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10:00am Mass. Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment Legislative Briefing, Room 428

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm MassAccess Annual Meeting and Legislators of the Year Awards, Great Hall

12:30pm New Legislator Luncheon with Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Room 227

Must-Reads

Firms profited from Garrett Bradley's ties » Boston Globe Thomas J. O'Brien is an unlikely magnet for campaign contributions from high-powered attorneys in Manhattan and downtown Boston. …

Early wins against Trump immigration order may not last » Politico Immigrant rights groups scored a series of early court victories against President Donald Trump's terrorism-focused executive order limiting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, but legal expe…

Silicon Valley's Ambivalence Toward Trump Turns to Anger » New York Times On Friday morning, Silicon Valley was largely ambivalent about President Trump. The software programmers, marketing experts and chief executives might not have voted for him, but they were hopeful abo…

Democrat Jay Gonzalez launches bid for governor » Boston Globe Jay Gonzalez, who oversaw the state's operating budget during the Patrick administration, will launch a campaign Monday for the Democratic nomination for governor, making him the first person to forma…

After the stroke of Trump's pen, a dramatic 34 hours » Boston Globe President Donald J. Trump paused as he removed the cap from his pen, an executive order severely limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations waiting on the desk before him.…

Hospital beds, and now doctors, often unavailable for people needing urgent psychiatric care in Mass. » Wicked Local Wayland It was Monday in the emergency department at South Shore Hospital and 14 patients, all in the throes of various mental health crises, were waiting idly as staff called around to find them psychiatric …

Trump lobbying ban strips out language requiring public reporting on ethics compliance » The Washington Post The ethics rule that President Trump signed Saturday limiting administration officials from parlaying their government posts into lobbying jobs stripped out an Obama-era provision that required public…

Kushner's Felon Father Back at Helm of New York Empire With Two Fellow Inmates » Bloomberg It's hard to find work right out of prison. But Avram Lebor and Richard Goettlich walked from their Alabama penitentiary into top jobs at the real estate company then run by Jared Kushner, now Preside…

“We will not turn away children. We will not turn away families. We will not turn away people who try to help Americans.”

Elizabeth Warren

Denouncing President Trump's immigration order.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Ahead Of Trump's First Jobs Report, A Look At His Remarks On The Numbers » WBUR Next Friday, the Labor Department will issue its first jobs and unemployment report of Donald Trump's presidency. Forecasters expect little change in the jobless rate, which was 4.7 percent in Decembe…

Trump States Hit Hardest if Obamacare Cost-Sharing Help Ends » Roll Call The constituents with the most to lose if Congressional Republicans cut funding to Obamacare overwhelmingly live in the parts of the country that President Donald Trump won in last year's election.…

Trump campaigned as a disrupter; begins governing by chaos » Sentinel & Enterprise Donald Trump campaigned as a disrupter. Now he's governing by chaos. Trump's temporary halt to the U.S. refugee program -- the most consequential policy he's unveiled in his presidency's opening day…

Here's what all 33 N.E. members of Congress think about Trump's immigration order » Boston Globe Members of Congress from New England, dominated by Democrats, have largely opposed President Trump's executive order on immigration, some in scathing language.…

Business

Boston business leaders oppose Trump immigration order » Boston Globe President Trump's temporary ban on travel to the United States for citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries has sparked deep concern in Boston's business community, with executives warning that t…

Politi-Beat Sunday Roundup: The irony of trading in Fall River for Bristol County » The Herald News It's shaping up to be an interesting week for the Fall River name. Just days before Mayor Jasiel Correia II unveils his pet project - the re-branding of Fall River - the Fall River Area Chamber of Com…

Breaches highlight Mass. data risk » Lowell Sun Sensitive information from nearly 3.4 million Massachusetts customer accounts has been inappropriately viewed, lost or stolen from businesses and state agencies since 2012, according to newly released…

GE CEO reassures global workforce amidst Trump immigration crackdown » Boston Business Journal Boston-based General Electric Co., a multinational conglomerate, said it was still evaluating how President Trump's seven-country immigration crackdown impacts its global workforce.…

Inside long-abandoned mills, the lights are coming on » The Eagle Tribune The city will take three giant steps out of its industrial past over the next year when century-old mill buildings on Methuen, Merrimack and Canal streets are gutted and remade into apartments for 618…

AirBNB taxes, regulation in new House bill » Boston Globe

Civil Rights

Lawyers advise green card holders to fly into Boston » Boston Globe Some immigration lawyers are advising green card holders from seven majority-Muslim countries affected by President Trump's order and who are traveling overseas to fly back to the United States throug…

State pols blast crackdown as 'un-American' » Boston Herald

Abortion foes from Western Mass. travel to D.C. for national rally » Berkshire Eagle A contingent of 56 area residents were part of a crowd of several thousand anti-abortion supporters at Friday's March For Life Rally at the Mall in Washington D.C.…

Confusion rules after court order temporarily halts Trump immigration ban » Boston Globe President Trump defended his controversial immigration order Sunday evening, as lawyers across the country urged immigrants from the seven barred Muslim-majority nations affected to quickly return to …

Thousands Gather In Copley Square To Protest Trump's Immigration Freeze » WBUR Thousands gathered at Copley Square in downtown Boston Sunday afternoon to protest President Trump's executive order on immigration. The demonstration, organized by the Massachusetts chapter of the C…

With students stranded abroad, colleges condemn travel ban » Berkshire Eagle Dozens of U.S. colleges are opposing President Donald Trump's sweeping travel ban that has left some students and professors stranded abroad. The presidents of several universities on Sunday issued …

Thousands in Copley Square protest immigration order » Boston Globe Thousands of protesters jammed Copley Square on Sunday to protest President Trump's order blocking Syrian refugees and immigrants from six other predominantly Muslim countries, the second time in the …

Hundreds march to State House, protests Trump's immigration policy » The Daily Free Press Flurries of snow briefly dusted the windy Boston streets as protesters chanted various phrases including, “Donald Trump, you racist clown. Build a wall, we'll tear it down!” while marching…

UMass among colleges blasting travel ban as students stranded abroad » Lowell Sun Dozens of U.S. colleges, including the University of Massachusetts, are opposing President Donald Trump's sweeping travel ban that has left some students and professors stranded abroad. The president…

Healey, other AGs condemn Trump order as 'un-American' » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey on Sunday joined 15 other state attorneys general in condemning President Trump's executive order on immigration as “un-American” and “unlawful.”…

Even After Judges' Stay, Trump's Travel Ban Leaves Campuses Struggling To Respond » WBUR Colleges and universities are scrambling to deal with President Trump's ban on travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries. Although a Boston federal court has ruled that the president's order coul…

In Lawrence and statewide, sanctuary cities dig in » The Eagle Tribune The executive order President Trump signed last week cutting federal aid to municipalities that don't cooperate in the search for illegal immigrants could cost 9,500 Lawrencians the subsidies they rec…

Trump travel ban sparks backlash in Massachusetts » Wicked Local Medway

Education

Wildflower schools bloom amid discontent with education » Boston Globe When Sep Kamvar, a computer scientist and former Google executive, began looking for a preschool for his 2-year-old son, no existing options felt right.…

Boston-area academics face bans on entering US » Boston Globe President Trump's order closing the nation's borders to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries echoed across Boston's academic institutions and research laboratories Saturday, blocking some …

Gaming

Banned from casino, he returns to lose more money without detection » Boston Globe On the edge of a vast casino, David Schreiber played video poker at a frenetic pace — fast enough to place almost 50 bets a minute. Beat, pause, beat-beat, pause. Over and over again.…

Health Care

'Dr. Tony' cleared thousands of truckers to hit the road. But were his medical exams legit? » STAT News The big rigs came from all corners of the country. They came from Arizona, from Maine, from Washington. By the thousands, they pulled into the Petro Stopping Center, a 24-hour truck stop off Interstat…

Where Massachusetts ranks when it comes to Medicare waste » Boston Business Journal The good news is that improper Medicare payments to health care providers fell sharply in 2015.…

Holistic healers to get state approval » Cape Cod Times Businesses are hardly ones to clamor for more government regulation, but a dose of red tape turned out to be just what the state's naturopathic doctors ordered.…

While big hospitals oppose Baker's rate caps, smaller ones embrace them » Boston Business Journal While the state's largest hospitals say new proposed caps on how fast hospital prices can increase will hurt them, smaller hospitals see it as a way of evening the playing field.…

Beth Israel, Lahey health systems agree to pursue merger » Boston Globe

Beth Israel, Lahey in advanced merger talks » Boston Business Journal

Human Services

Baker again seeks to restrict eligibility for welfare program » Boston Globe A small provision buried in the $40.5 billion state budget proposed by Governor Charlie Baker last week could strip benefits from about 5,700 of the state's poorest families, according to state offici…

Legislative

Pols & Politics: Lawmakers net big pay bump, even with 'reforms' » Boston Herald The “reforms” lawmakers buried amid the pages of their pay-hike package were designed, as far as public relations efforts go, to provide a sort of candied shell to the pill that is their e…

Charlie Baker touts hundreds of complaints about pay boost » Boston Herald House lawmakers, backed by an overwhelming majority, will likely move next week to override Gov. Charlie Baker's veto of their controversial pay-raise package, all but ensuring the pay hikes become la…

SouthCoast legislators defend 40 percent pay raises » South Coast Today SouthCoast members of both the Senate and House on Friday defended their votes in favor of hefty pay raises for legislative leaders, state constitutional offices and members of the judiciary.…

Setti Warren tells Dems to take lump on bump » Boston Herald Likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren is urging his party's lawmakers to spike their controversial pay-raise package — a call that comes just a few years after the Newton mayor…

Legislative pay raise sets up battle » Sentinel & Enterprise THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on three roll calls and local senators on one roll call from the week of Jan. 23-27, 2017. …

Steep raises ahead for public officials if votes hold » WCVB The group of House lawmakers who receive significantly larger paychecks than their rank-and-file peers is about to grow much larger if the pay-raise bill the governor vetoed Friday becomes law.…

Local Government

Council's Opiate Task Force Looks Back on First Year Accomplishments » Everett Independent The Everett City Council's Opiate Task Force will meet on Thursday, January 26 in an open meeting to discuss next steps and look back at some of the work they have accomplished in just their first yea…

Attorney Offers Overview of Marijuana Law for Municipalities » iBerkshires Marijuana is still illegal on the federal level so income raised from sales of pot cannot legally be placed in federally regulated banks. So, what are towns supposed to do with the money raised from…

Worcester Mayor Petty wants residents to demonstrate against Trump, Council order » Worcester Mag Outraged at executive orders by President Donald Trump that temporarily ban some immigrants from entering the country, and fueled by a resolution from one of his City Council colleagues to have the ci…

Mayors, Activists Respond To Trump's Sanctuary City Crackdown » WAMC

Opinion

Trump rejects the Muslims who helped us » Boston Globe The bravest person I've ever known went by the nickname Suge Knight. He was as physically imposing as the infamous music producer, but he was calm and bighearted, with a smile as wide as a canyon.…

Carr: Dems would honor killer, not victim » Boston Herald Matthew Denice was a 23-year-old taxpaying U.S. citizen when he was run over and dragged to his death by a drunken illegal immigrant on welfare back in 2011.…

Trump's shameful ban on visas for Iraqis » Boston Globe THOUSANDS OF IRAQIS put their lives in peril for the United States, and President Trump's new ban on visas for Iraqis is a shameful way to repay them.…

The bitter truth about sugar » Boston Globe A NEW REPORT by the US Department of Agriculture has found that families receiving food stamps spend more on sugary soft drinks than any other grocery item.…

Editorial: Stick to football » Milford Daily News One of the things we like least about the Super Bowl, whether or not our Patriots are in it, is the two-week wait between the conference championships and the big game. The delay doubles the amount of…

Editorial: A son's legacy » Gazette Net Though Kevin Major lived for just 19 years, his mother is making sure that his memory will not die. Major, who grew up in Westfield, died in July 2011 as the result of sudden cardiac arrest suffered i…

GAY: Are we prepared to defy the powerful? » The Sun Chronicle Regular readers of this column know that I am a fan of quotes. Some of you have even contacted me questioning the originator of some of those quotes. …

HAND: Baker, Dems draw battle lines over pay raises » The Sun Chronicle Just days after praising his relationship with Democrats, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker backed them into a corner and gave their opponents a powerful election issue by vetoing pay raises for legislati…

EDITORIAL: Reject raises, for appearance sake » The Sun Chronicle Appearances, they say, can be deceiving. But this doesn't look good. State lawmakers have passed and sent on to Gov. Charlie Baker a bill that will raise the annual pay of House Speaker Robert DeLeo a…

The Massachusetts way: progress by collaboration » Lowell Sun At some point, Gov. Charlie Baker is going to get drawn into President Donald Trump's sphere. How can he avoid it? Both are Republicans -- well, at least that's their elected party affiliation -- and …

One percent for nature » Newburyport News

Politics

Ex-Patrick aide Jay Gonzalez to run for gov » Boston Herald Jay Gonzalez, a former health care executive and secretary of Administration and Finance for Gov. Deval Patrick, has become the first Democrat to announce he's running for governor in 2018.…

Former CeltiCare CEO Jay Gonzalez launches run for governor, targets Charlie Baker » The Republican Could the 2018 race for governor come down to former health care executive versus former health care executive?…

Needham Resident Jay Gonzalez Announces Bid for Democratic Nod for Governor » Peabody Patch Needham resident Jay Gonzalez will launch a campaign Monday for the Democratic nomination for governor, the former secretary of administration and finance announced Sunday night.…

Gonzalez Launching Bid For Governor With Anti-Trump Focus » WBUR The race for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018 will get a jolt on Monday when Jay Gonzalez, a former state budget chief under Deval Patrick, plans to make his candidacy official, becoming…

Gonzalez announces gubernatorial run » Politico Former health care CEO and state budget chief Jay Gonzalez has launched his campaign for governor in 2018.…

Keller @ Large: Rep. Joe Kennedy III On How Democrats Should Deal With Trump Administration » CBS Boston There's a debate going on within the Democratic Party over how to deal with President Donald Trump's administration.…

Gonzalez launching bid for governor with anti-Trump focus » State House News Service The race for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018 will get a jolt on Monday when Jay Gonzalez, a former state budget chief under Deval Patrick, plans to make his candidacy official, becoming…

Gov. Charlie Baker to 2018 opponent Jay Gonzalez: 'Hop in' the race » The Republican

Dem gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez: State may need new taxes » Boston Herald

Where Is Charlie Baker? » Boston Magazine

Public Health

Opioid deaths rose in state by 16 percent last year » Boston Globe The opioid epidemic in Massachusetts didn't let up in 2016 as State Police investigated 877 deaths suspected of being caused by the powerful drug, a 16 percent increase from the year before that autho…

Public Safety

Chabot: Arch Angels bedevil T cops with civilian patrols in Boston » Boston Herald A crime-fighting citizen patrol group modelled on the Guardian Angels — with similar red berets and embroidered red jackets — are back on the streets of Boston and in MBTA subway trains,…

Lawmakers aim to block sheriff's plan to use inmates on Trump's wall project » State House News Service A Massachusetts sheriff's controversial offer of inmate labor to help with President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico has encountered pushback in the state Legisla…

State Finance

Facing state cut, officials rally for North Central Mass. tourism » Nashoba Publishing With half its state funding slashed by the governor's recent budget cuts, the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association is scrambling to continue promoting North Central Massachusetts to tourists, who annual…

Lawmakers call for tourism cuts to be restored at summit » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker's midyear $3 million cut to the state Tourism Trust Fund had some local lawmakers calling for a restoration of that money Friday, during the 11th annual North of Boston Convention a…

State Government

Gov. Baker: Trump's immigration order will not make country safer » WCVB Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued a statement Sunday regarding President Trump's executive order on immigration.…

Governors can wield influence over pipelines » Commonwealth Magazine WITH NEW FEDERAL ENERGY POLICIES evolving to be starkly at odds with our priorities in Massachusetts, it is vital that we understand what authority our state has to influence controversial new natural…

Democrat Jay Gonzalez to challenger Baker in 2018 » Sentinel & Enterprise Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is facing his first official Democratic challenger in next year's governor's race. Jay Gonzalez, the former budget chief for former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, announ…

Democrat Jay Gonzalez to challenge GOP Gov. Charlie Baker » WCVB BOSTON — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is facing his first official Democratic challenger in next year's governor's race. Jay Gonzalez, the former budget chief for former Democratic Gov. Deva…

DCR official resigns over porn » Boston Globe The western regional director for the troubled state Department of Conservation and Recreation was forced to quit his job Thursday after his supervisors discovered pornography on his office computer, …

Mike Case leaves DCR after inquiry said to find pornography on office computer » Berkshire Eagle

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker criticizes implementation of President Trump's refugee order » The Republican

Baker to send Trump 'concerns' about immigration order » Boston Globe

Transportation

T made little progress reducing absenteeism in 2016 » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS MADE ALMOST NO PROGRESS last year in curbing employee absenteeism, in part because success in reducing one type of absence was offset by a surge in another area.…

Utilities

Five private companies pitch to provide last-mile broadband in the Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle Two might gobble the whole enchilada. Another just wants a nibble. …

Pilgrim awaits results of NRC inspection » Cape Cod Times In the past two years, three of the country's 99 nuclear reactors have been performing so poorly that the federal government has placed them in the lowest performing category, just shy of a shutdown.…

Weekend News

Baker rips 'irresponsible' pay raise » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER needled the legislative pay hikes that lawmakers approved for themselves this week as “fiscally irresponsible,” but defended the Legislature's process and stopped short …

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Sen. Ed Markey speak out against President Trump's immigration order at Boston rally » The Republican Sen. Ed Markey said that today is "one of the darkest days in the history of the United States of America" in front of a crowd of thousands as they rallied against Donald Trump's executive order that …

Baker, local pols oppose Trump immigration order » Boston Globe Republican Governor Charlie Baker opposes the immigrant ban President Trump has imposed on migrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern and North African nations, Baker aides said Saturday.…

Legislature can be speedy -- when padding its pay » Lowell Sun If you want to see democracy in action, just watch how quickly legislators can ram through a bill to pad their own pockets. …

Detained UMass Dartmouth professors released: University condemns executive order » South Coast Today Thousands of protesters have gathered in Boston to call for an end to President Donald Trump's order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, the AP is reporting. …

Here's Where Boston Could See Cuts If Trump Pulls Federal Funds » WGBH News On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that could pull federal funding from so-called "sanctuary jurisdictions" like Boston that, in the order's words, "willfully violate feder…

Editorial: A shady pay raise on Beacon Hill » The Metro West Daily News Nobody likes a politician who pads his own pocket. The leaders of the Massachusetts Legislature know that; every time they've given themselves a pay raise, they've faced blowback from constituents lon…

Crowd told climate change is 'fight of our lives' » The Recorder If there were ever a time to get involved in the fight against climate change, it appeared to be Saturday for Valley residents.…

Gov. Charlie Baker, Reps. Richard Neal, Jim McGovern condemn President Trump's immigration orders » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker issued a statement Sunday condemning President Donald Trump's order banning refugees from seven primarily Muslim countries, and refusing to let green card holders or individuals wit…

Baker rips 'irresponsible' pay raise bill, GOP targets freshman Dems » Wicked Local Wellesley Gov. Charlie Baker needled the legislative pay hikes that lawmakers approved for themselves this week as "fiscally irresponsible," but defended the Legislature's process and stopped short of saying he…

Friday's Late-Breaking News

'It's A Prison. It's Punishing Addicts': Calls To Reform Civil Commitments Increase » WBUR

Springfield Cannabis Co. gets higher grades on updated presentation for proposed marijuana store in East Springfield » The Republican

Newbury College to shut down in the spring » The Boston Globe

The Loop takes over 5,000 riders through downtown Springfield in 1st 3 months; city wants schedule to align with trains » The Republican

Baker Chooses Wind over Fishing [OPINION] » WBSM

In shift from first election, Healey to raise funds from donors for inaugural party » The Boston Globe

Hector Montesino appointed to Alzheimer's advisory council » Wicked Local Concord

Somerville Receives $500K For Water, Sewer Improvements » Wakefield Patch

Future of Transportation: Baker says state needs to build reliable system » Fox 25 News

Commission’s transportation recommendations unveiled » Commonwealth Magazine

GE says it may replace KPMG as auditor » Boston Business Journal

Offshore Wind Auction For 390,000 Acres South Of Mass. Blows Through Sale Record » WBUR

In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it. » The Boston Globe

State commission recommends VC funding for transit technology » Boston Business Journal

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 1/30

10:00am Mass. Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment Legislative Briefing, Room 428

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm MassAccess Annual Meeting and Legislators of the Year Awards, Great Hall

12:30pm New Legislator Luncheon with Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Room 227

Tuesday - 1/31

9:30am Sexual Health Lobby Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

6:30pm Rep. Shaunna O'Connell's Inaugural Party

Wednesday - 2/1

9:00am Greater Boston Legal Services Client/Staff Lobby Event for Civil Legal Aid, Great Hall

10:00am 66th Air Base Group Annual Awards Recognition Week, Memorial Hall

10:30am House Committee on Ethics, Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Gov

11:00am Brain Injury Association of Mass. 2nd Annual Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase

11:00am School Excellence Awards, Nurses Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Civil Rights Rally for Immigrants and Muslims, Boston Common - across from State House

Thursday - 2/2

9:00am YMCA Advocacy Day, Great Hall

9:00am MASSCAP Public Policy Briefing, Nurses Hall

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

Friday - 2/3

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