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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Commonwealth Commentary with Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, Senate Reading Room

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

2:00pm Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, Public Hearing

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Julian Cyr

5:30pm Pasta Dinner for State Rep. Candidate Natalie Higgins with Congressman Jim McGovern

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Julian Cyr

5:30pm Pasta Dinner for State Rep. Candidate Natalie Higgins with Congressman Jim McGovern

6:00pm Backyard Politics with Congressman Seth Moulton

6:00pm National Day of German Unity, Great Hall & Grand Staircase

6:00pm Backyard Politics with Congressman Seth Moulton

Must-Reads

AFL-CIO: Prosecuting Teamsters in 'Top Chef' case would harm unions » Boston Herald The Massachusetts AFL-CIO wants its lawyers to be able to argue in court for dismissal of the federal case against four Teamsters, saying the prosecution that stems from the picketing of a “Top Chef…

As transgender law goes into effect, opponents plot repeal » Politico As a law protecting transgender people in Massachusetts from discrimination in public spaces such as bathrooms, churches, and locker rooms went into effect on Saturday, opponents say they are on track…

GUV PUTS A CORK IN WINE BOTTLE BILL » State House News Service Concerned that it might extend re-corking privileges in an uncertain manner, Gov. Charlie Baker recommended a technical change Friday to a bill that would let people have a last glass at home. …

No, Obama hasn't forgotten about Martha Coakley's loss to Scott Brown » Boston Globe More than six years later, President Obama still recalls the Fenway Park reference. …

“Evidence has shown that the legalization of marijuana is not safe, particularly for children, and poses serious implications for our health and public safety resources across the Commonwealth,”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking on the ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana

News By Category
Business

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals lays off 22% of workforce; CEO steps down » Boston Business Journal Merrimack Pharmaceuticals announced this morning it has laid off 22 percent of its more than 400 employees and it's CEO has resigned in a major corporate restructuring of the Cambridge-based company.…

Mansfield pet lover joins movement to end puppy mills in Massachusetts » The Sun Chronicle When Mansfield resident and pet lover Carolyn Matthews heard about the practices used by some commercial farms in breeding puppies sold in pet stores, she felt moved to take action.…

Union Square developers pitch urban marketplace » Boston Globe Tucked away from a busy section of rapidly changing Union Square in Somerville sits a parking lot and drab cement block building lately used mostly for storage.…

?Boston Globe move downtown delayed by several months » Boston Business Journal Boston Globe CEO Mike Sheehan says he's not planning for the company's news and business operations at Morrissey Boulevard to move to its new home downtown until the middle of next year — months lat…

Morgan Stanley charged with running unethical sales contests: regulator » Reuters

Civil Rights

Massachusetts transgender law now in effect » WWLP 22 A new anti-discrimination law in Massachusetts went into effect this weekend.…

New Massachusetts transgender rights law goes into effect » Boston Herald Advocates for transgender people in Massachusetts say they can no longer be legally discriminated against in public places.…

Crimes

Hackers now have wider choice of weapons » Boston Globe Over the past two weeks, hackers launched two of the biggest digital attacks in Internet history, targeting a French Internet provider and one of the foremost computer-security journalists in the Unit…

Education

Educators accused of sexual misconduct often find new posts » Boston Globe Vermont Academy fired an assistant dean in 2007 for allegedly propositioning a 16-year-old female student in lewd text messages.…

Dr. Paula Johnson Inaugurated As Wellesley College's First African-American President » WBUR For the first time in school history, Wellesley College has an African-American president. Paula Johnson took the reins at the school on Friday.…

Berkshire Hills School District officials continue to explore shared services options » Berkshire Eagle A full month into the school year, the Berkshire Hills Regional School District officials are still assessing the success of a shared superintendency arrangement with the Shaker Mountain School Union.…

Environment

College Town: Fighting oil spills focus of WPI project » Worcester Telegram On April 20, 2010, one of the world's worst ecological disasters began when the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing 11 people and spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.…

Massachusetts court to hear suit against Deepwater Horizon spill activists » Tribune News Services When Karen Savage and Cherri Foytlin wrote an article about the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill of 2010, they thought it might get a few moments of attention and then fade away.…

Health Care

For Doctors Trained Abroad, Challenges To Practicing Medicine Often Insurmountable » WBUR Since she was 2 years old, Elisa Tristan-Cheever dreamed of being a doctor. And by the time she was 30, she had a busy practice as a pediatric surgeon in Brazil. But in the early 2000s, a financial c…

This proposal is causing outcry among Massachusetts nurses — 5 things to know about their upcoming testimonies » Becker's Hospital Review On Oct. 4, Massachusetts nurses will testify during a public hearing, regarding Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to allow unlicensed people to administer medication in all healthcare settings.…

Labor

Boston firms aren't planning for big pay boosts in 2017 » Boston Globe With the lowest unemployment rate in 15 years and a thriving economy considered among the best in the nation, Boston-area workers may be expecting bigger bonuses and much fatter paychecks next year.…

Union representing janitors averts strike » Boston Globe A janitors strike that would have hit several thousand office buildings in the Boston area was averted late Friday when their union reached a settlement with the region's cleaning companies.…

AFL-CIO visits 'Top Chef' intimidation case, says prosecution of Teamsters will endanger future lawful pickets » The Republican The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is trying to legally assist four Teamsters accused of bullying a shoot of the Bravo show "Top Chef" for not hiring union labor. The shoot in question occurred at several Bos…

Strike averted, contract accord would give janitors 12 percent pay increase » State House News Service The union that represents the janitors who keep clean the State House and some of Boston's busiest office buildings reached an agreement late Friday with the Maintenance Contractors Association New En…

After janitors' complaints, MBTA seeks info from vendors » State House News Service

Legislative

Arciero, Nangle top local collectors of travel payouts » Lowell Sun Several state legislators northwest of Boston have accepted per-diem payments this year, a regular perk for those working in the Statehouse but one that can be controversial.…

Vincent Plans More Legislation » Revere Journal When the state turned down a request by residents to stop more ash being placed in the landfill at Wheelabrator on Route 107 in Saugus, State Rep. RoseLee Vincent told herself and anyone around her th…

Postpartum depression commission may be renamed for Rep. Ellen Story » WWLP 22

Local Government

Springfield City Council to debate charter schools, pet regulations » The Republican

Opinion

Late-night MBTA service deserves another look » Boston Globe IT'S A PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION idea whose time may have come. Again.…

Peggi Medeiros: Suffragettes faced men-y obstacles » South Coast Today I'm not sure why but I've been thinking a lot about the vote and more specifically woman getting it. There was nothing easy about it…

HAND: Libertarian ticket is upside down » The Sun Chronicle Former Gov. William Weld increasingly looks out of place sitting next to Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson during interviews.…

Facing up to income inequality » Boston Globe THE CENSUS BUREAU recently announced a heartening 5 percent gain in the median household income between 2014 and 2015, the largest one-year gain on record. …

Disturbed by AG's ban of AR-15 variants » Worcester Telegram I find it very interesting and disturbing that Attorney General Maura Healey recently banned all variants of the AR-15 rifle in Massachusetts for public safety reasons. Yet no one in Massachusetts has…

Marc Folco: Lawsuit filed in response to Maura Healey's 'Enforcement Notice' » South Coast Today According to a report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) four federally-licensed Massachusetts firearms retailers together with the NSSF have filed action in U. S. District Court for …

Fernandes for House » Cape Cod Times Voters would be hard-pressed to guess Dylan Fernandes' age. The Democrat running for the Falmouth and Islands House seat is confident and well-informed about the issues facing the district.…

Editorial: CPA tough to swallow » Boston Herald

Politics

Can Charlie Baker Save the MassGOP from Extinction? » Boston Magazine Faced with the likes of Donald Trump and Curt Schilling, the Republican governor may be his party's last hope. …

Donald H. Wong to hold campaign fundraiser Oct. 6 » Lynn Journal The Committee to Re-elect Donald H. Wong will hold a campaign fundraiser in support of Donald Wong and his candidacy for re-election as State Representative in the Ninth Essex District on Thursday eve…

Colarusso accuses Day of voting as "good old boy" » Wicked Local Stoneham Caroline Colarusso, Stoneham selectwoman and candidate for state Representative, recently called out her opponent Rep. Michael Day, for “being co-opted by the good old boys in the Legislature.”…

Baker Attends Yarmouth Fundraiser for Crocker, Schiavi » Cape Cod Online Governor Charlie Baker came to Yarmouth Friday night in support of his Republican colleagues running for local office.…

Conservative activist will challenge state GOP chief » Boston Globe Steven W. Aylward, a conservative activist from Watertown who helped lead the 2014 campaign to repeal automatic increases in the state gas tax, says he will challenge state Republican Party chairwoman…

Canning-Wilson Runs For Senate on Platform of Reducing Taxes, Fraud » iBerkshires Republican Christine Canning-Wilson says her campaign platform centers on the economy and reduction of state taxes.…

O'Brien drops out of race for Dem party chairmanship » State House News Service Citing a commitment to a client, Democratic National Committee member David O'Brien has withdrawn from the race to become the next chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.…

'Yes on 4' to launch first TV ad on marijuana legalization » Boston Globe Despite a united front of opposition from leading Beacon Hill politicians and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts are striking back at critic…

'Yes on 4' marijuana legalization campaign's first TV ad, featuring retired cop, hits airwaves on Monday » The Republican Aiming to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts through a November ballot question, the "Yes on 4" campaign launched a television ad featuring retired Boston cop Tom Nolan.…

Curt Schilling says he's 'serious' about running against Elizabeth Warren » Boston Globe Outspoken conservative and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling says he is “serious” about challenging Democrat Elizabeth Warren for her Senate seat in 2018.…

Chabot: Kelly Ayotte, Maggie Hassan dodge ties to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, in a tight re-election battle that could determine control of the U.S. Senate, must maintain her distance from contentious GOP nominee Donald Trump if she wants to woo independ…

Aylward will challenge for GOP chair's post » State House News Service Saying he will awaken frustrated members of the Republican Party, state committee member Steven Aylward has launched a bid for party chair, a post currently held by Kristen Hughes.…

Barney Frank Explains Why More Pols Aren't Backing Legalized Weed » Boston Magazine

Canton businessman to pay $185,000 for illegal campaign contributions » Patriot Ledger

Obama Hasn't Forgotten Martha Coakley's 'Shaking Hands' at Fenway Gaffe » Boston Magazine

In re-elect bid, senator touts opposition to Healey's weapons crackdown » State House News Service

AG: Don't waste your vote on a third party candidate » State House News Service

Public Health

Marijuana dispensaries remain a tough sell in many communities » Boston Globe In Hopkinton, the Board of Selectmen proclaimed that a medical marijuana dispensary simply wouldn't fit the town's family-oriented image, and voted against a proposed store.…

Baker's DPH backs Children's expansion » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH has recommended approval of a $1 billion expansion at Boston Children's Hospital, a step that moves the controversial project closer to fruition.…

Healthier school lunches on the menu » Newburyport News Andover school students have traded in potato chips for whole-grain pretzels, hummus with pita bread, and fruit smoothies.…

Public Safety

Law enforcement: Long-term effects for legal weed » The Metro West Daily News When the Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association was asked in March if it wanted to take a stand on a ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana, the answer was immediately clear.…

Criminal justice group opposing Department of Correction changes » State House News Service Regulations dealing with inmate funds and discipline, religious services, use of force, and employment programs outside of correctional facilities are up for public hearings this week at the Departmen…

Gloucester mayor fires police chief for 'unacceptable' behavior » Boston Herald

Gloucester police chief fired amid inquiry into conduct » Boston Globe

State Government

Mass. officials host Danish prince at wind power conference » State House News Service The tiny turbines emerging out of tabletop bouquets of flowers were mere symbols at a breakfast event that brought Danish diplomats, business chiefs and royalty to Boston, but a top Baker administrati…

AG Healey: Early-voting law is constitutional » Sentinel & Enterprise Responding to concerns raised by the Woburn city clerk, Attorney General Maura Healey said she believes the new early-voting law is constitutional.…

Mass. environmental official Matthew Sisk resigns after alleged improper use of siren and lights » The Republican Matthew Sisk resigned his post as a top official at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation after State Police started looking into an alleged improper use of lights and sirens on …

Maura Healey says issues at DCR 'beyond the pale' » Boston Herald

Former DCR deputy "exhibited terrible judgment," Guv says » State House News Service

Transportation

Uber finds a transit void to fill at North Shore Community College » Boston Globe It was just past 7:30 a.m. when Dania Matos stepped off the 465 bus at the North Shore Mall. She had gone as far as public transportation would take her, but her classes at North Shore Community Colle…

Boston says it does not need to apply taxi regulations to Uber, Lyft » Boston Globe The City of Boston says it does not have to enforce taxi regulations on ride-hailing firms such as Uber and Lyft because a recently passed law dictates that the state will regulate those companies, ac…

MBTA Behind In Implementing Technology That Could Have Averted New Jersey Train Accident » WGBH After the deadly commuter rail crash in New Jersey, media and government officials' attention has turned back to the topic of “Positive Train Control,” a technology designed to stop speeding and r…

Utilities

Solar panels not always sunny » South Coast Today A rooftop solar energy system that costs nothing up front and rewards you with years of lower utility rates may be a great money-saving deal. But consumer advocates say homeowners should make sure the…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 10/3

10:00am Commonwealth Commentary with Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, Senate Reading Room

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

2:00pm Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, Public Hearing

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Julian Cyr

5:30pm Pasta Dinner for State Rep. Candidate Natalie Higgins with Congressman Jim McGovern

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Julian Cyr

5:30pm Pasta Dinner for State Rep. Candidate Natalie Higgins with Congressman Jim McGovern

6:00pm Backyard Politics with Congressman Seth Moulton

6:00pm National Day of German Unity, Great Hall & Grand Staircase

6:00pm Backyard Politics with Congressman Seth Moulton

Tuesday - 10/4

Birthdays: Rep. Sarah Peake, Rep. Alice Peisch

1:00pm 2016 Paul Kahn Awards for PCA Service and PCA Awareness Day, Grand Staircase

5:30pm Governor's Councilor Eileen Duff's Birthday Party

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Julian Cyr

5:30pm Governor's Councilor Eileen Duff's Birthday Party

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Julian Cyr

6:30pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Yolanda Greaves

6:30pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Yolanda Greaves

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Joan Meschino's General Election Campaign Kick-Off

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Joan Meschino's General Election Campaign Kick-Off

Wednesday - 10/5

5:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Joan Meschino with Attorney General Maura Healey

5:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Joan Meschino with Attorney General Maura Healey

5:30pm Millennial Initiative Fundraiser with Congressman Joe Kennedy III and City Council President Michelle Wu

5:30pm Meeting of the Mass. Special Legislative Commission on Postpartum Depression, House Member's Lounge

5:30pm Millennial Initiative Fundraiser with Congressman Joe Kennedy III and City Council President Michelle Wu

6:00pm Fundraiser for Sen. Joe Boncore

6:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Jack Patrick Lewis with Rep. Tom Sannicandro

6:00pm Fundraiser for Rep. Kate Campanale with Gov. Charlie Baker

6:00pm Fundraiser for Sen. Joe Boncore

6:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Jack Patrick Lewis with Rep. Tom Sannicandro

6:00pm Fundraiser for Rep. Kate Campanale with Gov. Charlie Baker

Thursday - 10/6

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:30pm China Open Day, Grand Staircase

5:00pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Chip Harrington with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

5:00pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Chip Harrington with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

6:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Oscar Camargo with Governor Mike Dukakis and Governor's Councilor Eileen Duff

6:00pm Reception for Rep. Donald Wong

6:00pm Fundraiser for Rep. Jerry Parisella

6:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Oscar Camargo with Governor Mike Dukakis and Governor's Councilor Eileen Duff

6:00pm Reception for Rep. Donald Wong

6:00pm Fundraiser for Rep. Jerry Parisella

6:30pm MassVote Annual Celebration - Champions of Democracy

6:30pm MassVote Annual Celebration - Champions of Democracy

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

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

Friday - 10/7

4:00pm Doors and Drinks for Tsongas/Gregoire with Rep. Danielle Gregoire

4:00pm Doors and Drinks for Tsongas/Gregoire with Rep. Danielle Gregoire

5:30pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate Adam Hinds with Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Sen. Ben Downing

5:30pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate Adam Hinds with Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Sen. Ben Downing

7:00pm An Evening with Rep. Geoff Diehl and State Rep. Candidate Paul Girouard

7:00pm An Evening with Rep. Geoff Diehl and State Rep. Candidate Paul Girouard


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