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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Must-Reads

Bay State politicians call for probe of Comey firing » Eagle Tribune Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is backing an independent investigation into Russia's alleged intrusion into the 2016 election following President Donald Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Come…

City Hall aides won't go on trial until after mayoral election » Boston Globe In a boon for the reelection campaign of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the extortion trial of two top mayoral aides has been scheduled for January, two months after the November election.…

NRC: No additional regulation needed at Pilgrim nuke plant » Wicked Local Marshfield Federal inspectors identified nearly a dozen areas where Pilgrim Nuclear Station could improve its performance, but after spending the winter reviewing safety, organizational and other issues at the P…

Boston City Council races expected to bring in big money » Boston Herald Heavy fundraising in City Council races before all candidates have even been certified has City Hall watchers predicting record-shattering levels of cash flowing into races for district seats this yea…

How to build a natural gas pipeline in Mass. in four easy steps » Dig Boston In 2014, natural gas giant Kinder Morgan came to Sandisfield, a small town in Western Mass, to propose its Connecticut Expansion Project (CT Expansion), an approximately 13-mile loop through Albany Co…

How Hampden County is Working to Prevent Inmate Suicides » WGBH Amidst the ear-splitting sound of grinding metal, plumes of orange sparks fly around three inmates armed with blowtorches and sanders in the vocational shop at Hampden County Jail. It doesn't look lik…

Inside Trump's anger and impatience — and his sudden decision to fire Comey » The Washington Post Every time FBI Director James B. Comey appeared in public, an ever-watchful President Trump grew increasingly agitated that the topic was the one that he was most desperate to avoid: Russia. …

An Open Letter to the Deputy Attorney General » New York Times Rod Rosenstein has more authority than anyone else to restore Americans' confidence in their government. …

"When a woman comes to your office and unfortunately tells you a story how not only was she mistreated because of her pregnancy but actually lost the child, then it makes you stand up and take notice,"

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Speaking about the pregnant workers bill passed in the House yesterday.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

New Justice official is now in an intense political glare » Boston Globe In the center of the controversy engulfing the upper echelons of the Justice Department, there's a little-known, Harvard-educated lawyer whose name is suddenly on everyone's lips: Deputy Attorney Gene…

More bad news for Trump: His poll numbers hit new lows » Boston Globe President Donald Trump is dealing with a budding scandal after his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday.…

Comey's firing unleashes uncertainty in Washington » Boston Globe A deepening sense of uncertainty pervaded Washington as the White House on Wednesday struggled to explain President Trump's sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey, who appeared to have been escalat…

Rep. Joe Kennedy III is achieving Facebook gold with his House floor speeches » Boston.com Kennedy's recent impassioned speeches — defending the Affordable Care Act and condemning the proposed Republican bill to displace it — have tallied up millions of views and hundreds of t…

How Every Lawmaker Has Reacted to Comey's Firing So Far » New York Times About 40 Republican lawmakers have questioned or asked for more details about President Trump's decision to fire James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director. Most members of the party either supported Mr. Tru…

Republicans flub defense of health care vote » Politico Magazine GOP House members, facing angry constituents, can't seem to get their message straight about their plan. …

Mass. Members Of Congress Blast Trump's Firing Of Comey » WBUR All 11 members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation have expressed outrage over President Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey. …

20 attorneys general, including Maura Healey, call for independent special counsel after President Trump fires FBI's James Comey » The Republican

Business

Developers buy Necco site in Revere » Boston Globe General Electric just planted its flag at the original Necco factory in Fort Point. But big changes also could be coming to where Necco currently cranks out its candies, seven miles away in Revere.…

South Boston project could offer views of water, and 18-wheelers » Boston Globe The redevelopment of the L Street Power Station will take industrial chic to another level.…

MassDevelopment CEO candidate withdraws » Commonwealth Magazine MASSDEVELOPMENT WAS PREPARING to name a new CEO on Thursday, but now officials say the candidate has withdrawn her name from consideration.…

What will happen to the old Malden Hospital site? » Boston Globe John Matheson is tired of what he sees when he looks at the old Malden Hospital site. He blames its longtime owner, Hallmark Health, for the sprawling mess.…

Charos clan expecting whale of a season with Newburyport fleet » Newburyport News Harbor officials in this riverside community register close to 1,500 pleasure craft each season, but for those without boats, there is the Charos fleet. The Plum Island family pilots four vessels of v…

Education

Brockton foresees painful school cuts, teacher layoffs » Boston Globe The Brockton School Department, known for boosting the academic performance of its poor and heavily immigrant students, says a major budget shortfall will force it to issue 344 pink slips Friday, incl…

Rosenberg: Put ed policy on hold until tax vote » Commonwealth Magazine Senate President Stan Rosenberg told an education group on Tuesday afternoon that his priority is pushing the proposal for a new income tax, which supporters want to have appear on the 2018 statewide …

Rep. Nangle comes out against Cawley site for Lowell High » The Lowell Sun What Rep. Dave Nangle described as his most stressful 48 hours in office culminated on Wednesday night with the announcement that he would not support the construction of a new Lowell High School on t…

Teachers Union Seeks As Much As $2 Billion Hike In School Spending » WGBH After a decisive victory against the expansion of charter schools last year, Massachusetts public school teachers now hope to win more funding and policy changes from the Legislature.…

Mattapan school to get grades restored » Boston Herald Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang announced the new “Mattapan Early Learning Center” will be restoring upper grades sooner than expected, a reversal that surprised many pare…

Springfield schools budget tops $400 million; officials say it's challenging but classroom-focused » The Republican

Environment

Bigger effort needed to met 2020 waste goal, DEP chief says » The Republican With about 5 million tons of solid waste disposed annually, Massachusetts is making progress toward a 2020 waste reduction goal, but reaching the finish line will take "concerted effort," environmenta…

Federal

The United States Of Authoritarianism » WBUR On Tuesday, a day after former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified on Capitol Hill as to the reason Trump fired her, a smaller but no less important spectacle occurred in West Virginia. Vete…

Will Foreign Mischief In U.S. Elections Become 'The New Normal'? » WBUR Washington has a big problem to solve: Can it stop cyber-mischief, trolls and disinformation from becoming as much a part of American elections as yard signs, straw hats and robocalls?…

Gaming

Another win for tribe in battle for Aquinnah bingo hall » Martha's Vineyard Times A federal appeals court has said it won't rehear a case involving the federal Indian gambling rights of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).…

Report: Plainridge jobs boosted area unemployed, part-time workers » The Sun Chronicle Plainridge Park Casino, the state's first licensed gambling establishment, boosted the economic prospects of hundreds of previously unemployed or part-time workers, according to a new report by the Do…

Health Care

Harvard's reps favor single-payer health care in Massachusetts » The Harvard Press The U.S. House of Representatives repealed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) last Thursday, replacing it with a new plan called the American Health Care Act, which now goes to the U.S. Senate for co…

Mass. nurses may take staffing demands to voters in 2018 » State House News Service

Baker: GOP' health care plan would 'take a cleaver' to state coverage » The Enterprise

Human Services

Massachusetts House votes to give more rights to pregnant workers » The Republican The bill would forbid employers from firing or discriminating against workers because of pregnancy or nursing -- the same way employers cannot discriminate based on religion, gender, race or other pro…

Rep. Angelo Puppolo tours Behavioral Health Network site » MassLive State Rep. Angelo Puppolo Jr. last week toured Behavioral Health Network sites in Springfield.…

Immigration

For generations fleeing for their lives, Lowell is city of hope » Boston Globe For more than 70 years, survivors of war and genocide have settled in Lowell, bringing with them little more than the hope for a better life.…

Insurance

Aetna to finalize exit from ACA exchanges » Boston Globe Aetna will complete its withdrawal from Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges for 2018, announcing on Wednesday that lingering financial losses and uncertainty about the marketplaces' future was pro…

Judiciary

Mass. voters strongly back criminal justice reform, new poll says » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS STRONGLY support reform of the state's criminal justice system, including elimination of mandatory minimum sentences and a greater emphasis on rehabilitation and education prog…

Springfield hearing set for Juvenile Court nominee Arose Nielsen » The Republican

Former AG continues quest for adult guardianship office » State House News Service

Child marriage ban pressed at State House rally » State House News Service

Labor

House backs accommodations for pregnant workers » Boston Herald Pregnant women would be offered more protections in the workplace under a bill that has won unanimous approval in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.…

Legislative

Berry Looks to continue service with senate run » The Sun Chronicle Mike Berry, who currently works as the legislative director for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, announced his candidacy for the seat on Saturday as a Republican. Berry, 33, is a Walpol…

Local Government

Arlington Town Meeting passes sanctuary community measure » Wicked Local Arlington After more than four months of intense debate, Arlington is a sanctuary community. Town Meeting members on Monday, May 8 overwhelmingly voted in favor of the non-binding Trust Act resolution, endorsin…

Milton to vote on $3.3 million tax hike » Boston Globe Voters in Milton will decide on June 20 whether to override Proposition 2 ½ by $3.3 million and raise their property taxes to avoid cuts in services and restore previous cuts.…

Registrars to consider sanctuary petition challenges » The Salem News The 48-hour deadline to challenge a 4,370-signature petition against the "Sanctuary for Peace" ordinance passed at 1:17 p.m. Wednesday, leaving the city clerk's office with plenty of material to work …

Walsh Officials Ask to Move Extortion Case After Election Day » Boston Magazine Kenneth Brissette and Tim Sullivan, two top aides to Mayor Marty Walsh indicted last year, have asked a federal judge to move their extortion case past election day this fall.…

Members vote in favor of designating Belmont as a 'welcoming community' » Wicked Local Belmont Monday night, Belmont Town Meeting voted to declare Belmont a “welcoming community,” marking the culmination of an impassioned debate that had consumed the town in recent weeks.…

Worcester city manager optimistic, but says transit needs work » Worcester Telegram & Gazette City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. delivered a wide-ranging State of the City address Wednesday evening that was replete with optimism, while acknowledging that the city is not without its share of p…

LAW DAY 2017: Hollis honored with annual Therese Murray Public Service award » Wicked Local Plymouth Bob Hollis was recognized during Law Day observances at the Plymouth Trial Court last week with the 2017 Therese Murray Public Service award. …

Marshfield Coastal Coalition to celebrate fifth anniversary » Wicked Local Marshfield Looking back at the five years since the Marshfield Coastal Coalition was founded, chairman Joe Rossi said he had no idea the coalition would have accomplished as much as it has.…

Four more candidates enter Framingham mayoral race » The Metro West Daily News The field of mayoral hopefuls continues to grow. As of Wednesday afternoon, seven people had pulled papers to enter the race for mayor, including four within the last week.…

City receives $60K to help downtown small businesses » The Eagle Tribune Lt. Gov. Polito visits local coffee shop to announce grants …

50 years later, City Hall Plaza is cool » Boston Globe

Opinion

Saving for retirement just got a lot harder, thanks to Trump » Boston Globe AS A RETIREMENT crisis looms, helping more workers save their own money for old age is just about the least Washington can do. But even that's too much for President Trump and his allies in Congress, …

Our view: Vigilance and welfare benefits » State House News Service In the most recent example of the state's crackdown on fraudulent use of welfare benefit cards, a new computer system is being used to block purchases of banned items — alcohol, cigarettes and …

America on the precipice » Boston Globe Where is the America to which I swore allegiance nine short years ago? It seems to have disappeared.…

When Camelots collide » Dorchester Reporter President Barack Obama was in Dorchester on Sunday to receive a well-earned honor from the family of President John F. Kennedy. (Note: We will not affix the unfortunate adjective “former” …

Carr: PC powers look other way as nation ruined » Boston Herald There are two judges in the Boston Municipal Court named Lisa A. Grant. One of them is the judge who signed off on the plea deal that enabled a violent foreign thug named Bampumim Teixeira to serve a …

Battenfeld: Marty Walsh plugs into GE » Boston Herald It was a major coup for Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Monday — digging a shovel into the dirt on the site of General Electric's new Boston headquarters.…

Jack Spillane: Two local guys debate whether country will be pro- or anti-immigrant » South Coast Today Lincoln's great House Divided speech came to mind this week when two of SouthCoast's political heavyweights went up against each other to debate immigration before the Judiciary Committee.…

Baker's claim of soaring Medicaid rolls is faulty » Commonwealth Magazine WITH MUCH FANFARE last January, the Baker administration sounded the alarm that the Medicaid rolls were soaring because individuals were dropping their employer coverage and choosing instead to enroll…

In Comey firing, the truth is in Trump's tweets » Boston Globe James Comey deserved to be fired. As FBI director, he botched the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server and breached the public trust. But Comey didn't lose his job over …

Poll says state's citizens trust judges (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

First She Fought GamerGate—Now Brianna Wu Is Taking On Congress » ELLE Brianna Wu is running for Congress in Massachusetts, but most are used to hearing her name in a very different context. Wu is the head of development at Giant Spacekat, a gaming company she co-founded…

Some Vulnerable Republicans Begin To Question Timing Of Comey's Firing » WBUR In response to President Trump's surprising firing Tuesday night of FBI Director James Comey, congressional Republicans largely maintained a united front and resisted calls for a special prosecutor to…

Flashback to 2009 patronage mess » Boston Globe

Public Health

Opioid fight opens a new front: In public restrooms » The Sun Chronicle Police are opening a new front in the war against potentially deadly opioid overdoses: public bathrooms.…

Lyme cases fell the past 2 years — but don't let that fool you » Boston Globe In each of the past two years, the number of confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease reported to Massachusetts' public health agency has dropped significantly.…

A new approach to fighting opioids » ItemLive.com The city and Medford will fight opioid addiction with a pair of first-in-the-nation financial settlements engineered by state Attorney General Maura Healey.…

Increase in opioid deaths slows down; fentanyl is major killer » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Deaths related to opioid overdoses continued to rise locally and statewide, but the rate of increase slowed in 2016, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Health. The …

New state data tallies 'negative momentum' of opioid crisis » The Republican An average of 38 people per week died of opioids in 2016, with fentanyl contributing substantially to the death toll, according to updated data released Wednesday by the Department of Public Health.…

Report: Deadly ODs hit nine of 10 Mass. towns » Boston Herald Someone has fatally overdosed in nine out of every 10 Bay State communities since 2013, according to newly released state data that underscores the drug epidemic's vast reach since the issue exploded …

Baker is no fan of proposed soda tax » WWLP 22 Count the proposed soda tax among the revenue generating ideas that Gov. Charlie Baker is not willing to consider. A day after proponents pitched legislation to levy an excise tax on sugary drinks as …

Focus of opioid epidemic shifts from heroin to fentanyl » Eagle Tribune More than 2,000 people died from opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts last year as the focus of the epidemic continued to shift from heroin to the synthetic drug fentanyl, state officials reporte…

DEA Agent: 'Insidious Disease' Of Addiction And Cheap Costs Of Heroin, Fentanyl Fuel Overdose Deaths In Mass. » WBUR New figures from state health officials show about six Massachusetts residents now die every day of an opioid-related overdose. …

As Fentanyl Deaths Rise, An Off-Label Tool Becomes A Test For The Killer Opioid » WBUR This thin strip of plastic is the newest tool in the fight to curb opioid overdoses and deaths, but its value is largely untested. That's because the strip is designed to detect fentanyl in urine.…

Disease prevention program active in Holyoke, Worcester at risk of ending this year » The Republican

What Trump's New Opioid Commission Means For Massachusetts » WBUR

Public Safety

Trial of former Worcester Officer Motyka to begin Thursday » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Testimony is scheduled to begin Thursday in the Worcester Superior Court trial of a former Worcester police officer charged with assaulting a handcuffed and shackled prisoner in 2014 in a holding cell…

Sex traffic victims see only trickle of state money » Boston Herald A state trust created five years ago to drive resources to sex trafficking victims has yet to award a single grant and has amassed just $16,000, prompting calls to tweak the “slow-growing”…

New district attorney's office brings new life, safety to downtown Brockton » The Enterprise

State Finance

Revenue base eroding as annual budget talks ramp-up » WWLP 22

Taxation

Lawmakers want to keep tax credits in state » State House News Service Millions of dollars worth of Massachusetts tax credits are being claimed by workers who live in New Hampshire and other states, say lawmakers who are pushing to shore up tax revenue being lost over th…

Rep. Silvia makes the case for changes to historic tax credit program » The Herald News

Transportation

Route 128 bridge work to start next year » The Salem News A $17 million project to replace a 70-foot long bridge on Route 128 over the Waters River in Danvers is scheduled to begin next spring, state highway officials said.…

Middleboro board, MassDOT officials discuss SouthCoast Rail project » The Enterprise Selectmen made their message clear when they met with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials this week that any plans to extend the South Coast Rail service through Middleboro needs …

Worcester to Boston 'HeartToHub' train averaged 169 morning riders in April, but only 64 evening riders » The Republican Worcester's "HeartToHub" workday express train to Boston has developed a "loyal customer base," according to recent figures released by the MBTA Tuesday.…

Taunton gets one more chance to plead case on South Coast rail » Wicked Local Raynham State Sen. Marc Pacheco and Taunton Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr. are hoping to rally the troops Thursday night in opposition to the state's proposed Middleboro commuter rail route.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Commuters ride for free on Fairmount Line for two weeks » Bay State Banner

A hero was made at the corner of High and Broad in Bridgewater » The Enterprise

Superior Court nominee's experience questioned » Worcester Telegram

Canoe River group marks 30 years » The Sun Chronicle

Budget cuts in Massachusetts dig into clothes allowance for state's low-income children » Journal Express

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP: House gets budget done quickly » Wicked Local: Provincetown

Gov. Baker says budget fix will preserve local aid, 'critical programs' » Wicked Local Waltham

State Rep. Carolyn Dykema announces budget » Wicked Local Southborough

MetroWest Business Briefs for May 5, 2017 » Wicked Local Braintree

Fall River House Delegation talks FY18 budget » The Herald News

Boat tax collection in Mass. seen as lacking » Worcester Telegram

Raise state tobacco sale age to 21 (Commentary) » The Republican

Baystate Health breaks ground on new $17 million Emergency Department at Wing Hospital in Palmer (photos, video) » The Republican

Public defenders push collective bargaining rights bill » Gloucester Daily Times

State committee launching 9-stop climate change tour » Sentinel & Enterprise

Town Meeting votes to rescind 'Strong Chief' law » Wicked Local Westwood

House starts -- but doesn't finish -- redistricting debate » Montgomery Advior

Brookline school committee picks new chairman; losing candidate won't seek recount » Boston Globe

Meet the Massachusetts lawyer behind a campaign to impeach President Donald Trump » The Republican

Holden's Ag Comm favors law change » The Landmark

Southie Murder Suspect Case A Government Screw-Up At Every Turn » New Boston Post

Lawmakers hear appeals to protect teachers in turnaround districts » Taunton Daily Gazette

New Codman Square units put small dent in Boston's affordable housing crisis » Bay State Banner

State reports 2,000-plus fatal overdoses last year, but slight drop in 2017 » Boston Herald

House passes bill to protect pregnant workers » Boston Globe

How bad is the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts? » The Republican

Lawmakers hear push to extend investment, historic tax credits » State House News Service

Framingham's Spicer Pulls Papers for Mayoral Run » Somerville Patch

US Sens. Warren, Markey Call for Independent Prosecutor » Cape Cod Online

Springfield advocates call for tougher emissions standards » The Republican

Senator touts high level of support for ed reform bill » State House News Service

Warren, Diehl offer different takes on Comey firing » State House News Service

Judges confirmed, after another spat among councilors » State House News Service

Dedham, Cape Cod attorneys nominated for judgeships » State House News Service

Income surtax up first at June 14 Constitutional Convention » State House News Service

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Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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