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Immigration debate heats up in Mass.

The immigration debate raging around the country is taking root in Massachusetts with the vitriol and accusations from both sides feeding a frenzy that we’re being overrun both by illegal immigrants and federal enforcement officers rounding up the unwanted masses. The debate, for the longest time, was confined to border states and, with the exception of(...)

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Drug deja vu

It’s not easy being a health insurer these days, particularly when pharmaceutical companies come along with wonder drugs that cost a fortune. Insurers are all about working the odds. They collect premiums from a large group of people and count on the fact that most of their customers won’t use much health care and their(...)

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Scrambling the golden egg

  Massachusetts, which cautiously and methodically inched its way into casino gambling, is looking at moving into overdrive as lawmakers consider legalizing online gambling. The state’s three approved casinos, of course, want more than a piece of the action, arguing they shelled out nearly $200 million for their licenses, not to mention billions for the construction(...)

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The Codcast: Goldberg wants to keep her sight on pot

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg says when she talks to counterparts around the country, there is one aspect of her job that stops them in their tracks: Her office’s regulation of the state’s liquor industry. Goldberg now has another mood-altering substance to oversee with the passage of the ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. Under the(...)

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Senator ‘No’

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren sounded a little tempered last week when asked whether she’d be campaigning hard against the reelection of the state’s Republican governor, Charlie Baker, next year. That was a rare moment of moderation these days for the state’s senior senator, a leading voice of hard-edged Democratic opposition to the Trump administration and(...)

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The Codcast: Getting around in the age of Trump

For all the attention paid to the new administration since President Trump was inaugurated, the new president and his policies remain enigmas to advocates across the spectrum of services reliant on government support, perhaps none more perplexed – and worried – than transportation advocates. Beth Osborne, a senior advisor for Washington-based Transportation for America, was(...)

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