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Eric Holder to Lead Democrats' Attack on Republican Gerrymandering » New York Times Backed by President Obama, Mr. Holder will lead the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a group aimed at breaking the Republican Party's grip on the congressional map.…

Healey wins showdown with Exxon Mobil » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey won a major legal showdown against Exxon Mobil on Wednesday, when a judge ruled that the company must turn over 40 years of documents on climate change. …

Battenfeld: Emails show Grand Prix reps had fast track to City Hall » Boston Herald Just days after leaving City Hall, a former top aide to Mayor Martin J. Walsh representing the ill-fated Grand Prix boasted of her connections to the mayor and said she would “continue to work w…

Poll supports Rep. Clark's decision to skip Trump inauguration » Wicked Local Cambridge Readers commenting on our story about 5th District Rep. Katherine Clark's plans to boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration were highly critical of the decision -- but the more than 2,500 p…

Democrat Alex Bezanson announced Wednesday that he will run to represent the 7th Plymouth district, a seat currently held by Republican Geoff Diehl. » The Patriot Ledger Abington Democrat Bezanson, who has been on the board of selectmen since 2015, hopes to move on to state government as a representative of the 7th Plymouth District. He said he wants to help tackle th…

Healey's request for ExxonMobil documents upheld by state court » State House News Service A Suffolk Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied a bid by ExxonMobil to set aside Attorney General Maura Healey's request for documents related to its study of carbon monoxide emissions and their im…

MassHealth enrollment surges, adding to pressure on state budget » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 12, 2017...Over the past decade, enrollment in government-funded health coverage under MassHealth has rocketed upwards, growing by 70 percent since 2007 when Gov. Deval Patri…

Amid protests and calls for reform, how police view their jobs, key issues and recent fatal encounters between blacks and police » PewResearchCenter Police work has always been hard. Today police say it is even harder. In a new Pew Research Center national survey conducted by the National Police Research Platform, majorities of police officers say…

Charlie King plans to protest Schumer over lack of black Senate staffers » Politico Charlie King, the Mercury Public Affairs lobbyist and former head of the New York State Democratic Party, is planning another one-man protest. …

'I want to become the 55th mayor of the City of Boston' » Boston Globe Ending months of speculation, City Councilor Tito Jackson will announce Thursday that he is jumping into this year's mayoral race, in what he vows will be a vigorous campaign against his friend and fo…

"The time has come really for us to pass some legislation on this issue,” “If we require seat belts in our own cars then I think it’s time we require seat belts on school buses.”

Representative Antonio Cabral

Speaking about adding seat belts to school buses after one was involved in a crash on Wednesday.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Senate ready to start taking apart Affordable Care Act » Boston Globe The Republican-led Senate is poised to take a step forward on dismantling President Obama's health care law despite anxiety among GOP lawmakers over the lack of an alternative.…

Racism, Muslim ban claims 'damnably false' according to Jeff Sessions » Boston Herald

Rep. Kennedy urges Senate to nix Trump attorney general pick » Boston Herald Congressman Joe Kennedy is urging the U.S. Senate to reject President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions.…

Defiant, Trump denounces intelligence leaks as fake » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump, in a combative and volatile press conference that showed little concern for Oval Office norms, on Wednesday repudiated leaks of unconfirmed claims that Russian spies may …

Brown doesn't get nod for VA post » Boston Globe Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown will not be the new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs after all.…

Ewwww! » Commonwealth Magazine The gasp you hear over the lurid allegations about President-elect Donald Trump is not the collective electorate. That's more of a shudder. No, the group inhale is from members of the mainstream medi…

Senate Takes First Step To Repeal Obamacare — So What's Next? » WBUR At about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Republicans moved one step closer to repealing a law they have railed against since the moment it was passed nearly seven years ago.…

U.S. Ethics Official: Trump's Divestiture Is Hard, Pricey And Essential » WBUR At a Wednesday press conference, President-elect Donald Trump and his lawyer described the steps the real estate mogul would take to separate from his business empire while in office. It wasn't nearly…

In Confirmation Hearing, Trump's Pick For Secretary Of State Takes Tough Line On Russia » WBUR Barraged by questions about Russia, Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state promised a far more muscular approach toward the Kremlin on Wednesday, abandoning much of the president-elect's emphasis …

Black Lawmakers Say Sessions Unfit To Be Attorney General » WBUR Black lawmakers said Wednesday that Sen. Jeff Sessions at times has shown hostility toward civil rights, making him unfit to be attorney general, as a 1986 letter from the widow of Martin Luther King …

Donald Trump's News Conference: Full Transcript and Video » New York Times The following is a complete transcript of a news conference that President-elect Donald J. Trump held in New York on Wednesday, as prepared by the Federal News Service. …

Business

Gift to Boston Foundation could top $28 million » Boston Globe As charitable donations go, it's not as unique as the cruise ship it was once given.…

Do Alexa and other such devices mean the end of privacy? » Boston Globe The Amazon Echo speaker in our bedroom is all ears. The voice-activated device is always at attention, waiting for commands. Fine with me. …

Stadium plan for Point draws legislators' ire, calls for inclusion » Dorchester Reporter State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, state representatives Nick Collins and Dan Hunt, and City Councillor Frank Baker late last month sent a letter to the University of Massachusetts Building Authority (UM…

Legislature considers trimming back pot plant limit » WCVB Massachusetts cannabis cultivators, recently legitimized by the legalization of marijuana, could soon find themselves having to cut back on the size of their home grow operations, according to the Sta…

How Much Change Can Harvard Square Handle? » WGBH News For two decades, Tealuxe has served a dizzying assortment of loose-leaf teas in a funky, mellow space right in Harvard Square's epicenter.…

Shire fined $350M in 'largest False Claims Act' case of its kind » Boston Business Journal The federal Justice Department said that Shire plc, a global drug company with U.S. headquarters in Lexington, will pay $350 million in what it said is “the largest False Claims Act recovery by …

Civil Rights

Group advocates greater inclusion for Hub Latinos » Bay State Banner In the basement room of the Connolly branch of the Boston Public Library, children decorate crowns in preparation for their celebration of El Dia de Los Reyes Magos, the January 6 celebration of the d…

Mayor Walsh says illegal immigrant defense fund a 'slippery slope' » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh is on the fence about whether Boston should join Washington, D.C., and other cities that are establishing funds aimed at defending illegal immigrants from souped-up deportations …

Education

Westfield State University selects AG Maura Healey as commencement speaker » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has agreed to speak at Westfield State University's 178th undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20.…

GCC sets up classes in Amherst » The Recorder As home to the five colleges, you might think Hampshire County has enough higher-ed alternatives.…

AG Healey says sex assault education should extend to elementary, middle schools » The Salem News Attorney General Maura Healey called for education on dating violence and sexual assault to begin at a younger age, in an address Wednesday before education officials who were attending training on th…

Bill would boost aid to schools with needed formula revamp » Bay State Banner In November 2015, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and other members of the Foundation Budget Review Commission, a panel comprising legislators, state administrators, educators and business leaders, announ…

Environment

Judge Rules Exxon Mobil Must Give Documents To AG Healey In Climate Change Case » WBUR Exxon Mobil has been ordered to hand over documents related to a state investigation into whether it misled the public about the impact of fossil fuels on the climate.…

Salem is taking on climate change » Commonwealth Magazine THE MORE THINGS change, the more they stay the same. For centuries now the economic health of the city of Salem has been tied to the ocean.…

Smartphone tool helps environmentalists pursue cleaner Housatonic River » The Berkshire Eagle Nothing was supposed to be flowing from those stormwater pipes. Not during a drought.…

Health Care

Naturopaths get their own licensing board in Mass. » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday signed into law a bill that creates a licensing board to regulate naturopaths, alternative medicine practitioners who have fought for two decades for the right to b…

Island health care leaders contemplate a post–Affordable Care Act world » Martha's Vineyard Times The Times recently talked to three Island health care leaders — Julie Fay, executive director of Martha's Vineyard Community Services (MVCS); Sarah Kuh, director of Vineyard Health Care Access;…

Mass. health care costs moderating » Commonwealth Magazine THE MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION reported on Wednesday that health care is becoming more affordable, but not for everyone. As recently as…

MassHealth enrollment surges, adding to pressure on state budget » Lowell Sun Over the past decade, enrollment in government-funded health coverage under MassHealth has rocketed upwards, growing by 70 percent since 2007 when Gov. Deval Patrick took office and exerting increasin…

More than $80 million in fraud recovered from Massachusetts Medicaid program last year » The Republican Through investigations into fraud within public assistance programs in Massachusetts, more than $80 million was recovered for the state's Medicaid program last year, the office of Attorney General Mau…

In letter, Charlie Baker urges Congress to save key element of health care law » Boston Herald

Judiciary

Adams lawyer approaches the bench as he's tapped by Baker for district judge seat » The Berkshire Eagle An Adams attorney has been tapped by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve as the county's newest district court judge.…

Hampden County Superior Courthouse renamed for Roderick Ireland, first African-American on Mass. Supreme Judicial Court » The Republican

Legislative

Now Beacon Hill may mess with time » Commonwealth Magazine BEACON HILL REGULATES just about everything – cars, pot, schools, taxes, death – and now lawmakers are looking at making their influence known in one more of life's essentials: time.…

Longmeadow state Sen. Eric Lesser invites residents to take part in a state government seminar » The Republican State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, this week invited constituents to take part in a two-day seminar aimed at teaching voters about state government.…

What may fit the bill in 2017 » Wicked Local Sharon The 2017 Massachusetts legislative session began last Wednesday, and with the new year comes new legislation. Though local senators and representatives won't know concretely which bills they'll be wor…

Lawmakers Blast UMass For Allegedly Leaving Community Out Of Kraft Soccer Stadium Dealings » WGBH News Hours after the Boston Globe published a column suggesting the push to build a professional soccer stadium at Columbia Point had stalled, the area's top lawmakers blasted the process behind the projec…

Tips on holding 2 elected seats simultaneously offered to state Rep. Bud Williams of Springfield by Rep. Aaron Vega of Holyoke » The Republican

Walsh's Beacon Hill Agenda To Include Housing Reform » Banker & Tradesman

Key issues for this year's State Senate session: housing, services, drug abuse » Dorchester Reporter

Local Government

Councilors attack delays to Central Square revitalization » Wicked Local Cambridge A city effort to to revive Central Square is moving forward once more after the Cambridge City Council unanimously voted to refer the legislation, powering it back to the ordinance subcommittee.…

South Hadley adopts law to fingerprint ice cream vendors » WWLP 22 Starting this summer, anyone who wants to sell ice cream in the Town of South Hadley will have to submit to having their fingerprints taken.…

Norwell advised to wait until Legislature has acted on marijuana » Wicked Local Melrose Since Nov. 8, when Massachusetts residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana, local and state officials have been working to grasp the potential implications for their communities.…

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Let's talk about guns » Wicked Local Boxford During the first seven days of 2017, there were six mass shootings in the United States. They've become so frequent they overshadow the individual shootings that take place in our country every day. S…

On inauguration day, have faith in the political system » Andover Townsman It is no secret that most Americans were surprised by the results of November's presidential election. In the last two months speculation has abounded about the myopia of the press and the erroneous p…

Obama's speech is out of touch with reality » Boston Globe When does HOPE become false hope? This is the riddle of the Obama presidency, and Barack Obama's answer, from the very first speech he gave as president-elect, has been clear and consistent. …

Obama's missed opportunity » Boston Globe Barack Obama's Chicago speech was more of a final campaign rally than a farewell address — and that made it a missed opportunity.…

Trump shouldn't meddle with the 'One China' policy » Boston Globe HOW THE UNITED States manages the rise of China will be the most important foreign policy problem for the incoming Trump administration. Russia's behavior may be more flamboyant, but the US relationsh…

Our view: Legislators' special status separates them from the people » The Salem News The 200 members of the Massachusetts Legislature — 40 state senators and 160 House members — are starting 2017 with a pay raise that will make them the sixth highest paid full-time lawma…

Don't paint supporters of public education with this negative broad brush » The Washington Post How arrogant to lump all supporters of public education as having “a financial stake in the system,” as did former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romn…

Editorial: Details of legal pot still need to be fine tuned » The Recorder Massachusetts lawmakers at the end of last year decided they needed another six months before opening the doors wide to recreational marijuana.…

Mike Moran: Sheriff Hodgson unveils a new trick » The Herald News The explosive media reaction to last week's swearing-in of Tom Hodgson placed the Bristol County sheriff squarely where he's most comfortable, in front of a constellation of bright lights and a horde …

Officials should publicly call for nuke shutdown » Cape Cod Times To have any chance of closing the problem-plagued Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station before the scheduled 2019 date, public officials should publicly call for shutdown to pressure the Nuclear Regulatory Co…

Were state leaders right to delay by six months the start of recreational marijuana sales? » Boston Globe With the passage of Question 4, on Dec. 15 it became legal in Massachusetts to possess marijuana for recreational use. However, last month the Legislature and the governor passed legislation that dela…

Baker's budget moves remind us of Mike Pence » My South End

Politics

Locals set for Grand Old Trump party » Lynn Daily News Item Several North Shore residents are eagerly anticipating attending President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration next week, while others will be protesting by participating in the Boston Women's March.…

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson Is Running For Mayor » WBUR Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson is launching a campaign for mayor.…

Tito Jackson launches campaign against Boston Mayor Marty Walsh » The Republican City Councilor Tito Jackson on Wednesday announced he's challenging Mayor Marty Walsh in 2017.…

Jackson looking to buck precedent with mayoral run » Politico Massachusetts With precedent and finances stacked against him, City Councilor Tito Jackson will officially announce his campaign for mayor of Boston on Thursday afternoon.…

9,000 Mass. Women Sign Up To March On Washington » WGBH News Next Friday, Donald Trump will be sworn into office as the nation's 45th president. The next day, up to a quarter million women from all over the country are expected to rally outside the U.S Capitol…

Public Safety

Sheriff Coppinger ready to plug budget hole » Lynn Daily News Item The first priority for the new sheriff of Essex County is to fix an $18 million budget deficit.…

Grants help police make difference in kids' lives » Eagle Tribune A yearly state grant is helping local police departments partner with community organizations to keep teenagers and young adults away from drugs and gangs.…

The ins and outs of the school defibrillator bill » The Herald News Gov. Charlie Baker said he plans to sign a bill by Friday requiring that all schools have automatic defibrillators.…

Crash sparks fresh call for seat belts on buses » WCVB "The time has come really for us to pass some legislation on this issue,” state Rep. Antonio Cabral, D-New Bedford, told 5 Investigates on Wednesday. “If we require seat belts in our own c…

Hampden DA declines to prosecute Agawam cops fired for use-of-force incident » The Republican Three Agawam police officers fired in connection with a use-of-force incident are demanding that the City of Agawam release a video of the episode that led to their termination, John D. Connor, the at…

State Finance

Baker's budget will tax short-term online rentals like hotel rooms » WWLP 22 News

Baker revives Airbnb rental tax proposal » Boston Globe

State Government

Court: Exxon Mobil Must Give Documents to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey » NBC Boston A Suffolk Superior Court judge has ordered Exxon Mobil to hand over documents related to a Massachusetts probe into whether the company misled the public about the impact of fossil fuels on the climat…

Maura Healey can gas up Exxon Mobil probe » Boston Herald A superior court judge has cleared the way for Attorney General Maura Healey to continue her probe into what Exxon Mobil knew about global warming — and to keep the case in the Bay State.…

Early Winter Sunset 'A Drag'? Panel Considers Keeping Mass. On Daylight Saving Time Year-Round » WBUR Should Massachusetts remain on daylight saving time — permanently? That's the question now being considered by a special legislative commission. The panel met for the first time Wednesday. "I…

Study commission eyeing time change shift should have recommendations ready by spring » Eagle Tribune The rest of the country may already think that Boston -- the Hub of the Universe – runs on its own time. But Wednesday a legislative commission met to consider actually shifting the Bay State i…

Norfolk area rep named to panel on state's ethics law » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Shawn Dooley has been appointed to a task force to study the state's ethics laws governing state and local officials.…

Voting Reforms Would Catch New York Up To Neighboring States » WAMC As part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposals for the new legislative session, the Democrat aims to reform the state's election system. Cuomo is pushing early voting, same-day and automatic v…

Transportation

Tough Choices: The Efforts of Five To Fix the MBTA » Harvard Political Review

State says Mass. Pike toll is project ahead of schedule » Worcester Telegram While the changes in the tolling system and reconfiguration of exits on the Massachusetts Turnpike won't be complete until Oct. 27, much of the work is ahead of schedule, Massachusetts Department of T…

Massport's Conley Container Terminal Continues Trend of Record-Setting Growth » American Journal of Transportation The Port of Boston's Paul W. Conley Container Terminal set a new calendar year record in 2016; with total volume up 5 percent over 2015. In 2016, 248,391 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) were moved…

Utilities

State grant for regional wastewater, stormwater management to benefit Agawam, West Springfield » The Republican Agawam and West Springfield are among the local communities poised to benefit from state funding designated for efficiency and regionalization efforts.…

9 security violations found at Pilgrim » Cape Cod Times Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is one of the poorest performers in the nation, based on a rating system used by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and its handling of security matters appears to be sim…

Spectra, Weymouth officials look to improve safety at metering station » The Patriot Ledger Representatives from a Texas natural gas company are working with town officials to ensure a Weymouth metering station is safe and secure after a relief valve froze Friday night, releasing natural gas…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Lawmakers get 4 percent pay boost » The Salem News

State Sen. DiDomenico, Members of the Kids First Initiative Visit Nurtury Learning Lab in JP » Jamaica Plain News

Guest column: Sen. DiDomenico reflects on 2015-16 legislative session » Wicked Local Cambridge

Black, Latino lawmakers dissatisfied with criminal justice effort » The Recorder

DeLeo to speak in Randolph at energy bill assistance fund kickoff » Wicked Local Holbrook

Speaker Robert DeLeo takes case-by-case approach to mandatory minimum sentences » The Republican

Healey selected as Westfield State commencement speaker » WWLP 22 News

Gun Rights Group Wants Answers, Asks Galvin for Help » New Boston Post

Should Mass. leave its time zone? A Beacon Hill commission investigates » Boston Globe

Trump slams drug industry at press conference, sending biotech stocks tumbling » Boston Business Journal

Warren, Healey, Walsh to join Boston Women's March for America » Metro

Walsh plans active role in criminal justice debate » State House News Service

Cost gap shrinks, but panel struck by division of health care $$$ pie » State House News Service

Early sunsets, health effects cited by "Boston Time" backer » State House News Service

Brockton to see part of $5.7 million grant to deter gang violence » The Enterprise

Eversource gets state approval for solar panel facilities across the state » Boston Globe

Gov. Charlie Baker nominates attorney Mark Pasquariello for Pittsfield District Court judgeship » The Republican

Will Trump weigh in on state GOP fight? » Boston Globe

State council votes to streamline hospital expansion regs » State House News Service

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Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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