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Maine experiments with ranked-choice voting

Maine experiments with ranked-choice voting

Moody wins GOP gubernatorial primary; Dem race up in air

Shawn Moody won the Republican nomination for governor of Maine on Tuesday, but he won’t know his Democratic opponent for several more days because of a new ranked-choice voting system that changes the way winners are selected. In most states, the candidate with the most votes is declared the winner in a primary or general election.(...)

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Maine experiments with ranked-choice voting

Shawn Moody won the Republican nomination for governor of Maine on Tuesday, but he won’t know his Democratic opponent for several more days because of a new ranked-choice voting system that changes the way winners are selected. In most states, the candidate with the most votes is declared the winner in a primary or general election.(...)

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SJC charter school ruling a wake-up call

SJC charter school ruling a wake-up call

Court denies individual right to quality education   

LAST MONTH, the Supreme Judicial Court dismissed a challenge to the Commonwealth’s charter school cap, ruling that the education clause of the Massachusetts Constitution does not provide students a right to attend public charter schools. Arguing that Massachusetts’s cap on charter schools violated their right to a quality education, plaintiffs who had unsuccessfully entered charter(...)

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Charter ruling a step backwards

Charter ruling a step backwards

Court seems increasingly reluctant to remedy educational inequities

THESE WOULD BE the best of times for Boston public charter schools were education policy decisions driven by evidence. Boston’s charters are nationwide models and uniquely successful at closing pernicious achievement gaps. But in education politics, where “momentum” is too often the benchmark, charter skeptics are crowing about the loss of a ballot initiative to expand school(...)

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Sinning in the workplace

Sinning in the workplace

Estes: Extramarital affair shouldn’t cost me my job

Judge Thomas Estes asked the Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday to penalize him for having extramarital sex with a court employee but not to take his job away permanently. David Hoose, who represented Estes before the SJC, said his client is not the first person — even the first judge, male or female — to(...)

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Lawmakers refuse to release records

Lawmakers refuse to release records

Governor, courts met some requests despite exemption

THE LEGISLATURE, THE GOVERNOR, and the judiciary are all exempt in one way or another from the state’s Public Records Law, but the governor and the judiciary sometimes voluntarily comply with requests for information. By contrast, lawmakers take the view that their records are off-limits to the public. CommonWealth tested the willingness of officials from(...)

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SJC justices mull millionaires’ tax

SJC justices mull millionaires’ tax

Ballot question decision may hinge on whether court thinks elements are sufficiently related

SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT justices peppered lawyers with questions on Tuesday morning on an appeal challenging a proposed state ballot question to raise taxes on high earners, with judges repeatedly questioning whether it met a requirement that the elements of ballot measures be “related” or “mutually dependent.” The proposed constitutional amendment is sponsored by a coalition(...)

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Mandatory minimum drug sentences costly mistake

Mandatory minimum drug sentences costly mistake

DA talking points obscure real issues

SUPPORTERS OF MANDATORY minimum sentences for drug crimes are circulating a set of disconnected talking points on Beacon Hill that obscure the real issues. The debate is heating up as the Legislature prepares to hold hearings this month on bills that would eliminate Massachusetts laws requiring judges to impose a prison term of a specified(...)

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Cordy to retire from SJC

Cordy to retire from SJC

Decision will give Baker his first high court nominee

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE  SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT Justice Robert Cordy plans to retire in August, the court announced Wednesday, creating the first opportunity for Gov. Charlie Baker to make an appointment to the state’s highest court. The former chief legal counsel to Gov. William Weld, Cordy was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court by Gov.(...)

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