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Must-Reads

City Hall promised lobbying reform. Nothing happened. » Boston Globe It was billed as a step toward transparency: tough new rules that would shine a light on how lobbyists work to sway decisions at City Hall. …

The reality of repealing the Affordable Care Act » Boston Globe THIS WEEK, CONGRESS aims to take steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act without proposing a replacement. If Congress and the new administration take that path, it will have enormous consequenc…

Liberals are reconsidering federalism in the wake of Trump » Boston Globe WITH ALL OF official Washington in the grip of Republicans, and an autocratic — not to say imperial — figure in the White House, many liberals are taking a second look at the 10th Amendm…

Black, Latino lawmakers dissatisfied with criminal justice effor » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 8, 2017.....Critical of an ongoing review of the state's criminal justice system, some members of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus say they plan to conti…

Session start yields era of good feelings for Baker, legislative leaders » Politico Massachusetts BOSTON — Frost covers most of Beacon Hill as a new legislative session unfolds, but the commonwealth's Big Three leaders are sharing nothing but warmth. …

Who's Afraid of Marty Walsh? » Boston Magazine For a moment, all eyes were on South Boston state Representative Nick Collins as he slowly stood up in the low-ceilinged hall inside the Michael J. Perkins American Legion Post #67 at East Fourth and …

Open legislative leadership posts offer higher profile, pay » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 9, 2017.....With the membership of the 190th General Court now seated, House and Senate members can begin eyeing vacant leadership posts for the 2017-2018 session, plum jobs …

The End of the Kennedy Mystique » Politico Massachusetts “Jackie,” in which a blood-soaked, chain-smoking Jacqueline Kennedy copes with her husband's assassination, is the kind of movie that can only be made with the passage of time—53 ye…

The Young Trump: Jared Kushner is more like his father-in-law than anyone imagines » New York Magazine Until very recently, and to all outward appearances, Jared Kushner was just another socially striving young businessman with inoffensively Bloombergian political values. But over the past year, someth…

Senate Majority Leader McConnell: ObamaCare failed Americans. Now it's time for relief » The Associated Press (AP) By nearly any measure, ObamaCare has failed: It didn't lower costs, it didn't increase choice, middle-class families continue to lose health plans they were promised they could keep, and Americans con…

Trump confidants serving as presidential advisers could face tangle of potential conflicts » Washington Post Billionaire investor Carl Icahn will have the ear of President-elect Donald Trump as an adviser focused on cutting government regulations. But Icahn also stands to benefit if his advice is taken: It c…

“After a presidential campaign full of divisive and hard edged rhetoric the agreement between the two branches illustrates that members of the legislature are working together to solve tough problems for the people of the Commonwealth,”

Joint statement from the office's of DeLeo and Rosenberg

Commenting on working together during the new session.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Sen. Warren troubled by Trump pick for education secretary » Berkshire Eagle U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's troubled by the record of Donald Trump's choice for education secretary. In a letter sent to Betsy DeVos on Monday, the Massachusetts Democrat said DeVos' advoca…

Warren takes aim at Trump's pick for education secretary » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts says Besty DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to run the Department of Education, has a “radical political philosophy” and a thin resume f…

Business

For more firms, teaching English is in business plan » Boston Globe During most of his work week, Cesar Orantes dons a hair net, rubber gloves, and a white apron flecked with fish scales for his job in quality assurance at Stavis Seafoods, a wholesaler in Boston's Sea…

Biotechs are paying a price for their high drug costs » Boston Globe The biotech industry hit a speed bump in 2016 after logging accelerating growth for years. …

Biogen's new CEO brings a global perspective to biotech » Boston Globe The new boss at Biogen Inc. speaks six languages, worked for drug makers in half a dozen countries, and ran marathons on three continents.…

Harwich farmer's expansion plan has neighbors crying foul » Cape Cod Times Barry Viprino packs a lot of farm onto 3 acres. In the milky light of a towering 40-by-80 hoop house, heritage breed pigs rooted about, noses to the ground, grunting.…

On Beacon Hill: As new session begins, Worcester's biotech future gets a boost » State House News Service Old friends and new enemies. Fresh faces and familiar rituals.…

A Novel Liquid Battery Could Hold Potential For Unlimited Energy Storage » WBUR FORT DEVENS — These days we plug in everything: phones, flashlights, cameras — sometimes even our cars. We keep recharging them because, with electricity, you either "use it or lose it" …

Mass. crawls slowly toward legal marijuana sales » Wicked Local Cohasset The process for licensing retail marijuana shops would be delayed by six months under legislation that surfaced first on Dec. 28 in the Senate before clearing both branches, the result of which could …

Massachusetts Treasurer Readies To Champion MA Online Lottery Push, But Voices Of Dissent Still Linger » Online Poker Report Complicating an already complicated landscape, the state's only operational casino, Plainridge Park Casino, is asking the legislature to take a cautious approach, intimating online expansion could hur…

AG: Worcester gun dealer agrees to end illegal firearm sales » Telegram News

Crimes

Learning about dog fighting in order to stop it » Boston Globe The dog was losing. In an undercover video, men are shown hovering in a half-circle and goading the fight.…

Education

Charter question defeat presents new challenge » Commonwealth Magazine IT'S A NEW YEAR and the people of Massachusetts have spoken. On Question 2, a ballot initiative which would have given urban students more charter public school options, the electorate said no. Empha…

Suffolk U. is stronger than you think » Commonwealth Magazine FROM A DISTANCE, Suffolk University appears to be an institution in disarray. Six presidents in as many years. Enrollment is down,…

'Schools Can Save Lives': An Exit Interview With The U.S. Education Secretary » WBUR He didn't have long. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. took office in March 2016 after President Obama's long-serving secretary, Arne Duncan, stepped down at the end of 2015. No matter the outcome …

Elizabeth Warren says Trump's education secretary pick will hurt public schools » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren admonished Donald Trump's recent education secretary pick, saying she has a paper-thing record in higher education and would gut public school funding. Warren made her feel…

Environment

Climate Change Worries Brings $10K Grant for Local Agency » WHAV Preparing for emergencies related to climate change is the impetus behind a $10,000 state grant for the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission. …

Health Care

Mass. GOP head: Trump looking for marketable 'Obamacare' replacement » Newburyport News

How Donald Trump could repeal Obamacare — and why » Boston Globe Changes are coming to the nation's health care system. President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal President Obama's signature health care law, and having a Republican-led Congress boosts the odd…

New training for hygienists could expand dental care » The Eagle Tribune Elderly and low-income residents are not getting adequate dental care, according to health care and anti-poverty advocates, and it's costing the state big bucks.…

Health savings accounts could be set for big growth » Boston Globe Never heard of a health savings account? Chances are, that's about to change. President-elect Trump has talked about using these tax-advantaged savings accounts in his overhaul of the country's health…

Healey wants lawmakers, not courts, to decide right-to-die issue » Boston Globe Two of the state's top law enforcement officials are calling on a judge to dismiss a right-to-die lawsuit filed against them by a Falmouth cancer patient, arguing the case is premature and involves a …

The Partners premium » Commonwealth Magazine IT IS INTERESTING TO WITNESS Partners HealthCare and its efforts to fend off any policy approaches that may attempt to rein-in the unwarranted high prices the company receives from commercial payers i…

Electronic Health Records May Help Customize Medical Treatments » WBUR Chances are your doctor has stopped taking notes with pen and paper and moved to computer records. That is supposed to help coordinate your care. Increasingly, researchers are also explori…

Substance Abuse Recovery Center Opening In Northampton » WAMC

Housing

HUD's Castro Worries That Housing Rule Could Be Rolled Back » WBUR Outgoing Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro's office overlooks a stretch of the Washington, D.C., waterfront where several high-rent apartment buildings are being buil…

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $17.8 Million for Elderly Public Housing Rehabilitation » RealEstateRama

Judiciary

Executive set to go on trial in meningitis outbreak case » Lowell Sun Testimony is set to get underway in the racketeering trial of the former president of a compounding pharmacy blamed for a national meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened hundreds more.…

Legislative

Busy day at Statehouse to end 2015-16 session » Sentinel & Enterprise

South Shore legislators unfazed by raise » Wicked Local Scituate For the first time in eight years, legislators on Beacon Hill will see an increase in their base salaries after Gov. Charlie Baker on Dec. 29 certified a pay raise of $2,515 for the 200 members of the…

Local Government

Lovely's bill proposing Salem acquire old Superior Court passes Legislature » Wicked Local Melrose On the last day of informal session, the Masssachusetts Legislature passed a bill, sponsored by state Sen. Joan Lovely, D-Salem, that would convey the old Salem Superior Court building on Federal Stre…

Springfield Considers Moratorium On Marijuana Stores » WAMC Massachusetts voters last November passed Question 4 to legalize recreational marijuana. But, state and local officials must wade through a myriad of issues, …

Pittsfield mayor to ask City Council for another $200K to buy used fire truck » Berkshire Eagle The city Fire Department hasn't had a working aerial ladder truck in more than seven weeks. That thought troubles Bob McDonough. …

Project to seek tax break under new rule » Amherst Bulletin The developer of a proposed residential and commercial project in North Amherst is expected to be the first to seek property tax breaks in exchange for increasing the town's supply of affordable housi…

Opinion

It's time to fix solitary confinement, before more abuse occurs » Boston Globe Whenever the subject of curtailing solitary confinement comes around, my thoughts turn to a morning I spent four years ago with a damaged but beautiful soul named Bobby Dellelo.…

Taking a long road trip to look for Trump's America » Boston Globe He is old and gray now, he struggles sometimes to hear, but if he closes his eyes the burly man can easily conjure that young boy again, a lad at work in a bustling factory that for a century formed t…

At home and abroad, Obama's trail of disasters » Boston Globe AS HE PREPARES to move out of the White House, Barack Obama is understandably focused on his legacy and reputation. …

Trump era's unexpected fruit: new protest music » Boston Globe

HAND: Sheriff gains publicity, criticism with wall proposal » Lowell Sun If Sheriff Tom Hodgson's intent was to get media attention with his offer to have his inmates help build Donald Trump's wall on the Mexican border, he certainly was successful.…

Letter: Officials should call for shutdown of Pilgrim plant » South Coast Today If there is a major radiation release at the frequently breaking-down Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, particularly when there is a Northeast wind, New Bedford will be hit. …

Holmes: Trouble for the new pot law » The Metro West Daily News The boys on Beacon Hill are up to their old tricks. Two months ago, Massachusetts voters legalized recreational marijuana, part of a wave of state cannabis reform measures approved in the November ele…

OUR OPINION: Rethinking heroin and other opioids » The Enterprise he numbers were a shock – more than 50 percent of adults who enter state-approved residential addiction treatment centers do not complete the programs. …

Battenfeld: Re-election campaign more like rehearsal for 2020 » Boston Herald This is just the warm-up act. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren may be running for re-election on paper, but it's really a shadow presidential campaign, testing her battle readiness and lines of attack again…

EDITORIAL: Worcester manufacturing a sector for the new millennium » Telegram News Gov. Charles D. Baker Jr.'s signature on Friday on legislation authorizing the transfer of state land on Belmont Hill, just up from the Massachusetts Biotech Research Park, has put Worcester on track …

Jack Spillane: Sheriff Hodgson's plan for the big, beautiful wall » South Coast Today It was classic Tom Hodgson. First put the word out that you're the one who's rough and ready with just the tough love that both inmates and illegal immigrants need.…

Naturopathic medicine is good for Massachusetts » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker should sign into a law a bill now before him that would license naturopathic doctors and ensure the safe practice of naturopathic medicine in Massachusetts.…

Bill Donovan: No argument made for Scenic Rail funds » Berkshire Eagle Recently State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash was in Adams to announce a $2.7 million MassWorks grant for the Berkshire Scenic Rail.…

Flynn: Best to work with, not against, incoming administration » Boston Herald As Washington, D.C., prepares for the transfer of power from President Obama to President-elect Donald Trump, political leaders on both sides of the aisle would be smart to take a look at how major Am…

Your View: The politics of opioid abuse has gone awry » South Coast Today OK, I've had enough of this Puritanical, Salem Witch Trial-like, assault on opioid use. Could we get real for a minute and stop trying to find a pharmaceutical boogeyman to blame for human frailty?…

Politics

City Hall promised lobbying reform. Nothing happened. » Boston Globe It was billed as a step toward transparency: tough new rules that would shine a light on how lobbyists work to sway decisions at City Hall.…

THE COLUMN: Dracut foes find peace in our time » Lowell Sun DRACUT REP. Colleen Garry figured it was worth trying. Brian Bond, who served on the Dracut Housing Authority Board of Commissioners but is better known for his controversial commentary on local polit…

Keller @ Large: Jim O'Sullivan On Gov. Baker's 'Vulnerabilities' » CBS Boston With the start of the new year comes the start of new legislative sessions on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill–and, of course, in two weeks, the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.…

Hughes doubts Dems have 'A team' candidate against Baker » The Salem News

PARTY CHAIR SUPPORTS RULE THAT TRIMMED GUV FIELD AT DEM CONVENTION » STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE With two Democrats openly considering a run for governor in 2018 and others sure to follow, new state party chairman Gus Bickford says he supports the party rule establishing a threshold for ballot ac…

Party chair supports rule that trimmed guv field at Dem convention » State House News Service

Walsh wants Schilling in Hall, Warren in Senate » State House News Service

Public Safety

Sheriff Hodgson tries again for $5 daily inmate fee » The Herald News Offering to have inmates build President-elect Donald Trump's border wall grabs headlines, but that wasn't the only news Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson made this week.…

Mass. police increase dementia training » Boston Globe Faye Miles, a vibrant woman who loved gardening, said she was going to run a quick errand, hopped in her truck, and headed toward the farmstand five minutes from her Wareham home.…

Spring time for pot cons? » Boston Herald Bay State jailbirds locked up for marijuana crimes could be set free under controversial legislation being crafted by Beacon Hill lawmakers and pro-pot advocates.…

Sheriff: Hire of brother-in-law OK'd by ethics commission » Boston Herald When new Essex Sheriff Kevin Coppinger publicly announced William Gerke as his top deputy last month, he heralded Gerke's time as a top state security official in Vermont, his work as a U.S. marshal a…

State Finance

At halfway point, Massachusetts sales taxes up 2.3 percent » Wicked Local Westwood 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

Low Pay In State Legislatures Means Some Can't Afford The Job » WBUR In Georgia, lawmakers are set to pass a more than $20 billion budget this year and grapple with a failing hospital system. But Georgia, like many other states, faces a seriou…

Black, Latino lawmakers on Beacon Hill dissatisfied with criminal justice effort » Berkshire Eagle Critical of an ongoing review of the state's criminal justice system, some members of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus say they plan to continue their push for sentencing reform a…

Gov. Charlie Baker signs bill mandating review of potential 'conflict minerals' from Congo » Mass Live

Transportation

DOT pushes plan for controversial Salem highway garage » The Eagle Tribune Nearly two years after construction was to begin, the state is moving forward with a proposal to build a hotly debated highway maintenance facility in town. But plans for the garage, salt shed and f…

Massachusetts eyes lofty electric car goal » The Metro West Daily News Over the next eight years, Massachusetts energy officials hope to see the number of electric vehicles on Bay State roads swell from 8,000 to 300,000, a goal that is supported by various programs and i…

Baker says the MBTA is prepared for winter » Boston Globe As a snowstorm raged across the region Saturday afternoon, Governor Charlie Baker met with more than 20 top officials from the state Department of Transportation, the MBTA, and Keolis, operator of the…

New 25 mph speed limit goes into effect in Boston Monday » WCVB Slow down Monday if you're driving in Boston. Effective Jan.9, the speed limit on will be reduced from 30 mph to 25 mph.…

Rail link study in planning stage nearly 1,000 days after directive » The Salem News

Utilities

Eversource's proposed 3.3-megawatt solar array in Lee up for public review » Berkshire Eagle A major electricity supplier to the Berkshires plans to build a 3.3-megawatt solar plant near the Massachusetts Turnpike to further boost its green energy capacity in order to save its customers money…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 1/9

Birthdays: Rep. Bradley Jones, Jr.

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 1/10

10:30am Shannon Grant Press Conference, Grand Staircase

11:30am Mass. Pediatric Home Nursing Care Campaign Lobby Day, Nurses Hall

Wednesday - 1/11

Birthdays: Senator Karen Spilka

9:00am Mass. Health Policy Forum Student Lunch, Great Hall

Thursday - 1/12

11:00am Care Not Chaos Press Conference, Grand Staircase

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Friday - 1/13

12:00pm 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon, Great Hall


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