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Does Daffy Know About This? | 06-14-2019

When Massachusetts state Sen. Joan Lovely needed a mascot for the diaper donation drive she and a few fellow lawmakers were putting on last week, she knew the perfect fit. As State House News Service reports, Lovely brought in Drake, one of her four pet...

Superstition Ain’t the Way | 11-02-2018

It’s traditional come World Series time for mayors of the cities of the teams involved to make a showy bet on the outcome. But don’t tell that to Boston Mayor Mary Walsh. As the Los Angeles Times reports , Walsh just said no to making a bet...

Giddy Up Go A Go Again | 08-17-2018

With the session winding down last month, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a bill extending authorization of the Bay State horse racing industry. But with the hour late and everyone exhausted, lawmakers neglected to send it to Gov. Charlie Baker, inadvertently...

Nobody at the Wheel | 06-29-2018

In spite of some tragic failures, the slow movement toward autonomous cars is rolling forward. The latest proof comes from Massachusetts, where State House News Service reports that Gov. Charlie Baker (R) recently signed off on an agreement to allow testing...

Count Me Out | 04-13-2018

In normal times, when the vice president comes to town the governor is sure to be there for a good old fashioned grip-and-grin for the news photographers. And if he is from your own party? Done deal, right? Wrong! Or so it was last week for Massachusetts...

When Life Gives You Lemons | 12-01-2017

You make a lemon pie! At least that’s what you do if you want to make Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker a happy man. Yes, as MassLive reports , Baker visited a new outlet of the legendary Worcester pie shop Table Talk last week, where he revealed...

Man, No Man | 11-17-2017

Hey, you want to be become a member of the Brookline Massachusetts Board of Selectmen? Sorry, too late! That’s because, as the Boston Globe reports , the town has dropped the name in favor of calling its elected leaders the Select Board. Members...

Oh the Shame | 11-03-2017

It isn’t surprising that Massachusetts companies with large numbers of workers who get their health care coverage through the Bay State’s version of Medicaid might not want that info getting around. Be that as it may, they may be about to...

No Regrets | 06-02-2017

For a lot of folks a Harvard degree might seem the epitome of achievement. That would seem especially true if said degree helps you go on to become governor. But not so for Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who reiterated last month his feeling that attending...

The Devil Ain’t Making Them Do It | 03-31-2017

Rare is the day some lawmaker somewhere doesn’t invoke their religion as cause for opposing or supporting a bill. But as my religious friends will tell you, if you have God then you also have to have Satan, and Old Ned is definitely looking to make...

Hillary Got Gored | 11-11-2016

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he stuck to his plan to not cast a vote for president last week. As the Boston Herald reports, it was a first for Baker, which he noted left him “disappointed.” Here’s guessing it wasn’t half...

Help Us, Shonda, Help, Help Us Shonda | 10-21-2016

Speaking of elections plagued by a bloviating blowhard – no, not that one – we hear that former major league pitcher Curt Schilling is planning to challenge U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in 2018. For non-sports fans, Schilling...

Free Charlie Baker | 07-29-2016

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is one loyal dude. For the last 18 months, he has shown unwavering support for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has been dueling with the NFL over a ball tampering scandal from the 2015 AFC championship...

Let There Be Curls | 07-15-2016

Budgets often contain lots of pet projects or other things not likely to get through the legislature on their own. A prime sampling this year comes from Massachusetts, where, as the Boston Globe reports , tucked away into the recently signed $39 billion...

Don’t Tread On Me | 04-15-2016

By all accounts, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is a nice guy and certainly among the most moderate members of his state’s GOP. But that didn’t stop him from recently feeling the wrath of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce...

The Buck Stops Here | 02-12-2016

When it comes to curtailing jaywalking, Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler says it’s time to talk softly and start wielding a big stick. Prompted by recent pedestrian deaths, Chandler wants to raise the Bay State penalty for...

Gov. Watchman | 02-12-2016

Speaking of Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker enjoyed his recent brief foray into presidential politics, when he went to New Hampshire to observe the primaries up close and personal. He was in fact so enthralled, reports State House News , he “may...

Twice As Nice | 11-20-2015

If being sworn into office is fun, why not do it twice? That’s what new Massachusetts state Sen. Michael Brady did a few weeks ago. As Statehouse News reports, Brady believed he was to be sworn in at 1:00pm on the 10 th . Alas, Gov. Charlie Baker...

Well Now That's Deflating | 11-06-2015

Love them or hate them – and there is no real in-between – the New England Patriots are the rulers of the professional football world. And no amount of teeth gnashing over their incessant cheating and bending of rules – sorry, alleged...

We Knew Brady Was All Wet | 08-14-2015

But now we have the gubernatorial seal of approval! Yes, as the State House News Service reports, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker took the ongoing Ice Bucket Challenge – a charity thing in which people raise money for ALS research by getting a...

Bring the Funny, Save a Life | 07-17-2015

We’ve all seen road signs warning us to slow down, pay attention or just knock off whatever stupid thing we might be doing behind the wheel. Or better said we’ve ignored them. But now Utah officials are taking a new approach. As Governing...

End of An Era | 07-10-2015

Try as we might to avoid it, time always marches on. And so it has for Pam Schofield, who State House News Service reports retired a few weeks ago after 32 years on the job as reference librarian for the Massachusetts State Library in Boston. During that...

A Dome Under the Dome | 04-10-2015

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is sporting a new look these days. As Statehouse News Service reports, Baker joined hundreds of others last week in getting a serious buzz cut as part of a fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Quincy. The...