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Polling in the 2016 Election and What It Means Going Forward » Sabato's Crystal Ball The debate over what factors caused pollsters to err in 2016 is likely to continue for some time, as is the argument as to what extent the miss represents either a critical failure for the industry or…

UMass-Boston Chancellor Motley to step down June 30 » State House News Service UMass-Boston Chancellor Keith Motley plans to step down June 30, take a year's sabbatical and then return to campus to teach. …

Mass jobless benefit at U.S. high of $722 per week, Baker deputy says » State House News Service Without recommending a solution, the state's top labor official on Monday cautioned that a recession would quickly jeopardize the solvency of the state's unemployment insurance fund and highlighted be…

March revenues widen FY17 budget gap » State House News Service Disappointing tax revenues in March put state finances into a deeper hole as collections of $2.28 billion for the month missed the targets used to balance this year's budget and opened up a $220 milli…

Ivanka's secret Planned Parenthood outreach » Politico The first daughter and Planned Parenthood's president held an off-the-radar meeting but have since fallen out.…

Healey: Brockton rep had right to warn of immigration raid » The Enterprise Warning the public about an impending immigration enforcement operation is not against the law and Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson was wrong to say it was a crime, according to Massachusetts Att…

The 'Dumbledore's Army' of Harvard? Project takes aim at Trump's agenda » Boston Globe The first conversation took place late at night, shortly after the inauguration of President Trump. When a small group of graduate students from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government convened…

Big ballot battle may bite Charlie Baker » Boston Herald The potential swarms of energized Democratic voters drawn out by a heated challenge to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren could mean down-ballot trouble for Gov. Charlie Baker, Republicans acknowledge as they…

Retail group warns of lawsuits against Baker online sales tax » Boston Business Journal A national trade group for e-commerce sites blasted the Baker administration's decision to impose a sales tax against out-of-state online retailers, saying the state is “inviting lawsuits”…

More than 150 Mass. millionaires collected unemployment benefits in 2014 » Boston Business Journal In 2014, the most recent year for which IRS data is available, 160 tax filers with an annual adjusted gross income of $1 million or more collected unemployment benefits in Massachusetts.…

“Anyone who works in this White House is responsible for addressing why women are in the crosshairs of basically every single policy we've seen in this administration."

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood

On the Trump Administrations Policies.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Schwarzenegger: Trump cuts fall "on the backs" of poor kids » Politico LOS ANGELES — Saying “this is not how you make America great,'' former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday challenged President Donald Trump's proposed $1.2 billion in cuts…

Trump's style of diplomacy puts his Mar-a-Lago in spotlight » Boston Globe When Donald Trump meets with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the president's exclusive Mar-a-Lago club in Florida Thursday, the scene will be scrutinized by diplomats, foreign policy specialists, and the…

Trump Picks Strategy To Counter Russia Storyline: Blame Susan Rice » WBUR After false starts and odd twists in the White House's counternarrative about the potential connections between President Trump's campaign and Russia's electoral meddling, the storyline has settled in…

Business

Is Bob Kraft's hoped-for soccer stadium in Dorchester dead? » Boston Globe The site of the former Bayside Expo Center could be the location for Robert Kraft's planned soccer stadium, but he would also need to take over the adjacent property, which is currently the headquarte…

Civil Rights

Sen. L'Italien attends LGBTQ awards banquet » The Andover Townsman

Education

UMass Boston chancellor Motley stepping down » Boston Business Journal J. Keith Motley, the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston, said Wednesday that he would step down by the end of June.…

After 10 Years As Chancellor, UMass Boston's Motley To Step Down At End Of June » WBUR UMass Boston Chancellor Keith Motley plans to step down June 30, take a year's sabbatical, and then return to campus to teach. In an email to the university community Wednesday night, Motley, who ser…

Federal

100 years ago, the US entered WWI—and a senator from Massachusetts punched a protester in the face over it » Boston.com President Woodrow Wilson's declaration of war against Germany — which he signed exactly 100 years ago Thursday — sent figurative shockwaves across the planet, as the world's largest neut…

Health Care

Repeal challenge: Republicans love Obamacare » Commonwealth Magazine REPUBLICANS APPEAR TO BE preparing another run at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The New York Times reported Tuesday that a new version of the wildly unpopular American Health Care A…

Human Services

Mystic Valley Elder Services Hosts Annual Legislative Breakfast » Stoneham Patch On Tuesday, March 28th , Mystic Valley Elder Services hosted their annual legislative breakfast at their headquarters, located at 300 Commercial Street in Malden. Executive Director Dan O'Leary, was j…

Immigration

On Immigrants' Day, advocates urge legislators to pass 'sanctuary state' bill » Boston Globe Zayda Ortiz, a medical secretary from Malden, sat across from her state representative Wednesday and described a 14-year-old Guatemalan boy she knows. …

Heated rhetoric against President Donald Trump characterizes Statehouse immigrant lobby day » The Republican Slavery and the Holocaust are among the evils of history that political speakers related to President Donald Trump's current crackdown on immigration, during an immigrant advocacy day at the Statehous…

Massachusetts residents lobby state officials to support Safe Communities Act » The Daily Free Press On a gloomy Wednesday afternoon, approximately 150 people gathered at the Boston Common to participate in an “emergency rally” to support immigrants, urging Massachusetts elected officials…

Holyoke Community College sends staff and students to Immigrants' Day at the State House » MassLive Staff and students from Holyoke Community College are among the thousands attending the 21st Annual Immigrant's Day at the State House on Beacon Hill. …

Judiciary

Felix Arroyo, backers vow to fight suspension » Bay State Banner Surrounded by supporters and accompanied by his attorney on the steps of the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, Suffolk County Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo defended his record and vowed to fight his …

Gardner lawyer appointed to District Court judgeship » Worcester Telegram Gardner lawyer Mark A. Goldstein has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to be a judge in Central District Court in Worcester.…

Mashpee lawyer nominated to be Superior Court judge » Cape Cod Times Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated a Mashpee lawyer to be a Superior Court judge.…

Finneran loses pension appeal » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE'S HIGHEST COURT has rejected an appeal by former House speaker Thomas Finneran to reinstate his pension, saying the one-time legislative leader's lies during testimony in a federal lawsuit w…

5 Insights On The Senate's 'Nuclear' Battle Over Neil Gorsuch » WBUR Thursday is the day the judicial filibuster in the Senate is scheduled to die. There hasn't been much of an effort to save it, but there have been a lot of lamentations for the slow demise of the Worl…

Legal Marijuana Advocates Are Uneasy With Sessions' Stance » WBUR As advocates for medical marijuana gather in Washington, D.C., on Friday for an annual conference, supporters of marijuana legalization are worried. That's because new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sess…

Labor

Paid internships could help eliminate workforce skills gap, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito say » The Republican Despite being known as one of the most innovative states in the country, Massachusetts has a hard time filling positions in the STEM field with workers who are equipped with those skills.…

Study Finds New Wood Products Technology Could Create Jobs In Rural Massachusetts » WAMC A forest study released today identified an economic development opportunity in rural New England.…

Rep. Haddad 'broke heads' to get pay equity bill passed » Boston Herald Backers of the pay equity law passed last year took a victory lap Tuesday, reflecting on the two decades of advocacy that went into its passage and the partnerships that pushed it over the finish line…

Report unveiled at UMass finds state ripe for new timber product » Gazette Net There may soon be a market in rural Massachusetts for engineered wood products that state officials believe could have the power to reinvigorate New England's rural economy with at least one or two ne…

Local Government

Princeton receives $500K MassDOT grant » The Landmark State Sen. Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester) and state Rep. Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden) announced that Princeton is the recipient of a $500,000 Mass- DOT grant awarded through the Municipal Small Brid…

Trump's shadow looms over city » Boston Globe Facing uncertainty over federal funding under President Trump, Mayor Martin J. Walsh proposed Wednesday a “smart” $3.14 billion operating budget that he said better positions the city for …

April Fool's storm adds to local budget woes » Eagle Tribune Winter got the last laugh this year with an April Fool's Day storm that pushed local municipalities' spending on snow and ice removal further into the red.…

Rockport asking Legislature to keep election date » Gloucester Times Town Election Day is scheduled for May 2, just 31 days after Town Meeting, but state law requires 35 days between the two. So now selectmen are seeking special permission from lawmakers and Gov. Charl…

The city of Framingham » Commonwealth Magazine Welcome to the small time. In the third attempt in the last 40 years to change their form of governance, and by less than a 1 percent margin, Framingham voters decided they'd rather be the state's 14t…

Provincetown voters back affordable-housing bylaw » Cape Cod Times Town meeting on Wednesday passed an inclusionary bylaw that requires developers to build affordable or community housing units or pay into a housing fund when developing fair-market units. Despite muc…

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson Apologizes For Encounter With WGBH News Reporter » WGBH Philip L. Redo, general manager of WGBH News, Wednesday sent a letter of complaint to Boston City Councilor and mayoral candidate Tito Jackson about his encounter with a WGBH News reporter at a commun…

Stoughton won't go to pot -- voters ban marijuana shops » The Enterprise Stoughton voters agreed overwhelmingly to ban recreational marijuana shops in Tuesday's annual town election.…

Budget Proposal Would Boost Boston Spending By 5 Percent » WBUR City of Boston spending would be hiked by nearly 5 percent under a budget proposal offered by Mayor Marty Walsh Wednesday. The $3.1 billion blueprint for the fiscal year beginning in July would incre…

Somerville, Union Square Developer Enter $112M Deal » Stoneham Patch The City of Somerville and Union Square master developer Union Square Station Associates (US2) have entered a deal that the city says will lead to an estimated $112 million in community benefits and $…

Marijuana

Medical marijuana fees fill state coffers » Eagle Tribune Medical marijuana is pouring money into the state's coffers, as the number of pot patients and dispensaries grow.…

Opinion

Trump promised to drain the swamp. How's that going? » Boston Globe Remember when Donald Trump ran for president and he said that he would fight for American workers and bring back jobs?…

The potential for progress at the US-China meeting » Boston Globe THIS WEEK'S meeting in Mar-a-Lago between Chinese President Xi Jin-ping and President Donald Trump is arguably the most important foreign policy gathering of the still-young Trump administration. …

'Fearless Girl' and the hurdles women face in the workplace » Boston Globe I LIKE the statue of the “Fearless Girl” who stares down Wall Street's “Charging Bull.'' It makes you think.…

Sending anti-abortion ads by phone is creepy, but not illegal » Boston Globe Massachusetts has built a new buffer zone around reproductive health clinics to fend off protesters. Granted, this one is digital, but it's just as debatable as the physical buffer zone law that was s…

Users are losers as Trump erodes Internet privacy » Boston Globe CONGRESSIONAL COLLUSION with telecom behemoths continued to erode Americans' vanishing electronic privacy on Monday as President Trump signed the repeal of broadband privacy protections into law. …

Andover election determined by "low political tactics" » The Andover Townsman The recent contest for selectman and school committee in our town was not decided by the usual candidate debates and signs on the lawns. …

Mass. Medical Society Publicly Supports Foreign Muslims But Not Mass. Doctors » The Valley Patriot Recently in response to an Executive Order from President Trump which sought to delay by 3 months the entry of citizens from 7 countries singled out by President Obama, the Massachusetts Medical Socie…

My Turn/Susan Worgaftik: Health insurance for all? It is possible » The Recorder In his March 31 column, Chris Collins described the presentation that Mass. Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny made to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. …

Trump's Proposed Border Wall: A Bigger Waste Of Money Than You Thought » WBUR To my fellow Americans who are Trump supporters: We told you so. We, the loyal opposition, warned you last year that the Donald was playing you for suckers with his promise of a wall that would keep …

Politics

Ossoff pulls in record donations for Georgia special election (he of the "Make Trump Furious" campaign) » Atlanta Journal Constitution Democrat Jon Ossoff has raised more than $8.3 million for his campaign to represent suburban Atlanta in Congress, the most significant sign yet that the political newcomer has become a national symbol…

Brockton Native Announces Intent to Run Against DuBois » Stoneham Patch The 2018 election is nearly a year and a half away, but that's not stopping one Brockton native from announcing his candidacy for state rep.…

GOP's Geoff Diehl sets state to challenge Elizabeth Warren » Boston Globe Republican state Representative Geoff Diehlon Wednesdaytook a stride toward challenging Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren next year, announcing a federal campaign account and a formal exploration…

Anti-Trump right and left warily seek ways to unite » Sentinel & Enterprise Last year Kendal Unruh devoted much of her spare time to fighting Donald Trump. The 51-year-old Colorado high school government teacher and longtime Republican activist was a delegate to the Republic…

Baker, Polito create formidable war chest » Boston Globe

Public Health

Hopkinton students lobby on Beacon Hill to raise tobacco age to 21 » It's not every day that high school students have the chance to go to the state house and meet with their representatives, but for the past two years, students from Hopkinton High School have been doi…

AG Healey praises Taunton's opioid response, overdoses way down, no deaths so far this year » Taunton Gazette Not only are heroin and fentanyl overdoses in the city down so far this year, there have been no reported fatal overdoses, according to police.…

Unhealthy air days common despite progress on emission, report says » State House News Service

Public Safety

Report reveals missing video, contradictory testimony in case of alleged Springfield police beating » The Republican A Springfield internal investigations report, obtained by MassLive following a two-month public records dispute with the city, sheds new light on an alleged 2015 police altercation that left Springfie…

Criminal justice reform groups gear up for change in 2017 » Bay State Banner Passing comprehensive criminal justice reform hinges on this legislative session, says Calvin Feliciano of Jobs Not Jails. His coalition is turning up the heat to make it happen, with appeals to publi…

Governor proposes bill to stiffen penalties for assaulting police » Worcester Telegram A bill originally filed after the slaying of Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarantino that seeks to increase penalties for assaulting police officers is again before the state Legislature.…

Drones to play a bigger role in Boston Marathon security » Lowell Sun Authorities say they'll make greater use of trucks and drones to secure this month's Boston Marathon. Law enforcement officials and marathon organizers said Wednesday that security will be tight for t…

Gov. Charlie Baker says Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. may not have been 'assassinated' if assault on an officer was a felony » The Republican

State Finance

For The Common Good: Why Funding The Humanities Matters » WBUR It is ironic that, at this moment when our society needs the humanities and the arts more than ever, our nation's two major cultural agencies, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Nationa…

State Government

Straus: Baker to name MassDevelopment State Pier manager » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker is poised to appoint MassDevelopment — recognized for its work in economic diversity — as the manager of New Bedford's State Pier, said Rep. William Straus, after spea…

Board to determine amount Tom Finneran must repay state » Boston Herald The state's highest court's decision to strip ex-House Speaker Tom Finneran of his pension yesterday forced some number-crunching at the State Retirement Board, where officials are calculating what th…

SJC strips disgraced Speaker Thomas Finneran of state pension » The Republican The Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Wednesday that disgraced House Speaker Thomas Finneran is not eligible for his state pension because of his conviction for lying under oath.…

MBTA Retirement Fund Careening Off The Tracks? » New Boston Post

Taxation

State's bid to extend online sales tax may backfire » Boston Globe The attempt by Massachusetts to collect millions in new sales taxes from out-of-state online retailers is an aggressive reinterpretation of existing law that will probably be challenged in court, tax …

Sen. Stan Rosenberg opposes initiative to lower Massachusetts sales tax » The Republican State Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, used a Boston Chamber of Commerce speech on Wednesday to reiterate his call for new tax revenue, according to a copy of his prepared remarks.…

Rosenberg: Tax overhaul could factor in service tax » Newburyport News Acknowledging just how controversial of a proposal it would be, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said Wednesday that Massachusetts should discuss imposing a tax on services.…

Senate President Rosenberg makes business case for the millionaire's tax » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has a pointed message for Boston's business leaders: We've got it good now. So let's not ruin it for ourselves by failing to invest in some of our stat…

Transportation

Commuter rail delays blamed on defect in new locomotives » Boston Globe Commuter rail riders endured another round of delays in the past week, but this time the company operating the system provided a new explanation — defects in the MBTA's newest multimillion doll…

Senate bill could bring $4.2M to city for road, bridge repairs » South Coast Today Members of the Massachusetts House and Senate were unable to send a bill to the governor Wednesday that would have allocated hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to repair roads and bridges, but…

Before Green Line approval, Charlie Baker had transportation secretary's ear » Boston Herald The crucial backing the MBTA's Green Line Extension project got this week from the feds may have been helped by one state employee's personal pitch to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.…

8,200 Uber, Lyft drivers fail background check » Commonwealth Magazine MORE THAN 8,200 DRIVERS for Uber and Lyft failed a state background check to operate in Massachusetts after their applications were flagged for …

State Sen. James Welch optimistic differences will be resolved over funding bill for bridge and road repairs » The Republican State Sen. James T. Welch said he is optimistic that a final bill will soon be signed to ensure that much-needed funding for road and bridge repairs makes it to Western Massachusetts.…

Local road $$$ bill detoured into conference committee » WWLP 22 Unable to resolve their differences informally, the House and Senate on Wednesday formed a six-member conference committee charged with coming up with legislation to fund local road and bridge repairs…

Road funding bill strengthened, $30 million added for regional transit » WWLP 22 Bill includes $400M for municipal road repairs …

Thousands Of Ride-Hailing Drivers Fail New Mass. Background Checks » WBUR More than 8,000 drivers for ride-hailing companies have been denied licenses to operate after failing the state's new background check process. The drivers for Uber, Lyft and Fasten were mostly denie…

Charlie Baker's pitch to Elaine Chao possibly sealed Green Line extension » Boston Herald

Utilities

Massachusetts AG urges DPU to reject Eversource rate increase request » Legal Newsline Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she has delivered testimony to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) on behalf of 1.4 million Eversource customers.…

Clean Energy Center identifies Bay State ports for wind industry » South Coast Today Eyeing construction of wind farms miles off the Massachusetts shore, the state's booster of wind energy has undertaken a study of Massachusetts port facilities to inform the offshore wind industry abo…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Senate mulls multi-year local road repair bill » Lowell Sun

Thousands of Uber, Lyft drivers fail new background checks » Boston Globe

Court strips Tommy Finneran of his state pension » Universal Hub

Ethics commission forms subgroup to look at law » State House News Service

Local road $$$ bill detoured into conference committee » State House News Service

Safe communities act may force Beacon Hill to weigh in on immigration » State House News Service

Whitman rep takes step toward U.S. Senate candidacy » State House News Service

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