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Mass. GOP stepping up its outreach

Bringing in Trump campaign aides for fundraiser, targeting Haddad, other Dems

WITH A TAX DEBATE LOOMING on Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts Republican Party appears to be stepping up its outreach to Bay State voters with a message that GOP candidates and President Trump have an opportunity to make gains in 2020. In a series of emails over the last few weeks, state GOP Chairman Jim Lyons(...)

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Universal congestion pricing is the way to go

Rideshare accounts for 8% of VMT in Suffolk County

MASSACHUSETTS LIVES and breathes as the Commonwealth of firsts. From the Mayflower to the continent’s first subway system, this state knows what groundbreaking transportation looks like. While we have accomplished many firsts, Massachusetts transportation seems to be at a standstill. In recent months, there’s been much conversation (and ire) about the MBTA and transportation woes(...)

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A revolutionary idea for a Boston soccer venue

A spiffed-up Harvard Stadium could be perfect home for Revs

BOSTON, we have a soccer problem. We don’t have a home team. Our club in spirit—the pioneering and resurgent New England Revolution—still reside in the de facto exile of Gillette Stadium. As if playing The Beautiful Game on an artificial pitch tailored for gladiators weren’t indignity enough, the Revs do so in front of roughly 48,000 empty(...)

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The ‘conscience of Boston’ 

Rev. Michael Haynes, Roxbury icon, MLK colleague and contemporary, dies at 92 

WHEN MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. led a march from Roxbury to Boston Common in 1965 to protest school segregation in the city, his deepest connection here was a young Roxbury minister named Michael Haynes.  They met not long after King arrived from Atlanta to pursue at doctorate at Boston University in 1951. King delivered guest(...)

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Promising program helps rehabilitate inmates

Three Mass. facilities piloting Repairing Harm

CRIMINAL JUSTICE has gotten plenty of air time in the presidential debates, including the most recent one. Policing reforms, sentencing reforms, closure of private prisons, and offender voting rights have all been covered. Little time, however, has been given to a central question of criminal justice– how can correctional facilities help offenders correct behavior and(...)

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It’s time to invest in student success

(or, $1,561 for the future of the Commonwealth)

ALL ACROSS AMERICA, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, just over half of the students who begin a college degree end up graduating.  Not surprisingly, a higher percentage of students graduate from places like Harvard, MIT, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, than from Lasell College, Salem State University, and my own institution, Northern Essex Community College.    The students(...)

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The debaters and the teacher

Warren remains above the fray as Biden takes hits

IT STARTED WHEN former Housing and Urban Development secretary Julián Castro questioned Joe Biden’s memory over what he had said minutes before about automatically enrolling uninsured people into a Medicare-type program. Castro appeared to have either misunderstood or misheard what Biden said,  but pundits are interpreting the exchange as an attack on the former vice(...)

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The debaters and the teacher

It started when former Housing and Urban Development secretary Julián Castro questioned Joe Biden’s memory over what he had said minutes before about automatically enrolling uninsured people into a Medicare-type program. Castro appeared to have either misunderstood or misheard what Biden said,  but pundits are interpreting the exchange as an attack on the former vice(...)

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Pollack’s comment on HOV lane anecdotal

Most recent research suggests far fewer violators

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY Stephanie Pollack is famous for her love of data, but it appears she went with anecdotal evidence on Tuesday when she told local officials that 80 to 90 percent of the cars using a high occupancy vehicle lane on I-93 heading into Boston from the north have only one person in the vehicle.(...)

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TransitMatters: South Station expansion unnecessary

Quicker train ‘turns’ would eliminate need for more tracks

THE ADVOCACY GROUP TransitMatters says a number of relatively simple changes in commuter rail operations could increase the number of trains moving in and out of South Station and make a planned $2.5 billion expansion of the facility unnecessary. South Station has 13 tracks that currently serve 20 trains per hour in and out. By(...)

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