Attorney General Maura Healey

AG: Towns can’t ban medical pot

AG: Towns can’t ban medical pot

Decision reverses earlier ruling that opened the door for communities to prohibit medical sales

IN A STARTLING TURNAROUND, Attorney General Maura Healey has reversed her office’s decision that allowed communities to ban medical marijuana dispensaries after opening the door earlier this summer for cities and towns to block the dispensaries from coming to their communities. “The Attorney General’s Office is committed to ensuring that the marijuana legalization law is(...)

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Another shot in the pipeline wars

Another shot in the pipeline wars

Has 2015 report’s author changed his tune?

THOSE WHO BELIEVE the region needs another natural gas pipeline are saying they have found a new convert – the same energy analyst who co-authored a 2015 report for Attorney General Maura Healey that was widely interpreted as suggesting New England didn’t need additional pipeline capacity.  A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Coalition for Sustainable Energy, which advocates for new pipeline capacity, pointed to a(...)

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The politics of payback

The politics of payback

Both sides of the aisle see the Trump Administration's separation of children and parents as a humanitarian crisis

“Womp womp.” That pretty much sums up the reaction from the Trump administration and its supporters over the uproar of separating children from their parents trying to cross at the Mexican border. “Womp womp,” said former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski while mocking Democratic strategist Zak Petkanas during a discussion on Fox News. Petkanas was relating(...)

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The politics of payback

“Womp womp.” That pretty much sums up the reaction from the Trump administration and its supporters over the uproar of separating children from their parents trying to cross at the Mexican border. “Womp womp,” said former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski while mocking Democratic strategist Zak Petkanas during a discussion on Fox News. Petkanas was relating(...)

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Do Healey, Baker have a truce?

Do Healey, Baker have a truce?

Political rivals play nice on electricity sellers

ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY and the Baker administration engaged in an interesting political dance on Tuesday at a legislative hearing on what to do about companies that sell electricity to residential customers. By her own admission, Healey, the Democrat, has staked out a fairly extreme position. She feels the 50 companies have ripped off consumers(...)

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Baker, Healey split on electricity sellers

Baker, Healey split on electricity sellers

Gov backs more regulation, AG favors getting rid of firms

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER parted ways with Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday on the issue of how to rein in abuses by some 50 companies that sell electricity to residential customers, often through door-to-door solicitations. Healey said at the end of March that the industry as a whole has been so deceptive in its sales(...)

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The Codcast: Two firms say Healey goes too far

Attorney General Maura Healey wants to shut down the companies that sell electricity to residential customers in Massachusetts, but officials with two of the firms say the answer to any problems with their industry isn’t less competition but more. Chris Kallaher, senior director for government and regulatory affairs at Direct Energy, and Ed Brolin, director(...)

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State Police shield is tarnished

The Massachusetts State Police, long viewed as a model professional law enforcement agency with funny-looking uniforms, is going through one of the toughest times in its 153-year history and there are questions as to what the agency will look like when it comes out the other side. If it does. The latest imbroglio involves a 19-year(...)

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The Codcast: No pass for Northern Pass

Environmental advocates for years have been eagerly awaiting a clean energy procurement from Massachusetts, but now that it’s actually happened they’re not jumping for joy. State officials announced on Thursday that they had selected a project called Northern Pass to import a massive amount of hydro-electricity from Canada, enough to supply between 15 and 20 percent(...)

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Failing U: State falls short on for-profit schools

Failing U: State falls short on for-profit schools

Massachusetts should beef-up regulations to protect students and taxpayers

IN 2015, THE COLLAPSE of the behemoth Corinthian Colleges, which had been taking in up to $1.4 billion in federal dollars annually, and the subsequent failure of the giant ITT Tech cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and left thousands of students with enormous student loan debt and no degree or diploma to show(...)

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