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Charlie Baker enlists Democrats on DCR PR » Boston Herald With a pair of promotions of longtime employees, Gov. Charlie Baker moved Friday to ease doubts about his embattled parks department and quell its string of politically laced controversies. Not unnoti…

Most lawmakers say DCR flap not a leadership issue » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- Most area legislators say the firings and resignations of officials within the state Department of Conservation and Recreation are the result of the actions of a few bad apples, not poor lea…

Massachusetts revises health care spending growth » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts isn't doing as well as officials thought when it comes to holding health care spending growth at steady levels. …

“I believe now more than ever that our outstanding candidates here in Massachusetts will succeed come November because they are stressing the positive alternatives they offer voters: fiscal responsibility, lower taxes and real plans to make government work for the people,"

Massachusetts Republican Party Chair Kirsten Hughes

Speaking on the Mass GOP's focus on down-ballot races

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Business

Mass. liquor license caps targeted for reforms » South Coast Today After repeatedly seeing their efforts stifled, supporters of revamping the state's liquor license approval process say they are not giving up.…

'Biorights' rise: Donors demand control of their samples » Boston Globe Mary O'Connor had long wanted researchers to decipher her genetic code to better understand a deadly heart condition that runs in her family.…

Smart machines and the future of jobs » Boston Globe SINCE THE EARLY 1800s, several waves of technological change have transformed how we work and live. Each new technological marvel — the steam engine, railroad, ocean steamship, telegraph, harvester,…

Education

Harvard, MIT scholars share Nobel in economics » Boston Globe Harvard University's Oliver Hart and MIT's Bengt Holmstrom won the Nobel prize in economics for shedding light on how contracts help people deal with conflicting interests, from CEO pay packages to w…

Teachers openly campaigning for and against Question 2 » New Boston Post The political debate surrounding charter school expansion is playing out in classrooms across the Commonwealth, with teachers from traditional public schools and public charter schools openly campaign…

UMass Boston In Midst Of Overdue Renovations » Banker & Tradesman Bribes and kickbacks. That's just how public construction projects were divvied up in Massachusetts until the blockbuster Ward Commission report blew the lid off in 1980.…

Environment

Drought makes cranberry harvest extra hard work » Boston Globe One way or another, Dawn Gates-Allen needs to get her cranberries off the vine. There's just one problem: She has no water. And water is the lifeblood of cranberry harvests.…

Costly lawsuits target marinas » Newburyport News Chris Perley didn't know he needed a stormwater permit for his marina repair shop until he got a letter from an environmental group earlier this year, threatening to drag him into court for polluting …

Bloom forces state to close Buzzards Bay to shellfishing » Cape Cod Times The state Division of Marine Fisheries has banned shellfishing in Buzzards Bay and Lackeys Bay due to potentially toxic phytoplankton.…

River herring trapped by drought in Lakeville, Middleboro, Rochester » South Coast Today The historic drought trapped at least a million young river herring in Assawompsett Pond as they tried to swim out to the ocean, and a state biologist says countless more are likely stuck up and down …

Health Care

The race to create a new class of ovarian cancer drugs heats up » STAT News The race to create the next potent ovarian cancer drug is coming to a head.…

Housing

High-end living comes to East Boston » Boston Globe East Boston has never seen anything quite like The Eddy. It towers more than 200 feet on a corner over Boston Harbor, with an outdoor pool, rooftop deck, and views that reach from Chelsea to the Seapo…

Boston's average apartment rent is the third-highest in the U.S. » Boston Business Journal New York and San Francisco, the two cities with the highest apartment rents in the country, both saw negative rent growth in the third quarter from the second quarter.…

First-time homebuyers charged to the hilt by Quincy loan program » Patriot Ledger First-time homebuyers who participated in a city-run loan program repaid thousands of dollars more when they sold their homes than payoffs described on the program application form.…

Insurance

What will self-driving cars mean for insurers? » Boston Globe It's always been a simple proposition: If you want to drive, you need car insurance.…

Legislative

Rosenberg missed the Fenway hoopla » Boston Globe Senate President Stan Rosenberg was pretty miffed last Sunday when he discovered that his Beacon Hill counterpart, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, was walking out onto the field at Fenway Park with Govern…

Local Government

City engineer resigns after alleged motel encounter » Eagle Tribune Theodoro Rosario resigned his $80,000-a-year job as city engineer on Friday, a day after he was accused of indecent exposure in Lowell District Court for allegedly using beer and cigarettes to lure a …

Opinion

Will baton be passed back at Reggie Lewis Center? » Boston Globe Not until he was let go as head of the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center last month did Keith McDermott realize how deeply he was supported.…

Niki Tsongas and Heather McMann: Encouraging our current and future river champions » Eagle Tribune We might not crack the record for largest crowd in a selfie, but the photo we were part of last month at Manchester Street Park in Lawrence captured an impressive and inspiring scene. …

No place of worship should be used as a polling place » Boston Globe I READ with a heavy heart Sunday's article about the Florida residents upset that their new polling location was to be in a mosque (“Voting with their fears”).…

Design excellence must be key ingredient in waterfront vision » Boston Globe RE “A VISION for Boston's waterfront” (Page A11, Sept. 30): I couldn't agree more with Jim Canales — we desperately need a coherent vision for the development of the waterfront if we want to mai…

Cleaning up DCR is just a start » Boston Globe ANOTHER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR'S decision to stock state agencies with political supporters has come back to haunt him.…

Vieira for House » Cape Cod Times In the 3rd Barnstable House District, which includes parts of Falmouth, Bourne and Mashpee, voters will once again see a familiar ballot.…

With coming of self-driving cars, what's to become of our actual selves? » Boston Globe RE “CARS with no drivers head to state with few rules” (Page A1, Sept. 22): Self-driving cars may sound like good news to some.…

Sina-cism: When government misfires » Worcester Sun As an opening salvo, let me make clear that I am not writing to change anyone's mind about guns or gun ownership.…

The misogynist in full » Boston Globe Nobody who has been listening to the moral vacuum of a man who rode a wave of anger and willful ignorance to the GOP nomination can be surprised by the fact that Donald Trump would casually boast abou…

It's not primacy US should pursue — it's leadership » Boston Globe IT WOULD have been helpful if Stephen Kinzer had distinguished between primacy and leadership in his Oct. 2 op-ed “Pursuit of primacy will be the slow, violent decline of the US.”…

Livin' and Dion: When your job becomes a politician's photo op » Herald News Working in a factory is hard. It's even harder since a few hundred new manufacturing jobs cropped up in Fall River.…

A sad spectacle in St. Louis » Boston Globe It wasn't a “debate.” And it certainly wasn't presidential.…

Politics

Travel guru Rick Steves to tour state for pot legalization » The Associated Press (AP) Travel guru Rick Steves is kicking off a tour of Massachusetts in support of a pro-marijuana ballot question.…

Area reacts to Trump's lewd comments » The Salem News While some North Shore Republicans were disgusted by the crude remarks that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump made in 2005 about hitting on women, they weren't ready on Sunday to write him off as …

JD Parker-O'Grady, Democrat challenging Sen. Don Humason, says state took too long to investigate political intimidation charges at EEA » The Republican Democratic state Senate candidate J.D. Parker-O'Grady said the state took too long to investigate allegations of political intimidation and harassment against his fiancee by her state-worker colleague…

Local GOP women react to Trump controversy » Worcester Telegram Two local Republican women up for re-election this fall weighed in Sunday before the presidential debate on the controversy swirling about Republican Donald Trump.…

Public Health

Legalizing recreational marijuana divides users, experts » Worcester Telegram Nov. 8 will be a critical juncture for U.S. marijuana laws, with five states to consider legalization of recreational use.…

Taunton landlord won't budge under pressure to evict methadone clinic » Taunton Gazette Carlos Melo isn't backing down.…

Public Safety

Chabot: Pot users face stony reception in Granite State » Boston Herald Granite State cops are bracing for a potential influx of doped-up drivers and pot-smoking teens — even without a marijuana legalization question on the New Hampshire ballot — as Massachusetts and …

State Government

DCR elevates long-time staffers in continuing staff shakeup » The Republican The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has elevated two long-time staff members to leadership positions in the wake of scandals that led to the resignations of three staffers and …

Transparency changing municipal relationship with public » The Metro West Daily News Massachusetts leads the nation in a lot of things, but transparency isn't one of them.…

Transportation

Plan to privatize T sets up battle among union, Baker and lawmakers » Gloucester Times Plans to privatize parts of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority are in danger of bogging down like a subway car at rush hour, with the state's largest transit union vowing to fight the move…

Utilities

Massachusetts Broadband Institute: Utility pole survey 'critical first step' for 'Last Mile' municipalities » Berkshire Eagle Workers will be sizing up utility poles in the coming weeks, part of the long-awaited process of bringing broadband to the community.…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 10/10

Birthdays: Rep. Jennifer Benson

10:00am Columbus Day Breakfast Buffet with State Rep. Candidate John Mahoney

10:00am Columbus Day Breakfast Buffet with State Rep. Candidate John Mahoney

5:30pm Canton Fundraiser for Congressman Bill Keating

5:30pm Canton Fundraiser for Congressman Bill Keating

Tuesday - 10/11

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm MassEquality Presents an Evening with Steve Kerrigan in support of State Rep. Candidate Natalie Higgins

5:30pm MassEquality Presents an Evening with Steve Kerrigan in support of State Rep. Candidate Natalie Higgins

6:00pm An Evening in Support of State Rep. Candidate Yolanda Greaves with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

6:00pm An Evening in Support of State Rep. Candidate Yolanda Greaves with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

Wednesday - 10/12

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

5:00pm Reception for Rep. Matt Muratore

5:00pm Reception for Rep. Matt Muratore

5:30pm Sen. Barbara L'Italien Meet & Greet

5:30pm Sen. Barbara L'Italien Meet & Greet

Thursday - 10/13

7:00pm An Evening with Chelsea Clinton

11:00am U.S. - China Robotics Summit Reception, Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Jack Patrick Lewis

5:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Jack Patrick Lewis

5:30pm Fundraiser for Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Matt Patrick

5:30pm Fundraiser for Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Matt Patrick

6:00pm Falmouth Fundraiser for Congressman Bill Keating

6:00pm Falmouth Fundraiser for Congressman Bill Keating

6:30pm Reception for Sen. Minority Leader Bruce Tarr

6:30pm Reception for Sen. Minority Leader Bruce Tarr

7:00pm Wing, Beer and Football with State Rep. Jay Barrows

7:00pm Mass. Women's Political Caucus Fall Fundraiser

7:00pm Wing, Beer and Football with State Rep. Jay Barrows

7:00pm Mass. Women's Political Caucus Fall Fundraiser

7:00pm An Evening with Chelsea Clinton

Friday - 10/14

Birthdays: Senator Patricia Jehlen

1:00pm Eyes on Haiti: A Conversation about Cholera and Disaster Response, Room 428

Press Releases

House's "GreenWorks" Climate Legislation, H.3846 » American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $2.7 Million for River and Wetland Restoration and Climate Adaptation » Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Neal, Brady Introduce Legislation to Improve and Expand Medicare » Office of Congressman Richard Neal

Banker & Tradesman: Bill Offers Big Projects Shelter from Liquor License Limits » NAIOP

Massachusetts to Cancel Popular Electric Vehicle Rebate in September » Conservation Law Foundation

Column: We Need a Carbon Pollution Fee to Combat Climate Change » Office of Senator Jason Lewis

MBTA Control Board Launches Independent Safety Review Panel » MBTA

Orange Line: Wellington to Oak Grove: Evening Trains Replaced with Shuttle Buses For Track Reconstruction » MBTA

Baker-Polito Administration Honors Outstanding Educators » Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Moulton Statement on Iran » Office of Congressman Seth Moulton

Methuen Attorney Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Jail for Stealing From Client Estate » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Massachusetts Unemployment and Job Estimates for May 2019 » Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Plan Ahead of July 4th Travel » MassDOT

Senator Markey Statement on Cancelled Airstrikes Against Iran: We Need Diplomacy, Not Destruction » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators to EPA: Stop Undermining Key Chemical Safety Law » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Apprenticeship Tax Credit Begins July 1 » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Environmental Officials Present ‘Green Team’ Awards to Massachusetts Schools » Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant to Operation House Call » The Arc of Massachusetts

Plans to Accelerate Red Line Signal Repairs » MBTA

Massachusetts Democrats remain silent on Ocasio-Cortez’s false “concentration camps” rhetoric » MassGOP

Domestic violence survivors speak out for Safe Communities Act » MIRA Coalition


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