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LL Bean on defensive after Linda Bean's political donation » Boston.com FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean likes to stay out of politics, but a donation by a member of the Bean family is putting the retailer on the defensive. …

Could changing the way doctors are paid help narrow health disparities? » Boston Globe A Harvard Medical School study suggests that changing the way doctors are paid could narrow some of the health disparities between poorer and wealthier patients. …

Booker Claims Trump Presidency Could Hurt NJ's Urban Communities » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS NEWARK – President-elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the next president of the United States in just 11 days. In preparation for the change from current President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen…

Gun group appeal seeks more records from Attorney General » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 9, 2017.....The gun rights group that has spent months fighting Attorney General Maura Healey's enforcement actions around the state's assault weapons ban is now appealing he…

Legislative leaders waiting for January data as they eye budget restorations » Politico Legislative leaders eyeing a restoration of Gov. Charlie Baker's $98 million in 9C cuts say they want to wait until January revenue numbers are in before they act. Those figures will be ready for peru…

Pols against freeing cons with pot convictions » Boston Herald Both Gov. Charlie Baker and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo signaled they would oppose a bill that would free people serving time for marijuana convictions now that pot is legal — suggesting the …

Steward's asset-light philosophy » Commonwealth Magazine Steward's asset-light philosophy A for-profit health care company operating in a sea of nonprofits, Steward has always been something of an aberration in Massachusetts. But now the state's fifth-large…

Rick Scott to Congress: Obamacare must be 'completely overhauled' » PalmBeachPost.com Rick Scott to Congress: Obamacare must be 'completely overhauled' …

Kaiser Poll Shows Split on Health Law Repeal but Consensus on Costs » Roll Call The American public is split on how Congress should address the future of health care, according to a new poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. …

Why Clinton won't kill the New York mayor rumors » Politico She is also not saying yes to pleas to consider running for mayor of New York. …

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. In a recent interview, Healey spoke with the Boston Business Journal editorial staff on a wide range of issues — everything …

“I certainly wouldn’t support rewriting law retroactively. I would never agree to rewrite retroactively in the other direction either,” Baker told reporters yesterday. “That’s not the way it’s supposed to work. Most people know the laws and they’re expected to abide by them.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about freeing inmates serving time for marijuana convictions.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Muted Response From Health Lobby as Affordable Care Act Faces Repeal » New York Times Fearing they will anger the new administration, some lobbyists have accepted that major provisions are likely to be repealed and have set their sights instead on shaping a replacement. …

What Sen. Jeff Sessions Will Hear At His AG Confirmation Hearing » WBUR The Jeff Sessions battle ahead. On the eve of his confirmation hearing, we look at the record, and questions for Donald Trump's pick for attorney general.…

What can the Mass. delegation do? » Commonwealth Magazine With the GOP in charge, the short answer is, not a lot. …

Business

L.L. Bean pleads: Don't boycott us over Trump donation » Boston Globe L.L. Bean doesn't sell flak jackets, but the Maine-based purveyor of just about every other kind of outdoor gear might need a few after finding itself caught in the middle of a political skirmish over…

Pharmacist's greed led to 25 deaths, prosecutors say » Boston Globe Douglas Wingate was a father of three from Virginia who got a steroid shot on Sept. 6, 2012, to help relieve back inflammation. He had a stroke and within two weeks was dead.…

New Balance steps into the fit tech world with $300 smartwatch » Boston Globe Athletes won't lace up the latest product from Boston-based shoemaker New Balance; instead, they'll strap it on.…

Marijuana dispensaries hit by hack of sales system » Boston Globe Marijuana shops across the country, including seven medical dispensaries in Massachusetts, are being affected by the apparent hack of a sales and inventory system widely used in the cannabis industry.…

Mom-and-pop economic development » Commonwealth Magazine Boosting unbanked immigrant entrepreneurs in Lawrence …

Got robots? » Commonwealth Magazine Dairy farmers use technology to eke out a living …

Civil Rights

A call to action » Commonwealth Magazine Tanisha Sullivan, the incoming president of the Boston NAACP, thinks the city can 'get it right' when it comes to race issues …

Crimes

Speaker Robert DeLeo takes case-by-case approach to mandatory minimum sentences » The Republican House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, said Monday that he did not believe the House would repeal all mandatory minimum sentences, but he said he would be open to reconsidering some of them on a case…

Education

Confirmation Hearing For Betsy DeVos, Trump's Education Pick, Delayed A Week » WBUR The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, the billionaire philanthropist who is President-elect Donald Trump's choice for secretary of education, has been delayed for almost a week.…

These Mass. colleges produce the highest-earning students » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts colleges produce median student earnings – 10 years after enrollment — between $24,400 and $113,400, according to data in the U.S. Department of Education's College Scoreca…

Rural schools caught in`death spiral' » Commonwealth Magazine Enrollment changes can have big impact in sparsely populated districts …

Charter group flags concern over Trump education chief pick » State House News Service

Environment

Speaking At MIT, Secretary Of State John Kerry Urges Action On Climate Change » WBUR With just days left in office, Secretary of State John Kerry was in Massachusetts on Monday urging action on climate change. The former Massachusetts lieutenant governor and U.S. senator got a standi…

The hardy kiwi: scourge or savior for farmers? » Boston Globe Imagine a delicious grape-size fruit with twice the vitamin C of an orange, twice the dietary fiber of an apple, and as much potassium as a banana. Plus, it grows easily — perhaps too easily â…

Beetle infestation to claim another 300 trees in Worcester » Telegram News About 300 trees in the Quinsigamond Village and Vernon Hill areas have been targeted for removal because of their proximity to other trees found to be infested with Asian longhorned beetles.…

Kerry touts Mass clean energy as he urges innovators to act on climate change » Politico Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry called for action from the global community to battle climate change, in remarks aimed specifically at business leaders and entrepreneurs.…

Health Care

GOP growing hesitant on Obamacare repeal without replacement plan, could extend deadline » The Republican Growing numbers of Republicans showed discomfort Monday over obliterating President Barack Obama's health care overhaul without having a replacement to show voters. Hoping to capitalize on the jitters…

Mass. Planned Parenthood Estimates Federal Defunding Would Cut $2 Million A Year In Payments » WBUR Republicans on Capitol Hill are once again aiming to defund Planned Parenthood, and Beltway oddsmakers are wagering that they have the best chance of succeeding in a long time.…

Opioid death toll again hits triple digits in Worcester County » Telegram News Last year was another rough year in the fight against opioid addiction, and Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. had some numbers to prove it at a forum Monday night at Worcester Technical …

Housing

Home wreckers » Commonwealth Magazine A state program designed to help homeowners deal with contractors gives a false sense of protection. …

Judiciary

After Teenage Mistakes, Pardons Give Second Chances To Ex-Offenders » WBUR Eduardo made a mistake 10 days before he turned 18 in New York City. "Basically every single day, I relive that moment," says Eduardo, who is now 32 and still regularly passes by the spot where he wa…

DeLeo: Mandatory minimum laws should be evaluated individually » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo would likely not support a repeal of all mandatory minimum sentences, he said Monday, and would find it "very difficult" to round up the votes for such a proposal in the Hou…

Legislative

STATE HOUSE NEWS: Gov. Baker agrees to first wave of bills from lame duck sessions » Wicked Local Melrose Gov. Baker signed 21 bills into law at the end of last week, making a dent in the more than 100 pieces of legislation lawmakers sent his way in the hectic, final days of the 2015-2016 legislative sess…

Rosenberg urges early action on short-term rental taxes » State House News Service Lawmakers should consider taking swift action on Airbnb taxes, the Senate president said Monday, while the speaker of the House said upcoming hearings would help him determine whether new taxes are ne…

State Rep. Bud Williams will also keep Springfield City Council seat, pull salaries from both jobs » The Republican Newly inaugurated state Rep. Bud L. Williams, D-Springfield, announced Monday that he is not giving up his seat on the City Council, planning to hold both elected positions.…

Pot plant limit could be trimmed by legislature » State House News Service

Local Government

The challenge for Marty Walsh » Commonwealth Magazine Boston Mayor Marty Walsh may be getting a free pass so far with the lack of opponents to his reelection but don't confuse that with his first term going unexamined and unchallenged.…

Ex-boss of indicted Marty Walsh aide joins FinCom » Boston Herald With the blessing of Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh, a longtime City Hall official and the former boss of indicted mayoral aide Tim Sullivan is now working for the watchdog commission th…

Framingham's city proposal on its way to voters » The Metro West Daily News A new home rule charter that would transform the town of Framingham into a city is on its way to voters.…

Lopes elected to lead New Bedford City Council » South Coast Today Saying he's a little more savvy than three years ago when he first held the position, Joseph P. Lopes was unanimously elected Monday night as City Council president.…

Take My Council, Please: A City Learns Its CPAs » Western Mass. Politics and Insight The Community Preservation Act (CPA) came another step closer to realization with passage of first step on an ordinance formally establishing its organizational structure in Springfield. …

Opinion

Some questions for Jeff Sessions » Boston Globe THE CONFIRMATION HEARING for Senator Jeff Sessions to be attorney general will begin Tuesday. It is expected to be a contentious affair, with supporters and opponents focusing on his experience, prior…

Elizabeth Warren — a liberal lioness with sharp claws » Boston Globe IN ANOTHER ERA, Elizabeth Warren might be heralded — even by foes — as the “liberal lioness of the Senate.” In these tough political times, she's called a “hyperpartisa…

Boston Police cracking more murder cases » Boston Globe WHEN JEFFREY KELLY was shot to death outside of a Jamaica Plain convenience store, in August, few probably expected the murder of a panhandler in a wheelchair, which quickly faded from headlines, to g…

Editorial: More pot madness » Boston Herald Supporters of marijuana legalization are preparing an actual get-out-of-jail free card for individuals who were duly convicted of drug crimes, which would surely stretch the understanding of voters wh…

When dying is a choice » Boston Globe It was cold but the sun was shining when my father looked out the window and said he wanted to die.…

Politics

Political humor can be fun – and healthy » Commonwealth Magazine Healey nearly choked on one 'mean tweet' …

Public Safety

Healey cracks down on more gun sales » Commonwealth Magazine ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY continued her crackdown on the sale of illegal guns in the state by forcing a Worcester gun dealer to stop selling illegal handguns and pay $35,000 in costs and penalties…

Cops increasingly denying requests to hold illegals » Boston Herald Federal immigration officials have been increasingly blown off by Boston-area authorities when they ask that illegals in police custody be detained for possible deportations, according to new U.S. dat…

Baker to sign school defibrillator bill » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that he intends to sign a bill sent to him by lawmakers on the final day of the previous session last Tuesday requiring schools to have automated external defibrillators…

After refusal by Healey, gun rights group files appeal for public records » Lowell Sun The gunrights group that has spent months fighting Attorney General Maura Healey's enforcement actions around the state's assault weapons ban is now appealing her refusal to release certain public rec…

Inmates at Shirley prison used makeshift weapons to wreak havoc » Boston Globe Corrections officers in Shirley used a chemical agent to quell a disturbance inside a maximum-security prison in which inmates used makeshift weapons to destroy property, including security cameras an…

Gun Parlor agrees to pay $35K after Attorney General Maura Healey discovers illegal gun sales » The Republican The owner of The Gun Parlor in Worcester has agreed to pay $35,000 for selling handguns that are not on the state's approved roster list and Glock handguns that do not meet state safety regulations. …

State Government

Governor Fix-It's fix-it man » Commonwealth Magazine STEVE KADISH IS up most days before 5 a.m. After making coffee for himself and his wife and packing lunches for each of them, he sends his first email by 5:30, one of dozens that will go out in a day …

Baker signs bill restoring pension benefits for retired Pittsfield bus drivers » Berkshire Eagle Retired Pittsfield city bus drivers and attendants will receive pension payments that had been withheld by the state retirement board. Gov. Charlie Baker has signed special legislation, approved by …

Gun group appeal seeks more records from Attorney General » State House News Service The gun rights group that has spent months fighting Attorney General Maura Healey's enforcement actions around the state's assault weapons ban is now appealing her refusal to release certain public re…

Once a refugee, she welcomes newcomers at an uncertain time » Boston Globe Her chaotic escape from Vietnam flashed in her nightmares for years. Dead bodies draped with newspapers lay in the streets. A helicopter plunged into a school bus. Mortar fire exploded and tanks rolle…

Has hiring freeze thawed? Admin not saying yes, or no » State House News Service

Taxation

Across Greater Lowell, property owners writing bigger tax checks » Lowell Sun Property taxes are on the rise in Massachusetts, both in Greater Lowell and across the commonwealth. Tax rates, property values and inventory are all playing a role in the trend.…

Dump the millionaire tax » Commonwealth Magazine Proposed constitutional amendment doesn't accomplish its stated goals …

Transportation

T privatizes warehouse operations » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA'S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday approved a $7.1 million contract with a Virginia-based company to privatize the warehouse and logistics operations of the transit …

No rush in replacing T's general manager » Commonwealth Magazine THE HEAD OF THE MBTA'S oversight board declined to say on Monday whether the transit authority is looking to hire a new general manager. Joseph Aiello, …

MBTA Board OKs Privatization Of Warehousing And Parts-Delivery Operations » WBUR The MBTA's oversight board voted unanimously Monday to outsource the T's warehousing and parts-delivery operations to a Virginia-based company under a five-year, $28.4 million contract.…

Massachusetts considers adopting parking incentives, charging rules for electric cars » The Republican While significant attention is being paid in Massachusetts to the latest advances in self-driving cars, the state is now poised to advance another type of automotive technology: electric cars.…

Is there room for nostalgia at the T? » Commonwealth Magazine Emotions run high over rolling museum pieces on Mattapan Line …

MBTA poised to dip into deficiency fund to pay down debt » State House News Service

Utilities

Unitil to present pilot program, could raise customers' bills » Nashoba Publishing A public hearing is scheduled at the Department of Public Utilities on Wednesday in which Unitil, Fitchburg's gas and electric utility, will present a pilot program that could increase customers' bill…

Grid in the balance » Commonwealth Magazine Clean, reliable, competitively priced power — or suboptimal solutions? …

Renewables not cheap » Commonwealth Magazine Wind, solar far higher cost than 'polluting energy' sources …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

Substance Abuse Recovery Center Opening In Northampton » WAMC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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