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The Trump effect happened in Massachusetts, too » Boston Globe The same working-class voters who upended expectations in the Midwest and carried Donald Trump into the White House also turned out in Massachusetts. And while their turnout didn't bring Trump any clo…

With Few Ties To Trump, New England Appears Politically Adrift » WGBH When rumors circulated, briefly, late last week that Kelly Ayotte was on a short list to be Defense Secretary, it was like a cruel tease to New England. The rumor was shot down quickly, with ABC News …

Charter school backers regroup after stinging setbac » Berkshire Eagle BOSTON - Charter school proponents are regrouping after the lopsided defeat in Massachusetts of Question 2, a ballot initiative that would have allowed the schools to expand their presence beyond exis…

A question for Democrats: Who will challenge Charlie Baker? » Boston Globe Newton Mayor Setti Warren's announcement this week that he wouldn't run for reelection gave Massachusetts Democrats something to ponder besides the wreckage of Tuesday's election: Is Warren going to r…

Paul Ryan's false claim that 'because of Obamacare, Medicare is going broke' » The Washington Post Our eyebrows went up when we saw this quote from Ryan. It has been a bipartisan fallacy to claim that the old-age health program Medicare is going “broke,” which is incorrect for the reaso…

The GOP's ObamaCare Strategy Pays Off » The Wall Street Journal When the new Congress and President-elect Trump take office in January, Republicans will have a real chance to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act. If they succeed, it will be the result of t…

Trump Campaign CEO Steve Bannon Accused of Anti-Semitic Remarks by Ex-Wife » NBC News The ex-wife of Donald Trump's new campaign chief executive Steve Bannon claims Bannon made anti-Semitic comments while the couple fought over which private school to send their daughters to nearly a d…

Healey, Rosenberg pushing Kerrigan to head state Democratic Party » State House News Service Two powerful figures in the Democratic Party over the weekend got behind Steve Kerrigan's candidacy for party chair, with a vote scheduled Monday night in Quincy.…

Sen. Stan Rosenberg, AG Maura Healey support Steve Kerrigan for Democratic Party chairman » The Republican As the Massachusetts Democratic Party prepares to choose its new chairman, Steve Kerrigan has received support from two of the state's top Democrats – Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst…

Democratic party talks 2018 prospects at Florence forum » Gazette Net NORTHAMPTON — Following Donald Trump's shocking presidential victory last week, Democratic State Committee members are already scrambling to motivate voters and unite the party in the run-up to…

"Steve Kerrigan is the right leader at the right time to carry our party into the next era," Rosenberg said in a statement. "He has the energy, experience and passion to fight for the ideals of our party at a time we need an unflagging willingness to stand up and speak out for what is right."

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about potential Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman.

News By Category
Business

General Electric's move to Boston renews helipad talks » My Fox Boston Plans to build a commercial helipad in Boston are being revived with the relocation of General Electric.…

Organic farmers fight USDA to defend their turf » Boston Globe Dave Chapman is not afraid of getting a little dirty. For the past 36 years, he's dug his hands into the soil to plant, then pick, organic tomatoes from his fields and greenhouses in rural Vermont. …

Business budding for Peabody grower » Lynn Daily News Item Legalize it, and I will advertise it, reggae legend Peter Tosh sang in the 1970s. For at least one local business, the passage of Question 4 Tuesday, legalizing the use and sale of recreational mariju…

Alexandria closes the biggest real-estate sale so far this year » Boston Business Journal Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE: ARE) has closed on its $725 million acquisition of One Kendall Square in Cambridge, marking the year's largest single-asset real-estate transaction.…

Watchdog Report: Soil trucks in Central Mass. routinely exceed limits; pose hazard » Worcester Telegram At 8:13 a.m. June 30, a truck hauling construction soil from the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission pulled onto the scales at its destination, a Dudley quarry that is being filled, weighing in at …

Harvard Square landmark is heading the way of yesterday's newspapers » Boston.com Julia Child was a regular customer, scouring the Out of Town News kiosk for German and Italian cooking magazines.…

Commercial fishing ends at marine monument » The Salem News As of Monday, virtually all commercial fishing will be banned from the newly created Marine National Monument that includes the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts off the coast of southern New England.…

Civil Rights

Pointing to post-election incidents, Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey sets up hate crime hotline » The Republican

Education

School safety meeting to focus on healthy teen relationships » Boston Herald Promoting healthy relationships among teenagers is the focus of an upcoming school safety conference in western Massachusetts.…

Massachusetts Charter school 'No' vote: Fiercest Question 2 opponents often from communities with existing charter schools » The Republican In Tuesday's election Massachusetts voters sent a strong message on ballot Question 2 — rejecting a proposal that would have allowed the state to approve up to 12 new or expanded charter school…

Charter backers get schooled » Commonwealth Magazine NEARLY A YEAR AGO, charter school proponents threatened to force a statewide debate on school issues by mounting a ballot campaign lift the cap on charters schools. Be careful what you wish for. It …

Darrell Anane's Rookie Year: One Black Man's Quest To Teach In Boston » WBUR The piercing shriek of the alarm clock wakes Darrell Anane from a deep sleep. It's a rough way to wake up — especially at this hour. “It's now 4:50 in the morning," the alarm reports. "…

Education Task Force Plans Presentations of Phase 1 Report » iBerkshires Enrollment is declining in Berkshire County schools and costs are rising. It's one of those things everyone knows — now there's concrete data confirming those notions and pinning down some of …

Environment

MA must continue to lead on energy » Commonwealth Magazine A NEW PRESIDENT always means change in key public policy matters. Before sharing my thoughts ab…

Our view: Still praying for rain — or snow » The Salem News The Ipswich River is the main source of drinking water for the cities and towns on the North Shore. Many of these communities were forced to limit usage over the summer. It is also serves as a bellwet…

Health Care

What if Obamacare is repealed? Springfield health care execs react » The Republican Obamacare's rules — allowing adult children to stay on their parents' health insurance plan until age 26, its prohibitions against denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions and its emphas…

Good health goes beyond health care » Commonwealth Magazine WITH MORE THAN 1.8 MILLION Massachusetts residents covered by MassHealth at a cost of more than $15 billion, there is no doubt that Massachusetts is committed to ensuring that care is within reach for…

Human Services

Pro-Home Inc. housing agency passes torch from Pacheco to Duff » Taunton Daily Gazette There was no fanfare or publicity, but a long-standing, non-profit agency in the city underwent a leadership change this past summer.…

Judiciary

Records show Sal DiMasi's condition 'deteriorating' » Boston Herald Salvatore DiMasi's newly unsealed prison medical records offered troubling insight into the former Mass­achusetts House speaker's bid for compassionate release, including financial woes that kept h…

Mapping incarceration in Boston » Commonwealth Magazine LARGE SWATHS OF mostly minority Boston neighborhoods are so heavily affected by the criminal justice system that nearly every street has a resident who has spent time in jail, a concentration of incar…

In state's highest court, ACLU and others argue chemist's tampering with evidence should vacate 24,000 drug convictions » Berkshire Eagle It's been more than four years since the full extent of misconduct by a former Massachusetts chemist became public knowledge.…

Legislative

Scant local support for Gov. Baker's 211 vetoes » Sentinel & Enterprise

Local Government

Schools a taxing problem in Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item One day after the city's chief financial officer floated the idea of a Proposition 2 ½ override to deal with a budget shortfall, the mayor has given her OK for a tax hike.…

Housing trust becomes law, but now what? » Wicked Local Provincetown Local citizens voted at the April 2015 Town Meeting to create a rental housing trust, with an initial war chest of $1.5 million, as a significant new weapon in the town's battle to solve its year-roun…

City councilors to hold hearing on plans for public Boston heliport » Boston Herald Boston city councilors will hold a public hearing Wednesday on plans to create a commercial heliport in the Hub after a call for more information by the councilor who helped ground plans for a similar…

Can towns like Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge 'preserve what we have were' while sharing services? » Berkshire Eagle Selectmen in Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge are deeply divided on whether a single person could - or should - oversee the daily operations of all three municipalities.…

Lowell leaders on front lines of anti-panhandling push » Lowell Sun City officials are taking to the streets to tell passersby to donate to charities instead of giving their money to panhandlers. Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_30563451/lowell-leaders-fr…

Tito Jackson seeks Boston sanctuary » Boston Herald City Councilor Tito Jackson wants to make Boston a sanctuary city in defiance of President-elect Donald Trump's insistence that he will deport up to 3 million “criminal” illegal aliens as …

Opinion

An outcome that should have surprised no one » Boston Globe Not what you thought. Not a steel empire. (It hasn't been that for decades.) Not a workforce of bulging muscles, grimy work clothes, miners' headlamps. …

THE COLUMN: Can 3 Lowell looies get along? » Lowell Sun EARLIER this year, a Middlesex Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Steven O'Neill, who was then a Lowell police sergeant, which claimed that two of his colleagues should have been disqua…

Editorial: Making marijuana legalization work » The Metro West Daily News Most of the state's top officials opposed this week's ballot question legalizing recreational use of marijuana, just as they opposed medical marijuana in 2012 and decriminalization in 2008. Massachuse…

Editorial: Electoral College 'coup' » Boston Herald As of yesterday more than 1 million people had signed a petition on the Change.org website urging state electors to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton when they gather on Dec. 19, thereby depriving …

John Kostrzewa: Raimondo, Baker, Molloy face money issues » Providence Journal The region's three governors - Charlie Baker in Massachusetts, Gina Raimondo in Rhode Island and Dannel Malloy in Connecticut - almost halfway through their terms, and looking toward their own possibl…

Other

Over 1,600 protesters condemn Donald Trump in Springfield » MassLive Thousands of protesters filled the streets of Springfield Sunday afternoon, protesting what they described as a wave of racial, religious and gender-based hatred linked to the victory of President-ele…

Elected officials overstep in moving to modify marijuana law » Boston Globe ON NOV. 8, the people of the Commonwealth spoke regarding the legalization of marijuana. The ballot question included a number of specifics, and now we read that the governor, the Senate president, an…

With pot legal, what will Franklin County towns do? » The Recorder After close to a century of prohibition, voters opted to legalize the possession, cultivation, use and sale of marijuana for adults during Tuesday's elections. Now, local government and law enforcemen…

Pols & Politics: Rosenberg dismisses elected officials serving as party heads while Dems seek new state leader » Boston Herald Bay State Democrats should, and perhaps will, bar elected officials from also chairing their party, according to Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, who says the dual roles don't serve the person o…

Senate President Rosenberg pushes for 'education 2.0' » Wicked Local Waltham After voters slammed the door shut on charter school expansion this year, changes to education policy for all public school students are expected to be part of next session's legislative agenda, Senat…

Mass. Senate passes electric cars bill » Wicked Local Waltham Twenty-five percent of vehicles purchased annually by state government must be zero emission vehicles by 2025, under legislation approved by the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday. …

Sexual harassment prevalent among tipped workers in Boston » Boston Globe When Marie Billiel was a food server, sexual harassment was part of the job. She was locked in the walk-in cooler with male co-workers, whistled at, and touched and kissed against her will, she said. …

Baker loses key battle over charter expansion » Newburyport News Gov. Charlie Baker made expanding taxpayer-funded charter schools a key plank of his education agenda, campaigning ahead of Tuesday's election for a ballot question to lift a state-imposed cap.…

3 vying to lead Democratic party in Massachusetts » Boston Herald Massachusetts Democrats are choosing between three candidates who hope to lead the state party.…

Massachusetts Democrats Consider What Went Wrong » WBUR Democrats around the country are considering how their party comes back from its devastating defeat on Tuesday. …

Town Meeting concludes only one article » Daily Times Chronicle The fate of the articles designed to amend the Town's Code of Bylaws and the Zoning Bylaw is still unknown after the first night of Town Meeting. By 11:15 last night, Town Meeting was still embroiled …

JAM SESSION: State rep goals » Patriot Ledger Jam session is an opinion forum offering comments on issues from a group of Plymouth residents. It appears on the Forum pages in the Weekend edition of the OCM.…

Can 'CEO Trump' offer clues on how 'President Trump' will act? » Boston Globe When Donald Trump ran his own airline in the late 1980s, there were certain details he cared about. He wanted faux marble vanity tops in the lavatories, he wanted the flight attendants wearing pearls …

Yes, things are looking up for the chickens, but what about us? » Boston Globe Well, I'm happy for the chickens. Since Tuesday, I've been trying desperately to come up with something positive about the most depressing election of my life.…

Springfield's image, a casino's success collide » Boston Globe The burst of gunshots sounded like fireworks — pop, pop, pop — then a car came careering around the corner, tearing down Main Street just a couple of blocks from the MGM Resorts casino b…

On Beacon Hill: Massachusetts was with Hillary, but many of state's poorer towns backed Trump; Pike clears its plate for Thanksgiving » Worcester Sun

THE DESPERATE AND THE DEAD: 'I can't take it anymore' » Boston Globe Debra Silvestri slipped into the women's bathroom at the district courthouse, pulling a plastic bag full of sedatives and antidepressants from her purse. …

For conservative true-believers, life in the GOP is going to get harder » Boston Globe AT A PRESS conference Wednesday morning in his Wisconsin hometown, House Speaker Paul Ryan overflowed with praise for Donald Trump.…

Marijuana regulations will get some reseeding » Sentinel & Enterprise The people might have spoken on the legalization of recreational marijuana, but Massachusetts lawmakers will have the final say on how it's implemented.…

Massachusetts Gaming Update: One Slots Parlor Is Enough » JDSupra On Election Day, Massachusetts residents said “yes, please” to marijuana, but “no, thank you” to an additional fruit machine in the Commonwealth. …

Beacon Hill Roll Call » News Telegram There were no roll calls in the House and Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on the number of times each representative sided with Gov. Charlie Baker on his 211 vetoes of items…

Madaro Receives ABCD Community Hero Award » East Boston Times When Representative Adrian Madaro's father arrived in the U.S. from Venice, Italy in the late 1970's, he got his first opportunity of economic stability through Action for Boston Community Developmen…

Dukakis calls for end to Electoral College » Politico Magazine Former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, who lost to George H.W. Bush in 1988, re-upped his call to abolish the Electoral College after Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump on Tuesday…

For service members, battles are internal and all too real » Boston Globe The temperature was in the 50s on Friday, but a whipping breeze came off the water in the Seaport, snaking through the wind tunnels created by all the tall buildings, making it feel so much colder.…

Financial startups build momentum in Boston » Boston Globe Earlier this year, a Boston startup called Kensho noticed an interesting trend: Major stock market indexes and exchange-traded funds ticked upward following 10 of Donald Trump's Republican primary vic…

Trump's tax overhaul could make history, but can it work? » Boston Globe Businesses and individual taxpayers have waited a long time for the federal tax system to be overhauled.…

Massachusetts Wrestles To Adapt To Post-Obama Washington » CBS Boston That chilly wind descending on Beacon Hill isn't just a sign of the approaching winter.…

Mandile: A veteran's thanks for Question 4 » The Metro West Daily News As people take a moment to stop and thank the men and women in the U.S. military this Veteran's Day Weekend, I want to thank the voters of Massachusetts for the passage of Question 4 – the regu…

InFocus: Decision 2016 election results and review » WWLP 22 Now that the elections for 2016 are over, Massachusetts residents are adjusting to the results, and the repercussions are being felt around the country and the world.…

Charter school backers regroup after stinging setback » South Coast Today Charter school proponents are regrouping after the lopsided defeat in Massachusetts of Question 2, a ballot initiative that would have allowed the schools to expand their presence beyond existing stat…

Boston Children's Hospital expansion faces new legal challenge » Boston Globe Opponents of a controversial expansion plan by Boston Children's Hospital notified the state they will appeal its decision to allow the project.…

Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders duo will lead liberals in the Senate » Boston Globe Bernie Sanders did not like to open the phone lines to political critics when he hosted his Friday radio show on WDEV, a shoebox station in Waterbury, Vt.…

In Revere, a move away from a tradition of gambling and on to a new start » Boston Globe

Warren sets rules of engagement » Commonwealth Magazine THIS WASN'T A PRETTY ELECTION. In fact, it was ugly, and we should not sugarcoat the reason why. Donald Trump ran a campaign that started with racial attacks and then rode the escalator down. He encou…

Trump Taps Reince Priebus As Chief Of Staff, Steve Bannon As Chief Strategist » WBUR Less than a week after his election, Donald Trump has begun to fill out the team he plans to bring with him to the White House. The president-elect announced Sunday that he has selected Republican Nat…

Taking stock of the election » Berkshire Eagle After a bitter election cycle, a prominent Republican and Democrat were able to find areas of potential compromise on Thursday night. "I think we could find common ground on a spate of things if we a…

Still reeling, Democrats begin battling for future » Sentinel & Enterprise Still reeling from a devastating defeat in last week's election, Democrats are beginning the process of charting the direction of their party in the Donald Trump era. With Hillary Clinton and her te…

Politics

Sen. Stan Rosenberg, AG Maura Healey support Steve Kerrigan for Democratic Party chairman » MassLive As the Massachusetts Democratic Party prepares to choose its new chairman, Steve Kerrigan has received support from two of the state's top Democrats – Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst…

THE SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Ardinger after loss says 'never say never' » Sentinel & Enterprise IT WAS a somber mood at the Luxury Box in Leominster on Tuesday night, as supporters of Republican candidate Thomas "Frank" Ardinger weathered the loss to Democrat Natalie Higgins in the race for the …

A question for Democrats: Who will challenge Charlie Baker? » Boston Globe Newton Mayor Setti Warren's announcement this week that he wouldn't run for reelection gave Massachusetts Democrats something to ponder besides the wreckage of Tuesday's election: Is Warren going to r…

Rise Up, Or Retreat? A Choice For Those Who Didn't Vote For Trump » WBUR When I was 4 years old, my parents sat me and my brothers down and calmly explained that my father was going to jail. He was going to jail, they said, because he would be joining hands with other peo…

Healey, Rosenberg pushing Kerrigan for Dem Party chair » Sentinel & Enterprise Two powerful figures in the Democratic Party over the weekend got behind Steve Kerrigan's candidacy for party chair, with a vote scheduled for Monday night in Quincy. Senate President Stanley Rosenbe…

Three candidates for Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman debate in Northampton » The Republican Hot on the heels of Republican Donald Trump's stunning upset victory in Tuesday's presidential election, three men hoping to lead Massachusetts Democrats into the next election cycle — Stephen …

'Trump was not my candidate, but he is my president-elect,' Patrick says » Boston Globe

Public Safety

Salisbury police get grant to continue fight against drug abuse » Newburyport News For the second year in a row, the Salisbury Police Department is receiving federal grant money to help combat the rise of opioid abuse. …

Whelan Announces Grants For Local Police Departments to Fight Opioid Trafficking » Cape Cod Times Brewster State Representative Tim Whelan has announced that the Dennis and the Yarmouth Police Departments have received Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants.…

Police waiting for legislature on pot rules » The Metro West Daily News rules Sunday Nov 13, 2016 at 12:01 AM By Alice Shen Daily/News Correspondent In 33 days, the recreational use of marijuana will be legal in Massachusetts. But few local law enforcement officers, publ…

Springfield City Council To Vote On Eliminating The Job Of Police Commissioner » WAMC

State Government

Healey would "absolutely consider" altering the Electoral College » New Boston Post Attorney General Maura Healey hinted in a recent interview that it would be worth re-considering the Electoral College process, a protected bedrock of the U.S. Constitution.…

Mass. Senate president says lawmakers may take a look at new marijuana law » Berkshire Eagle Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg said Thursday the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana that voters approved this week will need improvements to address such issues as taxes on …

Taxation

Who Benefits From Donald Trump's Tax Plan? » WBUR Donald Trump has proposed a very detailed tax plan — but his statements on the campaign trail don't always match what his proposal would really do. For instance, at a rally in Scranton, Pa., T…

Transportation

You can't get there from here » Lynn Daily News Item Despite showing promise, the ferry out of Lynn has not received funding for the future from the Baker Administration.…

Water leaking into Union Station; repairs could cost as much as $6M » Worcester Telegram Union Station has sprung some leaks - serious ones at that.…

Utilities

Eversource Urges Customers to Report Scammers and Deceptive Marketers » Cape Cod Times Eversource is advising its residential and business customers to be on the lookout for scammers and third-party suppliers using deceptive marketing tactics.…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 11/14

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 11/15

Birthdays: Rep. James Murphy

9:00am Our Shared Table - MIRA's Thanksgiving Luncheon, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

5:00pm Grassroots Through Glass Ceilings: Celebrating Democratic Women with Emerge Massachusetts

6:00pm Celebration for Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley

7:00pm Reception for New England Association of City and Town Clerks, Great Hall

Wednesday - 11/16

9:30am World Diabetes Day, Nurses Hall

10:00am Day on the Hill for Women Entrepreneurs, Great Hall

6:00pm Fundraiser for Worcester School Committee Candidate Dante Comparetto

Thursday - 11/17

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

5:30pm Mass Alliance's Progressive Post Election Celebration

6:00pm Thank You Party with Rep. Shawn Dooley

Friday - 11/18

1:00pm Massachusetts National Guard Officer Commissioning Ceremony, Memorial Hall

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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