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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.

Mass shootings do little to change state gun laws

Following the mass shooting in Connecticut, the Obama administration and lawmakers around the country have promised to re-examine gun control in America. Here is a look at some of the legislation action that has resulted.

House votes to expel state Rep. Carlos Henriquez

The Massachusetts House voted 146-5 today to expel state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, despite his spirited defense delivered from the floor of the House. Henriquez, who was convicted in January on two counts of assault on a woman, maintained his innocence.

Diversity lacking in Mayor Marty Walsh cabinet picks

When Mayor Marty Walsh meets with cabinet members to plan for a snow storm, the whiteout conditions aren’t just on the city’s streets. Despite campaign trail promises to build an administration that is reflective of the diversity of the city ...

Obama puts spotlight on growing income inequality

President Obama called on the country’s leaders to make 2014 "a year of action" to address the growing wage gap in the United States during his State of the Union address last week.His call to action mirrors moves in Massachusetts ...

House GOP may advance immigration reform plan

Recent remarks by House Republican leaders indicate the GOP is preparing to move forward with immigration reform legislation that includes a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.

Gov. Deval Patrick’s budget prioritizes education, human services

Gov. Deval Patrick is calling for increased support for education, human services and health care in his fiscal year 2015 budget.

Mass. political campaigns slow to hire blacks

While the Democratic primary is still nearly nine months away, the Massachusetts gubernatorial race is going full throttle for Democratic Party activists, with campaigns phoning potential delegates on a race to secure the party nomination during the June convention.

Lawmakers shoring up voter rights laws

Civil rights advocates — including the NAACP — have been scrambling since last June when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and delivered a serious blow to protections for black voters ...