of retail sales in Massachusetts. “The Cannabis Control Commission needs to pick(...)

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New Bedford’s charter school battle

New Bedford’s charter school battle

Expansion proposal roils the Whaling City

Nearly two years ago, voters weighed in on a contentious ballot question over charter school expansion in the state. But the battle over the independently run, but publicly funded, schools hardly ended there. Ground zero for the latest showdown: New Bedford, where the K-8 Alma del Mar Charter School is hoping to expand by adding(...)

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Health commission seeks ‘guardrails’ on merger

Health commission seeks ‘guardrails’ on merger

Panel asks AG to review Beth Israel-Lahey Health deal

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AN APPREHENSIVE HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION voted unanimously Thursday to refer the Beth Israel-Lahey Health mega-merger to Attorney General Maura Healey and Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel for further review, with commission members hoping enforceable “guardrails” can be put in place to mitigate their concerns that the deal will threaten access to(...)

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A stash of cash for troubled pols

A stash of cash for troubled pols

Funds let officials collect unlimited money from donors and companies

EARLIER THIS YEAR, on April 13, the city of Fall River signed a host community agreement with Northeast Alternatives, which already operates a medical marijuana dispensary in the city, to open up a retail recreational pot operation in a strip mall near the Rhode Island line. Four days later, on April 17, J.H. Holdings Group Inc., whose principals are executives of the medical marijuana dispensary, donated $20,000 to Mayor Jasiel Correia’s(...)

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Gaming commission chair resigns, denies charges of bias

Gaming commission chair resigns, denies charges of bias

Crosby says remaining would 'hamper' work of gambling panel

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STEPHEN CROSBY, who served as chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission since its inception and has overseen the implementation of casino gaming in the Bay State, resigned from the commission Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately. Crosby’s departure comes as the Gaming Commission prepares to make public the findings of its investigation into(...)

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Gonzalez calls for Baker to fire MBTA general manager

Gonzalez calls for Baker to fire MBTA general manager

Challenger cites lawsuit against Texas company Ramirez ran

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE Jay Gonzalez said Gov. Charlie Baker should fire MBTA General Manger Luis Ramirez, citing a recent lawsuit against the Texas company he once led that charged Ramirez and other executives with issuing false and misleading financial reports. “A judge just found that Luis Ramirez knowingly mislead investors of the company he was(...)

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MA ruling on corporate donations is a missed opportunity

MA ruling on corporate donations is a missed opportunity

Nation’s worst campaign finance law should go to Supreme Court

THE RECENT DECISION by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court regarding corporate campaign contributions was a missed opportunity by the state’s highest court to eliminate the country’s most unfair campaign finance law. Instead of closing the union loophole, which gives an unfair advantage to unions over individuals and employers, they ruled that discrimination is constitutional. They upheld the(...)

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For tax plan, Gonzalez’s gives it the college try

For tax plan, Gonzalez’s gives it the college try

Cool reception for idea of taxing big endowments

THE MASSACHUSETTS REPUBLICAN PARTY has hammered Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jay Gonzalez for not releasing details of how he would pay for an ambitious agenda that calls for new spending on education and transportation. Gonzalez has answered that with a plan — but he’s now getting hammered over the details of it. Gonzalez is proposing a(...)

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