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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Public Hearing

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

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Committee for Public Counsel Services Rally, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

2:00pm Nelson Mandela Day 2019, State House, Boston

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Schmid

Must-Reads

Consumer groups flag problems with car sales bill » State House News Service MassPIRG and the National Consumer Law Center said the bill would "drastically weaken our existing auto sales law in Massachusetts" by rolling back consumer protections and "open the flood gates to th…

Editorial: Time to tap a new law for beer distribution » Boston Business Journal A battle bubbling up on Beacon Hill feels old enough to rival the Hatfields and the McCoys, but instead of moonshine, the fight is over beer. Specifically, whether brewers should be locked into a dist…

This Was Elizabeth Warren’s Plan All Along » HUFFPOST When Elizabeth Warren came to Washington — not the first time, as a bankruptcy expert, or the second time, to oversee the bank bailout during the Great Recession — but the third time, when she was…

John Kerry: Trump can’t hold a candle to Ayanna Pressley » Boston Globe A strong woman raised in public housing by a fearless mother who sacrificed to keep her safe? An activist who found in Boston a life of public service and a determination to speak up for people who we…

Boston mayor fighting for low-income tenants facing eviction » State House News Service Boston Mayor Martin Walsh returned to Beacon Hill on Tuesday to testify before one of his former committees on a bill that would direct the state to provide low-income tenants who are facing eviction …

2020 Redistricting: An Early Look » Sabato's Crystal Ball GOP retains edge, but perhaps not as sharp of one as it had following 2010 …

Why Leana Wen Lost Support Fast at Planned Parenthood » New York Times The internal turmoil underscores one of the group’s central tensions: Is it a political organization or a health organization first? And can it be both at a time when abortion has been elevated to a…

Donors love a winner — which is why Silicon Valley is chucking money only at the top 2020 candidates » Vox The wealthiest people in tech are gravitating toward candidates like Pete Buttigieg, new fundraising reports reveal. …

“We have a limited window to find the funding and the political will to get a plan in place. I think there’s one person that is really holding a lot of that back, which is Gov. (Charlie) Baker,”

Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu

Speaking about the MBTA after the latest blue line blackout.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Ayanna Pressley wants to get back to the issues, although ignoring the president isn’t easy » Boston Globe In the foyer of Representative Ayanna Pressley’s Capitol Hill office, interns answered constantly ringing phones Wednesday as calls flowed in from around the country.…

Elizabeth Warren sees uptick, but fails to top N.H. polls » Boston Herald New Hampshire may be Elizabeth Warren’s political backyard, but it doesn’t mean the Massachusetts senator has the state locked down in her presidential bid, where polling suggests she’s seen as …

House holds Barr, Ross in contempt over census document fight » Boston Globe The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship q…

Editorial: White Supremacy in the White House » Valley Advocate It used to feel worthwhile to list off the terrible things that Donald Trump has done since assuming office in the beginning of 2017 — particularly the examples of his blatant racism. …

Trump slams Pressley, ‘the squad’ in campaign rally » Boston Herald President Trump attacked the progressive “squad” — including U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley — in a campaign rally in North Carolina Wednesday night, ramping up their ongoing feud with the claim the…

Markey Says Trump's Racist Tweet Part Of Re-Election Strategy » WGBH Sen. Ed Markey did not mince words when describing his feelings about President Donald Trump’s racist tweet this week telling four congresswomen — including Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley — …

Mass. Rep. McGovern In The Middle Of House Vote Condemning Trump Tweets » New England Public Radio A Massachusetts congressman played a key behind-the-scenes role as the U.S. House voted Tuesday to condemn President Trump for telling four congresswomen of color to "go back" to the "places from whic…

Business

COO, CTO at Wayfair announce retirements » Boston Business Journal Two executives at Boston-based e-commerce giant Wayfair Inc. are stepping down, the company announced Wednesday after markets had closed.…

Federal Check Against Chinese Subway Cars Could Mean Lost Jobs In Mass. » WGBH A transit rail car manufacturing facility in Springfield has found itself in the middle of an international trade and security dispute that could lead to a premature end for what many hoped would be a…

Cannabis

Confused About Cannabis? Here’s a Timeline of the Rules in Mass. » BostInno The regulatory environment around marijuana in Massachusetts is infamously unstable. In May, we speculated that the Bay State could be the next powerhouse for the cannabis industry. After all, that wa…

Easthampton may push pot permits to 8 and reserve 3 for ‘equity’ applicants » Gazette Net The City Council is expected to vote in August on a proposed zoning amendment that would increase the total number of allowed cannabis retail permits from six to eight - three of which would be design…

Longtime Cambridge friends set out to transform cannabis industry » Wicked Local Cambridge Want to see Cambridge news delivered to your inbox? Sign up for our free weekly newsletter. …

As cannabis businesses seek first license renewals, regulators issue stern warnings » Boston Business Journal The state’s cannabis regulatory board issued stern warnings to dispensaries coming before them for license renewals, hammering them for deficient or incomplete diversity-and-equity plans or for pati…

Does an oyster festival donation help a marijuana company comply with state law? Regulators say no. » The Republican Does sponsoring an oyster festival count as helping people disproportionately affected by marijuana enforcement? The Cannabis Control Commission doesn’t think so.…

Curaleaf Will Soon Be the World’s Largest Cannabis Company » Market Realist On Wednesday, Curaleaf Holdings (CURA) (CURLF) announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire GR Companies, also called Grassroots Cannabis. The deal, which involves both cash and stock tr…

Mass. pot regulators question Curaleaf's change in ownership without state OK » Boston Business Journal A Massachusetts-based cannabis business is drawing scrutiny from state marijuana regulators after completing an acquisition without state approval.…

Crimes

Prosecutors Drop Nantucket Groping Case Against Kevin Spacey » WBUR Prosecutors dropped a case Wednesday accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a resort island bar in 2016, more than a week after the accuser refused to testify about a missing cellphone the de…

Education

Facing Serious Challenges, Hampshire College Selects New President » New England Public Radio The financially struggling Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, has named a new president. Edward Wingenbach comes from Ripon College in Wisconsin. …

Bringing efficiency to public higher education » Commonwealth Magazine HIGHER EDUCATION can be hidebound and slow-moving. In some instances – such as the pomp and circumstance of commencements – adherence to tradition and ceremony are essential to the academic experi…

Environment

Bee-killing pesticides targeted in petition signed by 20,000 » Worcester Telegram With bee colonies in distress, grassroots support appears to be growing for legislative intervention.…

Cape Cod residents, officials grapple with shark attack solutions » Boston Herald The Barnstable county commissioners heard proposals Wednesday to make the beaches safer amid the ongoing great white shark crisis on Cape Cod.…

Federal

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Al Lawson introduce bill expanding food stamps to low-income college students » MassLive U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Al Lawson introduced on Wednesday legislation that would make low-income college students eligible for benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.…

Watch Elizabeth Warren Grill the Defense Secretary Nominee over Raytheon Money » Boston Magazine In a fiery exchange, she pushed Mark Esper to commit to a firewall between him and the Waltham defense contractor. He refused. …

Gaming

Encore Boston Harbor casino 'in compliance,' preliminary investigation finds » Boston Business Journal A preliminary investigation by Massachusetts gambling regulators found that the Encore Boston Harbor resort casino had not violated gaming regulations, as alleged in a class action lawsuit filed this …

Health Care

Massachusetts medical board approves rules on simultaneous surgeries » Boston Globe Surgeons will have to document each time they enter and leave the operating room, and who took over in their absence, under a rule approved Wednesday by the state medical board amid controversies over…

Somerville Hospital to shutter emergency department, open urgent-care center » Boston Globe Somerville Hospital, the 128-year-old medical center that serves the diverse population of a growing city, will close its emergency department and open an urgent-care center in its place next year.…

Housing

Bill Would Bring Rent Control, Limit Evictions for Seniors » WBUR Housing advocates were forced to regroup last year after the failure of a so-called “just cause eviction" ordinance that would have created some protections for tenants in Boston — a measure suppo…

Human Services

Welfare cash assistance increase in Massachusetts sees broad support » MassLive Activists, physicians and social workers urged lawmakers Tuesday to expand a state welfare program helping low-income parents, arguing existing cash grants are insufficient to meet growing costs and l…

Immigration

Crighton sees licensing undocumented immigrants as safe » Lynn Daily News Item It’s time to shatter negative myths dogging proposals to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, said state Sen. Brendan Crighton.…

Trahan blasted for post on ICE raids » The Eagle Tribune Democratic Rep. Lori Trahan is being criticized for offering advice over social media to legal or illegal migrants on how to deal with federal immigration crackdowns.…

Labor

Domestic workers deserve labor protections » Boston Globe It’s often said that domestic labor is the work that makes all other work possible. In the United States, it’s performed mostly by women of color and immigrants. They clean houses, cook meals, and…

Local Government

Shawn Cadime accuses Fall River mayor of accepting kickbacks from marijuana businesses » The Herald News The City Council debate to limit the number of licenses for recreational marijuana facilities continued this week amid an accusation of wrongdoing directed at Mayor Jasiel Correia II, the inference be…

After Being Attacked Online, A Town Leader Asks: How Are Kids Being Protected? » WGBH Keeping a town running means making decisions that are bound to upset someone. And in Billerica, Town Manager John Curran gets it: criticism comes with the job.…

Tribes want say in Quincy lawsuit over Long Island Bridge » Patriot Ledger Native American tribes who say their ancestors are buried on Long Island have asked a judge to allow them to testify in Suffolk Superior Court, where the City of Quincy has sued the state to block the…

Judge denies dismissal of case, motions by City Hall figures in extortion case » Boston Herald Two of Mayor Martin Walsh’s lieutenants will finally head to trial Monday after a federal judge denied another attempt by the men to have the extortion case dismissed.…

City Council approves safe city ordinance » The Recorder After over an hour and a half of public comments, discussion from city councilors and one standing ovation at the John Zon Community Center, the safe city ordinance was approved Wednesday night.…

Williamstown Fire District Opts to Cancel Street Light Plan » iBerkshires After hearing widespread concern about potential health impacts, the Prudential Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to rescind a decision it made this winter to have LED bulbs installed in the town'…

Politics

Ayanna Pressley, measured bomb-thrower » Commonwealth Magazine 1185 SHE EMERGED ON Monday as the leading voice of “the Squad,” not because hers is the loudest but because, in fact, it seems the most measured. Ayanna Pressley, diplomat of the bomb-throwers, se…

What a third term for Charlie Baker might bring » Boston Herald Third term, Charlie? How about fixing the second term first?…

Chappaquiddick: A history lesson 50 years later » Boston Globe Fifty years ago Friday, a fatal crash on Chappaquiddick Island changed the course of Massachusetts US Senator Edward M. “Teddy” Kennedy’s political career. Here’s a quick briefing on what happ…

Mirra condemns tweets by Trump, urges moderation » Newburyport News A state representative joined some Massachusetts Republicans on Wednesday in condemning the recent tweets by President Donald Trump.…

Public Health

Boston Red Sox back state campaign to reduce addiction stigma » The Republican The Massachusetts Department of Health’s ongoing campaign to promote education around addiction so individuals with substance use disorder will feel supported and not stigmatized in seeking treatmen…

Governor’s office unveils teen program on healthy relationships » The Republican When Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and her staff began speaking to students about a campaign to teach their peers about healthy relationships, the teens had some very specific advice.…

How a salad bought at Logan Airport started an effort to require EpiPens on airplanes » Boston Globe Alexa Jordan, who had just completed her freshman year at Harvard, boarded a flight home to Chicago in May when she took a bite of a salad purchased at Logan Airport.…

Our view: Staying power » The Salem News A common characteristic of viral sensations is their brevity. The internet grabs hold of a video, a tweet or a picture and makes it burn as hot as flame for a few hours or a few days, then forgets it …

Rep. Lori Ehrlich files legislation to protect keyless vehicle drivers from carbon monoxide poisoning » Wicked Local Marblehead resident Susan Livingston lost her father because a keyless ignition vehicle failed to shut down properly. That tragedy, along with a string of other statistics, led state Rep. Lori Ehrlich…

State lawmakers call for ban on flavored tobacco » WHDH State lawmakers are weighing a ban of flavored tobacco products across Massachusetts, saying officials need to do more to stop kids from vaping, but manufacturers and convenience store owners say they…

Public Safety

Ex-Hadley officer appeals conviction over breaking arrestee’s nose » Gazette Net The former Hadley police officer who broke an arrestee's nose in a booking room and was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for the incident has appealed his case.…

State Government

Massachusetts National Guard will let transgender troops continue to serve » The Republican The Massachusetts National Guard will continue to allow transgender people to serve, despite a federal ban put in place by President Donald J. Trump.…

Taxation

Tax proposal favoring homegrown businesses re-emerges on Beacon Hill » Boston Business Journal A proposal that would lower taxes for some Massachusetts businesses is getting renewed attention on Beacon Hill.…

Transportation

Riders give T worst marks yet in June performance review » Commonwealth Magazine RIDERS’ OPINIONS OF the MBTA plummeted in June, perhaps unsurprisingly, as more than half of the respondents to the T’s regular survey were at least somewhat dissatisfied with the service overall.…

Wu: MBTA headed toward ‘total shutdown’ » Boston Herald Commuters are facing a system “in crisis” every day when they board the MBTA and the governor is the one getting in the way of channeling the funding and political will to fix it, said a Boston Ci…

As RMV scandal unfurled, leader of embattled unit vacationed in Europe » Boston Globe In late June, state officials began an extraordinary task: digging through dozens of bins stuffed with paper alerts about law-breaking drivers, each of which had been ignored for months by a little-kn…

Walsh steps up criticism of MBTA after latest breakdown » Boston Globe Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh stepped up his criticism of the MBTA Wednesday, calling on the agency to boost service on the same day the frailties of the system were again vividly exposed with a breakd…

Delta makes Boston one of its hubs, sets aggressive new expansion target » Boston Globe Atlanta-based Delta has now designated Logan Airport as one of its hubs, and has set an aggressive new growth target for the Boston market. Delta execs expect daily departures out of the booming airpo…

Transit advocates cite MBTA ‘crisis,’ demand more funding » Boston Herald Transit advocates and officials are again calling for more T funding after a power shutdown on the Blue Line caused a massive passenger back-up Wednesday, while Red Line riders continue to deal with t…

Riders bail on the broken MBTA » Boston Herald It was more havoc yet again for people who rely on the embattled MBTA’s trains and buses for work, appointments and getting around the city when a power outage shut down part of the Blue Line Wednes…

Business leaders meet with Mayor Walsh to push for transit fixes » Boston Business Journal Traveling by MBTA bus, business leaders and transit advocates headed to Boston City Hall Wednesday to meet with Mayor Marty Walsh and push for transportation improvements after service disruptions and…

Mass. 'Literally Wasn't Opening The Mail': How The RMV Process Is Supposed To Work » New England Public Radio The review system for driver violations at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is broken. …

Walsh asks T for bolstered rail service » Dorchester Reporter Mayor Martin Walsh on Wednesday sent a letter to MBTA leadership asking for concrete improvements to the train system to better service those inconvenienced by the still lagging Red Line.…

Utilities

Offshore wind project at risk due to federal delays » State House News Service The commercial-scale offshore wind project planned for the waters 15 miles south of Martha's Vineyard is at risk if officials can't get a key determination from the federal government by the end of Au…

Baker, Vineyard Wind mum on feds' project guidance » State House News Service The federal government has offered new "guidance" on the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday, but neither the governor's team nor project officials will talk about it.…

Vineyard Wind says project at risk » Commonwealth Magazine VINEYARD WIND says its offshore wind farm could be in jeopardy if the federal government fails to approve its environmental impact statement over the next six weeks.…

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Press Releases

Women talk about the high cost of Massachusetts’ child care » Strategies for Children Blog

MA BLACK AND LATINO CAUCUS STANDS IN SUPPORT OF “SQUAD” CONGRESSWOMEN » MA BLACK AND LATINO CAUCUS

Senator Friedman stops Renew Massachusetts Coalition from broadcasting State House hearing on Facebook Live » Renew MA Coalition

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Grants to Promote Massachusetts Dairy Industry » Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

MMA urges FCC to reconsider order regarding cable franchise fees and regulation » Massachusetts Municipal Association

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE » Office of Congressman Joe Kennedy III

MEMA Encourages Residents to Stay Safe During Extreme Heat » Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

$3.5M in Workforce Grants Awarded to Fund Training for More Than 2,400 Workers, Create 481 New Jobs » Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Baker-Polito Administration Advances Production and Preservation of 1,500 Housing Units Across Commonwealth » Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Join CHAPA in Advocating for the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act » CHAPA

Senator Markey Introduces Legislation to Expand Small Business Opportunities » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Announcing the 2019 Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist Training! » Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

Incendiary rhetoric from the left inspiring dangerous real-world actions » MassGOP

How Much Would a Green New Deal Carbon Tax Cost Massachusetts? » Mass Fiscal Alliance

Activists deliver 20,000 petition signatures to save the bees » Environment Massachusetts

Organizations Urge Congress to Strengthen National Flood Insurance Program » Union of Concerned Scientists


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