Escape from MA

“ One does not simply walk into Massachusetts. Its black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.

Massachusetts Politics

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Clinton has 16-to-1 fundraising edge in Massachusetts
WCVB Boston
BOSTON —Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a 16-to-1 fundraising edge over Republican Donald Trump in Massachusetts. ... Overall contributions to Democratic candidates have far outpaced donations to Republicans in Massachusetts.

2016-10-21 17:08 EDT

Massachusetts legal pot measure includes lower marijuana taxes than most other states
WCVB Boston
Maine - Question 1 includes a 10 percent sales tax on retail marijuana and marijuana products. Massachusetts - Question 4 would apply state sales tax and 3.75 percent excise tax to marijuana sales. Local municipalities would also be allowed to add ...
Massachusetts Miracle? A Wicked-Close Race Breaks Wide Open Leafly
Legalization backers blast Sheldon Adelson's $1 million donation to a Massachusetts anti-pot group
Pot shops next to toy stores? That's the future a new ad paints The Boston Globe - Turn to 10 - GoLocal Worcester - WBUR
2016-10-17 16:21 EDT

Economists push state to raise taxes
The Boston Globe
House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said in a television appearance last month that he wanted to consult economists about whether the state needs to raise taxes. A panel of Massachusetts economists took it upon themselves to come up with an answer, and ...

2016-10-13 20:50 EDT

Massachusetts revenue shortfalls lead to talk of taxes, budget cuts
BOSTON (AP) — Could taxes be on the menu when the Massachusetts Legislature begins a new two-year session in January? As state revenues have fallen below estimates — making additional budget cuts possible — tax proposals that have been off the ...

2016-10-01 08:18 EDT

Massachusetts ballot questions: What your vote means
WCVB Boston
BOSTON —On Nov. 8, the country will vote to decide who the next president should be, but there are several questions on the Massachusetts ballot that could have a big impact locally. Here's a breakdown of the four ballot questions and what your vote ...
A Misguided Attack on Charter Schools New York Times

2016-10-11 17:30 EDT

Today is your last day to register to vote in Massachusetts for the 2016 election
Oct. 19 is the last day to register to vote if you want to go to the polls on Nov. 8, 2016. (That's today.) There are a couple of ways to do it. First, you must be a U.S. citizen, a Massachusetts resident, 18 years old, and not currently incarcerated ...

2016-10-19 06:06 EDT

Massachusetts state budget shortfall pegged at $294M, cuts likely
WCVB Boston
On Friday, Lepore reduced the state's overall revenue forecast by $175 million after reporting sales taxes were likely to rise by 2.3 percent this year, well below the earlier estimate of 5.2 percent. The editorial board of MassBenchmarks, a journal of ...

2016-10-14 16:50 EDT

Mass. voter registration deadline is just days away
WCVB Boston
BOSTON —Time is running out for residents of Massachusetts who need to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Massachusetts online voter registration. Find out how to register to vote or update your registration. More · Massachusetts ...

2016-10-13 11:40 EDT

Massachusetts: Question 4 Features Low Taxes And Cannabis Clubs And Events
Question 4 would make it legal for people 21 or older to possess up to 10 ounces of cannabis at home in Massachusetts. So local renovators might want to start marijuana humidors that complement liquor cabinets. Residents would also be allowed to grow ...

2016-10-02 14:34 EDT

Massachusetts rolls out new online tax portal
Wicked Local Bourne
As part of the shift, Massachusetts is joining the Free File Alliance, a partnership between the IRS, 21 states and tax software companies. That will allow Massachusetts residents who meet income requirements to file both their state and federal taxes ...

2016-10-17 05:26 EDT


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Marty Walsh pledges to support Carmen's Union vs. MBTA
Boston Herald
Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined hundreds of union workers outside the State House demanding an end to privatization of the MBTA — one of the few times Walsh has publicly disagreed with Gov. Charlie Baker. “I want to make it perfectly clear today, as the ...
Mayor Walsh joins protesting MBTA workers outside Massachusetts State House WCVB Boston
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Joins Union Rally Against MBTA Privatization WBUR
Ultrino opposes MBTA privatization Wicked Local Malden
World Socialist Web Site - 95.9 WATD-FM (blog)
2016-10-21 02:55 EDT

MBTA paying firm $1M to assess outsourcing options
Boston Herald
The MBTA is quietly paying nearly $1 million to a consultant to “assess the options” for outsourcing jobs and services throughout the cash-strapped transit agency, the Herald has learned — further fanning the flames in a public feud between Gov ...
MBTA hires McKinsey to study more privatization The Boston Globe
MBTA will outsource cash counting with Pacheco Law exemption BayStateBanner
MBTA asks consultant to explore more privatization My Fox Boston
2016-10-19 00:05 EDT

MBTA cancels trains on Newburyport/Rockport and Lowell lines ...
The Boston Globe
An accident on Interstate 495 in Andover has closed two lanes and is likely to cause delays for commuters north of Boston, while T passengers are facing ...

2016-10-21 07:37 EDT

Officials want Keolis to pay back forgiven fines from winter of 2015
The Boston Globe
In a letter sent Thursday, state Senator Jamie Eldridge, of Acton; state Representative Sean Garballey, of Arlington; and state Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, of Dorchester, blasted the MBTA's decision to return the fines, which wasn't publicly disclosed ...

2016-10-20 17:34 EDT

Step inside the oldest cars still operating on the MBTA
The Boston Globe
Earlier this year, passengers and fans feared the MBTA would replace the expensive-to-maintain trolleys with buses, but a $3.7 million line item approved in June will keep them running. A 1990s refurbishment brought new seats and updated control and ...

2016-10-21 10:02 EDT

Governor: T made 'right decision' forgiving part of Keolis's winter fines
The Boston Globe
Governor Charlie Baker, who in the record-breaking winter of 2015 told the MBTA's commuter rail operator he was “done with excuses,” said Monday that he believes the MBTA “made the right decision” in forgiving nearly half of that winter's fines against ...
MBTA forgives fines to private company running commuter rail WHDH-TV

2016-10-17 20:16 EDT

MBTA bus hits building in Boston
The Boston Globe
An MBTA bus hit a building in South Boston on Monday night, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said. A person at the scene tweeted photos of the bus stuck under an awning of a condo building on East First Street, cheekily calling it “A Southie Storrowing,” in ...

2016-10-17 23:09 EDT

MBTA to Close West Wyoming for repairs
Wicked Local Melrose
The MBTA has informed the Department of Public Works that they will be repairing and replacing the train tracks across West Wyoming Avenue near Berwick Street. Preliminary work will start on Friday, October 21, 2016. The replacement work will start on ...

2016-10-21 10:45 EDT

T reversed half of fines against Keolis for winter turmoil
The Boston Globe
And the MBTA went ahead and issued the fines, ultimately totaling more than $1.7 million for subpar performance in February and March. For riders who had to wait for hours on frozen platforms and pack into overcrowded trains, it felt like a measure of ...

2016-10-16 00:07 EDT

MBTA Red Line Subway Evacuation Drill (press release) (registration) (blog)
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will conduct an emergency response exercise at the Alewife MBTA Station on Saturday, October 29th, at approximately 9:00 a.m. The exercise is designed to establish a learning environment for public ...

2016-10-21 03:35 EDT

Other News

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Could Curt Schilling Win An Election In Massachusetts?
Curt Schilling keeps threatening to run for U.S. Senate. While his chances to defeat Elizabeth Warren in a general election are slim at best, there's a strong possibility he could make it out of a Republican primary in the Bay State. In fact, he would ...

2016-10-20 11:57 EDT

Best Massachusetts Colleges for Graduate Salary - Boston, MA Patch
Boston, MA - Is your salary in line with other graduates from your college?

2016-10-21 10:45 EDT

Massachusetts Secretary Galvin Charges B/Ds With Client Abuse
The first of the two actions seeks to commence an adjudicatory proceeding against Spartan Capital Securities LLC and adviser Dean Kajouras for violations of the Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act, among other regulations. It alleges that the ...

2016-10-21 16:27 EDT

13-year-old Massachusetts boy shot while sleeping
Fox News
A 13-year-old boy was shot on Wednesday while he was sleeping in his bed in Massachusetts. Officials say the Chelsea boy was shot in the shoulder. The bullet came through the third-floor apartment window fired from the street and hit him. The child was ...
Man in Custody After Shooting of Sleeping Child in Chelsea, Massachusetts NECN
Massachusetts boy shot by stray bullet while in bed NH1 News

2016-10-20 04:31 EDT

Massachusetts, Boston Officials Sign Executive Orders for Autonomous Car Regulations
Government Technology
“The Commonwealth is home to many world-class innovation companies and academic institutions intimately involved in autonomous vehicle technology, which makes Massachusetts uniquely qualified to responsibly host this emerging field to foster ...
Green light for self-driving car tests in Massachusetts—under certain ... The Boston Globe
Mayor Walsh joins protesting MBTA workers outside Massachusetts State House WCVB Boston
Gov. Charlie Baker lays groundwork to test self-driving cars in Massachusetts
World Socialist Web Site - - Boston Business Journal (blog)
2016-10-21 15:49 EDT

Early voting in Massachusetts starts Monday
BOSTON (WWLP) – Election Day is just more than two weeks away, but registered voters can begin casting their ballots on Monday. It is a great alternative for those who want to avoid the long lines at the polls on November 8. You may vote in-person at ...
Early voting available in Massachusetts Wicked Local Sherborn

2016-10-21 14:59 EDT

This high-level politician just said he's voting for Massachusetts marijuana question
The Cannabist
Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg said he hopes he and fellow lawmakers can make improvements to the question if voters approve it, but he didn't offer specific changes.Pictured: Budtender Nikki Desiderio helps customers at the Helping ...
Massachusetts Senate President: I'm voting for pot question Brattleboro Reformer

2016-10-21 09:56 EDT

Moody's assigns Aa1 to Massachusetts' $200M CTF bonds, 2016 Ser. B; outlook stable (press release) (subscription)
Moody's Investors Service has assigned a Aa1 rating to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Commonwealth Transportation Fund (CTF) $200.0 million Revenue Bonds (Rail Enhancement & Accelerated Bridge Program) 2016 Series B.The Aa1 rating ...

2016-10-21 16:44 EDT

Clinton has 16-to-1 fundraising edge in Massachusetts
WCVB Boston
BOSTON —Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a 16-to-1 fundraising edge over Republican Donald Trump in Massachusetts. Recently filed Federal Election Commission reports show Clinton has raked in more $16.6 million from Bay State ...

2016-10-21 17:08 EDT

Massachusetts woman delivers surprise baby boy | Fox News
Fox News
On Sunday, Ileana Martinez went to the hospital for severe stomach cramps and, much to her surprise, left a new mom.

2016-10-20 08:42 EDT

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Mitt Romney pumping his own gas

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