Politics

Baker plans to run again for Council seat, pursue charter reform

Councillor Frank Baker, District 3

As head of the Special Committee on Charter Reform, City Councillor Frank Baker will have a lot on his plate ahead of next year’s council elections. Confronting whispers that he might not seek reelection, Baker was frank in an interview with the Reporter: “As of right now, yes, absolutely, I’ll definitely do another term. But things can change in one year. I don’t want to think about another election until I have to think about another election.”  Read more

Healey, Tolman contrast approaches to AG's office

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Aug. 15, 2014

The two Democrats seeking the office of attorney general have said they would take significantly different approaches to the job, with Warren Tolman saying he would stretch the powers of the office into charged public policy arenas and Maura Healey saying she would use her years of experience within the office to uphold the laws.  Read more

Democrats ready pitches to voters one month before primary

By 
Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Aug. 12, 2014

Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, left, and Sheriff Steve Tompkins endorsed Steve Grossman for Governor on Monday in Mattapan Square. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

DORCHESTER, AUG. 11, 2014…..With time winding down before the September 9 primary election, the three Democrats running for governor are beginning to launch television ads and firing some of the final volleys in the race to become the party’s nominee to succeed Gov. Deval Patrick.

Treasurer Steven Grossman has trailed Attorney General Martha Coakley in the polls throughout the race. Grossman acknowledges he needs to make good use of the final month if he’s going to overcome that deficit.  Read more

Gov. Patrick to sign gun bill on Wednesday

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Aug. 11, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick plans Wednesday morning to sign omnibus legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in Massachusetts.  Read more

Warren: "We do not want to be pulled into another war in Iraq"

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Aug. 8, 2014

Warning against a new U.S. war in Iraq, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday stood by President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize targeted airstrikes to help defend Americans in Erbil, Iraq, and provide aid to a religious minority taking refuge in the Sinjar mountains.  Read more

Governor signs substance abuse treatment bill into law

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Aug. 8, 2014

A bill signed by Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday would provide individuals fighting addiction improved access to treatment and recovery services, advocates said.  Read more

Rep. Carvalho, barely settled, ‘hungry as I’ve ever been’

Rep. Evandro CarvalhoRep. Evandro CarvalhoIt has been a busy year for state Rep. Evandro Carvalho. Even though the Legislature is closed for formal business until January, he has no plans to slow down, and not just because he’s up for re-election.

“I’ve been in re-election mode since day one,” said Carvalho in an interview with the Reporter. He won a five-way special Democratic primary on April 1 and was unchallenged in the April 29 final election for the 5th Suffolk seat that was left open after the ouster of former Rep. Carlos Henriquez.

Since his swearing-in on May 14, the Cape Verdean native and former Suffolk County assistant DA has kept a low profile on Beacon Hill, getting used to the ins and outs of the new position.  Read more

New deal on liquor licenses in Boston awaits Patrick's okay

All that remains is Gov. Deval Patrick’s signature and Boston will be the recipient of 75 new liquor licenses and a liquor licensing board whose members will be appointed by the mayor.  Read more

Compromise bill would shift liquor license control to Boston, add tax holiday in August

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Jul. 31, 2014

With one day left for legislators to tackle major legislation before formal sessions end for the year, House and Senate negotiating committees reached deals Wednesday night on bills aimed at boosting job growth, updating gun laws, combating domestic violence, paying for environmental and energy projects, and instituting new accountability measures at local housing authorities.

The compromise economic development bill (H 4377) also gives Boston a set new number of liquor licenses and gives the mayor the authority to appoint his own licensing board, but does not eliminate the statewide cap for all other cities and towns, as the Senate and Gov. Deval Patrick proposed to do.  Read more

Legislative pile-up likely means little time before big votes

By 
Michael Norton, Andy Metzger, and Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Jul. 30, 2014

More than 18 months after kicking off the 2013-2014 session, Democratic legislative leaders on Beacon Hill are playing a familiar game, leaving high-stakes issues up in the air until the final moments allotted for major legislating and likely leaving their colleagues with little time to review bills before voting on them.  Read more