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Governor, please vote for president » Commonwealth Magazine JUST BEFORE THE FIRST presidential debate, Gov. Charlie Baker was quoted on Boston.com as saying that he would not vote for either of the two major candidates, nor for either of the third-party candid…

Can Elizabeth Warren legislate? » Commonwealth Magazine DURING HER FIRST four years representing Massachusetts in the Senate, Elizabeth Warren has become the chamber's leading progressive voice. Hillary Clinton considered her for the vice presidential slot…

Anti-tax activist Steven Aylward challenging Massachusetts Republican Party Chairwoman Kirsten Hughes » The Republican Anti-tax activist Steven Aylward is challenging Kirsten Hughes for the chairmanship of the Massachusetts Republican Party.…

Support builds for tax hike in Boston to boost housing » Boston Globe In 2001, when community groups in Boston rallied to champion a new funding mechanism for affordable housing, they were met with skepticism from Mayor Thomas Menino and cynicism from some financial ins…

The missing piece of education reform » Commonwealth Magazine TWENTY-FIVE YEARS ago a broad coalition of legislators, business people, education experts, and state officials put together and passed a wide-reaching education reform law. That law reflects a set of…

Baker's big health care move » Commonwealth Magazine Revamping MassHealth offers great potential — and great risks …

What we can still learn from sexual harassment » Boston Globe TWENTY-FIVE YEARS ago Tuesday, amid a hotly contested political battle over a Supreme Court vacancy, I testified before Senate Judiciary Committee about the sexually harassing behavior of the nominee,…

After husband dies, state auditor takes over business » Boston Globe State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump has taken over her recently deceased husband's business that provides addiction relief therapy for workers at private firms and labor union members, a move that raises qu…

“I miss a Republican Party that’s really there to talk about the issues, even when I disagreed with them,” she said. “At least you got to talk about the things that move this country forward, not about the bragging exploits of some man who takes advantage of the fact that he has power over women and can exploit it in truly disgusting ways.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Speaking about Donald Trump and the Republican party

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Business

Progress Software CEO retires after four years at helm » Boston Business Journal Progress Software Corp., a Bedford, Massachusetts tech firm with customers including eBay and HP, said Monday that its current CEO will retire as veteran executive Yogesh Gupta takes over as its new c…

Framingham: Shoppers World project on hold » The Metro West Daily News Plans for a new residential and retail building at Shoppers World are temporarily on hold after two major tenants pulled out of the project.…

Warren highlights drought's toll on cranberry farmers » Politico Pulling on a pair of waders and stepping into a bog, Sen. Elizabeth Warren received a first-hand look at the plight of the state's cranberry farmers on Monday as Massachusetts reckons with an intense,…

Drawing a line » Commonwealth Magazine IT'S NOT QUITE a gang war with combatants brandishing mechanical pencils but there's a brewing battle over state regulations that engineering companies say are arcane and outdated but architects insis…

Dell-EMC confirms layoffs » Boston Business Journal Two months after Dell's $67 billion buy of EMC, the combined company is confirming layoffs.…

Cambridge's Sullivan Courthouse saga twists yet again » Curbed Boston The seemingly never-ending story of the redevelopment of the old Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse in East Cambridge has taken yet another turn.…

Civil Rights

Churches filing lawsuit over transgender rights law » WWLP 22

Four Mass. churches sue over new transgender law » Boston Globe

Crimes

Man arrested in connection with unattended item found near State House » WCVB Police responded to the Massachusetts State House for a report of an unattended package Monday. …

Domestic Relations

Is being a parent about more than genetics? SJC weighs in » The Republican What defines a parent? Is it biology, marriage, intent, child-rearing or something else?…

Education

Charter schools are not 'draining' district budgets » Commonwealth Magazine AS THIS NOVEMBER'S ballot initiative on raising the cap on the number of charter public schools in Massachusetts draws closer, opponents find ever-more financial woes to blame on the schools. But a Se…

Cash Flows Through Multiple Channels To Executive At Middleborough Special Education School » WBUR The Chamberlain International School, a private residential school facing allegations of student abuse, paid more than $800,000 to entities controlled by its executive director, raising questions of w…

MIT's Bengt Holmström, Harvard's Oliver Hart Receive 2016 Nobel Prize In Economics » WBUR Two professors based in Cambridge are now Nobel Prize winners. Harvard's Oliver Hart and MIT's Bengt Holmström were named today as recipients of the 2016 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.…

Wakefield High School infrastructure problems highlighted » Wicked Local Wakefield But they are not being ignored. School Committee members are hoping to achieve a solution – options include a major renovation or building a new high school – to give their students a be…

Charter showdown » Commonwealth Magazine IN NOVEMBER, MASSACHUSETTS voters will have their say on a ballot question that would allow up to 12 new or expanded charter schools each year above the existing state cap on the independently-run, bu…

Tri-County students hold Mass Insight kickoff event » The Sun Chronicle State officials joined students at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School for a Mass Insight kickoff event.…

Pencils Down: Experiments in Education » Quanta Magazine

Environment

The Impact Of This Year's Drought On Fall Foliage Season » WBUR The air is crisp, the sky is a brilliant blue, the Red Sox are battling to stay in the postseason...it's autumn in New England, no question about it. But this year, you might have noticed that things …

Health Care

Taunton's Dr. Eric Ruby keeps spinal cord injury research on the front burner » Taunton Gazette Dr. Eric Ruby was at the Statehouse delivering a message of hope and a rallying cry to persevere in a quest to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.…

State cuts off second home health provider, affecting 800 » Boston Globe A second home health provider is transferring hundreds of patients after a fraud investigation led the state to cut off Medicaid payments to the company.…

As funding flows, home care waitlist ends » State House News Service With a supplemental budget now steering more federal funds into the state's account for elder home care, a waitlist for certain applicants seeking the services came to an end on Friday.…

From critical to cooperative, state group now supports Boston Children's $1B expansion » Boston Business Journal The state's health care watchdog has become supportive of a planned $1 billion expansion to Boston Children's Hospital, after saying it could raise health care spending and threaten competitors.…

Thousands of prescribers learning about opioids, pain treatment » Gloucester Times

Housing

Number of homeless families in Danvers hotel drops » The Salem News

Human Services

Substance abuse cited as No. 1 reason for DCF cases » Boston Herald Substance abuse is the No. 1 factor in child abuse and neglect cases in Massachusetts, according to groundbreaking data that reveals for the first time how the state's drug scourge is driving its daun…

A personal form of charity » Commonwealth Magazine THE EXPLOSION OF electronic communication and content sharing have expanded the ways that charities seek donations. They can inexpensively ask for contributions with e-mail and social media posts soli…

Judiciary

Crime and punishment » Commonwealth Magazine DIANE MCMANUS SAYS her youngest child, Timothy, is “no street kid.” He was “raised in the church,” she says, a respectful son who minded the rules she set down, even as a teena…

Gun group opposes nomination of assistant attorney general as judge » Wicked Local

Governor Charlie Baker looking for nominees to state's highest court » WWLP 22

Applicants sought for 2017 SJC vacancies » Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Labor

'Under the Table' series prompts calls for investigation, legislation » Gazette Net State, federal and municipal leaders are calling for an investigation and new legislation targeting the underpayment of immigrant restaurant workers detailed in a recent Gazette series, “Under t…

Baker picks his battles with organized labor » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker has aggressively courted constituencies traditionally out of range for Republican politicians, but there is one longtime antagonist of GOP leaders he is increasingly crossing sw…

Local Government

Chatham town leaders subpoenaed in parking lot suit » Cape Cod Times Selectmen and other town officials received subpoenas Friday for a deposition later this month in a Barnstable Superior Court civil case.…

Right to farm, marijuana zoning top town meeting warrant in Grafton » telegram.com A proposed bylaw that would define a right to farm, and a zoning bylaw amendment designed to tighten control of marijuana dispensaries, are among the highlights on the fall town meeting warrant.…

Opinion

Ellen Story: Support Amherst school project » Gazette Net I've been proud of the schools in Amherst ever since moving here in 1972.…

Our view: Bay State donors give Clinton an edge over Trump » Newburyport News In politics, especially presidential politics, money talks — even when the voices of voters are effectively muted.…

Hypocrisy runs amok in reaction to Trump tape (Viewpoint) » The Republican Let me get this straight. This time, Donald Trump has gone too far.…

The candidate who just doesn't get it » Boston Globe Sunday night's presidential debate was enough to leave any sentient person despairing over the state of our republic. Donald Trump has managed to lower the national dialogue to the level of “The…

Other

Airbnb bulks up lobbying presence as lawmakers increase scrutiny of 'sharing economy' » Washington Post

The evolution of the presidential campaign » Commonwealth Magazine THERE WAS A TIME when presidential candidates stayed home and left their campaigns to surrogates. In his majestic history of the Civil War, Shelby Foote described the 1860 campaign as following in th…

After presidential debate, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber called out by Donald Trump says candidate offering 'garbage salad' » The Republican Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist who worked on Gov. Mitt Romney's health reform efforts in Massachusetts and helped craft Obamacare, was mentioned by Donald Trump at the second presidential debate o…

Clinton adviser feared antagonizing Warren over Glass-Steagall » Politico At one point last year, Hillary Clinton was "leaning toward" endorsing a reinstatement of the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act that separated commercial and investment banking, according to an allege…

Donald Trump's campaign still alive, but it's increasingly isolated » Boston Globe House Speaker Paul Ryan all but abandoned Donald Trump on Monday, nearly obliterating any bounce from what allies had called a “heroic” debate performance Sunday night and instead paving t…

Leaked e-mails claim Clinton was worried about Warren » Boston Globe Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign fretted over Elizabeth Warren's powerful influence with the left wing of the Democratic Party, trying to open lines of communication with the Massachusetts sena…

Warren campaigns for Clinton in Cape Cod » WWLP 22 A leading supporter of democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is speaking out against her republican rival, Donald Trump.…

Mass. raises big bucks for presidential hopefuls » The Salem News Deep blue Massachusetts is hardly a battleground in the presidential election but the campaigns are still looking to the state — with their hands out.…

Turning around New Bedford » Commonwealth Magazine JON MITCHELL WALKS a fine line as the mayor of New Bedford. On the one hand, he is the self-professed squeaky wheel, constantly pressing state and federal officials for more money, whether it's for dr…

Politics

Environmental League Action Fund Announces New Wave of General Election Endorsements » Environmental League of Mass. As of September 22, 2016 the ELM Action Fund has endorsed the following candidates: …

What The Candidates Didn't Say About Nuclear Weapons » WBUR Our military has weathered its share of sexual misconduct scandals in recent years, so it doesn't need a predator or misogynist as commander-in-chief. That Donald Trump's decade-old boast of rampant s…

Why Trump's performance matters in Mass. » Commonwealth Magazine REPUBLICAN KATE CAMPANALE stunned the state's political establishment in 2014 by winning the 17th Worcester district House seat, edging out Democrat Douglas Belanger by just 43 votes out of 9,750 cast…

Youth movement » Commonwealth Magazine he Amherst town cemetery, sitting on a stone wall circling an old burial plot, not far from Emily Dickinson's grave. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, who won the Democratic primary for an open Amherst-based Ho…

Eric Lesser and Chip Harrington spar over Trump, campaign funding in first debate » The Republican There were no personal insults, comparisons to the devil or threats of prosecution at Monday night's State Senate debate, but Democratic Sen. Eric Lesser of Longmeadow and Republican challenger James …

Warren dares governor to 'stand up' to Trump » Politico Sen. Elizabeth Warren didn't mince words about Republicans and their party's presidential candidate, Donald Trump, in post-debate comments on Monday.…

South Shore Trump backers stand by their man » Wicked Local Braintree For state Republican Party leaders and South Shore town committee chairs, presidential candidate Donald Trump's lewd, taped comments about women are offensive, reprehensible and unacceptable. But they…

Challenger critical of Dooley's backing of Baker's vetoes » The Sun Chronicle Democratic challenger Brian Hamlin is knocking state Rep. Shawn Dooley for voting with the governor to cut spending on items such as children's mental health and public safety.…

Massachusetts State Senate Candidates Spar Over Ballot Questions » State House News Service Two candidates for a Western Massachusetts state Senate seat disagree sharply over a pair of questions voters will face in November.…

Local GOP pols on Trump comments: 'Neither of them are role models' » State House News Service It hasn't exactly been a banner week for the Republican Party.…

Legalizing pot will take money from criminals, says travel show host Rick Steves » The Republican In a perfect world, travel writer and TV show host Rick Steves said, he would be talking about legalizing marijuana in a conservative nook of the state, not the University of Massachusetts.…

Elizabeth Warren to gov: Time to 'stand up' and fully disavow Donald Trump » Boston Herald An indignant Elizabeth Warren called on Gov. Charlie Baker to publicly disavow Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump — rather than simply saying he won't vote for him — on the hee…

After primary wins, enviro fund turns to November legislative races » State House News Service Touting victories of five Democrats it endorsed in competitive primaries, an environmentally focused political action committee has gotten behind ten more Democrats who hope to break into the Legislat…

Bump to seek third term as auditor » State House News Service Auditor Suzanne Bump plans to run for re-election and will play no role in the day-to-day operations of her late husband's businesses, according to a statement she released Tuesday.…

Some in area GOP stand by Trump after comments, but not all » Lowell Sun Ann Wofford, the Haverhill Republican who is challenging Democratic Rep. Niki Tsongas to represent the Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District, makes no attempt to defend the Donald Trump comments th…

2nd Hampden & Hampshire Senate race: JD Parker-O'Grady on guns, marijuana and transgender rights » The Republican

Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump will finish her term, run for re-election » The Republican

Auditor to stay in office, looks ahead to reelection campaign in 2018 » Boston Globe

Wilbraham firefighters union endorses Sen. Eric Lesser » The Republican

'That's ridiculous,' Sen. Don Humason says of Democratic challenger's claim that he only deals with GOP » The Republican

Republican challenger calls out Governor's Councilor Eileen Duff for religious questioning » Wicked Local Ipswich

Michael Dukakis to campaign for Eric Lesser in East Longmeadow » The Republican

Mass. Fiscal alliance trying new approach to influence elections » Lowell Sun

Public Health

GE puts philanthropic muscle into opioid fight » Boston Globe When General Electric Co. announced in January that it would move its global headquarters to Boston, executives pledged that the company would make health care a top philanthropic priority.…

Youth sports injuries increasing as Mass. leads nation in concussion diagnoses » South Coast Today Injuries linked to youth sports are increasing nationally, and Massachusetts tops the country in rates of diagnosed concussions, according to recent medical studies.…

Public Safety

Lawyer looks to ease cops' 'angel' burden with program changes » The Salem News The attorney named by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken as her liaison to the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative and the police-based Angel Program says he is working toward changes that would…

State Government

Dysfunctional DCR tries to be smarter landlord » Commonwealth Magazine

Suzanne Bump Is Not Stepping Down » Boston Patch

Transportation

Milestone marked in Braga Bridge project » South Coast Today The years of labor are paying off.…

Commuter rail forum promotes Stoughton, not Middleboro link » Wicked Local Mattapoisett Public and private support is growing for extending commuter rail service from Boston to the South Coast of Massachusetts and a former Presidential candidate jumped aboard the Stoughton express Friday…

Utilities

Mass. Regulators Reject DER Surcharge in Rate Case » RTO Insider Massachusetts regulators have rejected fees National Grid sought to impose on small commercial and industrial customers that own distributed energy resources (15-155).…

The toughest mile » Commonwealth Magazine IN 2008, THE Patrick administration set out to wire 123 cities and towns in western Massachusetts for broadband. But eight years, 1,200 miles of fiber-optic cable, and nearly $100 million later, the e…

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