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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 …

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 in Brock…

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 offense — bu…

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 are facing b…

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 executive…

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

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 epidemic du…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday - 9/16

1:00pm Postmaster Boston Installation, Great Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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


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