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Randolph residents push for unified House seat
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Randolph residents push for unified House seat
At the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Elks Lodge in Randolph last week, political conversations largely revolved around strategies to increase Black representation in elected offices.
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Debt-free education bill gaining widespread support
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Debt-free education bill gaining widespread support
An education bill in the state legislature that supporters say would decrease the college debt burden on Massachusetts students is drawing widespread support for its promise to help erase a major financial barrier that often derails low-income students.
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Pending bill would give community voice on climate change
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Pending bill would give community voice on climate change
A bill pending in the Massachusetts legislature that would establish funding to address climate change also aims to amplify the voices of community organizations.
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Advocates push for medical civil rights
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Advocates push for medical civil rights
Following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody in Baltimore eight years ago, Leonore Dluhy and her father, Dr. Robert G. Dluhy, began to wonder what right to health care people have when they encounter police officers. Discussions with legal experts led them to conclude that no legal right to request medical care while in contact with the police exists anywhere in the country.
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Activists see opening  for new rent control law
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Activists see opening for new rent control law
Hundreds of activists, organized under the banners of Homes for All Massachusetts and Right to the City Boston, gathered in front of the Massachusetts State House last Saturday to rally in support of legislative bills introduced in the state House and Senate last week that would lift the state’s decades-old ban on local rent control measures.
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Mayor releases legislative agenda
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu is promoting her agenda for action at the state level as a new legislative session begins on Beacon Hill.
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Rent control debate brewing
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Rent control debate brewing
A day after preliminary details of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s long-awaited local rent control policy emerged, elected officials who may soon vote on the issue began contending with what it will ultimately look like.
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Healey lays out agenda for housing, education
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Healey lays out agenda for housing, education
In her most detailed speech since declaring her candidacy last year, Gov. Maura Healey last Thursday outlined policies and legislative goals her administration plans to pursue, speaking to lawmakers during her swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber.
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Worrell wants to bring resources to district
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Worrell wants to bring resources to district
Christopher Worrell was elected Nov. 8 to represent the 5th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts Legislature. The child of Jamaican and Bajan parents, Worrell was born and raised in Dorchester and graduated from Bunker Hill Community College. His brother, Brian Worrell, was elected in 2021 to represent Dorchester-based District 4 on the City Council.
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What’s possible under Healey administration?
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What’s possible under Healey administration?
With a new gubernatorial administration comes the promise of new priorities for state government, and with the passage of the so-called millionaires tax, the promise of funding to make things happen.
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Baker vetoes prison moratorium
After months of sustained activism by prison abolitionists to block the construction of new detention facilities in Massachusetts, a veto by Governor Charlie Baker has struck a blow to the advocates’ campaign.
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Wins, losses for Black & Latino Caucus members
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Wins, losses for Black & Latino Caucus members
After a marathon legislating session over the weekend, Massachusetts lawmakers have a slew of bills headed to the governor’s desk for final approval. However, some key pieces of legislation proposed by members of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus failed to make it over the finish line before both body’s sessions ended July 31.
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