Politics

Make National Voter Registration Day worth celebrating

Make National Voter Registration Day worth celebrating

Mass. needs to get on board with movement to ease sign-up

TODAY IS National Voter Registration Day. It also happens to be the day of Boston’s preliminary election. But there’s one way that Boston residents won’t be able to celebrate today’s holiday: registering at the polls. That’s because Massachusetts remains an outlier in New England in not embracing same day registration. Maine has allowed people to(...)

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Study raises transportation concerns, punts on solution

Study raises transportation concerns, punts on solution

Funding shortfall seen as people buy fewer cars, less gas

THE MASSACHUSETTS TAXPAYERS FOUNDATION released a report on Tuesday raising concerns about the state’s ability to maintain and improve its transportation infrastructure, but called for another study of the issues involved rather than more revenues or other steps to address the problem. The study, portrayed as an update of a 2007 Transportation Finance Commission report,(...)

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Knee pain

We should be focused on the destruction in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other hard-hit places in the Caribbean. And on health care, as the Senate prepares to take up legislation that not only repeals the main provisions of the Affordable Care Act but steps back from a commitment to coverage for poor Americans(...)

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Turning protest into policy reform

Turning protest into policy reform

Walking the walk isn’t enough in fighting racism

AS 40,000 PEOPLE converged on the streets of Boston in late August to march against white supremacy, Massachusetts stood as a beacon of nationwide resistance to the racist policies coming out of the White House. It was fitting; historically, many revolutions have started in Massachusetts. Raising our collective voice against bigotry is a healthy exercise(...)

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Baker nominates T attorney for Appeals Court

Baker nominates T attorney for Appeals Court

Englander key inside player at the transit authority

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Wednesday nominated John Englander, the general counsel at the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, to serve as an associate justice of the state Appeals Court. Englander is a key inside player at the T. He has been involved in a number of hard-nosed negotiations with vendors, particularly LAZ Parking,(...)

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NH voter fraud claims baffle Mass. officials

NH voter fraud claims baffle Mass. officials

GOP, Dem leaders say Kobach's claims are fiction

AT A MEETING of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity on Tuesday, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner dismissed assertions by commission vice chair Kris Kobach that widespread voter fraud influenced the state’s 2016 presidential and senate races. “The problem that has occurred because of what you wrote is that – the question(...)

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A promise to Dreamers worth keeping

A promise to Dreamers worth keeping

We must protect vulnerable students affected by DACA change

AS STUDENTS RETURN to school this week, many will face the humdrum childhood challenges that each new year brings – subjects to conquer, friends to meet, and challenges to overcome. Some, however, enter the classroom facing a country where their protections are crumbling around them, set into motion by President Trump’s decision to end the(...)

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Reform before revenue debate rages on

Reform before revenue debate rages on

Setti Warren says MBTA needs more money

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE SETTI WARREN on Friday rode the Red Line into Boston with a Suffolk University student and afterwards told reporters the state needs to invest more in the MBTA. “Everyone who rides the T knows this system is broken, it’s inadequate, it’s under-resourced,” said Warren. “The folks that don’t know it are the(...)

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Baker’s health care advice to Congress

Baker’s health care advice to Congress

Governor backs bipartisanship, cost sharing, insurance mandate

The following is a transcript of Gov. Charlie Baker’s prepared testimony on Thursday before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY to provide testimony before the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market. Thank you for your willingness(...)

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