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A DNA test showing that Sen. Elizabeth Warren has Native American ancestry is "completely irrelevant to the process" of determining her tribal identity, the Cherokee secretary of state told NPR's Morning Edition.

Chuck Hoskin was also critical of President Trump, saying he "should not be calling her 'Pocahontas,' " and that he "should be looking into what the needs of Indian Country are, because the needs are there."

Should the law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation be removed from the books? That’s one of the questions that will be placed in voters’ hands in the coming weeks.

The law under consideration mandates that it’s illegal to deny service to transgender people in hotels, stores, restaurants or other public places.

It was overwhelmingly passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Baker, and has been in effect for just over two years.

After speaking at a New England Council breakfast on July 16, 2018, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told reporters that the U.S. government needs to offer a strong response to alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Katie Lannan / State House News Service

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said Monday an analysis of her DNA backs up her claims of Native American heritage.

The conflicting red, white and blue signs that claim to speak for Massachusetts nurses are everywhere: “Nurses say NO on 1” and “Nurses say YES on 1.”

So which is right? Well, it turns out they both are.

A WBUR poll of 500 registered nurses shows 48 percent plan to vote for the ballot question that would establish nurse-to-patient ratios in state law, and 45 percent say they’ll vote against the measure. Seven percent are undecided.

Democratic nominee for Massachusetts governor, Jay Gonzalez, spoke to a group of seniors in Springfield on September 26, 2018.
Sam Hudzik / NEPR

In their first general election debate last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker largely agreed with his Democratic rival, Jay Gonzalez, on property tax relief for senior citizens. 

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