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 ...

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.