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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2018-02-25 06:29 EST

Should Massachusetts permanently legalize and impose a tax on sports fantasy betting?
The Boston Globe
Like all gaming in Massachusetts, daily fantasy sports should be taxed at a fair rate to defray expenses that the state could incur from its activities. Operators of the games currently pay zero taxes on their revenues in Massachusetts, in stark ...

2018-02-23 14:42 EST

Back taxes on Aaron Hernandez's former Massachusetts home paid
FOX 61
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — The more than $115,000 in back taxes owed on the Massachusetts home that once belonged to former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have been paid. The tax collector in North Attleborough tells The Sun Chronicle ...

2018-02-08 15:05 EST

Mitt Romney brings polite Mormon standards to politics
Houston Chronicle
Romney's pitch reflects a Mormon tradition of polite politics and reservedness about one's faith that differs from other American religious conservatives, in particular evangelicals. And his campaign is shaping up to be a battle for the soul of ...

2018-02-24 16:40 EST

Teamsters Local 25 backs Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker for re-election
MassLive.com
"He is a leader who consistently puts politics aside, reaches across the aisle and will work with anyone who shares his goal of putting people first," O'Brien added. Teamsters Local 25, which has a history of controversy and federal indictments, is the ...

2018-02-22 10:04 EST

Secretary of State warns Massachusetts residents about tax schemes
wwlp.com
One scheme involves individuals impersonating IRS agents and requesting payment of overdue taxes by gift cards. “The IRS-if it does make a payment or you have a payment to make, it's not coming through gift cards.” Galvin told 22News. “They would never ...

2018-02-22 17:46 EST

Massachusetts Regulators Face Questions on Cannabis Cafés
Leafly
BOSTON (AP) — Could Massachusetts become the first U.S. state where adults can gather and use legal adult-use marijuana at so-called “cannabis cafes?” The Cannabis Control Commission, the five-member panel set up to regulate the state's marijuana ...

2018-02-20 15:01 EST

'Quite a shake-up': Departures, and a death, cause loss of Western Mass. clout on Beacon Hill
MassLive.com
BOSTON -- Western Massachusetts is facing a major shakeup on Beacon Hill. When January arrives, the region will lose 41 years of legislative experience. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, a 25-year veteran of the House, and Rep. John Scibak, D-South ...

2018-02-25 05:45 EST

South Carolina Democrats join national effort challenging Electoral College
Charleston Post Courier
Similar suits were filed this week in Texas, California and Massachusetts. Columbia attorney and former S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian is leading the South Carolina effort. He said Republicans in California and Massachusetts back the ...

2018-02-23 10:14 EST

Green focusing on economy, infrastructure in bid for Congress
Eagle-Tribune
The founder and former president of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, Green has been active in state politics for years but is making his first run for public office. A married father of three, Green is getting up between 4 and 6:30 a.m.and hitting ...

2018-02-25 01:05 EST

The Democratic response to Trump's State of the Union was delivered by a Kennedy
Vox
Where we can guarantee America's safety if we slash our safety net. Where we can extend health care in Mississippi if we gut it in Massachusetts. We can cut taxes for corporations today if we raise them on families tomorrow.” He ended by referencing ...
Full Transcript and Video: Joe Kennedy Delivers Democratic Response to the State of the Union New York Times
Meet Joe Kennedy, who will deliver the Democrats' SOTU response CNN
Rep. Kennedy denounces 'bullies' in rebuttal to Trump's State of the Union address USA TODAY
NBCNews.com - TIME - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
2018-01-26 17:20 EST

The MBTA

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2018-02-25 06:29 EST

MBTA lacks rider advocate
Boston Herald
“As soon as the general manager identifies the person he feels can not only meet his expectations, but exceed them, the MBTA will be pleased to make the personnel announcement.” Simmering frustration with the T boiled over this week after a Red Line ...

2018-02-24 09:00 EST

For up to $151500 a year, you can work as the MBTA's 'chief customer experience officer'
MassLive.com
For MBTA passengers, riding the transit system can be a touch-and-go experience as they try to traverse Greater Boston, whether it's for work or play. And they aren't shy about saying so, sometimes taking to social media networks like Twitter to not ...

2018-02-24 12:43 EST

MBTA trolley driver allegedly paid someone $2K to beat him so he ...
The Boston Globe
An MBTA trolley driver allegedly staged being attacked while at work on the Mattapan trolley line in 2016 and is now facing criminal charges that he fraudulently collected workers' compensation and private disability insurance. Thomas Lucey was ...
DA: MBTA Driver Staged Phony Assault to Collect Worker's Comp, Disability Pay NECN
Authorities: MBTA driver paid for fake Halloween attack to get ... Boston Herald
MBTA Operator Allegedly Hired Man In Michael Myers Mask To ... CBS Boston / WBZ
MassLive.com - Wicked Local
2018-02-22 12:01 EST

South Shore MBTA lots to get solar canopies - News - The Patriot ...
The Patriot Ledger
HINGHAM - The parking lots of the two commuter rail stations in Hingham are about to look a whole lot different thanks to an MBTA project that will install canopies of solar panels over parking areas. Construction is expected to begin late next month ...
South Shore MBTA lots to get solar canopies Wicked Local

2018-02-22 20:12 EST

Our Opinion: Ongoing MBTA mess is a statewide problem
Berkshire Eagle
The MBTA has a long, sorry history of delays, overcrowded stations, equipment breakdowns, winter disasters, mismanagement and cost overruns. In 2015, the governor created a new Fiscal and Management Control Board to address the agency's problems but ...

2018-02-23 15:27 EST

'The situation was not acceptable,' Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says after MBTA Red Line derailment
MassLive.com
The ordeal MBTA riders on the Red Line went through after a train derailed in South Boston was "not acceptable," Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said a day after the incident led to commuter chaos at several stations. "The situation was not acceptable ...
Riders Frustrated After Derailed Train Causes Severe Delays On MBTA's Red Line WBUR
MBTA says Red Line train car briefly derailed in Wednesday morning incident Boston Business Journal
Gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren: 'Enough is enough' after MBTA derailment Wicked Local
CBS Boston / WBZ - The Boston Globe - Boston Herald
2018-02-22 14:19 EST

Fallen Rain Gutter Causes Delays on MBTA's Orange Line
NECN
MBTA officials said a rain gutter that fell on an MBTA Orange Line car Saturday afternoon caused some delays. One rider sent NBC Boston a picture of an object that had fallen on the car at Back Bay Station in Boston. Officials said the train was ...
Falling Beam Causes Severe Orange Line Delays « CBS Boston CBS Boston / WBZ
Orange Line northbound delays after rain gutter fell on train at Back ... Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
Metal drain pipe falls on train at Back Bay station - WCVB-TV WCVB Boston

2018-02-24 13:41 EST

MBTA tweets ruffle commuters' feathers
Boston Herald
Nearly every day, the MBTA tweets out crushing news for commuters: delays ranging from minor to severe, typically caused by “disabled trains” or, less commonly, “signal problems.” Since early January, the MBTA has sent out at least 275 tweets about ...

2018-02-22 00:05 EST

1 in 3 MBTA workers earned more than $100000 last year
MassLive.com
One in three workers at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority earned $100,000 in total pay in 2017, according to figures released Friday by the transit agency. 26734374_2101253360160967_4228352837858835151_n.jpg. Photo credit: MBTA / Facebook ...

2018-02-19 09:38 EST

Future fare increases on the table as MBTA faces budget woes - The ...
The Boston Globe
Officials at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority say the agency's budget deficit is set to balloon in the coming year, raising the specter of potential fare hikes in 2019. The MBTA expects its budget shortfall to increase by more than $70 ...
MBTA might bring digital billboards to light Daily Free Press (blog)
MBTA eyes more fare increases, report says - WCVB-TV WCVB Boston

2018-02-13 02:53 EST

Other News

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2018-02-25 06:29 EST

Massachusetts joins coalition of states sharing gun data - The ...
The Boston Globe
WASHINGTON — Massachusetts is joining a coalition of states that will share data about people who are forbidden from purchasing or possessing a firearm within each state, Governor Charlie Baker said Saturday. The information-sharing group — New York ...

2018-02-24 18:55 EST

Man used hunting knife in brutal slaying at Massachusetts library, authorities say
Fox News
Jeffrey Yao allegedly stabbed a woman to death at a public library in Massachusetts on Saturday. (Winchester Police Department via Associated Press). A man armed with a hunting knife stabbed a woman to death Saturday inside a public library in ...
Woman stabbed to death, man wounded at Massachusetts library Reuters
Woman stabbed to death at Massachusetts library New York Daily News
1 dead in double stabbing at Massachusetts library Dayton Daily News

2018-02-25 00:42 EST

Sunday Sitdown: James G. Regan, executive director, Family Services of Central Massachusetts
Worcester Telegram
James G. Regan, 59, has spent his 30-year career in both the public and nonprofit sectors ensuring that children and families in need have access to needed supportive services. Mr. Regan is the executive director of Family Services of Central ...

2018-02-24 21:22 EST

Entrepreneur behind Massachusetts marijuana club eyes expansion
The Cannabist
Worcester's Summit Lounge is one of Massachusetts' first cannabis clubs, and the entrepreneur behind it has his eye on expanding his marijuana business.

2018-02-24 12:06 EST

Massachusetts prisons will limit visitors for inmates
The Boston Globe
In reviewing the 16 years Bob Wojcik served in state prison, the Massachusetts Parole Board found a lot to like, particularly his commitment to rehabilitation and lack of disciplinary problems. But it was more than just his behavior inside the prison ...

2018-02-24 17:56 EST

Massachusetts Girls Division 1 Tournament Pairings: 31-team field announced
HNIB News (press release) (blog)
A 31-team field has been announced by the MIAA for the Massachusetts Girls Division 1 state tournament. Unbeaten Shrewsbury (19-0-1) drew the top seed and the only bye from the preliminary round. PRELIMINARY ROUND. Tuesday, February 27. Game 2 #17 HPNA ...

2018-02-24 15:54 EST

Massachusetts Girls D2 Tournament Pairings: Wellesley gets top ...
HNIB News (press release) (blog)
A total of 24 teams have qualified for the MIAA Division 2 Girls State Tournament. The top eight seeds will get a bye into the first round. Bay State League Herget Division champion Wellesley drew the top seed. PRELIMINARY ROUND Monday, February 26th ...

2018-02-24 16:15 EST

Should Massachusetts institute same-day voter registration? - The ...
The Boston Globe
Among the most troubling aspects of the 2016 election were the reports that many Americans who wanted to vote were turned away from the polls. It is not unreasonable to conclude that the outcome of the presidential election would have been different ...

2018-02-23 12:24 EST

Massachusetts Civil War Monument Getting a Makeover ...
U.S. News & World Report
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — The city of Attleboro's 110-year-old Civil War monument is getting a makeover.
Massachusetts Civil War monument getting a makeover Caledonian Record

2018-02-24 12:55 EST

Should Massachusetts permanently legalize and impose a tax on sports fantasy betting?
The Boston Globe
Last year, the Massachusetts Legislature temporarily legalized daily fantasy sports, online games where players create fantasy teams consisting of real-life athletes and play for prizes based on their real-life performance. We established a commission ...

2018-02-23 14:42 EST

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