Politics

Race For Mass. Attorney General Splits Democrats

August 4, 2014
Democratic candidates for Massachusetts attorney general Warren Tolman, left, and Maura Healey. (Courtesy of the campaigns)

The gubernatorial election may be getting more attention, but the tight race for attorney general is bringing out Democratic devotees and dollars. Democratic candidates for attorney general Maura Healey and Warren Tolman are relying on different bases of support for their campaigns.

Coakley Won Some, Lost Some In Legislative Session

August 2, 2014

While lawmakers failed to take final action on Attorney General Martha Coakley’s proposal to increase the penalty for corporate manslaughter from $1,000 to $250,000, she was able to claim other successes as the Legislature ended its formal session Friday. Coakley is one of three Democrats running for governor, along with Steve Grossman and Don Berwick.

House Gives Itself Another Day To Wrap Up

August 1, 2014
U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) arrives at a House Republican Conference meeting August 1 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The House came back on Friday, a day after its scheduled summer recess, trying to finish up a border supplemental spending bill that was pulled from the floor the day before because of a shortage of votes. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The representatives hope the extra day will give them the chance to vote on legislation to deal with the influx of Central Americans.

Many Interests, Many Dollars Have Big Influence On Farm Bill

August 1, 2014
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the 2014 Farm Bill will raise government funding of crop insurance by about $5.7 billion from 2014 to 2023. A joint analysis revealed the lobbying efforts behind that expansion. (Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting)

A joint analysis by Harvest Public Media and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting revealed the lobbying efforts.

Mass. Lawmakers Pass Major Bills As Formal Sessions End

August 1, 2014

One of the most closely watched bills given final approval and sent to Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk on Friday would overhaul the state’s gun laws.

Super PAC Disclosure Bill Heading To Gov. Patrick’s Desk

July 31, 2014

The bill tightens reporting requirements for independent political expenditures and doubles the amount an individual can donate to a state candidate in a calendar year from $500 to $1,000.

District Profile: Virginia’s 7th Congressional

July 31, 2014
Republican candidate David Brat (left), who defeated Rep. Eric Cantor in the primary, will face Democrat Jack Trammell in November. (Facebook)

Republican candidate David Brat, who defeated Rep. Eric Cantor in the primary, will face Democrat Jack Trammell in November.

White House Response To Report On CIA Interrogation Leaked

July 31, 2014

The State Department memo, sent accidentally to the Associated Press, says “no American is proud” of CIA interrogation tactics.

The Argument For Keeping California One State

July 31, 2014
The "Six Californias" campaign is aimed at dividing up the state of California into six separate states. (Click to enlarge. Source: sixcalifornias.com)

After hearing from the “Six Californias” campaign, Steven Maviglio offers the opposing view.

Report: Many State Boards Don’t Meet, Should Be Dissolved

July 31, 2014

Massachusetts has dozens of state boards, commissions and task forces that no longer meet or file reports, or have simply become irrelevant.

West Bank Simmers As Fighting Continues In Gaza

July 30, 2014
Masked Palestinian militants of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, march during a demonstration against the Israeli military action in Gaza, in Balata refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (Nasser Ishtayeh/AP)

Many Palestinians in the West Bank have little sympathy for Hamas, but the Gaza conflict has seen Palestinians united in their anger.

Protesters In Boston Rally Against Gas Pipeline

July 30, 2014
Hundreds protest on Boston Common against proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline. (Bruce Gellerman/WBUR)

The rally is scheduled to begin on Boston Common and will include landowners, state legislators, and leaders of environmental and conservation groups expected to speak. The protesters said they will then march to the State House.

State Legislators Reach Deal On Super PAC, Donations Bill

July 30, 2014

The bill would require super PACs to disclose the their funding sources no more than seven days after making an expenditure. That schedule accelerates within 10 days of an election.

Boston Mayor Defends Convicted Ex-Probation Boss

July 30, 2014

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said the former state probation commissioner John O’Brien, who was convicted on charges he rigged the department’s hiring process to favor politically-connected applicants, should not have been found guilty.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Eye $40M In State House Repairs

July 29, 2014

Massachusetts lawmakers are hoping to spend as much as $40 million to upgrade the House and Senate chambers at the State House.

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