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In closed-door budget process, Mass. House leaders scored big

By Samantha J. Gross and Matt Stout.

After months of preaching fiscal restraint, five of the Massachusetts House’s highest-ranking Democrats slipped at least $5 million in earmarks into the chamber’s spending plan in late April, fattening their own districts’ haul far beyond that of most others and almost entirely out of public view.

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Citizens Bank filling a void at Blue Hill Ave. and Morton St.

A Citizens Bank branch that opened last fall on a site at Blue Hill Avenue and Morton Street that once featured a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise and then sat vacant for more than a decade was officially welcomed to the neighborhood in a ceremony inside the branch last Friday (Jan. 19).

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Trinity’s project at 150 Centre St. wins BPDA board support

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) Board voted 4-0 on Thursday night to approve Trinity Financial’s 72-unit affordable rental housing project on the Fitzpatrick Brothers Auto Body site next to Shawmut MBTA station. The unanimous decision to green-light the project came after several years of vigorous opposition from some neighbors and abutters and after concessions from the Trinity team, including downsizing the number of units from its original scale. Continue reading

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Rep. Holmes rolls to re-election in 6th Suffolk district

State Rep. Russell Holmes was re-elected on Tuesday as he dominated his Democratic challenger Haris Hassan Hardaway, winning 75 percent of the vote in the Sixth Suffolk district, which includes sections of Dorchester, Mattapan and Roslindale, and Hyde Park. Continue reading

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Minority leaders put legislative agenda behind thoughts and prayers

State officials also laid out a legislative agenda for Beacon Hill, including proposals that have been put forward — unsuccessfully — before. One measure, pushed by state Representative Russell Holmes, would decertify police officers who lose their jobs, so that … Continue reading

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Diversity Dashboard

“Today, Massachusetts moves forward with greater transparency that will lead to a better future for the state’s workforce overall,” said State Representative Russell Holmes (D – Mattapan). “It is imperative that the public see the diversity of the hiring, promotions, … Continue reading

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‘Cash for Diabetic Supplies’ signs face the snap of Rep. Holmes’s wire cutters

State Rep. Russell Holmes (left) and former Boston Police Capt. Haseeb Hosein were out last Friday evening taking down ‘Cash for Diabetic Supplies’ signs on American Legion Highway. Seth Daniel photo

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The Interview: State Representative Russell Holmes

The outspoken state representative on what’s rotten on Beacon Hill, running for higher office, and where to find the best Chinese food in Jamaica Plain.

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Cote Village: A Victory for Hope over Blight

It took political capital and courage to make the costly but necessary investments in infrastructure to help seed housing starts like Cote Village and the mixed-use project now rising from the old parking lot next to the trolley station in … Continue reading

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Holmes says House should run differently

Trash and grit swirl in the air as the Mattapan Democrat, wearing a gas-powered leaf blower, pushes litter into the path of street sweepers due to arrive later in the day. The weekly chore dates back about 15 years to … Continue reading

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