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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

Must-Reads

Some faculty fear that UMass Boston chancellor is being scapegoated » Boston Globe At UMass Boston, where officials are grappling with overdue construction projects, declining enrollment, and a looming $30 million deficit, there is frustration …

White House, conservatives mull deal to revive Obamacare repeal » Politico House conservatives and the White House are mulling a potential agreement to revive the GOP Obamacare replacement bill that was pulled from the House floor just over a week ago, POLITICO has learned. …

For Trump, NAFTA Could Be the Next Obamacare » Politico In his apocalyptic campaign speeches, Donald Trump routinely cited two catastrophic messes he would clean up as president: Obamacare and NAFTA. Then his push to undo Obamacare became his first policy …

Controversial Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka Backed Violent Anti-Semitic Militia » Forward As a Hungarian political leader in 2007, Sebastian Gorka, President Trump's chief counter-terrorism adviser, publicly supported a violent racist and anti-Semitic paramilitary militia that was later ba…

Kirsten Gillibrand Is an Enthusiastic No » New York Magazine As Kirsten Gillibrand ascended to the pulpit at the Bridge Street AME Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant in late February, the congregation seemed to tense with apprehension.…

Big Labor's new strategy for the Trump era » Axios AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka gave Axios an exclusive look at an agenda-setting speech the labor leader will deliver at 12:30 p.m. at a National Press Club luncheon. He told us President Trump is "…

Geoff Diehl to test waters for run against Liz Warren » Boston Herald State Rep. Geoff Diehl, the conservative Whitman Republican who's openly weighed a challenge to incumbent U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, plans this week to set up a federal campaign account and file pape…

MassHealth disputes audit that found $193M in questionable payments » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- A new audit sharply disputed by the Baker administration found that MassHealth made $193 million in "improper" or questionable payments for mental-health services over a five-year period, ra…

Walsh ramps up his campaign by hiring key Democratic strategists » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh has stepped outside of his trusted circle of political advisers to hire some of the best-known Democratic strategists in the region as he seeks to show voters why he should get a…

Neighborhood Health to shrink MassHealth business » Boston Globe Three decades ago, Boston's community health centers banded together to launch Neighborhood Health Plan, a new insurer for the city's poor and working-class residents. It grew to become the largest pl…

“Tweets and statements and blame don’t change facts, and the facts remain the same: When you look at the document, when you look at the legislation, it doesn’t repeal Obamacare,”

Caucus Vice Chairman Jim Jordan

on The American Health Care Act not lowering premiums.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Senate continues descent into partisan warfare over Gorsuch » Boston Globe The US Senate lurched toward another milestone in partisan warfare Monday as Republicans appeared increasingly likely to wipe away decades-old filibuster rules in order to secure confirmation of Presi…

Blackwater founder held secret meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel » Boston Globe The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-c…

Democrats Have The Votes To Filibuster Gorsuch And Force 'Nuclear' Senate Showdown » WBUR Forty-one Democratic senators have now publicly announced that they will vote against ending debate this week on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. That means Republicans …

Business

City says no to app designed to help cabbies compete » Boston Globe As Boston's taxi industry gets run over by ride-hailing companies like Uber, an Australian company says city regulations are preventing it from offering a new digital tool that could help cabbies bett…

For women, this new pipeline could lead to the boardrooms » Boston Globe Ask senior women in the business world what they want, and many will say they want to serve on a corporate board.…

How To Create More Female Business Executives: Start When They're Children » WBUR I read a multitude of studies for my job, and they often seem paradoxical: First, diversity is good for business — it leads to a more innovative workforce and higher profits; but second, most i…

Morrissey behind on taxes; liens placed on West End home » South Coast Today Wind-energy executive Matthew Morrissey, a major player in city economic development since 2006, has tax liens totaling more than $118,000 against the nine-bedroom Victorian home he owns in the city w…

Marathon runners expected to spend $192M in Boston » Nashoba Publishing Training for the Boston Marathon has left Tommy Race feeling spent. His bank account, too: Race's Boston adventure will cost about $2,000. "It's a lot of money, but it's also a vacation," said Race,…

Civil Rights

Justice Department To Review All Civil Rights Agreements On Police Conduct » WBUR The leader of the U.S. Justice Department has ordered federal authorities to emphasize building partnerships with local law enforcement over hard-nosed investigations of them, asking a federal judge i…

Education

Elizabeth Warren to speak at UMass Amherst commencement » Boston Globe US Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of the country's leading progressives, will deliver the commencement address this spring at UMass Amherst, the college announced Monday.…

Leicester to revisit joining voke district » Worcester Telegram Selectmen want the town to look into joining a vocational school district as transportation costs continue to rise.…

Higher Ed Commissioner Santiago to Speak at BCC Commencement » iBerkshires

Environment

Mass. greenhouse gas emissions down 21 percent » Lowell Sun Greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts decreased from 2013 to 2014, continuing a decade-long trend, according to the latest state data.…

Stockbridge looks to be next town to ban plastic bags » Berkshire Eagle The town is one vote away from joining dozens of other Massachusetts communities that have banned the retail use of thin film plastic bags and disposable foam containers.…

Federal

Trump Donates Salary To National Parks Even As He Tries To Cut Interior Department » WBUR President Trump has donated his salary from his first few months in office to the National Park Service, making good on a campaign pledge to forego a presidential paycheck. His gift represents a smal…

Dismissing auditors, VA says suicide hotline problems fixed » Sentinel & Enterprise The Department of Veterans Affairs is telling skeptical lawmakers it has already fixed problems with its suicide hotline that were highlighted in an internal watchdog's report released just two weeks …

Gaming

U.S. Supreme Court lets Cowlitz ruling stand, 'good news' for Taunton casino prospects » Taunton Gazette In a potentially major boost to supporters of a tribal casino in Taunton , the U.S. Supreme Court Monday let stand a lower court ruling affirming the authority of the federal government to take land i…

Health Care

Audit says MassHealth made $193m in improper, questionable payments » Boston Globe MassHealth made $193 million in improper or questionable payments for mental health services between 2010 and 2015, a new audit by state Auditor Suzanne M. Bump's office has found.…

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network gets $10 million to create research institute » Boston Globe Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, whose flagship hospital in Charlestown helped dozens of Boston Marathon bombing survivors recover from their catastrophic injuries, has received a $10 million gift, t…

Audit finds $193M in 'Improper or questionable' MassHealth payments » South Coast Today A new audit sharply disputed by the Baker administration found that MassHealth made $193 million in “improper” or questionable payments for mental health services over a five-year period, …

Ads targeting women in health clinics won't run in Mass. under AG settlement » Boston Globe

Human Services

Political Notes: Whelan, Crocker file child safety bill » Cape Cod Times State Reps. Will Crocker, R-Centerville, and Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, joined forces Friday to file legislation titled “An Act to Improve Child Safety.”…

Immigration

Sheriff, mayor of Somerville to square off Thursday at UMass Law » The Herald News Last week, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson suggested Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone should be arrested over his city's handling of immigration issues, and Curtatone responded by calling him a "jack-booted t…

SJC to hear immigration case » Milford Daily News The state's highest court will hear an argument Tuesday that challenges the legality of state and local police and courts holding undocumented immigrants on federal immigration detainer requests.…

Protesters gather at Brockton City Hall to support immigrants, DuBois » Wicked Local Brockton Social justice groups, labor unions, community organizations and area residents rallied at Brockton City Hall on Monday afternoon to support local immigrants and state Rep. Michelle DuBois, who publis…

Mass. High Court To Consider Local Authorities' Role In ICE Detainer Requests » WBUR A case before the state's highest court Tuesday could determine just how much local law enforcement are legally allowed to cooperate with federal immigration agents.…

Labor

Two years later, city union workers pushing for paid parental leave » Boston Globe In the spring of 2015, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and members of the City Council won accolades for making paid parental leave official for some city employees, a first for the city. Walsh hailed it as the…

Legislative

State honor for Malden-Melrose legislator » Lynn Daily News Item State Sen. Jason Lewis, a Democrat representing Malden and Melrose, was honored in a State House ceremony as “Legislator of the Year” by The Arc of Massachusetts for his continuous legisla…

Kafka aide sparks intrigue with account filing » Wicked Local Stoughton A Sharon Democrat, Philips recently set up a campaign finance account with the stated intention to run for the office Kafka has occupied for more than two decades. But Philips said he has no designs o…

Representative Paul Brodeur in Wakefield April 21 » Boston Patch Representative Paul Brodeur will be hosting office hours on Friday, April 21st. The first open meeting will be held in Wakefield Town Hall's conference room, 1 Lafayette Street, Wakefield, MA from 10-…

O'Day honored for advocacy for those with developmental disabilities » Worcester Telegram Recipients of the Legislator of the Year Awards, Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. James O'Day were honored at the 39th Annual Legislative Reception at the State House by the MA Developmental Disabilities Cou…

Services announced for late state Sen. Kenneth Donnelly » Lowell Sun

Local Government

Braintree will get nearly $1M for roadway improvements » Wicked Local Braintree Braintree roads will see a boost in financial support this summer, to the tune of nearly $1 million in state aid, after the state legislature approved additional funding last week.…

Cambridge Calls For Trump Impeachment Probe » WBUR Cambridge has passed a resolution calling for an impeachment investigation into President Trump. The Cambridge City Council passed the resolution Monday evening by a 7-1 vote. One council member abst…

Mother of shot child says 'Mayor Walsh is a liar' » Boston Herald The mother of the 6-year-old boy who was wounded by gunfire in Roxbury lashed out at Mayor Martin J. Walsh last night, calling him a “liar” and insisting her son's father was not the inten…

Cambridge urges US House to consider impeachment of President Trump » The Republican The Cambridge City Council has voted to ask members of the US House of Representatives initiate an impeachment process against President Trump. The vote was held Monday night, with seven councilors v…

Marijuana

Lawmakers may strip treasurer of pot authority » Boston Globe Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg is Massachusetts' top recreational marijuana regulator, with unilateral power to hire and fire the officials who will oversee the new billion-dollar industry.…

Galvin eyes clarification for local control of pot sales » State House News Service Now that voters have OK'd commercial marijuana, Secretary of State William Galvin's office told lawmakers Monday that the Legislature should make the process for cities and towns to opt out of hosting…

From child welfare to driving drugged, lawmakers consider Massachusetts marijuana law changes » The Republican Lisa Cole's daughter Madison has epilepsy, which has given her uncontrollable seizures. Cole credits medical marijuana with vastly improving Madison's quality of life.…

Opinion

Our View: Time for lessons from Westport 'tenant farm' » South Coast Today The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has completed its investigation of the nightmarish livestock conditions discovered in Westport last summer, and has indicted the property owner and 26 tenan…

A plea to Ivanka Trump: You can make a difference on equal pay » Boston Globe Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, and here's how you should mark the occasion: Double down on the fight to close the gender wage gap.…

Mike Pence and the rise of mediocrity » Boston Globe A NEBRASKA SENATOR once said of a Supreme Court nominee, “So what if he's mediocre? [The mediocre] are entitled to a little representation.” But in Mike Pence mediocrity is overrepresented…

Highlighted Letter: Rep lacks good sense » Boston Herald State Rep. Michelle DuBois' recent Facebook posts and her statements — including that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents should maybe “be more open about their plans. ... They sho…

OUR OPINION: Facebook post on rumored raid was wrong way to go » The Enterprise Whatever her intentions, what state Rep. Michelle DuBois of Brockton did and how she did it failed to serve her purpose. DuBois posted a warning on Facebook that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforceme…

Our view: Drop in teen birth rate is heartening, but work remains » Gloucester Times Recently released figures from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services show Massachusetts has the lowest teen birth rate in the nation — a milestone attributed to increased access to …

What's a Democrat to do? » Commonwealth Magazine Donald Trump is the president. Should Democrats accept that and work with him whenever possible? Should they fight him every step of the way? Or is there some middle ground? The Boston Globe's editor…

As I See It: Opioids: a physician father's plea » Worcester Telegram My 23-year-old son Max had been in recovery from opioid addiction for more than two years by Christmas just passed, but on Dec. 28 he was found dead from an overdose alone on the bathroom floor.…

ANDREW GILLIS, Pembroke: Pipeline expansion project deserves support » Patriot Ledger It seems like a no-brainer for Massachusetts to embrace low-cost energy. That's why I am mystified at those opposed to the Atlantic Bridge project proposed by Enbridge, formerly known as Spectra Energ…

The Kennedys are still big — in Massachusetts » Boston Globe IS AMERICA CLAMORING for a Kennedy family comeback? Not if you look at disappointing attendance figures at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Since it opened two years ago, …

Editorial: Small bridge program a huge relief » The Recorder

Politics

Gov. Baker cracks $5M fundraising mark for first time » The Washington Times

After immigration raid controversy, candidate pops up to oust Brockton's rep DuBois » The Enterprise

Public Safety

Fire chief ordered me to lie, ex-Southampton fire official says in lawsuit » The Republican Kyle Miltimore, the town's former deputy fire chief, claims his refusal to lie on the chief's behalf and steps to the improve the department's lax handling of its paramedic drugs resulted in persecuti…

State Government

'Sabotaged' by my staff, Felix Arroyo says » Boston Herald Suspended Suffolk County Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo, after hours of questioning by the retired judge probing his troubled tenure, doubled down on claims he's the victim of racist and sexist e…

Governor Baker to create new Cellucci leadership award » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, who looked to Paul Cellucci as a mentor, will now honor the late former governor by creating a state public service award in his name.…

Transportation

Feds OK Green Line extension costs, securing project's future » Boston Globe

Ride-hailing companies to complete driver background checks » WWLP 22 Uber and Lyft must complete background checks on tens of thousands of Massachusetts drivers by Monday. Riders told 22News they'll now feel a bit safer in the backseat.…

Tolls ahead, Google takes on haters, more » Boston Globe Two top Connecticut lawmakers are saying new tolls are inevitable. And a legislative committee there just narrowly endorsed a bill that would bring all-electronic tolling to the state, although the p…

Sorry, drivers: Your free ride through Connecticut might be over » Boston Globe Sorry, Boston drivers. Your free ride through Connecticut could be ending. Two top Connecticut lawmakers are saying new tolls are inevitable. And a legislative committee there just narrowly endorsed a…

T backing off paratransit service cuts » Commonwealth Magazine STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS signaled on Monday that they are leaning toward no outright service cuts in paratransit service and are amenable to using a portion of a legislative appropriation to bal…

Locomotive defects get T's attention » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA'S CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER announced on Monday that he is going to be working with Keolis officials to address defects in 40 relatively new commuter rail locomotives that are puttin…

Orange Line car pulls into City Hall plaza » Commonwealth Magazine THE CHINESE OFFICIALS building new subway cars for the MBTA took a bow on Monday at the public unveiling of a prototype of the new Orange Line car at City Hall plaza in Boston. …

Elderly And Disabled Riders Decry MBTA Cuts In The Name Of A Leaner Budget » WGBH As the MBTA continues to try to operate at a lower cost to taxpayers, the board in charge of the agency is hearing criticism for a plan to cut service for disabled and elderly riders. WGBH State House…

Pressure mounts to replace I-495 bridge » Eagle Tribune After a large pothole opened up for a second time on a bridge carrying traffic southbound over the Merrimack River on Interstate 495, more city officials are calling for an immediate and permanent fix…

Alternatives explored to save premium ride service » Worcester Telegram MBTA officials on Monday laid out a series of alternative cost-saving measures for its paratransit service, The Ride, after an original proposal to reduce service met backlash from customers and advoc…

Utilities

Advocates fighting electricity price hike » South Coast Today Local electric bills could rise by more than $6.50 a month next year if Eversource gets state approval to raise distribution rates.…

Public Meeting Probes Proposed Eversource Price Hike » Cape Cod Online Eversource held a hearing in Barnstable Village Monday night on its proposed 7 percent rate increase.…

Fiber Connect disqualified from state funds by Massachusetts Broadband Institute » Berkshire Eagle After a vetting by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, a local company that has already laid much groundwork for the construction of a fiber-optic network here and in Monterey, is now disqualified …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Gov's Council approves judge's early retirement » Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

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

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

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

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

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

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