Massachusetts politics

Healey unveils new renewable energy targets

Healey unveils new renewable energy targets

AG clarifies position on building new natural gas pipelines

ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY on Thursday said Massachusetts should meet 50 percent or more of its electric power needs with renewable energy by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050. She also clarified her position on building new natural gas pipeline capacity. Healey’s goals are different than those contained in the Global Warming Solutions Act, which(...)

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T abandons privatization of bus garages

T abandons privatization of bus garages

Signs new contract with machinists that will save $4.1m a year

THE MBTA ON MONDAY abandoned efforts to privatize bus repair work at three garages after the union representing the existing workers agreed to wage and work rule concessions that will save the authority $4.1 million a year, an amount that was well below the original estimates of savings with privatization. The deal was negotiated after(...)

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Gomez leaves GOP, eyes independent bid against Warren 

Gomez leaves GOP, eyes independent bid against Warren 

Move keeps options open; more challengers would likely benefit incumbent 

GABRIEL GOMEZ, who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate as a Republican in 2013, has switched his party affiliation to independent and is not ruling out a run against Sen. Elizabeth Warren this year, according to a source familiar with his thinking. Gomez said on WCVB’s On The Record this weekend that he had switched his voter registration(...)

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Rosenberg and spouse separated

Rosenberg and spouse separated

Aide: Senator has no plans to seek divorce at this time

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SEN. STANLEY ROSENBERG, back on Beacon Hill where he said he hopes to resume his work as a rank-and file senator after giving up the presidency in December, said Thursday he has separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who precipitated his fall from power after being accused of sexually harassing at(...)

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Lawyers hired to investigate Rosenberg

Lawyers hired to investigate Rosenberg

Senate Ethics Committee enlists 3 from Hogan Lovells

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A TEAM OF LAWYERS, including a former federal prosecutor who helped put one-time House Speaker Sal DiMasi in prison for public corruption, has been retained by the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate whether Sen. Stanley Rosenberg violated Senate rules in connection with allegations of sexual assault against his husband. The committee(...)

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It’s now up to Hefner’s accusers

In the space of five days, Beacon Hill has offered us a glimpse of all the complexity and unfairness associated with allegations of sexual assault and harassment in a political environment. Four men, speaking anonymously to Boston Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham, claimed that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s husband, Bryon Hefner, assaulted and groped them at(...)

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It’s now Massachusetts’ turn

It’s now Massachusetts’ turn

After wins elsewhere, transgender rights faces key test in Bay State

FOR MANY, ELECTION NIGHT 2017 was a glimmer of hope after a downright dark political year. Races all over the country made history. One of the most significant was the election of Danica Roem in Virginia, one of the first openly transgender people elected to a state legislature in the United States. History was recorded,(...)

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