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Politics – worcester.ma https://worcester.ma The Worcester Sun, local news worth supporting Wed, 22 May 2019 17:31:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 241]: Barking up a taxing tree https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-241-barking-up-a-taxing-tree/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-241-barking-up-a-taxing-tree/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:40:35 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=227272 While nobody doubts the high-priced accountants of the well-heeled will leap this latest regulatory hurdle with aplomb, a healthy dose of consternation lingers.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-241-barking-up-a-taxing-tree/feed/ 0 Baker eyes $200M for roads, Warren nets endorsement https://worcester.ma/2018/02/baker-eyes-200m-for-roads-warren-nets-endorsement/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/baker-eyes-200m-for-roads-warren-nets-endorsement/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:39:42 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=227245 It's pothole season in Massachusetts, and Gov. Charlie Baker said he'll soon be filing legislation to fix the winter-battered pavement. Also, Setti Warren's gubernatorial campaign accepted the backing of the firefighters’ association in Newton.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/baker-eyes-200m-for-roads-warren-nets-endorsement/feed/ 0 Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 240]: On the fall of Stan Rosenberg https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-240-on-the-fall-of-stan-rosenberg/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-240-on-the-fall-of-stan-rosenberg/#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 14:08:19 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=226504 On the bright side, being the former president of the Massachusetts Senate is probably better than never being Senate president at all.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-240-on-the-fall-of-stan-rosenberg/feed/ 0 Sina-cism: Undermining your rights in the name of gun safety https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sina-cism-undermining-your-rights-in-the-name-of-gun-safety/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sina-cism-undermining-your-rights-in-the-name-of-gun-safety/#comments Sat, 10 Feb 2018 14:07:47 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=226427 “The Massachusetts bump stock ban is a case of government overreach that is unlikely to do anything to reduce gun violence. Most mass shootings come with warning signs that should have been recognized beforehand. But prevention is difficult and rarely makes the headlines. Tragedies do, and lawmakers are willing to do anything to show they are responding.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sina-cism-undermining-your-rights-in-the-name-of-gun-safety/feed/ 1 More reports of Hefner misdeeds spur concern, calls for Rosenberg’s ouster https://worcester.ma/2018/02/more-reports-of-hefner-misdeeds-spur-concern-calls-for-rosenbergs-ouster/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/more-reports-of-hefner-misdeeds-spur-concern-calls-for-rosenbergs-ouster/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:26:44 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=225801 The Boston Globe reported that despite a purported firewall, Bryon Hefner had access to the Senate president’s email; lobbied for and then against an earmark for the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, where Hefner worked for a time; and gave direction to Rosenberg's staff. "If those allegations are true, then I don't see any way he could remain Senate president," Gov. Charlie Baker said.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/more-reports-of-hefner-misdeeds-spur-concern-calls-for-rosenbergs-ouster/feed/ 0 Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 239]: The Purple P.C. Eaters https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-239-the-purple-p-c-eaters/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-239-the-purple-p-c-eaters/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:26:07 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=225853 Are you telling us we got Tommy Heinsohn all worked up for nothing?]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-239-the-purple-p-c-eaters/feed/ 0 Caucuses signal political thaw as campaign season warms up https://worcester.ma/2018/02/caucuses-signal-political-thaw-as-campaign-season-warms-up/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/caucuses-signal-political-thaw-as-campaign-season-warms-up/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:24:05 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=225813 he consultant-to-staffer stage is observably where campaigns stood last weekend -- a consultant or two about, staffers a-plenty for Elizabeth Warren and her $18 million operation, and a healthy contingent for the gubernatorial candidates, their campaigns getting rolling as they open offices and ramp up for the summer's field work.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/caucuses-signal-political-thaw-as-campaign-season-warms-up/feed/ 0 Worcester Sun, Feb. 7: Rosenberg on the hot seat, Hitch on a worthy crusade, owning your place in the business world + more https://worcester.ma/2018/02/worcester-sun-feb-7-rosenberg-on-the-hot-seat-hitch-on-a-worthy-crusade-owning-your-place-in-the-business-world-more/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/worcester-sun-feb-7-rosenberg-on-the-hot-seat-hitch-on-a-worthy-crusade-owning-your-place-in-the-business-world-more/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:09:37 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=225819 Subscribe now to our new full-color, locally produced print edition, on newsstands (or in your mailbox) Saturday mornings.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/worcester-sun-feb-7-rosenberg-on-the-hot-seat-hitch-on-a-worthy-crusade-owning-your-place-in-the-business-world-more/feed/ 0 Mariano: What’s wrong with Charlie Baker? https://worcester.ma/2018/02/mariano-whats-wrong-with-charlie-baker/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/mariano-whats-wrong-with-charlie-baker/#respond Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:56:06 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224893 "So why would anyone run against Charlie Baker? What is he doing so wrong that a candidate thinks he or she could bring Baker’s stratospheric numbers back down to earth?"]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/mariano-whats-wrong-with-charlie-baker/feed/ 0 Worcester’s affordable housing gap https://worcester.ma/2018/02/big-picture-worcesters-affordable-housing-gap/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/big-picture-worcesters-affordable-housing-gap/#respond Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:55:43 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224903 Seventy-four percent of renters who made below $35,000 a year paid more than 30 percent of their income in rent and utilities. Only 21 percent of renters making above $35,000 had such a heavy rent burden.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/big-picture-worcesters-affordable-housing-gap/feed/ 0 Worcester’s Power Players, a more definitive list https://worcester.ma/2018/02/jane-jacobs-woo-worcesters-power-players-a-more-definitive-list/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/jane-jacobs-woo-worcesters-power-players-a-more-definitive-list/#respond Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:55:18 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224807 If we are going to honor the developers, we also have to acknowledge the role of those who create the crucial infrastructure of a vital built environment – the artists, the preservationists, the tree huggers and the tree planters. … They too are the “power players.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/jane-jacobs-woo-worcesters-power-players-a-more-definitive-list/feed/ 0 School system’s program for older immigrants deserves chance https://worcester.ma/2018/02/editorial-school-systems-program-for-older-immigrants-deserves-chance/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/editorial-school-systems-program-for-older-immigrants-deserves-chance/#respond Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:53:48 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224901 https://worcester.ma/2018/02/editorial-school-systems-program-for-older-immigrants-deserves-chance/feed/ 0 Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 238]: The ascension of another Kennedy, a response https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-238-the-ascension-of-another-kennedy-a-response/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-238-the-ascension-of-another-kennedy-a-response/#respond Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:53:15 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224890 President Trump gave his State of the Union address last week. It was as tremendous as we all expected.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-238-the-ascension-of-another-kennedy-a-response/feed/ 0 Sina-cism: When MLK preached in Worcester https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sina-cism-when-mlk-preached-in-worcester/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sina-cism-when-mlk-preached-in-worcester/#comments Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:52:25 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224896 “King’s words that night serve both as a capsule history of the civil rights movement in the United States, and a fair assessment of the progress made and the distance yet to go.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sina-cism-when-mlk-preached-in-worcester/feed/ 1 Casino magnate Wynn faces Bay State scrutiny amid sex assault allegations https://worcester.ma/2018/01/casino-magnate-wynn-faces-bay-state-scrutiny-amid-sex-assault-allegations/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/casino-magnate-wynn-faces-bay-state-scrutiny-amid-sex-assault-allegations/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 05:23:18 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224146 The state Gaming Commission launched an investigation following a Jan. 26 Wall Street Journal report on what the newspaper called "a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct" by Steve Wynn -- whose firm is building a $2.4 billion Everett gaming resort -- including instances of pressuring employees to perform sex acts.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/casino-magnate-wynn-faces-bay-state-scrutiny-amid-sex-assault-allegations/feed/ 0 Marijuana black market could yield common ground for Baker, U.S. attorney https://worcester.ma/2018/01/marijuana-black-market-could-yield-common-ground-for-baker-u-s-attorney/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/marijuana-black-market-could-yield-common-ground-for-baker-u-s-attorney/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 05:21:27 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224126 At the state level, where marijuana has been legalized for medical and other uses, stamping out the black market trade could bolster the regulated sale of the intoxicant, the governor said recently, and by extension sharpen the focus on efforts to beat back the fentanyl-charged opioid crisis.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/marijuana-black-market-could-yield-common-ground-for-baker-u-s-attorney/feed/ 0 Inbox [Jan. 31]: News and notes from Sen. Chandler, Worcester Chamber, Temescal Wellness, ArtsWorcester https://worcester.ma/2018/01/inbox-jan-31-news-and-notes-from-sen-chandler-worcester-chamber-temescal-wellness-artsworcester/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/inbox-jan-31-news-and-notes-from-sen-chandler-worcester-chamber-temescal-wellness-artsworcester/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 05:20:31 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224116 Have news you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/inbox-jan-31-news-and-notes-from-sen-chandler-worcester-chamber-temescal-wellness-artsworcester/feed/ 0 Mariano: President Trump is right https://worcester.ma/2018/01/mariano-president-trump-is-right/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/mariano-president-trump-is-right/#comments Sat, 27 Jan 2018 07:42:53 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=223145 I do not think that every Trump policy is wrong. Sometimes it is hard to see past his deplorable personal behavior to see the value in a Trump policy. But, even though there are only a few, there are some instances where I think President Trump is right.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/mariano-president-trump-is-right/feed/ 12 Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 236]: Team building, with Baker, McGovern and friends https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-236-team-building-with-baker-mcgovern-and-friends/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-236-team-building-with-baker-mcgovern-and-friends/#respond Sat, 27 Jan 2018 07:40:47 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=223245 It’s Mark Zuckerberg’s and Donald Trump’s America, and we’re all just living in it.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-236-team-building-with-baker-mcgovern-and-friends/feed/ 0 Sina-cism: At a minimum, think about the economics of wages https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sina-cism-at-a-minimum-think-about-the-economics-of-wages/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sina-cism-at-a-minimum-think-about-the-economics-of-wages/#respond Sat, 27 Jan 2018 07:39:50 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=223159 “Would you like an increase in pay? Sure you would. Even minimum-wage workers in Massachusetts earning the state’s $11 per hour rate would likely answer the same way. More money, after all, can’t be bad. Except when it is.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sina-cism-at-a-minimum-think-about-the-economics-of-wages/feed/ 0 Chandler satisfied with track of Rosenberg ethics probe https://worcester.ma/2018/01/chandler-satisfied-with-track-of-rosenberg-ethics-probe/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/chandler-satisfied-with-track-of-rosenberg-ethics-probe/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:57:42 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=222428 "I don't have any problem with the integrity of the investigation," the Worcester Democrat and acting Senate president said this week. "I think that the Ethics Committee is doing exactly what they're supposed to do. … As long as this building is not a safe place for [everybody], then it's not safe for us to continue to do what we've done in the past.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/chandler-satisfied-with-track-of-rosenberg-ethics-probe/feed/ 0 House advances $1.7B housing bill https://worcester.ma/2018/01/house-advances-1-7b-housing-bill/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/house-advances-1-7b-housing-bill/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:57:22 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=222426 Earlier this month, acting Senate President Harriette Chandler vaulted housing into the top tier of priorities in the Senate this session, warning that Massachusetts is at risk of losing its reputation as a national leader unless it addresses its longstanding housing affordability problem.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/house-advances-1-7b-housing-bill/feed/ 0 Top Mass. earners to see $3B in relief from GOP tax bill, MassBudget says https://worcester.ma/2018/01/top-mass-earners-to-see-3b-in-relief-from-gop-tax-bill-massbudget-says/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/top-mass-earners-to-see-3b-in-relief-from-gop-tax-bill-massbudget-says/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:56:10 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=222424 The new federal tax law will reduce the taxes paid by the Bay State's top 1 percent of income earners by more than $2.96 billion in 2019, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/top-mass-earners-to-see-3b-in-relief-from-gop-tax-bill-massbudget-says/feed/ 0 Mariano: Trump’s Medicaid work requirement is only half-baked https://worcester.ma/2018/01/mariano-trumps-medicaid-work-requirement-is-only-half-baked/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/mariano-trumps-medicaid-work-requirement-is-only-half-baked/#comments Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:42:52 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=221566 “Unfortunately, while the overall idea has considerable merit, in my opinion, the Trump proposal is only half-baked. Rather than a thoughtful program that will accomplish the laudable goal of helping more people get back to work and off of government assistance, this program is thin on program details and lacks the financial wherewithal to make it work.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/mariano-trumps-medicaid-work-requirement-is-only-half-baked/feed/ 9 For Worcester’s three-deckers, it’s an old story https://worcester.ma/2018/01/for-worcesters-three-deckers-its-an-old-story/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/for-worcesters-three-deckers-its-an-old-story/#comments Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:42:05 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=221552 In his recent inaugural address, Mayor Joseph M. Petty said, “As a city, we need to have a conversation about housing.” If the age of Worcester’s three-deckers is any indication, the mayor is absolutely right to make this a priority.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/for-worcesters-three-deckers-its-an-old-story/feed/ 3