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BOSTON Well into Mitt Romneys tenure as governor of Massachusetts, a state legislator named Jay Kaufman developed a nagging suspicion: the governor had no idea who he was.
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"It was very irritating to lawmakers," John O'Keefe, a top aide to Mr. Romney at the time, said of how the governor knew facts but not faces.
A committee ...
Boston -- Massachusetts voters expected an Olympic-level performance from Mitt Romney — the turnaround expert credited with saving the 2002 Winter Olympics. But he left after a single term, short of winning a gold medal.
Undoubtedly, his most daring accomplishment was tackling the vexing problem of a half-million uninsured residents of Massachusetts — which he won handily on Super Tuesday — by pushing through a pioneering health care law in 2006. Aided by an unlikely ally, liberal icon Sen. ...
A Q&A on money corrupting the political system with Tom Ferguson, considered by many to be America's leading expert in money and politics.
The Supreme Court's shocking decision in Citizens United gave corporations some of the same political rights as people. The decision gave corporations and the wealthy the ability to spend obscene amounts of money on supposedly independent campaigns, often without transparency, as a representation of their so called "free speech rights."
For people ...
UMass head says big loan burden means the system is ‘not working’
WORCESTER — University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret told business leaders yesterday that the state university system, for all its strengths, has a fundamental problem: it is leaving students saddled with debt.
“It may look like it’s working,” Mr. Caret said, “but it’s not working because (students) are leaving with huge debt, and at the moment, a lot of them can’t find jobs to pay off that debt.” ...
CLINTON — The ClintonYouth Council on Aging is celebrating Women’s History Month at Clinton High School on Wednesday, March 21, at 3 p.m. with a program entitled, “Aging Women – Wages, Work Environments and Pensions.”
State Senator Harriette Chandler, former chairman of the Women’s Caucus, will open this event.
UMass Lowell Professor Robert Forrant will present a look at the Bread and Roses strike in honor of the 100-year anniversary of this important time in Massachusetts labor ...
Maria Ivanova, codirector of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, and her fellow panelists were highlighted here and on Facebook.
In Watertown, both Representatives Jonathan Hecht and John Lawn are facing fall reelection campaigns. Lawn is confronted with the same challenge Hecht was able to overcome two years ago: getting reelected after a special election.
Hecht ran unopposed in 2010, but took the seat in 2008 after a heated Democratic write-in primary to fill the seat Rachel Kaprielian left when she was tapped by Governor Deval Patrick to become the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. Lawn took office in May last year to ...
INTERVIEWING FOR AN INTERIM TOWN MANAGER: At their Tuesday meeting , the Stoughton Board of Selectmen left the door open for a possible stint as Interim Town Manager for Town Accountant Bill Rowe .
Selectmen Chairman John Stagnone said he would contact the Collins Center at UMass Boston for the names of some available interim candidates. He added that Acting Chief Procurement Officer Lindsay Pope is also working on getting additional names.
Three resumes arrived, and two are interested ...
Article on a presentation by Nancy Hurley of Think College, a project of UMass Boston’s Institute for Community Inclusion, to the Stoughton Special Education Parent Advisory Council.
(VOV) - A forum on Vietnam-US literature will be held in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on March 9.
The event marks the 20th anniversary of the first post war meeting between Vietnamese and US veteran writers.
Participants discuss the translation and introduction of Vietnamese literature to US readers over the past two decades and in the future.
Vu Tu Nam, the forum’s initiator, said the affection between the two sides is of great importance.
US writers come to Vietnam ...