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Today on Beacon Hill

9:30am 16th Annual Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Opening Ceremony, Grand Staircase

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00pm Cape Downwinders Speak-Out, Great Hall

Birthdays: Rep. David Muradian

Must-Reads

Costly farewell party for Deval Patrick » Boston Herald The cost to bid former Gov. Deval Patrick a fond farewell when he left the Corner Office in 2014 topped $300,000, a report now publicly available reveals.…

Officials, civil rights groups to gather at State House to decry hate » Boston Globe Public officials and civil rights leaders will take to the steps of the State House Monday morning to speak out against incidents of hate that have proliferated since the presidential election.…

Blast sparked new laws, but none regarding chemical processes » The Salem News After the blast, state lawmakers passed legislation to help residents and the town rebuild.…

Trump's not-so-blind trust fails ethical standards » Boston Globe AS A PRESIDENTIAL candidate, Donald Trump vilified the Clinton Foundation as a dark criminal enterprise. …

Marty Walsh's labor role takes hit » Boston Herald New details about Mayor Martin J. Walsh's reported past effort as a labor leader to push a developer into hiring union workers strengthen the indicators he's being targeted by the feds, watchdogs say …

Pilgrim: Baker pressed to name independent nuclear inspector » Cape Cod Times Critics of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station are frustrated by the silence coming from the governor's office concerning their request for a state-appointed nuclear engineer to accompany the federal inspec…

Elizabeth Warren fills the Democratic void » Politico Magazine In the days since Hillary Clinton's stunning electoral defeat to Donald Trump, the vacuum she left atop the Democratic Party hasn't gone unfilled.…

Texas Heat: Maura Healey order to Dallas court for Exxon Mobile climate change showdown » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey must defend her probe of ­Exxon Mobil's climate-change policy in a Texas courtroom hearing that one prominent analyst says shows a federal judge sees “big-time p…

New Dem chairman Bickford hopes to regain regional base » Worcester Telegram While the candidate from Central Massachusetts did not prevail in last week's election for chairman of the Massachusetts Democrats, the victor touted local ties and said he intends to run more candida…

“Well, it is a little premature. He (Trump) said he was going to give me the strongest recommendation to his team. Then, obviously, you know, they’re going to get in touch with me. So, I’m not quite sure what that means exactly. But I know I’m now in the running to be the head of the V.A.,”

Scott Brown

Speaking about his potential appointment to Trump's administration as Veterans Affairs secretary.

News By Category
Business

Next Chapter In Life Of Lynn GE Property Emerges » Banker & Tradesman A proposed 1,260-unit housing development at the 65-acre former General Electric Gear Works property in Lynn would include residents-only access to a commuter rail platform two stops from Boston's Nor…

Berkshire Eagle advisory board members announced » Berkshire Eagle Hans Morris, chairman of the board of New England Newspapers Inc., has announced the formation of The Berkshire Eagle advisory board.…

Fishing industry looks to Trump to undo marine monument designation » Cape Cod Times When President Barack Obama announced in September the creation of the first ever marine national monument in U.S. Atlantic waters, 50 environmental organizations claimed victory in the long campaign …

Baker to life science, tech firms: Hire more high school interns » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker is calling on science and technology companies in the state to create more internship opportunities for high school students, touting a successful program run by drugmaker Vertex an…

Trump's Choice For Top Law Enforcer Has Cannabis Proponents Fearing Future » WBUR When Donald Trump offered Sen. Jeff Sessions the position of attorney general, the pick drew criticism from civil rights groups and immigrant advocates. In the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar mariju…

A look at the closest medical marijuana facility for Berkshire County patients » Berkshire Eagle Not every driver who parks at Pleasant Journey Used Cars in Northampton is there to kick tires. Some cross a narrow side street to New England Treatment Access Inc., where they shop, using a differen…

Growing business: Yes vote lights up hydroponic shop » Berkshire Eagle Tim Mack's dad called him at his shop, Berkshire Hydroponics, with a question the day after Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana use: "Busy yet?" Mack says the old man likes to bust his cho…

'Ned' Johnson stepping down as Fidelity chairman » Boston Globe

Civil Rights

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will attend anti-hate rally being held at Massachusetts State House today » The Republican Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Attorney General Maura Healey and protesters from 30 different groups are planning to hold a massive rally in front of the Massachusetts State House in order to protest the r…

Reports of Hate Crimes In Mass. Rose In Last Two Years » WGBH News Last week, the Massachusetts attorney general established a hate crime hotline in response to a flood of reports in the wake of last week's election. But recently released data points to a longer tren…

More than 100 join Mass. officials for 'Speak Out Against Hate' rally at State House » Boston.com

Education

THE SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Anyone can be president, but not at Mount Wachusett CC » Sentinel & Enterprise AT THE dedication Tuesday for Mount Wachusett Community College's new science center named in honor of president Daniel M. Asquino, who is retiring in January after 30 years at the helm, many local of…

Bernie Sanders speaks at Berklee College » Boston Globe Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders brought his brand of progressive populism to the Berklee Performance Center on Sunday night, as he tours the country to promote his new book, “Our Revolution: A Fu…

Students push for 'sanctuary campuses' » Commonwealth Magazine UMASS AMHERST OFFICIALS, under pressure from students, said on Friday they were committed to making the campus a safe haven for undocumented students, faculty, and staff. But they stopped short of mee…

Environment

Groups vow to resist Trump's rollbacks of environmental policy » Eagle Tribune President-elect Donald Trump has said climate change is a “hoax” and pledges to slash funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. …

Rotting Monroe paper mill to be torn down for public park on Deerfield River » Mass Live Part of a decrepit former paper mill in northern Franklin County will be torn down before it tumbles into the upper reaches of the Deerfield River, polluting the waterway with asbestos and debris, rep…

As Eversource rolls out big solar plans, Berkshires' clean energy outlook gets brighter » Berkshire Eagle The utility that powers much of Berkshire County is beefing up its solar portfolio, following a change in state law designed to expand renewable energy. And Pittsfield remains on the leading edge. W…

Health Care

Massachusetts Won't Cut Health Benefits if Trump Cuts Funding, AG Says » Bloomberg BNA

Housing

Mixed signals with Norfolk County real estate in October » Wicked Local Dedham Mixed signals were the theme for Norfolk County real estate activity in the month of October 2016.…

Housing Assistance Corp. names new CEO » The Barnstable Patriot Alisa Galazzi, who was this week named as the next executive director of the Housing Assistance Corporation in Hyannis, launched her career in nonprofits following an initial stint in the entertainmen…

HAC study: homelessness prevention program saves money » The Barnstable Patriot A new study on a program that keeps families from becoming homeless shows it is not only effective but saves taxpayers money. The Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC), a nonprofit based in Hyannis, t…

Human Services

Massachusetts Senate Adopts Caregiver Advice and Records Enablement Standards (C.A.R.E.) Act » The Valley Patriot The Massachusetts state Senate today advanced a bill intended to provide family caregivers with critically needed information and guidance to effectively care for a patient once released from a hospit…

Judiciary

Advocates frustrated over slow progress to open Springfield drug court » Mass Live As an end-of-year deadline rapidly approaches, advocates are expressing frustration at the slow pace of progress toward opening a drug court in Springfield.…

Labor

Negotiators restart talks over potential late-session non-compete deal » State House News Service

STEM program will reach into high schools to fill talent gap » State House News Service

Legislative

Sen. Eric Lesser filing bill to call for elimination of Electoral College » WWLP 22 This year's presidential election has put a renewed focus on the Electoral College; the state-based system that is used to select the president.…

Opinion

Teaching children assures that we will never forget » Berkshire Eagle "Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night ," wrote Nobel Peace Prize-winning Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in his memoir, "Night". …

A path forward for Boston's waterfront » Boston Globe AFTER A LABORIOUS three-year process, the City of Boston is nearing final approval of its big development plan for the downtown waterfront.…

Training the next generation in science and technology » Boston Globe WHEN GLADY BAEZ came to her Vertex Pharmaceuticals internship as a high school junior, she was uncertain of her future. While she was interested in science and business, she didn't know the range of c…

Chabot: AG's talk cheap if she dodges Charlie Baker » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey has stepped up her role as an outspoken progressive standard-bearer in the wake of Donald Trump's unexpected Oval Office win — it's time she back up that political…

Looking for clues from Trump's CEO years » Boston Globe RE “ 'CEO Trump' can offer clues to presidency” (Page A1, Nov. 13): I couldn't help but wonder what a man with a 30-second attention span, little interest in detail, and a penchant for del…

Letter: Clinton unworthy of daughter's heartbreak » The Metro West Daily News Like the nation's majority I am willing and able to move beyond the Nov. 8 election results. …

US must transition to low-carbon energy » Boston Globe Energy is the lifeblood of the economy. Without ample, safe, and low-cost energy, it is impossible to secure the benefits of modern life. …

Robichaud: GOP's growth comes by cultivating the grass roots » Boston Herald When the GOP lost the last two presidential campaigns, there was much discussion about Republicans having to rebrand in order to win.…

As I See It: Election's uncertainties and certainties in Worcester » Worcester Telegram After fifteen months of dangerous rhetoric and acrimony, I am glad to see the end of a truly contentious election cycle. Like many of you, I was surprised by last week's national election.…

Fitzgerald: Go to your room, Elizabeth Warren, and get the message » Boston Herald The inimitable George Frazier, whose piercing wit made his columns must-reading here at the Herald and later at the Globe, had a succinct way of pooh-poohing what he regarded as pomposity.…

Other

Federal judge orders AG Healey to travel to Texas for ExxonMobil deposition » New Boston Post A federal judge has ordered Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to travel to the Lone Star State next month to answer questions, under oath, from attorneys representing ExxonMobil, who allege …

Recoil, reform, repeat » Boston Globe AGAIN AND again, Massachusetts has promised to treat mental health patients held at the state prison known as Bridgewater State Hospital like human beings.…

Early voting deemed success in Valley » Eagle Tribune The verdict on early voting is in — it was a success, but a lot of work.…

Inquiry nearing end on unions' ties to City Hall » Boston Globe Prosecutors are nearing the conclusion of a sweeping federal investigation into whether organized labor used its influence with local governments to extort developers for construction jobs in Greater …

Scientists hope Trump won't decrease the flow of federal research dollars » Boston Globe Massachusetts is a powerhouse of life sciences research, bolstered by billions of dollars in federal money. …

Elizabeth Warren is ready to defend consumer agency » Boston Globe Elizabeth Warren, then a Harvard Law professor, led the charge in 2010 to create a new government watchdog to protect consumers from Wall Street predation.…

A candid look at Boston's racial divide » Boston Globe Jim Rooney grew up a poor white Southie kid in the '60's, and '70's, in a Boston that was bitterly divided — economically, ethnically, racially.…

Mitt Romney is 'serious' candidate for secretary of state » Boston Globe Marine General James Mattis emerged Sunday as a leading contender for secretary of defense in the Trump administration, and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was described as a serious prospec…

14 instances of right procedure, wrong patient in Mass. » Boston Globe The patient's doctor delivered the bad news: A CT scan showed cancer.…

Demanding access to Baker's e-mails is an overreach » Boston Globe

Trump win looks like a loss for the Knowledge Economy » Boston Globe This month's presidential election featured two major party candidates and two visions of the US economy.…

Trump: A blessing in disguise for conservatives » New Boston Post It is easy to imagine that the publishers of National Review, the Weekly Standard and the Wall Street Journal – bastions of conservativism, all – must have been in a dark mood early in t…

More than 300 calls flow into hate-crime hot line in four days » Boston Globe The state attorney general's new hate crime hot line has received more than 300 calls in just four days.…

Barney Frank warns against hasty repeal of Dodd-Frank Act » Portland Press Herald Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, a Maine resident who co-sponsored sweeping financial industry reforms in 2010 that President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal and replace, said doing so would be h…

Trump-Romney meeting another wild 2016 twist » CNN Forget a "Team of Rivals." This would be a double act of denouncers.…

Defense policy might not be 'radically different' » Boston Herald President-elect Donald Trump's close consideration of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis for defense secretary and Mitt Romney for secretary of state signals a foreign policy posture will be more …

Romney says his talk with Trump was 'far-reaching' » Boston Globe Mitt Romney had a “far-reaching conversation” with Donald Trump, Romney said after the two met at a Trump golf resort in New Jersey on Saturday.…

Former Sen. Scott Brown In Line For VA Post » CBS Boston Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is being considered by President-elect Donald Trump to become head of the Department of Veterans Affairs.…

Trump's Mitt Romney meet goes 'great,' called 'very thorough' » Boston Herald President-elect Donald Trump and former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney — who were bitter enemies during the 2016 presidential campaign — shook hands and smiled after meeting for more than an…

Chamber cuts ribbon for Ink'd in Mansfield » The Sun Chronicle The Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce celebrated the one-year anniversary of Ink'd, located at 280 School St., Suite D145 in Mansfield Crossing, with a ribbon-cutting Ccremony. Pictured, form left, are: Fr…

Legal home-grown marijuana on track for December despite concerns » New Boston Post With 28 days until it becomes legal to grow marijuana in Massachusetts, some in the medical marijuana industry are growing concerned about the slow launch of a new industry without a regulatory scheme…

Early voting popular in Dover and Sherborn » Wicked Local Sherborn Just shy of 40 percent of Sherborn's registered voters took advantage of early voting, Marple said. In Dover, about 30 percent of registered voters voted early.…

State won't have time to stem concerns before recreational weed is legal » Boston Business Journal State legislators are hoping to address a slew of issues around marijuana legalization, but they won't have enough time to address any of them before recreational marijuana officially becomes legal. …

State medical parole bill back in spotlight with release of DiMasi » Worcester Telegram A cancer survivor himself, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said he was glad to hear former House Speaker Sal DiMasi will be released from prison and believes in compassionate release policies…

Raynham AAA now offering RMV services » Taunton Gazette One-stop shopping inside Shaw's Plaza just became that much more enhanced.…

On Beacon Hill: Pike work takes back seat to Thanksgiving — an update » State House News Service State plans suspension of Pike conversion work ahead of Thanksgiving…

Trump returns to New York City for a parade of meetings » Boston Globe

Audit: Plainridge fell short on hiring workers from Plainville, surrounding towns » The Sun Chronicle

Audit: 1st casino in Massachusetts not meeting hiring goals » Boston Herald

Politics

Judge's order hints at Maura Healey's 'political motives' » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey must defend her probe of ­Exxon Mobil's climate-change policy in a Texas courtroom hearing that one prominent analyst says shows a federal judge sees “big-time p…

Mayor Alex Morse campaign sign defaced with 'sucks' in Holyoke » The Republican Mayor Alex B. Morse was targeted for being gay for the second time in less than a week Sunday when he was alerted to one of his campaign signs near the back of Community Field defaced with the additio…

Meet Newton's mayoral candidates — so far » Boston Globe After Mayor Setti Warren announced this month he would not seek reelection to a third term, potential successors came forward to announce their own intentions to run.…

Bernie Sanders, In Boston: Democratic Party Needs To Return Its Focus To Working Class » WBUR Onetime Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders asked supporters in Boston Sunday night to pay close attention to the lessons of the election and that the party needs to be honest about why i…

State Fines AG Maura Healey Campaign Donors $10K for Illegal Contributions » The Valley Patriot

Public Health

A new kind of grief — post-election trauma » Boston Globe “I don't usually say to people after a loss, 'Turn off the TV and back away from the news.' But this is different from 'regular' grief, if there is such a thing.…

Mass. Doctors Are Seeing Effects Of The Election In The Exam Room » WBUR In the past two weeks, how often have you been feeling down, depressed or hopeless? That's one of the questions that primary care practices routinely ask to detect whether you might have diagnosable …

Public Safety

A test for marijuana impairment? A UMass prof has an app for that » Boston Globe Massachusetts voters legalized recreational marijuana earlier this month, despite the fact that there's still no easy way for law enforcement to test someone behind the wheel for marijuana-induced imp…

Football program is a refuge for Boston youths in gang areas » Boston Globe On the first day of school in September, Jermaine Eloi, a quarterback for the Dorchester Eagles Pop Warner football team, left his home in a gang hot spot in Dorchester.…

Police fear boost in impaired drivers with passing of marijuana law » Boston Globe As Massachusetts prepares next month to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, police chiefs in a number of cities and towns say they worry the new law will give rise to a wave of impaired driver…

State Government

“No Place for Hate” rally held at State House » WWLP 22 News

Attorney General Maura Healey calls Trump University 'classic case' of predatory school, mocks Donald Trump for tweeting » The Republican

Transportation

Boston and nuTonomy to test self-driving car by year-end » Boston Globe The City of Boston is moving forward with plans to study driverless cars, launching a program with a startup spun out of MIT to begin testing on public roads by the end of the year.…

Self-driving cars to hit Boston streets running » Boston Herald Self-driving cars will be hitting Boston streets before the end of the year, under a deal between City Hall and a Cambridge startup to test autonomous vehicles in a small — but public — …

Lawmaker slams Robert Kraft's play for extra T service » Boston Herald A proposed pilot program that would run daily commuter rail trains between Boston and Gillette Stadium is reigniting resistance against what one local lawmaker panned as a “pet project” fo…

Want Late-Night Bus Service? The MBTA Wants to Know » Marlborough Patch Late-night subway service may be gone, but the Mass. Bay Transit Authority is now weighing an overnight bus service option, and wants your voice to help make the decision. It's conducting a a month-l…

New union rep on MassDOT board takes dim view of privatization » State House News Service

Utilities

Cape Downwinders Asking Baker to Support Pilgrim Shutdown » Cape Cod Online Anti-nuclear activists will rally Monday at the State House calling on Governor Baker to support the immediate shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 11/21

Birthdays: Rep. David Muradian

9:30am 16th Annual Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Opening Ceremony, Grand Staircase

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00pm Cape Downwinders Speak-Out, Great Hall

Tuesday - 11/22

11:00am Association of Developmental Disability Providers Press Conference, Grand Staircase

Wednesday - 11/23

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Thursday - 11/24

No Hearings Scheduled

Friday - 11/25

Birthdays: Rep. Robert Koczera

No Hearings Scheduled

Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

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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