Elections

Zakim upsets Galvin; Gonzalez cruises

Zakim upsets Galvin; Gonzalez cruises

Mass. Democrats back Palfrey for lieutenant governor

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOSTON CITY COUNCILOR Josh Zakim, making his first run at higher office, earned the upset endorsement of the Democratic Party convention Saturday in Worcester, dealing a significant blow to Secretary of State William Galvin and showing that his campaign could be a legitimate threat to the state’s longest-serving constitutional officer. Zakim,(...)

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Healey: Baker plays it safe

Healey: Baker plays it safe

AG slams governor for failing to articulate vision

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHILE MANY DEMOCRATS hoped she would challenge Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey is going for four more years in her current job. On Friday night, her party mates rallied around her bid to stay put at One Ashburton Place, but also responded with zeal as she took a few(...)

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Repeal of transgender protections unlikely

Repeal of transgender protections unlikely

Poll shows 52% of voters support keeping law in place

VOTERS IN MASSACHUSETTS this November will be asked whether to uphold or repeal a 2016 law prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in public places. The law allows transgender  people to use bathrooms and lockers rooms consistent with their gender identity, rather than their sex at birth. The idea of repealing the law does not(...)

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In the race for governor, I’m the only true progressive

In the race for governor, I’m the only true progressive

Driverless cars and AI threaten our jobs, future

OUR SUCCESS AS A DEMOCRACY depends on our ability to harness capitalism to establish a fair and sustainable society. Just over a century ago in the Progressive Era, Republican President Teddy Roosevelt fought the massive corporations and trusts of his time who were robbing families, destroying small businesses, and concentrating wealth at the top. Today(...)

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Down-ballot races heating up in Mass.

Down-ballot races heating up in Mass.

Democracy seems to be enjoying a revival across the state

2018 WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE YEAR of blockbuster matchups in Massachusetts. The de facto leaders of both parties are running for reelection, offering the prospect of bruising contests for both the US Senate and the governor’s office. Instead, the two main event races are blowouts so far, while a bevy of interesting and important(...)

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Another uncontested special election

Another uncontested special election

Crighton moves to Senate after getting 2,854 votes

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE LYNN DEMOCRAT BRENDAN CRIGHTON joined the Senate on Wednesday after cruising uncontested in a special election on Tuesday. Just 2,854 votes made Crighton the newest senator, according to the official tally. As of the most recent statistics from about a year ago, the district had 110,093 voters, meaning Crighton won the formal support(...)

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Galvin to Rivera: ‘I made you mayor’

Galvin to Rivera: ‘I made you mayor’

Lawrence mayor’s endorsement of challenger triggers feud with Secretary of State

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SECRETARY OF STATE William Galvin hasn’t had a primary opponent in over a decade, and it appears that Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim’s challenge this year isn’t sitting well with the six-term incumbent. Hours after Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera endorsed Zakim two weeks ago, Galvin called the mayor to voice his(...)

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He brought Boston back from the brink

He brought Boston back from the brink

And to think it might not have happened but for a needless insult

FOR THOSE WHO REMEMBER Boston television news in the pre-cable days, Jack Hynes was a powerful media presence for decades. He anchored the news with a gravitas that made you pay close attention. He also knew Greater Boston like the back of his hand, and brought a level of integrity to his work that was(...)

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What does Ayanna Pressley know that we don’t?

This being Super Bowl week, pigskin-related analogies are everywhere. In that vein, we’re focused on the special teams warning about outkicking the coverage. That’s where a punter or kicker sends the ball far down the field but at a distance that allows the receiving team to set up a return and thwart defenders. Boston City(...)

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Baby boomers need to let go

Baby boomers need to let go

We’re stifling the next generation; term limits are necessary

ALMOST A DECADE AGO, a small group of civic leaders in business, government, labor, and academia decided to organize an intimate retreat, a mini Aspen or Renaissance weekend, called the Commonwealth Summit.  It had one objective, to think BIG.  We believed Massachusetts had much to offer the nation, but we needed to get out of(...)

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