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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Step Up for Kids, Grand Staircase

9:00am NAMI Mass. Lobby Day, Great Hall

10:00am SkillsUSA RISE ABOVE Community Service Project, Nurses Hall

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

11:00am Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Victim Rights Month Award Ceremony, Grand Staircase

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets, Public Hearing

Must-Reads

Can the cities survive Trump? » Boston Globe A POLITICAL BACKLASH against cities is brewing, and it might have been expected, given the last several years of urban triumphalism. With some notable exceptions, cities are on a streak: safe, rich, g…

Trump Aides' Disclosures Reveal Surge in Lucrative Political Work » New York Times Trump Aides' Disclosures Reveal Surge in Lucrative Political Work…

In Ohio County That Backed Trump, Word of Housing Cuts Stirs Fear » New York Times Some people in Trumbull County say they will suffer if home-repair, rental-assistance and other programs are eliminated as President Trump has sought.…

Our Dishonest President » Los Angeles Times t was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters. The Times called him unprepared and unsui…

Whose party is it? Professional-managerial class has commandeered the Democratic Party » Commonwealth Magazine SO FAR, THE DEMOCRATIC RACE to take on Gov. Charlie Baker next year has been a who's who of “who's that?” Pols and party professionals are rushing to the sidelines in hopes a better choice…

DiMasi bid for curfew denied » State House News Service The federal judge who granted former Speaker Salvatore DiMasi early release from prison last year denied the former lawmaker's motion to end home confinement on Friday. The judge also released months …

Why Is Elizabeth Warren So Hard to Love? » Boston Magazine With her populist proposals and fierce criticism of President Donald Trump, Senator Elizabeth Warren has become the new face of the Democratic Party and a favorite for the 2020 presidential race. So w…

Arlington State Sen. Ken Donnelly dies after battle with brain tumor » Wicked Local Lexington State Sen. Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington) passed away on April 2 after an eight month battle with a brain tumor, Wicked Local partner WCVB reports. He was 66.…

“Through all these diverse efforts,” Friedman wrote, “Senator Donnelly never sought the accumulation of personal credit; but rather he was dedicated to the causes he believed in and the people he represented, and he brought his tremendous energy, courage, and passion to changing many lives for the better.”

Cindy Friedman - Senator Donnelly's Chief of Staff

Speaking about the late Senator Ken Donnelly.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Growing array of pro-Trump groups could target GOP lawmakers » Boston Globe President Trump's attacks on conservative members of his own party come as his allies beef up an array of groups to promote his agenda, amassing firepower that could end up trained on fellow Republica…

“What the heck are you thinking?” » Commonwealth Magazine “I HAVE A simple question: What the heck are you thinking? What is in your mind?” With that, a dumbfounded Rep. Michael Capuano took to the House floor on Tuesday and spoke for many as Rep…

The Senate Could Go 'Nuclear' This Week. What Does That Mean? » WBUR The U.S. Senate could make history this week, but no one is feeling particularly good about it. "It is depressing; I'm very depressed," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. "We're all arguing against it, b…

President Trump's Son-In-Law Kushner Arrives In Iraq » WBUR Jared Kushner "is on the ground" in Iraq, visiting the embattled nation along with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford, White House press secretary Sean Spicer says. Kushner is both a sen…

Former Lawmakers Favor Independent Commission To Probe Russian Election Meddling » WBUR As the Senate Intelligence Committee holds a hearing on Russian meddling last year's elections, Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with two former lawmakers to get their thoughts on that and other fore…

Senate panel to vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee » Eagle Tribune A Senate panel is opening a weeklong partisan showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee with Democrats steadily amassing the votes to block Neil Gorsuch and force Republicans to uni…

Overhaul of tax policy unlikely » State House News Service After their humiliating loss on health care, Republicans in Congress could use a quick victory on a big issue. It won't be an overhaul of the tax code. Overhauling the tax code could prove harder to …

Two Democratic senators split over support for Gorsuch » Lowell Sun Two Democratic senators on Sunday split over supporting Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana said he would vote in favor of Gorsuch's confirmation while …

Business

Bills would limit commercial pet sales » Lowell Sun Several bills call for banning commercial dog and cat sales, prohibiting the sale of dogs and cats less than eight weeks old and requiring pet stores to work with licensed breeders that have not viola…

Boston Tech Experiments Are Trying To Burst Our Social Media Filter Bubbles » WBUR Alison Lu, a Harvard Business School student from California, was in shock on election night. Lu had voted for Hillary Clinton, and she couldn't fathom how Donald Trump had managed to win the presiden…

Uber, Lyft Drivers In Mass. Face Monday Background Check Deadline » WBUR Monday is the deadline for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to complete background checks on tens of thousands of drivers in Massachusetts. The checks are designed in part to make sure a driver i…

Domestic Relations

Immigration fears lead to sped-up weddings — and prenups » Boston Globe She is an American medical student. He is from South America, studying for his PhD in economics. The 25-year-olds were in no hurry to get married — and then Donald Trump got elected.…

Education

Retiring community college president payout sparks call for new cap rules » Boston Herald A retired community college president's staggering $334,000 golden parachute is breathing new life into calls to rein in the generous payouts, where reforms to date — including caps on vacation…

Environment

A milestone in the war over the true state of cod » Boston Globe For years, fishermen from Gloucester to New Bedford have accused the federal government of relying on faulty science to assess the health of the region's cod population, a fundamental flaw that has gr…

Conservation commissioners to Baker: Say 'no' to pipelines » The Recorder Town conservation commissions in Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Leverett, Northfield, Warwick and Whately have joined 67 of its counterparts from around the state in calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to …

GE: 'No environmental benefit' to PCB disposal outside of the Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle As the three-judge independent Environmental Appeals Board panel continues its review of the EPA's Rest of River order to General Electric to remove PCBs from the Housatonic, the company has fired bac…

Gaming

Who's in charge of simulcasting? » Commonwealth Magazine The Legislature and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission are in a power struggle over who controls the simulcasting of horse and greyhound races. The issue surfaced on Thursday at a meeting of the Gam…

Health Care

Audit finds $193M in questionable claims at MassHealth » Boston Herald

Housing

Baker-Polito Administration allocates funding to affordable housing projects » The Daily Free Press Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced Tuesday that the Baker-Polito administration will grant $20 million to affordable housing projects in the state.…

Human Services

Homeless children get new play area in Marshfield » Patriot Ledger Horizons for Homeless Children, a nonprofit that serves before-school-age children, unveiled its largest play space in the state at the Carolina Hill Shelter on Friday afternoon. Up to 17 families liv…

Immigration

Lawrence Man Among Those Arrested By ICE While Pursuing Residency » WBUR Leandro Arriaga is a construction worker, a property owner and the father of four children. He's also been living in the United States without authorization since 2001. His wife, Katherine Ramos, is a…

State's top court weighs local immigration enforcement » Boston Globe

Insurance

Self-Driving Cars Raise Questions About Who Carries Insurance » WBUR An accident last month in Tempe, Ariz., involving a self-driving Uber car highlighted some novel new issues regarding fault and liability that experts say will come up more often as autonomous vehicle…

Judiciary

Gov's Council approves judge's early retirement » Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly The Governor's Council on March 29 approved the retirement of a Probate & Family Court judge due to medical disability, a move that will create a vacancy on the bench and make the judge eligible for h…

Labor

In Trump era, tech visas get a hard look » Boston Globe Does the technology industry have such a shortage of qualified Americans that it needs to import thousands of workers from halfway around the world?…

MBTA worker from Plymouth faces fraud charge » Wicked Local A Plymouth man and buyer for the MBTA has been indicted in connection with larceny, illegal gratuity and procurement fraud schemes, Attorney General Maura Healey's office said in a statement. …

Legislative

State senator dies after battling brain tumor » Boston Globe State Senator Kenneth Donnelly, an Arlington Democrat and 37-year veteran of the Lexington Fire Department, has died from complications of brain cancer, according to a statement from his office. He wa…

Local Government

Framingham: To be, or not to be, a city? » Boston Globe Framingham's long identity crisis may finally be coming to an end.…

Dorchester artist making run at city council seat » Boston Herald A first-time candidate is preparing to challenge the city's four at-large city councilors, saying her roots in the city's arts community will give her the broad support she needs to make inroads acros…

HAND: From one war veteran to another: Thanks » The Sun Chronicle Politicians usually can't wait to talk about themselves, but the other day in Attleboro Newton Mayor Setti Warren delayed waxing about his own virtues to pay tribute to someone in the audience.…

Farm zoning proposed for Worcester neighborhoods » Worcester Telegram The city administration is making proposals to encourage urban agriculture and improve access to fresh, locally grown produce, while establishing controls to make sure land use is in keeping with neig…

Cambridge resolution would request President Donald J. Trump impeachment investigation President Trump meets with the National Association of Manufacturers . DC » The Republican The Cambridge City Council is slated to vote Monday on a proposal asking the U.S. House of Representatives to push for an impeachment investigation of President Donald J. Trump. The proposal, filed b…

Marijuana

Chabot: Bill would block pot purchases with EBT » Boston Herald People on the dole would be barred from toking on the taxpayers' dime under legislation filed by welfare-reform crusader State Rep. Shaunna O'Connell (R-Taunton), who'll testify for her bill today bef…

Commissioner says Massachusetts Agriculture Department will need more money to regulate marijuana growth » The Republican

Opinion

California vs. Trump, Round 1 » Boston Globe YES, HERE I AM deep in the heart of the Rebel Alliance. The elderly Jerry Brown-Kenobi rules this powerful principality, defying the dictates of Darth Donald at every turn.…

US military should get out of the Middle East » Boston Globe It's time to end US military engagements in the Middle East. Drones, special operations, CIA arms supplies, military advisers, aerial bombings — the whole nine yards.…

Don't gamble Massachusetts' future online » Boston Globe A STATE COMMISSION is currently studying whether the Commonwealth should legalize and regulate online gambling — poker, slot machines, and other casino games.…

Mass. leadership on climate more vital than ever » Boston Globe TEN YEARS AGO, the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, along with two dozen states and allied groups, won a landmark case in the US Supreme Court against the Environmental Protection Agency under…

Columnist Mary Olberding: After marching, women must run » Gazette Net There has been a noticeable upswing in political activity since November's election, particularly for women. …

Robichaud: Driven to anger over proposal for statewide tolls » Boston Herald Just when you thought it was safe to drive on our roads, Bacon Hill is at it again.…

Trump's opioid commission is politics at its worst » Boston Globe Candidate Donald Trump routinely promised to defeat the opioid crisis, touting he would “help everybody” hurt by the epidemic.…

Politics

A swing and a miss from Tito Jackson » Boston Globe At first blush, the announcement that the city plans to close a 40-bed drug treatment facility on Southampton Street at the end of this month sounded like an outrage.…

Jay Gonzalez, challenger to Gov. Charlie Baker, pledges to oppose President Trump, fund infrastructure and work to fix 'fundamentally broken' health system » The Republican

Public Health

Mass. had highest rate of opioid-related ER visits » Boston Globe Massachusetts had the highest rate of opioid-related visits to hospital emergency departments among 30 states included in the latest federal report, another grim benchmark of the drug scourge gripping…

Local leaders cautiously optimistic about Trump's order to form opioid crisis committee » The Recorder About a week before signing an executive order to form a drug addiction and opioid crisis committee, President Donald Trump pushed for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.…

Public Bathrooms Become Ground Zero In The Opioid Epidemic » WBUR A man named Eddie threads through the mid-afternoon crowd in Cambridge's Central Square. He's headed for a sandwich shop, the first stop on a tour of public bathrooms available for drug use. Eddie, wh…

Massachusetts leads nation in opioid-related ER trips » The Republican While leading the nation in healthcare and eduction, Massachusetts has also taken the brunt of the national opioid crisis, posting the highest per capita rate of opioid-related emergency room visits -…

State Government

Pols & Politics: Texas showdown off as judge throws AG Maura Healey shade » Boston Herald Exxon Mobil has lost home court advantage in its legal tussling with Attorney General Maura Healey, but it didn't come without some serious questions from the bench.…

Jay Gonzalez, Democratic candidate for governor, to address Democrats in Wilbraham, Medway and New Bedford » The Republican Democrat Jay Gonzalez, a former CEO of CeltiCare Health and ex-budget chief for former Gov. Deval Patrick, will be crisscrossing the state this week to rally support for his gubernatorial campaign, wi…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker orders flags to fly half-staff in honor of the late state Sen. Ken Donnelly » The Republican

Taxation

Some see risks rising for undocumented who pay their taxes » Boston Globe Every year around this time, more than 400 undocumented immigrants make their way to a storefront economic development office here to get help filing their taxes.…

Transportation

Lawmakers close to approving millions in dollars in funding for local roads » WWLP 22 The State Senate will meet in a full formal session this week and are expected to consider the $200 million local road and bridge repair funding bill. …

Utilities

Kill the Access Northeast pipeline » Commonwealth Magazine LAST MONTH, 74 conservation commissions across Massachusetts sent Gov. Charlie Baker a letter asking him to drop his support for new natural gas pipelines, and over 450 small business ow…

State worries bankrupt network provider could jeopardize public safety » Worcester Telegram The future of the state's high-speed broadband network, which brings internet to scores of public safety and government buildings in Central and Western Massachusetts, appears to be in limbo.…

Weekend News

Personality goes a long way, but for Gorsuch, only so far » Boston Globe I AM struck by the language that has been used to describe Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch: charming, articulate, affable, enormously intelligent, etc. …

Their incompetence won't protect us » Boston Globe The Trump administration is a study in malevolent incompetence right now, reeling from an ignominious defeat on Trumpcare, sputtering amidst the giant plumes of smoke rising from its members' possible…

Bigly at the bat » Boston Globe IT'S OPENING DAY Monday, but don't expect to see President Trump waving to the crowd from the mound at Nationals Park, not far from the White House, prior to the game between the Washington Nationals …

Confusion surrounds implementation of recreational pot law » Worcester Telegram Conflicting proposals from state lawmakers to implement the recreational marijuana law voters passed last fall has left Massachusetts cities and towns struggling to cope with confusion, and calls into…

New wave of Kennedys cresting across the country » Boston Globe Chris Kennedy bares his teeth when he gets worked up, which was what happened in an interview when he described some of the outrage he says pushed him to the vanguard of a Kennedy family comeback in A…

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Misinterpretation not a drag for Hay » Sentinel & Enterprise IF YOU WANT to know what state Rep. Stephan Hay, D-Fitchburg, looks like in a dress, you're out of luck.…

The Boston guy who helped avert economic disaster is leaving the Fed » Boston Globe The country's most influential Wall Street regulator is a white-haired, bushy-eyebrowed former aide to Ted Kennedy you've probably never heard of.…

Big top ban? Animal acts could be forced out of Massachusetts » The Salem News Amid pressure from animal welfare groups, state lawmakers want to ban the use of elephants, big cats and other exotic animals for entertainment purposes. …

Two former Plymouth employees exceeded earnings limit by $1.85 million » Wicked Local Plymouth The Plymouth Retirement Board's ongoing effort to recoup retirement payments made to former Town Finance Director Michael Daley and former Police Chief Robert Pomeroy is now a seven-figure affair. Th…

State lawmakers consider lifting family cap rule on welfare » WWLP 22 Low-income families told 22News that under the current welfare system, they struggle to provide their children's basic needs, like clothing and food. …

Senator DiDomenico Brings Ways and Means Committee Hearing to Everett Once Again » Everett Independent Senator Sal DiDomenico is once again bringing members of the Senate and House Committees on Ways & Means to Everett for a public hearing on the Governor's budget proposal for the Fiscal Year 2017. …

DiMasi's home confinement request denied » The Recorder The federal judge who granted former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi a compassionate early release from prison denied a request Friday to ease the terms of his home confinement.…

State Rep. Subject of National Immigration Controversy » Brockton Patch And even amid calls for her arrest and resignation, she isn't backing down. …

Plymouth to consider ban on pot shops » Wicked Local Plymouth You will still be able to smoke it, grow it and carry it around, but if the ballot question approved by selectmen this week is approved in the May 20 town election, you won't be able to buy it in Plym…

SEN. VINNY DEMACEDO: Gypsy moths represent continuing threat to Massachusetts' trees » Wicked Local Plymouth As the weather (hopefully) begins to warm-up and we leave winter behind, I wanted to take the opportunity to discuss a problem that has faced our Commonwealth for over a century but has resurfaced in …

DeMacedo Sends Letter of Support to Trump to Help Move Spent Fuel » Cape Cod Online A bipartisan group of officials in the state are supporting a portion of President Trump's “Budget Blueprint” which would allow for spent nuclear fuel to be moved from the Pilgrim Nuclear …

Commonwealth Conversations tour coming to North Shore » Wicked Local Beverly On Tuesday, April 11, the Massachusetts State Senate will hold its Commonwealth Conversations tour on the North Shore bringing Beacon Hill to Main Street for a second consecutive session. The tour wil…

Certificate confirms town's receipt of state grant » Wicked Local Wareham In case there are doubters, the Wareham Board of Selectmen is displaying public proof that the town earned a huge grant last week from the commonwealth of Massachusetts.…

Sanders, Warren call for party unification to resist Trump » The Daily Free Press Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.) delivered a clear message to a roaring crowd of more than 1,600 people on Friday night at a rally at the Orpheum Theater.“We've got to be…

Quincy mosque reaches out to neighbors with open house » Wicked Local Randolph Eighteen mosques, including the Islamic Center of New England in Quincy, held an “Open Mosque Day,” inviting the public to ask questions, speak with the imam, and observe prayer. …

A shared reponsibility: Mattapoisett River Valley » South Coast Today The Mattapoisett River Valley is like one large tank of water that Rochester, Mattapoisett, Marion and Fairhaven share, and monitor carefully to make sure it doesn't run dry or turn dirty or undrinkab…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 4/3

9:00am Step Up for Kids, Grand Staircase

9:00am NAMI Mass. Lobby Day, Great Hall

10:00am SkillsUSA RISE ABOVE Community Service Project, Nurses Hall

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

11:00am Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Victim Rights Month Award Ceremony, Grand Staircase

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets, Public Hearing

Tuesday - 4/4

9:00am Mass. Agriculture Day at the State House, Second Floor

11:00am Solar Energy Industries Association Breakfast and Policy Briefing for Legislators & Staff, Room 350

11:00am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

1:00pm Equal Pay Day Observation, State Library, Room 341

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

Wednesday - 4/5

Birthdays: Rep. F. Barrows, Senator Brendan Crighton

9:00am Annual Immigrants' Day, Hall of Flags

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Gold Star Wives Day, Memorial Hall & Nurses Hall

2:00pm Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Oversight Hearing

Thursday - 4/6

Birthdays: Rep. Shawn Dooley

9:30am Tourism Day, Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Financial Literacy Announcement, Grand Staircase

Friday - 4/7

Birthdays: Rep. Jonathan Hecht

No Hearings Scheduled

Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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