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Beyond race and gender

This year’s statewide election features a gender-diverse pool of candidates for constitutional offices.

Stay at the top of the political game

With higher-than average turnout numbers in recent elections, blacks have become a major force in Boston politics. High turnout in black communities could determine the outcome of the 2014 statewide election.

Ballot questions let voters legislate

The Banner weighs in on the four questions on the 2014 Massachusetts ballot.

No stop-and-frisk without probable cause to arrest

Barring police from stopping and searching people unless they have probable cause to arrest would go a long way toward bettering relations between the department and the community.

Be somebody: Register to vote

Everybody has equal say on Election Day.

America’s race sickness afflicts public health

Many Americans hold negative views of Obama Care, unless they don’t know they’re receiving it.

No excuses for failure to vote

With a criminal justice system that is skewed against blacks and a city council with just one black member, blacks in Ferguson would do well to exercise their political power and vote.

Governor’s race wide open

While Massachusetts has consistently voted for Democrats in congressional and presidential races, voters have shown little party loyalty in gubernatorial races. With Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker running neck-and-neck, this year’s gubernatorial race could go either way.

Equality still a challenge after 40 years of busing

Court-ordered desegregation was implemented in response to the longstanding unequal allocation of resources in Boston’s public schools.

The math is simple: Entitlements decline with the growth of good-paying jobs

Many low-income workers are better off on public benefits that pay for housing, food, and health care than they are working a minimum wage job. A Harvard economist argues that allowing people to continue to collect benefits while employed would ...

Good news in the battle against poverty

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the birth rate for teens 15-19 years old has dropped from 57 percent in 1991 to 26 percent today. The decline in teen births has saved the government $12 billion ...

Ferguson blacks reap consequences of failure to vote

Blacks make up nearly 70 percent of the population of Ferguson, Mo., yet there’s just one black person on the town’s board of selectmen and just three of the town’s 53 officers are black. Voter turnout among blacks in Ferguson ...

Broadening children’s perspectives

Book on Native Americans can give children a broader perspective on Native Americans and the natural world.

Obama’s tough response is appropriate

Criticism of President Obama’s response to the Islamic State’s murder of James Foley ignores the broader implications of the president’s response.

Police homicides: A continuing national problem

Police shootings of unarmed black men will continue until blacks amass political power.

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