Mariano: Wishes for the New Year

“This past year has been exhausting. But, it is a new year and hope springs eternal. Maybe, just maybe, things will be better in 2018. Here are my wishes for the New Year.”

Activists argue racism, stereotypes fuel immigration debate

Representatives of immigrant advocacy groups called Monday for collective action in the face of negative stereotypes and a political power dynamic they said can stymie their agendas.

Mass. buoys transportation security following Manhattan bus bomb

Massachusetts planned to up the visibility of law enforcement at transportation hubs following the detonation of a bomb in New York City’s main bus terminal Monday, but Gov. Charlie Baker said there were no known threats to the state.

GOP reform bill will be taxing for teachers, small businesses

The tax bill being pushed through by the Republican Party threatens the foundations of a vital and healthy economy. By reducing deductions for charitable donations, for teachers’ expenses, and for state and sales taxes, the bill makes it less likely that we will be able to financially support the services and projects that depend on them to succeed.

On Beacon Hill: Sins of the husband [+video]

All other dealings on Beacon Hill last week got blocked out like an eclipse by the bombshell report in The Boston Globe that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s husband of one year, Bryon Hefner, had allegedly sexually assaulted at least four men. Plus, McGovern, Markey, marijuana money and tainted convictions.