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Editorial
Going it alone
Opinion polls in New Hampshire and Iowa elevated Pete Buttigieg to the group of four candidates who are leading in the race for the Democratic Party nomination for president. The only problem for Mayor Pete is that the black vote usually accounts for about 25 percent of the primary total, and Pete has zero black voter support.
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Opinion
High hurdles hindered Harris
Former Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris had the same problem as every other Democratic presidential contender. They try to make the case that they are their own candidate, their own person, with their own program and vision of what their White House will look like and accomplish.
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News
Misinformation efforts over Kentucky vote could be playbook for 2020
Experts say the disinformation spread by Lindeman in Kentucky and the virality and confusion that ensued is a peek into what could befall voters in 2020, when similar techniques are expected to be part of the arsenal of both the right and the left.
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Opinion
No surprise, the house impeachment hearing changed nothing
Anyone who believes that Trump is a liar, cheat, totally corrupt and colossally unfit for the White House didn’t need the impeachment hearing to reaffirm that belief.
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Council passes cannabis equity ordinance
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Local News
Council passes cannabis equity ordinance
The Boston City Council last week passed legislation aimed at increasing the share of cannabis businesses owned by people from communities that were impacted by drug prosecution.
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Councilors vying for presidency
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Local News
Councilors vying for presidency
After three weeks of wrangling, the body appears split largely along race lines, with a majority of the white councilors backing District 6 Councilor Matt O’Malley and mostly black and Latino members backing District 7 Councilor Kim Janey and District 1 Councilor Lydia Edwards. The latter two say they support each other, and each is willing to bow out if the other gets to the seven votes needed to seal the presidency.
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The Founding Fathers’ unfinished business
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Editorial
The Founding Fathers’ unfinished business
So in November of 2019, Americans are still debating which immigrants shall be permitted to become citizens, what democratic privileges will be available to all, and how the economic might of the nation will contribute to the American lifestyle.
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Businesses push for Safe Communities Act
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Local News
Businesses push for Safe Communities Act
A coalition of business leaders is pushing for the passage of the Safe Communities Act in the Massachusetts Legislature. The legislation would bar police in the state from acting as immigration law enforcers, bar police and court officials from inquiring about immigration status unless required to do so by law and create standards for local law enforcement interactions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
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Easier than you think: Finding fair revenue that hides in plain sight
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Opinion
Easier than you think: Finding fair revenue that hides in plain sight
There is a growing consensus among voters, legislators, grassroots organizing groups and the business community that our state cannot continue a decades-long pattern of underinvesting in our infrastructure and our people.
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Defending American democracy
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Editorial
Defending American democracy
The American democratic system has come under assault at both ends — from the ballot box to the three-branch system of government.
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Pressley pushes for justice system reform
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Local News
Pressley pushes for justice system reform
U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley last week announced a resolution calling for sweeping criminal justice reforms aimed at decreasing the number of people incarcerated, on probation or otherwise involved in the nation’s criminal justice system.
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Opinion
A disturbing political victory in Kentucky
Mitch McConnell’s hand-picked choice for Kentucky Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, just won big in that state’s election. Cameron is the first African American to hold statewide office in Kentucky in decades. He is a staunch protégé of McConnell’s.
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