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Must-Reads

Two days in D.C. illuminate America's divide » Boston Globe Fran Ginter, with a fistful of Trump signs in one hand and a box of Raisinets in the other, stood on the National Mall savoring the sweet taste of victory. …

Mass. lawmakers find silver lining in 2016 election outcome » Boston Globe For those who see Donald Trump as a hostile force invading American politics, the Massachusetts congressional delegation began assuming a role as vanguard of the resistance well before the weekend wom…

WBUR Poll: Republican Gov. Baker More Popular Than Democrat Sen. Warren » WBUR Over four years in office, Elizabeth Warren has staked her claim as the Senate's liberal lion. And many Massachusetts voters like it — 51 percent view her favorably.…

Trump Has Yet To Sever Ties With Businesses, Despite Promises, Report Says » Commonwealth Magazine No evidence exists so far that President Donald Trump or his elder daughter has taken steps to sever ties with their businesses, despite promises to do so by Inauguration Day, ProPublica has reported.…

Robichaud: Charlie Baker must reunite GOP now for 2018 run » Boston Herald Despite Baker's liberal views, many grass-roots Republicans supported his 2014 gubernatorial bid. At the time they believed he was better than a Democrat and they would at least have a seat at the tab…

Hillary Clinton plots her next move » Politico In a series of private meetings and phone calls at their home in Chappaqua, in New York City and in Washington, Bill and Hillary Clinton are slowly starting to puzzle through their political future, a…

Mass. legislation would sharply curb marijuana law » Boston Globe The right of Massachusetts adults to possess and grow marijuana would be sharply curbed, and the ability of retail shops to begin selling it for recreational use next year would be deeply undercut if …

Legislative leaders aiming for 40 percent pay hikes » Boston Globe

"When you look at Elizabeth Warren's favorables, only 12 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of her," Koczela said. "When you look at Baker, 60 percent of Democrats view him favorably. So he has bipartisan appeal where Elizabeth Warren really never has.”

Steve Koczela

Speaking about the results of a new WBUR poll comparing Elizabeth Warren and Charlie Baker.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump weighs in on protests around the world » Boston Globe President Trump weighed in for the first time on the massive protests against his presidency that took place in Washington, Boston, and around the globe, stating on Twitter on Sunday that he was  

Trump Aide Says He Won't Release Tax Returns, Claiming Most People Don't Care » A top aide to President Donald Trump says he won't release his tax returns, insisting that voters aren't concerned about the issue. "The White House response is he's not going to release his tax retu…

Rocky First Weekend for Trump Troubles Even His Top Aides » New York Times President Trump's first weekend in office unfolded much the way things often did during his campaign: with angry Twitter messages , a familiar obsession with slights and a series of meandering and at …

Trump's 'war with the media' raises questions of trust » South Coast Today Donald Trump's "running war" on the media is continuing into his presidency, with statements over the weekend calling into question the extent to which information from the White House can be trusted.…

Business

Big pay raises bring big benefits, Quincy firm decides » Boston Globe Megan Driscoll had been running her Quincy biotech recruiting firm like the CEO she thought she was supposed to be, with a “profits are all that matter” mindset. …

Airbnb's effect hard to gauge, study says, but it's probably not hurting hotels » Boston Globe Airbnb Inc. has quickly become a major player in the travel industry by letting people rent out their homes to travelers. …

Bringing Airbnb on to a 'level' playing field » Berkshire Eagle A task force consisting of Berkshire lodging entrepreneurs is planning to meet with 1Berkshire officials in the coming days to craft a formal statement regarding the fairness of the state's lodging ta…

City, State Officials Getting Serious About General Electric's Free Helipad » Boston Magazine The taxpayer-funded helipad included in the $145 million deal that lured General Electric to Boston is inching closer to reality.…

Walsh Officials Secretly Negotiated with Bob Kraft on Soccer Stadium, Critics Say » Boston Magazine Local electeds have blasted the Walsh administration's “behind-closed-door discussion” with UMass officials and New England Revolution owner Robert Kraft, over plans to build a soccer stad…

Marathon bombing film productions won't detail tax credits » Boston Herald Hollywood films about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings shot on location last year to bring the story to the silver screen, but not all the for-profit productions have been forthcoming about the taxpa…

Crimes

Editorial: A broader vision for criminal justice reform » The Metro West Daily News Over the last decade, as the criminal justice reform movement grew and many states rolled back policies tied to mass incarceration, Massachusetts leaders made only minor changes to its criminal justic…

Education

US attorney investigates Brookline private school over allegations it barred disabled child » Boston Globe The US attorney's office is investigating the Park School, a prestigious private academy in Brookline, after a family alleged their child was denied admission solely because she is disabled.…

This is the fastest-growing segment of borrowers burdened by student loans » Boston Globe In some ways, roommates Annette Pelaez and Jane Patrick are like millions of other Americans who are buckling under the weight of student loan debt.…

Environment

Environmental groups want more done on clean energy, mass transit » WWLP 22 News

Federal

Ga. Gov. Declares State Of Emergency; Southeast Hit With Severe Weather » Commonwealth Magazine In southern Georgia, near the border with Florida, severe weather turned deadly in the early hours of Sunday morning. At least 18 people were killed as the area was racked with storms, according to lo…

Health Care

Meet The Republican Governors Who Don't Want To Repeal All Of Obamacare » Commonwealth Magazine As Congressional Republicans begin work on repealing the Affordable Care Act, many of the nation's governors want to make sure that their state budgets don't take a hit during the dismantling process.…

Battle brewing over how to expand access to dental care » State House News Service

Housing

Chinese to trim Boston home buying » Boston Herald Real estate agents working the Hub's toniest neighborhoods and suburbs know that buyers from China are increasingly buying up pricey homes around Boston — a trend that some analysts say will de…

Human Services

Disability advocates brief new lawmakers on priorities » State House News Service

Insurance

55,000 in state face long-term care rate hikes » The Recorder Roughly 55,000 people in Massachusetts will face higher costs in their long-term care insurance policies under rate increases state regulators announced on Friday.…

Insurance program for low-income kids faces uncertainty » The Eagle Tribune A health care program that covers children from low- and moderate-income families could dry up, potentially leaving millions uninsured, without renewed federal support.…

Elder advocate blasts long-term care insurance hikes » State House News Service

Legislative

Area reps pocket nearly $1,000 for Hub commute » The Sun Chronicle Beacon Hill Roll Call has obtained the 2016 official list from the state treasurer's office of the "per diem" travel, meals and lodging reimbursements collected by the Legislature's 160 state represen…

On Beacon Hill: As pendulum swings, priorities — like legislator pay raises — crystallize » State House News Service Transitions of power in American politics are meant to be peaceful, unifying moments when the partisanship of campaigns are left behind, however briefly, for the greater cause. …

Westborough grad to join Representative Kane's team at State House » Community Advocate State Representative Hannah E. Kane (R-Shrewsbury) has hired Westborough resident and recent college graduate, Jessica Beliveau, as her new legislative aide for the 190th General Session at the State …

Growers group bombards senator with pot tweets » State House News Service

Local Government

Prospects brighten for a Chinatown library » Boston Globe It's been decades since Chinatown had a public library branch to call its own, but Stephanie Fan remembers it as a cozy space on the second story of a brick building at Tyler and Oak streets.…

Opinion

Editorial: Salary shenanigans » Boston Herald The plot thickens on the issue of legislative pay raises. Why should we be surprised?…

Trump's limited vision of putting 'America First' » Boston Globe IN PRESIDENT DONALD Trump's inaugural address, foreign policy figured at best as an afterthought. …

One weekend, two Americas » Boston Globe Red “Make America Great” hats on Friday. Pink “pussy hats” on Saturday.…

The shifting global landscape » Boston Globe In “The Wealth of Nations,” published in 1776, Adam Smith described the early events of globalization that commenced with Christopher Columbus's discovery of the sea route from Europe to t…

Editorial: A toast to booze reform » Boston Herald Visitors to Massachusetts often find the laws regulating alcohol here rather quaint. Happy hour is against the law. …

Donald Trump's alarming alternative facts » Boston Globe ONE BIG TAKEAWAY from Saturday's giant protests against Donald Trump was not the marches themselves — as impressive as they were — but the new administration's unhinged reaction to them.…

Politics

Pols & Politics: Setti Warren quietly ramps up run for gov » Boston Herald He maintains he's still “looking” at running for governor, but Newton Mayor Setti Warren is not so quietly building out a campaign structure.…

The Tsongas spirit lives on » Lowell Sun Paul Tsongas' campaign for president in 1992 took him on stump speeches in New Hampshire and Iowa and across the country as he leapt from a relative unknown as a former U.S. Senator to one-time Democr…

Women's March attendees rest, reflect — and plan » Boston Globe It was exhilarating, cathartic, history in the making, said Bay Staters who participated in women's marches in Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York City.…

Politi-Beat Sunday Roundup: Mass. Dems need to get out of their safe spaces » Herald News The election of Donald Trump as president has Democrats in quite the tizzy. And this isn't just in swing states, where head scratching is taking place, but right here in Massachusetts.…

US Rep. Kennedy: Democrats must heed voters' economic fears » Taunton Gazette He's heir to a famed political family that traces its roots back to Boston's bare-knuckled campaigns when Democratic ward bosses kept a close ear to the city's narrow streets and tenement hallways.…

Hundreds of thousands of women protest against Trump » The Barnstable Patriot Wearing pink, pointy-eared "p****hats" to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women massed in the nation's capital and cities around the globe Saturday to send Donald Trump an emphatic me…

March stresses unity, journey ahead » The Daily News of Newburyport Hundreds of area residents marched in Boston and Washington over the weekend, and many who were interviewed called it a great success that will stay with them for years.…

Brianna Wu Makes Congressional Campaign, Bid for 'Bolder Democratic Party' Official » Peabody Patch On election night I was at Hillary Clinton headquarters, standing not 30 feet from where I expected her to accept the presidency. The next day, I expected to travel back to Boston and return to my wor…

Carr: Hacks in a rush to fatten paychecks and pensions » Boston Herald This latest Beacon Hill pay heist is about two very old guys looking for two very big pensions. …

Professors stash rally signs to preserve a piece of history » Boston Globe As tens of thousands of Boston Women's March participants slowly trickled away from Boston Common Saturday, one-by-one, rallygoers discarded the carefully crafted signs that had been thrust high into …

Guilt-free, shame-free empowerment fuels the Women's March » Boston Globe IN WASHINGTON today I saw a sea of in-your-face signs — “Nasty Women,” “Viva la Vulva,” and other more raunchy sentiments — carried brashly, boldly, gleefully and…

In D.C., massive crowd shouts protest » Boston Globe Dramatic protests erupted in US cities and across the globe Saturday as well over 1 million people — the overwhelming majority of them women — registered their strong dissent on the firs…

Sea of protesters fills Common, flows down Beacon Street and Comm. Ave. » Universal Hub From Beacon Street to Boylston Street, from Charles Street to well past the Frog Pond, tens of thousands of people filled Boston Common today for a protest against the new administration. From Mayor M…

Defeated on home turf, Redmen opponents seek relief on Beacon Hill » Lowell Sun

Why Charlie Baker missed the Women's March » Boston Globe

Public Health

Newly filed bill would limit amount of legal pot » Boston Herald Bay Staters would be allowed to have six marijuana plants in their house, or just half as many as they currently can, under a bill filed today by a legislator poised to play a key role in how Beacon H…

State Finance

Gov. Baker outlines plans for local aid increases » The Republican In next week's annual budget proposal, Gov. Charlie Baker will call for a $91 million increase in education local aid and a $40 million boost in unrestricted local aid to cities and towns.…

Baker's budget to add $91 million for schools, $40 million in local aid » Berkshire Eagle

State Government

Governor taps longtime Adams town employee for North Adams Housing Authority board » Berkshire Eagle Turning aside the mayor's candidate, Gov. Charlie Baker has chosen a longtime Adams town employee to help guide the North Adams Housing Authority.…

New WBUR poll shows 51 percent of Mass. voters want to see Gov. Charlie Baker re-elected » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker deserves reelection, 51 percent of Massachusetts registered voters say in a new WBUR/MassINC Polling Group survey. Twenty-nine percent of poll respondents said someone else should …

Baker prepares for annual address to Massachusetts residents » NBC 10 News

Transportation

Buses are what's next in transportation » Commonwealth Magazine YOU WAIT 20 MINUTES for a bus, only to watch three show up all at once. Soon after boarding, the glut of vehicles carrying hundreds of commuters comes to a grinding halt as one driver up ahead waits a…

Swampscott pumps the brakes, eyes town-wide 25 mph limit » Lynn Daily News Item Town officials have taken the first steps toward lowering the speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour, citing safety concerns.…

New bill creates framework for electric self-driving cars » Lowell Sun Electric autonomous vehicles could shuttle passengers around the state with no one monitoring the controls under new legislation that would authorize and regulate the burgeoning technology, seeking to…

Utilities

Lawmakers hope to completely wean state off fossil fuels » WCVB Two Massachusetts lawmakers are hoping to wean the state off fossil fuels completely.…

Auditor calls for water infrastructure funding » Sentinel & Enterprise The state should pump at least $50 million annually into local water infrastructure projects for the next 10 years to help municipalities handle the $17.8 billion in unmet water spending needs over th…

State report says water infrastructure investment lags by $17 billion » The Metro West Daily News Water infrastructure maintenance across the state is lagging to the to tune of $17 billion, and cities and towns are taking too much financial responsibility for the upkeep.…

Spectra Energy insists natural gas pipeline is needed » Worcester Telegram After pushback from the Grafton Board of Selectmen on a proposed pipeline project, Spectra Energy Corp. this week said New England needs more pipeline capacity to meet increasing demand for natural ga…

Weekend News

In marches, a chance to see hope and a way forward » Boston Globe So many snowflakes. That's what some Trump partisans call his foes, who trembled at his rise. …

Reform booze laws, but don't forget consumers » Boston Globe MEMO TO MASSACHUSETTS residents who like alcohol: It's time to speak up.…

Government funding for research has to take long view » Boston Globe RE “LIKE a fish needs a treadmill” by Jeff Jacoby (Opinion, Jan. 15): We all have opinions on the best way to manage government spending, but criticizing early-stage scientific projects is…

As Trump takes office, Mass. manufacturers talk globalization » Boston Globe A mainstay of Massachusetts manufacturing since the late 1800s, the Hyde Group tool company made a big leap overseas in 2010, when it outsourced production of its mass market putty knives and wallpape…

Editorial: Walsh's pre-K pitch » Boston Herald It's always tempting to make promises in a State of the City address — especially in an election year.…

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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 - 1/23

10:00am Environmental League of Mass. Bill Co-Sponsorship Fair, Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Women for Maura Healey 2017

Tuesday - 1/24

9:00am Association of Developmental Disability Providers Legislative Luncheon, Great Hall

11:00am Animal Bills Co-Sponsorship Fair, Nurses Hall

6:00pm State of the Commonwealth Address, House Chamber

6:30pm House Session, Formal Joint Session

Wednesday - 1/25

Governor's FY18 budget due

10:00am Mass Power Forward Lobby Day, Great Hall

11:00am Veteran's Agents Annual Legislative Luncheon, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

5:30pm Meeting of the Special Commission on Postpartum Depression, Room 428

Thursday - 1/26

Birthdays: Rep. Antonio Cabral, Rep. John Velis

9:00am Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm State Library Author Talk with Doug Most, State Library, Room 341

2:00pm House Session, Full Formal Session

Friday - 1/27

11:00am Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance Awards Ceremony, Great Hall


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