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standing room only at likely the last @NRCgov hearing before relicensing seabrook nuclear plant. big crowd of IBEW union members from NH & MA supporting the plant; lots of locals with safety concerns. ~10 elected officials represented too. #nhpolitics #mapoli
.@SenJeb & @ChrisEllms of @GovChrisSununu's office speak in favor of relicensing seabrook nuclear plant - they say it's a huge source of clean energy that supports local jobs and economies. #nhpolitics
the focus for many people here - like engineer meredith angwin - is that seabrook must stay open to prevent another upswing in natural gas use & carbon emissions in new england. #nhpolitics
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Y'all, I made this map a couple yrs ago. It's goofy, but it serves the purpose: helping folks picture where Enbridge wants to build the compressor. @PipelineImpacts pointed out to me the map has been viewed 36,000 times. 1/ #mapoli…
@PipelineImpacts 2/ Minus the hundreds of times I've viewed it myself, that's A LOT of views. I'm in the process of gathering Access Northeast (ANE) project maps/data to add to this google map.

But wait—isn't ANE a "dead" project? Didn't it lose funding when the "pipeline tax" was struck down...
@PipelineImpacts 3/ in 2016 by the MaSJC? Yes! But projects like this NEVER stay dead, especially when Enbridge is SO CLOSE to getting this lynchpin in ALL of their plans: the Weymouth compressor. There are billions of $'s to be made by making MA a gas highway to Canada & export.
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The Fore River Health Impact Assessment has been completed and is at

I'm crying, but not in a good way.
It's official: Our Commonwealth of MA lies for the benefit of (in this case) Enbridge. Who cares about science, research, kids getting cancer, ANY OF THAT?

I am RIPSHIT right now. #mapoli
I’m settling in for an aggravating read of @MAPCMetroBoston’s “HIA”

MAPC, how does it feel to spit in the face of empirical facts, science, and common sense? Our MA government is lying to us for benefit of for-profit Canadian gas company. It’s crushingly disappointing #MApoli
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Tonight's meeting of #Somerville's Finance Committee was probably one of the most penetrating examinations by a municipal legislature anywhere in the US of the new #OpportunityZone tax break legislation promulgated as part of the Trump administration's tax bill. 1/6 #mapoli
Alderman @BenForWard3 led with a well-researched and hard-hitting set of questions about Somerville's city administration's choice to have two neighborhoods designated that already had major national investors committed to "transformative" projects. 2/6 #mapoli #somerville
His questions kicked off a broader line of questioning by many members of the Board of Aldermen about why the city has not prepared to negotiate additional benefits for Somerville residents from transformative developments given the unexpected windfall that the OZs represent. 3/6
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I know I have some followers who are planning to go in tomorrow and quietly fill in a circle next to Baker/Polito here in Massachusetts. Let me suggest why you should choose otherwise.
I think it’s been pretty easy if you’re a white/middle(or higher) class/cisgender/otherwise comfortable person to kinda cruise during this administration. You’re still not directly threatened.
And so you can go with the “Baker the manager” and “Massachusetts with checks and balances” line that I’ve seen going around a lot.
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1/ I completely disagree about Baker’s record. He appears to be moderate only in comparison to the extreme right on the federal level. He’s blown off the 2008 MA global warming solutions act, put forth an ultimately illegal gas “pipeline tax” & let DPU gas inspectors dwindle to 2
2/ ... which directly resulted in the Merrimack Valley literally exploding. Multiple 1000’s of gas leaks go unrepaired while Baker sits on hands re: National Grid’s gas worker lockout (5 mos now!). Baker is in favor of New gas infrastructure despite not needing the gas #mapoli
3/ Baker supports Trump’s favored picks for Senator & MA AG who would further enable Trump’s dangerous policies. Baker had to be forced by public outcry to withdraw MA Nat Guard troops from the border in June (even tho Baker KNEW families were being separated).
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I'm saddened to see a continuing &, frankly, inept smearing of @PatrickMOConnor's record. McBrine's campaign've posted so much dreck on FB that should've been googled b4 posting as it's easily proved false... & now this?? #mapoli 1/…
From FB, O'Connor's response to the gun thing, from a public post. 2/
3/ As for the transgender issue... I can tell you that those of us who have followed @PatrickMOConnor's record & been in contact w/ his office know his stance on social issues, & know an out-of-context pull quote that doesn't align w/ his views when we see one. #mapoli
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#mapoli Yes. Dismissive and plainly expressing his disinterest in the severity of the gas compressor proposal: smallest plot of land, most densely populated site EVER proposed in the US. And bc site’s on coast, MA CZM has *final* say! It’s NOT just a federal issue! #MApoli
For anyone who thinks Weymouth is overreacting. Watch this meeting w/ LEPC’s from Weymouth, Quincy, Braintree, Hingham & State Undersecretary of Homeland Security McMurray. Compressor proposal is a big fecking problem.
@davabel @clemoult @BostonGlobe…
Some slides to follow from the Weymouth Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting that included LEPC’s from Weymouth, Quincy, Braintree, Hingham & State Undersecretary of Homeland Security McMurray.
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Read about how @CharlieBakerMA ignored me for 82 days as I waited to speak to him re: #WeymouthMA compressor. He walked by me, never spoke to me, & eventually avoided leaving his office while I was there.

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@jay4ma Jay is 100% correct about this avenue of revenue!
I *highly* recommend folks listen to @Gladwell 3 part podcast series on rich colleges. I was flabbergasted at the amount of money socked away. 1/
@jay4ma @Gladwell Please make sure to see Gladwell’s notes by scrolling down each podcast’s page. There are some links and some data that will knock you for a loop, one of which is this:…
2/ #mapoli
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UPDATE from @nathanpboston re: effort to get induction cooktops to those in the Merrimack Valley. The GoFundMe will be kept open as it's imperative that people have a way to take care of basic household tasks. 100% of the money is going to cooktops and shipping charges 1/
Nathan is also still looking for new or used pots and pans (with lids, hopefully) that can be used with the cooktops. You can test a pot by holding a magnet near the bottom. If the magnet sticks, it's good for induction! 2/ #mapoli…
From Nathan: "Hi all! We've blown past our $5k goal and are now at $6,158! [edit: now it's $6449!] Now our two biggest challenges: securing inventory, and connecting with households. As of today, 5 homes are able to cook that weren't" 3/ #mapoli…
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My friend Nathan Phillips and Gas Leaks Allies (a coalition of like-purposed environmental groups) have made a gofundme to buy induction cooktops to donate to residents. Residents have electricity, but no gas for the foreseeable future.…
This effort just started yesterday when Nathan bought all the induction cooktops at our local IKEA. They are actively trying to get GE and IKEA to donate. I trust him/Gas Leaks Allies 100%! Please consider donating, thank you!…
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I know it's late, and there are immediate needs families are dealing with, but coverage of the #AndoverMAFires #LawrenceFires is already atrocious, so I wanted to share a few general thoughts and observations, some of which may explain what you're about to see unfold. #mapoli
We're hearing about @ColumbiaGasMA over and over. And yes, they're the contractor. But let's remember that Columbia is a subsidiary of the much larger @NiSourceInc:… #mapoli #LawrenceFires #AndoverMAFires #Lawrence #Andover
In fact, here's a press release from 9.13.2018 about the work they're doing via Columbia in #Lawrence and #Andover (among other places). Link (and screenshot just in case).… "Enhanced safety features, Reliability of service for years to come..." #mapoli
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley have convincingly made the argument that in the Trump era, blue states need to go bigger and bolder when it comes to progressive policy-making—which makes it really weird that Charlie Baker is still so popular in Massachusetts. #mapoli
I would love to know what kind of logic allows someone in Massachusetts to simultaneously vote for Ayanna Pressley and Charlie Baker—for a woman whose campaign slogan is #changecantwait and a guy who chains progressive policy-making to the Trump/GOP agenda. I don't get it #mapoli
It's not like there's a shortage of qualified challengers to Charlie Baker. We've got Jay Gonzalez (@jay4ma) running on a progressive and ambitious platform that includes many of the same policies that Pressley and her colleagues have rightly championed. We have a choice. #mapoli
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Dear liberal America. There are a few things I'd like to say about Gov Charlie Baker, in light of his signing our state's first automatic voter registration bill today and being championed by national media. Am I happy he signed the bill? Yes. However, it's complicated... #mapoli
Over the last two years, Charlie Baker has been characterized as a "reasonable, moderate, bipartisan Republican" who often stands up to Trump. The adjectives are debatable. However, when it comes to the "standing up to Trump" part, nothing could be further from the truth #mapoli
When Trump accused Massachusetts of sending busloads of voters into New Hampshire during the election — when he accused our state of being complicit in an InfoWars-esque voter fraud conspiracy — Baker's response was, "I don't know much about what goes on in New Hampshire" #mapoli
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In @HealthyBoston briefing with @wutrain @CampbellforD4 @EdforBoston @LydiaMEdwards where updates are being provided about efforts to improve #trauma response and recovery models by the City working with CBOs, #healthcenters and #hospitals.
In my 8yrs on the Council, I have convened 7 hearings on #trauma, each with a different focus. Although more work remains, I am encouraged to hear that many of the recs offered up by impacted persons & communities at our hrgs & listening sessions were integrated into new system
Data collection of phase 1 implementation indicates that 75% of clients for #trauma response and recovery efforts were #Black #AfricanAmerican #Hispanic #Latino, AND 74% of clients reported chronic exposure to a single (11%) or multiple forms of #violence (63%)
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Okay, I just stuck the House foundation budget bill in my Dropbox here:…

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#FBRC said in-district to 3.75% for regular; 4.75% for voke
House bill says in-district to 4%; 5% for voke

That's your sugar to help the medicine go down, because there is no other good news here.
Health insurance change DOES add retirees and ties to three years of GIC, so...sure.
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Too little has been done to help the thousands still suffering in Puerto Rico from the effects of Hurricane Maria. With 6,000 Puerto Ricans resettling in our state we must do more....…
...In 2005 and 2012, the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) was activated to help pay for emergency housing, utilities, and relocation of victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. As your Congresswoman, I would seek to pass legislation mandating the activation of DHAP...
...for those affected by Hurricane Maria, and ensure that humanitarian disasters like the one in post-storm Puerto Rico are not repeated with future storms. We have a duty to help secure a stable future for our fellow Americans...
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While she’s Acting Governor, we wanted to remind you of the real @KarynPolito...

Before she and @CharlieBakerMA started pretending to be moderates, Polito voted four times for a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. #mapoli
When she was a state representative, @KarynPolito voted against the Transgender Civil Rights Bill. Now, with transgender rights on the ballot, we can’t expect her to defend and protect transgender Massachusetts residents. #mapoli
As state representative, @KarynPolito worked to restrict women's rights, including sponsoring “right to know" legislation that would have forced women to receive coercive and misguided information when considering an abortion. #mapoli
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Last year, I wrote this piece on Charlie Baker's popularity and the fact that Baker has quietly supported Trump's agenda on climate, taxes, and immigration. Now, he's poised to win re-election: even as MA Democrats rage about ICE and child prisons. #mapoli…
Charlie Baker's popularity among Democrats in Massachusetts is a mass scale act of cognitive dissonance. There are too many people here who decry the destruction of local immigrant families one day and celebrate Baker as a "reasonable, bipartisan moderate" the next day. #mapoli
The reality is that Baker has done nearly nothing to protect immigrant communities from ICE and he STILL hasn't supported the #SafeCommunitiesAct, which would improve ties between those communities and local law enforcement. In this way, Baker has helped Donald Trump. #mapoli
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Yesterday #ICE physically restrained my client just outside the #EastBoston District Court clerk's office immediately after he made bail. The chief of probation said it was the first time in 40 yrs immigration authorities had actually entered the courthouse.
2/ He is 21 years old. No crim record. 1 month away from a greencard. Facing serious harm if deported.

We had done everything possible to keep him from #ICE, but even the #Boston #TrustAct could not protect him.

This is a problem.

@LydiaMEdwards @marty_walsh @adrianmadaro
3/ Even when they are on a state-issued GPS bracelet, ICE officers will cut the bracelet off and toss it back onto a probation officer's desk. Even so, probation told me that they are officially "neutral" on #ICE actions. I tried to explain that there is no "neutral" here.
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Despite this, we have left untouched residential segregation. #ColorOfLawBos
We haven’t tried and failed, says Rothstein. We just haven’t tried. #ColorOfLawBos
We justify it by making an excuse: residential segregation is different. Other segregation was because of laws. This, so goes the argument, just happened. #ColorOfLawBos
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1/many Going to start a "MA court fails" mega thread.
Just to illustrate how our courts are not doing their job - meanwhile our legislature pushes for ERPO - "Red Flag" bills to force ppl who have committed no crime before same courts. #MALeg #MAPoli should be ashamed.
2. lets take a look at what's going on in just one court - what our judges are doing.
These are all copied directly from court records, just one day.
3. Heroin dealer with gun gets two one year sentences: James Cunningham, 54, of 26 Blackstone River Road, Worcester, was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 1 year in the House of Correction after pleading guilty to distribution of a class B substance, amended from trafficking
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