Governor Patrick Signs Legislation To Reform Children In Need Of Services System

Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Deval Patrick  signed legislation to reform the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program, for handling children who consistently get in trouble at home or at school, including runaways and students who are habitually truant. The legislation focuses on a community-based service network to achieve positive results for children and their families. “By creating [...]

Governor Patrick Appoints Commonwealth’s First Government Innovation Officer

Governor Deval Patrick has named Tony Parham as the Commonwealth’s first Government Innovation Officer (GIO). In keeping with the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to changing the way government does business, the GIO will work with the Administration to find innovative ways to improve efficiency and streamline the delivery of government services. “Tony Parham brings decades of [...]

Mass. Launches Regional Renewable Energy Initiative With Other 5 States

solar panel

Governor Deval Patrick proposed a resolution at the New England Governor’s Conference that passed unanimously and will advance the process towards a coordinated regional procurement of renewable energy. Assistant Secretary of Energy Steven Clarke presented the proposal at the Burlington, Vermont conference on the Governor’s behalf. The six New England states agreed today to release [...]

New Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Chief Appointed


Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced the appointment of Alicia Barton McDevitt as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). Ms. Barton McDevitt replaces outgoing CEO Patrick Cloney, who is leaving the organization to pursue new opportunities in the private sector. As the founding CEO, [...]

FACT CHECK: Romney-Bain Contacts Outlasted Exit

Courtesy of Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he had no active role in Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded, after he exited in February 1999 to take over Salt Lake City’s Winter Olympics bid. But according to Bain associates and others familiar with Romney’s actions at the time, he stayed [...]

Romney: Jobs Report Latest Reason to Oppose Obama

Mitt Romney

ROXBURY, Mass. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney says the news that more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week is the latest proof that President Barack Obama should be voted out of office in November. The Labor Department reported Thursday that the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose by 34,000 last week. Romney cited the [...]

RI Lawmaker Accused of Illegal Law Practice

Rep. Leo Medina

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island lawmaker is facing a complaint that he practiced law without a license. The Providence Journal reports Wednesday that a Providence man alleges that state Rep. Leo Medina represented himself as an attorney and “conned” him out of tens of thousands of dollars when handling a case involving his [...]

Elizabeth Warren to Speak at Kennedy Library Forum


BOSTON (AP) — Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren is planning to appear at a forum at the John F. Kennedy library in Boston. The Harvard Law School professor will discuss her experiences as an assistant to President Barack Obama and special advisor for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The library says it extended an invitation [...]

Romney’s Higher Ed Overhaul In Mass. Fizzled

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney took over as Massachusetts governor in 2003 with a sweeping plan to overhaul the state’s public college system to cut waste, reduce costs and boost efficiency. “This is my opportunity to be bold,” he said in announcing the plan. But when Romney left office four years later, not a lot [...]

Pro-Murphy Super PAC Created in Conn. Senate Race

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A group of Connecticut residents, led by a state Capitol lobbyist, announced Monday they’ve formed a super PAC to support Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy in his U.S. Senate race and help him combat a possible attack from wealthy Republican Linda McMahon. Chris VanDeHoef, the chairman of “Connecticut’s Future PAC,” said [...]

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