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Historic wins, bitter divides: The year in Boston politics
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Historic wins, bitter divides: The year in Boston politics
At the dawn of 2023, Massachusetts politicians were celebrating the historic electoral victories of Maura Healey, the state’s first woman governor, and Andrea Campbell, the first Black woman elected statewide in Massachusetts history.
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Tuesday’s election raises the prospects in Boston, Brockton
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Tuesday’s election raises the prospects in Boston, Brockton
The Nov. 7 election features city council races in Boston and a contested mayoral election in Brockton.
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Progressive majority at risk in Council races
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Progressive majority at risk in Council races
With two of Boston City Council's most left-leaning members having lost their seats in preliminary balloting, some are questioning whether the Council’s progressive streak will continue into the next term with a body that could no longer have a majority of people of color.
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Three councilors of color face challengers in preliminary race
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Three councilors of color face challengers in preliminary race
When voters in Roxbury and parts of the South End and Fenway go to the polls for the city’s Sept. 12 preliminary, there will be no shortage of choices in four City Council districts.
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Challengers abound in City Council races
Boston voters casting ballots in the Nov. 7 election will have eight candidates to consider for the City Council’s four at-large seats. But in two district races, the run-up to the Sept. 12 preliminary election is where the campaign action may be most intense.
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Mass. Black and Latino Caucus proposes new spending
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Mass. Black and Latino Caucus proposes new spending
Members of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus last month proposed an additional $419.3 million in spending to the House budget for next year. They secured $40.6 million.
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Black Men’s Task Force calls for change
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Black Men’s Task Force calls for change
When Rev. Miniard Culpepper ran for state senate last fall to represent a Dorchester-based district, he noticed a significant lack of Black men participating in all levels of politics. His determination to close that gap led to the formation this month of the Black Men’s Political Task Force to increase the number of Black men engaging with local politics.
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Newcomer launches bid for council seat
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Newcomer launches bid for council seat
Henry Santana, who grew up in the Alice Taylor Homes development in Mission Hill, is running for an at-large seat on the City Council.
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South End candidates wrestle with inequality
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South End candidates wrestle with inequality
The South End is in many ways a study in contrasts. A neighborhood where subsidized housing developments abut luxury condo buildings, a neighborhood where Black and Latino Bostonians have deep roots, but where few have pockets deep enough to afford rents.
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Plaintiffs, defense take stand in redistricting hearings
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Plaintiffs, defense take stand in redistricting hearings
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GOP woes spell smooth sailing for Warren
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GOP woes spell smooth sailing for Warren
The year 2023 marks 57 years of publication for the Bay State Banner — more than a half century during which the newspaper's reporters, photographers and contributors recorded the events and ideas that have made history in Boston and beyond.
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City, plaintiffs square off in redistricting hearing
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City, plaintiffs square off in redistricting hearing
At-large Councilor Michael Flaherty took the stand Tuesday, testifying for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the Council’s redistricting map.
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