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UMass Boston chancellor's authority is diluted amid campus financial woes » Boston Globe Concerned about persistent financial problems at UMass Boston, the university board of trustees has significantly diluted chancellor J. Keith Motley's authority in the day-to-day running of the instit…

How Republicans Can Win By Making Their Peace With Obamacare » The Atlantic As efforts to repeal the ACA sputter, the GOP can refocus on protecting private enterprise from the voracity of a health-care industry that takes too much and delivers too little. …

Remember the People America's Healthcare System Has Already Killed » Motherboard We've heard brave stories from people whose lives have been saved by health insurance, but thousands of Americans have already died because of lackluster coverage. …

How Trump's data operation helped him win » Axios According to conversations with over two dozen staffers and advertising experts involved with the data and advertising operations of both presidential campaigns, the Democratic party's data machine th…

White House analysis of Obamacare repeal sees even deeper insurance losses than CBO » Politico The executive branch analysis forecast that 26 million people would lose coverage over the next decade, versus the 24 million CBO estimates. …

Exclusive — Audio Emerges of When Paul Ryan Abandoned Donald Trump: 'I Am Not Going to Defend Donald Trump—Not Now, Not in the Future' » Breitbart On a never-before-released private October conference call with House Republican members, House Speaker Paul Ryan told his members in the U.S. House of Representatives he was abandoning then-GOP presi…

Nichols College study: Not enough women leaders in state » Worcester Telegram It's doing better than two years ago. But when it comes to having women in leadership positions, Massachusetts is still failing, a new report from Nichols College said. …

Lawmakers, pot activists at odds over work of new committee » The Recorder BOSTON — Marijuana activists responded Monday to what it called a “false narrative” that the marijuana legalization law passed last year by voters requires legislative fixes, and ur…

Would Mass. residents lose health coverage under GOP plan? Yes. » Boston Globe Would Mass. residents lose health coverage under GOP plan? Yes. …

Massachusetts Could Gain A Seat in Congress — If Census Can Find All the People Living Here » State House News Service Massachusetts Could Gain A Seat in Congress — If Census Can Find All the People Living Here …

With health assessment, Baker heading down familiar path » Commonwealth Magazine Will the Legislature heed that aphorism in response to Gov. Baker's proposed health care tax on employers to help balance the state's fiscal 2018 and 2019 budgets? …

"I support primaries in general, but in this particular race you're climbing such a steep hill it's good to have that conversation early and reach a conclusion sooner rather than later," Green said in a interview. "We might be better served to rally and unite behind one candidate sooner that later because the general is going to be so tough."

Rick Green - Chairman of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance

Speaking about his decision to not run for U.S. Senate in 2018.

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Beltway Politics

GOP Health Care Bill Could Leave 24M More Without Coverage By 2026, CBO Says » WBUR A new report finds that the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over a decade but would also leave 24 million more Americans …

Trump Administration Asks For More Time To Provide Proof That Obama Wiretapped Trump » WBUR he Justice Department has asked for more time to respond to a congressional committee about any evidence that President Barack Obama ordered surveillance of then-candidate Donald Trump last year, as T…

President Trump might get a blizzard of postcards soon » Boston Globe In quiet coffee shops, bookstores, and Unitarian Universalist churches, the liberals are gathering, armed with the antiquated tools of an emerging resistance: markers, cards, and postage stamps.…

U.S. Rep. Capuano: Democrats need to listen, compromise » Wicked Local Cambridge

Business

Group Asks Lawmakers To Hold Off On Changes To Pot Law » WBUR The group behind a ballot initiative that legalized recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is now urging state legislators to keep the new law intact. …

Marijuana legalization proponents urge lawmakers to limit the scope of any changes » MassLive Marijuana proponents are urging lawmakers to fund the regulatory body for the state's new marijuana law before making any changes.…

Hill Holliday, John Hancock part ways after decades together » Boston Globe It's a business relationship that outlasted corporate ownership changes, office relocations, and chief executive departures.…

Amid Trump's immigration crackdown, there's fear on farms » Boston Globe The demands of 3,800 heifers at CY Farms dictate the rhythm of labor. Farm workers deliver feed down a central aisle of a massive barn. …

Domestic Relations

Family separations worry refugee resettlement workers » Worcester Telegram When are my people going to join me? If I travel outside the country, will I be allowed back? When will I see my children? Can I go outside safely?…

Education

Boston school food contractor plans new facility to whip up fresh entrees » Boston Globe The food service contractor for Boston's public school system announced Monday that it plans to open a facility next month in Dorchester where it can make fresh hot meals, a move that should delight s…

Boston Teachers Union calling for rally after contract talks stall » Boston Herald The Boston Teachers Union is calling on teachers to protest stalled contract talks because the Boston Public Schools district has "barely budged" on key issues of pay equity for staff at autonomous sc…

Plan aims to SOAR college savings for low-income Lowell students » The Lowell Sun Middle-schoolers may be contemplating which careers they want to pursue, but how many are thinking about the money needed to make their dreams come true?…

Gaming

Mass. Treasurer Deb Goldberg more concerned about new Connecticut casino's impact on MGM Springfield than state lottery » The Republican Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said she is not worried that a casino just south of the Connecticut-Massachusetts border will hurt state Lottery revenues. But, she said, with the casino location proposed …

Health Care

Charlie Baker: Keeping uninsured rate low is key in Massachusetts » Boston.com Gov. Charlie Baker says he wants to make sure Massachusetts continues to maintain a health care system that has delivered insurance to about 97 percent of its residents.…

Welcome to my colon: A tech pioneer turns to virtual reality to guide his own surgery » STAT News Spend enough time with Larry Smarr and, chances are, he'll invite you to step inside his colon.…

Warren visits Manet health center in Quincy » Patriot Ledger U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren stopped by the Manet Community Health Center Monday morning to hear about the efforts the center is taking to combat the opioid issues plaguing the South Shore.…

Massachusetts Panel Would Require Hospitals to Justify Prices » Bloomberg BNA A Massachusetts health commission will recommend that hospitals and physicians set their prices based on only three factors, or be required to answer to regulators.…

UMass Medical tops Harvard in latest U.S. News rankings » Boston Business Journal

Human Services

Chelmsford agency hosts forum on disabilities » Wicked Local Chelmsford Times are changing for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as those on the autism spectrum, or Down syndrome, or brain injuries.…

Insurance

Here's what the GOP may do next on health care » Boston Globe The bottom line on the House Republican health care plan: 24 million Americans would ultimately lose their health insurance, but the federal government would save $337 billion.…

24 million could lose insurance, report says, dealing GOP a blow » Boston Globe The GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would cause 24 million Americans to lose health coverage over the next decade, according to an official government analysis released Monday that greatly…

Baker: Keeping uninsured rate low is key in Massachusetts » The Associated Press (AP) Gov. Charlie Baker says he wants to make sure Massachusetts continues to maintain a health care system that has delivered insurance to about 97 percent of its residents.…

Judiciary

Berkshire County attorneys rally to help people amid immigration crackdown » Berkshire Eagle Best & Associates, an immigration law group with an office in Pittsfield, has been inundated with requests for help from clients since the election of President Donald Trump. People are seeking lega…

Local lawyer to be interviewed for judgeship Wednesday in Boston » Gloucester Times On Wednesday, the Governor's Council will hold a confirmation hearing for Mary Rudolph Black, Gov. Charlie Baker's nominee to a seat on the Probate and Family Court bench, in Boston. …

Legislative

Cancellations spill into Wednesday as House session, budget hearing called off » WWLP 22 With a severe snowstorm threatening to dump at least a foot of snow across Massachusetts on Tuesday, the House canceled its formal session that had been scheduled for Wednesday to consider a $259 mill…

Pot advocates urge legislators not to unravel law » Boston Globe Advocates who led the successful charge to legalize marijuana for recreational use at the ballot are pressing lawmakers to avoid further unraveling the law passed by 1.8 million voters. …

Sal DiMasi asks judge to ease home confinement rules » Boston Globe Former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, who was convicted in 2011 of public corruption and was freed early from federal prison under a compassionate release program, is seeking an easing of his prob…

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- Keeping fingers crossed on the budget » Wicked Local Weymouth

Lobbying

Marijuana lobby ready to spend more to defend Mass. law » State House News Service

Local Government

State cutting off Greenway funding » Commonwealth Magazine TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY Secretary Stephanie Pollack said on Monday that the Greenway Conservancy's $2 million-a-year state subsidy will end on July 1 and she is working with abutters to help fill the…

State announces unfunded mandate, Bedford could receive reimbursement » Wicked Local Bedford On Feb. 14, State Auditor Suzanne Bump announced that the state's early voting law imposed an unfunded mandate on local governments. As an unfunded mandate, towns can now apply to be reimbursed for th…

Lynn school election snowed out » Lynn Daily News Item As a late season blizzard threatens to shut down the Bay State with more than a foot of snow, today's high stakes election on funding two new middle schools has been postponed.…

Ex-councilor Germain: “fire in the belly” for District 5 Council race » Worcester Mag Former At-large City Councilor Mike Germain has pulled nomination papers for the open District 5 City Council seat, saying he's ready to jump back into politics.…

Opinion

With health assessment, Baker heading down familiar path » Commonwealth Magazine Will the Legislature heed that aphorism in response to Gov. Baker's proposed health care tax on employers to help balance the state's fiscal 2018 and 2019 budgets? …

All voices, even judges', belong in reform debate » Boston Globe IN THE MIDST of the Commonwealth's most consequential debate over criminal justice reform in a generation, it is important that every major player have a voice. Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Co…

GREGG CROTEAU: Big 'snaps' to Lowell's leadership » The Lowell Sun It was recently reported that crime in Lowell fell by 10 percent in 2016 compared to the prior year. In fact, Chief Justice Ralph Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court praised the efforts …

Politics

Henriquez plans run for Council seat » Politico Former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, who was expelled from the legislature in 2014, is seeking a return to elected office with a run for the Boston City Council, he told POLITICO Massachusetts. …

From discord to accord over St. Patrick's Day parade » Boston Globe NOW THAT the Allied War Veterans Council has reached across the folds of the tricolor to clasp the rainbow colors of OUTVETS, they will measure up to the symbolism of the Irish flag when they march to…

Newton Mayor Forms Finance Committee for Possible Gubernatorial Run » Framingham Patch Newton Mayor Setti Warren is a step closer to making his gubernatorial bid official.…

Newton mayor forms panel as he explores run for governor » Berkshire Eagle Newton Mayor Setti Warren is taking a significant step toward a potential run for governor.…

DNC deputy Keith Ellison to appear with U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern in Amherst » The Republican The new deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee will make a Western Massachusetts appearance alongside U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, a Worcester Democrat known for his progressive values. On M…

Businessman Rick Green decides against US Senate bid » Boston Globe Rick Green, a wealthy Pepperell businessman and GOP activist, appears to have decided not run for the US Senate seat now held by Democrat Elizabeth Warren, saying he wants to concentrate on the work o…

Mass. Dems switch convention from Lowell to Worcester » Worcester Telegram In a location switch, the Massachusetts Democratic Party announced Monday it will hold its annual state convention at the DCU Center in Worcester on June 3.…

GOP should unite around Senate candidate with "positive vision," Green says » State House News Service Wealthy businessman and chairman of the conservative Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance Rick Green on Monday bowed out of a possible run for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2018, but he has so…

Eddy Tabit named North Andover Republican of the Year » Wicked Local

A moderate Republican? In Massachusetts? » Journal Inquirer

Public Safety

Special Report: Sex trade battle is now an online war » Boston Herald Cops who once ran street-corner stings now fight the sex trade online — using social media campaigns to thwart sex buyers — and stake out the hotels, “massage” parlors and ap…

State Finance

Our Opinion: Baker puts bucks behind shared services » Berkshire Eagle There is a certain economic inevitability to the shared services movement among Berkshire communities, but a check from the state should help move the process along. …

State seeks an additional $20 million for snow, ice removal » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker's administration has filed a supplemental budget seeking an additional $20 million in snow and ice removal funding after the state had already spent $84 million removing snow and ic…

State Government

Healey: Trump's revised travel ban affects state institutions, residents » Boston Globe President Trump's revised executive order that temporarily suspends the US refugee program and the granting of visas to people from six Muslim-majority countries could affect hundreds, if not thousand…

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

Polito: State 'strengthening cities and towns' » Eagle Tribune

Transportation

T's new mantra: 'Cut to invest' » Commonwealth Magazine STATE TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK coined a new term on Monday to summarize the Baker administration's budget philosophy for the MBTA…

MBTA May End Weekend Commuter Rail Service, Cut Services To Disabled » WBUR MBTA weekend commuter rail service and transit services for individuals with disabilities are on the Baker administration's "menu" of potential service cuts to help close a $42 million gap in the tran…

MBTA eyes $49 million in cuts, including weekend commuter rail service » Boston Herald The MBTA could eliminate weekend commuter rail service for up to a year and scale back its door-to-door van service for people with disabilities in cost-cutting moves designed to help close a looming …

MBTA could cut weekend commuter rail service » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is proposing to eliminate all weekend commuter rail service and tens of thousands of door-to-door rides for passengers with disabilities, part of a slate…

The end of MBTA weekend commuter rail service? It's on the table » The Republican The MBTA is considering cutting weekend commuter rail service as the public transit agency seeks to close what state transportation officials say is a $42 million budget deficit.…

Dems hop on tying proposed T cuts to Charlie Baker » Boston Herald The MBTA would slash all weekend commuter rail service and scale back its door-to-door service for disabled passengers for up to a year under a newly released budget plan that is riling transit advoca…

South Shore mayors have praise, worry for possible commuter-rail cuts » Wicked Local Cohasset Gov. Charlie Baker said the state may suspend weekend service on the Greenbush and other lines for a year, as a cost cutting move. The idea drew both applause and concern from local mayors.…

Utilities

Frontier's fiber-optic networks to deliver high-speed internet to Monterey, New Marlborough, Sandisfield and Tolland » Berkshire Eagle The quest by four very rural towns to get wired and lit for high-speed internet reached another marker last week when the town chose Frontier Communications to build and service the towns' fiber-optic…

Power outages top 60,000 as nor'easter rips through Massachusetts » Wicked Local Saugus

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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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