Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill Thursday to allow early voting, making Massachusetts the 33rd state to welcome the practice.
The council met for five hours and didn’t ask Associate Judtice Ralph Gants a single question.
Gants was previously confirmed to become an associate justice, but only two of the eight councilors from that vote are still on the Governor’s Council.
The late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy graduated from the University of Virginia’s law school 55 years ago. But he skipped his graduation ceremony to work on his brother John’s presidential campaign — and never picked up his diploma.
Lawmakers say they don’t have a sense of how much this legislation would end up costing taxpayers or private insurers.
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The fight between tea party candidate Mark Fisher and the Massachusetts Republican Party is escalating with accusations of attempted bribery. Fisher is suing the party for conspiring, he says, to keep him off the primary ballot.
The Massachusetts Republican Party says it wants to end an internal fight over whether a tea party candidate can appear on the ballot for governor. But it’s unclear if the candidate, Mark Fisher, will accept the GOP’s offer.
Noah Berger of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center noted that DCF funding is still 10 percent below what it was back in 2008 and adjusted for inflation.
Olga Roche, the head of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, has resigned. Her departure follows the deaths of three children, each in unrelated cases.
The leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate are calling for the head of the state’s Department of Children and Families to resign.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is demanding that the head of the state gaming commission recuse himself from the vote over an eastern Massachusetts casino.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations monitors hate crimes against Muslims. The group’s Ibrahim Hooper says there’s been no significant increase in reports of harassment, assaults or damage to mosques since the marathon bombings.
The House committee which was preparing the bill missed a deadline by one day. And now the Senate won’t grant an extension.
The idea was that states would decide it was too expensive to qualify their residents for food aid and save the feds some money. But that’s not happening in some states, including Connecticut, Vermont – and now – Massachusetts.
Many essential parts of the state’s health insurance website still don’t work even though it was supposed to be up and running six months ago. And state officials have repeatedly blamed IT company CGI for the failures.