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Baker plays budget man in the middle

It’s become a well-known part of the current dynamic on Beacon Hill: Though Democrats enjoy super-majorities in both legislative branches, the House leans right and often forms a tag-team with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker that isolates the more liberal Senate. With the 2018 budget plan put out yesterday, however, House leaders don’t just lean right,(...)

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Going nuclear

In the arcane rules of the US Senate, the nuclear option is a parliamentary procedure that allows the body to override a rule or precedent by a majority vote. In simple terms, it typically takes 60 votes to confirm a nominee for the Supreme Court. With the nuclear option, it would only take 51. Democrats(...)

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