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9:00am UMass Amherst Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Awards, Second Floor

10:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

10:30am Lyons-Lombardo Healthcare Plan Press Conference, Room 443

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

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Press Conference in Support of Wage Theft Bill, Room 222

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Brodeur

Must-Reads

Roger Stone Convinced Trump to Hire Paul Manafort, Former Officials Say » The Daily Beast The former Trump adviser, who disliked first campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, helped seal the deal to get Paul Manafort on board in 2016, according to former Trump officials. …

White House Still Pressing to Hold Obamacare Vote This Week » Bloomberg Politics Donald Trump's administration continues to push for a vote this week in the House to replace Obamacare, which the president said on Sunday is “in serious trouble.” …

Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate » AP News NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg urged world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change and declared his intention to help save an international…

Hospitals hope House adds tax on sugary drinks » State House News Service The $40.3 billion House budget proposal was "highly responsive" to the needs of Massachusetts hospitals but the trade group representing hospitals will push this week for additional measures, includin…

GOP ads compare vulnerable Senate Dems to Elizabeth Warren » CNN Washington (CNN)Senate Republicans have found a unifying figure to rally around in their fight to maintain and possibly increase their power in the chamber in 2018. It's not President Donald Trump. It…

Robert K. Massie enters race for governor » Boston Globe Longtime environmentalist and entrepreneur Robert K. Massie has jumped into the Democratic gubernatorial primary, saying his résumé makes him uniquely qualified to take on Republican Governor Ch…

5 Ways Republicans Can Finish Health Care Overhaul » Roll Call Republicans have promised their effort to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law is alive and kicking. And they're likely to keep going at it until they pass a bill or get elected out office. …

Moving Winthrop Square proposal out of the shadows » Boston Globe WHEN A NEW building emerges from the regulatory dance that weighs economic growth against loss of open space or increased density, the physical landscape of our city changes forever.…

“I want to immediately — as fast as possible — make possible a safe, legal market for adults who want access to get it, If it’s at a reasonable price, most people will prefer a safe, legal product.”

Senator Patricia Jehlen

Speaking about the sale of marijuana in Massachusetts.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

New Jersey Residents Brace For Trump's Weekend Whirlwinds To Blow Their Way » WBUR As the Florida summer heats up, President Donald Trump is expected to decamp from his weekend retreat at the Mar-a-Lago Club in West Palm Beach to spend more time at one of his golf clubs in New Jerse…

Trump's First 100 Days: An 'Entry-Level' Presidency » WBUR With any new president, there's a learning curve. But for President Trump, it's been steeper than others. "Mount Everest" is how Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies at the Miller Center a…

Trump and his aides take hard line on border wall, as threat of government shutdown looms » State House News Service President Donald Trump and his top aides applied new pressure Sunday on lawmakers to include money for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border in a must-pass government funding bill, raising the possibility …

Ryan promises to keep gov't open » State House News Service House leaders told GOP lawmakers Saturday that they plan to devote their energy this week to keeping the federal government open, conspicuously avoiding an immediate commitment to take up health care …

As budget deadline looms, Trump pushes border wall funding » Sentinel & Enterprise With a budget deadline looming, President Donald Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight accomplishments while putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on…

Obama re-emerges in public after avoiding political spotlight » WCVB Former President Barack Obama will deliver the first public remarks of his post-presidency here in his adopted hometown of Chicago on Monday, three months after handing off the baton to President Dona…

Business

Small retailers add emotional punch in bid to kill border tax plan » Boston Globe When it comes to Washington's endless tax debates, Erin Calvo-Bacci — a small-time chocolate maker from Swampscott — spells out her frustration in bitter terms.…

Widett Circle wholesalers formally eye industrial park » Boston Globe A sprawling industrial site near downtown Boston may soon be marked for a new cosmopolitan neighborhood after its owners of nearly 50 years took a major step toward freeing up the property for redevel…

Crimes

From swastikas to bomb threats, anti-Jewish incidents on record-setting track » Boston Globe Anti-Semitic incidents in Massachusetts — swastikas scrawled in middle schools, hateful fliers papering college campuses, threats phoned into community centers — jumped dramatically from…

Anti-Semitism on the rise in Massachusetts » Sentinel & Enterprise New data show that the number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in Massachusetts soared last year when compared to the prior year. The Anti-Defamation League says there were 125 reported anti-Semiti…

Anti-Semitic attacks spike in Massachusetts » WCVB Disturbing numbers show anti-Semitic attacks are on a record-setting track with Massachusetts seeing one of the biggest jumps nationwide, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Advertisement Accord…

Education

THE COLUMN: Former councilor dips toe in Tech pond » Lowell Sun WORD IS that a former Lowell city councilor inquired with a couple of Greater Lowell Technical School Committee members about his chances to replace Superintendent Roger Bourgeois when he retires this…

State needs to help with college funding » Commonwealth Magazine YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME and a few students at a table in the basement of the Northern Essex Community College Library while we discuss various issues that face our classmates. We are the Student Senate,…

Harvard Puts Its Ties To Slavery On Display » WBUR As American universities grapple with their connections to slavery, Harvard University is putting its ties on display in an exhibit featuring some of the few documents discovered so far that offer rec…

A conspicuous absence at Teacher of the Year ceremony » Boston Globe

Early educators rally for more state support » State House News Service

Environment

DCR is an agency without a vision » Commonwealth Magazine KUDOS TO THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION for stepping in to help the Department of Conservation andRecreation (DCR) focus on its core expertise – parks and parkways stewardship – by taking mana…

Green groups criticize state on mercury recycling » The Salem News A state-mandated recycling program is keeping mercury-laden thermostats from regional landfills, but environmentalists say Beacon Hill isn't pressing hard enough to contain the toxic metal.…

Federal

Massachusetts lawmakers to lobby against Trump budget cuts » NBC 10 News A group of Massachusetts state senators is traveling to Washington to lobby against some of the budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump.…

Health Care

Lawmakers seek cure for Medicaid » Boston Herald State lawmakers will tackle the soaring cost of the Massachusetts Medicaid program when budget debates begin in the House on Monday, and Republicans hope to push through their own proposals they say w…

Abortions in Massachusetts down nearly 11 percent since 2010 » The Republican As the political fight in Washington over Planned Parenthood intensifies, the number of abortions performed in Massachusetts continues to fall. Abortions in the state have dropped by nearly 11 percen…

Abortions in Mass. down nearly 11 percent since 2010 » The Enterprise As the political fight in Washington over Planned Parenthood intensifies, the number of abortions performed in Massachusetts continues to fall.…

GOP reps seek control board, major changes at MassHealth » Lowell Sun

Housing

Why is this house listed for $6 million? Location, location, location » Boston Globe Virginia J. Luscinski is the second of three generations of her family who have carved out lives in a tiny enclave nestled at the tip of Dorchester, hard by the sprawling South Bay shopping center.…

Immigration

State digs into wide-reaching sanctuary bills » The Salem News With Salem's sanctuary ordinance nearing final approval by the City Council while opponents press a petition effort seeking to delay or kill it, state legislators are diving into their own discussion …

Clinic At UVM Offers Therapies To Help Resettled Refugees Work Through Trauma » WBUR Many refugees who arrive on U.S. soil finally feel safe after decades of war, torture or loss of family members. But just because they're removed from physical harm doesn't mean the pain is over. Tha…

Judiciary

State Sen. Richard Ross announces support for prison debt bill » Wicked Local Medway State Sen. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, recently announced his initial support for a bill Gov. Charlie Baker is filing that would assist inmates in working off their debt. The legislation aims to help de…

Immigrants Face Collateral Damage of MA Crime Lab Misconduct » Public News Service It was big news when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court last week dismissed more than 20,000 drug cases due to misconduct by a former chemist at the state crime lab, but local legal advocates wa…

Labor

“A seat at the table”: Union United urges US2 to meet and commit to formal CBA » Wicked Local Somerville Earlier this month, Union Square master developer Union Square Station Associates (US2) signed an agreement with the City of Somerville to contribute an estimated $112 million to the city.…

Wage theft opponents say numbers in Legislature on their side » State House News Service

Legislative

League Invites Public To Meet With Legislators » Cape News The community will get a chance to join in a “Conversation with our State Legislators” on Tuesday, May 2, at 7:30 PM in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room at Falmouth Library.…

Local Government

Chatham selectman testifies before Congress » Wicked Local Cape Cod All politics is local, but Selectman Seth Taylor found himself uttering that phrase 500 miles from home as he testified before a Congressional subcommittee.…

Boston Artist's Petition To Build A Black Box In Dorchester's Strand Theatre Picks Up Steam » WBUR On Monday, April 17, a Roxbury artist and activist named Tory Bullock uploaded a video to Facebook. In it, he stands in an echoey stone foyer and fixes his gaze at the camera. “Welcome to the ba…

Marijuana

Lawmakers debate pot regulators' independence » South Coast Today Recreational marijuana may be legal for adults in Massachusetts but who ultimately will be in charge of regulating and enforcing the new law remains the subject of behind-the-scenes maneuvering on Bea…

State Rep. O'Connell moves to block EBT recreational pot purchases » Wicked Local Rehoboth State Rep. Shaunna O'Connell says when it comes to keeping recreational marijuana off EBT cards, it pays to put it in writing.…

Marijuana taxes should total 15 percent "at a minimum" » State House News Service Massachusetts should raise its taxes on marijuana to 15 percent "at a minimum," according to Treasurer Deborah Goldberg.…

Security firms eye Massachusetts marijuana market at 2017 New England Cannabis Convention » The Republican When Gerard Boniello, the managing partner at Omnium Protection Group, strolled through the New England Cannabis Convention last year as an attendee, recreational marijuana hadn't yet been legalized i…

Sheriffs seek higher pot tax to fund addiction treatment » State House News Service

Opinion

No one wants to pay to fix this crumbling garage, and that's telling » Boston Globe If you really want to understand the magnitude of the mess at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the easiest way to grasp it is to take a walk across campus.…

Robichaud: Fight back against spread of sanctuary cities in Mass. » Boston Herald The battle to protect our borders must be waged at every level of government — federal, state and local.…

The wingnuts abandon Trump » Boston Globe THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY, which Bill McKibben calls “so spectacularly horrible that it is hard to look away,” has become must-watch, hate-watch TV. This week's episode: The Wingnuts Abandon Sh…

Reed: Warren stumbles out of 2020 gate » Boston Herald The 121st Boston Marathon may be in the record books, but the starting gun for another grueling race just went off in Massachusetts: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 2020 bid for the White House.…

GOUVEIA: Year of change in state politics » The Sun Chronicle This has been a wild year or two in both local and national politics, so it's only fair that state politics would start spurring serious interest in these parts.…

Editorial: Winthrop Square, out of the shadows » Boston Herald The Boston City Council today begins its review of a proposal to clear the path for a major redevelopment project at Winthrop Square, in the heart of downtown Boston. …

HAND: Will campaigns be derailed? » The Sun Chronicle Candidates in a special election to replace Sen. James Timilty will immediately be put on the spot over a proposed commuter rail line to Gillette Stadium when their campaigns get underway.…

Your View: Earth Week — Bay State takes action on climate change » South Coast Today Dave Davis' father Raymond started a family business in his basement in Somerset in 1974 with a simple goal: to use the most efficient technologies to deliver user-friendly heating products. …

Giving criminals a second chance » The Metro West Daily News The practice of jailing an indigent person for not paying a court-related fine is not 100 percent identical to “debtors' prison,” which was outlawed in the United States in 1883 and reaffi…

House should hold budget discussions in public » Eagle Tribune Leaders of the state's House of Representatives this week are set to conduct an annual ritual of meeting behind closed doors to sort out local budget requests, deciding winners and losers while leavin…

Politics

Ex-TV reporter considering run for state Senate seat being vacated by Timilty » The Sun Chronicle After three decades of covering politicians for television news, former WBZ anchorman Joe Shortsleeve says he is considering becoming a politician himself.…

Black-Jewish Relations Intensified And Tested By Current Political Climate » WBUR When Jewish couple Mikey Franklin and Sonya Shpilyuk hung a "Black Lives Matter" banner from the window of their condominium, they hoped to voice their solidarity with the social justice movement. Ins…

Top Tito Jackson manager bails » Boston Herald The manager for Tito Jackson's nascent run for mayor has left the campaign, a sign of weakness Jackson can ill afford as he struggles to raise the funds needed to compete with powerful incumbent Mayor…

Diehl would ask Trump to back him in U.S. Senate race » State House News Service

Public Safety

Opioid, sex trafficking roundtable » Boston Herald Herald readers can tune in for livestreaming of a special roundtable discussion this afternoon, moderated by Attorney General Maura Healey, on how the opioid crisis is helping to fuel sex trafficking …

State Finance

House to consider amendments to $40B state budget » Boston Herald House lawmakers on Beacon Hill hold discussions in the coming week on a proposed state budget totaling more than $40 billion.…

Here are some of the proposed House fiscal 2018 budget earmarks for Western Massachusetts » The Republican A Somerville-based incubator for clean technology start-ups is seeking state money for an initiative to connect clean energy companies in eastern Massachusetts with manufacturers in Western Massachuse…

Payments surge over first half of biggest collection month » Lowell Sun It represents activity covering only two weeks, but tax collections over the first half of April marked a break from the long-running pattern of slow growth.…

State Government

Appeals Court brings the Probation Department corruption case to an end — finally » Boston Globe The long saga of the public corruption case involving former Probation Department head John J. O'Brien and two of his top deputies has officially ended.…

Taxation

Massachusetts residents may get an income tax break next year » WWLP 22 BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts representatives are expected to debate the budget next week and one item up for review is decreasing the state income tax rate.…

House Dems kill tax holiday proposal » State House News Service

Transportation

Baker, MBTA Don't Make the Grade » Somerville Patch Schools broke for vacation, but midterm grades started to come out this week and had to leave Gov. Charlie Baker wondering what a guy needs to do to get an A. It seems everyone in Massachusetts is a t…

Utilities

OpenCape Exec Talks about Residential Internet Service » Cape Cod Today This week State Rep Randy Hunt floated a budget amendment to pilot test of competitive residential internet service through the OpenCape network…

Weekend News

Defeating Trump's French connection » Boston Globe FIFTEEN YEARS AFTER her father shocked the world by making the final round of the French presidential election, Marine Le Pen repeated the feat on Sunday, finishing second in a field of 11 candidates.…

Aquarium seeks financial guarantee from garage-site developer » Boston Globe The long-running debate over a skyscraper planned for the site of the Boston Harbor Garage increasingly boils down to one question: Can the New England Aquarium survive its construction?…

US Transportation Secretary calls governor's advocacy for Green Line extension 'persuasive' » Boston Globe US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Friday that while some questions still remain about the federal government's $1 billion grant for the Green Line extension, Governor Charlie Baker's advoca…

UMass Boston's biggest challenge? Its own 'Big Dig' » Boston Globe The most gargantuan challenge facing UMass Boston is one you can't see.…

Aaron Hernandez's guilt doesn't die with him » Boston Globe WITH HIS LAST breath, Aaron Hernandez may have snatched from Odin Lloyd's family whatever modicum of justice they received from his conviction.…

Rep. Hogan recognized as health 'champion' » Wicked Local Maynard The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers presented Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow, with the Community Health Center Champion Award during a recent event at the Statehouse.…

Mass. lawmakers debate pot regulators' independence » State House News Service BOSTON — Recreational marijuana may be legal for adults in Massachusetts but who ultimately will be in charge of regulating and enforcing the new law remains the subject of behind-the-scenes ma…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 4/24

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Brodeur

9:00am UMass Amherst Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Awards, Second Floor

10:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

10:30am Lyons-Lombardo Healthcare Plan Press Conference, Room 443

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

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Press Conference in Support of Wage Theft Bill, Room 222

Tuesday - 4/25

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Frost

9:00am MSA Day of Service and Volunteerism, Grand Staircase

9:00am Providers' Council Caring Force Rally, Great Hall

10:00am National Guard Association of Mass. Legislative Breakfast, Nurses Hall

10:30am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government, A-2

12:00pm Criminal Justice Reform Press Conference, Outside House Chamber

Wednesday - 4/26

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Mark

Last day to report on proposals for amendments to the Constitution

10:00am Mass. Caucus of Women Legislators and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito's Denim Day Event, Third Floor

11:00am Children's Advocacy Center Awareness Day, Great Hall

12:30pm Celebration of Organ and Tissue Donation, Grand Staircase

2:30pm Brain Builders Award Presentation, Room 428

5:30pm The Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression, Room 428

Thursday - 4/27

9:00am Healthy Start Awards, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

9:30am The Health Benefits of Carbon Pricing in Mass. Presentation, The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Allston, Brighton & Fenway Community Fundraiser for Mayor Marty Walsh

Friday - 4/28

11:00am Greek Independence Day, Great Hall

12:00pm Workers' Memorial Day Commemoration, State House steps


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