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9:00am DMH Southeast Area Citizens Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm New England Board of Higher Education Awards, Great Hall

1:00pm AKA Day at the Capitol, Nurses Hall

6:00pm St. Joseph's Day Celebration for Sen. Joe Boncore

Birthdays: Rep. Thomas Stanley

Must-Reads

Can Massachusetts police detain someone for a U.S. immigration violation? SJC to decide » The Republican Massachusetts' highest court could wade into one of the most sensitive questions related to states' rights and the federal immigration debate.…

'There's a Smell of Treason in the Air' » New York Times The greatest political scandal in American history was not Aaron Burr's shooting of Alexander Hamilton, and perhaps wasn't even Watergate. …

UMass Boston was warned of financial crisis years earlier » Boston Globe The former finance chief of UMass Boston repeatedly warned Chancellor J. Keith Motley of an impending financial crisis on campus, according to memos she sent him in 2012, 2014, and 2016 that show conc…

Ivanka Trump's White House Gig Is an Insult to Working Women » Cosmopolitan Ivanka Trump sits with foreign dignitaries during important meetings, is setting up an office in the White House, is being issued government communications devices, and is seeking national security cl…

NECC co-owner convicted in meningitis outbreak » Boston Globe The former co-owner and head pharmacist at a Framingham company that shipped tainted drugs across the country, causing more than 60 deaths and hundreds of illnesses, was convicted of fraud and rackete…

She Slayed Her Gamergate Trolls — Now She Wants To Bring Her Fight To Congress » Refinery29 Brianna Wu is best known for battling vicious attacks from internet trolls during the Gamergate controversy. Now, the game developer wants to bring her fight to end harassment and sexism online and IR…

“What you’ll find is that Boston has the highest per capita number of hate crimes, and that, ironically, is a good thing,” Levin said. “It shows Boston is doing a good job of identifying and responding to these crimes.”

Brian Levin, Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University

On Boston being a top target for LGBT hate acts

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump, Ryan lack House votes for 'do-or-die' health care bill » Boston Globe President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan pushed conservative lawmakers to get behind the GOP health care plan Wednesday, but their efforts appeared to come up short, casting Thursday's vote into do…

Keating looks to exempt returning H-2B workers » Cape Cod Times U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., introduced a bill Monday that would exempt returning H-2B employees from the 33,000 national cap on visas for seasonal foreign workers, many of whom wash dishes, cl…

Trump campaign chief linked to Putin interests » South Coast Today President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an am…

Groups rally for safe communities at Indivisible Somerville rally » Wicked Local Somerville Since moving into the White House, the Trump administration has proposed multiple policies affecting immigrants throughout the country and the world.…

Business

Baby, you can't drive my car » Commonwealth Magazine General Motors wants to own the driverless car market. So much so they have pushed legislators in at least six states, including Massachusetts, to file bills that would only allow the zombie cars to b…

First applicant for BYOB misses hearing » Boston Herald The first and only applicant so far for Boston's new bring your own alcohol license has to wait a little longer after a "disastrous Uber ride" caused him to miss his application hearing today.…

Proposed regulations irk lobstermen » Boston Herald Bay State lobstermen fear that a new proposal — meant to save lobsters in warming southern New England waters — could hurt business by barring them from harvesting in prime summer months…

Federal legislators weigh in on planned drop of WWLP from cable lineup » Berkshire Eagle Three members of Massachusetts' federal legislative contingent, including the state's two senators, have asked Charter Communications to keep Springfield's NBC affiliate on Berkshire County cable TV l…

Massachusetts Cannabis Advocates Speak Up Against Legislators' Proposed Recreational Law Changes » Merry Jane A standing-room-only crowd packed Massachusetts' State House on Monday for the initial hearing of the state's Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy. …

Civil Rights

LGBT community top target for hate acts in Boston » Boston Globe Members of the LGBT community are the most frequently reported targets of hateful acts in Boston, enduring more assaults, threats, and harassment than any other group, a Globe analysis of police data …

ACLU says ending mandatory minimum drug sentences would address racial inequalities » Metro The ACLU of Massachusetts is calling for the repeal of mandatory minimum drug sentencing, saying it unfairly targets minority offenders, particularly blacks, who are imprisoned at a rate roughly eight…

Crimes

Victims Of Outbreak Tied To Framingham Pharmacy React To Mixed Verdict » WBUR The former head of a Framingham compounding pharmacy found responsible for a 2012 fungal infection outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened hundreds more was acquitted on Wednesday of murder allega…

Education

College financial aid packages usually aren't gifts » Boston Globe College-bound high school seniors have just a few more weeks to choose the school that will offer them the best mix of academic opportunity, environment, and financial support.…

In noisy rally, hundreds of Boston teachers demand new contract » Boston Globe Hundreds of Boston teachers — shaking noise makers, beating plastic buckets, and carrying signs demanding a fair contract — marched around the perimeter of School Department Headquarters…

For Low-Income Students, Public Colleges Are The Ivy League For Economic Mobility » WBUR I agree with Ronald Reagan that the best social program is a job for those who can work. If that's true, the second best social program is a college education that prepares people for those jobs. It's…

Against opposition, BPS passes $1 billion budget » Boston Herald The School Committee approved the city's $1 billion budget last night despite angry opposition from students, teachers and parents who say the spending plan fails vulnerable students.…

The Rebooted MCAS Exam Rekindles The Debate Around Testing » WBUR Starting this week, some students across Massachusetts will take a new standardized test. It's called MCAS 2.0, and it's a hybrid of the state's highly regarded MCAS e…

Environment

Working group hears plenty of pros, cons on rattlesnake colony » Gazette Net The Rattlesnake Review Working Group has the thankless job of recommending what the state should do about the timber rattlesnake, an endangered serpent some revere as a New England symbol but nonethel…

Health Care

In Final Hours, GOP Leaders Scramble For Votes On Bill To Gut 'Obamacare' » WBUR Republicans will be tested today on the strength of party unity in the Trump era and their party's ability to deliver on the promises they've made to the voters that sent them here. "This is our chan…

Former White House Drug Czar To Lead Addiction Medicine Center In Boston » WBUR A familiar face will lead Boston Medical Center's new addiction research center. The hospital has named former White House drug czar Michael Botticelli as executive director of the Grayken Center for…

GOP health bill on the brink hours from House showdown vote » Sentinel & Enterprise The GOP's long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare" stood on the brink just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Short of support…

Housing

Boston To Shutter 2 Transitional Housing Programs For Men In Recovery » WBUR Two programs in Boston that provide transitional housing and addiction recovery services to homeless men are being shut down. Project SOAR and Safe Harbor serve 40 people in a dedicated space on the …

Human Services

Social workers, students rally at Faneuil Hall to tout bills » Sentinel & Enterprise Budding social justice advocates on Tuesday sought to sway lawmakers laboring under tight budgets toward legislative proposals that would ease the financial burden on social workers and make life easi…

Legislature adds $10.8 million to DDS Turning 22 program » Martha's Vineyard Times

Judiciary

Lawyer's judgeship hearing postponed a week » Gloucester Times The Gloucester attorney who is up for a state Probate and Family Court judgeship will have to wait another week to learn if she gets the job.…

Williams picked as trial court administrator » State House News Service

Baker announces new court picks » Mass Lawyers Weekly

Judge allows suits against state ban on recording private conversations to continue » Universal Hub

Labor

Massachusetts jobless rate rose slightly in February » Boston Business Journal The total unemployment rate for Massachusetts increased to 3.4 percent in February from the revised January rate of 3.2 percent, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced…

Legislative

Stan Rosenberg vows no more delays in implementation of marijuana law » Boston Herald Senate President Stanley Rosenberg promised that lawmakers will not further delay the opening of marijuana retail shops after the legislature's approved six-month extension.…

Local Government

Sandwich Planners Vote To Block Recreational Pot Sales For Now » Cape News The Sandwich Planning Board voted Tuesday night, March 21, to impose a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana sales, meaning that if voters agree, non-medicinal pot cannot be sold commercially…

Stockbridge takes up effort aimed at 'trust policy' to ease immigrants' fears » Berkshire Eagle A group of residents is seeking voter support to designate the town as a "trust community" in order to "formally and publicly affirms the value we place on being welcoming and inclusive."…

Worcester councilors question allowing noncitizens on city boards » Worcester Telegram A proposal to allow resident noncitizens to serve on city boards and commissions is receiving pushback from at least two city councilors.…

Springfield mayor talks education, jobs, environment and budget with aide to President Donald Trump » The Republican Mayors like Domenic J. Sarno wanted to talk about Community Development Block Grant money imperiled by President Donald Trump's first proposed budget.…

Correia wants FROED removed from Redevelopment Authority role » Herald News Mayor Jasiel Correia II wants the Redevelopment Authority to terminate its administrative services agreement with the Fall River Office of Economic Development to make way for his own economic develop…

Opinion

Health bill isn't reform; it's a tax cut for the wealthy » Boston Globe MASSACHUSETTS LAUNCHED national health reform in 2006, when a moderate Republican governor and liberal Democratic legislature worked together to get nearly everyone covered.…

A tight labor market is a terrible thing to waste » Boston Globe THE QUESTION of who gets to share in our city's prosperity is the pressing question of our time.…

Lives taken, lives unseen » Boston Globe What on earth happened to Aaron Hernandez?…

Gelzinis: Meeting terror with calm resolve » Boston Herald To live in this city and watch the horror that took place on Westminster Bridge in London yesterday was to feel the pangs of Boylston Street on April 15, 2013.…

Our Opinion: Familiar Berkshire cable fight to be fought once more » Berkshire Eagle It's a timeless and tiresome story that repeats itself periodically, often when there is a change in corporate cable communications ownership. …

Wage theft cannot be business as usual » Boston Globe WE APPLAUD Attorney General Maura Healey for rooting out specific cases of wage theft within our state such as at UnWrapped Inc. in Lowell (“Factory in Lowell to pay $1.2m over wages,” Bus…

Romney's health care legacy under attack, just like Obama's » Boston Globe MITT ROMNEY, please take note. Your health care legacy is under attack, just like Barack Obama's.…

44 years later, Vietnam vets still reviled » Cape Cod Times In 1979 the Massachusetts Legislature passed a law directing the governor to annually issue a proclamation setting apart March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day. The date commemorates the departure of the la…

Clive McFarlane: Elected officials sign name to values » Worcester Telegram Every day, particularly when our president speaks, we are reminded of how vacuous and mean-spirited our politics are.…

Baker needs to be aggressive opposing GOP health care bill » Boston Globe GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER has plenty at stake as his fellow Republicans start voting Thursday on the awful health care legislation concocted by President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan.…

An Act of Malice » US News and World Report In May of 2012, I got the call everyone dreads. My fiancee, now wife, had collapsed at work. She was being rushed to the emergency room of a Boston hospital.…

Letter: Threatened grant program of value to community » Berkshire Eagle Among the cuts proposed in President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget is the elimination of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program overseen by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. …

Moran: A leader in pursuit of two ideas that can bring positive change » Herald News The two important causes that currently motivate Mike Miozza are quite different from each other. One has its basis in the boring details of government machinery; the other is rooted in personal heart…

Editorial: Reforms derailed » Boston Herald The Baker administration has backed off a proposal to suspend weekend commuter rail service, inspiring cries of relief from politicians who saw in the threat of reduced service a terrific opportunity …

ViewPoint: In Massachusetts, a resounding yes for zero-emission vehicles » Boston Business Journal It should go without saying: There is room on the road for all zero-emission vehicles. Choosing battery-electric vehicles over fuel-cell vehicles is akin to determining that there must be a winner bet…

Editorial: League helps aspiring politicians find their voice » The Recorder

Make cities 'great'? Trump's budget says otherwise » Dorchester Reporter

Politics

The kids are far right » Boston Globe It had been a typically busy day for the conservative rabble-rouser.…

Tito Jackson challenging Commissioner Evans a calculated gamble » Boston Herald City councilor and mayoral candidate Tito Jackson's criticism of police Commissioner William B. Evans, and hints that the city's top cop would be ousted under his administration, may be a bid to garne…

Upcoming caucuses help shape Dems' future » My South End

St. Patrick's Day Breakfast sees historically large turnout » Boston Irish Reporter

Public Health

DPH seeks permission to continue collecting opioid data » The Salem News

State Finance

Massachusetts lawmakers continue to work to balance the budget » WWLP 22 The Massachusetts House and Senate gave initial approval for a mid-year spending bill to pay for underfunded programs and agencies, like the Department of Public Health.…

House and Senate pass $144M spending bill with more to come » State House News Service The $144.4 million supplemental budget that bounced between the House and Senate on Wednesday afternoon landed on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk by the end of the day, having been approved by both branches…

DOR: State could collect $172 million annually in marijuana tax revenue » Sentinel & Enterprise By the end of the second year of legal marijuana sales, Massachusetts could collect as much as $172 million annually in marijuana tax revenue, the Department of Revenue said Monday.…

Rosenberg: Health funding cuts may leave 'nothing' for other state priorities » The Recorder

State Government

State leaders battling over legal-pot oversight » Worcester Business Journal Senate President Stan Rosenberg on Wednesday joined his House counterpart in questioning whether the treasurer's office should retain full control over the regulatory body that will enforce legalized …

Baker, Polito, Healey pay state for political trips » Boston Globe

Taxation

Mass. High Court Rules In Tax Dispute Involving Catholic Shrine » WBUR Massachusetts' highest court has ruled in a property tax dispute involving a Roman Catholic shrine that attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and tourists each year.…

Transportation

Governor moving forward with Middleboro rail plan first » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker is officially moving forward with the South Coast Rail project's proposed route through Middleboro as a first phase, while looking toward the Stoughton route long term.…

State changes gears on Middleborough commuter rail plan » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has advanced plans to extend the Middleborough commuter rail line to New Bedford, Fall River, and Taunton by 2024, a change designed to accelerate the lo…

Baker pushes 2-track S. Coast rail approach » Commonwealth Magazine The Baker administration has agreed on a course for the first phase of long-promised commuter rail service to the South Coast, working under an approach that contemplates diesel service along an exist…

Baker backs off commuter rail cut » Commonwealth Magazine THE ELIMINATION OF WEEKEND COMMUTER rail service will no longer be considered an option to close the MBTA's looming budget deficit after Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said he would “explore alter…

Ride-Hailing Service Focused On Women — And Safety — Launches In Boston » WBUR There's a new ride-hailing company in town — and it's geared toward women. Safr officially hit Boston streets in the last couple of weeks and aims to make ride-hailing safe for women. Recent …

Taunton's state senator looking into litigation to block South Coast Rail route swap » Taunton Daily Gazette State Sen. Marc Pacheco said he's looking into a possible legal challenge if the state moves forward with a long dormant South Coast Rail route that bypasses downtown Taunton.…

EDITORIAL: Baker's fix for T deficit hits political yellow light » Sentinel & Enterprise The election season has begun. Just ask Gov. Charlie Baker. Though most of us remain focused on March Madness and how many healthy pitchers the Red Sox will have come Opening Day, it's easy to see wha…

South Coast rail's first phase carries 2024 completion date » State House News Service The Baker administration has agreed on a course for the first phase of long-promised commuter rail service to the South Coast, working under an approach that contemplates diesel service along an exist…

South Coast Rail construction to start in 2019 under Middleborough plan » Herald News The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced Wednesday its project change filing to upgrade the Middleborough/Lakeville commuter line to initiate South Coast Rail service to Fall River and…

Road $$$ bill being prepped for ride through House » State House News Service

MBTA overstating its budget woes, critics say » Boston Globe

MBTA commuter rail to New Bedford, Fall River slated to arrive by 2024 » The Republican

Utilities

Lawmakers in Pilgrim zone urge NRC to shut nuke plant down » Wicked Local Weymouth Citing safety concerns, eight Cape Cod and South Shore lawmakers called on federal regulators Tuesday to immediately close the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, whose owners are exploring a possible sale…

Massachusetts 'middle mile' internet provider may halt project over money woes » Berkshire Eagle The company hired to operate the state's $90 million "middle mile" internet connection says it will halt operations within months unless it stops bleeding money. …

MassBroadband123 operator files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy; blames state technology agency » The Republican The private operator of the state-owned "middle mile" fiber optic network has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and is blaming a quasi-public state agency for its woes.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

NECC co-owner convicted in meningitis outbreak » Boston Globe

Wildlife sanctuaries can't get religious exemptions from property taxes, court rules » Universal Hub

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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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