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Politics

Conversation and news about local officials, government and campaigns.
Group Sues City to Stop Installation of Sidewalk Ramps

Group Sues City to Stop Installation of Sidewalk Ramps

A Beacon Hill collective believes concrete sidewalk ramps will hinder the cultural appeal of the neighborhood.
Governor Patrick Signs Gun Safety Legislation

Governor Patrick Signs Gun Safety Legislation

The new bill is part of the goal to create safer communities throughout the state.
Migrant Children Not Coming to Massachusetts After All

Migrant Children Not Coming to Massachusetts After All

Federal officials told Gov. Patrick this week they won't move forward with the previously-proposed program.
Senate Approves New West Nile Virus Protection Bill

Senate Approves New West Nile Virus Protection Bill

Sponsored by Sen. Jason Lewis, the bill aims to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds in storm drains and catch basins.
Officials Look to Honor Former Mayor Flynn With Monument

Officials Look to Honor Former Mayor Flynn With Monument

A pair of city councilors plan to find a spot in the city for a statue or other monument.
Minimum Wage Hike Approval Expected

Minimum Wage Hike Approval Expected

A measure expected to pass Wednesday would increase the state’s minimum wage to $11.
Mass. Officials: Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradicated from Boston Area

Mass. Officials: Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradicated from Boston Area

Officials plan to discuss the update on Monday morning in Jamaica Plain.
Should Massachusetts Legalize Pot?

Should Massachusetts Legalize Pot?

With the economic benefits of legalized marijuana working for Colorado, is our state next in line?
Boston's 2013 Mayoral Race Considered Most Expensive in State History

Boston's 2013 Mayoral Race Considered Most Expensive in State History

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh spent more than $3 million in the race, which broke the record of what was spent by former Mayor Thomas Menino.
Mayor Walsh Looks to Fine-Tune Rental Inspections Throughout the City

Mayor Walsh Looks to Fine-Tune Rental Inspections Throughout the City

The mayor wishes to have inspectors focus more on landlords who have a history of code violations.
Support Pouring in for Former Boston Mayor After Cancer Diagnosis

Support Pouring in for Former Boston Mayor After Cancer Diagnosis

Thomas Menino, 71, announced over the weekend that he is undergoing treatment for an advanced form of cancer.
Boston Mayor Boycotts St. Patrick's Day Parade Over LGBT Controversy

Boston Mayor Boycotts St. Patrick's Day Parade Over LGBT Controversy

Walsh has threatened to boycott the parade for weeks, demanding gay groups be allowed to march.
Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino Diagnosed With Cancer

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino Diagnosed With Cancer

Menino, 71, is undergoing treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Should Bars, Restaurants Stay Open Later in Boston?

Should Bars, Restaurants Stay Open Later in Boston?

A proposed plan would allow certain venues to remain open until 3:30 a.m.
Boston Mayor May Boycott St. Patrick's Day Parade

Boston Mayor May Boycott St. Patrick's Day Parade

Mayor Walsh is opting to boycott the parade unless organizers allow gay and lesbian groups to march.
What Do You Think About Boston’s Snow Plowing This Winter?

What Do You Think About Boston’s Snow Plowing This Winter?

Give your praise, voice your concern and let the town know what you think about snow plowing this winter.
Forest Hills, Other MBTA Bus Stations to Receive Countdown Clocks

Forest Hills, Other MBTA Bus Stations to Receive Countdown Clocks

The clocks will notify riders when the next bus on each route will leave.
Former USDA Administrator to Formally Announce Lt. Governor Run Friday

Former USDA Administrator to Formally Announce Lt. Governor Run Friday

Holliston resident James Arena-DeRosa will launch his campaign at the Red Cross Food Pantry in Roxbury.
Coakley Up Big on Baker in New Gubernatorial Poll

Coakley Up Big on Baker in New Gubernatorial Poll

Suffolk University/Boston Herald survey has AG leading by 13 percent.
Annual Boston Homeless Census Reveals 3.8% Increase

Annual Boston Homeless Census Reveals 3.8% Increase

The number of homeless children increased by 4.3 percent from 1,971 to 2,056 this year.