Elections

Baker under fire from all sides

The race for governor is taking shape. On the Democratic side, you have three like-minded liberals who detest President Trump. On the Republican side, you have a popular, middle-of-the-road incumbent who frequently disagrees (politely) with the president. Newton Mayor Setti Warren is the latest entrant on the Democratic side. At an event in front of(...)

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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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The great union loophole

The great union loophole

Labor can donate to pols, but not businesses

NEWLY SEATED SUPREME COURT JUSTICE Neil Gorsuch once wrote, “There is something distinct, different, and more problematic afoot when the government selectively infringes on a fundamental right.” The Massachusetts union loophole, upheld last week in Superior Court, does just that. The union loophole allows unions to contribute up to $15,000 to state candidates, while limiting(...)

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The road less traveled

The road less traveled

Distance from Boston is an obstacle to statewide office

GREATER BOSTON IS the breeding ground for the state’s top politicians. Going back to 1900, three out of every four constitutional officers came from within 25 miles of Boston. Go out 50 miles, and the percentage rises to 85 percent. Most analysts say the state’s political axis tilts toward Greater Boston because that’s where the(...)

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Whose party is it?

Whose party is it?

Professional-managerial class has commandeered the Democratic Party

SO FAR, THE DEMOCRATIC RACE to take on Gov. Charlie Baker next year has been a who’s who of “who’s that?” Pols and party professionals are rushing to the sidelines in hopes a better choice will emerge. But what is becoming clear is that the competition for the Democratic nomination for governor as well as races for(...)

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