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Katherine Clark to skip Trump's inauguration in protest » Boston Globe In a break from tradition and from the rest of the Massachusetts congressional delegation, Representative Katherine Clark plans to boycott the upcoming inauguration of Republican President-elect Donal…

Mass. GOP needs new leadership » Boston Globe AS AMERICANS look toward new political beginnings in 2017, some with trepidation others with exuberance, this much is clear: Massachusetts Republicans are in serious need of new leadership.…

Keolis may have rivals when rail pact ends » Boston Globe If Governor Charlie Baker wins reelection next year, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority would not seek to extend its current commuter rail contract with embattled Keolis Commuter Services …

In big speeches, governors have made promises, threats » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker hasn't yet revealed what will be in his big State of the Commonwealth address this month. …

Mass. GOP needs new leadership » Boston Globe AS AMERICANS look toward new political beginnings in 2017, some with trepidation others with exuberance, this much is clear: Massachusetts Republicans are in serious need of new leadership. …

The Age of Fake Policy » New York Times Hyping the trivial obscures reality. …

Massachusetts immune to Trump health care changes? Think again. » Boston Globe Maybe you think the whole kerfuffle about repealing the Affordable Care Act doesn't matter here in Massachusetts. Even if Congress decides to dismantle the program, we in Massachusetts can simply reve…

Weed advocates don't like this Mass. senator » Boston Globe Marijuana advocates are trying to block an anti-legalization lawmaker from becoming the state Senate's point person on pot, contending that his outspoken criticism of recreational marijuana makes him …

Millennials A-Massing: A Generation Marches on Massachusetts… » Western Mass Politics and Insight Both chambers of the Massachusetts Legislature were sworn in Wednesday with the usual ceremony (and free lunch). Governor Charlie Baker did the honors, administering the oath to freshman and returning…

Other sheriffs build up Thomas Hodgson for wall offer » Boston Herald Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson's offer of inmate labor to help build President-elect Donald Trump's promised Mexican border wall is drawing national support from other sheriffs — even…

Judge calls ex-lobbyist a liar, prepares strict probation terms » Boston Globe Former lobbyist Richard McDonough may have been released from prison earlier than expected, but he will soon have to comply with new, stricter probation conditions. …

Warren announces she's running for re-election » Boston Globe Elizabeth Warren announced this morning that she is running for reelection in 2018, seeking a second term as US Senator from Massachusetts.…

“I support the peaceful transition of power, but I don’t feel that I need to attend the pageantry associated with and for this president,”

Congresswoman Katherine Clark

Speaking about her plan to boycott Republican President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Rebuffing Trump, senators affirm Russian hack findings » Boston Globe Rebuffing efforts by President-elect Donald Trump to cast doubt on Russian interference in the presidential election, top intelligence officials and senators from both parties on Thursday issued a for…

GOP guvs, senators to huddle on Medicaid, but apparently sans Baker » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker, despite his background in health care, will most likely not be among a group of governors who will meet with members of the U.S. Senate in Washington later this month to discuss wa…

Hillary for mayor? Probably not, but some people are talking » New York Times From political circles in New York City to cocktail parties on Capitol Hill, on right-of-center Facebook pages and among left-of-center donors, two of the biggest untethered threads in New York politi…

Hodgson's off the wall idea » Commonwealth Magazine For the most part, Massachusetts is bereft of the cast of local Trump acolytes who have risen up elsewhere to pronounce the incoming president a leader of enormous vision and deeply-considered ideas. …

Business

Postal Service will end controversial Staples partnership » Boston Globe The Postal Service is pulling the plug on a partnership with Staples Inc. that sparked years of union protests because it allowed about 500 of the company's stores to ship packages like a post office.…

New role for ex-Patrick aide » Boston Globe The Patrick diaspora's business wings continue to spread. Kofi Jones, who was communications chief in the housing and economic development secretariat under Governor Deval Patrick, has opened her own …

Mass. adds 6,317 clean energy jobs – Clean energy employment surpasses 100,000 for first time » NEREJ According to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Commonwealth added 6,317 clean energy jobs and has surpassed 100,000 clean energy jobs statewide for the first time, currently 105,212…

State to Delay Recreational Marijuana Implementation » East Boston Times In an informal session last week the state legislature passed a bill that will delay the implementation of recreational marijuana for six months. …

MassBenchmarks: State economy nears 'full capacity'; impact of Trump unknown » MassLive The Massachusetts labor market is reaching full capacity, with a lack of skilled and ready workers already pushing up wages in the high-tech manufacturing and construction industries, according to the…

Japanese group buys Back Bay office buildings for $673M in first U.S. investment » Boston Business Journal

Gov. Baker gives go-ahead to land deal for Worcester biomanufacturing park » Telegram News

Civil Rights

ACLU: We'll do whatever it takes to stop Sheriff Hodgson's plan » South Coast Today If Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson convinces President-elect Donald Trump to use inmates to build the a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, he will first have to get past the ACLU, which promis…

Crimes

Trooper Nabs Fugitive Morales In Somerville After Botched Bank Robberies » WBUR A man who climbed through razor-wire to escape a federal detention center in Rhode Island New Year's Eve is back in custody and scheduled to be in court Friday on escape charges.…

$20 million found hidden in box spring, money believed tied to Massachusetts pyramid scheme » The Republican Federal law enforcement officials raided a Westborough apartment this week and seized approximately $20 million dollars that was hidden within a box spring. The office of United States Attorney Carme…

Education

Options for new Lowell High coming into focus » Lowell Sun City officials have their most detailed look yet at options for a new Lowell High School, whether it would remain downtown or be replaced elsewhere.…

Darrell Anane's Rookie Year: Learning The Limits Of A Teacher's Control » WBUR First-year history teacher Darrell Anane hangs out at the door to his classroom, greeting students as they enter at the start of class. Sophomore Axel Bazquez sneaks by and throws his backpack onto a…

Legislature OKs bill to let Quincy College award bachelor's degrees » The Patriot Ledger The state Legislature this week passed a bill that would allow Quincy College to begin awarding bachelor's degrees.…

Meservey to retire from Salem State » The Salem News Salem State University President Patricia Meservey will retire at the end of the academic year, marking the end of a decade of transformation for the institution under her leadership.…

At Suffolk, staff get a surprise paycheck » Boston Globe After months of controversy last year during a power struggle between the board and president, Suffolk University had been more successful lately at keeping its head down and its name out of the newsp…

Environment

Drought intensity diminishes in latest monitoring » State House News Service The red sash that bisected Massachusetts from Essex County to the Berkshires on the U.S. Drought Monitor's map for much of 2016 -- indicating areas of extreme drought -- has receded into a red belt bu…

Federal

Private Funds Vs. Public Dollars: Who Pays, Who Profits From Rebuilding America's Infrastructure » WBUR Infrastructure is a word we'll frequently hear in 2017. The platforms of both presidential candidates included plans to spend hundreds of billions on infrastructure. And since the election, when promi…

Health Care

Poll: Most Americans Say Don't Repeal Obamacare Without A Replacement » WBUR An overwhelming majority of people disapprove of Republican lawmakers' plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without having a ready replacement for the health care law, according to a poll released F…

Study: Patients With Mental Illnesses Wait Significantly Longer Inside Mass. Emergency Rooms » WBUR Inside some Massachusetts emergency rooms, patients suffering from mental illness languish for hours, even days, to receive care, while other patients in physical crises experience far shorter ER wait…

Gov. Charlie Baker signs anti-discrimination organ transplant bill » Wicked Local Marshfield

Housing

Average Boston-area rent falls for the first time in almost 7 years » Boston Globe After years of going up, rents in Boston's superheated real estate market may have finally reached a peak.…

Key change as Boston rents head down » Boston Herald Rents in Boston have fallen for the first time in six years, according to a new report, as housing supply is finally starting to catch up to demand, analysts say.…

Judiciary

Prosecutors haven't sought judicial conduct complaints » Boston Herald The attorney general and 10 of the Bay State's district attorneys admit they've lodged zero complaints about judges in the past five years with the Commission on Judicial Conduct — while the 11…

Gov. Charlie Baker nominates Easton resident to Juvenile Court » Wicked Local Easton Gov. Charlie Baker recently nominated Michaela C. Stewart, an attorney dedicated to child welfare and juvenile law, to serve as an associate justice of the Juvenile Court.…

Labor

Massachusetts High Court Rules Prong Two of Independent Contractor Test is Severable for FAAAA Preemption Purposes » JDSupra Massachusetts's highest court recently issued a decision that impacts the ability of delivery companies operating in the commonwealth to use independent contractors in providing delivery services. …

US adds 156,000 jobs as unemployment rate ticks up » Boston Globe U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in December, capping a year of slower but solid hiring. The report is the last major snapshot of the economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit from President …

Report: Women In Greater Boston Earn 77 Cents For Every Dollar Men Earn » WBUR The gender wage gap in the Boston area may be a bit wider than previously thought, according to a new report. The report, released Thursday by the city, found women in Greater Boston earn 77 cents fo…

Jobless rates dropping all over MA » Commonwealth Magazine NEW ECONOMIC DATA suggest the state's labor market is nearing full capacity, which is translating into employment gains across the state and not just in metropolitan Boston. A group of Massachusetts …

Marty Walsh touts wage gap study as a 'conversation' starter » Boston Herald A new study showing a wage gap of women earning 23 percent less than men in the Greater Boston area based on actual salary figures will give businesses and officials a baseline to make changes, Mayor …

Legislative

Ellen Story happy to move into next chapter of her life after 24 years as state representative » The Republican Ellen Story never had any dream of politics. "It never occurred to me," the Texas native said.…

Springfield state Rep. Bud Williams yet to announce decision on City Council seat » The Republican Newly inaugurated state Rep. Bud L. Williams, D-Springfield, still has not said whether he will give up his seat on the City Council.…

Server issue cropped up in final hours of 2015-2016 session » State House News Service Lawmakers meeting in marathon sessions that ran close to midnight late Tuesday night encountered some technical difficulties, according to one key member of the House. …

Opinion

Distribution of fake news is nothing new » The Recorder It would be useful if people would remember that hacking emails, altering voter tallies and spreading fake news are all different things and to stop describing these as novel ventures of an evil Russi…

Democrats shouldn't squander their one advantage » Boston Globe THE DEMOCRATS were given one great gift last year. …

NBC Boston needs something extra to break from the news pack » Boston Globe I left my DVR on record this week so I could binge-watch our much-hyped new television station, NBC Boston. …

Kennedy: GOP plan to repeal Obamacare reckless » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, angry that GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare puts his signature issue of mental health care reform in its cross hairs, vowed to fight tooth and nail unless GOP lawmakers…

Carr: The PC posse hates to call it what it is » Boston Herald Why can't the alt-left call a hate crime a hate crime?…

Editorial: Pop this trial balloon » Boston Herald Maybe Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is trying to assume the role of “America's Toughest Sheriff” now that Joe Arpaio has left office. …

Editorial: Let the marketplace sort out proper wage reform » Boston Business Journal The marketplace, not the legislative process, is the proper forum for wage policy. At least for now.…

ViewPoint: Keeping America first in medical research » Boston Business Journal There is another area of the economy where America's preeminent position may be at risk, but not because of trade agreements or currency manipulation. Global competition in medical research and the li…

ViewPoint: It's time to bring mentorship to public schools » Boston Business Journal Corporate mentorship has trickled down into higher education, where companies seek mentees in undergraduate classrooms, offering valuable exposure and experience to students. In turn, these companies …

Politics

More names pop up for Roxbury, South Boston city council seats » Boston Globe More names have surfaced as possible contenders in the 2017 City Council elections, particularly in two districts where it's uncertain whether incumbents will stick around.…

History shows how the Sununus earned their political dynasty » Boston Globe A lot has changed in New Hampshire over four decades. An iconic granite cliff, the Old Man of the Mountain, shattered to the ground; the state's population ballooned; and there is no longer horse raci…

Baker navigating well in Democrat waters » Lowell Sun As Gov. Charlie Baker looks ahead to this upcoming legislative session, the harmonious nature of his working relationship with leaders of the Democratic majority will be put to the test.…

Our Opinion: Boston politics beats alternative » Berkshire Eagle achusetts voters are happy to elect Republican governors, and to the frustration of those governors, they are pleased to elect Democratic legislators. Governor Baker is the latest to try to figure out…

Potential candidates flock around Tito Jackson's seat » Boston Herald Five potential candidates are eyeing City Councilor Tito Jackson's District 7 seat and the longer he waits to make his rumored challenge to Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the more people will jump in —…

Elizabeth Warren knocks 'big banks and giant corporations' in re-election bid » Boston Business Journal

Public Safety

State begins Uber, Lyft driver checks » Berkshire Eagle Tens of thousands of drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft will begin undergoing what Massachusetts officials are calling the most stringent background checks for the industry in the United…

New York's Unequal Justice for the Poor » New York Times Gov. Andrew Cuomo's veto of a bill requiring the state to pay more for indigent defense was disappointing, and it can't be the end of the matter.…

Members of Governor's Council recommend more pardons, commutations » WWLP 22 Some members of the Governor's Council are urging Governor Baker to give convicted criminals a second chance. Councilor Terrence Kennedy told 22News that it's difficult for convicts to get their lives…

Gov. Charlie Baker applauds officer who chased fugitive James Morales two blocks to arrest him » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker thanked law enforcement and the State Police trooper who brought prison escapee James Morales into custody on Thursday after nearly a week on the run.…

Defribillators to be required at all schools » Nashoba Publishing Every school in Massachusetts would need to have automated external defibrillators on site by July 2018, under a bill that passed the state Legislature Tuesday. Families of children who died after su…

Baker to focus on pot law, opioids and the economy » Nashoba Publishing Though Gov. Charlie Baker won't give his annual State of the Commonwealth address until Jan. 24, he gave reporters a sneak peak at some of its themes Wednesday. The governor has been tight-lipped abo…

State Finance

Tax growth half way through fiscal year up 2.3 percent » State House News Service With half of the fiscal year in the books, state tax collections have grown 2.3 percent and exceeded estimates for the month of December by $49 million.…

State Government

Medical examiner who took over troubled office is retiring » Boston Herald The state's chief medical examiner on Thursday announced his plans to retire, a decade after he was asked to begin the turnaround of an office plagued by chronic understaffing and mismanagement.…

East Longmeadow's Mary Hurley takes her seat on the Governor's Council » The Republican The Massachusetts Governor's Council was sworn in on Thursday, with Mary Hurley of East Longmeadow as its only new member.…

Lawyer in chief: Mass. AG Maura Healey discusses public policy and her relationship with business » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey had a busy year in 2016. …

Baker ventures into an unexpected controversy » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker should have checked before he ventured down to the South Coast to swear in the ever-controversial Sheriff Thomas Hodgson for another term Wednesday — just to find out if …

Mum's the word on boycott talk » Boston Globe Somewhere — and with someone — on his recent trip to Israel, Governor Charlie Baker spoke with a government official about the controversial anti-boycott legislation that Jewish groups i…

Massachusetts Breach Notifications Will Now Be Publicly Available Online » JDSupra

Transportation

The MBTA Could Dump Keolis » Boston Magazine When Keolis' contract is up in 2022, the MBTA is leaving open the possibility of dumping the commuter rail operator and moving on.…

Commuter Rail contract expected to go out to bid in 2019 » My Fox Boston The MBTA's contract with Keolis is set to expire in 2022, and news from the Massachusetts State House indicates it will not be extended.…

MBTA won't renew Keolis' commuter rail contract, officials say » WCVB The MBTA will not renew its contract with Keolis Commuter Services, state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said Thursday.…

Pollack: MBTA does not plan to extend Keolis contract » State House News Service While it's unclear who will be in charge of state transportation policy in six years, Baker administration officials said Thursday their plan would be to allow the MBTA's contract with Keolis Commuter…

Mass. Drivers Could Soon Pay for Bike Lane Violations » Somerville Patch Bicyclists in Massachusetts are inching closer to another victory in the longstanding War of the Roadways. …

Logan inching toward agreement with Uber, Lyft » Commonwealth Magazine Massport is quietly trying to fashion new regulations to open up Logan Airport to all ride-hailing drivers but, six months after passage of a state law paving the way for transportation network compan…

Baker plans to let Keolis contract expire » Commonwealth Magazine WHILE IT'S UNCLEAR who will be in charge of state transportation policy in six years, Baker administration officials said Thursday their plan would be to allow the MBTA's contract with Keolis Commuter…

Mass. To Begin Background Checks For Uber And Lyft Drivers Friday » WBUR Tens of thousands of drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft will begin undergoing what Massachusetts officials are calling the most stringent background checks for the industry in the United…

MBTA to allow commuter rail operator's contract to expire » Sentinel & Enterprise Transportation Authority have announced that the transit agency will not extend the contract of the company that operates its commuter rail system. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack confirme…

MassDOT shifts bike-promotion strategy from trails back to streets » Berkshire Eagle The state's quest to promote bicycling in Massachusetts is finding new value in an older civic asset: streets that already exist. …

Utilities

Pilgrim watchdog: NRC has 'obligation' to answer questions » Cape Cod Times Despite a request signed by high-ranking state and federal officials, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has refused to publicly discuss an email containing alarming observations on systems and staff p…

NRC “carefully considering” request for meeting on Pilgrim station » The Enterprise A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the agency will “carefully consider” a request for a public meeting on conditions at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant.…

Mass. officials worried about safety at 'overwhelmed' Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant » Boston Business Journal The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, located on Cape Cod bay in Plymouth, became a point of controversy recently after an internal memo from the plant leaked that expressed concerns about maintenance issu…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

GOP sticking with veteran leaders in Democratic-dominated Legislature » WWLP 22 News

Pot law, opioids and the economy will be Baker's focus in State of the Commonwealth speech » Wicked Local Cape Cod

Sheriff Hodgson will 'wait to see' if Trump wants prisoners to build wall » Boston Herald

Parents question schools' commitment to zero waste » Andover Townsman

Moore seeks suggestions for State House display » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle

For Setti Warren, a fundraising hurdle » Boston Globe

Sheriff's proposal to have prisoners build Donald Trump's wall is absurd » Boston Globe

Stanley Rosenberg re-elected as senate president » WWLP 22 News

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