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Weakened Democrats Bow to Voters, Opting for Total War on Trump » New York Times After the election, Democrats debated whether to confront the president or seek compromise, but riled-up liberals have pushed party leaders into an all-out fight.…

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Ivanka? » Politico She's a fashion icon. She's also the president's daughter. How will magazines cover the new Ivanka Trump? …

The Bow-Tied Bard of Populism » The Atlantic Tucker Carlson's latest reinvention is guided by a simple principle—a staunch aversion to whatever his right-minded neighbors believe. …

Apple slams Trump order rescinding transgender protections » c|net Apple criticized President Donald Trump's decision to roll back federal protections for transgender students in schools. …

Boehner: Republicans won't repeal and replace Obamacare » Politico 'They're basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it,' Boehner said. …

Possible Dem candidates for governor try out themes in Cambridge » Politico Potential candidates for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination next year made their first pitch to Cambridge Democrats on Thursday night at the Cambridge Citywide Senior Center. …

Mayor Walsh Supports Making Massachusetts A Sanctuary State » WGBH Walsh went on to voice his support for the Beacon Hill bill that would make Massachusetts a sanctuary state — a bill that Gov. Baker opposes. …

Mitt Romney denies interest in buying Yankees share » Boston Herald Former Bay State governor and U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to buy a stake in the New York Yankees, according to a writer for Fanragsports.com. …

Gov. Baker's Criminal Justice Reform Is Half A Loaf At Best » WGBH On Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker and several legislative and judicial leaders announced a bipartisan initiative to decrease the rate of recidivism in the Commonwealth, namely, the percentage of people r…

Massachusetts sees large increase in family homelessness, report finds » The Republican Since 2008, Massachusetts has experienced one of the highest increases in family homelessness in the U.S., according to a report released Thursday by the Boston Foundation. …

"Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination. We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals."

Apple CEO Tim Cook

On President Donald Trump's Decision to Roll Back Federal Protections for Transgender Students in Schools.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Will Trump crack down on marijuana? » Boston Globe The Trump administration, linking marijuana to the scourge of opioid abuse, raised the prospect Thursday of a federal crackdown on recreational pot, which remains illegal under federal law even as eig…

Kellyanne Conway is buddies with Steve Bannon, got Mike Pence on the ticket, and turned Trump pro-life. You really think she's going somewhere? » ELLE For many Americans, Kellyanne Conway was a shock, invented out of whole cloth (and the tweets of her client). But her mendacious, loquacious assault on liberalism has been more than 20 years in the ma…

How will the debt crisis impact Puerto Rico's chance at statehood? » WWLP 22 Voters in Puerto Rico will go to the polls in June to decide between becoming a U.S. state or staying independent.…

White House Spokesman Predicts More Federal Action Against Marijuana » WBUR The Justice Department may step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have voted to legalize its recreational use, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer. "I do believ…

Former Rep. Giffords: Lawmakers Should 'Have Some Courage,' Hold Town Halls » WBUR Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has a message for members of Congress who are citing the possibility of protests as a reason not to hold town meetings: "Have some courage."…

Tight Race For DNC Chair Narrows Ahead Of Weekend Vote » WBUR On the eve of the vote for the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, the crowded field is thinning out. South Carolina Democratic Chair Jaime Harrison dropped out of the race Thursday and …

H-1B Visas: Stealing American Jobs Or A Solution To A Tech Shortage? » WBUR Shoeb Mogal, 30, got addicted to computers when he was a kid back in India. "I always liked the idea of developing games, I like developing websites," he said. So a few years ago he came to Boston t…

Sen. Markey hosts 'emergency town hall meeting' over Trump's agenda » Berkshire Eagle U.S. Sen. Edward Markey wasted little time Thursday evening before taking President Trump to task on his perceived lack of constitutional acumen. "We are going to have to put Donald Trump into a reme…

White House spokesperson suggests legalized recreational marijuana crack down coming » WCVB White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is suggesting the Trump administration may crack down on states that have legalized recreational marijuana.…

Business

Big plans for 'hidden gem' on Dorchester waterfront » Boston Globe The views from the Venezia restaurant and the adjacent marina are among the best in the city, but for years they've only been shared by boaters and guests of the banquet hall.…

After White House statement, is Massachusetts' marijuana market at risk? » Boston Business Journal ?Massachusetts newly minted recreational marijuana market may now be at risk, after a White House press briefing indicated that the federal government would go after recreational cannabis.…

Boston's Lake Wobegon restaurant ratings » Commonwealth Magazine We're living in the age of data and metrics. Baseball now runs on them. Political campaigns have mastered the art of microtargeting voters based on preferences scraped from various consumer databases.…

Boston-area's strength: Density of small business » Boston Business Journal The Boston area's so-called “small-business vitality score,” a calculation by the Boston Business Journal's parent company of 15 metrics measuring the health of small businesses, puts the …

How Cambridge became a cradle of small business » Boston Business Journal Founded in Kendall Square in 1999 — when the neighborhood was still known for large, empty plots of land and the sense of unfulfilled potential — CIC now hosts about 800 companies across…

Civil Rights

Civil rights groups, Baker say White House is sending misguided signal on transgender rights » Boston Globe Republican Governor Charlie Baker joined civil rights groups from across the country Thursday who expressed dismay over President Trump's order rolling back federal bathroom rights for transgender stu…

Massachusetts girl denounces DOJ reversal on transgender bathroom regulation » WWLP 22 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is denouncing the Trump administration's new guidance on transgender bathrooms.…

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh thinks Massachusetts should become a 'sanctuary state' » Boston.com Not that he has the jurisdiction, but Boston Mayor Marty Walsh thinks the rest of the Massachusetts should follow his city's lead — and limit cooperation with federal officials in deporting und…

Trump's Mixed Message on LGBT Issues » NECN People who knew Trump advised me that he was a "people pleaser," and if I revealed myself to him, he might reveal a little bit of himself to me.…

Transgender rally draws hundreds to Post Office Square » Boston Globe A diverse crowd of more than 200 people rallied in downtown Boston Thursday night to protest President Trump's decision to roll back federal guidelines allowing transgender students to use the bathroo…

Gov. Baker 'Disappointed' In Trump Rescinding Transgender Protections » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he's disappointed that President Trump, a fellow Republican, has rolled back federal protections for transgender students in public schools.…

Repeal of fed transgender policy stokes local fears » Worcester Telegram The Trump administration's repeal of the Obama administration's policy on transgender students use of bathrooms does not directly affect Massachusetts.…

'We are living in dangerous times,' former US Attorney Carmen Ortiz says » The Republican Carmen Ortiz, who recently stepped down as the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, on Thursday defended law enforcement officials' actions during her tenure and voiced concerns about the current …

One in every 137 American teenagers identify as transgender, report states » The Republican

Education

We Know How To Prepare Students For Life — Now, Let's Do It » WBUR Over the past few weeks, the American people have focused particular attention on public education – a topic we didn't hear much about during the presidential election. With a new education sec…

Environment

Lawmakers considering pesticide restrictions to limit bee die-offs » Wicked Local Waltham

Gaming

Tribes say they're 'days' away from unveiling casino site » Sentinel & Enterprise Officials from Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes said Thursday they're days away from announcing a location for a proposed jointly owned casino near the Massachusetts border. Kevin Brown,…

Housing

Millennials may never get out of their parents' homes » Boston Globe You can't blame the economy — not anymore. Young adults continue to move back home with their parents, even though the United States has enjoyed seven straight years of economic growth, pushing…

Report: Number of homeless families seeking shelter doubles » Sentinel & Enterprise A new report says the number of families who sought shelter in Massachusetts more than doubled in the past nine years. The report released by the Boston Foundation on Thursday says more than 33,000 f…

Judiciary

SJC to weigh minimum security option for juvenile murderers » Boston Herald The state's highest court will consider whether the Massachusetts Department of Correction is conducting fair hearings when it decides whether or not to move a prisoner convicted of murder as a juven…

Legislative

State pot panel wants to consider voter preferences » The Recorder Its membership is not finalized and no bills have been assigned to it, but the Committee on Marijuana Policy is aiming to hear from people around Massachusetts and produce a bill addressing aspects of…

Gov. Charlie Baker says he wants a marijuana billl by May » Wicked Local Framingham Any change to the recreational marijuana law – and there are dozens proposed – would have to go through the Governor's Office.…

Local Government

Framingham: Governor wants high turnout for historic charter vote » Wicked Local Framingham Gov. Charlie Baker urged voters to make their voices heard in the April election, saying the decision whether to become a city should reflect the will of the entire community.…

Newton names Ann Berwick as co-director of sustainability » Wicked Local Newton

Opinion

Cooking up a better future » Boston Globe IT'S 10:30 on a Tuesday morning in Bunker Hill Community College's culinary arts dining room, which is both a classroom and a restaurant. …

The self-defeating limits of 'America First' » Boston Globe ON MAY 23, 1941, 22,000 New Yorkers filled Madison Square Garden to hear Charles A. Lindbergh assert that America should steer clear of foreign involvement. The address was sponsored by the America Fi…

Trump promised 'coherent foreign policy' — where is it? » Boston Globe For a US secretary of state, a trip to Mexico should be a cakewalk: a chance for smiling photo ops with close friends next door — our third biggest trade partner, the biggest destination for Am…

Prison reform headed in the right direction » Lowell Sun Society's inability to deter offenders from returning to a life of crime can be seen in our overcrowded jails and prisons, not only here in Massachusetts but across the country.…

Our Opinion: Stand up for state transgender laws » Berkshire Eagle Massachusetts was ahead of the curve in moving to protect the rights and civil liberties of transgender students. The Trump administration is seeking to undermine those rights at the federal level, bu…

Don't mess with Maura Healey, Texas » Boston Globe DECADES AGO, we had the so-called Austin-Boston connection, a symbiotic relationship between Texas and Massachusetts political figures such as Lloyd Bentsen and Mike Dukakis, Lyndon Johnson and John F…

Our view: Come down hard on fentanyl dealers » Newburyport News Two Lawrence men just became the first convicted by Attorney General Maura Healey's office under the new law cracking down on fentanyl, enacted last year.…

ViewPoint: State's military task force also at front of innovation » Boston Business Journal Led by Gov. Charlie Baker and co-chaired by U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, and U.S. Reps. Niki Tsongas and Seth Moulton, the task force aims to expand missions, spur job creation, and make…

ViewPoint: Urban energy project is model of public-private partnership » Boston Business Journal Many in the Massachusetts legislature are committed to offshore wind, solar and hydropower, portions of our energy mix that protect our environment and economy.…

Editorial: Encouraging signs on the small-business front » Boston Business Journal That's what our annual deep-dive into the area's small-business community is meant to assess: the health of not only the tech and biotech startups that command so much attention (and investment dollar…

Politics

Former DNC Chair Steve Grossman Talks Future of Democratic Party » The Heights Steve Grossman, a former chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and former Massachusetts state treasurer, came to Stokes Hall on Wednesday to speak to students about getting involved in poli…

Democrats are seeing a surge in local activism. Now what do they do with it? » Boston Globe Average attendance at a Lexington Democratic Town Committee meeting used to be about 25 people. Now, it's more than tripled.…

Baker interrupted during Tufts talk » Boston Globe Protesters interrupted Governor Charlie Baker three times Thursday night during a forum at Tufts University, pressing him to take a stronger stance against President Trump's plan to increase deportati…

Tufts students launch surprise protest at Baker event » Wicked Local Somerville A conversation on Thursday night between Governor Charlie Baker and Alan Solomont, Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College for Civic Life at Tufts University, was disrupted on three separate occasions b…

Seth Moulton Says He Has “No Plans” to Challenge Charlie Baker » Boston Magazine

In Boston, Youth Activists Call For Increased Job Funding And Juvenile Justice Reform » WBUR Youth activists from across the state rallied at the Old South Church in Boston's Copley Square Thursday, demanding state and city leaders increase funding of jobs for young people and reform the juve…

Political Forum President Sanjay Kudrimoti Resigns, President-Elect Sonali Lappin to Take Over as President » India New England Indian American Forum for Political Education Massachusetts President Sanjay Kudrimoti has resigned and is being replaced by President-Elect Sonali Lappin. The IAFPE executive committee and board of t…

Bill could raise bar on running for Lowell office » Lowell Sun The bar to run for elected office in Lowell will likely be a little higher this year than it ever has before.…

'Anti-fascist' protesters arrested in Worcester plead not guilty » Worcester Telegram Not-guilty pleas were entered in Central District Court Thursday for several people arrested during what participants called an anti-fascist protest Sunday that police said tied up traffic in downtown…

Sen. Ed Markey rallies Northampton crowd and pledges to fight President Trump's agenda » The Republican Speaking to a largely supportive crowd at Smith College Thursday night, U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey pledged to work with fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill to fight the administration of President Donald…

Lots of talk, but no declared candidates for governor at Democratic forum » WWLP 22 The last time a popular Republican governor sought re-election in Massachusetts, Bob Massie was the number two on a Democratic ticket that was crushed in a 71-28 trouncing by Gov. William Weld and the…

Public Health

At Pegasus House and Daybreak Shelter, DeLeo hears plea for aid » Eagle Tribune Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Thursday stepped into the belly of the beast of the state's mounting addiction crisis, touring two buildings on the city's north side where the addicted com…

Public Safety

Sheriffs sign on to Trump's tougher immigration, deportation plan » Metro.us Two county sheriffs are among the leading advocates in Massachusetts of the Trump administration's efforts to ramp up deportations of undocumented immigrants.…

State Government

Treasurer Goldberg Names Perez, Kim as Deputy Treasurers » Go Local Worcester Treasurer Deborah Goldberg named Sue Perez and Sarah Kim as Deputy Treasurers for the State of Massachusetts on Wednesday. …

Sherborn's Paul DeRensis reappointed to state commission » Wicked Local Sherborn Sherborn Selectman Paul DeRensis was reappointed by Governor Charlie Baker on Feb. 10 to a ninth term as a member of the Massachusetts Local Government Advisory Commission.…

AG Maura Healey to President Donald Trump: Pick on someone your own size » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said she anticipates being involved in federal litigation to defend the rights of transgender students to use the bathrooms that conform with their gender i…

Baker pays to tribute to the contributions of an evolving Boy Scouts » Metro.us The Boy Scouts of America has come a long way. Last month, the organization announced it would allow transgender children to participate, a first in its 107-year history. It is inclusive of all religi…

Central MA Senators to Host Commonwealth Conversations Tour 2017 » Go Local Worcester Central Massachusetts Senators Senators Harriette L. Chandler (D- Worcester), Ryan C. Fattman (R- Webster), Anne M. Gobi (D- Spencer), and Michael O. Moore (D- Millbury) announced they are hitting the…

Cape Cod's freshmen legislators tapped to steer state committees » The Barnstable Patriot The two freshmen state lawmakers representing Barnstable have been appointed to committees for the 190th Legislative Session, posts intended to confront Cape Cod's opioid crisis and strengthen local t…

Taxation

Is Bay State's tax holiday returning? Maybe, maybe not » Lowell Sun After lawmakers last year opted against granting the two-day sales tax holiday that had become an August tradition, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Wednesday offered a non-committal message for …

State tax collections up 7% compared to last year » Worcester Business Journal

Transportation

MBTA outsourcing is not paying off » Commonwealth Magazine IT'S A simple equation. Whenever we privatize or outsource public services, we as a state and as taxpayers lose control. Case after case has shown that when we hand over control of core services like …

All On This Track Together: Riding The Vivid Underground » WBUR The JFK/UMass station bell announced the inbound train. I moved with the crowd, like crayons in a factory clip from "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood." I was on my way to hear my hero, Stacy Schiff, lecture a…

Utilities

Clean energy intrigue alleged » Commonwealth Magazine Environmental advocates say a 1,200 megawatt clean energy solicitation developed by the Baker administration is biased in favor of large-scale hydro projects favored by some of the state's utilities. …

Deconstructing Pilgrim: Inspection report uncovers more violations » The Barnstable Patriot

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

AG Maura Healey, Rep. Joe Kennedy criticize President Donald Trump's rollback of transgender protections » The Republican

Walsh blasts Trump over transgender policy in schools » Boston Globe

Dot's electeds fare well with new assignments in the Legislature » Dorchester Reoprter

Officials look at banning pot sales » The Sun Chronicle

Trump's illegal immigration moves could embolden unscrupulous employers » Boston Globe

Sheriff's Department to see two percent increase in state's FY18 budget » The Reminder

Charlie Baker's money man gets next to Trump at Mar-a-Lago fund-raiser » Boston Globe

Spilka to remain chairwoman of Senate Ways and Means Committee » Milford Daily News

Senate president: 'Stay tuned' on potential sales tax holiday this summer » Worcester Business Journal

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says Trump administration sends wrong message with rollback of transgender protections » The Republican

UPDATE: Local residents report on airplane noise in Massport meeting » Wicked Local Watertown

Mansfield town counsel reappointed to local government advisory post » The Sun Chronicle

Gov. Charlie Baker re-establishes Black Advisory Commission » The Republican

AG Healey, State Leaders Defend Transgender Public Accommodations » WBUR

Students will be 'protected' and 'safe' in Mass., Baker says » Boston Globe

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 20 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Lisa Eppy, an employee of the Department of Children and Families

Most read bills of the week:

HB72 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects.

HB73 - An Act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges

SD2097 - An Act clarifying DMH regulations

HB68 - An Act to reorganize the Department of Public Safety

SB2129 - An Act protecting workers' wages from arbitrary recoupment of overpayments

SB341 - An Act relative to training of elder services workers in dementia and Alzheimer's

House Actions This Week: 3930

Senate Actions This Week: 3948


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