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Today on Beacon Hill

7:00pm Re-Election Campaign Kick off for Brockton School Committee Member Mark D'Agostino

10:00am Osteoporosis Awareness Month, Nurses Hall

10:00am Tobacco Free Mass. Lobby Day, Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Mass. Motorcycle Association Storm the State House, Grand Staircase

4:00pm Board of Registration in Medicine - Public Hearing on Licensing and the Practice of Medicine, 200 Harvard Mill Square, Suite 330, Wakefield

6:00pm Fundraiser for Lowell City Council Candidate Dan Finn

6:00pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Revere City Councilor Patrick Keefe

Birthdays: Rep. Marc Lombardo

Must-Reads

Rosenberg flagged visitation bill after reading about rape case » State House News Service The Senate president has asked the Judiciary Committee to fast-track legislation barring a parent convicted of rape from obtaining visitation or custody rights to a child conceived during the rape. …

Baker backs Paris accord ahead of student lobbying visit » State House News Service Students had prepared Wednesday to attempt to persuade Gov. Charlie Baker to speak out in support of the Paris climate change agreement. Instead, they ended up visiting his office to thank him for his…

Gonzalez says legislators reining in Baker's "excessive tax" » State House News Service Democrat Jay Gonzalez, a candidate for governor, went after Gov. Charlie Baker for the second time this week, lambasting the Republican on Wednesday for putting forward a "not well thought out" plan t…

Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago » The Huffington Post Two weeks ago, on a sparkling spring morning, we went trawling along Florida's coastal waterway. But not for fish. …

Boston Teachers Union poised to elect 1st person of color as president » Boston Globe The 2008 death of Acia Johnson would turn into a defining moment in (Jessica) Tang's career, revealing the painful limits of what teachers can do to help students. The tragedy also inspired Tang's wor…

Walsh voices 'concerns' with Senate budget proposal » Boston Herald Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh says he has some concerns about a state Senate budget proposal that seeks to close a $462 million gap by relying on additional revenue sources, including fees on Airbnb re…

Elizabeth Warren, 'The Rock' top President Donald Trump in possible 2020 election matchups (Poll) » The Republican Although the 2020 election cycle has largely yet to begin, a left-leaning poll released this week found that President Donald Trump could face stiff competition from several possible Democratic challe…

Cambridge hospital looks to join Beth Israel-Lahey mega-merger » Boston Business Journal The Lahey Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, New England Baptist merger is growing by the day, with another hospital announcing plans to join in on the deal. …

Senators scramble to meet budget amendment deadline » State House News Service After huddling in closed budget caucuses on Wednesday, state senators will spend Thursday drafting and filing amendments to the $40.3 billion budget bill (S 3) that's scheduled for floor debate starti…

“When you have as many communities that have done it on their own as a matter of local regulation, then you start creating competitive situations in the marketplace,” Rosenberg said. “And once that happens, everybody starts saying ‘wait a minute, we may need to level the playing field.”

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about the many towns in Massachusetts that have banned smoking for anyone under 21 years of age.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

House majority leader in 2016: 'I think Putin pays' Trump » Boston Globe A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress - House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy - made a politically explosive assertion in a private conve…

Robert Mueller, special counsel in Russia probe, has Boston ties » Boston Globe The special counsel tapped Wednesday to investigate possible links between Russia and the Trump 2016 campaign team has deep ties to Boston, where his work on several high-profile cases made clear his …

A siege of scandal news envelops Washington » Boston Globe The capital prides itself on keeping to a schedule and pecking order of its own. Important senators get a “heads up” from the White House about key developments and policy ideas. The White…

Scott Brown, New Zealand envoy pick, to seek more trade with island nation » The Sun Chronicle The former senator President Donald Trump picked to be his ambassador to New Zealand pledged during a congressional hearing Wednesday to push for expanded trade and military cooperation with the islan…

Rep. Stephen Lynch: Intelligence Community Can't Trust Trump » WGBH Rep. Stephen Lynch described a “degradation” of the relationship between the White House and national intelligence services, following President Trump's controversial meeting with Russian …

Who Is Robert Mueller, Special Counsel Overseeing Russia Investigation? » WBUR Robert Mueller, who has been appointed to handle the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, took the reins as FBI director a week before the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. That day woul…

Business

Backup services can make the hackers want to cry » Boston Globe The WannaCry ransomware scam is paying off big-time, just not for the hackers behind it, so far. They had gotten only about $80,000 in extortion payments as of Wednesday, probably not even enough to m…

Zip line eyed as Greenway moneymaker » Boston Herald Rose Kennedy Greenway officials plan to launch a 220-foot zip line through downtown starting next month, marking another bid by the nonprofit to stir up revenue but also utilize a slice of city parkla…

Beer bill draft billed as compromise by distributors » State House News Service Companies that haul suds to bars and package stores said they have found some middle-ground on a long simmering disagreement about how the business should be regulated, but a spokesman for Bay State b…

Roger Ailes, Former Fox News CEO, Dies At 77 » WBUR Former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died, the network says, citing a statement from the late executive's family. Ailes resigned from his post leading Fox News last July, amid allegations …

Goldman Sachs-backed iboss plans to hire 'thousands' after Boston HQ move » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Gender equality focus of ADL Law and Education Day event » The Salem News State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg wishes pay equity and gender bias were no longer topics that demand her attention. …

Education

At Mount Wachusett Community College graduation, Maura Healey extols the 'non-traditional' » Worcester Telegram Presiding over Mount Wachusett Community College's 52nd commencement, President James L. Vander Hooven, appointed in January, cemented his role as appealingly unconventional.…

Big Mass. Universities Report An 'Unexpected' Increase In International Students » WBUR Anti-immigration political sentiment appears not to be tarnishing the appeal of the United States among international students who want to study in Massachusetts.…

A pile of problems for UMass project » Boston Herald The $233 million price tag for an “essential” construction project at the University of Massachusetts Boston needs to be hiked by $11 million to truck more asbestos-tainted soil off campus…

Environment

Pacheco's Clean Energy tour stops in Taunton » Taunton Daily Gazette The hearing, attended by more than 100 people, at Benjamin Friedman Middle School in Taunton was the fourth stop in the statewide Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour hosted by State Sen. Marc Pache…

Health Care

Anxiety grips county's federal health care enrollees » Martha's Vineyard Times Consternation over the recent U.S. House of Representatives Affordable Care Act revamp, the American Healthcare Act, has resulted in a tide of nervous inquiries during Islander appointments at the cou…

Clawbacks threaten mental health services » Commonwealth Magazine

Human Services

Advocates push to lift cap on child welfare benefits » Newburyport News Welfare advocates are calling on lawmakers to lift a decades-old rule that denies benefits to children conceived while — or soon after — a family begins receiving public assistance.…

Immigration

Decision time nears on status for Haitians in the US » Boston Globe The federal government has until next Monday to decide the fate of nearly 60,000 Haitians who have been allowed to stay and work in the United States after the 2010 earthquake that devastated their co…

Ralliers seek protected status extension for Haitians » The Republican Haitian pastors, union members, and community advocates called on Gov. Charlie Baker Wednesday to urge the Trump administration to extend the temporary protected status for 50,000 Haitians living in t…

The City Council Just Took a Stand in Support of Boston's Haitian Immigrants » Boston Magazine Boston's City Council voted Wednesday to call on the Trump administration to protect the thousands of Haitians living in Massachusetts, who may be sent home if their immigration status is allowed to e…

Immigration forum will tackle rights of citizenship » Martha's Vineyard Times The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will take the stage at the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center on Monday, May 22, at 7 pm to discuss immigration rights, according to a press release from the Mar…

AG Healey issues guidance to health care providers and public schools on immigration enforcement requests » Sampan

Judiciary

Fitchburg assistant city solicitor confirmed for judgeship » Sentinel & Enterprise Goldstein, a municipal attorney and member of the Gardner Licensing Commission, was nominated last month by Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Tulsa Police Officer Is Found Not Guilty In Death Of Terence Crutcher » WBUR A jury has acquitted Tulsa police Officer Betty Jo Shelby, who killed unarmed motorist Terence Crutcher in an encounter that was captured on video by a police helicopter last September. The case in Ok…

Engineering roots prepped Appeals Court nominee for legal career » State House News Service

Labor

What's your past salary? Lawmakers want to ban the question » WCVB An awkward job interview question - how much did you make at your last job? - is getting banned in some parts of the country.…

MIT study: Immigrants vital to Boston's economy » Boston Globe At hotels, nursing homes, and restaurants in and around Boston, roughly half the workforce is made up of immigrants. Among doctors, scientists, and software engineers, a third were born in another cou…

City Hall, teachers union trade accusations » Boston Herald The Boston Teachers Union is arguing that it did not walk away from negotiations and that City Hall “procrastinated,” forcing an impasse to be declared.…

Why Janitors Get Noncompete Agreements, Too » The Huffington Post States are considering banning noncompete agreements for certain groups of workers, such as low-wage workers, teenagers and volunteers. …

Legislative

Timility honored as race sees new faces » The Sun Chronicle The idea for honoring Timilty was first put forward by Selectman Ginny Coppola at the board's previous meeting. Although Coppola is a dedicated Republican, who once represented Foxboro in the Massachu…

Having their say at the Statehouse: Women and girls lobby and learn » South Coast Today Women do a lot of caregiving — for their babies, for sick relatives, and for other peoples' children in child care. But the law doesn't make it easy, especially for women in low-wage jobs, Sout…

Local Government

$110,000 grant to help Lee and Lenox with shared services transition » Berkshire Eagle Less than a week after Lee and Lenox sealed the deal on a first-ever shared administrator, the Baker-Polito administration on Wednesday awarded the two communities $110,000 toward ensuring the success…

State letter demands $739k for Athol's 911 regionalization withdrawal, town officials unsettled » The Recorder The town's selectmen are unsettled by what one described as “implied threats” in a state 911 Department letter regarding Athol's decision to withdraw from an intermunicipal agreement to re…

Shrewsbury town meeting keeps ban on plastic bags, keeps synthetic turf project on track » Worcester Telegram Plastic bags are on the way out, as town meeting Wednesday night defeated a citizens petition to reverse a ban on retail plastic bags that are not compostable and marine degradable.…

Brewster selectmen to consider name change » Cape Cod Times The Brewster Board of Selectmen may soon rename itself to reflect more gender-neutral language.…

Marijuana

Moratoriums, bans on pot shops, piling up » The Sun Chronicle Last November, voters throughout Massachusetts, including most towns in the Attleboro area, voted to allow legal adult use of recreational marijuana, including commercial sales of pot.…

Sudders sees pot industry evolving in wake of voter laws » State House News Service

Opinion

Mueller was the right choice — now Congress must follow suit » Boston Globe IN A MATTER AS SERIOUS as the investigation into the Russian interference in last year's presidential election, the Justice Department has to ensure that all Americans have confidence in the integrity…

To Congress and Trump administration officials: What's your red line? » Boston Globe When does commitment to principle take precedence over keeping your job? It hasn't happened yet in the Trump administration — no matter how outrageous the president's actions.…

Academic freedom is the key to truth — and to democracy » Boston Globe IT'S COMMENCEMENT SEASON, and across the country universities are welcoming speakers, awarding honorary degrees, and sending off their graduates.…

Something fishy is going on at the harbor » Boston Globe WORRIES ABOUT building height, shadows, and green space are so old Boston.…

Trump, Comey And Anthony Weiner: How A Sex Scandal Got Us Here » WBUR I'm a scandalogist, but I never thought researching political sex scandals would actually matter. But now, it seems, the sex antics of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner is Ground Zero in the …

Political Bots And The Right-Wing Hijacking Of Social Media » WBUR Meet Robin. In her Twitter profile photograph, she peeks up from beneath a blue Yankees trucker's hat, her grin a pleasing mix of sassy and seductive, her heavily mascaraed eyes green and wide. Below …

Politics

Warren thinks he can sway Trump voters, beat Baker, but Cantabrigians not so sure » Cambridge Day Setti Warren, who has all but formally announced his intention to run for governor by stepping down as mayor in Newton, said he'll be making his decision very soon – perhaps this week – …

Campaign cleared in Framingham library flap » The Metro West Daily News A campaign volunteer gathering signatures at the library did not violate any laws by leaving her paperwork unattended, state election officials said Wednesday, challenging claims at the center of a po…

Divisions in political base present challenge for Walsh in Boston mayor's race » Bay State Banner Unseating an incumbent mayor is a rarity in Boston, but fractures in Mayor Martin Walsh's electoral base could present leading challenger Tito Jackson with a golden opportunity.…

Shortsleeve alters Senate race by unenrolling from Dems » State House News Service Former TV reporter Joe Shortsleeve changed his party registration this week in his hometown of Medfield and will run for Senate as an independent.…

Nuestra Voz conference to amplify Latinx voices across Massachusetts » Bay State Banner Two established Latina attorneys (one now turned entrepreneur) came together in 2012 to address a void in resources to support mid- to senior- level Latina professionals and make strides in narrowing …

Democratic gubernatorial candidate questions rail route swap during stop in Taunton » Taunton Daily Gazette

Group plans sit-in outside governor's office » Boston Globe

Public Health

State fund for Narcan is running out of money » Western Mass News A state fund that helps first responders buy Narcan is almost out of money. Narcan is a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and save lives.…

Eversource Spraying Sparks Renewed Opposition on Vineyard » Vineyard Gazette A plan by Eversource to resume using herbicides on the Cape and Vineyard has sparked renewed opposition, with Vineyard Haven, the Martha's Vineyard Commission, state representatives and others all cal…

Massachusetts lawmakers want to raise the smoking age to 21, but retailers question effectiveness » Metro Public health officials and a retailers group tangled Tuesday over raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, what impact that would have on retailers and whether it would truly discourage…

As Massachusetts lawmakers look to raise smoking age to 21, e-cigarette regulation gets wrapped up in bill » Metro

Public Safety

Witness calls judge and attorneys racist when called to testify against Worcester cop Michael Motyka who allegedly attacked him » The Republican When told that he would be held overnight at the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction in order to testify on Thursday against the police officer who allegedly attacked him, Gerald Jones broke…

Want to show support for Taunton police? Turn the Green Blue on Saturday » Taunton Daily Gazette It's never too late to show police that their efforts are appreciated, according to organizers of an event planned for this Saturday morning on Taunton Green. What would have been the third annual Tur…

Lawmakers pushing legislation to curb distracted driving » WWLP 22 If you're caught using a phone in a school zone, you could soon receive a fine. State lawmakers are pushing legislation to curb distracted driving.…

State Finance

Senate budget aims to erase pediatric palliative care waitlist » Gloucester Daily Times One hundred and sixty-five Massachusetts families are on a waiting list for palliative care services for their terminally ill children, according to senators who said they hope to take another shot at…

State Government

After knocking Obama, Baker mum about Trump's monuments review » State House News Service

Task force mulls more power for ethics law regulators » State House News Service

Transportation

See inside the Worcester-Framingham commuter rail line's new $20 million station, Boston Landing, paid for by New Balance » The Republican A new $20 million commuter rail train station on the Worcester-Framingham MBTA line, built next to I-90, was hailed Wednesday as a "change agent" by the man who pitched in to pay for it: Jim Davis, fo…

Here's the first look at Allston-Brighton's first commuter rail station in 55 years » Boston Business Journal For the first time in more than half a century, the Allston-Brighton neighborhood has access to commuter rail service.…

Chap. 90 funds pave way for roadwork in Greater Lowell » Lowell Sun A bill that Gov. Charlie Baker approved earlier this month provides a "vital" source of funding for local road projects, officials said.…

State Senate approves funds for road improvements in Sen. Eric Lesser's district » The Republican State Sen. Eric Lesser was among supporters of a bill, which passed the state Senate last week, that would include more than $8.4 million in funding for road repair projects in his district.…

Utilities

Bringing broadband to Leyden could cost $750K more than anticipated » The Recorder The Broadband Committee recently received the results of Massachusetts Broadband Institute's state-funded pole survey of the town's 917 utility poles, and the results could throw a curve ball at the t…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Tax-break loopholes tough to close » Sentinel & Enterprise

Partners, GE collaborate to bring artificial intelligence to health care » Boston Business Journal

Spend more or spend less? » Gloucester Daily Times

Gov. Charlie Baker urges President Donald Trump to stay in Paris climate change agreement » The Republican

Ribbon Cut On New Boston Landing MBTA Commuter Rail Station » CBS Boston

Rosenberg: 'Growing momentum' behind bill to raise smoking age » Boston Herald

Dem guv candidate urges House to impeach Trump » State House News Service

Ralliers signal T privatization could spill into Senate budget debate » State House News Service

Goldberg online lottery bid on slow walk in legislature » State House News Service

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