Erin Tiernan, Boston Herald

Erin Tiernan

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Somerville, MA, United States

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Past articles by Erin:

Massachusetts State House reopens Tuesday for first time after closing for pandemic lockdown

The Massachusetts State House on Tuesday will become the last capitol building in the nation to reopen its doors to the public after closing 713 days ago amid a wave of lockdowns after the coronavirus pandemic first arrived in the Bay State. → Read More

Conservative poll shows Maura Healey edge in Massachusetts governor’s race, low support for millionaire tax

A majority of voters might be opposed to a wealth tax in Massachusetts and Attorney General Maura Healey is the clear frontrunner in the governor's race to succeed Gov. Charlie Baker, even as a new conservative poll reveals more than half of Massachusetts voters are still undecided on their candidate. → Read More

Bill that would grant illegal immigrants Massachusetts driver’s licenses appears poised to pass

A bill that would make undocumented immigrants eligible for Massachusetts driver’s licenses, appears poised for passage this week after more than 20 years in the making. → Read More

Lawmakers urge pause on collections on Massachusetts unemployment overpayments amid pandemic

Top lawmakers heading the state Legislature's labor committee are urging Gov. Charlie Baker's administration to "pause" collections on overpaid unemployment benefits through July, calling for more time to untangle a complicated financial situation. → Read More

Boston calling remote city workers back for in-person work with omicron on retreat

Boston city workers who were allowed to work remotely during the omicron surge must report back to their offices in person, a city official confirmed. → Read More

Charlie Baker signs $101 million coronavirus spending bill, with vetoes for ‘unrealistic’ provisions

Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a $101 million spending bill to bolster the state’s coronavirus response over the weekend, vetoing numerous sections with deadlines he labeled “unrealistic.” The Republican governor signed the supplemental budget late Saturday. The bill includes $50 million for COVID-19 testing – both for PCR testing sites and purchasing rapid tests. […] → Read More

Ricardo Arroyo to run for Suffolk County District Attorney

Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo is officially in the running for Suffolk County District Attorney. → Read More

Trump wants Chris Sununu out of office as New Hampshire governor, asks GOP candidates to step up

Former President Donald Trump is asking GOP candidates to step up and get New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu out of office, according to longtime adviser Corey Lewandowski. → Read More

Geoff Diehl taps former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as senior adviser in campaign for governor

Republican candidate for governor Geoff Diehl is leaning hard into his Trump ties, announcing the former president's longtime adviser and one-time campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is joining his campaign. → Read More

Danielle Allen wants to decriminalize personal possession of heroin, cocaine if elected Massachusetts governor

Democratic candidate for governor Danielle Allen wants to decriminalize personal possession of drugs like heroin and cocaine if elected governor, a change she called “essential” to treating substance-use disorder and getting addicts out of the criminal justice system. “We need to make sure people have help, not handcuffs,” the Harvard professor and nonprofit leader said […] → Read More

Charlie Baker ‘optimistic’ Cape Cod bridges replacement project will be launched by end of 2022

Cape Cod's aging Bourne and Sagamore bridges are finally on the road to replacement, it appears, after Gov. Charlie Baker said received a verbal commitment from a top Army Corps of Engineers official that they're moving forward with the project -- and picking up the $2 billion tab. → Read More

Charlie Baker tucks cashless Lottery, sick time cap and other policy proposals in state budget

Tucked deep within Gov. Charlie Baker's $48.5 billion, 403-page budget released last week are more than 100 cost-cutting and other policy proposals ranging from cashless lottery to capping sick time. → Read More

Charlie Baker wants to slash Massachusetts State Police overtime by hiring retirees for details

State Police overtime cost Massachusetts taxpayers $51.5 million in 2021 and Gov. Charlie Baker is looking to slash those costs by bringing recent retirees back on the job to work details. → Read More

Maura Healey ready to break attorney general “curse,” hits back “anti-business” label

Maura Healey said she’s ready to break a supposed “curse” that’s blocked six past attorneys general from running successful bids for the governor’s seat and and she pushed back on her “anti-business” label while making the rounds on Sunday morning political shows. “Business benefits when every family is doing well economically,” Healey said on WBZ’s […] → Read More

Stoned drivers are ‘significantly’ impaired for up to 4 hours after cannabis use: study

Cannabis use can “significantly” impair drivers for up to four hours after use, a new study revealed, stressing the urgency for a better understanding of the effects its use increases aroudn the country. “Expanding cannabis medicalization and legalization increases the urgency to understand the factors associated with acute driving impairment,” researchers wrote. The randomized clinical […] → Read More

Mass Fiscal Alliance slams House Speaker’s handling of voting rights reform bill

“Public perceptions of election integrity should not be compromised to help the political aspirations of a few politicians running for higher office and a power-hungry Speaker.” → Read More

Millionaire tax opponents file SJC action to prevent ‘misleading’ of voters

Opponents of a so-called millionaire tax slated for the November ballot have filed a complaint with the state's highest court over potentially "misleading" language state election officials might use to sway voters. → Read More

Massachusetts on ‘back side’ of omicron surge, says Charlie Baker

Massachusetts is finally starting to feel relief from the record-high numbers of coronavirus cases fueled by the omicron variant, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday. → Read More

Massachusetts could miss out on same-day voter registration if House leaders get their way

House lawmakers have teed up debate on a voting rights reform bill that would permanently expand early voting opportunities and make voting-by-mail a standard option in future elections, but excludes same-day registration provisions already approved by the state Senate. → Read More

Massachusetts Senate shake-up: Longtime Worcester Sen. Harriette Chandler to retire

Longtime Worcester Sen. Harriette Chandler is the latest Massachusetts senator to announce she will not run for reelection this year, saying it's time for "new leadership" to take over the fight for progress on Beacon Hill. → Read More