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11:00am Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education, Great Hall

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Public Hearing

6:00pm Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Mass. Clean Energy Future Tour

Must-Reads

Larry Summers' ivory tower warning to Mass.: Don't get complacent about the economy » Boston Globe Here we go again. The strong jobs report released on Friday showed the US unemployment rate fell to a 10-year low in April. And just like that, Massachusetts breathes a sigh of relief; the disappointi…

In a Beijing ballroom, Kushner family pushes $500,000 'investor visa' to wealthy Chinese » The Washington Post BEIJING — The Kushner family came to the United States as refugees, worked hard and made it big — and if you invest in Kushner properties, so can you. …

Dem operatives unveil new progressive tech incubator » Politico Fearing a tech deficit, a trio of leading Democratic operatives is set to unveil a new organization Monday which will push their party to focus on building political technology that's not just centere…

Democratic lawmakers such as Amy Klobuchar start making 2020 moves — and the base starts making demands » The Washington Post Like others who spoke at a Democratic Party fundraiser here, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said that so much has changed nationwide since President Trump took office.…

More Massachusetts women jumping into politics » Wicked Local Cambridge Inspired by Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, and still stunned by Donald Trump's victory, increasing numbers of Democratic women are diving into Massachusetts politics. …

Republican Berry jumping into Senate race » State House News Service Michael Berry, a Walpole Republican who is the legislative director for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, will run for the Senate seat vacated this week by Walpole Democrat James Timilty…

Baker awards $4.6 million for broadband projects in Western Mass. » The Recorder BOSTON — Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced more than $4.6 million in grants to Ashfield, Leyden, Mt. Washington, Plainfield, Shutesbury, and Windsor to design, engineer, and const…

Stan Rosenberg On AHCA's Impact On Massachusetts » CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Potential changes to the federal health care law could have a major impact on the Commonwealth's finances and economy. …

False business narrative on millionaire's tax » Commonwealth Magazine IN A RECENT Boston Business Journal article, John Fish, owner of construction giant Suffolk Construction, said that if the state's voters pass the so-called “millionaire's tax,” which woul…

Tax-exempt property faces state scrutiny » The Salem News BOSTON — Cities and towns for years have prodded tax-exempt schools, hospitals and nonprofit groups to contribute more to municipal coffers — efforts that often fall short. Now some lawm…

Bernie Sanders wants California to lead on health care » The Sacramento Bee Sen. Bernie Sanders, assailing Republicans in Washington for their health care bill, delivered a message Saturday to the Democratic-controlled California Legislature: “Please lead the country an…

"I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn't take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential — but it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm"

Barack Obama

Speaking about the recent healthcare bill passed in the House.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Obama accepts JFK Profile in Courage Award » Boston Globe In one of his first speeches since he left the White House, former president Barack Obama built a moral case against President Trump's efforts to repeal his health care law, telling a Boston audience …

Obama 'humbled' to receive JFK honor » Boston Herald Former President Barack Obama pushed a message of civic engagement as he accepted the 2017 Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Library last night.…

GOP moderates, including Susan Collins, voice concerns with health care bill » Boston Globe Several Republican leaders on Sunday formed a political barricade around the health care bill that narrowly passed the House last week, defending how the legislation would change insurance coverage fo…

Group rips Elizabeth Warren for ignoring vets » Boston Herald A Dracut veterans group is turning up the heat on U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, saying she's ignored actual vets' suffering in the Bay State while raising alarm over hypothetical deaths she says will re…

Is This The Heir To The Kennedy Throne We've Been Waiting For? » Instinct We've heard stories of Camelot and we know how quickly it was taken away from us on November 22, 1963. The hopes and aspirations of a long Kennedy presidency are still mentioned to this day and how di…

Business

Independent pharmacies see some hope » Boston Globe When Samuels Pharmacy in downtown Winthrop closed last month, families who had been customers for decades came to say goodbye.…

Set to break ground on new HQ, GE has quickly made inroads into Boston's business, philanthropic communities » Boston Globe Last year, after General Electric unveiled it would relocate to Boston, chief executive Jeff Immelt vowed his company would quickly become one of the city's biggest civic players.…

As GE breaks ground on its new Boston headquarters, here's how Massachusetts drew the company to Boston's Seaport District » The Republican As General Electric takes another step toward adding its world headquarters to the increasingly crowded Seaport District in Boston, it's timely to take a step back to look at how it happened.…

Civil Rights

Hate crimes climb, resisters urged to stand up » Berkshire Eagle The statistics are alarming, given the astonished reaction of the crowd gathered at the Berkshire Museum on Sunday afternoon.…

Environment

'Emerging threat' mars river swim park plans » Boston Herald The nonprofit overseeing the Charles River wants to open up a public swim park, even though tests of the water show frequent blooms of a dangerous bacteria that can cause skin rashes, vomiting and eve…

Gaming

Last call for casino drinks is tough call in Massachusetts » Cape Cod Times Last call is proving to be a tough call for Massachusetts lawmakers when it comes to casino.…

Reps roll the dice on last call » Boston Herald Last call is proving to be a tough call for Massachusetts lawmakers when it comes to casinos.…

Health Care

President & CEO of Southcoast Health Expresses Concerns about New GOP Health Bill » Cape Cod Online The President and CEO of Southcoast Health is speaking out after Republicans in Washington, D.C. recently passed a new health care bill.…

Can MassHealth take money from my estate after I die? » The Republican A reader recently asked The Republican: If I get health insurance from MassHealth, can MassHealth recoup the money it paid out from my estate after I die?…

Obama urges 'political courage' to save Affordable Care Act » Politico Barack Obama on Sunday night called on members of Congress to exercise the “political courage” to not repeal Obamacare — his first public comments about the law since the House vote…

Senator Markey says Senate GOP will reject House health care bill » Boston Globe

With Obamacare Under Fire, Massachusetts Must Lead on Health Care — Again » Valley Advocate

Optometrists pitch $20 mil in MassHealth savings » State House News Service

Human Services

Unorthodox Northampton program helps veterans with drug problems » Boston Globe Army veteran Mark Pritchard, a recovering heroin addict, failed two drug tests early in his 15 months at the Soldier On residential program for homeless veterans here.…

'Needle Park' renovations miss the mark, advocates for Brockton homeless say » The Enterprise Perkins Park has gained a reputation over the decades as “Needle Park,” for the frequent reports of illicit drug use that takes place at the park, located on North Main Street in the heart…

State welfare restrictions are cutting fraud » Eagle Tribune The state is cracking down on welfare fraud with a new computer system that blocks purchases of banned items such as cigarettes, booze and tattoos.…

Judiciary

Special Report: Sex traffickers evading tough prison sentences » Boston Herald Accused pimps and sex traffickers who could face decades behind bars under state law are often being allowed to plead down to less time and reduced charges, with more than half of convictions netting …

Legislative

Sen. Ross Appointed To Committee On Addiction » Somerville Patch State Senator Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, was appointed to the special committee on addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery options this week by minority leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). The spec…

Rosenberg joins effort to restore synagogue in Portugal » The Recorder About 1,000 miles out to sea, and thousands of miles from home, Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg of Amherst has played a small role in rededicating the oldest synagogue in the Azores, and…

Local Government

Appeals Court: Judge wrongly dismissed Chelmsford recall suit » State House News Service The state Appeals Court has ruled that a Middlesex Superior Court judge incorrectly dismissed Chelmsford resident Roland Van Liew's lawsuit against former Chelmsford Selectman Jon Kurland and town emp…

Marijuana

Voters like legalized pot, but not in their towns » The Sun Chronicle Maybe we are not so mellow, after all. Last year, voters in Massachusetts, including a majority in the Attleboro area, approved allowing recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21.…

Opinion

Your View: Use that work against opioid addiction » South Coast Today Opioid addiction. Saying those two words automatically provokes feelings in almost everyone in our community. Whether we have experienced the devastating effects of this crippling addiction personally…

Biggest loser in French election? Tech companies » Boston Globe THE LAST-MINUTE HACKING and social-media campaign against Emmanuel Macron may have failed to stop his victory in Sunday's French elections, but it did expose how little tech companies have improved si…

Boston won't turn its police officers into ICE agents » Boston Globe RECENT DEBATES OVER immigration enforcement have focused on the role of local police in the community. This issue is not new for Boston. …

Robichaud: Snuff out the idea of another independent commission » Boston Herald There are three facts of life — death, taxes and, when given an opportunity, Bacon Hill will run amok.…

Hey Walmart, Amazon is eating your lunch » Boston Globe THE WALMART MUSEUM sits on the main square of this Disneyized northwest Arkansas town. On this very spot in 1950, the late Sam Walton opened his first five-and-dime store that became the globe-girding…

To save affordable health care, supporters must make voices heard » Boston Globe As the Cabinet secretary who guided the implementation of Obamacare, Kathleen Sebelius has firsthand experience with health care legislation. She was in shock last week as she watched events unfold on…

Editorial: Dig deep on budget » Boston Herald With news of the April tax revenue shortfall setting in, Gov. Charlie Baker and his team, with input from the Legislature, now have to come up with a plan to deal with it.…

HAND: GOP excitement over special election dims » The Sun Chronicle Republican excitement over a special election to replace state Sen. James Timilty has dimmed a bit over the past two weeks as potential candidate after potential candidate decided against running.…

State can't keep spending what it doesn't take in » Sentinel & Enterprise The state's "progressive" Democrats -- ultra-liberal legislators who've never met a tax increase they didn't like -- got together recently to discuss why the state doesn't spend even more money on edu…

Politics

Why don't we vote on weekends? » Boston Globe Although voter turnout in the French presidential election Sunday was lower than usual, it was still well above most US elections — fueling a long-running debate about whether American election…

Berry enters Senate race » The Sun Chronicle Former Walpole Selectman Michael Berry became the first Republican to officially enter a special election race for state Senate Saturday Berry, a state Department of Transportation official, will be …

Public Health

State lawmakers look to allow more eye doctors to treat glaucoma » The Sun Chronicle It's estimated that more than three million Americans have glaucoma, the second-leading cause of blindness, according to the World Health Organization. Yet only half of those people are aware they hav…

State Finance

Keller @ Large: What Should They Cut? » CBS Boston Governor Baker, Senate President Rosenberg, and House Speaker DeLeo will meet Monday afternoon at the State House and they have a lot to talk about.…

State Government

Firm fails to deliver sale of MassDOT land » Boston Herald Shortly before MassDOT unveiled 5 1/2 acres of prime downtown real estate to bidders last fall, a consulting firm told state officials that, with the right marketing, a sale was all but a “certa…

Attorney General Maura Healey Holds Town Hall at 4C's » Cape Cod Online Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey held a town hall with Cape Cod residents at Cape Cod Community College earlier this week.…

Weekend News

Politi-Beat Sunday Roundup: Fall River's new brand is the same as the old brand » The Herald News And once again Fall River's brand is chaos. For a while, Mayor Jasiel Correia II tried hard to redirect the image of Fall River from the chaotic, political mess of infighting and late night meetings.…

What went wrong with that weird wind turbine on Deer Island? » Boston Globe If you've taken off from Logan Airport, you've probably seen the unusual white wind turbine on Deer Island — the one that looks a bit like a lollipop and stands apart from the two more traditio…

Why women entrepreneurs don't get funded » Boston Globe At the highly regarded TechCrunch Disrupt startup competition in New York, venture capitalists asked female entrepreneurs more questions about risks, while asking male entrepreneurs more questions abo…

UMass Boston's uncertain future has supporters worried » Boston Globe Jessie Gardner is a teenager from Plymouth who this year discovered the magnificence of T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf. She wants to be an English teacher in the Boston Public Schools, but that depends…

Follow the data, governor: sites for injections work » Boston Globe LAST SPRING, AFTER signing legislation aimed at curbing opioid abuse at a State House ceremony, Governor Charlie Baker broke down in tears.…

For better transit, don't count on others to pick up the tab » Boston Globe HERE'S A CRAZY IDEA: If people in Boston, Cambridge, and nearby cities and towns want better public transit, we might just have to pay for it ourselves — through actual taxes, year in and year …

'They left him everything to hang himself' » Boston Globe Guy Duffy predicted that he was going to die in the Essex County jail in Middleton. Barely two weeks into a 30-day sentence for animal cruelty — Duffy's first time behind bars — the reti…

State should broaden lead testing beyond schools » Eagle Tribune A dozen utility sinks at a handful of Haverhill schools recently got new fixtures. It was a small housekeeping chore that in most circumstances wouldn't warrant a mention in the local newspaper. The s…

Recap and analysis of the week in state government » Newburyport News April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but very little was coming up roses this week for state budgeteers who saw their hopes of avoiding another scramble to balance state finances washed aw…

The state budget is cratering. Blame Trump's tax cuts » Boston Globe A sinkhole has opened beneath the state budget, thanks to a $240 million shortfall in April tax payments. Something will have to be done — and quickly — if lawmakers want to balance the …

Local Reps, Senators, Invite Community To 3rd Annual Armed Forces Day » Westborough Patch Legislators Representing the Central MA Veterans' Service District are inviting the communities of Grafton, Northborough, Shrewsbury and Westborough to join in honoring active and retired Military Per…

Massachusetts towns ditch standard electric service to embrace green power » Wicked Local Cambridge A small but growing number of cities and towns are negotiating new electric contracts for their residents to boost renewable energy use in Massachusetts, bypassing the basic service offered by utiliti…

Activists call for end to child marriage in Massachusetts » WCVB Activists calling for an end to child marriage are planning to protest at the Massachusetts Statehouse dressed in bridal gowns with their mouths taped.…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

'It's A Prison. It's Punishing Addicts': Calls To Reform Civil Commitments Increase » WBUR

Springfield Cannabis Co. gets higher grades on updated presentation for proposed marijuana store in East Springfield » The Republican

Newbury College to shut down in the spring » The Boston Globe

The Loop takes over 5,000 riders through downtown Springfield in 1st 3 months; city wants schedule to align with trains » The Republican

Baker Chooses Wind over Fishing [OPINION] » WBSM

In shift from first election, Healey to raise funds from donors for inaugural party » The Boston Globe

Hector Montesino appointed to Alzheimer's advisory council » Wicked Local Concord

Somerville Receives $500K For Water, Sewer Improvements » Wakefield Patch

Future of Transportation: Baker says state needs to build reliable system » Fox 25 News

Commission’s transportation recommendations unveiled » Commonwealth Magazine

GE says it may replace KPMG as auditor » Boston Business Journal

Offshore Wind Auction For 390,000 Acres South Of Mass. Blows Through Sale Record » WBUR

In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it. » The Boston Globe

State commission recommends VC funding for transit technology » Boston Business Journal

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 5/8

11:00am Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education, Great Hall

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Public Hearing

6:00pm Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Mass. Clean Energy Future Tour

Tuesday - 5/9

8:30am Jobs for Massachusetts Meeting, Federal Reserve Bank, 600 Atlantic Avenue

9:00am Mass. Down Syndrome Congress 4th Annual Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase

9:00am MSPCA Lobby Day for Animals, Great Hall

10:00am Drought Management Task Force Meeting, 100 Cambridge Street

10:00am Mass. Coalition for Serious Illness Annual Summit, JFK Library and Presidential Museum

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

12:00pm Education Reform Now - 3rd Annual Policy Discussion with Sen. President Stan Rosenberg, Kennedy Room, Omni Parker House, 60 School Street

12:00pm Association for Behavioral Healthcare Annual Meeting, Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation Street, Worcester

1:00pm Local Government Advisory Commission Meeting, State House, Room 157

1:00pm Legislative Commission on Behavioral Health Promotion and Upstream Prevention Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Oversight Hearing

2:00pm Legislative Briefing on Sugary Drinks Tax hosted by Sen. Jason Lewis, State House, Room 428

6:00pm Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Mass. Clean Energy Future Tour

6:30pm Outdoor Amusement Business Association Dinner, Grand Staircase

Wednesday - 5/10

Last day for convening of the Constitutional Convention

Deadline for reporting of the FY18 House Ways & Means budget

9:00am 30th Anniversary of Infertility Mandate, Grand Staircase

9:00am Public Health Council Meeting, 250 Washington Street

10:00am Sen. Mike Rush - Education Bill Briefing, State House, Room 428

10:00am Mass. Gaming Commission Hearing, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor

10:30am Governor's Council Hearing, Governor's Council Chamber, State House

11:00am Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Presentation to the Senate, State House, Room 222

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Constitutional Convention, Joint Session

2:00pm ABLE Program Launch, Nurses Hall

2:30pm Press Conference in Support of Disability-Related Expense Savings Program, Nurses Hall

4:00pm Mass. Taxpayers Foundation 84th Annual Meeting, 101 Huntington Avenue, Boston

6:00pm Israeli Independence Day Reception, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

6:30pm MassBudget Presentation with Sen. Will Brownsberger, Watertown Public Library, 123 Main Street

Thursday - 5/11

9:30am Alzheimer's Advocacy Day, Great Hall

10:00am Department of Public Utilities Hearing, One South Station, 5th Floor, Hearing Room C

10:00am Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, Public Hearing

11:00am Mass. Nurses Association Press Conference, Nurses Hall

11:00am Inspector General Council Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 13th Floor

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Rally in Support of An End to Child Marriage, State House steps

1:00pm Joint Committee on Election Laws, Public Hearing

6:00pm Charlestown, West End, Back Bay, Beacon Hill & Chinatown Community Fundraiser for Mayor Marty Walsh

6:00pm Sturbridge Republican Town Committee Fundraiser with Rep. Geoff Diehl

6:30pm Reception for Rep. Steven Ultrino

Friday - 5/12

9:00am Generation Citizen Civics Day, Second Floor

10:00am Mass. School Building Authority Board Meeting, 40 Broad Street, Suite 500

6:30pm Rep. Sean Garballey's State Senate Campaign Kickoff


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