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Kerry's Middle East speech receives mostly bad reception here » Boston Globe Prominent members of Massachusetts' Jewish community are largely disappointed — some furious, even — over Secretary of State John Kerry's high-profile speech this week on his vision for …

With Trump's victory, GOP hopes to overhaul Medicaid » Boston Globe ATLANTA — When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to pull off something they have wanted to do for years — overhaul Medicaid, the…

Fix the pot law, but not in a smoke-filled room » Boston Globe THE PASSAGE OF the marijuana legalization referendum in November doesn't mean that the new law's exact language must stay frozen in amber forever. But the fact that the law was approved directly by th…

Lobbyist McDonough could face new, stringent probation conditions » Boston Globe Richard McDonough, the lobbyist convicted of public corruption, succeeded in getting out of prison early after completing a drug-rehabilitation program — but he could face some tougher new prob…

The Death of Clintonism » Politico In September 1963, two months before his death, John F. Kennedy mused aloud to his old friend the journalist Charles Bartlett about the prospects for the 1968 presidential election, in which, he presc…

Top execs form new business group to boost Rhode Island » WPRI PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A group of Rhode Island's most powerful CEOs has launched an independent nonprofit organization that will focus on economic growth in the state, Eyewitness News has le…

Everything Is (Still) Awesome! Maybe the message didn't break through, but things continue to be pretty great—and getting better—in America. » Politico The economy grew at a solid 3.5 percent clip in the third quarter, and is now significantly larger than it was before the Great Recession. The jobless rate is down to 4.6 percent, which almost qualifi…

Why a skirmish over pot legalization in Massachusetts is making some progressives paranoid » The Washington Post In November, Massachusetts voters decided to make recreational marijuana legal, allowing it to be bought and sold in stores by January 2018. But this week, state lawmakers quietly voted to delay the s…

“Believe me, people have rights. I’d very surprised if people didn’t offer an amendment … to repeal the question. I would not be surprised if someone did that,” Rosenberg said this morning on Boston Herald Radio, though the Amherst Democrat, who supported legalization, quickly added, “It doesn’t mean that it would be passed. This will not be an easy debate.”

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg

Speaking about the legislature's decision on Wednesday to delay the opening of retail marijuana stores.

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Business

Three Boston bars absolved in state 'pay-to-play' case » Boston Globe Three prominent Boston bars whose corporate owners accepted payments from a beer distributor to stock certain brews over others will not be penalized, a frustrating setback for state investigators try…

New studio, new copter, new station: NBC Boston ready to go » Boston Globe The week between Christmas and New Year's can be among the slowest of the year for news. Not here at NBC Boston.…

An old brewery's name restored in Jamaica Plain » Boston Globe The Haffenreffer name can stand tall in Jamaica Plain again.…

Senate prez expects Statehouse battle over marijuana rollout in new year » Boston Herald Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said he expects some lawmakers to attempt to repeal marijuana legalization next year, speaking in an interview one day after the legislature acted abruptly and witho…

Amherst cools on legal marijuana implementation » Amherst Bulletin Legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, and the possibility that it could increase public safety calls and create numerous retail pot shops, is prompting Amherst officials to call on …

DeLeo concurs with Rosenberg's six-month timeline for pot law rewrite » Lowell Sun The leaders of both the House and Senate are on board with a six-month time frame for rewriting the state's marijuana laws after voters in November approved regulated sales of the intoxicating plant.…

Crimes

While Boston Murders Were Up In 2016, Authorities Tout Drop In Overall Crime » WBUR There have been 47 homicides in 2016. That's nine more than the 38 recorded in 2015. While the number of murders is up in the city, overall crime was down in 2016. Boston's…

Education

City adds MassBay to tuition-free plan for BPS grads from low-income families » Boston Herald Low-income Boston Public Schools graduates will be able to attend MassBay Community College in Wellesley tuition-free as part of a new partnership between the city and the school, officials told the H…

Health Care

Beyond pills and shots: Pain patients seek other options » Boston Globe Little things get Karen Hanlon through the day. Things like the “pain pop” — a Popsicle stick placed in a Dixie cup of water, then frozen.…

Barriers often short-circuit opioid treatment in Mass. » Worcester Telegram More than half of the adults entering state-licensed, residential addiction treatment centers in Massachusetts do not complete their treatment programs and one in eight are readmitted within a month o…

Housing

MassHousing paid settlements to terminated workers » Commonwealth Magazine THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency terminated three employees earlier this year and cushioned the blow by paying them a total of $144,552, according to records grud…

Human Services

Gov. Charlie Baker talks opioid addiction, child abuse during visits to social agencies » Herald News Gov. Charlie Baker spent the better part of Thursday in the city of Fall River, meeting with Mayor Jasiel Correia II, and visiting Stanley Street Treatment and Resources and the Children's Advocacy Ce…

Gov. Baker praises work of Children's Advocacy Center » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker spent the better part of Thursday in the city of Fall River, meeting with Mayor Jasiel Correia II, and visiting Stanley Street Treatment and Resources and the Children's Advocacy Ce…

Judiciary

Stoned and driving? High court gets case » The Sun Chronicle During a typical drunken driving trial, police officers testify about how a suspected intoxicated driver performed during a series of roadside sobriety tests. Can the same roadside tests indicate impa…

Labor

United States: First Circuit Declines To Enjoin Enforcement Of Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law In Union Settings ? For Now » Mondaq Last week, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the dismissal of a suit filed by construction-industry employers and their trade associations seeking to block …

With New Year, Mass. Minimum Wage Will Rise To $11 An Hour » WBUR New year, new minimum wage in Massachusetts. The state's pay floor rises to $11 an hour on Jan. 1, the third and final step-up outlined in a 2014 law. That law called for the minimum wage to increase…

Legislative

Calling Mass. lawmakers 'arrogant and cowardly,' marijuana activists to protest delay in retail pot shops at 'high' noon » Mass Live Marijuana activists on Friday plan to protest Massachusetts lawmakers who passed a bill inserting delays into the new marijuana legalization law.…

Ringing in the new year with new laws » Boston Globe Oftentimes, new state laws take effect with the start of the new year. But this year, some of the most high-profile new laws come with unusual effective dates.…

Lombardo opposes bill to delay recreational marijuana » Wicked Local Billerica Billerica state Rep. Marc Lombardo came out against a move by legislators on Wednesday delaying several recreational marijuana deadlines across the state.…

Legal pot supporters cry foul over bill to delay sales » The Associated Press (AP) Supporters of the state's new recreational marijuana law are taking lawmakers to task for approving a six-month delay in key provisions, including the opening of retail pot shops.…

Mass. lawmakers getting 4 percent raise » Boston Globe After eight years without a raise, some Massachusetts elected officials will find a little something extra in their paychecks come January, thanks to a 1998 constitutional amendment and Governor Charl…

Ehrlich lays out 2017 priorities » Wicked Local Marblehead If one theme emerged from the 2015-16 legislative session: state Rep. Lori Ehrlich found her bills and priorities front and center more than once.…

'I'm tormented': State Rep.-elect Bud Williams still wrestles with decision to keep or give up City Council job » Mass Live City Councilor Bud L. Williams said Thursday he simply can't make up his mind yet if he will remain on the council in 2017 while also serving as the newly elected state representative in the 11th Hamp…

Baker signs off on 4.2 percent bump in legislative base pay » Boston Herald For the first time in eight years, legislators on Beacon Hill will see an increase in their base salaries after Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday certified a pay raise of $2,515 for the 200 members of th…

Flanagan to co-chair Caucus of Women Legislators » Leominster Champion Sen. Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) has announced that she will serve as co-chair, along with Rep. Colleen Gary (D-Dracut), of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators for the 2017- 18 legislat…

Local Government

City's new records chief once OK'd sealing names of police facing OUI charges » Boston Globe The state's former public records gatekeeper, tapped Thursday for a similar job with the city of Boston, had previously ruled the city could withhold names of police officers charged with drunken driv…

Pittsfield mayor sees potential pot of money in marijuana cultivation » Berkshire Eagle City property could be made available for the cultivation of marijuana, under an economic development opportunity that Mayor Linda M. Tyer foresees. …

Opinion

Benton: Pondering a new year » The Salem News In just a few hours we embark on a new year and a new era. Next month for the first time since 2009 a single party will control the presidency and both houses of Congress. …

As I See It: No vote is "wasted" in this system » Worcester Telegram Despite Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's unpopularity, on November 8 Libertarian Gary Johnson (running with former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld) received only 4.2 percent of the Massachusetts vo…

We the People, 2016 » Boston Globe THE WEEKEND after Thanksgiving, Ted Clausen took the bus from Boston to Washington, D.C.…

The people's will goes to pot on Beacon Hill » Lowell Sun The state Legislature's ambivalence when it comes to the will of the people is front and center once again, this time with the legalization of recreational marijuana.…

The people's will goes to pot on Beacon Hill » Sentinel & Enterprise The state Legislature's ambivalence when it comes to the will of the people is front and center once again, this time with the legalization of recreational marijuana. On Wednesday, lawmakers essentia…

Other

Obama retaliates against Russia for election hacking » Boston Globe President Obama struck back at Russia on Thursday for its efforts to influence the 2016 election, ejecting 35 suspected Russian intelligence operatives from the United States and imposing sanctions on…

Politics

Chabot: Donald Trump could give councilor a boost » Boston Herald City Councilor Tito Jackson could have an unlikely ally amidst increasing signals he'll run for mayor — Donald Trump.…

Gov. Baker to attend Donald Trump's inauguration » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is attending President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration next month and will "participate fittingly" in the event, he told reporters today.…

More signs Tito Jackson will take on Marty Walsh » Boston Herald Operatives working for City Councilor Tito Jackson have registered the website titojacksonformayor.com and have drafted the campaign manager for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, further proof the R…

After not voting in presidential election, Gov. Baker to attend Trump's inauguration » My Fox Boston After publicly saying he would not vote in the presidential election this year and declining to endorse either candidate, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says he plans to attend Donald Trump's in…

Baker: Delaying Pot Deadlines 'Perfectly Appropriate' » WBUR Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says a six-month delay of several key provisions in the state's voter-approved recreational marijuana law seems "perfectly appropriate." The Republic…

Public Safety

Essex Count Sheriff-elect announces leadership team » Wicked Local Salem Sheriff-Elect Kevin Coppinger has announced three top appointments to leadership positions at the Essex County Sheriff's Department.…

State Government

Charlie Baker signals he'll stall pot shop openings » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker indicated yesterday that he will sign a controversial bill passed by lawmakers that will push the opening of recreational pot shops into the summer of 2018, calling the six-month de…

Shooting victim's dad praises Healey » The Salem News PREV PREVIOUS Top 10 most popular stories for 2016 on salemnews.com Here are the top 10 most viewed stories for 2016 on salemnew… NEXT NEXT UP Police Salem Shooting victim's dad praises Heal…

Marijuana supporters urge Baker to reject "shameful" delay bill » State House News Service Legal marijuana supporters are angry over the Legislature's effort Wednesday to fast-gavel a bill delaying legal sales of the drug and plan on Friday to protest what they are calling an "arrogant and …

Pay hike for legislators, less than a week after Christmas » Sentinel & Enterprise For the first time in eight years, legislators on Beacon Hill will see an increase in their base salaries after Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday certified a pay raise of $2,515 for the 200 members of th…

Taxation

Accountant group pushes tax filing change » Commonwealth Magazine IN THE SEEMINGLY ARCANE world of tax filing deadlines and extensions, timing is everything. And a simple change in Massachusetts tax filing deadlines to match new federal regulations would save Bay St…

Transportation

A new factory in western Mass. could help make the T more reliable » Boston Business Journal Besides supplying new subway cars for the MBTA, a gargantuan Chinese-owned rail car factory nearing completion in East Springfield might get work doing heavy maintenance on cars for the T, according t…

Utilities

Massachusetts Settles Dispute With Kinder Morgan Over Pipeline Proposal » New England Public Radio Massachusetts has agreed to a $640,000 settlement from Kinder Morgan to allow the company to run a pipeline through conservation land in Berkshire County on its way from New York to Connecticut.…

State makes deal with Tenn. Gas on pipeline » The Recorder The state has reached a $640,000 settlement with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. for state forest land in the Berkshire County town of Sandisfield where the company plans to build its Connecticut Expansion…

Tennessee Gas agrees to pay state $640,000 for pipeline easement through Otis State Forest » Mass Live In order to compensate Massachusetts residents for the loss of conservation land taken by eminent domain, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has agreed to pay the state $640,000.…

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