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Today on Beacon Hill

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

2:00pm I'm Not Just Anybody: Fighting Back Against Chronic Pain, Great Hall

5:30pm Rep. Aaron Michlewitz's 8th Annual South End/Bay Village Holiday Party

Birthdays: Rep. Peter Durant

Must-Reads

Trump says 'nobody really knows' if climate change is real » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump said Sunday that ''nobody really knows'' whether climate change is real and that he is studying whether the United States should withdraw from the glob…

Fact checkers to Facebook: Fight fake news » Politico The social-media network has come under withering criticism for allowing the dissemination of egregiously fake stories during the campaign. …

Feds call for 6 months house arrest for Teamster » Boston Herald Federal prosecutors have agreed with Mark Harrington, former secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 25, to recommend he serve six months house arrest when he's sentenced Thursday for his role in the a…

Pols & Politics: Beacon Hill salaries on tap as Baker wrings in new year » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker has slashed millions from the budget, offered buyouts and has yet to rule out layoffs. …

Baker bites into earmarks with budget solve » State House News Service A Boston counter-terror center, a green crab trapping program and the Basketball Hall of Fame felt the effects of the state's financial troubles last week as the governor cut $67 million in earmarked …

"With transportation pricing, unless you live somewhere where walking/biking/transit is a realistic alternative then the additional cost is purely and simply a tax - if not a punishment,"

Transportation Secreatary Stephanie Pollack

Commenting on a possible vehicle miles traveled tax.

News By Category
Business

Mount Washington is big, but it may not be big enough for this hotel » Boston Globe It would be a relatively small hotel, just 35 rooms, built most of the way up the most beloved peak in New England. …

What Airbnb regulations could mean for entrepreneurs » Boston Globe In just eight years, Airbnb Inc. has amassed more than 3 million private home listings, making it bigger than the world's largest hotel chain. And entrepreneurs such as Kama Cicero have come along for…

Officials hope to make it easier for storefronts to host live acts » Boston Herald City officials are hoping to make it easier for businesses to host acoustic musicians with a new ordinance that could take effect as early as the beginning of next year and is aimed at both boosting f…

Randolph officials adjust to legal marijuana » Wicked Local Randolph

Mass Tech Collaborative signs cybersecurity agreement with Israeli nonprofit » MassLive

Civil Rights

Elizabeth Warren, Marty Walsh speak at mosque's interfaith event » Boston Globe Men, women, and children of many faiths and backgrounds gathered Sunday evening to pray, share personal stories, and pledge to stand together against a wave of incivility, hate speech, and violence th…

Dispute Over Proposed Muslim Cemetery in Massachusetts Town Deepens » The Wall Street Journal A dispute over a proposed Muslim cemetery in a small Central Massachusetts town is deepening, as the state attorney general and the U.S. attorney's office have intervened, warning local officials they…

Guidance revision spurs churches to drop court challenge to transgender law » State House News Service

Education

College enrollment declining in Massachusetts » Worcester Telegram Since hitting a peak in 2013, enrollment at Massachusetts public colleges and universities has decreased for the third consecutive year, posing challenges that education leaders are working to address…

Environment

Ipswich River gets priority status in new program » Salem News Fifty percent of water taken from the Ipswich River during the summer is drawn by residents watering their lawns. The Ipswich River Watershed Association aims to change this, using a new, grant-funded…

State's largest landfill accused of fouling neighbors' wells » Boston Herald A bitter battle is brewing over the Bay State's biggest landfill — which is filled with trash picked up in cities and towns from Springfield to Boston — and is accused of contaminating n…

Overfished halibut under scrutiny as catch increases » South Coast Today Federal fishing regulators say they are looking to change the way they manage Atlantic halibut in the wake of a surge in catch of the fish. The government lists Atlantic halibut as "overfished" and c…

Health Care

Mass. = primary care doctor desert » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS IS ARGUABLY home to the best hospitals, doctors, and medical research institutions in the world. The best and brightest attend our medical schools and many will subsequently live and pra…

Central Mass VA receives highest government rating » Worcester Telegram The Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System has received the government's highest internal quality rating, officials said last week.…

Housing

How many evictions are there in Boston? No one really knows. » Boston Globe As Boston officials ramp up efforts to combat evictions, they're running into a problem: No one really knows how many evictions there are.…

Human Services

San Antonio became a national leader in mental health care by working together as a community » Boston Globe It's 11 p.m. on a Thursday, and this sprawling, twinkling city of 1.5 million people feels bigger than ever.…

Mass. high court affirms mental health care privatization » Worcester Telegram The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Friday affirmed Auditor Suzanne Bump's approval of the privatization of government mental health services in southeastern Massachusetts, which Bump approved…

Insurance

Trump's insurance idea may have unhealthy side effects » Boston Globe In their quest to dismantle President Obama's signature health care law and replace it with a new plan, President-elect Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress are pushing an idea long champio…

Judiciary

Recreational Marijuana In Mass. — The Legal Do's And Don'ts To Know » WBUR Recreational marijuana is becoming legal in Massachusetts — legal, but not readily available. The ballot question approved by voters Nov. 8 is scheduled to go into effect Thursday, allowing ad…

Wrongly convicted in Mass.? Good luck getting compensation » Boston Globe Kevin O'Loughlin was 20 years old in 1983 when he was convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl in Framingham, a crime he always said he did not commit.…

Labor

Mass. has fifth-smallest gender pay gap nationally, report finds » The Daily Free Press Women in Massachusetts earn 99 cents for every dollar men earn in similar jobs — which is 1 percent higher than the national average — making Massachusetts the state with the fifth-small…

As Trump takes aim at unions, labor's clout sags in Mass. » Boston Business Journal Labor unions have been among the most vocal critics of Donald Trump and his expanding team of economic advisers, sounding warnings over the president-elect's positions on a range of issues and promisi…

Legislative

Legislative leaders say pot legalization will not be delayed » State House News Service

Local Government

THE SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Lancaster's Grasso is ready to move on from OUI charge » Sentinel & Enterprise FTER HIS October OUI arrest, Lancaster Selectman Mark Grasso opened the town's Dec. 5 meeting with a statement about the incident and his intentions moving forward with the town.…

Interfaith Gathering At Boston's Largest Mosque Seeks To 'Build Bridges' After Election » WBUR Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined a crowd of more than 2,000 people at Boston's largest mosque on Sunday night for a rousing conversation about diversity and…

City councilor clashes with ministers group » Boston Globe City Councilor Andrea Campbell, a well-liked newcomer in City Hall, has become embroiled in a tense exchange with members of Boston's African-American clergy who took issue with her for not backing re…

City council makes pitch for 2 percent alcohol tax » Boston Globe City Councilor Bill Linehan is making a major pitch this week to get his colleagues to pass a special 2 percent tax on alcohol sold in Boston — proceeds from which would go toward treating subs…

Longmeadow School Committee member proposes resolution to scrutinize prospective education secretary Betsy DeVos » MassLive A Longmeadow School Committee member this week plans to introduce a resolution asking U.S. senators from Massachusetts to closely scrutinize President-elect Donald Trump's pick for education secretary…

Marijuana is the talk of many towns this week » Boston Globe Cannabis seems to be on everyone's agenda as Massachusetts waits for the ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana to take effect this week.…

Opinion

When a needle is more deadly than a gun » Boston Globe The sun was going down on Thursday afternoon when she found him.…

Who needs to flee to Canada when they can move to Mass.? » Boston Globe I WAS heartened to read about the excellent performance of our students (“Mass. students shine on global test,” Metro, Dec 7), rivaling their counterparts around the world. …

Case of horrific abuse in China calls for a wide audience » Boston Globe RE “SEE the movie that China desperately wants to quash” (Opinion, Dec. 4): Especially in this year of fake news and half truths, when Jeff Jacoby writes, “China was killing enormou…

Mehegan: More to the story on Charlie Baker's cuts » Boston Herald The state Democratic Party last week demanded that Gov. Charlie Baker cancel his trade mission to Israel so he could stay home and explain his budget cuts to the taxpayers.…

Consider this antidote to post-election despair » Boston Globe RE “WITH hope comes action” by Yvonne Abraham (Metro, Dec. 4): For those members of the clergy who struggle to inspire hope in worshipers, who themselves can find precious little hope afte…

Robichaud: Light at end of tunnel as Obama is nearly gone » Boston Herald Thirty-nine days until our eight-year national nightmare is over. …

Debunking the Track 61 plan » Commonwealth Magazine EFFECTIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION systems are those that excel at getting people to places they want to go.…

Boston should celebrate federal housing aid while it can » Boston Globe Monday could well mark the end of an era — the last major federal investment in public housing that Boston can expect to see for a long time.…

State can't shield Brookline from housing law » Boston Globe BROOKLINE IS EXPERIENCING the real estate equivalent of last call at a bar — with all the frantic jockeying and rushed decisions that entails.…

Don't blame climate change for extreme weather » Boston Globe CLIMATE CHANGE MEANS more extreme weather: This is a simple, powerful claim that has been pounded into our consciousness for a decade.…

The trouble with Winthrop Square » Boston Globe A POPULAR DEVELOPER wants to take a decrepit, shuttered garage off the city's hands and build a 750-foot Xanadu of glass and steel in its place. …

HAND: The difficulty with Trump » The Sun Chronicle One of the problems Washington Democrats have been having in opposing President-elect Donald Trump is they have a mish-mash of messages. Trump gives them so much to complain about that they fail to fo…

AG Healey's blowing smoke on transparency » Sentinel & Enterprise Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is a leading advocate of government transparency... well, at least she says she is.…

Adriana Cohen: Mitt Romney played himself out of job as Maura Healey overplays her hand » Boston Herald Despite trying his hardest, “going low” and leading the failed #NeverTrump movement, former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney couldn't keep our President-elect, Donald Trump, from winning the Whi…

Guest column: Use budget to address achievement gap in Cambridge schools » Wicked Local Cambridge

Other

A nursing home giant stumbles amid expansion » Boston Globe The nursing home's linen room reeked of urine. Some residents' rooms were so grimy, a state inspector's shoe came off when it stuck to the floor, according to a report investigators filed in May about…

New Novartis building is a work of art on Mass. Ave. » Boston Globe Driving or walking on Massachusetts Avenue, at the edge of the MIT campus, you notice a screen that hangs in the air above the sidewalk. Its rough surface makes it look like a burly patchwork quilt.…

Republicans in Congress prepare obscure tactic to gut Obama regulations » Boston Globe Twenty years ago, Newt Gingrich and allies pushing the self-styled Contract with America created an obscure but potent legislative weapon to help Republicans combat what they deemed to be out-of-contr…

Jack Spillane: New Bedford needs to tap marijuana market » South Coast Today You can't get much further from the heart of New Bedford than the Aerovox plant where the city has negotiated a lucrative deal for a marijuana grow facility.…

Donald Trump's Real Threat to the Press » Politico Anyone who doubts that Donald Trump could use the levers of the presidency to strike back at the media should talk to Chip Babcock.…

Early voter turnout in MetroWest, Milford region among the highest in the state » Milford Daily News Early voting was popular among voters statewide, but it was really popular in MetroWest and the Milford region where voters racked up some of the strongest turnout rates in Massachusetts. …

Mass. senate bill would allow alcohol sales at farmers markets » Wicked Local Medfield Farmer brewers and farmer distillers would be permitted to sell their alcoholic beverage products at farmers' markets under legislation that cleared the Senate during a lightly attended session Thursd…

Rep. Moulton Tries To Foster Positive Response To Trump Election » CBS Boston It was billed as “non-partisan,” but most of the folks who turned out in Peabody Sunday afternoon were disillusioned at the results of the presidential election last month.…

Donald Trump nominates Boston native John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security » MassLive President-elect Donald Trump has officially announced his intent to nominate Boston native General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security. "General John Kelly's decades of military se…

Heroux mulls run for mayor » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Paul Heroux says voters are urging him to run for mayor, and he's seriously considering it.…

Boston native, former Southcom commander picked for Homeland Security » State House News Service Born and raised in Boston, General John Kelly is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for homeland security secretary.…

Zuckerberg 2020? Facebook founder may have political ambitions, according to lawsuit » McClatchy DC

Electoral college plan would entice candidates to visit Mass., rep says » State House News Service

Politics

Five things to know about Super PACs in Massachusetts » Wicked Local Westborough With Election Day a month behind us, new campaign finance reports reveal the role Super PACs played in Massachusetts races this year. …

Lantigua plotting his political comeback » The Eagle Tribune William Lantigua lives in what he describes as a modest house in the hills outside Tenares in the Dominican Republic, in a rural enough setting that he had to cut off a telephone call last week when h…

The antiquated Electoral College » Commonwealth Magazine WHEN THE FOUNDING generation realized the Electoral College they created contained serious flaws, they changed it to reflect emerging norms of democracy. We should follow their example.…

GOP hardliners back Gov. Charlie Baker » Boston Herald Bay State hardline conservatives are begrudgingly backing Gov. Charlie Baker for re-election in 2018 despite his vocal rejection of President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign — saying the…

Public Safety

Does Massachusetts need to take a harder line with chronic drunken driving offenders? » MassLive What happens when a person refuses to stop drinking and driving despite numerous arrests and convictions, time behind bars and in-treatment programs, and even the lifetime loss of their license?…

Joint effort as weed goes legal » Boston Herald Cops, City Hall and lawmakers are bracing for Thursday's onset of legalized “recreational” marijuana in Massachusetts, determined that if they can't dissuade tokers from lighting up they c…

Sununu: Mass., NH cops must cooperate » The Eagle Tribune Overdoses — and the drug trade — do not recognize state borders. In Manchester and Lawrence, Nashua and Lowell, the trade continues, to devastating effect.…

Advocates fear rekindling of 'war on drugs' under Trump » The Eagle Tribune President-elect Donald Trump has talked about building a wall along the southern border to keep out illegal immigrants -- and also to stem the flow of heroin into the country.…

Central Mass. gun buyback nets 260 weapons in single day » Worcester Telegram Thirty-five years ago, Dr. Michael P. Hirsh lost a colleague to random gun violence. Saturday, he remembered that loss while helping collect more than 250 weapons at the 15th annual Goods For Guns pro…

State Finance

Baker bites into earmarks » Sentinel & Enterprise A Boston counter-terror center, a green crab trapping program and the Basketball Hall of Fame felt the effects of the state's financial troubles last week as the governor cut $67 million in earmarked…

State panel will recommend $70 mil increase in capital spending » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker's administration should boost state capital borrowing by no more than about 3 percent, a committee of state finance experts plans to recommend this week.…

Charlie Baker's Team Is Open to a Tax for Drivers 'Down the Road' » Boston Magazine

State Government

State budget spat signals partisan shift » Berkshire Eagle Winter hasn't officially arrived in Massachusetts, but a political frost is settling on Beacon Hill. A simmering dispute between Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and the Democratic-controlled Legislatur…

AG Healey awaits ruling on skipping trip to Texas » Boston Herald An appeals court judge has yet to rule on Attorney General Maura Healey's motion to avoid being deposed by Exxon Mobil attorneys in a Texas courtroom Tuesday about the basis for her civil subpoena see…

Sawyer added to state Fisheries Advisory Commission » Gloucester Times Gloucester will be doubling its representation on the state's Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission when local lobsterman Arthur “Sooky” Sawyer joins the board this week.…

New England Patriots' nemesis Ted Wells returns to Massachusetts to face off against AG Healey » New Boston Post He never uttered a word during ExxonMobil's showdown against Attorney General Maura Healey last Wednesday, but he was there.…

Budget spat points to greater partisan shift at Statehouse » Boston Herald Winter hasn't officially arrived in Massachusetts, but a political frost is settling on Beacon Hill.…

Judge cancels deposition of AG Healey in Exxon climate change case » Boston Herald

Transportation

Trouble-plagued commuter rail network sees cancellation spike » Boston Globe Keolis Commuter Services canceled four times as many trains this fall than last year, one of the worst stretches since the record-breaking winter of 2015 and a stark illustration of the transit system…

Zero-emission buses in store for Western Mass. riders » State House News Service The largest regional transit authority in Massachusetts has purchased three 40-foot buses that produce no tailpipe emissions.…

MBTA ordering up more Red Line cars from CRRC's Springfield plant » MassLive

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

As Protections for Pregnant Workers Falter in Congress, States Step Up » Governing

Week In Review: Who Will Run For President From Mass. In 2020? » WBUR

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 12/12

Birthdays: Rep. Peter Durant

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

2:00pm I'm Not Just Anybody: Fighting Back Against Chronic Pain, Great Hall

5:30pm Rep. Aaron Michlewitz's 8th Annual South End/Bay Village Holiday Party

Tuesday - 12/13

12:00pm State Library Author Talk with James C. O'Connell, State Library, Room 341

1:00pm House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, House Bonding Committee Oversight Hearing: Capital Needs & Level of Capital Investment

Wednesday - 12/14

5:30pm Annual Winter Fundraiser for Sen. Sal DiDomenico

Thursday - 12/15

2017 lobbyist registration statement due

11:00am JVS Bridges to College Graduation, Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

3:00pm Swearing-in Ceremony for Register of Deeds Stephen Murphy, Grand Staircase

5:30pm 2016 Year-End Celebration with Attorney General Maura Healey

Friday - 12/16

9:00am Generation Citizens Civics Day, Second Floor


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