Massachusetts Legislature

Sanchez pulling out all the stops

Sanchez pulling out all the stops

Powerful lawmaker spending heavily in race against Elugardo

REP. JEFFREY SANCHEZ appears to be pulling out all the stops in his primary fight against political newcomer Nika Elugardo, enlisting the help of other prominent state leaders and spending more than $200,000 in campaign money. Sanchez filed his preprimary campaign finance report Monday night at 11:04 p.m., which disclosed that he had gone on(...)

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Beacon Hill incumbents flex financial muscle

Beacon Hill incumbents flex financial muscle

Rep. Sanchez spends nearly $200,000 fending off challenger; Sen. Lewis's tab is $119,000

UPDATED AT 7 A.M. TUESDAY BEACON HILL INCUMBENTS facing a primary challenge from within their own party outspent their opponents by an overwhelming margin this year, according to campaign finance documents filed Monday. Incumbents rule on Beacon Hill, with nearly four-fifths of the House and Senate members facing no challenge in the primary on September(...)

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Filling the liberal black hole

Filling the liberal black hole

Four candidates – only 1 on ballot – seek to replace Rosenberg

THOUGH IT’S DRAWN LITTLE NOTICE east of I-495, the race to succeed former senator Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst has captured the rapt attention of many voters here, who see their representation on Beacon Hill as an ever-widening black hole. The area, where 160,000 people live in a district that includes Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield, Greenfield, Northampton,(...)

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DeLeo-controlled PAC helps incumbent Dems

DeLeo-controlled PAC helps incumbent Dems

Doles out $4,000 to eight lawmakers, including Rushing, Barry

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IN A SIGN OF WHICH House primary races may be worth watching over the next two weeks, the political action committee controlled by House Speaker Robert DeLeo made its first round of donations earlier this month to eight of the 16 incumbents facing party challenges in two weeks. The Committee for(...)

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We need CBO-like scoring of state health care bills

We need CBO-like scoring of state health care bills

Beacon Hill should tap expertise of Health Policy Commission

WHEN I WAS A MEMBER of the Massachusetts House of Representatives back in the 1990s, I learned about the concept of continuous quality improvement, or CQI, as a way to improve any process – including medical care – using a rigorous data driven approach. CQI seemed good to me and a natural fit in my(...)

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A missed healthcare opportunity

A missed healthcare opportunity

Legislature's failure to pass reform endangers survival of smaller hospitals and facilities

MASSACHUSETTS MISSED AN opportunity to address some of the most crucial healthcare challenges facing the state when the Legislature failed to reach agreement on a sweeping reform bill this session. It’s disappointing, particularly because the reforms thoughtfully formulated over the past several months are vital to many of our local communities, hospitals, workers, and patients.(...)

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Baker signs most of economic development bill

Baker signs most of economic development bill

Vetoed sections on patent trolling and last-mile broadband

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER signed most of a $1.15 billion economic development package on Friday afternoon, approving restrictions on the use of non-compete agreements and greenlighting a sales tax holiday for this weekend, but vetoing protections against bad-faith assertions of patent infringement. The product of a late-session compromise between the House and(...)

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Another twist for legal pot

Another twist for legal pot

Commission wants to review unlawful community host agreements, may reject licenses

THE STATE’S MARIJUANA oversight board wants to put a halt to communities demanding payments from legal pot businesses in excess of what’s allowed by law but the panel’s decision could move the opening of retail stores even further back. The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday put off for two weeks a proposal by Commissioner Shaleen(...)

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Chandler gets $35,000 bump with new emerita post

Chandler gets $35,000 bump with new emerita post

Extra pay will ease pay cut for giving up president's job

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHEN SHE HANDED OVER the Senate president’s gavel last month, Sen. Harriette Chandler made a soft landing financially thanks to the creation of a new title that was accompanied by a $35,000 stipend. As president, Chandler had been paid at an annual rate of a little more than $160,000. After she(...)

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Spilka put hold on racing/simulcast legislation

Spilka put hold on racing/simulcast legislation

State House insiders wonder whether she was sending a message

SENATE PRESIDENT KAREN SPILKA’S office said she made the decision to postpone action on horse-racing and simulcasting legislation last week during the Legislature’s final session of the year, leaving final approval until an informal session two days later. “Senate President Spilka prioritized legislation which required a roll call vote,” said spokeswoman Sarah Blodgett in a(...)

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