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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2018-09-21 14:29 EDT

We've seen the future of Massachusetts politics, and it's female
The Boston Globe
The future of politics in Massachusetts is female. I've thought that for a while, but Ayanna Pressley put an exclamation point on that sentence Tuesday night. Her landslide victory was also a message from the new guard in Massachusetts politics: Change ...
Ayanna Pressley's Victory: A Political Earthquake That Reflects a Changed Boston New York Times
Another Democratic incumbent upset by primary challenger -- this time in Massachusetts CNN
On Massachusetts Primary Day, The Battle Between Progressives And Democrats Explained - - - Twitter
2018-09-05 17:47 EDT

Massachusetts voters apparently don't want any of their state's potential 2020 candidates to run
The Suffolk University Political Research Center/Boston Globe poll asked 500 likely Massachusetts voters for their thoughts on five of the state's current and former elected officials who are seen as potential future presidential candidates: Warren ...
Elizabeth Warren for president? New survey shows Mass. voters don't love that idea The Boston Globe
Mass. Voters Favor Baker & Warren as They Choose Person over Party

2018-09-20 12:26 EDT

Politics In The News: Massachusetts Primary Election
DAVID GREENE, HOST: This is primary day in the state of Massachusetts, one of the last primaries ahead of the hugely consequential midterm elections this November. And in Massachusetts, many of the major national themes are on display. You have an ...

2018-09-04 06:36 EDT

The Asian-American wave in Massachusetts politics
The Boston Globe
Asian-Americans in Massachusetts have run for mayor (Sam Yoon, Boston), and some have even won (Lisa Wong, Fitchburg). They are city councilors (Nina Liang, Quincy; Michelle Wu, Boston), and lawmakers on Beacon Hill (Tackey Chan, Donald Wong).

2018-08-29 18:37 EDT

Fans of Ranked Voting See an Opportunity in Massachusetts
New York Times
BOSTON — Nearly two weeks after voters went to the polls, Lori Trahan emerged Monday as the official winner of a 10-person Democratic primary for the congressional seat based in Lowell, Mass., held for a decade by Representative Niki Tsongas, who is ...

2018-09-17 18:22 EDT

Jay Gonzalez: Massachusetts should tax college endowments
Arizona Daily Sun
BOSTON (AP) — Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez said Massachusetts could raise $1 billion a year for education and transportation by taxing the endowments of the state's wealthiest colleges and universities like Harvard University and MIT.
Elizabeth Warren blasted the Republican endowment tax. Here's why she's less opposed to Jay Gonzalez's plan.
For tax plan, Gonzalez's gives it the college try CommonWealth magazine
EDITORIAL: Gonzalez's college endowment tax would hurt middle and lower class students Daily Free Press (blog)
2018-09-19 19:06 EDT

Massachusetts doesn't have funds to handle a one-year recession
BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - According to new research, Massachusetts would have to either raise taxes or make budget cuts to have the reserves necessary to make it through the first year of a recession. A report from S&P Global Ratings this week estimated ...

2018-09-20 19:11 EDT

Five things you need to know, and what politics may be doing to your workplace
Boston Business Journal
Jessica Bartlett has two stories on hospitals, patient data and privacy — and neither of them are good for the hospitals. In one, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital have paid a combined $1 million to ...

2018-09-21 06:24 EDT

Keller @ Large: John McCain's Important Role In Massachusetts Politics
CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) – The sad news that a great American hero, Sen. John McCain, will forego further treatment for his brain cancer brings back a flood of memories. McCain played an important role in Massachusetts politics over the years. His support for ...

2018-08-24 13:06 EDT

Lori Trahan Begins Her Campaign Against Rick Green For 3rd District Congressional Seat
While Green has not served in government, he has been an active player in Republican politics in Massachusetts. A founder of a political nonprofit with secret donors called the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, Green lost a bid for the top position in the ...
Lori Trahan Wins Democratic Primary in Massachusetts' 3rd District Roll Call

2018-09-18 10:28 EDT


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2018-09-21 14:29 EDT

MBTA official wants changes to troubled Chelsea bus route
The Boston Globe
The MBTA's oversight board is slated to review transit issues in Chelsea next week, as a major bus route that connects the city of 40,000 to downtown Boston struggles with traffic, crowding, and cancellations. The 111 bus — the third most popular ...

2018-09-12 09:05 EDT

Gonzalez plans to fix MBTA, health care draw GOP attacks
Gloucester Daily Times
In particular, he argues that his plan to fix the MBTA, which focuses largely on using existing revenues to improve service on the buses, subway and commuter rail, is working. He's pushed back on calls from transportation advocates for more tax-created ...

2018-09-18 18:42 EDT

FROM THE STATE HOUSE: Long-term plans for the MBTA
Wicked Local
Comments are due on the MBTA's long term plan on Monday, Oct. 22. It is a provocative document that is well worth a read. The document is available for comment at As a regional agency dependent on state funding for more than ...

2018-09-19 16:14 EDT

MBTA's poor station conditions are a campaign issue
The Boston Globe
The poor condition of MBTA stations, garages, and other facilities across Greater Boston suddenly emerged as a campaign issue in the race for governor Monday, as Republican incumbent Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, traded ...
More Than Half Of MBTA Facilities Need Significant Repair WBUR
Inventory finds many MBTA facilities are in state of disrepair Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

2018-09-10 22:07 EDT

MBTA worker repairing fare boxes now accused of stealing $450000, authorities say
The Boston Globe
An MBTA employee tasked with repairing fare collection boxes allegedly used the T's money like a personal ATM and is now accused of stealing $450,000 in cash from the financially-struggling agency, the state attorney general's office said Thursday.
Worker accused of stealing $450K from MBTA fare boxes WCVB Boston
MBTA Worker Stole $450000 In Fares, Prosecutors Say WBUR
MBTA theft estimate goes from $80000 to $450000 CommonWealth magazine
Boston Herald - - NECN
2018-09-13 12:34 EDT

Tips From MBTA Lead to Arrest of Level 3 Sex Offender
Transit police say a level 3 sex offender was arrested thanks to the help of the MBTA community. On Sunday, police issued a photo depicting a man of interest relative to an incident of assault and battery onboard a Green Line trolley at the Reservoir ...
Level 3 Sex Offender To Be Charged In Brookline: MBTA Police
Level 3 sex offender arrested for indecent assault and battery on Green Line train The Boston Globe
Police arrest Level 3 sex offender accused of indecent assault on Green Line trolley Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
WCVB Boston
2018-09-17 13:00 EDT

Bay State commuters beset by MBTA's woes
The Boston Globe
In response to reporting that 57 percent of MBTA properties are in need of serious repair (“MBTA facilities inventory finds transit system in poor repair,” Page A1, Sept. 10), Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack presented commuters ...

2018-09-17 18:00 EDT

MBTA buses should go all-electric
The Boston Globe
Climate change poses a significant financial risk to businesses. Small businesses are the hardest hit by weather-related disruptions that reduce cash flows, damage property, cause supply-chain interruptions, and raise insurance costs. Almost 40 percent ...

2018-09-12 11:52 EDT

Jay Gonzalez Proposes $1B Higher Ed Tax To Fund Education, Transportation
New England Public Radio
Democrats who control the Legislature have been eyeing revenue sources for years to pay for improvements to the MBTA and regional transit systems, roads and bridges, and education from pre-school and daycare through higher education. Gonzalez, who ...
Gonzalez's $1B university endowment tax would fund education, transportation Wicked Local Stoughton

2018-09-19 09:51 EDT

How Boston Got Its 'T'
And in 1963, regional services for 78 municipalities were all placed under one umbrella, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). During that decade, Boston was beginning to shed its reputation as a stifling backwater. Bold, modern ...

2018-09-17 15:26 EDT

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What to know before visiting the new recreational marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts
The backdrop may be colorful fall foliage rather than warm summer days, but Massachusetts really is nearing the opening of the state's first recreational marijuana dispensaries. Never mind that it will occur close to the two-year anniversary of the ...

2018-09-21 11:20 EDT

Massachusetts dad accused of putting girl in game machine, stealing prizes
Police in Salem say 34-year-old Anthony Helinski, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, turned himself in Wednesday, five days after witnesses at the Mall at Rockingham Park recorded video of a man encouraging the girl to hand out prizes from within the ...
Massachusetts man used toddler to steal prizes from claw machine at mall: Police kwbe
Massachusetts man accused of using child to steal prizes from arcade machine Evening Standard
Massachusetts Teacher on Leave After Allegedly Using His Child to Steal Prizes Out of Claw Game
WCVB Boston
2018-09-21 08:12 EDT

Pot shop applicants await final OK for Massachusetts sales
BOSTON — The state's top marijuana regulator says final inspections of prospective marijuana businesses have begun, but the question remains: When will Massachusetts' first pot shops open? Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman said ...
Massachusetts has provisionally licensed 15 retail marijuana dispensaries. Here's why they haven't opened.
Marijuana stores unlikely to open until late October or November The Boston Globe

2018-09-20 15:52 EDT

Transforming local economic development in Massachusetts' older industrial cities
Brookings Institution (blog)
Brockton is a mid-sized Massachusetts city located 25 miles south of Boston, and is a former hub for leading shoe manufacturers. Over the past few decades, the city's historic neighborhoods struggled from the effects of urban renewal and neglect from ...

2018-09-21 09:59 EDT

Massachusetts adds 6K jobs in August; unemployment rate remains stable
Massachusetts added 6,100 jobs in August, with 6,000 of them in the private sector, according to new data from the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state's total unemployment rate ...
Report: State Unemployment Holds Steady as More Jobs Added U.S. News & World Report

2018-09-21 14:22 EDT

Gubernatorial Hopeful Wants to Tax Massachusetts' Private Colleges
Next City
Massachusetts' big name private colleges, including Harvard, MIT and Boston University, could fund the state's public schools under a contentious proposal by Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez.

2018-09-21 10:41 EDT

Here's How Wynn Won The Gaming License In Massachusetts
The winning bid from Wynn had unique characteristics that led to their obtaining the gaming license in Massachusetts. While Sterling Suffolk may be bitter about its loss, as Wynn claimed in a statement regarding the lawsuit, it can only marvel at Wynn ...

2018-09-19 13:10 EDT

Massachusetts Ballot Measure One-Step Closer To Socialized Medicine
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican, came up with a goal of having the maximum number of people covered by healthcare insurance rather than a system with lesser coverage and more visits to the emergency room by those not covered.

2018-09-19 16:19 EDT

A Progressive DA Won in Massachusetts. But the Man She Beat Won't Back Down.
The Intercept
After beating the establishment candidate to win the Democratic primary battle for district attorney in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Andrea Harrington now has to do it again. On September 19, two weeks after losing the September 4 election by 692 ...

2018-09-20 12:43 EDT

25-foot whale washed ashore on Massachusetts beach
REVERE, Mass. (WWLP) - A dead whale washed up on Revere Beach Friday morning. According to Massachusetts State Police, the whale is approximately 25 feet long. Specialists from New England Aquarium are on their way to the beach to check out the ...

2018-09-21 08:34 EDT

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