The best defense is good offense: DOJ challenges local public defense programs

One issue that’s garnered particular attention from Justice Department lawyers is fair access to legal defense, a right guaranteed by the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments. The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division has filed four such statements in the past two years, ...

Sen. Warren stands up for working women

Tackling questions about federal issues important to women in the workforce, Warren outlines some of the legislative initiatives in Washington aimed at leveling the gender playing field, particularly for women in low-income jobs.

Trump’s rise pushes GOP further right

At a news conference last week, Donald Trump told Mexican American news anchor Jorge Ramos — who is often called the Walter Cronkite of Latino America — to “go back to Univision” after he questioned the Republican presidential frontrunner about ...

Meeting moved! Baker administration reschedules

Roxbury voters objected to the Governor's economic development Sept. 8 listening session tour date in Roxbury, which coincides with the preliminary voting for City Council.

Andrea Campbell receives endorsement of Ward 15 Democratic Committee

The Boston Ward 15 Democratic Committee has voted to endorse Andrea Campbell in the race for the District 4 Boston City Council seat.

Candidates are many, campaigns are few in City Council districts 4 & 7

With the date of the city’s preliminary election moved to Tuesday, Sept. 8 — the day after the Labor Day weekend — turnout is expected to be light in Roxbury’s District 7 and Dorchester’s District 4 races. And while both ...

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 ...