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Must-Reads

What Happens When Women Legislate » New York Times Nevada shows why the gender makeup of state-level politics matters.…

Exxon, Shell Join Ivanka Trump to Defend Paris Climate Pact » Bloomberg Politics As President Donald Trump contemplates whether to make good on his campaign promise to yank the United States out of the Paris climate accord, an unlikely lobbying force is hoping to talk him out of i…

Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove » New York Times The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments.…

Memo from Brian McGrory on the Boston Globe reinvention » Boston Globe A dedicated group of Boston Globe staff has spent much of the past year examining our digital and print report, talking with colleagues throughout the newsroom, the company and the wider industry, and…

Queens of the Stoned Age » GQ There are a thousand ways to buy weed in New York City, but the Green Angels devised a novel strategy for standing out: They hired models to be their dealers. In the eight years since the group was fo…

Rosenberg pans casino last call provision » Commonwealth Magazine SENATE PRESIDENT STANLEY ROSENBERG said on Thursday he was not a fan of a House proposal that could allow Massachusetts casinos to serve alcohol to patrons for an additional two hours – until 4…

Sharon Democrat first to throw hat in ring for Senate seat being vacated by Timilty » The Sun Chronicle The special election race to replace Sen. James Timilty has not begun yet, but it has its first candidate. Ted Philips, 33, a Democrat from Sharon, said Monday he is definitely running to fill the se…

Why Political Action Committees Now Love Rep. Richard Neal » WGBH Two years ago, Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield, Massachusetts, raised $165,000 in what was, for him, a pretty typical first three fundraising months of the election cycle. This time, things ar…

“I am seriously considering it. I feel that I have certainly worked very hard over my 10 years in the House and I have been effective representing this area. It would be a natural step for me,” he said.

Rep. Jay Barrows

Speaking about the possibility of running for Sen. Timilty's Senate seat.

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Beltway Politics

Trump Voters in a Swing District Wonder When the 'Winning' Will Start » New York Times In a swing county of a swing region of a swing state that powered Donald J. Trump's victory, some residents are starting to regret having supported him.…

Trump to sign order controlling visas that affect cheap labor » Eagle Tribune President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order that seeks to make changes to a visa program that brings in high-skilled workers. Trump is heading Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where h…

Trump's refusal to release tax returns hinders tax overhaul plan » Boston Globe President Trump's promise to enact a sweeping overhaul of the tax code is in serious jeopardy nearly 100 days into his tenure, and his refusal to release his own tax returns is emerging as a central h…

Seth Moulton tops Mass. House colleagues in raising cash » Boston Globe Seth Moulton, a politically ascendant Salem Democrat, has raised more money for his campaign so far this year than any other US representative from Massachusetts.…

Elizabeth Warren: 'Fearless' foe against a charging Donald Trump? » USA TODAY Count Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as a friend of the Fearless Girl.…

Donald Trump bashing pays off in Q1 » Boston Herald Bay State lawmakers are reaping the benefits of their political warfare against President Trump, pocketing hefty donations in a non-election year that is giving them an anti-Trump bump.…

New Trump Order Extends 'Buy American' And 'Hire American' Rules » WBUR President Trump is trying to put more muscle into his campaign slogan of "Buy American and Hire American" and is preparing to sign an executive order Tuesday aimed at strengthening existing government…

Pence Tells North Korea: 'The Era Of Strategic Patience Is Over' » WBUR Vice President Pence said on a visit to South Korea on Monday that the U.S. "era of strategic patience is over" regarding North Korea and its nuclear and ballistic missile program. "Since 1992, the U…

'Shattered' Picks Through The Broken Pieces Of Hillary Clinton's Dream » WBUR Ever since election night last November, millions in America and around the world have wondered what happened to Hillary Clinton, who was widely expected to become the first female president of the Un…

Trump rallies Georgia Republicans ahead of special election » Sentinel & Enterprise President Donald Trump is rallying voters in Georgia's 6th Congressional District to "get out and vote" Republican ahead of Tuesday's special election. In a tweet early Tuesday, Trump urged voters no…

Business

Vertex CEO's pay falls 38% to $17.4m in second straight decline » Boston Globe Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. CEO Jeffrey M. Leiden saw his total compensation drop 38 percent to $17.4 million last year, largely on a steep cut in his stock-option awards from the Boston-based biotech…

The New York Times Thinks People from Southie Are Called “Southies” » Boston Magazine The New York Times fundamentally doesn't understand Boston, Part 3,791.…

Report: Amazon shows interest in BJ's » Boston Herald The private equity owners of BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. reportedly plan to put the Westboro-based warehouse club chain on the market, and online giant Amazon.com Inc. is said to be interested.…

Quincy attorney becomes president of the New England Bar Association » Patriot Ledger A Quincy-based attorney who serves as chair of the Braintree planning board is now the president of the New England Bar Association.…

The world isn't as flat as we thought » Commonwealth Magazine LONG-TERM TRENDS WILL CHANGE the global economy, putting unique strains on both large cities and outlying areas. PwC has identified five megatrends actively shaping our world: rapid urbanization, tech…

Crimes

Stoughton, state link up for cyber security » Wicked Local Stoughton Lt. Governor Karyn Polito recently attended a Community Compact signing ceremony at Stoughton Town Hall.…

Lawrence police chief calls for special prosecutor after deadly shootings » Sentinel & Enterprise Massachusetts police chief wants a special prosecutor to handle gun cases after a spate of violence in his city. Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick held an emergency meeting Monday with state po…

Education

UMass Lowell nears $100M in capital campaign » The Lowell Sun UMass Lowell is closing in on the $100 million milestone in its $125 million fundraising campaign, and it will soon mark the occasion by naming several programs after prominent donors.…

Southbridge to boost teacher salaries, offer merit raises » Worcester Telegram The state-run, chronically underperforming school district is launching a merit-based salary structure for teachers beginning in July, receiver Jessica L. Huizenga said.…

UMass Amherst investing in innovation » Commonwealth Magazine UMASS AMHERST, the flagship campus of the state's university system, is diving into the innovation economy with a splash they hope will ripple out far beyond the campus, boosting the region's economic…

Proactive practices in Springfield schools yield dramatic drop in student arrests, suspensions » The Republican Over the last five years, the Springfield Public Schools have tackled the so-called school-to-prison pipeline head on, implementing practices to keep students in school and out of the criminal justice…

Environment

Judy Grinnell's river rehab » Commonwealth Magazine What's the Hoosic River Revival all about? The Hoosic River trickles through downtown North Adams within old, concrete, inaccessible flood control chutes that protect the city but don't provide any ot…

Eversource electric vehicle proposal worth pursuing » Commonwealth Magazine RECENT ACCOUNTS OF THE EVERSOURCE rate case have understandably focused on the utility's request for a controversial rate increase. However, at risk of getting lost in the shuffle is a modest proposal…

Gaming

Eastern snags gaming commission banking » State House News Service The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is transitioning its depository banking to Eastern Bank, which could be entrusted with accounts worth up to $300 million once casinos open.…

Plainridge Park sees biggest betting month in March since 2015 » State House News Service

Health Care

Healthcare Challenges In The State » Cape News Even with the previously proposed federal Republican healthcare bill now out of the picture, concerns remain in Massachusetts over rising healthcare costs in the state.…

A pain in the night and a harrowing drive: A crisis in rural health care puts mothers-to-be on a risky road » STAT News Clare Shirley shuffled through the darkness to the bathroom. The pain, pulsing through the pit of her stomach, came again and again, taking her breath away. She could barely move.…

State unhappy with UMass Memorial plan to cut psychiatric beds » Worcester Telegram A plan to close 13 of the 28 psychiatric beds at UMass Memorial Medical Center's University Campus was dealt a setback after the state Department of Public Health found "the services provided by the H…

As new medical center thrived, Salem, Lynn hospitals paid the price » Gloucester Times On a warm fall day in September 2007, more than 200 people gathered under a white tent for the ground-breaking of a $144 million outpatient center in Danvers.…

Nonprofit Working To Block Drug Imports Has Ties To Pharma Lobby » WBUR A nonprofit organization that has orchestrated a wide-reaching campaign against foreign drug imports has deep ties to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, the powerful l…

Housing

Around Massachusetts, racial divides persist » Boston Globe Naomi Cordova didn't want to buy a home in Brockton. In fact, she was dead set against it. …

This year, Boston-area renters may feel less pressured as new buildings open » Boston Globe It's musical chairs season for Boston-area rentals as the rush to score apartments for the popular months of June and September gets underway.…

Immigration

'What's My Fault?' Arrested By ICE, Turkish Immigrant Waits In Detention » WBUR Yusuf Alptekin is a slender man with deep-set eyes. His government-issued blue jumpsuit signals to guards and other prisoners at the Bristol County House of Corrections that the 53-year-old is a low-t…

Judiciary

Close to 20,000 tainted drug cases may be wiped today » Boston Herald Thousands of drug cases tainted by disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan are expected to be marked for dismissal today after more than four years of litigation and a high court decision that fo…

Legislative

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP: In Baker the House trusts » Wicked Local Plymouth House Speaker Robert DeLeo sent Gov. Charlie Baker a clear, if not slightly unconventional, message last week about the state's ballooning Medicaid program and the governor's somewhat-unpopular plan t…

Local Government

Amendments Proposed To House Budget » WAMC More than 1,200 amendments have been filed to the Massachusetts state budget proposed by House leaders…

The Woman Who Pushed Boston to Be a Leader in Paid Family Leave » Governing As the city's council president, Michelle Wu has shattered several glass ceilings. …

Sen. Jamie Eldridge to hold Senior Conference » Wicked Local Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, announced that the 37th annual Senior Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, 215 Fitchburg St. The Se…

Bitterness lingers after collapse of Dudley cemetery plan » Boston Globe The town counsel for Dudley lashed out Monday at the lawyer for an Islamic organization that had spent a year in bitter negotiations on a plan to bury its dead in the small town, only to reverse cours…

Competition for Josh Zakim could blossom in District 8 council race » Universal Hub Kristen Mobilia, who has long been active in the Fenway Garden Society, which oversees the Fenway Victory Gardens, has filed papers with state elections officials for a possible race against District …

Marijuana

Cambridge's first medical marijuana shop, SageNaturals, opens » Wicked Local Cambridge The first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Cambridge looks more like an Apple store than a pot shop. Located in a heavily trafficked area in the basement of the long-shuttered Orson Welles Cine…

Opinion

Echoes of Watergate in Russia's attack on US democracy » Boston Globe There are striking parallels between Watergate and Russia's intrusion in our election. …

Trump faces the 'constant threat' of North Korea » Boston Globe With each missile test and each attempt to develop and explode a nuclear device, North Korea is getting closer to joining the nuclear club — and the risk of a thermonuclear conflict breaking ou…

Hillary in 2020? Nothing's far-fetched after Trump » Boston Globe OFFICIALLY OUT OF the woods, Hillary Clinton is posing in pink suede pumps designed by Katy Perry.…

UMass trustees meeting offered a history lesson — in systemic racism » Boston Globe WHY IS it that Linda Dorcena Forry, the state senator whose district includes the University of Massachusetts Boston, had to take the time to remind the board of trustees and others at last week's mee…

Opinion: Horse Race Development Fund Is Helping Boost Industry In Massachusetts » Paulick Report

Politics

Attleboro election taking shape » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — There are more than six months to go before the city's fall election, but candidates are already filling slots on the ballot…

Trump's dizzying display of reversals » Commonwealth Magazine It was just over a month ago that we remarked in this space that President Trump was developing a degree of flexibility in his views that seemed worthy of that great Marxist thinker Julius Henry Marx.…

Framingham rep. eyeing run to become city's first mayor » State House News Service

After career in TV, Joe Shortsleeve considering a run for Senate » State House News Service

Public Health

Backers: Bill will improve sex ed in schools » The Lowell Sun BOSTON -- Supporters of a bill requiring schools offering sexual health education to do so in a "medically accurate, age-appropriate" manner on Wednesday described it as a way to protect young people …

Sherborn selectmen consider General Chemical cleanup » Wicked Local Sherborn Following the announcement about a month ago that General Chemical will cease cleanup at a contaminated site affecting Sherborn, the Sherborn Board of Selectmen discussed their options at last week's …

State's fishing fleet confronts an opioid problem » Boston Globe A reputation for drug use has long followed the Massachusetts fishing fleet, whose fiercely independent crews often return to port flush with cash and ready to exhale after long and dangerous trips.…

AG Maura Healey cites value of multi-part attack in fighting opioid epidemic in Holyoke visit » The Republican The state made agreements with pharmacies to ensure they dispense opioids properly. Overdose-reversal medication is available at lower prices than before. And Holyoke Health Center treats hundreds of …

More study? Addiction experts disappointed with Trump's lack of action on opioid crisis » Boston Globe Drug addiction experts battling soaring overdose rates worry President Trump has not lived up to repeated campaign pledges to curb opioid abuse, favoring a tough-on-crime approach rather than the trea…

In Portugal, Drug Use Is Treated As A Medical Issue, Not A Crime » WBUR Gandelina Damião, 78, is permanently hunched, carrying her sorrow. She lost three children to heroin in the 1990s. A quarter century ago, her cobblestone lane, up a grassy hill from Lisbon's Tagus…

Home-Based Drug Treatment Program Costs Less And Works » WBUR Hannah Berkowitz is 20 years old. When she was a senior in high school her life flew off the rails. She was getting high on whatever drugs she could get her hands on. She was suicidal. Berkowi…

Public Safety

Deadly shootings prompt call for special prosecutor » Eagle Tribune After two fatal shootings in two days, the city's police chief is calling for a special prosecutor to oversee "all serious violent crimes committed in Lawrence." …

Cops Over Citizens: The Unraveling Of Obama-Era Policing Reform » WBUR U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled his predilection for cops over citizens when it comes to police abuses and justice in black communities across the nation. In a disturbing memo release…

State Finance

Income tax, tax holiday among 1,210 budget amendments » The Salem News BOSTON — State representatives filed 1,210 amendments to the House Ways and Means Committee's $40.3 billion fiscal 2018 budget, many earmarking funds for local programs.…

Franklin: Lawmakers give a bleak financial forecast » The Milford Daily News Spilka, chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, said revenue projections had called for a 4.3 percent increase. She said, though, that weaker-than-expected returns began in February, a tren…

State Government

Jeff Shapiro named first deputy comptroller » Wicked Local Needham Comptroller Thomas Shack has appointed Jeffrey Shapiro to the newly established role of first deputy comptroller of the Commonwealth.…

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill: Drug Lab Scandal Prosecutions, Possible Tax Holiday » New England Public Radio Prosecutors in Massachusetts have to make some decisions by Tuesday. That's their deadline to decide whether to follow through with the thousands of cases that were tainted by the 2012 scandal at a st…

Transportation

Rockport station upgrade pushed back until May » Gloucester Times Construction on a $5 million power upgrade project at the commuter rail station in town has been pushed back from its original start date, Tuesday, April 18, to May 1. The project will allow trains t…

Rep. Farley-Bouvier co-sponsors bill regulating driverless cars » Berkshire Eagle State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier doesn't want the law chasing technology, again. But proposed legislation aimed at the autonomous car industry has some saying it puts the brakes on innovation. Farle…

$500K DOT grant will go toward fixing Larrywaug Bridge in Stockbridge » Berkshire Eagle Half a million dollars granted to the town by the state's Department of Transportation's Small Bridge Program will help meet the cost of replacing the badly deteriorated Larrywaug Bridge on Route 183.…

Utilities

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station exempted from safety upgrades » Cape Cod Times Entergy Corp. will not be required to install upgrades to a heavy-duty vent system at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station capable of operating and preventing explosions in meltdown conditions, under an exte…

Proposed Eversource rate hike unpopular with some residents, politicians » The Recorder An April 26 Greenfield public hearing on Eversource's proposed $300 million rate is likely to raise many of the same issues brought out in hearings last week in Pittsfield and Springfield or submitted…

Across state line, a race to close broadband gap » Berkshire Eagle "Pretty primitive," Dianne Hobden, of Canaan, N.Y., says of her internet connection. "You can't stream because it keeps buffering," adds her friend, Lorraine Gregg, of Chatham, N.Y.…

Massachusetts attorney general testifies against Eversource's proposed rate hikes » Legal Newsline

Weekend News

First Time:State Black and Latino Legislative Caucus Brings Listening Tour to Chelsea » Chelsea Record For the first time ever, Chelsea played host to a state budget hearing of the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus on Monday night, April 10, as one stop on a statewide listening tour.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Governor: More cuts should not be forthcoming » Sentinel & Enterprise

Lahey Health files motion to dismiss 'politically motivated' Bermuda lawsuit » Boston Business Journal

Group home creates safety concerns in West Bridgewater » The Enterprise

EBT cards have no place in pot purchases (Editorial) » The Republican

Timilty to leave Senate for Norfolk County treasurer post » Wicked Local Medfield

Robichaud: Nation of freebies was not the idea of original patriots » Boston Herald

12 Boston-area startups aiming to disrupt agriculture » Boston Business Journal

John Basile: Bottles, bottles everywhere » Wicked Local Dennis

Survivor says memorial was placed in wrong spot: 'Nice work, Boston' » Boston Globe

State Sen. James Timilty quits Senate for $124G Norfolk post » Boston Herald

Corporate America isn't backing Trump on climate » Axios

Trump's Renewed Focus on Health Bill Vexes GOP Tax Overhaul Strategy » The Wall Street Journal

Christie angling for a comeback » Politico

Inside the Hotel Industry's Plan to Combat Airbnb » New York Times

Rosenburg (sic): Service tax may boost state revenues » Boston Herald

INCOME TAX, TAX HOLIDAY AMONG 1,210 BUDGET AMENDMENTS » State House News Service

Redrawing Massachusetts: Proposal seeks change in how state redistricts communities » The Republican

TIMILTY TO LEAVE SENATE FOR NORFOLK CO. TREASURER POST » State House News Service

Who will replace Timilty? » The Sun Chronicle

Unanswered Questions About the Boston Marathon Bombing » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS

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