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State House News Service Weekly Roundup: Games People Play

Governor Deval Patrick.

There have been rifts over the gas tax and collective bargaining rights, skirmishes over sentencing reforms and more serious disagreements about casinos – not once but twice.

But not since the great staring contest of 2010 between Speaker Robert DeLeo and Gov. Deval Patrick over slot parlors have hostilities between the executive and legislative branches been so open and raw. 

Patrick this week didn’t just threaten to veto the Democratic leadership’s proposal to raise $ 500 million for transportation with tax hikes on gas, tobacco and businesses. He eviscerated it, challenging not just the policy points, but the sincerity of the leaders who crafted it.

“To come up with this plan is just not serious and to say it’s a plan, to say it’s a solution is just not serious and I’m not going to play that game. I’m still here. I’m still engaged. I’m still willing to talk about compromise,” Patrick said, calling it “too small” and too short-sighted after years of neglected infrastructure investments. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 6, 2013 at 5:21 am

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State House News Service Weekly Roundup: Hizzoner’s Decision

 Mayor Thomas Menino.

He’s been omnipresent for 20 years from Roslindale to East Boston. His endorsement is coveted by city council hopefuls and U.S. senators alike. He occasionally mutilates the English language, mangles the names of sports stars, and commands loyalty unlike any public figure in Boston.

He was mayor-for-life. Now he’ll be mayor for only another nine months.

This week, as House Speaker Robert DeLeo continued to wait for the rescue helicopter to take him away from Gov. Deval Patrick’s “fantasy land” of higher taxes and trains, the Governor’s Council was up to its old tricks and the race for U.S. Senate kicked into a higher gear.

But little could compete with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and “The Decision” that held foes and allies alike breathless for months. Menino decided not to seek a sixth-term and will at the end of 2013 end on his own terms — his 20-year tenure as the city’s longest-serving and first Italian-American mayor. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 30, 2013 at 4:24 am

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State House News Service Weekly Roundup: March Madness

The Massachusetts State House.

The calendar says it’s spring, but Mother Nature remains unconvinced. House Speaker Robert DeLeo can sympathize.

Nearly three full months into the year, and the Speaker seems no closer to making up his mind on taxes than he was in 2012 when he announced the transportation fix would be the first order of the business for the new Legislature.

It still might be.

House and Senate committees are still dormant, for the most part, and leaders are fixated on responding to Gov. Deval Patrick’s package of tax reforms. It’s usually at this point that Senate President Therese Murray tends to get antsy, and orders her Ways and Means chairman to advance something, anything, that senators can vote up or down – okay, up.

That’s not the case, yet. “The committees still need time to have their hearings,” Murray said this week. So what about Sen. Stephen Brewer down on the second floor? He must be cooking up something right? Sex offender registry reform? “He’s cooking up the budget,” Murray said. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 23, 2013 at 4:51 am

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State House News Service Weekly Roundup: Black Smoke

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White smoke was rising from the Sistine Chapel as Speaker Bob DeLeo stood outside his office prepared to take questions about the formation of his new gun control task force.

DeLeo had spent much of his morning meeting with deputies Rep. William Straus and Rep. Brian Dempsey to discuss the still elusive “magic number” for new tax and/or fee revenue that could satisfy the needs of the state’s seemingly insatiable transportation system without breaking the banks of the residents who use it.

But for a moment, the Speaker’s interest was piqued by what was going on in Rome where 115 cardinals of the Catholic Church had just selected a new pope. The Boston press corps had spent weeks salivating at the possibility that the city’s own Cardinal Sean O’Malley might be the next pontiff. DeLeo’s money was riding elsewhere.

“I picked the gentleman, the cardinal from Spain,” he said. Office pool? “Not in my office, let me put it that way,” DeLeo quickly explained. In this case, the speaker was out of luck. New Pope Francis calls Argentina home. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 16, 2013 at 5:21 am

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State House News Service Weekly Roundup: Backing Into Half a Cat

Governor Deval Patrick

Four years ago Gov. Deval Patrick went to the Legislature and asked for a 19-cent gas tax increase to fund transportation. They scoffed at his idea, then raised the sales tax and swore off further revenue increases, until now.

With that history in mind, a sense of irony settled over Beacon Hill this week, where there’s a possibility that the governor’s proposal to hike the income tax, lower the sales tax and eliminate some tax deductions might be driving lawmakers back to that moment in 2009 with a chance to reconsider.

It would be odd if House lawmakers turned later this month to the gas tax for new revenue. But not implausible. At least not anymore.

The plot thickened as the negotiations between House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Patrick – private up until now – spilled more into the public sphere. And with little to nothing else on the legislative agenda at the moment, all ears were tuned. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 9, 2013 at 5:53 am

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News Nearby: Off-Leash Areas for Dogs on Common, Second JT and Jay-Z Show at Fenway

Everyone loves dogs!

While we do our best to focus on news and events directly concerning the South End, sometimes it’s nice to know what’s going on in other Boston neighborhoods. Welcome to the weekly regional news roundup, which will bring you the top news from other Boston neighborhoods this week.

Beacon Hill: Parks Department OKs Off-Leash Dog Areas on Common – The city’s Parks Department approved a plan Monday to designate parts of the Boston Common for off-leash dog recreation areas, but a date hasn’t been set for when the program will begin.

Back Bay: Back Bay Hotel Now Officially a Loew’s Property  With a champagne toast, the iconic Back Bay Hotel officially became the Loews Boston Back Bay Hotel Thursday. The Loews Hotels & Resorts chain announced plans to buy the building, at the corner of Berkeley and Stuart streets, last month. It had been owned since 2009 by the Doyle Collection, a Dublin company specializing in upscale hotels.  read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm

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News Nearby: Clio Chef Fired for Stabbing, JT and Jay-Z Coming to Fenway

Justin Timberlake is the new creative director for Bud Light Platinum.

While we do our best to focus on news and events directly concerning the South End, sometimes it’s nice to know what’s going on in other Boston neighborhoods. Welcome to the weekly regional news roundup, which will bring you the top news from other Boston neighborhoods this week.

Back Bay: Clio Chef Charged With Stabbing Friend, Fired from RestaurantClio chef Doug Rodrigues was charged with stabbing a man while showing a woman how to use a folding knife while at Crossroads (495 Beacon St.) on Feb. 17. Rodrigues was arrested and charged him with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. Following his arrest, a PR representative from Clio informed the Phoenix that Rodrigues was no longer employed at Clio and that the firing was tied to the knife incident. 

Beacon Hill: Comm. Ave Fire Does $ 5 Million in DamageInvestigators say that in-floor radiant heating caused the three-alarm fire in a Commonwealth Avenue brownstone Wednesday morning that resulted in $ 5 million of damage but no injuries. Firefighters responded to the five-story, three-condo building at 9:18 a.m. and quickly called for backup. “They were here in a matter seconds,” John Walsh, who lives on the third floor of 17 Commonwealth Ave. and was the only one of the building’s occupants who was home when alarms sounded, said of the Boston Fire Department. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm

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Mass. mayors meet to discuss gun laws – WWLP 22News

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm

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Temp Workers Right-to-Know Law Goes Into Effect in Massachusetts – EHS Today

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm

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Massachusetts mayors unite on gun law changes – Boston.com

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - January 31, 2013 at 9:11 pm

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