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Understanding the undecided voters » Boston Globe WHEN I WAS growing up outside of Philadelphia in the '60s, a friend lived in Wilkes Barre, Pa., and so I was excited this past July to be on the phone with George, a 58-year-old Democrat from the same…

The Art of the Protest » New York Times If Americans hate the direction their next president takes, they have the right to demonstrate peacefully. Here's how protesting has succeeded.…

Scott Brown to Donald Trump: Mitt Romney's a good fit, I'm 'best' for VA » Boston Herald WASHINGTON — Former Bay State U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who yesterday pitched himself to President-elect Donald Trump for the post of secretary of Veterans Affairs, also talked up Mitt Romney to h…

Healey fights order to appear in court on Exxon climate change case » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 21, 2016.....A federal judge has ordered Attorney General Maura Healey to appear in a Texas court next month to face questions over her investigation into ExxonMobil, a direc…

State official tells Brockton mayor to turn over emails from private account » Enterprise News The mayor of Brockton has been told by the state supervisor of public records to turn over all emails from his private account to the City Clerk's Office for safekeeping, according to state records, f…

Political Notes: Cyr already at work on Beacon Hill » Cape Cod Times Cyr, who will replace Sen. Daniel Wolf, D-Harwich, in representing the Cape & Islands District in January, defeated Republican Anthony Schiavi, of Harwich, in the Nov. 8 election. Wolf did not seek re…

"History has shown that when we see demagoguery, when we see the suppression of minorities, when we see efforts to sow division on racial, ethnic or religious lines, we must do everything at its earliest possible juncture to denounce it and reject it,"

Attorney General Maura Healey

Speaking at yesterdays rally against hate at the Massachsuetts Statehouse

News By Category
Business

Proceeds from sale of Winthrop Square garage would go to parks, housing » Boston Globe One of the prime beneficiaries of a tower planned for the site of the Winthrop Square Garage could be the historic park over which it will cast a long shadow.…

Shire to Establish Rare Disease Innovation Hub in Cambridge, Mass. » PR Newswire Shire announced today that it will expand its operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, establishing a rare disease innovation hub and increasing its footprint in the heart of Kendall Square.…

With Recreational Marijuana Legalized, Garden Centers Prepare To Serve Growers » WBUR With recreational marijuana legal in Massachusetts as of Dec. 15, thanks to voters who passed a ballot question earlier this month, lawmakers, citizens and businesses are getting ready. Among them, ga…

Michael Dell snags luxury condo in Boston » Boston Business Journal As expected, Michael Dell has found his home away from home in Boston.…

Civil Rights

Anti-hate rally denounces post-election incidents » Wicked Local Cambridge On the steps of the State House Monday, before a large crowd onto Beacon Street, Harvard Law student Harmann Singh told a crowd that he was "aggressively accosted" in a store in Cambridge last week, f…

Anti-hate rally draws Beacon Hill's top Democrats » New Boston Post A veritable “who's-who” roster of Beacon Hill's most powerful Democrats — along with a handwritten note of encouragement from Gov. Charlie Baker — made themselves heard at …

Leaders declare Mass. 'no place for hate' » Commonwealth Magazine POLITICAL AND COMMUNITY leaders stood on the steps of the Massachusetts State House to speak out against acts of bigotry and violence that they say have surged in the wake of Donald Trump's election a…

In blue cities, new resolve to address hate crimes » Christian Science Monitor Harmann Singh, a Sikh and first year student at Harvard Law School, was shopping in Cambridge, Mass., last week when a stranger called him “a [expletive] Muslim.”…

State leaders rally against reported post-election surge in bias-based incidents » Politico Magazine Top leaders in Massachusetts government rallied both in person and in spirit on the steps of the State House Monday morning against a reported spike in bias and racism-based incidents since Donald Tru…

AG Healey's Hate Crime Hotline Received 400 Calls In First Week » WBUR Attorney General Maura Healey says a hotline her office set up last week in response to post-election reports of hate crimes and harassment has already received 400 calls. Healey revealed the t…

Anti-hate ralliers denounce post-election incidents » State House News Service On the steps of the State House Monday, before a large crowd onto Beacon Street, Harvard Law student Harmann Singh told a crowd that he was "aggressively accosted" in a store in Cambridge last week, f…

Education

College leaders urge Trump, others to protect undocumented students » Boston Globe At colleges in Massachusetts and across the country, students are demanding that the schools protect their undocumented immigrant classmates if the incoming administration of Donald Trump moves to dep…

Loan servicer to pay $2.4M after AG investigation » WCVB Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office said Monday the agreement follows an investigation into Xerox Education Services. Xerox, formerly known as ACS Education Services, offers private a…

I-Team: Company That Handles Billing For MEFA Student Loans Agrees To Pay $2.4 Million » CBS Boston A national student loan servicer responsible for handling thousands of borrower accounts in Massachusetts has agreed to pay $2.4 million following an investigation by Attorney General Maura Healey's o…

National loan servicer to pay $2.4 million after investigation by AG's office » Boston Globe A national loan servicer will pay $2.4 million after allegedly failing to properly process applications for federal student loan repayment plans and harassing borrowers to pay their debts, Attorney Ge…

Boston College details field house plans » Boston Herald Boston College has filed plans with the city for a new athletic field house on Shea Field on the school's lower campus in Brighton.…

Mass. college removes American flag after flag burning, race concerns » Boston Globe Hampshire College has taken down the American flag after it was burned two days following the presidential election, with the leader of the Amherst campus calling it “a disruptive symbol.”…

Human Services

Food pantries gird for busy holiday season » Boston Globe With the return of cold weather and the start of the holiday season, the region's food pantries are gearing up for their annual surge of needy patrons.…

Activists look to turn tide on developmental disabilities funding » State House News Service

Insurance

Bay State insurers press for explanation on rising drug costs » State House News Service The makers of prescription drugs that the state has spent "significant health care dollars" on and that have risen significantly in price in the last year should be called to the carpet and made to ex…

Judiciary

What restrictions will Sal DiMasi face under house arrest? » Boston Globe Salvatore F. DiMasi, the former Massachusetts House speaker, is expected leave a federal prison in North Carolina on Tuesday to return home as part of a compassionate release granted because of ailing…

Labor

Mass. employers having trouble finding qualified employees » Worcester Business Journal A new survey has found that 75 percent of employers are having trouble finding qualified candidates to fill open positions, up from 69 percent in 2013, particularly in the central and western parts of…

Legislative

Sen. Stan Rosenberg dons safety pin to protest hate » The Republican Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, has joined the safety pin campaign.…

Ex-Speaker DiMasi to Be Released From Prison » NECN Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi will be returning to Massachusetts after he's released from prison in North Carolina. …

Negotiators restart talks over potential late-session non-compete deal » Boston Business Journal The inability of lawmakers to make a deadline deal this past summer curtailing the use of non-compete agreements in private business went down as one of the biggest failures of the 2015-2016 session.…

Leaders promise revisit of non-compete issue if late talks fail » State House News Service Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said Monday that he has encouraged Sen. Dan Wolf to keep negotiating with the House over a potential deal that would limit the use of non-compete agreements by priva…

Local Government

Councilor: Brockton mayor spending tax money for college course was 'not legal' » Enterprise News Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter was grilled on Monday over his use of city funds to enroll in a Cape Verdean Creole class by members of the City Council, including one who suggested that the expenditure…

Report: Cost estimates rise sharply on proposed new Lowell High » Lowell Sun A new Lowell High School could cost $300 million to $330 million, according to a new report to be presented to the City Council Tuesday.…

Quincy city council tags wage rule onto new zoning for North Quincy T » Patriot Ledger The city council has adopted a labor-wage requirement in a new zoning ordinance that Mayor Thomas Koch's administration says is likely illegal.…

Opinion

Donald Trump puts a dangerous spin on Syrian policy » Boston Globe DONALD J. TRUMP'S posture toward Syria is the president-elect at his worst, putting a seductively simple spin on a dangerous and immoral approach.…

Donald Trump — the Boy King » Boston Globe OUR PRESIDENT-ELECT was raised by a father who repeatedly told him,” You're a killer. You're a king.”…

Guest Opinion: Don't let history courses go extinct in public schools » The Herald News “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 memoi…

Editorial: Halting a witch hunt » Boston Herald

Other

Scott Brown meets with Trump about Veterans Affairs secretary position » The Sun Chronicle From Wrentham assessor to Cabinet member? The political odyssey of Scott Brown took another turn Monday when he met with President-elect Donald Trump in New York for a possible job as Veterans Affairs…

Donald Trump is attacking foes on Twitter like he's campaigning » Boston Globe The president-elect's social media followers didn't have to wait long.…

Massachusetts lawmakers join resurgent calls to abolish the Electoral College » Boston.com Not since the President George H.W. Bush has a non-incumbent Republican won the national popular vote.…

How Obama's unaffordable socialism could become Trump's smart conservatism » The Washington Post “It will be as exciting as the 1930s.” That is what Cartoon Representation of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in a Pharmaceutical Ad's chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon said about the incoming a…

Not for the first time, Curt Schilling takes exception with Elizabeth Warren » Boston Globe Another day, another political spat on Twitter.…

Audit: Plainridge Casino falls short in hiring goals » Commonwealth Magazine A NEW AUDIT says the Massachusetts Gaming Commission dropped the ball in its mandate to ensure that Plainridge Park Casino met its agreed-upon local hiring goals and that the state's only slots parlor…

Brown confirms Trump is considering him to head the VA » Politico Magazine Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown confirmed speculation on Monday that he is under consideration to become the next head of the Department of Veterans Affairs.…

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton Is: a.) A Washington Trouble Maker, b.) Playing A Long Game, c.) Both? » WGBH News For the next two years, Democrats are doomed to play opposition to President Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress. At such times, Senators and Representatives from safely partisan strongh…

Trump won't pursue investigation into Hillary Clinton, adviser says » The Barnstable Patriot President-elect Donald Trump "doesn't wish to pursue charges" against Hillary Clinton in connection with her use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state, one of his senior adv…

Another Effort to Scrap the Electoral College Is Brewing in Massachusetts » Boston Magazine Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 1.7 million votes—and counting. And yet it's her opponent, Donald Trump, who's assembling his cabinet and sifting through swatches of gold leaf…

Plainridge slot machines averaging $346 per day in net revenue » State House News Service

Politics

Quincy mayor one of three officials to receive prohibited campaign donations » Patriot Ledger For the fourth time in a year, Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch is redirecting a political donation the state says was given to his campaign illegally.…

In wake of Hillary Clinton's defeat, state Sen. Eric Lesser calls for abolition of Electoral College » The Republican State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, is filing a resolution with the Massachusetts state Senate calling for the abolition of the Electoral College.…

STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP: Give 'em (enough) rope? » Wicked Local Duxbury President-elect Donald Trump has said he doesn't plan on taking vacations while in the White House. He shouldn't be disappointed, then, by the fact that his post-election honeymoon appears to have bee…

'Rage donations' become an anti-Trump movement » Boston Globe A new term has emerged in the nonprofit world since Donald Trump's presidential victory: rage donations.…

Walsh: 'Hamilton' cast was 'little bit out of control' with Pence statement » Boston Herald President-elect Donald J. Trump today got backing in his spat with the cast of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” from an unlikely source: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.…

Baker hopes Brown gets 'serious consideration' for Veterans Affairs » Politico Magazine Gov. Charlie Baker hopes President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team will give "serious consideration" to former senator Scott Brown to head up the Department of Veterans Affairs.…

Westford's Bickford excited to lead state's Democrats » Lowell Sun

Deval Patrick to join Obama Foundation board » The Boston Globe

Success of drinking age question in Amherst prelude to future queries » State House News Service

Public Health

Police report overdose spike in Pelham » Lowell Sun Pelham police say they believe there may be a bad batch of heroin mixed with fentanyl making its way through town since there has been a sudden increase in overdoses in the past week and a half.…

Public Safety

Homicide victim survivors honored » Boston Herald The 16th Annual Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month was marked yesterday at the State House with a ceremony honoring the families, friends and communities of murder victims.…

Dozens gather for 16th Annual Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month » WWLP 22 News Massachusetts is the only state in the country that designates a month to recognize murder victims and their families.…

Strangers collide on a Cambridge sidewalk, and charges ensue » Boston Globe Cleon Hodge was walking toward the Porter Square T station on his way home from work last month, glancing down at a text message conversation a few minutes after 6 p.m., when he banged shoulders with …

State officials vow response to spike in hate crime complaints » Gloucester Times Reports of hate crimes have surged since Donald Trump's election, and state leaders and civil rights groups are vowing to confront allegations of threats and harassment following his racially charged …

Real-time crime mapping by Springfield police called 'next evolution' in policing » MassLive On the computer screen inside the police station, it looked like a simple map of the city with a few animated pushpins stuck here and there.…

State Finance

Buyout program had been underperforming, Senate budget chief says » State House News Service Employee buyouts offered by the Baker administration as an effort to trim the workforce while avoiding layoffs are not "doing as well as they thought" earlier in the process, according to a top legisl…

State Government

Maura Healey backers say Texas judge's order highly unusual » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey is promising to “vigorously oppose” a Texas judge's order for her to testify in a deposition over her probe of Exxon Mobil's climate change policy — a …

State concerned about sports center's ownership » The Salem News State officials are expressing concern about a possible change in ownership of the controversial Essex Sports Center before the facility even opens.…

Healey and Baker one-on-one? » Commonwealth Magazine They've enjoyed some friendly competition harkening to earlier days, two former Harvard hoopsters playfully trying out old moves. But could Charlie Baker and Maura Healey be heading toward a showdown…

Boston Partners With Local Startup To Test Self-Driving Cars On City Roads » WBUR Self-driving cars are expected to hit Boston's streets by the end of the year. The city announced Monday that it is partnering with Cambridge-based startup nuTonomy to test self-driving cars. The com…

Transportation

Worcester line woes for T » Boston Herald Delays are plaguing the MBTA commuter rail's Worcester line, where two out of every five trains have run late over the last month and less than half have been on time during the morning commute in Nov…

S. Coast Rail oversight shifted from T to state » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS OFFICIALS on Monday shifted oversight of the South Coast Rail commuter rail project from the MBTA to the state Transportation Department and said they are now analyzing two…

MassDOT eyes diminishing refinancing savings as rates rise on bonds » State House News Service Moving to refinance bonds after the presidential election rather than before it has cost the Massachusetts Department of Transportation roughly $28 million in projected savings.…

Gulf to remain turnpike gas provider until 2025 » State House News Service The 11 gas stations along the Massachusetts Turnpike are worth at least $8.2 million per year to Gulf Oil, which is re-upping its leases to sell fuel at the service plazas along Interstate 90.…

Rep. Benson again files teen driving bill » Sentinel & Enterprise Teenagers in Massachusetts would no longer be able to keep knowledge of traffic tickets from their parents if Rep. Jen Benson's bill before the state Legislature becomes law.…

Utilities

Nation's First Offshore Wind Farm To Start Spinning Soon Off Rhode Island » WBUR Any day now, America's first offshore wind farm, off Block Island, will begin commercial operation. Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Ed Markey says the project will tap into a vast new source of renewable ene…

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