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Group asks Baker to act on mental health policies

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov.-elect Charlie Baker should move quickly after taking office to address issues surrounding mental health treatment, including disparities between insurance payment rates for behavioral health and other medical services, an advocacy group said Tuesday. The Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness unveiled several recommendations for the first 100 days of Baker’s administration. His inauguration is Jan. 8. The advocates cited federal statistics that show …

Moderates may wield clout in new Senate

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — Soft-spoken Republican Sen. Susan Collins is quite popular these days, fielding calls from President Barack Obama, members of the GOP leadership and top Democrats Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer. The outreach was more than just congratulations for winning a fourth term. Both parties have an incentive for courting Collins. Come January, …

In party’s loss, Obama may see opportunity

Monday, November 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — With his party soon to be out of power on Capitol Hill, White House officials say President Barack Obama feels liberated by the prospect of detaching himself from Democrats who saw little role for him in the midterm elections and of exploring the opportunities, however limited, to strike deals with congressional …

Candidates, ballot question advocates make final weekend push in region

Friday, October 31, 2014

Three days before the Nov. 4 election, the two leading candidates for governor, Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker, are expected to make stops within 20 miles of each other Saturday as they make their final push …

Obama rallies Maine voters

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — President Barack Obama on Thursday rallied for a Democrat to become Maine’s next governor while keeping his distance from the state’s bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and a nurse who has defied them. In …

Question 3 on state ballot would repeal 2011 law for licensing up to three resort casinos in Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Voters Tuesday will decide whether to repeal the 2011 casino gaming law allowing the state to license up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor that supporters say will generate much-need jobs and revenue. Opponents argue that …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik cites his emphasis on ‘rural issues’ in bid for re-election from 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eleven-term incumbent state Rep. Stephen Kulik, who is seeking re-election to his 1st Franklin District seat in Tuesday’s election, maintains that even though he has risen to a leadership position on Beacon Hill, “Small town and rural values …

Political newcomer Dylan Korpita challenges veteran legislator Stephen Kulik in 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Political newcomer Dylan E. Korpita of Deerfield in Tuesday’s election is trying to unseat veteran 1st Franklin District state Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, saying, “It’s time for a change.” Korpita, 35, a Republican and former bond trader …

Some voters to consider stronger anti-corruption measures for politicians, legalization of marijuana

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and taking a step toward full legalization of marijuana are public policy questions on Tuesday’s ballot in two area legislative districts. With state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, expected to become president of …

Biden campaigns for US House hopeful Moulton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

LYNN — Vice President Joe Biden visited the state on Wednesday to rally Democrats in the 6th Congressional District, where political newcomer Seth Moulton is locked in a hotly contested race with Republican Richard Tisei. Biden spoke to …

Baker: Emotional story from 2010 campaign

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker acknowledged Wednesday that an emotional story he told about a struggling fisherman during a debate Tuesday night dates back to his 2010 campaign for governor. During the Tuesday night debate, Baker …

Linking state gasoline tax to Consumer Price Index at stake in ballot Question 1

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One of four statewide ballot questions facing voters Tuesday is whether to eliminate annual adjustments to the gasoline and diesel fuel tax that are based on changes in the Consumer Price Index. If Question 1 is approved, it …

Ballot Question 4 asks voters to decide whether nearly all employees should earn sick time

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Proponents of a ballot question that would guarantee sick time for nearly all workers in the state say the measure would benefit as many as 1 million people who currently face tough decisions about whether to give up …