National Politics

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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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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Is it possible Elizabeth Warren is becoming more bipartisan?

Is it possible Elizabeth Warren is becoming more bipartisan?

New research says yes, based on the bills she files, cosponsors

An earlier version of this story said that none of Elizabeth Warren’s bills had become law during the current Congress. In fact, one of her bills, to make it easier to purchase hearing aids, was incorporated into legislation reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration that was enacted in 2017, while Congress also enacted provisions similar(...)

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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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Trump finally pulls plug on Obamacare

Trump finally pulls plug on Obamacare

One of former President Barack Obama's most important legacies comes to a close

President Trump is giving people more reasons to stay or move to Massachusetts. Late Thursday, the Justice Department announced it will no longer defend the provisions of the Affordable Care Act in a suit by 20 GOP-controlled states challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate. It’s a decision that will likely end the most important legacy of(...)

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Trump finally pulls plug on Obamacare

President Trump is giving people more reasons to stay or move to Massachusetts. Late Thursday, the Justice Department announced it will no longer defend the provisions of the Affordable Care Act in a suit by 20 GOP-controlled states challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate. It’s a decision that will likely end the most important legacy of(...)

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Gag rule impacts Massachusetts

Gag rule impacts Massachusetts

New move to withhold funding from clinics providing abortion services could affect all states

In Massachusetts, we view abortion rights as settled law, though acknowledging that there are still pockets of deep opposition. The debate over abortion rights rarely rises to an issue in federal or local races here because state law is so firm on a woman’s right to choose that a vocal opponent rarely has a chance(...)

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Gag rule impacts Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, we view abortion rights as settled law, though acknowledging that there are still pockets of deep opposition. The debate over abortion rights rarely rises to an issue in federal or local races here because state law is so firm on a woman’s right to choose that a vocal opponent rarely has a chance(...)

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