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Must-Reads

Memo to Democrats: Look to the Southwest and Southeast, Not Midwest » Politico There is an path for Democrats to regain the presidency — and it does not run through Ohio, Michigan or Wisconsin. …

Christie throws his hat in the ring for RNC chair » Politico New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expressing serious interest in the job of Republican National Committee chairman -- and he's getting an audience to make his case. …

In Mass. Biotech, Raised Eyebrows At Warren's Latest Cause » WGBH News After passing the U.S. House by an overwhelming margin, a bill known as the 21st Century Cures Act is poised to become federal law. But while the bill's stated purpose — fostering new medical t…

Boston Chamber open to $15-an-hour minimum wage » Boston Business Journal Other of the state's business advocacy groups already oppose a new push for a statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour next year. …

How Trump's Top Health Nominee Could Affect Mass. » WBUR Yesterday, we spoke to the chair of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, Stuart Altman, about Seema Verma, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid.…

Shouting match erupts between Clinton and Trump aides » The Washington Post The raw, lingering emotion of the 2016 presidential campaign erupted into a shouting match here Thursday as top strategists of Hillary Clinton's campaign accused their Republican counterparts of fueli…

“If Scott Brown is the nominee for Veterans Affairs, I have no doubt that he would put his heart and soul into trying to help veterans,” Warren said in an interview with Boston Public Radio Thursday. “And I would put my heart and soul into trying to help him do that. You bet I’d support that.”

Elizabeth Warren

Showing support for former U.S. Senator Scott Brown as nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

News By Category
Business

Peace on the Boston waterfront? Not this year » Boston Globe Well, that didn't last long. After extending an olive branch in September, the New England Aquarium is back to waging a war with developer Don Chiofaro over the $1 billion redevelopment of his Harbor …

A recession is coming, and we're not prepared to deal with it » Boston Globe The United States is due for a recession. But if it arrives too soon, we may not have the tools to fight back.…

Immigrant entrepreneurs: They get the job done » Boston Business Journal Immigrants start companies more often than native-born Americans, but many in Massachusetts say Donald Trump's bombast could dampen innovation and growth.…

Nine stories you may have missed Thursday from the world of business » Boston Globe Bluebird Bio stock rises after good results with immunotherapy drug …

Not your father's weed » Commonwealth Magazine Did you hear? Legal marijuana for adult recreational use is coming to Massachusetts. It may be soon, it may be later, but make no mistake, it's on its way. But what will the la…

Is Trump's Deal With Carrier A Form Of Crony Capitalism? » WBUR On Donald Trump's visit to Carrier in Indiana on Thursday, he mentioned a phone call that he made to the CEO of United Technologies, the air conditioning company's parent. As Trump describes it, that …

Take a look at Watertown's Arsenal Mall redesign » Boston Business Journal More than two years after buying Watertown's Arsenal Mall, Boylston Properties and The Wilder Cos. have revealed their plan for its redevelopment.…

Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.6 Percent, Lowest Level Since 2007 » WBUR Unemployment dropped by 0.3 percentage points, to 4.6 percent, last month — the lowest rate since 2007 — according to the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.…

Executive Profile: Leonetti helps Foley Hoag adapt to complex, demanding landscape » Boston Business Journal The industry is currently experiencing ongoing consolidation of firms, client demands for more accountability, reforms of traditional fee structures, stagnant revenues, cutbacks in the number of attor…

Education

Education panel gives themes of uncertainty » The Metro West Daily News School superintendents and other school officials from around the state are nervously trying to divine what effect a Trump administration will have on federal education funding in the state.…

Boston eyes changing school start times to save on busing costs » Boston Globe Many Boston schools could see their start times change by as much as two hours next fall, under a potential cost-cutting measure that aims to increase the efficiency of the school system's bus fleet.…

Hampshire College's American Flag Is Back Flying; President Says Controversy Created 'A Toxic Circus' » WBUR After receiving nationwide attention for removing the U.S. flag from campus, the flag is again flying on the at Hampshire College campus as of Friday morning. The flag was lowered to half-staff after…

Flag raised at Hampshire College after weeks of protest » Boston Globe Three weeks after Hampshire College removed the American flag from campus, the Stars and Stripes was raised again on Friday morning at the liberal arts school in Amherst.…

Environment

No progress with Rattlesnake Island working group » WWLP 22 Almost seven months have passed since the state promised that a working group would be created to study the so-called “Rattlesnake Island” proposal.…

Housing

Will Trump affect Boston's real estate market? » Boston Globe Donald Trump won the White House in part on a promise to rewrite the rules of global trade, stemming the flow of foreigners coming to the United States and blue-collar jobs flowing out.…

Boston rent prices fell slightly in the past month » The Republican Rent prices in Boston slightly declined in the past month, according to a review by real estate start-up Zumper.…

Human Services

Warren backs one-time rival Brown for VA post » Commonwealth Magazine EVER SINCE SHE beat him in 2012, US Sen. Elizabeth Warren has used former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown as her go-to punching bag for laugh lines in stump speeches to the point that Brown suggested Warren had…

Probe urged over alleged drug use at Bedford, Lowell VA sites » Lowell Sun Elected officials and veterans advocates said Tuesday that they were deeply disturbed by allegations that employees at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford may be involved in …

Judiciary

Bridgewater resident tapped to serve on New Bedford District Court » Wicked Local Bridgewater Gov. Charlie Baker nominated Bridgewater resident Daniel Hourihan Wednesday to serve as a judge for the New Bedford District Court.…

Two Bristol County lawyers nominated for judgeships » South Coast Today Two Bristol County lawyers have been nominated for judgeships by Gov. Charlie Baker, according to a news release from the governor's office.…

Two nominated for District, Probate slots » Mass Lawyers Weekly Pending confirmation by the Governor's Council, a Rehoboth attorney and a Bristol County prosecutor are poised to secure judgeships following their nominations on Nov. 30 by Gov. Charlie Baker. …

Advocates Focus On Police Concerns, Retroactive Expungement After Legal Pot Q Passage » WBUR Recreational marijuana ballot initiative supporters are now also pushing the issue of retroactive expungement, which is the erasing of criminal records of citizens arrested for previous marijuana offe…

Labor

Skills gap and cybersecurity jobs focus of state labor secretary's talk » Gloucester Times Before October, the state had not seen a 3.3 percent unemployment rate since April 2001.…

Asquino joins campaign to help workers battling mental illness » Sentinel & Enterprise Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel Asquino on Wednesday joined more than 100 other CEOs in a campaign to fight the No. 1 cause of workplace disability: mental illness.…

Boston Chamber open to $15-an-hour minimum wage » Boston Business Journal Other of the state's business advocacy groups already oppose a new push for a statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour next year.…

Obama Administration Appeals Judge's Ruling To Block Overtime Pay Rule » WBUR The Obama administration is challenging a federal judge's decision last month to block the implementation of a new rule that would have made 4 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay.…

State Senator Recounts Getting Arrested While Fighting for $15 » InsideSources Massachusetts state Sen. Jamie Eldridge recounted his experience Tuesday getting arrested while protesting for the $15 minimum wage.…

Legislative

Attleboro area legislators say House staff raises warranted » The Sun Chronicle Staff at the Massachusetts House of Representatives will receive a 6 percent pay raise - their first in two years - and local lawmakers say the wage hike is long overdue, despite concerns about a loom…

Local Government

West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt: American flag still flying on the moon, but not at Hampshire College » The Republican The American flag is still flying on the moon, but not at Hampshire College.…

In two years, Brockton mayor spent over $5,000 in city money on flowers for people » The Enterprise Newly obtained documents show that more than $5,000 in Brockton taxpayer dollars were spent by Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter during the last two fiscal years to purchase flowers for people, mostly thr…

Opinion

John Kerry isn't going quietly into the night » Boston Globe WHEN JOHN KERRY steps down as secretary of state, it will be with the knowledge that President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to undo with the stroke of his pen nearly every accord Kerry labored over fo…

Lawrence's do-it-together education example » Boston Globe NOW THAT the costly and polarizing ballot fight about charter schools is over, it's time for the Massachusetts education community to come together again and set a new direction for our schools.…

It's not too late to push back against Blue Hills deer hunt » Boston Globe RE “STOP the Blue Hills deer hunts” by Philip W. Johnston and Laura Hagen (Opinion, Nov. 30): This year's deer hunt is already underway. So the question is, what will it take for the state…

Moran: What qualifies Scott Brown to lead Department of Veteran Affairs? » The Herald News The day after the presidential election, former US Sen. Scott Brown jumped on his Twitter account and proclaimed, “I was honored to be the 1st present or past federal official to endorse @realDo…

The fate of dispossessed liberals » Wicked Local Newton Comes now Maura Healey with the revelation that Trump supporters are so consumed with hate for immigrants, Muslims, gays, women in yarmulkes, guys with green hair and girls with nose rings, she's set…

Editorial: Yep, just sue 'em all » Boston Herald If Attorney General Maura Healey wants to campaign for governor or whatever office she covets, fine. But if that campaign is being waged at public expense, well, that could come back to haunt her poli…

Letter to the President-Elect from AIM: Unity is essential » Boston Business Journal AIM looks forward to working with the Trump administration to strengthen the U.S. economy and raise the economic fortunes of all Americans.…

Editorial: Mass. leaders must oppose Trump's anti-immigrant plans » Boston Business Journal Donald Trump's plans to slow or stop the flow of immigrants will hurt Massachusetts workers and businesses.…

Carr: Liz Warren rain dances on Brown's parade with endorsement » Boston Herald Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren may have just handed Sarah Palin the job of secretary of Veterans Affairs.…

Benton: Tierney remains loyal to Pelosi » The Salem News It should have come as little surprise that former North Shore congressman John Tierney was siding with Nancy Pelosi in her effort to keep her job as leader of House Democrats. The two are close and T…

ViewPoint: Peyser advances to head of class » Boston Business Journal Jim Peyser was an early advocate for charter schools, standardized testing, and increased access to educational opportunity and aspiration.…

Editorial: Reclassifying commercial moorings » Martha's Vineyard Times

Keller @ Large: Trump Should Celebrate, But There's Much More To Do » CBS Boston

Other

The most revealing moments of the 2016 race — as told by the campaign managers » Boston Globe Lead strategists for 14 presidential campaigns gathered at Harvard's Kennedy School this week to formally debrief on the most unusual and unpredictable race in US history.…

Shouting match erupts between Clinton, Trump aides at Harvard » Boston Globe Top aides to Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump's campaign team Thursday of encouraging racism in their extraordinary drive to the White House, provoking a shouting match between the election rivals…

Mass. elector Marc Pacheco weighs in on Electoral College » South Coast Today What was already known is now official: Hillary Clinton won Massachusetts. …

Neal may climb ladder on Pelosi's team » State House News Service Massachusetts's all-Democrat Congressional delegation will soon enter a new era in the minority in both the House and Senate and without an ally in the White House come January when President-elect Do…

Trump and Clinton campaign aides clash at Harvard forum » Boston Herald Hillary Clinton's senior campaign strategist did not mince his words Thursday when confronted by top staffers of President-elect Donald Trump: He doesn't have a voter mandate.…

Coast to Coast Battle Yields a Man of Ways & Means » Western Mass Politics and Insight Less than 48 hours into the race for ranking member on the House Ways & Means Committee, Springfield Congressman Richard Neal appears victorious as his only competitor withdraws.…

Donald Trump's Gilded Cabinet Has a Harvard Streak » Boston Magazine Pundits with more tenuous grasps of reality love to throw around the word “populism” as they clumsily grope around for an explanation of the Donald Trump phenomenon.…

California's brewing battles with Trump get a new face » Politico With his nomination to become California's first Latino attorney general, Rep. Xavier Becerra is now primed to be the public face of the Democratic resistance to Donald Trump on issues like climate ch…

Politics

Mean tweets don't faze Maura Healey, Elizabeth Warren » Boston Globe

Attleboro area women get pointers on how to run for political office » The Sun Chronicle With the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the presidential race still raw in their memory, 25 Democratic women attended a campaign workshop Wednesday to learn how to run for political office.…

Watch Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Attorney General Maura Healey respond to mean tweets » MassLive Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Attorney General Maura Healey took on their Twitter critics in a video taped for MassINC, a public policy think tank celebrating 20 years at a Thursday night gala at Boston's…

Mass. Dems eye Baker challenge in 2018 » Worcester Telegram Massachusetts Democrats didn't wait for the dust to settle from a tumultuous national election before pivoting toward the state election two years hence, when the party's top priorities will include r…

Clinton outperformed Obama in Mass. » Commonwealth Magazine HILLARY CLINTON didn't do as well on Election Day in most states as President Obama did in 2012 – except in a handful of spots, including Massachusetts. In fact, Clinton defeated Donald Trump …

Public Health

Opioids' hold on parents takes toll on kids » Boston Globe It was the night after Thanksgiving. The little boy, not quite 3, wore no socks, despite the cold.…

Public Safety

How to make duck boats safer » Boston Globe State lawmakers on Thursday approved a new set of safety regulations on duck boats, a measure that took shape after a fatal accident involving one of the sight-seeing vehicles in April.…

Change the date we celebrate Halloween? A Mass. official aims to do just that » Boston Globe

Senator Vinny deMacedo named the Legislator of the Year by Mass. Police Assoc. » Cape Cod Today State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R – Plymouth) was named the Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Police Association on Thursday, October 27, 2016 for his tireless efforts advocating for po…

Lawyer for accused shooter wants Conners report » Gloucester Times The attorney for a Beverly Farms man charged with shooting a bouncer outside a Gloucester bar last year is asking a judge to order the release of an internal affairs report on Gloucester police Sgt. S…

Lowell patrolmen schedule no-confidence vote on Supt. Taylor » Lowell Sun The Lowell Police Association, the union that represents the city's patrolmen, has scheduled to take a no-confidence vote on Police Superintendent William Taylor on Wednesday, Dec. 7.…

State Government

State needs a YouTube strategy to market itself to other countries » Boston Globe Coming next weekend: “Suits on a Plane XVIII: Back to Israel.”…

Problems may delay legal pot in Massachusetts » WCVB State Treasurer Deb Goldberg says there's a pressing problem threatening the plan to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts.…

Treasurer opposes using rainy day fund to establish marijuana system » WCVB The idea of temporarily borrowing money from the state's rainy day fund to make sure the new pot law goes into effect on time, is floating around Beacon Hill, but state treasurer Deb Goldberg, thinks …

State attorney general delivering speech to newspaper execs » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey — who's vowed to take President-elect Donald Trump to court if need be — is speaking to Massachusetts newspaper publishers.…

Why do Massachusetts municipalities make meeting transparency harder than it has to be? » MuckRock Executive session is where local governing boards interview police chiefs and school superintendents, negotiate with unions, discuss litigation, talk about misconduct by town employees, and conduct ot…

Healey to address newspaper executives » Sentinel & Enterprise Attorney General Maura Healey -- who's vowed to take President-elect Donald Trump to court if need be -- is speaking to Massachusetts newspaper publishers. Healey will deliver the keynote address to …

Transportation

Parking rates to jump in Boston's hot spots » Boston Globe Parking meter rates in the Back Bay and the Seaport District will soar next year under a test program that aims to reduce snarl, free up spaces, and shorten the time drivers spend circling for an on-s…

Note to self-driving cars: Rage will take you far in Boston » Boston Globe How tough are Boston drivers? Let's just say that even our automated cars will need some attitude.…

McKenna, Fattman announce E-Z Pass registration drive on Dec. 8 » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle State Rep. Joseph McKenna and State Sen. Ryan Fattman recently announced that they've partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Senior Center in Sutton to host an E-Z…

City leaders see new use for old South Boston railroad track » Boston Globe The rail line into the Seaport stands forlorn and unused, a lone vestige of a bygone era when freight trains packed an industrial South Boston waterfront.…

Utilities

New England's Largest Battery Is Hidden Inside A Mass. Mountain » WBUR It was Boston-born Ben Franklin who first used the term "battery" to describe an electric storage device. Now, nearly three centuries later, Massachusetts is hoping to jump-start the development of ne…

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

House Actions This Week: 64

Senate Actions This Week: 36

Press Releases

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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