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State Democrats roiled by resolution opposing Israeli settlements » Boston Globe State Democratic Party heavyweights are sounding a red alert against a provocative proposal for their state committee to declare opposition to Israeli settlements in the West Bank without specifically…

Boston charter school educator named national teacher of the year » Boston Globe At Codman Academy Charter School in Dorchester, Sydney Chaffee likes to put the spotlight on her students during a weekly schoolwide assembly — having them write the scripts, act out the skits,…

National progressive PAC sees N.J. as proving ground for 'anti-Trump power building' » Politico In New Jersey, a top-down Democratic machine state, a progressive group is banking on Donald Trump backlash inspiring candidates from the ground up. …

Massachusetts Democrats weigh competing Israel-Palestine resolutions that threaten to divide party » The Republican The Massachusetts Democratic Party is wading into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with competing resolutions that threaten to divide the party. …

Legault announces 2018 state Senate run » The Salem News State Sen. Joan Lovely, D-Salem, who represents the Second Essex district, said Legault's announcement is close to a year early, but she's joining him with a commitment to run herself. …

Rep, aide aime to keep Middlesex senate seat rooted in Arlington » State House News Service The race to succeed the late Sen. Kenneth Donnelly is shaping up to be an Arlington family affair on the Democratic side with state Rep. Sean Garballey formally entering the race Thursday and another …

Trump blasts foreign worker program at company that pays below-average wages to foreign workers » The Washington Post Standing before an American flag made out of wrenches at a Wisconsin tools company, President Trump on Tuesday promised “bold, new steps” to protect American workers and their wages and vo…

“Global warming is real,” Markey said. “We, right outside of Massachusetts, have the fastest-warming body of water in the world. That means the tides are higher, the storms are more intense. ...It’s that kind of change that is creating this incredible issue that Scituate has to deal with, and it’s only going to intensify.”

Senator Ed Markey

Speaking about climate change and the threat to Massachusetts coastal towns.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

MacArthur attempting to broker GOP compromise on Obamacare replacement » NJ POLITICO Pro U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur, a leading player in the latest round of GOP Obamacare replacement negotiations, believes he has crafted a compromise amendment to woo both conservative and moderate Republican…

13 groups that could muck up tax reform » Politico Think health care was hard? Wait until Trump meets the factions fighting over taxes. …

DNC reform panel includes Mass. contingent » Boston Globe The Democratic National Committee this week released the names of 21 people largely tasked with reforming the party on a host of issues ranging from transparency to the presidential primary process.…

White House officials, craving progress, push revised health bill » Boston Globe White House officials, desperate to demonstrate progress on President Trump's promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, are pushing to resurrect a revamped version of a Republican health care bill be…

Bernie Sanders Defends Campaigning For Anti-Abortion Rights Democrat » WBUR Sen. Bernie Sanders is campaigning for Omaha, Neb., mayoral candidate Heath Mello Thursday night, and he's not apologizing for it. "Absolutely, and I want him to win," Sanders, I-Vt., told NPR Thursd…

Trump: 100-day review unfair; terrorist attack to affect France's election » Eagle Tribune President Donald Trump says the 100-day benchmark often cited to measure a new administration's achievements is a "ridiculous standard." Trump also said the terrorist attack in France will have a "bi…

The latest: Trump calls 100-day assessment 'ridiculous' » Sentinel & Enterprise President Donald Trump says the 100 day benchmark often cited to measure a new administration's achievements is a "ridiculous standard." Trump tweeted Friday, "No matter how much I accomplish during …

Former White House Science Adviser: Cuts To Science Programs Will Have Dire Consequences » WBUR Local scientists are taking part in a nationwide march this Saturday to protest threats facing science programs. Naomi Oreskes, who teaches the history of science at Harvard, says she will participat…

Moulton doesn't mince words » Commonwealth Magazine

Business

Power to the people: For the redevelopment of Boston Edison site, Southie has a lot to say » Boston Business Journal Rarely, if ever, has there been such robust community input for a redevelopment project this early in the process.…

Boston officials: Building needed for its windfall » Boston Herald Boston development officials lobbying for a carve-out to state shadow laws for the massive Winthrop Square development are arguing the city's $153 million windfall from the deal is needed given the th…

Shire City Herbals announces $1.2 million expansion in Pittsfield » Berkshire Eagle Shire City Herbals has found the place it needs to expand — and a distributor to sell its products nationally.…

What's going on at Millennium Tower? » Commonwealth Magazine IT'S ALL A BIT MYSTERIOUS, but a recent real estate transaction at Millennium Tower sheds some light on the financial challenges of catering to the whims of well-to-do condo buyers. According to reco…

Framingham Democrats to meet Sunday » Wicked Local Framingham The Democratic Town Committee will conduct its annual business meeting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at the Framingham Green, 136 Maynard Roa…

Education

Baker urges UMass Boston not to make cuts that hurt students » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker said the University of Massachusetts Boston should solve its budget gap by curbing “corporate spending” rather than making cuts that hurt students and academic progr…

Could schools share business services? Mohawk supt. pitches idea to state » The Recorder The chairman of the Massachusetts Rural Schools Coalition has gone to state officials with a new idea: Could rural school districts share business services — payroll, accounting, bookkeeping â…

Dorchester educator named National Teacher of the Year » Boston Herald A Codman Academy humanities teacher has become the first Bay State teacher and first charter school educator to be selected National Teacher of the Year.…

Learning Experience hosts grand opening in Tyngsboro » Lowell Sun The Learning Experience, the nation's fastest growing Academy of Early Education for children 6- weeks to 6- years- old in Tyngsboro, held a ribbon- cutting ceremony April 8 to commemorate the opening…

Mass. educator named National Teacher of the Year » Commonwealth Magazine SYDNEY CHAFFEE, a 9th grade humanities teacher at a Dorchester charter school, is not just a good teacher, she is, by at least one measure, the best one in the country. Chaffee was named National Tea…

Boston Charter School Teacher Chosen As National Teacher Of The Year » WBUR A Massachusetts high school teacher who was chosen National Teacher of the Year on Thursday is believed to be the first from a charter school to win the award. Sydney Chaffee, who teaches at the Codm…

Gaming

Aquinnah selectmen authorize appeal of tribe ruling » Martha's Vineyard Times The Island's smallest town could be headed for the biggest legal stage. In a meeting Thursday afternoon, the board of selectmen authorized town counsel Ronald Rappaport to “pursue all appellate …

Health Care

Pediatric inpatient care closure looms » The Salem News Nurses in colorful scrubs, local pediatricians, residents and local officials were dismayed at North Shore Medical Center's plan to shut down pediatric inpatient services at Salem Hospital on Highland…

GOP Plan To Trim Insurance Benefits Might Not Tame Premiums » WBUR As House Republicans try to find common cause on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, they may be ready to let states make the ultimate decision about whether to keep a key provision …

Housing

Is The Next Hot Place To Live Already Out Of Reach? » WGBH The hilly street where Amanda and Mark Linehan live with their three-year-old daughter, Georgia, is lined with well-tended bungalows. There's a basketball hoop set up on the sidewalk and plenty of tre…

Human Services

Flanagan to host Mental Health Month kickoff event » Leominster Champion State Sen. Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) will be hosting the 15th annual Mental Health Month Kick Off event at Mount Wachusett Community College on Wednesday, April 26 at 4 p.m.…

Immigration

Attorney General Healey voices support for immigrants » Sampan Healey said one of her biggest priorities is to make sure all Massachusetts residents feel safe and respected during the Trump administration.…

Maine's Immigrants Boost Workforce Of Whitest, Oldest State In U.S. » WBUR A demographic crisis looms over Maine, the oldest and whitest state in the U.S. with one of the country's lowest birth rates. Employers are already feeling the effects on Maine's workforce as they st…

Judiciary

In Wake Of Hernandez Suicide, Legislature To Consider Criminal Justice Bills » WBUR Following the suicide of former New England Patriot player Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for murder at the state's maximum security prison in Shirley, Gov. Charlie Baker said he has…

Labor

Mass. unemployment rate rises to 3.6 percent » Boston Globe Was March a simple breather after an exuberant few months of hiring or a worrying sign of a slowing Massachusetts economy?…

Analysts: State's puny March job growth likely an anomaly » Boston Herald The Bay State added a meager 200 jobs during March, a steep decline from the output of the first two months of the year, though experts cautioned that one 31-day snapshot may not mean much.…

Legislative

O'Connor Ives gives Democrats update on Beacon Hill legislation » Newburyport News Sen. Kathleen O'Connor Ives updated fellow Newburyport Democrats on the party's ongoing legislative efforts Wednesday, highlighting a resolution condemning President Donald Trump's travel ban that was…

Timilty hailed from a political dynasty » The Sun Chronicle State Sen. James Timilty says he grew up hating politics and wanting nothing to do with it.…

A look at the 130 bills filed by Poirier and Ross » Wicked Local North Attleborough

Local Government

A city of two tales » Lynn Daily News Item To paraphrase Dickens, it was the best of times and the worst of times in Lynn this week.…

Residents Out in Force to Oppose Essex Road Development » The Local News Residents have turned out in force to oppose a proposed 194-unit development around the Bruni Marketplace on Essex Road. At the selectmen's meeting this week, over 60 people packed the room to tell th…

Sen. Markey talks sea walls, opioid epidemic in Scituate » The Patriot Ledger “Global warming is real,” Markey said. “We, right outside of Massachusetts, have the fastest-warming body of water in the world. That means the tides are higher, the storms are more …

'Inclusion' panel gets life as anti-sanctuary status petitions grow » The Salem News As petitions against the City Council's sanctuary ordinance continue to go around, an "inclusion" committee created by it is almost ready for prime time.…

Marijuana

Marijuana panel chair's goal: kill black market — fast » Boston Globe Pot dealers, beware. The state senator in charge of rewriting Massachusetts' voter-passed recreational marijuana law believes quickly “killing the black market” for cannabis should be Beac…

Medical marijuana plan in Holyoke to include $15,000 in local grants, payment to city, $8 million investment, jobs » The Republican GTI Massachusetts NP Corp. would pay $50,000 to $100,000 a year into the city general fund and issue $15,000 in grants to community groups as part of its agreement to run a medical marijuana facility …

Opinion

Naturopathic medicine's role in fighting the opioid crisis » Boston Globe On a drizzly day last fall, with colorful leaves dotting the wet sidewalk, I stood silently still as name after name was read. I was at a somber vigil to bring awareness to overdose deaths in my small…

Hiding something in those visitor logs? » Boston Globe IN THE FALL of 2012, Donald Trump criticized then-President Barack Obama for declining to release college transcripts and other records: “Hiding something?,” he asked on Twitter.…

The debasing of America » Boston Globe Four days ago, the president of the United States tweeted this: “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!''…

Why the US should stay in the Paris climate agreement » Boston Globe In the five decades since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, remarkable economic growth around the world has been accompanied by significant environmental challenges. …

Atkins: His ambitions flightless, Scott Brown lands amongst kiwis » Boston Herald We already knew former Sen. Scott Brown isn't afraid to pick up and move when it serves his political ambitions. But his next post will take him nearly 10,000 miles away — and seemingly into po…

Say 'no' to Safe Communities Act » The Recorder We of Mount Toby monthly meeting of the Religious Society of Friends strongly urge that our Massachusetts Legislature pass, and that the governor sign, the Safe Communities Act, which would prohibit s…

Editorial: Schools shouldn't blame students » Boston Business Journal The percentage of people who passed the bar exam in Massachusetts in 2016 fell to its lowest level in at least 23 years, with 65 percent of exam takers in the Bay State passing the test — a ful…

Editorial: Federal case at the T » Boston Herald The Massachusetts congressional delegation continues to be oddly fixated on how the Baker administration handles its budget-balancing efforts at the MBTA, sending its second letter in a month to Gov.…

Bolling: Aaron Hernandez an example of what path not to follow » Boston Herald There's a cautionary tale for inner-city youth in the sad Aaron Hernandez saga.…

ViewPoint: Making a case for financial literacy » Boston Business Journal Financial literacy is a critical topic for Citizens Bank, as it is for all banks and financial institutions.…

'Shameful Scapegoating' At UMass Boston: The Inside Story » WGBH It's hard to know all the details about why someone has been shown the door. But in the case of Keith Motley, the outgoing chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston, the publicly stated cas…

LETTER: Work toward green energy » Worcester Telegram

EDITORIALS: Legislature should slash indefensible payroll perk » Lowell Sun

Clive McFarlane: Will of the people a relative concept? » Worcester Telegram

Editorial: We simply can't afford another Eversource rate hike » The Recorder

Politics

Walsh's campaign is paying his new political consultants $16,000... a month » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh's political campaign is paying $16,000 a month for top Democratic strategists Stephanie Cutter and Teddy Goff, his campaign confirmed Thursday.…

Meet the candidate: Jay Gonzalez is running for governor 2018 » Wicked Local Marshfield Jay Gonzalez, who is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, moved to the Boston area about 20 years ago. He served under Deval Patrick as Secretary of Administration and Finance, managing the state budget. …

Hundreds of Valley residents to march for science Saturday in DC, Boston and elsewhere » Gazette Net Hundreds of demonstrators from the Pioneer Valley will descend on cities across the Northeast on Saturday to defend what in the past hasn't been a particularly sexy topic for protesters — scien…

Battle for Donnelly's Seat Taking Shape » Arlington Patch The race to succeed the late Sen. Kenneth Donnelly is shaping up to be an Arlington family affair on the Democratic side with state Rep. Sean Garballey formally entering the race Thursday and another …

Bipartisan support for Ex-Sen. Brown's nomination as New Zealand ambassador » The Sun Chronicle Former Sen. Scott Brown is getting bipartisan support for his nomination by President Donald Trump as ambassador to New Zealand.…

Cape congressmen urge activism in 'upside-down' world » Cape Cod Times Progressive politics and “Trump bashing” dominated a public conversation in Orleans on Thursday night.…

Heavy Arlington interest in the race for late Sen. Donnelly's seat » Lowell Sun

Public Health

Healthy food hard for some to get in local cities » Eagle Tribune Millions of low-income people live in “food deserts” in Massachusetts, lacking access to fresh fruit, vegetables and healthy groceries, according to a report that is spurring calls for sta…

Attorneys general to Trump: Don't cut drug treatment funds » The Salem News

Public Safety

Worcester County DA: Hernandez's death ruled as suicide » ABC 6 The State Medical Examiner has ruled Aaron Hernandez's death a suicide. The autopsy results were made public Thursday. The Worcester District Attorney reporting that there were no signs of struggle an…

AG calls for investigation into high rate of Mass. prison suicides » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey today called for a probe into Massachusetts' dismal ranking among states with the highest rates in inmate suicides, highlighted yesterday by the hanging death of convicte…

States Push Their Own Internet Privacy Rules » Consumer Reports The state proposals, like the now-defunct federal rules, would restrict how internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon and Comcast collect and use customer data. The federal regulations were appro…

Hernandez suicide spurs search for answers » Taunton Gazette Gov. Charlie Baker said he doesn't want to jump to any conclusions about the prison suicide of Aaron Hernandez until the investigation by the Department of Correction is complete.…

State Government

AG Healey takes aim at Trump in meeting » Worcester Telegram If Donald Trump's ears were burning Thursday night it might have been because state Attorney General Maura Healey had some unkind words for the 45th President.…

State approves Easton Shovel Town Cultural District » Wicked Local Easton The Massachusetts Cultural Council recently voted unanimously to approve the designation of the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District.…

Taxation

Lombardo eyes income-tax cut » Lowell Sun The annual state budget, on track to weigh in north of $40 billion, will be built on the expectation of roughly $27 billion in tax revenue -- but state reps on both sides of the aisle are hoping to ti…

Payments surge over first half of state's biggest tax collection month » Lowell Sun

Transportation

Hundreds of Uber, Lyft drivers successfully appeal license denials » Berkshire Eagle Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers who failed state background checks have now successfully appealed their denials, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday.…

Charlie Baker defends results of state's background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers » Boston.com Gov. Charlier Baker is standing by the results of the state's recent background checks on drivers employed by ride-hailing companies, such as Uber and Lyft.…

MBTA apologizes after wrongly telling riders they'd have to pay $6.25 to go 4.5 miles on Worcester/Framingham Line » The Republican MBTA apologized on Thursday after the public transit agency released a spring commuter rail schedule that put a new station, Boston Landing, in a zone that would have riders pay $6.25 to travel about …

MetroWest towns look to pilot Uber access for seniors » The Metro West Daily News Councils on aging in four communities are hoping Uber can help fill a gap in the transportation options available to seniors.…

Logan parking plans don't fly » Boston Herald East Boston residents are firing back at a plan to add 5,000 parking spots to Logan International Airport, saying Massport's claims that the spaces will reduce pollution are overblown and that union w…

New Seaport garage makes sense » Commonwealth Magazine THE NEWS THAT MASSPORT is moving forward with a planned 1,550-space parking garage in the Seaport District, and that the city wants to add another 550 spaces to its garage in the nearby Marine Industr…

WRTA votes to raise fares, cut service to balance budget » Worcester Telegram The Worcester Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board voted Thursday to raise fares and cut service in order to overcome a roughly $785,000 deficit for the next fiscal year. The moves will yield rou…

Lawmakers agree to $200 mil road bill with regional, RMV funds » State House News Service

Utilities

Reach of energy efficiency upgrades extended under grant program » Berkshire Eagle Newton Housing Authority resident Bonnis Mojica saw her winter energy bills plummet from about $470 per month to between $140 and $170 after a heat pump was installed in her home three years ago.…

From Waste To Watts: How This Grocery Chain Turns Old Food Into New Energy » WBUR Each year billions of pounds of food go to waste. That means billions of dollars, too. The Environmental Protection Agency says more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other one materia…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Rep. Hunt Seeks Support for Alternative Internet Pilot Program » Cape Cod Online

The next recession could make the state budget deficit explode » Boston Globe

Gov. Charlie Baker releases $10 million in grant money for affordable energy efficiency projects » The Republican

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey weighs in on need for 'thorough' look at Aaron Hernandez death and suicides in prisons » The Republican

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: House Ways and Means Budget » National Law Review

President Trump to nominate Scott Brown as ambassador to New Zealand » Boston Globe

Baker wants to know 'what happened and why' in Hernandez death » Boston Globe

Baystate Health seeks $3.4M from state for medical school » The Republican

Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus visits Randolph » Wicked Local Randolph

President Trump's top prosecutor, Jeff Sessions, is 'obsessed' with marijuana, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says » The Republican

Jesse Lederman launches Springfield City Council campaign » The Republican

30-year New Bedford police veteran says he plans to run for mayor » South Coast Today

A Massachusetts Educator Won the 2017 National Teacher of the Year Award » Boston Magazine

'Sanctuary city' is a 'political term,' and 'values' statement for communities, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says » The Republican

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 2792 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for William Motherway, an employee of the Trial Court

Most read bills of the week:

HB3600 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

SB2062 - An Act relative to internet service providers

HB1639 - An Act allowing PILOT payments to municipalities

HB3644 - An Act relative to certain genetically targeted drug coverage for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

SB647 - An Act ensuring continued health insurance coverage for children

SB612 - An Act improving public health through a common application for core food, health and safety-net programs

HB81 - An Act providing for insurance coverage for vision screening for children

SB630 - An Act to restore affordable Health Connector coverage

House Actions This Week: 259

Senate Actions This Week: 23


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