National Politics

Clark seems like she’s in a good spot

Clark seems like she’s in a good spot

Her stock will rise if Dems retake House, and maybe even if they don’t

US REP. KATHERINE CLARK appears well positioned politically if the Democrats retake the House of Representatives in November—and even if they don’t. If Democrats win, Clark can take some of the credit and ride the coattails of her patron in the congressional leadership, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. If Democrats come up short and Pelosi(...)

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State breaking its promises to regional schools

State breaking its promises to regional schools

Struggling districts not receiving money they are owed

FOR MOST MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS, test scores and property taxes are top of mind when thinking about public education. But for parents of students in regional school districts, especially rural ones, the worry goes much deeper—to questions of the viability of their school district and whether their kids are getting the same quality education as their(...)

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One woman’s to-do list for 2018

One woman’s to-do list for 2018

Protect the ACA and elect more women to office

I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT where to focus my work and energy in 2018.  I participated in the Women’s March last month, and was energized by the massive coming together of so many women and men who want to make change, as well as protect the gains we’ve made, like expanding health care coverage through the(...)

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A campaign that may be all about nuance

A campaign that may be all about nuance

The Wynn controversy highlights differences between Capuano and Pressley

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ON THE  BANKS of the Mystic River, workers have been building a structure envisioned by Steve Wynn, the casino magnate who recently relinquished control of his global resort empire after the Wall Street Journal reported he pressured employees into sex. The jobs stemming from the site are the foremost concern for(...)

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Baby boomers need to let go

Baby boomers need to let go

We’re stifling the next generation; term limits are necessary

ALMOST A DECADE AGO, a small group of civic leaders in business, government, labor, and academia decided to organize an intimate retreat, a mini Aspen or Renaissance weekend, called the Commonwealth Summit.  It had one objective, to think BIG.  We believed Massachusetts had much to offer the nation, but we needed to get out of(...)

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A Dreamer about to graduate – now what?

A Dreamer about to graduate – now what?

I’m not a package that can be sent back

THIS IS THE MOMENT I’ve been waiting for. I’m finally in my senior year at Lesley University, majoring in business management and minoring in communications, and my future is ahead of me. But unlike the rest of my classmates—who are applying for jobs and preparing for life after graduation—I am in limbo. That’s because I(...)

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Trump in charge of Warren’s baby

Trump in charge of Warren’s baby

Senator now on outside looking in at CFPB

THE TUSSLE OVER Richard Cordray’s successor as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau underscored a new reality for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The agency she created, which was by a quirk of her design the final holdout in a Washington regulatory apparatus that President Donald Trump has bent to his deregulatory will, is now(...)

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Confusion reigns in states with legal pot

Confusion reigns in states with legal pot

More questions, fewer answers on how US attorneys will enforce federal drug laws

THE ONE THING that is certain with the change in enforcement of federal marijuana laws is that there will be no uniform approach to enforcement by US attorneys in states that have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. Public comments and statements from some of the 12 US attorneys in the eight states that have(...)

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Did GOP strengthen Affordable Care Act?

Along with celebrating a major revamp of tax rates — which will generate a windfall for lots of companies and wealthy individuals like himself — President Trump is crowing about a provision in the Republican tax bill he is preparing to sign that repeals the penalty for not obtaining health insurance coverage. The tax legislation(...)

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