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Sarah Betancourt is a Boston-based journalist who has written for In These Times, Open Media Boston, Spare Change News, Boston.com, the Boston Globe Environment Blog, and has had work appear in video on the National Geographic Water Currents Blog. She writes primarily about Boston politics, labor, Generation Y issues, and environmental policy.

Massachusetts Gets the Final Word After Explosive Supreme Court Decision

A month ago, the Supreme Court struck down the 2007 Massachusetts Buffer Zone law as unconstitutional, leaving millions seething at the utter stupidity of our judicial system. Yesterday, Governor Deval Patrick signed a new bill, An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities, to take the place of the [...]

President Barack Obama mentioned the following Tuesday evening in his State of the Union, “Today, women make up about half our workforce.  But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.  That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work.  She deserves to have [...]

State Representative Martin J. Walsh was elected to the highest office in Boston—Mayor–last night after defeating Boston City Councilor-at-Large John Connolly in the first hotly contested mayoral race Boston has seen since the early 1990′s. Walsh garnered 52 percent of the vote to Connolly’s 48 percent, with a margin of 4,908 votes, with all 255 [...]

By: Sarah Betancourt New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has been sworn in by Chief Justice Linda Dalianis. Hassan is the former state Senate Majority leader. In November 2010, Hassan was defeated by Tea Party Candidate Russell Prescott when Republicans regained control of both the state House and Senate. Hassan beat Ovide Lamontage in November. She [...]

By: Sarah Betancourt Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was sworn into the 113th Congress this afternoon. Warren will also be a member of the Senate Banking Committee, a highly coveted committee and a hard-won seat for her after her stint as the Special Advisor for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

by Sarah Betancourt Professor Elizabeth Warren is projected to have won the Senate seat currently held by Republican Scott Brown. CBS projects that Elizabeth Warren wins with 52% of the vote to Scott Brown’s 48%. Ted Kennedy fans, unite.

by Sarah Betancourt Monday’s debate, moderated by CNN’s Bob Scheiffer, was the only one devoted exclusively to foreign policy. Latin America, The Eurozone crisis, Africa, global warming, India and the drug war in Mexico — which has killed more people than the crisis in Syria — were forgotten. Trade and human rights, two issues reported [...]

Binders Full Of Women…

By- Sarah Betancourt A comment spawned a Facebook Page that is at 40,000 likes and growing. Moderator Candy Crowley asked, “In what new ways to you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?” Then, Mitt Romney into an anecdote about how, [...]

By Sarah Betancourt Polls for Wednesday night’s debate will cement the perception of voters, but from my watch, it looked like Elizabeth Warren nailed it. Brown, who listed Justice Scalia as his favorite Supreme Court justice previously to the ire of moderates, tried to steer a path down the center of voter opinion. He failed [...]

By- Sarah Betancourt President Obama leads Mitt Romney 60-32 in Massachusetts. After distancing himself from his record as governor, Romney decided to talk a good game and lay claim of Massachusetts’ strong rankings in education. During Romney’s single term, his state ranked #1 in the nation, but under a Democratic state legislature. The executive director [...]

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