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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

Must-Reads

Michael Flynn Resigns As Trump's National Security Adviser » WBUR President Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn has resigned amid allegations he inappropriately talked about U.S. sanctions with a Russian official, and later allegedly misled then-Vice Pre…

DeLeo says state may get tax hike » Boston Herald House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo — long the bulwark in the struggle between the anti-tax governor and pro-tax Senate president — is now saying tax hikes are on the table for his budget prop…

Massie considering Democratic run for governor » Commonwealth Magazine BOB MASSIE, A veteran social justice activist who ran for lieutenant governor more than two decades ago, says he's seriously weighing a run for governor in 2018. “I'm giving it very strong cons…

'Real Momentum' On Green Line Extension, But Cost Questions Remain » WBUR On the brink of potential elimination a year ago, the Green Line Extension has steadily progressed to the point where design-build bids should go out by this spring and a finance plan should be submit…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't address President Donald Trump's allegations of New Hampshire voter fraud » MassLive Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday declined to comment on allegations made by President Donald Trump that Massachusetts voters were illegally bused to New Hampshire to vote. "I certainly don'…

Is Trump crazy like a fox? » Commonwealth Magazine President Trump is taking an enormous amount of flak. The news is filled with stories questioning his policies and his judgment. Saturday Night Live is hilariously skewering the president and his spok…

“She’s the face of obstruction in Washington at a time when the public is sick of partisan gridlock,” Diehl added. “And what has she done for Massachusetts that anyone can point to? All she seems to be doing is posturing for a presidential run.”

Representative Geoff Diehl

Speaking about Senator Elizabeth Warren, and her Senate seat he may be campaigning for.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Abington Rep may challenge Warren for US Senate seat » The Enterprise Having watched liberal U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren grow in political prominence over the last five years, State Rep. Geoff Diehl thinks the time could be right for a more conservative star to rise and …

Widespread voting fraud in New Hampshire is a myth » Boston Globe It's become as predictable as the foliage: When Election Day comes around in New Hampshire, people start whispering about the possibility of buses full of Massachusetts Democrats intent on voting ille…

U.S. Treasury Sanctions Venezuelan Vice President Over Drug Trade Allegations » WBUR The U.S. Treasury is imposing sanctions on Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami, accusing him of being personally and significantly involved in the international narcotics trade.…

After Meeting Canadian Prime Minister, Trump Talks Of Tweaking NAFTA » WBUR President Trump says he is looking at "tweaking" portions of the North American Free Trade Agreement that deal with trade between the U.S. and Canada.…

Senate Confirms First Nonveteran To Lead VA » WBUR The Senate voted 100-0 on Monday to confirm President Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin.…

Russian lawmakers mount fierce defense of Flynn » Sentinel & Enterprise Russian lawmakers on Tuesday mounted a fierce defense of U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, who resigned following reports that he misled White House officials about his c…

Senate confirms Mnuchin as treasury secretary, Shulkin as secretary of Veterans Affairs » WCVB WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed physician David Shulkin to serve as secretary of Veterans Affairs not long after confirming Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary.…

As Elizabeth Warren dominates the news, GOP searches for challenger » Boston Globe For Republican leaders in Massachusetts who are trying to find a credible candidate to challenge Senator Elizabeth Warren, the timing couldn't have been worse. The image that has dominated the front …

After days of furor, top security official Michael Flynn resigns » Boston Globe Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned Monday night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations wi…

Democrats demand to know who else at White House is security risk » Boston Globe Democrats hold no levers of power in Washington, but they have pulled out their megaphones to demand that Michael T. Flynn's resignation as national security adviser open the first chapter — no…

White House names contenders to replace ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn » Boston Globe His administration dealt a significant blow after not even a month in office, President Trump must now fill a vital national security post after the resignation of embattled national security adviser …

Trump's travel ban case can proceed in lower court » Boston Globe A federal judge in Seattle says a lawsuit by Washington state and Minnesota challenging President Donald Trump's travel ban will proceed as an appellate court considers a preliminary injunction in the…

Business

Moratorium would block rec. pot facilities » Nashoba Publishing A proposed halt on allowing any recreational marijuana-related facilities to open has been submitted to the City Council, making it the first petition regarding recreational marijuana to be submitted …

GE's secret weapon is its training center on Hudson River » Boston Globe To fully understand General Electric's corporate culture, drive past Westchester County's deep-blue reservoirs and meandering stone walls, almost to the Hudson River. There, you'll find a hilltop cam…

Mass. law firm launches marijuana blog » The Herald News

GE Doesn't Need a Helipad Anymore » Boston Magazine

Energy costs factor into business development, expansion decisions » The Republican

Business group says fair share assessment is unfair » The Salem News

Domestic Relations

Why is the cost of child care so expensive in Massachusetts? » MassLive In a state known for its high cost of living, raising a child in Massachusetts is incredibly expensive. A newly released report from the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found cost of…

Education

School committees support stronger, lasting reform » Commonwealth Magazine SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS from across the Commonwealth are a varied but pragmatic bunch. During this budget season they are focused on balancing budgets and working with school administrators to reallo…

Environment

Eldridge sponsors bill targeting 100 percent renewable goal » Wicked Local - Littleton Every house, building and car in Massachusetts would be powered by renewable energy sources in the coming decades under a new bill in the state Legislature. That would make Massachusetts the first st…

Bill would make Massachusetts first state to commit entirely to renewable energy » Metro.us Massachusetts is already a leader in clean energy initiatives, but environmental advocates and three state legislators believe far more can be done. A recently-introduced bill would make Massachusett…

Green groups push energy plan » Newburyport News

Residents voice concern over well contaminates » Worcester Telegram

Federal

Mar-a-Lago photos offer close peek at US security — maybe too close » Boston Globe It was an attention-getting table, and before long, Stoneham businessman-turned-actor Richard DeAgazio decided to whip out his phone and take a few photos. He continued shooting photos as the tone of …

Health Care

Spiros Hatiras: Holyoke Medical Center, community hospitals face 'David vs. Goliath' battle with insurers » The Republican

Housing

Boston Police unit builds mini condo for unofficial mascot 'SWAT Cat' » Boston Globe A new fancy development has gone up in Roxbury — but it's only big enough for a single occupant. Members of the Mobile Unit at the Boston Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics headqu…

Judiciary

Mass. bills seek to lift criminal justice age for juveniles » Nashoba Publishing Jeff Alvarez remembers how he often got into trouble as a teenager in Lawrence. He spent three months on the streets and later two years in an Essex County lockup. Alvarez, now 23, is a member of Low…

Can the judicial branch afford pay raises awarded by lawmakers? » WCVB Whether the judicial branch can fund the salary increases awarded by lawmakers last week appears to be a somewhat open question.…

Labor

No delay on T's $65M outsourcing plan despite lack of quorum » Boston Herald The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board, which oversees the cash-strapped transit agency, lacked the necessary quorum yesterday to vote on an outsourcing plan projected to bring in $65 million i…

Legislative

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- 'No days off'' doesn't apply » Wicked Local Wareham The slow start to the year on Beacon Hill got an assist last week from the dangerously distracting one-two punch of championship euphoria and the first significant snowfall of the season. …

Senate adds one more leadership post, of course with a $35,000 stipend » Lowell Sun

Local Government

Police detective tops Boston's payroll with a total of over $403,000 » Boston Globe Detective Waiman Lee had earnings that included $58,600 in overtime, more than $121,900 for police detail work, and a one-time retroactive check for $92,500 that he received last year after an arbitra…

Pittsfield refugee resettlement timeline disrupted by Trump travel ban » Berkshire Eagle State Sen. Adam Hinds spoke of a piece of paper soaked in blood with a distinct bullet hole. He described it as a solemn memorial of the son of his former colleague in Iraq. He had been shot to dea…

Bellingham hears from legislators » Milford Daily News The town's legislators spoke about state efforts on funding, healthcare issues and marijuana legislation during a session with selectmen Monday night. State Sen. Ryan Fattman, R-Webster, and State Re…

Uxbridge selectmen authorize special counsel for soil projects » Worcester Telegram

Politics

Boston rally draws up to 175,000, officials say » Boston Globe Tens of thousands of marchers wearing pink hats, waving homemade signs, and chanting “This is what democracy looks like!” hit the streets of Boston Saturday afternoon to protest the electi…

Baker keeps distance from Trump claims about Bay State voters » Gloucester Times

State Finance

Gov. Baker retreats from goal of 1% of budget for environment » Worcester Telegram

State Government

Gov. Charlie Baker praises Massachusetts' response to Winter Storm Orson » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday praised state workers for the job they did managing the roads and public transportation during Sunday's Winter Storm Orson.…

Storm wallops Northeast, where 'Stay home' is message » News 9 Many Maine residents will be unable to dig out until Tuesday morning, as the daylong snowfall only began to let up Monday evening. Some schools already had canceled school for Tuesday, and more snow …

Massachusetts troopers and detectives who helped capture Rhode Island fugitive James Morales honored at the State House » MassLive Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and some of the state's top law enforcement officials on Monday honored the troopers and Somerville detectives who worked to capture James Morales, who escaped from a …

Baker likes what he sees from Rt. 79 work, ready to advance next phase » The Herald News Assessing Fall River's two Route 79 projects – the mega project virtually completed and one in the works tieing Davol Street northbound that the state recently put out to bid – Gov. Char…

Pushing back against science deniers » Boston Globe Reviewing the proposed agenda for this Thursday's Climate and Health Summit in Atlanta brings an immediate question to mind: Why, exactly, were the nation's chief public health officials so afraid of …

Baker keeps distance from Trump claims about Massachusetts voters » WWLP 22 As President Donald Trump and senior White House aides stand by assertions of widespread voting fraud in New Hampshire, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he could not judge the validity of claims that th…

Columnist Natalia Muñoz: 'Just plain ugly' pay raise for Rosenberg » Gazette Net State Sen. President Stan Rosenberg blurred the lines between himself and Wall Street's greed when he sought a jaw-dropping $45,000 pay raise last month, from $97,547 to $142,547. Where others were o…

Our view: Gov. Baker gives big boost to those helping disabled » Gloucester Times Ask any parent of a special education student what worries them the most, and you'll likely hear that it's what will happen to their children after they turn 22. That is when special ed kids age out …

Dozens of state lawmakers backing 100% renewable energy bill » WWLP 22 Massachusetts would need to get all of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2050 under legislation filed last month and backed by more than a quarter of state lawmakers. Bills filed by Sen. …

Battenfeld: A plodding start for challenger pol » Boston Herald Mayoral hopeful Tito Jackson's campaign is off to a limping start — hobbled by slow fundraising and buried under the Patriots' Super Bowl run, Donald Trump's presidency and a series of snowstor…

Detectives, troopers honored for capturing alleged escapee » The Associated Press (AP) Two Somerville detectives and two Massachusetts State Police troopers have been recognized for apprehending a former Army reservist who allegedly escaped from a Rhode Island prison and spent five days…

House votes on new rules for 2017-18 session » Sentinel & Enterprise THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on roll calls from Feb. 2. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. All these roll calls are on…

Transportation

Patriots set another record » Commonwealth Magazine SANDWICHED BY BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK winter storms, commuter rail officials had one more challenge to deal with last week: The highest one-day ridership in the history of the service with fans coming in…

T considering privatizing bus maintenance » Boston Globe The MBTA is considering the privatization of its bus maintenance operations, a move that could affect up to 450 jobs at the agency and potentially save nearly $40 million a year, according to the agen…

Utilities

Citing ownership change, Brockton Power asks for six-month permit extension » The Enterprise Brockton Power, the business entity behind a proposal to build a 350-megawatt generating station in the city, requested another interim extension on its state permit on Monday, according to the Massac…

Eversource and activists at odds over latest New England pipeline study » MassLive Controversy over natural gas pipelines in New England continued last week, as climate activists and Eversource Energy traded barbs over a recent study that targets Access Northeast, a stalled project …

Legislation could mean an economic boost in New Bedford offshore wind projects » South Coast Today Clean energy advocates dropped A-list names — at least in terms of American history — Monday when discussing promoting a Massachusetts bill. The 100 Percent Energy Act would make the st…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOT FOR LEGISLATORS THOUGH - "Bill to require tax returns from presidential candidates advances in (NJ) Legislature," » NJ POLITICO Pro

THE THREAT TRUMP NEVER SAW COMING » Vanity Fair

The Democrats' demographic dilemma » Boston Globe

Even in Texas, Mass Imprisonment Is Going Out of Style » New York Times

The Topline: Winter Storm Trump hits Massachusetts » MassINC Polling Group

Architect of health care law warns of replacement's pitfalls » Politico

Diehl Weighing Senate Run: 'Liz Warren Doesn't Seem To Understand Presidential Campaign Is Over' » New Boston Post

QUESTIONS REMAIN ABOUT COVERING COSTS OF JUDICIAL PAY RAISES » State House News Service

Jewish fears of Trump White House mount on eve of Netanyahu visit » McClatchy DC Bureau

How easy is it to securely leak information to some of America's top news organizations? This easy » NiemanLab

T considering privatization of core services » Commonwealth Magazine

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