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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:15am 2017 Academy of Women Achievers Luncheon, Boston Park Plaza

11:30am Mass Home Care 34th Annual Gathering, Burlington Marriott, 1 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington

5:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Haverhill Mayor Jim Fiorentini

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

7:30pm Jay Gonzalez for Governor House Party

Birthdays: Rep. Nicholas Boldyga, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Rep. William Straus

Must-Reads

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez 'committed' to addressing Western Mass. needs, representing whole state » Boston Globe Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez speaks at the Massachusetts Democratic Party's 2017 Convention in Worcester. (Shannon Young | The Republican) …

5 takeaways from Baker's health reform » Commonwealth Magazine PHASE 2 OF THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION'S ambitious health reform agenda emerged this past week. It contains good and smart proposals – and worrisome ones needing attention. …

Jane Swift: Health reform must protect patients with preexisting conditions » Boston Globe The Clinton health care initiative of the 1990s was famously killed by a searing commercial known as “Harry & Louise,” which showed a middle-aged couple dealing with the alleged fallout of…

At ELM, shift from "old paradigm" as Bachrach makes way for Henry » State House News Service A few years into his job as president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, George Bachrach helped organize the first of what has become an annual summer retreat of civic leaders in greater Bo…

Kushner firm's $285 million Deutsche Bank loan came just before Election Day » The Washington Post One month before Election Day, Jared Kushner's real estate company finalized a $285 million loan as part of a refinancing package for its property near Times Square in Manhattan. …

Just Wait: Watergate didn't become Watergate overnight, either. » New York Magazine “Let others wallow in Watergate, we are going to do our job,” said Richard Nixon with typical unearned self-righteousness in July 1973. By then, more than a year had passed since a slapsti…

Dueling pot bills: State House, Senate proposals split on taxes and bans on sales » The Salem News BOSTON — Marijuana users won't be able to legally buy weed for another year, but proposed changes to the state's new pot law could affect how much they pay for it and what cities and towns have…

Former Colorado Democratic chair Rick Palacio (with Massachusetts's Steve Kerrigan) launches national PAC to build state benches » Colorado Politics Former Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio and past Massachusetts lieutenant governor nominee Steve Kerrigan are launching a national political action committee aimed at strengthening stat…

Attleboro state rep's post to former girlfriend goes public » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Paul Heroux briefly posted a message on Facebook Thursday saying he doesn't want to run for mayor even though he is in the midst of a campaign for the position. …

Three candidates vie for seat of late Senator Kenneth Donnelly » Boston Globe In a midsummer special election that will bring a new face to the Legislature, three Democrats in the Fourth Middlesex District are vying for a Senate seat they hope will continue the progressive lega…

“It’s tough out there right now for the Democrats. You don’t have to remind me. … 0-for-4 in special elections — that sucks.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Speaking about the recent Democratic losses in special elections.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Senate leaders scramble as support for health bill slips » Boston Globe Senate Republican leaders scrambled Sunday to rally support for their health care bill as opposition continued to build inside and outside Congress and as several Republican senators questioned whethe…

Senate Takes A Swing At Health Care » WBUR What's really on the table for American health care with the new senate bill – the winners, the losers, the hard facts.…

Business

Fifty-nine years of stories » Boston Globe The first time Ellen Clegg entered the lobby of 135 Morrissey Blvd., her response was instantaneous. “This is a factory,” she thought.…

Two Brighton homes, listed for $1 apiece but lacking buyers, face demolition » Boston Globe When a pair of Brighton duplexes are listed for sale at just $1 each, they are bound to attract attention. But that's all the properties have managed to attract so far, less than a week before a June …

Crimes

Madams, pimps targets of human trafficking law » Eagle Tribune Lori Ann Barron lured young women with cash, gifts of lingerie, meals, and a Christmas dinner party. She even helped one of her workers buy a car, because she didn't have one.…

MS-13 leader in Massachusetts pleads guilty to drug, firearms charges » Boston Globe The leader of MS-13's East Boston Loco Salvatrucha clique, Santos Portillo Andrade, appears to be heading to prison for 10 years after he recently pleaded guilty to assault, drug and firearms charges …

Environment

Framingham: General Chemical probed for Superfund » The Metro West Daily News The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is evaluating whether General Chemical's contaminated former property in Framingham could qualify for the federal Superfund program.…

Beekeepers buzzing over pesticide bill » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The honeybees' buzzing amplified as Dick Callahan pumped smoke into the hive Wednesday, prompting hundreds of the insects to clamber over one another to protect their home.…

Health Care

Study: Out-of-pocket contraception spending dropped under ACA » WWLP 22

264,000 Mass. residents would lose health coverage under Senate bill, Baker says » Boston Globe

CBO sees 22 million more uninsured under Senate health bill » Boston Globe

Housing

Corporate rentals are complicating Boston's housing market » Boston Globe The 13-story tower in Jamaica Plain was pitched as one small part of the solution to Boston's housing crunch, adding 195 apartments to a market that needs all the units it can get.…

Immigration

At immigration courts, a growing backlog » Boston Globe Pending. That's been the status of Amira Elamri's asylum case for more than three years.…

Mayors say Trump immigration orders meddle with cities » Boston Globe Mayors are warning President Trump that his tougher stand on immigration enforcement meddles with the affairs of US cities.…

Activists: Haverhill not ready for sanctuary status » Eagle Tribune

Judiciary

Pols & Politics: Charlie Baker eyes legacy of reshaping courts » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker has already appointed about 1 of every 5 judges sitting on a Bay State bench since he took office 2?1?2 years ago, underscoring a quiet but steady reshaping of the state's judiciary…

Baker to tap appeals chief for high court » Boston Globe

Charlie Baker to nominate Scott Kafker to Supreme Judicial Court » Boston Herald

Labor

Baystate Franklin nurse strike begins with Sunday lockout » Boston Business Journal In anticipation of 200 union nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center launching a strike Monday morning, the hospital began a lockout of those nurses on Sunday night.…

Legislative

Beacon Hill Roll Call » Worcester Telegram The report shows how local senators and representatives voted on House and Senate versions of a bill making changes and imposing new regulations on how the state will regulate the retail sale and cult…

Beacon Hill Roll Call, June 19 to 23, 2017 » MassLive

Trump working group meeting called off » State House News Service

Local Government

Diverse Minorities in Massachusetts Mill Town Struggle for Representation » VOA News Lowell, a Massachusetts mill town known as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, has recovered from a steep economic decline during the mid-20th century and is now a thriving and diver…

Should these women be forced to call themselves 'selectmen'? » Boston Globe The town administrator of Wakefield recently offered what might have seemed a modest proposal to a board of selectmen comprising five men and two women:…

Marijuana

Dueling pot plans offered: House, Senate split on taxes, bans on sales » Gloucester Times Marijuana users won't be able to legally buy weed for another year, but proposed changes to the state's new pot law could affect how much they pay for it and what cities and towns have to do to ban re…

Sorting Out the Cannabis Conundrum » Capecod.com After a week of sharp divisions and heated rhetoric over the future of the Massachusetts' recreational marijuana law, it's now up to a conference committee of six legislators to try and sort everythin…

Massachusetts Senate, House at odds over marijuana legislation » The Daily Free Press Massachusetts Senate and House of Representative members on the Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy are locked in disagreement over recreational marijuana legislation, both having proposed conflicting…

Marijuana legalization bill heading for a compromise » Lowell Sun This week's roll calls are from the week of June 19-23. The report shows how local senators and representatives voted on House and Senate versions of a bill making changes and imposing new regulations…

Massachusetts Legislators Look For Quick Compromise On Pot Bill » WAMC Massachusetts legislators hope to get a marijuana regulation bill to Governor Charlie Baker by the end of the month.The House voted to completely overhaul the voter-approved marijuana law, while the S…

House, Senate weigh in on pot bill » Sentinel & Enterprise THE HOUSE AND SENATE: This week's roll calls are from the week of June 19-23. The report shows how local senators and representatives voted on House and Senate versions of a bill making changes and im…

On Beacon Hill: 'Ambassadors of cannabis' unite — kind of » Worcester Sun Marijuana activists, some of them sharing a few joints, gathered in front of the State House Wednesday, June 21, to protest the House marijuana bill scheduled for discussion that day. The Senate debat…

The 6 Key Issues Mass. Lawmakers Will Try To Agree On Before Passing Pot Law Overhaul » WBUR

Senator drops pot assignment in deference to budget, daughter's wedding » State House News Service

Opinion

Springfield's Union Station comes back to life (Guest viewpoint by Rep. Richard Neal) » The Republican Forty years ago on June 23, 1977, I stood in the Grand Concourse of Springfield Union Station in front of hundreds of friends and supporters.…

Letter: Action needed now on school start times » Milford Daily News School start time is first and foremost a health crisis in Massachusetts. The (June 11 Daily News) “Our View” author “hopes” that local school districts will act in the best in…

'Pay-for-success' proves a boon to social services » Boston Globe A GROUP OF investors has made a big bet — not on a company, but on a local nonprofit, the Jewish Vocational Service.…

A report card on Harvard's Drew Faust » Boston Globe EVER SINCE Harvard University president Drew Faust announced her intention to step down, I have been waiting for the dreamy encomia to the university's first female president to appear. I am still wai…

An expensive vacation from taxes » Boston Globe Everyone loves a bargain, but at what price? The sales tax holiday being debated on Beacon Hill is an enticing prospect — a little gift legislators can offer both to consumers and retailers loo…

Bristol County deserves a better sheriff than Hodgson » Boston Globe BY DEFAMING whole segments of the state population, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is pushing the political rhetoric in Massachusetts into dangerous, Trumpian territory. …

Why are we so slow to call hate crimes for what they are? » Boston Globe WHY HAVE POLICE so quickly dismissed the possibility that Nabra Hassanen's murder was a hate crime?…

PERAC advocates local control » Pensions & Investments Pensions & Investments' April 17 article "To join, or not to join, is debate for some local funds" was interesting and certainly succeeded in triggering more debate. James Comtois, the author, describ…

Charlie Baker could lead on health care debate » Boston Globe

O Cannabis!: Mass. Politicians Want to Charge How Much For An Eighth? » Valley Advocate

Politics

America's 11 Most Interesting Mayors » Politico At a time when one yellow-haired, Twitter-happy personality dominates American discourse, it's easy to forget how much political energy—and important new thinking—emanates not from the n…

Public Health

Subsidy for Cape tick testing runs out » Cape Cod Times A subsidized program that allowed Cape Codders to have ticks tested at a university laboratory for a fraction of the cost has exhausted its funding.…

Public Safety

Experts: West Bridgewater police erred in handling of police report » Wicked Local Easton Can police keep the name of a person facing drunken-driving charges for a crash on a public roadway – leaving one man with a broken neck – a secret?…

Lawmakers considering limiting phone use behind wheel to hands-free only » WWLP 22

State Finance

State may need temporary budget » Worcester Business Journal

State Government

Baker announces revamp of state's primary website » Boston.com The state's “digital front door” is getting a makeover. Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is asking for public feedback as it moves to overhaul Mass.gov , the state's primary website.…

Keller @ Large: Gov. Baker's Plans For 2018 » CBS Local

Taxation

Fall River Chamber: Area retailers want tax free weekend » South Coast Today Patrons filling up the piggy bank hoping for a Massachusetts sales tax holiday this summer have a partner — the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce is pushing for its return, too.…

Transportation

Governor Baker Heading to Dennis to Celebrate Rail Trail Extension » Capecod.com Governor Charlie Baker will be in Dennis Wednesday to mark work that's been done on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. The event is billed as a celebration of recent extension work, including the 7.3 million do…

You can get there from here: Ride services Lyft, Uber roll into the Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle The two major ride-hailing companies, Uber and Lyft, have quietly set up shop in the Berkshires, ramping up the number of drivers available for passengers to summon for transportation, primarily in Pi…

PVTA Begins Operating Buses At Springfield's Union Station » WAMC

Weekend News

Politi-Beat Sunday Roundup: Budget process shows the worst of Fall River government » Herald News For the City Council it's the biggest event of their year. Of all the opportunities to show the residents — and potential voters — their worth, the annual budget deliberations are the ti…

Sunday Notebook: Lancaster native joins Rep. Naughton's staff » Sentinel & Enterprise Rep. Harold Naughton, D-Clinton, has hired Lancaster native Creg Cook as his newest director of operations and legislative aide..…

Vineyard Wind to celebrate opening of New Bedford office » South Coast Today Offshore wind energy developer Vineyard Wind, which opened a New Bedford office in the Bank of America building in the spring, will hold a ribbon cutting and reception June 29.…

Jockeying to control Rafael's fishing rights ramps up » South Coast Today ople stop the Northeast Regional Administrator for NOAA in the hallway daily trying to pry any information they can about 13 Rafael fishing permits that may be surrendered as part of a plea agreement …

Mark Blazis: Plenty of fish, birds on Massachusetts waters » Worcester Telegram & Gazette As of June 18, 529,951 shad passed over the Holyoke Dam on the Connecticut River, along with 21,229 sea lamprey, 874 blueback herring, 638 gizzard shad, and 9 Atlantic salmon. Any year the dam can sur…

Kulik: Budget may not be in place July 1 » MassLive DEERFIELD — For the first time in years, the state may not have a budget in place for the fiscal year that begins July 1, because revenue projections are a “moving target,” legislat…

Snyder's Sandwich: Will voters come to aid of Kensington Drive residents? » Wicked Local Sandwich The Sandwich Board of Selectmen is taking action to help solve the long-standing pothole problem on Kensington Drive. The board has voted to provide an opportunity for voters at an upcoming - yet to b…

Editorial: A 'holiday' to cheer for » Boston Herald That two-day sales tax holiday, beloved by retailers and consumers alike, may become an endangered species — and at a time when brick and mortar stores need all the help they can get.…

Hand: Attleboro campaign could get nasty » The Sun Chronicle Someone so wanted to embarrass state Rep. Paul Heroux the other day that they drove around Attleboro in middle of the night secretly dropping off negative information about him.…

Lowell High issue will dominate fall races » Lowell Sun RECENT ELECTIONS in Lowell have been somewhat dreary affairs, where every candidate bills themselves as a champion of economic development and safe neighborhoods. …

Lt. Gov. Polito Helps Usher in Fiorentini Rail Trail » WHAV Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito helped usher in the formal opening of the Mayor James J. Fiorentini Bradford Rail Trail Saturday morning.…

Pot Proving Sticky Subject For On Beacon Hill » Beacon Hill Patch BOSTON, MA — ZAP! BUZZZZZZZZ! That was the sound of the Massachusetts House and Senate touching what for years has been considered a politically hazardous "third rail" subject: marijuana.…

Lawrence Siddall: Supports 'End of Life Options Act' » Gazette Net I commend the June 10 letter writer who urges support for the “End of Life Options Act,” a bill currently being considered in the Massachusetts Legislature.…

Jared Kushner got his start as Somerville landlord » Boston Globe It was the low-ball of all low-ball offers, insulting in the moment, laughable in retrospect.…

Bill targets consent for psychotropic drugs » Wicked Local Maynard THE ISSUE: Some patient advocates say current informed written consent regulations for prescribing psychotropic drugs don't go far enough. THE DETAILS: A House bill would require that consent forms al…

Federal, state tax changes could slow charitable giving » Wicked Local Dover Federal tax reform proposals under consideration by Congress could put up to $513 million in annual donations to Massachusetts charities at risk, according to a new report from the state's nonprofits …

Oppose Home Rental Tax - Letter » Cape News The “Beacon Hill Gang” is once again salivating at the thought of getting their greedy hands on your money. Don't let them do it!…

Lawmakers scramble to finish pot legislation » Boston Herald A half-dozen state lawmakers are quickly working to cobble together a recreational pot law from differing bills passed in the House and Senate before a self-imposed June 30 deadline to deliver the fin…

Rep. Mark says US Census Bureau underfunded » MassLive Another impact from Washington politics in Franklin County could be proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Census Bureau,…

Falmouth Residents Air Complaints About Early Morning Freight Boats » Cape News Woods Hole and Falmouth residents had their say regarding early morning ferry truck traffic noise at a public hearing held by the Steamship Authority on Tuesday, June 20, at the Falmouth Public Librar…

Lawmakers Face Dueling Versions of Marijuana Legalization » Public News Service State lawmakers are working against an end-of-month deadline to try to reconcile two competing versions of the marijuana legalization bill. …

U.S. Rep. Lynch: 'Charlie Baker is right,' Trumpcare will kill Massachusetts » Boston Herald The proposed Republican health care bill released by Senate leadership this week will “kill Massachusetts” without addressing repairing any of the real flaws in Obamacare, U.S. Congressman…

Marshfield' Library Plaza gets $2.5 million upgrade » Patriot Ledger For the last year, 20-year-old Jake Milani has been enrolled in Marshfield Public Schools' POST program, which serves people ages 18 to 22 with disabilities. In that year, he has had to attend school …

New Veterans Counseling Office Opens In Holliston » Beacon Hill Patch Join State Representative Carolyn Dykema, Department of Veterans' Services Secretary Francisco Ureña, local veterans, and representatives from the Worcester Vet Center at an open house for a new v…

Dalai Lama Brings Message Of 'Warm-Heartedness' To Boston » WBUR Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, left the ballroom in the middle of a gaggle of bodyguards, photographers and devotees. A policeman fended off the crowd and closed the doors as he was rushed into a…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 6/26

Birthdays: Rep. Nicholas Boldyga, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Rep. William Straus

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:15am 2017 Academy of Women Achievers Luncheon, Boston Park Plaza

11:30am Mass Home Care 34th Annual Gathering, Burlington Marriott, 1 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington

5:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Haverhill Mayor Jim Fiorentini

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

7:30pm Jay Gonzalez for Governor House Party

Tuesday - 6/27

Birthdays: Senator Michael Barrett

10:00am Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

10:30am Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

10:30am Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Oversight Hearing

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

11:00am Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

5:00pm Rep. Jim Cantwell's Summer Social

6:00pm Reception for Attorney General Maura Healey with Kate Clinton

6:00pm Summer Fundraiser for Sen. Barbara L'Italien

6:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Boston City Council Candidate Jose Lopez

State Primary for Special Election for Sen. Kenneth Donnelly's seat

Wednesday - 6/28

10:00am House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Oversight Hearing

5:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Worcester City Councilor Khrystian King

6:00pm Summer Fundraiser for Rep. Dan Hunt

6:30pm Summer Fundraiser for Rep. Mike Connolly

Thursday - 6/29

10:00am Safe Routes to School Awards, Grand Staircase

10:00am Joint Committee on Higher Education, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Boston Bar Association Annual Summer Fundraiser

Friday - 6/30

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session


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