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Gender Pay Gap Still Not as Big as Space Between Scott Brown's Ears

Scott Brown – the Republican ex-Senator from Massachusetts now running in New Hampshire – stumbled on the campaign trail when asked about the wage gap between genders.
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Opinion: Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision Sells Out Our Democracy

Opinion: Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision Sells Out Our Democracy
When the Supreme Court issued its 5-4 McCutcheon vs. FEC decision last week, it demonstrated once again just how out of touch with political reality it is. The Court found that big money in politics and the influence and access to elected officials that it obtains is not sufficiently corrupting to trump the so-called First Amendment rights of the richest Americans.
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Without Election Regulation, Massachusetts Steels Itself for Onslaught of Dark Money

Without Election Regulation, Massachusetts Steels Itself for Onslaught of Dark Money
Super PACs are quietly forming to influence the Massachusetts' races for governor and other elections in 2014, and if state lawmakers can't pass a campaign finance disclosure bill soon, these outside groups will be free to spend unlimited sums without disclosing their donors in real time.
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Here's an Idea: Massachussetts to Expand -- Not Restrict -- Voting Rights

Here's an Idea: Massachussetts to Expand -- Not Restrict -- Voting Rights
Unlike many red states who've in recent years restricted the ability of voters to get to the booths, the Massachusetts Senate has just passed a bill that expands voting rights. Early, day-of, and online registration are all part of this comprehensive package.
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Scott Brown Running for New Hampshire Senate?

Scott Brown Running for New Hampshire Senate?
Is former Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) mulling a run for New Hampshire Senate? It wasn't all that long ago that the handsome fella was defeated by Elizabeth Warren in one of the most expensive races in Congressional history...
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MA School System in Shock Over Needless Killing of Beloved Teacher

MA School System in Shock Over Needless Killing of Beloved Teacher
Prosecutors contend that unassuming 14-year-old Philip Chism murdered his teacher Colleen Ritzer during the school day, dumping her body in the woods nearby. The Massachusetts school remains in shock, both because of the brutality, and the seemingly out-of-the-blue nature of the crime.
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Foodies Beware: Bacteria Shuts Down MA Oyster Production

Foodies Beware: Bacteria Shuts Down MA Oyster Production
Climate change and rising water temperatures may be to blame for the increase in a certain strain of bacteria in Massachusetts oyster beds. Infections have caused the burgeoning industry to shut down for the first time in history.
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Massachusetts Law Would Require Disclosure of Top 5 Campaign Contributors on Every Political Ad

Massachusetts Law Would Require Disclosure of Top 5 Campaign Contributors on Every Political Ad
The Massachusetts Disclosure Act, which was passed by the State Senate in 2012 and refiled in 2013, would close numerous loopholes opened up by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and require more disclosure by candidates and the corporations underwriting (and undermining) the whole process. The legislation is getting new found attention with the Boston Globe's endorsement this week.
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Study: Gov. Patrick to Look at MA's Undergound Economy

The study and continued work of the state’s Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Worker Misclassification corresponds with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Miscclassification Initiative. Massachusetts is one of 13 participating states.
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New Western New England Poll Shows Warren's Lead Holds Steady

Elizabeth Warren has been able to hold onto a lead against he Republican opponent Scott Brown. Her lead remains unchanged in a new poll.
The Western New England University poll shows Warren holding steady to her five point lead over Republican Senator Scott Brown.
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