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Must-Reads

Governor Baker boosts funding for early education » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker unexpectedly gave early education funding its largest boost in more than a decade on Wednesday, announcing that he would devote more than $28 million in found money to rate incr…

Donald Trump's Embrace of Conservative Cruelty » The New Republic As president, he's given up on empathetic populism and bought into Paul Ryan's agenda to punish the poor. …

GE CEO Immelt knocks Trump on climate » Politico General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt says President Donald Trump's imagination is at work if he doesn't believe in climate change science or the Paris agreement that President Barack Obama signed onto bef…

Gov. Charlie Baker to work with White House on opioid commission » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker may have found his opening to ingratiate himself with the Trump White House.…

MassHealth ball "in our court," but DeLeo still drawing up play » State House News Service As the Baker administration has proposed and floated different strategies to get businesses to help the state afford its Medicaid program, some corporate interests have questioned why employers should…

Signalling A Firmer Line, Mass. Sets 3.1 Percent Limit On Health Cost Increases » WGBH The ever-expanding cost of health care is a punishing annual reminder that while Massachusetts is a national leader in medicine, the state still struggles to get a firm grip on controlling local care …

Meet The Congresswoman On The Frontlines Of The Fight Against Online Abuse » Refinery29 Congresswoman Katherine Clark is no stranger to online abuse. She has had Twitter users call her an "absolute pussy," tell her they will "kick her in the cunt," and instruct her to "resign, rear some …

Stephen Colbert Has 3 Words for Jared Kushner: 'We're Not Customers' » Esquire On Monday we learned that this will be a big week for Son-in-Law-in-Chief Jared Kushner, and not just because he will be interviewed by Senate investigators as part of the Russia probe. As Stephen Col…

Kafka aide's campaign filing raises question about boss's plans » The Enterprise An aide to longtime Stoughton Rep. Louis Kafka has set up a campaign account to run for the seat, raising questions about whether his boss will seek another term.…

How Devin Nunes Is Threatening the Constitution » Mother Jones With his bizarre antics and partisan-driven decisions the past week and a half, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the under-siege chairman of the House intelligence committee, has not only triggered a brea…

Trump says 'we must fight' hard-line conservative Freedom Caucus in 2018 midterm elections » Washington Post

“Investing in high-quality early education and care is one of the most consequential things we can do to support our most vulnerable children and their families.”

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo

On Governor Baker boosting funds for early education.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

How to lose friends and 'exfoliate' people » Business Insider Signing up to carry out Donald Trump's vision of America has come at a cost to many of the president's closest allies. …

Mitt Romney “perfect for the job.” » National Journal Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) ... has told Romney about his desire for Romney to run, adding, “I can see why he might not want to do it, but I can also see why if he did it, it would be a great thing for…

Paul Ryan, Brought Down to Size » New York Times If he is the policy wonk of the Republican Party, then the Republican Party has no policy. To critics, Ryan's health-care failure is proof of what they've said all along.…

Lynch declines invitation to meet with Trump officials » Boston Globe Representative Stephen F. Lynch is declining an invitation to meet with President Trump's top congressional aides, saying he sees little benefit in cooperating with a White House he views as extreme.…

Lynch joins chorus of voices against Trumpcare » Wicked Local Weymouth Local leaders from the state's congressional delegation, including Braintree's own Congressman Stephen Lynch, D-Boston, lauded the pulling of the American Health Care Act last week and called it a vic…

Ivanka Trump To Be An Official White House Employee Covered By Ethics Rules » WBUR The White House says President Trump has a new special assistant on his staff — his daughter Ivanka. The announcement comes a week after the president's oldest daughter moved into her own offic…

Federal Judge In Hawaii Extends His Block On Trump Travel Ban » WBUR President Trump's executive order to restrict travel to the U.S. from six majority-Muslim countries and suspend the U.S. refugee program has been blocked indefinitely. The state of Hawaii sued to sto…

Judge in Hawaii extends order blocking Trump's travel ban » Sentinel & Enterprise A federal judge in Hawaii decided Wednesday to extend his order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban, preventing the government from suspending new visas for people from six Muslim-majority co…

What to expect now that Internet providers can collect and sell your Web history » Sentinel & Enterprise After Congress handed President Donald Trump legislation Tuesday that would wipe away landmark privacy protections for Internet users, we received a lot of reader questions about what happens next. Th…

Business

Santander will pay $22 million for issuing high-rate subprime auto loans in Massachusetts » The Republican Santander will pay a $22 million settlement to Massachusetts for issuing high-rate auto loans to consumers with poor credit.…

Bank pays $26 million to settle claims of improper auto loans » Patriot Ledger Santander Bank agreed to a nearly $26 million settlement with the attorneys general of Massachusetts and Delaware on allegations the bank funded high-rate auto loans they knew knew the borrowers could…

Santander to pay $26m to settle subprime auto-loan case » Boston Globe Santander will pay $26 million to settle allegations that it gave high-interest loans to car buyers it knew could not repay them, a lending tactic that helped trigger the housing market crash nearly a…

Civil Rights

North Carolina Lawmakers, Governor Announce 'Compromise' To Repeal 'Bathroom Bill' » WBUR Republican lawmakers and the Democratic governor of North Carolina say they've reached a deal to repeal the controversial "bathroom bill" that restricts the abilities of transgender people to use the …

Crimes

New Bedford's Fishing 'Codfather' To Plead Guilty » WBUR The rags to riches story of New Bedford fisherman Carlos Rafael may be headed back to rags. The Portuguese immigrant started out as a fish cutter, launched his own seafood company, and went on to acq…

Education

State officials hear pleas for more higher education funding at UMass hearing » The Republican University of Massachusetts president Marty Meehan said it's too soon to tell whether fees and tuition will increase this year -- but if they do rise, he said the goal would be to keep the hikes to th…

Cost of health insurance puts squeeze on school budgets » The Sun Chronicle City school officials are projecting a $1 million budget increase for next year, but believe the extra funding will be wiped out by higher health insurance costs for employees, a problem many school d…

Bristol Community College President Sbrega receives award for excellence » South Coast Today Bristol Community College's outgoing President Dr. John J. Sbrega received the Massachusetts Excellence Award at the New England Board of Higher Education's 2017 Excellence Awards ceremony at the Mass…

Federal

North Carolina gov., lawmakers reach deal to end standoff over 'bathroom bill' » WCVB North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and state lawmakers reached a deal to repeal the state's "bathroom bill," also known as House Bill 2.…

Health Care

Health spending benchmark lowered to 3.1% » Commonwealth Magazine THE MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION voted unanimously on Wednesday to lower the state's 2018 benchmark for health care spending growth from 3.6 percent to 3.1 percent, a move that some members …

Memo To The GOP: We Already Have A Conservative Health Plan » WBUR Last week's welcome demise of GOPcare (“a tax cut for the wealthy financed by dropping health coverage for the needy,” as columnist Nicholas Kristof accurately summarized it) does not end …

Massachusetts Tightens Cap On Health Care Spending For 2018 » WBUR Massachusetts will aim to hold health care spending increases to 3.1 percent next year, a drop from this year's target of 3.6 percent. Both targets were set in a 2012 state law that aimed to keep the…

Human Services

Representative Day Sponsors Mental Health Legislative Breakfast » Stoneham Patch State Representative Michael S. Day (D-Stoneham) recently sponsored the annual Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) Northeast Area Citizen's Legislative Breakfast in the Great Hall at the S…

Immigration

Newton mayor affirms his city's sanctuary stance » Boston Herald Newton Mayor Setti Warren is following Mayor Martin J. Walsh's lead, with a vow to open his own city hall as a safe haven for illegal immigrants if President Trump steps up deportations.…

Immigration debate heats up in Mass. » Commonwealth Magazine The immigration debate raging around the country is taking root in Massachusetts with the vitriol and accusations from both sides feeding a frenzy that we're being overrun both by illegal immigrants a…

Council votes in favor of adopting sanctuary ordinance » The Salem News In a marathon meeting Wednesday night, a majority of Salem city councilors lent their support to a new ordinance aimed at codifying the city's stance on immigration issues.…

So far, no ICE, despite Brockton lawmaker's warning of raids » The Enterprise There was no immigration enforcement raids in the city of Brockton on Wednesday, as state Rep. Michelle DuBois warned about the previous day, in a Facebook post that attracted widespread controversy.…

No regrets for Brockton rep, but sheriff says she should step down » State House News Service Rep. Michelle DuBois has "no regrets" about posting rumors on Facebook of an alleged upcoming visit to her city by immigration agents and said she would do it again, although a lawman from a neighbori…

Brave Hearts: When Lowell Was A Sanctuary City — For Fugitive Slaves » WBUR President Trump's?executive order?on?immigration enforcement turned a campaign promise into policy. Its?provision to?curtail federal funds?from so-called "sanctuary cities," or municipalities that ref…

Insurance

Mass. health insurance take-up rate lower than national average » State House News Service Compared to their national counterparts, more Massachusetts employers offer health insurance but fewer employees here enroll in the plans offered by their companies, according to a new state report.…

Judiciary

Braintree, Hingham lawyers appointed to judgeships » Patriot Ledger Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated two longtime South Shore lawyers for associate justice positions in the state's district courts.…

Salem prosecutor OK'd for Haverhill judgeship » The Salem News A pair of North Shore lawyers won seats on the bench Wednesday when the Governor's Council approved their nominations for judgeships.…

Boston muni court nominee a blend of "hard and soft" » State House News Service Witnesses painted two sides of Richard Sinnott at his hearing to become a Boston Municipal Court judge on Wednesday, portraying the Army Reserve officer as "hard and soft," a military officer who acts…

Legislative

Lawmaker's post warning of raids in Brockton roils ICE officials » Boston Herald Federal immigration officials are blasting a Brockton lawmaker for inciting “panic” after she took to Facebook to warn illegal immigrants about a rumored ICE sweep — a brazen move o…

Local Government

Mayor Walsh hoping to sway feds to restore cuts » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he's hoping to meet with President Trump's administration to make his case for restoring cuts to Meals on Wheels and other programs and said City Hall officials have been in…

A 'graying,' shrinking population causes challenges in rural Western Massachusetts » The Republican How do you run a school when there are few school-age children? How do you run a town when board members are aging and no one seeks office to replace them? For much of Massachusetts, the fastest grow…

Opinion

Internet privacy, such as it is, loses yet another defense. Sad! » Boston Globe No, the sky isn't falling. That already happened, some 20 years ago, when online sites first began tracking every move we made on the Internet without our permission.…

In bid to block Gorsuch, Warren and Democrats overplay their hand » Boston Globe NOW THAT Democrats have scored a victory by defeating President Donald Trump's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, they smell blood in the water.…

Democracy teeters on the income gap » Boston Globe Former President Obama this week designated income inequality and lack of social mobility “the defining challenge” of our time. I am in accord; indeed, evidence of this “defining cha…

Editorial: Stupid Club grows » Boston Herald As if to prove that all the political pandering about sanctuary cities isn't coming from the left, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson claimed his moment in the spotlight Tuesday, calling for the ar…

Commentary: Eldridge votes for spending bill with focus on supporting vulnerable populations » Wicked Local - Littleton State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature to pass a supplemental budget that makes important investments to support the Commonwealth's most vulnerab…

Our Opinion: Protesting, responding to, poor energy policy » Berkshire Eagle The lowering of the ecology flag at Berkshire Community College to half-staff is an appropriate response to the environmental directives issued Tuesday by President Trump. The follow-up response shoul…

Nunes not up to the task of getting to the truth on Russia » Boston Globe PAUL RYAN, not Devin Nunes, bears ultimate responsibility for the House of Representatives' troubled investigation into Russian election meddling. …

Our view: Reporting on non-opioid treatments shouldn't pain insurers » Gloucester Times Painkillers certainly aren't to blame for all opioid addictions, but the doctor's office is a starting place for enough people who struggle with drug abuse that the state and health officials are now …

A new round for tobacco purchase age debate (Editorial) » MassLive Cancer prevention advocates are again pushing legislators to raise the Massachusetts legal tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21. Knowing the health risks attached, this would seem like an easy one. …

Politics

Kennedy Institute finds if you build it, not everyone will come » Boston Globe Todd Harting, a social studies teacher from Chicago, gushed about his visit to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, where he admired the late senator's paintings of sailboats …

In race for mayor, top spenders in Mass. often have an edge » The Metro West Daily News When she returned home three years ago, New Bedford native Maria Giesta found a city still struggling to meet its potential.…

Public Health

Depth of addiction crisis enhances focus on treatment » The Valley Dispatch While deep-pocketed captains of industry construct a new response to the opioid addiction epidemic, officials in the government and health care fields are eyeing the potential of recovery coaches to h…

Cancer group renews push to increase tobacco purchase age to 21 » The Republican Cancer prevention advocates are renewing their push to raise the statewide smoking age from 18 to 21.…

Gov. Baker To Work With White House On Opioid Addiction » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker may have found his opening to ingratiate himself with the Trump White House. President Donald Trump on Wednesday will tap Baker to serve on a new commission to address the nation's…

Public Safety

InnerCity Weightlifting Provides Hope, And A Way Forward, For Ex-Cons » WBUR At a gym near Kendall Square, hip-hop music provides the soundtrack as a trainer leads a client through a series of exercises. It looks like a typical gym, and in many ways it is. There are mats, weig…

BPD to use Mideast conflicts as training to fight U.S. terror » Boston Herald War zones in Iraq and Afghanistan are the template for Boston's fight against terrorists and other “bad actors,” according to a police plan to stage intense training to ready SWAT teams an…

State Government

Quincy's Democratic mayor says he's bullish on Charlie Baker » Boston Herald Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, who said he's “barely a Democrat” and that he finds the far left disconcerting today on Boston Herald Radio's "Herald Drive" show, said he's satisfied with the jo…

Anti-Trump Gov. Charlie Baker joins D.C. opioid panel » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker — who has kept President Trump at arm's length — will serve on a White House commission to tackle the opioid epidemic, quickly putting local Democrats on the attack fo…

Baker may join Trump's opioid panel » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, increasingly defined by his uncomfortable political relationship with President Trump, was in line Wednesday for a presidential appointment to a panel aimed at fighting opioid …

President Trump Appoints Governor Baker to Serve on Commission to Study Nationwide Opioid Crisis » NECN President Trump has appointed Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve on a new commission that will aim to study the nationwide opioid crisis.…

Massachusetts state Rep. Michelle DuBois, under fire for Facebook post, defends posting ICE raid rumors » The Republican Massachusetts state Rep. Michelle DuBois is defending posting a rumor on her Facebook page about an ICE raid. DuBois, a Brockton Democrat, told the State House News Service she has "no regrets" about…

Taxation

House speaker opposes potential sales tax reduction » Worcester Business Journal House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who in 2009 spearheaded the last major increase in the state's sales tax as the recession ravaged the state's tax base, said lowering the tax rate now, after a prolonged re…

Transportation

Mattapoisett to get $500,000 to replace bridge on Acushnet Road » Wicked Local Mattapoisett The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded $16 million to 36 communities for the funding of preservation, repair or replacement of bridges with spans of 10 to 20 feet, including $500,000 to Mattapois…

Massachusetts small bridge repairs get state grant money » The Republican Local infrastructure got a boost from Beacon Hill on Wednesday. The Department of Transportation announced the awarding of $16 million in grants for the repair of small bridges in 36 communities.…

Fitchburg, Leominster, Princeton receive $1M in grants to fix or repair bridges under 20 feet » Sentinel & Enterprise Fitchburg, Leominster and Princeton were collectively awarded over $1 million in state grants Wednesday to replace or repair bridges less than 20-feet long.…

MBTA commits to repairing Oak Grove road » Wicked Local Melrose Melrose residents have voiced complaints about the condition of Banks Place, the road most residents use to access Oak Grove station. The MBTA said it has committed to repairing the road this year. WH…

Utilities

Baker administration relieves MassBroadband of $20 million in grantmaking authority » The Republican A quasi-public state agency formed to bridge the digital divide in Central and Western Massachusetts will soon have less responsibility.…

No big impact expected in Mass. after Trump energy order » Berkshire Eagle A federal overhaul of energy regulations won't change things too much for consumers in the Berkshires as the state continues marching toward a clean energy future. …

Pilgrim nuclear power plant powers down to meet temperature limit » The Enterprise Operators have powered down the reactor at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to comply with temperature limits on water being discharged from the plant into Cape Cod Bay.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Governor Baker Addresses Annual Chamber Gathering » Beacon Hill Patch

DuBois PayPal appeak draws campaign finance complaint » State House News Service

Gaming commission approves Suffolk Downs sale » State House News Service

Volkswagen will pay $20M to Mass. in state's 'largest' environmental civil penalty ever » Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts state Rep. Michelle DuBois, under fire for Facebook post, defends posting ICE raid rumors » The Republican

Massachusetts AG joins coalition opposing vehicle emissions rollback » Legal Newsline

Bay Staters call for halt to stun gun ban » Boston Herald

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