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8:30am The Role of Health Care in the 2016 Election and Expectations for the Trump Administration, Omni Parker House, 60 School Street

12:00pm 1199 SEIU / Fight for $15 Rally, Great Hall

12:00pm State Library Author Talk with J.L. Bell, State Library, Room 341

2:00pm Mass. Gold Star Family Tree Dedication, Memorial Hall

5:00pm Rep. Dan Ryan's Downtown Fundraising Reception

5:00pm State House Christmas Tree Lighting, Second Floor

Must-Reads

A Bruised Liberal Powerhouse Faces an Uncertain Future » National Journal The day after Hil­lary Clin­ton's shock­ing loss to Don­ald Trump, Cen­ter for Amer­ic­an Pro­gress Pres­id­ent Neera Tanden con­vened an all-staff meet­ing at the …

They're called citizen initiatives, but they're dominated by big money » Boston Globe Massachusetts political reformers created ballot initiatives a century ago to wrest control from the corporate interests dominating Beacon Hill, and ordinary citizens immediately seized on their new p…

Congressman Lynch endorses Ohio representative for House minority leader » Boston Globe Massachusetts Congressman Stephen Lynch endorsed Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan for House minority leader Monday, saying the Democratic party needs a change from longtime leader Nancy Pelosi to reconnect with wor…

Rural Democrats: Party Ignored Us, Suffered the Consequences » Roll Call Democrats in rural America have a blunt message for the rest of their party: We saw the electoral disaster coming — and it's your fault. …

Obamacare opponent picked by Trump to lead Health and Human Services » State House News Service Obamacare opponent and House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price of Georgia is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of health and human services. Trump on Tuesday also declared his i…

Massachusetts AG Protests Order Summoning Her to Texas for Exxon Deposition » Wall Street Journal Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is protesting a Texas federal judge's order that she travel to Dallas next month to be deposed in lawsuit against her office.…

Vote certifying delay could slow rollout of Mass. marijuana law » Boston Globe Secretary of State William F. Galvin said Monday that the results of the Massachusetts marijuana legalization measure passed by voters may not be certified in time for it to go into effect Dec. 15, wh…

"There are so many things on the plate of the President of the United States. My expectation at this point is that he’s going to worry about the things presidents worry about, and when it comes to something like the Green Line Extension, the big issue on the federal government’s mind is going to be, ‘is this a $2 billion project, or not?’”

Governor Charlie Baker

Commenting on federal funding for Massachusetts projects under a Trump administration.

News By Category
Business

Uber, Lyft drivers to face background checks sooner than expected » Boston Globe Drivers for Uber and Lyft in Massachusetts must pass a state-run background check by early April, sooner than expected, under a new agreement between the companies and Governor Charlie Baker's adminis…

Banking on the pot industry » Commonwealth Magazine AT LEAST ONE Massachusetts bank is offering services to the nascent legal marijuana industry in the state despite uncertainty over federal drug and banking regulations that still classify all pot sale…

State touts ride-hail driver checks as new division takes shape » State House News Service Drivers for the ride-hail services Uber and Lyft will need to have passed a state background check by April 3, 2017, under agreements the Baker administration announced Monday.…

Liquor license cap reform may have local impact » The Enterprise For years before Stoughton submitted a Home Rule Petition requesting six new liquor licenses downtown, the town was at its cap for liquor licenses.…

Massachusetts regulator William Galvin charges broker with high-pressure sales tactics that harmed elderly » Investment News

Galvin claims software developer defrauded investors in trading scheme » Investment News

Education

Lynn addition kicks off NSCC growth plan » Lynn Daily News Item North Shore Community College (NSCC) has ambitious plans for the next five years.…

Public and community colleges to ask for $40M » Worcester Business Journal

A game changer for improving literacy? The Reading Institute leader says yes, this plan can help » The Berkshire Eagle

Board of Ed floats change in educator evaluations » State House News Service

Environment

Crystal Lake dredging to begin » The Salem News It may have taken decades to come together, but this winter Crystal Lake is finally going to be dredged and turned into a destination for residents and visitors to enjoy.…

Business in the Arctic focus of UMD maritime conference » South Coast Today A roster of VIPs from the United States, Canada and Germany is about to converge at UMass Dartmouth's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to talk about progress in maritime matters, particularl…

Second year of deer hunting in Blue Hills Reservation starts Tuesday » My Fox Boston Fewer than 500 hunters will be allowed to hunt deer on the Blue Hill Reservation during a four-day hunt aimed at controlling the deer population starting this week.…

Grants to local conservation districts will help with emergency planning, erosion control » The Recorder State Energy and Environment Secretary Matthew Beaton joined Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and Rep. Stephen Kulik at the Great Falls Discovery Center Monday morning to announce the two $42,000 gr…

Senator Gives Nod To Local Water Quality Initiatives » Cape News State Senator Viriato M. (Vinny) deMacedo (R-Plymouth) spent last Thursday, November 17, getting acquainted with members of the scientific community in Falmouth, paying visits to the Marine Biological…

Federal

Trump Could Revoke DACA, Satisfying Some And Worrying Others » WBUR President-elect Donald Trump pledged to immediately end President Obama's executive orders, which includes Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The controversial action, issued in 2012, es…

Health Care

Trump Chooses Rep. Tom Price, An Obamacare Foe, To Run HHS » WBUR Rep. Tom Price, a Georgia Republican, is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services. He is currently chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee.…

What happens in Massachusetts if Obamacare is repealed? » MassLive President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have pledged to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul. What would that mean fo…

ON HEALTH CARE, MASS. URGED TO PREPARE, BUT FOR WHAT? » State House News Service

On health care, Mass. urged to prepare, but for what? » State House News Service

Housing

Boston's luxury housing boom slows down » Boston Globe The epic building boom that has added thousands of luxury housing units in the Boston area may have peaked, as a report to be released Tuesday by an influential foundation suggests the region has run …

New Bedford approves 20-cent property tax hike » South Coast Today Following the largest residential tax hike last year in at least 16 years, the City Council voted Monday night to raise taxes by nearly another $200 in 2017 for the average homeowner. The council app…

Human Services

Top Massachusetts politicians join Goodwill clients to give thanks together » MassLive Koestler Stephens and Marty Walsh are two very different men, with one thing in common: This Thanksgiving, both of them will be thankful for the jobs they have.…

Labor

Minimum wage workers to rally outside State House » WWLP 22 The state's lowest-paid workers plan to rally at the State House Tuesday for a higher minimum wage.…

WORKERS PLAN TO SEEK STATEWIDE $15 AN HOUR MINIMUM WAGE » State House News Service

Grant funds middle management training for local employers » The Eagle Tribune

Mass. workers to seek $15 an hour minimum wage » Wicked Local Plymouth

Legislative

Pay Raises Are Coming to the State House » Boston Magazine Consider this a helping of Thanksgiving news dump leftovers.…

Quietly, informally, Massachusetts lawmakers continue work » Boston Herald Massachusetts residents would be forgiven for believing the Legislature had, for all intents and practical purposes, ended its 2015-16 session over the summer with a flurry of last-minute votes on sev…

Retirement party slated for Springfield state Rep. Ben Swan to include House Speaker Robert DeLeo among well-wishers » MassLive House Speaker Robert DeLeo is slated to be among guests attending a retirement party for Springfield state Rep. Ben Swan Sr., scheduled Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Barney Carriage House at Forest Park.…

Senator among three dozen arrested at wage protest » The Republican

Local Government

City Clerk capping 45-year career » Lynn Daily News Item When City Clerk Mary Audley got her first job at City Hall, Richard Nixon was in the White House and gasoline was 55 cents a gallon.…

A perfect storm blew Forest away » Cape Cod Times If there was widespread surprise and consternation nationally at the outcome of the presidential contest in the Nov. 8 election, there was even more surprise and consternation here in Barnstable Count…

Authorization For Needle Exchange In Pittsfield Could Come Next Week » iBerkshires The decision whether to authorize the state to fund a needle exchange program in the city should come next week.…

Dudley establishes panel to work out local controls for legalized marijuana » Worcester Telegram In a move to “get ahead of the curve,” selectmen Monday created an ad hoc committee to study the state's recreational marijuana law and make recommendations for local control and oversight…

Spencer residents urge selectmen to say no to marijuana dispensary » Worcester Telegram Several residents told selectmen during a public hearing Monday night they don't want a medical marijuana distribution center in town.…

Westport residents call for health board resignations » South Coast Today

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Using pot luck to nab impaired motorists » Sentinel & Enterprise The reason several top state officials, including Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, plus the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the state's district attorneys and county sher…

Editorial: Notes of concern over election aftermath » Gazette Net In this deeply blue state, the cradle of our democracy, home of the original tea party and Paul Revere, people are resurrecting “Don't blame me, I'm from Massachusetts” bumper stickers fro…

Massachusetts is irrelevant? Fuggedaboudit » Boston Globe The conventional wisdom after Donald Trump defied the conventional wisdom and won the presidency is that true-blue Massachusetts is utterly irrelevant.…

In Trump times, cities must lead on climate change » Boston Globe AS A CANDIDATE, Donald Trump vowed he would abandon the Paris Agreement, reverse President Obama's climate initiatives, and bring back coal. …

Trump camp's chilling tone is carrying into the White House » Boston Globe KELLYANNE CONWAY'S thrashing of Mitt Romney was bad. Raising the possibility of prosecuting Hillary Clinton as her campaign pursues a recount — as Conway also did — is worse.…

New Mass. pot law needs minor fixes, not big delays » Boston Globe THE RIGHT to grow marijuana for personal use was a key feature, not an expendable footnote, of the Massachusetts legalization referendum that passed on Election Day.…

Editorial: Voicing notes of concern, caution » The Recorder In this deep blue state, the cradle of our democracy, home of the original tea party and Paul Revere, people are resurrecting “Don't blame me, I'm from Massachusetts” bumper stickers from …

It's time for this state to drop its liberal establishment agenda » Lowell Sun Another election cycle has finally come and gone, yet the lunacy continues, especially in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts.…

Peter Lucas: Don't expect Trump to extend Mass. a green line » Sentinel & Enterprise

Trump's revenge on Romney » Boston Globe

Other

Audit Finds Massachusetts Gaming Commission Not Ensuring Casino Workforce Development Requirements Met » Sampan An audit of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), released today by Auditor Suzanne M. Bump, found that it did not ensure that Plainridge Park Casino reached its workforce development goals.…

Area officials find fault with Plainridge Park Casino audit » The Sun Chronicle The state auditor has faulted Plainridge Park Casino for not living up to a license agreement to hire 90 percent of its workers from Plainville and surrounding towns, but a labor expert and even town …

Donald Trump's 'truths' often fail the test » Boston Globe Donald Trump this week foreshadowed — with his baseless accusation of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election — that he could bring his well-documented habit of telling whopp…

The sorest winner » Commonwealth Magazine Another day, another circus act from the ringmaster who will soon be the leader of the free world. The latest mystifying feat under the big top? A Donald Trump tweet charging that he would have won t…

Tarr leading toy drive tour » Gloucester Times Like the Pied Piper, state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester will once again headline the the 21st annual North Shore Holiday Toy Drive.…

Charlie Baker calls Scott Brown 'worthy' of veterans post » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Monday called former US senator Scott Brown a worthy candidate for the top veterans affairs post that President-elect Donald Trump is considering assigning him, but stopped s…

President-elect Donald Trump suggests flag-burners should lose citizenship or be jailed » MassLive President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning to lash out against a controversial expression of the First Amendment right to freedom of speech: Burning the American flag. Trump suggest…

Kellyanne Conway is right » Commonwealth Magazine

With instant tickets slumping, Lottery remains flat » State House News Service

Politics

Maura Healey: Lawyers, guns and money » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey says no, but her moves look like groundwork for a run against Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018.…

Local leaders of color encouraged by AG group on racial justice » telegram.com Thirteen hours after Donald J. Trump was elected president, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura T. Healey sent a defiant email to her supporters.…

Chabot: Fake Setti Warren tweets give preview of gov race's tone » Boston Herald A fake Twitter account set up in Newton Mayor Setti Warren's name had the likely Democratic gubernatorial challenger bragging about his big ballot-box failure — offering a preview of potential …

N.H. AG's Office Asks For Resources To Investigate Voter Fraud After Trump's Unsubstantiated Claims » WBUR Election officials in New Hampshire are refuting a claim by President-elect Donald Trump that there was rampant voter fraud there on Election Day. It's one of three states singled out in a tweet that …

Baker says he's spoken to Trump » The Berkshire Eagle Gov. Charlie Baker says he's spoken with Donald Trump and doesn't believe the president-elect will try to punish Massachusetts for supporting rival Hillary Clinton during the presidential election. B…

Dem Party chief sails into new role (VIDEO) » Sentinel & Enterprise On the day of his graduation from Brown University, Gus Bickford had two job prospects: manage Rich Cavanaugh's campaign for Littleton state representative, or join the crew of the Tall Ship Shamrock …

Public Health

Dangerous toys highlighted in new report » The Enterprise The message of a new report is clear -- be careful what you buy your children this holiday season. …

MassPIRG releases list of dangerous toys for the holidays (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun With the holiday season drawing nearer, the Massachusetts Public Research Interest Group is urging shoppers to be attentive to the toys they decide to buy. MassPIRG gave a presentation at Lowell Gener…

Public Safety

Firefighters from across state to receive Medal of Valor » Boston Globe

State Government

Healey sues district attorneys who withheld records » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday sued three district attorneys who refused to release a list of the cases they have prosecuted, the first time in recent memory the attorney gen…

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey asks for dismissal of Remington gun suit » MassLive Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is asking a judge to dismiss a complaint by gun manufacturer Remington challenging Healey's request for company documents.…

Mass. AG sues Plymouth County DA for refusal to release records » The Enterprise Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz, along with two other prosecutors in the state, are being sued by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey after his office refused to turn over info…

Haunted by a word, a family battles medical examiner's office » Boston Globe David M. Haverty wishes he could forget about his father's death certificate, filed away in the Belmont town clerk's office. …

Gov. Charlie Baker: Massachusetts to remain a 'global community' under President Donald Trump » MassLive Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is largely taking a wait and see approach to president-elect Donald Trump, stressing his willingness to work with the Trump administration, even though he did not vote…

City Councilor Penny Ricketts named to brownfields advisory group » The Recorder Greenfield City Councilor Penny Ricketts was appointed Monday to the state's Brownfields Advisory Group, which oversees and recommends toxic waste sites for the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund.…

Polito keynotes chambers' Checkpoint 2016 » The Reminder Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito was the featured speaker at Checkpoint 2016, the annual legislative luncheon sponsored by chambers of commerce in Holyoke, Chicopee, Easthampton, Westfield and South Hadley/Granb…

Charlie Baker says he's spoken to President-elect Donald Trump » Boston.com Gov. Charlie Baker says he's spoken with Donald Trump and doesn't believe the president-elect will try to punish Massachusetts for supporting rival Hillary Clinton during the presidential election.…

Baker aide attends T board executive session » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER'S chief of staff attended a private, executive session of the MBTA's oversight board on Monday, stirring speculation that a candidate for the T's general manager's post was being in…

Basile Heading to Private Sector » East Boston Times Governor Charlie Baker's Chief Secretary and former East Boston State Representative Carlo Basile announced he will leave the Baker Administration in January to work in the private sector. …

New Massachusetts task force will review state ethics laws » MassLive A new task force will be formed to review Massachusetts' ethics laws governing public employees under a law signed by Gov. Charlie Baker last week. …

Attorneys for gun retailers rip AG Healey's “cavalier” treatment of federal court rules » New Boston Post

AG Healey threatens to sue Trump » Taunton Gazette

Transportation

The traffic nightmare in Danvers » Boston Globe Based on the way the numbers were trending, something had to be done at the Route 128/Route 62 interchange.…

All aboard for the Cape? Not yet » Boston Globe Elected officials are lobbying the state to expand the scope of its long-promised South Coast commuter rail project by adding a spur leading to the mouth of the Cape Cod Canal.…

MBTA failed to collect nearly $2M in overdue bills, many a decade old: Audit » Metro A dozen government agencies and transportation companies owe the MBTA nearly $2 million, many of those bills years overdue even as the authority struggles to close a widening budget gap, a state audit…

Red Line To Shut Down This Weekend As The MBTA Prepares For Winter » WGBH News The Red Line, as previously scheduled, will be shut down on both branches this weekend. Service will be replaced by buses between Quincy Adams and Braintree Stations as well as between JFK/UMass and A…

T preparing to privatize call center » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA PLANS to go out to the market for private bidders to run its call center operations, which will likely be privatized, according to a member of the T's control board.…

Manchester man to map roads for driverless cars » The Salem News Joseph Sabella has been named by state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, to the panel created through an executive order from Gov. Charlie Baker. The governor's working group, according…

State-Approved Background Checks For Uber And Lyft Drivers To Start In January » WBUR Uber and Lyft drivers will need to pass state-approved criminal background checks by April if they want to continue driving in Massachusetts.…

DOT takes South Coast Rail off MBTA's hands, assumes oversight » South Coast Today After years of working in tandem with the MBTA on the South Coast Rail project, the state Department of Transportation this week assumed full oversight of the project, according to state Rep. William …

Utilities

NRC team dives into Pilgrim inspection » Cape Cod Times As protesters clamored for the permanent closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station from the edge of the property on Monday, 20 experts sent by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission began their exhausti…

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