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Teachers Association Asks Baker To Commit $1.5 Billion More For Education » WBUR Skip to main content Current ChannelListen Live: Morning EditionPlay wbur Edify Teachers Association Asks Baker To Commit $1.5 Billion More For Education January 16, 2019 Michael P. Norton, State Hous…

Top state representative grabbed incoming lawmaker’s backside, colleagues say » Boston Globe A member of House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo’s leadership team walked up behind an incoming legislator and grabbed her backside last month during an orientation cocktail hour for newly elected lawmaker…

Healey Outlines Priorities In 'Time Of Consequence' » WGBH Attorney General Maura Healey committed herself on Wednesday to an ambitious new clean energy goal and promised to fight gun violence, reduce barriers to mental health treatment, and support increased…

Lynn senator putting sports betting on the table » Metro.us With thousands of fans getting ready to settle into their couches this weekend for the NFL playoffs, one state senator has a proposal ready to make sports betting legal in Massachusetts, eight months …

New tax, state agency rising around paid leave law » State House News Service The brand new Department of Family and Medical Leave is stirring to life as it prepares to hire a director, release draft regulations, convene public hearings and begin collecting the payroll taxes th…

Seth Moulton to speak in N.H., restarting buzz he may run for president » Boston Globe The trip to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state will likely restart buzz that the Salem Democrat is exploring a run for president. …

Mass. lawmaker to file bill this week requiring women on corporate boards » Boston Business Journal The bill is based on a controversial California law that was passed last year, facing heavy opposition. …

4 Things Elizabeth Warren’s Last Election Can Tell Us About 2020 » FiveThirtyEight For Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the race was little more than a tune-up for the 2020 presidential campaign she is now gearing up for2; she breezed to re-election by 24 points (although it was arguably an u…

For Ayanna Pressley, the beauty of unexpected wins led to Congress and a historic office » The Washington Post There are many political stars in the class of freshmen elected to Congress last year. Some are new to politics. Many will burn bright and fade. Pressley, who has worked in politics for more than 20 y…

The Democrats’ Richie Neal Problem » The American Prospect Obtaining Trump’s tax returns as fast as possible should be a priority for people interested in transaparent and non-corrupt government. Neal’s decision is also worrisome for what it seemingly por…

Bernie Sanders Meets With 2 Dozen Former Staffers To Address Harassment Claims » The Huffington Post In his latest effort to address allegations of sexism as he mulls another bid for the White House, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) met Wednesday with about two dozen women who had publicly claimed they we…

NEW TAX, STATE AGENCY RISING AROUND PAID LEAVE LAW » State House News Service The brand new Department of Family and Medical Leave is stirring to life as it prepares to hire a director, release draft regulations, convene public hearings and begin collecting the payroll taxes th…

“It’s just not going to work,” said Boston-based Democratic strategist Mary Ann Marsh on Moulton potentially running for president. “In a Democratic primary for president or US Senate or his own re-election is going to have a problem with women voters because he opposed Nancy Pelosi the way he did.”

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Speaking about Seth Moulton potentially running for president.

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Beltway Politics

Seth Moulton to speak in N.H., restarting buzz he may run for president » Boston Globe US Representative Seth Moulton will travel to New Hampshire in two weeks, according to people familiar with the planning of his visit.…

Pressley says she’ll prioritize issues of economic inequality » The Bay State Banner Standing before a capacity crowd in the Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center Saturday, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley pledged to battle economic inequality as she participated in a symbolic swea…

For Ayanna Pressley, the beauty of unexpected wins led to Congress and a historic office » The Washington Post From the outside, Room 1108 in the Longworth House Office Building is unremarkable. Inside, it’s even less so. But to Ayanna Pressley — who is the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in C…

Business

Companies are plastering the Boston accent all over ads, and some locals have had enough » Boston Globe Emily Zarndt swore by Barkthins. She stuffed packages of the chocolate-and-seed treats into her backpack before hikes and bike rides and urged friends to give the product a try. She was, she said rece…

$400K tax credit to aid Ludlow Mills Clock Tower development » MassLive State Rep. Thomas Petrolati, D-Ludlow, has announced $400,000 in tax credits to aid a mixed-use development at the former Ludlow Mills Clock Tower site.…

Local businesses chip in to help unpaid Coast Guard members » The Patriot Ledger As nearly 1 million government employees mark their 25th day without pay under a federal government shutdown today, a growing number of South Shore businesses are stepping up to help out.…

Education

Advocates aim to add over $500 million a year to Massachusetts public higher education funding » MassLive When Paul Mark was 19, he realized he would have to leave the University of Massachusetts. He could no longer afford to attend school.…

Trying times for Hampshire College » Commonwealth Magazine IT WAS STILL very much the thick of Eisenhower-era conformity, in 1958, when the presidents of Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst put to…

Groundbreaking for new building called a vital project for the region » The Barnstable Patriot Jan. 11 was a proud moment for Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, which held a frosty ceremonial groundbreaking for the $128 million new campus approved by district voters in 2017. …

Federal

6 Innovative Ways States and Localities Are Preparing for the 2020 Census » Governing One afternoon last summer, Xiongpao Lee was walking around a festival in St. Paul, Minn., armed with a stack of forms. Lee was there to find other residents who, like him, belong to the area’s large…

Gaming

Legal sports wagering may be coming to Massachusetts » Gloucester Times States are rushing to legalize wagers on professional sports following last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and Massachusetts could be getting a piece of the action.…

Health Care

Report raises alarm about physician burnout » Boston Globe Physician burnout has reached alarming levels and now amounts to a public health crisis that threatens to undermine the doctor-patient relationship and the delivery of health care nationwide, accordin…

Purdue cemented ties with universities and hospitals to expand opioid sales, documents contend » STAT News In the early 2000s, when Dr. Jane Ballantyne was director of the Pain Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, the opioid-pill maker Purdue Pharma struck a deal with the Boston hospital to start a pa…

'A web of illegal deceit': How AG Maura Healey says Purdue Pharma lied to profit from addictive drugs » MassLive Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday filed a bombshell brief in Suffolk Superior Court, revealing publicly for the first time the depth of her accusations against opioid manufacturer…

Rite Aid agrees to pay $177,000 to settle allegations of improper opioid dispensing » Boston Globe The Rite Aid drugstore chain has agreed to pay $177,000 and to follow state Medicaid rules on dispensing opioids and other drugs, in an agreement with Attorney General Maura Healey that was announced …

Human Services

Antihunger groups tell Governor Baker to craft ‘disaster plan’ for emergency food requests amid shutdown » Boston Globe Leading antihunger groups in Massachusetts on Wednesday called for an end to the partial federal government shutdown and urged Governor Charlie Baker to prepare a “disaster plan” for a likely spik…

Immigration

Activists rally in downtown Springfield for incarcerated immigration activist Eduardo Samaniego » MassLive Activists rallied in downtown Springfield Wednesday in an effort to support Eduardo Samaniego, an undocumented immigrant and political activist who was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement …

Judiciary

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker refiles bill that would make it easier for judges to keep ‘dangerous’ defendants in jail » MassLive Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday re-filed a bill that would make it easier for judges to keep someone in jail on the grounds that they are dangerous.…

Labor

Baker Announces $2.5 Million for Advanced Manufacturing Training, Eyed to Boost Worcester Employment » Go Local Worcester Governor Charlie Baker announced a $2.5 million for advanced manufacturing training at four regional workforce development consortiums.…

Legislative

Top state representative grabbed incoming lawmaker’s backside, colleagues say » Boston Globe A member of House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo’s leadership team walked up behind an incoming legislator and grabbed her backside last month during an orientation cocktail hour for newly elected lawmaker…

‘Wake up and listen to the kids’ » The Recorder What do teens want? Ask and you shall hear, was the lesson that came out of last Friday’s YELO forum (Youths Engage with Legislators and Officials) at Greenfield High School. Contrary to popular opi…

Holmes laments life in DeLeo’s ‘kingdom’ » Dorchester Reporter State Rep. Russell Holmes of Mattapan launched another broadside against the leadership of the Massachusetts House last week, describing the legislative body’s top-down approach as isolating for tho…

Local Government

Tewksbury waits for Census data » Lowell Sun Town Clerk Denise Graffeo is urging residents to complete and return the Annual Town Census form as soon as possible. Graffeo said prompt participation is important for accurate census data, which can…

Rivera threatens to remove lawyer from city hall » The Eagle Tribune The power-struggle between Mayor Daniel Rivera and a newly assertive City Council escalated Wednesday when Rivera's personnel director sent an early-morning text to a lawyer for the city – whom Rive…

Marijuana

Get a look inside Boston's first potential recreational marijuana dispensary » Boston Business Journal Boston’s first potential recreational marijuana dispensary offered an initial glimpse of what is planned for the five-story development at 272 Friend Street, detailing a new kind of pot retail store…

Opinion

If Trump is implicated in a crime, Congress must act » Boston Globe As special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election appears to be in its final stages, it seems increasingly likely that President Trump will be implicated i…

Crighton: It’s time for a Blue Line action plan » Lynn Daily News Item Anyone who glances at an MBTA transit map, let alone looks at the billions of dollars invested in transit expansion to the south and west of Boston in recent decades, can easily see that the North Sho…

Donald Trump has been compromised by Russia » Boston Globe Donald Trump may or not be on the Russian government’s payroll.…

No, ISIS isn’t defeated in Syria — and Trump lacks a strategy » Boston Globe Syria, one of the most dangerous places in the world, got more dangerous the moment President Trump abruptly announced the imminent pullout of American troops. The deaths of four Americans Wednesday p…

Doctors have no business asking about gun ownership » Boston Herald A glimpse of your upcoming doctor visit: As you grimace uncomfortably during the prostate exam, your doctor casually asks, “Oh, by the way — do you own a gun?…

Lawmakers need to do homework on implications of potential MassPike exit between Westfield and the Berkshires (Letters) » MassLive State Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli (D.- Lennox) was recently quoted in your paper as saying he found more support than opposition to a new on-off ramp for the Mass Turnpike in East Otis. He mu…

Politics

24-Year-Old is First Candidate to Announce Run for Haverhill City Council » WHAV Nicholas J. Golden, 24, 14 Orchard Hill Road, works as communications director for Marblehead state Rep. Lori A. Ehrlich. He told WHAV he began following city politics closely after the School Committ…

Heroux repurposing mayoral emails for campaign » Commonwealth Magazine ATTLEBORO MAYOR PAUL HEROUX, in what may be a violation of the state’s conflict of interest law, is pulling the addresses off the emails he receives in his official mayoral capacity and using them a…

TMZ keeps peppering Elizabeth Warren with questions about the Patriots » Boston.com Share Tweet TMZ keeps peppering Elizabeth Warren with questions about the Patriots TMZ keeps peppering Elizabeth Warren with questions about the Patriots "We're going all the way." Sen. Elizabeth W…

Public Health

Could your cellphone’s electromagnetic field make you sick? » Boston Globe A California health activist says the Massachusetts Department of Public Health may be withholding information about possible health risks posed by cellphones and other wireless technologies.…

Boston, Cambridge mayors plan visits to safe injection sites in Canada » Boston Globe The mayors of Boston and Cambridge are traveling to Canada this week to visit centers where people can inject drugs under medical supervision.…

Public Safety

Drone age spurs push for ground rules bill » Salem News Lawmakers will take another stab at establishing ground rules for the use of drones in Massachusetts skies this session with Rep. William Straus filing a new bill that would put limits on law enforcem…

For the first time, Massachusetts cellphone users can text 911 » Boston Globe It may be the only way someone who needs the police — but has to remain as quiet as possible — can summon help.…

Baker highlights first responder counseling law » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker helped police and firefighters from around the state on Wednesday celebrate a new law protecting the confidentiality of first responders who seek mental health support from their pe…

Baker signs Montigny /Moore bill to protect first responders » South Coast Today The well-being of first responders is the focus of a new law signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Charlie Baker and championed by Sens. Michael Moore and Mark Montigny. …

State Government

State financial watchdog to step down » Boston Globe Thomas G. Shack III, the independent overseer of more than $60 billion in state spending and assets, is stepping down as state comptroller after nearly four years, and will be replaced by a local offi…

Maura Healey, Suzanne Bump, Bill Galvin and Deb Goldberg sworn in for new terms as Massachusetts constitutional officers » MassLive Massachusetts’ top elected officials were sworn in for new terms on Wednesday, pledging to continue the work that they started over the past several years, in areas ranging from opioid addiction to …

Healey sworn in for second term, touts Mass. as safe haven from D.C. » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey laid out her priorities for her second term in her inaugural address, painting Massachusetts as a safe haven from Washington, D.C.…

Cities, towns get $1.1M for early voting costs » Salem News The advent of early voting in Massachusetts has been praised as a success by election officials, but it's been a costly, unfunded mandate for cash-strapped local governments.…

State Archives offers online record collection » South Coast Today The Massachusetts Archives has unveiled an online collection of records of state agencies, including a searchable index of Massachusetts casualties in World War II, records of the administration of Go…

Bump starts term three with emphasis on accountability, scrutiny » State House News Service Suzanne Bump embarked on a third term as state auditor on Wednesday with an inaugural address in which she recommitted herself to ensuring accountability and transparency in government and saluted for…

Transportation

Lynn Mayor: City is working to bring back ferry » Lynn Daily News Item The city of Lynn wants its ferry back and is working to procure a boat to make it happen, but the clock is ticking for city and state officials to get it done. …

Sen. Brendan Crighton renews push to bring Blue Line to Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item State Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) knows the skepticism that surrounds any mention of extending the Blue Line from the Wonderland Station in Revere to Lynn. It’s been mentioned as a priority of el…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Seth Moulton to speak in N.H., restarting buzz he may run for president » Boston Globe

BREAKING: Andrew Maylor out as North Andover town manager, heading to state financial oversight job » Wicked Local

Mass. state payroll climbs to $7.2 billion in 2018 » Boston Globe

Foreclosure auction scheduled for Union Point land » Boston Business Journal

In Worcester, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announces $2.5M in MassHire grants » Worcester Mag

Baker names Maylor state comptroller, replacing Shack » State House News Service

Central Mass. school officials study new education funding bill » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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