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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2018-08-14 18:29 EDT

Is change coming to Massachusetts politics this fall? Or maybe not ...
The Boston Globe
Pollsters and other observers say the elections this fall could bring major change to the political landscape. But it's still unclear that the winds of change will ...

2018-08-13 02:23 EDT

Women in Politics: Motivated to run
The Salem News
Both Flowers and Peterson participated in a program run by Emerge Massachusetts, an organization that helps Democratic women get elected, to learn about fundraising and how to run a successful campaign. It helped to “demystify” the campaign process, ...

2018-08-14 07:48 EDT

6 Women To Watch In Massachusetts Politics
wgbh.org
Women are running for office in record numbers, in Massachusetts and nationwide. Indeed, the 2018 primaries could redefine the face of Congress, as women step up to challenge incumbent politicians. Nationally, 476 women registered as candidates for the ...

2018-08-02 16:40 EDT

Want to vote in next month's state primary elections? You have to be registered by Wednesday.
Boston.com
Unlike some states, Massachusetts does not have same-day voter registration and residents must register 20 days prior to an election in order to be eligible to cast their ballot. Voters can find out if they're already registered to vote by entering ...
Voter registration deadline for 2018 Massachusetts state primary is Wednesday, Aug. 15 MassLive.com
Elections Division - sec.state.ma.us sec.state.ma.us

2018-08-13 17:30 EDT

Massachusetts lawmakers pass Airbnb taxes and regulations
MassLive.com
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts House and Senate have both voted for a bill that would tax and regulate short-term room rentals like Airbnb. The House voted to accept the conference committee report Monday by a vote of 118-30. The Senate voted 30-8.
New Airbnb Taxes Agreed Upon in Massachusetts Live 95.9
Taxes on short-term rentals could hit 17.5% CommonWealth magazine
Massachusetts Bill Calls for Taxing Airbnb, Other Short-Term Rentals NECN

2018-07-30 16:38 EDT

Police, Sessions slam Elizabeth Warren for calling criminal justice ...
Fox News
Top police officials in Massachusetts have accused Sen. Elizabeth Warren of insulting rank-and-file officers when she said the criminal justice system was racist ...
This is why Elizabeth Warren faced criticism from local police Boston.com
Massachusetts Police Chiefs Fire Back After Elizabeth Warren Calls The System Racist The Daily Caller
Police, Opponents Criticize Warren's Remarks on 'Racist' Justice System Roll Call
Hot Air - Miami Herald - Boston Herald - The Boston Globe
2018-08-12 20:24 EDT

Massachusetts Senate approves regional ballot initiatives, allowing new taxes for transit projects
MassLive.com
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Senate on Wednesday adopted an amendment that would let voters in particular regions agree to a new tax to fund specific transportation projects. "We're in a crisis in this state," said Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, ...

2018-07-26 12:59 EDT

Democrats Scrambling To Find New Taxes in Massachusetts Governor's Race
NewBostonPost (blog)
Massie told the News Service he favors higher registration fees on heavy vehicles, property transfer taxes, freeing up revenue by eliminating government waste, and revenues he anticipates Massachusetts could eventually secure by growing its renewable ...

2018-08-08 09:03 EDT

Massachusetts House candidates discuss identity on Powerhouse Politics Podcast
ABC News
And part of an elected official's job is to try to cobble those together into one voice in Washington," Capuano said. “I just don't think that identity politics has a place in today's world. President Barack Obama did not run on that. [Former ...

2018-07-27 06:03 EDT

Gov. Charlie Baker says he stands by Massachusetts State Police leadership
MassLive.com
BOSTON -- Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday stood by the leaders of the Massachusetts State Police amid growing scandals there. "I have full faith in the colonel," Baker told reporters after an unrelated event in Boston, referring to Col. Kerry Gilpin ...

2018-08-14 12:42 EDT

The MBTA

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2018-08-14 18:29 EDT

Traffic, crowding, cancellations: This MBTA route shows all the T's bus problems
The Boston Globe
As it lumbers onto Third Street near the Tobin Bridge in Chelsea, the 111 bus is often beyond standing room. More than 60 riders are squeezed into its 40-foot interior, pressed against the doors and each other, contorting for some small space and ...

2018-08-14 08:07 EDT

MBTA fare evader arrested on outstanding warrants
The Boston Globe
A Lynn man who was caught trying to sneak into a T station without paying Monday was wanted on several warrants, police said. Michael Marino, 51, was caught by MBTA Transit Police “piggybacking” into Andrew Station behind someone who did pay.
Fugitive nabbed by MBTA Police for evading fare Boston 25 News
Wanted fugitive nabbed by transit police after 'piggybacking' to avoid a fare Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

2018-08-14 15:21 EDT

Balanced budgets and crumbling garages are a sign of the times at ...
The Boston Globe
The MBTA is in rare health, disclosing Monday that it finished its most recent fiscal year with balanced books for the first time in a decade. But the MBTA is also ...
Local pols vent over state of MBTA's crumbling Alewife parking garage Wicked Local
T kept public, oversight board in dark about Alewife problems ... CommonWealth magazine

2018-08-13 16:26 EDT

After concrete crumbles on car in Alewife MBTA garage, Gov. Charlie Baker maintains it's 'structurally sound'
MassLive.com
The garage remains "structurally sound" as the agency is reviewing the parking facility every weekend until they start a major renovation, the governor said. The MBTA closed off 500 parking spaces on the second floor, roughly 20 percent of the garage ...
Arlington elected officials rail against MBTA, state of Alewife garage Wicked Local
Our view: T needs to clear the air on garage problems The Salem News
Lawmakers Vent Over State Of Crumbling Alewife Garage WBUR
Patch.com
2018-08-14 13:12 EDT

MBTA Asks For Public Feedback On Red Line Model
CBS Boston
A mock-up of the new Red Line cars will be on display this week at Boston City Hall. More Latest Videos. Person Struck By Subway Train At Haymarket Station In BostonOne person has been struck by a subway train in Boston. Residents In Scituate Voice ...
Person struck by train at Haymarket station, MBTA says Boston Business Journal
MBTA: Person struck by train at Haymarket station MassLive.com
Man Hit By Train At Haymarket T Station, Taken To Hospital Patch.com
NECN - Boston.com - The Boston Globe
2018-08-14 07:27 EDT

MBTA's New Red Line Model Car On Display At Boston City Hall ...
CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) — Commuters can get a sneak peek of the MBTA's new Red Line cars Tuesday. A model will be on display at Boston City Hall this week.
SNEAK PEEK: Public Viewing Available for MBTA Red Line's ... NECN

2018-08-14 07:20 EDT

MBTA Riders Can Check Out A Nearly Life-Size Mock-Up Of Future Red Line Cars At City Hall
WBUR
A nearly life-size model of new train cars for the MBTA Red Line was unveiled Tuesday at City Hall Plaza, where the spiffed-up Red Line car will be on display through Thursday. The model lets people step right in, sit on its sleek red benches and even ...
MBTA offers commuters sneak peek at new Red Line cars Boston 25 News
Baker-Polito administration, transportation officials reveal Red Line vehicle mock-up Sampan
'Mock-up' Red Line train on display at City Hall Plaza Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

2018-08-14 18:13 EDT

Gov. Baker asked if MBTA failed to timely respond to crumbling parking garage
WCVB Boston
Baker asked if MBTA failed to timely respond to crumbling parking garage. Share. Shares. Copy Link. Copy. {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! WCVB. Updated: 6:19 PM EDT Aug 14, 2018. Mike Beaudet. 5 Investigates Reporter. Gov. Baker asked if MBTA ...

2018-08-14 18:19 EDT

Alewife garage will be open in time for Monday morning commute ...
The Boston Globe
The MBTA's Alewife parking garage will be reopened in time for the Monday morning commute, though the structure will be closed for a few hours each night ...
MBTA's Alewife station garage reopens, but remains closed to ... WCVB Boston
Charlie Baker rejects renewed push for 'millionaire tax' to fix MBTA Boston Herald
MBTA's Alewife garage reopens — but don't plan on parking there overnight Boston Business Journal
Patch.com - NBC10 Boston
2018-08-13 02:25 EDT

For the first time in 10 years, the MBTA balanced its operating ...
MassLive.com
The MBTA has balanced its operating budget for the first time in 10 years, agency officials say. MBTA officials say getting rid of it will help them with their trust ...
MBTA balances costs, revenues for first time in a decade ... CommonWealth magazine

2018-08-13 18:13 EDT

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2018-08-14 18:29 EDT

Lags In Massachusetts' Legal Marijuana Industry Hinder Those Looking To Benefit
WBUR
Recreational marijuana shops were supposed to open in Massachusetts on July 1, yet here we are — more than a month later — and there are no stores where you can buy it. State regulators are working on approving business licenses and certifying an ...

2018-08-14 15:24 EDT

Sam Adams co-founder praised Trump's tax reform. Now this mayor refuses to drink the beer.
Washington Post
A Massachusetts mayor has taken a pledge of sobriety — at least when it comes to Samuel Adams brews — after the beer company's co-founder Jim Koch praised President Trump for his contentious tax reforms. Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, ...
Twitter responds to Massachusetts mayor boycotting Sam Adams beer because brewery's co-founder thanked Trump Fox News
Massachusetts mayor boycotts Sam Adams after cofounder thanked Trump for tax cuts The Hill (blog)
'I'll never drink Sam Adams again!' tweets Massachusetts mayor as he criticizes Boston Beer Co. founder KRMG
TIME - Whitehouse.gov - Boston Business Journal - Twitter
2018-08-14 15:56 EDT

Massachusetts Governor Touts Bill Aimed at Opioid Addiction
U.S. News & World Report
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill aimed at helping curb the state's opioid addiction crisis. The Republican said Tuesday the new law builds on an earlier law by holding providers more accountable for the painkiller ...

2018-08-14 14:08 EDT

Massachusetts Ranks Among Best States To Have A Baby
CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts is one of the best states in the country to have a baby, according to a new Wallethub report. The Bay State came in second on a list of top states behind Vermont. It ranks first in the nation for family friendliness and ...
Massachusetts ranks 2nd in best states to have a baby; See the rankings across the country, according to WalletHub MassLive.com
Massachusetts named 2nd best state to have a baby in recent study Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
A typical American birth costs as much as delivering a royal baby - Daily chart - The Economist The Economist
WalletHub - Atlanta Journal Constitution
2018-08-14 09:13 EDT

Massachusetts State Police relieve 4 troopers of duty in overtime scandal
GazetteNET
BOSTON — Massachusetts State Police have temporarily relieved four troopers of duty in the ongoing scandal over overtime pay. Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the state police, said Monday the decision is a result of the department's ...
Overtime pay scandal grows as 4 more Massachusetts State Police troopers relieved of duty WWLP.com
Gov. Charlie Baker says he stands by Massachusetts State Police leadership MassLive.com
State Police got many warnings on payroll abuse. And they did nothing The Boston Globe

2018-08-14 07:57 EDT

Massachusetts farmers are having a spectacular growing season
WWLP.com
SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) - Massachusetts farmers are the envy of growers in most other states. The Massachusetts Department of Agriculture has issued a glowing report that farmers throughout the state have experienced a growth that few other states ...

2018-08-14 17:48 EDT

Massachusetts projects open paths for women in construction
The Architect's Newspaper
Two upcoming Massachusetts casinos, Encore Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield, have exceeded the commission's hiring goals and are on track for setting precedents as models of diverse hiring strategies for construction projects in the United States.

2018-08-14 06:27 EDT

Massachusetts Ranks Among Best States For Having A Baby
CBS Boston
Massachusetts is one of the best states in the country to have a baby, according to a new Wallethub report. More Latest Videos. Heavy Rain Causes Dangerous Roads, Flash Flooding In MassachusettsPamela Gardner shares a weather alert on heavy rain ...

2018-08-14 09:29 EDT

Railroads Duck Massachusetts Paid Sick Leave Law (1)
Bloomberg BNA
The RUIA doesn't provide family protections like the Massachusetts statute, but Gorton said Congress intended the federal law to pre-empt state sick leave laws in their entirety. He held that the Massachusetts law is unenforceable against railroads.

2018-08-13 14:03 EDT

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