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Must-Reads

Longtime party activist to lead state Democrats » Politico Magazine By three votes, longtime party activist Gus Bickford was elected chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party on Monday night. …

Deval Patrick will 'stay woke' under Trump » Politico Magazine Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick said he plans to “stay woke” following the election of Donald Trump and encouraged supporters to stay connected with each other, in an email on …

Warren says Democrats didn't go far enough on Obamacare » Boston Globe Compromises made during passage of the Affordable Care Act and the 2009 economic stimulus package left Democrats with insufficient bragging points for the 2016 presidential contest, Senator Elizabeth …

Groups with city biz dot list of Walsh foundation donors » Boston Herald A slew of developers, labor unions, restaurant groups and others who do business before the city are among the donors who gave $420,000 last year to a nonprofit created by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, writi…

New Balance decries bigotry after endorsement from neo-Nazi site » Boston Globe An “alt-right” website for white supremacists is encouraging its followers to buy shoes from New Balance in a show of solidarity after a company representative said last week that presiden…

Senate approves ethics review task force » State House News Service Months after it was first offered, a proposed task force to look at ethics laws has received approval from both branches of the Legislature with a narrowed-down focus. …

Bickford nips Kerrigan on second ballot to secure Dem party chairmanship » State House News Service State Democrats elected long-time activist Gus Bickford as the party's new chairman Monday night in a tight election that took place as Democrats began to look ahead to the 2018 election and learn fro…

Liberal groups steel themselves to battle Trump » Politico Magazine Top Democratic operatives are huddling this week in a series of meetings to strategize about which groups will run point on everything from safeguarding women's access to health care to fighting any i…

White House adviser has history of inciting racial division » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — Less than a week after President-elect Donald Trump pledged to govern for “all Americans,” Republicans and Democrats spent Monday sparring over Stephen K. Bannon, Trump…

Outgoing state Sen. Ben Downing joins solar energy company Nexamp, Inc. » The Republican BOSTON – Massachusetts Sen. Ben Downing, who opted not to run for re-election this year, is joining Nexamp, a solar energy company. …

"I think Gus will do fine. I think Gus is an organizer, Gus is one of those people who understands that coming out of this election the revitalization of the city ward and town committees, bringing new blood and younger activists. People want you to lay out who you are and what leadership are you going to provide and how are you going to affect the quality of my life, and Gus understands that."

Former Treasurer Steve Grossman

Speaking about Democratic Party Chair nominee Gus Bickford

News By Category
Business

Alexandria's big bet on Kendall Square » Boston Globe A lot of people are bullish on Kendall Square. But there may be no one more bullish than Tom Andrews.…

Marijuana won in Mass., but some towns are still battling » Boston Globe A number of cities and towns are exploring ways to limit or even snuff out marijuana shops in their communities, less than a week after voters legalized the drug for recreational use in Massachusetts.…

Downing's Next Step Is Solar Energy Firm » iBerkshires Benjamin B. Downing, who has championed renewable energies during his 10 years in the state Senate, will join a solar energy company at the end of his term. Nexamp Inc. announced on Monday that the P…

Leominster residents say Fitchburg airport's offer for airspace rights insufficient » Nashoba Publishing When her family first moved to Mooreland Avenue in North Leominster seven years ago, Paula Butler said the sounds coming from the nearby airport were never much of a problem. "We hear it, and we're u…

Putnam Investments laying off 8% of workforce » Boston Business Journal

MIT selected as developer of Kendall Square's Volpe site » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Are we in an age of intolerance? » Boston Globe Racist taunts ring out at a Cambridge gas station. Slurs and swastikas appear spray-painted on a Western Massachusetts mountain.…

Holyoke Community College Students Rally Against Hate » New England Public Radio Attorney General Maura Healey has created a hotline for Massachusetts residents to report harassment and other discriminatory incidents. …

For Refugees And Advocates, An Anxious Wait For Clarity On Trump's Policy » WBUR Donald Trump's election has sent tremors through America's refugee advocate community, and caused fear and uncertainty among the most recently resettled refugees, the Syrians. They listened with alarm…

Education

UMass raises $379M in 6-year campaign » Gazette Net Backed by more than 103,000 donors, the University of Massachusetts Amherst raised $379 million in a six-year fundraising drive that came to a close at the end of June.…

Environment

Robert Kennedy Jr. to join Dakota Access pipeline protests » sentinel and enterprise Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is slated to join protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. Also Tuesday, demonstrators across the county are expected to converge on Army Corps of Engineers off…

Federal

State's 'sanctuary cities' risk losing federal funds under Trump » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump has said that on his first day in office he will halt all federal funding to sanctuary cities such as Somerville, Chelsea, and Boston, potentially costing the cities milli…

Health Care

Recent Developments around Pharmaceutical Drug Spending in Massachusetts » JDSupra Throughout the fall, policy makers in Massachusetts have sharpened their focus on the rise of pharmaceutical drug prices and their role in the growth of overall health care spending in the Commonwealt…

Mass. Planned Parenthood Sees 16-Fold Spike In IUD Demand In Days After Election » WBUR On a typical couple of October days, Planned Parenthood clinics in Massachusetts got six online requests for appointments from women who wanted an IUD. On Wednesday and Thursday after last week's pre…

From Obamacare to Trumpcare: If president-elect phases out Affordable Care Act, 'we really don't know what's going to happen' » Berkshire Eagle The "Monday Report" email blast from the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association hit Berkshire County inboxes Monday with a lead item headlined "Trump and the ACA." If readers expected clarity on…

Judiciary

Public defense is lucrative for some private doctors » Boston Globe There's little dispute that public defenders in Massachusetts are overworked and underpaid. They carry heavy caseloads, yet their $45,000 starting salaries are among the lowest in the country.…

4 thoughts from Chief Justice Gants on the Massachusetts judicial system » The Herald News Judge Ralph D. Gants, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, was in town Monday to tour the Fall River Justice Center and to speak with local court employees and civic leaders.…

Cape and Islands prosecutor accused of misconduct » Cape Cod Times In an uncommon move by the state office that pursues disciplinary action against Massachusetts lawyers, the Office of the Bar Counsel has accused a Cape and Islands assistant district attorney of misc…

Legislative

Bay State Legislature ties all-time high for women » Sentinel & Enterprise With 48 women re-elected and four newly elected last week, the legislative session that begins in January will match past records for the largest number of women serving as state lawmakers.…

Reps will deliver farewell speeches on Dec. 15 » State House News Service House members who won't be joining their colleagues for the start of the 2017-2018 session on Jan. 4 will say their goodbyes on Dec. 15.…

Local Government

Marty Walsh affirms support of minorities, won't signal migrant protection plan » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh last night issued a strong affirmation of City Hall's support for immigrants, gays, transgender people, Muslims and others in a statement describing his shocked reaction to Presi…

Brockton mayor accused of using taxpayer money for personal expenses » My Fox Boston The mayor of a local town is coming under fire from residents after allegedly skimming taxpayer money for his own good.…

City Council approves 1st medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield » The Republican The City Council on Monday night unanimously approved the first medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield after the host community agreement was renegotiated by the mayor to keep the door open for a…

City granted $1.2M for Lynnway » Lynn Daily News Item The state's development chief called $1.2 million in infrastructure improvements planned for a Lynnway residential development the latest example of how a local, state and federal partnership are spur…

Boston's Walsh Seeks More Authority Over Work Permits » WBUR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Monday filed an ordinance seeking to give the city the right to deny, revoke or suspend a work permit based on an applicant's work safety history.…

Springfield City Council grants initial OK to restore Police Commission; mayor opposes » The Republican After raising concerns recently about allegations of police misconduct, the City Council granted first-step approval Monday night to an ordinance to resurrect a citizen Police Commission to oversee th…

State grant will help repair Lake Warner Dam in Hadley » Amherst Bulletin A long-awaited $215,000 state grant will help pay for repairs and improve structural conditions at the Lake Warner Dam.…

Opinion

With Question 2 defeat, voters ignored the elites » Boston Globe THE PEOPLE IGNORED the elites and defeated Question 2, the campaign to expand charter schools in Massachusetts.…

It's up to cities to rebuild the American Dream » Boston Globe THE AFTERMATH of last week's election revealed an America divided and suffering — half the electorate reeling in shock, despair, and rage at the ascension of a man who campaigned on bigotry and…

The transit-friendly progressive's dilemma » Boston Globe IF THE FATE of the American worker truly depends on freezing the MBTA's organizational chart in amber, the country's in trouble. And transit service in Boston won't get better either.…

Our view: New pot law a challenge for cities and towns » Gloucester Daily Times The people have spoken, and the recreational use of marijuana will soon be legal in Massachusetts.…

LTE from Senator Jamie Eldridge » Somerville Patch I'm very happy to have been re-elected by such a strong margin as your State Senator last Tuesday, November 8th, to serve my fifth term as State Senator for the Middlesex and Worcester district.…

Editorial: Marijuana law needs more than 'tweak' » Gazette Net The state's voters legalized recreational use of marijuana by checking “yes” on Question 4 in last week's election. But when it comes to making the law work in a way that allows personal f…

Other

Obama sees promise in Trump's 'pragmatic' approach » Boston Globe President Obama said Monday that he thinks Donald Trump will be entering office with fewer set policy ideas than other presidents-elect, saying that could become a plus for the new administration.…

White House adviser has history of inciting racial division » Boston Globe Less than a week after President-elect Donald Trump pledged to govern for “all Americans,” Republicans and Democrats spent Monday sparring over Stephen K. Bannon, Trump's newly appointed c…

Michael Dukakis reportedly calls for elimination of Electoral College » Boston Globe Former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis is pushing for the elimination of the Electoral College, Politico reports.…

Obama says US will keep alliances under Trump » Boston Globe Vouching for the successor he never imagined having, President Barack Obama on Monday sought to reassure an anxious nation and world that Donald Trump would maintain America's alliances and its status…

Hillary Clinton wins New Hampshire after recount deadline passes » The Republican Democrat Hillary Clinton has won New Hampshire's four Electoral College votes.…

Heslam: Trailblazing journalist Gwen Ifill left huge legacy in Boston » Boston Herald From Boston to the White House, Gwen Ifill is being remembered as a trailblazer in journalism who was dedicated to her craft and always committed to the public interest through her work.…

Obama offers Greeks reassurance about U.S. commitment to NATO » Lowell Sun President Barack Obama opened his final foreign trip as president Tuesday with reassuring words in Greece about the U.S. commitment to NATO even as he prepares to hand off to a Donald Trump administr…

Scott Brown Open for Role on Trump Team » NECN

Politics

Deval Patrick following Trump's election: “I will, as the kids say, 'stay woke'” » Boston.com Deval Patrick is still absorbing the fact that Donald Trump won.…

Deval Patrick: Donald Trump Has 'Unleashed Something Dark' » NECN Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said he is "sad, disturbed, embarrassed - but not surprised" at the result of last week's presidential election. …

Gus Bickford elected Mass. Democratic Party chief » Boston Herald Gus Bickford — active in the state Democratic Party for decades as an organizer and strategist — was elected last night as the state party chairman, promising to put his street-level exp…

Berkshire Republicans, with fresh faces, look to gain momentum » Berkshire Eagle On Election Night, people in a rented North Street storefront had their eyes on a prize: a state Senate seat for a Republican candidate.…

Political Notes: Crocker to remain on town council » Cape Cod Times State Rep.-elect William Crocker, R-Centerville, who emerged victorious over Democratic challenger Aaron Kanzer in the 2nd Barnstable District race last week, is staying on as a member of the Barnsta…

Unpopular vote » Commonwealth Magazine President Samuel J. Tilden. Ring a bell? Probably not since he lost. Tilden was the first of four presidential candidates in American history to fall victim to the Electoral College, winning the popul…

Trump Election Spurs 'Panic' In Local Immigrant Communities » WBUR One of the focal points of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign is now one of his first agenda items: deporting undocumented immigrants. In a "60 Minutes" interview this weekend, Trump said he wan…

Former Mass. Gov. Patrick Wishes President-Elect Trump Success, Calls For Vigilance Against Bigotry » WBUR In the wake of last week's elections, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is wishing Republican President-elect Donald Trump the best, but calling for citizens to be vigilant in the face of bigotr…

Bickford Nips Kerrigan On Second Ballot To Secure Democratic Party Chairmanship » WBUR State Democrats elected long-time activist Gus Bickford as the party's new chairman Monday night in a tight election that took place as Democrats began to look ahead to the 2018 election and learn fro…

Hassan announces key staff positions » Eagle Tribune One week after a razor thin victory over incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Senator-Elect Maggie Hassan announced several staff positions Tuesday morning. Marc Goldberg will serve as chief of staff, Pamela…

Walk out: Hundreds of Amherst high schoolers ditch class, rally against Trump rhetoric » The Republican Town Common briefly became a demonstration ground on Monday after hundreds of Amherst High School students ditched class and walked there to protest the rhetoric of President-elect Donald Trump.…

GOP governors gather amid push for 'disruptive change' » sentinel and enterprise The nation's Republican governors are meeting in battleground Florida with an unexpected opportunity: a president-elect of their own party with political IOUs to pay, perhaps the projects the party's …

Bickford edges Kerrigan for Dem chairmanship on second ballot » Sentinel and Enterprise State Democrats elected long-time activist Gus Bickford as the party's new chairman Monday night in a tight election that took place as Democrats began to look ahead to the 2018 election and learn fro…

Candidates to lead state Democratic Party express need for communication » Boston Herald The candidates vying to be the next Democratic party chairman stressed the need for the party to be better at communicating its message to the voting public in the wake of Donald Trump's victory last …

Mass. Democrats choose Gus Bickford, who worked on "No on 2" campaign, as party chair » The Republican Reeling from last week's presidential election and looking to take back the governor's office in 2018, Massachusetts Democrats on Monday turned to Gus Bickford, who worked for John Kerry and Elizabeth…

Enviro group reissuing "Don't Blame Me" bumper stickers » State House News Service

Charlie Baker Named 'Public Official of the Year' By Governing Magazine » Somerville Patch

Public Health

T to re-launch suicide prevention campaign » State House News Service The MBTA is reviving a partnership that aims to connect people feeling desperate and considering hurting themselves to a support organization, T officials said, in an effort to reduce the number of MB…

State Finance

State pension fund officials weigh impacts of Trump presidency » State House News Service

State Government

State Senate passes law to establish ethics review task force » Gloucester Daily Times Months after it was first offered, a proposed task force to look at ethics laws has received approval from both branches of the state Legislature with a narrowed-down focus.…

Transportation

Relief could be on the way for drivers headed to Logan Airport » Boston Globe Relief could be on the way for stressed travelers driving to Logan International Airport as airport managers have finalized the location of two garages that will add around 5,000 parking spaces.…

T eyes increase in executive salaries » Commonwealth Magazine DESPITE THE MBTA's reputation as a wasteful state agency bloated with overpaid employees, the board that oversees the agency thinks upper management is underpaid and that low-balling those positions w…

Official draws comparison between South Station, New Jersey train incidents » State House News Service The MBTA is investigating a commuter rail crew for not reporting that its train did not stop in time and struck a bunting post at South Station earlier this month, an incident that a T safety official…

South Station commuter rail accident unreported » Commonwealth Magazine A PREVIOUSLY UNREPORTED incident in which a commuter rail train that struck a bumper at South Station was similar to an accident in Hoboken, NJ, earlier in the fall that killed one person and injured …

Here's what the new Orange Line cars being built in Springfield look like » The Republican The MBTA on Monday released images of the new Orange Line cars, set to be manufactured in Springfield by the CRRC MA Corporation.…

Utilities

NRC cites Pilgrim for four violations » Cape Cod Times Less than two weeks from today, 20 inspectors from around the country will descend on Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to conduct a sweeping inspection of all its systems.…

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