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Travel writer Rick Steves says Massachusetts rejection of marijuana legalization would be setback for movement » The Republican Popular travel writer Rick Steves on Wednesday pitched the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts as part of a swing through the state weeks before voters go to the polls and weigh in…

Union-Backing Democrats Fear Baker Will Use The MBTA Privatization Powers They Gave Him » WGBH Legislative Democrats who voted to grant Gov. Charlie Baker the authority to privatize portions of the MBTA last year are having second thoughts as the T goes through with plans that could mean job ch…

Female Democrats Work to Boost Senate Ranks » Roll Call On Friday night, Katie McGinty stood on the stairs at Pennsylvania 6, a dimly lit downtown bar, and exclaimed, "We have some girl power in the house tonight!” …

New email shows Brazile may have had exact wording of proposed town hall question before CNN » Politico A new email obtained by POLITICO is shedding more light on the mystery of whether and how interim DNC chair Donna Brazile might have obtained the text of a proposed question from a town hall between H…

Progressives turn wary eye toward Sandberg as nomination rumors fly » Washington Post Asked if she would join a Hillary Clinton administration, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said this week that she's staying put. But that hasn't allayed concerns among D.C. progressiv…

Report counters argument that charters don't serve special-needs students » Boston Herald Charter schools are increasingly serving students with special needs, a new study by the Pioneer Institute found, countering a pivotal argument of the No on 2 campaign. …

Gift to charter backers rankles opponent » Worcester Telegram BOSTON - Partners HealthCare, a nonprofit group that includes major teaching hospitals, donated $100,000 toward the referendum campaign to expand charter schools in Massachusetts, prompting questions …

Analysis: Massachusetts' Democracy Is Showing Signs Of Weakness » WBUR We in Massachusetts like to think of ourselves as ahead of the curve when it comes to democracy. As former Gov. Deval Patrick put it, “Massachusetts invented America,” so we had a bit of a…

“Before you take public resources and hand it over to a private contractor to do public service ... the standards have to be the same,” Pacheco said. “If you can save some money and you’re providing the same quality of service then go ahead and privatize it.”

Senator Marc R. Pacheco

Speaking about Governor Baker's plan to cut costs at the MBTA

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Business

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf quits after scandal » Boston Globe The scandal engulfing Wells Fargo toppled its chairman and chief executive Wednesday, as John G. Stumpf announced his departure from the company, effective immediately.…

Walsh hits a chord with business leaders with call for diversity » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh looked across the hotel ballroom at a sea of white faces.…

Wells Fargo CEO and chairman John Stumpf retires, effective immediately » Boston Business Journal Less than a month after Sen. Elizabeth Warren told Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf to resign and "give back the money that (he) took," the 63-year-old is retiring without a severance package.…

Clay Christensen Disrupts Innovation, Again » WBUR Disruptive innovation guru Clay Christensen on disruption now, from politics to Uber.…

Retailers, small biz groups oppose Children's expansion » State House News Service Saying their members are worried by rising health care and insurance costs, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts and the National Federation of Independent Businesses on Wednesday asked state he…

GE tried to tear down this walkway. It didn't go over so well. » Boston Globe General Electric has reversed course on a plan to tear down an elevated walkway attached to an old warehouse that will become part of its headquarters complex in Fort Point.…

Support among business community scarce for legal pot » Cape Cod Times At a forum Tuesday geared toward business owners and others who would be affected by passage of ballot Question 4, Wendy Northcross, chief executive officer of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, was bl…

Civil Rights

No question, 2018 election will be in the toilet » Commonwealth Magazine Opponents of the state's new public accommodations law, which prohibits discrimination against transgendered individuals, have gathered enough signatures to place a referendum for repeal on the 2018 b…

Backers of transgender rights law to oppose recall effort » The Associated Press (AP) Supporters of a state law barring discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public accommodations are speaking out against an effort to repeal the measure.…

Voters to be asked about possible repeal in 2018 » State House News Service Massachusetts voters in 2018 will be asked whether the state should keep or repeal the new state law aimed at preventing discrimination against transgender individuals in public accommodations, as act…

Gender confinement: Mass DOC contends it can discriminate against transgender inmates » Dig Boston The most revealing test of current laws regarding transgender rights in Massachusetts is to observe how the state treats transgender people in its custody. …

Senate prez: Transgender rights bill will stand up to challenges » Boston Herald

Transgender anti-discrimination law advocates launch campaign against repeal effort » MassLive

Trans community "prepared to fight" law repeal effort » State House News Service

Education

Middlesex College earns $1.7 million grant to support Asian-American students » Wicked Local Bedford The U.S. Department of Education awarded Middlesex Community College a five-year $1,732,245 development grant from its Office of Postsecondary Education's Asian American Native American Pacific Island…

Massachusetts is Ground Zero in Battle over Charter Schools » The Huffington Post Massachusetts is probably the most liberal state in the United States and by many measures its public school system is also the best in the nation.…

Harvard gets $10m to study race, inequality in Boston » Boston Globe A center at Harvard University devoted to the study of people of African descent has received a $10 million donation from its namesake, financier Glenn Hutchins, to research poverty, inequality, and r…

Partners gift to charter supporters rankles opponent » The Salem News Partners HealthCare, a nonprofit group that includes major teaching hospitals as well as North Shore Medical Center, donated $100,000 toward the referendum campaign to expand charter schools in Massac…

Baker to push charter schools in N.Y.C. » Boston Globe

Gabriel Gomez explains support for Charter School ballot question » Wicked Local Cohasset

Suffolk University's credit outlook lowered by S&P, citing leadership turnover » Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts Charter School Debate Could Turn on Funding » The American Prospect

Environment

The Potential Environmental Consequences Of Legalizing Pot In Massachusetts » WBUR Just two years after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, there was a troubling and little-anticipated development: pot-growing operations were consuming as much electricity as 35,000 homes. Alm…

Rock-Blasting Business Owner Calls Proposed Water Safety Rules "Impossible" » WGBH Small-business owners worry that a proposed bill designed to further regulate the quality of drinking water will only hurt the local blasting and drilling industry. …

Shellfish closures have industry in holding pattern » Cape Cod Times Location, location, location. While other shellfishermen hopped into their skiffs and headed to the flats off Monomoy on Wednesday morning, Steven Wright could not harvest a clam or oyster from his aq…

Drought persists, but levels downgraded in some parts of state » State House News Service

Federal

Sen. Elizabeth Warren goes on tirade after Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf retires » CNBC Sen. Elizabeth Warren said former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf needed to do more in the wake of a sales scandal in which as many as 2 million accounts were opened without customer authorization.…

Health Care

AG pushes for transparency, competition in new report » Worcester Business Journal As spending in the pharmaceutical industry shifts further towards specialty drugs, new steps have to be taken to create competition and ensure price transparency, according to a new report from the Ma…

Should researchers study bunk science? Among respected scientists, a debate ensues » STAT News A disagreement between two respected Canadian academics is raising some fundamental questions about when a disputed scientific issue has been studied long enough.…

Behind the curtain: How drug and device companies are paying millions to get products in front of Mass. physicians » Boston Business Journal

Report: Consumers face tough task navigating prescription drug prices » WWLP 22

Human Services

CHD joins Rep. Aaron Vega in push-up challenge to honor veterans » The Republican Twenty-two push-ups a day for 22 days. You may have seen this challenge making the rounds of social media, its purpose to raise awareness of mental health issues among our veteran population.…

Cape Cod Shelter and Domestic Violence Services Holds 3rd Annual Candlelight Vigil » Cape Cod Online Cape Cod Shelter and Domestic Violence Services is holding their third annual Candlelight Vigil on Friday in Falmouth.…

Insurance

Customers urges to "stop, shop, enroll" in health plans » State House News Service

Judiciary

Child rapist let go due to clerical error, District Attorney's Office said » WCVB The Plymouth District Attorney's Office said a clerical error resulted in a convicted sex offender returning to his family's home in Weymouth.…

Lawyer Reardon confirmed as Superior Court judge » Worcester Telegram Attorney James Gavin Reardon Jr. of Shrewsbury was unanimously confirmed to a Superior Court judgeship Wednesday.…

Labor

Amazon fired dozens of Boston-area drivers — some think illegally » Boston Globe A local civil rights group on Wednesday accused Amazon.com of illegally using criminal background checks as the sole basis for firing dozens of Boston-area delivery drivers, most of them black and Lat…

Stephen Lynch to T workers: Don't abuse system » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, who stood with union workers opposing privatization of the MBTA at a Faneuil Hall rally, told those same union workers to block their colleagues from “abusing” …

Amazon sends Mass. drivers packing » Boston Herald An advocacy group claims Amazon may have wrongly prompted a delivery contractor in Massachusetts to fire dozens of drivers with a change in its background-check policy that the group says disproportio…

Lawmakers attack privatization at the MBTA » Boston Globe State Senator Marc Pacheco called on lawmakers Wednesday to go back into session to prevent more outsourcing at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, a year after legislators gave the agency…

Union officials, Dems rail against MBTA privatization » State House News Service Filling the air outside Faneuil Hall on Wednesday with charged rhetoric about corporations profiting off government work, union officials and elected Democrats railed against privatization at the MBTA…

Local Government

In Lowell, higher salaries for a higher purpose » Commonwealth Magazine THE LOWELL CITY COUNCIL is giving itself and the city school board raises on the order of 67 to 100 percent, purportedly as a way to attract a more diverse array of candidates to a body that is domina…

Slavin urges board to continue Chapter 40 efforts » Wicked Local Wareham If at first you don't succeed … try, try again.…

Former Wareham Housing Authority chastised for mismanagement » Wareham Week A state audit released on Wednesday provided a harsh critique of fiscal and administrative mismanagement by the Wareham Housing Authority's previous executive director and former Board of Directors.…

Weymouth sex offender ordinance could be put to test » Wicked Local Weymouth he residency of a Weymouth man who was convicted of child rape and kidnapping in two states approximately 29 years ago might test the legality of the town's sex offender restriction ordinance, accordi…

Hanson's new deal combines politics and Polito » Wicked Local Hanson With the stroke of a pen in Hanson on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito not only certified a state agreement; her personal appearance in town energized town officials as they engage in an economic redeve…

Satanists fired up over City Council's invocation refusal » Boston Herald Local Satanists are burning up over the City Council's refusal to let them preach during the invocation that opens official meetings.…

Opinion

Hype vs. hope in medical research » Boston Globe IS THE PROMISE of genomic medicine overhyped?…

Watching Trump's blunders, Putin must be screaming 'Nyet!' » Boston Globe WHEN THE October WikiLeaks surprise finally came, Donald Trump couldn't exploit it. …

No need for driverless cars? Ask a person who could use one » Boston Globe RE THE Oct. 10 letter from Eva S. Moseley questioning the need for self-driving cars (“With coming of self-driving cars, what's to become of our actual selves?”): I live in a rural area wi…

Kelly Ayotte finally grows a backbone » Boston Globe I don't blame Senator Kelly Ayotte for declining to entertain my questions Wednesday morning.…

'Inner City' Blues » Dorchester Reporter The Republican nominee for president –whose name shall not be written in this space for reasons of good taste – has succeeded mightily in lathering a once-Grand Old Party with all manner…

Bullies must always be challenged and defeated » Boston Globe SIRDEANER WALKER died last week of breast cancer, and if most don't know her name, they will probably recall the mournful event that thrust her into the spotlight.…

Caissie for re-election to Governor's Council » Worcester Telegram On November 8, I ask you to support Governors Councilor Jen Caissie for re-election.…

Point-Counterpoint: Legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts » The Tufts Daily The following responses, written by the Daily's Opinion section, address two sides of the debate on marijuana legalization in the state of Massachusetts.…

Other

Another Shaheen aide heads to a lobby shop as Democratic aides become hot commodities on K Street » Washington Post Marissa Serafino, a former legislative aide for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), has joined Holland & Knight, one of K Street's biggest lobby firms — the second Shaheen staffer to leave Capitol Hi…

Walsh, Lynch plan to campaign for Clinton in Wisconsin, Ohio » State House News Service Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Congressman Stephen Lynch are preparing to travel out of state to campaign for Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.…

Scott Brown: 'It's a no-brainer for me' » Boston Herald Donald Trump needs to focus on policy from now to the election, former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown said yesterday — adding he doesn't think the scandal over a 2005 lewd tape was a fatal blow.…

Ballot Questions 101: Expanding casino gaming » The Daily Free Press Massachusetts Ballot Question 1, titled An Act Relative to Expanded Gaming, if passed, would allow the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to issue an additional category 2 license to qualified applicants…

Here are all the things leaked emails show Hillary Clinton's campaign said about Elizabeth Warren and Massachusetts » Boston.com WikiLeaks released a fourth batch of leaked emails Wednesday morning from the hacked account of John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign.…

Massachusetts: Regulator Rules In Favor Of Suffolk Downs In Simulcast Dispute » Paulick Report

Politics

Marijuana Legalization Question Criticized by Cape Cod Business Community and Lawmakers » Cape Cod Online Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said Question 4 on the November ballot that would legalize recreational marijuana was a “bad deal” for Massachusetts, during a forum in Hyannis Tuesday.…

Clarification on LGBTQ stance wanted from Colarusso » Daily Times Chronicle MassEquality, the leading LGBTQ advocacy organization in Massachusetts, is calling on candidate for State Representative in the 31st Middlesex District Caroline Colarusso to clarify her position on ci…

Saugus Republican Town Committee issues endorsements » Wicked Local Saugus The Saugus Republican Town Committee has unanimously endorsed the reelection of Donald Wong for state representative and Anne Manning-Martin for …

How Hackable Is The Election? » WBUR Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta is blaming Russia for the latest WikiLeaks hack that exposed his emails. This comes days after the White House made its own claims against Russia for i…

More than $18M spent on charter school question TV ads » The Associated Press (AP) Supporters of a ballot question aimed at expanding the number of charter schools in Massachusetts have spent nearly twice as much on television ads as opponents.…

Election rundown on Sun Spot » Lowell Sun With Election Day fast approaching Nov. 8, The Sun has organized several debates among candidates seeking federal and state elected office.…

Nurses group announces opposition to marijuana question » State House News Service A professional association of nurses on Thursday announced its opposition to a ballot referendum that would legalize the use and eventual sale of marijuana.…

Why A Lifelong Democrat Is Voting For Donald Trump » WBUR Regardless who wins in November, there will be many lasting lessons from this extraordinary presidential election. One is the complex ways that individual Americans define citizenship. A remarkable ar…

One woman's journey to becoming a state representative » Mashable State representatives are sometimes not known by the very electorate they represent. But one woman is trying to change that.…

Biagetti seeking ballot reprint after name error » Milford Daily News Wednesday Oct 12, 2016 at 5:31 PM Oct 12, 2016 at 7:40 PM By Christopher Gavin Daily News Staff State representative Republican candidate Sandra Slattery Biagetti has requested the Secretary of the C…

Moulton in demand on campaign stump » The Salem News Seth Moulton does not have an opponent in this year's election, but the Salem congressman is still busy on the campaign trail.…

Migliore announces plan to advocate for women and families » Wicked Local Saugus Jen Migliore, Democratic nominee for state representative in the 9th Essex District, announced her plan to advocate for women and families when she is elected in November.…

McGee staying out of contest to succeed him as Democratic Party chair » The Salem News

State Sen. Eric Lesser and challenger 'Chip' Harrington both voice support for arts funding » MassLive

Lakeville Rep. Keiko Orrall stands by Trump »

Wong, Migliore stake out their platforms in Saugus » Lynn Daily News Item

Rosenberg praises Baker, declines to give guv political advice » State House News Service

Party chair not endorsing in race to succeed him » State House News Service

State rep challenger Jacques criticizes incumbent Howitt on budget cuts » The Sun Chronicle

Voting for Trump? Republican legislators answer (or don't) » Wicked Local Holliston

Elect change by voting for Paul Girouard » Lowell Sun

In wake of allegations, Republicans call on Healey to drop Dixon » Worcester Telegram

Public Health

New data give glimmer of hope in fight against overdose deaths » Boston Globe The city of Lynn, long a hot spot in the state's opioid epidemic, is seeing one small hint of progress amid the region's unrelenting addiction crisis. And that glimmer from Lynn may herald better news…

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce hosts panel opposing pot legalization » The Barnstable Patriot In a forum hosted by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce in Hyannis on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Karen Polito, three state legislatures and the Cape and Islands district attorney made a case against legalizing m…

Report: Senate panel misinformed voters about marijuana » The Herald News With less than a month until voters decide whether Massachusetts will legalize, regulate and tax marijuana, the campaign behind the ballot question is pushing back against information that forms the b…

Public Safety

Boston officers out of surgery; police identify slain suspect » Boston Globe Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said the two officers wounded in a shootout in East Boston Wednesday night are out of surgery, but remain in extremely critical condition.…

Gabby Giffords to hold gun violence prevention rally in Boston on Friday » Boston.com Gabby Giffords will hold a gun violence prevention rally in Boston on Friday in an effort to encourage citizens to demand change from elected leaders as part of her Vocal Majority Tour, Americans for …

2 Boston Officers Shot, Critically Injured In East Boston; Suspect Is Dead » WBUR Two veteran Boston police officers were shot and remain in critical condition, and a shooting suspect is dead, following an incident in East Boston late Wednesday, authorities said.…

$60,000 earmarked for police probes » Gloucester Times Gloucester has yet to receive bills from any of the special counsels or consulting firms investigating the actions of Detective Sgt. Sean Conners, ousted police Chief Leonard Campanello, or auditing t…

The latest: 9 Boston officers being treated for injuries, trauma » Lowell Sun The Latest on two Boston police officers shot while responding to a report of a person with a gun (all times local): 6:15 a.m. Authorities say nine officers are being treated for minor injuries, str…

Technology helps cops track down Boston johns » Boston Herald To combat the sex trade in Boston, the city has launched a new digital dashboard that monitors prostitution in the city by zeroing in on online ads and the people who call in for service.…

Will the Worcester police prostitution and drug stings in Main South make a lasting impact? » The Republican The arrests of 175 people during a 3-week Worcester police operation targeting prostitution and drug deals in Main South made a visible impact quickly, but are those efforts part of a long-lasting cha…

Gov. Charlie Baker: 'shocked and saddened' by East Boston shooting » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said he is "shocked and saddened" by an East Boston firefight that left two police officers in critical condition. "Governor Baker and Lt. Governor (Karyn) Polito are shocked and s…

Gabby Giffords to attend Mass. gun rally » South Coast Today Former Congresswoman and gun violence victim Gabrielle Giffords will join federal, state and local officials in Boston on Friday for a rally to "make the 2016 election a referendum on gun violence pre…

Gabby Giffords stops in Boston to rally for gun reforms » Boston Globe

Federal agencies now involved in investigation of suspended Springfield narcotics detective Gregg Bigda » MassLive

Question 4 foes say legal pot will lead to more traffic deaths » Newburyport News

State Finance

Baker to offer buyouts to 42,000 state workers amid $294M deficit » Boston Herald

Baker Reopening Budget To Address $295 Million Deficit » WBUR

State Government

Battenfeld: $5G junket bill despite budget woes » Boston Herald Four MBTA and MassDOT honchos — apparently undeterred by a financial crisis and angry protests over outsourcing jobs — took off this week for a five-day, taxpayer-funded transit conferen…

Friday forum at State House to focus on Haiti » Boston Haitian Reporter State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry will host a discussion on the response to Hurricane Matthew and the cholera epidemic in Haiti at the State House on Friday, Oct. 14. …

Attorney Joe Michaud appointed to state economic council » South Coast Today

Prosecutors ask for Sal DiMasi's early release » Boston Globe

Federal judge in Texas gives Exxon right to see Mass. attorney general's records » Washington Post

AG Maura Healey: We will win gun lawsuit » MassLive

Transportation

E-ZPass transponders distributed in Springfield » WWLP 22 State Representative Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield) and representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation distributed E-ZPass transponders in Springfield Wednesday.…

Many Springfield residents looking to get E-ZPass transponders before Oct. 28 » The Republican As people stopped to get their E-ZPass transponders at the Northgate Plaza in Springfield Wednesday morning, they also had a chance to register to vote.…

New Plan Could Bring Commuter Rail Service to Bourne » Cape Cod Online The chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation recently discussed a plan that could eventually bring commuter rail service to Bourne.…

The Green Line had the most derailments in the nation last year » Boston Globe Seven Green Line trains derailed in 2015, the highest number of such accidents on light rail lines in the country, and part of a little-noticed string of safety problems on the MBTA that appear to hav…

MBTA privatization comes with tradeoffs » Commonwealth Magazine MORE THAN 20 state, federal, and Boston lawmakers rallied with MBTA union leaders at Faneuil Hall on Wednesday to protest privatization, with several officials lamenting the transit agency's decision …

MBTA to privatize cash collection operations » The Daily Free Press The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Fiscal and Management Control Board voted on Friday to approve a two-year $7.7 million contract with Brink's Incorporated, which will handle the MBTA's c…

Union Officials And Elected Democrats Rally Against MBTA Privatization » WBUR Filling the air outside Faneuil Hall on Wednesday with charged rhetoric about corporations profiting off government work, union officials and elected Democrats railed against privatization at the MBTA…

Razing the tollbooths at Exit 1: Demolition to be '24/7 accelerated project' » Berkshire Eagle Under an "accelerated, very aggressive" timetable set by the state Department of Transportation, the first major phase of Massachusetts Turnpike toll plaza demolition is targeted for completion on Nov…

Protesters rail against MBTA privatization plan » Worcester Telegram Filling the air outside Faneuil Hall on Wednesday with charged rhetoric about corporations profiting off government work, union officials and elected Democrats railed against privatization at the MBT…

Utilities

National Grid to refund $1.5m to wrongfully charged customers » Boston Globe National Grid will refund more than $1.5 million to thousands of its residential customers who were wrongfully charged a more expensive rate for gas.…

Rep. Schmid: Investments shift perceptions about offshore wind » Boston Herald The nation's first offshore wind farm, which plans to launch commercial operations in November, has received investments from GE Energy Financial Services and the global bank Citi, the companies annou…

Massachusetts town to build New England's first utility-scale battery storage project » Utility Dive

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