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Doug George and Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George in 2016.

Essaibi George is running for Boston mayor. Her husband, a housing developer, has had a lot of problems with City Hall

Annissa Essaibi George's involvement in a zoning issue appears to violate the state’s conflict of interest law. It also underscores the fraught entanglements between a leading mayoral candidate and her developer husband, with whom the city has long battled over his real estate practices.

The Massachusetts State House, where delays sometimes last decades.

‘We can’t delay this forever’: Nonprofits balk as Legislature again stalls charitable tax deduction

Massachusetts House lawmakers voted on Wednesday to stall the implementation of a state charitable tax deduction, overriding a gubernatorial veto and once again delaying a tax break voters overwhelmingly approved more than 20 years ago. Critics say the deduction would most help wealthy households and that the money would be better spent by state lawmakers.

Mayoral candidate John Barros's proposal focuses on the creation of a “Safe and Healthy Communities Agency,” tasked with responding to some emergency calls.

Boston mayoral candidate John Barros pitches plan for a non-police crisis response agency

Barros's new public safety plan focuses on the creation of a “Safe and Healthy Communities Agency,” tasked with responding to emergency calls relating to mental health, public health, and behavioral issues in schools.

Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley.

Memo orders vaccination and test requirement for Boston City Council staff

Boston City Council President Pro Tempore Matt O’Malley is requiring all in-person council staff to show proof of vaccination or a weekly COVID-19 test starting Aug. 30.

The golden dome of the Massachusetts State House.

Advocates, Baker admin. officials press for stimulus spending on housing, job training

The state's labor secretary urged lawmakers to act swiftly, dedicating money to training programs for unemployed and underemployed residents. “The earlier and quicker we start, the better the Commonwealth will be,” she said, pointing to the anticipated expiration of federal unemployment benefits in September.

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Acting Mayor Kim Janey thanked SEIU Local 888 for the endorsement and, “more importantly, for their tireless commitment to serving our city.”

Kim Janey snags another key labor endorsement in Boston mayoral race

SEIU Local 888 had clashed with the acting mayor last month after she ordered all city employees who had been working remotely back to their offices by July 6.

Chris Dempsey is running for state auditor in 2022.

Chris Dempsey to run for state auditor

Three-term Auditor Suzanne M. Bump announced in May that she would not seek reelection, setting off the race to replace her.

Quentin Palfrey, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 2018, shook hands with a voter during the campaign.

Quentin Palfrey, former Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, exploring a bid for Mass. attorney general

Palfrey said he will not seek the office if Attorney General Maura Healey runs for reelection.