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9:00am MRVP Cookie Day, Grand Staircase

9:00am African Caribbean American Coalition Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Birthdays: Rep. Joseph McKenna

Must-Reads

Apple to Zynga File Legal Brief Against Trump Immigration Order » Bloomberg Politics Ninety-seven companies, from Apple Inc. to Zynga Inc., filed an impassioned legal brief condemning President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, stepping up the industry's growing oppositio…

Healey-for-governor chatter ramps up, fueled by Trump fallout » Politico The Massachusetts Democrat getting the most buzz as a potential 2018 challenger to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is the one who, for now, isn't running: state Attorney General Maura Healey. …

Change in primary would boost 2018 governor's race » Boston Globe It's only 2017 and Massachusetts Democrats are all fired up about the 2018 governor's race. …

Elizabeth Warren says Democrats need to 'grow a backbone' in speech to liberals » Boston.com During a “moment of crisis” for Democrats, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says her party needs to “grow a backbone.” …

William F. Galvin says hikes raise budget questions » Boston Herald Secretary of State William F. Galvin said he plans to take at least some of the $29,000 raise included for him in a controversial pay hike bill, but lamented that the package — and its staggeri…

From Syria to the state Senate, Adam Hinds' work for the United Nations shapes his approach » MassLive In Iraq, Adam Hinds would go door to door in the Kurdistan region. As a team leader for the United Nations, he would talk to people, through a translator, and learn about the region's history and abou…

Multiple bills aimed at blocking rapists' parental rights claims » Boston Herald A rapist who fathers a child during the sexual assault would have his parental rights to the child stripped under legislation being pushed on Beacon Hill, the first to surface in the wake of a stunnin…

Baker's health care tax is bad policy » Commonwealth Magazine IN AN ERA OF ALTERNATIVE FACTS, a bit of revisionist history may seem like a small sin. But in the case of Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed tax on employers who don't offer a high level of health insuran…

Escapism Reigns in Super Bowl Commercials, but Politics Proves Inescapable » New York Times While many Super Bowl advertisrs chose to be silly or sentimental with their commercials on Sunday, it was the few that ventured - or appeared to venture - into political territory that attracted the …

Mass. agencies increasingly cite terrorism risk to withhold records » Boston Globe The state agriculture department refused to release a list of dairy farmers. Chicopee withheld the budget for its SWAT team.…

"I encourage the Administration to begin moving forward once again with assisting refugees. We do not need to abandon our humanitarian commitment to refugees in order to address the security threats raised by illegal immigration."

Governor Charlie Baker

Commenting on President Trump's immigration policy.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Gillibrand: “We are watching democracy being enlivened” » The Alt Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has voted against four out of five of President Donald Trump's nominees, has become the focal point of celebratory memes, editorial praise and is already being talked abou…

John McCain has emerged as a leading Republican dissenter » Boston Globe It became a mantra for John McCain in the months around Donald Trump's improbable electoral win: “I'm not talking about Trump. I'm not talking about Trump. I'm not talking about Trump,” he…

White House is defiant after travel ban ruling » Boston Globe A federal appeals court ruled Sunday that President Trump's controversial immigration order will remain suspended for the time being, allowing travelers previously banned from coming to the United Sta…

With Trump's Travel Ban Blocked, Visa-Holders, Refugees Scramble to Board Flights » WBUR A federal appeals court denied President Trump's attempt to restore his travel ban on refugees and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries Sunday morning, sending people scrambling to board …

Former Top Security Officials Criticize Trump's 'Ill-Conceived' Ban In Court Filing » WBUR President Trump's ban on some Muslim travelers and immigrants "was ill-conceived, poorly implemented and ill-explained" — and harms, rather than advances, U.S. interests, say 10 former official…

Court Denies DOJ Request For Stay; Trump Immigration Order Remains Suspended » WBUR President Trump's travel ban remains suspended, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied a Justice Department request to stay the suspension of President Trump's order.…

Business

Craft brewer's too popular for an industrial park, landlord says » Boston Globe What town wouldn't love to have a business like Iron Duke Brewing? Since opening in 2014, the tiny craft beer company has brought new life to a partially abandoned mill complex being redeveloped in th…

Vertex battles the Irish government over the cost of a cystic fibrosis drug » STAT News Yet another showdown over the high cost of medicines is taking place in Ireland, where the government and the maker of a cystic fibrosis treatment are locked in a battle that has enraged and worried p…

U.S. Companies Uncertain Of NAFTA Trading Under Trump Administration » WBUR President Trump's threats to disrupt trade with Mexico aren't just worrying people south of the border. Each time Trump attacks the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, the executive…

Amazon is still on a hiring binge in Massachusetts » Boston Business Journal

Education

Why Students Need To Learn About Dissent As A Patriotic Act » WBUR “I think that they should either get with the program or they can go.” …

Environment

Beverly considers impact of sea level rise » The Salem News The city's 11 miles of coastline could look vastly different in coming decades, and city officials are exploring how to work with that.…

Forest pipeline opponents hang tough » Berkshire Eagle A green light from Berkshire Superior Court could flash on Monday for the 13-mile Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline extension that would cut through two miles of Otis State Forest in Sandisfield.…

Pipeline foes plan 'funeral' for Otis State Forest » The Republican Saying Massachusetts conservation land should not be sold for pipeline development, a group of energy activists plan this afternoon to stage a 'funeral' for the Otis State Forest.…

Federal

People affected by travel ban advised to get on flights immediately » Boston Globe Following an appeals court ruling early Sunday morning that maintained the halt on President Trump's immigration order until at least Monday, attorneys in Massachusetts were advising people affected t…

Health Care

Nick Littlefield, 74; helped Kennedy shape health care legislation » Boston Globe By 1988, Nick Littlefield had mastered much of the legal profession's most challenging repertoire. …

Gov. Baker taking steps on health care amid national health care debate » WCVB The next chapter in the national health care debate has yet to be written, but Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is already laying the groundwork for returning Massachusetts to key elements of the state's…

Baker touts state's Health Connector » The Valley Dispatch

Housing

Housing Not A Priority, According To Pols – But Polls Find Otherwise » Banker & Tradesman There only thing that Massachusetts voters are more fed up about than soaring home prices and rents is the rising cost of health care – and not by much.…

Human Services

Baker boosts funding for young disabled adults » Gloucester Times A growing population of developmentally and intellectually disabled adults stands to see a substantial bump in help from the state under Gov. Charlie Baker's preliminary budget.…

Judiciary

SJC to hear arguments in dispute over SORB chair firing » Salem News With a new president routinely Tweeting out less-than-flattering comments about others, the comments former Governor Deval Patrick made about Saundra Edwards after ousting her from the Sex Offender Re…

Legislative

On Beacon Hill: Trump and DeLeo, political soulmates — who knew? » State House News Service Recap and analysis of the week in state, and federal, government from State House News Service…

O'Connor Ives sponsors resolution condemning Trump order on immigration » Newburyport News The state Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday sponsored by a local senator to condemn President Donald J. Trump's executive order barring some people from seven Muslim-majority nations fro…

State lawmakers to get big pay raises, despite heavy criticism » WWLP 22 It's official. State lawmakers gave themselves big salary increases. It took a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate to override Governor Charlie Baker's veto.…

DeLeo shows interest in blocking use of inmates on Trump's wall project » State House News Service

Local Government

Now that North Adams, Clarksburg are Green Communities, how to use the grants? » Berkshire Eagle In rural Clarksburg, one of the town's largest consumers of power is actually street lights. But that may soon change. …

Trump refugee travel ban spurs Greater Lowell groups to action » Nashoba Publishing Leaders and supporters of The International Institute of New England say they've been re-energized to help refugees trying to enter the United States.…

Opinion

Ask Neil Gorsuch about Merrick Garland » Boston Globe PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NOMINATION of Judge Neil Gorsuch gives Senate Democrats an opportunity to put a difficult question to the nominee: Does he believe that Senate Republicans acted constitutionally and …

Donald Trump's case against the NEA has nothing to do with budgets » Boston Globe WITH SPITEFUL, RECKLESS policies emanating from the White House every day, threatening real lives as well as the national character, it may seem trivial to worry about the arts. …

Donald Trump's dangerous China illusions » Boston Globe Today's China offers a rude awakening for Americans who believe that the United States and the United States alone should dominate world power. Donald Trump seems to count himself among these neoconse…

Offering a new way forward for urban schools » Boston Globe FOR THOSE LOOKING for a way forward on urban education after last year's polarizing charter school ballot battle, one hopeful sign came in Governor Charlie Baker's recent State of the Commonwealth spe…

Chabot: Dems swing and miss on Donald Trump » Boston Herald Mayor Marty Walsh, like nearly every Democrat in Massachusetts, is blasting President Trump at packed protests, on radio shows and in print over his immigration restrictions and threat of federal fund…

Robichaud: Crybaby Democrats learning turnabout is fair play » Boston Herald Call the Guinness Book of World Records. Democrats have thrown the longest temper tantrum in our country's history. We are now 90 days into this hissy fit since Donald Trump was elected president.…

Editorial: Pay hike repercussions » Boston Herald Well no wonder some of the top statewide Democratic office holders are walking ... no, make that running ... away from that whopping $18 million pay raise package. The raises are looking more and more…

Lawmakers crossed the line in raising their pay » Boston Globe NEITHER A single thoughtful columnist nor the editorial board of the Globe has supported the size and opaque process of our legislators' approval of their own pay raises. When asked about the exorbita…

Jack Spillane: South Coasters stuck waiting for that train that never comes » South Coast Today I hear the train a comin'/It's rollin' 'round the bend/And I ain't seen the sunshine/Since, I don't know when. - Johnny Cash in Folsom Prison Blues …

Carr: Governor parties with fattened hacks » Boston Herald This is a picture that's worth a thousand words. It's GOP Gov. Charlie “Tall Deval” Baker, in Westport Monday night, at a Democrat fundraiser addressing a crowd of his fellow Beacon Hill …

Politics

It's getting awkward for Ayanna Pressley in the mayoral race » Boston Globe So, what is Ayanna Pressley to do? The race for mayor is just gearing up, and the two major contenders — Mayor Martin J. Walsh and City Councilor Tito Jackson — could benefit from Pressl…

Public Health

Protect girls from genital mutilation » Cape Cod Times What you are about to read may disturb you. It is not against the law in Massachusetts for a person to cut away the outer genitals of a girl, without using anesthesia, to make her a more attractive br…

State Finance

A First: Governor's Budget Includes Education Funds For Base Children - Editorial » Cape News The $40.5 billion state budget that Governor Charlie Baker released last week included $1.3 million to help school districts pay costs associated with educating children living with their families on …

State Government

Rewriting state regs -- minus the fury » Lowell Sun Until last April there was a 1907 regulation on the books in Massachusetts that required the bodies of people who had died from infectious diseases to be covered by a sheet.…

Stipends on steroids » Commonwealth Magazine HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO and Senate President Stan Rosenberg got much more than a $1,000-a-week pay hike when the Legislature passed the bill to increase their salaries: They also were handed enormo…

GOP lawmakers must decide whether to accept raise they rejected » Berkshire Eagle The choice for Republicans seemed to be an easy one. All 41 House and Senate members of the Grand Old Party voted against pay raises for themselves, their governor and other constitutional officers an…

Sanctuary effort spreads to more communities » Boston Globe Despite President Trump's vow to strip federal funds from sanctuary cities, more communities are weighing whether to follow the lead of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville and pass measures shielding un…

Also up on Beacon Hill » The Sun Chronicle URGE TRUMP TO RECONSIDER TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS - The Senate on a voice vote, without a roll call, approved a resolution condemning the recent Executive Order issued by President Trump which for 90 days …

Pay-raise override vote drew lots of attention on the hill » Lowell Sun THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators' and representatives' votes on roll calls from the week of Jan. 30 to Feb. 3. …

Deval Patrick argues for immunity from defamation claim » Boston Globe

Maura Healey joins 15 other AGs calling for blocking travel ban » Milford Daily News

Taxation

Mass. drops its online tax-filing system, turns to commercial services » Boston Globe Massachusetts has joined a growing number of states that have ditched their free online tax-filing system, pushing residents to use software developed by private companies, and in some cases to pay fo…

Transportation

Pols & Politics: No cheap ride to fight MBTA privatization » Boston Herald Facing its most serious threat of privatization in a generation, the MBTA's largest union did what most would do: It lobbied. A lot.…

Idling trains irk neighbors of Andover station » The Eagle Tribune There is no immediate relief planned for residents of the Railroad Square area, including Andover Commons, who are vexed by the noise and fumes associated with Pan Am's idling trains.…

MBTA weeding out obstructed bus stops » State House News Service

Utilities

Eagle Eye Team Report: Broadband expansion languishes in Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle Nearly 10 years ago, Gov. Deval Patrick came to Becket with a promise of information-age equity: broadband internet service across Western Massachusetts. By 2011, he said.…

Inside the broadband meltdown: WiredWest retools after losing faceoff with MBI » Berkshire Eagle A broadband vision for the Berkshires crashed and burned one afternoon in December 2015. A year later, people still poke through the wreckage. They want to understand why the Massachusetts Broadband …

State Report Finds Massachusetts Municpalities Face Big Expense For Water, Sewer Repairs » WAMC

Weekend News

Suffolk probate register is suspended » Boston Globe Two years after he unseated an official accused of lax work habits and confrontational behavior, Suffolk Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo has been placed on administrative leave and the office is u…

Most SouthCoast legislators defend pay raise; some not talking » South Coast Today When it comes to their thinking on the pay raises for legislative leaders, some SouthCoast legislators are talking and some are not.…

AG reviewing Boston judge's ruling in travel ban lawsuit » NBC 10 News The Massachusetts Attorney General's office says it's reviewing a decision by a Boston judge not to extend an earlier temporary injunction against President Donald Trump's refugee and immigration ban.…

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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 - 2/6

Birthdays: Rep. Joseph McKenna

9:00am MRVP Cookie Day, Grand Staircase

9:00am African Caribbean American Coalition Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 2/7

Birthdays: Rep. Kevin Kuros

9:00am St. Francis House Advocacy Day, Nurses Hall

9:00am Women's Bar Association Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall

Wednesday - 2/8

9:00am Department of Mental Health Metro Boston Area Citizens Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall

10:00am Informational Session with Coleman Nee, CEO of Triangle Inc., Room 222

10:00am "Cookie Day" in support of the Mass. Rental Voucher Program, Grand Staircase

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

6:00pm NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts' 2017 'Men for Choice' awards honoring U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy and former Sen. Dan Wolf

Thursday - 2/9

No Hearings Scheduled

Friday - 2/10

Birthdays: Rep. Cory Atkins

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session


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