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Mail-in voting didn’t boost primary turnout

WHEN LAWMAKERS passed permanent no-excuse mail-in voting earlier this year, advocates billed it as a way to increase voter participation.  “This is a historic bill that is going to have more people participate, and when more people participate, democracy wins,” said Sen. Barry Finegold, an Andover Democrat and the lead Senate negotiator on the bill, […]

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Who were the winners and losers (besides the candidates)? 

WHO WON AND who lost yesterday? Of course, there are the candidates who put themselves and their ideas out there for voters. They all were winners for democracy, though the hard reality of election results will brand some winners and others losers. But beyond the candidates, every election brings another set of winners and losers. […]

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Poll shows strong support for workplace vax mandates

AS THE DELTA variant spurs an increase in cases and renewed calls for masking indoors, new poll numbers show Massachusetts employees broadly support their vaccine requirements for their own workplaces. The data was collected for this week’s Mass Reboot episode entitled Work.  Overall, 75 percent of employed residents at least somewhat support their own employer […]

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Poll shows strong support for requiring vaccines for teachers, first responders, and other groups

NEWS THAT THE state’s biggest health care provider systems will be requiring COVID vaccinations of their employees will likely renew debate about whether other organizations or types of businesses should do the same.  Survey data from late last month suggest that about three-quarters of residents statewide support vaccine requirements in the public sector. Topping the […]

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Getting Gateway Cities back on the bus

MUCH OF THE FOCUS on public transportation in Massachusetts during COVID has been on service cuts at the MBTA, but the Regional Transit Authorities serving the state’s Gateway Cities and surrounding communities have also been struggling with declines in ridership since the start of the pandemic. A new poll (topline, crosstabs) highlights the challenges facing […]

Posted inHealth Care

Mass. voters offer Warren a warning on Medicare for All

AS MASSACHUSETTS Sen. Senator Elizabeth Warren joins Joe Biden atop the Democratic primary field, her rivals have sharpened their attacks on her positions, most notably around her support for Senator Bernie Sanders’s “Medicare for All” proposal. Today, Warren doubled down, releasing a massively complex and detailed plan to pay for her $20.5 trillion extension of […]