Massachusetts politics

For GOP, is the lesson be more like Charlie?

For GOP, is the lesson be more like Charlie?

Everywhere else you look in state GOP, it’s very bad

MASSACHUSETTS REPUBLICANS suffered yet another electoral drubbing last week. Apart from Gov.  Charlie Baker, every Republican candidate for statewide office got trounced by 24 to 46 point margins, based on unofficial returns. None of the congressional races were even remotely competitive. The legislative caucus shed three more members, further reducing their already paltry numbers. Republican(...)

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Yes on 3 is a healthy choice

Yes on 3 is a healthy choice

Referendum on transgender rights affects more than bathroom access

ALL OF US know that accessing basic health care and emergency medical care treatment is essential to taking care of ourselves and our families. This November, voters will have a unique opportunity to uphold a Massachusetts state law that prohibits discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations, which includes hospitals and doctors’ offices. Voting Yes(...)

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Union ‘loophole’ isn’t a very big one

Union ‘loophole’ isn’t a very big one

Donations this year totaled about $1.4 million

MASSACHUSETTS IS ONE  of seven states to permit labor union political giving while entirely barring corporate contributions – both those from corporate treasuries and from associated political action committees (PACs). Unions are allowed to donate up to a combined $15,000 per election to state candidates, political parties, and PACs. Individuals, meanwhile, are capped at contributions(...)

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Gonzalez’s ‘secret’ MBTA document

Gonzalez’s ‘secret’ MBTA document

Is FTA report a smoking gun or data glitch?

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE Jay Gonzalez released what he called “a secret state document” just prior to Thursday night’s debate with Gov. Charlie Baker that he said raises questions about the MBTA’s ability to bring its equipment into a state of good repair in 15 years and its long-term spending plans. The document – a June(...)

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Baker is bystander, not leader, on gun legislation

Baker is bystander, not leader, on gun legislation

At every turn, he has chosen to remain on sidelines

VOTERS NEED TO KNOW Charlie Baker is not a gun violence prevention leader. Everytown for Gun Safety recently endorsed Baker in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race, calling Baker a leader on gun violence prevention. We, student organizers from March For Our Lives: Boston, strongly disagree. After the Parkland shooting, many lawmakers spoke out in favor of Extreme(...)

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Spoon Movement comes to Beacon Hill

Spoon Movement comes to Beacon Hill

Heroin sculpture draws attention to pharma 'lies, deception'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE PASSERBY GAWKED as the men pulled a ramp down from the back of a U-Haul truck parked on a Beacon Street curb Friday morning and began to unload a large, strangely shaped object onto the sidewalk. Not until the men wheeled the silver sculpture, bent in some places and stained brown(...)

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Actress: Yes on Q3 would send message to nation

Actress: Yes on Q3 would send message to nation

Teacher reps join Laverne Cox in urging voters to preserve transgender law

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT weighs changes to legal definitions around sex and gender, a vote to uphold a Massachusetts law aimed at protecting transgender people from discrimination would send a message to the nation, actress Laverne Cox told a group of educators, transgender students, and parents Wednesday. Cox, a transgender activist(...)

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Baker waffles on Diehl during debate

Baker waffles on Diehl during debate

After endorsing him, he backs away and then says he misspoke

REPUBLICAN GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said during a debate Wednesday night with Democrat Jay Gonzalez that he hadn’t made up his mind whether he would vote for Trump supporter Geoff Diehl for US Senate even though he has publicly endorsed him. After the debate, he said he misspoke and would vote for Diehl. The bizarre debate(...)

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From boy wonder mayor to defendant

From boy wonder mayor to defendant

Correia vowed to revive Fall River

JASIEL CORREIA was in full performance mode earlier this year when he was interviewed by CommonWealth contributor Ted Seifer for this profile in the magazine’s spring issue. The mayor of Fall River, elected at age 23 with a vow to revitalize the struggling former mill city, was showcasing his vigor and commitment to being a hands-on(...)

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Gonzalez slams Baker for supporting GOP ticket

Gonzalez slams Baker for supporting GOP ticket

Will back Trump supporters Diehl and McMahon

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Friday that he is supporting the entire GOP statewide slate, include US Senate nominee Geoff Diehl, a supporter of President Trump. “I’ve endorsed the ticket, which I said I was going to do months ago, yeah,” Baker told reporters. His opponent for governor, Democrat Jay Gonzalez,(...)

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