Blacks, Latinos, Asians cite gains in Democratic Party

After eight years with an African American governor, blacks, Latinos, Asians exert more influence on Democratic Party politics.

Sheriff Tompkins touts progress, endorsements as he faces first election

Sheriff Steve Tompkins is focused on reducing recidivism among inmates in the Suffolk County House of Corrections and reducing violence in the the communities of Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop.

Gubernatorial candidates reach out to black delegates, voters in advance of convention

The five Democratic candidates for governor gave their positions on economic, housing and social issues during a forum sponsored by Democratic ward committees representing black, Latino and white liberal voters in Boston.

Blacks, Latinos concerned about Martin Walsh administration hiring

As Martin Walsh enters his sixth month as mayor, political observers in Boston’s black, Latino and Asian communities are cautiously optimistic about his administration’s work in the neighborhoods of Boston.

Why student debt matters: Q&A with Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren knows what education can do. Her new book, "A Fighting Chance," tells of what it did for her — starting at age 16, when she secretly applied to college and persuaded her parents to let her go. After ...

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.