Massachusetts politics

Steve Lynch’s balancing act

Steve Lynch’s balancing act

Is the lunch-bucket Democrat out of step with his own party?

NO ONE WOULD question the wisdom of a gambler who put money on US Rep. Stephen Lynch securing another easy win next year. Still, the odds are changing a bit, in part because the demographics of his district are changing and the Democratic Party in Massachusetts is moving away from him to the left. Since(...)

Read More »

For Arroyo, probate job no soft landing pad

For Arroyo, probate job no soft landing pad

Controversy renews questions about electing obscure county officials

This wasn’t how the story was supposed to end. When Felix Arroyo was elected Suffolk County Register of Probate in 2014, the former Boston city councilor was supposed to sail off into obscurity, collecting a six-figure salary for a post no one pays attention to and then enjoying the spoils of a nice public pension(...)

Read More »

Scrambling the golden egg

  Massachusetts, which cautiously and methodically inched its way into casino gambling, is looking at moving into overdrive as lawmakers consider legalizing online gambling. The state’s three approved casinos, of course, want more than a piece of the action, arguing they shelled out nearly $200 million for their licenses, not to mention billions for the construction(...)

Read More »

No place for ‘personal attack’ on Bump

No place for ‘personal attack’ on Bump

CommonWealth should have called out Pioneer Institute official

I AM A FAN of MassINC and CommonWealth magazine, and a regular listener to the podcasts you produce. But I want to express in the strongest terms possible my outrage and disappointment in the standards on display at the end of that podcast featuring state Auditor Suzanne Bump and the Pioneer Institute’s Greg Sullivan regarding(...)

Read More »

A model for Baker in Maryland

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker continues his tightrope walk between owning the “R” after his name and trying to create distance with the R-occupant of the White House. The trouble is, distance and tightrope don’t always go hand-in-hand. On Sunday night, Baker was at a black tie dinner for the nation’s governors hosted by President Trump(...)

Read More »

Legislative income inequality

Legislative income inequality

Widening pay gap in House could have negative impact, reps say

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE NOW THAT PAY RAISES for lawmakers have been finalized, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will soon dole out the lucrative leadership and committee assignments that could allow some legislators to more than double their pay. That power in the hands of just two Democrats sparked some of(...)

Read More »

Baker’s health care tax is bad policy

Baker’s health care tax is bad policy

It’s also not fair and a misreading of history

IN AN ERA OF ALTERNATIVE FACTS, a bit of revisionist history may seem like a small sin. But in the case of Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed tax on employers who don’t offer a high level of health insurance, a misreading of history can have serious consequences. The governor claims that the “assessment” represents a revival(...)

Read More »