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9:00am 18th Annual Suicide Prevention Awards, Grand Staircase

9:30am YouthBuild Day at the State House, Great Hall

11:00am Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

3:30pm Blind New World Week, Grand Staircase

Must-Reads

'Vote no, take the dough': Lawmakers opposed raise, but now accept it » Boston Globe At the State House, they call it the “vote no, take the dough” caucus. The members are 12 of the 13 House Republican leaders who are taking the huge salary increases that they voted agains…

Russian Hackers Said to Seek Hush Money From Liberal U.S. Groups » Bloomberg Politics Russian hackers are targeting U.S. progressive groups in a new wave of attacks, scouring the organizations' emails for embarrassing details and attempting to extract hush money, according to two peopl…

Another Powerful Woman. Same Sexist Attacks » New York Times Ironies abound. Ms. Conway is loathed by many Clinton aides as the architect of a presidential campaign that they felt used overtly and implicitly sexist messages.…

Charity Officials Are Increasingly Receiving Million-Dollar Paydays » The Wall Street Journal About 2,700 people had seven-figure pay packages at the nonprofits in 2014, a number that was up a third in three years, newly searchable IRS data show…

Ferriabough Bolling: Kudos to Baker for breaking with the Republican pack » Boston Herald I think some people are trying too hard to make Gov. Charlie Baker into something that he's not. …

New details in GOP Obamacare replacement leaked » Politico House Republicans aren't backing down from their Obamacare repeal plan that sparked backlash from the party's conservative wing. …

Liberals to Senate Democrats: Step up the Gorsuch fight » Politico Liberal advocacy groups are issuing a sharp rebuke to Senate Democrats, who they say have failed to sufficiently fight President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick. …

State to hike health insurance costs for 70,000 employees » Boston Business Journal Sweeping changes to the state's health care program mean that nearly 70,000 state and government employees will have to pay more as of July 1. …

Robichaud: GOP must target AG Maura Healey and her left-wing agenda » Boston Herald Wanted: A Republican lawyer willing to campaign around the clock to defeat Attorney General Maura Healey. …

Scant discipline follows prosecutors' impropriety in Massachusetts » New England Center for Investigative Reporting

“Questioning why Republicans would be accepting the stipends is an attempt to change the narrative away from the Democrats who put the pay raise forward,’’ said Orrall. “This is a false narrative to discredit Republicans. Look at the vote count and see who voted for this pay increase. I voted against it. I voted No three times.”

Representative Keiko Orrall

On Massachusetts lawmakers receiving raise they initially opposed

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Comey asks Justice Department to reject Trump's wiretapping claim » Boston Globe FBI Director James B. Comey asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump's assertion that President Obama ordered the tapping of Trump's phones, senior U.S. officials s…

FBI Director Asks Justice Dept. To Publicly Deny Trump's 'Wire Tapping' Allegation » WBUR FBI Director James Comey has requested that the Justice Department publicly deny President Trump's allegation that President Obama had ordered a wire tap of candidate Trump, a law enforcement official…

Trump Has Many Jobs Unfilled; Is He 'Deconstructing The Administrative State'? » WBUR President Trump, who still has hundreds of senior level positions to fill at nearly every federal agency, told interviewers last week that "you don't need all those jobs." But even if that's the case…

Congress to probe Trump wiretap claim; FBI disputes it » State House News Service Key members of Congress say they will honor President Donald Trump's request to investigate his unsubstantiated claim that Barack Obama overstepped his authority as president and had Trump's telephone…

Civil Rights

Erna Ballantine Bryant, 87; led Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination » Boston Globe “I can't count the number of times I've been refused taxis,” Erna Ballantine Bryant told the Globe in 1968.…

Immigrants, advocates say old fears rising to the surface » South Coast Today Jon Mitchell broke a language barrier with a hug on the one-month anniversary of President Donald Trump's executive order that focused on broadening the focus of deportations.…

'A Day Of Anguish': Workers, Agents Recall State's Biggest Immigration Raid » WBUR Maria del Carmen Villeda was willing to deal with working conditions that a former immigration agent likened to an industrial era sweatshop. Her children back in Honduras relied on the money she sent …

Education

For Boston charters, a record spike in applicants » Boston Globe Applications for Boston charter schools for the upcoming school year have more than doubled, shattering previous records, following the launch of a new online enrollment system allowing families to ap…

Attorney General Maura Healey to give Mount Wachusett Community College's commencement address » State House News Service

Environment

State, local officials bid farewell to dams » The Eagle Tribune For fish, kayaks and canoes, the Shawsheen River is just about open for business. State officials visited the Balmoral and Stevens Street dams Friday as the projects to tear down the dams are coming…

Federal

Warren is fundraising powerhouse » Berkshire Eagle At the core of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's appeal is a critique of an economic system she says is rigged against the little guy. Helping fuel that message is a voracious fundraising machine…

Gaming

Lottery formula a bad bet? » The Sun Chronicle The Legislature established the Massachusetts State Lottery in 1971 in response to the need for new funding sources for the 351 towns and cities of the commonwealth. Since then, the lottery has genera…

Health Care

De-Funding Planned Parenthood 'Reckless,' Mayor Walsh Says At Rally on Boston Common » New Boston Post In bitter cold temperatures, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, several members of Congress, and activists rallied Saturday on Boston Common to support Planned Parenthood.…

Planned Parenthood fund cuts draw Boston protest » Boston Herald Hundreds of demonstrators braved frigid temperatures to take part in a raucous rally on Boston Common yesterday in protest of federal efforts to slash funding to Planned Parenthood.…

Mystery solved: Addiction medicine maker is secret funder of Kennedy-Gingrich group » STAT News A company that sells a new opioid-addiction medication is a secret funder of an advocacy group fronted by Newt Gingrich and Patrick Kennedy that is pushing for more government funding and insurance co…

Price of anti-overdose injector sparks outrage » Eagle Tribune The price of an injectable overdose-reversing drug designed for use by laypeople has skyrocketed, prompting outrage from first-responders, health advocates and elected officials.…

North Shore Medical Center to cut 200 jobs at Salem, Lynn campuses » Boston Business Journal

Housing

The dissonance of zoning and immigration » Commonwealth Magazine NEWTON RECENTLY BECAME a sanctuary city. I was proud to co-sponsor the ordinance and gratified by the legion of residents who rallied at City Hall in support of their immigrant neighbors. The next nig…

Human Services

Report urges military to screen for gambling problems » Boston Globe Before he was confronted by his anguished wife, Bruce Kinsman was losing about $1,000 a week on the state lottery in frenetic pursuit of a jackpot.…

With new Northeastern post, VFW hopes to recruit new generation of vets » Boston Globe Tom Schmidt, a 27-year-old Marine veteran of Afghanistan, touched a US flag with his left hand and lifted his right one as he promised to abide by all the regulations of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.…

Substance abuse beds for pregnant women planned for Pittsfield » The Republican

Judiciary

How One Man In N.H. Spent 575 Days In Jail For Trespassing » WBUR Michael Treadwell sat at the back of a courtroom. In a windbreaker and khaki pants, he leaned over his work boots, elbows on his knees. At first, I thought he was chewing gum — a bold choice in…

Labor

A Day Without a Woman? Boston restaurant-goers wouldn't eat very well. » Boston Globe The organizers of the women's march have declared March 8 “A Day Without a Woman,” and they're calling for a general strike. If Boston's female chefs failed to show up Wednesday, the city'…

Feds: Aides acted for Walsh over Boston Calling concert labor » Boston Herald Two aides to Mayor Martin J. Walsh were acting on his behalf — not the city's — when they pressured Boston Calling organizers to hire union labor for a concert on City Hall Plaza, federa…

UMass officials lead state's top earners » Eagle Tribune Gov. Charlie Baker might be the state's top official, but his pay lags many of those who work for him.…

Legislative

'Vote no, take the dough': Lawmakers opposed raise, but now accept it » Boston Globe That happened last month when House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg rammed through an $18 million legislative pay raise bill that also included big raises for judges,…

Area senators stood together on immigration » The Sun Chronicle Immigration continues to be one of the widely debated and most discussed topics across the nation. …

Local Government

New Barnstable County administrator completes first year » The Barnstable Patriot Barnstable County Administrator Jack Yunits Jr. finished his first year on the job this week. When I interviewed him shortly after his hire last year, he told me that he believed the challenges facin…

Opinion

Under Trump, will the generals speak up? » Boston Globe IN A SYSTEM built on civilian rule, how far should military leaders and other national-security experts go to keep a president from blundering into catastrophe? …

Jim Lyons: 'Choice' target shouldn't get tax money » Boston Herald As the nation's leading abortion proponent and provider, Planned Parenthood benefits greatly from the media-friendly phrase “pro-choice.” Of course, the phrase “pro-choice” has…

Kick the fossil fuel habit » Cape Cod Times Massachusetts, along with a handful of other states, has been on the forefront of renewable energy use for some time. Democratic and Republican governors alike have incrementally, with the help of the…

The high costs of abandoning international law » Boston Globe Even before Donald Trump put America first, the Republican Party had largely walked away from international treaty law. …

Editorial: Lifting a burden on the homeless » Boston Globe SOME FAMILIES in need of emergency shelter in Massachusetts must prove it by spending at least one night in a place not safe or fit for human habitation.…

'Sanctuary cities' have the law on their side » Boston Globe IN 1793, Congress adopted the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed slaveholders to track down and capture escaped slaves and punished anyone who abetted their escape. …

Demand for charters still going strong » Lowell Sun The charter-school movement in Massachusetts remains alive and well, despite November's statewide vote rejecting a move to allow expansion of up to 12 charters annually in the state's 10 percent poore…

No place for 'personal attack' on Bump » Commonwealth Magazine I AM A FAN of MassINC and CommonWealth magazine, and a regular listener to the podcasts you produce. But I want to express in the strongest terms possible my outrage and disappointment in the standard…

Editorial: Get real on Greenway » Boston Herald Supporters of the Rose Kennedy Greenway have sent up a warning flag about the fate of the park that runs through Boston, where the old elevated highway used to be.…

As I See It: Preventing youth violence: It's working » Worcester Telegram Worcester is one of the safest cities in the northeast. But as a community, we have decided that we could do even better.…

Charlie Baker, The Abortion Governor » New Boston Post

Politics

Fall River Democrats plan for the future of the party » The Herald News For educator David Roache, moving to Fall River in the past two years and attending his first state Democratic convention in June represents a start of bringing back Sen. Bernie Sanders to again seek …

Thornton Law case shouldn't be dropped » Boston Globe Thornton burst into prominence last October, after the Globe reported that the firm, which focuses on asbestos law, had reimbursed its partners for well over $1 million in donations to Democratic cand…

Can Democrats Turn Activism Into Votes? Special Elections Might Be A Clue » WBUR Democrats have a long way to go to rebuild their party after brutal losses across the board last November. But they're seeing glimmers of hope in recent and upcoming special elections where they argue…

Governor LePage to address Mass. conservatives » Boston Globe

Public Health

$25m gift to Boston Medical Center will help launch opioid center » Boston Globe Boston Medical Center has received a $25 million gift, the largest in its history, and plans to use the money to fight what it calls the “heartbreaking” public health crisis caused by drug…

Rivera vs. Sununu bout ends in promise for opioid fight » Eagle Tribune It's nice to see two elected officials from different states resolve their differences with a single, 15-minute phone call. …

State Finance

Data at crux of tourism funding debate » Cape Cod Times As tourism officials across the state gear up for a fight to get more funding from the 2018 state budget, the state's top economic development official says he needs more data to prove the effectivene…

Lawmakers to hear testimony on Baker budget plan » Turn to 10 Gov. Charlie Baker's $40.5 billion state budget proposal is about to get its first public airing before state lawmakers.…

State Government

Senators leave money on the table » Commonwealth Magazine PUBLIC PRESSURE APPEARS to have won out as no Massachusetts state senator opted to receive three stipends for leadership positions as they could have under the rules and three Democratic lawmakers esc…

Massachusetts Republicans Say They'll Provide Early Voting Funds » WAMC Republicans in the Massachusetts Senate plan to introduce a bill to reimburse cities and towns for the mandated costs of last year's early voting. …

Taxation

Veterans expanded tax credit up for vote » The Eagle Tribune With town meetings approaching on March 14, and an "all veterans" tax credit on the ballot in numerous communities, town officials are eyeing what the expanded property tax credit would mean for town …

Transportation

Boston's Seaport could soon get 2,100 new parking spots » Boston Globe Not long ago, the Seaport District was mostly parking lots catering to suburban commuters who didn't want to pay downtown Boston prices or use public transit.…

Weekend News

Healey hands Thornton Law case to independent prosecutor » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey will appoint a special prosecutor and recuse herself from any investigation into alleged campaign finance violations by Thornton Law Firm, whose lawyers, including former…

It's not just the shadows that are at issue » Boston Globe RE “DON'T sweat the shadows” by Dante Ramos: I have followed the controversy over the tower planned for Winthrop Square, and the conflict between the $150 million offer to the city as weig…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 3/6

9:00am 18th Annual Suicide Prevention Awards, Grand Staircase

9:30am YouthBuild Day at the State House, Great Hall

11:00am Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

3:30pm Blind New World Week, Grand Staircase

Tuesday - 3/7

9:00am Library Legislative Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

Wednesday - 3/8

9:00am Adult Foster Care Awareness Day, Nurses Hall

9:00am Boston Children's Hospital Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall

1:00pm Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Health Policy Commission

Thursday - 3/9

Birthdays: Rep. Denise Provost

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY 2018 Budget Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Reception for Rep. Jose Tosado with Speaker Robert DeLeo and Sheriff Nick Cocchi

5:30pm Mayor Joe Petty's St. Patrick's Day Party

6:00pm A Night on Emerald Isle with Patrick McDermott

Friday - 3/10

7:00am Sen. Joan Lovely's Annual North Shore St. Patrick's Day Breakfast

9:45am Top Consumer Issues of 2016, Nurses Hall

3:00pm Bosnian and Herzegovinian Independence Day Commemoration, Great Hall

Press Releases

Partners HealthCare Launches New Center of Excellence » Partners Healthcare

How Can a 'Biological Opinion' Help North Atlantic Right Whales? » Conservation Law Foundation

Cleantech Open Northeast Accelerator Program Awards 2018’s Top Cleantech and Energy Startups » Northeast Clean Energy Council

U.S. SETS NEW RECORD FOR OIL PRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER MEETING VIRTUALLY ALL GLOBAL DEMAND GROWTH » Mass. Petroleum Council

MassDOT Commits Funds to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » MassDOT

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

More than Two Dozen NFIB Members Are Running for Office Across the Country » National Federation of Independent Business

Lt. Governor Polito Hosts Roundtable on Dangerousness » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Further Expands Access to Opioid Reversal Medication » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Warren, Markey Query Columbia Gas On Uninhabitable Homes Following Merrimack Valley Disaster » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Commends MassDOT Commitment to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Urges FDA to Deny Approval of Powerful Opioid Dsuvia, Cites Warning of Committee Chair » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Suspending Military Aid & Sales to Saudi Government following Khashoggi Disappearance » Congressman Jim McGovern

McGovern Statement on Apparent Murder of Jamal Khashoggi » Congressman Jim McGovern

Educators' Voices Are Influential on Ballot Questions » Massachusetts Teachers Association

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL COST LOCAL BREWERIES, WINERIES » Climate Action Business Association


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