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Must-Reads

Curt Schilling Joins Breitbart » New York Magazine With it looking increasingly unlikely Donald Trump will be heading to the White House, the prospect that he will partner with his campaign CEO, Breitbart executive chair Steve Bannon, to launch a Trum…

Disparities and high costs fuel the health care crisis » Boston Globe AMERICA'S HEALTH CRISIS is really three crises rolled into one. The first is public health: America's life expectancy is now several years below that of many other countries, and, for some parts of th…

Gun group rips gov's judicial pick » Boston Herald The Gun Owners' Action League plans to protest the judicial appointment hearing of First Assistant Attorney General Christopher K. Barry-Smith at the Governor's Council Wednesday over Attorney General…

Elizabeth Warren, Seth Moulton campaign for State Sen. Eric Lesser » The Republican About 150 supporters of State Sen. Eric Lesser filled the lawn outside the American Legion Post 293 in East Longmeadow Saturday afternoon, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Seth Moulton spoke at a ral…

Editorial: NEITHER! Why we can't endorse Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton » Sentinel & Enterprise So how did we get into such desperate straits, with two thoroughly unpopular candidates for president of the United States? …

In N.H., Maggie Hassan for US Senate » Boston Globe FATE DEALT KELLY AYOTTE a tough hand this year: The emergence of Donald J. Trump as the Republican presidential nominee surely would have posed a challenge for any politician in Ayotte's shoes.…

DeLeo, Baker differ over budget deficit, projections » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is offering employee buyouts and busily crafting savings plans and spending cuts to close a "probable deficiency" of $295 million in the state budget, but House Spe…

“Trump has clearly changed the Republican Party. If he wins, it gets even stronger. If he loses, you still will see a lot of new people in the GOP engaged and supporting candidates who reflect their values.”

State Representative Geoff Diehl

Speaking about Donald Trump and his impact on the Republican party.

News By Category
Business

Which candidate is better for Boston startups? » Boston Globe Phil Beauregard and Rob May are good friends with much in common.…

City expects to take in more than twice what it gave GE in tax breaks » Boston Globe City officials dangled $25 million in tax breaks to lure General Electric Co. to relocate its headquarters to Boston but expect to get back more than double that amount in property taxes over 20 years…

AT&T raises concerns about media concentration with Time Warner deal » Boston Globe Why is the country's second-largest mobile phone company willing to pay $85 billion for the owner of cable networks and Hollywood studios?…

TelexFree principal expected to plead guilty » Worcester Telegram On the eve of his trial in federal court, James M. Merrill is expected to plead guilty to charges in connection with his involvement in the TelexFree alleged pyramid scheme case.…

State's highest court to hear EMC shareholder suit appeal » Boston Herald The state's highest court will soon hear an appeal of a dismissed civil suit against local tech giant EMC and its board members that was filed by shareholders who claim the company's blockbuster sale …

Airbnb running image ad ahead of debate over rental market regulation » State House News Service

Education

Sorry, dude. If Mass. legalizes marijuana, you can't use it on campus » Boston Globe Massachusetts colleges and universities say even if voters legalize marijuana in next month's referendum, using the drug anywhere on campus, including in dorm rooms, will remain forbidden.…

Baker to address pro-charter group in NYC » The Salem News After spending the weekend visiting family in the Washington, D.C., area, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday morning is scheduled to address the Manhattan Institute in New York City.…

Cutting-edge science: UMass, state formally launch $150M life sciences institute at flagship » Gazette Net Cutting-edge research that scientists believe could help keep people healthy and create a significant economic boost for the region is taking place inside the labs of a new $150 million life sciences …

School committees register opposition to Question 2 with guv » State House News Service

Environment

As state's landfills shut down, disposal dilemma mounts » Worcester Telegram The state is running out of places to put its trash.…

Mass. Designs Program to Increase Access to Local Food » eco RI The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) recently awarded $920,700 to five agricultural groups through the Massachusetts Food Ventures Program (MFVP), a new grant program intended…

Health Care

HPC won't conduct full review of Children's-South Shore Medical Center affiliation » State House News Service

Human Services

As Number Of Syrian Refugees Resettled In Mass. Increases, Community Support Grows05:10 » WBUR Refugees from around the world continue to find homes in Massachusetts. …

Judiciary

State tracks pot plants with helicopters » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS DECRIMINALIZED MARJIJUANA in 2008, legalized medical marijuana in 2012, and is about to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana, but that hasn't stopped the State Police and the Nation…

Legislative

Little support for '16 sales-tax holiday » Lowell Sun The Retailers Association of Massachusetts released the results of a study of the effect on retailers of the Legislature and Gov. Charlie Baker's decision not to hold a sales-tax holiday in August, as…

Local Government

Politi-Beat Sunday Roundup: Clerks on the front line aren't amused by Trump's election rigging conspiracies » Herald News Marlene Sampson has been involved in elections for 39 years in Westport, so when you ask her about rigged elections you can hear the held back despair in her voice — even over the phone.…

Marty Walsh's pal Joe Rull emerges as key player » Boston Herald Joe Rull, a former top adviser to Mayor Martin J. Walsh who left last year to work on the Hub's failed Olympic bid, has quietly re-emerged as a consultant for developers seeking approval from City Hal…

What Orange People Clinging To Inner Tubes In Boston Channel Says About Refugee Crisis » WBUR In the middle of October, a swarm of 22 people clinging to black inner tubes appeared in the waters of Boston's Fort Point Channel, just west of the Congress Street bridge. And they were completely or…

Fitchburg mayor's roast offered good laughs for a good cause » Sentinel & Enterprise "I would have been in Chicago!" shouted state Rep. Stephan Hay, who replaced DiNatale as state rep. Laughter ensued and Pignatelli quickly pivoted from complimenting DiNatale's work as a state repres…

Opinion

Clinton's policies are a nod to Constitution, not a rap on religion » Boston Globe ERIC FEHRNSTROM is twisting the argument to obscure the facts (“Clinton policies don't do Catholic Church any favors,” Opinion, Oct. 20).…

A wild pitch from Schilling » Boston Globe RE “HERE'S the Schilling windup and the . . . “ (Metro, Oct. 19): Who else thinks that plan A should have been for Curt Schilling to talk to his wife, Shonda, before talking to reporters a…

Fetherston: Healey's gun rule violates trust » The Metro West Daily News Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has grossly violated the public trust. …

Robichaud: Brace yourself for yet another state tax attack » Boston Herald Beware, taxpayers! Another Massachusetts tax attack is on the way!…

UMass Cambridge: Making Harvard University public will solve its workers' problems - and the Commonwealth's higher ed crisis » Dig Boston Three weeks into their strike, Harvard University dining hall workers are in a difficult position. …

Federal apprenticeship grant deserves a longer life (Editorial) » The Republican

Letter: Laplante will look out for taxpayers in Senate » Eagle Tribune I am writing to urge support for Susan Laplante for state Senate. It's time for a change.…

Other

Sen. Warren boosts Higgins in Leominster » Sentinel & Enterprise U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren stood in state-representative candidate Natalie Higgins' campaign headquarters on Saturday and described the 28-year-old attorney as "smart, tough and strong."…

Early voting in Massachusetts starts Monday » WWLP 22 Election Day is just more than two weeks away, but registered voters can begin casting their ballots on Monday. It is a great alternative for those who want to avoid the long lines at the polls on Nov…

NO: Help for a fraction at expense of the many » The Lowell Sun In 1993, Massachusetts authorized charter schools as laboratories of innovation. The idea was simple: The state would experiment with new policies in charter schools and apply the lessons it learned t…

Opposition builds to federal plan merging southeastern Mass., R.I. transportation planning » Herald News A town selectman is joining other municipal leaders in a bid to get the U.S. Department of Transportation to reconsider merging some southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities into one gr…

Hinds wins teachers' union endorsements » The Recorder State Senate candidate Adam Hinds has won the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers, he announced this week at his downtown Pittsfield convening of teachers, school committee members and …

Leominster's Higgins gets big boost from Sen. Warren » Sentinel & Enterprise U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren stood in state-representative candidate Natalie Higgins' campaign headquarters on Saturday and described the 28-year-old attorney as "smart, tough and strong."…

Delays in parole eyed for reform as part of criminal justice review » WWLP 22 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…

Clinton Ally Aided Campaign of FBI Official's Wife » The Wall Street Journal The political organization of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an…

Want a presidential appointment? Step 1: Oppo research on yourself » Politico People hoping for posts in the next administration pay up to $1,000 an hour for lawyers to hunt for tax violations, corporate entanglements and other land mines. …

Why We Chose A Charter School — Then Chose To Leave It » WBUR On the Friday before Labor Day 2011, I was running out the door to pick my children up from camp when my phone rang. The word “Conservatory” popped up on the caller ID. When I answered, a…

GOP frets over Donald Trump's down-ballot impact » Boston Globe Here in the Pennsylvania suburbs, a political shift is underway: Republican leaders worried about Donald Trump's presence atop the ticket are focusing as much of their attention on state races as they…

GOP vowed to do better with women. What happened? » Boston Globe The Republican Party commissioned an autopsy on the 2012 presidential election, trying to figure out why Mitt Romney lost. …

Legalized marijuana poses peril for youth » Boston Globe A 15-YEAR-OLD, having difficulty coping with stress, is offered marijuana. …

Concerns about marijuana can be met by regulating, controlling its safe use » Boston Globe I AM dismayed and disappointed at the opposition of various professional organizations and certain politicians and elected officials to Question 4, which would legalize marijuana.…

Medical marijuana law made sense, but we're not ready to widen it to recreational use » Boston Globe OUR COMMONWEALTH has taken important steps forward with regard to the law and marijuana. …

Former Gov. Mike and Kitty Dukakis come to East Longmeadow for Eric Lesser » The Republican With just weeks until Western Mass. voters hit the polls, candidates across the Pioneer Valley are making their rounds to get out the vote.…

Drain service company has long history of safety violations » Boston Globe The company at the center of Friday's fatal water line break in Boston's South End has a lengthy history of troubling safety violations, including citations for workers lacking oxygen underground and …

Pitfall for Hillary Clinton: Making Martha Coakley's mistake » Boston Herald Political operatives on both sides of the aisle say Hillary Clinton shouldn't take her hefty lead in most polls over Donald Trump for granted, to avoid being blindsided by a late Trump surge and shari…

Elizabeth Warren shrugs off potential Curt Schilling Senate run » The Republican The usually outspoken Elizabeth Warren remained largely quiet Saturday when asked to weigh in on a potential 2018 U.S. Senate challenge from former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.…

After years of delay, Mohegan Sun to open a scaled-down hotel » Boston Globe A decade ago, when the throngs of gamblers crowding into Mohegan Sun seemed endless, casino officials had something of a happy predicament.…

Document shows FBI launched Springfield police probe before request from local officials » The Republican A new document obtained by The Republican shows the FBI needed no invitation from local officials to launch a civil rights investigation into suspected police misconduct.…

Fairmount line commuter trains are often canceled » Boston Globe In theory, Train 750 on the Fairmount Line is a commuter's dream, cutting across a congested city — from Hyde Park to South Station — in just 30 minutes.…

Vote 'no' on Question 1 » Boston Globe ON ITS FACE, Question 1 on the ballot in November asks a seemingly straightforward question: Should state regulators get the power to allow a second slots parlor in Massachusetts?…

Curt Schilling makes pitch downtown for Donald Trump » Boston Herald Red Sox legend Curt Schilling headlined a pro-Trump rally in Boston yesterday, but only a handful of supporters braved the wet and windy weather to hear the potential 2018 Senate candidate weigh in on…

Barney Frank wants Brady Walkinshaw to be next openly gay member of Congress » KUOW Pramila Jayapal got Bernie. Now Brady Walkinshaw gets Barney.…

With tribe's legal woes, will the Brockton casino plan get another shot? » The Enterprise he owner of the Brockton Fairgrounds and his business partner are still holding out hope that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will give the City of Champions another look.…

Schilling condemns Clinton at small rally of Trump supporters » Boston Globe Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined about two dozen Donald Trump supporters on a rain-chilled and windswept Boston City Hall Plaza on Saturday afternoon to denounce Hillary Clinton and what s…

Fantasy Sports Companies Near Settlement With New York State » New York Times The daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel are nearing a settlement agreement with New York's attorney general over claims that they engaged in false advertising when they spent nearly …

Politics

THE COLUMN: Wofford stands squarely beside Trump » Lowell Sun SOME REPUBLICANS have gone running from Donald Trump, but not Ann Wofford.…

'No on 2' supporters rally near Charlie Baker home » Boston Herald Several dozen supporters of the No on 2 campaign to defeat public charter school expansion in Massachusetts, including state Auditor Suzanne Bump, staged a rally yesterday in Swampscott's Linscott Par…

Chabot: Charlie Baker needs to be on board with Donald Trump train movement » Boston Herald Donald Trump's anti-establishment movement has rallied disgruntled Bay State conservatives and could mean trouble for Gov. Charlie Baker and other moderate Republicans in 2018 — even if the bra…

Schilling asks Tapper: Why do Jews vote Democrat? » CNN Curt Schilling threw CNN's Jake Tapper a curveball Friday when he asked why many Jews support the Democratic Party.…

Tierney, Cousins spend campaign funds for charity, meals » The Salem News When it came time to celebrate the retirement of two of his longtime employees last April, Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins picked a prime location — the oceanfront Cape Arundel Inn in Kenneb…

Curt Schilling's candidate flirtations not yet taken seriously » Politico Any chance he gets, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has sought to inject himself into 2016 election coverage with his support for Donald Trump.…

House Top 40: Flipping Control Still A Tough Task For Democrats » WBUR From the outset, Democrats needed a very big-wave election to get to the 30 seats they need to win back control of the House. Then, a video of Donald Trump surfaced showing the GOP nominee making lewd…

HINGHAM: Opponents, supporters weigh in on marijuana question » Wicked Local Hingham

MEET THE 12TH NORFOLK CANDIDATE - John Rogers » Wicked Local Norwood

Widow of state trooper appears in ad opposing marijuana legalization » Boston Herald

Public Health

Analysis: Despite Polls Showing Support For Legal Pot In Mass., Some Caution » WBUR A recent WBUR poll suggests Massachusetts is leaning toward voting to legalize recreational marijuana on Election Day. All of the polls in recent months have shown the “Yes” side on Questi…

Lack of nearby medical marijuana dispensaries a hardship for Berkshire patients » The Associated Press (AP) When a marijuana dispensary was proposed in Adams last summer, it raised the hopes of "Callie," a North County resident who uses medical marijuana to alleviate crippling pain in her joints associated …

Public Safety

Roots of violence -- Brockton to discuss problems, solutions » The Enterprise The gunshots calls are up and several victims have been shot and stabbed in past weeks.…

Police ready to comply with new law on sexual assault evidence » Worcester Telegram The evidence room at the Spencer Police Department is home to hundreds of carefully labeled items: a single beer can, a remarkably large knife, a baseball bat, bottles of pills and, tucked away on som…

State Finance

DeLeo, Baker differ over budget deficit » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is offering employee buyouts and busily crafting savings plans and spending cuts to close a "probable deficiency" of $295 million in the state budget, but House Spe…

State Government

The State's 1st Early Voting Period Kicks Off Monday » WBUR

Transportation

Lawmaker wants state to reopen commuter rail contract » Boston Globe A leader of the state Legislature's transportation committee is calling upon the state to reopen its contract with Keolis Commuter Services, amid controversy over the Massachusetts Bay Transportation …

T skirts records request (again) amid privatization fight » Boston Herald The MBTA was quick to say last month that it had no intention of releasing a long-sought consultant's report, responding within hours of an attorney general “enforcement” letter that it in…

DeLeo "not sold" on privatization of MBTA driver jobs » State House News Service The Baker administration was "justified" in waiving more than $800,000 in fines assessed upon the commuter rail system operator in connection with performance problems during the winter of 2015, accor…

Farewell To Toll Booths; Or, Another Case Of Bait And Switch » WGBH I've been dreading this week. Anxiously anticipating this Friday when the toll booths and toll workers on the Mass Pike so familiar to me will be gone.…

US needs a mobility moonshot » Commonwealth Magazine Urban transit, transportation tech are key…

Transportation investments needed one way or another » Commonwealth Magazine AS THE OLD saying goes, “where there's a will, there's a way.” But here in Massachusetts, despite a growing chorus of support for increasing investment in …

Utilities

Markey: Media deal underscores need for broadband privacy rules » State House News Service Raising consumer privacy concerns, Sen. Edward Markey said Saturday that the proposed AT&T-Time Warner deal underscores the need for adoption of broadband rules up for consideration this week before t…

Measuring the impact of offshore wind, hydro » Commonwealth Magazine PURCHASES OF LARGE-SCALE hydroelectric and offshore wind resources as required by the recently passed energy law would reduce the state's overall greenhouse gas emissions by 9 percent at a cost of $5.…

Berkshire Gas proposes major new distribution main to lift moratorium in upper Pioneer Valley » The Republican he Berkshire Gas Co. proposes a new 12-inch natural gas distribution main in order to lift its ongoing service moratorium in the upper Pioneer Valley. The line would start at the Tennessee Gas Pipeli…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

As Protections for Pregnant Workers Falter in Congress, States Step Up » Governing

Week In Review: Who Will Run For President From Mass. In 2020? » WBUR

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 10/24

9:00am Dept. of Transitional Assistance Client Celebration, Great Hall

11:00am Mass. State Police Fall Awards Ceremony, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 10/25

12:00pm State Library Author Talk with Julie Winch, State Library, Room 341

4:30pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate Susan LaPlante with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

5:00pm Rep. Paul Mark's Fall Festival Fundraiser

6:00pm Backyard Politics with Congressman Seth Moulton

6:00pm Reception for Rep. Josh Cutler

6:30pm Meet and Greet & Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Kris Aleksov

6:30pm Spaghetti Dinner for State Rep. Candidate Thomas "Frank" Ardinger with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

7:00pm Reception for Sen. Patrick O'Connor

Wednesday - 10/26

8:00am Worcester Fundraiser for Auditor Suzanne Bump

9:00am Manufacturing Month Celebration, Grand Staircase

11:00am UMass Medical School 2016 Health Fair, Great Hall

11:45am Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

1:00pm Acupuncture Day, Nurses Hall

1:00pm Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

5:30pm Re-Election Rally for State Rep. Matt Muratore with Sen. Vinny deMacedo

5:30pm Reception for Rep. Evandro Carvalho

6:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Juana Matias

6:00pm Women's Event in Boston with Congresswoman Katherine Clark, City Council President Michelle Wu, and State Auditor Suzanne Bump

6:00pm Women for State Rep. Candidate Natalie Higgins Fundraiser

6:30pm Sen. Sal DiDomenico's Annual Fall Fundraiser

7:00pm Reception for Sen. Patrick O'Connor

Thursday - 10/27

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Donato, Rep. Elizabeth Poirier

7:00pm Mass. Women's Political Caucus 29th Annual Tribute to Abigail Adams

8:00am Fundraiser for Congressman Jim McGovern

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Fundraiser for Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson

6:00pm Reception for Sen. Patrick O'Connor

6:30pm A Performance with James Taylor to Benefit Hillary Clinton

6:30pm Party and Fundraiser for Rep. Dan Hunt

Friday - 10/28

Birthdays: Rep. Paul McMurtry

10:30am SPECIAL COMMISSION ON ONLINE GAMING, FANTASY SPORTS GAMING AND DAILY FANTASY SPORTS, State House, Room 222

11:00am Diwali 2016, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

12:00pm Luncheon for State Rep. Candidate Caroline Colarusso with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

5:30pm Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Julian Cyr and Barnstable County Commissioner Candidate Mark Forest

6:00pm Reception for Rep. John Rogers

6:00pm Rep. Jim Cantwell's 50th Birthday Celebration & Fundraiser


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