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By adamg - 12/6/19 - 10:51 pm

MassLive.com reports the protesters wouldn't move from Gov. Baker's office and were arrested on trespassing charges.

State Rep. Nika Elugardo (D-Jamaica Plain), reports people can send donations to help with bail, transportation and food costs on Venmo at @SunriseBosJailSupport

By adamg - 12/2/19 - 10:24 pm

Mike Freedberg reports that based on its fast growing population, Boston could be in line to pick up two new state-rep districts in redistricting after the 2020 census. Read more.

By adamg - 12/2/19 - 1:20 pm

WBUR explains why San Francisco city employees will no longer be allowed to take work trips here - and the city will stop considering Massachusetts companies for contracts - next year.

By adamg - 11/26/19 - 12:22 pm

Massachusetts Beverage Business reports that a group representing the state's package stores is suing to block a proposed 2020 referendum that would let convenience-store chains, specifically Cumberland Farms, own as many liquor licenses as they want.

The plaintiffs, led by Sav-Mor Liquors Benjamin Weiner, said AG Maura Healey blew it by approving the measure, in part because it asks voters to do four separate things and the state constitution only allows ballot questions to ask voters to do just one thing at a time.

By adamg - 11/21/19 - 9:32 pm

WBUR reports Brookline Town Meeting voted Wednesday to ban oil and gas hookups in new buildings - or buildings undergoing major reconstruction work. The measure needs the approval of the state Attorney General's office before it can go into effect.

By adamg - 11/21/19 - 11:27 am

WBUR reports the ban would include both cigarettes and vaping cartridges.

By adamg - 11/21/19 - 9:11 am

The Globe reports on a council vote yesterday for a new city cannabis board that would determine who gets licenses in Boston - with an emphasis on local, minority owners. It's the result of an agreement between Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury) and Mayor Walsh.

Proposed ordinance (5.9M PDF).

By adamg - 11/18/19 - 4:06 pm

With many Red Line riders still fuming over delays this morning that lasted more than an hour, Gov. Baker's office decided 12:35 p.m. was a good time to boast about improvements being made to the Red Line.

By adamg - 11/18/19 - 12:26 pm

Dallas Voice reports a couple of alleged Bostonians organized a "straight pride" rally there:

Straight Pride attracts a crowd of 2.

By adamg - 11/13/19 - 11:26 pm

The latest unofficial city election results now show just five votes separate Julia Mejia and Alejandra St. Guillen for the fourth at-large seat on the city council. Both campaigns have been collecting signatures for a recount of what, on election night, seemed to be a ten-vote election win for Mejia.

H/t James W. Hills.

By adamg - 11/12/19 - 11:34 am

Deval Patrick might stage a Bloombergian late entry into the presidential race, which would bring the number of Massachusetts candidates back up to three - four if you include El Bloombito, who spent his formative years in Medford. Patrick is, of course, upset that none of the roughly 5,000 moderates in the race (remember Seth Moulton?) seem to have put wooden stakes in the Warren and Sanders campaigns yet.

By Kent - 11/12/19 - 9:08 am

Temple Hillel B'nai Torah - Theodore Parker Church - Stratford Street United Church - Holy Name Church - Roslindale is for Everyone - Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale invite you to

A Path to Healing Our Communities: Understanding Restorative Justice

November 19, 2019, 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30)

Speakers: Susan Maze Rothstein, Suffolk University Restorative Justice Program
Rahsaan Hall, Massachusetts ACLU
Rachel Rollins, Suffolk County District Attorney
Moderator: Tanisha Sullivan, President, NAACP Boston Branch

By adamg - 11/10/19 - 1:39 pm

As the Massachusetts Republican party accelerates into Trumpsylvania, Ed Lyons analyzes Charlie Baker's new super PAC, which put money into a variety of municipal campaigns in this month's election - including those of some Democrats:

By all appearances, Massachusetts Majority is the engine of a new statewide political party, targeting that sizeable majority of largely unenrolled voters who support Charlie Baker and his politics but are not being served by loud partisans to the left and right.

By adamg - 11/7/19 - 1:48 pm

The Dorchester Reporter lists the steps the campaign of Alejandra St. Guillen will have to take to seek a recount of Tuesday's results, which show her losing the fourth at-large seat to Julia Mejia by just 10 votes.

By adamg - 11/7/19 - 11:56 am

Two Rhode Islanders who specialize in annoying people in their state took a trip up to Boston this week to stick their iPhone in the faces of workers at the Massachusetts State House and demand to know up front who they are and what they do. Read more.

By adamg - 11/6/19 - 3:49 pm
Map showing at-large winners in Boston precincts

Purple shows precincts Wu won.

Matt McCloskey has compiled a map showing which at-large candidates won which precincts in yesterday's council election. As she did in the September preliminary, incumbent and top finisher Michelle Wu came in first in the most precincts across the city, by far.

By adamg - 11/6/19 - 12:45 pm
BMC protesters say they care

Some 200 Boston Medical Center doctors, nurses and other staffers stood in front of Boston Medical Center today, in what they said was a protest against a visit by two representatives of a homophobic and anti-immigrant federal government but more important and a message to patients that hospital staffers will do whatever it takes to protect them from an administration determined to get rid of them. Read more.

By adamg - 11/5/19 - 9:00 pm
Arroyo celebrates win

Arroyo celebrates win at Guira & Tambora in Roslindale. Photo by Robert Orthman.

Ricardo Arroyo, son of one former city councilor and brother of another, is looking like he'll be replacing Tim McCarthy in Hyde Park, Roslindale and Mattapan, while Liz Breadon is defeating Craig Cashman in Allston/Brighton in the race to replace Mark Ciommo. Read more.

By adamg - 11/5/19 - 8:10 pm

Melania Trump and her husband's secretary of health and human serviced are scheduled to be best at Boston Medical Center tomorrow, visiting a program aimed at helping the babies of drug users, but they will be greeted by a protest by hospital staffers who feel their presence is an insult to some of the most vulnerable populations the hospital normally goes out of its way to serve. Read more.

By adamg - 11/5/19 - 5:15 pm

Somebody's been circulating a flier in a senior-citizen building on Wallingford Rd with a high percentage of Chinese-American residents:

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