Politics

By - 9/22/14 - 7:50 am

And what women don't want is Charlie Baker, she writes.

Not so fast there, Joan. The Herald's crack investigative unit gets on the case and finds women who support Baker.

Meanwhile, Baker prefers Guinness, according to a Herald story written by a reporter named Stout.

Meet Evan Falchuk, one of the two indepdent candidates on the ballot for governor this... Read more

By - 9/20/14 - 7:20 pm

We need to stop litter and keep Massachusetts clean by spreading the word about the Yes on Question 2 campaign.

The Bottle Bill is the most effective recycling tool we have. Eighty percent of bottles covered by the Bottle Bill’s 5-cent deposit are recycled. Yes on Question 2 would add a bottle deposit to water, sports drinks, tea, juices, and other drinks that were... Read more

By - 9/18/14 - 8:09 am

Dear friends, supporters, and loved ones,

I want to thank you for your hard work over these past 15 months in our effort to win the Sheriff’s race. Although we did not come out on top, we did finish 2nd in the election and I am proud to say that 1 out of every 4 Boston voters wants me to be their Sheriff, the... Read more

By - 9/17/14 - 9:31 pm

David Bernstein, formerly of the Phoenix and currently of Boston Magazine, reports:

Big personal news to relate: after the November election I am moving to Richmond, VA, where my wife is starting an exciting new job.

I expect to still write and comment about Massachusetts politics beyond 2014, and am pleased to say that Boston Magazine and WGBH have expressed interest in finding continuing

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By - 9/17/14 - 2:19 pm

Fresh from crushing a bunch of Democrats in the casino battle, here's Bill Weld introducing Charlie Baker's economic advisors, bipartisan, natch, who gave us this plan (which Weld himself probably wrote one afternoon before taking a refreshing dip in the Charles and then having a chat with Mo Cowan).

The mayor of Quincy denies he endorsed Baker just to... Read more

By - 9/17/14 - 1:08 pm

It costs the average Bostonian just $8.60 a year to enjoy all the amenities of its current City Council, Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, downtown) said today, urging his fellow councilors to support raising their salaries to $108,500 - which would be the first raise since 2006.

The council agreed today to have its committee on government operations hold a hearing on the proposed... Read more

By - 9/17/14 - 12:22 pm

The City Council today passed an ordinance requiring local colleges to develop medical plans for dealing with athletes who are hit in the head during sporting events.

The measure, proposed by Councilor Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill), will require colleges to have a doctor trained in head injuries on duty during football, hockey and men's lacrosse.

By - 9/17/14 - 11:13 am

City Councilors Michelle Wu (at large) and Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) want to create an independent commission to consider future raises for city councilors.

The two plan to ask for consideration of their plan this afternoon, at the same meeting at which councilors will consider raising their salaries 29%, an amount Council President Bill Linehan proposed and said was... Read more

By - 9/16/14 - 5:10 pm

privacysos.org:

That selfie you just posted to Instagram might end up in the FBI’s brand new face recognition database, searchable by your local law enforcement agency. Other things the federal government wants to put in that database include photos of your tattoos, an image of your iris, details about how you walk, your DNA, and a recording of your voice, among other unique identifiers.

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By - 9/16/14 - 2:05 pm

The state Gaming Commission voted today to pick the Wynn proposal for Everett over the Mohegan Sun proposal for Suffolk Downs, with three of the four commissioners saying Wynn's proposal would be better for the area, workers and the environment.

Commission members said Wynn proved it had greater capital to ensure its project could get built and then run through challenging economic times - and... Read more

By - 9/16/14 - 9:25 am

WBUR reports several Mass. supermarket chains are helping to fund ads against the proposal, which would require deposits on non-fizzy drinks.

Martha Coakley thinks the mayor of Quincy is backing Charlie Baker simply because he holds a grudge over her failed effort to convict Treasurer Tim of Quincy and a guy who is now an aide to the mayor on corruption charges.

Coakley... Read more

By - 9/16/14 - 7:43 am

Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) tomorrow asks the City Council to consider a proposal that would let people over 55 who have lived in their homes at least ten years defer payment of their city property tax until they sell the property or die.

In his request for a hearing on the matter, Linehan says the measure would let longtime residents stay... Read more

By - 9/15/14 - 10:33 am

The Globe talks to the four candidates for governor about tax policy; at least when it comes to Coakley and Baker: Not much to hear.

There's a reason they call him the Prince of Darkness.

MassLive.com talks to John Miller, the Republican candidate for attorney general, about how to fight crime.

Casinos may not be the sure bed they're made out to... Read more

By - 9/12/14 - 7:40 am

The Boston Business Journal updates us on the latest in the Boston-area casino deliberations - the state Gaming Commission could require Wynn to bargain with the city over Sullivan Square traffic issues if Wynn gets the license, but an angry Marty Walsh indicates he might still sue if Wynn wins.

By - 9/12/14 - 6:36 am

The Globe reports on Council President Bill Linehan's proposal to increase councilor salaries about 29% - to $108,500.

By - 9/10/14 - 7:49 pm

Interim School Superintendent John McDonough said the scheduling screwup that left Madison Park High School students without any classes for four days is fixed for now but is only "the tip of the iceberg" of problems at the city's only vocational school.

After hearing School Committee members calling the problem inexcusable - member Meg Campbell said it never would have happened at Boston Latin School... Read more

By - 9/9/14 - 10:38 pm

WBUR reports. Can both candidates learn from their past losses?

By - 9/9/14 - 9:15 pm

Unofficial results from Boston, the 800-pound gorilla of Suffolk County politics, show acting Sheriff Steve Tompkins easily besting challenger Doug Bennett (and the other guy who didn't have as many signs), while one-time City Councilor Felix Arroyo holds a commanding lead in the race for Register of Probate over incumbent Patricia Campatelli (currently running third behind Arroyo and Martin Keogh).... Read more

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