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Must-Reads

Stephen Colbert went after Charlie Baker’s GOP primary challenger on ‘The Late Show’ » Boston.com Gov. Charlie Baker has a Republican primary challenger this summer, and Stephen Colbert is not a fan. …

SENATE MANEUVER SETS STAGE FOR HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE » State House News Service Hoping to get a major health care bill approved before formal sessions end July 31, the Senate on Thursday essentially re-approved a bill that the branch first approved last November, setting the stag…

DOR DOESN'T SEE $$ WINDFALL FROM ONLINE SALES TAX RULING » State House News Service The Supreme Court's ruling on Thursday that cleared a path for states to collect sales taxes on purchases made from online retailers with no physical presence in that locale may not be the financial b…

On the council, Zakim gets endorsements while Pressley left waiting » Boston Globe Following his upset win at his party’s endorsement convention this month, Democrat Josh Zakim continues to rake in support from local pols — rounding out a trio of endorsements from his fellow cit…

As former US Senate candidate bolts GOP, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker touts his particular brand » Mass Live Brian Herr, who four years ago ran as a Republican against US Sen. Ed Markey, left the GOP this week as President Donald Trump's administration carried out and then reversed a policy of separating imm…

John Nucci feeling ‘great’ thanks to new kidney » Boston Herald Nucci, 66, of East Boston, received a kidney from family friend Kerri Abrams, who volunteered to donate one of hers when she learned from a Herald article that Nucci was suffering from a rare genetic …

Sweeping Trump proposal seeks to shrink government, merge agencies » Politico The Trump administration issued an ambitious proposal Thursday to shrink government and reorganize how services are delivered to citizens, a plan that touches on nearly every corner of American life, …

It looks like former Celtics star Kevin McHale was at Trump’s rally in Minnesota » Boston Globe Close watchers of President Trump’s rally in Minnesota on Wednesday thought they noticed a face in the crowd that would be familiar to a lot of Boston sports fans: former Celtics star Kevin McHale. …

"Stand up. Show up. Speak out," Biden wrote. "No one, not even a president, can change who we are as America and what we stand for - if we the people stand united and unleash all that power that is in our hands."

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Speaking about the Trump administration.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Massachusetts Joins Other States In Suing Trump Administration Over Border Separations » CBS Boston Massachusetts is joining Washington and more than a half-dozen other states that said Thursday that they plan to sue the Trump administration over a policy of separating immigrant families illegally e…

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey joins lawsuit suing Trump administration over family separation of migrants » Mass Live Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is joining a coalition of 11 attorneys general in suing the Trump administration over its policy of separating children and families at the Mexican border.…

Mass. AG Healey joins suit challenging Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ border policy » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Thursday she is joining a lawsuit meant to force the Trump administration to reunite immigrant families who were separated as a result of the “zero t…

Moulton urges Bloomberg to back vets’ races » Boston Globe Eight years ago, a young Marine Corps veteran approached Mayor Michael Bloomberg while Bloomberg was eating a hamburger with his then-girlfriend at J.G. Melon on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.…

Business

Virtual to reality: Online retailers are getting into the brick-and-mortar business » Boston Business Journal An Amazon bookstore in Dedham. A Warby Parker at the Prudential Center. A Bonobos in Boston’s Seaport District. All three stores are forging a new frontier for the struggling retail sector, where on…

Civil Rights

Chang, BPS sued over secrecy surrounding student information sharing with ICE » Boston Globe Several civil rights and student advocacy organizations, alarmed that a school incident report helped lead to a student’s deportation, filed a lawsuit Thursday against Superintendent Tommy Chang…

Education

Legislative leaders say ed. funding bill has little chance » The Bay State Banner The new education bill that would mandate a $1 billion-plus bump to state education funding has not made any progress in the House after passing in the Senate. Last Tuesday, Rep. Alice Peisch, the Hou…

State cuts Randolph Community Partnership funds, leaving 125 students scrambling » Wicked Local Randolph After 20 years of serving the town’s adult education needs, the Randolph Community Partnership (RCP) is fighting for its life.…

Senator Cyr and Rep. Fernandes Attend First Cuttyhunk Graduation in Years » Cape Cod Today Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) and Representative Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth) both traveled to Cuttyhunk, the main island in the town of Gosnold, the state’s smallest town, for the graduation of 8th …

How 6 Mass. Communities Are Imagining Life Beyond MCAS » WBUR As the school year winds down at the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, Danielle Moran's fifth graders are ramping up. …

Federal

Democrats plan fierce opposition to Trump nominee to lead consumer bureau » The Washington Post President Trump’s pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau faces a fierce confirmation struggle in the Senate, where liberal Democrats are preparing a campaign to block a nominee with d…

Health Care

Healthcare Bill Secures $337 Million for Community Hospitals » Framingham Patch Representative Harold Naughton joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives Tuesday evening in passing a major healthcare bill. The centerpiece of the legislation is aimed at as…

Immigration

Immigration activists rally in Boston, Trump lifts separation policy » Taunton Gazette Immigration activists swarmed Beacon Hill on Wednesday to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating families crossing the southern border, forcefully demanding action in Massachusetts to…

Judiciary

Supreme Court ruling on Martha’s Vineyard man could change how some deportation proceedings are initiated » Boston Globe The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of a Brazilian immigrant who lives on Martha’s Vineyard in his fight against deportation, a decision that legal specialists said will force immigration o…

Labor

Bay State lawmakers strike deal on leave, sales tax, $15 minimum wage » South Coast Today Massachusetts lawmakers moved swiftly on Wednesday to approve a compromise bill that could keep proposals on paid leave, the minimum wage and a reduction in the sales tax from going before voters on t…

GRAND BARGAIN now awaits BAKER’s signature — HEALEY wants to investigate Bristol sheriff — DOLAN lands at GALVIN campaign » Politico ICYMI — The Grand Bargain is out — and is already on the governor’s desk ready to be signed into law after already passing both the House and the Senate on Wednesday. Gov. Charlie Baker now has …

Sen. Chandler On Raising Minimum Wage, Tax Holiday » Framingham Patch The Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts State Senate on Tuesday made a legislative proposal to raise the minimum wage; create a framework for paid family and medical leave for…

Massachusetts Senate passes wage theft bill » Mass Live The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill Thursday that will make it easier to prosecute wage theft cases.…

Lawmakers approve wage, benefits bill in hopes of averting ballot questions » Boston Business Journal The bill, dubbed the "grand bargain," was approved by both legislative bodies and sent to the desk of Gov. Charlie Baker Wednesday night. …

$15 Minimum Wage, Paid Family and Medical Leave Pass Massachusetts Legislature — But Some on Both Sides Unhappy About It » New Boston Post Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to historic wage and benefits legislation designed to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of workers, but the bill’s passage was tainted with charg…

Massachusetts Lawmakers Pass Wage, Benefits 'Grand Bargain' Deal To Gov. Baker » New England Public Radio Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to historic wage and benefits legislation designed to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of workers, but the bill's passage was tainted with charges…

Local Government

New Salem adopts budget at Town Meeting » MassLive Tuesday night saw New Salem adopt a budget, as well as become the fourth area town to pass a resolution on the state flag and seal.…

McDonald’s donations highlight ribbon-cutting ceremony in Saugus » Wicked Local Saugus Lindsay Wallin made donations to the Healthy Students, Healthy Saugus program as well as the Saugus Public Library to celebrate the grand reopening of the McDonald’s she owns on Route 1 South. Learn…

Marijuana

Massachusetts issues first marijuana license » Commonwealth Magazine It’s a milestone, but retail pot probably won’t be available July 1 …

Opinion

Bid to boost Mass. taxes hits a speed bump » Boston Globe Lawmakers should do what ballot question couldn’t…

Letter to the editor: Ban all cell phone use while driving » The Sun Chronicle A recent editorial in the Sun Chronicle (“Pass bill targeting distracted driving”, The Sun Chronicle, June 12) was spot on about a bill that needs to be passed for the safety of all us. It’s so …

A program exists to save Puerto Rico. Make it law » Boston Globe On Oct. 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall, thrashing the East Coast while leaving the lives of many in shambles.…

The importance of investing in early education and care » Boston Globe The benefits of accessible, affordable, and quality early education and care are significant, lasting, and critical to addressing some of the Commonwealth’s most entrenched issues.…

Bill Weld mastered the classics – and disruption of education status quo » Commonwealth Magazine Mass. schools owe a debt to governor who signed 1993 reform law …

Rejuvenating Massachusetts education reform » Commonwealth Magazine Let's build on and reward districts adopting proven innovations …

Politics

NFL Players Move Their Protests Off The Field, Grilling DA Candidates » OPB.com They’re used to rushing, tackling, and taking hits in front of 65,000 screaming spectators. But it was a whole different game when three New England Patriots came to a much smaller stage at a middle…

Carvalho Sees His Public Service as Setting Strong Foundation for DA Run » Beacon Hill Times Evandro Carvalho believes his campaign for Suffolk County District Attorney is picking up momentum with just under three months to go before the Democratic primary is held on Sept. 4. …

Campaign notebook: Comerford lands Franklin County endorsements; Domb to meet with constiutents over coffee; Hine to kick off campaign » Gazette Net Five Franklin County elected officials endorsed Jo Comerford of Northampton, a write-in candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester state Senate district, in Gree…

Survey rates Mass. leftmost of 50 states » Boston Herald When it comes to far left liberalism, we’re not just good. We’re the best. …

Write-in workshops planned for ‘unique, not unusual’ primary » Gazette Net Elections officials are prepping for a “unique, but not unusual” primary with five write-in candidates for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester state Senate seat, according to Secretary of State …

Secretary William Galvin hosts workshop for write-in candidates in Amherst » News 22 WWLP.com Amherst residents gathered at town hall for an educational workshop with Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin on how to vote for a write-in candidate.…

As former US Senate candidate bolts GOP, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker touts his particular brand » The Republican Brian Herr, who four years ago ran as a Republican against US Sen. Ed Markey, left the GOP this week as President Donald Trump's administration carried out and then reversed a policy of separating imm…

A Mass. candidate tangles with radio hosts over whether President Trump is like Hitler » Boston Globe Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez’s campaign slogan is “Let’s Aim High!” On Thursday, he may have aimed a little too, um, high, calling into WEEI’s Kirk & Callahan Show — host…

Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund endorses Tram Nguyen » Andover Townsman The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF) endorsed Tram Nguyen to represent the 18th Essex District of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.…

Public Health

Advice for Gawande as he takes up tall health care challenge » Boston Globe They’ve made a big splash, but three powerful business leaders who want to reinvent health care have been short on details about their venture.…

Public Safety

Sheriff Hodgson demands apology from AG Healey » South Coast Today Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson said Attorney General Maura Healey’s call for a probe of the health and safety conditions at the county jail is politically motivated and he asked her to apologize.…

AG calls for probe into Bristol County jail citing suicides » The Sun Chronicle tate Attorney General Maura Healey is calling for an investigation of the Bristol County House of Corrections, citing a high rate of inmate suicides and allegations that inmates with mental illnesses …

Maura Healey leans on victims’ rights » Boston Herald AG adds unrelated point to statement…

Thousands of Unfilled Jail Jobs, Millions in Overtime, 'Zero Room for Error' » Governing States across the country are struggling to staff their prisons and jails. The shortages are costing them in overtime -- and lives lost when inmates riot against conditions likely worsened by overwork…

State Finance

Editorial: Controlling costs should be a legislative priority » Boston Business Journal With the state’s tax collections nearly $900 million ahead of expectations as of May, legislators may have gotten a little complacent this year about reining in costs. Then again, reining in costs h…

State Government

Two Franklin County towns support an investigation of the state seal and flag » News 22 WWLP.com The 238-year-old state seal features a Native American with a bow and arrow, and a disembodied arm holding a sword above his head. …

Campaign to change state flag, seal off to ‘a pretty good start’ » MassLive Approval by four town meetings to call for Massachusetts to change its state flag and state seal is “a pretty good start,” said the organizer of the campaign, who says he hopes the legislation it …

Taxation

What does the Supreme Court's Wayfair decision on online sales taxes mean for Massachusetts? » Mass Live The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states can collect sales taxes from online retailers. …

In Wayfair case, Supreme Court to let states collect Internet sales tax » Boston Globe The US Supreme Court on Thursday opened the door for states to collect more sales taxes from Internet retailers, dealing a blow to Boston-based online seller Wayfair but potentially creating a revenue…

The Week In Public Finance: Supreme Court Clears Way for States to Tax Online Sales » Governing The landmark decision could boost state governments' revenues by tens of billions of dollars a year. But first, they have to decide how to take advantage of it. Some hope the ruling will spur Congress…

Transportation

Self-Driving Car Tests Will Expand To 15 Mass. Cities And Towns » WBUR Self-driving cars will soon be cruising down more streets across Massachusetts — from Weymouth to Melrose to Worcester.…

Self-driving cars might be coming to these 14 Mass. towns » Boston Business Journal One day after nuTonomy got the green light to test its self-driving cars across Boston, Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a memorandum that paves the way for testing in 14 other communities across the Bay…

Braintree State Delegation Call For Reversal Of MBTA Parking Hike » Framingham Patch It's about to get more expensive to park on the Braintree Red Line. …

Rail link supporters charge state cost study was meant to ‘scare the public’ » Boston Business Journal A bombshell study released on Monday found that the North South Rail Link would cost at least $12 billion and as much as $21.5 billion. But supporters of the project will argue at a hearing on Thursda…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Worcester To Join Cities Allowing Autonomous Vehicle Testing » Framingham Patch

Compressor station health assessment gets underway Thursday » Wicked Local Braintree

Baker files $5B bill to keep government running in July » Lowell Sun

Registry of Deeds marks 225th birthday » Patriot Ledger

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 2444 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Melvin Maldonado, an employee of the Department of Mental Health

SB 2278 - An Act relative to the charter of the town of Abington

HB 4166 - An Act the boardwalk at Heritage State Park in the city of Fall River shall be designated and known as the Robert Correia Boardwalk, in honor of former State Representative Robert Correia

HB 4073 - An Act relative to the ownership and occupancy deadline for residential property exemptions in the city of Boston

Most read bills of the week:

HB4605 - An Act establishing the Honorable Peter V. Kocot Act to enhance access to high quality, affordable and transparent healthcare in the Commonwealth

HB4617 - An Act establishing the Honorable Peter V. Kocot Act to enhance access to high quality, affordable and transparent healthcare in the Commonwealth

HB4640 - An Act relative to minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the sales tax holiday

HB4639 - An Act establishing the Honorable Peter V. Kocot Act to enhance access to high quality, affordable and transparent healthcare in the Commonwealth

SB2545 - An Act to promote a clean energy future

HB4613 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

HB4592 - An Act relative to economic development in the commonwealth

HB4470 - An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction

SB2546 - An Act to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability

HB4599 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

House Actions This Week: 826

Senate Actions This Week: 252


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