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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

Must-Reads

Sugar industry secretly paid for favorable Harvard research » STAT News As nutrition debates raged in the 1960s, prominent Harvard nutritionists published two reviews in a top medical journal downplaying the role of sugar in coronary heart disease. Newly unearthed documen…

Baker plans shift on mentally ill inmates » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker will announce on Tuesday a substantial shift in how the state's criminal justice system handles mentally ill people, moving the troubled Bridgewater State Hospital away from a p…

Big money from Boston business leaders in favor of charter schools » Boston Globe Boston's business leaders are breaking out their checkbooks for a ballot question that could allow dozens of additional charter schools to open in the state. …

Democratic Party chooses Gannon to face O'Connor in Senate race » Patriot Ledger It took longer than usual, but Republican state Sen. Patrick O'Connor learned Monday who he'll be facing on the November ballot for the Plymouth and Norfolk state Senate race. …

Pacheco Law reprieve backers rail against MBTA privatization » Boston Herald Democratic lawmakers who voted last year to give Gov. Charlie Baker and the MBTA more flexibility in privatizing parts of the T are now railing against the cash-strapped agency as it considers outsour…

George W. Bush's cousin, Jonathan Bush, donated $10,000 in support of marijuana legalization in Massachusetts » The Republican BOSTON – Supporters of marijuana legalization in Massachusetts far outstripped opponents in fundraising efforts, pulling in $2.5 million to the other side's $388,500. …

Kerrigan seeks to lead Mass. Democratic Party » Sentinel & Enterprise It didn't take long for the race to succeed Sen. Thomas McGee as chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party to heat up on Monday with longtime party operative and 2014 lieutenant-governor candidat…

T deficit cut to $86M » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA FINISHED fiscal year 2016 with a structural deficit of $86 million, a roughly 28 percent decrease from the previous year in the difference between the transit agency's revenues and expenses.…

“I believe that it is regulated by a federal government that takes the process of shutting down a plant very seriously and we’re in constant contact with them. And, therefore, I would presume, yes, that that’s a safe facility, which is part of the reason they do shut it down once in a while.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking on the closing of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth

News By Category
Business

Market's reaction to Boston Fed chief's Quincy speech surprised business group » Boston Globe It's not every day that world financial markets move on news out of Quincy.…

Could Boston have gotten a higher price for one of the hottest sites in town? » Boston Globe Could Boston development officials have gotten a higher price — and more money for taxpayers — for one of the hottest development sites in Boston?…

Restaurants rush to apply for five new liquor licenses that could be worth $300,000 or more » Universal Hub On Wednesday, the Boston Licensing Board hears the first 14 requests it has for the five "unrestricted" liquor licenses that became available Sept. 1 and which holders can borrow against and then rese…

Freedom Credit Union gets workforce grant » The Republican Freedom Credit Union was awarded a $126,175 state grant to train 133 workers, according to a news release issued this week by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.…

Did you know a Massachusetts company is behind about 1/3 of the internet? » WCVB When you open a webpage, click play or start a download, there's a one-in-three chance that your internet inquiry is passing through the networks of a large but little-known Massachusetts company.…

Education

Ousted Suffolk head reportedly still pushing for change » Boston Globe Former Suffolk University president Margaret McKenna began mediation Monday with representatives from the school's board of trustees over her firing in late July, according to people with direct knowl…

Essex Elementary bids adieu to homework » Boston Globe When Charlie Virden started the fifth grade this year in this seaside town, the 10-year-old right away noticed a big difference, as if a heavy burden had been lifted.…

Gov. dismisses criticism of Ed Board's donation to charter group » WWLP 22 Gov. Charlie Baker called the controversy over a $100,000 donation made by Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Chairman Paul Sagan to a pro-charter school group a “nothing burger,”…

Farm-to-school bill lands on Baker's desk » Sentinel & Enterprise If Gov. Charlie Baker signs off on a piece of legislation that hit his desk Monday, October will become "farm-to-school month" in Massachusetts.…

Environment

Should Boston #BantheBag? » Boston Magazine Plastic bags. An environmentalist's nightmare, they gum up recycling operations, are constantly getting stuck in sewer grates and trees, blow around neighborhoods on trash day, float through waterways…

Housing

Pioneer Valley Realtors host breakfast » The Republican More than 100 Pioneer Valley Realtors® attended the Association's Annual Legislative Breakfast on September 1 at the Summit View Banquet House in Holyoke. …

Schiavi, Crocker drop base from plan for Cape homeless » Cape Cod Times A plan by two GOP candidates for state office to address homelessness on Cape Cod had its public debut on Monday, but a major component of an earlier version — temporarily housing homeless peop…

Baker-Polito Administration to Help With Funding to Affordable Housing Development » Spare Change News Gov. Charlie Baker announced a plan to create or preserve 1,420 rental units, including 1,334 affordable units, across 16 Massachusetts communities on August 15.…

Labor

T workers protest against possible privatization » Boston Globe The potential privatization of hundreds of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority jobs wasn't slated to be decided Monday — but dozens of union members flooded a board meeting to make their…

Pacheco Law reprieve backers rail against MBTA privatization » Boston Herald Just one legislator voted against last year's budget that gave the T a three-year reprieve from the so-called Pacheco Law, which critics say puts up hurdles to outsourcing public work. But as unions d…

Legislative

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr honored for police support » Wicked Local Tewksbury State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, was named a Legislator of the Year on Sept. 7 by the New England Police Benevolent Association for his work on a wide range of criminal justice i…

'Moral Monday' protesters bring progressive demands to Beacon Hill » New Boston Post The boisterous rally dubbed “Moral Mondays,” in which crowds of progressive activists and liberal clergy members descended upon Beacon Hill to gin up support for a laundry list of “m…

Local Government

Worcester city manager: No plan for homeless camp » Worcester Telegram City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. said the city does not plan any kind of sanctioned homeless camp after the idea was floated during a City Council subcommittee meeting last week.…

Springfield City Council approves $97,365 payout in wrongful termination case » The Republican The City Council on Monday approved a $97,365 payment to a long-term city employee, in line with an arbitration ruling that he was unjustly fired in 2012 after he was accused of sexually harassing a f…

Amid fiery debate, Brockton pols put brakes on immigration ordinance » The Enterprise After months of bubbling tension on both sides of the debate, the Brockton City Council ordinance voted to postpone action on the proposed Trust Act immigration ordinance.…

Police group honors Tarr » Gloucester Times The group said it honored state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester last week for his work on a wide range of criminal justice issues ranging from effectively penalizing repeat violent off…

Opinion

It's too risky to wait for Pilgrim plant's shutdown » Boston Globe THE PILGRIM nuclear power plant in Plymouth isn't aging gracefully, and that's reason to worry. …

The best of inconsequential hacked e-mails » Boston Globe ONE OF the new realities we live with, like rising sea levels or mass shootings, is the gargantuan information hack. …

New Campaign Song for Great Schools Massachusetts: "It's Up to You New York, New York" » Mass Politics Profs When I was poring over the Sixty Day reports from the Office of Campaign and Political Finance trying to follow all the dark money in the Great Schools Massachusetts account, I despaired of my ability…

Return history to front of the class » Lowell Sun We've all seen those wandering interviewers on news channels exposing Americans' embarrassing lack of knowledge about basic historical facts.…

The Low-Turnout Mass. Primary May Contain The Seeds For A Progressive Statewide Flowering » WGBH For the past two years, I have been working from the shadow of Washington—keeping a close eye on the scene in Massachusetts, as I have for more than two decades, but now from the remove of 400 …

Franck: It's a popular vote, not a popularity contest » Boston Herald On a crisp October morning in 2012, I knocked on the door of a handsome two-decker tucked away in an alley just off Maverick Square in East Boston.…

Our Opinion: All journalists — yes, even Beck — merit protection » Berkshire Eagle

Other

Maureen Dowd's Latest Book on Everything Hillary and Donald » New York Times The Year of Voting Dangerously, by Maureen Dowd…

5th Annual Celebrate Amherst Block Party to celebrate town's status as new cultural district » The Republican The Amherst Business Improvement District is holding its 5th Annual Block Party Thursday and this year, the Massachusetts Cultural Council will officially proclaim the town's new cultural district at …

Clinton, Trump say they will release medical records » Boston Globe Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both pledged Monday to release additional personal medical records after Clinton's near collapse Sunday morning at a Sept. 11 memorial event and subsequent disclosure …

With the Mashpee casino in legal tangle, uncertainty reigns » Boston Globe In Everett and Springfield, resort casinos are beginning to take shape, testaments in concrete and steel to the state's extended effort to build a billion-dollar industry from scratch.…

Clinton stumbles » Commonwealth Magazine Hillary Clinton didn't look very presidential on Sunday, as a video posted on Twitter showed her teetering on a sidewalk and then nearly collapsing as she was helped into a van after a 9/11 event in N…

House Speaker DeLeo opposing slots parlor ballot question » WCVB Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is opposing a ballot question that would let the state issue a second slots parlor license. …

Buildings continue to rise and fall at MGM Springfield casino site » The Republican With construction ahead of schedule, the MGM Springfield casino project is changing the landscape of Springfield's South End as structures continue to rise.…

DeLeo opposed to gaming law changes by ballot initiative » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who led the effort to expand gaming in Massachusetts five years ago, opposes any changes by ballot initiative to the carefully crafted state law that allowed for up to thre…

House Speaker DeLeo opposes ballot question to expand state's gaming law » WWLP 22

Politics

The Short List: What Happened During The Massachusetts Primary, And Why Does It Matter? » New England Public Radio What made The Short List this week?…

Help Wanted: A New State Representative Candidate » New England Public Radio The state representative race for the Second Franklin District in Massachusetts has been thrown into a state of flux.…

WBUR Poll: Mass. Voters Oppose Charter School Expansion, And Back Legal Weed » WBUR Likely voters oppose a ballot initiative to expand the number of charter schools in Massachusetts.…

Money For Charter School Ballot Question Hits $18.8 Million, A Record, As Outside Donors Mobilize » WGBH With just eight weeks to go until the November election, groups advocating for and against a ballot measure to lift the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts have raised a combined nearly $19 millio…

End of Session Review: Gailanne Cariddi » iBerkshires The legislative session finished up at the end of July and Cariddi said the highlights included working on the opioid scourge and passing an omnibus energy bill.…

More potential candidates emerge to lead state Democratic Party » Boston Globe A half-dozen Democratic activists hustled Monday to line up support for their campaigns to become the next chair of the state party, after its current leader, Thomas McGee, said he would not seek a se…

Cyr, Kanzer and Schiavi win local primary elections » The Barnstable Patriot Democrat Julian Cyr and Republican Tony Schiavi were the victors in Thursday's primary elections for the open state Senate seat representing the Cape and Islands. Cyr, of Truro, was the top vote-gette…

'Moral revolution': A cry to reframe politics as usual » Berkshire Eagle Hoping to add a moral dimension to a range of political issues — from charter schools to military spending — clergy and liberal activists on Monday marched around the state capitol and i…

Charter school 'Yes on 2' event in Springfield turns heated » The Republican Michelle Hernandez is mad.…

Orr lends assist to marijuana anti-legalization drive » New Boston Post Campaign finance records show that opponents of the November ballot initiative that seeks to legalize marijuana recently received an assist from arguably the most legendary player in Hub hockey histor…

Mass. voters oppose ballot question expanding charter schools, new poll says » The Republican A November ballot question allowing an expansion of charter schools in Massachusetts would receive a "no" vote from 48 percent of likely voters, according to a new poll from WBUR/MassINC.…

LETTER: Why I am Endorsing Caroline Colarusso for State State Representative » Framingham Patch Upon reading an outrageous letter in last week's paper, I feel compelled to share a mailing from Gov. Charlie Baker endorsing Caroline Colarusso for State Representative.…

Charter school ballot question is in tight contest, new poll finds » Boston Globe

Senate president: Board of Ed chair's charter donation 'awkward' » Boston Herald

Public Health

As More States Consider Legalizing, Questions About Pot And The Brain » WBUR Five states are voting this fall on whether marijuana should be legal, like alcohol, for recreational use. That has sparked questions about what we know – and don't know – about marijuan…

Hacking A Solution To Boston's Opioid Crisis » WBUR A man in recovery waits in line between a physician and an engineer in a large meeting room with diagrams and flow charts scrolled across washable walls.…

Public Safety

Baker calls for change in treating mentally ill inmates » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker will announce on Tuesday a substantial shift in how the state's criminal justice system handles mentally ill people, moving the troubled Bridgewater State Hospital away from a p…

Boston cops on patrol with bodycams » Boston Herald Boston police finally donned body cameras yesterday in the controversial test program aimed at ?establishing best practices, and officials who pushed for the program said the roll out went smoothly.…

Sean Ellis' Defense Team: Commissioners William Bratton And Paul Evans Knew Of Mitigating BPD Corruption » WGBH An attorney for Sean Ellis, the Dorchester man who was just granted a new trial by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for the 1993 murder of Boston Police Detective John Mulligan, says the inves…

Globe: Gov. Baker To Announce Bridgewater State Hospital Overhaul » CBS Boston Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to announce an overhaul of the way the state's criminal justice system handles mentally ill inmates Tuesday, The Boston Globe reports.…

State Plan Would Reconfigure Bridgewater State Hospital » NECN

State Finance

Report urges state to borrow, fix infrastructure » Worcester Business Journal 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 …

Baker: September revenue performance holds key to mid-year budget adjustments » WWLP 22 With tax revenues $36 million behind projections two months into the fiscal year, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said his administration will know better next month if mid-year budget cuts are necessary…

State Government

Paul McDevitt, husband of state Auditor Bump, passes away » Dorchester Reoprter Paul McDevitt, the husband of Auditor Suzanne Bump, died Monday morning after battling cancer, according to the auditor's office.…

Paul McDevitt, husband of state Auditor Suzanne Bump, dies at 74 » Patriot Ledger Paul McDevitt struck up a conversation with a woman one day as they sat in the waiting room of Maria Droste Counseling Services in Quincy.…

State Offering Incentive For Weekend Early Voting » Cape Cod Today With heavy turnout expected for the upcoming Presidential election, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin recently announced a municipal grant program aimed at encouraging cities and towns to h…

STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP: Turn up, turn out » Wicked Local Hingham If you're someone who likes choices,Thursday's state primary elections may not have been for you.…

Massachusetts Aims for Better Access, Efficiency in State Tech » Government Technology The state of Massachusetts is putting renewed energy into its IT operations and pushing to meet the public's demand for easier access to government.…

'It's a nothingburger,' Gov. Charlie Baker says when asked about education board chair's $100K to charter schools group » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker dismissed a call for Paul Sagan, the chair of the state's elementary and secondary education board, to resign after a $100,000 donation to the ballot campaign to increase the number…

State Sen. McGee To Step Down As Mass. Democratic Party Chair » WBUR Massachusetts Sen. Tom McGee announced late Sunday night he would not seek re-election as chairman of the state's Democratic Party, leaving open the question of who will helm the majority party throug…

Charlie Baker backs appointee's pro-charter donation » Boston Herald Critics say a state education chairman's $100,000 donation to a pro-charter school ballot question group amounts to a venture capital interference in the political process, while Gov. Charlie Baker is…

State officials kick off apple season at Groton orchard » Nashoba Publishing There were no sweaters, very little plaid and, as far as a reporter could tell, no pumpkin spice lattes in hand, but regardless, state officials officially kicked off apple season on a crisp Monday mo…

Transportation

West Newton commuters who use Mass Pike face significant toll increase » WCVB

Straus: MassDOT OKs $5 million for State Pier repairs » South Coast Today State transportation officials gave the go-ahead Monday to using an unspent, $5 million federal earmark from 2005 for long-needed structural work at the aging State Pier on New Bedford's waterfront, a…

Union protests T privatizing » Commonwealth Magazine HUNDREDS OF ORANGE-CLAD MBTA union workers and supporters crammed the Fiscal and Management Control Board meeting Monday to loudly — and, in some cases, profanely – protest the administr…

MBTA to double capital spending » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS SAY they want to overhaul the process and change the culture at the agency to ramp up spending on capital projects after once again finishing the year without using all the funds availa…

MBTA workers rally against possible privatization » Metro.us Hundreds of MBTA workers wearing bright orange T-shirts that read “Keep Public Transportation Public!!!!! Stop MBTA Privatization” and chanting “We didn't break the T!” rallied…

What the T spends on its capital budget, and why you should care » Boston Globe There are many disagreements about how the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority should be run, but everyone agrees on this point: To improve reliability, the T desperately needs to tackle a $7.3…

New Mass. Pike electronic tolling: Newton area, just outside Boston, could see increase in tolls on Oct. 2 » The Republican They're happy about the expected benefits from all electronic tolling, like less congestion on the roads and better air quality. They're not as thrilled with the proposed higher tolls.…

Utilities

Is the Pilgrim nuke plant safe? Baker 'would presume' so » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker was surprisingly coy Monday about whether Massachusetts' only nuclear power generation plant is safe. …

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