Politics

By - 6/12/14 - 8:59 am

CommonWealth reports the group that helped legalize marijuana in Colorado is setting up shop in Massachusetts.

By - 6/12/14 - 7:44 am

The Herald reports our molasses-like legislature could move like a bat out of hell - just like they did with upskirting - and do something about Supreme Judicial Court rulings this week that the state parole board can't order lifetime supervision of sex offenders.

By - 6/10/14 - 11:00 am

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By - 6/9/14 - 2:05 pm

In a message to the City Council today, Mayor Walsh says an outpouring of objections has convinced him to retain a city ordinance that requires city department heads and other top appointees to live in Boston.

But, Walsh continues, the current tough Boston housing market can make it difficult for new appointees to find a place to live here in the six months they currently... Read more

By - 6/8/14 - 1:29 pm

June 16 at the Curley School
40 Pershing Road in Jamaica Plain
Meet the Candidates at 5:45
Forum begins at 6:30
Moderated by David Bernstein
Questions Welcome!

Parking is available on street and at the municipal lot across Centre Street from the Curley School. The school is also accessible via buses 39 and 41, and is a 15 minute walk... Read more

By - 6/6/14 - 12:04 pm

The Globe reports on why Suffolk Construction, which did nicely on local projects when Tom Menino was mayor, ditched a former Menino aide as a VP. Probably didn't help the guy worked hard for Charlotte Golar Richie in last year's campaign.

By - 6/4/14 - 8:17 am

Yesterday at the state house on Beacon Hill, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held a public hearing on "An Act relative to the reduction of gun violence," H4121.

The... Read more

By - 5/31/14 - 11:53 pm

Jamaica Plain & Roslindale

FORUM WITH THE DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES!
Monday, June 19 at the Curley School, Centre Street near Hyde Square
Meet the candidates at 5:45
Forum begins at 6:30
Sponsored by the Ward 19 Democratic Committee, the Ward 11 Democratic Committee, and the Massachusetts Latino Democratic Caucus

JIMMY TINGLE
"Making Comic Sense"
Fundraiser for the Boston Ward... Read more

By - 5/28/14 - 9:44 am

John Keith considers statements out of City Hall on the need to build middle-income housing in neighborhoods not being overrun by luxury towers and conversions of old garages into condos.

By - 5/23/14 - 10:56 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports Mayor Walsh has basically thrown up his hands and said there's nothing he can do to stop state plans to tear down the Casey Overpass and replace it with surface roads because, you know, it's state land and the state can do what it wants with its land. Meanwhile, the Gazette adds opponents of teardown, who want the... Read more

By - 5/22/14 - 11:59 pm

UPDATE: BPS says it's NOT eliminating the department. I've locked the discussion here, please go to the new story to discuss.

We're going to find out next year, now that BPS has decided history and social studies no longer deserve their own departments but instead will become a humanities subset of schools' English Language Arts departments.

BPS says it's just an internal reorganization,... Read more

By - 5/16/14 - 12:48 pm

David Bernstein alerts us that David James Wyatt, who ran for mayor last year on a platform of saying virtually nothing, has collected enough signatures to get on the ballot against state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz in the 2nd Suffolk district this fall.

In a mayoral debate last year, Wyatt said he is a pro-life Republican.... Read more

By - 5/14/14 - 10:34 pm

David Bernstein takes a look at a resolution before the City Council today to recognize the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's desegregation ruling. Ten councilors voted for it while councilors Bill Linehan, Steve Murphy and Sal LaMattina voted "present."

LaMattina and Murphy talked to Bernstein about why he voted that way; Linehan and Yancey, who sponsored the measure, didn't return his calls.

UPDATE:... Read more

By - 5/13/14 - 10:49 pm

And not just in Boston, but everywhere, the State House News Service reports.

By - 5/13/14 - 2:42 pm

Bloomberg reports the investment firm has come up with a new financial scheme to make money off criminals in Massachusetts: "Social-impact" bonds that will pay for intervention programs to steer arrested gang members towards the non-thug life by loaning non-profit groups such as Roca money to expand their programs, with the state paying off the loans and then some when certain performance goals... Read more

By - 5/13/14 - 1:58 pm

Massachusetts business association and lobbying group Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) has come out against labor market reforms, specifically reforms to non-compete employment contracts proposed by Governor Deval Patrick, and those in a bill recently reported out of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

Typically, non-compete agreements are proposed as a term of employment in a job offer by an... Read more

By - 5/13/14 - 7:34 am

The Globe reports Bryan Glascock is being moved into a new BRA position to review city zoning and building codes.

By - 5/12/14 - 5:16 pm

Oopsies, he says about federal campaign records on which he listed himself as an executive at an investment firm.

So? Who hasn't had an elder moment or 33? Seems New Jersey sent some pension business the company's way after he sent a donation to the New Jersey Republican State Committee, and that's kinda illegal under New Jersey law, the site says.... Read more

By - 5/11/14 - 9:45 am

The Globe reports on Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert Cordy, who once did lobbying for Suffolk Downs and who worked for then Gov. William Weld, now a lawyer for Steve Wynn, which is battling Suffolk Downs/Mohegan Sun for the Boston area's one casino license.

By - 5/9/14 - 5:39 pm

Lawsuit? Mayor Walsh issued this statement today on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission's decision yesterday that Boston isn't a referendum-holding host community for either of the proposed local casinos:

Based on the ambiguous and arbitrary process the Gaming Commission has pursued, we believe that we have multiple options available to us at this time.

We are continuing to work aggressively to determine the appropriate

... Read more

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