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Is Trump's 'voter fraud' rhetoric coded racism? » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — Civil rights activists are warning that Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in inner cities are really a thinly veiled racist attack, and are accusing h…

In Boston, 'yes' on Question 5 » Boston Globe THIS ELECTION DAY, Bostonians will have an opportunity to help the city address three critical needs: affordable housing, protection of open space, and historic preservation. …

Governor backs Children's Hospital expansion plan » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Monday threw his support behind a $1 billion expansion by Boston Children's Hospital, a project that has sparked heated opposition over its potential to increase Massachusett…

Ratings Change: Two More Senate Races Move to Tossup » Roll Call With three weeks to go before Election Day, the fight for control of the Senate is coming down to six states hosting very close contests. …

The circus is officially insulted by your election comparisons » USA TODAY The circus would like you to stop calling the 2016 election a circus. On Monday, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey launched a new campaign titled “The Circus Wants The Circus Back.” The g…

Federal judge asks: Is DiMasi benefiting from political connections? » Boston Globe The federal judge tasked with deciding whether to grant former House speaker Salvatore DiMasi early release from prison Monday demanded to know if DiMasi is benefiting from political connections that …

State Leaders Put Heads Together To Try To Stop Mounting Health Costs » WGBH Some of the state's top policy makers are trying to tackle one of government's most vexing questions: how to reign in health care costs that are dominating state spending while draining Baystaters' wa…

Local Democratic state reps voted with leadership 100 percent of time » The Sun Chronicle A total of 44 of the 125 Democrats voted with DeLeo 100 percent of the time. That means that more than a third of the Democrats always voted with DeLeo. …

"This question is important to whether a reduction of sentence would reasonably be viewed as a form of unwarranted disparity based on power or privilege, which would injure respect for the law, a relevant factor the court is required to consider," Wolf wrote.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Wolf

Speaking about a compassionate release for former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi.

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Business

Retired general quits Raytheon board after pleading guilty in leak case » Boston Business Journal Waltham defense contractor Raytheon Co. said Tuesday that retired general James E. Cartwright was resigning from its board after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in connection with a leak of clas…

With $50m, Bloomberg thanks Museum of Science » Boston Globe Everyone around here knows Michael Bloomberg as the kid from Medford who went on to do big things.…

Is a showdown brewing between Fall River, New Bedford chambers over South Coast name? » South Coast Today Ten years ago an attempt to merge the New Bedford and Fall River chambers of commerce failed, but one of those organizations is now considering a name change and resurrecting the brand of the South Co…

Attorney General moves forward with Boston Grand Prix case » WCVB Attorney General Maura Healey can move forward with a civil lawsuit against Boston Grand Prix and it's CEO.…

Crimes

Gov. Charlie Baker and victim's aunt urge father of shot toddler to help find gunman » Boston Herald An aunt of a “fun” and “loving” 2-year-old girl who was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Roxbury this weekend joined a chorus of public officials — including Gov. Charl…

Education

SouthCoast lawmakers weigh in on charters » South Coast Today State Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, said he will be voting no on Question 2, the November ballot item that would lift the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts.…

Question 2: Charter school expansion in Massachusetts » Turn to 10 Question 2 is about one of the biggest trends in education -- charter schools. …

Federal

Massachusetts should end any business arrangements with Wells Fargo, Congressmen James McGovern and Stephen Lynch say » The Republican Massachusetts should divest from current and future business arrangements with Wells Fargo after the banking and financial services paid tens of millions of dollars to settle charges of fraudulent bus…

Elizabeth Warren Claims a Scalp » The Wall Street Journal The Wells Fargo scandal, an embarrassing one for a bank whose reputation and business is built on retail consumers, ought to prod other institutions to reassess their employee incentive and monitoring…

Health Care

Prices biggest cause for rising health costs » Commonwealth Magazine IT'S THE PRICE, stupid. That was the message delivered at the first day of annual state hearings on health care cost trends with experts and officials pointing the finger at pharmaceutical costs coupl…

Providers challenged to deliver quality care for less » State House News Service As a hospital executive cautioned that current trends in health care could lead to a "cost explosion" in Massachusetts, the head of a state watchdog agency issued a warning of his own.…

Prescription drug prices singled out by health care industry as cost driver » State House News Service The president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care made perfectly clear who he thinks bears significant blame for health care spending that is growing faster than state policymakers would like.…

Southcoast, Care New England end plans for $2 billion, eight-hospital merger » South Coast Today A proposed $2 billion merger involving eight hospitals in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts was called off Monday, as Southcoast Health and Care New England announced an end to talks that f…

Baker blasts FDA for new generics foot-dragging » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday criticized the Food and Drug Administration for allegedly taking too long to approve new generic drugs, and said progress is being made with the Obama administration on a …

Housing

Massachusetts Tries A New Solution For Chronic Homelessness » Forbes I've written about Utah's approach to chronic homelessness. How about Massachusetts?…

Human Services

Asperger Works Honors Sen. L'Italien Saturday in Haverhill » WHAV State Sen. Barbara L'Italien will be honored for her work on behalf of the disabled community when Asperger Works has its Second Annual “Dinner of Hope,” this Saturday in downtown Haverhil…

State awards $2.8M in grants for domestic violence prevention » WWLP 22 Domestic violence and sexual assault are life-threatening crimes that affect millions of people across the nation.…

Insurance

Health care hikes hurting » Boston Herald Small businesses in the Bay State will pay as much as 20 percent more this year to insure their workers, leaving employers frantically looking for solutions, owners and officials told a state agency y…

Judiciary

Judge puts brakes on early release bid for former Speaker Sal DiMasi » Boston Herald A federal judge says he needs more information before deciding whether former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi should be granted a compassionate release from prison.…

Gants, Baker, legislative leaders huddle on criminal justice reforms » WWLP 22 Leaders of all three branches of state government huddled for over two hours in Gov. Charlie Baker's office on Monday to review research being conducted by an outside non-profit into potential crimina…

Judge in DiMasi case raises questions about health status, influence » The Salem News The federal judge weighing a recommendation that former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi be released from prison early has given the government 10 days to provide more detail on DiMasi's allegedly faili…

Falmouth judge facing complaint agrees to retire early » Cape Cod Times A longtime first justice of Falmouth District Court alleged to have made “insensitive racial comments” to another judge in his chambers has agreed to early retirement, according to the sta…

Labor

Springfield Regional Chamber to Host Forum on New Labor Laws » Business West Last spring, the U.S. Department of Labor released its much-anticipated rule regarding overtime exempt status, which raises the salary threshold and could extend overtime pay to more than 4 million wo…

Legislative

Deborah DiMasi 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Former Speaker's Release » WGBH Momentum for the release of former Massachusetts House Speaker Sal DiMasi slowed Monday, when federal Judge Mark Wolf expressed concern that "compassionate release" requests had been filed only 24 tim…

Local Government

Nonbinding referendum in Amherst, Pelham, Granby calls for lowering drinking age » Gazette Net Arguing that adults should be able to consume alcohol, a Washington, D.C., resident is responsible for a nonbinding referendum question on the Nov. 8 ballot in three towns that encourages the state Le…

Opinion

Let Children's Hospital expand » Boston Globe When I returned home to Boston in 1966, after starting my career in New York City, I began working in the relatively new offices in the Prudential Center. …

The $5 trillion wars » Boston Globe THIS OCTOBER MARKS 15 years since American troops entered Afghanistan. …

Peter Lucas: Warren's criticism symptom of her Mass. amnesia » Lowell Sun It is only fitting that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren would attack Gov. Charlie Baker from a cranberry bog in southeastern Massachusetts.…

Editorial: A solid budget fix » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker and his team are taking steps to bring the state budget back into balance because of lagging state tax revenues.…

AIM misfires on protections for pregnant workers » Boston Globe One of the big disappointments of the last legislative session was the fate that befell the Pregnant Workers Fairness Bill. …

Our view: A remarkable turnaround in helping the homeless » Gloucester Times One of the most intractable issues facing local communities throughout the state has been the practice of sheltering homeless families in hotels and motels.…

Buckley: Tom Brady staying mum on Donald Trump doesn't stop the 'distraction' » Boston Herald When a television reporter dropped a Donald Trump question on Tom Brady last week, the quarterback's response was to smile and say, “Thank you, guys, have a good day” — and then exi…

Other

East Boston gears up to fight a casino, once again » Boston Globe Three years ago, East Boston residents rallied against a proposed casino in their neighborhood, launching a grass-roots campaign that improbably prevailed over a deep-pocketed adversary.…

Aide wanted change in classification of Clinton e-mail » Boston Globe A top State Department official tried to pressure the FBI to change its determination that at least one of the e-mails on Hillary Clinton's private server contained classified content, prompting discu…

WBUR Poll: Clinton Maintains Big Lead Over Trump In Mass. » WBUR With three weeks to go until Election Day, Massachusetts seems poised, again, to give the Democratic candidate a very comfortable win in a presidential race.…

A Christian conservative backlash against Trump seems to be building » Boston Globe In recent elections, casting a vote for president has been a straightforward matter for Phyllis Woods. The former Republican representative from Dover, N.H., an observant Catholic who is strongly oppo…

Hillary Clinton expands her campaign into 'red' states » Boston Globe Hillary Clinton is advancing into states the Democrats haven't won in decades, confidently expanding her offensive against Donald Trump and aiming to help her party win back control of Congress.…

Latest WBUR poll shows Hillary Clinton retaining lead over Donald Trump in Massachusetts » The Republican Hillary Clinton is maintaining a big lead over Donald Trump in Massachusetts, according to the latest poll from WBUR/MassINC Polling Group.…

Dems' Fundraiser after GOP Firebombing Has Roots in Brookline » Boston Magazine An effort to raise thousands of dollars to rebuild a North Carolina Republican headquarters firebombed over the weekend has roots in Brookline.…

City Council approves MGM Springfield signs for parking garage to promote casino, downtown entertainment venues » The Republican The City Council on Monday approved plans submitted by MGM Springfield to locate six signs on its parking garage that will serve to showcase its casino project and advertise related venues such as the…

Why Feminists Shouldn't Trust Hillary Clinton » The New Republic

Politics

'Yes on 4' marijuana legalization campaign launches new ad, featuring internist » The Republican "Yes on 4," the group behind a ballot question seeking to legalize marijuana for recreational use, plans to start airing its second television ad on Tuesday.…

Why marijuana opposition is so effective in liberal Mass. » Boston Globe “ARE YOU READY FOR FREEDOM?” The call goes out from the main stage of the 27th annual Boston Freedom Rally on this warm mid-September morning. …

'Chip' Harrington endorsed by National Correctional Employees Union » The Republican A union representing about 400 correctional employees in Hampden County has endorsed Republican candidates James 'Chip' Harrington in his race against Democratic State Sen. Eric Lesser.…

Marijuana debate intensifying ahead of Nov. 8 vote » State House News Service As the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Monday joined those opposing a ballot question legalizing marijuana for adult use, the question's supporters knocked reports that casino magnate Sheldon Ad…

Day on Colarusso: Civil rights 'not a ballot issue' » Wicked Local Winchester The candidates for State Representative for the 31st Middlesex district met face to face on Thursday, Oct. 13, and the spirit was contentious.…

Sheriff's candidate returns $10,000 in campaign donations from department employees » Gazette Net The committee working to elect Patrick Cahillane for Hampshire County sheriff was ordered to return more than $10,000 in campaign contributions earlier this month because the donations came from his d…

Tompkins returns to race for state Democratic Party chairman » Boston Globe Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, who suspended his bid for state Democratic Party chairman after his wife fell terminally ill, said Monday he was reactivating his campaign. …

Public Health

Pot shops next to toy stores? That's the future a new ad paints » Boston Globe Opponents of legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts are launching their first television advertisement Tuesday, a powerful 30-second spot that imagines an almost dystopian neighborhood overrun by pot s…

Forum to view marijuana from medical perspective » The Recorder Several regional health organizations will present a community education forum on marijuana on Oct. 26 in Northampton.…

Rockport raises age for tobacco sales » Gloucester Times Come Nov. 1, smokers 21 and younger will no longer be able to purchase cigarettes — tobacco or electric — in town.…

Public Safety

Possible hoax call investigated after SWAT standoff in Revere » Boston Globe Two hours before sunrise on Sunday, a man with a Boston accent dialed 911, claiming that shots were fired in a house and that his child was inside.…

New police coming in from out of state didn't go through required training » WWLP 22 A new state audit has revealed that many police officers hired from another state were not properly trained.…

History of nation's oldest and finest on display in Grafton » State House News Service The history of America's oldest State Police force finally has a proper headquarters.…

Wellesley police chief apologizes for 'historical mistreatment' of minorities nationwide » Boston Globe The president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Monday apologized “for the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society's historical mistreatment…

Weymouth lawmaker says sex-offender monitoring needs work » Patriot Ledger State Sen. Patrick O'Connor said he wants to see tougher restrictions for high-risk sex offenders in place after a convicted child rapist temporarily moved back to town, putting Weymouth parents on ed…

State Government

Cambridge courthouse fight could affect other state properties » Boston Globe The 22-story courthouse tower in East Cambridge has been vacant for two years, its future mired in a legal battle between neighbors and a developer tapped by the state government to bring the fenced-o…

Boston: Speaker Pushing for Review of State Ethics Laws » 95.9 WATD House Speaker Robert DeLeo is pushing for a special panel to review ethical guidelines for public officials in Massachusetts. …

Transportation

MBTA seeking proposals for cash-free fare system » State House News Service The MBTA hopes to eventually expunge cash from its entire system, make fare cards more available and add technology enabling the agency to charge based on - or at least measure - the length of riders'…

MBTA Operators Call Out Twice for Every 20 Days They're Supposed to Be Working » Boston Magazine Despite an apparent downtick in the “unscheduled absences” plaguing the MBTA's performance, bus drivers and rail operators still call out two days for every 20 they're supposed to be worki…

MBTA Unions Call Reduced Fines For Keolis "Exhibit No. 1" Against Privatization » WGBH MBTA officials exploring further privatization of the T were met with opposition Monday from a reliable source: The T's unions, who have been protesting plans to further privatize the transit agency w…

Utilities

Medway: DEP issues draft permit for Exelon expansion » Milford Daily News The state Department of Environmental Protection is holding a public hearing next month after it said it plans to approve air quality plans for Exelon's proposed 200-megawatt expansion of its Summer S…

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Feature Story

Open Checkbook

By Jurgen Kern

Last week we wrote about the data that can be downloaded from the Office of Campaign and Political Finance. This week we’re writing about “Open Checkbook,” which is an effort to put the details of the state’s expenditures – or whom it writes a “check” to – online. Begun in 2011, the website seems to be maintained by a joint effort of the State Treasurer and the Secretary for Administration and Finance. Read More »


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