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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

6:00pm Public Beaches Hearing for Lynn, Nahant and Swampscott, Lynn Museum/LynnArts, 590 Washington Street, Lynn

6:30pm Special Olympics Mass. Over the Edge Champions' Reception, Nantucket Room, Hyatt Regency Boston, One Avenue de LaFayette

6:30pm Everett Community Meeting with Congressman Mike Capuano, Everett High School, 100 Elm Street, Everett

7:00pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Birthdays: Senator Michael Rodrigues

Must-Reads

Scale back Mass. film tax credit » Boston Globe EVERY YEAR, Massachusetts forks over tens of millions of dollars to Hollywood — all for the glory of a few hundred jobs and the occasional sighting of Taraji P. Henson relaxing at ReelHouse in …

Baker, Walsh Announce Tuition-Free College Program » WBUR Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh are announcing a tuition-free college program. The Republican governor and the Democratic mayor on Tuesday are launching a new college af…

Baker eyes $30 million goal for reelection bid » Boston Globe Republican Governor Charlie Baker, riding high in the polls and facing an unsettled field of potential Democratic challengers, has set a record-shattering fund-raising target of $30 million before nex…

Offshore wind moving too slowly » WBUR “GOOD THINGS COME to those who wait” is an old phrase extolling the virtues of patience. When it comes to bringing offshore wind energy to Massachusetts, it is advice we should ignore. W…

Democratic supermajority not so super » Commonwealth Magazine IN THE YEAR FOLLOWING a presidential election, the Massachusetts Democratic Party updates its platform. A party platform can stand as a defiant statement of goals and ideals, and a roadmap for a legis…

How to stop prison's revolving door » Commonwealth Magazine A NEW REPORT from MassINC points to a major challenge for Massachusetts state government. Spending on corrections continues to increase significantly even as the inmate population declines. At the sa…

How President Trump consumes — or does not consume — top-secret intelligence » The Washington Post President Trump consumes classified intelligence like he does most everything else in life: ravenously and impatiently, eager to ingest glinting nuggets but often indifferent to subtleties. Most morn…

When Politicians Pick Their Voters » New York Times Partisan gerrymandering — the dark art of drawing legislative district lines to specifically favor Republicans or Democrats — is as old as it is corrosive to a representative democracy. …

Exploring A More Complex View Of JFK On The Centennial Of His Birth » WBUR Memorial Day this year happens to fall on the birthday of an American veteran, president and icon: John F. Kennedy. JFK was born 100 years ago in Brookline. Forty-three years later, he became the you…

Former top Mass. lawmaker often helped his business, family » Boston Globe The calls kept coming, one after another. It was state Representative Garrett Bradley on the line, wanting to get a message to the governor, pushing a plan to have the state bail out some financially …

‘‘I realize that some of President Trump’s actions and statements have unsettled America’s friends. They have unsettled many Americans as well,’’

Senator John McCain

Speaking in Australia about President Donald Trump.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump Honors Fallen Warriors At Arlington National Cemetery » WBUR Donald Trump made his first Memorial Day remarks as president, paying tribute Monday to fallen U.S. service members, and thanking their families for their sacrifice. "Words cannot measure the depth o…

Warren joins NH Sen. Shaheen on FERC legislation to give citizens more leverage » Berkshire Eagle Two U.S. Senators have reintroduced legislation that will give citizens more leverage and say in pipeline and other proceedings in a federal agency that has "sweeping authority" over approval of energ…

Head of Trump/Russia probe extols humility, integrity in speech at Massachusetts school » Eagle Tribune Special prosecutor Robert Mueller gave a heart-warming address to Massachusetts college prep school graduates, several days after his appointment to head an investigation into possible connections bet…

Cities join call for impeachment » Politico Magazine Congress may not be ready to launch impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, but a growing number of cities and towns are trying to push members in that direction.…

Dems view vets as strong candidates in bid to retake House » Sentinel & Enterprise Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight -- for majority control of the House. Looking ahead to next year's elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen mi…

Amid Rumors Of Staff Shake-Up, White House Communications Director Resigns » WBUR White House communications director Michael Dubke has resigned. Dubke offered his resignation on May 18, prior to President Trump's overseas trip to the Middle East and Europe. He is still working at …

Business

Building 6's big bang attracts thousands to Mass MoCA's new expanded footprint » Berkshire Eagle Joseph Thompson had just guided the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art through the renovation of the massive Building 6, but he forgot one thing. …

The real drama in Boston's theater district? The intermission dash to the ladies' room. » Boston Globe Paula Brennan presides over the 22-toilet lower-lobby women's restroom at the Boston Opera House like a bingo matron.…

Tourism officials want more state money » The Salem News Tourism officials want more money to promote Massachusetts and warn that proposed cuts will cost jobs and damage the local economy.…

Amid numerous hacks, North Shore firms help companies feel more secure » Gloucester Times A startup Beverly information technology services company called SaviorLabs and the Peabody technology consulting firm GraVoc are among those helping clients feel more secure in an increasingly vulner…

Education

Backlog on building upkeep is mounting at state campuses » Boston Globe Faced with a $5.5 billion backlog in building maintenance across the state public higher education system, Governor Charlie Baker's top education official said Massachusetts must focus on repairing ol…

Petition Calling For Later School Start Times Heads To State House » CBS Boston A group is set to deliver a petition to the State House Monday morning calling on the legislature to move school start times later in the day to improve students' health and productivity…

Tuition-free college coming to low-income students » Eagle Tribune Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh have announced a tuition-free college program. The Republican governor and the Democratic mayor on Monday launched the new college affordability progra…

Baker, Walsh announce tuition-free college pilot program » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh have announced a tuition-free college program.…

Federal

Mike Dubke resigns as Trump's communications director » Boston Globe A top White House communications staffer has resigned as President Donald Trump considers a major staff overhaul. The departure of Michael Dubke, Trump's communications director, comes as aides say Tr…

Mass. National Guard at capacity » The Metro West Daily News While Memorial Day recognizes the fallen men and women of the country's armed forces, deployment statistics from the Massachusetts National Guard indicate there are hundreds of active service members …

Gaming

Leave horse race fund for the horses » Commonwealth Magazine IT'S BUDGET SEASON at the Massachusetts State House and once again this year there have been some efforts to raid the Race Horse Development Fund to help address the state's revenue shortfall. Propone…

Health Care

In 'Drop Out Club,' desperate doctors counsel each other on quitting the field » STAT News

Organ donor roster growing in Massachusetts » The Salem News Jim LaFontaine wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for an anonymous donor who overlooked his family's religious convictions to give him a new heart.…

Human Services

A tribute to the 37,000 Mass. fallen servicemen » Boston Globe On Thursday, for the eighth year in a row, tens of thousands of flags were planted on the hill leading to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common to represent all the Massachusetts servicem…

Immigration

Illegal immigrant cases on docket » Boston Herald The Bay State's U.S. attorney's office has launched a media blitz on the immigration front, firing off a torrent of press releases touting his office's work as the Trump administration pushes prosecut…

Labor

Mass. wage theft bill seeks to tackle growing problem » Lowell Sun It happened almost five years ago, but 30-year-old José Loja still thinks about it. During the summer of 2012, Loja, his father and two of his brothers worked on two buildings in the Botany Bay apa…

Charlie Baker bill targets convicts » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is readying a bill that would bar former prison inmates from claiming unemployment checks after their work-release jobs end, closing a loophole his administration says was exposed w…

Local Government

Fallen heroes honored at Agawam Memorial Day ceremony » WWLP 22 Service men and women fight to protect our nation, but some never return home from battle. Agawam residents gathered together at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery to pay tribute to these f…

Employment history, relation to Mayor Correia raise questions about BCTC appointee » The Herald News Mayor Jasiel Correia II appointed a possible investor in his company SnoOwl last year as the executive director of the Bristol County Training Consortium despite the local man's six-year gap in employ…

Southbridge church use of school raises concerns; pastor calls it personal attack » Worcester Telegram Three town leaders have raised concerns about a controversial church renting a public school building for Sunday services.…

As Trahant steps down, others step up » Lynn Daily News Item William Trahant knew something was wrong last fall when he was boating on Tripp Pond at his camp in Poland, Maine. …

Baltimore Mayor Considers Removal Of Confederate Monuments » WBUR Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is considering the removal of her city's Confederate monuments, as New Orleans did just days ago.…

Marijuana

Public forum Tuesday night for proposed medical marijuana facility in Lenox » Berkshire Eagle Residents of the tight-knit Lenox Dale neighborhood concerned about a proposed medical marijuana facility in their village can pose their questions to officials of Crane Healthcare at an informational…

Opinion

Sufferin' Sappho! Why feminists should embrace Wonder Woman » Boston Globe THE CLERK AT my local post office was clear out of Wonder Woman stamps. Try again next week, he shrugged. …

The multiple personalities of the American voter » Boston Globe DONALD TRUMP has now been president of the United States for 129 days. When I asked 200 Trump voters how long it seems to them that Trump has been in office, the average answer was 88 days. …

For Trump, some lessons about family ties from the Kennedys » Boston Globe President Trump's first months in office have spawned comparisons with the Nixon White House, especially by Democrats who see a parallel pattern of obstructing justice and fantasize a comparable fate …

Boston rents dip a bit. Let's sustain it. » Boston Globe IT'S TOO SOON to declare victory, but Mayor Marty Walsh's housing policies are clearly starting to help the two-thirds of Boston residents who rent their homes. …

Our Opinion: Baker's welcome team approach to health cutbacks » Berkshire Eagle Bipartisanship is all but dead in Washington, D.C. but it still exists in many of the states, including Massachusetts. Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker hopes to find a bipartisan coalit…

Robichaud: Maura Healey's 'town meetings' are really campaign events » Boston Herald There is a major bait-and-switch scam happening all across Massachusetts. Residents are being invited to town hall meetings to discuss issues with a certain elected official, but in reality the meetin…

Editorial: Earmarks are eternal » Boston Herald If it's a $40,000 snowplow for clearing sidewalks that the town of Hingham wants, then a $40,000 snowplow for clearing sidewalks the town of Hingham — median income $103,000, median home value…

Taxpayers on the hook for retiree pension, health benefits » Andover Townsman The scope and nature of our government is being called into question because of our decreasing ability to pay for it. This is not an issue that resides solely in Washington, D.C. It is also staring us…

Politics

Governor hopeful Setti Warren outlines goals at Framingham meet-and-greet » Wicked Local Setti Warren says he has big, bold plans if he becomes governor. The two-term Newton mayor hopes to improve education, reform health care and help the economy expand.…

Massachusetts Democrats gearing up for annual convention » The Associated Press (AP) Massachusetts Democrats are gearing up for their annual state convention.…

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren pledges to fight for Western Mass on Beacon Hill » The Republican Despite his Eastern Massachusetts address, Newton Mayor Setti Warren pledged Saturday to fight for the western part of the state -- particularly when it comes to economic inequality issues -- if elect…

Political Notes: Setti Warren to focus on economic inequality » Cape Cod Times It's official: Newton Mayor Setti Warren has entered the 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial race. Three days after making his long-anticipated announcement, Warren, the third Democrat to announce a run …

Public Health

The addict brokers: Middlemen profit as desperate patients are 'treated like paychecks' » STAT News Days after he relapsed on heroin last summer, Patrick Graney received an offer that was too good to turn down.…

Public Safety

Push on to toughen charges in home shootings » Lowell Sun Police and prosecutors describe it as a frightening scenario that it's almost impossible to protect yourself against -- a criminal fires multiple gunshots at a home in an effort to terrorize and intim…

Guns and hearing aids apparently mix » Commonwealth Magazine A gun advocacy group is opposing legislation allowing hearing aids to be sold over the counter because the measure is sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and it might, somehow, infringe on the rights o…

State Finance

Mass. state budget plan now in the hands of conference committee » NBC 10 News The next stop for the proposed state budget is a six-member conference committee charged with hammering out the differences between the Massachusetts House and Senate versions of the spending plan.…

State: Tax shortfall may hit $575 million » Lowell Sun The Baker administration has been tight-lipped about the scope of the state's immediate budget problems, but the potential depth of the revenue struggle that's unfolded over the first 10 months of the…

State Government

At state veterans' cemetery in Winchendon, governor says remembrance is best gift to Gold Star families » Worcester Telegram In a Memorial Day ceremony at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Gov. Charlie Baker said it was important to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, by saying their names…

Taxation

Short-term housing rentals targeted for taxes and regulations in Massachusetts » Wicked Local Beverly As the rise of websites like Airbnb fuels rapid market growth for short-term housing rentals, governments are working to catch up.…

Transportation

MBTA's ailing pension fund still lacks a chief after nearly a year » Boston Globe Michael Mulhern announced his resignation from the fund's top position last June, days after Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill making the pension plan subject to the state's public records law. Mul…

With Federal Decision Nearing, Southern New England Towns Push Back Against Rail Plan » WBUR When you look at the historic houses of Old Lyme, Connecticut and the nearby Lieutenant River, it's easy to picture colonial New England as it was centuries ago. But it's also easy to hear the noise …

Small-town officials agree: 'Put a higher priority on Chapter 90 funding' » Berkshire Eagle Mount Washington could use a boost in state highway aid to maintain its 17 miles of roads.…

Utilities

Brayton Pt closing ups need for gas » Commonwealth Magazine AS BADLY AS ALL OF US in Massachusetts have been needing improved access to natural gas, Wednesday at midnight our need–and the challenge to our economy and energy security–grow even mor…

Weekend News

Tears mix with rain as family members, elected officials gather in Fall River to remember those lost to war » The Herald News There were words and music, rain and wind, and tears. The occasion was the annual Massachusetts Memorial Day Salute to the Fallen, held at Gold Star Families Memorial at the foot of the Iwo Jima statu…

Lieutenant Governor comes to town to sign Community Compact » South Coast Today Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito visited with town officials and residents at the Lakeville Public Library on Thursday, May 11 to sign a Community Compact with the Town of Lakeville.…

House spars over prisoner bill » Sentinel & Enterprise THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators' and representatives' votes on roll calls from the week of May 22-26.…

FORE RIVER BRIDGE: Find alternative routes starting June 2 » Wicked Local Cohasset Traffic is going to be challenging on Rte. 3A, when Fore River Bridge traffic is narrowed to only one lane in each direction during the final phase of new bridge construction, from June 2 to September…

Paul Mark's advice to seniors: stay engaged » The Recorder Given alarming proposed federal budget cuts, the Northfield Council on Aging called on Rep. Paul Mark for answers and advice.…

JAM SESSION: Advice for newly elected selectmen » The Metro West Daily News Jam session is an opinion forum offering comments on issues from a group of Plymouth residents. It appears on the Forum pages in the Weekend edition of the OCM. The newspaper poses a question to the g…

This is why gun groups are up in arms over a hearing aid bill » Boston Globe Warren has teamed up with several Republicans on legislation creating an over-the-counter category of hearing aids, which proponents believe would lower prices, spur innovation, and help millions of p…

We owe our veterans quality education and good jobs » Boston Globe WHEN I WAS growing up, Memorial Day was a really important holiday in our family. All three of my older brothers served in the military, and they were our beloved reminders of millions of brave men an…

Square dedicated to fallen soldier » Worcester Telegram Ten years ago, Andrew Bibbo — a son, brother and friend — died while training for the U.S. Navy. Last Saturday, on Armed Forces Day and a week before Memorial Day, family and friends gat…

Medal of Liberty available to kin of fallen soldiers » Wicked Local Weymouth Approximately 134 Weymouth residents have fallen in battle while serving in the military since 1917 and their next of kin are eligible to receive the state's Medal of Liberty.…

Medal of Liberty Applications now available » Wicked Local Scituate State Sen. Patrick O'Connor, R-Weymouth, and state Rep. James Cantwell, D-Marshfield, would like to announce to the residents of Scituate that applications for the Medal of Liberty are available to th…

T just doesn't understand college students » Commonwealth Magazine EARLIER THIS WEEK, CommonWealth reported on the paltry sales of the MBTA's university pass and the transit agency's confusion about how to tap Boston's student market. …

'Selfless service' a theme at Amherst Memorial Day ceremony » The Republican More than a hundred public safety personnel, elected officials and scouts of all ages filled VFW Post 754 Monday for Memorial Day ceremonies held inside after the annual parade was canceled because of…

Senate backs caregiver wage hike after union raps CEO pay growth » Worcester Telegram A new union-backed report rapping CEO salary growth at nonprofits that provide human services – including the Seven Hills Foundation of Worcester – has spurred a local lawmaker to seek p…

Tribute to the fallen » Gloucester Times For retired U.S. Air Force Major Gene Killey, a Gloucester native who had come from his home in Minnesota to celebrate his 88th birthday Tuesday and visit family members, attending the city's Memorial…

Tax revenue shortfall could hit $575 million, state says in disclosure » Worcester Telegram The Baker administration has been tight-lipped about the scope of the state's immediate budget problems, but the potential depth of the revenue struggle that's unfolded over the first 10 months of the…

Haverhill to spend $7.5K for softball field design » Eagle Tribune It may not seem like much, but $7,510 of city money will be going a long way toward the construction of a new softball field in the city. The money was set aside by the City Council to design a new di…

Lawmakers to meet June 5 in Lenox to talk short-term rental tax » Berkshire Eagle With high season approaching for homeowners who rent space to visitors through Airbnb and similar online services, a push is on from the state to consider imposing taxes and as well as potential healt…

Sunday Notebook » Sentinel & Enterprise When a public hearing was held at Leominster High School to discuss the projected $5 million deficit in the school district's budget, hundreds of local residents, including teachers, students, and par…

State Rep. Joan Meschino right at home in her new role » Wicked Local Cohasset Public service has long been one of Joan Meschino's passions in life. So when the opportunity presented itself, the Hull democrat welcomed the chance to be an active voice on Beacon Hill for the distr…

Veterans honored during Memorial Day celebration at the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Worcester (photos) » The Republican Veterans, area politicians and Central Massachusetts residents gathered at the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Worcester to honor all veterans who served the United States.…

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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

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