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Letting DiMasi out would be mercy, not leniency » Boston Globe When federal prosecutors, backed by the US Bureau of Prisons, asked federal Judge Mark Wolf to release former House speaker Sal DiMasi a few weeks ago, everybody thought it was a done deal. …

Pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC accepted illegal contributions » Center for Public Integrity Pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Correct the Record accepted $250,000 in illegal contributions from a charity backed by a Boston-based construction firm already in trouble this year for its political don…

United Independent Party loses state party designation » Politico Not even two years old, the United Independent Party has lost its official party status. …

CNN drops commentator Donna Brazile over WikiLeaks revelations » Boston Globe CNN has cut ties with commentator and interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile after WikiLeaks revealed that Brazile leaked more primary debate questions to Hillary Clinton's campaign…

The Washington Post's executive editor Marty Baron on breaking Trump's Access Hollywood hot mic moment and the surprising positives of working beside software engineers » the guardian The phone call that would, just hours later, inflict a highly damaging blow to Donald Trump's presidential ambitions came through to Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold mid-morning on Friday 7 …

Baker urges probe of firm's donation to Democrats » Worcester Telegram Gov. Charlie Baker and Republican Party officials on Monday encouraged government officials to investigate a report that a politically wired law firm reimbursed partners for political contributions to…

Lantigua tells supporters he's running for mayor » Eagle Tribune Former Mayor William Lantigua will return from the Dominican Republic to run for mayor next year, he said in a text message he is sending to supporters.…

Why the Catholic Church Is Leading the Fight Against Legal Pot in Massachusetts » The Atlantic Legal weed has an enemy in Boston: the Roman Catholic Church. On Friday, the Boston Archdiocese gave $850,000 to oppose Question 4, a ballot initiative that would create a system for regulating legal,…

“I certainly hope this issue gets investigated,” said Baker. “I think this particular story in the Globe raises a number of serious issues, and I hope that the parties that are involved in regulating campaign finance at the state and federal level take a look at it.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the questionable campaign donations from a Boston based law firm.

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Business

Would a combined DraftKings and FanDuel be too big for regulators? » Boston Globe If DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. merge, it would create a daily-fantasy-sports powerhouse — possibly raising antitrust concerns among federal regulators, legal experts say. …

Tall tower is planned in Boston. What shadow will it cast? » Boston Globe There could be a new hurdle in the saga to redevelop the defunct Winthrop Square Garage: The 750-foot skyscraper planned for the site would cast long shadows over Boston Common and the Public Garden.…

Mass Maritime president has bold ideas for Main Street's west end » Wicked Local Cape Cod Call it a pipe dream. Mission impossible. Thinking-outside-the-box.…

Eastleigh Farm in Framingham seeks to gauge development rights » The Metro West Daily News The owner of Eastleigh Farm is moving to capitalize on the town's new Transfer of Development Rights bylaw.…

Study finds racial discrimination by Uber drivers » Boston Globe A study of race and Uber found the company's drivers in Boston canceled pickups of riders with African-American-sounding names at double the rate of those with names more likely to belong to a white p…

Where you can find the new NBC Boston on your remote » Boston Globe If you want to watch the new NBC Boston station on Jan. 1, pay close attention.…

Health Care For All picks former Dukakis staffer as interim director » Boston Business Journal Health Care For All has appointed an attorney who was previously former Gov. Michael Dukakis's chief of staff as the interim director.…

The 2016 top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts » Boston Globe We looked at revenue or operating budget and other variables, including number of full-time employees in the state, workplace and management diversity, and innovative projects. …

Education

Mayor introduces plan to expand free college tuition for some Boston students » The Daily Free Press Boston Mayor Martin Walsh outlined his plan to expand Boston's citywide tuition-free community college program to other Massachusetts community colleges, while at a White House Community College meeti…

Are families lying to get children into top Boston schools? » Boston Globe Scores of affluent suburban families are falsifying residency information in order to place their children in certain desirable Boston public schools, according to City Councilor Annissa Essaibi Georg…

A Former Charter School Teacher Wades Into The Debate » WBUR I support public schools and attended them from kindergarten through high school. Yet after teaching at a charter school in Dorchester for five years, I wish I'd had the opportunity to attend one. I w…

Opening the Ivy League to an underrepresented bloc: Veterans » The Sentinel & Enterprise It's not easy to find military veterans in undergraduate programs at most Ivy League schools. Harvard has only three in its undergrad liberal arts and sciences school. Princeton, just one. Students …

What Massachusetts schools will Question 2 affect? Urban, not suburban » MassLive Voters will be asked next week if Massachusetts should lift the cap and allow more charter schools to operate in the state. While this is an issue that voters from across the state will be asked to v…

Environment

Audubon wants more land protected, especially on the coast » The Salem News About one-quarter of the state's land is off-limits to development, reflecting decades of efforts by government and nonprofit groups to protect natural resources and wildlife habitat.…

State reopens waters south of Cape for shellfishing » State House News Service

Health Care

Higher prices, fewer options as Massachusetts Health Connector begins 2017 enrollment » The Republican Massachusetts residents buying insurance on the state's Health Connector will see higher prices and fewer options when open enrollment begins Tuesday.…

Rite Way officials plead not guilty in $19M MassHealth fraud » Sentinel & Enterprise The owner and three managers of a former Westminster-based transportation company Rite Way pleaded not guilty Monday in Worcester Superior Court to charges stemming from their connection to an alleged…

Premium cost, primary care valued in health plan shopping, Sudders says » State House News Service

Judiciary

Capuano, Rosenberg pushed for DiMasi to be moved to Mass. » Boston Globe

Judge outlines expectations at hearing on DiMasi release motion » State House News Service

Judge Hears Ex-House Speaker Sal DiMasi's Request For Compassionate Release » CBS Boston

Healey not planning to testify for Barry-Smith » State House News Service

Judge hears arguments on early DiMasi release » Boston Globe

Labor

Several States, Employers Help Workers Make Time To Vote » WBUR Come next Tuesday, millions of people will stand in line to vote; last presidential cycle, about 57.5 percent of eligible voters cast ballots. Still, that means nearly half did not. Many people stay a…

Legislative

Sal DiMasi's lawyer says jailed pol has lost 45 pounds » Boston Herald Cancer-stricken former House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi has lost 45 pounds behind bars since his 2011 corruption trial, his lawyer said as he prepares to argue today to have the ailing ex-pol release…

Judge weighs conditions for DiMasi's release from prison » State House News Service

Local Government

CIty Hall Notebook: Angelini in line for seat on Redevelopment Authority » Worcester Telegram Michael P. Angelini, a long-time civic and business leader, has been appointed by City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. to the board of Worcester Redevelopment Authority.…

More than 3,000 Springfield residents have cast ballots early... and counting » The Republican Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola said the popularity of early voting has been "amazing" in Springfield to date, exceeding 3,000 ballots cast by mid-afternoon Monday,…

Ruffled feathers: Chicken fight to continue at Brockton meeting » The Enterprise The Brockton chicken debate is set to continue on Tuesday, with a hearing on the matter scheduled during a public meeting of the city's board of health.…

Westfield receiving $1.8 million for Route 20 improvements » WWLP 22 The City of Westfield is receiving nearly $2 million in funding from the state; money which is hoped to bring about millions more in private investment.…

Worcester to receive $2.3 million boost to create more walkable downtown » The Republican

State chips in $2.4 million for Main Street project, Stearns Tavern move » Worcester Mag

Opinion

LETTER: Caroline Colarusso or Michael Day for State Rep.? » Winchester Patch How to choose? How can we believe the ads? Who's lying or stretching the truth? Who is best for Winchester?…

Raising 'good' cholesterol doesn't protect against heart disease after all, study finds » STAT News Good” cholesterol might be in for a name change.,0,,,0,0,320,0,0,0,0,0,,,11,0,2016-11-01 09:10:26,1780,, 111626,1,2016-11-01 00:00:00,http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/10/31/fbi-double-sta…

Vote 'no' on charter schools » Boston Globe IT'S NOT EASY to compete with buckets of money pouring into Massachusetts to convince the public to lift the cap on charter schools but, as a former teacher who has worked for more than 50 years with …

FBI director James Comey should resign » Boston Globe James Comey really messed up.…

The Republican endorses a 'yes' vote on Question 2, charter school expansion (Editorial) » The Republican Families with economic means have freedom of choice when it comes to educating their kids. It is not only unfair but damaging to society that families without such economic advantages do not.…

Frank Ardinger for Leominster state rep » Sentinel & Enterprise The voters of Leominster are fortunate to have two strong candidates seeking to succeed Dennis Rosa in the state House of Representatives.…

Spending money… to spend more money » New Boston Post “You must spend money,” observed Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus, “to make money.” …

The Republican endorses a 'no' vote on Question 3, related to farm animal confinement (Editorial) » The Republican The case for a "yes" vote on Question 3 speaks to the emotional side of animal welfare, but it ignores the facts and will deal an untimely, unnecessary blow to consumers and farmers alike.…

Editorial: Choices in the House » Boston Herald There are pitifully few competitive races for the Legislature again this year, with just 44 of 160 House races contested next Tuesday.…

Lombardo will always do what's best for Billerica » Lowell Sun

Harrington for state rep » Lowell Sun

Other

Trump praising Clintons in Imus Interviews » CNN In several appearances on Don Imus's radio program reviewed by CNN's KFile, Donald Trump praised Hillary Clinton as a "really terrific woman," said Nancy Pelosi was going to do "terrific" as speaker o…

Clinton campaign escalates effort to discredit FBI probe » Boston Globe The Hillary Clinton campaign Monday escalated its efforts to discredit FBI Director James Comey's disclosure of a revived e-mail investigation, accusing him of applying a double standard for refusing …

Bill Weld calls FBI Director Comey's letter on new emails 'disgraceful' and 'off the reservation' » Boston.com Bill Weld does not approve of the decision by FBI Director James Comey to send a letter informing Congress—and, in turn, the public—of the discovery of new emails that could be connected…

If There's No Opponent, What Does An Incumbent Congressman Do During Campaign Season? » New England Public Radio The presidential race has dominated news coverage this election cycle, but there are a lot of other races on the ballot, including contests for Congress.…

Markey: FBI got 'sequence' wrong in Clinton email announcement » The Metro West Daily News U.S. Sen. Ed Markey said Monday that the FBI should conclude its investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server "within the next 48 hours" so the probe doesn't hurt down-ballot races in the g…

New commission begins exploration of regulating gaming industry » State House News Service By the end of July, the Legislature could have a roadmap that details the opportunities and pitfalls of regulating online gaming and fantasy sports.…

Massachusetts to Explore Online Gambling Legalization » Casino News Daily

Politics

Clinton, Walsh return donations from Boston law firm » Boston Globe Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Hillary Clinton on Monday joined a growing number of politicians vowing to return thousands of dollars in donations from the Thornton Law Firm after a pattern of quest…

Hinds cites experience bringing together large groups of people » The Recorder After beating back two challengers in the Democratic primary in September, Adam Hinds of Pittsfield is involved in a two-party race for a state Senate seat.…

Massachusetts state Senate race puts President Obama at odds with Gov. Charlie Baker » Boston.com Massachusetts state Sen. Eric Lesser got a pretty big endorsement Monday: a stamp of approval from President Barack Obama.…

Migliore endorsed by Congressman Joe Kennedy III » Wicked Local Saugus Congressman Joe Kennedy III today endorsed Jen Migliore, the Democratic nominee for state representative in the 9th Essex District, commending her passion for public service and commitment to the comm…

Linda Bond Endorsed by Governor and Lieutenant Governor » Cape Cod Online First-time politician Linda Bond, a Republican candidate for Barnstable County Commissioner, was recently endorsed by Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.…

Writing in your vote for president? It might not get counted. » The Associated Press (AP) Some disaffected voters, including a few public officials, have vowed to write in the name of their ideal candidate rather than pick among Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and other names printed on the…

Political Notes: Marquee names boost local campaigns » Cape Cod Times The Cape and Islands have been a closely watched hotbed of political activity in Massachusetts during the 2016 election cycle, and it's not over yet. …

In 9th Congressional District, Alliegro gets 2nd chance against Keating » The Enterprise This time Mark Alliegro is getting his chance to challenge U.S. Rep. William Keating for the 9th Congressional District seat.…

Why some of us love Trump » Berkshire Eagle Republicans are outnumbered in Precinct 4 in Adams, just as they are these days throughout the blue state of Massachusetts. But in this cluster of streets on the south side of Adams, they joined with …

Rep. Donahue, Fresolo square off in 16th District debate » Worcester Telegram & Gazette With eight days of early voting already in the books and Election Day itself just a week away, the two candidates vying for the 16th Worcester District squared off in their first and only debate of th…

POLITICS: Joan Meschino lists key endorsements » Wicked Local Cohasset Joan Meschino earned the endorsements of Congressman Stephen Lynch and former State Rep. Garrett Bradley in her bid to become the next state representative for Hingham, Hull, Cohasset and North Scitua…

Baker to leave presidential ballot blank, but is still very involved in election » WWLP 22

Gov. Charlie Baker campaigns in Springfield for lifting the charter school cap » The Republican

Election poses big test for Baker » Boston Globe

Democratic Hampden Sheriff nominee Nick Cocchi endorses State Sen. Eric Lesser » The Republican

Teachers unions file complaint over 'pay-to-play' allegations involving charter school supporters » The Republican

Top Catholic, political officials in Mass. rally against legal pot » Boston Globe

Public Health

Flanagan, Rodrigues argue the pros and cons of pot legalization » The Herald News

Public Safety

Outsider's perspective on pot legalization » Commonwealth Magazine When you're struggling with a decision, sometimes it's helpful to get an outsider's perspective. The CBS news magazine 60 Minutes on Sunday reported on marijuana legalization, which is on the ballot t…

Boston Cops, Man's Mother Offer Differing Descriptions Of Fatal Shooting » WBUR The mother of a man with schizophrenia killed by Boston police over the weekend is refuting the official story. Authorities say 31-year-old Terrence Coleman came at EMTs, who had been called to the r…

Fees, fines and regulations: A guide to the Massachusetts marijuana ballot question » MassLive The Massachusetts ballot question that would legalize recreational marijuana use takes up 10 single-spaced pages in the official state voter guide. In short, Question 4 would allow adults over 21 to …

Rodrigues, Flanagan make arguments for, against legalizing pot » South Coast Today From gateway drugs to job creation to new revenue, two prominent SouthCoast figures debated Question 4 on the next week's ballot that proposes to legalize the commercial sale, recreational use and pe…

State Government

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP: The governor's at the door » Wicked Local Mattapoisett If you like your school, you can keep your school.…

Mass. Early Voters Top 500K Over Weekend – More Than 10 Percent » WGBH More than 500,000 voters have now cast ballots in the state's first experiment in early voting, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Secretary of Commonwealth told WGBH News today.…

Is it or isn't it? State senator claims Baker's favorite town is Charlemont » Sentinel & Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker said he appreciates all 351 of the state's communities equally, despite a claim by a state senator who said he prizes a town in Franklin County above all others.…

Guv encourages rural towns to keep trying for grants » State House News Service State infrastructure dollars awarded Monday in one of nine MassWorks grants to rural towns will help maintain a bridge in Franklin County that serves as the only link to the Berkshire East Mountain Re…

Unusual policy allows Massachusetts Environmental Police to interrupt shifts to work private details » Nashoba Publishing or a decade, the Massachusetts Environmental Police have operated under an unusual paid-detail policy that national law-enforcement experts warn could jeopardize officers' commitment to public safety.…

Rural towns awarded $9M in “MassWorks” grants for road repairs » WWLP 22 News

Board member who stripped DiMasi's pension calls for his release » State House News Service

Gov. Baker Announces Funds For Road Work To Help Business Expand » WAMC

Transportation

After smoky chaos on Orange Line, MBTA union chief rips into Gov. Charlie Baker » The Republican The president of the Boston Carmen's union, which represents more than 4,000 MBTA workers, ripped into Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday, calling him a "great Monday morning quarterback" after last week's …

Monday commute went well, but you should still expect disruptions on Mass. Pike, Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said he was "pleased" with what he saw when he was on the Mass. Turnpike over the weekend, as work crews moved to demolish the toll plazas and metal gantries started electronically …

Governor Baker: Toll booth demolition to be mostly finished by the holidays » WWLP 22 Monday morning's commute marked the first major test of the state's new all-electronic tolling system on the Massachusetts Turnpike, and MassDOT says that everything went very well.…

Pike's long strange trip has begun, and it is working fine! » Boston Herald Toll plazas in Auburn, Millbury and Westboro are set to be ripped down tonight as the demolition work along the Mass Pike continues with commuters being warned to try and avoid the highway if possible…

Business unusual at the T » Commonwealth Magazine IT'S A MANTRA spoken so often these days, it could be a bumper sticker. “The MBTA is open for business,” Brian Shortsleeve, the agency's chief administrator and acting general manager, sai…

MBTA could outsource call center » Worcester Business Journal The MBTA last month adopted a process to consider unsolicited proposals from businesses and organizations, with a top T official declaring the transit agency "open for business."…

What The Election Could Mean For Commuter Rail In Southern N.H. » WBUR Earlier this year, it seemed a commuter rail line could really happen for southern New Hampshire. Polling had shown 74 percent of residents support it, and lawmakers were voting on whether to use $4 m…

MBTA Eyes Partnership With Bridj To Provide Late-Night Transit Service » WBUR The MBTA is considering partnering with a local startup to fill the gap in late-night transit service. The T's Fiscal Management and Control Board discussed a proposal Monday from Bridj, a Boston-bas…

What Pikeocalypse? Commute goes better than expected » Boston Globe Nightmarish backups. Groans of frustration. Ghastly, grinding commutes.…

As tollbooths come down, website back up » State House News Service

Governor Baker optimistic about electronic tolling transition » WWLP 22

Utilities

Tariff system in works as tensions build over solar subsidies » South Coast Today Only months after Gov. Charlie Baker signed a solar energy bill into law giving the industry breathing room to continue to grow, major decisions loom over the short-term and long-term strategy for sol…

From Coal to Sol! How Holyoke's power plant went green » Valley Advocate It was an intense meeting in the winter of 2015: On one side of the room sat the owners and operators of the Mt. Tom Generating Plant, a coal-fired power station on Route 5 in Holyoke.…

Conn. pulls plug on natural gas pipeline project reviews after Mass. ruling on costs » South Coast Today Connecticut energy officials have cancelled the review of several natural gas pipeline proposals, dealing another blow to the prospects of the Eversource/Access Northeast project that would place huge…

Tariff system in the works as tensions build again over solar subsidies » WWLP 22

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