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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm World AIDS Day, Great Hall

2:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

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6:00pm Consulate General of Japan Emperor's Birthday Reception, Second Floor

Must-Reads

After Trump election, battle continues over MassGOP chair » Politico As the fallout over Donald Trump's stunning victory last month continues, MassGOP chair Kirsten Hughes is facing a challenge from anti-tax activist Steve Aylward, who is seeking to ride the wave of gr…

Trump considering Palin to lead Veterans Affairs » Politico Donald Trump is considering tapping former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as his secretary of Veterans Affairs, according to two Trump transition sources. …

Healey's legal tab: Up to $500 per hour » Boston Herald A high-powered Dallas law firm helping Attorney General Maura Healey fight against a lawsuit in Texas is charging her office up to $500 an hour, a rate that's in the upper rungs of Lone Star State att…

Teamster case could impact City Hall pols' extortion trial » Boston Herald A judge has given lawyers for two City Hall aides accused of pressuring the Boston Calling music festival to hire union labor a month to see whether a pending appeals court decision in the separate Te…

Trump's Economic Cabinet Picks Signal Embrace of Wall St. Elite » New York Times Steven Mnuchin, the financier who has been tapped to run Treasury, joins other wealthy investors chosen by Mr. Trump, a sign of possible tax cuts and deregulation ahead. …

Ivanka Trump, climate czar? » Politico Ivanka Trump wants to make climate change one of her signature issues, a source close to her told POLITICO | AP Photo …

Decoding 2016: David Axelrod with Joel Benenson » Univ. of Chicago Institute of Politics JOEL BENENSON spoke to DAVID AXELROD at UChicago's Institute of Politics on Tuesday night. Video of the full event is online and is a fascinating look inside the Clinton camp's views as to why they lo…

DeLeo, Rosenberg agree to a set of rules » Commonwealth Magazine HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Wednesday announced they had bridged their differences and found common ground on rules for running the Legislature, an issue that …

Lawmakers could tap emergency fund for pot regulation » Boston Globe State lawmakers, scrambling to pay for regulators to oversee the nascent recreational marijuana industry, may turn to a controversial source: the state's emergency savings account, meant only for fisc…

“We set up the Gaming Commission with a loan from the [rainy day] fund and it worked. It could be an option for recreational marijuana as well. Whatever we decide, we expect to be fully reimbursed for the costs from the revenue generated by marijuana sales.”

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about borrowing emergency funds to pay for the initial stages of legalized marijuana.

News By Category
Business

Arsenal Mall rebuild to begin soon, under new name » Boston Globe Developers are taking the wraps off a major renovation of Arsenal Mall.…

German consul general visits Fall River to tour Diman — and likes what he sees » The Herald News In the machine tool shop at Diman, the machines whir. But there's not as much whir as there would have been 50 years ago.…

'Boston Winter' wonderland to open on redesigned City Hall Plaza » Boston Globe City Hall Plaza has long been a red-brick tundra where mayoral dreams came to die.…

Boston area to lose 300 Adidas workers in company shakeup » Boston Business Journal

Education

UMass Boston $$$ crunch weighs on campus, university system » State House News Service University of Massachusetts-Boston faculty members and union representatives on Wednesday urged a UMass Board of Trustees committee to help the Boston campus manage a budget deficit they said is threa…

UMass operating on tight financial margin » State House News Service The five campuses of the University of Massachusetts finished fiscal year 2016 on target with its projected 0.2 percent operating margin, university administrators told trustees Wednesday, though a tr…

Harvard Pledges To Support Students Here Illegally, But They Worry » WBUR Ilian Meza-Peña wants to go home. Home to her brother and sister in California. Sitting at her mom's dining room table eating her delicious food. Listening to cumbia music. Playing a game of loter…

The ongoing controversy at Hampshire College » WWLP 22 What happened at Hampshire College?…

Public School Funding At A Loss, In Oklahoma And Beyond » WBUR Oklahoma public schools are on the ropes after years of budget cuts. Four-day school weeks and more. We'll take it as a big case study and and look at Donald Trump's new education secretary.…

Wait lists growing at vocational technical schools (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun While there are more than 3,000 students on waiting lists for career, vocational and technical education in Massachusetts, according to a recent report, there are zero names on a list at Nashoba Valle…

Guv gets bill affecting hiring, firing powers in schools » State House News Service

Environment

Boston Council Considers Plastic Bag Ban That Could Lead To New State Law » WGBH News The City of Boston could soon join Cambridge and other Massachusetts municipalities by banning plastic shopping bags at checkout lines. And as goes Boston, so may go the rest of the state.…

Health Care

Cambridge biotech's cancer therapy trial has promising results » Boston Globe Bluebird Bio Inc. said Wednesday that its experimental cancer immunotherapy proved effective and safe in seven of the nine multiple myeloma patients who received it in an early-stage clinical trial, r…

Trump poised to dump Affordable Care Act » Commonwealth Magazine PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP has nominated Rep. Tom Price of George, an orthopedic surgeon and the House Budget Committee chairman, to be his first secretary of health and human services. For those lu…

Account for fatal flaws of Bedford VA » Sentinel & Enterprise Deeply disturbing and heartbreaking. That's hopefully what those who read reporter's Todd Feathers' account Monday of allegations detailing rampant illegal drug use at the VA hospital in Bedford and i…

Housing

Castro visits Boston to announce smoke-free public housing rule » State House News Service Hoping to clear the air for public housing residents before passing the reins to the incoming Trump administration a top Obama administration official announced in Boston Wednesday a new no-smoking ru…

Report: 'Alarming growth of housing insecurity' in Boston area » Dorchester Reporter Despite a strong economy and booming population growth, high costs of living and low rates of housing production in Greater Boston are disproportionately impacting those already living in poverty, acc…

U.S. Imposes Nationwide Ban On Smoking In All Public Housing » WBUR The Obama administration has issued a sweeping final rule banning smoking in all public housing units nationwide, extending a smoke-free environment to nearly a million units.…

HUD boss visits Boston to announce smoke-free public housing rule » The Berkshire Eagle Hoping to clear the air for public housing residents before passing the reins to the incoming Trump administration a top Obama administration official announced in Boston Wednesday a new no-smoking ru…

Insurance

Middlesex sheriff testifies in D.C. on importance of health insurance for inmates returning to society » Lowell Sun As recently as five years ago, when uninsured prisoners in the Middlesex County Jail were released, they received a complex packet of documents they could fill out to sign up for Medicaid and they wen…

Judiciary

Middlesex DA Launches Pilot To Get Drug Defendants Into Addiction Treatment » WBUR The Middlesex County district attorney's office this week is launching a one-year pilot program to steer defendants struggling with drug addiction into treatment instead of incarcerating them.…

Supreme Court knocks down Aquinnah land dispute » Cape Cod Times The U.S. Supreme Court this week denied a petition by Aquinnah landowners seeking an easement to access their landlocked property, ending a court battle that has spanned nearly two decades.…

Legislative

Rules accord struck on Beacon Hill between House, Senate leaders » Worcester Telegram The top two Democrats in the House and Senate have reached an agreement over rules that will govern the next session starting in January, avoiding what could have been a protracted and internecine leg…

Vote certification may delay pot legalization » Nashoba Publishing Vote totals for the marijuana legalization ballot question may not be certified by state officials in time for main provisions of the law to take effect next month, a potential delay that met pushback…

Senators plan two-day health care trip to Minneapolis » State House News Service

Frost commended for support of drinking water quality research » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle

Local Government

Longtime Lynn city clerk says enough is enough » Boston Globe This year's election cycle turned out to be the final straw for Lynn City Clerk Mary Audley, after 39 years of service in city government.…

Background checks may be needed for names put on Worcester park benches » Worcester Telegram For many years, people have been able to memorialize family members, friends and colleagues by donating to the city a bench, tree or monument for placement in a public park.…

Boston's Christmas Tree Tradition Rooted In A Canadian Thank You » WBUR Boston's official 2016 Christmas tree, like others that have come before it, is a thank you gift for events a century ago in the Nova Scotia's Canadian province's coastal capital of Halifax.…

Mayor, police chief skeptical of 'sanctuary city' proposal » The Salem News The mayor and police chief are holding off on their support for what has become a controversial proposal to establish Salem as a sanctuary city.…

Quincy hires former prosecutor to lead anti-drug efforts » Patriot Ledger Laura Martin knows the toll of addiction, both personally and professionally. …

Marion in legal battle to protect ID of benefactor » South Coast Today The town is filing a legal challenge to a public information request to reveal the name of an anonymous donor who yearly has been donating $25,000 to the Sippican School.…

Springfield mayor, Hampshire College president delay talks on American flag controversy » The Republican With Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash striving to quickly resolve a controversy over the college's decision to stop flying the American flag, he has postponed a telephone conversation with Ma…

Opinion

His aides can't seem to rein him in now » Boston Globe WHEN DONALD Trump would go off the Twitter rails during the campaign, his close aides were eventually able to rein him in. But I often wondered who would be able to rein in a President Trump. Now we k…

For cord cutters, AT&T's new virtual cable service an unlikely solution » Boston Globe Sometimes when a company rolls out a new product, you can sense its corporate heart just isn't in it. …

Reassured by effort to uphold the truth » Boston Globe BRAVO TO the Globe for your front-page article “Trump's truths often fail the test.” …

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: Natural gas projects prioritize profit over safety » Patriot Ledger Because we must import nearly all of our fossil fuels from other states or abroad, Massachusetts must be very thoughtful about energy policy and how it affects both our families and our businesses. …

Voter fraud? Well, let's have that recount » Boston Globe WE SHOULD take seriously Donald Trump's tweets indicating his belief that the election results were incorrect because of the votes of millions of noncitizens.…

Lawrence Lessig: No More “Loophole Presidents” » WGBH News With Hillary Clinton's lead surpassing President-elect Donald Trump by two million in the popular vote, the role of the electoral college is being debated everywhere.…

Other

House Democrats, even after reelecting Pelosi, see change coming » Boston Globe Nancy Pelosi, who has led House Democrats since 2002, was reelected House minority leader Wednesday, though a growing number in her caucus, including some in Massachusetts, are openly dissenting.…

Democrats say they'll take aim at Trump's Treasury pick » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump selected a former Goldman Sachs trader and Hollywood financier as secretary of the Treasury on Wednesday, handing Democrats a high-profile target to make the case that Tru…

Activists urge Warren to support health care bill » Boston Globe Advocates for addiction treatment in Massachusetts on Wednesday launched a campaign to persuade Senator Elizabeth Warren to reverse her opposition to a bill known as the 21st Century Cures Act, saying…

Trump's Loans From Troubled German Bank Pose Conflict Of Interest » WBUR The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., is a stately old building with turrets, arches and a clock tower soaring 300 feet into the air. Inside, the lobby is equally impressive with massive …

Pelosi Overcomes Challenge To Win Re-Election As House Democratic Leader » WBUR Nancy Pelosi beat back her toughest challenge yet to her leadership of Democrats in the House of Representatives, defeating Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan to secure another term as House minority leader. The Cal…

Scott Brown alleges Massachusetts residents committed fraud, voted in New Hampshire » The Republican Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown made a bold claim this week, alleging some of his former constituents committed voter fraud. Brown suggested Massachusetts voters headed north to New Hampshir…

Elizabeth Warren endorses Scott Brown for secretary of VA » Boston Globe

Politics

Worcester forum seeks to ease post-election anxiety » Worcester Telegram Representatives of various local, city and state agencies met at Quinsigamond Community College Wednesday night to let members of vulnerable communities know there are services available, people to ta…

Boston's Champion Council Woman » TIME Boston went 106 years before electing a woman of color to its city council—that is, until 42-year-old powerhouse Ayanna Pressley came along with a no-nonsense platform and a hunger to serve wom…

The price of sanctuary » Commonwealth Magazine Massachusetts is walking on eggshells now that Donald Trump is poised to move into public housing in Washington and nowhere is that trepidation felt more than in the so-called “sanctuary cities,…

Public Safety

Pump The Brakes: Boston Is Reducing Its Speed Limit » WBUR Get ready to slow down, drivers. The city of Boston is reducing the default speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph starting next year, Mayor Marty Walsh announced. This means th…

Great Barrington Police Department earns state accreditation; first in Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle The Great Barrington Police Department has been fully accredited, the first department in the Berkshires to achieve the honor.…

Pembroke selectman's bill would move Halloween to Saturday » The Enterprise A Pembroke selectman has proposed legislation to move Halloween from Oct. 31 to the last Saturday in October.…

State Government

Treasurer Deb Goldberg On Marijuana Legalization » WBUR We met with Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg to talk about how she's going about enacting significant parts of the recreational marijuana law that passed earlier this month. …

Councilors concerned about possible delay in certifying ballot results » State House News Service Vote totals for the marijuana legalization ballot question may not be certified by state officials in time for main provisions of the law to take effect next month, a potential delay that met pushback…

State pension fund paid private equity firms $1.5b over 5 years » Boston Globe The Massachusetts state pension fund paid $1.5 billion to more than 100 private equity firms over the past five years — including a $1 billion share of its profits — according to data it…

Borrow from state's rainy day fund to regulate pot use? » WCVB Lawmakers may look to the Massachusetts' Emergency Savings Account to regulate recreational marijuana use.…

Guv's closed health session appears legal under open meeting law exemption » State House News Service

Health data agency on track for 30 percent staff reduction » State House News Service

Transportation

Walsh: 25 mph limit to save lives » Boston Herald The city's default speed will be cut to 25 mph next month in a bid to reduce traffic deaths, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced yesterday.…

Boston is set to lower its speed limit in Jan. » Boston Globe The City Council on Wednesday finalized a measure to reduce Boston's default speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour on Jan. 9.…

Utilities

West Roxbury pipeline to open, despite protests » Boston Globe A Houston energy company plans to start transmitting gas through a pipeline in densely populated West Roxbury on Thursday, despite two years of protests by neighbors and the continued objections of ci…

Piped: Chinatown break highlights age-old issue » Boston Herald The flooding and fires that crippled Chinatown yesterday morning after a water main break in a 125-year-old pipe foreshadowed a coming billion-dollar problem across the country's infrastructure, accor…

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