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Massachusetts pols sitting on mountains of campaign cash » Boston.com BOSTON (AP) — Top Massachusetts politicians are sitting on large amounts of campaign cash heading into the 2018 election cycle. …

Lawmakers, advocates push changes in laws covering sex abuse by educators » Boston Globe State lawmakers and advocates in at least four New England states are pursuing legislation to make it easier to punish educators who sexually abuse students and make it harder for them to continue to …

Betting money on Maura Healey » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey is finishing up 2016 with a big fundraising kick and is giving hints to supporters she hasn't ruled out a run for governor in 2018, according to campaign finance reports …

Trump team asked State Department for info on women's issues programs, sparking fears of another witch hunt » The Washington Post The Trump transition team instructed the State Department to turn over all information Wednesday about “gender-related staffing, programming, and funding,” setting off alarm bells among th…

Sales of state-owned property to create 1,500 units of housing and $413 million in revenue » The Republican Over the last 14 months, state government has sold, leased or reached agreements on 22 state-owned pieces of land.…

"Our justice system is deeply broken, expensive and racist, and for the last two years legislators and grassroots activists alike have been baited into believing this 'Justice Reinvestment Initiative' was going to make a serious effort at fixing that," Chang-Diaz said. "Yesterday we were placidly told 'that was never part of our charge.'"

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz

Speaking about yesterday's hearing with the Council of State Governments Justice Center task force.

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Business

Is 'Boston Winter' the best thing to happen to City Hall Plaza? » Boston Globe Patrons bundled in scarves and sweaters swamped the lines inside the holiday village, while children swished around a giant ice skating loop.…

Cabbies' lawsuit over Uber in Boston dismissed » Boston Globe A federal judge has ruled that Boston is not required to hold digital-age transportation services such as Uber and Lyft to the same rules as taxi companies, using a new state law to dismiss a case aga…

Marijuana's legal in Massachusetts, so now what? » Wicked Local Somerville Voters in Massachusetts have legalized marijuana, but it will likely be more than a year before the first pot shops open in the state.…

Judge Dismisses Boston Taxi Group's Lawsuit Against City Over Ride-Hailing Laws » WBUR A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the Boston Taxi Owners Association against the city for its laws governing ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft.…

Non-profit delivers relief $$$ in wake of shellfish bed closings » State House News Service A Wellfleet non-profit has awarded $23,000 to shellfishermen who were out of work for 32 days after the state shut down local shellfish beds this fall.…

Northeastern purchases Punter's Pub building for $5.3m » Boston Globe Could the end be in sight for Punter's Pub?…

New Bedford named state's most creative community » South Coast Today New Bedford has been named the most creative community in the state by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.…

Civil Rights

Finding refuge from American divisiveness » Gloucester Times It's hard to say which was more moving — the money or the messages. …

Atheists Irked By Nativity Scene Displayed Inside State House » New Boston Post A local atheists' group is crying foul over the decision to allow a Nativity scene to be displayed inside the State House, just days before Christmas.…

Crimes

Effort to curb prostitution by arresting the customers » WWLP 22 News Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said this week the office would fight prostitution by holding customers accountable. …

Serial killer Gary Lee Sampson makes statement in court » Boston Globe After 15 years of trials and court proceedings, admitted serial killer Gary Lee Sampson made his first public statement in court Thursday as a jury considers whether to sentence him to death.…

Mass. Attorney General concerned with rise in hate crimes » My Fox Boston The attorney general for Massachusetts says she's seen an increase in hate crime incidents since the election.…

Environment

State fulfills a rattlesnake promise, but is it sincere? » WWLP 22 News It took seven months, but the state has finally fulfilled a promise it made about its plan to put venomous snakes in the Quabbin.…

State study: Food waste ban helps economy, but composting not addressed » Worcester Telegram A study released by the state Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday found that a commercial food waste ban implemented in 2014 has created more than 900 jobs and stimulated $175 million …

Weather buoy near North Pole hits melting point » Boston Globe An unusual spike in temperatures, propelled by a massive storm packing warm air, brought the North Pole to the melting point of 32 degrees Thursday.…

State Awards $76,000 in Grants for Recreational Saltwater Fishing Access Projects » Cape Cod Online The state has awarded more than $76,000 in grants for recreational saltwater fishing access projects in Beverly, Chatham, Manchester, Scituate, Fall River, and Truro.…

FEMA eases up on flood zoning for Quincy » Patriot Ledger Quincy residents have until April to state any further issues they have with the floodplain maps that FEMA has redrawn after complaints by the city of Quincy.…

Housing

State eyes lots of affordable housing in Boston » Boston Herald Twenty percent of the housing units constructed on a 5.5-acre development on state-owned land blocks from South Station must be affordable if the prime parcel is going to be redeveloped as part of a s…

Worcester's woes: Foreclosures on the rise » Worcester Mag The holidays are supposed to be relaxing and filled with joy from the company of family and friends. You're supposed to travel from house to house enjoying one another and the place that brings you to…

Judiciary

Former U.S. attorney speculates on Ortiz replacement » Boston Herald Former Bay State U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan joined Boston Herald Radio's “Morning Meeting” program yesterday, where he weighed in on news that Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ort…

Cape prosecutor nominated as judge » Cape Cod Times Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Edward “Ned” F.X. Lynch has been nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve as a Barnstable District Court judge.…

Governor Baker Nominates Lynch for Barnstable District Court Judge » Cape Cod Online Governor Charlie Baker has nominated Edward “Ned” Lynch to serve as a judge in the Barnstable District Court.…

Legislative

Moore attends MA-Quebec Research Council meeting » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle On Dec. 5, State Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) joined Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) and Québec National Assembly President Jacques Chagnon at the Massachusetts State House to announ…

Mass. State Rep Gets Wish For Nativity Scene In State House » CBS Boston Andover State Rep. James Lyons got to the State House early today to set up a nativity scene.…

Local Government

Janet L Rowe Appointed As New Lynn City Clerk » Lynn Journal The Lynn City Council selected Janet L. Rowe as the new city clerk at its meeting Tuesday night. Rowe will officially take office on Feb. 1, succeeding Mary Audley, who is retiring from the position.…

Framingham: Draft charter passes legal review » Wicked Local Framingham The Charter Commission is one step closer to presenting its proposal to voters.…

Great Barrington reaffirms commitment to undocumented citizens » Berkshire Eagle The Select Board has reaffirmed that no matter where you came from, if you live in Great Barrington you're part of the community.…

Nothing has changed at City Hall » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH recently began what will be a year-long series of conversations about race in neighborhoods around the city, with an aim to heal old wounds and move forward. I applaud the ef…

Opinion

Benton: Checking the Christmas wish list » The Salem News As Santa makes his way from the North Pole to the North Shore, we once again provide a list of gift suggestions for those in the political realm.…

Wrong path to stability in Mideast » Boston Globe JEFF JACOBY writes that alarm bells started clanging when Donald Trump named David Friedman as his choice for ambassador to Israel (“Trump's envoy to Israel will slay sacred cows,” Opinion…

A dangerous pick for US ambassador to Israel » Boston Globe Donald Trump has made so many awful picks for his Cabinet and key diplomatic positions that it's difficult to choose the worst one. …

Trump's promises are about to collide with reality » Boston Globe WE ARE about to see a collision between simplicity and complexity — and it will be a public-policy pile-up for the ages. Every incoming president has the problem of squaring optimistic campaign…

Baker misses key problem with Electoral College » Commonwealth Magazine AS PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP prepares to take office despite losing the popular vote, many Massachusetts voters may be less than thrilled about the Electoral College process, but Gov. Charlie Baker…

Other

On Twitter, Trump says US should 'expand its nuclear capability' » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday on Twitter that the United States should greatly “expand its nuclear capability,” appearing to embrace an end to decades of bipartisan presidenti…

Lowell native Lewandowski not joining Trump team » Lowell Sun Lowell-native Corey Lewandowski, who served as President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager until June, will not be joining Trump at the White House come January, opting instead to start his own po…

Politics

Watch Dan Koh run — but for what? » Boston Globe Dan Koh wants to run. Maybe for Congress. Maybe for another office.…

New sheriff prepares to take office » The Salem News A new sheriff is about to be sworn into office in Essex County for the first time in 20 years.…

Public Health

Joey Beats Another Overdose, But Drifts In And Out Of Heroin Use » WBUR Across the United States, 580 people, on average, will start using heroin today. Those who become addicted and survive will likely need to manage the disease for the rest of their lives. To get a sen…

Public Safety

$1,500 fine aims to pile on scofflaws » Boston Herald The fine for failing to shovel sidewalks in Boston could skyrocket to $1,500 for some property owners under a bill the Legislature sent to Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday — just in time for winter…

New report enthusiastically praises angel program » Gloucester Times The 376 patients who entered the Gloucester police-led “angel” program during its first year included 88 who had been treated for opioid addiction six or more times before, and 144 who wer…

State Government

Nativity scene goes up inside State House, atheists respond » The Republican A constituent request was what prompted state Rep. Jim Lyons, R-Andover, to inquire about putting a Nativity scene on the front lawn on the Massachusetts State House, alongside a Christmas tree decked…

Highest and best use » Commonwealth Magazine ROBERT KENNEDY famously paraphrased George Bernard Shaw in a 1968 campaign speech when he said, “Some people see things as they are and say, why? I dream things that never were and say, why not?…

Secretary Ash Addresses Large Crowd at NOAH's Annual Meeting » East Boston Times Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth Jay Ash was the keynote speaker at East Boston's Neighborhood of Affordable Housing's annual meeting last Thursday at Spinelli's.…

Beverly development part of larger state initiative » The Salem News As Barnat Development moves forward with constructing a new, mixed-use building on an empty, state-owned lot on Rantoul Street, next to the MBTA garage, the state has its eyes set on similar propertie…

Baker sees $$$, jobs in underutilized state lots » State House News Service In early 2017, the Baker administration will seek proposals to develop 250 acres in Monson for industrial, agricultural, commercial or residential use.…

Pioneer Valley cities and towns to get help with 'murkiness' of new law legalizing recreational marijuana sales » Mass Live The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is preparing to work with local planners in the region in drafting model regulations for the retail sale of recreational marijuana.…

Transportation

City to lower speed limit » Jamaica Plain Gazette In an effort to improve roadway safety for people walking, driving, and bicycling on city streets Mayor Martin Walsh last week announced a reduction in the default speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph st…

Keolis says Worcester Commuter Rail trains arriving on time rises by nearly 50 percent after sudden drop in performance » Mass Live The Worcester and Framingham Commuter Rail line has improved since September, with the number of trains arriving on time rising 48 percent, following a sudden drop in performance earlier this year.…

T parking revenue up 22% » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA'S PARKING REVENUE increased 22 percent over the last five months compared to the same period a year ago, reinforcing the notion that theft by employees of the T's private parking lot operator…

Utilities

Healey: DPU should look into utility profits » Worcester Business Journal The Department of Utilities should investigate the profits of electric and gas companies in Massachusetts, focusing especially on the rates of return on equity permitted in rate cases, according to At…

Pilgrim powers up after steam leak repair » State House News Service The state's nuclear power station in Plymouth powered up again Thursday night following its latest shutdown.…

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