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Massachusetts Cape recieves $1 million to go toward preserving wetlands

Massachusetts Cape recieves $1 million to go toward preserving wetlands

  U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Thursday for awarding a $1 million grant to Harwich and Chatham, two towns on Cape Cod, to conserve coastal wetlands. Grants went to 12 states and Puerto Rico, totaling $16.5 million, as part of the National Coastal Grants Wetlands Conservation Grants Program. In addition, state and local […]

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Coakley calls for increase in minimum wage

In the midst of her campaign for the November gubernatorial election, Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley called for a minimum wage increase Tuesday at the Government Affairs Forum. The forum was held at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce where Coakley delivered a speech addressing income inequality and its effect on Massachusetts. Coakley spoke about the negative impacts of income inequality in […]

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Mass. Rep. Steve Walsh chosen to lead Council of Community Hospitals

Mass. Rep. Steve Walsh resigned from his seat in the House of Representatives Tuesday when he was selected to serve as the new executive director for The Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals. Walsh, who has held his seat since 2002, was previously a co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. He worked with Mass. Sen. Brian Joyce, the committee vice […]

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Smoke-outs held on Boston Common to protest ban on smoking in parks

Smoke-outs held on Boston Common to protest ban on smoking in parks

Protesters gathered in the Boston Common to smoke tobacco on Saturday to ignite conversation against a recent ordinance by City Council that banned smoking in Boston public parks. Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino initially proposed the smoking ban ordinance, which prohibits smoking of marijuana, tobacco and vaporizers in public parks. It came into effect almost immediately after the City Council approved the […]

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Mayor Walsh to revamp Boston Redevelopment Authority

Mayor Walsh to revamp Boston Redevelopment Authority

  For the first time since his inauguration on Jan. 6, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh spoke out publicly on Saturday about his plans for reconstruction in the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the agency in charge of all development and construction functions in the city. His plans, laid out on martywalsh.org, include an independent audit for the BRA and the appointment of an […]

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Cannabis advocates work toward legalization in Massachusetts

Cannabis advocates work toward legalization in Massachusetts

  Advocates for the legalization of cannabis have accelerated efforts to bring the controversial question to the ballot in the 2016. Polling and focus group data indicates 63 percent of Massachusetts’s citizens would vote to legalize cannabis and treat it like alcohol, said Allen St. Pierre, the executive director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He […]

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Candidacies announced for Mass. Treasurer to replace Steven Grossman

Candidacies announced for Mass. Treasurer to replace Steven Grossman

Since Mass. Treasurer Steven Grossman’s announcement to run for governor, the pool of candidates to fill his seat in November has been rapidly shaping up. Ending a four-term run in the legislature, Mass. Rep. Thomas Conroy announced his candidacy for the treasurer position on Thursday, adding to the pool of Democratic candidates that includes Brookline Selectman Deborah Goldberg and Mass. […]

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Mass. 2014 gubernatorial race starting to shape up

Due to allegations against Mass. Attorney Gen. Martha Coakley and former state cabinet Secretary of Administration and Finance Charlie Baker announcing his running mate, the rest of the pool for the 2014 gubernatorial race to replace Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick is falling in the shadows of these two frontrunners with 11 months to go until the election in November. Baker […]

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Deadline nears for supporters to add questions to Nov. 2014 ballot

Deadline nears for supporters to add questions to Nov. 2014 ballot

As Massachusetts politicians begin to focus on the approaching November 2014 election, those who support adding questions on the ballot are preparing their petitions as the deadline to do so nears on Nov. 20. The petitions must be certified by Massachusetts city and town halls by Wednesday before submitting them to Mass. Secretary of State William Galvin’s office on Dec. 4. The proposals, which […]

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Marty Walsh announces transition administration

Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh announced appointments to his transition team Friday, just three days after winning the election against City Councilor John Connolly. The transition team is made up of six co-chairs, including three former mayoral candidates who endorsed Walsh during his campaign: City Councilor Felix Arroyo, former Boston Public School Committee member John Barros and former Mass. Rep. for […]

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