Politics

Steph Solis
Oct 3, 2022 - Politics

Satanic Temple goes after abortion bans

A statue of Baphomet, the goat-headed diety, at the Satanic Temple in Salem.
Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

The Salem-based Satanic Temple is suing Indiana and Idaho in federal court over their abortion bans, arguing they violate the religious rights of people in those states.

Driving the news: The Satanic Temple filed its complaint against Idaho on Friday, a week after filing a similar one in Indiana.

Steph Solis
Sep 30, 2022 - Politics

Scoop: Massachusetts considered using health care subsidy funds in case of shortfall

Illustration of the Massachusetts State House with lines radiating from it.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Baker administration officials considered using money from a $225 million fund meant to cover health care costs for low-income people to plug a budget hole in the event that the state would have faced a deficit because of a 1986 law that triggered automatic tax refunds.

Driving the news: Documents obtained by Axios through a records request and reviewed by more than two state budget experts indicate the administration explored the scenario in mid-June as they considered what to do if they faced a nine-figure budget deficit.

Mike Deehan
Sep 27, 2022 - Politics

Can Geoff Diehl beat Maura Healey?

Photo illustration of Maura Healey tinted blue and Geoff Diehl tinted red separated by a white halftone divider.
Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photos: David L. Ryan and Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Local political experts say time is running out for Republican nominee for governor Geoff Diehl to attract enough attention from voters to have even a glimmer of hope to defeat Attorney General Maura Healey.

Why it matters: Historical trends, recent election results and factors unique to 2022 make Diehl's chances of becoming the next governor very slim 25 days before voting begins.

Steph Solis
Sep 27, 2022 - Politics

Michelle Wu-era zoning shake-up begins

Photo illustration of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu with lines radiating from her.
Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu nominated a new slate of members to the city's Zoning Board of Appeal. The plan, first reported by the Boston Business Journal, is part of an overhaul of the real estate board.

Why it matters: The ZBA has rejected housing plans in recent years even after applicants were approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency.

Steph Solis
Sep 26, 2022 - Sports

Massachusetts hits sports betting snag

Chris Cipolla of Draft Kings, right, speaks at a podium in front of members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, left.
DraftKings' Chris Cippola, right, speaks before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Photo: Steph Solis/Axios

Massachusetts regulators are wrestling with a gap in the new sports betting legalization law.

What's happening: The law allows for temporary licenses, but doesn't cap them or stipulate how they should be awarded.

Steph Solis
Sep 21, 2022 - Politics

Lawmakers, attorneys threatened after aiding Martha's Vineyard migrants

Two women speaking to news reporters.
An attorney for Lawyers for Civil Rights, left, and independent immigration attorney Rachel Self spoke to reporters on Martha's Vineyard last week. Photo: Steph Solis/Axios

Days after nearly 50 Venezuelan migrants were dropped off on Martha’s Vineyard, state legislators and attorneys who first aided the asylum seekers are receiving death threats. 

Why it matters: Tense debates over immigration policy have escalated in Massachusetts.

Steph Solis
Sep 14, 2022 - Politics

Boston challenging 2020 census count

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu is challenging the 2020 U.S. census count of Boston that tallied 675,647 residents, citing an undercount of at least 6,500 people.

Driving the news: Wu said yesterday the survey severely undercounted students, foreign-born workers and incarcerated people, citing research from the Boston Planning and Development Agency.

Massachusetts weighing potential plans for Texas migrant buses

Illustration of a city bus that says "Next Stop."
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Massachusetts officials are already considering what to do if Texas Gov. Greg Abbott decides to bring the border crisis and national culture war to the northeast.

Driving the news: Abbott has been sending buses of detained migrants to so-called sanctuary cities, in a move he says will test their values and force them to grapple with social safety-net issues, Axios Austin's Asher Price reports.

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