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A presidential perspective on race

It was a remarkable week for President Obama: On Monday he commuted the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders; on Tuesday he called for sweeping criminal justice reform in an address to the NAACP; and on Thursday he became the ...

Rep. Lewis cites attacks on Voting Rights Act

Rep. John Lewis told an audience at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute that the Voting Rights Act is under fire from Republicans seeking to suppress minority votes.

BRA seeks support for urban renewal

The Boston Redevelopment Authority seems to be making good on its pledge to be more transparent and accountable, seeking public support for its urban renewal districts amid revelations the agency is lacks critical planning staff and has potentially mismanaged finances.

Dominican Republic strips Haitian descendants of citizenship, prepares for deportation

Nearly two years after the high court in the Dominican Republic stripped citizenship from people descended from Haitian migrants, the Dominican government reportedly is preparing to send tens of thousands of its former citizens to Haiti.

Baker-Polito administration launches first Community Compact applications

The Baker-Polito administration last week launched the application process for the Community Compact, an opportunity for cities and towns to enter into partnerships with the state to accomplish mutually agreed upon goals. The Community Compact is the result of Governor ...

Locals shine at Dot Day parade

For the many residents along one of the neighborhood’s main arteries, it’s a chance to spend a sunny day outside with friends, cheering on parade marchers who represent the area’s significant cultural diversity — a point of pride for many. ...

Treasurer Deborah Goldberg pushes for board diversity, financial literacy

Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg has launched the Office of Economic Empowerment, an effort aimed at teaching financial literacy in Massachusetts schools, as part of an ambitious reform agenda.

Upham's Corner teen has President's ear

President Obama turned last week to a panel of black and Latino youth in New York City for insight. The answer that appeared to stick with the president came from Boston Latin Academy junior Malachi Hernandez.

Council candidates campaign finance update

Not long after we posted Eliza Dewy’s article on this year’s City Council races on the web Wednesday, we got a phone call from the campaign of Tito Jackson noting that the fundraising totals cited for the councilor did not ...

City elections: slow boil or DOA?

In a typically slow election cycle, several ambitious challengers are hoping to drive higher turnout in races for City Council seats.

Baker administration targets chronically unemployed

Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order last week establishing a task force on Economic Opportunity for Populations Facing Chronically High Rates of Unemployment. The task force will focus on unemployment among those four groups.

Sen. Forry and colleagues bring Commonwealth Conversations tour to RCC tonight

State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry has announced that she and several of her colleagues will be touring Senate districts in the metro Boston area on March 4, 2015. This tour comes as the sixth installment of the state Senate’s Commonwealth ...

Sen. Warren focuses attention on plight of middle class

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is teaming up with U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) to launch the Middle Class Prosperity Project, an initiative aimed at developing legislative strategies to improve the economic prospects of American workers.

Executive order seen boosting minority, women business office

Gov. Charlie Baker announced last week that the Office of Access and Opportunity, which helps businesses owned by minorities, women, people with disabilities and veterans to secure contracts with state government, will now report directly to the Governor’s Office, a ...

Bring-your-own bill divides city council

A pair of city councilors sparked controversy last week, advancing a measure that would allow patrons to bring their own liquor to restaurants in Boston

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