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LONGTIME NEWS SERVICE EDITOR HELEN WOODMAN HARRINGTON DIES » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 26, 2017.....Helen Woodman Harrington, who epitomized the values of even-handedness and integrity the State House News Service still strives to uphold, died Monday at her bel…

Dentists are feeling a sharp pain, thanks to Delta Dental » Boston Globe A plan by the state's largest dental insurer to sell new low-cost coverage has sparked an outcry among dentists, who fear the move will cut their incomes and force them to rush through appointments. …

People Are Using "Nevertheless, She Persisted" To Share Examples Of Badass Women » BuzzFeed The statement only served as a rallying cry for feminists and Warren's progressive base, and soon “nevertheless, she persisted” and the hashtag #LetLizSpeak were being widely shared on Twi…

MASS. EMPLOYERS STRONGLY FAVOR CHANGES TO AFFORDABLE CARE ACT » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 8, 2017.....Massachusetts employers agree that the federal health care system needs to change, but there is no consensus around what changes to make or how to make them, an A…

Trump's Labor Pick Loves Burgers, Bikinis, and Free Markets » Bloomberg Politics “What's more American,” the Carl's Jr. narrator asks in a 2015 advertisement for the Most American Thickburger, “than a girl [swimsuit model Samantha Hoopes, biting into a potato-chi…

Obama's party-building legacy splits Democrats » Politico Party officials are having a painful discussion about the state and local losses that occurred on his watch.…

From raw milk to veterans working on farms, Rep. Schmid optimistic for agriculture bill » The Herald News BOSTON - Raw milk is back on the legislative menu this session, with a majority of the House signing onto a farm bill that Westport Rep. Paul Schmid said would benefit legislative districts from the u…

Kennedy enters 2018 Illinois governor's race ripping Rauner for causing 'economic chaos' » Chicago Tribune Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy entered the Illinois governor's race Wednesday, assailing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner for "destroying" the state's economy and failing to lead state government ou…

"We must acknowledge that we are at a tipping point. We're facing a 30 percent turnover rate in the EEC workforce. It's a workforce that quite frankly, I believe is in crisis,"

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Speaking about the current state of early childhood education in Massachusetts.

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Beltway Politics

Polling matters now more than ever » Commonwealth Magazine POLLING IS AN act of political resistance. It agglomerates the messy and inconvenient opinions of everyday people, kneads them into a whole, and forces them through the door into the air-conditioned e…

wburIn Trying To Silence Warren's Opposition To Sessions, Senate Republicans Handed Her A Megaphone » WBUR The Senate confirmed Jeff Sessions Wednesday night as the country's next attorney general, despite opposition from Democrats — most notably, from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.…

Labor Nominee Says He Will Divest Portfolio And Forfeit Unvested Shares » WBUR Andrew Puzder, President Trump's nominee for secretary of labor, has agreed to divest his holdings in CKE Restaurants — the fast-food giant of which he is CEO — forfeit unvested compensa…

Trump Slams Senator Who Revealed Gorsuch's Criticism Of Remarks On Judges » WBUR President Trump started the day by blasting a Democratic senator who revealed criticism of Trump from his nominee to the Supreme Court on Wednesday.…

Silencing by GOP gives Warren a national boost » Boston Globe Defensive Republicans were left to pick through the fallout Wednesday of their move to silence Democrat Elizabeth Warren Tuesday night during Senate debate, as early signs indicated that the GOP effor…

The Senate's selective silencing » Mass Politics Profs Decorum is supposed to matter in the United State Senate. As we learned last night, it is written in the rules. …

Gorsuch calls Trump's attacks on judges 'disheartening' » Boston Globe President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at federal judges considering a challenge to his executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, as his Supreme Court nominee call…

Trump on collision course with GOP deficit hawks » Boston Globe President Trump is proposing a $1 trillion infusion to upgrade American infrastructure, a new wall along the Mexican border, more military spending, and a series of sweeping new tax cuts — all …

Boston becomes ground zero in Trump resistance » Boston Globe Massive demonstrations swept through Boston, bigger by far than marches in many much larger cities. Legal and ideological challenges to President Trump's earliest initiatives emerged quickly here.…

DeLeo shows interest in blocking Mass. inmates to build Trump's wall » South Coast Today The Massachusetts House may be able do more than symbolically oppose some of the actions taken by President Donald Trump, House Speaker DeLeo said, floating the idea that Democrats on Beacon Hill coul…

Strategists: Sniping may backfire on Dems » Boston Herald An anti-Trump resistance has rallied the Democratic base and dominated media coverage, but it could easily backfire with the crucial independent voters it lost in November if the onslaught of obstruct…

Mayor Walsh to Liz Warren: Defy McConnell and speak out » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh said U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren should “absolutely” defy the vote that silenced her criticism of controversial attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions and speak on the…

Business

Ivanka Trump going under wraps at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls » Boston Globe Marshalls and T.J. Maxx have become two of the most popular discount retailers in the country by offering shoppers an ever-changing selection of bargains. …

Boston drain firm indicted in fatal trench collapse » Boston Globe A Boston drain firm and its owner flouted safety regulations that could have saved two employees who died when a trench collapsed and filled with water in October, prosecutors said Wednesday.…

Attorney general cracks down on Sutton gun dealer » Worcester Telegram A gun dealer who was illegally operating from his home has agreed to surrender his license to sell firearms in Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Wednesday.…

Here We Go Again: Massachusetts Non-Compete Legislation Back in Play » JD Supra As we previously reported, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed contrasting versions of non-compete reform bills in 2016 but were unable to come to an agreement by the end of the legislative sess…

Legislature looking to pass farm bill » Worcester Business Journal Schmid's bill has the backing of 96 members of the House - a majority of the 160-seat body - and 10 senators. Spencer Democrat Sen. Anne Gobi filed similar legislation in the Senate, and co-sponsored …

West Mass is new brand identity for Pioneer Valley tourism, business » The Republican The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts unveiled their new branding identity -- West Mass -- Tuesday night at an event at Ope…

Mish Michaels loses WGBH science job — because she doesn't believe in vaccines » Boston Globe Did WGBH News hire a science reporter who doesn't believe in science?…

Civil Rights

Locally-Made Documentary Connects Pivotal Moment In Civil Rights Movement To Today » WBUR The St. Augustine movement has been described as the bloodiest campaign of the civil rights movement. It took place in Florida, at the site of the oldest European settlement in North America.…

Education

DeLEO: SALARY BOOSTS COULD LIFT EARLY ED SYSTEM "IN CRISIS" » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 8, 2017.....The annual House budget taking shape now will include increased funding for the early educator salary and benefit rate reserve, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo pla…

Will state embrace innovation school zones? » Commonwealth Magazine THE HIGHLY CHARGED DEBATE over charter schools last fall ended with a resounding statewide vote against significant expansion of the public, but independently operated, schools. What the vote did not …

State early childhood education system 'in crisis,' says DeLeo » Boston Globe

UMass Faculty Senate to consider resolution condemning President Donald Trump's immigration ban » The Republican The University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty Senate Feb. 16 will consider passing a resolution condemning the Trump administration for its immigrant travel ban.…

Speaker Robert DeLeo: Salary boosts could lift early ed system 'in crisis' » MassLive The annual House budget taking shape now will include increased funding for the early educator salary and benefit rate reserve, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo plans to file a bill to expand profession…

Health Care

Survey: Mass. employers favor changes to American Care Act » Sentinel & Enterprise Massachusetts employers agree that the federal health-care system needs to change, but there is no consensus around what changes to make or how to make them, an Associated Industries of Massachusetts …

New hospital assessment spurs $17M loss for Partners HealthCare » Boston Business Journal A new hospital assessment is hurting the bottom line at Partners HealthCare hospitals, piling on top of pressures from higher operating expenses at its hospitals and ongoing struggles with its insuran…

Hearing set to weigh health care cost growth benchmark » State House News Service Patients, health care providers, employers and other members of the public will have a chance to weigh in on where the state should set the benchmark used to measure progress on controlling medical sp…

Judiciary

Baker's SJC pick Cypher promises to practice 'strong jurisprudence' » Boston Herald A longtime appellate judge nominated to the state's highest court yesterday says if confirmed, she will aim to protect civil liberties and practice “strong jurisprudence,” and is drawing p…

Gov. Baker Nominates Appeals Judge To State's Highest Court » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday named Massachusetts Appeals Court Justice Elspeth Cypher to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Judicial Court, marking the Republican's fourth nomination to the st…

SJC nominee 'enamored' with state Constitution » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker's nominee for the Supreme Judicial Court described herself Wednesday as enamored with the state Constitution and said she hopes to bring the same approach to the state's highest…

Retired judge to lead investigation into Suffolk Probate » Boston Globe Days after placing Suffolk Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo on paid administrative leave, the Massachusetts Trial Court announced the investigator who will conduct the probe into his office.…

Freetown woman, former member of Bristol County DA's office, nominated to SJC » South Coast Today State Appeals Court Justice Elspeth "Ellie" B. Cypher, a former longtime prosecutor in the Bristol County DA's office, was nominated Wednesday to be an associate justice with the state Supreme Judicia…

Governor taps Cypher to succeed Botsford on SJC » Mass Lawyers Weekly Judge Elspeth “Ellie” B. Cypher, a 16-year veteran of the Appeals Court, has become Gov. Charlie Baker's fourth nominee to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court, Baker announced Wednesday mo…

Berkshire legal community praises Adams lawyer nominated for district judge seat » Berkshire Eagle Patience. That's the quality often attributed to Mark J. Pasquariello, the Adams attorney in line to be the county's newest district court judge. …

SJC nominee Elspeth Cypher may offer 'centrist' outlook » Worcester Telegram Appeals Court Senior Associate Justice Elspeth "Ellie" Cypher has mentored newer colleagues on the court, written a book on criminal law, and earned the respect of colleagues in and out of the court s…

McGovern: SJC will decide whether ICE hold hangs up rights » Boston Herald Amid the ongoing controversy surrounding President Trump's hard-line stance on immigration, the Supreme Judicial Court is preparing to hear a blockbuster case that could reshape how Massachusetts offi…

Vote on judicial nominees triggers "chaos" at Governor's Council meeting » State House News Service Animosity between members of the Governor's Council erupted into "chaos" and shouting on Wednesday as the elected panel that vets judicial nominees confirmed Methuen attorney Salim Rodriguez Tabit by …

Patrick's SJC appointees heard his case » Boston Globe

Labor

OSHA cites Brookline psychiatric hospital » Boston Globe Workplace safety inspectors have cited Arbour-HRI, a Brookline psychiatric hospital, after discovering that front-line employees suffered broken bones and concussions during interactions with violentl…

Would you give up pay for more family time? » Boston Globe Tor de Vries spent the first part of his career as an art director in New York, working more than 80 hours a week and pulling in six figures. Then he had his first child, and everything changed.…

GE announces ambitious plan to close gender gap » Boston Business Journal Boston-based General Electric Co. is making a commitment to close the gender gap at its organization by promising to place 20,000 women in technical roles by 2020, Business Insider reports.…

Legislative

At Commonwealth Conversations stop at BCC, senators hear residents' concerns » Wicked Local Weymouth Taxes, gun laws, animal abuse and the opioid epidemic just a few of the many topics brought up by participants …

We Stand Together forum hosts Rep. Fernandes, Sen. Cyr » Martha's Vineyard Times Representative Dylan Fernandes and Senator Julian Cyr joined the standing-room-only crowd at the Hebrew Center on Sunday to consider immigration, healthcare, the future of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power St…

State lawmakers consider ban on Native American-themed mascots » WWLP 22 It's a debate that's divided many communities. 22News explains how Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill to ban Native American-themed mascots.…

SouthCoast residents give legislators earful at Commonwealth Conversations forum » South Coast Today

Local Government

Chelsea, Lawrence sue Trump over immigration funding threat » South Coast Today

State Sen. Montigny talks State Pier, South Coast Rail in New Bedford visit » The Herald News About two dozen people - including lawmakers and local business owners - surrounded state Sen. Mark Montigny inside a conference room on the second floor of the State Pier Tuesday morning. The lawmake…

City leaders support AG in Trump lawsuit » The Eagle Tribune Following an executive order signed last month by President Donald Trump halting immigration from seven Middle Eastern countries, city officials are voicing their support of state Attorney General Mau…

Legislation threatens millions in future local aid from lottery » The Harvard Press Harvard stands to lose a substantial amount of unrestricted state aid if a bill filed in January by state Sen. James E. Timilty becomes law. According to the bill, any town that could sell lottery tic…

Board may look to follow Legislature's lead, hike pay » Boston Herald Hard on the heels of a controversial Beacon Hill pay hike, a Walsh administration board is quietly laying the groundwork for the mayor to dole out hefty raises to top city officials that could go int…

Haverhill teen rape suspect who is son of council president arraiged » The Eagle Tribune A Haverhill teen accused of rape and strangulation or suffocation was arraigned Monday in Essex County Juvenile Court in Lawrence following his indictment by an Essex Grand Jury.…

Opinion

The beauty and power of becoming a US citizen » Boston Globe ON JAN. 11, the Worcester Art Museum hosted its first naturalization ceremony. …

For Trump, it's not terrorism if the victim is Muslim » Boston Globe So Donald Trump thinks that the “very dishonest press” doesn't want to report on terrorism.…

Our View: A neighborhood improvement program with impact » The Herald News It's sad to say, but some neighborhoods can be improved by the wrecking ball. Recognizing this, Fall River is trying to demolish three decrepit buildings whose absence will greatly improve the surroun…

Letter: Lovely, Tucker Work to Overturn Citizens United » Salem Patch Thanks to State Sen. Joan Lovely and State Rep. Paul Tucker for co-sponsoring the We the People Act which will hopefully be passed in the new legislative session. …

Nobody puts Elizabeth Warren in a corner » Boston Globe THERE'S SOMETHING about Elizabeth Warren that really bothers people — especially powerful men.…

Assault weapons suit senseless and unethical » The Inquirer and Mirror I have become aware that the Gun Owners' Action League has filed a suit against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Gov. Charles Baker for their efforts to enforce the Massachusetts law ba…

Our Opinion: Senator Warren won't be muzzled » Berkshire Eagle The vote to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, by Senate Republicans late Tuesday night was indefensible and hypocritical. And there will no silencing the senator. …

Baker's Expert Bipartisanship » The Heights Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has been absent from so many recent protests that many people have started to ask the question: “Where is he?” …

Shame on state for approving raises » The Recorder After having my political consciousness raised at the Women's March, I'm surprised that my first act of political outrage is at the Democratic leaders of the Massachusetts Legislature.…

Politics

Robert F. Kennedy's son announces bid for Illinois governor » Boston.com Chris Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, announced Wednesday he will run for Illinois governor in 2018…

Officials push the breaks on travel ban » The Suffolk Journal The recent executive order on immigration from newly inaugurated President Donald Trump has sent shockwaves throughout Boston and the nation.…

Marty Walsh backs Patriots' Bennett, McCourty on White House boycott » Boston Herald Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is supporting two New England Patriots players who are skipping the photo opportunity at President Trump's White House following their Super Bowl win.…

Public Safety

Homeland Security Secretary: Travel Vetting Could Include Passwords, Tweets » WBUR Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says the U.S. needs to "do a better job to vet" residents of seven majority-Muslim countries that the Trump administration has temporarily banned from entering t…

Rockland awarded SAFE program grants » Wicked Local Rockland State Rep. David DeCoste, R-Norwell, recently announced that the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security awarded the town of Rockland $4,540 in grant funds for the Student Awareness of Fire Edu…

State Finance

Cape Tourism Officials Lobbying Lawmakers to Restore Funding » Cape Cod Online Officials from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce head to Beacon Hill Wednesday to lobby lawmakers to restore cut funding for tourism marketing.…

Post-pay raises, DeLeo says $$$ not there to revisit Baker cuts » State House News Service

State Government

Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump stresses learning from positive and negative experiences at YPS Leadership Luncheon » The Republican Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump doesn't just remember the good times, she also looks for important lessons when she's failed. Bump was the speaker at the Young Professionals of Greater Spring…

Transportation

The MBTA passes a big winter test, for now » Boston Globe

Utilities

In Net neutrality fight, broadband's the fix » Boston Globe Less than a month after being sworn in, Donald Trump has begun to destroy the Internet. Well, at least that seems to be the opinion of multiple Internet activists and politicians.…

Brockton Power plant proposal can't cut it at regional auction, throws project into question » The Enterprise

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Senate president supports criminal justice reforms » Bay State Banner

Gov. Charlie Baker: 'I find it hard to believe' Coretta Scott King letter was out of order » The Republican

Prohibitions, moratorium on retail marijuana to be decided at Town Election » Wicked Local Norwood

SJC nominee Cypher describes judicial approach » State House News Service

Mass. employers strongly favor changes to Affordable Care Act » State House News Service

Fire department receives state grant » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Governor blames rain, quick temperature drop for difficult Wednesday commute » The Republican

Charlie Baker sides with Elizabeth Warren » Boston Globe

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