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Must-Reads

Cape Cod could become bastion of state GOP party » Cape Cod Times A political red tide may be heading for the shores of the Cape and Islands this week. …

Feds sign off on 5-year, $52B deal to overhaul MassHealth » Boston Herald The federal government has signed off on a five-year, $52.4 billion deal that Gov. Charlie Baker says will help create a more sustainable MassHealth system in Massachusetts. …

The Contested Legislative Races In Massachusetts » WBUR A list of the contested legislative races throughout Massachusetts that will be decided this Election Day. Many of the races are long-shot challenges to incumbents. …

Trump-Clinton? Charter Schools Are the Big Issue on Massachusetts' Ballot » New York Times The television ads are relentless, fueled by a historic surge of campaign spending. Fliers are clogging mailboxes.…

Short-term rental debate features competition, taxes, housing angles » State House News Service Shortly after formal legislative sessions ended in July, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz stayed in a stranger's California home for what would be his first experience using the home-hosting site Airbnb.…

“Secretary Clinton is running on the most progressive agenda in generations,” “So what I think is, that means it is important to get her elected on a progressive agenda and then help her enact that progressive agenda.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Campaigning for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.

News By Category
Business

She owes immigrant victims $1 million, but she's working in Boston for free » Boston Globe Glamorous and charismatic, Stella Figueredo lured thousands of immigrants to her offices with the promise of green cards and US citizenship, investigators said, and then charged them exorbitant fees f…

Distributor's tactics cost us $1.7 million, beer importer says » Boston Globe A lawsuit is giving loud and emphatic voice to a complaint craft brewers have whispered for years: that a handful of large beer distributors, enabled by antiquated state laws, manipulate the Massachus…

Clear Ballot says its technology ensures reliable vote counts » Boston Globe If the words “hanging chad” still send a shiver down your spine — particularly as Florida remains a make-or-break state in this presidential election — Larry Moore is hoping his system of scan…

Tewksbury businesses ready for merger with Wilmington Chamber » Daily Times Chronicle Despite a rainy and chilly fall night, scores of representatives from Tewksbury's business community came out to the Merrimack Valley Pavilion to discuss the launch of the new Tewksbury/Wilmington Cha…

Brockton mayor: Parking garage will 'unlock' downtown development » The Enterprise A new parking garage in downtown Brockton as part of The Enterprise Block will be funded with a $10 million grant through the MassWorks infrastructure program aimed at supporting housing production, e…

Education

Real Democrats support charter schools » Commonwealth Magazine WITH JUST DAYS until America selects a successor to President Obama, a longstanding kerfuffle has broken into the open on his longstanding, crystal clear opposition to artificial caps on public charte…

Robbing MIT to pay international reactor » Commonwealth Magazine THE DECADES-LONG QUEST to produce inexpensive carbon-free energy from nuclear fusion is making tangible progress. There is much work ahead but recent research is bringing the elusive goal in…

Pro-charter vote doesn't diminish district commitment » Commonwealth Magazine ON NOVEMBER 8, I will vote yes on Question 2, the referendum that would allow for controlled expansion of charter schools in Massachusetts. I have always embraced any social invention, including chart…

Harvard Officials Call For Culture Of Respect After New 'Sexually Explicit' Comments By Athletes » WBUR Officials at Harvard are calling for a culture of respect and dignity following revelations that the men's cross country team was tracking the physical appearances of members of the women's team.…

The MFA Plays An Artful Mind Game With Its Visitors — And They Love The 'Epiphany' » WBUR When you enter the Penny and Jeff Vinik Gallery on the second floor of the Art of the Americas wing of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, you're transported back in time.…

How School Finance Works: Two Fact-Checking Tweetstorms In The Charter Debate » WBUR Radio Boston has been exploring two underlying causes of strained school budgets in this last week of the debate over the charter cap. Working with producer Kathleen McNerney, I posted these findings …

Environment

Ipswich River flowing again » The Salem News With the hot, dry summer months long since past, the Ipswich River is flowing again. But there's still a long way to go before the river makes up for the lack of rainfall over the past few months. A c…

Protesters in Canton condemn second Blue Hills deer hunt » Patriot Ledger Lined up along a stretch of Route 138 in Canton this past Saturday with boldfaced protest signs, around 30 concerned citizens who make up the Friends of the Blue Hills Deer group condemned the hunt.…

Federal

FBI Affirms July Decision Not To Charge Clinton, After Review Of Weiner Emails » WBUR Following up on his letter that set off a firestorm of speculation just two weeks before U.S. voters head to the polls to choose a new president, FBI Director James Comey says the investigative team t…

Congressman Neal Wants Infrastructure, Tax Reform As Post-election Priorities » iBerkshires U.S. Rep. Richard Neal hopes that after election day, legislators will focus on infrastructure and tax reform. The Springfield Democrat is predicting Democrats to come out on top this election, star…

Health Care

State gains approval for big Medicaid overhaul » Commonwealth Magazine THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT today approved a huge infusion of money to Massachusetts and big restructuring of the state's Medicaid program, known as MassHealth. The five-year $52.4 billion waiver is major…

Feds approve $52.5 billion for Massachusetts Medicaid waiver » Wicked Local Dedham With federal funds at risk of expiring under an agreement forged by the former Patrick administration, the Obama administration has approved a five-year, $52.5 billion Medicaid waiver deal for Massach…

Judiciary

Scores of indebted become 'fine-time' inmates » Boston Globe They call it “fine-time” — a questionable practice in which defendants “pay off” court fines and fees by serving time behind bars, even if they never committed a crime deserving of jail time…

DiMasi case underscores need for state guidelines on ill inmates » Boston Globe

Judge says three late registrants may cast provisional ballots » State House News Service

Changes urged to avoid imprisoning poor for inability to pay fees » State House News Service

Labor

Poverty Wages For U.S. Child Care Workers May Be Behind High Turnover » WBUR In Greensboro, N.C., Eyeisha Holt spends her days as a full-time child care worker at Head Start. But after a decade's work in early education she still earns only $11.50 an hour — barely enough, sh…

Legislative

Sherborn's state senator named to public records law committee » Wicked Local Sherborn State Sen. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, has been appointed by Senate Minority Leader Senator Bruce Tarr to a working group charged with reviewing and evaluating the application of the public records law …

Local legislators rarely voted to sustain a Gov. Baker veto » Sentinel & Enterprise There were no roll calls in either the House or Senate last week.…

Local Government

Voting hasn't always gone smoothly in Lawrence » Eagle Tribune Lawrence has a long history of problems at the polls. Here are some of the more serious incidents from recent years.…

Incumbent Campbell takes on challenger Torresi in 15th Essex » The Eagle Tribune Two candidates are vying for the 15th Essex District state representative seat in the Nov. 8 election. Five-term incumbent Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen, is being challenged by 26-year-old Nicholas T…

Gov. Baker clears the way for shared services » Berkshire Eagle Gov. Charlie Baker, a strong advocate of regional collaboration among small towns, has cleared the way for Lenox, Lee and Stockbridge to consider sharing a town administrator if they so desire. Baker…

Opting out of marijuana not so easy » Milford Daily News Supporters of Question 4 say legalizing the recreational marijuana is the next logical step in a process that has seen state voters decriminalize small amounts of pot and allow the use of medical mari…

Chicopee to consider becoming a Green Community, adopt stricter building codes » The Republican City officials are proposing to become a Green Energy Community so it can apply for state grants to improve energy efficiency, but one part of the plan is making City Councilors wary of the idea.…

Opinion

HAND: Attorney general raising her profile » The Sun Chronicle Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey isn't on the ballot in Tuesday's election, but she seems to be everywhere else.…

America's descent into Banana Republican-ism » Boston Globe America is moving ever more quickly and alarmingly toward Banana Republican-ism. This might sound melodramatic or an exaggeration, but it's not. Just consider for a second what's happened in the past …

Let's just hope the unimaginable doesn't happen on Tuesday » Boston Globe They're terrified, and so am I. Together, we fear for the pillars of our democracy. …

It's basic logic » Lynn Daily News Item If you agree with the premise that relevant experience matters for the next president, then one candidate stands out in the race for the White House.…

Gov. Charlie Baker: Why I'm voting 'yes' on Question 2 » The Sun Chronicle Massachusetts has many great schools and many great school districts. And as a parent, I took it for granted that my kids were going to go to the kind of school where they would get the education they…

Lawmakers should scrutinize FBI inquiry after election » Boston Globe At least the FBI got the last act of its October fiasco right. On Sunday afternoon, two days before Election Day, director James B. Comey wrote in a letter to Congress that the bureau had finished its…

We must take steps to gain control over how we die » Boston Globe FELICE J. FREYER'S article “Wish to die at home often goes unmet” (Page A1, Nov. 3), describing how many Massachusetts citizens end up dying in the hospital, points out the troubling disconnect be…

Ballot question forces consumers to shell out more money » Boston Globe The debate around policing food and controlling the diets of others has been largely captive to the elite and monetized by special interest groups like the $125 million DC-based “non-profit” spons…

Prosperity in sustainability » Boston Globe PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY inspired Americans to great undertakings by setting bold goals: to go the moon, to overcome racial discrimination, to make peace with the Soviet Union.…

EDITORIAL: Our view on races for Legislature » The Sun Chronicle Two years ago, state Sen. Richard Ross was facing a challenge from Dylan Hayre, a 28-year-old lawyer from Natick.…

Gene Reilly: Opposes complicated Question 2 on charter schools » Hampshire Gazette I am voting no on ballot Question 2 for a number of reasons.…

Norton: Baker's pipeline support undercuts climate goals » Milford Daily News Gov. Charlie Baker recently took two terrific actions for the environment. But they are undercut by his continuing support for more natural gas pipelines.…

Editorial: Cuts stay on the table » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is holding off on mid-year cuts to balance the state budget, which seems reasonable, particularly given some optimistic revenue figures that just came in for the month of October. …

Re-elect L'Italien for another term » The Lowell Sun

Politics

Lyons and Carmargo face off in 18th Essex race » Eagle Tribune In the 18th Essex District, Democratic challenger Oscar Camargo is taking on three-term incumbent Republican Rep. Jim Lyons.…

SouthCoast towns vary widely in level of campaign contributions » South Coast Today With some exceptions, residents of affluent communities are more likely to be among the most politically engaged when it comes to donating money to candidates, ballot campaigns and PACs.…

Two open seat, contested races highlight local elections in MetroWest and Milford » The Metro West Daily News Every member of the Massachusetts Legislature is up for re-election this year. Many are running unopposed but other representatives and senators find themselves with opponents.…

Nonprofit criticizes Kelcourse for letter in ad » Newburyport News Two days before voters head to the polls, state Rep. James Kelcourse is taking heat from officials of a nonprofit, anti-poverty agency for using a letter addressed to him as part of a political advert…

Thankfully, it ends tomorrow » Lynn Daily News Item Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 8, after a contentious election season, voters will finally head to the polls to choose their next president and more locally, their next state representative and sheriff.…

Less drama, perhaps, but some Greater Lowell races may be close » Lowell Sun Lowell-area voter could be forgiven for overlooking local races this election season, amid a presidential race unlike any other and a series of hotly contested statewide ballot questions.…

On Beacon Hill: Question 4 to legalize marijuana sparks down-to-the-wire debate — an Election Day primer » 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 adverti…

What you need to know about the animal welfare ballot question » The Herald News Under the proposal, it would be illegal for a farmer to knowingly confine pigs, calves and egg-laying hens in enclosures that prevent them from lying down, standing up, extending their limbs or turnin…

Charlie Baker plans to vote yes on Question 3, Massachusetts's farm animal protection ballot measure » Boston.com When Gov. Charlie Baker fills out his ballot Tuesday, he will vote to make cage-free eggs the law of the land in Massachusetts.…

Baker counts the hours as a memorable campaign wraps up » Politico On the eve of one of the most memorable campaigns in decades, Gov. Charlie Baker seems to be doing his best just to blend in.…

Young Dem seeks Essex seat as incumbent cites need for 'balance' » Politico Just up Route 1, a political newcomer is vying to unseat an incumbent and flip a legislative district back to the Democrats on Beacon Hill.…

Markey: Higgins has tools to excel as state rep. » Sentinel & Enterprise Standing in a garage on Lexington Circle, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey described Democratic state representative candidate Natalie Higgins as the next star of the Massachusetts Legislature.…

Veteran L'Italien takes on newcomer Laplante in state Senate race » Eagle Tribune Charter schools. Open government. Health insurance premiums paid by retired public employees. Gov. Charlie Baker's spending priorities. Cage-free farm animals. And even the $4 fee on a gallon of paint…

Americans go to polls against backdrop of uneven economy » Sentinel & Enterprise The U.S. economy is lifting job growth and wages but not voters' spirits. Americans are choosing a president against a backdrop of slow but steady growth that has managed to restore the economy from…

Opposition to Question 3: A campaign that never was » Politico While money continues to pour into campaigns over the state's ballot questions, one is missing out.…

Only 4 From GOP On Ballot For US House In Massachusetts » CBS Boston The battle for control of Congress may be raging nationwide, but Massachusetts has been a calm outpost this election year.…

Contributions to presidential candidates down in Mass., Worcester County » Worcester Telegram Donations from Massachusetts voters to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have fallen far short of what Bay Staters - including Central Massachusetts residents - contributed in the previous presidential…

Second thoughts? Some voters change their minds » Eagle Tribune Voters who cast early or absentee ballots in several states still have time to change their minds, and Donald Trump is trying to peel away some who've supported Hillary Clinton but may have "buyer's r…

Election Day arrives tomorrow » The Recorder

Election Day: What You Need to Know » Jamaica Plain News

An extraordinary battle over charter schools is consuming this state » The Washington Post

$550,000 in Dempsey's campaign chest tops in House » Eagle Tribune

Walsh to campaign in New Hampshire Tuesday, likely won't vote early in 2018 » State House News Service

Dems featuring former Senate president at election-night party » State House News Service

Baker mostly defending against GOP losses in legislative races » State House News Service

Public Health

Question 4: Legalize Marijuana? » WCVB

Public Safety

Framingham top cop: Only 2 knew of key » Boston Herald Framingham's top cop says it appears only two officers knew about the secret, hidden key to the department's evidence room that prompted Middlesex prosecutors to send a raft of warning letters to defe…

Framingham: Police chief says hidden evidence room key used as a "backup and convenience measure" » The Metro West Daily News A hidden key Framingham evidence officers were previously able to use to access the department's evidence room through an outer door was used as a backup and convenience measure if they locked themsel…

State House elevators join backlogged inspection list » State House News Service Days past the deadline for new safety inspections, State House elevators continue ascending and descending with expired safety certificates, despite the fact that elevator inspectors are trumpeting an…

Baker confirms investigation of environmental police » State House News Service

State Government

Attorney General Maura Healey's investigation into Glock guns gets green light to continue » The Republican A judge is allowing Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to continue her investigation into the gun manufacturer Glock.…

Janet Reno, First Female U.S. Attorney General, Dies At 78 » WBUR Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as attorney general of the United States, died early Monday from complications of Parkinson's disease. Reno's goddaughter Gabrielle D'Alemberte and sister Margaret…

Healey faces backlash over gun control measures » The Salem News Attorney General Maura Healey has made reducing gun violence a top issue since taking office, earning praise from gun-control advocates but scorn — not to mention legal challenges — from gun right…

Charlie Baker's War Against the Morning Sun » Boston Magazine Not long ago, a Bloomberg article popped up in my inbox that gave me pause: Governor Charlie Baker had greenlit a task force to study whether Massachusetts should move into a new time zone—one “th…

Secretary of State Bill Galvin predicts 2016 voter turnout will exceed 3 million » The Republican

Transportation

RMV contractor suing state to keep its bid details secret » Boston Herald A Colorado company that won a $62.2 million contract to overhaul the RMV's software system is now bringing the state to court to keep secret parts of its winning bid, claiming that state officials hav…

Pols & Politics: Toll takers' exit party » Boston Herald Nearly 160 of the workers who for years made change and passed out tickets from Massachusetts Turnpike toll booths took an incentive-laden retirement package after the state made the switch last week …

MBTA eyes short-term, long-term orange line fixes » State House News Service

Utilities

Eversource says pipeline project still on track despite adverse rulings » The Union Leader Eversource Energy remains committed to the $3 billion Access Northeast natural gas pipeline project despite an adverse court ruling in Massachusetts and a rejection by regulators in New Hampshire. - S…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 11/7

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Election Eve Rally for State Rep. Candidate Matt Patrick

5:30pm Election Eve Rally for State Rep. Candidate Matt Patrick

Tuesday - 11/8

7:00am General Election, Great Hall

7:00pm Election Night Party with Barnstable County Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn and State Rep. Candidate Matt Patrick

7:00pm Young Dems Election Night Watch Party

7:00pm Yes on 4 Campaign Election Watch Party

7:00pm Election Night Party with Barnstable County Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn and State Rep. Candidate Matt Patrick

7:00pm Young Dems Election Night Watch Party

7:00pm Yes on 4 Campaign Election Watch Party

7:30pm Supporter Party for Sen. Patrick O'Connor

7:30pm Election Night Party with State Rep. Candidate Bill Driscoll

7:30pm Election Night Party with State Sen. Candidate Adam Hinds

7:30pm Supporter Party for Sen. Patrick O'Connor

7:30pm Election Night Party with State Rep. Candidate Bill Driscoll

7:30pm Election Night Party with State Sen. Candidate Adam Hinds

7:45pm Election Night Party with State Rep. Candidate Vince Cogliano

7:45pm Election Night Party with State Rep. Candidate Vince Cogliano

8:00pm Sen. Jamie Eldridge's Election Night Party

8:00pm Election Night Celebration with Rep. John Mahoney

8:00pm The Mass. Democratic Party and No on Question 2 Campaign's Election Night Event

8:00pm Victory Celebration for State Rep. Candidate Moses Dixon

8:00pm Election Night Party with State Rep. Candidate Kara Nyman

8:00pm Post Election Party with Rep. Carolyn Dykema

8:00pm Election Night Watch Party with Rep. Aaron Vega and the Holyoke Democratic City Committee

8:00pm Election Night Party with Congressman Bill Keating

8:00pm Election Night Party with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas

8:00pm Election Night Party with Sen. Eric Lesser

8:00pm Yes on 3 Campaign Election Watch Party

8:00pm Sen. Jamie Eldridge's Election Night Party

8:00pm Election Night Celebration with Rep. John Mahoney

8:00pm The Mass. Democratic Party and No on Question 2 Campaign's Election Night Event

8:00pm Victory Celebration for State Rep. Candidate Moses Dixon

8:00pm Election Night Party with State Rep. Candidate Kara Nyman

8:00pm Post Election Party with Rep. Carolyn Dykema

8:00pm Election Night Watch Party with Rep. Aaron Vega and the Holyoke Democratic City Committee

8:00pm Election Night Party with Congressman Bill Keating

8:00pm Election Night Party with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas

8:00pm Election Night Party with Sen. Eric Lesser

8:00pm Yes on 3 Campaign Election Watch Party

8:15pm Election Night Watch Party with State Rep. Candidate Dylan Fernandes

8:15pm Election Night Watch Party with State Rep. Candidate Dylan Fernandes

8:30pm Election Night Celebration with State Sen. Candidate Tony Schiavi

8:30pm Election Night Celebration with State Sen. Candidate Tony Schiavi

Wednesday - 11/9

1:00pm Joint Committee on Education, Massachusetts Chapter 766 Approved Special Education Schools Oversight Hearing

Thursday - 11/10

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

6:00pm McCormack Graduate School Public Service Lecture and Reception, Great Hall

Friday - 11/11

10:00am Annual Veterans Day Ceremony, Second Floor


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