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Advocates question whether Florida gov. broke laws by shipping migrants to Vineyard

September 16, 2022

Immigration rights advocates and lawmakers are questioning whether Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis violated any laws when he unexpectedly flew nearly 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard this week, catching many local officials by surprise. Advocacy groups say there are several potential legal issues with the transfer. First, some advocates say the South American immigrants were deceived…

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September 16, 2022

Outside St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown on Thursday, several young Venezuelans kicked around soccer balls, smoked cigarettes and interacted with hundreds of Martha’s Vineyard islanders who came out to donate money and supplies, and show their solidarity. Nearly 50 Venezuelans were flown to the island from Texas under what they said was a false pretense. Florida…

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Migrants’ plane lands on Martha’s Vineyard: island mobilizes, with many unanswered questions

September 14, 2022

About 50 migrants, most from Venezuela, including children, arrived by chartered plane on Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday afternoon. Surprised island officials scrambled to care for them. The migrants’ arrival on the island is apparently part of a larger tactic by Republican-led states to transport immigrants to so-called liberal states as a protest over the Biden administration’s…

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Biden pledges executive action on climate change, opens Gulf of Mexico to offshore wind

July 21, 2022

In a visit to Somerset’s Brayton Point on Wednesday, President Biden pledged to take executive action on climate change if Congress won’t act. “This is an emergency,” he said. “An emergency. And I will look at it that way.” But he stopped short of declaring climate change a national emergency, something Senate Democrats and other…

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New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner answers a question during a 2020 news conference at the State House.

After more than 40 years in office, N.H. Secretary of State Bill Gardner to step down

January 3, 2022

New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner, who earned a national reputation as gatekeeper of the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, announced Monday that he will retire in the coming days. Gardner has held the office since December 1976, when he was elected at the age of 28. He’s the longest-serving secretary of state in the…

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Deqa Dhalac was sworn in as the new mayor of South Portland on Dec. 6, 2021.

New Somali-American mayor in Maine hopes to be an inspiration for young refugees

December 7, 2021

Deqa Dhalac was sworn in Monday as the new mayor of South Portland, Maine, making her one of the first Somali-American mayors in the country. Dhalac was first elected to the South Portland City Council three years ago, but has long worked in community-building roles: as an activist, social worker, and currently, as the family…

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Sen. Patrick Leahy’s decision to not seek reelection sparks ‘seismic shift’ in Vermont’s political scene

November 15, 2021

The political scene in Vermont got a whole lot livelier on Monday after Sen. Patrick Leahy announced he won’t seek a ninth term in the U.S. Senate. Leahy’s decision could have ripple effects up and down the ballot next year, and his retirement represents the beginning of a generational transition in Vermont politics. Conor Casey,…

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Wu will be Boston’s first millennial mayor, part of a growing wave nationally

November 12, 2021

Boston Mayor-elect Michelle Wu is making history on several fronts. She is the first woman and first person of color elected to lead the city. But at 36, she is also about to become Boston’s first millennial mayor. Wu’s relative youth comes with opportunities and challenges. “There’s always a few people that say the wrong thing or…

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As Biden’s Climate Summit Approaches, Carbon Pricing Remains Uncertain

April 21, 2021

President Joe Biden is inviting world leaders to join him later this week for a virtual climate summit, where the president is expected to announce a new, lower target for U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The reduction is seen as essential for slowing climate change. Biden has also pledged to adopt new regulations for fossil fuel…

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Local EPA Staffers Look Forward To Life With Biden

January 26, 2021

Less than a week into his presidency, Joe Biden has already signed executive orders emphasizing the importance of science, environmental justice and climate change within the Environmental Protection Agency. And Undine Kipka says the biggest thing she’s feeling right now is relief. Kipka is an environmental engineer and union vice president at the EPA’s New…

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