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 11:29 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 ...
Ayanna Pressley Wants to Shake the Democratic Party Again - NYMag New York Magazine

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

The voter registration deadline for Massachusetts's primaries is ...
Boston.com
Gov. Baker recently signed automatic voter registration into law, but the new system won't take effect until 2020. That means the initiative is son Bay State ...
Voter registration deadline for 2018 Massachusetts state primary is ... MassLive.com
Elections Division - sec.state.ma.us sec.state.ma.us

2018-08-13 17:30 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

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.
Taxes on short-term rentals could hit 17.5% CommonWealth magazine
New Airbnb Taxes Agreed Upon in Massachusetts Live 95.9
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 ...
Massachusetts Police Chiefs Fire Back After Elizabeth Warren Calls The System Racist The Daily Caller
This is why Elizabeth Warren faced criticism from local police ... Boston.com
Massachusetts police not thrilled with Warren's “racist front to back” comments Hot Air
Roll Call - Boston Herald - Miami Herald - The Boston Globe
2018-08-12 20:24 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 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

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

Fantasy sports scores, winning legalization and a tax break in Massachusetts
The Boston Globe
A state legislative move this summer to permanently legalize daily fantasy sports also gave the industry a break on taxes, as lawmakers brushed aside a proposal that could have collected more than $2 million in revenue this coming year. Other states ...

2018-08-09 00:06 EDT

The MBTA

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2018-08-14 11:29 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

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

SNEAK PEEK: Public Viewing Available for MBTA Red Line's ...
NECN
Want a sneak peek at what the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has in store for the Red Line?
MBTA's New Red Line Model Car On Display At Boston City Hall CBS Boston
SNEAK PEEK: Public Viewing Available for MBTA Red Line's Prototype for New Cars NBC10 Boston

2018-08-14 06:23 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 - NECN
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

MBTA Control Board Set To Tackle Some Of The System's Woes ...
wgbh.org
The board is set to hear an update on the reliability of the Red and Orange Lines — which have seen a spike in delays — Monday.
Check out a mock-up of the MBTA's new Red Line car on Boston City Hall Plaza this week MassLive.com
MBTA to show off new Red Line 'mock-up' car Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
A mock-up of a new Red Line car just arrived on City Hall Plaza ... Boston.com
The Drive - WCVB Boston - The Boston Globe
2018-08-13 14:24 EDT

MBTA closes Alewife parking garage for weekend due to safety concerns
The Boston Globe
For years, regular Red Line users of the MBTA's largest parking garage have complained the structure was deteriorating. This week, it did. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said it is closing the entire Alewife parking garage in Cambridge ...
MBTA closing Alewife garage for the weekend for emergency repairs WCVB Boston
MBTA shutters crumbling Alewife station garage for the weekend MassLive.com
Garage at Alewife MBTA Station Closed Over Weekend NECN
Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News - CBS Boston
2018-08-11 05:20 EDT

MBTA B branch service set to resume across Commonwealth ...
The Boston Globe
Trolley service on the B branch of the MBTA's Green Line is expected to return to normal Friday afternoon.
Comm Ave and BU Bridge Have Reopened | BU Today | Boston ... BU Today
Green Line B Branch reopens over Commonwealth Ave. bridge ahead of schedule WCVB Boston

2018-08-10 11:54 EDT

MBTA's Alewife station garage reopens with restrictions
WCVB Boston
MBTA's Alewife station garage reopens with restrictions. Share. Shares. Copy Link. Copy. {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! WCVB. Updated: 12:35 PM EDT Aug 13, 2018. Doug Meehan · Anchor/Reporter. MBTA's Alewife station garage reopens with ...

2018-08-13 12:35 EDT

MA: MBTA Balanced its Operating Budget for the First Time in 10 Years
MassTransitMag.com (press release) (blog)
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 deficit with riders frustrated as they face the varying levels of service they ...

2018-08-14 09:55 EDT

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2018-08-14 11:29 EDT

Crowbar crashes through windshield, kills former prosecutor in Massachusetts
ABC News
A former Worcester County, Massachusetts, prosecutor died suddenly after a crowbar crashed through his windshield Monday. John Madaio was driving his SUV in the town of Spencer when a crowbar that was kicked-up or fell from another car crashed ...
Crowbar Flies Through SUV Windshield, Killing Driver U.S. News & World Report

2018-08-14 09:14 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 named 2nd best state to have a baby in recent study Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

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 ...
Four more Massachusetts State Police troopers placed on leave amid overtime abuse probe MassLive.com
4 more Massachusetts State Police troopers relieved of duty in connection with overtime pay scandal WWLP.com
The Latest: State Police Temporarily Dismiss 4 Troopers U.S. News & World Report
The Boston Globe
2018-08-14 07:57 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

Residents want Massachusetts town's water system cleaned up
WCVB Boston
Residents in Scituate said they have dealt with brown, discolored water for years and want town officials to do something about it. Amy Goodrich has lived in the ...

2018-08-13 17:50 EDT

Twitter responds to Massachusetts mayor boycotting Sam Adams beer because brewery's co-founder thanked Trump
Fox News
Sam Adams just lost one very vocal customer. Joseph Curtatone, the mayor of Somerville, Mass., has vowed never to drink another sip of Sam Adams beer after the brewery's founder thanked President Trump for his corporate tax-cut plans. JEFF SESSIONS ...

2018-08-14 09:53 EDT

Is It Time To Rethink Voting In Massachusetts?
WBUR
As election season heats up, some locales are trying to improve how we vote. Gov. Baker signed a bill last week adopting automatic voter registration in Massachusetts — meaning eligible residents are simultaneously registered to vote when they get ...

2018-08-13 15:07 EDT

Crash between a sedan and tractor-trailer leaves Massachusetts woman dead
Boston.com
A Monday morning crash in Sturbridge has left a Massachusetts woman dead after her sedan collided with a tractor-trailer being driven by a New Hampshire man, according to Massachusetts State Police. The crash occurred around 7:20 a.m. on Route 49 at ...
Massachusetts State Police investigating deadly crash in Sturbridge WWLP.com

2018-08-13 16:23 EDT

Massachusetts hospitals required to develop dementia care plan by 2021
Becker's Hospital Review
Patricia Noga, PhD, RN and vice president of clinical affairs for the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, said hospitals already had begun developing their Alzheimer's plans before the bill was finalized. Meeting that requirement will be a ...
New Massachusetts law seeks comprehensive approach to Alzheimer's disease Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

2018-08-13 17:52 EDT

State Police got many warnings on payroll abuse. And they did nothing
The Boston Globe
Internal affairs investigators for the Massachusetts State Police spent much of 2014 searching for evidence that two troopers were secretly escorting funeral processions and taking cash under the table. What they stumbled on went far beyond that.

2018-08-13 11:59 EDT

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