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Wu challenges Walsh as Boston embraces progressive politics
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Wu challenges Walsh as Boston embraces progressive politics
Wu, who has championed making the MBTA free, called for the elimination of the city’s Boston Planning and Development Agency and voted against the mayor’s 2021 budget while calling for cuts to Boston Police Department funding will most likely be running to the left of Walsh — following in the footsteps of U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a former at-large councilor who took out incumbent Congressman Michael Capuano.
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A challenge in a Charlestown-Chelsea district
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A challenge in a Charlestown-Chelsea district
Last year, Damali Vidot was the top vote-getter in the Chelsea at-large City Council race. This year, she’s set her sights on the State House, taking on three-term incumbent Dan Ryan in the race for the 2nd Suffolk District.
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Council discusses vote on changing city charter
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Council discusses vote on changing city charter
The Boston City Council held a hearing Thursday to discuss a ballot question that could change the city’s charter.
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Mass Senate race is anything but ordinary
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Mass Senate race is anything but ordinary
In the midst of a global pandemic, the primary battle between U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy and Sen. Edward Markey bears few of the hallmarks of an ordinary campaign. Among the more extraordinary developments: Voters are already casting their ballots, four weeks before the September 1 primary date.
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Kennedy, Markey press for votes on eve of mail-in balloting
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Kennedy, Markey press for votes on eve of mail-in balloting
With just days to go before mail-in ballots begin arriving in voters’ mail slots, U.S. Senator Ed Markey and U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III crisscrossed the city appealing for votes Sunday.
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Luxury real estate tax could net Boston millions in revenue
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Luxury real estate tax could net Boston millions in revenue
City Councilor Lydia Edwards and Council President Kim Janey drafted a home rule petition that would give Boston the power to receive about 2% from real estate selling for $2 million or more, but it has sat in the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means since December 2019.
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City councilors question police dept. funding
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City councilors question police dept. funding
Nationwide demands to defund local police departments have reached Boston. On June 10, the Boston City Council will decide whether or not to approve the $414 million allocated to Boston Police Department (BPD) for the upcoming fiscal year.
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Will demonstrations lead to substantive change?
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Will demonstrations lead to substantive change?
Black elected officials’ long-sought efforts to reform police practices are getting a new hearing after more than a week of demonstrations across the nation over the police killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.
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Local electeds united in opposition to police violence
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Local electeds united in opposition to police violence
Mayor Martin Walsh joined Police Commissioner William G. Gross and District Attorney Rachael Rollins Monday to acknowledge the largely peaceful protests and warn against violence.
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Progressives sweep Wards 1, 18
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Progressives sweep Wards 1, 18
Boston and Massachusetts may have leaned centrist, but three of Boston’s ward committees veered left, with activists running under a “fresh slate” banner sweeping Wards 1 and 18.
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Parking tickets, accessibility vetted at City Council meeting
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Parking tickets, accessibility vetted at City Council meeting
At the Feb. 26 City Council meeting, Councilor Julia Mejia proposed a hearing order regarding cutting parking ticket costs for low-income families. She issued a hearing order to discuss possibilities for the tickets to be income-adjusted.
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City Council starts year with activist agenda
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City Council starts year with activist agenda
The first Boston City Council meeting of the year followed a scripted format, with at-large Councilor Michelle Wu formally nominating District 7 Councilor Kim Janey for president of the 13-member body. In the body’s second meeting on Jan. 15, the councilors rolled up their sleeves and got to work, providing a preview of the year to come. Hearing orders and ordinance proposals came fast and furious, with several challenging the power of Mayor Martin Walsh.
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