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With imminent Republican takeover, lobbyists see an opening » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — The swamp is not being drained. Instead, it's about to be restocked with a species that is used to running this town and taking advantage of nearly every opportunity: lobbyists. …

Newton mayor makes move toward gubernatorial run with new hire » Politico Magazine BOSTON — Newton Mayor Setti Warren has made his first hire in what is shaping up to be a likely campaign for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination in 2018, POLITICO Massachusetts has …

MassGOP to discover itself completely forgotten in the 'Trump wilderness' » Boston Herald Bay State Republicans are likely to find themselves iced out of jobs in the Trump administration after so many — including Gov. Charlie Baker — publicly shunned his campaign or were very…

STATE PENSION FUND OFFICIALS WEIGH IMPACTS OF TRUMP PRESIDENCY » State House News Service BOSTON, NOV. 15, 2016....The election of Donald Trump underscored the futility of making predictions about world events and about market reactions to those events, the head of the state's pension fund…

High lead levels found in water at 160 Mass. schools » Boston Globe Water tests conducted at about 300 public school buildings in Massachusetts this year show that more than half had at least one sample with lead levels above regulatory limits, state officials announc…

Kerry for governor? A Chicopee activist wants to draft him » Boston Globe Is John F. Kerry ready to give up the high-flying world of global diplomacy to spend his golden years worrying about Beacon Hill budget talks and breakdowns on the C branch of the Green Line? …

Lobbyists in the running for Trump Cabinet jobs, despite 'drain the swamp' pledge » The Washington Post President-elect Donald Trump's stated plan to keep lobbyists out of his administration is off to a bumpy start, with questions being raised about the role they are already playing on his transition te…

This Is How Steve Bannon Sees The Entire World » BuzzFeed Donald Trump's newly named chief strategist and senior counselor, Steve Bannon, laid out his global nationalist vision in unusually in-depth remarks delivered by Skype to a conference held inside the …

“Many have contemplated who should run and who could beat Gov. Baker,” “In our eyes there is one. So that is why as we look ahead to 2018 we have turned our focus to Secretary of State John Kerry, a man with a long resume of public service who is uniquely positioned to defeat Baker and make Massachusetts a leader in clean energy, technology, and new jobs for the entire state, not just Boston.”

Chicopee Democratic City Committee member Darlene Bryskiewicz

Speaking about the possibility of John Kerry defeating Charlie Baker in 2018

News By Category
Business

Putnam cuts 115 jobs as index funds take a toll on Boston investment firm » Boston Globe Putnam Investments said Tuesday it will eliminate 115 jobs, or about 8 percent of its workforce, and is shaking up top staff as the Boston company deals with a bruising period for active money manager…

Moody's: Vote against charter school expansion 'credit positive' for Massachusetts cities like Springfield » MassLive The decision of Massachusetts voters to reject a ballot question expanding charter schools is "credit positive" for urban cities like Springfield and Boston, the rating agency Moody's said Tuesday.…

MIT selected as developer of Kendall Square's Volpe site » Boston Business Journal The U.S. General Services Administration has selected the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to redevelop the federally-owned Volpe Transportation Center site in Cambridge's Kendall Square neighbor…

AG is eyeing complaints against Waltham-based Care.com website » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey's office is looking into complaints against Waltham-based child care website Care.com.…

A Boston Startup Will Pay You to Move to Canada » BostInno Did last week's election results leave you proclaiming, “I'm moving to Canada,” to anyone who'd listen? Put your money where your mouth is, and a local startup will put money back into you…

Airbnb ad urges taxation of short-term rental hosts » State House News Service

Education

UMass, Mt. Holyoke, Amherst students demand 'sanctuary campuses' for undocumented immigrants in Wednesday walkout » Gazette Net Students, faculty and staff at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College and over 100 other institutions nationwide will walk out of their classes Wednesday to pr…

Charter school question suffers defeat at polls » Bay State Banner

Environment

Cape fishermen say herring trawlers should be pushed offshore » Cape Cod Times They were visible from shore for most of Tuesday, seven vessels of between 140 to 170 feet in length, four miles off Nauset Beach.…

Pipeline protesters in Pittsfield support Standing Rock » Berkshire Eagle More than 85 protesters endured at times persistent rain for more than two hours on Tuesday night to show solidarity for the Standing Rock protest group against the Dakota Access Pipeline in South Dak…

Greenpeace USA Director Vows To Fight Trump's Energy Policies » WBUR Donald Trump's choice of climate skeptic Myron Ebell to lead his EPA transition team has alarmed environmentalists, as have the president-elect's promises to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and prom…

Health Care

Massachusetts Health Connector launches multilingual outreach and education campaign Wednesday in Springfield » The Republican After speaking with a group of senior citizens on Tuesday, State Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, D-Springfield, said one of their major concerns was what will happen to their health insurance now that Donald Tr…

Health care advocates fear impact of Obamacare repeal » Eagle Tribune President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act may not touch the universal health care law that Massachusetts passed more than a decade ago.…

Baker commits to coverage as debate over ACA heats up » State House News Service

Housing

Attorney General, Nantucket realtors' association resolve allegations » Cape Cod Today It just got a little easier to do business as a Realtor on Nantucket.…

Human Services

Welfare and Medicaid fraud pegged at $15.45 million in FY 2016, Massachusetts auditor Suzanne Bump reports » The Republican Massachusetts auditor Suzanne Bump's office identified $15.45 million in public benefits fraud in fiscal 2016, a 12 percent increase over last year, according to an annual report released Tuesday.…

Record $15.45M in public benefits fraud detected in Massachusetts » WWLP 22 A record $15.45 million in public benefits fraud was identified in Massachusetts this year, but that may not mean that there is actually more fraud going on.…

Auditor Suzanne Bump hopes to identify barriers to accessing welfare benefits » The Republican Massachusetts auditor Suzanne Bump said Tuesday that she plans to perform an audit within the next year on what the state can do to ensure that people who are eligible for public assistance are signin…

Judiciary

Councilor predicts close vote on Barry-Smith judicial nomination » State House News Service A top deputy in Attorney General Maura Healey's office will face a close vote Wednesday in his bid for a judgeship, according to one of the governor's councilors supporting the nominee.…

Mass. High Court To Consider Dismissing Cases Tied To Drug Lab Scandal » WBUR The years-long legal battle over drug cases affected by the state drug lab scandal goes before Massachusetts' highest court on Wednesday. The Supreme Judicial Court justices will consider whether to …

SJC to weigh whether to dismiss all drug cases tainted by misconduct of chemist Annie Dookhan » The Republican Massachusetts' public defenders and the ACLU will ask the state's highest court to throw out the convictions of 24,000 individuals found guilty of drug crimes based on evidence tainted by rogue chemis…

Connolly may jump from Middlesex to Plymouth probate » State House News Service

First assistant AG approved for judgeship over gun group's objections » State House News Service

Labor

The Postal Service needs you, and hundreds of other workers » Boston Globe Anyone who thought the US Postal Service was doomed to irrelevance in the digital age should think again.…

Harvard, janitors reach late-night deal and avoid strike » Boston Globe Negotiating well past the midnight deadline for a threatened strike, the union representing about 700 Harvard University janitors and the school reached a tentative agreement early Wednesday morning, …

Building a capable workforce » Commonwealth Magazine INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS between leading businesses and schools at every level across the state are helping to shape a future workforce that will give the Commonwealth a key competitive edge in the glo…

Legislative

Helipad study bill sails through transpo comm » State House News Service A bill calling for an examination of a planned South Boston helipad is chopping its way through the legislative process, advancing out of a committee and to the full Legislature just 11 days after it …

Mass. legislators say they stand with immigrants, refugees » Metro More than 300 new Americans, refugees, legislators and allies came together at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday to show that they are standing strong against threats made President-elect Donal…

Mass. ethics task force OK'd » Sentinel & Enterprise 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.…

Local Government

Chelsea officials try to ease fears about deportation » Boston Herald Chelsea city officials sought to reassure immigrants last night that they won't let any mass deportation roundup take place there if President-elect Donald Trump's administration tries it.…

Falmouth voters allocate money for more turbine legal fees » Cape Cod Times Town meeting approved more money Tuesday for legal fees tied to the embattled municipal wind turbines. …

Zoning Board violated Open Meetings Law » The Recorder The Massachusetts Attorney General's office has found the Montague Board of Zoning Appeals in violation of the state Open Meeting Law due to a late posting of the board's agenda and a failure to appro…

Court upholds historical society's lease on landmark Quincy building » Patriot Ledger A private girls school has been dealt a blow in the final round of its decade-long battle with the City of Quincy over a trust established nearly two centuries ago by President John Adams.…

Worcester City Council banishes petitions on impact of immigrants » Worcester Telegram The City Council Tuesday night put the kibosh on two citizen petitions seeking information on the impact immigrants are having on the city.…

Curtatone on Trump: 'We Will Not Turn Our Backs on Our Neighbors' » Somerville Patch Mayor Joseph Curtatone said Monday that Somerville would remain a sanctuary city, despite President-elect Donald Trump's campaign threats to withhold federal funding from communities that shelter undo…

Opinion

Moving on does not mean passive acceptance » Boston Globe THE PAPER has featured a number of “how to move on” columns, so I am particularly grateful to Yvonne Abraham for reminding us that moving on does not mean passive acceptance (“The wo…

A call to action from a future first-time voter » Boston Globe HILLARY CLINTON said that we must give Donald Trump the opportunity to lead. …

Carr: Donald Trump unikely to forget elephants in room » Boston Herald To the victor belongs the spoils. But what if there are more spoils than there are victors?…

Five ways to fix the bad pot law Mass. just passed » Boston Globe Congratulations Massachusetts, we just passed one of the worst pot bills in the country. Now what? Plenty.…

The gun lobby takes aim at Mass. judiciary » Boston Globe GUN GROUPS want to flex their muscle in Massachusetts, and it's up to the elected members of the Governor's Council to stop them. …

Millennials will be millennials » Boston Globe SINCE DONALD Trump's election victory, I've enjoyed the spectacle of the microaggression-challenged, civics-challenged grievance wing of the millennial generation self-activating upon the outrageous r…

What now after the election? » Wicked Local Watertown Since last Tuesday's result, many have written to me asking “what should we do now?” We all need to process the events and that will take some time. …

Senator Richard J. Ross Discusses 'Patent Trolling' » Wayland Patch Senator Richard J. Ross? explains how 'patent trolling' is a growing threat to small businesses in Massachusetts and across the US. …

Other

Democrats, including some from Mass., rebel in House » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — House Democrats staged a mini-revolt Tuesday, forcing a delay in leadership elections so the caucus can have time to digest Donald Trump's shocking victory and formulate a plan to …

Ousters, turmoil in Donald Trump's transition team » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump's transition was in disarray on Tuesday, marked by firings, infighting, and revelations that US allies were blindly dialing in to Trump Tower to try to reach the soon-to-b…

Democrats, including some from Mass., rebel in House » Boston Globe House Democrats staged a mini-revolt Tuesday, forcing a delay in leadership elections so the caucus can have time to digest Donald Trump's shocking victory and formulate a plan to respond to the new R…

Mass., R.I. delegations among 120 House members calling for removal of Bannon » Boston Globe A Rhode Island congressman says he is among 120 House of Representatives members calling on Donald Trump to rescind his appointment of Stephen Bannon as chief strategist.…

Elizabeth Warren blasts Donald Trump's transition team picks, selection of Stephen Bannon as chief strategist » The Republican Despite recently extending somewhat of an olive branch to Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., condemned the Republican president-elect Tuesday for selecting lobbyists to run his transit…

Weld calling 'spoiler' vote storyline bogus » Boston Herald Former Bay State Gov. William F. Weld disputed claims his Libertarian Party ticket stole Democratic votes handing the White House to Donald Trump, calling the “spoiler” narrative a “…

Mass. pols vocal in debate over Pelosi, minority leadership » State House News Service As Democrats in Congress regroup after losing the White House and prepare for life under a President Donald Trump, talks are escalating over a change of leadership in the House and Massachusetts deleg…

With imminent Republican takeover, lobbyists see an opening » Boston Globe The swamp is not being drained. Instead, it's about to be restocked with a species that is used to running this town and taking advantage of nearly every opportunity: lobbyists.…

Sen. Warren Rips Trump For Members On His Transition Team » WBUR In a strongly worded letter, Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday called on President-elect Donald Trump to remove the lobbyists and industry insiders on his transition team.…

New England voters gave Sen. Sanders significant write-in support » WCVB

Report: DraftKings, FanDuel have agreed to merge » Boston Business Journal

Politics

Immigrant advocate hopes Trump's stance only 'marketing' » Lowell Sun Celebrating immigrants' place in society, and concerned about the incoming president's hard-line stance toward illegal immigration and refugees during the campaign, a major advocate said Tuesday she h…

Mass. environmental group issues 'Don't blame me' bumper stickers following election » Herald News A taste of the 1970s will return to Massachusetts roads and highways this week when an environmental group plans to re-release a popular bumper sticker that recalls another election in which the Bay S…

Bay State Dems start effort to draft Kerry for gov run » Boston Herald A group of Bay State Democrats is trying to draft Secretary of State John F. Kerry for a gubernatorial run in 2018, saying he has the resume and “existing organization” from his days as a …

Bickford's Baker challenge » Commonwealth Magazine State Democrats named Gus Bickford their party chairman and offered up some hints about how they plan to take on Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018. Bickford, who beat out a pair of Steves (Stephen Kerrigan,…

4 Years Ago, Saugus Went For Obama. This Year, Trump » WBUR Four years ago, the town of Saugus voted for President Obama. This year, it voted for Donald Trump. Voters in the blue-collar town wedged between Revere and Lynn along the North Shore cited many rea…

Rep. Moulton: With Party 'Soul-Searching' To Do, House Democrats Delay Leadership Elections » WBUR Thursday was supposed to mark a vote for leadership in the Democratic Party in the U.S. House of Representatives. In past years, this has largely been a formality, keeping House Minority Leader Nancy…

Trump's Name Will Be Removed From Apartment Buildings After Residents Demand It » WBUR President-elect Donald Trump's name will be removed from three apartment buildings on Manhattan's West Side, after almost 600 residents signed a petition demanding it. Three of the rental buildings n…

State lawmakers look ahead to the upcoming legislative session » WWLP 22 State lawmakers will return to Beacon Hill in January to begin a new two-year legislative session. While new issues will come up, for many lawmakers, the New Year is an opportunity to make existing la…

State pension fund officials weigh impacts of Trump presidency » Sentinel & Enterprise The election of Donald Trump underscored the futility of making predictions about world events and about market reactions to those events, the head of the state's pension fund and investment professio…

E Pluribus Unum on Baker's mind as guv gets ready to work with Trump » Sentinel & Enterprise

Gov. Baker against 'prejudging' Trump appointments too soon » Boston Herald

Mass. Gov. Baker Discusses Meeting With Mike Pence » NECN

McGee, Bickford meet as new chair steps in at Mass Dems » State House News Service

Public Health

High lead levels found in water at 160 Mass. schools » Boston Globe Water tests conducted at about 300 public school buildings in Massachusetts this year show that more than half had at least one sample with lead levels above regulatory limits, state officials announc…

State to spend additional $750,000 to test drinking water at public schools » Wicked Local Belmont Gov. Charlie Baker and State Treasurer Deb Goldberg announced an additional $750,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (MCWT), enabling cooperative efforts to test for lead and copper within Ma…

A Twist On 'Involuntary Commitment': Some Heroin Users Request It » KUNC Inpatient treatment programs for heroin and opioid dependence can be so difficult to get into in some parts of the country that drug users who want to quit are voluntarily asking judges to lock them u…

Public Safety

Taunton, Raynham police looking for answers on pot legalization and OUIs » Taunton Daily Gazette Local police departments have a lot of questions about what the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts will mean on the ground for law enforcement.…

State Finance

Walsh Says He's Concerned About Boston's Federal Funding Under Trump Administration » WBUR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he's concerned about the city's federal funding under President-elect Trump's administration, since the city offers some protections for immigrants who are in the country…

Massachusetts pension officials weigh impacts of Trump » Berkshire Eagle The election of Donald Trump underscored the futility of making predictions about world events and about market reactions to those events, the head of the state's pension fund and investment professio…

State Government

Mass. immigrants renew call for unity at the State House » WWLP 22 After a vicious presidential campaign cycle, immigration advocates told 22News that moving forward, they hope President-elect Donald Trump will work to lift up everyone in this country.…

AG Healey cites 'constitutional concerns' over Trump deportation plan » Boston Herald Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said her office would protect the rights of the state's immigrant and minority communities in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump's plan to deport 3 mi…

For immigrants, a Thanksgiving fete after a contentious election » Boston Globe Inside the Great Hall at the State House on Tuesday, immigrants were welcomed with open arms.…

Mass. Clean Energy Center picks interim CEO as permanent head » Boston Business Journal After more than a year as interim CEO, Stephen Pike was unanimously approved as permanent CEO of the publicly funded Massachusetts Clean Energy Center at a board meeting on Tuesday.…

Baker's Office Blitzed By Calls For Mass. To Declare Itself A Safe Haven » WGBH News Gov. Charlie Baker's offices have been inundated with calls from Massachusetts citizens asking the governor to openly declare the state a safe haven from hate.…

Healey opens hotline to field harass complaints » Nashoba Publishing Those experiencing bias-motivated harassment in Massachusetts have a new hotline they can call, established Monday by Attorney General Maura Healey who said the outreach effort stems from last week's …

Baker would work to safeguard sanctuary city funding » State House News Service

The Attorney General Who Got a Hate Crime Hotline Up and Running in Less Than a Week » ELLE

Massachusetts AG: 'I actually lay awake thinking about' cybersecurity » Big News Network

Transportation

You can't get there from here: Part 3 » Lynn Daily News Item Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn) isn't shy about saying what's needed to fix the region's transportation problems: raise the gas tax and add more toll roads.…

Lawyers want investigation into Fairmount Line service » Boston Globe A coalition of civil rights lawyers is calling for an investigation into the MBTA's frequent cancellations of trains on Boston's Fairmount Line, saying they disproportionately affect minority and low-…

State Awards Grant to Finish Berkshire Scenic Railway » iBerkshires The state has awarded $2.6 million to make the final mile connecting the town to North Adams by rail a reality. The MassWorks funding for the Berkshire Scenic Railway was part of the more than $4 mil…

Utilities

With renewables, intermittency is a problem » Commonwealth Magazine Progress continues in the New England clean energy revolution: Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island recently announced their intention to negotiate seven power contra…

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