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Must-Reads

Lawmakers may collect multiple bonuses » Boston Globe Not only are House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg getting 45 percent pay raises, but a slew of legislators are also set for a potential financial bonanza, thanks to little-no…

Comedians get bump by skewering Trump » Politico There's a new pecking order among the late night comedy shows: The ones that are most aggressive in making fun of President Donald Trump are suddenly seeing their viewership boom. …

What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read » Politico The first weeks of the Trump presidency have brought as much focus on the White House's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, as on the new president himself. But if Bannon has been the driving force behind…

Report: Despite efforts, 35 kids died in state care » Boston Herald As many as 35 children died while in state care or custody last fiscal year — half of them less than a year old, including a dozen substance-exposed newborns, according to a new report that und…

How tech ate the media and our minds » Axios Let's face it: most of us are more distracted and more frazzled than ever. We are prisoners to our phones: tweeting our every thought, or snapping our every emotion, or Facebooking our every fantasy, …

As new probe unfolds, time to abolish Suffolk probate » Boston Globe THE MYSTERIOUS suspension of Felix D. Arroyo from his $134,692-a-year job as Suffolk register of probate, just a few years after the last scandal at the office, offers yet another opportunity to rethi…

Obama's Lost Army » The New Republic He built a grassroots machine of two million supporters eager to fight for change. Then he let it die. This is the untold story of Obama's biggest mistake—and how it paved the way for Trump.…

"This is a travesty of justice," Devaney said before the meeting got underway. She said, "This was all set up. It's a set-up. It's a disgrace. And lieutenant governor, you shouldn't be part of it."

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During the Governor's Council meeting where Salim Rodriguez Tabit was confirmed for the Superior Court

News By Category
Beltway Politics

A divided, testy Senate OKs Trump health secretary » Boston Globe Republicans won Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's choice for health secretary early Friday in the testy chamber's fourth consecutive brawl over Cabinet picks.…

Hitting Trump where it hurts » Commonwealth Magazine President Trump's opponents haven't had much luck in Washington blocking his cabinet appointments, but they seem to be having some success in convincing people to stop purchasing products associated w…

Tom Price Confirmed As Secretary Of Health And Human Services » WBUR The Senate early Friday confirmed Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as the new secretary of Health and Human Services. He was approved by a party-line vote of 52 to 47. Democrats were concerned that the conserv…

'Nevertheless, She Persisted': Elizabeth Warren, And A Galvanizing Moment For American Women » WBUR Sen. Elizabeth Warren has provided a critical answer to the question that followed the massive women's marches held around the country on Jan. 21: What next? Described as the largest demonstration eve…

In Phone Call With Xi, Trump Reaffirms U.S. Commitment To One-China Policy » WBUR President Trump spoke to around 20 world leaders before calling China's president, Xi Jinping. But he finally did it Thursday evening.…

Business

After losing job, Mish Michaels says her personal beliefs were 'positioned inaccurately' » Boston Globe

Buzz building about Suffolk Downs sale » Commonwealth Magazine RESIDENTS OF EAST BOSTON and Revere say they are hearing a sale of Suffolk Downs is imminent, but officials at the track say they have nothing to report.…

In wake of pols' pay hike, retailers seek tax-free holiday » Boston Herald The head of a statewide retailers group is urging lawmakers to bring back the tax-free holiday this year, especially after Beacon Hill pols voted themselves a sizable pay raise.…

Boston reaps tax windfall from new construction » Boston Globe Boston's building boom is paying off for the city.…

Sights set on survival: Mass. pins hopes on new 'military-innovation' complex » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

AG Healey, immigration lawyers cheer appeals court ruling on travel ban » Boston Globe Lawyers and advocates for immigrants cheered a federal appeals court ruling Thursday that denied a request to reinstate President Trump's travel ban, and praised the court's finding that “the go…

Crimes

SJC rules prosecution can in teen slay » Boston Herald Prosecution of a youth accused of murdering an East Boston teen will go ahead after a ruling yesterday by the state Supreme Judicial Court in the case surrounding the death of a young Charlestown hock…

Education

Massachusetts pumps $10.5 million into STEM education » StateScoop Gov. Charlie Baker has earmarked new funds for STEM education and workforce development programs reminiscent of Obama's TechHire.…

Trump's low road on immigration will hurt Mass. higher ed » Boston Globe America has unceremoniously thrown away its welcome mat to the world, and our universities and colleges will be among those hardest hit.…

State House bills zero in on UMass building process: Would mandate public process, link projects to education needs » Dorchester Reporter Three local legislators have filed bills that would limit the primary purpose of University of Massachusetts Boston buildings to education and necessitate an open public process for any new developmen…

DeVos selection roils reform sector » Commonwealth Magazine THE BATTLE OVER President Trump's pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, had teachers unions, public school advocates, and many on the political left in high dudgeon. DeVos's record of support for…

DeLeo: Salary boosts could lift an early ed system in 'crisis' » Worcester Telegram 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

In late night session, Senate confirms Price as health secretary » Sentinel & Enterprise Rep. Tom Price, President Donald Trump's choice to be health secretary, is the latest of a handful of Cabinet nominees to eke out a confirmation victory in a bitterly divided Senate. Following the pa…

Massachusetts bill would require no co-pay birth control, even if 'Obamacare' repealed » The Republican

Housing

1st-time buyers falling as share of Massachusetts real estate market » The Republican First-time buyers are finding themselves squeezed out of the Massachusetts housing market and now make up the smallest share of the market since at least 2003, according to survey numbers released Thu…

Human Services

New group to help growing Bay State senior population » Boston Herald With 61 percent of Bay State single elders struggling to keep their heads above water, a new coalition to raise awareness and fight for seniors is forming, advocates say.…

Rep. aims to ease restrictions on welfare benefits to families » Nashoba Publishing Drawing on life experiences she said gave her a "master's in poverty," Rep. Marjorie Decker on Thursday urged support for legislation that would ease certain restrictions on welfare benefits to famili…

Judiciary

Appeals Court Rejects Bid To Reinstate Trump's Travel Ban » WBUR A federal appeals court has unanimously rejected a Trump administration request to allow its travel ban to take effect.…

Vote on judicial nominee triggers 'chaos' at Governor's Council » The Valley Dispatch Animosity among 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 a …

SJC Remains Without Western Mass Justice After Baker's Latest Pick » New England Public Radio

Labor

The Future of Noncompetition Agreements in Massachusetts and Beyond » JD Supra The landscape of employee noncompetition (noncompete) agreements is in flux: most states allow such agreements and many states have enacted legislation that governs them. …

Ivy League Graduates Face a Significantly Wider Gender Pay Gap » Boston Magazine Female Ivy Leaguers make roughly the same as their male counterparts upon graduating. But somewhere between the ages of 24-36, they hit a snag.…

Legislative

Join in the 'Conversation' with your local state senator » Wicked Local Sherborn The Massachusetts State Senate announced the "Commonwealth Conversations 2017 Tour" that will bring Beacon Hill back to main street for a second session.…

Statehouse working on barrier to sheriff's border wall work crews » The Sun Chronicle A proposal by Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson to send his inmates to the Mexican border to help build President Donald Trump's wall is running into a barrier at the Statehouse.…

Post-pay raises, DeLeo says money not there yet to revisit Baker cuts » Gloucester Times The Legislature may restore some, but not all, of the $98 million in spending Gov. Charlie Baker cut from the budget in December, but House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Wednesday he wants at least one mo…

Lawmakers may collect multiple bonuses » Boston Globe Not only are House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg getting 45 percent pay raises, but a slew of legislators are also set for a potential financial bonanza, thanks to little-no…

Local Government

State rewards Ware, Warren with substantial grants for becoming 'Green Communities' » The Republican The towns of Ware and Warren have each been awarded grants of more than $100,000 by the state for electing to become "Green Communities."…

Opinion

Why the MBTA needs more riders » Boston Globe If 2016 demonstrated anything, it is that in politics, a year is time enough to scramble all truisms. Massachusetts is no different — and in a good way.…

Editorial: Making offenders pay » Boston Herald A Suffolk County grand jury has indicted a Boston-based drain company and its owner for what prosecutors say were willful, egregious safety failures that caused the drowning deaths of two workers in a…

Baker's doing the Massachusetts shuffle on Trump » Lowell Sun If Gov. Charlie Baker really wants to prove his anti-Donald Trump street cred, he'll open the State House to illegal immigrants.…

Benton: Baker in a tight spot » The Salem News One almost expected to see Gov. Charlie Baker don a sweater this week a la Mike Dukakis during the Blizzard of '78.…

How Trump can assure Gorsuch's confirmation » Boston Globe Imagine Judge Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the US Supreme Court without a filibuster, after a respectful process that probed his legal philosophy and judicial decisions, but acknowledged his obvious abil…

The GOP's hypocrisy in shutting up Elizabeth Warren » Boston Globe It is important to begin any discussion of Mitch McConnell singling out Elizabeth Warren's remarks on the Senate floor for censorship by emphasizing the central fact of that debate: The vote of every …

Patriots skipping the White House visit are demonstrating core American values » Boston Globe As far as I'm concerned, the refusal of five Patriots to celebrate their Super Bowl victory at the White House exemplifies the true spirit of patriotism.…

Politics

Ty Allan Jackson to Run For Pittsfield City Council » iBerkshires The local businessman and children's author announced his candidacy for an at-large position on John Krol's "Good Morning, Pittsfield" show on Thursday morning. …

Residents rally resistance at town hall forum in Cambridge » Wicked Local Cambridge President Donald Trump's executive orders targeting Muslims, immigrants and sanctuary cities have left many residents asking what can be done to protect and preserve the Cambridge community.…

Public Safety

Gun tax, large weapons ban included in new bill » Wicked Local Watertown A new proposal on Beacon Hill would increase taxes on gun sales, ban .50 caliber weapons, restrict personal sales and enact additional regulations on firearms and ammunition.…

Sheriff lauds ICE training prez touted » Boston Herald Sheriffs are being taught how to detain illegal immigrants before they are bailed from jail, said Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, through a program that he said President Trump pushed this w…

Lawmakers looking to lower prison recidivism » Gloucester Times The number of people locked up in Massachusetts is among the lowest in the country based on population, but 2 of 5 people released end up back behind bars.…

State Finance

Post-pay raises, DeLeo says money not there yet to revisit Bakers cuts » Lowell Sun

State Government

Plymouth 400th Anniversary Commission begins 2020 planning » Wicked Local Plymouth The Plymouth, Massachusetts 400th Anniversary Commission, which is charged with ensuring a befitting national and state observance of the settlement of Plymouth Colony in 1620, met for the first time …

New To The Massachusetts Governor's Council, Mary Hurley Calls For Rules » New England Public Radio

Governor Baker declares Feb. 11 as Mass 2-1-1 Day » Sampan

Transportation

Mayor Walsh issues new rule: Be nice or lose your parking space » Boston Globe Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh Friday created a new rule for space saver etiquette in Boston: Make a threat, lose your space.…

MBTA's $100M gamble pays off as trains, buses running » Boston Herald The MBTA is vowing yesterday's deployment of $100 million in state-of-the-art equipment and revamped blizzard procedures will set a new standard for storm-fighting, though as the storm wore on, delays…

Utilities

Municipal light plants decry proposed greenhouse gas limits » Worcester Telegram Representatives of local municipal light plants are protesting their inclusion under a proposed clean energy standard that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions.…

Power auction goes smoothly for 2020-2021 » Commonwealth Magazine NEW ENGLAND POWER GRID OFFICIALS said on Thursday that they easily secured enough electricity to meet the region's energy needs three years from now…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

Patrick's SJC appointees heard his case » Boston Globe

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

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB1 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB2019 - An Order relative to the adoption of permanent Joint Rules for the 190th General Court governing the 2017-2018 legislative sessions

SB1163 - An Act relative to transparency and access in healthcare

SB583 - An Act to ensure access to generic medications

SB524 - An Act improving access to child and adolescent mental health services

SB9 - Joint Rules governing the 2017-2018 legislative sessions

HB68 - An Act to reorganize the Department of Public Safety

SB643 - An Act to promote public health through the prevention and wellness trust fund

SB551 - An Act reducing health care costs through improved medication management

House Actions This Week: 16

Senate Actions This Week: 17


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