Massachusetts politics

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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Heroux plans to work 2 jobs as mayor, rep

Heroux plans to work 2 jobs as mayor, rep

Says holding on to State House job could help Dems hold seat

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ATTLEBORO’S MAYOR-ELECT, Democrat Rep. Paul Heroux, plans to serve out the remaining 14 months of his term in the House even after taking over at City Hall, in part to give his party a better chance at holding the House seat. After hearing about his plans, House Speaker Robert DeLeo on(...)

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The Codcast: Do we need an Amazon kick in the pants?

As you pore over the bids for Amazon’s second headquarters, put your headphones on, call up The Codcast, and listen to Shirley Leung and Chris Dempsey talk about what’s at stake. Leung, a pro-growth columnist for the Boston Globe, and Dempsey, the director of Transportation for Massachusetts and one of the leaders of the No(...)

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Eminent domain dust-ups

Brookline says it needs a new elementary school to accommodate its bulging population of school-age children. Waltham says it needs a new high school. Both seem like perfectly worthy pursuits. But both cases are casting a harsh spotlight on a government right enshrined in the Constitution, but one that frequently stirs disention and protest. In(...)

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Challenging DeLeo

Challenging DeLeo

House speaker facing a revolt from the outside

HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO has a challenger—but it’s not a member of the chamber he oversees. The insurgency is coming instead from a 27-year-old Franklin resident who says he’s grown weary of the consolidation of House power in the office of one man. “We don’t think the speaker should have the amount of power he(...)

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For Mass., high stakes in health debate

Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act gained some momentum this week as Republicans put forward legislation that would put the brakes on federal health care spending in a way that would disproportionately impact blue states such as Massachusetts, New York, and California. The legislation, filed by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill(...)

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Healey approves 21 initiative petitions

Healey approves 21 initiative petitions

Progressives, business likely to clash if questions make ballot

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE TWENTY-ONE INITIATIVE PETITIONS, including proposals to raise the minimum wage and lower the sales tax, are one step closer to appearing before voters after clearing Attorney General Maura Healey’s eligibility review. Healey on Wednesday released a full list of initiative petitions that met constitutional requirements and were certified to move ahead in the(...)

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What’s Amazon up to?

Amazon slashed the prices of a handful of items at its just-acquired Whole Foods chain, a move that garnered loads of publicity but shed little light on the online retailing giant’s long-term supermarket plans. Prices for organic butter, milk, bananas, eggs, almond butter, baby kale, apples, and responsibly farmed salmon all fell. The price cuts(...)

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