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Sonia Chang-Díaz ends bid for Massachusetts governor

"There is no path," the state senator said. But Sonia Chang-Díaz's name will remain before Democratic primary voters on the Sept. 6 ballot. → Read More

Mass. legislative leaders respond to Biden’s call to suspend state gas tax: No way!

Democratic leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate on Wednesday rebuffed calls from President Biden for states to suspend their gas tax in the face of rising prices at the pump, arguing any savings are unlikely to be passed on to the drivers who actually need it. → Read More

Mass. high court rules ‘millionaires tax’ question was written ‘fairly.’ It goes before voters in November.

The ruling is a victory for labor unions, Democratic lawmakers, and others who’ve spent years pushing the measure to a November vote. → Read More

Mass. high court to hear arguments in DiMasi lobbying case

At issue is whether those found guilty of federal corruption charges should be barred from lobbying state lawmakers, the governor, and other Massachusetts officials for 10 years after their conviction, even if their crimes aren’t directly cited in the state law. → Read More

Top Mass. lawmakers promise hearing on troubled MBTA

Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Ronald Mariano said the Legislature will hold a hearing “in the coming weeks” to better understand what federal transit officials last week described as a dysfunctional agency. “They need more staff, they need more people running the trains, the buses," Spilka said. → Read More

Massachusetts lawmakers have 6 weeks to wrap their work. Court rulings, tax talks are complicating it.

The glut of proposals virtually guarantees there will be a torrent of major new laws put on the books this summer. It also raises the potential for a cluttered cutting room floor come Aug. 1. → Read More

Diehl now says his campaign won’t take public funds after opting into taxpayer-backed financing program

The move is an unusual one within the decades-old program, through which more than 110 candidates have received public money, including Democrats, Republicans, and unenrolled candidates. → Read More

Diehl, short on campaign cash, opts for public financing; only gubernatorial candidate to do so

The program offers public funds to candidates in return for agreeing to limits on spending. The money comes from taxpayers. → Read More

Mass. lawmakers agree to make vote-by-mail permanent, balk at same-day registration

Massachusetts could now join at least 26 states and Washington, D.C., that already offer “no-excuse” absentee voting, allowing any voter to request and cast a mail-in ballot. → Read More

Supreme Court decision could unravel key plank of vaunted Mass. gun safety law

As they tout the strength of the state’s gun laws amid a spate of deadly mass shootings, Massachusetts legislators and advocates are also warily eyeing an impending Supreme Court decision that has the potential to gut the state’s strict licensing rules and prompt a scramble on Beacon Hill to respond. → Read More

Massachusetts issued nearly $100 million in film tax subsidies in 2019, the most in a decade

Newly revised state data show the state also issued $20.1 million in taxpayer-funded subsidies to “Free Guy,” a 2021 Ryan Reynolds-led action comedy about a bank teller who discovers he’s actually a character in an online game. → Read More

At Mass. Democratic convention, activists gather as Healey’s star set to rise

In Attorney General Maura Healey, many in the party see their best chance of electing a Democrat to succeed Governor Charlie Baker, the two-term Republican who is not seeking reelection. → Read More

Mass. Democrats set to gather for convention, hopes high to expand their grip on power this fall

Activists plan to tout Massachusetts as a bastion of progressive trendsetting, and set a course — they hope — toward retaking full control of Beacon Hill. → Read More

Mass. Senate president backs Maura Healey for governor over Sonia Chang-Díaz, her Senate colleague

Karen Spilka, the top Democrat in the Massachusetts Senate, endorsed Attorney General Maura Healey for governor, bypassing a member of Spilka's own caucus, Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz. → Read More

Massachusetts lawmakers send Baker a bill allowing driver’s licenses for undocumented people

The governor has not said whether he would veto the bill but has indicated he fears the proposal could lead to illegal voting. → Read More

Massachusetts House poised to outlaw ‘revenge porn,’ following 48 other states

The bill’s emergence comes after months of pressure from Governor Charlie Baker and survivors, who’ve argued that Massachusetts laws had fallen woefully behind in protecting people whose ex-partners post sexually explicit images or videos online without their consent. → Read More

Charlie Baker wrote a book. Here’s what we learned from it.

"Results: Getting Beyond Politics to Get Important Work Done," due to be released Tuesday, is Governor Baker’s version of a public official’s playbook, rather than a traditional memoir. → Read More

Massachusetts Republicans gather in Springfield, with Trump-backed Geoff Diehl likely to get activists’ nod

Diehl, a former state lawmaker from Whitman who’s trumpeted Trump’s false claims the 2020 election was rigged, is the heavy favorite to win the party’s backing for governor over Chris Doughty, a Wrentham business owner running for office for the first time. → Read More

Healey says rent control is not ‘the solution’ to state’s housing crisis

“I’m a big believer in making sure that those needing rental assistance have support. But I think the way you get there, the overall picture, it’s not through rent stabilization,” Attorney General Maura Healey said in a radio interview. “It’s through the production of more housing.” → Read More

House lawmakers to consider moratorium on constructing correctional facilities

A month after the state announced plans to decommission a maximum security prison in Walpole, House lawmakers on Thursday are expected to vote on a plan that would impose a five-year moratorium on new construction for jails and prisons. → Read More