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9:00am Mass. Women's Political Caucus Commonwealth Commentary Breakfast Series featuring Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, Prudential Center, 101 Huntington Avenue, 12th Floor, Boston

9:00am METCO Advocacy Day 2019, Grand Staircase & Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

9:30am 2019 Annual BLIND Day Event, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am State 911 Department Public Hearing, 151 Campanelli Drive, Suite A, Middleborough

11:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, Public Hearing

4:00pm Boards & Commissions Swearing-In, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

6:00pm Rep. John Mahoney's Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration

7:00pm A Conversation with Rachael Rollins, Suffolk County District Attorney with ACLU Racial Justice Program Director Rahsaan Hall, Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Avenue, Boston

7:00pm Women in Leadership: Massachusetts Trailblazers, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, 210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston

Must-Reads

Lobbying Case Against Democrat With Ties to Manafort Reaches Key Stage » New York Times His Democratic bona fides and ties to the Obama administration were among the main reasons he was recruited by Mr. Manafort as part of an effort to build support in Washington for Mr. Yanukovych, acco…

Kellyanne Conway dismisses her husband’s concerns that Trump’s mental health is deteriorating » Washington Post White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday dismissed concerns publicly voiced by her husband, lawyer George Conway, that President Trump’s mental condition is deteriorating and should be of co…

‘When you have a good thing, you often need more of it’: Coalition pushes for expansion of career and technical education » The Republican Former Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, who is now president and CEO of Massachusetts Competitive Business Partnership, a business group, said when he talks to business owners, t…

Pay records show hefty spending at Mass. quasi-public agencies » Boston Globe “Not only do these salaries strain agency budgets, they leave a monstrous burden on future administrations in the form of pension liabilities,” said Mary Connaughton, director of finance, administ…

Here’s a list of the 100 highest-paid Mass. quasi-public workers in 2018 » Boston Globe Quasi-public agencies are established by the state, provide public services, and receive state financial support, but unlike regular government agencies, they are legally structured to operate somewha…

Reiki masters flex muscle on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe Think of a powerful political lobbying organization, and the National Rifle Association or Big Pharma might come to mind — probably not “Big Reiki.” …

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld seeks to end a presidency he sees as “calculated to destroy the interest of the United States” » Rolling Stone As a cub reporter at Mother Jones in the late Nineties, I wrote an article about novels by American politicians called “Don’t Quit Your Day Job,” reviewing a noir thriller by former Republican G…

In-state UMass tuition freeze hinges on budget talks » State House News Service The University of Massachusetts could freeze tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students next year, a UMass official said Monday, if lawmakers agree to a $26 million funding increase. Otherwi…

Ed Markey gives Robert Kraft’s campaign funds to antitrafficking group » Boston Globe Senator Edward J. Markey, who received $3,600 in campaign donations from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, intends to donate that money to an organization focused on ending human trafficking af…

New study shows public agencies, boards lack women, minorities » Boston Business Journal Just 32 percent of Massachusetts state boards and commissions have reached gender parity, according to a new Eos Foundation study. …

Vicky Ward on Why She Wrote About Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump's Unprecedented White House Role » Town and Country Kushner Inc., Vicky Ward's new book about Jared and Ivanka Trump, contains explosive reporting about the roles that President's daughter and son-in-law play in the Trump administration.…

Ahead of 2020, white evangelicals are sticking with Trump » Axios More than two-thirds of white evangelicals continue to support President Trump, along with almost half of white Catholics and white mainline Protestants, according to a new study released by Pew Resea…

A Mar-a-Lago Weekend and an Act of God: Trump’s History With Deutsche Bank » New York Times As President Trump delivered his inaugural address in 2017, a slight woman with feathered gray hair sat listening, bundled in a hooded white parka in a fenced-off V.I.P. section. Her name was Rosemary…

Ocasio-Cortez’s Campaign Finance Has Critics Crying Hypocrisy » Bloomberg Politics Democratic firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rode into office railing against the influence of big money and hidden donors in U.S. elections. Yet the political operation that helped elect her to Cong…

"My view is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College," she said, to enthusiastic applause. "Presidential candidates don't come to places like Mississippi. ... They also don't come to places like California and Massachusetts, right? Because we're not the battleground states."

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Speaking to a crowd about how to make every vote matter at a CNN town hall in Jackson, Mississippi.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Warren serves up her fiery populist agenda in Mississippi » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren tailored her populist agenda to a diverse audience Monday night in a CNN town hall in the Deep South, arguing that she would lift up African-Americans economically and aggress…

Beto O’Rourke will make first visit to N.H. on Tuesday » Boston Globe Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, will bring his buzzy new Democratic presidential campaign to New Hampshire Tuesday night, with up to 10 stops planned in less than 48 hours, the campaign…

Business

Storefronts go from empty to artistic » Boston Globe As many old-line retailers continue to struggle, cities across the country are trying to figure out what to do with the empty storefronts they often leave behind.…

Making mark at Seafood Expo » Gloucester Times By any conjurable measure, things seemed to be going pretty well for the sons and daughters of Gloucester as the second day the cavernous Seafood Expo North America approached high noon on Monday.…

Civil Rights

The futility of santitizing the Web » Boston Globe The Southern Poverty Law Center began in 1971 by defending, mostly, African-American victims of the Ku Klux Klan but now tracks the activities of extremist groups of all kinds: neo-Nazis, white natio…

House passes bills banning conversion therapy for those under 18 » Wicked Local Weymouth House 149-9 and then again 148-8, approved and sent to the Senate a bill that would prohibit psychiatrists, psychologists and other health care providers from attempting to change the sexual orientati…

Our View: No need to lower voting age to 16 » Milford Daily News Take a minute and imagine that you have a 16-year-old. This might be a simple task if you’re no more than a couple years removed from the real thing. Or maybe it has been longer, but the memories ar…

Crimes

State police investigating after South Boston WWII memorial vandalized » Boston.com Massachusetts State Police are investigating what is believed to be an act of vandalism after an oil substance was found on a World War II memorial in South Boston Monday.…

Education

Why the mystique of elite college admissions really does matter » Boston Globe When college admissions and their power to corrupt a certain class of Americans dominates the national conversation, everyone has something to say. One common and acceptable reaction is to condemn the…

Gov. Baker Files Legislation to Establish Innovation Partnership Zones Within School Districts » Framingham Source Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker filed legislation that yesterday, March 18 that will allow local school districts to establish Innovation Partnership Zones as a way to address school underperform…

Maura Healey’s dodge on Mt. Ida » Boston Globe If only the now-defunct Mount Ida College had some connection to the also now-defunct Trump University.…

House Ways and Means committee meets in Fall River to talk education » The Herald News When there is money on the table, people will turn out to talk. Local legislators used that attraction to draw more than 100 people, including an alphabet soup of state leaders, to Bristol Community C…

Vo-tech schools seek to reduce wait lists » Gloucester Times Thousands of students applied for seats in vocational schools last year only to be turned away because there wasn't room.…

What’s the price of admission? The Five Colleges respond to scandal » Gazette Net For the past week, the national media have focused on higher education after news broke of a cheating scandal that saw wealthy parents essentially buying their children's admission into prestigious co…

Polito Pitches New Bill To Help Struggling Schools » WGBH Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito plan to file legislation Monday that would allow school districts across Massachusetts to create new zones to encourage innovation or address underperforma…

Peyser: State funding aims to strengthen 'school cultures' » Taunton Gazette The $30 million in school safety money Gov. Charlie Baker included in his budget proposal includes funds dedicated to physical upgrades like locks and cameras as well as other measures “designed to …

METCO students missing out on afterschool programs » WCVB Rep. David Linsky, the House chair of the METCO Caucus, did not want there to be any doubt about what METCO students, parents, administrators and supporters want out of the next state budget.…

Business gets behind stronger vocational training (Editorial) » The Republican Name an aspect of education, and its advocates say they need more money. They are probably all correct.…

Environment

State announces $10 million pool of climate change mitigation money » Gazette Net On Thursday, the commonwealth announced the availability of $10 million in funding for Massachusetts communities to mitigate the effects of climate change.The announcement was made by Lt. Gov. Karyn P…

Sierra Club’s Massachusetts climate leadership summit focuses on push for change » Milford Daily News Ben Hellerstein discussed efforts Saturday to help communities commit to reaching 100 percent renewable energy as a long-term target, and how policies at local levels can help achieve that goal, durin…

How A New Policy In China Has Led To A Recycling Crisis In Mass. » WBUR The EPA estimates Americans recycle about 90 million tons of material a year. But these days the stuff we recycle has to be purer than Ivory soap.…

Gaming

Is Northeast’s casino market saturated? Catskills resort is a cautionary tale » Boston Globe There’s nothing obviously wrong with Resorts World Catskills, the 13-month-old casino tucked among forests and rolling hills about two hours north of New York City.…

Health Care

Cambridge's Imara going up against pharma giants, gene editing with $63M round » Boston Business Journal Imara Inc. is using some of the funds it raised this week to develop IMR-687 as a potential treatment for the hereditary blood disorder thalassemia.…

State Auditor Suzanne Bump to probe personal care attendant fraud » Boston Herald Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump says she’s ramping up her focus on personal care attendant fraud.…

Trump admin's Title X change ripped as 'disastrous' » The Herald News U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, medical experts and pro-choice advocates slammed the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the Title X program on Tuesday, arguing that withholding federal funds from cente…

US Sen. Ed Markey, reproductive health advocates slam Trump administration’s Title X changes » The Republican U.S. Sen. Ed Markey joined local reproductive health advocates Tuesday in speaking out against a new federal rule that they said would bar health care providers at Title X-funded centers, like Planned…

Housing

Mortgage No More: Baby Boomers Who Rent Are On the Rise » Governing In the past decade, there was a 43 percent increase in renters over the age of 60. The trend brings with it new challenges -- and benefits -- for cities. …

Massachusetts Short 170K Low-Income Rental Units » Banker & Tradesman Although Massachusetts compares favorably to other states, a new report indicates the commonwealth still has a shortage of affordable housing to meet the needs of its lowest-income residents.…

Immigration

New ‘Dreamer’ bill extends a hand to other immigrants » Commonwealth Magazine HOUSE DEMOCRATS INTRODUCED sweeping new legislation last week that would provide permanent protection and a path to citizenship to young immigrants and others here under other residency statuses.…

Bill Would Make It Easier For Massachusetts Churches To Provide Sanctuary » New England Public Radio A western Massachusetts lawmaker is pushing a proposed bill that would make it easier for houses of worship to provide sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation. …

Judiciary

Superior Court Judge James Lang talks formative years, work on trial court » Wicked Local Swampscott On Thursday afternoon, Superior Court Judge James Lang supplied about 25 members of the Swampscott Men’s Club, a once-a-month Swampscott Council Aging luncheon program that features speakers, a look…

Taunton Superior Court building still undergoing emergency repairs » Taunton Gazette Taunton’s Bristol County Superior Court isn’t getting any younger. And if anyone needs proof all they need do is walk inside the 125-year-old building at 9 Court St. that faces Taunton Green.…

Labor

Embattled unions growing in Massachusetts » The Herald News Tyrone C. Housey looks across the country and sees teachers walking out of schools, workers fighting unfair labor practices and regular attacks coming from President Donald Trump’s administration.…

General Electric’s CEO now makes 345 times the company’s median worker » Boston Business Journal GE CEO Larry Culp, who was hired last October, earns an annualized total compensation of $20,086,327, up 222 percent from that earned in 2017 by his predecessor, former CEO John Flannery.…

Legislative

Hannah Kane recognized as 2019 Public Official of the Year by Worcester County Bar Association » Shrewsbury Post State Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) was recently named a 2019 Public Official of the Year by the Worcester County Bar Association alongside her colleague, the State Representative Dan Dona…

Hampshire County state delegation holding local forums » Gazette Net Local legislators are holding three public forums held in the next week. Another event will take place on Monday at Holyoke Community College from 2-3 p.m.…

Local Government

Marion Town clerk accused of stealing more than $600K from regional refuse disposal district » WHDH The Marion town clerk and another man have been indicted for allegedly stealing more than $600,000 from the Carver, Marion, Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District.…

Jasiel Correia Wins as Fall River Falls for the Oldest Trick [OPINION] » WBSM Sixty-two percent of the 12,000 plus Fall River voters who showed up last Tuesday voted to recall Mayor Jasiel Correia. Then, they fell for the oldest trick in the book, to spread their votes to four …

Fall River Councilors push back against 'revenge politics' » The Herald News The day before Mayor Jasiel Correia II admitted on a radio talk show that the removal of his political challenger from the B.M.C. Durfee Building Committee was politically motivated, two City Councilo…

UPDATE: Marion Town Clerk Ray Pickles indicted for larceny » South Coast Today A statewide grand jury Monday indicted Marion Town Clerk Ray Pickles and another former official of the Carver, Marion, Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District in connection with stealing more than …

Savage serves as North Andover's acting town manager » The Eagle Tribune Lyne Savage does not care for the limelight and says she prefers to get the job done without drawing a lot of attention to herself.…

Public Health

Vaping: The lucrative industry targeting teens » Wicked Local Topsfield In case you missed the last few articles, or haven’t heard about vaping, here’s a quick recap. Vaping, the act of inhaling and exhaling aerosol (called vape) from an e-cigarette or other battery-p…

Public Safety

Were Mass. State Police troopers in OT scandal told to fill ticket quotas? Agency denies new allegation in federal court filing » The Republican Massachusetts State Police troopers working specialized overtime patrols – the patrols authorities say were part of the overtime abuse scandal – were expected to write at least eight citations per…

State Police had a quota system for issuing tickets, prosecutors allege » Boston Globe Federal prosecutors say troopers from a troubled State Police unit had a quota system for issuing tickets to motorists, a practice that state courts have deemed unconstitutional and agency officials h…

Mass. should embrace 21st century gun control measures » Commonwealth Magazine Keeping up with technology will enhance state’s leadership role …

State Finance

This pie is too small » The Recorder The term “level funding” in a state budget can be a misnomer because it can mean something much less. Take the state match for the Community Preservation Act program, for example: As originally co…

State Government

Cultural council could get steady flow of casino cash » Boston Herald The jet-setting Massachusetts Cultural Council — called out for lavish spending on hotels, meals and trips — is in line for a big budget bonanza under the state’s gaming law, with a new bill pen…

Senator Cyr Files Government Efficiency Legislation » Cape Cod Today State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) authored legislation that would encourage government agencies to identify policies, programs, and operations where applying behavioral science may yield substantial …

Hacker accessed employee tax forms at quasi-public Massachusetts agency » The Republican A hacker infiltrated a quasi-public Massachusetts state agency and accessed payroll data for 164 current and former state employees.…

Taxation

Attleboro area lawmakers don't like idea of raising gas tax » The Sun Chronicle Talk of raising the state gasoline tax is growing at the Statehouse, but local state representatives are cool to the idea. …

Mass. Lawmakers Zero In On Ways To Fund Transportation, Education » New England Public Radio A so-called millionaire's tax got thrown off the ballot last year in Massachusetts.…

Transportation

Massachusetts Regional Transit Authorities need more money and need to improve service, report says » The Republican Massachusetts’ Regional Transit Authorities need more money. They also need to improve service, according to a new state report.…

T board trying to kickstart revenue debate » Commonwealth Magazine TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK said on Monday that she is willing to act as a conduit between members of the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board and the Legislature on the need fo…

Task force urges carrot-and-stick approach with RTAs » Commonwealth Magazine A TASK FORCE IS RECOMMENDING that state funding increase next year for the 15 regional transportation authorities as long as each authority commits to personalized targets for ridership and financial …

T notes: Submerged Blue Line back online » Commonwealth Magazine Alert: Lane shutdowns coming on Route 1, Turnpike …

Is consensus emerging on what MBTA needs? » Commonwealth Magazine Wu, Regan at odds on fare hike, but not on big picture …

SSA unveils new terminal designs » Martha's Vineyard Times The Steamship Authority unveiled three new designs for its new Woods Hole terminal, but whether any of them are palatable to residents and users of the ferry service remains to be seen.…

Uproar over GLX cuts to Union Square station accessibility » Wicked Local Cambridge City officers are asking MassDot to review the elimination of elevators, escalators, stairs, and a ramp from the Union Square Green Line station project in order to make it more accessible for people …

Utilities

Boston makes its move into electricity purchasing for its residents and businesses » Boston Globe The city of Boston has proven to be an elusive grand prize among electricity brokers, but a Marlborough firm finally won the jackpot.…

Viridian Energy pays more restitution under state settlement over costly electricity contracts » Worcester Telegram Restitution checks have been mailed to 1,300 Worcester County residents as part of a $5 million settlement that state Attorney General Maura Healey's office reached with Viridian Energy, after allegat…

Electricity supplier to provide restitution to 1,300 Worcester County residents » Worcester Business Journal About 1,300 Worcester County residents have been mailed checks as part of the second phase of restitution payments Viridian Energy must make to settle deceptive sales tactics.…

Plymouth County, Brockton residents receive Viridian restitution checks » The Enterprise About 2,000 eligible residents in Plymouth County were mailed checks under an agreement reached by the Attorney General’s Office with Viridian Energy to provide restitution over allegations that the…

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Press Releases

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Grants to Support Promotion of Massachusetts Seafood Industry » Department of Fish and Game

The Boston Beer Company Appoints Meghan V. Joyce to its Board of Directors » The Boston Beer Company

Two Former Local Officials Charged in Connection with Stealing $675,000 After Joint Attorney General-Inspector General Investigation » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey’s Medicaid Fraud Division Recovers More than $45 Million for MassHealth in Fiscal Year 2018 » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center RNs Cancel Picket for March 19 Reach Settlement with Management to Ensure Contractual Staffing Levels for Patient Care are Followed » Massachusetts Nurse Association

Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study » MassDOT

Governor Baker Files Legislation to Establish Innovation Partnership Zones Within School Districts » Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Joint Investigation Leads to Indictments of Former Public Officials on Larceny Charges » Office of the Inspector General

Act Now to Fund Our Future » Massachusetts Teachers Association

Moulton Statement New Zealand Terrorist Attack » Office of Congressman Seth Moulton

MBTA Fare Hikes Spare Bus Riders, Seniors, Youth, Students » Conservation Law Foundation

MassDOT and MBTA Will Host Public Meetings for the Mattapan Trolley Line Study Results » MassDOT

Regional Transit Authority Task Force Releases Draft Final Report » MassDOT

Dreamers, TPS holders join Members of Congress to advocate for new Dream and Promise Act » MIRA Coalition

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Availability of $10 Million in Climate Change Funding » Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Rhode Island Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Jail for Evading $13 Million in Taxes Through Tobacco Import Scheme » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Viridian Energy Customers Receive Payments in Second Phase of Restitution Program » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

The Office’s Internal Special Audit Unit issued its Annual Report for 2018 » Office of the Inspector General

BLUMENTHAL & MARKEY STATEMENT ON SEC CHARGES AGAINST VOLKSWAGEN & ITS FORMER CEO » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senate President Calls for 'Bold Steps' » Associated Industries of Massachusetts


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