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Grand bargain talks can now begin in earnest

Grand bargain talks can now begin in earnest

Deal remains possible with millionaire tax dead, but it likely will be costly

Now that the millionaire tax is dead, state leaders can finally get down to work. The millionaire tax was a great excuse for doing nothing. As long as the question was on the ballot and its poll numbers remained high, the millionaire tax’s $2 billion-a-year haul was the answer to just about everything. Fix the(...)

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Grand bargain talks can now begin in earnest

Now that the millionaire tax is dead, state leaders can finally get down to work. The millionaire tax was a great excuse for doing nothing. As long as the question was on the ballot and its poll numbers remained high, the millionaire tax’s $2 billion-a-year haul was the answer to just about everything. Fix the(...)

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Is Charlie Baker beatable?

Is Charlie Baker beatable?

John Walsh sits down with CommonWealth Magazine and MassINC Polling Group president Steve Koczela

Charlie Baker, the most popular governor in America, looks like a lock for reelection, according to polls, pundits, and even lots of Democrats you talk to. But don’t count John Walsh as one of them. The former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party insists Baker can be defeated — and he says the governor’s team(...)

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The Codcast: Is Charlie Baker beatable?

Charlie Baker, the most popular governor in America, looks like a lock for reelection, according to polls, pundits, and even lots of Democrats you talk to. But don’t count John Walsh as one of them. The former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party insists Baker can be defeated — and he says the governor’s team(...)

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Separation anxiety

Separation anxiety

Criminally charging those who cross the border illegally forces families to be torn apart

THE SCENES OF children being stripped away from their parents at the country’s southern border are hitting a nerve even with those not generally inclined to lash out at the nativist nabobs running things in Washington. House Speaker Paul Ryan, he often of little spinal fortitude, declared his opposition to the Trump administration policy. For(...)

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Poverty politics

Poverty politics

Protesters commandeer the streets around Post Office Square

For those who drive into downtown Boston for the workday – which is a commuting challenge even under normal conditions – the ride home Monday evening made most of them late for dinner. Which was kind of the point. Protesters, ranging from students to union workers to retirees, took over the streets around Post Office Square on(...)

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Drug treatment for drug addiction

It’s an approach that research evidence and many in recovery say makes sense — but one that some advocates say has it all wrong. One of the most effective ways of treating those suffering from opioid addiction is with drugs. There are two types of drugs used. Methadone and a newer drug, buprenorphine, are opioids(...)

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Five theories on why Zakim topped Galvin

Five theories on why Zakim topped Galvin

Convention loss first for an incumbent in 36 years

Secretary of State William Galvin lost to Boston City Council challenger Josh Zakim at the Democratic state convention over the weekend by a margin of 55-45 percent, and no one is quite sure what to make of it. According to the Berkshire Eagle, Zakim’s victory is the first time in 36 years that an incumbent(...)

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Five theories on why Zakim topped Galvin

Secretary of State William Galvin lost to Boston City Council challenger Josh Zakim at the Democratic state convention over the weekend by a margin of 55-45 percent, and no one is quite sure what to make of it. According to the Berkshire Eagle, Zakim’s victory is the first time in 36 years that an incumbent(...)

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Judging the judge

Judging the judge

Anger rises over actions of Judge Timothy Feeley

A protest last week outside a Salem courthouse featured a refrain made familiar by the scholarly legal eagles who regularly populate the president’s rally, where they apply only the most reasoned conclusions to complicated issues. “Lock him up,” shouted about 200 people gathered outside the Ruane Judicial Center, according to this Salem News account. The(...)

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