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Lawmakers push legislation for aid in heating crisis

Several New England lawmakers re-introduced legislation Tuesday to increase funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a system that helps thousands of families in Massachusetts each year. U.S. Rep. Ed Markey is one of four house democrats trying to increase the annual funding before the sequester slashes aid to such services. “Working families in Massachusetts and around the country will […]

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Senate candidates scramble to obtain 10,000 signatures

Massachusetts Democrats and Republicans are gathering last-minute signatures needed to be on the ballot for the special election to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s former senate seat. Candidates must collect and submit all their signatures by Wednesday. “It’s still too early to know who will be on the ballot,” said Brian McNiff, spokesman for Mass. Secretary of State William Galvin. “The deadline […]

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Warren forms political action committee

Warren forms political action committee

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Thursday the formation of a new political action committee to support Democratic candidates around the country. “I’ve formed a new organization — PAC for a Level Playing Field — to advance our fight,” Warren said in a statement Thursday. “Together we can do more, and we can support candidates across the country who believe in […]

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After filing papers, Sean Bielat backs out of Senate race

After coming off two losses in previous Congressional elections, Republican businessman Sean Bielat bowed out of the special senate election race Wednesday, striking a blow to an already small republican field with few established candidates. “Over the past few weeks, I have given a lot of consideration and exploration towards running for the U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts special election, […]

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Proposed minimum wage in Mass. would reach 11 dollars

Massachusetts legislators are considering a bill that, if passed, would gradually increase the minimum wage to $11/hour over the next three years — an even more ambitious wage increase than that proposed by U.S. President Barack Obama. Massachusetts’s minimum wage is one of the highest in the country, but state legislators are concerned that $8 is insufficient to cover the […]

Mass., Colombia forge relationship on science, tech

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick and President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon of the Republic of Colombia signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday that will grant formal collaborations between the two entities in the areas of science, technology and innovation. “Massachusetts is a leader in the life sciences, clean energy and other innovation economy sectors,” Patrick said in a press release Wednesday. […]

Scott Brown’s Fox News job gets mixed reviews

Scott Brown’s Fox News job gets mixed reviews

After deciding that he would not run in the special election to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s vacant Senate seat, former Mass. Sen. Scott Brown announced Wednesday that he would become a contributor for Fox News to the station’s daytime and prime-time television shows. “Senator Brown’s dedication to out-of-the box thinking on key issues makes him an important voice in the country and […]

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Markey, Lynch pledge to keep independent money out of election

Markey, Lynch pledge to keep independent money out of election

U.S. Rep. Ed Markey and U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch agreed to a “People’s Pledge” Wednesday to keep money spent by independent groups out of the Senate campaign to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s former seat. “Because the candidates agree that they do not approve of such independent expenditure advertisements and/or direct mail, and want those advertisements and/or direct mail to immediately cease and desist […]

Obama advocates investment in jobs, education in SOTU

U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night in his fifth State of the Union speech, focusing on growing the middle class, expanding domestic clean energy production and enacting stricter gun control laws. Obama opened his speech reflecting on the last four years, saying the nation had come a long way economically. “Together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and can […]

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Legislators and environmentalists praise lower carbon emission cap in NE

Legislators and environmentalists praise lower carbon emission cap in NE

New England Senators and environmentalist joined together Friday to praise a new lower carbon emission cap set by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Nine states, including four from New England, participated in the RGG Initiative, a four-year-old power plant pollution-cutting program in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, that has been working to reduce climate change pollution, according to an RGGI press release Friday. Dale Bryk, director […]

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