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Few city contracts going to minorities
Of more than $664 million that the city of Boston spent on procurement contracts in fiscal year 2018, including construction, services and products, less than 1 percent went to minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MBEs and WBEs), according to data released last week by the city’s Office of Economic Development.
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Fierce competition for votes, money in 2019 council race
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Fierce competition for votes, money in 2019 council race
Observers say running an at-large council campaign requires tens of thousands of dollars to reach out to voters across the city. To win one of the four seats, candidates will likely need some 40,000 votes.
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Rollins, Baker administration spar over policy
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Rollins, Baker administration spar over policy
Within days of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins’ March 25 memo outlining sweeping changes to the way her office handles misdemeanor crimes, state Secretary of Public Safety Thomas Turco fired a warning shot across her bow, charging in a memo that her policies would make communities more dangerous.
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In The News: Nikko Mendoza
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In The News: Nikko Mendoza
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Walsh files legislation on housing, economic equity
Mayor Martin Walsh introduced the first of four legislative packages he plans to submit to the Massachusetts legislature on Monday, containing 14 bills relating to housing security and economic equity.
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Rollins’ non-prosecution policy stirs national controversy
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Rollins’ non-prosecution policy stirs national controversy
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, who has caused controversy with her campaign promise not to prosecute 15 minor crimes, was sworn in last week in a ceremony at Roxbury Community College.
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Elugardo charts her journey to the House
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Elugardo charts her journey to the House
As state Rep. Nika Elugardo steps into her new role at the State House, she says she has already begun to turn her policy platform into a legislative agenda.
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Boston sees profound political changes in ’18
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Boston sees profound political changes in ’18
The year 2018 brought in sweeping political changes in Boston, mirroring a surge of progressive electoral activism that propelled left-of-center women of color — including Boston’s own Ayanna Pressley — into the national spotlight and into congress.
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Voters in 7th Congressional District must choose wisely
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Voters in 7th Congressional District must choose wisely
The sophisticated voter must treat the September election as decisive. Since the candidates hold similar positions on the political issues, voters must decide whether the fact that Pressley is a woman and is black is sufficient to outweigh Capuano’s record of achievement.
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Councilors debate, approve FY 2019 budget
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Councilors debate, approve FY 2019 budget
The Boston City Council last week voted unanimously in support of Mayor Martin Walsh’s $3.29 billion budget, but some councilors raised concerns about the budget process that mandates an up-or-down vote.
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A progressive battle for 9th Suffolk District seat
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A progressive battle for 9th Suffolk District seat
Jonathan Santiago is one of three progressive candidates challenging various members of House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s leadership team who are up for reelection this year. Byron Rushing is the majority whip — responsible for helping DeLeo corral votes in the House. Also facing challengers are Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez and Ways and Means Assistant Vice Chairwoman Liz Malia.
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