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Offshore money pours into slot machine initiative in Massachusetts » New England Center for Investigative Reporting More than $3 million in contributions backing an added slot-machine casino in Massachusetts came from offshore entities and their overseas employees in Asia, according to revised disclosures that deep…

City budgets can absorb more charter schools » Boston Globe WITH DAYS to go before voters decide on the hotly contested ballot question to lift the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts, a misleading November surprise arrived from an unlikely source. An e-ma…

Rosenberg Backs Review Of Election Pre-Registration Law » WGBH Senate President Stan Rosenberg wants to revisit a state law that calls for voters to be registered 20 days prior to an election. …

MWRA Says A Crumbling Water System Threatens Greater Boston With Catastrophe » WGBH Crumbling water pipes – some that are between 40 and 60 years old – have deteriorated to the point that Boston and nearly 60 percent of eastern Massachusetts cities and towns risk losin…

David Duke 'does deserve a bullet,' says Donald Trump's son Eric » The Washington Post Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's son Eric said Thursday that former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke “does deserve a bullet” during a radio interview. …

Don't hold your breath for Trump TV » Politico He's got an enthusiastic, dedicated following. He's tested his potential audience with a faux-news program on Facebook. And his inner circle is not only enthused about the venture but also testing the…

Where's the money for courthouse fixes? Competition across state fierce » Hampshire Gazette Inside the dark and decrepit interior of the courthouse center tower that lords above downtown's busy streets, sunlight shines through several small holes in the ceiling. There's rotting floorboards, …

Alleging cronyism and corruption, developers file $50M lawsuit against Springfield over RMV project » The Republican Investors in an ill-fated development for a new Registry of Motor Vehicles building have filed a $50 million lawsuit in federal court, alleging the city plunged the project into an abyss of evasive an…

“The ACLU has raised an interesting point. We should be making it easier for people to vote and to engage in their communities, not harder. Since in Massachusetts we always want to make it easier for people to vote, this is worth considering,"

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about the state law that requires voters to be registered 20 days prior to an election.

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Business

Shire quietly halts new investments coming out of Baxalta Ventures » Boston Business Journal Today, Shire plc confirmed it won't make any new investments from Baxalta Ventures, the short-lived venture capital arm of the drug company Shire acquired in June.…

One of Quincy's oldest firms sees payoff after $1.6B New Quincy Center fiasco » Boston Business Journal A mainstay in the city's business community, Quincy Mutual had already taken a risk on New Quincy Center.…

Executive Profile: Lisa DeAngelis is fostering the next generation of Boston's trailblazers » Boston Business Journal As director of the Center for Collaborative Leadership at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Lisa DeAngelis makes it her goal to help dozens of young men and women around the city to realize thei…

Central Mass firms granted $300K for food recycling » Worcester Business Journal Two Central Massachusetts businesses have received $300,000 in grants from the commonwealth's Recycling Business Development Grant program that will enable them to better process and manage packaged f…

Waltham cybersecurity company acquired as part of $2.8B deal » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Early voting comes with a price tag » Eagle Tribune Four years ago, in the last presidential election, Dan Rivera said it was 10 p.m. on voting day before he was able to cast his ballot. Rivera, who since has been elected Lawrence mayor, said he arriv…

Voters who want to cast ballots early must act quickly » Sentinel & Enterprise Massachusetts voters who want to cast their ballots early have to act quickly. The state's first-ever early voting period ends Friday. Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin has asked local e…

Education

Harvard and Mass. Politicians Celebrate Life Lab Opening » Harvard Crimson 0 Harvard's upper crust and high-profile poltiicans celebrated the official opening of the Harvard Life Lab, a new biotech research and enterprise facility in Allston, with speeches and a ribbon-cutt…

Two men, one from Haverhill, join NECC Foundation Board » Eagle Tribune William Cox Jr. of Haverhill and Kevin Kilday of Wilmington were added to the board.…

Harvard cancels men's soccer season over sexually explicit 'scouting reports' » Boston Globe Harvard University abruptly canceled the season of its men's soccer team Thursday, after a university investigation found that a lewd online “scouting report” about female athletes created…

Bay state's charter war attracts national attention » Politico The Democratic Party's growing division over charter schools is playing out in the blue state of Massachusetts, where a ballot referendum on the expansion of charter schools has attracted a national s…

Malden charter seeks damages from departing teacher » Commonwealth Magazine ONE MIGHT HAVE expected Mystic Valley Regional Charter School to throw Matt Kowalski a goodbye party after seven years as a dedicated social studies teacher at the Malden school. Instead, they sent hi…

Charter Schools Began In A Surprising Way: With A Union Leader » WBUR This fall, yellow-shirted brigades of teachers, parents and students are using yard signs, leaflets and door-knocking to oppose Question 2, the initiative that would allow 12 new or expanded charter s…

Treasurer eyes pilot to make college debt more transparent » State House News Service Students at a University of Massachusetts campus would be alerted to their total student debt load and estimated monthly payoff amounts under a pilot program proposed by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg.…

Harvard Suspends Men's Soccer Team Over Sexual Comments » WBUR Harvard University suspended its men's soccer team for the remainder of the season because of sexual comments made about members of the women's soccer team.…

In Lowell, Baker touts charter school question as foes boo » Nashoba Publishing Gov. Charlie Baker stumped in the Highlands in support of the charter-school ballot question on Wednesday before opponents crashed the event, yelling "Shame on you, Governor Baker," as he left. Baker…

Health Care

State to pilot ER-based addiction treatment initiative at three hospitals » State House News Service Three Massachusetts hospitals will receive a total of $3 million to test a model of addiction treatment that begins in the emergency room, under a state grant program created in this year's state budg…

?Alere stock plunges after division allegedly submitted claims for dead patients » Boston Business Journal

Feds approve $52.5 billion Medicaid deal for Massachusetts » State House News Service

Human Services

Bennett Walsh explains bed reduction, praises staff, tells of walking trail plan for Holyoke Soldiers' Home » The Republican Bennett W. Walsh received the kind of introduction Thursday that might have rattled a civilian.…

Judiciary

If Clinton Wins, Republicans Suggest Shrinking Size of Supreme Court » WBUR With just days until the election, some Senate Republicans are suggesting that when it comes to the Supreme Court, eight is enough. Eight justices, that is. For the first time, some Senate Republican…

Labor

Final jobs report before election offers decent numbers on lukewarm economy » Boston Globe U.S. employers added a decent 161,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent from 5 percent.…

Legislative

Duck boat safety, ethics task force bill moving forward in House » State House News Service A bill instituting new safety requirements for duck boats and a resolve creating an ethics task force began moving through the House on Thursday, along with nine other bills.…

Local Government

Quincy: Secretary Beaton Announces Grants for Local Towns » 95.9 WATD Along the Sea Street seawall in Quincy, representatives from towns around the state gathered for the announcement of grants that would help their communities. The grants come from the Department of En…

Lt Gov: Rt 114 improvements "will be transformational" Karyn Polito tours pedestrian crosswalk at Merrimack » Eagle Tribune Lt .Gov. Karyn Polito touted the new pedestrian crosswalk at Merrimack College as a model for successful partnerships in the state Thursday when officials from the college and town of North Andover ga…

Kennedy fights to prevent asthma and diabetes » Lynn Daily News Item Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy is one of nine Bay State mayors and more than 200 community and health leaders who urged lawmakers to reauthorize a $60 million state trust fund to help prevent diabetes …

Tyer Advocates For Adoption of Community Preservation Act » iBerkshires Mayor Linda Tyer says the Community Preservation Act will "get Pittsfield ready for good things to happen."…

City wins $1M for dam » Gloucester Times The 114-year-old dam that secures Gloucester's largest single drinking water source will be getting some significant shoring up thanks to a $1 million financial package the city has been awarded by th…

Halifax: Please try not to smell too much » Patriot Ledger Halifax is giving the stink eye to people who come into town hall doused in perfume or cologne.…

Wakefield School Committee roundup: District Level 2 in MCAS, new tool will screen for substance abuse » Wicked Local Wakefield During the next school year, something known as a verbal screening tool will be administered to some Wakefield students to check for substance abuse.…

At UMass, Amherst elementary project foes, proponents vie for students' early votes » Hampshire Gazette As hundreds of University of Massachusetts Amherst students streamed into the Student Union to grab lunch Thursday afternoon, many exercised their last opportunity to cast a ballot at one of the town'…

Community Preservation Act ballot question in Springfield gains additional endorsements from local groups, legislator » The Republican A local organization that has urged a "Yes" vote for the Community Preservation Act property tax surcharge on the Nov. 8 ballot, has announced additional endorsements from community groups and from st…

BRPC Using Non-Profit Arm To Supplement Ongoing Planning Projects » iBerkshires

Governor Signs Bill to Allow Lenox, Lee and Stockbridge to Share Administrator » iBerkshires

Opinion

Why it's so hard to vote yes on Question 2 » Boston Globe Who would've thought that it would be easier for us to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts than to lift the cap on charter schools. …

Editorial: Voters play Snow White » Boston Herald Three presidential debates, a primary election season that began last December and a presidential contest that is as contentious as any have seen in generations.…

One family's painful struggle hits home » Boston Globe RE “POLICE repeatedly called to slain man's home”: My heart breaks for this mother, not to mention her son, who suffered from mental illness.…

Flawed, cash-strapped mental health system is to blame here » Boston Globe RE “POLICE repeatedly called to slain man's home” (Metro, Nov. 1): The fatal police shooting of Terrence Coleman was a tragic outcome for a mentally ill young man and for his mother, who w…

Boston officials must step up for justice in this tragedy » Boston Globe WHEN I learned of the police shooting death of Terrence Coleman, an African-American man from Boston's South End who was described in the police report as “emotionally disturbed,” I was sa…

Our View: Marc Pacheco for state Senate » Taunton Gazette State Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, has a proven track record of getting results for the First Plymouth and Bristol District, which includes Taunton, Raynham, Bridgewater, Carver, Marion, Middleboro, …

ViewPoint: Farm ballot codifies progress as policy » Boston Business Journal As a businessman, I believe that caution is needed when enacting rules affecting private enterprise. But this is clearly a time when common-sense regulations such as Question 3 are wise.…

Retailers: Question 4 not good for Main Streets » Boston Business Journal Those financing the initiative would leave you to believe there is plenty of local control, and that marijuana is treated just like alcohol.…

Editorial: Blocking a Fanduel-DraftKing merger doesn't help the marketplace » Boston Business Journal Fanduel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. are reportedly continuing their merger talk.…

Analysis: No Matter Who Wins On Tuesday, Our Political Dialogue Needs Attention » WBUR In a few days, the presidential election will be over, drawing to a close nearly two years of nonstop campaigning. As we head into the final weekend, Hillary Clinton still appears to have the edge ove…

OUR OPINION: Now is not the time to legalize recreational marijuana » The Enterprise Marijuana was decriminalized in Massachusetts in 2008, and medical marijuana was legalized in 2012.…

Gov Baker — A Profile in Courage » Beacon Hill Times With Republican office-holders abandoning their support of GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump like the proverbial rats leaving a sinking ship, Massachusetts residents can be proud that our Govern…

Editorial: Little hope for a better Congress » Milford Daily News There's little chance Massachusetts' all-Democratic delegation to Congress will change with next week's election. …

Our View: Vote No on Ballot Question 4 » Taunton Gazette Given Taunton's issues with opiates and other drugs and due to the method of the ballot initiative, the Taunton Gazette encourages a No vote on Ballot Question 4, the initiative to legalize marijuana.…

Vote 'no' to postpone gambling expansion in Massachusetts (Letters) » The Republican

Letter: Lyons is taxpayers' watchdog on Beacon Hill » Eagle Tribune

Put L'Italien in Dracut's corner for another two years » The Valley Dispatch

Other

Clinton works to shore up her firewall in key states » Boston Globe Democrats, no longer aiming for a blowout win, are working furiously to shore up Hillary Clinton's firewall in Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Hampshire, and other key states as her bitter battle with Don…

N.H. poll shows Trump, Clinton tied; Ayotte slightly ahead » Boston Globe With just five days before the presidential election, a new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll in the swing state of New Hampshire found Hillary Clinton has lost her lead and is tied with Donald Tru…

It's Weld's move » Commonwealth Magazine After months of one of the most bizarre — and ugly — presidential campaigns in modern times, decision time has finally arrived. For American voters? Yes. But also for Bill Weld. The sta…

Polarization And A Lack Of Productivity Are Likely To Reign After Election Day » WBUR No matter who wins the presidential election on Tuesday, it's nearly certain Congress will be more narrowly divided come January. And with no clear mandate likely coming out of 2016, there is little …

Documents reveal true backers of drive for a 2nd slots parlor » Boston Globe The $3.2 million campaign to open a second slots parlor in Massachusetts has been secretly financed by a team of developers who brought gambling to Maine and whose casino in Laos was seized by the gov…

Politics

How and why we vote the way we do » Boston Globe Why do we vote how we vote? And I don't mean this black swan election: I mean over time. Scholars didn't really rally to this topic until the 1950s, when a couple thousand Americans told University of…

Saugus rep candidates in final faceoff » Lynn Daily News Item At Thursday night's debate between State Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) and challenger Jennifer Migliore, the candidates faced off with just days until election day.…

Newcomer Kara Nyman challenges DeCoste in race for fifth Plymouth state rep seat » Patriot Ledger Democrat Kara Nyman, the 24-year-old daughter of two former state representatives, will challenge Republican incumbent David DeCoste for an open seat as the Fifth Plymouth District state representativ…

Bitter split ahead of marijuana vote » Lowell Sun Opponents of the ballot question to legalize retail marijuana sales in Massachusetts have conjured a possible future where a "Cannabis" sign towers above a strip mall and a marijuana store advertises …

Speakers at Diemand Farm 'egg buy-in' in Wendell urge 'no' vote on Question 3 » The Republican The one Massachusetts egg farm that could be put out of business if Question 3 passes is pushing back, saying the ballot campaign, which would effectively require all laying hens to live cage-free, is…

Brady will add a fresh focus at Statehouse » State House News Service We are fortunate to have Republican Helen Brady challenging for the state representative seat held by Cory Atkins since 1999. I have great respectfor the many contributions Cory has made as our repres…

Just over 800,000 voters have cast early ballots in Mass. » Boston Globe Just over 800,000 Massachusetts voters had cast their ballots in the state's first-ever early voting period as of Thursday afternoon, officials said.…

Baker looks to put Sununu over the top » Boston Globe The last time Governor Charlie Baker crossed the state's northern border to back a candidate on a Saturday in New Hampshire, his endorsee dropped out of the race four days later.…

Mass. Ballot Questions Motivate Some Latinos To Vote » WBUR This year's contentious presidential election is driving many voters to the polls.…

Rosenberg shares ideas in re-election bid against South Hadley challenger » Hampshire Gazette Voters in 24 communities that make up the Hampshire-Franklin state senate district will decide Nov. 8 whether to re-elect Amherst Democratic State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, a state senato…

Experience vs. outsider in Massachusetts' 8th Congressional District » The Enterprise A Republican business owner who calls himself as an outsider and who is self-funding his campaign is trying to unseat a well-established Democrat with deep pockets and decades of political experience.…

Greater Lowell donors give Clinton far more than Trump » State House News Service Democrat Hillary Clinton has raised more than three times as much as her Republican opponent Donald Trump in the Greater Lowell and Fitchburg areas, according to federal campaign-finance reports.…

Kennedy turning focus to down ballot races Friday » State House News Service Despite facing his own challenger in next Tuesday's election, Congressman Joseph Kennedy is hitting the road on Friday to campaign for a pair of Democrats seeking seats in the state House of Represent…

Hundreds Of Mass. Volunteer Poll Monitors Ready For Election Day » WBUR A nonpartisan Boston-based organization is training election protection volunteers to monitor the voting process across the country on Election Day. Given the heated political rhetoric ahead of Nov. …

Health impacts of legal marijuana fuel debate over Question 4 » State House News Service Opponents of the ballot question to legalize retail marijuana sales in Massachusetts have conjured a possible future where a "Cannabis" sign towers above a strip mall and a marijuana store advertises …

Gov. Baker Helps Local Republican Candidates Campaign Door-to-Door » Cape Cod Online A handful of Republicans running for local offices campaigned door-to-door in Centerville Thursday morning, accompanied by Governor Charlie Baker.…

Mayor Walsh On Why He Opposes Question 2 On Charter Schools » WBUR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he supports charter schools but is opposed to ballot Question 2, which would allow the state to add up to 12 new charter schools a year.…

Governor Baker Endorses Sheriff Cummings for Re-Election » Cape Cod Online Governor Charlie Baker is endorsing Barnstable County Sheriff Jim Cummings in his bid for re-election.…

Senate candidates Anne Gobi, James Ehrhard go head-to-head in last forum » Worcester Telegram In their only planned face-to-face forum, state Sen. Anne M. Gobi, D-Spencer, said it's very telling that her opponent doesn't have the support of the seven Republican representatives in the Worcester…

Baker stumps for charter schools in New Bedford » South Coast Today A dozen or so Question 2 opponents stood Thursday afternoon with signs outside the Presidential Heights Office on Fillmore Street where Gov. Charlie Baker spoke in support of the ballot referendum.…

Polito: Ardinger a proven leader » Sentinel & Enterprise

In state rep race, both sides tout connection to Baker » Boston Globe

Two-term governor's councilor faces opposition » Eagle Tribune

Calls mount for investigation into Thornton firm political giving » State House News Service

Cape Republicans, Democrats Holding Pre-Election Rallies » Cape Cod Online

Docs who favor legalizing marijuana outline their case » State House News Service

Public Health

UMass Med researchers may have found clue in latest Ebola outbreak » Worcester Telegram A newly identified viral mutation may have made Ebola more infectious as the disease swept through West Africa in 2013-2016, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Massachuse…

Public Safety

41 officer unit to patrol downtown Springfield to contend with casino crowds » The Republican When the MGM Springfield casino opens its doors in September 2018, it will have transformed more than its 14.5 acre downtown campus.…

Pot proponents hit critics on 'scare tactics' » Commonwealth Magazine A LAWYER WHO helped draft the initiative to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana said critics of the referendum are using decades-old scare tactics to defeat the proposal and twisting proponen…

Hampden County DA investigating possible staff misconduct at women's correctional center in Chicopee » The Republican A maintenance worker employed at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center, located in Chicopee, may be under investigation as the result of sexual misconduct, according to 22News…

State Finance

October tax collections rise 7.4 percent from 2015 » State House News Service October may be a relatively small month for tax receipts, but revenue collections last month eclipsed the state's newly revised estimates by $79 million, putting the state budget on more solid footing…

State Government

Officials tour proposed Saugus RiverWalk route » Wicked Local Saugus State officials joined Town Manager Scott Crabtree in touring the path of a proposed Saugus RiverWalk that aims to jump-start the rebirth of the Saugus River waterfront.…

Comptroller blasts DCR's review of party's funding » Boston Herald The review of a pre-Fourth of July bash that used taxpayer resources “lacked impartiality” and low-balled how much two top parks officials used up, the state's financial watchdog said.…

Final tab for controversial DCR July party: $2,500 » Boston Herald The review the state launched after two parks officials used public resources to help throw a private pre-Fourth of July bash "lacked impartiality and independence" and the employees should have paid …

AG Healey wins legal round in case against gun makers » Boston Globe

Mass. embraces early voting as tally nears 1 million » Boston Globe

Taxation

Self-taxation for conservation started on Common » Commonwealth Magazine THIS NOVEMBER, THE CITIZENS OF BOSTON will have the historic opportunity to enact the Community Preservation Act. Already adopted by 161 cities and towns in the Commonwealth, and on the ballot in 15 …

Transportation

Could a new road ease South Boston traffic? » Boston Globe The South Boston Bypass Road has long tempted drivers with a way around traffic snarls that bedevil waterfront commuters, a mile-plus-long ribbon of asphalt that holds the promise of freedom.…

T station cleanliness criticized » Boston Herald Disgusted riders have filed more than 80 complaints about trash, odor and other grimy observations of MBTA stations since dozens of janitors were laid off in September, marking a nearly 50 percent spi…

Mass. Pike toll plaza demolition work is ahead of schedule, 81 percent of toll booths gone, MassDOT says » The Republican Demolition of toll plazas and reconstruction of some areas on the Mass. Turnpike is ahead of schedule, as much as two and a half weeks ahead, said officials with the Massachusetts Department of Transp…

Route 128/I-95 partial shutdown through Needham planned for this weekend » WCVB It's one of the oldest bridges crossing Route 128/Interstate 95 that still remains standing, and starting Friday night, highway officials will close the busy road to knock it down.…

MassDOT Sets $167M Minimum For 'SouthGate Boston' Parcels » Banker & Tradesman

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The Week In Review

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Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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