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The Codcast: Warren, Brownsberger go at it on criminal justice bill

The sweeping criminal justice bill that Gov. Charlie Baker signed earlier this month received widespread, but not universal, praise as a welcome turn away from the tough-on-crime policies of the 1980s and ‘90s. One notable dissenting voice was that of Setti Warren, the former Newton mayor who is now one of three Democrats vying to(...)

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Troubling poll in Third Congressional District

A new poll of likely voters in the Third Congressional District suggests the Democratic primary winner in the race to succeed US Rep. Niki Tsongas will be elected without a clear mandate from voters. It’s become a familiar story in Massachusetts, where incumbents dominate and the rare open seat attracts so many candidates that the(...)

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The Codcast: A devilish health care merger

Two of the state’s leading health care analysts say they aren’t sure whether creating a powerful alternative to Partners HealthCare will reduce health care costs in Massachusetts or increase them. “It’s the devil you know versus the devil you don’t know,” said John E. McDonough, a professor of public health practice at the TH Chan(...)

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