Erin Tiernan, Boston Herald

Erin Tiernan

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Somerville, MA, United States

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Recent articles by Erin:

She’s in: Maura Healey announces run for Massachusetts governor

After a months-long tease, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday that she's in, officially running for governor as a Democrat. → Read More

Rapid COVID tests coming to Massachusetts child care centers, says Charlie Baker

Child care centers around Massachusetts will soon receive shipments of COVID-19 rapid tests as part of a new “game-changer” program to help keep coronavirus out of classrooms, Gov. Charlie Baker said. “We expect the rapid test program will be a game-changer for many folks in early education and care, as the vast majority of kids […] → Read More

More Americans than average leaning Republican at end of 2021, poll shows

Preferences shifted from a nine-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter of the year to a five-point GOP edge by the end of the year, in the poll released this week. → Read More

Maura Healey to announce bid for governor as early as Thursday: Sources

Maura Healey has finally made her decision to hop into the governor's race and will launch her campaign as early as Thursday, according to sources close to the Democratic attorney general. Healey was busy on Wednesday making phone calls to donors and other Democrats, according to several sources with knowledge of Healey's plans. → Read More

Legislature promises more testing, better masks and vaccination efforts in $55 million coronavirus response bill

Lawmakers have promised to "swiftly" pass a $55 million bill for expanded coronavirus testing, youth vaccination education efforts and higher-quality masks for schools and send it to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk as early as next week. → Read More

Ricardo Arroyo ‘considering’ bid for Suffolk County District Attorney

Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo is the latest name floated to be in the running for the open Suffolk County District Attorney seat. → Read More

Should I take a rapid coronavirus test or a PCR? Public health experts breakdown the facts

Hours-long lines for coronavirus PCR tests are prompting public officials to push the masses to use rapid, at-home antigen tests instead but public health experts warn the 15-minute tests are prone to false-negatives. → Read More

Embattled Boston Police sergeant, founder of anti-vax mandate group spars with police over vaccine passport

Embattled Boston Police sergeant and founder of an anti-vaccine mandate group Shana Cottone sparred with officers over her refusal to show proof of her vaccination status on Saturday as the city's new vaccination requirements took effect. → Read More

Boston clergy, activists invoke Martin Luther King Jr. Day to further ‘urgent’ push for voting rights reform

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, clergy and voting rights reform advocates invoked the civil rights leaders’ name to spread their “urgent” message → Read More

Massachusetts millionaires’ tax could generate $1.3 billion, but with ‘high’ cost to jobs, taxable income

Opponents of a millionaire tax before voters this fall say the $1.3 billion in new annual income will cost Bay Staters 9,000 lost jobs and drive out up to 4,000 high-earning families at a time when Massachusetts is already "flush with cash." → Read More

Race takes shape for Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, Attleboro Mayor challenges Thomas Hodgson

A race for the Bristol County Sheriff's office is taking shape with Democratic Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux throwing his hat in the ring as a potential challenger against Republican incumbent Thomas Hodgson. → Read More

Charlie Baker commutes convictions of two first-degree murderers

Gov. Charlie Baker has commuted the first-degree murder convictions of Thomas Koonce and William Allen, making them immediately eligible for parole. → Read More

Charlie Baker, top state health official resist lawmakers push for mask mandates, more coronavirus regulations

Lawmakers who feel like Gov. Charlie Baker has shirked his responsibilities amid the omicron surge left a Tuesday hearing with the governor and the state's top health official feeling like they "didn't move the needle." → Read More

Charlie Baker says 26 million rapid coronavirus tests coming for Massachusetts teachers, school staff

Massachusetts teachers and school staff are first in line for roughly 26 million rapid coronavirus tests headed into the commonwealth over the next three months, Gov. Charlie Baker announced, urging people to back off of their reliance on PCR testing. “Today we’re announcing that we secured an order with iHealth Labs to supply the commonwealth […] → Read More

Watch Live: Charlie Baker to give an update on coronavirus testing

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will join Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders for an announcement regarding COVID-19 testing at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Watch live here: The Bay State’s testing capacity has been pushed to the limits in recent weeks amid a holiday surge in coronavirus cases fueled by […] → Read More

Boston Police sergeant and founder of anti-vaccine mandate group placed on leave accuses Michelle Wu of retaliation

A Boston Police sergeant says she was placed on leave amid "cooked up" charges and is accusing Mayor Michelle Wu's administration of retaliating against her over her criticism of the city's vaccine mandate. → Read More

Dozens still living in tents at Mass and Cass ahead of Wednesday deadline to clear tents

Dozens of people were still living in what's left of a sprawling homeless encampment two days before Mayor Michelle Wu's deadline for clearing tents at the epicenter of the city's opioid crisis at the intersection Mass and Cass, officials said. → Read More

How to use the Massachusetts vaccine passport website

Massachusetts launched a vaccine passport on Monday giving Bay Staters "another tool" to access their vaccination record as an increasing number of businesses and cities start to require proof of vaccination against COVID-19. → Read More

Boston Public Schools closed Tuesday for extreme cold weather, staffing shortage

Frigid temperatures kept kids out of the classroom Tuesday as Boston Public Schools closed all buildings citing "extreme cold weather," but Mayor Michelle Wu said coronavirus-related "staffing issues" contributed to the decision as more than 1,200 school employees and teachers were absent on Monday. → Read More

Massachusetts ban on rent control up for debate Tuesday

Lawmakers considering peeling back a statewide ban on rent control are slated to hear from supporters pressing for action on the "urgently needed tenant protections" and opponents who say any kind of rent stabilization will slash real estate tax collections and cut into housing production goals. → Read More