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Must-Reads

Everything you need to know about Thursday's primary elections » Boston Globe Massachusetts voters could be forgiven for not realizing there is a state primary this week.…

Monica Cannon for 7th Suffolk » Boston Globe IN THE LEGISLATURE, where diversity of elected officials lags far behind the population, an open seat in a predominantly nonwhite district takes on special importance. …

Our Opinion: Hinds is choice in key Senate race » Berkshire Eagle Much of Western Massachusetts, including the Berkshires, will suffer a blow when effective and influential state Senator Ben Downing steps down.…

Frustrated by assaults, Senator sees need to revisit ride-hail law » WWLP 22 Disturbed by recent arrests involving Uber drivers accused of assaulting passengers, Sen. Linda Dorcena-Forry, who backed an unsuccessful effort to fingerprint drivers of app-based ride-hailing servic…

Charter debate playing out in small races with big money » Boston Globe While the partisans in Massachusetts' bitter charter debate are sinking millions of dollars into a high-profile ballot fight over whether to build more of the schools, they're also spending sizable su…

“It’s a slippery slope. It’s a dangerous way to go. When you talk about privatization, in an initial contract, it always seems like it’s going to save money. Long-term it doesn’t save money, the costs go up. I’ve had some conversations with the governor about this."

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Speaking on the possibility of MBTA privatization

News By Category
Business

Thermo Fisher targets a growing niche: precision medicine » Boston Globe In the 10 years since it was formed by a $10.6 billion merger, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has turned in some impressive numbers.…

Low taxes at dozens of firms in spotlight after Apple ruling » Sentinel & Enterprise It turns out some wealthy companies are just like some wealthy hedge fund managers: They're taxed at far lower rates than nearly everyone else. Whether or not Apple used illegal breaks to pay virtua…

Crimes

Boston Police Investigate Sex Assault At Rose Kennedy Greenway » WBUR A woman was sexually assaulted by a man early Monday morning as she walked through the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Boston police said.…

Education

City teaching-training effort didn't have state approval » Boston Globe For many aspiring teachers, it seemed too good to pass up: The chance to run their own classrooms while earning a teachers license through a new program that the Boston Public Schools was starting up …

Elizabeth Warren still undecided on lifting charter school cap » Boston Herald The state's senior U.S. senator, progressive darling Elizabeth Warren, yesterday said she is still undecided about the major labor issue looming over the Bay State this fall: the ballot question lifti…

Nearly $500,000 in grants will help sustain after-school, enrichment programs at Herberg, Morningside schools » Berkshire Eagle When it comes to school budgets, extracurricular and out-of-school programs are among the first line items to be cut. But for the next three years, the state has awarded two city schools grants funded…

Starting New, Or Starting Over: A Visit To Bunker Hill Community College Registration » WBUR At 46 years old, Todd Moses is one of the oldest people in line for registration at Bunker Hill Community College, the state's largest community college. It's warm outside and he's dressed in a denim…

Guest Commentary: A Modest Proposal To Test Our Forgotten Students » WBUR I can remain silent no more. As another school year begins, thousands of students across the commonwealth are deprived of good education because of their class and race. It's something we don't like t…

Mystic Valley ask parents to 'like' Facebook post on lifting charter cap » Boston Globe

Health Care

The secretive system for vetting cancer drug use needs an urgent overhaul » STAT News In the complicated world of medicine and money, the federal government relies on a handful of privately run directories to determine which cancer medicines it should pay for, and under which circumsta…

Housing

It's not a dorm, but school rules apply » Boston Globe The new six-story building on Commonwealth Avenue wasn't built to be a dorm.…

Judiciary

Leaders oppose pot question, but voters may not fall in line » Nashoba Publishing Gov. Charlie Baker, the most popular governor in the country, opposes it. So do Attorney General Maura Healey, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. With few exceptions, Massachuse…

Labor

Labor is the backbone of democracy » Commonwealth Magazine THIS LABOR DAY, if you want a close up view of our nation's widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us, all you have to do is take a walk. Boston and the state as a whole have become one of Am…

Report: Minimum wage hike helped state's lowest-paid workers » Nashoba Publishing A new report finds that the state's lowest-paid workers saw their hourly compensation rise by more than 7 percent last year following a hike in the minimum wage. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy C…

How have minimum wage hikes in Massachusetts affected incomes? » Christian Science Monitor

Local Government

Councilors reintroduce alcohol tax proposal » Boston Globe A year after the proposal was met with stiff opposition, Boston City Councilors Bill Linehan and Frank Baker are back — more determined than ever — to raise the price of Beantown booze.…

Opinion

What if we all used the same bathroom? » Boston Globe RECENT POLITICAL BATTLES throughout the country suggest we are having trouble with going to the bathroom. …

Where have all the Republicans gone? » Lynn Daily News Item Donald Trump may be the national electoral lightning rod and the boon or bane of the Republican party, but the oasis of Republican party politics this primary week in Massachusetts is the North Shore …

Editorial: Gov's Council at it again » Boston Herald Robert Jubinville proclaims himself “one of the most experienced trial lawyers in Massachusetts.”…

Cashman: Uber CEO, it's on you to fix driver screening » Boston Herald As the CEO of Uber, you need to do a better job screening Uber drivers and provide a safer experience — or women will stop using your app.…

Peter Lucas: AG's loophole ploy misses cause of Mass. murders » Lowell Sun Attorney General Maura Healey is to be applauded for the success of her ban on the sale of copycat versions of outlawed assault rifles in Massachusetts.…

Editorial: Get on the ball for consumers, Berkshire Gas » The Recorder Last week's Department of Public Utilities' hearing about Berkshire Gas Co.'s four-year plan for supply and demand offered no game-changing revelations about the company's self-imposed natural gas mor…

Lift the Cap on Charter Growth » U.S. News & World Report

Other

A subdued Bernie Sanders stumps for Hillary Clinton in N.H. » Boston Globe Gone was the revolutionary's rhetoric and his talk of “rigged systems,” disappearing overnight like the Secret Service agents who once followed US Senator Bernie Sanders around the country…

Poll: Despite Donald Trump's missteps, Hillary Clinton's lead static » Boston Herald Democrat Hillary Clinton has failed to take advantage of the squalls surrounding GOP rival Donald Trump and heads into the fall campaign with a tenuous lead and strong voter doubts about her trustwort…

For Warren and her allies, a fight over Clinton's hires » Politico Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her allies aren't waiting for Election Day: Months before the votes have been counted, they're already exerting pressure on Hillary Clinton's transition team over key hiring …

Gary Johnson reaps rewards from voters' discontent » Boston Herald The record unpopularity of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is making Libertarian Gary Johnson a lot more popular, as discontented voters from both parties look for a less-loathsome alternative, …

Politics

7 Democrats in race for Suffolk register of deeds » Boston Globe There are 124,000 reasons a person would enter the race for Suffolk County register of deeds, but is there one reason voters should care who wins?…

Nick Cocchi is The Republican's choice in the preliminary election for Hampden County Sheriff (Editorial) » The Republican The Republican endorses Nick Cocchi in the Democratic preliminary election for Hampden County sheriff.…

Political Notes: Campaigns doctor ad scenarios » Cape Cod Times They're not real doctors or nurses, but they play them in political direct-mail advertisements.…

Ben Swan Jr. is the Republican's choice for 11th Hampden district (Editorial) » The Republican Voters in the 11th Hampden District have a choice.…

Donald Trump, 'The Apprentice,' and secular rapture » Boston Globe OF ALL the paradoxes of Donald Trump's campaign for president, the most mysterious is this: Why do millions of devout evangelicals enthusiastically support the most conspicuously irreligious president…

Labor leaders, politicians urge support for Clinton at breakfast » Boston Globe Hundreds of union leaders, activists, and politicians showed up for Boston's annual Labor Day Breakfast Monday morning, where US Senator Elizabeth Warren and other speakers urged members to rally behi…

Our Opinion: Farley-Bouvier earns primary endorsement » Berkshire Eagle Races for state representative in Berkshire districts or portions of them don't happen that often, and the race for the Democratic nomination from the 3rd Berkshire District has been a good one for th…

The Republican endorses Mary Hurley for Governor's Council » The Republican The Governor's Council is an often overlooked and misunderstood elected position, but its importance is in the spotlight this year as court issues commonly dominate Massachusetts headlines.…

Briefings: Springfield Republican's Sheriff Endorsement Leaks Early » Western Mass Politics and Insight The Republican newspaper's endorsement in the Hampden Sheriff's race got out ahead of schedule, revealing the paper choice in the fiercely contested Democratic primary.…

GOP candidates for 9th Congressional District seat highlight their views » Patriot Ledger A retired Navy officer from Marshfield and a biologist from Falmouth are vying for the Republican nomination and a chance to unseat U.S. Rep. William Keating in November's general election.…

Low turnout expected for Thursday's state primary » Patriot Ledger Election officials, including Secretary of State William Galvin, are predicting a turnout of no more than 20 percent in a state primary election two days from now.…

Gov. Baker to attend GOP picnic in Cohasset » Wicked Local Marshfield The Cohasset Republican Town Committee will hold its annual picnic on Sunday, Sept. 11th from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cohasset Sailing Club on Government Island off Border Street.…

O'Reilly leads in campaign spending » The Salem News With the primary election for Essex County sheriff a few days away, Ed O'Reilly has spent more than twice as much as any other candidate in the crowded field — including a substantial amount of…

Campbell, Katsoulis square off in 15th Essex » Eagle Tribune Two Democratic candidates are in contention for the 15th Essex state representative seat in Thursday's primary.…

Hingham Town Clerk ready for long night after Thursday's primary » Wicked Local Hingham As a result of McCracken's inquiry of a Hingham High history teacher, several high school students will be sworn in as election workers and will assist with counting the write-in votes as part of thei…

DiZoglio, Jones face off in 14th Essex primary » Eagle Tribune Incumbent Diana DiZoglio of Methuen, is seeking her third term in office. She is being challenged by Phyllis Jones, a licensed attorney and paralegal from North Andover. There are no Republican challe…

State primary next week » Wicked Local Somerville The upcoming state primary, on an untraditional Thursday, features a contest between Milton Democrats Nora Harrington and state Rep. Walter Timilty.…

Senate Candidates Debate at UCP in North Adams » iBerkshires In the seventh of eight debates in six days, the candidates for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat continued to show their differences. United Cerebral Palsy held a nearly 3-hour fo…

7 Democrats seek obscure office's $124,000 payday » Boston Globe There are 124,000 reasons a person would enter the race for Suffolk County register of deeds, but is there one reason voters should care who wins? …

3 women compete to succeed Gloria Fox in state House race » Boston Globe

Public Health

This pill prevents HIV. Why don't more people take it? » Boston Globe Every morning Ryan Nistler, a 34-year-old Bostonian, swallows a little blue pill. …

Why marijuana legalization in liberal Mass. might be a tough sell » Boston.com Deep-blue Massachusetts has a recent history of marijuana-friendly votes.…

Proposed medical marijuana sites in Central Mass. » Worcester Telegram Selectmen and the company are negotiating a host community agreement.…

Damage control: Needle exchange opens in downtown Brockton » The Enterprise The first state-funded needle exchange program in Brockton opened this summer in the city's downtown area, with a mission of reducing the spread of disease among drug users, while also “bombardi…

In Colorado, a county revolts against legalized marijuana » Boston Globe Out here, in this unincorporated community of 30,000, there are miles of barren scrub-brush dotted with wild sunflowers.…

Public Safety

Despite cost benefits, cities and towns slow to regionalize 911 dispatch centers » The Republican In 2010, Wilbraham joined six municipalities in a Springfield-led effort to explore combining their 911 dispatch centers into a single regional center. …

Framingham settles lawsuit in Stamps case » The Metro West Daily News After fighting the case for nearly four years, the town of Framingham has settled a federal lawsuit brought by the family of Eurie Stamps, Sr., who was accidentally shot and killed by police during a …

State Government

Top Baker aides on party guest list » Commonwealth Magazine THE LIST OF GUESTS invited to the July 3 bash thrown by two top Department of Conservation and Recreation officials using state resources is a veritable who's who of the executive branch and the state…

Transportation

Walsh throws latest MBTA privatization idea under bus » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh yesterday came out swinging against the MBTA for weighing the privatization of core functions such as bus routes and maintenance, calling it a “mistake” that could pa…

Website pokes fun at MBTA delays » Lowell Sun Beleaguered Boston straphangers may find solace in a new website that pokes fun at the nation's oldest subway system.…

Utilities

Something in the wind at New Bedford marine terminal » South Coast Today City and state officials will gather at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Marine Commerce Terminal, weather permitting, for an announcement about new developments in the offshore wind industry.…

5 turbines off Block Island could boost Bay State grid » Cape Cod Times Deepwater Wind's five newly installed turbines off the coast of Block Island aren't quite as tall as the Hancock building in Boston, but when chugging between them on a charter fishing boat, you defin…

Barnstable leads the way on renewable energy » Cape Cod Times Over the last several years, Barnstable has built on its commitment to clean energy by installing solar farms on the town's capped landfill, at the Barnstable Municipal Airport, and on the roof of the…

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Feature Story

Prorogation

By Jurgen Kern

Since August 1st of this year, the Legislature -- known formally as the Massachusetts General Court -- has been out of formal session. It's not that the legislature has prorogued, in which case they would have gone out of session completely. No, our legislature has just gone into the period of the year where they can only hold informal sessions. Read More »

Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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