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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Massachusetts Democrats ready for next chapter after convention
WCVB Boston
THE EVENING WITH THE OUT WHAT THAT WORK REALLY IS. THE CLOSING OF THE CONVENTION. >> THE NEXT STEP IS RETAIL. THIS IS WHOLESALE. THE NEXT UP IS RETAIL. CHAPTER. HALL. NEW PEOPLE BERNIE SANDERS BROUGHT IN.

2016-07-29 00:01 EDT

Massachusetts Cigarette Taxes Raise Millions But Not For Anti-Smoking Programs
Forbes
Overall, Massachusetts collected more than $882 million in tobacco taxes for the fiscal year 2015 alone. That total includes payments related to a massive settlement with tobacco companies from 1998. That settlement helped boost Massachusetts' spending ...

2016-07-15 08:54 EDT

Massachusetts heavily represented at Democratic National Convention
WCVB Boston
TONIGHT IS MASSACHUSETTS NIGHT. >> IT IS BEDROCK AND GROUND ZERO FOR DEMOCRACY AND FOR DEMOCRATIC POLITICS OR PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS. >> IT IS A VERY MASSACHUSETTS THEM TONIGHT. THERE ARE GREAT ...

2016-07-25 18:36 EDT

Massachusetts considers requiring online lodging services to pay hotel taxes
wwlp.com
BOSTON (AP) - Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is backing a plan to require online lodging services such as Airbnb to pay the same taxes as hotels and motels. The proposal was included in the Massachusetts Senate version of an economic development bill.
No-new-taxes pledge author says 'you have to worry' about Gov. Baker MassLive.com

2016-07-21 16:39 EDT

Stats don't support Massachusetts AG's expanded ban on 'assault weapons'
Fox News
Massachusetts' latest move to expand its assault weapons ban to a new class of rifles is a solution in search of a problem, according to gun rights groups who note the latest annual FBI statistics show not one murder was committed in the Bay State ...
AG Maura Healey bans sale of 'copycat' assault rifles in Massachusetts MassLive.com
Massachusetts attorney general bans 'copycat' assault weapons Duluth News Tribune
The loophole in the Mass. assault weapons ban The Boston Globe
Mass.Gov - Uniform Crime Reporting - FBI
2016-07-21 15:25 EDT

Airbnb stays would be taxed like hotels under Mass. bill
The Boston Globe
The Massachusetts Senate's proposal would use the new stream of short-term lodging taxes to offset an increase in the state's earned income tax credit from 23 percent to 28 percent. The expansion would cost an estimated $50 million per year in 2019 ...
Massachusetts Senate passes senior property tax deferral bill Wicked Local

2016-07-12 19:26 EDT

Gov. Baker says he belongs in Massachusetts, not Republican National Convention
WCVB Boston
INTERESTED IN NATIONAL POLITICS. I'M INTERESTED IN WHAT GOES ON HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS JANET: OR PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN NATIONAL POLITICS IN THE FUTURE >> THAT'S TRUE TOO BUT I DON'T.

2016-07-19 19:53 EDT

Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts president's message: Politics, office style
New England Real Estate Journal Online
POLITICS – when defined by most dictionaries, it is mostly associated with the governance of a country, especially the debate or conflict among parties or groups having or hoping to achieve power. This could not be better demonstrated than with the ...

2016-07-15 02:38 EDT

Massachusetts Senate approves new safety regs for duck boats
Boston.com
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill setting new safety regulations for amphibious sightseeing vehicles, more commonly known as duck boats. The measure, passed by senators Thursday during a lightly-attended informal session, ...

2016-07-28 14:32 EDT

Clinton surpasses Sanders in Massachusetts fundraising
The Tand D.com
BOSTON (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has surpassed her former rival Bernie Sanders in fundraising in Massachusetts. ... Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has also upped his fundraising game in Massachusetts.
New Leak: Top DNC Official Wanted to Use Bernie Sanders's Religious Beliefs Against Him The Intercept
Search the DNC email database WIKILEAKS

2016-07-22 00:42 EDT

The MBTA

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Transit geeks, rejoice: The MBTA's making even more data public ...
The Boston Globe
Get excited, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority data fanatics: Starting Monday, it's going to be a whole lot easier to download information on how your ...

2016-07-29 11:16 EDT

MBTA readies handoff of money room
Boston Herald
The MBTA is looking to get its money room into the hands of a private contractor as quickly as possible and is planning on awarding a contract within months, officials said yesterday. At a presentation to prospective bidders for the contract to handle ...

2016-07-29 00:13 EDT

Investigation into Lost Revenue at MBTA Parking Lots Referred to Maura Healey
Boston magazine (blog)
The longstanding probe into lost revenue at MBTA parking lots has been referred to Attorney General Maura Healey, a possible sign that the situation is worse than previously thought. The saga began in February as a minor inquiry into “revenue ...

2016-07-29 10:40 EDT

Federal Complaint Filed Over Eliminated MBTA Late-Night Service
WBUR
Advocacy groups are alleging in a federal complaint that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority violated civil rights guidelines in its cancellation of a late-night bus and subway service. The complaint filed Tuesday by the vice president at ...
Federal Complaint Filed Over Cancellation of Late-Night MBTA Service Boston magazine (blog)
Federal complaint filed over axed MBTA late-night service Boston Herald
MBTA's termination of late-night service draws federal complaint Metro.us
MassLive.com
2016-07-27 08:30 EDT

New Law Means MBTA Fares Can't Go Up More Than 7 Percent Once Every 2 Years
WBUR
Red Line MBTA trains cross the Longfellow bridge in front of the Boston skyline. (Joe Difazio for WBUR). MBTA fares will be allowed to grow by no more than 7 percent once every two years after Gov. Charlie Baker relented and signed a fare cap bill ...
Cap on T fare hikes is lowered The Boston Globe

2016-07-27 16:02 EDT

Complaint says MBTA violated civil rights by ending late-night service
The Boston Globe
The complaint doesn't ask the MBTA to restore late-night service, but the coalition wants it to fully vet alternative routes that could help the minority and low-income riders affected by the cancellation. Until a permanent decision is made, the ...
The MBTA is facing a federal complaint for ending late-night service Boston.com

2016-07-26 22:15 EDT

Fear High MBTA Fare Hikes No More - Boston Magazine
Boston magazine (blog)
Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation that will lower the cap on fare hikes. Now, the MBTA can't raise fares by more than 7 percent every two years.
As Baker assesses MBTA's future, role of privatization considered ... BayStateBanner

2016-07-28 09:28 EDT

'Voice Of The MBTA' Retiring After More Than 20 Years « CBS Boston
CBS Local
For two and a half decades, Frank Oglesby has been the voice of the T--letting people know where they are and where they're going.

2016-07-27 13:20 EDT

Illinois firm accuses MBTA of not paying for locomotive work
The Boston Globe
The MBTA leased seven locomotives from the Illinois-based Rail World Locomotive Leasing in February 2015, and the company says it completed about $421,694 worth of maintenance work on the locomotives, according to the lawsuit filed in US District ...

2016-07-26 18:40 EDT

Frank Oglesby, the 'Voice of the MBTA,' Is Retiring
Boston magazine (blog)
The next MBTA train to retirement is now arriving. Frank Oglesby, Jr., the T employee whose crisp baritone commuters will recognize from the automated clips that herald the comings and goings of Boston's public transit system, is moving on. For more ...

2016-07-26 14:07 EDT

Other News

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Massachusetts Officials Question AG Gun Ban
NRA-ILA
As we reported last week, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey unilaterally banned many common firearms via executive action. AG Healey's “enforcement notice” has now come under attack by officials within the Massachusetts government, ...
Attend Massachusetts State House Lobby Day This Saturday! AmmoLand Shooting Sports News

2016-07-29 18:20 EDT

Massachusetts economy outperforming US with steady growth - The ...
The Boston Globe
The Massachusetts economy kept steady in the second quarter of the year, despite lagging consumer spending, slowing worldwide economic growth and the ...
Massachusetts economy outpaces nation in Q2: MassBenchmarks ... MassLive.com

2016-07-29 12:41 EDT

Will Massachusetts Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana?
Daily Caller
A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store ahead of their grand opening on New Year's day in Northglenn, Colorado December 31, 2013. The world's first state-licensed marijuana retailers, catering to ...
Massachusetts: 10 Representatives Endorse Question 4 (Marijuana Legalization) Marijuana.com (blog)
Massachusetts: Adult Use Marijuana Measure Qualifies For November Ballot Hawaii News Daily

2016-07-29 17:11 EDT

Massachusetts Assault Weapons Ban Outrages Gun Owners, Triggers Soaring Sales
PJ Media
Gun-rights advocates like former New England Patriot left tackle Matt Light rallied on the steps of the Massachusetts state capitol on July 23, decrying what they branded a “sneak attack” by Attorney General Maura Healey on their Second Amendment rights.
Massachusetts Governor And Public Safety Secretary Tell AG “Not So Fast” on Gun Ban Bearing Arms
Former Massachusetts attorneys general back Maura Healey on assault weapons ban MassLive.com
Amid criticism, Healey defends gun crackdown The Boston Globe

2016-07-29 02:26 EDT

Senate amendment would tax Massachusetts drivers on mileage
wwlp.com
BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker said on Friday he opposes a Senate amendment that would require Massachusetts to apply for federal money to test out a new “Distance Driven Tax.” State Representative John Velis of Westfield asked the ...

2016-07-29 20:58 EDT

Massachusetts Soldiers Save Woman Stranded in NJ Forest - Patch
Patch.com
Braintree, MA - For three days, Jeannette Haskins had no food and drank rainwater. Then, four soldiers came to her rescue.
Massachusetts soldiers rescue elderly woman stranded for days in ... Boston.com
Massachusetts soldiers rescue elderly woman stranded in hot car for ... WCVB Boston

2016-07-29 18:31 EDT

Police Protest 'Black Lives Matter' Banner Hanging on a Massachusetts City Hall
New York Times
SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Dozens of police officers and emergency medical workers from across Massachusetts gathered here on Thursday to protest a “Black Lives Matter” banner at City Hall, making this largely white, working-class suburb of Boston the latest ...
Police rally as mayor says Black Lives Matter banner stays Fox News
Black Lives Matter: Massachusetts Police Rally Against It, But Mayor Says BLM Banner Stays [Video] The Inquisitr
Massachusetts police protest over Mayor's refusal to remove Black Lives Matter banner Daily Mail

2016-07-28 21:18 EDT

Police: Victim of Massachusetts crash from Rhode Island
Boston Herald
FRANKLIN, Mass. — Massachusetts State Police say a man who died when the pickup truck he was driving crashed into the woods along Interstate 495 in Franklin was from Rhode Island. Police on Friday identified the victim of the Thursday morning crash as ...

2016-07-29 10:35 EDT

Have You Seen the New Massachusetts Driver's License Design?
Boston magazine (blog)
This week, Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation to update the state's licenses so they can become compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. The legislation requires Massachusetts applicants to show “proof of lawful presence” in the United States in ...

2016-07-28 08:28 EDT

Drought considered 'severe' in 40 percent of Massachusetts
Boston.com
BOSTON (AP) — About 40 percent of Massachusetts is considered to be in severe drought. The new estimate released Thursday by the United States Drought Monitor is up from 33 percent just a week ago and reflects a persistent lack of rainfall in the region.

2016-07-28 12:01 EDT

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