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Election reform legislation modernizes Massachusetts’ voting

With the signature of Gov. Deval Patrick, a new Massachusetts election reform bill became law last week and has advocates heralding the legislation as making the state a leader in voting modernization.

Providence’s Dominican Mayor Angel Taveras runs for governor

Angel Taveras’ credentials are impressive: a Harvard University undergraduate education, Georgetown Law School and the first Latino mayor of Providence.

Mayor Martin Walsh addresses resident questions in Roxbury forum

Mayor Marty Walsh fielded many questions Monday at a Roxbury town hall meeting. Attendees wishing to ask questions submitted their names at the start; if their names were drawn, they were called to the microphone during the hour-long Q&A session.

Boston protesters demand return of Nigerian kidnapped girls

At the State House last Thursday, members of the Greater Boston Nigerian community and supporters marched on the Boston Common, demanding the return of the 200-plus boarding school girls abducted in Chibok, Borno state, Nigeria by the Islamic group Boko ...

Carlos Henriquez remains jailed, despite his being cleared for early release three weeks ago.

As the deadline for filing papers for the November state election looms, former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez remains jailed

Obama administration pushing clemency agenda

President Obama and AG Eric Holder are taking measures to correct the racial disparity in sentences for drug crimes. The Fair Sentencing Act into law in 2010 to reduce racial sentencing disparities for crack-cocaine offenders; then he released eight men ...

Ohio governor, legislature seen undercutting voter rights

Since 2012, there has been a flurry of legislation in Ohio that could reduce broad participation in elections.

Immigrant activists arrested in Boston protesting U.S. deportations

Immigration activists blocking the Suffolk County House of Correction in Boston were arrested last week as a part of a national protest of the Obama administration’s immigration policies, which have resulted in the deportation of 2 million undocumented immigrants.

Scholars mull Obama’s record on race issues

A funny thing happened to Professor Matthew Whitaker on his way to the Barack Obama and American Democracy Conference at Tufts University. "I got a text message from my mother," the Arizona State University Foundation Professor of History said. "She ...

Evandro Carvalho wins Boston 5th Suffolk by wide margin

Political neophyte Evandro Carvalho cleared the field in the five-person Democratic primary special election for the 5th Suffolk District seat formerly occupied by Carlos Henriquez, securing 49 percent of the 1,957 ballots cast.

Candidates for 5th Suffolk seat debate issues at forum

The forum for the 5th Suffolk District could have ended at the candidates’ opening statements. The auditorium at the First Parish Church was packed with supporters of the four candidates who showed at the forum with no discernable undecideds in ...

Recent cases suggest bias in Mass. justice

Former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez was expelled from the state legislature by a House vote he and his supporters say had no basis in state law. Jailed on two misdemeanor assault charges, Henriquez will likely be released next month before ...

PA Attorney General slams sting operation 'tainted by racism'

PA Attorney General slams sting operation 'tainted by racism'

Mass. Governor candidates air views in labor forum

The five Democrats gunning for the Massachusetts governor’s office were in Dorchester on Saturday for a forum held by the Service Employees International Union at the organization’s headquarters and all candidates pledged to be labor friendly and offered different ways ...

Latino groups urge Obama to ease up on deportations

The National Council of La Raza had been one of the few remaining Latino advocacy groups to not openly criticize President Obama’s deportation policy. However, its president, Janet Murguía, now has turned the lens on the president by calling him ...