Sina-cism: Undermining your rights in the name of gun safety

“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.”

More reports of Hefner misdeeds spur concern, calls for Rosenberg’s ouster

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.

Caucuses signal political thaw as campaign season warms up

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.

Worcester’s affordable housing gap

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.

Worcester’s Power Players, a more definitive list

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.”