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Mass Dems plan to oust Baker

With the harrowing defeat of this year's presidential election over, Massachusetts Democrats are ready to set their sights on the State House.On the heels of the election, the Democratic State Committee chose Gus Bickford to serve as party chairman, succeeding state Sen. Thomas McGee, WCVB reported...

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 4:31am

Mass. pro-choice groups not giving up fight for reproductive rights after Trump's abortion comments

Massachusetts pro-choice activists are concerned about the state of reproductive rights after President-elect Donald Trump voiced his desire to repeal Roe v. Wade, which would turn abortion rights over to the discretion of individual states.When pressed by CBS’s Leslie Stahl on "60 Minutes" Sunday...

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 3:30pm

Mass. politicians react to the election

While Donald Trump took the majority of electoral votes in the United States on Tuesday, he didn't win Massachusetts. Here, Hillary Clinton won with 61 percent of the vote. Politicians in the commonwealth have been divided on this presidential race, and Gov. Charlie Baker said on Tuesday that he...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 9:24pm

City Council concerned more MBTA privatization could lead to discriminatory service

Concerns about how more privatization efforts from the MBTA could lead to widespread discriminatory practices of transportation services prompted the Boston City Council on Wednesday to unanimously request a briefing from Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration.Residents have experienced multiple...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 1:00am

Massachusetts school committee members bring 'No on Question 2' message to State House

Alex Pratt mentions his brother when he voices his opposition to raising the cap on the number of charter schools the state will allow to open each year.His brother was pushed out of a charter school because it didn’t offer special education, he said Monday outside the Massachusetts State House.“...

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 11:41pm

New rape evidence law in sync with sexual assault statute of limitations

Rape kits and other forensic evidence of sexual assault will need to be preserved for 15 years in Massachusetts under a law Gov. Charlie Baker signed Wednesday, a move that supporters hailed as a step towards bringing justice to rape survivors."I remember walking out of the hospital the morning...

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 1:06am

Michael Bloomberg gifts Museum of Science $50 million

As a kid growing up in Medford, Michael Bloomberg would spend his Saturdays at the Museum of Science. From when he was just eight years old, Bloomberg, 74, would take a bus from West Medford to Sullivan Square and then a train to Lechmere in order to get to the Museum.“I looked forward to that trip...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 2:28am

Lawmakers send rape kit preservation bill to Gov. Baker

Evidence in sexual assault or rape cases that have not yet been reported as crimes would be required to be preserved for at least 15 years under a bill the Legislature on Tuesday delivered to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.In practical terms, the bill (H 4364) is designed to ensure that evidence...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 2:09am

Baker: DCR deputy who used sirens showed 'terrible judgement'

Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he was "appalled" by the actions of a former top state parks official, confirming that video showed him driving with lights and sirens on.Speaking to reporters outside an event at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Baker said that Matt Sisk, the former deputy...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 2:03am

State DCR official resigns after reports of vehicle misuse

A top official at the state Department of Conservation and Recreation has resigned after being accused of inappropriately using the siren and emergency lights of his state vehicle.DCR Deputy Commissioner Matthew Sisk stepped down from his $112,000-a-year position Friday, a department spokesman...

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 10:26pm

Prince and Princess of Denmark visit Boston

Denmark's Crown prince and princess spent two days in Boston as part of a trade mission, according toThe Associated Press.Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary met with Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker during their two-daytrip.A pleasure to welcome HRH Crown Prince Frederik &...

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 12:23am

Baker wants retribution probe results 'as soon as possible'

Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday labeled allegations that a member of his administration sought retaliation against a staffer whose fiance launched a bid to unseat a Republican state senator "unbelievably disturbing."His office was made aware of the claims about 10 days ago, Baker said, and has...

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 12:30am

Charlie Baker is third most popular governor in US: Poll

Charlie Baker may not be the most popular governor in the country anymore, but he's still pretty well-liked.Baker came in third in the latest survey from Morning Consult that ranked America's most and least popular governors.A Morning Consult survey from March had Baker leading the pack as the most...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 12:45am

Mass. governor won't vote for Trump … or Clinton

Gov. Charlie Baker said he won’t vote for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump or Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton while acknowledging that, “Sure, it’s odd” that he won't vote for his own party.Baker, a Republican, made the announcement Wednesday morning after releasing trout into...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 11:45pm

Baker speaks after being booed off stage at LGBT event

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker spoke briefly with reporters on Thursday morning, the first meeting with the press since being booed off the stage by activists at an LGBT event in Boston.In the four-minute news conference, Baker said what he’s been saying throughout the debate on a bill that would...

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 9:42pm

Governor Baker booed off stage at LGBT event

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was driven off the stage at an LGBT event Wednesday night after appearing to not show enough support for a transgender anti-discrimination bill, reports said.Baker was a guest speaker at the Boston Spirit Magazine’s LGBT executive networking night at the Boston...

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 5:33pm

Baker set to endorse Christie ahead of New Hampshire primary

Charlie Baker will endorse fellow Republican Governor Chris Christie for president on Friday, according to published reports.The Massachusetts leader is one of several sitting GOP governors backing Christie, according to Politico, which named endorsements by Maine Gov. Paul LePage and Maryland Gov...

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 8:43pm

Baker committed to collaborative role in refugee resettlement

Gov. Charlie Baker said Massachusetts will not do anything to halt its participation in refugee resettlement programs as he seeks to learn more about the screening of individuals fleeing war in the Middle East."The state's role in this is as a collaborator, and I have no intention of having...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 12:11am

Gov. Charlie Baker needs to know government plan before accepting Syrian refugees

Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he was not willing to agree to accept Syrian refugees in Massachusetts until the federal government tells him "a lot more" about its plan for screening refugees who enter the country."No, I'm not interested in accepting refugees from Syria," Baker told reporters. "I...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 12:45am

Opioid overdose deaths climb: DPH

As the many-headed beast of opioid addiction continued to ravage Massachusetts, another grim statistic: 684 overdose deaths in the first half of 2015.The number from the Department of Public Health, released Wednesday, put the state on pace to see deaths mirroring last year’s figure: 1,089 deaths...

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 10:58pm