Massachusetts politics

Anatomy of a smear

Anatomy of a smear

Galvin’s claim of a ‘dark money’ PAC tied to Zakim not supported by facts

SECRETARY OF STATE William Galvin has not survived 43 years in the rough and tumble arena of Massachusetts politics by being meek. So when there’s a threat to his fiefdom, he does what most successful politicians do: He goes on the attack. Galvin, facing a credible primary challenge for the first time in a dozen(...)

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The gloves are off in race for secretary of state

The gloves are off in race for secretary of state

Galvin, Zakim go toe-to-toe on voter registration and dark money

THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY race for the normally staid office of the Secretary of State is turning into one of the most bruising battles of season. About the only thing missing in the one and only televised debate between incumbent William Galvin and challenger Josh Zakim was headgear and eight-ounce gloves. The debate on Greater Boston,(...)

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A prescription for closing the democracy gap

A prescription for closing the democracy gap

To bolster participation, citizens need to know how government works

AMERICA is facing a democracy gap. With just a few months until the mid-term elections, only three in five registered voters can correctly answer whether there is an election for US Senate taking place in their state. A similar number knows their state has two elected senators. However, when asked, just over half can name(...)

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Opioids’ path of destruction in construction

Differences in health patterns among different population groups is a well-established fact. Indeed, it forms the foundation for an entire field of health research, epidemiology, which has contributed enormously to our understanding of the causes of disease. But a new report from the state Department of Public Health documenting the astonishingly high rate of opioid(...)

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Is Charlie Baker really a Republican?

Is Charlie Baker really a Republican?

Lyons, Walsh square off over governor’s political machinations

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER has an R next to his name, but many Republicans don’t think it belongs there. Ed Lyons, a Republican activist who is a big fan of Baker, said the governor’s acceptance of the grand bargain in the recently completed legislative session disturbed many in the GOP.  The grand bargain embraced legislation raising the(...)

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What has Galvin been doing on election security?

What has Galvin been doing on election security?

Secretary’s use of federal election funds ‘abject failure’

A DAY AFTER THE INDICTMENT of 12 Russians who allegedly interfered with our 2016 elections, Secretary of State William Galvin told the The Boston Globe he’s “picking up the pace” on election security in Massachusetts – hardly a ringing endorsement of whatever the previous “pace” was. If Galvin’s tired approach sounds familiar, that’s because it’s(...)

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Citizenship question doesn’t belong on census form

Citizenship question doesn’t belong on census form

Stakes are high for Mass. and cities like Lawrence, Springfield

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES sensibly requires that we “count the whole number of persons in each state” every 10 years. The results of the census are used to determine representation in Congress, and therefore the number of Electoral College votes each state gets. It is also used to allocate federal funds for, among(...)

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Ruling could have big impact in Massachusetts

Ruling could have big impact in Massachusetts

Union PACs may see some of their money dry up

THE UNITED STATES has a single constitution, but interpretations of that document handed down by federal courts often have divergent impacts across the country. Such is the case with the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Janus v. AFSCME.  The Court overturned a 41-year-old ruling and found that an Illinois public employee who chose not to(...)

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The politics of payback

The politics of payback

Both sides of the aisle see the Trump Administration's separation of children and parents as a humanitarian crisis

“Womp womp.” That pretty much sums up the reaction from the Trump administration and its supporters over the uproar of separating children from their parents trying to cross at the Mexican border. “Womp womp,” said former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski while mocking Democratic strategist Zak Petkanas during a discussion on Fox News. Petkanas was relating(...)

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The politics of payback

“Womp womp.” That pretty much sums up the reaction from the Trump administration and its supporters over the uproar of separating children from their parents trying to cross at the Mexican border. “Womp womp,” said former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski while mocking Democratic strategist Zak Petkanas during a discussion on Fox News. Petkanas was relating(...)

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