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1:00pm Department of Energy Resources Public Hearing, Multi-Purpose Room #115, Arthur F. Haley Academic Building, Mt. Wachusett Community College, Gardner

1:00pm Northampton Legislative Listening Session with Sen. Jo Comerford and Reps. Natalis Blais, Dan Carey, Mindy Domb & Lindsay Sabadosa, Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton

Must-Reads

Via social media, abortion activists open their doors to women in need of assistance » Boston Globe In a striking sign of the times, volunteers across the United States and Canada are joining forces on social media to create a network of safe houses for women seeking abortions in states that are try…

Lewis eyes "broad consensus" on education committee bill » State House News Service .Lawmakers on the Education Committee are aiming to put forward a bill next month overhauling the state's school funding formula, the panel's Senate chair said Thursday as teachers, students and other…

Frustrated With Beacon Hill, School Funding Supporters Fill Boston Common In Protest » WGBH Hundreds of public school teachers, students and supporters joined organized labor leaders on the Boston Common Thursday to demand that lawmakers on Beacon Hill provide more funding for local schools.…

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey: Investigation into state police overtime scandal isn’t over » The Republican As charges began to be filed against troopers last year, both in state and federal court, Healey told reporters she expected more indictments in the future. …

Guest columnist David Daley: Everybody does it? Not by a long shot, Rep. Neal » Gazette Net Everybody does it. That’s essentially Rep. Richard Neal’s response to my criticism in The Boston Globe of his pay-for-play fundraising and lavish galas where he’s wooed Washington lobbyists and …

Melania Trump’s parents would have struggled to come to the U.S. under Trump’s immigration plan » Washington Post President Trump’s proposed plan to overhaul the U.S. immigration system would have made it more difficult for his in-laws to migrate to the United States. …

Why Trump Should Be Thanking Alec Baldwin » Politico In portraying the president as a beleaguered figure, it even allows the conclusion that the real threat to democracy isn’t Trump’s venomous rhetoric or disregard for constitutional norms, but the …

Galvin wants early voting ahead of presidential primary » Newburyport News Ten months before the 2020 Massachusetts presidential primary, Secretary of State William Galvin is trying to force lawmakers to decide whether to expand early voting and give voters five extra days b…

Montigny: Senate ready to pass hands-free bill » South Coast Today The House’s 155-2 vote Wednesday evening to ban handheld device use by driving is "encouraging," according to a state senator who has been filing hands-free legislation since 2004.…

Key lawmaker undecided on sports betting legislation » Lowell Sun Will Massachusetts bettors be able to plunk down a legal wager on the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots when they take the field week one against the Pittsburgh Steelers?…

"Me doing stand-up is like Bill de Blasio running for president," said Tina Fey this week at a Comedy vs. Cancer charity event in Manhattan, according to someone who attended. "Except I would figure it out because I'm not the worst."

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Commenting on Bill de Blasio's decision to launch a presidential campaign.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

A Long Talk With Seth Moulton » New York Magazine Seth Moulton, the Massachusetts congressman who’s best known for trying to topple Nancy Pelosi after the 2018 midterms, is insisting that voters are over that, and that the pair of Bostonians who ju…

Lawrence mayor says Moulton, others should drop out » The Salem News Between retweeting mundane comments by the city’s public works and police departments Thursday about replacing water pipes and closing streets, Mayor Daniel Rivera had a tweet for the two dozen or s…

Business

Towering ambitions: Lisa Guscott carries on her father’s dream to touch the sky in Roxbury » Boston Business Journal At Long Bay Management, the baton was passed from Ken Guscott to his daughter Lisa when she took over as president in 2003.…

Editorial: Slow, don't stop, facial recognition tech » Boston Business Journal With legislation on Beacon Hill that aims to encourage industry and government to come together on statewide regulations around facial recognition, we see no reason for individual municipalities to ba…

Lt. Gov. Polito talks to local businesses about keeping workers in area » News 22 WWLP.com Lt. Governor Karyn Polito was in western Massachusetts on Thursday as part of her economic engagement tour.…

Businessman Vincent Jackson named head of Northampton Chamber of Commerce » Gazette Net The city's Chamber of Commerce has named a new executive director. Vincent Jackson, a Hadley businessman, will be taking over the role on June 3. He replaces Suzanne Beck, who has led the Greater Nort…

Economic session targets housing, filling jobs » The Republican Housing and economic development are inextricably mixed and must be addressed in unison with each other, Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Michael Kennealy says.…

Civil Rights

The Church’s dismaying anti-abortion rhetoric » Boston Globe I saw the enraging line last week in a parish bulletin in my hometown of Fall River, where the diocese, 17 years after the clergy-abuse story broke in Boston, has yet to publish names of its own credi…

'We will be in court about every single issue related to women's access to healthcare' » WCVB This week, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey tells On The Record she plans to defend Roe Vs. Wade and other women's health issues in court.…

15 Years After Massachusetts Legalized Same-Sex Marriage, The Fight For Equality Continues » WGBH Same-sex marriage seemed impossible — until the first couples wed in Massachusetts 15 years ago tomorrow.…

As States Pass Abortion Restrictions, Here's What You Need To Know In Mass. » WBUR Several Republican-controlled states, including Alabama, have in recent days moved ahead with sweeping abortion restrictions — steps likely to face legal challenges that could prompt the U.S. Suprem…

Education

NECC immigration program wins grant » Wicked Local Georgetown Northern Essex Community College received the fifth annual Deval Patrick Prize for Community Colleges from the Boston Foundation.…

Hundreds rally for changes to school funding formula » Boston Globe Hundreds of teachers, parents, and students rallied on Boston Common Thursday evening for more school funding and then marched in the streets, cheering, clapping, and tooting horns.…

New England Patriots players push Promise Act on Beacon Hill » Boston Herald New England Patriots players toured Tracy Elementary School in Lynn Wednesrday with lawmakers and local officials to call attention to the disparities among school systems in the state.…

You got into college! (But not quite yet) » Boston Globe High school senior Sabeer Narula was thrilled when he got his acceptance letter from Boston University this spring. Then he turned to the second page, and disappointment hit: He wouldn’t be allowed …

Students stage sit-in to protest higher education costs » State House News Service Student activists on Thursday staged a sit-in outside the offices of Beacon Hill's legislative leaders, urging top Democrats to schedule votes on a bill that would provide free public higher education…

Lowell school budget avoids cuts to middle school band, others » Lowell Sun Only 10 days passed before the first and second hearing for the Lowell Public Schools budget, but circumstances changed, dramatically.…

Prospects of new funding helps Lowell school board avoid major cuts » Lowell Sun Only 10 days passed before the first and second hearing for the Lowell Public Schools budget, but circumstances changed, dramatically.…

Rep. Blais takes the bus to bring awareness about funding, ride times for students » Gazette Net Rep. Natalie Blais wanted to better understand what children endure to get to and from school each day, so she did what seemed most logical - she got on a bus with them.…

Early Education and Care Programs to Receive $7.2 Million in Rate Increases in FY20 » Cape Cod Today The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a Fiscal Year 2020 rate increase for early education programs that provide care for low-income families, worth $7.2 million.…

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Honors The Learning Center for the Deaf » Framingham Source The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) has been named Outstanding Organization of the Year by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH). The award was given to The Learning…

Environment

Scorching revenue growth at solar developer BlueWave » Boston Business Journal John DeVillars, chairman and co-founder of BlueWave Solar, said the company’s results reflect a commitment to innovation in the field of renewable energy.…

CLF takes on a fight for industrial uses, this time in Charlestown » Boston Globe The Conservation Law Foundation might be best known for its environmental battles — for clean water, clean energy, and the like. But the group is also emerging as a guardian for a different cause: p…

Metropolitan Beaches Commission to Hold Regional Review May 18 » East Boston Times-Free Press The Metropolitan Beaches Commission (MBC) will hold a public hearing on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. – noon at the UMass Boston Campus Center third floor ballroom C, to review the preliminary resu…

Enbridge defends Weymouth gas project against pollution charges » State House News Service A day after academic experts slammed a plan to place a natural gas compressor station in Weymouth, energy giant Enbridge had its chance Thursday afternoon at an appeal hearing to defend its permit for…

Charlie Baker's Muzzling Of State Scientists Hurts Us All » WBUR It takes a lot of gnarly weather to send your average Massachusetts resident into a depressive slump. But week after week of raw, cold air and relentless rain has left many of us sodden, shivering and…

Proposed state rule changes rekindle biomass debate » Berkshire Eagle Two dozen people urged energy officials Thursday to stick with rules they believe made Massachusetts an environmental leader early this decade, after controversy over proposed biomass plants led to a …

Two Days Into Weymouth Gas Compressor Hearings, Safety Of Emissions Disputed » WGBH Two days into testimony over an appeal of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s approval of a natural gas compressor station in Weymouth, some witnesses have raised concern about the sa…

Port profiles look to aid commercial fishermen » Wicked Local Brewster The Cape is a sandbar, which means local fishermen sometimes have to shift harbors because of shifting sands. Lately the problem has become more pronounced.…

Gaming

Beacon Hill lawmakers drag their feet on sports betting » Boston Globe The state Legislature is unlikely to decide whether to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts before the fall, two key lawmakers said Thursday. That means another football season will begin without …

Casino already blew good chances to get traffic right » Boston Globe Re “A chance to get traffic right in Everett” (Editorial, May 16): In any other world-class city awaiting the opening of a $2.6 billion casino in the middle of a dense, traffic-choked area, the pe…

Why help only the Mashpee Wampanoag? » Commonwealth Magazine IT HAS BEEN A GREAT WEEK for the Mashpee Wampanoag in their quest to open a tribal casino in Taunton. The US House of Representative passed the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Reservation Reaffirmation Act …

MGM Springfield April Gambling Revenue Drops 15% From Previous Month » WAMC Gambling revenue fell in April at the only resort casino in Massachusetts. But officials at MGM Springfield say they remain pleased with its overall performance. …

MGM Springfield April Gambling Revenue Drops 15% From Previous Month » WBUR Will Massachusetts bettors be able to plunk down a legal wager on the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots when they take the field week one against the Pittsburgh Steelers? …

Who Gets A Piece Of The Action If Legal Sports Betting Comes To Mass.? » WBUR Casino gambling begins in Greater Boston next month, and another form of wagering could be next. State lawmakers are considering multiple bills that would legalize sports betting, including one propos…

Wynn eyes sale of Encore casino » Boston Globe The chief executives of casino giants Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts are discussing a possible sale of Wynn’s nearly-finished casino and hotel complex in Everett, Encore Boston Harbor, to MGM, a poten…

Health Care

Family awarded $30m after baby delivered at MGH suffers brain injury » Boston Globe Kim Boulter was having a healthy pregnancy when she and her husband, Daniel, headed to Massachusetts General Hospital in January 2013. But when their son, Aiden, was born after five hours of pushing, …

State board suspends prominent psychiatrist Keith Ablow’s license » Boston Globe The state Board of Registration in Medicine has suspended the license of a prominent North Shore psychiatrist following allegations that he engaged in sexual activity with patients, finding that he ca…

Key facts omitted from surprise billing debate » Commonwealth Magazine IF YOU RECEIVE a surprise out-of-network medical bill after being treated at a hospital in your insurance network, send the bill to your insurance company. Under current Massachusetts law, your financ…

Housing

Thousands of Boston seniors could be on affordable housing waitlist for years » Fox 25 News Boston’s housing crisis is having a major impact on the city’s most vulnerable populations; senior citizens and people with disabilities.…

Attorney General Maura Healey lauds rescue of Sarah Clayes House in Framingham » The Metro West Daily News After being rescued and lovingly restored by local preservationists, the historic Sarah Clayes House on Salem End Road received high praise Thursday from Attorney General Maura Healey.…

Human Services

Red flags missed, former foster children say they endured abuse for years » WCVB From the outside, it’s a well-kept home like any other in central Massachusetts. If anything else, the occupants drew admiration for taking in so many foster children, even adopting some, making the…

Immigration

Federal judge allows ACLU’s class action suit on behalf of undocumented spouses to extend to all of New England » The Republican A federal judge ruled Thursday that an ACLU lawsuit challenging a Trump administration practice of arresting undocumented immigrants visiting federal offices hoping to secure their legal status can be…

Judiciary

Amid 'political echo chambers,' SJC justice urges need for civility » The Salem News The need for civility in a world increasingly dominated by "political echo chambers" was the subject of Supreme Judicial Court Justice David Lowy's talk Thursday at the Anti-Defamation League New Engl…

Fix this, Beacon Hill, before Wayne Chapman is free to offend again » Boston Herald Violent sex offender Wayne Chapman may soon be walking free in your neighborhood because the Supreme Judicial Court upheld the decisions of two “qualified examiners” to release him. We need to fix…

Law letting Wayne Chapman go ‘needs to be fixed,’ some argue » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker’s promised get-tough bill on sex offenders failed last year and has not yet been refiled this session, despite the potential release of serial child rapist Wayne Chapman.…

Labor

Viewpoint: Building a diverse pipeline of talent begins with community » Boston Business Journal Students of color need to see that there is a supportive opportunity system in place that they can utilize in order to live, grow, and prosper here.…

Viewpoint: The shared opportunity of a tight labor market » Boston Business Journal Greater Boston’s economy has a history of heavily rewarding those with skills and education and harshly punishing those without, and the numbers bear that out. We can do better to support a more coh…

National Grid’s 7-month lockout cost utility $362 million » Boston Herald National Grid said the work done by contractors during the seven-month lockout in Massachusetts cost the company $362 million, according to its annual financial report.…

Local Government

Campbell seeks details on funds for violence prevention » Dorchester Reporter As Boston Police districts in Dorchester and South Boston begin training with new body cameras, efforts to address spikes in violence and the resulting long-term trauma are ongoing at the city and loc…

Pop goes the balloon festival: Great Barrington Select Board denies event's application » Berkshire Eagle It is the hot air balloon festival that will never launch. And it could set an informal precedent about what kinds of events this town will tolerate.…

Lynn City Councilor opposes Garelick Farms proposal » Lynn Daily News Item Ward 2 City Councilor Rick Starbard is opposed to a zoning change proposal from a developer seeking to purchase the Garelick Farms site that he says would essentially allow for the waterfront property…

Worcester Planning Board OKs zoning for Polar Park » Worcester Telegram The $240 million redevelopment project planned in the Canal District and Kelley Square area, including construction of Polar Park, has cleared a key hurdle with the Planning Board endorsing the rezoni…

Framingham still searching for health clinic space after getting no bids » The Metro West Daily News After reversing their decision to move the Health Department into the Callahan Senior Center, city officials have yet to identify an alternative location to move the public health clinic when it is fo…

Ask the Legislator: Where do you stand on New Bedford's neighborhood charter plan? » South Coast Today The fate of the city's neighborhood charter school rests on legislation at the Statehouse.…

The Cambridge City Council Wants to Remove the State Flag from its Chamber » Boston Magazine Concerned about the imagery on the banner, they're asking the mayor to take it away. …

Marijuana

To boost equity, give public loans to pot startups » Boston Globe Despite the best intentions of Massachusetts voters and lawmakers, the recreational marijuana industry hasn’t developed as hoped. The 2016 legalization referendum, with legislative tweaks approved i…

State takes a first step toward cannabis cafes » Boston Business Journal State regulators have taken the first step to launch a pilot program for cannabis cafes, but don’t expect to be smoking at one anytime soon.…

Cannabis commission approves pot cafe pilot program » Boston Herald Pot cafes have moved closer to sprouting up all around Massachusetts with the cannabis commission’s narrow approval of the controversial concept.…

What will marijuana cafes and concerts look like if they become legal in Massachusetts? » The Republican Imagine a cannabis café where diners can buy a marijuana-infused drink or snack. Or an outdoor concert where marijuana joints are sold and smoking is allowed.…

Massachusetts is moving forward with marijuana cafes. Here’s what they would look like. » Boston.com As more and more recreational marijuana shops open across Massachusetts, state regulators turned their focus Thursday toward the next frontier of the industry’s rollout:…

Politics

LISTEN: Is The Mass. GOP Charlie Baker's Party — Or Donald Trump's? » WGBH Governor Charlie Baker, the state’s most powerful Republican, has offered Massachusetts as a model for the way politics *should* be, saying our civility and pragmatism set us apart. But under new ch…

Guest columnist David Daley: Everybody does it? Not by a long shot, Rep. Neal » Gazette Net Everybody does it. That's essentially Rep. Richard Neal's response to my criticism in The Boston Globe of his pay-for-play fundraising and lavish galas where he's wooed Washington lobbyists and stuffe…

Public Health

5 more states sue Purdue Pharma over opioid crisis » Boston Globe Five states announced Thursday that they would sue Purdue Pharma and a member of the Sackler family that controls the drug company, accusing them of deceptively pushing powerful painkillers and misrep…

Governor Declares Friday DIPG Awareness Day in Massachusetts » Framingham Source Friday is National DIPG Awareness Day. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has declared today, May 17, DIPG Awareness Day in Massachusetts.…

Poll Finds Narrow Support For Supervised Consumption Sites To Fight Opioid Epidemic In Mass. » WBUR Exactly half of Massachusetts residents support the idea of opening supervised consumption sites in the state.…

Public Safety

Bill would aid severely injured officers in painful benefits battle » Boston Herald Being shot point-blank six times wasn’t as painful as trying to get a payment package from the city for a former Somerville police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent, who …

Shoplifter finds Rachael Rollins’ no-prosecute list not at work in Norfolk County » Boston Herald An admitted career crook who saw the news about Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins’ no-prosecute list on a jailhouse TV couldn’t believe it when cops in Weymouth slapped cuffs on him for shoplifting $126 …

Taunton police replace chaplain with peer support program » Wicked Local Rehoboth Lenny Nelson says he loved being the chaplain for the Taunton Police Department.…

State Government

Mass. Secretary Of State Wants Early Voting Ahead Of 2020 Presidential Primary » New England Public Radio The Massachusetts secretary of state is trying to force lawmakers to decide whether to expand early voting for the state's 2020 presidential primary. …

Alexander Hamilton letter stolen from the Massachusetts Archives decades ago by former employee is found; government now wants it back » The Republican A letter written by Alexander Hamilton in 1780 and stolen from the Massachusetts Archives decades ago by a former employee has been found, according to a recent filing in federal court.…

Mass. Secretary Of State Wants Early Voting Ahead Of 2020 Presidential Primary » New England Public Radio The Massachusetts secretary of state is trying to force lawmakers to decide whether to expand early voting for the state's 2020 presidential primary. …

Secretary of State Galvin wants early voting ahead of presidential primary » South Coast Today Ten months before the 2020 Massachusetts presidential primary, Secretary of State William Galvin is trying to force lawmakers to decide whether to expand early voting and give voters five extra days b…

Transportation

$20 Million Wasted on Rte. 6 Bridge Overruns [OPINION] » WBSM Insanely wasting taxpayer money through ineptness or just a general lack of giving a crap is corruption and should be punished as such.…

Two closed bridges in Amherst to reopen soon » Gazette Net Two bridges that have been closed to vehicles, one since 2012 and the other since last September, should both be reopening to traffic in the coming weeks…

Mass. House Overwhelmingly Passes Bill Banning Hand-held Cellphones While Driving » New England Public Radio Massachusetts lawmakers invoked the memories of people killed in distracted driving crashes on Wednesday before voting 155-2 to pass a bill banning motorists from using hand-held cellphones and electr…

Utilities

From The West Coast To New England, Lawmakers Push Policies That Inflate Gas Prices & Utility Bills » Forbes California Governor Gavin Newsom recently called for the state’s energy commission to investigate the cause of California’s relatively high gas prices. At the time of Newsom’s request on April 2…

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2020

HB3793 - An Act requiring the hands-free use of mobile telephones while driving

HB3149 - An Act requiring the hands-free use of mobile telephones while driving

HB3801 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2020

HB66 - An Act to protect the Commonwealth from dangerous persons

HB192 - An Act relative to sheet metal work

HB335 - An Act relative to sheet metal work

SB1066 - An Act to prevent wage theft, promote employer accountability, and enhance public enforcement

HB3507 - An Act to promote housing choices

HB1610 - An Act to prevent wage theft, promote employer accountability, and enhance public enforcement

House Actions This Week: 111

Senate Actions This Week: 19


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