Civil and Constitutional Rights

Baker (still) flying high

It’s great to be on top. Just ask Gov. Charlie Baker. The Republican governor has maintained his No. 1 ranking in the latest Morning Consult poll showing America’s Most and Least Popular Governors. Baker clocks in with a 71 percent approval rating, with just 17 of state voters disapproving of his performance. His steady popularity(...)

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Hingham drama

For a small, toney town, Hingham generates an awful lot of news. The latest comes in Sunday’s Boston Globe with the recounting of a suicide by a distraught 26-year-old man whose parents claim a show of force by police led him to shoot himself despite warnings that a confrontation would heighten, rather than resolve, the(...)

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Lawsuit challenges Lowell at-large voting

Lawsuit challenges Lowell at-large voting

Says approach leads to all white city government

A CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP has brought a federal lawsuit against the City of Lowell alleging that its electoral system has led to a stark lack of minority representation in city government. In the suit, filed in US District Court in Boston on Thursday, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice alleges that the(...)

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A shameful record

The renowned sports philosopher Duane Charles Parcells has often noted that no matter what image one might project on the outside, people cannot escape the reality of their true being. “You are what your record says you are,” the old ball coach has repeatedly said in an observation that is as applicable off the field(...)

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Home loan segregation

A study of home mortgage lending in Massachusetts provides yet another window on racial segregation in Massachusetts. The study, by the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council, found blacks in 2015 received either no home loans or one loan in nearly two-thirds of the 351 Massachusetts cities and towns. In just over 40 percent of the(...)

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Hodgson’s off the wall idea

For the most part, Massachusetts is bereft of the cast of local Trump acolytes who have risen up elsewhere to pronounce the incoming president a leader of enormous vision and deeply-considered ideas. And then there is Tom Hodgson. The longtime Republican Bristol County sheriff has long been something of an outlier in the Bay State(...)

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SJC upholds parent rights of same-sex partner

SJC upholds parent rights of same-sex partner

Applies even if unmarried, no biological connection to children

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE PARENTING RIGHTS of a mother in a same-sex relationship extend even when the couple is unmarried and the mother has no biological connection to the children, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday. In a decision written by Justice Barbara Lenk, the Supreme Judicial Court overturned a Middlesex County family court’s(...)

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