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Must-Reads

Trump Order Reignites Push For Mass. To Bypass Immigration Enforcement » WGBH News Hundreds gathered on Beacon Hill on Wednesday to try to stop Massachusetts tax funds from being used to enforce federal immigration law, a cause inflamed by President Donald Trump's recent crackdown o…

Explore the costs of being a sanctuary city » Eagle Tribune A crowd of concerned residents packed the Newburyport City Council chambers Monday night, urging councilors to make their community a sanctuary city. …

Peyser says he has no view of Trump education pick DeVos » State House News Service The state's top education official says he has no opinion on Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's education secretary pick whose confirmation on Wednesday was in limbo ahead of a potential final vote…

The Uncomfortable Love Affair Between Donald Trump and the New England Patriots » New York Times Brady is friends with President Trump. So are the Patriots' owner, Robert Kraft, and Coach Bill Belichick. No sports team has been more closely associated with a new president, or perhaps any presiden…

'Silver tsunami' warning » Boston Herald A costly “silver tsunami” of retirements is bearing down on Massachusetts government, the comptroller warns, with as much as 40 percent of the state's workforce at or nearing retirement ag…

BJ's, Mass. retail group line up against GOP-proposed border tax » Boston Business Journal It's not often you see companies the size of Walmart railing against “big corporations” forcing consumers to pay more in order to line their own pockets. Then again, it's not often an issu…

Some senators in line for even bigger payday » Commonwealth Magazine STATE SENATORS COULD SEE THEIR PAY rise dramatically under a little-noticed provision in the pay raise bill and a proposed rules change that together would allow the lawmakers to collect stipends for …

Federal workers turn to encryption to thwart Trump » Politico Federal employees worried that President Donald Trump will gut their agencies are creating new email addresses, signing up for encrypted messaging apps and looking for other, protected ways to push ba…

3 reasons why Massachusetts will be a hotspot in the fight over Trump's immigration order » Boston.com From the airports to the courts to the streets, President Donald Trump's immigration order was met with displays of resistance in Boston.…

“I want all immigrants to our state and all our Muslim friends and neighbors to know that you have many allies in the Massachusetts Legislature,” Eldridge wrote in the release. “We know that many of you risked your lives fleeing political oppression and economic despair to come here so that you can enjoy equality, liberty, and opportunity – and we will stand firmly against those who want to take that away from you.”

Representative Jamie Eldridge

Opposing President Trump's immigration order during yesterday's protest on Beacon Hill.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Senate Democrats In Political Quagmire Over Supreme Court Nomination » WBUR In Washington, D.C., the cognoscenti confidently predict that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will be easily confirmed. But both supporters and opponents are chastened by the predictors' …

At Harvard Law, Gorsuch stood out on a campus full of liberals » Boston Globe When neighbors complained that students in a Harvard Law School social club who lived in a gracious off-campus Victorian were parking illegally, spreading trash on the street, and throwing loud and la…

Trump Disparages 'Dumb' Deal With Australia On Refugees » WBUR Ruffling U.S. ties with one of its closest allies, President Trump is sharply criticizing an Obama-era agreement with Australia — a deal that also reportedly prompted the American leader to tel…

Australian PM, Trump offer mixed messages on refugee deal » Sentinel & Enterprise Australia's prime minister insisted Thursday that a deal struck with the Obama administration that would allow mostly Muslim refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the United States was sti…

Business

Trump wants to blow up the FDA. The drug industry? Not so much » STAT News President Donald Trump wants to remake the Food and Drug Administration. And he happens to have a “fantastic person” in mind to do it, he said Tuesday — someone who will turn the ag…

Super-cheap booze at Total Wine fuels pricing fight » Boston Globe It's not illegal for a business to sell a product below cost — unless, of course, it's a bottle of booze.…

Live Nation, Legal Sea Foods chiefs blast proposed helipad spot as 'highly disruptive' » Boston Business Journal The business community came out strong this week against a proposed heliport on Drydock 4, a pier located immediately behind the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, at a public meeting hosted by the Massachuset…

Boston Tech Leaders Asked to Build Case Against Trump's Immigration Ban » BostInno An organization representing more than 500 companies in the Massachusetts tech sector is calling for local tech leaders to help it build a case against President Donald Trump's immigration ban in a ne…

A dirge for taxis » Commonwealth Magazine While the romance has been gone from the taxi industry for years, any song played for cabbies today would likely be a dirge.…

Is Boston in line for Another Corporate Coup? » Grafton Patch Reports resurfaced this week that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker may be working to woo another giant Connecticut corporation.…

Bedford software firm laying off hundreds of employees » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

With visas revoked, travelers barred entry despite court order » Boston Globe After federal judges in Boston and other cities halted President Trump's travel ban, immigrants around the world rushed to airline ticket counters to book flights to the United States, only to be reje…

Fear of immigrants helped thwart Boston's expansion a century ago » Curbed Boston One hundred and five years ago this winter, a state legislator from Brookline named Daniel Kiley introduced a bill that would have consolidated every city and town within 10 miles of the Massachusetts…

What does the federal lawsuit in Boston against President Donald Trump's immigration order say? » MassLive Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a brief on Tuesday joining a federal court case challenging President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.…

More than 200 rally in Boston against Trump order » Boston Globe More than 200 people rallied on Boston Common on Wednesday afternoon in favor of a bill that would prevent state, local, and campus police from assisting federal immigration officials. …

Boston officials, Suffolk community push back against executive order on immigration » The Suffolk Journal The most recent executive order from the Oval Office on immigration has sent shockwaves throughout college campuses. At Suffolk University where the international student population bears at 23 percen…

Education

Universities Rush To Assist Students Stranded Overseas After Trump Orders » WBUR Students at universities across Massachusetts are stuck overseas, unable to return to the United States.…

Attleboro area school chiefs say Baker's state educational aid not enough » The Sun Chronicle Local school officials are expecting another lean budget next fiscal year, with Gov. Charlie Baker offering only a 2 percent increase in state educational aid.…

Parents ask state to retire Native American mascots » The Salem News The use of Native American mascots by public schools and sports teams is an old source of controversy, and state officials have been reluctant to get involved, instead leaving decisions to local leade…

After Last Year's Cuts Hit Boston Schools, Relief Comes In Walsh's Latest Budget » WBUR Mayor Marty Walsh's proposed budget for the fiscal year ahead includes $29 million more for Boston Public Schools. That represents an almost 3 percent increase — and that doesn't accou…

'Down payment' stirs ed funding debate » Worcester Telegram

Human Services

As Bristol County abuse cases rise, Children's Advocacy Center looks for support » South Coast Today The day after Charlotte married her husband in 1989, she met the other, uglier version of the man she thought she knew.…

Judiciary

Superior Court judge nominee faces tough questioning » Worcester Telegram The screening of a judicial nominee on Wednesday shifted from an emotion-laden tribute to the nominee's father at the outset to tough questioning by one of the officials vetting him hours later.…

Gov. Baker names Dartmouth's Joseph Michaud public administrator » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed of Attorney Joseph L. Michaud of Dartmouth to a five-year term as a public administrator for Bristol County. Michaud was sworn in by the governor in January and immedi…

New Barnstable District Court Judge Confirmed » Cape Cod Online

Legislative

Lawmakers Set To Receive Pay Raise, But Do They Deserve It? » CBS Boston

Massachusetts Legislators Expected To Override Pay Raise Veto » WAMC A pay raise package for elected officials in Massachusetts is expected to be finalized this week on Beacon Hill. While pay raises for public officials are always controversial, this plan has drawn j…

House overrides Gov. Baker, votes yes on pay raise » Boston Herald

Massachusetts Senate passes resolution opposing President Donald Trump's order on refugees » MassLive

Mass. Senate passes non-binding resolution rejecting Trump immigration order » The Valley Dispatch The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday expressed its opposition to President Donald Trump's order on immigration and refugee policy by passing a resolution calling on Trump to rescind the order that "pr…

Local Government

Somerville Mayor On CA Statewide Sanctuary Bill: 'Mass. Must Move With the Same Speed' » Grafton Patch Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone has steadfastly supported remaining a sanctuary city in the wake of the president's executive order to pull federal funding, and now he appears to be taking it a step…

Opinion

Democrats face a tough battle on Gorsuch » Boston Globe REVEALING A SCARY judicial wolf under Mr. Nice Guy robes won't be easy.…

Republicans should approve Gorsuch on a simple majority vote » Boston Globe IN JUDGE Neil Gorsuch, President Trump has an impeccably qualified Supreme Court nominee that not only allows him to put his rocky start in office behind him, but also unite a Republican party that is…

Baker must stand up to Trump » Boston Globe FOR TWO consecutive weekends, thousands of people have filled Boston streets in opposition to President Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric and policies, and for two consecutive weekends, Governor Charli…

Muslim refugee is fighting back — by running for city council » Boston Globe How many Deeqo Jibrils will we turn away now? Jibril, 38, is a Roxbury activist, an entrepreneur, and, as of Thursday, a candidate for Boston City Council.…

Our Opinion: State steps up in opposition to immigrant ban » The Associated Press (AP) No one's freedom is secure if the freedom of any one group is threatened, and Massachusetts is proudly stepping up on behalf of that principle.…

Editorial: Senate's rules 'reform' » Boston Herald Even as the Massachusetts Senate is likely to take up the governor's veto of an $18 million legislative pay raise bill, it will consider a host of its own rules changes. …

CHAPA Action Alert! Ask Your State Legislators to Co-Sponsor Bills to Support Affordable Housing, Homelessness Prevention, & Community Development! » Real Estate Rama As the new legislative session begins, we ask for you to please reach out to your State Representative and State Senator to ask them to co-sponsor key bills in support of CHAPA's Legislative Agenda fo…

Lowell refugees saddened by Trump immigration order » Lowell Sun If it came up, if she was lucky enough to be on the list of medical-exam appointments or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services interviews, it was an opportunity she couldn't miss. It meant she was…

Letter: AG's gun enforcement is right on target » Worcester Telegram Maura Healey, our attorney general, cares deeply about our safety and needs our support.…

Rallies represent a true Boston Strong moment » Boston Globe IN A press conference this week, White House spokesman Sean Spicer used the Boston Marathon bombing to justify President Trump's immigration ban. …

Politics

Some Massachusetts Republicans not eager to talk about President Trump's immigration order; others split on policy » MassLive Massachusetts Republicans have little interest in talking about President Donald Trump's order on immigrants and refugees. …

Warren sets sights on governor's job » Lynn Daily News Item Newton Mayor Setti Warren, who will likely be a Democratic candidate in the 2018 governor's race, on Wednesday said a millionaire's tax can help pay for needed state education, transportation and hous…

BACKLASH: Dealing with Trump's orders » Worcester Mag That one word may well sum up the immediate fallout of President Donald Trump's vow to take action against so-called “sanctuary cities,” and the reaction to his subsequent executive orders…

AG Healey assails Trump at South Shore regional forum » Wicked Local Marshfield Attorney General Maura Healey on Monday night, Jan. 30, assailed President Donald Trump as "a president who doesn't seem to understand what is lawful."…

Trump's immigration order unites unlikely allies » Eagle Tribune

Public Safety

Safety grants for local fire departments » Lynn Daily News Item The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Department of Fire Services has announced the FY2017 grant funds for Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) and Senior Safe programs.…

Bristol County DA forum: Pot's legal, not drugged driving » South Coast Today Roadside breath tests make it easy for police to arrest drunken drivers, but no such methods exist yet for drugged driving. The dilemma can make traffic stops tricky for law enforcement now that recre…

State Government

Maura Healey mum as AG, partner in line for $70G raise » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey, who's repeatedly declined to weigh in on a controversial pay raise package, stands to benefit beyond her own proposed $44,418 pay bump: Her partner, an appellate court j…

Pay raise bill would give Healey's household income a big boost » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey, whom the Legislature wants to give a huge pay raise, could see her household income increase by $70,000.…

Healey claims order forces job discrimination on state » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey wants to challenge President Trump's immigration executive order, arguing that it would force the state to violate its own constitution by discriminating against potentia…

Polito disapproves of “walling off” state and country » WWLP 22

Gov. Baker's Red Tape Review Continues Bipartisan Dance » WBUR

Women's Fund partners with MassMutual, state treasurer's office to empower young Springfield women » MassLive

Transportation

Commuter rail for Buzzards Bay caught up in confusion » Cape Cod Times Despite an email to lawmakers stating a long-awaited rail project would be implemented in stages using the existing Middleboro line - a potential boon for proponents of bringing commuter service to B…

Retracted email leaves South Coast pols feeling railroaded » WIcked Local Middleborough Local legislators reacted with shock Wednesday after learning that a state transportation department email, later retracted, indicated the state would divide the South Coast Rail project into phases a…

Utilities

Hundreds of Pilgrim opponents question NRC » Cape Cod Times Paul Gunter traveled from Washington, D.C., Tuesday to hear how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would explain a detailed email characterizing Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station as poorly equipped and poo…

New Mass. solar incentives to cut program costs $200M » Worcester Business Journal Solar energy traders would be about the only ones losing out under the Baker Administration's proposed new plan for incentivizing the solar industry, according to state officials who say the plan will…

Eversource seeks higher fees on customers with solar » Commonwealth Magazine

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Stipends, electronic voting addressed in Senate rules package » WWLP 22

Bills aimed to empower schools get backing » Lowell Sun

ACLU files complaint in Boston seeking full repeal of Trump order » Boston Herald

Weymouth compressor station foes to rally at State House Thursday » Patriot Ledger

Governor Baker's budget proposal does little for schools, a lot for healthcare » Bay State Banner

Massachusetts State Representative Carvalho files bill to improve Fairmount Line service » Bay State Banner

Baker's “down-payment” stirs K-12 education funding debate » WWLP 22

MA Dem Chair Bickford Blasts Baker for Lack of Comments on Trump Administration » Go Local Worcester

Suit shows ignorance of Second Amendment » Cape Cod Times

Despite More Violations, Pilgrim Operating Safely, NRC Says » Cape Cod Online

Some Massachusetts Republicans not eager to talk about President Trump's immigration order; others split on policy » Mass Live

Border tax sets off frenzy of lobbying » The Hill

Congressman Keating Opposes President's Immigration Order » Cape News

Byrne, Lynch confirmed for district court judgeships » State House News Service

Brain injury service problems, coverage mandate highlighted » State House News Service

GOP knocks top Dems for silence over pay raises » 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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