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

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Must-Reads

ROSENBERG: SENATOR ASSIGNMENTS WERE TOUGHER THAN REDISTRICTING » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 15, 2017....Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will retain the core of his senior leadership team as he begins his second term as the top Democrat in the Senate, doling out l…

BIZ GROUP BRIEFS SENATE DURING OPEN CAUCUS [+ AUDIO] » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 15, 2017....As senators munched on slices of pizza in a room off the Senate Chamber, the Senate and a business advocacy group set out Wednesday to restart their relationship …

Cool on sanctuary state, DeLeo eyes limit on inmate labor » State House News Service The border wall that served as a symbol for Donald Trump's tough immigration stance during his successful presidential campaign has become a focus of Democrats in the Massachusetts House seeking to pu…

2018's Initial Senate Ratings » Sabato's Crystal Ball At first blush, one might think that the Democrats have a decent chance of taking control of the Senate in the 2018 midterm. After all, midterms frequently break against the president's party, which h…

No Plans For Large-Scale Deportation Raids In New England, But Immigrants Still Live In Fear02:16 » WBUR Reports of large scale, nationwide deportation raids are stoking fear in Massachusetts immigrant communities. Immigrants — both those with legal status and those living here illegally — …

Jay Gonzalez, former Deval aide, speaks in Longmeadow about run for Governor » The Republican Jay Gonzalez, a Democrat, and once top aide to former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, believes now is the time to take bold political action.…

After Trump's win, Mass. women are flocking to politics » Boston Globe Megan Beyer always planned to run for office someday. Having just finished law school and passed the bar exam, she was anticipating a campaign in the next five or 10 years. …

Start of Massachusetts union chief Michael Monahan's trial pushed off after key witness checks into hospital » The Republican BOSTON – Amid chatter of alleged FBI involvement, the state-level trial of union chief Michael Monahan, accused of threatening a rival with a baseball bat, is now scheduled for May. …

Protester urges Tom Perez to back Democratic primary challengers » The Washington Post The restive energy on the Democratic Party's left broke through at the Women's National Democratic Club on Wednesday night, as a protester interrupted a forum with candidates for Democratic National C…

Congressman Capuano: Don't Let Trump Distract You From What Matters » WGBH Like most weeks since November, this week was hard on anyone trying to wade through the sea of breaking news alerts and presidential tweets to stay informed. Rep. Michael Capuano is hoping to shut out…

Rep. John Velis says all electronic tolling privacy bill poses 'grave danger to public safety' as written » The Republican Rep. John Velis said Wednesday he is strongly opposed to the current language of a bill that would increase privacy protections on data collected by the state's all electronic tolling system, due to a…

Partnership in Peril: Federal Funding at Risk for State Programs Relied on by Massachusetts Residents » Mass Budget The state and federal governments operate together to support the important work of expanding opportunity and ensuring the well-being of the residents of the Commonwealth. …

“They (Democratic lawmakers) want to see action and a statement to our constituents that we hear their concerns, we don’t agree with what’s going on with the Trump administration and we here in Massachusetts, to the best of our power, are going to do something about it,”

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Clarifying his plans for fighting back against President Trump on the state level this session.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

1984? Try 10 years earlier » Commonwealth Magazine Critics of President Donald Trump's 26-day tenure liken it to an Orwellian world, where “alternative facts” and “fake news” mean the opposite of what we've always believed. But…

Trump Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder Withdraws, First Cabinet Pick To Fall » WBUR Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination to head the Labor Department on Wednesday as his support on Capitol Hill faltered. Facing criticism from both sides of the aisle, Puzder becam…

In Flynn's Fall, Signs Of Potentially Deeper Problem In Trump's White House » WBUR President Trump and his inner circle have reached their first crisis with the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, but the crisis extends well beyond one empty chair in one critical…

Intelligence Official: Transcripts Of Flynn's Calls Don't Show Criminal Wrongdoing » WBUR A current U.S. intelligence official tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly that there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the transcripts of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's conversations…

After four weeks of Trump presidency, chaos abounds » Boston Globe In many ways, the nation's capital on Wednesday appeared utterly normal: a visit from a head of state at the White House, senators popping into hearing rooms to fire off a few questions, and lobbyists…

Tensions on Capitol Hill rise even higher » Boston Globe The sense of crisis enveloping President Trump's White House generated growing frustrations Wednesday as congressional Democrats redoubled demands for tough investigations …

Healey calls N.H. voter fraud claim 'pathetic' » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday night slammed President Trump's unfounded claims of voter fraud in New Hampshire, calling his administration's repeated lies detrimental to the…

Here's what Massachusetts officials are saying about Andrew Puzder withdrawing his labor secretary nomination » Boston.com Labor secretary nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination Wednesday, reportedly amid growing hesitation from Senate Republicans to support the fast-food executive.…

Business

Law firm Foley Hoag launches marijuana practice » Boston Globe Foley Hoag is all-in on marijuana. No, you won't see clouds of smoke emerging from the high-end law firm's Seaport headquarters -- well, let us know if you do -- but a handful of its attorneys have la…

New Year, same growth story for U.S. economy » Sentinel & Enterprise January in a broad-based advance, and consumer prices climbed by the most in almost four years, government figures showed Wednesday. Compared with a year earlier, purchases climbed by the most since M…

Cost-cutting helps power Fidelity to record profits » Boston Business Journal

Professional Women's Chamber Seeks Woman of the Year Nominations » Business West

Civil Rights

In Massachusetts, Protecting Voting Rights In The Age Of Trump » WBUR Let's set the record straight: There is no evidence that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. President Trump's baseless claims of extensive voter fraud and calls for some sort of …

Education

Lynn Tech gets career-building help » Lynn Daily News Item The city will be awarded $75,000 to support vocational technical education.…

Federal

Report shows how much Massachusetts relies on federal funds » Sentinel & Enterprise A new report is detailing how much Massachusetts relies on federal dollars. The liberal-leaning Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimates one in every four dollars in the state budget comes f…

Gaming

Plainridge casino's revenue slips » Boston Globe Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino fell by about 4 percent in January, skidding to its lowest monthly level since December 2015.…

Health Care

House GOP batting around options for revamping health law » Sentinel & Enterprise With the Republican drive to craft a new health care plan sputtering, House GOP leaders are offering options to rank-and-file lawmakers for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law with a co…

Tracing Lahey's link to Bermuda » Boston Globe It seemed like a golden opportunity. A small pink-sand island, just off the US coast, with too few people to support a full team of medical specialists, but enough health problems — cancer, dia…

Human Services

NEADS, Ferguson working to pass bill prohibiting fake service dogs » The Landmark Princeton's NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services, also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans) is working with state Rep. Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden) to pass a bill that could…

Providers describe struggle to serve homeless individuals » State House News Service

Judiciary

Council's crim justice recommendations coming next week » State House News Service

Legislative

WMass senators to lead economic development committee » The Republican The committee overseeing economic development in Massachusetts will be led by two state senators from Western Massachusetts.…

Pro-pot Jehlen to head marijuana panel » Commonwealth Magazine A PRO-LEGALIZATION SENATOR will lead the Senate's effort to make changes to the marijuana ballot law after Senate President Stanley tapped Somerville Sen. Patricia Jehlen to lead the new Committee on …

Mass. Legislature Celebrates 100th Anniversary Of JFK's Birth » WBUR On Beacon Hill Wednesday, the Massachusetts Legislature commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy.…

Senators to see average pay rise 39% » Commonwealth Magazine THE AVERAGE PAY OF A STATE SENATOR will likely rise about 39 percent this year to $110,942 under a new compensation scheme that rewards lawmakers with stipends for the leadership positions they hold.…

Sen. Rodrigues gets a Senate promotion » Herald News A pro-legalization senator will lead the Senate's effort to make changes to the marijuana ballot law after Senate President Stanley tapped Somerville Sen. Patricia Jehlen to lead the new Committee on …

Western Massachusetts senators in line for more power and pay » WWLP 22 Senate President Stanley Rosenberg handed out key leadership and committee positions Wednesday; roles that come with added power and money. Rosenberg added an extra leadership position that comes with…

Rosenberg keeping core of leadership team » Lowell Sun

State Sen. Hinds tapped as tourism chairman » The Recorder

New Senate chairs offer outlook on policy issues » State House News Service

Local Government

Report: Boston Councilor Linehan Won't Seek 6th Term » WBUR South Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan reportedly won't seek a sixth term. "For a boy from South Boston, who has been active in politics since he was 15, the last 10 years were self-actualizing for…

Linehan says he will not seek re-election » Boston Globe Councilor Bill Linehan, a confident and sometimes controversial figure in city politics,announced Wednesday he will not seek a sixth term, creating a rare open-seat opportunity on the council and pote…

Opinion

KARI FILLIAN, Halifax: Encourage your senator to back autism bill » Patriot Ledger Hospitals can be loud, bright, chaotic places for anyone. People with an autism spectrum disorder have a significantly more difficult time when entering hospitals, especially when they are in crisis.…

PAUL LAUENSTEIN, Sharon: Let's fix our flawed democracy » The Enterprise Our democracy is in crisis. The respected news magazine The Economist recently downgraded the United States from a "full democracy" to a "flawed democracy." A study conducted by political scientists f…

State should absorb some early voting costs (Editorial) » The Republican One of the state auditor's jobs is to identify unfunded mandates that require municipalities to shoulder new burdens without supplying the cash required to do them.…

Michael J. Albano: Maintain proud SJC tradition of Western region justices » Berkshire Eagle The history and ideals of representative government demand regional diversity be reflected by our Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.…

OUR OPINION: Hingham is right to make World's End more accessible » Patriot Ledger It is not a whole lot, but it is something. Hingham has decided to approve changes at the World's End nature and recreation area that will make it in a small way more accessible to more people. …

Getting addicts into treatment, not prison » Eagle Tribune Those living in Massachusetts in 1990 probably remembers gubernatorial candidate William Weld saying he wanted to reintroduce prisoners "to the joys of breaking rocks." …

Kellyanne's a liar and 'SNL' was sexist » Boston Globe IT'S HARD to stick up for a sister who rejects feminism, lets her boss call her “baby,” and lies like one of the guys — indeed, even more enthusiastically.…

Democrats are on wrong end of Trump's antiterror plan » Boston Globe DESPITE ALL the hoopla over General Mike Flynn's resignation as national security adviser, don't let it surprise you that the media has once again missed the most important political story to emerge f…

Is something rotten in the White House? » Boston Globe WHEN DONALD TRUMP promised to drain the swamp, we didn't realize it would start with his inner circle. Trump confidante Lieutenant General Michael Flynn is out after being exposed for being less than …

Haverhill officials will challenge immigration order » Boston Globe

Public Safety

New Legislation Seeks To Loosen Concealed Carry Laws In N.H. » WBUR New Hampshire is poised to join eleven other states, including Maine and Vermont, that allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. …

State Finance

DeLeo walks back talk of new taxes » Boston Herald Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo yesterday said he would not push any “broad-based” tax hikes, just days after his refusal to rule them out drew heavy flak in the wake of the controver…

State Government

Baker remembers JFK » Commonwealth Magazine I STILL REMEMBER the first time I heard the words, “President John F. Kennedy.” It was November 22, 1963. I had just turned 7 two weeks earlier. And there was my mom, sitting on the sta…

Gov. Baker: Our goal is finding common ground to benefit all (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun "Gov. Charlie Baker needs to come out stronger against President Donald Trump." Massachusetts' residents have shouted it from all corners of the Bay State -- from Provincetown to the Berkshires. But…

Beacon Hill pay raises are an insult to struggling workers » Lowell Sun I was a Democrat until Jan. 20. I officially left the party, but the truth is it really has left me. An inability to listen seems to be blossoming into total tone deafness, and I now can stop mournin…

Benson will speak at forum » Nashoba Publishing The speaker at the next Community Forum at Trinity Chapel in Shirley will be state Rep. Jennifer Benson. Her topic on Feb, 15 will be "Ensuring Access to Education for All." Benson is the Chair of t…

Statehouse Democrats caucus to oppose Trump » The Sun Chronicle Massachusetts House Democrats caucused Wednesday to listen to concerns and discuss possible responses to the Trump administration's rapid rollout of executive orders. “It was mainly a listening…

2,379 state employees earn more than the governor » WCVB BOSTON — New legislation will be granting substantial raises to judges, legislators, the governor and other officials, but it is nowhere near enough to boost them into the ranks of the highest…

State salary database: How much overtime pay did state workers earn in 2016? » The Republican Massachusetts state workers in law enforcement, public health and transportation were among those who earned the highest overtime pay in 2016.…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker weighs in on nationwide 'Day Without Immigrants' strike » The Republican

No quick way for cities, towns to recoup early-vote costs » Sentinel & Enterprise

A week after fight, Governor's Council devolves to "new low" » State House News Service

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says review of Trump administration's connections to Russia 'probably going to be a good idea' » The Republican

Taxation

Cheaper and greener: New discounts can knock $20k off cost of electric cars » Berkshire Eagle There is an effort afoot to help folks in the market for a new car to understand how much money and gas they could save by purchasing an electric vehicle. They want folks to know that with federal an…

Speaker Robert DeLeo rules out Massachusetts tax increases in House budget » Mass Live House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, said Wednesday that he will not include any broad-based tax increases in the House budget proposal.…

House Speaker not planning new broad-based taxes » WWLP 22 News

Transportation

Rep. John Velis says all electronic tolling privacy bill poses 'grave danger to public safety' as written » MassLive Rep. John Velis said Wednesday he is strongly opposed to the current language of a bill that would increase privacy protections on data collected by the state's all electronic tolling system, due to a…

483 Massachusetts bridges reported structurally deficient » The Republican Nine percent of bridges in Massachusetts, 483 of the total 5,171 bridges, are structurally deficient, according to a 2017 report by non-partisan transportation research group the American Road and Tra…

MBTA general manager Brian Shortsleeve to step down from role » Boston Business Journal The MBTA is on the hunt for its fourth general manager in just over two years, and the Baker administration wants a business-minded executive in the position.…

Gov. Baker: Goal is finding common ground to benefit all » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker needs to come out stronger against President Donald Trump." Massachusetts' residents have shouted it from all corners of the Bay State -- from Provincetown on Cape Cod to the Berksh…

The MBTA Needs a New General Manager » Boston Magazine

Governor seeking $200 million in 'pothole' money » The Salem News

Baker taps brakes on new cellphone restrictions for drivers » Worcester Telegram

Utilities

Water resources top 495/Metrowest Commission meeting » Community Advocate Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow), Senator Karen Spilka (D-2nd Middlesex and Norfolk districts), and Assistant Secretary for Communities and Programs Juan Vega co-chaired a meeting of the 495/MetroWe…

The Last Mile: State connecting with towns over broadband options » Berkshire Eagle Town leaders from across Berkshire County will speak out Thursday on the lingering broadband divide, albeit briefly. Starting at 2 p.m. in Worthington Town Hall, the Massachusetts Broadband Institut…

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Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey Call for Action on Russia » Boston Magazine

State Sen. Eric Lesser files bill to tighten privacy protections on Mass. Pike all electronic tolling data » The Republican

Let's fix our flawed democracy » Sentinel & Enterprise

State Democrats keep feathering their nest (Editorial) » The Republican

Pot Shop 'Opt Out' to go Before Bourne Voters » Cape Cod Online

Beacon Hill legend was no favorite of leadership » Boston Globe

Jehlen tapped for pot panel, Lewis and Barrett get key posts » State House News Service

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