Politics

Gonzalez, Massie share stage — and views

Gonzalez, Massie share stage — and views

Debate reveals little difference between Democrats on issues

HE WAS NOWHERE to be seen, but Gov. Charlie Baker came in for a pummeling as the two Democrats vying for the right to take him on in November trained their fire on the state’s popular incumbent Republican, not each other, in a debate on Thursday afternoon at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Jay Gonzalez(...)

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How Capeless plotted succession plan

How Capeless plotted succession plan

DA pulled nomination papers to throw off reporters

DAVID CAPELESS WORKED CLOSELY with Gov. Charlie Baker to choreograph the handoff of his job as Berkshire Country district attorney to a top aide, going so far as to pull nomination papers for himself to throw reporters off the scent. Emails obtained from the district attorney’s office under the Public Records Law indicate Capeless was concerned that reporters might(...)

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Kulik: Pipeline resistance strong in House

Kulik: Pipeline resistance strong in House

Business groups are leading push for more natural gas

THE LEADER OF THE ANTI-PIPELINE FORCES in the House said on Wednesday that the coalition remains strong and could probably defeat any legislative bid to have electric ratepayers finance a new natural gas pipeline. “There’s still a lot of resistance,” said Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, the vice chair of the House Ways and Means(...)

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Diehl reverts to form

Diehl reverts to form

An upcoming fundraiser plays to Diehl's Trumpian base

When Geoff Diehl worked his way to a second-ballot endorsement for US Senate by the state Republican Party at its convention last month, some wondered where the fire-breathing Trump supporter went. The Whitman state rep who co-chaired Trump’s Massachusetts campaign never mentioned the man in the White House in his speech to delegates. It felt,(...)

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Girl power

Girl power

With a record number of women running for office, the national rate of female representation in legislature may be on the rise

The #MeToo movement has empowered women to take back the narrative on harassment and discrimination. It also could give them real power in making laws and policy. A record number of women are running for office around the country this year. Nevada and Arizona are on the verge of becoming the first state legislatures in the(...)

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Time to hit the off switch on electricity sellers

Time to hit the off switch on electricity sellers

Consumers shouldn’t be harassed, misled, or lied to

IN 1997, MASSACHUSETTS PASSED the Electric Restructuring Act to “promote the prosperity and general welfare of its citizens . . . by restructuring the electricity industry in the Commonwealth to foster competition and promote reduced electricity rates.” But the residential market for competitive electric supply never worked as hoped, and the competitive market has instead increased(...)

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Pot board red-faced over green light

Pot board red-faced over green light

Cannabis commission inadvertently approved 10 applicants recommended for denial

THE STATE BOARD overseeing the nascent pot industry in Massachusetts had been running smoothly in its first months of operation. But as the most critical aspect of its mission began – giving thumbs up or down to applications for marijuana sales and cultivation – the commission hit a glitch when 10 suitors for licenses were(...)

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Comity club

Comity club

Capuano, Pressley largely in sync at forum on race issues

WHAT IF THEY gave a war and nobody came? That call for peace was invoked during protests against the Vietnam War, but it could also describe the first campaign forum featuring Rep. Michael Capuano and his Democratic primary challenger, Ayanna Pressley. The session on racial justice, held Friday night at Roxbury Community College, gave voters their(...)

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