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Save The Harbor/Save The Bay President to Retire at Year’s End » Revere Journal Longtime Save the Harbor/Save the Bay President and Chief Executive Officer, Patty Foley, announced today that she will be stepping down from her role at the end of 2018. Foley has led the organizatio…

Despite rampant voter enthusiasm, the reality: Many don’t plan to vote in November » The Washington Post “I just think that it’s a waste of my time,” said Leo Meeks, 39, a lifelong Clarksvillian who majored in political science in college but hasn’t voted in at least eight years. Even if he did v…

The Democrats are wrong about tax cuts and deregulation » Boston Globe The Tax Cuts Act is not the only action to come out of Washington that has spurred the economy. There have been 74 recent steps to eliminate burdensome regulations that have played their own role in h…

Shiva Ayyadurai: the candidate who represents our bizarre political climate » Boston Globe Ayyadurai, an independent who supports President Trump, is truly a candidate of our times. Few figures in the state can capture the bizarreness of the current political moment as he does, with all its…

BIG UNION THAT BACKED COAKLEY SITTING OUT BAKER-GONZALEZ RACE » State House News Service One of the state's most politically active unions that opposed Gov. Charlie Baker four years ago has decided to sit out the governor's race in both a tacit acceptance of the Republican and a blow to t…

McConnell says Senate Republicans might revisit Obamacare repeal » Reuters Republicans could try again to repeal Obamacare if they win enough seats in U.S. elections next month, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday, calling a failed 2017 push to repeal …

Jay Gonzalez puts Charlie Baker on the ropes in TV debate » Boston Globe Democrat Jay Gonzalez put Charlie Baker on the ropes Wednesday, pressing the Republican governor in a televised debate to decide between bucking his party or backing a federal candidate who opposes ab…

Could Maine’s new ranked-choice voting change American elections? » Boston Globe The state will be the first to use a ballot that lets voters rank their preferences in Congressional races. …

“I’m going to vote for me, and I’m going to vote for Karyn Polito and I’m going to —” Baker paused — “vote for a series of other candidates as well. I don’t know what I’m going to do yet with respect to that one.”

Governor Charlie Baker

When asked by Jay Gonzalez if he would be voting for Geoff Diehl during last night's debate.

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Business

Marty Walsh turns to business community to help solve financial puzzle of climate resiliency » Boston Globe Business leaders seem ready to embrace Marty Walsh’s vision of a “climate ready” Boston. Whether they’re ready to break out their checkbooks remains to be seen.…

Winthrop Square tower set to finally break ground after city council vote » Boston Business Journal

Education

Students, parents denounce plans to shutter Boston schools » Boston Globe More than a hundred students, teachers, and parents packed a Boston School Committee meeting Wednesday night to oppose a sweeping facilities proposal that calls for shuttering two high schools and a m…

E-mails show how donors are considered in Harvard admissions » Boston Globe When Harvard University admitted several applicants tied to influential donors in 2013, including one who had promised to pay for a building, the Kennedy School dean fired off an e-mail calling the he…

Borrowers win vs. predators » Boston Herald Student borrowers prevailed yesterday when a judge refused a request from Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education to block the borrower defense rule, which aims to protect borrowers from predatory…

UMass Dartmouth chancellor calls for gateway cities to 'rise up' » South Coast Today Robert Johnson didn’t throw away his shot. Harnessing his inner Hamilton, the chancellor of UMass Dartmouth demanded those seated in front of him to “Rise up!”…

Baby in hand, state treasurer touts college savings effort » Gloucester Times Starting Jan. 1, 2020, every child born or adopted as a Massachusetts resident will be eligible for a free $50 deposit into a college savings account, state officials say.…

Makeover of Belchertown High’s STEM program continues; Sen. Lesser visits » Gazette Net Belchertown High School’s science, technology, engineering and math program is in the process of a high-tech makeover thanks to a $100,000 state grant.…

Astronaut to launch GCC’s STEM Week » The Recorder Astronaut Cady Coleman says she’s is all about using her fame and experience to help draw women and minorities into the sciences.…

After Failed Charter School Expansion, Baker Focuses On Small-Scale Education Initiatives » WBUR When Gov. Charlie Baker took office in 2015, he highlighted one big idea for public education.…

Environment

Lawmakers Ask SSA To Reconsider Woods Hole Terminal Design » Wayland Patch Two state legislators are joining the call for the Steamship Authority to reconsider its design for a new Woods Hole ferry terminal. State. Sen. Vinny deMacedo, a Republican from Plymouth, and state R…

Cyr and Fernandes Announce Legislation to Study Effects of Ocean Acidification » Cape Cod Online State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) and State Representative Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth) held a press conference at the Cape Cod Oyster Company on Tuesday to publicly announce the success of an amendm…

Walsh seeks climate change barricade of beaches, parks » Commonwealth Magazine Plan affects 6 areas of Boston, $4b is one cost estimate …

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Presents Plans to Combat Climate Change, Protect City From Rising Seas » NECN Boston's mayor is proposing transforming the city's booming but low-lying waterfront to protect it from climate change and rising sea levels. …

Study calls for water-testing center at UMass » Gazette Net Companies working on water treatment and energy-efficiency technologies may soon look to the University of Massachusetts to test their new products.…

More than 1,000 sign petition against logging » The Recorder State-funded plans to log a stretch of forest that’s been untouched for 110 years have revealed some deep-rooted concerns from residents.…

Federal

Rep. Jim McGovern Wants To Halt Military Sales, Aid To Saudi Arabia Over Khashoggi Disappearance » WBUR Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern is calling for action against Saudi Arabia, in response to the disappearance and suspected murder of Saudi journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi. …

Gaming

How Massachusetts Went All in on Steve Wynn » Boston Magazine The Massachusetts Gaming Commission was determined to set up a squeaky-clean casino biz. But when Steve Wynn offered to build a jackpot outside of Boston, the only question became how quickly they cou…

Casino Execs Support Baker-Polito, While MGM Goes Big For GOP In Senate Races » New England Public Radio

Health Care

New chemical eyed in fight vs. Alzheimer’s » Boston Globe A Cambridge biotech startup is using a new method to gauge the health of synapses in people’s brains as it prepares to test an experimental medicine to treat Alzheimer’s disease, the great white w…

Hill's Big Three point to another run at health care overhaul » The Lowell Sun After picking up the pieces from a failed attempt at the end of formal legislative business to agree on a health care bill, the Massachusetts Legislature is gearing up to take another crack at stabili…

Baker planning pharmacy pricing legislation » Commonwealth Magazine Sudders calls manufacturer drug rebates ‘smoke and mirrors’ …

Clashing views on nurse staffing question » Commonwealth Magazine Experts offer sharply differing views to Health Policy Commission …

DeLeo is on sideline for moment with nurse staffing showdown » Sentinel & Enterprise With three weeks to go until voters will be asked to weigh in on significant health care policy, House Speaker Robert DeLeo has not decided how he will vote on the ballot question limiting how many pa…

Gov. Charlie Baker preparing new prescription drug plan » Worcester Telegram Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is preparing to roll out a proposal to allow the state to negotiate prices directly with drug manufacturers and possibly hold price hearings as he seeks to curb w…

Housing

Massachusetts Realtors, property owners allegedly discriminated against voucher program participants » Legal Newsline The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has settled three separate cases involving housing providers, Realtors and rental agents over allegations of income-based discrimination.…

Human Services

Food for thought: Fitchburg State cuts ribbon on food, needs pantry » Sentinel & Enterprise After nearly half of the students who responded to a survey last spring reported experiencing food insecurity, a food and necessities pantry was unveiled Tuesday at Fitchburg State University.…

Insurance

Need health insurance for 2019? HealthFirst can get you signed up with the Health Connector in Fall River » The Herald News In the state of Massachusetts, just 3 percent of the population is without health insurance making it the highest insured state in the country. The SouthCoast, however, sees a greater rate of uninsure…

Local Government

Ice Rink, Recreation Facility Proposed For Medford Fells » Wayland Patch Officials are reviewing a proposal from two neighboring youth hockey groups to build a 5-acre ice rink and recreational facility in the Medford part of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. The facility wo…

State Rep to offer grant funding tips at Gallery X » South Coast Today “Rep. Cabral will help explain programs,” an announcement from Gallery X states. “For New Bedford and the area to get a bigger piece of the funding pie It is up to us as individuals, non profits…

City Council votes to close Brockton garage funding shortfall » The Enterprise The Brockton City Council Finance Committee voted on Monday to appropriate $5 million to meet a funding shortfall for the downtown parking garage project.…

Correia case notes: Dec. 1 deadline to vacate apartment; no confidence vote sought and more » The Herald News A notice to quit served to the beleaguered Mayor Jasiel Correia II on Monday at his Bank Street apartment shows a Dec. 1 deadline.…

It's Official, North Reading Has A "Select Board" » Worcester Patch A home rule petition amending the North Reading town charter has been signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker, House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) and Senate Minority Leade…

Marijuana

Canada cannabis » Commonwealth Magazine World’s largest legal marijuana market opens four months after vote …

Opinion

Jamal Khashoggi’s apparent murder is Trump’s first tough foreign policy test — and he’s failing » Boston Globe As shocking evidence mounted that a US-based columnist for The Washington Post was tortured, dismembered, and decapitated by Saudis working for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, it was a different kin…

Elizabeth Warren is attacked from both left and right on DNA test » Boston Globe President Trump refers to Stormy Daniels — a porn star who said she had sex with him while he was married to his current wife, Melania — as “horseface” and continues his stomach-turning coddli…

PAUL CRANEY: A dubious decision by Rep. DuBois on pay raise » The Enterprise As many constituents know, Brockton Rep. Michelle DuBois, voted herself a pay raise. MassFiscal believes it is important that residents know how their elected voice votes when she’s at the State Hou…

The Democrats are wrong about tax cuts and deregulation » Boston Globe In December 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren teamed up with Bernie Sanders to complain in The New York Times that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, then on its way to being passed by Congress, would be “an e…

Letter: Vote yes on Question 5 » The Daily Collegian Several weeks ago, in the Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District, the winning candidate, Lori Trahan, won the primary election with 21.6 percent of the votes cast. …

Charlie Baker for governor » The Barnstable Patriot Charlie Baker, the incumbent Republican governor of Massachusetts, is in many ways a walking, talking contradiction. But then again, the staunchly Democratic commonwealth has a long and established h…

Stand up for equality: Vote Yes on 3 » Boston Globe Two years ago, Massachusetts joined 17 states and Washington, D.C., by enacting protections for transgender individuals in any space — such as restaurants, libraries, and bathrooms — that serve th…

Howie Carr: Liz Warren launches a new covfefe » Boston Herald

Liz Warren’s DNA test shows lack of judgment » Boston Herald

Charlie Baker Is Voting For Geoff Diehl. It's His Latest Bow To The Party Of Trump » WBUR

Politics

GOP's AG candidate critical of Salem judge » Gloucester Times In a sparsely attended appearance at Brooksby Village, Republican Attorney General candidate James R. “Jay” McMahon III took aim at Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley as he spoke about his …

South High Principal Jeffrey Creamer denies backing House candidate Paul Fullen » Worcester Telegram A Republican candidate for state representative says he stands by a campaign mailing sent out on his behalf that carries an apparent endorsement from the principal of South High Community School, whic…

Kelcourse, Rocco-Runnion face off at forum » Newburyport News Guns and raw sewage were hot topics at a political forum Wednesday night featuring state Rep. Jim Kelcourse, R-Amesbury, and Democratic challenger Jennifer Rocco-Runnion.…

Plymouth and Norfolk candidates split on Question 1 » The Patriot Ledger Both candidates running for the Plymouth and Norfolk District state Senate seat say they support a ballot question that would regulate nurse staffing levels, while the Independent candidate said he is…

REP. DONALD WONG AND HIS CHALLENGER MATTHEW CRESCENZO BOTH SECURE MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS IN THEIR RUN FOR THE 9TH ESSEX DISTRICT » Lynn Daily News Item State Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) and challenger Matthew Crescenzo have each secured major endorsements in their run for the 9th Essex District. Crescenzo has been endorsed by American Federation of T…

Not Just Georgia's Brian Kemp: Other Secretaries of State Accused of Abusing Elections Power » Governing Kemp faces allegations of using his position to suppress minority voters and gain unfair advantage in the governor's race, highlighting the office's increasing partisanship and potential for conflicts…

And Lyons roared: State Rep. Jim Lyons on his priorities as a legislator » Wicked Local North Andover “My number one priority is to protect the taxpayer,” State Rep. Jim Lyons said during an interview in the renovated barn at his house in Andover.…

Galvin sees high interest in Nov. 6 election » The Patriot Ledger With early voting set to begin Monday across Massachusetts, Secretary of State William Galvin on Wednesday said key indicators like registrations and absentee voting activity point to a “strong and …

Stanton Gets Additional Endorsements » Cape Cod Online Jack Stanton, running for the State House as the representative of Barnstable’s 5th District, is announcing that he has received additional endorsements in the race.…

Baker waffles on Diehl during debate » Commonwealth Magazine After endorsing him, he backs away and then says he misspoke …

Gonzalez rips Baker over Diehl support » The Metro West Daily News Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez seized Wednesday night on Gov. Charlie Baker’s wavering over whether or not he will vote for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl as Gonzalez …

State Rep. Brian Ashe, challenger Allison Werder face off Thursday at East Longmeadow forum » The Republican State Rep. Brian Ashe, D-Longmeadow, and Republican challenger Allison Werder will answer audience members' questions in a forum Thursday night at the Pleasant View Senior Center.…

Gun safety group endorses Charlie Baker » Boston Globe The political arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, which calls itself the largest gun violence prevention organization in the United States, gave the Republican the nod in his race against Democrat Jay Go…

'I simply misspoke,' Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says after voicing indecision over Elizabeth Warren's GOP challenger » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he misspoke after initially expressing indecision over whether he'll vote for US Sen. Elizabeth Warren's GOP challenger weeks after endorsing him.…

'Culture of corruption': Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, challenger Jay Gonzalez spar over State Police's troubles at debate » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker defended the head of the State Police and said he didn't believe she knew about an attempt to destroy records amid ongoing criminal investigations.…

Gonzalez Hits Baker For The Governor's Backing Of GOP Senate Candidate Diehl » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, debated on Wednesday night for the second time — and with less than three weeks to go until election day. …

VP Mike Pence backing Geoff Diehl in race for Senate » Boston Herald

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker personally donates to 'Yes on 3' ballot campaign on transgender protections » The Republican

Baker hesitated on saying he’d vote for Diehl. Here’s how Diehl responded » Boston Globe

3 In 10 Likely Mass. Voters Plan To Vote For Both Warren And Baker » WBUR

DeLeo: No opinion on nurses ballot question » Sentinel & Enterprise

ELECTION 2018: State rep candidates rack up endorsements » Wicked Local Marshfield

Public Health

‘Community Conversation on Opioid Abuse’ Oct. 24 in Clinton » Community Advocate Representative Harold Naughton (D-Worcester), in collaboration with Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow), Representative Kimberly N. Ferguson (R-Holden), and Representative Danielle W. Gregoire (D-Marlb…

City of Haverhill to Raise Smoking Age from 18 to 21 on Dec. 15 » WHAV Come December, smokers looking to light up in the City of Haverhill must be at least 21 to purchase tobacco products, the Board of Health ruled this week. During a public hearing at City Hall Monday, …

Massachusetts Expands Access to Opioid Reversal Medication » NECN

Public Safety

Environmental Police higher-ups helped scuttle tickets for colonel’s friend, record shows » Boston Globe At least two other high-ranking Massachusetts Environmental Police officers helped make traffic citations involving a friend of the agency’s top official disappear, according to a document that outl…

Haverhill State Delegation Helps Secure $10M in Funding to Combat Gun Violence » WHAV State Reps. Andy Vargas, Linda Dean Campbell and Diana DiZoglio were among the 40 lawmakers that petitioned Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo and House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez for $…

Walsh: Violence shows need to address 'soft' gun laws » Newburyport News After a 24-year-old woman on Monday became the eighth person killed by gun violence in less than two weeks in Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh this week blasted the state's gun laws for "getting kind of soft…

New Mass. State Police training class approved by Legislature » Boston Globe Funding for a new State Police recruit class was approved this week by the Massachusetts House and Senate, with the goal of training and graduating approximately 160 new troopers into the ranks, accor…

State Government

Gov Baker Attends YMCA Groundbreaking » Lynn Journal

Mega Millions jackpot nearing $1 billion » Boston Herald

Lt. Gov. Polito comes to Cohasset bearing grants » Wicked Local Cohasset

Transportation

MassDOT takes next step toward $1 million east-west rail study » The Republican The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said Tuesday that it has retained a consulting firm for $1 million to study the feasibility of east-west rail from Boston through Worcester to Springfiel…

Utilities

Utility Launches 'Back-To-Business' Plan In Merrimack Valley » Worcester Patch Columbia Gas of Massachusetts said Wednesday that it was launching a "Back To Business" initiative aimed at making it easier for business affected by the Sept. 13 gas explosions to file claims with th…

It could dip to 34 degrees with a freeze watch in Lawrence tonight while 8,000-plus Columbia Gas customers remain without heat » The Republican Nearly all of the 8,600 customers affected by the suspected gas leak and ensuing fires in the Merrimack Valley in September remain without gas -- or heat -- as the cold weather creeps in. …

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