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Galvin throws shade on Millennium tower deal

Long ago, Beacon Hill insiders used to call then-Rep. William Galvin the Prince of Darkness because of his penchant for intrigue and political machinations. But now Galvin is coming to be known as the Lord of Light, the guy championing sunshine, not shadows, on Boston Common. As secretary of state and the overseer of the(...)

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Don’t know much about history

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that not all Americans are created equal in their familiarity with the founding documents of their nation or the principles that undergird the same. And so it is that, along with the unalienable right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, we are evidently also endowed by(...)

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The blandness of Bay State politics

For years here in Massachusetts, we prided ourselves on putting the fun in dysfunctional government. Recall the days of “Toga!, Toga!” chants during all-night budget debates, the one-day coup of Lt. Gov. Evelyn Murphy in 1990, the succession of indicted House speakers, and, of course, the Governor’s Council. But many of those highlights are in(...)

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The Codcast: McDonough weighs in on health care

The health care debate is coming to a head in Washington, where the moment of truth has arrived for Republicans who have vowed for seven years to “repeal and replace” Obamacare the first chance they get. On Beacon Hill, state leaders are wrestling with how to restrain Medicaid costs without cutting people off coverage. No(...)

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Staples sale shows change is the only constant

Once upon a time there were things called stationery stores. These were usually small-ish shops, often family operated, where one could buy fancy pens and not-so-fancy pens, paper, paper clips, and various other office supplies. One day in 1985, a Massachusetts grocery store executive named Tom Stemberg got frustrated when he had trouble finding a(...)

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