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No more incrementalism, it's time for Big Rail | CommonWealth Magazine
There is only one viable solution: to finally make a Big Dig-scale investment in statewide transit and rail.

Our immediate attention should be directed to projects long in the pipeline and urgently needed:
- The electrification of the Providence and Fairmount Lines, replacing diesel locomotives with “electric multiple units,” which move faster, quieter, and cleaner than the diesels.
- The purchase of the right-of-way west of Worcester (which is a prerequisite for extending passenger rail to Springfield), now controlled by the giant CSX freight rail company.
- Building high-level platforms for every station on the Worcester Line.
- Starting work immediately on West Station in Allston, which is a critical hub for trains and buses connecting many thousands of people regionally and locally.
- Connecting the Red and Blue Lines along Cambridge Street, linking the south and north shores and allowing easier access to Kendall Square, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Logan Airport.
boston  massachusetts  government  politics 
2 days ago by sandykoe
Koh, What a Life: Is There Anything Dan Koh Can't Do? | Boston Magazine
The leap from chief of staff to candidate is trickier than it sounds. While quintessential go-getters, chiefs of staff are not necessarily the charismatic visionaries that voters latch onto. The degree of humility it takes to do the job well can, in the limelight of a campaign forum, come across as dull, wonky, or even weak. In Boston’s history, though the list of mayoral chiefs of staff is long on savvy political veterans and City Hall lifers, it’s not a traditional stop on the way to national office. As far as I can tell, Barney Frank, who took the job as Mayor Kevin White’s first chief of staff in 1968, is the last person to have held the job before later winning a seat in Congress. (You also have to go back to Frank to find someone younger than Koh at a mayor’s side—Frank was 27 to Koh’s 29.) Koh was a natural in the job. “With the chief of staff,” Mayor Marty Walsh tells me, “it’s all about finding common ground. Dan was a master at making everyone feel like they got a win and their voices were heard.”

Even though Koh is working hard to step out of his mentor’s shadow, he’s still Walsh’s guy. After driving me around to several of his old haunts, Koh pulls over at Perfecto’s Caffé, a tiny breakfast shop off the main drag in Andover. It’s mid-December, and Mariah Carey is playing on the speaker overhead. Koh orders a Diet Coke. “They’ve got some pretty good carols on here,” he says. “I almost want to start dancing.” He doesn’t. But some alchemy of caffeine and Christmas spirit has suddenly made Koh nostalgic: He starts scrolling through the photos on his phone and lands on a picture of Walsh. “I get emotional when I think about him,” Koh says. “He was so there for me. I can’t tell you how many times he’s called me late at night with an idea. I mean, he was a groomsman in my wedding.” Koh hands me his iPhone. There’s a shot of Walsh, wearing a tuxedo and squeezing out his best steely Zoolander face for the camera.
politics  massachusetts  electionStrategy  elections 
3 days ago by sandykoe
Kennedy still struggling to frame Senate run - CommonWealth Magazine
Seen in that light, the outlines of a campaign message seem clearer, particularly when Kennedy talks about reaching out to disaffected voters, including Donald Trump supporters, who feel let down by the ways of Washington. Kennedy said he’s aiming to “make sure that people that feel that they are left out, or looked over, or taken advantage of are brought back into the system.” 

While Markey is riding a wave of support tied to his cosponsorship of the Green New Deal, Kennedy’s message tilts more to themes of the original New Deal. He waves off the idea that voters are simply getting a newer-generation incarnation of one of his famous forebears. But his language carries distinct echoes of his grandfather, Robert F. Kennedy, who became a tireless voice for those at society’s margins and had a cross-racial appeal to the Democratic Party’s traditional base at a time when it was fracturing.
politics  massachusetts  elections 
4 days ago by sandykoe
For Koh, second time wouldn't be a charm - CommonWealth Magazine
IF DAN KOH runs for Congress in 2020, as there is talk of, it will be the latest proof of that old Boston chestnut, “You can always tell a Harvard man. But you can’t tell him much.” Nothing has happened since his narrow loss in 2018 to make Koh a stronger candidate. Instead, his weaknesses will only be more apparent in a head-to-head rematch against the woman who beat him two years ago.

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Like Koh, Trahan was a political insider, with stints as a top aide to both Congressman Marty Meehan and state Treasurer Tim Cahill, which she leveraged to raise just over $1 million and win endorsements from local legislators and powerful unions like Teamsters Local 25. That’s where the similarities ended.

Trahan effectively connected her middle-class roots in the district, highlighted in advertising through frequent references to her ironworker father and cramped childhood home, with fighting back against Donald Trump on behalf of working people. She combined this appeal to middle-class voters with an argument to upscale, educated women that centered around founding her own business and fighting to keep money out of politics.
politics  massachusetts  boston  electionStrategy 
4 days ago by sandykoe
Biopharma jobs boom in Massachusetts, though challenges still exist - BioPharma Dive
Despite the growth, Massachusetts still has to compete for talent with other biotech hubs, namely the West Coast stretch from San Francisco down to San Diego. A science and technology skills gap is also making it more of a challenge for many companies to find the right workers.
regional-reports  Massachusetts  industry-reports  biotech  Around-the-web  pharmaceuticals  jobs 
5 weeks ago by areadevelopment

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