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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Birthdays: Rep. Elizabeth Malia

Must-Reads

Baker will give raises to low-wage nursing home workers » Boston Globe In an abrupt reversal, the Baker administration will issue new regulations to ensure that thousands of low-wage nursing home workers will be included in a state-mandated pay raise. …

House, Senate to pass 'Big Papi' bridge bill today » Politico David Ortiz is about to get a big thank you from the state, as legislators have moved quickly to rename a bridge near Fenway in honor of the retiring Red Sox player. …

Effort to repeal transgender anti-discrimination law qualifies for 2018 ballot » The Republican An effort to repeal Massachusetts's new transgender anti-discrimination law has secured enough signatures to make the ballot in 2018, according to backers of the repeal effort. …

Political Notes: Glidden calls Trump comparison 'absurd' » Cape Cod Times HYANNIS — Tension is brewing between the two candidates in the Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket state representative race. Tobias Glidden, an independent from Nantucket, has taken exception to a…

Hillary-Hatred Derangement Syndrome - She alone stands between America and the reign of the most unstable, unfit president in U.S. history. » The Wall Street Journal There were cheers when Donald Trump assured his Virginia audience last weekend that the wall will be built and, yes, that Mexico would pay for it. But the cheers lacked the roaring ecstasy his promise…

Lawmakers close FY16 budget gap » Commonwealth Magazine THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE on Thursday fast-tracked a spending bill to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk aimed at closing the books on fiscal 2016, which ended June 30, in part by drawing up to $60 million…

A dozen Republicans targeted by environmental group » Boston Globe The Environmental League of Massachusetts, through its political action committee, has labeled a dozen Beacon Hill lawmakers the “Dirty Dozen” — and they are all Republicans. …

Exxon Mobil Sued Over Climate Change Cover-Up » The Huffington Post The environmental advocacy group Conservation Law Foundation has made good on its threat to sue Exxon Mobil Corp., filing what it says is the first U.S. legal action aimed at holding the oil giant acc…

Rosenberg chastises 'reluctant leadership' on LGBT issues » Gazette Net BOSTON — Senate President Stanley Rosenberg chastised elected officials for “reluctant leadership” and urged support for gay and lesbian legislative candidates during a breakfast in…

“Part of what we see today is the implicit bias that happens,” Healey said. “I continue to be mindful of the fact that when I walk into a room, I wonder how (people) are viewing me. As their attorney general, as a lesbian, as a woman, I don’t know, but it’s not lost on me, what might be running through people’s heads.”

Attorney General Maura Healey

Speaking at a breakfast series advancing LBGTQ inclusion and civil rights.

News By Category
Business

Pier pressure: The Wharf District Council offers a new blueprint for the Boston waterfront » Boston Business Journal The plan is being unveiled as three years of public waterfront planning is coming to a head.…

Bottled Dunkin', coming to a grocery store near you » Boston Globe Dunkin' Brands Group will partner with Coca-Cola Co. to sell bottled iced coffee in grocery and convenience stores, the company said.…

Former Marblehead Reporter editor named person of the year » Wicked Local Marblehead Former Marblehead Reporter editor Kris Olson took home the highest accolade the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce bestows, the Rey Moulton Person of the Year Award, during its 64th annual meeting.…

European live lobster ban could claw back $125M Massachusetts market » Boston Business Journal Hoping to preserve a $125 million Bay State export market, the Massachusetts Congressional delegation has raised objections with the European Commission, arguing against a ban on live imports of Ameri…

Kelley Square political bar gets city approval » Worcester Mag Guy Glodis's politically-themed bar, the Ballot Box, has made it through the red tape of government bureaucracy unscathed, as the License Commission's approval of licenses for alcohol and entertainmen…

Developer Jon Cronin hopes Seaport tower completes his success story » Boston Globe Even as he surveys Boston from his office above the Seaport District, Jon Cronin's voice bears the unmistakable lilt of his native County Cork, Ireland.…

Education

At Harvard, Jeb Bush pushes for "radical" reform of education » State House News Service

Expanded Lowell charter school meets state rules, but lags in special-ed, ELL students » Lowell Sun The newly expanded Collegiate Charter School of Lowell has fulfilled conditions that the state had placed on it to address issues of governance and enrollment.…

Environment

Pollack wants to step up climate-change efforts » Commonwealth Magazine CLIMATE CHANGE WILL BECOME a “huge focus” of the Baker administration's transportation efforts, according to a top state official who said the old method …

Boston environmental law group sues Exxon over climate change » New Boston Post A Boston-based environmental group is joining Attorney General Maura Healey in putting the climate change screws to oil giant ExxonMobil, alleging in a 70-page federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the …

Transpo chief calls for more aggressive approach to climate change » State House News Service Climate change will become a "huge focus" of the Baker administration's transportation efforts, according to a top state official who said the old method of building pilot-sized shared-use walking-cyc…

Federal

Michael Capuano did his best Elizabeth Warren impression during the House's Wells Fargo hearing » Boston.com Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf was back on Capitol Hill on Thursday.…

Health Care

NECC victims can now apply for help from federal fund » WCVB Four years after contaminated steroids from a Framingham compounding pharmacy sickened 778 and killed at least 76, a $40 million special victims fund is now in place and accepting applications for ass…

State backs $1B Boston Children's expansion despite pushback » Boston Business Journal The state has given its backing to a proposed $1 billion expansion at Boston Children's Hospital, despite criticism from a health care watchdog that the project could close competing hospitals.…

Lawmakers approve money to end home care wait list » Boston Globe Thousands of frail, older Massachusetts residents who were facing a waiting list for critical home services received welcome news Thursday as state lawmakers approved money needed to end the wait.…

Housing

Wait for Cape housing vouchers 4-5 times national average » Cape Cod Times The Cape's tight rental market has low-income residents lingering on waitlists for federal subsidized housing vouchers for up to 10 years — five times longer than the national average, accordin…

Judiciary

Police Must Have Evidence Of A Crime Before Seizing A Suspect's Phone, Mass. High Court Declares » WBUR Massachusetts' highest court has ruled that police must have particular evidence of a crime before seizing a suspect's cellphone. An officer's belief that a phone may have evidence of a crime is not …

Labor

Battenfeld: Carmen's union bullies MBTA bidders, GM says » Boston Herald In a major escalation over the battle to privatize MBTA operations, the T's largest union is warning firms bidding for a new contract to operate the scandal-plagued “money room” that they …

Proposal that would have excluded some janitors from a new contract is withdrawn » Boston Globe The union working on a contract for 13,000 Boston-area janitors scored a victory Thursday when the cleaning companies agreed to drop a controversial proposal the union argued would have excluded worke…

The List: Staffing gains seen for most of state's largest janitorial firms » Boston Business Journal The Boston Business Journal's list of the largest janitorial firms in Massachusetts makes that pretty clear as the 19 companies on this year's list employ a total of 16,259 full-time and part-time wor…

Legislative

Ethics, lobbying, campaign finance resolve assigned for hearing » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo's proposal for a task force to review the state's ethics, campaign finance, and lobbying laws is scheduled for a public hearing.…

Local Government

Brookline, state preparing for first-ever early voting » Wicked Local Brookline For the first time, registered voters in Brookline will be able vote before Election Day, thanks to a new law. And Brookline's clerk is knee-deep in preparation.…

No lines at early voting in East Bridgewater » Wicked Local East Bridgewater You can vote early, but not often, in East Bridgewater this year.…

Opinion

Sexual assault on the pipeline » Boston Globe THANKS TO the biggest protest by Native Americans in a century, plus support from environmental activists as well as social media, the federal government has temporarily halted construction of a cruci…

Why I can't wait for the new driverless car era » Boston Globe DRIVERLESS CARS are coming to Boston — and some, contemplating their automatonic arrival, are as nervous as poor Ichabod Crane was when, glancing in his rearview mirror, he spotted the Headless…

Gun industry has a fight on its hands with Healey » Boston Globe RE “GUN sellers sue AG on ban” (Page A1, Sept. 23): Attorney General Maura Healey demonstrates courage and moral strength in going after so-called copycat assault weapons. …

What is the vision for Boston's waterfront? » Boston Globe THE FUTURE of Boston's waterfront is a hot topic these days.…

ViewPoint: Disrupting diplomacy for tech between the Cambridges » Boston Business Journal The synergies between the U.K. and Massachusetts are numerous.…

Equality Needed on Massachusetts' Governor's Council » The Valley Patriot A safe and orderly society relies on the integrity of its judges and magistrates. While many states elect their judges directly, Massachusetts separates their judges from the requirements of running f…

Other

What the FBI Files Reveal About Hillary Clinton's Email Server » Politico The scandal of Hillary Clinton's “home brew” email server, as it is played out over more than a year and a half, has served as a Rorschach test for her supporters and opponents.…

Johnson's “Aleppo moment” » Commonwealth Magazine It was not a good night for Gary Johnson and his Libertarian Party campaign for president, but that could be good news for Hillary Clinton. In front of a televised town hall on MSNBC Wednesday night,…

Where Do The Third Party Candidates Stand, And Who Are Their Supporters? » WBUR Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson had another "Aleppo moment" on TV Wednesday night, when MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked him, in front of a live audience, to name his favorite foreign lead…

Are these the most irrelevant VP picks in modern history? » Boston Globe The vice presidential debate Tuesday could carry with it the same impact that Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine have each brought to their respective tickets: inconsequential.…

Insults key in Trump's toolkit » Boston Globe When Donald Trump stood at a podium last fall and called protester Sam Capradae “seriously overweight” as Capradae was being ejected from a rally in Worcester, the 29-year-old teacher was …

WBUR Poll: Clinton Leads Trump In New Hampshire » WBUR A new WBUR poll (topline, crosstabs) shows Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 7 points among likely voters in New Hampshire, one of the key battleground states that could determine the outcome of t…

Mashpee tribe given voice in Taunton land trust suit » The Enterprise A federal judge has ruled that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has the right to participate in certain future court proceedings related to the lawsuit seeking to block its East Taunton casino project.…

In casino deal, feds felt the heat from Mass. » Boston Globe Governor Deval Patrick in 2012 let it be known in no uncertain terms how important it was that the federal government quickly approve a deal for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to open a casino. …

A Bridge Leading Toward Fenway May Soon Be Named After 'Big Papi' » WBUR As the Red Sox make their way into the postseason as division champions, fans making their way to Fenway Park could soon be doing so by walking across the David Ortiz 'Big Papi' Bridge. …

Politics

Migliore campaign responds to Wong declining third debate » Wicked Local Saugus Following her victory in the primary, Democratic nominee Jennifer Migliore challenged incumbent Republican state Rep. Donald Wong, R-Saugus, to a series of five debates to address the issues that most…

Public Health

Is marijuana a gateway drug? » Boston Globe When a bipartisan group of the state's top elected officials stood before a bank of cameras this summer and declared their opposition to legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts, they kept returning to a…

Public health chief leads demonstration of new Rx monitoring system » State House News Service With 16 days until Massachusetts doctors must check an updated state monitoring program before prescribing opioid medications deemed as having the highest potential for addiction, Public Health Commis…

DPH staff recommends conditional approval of Children's expansion » State House News Service

Public Safety

Why Mental Health Crisis Training Is Important For Police » WBUR Protests continued for a second night in El Cajon, California, last night, after Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man, was shot by an officer. The shooting took place even though his sister made a 911…

Probe into Gloucester police chief nears end » Boston Herald

Springfield City Councilor: What do you have to do to get fired from the Springfield Police Department? » Mass Live Five city councilors on Thursday publicly assailed Police Commissioner John Barbieri's decision to suspend, rather than fire, a narcotics detective captured on video terrorizing two juvenile suspects …

Baker, Polito met with police chiefs Wednesday » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Wednesday addressed a training session for police chiefs about the challenges facing law enforcement agencies and how the police can work to bridge divi…

State Finance

House money » Commonwealth Magazine DOES THE NUMBER combination 23, 31, 42, 50, 57 mean anything to you? That was the million-dollar winner in the Powerball game from Sept 26, 2015, purchased at the American Legion post in East Springfi…

Lawmakers okay up to $60 million drain from Convention Center Fund » The Republican The Massachusetts Legislature on Thursday fast-tracked a spending bill to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk aimed at closing the books on fiscal 2016, which ended June 30, in part by drawing up to $60 million…

State Government

Welcome mat rolled out for Danish prince, wind power » State House News Service

Beaton: Retribution charge overshadowing work of thousands » State House News Service

Dems claim DCR tweet is latest evidence of agency "run amok" » State House News Service The Massachusetts Democratic Party has coined a new term for the Baker administration's Department of Conservation and Recreation after the official DCR account tweeted an endorsement of Question 2 ea…

Baker Administration Reaching Out To Police To Combat EBT Fraud » WGBH The Baker Administration is reaching out to law enforcement to improve ways local police can crackdown on abuses of welfare benefits.…

Flubbed Tweet Adds To Baker's Environmental Department Woes » WGBH A Baker administration staffer may have crossed the line separating political messages from official state communications early Thursday morning by sending a tweet endorsing a statewide ballot initiat…

Taxation

House Speaker DeLeo concerned by tax revenue shortfall » WWLP 22 The state's economy is struggling and it's making House Speaker Robert Deleo and other lawmakers very concerned. So far this fiscal year, tax revenue is falling short of the levels needed to meet spen…

Transportation

Battenfeld: MBTA security video shows piles of cash » Boston Herald An MBTA surveillance camera captured a union worker in the much-maligned “money room” lying face-down on a yoga mat while cash lay scattered on a nearby table, T officials confirmed to the…

State pulls plug on Marlborough-Boston commuter bus » The Metro West Daily News After struggling to attract riders, a state-subsidized commuter bus between Marlborough and downtown Boston will make its final run Friday, ceasing operations less than a year after the $420,000 pilot…

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