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Supreme Court’s latest race case: housing discrimination

If you’ve never heard of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, you have company. The issue of housing segregation has never captivated the nation’s attention like affirmative action or voting rights.

Mass. lawmakers propose criminal justice reforms

State Sen. Sonia Chang Diaz (D, Jamaica Plain) and Rep. Mary Keefe (D, Worcester) are co-sponsoring legislation that would repeal mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes, reduce certain low-level felonies to misdemeanors and reinvest the savings from those reforms into ...

Sen. Forry, Plumber's Local 12 to hold open house

Senator Linda Dorcena Forry in conjunction with Brian Doherty of the Boston Building Trades Council and Mark Erlich of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters will be hosting several open house fairs at union halls throughout Boston.

Mayor Walsh touts gains in diversifying city leadership, pledges to work on education, housing issues

After a year in office, Mayor Martin Walsh has assembled a diverse cabinet and outlined plans to tackle some of the city’s more vexing problems, including a lack of affordable housing, educational inequality and poor relations between police and black ...

MLK legacy honored as protests continue

Last Thursday, demonstrators in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement stopped traffic on Interstate 93, chaining themselves to 1,200 pound concrete-filled barrels in an action that garnered international attention. Friday, members of the Massachusetts Legislative Black and Latino Caucus ...

Walsh pledges investments in housing, education

Mayor Martin Walsh pledged to build on Boston’s strengths with investments in housing and education in his first state of the city address, delivered at Symphony Hall Tuesday.

Baker targets spending in inaugural speech

Sounding themes of fiscal restraint and government reform, Gov. Charlie Baker pledged to tackle some of the state’s more intractable problems — homelessness, educational disparities and opiate addiction — during his inaugural address last week.

Baker sworn in as governor

Governor Charlie Baker pledged to close a state budget deficit, rein in state spending, expand charter schools and contain health care costs in his inaugural speech.

In the News: Francisco Urena

The Baker-Polito administration announced Francisco Urena will serve as Secretary for Veterans’ Services.

Deval Patrick’s ‘together we can’ mantra led to substantial legislative record

Gov. Deval Patrick secured his place in Massachusetts history with a resounding victory over Republican candidate Kerry Healey in the 2006 gubernatorial campaign, running on the theme, “together we can.” Over the next eight years, the state’s first black governor ...

Massachusetts mourns loss of Sen. Brooke

Massachusetts officials comment on Sen. Edward Brooke’s passing

Deval Patrick: The double veil of an improbable life

As Governor Deval Patrick takes his final walk down the State House steps, he can look back on a record of successfully shepherding the Massachusetts economy through the 2008 financial meltdown, increasing diversity in the courts and executive suites, and ...

Edward Brooke blazed trail for black progress

Sen. Edward W. Brooke will always remain a hero to the veterans of the battle for civil rights. He was keenly intelligent, extraordinarily gracious and endowed with natural and persuasive oratorical skills. Brooke set a standard for competence which very ...

Black and Latino caucus members discuss police reform legislation

With police practices facing scrutiny across the U.S., Massachusetts Legislative Black and Latino Caucus members are poised to push for a package of criminal justice system reform legislation aimed at promoting greater transparency and accountability in the state’s law enforcement ...

In the News: Christine Araujo

Mayor Martin Walsh announced that Christine Araujo is the new chairperson of the Zoning Board of Appeals, which regulates appeals to the use and dimensional boundaries of privately owned buildings and land throughout the city of Boston. Araujo will be ...

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