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Beacon Hill Roll Call, Oct. 23-27
11-05-2023 8:41 AM

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes from the week of October 23-27. There were no roll calls in the House last week. MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS (S 2481): Senate 39-0, approved and sent to the House a bill that would...

City budget, override focus of Northampton forum for at-large council candidates
11-02-2023 7:10 PM


NORTHAMPTON — With a budget override looming for Northampton, spending and money dominated a significant portion of the conversation at a Wednesday forum featuring the four candidates running for two at-large positions on the City Council.Candidates...

Northampton’s at-large candidates for School Committee discuss budget, MCAS and more at forum
11-02-2023 5:59 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Elimination of MCAS testing, declining enrollment and the school budget were some of the topics discussed by candidates for the Northampton School Committee’s at-large seats during a forum held Wednesday night at John F. Kennedy Middle...

Healey praised, pressed on housing: $4B proposal hailed at Amherst roundtable as UMass asked to do more 
11-02-2023 5:58 PM


AMHERST — Even as policies, programs and spending included in Gov. Maura Healey’s $4 billion Affordable Homes Act are being strongly supported by Amherst officials as a means of ramping up housing production, the governor is being advised that...

Williamsburg voters to pick new Select Board member on Saturday
11-02-2023 1:11 PM

By Sophie Hauck

WILLIAMSBURG — Three candidates for Williamsburg Select Board will go toe-to-toe Saturday in a special election to fill one vacant seat on the three-person panel. Richard Kisloski, Patrick Sumner and Paul Wetzel are running to fill the vacancy left...

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Oct. 16-20
10-27-2023 5:33 PM

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes from the week of Oct. 16-20.GUN BILL (H 4135): House 120-38, approved and sent to the Senate a bill that changes some of the state’s gun laws. Provisions...

Landscape shifting again around stalled tax relief talks
09-12-2023 8:04 AM

By Chris Lisinski

BOSTON — Lawmakers have given no indication they are any closer to compromise on the tax relief they promised more than a year ago, and they continue to be buffeted by competing affordability crosswinds.Beacon Hill received another pair of pitches in...

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Aug. 21-25
09-01-2023 11:30 AM

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on the percentage of times local senators voted with their party’s leadership in the 2023 session through Aug. 25. Beacon Hill...

AG Campbell vows engagement in visit to Leyden
08-25-2023 10:54 AM


LEYDEN — Following through on a campaign promise to ensure western Massachusetts residents don’t feel left out of the political conversation, the state attorney general swung by the northern Franklin County town of Leyden this week. Andrea Joy...

Trump and 18 allies charged in Georgia election meddling as former president faces 4th criminal case
08-15-2023 5:23 PM


ATLANTA — Donald Trump and 18 allies were indicted in Georgia on Monday over their efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state, with prosecutors using a statute normally associated with mobsters to accuse the former president, lawyers and...

Education wins in $56B state budget
08-09-2023 5:31 PM

By Sam Drysdale

BOSTON — Described as wins by education advocates across the state, all public school students will have access to free breakfast and lunch, and undocumented immigrants who went to high school in Massachusetts can now qualify for lower in-state...

Beacon Hill Roll Call, July 24-28
08-04-2023 12:38 PM

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of July 24-28. $375 MILLION FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES (S 2375): House 157-0, Senate 39-0, approved and sent to Gov. Maura Healey...

‘Nobody is above the law’: At city rally backing latest charges, Trump called ‘Jefferson Davis of our time’
08-03-2023 10:49 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Comparing Donald Trump to Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederacy, John Bonifaz, a local attorney and activist, condemned Trump at a rally in Northampton on Thursday shortly after the former president was arraigned in...

Solidago Foundation, See Forward Fund name new executive director
07-20-2023 12:03 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Though they may be headquartered in small offices under one roof in downtown Northampton, two social justice nonprofits have their eyes focused several thousand miles away in political hot spots like Georgia, Arizona and North Carolina...

Commentary: If there is a Kennedy in your past, you might weigh a Kennedy for president in your future
07-10-2023 11:00 AM


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is running for the 2024 Democratic presidential nominee. Anxious Democrats are taking note.The longtime environmental lawyer is the son and namesake of Robert F. Kennedy Sr., a former U.S. attorney general who was assassinated...

Healey reflects on Irish roots in Dublin address
06-28-2023 2:51 PM


DUBLIN — Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey on Tuesday was welcomed as a “hero and a trailblazer” to Ireland, on her first foreign trip in her new role.An emotional Healey addressed the Irish Senate, almost exactly 60 years to the day since President...

At Town Hall, Sen. Warren says democracy is on the line in 2024
06-25-2023 6:53 PM


HOLYOKE — Speaking to a small crowd of supporters gathered outside amid the humid heat, Sen. Elizabeth Warren lambasted the current U.S. Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade one year ago, saying the court had been taken over by “extremists” who...

McGovern goes after ‘wingnuts’ for impeachment, censure resolutions, calls GOP a ‘joke’
06-23-2023 5:37 PM


Calling the Republican Party “a joke” and referring to its MAGA faction as “wingnuts,” an exasperated U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern took to the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday night to accuse Speaker Kevin McCarthy of losing control of the...

A unifying voice: Amherst fifth graders testify in unison at state capital hearing in favor of bag ban
06-19-2023 3:52 PM


BOSTON — What started as a campaign against single-use plastic at Crocker Farm Elementary School became a lesson in political advocacy for fifth graders Nina Hirschberg and Bailey Millay, who testified on Beacon Hill in support of anti-plastic...

A year later, tax relief bills again up for negotiation
06-17-2023 3:48 PM

By Chris Lisinski

BOSTON — The fate of tax relief will now rest with a legislative negotiating committee after the Senate late last week stamped its unanimous approval on a nearly $590 million package. Both branches have voted this session on increasing tax breaks for...

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