State Politics


Kennedy School Professor Who Designed Texas’s Energy Market Defends Skyrocketing Prices Following Winter Storm

Despite widespread power outages and skyrocketing electricity prices after a winter storm in Texas earlier this month, William W. Hogan — a professor at Harvard Kennedy School who is widely considered the architect of the state’s energy market system — said in an interview with The Crimson that the state’s market had “worked as designed” given the conditions.


Behind Six-Year Harvard Alumni Push, Every Voice Bill Passes to Boost Campus Sexual Assault Prevention

A bill spearheaded by student organizers, including Harvard alumni, to establish protections for survivors of sexual harassment at colleges and universities in Massachusetts beyond existing provisions in Title IX was signed into law by Governor Charlie D. Baker ’79 last month.


America Left in Limbo Awaiting Presidential Election Results

A race that many liberals hoped would end in a Democratic landslide will come down to the wire, as Harvard students — along with the rest of the country — are left in a sleep-deprived state of disarray awaiting a conclusion to a pandemic-stricken election.


As Eviction Moratorium Clock Runs Out, Local Legislators Push for Extension

As Massachusetts’s eviction moratorium is set to end in less than one month, state lawmakers are continuing to push for an extension.


Markey Defeats Kennedy in Race for Democratic U.S. Senate Nomination

Incumbent United States Senator Edward J. Markey took down primary challenger U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III Tuesday after a vigorous defense of his legislative record throughout the campaign that captured the energy of the state’s energized and youthful progressives.​​​​​​​


Cambridge City Council Passes Policy Order Endorsing Mass. Tenant Protections Act

The Cambridge City Council passed a policy order Monday that endorses H. 3924, a bill under consideration in the Massachusetts State Legislature that promotes tenant protections and would repeal a statewide ban on rent control.


Harvard Square Restaurants Tentatively Prepare to Reopen Indoor Dining

Even as Massachusetts allows restaurants to open indoor dining, many Harvard Square restaurant owners said they are hesitant to welcome customers back indoors, instead leaning on outdoor seating and takeout and delivery service.


Kennedy, Markey Clash Over Progressive Credentials in Third U.S. Senate Debate

In a debate that marked a shift in a sometimes somnolent campaign, Kennedy and Markey sparred over their respective records and progressive credentials. The normally mild-mannered Markey went after his youthful opponent from the opening bell, accusing him at one point of being “a progressive in name only.”


Gov. Baker Extends Massachusetts Stay-at-Home Advisory

Massachusetts Governor Charlie D. Baker ’79 will extend a stay-at-home advisory through May 18 to control the spread of coronavirus in the state.


More Than 500 Local Restaurants Sign Letter to Governor Baker for Emergency Relief

More than 500 Greater Boston area restaurateurs have signed onto a letter to Massachusetts Governor Charlie D. Baker ’79 requesting emergency relief for restaurants whose profits are suffering amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Harvard School of Public Health Students Join Workforce During Pandemic

Students from Harvard School of Public Health are joining the workforce through initiatives to support both the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Harvard University Health Services during the coronavirus pandemic.


‘There’s No Playbook’: Massachusetts Political Campaigns Navigate a New Coronavirus Reality

As the coronavirus has upended daily life in the United States — sending college students packing, shuttering businesses, and overwhelming medical facilities — politics has largely been put on pause, while campaigning moves to the back of the minds of voters and candidates alike.


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