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postheadericon AP News: Mass. voters weighing slew of US House races

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts voters are picking winners in nine of the state’s 10 U.S. House districts.

Republicans are keeping a close eye on the 10th Congressional District where Republican state Rep. Jeffrey Perry and Norfolk District Attorney William Keating, a Democrat, are vying for the seat left open by retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. William Delahunt. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon AP News: Bump, Connaughton vie for Mass. auditor’s office

By STEVE LeBLANC,  Associated Press Writer

BOSTON (AP) – The two candidates running to be the state’s top fiscal watchdog both say they want to protect the public purse, but that’s where auditor hopefuls Suzanne Bump and Mary Connaughton
part ways. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Massachusetts: Ballot question would dump alcohol sales tax

By Bob Salsberg, Associated Press Writer

Package store owners and liquor distributors are pushing for Question 1 to pass on the Nov. 2 state ballot, repealing the 6.25 percent sales tax on alcohol.

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postheadericon AP News: Grossman, Polito vie for Mass. treasurer office

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press Writer

BOSTON (AP) – The race for state treasurer is pitting a five-term Republican state lawmaker against the former head of the state and national Democratic parties.

Both say they’re political outsiders.

Republican Karyn Polito says she’s spent her years on Beacon Hill holding Democrats accountable.

Democrat Steve Grossman portrays himself as a local businessman.

Grossman has faulted Polito for saying she’ll vote for a ballot question lowering the state sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 3 percent, then urge lawmakers to increase it to 5 percent.

Polito said the initiative is the only way to force lawmakers to cut the tax.

Polito recently tried to single-handedly block fellow lawmakers from passing a $400 million spending bill during an informal session. Polito said the bill needed to be debated.

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