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10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, Mattapan Community Health Center, 1575 Blue Hill Ave., Boston, MA 02126

11:00am Missing Children's Day, Grand Staircase

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

1:30pm Attorney General Maura Healey on 89.7 Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

5:30pm An Event in Support of Maura Healey

5:30pm Fundraiser for Worcester Mayor Joe Petty

5:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Somerville City Councilor Bill White

5:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone

5:30pm Summer Kickoff Reception for Norfolk County Sheriff Jerry McDermott with Gov. Charlie Baker

6:00pm Sen. Joe Boncore's Birthday Reception

6:30pm Getting to the Point on Education Reform in the Commonwealth with Sen. Jason Lewis, Rep. Alice Peisch and others, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, Columbia Point, 210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston

Must-Reads

Jane Sanders and the messy demise of a Vermont college » Boston.com If Jane O’Meara Sanders had had her way, a stretch of prime real estate in Burlington along Lake Champlain would have become a college campus. Instead, it became a cloud lingering over her reputatio…

Losing money and struggling to find workers, a nursing home operator feels the squeeze » Boston Globe When five Skyline nursing homes shut their doors last month, Frank Romano came to the rescue. He accepted more than three dozen old and frail residents at a pair of nursing homes he owns here and in n…

California governor: "Xenophobic" GOP will be 3rd party » Axios White men, Newsom says, were "sold a complete bill of bullsh*t ... It’s just a yard of crap and it’s just damn sad." …

5 Issues To Watch On Beacon Hill » WGBH Beacon Hill lawmakers this week will attempt to avoid the legislative log jam that gummed up the works last year when the House and Senate failed to pass a compromise budget bill before the July 1 dea…

Mass GOP downplays rift rumors after competing fundraisers » Boston Herald Instead of seizing what many Massachusetts Republicans agree is an opportunity with the “far left” pushing a progressive agenda, they continue to operate like a “hen house,” political consulta…

Pete Buttigieg’s Emotional Town Hall Exposes Tensions Between South Bend Police, Community » HUFFPOST The event, which was moderated by South Bend NAACP President Michael Patton, exposed some of the anger and pain that many of the town’s black residents have felt about police accountability over the…

Sanders to propose canceling entire $1.6 trillion in U.S. student loan debt, escalating Democratic policy battle » Washington Post Sanders is proposing the federal government pay to wipe clean the student debt held by 45 million Americans — including all private and graduate school debt — as part of a package that also would …

Seas are rising, but Democrats’ talk of climate change is heating up even faster » The Associated Press (AP) As 20 Democratic candidates arrive in Miami this week for the first round of presidential debates, the region of tide-swollen floods, hurricane-battered communities and toxic-algae infestations is pro…

GOP to launch new fundraising site as Dems crush the online money game » Politico WinRed is being billed as the GOP’s answer to the Democratic Party’s ActBlue, which has already amassed over $174 million this year. The new tool is intended to reshape the GOP’s fundraising app…

Jack Spillane: Scott Lang, an American original, looks at a U.S. Senate race » South Coast Today Scott Lang is nothing if not an unusual guy. He has a disarming, Columbo-like manner about him, often appearing in a raincoat as rumpled as Peter Falk’s. But anyone who’s talked to him for 10 minu…

Democrat Sara Gideon is challenging Maine’s Susan Collins » Roll Call Maine state House speaker Sara Gideon is running against Sen. Susan Collins, one of Senate Republicans’ most vulnerable incumbents in 2020. …

Opening doors on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe SUCH A SIMPLE little change in the law — and yet one that makes most lawmakers tremble: the notion that the Legislature itself would be subject to the state’s Open Meeting Law. …

“When you drive through Everett, you’ll no longer smell gas and sulphur and oils, but you’ll smell flowers, trees,” DeMaria said. “We will no longer be the back door to the city of Boston. We will now be the front door to the city of Everett.”

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria

Delivering a speech Sunday morning announcing the opening of Encore Boston Harbor in Everett.

News By Category
Business

Massachusetts joins antitrust lawsuit opposing Sprint/T-Mobile merger » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has joined the the legal fight to block T-Mobile US Inc.'s proposed $26.5 billion merger with Sprint Corp.…

Civil Rights

The promise of Juneteenth: Let’s face our history so that we can repair it » Boston Globe Kudos to Renée Graham (“Juneteenth — America’s independence day,” Opinion, June 16) for reminding us of the importance to all Americans – black and white – of Juneteenth, the holiday comm…

Education

Head of MIAA mounts an offensive defense of his high pay » Boston Globe Bob Hohler’s exemplary article (“Losing run for host of school tourneys,” Page A1, June 16) provides ample evidence that William Gaine Jr., executive director of the Massachusetts Interscholasti…

At Boston high schools, 1,900 courses — but no process for evaluating their rigor » Boston Globe Boston’s approximately three dozen public high schools offer more than 1,900 courses, but the school system lacks a routine process for evaluating their rigor, resulting in courses with the same tit…

Suburban schools in Worcester County tackle racism, gender diversity in 'sea of white' » Worcester Telegram How do you talk about race in a town that’s overwhelmingly white?…

Good news shared with Mass. Maritime grads: A new training ship » Cape Cod Times A $300 million authorization will replace Massachusetts Maritime Academy's aging training ship within four years.…

State grant will help train Quincy YMCA teachers » Patriot Ledger The South Shore YMCA has received a $70,000 state grant for professional development that will teach trauma-informed care practices to early education teachers in Quincy.…

Environment

Activists use art to draw attention to Weymouth compressor controversy » Patriot Ledger It couldn’t have been a more picture perfect day Sunday for organizers of Painting in the Park, an event at King’s Park in Weymouth held by activists opposed to a proposed natural gas compressor s…

They quit petroleum, electricity, and money — and found happiness » Boston Globe On the table in front of them is the lunch they’ve prepared, which includes chili made from road-kill deer, an egg-and-goat-cheese frittata from the goats and chickens in their yard, beets they rece…

Lawmakers discuss Brayton Point’s potential as ‘renewable energy headquarters’ » The Herald News Friday proved to be something of a fact-finding mission for U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, who spent part of the afternoon visiting the planned Brayton Point facility that will connect offshore wind farms t…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bill would help Randolph fight `environmental injustice' of Holbrook trash facility » Wicked Local Holbrook Last Wednesday, the Holbrook Zoning Board of Appeals held a hearing on the TLA Waste Transfer Station at Holbrook Town Hall. I attended to raise the issue of “environmental injustice” and to encou…

High-stakes legal fight looms over Trump pollution rule » The Hill Democratic state attorney generals and environmental groups are gearing up for what is expected to be a precedent-setting legal battle with the Trump administration over its rollback of an Obama-era p…

Beaver Brook Greenway opening celebrated » Gazette Net Relics from the old Starkus family farm can be found along the newly opened trails at the Beaver Brook Greenway off Route 9. …

Plastic straw ban proposed » Gloucester Times First came a bank on polystyrene containers, next banishment of those thin, single-use plastic bags.…

Healey, blasting oil barge industry, looks to protect Mass. tugboat escort law » Boston Globe As a 376-foot-long unpowered barge nosed its way into Buzzards Bay, the first mate of the tugboat pulling the vessel left the helm and missed a radio warning from a nearby mariner that he was straying…

Gaming

At the new casino, ‘I don’t feel like we’re in Everett right now’ » Boston Globe There’s a modest minimum wager on the blackjack table and a rookie Encore dealer getting tips from the pit boss. Cocktail waitresses are at our service, at the ripe hour of roughly 10:45 a.m. The gu…

No wonder in Encore Boston Harbor casino » Boston Herald Encore Boston Harbor’s grand opening had fireworks, a 6-foot-tall statue of Popeye and a line that stretched for blocks at the $2.6 billion gilded monolith in Everett, but don’t be surprised if Ba…

'We Will No Longer Be The Back Door To The City Of Boston': Encore Casino Opens In Everett » WBUR After years of anticipation — and some turmoil — Encore Boston Harbor Casino opened in Everett Sunday.…

Encore prez: ‘Ship sailed a long time ago’ on Revere surrounding community agreement » Boston Herald Encore Boston Harbor President Bob DeSalvio said the “ship sailed a long time ago” on surrounding community agreement talks with the city of Revere.…

Wynn Resorts formally opens for business » Commonwealth Magazine Traffic not bad at the start of the day …

Health Care

Challenges remain as Rhode Island’s key health care players discuss call for a local system » Boston Globe When Governor Gina Raimondo announced this month that she was bringing key players from the state’s hospital landscape together to discuss creating a local academic health care system, everyone soun…

WBUR Poll: 76% Of Mass. Residents Think Drug Prices Are Unreasonable » WBUR The vast majority of Massachusetts residents view the cost of prescription drugs as unreasonable, and two out of three say it's a major problem, according to a new WBUR poll (topline results, crosstab…

This Mass. Woman Has 2 Insurance Plans. She's Still Struggling To Pay For Prescriptions » WBUR Pretty much every week, Joanne Rhoton drives herself to the drug store near her Everett home where she and the pharmacist are on a first-name basis.…

Hospitals tackling health of their neighborhoods » Commonwealth Magazine Time to move from shared assessments to joint investments …

Human Services

18 and On Your Own: A New Way to Ease the Transition From Foster Care » Governing Aging out of the system brings tough challenges that states are trying to help young adults overcome. …

Labor

Navigating a new landscape in labor law » Boston Globe The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling last year in Janus v. AFSCME drastically changed the landscape of state labor laws across the country, to the detriment of workers and their unions. …

Was Stop & Shop strike a turning point? » Commonwealth Magazine THE STOP & SHOP STRIKE earlier this year cost the company about $100 million and resulted in a contract the workers could agree to, but whether the power on display at Bay State grocery stores was an …

Legislative

Roe, Roe, Roe, the boat » Sentinel & Enterprise Progressives navigated the public policy agenda into some choppy waters this week, learning a key lesson in democracy along the way: They need bigger hearing rooms.…

Local Government

Mayor to talk State of City » The Salem News When the mayor gives her State of the City address Monday, she'll discuss a zoning change that could provide a surge of rental housing across the city.…

State lauds 16-year renovation of South Harwich meetinghouse » Cape Cod Times Tucked between Chatham and the busier villages of Harwich Center and Harwich Port, South Harwich has a rural feel, with narrow winding roads and quiet neighborhoods.…

Wellfleet official donated $1M for purchase of tidal flats » Cape Cod Times Select Board member Helen Miranda Wilson revealed Friday that she is the donor of $1 million to help the town buy over 200 acres of tidal flats and a mile-long beach off Indian Neck.…

Worcester pursues land-takings for Kelley Square redesign » Worcester Telegram In advance of the reconstruction of Kelley Square, scheduled to begin this fall, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. is asking the City Council to initiate land-takings necessary for the $17.3 million…

Hanson one of four finalists for top job in North Andover » Lowell Sun Administrator Matt Hanson is one of four finalists to be North Andover's next town manager.…

Marijuana

Recreational pot slow to come to South Shore » Patriot Ledger Adam McKeagney would rather not pack marijuana products in his carry-on luggage on his way back from work trips to Colorado, but he says it's simply easier to buy them there than back home, where it's…

Opinion

Court ruling hurts workers — Mass. has right idea in addressing it » Boston Globe Unfortunately, our state Legislature cannot reverse the Janus decision, but the House’s legislation represents one of the most comprehensive efforts in the country to ensure that unions remain a str…

LETTER: Not Enough Educators & Resources in Framingham Public Schools » Framingham Source Another school year has finished and another generation of students has had to experience education in our Commonwealth’s underfunded public schools. Our current funding formula based on ZIP codes d…

Politics

Women's right to vote is no guarantee for equal representation » Milford Daily News Massachusetts ratified the 19th Amendment 100 years ago, ensuring a woman's right to vote. Though more women are running for office and casting more ballots than men, female elected officials are stil…

OTR: David Paleologos says Democrats will have 'tough fight' against Gov. Baker » WCVB The director of the Suffolk University political research center also discusses Sen. Ed Markey's chances for re-election.…

For a young Elizabeth Warren, ‘a firecracker questioner,’ debate was a ticket to another life » Boston Globe Ted Siff had made it to the final of the Bellaire Debate tournament in Texas, practically the Rose Bowl of the high-octane world of high school debate in the region, and victory was within his grasp. …

Portrait Of A Political Insider: James B. King (1935-2019) » WGBH Last week we lost one of the great practitioners of American politics. To paraphrase the tag line from the 1960s TV drama Naked City, there are 8 million hilarious and inspiring stories in American po…

Fall River mayor, still under indictment, announces bid for third term » The Herald News With much fanfare, Mayor Jasiel Correia II announced his bid for a third term in office and confirmed his intention to try to eliminate the city’s storm water fee on Friday.…

Public Health

Health care systems turn to a ‘new’ old medicine: healthy food » The Republican A few times a week, Katie Macomber, medical home care coordinator at Amherst Pediatrics, writes a “prescription” for patients and their families.…

Vaccine foes usher the door open to deadly diseases » Boston Globe Your argument in support of state Representative Andy Vargas’s bill to abolish the exemption for school vaccination other than for bona fide medical reasons not only makes good sense for legislators…

Public split over idea of supervised injection sites » The Herald News While 92 percent of Massachusetts residents think addiction to heroin or opiates is either a crisis or a major problem, support and opposition to supervised drug injection sites is closely divided, a …

Public Safety

Bill Bratton says no prosecute policy will usher in ‘return to bad old days’ » Boston Herald Boston’s former top cop is predicting a long crime-ridden summer in the city thanks to Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins’ controversial plan to decriminalize so-called “minor crim…

Brighton Rabbi Asks Congregation To Bring Guns To Synagogue » WBUR Rabbi Dan Rodkin says thoughts and prayers will not save his congregation from an attack on their house of worship.…

To Find More 'Good Cops,' a Few Big Cities Change Their Hiring Process » Governing They're putting more emphasis on applicants' emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills. …

Another former trooper is sentenced in overtime scandal » Boston Globe A former Massachusetts State Police trooper ensnared in the high-profile overtime scandal was sentenced in federal court Monday to one day in prison deemed served.…

State Government

Lawmakers seek review of state flag » The Eagle Tribune The imagery on Massachusetts' state flag features a coat of arms designed nearly 240 years ago. While modified through the years, it still features a Native American clutching a bow and arrow, with an…

Recently unearthed portrait of 18th-century Mass. governor Belcher going up for auction » Gazette Net When Belchertown was officially settled in 1731, the town named itself after the governor of Massachusetts at the time, Jonathan Belcher - a man whose 303-year-old portrait is up for auction in Jersey…

Transportation

Beloved MBTA driver, tour guide moving on to new role with the agency » Boston Globe Ryan Collins was on the Green Line Tuesday afternoon when he heard a friendly, familiar voice crackling over the intercom. He decided to share his good fortune.…

Overrun with scooters and bikes? Then pave the way for more » Boston Globe There’s a simple solution to Scott Kirsner’s deep and dangerous social problem of e-scooters littering sidewalks (“If these Birds die, problems could follow,” Business, June 17). Let’s reduc…

Our View: Don't belabor easy traffic fixes » The Eagle Tribune Leaving open the carpool lane on Interstate 93 south to all commuters is a straightforward remedy to ease traffic on an artery burdened because of work on the nearby Tobin Bridge. …

Save the planet? Hey, Charlie Baker, can we start with the MBTA? » Boston Herald So, just to put it in context: This is a governor who, five years after taking control of the T, is presiding over what is perhaps the least-reliable mass-transit system in the U.S. And instead of han…

Your morning T report: T's no-smoking policy doesn't apply to trains; the trolley waits for no one, not even Mike Dukakis » Universal Hub NBC Boston reports the haze miasma'ed its way into Harvard and Central stations as well, but that the Cambridge Fire Department was unable to find the source and used fans to blow it away.…

T’s commuter rail on a roll » Commonwealth Magazine On-time performance over 90 percent last 6 months …

Baker must step up on transportation crisis » Commonwealth Magazine ‘We don’t need more money’ mantra has to go …

New MBTA safety review panel will include former US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood » WCVB Ray LaHood, who led the U.S. Department of Transportation under President Barack Obama, will join a three-member panel reviewing the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's safety record.…

LaHood among group to lead MBTA safety review » Boston Business Journal s it seeks to examine a recent spate of derailments and broader safety questions, the MBTA's oversight board on Monday announced that it has formed a safety panel that includes a former U.S. transport…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 6/24

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, Mattapan Community Health Center, 1575 Blue Hill Ave., Boston, MA 02126

11:00am Missing Children's Day, Grand Staircase

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

1:30pm Attorney General Maura Healey on 89.7 Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

5:30pm An Event in Support of Maura Healey

5:30pm Fundraiser for Worcester Mayor Joe Petty

5:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Somerville City Councilor Bill White

5:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone

5:30pm Summer Kickoff Reception for Norfolk County Sheriff Jerry McDermott with Gov. Charlie Baker

6:00pm Sen. Joe Boncore's Birthday Reception

6:30pm Getting to the Point on Education Reform in the Commonwealth with Sen. Jason Lewis, Rep. Alice Peisch and others, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, Columbia Point, 210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston

Tuesday - 6/25

9:00am Mass. Municipal Wholesale Electric Company State House Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

10:00am Department of Public Utilities Public Hearing, One South Station, Fifth Floor, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

10:30am Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development, Public Hearing

12:00pm Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell on 89.7 Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

12:30pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

5:00pm Annual Reception for Rep. Kevin Honan

5:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Somerville School Committee Candidate Ilana Krepchin

6:00pm Rally for Rep. John Velis

6:00pm Campaign Cookout for Rep. Marc Lombardo

6:00pm Pride Paint Night with Rep. Natalie Higgins

6:00pm Rep. Mike Connolly's 2019 Summer Event

6:00pm Women for Worcester City Council Candidate Etel Haxhiaj

6:30pm Annual Summer Fest with Rep. Mike Soter

6:30pm Emerge Massachusetts Women of the Year 2019 honoring Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins & Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington

Wednesday - 6/26

Birthdays: Rep. Nicholas Boldyga, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Rep. William Straus

7:30am State House News Forum: Mass. Marijuana Policy, MCLE, 10 Winter Place, Boston

9:00am DTA Client Recognition Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

5:30pm Charlestown Reception for Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards

6:00pm An Evening with Sen. Rebecca Rausch

6:00pm Sen. Nick Collins's June Fundraising Reception

6:30pm Sen. Sal DiDomenico's Annual Birthday Fundraiser

Thursday - 6/27

Birthdays: Senator Joseph Boncore, Senator Michael Barrett

9:00am Commonwealth Corps Celebration of Service, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:30am Department of Public Health Hearing, Public Health Council Room, Second Floor, Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston

11:00am Mass. Senior Action Council's 38th Anniversary Celebration, 1199 SEIU Hall, 108 Myrtle Street, Quincy

11:00am Mass. State Lottery Commission Public Hearing, Mass. State Lottery Headquarters, 150 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester

11:00am House Committee on Technology & Intergovernmental Affairs, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

5:00pm Re-Election Birthday Party for Rep. Matt Muratore

5:30pm Young Professionals for Boston City Council Candidate Jennifer Nassour

5:40pm Meet & Greet with North Carolina State Senate Candidate Matt Cox

6:00pm Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis' Celebration of Pride Month & Election to Co-Chair the House Progressive Caucus

6:00pm New Bedford Fundraiser for Congressman Bill Keating

6:00pm Yacht Club Fundraiser for Plymouth District Attorney Tim Cruz

6:00pm Politics & Pints with Congressman Jim McGovern

6:00pm Summer Bash with Revere City Council Candidate Nick Moulaison, Sr.

6:00pm South Boston Meet & Greet with Boston City Council Candidate Jeff Ross

6:30pm Department of Conservation & Recreation Public Hearing, Holyoke Heritage State Park, 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke

Friday - 6/28

8:00am Breakfast Reception with Congresswoman Lori Trahan

1:00pm Boston Police Commissioner William Gross on 89.7 Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

5:30pm Fundraiser for Lowell City Council Candidate Corey Belanger

7:00pm Boston Fundraiser for Brockton Mayoral Candidate Jimmy Pereira


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