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Calling Out 'Three Strikes'new

Is the country's most notoriously failed law coming to Massachusetts?
Boston Phoenix  |  Chris Faraone  |  01-06-2012  |  Policy Issues

After Massachusetts, What Will Democrats Do?new

Republicans and conservatives are ecstatic that Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy's seat in the Senate and that the Supreme Court has put the fix in on elections. I'm troubled by both. But I'm also troubled by Democrats who don't seem to know what they want, and who are in a panic over Scott Brown's victory.
City Newspaper  |  Mary Anna Towler  |  02-02-2010  |  Commentary

How Scott Brown Was Able to Win in Massachusettsnew

As the Massachusetts U.S. Senate election unfolded, all that the pols and pundits wanted to talk about was how Martha Coakley managed to lose the race. But there is another part of the story, and that is how Scott Brown managed to win it. To pull off this kind of upset, a lot of things have to go right.
Boston Phoenix  |  David Bernstein  |  01-20-2010  |  Commentary

Are Hate Crimes on the Rise in Mass.? Who Can Tell with These Numbers?new

Community leaders, victim advocates -- and even government officials -- says underreporting by both victims and police means the stats released by the State Police Crime Reporting Unit are essentially guesswork, and the victims who are least likely to report crimes against them actually bear the brunt of the attacks.
Dig Boston  |  Jeremy Fox  |  10-28-2009  |  Crime & Justice

A Look At the Six Still In The Mix in Race for Ted Kennedy's Seatnew

The field may not be finalized, but enough is known to allow us to take a preliminary look at who they are, how the Kennedy legacy might work to their advantage, and how each might or might not end up as the next U.S. senator from Massachusetts.
Boston Phoenix  |  David Bernstein  |  09-17-2009  |  Politics

If Curt Schilling Runs for Senate, Will He Keep His Sports-Media Perch?new

Known for his arm and his mouth, former Red Sox great Curt Schilling is now stretching his legs ... for a possible Senate run for Ted Kennedy's old seat. But he's blaming the media for getting the facts wrong, even though, as a regular contributor to WEEI-AM and, he is the media.
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  09-10-2009  |  Media

Kennedy's Giant Shadownew

Though he won't be on the ballot, Ted Kennedy's influence will be keenly felt in the special election to replace him.
Boston Phoenix  |  David Bernstein  |  09-03-2009  |  Politics

Who Will Replace Ted Kennedy in the Senate?new

The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy early Wednesday morning hastens the issue of succession to the seat he has held since he was elected in 1962, a topic that has gripped the state's political class since Kennedy's brain tumor was discovered more than a year ago.
Boston Phoenix  |  David S. Bernstein  |  08-27-2009  |  Politics

New England Plays Catch-Up in the Green Energy Racenew

New England may be used to being the birthplace of revolutions, but in the case of wind power, that ship has sailed. States out West are far outproducing us, and will likely continue to. That said, we still could be a player in the nascent wind industry; we've just got some catching up to do.
Boston Phoenix  |  Mike Miliard  |  08-19-2009  |  Environment

Fetishists Are Flourishing in the Bay Statenew

Massachusetts' notorious Blue laws have chased local fetishists underground, where Spandex and spanking bunnies flourish.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sara Faith Alterman  |  04-09-2009  |  Culture

Will Little Airports in Mass. See Their Funding Take Off?new

There are 24 municipally owned and 14 privately owned airports in Massachusetts. These airports require a "local share" for improvement projects, which could be impossible to meet if the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission decides to offer less local funding.
Dig Boston  |  Cara Bayles  |  01-21-2009  |  Transportation

A Battle of the Bong in Massachusettsnew

As the state's fiercest civic power brokers are quickly finding out, the war over Question 2 is not your typical suits vs. stoners scrum.
Boston Phoenix  |  Chris Faraone  |  09-25-2008  |  Drugs

Hillary's Girls Define Angry Massachusetts Female Syndromenew

Clinton die-hards have created a new-girls' network bent on remedying decades of sexism by putting women in elected state offices.
Boston Phoenix  |  David S. Bernstein  |  08-21-2008  |  Politics

State House Sex Scandal Reveals Pitfalls of Reporting on Mental Illnessnew

While the Boston press clearly thinks Jim Marzilli's mental condition is newsworthy, the question of why it's important -- and how it should be covered -- has remained unanswered.
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  07-31-2008  |  Media

Out-of-State Same-Sex Couples May Soon Wed in

Massachusetts moved one step closer to parity for same-sex couples last Tuesday, when the state Senate unanimously passed a bill repealing a 1913 law prohibiting out-of-state gay couples from marrying here.
Dig Boston  |  Scott Sayare  |  07-24-2008  |  LGBT

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