Today, Michelle Wu signed a measure into law for the first time as mayor of Boston. The measure is to divest city funds from the fossil fuel industry. This is an astronomical move for a city like Boston and will create the groundwork for … [Read more...]
Who can challenge Charlie Baker in ’22?
This excellent opinion piece by Somerville mayor Joe Curtatone reminded me that there had been some discussion on this site of Curtatone as a possible Democratic candidate for governor. Until this week, I'd been thinking that Charlie … [Read more...]
“Breaking our will” — or finding it?
Gov. Baker essentially pushed out his undersecretary for Climate Affairs, David Ismay, over some comments he made to a group of Vermont community leaders working on climate change. In talking about the inherent difficulties in changing … [Read more...]
Will Beacon Hill become Downing Street?
As noted below, former State Senator Ben Downing is running for Governor. I think I saw this coming, and I'm pretty pleased that he's taking the plunge. I hope other rank-and-file Democrats can allow themselves to get interested and even a … [Read more...]
Why won’t Charlie Baker sign the climate bill?
UPDATE: Speaker Mariano and Senate President Spilka have indicated that if Baker vetoes, or pocket-vetoes the bill, they're just going to refile it -- and presumably pass it with a veto-proof majority. In other words, Baker might as well … [Read more...]
Gov. Baker skewed the Health Impact Assessment for the Weymouth gas compressor
In response to residents of the South Shore complaining about the proposed Enbridge gas compressor, in 2018 Gov. Baker threw them a bone: A Health Impact Assessment, to be finished before the permitting process in January 2019. In a weird … [Read more...]
Right Now: Rent and mortgage relief; take care of gig workers
Wednesday was the first of the month. Rent was due. Unemployment claims for Massachusetts were 329,000 over the last two weeks. That's ... 4.8% of the entire population of Massachusetts, and 9% of the workforce, newly out of a job, right … [Read more...]
Our own Berlin Airlift: Patriots Plane defies Trump’s effective blockade
In a tale of logistical wizardry, persistence, and sheer physical endurance, Massachusetts is being whisked some 1.4 million N95 masks on the New England Patriots' plane. 300,000 some masks will go to New York. Bob Kraft is paying for some … [Read more...]
You knew this wasn’t right: Trump *and Baker’s MassDPH* are botching the response
I had hoped, maybe somewhere in the denial/bargaining stage of processing the coronavirus testing debacle, that at least our state officials were on top of the situation, and at least giving us reliable information. The evidence before … [Read more...]
Weymouth compressor: MassDEP’s Chewbacca Kafka Humpty-Dumpty Up-Is-Down Catch-22
Added: Nice story and interview by CBS-4 with Alice Arena of FRRACS, one of the compressor station resistance leaders: They're down to this: Physical blockades of the gas compressor construction site in Weymouth. Nine folks from … [Read more...]
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