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Must-Reads

The senators who will decide health care » Axios Senate Republicans will have to mediate the same tensions between conservatives and moderates as the House did when it passed its health care legislation. Starting from scratch, it could take the Sena…

The House Republicans who could lose their jobs over Obamacare repeal » Politico The Obamacare repeal vote on Thursday could send dozens of House Republicans to electoral doom in the fall of 2018 — a mirror image of the shellacking Democrats suffered after passing the law s…

Hillary Clinton to launch political group as soon as next week » Politico The former secretary of state is building a new political group to fund organizations working on the resistance to President Donald Trump's agenda, spending recent weeks in Washington, New York City, …

What's going on with the Massachusetts economy? Gov. Charlie Baker says 'slow growth' causing issues » The Republican The Massachusetts unemployment rate recently rose to 3.6 percent in March, from 3.2 percent in January, according to preliminary estimates. …

In Worcester speech, Sebelius says Republican plan slashes Medicaid safety net » Worcester Telegram & Gazette WORCESTER - As Republicans brought to the House floor on Thursday their latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, with their American Health Care Act, form…

Democratic candidate attacks Baker's budget bona fides » Boston Globe Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez Thursday fired a fiscal torpedo at Governor Charlie Baker, accusing him of bungling state finances as Massachusetts faces a daunting half-billion dollar…

GOP plan could erode Mass. universal care law » Boston Globe The health care bill that squeaked through the US House of Representatives Thursday threatens to blow a hole in the Massachusetts budget and undermine the state's near-universal access to insurance. …

Kalter: Bay State facing premium problems » Boston Herald The Bay State's massive chronic disease population, along with its status as one of three states with universal abortion coverage, could lead to astronomical cost increases for consumers if the House …

UMass Memorial says area hospitals can meet demand for psychiatric beds » Worcester Telegram & Gazette WORCESTER - In a letter responding to questions from the state Department of Public Health, UMass Memorial Medical Center said it and other area hospitals will be able to meet the demand posed by the …

“This isn’t football. It’s not about scoring points,” Warren wrote in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “Trumpcare will devastate Americans’ healthcare. Families will go bankrupt. People will die. Disease, sickness, and old age touch every family. Tragedy doesn’t ask who you voted for.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Speaking on the GOP health care bill passed in the House on Thursday.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Will Disney's Bob Iger Run for President in 2020? Hollywood Friends Are Nudging » The Hollywood Reporter Disney CEO Bob Iger already runs the world's most successful media company. But could his impeccable mogul credentials carry him to the Oval Office? …

The one weird court case linking Trump, Clinton, and a billionaire pedophile » Politico NEW YORK—A woman who claims in a lawsuit that she was lured into a sex-trafficking ring run by billionaire Jeffrey Epstein contends that the depravity began at a Florida resort now known as the…

After House victory, health care bill faces tough path in Senate » Boston Globe As House leaders celebrated the initial passage of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act with a ride to the White House and a victorious press conference with President Trump, Republicans in the Senate …

Trump's bromance with the dictator of the day: Who's our favorite autocrat now? » Boston Globe “HE MAY BE a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch” is oft-attributed — perhaps apocryphally — to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull, referring p…

Trump administration taps local businessman for small business job » Boston Globe A Trump supporter from Braintree, whose business background includes bankruptcies, tax-takings, and foreclosure notices, has been appointed to a federal job in the Small Business Administration that w…

US Rep. Jim McGovern: 'Pathetic' Obamacare repeal bill huge giveaway to rich » The Republican

Business

Polaris Partners unveils $435M fund for tech and healthcare startups » Boston Business Journal Boston-based Polaris Partners on Thursday unveiled a new investment fund — the firm's eighth — with $435 million ready to deploy. Founded in 1996, the firm has raised more than $4.3 bill…

Dodd-Frank overhaul approved, Celtics join fantasy league, more » Boston Globe Welcome to Talking Points for Thursday, May 4. The US House delivered on its promise to pass a bill repealing and replacing Obamacare. We'll tell you what that means. We also have details of the House…

Throwing shade: Boston Common friends knock skyscraper plan » WCVB A proposed skyscraper is threatening to throw shade on two of America's most treasured parks, Boston Common and the neighboring Public Garden, in exchange for a windfall payday for the city.…

Mail facility may get new home in Boston » Boston Herald Massport signed a letter of intent Wednesday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to acquire an approximately four-acre parcel in South Boston that could help pave the way for the relocation of the U…

Civil Rights

Are Racist Remarks Illegal in Massachusetts? » Reason.com

Education

UMass Amherst bars student from carrying Tibetan flag in commencement ceremony » Boston Globe Kalsang Nangpa dreamed of proudly carrying the Tibetan flag next Friday in a formal ceremony that kicks off commencement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.…

Possible cheating uncovered in popular Harvard computer class » Boston Globe Multiple Harvard students, possibly more than 60, have been suspected of cheating in a wildly popular computer science course and had their cases referred to the college's Honor Council, a step that c…

Legislators push for MassBay to stay in Framingham » Wicked Local Framingham With MassBay Community College facing a looming deadline to vacate its Framingham campus, MetroWest legislators are advocating for the institution to remain in town. A group of state representatives …

Nearly 350 to be laid off in Brockton schools as district faces $16 million budget gap » The Republican Facing a $16 million budget gap, close to 350 employees in Brockton public schools will be laid off.…

Keenan among Salem State president finalists » The Salem News Former Salem state Rep. John Keenan, Salem State University's general counsel and vice president of administration, is among four finalists in consideration to serve as the university's next president…

Environment

Rep Madaro Files Bill to Improve Environmental Monitoring » East Boston Times

Health Care

Baker sees 'massive' loss of fed funds under new health bill » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The health care bill that Congressional Republicans plan to bring to the House floor for a vote Thursday afternoon would result in “a massive loss of critical funds” for Massachusetts, Gov…

Gov. Baker Disappointed With US House's Health Care Vote » US News and World Report Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is criticizing fellow Republicans in the U.S. House for approving a health care bill he says "would significantly reduce critical funds for the commonwealth's health c…

US House approves revised GOP plan to dismantle Affordable Care Act despite pushback from Massachusetts lawmakers » The Republican Despite previously pulling the American Health Care Act from the U.S. House floor, chamber lawmakers voted Thursday to advance a revised version of a Republican plan to dismantle the Affordable Care A…

Baker blasts GOP-backed healthcare bill, vows opposition in Senate » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker blasted the GOP-backed Obamacare replacement passed today by the House of Representatives, calling the legislation and it's projected $1 billion price tag for the state “a dif…

The GOP's punitive, cruel new health care bill » Boston Globe Of all the crazy things that have happened in American politics over the past several years, the vote Thursday in the US House of Representatives may very well top them all.…

How would new healthcare bill impact Massachusetts? » WWLP 22 Big changes could be coming to our nation's healthcare, after the House of Representatives passed a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.…

Mass. lawmakers, health officials weigh in on 'Trumpcare' » South Coast Today Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D): “Trumpcare isn't a health care bill. A bill that destroys health care for millions to shovel cash to the rich isn't a health care bill."…

Berkshire delegation 'dismayed and disappointed' by GOP bill » Berkshire Eagle That was state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, reacting to the House vote on the Republican plan to replace the Obama-era health care legislation known as the Affordable Care Act. Pignatel…

Governor, health care groups say GOP bill is bad for Massachusetts » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts health care groups and Gov. Charlie Baker all took swipes at a federal health care reform bill that passed the House of Representatives Thursday, saying it would drastically reduce feder…

After House Approves GOP Health Care Bill, Mass. Health Leaders Express Grave Concerns » WBUR Statements from Massachusetts health care leaders denouncing the House GOP's health care bill began pouring in minutes after it narrowly passed, 217-213.…

Pharma's holy grail: Bay State biotechs seek a drug for Alzheimer's » Boston Business Journal The field of Alzheimer's disease research is littered with drug candidates that showed early promise before failing — sometimes spectacularly — in late-stage trials. While some companies…

Lawmakers worried about effects of Obamacare repeal » WWLP 22

Gov. Charlie Baker: Proposed Obamacare replacement a loser for Mass., could cost state $1 billion » The Republican

Immigration

In age of Trump, many feel there isn't much to celebrate on Cinco de Mayo » Boston Globe For years, Yazmin Irazoqui Ruiz saw Cinco de Mayo as a reason to eat tacos and listen to Mexican music.…

Judiciary

Attleboro lawyer's nomination to become district court judge wins praise from colleagues » The Sun Chronicle Area attorneys Thursday praised Gov. Charlie Baker's nomination of Attleboro lawyer Robert Ovoian to become a district court judge.…

Labor

US employers added 211,000 jobs, unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent » Boston Globe Hiring rebounded in April as U.S. employers added 211,000 jobs, a sign the economy's sluggish growth in the first three months of the year may prove temporary.…

Pregnant workers' rights bill nearing House vote » The Recorder The Massachusetts House plans next week to take up legislation mandating accommodations for pregnant women on the job, Speaker Robert DeLeo told a crowd in Cambridge on Wednesday. …

Legislative

Senate special election scheduled for Oct. 17 » The Sun Chronicle A special election to fill the state Senate seat being vacated by James Timilty will be held Oct. 17. A special primary election to narrow the field of candidates will be Sept. 19. The dates were set …

Oct. 17 special election to fill Timilty's state senate seat » Wicked Local Norton A special election to fill the seat of state Sen. James E. Timilty, D-Walpole, will be held Oct. 17 with a primary on Sept. 19. Timilty has resigned to take a position as treasurer of Norfolk County.…

October Senate special set to elect Timilty's successor » Patriot Ledger The new Norfolk County treasurer, James Timilty, resigned from the Senate on Wednesday evening, and the Senate on Thursday set an Oct. 17 special election to elect a successor to the Walpole Democrat.…

Lobbying

Lewandowski Exits Lobby Firm Amid Reports of Foreign Clients » Bloomberg Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, is leaving Avenue Strategies amid a spate of negative publicity, saying he is concerned that he's lost control over the lobbying an…

Local Government

After heated debate Brewster opts for 'safe community' status » Wicked Local Brewster The debate was contentious, and at times even nasty, and it moved Police Chief Richard Koch to stand and explain how local police operate, but in the end Brewster voters Monday night adopted a citizen…

Jajuga kicks off campaign for Methuen mayor » The Eagle Tribune A full house packed the Merrimack Valley Golf Club as James P. Jajuga formally launched his campaign to be the city's next mayor Thursday evening. More than 200 people filled the function rooms to sh…

Braintree council supports home rule bill for police chief » Wicked Local Braintree The bill would allow Police Chief Paul Shastany to work full-time while collecting retirement benefits.…

Rolling out the red carpet: Mayor Tyer wants to make it easier to do business in Pittsfield » Berkshire Eagle Chris Kapiloff is on the cusp of expanding his city-based company. …

Sudbury bans plastic bags, water bottles » The Metro West Daily News Beginning next year, Sudbury retailers will be unable to provide single-use plastic checkout bags or sell non-reusable plastic water bottles of one liter or less.…

AG: Committee broke Open Meeting Law several times » Hampshire Gazette The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee violated the state's Open Meeting Law several times last summer during negotiations with former Superintendent Maria Geryk prior to her departure, the atto…

Marijuana

Springfield's 'Mary Jane Makes Your Heart Sing' is back in business -- without the 'free' marijuana samples » The Republican Springfield's Mary Jane Makes Your Heart Sing cannabis supply store is back in business -- without the marijuana giveaways that led to a police crackdown two months ago.…

Opinion

Three ways of doing business with Trump » Boston Globe THREE DIFFERENT personalities, three different political roles, three very different ways of doing business.…

Editorial: The health care dilemma » Boston Herald You'd think House Republicans would have learned one valuable lesson from the Democrats across the aisle — this is no time to spike the football.…

Battenfeld: Gov. Baker needs to get in on this operation » Boston Herald The GOP governor may not like getting involved in national politics, but he needs to take a more activist role now that the House has passed an Obamacare replacement bill that could cost Massachusetts…

Editorial: More budget blues » Boston Herald With more bad news about lagging tax revenue this week, folks on Beacon Hill are re-learning some painful lessons about putting together the annual budget. Or at least, we hope they are.…

EDITORIAL: Uncertainty sparking up marijuana moratoriums » Lowell Sun

KEVIN JONES, Norwell: DeCoste's health care proposal is backward » The Enterprise Perhaps a psychologist can tell us why Republicans seem intent on stripping people of their health insurance by making it either unaffordable or worthless. But efforts to do so persist at the federal …

Viewpoint: A 15 percent tax rate on business would maximize economic growth » Boston Business Journal The consensus of the developed world is that business-income taxes should amount to about 15 percent of business income. Business taxes above or below 15 percent of business income tend to slow our na…

Viewpoint: Governor's aging council addresses a vital need » Boston Business Journal As Gov. Baker said in his State of the Commonwealth address earlier this year, “The notion that people are fully retired at the age of 62 or 65 is inconsistent with what I see every day.” …

Our View: Apparently, yes, drivers are that stupid »

Politics

MassGOP's Kirsten Hughes talks governor's race » Boston Herald Kirsten Hughes, MassGOP chairwoman, joined Boston Herald Radio's “Morning Meeting” to talk about the gubernatorial race and other races next year.…

More Massachusetts women jumping into politics » Wicked Local Rockland

Davis, Barrows not running in state Senate primary set for September » The Sun Chronicle A special election to fill the state Senate seat now vacated by Jim Timilty (D-Walpole) will be held Oct. 17 -- and so far only Democrats have committed to running in the primary Sept. 19.…

Public Health

State supports pilot program for addicts to inject illegal drugs » WWLP 22 Governor Charlie Baker is considering an unorthodox idea of providing sanctioned spaces for people to inject themselves with illegal drugs. …

Public Safety

Incidents at auto auctions prompting more safety measures » Boston Globe In his three decades attending auto auctions, Ed Coolbrith estimates he's witnessed cars abruptly accelerate and crash into people or barriers approximately seven or eight times.…

Sheriff Who Offered Up Inmates To Build Trump's Wall Is Sued » WBUR A Massachusetts sheriff who joined a federal immigration enforcement program and offered to send inmates to help build Republican President Donald Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is…

Pittsfield: DA awarded funds to prevent opioid addiction » Berkshire Eagle

State Finance

Beacon Hill budget blues » Commonwealth Magazine Actually, don't. But the temptation is understandable, as state officials do their best impression of a broken record and once again announce that revenues have not met projections, raising the prospe…

House passes balanced FY18 budget » Lynn Daily News Item The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $40 billion 2018 budget which provides investments in local aid, early education, substance abuse, homelessness, job training, and economic developm…

Massachusetts lawmakers look for revenue to balance budget » WWLP 22 Massachusetts lawmakers are still working to balance this years budget. With just two months left in the fiscal year, the state has hit a significant roadblock.…

House Passes Balanced FY18 Budget » Lynn Journal The Massachusetts House of Representatives last week passed a $40.4 billion FY18 budget which makes key investments in a wide range of areas including local aid, early education, substance addiction …

State Government

Speak up, Attorney General Healey tells Barnstable » The Barnstable Patriot Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey earned equal parts applause, boos and pickets on Tuesday at a town hall-style public meeting at Cape Cod Community College, where she issued a call to actio…

State's highest-paid employee survived 2 bad reviews » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE'S HIGHEST PAID EMPLOYEE the past four years managed to hang onto his million-dollar-a-year job even after receiving back-to-back unsatisfactory performance reviews.…

Taxation

New online sales tax to take effect July 1 » The Sun Chronicle Online shopping is a quick and convenient way to beat the crowds at the mall with the added perk of no sales tax from out-of-state vendors. But that may change soon.…

Transportation

Springfield Pedicab bicycle taxi service rolls into downtown » The Republican Every time Frankie Mozell rides his bright white pedicab down Main Street, people honk their horns, wave and ask how much a ride costs.…

How much will your town get from Massachusetts' 2017 road repair bill? (see the town-by-town list) » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law on Thursday a $200 million bill to reimburse cities and towns for local road repairs. "Infrastructure is a bipartisan opportunity," Baker said, surrounded by Democra…

Governor Baker signs bill to fund road & bridge repair » WWLP 22 Governor Charlie Baker signed a $200-million road repair bill into law Thursday. The spending plan reimburses cities and towns for road and bridge repair projects, including repaving roads and putting…

T sues LAZ, its former parking lot operator » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA SUED its former private parking lot operator on Thursday, seeking the recovery of millions of dollars allegedly stolen by the firm's employees over a three-year period. If the suit is success…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Barrows takes a pass on Senate race, but Shortsleeve is in » The Sun Chronicle

Joe Shortsleeve to run as Democrat in special election » Boston Globe

State regulators levy $1 million fine against Boston brokerage LPL Holdings » Boston Globe

Mass. backlash as US House approves Trumpcare » Lowell Sun

House Republicans narrowly pass controversial bill to overhaul the health-care system, claiming fulfillment of a major campaign promise » The Washington Post

Law enforcement raids under way across Greater Boston » Boston Herald

Sutton legislators hit annual business expo » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle

Dems face tough fight to unseat Baker in 2018 » The Eagle Tribune

Democratic candidate attacks Baker's budget bona fides » Boston Globe

Charlie Baker and Setti Warren walk into a Needham ballroom. Squirming ensues. » Boston Globe

Patrick alums win small business award » Boston Globe

Diapers displayed to pitch lifting of welfare "cap on kids" » State House News Service

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3648 - An Act providing for the financing of certain improvements to municipal roads and bridges

Most read bills of the week:

HB3601 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3600 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB1038 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

HB3659 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

HB584 - An Act relative to medical loss ratio for insurance corporations

SB1096 - An Act to expand access to medically assisted treatment providers

HB2420 - An Act building for the future of the Commonwealth

HB3660 - An Act requiring the hands-free use of mobile telephones while driving

SB1097 - An Act to prevent adolescent substance use

SB621 - An Act to reduce prescription drug abuse testing and fraud prevention

House Actions This Week: 414

Senate Actions This Week: 87


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