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Clinton and Warren: Friends now, trouble ahead » Politico Clinton's bid to beat Trump brought her and the Massachusetts senator together, but there's tension ahead if Clinton wins the White House. …

Size of fiscal shortfall still uncertain as state considers cuts » Politico An update on the state's mid-year fiscal situation will arrive by Friday, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito told reporters today. …

New justices on the SJC number three, but were almost four » State House News Service Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford initially planned to retire in August before rethinking her decision and opting to stay on the court until reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. …

Questions raised over charter school campaign funding » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, OCT. 25, 2016...Asked to investigate whether public education dollars financed a ballot question campaign, the state's education department said it will defer to state campaign fi…

Sanders is prepared to be a liberal thorn in Clinton's side » The Washington Post Sen. Bernie Sanders, a loyal soldier for Hillary Clinton since he conceded the Democratic presidential nomination in July, plans to push liberal legislation with like-minded senators with or without C…

Lobbyists Turn to Lame Duck, Next Congress for Business » Roll Call Many big-money lobbying clients, and the firms they retain, posted a decline in fees during the third quarter, as Congress hit the road for a long summer stretch to campaign. With lawmakers still on t…

Curt Schilling is minor league as a politician » Boston Globe AS A PITCHER, Curt Schilling is a major-league legend. As an aspiring politician who's considering a run against Senator Elizabeth Warren, he's strictly minor league. Warren could easily smash out of …

Drug lobby adds $100M to war chest ahead of pricing battle » Politico The pharmaceutical lobby is requiring member companies to fork over an additional $100 million per year as the industry gears up for a bruising post-election battle over drug prices, POLITICO has lear…

“Get this, Donald: Nasty women are tough, nasty women are smart and nasty women vote,” Warren rallied the 4,000-person crowd. “We are gonna march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes, to get you out of our lives forever.”

Elizabeth Warren

With Hillary Clinton at a rally yesterday at Saint Anselm College.

News By Category
Business

Northeastern to launch loan program for neighboring businesses » Boston Globe Northeastern University, hoping to offset concerns that its expanding campus provides few benefits to its neighbors, is launching a unique lending program aimed at helping local businesses owned by wo…

Developers are showing new interest in Mass. Pike air rights project » Boston Globe A once controversial but now dormant development over the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston may be stirring again.…

Airbnb running image ad ahead of debate over rental market regulation » State House News Service With a policy battle on the Beacon Hill horizon, the short-term rental company Airbnb has launched a TV advocacy campaign framing itself as a boon to local small business, a check against inequality a…

Boston's Seaport neighborhood officially has its very first pharmacy » Boston Business Journal Boston's Seaport District, a burgeoning neighborhood that has long been without a pharmacy and a supermarket, finally has one of those things.…

Kennedy appeals to biz leaders to help improve mental health system » State House News Service

Education

Despite troubles, family stays devoted to public schools » Boston Globe Ricardo and Benvinda Rosa's belief in the public school system did not waver when their children complained about the “silent” lunches, restrictive bathroom breaks, or an officer carrying …

Massachusetts school committee members bring 'No on Question 2' message to State House » Metro Alex Pratt mentions his brother when he voices his opposition to raising the cap on the number of charter schools the state will allow to open each year.…

Boston school closings are back on the table » Boston Globe Boston parents, students, and teachers, consider yourselves warned: School closures are still on the table.…

Curtatone: Charter question goes way too far » Commonwealth Magazine $412 MILLION. That figure represents the amount of taxpayer money that was diverted from 243 local school districts across the Commonwealth and given to charter schools last year. If Ballot Question 2…

It's not anti-charter to oppose lifting cap » Commonwealth Magazine NEXT MONTH'S BALLOT question on statewide charter school growth may seem like a stark choice between two systems: local district schools or state-chartered institutions. But that's not the case. Char…

BLS backs off legwear dress code after kids protest » Boston Herald Boston Latin School interim headmaster Michael Contompasis, faced with the threat of renewed student protests over discrimination at the prestigious school, will let girls wear leggings.…

Local School Officials Rally Against Ballot Charter Cap Push » WGBH Local school officials delivered to Gov. Charlie Baker's office more than 100 resolutions passed by school committees, saying that they opposed lifting the cap on charter schools in the state.…

Port school leaders oppose charter school ballot question » Newburyport News The School Committee recently voted unanimously to oppose ballot Question 2, joining nearly 200 committees across the state that have voted against expanding the number of charter schools.…

Bristol Aggie kitchen staff recognized for preparing locally sourced foods » Wicked Local Taunton

Environment

Massachusetts Governor Baker Signs Executive Order 569 On Climate Change » National Law Review Massachusetts has again stepped up its focus on climate change. On September 16, 2016—as the summer of endless drought drew to a close—Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued Executi…

Boston: Trying to Solve the Silver Lake Watershed Conflict » 95.9 WATD

Health Care

At Dana-Farber, a robot roams the halls to deliver meds » Boston Globe It's an unusual sight in the halls of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Alongside doctors, nurses, and patients, a robot about the size of a washing machine quietly glides through the hospital, a bright l…

Nurses report increase in sexual assault victim examinations » State House News Service As the state's sexual assault nurse examiner program grows, its advisory board is optimistic that the program will be spared from midyear budget cuts.…

Citizen group to appeal Boston Children's expansion approval » State House News Service Opponents of an expansion at Boston Children's Hospital are not dropping their fight after the $1 billion project won state approval last week.…

Judiciary

White supremacist site targets State House judicial nominee hearing » Boston Herald

Controversial judicial nominee's interview postponed one week » State House News Service

Labor

Harvard and Dining Workers Reach 'Tentative Agreement' » Harvard Crimson Harvard and its dining workers reached a “tentative agreement” around 1:05 a.m. Tuesday morning—the closest the two parties have come to a contract settlement during months of tense…

Report highlights biz efforts to fill talent gap » State House News Service

Legislative

Rosenberg to vote early on Wednesday » State House News Service Boston Mayor Marty Walsh voted early on Monday at City Hall, and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will test out the state's new early voting system Wednesday when he casts his own 2016 ballot 13 day…

House Speaker Robert DeLeo ready to change Massachusetts marijuana law if it passes » The Republican House Speaker Robert DeLeo is poised in 2017 to make changes to a marijuana legalization proposal should voters adopt it in two weeks.…

Local Government

Reconstituted Amherst Regional School Committee to meet for 1st time since Geryk fallout » The Republican The last time the Amherst Regional School Committee met, it released minutes from executive session meetings detailing the controversial discussion and settlement involving former Superintendent Maria…

City Hall Notebook: Worcester Board of Health says no to recreational marijuana » Worcester Telegram The Worcester Board of Health has come out in unanimous opposition to Question 4 - the ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for adults' recreational use.…

Officials seek answers as anger builds with the return of animals to Westport farm site » Herald News

Marty Walsh denies project favoritism toward former aide » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh said there is nothing untoward about development deals on which his former top adviser and close friend works, and brushed off any perception of favoritism at the city's developm…

Councilors: Legalization biz boon for pot peddlers » Boston Herald Pot dealers who were busted for selling weed illegally should be allowed to peddle legal marijuana over the counter if Question 4 passes this November, two city councilors said yesterday, pushing it a…

Boston Early Voting Kicks Off With Smooth Start » WGBH Voters lined up to cast their ballots at 9:00 sharp this morning as Boston began its first experiment in early voting. …

Residents rally to defeat monopole project in Framingham » The Metro West Daily News Gripping a microphone in her hands, Tina Klaxton struggled to hold back tears Monday as she faced members of the Zoning Board.…

Voters approve funding, administrative articles » Wicked Local Wareham

AG's office: Medford zoning board "misled" public, violated Open Meeting Law » Medford Patch

Opinion

Editorial: Election comes early in Massachusetts » Gazette Net We may have to change the name of the fall ritual in democratic participation from “Election Day” to “Election Weeks.” And that would be a very fine thing.…

Gelzinis: Sorry Curt Schilling, Elizabeth Warren unfazed by curveball challenge » Boston Herald I wish I had better news for Curt Schilling. I drove up to Lawrence yesterday on a hunch, or maybe it was a hope.…

Beware of Vladimir Putin, the new czar » Boston Globe WHEN THE ATLANTIC endorsed Hillary Clinton, it was only the magazine's third endorsement in a general election since its founding in 1857. …

LETTER: 'Rep. Day is the Right Person to Represent Stoneham in the Coming Years' » Somerville Patch

#NeverTrump from Day One » Boston Globe WE ALLOW ourselves the cautious hope that Trumpism, or Trumpery, will soon be in our rear-view mirror. …

Curt Schilling is minor league as a politician » Boston Globe AS A PITCHER, Curt Schilling is a major-league legend.…

Carr: Ruefully, it's time for me to get an E-ZPass » Boston Herald I finally threw in the towel to Big Brother yesterday — after all these years, I put an E-ZPass transponder in my car.…

A Democratic Sweep On Election Day Could Set Off Chain Reaction For Local Pols » WGBH In recent weeks, several Boston-area political operatives have made similar, half-joking comments to me.…

Our view: Time to purge outdated state laws » The Salem News “Whoever, having arrived at the age of 16 years, directs any profane, obscene or impure language or slanderous statement at a participant or an official in a sporting event, shall be punished b…

Other

Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren on the same page — for now » Boston Globe Elizabeth Warren pumped her arms in the air three times as she introduced Hillary Clinton at a big New Hampshire rally Monday. …

Warren wing wants Clinton to crack down on Apple, Google and Amazon » Politico Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her progressive allies are pushing Hillary Clinton to curb the market power of tech giants like Apple, Amazon and Google — putting the Democratic nominee in a bind ove…

Elizabeth Warren Rallies 'Nasty Women' To Vote For Clinton » WBUR Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren ripped into Donald Trump on Hillary Clinton's behalf at a rally in New Hampshire on Monday. Warren was playing the role of a sassy friend with the snark to say the …

Trump will win: Prediction from Bedford presidential prognosticator » Wicked Local Bedford Don Khoury doesn't call himself a Democrat or a Republican. When asked for his political affiliation, he has a simple reply: he's a Canadian.…

Elizabeth Warren at NH rally: 'Nasty women' have had it with Donald Trump » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, skewered Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments on women Monday -- particularly his recent assertion that Democratic rival Hillary Clinton…

US Rep. Joseph Kennedy III: Donald Trump does not have the 'temperament or judgment' to be president » MassLive

Kennedy sees GOP holding House, envisions potential "tough spot" for Ryan » State House News Service

Weld attacks Trump, calls Clinton "qualified" at Boston presser » State House News Service

Weld rips into Trump, saying he feels 'fear for our country' » Boston Globe

Politics

Migliore: Wong falsely claims sponsorship of Wheelabrator Saugus bill » Wicked Local Wakefield Last week, during the first debate between 9th Essex District state Rep. Donald Wong, R-Saugus, and Democratic nominee Jen Migliore, Wong falsely claimed to have co-sponsored a bill that aimed to prev…

Moulton walks Saugus streets for Migliore » Wicked Local Saugus Jen Migliore and her team were joined by Congressman Seth Moulton and Democratic nominee for Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger while they reached out to voters in the rain Oct. 22.…

2016 may be a tipping point on marijuana legalization » Boston Globe Efforts to legalize recreational use of marijuana appear to be on the verge of a major step forward this fall, as polls show voters in five states, including Massachusetts, leaning toward approval.…

In politics, Schilling throws heat, but does he have the control? » Boston Globe From the moment he got on the air, Curt Schilling was like a one-man bench-clearing brawl.…

Baker consultant wields influence on commuter rail, charter schools » Boston Globe

Voters Cast Ballots On State's First Ever Day Of Early Voting » WBUR It's the state's first ever day of early voting, and it appears there's an interest in fulfilling the civic duty before Election Day. Around two dozen people waited in line at the Cambridge Election …

Warren lends her support to local Democrats » Eagle Tribune U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday visited one of the most Democratic cities in the nation to stump for Hillary Clinton and the local Democratic slate of Statehouse candidates. The state's senior se…

Early voting: Clerks across Berkshires see an 'excited' electorate in its first year » State House News Service Sarah Gutmann was dropping off an absentee ballot for a relative on Monday, and she decided now was as good a time as any to vote. "I didn't have to wait to get it done," she said at Pittsfield City …

Surprise! Early voting doesn't boost turnout. » Boston Globe Early voting starts Monday in Massachusetts, with polling places opening across the state. It's convenient, quick — and basically useless when it comes to increasing turnout.…

These 25 Mass. communities gave the most to Donald Trump this year » Boston Business Journal In a solidly Democratic state, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has still managed to raise political contributions from across Massachusetts.…

Anti-Trump rally highlights political divide in Hudson » Community Advocate Eighteen days before the presidential election, dozens of local citizens from opposite ends of the political spectrum turned Hudson's Main Street into the site of a tense political protest.…

Warren, Moulton, and Healey line up behind Coppinger » Lynn Daily News Item Essex County Sheriff candidate and Lynn Police Chief Kevin Coppinger was up bright and early Monday morning for a Democratic breakfast at the Boston Marriott Peabody.…

Sen. Warren endorses Sullivan in state rep race » Newburyport News In an unusual move by a member of Congress, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warrant endorsed Democrat Brianna Sullivan in her bid for a state representative seat today.…

WBZ-UMass Poll: Ayotte Holds Thin Lead Over Hassan In NH Senate Race » CBS Boston This election season began with all eyes on New Hampshire, and with control of the US Senate at stake, it appears to be ending that way.…

Political Notes: Accusations keep flying in sheriff's race » Cape Cod Times The bickering between camps in the Barnstable County sheriff's race has picked up where it left off last week. …

Formerly homeless, Diane Sullivan faces uphill battle against farm animal ballot question » The Republican In 2001, Diane Sullivan became homeless. Her then-boyfriend of 19 years lost his job in retail management. Sullivan was taking care of their four children and pregnant with their fifth. They ran thro…

Gov. Baker Endorses Alliegro for Congress » Cape Cod Online The Republican candidate for Massachusetts 9th Congressional seat has received the endorsement of the Governor.…

Curt Schilling isn't running for office, he's running for the circus » Boston Globe The best class I ever took in college was about the Black Sox Scandal of 1919, when eight players for the Chicago White Sox were accused of fixing the World Series.…

Overview of 10th Worcester District state rep race » Wicked Local Milford After 10th Worcester District Democratic State Rep. John Fernandes announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election, Brian Murray, D-Milford, and Sandra Slattery Biagetti, R-Hopedale, have st…

Baker aims to translate his popularity to support for Question 2 » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker is asking suburban voters to support a ballot measure allowing for more charter schools in Massachusetts in a television advertisement that begins airing Tuesday.…

Curt Schilling for Senate, seriously? » State House News Service Tracing the “psychologies” and “pathologies” of this season's presidential election in her new book, The Year of Voting Dangerously, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd write…

Massachusetts Governor Baker on Trump, GE, Obamacare » Bloomberg Politics Charlie Baker, the Republican Governor of Massachusetts, discusses the presidential campaign and explains why he is not supporting Donald Trump's presidential bid.…

Connell, Farley-Bouvier Trade Barbs in State Rep. Debate » iBerkshires The two are seeking the 3rd Berkshire House of Representatives seat and at a debate Monday night put on by the Pittsfield Gazette and Berkshire Community College, the two didn't pull punches during th…

Senate Candidates Handle Slew of Questions During Debate At BCC » iBerkshires Most of the questions at Monday's state Senate debate were on the ballot questions, with each of the two candidates taking slightly different views on them. Republican Christine Canning-Wilson and De…

Wilbraham senior citizens voice concerns about government with Joe Kennedy III and Eric Lesser » MassLive

Local political forum a 'breath of fresh air' » Wicked Local North of Boston

Senate candidates meet at League forum » Wicked Local Winchester

Marijuana opponents held State House news conference » WWLP 22

Public Health

Some See Uptick In 'Voluntary' Addiction Treatment Commitments As Problematic » WBUR Massachusetts is one of about 40 states where someone who abuses drugs or alcohol to an extreme can be legally committed to a locked treatment facility. In most cases, a worried family member has to g…

Public Safety

DeLeo open to changing pot law » Commonwealth Magazine HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO is poised in 2017 to make changes to a marijuana legalization proposal should voters adopt it in two weeks. “I will not hesitate from day one to make changes to it,â…

East Longmeadow anti-bullying group Unify Against Bullying's selfie challenge goes global » The Republican A local anti-bullying organization is going global, and everyone from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to "Captain America" actor Chris Evans have been getting into the mix.…

City cuts off pot dispensary talks » South Coast Today A lawyer for a medical pot dispensary proposed in the North End said a city solicitor cut off talks Monday about a host agreement, further signaling the mayor's hard-line opposition to marijuana sale…

DeLeo: If pot question is approved, I'll make changes » Lowell Sun House Speaker Robert DeLeo is poised in 2017 to make changes to a marijuana legalization proposal should voters adopt it in two weeks. "I will not hesitate from day one to make changes to it," DeLeo …

State Finance

Polito cites overrides as DeLeo, Rosenberg urge caution on cuts » State House News Service Democratic legislative leaders want Gov. Charlie Baker to pump the brakes on expected midyear budget cuts that could be announced before the end of the week, casting doubt on the urgency of making adj…

BPS Report Proposes '10 Big Ideas' To Close Projected $20-25 Million Budget Gap » WBUR A long-term financial report for Boston Public Schools, released Tuesday, projects budget gaps of $20 million to $25 million annually if the district makes no changes in its revenue and expenses. Not…

Polito cites overrides as Deleo, Rosenburg urge caution on cuts » WWLP 22 Democratic legislative leaders want Gov. Charlie Baker to pump the brakes on expected midyear budget cuts that could be announced before the end of the week, casting doubt on the urgency of making ad…

State Government

Early Voting Is 'For People Who Clearly Know What They Want,' Galvin Says » WBUR Early voting is underway in Massachusetts for the first time.…

Taxation

If marijuana is legalized, the tax rate could get higher » Boston Globe Creating a potential quandary for the no-new-taxes administration of Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts' top two Democratic lawmakers said Monday they are open to raising taxes on marijuana, should…

Higher marijuana tax possible, state leaders say » WWLP 22 But should Massachusetts voters next month decide to legalize marijuana, there could be a script all three would be willing to follow that would lead to a higher tax rate on pot than the one proposed …

Transportation

Capuano asks DOJ to review whether Keolis violated civil rights » Boston Globe US Representative Michael E. Capuano is asking the Department of Justice and the Federal Transit Administration to review whether Keolis Commuter Services violated federal civil rights laws by taking …

State's big move to all-electronic tolling begins Friday as toll plazas shut down » The Republican Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials on Monday detailed the timeline for Friday's switch to all electronic tolling, a cashless system meant to increase air quality and decrease congest…

In two months, MassDOT has handed out 151,000 transponders in preparation for all-electronic tolling on Mass. Pike » The Republican Massachusetts transportation officials are "doing the best we can" to keep up with demand for transponders as the state is about to switch to all-electronic tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike, the …

Marijuana legalization opponents take aim at stoned driving » State House News Service

Utilities

Carbon Reduction Reshapes Massachusetts Regional Electricity Market » National Law Review Earlier this year, Massachusetts passed legislation that will require the state's distribution utilities to purchase carbon-free electricity from hydropower and on and offshore wind farms under long-t…

Ma Bell reincarnated? » Commonwealth Magazine If anyone knows about the scrutiny of mega-corporations gobbling up competition, it should be AT&T, which will be under the microscope with its announced plan to merge with Time Warner in a blockbuste…

National Grid powers up an increase in rates » Lynn Daily News Item National Grid customers will get a little extra time to pay their October bill.…

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Voting Amendments

By Jurgen Kern

As we’re heading towards our November 8th election day, this is a good time to think about the people who have historically been disenfranchised who now have the right to vote. In the United States Constitution, there are five amendments that deal with Voting rights: Read More »


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