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11:00am Mass. Rehabilitation Commission Graduation Luncheon, Great Hall

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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

Must-Reads

MassDems Chair McGee to Step Down » Franck Talk Massachusetts Democratic Part Chair Tom McGee sent the following email to MassDems State Committee Members tonight announcing that he will not stand for reelection in November: …

Race for Democratic chief heating up » Boston Globe Two more potential challengers to the state Democratic Party chairman, Thomas McGee, emerged last week, with former lieutenant governor nominee Stephen J. Kerrigan and former Fitchburg mayor Lisa Wong…

If charter school ballot question passes, where would the new schools go? » The Republican If a ballot question allowing more charter schools in Massachusetts passes in November, which cities and towns would be most affected? …

Question 2 opponents slam $100G gift » Boston Herald Venture capitalist Paul Sagan, chairman of the state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, donated $100,000 to the committee pushing a ballot question to expand charter schools in Massachuset…

Lobbying registrations are down, but the influence industry is flourishing » Washington Post In 2014, when federal regulators were considering Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner, David Cohen, a top Comcast executive, met with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to address …

An image linking Trump to the alt-right is shared by the candidate's son » Washington Post Donald Trump Jr., an adviser and surrogate for his father's presidential campaign, told followers on Instagram this weekend that he'd "made the cut" as one of the "deplorables" denounced by Hillary Cl…

Congressional bullying on behalf of Big Oil » Boston Globe CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH of Texas spent most of the summer unsuccessfully trying to scuttle an ongoing investigation by Attorney General Maura Healey of Massachusetts into whether Exxon Mobil Corp. wit…

Mass. K-12 Education Board Chair Donated $100K To 'Lift The Cap' On Charter Schools » WBUR Paul Sagan, who chairs the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, donated $100,000 in August to an organization that supports the campaign to lift the cap on the state's charter sc…

“It was disclosed to the Commonwealth under the State’s ethics guidelines. It was made using my personal funds,” Sagan said in a statement. “I am a dedicated supporter of all of our public schools: district, including those under turnaround plans, and charters. Further, I believe my personal view on the ballot question in no way impedes my ability to execute my duties as the Chairman of the Board of Elementary and Secondary to Education in a fair and appropriate manner.”

Paul Sagan, Chairman of the state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Speaking about his $100,000 donation to the Campaign for Fair Access to Quality Public Schools

News By Category
Business

Black-owned banks see surge in deposits » Boston Globe The rallying cry emerged after a summer that saw the nation, once again, engaged in discussions about race, policing, and inequality.…

Can you handle a gun and a riot in Brockton? Then apply here » The Enterprise The Boston-based C.P. Casting seeking men of any ethnicity between the ages of 18 and 35 -- with law enforcement and military experience considered as “a plus” -- for the movie being made …

Food & farms: Tough year for Berkshire apple harvest » Berkshire Eagle Walking through Lakeview Orchards in Lanesborough, owner David Jurczak sees a group of trees with apples growing, followed by another group that's completely bare.…

$500M Google-backed diabetes startup will set up Cambridge HQ » Boston Business Journal A new Cambridge startup with half a billion dollars in funding from Verily, the life sciences effort launched by Google's parent, Alphabet, and French drug giant Sanofi aims to address one of the bigg…

Education

Baker's Appointments Add Trustees to Maritime Academy » Cape Cod Today Governor Charlie Baker recently appointed new members to the boards of trustees at public universities and community colleges across the state.…

Governor Baker to award UMass $5 million for cybersecurity and technology » The Daily Collegian The office of Governor Charlie Baker announced on August 17 that the commonwealth had chosen to award the University of Massachusetts with a $5 million grant to support a data science collaborative.…

Superintendent turnover high across state » The Metro West Daily News Returning to classrooms across the state and region, students have been busy adjusting to the leadership styles of their new teachers - a process many of those same educators have also recently underg…

How Wellesley Plans To Cut The High Suicide Rate For Asian-American Women » WBUR As a senior at Wellesley College, Lily Luo would often spend her evenings traveling to Boston to talk out her fears and frustrations with other Asian-American women.…

State launches website to help former ITT Tech students » Sentinel & Enterprise Massachusetts officials have created a website to help former students of ITT Technical Institute after the chain of for-profit colleges abruptly shut down nationwide. The website was announced by Re…

Environment

Drought conditions impact towns and cities in western Massachusetts » WWLP 22 The 71-day-old drought is continuing to expand in Massachusetts; the more it expands, the greater the impact it has on towns and cities in western Massachusetts.…

Health Care

Is Children's $1b project really necessary? » Boston Globe A serene stretch of trees and grass at Boston Children's Hospital soon could be replaced by an 11-story glass building with state-of-the-art facilities to treat the sickest of kids.…

Housing

'Sanctioned site' considered for homeless in Worcester » Worcester Telegram In an effort to contain and reduce the number of homeless encampments throughout the city, and to better provide services to the local homeless population, city officials are exploring the feasibility…

Judiciary

Boston court to hear case of New Hampshire ballot selfie law » Cape Cod Times A federal appeals court in Boston will hear arguments on a New Hampshire law that bans posting photos of ballots online.…

Legislative

Ross among 17 'perfect' senators » The Sun Chronicle he Senate held 469 roll call votes in 2016. Beacon Hill Roll Call tabulates the number of roll calls on which each senator was present and voting and then calculates that number as a percentage of the…

Local Government

Their lips said no. How will they vote? » Lowell Sun MARK SEPT. 27 on your city councilor calendar.…

Brockton politicians say act isn't 'sanctuary' » Boston Herald Brockton city councilors are debating tonight whether to adopt a “Trust Act” promising local cops will not report illegal immigrants to the feds if they haven't committed a criminal offens…

Chabot: Boston booze tax hard for Tito Jackson to swallow » Boston Herald Bostonians have a history of rebellion when government hikes taxes on their favorite beverages — you'll recall that business involving tea and the harbor — and now two city councilors ar…

Opinion

Robichaud: Brockton's hard haven » Boston Herald Just when you thought we were making progress on stopping Massachusetts from being a magnet state for illegal immigrants — with Gov. Charlie Baker's reversal of former Gov. Deval Patrick's exec…

The Mom connection » Lowell Sun It pays to have a working relationship with the House speaker. …

Dan Klatz: Charters are public, just as state parks are public » Gazette Net Several recent opinion columns in the Gazette highlight problems voters face in making informed decisions on lifting the cap on charter schools.…

Sannicandro, Eldridge: Marijuana and the opioid crisis » The Metro West Daily News Drug policy reform is a complex and emotionally fraught issue.…

A civic embarrassment » Boston Globe Thursday was a civic embarrassment.…

Editorial: Sink city booze tax » Boston Herald The Boston City Council may be revisiting an ill-advised plan to raise taxes on alcohol sales in an effort to raise funds for addiction treatment and services. …

Economic choices facing the United States: Why we need a new direction » Boston Globe OVER THE NEXT several weeks, I will explore the economic choices facing the United States and its relations with the rest of the world.…

Brownsberger: Judiciary should take inmate suits » Boston Herald

Other

Native Americans at Springfield flag-raising ceremony show solidarity with Dakota Access pipeline protesters » The Republican Fearing the impact it could have on coming generations, a group of Native Americans on Saturday said construction of the Dakota Access pipeline should stop, and the project should be scrapped.…

Chapter 40B rules often skirted to exclude neediest families » Boston Globe “BOUNDARIES TO hope,” the excellent Sunday Globe feature on the complexities of subsidized housing, points out one major shortcoming of the state's affordable housing law: that it doesn't …

Primary election results: What people were Tweeting about winners of sheriff's race, rep races » The Republican After a long and bruising election campaign, Nick Cocchi won the democratic nomination for Hampden Sheriff on Thursday.…

Obama aides visit Mass. to strengthen offshore wind efforts » Boston Globe Deepwater Wind just finished the first offshore wind farm in the country, a five-turbine project off Block Island's coast. The Obama administration wants to make sure it won't be the last one.…

Show of unity for Republicans in Harwich » Cape Cod Times A fire was roaring, hot dogs were steaming and Cape Republicans were getting behind their primary winners.…

Correia, legislators want you all aboard the Middleboro route » The Herald News City officials want to get a message to Boston that Fall River is ready for South Coast Rail.…

In Devers' loss, an omen for Rivera? » Eagle Tribune Polling places had only been open a few hours on Thursday when one of Mayor Daniel River's political lieutenants sprung into action on behalf of state Rep. Marcos Devers, a close ally of the mayor's w…

THE SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Did pot shot cost Marchand the 4th District race? » Sentinel & Enterprise THE TOPIC of recreational marijuana proved to be one of the only clear points of disagreement between Natalie Higgins, the Democratic nominee to represent the 4th Worcester District, and former candid…

Judge grants police commissioner authority for 100 body cameras » Boston Globe One hundred Boston police officers and eight members of the command staff are expected to head to the streets Monday wearing body cameras, after a Suffolk Superior Court judge denied a request from th…

Pols & Politics: Pols' support could steer pot vote » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is a couple of $20 bills short of $4 million in his campaign account. Mayor Martin J. Walsh has set the annual fundraising record by an incumbent mayor — twice.…

Analysis: Gary Johnson's 'Aleppo' Stumble Hurts His Debate Chances » WBUR Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both preparing for the first presidential debate. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson may not make the stage at all.…

Elizabeth Warren Rallies With Greater Boston Janitors For Fair Pay » Elizabeth Warren rallied with Greater Boston janitors for equal pay.…

To carry the state, slots parlor developer seeks local support » Boston Globe The international developer seeking to bring a slots parlor to Revere has launched an aggressive campaign to win statewide approval for the plan in November's election.…

Series of debates on ballot questions kick off » Lowell Sun A series of debates focusing on the pros and cons of the four ballot questions facing Massachusetts voters in November kicks off this week.…

Judge says body camera pilot can move forward » Commonwealth Magazine A JUDGE HAS sided with Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and ruled that he has authority to assign officers to a body-worn camera pilot project over the objections of the Boston Police Patrolme…

Challengers present choices: Independent Connell takes on Farley-Bouvier; Republican Canning running against Hinds » Berkshire Eagle With the dust settling from the Democratic primary races for state House and Senate, independent 3rd District House candidate Christopher Connell and Republican Senate candidate Christine Canning are …

Keller @ Large: Bill Weld's 'Advice' For Trump » CBS Boston Former Massachusetts Governor and current Libertarian vice presidential nominee Bill Weld sat down with WBZ political analyst Jon Keller to talk about his and Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Joh…

Millions splashed out ahead of vote » Boston Herald Millions of dollars are pouring into the fight over ballot questions calling for lifting the cap on charter schools and legalizing pot, new campaign finance records show.…

Federal officials discuss more wind plants off Mass. coasts » Wicked Local Norwood Unveiled in Charlestown on Friday, an updated federal strategy for offshore wind development aims to develop 86,000 megawatts of power across the United States by 2050, support 160,000 jobs, and addre…

N.H. Republican ties his fortunes to Trump » Boston Globe Republicans running in major elections throughout New England have been doing all they can to keep their distance from Donald Trump, their party's controversial presidential nominee. Except one.…

Clinton cancels travel plans after health episode » Boston Globe Hillary Clinton has had pneumonia since at least Friday, her doctor said Sunday evening in response to questions about why she abruptly left a morning event commemorating the Sept. 11 attacks and appe…

New MassPort hire will have Worcester airport in his sights » Worcester Mag A man credited with helping to change the fortunes of the Colorado Springs Airport is joining MassPort in Boston, where he will, in part, focus on business development for Worcester Regional Airport.…

MassDems Chair McGee to Step Down » FranckTalk Massachusetts Democratic Part Chair Tom McGee sent the following email to MassDems State Committee Members tonight announcing that he will not stand for reelection in November:…

Patricia Jehlen's Win a Blow to Charter School Supporters » Framingham Patch Incumbent Sen. Patricia Jehlen defeated Leland Cheung in the Second Middlesex Senate Democratic primary, and while Thursday's elections generated little excitement and low turnout overall, Jehlen's vi…

Politics

Democratic Party chairman won't seek reelection » Boston Globe State Democratic Party chairman Thomas McGee told state committee members Sunday he would not seek a second term, clearing the way for an unusually wide open race for the party's top post.…

Democrat Denise Andrews drops out of race in 2nd Franklin House District » The Republican Denise Andrews, an Orange native and Democrat in the North Quabbin region, announced Sunday she is dropping out of the race for state representative in the 2nd Franklin District.…

Stark contrasts on Nov. 8 » Lynn Daily News Item With barely a minute to pause and take a breath, candidates for Essex County sheriff and the 9th Essex District state representative seat are leaving last Thursday's primary election in the rear view …

The Interview: Joe Kennedy III » Boston Magazine Aside from his last name, there is nothing overtly Kennedy-esque about Joe Kennedy. …

Question 2 opponents slam $100G gift » Boston Herald Venture capitalist Paul Sagan, chairman of the state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, donated $100,000 to the committee pushing a ballot question to expand charter schools in Massachuset…

Marijuana legalization dollars roll into Mass. ahead of ballot question » Boston Globe The campaign pushing to legalize marijuana and establish a new pot retail system in Massachusetts has raised $2.4 million in 2016, with $2.1 million coming from one source, a D.C.-based cannabis refor…

Is the Effort to Legalize Marijuana Picking Up Steam in Massachusetts? » Go Local Worcester With medical marijuana facilities now approved for Worcester, the focus and battle shifts to the November ballot question #4. …

Field set for November after primaries in Massachusetts » Boston Herald

Grass-roots group aims to reform campaign finance » The Recorder

Paul Sagan, head of Massachusetts education board, donates $100K to pro-charter group » The Republican

Public Health

Hack-a-thon yields ideas to combat opioid crisis » Boston Globe Nineteen teams pitched ideas — ranging from mobile treatment vans to wristbands that monitor for overdoses then distribute medicine to stop them — to combat the country's rising opioid e…

State Finance

Mass. State Rep. suggests more borrowing for infrastructure » Wicked Local Dedham Massachusetts should address its infrastructure needs by taking advantage of low interest rates and borrowing more money to make capital investments, the House committee that tracks capital borrowing …

State Government

Baker Checks Up on Plymouth Pier Reconstruction Project » Cape Cod Today Governor Charlie Baker toured the site of a major pier reconstruction project last week.…

End of Session Review: Gailanne Cariddi » iBerkshires State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi says the state has taken a lead on national issues over the last session. The legislative session finished up at the end of July and Cariddi said the highlights included …

Charter foes say ed chair should resign over $100K donation » The Associated Press (AP)

Transportation

Fall River officials say 'All aboard' to Middleboro route » South Coast Today City officials want to get a message to Boston that Fall River is ready for South Coast Rail.…

Baker thinks Keolis handled timesheet scandal properly » Fox 25 News After six Keolis employees were fired during a time sheet cheating scandal, FOX25 is trying to piece together a timeline for the investigation.…

Charlie Baker pushes T privatization » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker signaled he is ready to go full speed ahead with the MBTA's push to privatize bus routes and maintenance, setting his administration on a collision course with the powerful Carmen's…

MBTA fails to spend more than $200M allotted to repair system » Boston Herald

Utilities

Bigger batteries could improve power grid » Gloucester Times Rechargeable batteries power computers, smartphones and countless electronic gadgets, and one day, they could be used to make the power grid more resilient, reliable and less costly.…

Three Cape Codders arrested at Pilgrim protest » Wicked Local Harwich Three activists from the antinuclear group Cape Downwinders were arrested at the State House last Friday following a rally at the Beacon Street entrance.…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 9/12

11:00am Mass. Rehabilitation Commission Graduation Luncheon, Great Hall

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 9/13

9:00am Breakfast Fundraiser with Rep. Paul Heroux and State Rep. Candidate Paul Jacques

1:00pm Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Informational Hearing on Bridgewater State Hospital

5:15pm Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Hillary Reception with B.D. Wong

Wednesday - 9/14

11:30am Brazilian Independence Day, Great Hall

5:30pm Rep. Dan Donahue Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

Thursday - 9/15

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Rep. Dan Donahue Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm Sen. Eric Lesser Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Rep. Jim Cantwell Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Consulate of Mexico Independence Day Celebration, Great Hall & Grand Staircase

Friday - 9/16

1:00pm Postmaster Boston Installation, Great Hall

5:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Vince Cogliano with Gov. Charlie Baker

6:00pm Rep. Tom Calter Birthday Bash Fundraiser with Marty Walsh

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Tim Hempton Campaign Kick-Off

Press Releases

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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