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Baker cautions against judging Trump administration » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday urged residents not to rush to judgment about Donald Trump's emerging administration even as he sought to reassure immigrants and others that Massachusetts would re…

Donald Trump's Tangled Web » New York Times Unless Mr. Trump divests his businesses, there will be no way to know if his actions in office are for the public good or for his own financial gain.…

Seth Moulton attempting to start a Dem revolt against Nancy Pelosi » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is leading a charge to challenge the re-election of longtime Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi, saying Hillary Clinton's defeat should prompt a "hard conversation" about cont…

Trump Team Announces Five-Year Lobbying Ban for Appointees » Roll Call Anyone who is appointed to Donald Trump's administration will be banned from becoming a paid lobbyist for five years after leaving the White House, his transition office announced Wednesday night. …

Bite-sized observations on a wild election » Sabato's Crystal Ball Now that we've had a week to digest the results of the 2016 election, here are some observations about what happened and what the results might tell us about the future: …

Massachusetts Teachers Union President Barbara Madeloni calls for teachers to organize 'love trumps hate' standouts » The Republican A high-profile Massachusetts educator sent out an email asking teachers unions to "organize standouts across the state next Tuesday" to "let students and parents know that love trumps hate." …

Healey slams Baker on Trump appointment » Commonwealth Magazine ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY, who campaigned vigorously for Democrat Hillary Clinton, took umbrage Wednesday with Gov. Charlie Baker's reaction to the appointment by President-elect Donald Trump of S…

Judge approves early release for Sal DiMasi » Boston Globe Former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi will be released from prison early, a federal judge ruled Thursday.…

“It’s concerning for me to see the governor, who sat out this election, now take a wait-and-see approach on something like an appointment of Steve Bannon,”

Attorney General Maura Healey

Speaking about Governor Baker's reaction to President-elect Trump's White House appointments.

News By Category
Business

These 25 Mass. companies made Deloitte's 'Technology Fast 500' list » Boston Business Journal

Advertising industry faces a tough reinvention » Boston Globe The advertising industry is at risk of becoming irrelevant to its clients, and ad agencies only have themselves to blame.…

IBM unveils new Kendall cybersecurity HQ » Boston Globe IBM's security division has moved into a sleek new Cambridge headquarters, part of a $200 million global investment in cybersecurity products and services this year, the digital giant said Wednesday.…

UMass bets big on a 'Cambridge West' biotech hub » Boston Globe Can the University of Massachusetts grow a viable life sciences cluster from scratch almost 100 miles west of the Boston and Cambridge biotech hub?…

Are you ready for a war on fake news? » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump is already reshaping the Internet.…

Hampden County Sheriff-elect Nick Cocchi urges higher excise tax on marijuana » MassLive Hampden County Sheriff-elect Nick Cocchi is proposing raising the excise tax rate on retail marijuana sales by 5 percent, with the surplus specifically dedicated to addiction services.…

Mass. leads the way for a national crackdown on 'pay-to-play' » Boston Globe Federal alcohol regulators on Wednesday vowed a national crackdown on “pay-to-play” in the beer industry, taking aim at an illegal practice that came to light last year in Massachusetts wh…

'More money for our communities': Berkshire tourism continues to grow » Berkshire Eagle It ran for three months, drew 170,000 visitors, and generated $14.8 million in visitor spending.…

Retailers predict 3.9 percent boost in holiday sales » State House News Service While not as robust as last year, retail sales this holiday season should be strong in Massachusetts, according to new survey results.…

These Babson Students Are Starting the 'Airbnb for College Students' Cars' » BostInno What's college experience without that one friend who had a car on campus? They were your ticket to civilization beyond the university bubble - a role that someday soon, no one will have to fill.…

GE's Immelt sees potential gains from Trump's public works push » Boston Globe General Electric Co. chief executive Jeffrey Immelt sees his company benefiting if President-elect Donald Trump follows through with a plan to boost spending on public works…

Legal home-grown marijuana on track for December despite concerns » State House News Service

These Professors Make More Than a Thousand Bucks an Hour Peddling Mega-Mergers » ProPublica

$650,000 worth of Boston Grand Prix refunds sent out to consumers » Boston Globe

Crimes

Federal prosecutors launch probe of law firm over donations » Boston Globe Federal prosecutors in Boston have opened a grand jury investigation into potentially illegal campaign contributions from lawyers at the Thornton Law Firm, a leading donor to Democrats around the coun…

Education

How One Boston School Helps Young Students With Complex Feelings About The Election » WBUR When it comes to the outcome of the presidential election, kids are experiencing the same feelings and emotions as adults: everything from fear, anxiety and dejection to excitement, hope and vindicati…

To Avoid Potential Receivership, Boston School Committee Votes To Close Mattahunt Elementary » WBUR On Wednesday, the Boston School Committee voted to approve Superintendent Tommy Chang's plan to close Mattahunt Elementary School in Mattapan on June 30 of next year and convert the school into a cent…

State announces extra 750,000 for drinking water tests at public schools » Cape Cod Today Today, Governor 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 coppe…

Environment

Concord-based river advocacy group celebrates 30 years » Boston Globe A Concord-based organization recently celebrated 30 years of advocacy protecting the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord rivers. OARS received three citations for its work – one each from the Massach…

How Western Massachusetts' Mount Greylock Became Inspiration For Literary Legends » WBUR Even if you're not a J.K. Rowling fan, you likely know that her Harry Potter series takes place in England.…

The Quabbin Reservoir just hit 'below normal' capacity for the first time in 15 years » The Republican For the first time since 2001, the Quabbin Reservoir has dipped below its normal capacity of above 80 percent.…

Drought worsens across Mass. despite rainfall » State House News Service

Federal

Critics Move To Scrap The Electoral College, But It's Not Likely To Work » WBUR Every four years, the Electoral College creeps back into the lives of American voters. In some presidential elections, the strange, indirect system used to select the next U.S. president can feel like…

Health Care

FDA regulator defends decision to OK Sarepta drug » Boston Globe The nation's top drug reviewer Wednesday criticized Sarepta Therapeutics Inc.'s program to develop the first drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, saying the Cambridge biotech's clinical study in…

Springfield's Caring Health Center teams up with Health Connector to reach uninsured » The Republican Every day, Maria Semprit sees clients who waited so long to get health insurance they are now dealing with serious illnesses.…

Villani: Walsh says Boston could be haven for abortionists » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh says Boston could become a refuge for legal abortion clinics if a Donald Trump-shaped Supreme Court reverses Roe v Wade, though a pro-life activist is deriding the notion and arg…

Bill aimed at assisting family caregivers nears Baker's desk » State House News Service

Housing

Report: Homeless intervention program saved state $22M » Lowell Sun The state's largest family homelessness prevention program allowed more than 600 families to stay out of shelters in the Merrimack Valley, saving the state millions in family-shelter expenses in two y…

Human Services

State Auditor's office uncovered record-setting welfare fraud » WWLP 22 State Auditor Suzanne Bump told 22News that her office is doing a better job of identifying fraud through data analytics.…

Judiciary

AG aide wins 5-3 vote for judgeship » Commonwealth Magazine First Assistant Attorney General Christopher Barry-Smith received confirmation Wednesday for a Superior Court judgeship despite strong opposition from gun rights advocates. The Gun Owners Action Leag…

A 6-Point Plan For Resolving the 24,000 Tainted 'Dookhan' Drug Cases » WGBH News On Wednesday the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts at long last will directly address the issue of how to settle the fate of roughly 24,000 “Dookhan defendants”—people whose c…

State's high court won't tip hand in Annie Dookhan case » Boston Herald The fate of thousands of cases that may have been tainted by disgraced state chemist Annie Dookhan now sit with the state's highest court, which yesterday did little to indicate whether it would side …

DiMasi to be released within a week » Boston Globe

Read the judge's decision granting former Massachusetts House Speaker Sal DiMasi compassionate release » MassLive

Labor

South End accidents spawns call for worker safety bill » State House News Service

Legislative

Ailing DiMasi to be freed two years early from prison » State House News Service Former Speaker Salvatore DiMasi will leave a North Carolina prison roughly two years before the end of projected release date on account of his ailing health, federal Judge Mark Wolf ruled Thursday.…

Mass. legislators hope to improve details of marijuana legalization bill » The Daily Free Press Massachusetts officials have called for the state legislature to change the wording of The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, which was approved as Question 4 on Nov. 8 by voters, in order for …

Judge who sentenced DiMasi okays his early release from prison » State House News Service

Local Government

City receives $3.5M grant for streets of Blubber Hollow » The Salem News The city has received $3.5 million in MassWorks Infrastructure funding to help make Goodhue, Bridge and Boston streets more inviting to pedestrians and bicyclists.…

Rutland Precinct chosen for post-election hand audit » The Landmark Per state law, 3 percent of all precincts in the state of Massachusetts – 66 of the 2173 precincts in the Commonwealth – are selected for a post-presidential election audit.…

Legal marijuana: Boston health officials bracing for legalization in December 2016 » The Republican The city's public health officials said Wednesday they're steeling themselves for the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts and looking for advice from their counterparts in Colorado, where marij…

School district budget roundtable identifies challenges » The Landmark Officials from Wachusett Regional School District towns, along with school administrators, school committee members and local legislators met earlier this month to open discussions on the school distr…

Guyer out as Pittsfield DPW » Berkshire Eagle Denis Guyer, the city's director of building maintenance, has left his job after 10 months.…

Norwell selectmen consider moratorium on pot shops » Patriot Ledger Following the passage last week of Question 4, which legalized the use and sale of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, Norwell officials are working to see what this might mean for the town, and …

Brockton council delays yet again on Trust Act vote » The Enterprise A Brockton City Council committee delayed once again Tuesday about making a decision on the proposed Trust Act, which is a policy that would restrict the police department from holding undocumented im…

Opinion

Franck: Thanks to Charlie Baker, Bay State all set for Trump deportations » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is trying to reassure Massachusetts residents alarmed by the election of Donald Trump that the commonwealth will remain a “global community.” But the ­reality is that…

Moran: Some post-election observations » Herald News Allow me to make a few personal and somewhat random observations about last week's election.…

A 2008 'what if' to ponder » Boston Globe IMAGINE THE outrage if Barack Obama had appointed Al Sharpton as chief White House strategist.…

Bannon is a toxic candidate for White House post » Boston Globe AS THE qualifications of Stephen Bannon are touted by some, it should be remembered that the best resume and highest qualifications do not matter if there is a fatal flaw in the candidate.…

As a propaganda machine, Breitbart poses greatest threat » Boston Globe THERE IS justifiable outrage at Stephen Bannon being appointed Donald Trump's chief strategist and senior adviser (“Appointment raises doubts, stokes fears,” Page A1, Nov. 15). …

Spotlight on Revere » Lynn Daily News Item Revere got its moment under the bright lights on Wednesday when Gov. Baker and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, the man who is at least Baker's equal in wielding political power in the state,…

Democrats know why they lost, but won't fix their problems » Boston Globe ARE DEMOCRATS ready to undertake with seriousness the course correction that is needed to revitalize the party? Judging by the early reaction to Donald Trump's victory, the answer is no.…

Carr: John Kerry run for gov would be dream come true » Boston Herald John Kerry for governor? I know it's the longest of long shots, but wouldn't it be great? We could dust off all the old campaign slogans.…

Baker's precarious popularity » New Boston Post If Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker had to defend his incumbency in the cataclysmic election last week he likely would have lost.…

Other

Senate Democrats' Surprising Strategy: Trying to Align With Trump » New York Times Democrats will try to find common cause with Donald J. Trump on infrastructure spending, child tax credits and dismantling trade agreements.…

Mitt Romney, former Mass. gov., to meet with Donald Trump » WCVB

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton attempting to start a revolt against Nancy Pelosi » Boston Herald

Senate Democrats split over how to challenge Trump » Boston Globe The mourning and garment-rending by Democrats in Washington reeling from Donald Trump's improbable White House victory are quickly giving way to a debate about how aggressively they should battle Repu…

Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders named to U.S. Senate Democratic leadership » The Republican Reeling from a disappointing 2016 campaign cycle, Senate Democrats appealed to the more progressive wing of their party Wednesday by naming Massachusetts' Elizabeth Warren and Vermont's Bernie Sanders…

Romney trustee: Trump should sell his business interests » Boston Globe

Politics

Election called a 'gut-check' as state Democrats look ahead » Dorchester Reporter

Election fallout spills into Cape schools » Cape Cod Times A Donald Trump victory chant by a group of students in a middle school cafeteria on Nantucket got out of hand when a couple boys echoed crude language used by the president-elect in the past.…

2016 politics may make Thanksgiving table feel uninviting » Boston Globe Over the years, Tom Gareau has learned how to navigate being one of the few Democrats around the Thanksgiving dinner table of his mostly conservative family.…

State party leaders take stock of climate, outlook for 2018 elections » State House News Service A week after the conclusion of a nasty and entrenched presidential election, leaders from the Massachusetts Democratic and Republican parties gathered in comity Wednesday evening, aiming for wins in t…

Defending blank ballot, Baker hints at who received his presidential primary vote » The Salem News New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received Gov. Charlie Baker's presidential endorsement months ago, and on Wednesday Baker hinted that Christie received his vote, too. By the time Massachusetts voters c…

Baker cautions against judging Trump administration » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday urged residents not to rush to judgment about Donald Trump's emerging administration even as he sought to reassure immigrants and others that Massachusetts would re…

Public Health

Westport neglected animals placed; AG's office steps in » South Coast Today All of the more than 1,400 malnourished or neglected animals removed from an unsanitary Westport tenant farm have either been adopted or placed with rescue groups for adoption, and now law enforcement…

Public Safety

More than 40 Boston police cadets begin two-year training program » Boston Globe Keyara Nolen could be settling into her first semester at Suffolk University, but the chance to become a Boston police cadet was an opportunity she couldn't pass up.…

Pets get protection from owners under law that kicks in Thursday » State House News Service A series of new animal protection measures take effect Thursday, when dog owners will be subject to new restrictions on tethering their pets outside and first responders will have legal protections if…

State Government

Moody's calls charter school rejection 'credit positive' » Boston Globe Moody's Investors Service said Massachusetts voters' decision to reject Governor Charlie Baker's charter school expansion plan is “credit positive” for the state's urban governments, freei…

After Baker Meets With Pence, Mass. Stares Down The Barrel Of The Trump Administration » WGBH News Gov. Charlie Baker returned from meetings with other Republican governors this week with a weighty new goal for the next two, four, or possibly eight years: protect state funding in the era of Preside…

Baker team mum on level of interest in buyouts » State House News Service Two days after the deadline for state employees to apply for a voluntary buyout program aimed at generating $25 million in savings and preventing layoffs, the Baker administration has yet to put a num…

Gov. Baker Urges Wait-And-See Approach On Trump Administration » WBUR Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who did not vote for Donald Trump (or anyone else for president), is urging the president-elect's critics not to prejudge the incoming administration or ke…

Healey blasts Baker over Bannon appointment » Sentinel & Enterprise Attorney General Maura Healey, who campaigned vigorously for Democrat Hillary Clinton, took umbrage Wednesday with Gov. Charlie Baker's reaction to the appointment by President-elect Donald Trump of S…

Gov. Baker: Communities Decide How to "Ensure Harmony and Public Safety" » Somerville Patch With the election of Donald Trump, a candidate who built his campaign largely on promises to crack down on illegal immigration, those who live in sanctuary cities have begun to wonder if their communi…

Baker seeks to reassure Massachusetts on immigration after election » Boston.com Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday pledged to advocate for communities throughout Massachusetts as President-elect Donald Trump takes office, and said they are entitled to make their own determinatio…

Taxation

Airbnb wants to be taxed in Mass. » Commonwealth Magazine WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL campaign in the rear-view mirror and the airwaves now free of political ads, Airbnb is taking advantage of the void to press its own campaign to get Massachusetts to regulate and…

Transportation

Things that go bump in the night » Commonwealth Magazine When it comes to the MBTA and commuter rail, transparency, apparently, is a subjective term. The transit agency and its commuter rail operator Keolis are dealing with the fallout from an unreported a…

Helipad plan starting to take off » Boston Herald The area near a drydock in the Seaport District is being eyed as a location for a trial helipad — which could become a full-blown heliport equipped for multiple helicopters, city and state offi…

State wants pilot program to evaluate commuter rail to Gillette Stadium » The Sun Chronicle The state wants to conduct an 11-month pilot program for providing weekday commuter rail service to Gillette Stadium beginning in late 2018. The trial would involve four round-trip trains between Bost…

Pike construction crews to remain on job 'til noon on Thanksgiving Eve » State House News Service The tollbooth demolition and road reconstruction project on the Massachusetts Turnpike may affect travel plans for some of the nearly 1 million Bay Staters expected to hit the roads this Thanksgiving …

Utilities

Clean Energy Collective 'community solar' project under construction in Goshen » MassLive Officials on Monday cut the ribbon at new 1.1-megawatt "community solar" project under construction in Goshen.…

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