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 ...

Voting rights advocates push for federal oversight

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law. But while Congress deliberates, activists are turning again to the courts: ...

Immigration reform on GOP agenda for 2014

It has been an up and down start to the new year for immigration reform advocates. With Republicans going public with party standards for immigration reform in late January, there was hope that House GOP leaders might move on immigration ...

Missing in action: Althea Garrison

Five of the six candidates who pulled papers to run in the special election for the 5th Suffolk District have cleared the first hurdle: turning in 150 valid signatures.

Governor says state can cut recidivism rate in half

Speaking at a forum held at UMass Boston and sponsored by MassINC, Gov. Deval Patrick says recidivism, the rate at which people convicted of crimes are re-arrested, can be cut by 50 percent in Massachusetts over the next five years ...

Expats participate in Venezuelan protests in Boston

Twice in the last two weeks, Venezuelan national Cristina Aguilera has taken to the streets of Boston to show support for the anti-government protesters back in her native country.

Back Bay Democrats voice disappointment in Wu

A Back Bay Democratic committee voted last week to send at-large City Councilor Michelle Wu a letter of censure for her support of Bill Linehan for Council president.

Boston candidates enter six-week sprint for 5th Suffolk seat

With just six weeks to corral voters in a notoriously low-turnout district, the four Democratic candidates likely to run in the special election for Boston’s 5th Suffolk District have their work cut out for them.

City Council President Bill Linehan is bailing out on this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast

City Council President Bill Linehan is bailing out on this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast

All politics is local: gov. candidates take back seat in caucuses

As can be expected in a year with multiple candidates running for open seats for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and treasurer, the recent Massachusetts Democratic caucus meetings were packed with political activists seeking signatures and support for candidates for ...

John Barros joins cabinet; Mayor Marty Walsh defends record on hiring

Mayor Marty Walsh tapped former mayoral candidate John Barros to serve as Boston’s first Chief of Economic Development, a cabinet-level position with supervision over the Boston Redevelopment Authority and six city departments.