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Evan Falchuk, former independent candidate, switches to Democratic Party » Boston Globe Evan Falchuk, whose 2014 run for governor put the political party he founded on the Massachusetts map, is now a Democrat, eschewing his third party in favor of a coordinated effort to combat President…

Rules to cut carbon emissions in Mass. may increase them in New England, critics say » Boston Globe A Baker administration plan to cut harmful greenhouse gases could have the unintended consequence of boosting carbon emissions across the rest of New England, say some environmental advocates and repr…

Police Chiefs Say Trump's Law Enforcement Priorities Are Out of Step » New York Times Police chiefs and prosecutors fear reliance on punitive tactics will erode trust and cause more problems than they solve.…

Andrew Sullivan: Trump "unstable, incapable of accepting reality" » CNN Money In a rare TV appearance columnist Andrew Sullivan discusses tough questions about the President's behavior with CNN's Brian Stelter. The pioneering blogger, now a Contributing Editor for New York Maga…

Speed Limits on Trump's Infrastructure Drive: Federal Laws, Rare Species and Nimbys » The Wall Street Journal Environmental regulations and neighborhood opposition routinely bog down projects and will likely constrain the administration's plan to spend $1 trillion …

Trump plan to revive US steel faces barriers » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — In his first few days on the job, President Trump had a lot to say about energy pipelines. He wanted them built and, true to his America First philosophy, he wanted them built with…

Trump, Trudeau to discuss women in workforce » ABC News President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will participate in a roundtable discussion about women in the workforce Monday, showing the rising policy influence of the first daug…

Whitman GOP rep weighs challenge to Elizabeth Warren » Boston Herald Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl says he is “seriously considering” a 2018 run against U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, conjuring a potential race between one of President Trump's most ardent …

Activists pushing for end to Massachusetts sub-minimum wage » Boston Herald Activists are planning to rally at the Massachusetts Statehouse to call for an end to the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers. …

Lawmakers want to block prisons' revolving doors » Berkshire Eagle The number of people locked up in Massachusetts is among the lowest in the country based on population, but two of five people released end up back behind bars. …

The Democrats' demographic dilemma » Boston Globe If no man is an island, no political party should be an archipelago. Such are the Democrats — blue islands in a sea of red. …

Even in Texas, Mass Imprisonment Is Going Out of Style » New York Times In many states, reducing the rate of incarceration has become a bipartisan goal.…

The Topline: Winter Storm Trump hits Massachusetts » MassINC Polling Group Welcome back to The Topline! Now that we're through Election 2016, we decided to reboot the newsletter. Every two weeks we'll round up the latest in national and Massachusetts polling, politics, and d…

Architect of health care law warns of replacement's pitfalls » Politico CAMBRIDGE —The architect of Romneycare and the Affordable Care Act says issues around affordability, selection, and a proper insurance architecture must all be tackled in any forthcoming change…

Diehl Weighing Senate Run: 'Liz Warren Doesn't Seem To Understand Presidential Campaign Is Over' » New Boston Post BOSTON — State Representative Geoff Diehl was unable to defeat a well-connected Beacon Hill Democrat from Brockton in his bid to land a seat in the state Senate, so what makes the Whitman Repub…

QUESTIONS REMAIN ABOUT COVERING COSTS OF JUDICIAL PAY RAISES » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 14, 2017....Whether the judicial branch can fund the salary increases awarded by lawmakers last week appears to be a somewhat open question. …

Jewish fears of Trump White House mount on eve of Netanyahu visit » McClatchy DC Bureau When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Donald Trump in Washington this week, he will do so against the backdrop of an American Jewish diaspora more fearful and skeptical o…

How easy is it to securely leak information to some of America's top news organizations? This easy » NiemanLab The week's events and the new climate of uncertainty spurred a number of news organizations to remind readers that they are ready and willing to accept leaks, via regular mail and also online with sec…

T considering privatization of core services » Commonwealth Magazine State Auditor Suzanne Bump, whose office oversees enforcement of the Pacheco Law, scoffs at the MBTA's claims. While admitting she is not in favor of privatization personally, Bump said in a recent in…

“Politics has changed. It’s really time to take sides,” Falchuk said in a telephone interview. “We don’t have the luxury of spending decades to build a new political party.”

Evan Falchuk

On his move from the United Independent Party to the Democratic Party

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Beltway Politics

Embattled national security advisor's fate uncertain » Sentinel & Enterprise Embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn's fate as one of President Donald Trump's senior aides is uncertain following reports that he discussed U.S. sanctions with a Russian envoy before Tru…

Social media mocks Education Dept. for misspelled tweets » Sentinel & Enterprise The Education Department is getting social media criticism after misspelling the name of a prominent African-American sociologist -- and then mistyping again when apologizing for the error. In a twee…

On Trump, Kennedy says 'We're not an authoritarian country' » Berkshire Eagle Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he thinks what President Donald Trump has done so far in office will "hopefully spark a reexamination of who we are as a people."…

In Roxbury, Warren talks about being silenced during Sessions debate » Boston Globe No one wanted to talk about the civil rights record of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions', Senator Elizabeth Warren told parishioners Sunday morning at the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in…

'Crazy like a fox': Mental health experts try to get inside Trump's mind » STAT News There it was again: During his first week in office, even as he unveiled policies affecting momentous issues from women's health and war refugees to oil pipelines and immigration, President Trump seem…

NOT FOR LEGISLATORS THOUGH - "Bill to require tax returns from presidential candidates advances in (NJ) Legislature," » NJ POLITICO Pro "Presidential candidates would be required to disclose their tax returns to get on the general election ballot in New Jersey under a bill that began advancing in the Legislature on Monday. The bill (A…

Business

Trump's Travel Ban Hurts Massachusetts Economy » WBUR If there is a silver lining to President Trump's now-stayed order excluding people from seven majority-Muslim states, it's the force of the pushback: Americans and our courts are understanding more cl…

Legislature looks to gut pot law » Metro.us When Massachusetts voters legalized recreational marijuana in November, it sparked a war in the legislature, where some lawmakers are bent on limiting the sale, use and cultivation of the intoxicating…

Why Trump will struggle to add manufacturing jobs » Boston Globe President Trump has pledged to be the greatest jobs producer that God ever created, and there's one type of job he seems to value above all others: manufacturing.…

Cape Tourism Officials Optimistic Marketing Funds Could be Restored » Cape Cod Online Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce officials are optimistic that state legislators could restore tourism marketing funding before the summer season.…

Civil Rights

Keller @ Large: Immigration Law Expert Talks Trump Travel Ban » CBS Boston When it comes to the rollout of President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel from seven different majority-Muslim countries, Immigration law expert Marisa DeFranco told WBZ political analys…

Education

Education must adapt to 21st century » Commonwealth Magazine THE PAST 25 YEARS have seen dramatic changes in our culture and society. Twenty-five years ago the internet was in its infancy and we still considered our country invulnerable as the twin towers still…

Yale Renames Calhoun College Over Namesake's Ties To Slavery And White Supremacy » WBUR Yale University announced Saturday that it will change the name of one of its esteemed residential colleges, Calhoun College, named after ardent supporter of slavery and prominent 19th century alumnus…

Considering A Parochial Model For Public Schools » WBUR Will mediocre public schools in Massachusetts take a page from their high-performing Catholic counterparts? To be fair, it's a page some excellent public schools also use: Give principals more author…

Mass. teachers far less diverse than students » Boston Globe The Massachusetts public school student population has grown increasingly diverse in recent years, but the state's teaching force has remained overwhelmingly white — a worrisome mismatch that, …

Springfield 'empowerment zone' school model considered for statewide expansion » MassLive A unique educational model in Springfield may be replicated statewide -- if some lawmakers and the Massachusetts governor have their way.…

Health Care

Medicaid cut could scale back nurses' visits to patients' homes » Boston Globe The Baker administration wants to cut how much the state pays for long-term home nursing care, a move to contain medical spending. But that may leave …

Planned Parenthood supporters urged to keep up 'pressure' at Springfield rally » MassLive Supporters of Planned Parenthood packed the steps of City Hall on Saturday, demanding greater access to reproductive health care for women across the country.…

Activists, students and community members gather for reproductive justice rally » The Daily Collegian Community members, students and activists gathered on the steps of Springfield City Hall Saturday afternoon to protest the ongoing restrictions to reproductive health care in the United States.…

Cost control target influenced by aging population, HPC chair says » State House News Service

Housing

Our Opinion: Affordable housing effort benefits families, community » Berkshire Eagle A key factor in keeping people and businesses in the Berkshires and attracting more of both is increasing the base of affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity and Construct Inc. provide examples of ho…

Worcester city councilor, anti-foreclosure group suing attorney general » Worcester Telegram Local anti-foreclosure activists and a city councilor are suing Attorney General Maura T. Healey over a ruling that derailed an attempted ballot initiative last year.…

Pace of multifamily housing permits slows in 2016 » Boston Globe The apartment building boom looks to be taking a break in the Boston suburbs.…

Affordable housing advocates crave bigger slice of CPA revenue » Boston Globe After Bostonians overwhelmingly voted for the Community Preservation Act, a small property tax increase aimed at improving neighborhoods, a new battle is taking shape — over the committee that …

Legislative

Pay Raises for Practiced Politicians » New Boston Post The practiced politicians in the Massachusetts House and Senate, working under cover of a dull rules debate and a national political spectacle, recently passed whopping pay increases for themselves an…

Speaker mum on House credit card spending details » WCVB The state House of Representatives charged more than $200,000 in three years to a taxpayer-paid state credit card, but House Speaker Robert DeLeo is refusing to release detailed spending records, citi…

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill: Slow Start To New Session, No Marijuana Committee (Yet) » New England Public Radio

DeLeo describes leadership, committee assignment process » State House News Service

Local Government

North Adams Makes Finalist for Small Biz Revolution » iBerkshires North Adams has been named one of five finalists for a half-million dollar downtown boost. The announcement was made early Thursday morning on Facebook Live by the Small Business Revolution initiati…

Opinion

HAND: After 20 years, South Coast still waiting for the train » The Sun Chronicle State Sen. Mark Montigny likes to tell the story about how as head of the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce in 1997, then Gov. William Weld promised him the South Coast would soon have commuter rail ser…

Politi-Beat Sunday Roundup: Can Gov. Baker maintain legislative peace in new term? » The Herald News The seemingly marathon Presidential election finally came to an end in November, and while the election for Massachusetts's gubernatorial seat isn't until November 2018, the campaigning has already be…

Walsh's turn on the national stage » Boston Globe The benefits of incumbency already make beating Mayor Marty Walsh in November surpassingly difficult. Now President Donald Trump has made it almost impossible.…

Our View: Gov. Baker's dilemma » The Metro West Daily News Gov. Charlie Baker is in an awkward position when it comes to standing up against the Trump Administration on issues that many residents fear could financially or in other ways harm the people and Bay…

Trump and the Doomsday Clock » Boston Globe The most chilling concern about Donald Trump is the worldwide fear that he puts our very survival at risk.…

No buyer's remorse from this Trump supporter » Boston Globe RE STEVE Kramer's Feb. 5 letter “Let's hear from Trump supporters suffering from buyer's remorse”: OK, so here's my response, Mr. Kramer. Your letter is another indication that when we do …

Monfredo: Needed - Advocates to Move the Foundation Budget Forward » Go Local Worcester As an educator and now as a school committee member this time of the year is not my favorite. Why, because it's BUDGET time and it's a time when we realize that education continues to get the short e…

Editorial: A budget backlash » Boston Herald House Speaker Robert DeLeo said last week that it's too soon to decide whether the state can afford to restore the mid-year budget cuts that Gov. Charlie Baker made in December. One might say that a m…

Chabot: Elizabeth Warren proves she's no real superstar by continuing to dodge tough press » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's clash with the GOP on the Senate floor has reaffirmed her liberal superstar status and skyrocketed her fundraising and 2020 presidential potential — but the anti-Tr…

State's schools plan is a pale imitation of Springfield's innovative effort » Boston Globe RE “THIS school zone offers change, hope” (Metro, Feb. 5): The proposed innovation zone legislation backed by Governor Baker and some misguided legislators is nothing like the Springfield …

The MTA's myopic agenda » Boston Globe FRESH OFF A victory on Question 2, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, led by combative firebrand Barbara Madeloni, is pushing legislation to undermine key pillars of this state's highly successfu…

Why Trump can't bully China » Boston Globe AS PRESIDENT DONALD Trump proceeds to destabilize the post-war global economic order, much of the world is collectively holding its breath.…

GUEST COLUMN: Finding the high road » The Sun Chronicle The road for children with special needs is not easily navigated, well-marked, or paved smoothly. Often, it's bumpy, filled with pot holes and unexpected turns, and can be discouragingly long. Such wa…

Letter: 'D' stands for greed, and election defeat » Worcester Telegram Greed with a capital "D." When Donald Trump gave his acceptance speech and he said only the ones in Washington prospered, we all know he meant the politicians. …

Politics

Why I'm joining the Democrats — and how they must change » Commonwealth Magazine AMERICAN POLITICS has changed. The driving force today is class – working people versus the wealthy, connected elite – and working people feel angry and left behind. They feel they're m…

Massachusetts Democrats waging resistance to President Trump » Berkshire Eagle Beacon Hill is replete with images of Massachusetts' revolutionary past — a past that is feeling much closer to Democrats waging their own resistance to Republican President Donald Trump. Sinc…

Independent Evan Falchuk joins Democratic Party » MassLive Evan Falchuk, who ran for governor as an independent in 2014, has joined the Democratic Party.…

This new poll asked voters to rate Elizabeth Warren and Charlie Baker on how they're handling President Donald Trump » MassLive How are elected officials from Massachusetts, a state President Donald Trump lost in 2016 to rival Hillary Clinton, handling his presidency?…

Baker joins local Democrats in opposing Trump immigration order » Berkshire Eagle Gov. Charlie Baker will oppose President Trump's effort to cut off federal aid to municipalities such as Lawrence that limit cooperation with immigration officials in identifying and holding illegal i…

Public Health

Pignatelli's three-pronged attack on opioids » Berkshire Eagle Several public health issues in Massachusetts are set to be prioritized this legislative session with three bills filed by Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, who represents the 4th Berkshire D…

Public Safety

Concealed gun permits on rise in Brockton area, South Shore » The Enterprise The proportion of residents of southeastern Massachusetts with an active license to carry a concealed firearm has risen steadily since 2010, and middle-income communities tend to have more permits.…

Boston Is a Shooters' Paradise » Boston Magazine It's a Thursday afternoon in Roxbury, and as always the Grove Hall intersection on Blue Hill Avenue is bustling with action. …

Baker to honor police who captured federal fugitive last month » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Monday will honor the Massachusetts State Police troopers and Somerville police detectives who captured a potentially dangerous fugitive who escaped from a federal detention …

New brochures suggest gun safety talk between doctors, other health providers and patients, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says » MassLive

State Finance

Week after $18 million pay raise, DeLeo says he's not sure if budget cuts can be restored » South Coast Today 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 this week that he wants at least o…

Speaker Robert DeLeo still undecided on new Massachusetts taxes for FY18 » MassLive

State Government

State Auditor Suzanne Bump advising feds on health oversight » MassLive With the future of U.S. entitlement programs under the Affordable Care Act uncertain, Suzanne Bump said state auditors like herself have a role to play in ensuring government health insurance programs…

Meals and wheels: state racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in credit card spending for food, travel » WCVB Davios To Go is THE place for grabbing lunch at the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that promotes the arts, sciences and humanities, whether it's a board meeting or lunch for the boss.…

'Pretty clear' Massachusetts snow removal budget will be overspent, Gov. Charlie Baker says » MassLive

New poll: Here's how many Massachusetts voters know their top lawmakers voted to raise their own pay » MassLive

THE THREAT TRUMP NEVER SAW COMING » Vanity Fair As the Democratic Party remains mired in its own existential crisis, the resistance to Donald Trump is being led, in part, by an unlikely group of attorneys general—starting with Maura Healey. …

Transportation

Eric Lesser: Proposal for East-West rail study is 'picking up a lot of energy' » MassLive Democratic State Sen. Eric Lesser (Longmeadow) has reintroduced his bill to study the expansion of rail service between Springfield and Boston after Gov. Charlie Baker's veto scuttled the proposal las…

MBTA's latest outsource plan could save $65M » Boston Herald Hundreds of MBTA workers could be affected as T officials push the transit agency's boldest outsourcing plan yet — privatizing maintenance on its sprawling bus fleet, a move consultants say cou…

Utilities

Eversource solar hikes unwarranted » Commonwealth Magazine I READ WITH INTEREST the story entitled “Eversource seeks higher fees on customers with solar.” In several instances, the utility's stated reasons for its pr…

Bill Would Require Massachusetts To Use 100% Renewable Energy » WAMC

Weekend News

1st Democratic candidate for governor to hit campaign trail » The Associated Press (AP) The gubernatorial election is nearly two years away but the first Democrat to officially throw his hat in the ring is already hitting the campaign trail.…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 2/13

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 2/14

9:00am Mass. Legal Assistance Corporation Constituent Services Briefing, Great Hall

11:00am Green Budget Launch, Room 428

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm State Library Author Talk with Ted Reinstein, State Library, Room 341

1:00pm Go Red for Women, Grand Staircase

Wednesday - 2/15

10:00am Home for Little Wanderers' Center for Early Childhood Presentation, Senate Reading Room

10:30am House Session, Informal Session

10:30am Senate Session, Informal Session

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

11:00am House Session, Formal Joint Session

12:30pm Mass. Business Roundtable Presentation, Senate Reading Room

2:00pm Mass. Cultural Council Commonwealth Awards, Second Floor

Thursday - 2/16

9:30am Coalition for Homeless Individuals Lobby Day, Nurses Hall

10:15am Raise Up/Restaurant Opportunities Center Rally for 1 Fair Wage, State House steps

11:00am Mass. Film Set Day, Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, Gardner Auditorium

Friday - 2/17

No Hearings Scheduled


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