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‘I want this thing to land’

‘I want this thing to land’

Rep. Russell Holmes is ready to start screaming again over police reform bill. Holmes knows the “enormous amount of fire and pressure” now on lawmakers. The state must do something, he said. “Even the folks who have been nervous about that qualified immunity piece are saying we got to go and get some of this stuff done,” said Holmes, the former chairman of the Massachusetts Black & Latino Legislative Caucus.
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Holmes says House should run differently

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 when Holmes first bought a house and moved to Wellington Hill. “I believe my neighborhood should be clean. I hate coming home to a dirty neighborhood,” Holmes says.
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Cote Village: A Victory for Hope over Blight

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 Mattapan Square. Thankfully, there are partners in the development community whose mission and purpose align to make difficult projects like Cote Village possible.
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The Interview: State Representative Russell Holmes

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

‘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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Diversity Dashboard

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, and terminations of the state’s workforce segmented by department and at every level of government. Aggregating the workforce and comparing the workforce to the state’s population can mask poor hiring and retention performance by department managers. Today’s update to the dashboard lives beyond this administration and will ensure that masking is prevented for years to come.”
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Minority leaders put legislative agenda behind thoughts and prayers

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 they cannot apply for an opening at another community or on a college police force.
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