Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Goodwin Globe Staff March 11, 2019 WASHINGTON — Stroll into Richard Neal’s gilded office in the Capitol, and you’ll find there is a lot he’d rather talk about than Donald Trump’s tax returns.As the new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which wields oversight on taxes and originates revenue bills, the Massachusetts congressman has been attempting to bask in the historic significance of the job, pointing to the long line of men who served on the vaunted committee before him. Some of their faces line the walls of his new office.“Eight presidents, including the author of our Constitution, James Madison,” Neal proudly proclaimed to a group of visitors seeking government funding for their industry recently. Advertisement Later, in an interview, Neal added, “This is the committee that financed the … [Read more...] about When will he demand Trump’s tax returns? Congressman Richard Neal walks political tightrope in powerful new job
Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press Published 9:27 PM EST Feb 7, 2019 Former U.S. Rep. John David Dingell Jr., who was one of the U.S House’s most powerful chairmen and helped write and pass some of the most consequential legislation in the nation's history, died Thursday according to reports and statements from elected officials including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. He was 92. Dingell, of Dearborn, served nearly 60 years in the House, making him the longest-serving member in Congress' history. He stepped down in early 2015. His death followed hospitalizations for various health problems in recent years. On Wednesday, sources close to his family said he had entered hospice with cancer. That was after his wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat who replaced him in Congress, posted on social media that rather than being in Washington, she was "home with John and and we have entered a new phase." "He is my love and we have been a team for … [Read more...] about John Dingell, longest-serving member in Congress, dies at 92
Associated Press Published 4:41 PM EST Jan 9, 2019 LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court has selected Bridget McCormack to serve as chief justice. The court says the vote was unanimous Wednesday. McCormack, a former law school professor, has been a Supreme Court justice since 2013. In a statement, McCormack says Michigan courts "must be accessible to all" and "independent of political pressure." She is one of three Democrats on the Supreme Court. The longest-serving justice, Stephen Markman, was chief justice in 2017 and 2018. Spokesman John Nevin says he didn't seek the job again. The court said Justice David Viviano has been named to a new post, chief justice pro tem. He will focus on technology and statewide administrative changes to improve service to the public. Read more: … [Read more...] about Michigan Supreme Court: Bridget McCormack named chief justice
By Sean Philip Cotter | [email protected] | Boston HeraldPUBLISHED: December 16, 2018 at 10:49 pm | UPDATED: December 17, 2018 at 11:15 am Welcome to Boston’s new target growth zones: A big park, the harbor islands and several cemeteries. Those, plus census tracts dominated by city-owned public housing and University of Massachusetts Boston, are the primary areas the city designated as “opportunity zones” under a federal tax incentive program. Boston officials say in naming those unlikely areas, they’re operating out of an abundance of caution to avoid possible serious displacement of locals, but critics say the city’s missing the boat. City Council President Andrea Campbell said there are plenty of places that would welcome investment. “If you look at the demographics and the criteria, the opportunity zones were intended for communities that are under-resourced or where you cannot get investors to look twice, like in Mattapan, for … [Read more...] about Zones of contention: Tax benefits for cemeteries, parks, islands?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Kevin Cullen, Emily Sweeney and Shelley Murphy Globe Staff November 09, 2018 For many years, Jean Bulger urged her wayward son to find his way back to St. Monica’s Church, just around the corner from their apartment on Logan Way in a South Boston housing project.Some three-quarters of a century later, James “Whitey” Bulger finally made it back, in a casket, for his funeral.Bulger, Boston’s most notorious gangster, who was serving a life sentence for 11 murders, was beaten to death by other inmates at a prison in West Virginia Oct. 30. Advertisement Keeping with wishes shared by the Archdiocese of Boston and Bulger’s survivors, the funeral Thursday morning was private and confined to immediate family and a few close friends, about 30 people in all, including the twin sister of Bulger’s longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, who … [Read more...] about At Whitey Bulger’s funeral, a coda: ‘It is finished’