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SJC chief wants to know if minorities get 'equal justice' » Boston Globe Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants said Thursday he has commissioned a probe into sentencing disparities for minority defendants in the state's criminal justice system, saying Massach…

Trump's Mass. campaign seconds candidate's concerns about voter fraud » Politico Donald Trump's Massachusetts campaign co-chair Geoff Diehl is echoing his candidate's concerns over voter fraud in the state. …

Minority parents decry charter cap » Boston Herald Boston families are denouncing what they say is a push from affluent suburbs to limit charter schools — and limit their educational alternatives. …

Mass. Senate President Stan Rosenberg says he's voting yes on Question 4, ballot measure legalizing marijuana » MassLive State Senate President Stan Rosenberg says he plans to vote "yes" on Question 4, a November ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for recreational use in Massachusetts. …

K Street gearing up for peak busy season » The Washington Post Every four years, while the rest of the nation heads to the polls, Washington's coterie of lobby firms works overtime to tend to a mad rush of demands from corporate clients who all want to know the s…

U.S. Chamber of Commerce close to announcing leadership changes that will shape its lobbying strategy » The Washington Post The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is close to announcing changes in its leadership structure that will shape the group's lobbying strategy as it prepares for a new Congress and president in a political cli…

"The media is even more biased this year than ever before. You want the proof? Michelle Obama gives a speech, and everyone loves it. It's fantastic. They think she is absolutely fantastic. My wife, Melania, gives the exact same speech and people get on her case."

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Business

Vote on GE's new complex postponed after open-meeting protest » Boston Globe After three months of the plans sailing through City Hall, GE's $200 million headquarters complex along Fort Point Channel hit a speed bump Thursday when the Boston Planning & Development Agency abrup…

Alere-Abbott marriage may be headed for divorce » Boston Globe

Should Dorchester get a pro soccer stadium? » Boston Globe Charlie Baker never warmed up to the idea of Boston hosting the Summer Olympics, and he wasn't fond of a $1 billion expansion plan for the South Boston convention center.…

Massachusetts securities regulator Galvin hits two broker-dealers and brokers with complaints » Investment News Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin filed complaints against two small firms and two of their brokers Thursday for allegedly deceptive and unethical conduct, marking the first r…

How Bank of America came to dominate Boston — at the expense of competitors » Boston Business Journal With $62 billion in deposits in the Boston metropolitan statistical area, Bank of America is home to three of every $10 deposited locally, according to new FDIC data.…

Massachusetts Aims To Create Framework To Test Autonomous Vehicles » WBUR As self-driving cars inch closer to getting onto the region's roadways, the state is trying to get a handle on the technology — and the regulatory challenges it brings. Gov. Charlie Baker issu…

Civil Rights

Overcrowded Prisons and Overdue Criminal Justice Reform » Roll Call A criminal justice overhaul was on everyone's radar for congressional action this fall but, like many priorities, it appears to have fallen by the wayside. The argument for commonsense reform, however…

Governor Charlie Baker Will Uphold Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law, Will Vote Against Repeal In 2018 » WGBH Opponents of the Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law have successfully collected enough signatures to put repealing the law on the ballot in 2018. But at least one prominent Massachusetts official wil…

Education

After closure, ITT Tech students left with piles of debt and no degree » Boston Globe When one of the country's largest for-profit college chains closed last month, it caught more than 500 students in Massachusetts off guard and left many of them with piles of debt, no degree, and few …

More than $33M raised by both sides in charter school fight » State House News Service Both sides in the battle over a contentious charter school ballot question are raising money at a ferocious pace — topping a combined $33 million as of mid-October. Great Schools Massachusetts…

Health Care

Boston Children's Hospital expansion receives final OK » Boston Globe Massachusetts health officials Thursday gave final approval to Boston Children's Hospital for a $1 billion expansion, rejecting arguments by opponents that project would undercut the state's efforts t…

$1b Children's Hospital expansion approved » Commonwealth Magazine State health officials on Thursday gave Boston Children's Hospital the green light to move forward with a controversial $1 billion expansion. The Public Health Council voted 10-0 in favor of the expa…

Boston Children's Hospital's $1B Expansion Gets Final Approval » WBUR After a six-year planning process, Boston Children's Hospital has the green light to begin construction on a $1 billion clinical building. The hospital got the final go-ahead on Thursday from the Mas…

Lawmakers Question Price Hikes For Leukemia Drug » WBUR Another pharmaceutical company is coming under fire for boosting the price of one of its drugs. Two lawmakers are demanding to know the justification for a more than $80,000 price hike for a year's su…

State Senate leader backing pot question » Eagle Tribune Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg said he's backing a ballot question that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state. Rosenberg said he hopes he and fellow lawmakers c…

Controversial Children's Hospital expansion wins final approval » State House News Service State health officials on Thursday gave Boston Children's Hospital the green light to move forward with a controversial $1 billion expansion.…

Lowell health provider accused of 'intentionally billing for services that were never provided' » The Republican

Massachusetts attorney general releases report highlighting health care spending disparities » Legal Newsline

Human Services

Audit finds East Longmeadow nonprofit charged state more than $22K in unallowable expenses » The Republican An audit released Thursday of an East Longmeadow nonprofit human-service agency found the firm charged more than $22,000 in expenses prohibited by state regulations.…

Judiciary

Massachusetts courts to examine racial disparities in imprisonment rates » The Republican The Massachusetts judiciary is launching an effort to examine implicit bias in the state's legal system and figure out why the rates of imprisonment for African-Americans and Hispanics are so much hig…

Gants launches study of racial disparities in incarceration » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE MUST confront racial disparities in imprisonment rates and move to “reimagine” a flawed criminal justice system to focus less on incarceration and more on lowering recidivism, Su…

Mass. Court System To Study Racial Imprisonment Disparities » WBUR With racial disparity in incarceration rates greater in Massachusetts than the country as a whole, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants on Thursday said the courts are taking steps to stud…

Rocky Mountain Highs — And Lows: Cautionary Tales From Colorado About Making Pot Legal In Massachusetts » WBUR Whether you wake and bake every morning or never use pot, you will likely be affected by the legalization of marijuana in ways you never desired. The unintended consequences of its legalization in Col…

DA Turns Over Gloucester Investigation To AG, U.S. Attorney » WBUR Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz are now reviewing the investigation into former Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello. The Essex districtattorney says …

Court system to study racial imprisonment disparities » Sentinel & Enterprise With racial disparity in incarceration rates greater in Massachusetts than the country as a whole, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants on Thursday said the courts are taking steps to stud…

Baker signs new rape-evidence law » Nashoba Publishing Rape kits and other forensic evidence of sexual assault will need to be preserved for 15 years in Massachusetts under a law Gov. Charlie Baker signed Wednesday, a move that supporters hailed as a step…

Labor

Mayor Walsh joins protesting MBTA workers outside Massachusetts State House » WCVB Hundreds of MBTA workers wearing orange T-shirts and waving signs critical of Gov. Charlie Baker's move to privatize certain public transit operations rallied on the steps of the State House Thursday …

Massachusetts unemployment rate now down to 3.6% » WWLP 22 The unemployment rate continues to go down in Massachusetts, and is now at a 15-year low. …

Marty Walsh pledges to support Carmen's Union vs. MBTA » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined hundreds of union workers outside the State House demanding an end to privatization of the MBTA — one of the few times Walsh has publicly disagreed with Gov. Charli…

Walsh fires up union at rally against MBTA privatization » State House News Service Hundreds of MBTA workers wearing orange T-shirts and waving signs critical of Gov. Charlie Baker's move to privatize certain public transit operations rallied on the steps of the State House Thursday …

Legislative

Sen. Moore Welcomes Erin Baniukiewicz to the State House » Grafton Patch Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) welcomed Erin Baniukiewicz of Grafton to the State House for the Citizens' Legislative Seminar (CLS). Erin was nominated by Senator Moore earlier this year to par…

Opinion

The rigging of our elections — legally » Boston Globe The race for 2020 is on — and it's about time. …

Are Russians hacking our election? A bipartisan probe is needed » Boston Globe The apparent Russian meddling in America's presidential election took center stage at the third and final presidential debate, on Wednesday night, but it may not be until after Election Day that Ameri…

Trump's refusal to accept election result discredits America's brand to save his own » Boston Globe In the most jaw-dropping moment of Wednesday night's debate, Donald Trump departed from the norms of American democracy, refusing to say he'd accept the result if he loses.…

What's Schilling's game? » Commonwealth Magazine Curt Schilling is running. The question is for what. Schilling, the bomb-throwing righty on and off the mound, has made no secret of his desire to be the guy to oust Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Indeed, on…

Marijuana ballot question sparks debate full of rhetoric » Boston Business Journal Most of the debate has degenerated into ad hominem attacks by the pro-legalization campaign, which is more focused on calling its opponents “regressive” than explaining how an excise tax o…

ViewPoint: Rail link would boost jobs, benefit the city » Boston Business Journal Boston is at a crossroads. We are faced with a choice: investing in an antiquated, 19th century solution for a 21st century problem, or making a smart, sustainable investment in our future.…

ViewPoint: Building a new pipeline of diverse accounting pros » Boston Business Journal Rob Miller had a life-changing, “why not me?” moment a few years after graduating from a local university. …

Editorial: None of the above for president » Boston Herald Oh, there is a basket of deplorables out there, all right — to borrow a phrase from one of the presidential contenders. But it's not among the voters. It's the deplorable presidential choices v…

Matt L. Barron: Supports Adam Hinds for state Senate » Gazette Net I am writing to wholeheartedly endorse the candidacy of Adam Hinds for state Senate in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District. …

Other

The one thing most voters can agree on? This election is embarrassing » Boston Globe Horrified by the election? You're not alone.…

Trump leaves GOP leaders shell-shocked and fearful » Boston Globe Donald Trump's threat to shatter American political tradition by refusing to accept the election result left Republican leaders shell-shocked, angry, and fearful Thursday that he was setting a dangero…

Clubs raided, gaming machines removed » Gloucester Times At least two Gloucester fraternity clubs have had their electronic gaming machines confiscated through raids carried out by Massachusetts State Police in conjunction with the office of state Attorney …

Strange things could happen on the Electoral College map » Boston Globe Buoyed by increasingly favorable poll numbers and a massive campaign cash advantage, Hillary Clinton is trying to expand the number of battleground states in a way that could give her the biggest win …

At BCC forum, 4 presenters give their differing takes on preferred presidential candidates » Herald News Barely 12 hours after the Democratic and Republican candidates had a charged final debate, immigration reform and a so-called “rigged” election system were also two top issues asked of the…

Politics

Kay, Mom trade shots in Lowell rep. debate » Lowell Sun Kamara Kay repeatedly criticized state Rep. Rady Mom for not answering questions during a debate Thursday, and Mom hit back at his opponent for not understanding the responsibilities of the job.…

Robert A. DeLeo backs 2 despite union opposition » Boston Herald House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo is defying the powerful Massachusetts Teachers Union by saying he will be voting yes on Question 2 — a ballot measure that would lift the cap on charter schools st…

Congressmen Kennedy, McGovern to visit UMass Monday for pizza, politics » The Republican Two years ago Congressman Joseph Kennedy III came to the University of Massachusetts hoping to inspire students to vote in the state election.…

Poll: Pot legalization opens wider support » Lowell Sun Voters favor legalizing marijuana for adults and oppose a broad expansion of charter schools in Massachusetts, according to new poll results that could be a harbinger of a disappointing election day f…

Did You Miss the State Rep. Candidate's Forum? » Somerville Patch Incumbent State Representative Michael Day and challenger Caroline Colarusso took to the Candidate's Forum stage last week to discuss issues such as 40B housing, the transgender bathroom law and more.…

Neighbor to Neighbor registers nearly 800 new Massachusetts voters, preps for election day » The Republican As election day nears, many new voters across Massachusetts will join the ranks of those casting ballots.…

Senate President Stan Rosenberg will vote against charter school expansion » The Republican Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, will vote against expanding the number of charter schools in Massachusetts.…

Saugus rivals square off » Lynn Daily News Item

Bellotti not pleased to be on Baker invite » Boston Globe Former attorney general Frank Bellotti, whose identification with the Massachusetts Democratic Party dates back to his run for Norfolk district attorney in 1958, could not believe his friend George Re…

Massachusetts Senate President: I'm voting for pot question » The Associated Press (AP) Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg said he's backing a ballot question that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state.…

Trump trips, big league » Commonwealth Magazine When it comes to playing in the political major league, Donald Trump is truly an apprentice. His campaign already looked close to dead going into last night's final debate. Trump pounded a final nail…

At Al Smith Dinner, Donald Trump Turns Friendly Roast Into 3-Alarm Fire » WBUR It was tense even before they started. Reporters tweeted that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump entered the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner from separate sides of the room, and didn't even s…

Senate candidate arrested by marshals, flown to Virginia to testify » State House News Service A South Shore state Senate candidate was seized at his Marshfield home this week by U.S. Marshals and held overnight in a Virginia detention facility after he failed to show up to deliver video testim…

Cage-free egg fight heats up on TV » Boston Globe A long-simmering referendum battle over farm animal welfare and food prices is bursting onto Boston-area television screens, as backers and opponents of Question 3 begin airing potent commercials aime…

Legalize marijuana? Radio debate tackles Question 4 » Wicked Local Marshfield Proponents of Question 4 legalizing marijuana for recreational use say it will take commerce from criminals, create a new source of state revenue and give consumers fair access to a drug that's much s…

Warren, Healey, Endorse Cyr for State Senate » Cape Cod Online Some of the top democrats in Massachusetts have endorsed Julian Cyr for Cape and Islands State Senate.…

Question 3 opponent receives $120,000 donation » The Daily Free Press Forrest Lucas, an Indiana oil tycoon and founder of Lucas Oil Products, Inc., recently donated $120,000 to a committee dedicated to opposing Massachusetts Ballot Question 3, according to the finance r…

Trump, Clinton trade caustic barbs as roast turns bitter » Sentinel & Enterprise The annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a white-tie gala in New York that is often the last time the two presidential nominees share a stage before Election Day, is traditionally a time…

Baker defends his anti-Trump efforts » Politico Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday pushed back against criticism from U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who said he should “stand up” to his party's presidential nominee.…

Public Health

Massachusett's opioid epidemic killing individuals in 'prime of their lives' » Wicked Local Burlington Recent data shows young white men are most strongly affected by the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), with their community partners, is leading…

State officials open addiction program at Western Massachusetts Hospital » WWLP 22 State and local officials toured the newly opened 30-bed women's unit at Western Massachusetts Hospital in Westfield on Thursday, which is used to treat substance use disorder.…

Rosenberg backs marijuana legalization » Boston Globe Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg said Thursday he will vote to legalize marijuana for recreational use, becoming the highest-ranking state official to back the November referendum, and putting hi…

Public Safety

Agawam Police Officer placed on paid administrative leave » WWLP 22 Another Agawam Police Officer is on leave because of an alleged abuse of authority.…

Baker signs new law to better protect on-duty firefighters » WWLP 22 Governor Charlie Baker signed a new law Thursday with the goal of preventing deadly fires. The state will create an 11-member commission to study whether to regulate the welding and “hot worksâ…

Delays in parole eyed for reform as part of criminal justice review » State House News Service People paroled from the Massachusetts Department of Correction spend on average about 300 days incarcerated between their earliest parole eligibility date and the day they are actually released, accor…

State Government

Early voting to open Monday — and some voters can't wait to put this election behind them » Boston Globe For the first time in history, registered voters in Massachusetts can cast a ballot before Election Day.…

Gov. Charlie Baker not planning to take part in early voting » The Associated Press (AP) Early voting starts next week in Massachusetts, but don't expect to see Gov. Charlie Baker casting his ballot ahead of time.…

High turnout forecast as early voting debuts » Boston Herald A record turnout is expected on Election Day, partly due to the introduction of early voting in the Bay State that begins Monday and ends Nov. 4, officials say.…

Gov. Charlie Baker open to New England Revolution soccer stadium in Boston » The Republican

Taxation

Not everyone at High Tech Council is tax-averse » Boston Globe How awkward is this? The Massachusetts High Technology Council is trying to raise $400,000 to kill the so-called millionaires' tax at the State House before it gets to the 2018 ballot — but sit…

Transportation

Gov. Charlie Baker lays groundwork to test self-driving cars in Massachusetts » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday issued an executive order creating a framework for the testing of self-driving cars on Massachusetts roads.…

Officials want Keolis to pay back forgiven fines from winter of 2015 » Boston Globe The three Democratic leaders of the Legislature's Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority caucus are urging Governor Charlie Baker to hold Keolis Commuter Services “fully accountable” f…

Baker creates autonomous vehicle working group » Worcester Business Journal Using his executive powers, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday announced he's forming a working group of high-level state government officials to help prepare Massachusetts for automated vehicles.…

Is Massachusetts Ready for Self-Driving Cars? » NECN For Karl Iagnemma, Thursday was a good day.…

Dolan to residents: 'It's time to slow down' » Wicked Local Melrose The number one public safety complaint Mayor Rob Dolan hears from residents is that people in Melrose drive too fast.…

Walsh talking with Baker on T privatization » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH appears to be working behind the scenes to find common ground between MBTA unions and Gov. Charlie Baker on privatization efforts at the transit agency.…

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Joins Union Rally Against MBTA Privatization » WBUR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined members of the Boston Carmen's Union outside the State House Thursday, rallying against privatization at the MBTA. Walsh, who is a longtime union backer, fired up the …

Massachusetts: Consulting firm hired to begin privatization of transit system » World Socialist Web Site Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, the Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) he appointed after the February 2015 systemic breakdown, and the chief administrator of the Massachusetts Bay Trans…

Utilities

Pilgrim opponents urge Baker to press for nuke plant's closing » State House News Service Anti-nuclear activists on Thursday renewed their effort to have the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth shut down immediately, staging a "speakout" before delivering a letter to Gov. Charlie Bak…

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