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'Yes on 4' marijuana campaign cries foul over state-issued voter guide, says it's inaccurate » The Republican The "Yes on 4" campaign, seeking to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Massachusetts, is upset over a voter guide mailed out to residents across the state, saying it provides in accurate infor…

Baker 'sympathetic' to Question 3 argument » Politico While stopping short of a full endorsement, Gov. Charlie Baker says he is sympathetic to the “point of view” offered by supporters of a ballot question that would ban farm animal confineme…

Pioneer Institute urges greater transparency from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker » The Republican A conservative think tank is asking Gov. Charlie Baker to make the governor's office subject to the state's public records law. …

Hillary Clinton not good enough to stop her slide » Boston Globe IF ANYONE expected a different Donald Trump to show up at Monday night's debate, they would have been disappointed. Trump was like an excitable dog running around the house, jumping on people and send…

Clinton outscores Trump — but the campaign isn't over yet » The Washington Post The first presidential debate more than lived up to expectations, a noisy clash between two determined adversaries that produced electric moments and substantive difference. In the early stages, Hilla…

Did Trump come off as sexist? » Politico Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton 25 times in the first 26 minutes. He claimed she lacked the “stamina” to serve as commander-in-chief. And when the question of his attitude towards…

Good old times never existed » Commonwealth Magazine AS A YOUNG BOY with cerebral palsy, I lived in a state institution. As a young Boston College graduate, I worked in a state institution.…

“We can have the liberals. We can have the moderates. We can have the conservatives, and we can all work together for the betterment of the party,” DeLeo said. “I think we’re doing just fine the way we are.”

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Speaking about the differences between the Massachusetts House and Senate

News By Category
Business

Getting ahead of a crisis » Worcester Business Journal Nearly three years ago, James Donnelly was contacted by a reporter from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette regarding the Higgins Armory Museum, the venerable, now-defunct Worcester institution whose col…

Medical-marijuana growers make case for Littleton site » The Lowell Sun Medical-marijuana company Sanctuary Medicinals, Inc., which already operates in New Hampshire, is looking to open a cultivation site to grow their product in Littleton.…

Baker to keynote trade symposium at Gillette » State House News Service

Gov. Charlie Baker says Massachusetts has a strong future in manufacturing » The Republican

Crimes

Drug claims by Paul LePage unsupported » Boston Herald Maine Gov. Paul LePage's claims that “90-plus percent” of the state's drug traffickers are black, Hispanic and from out of state — including Lowell — isn't backed by his own …

Maine Gov. Paul LePage's Three-Ring Binder on Drug Crimes Released » Boston Magazine Even though he has stopped talking to the press, Maine Gov. Paul LePage—the politician who made waves for blaming his state's heroin epidemic on out-of-state minorities—is making headlin…

Education

Feds: BLS acted with 'insufficient seriousness' » Boston Herald Federal prosecutors, after a six-month investigation of Boston Latin School, found that the nation's oldest and most prestigious public school violated its obligations under the Civil Rights Act and s…

State lowers ranks of two exam schools » Boston Herald

Mass. Congressman Lynch endorses charter cap raise » Dorchester Reporter U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch on Monday reaffirmed his hearty support for a ballot measure that would raise the statewide cap on charter schools.…

Warren to vote 'no' on charter ballot question » Politico Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be voting against a ballot measure that would raise the state's cap on charter schools, according to a statement the senator released on Monday.…

Elizabeth Warren against charter school increase » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has come out against the ballot question that would lift the cap on charter schools, after taking heat for staying on the fence.…

Massachusetts Ranked Second-Best State for Teachers » Boston Magazine With a hotly contested charter school question looming on the November ballot, education's the word of everyone's lips this fall.…

Federal Investigation Finds Boston Latin School Failed To Take Racial Hostility Seriously » WBUR A federal investigation into alleged civil rights violations at Boston Latin School has found a pattern of race-based harassment and discrimination at the elite exam school.…

Feds Offer Guidance To Address Pattern Of Racial Discrimination At Boston Latin » WBUR Boston school leaders are embracing a series of recommendations to address racial bias and discrimination federal investigators have found at Boston Latin School.…

State and school differ on Boston Latin downgrade » State House News Service

Environment

California joins Mass. atop state energy efficiency rankings » State House News Service

Health Care

Care New England pays $400,000 for lack of current HIPAA agreement » Modern Healthcare The four-hospital, Providence, R.I.-based Care New England Health System has agreed to pay $400,000 and write a corrective action plan after a federal investigation found it lacked an up-to-date busin…

Steward gets $1.25b to fund expansion, repay Cerberus » Boston Globe Steward Health Care System said Monday that it lined up $1.25 billion from a real estate investment firm that will help the Boston-based company finance a national expansion, pay off debt, and return …

Cerberus begins recouping Steward investment » Commonwealth Magazine CERBERUS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT started recouping its investment in Steward Health Care on Monday as the Massachusetts-based hospital system announced it was raising $1.25 billion through a deal with an A…

New Reports Reveal Aggressive Pharmaceutical Push For Opioids » WBUR A new investigation into the role the pharmaceutical industry played in launching our current opioid crisis. We'll look at the industry's aggressive OxyContin push.…

State says Boston Children's $1B expansion could close competitors » Boston Business Journal

In letter, HPC throws flag on impacts of Children's expansion » State House News Service

Housing

City Realty proposes 64 condos in East Boston » Boston Herald A Brookline developer has a nearly $22 million plan to replace an East Boston car window-tinting business, auto body shop and parking lot with 64 residential condominiums, retail space and a lobby art…

Report: Home sales surge past 40,000, up 14.2 percent year to date » State House News Service Massachusetts home sales in August shot up 9.8 percent, marking the most active August in 17 years, according to data released Tuesday.…

Human Services

Homeless shelter started by Dukakis now only accepting men » The Associated Press (AP) A homeless shelter in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood that has been open to both male and female guests since the 1980s will now cater to men only.…

Judiciary

No-warrant 'state police' raid of homegrown medical marijuana plants in Wendell raises questions » The Republican Black surveillance helicopters have been buzzing the state's western hilltowns in recent weeks, and the reason for their presence is no secret — they are looking for marijuana plants during har…

Labor

State House, MBTA janitors could walk off the job Friday » State House News Service The union that represents the janitors who keep clean the State House, the MBTA and some of Boston's busiest office buildings voted over the weekend to authorize a strike if an agreement is not reache…

T janitors say private vendors cut health benefits » Commonwealth Magazine JANITORS FOR THE private vendors contracting with the MBTA, who could go on strike on Friday if no agreement is reached, told alarmed members of the Fiscal and …

Testimony Spurs MBTA Board To Rethink Janitorial Contract » WBUR Jorge Rivera has worked as a janitor on the MBTA for more than a decade and said he enjoys his work, but on Monday he told the board that oversees the T that he has been losing sleep over his current …

Nursing home employees get a pay raise » WWLP 22 News Certain nursing home employees are set to get a pay raise this fall, but the Baker administration's interpretation of the law could neglect the lowest paid workers.…

Legislative

Political Notes: Mannal bids early farewell » The Barnstable Patriot Not so fast, Brian. Outgoing state Rep. Brian Mannal, D-Centerville, earlier this month penned a farewell post on his public Facebook page thanking constituents and all who encouraged and supported hi…

Local Government

Springfield launches park improvement project in memory of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, a 'true American hero' » The Republican The city formally launched a $650,000 improvement project on Monday at the Gunnery Sergeant Thomas J. Sullivan Park on South Branch Parkway, named in memory of a fallen hometown hero.…

A Hub civics lesson, from vote selling to snow shoveling » Boston Globe In what might be considered a high-minded undercard to democracy's main event Monday night, hundreds of people packed into Faneuil Hall before the presidential debate to hash out some of the weightier…

Overflow crowd gives mixed review of refugee resettlement plan » Berkshire Eagle An overflow, mostly civil crowd of 400 at the Berkshire Athenaeum Monday night gave mixed reviews to resettling 50 Middle East refugees to the Pittsfield area.…

Introducing the new BRA: Walsh to re-name powerful Boston agency » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh is determined to change the way Bostonians talk about the city's powerful development agency. So determined, in fact, that he's changing its name.…

Hoping to shed ghosts of its past, the BRA establishes new identity » Boston Business Journal In an attempt to highlight the six-decade old organization's main mission, the Boston Redevelopment Authority is now the Boston Planning and Development Agency.…

While city is "flourishing," Walsh sees challenge in Boston » State House News Service

Opinion

Economic Stability Bill stands out for state's future » Wicked Local Medford The Massachusetts Legislature in a show of non-partisanship and efficiency passed some very powerful legislation in the closing sessions of the legislative calendar in the areas of pay equity, municip…

A Bay State Referendum on Charter Schools » The Wall Street Journal A half-dozen times in recent years I have participated in “book club night” at a local charter school—a not-for-credit event where seventh- and eighth-graders meet with adult volunt…

Our view: Lack of RMV branch a disservice to taxpayers, motorists » Gloucester Times One wonders what state officials were thinking when they allowed a deal between the Registry of Motor Vehicles and Simon Properties, which runs the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers, to expire a few months…

LETTER: 'Rep. Day Needs to Be Honest About Being a Part-Time Legislator' » Framingham Patch State Representative Michael Day does not own up to his record of being a part-time legislator. …

A valuable check on a shallow candidate » Boston Globe DOES ANYONE really think that the Donald J. Trump who showed up to the debate on Monday night look like a credible president of the United States?…

Facing hunger on college campuses » Boston Globe 'CAN I have another bag of pasta?”…

Donald Trump's alternative universe » Boston Globe It was the Full Donald. As usual, the Republican presidential nominee was angry, rambling, bullying, condescending, uninformed, and undisciplined.…

Donald Trump didn't lose the debate. Hillary Clinton won it » Boston Globe There was probably no way the first presidential debate could live up to the hype of nearly three-quarters of Americans saying they planned to watch it.…

Hillary Clinton not good enough to stop her slide » Boston Globe IF ANYONE expected a different Donald Trump to show up at Monday night's debate, they would have been disappointed. Trump was like an excitable dog running around the house, jumping on people and send…

Atkins: Hillary Clinton sticks to plan to get Donald Trump rattled » Boston Herald Hillary Clinton's debate game plan — focusing on policy and rising above the attacks of rival Donald Trump, all while letting him hang himself with his own tempestuous temperament — earn…

Gelzinis: Finally, reality TV star gets reality check » Boston Herald Donald Trump introduced us to a new version of himself at last night's first presidential debate. It wasn't The Donald as a frothing “Mr. Hyde,” but rather Donald as the obsequious Uriah H…

No more apartment complex purchases by UML » Lowell Sun The city administration and UMass Lowell have compromised on a new 20-year agreement in which the university agrees to several payments to the city and to be transparent about its master plan.…

Editorial: Probe must clear air about alleged political threats » Gazette Net

Other

Clinton leads Trump in Mass. presidential campaigning » The Daily Free Press All candidates who ran or are running in the 2016 presidential election have raised a total of over $25 million in Massachusetts up until the end of August, with $13 million going to Democratic nomine…

Debate's big question: Did candidates connect with viewers? » Boston Globe The answer to the most important question surrounding Monday night's high-stakes presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — What did the viewers think? — cannot be im…

Clinton, Trump throw punches but fail to get a knockout » Boston Globe Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, speaking to each other with undisguised disdain, sharply disagreed on how to boost the American economy and uplift minority communities in a debate Monday night while…

Sites taking bets on debate politics as pols debate online gambling » State House News Service The 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once said, “There is no gambling like politics.” If Disraeli were to find himself in 2016, when bettors have an opportunity to pla…

Question 1 Seeks To Allow 2nd Slots Parlor In Massachusetts » WBUR One of the four ballot questions Massachusetts voters will decide this November would expand the state's five-year-old casino gaming law to allow a second slots parlor to open here in the Bay State. …

Howard Dean has a theory about Donald Trump's sniffles » Boston Globe An hour into the presidential debate Monday night, former Vermont governor and one-time presidential contender Howard Dean posed a question on Twitter that was on many viewers' minds: What was up with…

Weld: Clinton camp must have started drop-out rumor » Boston Herald Libertarian vice presidential candidate William F. Weld said he was inundated with dozens of phone calls and emails last week telling him to drop out of his campaign for the White House after rumors w…

Opposing Question 1, Baker says he wants to see casino impacts first » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker — a vocal advocate for one of the four questions on November's ballot who is looking to defeat another — outlined on Monday his thoughts on the other two initiatives, …

Are you ready for some debate? » Commonwealth Magazine Get your popcorn ready. It should be a brawl, probably one of the highest rated and most anticipated Monday night matchups in decades, kickoff at 9.…

State Rep. Kate Hogan hosts Orchard Tour in Stow and Bolton » Wicked Local Clinton State Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow, hosted an Orchard Tour of the Third Middlesex District on Sept. 26, with Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux, state Sen. Jamie E…

Clinton, Trump battle fiercely over taxes, race, terror » The Sun Chronicle In a combative opening debate, Hillary Clinton emphatically denounced Donald Trump Monday night for keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings secret from voters and peddling a “raci…

The 10 most memorable moments of the presidential debate » Politico Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump wasted little time going for each other's jugulars Monday, each stampeding over the other's talking points as their intensely anticipated first debate began. Each cand…

The POLITICO Wrongometer » Politico While Trump is correct in that the U.S. does fund the stationing of troops throughout the world via its defense budget, key U.S. allies do share the budgetary load in exchange for the security benefit…

Politics

Not much competition for seats in the State House » WWLP 22 Lawmakers represent your voice at the State House in Boston. There are 160 seats up for grabs in the Massachusetts legislature, but you might be surprised to learn that 116 of those races are unoppose…

Lynn viewers debate Hillary vs. Trump » Lynn Daily News Item The battle lines were already drawn between Democrats and Republicans prior to Monday's presidential debate and the first faceoff between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did little to blur them.…

Framingham Democrats say Clinton shone in debate » Wicked Local Framingham Tania Vitvitsky, of Sudbury, buried her face in her palms each time Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton during Monday's presidential debate.…

As debate smoke clears in Worcester, views on candidates largely unchanged » Worcester Telegram A dimly-lit interior and an extremely attentive crowd were about the only commonalities Monday between Michael's Cigar Bar downtown and a campus debate watch party at Clark University.…

Norfolk County Republicans to host rally in Randolph » Wicked Local Cohasset The Norfolk County Republicans will host a unity rally to support the Republican presidential nominee Oct. 6 at Lombardo's, 6 Billings St., Randolph.…

WBZ-UMass Poll Shows 'Shocking' Enthusiasm Gap For Hillary Clinton » CBS Boston A new WBZ-TV, WBZ NewsRadio, UMass Amherst Poll of 700 likely Massachusetts voters has good news – and bad news – for Clinton.…

Sen. Eric Lesser endorsed by environmental groups including Clean Water Action, Sierra Club » Mass Live State Sen. Eric Lesser's re-election campaign announced a series of environmental group endorsements on Monday.…

Governor Baker's 'Nothingburger' added to Student Prince menu in Springfield » MassLive Longstanding Springfield institution The Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room has updated its menu, now featuring a lunch item dedicated to the governor of Massachusetts. …

Governor campaigns for North Attleboro's Poirier » The Sun Chronicle It always helps to get the support of influential friends when you run for political office, but when one of those friends happens to be one of the most popular governors in the nation, it helps a lot…

Joe Kennedy vs. Charlie Baker for governor in 2018? » Boston Globe

Three Dems challenging GOP reps get MassEquality backing » State House News Service

Public Health

In Boston, Opioid Hack-Athon Generates Novel Ideas To Fight Crisis » WBUR America is experiencing an unprecedented opioid epidemic.…

Panelists cite need for combined efforts in battling opioid addiction » Gazette Net Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts claims it has prevented 21 million doses of prescription opioids from entering communities in the space of a few years.…

Area officials, state lawmakers oppose ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana » The Sun Chronicle Although recent polls show half the state's voters support a ballot question legalizing marijuana, area officials and state lawmakers remain firmly opposed. …

Public Safety

Communities slow to regionalize 911 centers » Wicked Local Wareham While the state has encouraged cities and towns to regionalize their 911 call centers to boost public safety and save money, relatively few communities are following suit.…

State Government

Voters May Cast Ballots Up to Two Weeks Before Election Day » WHAV Voters may cast ballots as much as two weeks before the Tuesday, Nov. 8, state and presidential election.…

AG Healey On EEA Controversy: "If Any Of These People Worked For Me, They'd Be Fired Now" » WGBH Attorney General Maura Healey said employees of Governor Baker's Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs who allegedly harassed and threatened a staffer “would be fired now” if they wor…

First of two foreign delegations welcomed at the State House » State House News Service The prime minister and the former president of Timor-Leste visited the State House on Monday, the first of two separate visits taking place on Beacon Hill this week involving foreign dignitaries.…

Not much state can do about refugee resettlement » WWLP 22 News

Taxation

Speaker DeLeo, facing possibility of hikes, wants more informed opinions » State House News Service With tax revenue growth falling short of levels needed to meet spending demands, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said over the weekend that he wants to hear from economists before rendering an updated opin…

Transportation

AAA to offer partial RMV services at Peabody office » The Salem News It's not a full-service Registry of Motor Vehicles, and not everyone can use it.…

ALS license plate unveiled at State House » State House News Service By early next year, cars bearing new license plates supporting ALS research could be hitting the roads in Massachusetts.…

Advocates urge MBTA to offer late-night bus service » Boston Globe A transit advocacy group is calling on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to run eight overnight bus routes in the Boston area to compensate for the loss of late-night rail and bus service…

Advocates push T to restore late-night service » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS CONTINUED to take a slow approach to rebooting late-night bus service over concerns about cost despite a detailed plan from advocates and pleas from state and local officials that such …

Testimony spurs MBTA board to rethink janitorial contract » State House News Service Jorge Rivera has worked as a janitor on the MBTA for more than a decade and said he enjoys his work, but on Monday he told the board that oversees the T that he has been losing sleep over his current …

MBTA pads railcar overhaul contract with $4 million amendment » State House News Service With a $4 million contract extension to handle inspections of refurbished trolley cars, the MBTA has agreed to pay a total of $21 million for consultants assisting with limited overhauls of Red and Gr…

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Number of Amendments Filed

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During the Budget process, House and Senate members get to file amendments. This year, there were 1311 amendments filed in the House by the 160 House members, which averages out to about 8.2 amendments per member. Not surprisingly, the top filer by a good distance was Bradley Jones, the House Minority Leader, who weighed in with 65 amendments. The remaining top filers were Democrats, however. Read More »


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