Salvatore DiMasi will resign as Speaker

Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi (D-North End) announced Sunday night that he plans to resign from the Legislature Tuesday and forfeit one of the state’s most powerful positions amidst controversy.

by · January 26, 2009 · 0 comments · News, Politics

Patrick addresses cuts, future of Mass.

Governor Deval Patrick reminded residents and legislators of the state’s accomplishments in the last year while warning them of future economic challenges in his annual State of the Commonwealth address Thursday evening.

Patrick proposes steep state cuts

Massachusetts state lawmakers are facing an increasing deficit of more than $1 billion and taking drastic measures to balance the budget for fiscal year 2010, officials said.

Ross voted City Council president

City Councilor Michael Ross vowed to make City Council more open to the public and take immediate action to counteract the financial crises facing Boston residents after council members unanimously voted him City Council president on Monday.

by · January 5, 2009 · 0 comments · City, News, Politics

Up in smoke

Nearly two weeks after voters overwhelmingly approved Question 2, a measure to decriminalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, police groups that have publicly opposed the measure have their own follow-up: Why bother?

by · November 17, 2008 · 0 comments · News, Politics

Health care gets mixed prognosis

More than two years have passed since Massachusetts became the first state to mandate near-universal health care, and two studies evaluating the program thus far suggest the experiment has been met with mixed results.

by · November 10, 2008 · 1 comment · National, News, Politics

Income tax upheld; pot penalties cut

In addition to voting for the next U.S. president, Massachusetts’ voters answered three questions at the polls Tuesday to keep the state income tax, decriminalize marijuana and ban greyhound gambling.

by · November 5, 2008 · 1 comment · News, Politics

Obama largely favored for economic recovery

At Boston University, Barack Obama means business. When it comes to economic issues like jobs, health care and investments, much of the BU community trusts Obama more than it trusts John McCain, a survey suggests.

Split on health care

Health care policy is no less controversial at Boston University than throughout the rest of the nation, and students are divided on which candidate offers the better plan.

Green Party members urge thinking about the ballot box

Members of the Massachusetts Green Party urged voters to consider the issues ‘-‘- not the personalities ‘-‘- at play in the upcoming election.

by · October 27, 2008 · 2 comments · News, Politics