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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Mass. Gov. to Lead Trade Mission to Colombia

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BOSTON (AP) —Gov. Deval Patrick will be leading a Massachusetts trade mission to Colombia.

Patrick, his wife, Diane, and the delegation of government and business leaders plan to leave on Saturday for the South American nation and return to Boston on Tuesday. The group will stop in several Colombian cities including Bogota and Cartagena.

The governor's office said in a statement Thursday that the mission seeks to strengthen the state's ties to Colobmia's growing innovation, life sciences and clean energy sectors.

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New England News
3:53 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Gov. Patrick Names Interim U.S. Senator

Credit Mass.Governor's Office

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has tapped a close confidant , advisor and long time friend to be the state’s interim United States Senator.   William “ Mo” Cowan  will temporarily replace John Kerry until a special election is held later this year.   

To temporarily fill the senate vacancy Governor Patrick turned away from high profile politicians and turned to his former chief of staff and one –time chief legal counsel. Cowan, a 43 year old African American pledged to go to Washington   mindful of the needs and aspirations of  Massachusetts residents.

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New England News
6:39 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Election For Kerry's Senate Seat Expected On June 25

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The US Senate is expected to vote Tuesday to confirm John Kerry as Secretary of State setting the stage for a special election in Massachusetts. 

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New England News
5:05 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Mass. Gov. Introduces Bill To Allow Parole for Convicted Youths

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has unveiled a series of sentencing reforms, including efforts to curb sentencing on youth offenders convicted of first-degree murder. 

Governor Patrick released a bill titled “An Act to Reform the Juvenile Justice System in the Commonwealth.” Two primary focuses of the bill would extended juvenile court jurisdiction from 17 years old to 18 years old, and would also prohibit mandatory life-sentences without parole for those convicted of first degree murder between ages 14 and 18.

In a prepared statement the Governor said…

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New England News
4:34 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Gov. Patrick Asks Municipal Leaders To Back Tax Hikes

Credit Dwight Sipler

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick urged city and town leaders Friday to support his call for a big tax hike.

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New England News
8:22 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Top Mass. officials expected at MLK Breakfast

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. meet at the White House, 1966
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BOSTON (AP) — One of the highlights of the state's civic and political calendar is scheduled for this week as elected officials, activists, clergy and others gather for Boston's annual breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

It's the 43rd annual hosting of the breakfast.

This year the Monday morning event is scheduled to take place on the same day that President Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term in Washington.

The breakfast typically draws the state's top political figures.

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New England News
12:10 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Gov.Patrick Proposes Large Tax Increase

Credit Dwight Sipler

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, beginning his final two years in office, is proposing an ambitious restructuring of the state’s tax system.  The governor outlined the proposal in his annual State of the Commonwealth Address last night. 

Governor Deval Patrick announced a bold plan that would raise an additional $1.9 billion dollars in taxes annually.

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New England News
8:24 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Mass. Gov. Patrick's tax plan meets mixed reviews

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BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers are giving mixed reviews to Gov. Deval Patrick's call to hike the state's income tax while also cutting the sales tax.

Senate President Therese Murray said she applauded Patrick's ambition but added the "the devil's in the details."

Fellow Democrat, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, said Patrick's proposal gives lawmakers a lot of food for thought, but said he didn't think the proposal could pass or fail based just on what Patrick said.

Republicans lawmakers were more critical.

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New England News
8:45 am
Fri January 11, 2013

New law eases IQ eligibility for state services

After a rally launching at Boston Latin School on March 24, 2007, Governor Patrick met with a small group of local political bloggers.
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BOSTON (AP) — Advocates for people with developmental disabilities are hailing a decision by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to sign a bill easing IQ eligibility restrictions for services.

The new law will prevent the state Department of Developmental Services from automatically denying eligibility to people scoring above 70 on IQ tests.

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New England News
7:32 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Mass. to revamp retiree health care

Governor Deval Patrick
Credit Dwight Sipler

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick plans to recommend sweeping reforms in health care benefits for retired state and municipal employees, changes that are estimated to save up to $20 billion over the next 30 years.

The recommendations stem from a report due to be released Friday by a special commission that studied the soaring costs of retiree health care.

An administration official familiar with the report said it calls for raising the minimum years of service an employee must have before being vested in the retiree health care system from the current 10 years to 20 years.

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