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Feds tell automakers not to comply with Mass. law

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION officials dealt a major blow to a voter-approved Massachusetts law boosting access to motor vehicle telematic data, warning that the measure on the state’s books “poses significant safety concerns.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday effectively told major automobile manufacturers not to comply with the state’s “right […]

Posted inCourts, Criminal Justice, Politics

Attention turns to Arroyo’s role in Rollins scandal

RACHAEL ROLLINS wasn’t sending out text messages into the void. City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo was answering.  Two scathing reports on Rollins’s conduct as US attorney showed that she crossed all sorts of lines in leaking non-public Department of Justice information to reporters and exchanging hundreds of texts with Arroyo as she tried to boost his candidacy […]

Posted inCourts, Government, State Government

SJC punts on individual contributions to super PACs

THE STATE’S HIGHEST COURT decided on Tuesday not to rule on whether limits can be placed on individual campaign contributions to political action committees, putting those who favor limits in a difficult position. The Supreme Judicial Court considered an initiative petition proposed in 2022 that would place a $5,000-per-year cap on contributions from individuals to […]

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AG Andrea Campbell picks her targets

ATTORNEY GENERAL Andrea Campbell has waded into some politically thorny topics so far, trying to balance an advocacy lens as “the people’s lawyer” with the practical demands of being “top cop.” A former city councilor and Boston mayoral hopeful whose legal background focused on education and employment, Campbell is about five months into the attorney […]

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Isn’t winning by 1 vote enough?   

IN LAST NOVEMBER’S election, Kristin Kassner, a candidate for state representative on the North Shore, flipped a seat from red to blue by a one-vote margin. But it didn’t come easily.   Despite the will of the people being affirmed by a district-wide recount and court challenges to the election running their course, the Republican incumbent […]