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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Great Hall

10:30am ALS One Event, Grand Staircase

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:45am Duxbury Seniors Luncheon, Nurses Hall

1:00pm Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

5:30pm Worcester City Councilor Candy Carlson's Fall Fest Fundraiser

6:00pm Reception for Rep. James Kelcourse

7:30pm Duxbury Dems & Friends Debate Viewing

7:30pm Mass. Trump Campaign Team Debate Watch Party

8:00pm Young Professionals for Hillary Debate Night at the Coolidge Theater

8:00pm Three Towns & Two Cities Democratic Committees Debate Watch Party with Sen. Kathleen O'Connor Ives and State Rep. Candidate Brianna Sullivan

8:00pm Lynn Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party

Must-Reads

Advocates, Governor Baker clash on nursing home pay hikes » Boston Globe They do much of the grueling work in Massachusetts nursing homes: cleaning soiled sheets, scrubbing floors, and preparing food. Many make barely $11 an hour, and were counting on a new state law that …

Business lobby supports pregnant workers but had concerns about bill » Boston Globe ASSOCIATED INDUSTRIES of Massachusetts would like to clarify its position on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a position that was reported in the article “Business lobby shows its clout”…

Dodgy donors prompt $56G Charlie Baker 'purge' » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker this month paid $56,000 out of his campaign account to the commonwealth after a state audit revealed a number of unlawful or poorly explained donations tucked into his 2014 gubernat…

Keller @ Large: Mass. House Speaker Robert DeLeo » The Associated Press (AP) The Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, State Rep. Robert DeLeo, sat down with WBZ political analyst Jon Keller to discuss the goings-on in the House. …

A Quick Look at Why Massachusetts Continues to Be Involved in NH Politics » NHJournal Maybe it's because New Hampshire has the coveted First in the Nation presidential primary, or maybe it's because the Granite State and its southern neighbor were once united under the same government,…

Democratic hopes of winning Senate fade as Trump proves less toxic for Republicans » The Washington Post Democrats are now facing a tougher road to capturing the Senate majority as the presidential race tightens and Donald Trump is not proving to be the dramatic drag on down-ballot candidates that Republ…

“We live in an internet age and that makes drawing lines around state borders on this tough and complicated,” Baker said last week. “I think as long as the money is supporting an issue, it’s going to be really hard to draw a line ... based on geography.”

Charlie Baker

Speaking on out of state money behind the upcoming ballot questions.

News By Category
Business

Weed-question support attracts industry money » Boston Herald The battle over the Massachusetts ballot question that would legalize marijuana is attracting more than $100,000 from businesses that could stand to benefit from what could become a lucrative new mark…

Hotel, shops boost job rate » Gloucester Times More than 15,000 Gloucester workers were holding down jobs at the close of the traditional summer season this year, 500 more than were on the job at the same time last year.…

Riverdale Mills earns AIM trade award » Worcester Telegram The Associated Industries of Massachusetts has named Riverdale Mills Corp. in Northbridge as one of three winners of the 21st Annual Global Trade Awards.…

Marriott Merges With Starwood, Creating The World's Largest Hotel Chain » WBUR Marriott International today closed on its $13 billion deal to buy Starwood Hotels. It creates the world's largest hotel chain, but what will it mean for consumers?…

The State's Taxi Industry vs. Uber Battle is Headed to Federal Court » Boston Magazine

Crimes

'Operation Dirty Dope' traces heroin path from Mexico to Leominster » The Republican With the unsealing of indictments in a New York federal court Friday, the Drug Enforcement Administration revealed a long-term operation to trace and disrupt the flow of heroin from Mexico to central …

Education

Could Boston go to 6-year high schools? » Boston Globe Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang, grappling with a sharp enrollment decline in the middle grades, is floating the idea of creating a system of elementary schools that end at grade 6 and high schools …

School Administration speaks strongly against Question 2 » Wilmington Town Crier The Wil­mington School Committee authorized a resolution on Wednesday night that strenuously opposed lifting of the cap on Commonwealth Char­ter Schools. The committee members implored citizens …

Mayor: Boston Latin loses Level 1 status due to PARCC opt-outs » Boston Herald

Racial harassment and discrimination found at Boston Latin » Boston Globe

Environment

Well, well, well . . . look what the drought's doing now » Boston Globe Officials are urging private well owners to conserve water as the drought has caused ground-water levels across most of the state to fall below normal, with some gauges even dropping to record lows.…

Happy trails: Nine projects in Berkshires to receive over $1 million in Recreational Trail program funding » Berkshire Eagle Hikers, dirt bikers and snowmobilers in the Berkshires can expect better trails in the future, the upgrades funded through $252,000 in state grants.…

Health Care

Health Care for All director resigns as she pursues priesthood » State House News Service

Steward Health Care announces national plan, $1.25 billion investment » Boston Business Journal

Human Services

Western Mass. Veteran Stand Down offers array of services » The Republican The 27th Western Massachusetts Veteran Stand Down Springfield will be held Sept. 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Greek Cultural Center, 22 St. George Road.…

Judiciary

ACLU appeals to toss 24,000 cases » Boston Herald Public defenders and the ACLU are asking the state's highest court to throw out more than 24,000 drug convictions that may have been tainted by disgraced chemist Annie Dookhan — the latest salv…

Shared refrain over Lowell Justice Center: 'finally' » Officials were due to meet in a Superior Court room, but had to wait until a judge dismissed a jury. They then had to finish the meeting within an hour, with the judge having delayed motions for half …

Labor

Boston Area Janitors Vote to Authorize Strike » NECN Hundreds of janitors in the Boston area voted Saturday to authorize their union's bargaining committee to call a strike if they don't reach an agreement with their contractor by September 30.…

Marty Walsh willing to lend a hand in janitor talks » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he would not cross the picket line into some of Boston's most iconic buildings if Boston janitors decide to strike after the union voted yesterday to walk out if a deal isn'…

Legislative

Four of six Attleboro area state representatives accept commuting reimbursement » The Sun Chronicle There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. Beacon Hill Roll Call has obtained the 2016 official list from the state treasurer's office of the "per diem" travel, meals and lodging reimb…

Rep. Arciero 10th in per-diem pay » The Lowell Sun

Local Government

Advent of early voting poses challenge for town clerks » Cape Cod Times Can't wait until Nov. 8 to cast your ballot for president or other state and local races? If you're a registered voter in the Bay State, you don't have to.…

Springfield city council president speaks with customers at local diner » WWLP 22 Customers at an Indian Orchard diner found conversation with the next president of the Springfield City Council on today's menu.…

Politics and the City: Turning down the flow on sewer-use hikes » Worcester Telegram For many years, Worcester has been at odds with federal and state environmental regulators over mandates to improve the city's storm water and wastewater infrastructure.…

Wrentham to vote on community preservation » The Sun Chronicle The town is going to have another shot at adopting the state Community Preservation Act that provides funds for preservation of open space and history, affordable housing and recreation through a prop…

Supporters of Boston's preservation tax ballot question confident of victory » Politico Boston-based proponents of a local ballot question seeking to raise funds for community preservation through a 1 percent property tax increase are confident they can notch a win in November.…

Ex-chief to Dracut: Pay up or I'll sue » The Valley Dispatch After spending his last year with the Police Department at loggerheads with town officials, retired Police Chief Kevin Richardson is once again engaged in a dispute with Town Hall.…

Opinion

Atkins: 'Go high' should be the mantra for Hillary Clinton to prevail » Boston Herald Hillary Clinton's surrogates have spent weeks publicly complaining of the different standard by which GOP rival Donald Trump will be judged at tonight's debate. Clinton must hit a home run, but Trump …

A bit of friendly advice for Clinton before the debate » Boston Globe May I have a word, Hillary? Monday night's debate — your first one-on-one with Donald Trump — is going to be massively important. Like everybody else, I have some advice for you, but min…

Chabot: Both sides must turn on charm » Boston Herald Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, two historically unpopular presidential candidates, must charm the undecideds — and avoid alienating them — in a ratings-busting fir…

American capitalism's lousy, lousy week » Boston Globe WHEN WELLS FARGO CEO John Stumpf went before a Senate committee the other day, Elizabeth Warren turned him into sashimi.…

When neighborhood associations hold outsize influence » Boston Globe FOR DEVELOPERS AND business people who are trying to get permits and licenses in Boston, an expression of support from the local neighborhood association can be invaluable — so much so that som…

Tangled up in blue » Boston Globe It's hard not to feel a bit of sympathy for Police Commissioner William Evans, trapped at the center of a dispute that has little to do with him.…

HAND: First hint of a Baker scandal » The Sun Chronicle Gov. Charlie Baker's successful first 20 months in office have given him a sterling public image and some of the highest poll numbers in the nation, but a brewing scandal in his administration threate…

Other

Climate Change column: Baker and Tarr abandon the Republican climate playbook » Wicked Local Ipswich Last week Gov. Charlie Baker removed his standard-issue Republican muzzle to utter words that his party has long suppressed: “Combating and preparing for the impacts of climate change will requi…

How to Win a Debate With Mind Games and Dirty Tricks » Politico Presidential debates have a long and often comical history of psych-outs, with candidates trying to intimidate each other and even threatening insulting props. …

Mass. lawmaker will keep up the fight against wage theft » Boston Globe I wish I could say I was surprised by the recent Globe investigation into the exploitation of immigrant workers (“The work they need, the perils they face,” Page A1, Sept. 18).…

Can a group of runners really outpace the T? » Boston Globe Last Sunday, members of the Michael Scott Road Runners did what they typically do the second or third weekend of every month: They gathered at a local T station, did their best to shake off any linger…

Robert Pittenger, Kathy Miller, and the alternate-reality election » Boston Globe There's nothing complicated about the argument that African-American civil rights protesters in Charlotte are making. …

Not your father's GOP — not even George H.W. Bush's GOP » Boston Globe With the wall-to-wall 24-hour news coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign — a.k.a. “what will Donald Trump do next” — important political stories tend to fall through the…

Gun safety activists in Maine show the way » Boston Globe In 2013, Paul LePage, the state's bombastic right-wing governor, vetoed legislation to end the so-called gun show loophole, by requiring private sellers at gun shows to do the same kind of background …

Akamai breaks ties with security expert » Boston Globe Akamai Technologies Inc. provides computer security services for some of the world's biggest companies. But this week, the Cambridge company broke ties with prominent Internet security researcher Bria…

Boston Fed president affirms stand on raising interest rates » Boston Globe Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, is worried that the central bank will botch the country's fragile recovery, leading to an inflation-induced recession.…

Weeks before Election Day, the votes are rolling in » Boston Globe Volunteers brought the coffee and bagels. More than a dozen poll workers sat attentively, ready to handle an onslaught of voters. And Tom Knabel got in line at 5:30 a.m. to make sure he was first to c…

Taxi drivers say new law is another burden on them » Boston Globe A new Massachusetts law signed by Governor Charlie Baker that established the first statewide rules for Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hailing services is being challenged in court by a group of Boston ta…

A CLOSER LOOK: The evolution of Braintree's evidence scandal explained » Wicked Local Braintree At the end of the day Friday, Oct. 7, Braintree Police Chief Russell Jenkins will formally leave behind a career that has stretched over three decades.…

Editorial: Immigrant workers deserve better treatment » Gazette Net The dream of America, for most immigrants, is the dream of a better standard of living, earned through hard work in a country where employment laws apply to all regardless of race, gender, sexual orie…

Moulton supports legalized pot » Salem News Congressman Seth Moulton thinks marijuana should be legalized and regulated in Massachusetts, arguing that the state could get a much-needed windfall in tax revenue while driving down black-market pot…

Our Opinion: No good case for copycat assault weapons » Berkshire Eagle State gun dealers cited three constitutional amendments in filing a lawsuit against the attorney general, but didn't explain why copycat assault weapons must be protected.…

Clinton and Trump manage expectations ahead of first debate » Boston Globe Like generals preparing the field for battle, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sent their key aides and vice presidential candidates forth on Sunday to try to manage the public's expectations of how t…

Poll shows prez race a dead heat » Boston Herald Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton trade their first swings in the debate ring tonight as a new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll shows the bitter adversaries are locked in a dead-even duel,…

Your startup's diversity policy doesn't work » Boston Globe IT'S BEEN TWO years now since Google published the infamous breakdown of its workforce that launched a national conversation around diversity in tech. …

Is TripAdvisor's revenue risk paying off? » Boston Globe TripAdvisor built a global business around an endless stream of advice about the best places to stay, visit, or grab a meal.…

Fugitive Quincy con artist has a history of betrayal » Patriot Ledger In Manhattan, he was a hot-shot attorney known for his love of art, his trips to the tropical island of St. Maarten and his connections to the liquor business.…

Bourne-Middleboro rail connection aired at meeting » South Coast Today New hope for commuter rail service from Bourne to Boston is emerging after the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's oversight board effectively shot down a connector service to Lakeville.…

THE SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Leominster's Houle says kids who must learn English have it tougher » Sentinel & Enterprise A DISCUSSION regarding Ballot Question 2, which would allow for more charter schools to be opened in Massachusetts, took an emotional turn for Leominster Ward 2 School Committee member Ronnie Houle Mo…

On Beacon Hill: Retribution allegations put heat on Baker administration » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters on Thursday that he learned about an alleged retribution case within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs about two weeks ago, but an aide later s…

Satanic Temple's first international headquarters opens in Salem » The Republican The Satanic Temple and its seven-and-a-half foot tall bronze statue of Baphomet are welcoming in members of the public to their first international headquarters in Salem. The group opened their first…

Analysis: Focus On Threat Of Terrorism May Give Clinton Slight Advantage Over Trump » WBUR The bombings and attempted bombings in New York and New Jersey have put terrorism back in the news. In less than two months, voters will go to the polls to select our next commander-in-chief.…

How Hillary chose her Donald » Politico Clinton's arch-defender Philippe Reines takes on the role of attacker in debate prep.…

Bill Weld: Clinton camp 'planted' rumors of Libertarian collapse » Boston Herald

The Supreme Court After Scalia » The New Yorker

Politics

Amesbury Dem challenges Kelcourse » Wicked Local Amesbury Amesbury attorney Brianna Sullivan is looking to challenge incumbent state Rep. James Kelcourse, R-Amesbury, for the 1st Essex state representative seat.…

Opponents Cry Foul Over Out-Of-State Funding For Recreational Marijuana » WGBH Opponents of the ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana say the measure is being pushed by outside interests. …

Most Mass. Legislative Candidates Running Unopposed » The Associated Press (AP) Candidates in a majority of Statehouse races in Massachusetts are facing no opposition on the November ballot.…

As election nears, locals turn up campaign efforts » The Eagle Tribune With a month and a half until voters head to the polls to choose a new president, candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton aren't alone in stumping for last-minute support. Locals are out in full f…

Race heating up to become next Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman » The Republican

Cape and Islands Feature Busy Election Season, While Rest of Massachusetts Remains Quiet » Cape Cod Today

Schiavi Announces Series of Endorsements » Cape Cod Today

Baker outlines hopes for Clinton-Trump debate » State House News Service

Public Health

$3b drive to end diseases apt to tap Boston area's talent » Boston Globe It set the Longwood Medical Area and Kendall Square abuzz last week: not a medical breakthrough or the latest big-money biotech deal, but the audacious announcement by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg…

Public Safety

In Braintree evidence scandal, unheeded warnings » Boston Globe For months, police in this suburban police department had complained about Susan Zopatti, a veteran officer who was in charge of the evidence room. She wasn't doing her job and sometimes appeared hung…

Brockton area communities on board with regionalized 911 call centers » Wicked Local While the state has encouraged cities and towns to regionalize their 911 call centers to boost public safety and save money, some communities in the Brockton region are on board with the initiative, w…

Educators, police to discuss campus safety at conference » The Associated Press (AP) Keeping students safe on college campuses is the focus of an upcoming conference in Massachusetts.…

State Government

Democrats eye Baker probe of DCR before launch of own investigation » Boston Herald Democratic lawmakers say they're not moving — for now — to probe allegations of political retaliation and harassment inside Gov. Charlie Baker's beleaguered environmental agency, but ins…

Ethics panel: No further action against DCR official from Braintree » State House News Service The State Ethics Commission sees no need for further action in connection with two Baker administration officials who were suspended for using taxpayer resources on a private party, basing its decisio…

Read the gun shops' lawsuit against Attorney General Maura Healey over copycat assault weapons crackdown » The Republican Four Massachusetts gun shops this week filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Maura Healey in response to her summer crackdown on what her office calls "copycat" assault weapons.…

AG awards grants for blighted properties » WWLP 22 The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office will be awarding $500,000 in grants to fund strategic demolition projects across the state in an effort to help communities reduce blighted properties.…

Pilgrim protesters allowed back in Statehouse » Cape Cod Times Three Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station opponents charged with trespassing for holding a sit-in at Gov. Charlie Baker's offices earlier this month are no longer barred from the Statehouse grounds.…

End of Session Review: William "Smitty" Pignatelli » iBerkshires State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli said despite a slow start to a short session, the Legislature was able to make some progress on big issues.…

STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP: Baker admin in a pickle » Wicked Local Scituate

Pioneer Institute urges greater transparency from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker » The Republican

Taxation

DeLeo wants to hear from economists on taxes » State House News Service

DeLeo to consult economists on taxes » Commonwealth Magazine

Transportation

Sustainable infrastructure after the Automobile Age » Boston Globe THE BREAKTHROUGH AMERICAN infrastructure of the early 19th century was the Erie Canal, which connected the Midwest farm belt with the Port of New York and the eastern seaboard.…

Mass. highway system ranking dragged down by congestion, bridges » South Coast Today Massachusetts continued to rank near the bottom of states in overall highway performance and cost-effectiveness, but has the lowest rate of fatal crashes in the country, according to a new report. Re…

New license plate will benefit ALS research » WWLP 22

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 9/26

9:00am Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Great Hall

10:30am ALS One Event, Grand Staircase

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:45am Duxbury Seniors Luncheon, Nurses Hall

1:00pm Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

5:30pm Worcester City Councilor Candy Carlson's Fall Fest Fundraiser

6:00pm Reception for Rep. James Kelcourse

7:30pm Duxbury Dems & Friends Debate Viewing

7:30pm Mass. Trump Campaign Team Debate Watch Party

8:00pm Young Professionals for Hillary Debate Night at the Coolidge Theater

8:00pm Three Towns & Two Cities Democratic Committees Debate Watch Party with Sen. Kathleen O'Connor Ives and State Rep. Candidate Brianna Sullivan

8:00pm Lynn Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party

Tuesday - 9/27

12:00pm State Library Author Talk with Megan Sullivan, State Library

7:00pm Fundraiser for Sen. Patrick O'Connor

Wednesday - 9/28

6:30pm Rally for Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald with Gov. Charlie Baker

Thursday - 9/29

Birthdays: Rep. Angelo Scaccia

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Dylan Fernandes with Attorney General Maura Healey and Rep. Sarah Peake

5:30pm Annual Pasta Dinner with Worcester Mayor Joe Petty

6:00pm Meet and Greet with State Sen. Candidate Sandra Wright

7:00pm Fundraiser for Sen. Patrick O'Connor

Friday - 9/30

Birthdays: Rep. Elizabeth Malia

7:00pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Tony Schiavi and State Rep. Candidate Will Crocker with Governor Charlie Baker

5:00pm House Party for State Rep. Candidate Matt Patrick

6:00pm Italian Heritage Night, House Chamber


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