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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Donato, Rep. Elizabeth Poirier

Must-Reads

T replaces officials after billing errors cost $600,000 » Boston Globe The MBTA replaced six of its seven top human resources managers after consultants determined about 20 percent of the T's employees were incorrectly billed for health and retirement benefits, a lapse t…

Just say 'yes' on Question 4 » Boston Globe THE OPPONENTS of Question 4, which would legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, have inadvertently provided the best reason to vote for the measure.…

Falmouth doctor files lawsuit seeking right to die: 'It's an option that I want to have' » Boston Globe A retired Falmouth physician, terminally ill with metastatic prostate cancer, filed a lawsuit this week in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston asserting he has a constitutional right to obtain a lethal d…

Neighborhood Health Plan stops taking MassHealth members » Boston Globe Neighborhood Health Plan has stopped accepting new Medicaid members after losing $241 million since 2014, a troubling sign of how hard it is to serve low-income residents in a state with some of the h…

Super PAC's spending ramps up on Cape » Cape Cod Times A political action committee still involved in legal action with a candidate from the 2014 election is again funneling money toward Cape and Islands campaigns.…

Wall Street Firms Make Money From Teachers' Pensions — And Fund Charter Schools Fight » IB Times When Massachusetts public school teachers pay into their pension fund each month, they may not realize where the money goes.…

How This Latina Woman Is Breaking Barriers In Massachusetts Politics » The Huffington Post Juana Matias is on her way to becoming one of the first Latina women ever elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. …

Majority of mayors come out in opposition to charter question » State House News Service Claiming their cities will "lose nearly $305 million to privately run charter schools" this school year, the campaign organized to oppose Question 2 on Wednesday said 30 mayors around Massachusetts pl…

I have a long history of standing up for the people of New Hampshire, so the thing about her coming to New Hampshire, a Massachusetts senator, and telling the voters, telling New Hampshire what to do, I think we see right through that.

New Hampshire Congresswoman Kelly Ayotte

Commenting on Elizabeth Warren campaigning in New Hampshire.

News By Category
Business

Space is at a premium for Cambridge startup Intellia » Boston Globe Nessan Bermingham has the kind of problem most executives wouldn't mind tackling: His fledgling biotech company is expanding so fast that it's practically outgrown a new headquarters before the place …

Does Boston need a bank just for millennials? » Boston Globe Does Boston's new economy need its own bank?…

Sen. Rodrigues in support of measure to tax hard cider like beer » The Herald News Far From the Tree Cider will produce about 70,000 gallons of its hard apple cider next year, but when it comes time to pay taxes on that cider the young company will be taxed at the rate for champagne…

Now may be the time to dust off your credit cards » Boston Globe Americans are binging on credit cards like it's 2007.…

Today's Fight For The Electric Car Of Tomorrow » WBUR More than two-million electric cars may be on the road by year's end. They are the future. It's a real battle to see who will make the best. We'll look at Tesla vs. Detroit and the world.…

Massachusetts 'is where the heart of the footwear business is' » Boston Globe The factories that once made Massachusetts the Shoe Capital of the World are long gone.…

From nuclear weapons components to baby bok choy: greenhouse transformation of Indian Orchard parcel begins next month » The Republican A 1.7-acre formerly radioactive site in Indian Orchard Business Park will by early next year contain a greenhouse producing tons of the world's healthiest vegetables and herbs.…

Developers file formal plans for five-story condo building in Roslindale » Universal Hub Developers Charles Gill and Nabil Boghos recently submitted formal plans with the BPDA for a 136-unit, five-story building on Walk Hill Street off American Legion Highway.…

AG: Brockton drywall company shorted workers, now must pay up » The Enterprise A drywall company in the city and its owner were cited more than $20,000 by the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey for failing to pay workers.…

$4.6B Boston-based charity takes over #1 spot in national ranking » Boston Business Journal A charity organization aimed at “democratizing philanthropy” which carries the name of the state's largest investment institution has, for the first time this year, taken over the top spot…

New bank plans to focus on Greater Boston » State House News Service First Boston Holdings plans to purchase Boston-based Admirals Bank as part of an effort to create a new bank focused on the Greater Boston region.…

The BBJ Wealth Report: Massachusetts cities and towns saw an explosion in millionaires » Boston Business Journal

$10M parking garage to help downtown Greenfield grow » WWLP 22

Civil Rights

Maura Healey kicks off Advisory Council on Racial Justice » The Republican Attorney General Maura Healey's office is heading a new 30-member advisory council geared towards promoting racial justice and equity for communities of color in Massachusetts.…

Education

HCC celebrates 30-year anniversary of ESL program » The Republican Since 1986, Holyoke Community College's English as a Second Language (ESL) studies program has given its international students a stepping stone to pursue their educational goals.…

Where The Money Comes From In The Fight Over Charter Schools » WBUR Both sides in the ballot fight over the charter cap are out knocking on doors in the run-up to Election Day. The public faces of each campaign are students, parents and teachers, pleading for fairness…

AG Healey speaks to Greenfield Community College students » WWLP 22 Attorney General Maura Healey delivered the keynote address for Greenfield Community College's annual lecture series Wednesday. She talked about civil rights, and the importance of equal opportunity f…

Rosenberg speaks on rural schools and educational reform legislation » The Recorder State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg advised roughly 20 rural educators not to file legislation seeking rural “sparcity” aid for schools with declining enrollment, but instead to work …

30 Massachusetts Mayors against Ballot Question 2 » WWLP 22 At least 30 Mayors across Massachusetts have said they will be voting no on Question 2, claiming their cities lose nearly $305 million to privately run charter schools.…

Disputed report claims charters underserve students with disabilities » State House News Service

Environment

Massachusetts Attorney General Stops Deceptive Safety Claims about Bee-Toxic Pesticides, Beyond Pesticides Urges Other States to Follow » PR Newswire With the Massachusetts Attorney General forcing Bayer CropScience to end its statewide advertising containing deceptive safety claims about bee-toxic pesticides, Beyond Pesticides asked the other 49 s…

In small town, residents see large human and financial costs from rising seas » State House News Service Asking for help from state and federal government, Scituate officials packed the town's maritime center Wednesday and used maps, videos and photos to showcase areas of town at risk for breaches that w…

Pesticide-Maker, Mass. Settle to Save the Bees: AG » Winchester Patch

Drought levels largely unchanged despite heavy rains » State House News Service

Health Care

Health law tax penalty? I'll take it, millions say » Boston Globe The architects of the Affordable Care Act thought they had a blunt instrument to force people — even young and healthy ones — to buy insurance through the law's online marketplaces: a ta…

Right to die suit may be what the doctor ordered » Boston Herald Two Cape Cod doctors have asked the courts to decide whether terminally ill patients can dictate their own deaths — a novel legal maneuver that could change the law in Massachusetts and grant n…

Generic drugs saved $227B in 2015 » Worcester Business Journal While the cost of prescription drugs plagues healthcare policy makers working to curb spending, the savings generated by generic drugs have continued to grow, according to a recent report from the Gen…

Advocacy Group Files Suit on Behalf of Barnstable County Doctors » Cape Cod Online Compassion and Choices has filed a suit in Massachusetts Superior Court on behalf of two Barnstable County doctors.…

Mayors among coalition seeking to extend wellness trust fund » State House News Service

Housing

Pressure mounting for state czar to oversee teen homelessness » Boston Herald Homeless advocates are backing a call by lawmakers to name a state czar to combat teen homelessness, adding they pushed for such a position as recently as last year.…

Human Services

State Sen. Sal DiDomenico receives early intervention champion award » Wicked Local Allston-Brighton

Judiciary

Gun owners, white supremacists push back rallies as judicial appointment postponed » Boston Herald A Governor's Council judicial appointment hearing that was targeted by gun owners for a protest rally — which in turn was targeted by white supremacists as a recruitment opportunity — ha…

Can a Lowell judge ban public defenders? » Lowell Sun Friction between Lowell District Court Judge Thomas Brennan and the public defender's office has erupted into what will be a legal battle before the state's highest court next month over Brennan's ban…

SJC opines on when hiding truth from police becomes criminal » State House News Service

Labor

In 583-1 vote, Harvard dining hall workers OK labor contract » Boston Globe Harvard University dining hall workers will return to work for Thursday morning's breakfast shift, ending the school's first strike in more than three decades, after they voted 583 to 1 Wednesday to a…

Laboring forward? » Commonwealth Magazine There is no broad resurgence of the US labor movement. But when you've been pushed back on your heels as much as unions in this country have been, you'll take all the good news you can find. And today…

Harvard Dining Service Workers Say They 'Achieved Every Goal' With New Contract » WBUR Harvard University's dining service workers expect to be back on the job Thursday morning. A spokesperson for UNITED HERE Local 26, the union representing the workers, said Wednesday afternoon that w…

HUDS Contract Pays $35,000 per Year, Covers Copays » Harvard Crimson After months of tense contract negotiations, Harvard will pay its full-time dining services employees at least $35,000 a year and cover increased copayments until 2021—a settlement that union l…

New law aims to boost job opps for disabled individuals » State House News Service

Legislative

Rosenberg casts his ballot, touts early voting » Gazette Net A heavy workload that often takes him away from Amherst typically prompts Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg to apply for absentee ballots prior to election day so he can participate in the democra…

Bay State pols check in on White House non-compete push » State House News Service

Local Government

As Negotiations With Town Of Dudley Falter, Islamic Society Seeks State, Federal Action » WBUR Hopes for a negotiated settlement over a proposed Muslim cemetery in the central Massachusetts town of Dudley may be lost. Ten months after it approached the town and filed a permit for the cemetery,…

Legalizing marijuana question provides wrangle between Holyoke Council President Kevin Jourdain, Mayor Alex Morse » The Republican Seemingly all the people who govern, legislate, enforce the law, educate and provide medical treatment oppose the Nov. 8 ballot question to legalize marijuana for recreational use.…

Needle exchange faces backlash in Brockton » The Enterprise A state-sponsored needle exchange program that opened in downtown Brockton earlier this year with approval of Mayor Bill Carpenter is now receiving backlash for selling the city a false bill of goods …

Public weighs in on City Hall redevelopment » Boston Globe Katherine Yancey, an architect who lives in the North End, walks across City Hall Plaza every day, but rarely steps inside the massive building.…

West Tisbury selectmen ban pit bull following dog hearing » Martha's Vineyard Times West Tisbury selectmen last Wednesday held a dog hearing in connection with a complaint that a pit bull named Doc Brown owned by Isaac Higgins bit Grantley Schenck, a new resident of West Tisbury, on …

Opinion

High-tech council missteps in move to fight 'millionaires' tax' » Boston Globe I WAS shocked to read that the Massachusetts High Technology Council is raising $400,000 to fight the proposed constitutional amendment to raise taxes by 4 percent on those fortunate enough to have in…

Roads must be revamped to prevent head-on collisions » Boston Globe ANOTHER HEAD-ON crash (“ 'A big ball of fire,' and five lives lost,” Page A1, Oct. 25). Five lives lost.…

There ought to be a way to stop wrong-way drivers in their tracks » Boston Globe I AM so appalled by the sad loss of the five young lives in Vermont earlier this month and, more recently, by the loss of five more people just this week in head-on crashes involving wrong-way drivers…

Our view: State needs enforcement plan if voters legalize marijuana » Newburyport News The election is less than two weeks away now — in fact, early voting has already begun in Massachusetts — and Bay Staters are about to make an important decision.…

How Would Community Preservation Act benefit South Hadley? (Reader viewpoint) » The Republican South Hadley voters will have an additional ballot question on Nov. 8th regarding the Community Preservation Act (CPA).…

Stoll: Massachusetts governor begins 'prospecting' » Boston Herald Could the governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, be part of the rebuilding solution for a Republican Party bracing itself for a national loss on Election Day?…

Vote no on Question 4 — it's an industry-driven mess of a proposal » Boston Globe If Massachusetts voters approve the legalization of recreational marijuana as called for in Question 4, pass the weed. We'll need it.…

Editorial: No on Question 4 » Boston Herald Opponents of Question 4 last week launched a dramatic TV ad portraying a fearful mother guiding her young daughter through streets loaded with pot shops, the imagined result if voters approve the lega…

'No' on Question 4 » Lowell Sun Question 4 reminds us a lot of Obamacare. Just like the Affordable Care Act, it's replete with unintended consequences.…

Editorial: Guilt by association » Boston Herald There is distasteful — and then there is downright dangerous.…

L'Italien disregards needs of district; vote Laplante » Andover Townsman I am writing to urge support for Susan Laplante for state Senate. It's time for a change.…

Jim Lyons is best-suited to be next state Rep. » Andover Townsman Jim Lyons personifies everything we want in an elected state representative for the 18th Essex District encompassing Andover, Boxford, North Andover and Tewksbury. …

Other

Catholic bishops don't have much to say about Trump » Boston Globe Catholic bishops in the United States have had little to say about the behavior and rhetoric of Donald Trump throughout the presidential campaign, even while speaking out on issues such as marijuana l…

Flow of money worried Clinton aides » Boston Globe In the years before Hillary Clinton announced she would run again for president, her top aides expressed profound concerns in internal e-mails about how foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and…

As his campaign flags, Trump presides over ribbon cutting » Boston Globe Less than two weeks before Election Day, Donald Trump swooped into the nation's capital. …

Watch: Ben Affleck encourages New Hampshire to vote in parody PSA » Boston Herald Ben Affleck has a message for New Hampshire residents: go f---ing vote.…

Wynn to spend on statewide campaign against slots parlor » Boston Globe Flush from a decisive win in Revere, Wynn Resorts is ratcheting up its no-to-slots campaign in anticipation of the statewide vote on Question 1 on Nov. 8.…

Everett casino scheduled to open in June 2019 » Boston Globe For those looking forward to the casino under construction in Everett, mark your calendars for June 3, 2019.…

Mitt Romney takes nominees to task for failure to discuss key issues » Boston Herald Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney says both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have failed to address what he called the most important problems facing Americans, including education and stagnant wages …

Ayotte: 'We see right through' Elizabeth Warren's words » Boston Herald Granite State U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte — facing a tough re-election fight against Democratic rival Gov. Maggie Hassan — joined Herald Radio yesterday to talk about her race and Obamacare h…

Notion he backs Clinton 'absurd,' Weld says » State House News Service

Online gaming commission set to commence deliberations » State House News Service

Politics

Manning-Martin touts corrections experience in race for sheriff » The Salem News Anne Manning-Martin was fresh out of graduate school with two degrees in criminal justice when she landed a job with a community-based juvenile diversion program in East Boston. In an attempt to steer…

Dixon makes push for senate seat » Wicked Local Melrose Vincent Dixon, the Republican candidate challenging incumbent Democratic Senator Jason Lewis for the 5th Middlesex District state senate seat, is bringing a full and unique agenda to the race, one sha…

Poll Shows Clinton Has Gained Significant Ground With Millennial Voters » WBUR With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, a nationwide poll released Tuesday by Harvard University's Institute of Politics suggests Hillary Clinton has gained a lot of ground with the nation'…

Vandalism enters mix as hostility grows in sheriff's race » Cape Cod Times The growing animosity between supporters of candidates in the Barnstable County sheriff's race took a potentially criminal turn Tuesday.…

Kelcourse, Sullivan agree to debate Nov. 3 in Newburyport » Newburyport News Both candidates for the 1st Essex District House of Representatives seat have agreed to a public debate on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Nock Middle School.…

Colarusso says Day is 'Owned by Realtors Association' » Winchester Patch In a press release sent to Patch Monday, Stoneham Selectwoman and state Rep. candidate Caroline Colarusso criticized incumbent 31st Middlesex District state Rep. Michael Day after mailers supporting D…

ELECTION 2016: Vince Cogliano challenges Josh Cutler in 6th Plymouth District » Patriot Ledger State Rep. Josh Cutler, D-Duxbury, will defend his 6th Plymouth District state representative seat against Republican challenger Vince Cogliano of Pembroke in the Nov. 8 general election.…

Baker takes to Dot streets to push approval of more charter schools » Dorchester Reporter Gov. Charlie Baker was three-for-three canvassing for the charter school ballot question in Dorchester on Tuesday when he met Ingrid Beckles on her front porch.…

Berkshire district Senate hopefuls to debate on WGBY's Connecting Point » Mass Live A debate between two Massachusetts Senate candidates from the Berkshires, moderated by Connecting Point host Jim Madigan, will be aired on the public television station WGBY Friday night and Sunday mo…

Warren visits East Longmeadow to stump for Lesser » The Reminder

MEET NORFOLK, BRISTOL, PLYMOUTH STATE SENATE CANDIDATES: Jon Lott » Wicked Local Easton

MTF adds its voice to anti-marijuana campaign » State House News Service

Voters split on charter schools, favor legal pot » Boston Globe

Elizabeth Warren would trump Curt Schilling in US Senate race » Boston Globe

Public Health

Healthier school lunches on the menu » Eagle Tribune Andover school students have traded in potato chips for whole-grain pretzels, hummus with pita bread, and fruit smoothies.…

4 drinking fountains shut off at 3 Quincy schools after lead testing » WCVB School officials have shut off four drinking fountains at three Quincy schools after water quality tests found lead levels that exceed state limits for drinking water.…

'The them are now us' » The Recorder Despite a coordinated push over the last few years to increase substance abuse support and recovery services in Franklin County, there are still some holes in the net.…

If marijuana legalization passes, law may still be modified » WWLP 22

Public Safety

Wong endorsed by Saugus police unions » Wicked Local Saugus In a display of public safety solidarity, unions representing all rank and step of Saugus police officers have enthusiastically endorsed state Rep. Donald H. Wong for a fourth term to the Massachusett…

Report: Mentally ill man who went on mall rampage was released without meds » Boston Herald The mentally disturbed man released from Morton Hospital in May hours before launching into a deadly stabbing rampage in Taunton was discharged with no prescription and odd patient instructions for a …

State Finance

Baker relents, for now, on unilateral budget cuts » State House News Service

Bay State budget woes may worsen, Baker's office warns » Boston Herald

State Government

AG Healey asks citizens to 'work to serve as the conscience and critic of society' » The Recorder Citizens need to hold the government and society accountable for ensuring civil rights in the United States, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey told an audience of Greenfield Community Colleg…

Preservation money dwindling as more towns sign up » The Salem News Voters in Danvers and Amesbury are among 16 communities deciding whether to adopt the Community Preservation Act to save land from development, spare historic buildings and build new playgrounds and p…

State auditor's tool 'harnessing 21st-century business analytics' » Worcester Mag Massachusetts's state budget is $40 billion, and includes funding for roughly 90,000 people and pays for more than one third of the state's Medicaid.…

State official rides Franklin rail trail » The Milford Daily News Local residents, town officials and state legislators lobbied for state support in an unusual way: by going on a bike ride.…

AG Maura Healey's brief 'lesson' highlights state constitution's historic role » The Republican

Report: Troubled MBTA pension fund struggling » Boston Herald

Taxation

Blanket authority for senior tax exemptions to be explored » State House News Service The House chairman of the Revenue Committee has had enough of doing senior citizen property tax exemptions one at a time, and on Wednesday said he wants to develop legislation next session to allow an…

Accountants, rev chairs back tax filing deadline bill » State House News Service Accountants on Wednesday got behind a state tax code change that it said could help give state budget managers a better idea of what the state will collect in revenue.…

Transportation

Orange Line Service Disrupted After Train Motor Overheats, Sparking Fire In Back Bay Station » WBUR Orange Line service on the MBTA was disrupted during the evening commute Wednesday after a train's motor overheated in Back Bay Station and sparked a fire. Social media reports from the scene showed …

Smoldering Orange Line car comes amid T's slow spending » Boston Herald The MBTA has spent just half of the nearly $300 million it budgeted for capital projects so far this year, according to an internal document that comes as more problems reared their head, this time on…

E-ZPass Massachusetts customer service center to shut down this weekend just as new all-electronic tolling goes live » The Republican Starting at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, the E-ZPass Massachusetts customer service call center is going offline.…

Councilors call for change after smoke fills Back Bay Station » Boston Globe When an Orange Line train's motor overheated at the Back Bay station during Wednesday's commute, causing chaos as passengers broke windows to escape the haze, two Boston city councilors took to Twitte…

Mass. lawmakers eye wrong-way driving prevention after fatal crash » Worcester Telegram Days after five people died in a crash caused by a car driving the wrong way on Interstate 495, lawmakers floated the idea of more aggressive notifications to drivers traveling the wrong direction on …

City officials outraged after smoke scare in Back Bay station » WCVB After passengers panicked from smoke billowing into the Back Bay station in Boston, city officials are demanding a fix.…

Wrong-way driving prevention eyed after fatal Middleborough crash » State House News Service Days after five people died in a crash caused by a car driving the wrong way on Interstate 495, lawmakers floated the idea of more aggressive notifications to drivers traveling the wrong direction on …

Businesses, residents grapple with rail woes on Fairmount Line » Dorchester Reporter

City Officials Call For More Investment Into MBTA After Orange Line Incident » CBS Boston

After Orange Line incident, Baker knocks protocol while Walsh talks taxes » State House News Service

Utilities

Gas pipeline dealt possibly fatal blow » Commonwealth Magazine THE PUSH FOR A NEW PIPELINE into New England may have been dealt a fatal blow when Connecticut officials called off a process to procure more natural gas largely because of decisions in Massachusetts …

Legislators clarify Berkshire Gas intervenor status » The Recorder Area legislators clarified their intervention status Wednesday in the state Department of Public Utilities' into Berkshire Gas Co.'s Forecast and Supply Plan for the next four years. …

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