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The 413 in Beacon Hill’s Committee Pecking Order…

Leadership in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate released their committee assignments for the session that began last month. With thousands of bills to consider, committees can begin parse now that they have leaders and membership. The Western Massachusetts delegation received some plum assignments.

Briefings: Lesser Shakes up Senate Staff for Sophomore Term…

UPDATED 1/23/17 11:53AM: To reflect a correction. Samantha Kelly, Lesser’s Legislative Director, does not also carry the title of Legislative Aide. As Eric Lesser starts a new term in the Massachusetts Senate, some fresh faces will serve him in district and in Boston.  The Longmeadow

Millennials A-Masssing: A Generation Marches on Massachusetts…

UPDATED 2/1/2017 3:15PM: For a correction. Senator Joseph Boncore, Democrat of Winthrop, is also a Millennial was overlooked in prior versions of this post. BOSTON—Both chambers of the Massachusetts Legislature were sworn in Wednesday with the usual ceremony (and free lunch). Governor Charlie Baker did

Analysis: Amid Election Fallout, a Generation Gets Push Forward…

The wreckage of this month’s national election has had a number of effects across the country. Given the continued down ballot troubles of Democrats, one immediate consequence has been pushing forward a younger generation of figures in the party. In the Pioneer Valley, this has

Senate Bill Offers Hope to Communities Battling Foreclosures…

Five years ago, cheers broke out in the Springfield City Council chamber after councilors unanimously approved the city’s foreclosure ordinance. Ravaged by the foreclosure crisis and subsequent recession, Springfield had taken a notably bold step toward curbing the deterioration of neighborhoods littered with vacant, bank-owned

Briefings: One Stop Closer to Lesser’s Rail Agenda…

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously adopted an amendment offered by Longmeadow Senator Eric Lesser Thursday that would order the Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to study regular rail service between Boston and Springfield. While the Senate’s approval was unsurprising, it inches the commonwealth toward better connecting its

Editorial: It Is Time for Massachusetts to Complete the Transition…

Better late than never. On Thursday the Massachusetts Senate approved protections for transgender individuals’ right to access public accommodations. The House is set to approve a similar bill. While bathrooms have dominated this issue, the implications are far broader than the lavatory. If enacted into

Harrington Runs as a Republican, but Will the GOP Chip in?…

LUDLOW—A column of light spilled out from the old Ludlow Mill that hugs the Chicopee River. Cars jammed the narrow road once lined with rail beds to service the sprawling former factory. Inside the patrons of the brewery named after a legendary local political figure,

Briefings: Senate to Be Talking About “Y Generation…”

With the oldest millennials reaching their mid-30s and Generation Y potentially proving a more significant factor in politics and government, the Massachusetts Senate is kicking off an effort to better engage young citizens born in the 1980’s and after. Senate President Stanley announced the initiative