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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

Birthdays: Rep. Paul McMurtry

Must-Reads

Pro-charter groups hope to benefit from Baker's bipartisan appeal » Politico BOSTON — The most popular elected official in Massachusetts has been locking eyes with television viewers around the state lately and asking them to join him in voting yes on ballot Question 2 …

Vote 'yes' on Question 2 » Boston Globe WHEN EXPERIMENTS SUCCEED, it makes sense to replicate them. Voters have the chance to continue a successful strategy in public education by approving Question 2, which would allow the state to continu…

No 9C cuts or layoffs announced yet, as state monitors $294M budget shortfall » Politico BOSTON — Everything is on the table as Massachusetts continues to grapple with its current estimated $294 million midyear budget shortfall, but the state is yet to announce allocated spending r…

US prosecutors say DiMasi 'appears to be worsening over time' » Boston Globe Federal officials said Thursday that the health of former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi “appears to be worsening over time” and that he may need to consider alternative feeding methods…

In Billerica rep race, a tweet retreat over misstated vote » Lowell Sun BILLERICA -- The town's state representative is apologizing for a Facebook post wrongly stating that his challenger in next month's election voted against drug-prevention efforts. …

Unions want investigation into pro-charter donations » Boston Globe Federal and state authorities are being asked to investigate the propriety of donations made by wealthy hedge fund managers to the ballot campaign that would expand the number of charter schools in Ma…

How White Nationalists Learned To Love Donald Trump » Politico Once they believed he was a secret Jew. Now he has more white-power support than any mainstream candidate in modern politics. Here's how it unfolded. …

More woes for MBTA pension plan as audit reveals $90M dip in value » Boston Herald

“This is about the integrity of our pension investments and the integrity of our elections,” “We need an investigation to find out whether these firms are wielding inappropriate influence in state government.”

Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni

Speaking about the huge sums of money being donated in support of charter schools.

News By Category
Business

GE in talks with Baker Hughes, denies 'outright purchase' » Boston Business Journal General Electric Co.(NYSE: GE) is in discussions with Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc.(NYSE: BHI), one of the world's largest oil field services companies, about a possible deal — but not an acq…

Night Shift was fed up with distributorships. So they started their own. » Boston Globe In a pointed rebuke of the state's large wholesalers, the owners of Everett-based Night Shift Brewing are launching their own beer distribution company, promising to offer breweries friendlier contrac…

GE explores deal with oil services company » Boston Globe General Electric Co. said Thursday it is exploring “potential partnerships” with oil-field services company Baker Hughes Inc., signaling that the Boston company may reshape its struggling …

Cider makers press for lower taxes, stronger brews » The Salem News Hard cider is fermenting a rebirth in Massachusetts, but its makers say they're being squeezed by hefty taxes that are stifling competition and making it difficult to expand.…

Facebook adds office space in Kendall Square to accommodate growth » Boston Business Journal Facebook is adding more space to its office in Cambridge's Kendall Square as the social networking giant looks to hire for its growing engineering team there.…

Biotech stocks down on worries of a Democratic sweep » Boston Globe Political jitters have fueled a sell-off in biotechnology shares in recent weeks as investors weigh the growing prospects of a Democratic sweep in the coming election that could bring heavier regulati…

Advisers failing to comprehend impact of DOL fiduciary rule: Massachusetts regulator William Galvin » Investment News

Education

Arne Duncan calls charter schools part of the Mass. solution » Commonwealth Magazine WADING INTO A battle that has become increasingly contentious and has divided Democrats like no other domestic policy issue, President Obama's longtime education secretary, Arne Duncan, said allowing …

Would expanding charter schools take funding away from traditional public schools? » WWLP 22 Roughly 32,000 children are on a waitlist to get into a charter school in Massachusetts.…

No On Question 2: A Municipal Treasurer On Why The Charter School Math Comes Up Short » WBUR

Chicopee state Rep. Joseph Wagner announces opposition to charter school expansion » The Republican

Boston charters improved effectiveness amid expansion, report says » State House News Service

Environment

McGovern announces $150K grant for Marion's Camp » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) announced recently $950,000 in federal grant money from the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant Program to parks and recreational pro…

Health Care

Aid in dying issue now before courts and legislature » State House News Service The debate over physician-assisted dying seems poised for a revival on Beacon Hill next session as advocates of medical aid in dying forge ahead on parallel tracks to secure the right of a terminally …

NECC owes $225,000 after allegedly overbilling MassHealth, state Medicaid system » Legal News Line

Athenahealth lays off more than 100 in restructuring effort » Boston Business Journal Athenahealth has let go of more than 100 people across two of its offices, in an effort to consolidate its R&D functions.…

Housing

Office of Housing Stability stakes out anti-displacement post » Dorchester Reporter The only designated department of its kind in the country, Boston's new Office of Housing Stability is carving out its role as a force for fighting displacement under new Deputy Director Lydia Edwards…

Human Services

Deplorable living conditions found at Chelsea veterans' home » WCVB No one would confuse the Chelsea Soldiers' Home for luxury housing, but a scathing new report by State Auditor Suzanne Bump along with a visit from 5 Investigates shows that one of the oldest veterans…

Should marijuana use matter in child welfare cases? » Boston Globe Massachusetts child welfare officials are warning that a provision buried deep in the ballot measure to legalize marijuana could effectively tie the hands of social workers entrusted with protecting t…

State lawmakers celebrate those on a path to being self-sufficient » WWLP 22 One in every 8 Massachusetts residents depends on government assistance. 22News was there as lawmakers celebrated those who found jobs and are living independently.…

Seniors in Greater Lowell frustrated with $4 increase in Social Security » Lowell Sun Senior citizens may see an average of $4 more in their Social Security check come January.…

Labor

Public Demonstrations: How Harvard Dining Hall Workers Won Their Demands » WGBH Harvard dining hall workers are back on the job after voting to ratify a new contract. The vote was 583 to 1. …

Janitors At Tufts University Authorize Union To Call A Strike » WBUR With their contract set to expire Monday, janitors who clean Tufts University voted Thursday to authorize their union to call for a strike if no agreement is reached with Tufts' cleaning contractor.…

Local Government

John Scibak: Urges adopting CPA in South Hadley » Hampshire Gazette Voters in South Hadley and a number of other communities, including Boston, Holyoke and Springfield, will have a ballot question on Nov. 8 regarding the Community Preservation Act (CPA). …

Pioneer school committee violates regional agreement » The Recorder Due to a mix-up in the election cycle, Pioneer Valley Regional School District's committee violated the regional agreement its member towns entered into in 1991.…

City Hall Plaza's $100M splash raises parents' wrath » Boston Herald Boston parents said they're outraged over Mayor Martin J. Walsh's plan for an extreme makeover of City Hall Plaza that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, saying the mayor needs to pump that m…

Cohasset starts special education stabilization fund » Wicked Local Cohasset Annual Town Meeting voters favored the creation of a special education stabilization fund to help offset the most volatile piece of the school budget.…

ELECTION 2016: Hanover officials oppose marijuana ballot question » Wicked Local Hanover Voters will decide Nov. 8 whether now is the time for Massachusetts to legalize the use of recreational marijuana.…

Opinion

Buzzkill: Just vote no on Question 4 » Boston Globe As a mother of two young kids, I am skittish about legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts. But as a taxpayer, I am downright petrified.…

PETER LUCAS: One Mass. gov -- a Dem! -- who would be with Trump » Sentinel & Enterprise What is it with these Massachusetts governors? Especially the Republican ones.…

UP FOR AIR: Elderly drivers and distracted bikers » Wicked Local Marblehead I guess its no surprise that I didn't hear from our big poo-bah lady registrar of motor vehicles about my concerns of elderly drivers who haven't been tested for things like reflexes.…

Here's what I'll do the day after the election » Boston Globe I AM CURRENTLY working as hard as I can to see that Donald Trump is defeated, that Hillary Clinton is elected president, and that Democrats gain control of the US House and Senate. …

Deaths of two workers entirely preventable » Boston Globe THE WAY two construction workers died last week in the South End is horrific and tragic enough: Kelvin Mattocks and Robert Higgins were working in a trench on Dartmouth Street when a water line broke …

Our view: Raising the alarm on Question 4 » Gloucester Times 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. …

Even overseas, no escaping this election » Boston Globe For Americans, the biggest annoyance of international travel this fall isn't Zika or getting pickpocketed in Rome. It's the 2016 presidential race.…

Mass. can afford to be kinder to animals » Boston Globe PERHAPS YOU'VE seen the TV ad portraying Question 3, the farm-animal-treatment ballot question, as a disaster for Massachusetts consumers, one that will send food prices into the stratosphere.…

Letter: Versatile state rep. works hard for everyone » The Berkshire Eagle Our current state legislator, Tricia Farley Bouvier, is a keeper.…

Letters: Support for Aleksov » The Metro West Daily News Since the election is finally coming soon, I want to share how impressed I am with our state senate candidate, Kris Aleksov.…

YOUR VIEW: The case for voting no on Question 2 » Wicked Local Kingston I taught public high school for 40 years. Over that time I have become very involved in public education, advocating for public schools.…

Common Cause recognizes Leominster for early voting » Leominster Champion I have been a member of the Joint Committee on Election Laws since I became a state representative in 2009.…

Why I Am Yes on 2 » Revere Journal If all you know about Question 2, the ballot question that would lift the cap on public charter schools, is what you've seen on TV – chances are good you're confused about how to vote.…

Gov. Legislature Working Together to Change Bridgewater State, Increase Access to Mental Health Care » The Valley Patriot Bridgewater State Hospital is the center of attention for a number of high profile incidents stemming from the use of excessive force.…

Editorial: Charter school expansion is the proper course » Boston Business Journal Question 2 would approve up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools each year.…

Our Opinion: Farley-Bouvier, Hinds, for state Legislature » Berkshire Eagle Contested races for the state Legislature are relatively rare in the Berkshires, and voters have benefited from the issue-oriented dialogue triggered by campaigns for state representative and state se…

Adding charter schools is about opportunity, not just funding » Boston Globe Andrea Campbell is a great success story for the Boston Public Schools: an up-by-her-bootstraps Boston Latin graduate who went on to Princeton and now the Boston City Council, where her district inclu…

Newton Democrats urge 'No' on Question 2 »

ViewPoint: Advancement, not access, still an issue » Boston Business Journal For our economy to truly embrace the momentum of Hillary's achievement, we need to understand women's progress as a function of not only eliminating the barriers to access but also eliminating the bar…

Vote 'yes' on Question 2 » Boston Globe

LETTER: "Why I Have Decided to Support Challenger Caroline Colarusso" » Stoneham Patch

Why I will vote for Donald Trump » New Boston Post

Other

Profile: Declan Kelly, CEO of Teneo – in the eye of the Clinton funding storm » IrishCentral The Clinton campaign this week has been broadsided by allegations on Wikileaks of lucrative speaking fees and contributions to the Clinton Foundation totaling as much as $50 million in return for acce…

Westport residents rally to close animal farm » The Herald News A group of residents are rallying to shut down the controversial tenant farm at 465 American Legion Highway.…

Pols, pups help open new Southie park » Boston Herald Some furry four-legged friends joined some local two-legged pols for tail-wagging and a ribbon-cutting celebration yesterday during the grand opening of South Boston's East First Street Dog Park. …

Moulton, Healey to campaign in Fla. for Clinton » Boston Globe Two of the brightest young stars of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, US Representative Seth Moulton and Attorney General Maura Healey, plan to be in Florida for the weekend, campaigning on behalf o…

Support for Clinton is personal, Michelle Obama says » Boston Globe As first ladies they could hardly have been more different. But as Democrats looking to fire up female voters, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton were firmly bonded on Thursday.…

Politics

State Rep. candidates clash at debate » Daily Times Chronicle The two candidates running for 31st Middlesex District statehouse seat clashed over topics ranging from their plans to address a regional heroin epidemic to the merits a 2011 transgender rights bill d…

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorses Jen Migliore » Wicked Local Saugus U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorsed Democratic nominee for state representative Jen Migliore in her race against incumbent Donald Wong.…

Campanale and Dixon trade policy proposals, barbs in State Rep debate » Worcester Mag Republican State Rep. Kate Campanale and Democratic challenger Moses Dixon faced off in an Oct. 27 debate to win the hearts and minds of voters in the 17th Worcester District. …

May Institute: Individuals with intellectual disabilities can and should vote » The Republican Voting is one of the most important responsibilities we have as citizens of the United States.…

Lynn Democratic City Committee to hold annual unity breakfast » Lynn Daily News Item The Lynn Democratic City Committee's annual unity breakfast will be held on Sunday from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Porthole Restaurant, 98 Lynnway.…

About 250,000 have voted early in Massachusetts » Boston Globe An estimated 250,000 people had voted early in Massachusetts by Thursday afternoon, according to Brian McNiff, spokesman for Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin's office.…

Voters split on charter schools, favor legal pot » Boston Globe Massachusetts voters support a ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana and are deadlocked on one that would allow for more charter schools in the state, according to a Suffolk Univer…

Panelists argue against legalization of marijuana » Hampshire Gazette In the 26 years Jo McGuire has lived in Colorado, some of the most drastic social changes she has seen have come recently, with the legalization of marijuana.…

Can you take a ballot selfie in Massachusetts? » Metro.us Whether you're one of the estimated 130,000 Massachusetts residents who voted early, or you're waiting to cast your ballot on Nov. 8, you probably see voting as an important way to participate in our …

Warren, Flanagan voice strong endorsements for Higgins » Leominster Champion U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) joined Natalie Higgins, Democratic candidate for state representative in the 4th Worcester District (Leominster), and nearly 100 of her supporters at her c…

A wasted vote of conscience » Commonwealth Magazine In this period of discontent with the Republican and Democratic nominees for president, many Massachusetts voters are talking about writing in their own candidate when they enter the voting booth on N…

Incumbent Farley-Bouvier Faces Rare Challenge, From Independent Connell » New England Public Radio The only contested Massachusetts House race in Berkshire County this fall is taking place in Pittsfield. Democratic state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is facing a challenge from City Councilor Chris Con…

State Representative Candidate: Dylan Fernandes » Vineyard Gazette Dylan Fernandes promotes level experience at the state level as one of the qualifications necessary for the next Cape and Islands state representative. …

ELECTION 2016: Cutler, Cogliano discuss issues relating to state rep race » In the Nov. 8 general election, State Rep. Josh Cutler, D-Duxbury, will square off against Republican challenger Vincent Cogliano, of Pembroke, for the Sixth Plymouth District seat in the state legisl…

Gov. Charlie Baker to watch Patriots game with state Senate candidate James 'Chip' Harrington » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is again throwing his support behind State Senate candidate James "Chip" Harrington, with a campaign stop in Springfield on Sunday.…

Here's what your Massachusetts 2016 presidential ballot looks like » The Republican Massachusetts voters head to the polls on Nov. 8 to cast ballots for president and vice president, send lawmakers to the State House on Beacon Hill, and determine whether to approve four ballot questi…

Early voting means earlier ads, more targeted efforts for ballot campaigns » The Republican Two weeks before Election Day, pro-charter school activists are visiting early polling places in Springfield, Boston and other cities where they hope to have strong support.…

Trump: 'We should just cancel the election and give it to Trump' » The Barnstable Patriot Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday claimed that Hillary Clinton's policies were "so bad" that the election should be canceled with him declared the winner. "What a difference th…

AG Healey, Congressman Moulton Endorse Police Chief Coppinger for Sheriff » Lynn Journal Two of the state Democratic Party's most popular public officials, Congressman Seth Moulton and Attorney General Maura Healey, announced their strong support for Kevin Coppinger in his bid for the Ess…

State Rep. Harrington faces challenge from newcomer Matt Meneghini » Nashoba Publishing She is up for reelection Nov. 8 and faces a challenge from a newcomer, Groton Democrat Matthew T. Meneghini. He thought it was a shame that in two back-to-back presidential election years, Harrington…

Warren backs Jacques in race against Howitt » The Sun Chronicle U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has endorsed Paul Jacques of Rehoboth in his run for state representative in the 4th Bristol District. Jacques, an Attleboro firefighter, is running against state Rep. Steve…

Suffolk County candidate would eliminate the job he's running for » Universal Hub John Keith told members of Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale this week that if he elected Suffolk County register of deeds, he would work to try to make the obscure position an appointed one.…

Teacher union seeks probe of financial firms » Boston Herald Teachers' unions are calling for an investigation for the Yes on 2 campaign by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission and state officials, claiming a possible pay-to-play scheme.…

Early voting in Arlington off to a good start » Wicked Local Arlington

Lynn Democratic City Committee to Host Dukakis, Galvin, Goldberg at Annual Unity Breakfast » Lynn Journal

Teacher Unions Call for SEC Investigation into Baker's 'Possible Pay-to-Play Scheme' » Boston Magazine

Lewis endorsed by Katherine Clark in 7th Middlesex state rep race » The Metro West Daily News

Public Health

Attleboro beset by ODs » Boston Herald Four people overdosed on heroin in the space of an hour in the Attleboro area Wednesday morning — one fatally — and police suspect fentanyl could be to blame.…

Residents Come Out Eager to Learn about Health Education » Winthrop Transcript

Nine mayors work to extend wellness trust fund » Worcester Business Journal

Public Safety

Yes and no on Question 4 » Commonwealth Magazine The reviews are in and it appears the view is near-universal – Question 4, as written, is a dumpster fire that would legalize having and using pot but not the ability to sell it immediately. Ma…

Rising through the ranks » Gloucester Times Kevin Coppinger was a young cop on the beat in his hometown of Lynn when the concept of community policing began taking hold in police departments across the country.…

Police sound alarm on regional lockup » Lowell Sun It wasn't long after Peter Koutoujian became Middlesex County sheriff in 2011 that the county's 54 police chiefs sent him the message: A regional lockup facility was needed. "It's the No. 1 priority …

State Finance

Baker relents, for now, on unilateral budget cuts » Berkshire Eagle Democratic legislative leaders this week urged Gov. Charlie Baker to delay mid-year budget cuts and Baker aides on Thursday outlined "alternative measures" his administration would take to close a $29…

Baker agrees to delay mid-year budget cuts » Sentinel & Enterprise Democratic legislative leaders this week urged Gov. Charlie Baker to delay mid-year budget cuts and Baker aides on Thursday outlined "alternative measures" his administration would take to close a $29…

Charlie Baker's budget chief warns of deeper deficit to come » Boston Herald The state's budget problems apparently could get even worse, Gov. Charlie Baker's budget chief warned yesterday.…

State Government

Union, Charlie Baker at odds after gov rips train motorman » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday criticized an Orange Line motorman for failing to follow protocol during Wednesday's fire — drawing a retort from the Carmen's Union that called the train driver a …

Transportation

Your guide to the new all-electronic tolling » Boston Globe All-electronic tolling hits the Massachusetts Turnpike at 10 p.m. Friday, and the wholesale replacement of the infamous tollbooths will mark a major change for the thousands of drivers on the Turnpike…

Website shutting down amid switch to electronic tolls » State House News Service A difficult week in Massachusetts transportation, marked by a chaotic evacuation of a smoke-filled Orange Line train, is ending with a burst of concern over the state's long-planned conversion to an a…

After Orange Line Smoke-Out, Some Democrats See Tax Hikes As An MBTA Fix » WGBH After a fire on an aging MBTA Orange Line caused a panic and left passengers kicking out windows to escape a smoke-filled subway car, Democrats in the Legislature are piping up that it might just be t…

E-ZPass Website Overloaded With Applications Ahead of All-electronic Tolling » iBerkshires The state Department of Transportation is overloaded with applications for E-ZPass transponders. The all-electronic tolling goes into effect on Friday. But the state's website had become so overload…

Report: MBTA Worker Did Not Follow Protocol in Orange Line Evacuation » Somerville Patch As the Mass. Bay Transit Authority investigates a mechanical problem that sparked a smoky evacuation on the Orange Line Wednesday, Massachusetts' governor and the MBTA tell two local news stations tha…

Peabody RMV hopes live on » Lynn Daily News Item

Pollack urges patience during "intense" tolling transition » State House News Service

Utilities

Massachusetts Solar: A Series of Legislative Successes » Massachusetts ranks fourth in the nation in terms of cumulative installed solar capacity, according to MassSolar.…

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