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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

Birthdays: Senator Michael Barrett

Must-Reads

Charlie Baker could lead on health care debate » Boston Globe GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER is speaking out against the national Republican effort to repeal Obamacare. But the most popular governor in America could own this issue on the national stage — if he ch…

Unauthorized Immigrants Steer Clear of Medical Care » New York Times Around the country, clinics that serve immigrants report seeing fewer patients since the Trump administration issued broad deportation orders. …

Behind closed doors, lawmakers work on plan to rewrite pot law » Boston Globe The fate of marijuana legalization, enshrined in law by about 1.8 million Massachusetts voters, is now in the hands of a half-dozen lawmakers meeting in secret. …

Kushner adds powerhouse lawyer Abbe Lowell to legal team » Politico Jared Kushner has hired Abbe Lowell, one of the country's leading criminal defense lawyers, to represent him in the special counsel's probe of potential Russian collusion with the Trump campaign and h…

DCCC Names Cheri Bustos Chairwoman of Heartland Engagement » Roll Call Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos, already active in candidate recruitment and policy messaging, has a new role helping her party try to win the House majority in 2018. …

Donald Trump: Elizabeth Warren's voice 'highly overrated' » Boston Herald President Trump brushed aside the opposition of Bay State Sen. Elizabeth Warren, dismissing her as a “hopeless case” and “highly overrated voice” as the Democrat fervently oppo…

Corporate Democrats Sabotage Single Payer Bill in California for Wealthy Donors » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Led by National Nurses United, progressives in California have been pushing SB562, a bill that would create a single-payer Medicare for all health care system in the state. On June 23, Assembly Speake…

Feds looking into Bernie Sanders, wife over real estate deal » Lowell Sun Federal investigators are looking into the finances behind a real estate deal for a now-defunct college put together by the wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, and she has hired a lawyer to look after h…

Election scheduled to fill late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's seat » Berkshire Eagle A special election has been scheduled for Nov. 7 to replace state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi. …

"We have been honored and humbled by the responsibility of nominating five justices to the Supreme Judicial Court," Baker said. "We are confident that, if confirmed, Chief Justice Kafker's nearly three decades of service and his knowledge and commitment to the law will be a welcome addition to one of the nation's leading appellate courts."

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about his Supreme Judicial Court nominee Chief Justice Scott L. Kafker.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Ed Markey demands apology from Kellyanne Conway for comment on addiction » Boston Globe Senator Ed Markey issued a fiery statement Monday demanding an apology from White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, after she stated that people suffering from drug addiction need “a four-letter w…

U.S. Rep. Keating: Nation is facing a 'critical time' » Wicked Local

Business

Worcester coffee shop Brew on the Grid plans statewide expansion with 30 more locations » Mass Live When Brew on the Grid opened in downtown Worcester last summer, some were skeptical. How could a high-end coffee shop survive in a downtown that for years has fought a reputation of being a bit of an …

Huntington Ave. tower and theater plans revealed » Boston Globe The development group that purchased the BU Theatre complex, longtime home of the Huntington Theatre Company, filed plans Monday for a gleaming 32-story apartment building that would transform Hunting…

Is this the last chance to create open space in booming Seaport? » Boston Globe The plan for the last big chunk of developable land in the Seaport needs more work, especially when it comes to public space.…

'A Living Room For Huntington Avenue' — The Huntington Theatre Company Unveils Its Plans » WBUR The Huntington Theatre Company, whose presence on Huntington Avenue was in question a couple of years ago, will be getting a dramatic face-lift that will open the space up to the public and the arts c…

Photos/Video: Boston developer chosen for old Worcester courthouse » Worcester Mag Coincidental thought it may have been, there is something fitting about Trinity Financial of Boston being awarded the bid to develop the old Worcester County Courthouse in Lincoln Square. After all, t…

VMware moving from Cambridge to Boston's Downtown Crossing » Boston Business Journal

Cranberry growers appeal for tax credits to update bogs » State House News Service

Crimes

Pharmacist in meningitis outbreak that killed dozens gets 9 years in prison » Boston Globe The former co-owner of the Framingham compounding pharmacy blamed for scores of deaths and hundreds of meningitis infections in 2012 was sentenced Monday to 9 years in prison.…

Education

Easton school psychologist receives Unsung Heroine Award » Wicked Local Easton Barbara Bigelow of Easton was recently honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women's 2017 class of Unsung Heroines.…

Mitchell Chester, commissioner of elementary and secondary education, has died of cancer » Boston Globe Mitchell Chester, the state commissioner of elementary and secondary education who had been battling cancer, died Monday night , state officials announced Tuesday morning.…

Gaming

Citing growth, harness industry bids to protect race horse fund » State House News Service

Health Care

CBO says Senate health bill picks your pocket » Boston Globe Under the Senate Republicans' health care bill, the number of uninsured Americans would rise by 22 million. And for those who stay insured, out-of-pocket spending could rise dramatically.…

Baker: Republican Health Care Plan Would Cost Mass. Billions » NECN Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has concerns about the Republican health care plan and took some action this week. …

Baker, Markey lead bipartisan resistance to Senate health care bill » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker cautioned that a health care bill proposed by U.S. Senate Republicans would cost 264,000 residents their health coverage in Massachusetts and have a cumulative negative impact of mo…

More than quarter million people in Massachusetts could lose health care under Senate proposal, says Gov. Baker » The Republican If the health care bill proposed by Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate passes, more than a quarter million residents of Massachusetts would be at risk of losing their health insurance, says Gov. Ch…

Kalter: Bay State experts say Senate plan will stress out physicians » Boston Herald The Senate GOP health care bill would leave doctors scrambling to find the best care for tens of millions of uninsured patients, taking doctor burnout to new heights, Bay State hospital leaders say.…

New England Republicans Are Speaking Out Against the Senate's Health Bill » Boston Magazine

US Rep. Richard Neal slams findings in CBO's Senate health care bill analysis » The Republican

Elizabeth Warren: Senate GOP health care bill 'comes back to life more often than the lead zombie in a horror movie' » The Republican

Human Services

Veterans to be honored for Senior Corps service » Patriot Ledger Weymouth officials will join the Norfolk County Commissioners and Norfolk County RSVP Tuesday in honoring veterans who have continued a life of service as Senior Corps volunteers.…

Former Weymouth Mayor Sue Kay named "unsung heroine" » Wicked Local Braintree

Union nurses rally outside Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield as strike continues » Mass Live Both sides in the ongoing labor dispute here at Baystate Franklin Medical Center say they'd be making a lot more progress if they were sitting across the table from someone who had only local interest…

Trio of local women honored as Unsung Heroines » Wicked Local Newton Helene Stein, Josephine McNeil, and Brooke Lipsitt received Unsung Heroine Awards in a ceremony at the State House on Wednesday, June 21 sponsored by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Wome…

Immigration

Mass. pols vow to fight Trump travel ban in Supreme Court » Boston Globe Massachusetts politicians decried President Trump's travel ban after the Supreme Court announced Monday they would consider its legality and allow part of the ban to take effect in the meantime.…

In Massachusetts, concern over ban lingers » Boston Globe President Trump's travel ban will go into effect with significant exceptions carved out Monday by the Supreme Court, offering some measure of comfort to Massachusetts families, businesses, and academi…

Immigration advocates flood State House for 'sanctuary state' hearing » Spare Change News The doors of the State House Hearing room were open and overflowing with dedicated members of the community, coming together to show their support and share their opinions at the Safe Communities Act …

Boston: Gov. Baker Sees Silver Lining in Ruling on Trump Travel Ban » 95.9 WATD

Judiciary

Judge dismisses several drug cases, lashes out at 2 former Massachusetts assistant AGs in Sonja Farak drug lab ruling » Mass Live A Hampden Superior Court judge in a ruling Monday lashed out at two former Massachusetts assistant attorneys general involved in the investigation of former state drug lab chemist Sonja Farak.…

Judge rips ex-assistant AGs for trying cover-up in drug lab scandal » Boston Herald Two ex-prosecutors intentionally misled a judge, withheld crucial evidence and tried to cover up the full scope of a festering scandal at the Amherst state drug lab, according to a bombshell ruling t…

Baker again turns to Kafker, this time for state's highest court » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker's time served in the Weld administration was a formative period, and the governor for the second time has reached back into Weld's former legal office for an appointee to the state'…

Gov. Charlie Baker nominates Scott Kafker to SJC, citing 'knowledge and commitment to the law' » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated Massachusetts Appeals Court Chief Justice Scott Kafker to serve on the state's highest court.…

SJC nominee announcement coming today » Mass Lawyers Weekly Appeals Court Chief Justice Scott L. Kafker is expected to be the choice when Gov. Charlie Baker unveils his next nominee for the Supreme Judicial Court today at a 4 p.m. State House press conference,…

At 88, Thomas Noonan stepping down as clerk-magistrate of Worcester court » Worcester Telegram

Labor

With proven track record, UTEC scores state job training grant » Lowell Sun Jamel Bonilla was just 17 when he faced three felony charges. After dabbling in drugs, getting involved in gang activity and being incarcerated, Bonilla finally decided to go to UTEC. The mother of hi…

Local Government

Falmouth selectmen weigh financial impact of turbine shutdown » Cape Cod Times After huddling in a closed-door session for more than 2½ hours Monday night, figuring out whether they would abide by a judge's decision last week to keep the town's two mammoth wind turbines at th…

Marijuana

House negotiator sees "aggressive timetable" for marijuana bill » State House News Service Expected to reach an agreement by the end of the week, six lawmakers met for the first time Monday to try to reconcile House and Senate bills that take divergent approaches to changing the legal marij…

Senator drops pot assignment in deference to budget, daughter's wedding » Wicked Local Plymouth The conference committee charged with negotiating a revised marijuana law lost one member Monday and gained another due to a perfect storm of personal and professional responsibilities facing a state …

Central Mass. towns reject recreational pot, at least for now » Worcester Business Journal Voters statewide approved a new law legalizing recreational marijuana last November, but cities and towns aren't waiting for the legalization of pot shops to go into effect before taking action to del…

Day On Board With Marijuana Bill » Beacon Hill Patch

Lawmakers touch marijuana 'third rail' » Wicked Local Plymouth

Political Notes: DeMacedo resigns from pot policy committee » Cape Cod Times

Opinion

Some unexpected justice for Bella » Boston Globe Not long after a jury decided that Michael McCarthy is a murderer, the prosecution team huddled outside the courtroom on the ninth floor of the Suffolk County Courthouse.…

Tax reform that works for all » Boston Globe THE REPUBLICANS are trying to jam a reckless health care bill through Congress so that they can move on to their real objective: another round of deep tax cuts for the rich, paid for by deep cuts in p…

A just verdict for Bella Bond » Boston Globe SUFFOLK COUNTY PROSECUTORS can take pride in the hard-fought conviction they won on Monday, when a jury found Michael P. McCarthy guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 2-year-old Bella Bond.…

Cronin off course with 'partisan' scare tactics » Newburyport News In his June 22 letter to The Daily News, Newburyport mayoral candidate Bob Cronin tried to scare us into believing our city is being overtaken by partisan politics and outside interests. He wants to …

As I See it: Are you making the opioid crisis worse? » Worcester Telegram & Gazette After the first meeting of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis nearly two weeks ago, there seemed to be a bipartisan consensus: What we need is a bigger invest…

Editorial: Moderate Republicans must stop Senate health care bill » Gazette Net As the U.S. Senate this week careens toward dismantling Obamacare, moderate Republicans must step up to halt the reckless action that also would make the deepest cuts to Medicaid since the health insu…

PETER LUCAS: Hey, dude, it's bong time on Beacon Hill » Lowell Sun If Cheech & Chong of the Massachusetts Legislature can agree on passage of a compromise marijuana bill, there is nothing they cannot do.…

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…

Charlie Baker snubs region and whiffs on SJC pick (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

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…

Attleboro Rep. Wants To Chase Ex-GF Instead Of Run For Mayor, Facebook Post Says » Framingham Patch BOSTON — Two days before his Saturday mayoral campaign kickoff, Attleboro Rep. Paul Heroux expressed reservations about his electoral endeavor in a Facebook post to an ex-girlfriend that a cons…

Voter's Guide To 2017 4th Middlesex State Senate Special Election » Beacon Hill Patch Three Democrats are vying for the 4th Middlesex Senate District seat of the late state Sen. Kenneth Donnelly, D-Arlington, who died in April due to complications from brain cancer.…

Not even close: Charlie Baker leads Democratic rivals in new poll » Boston Globe

WBUR Poll: Warren And Baker In Strong Positions For Re-Election » WBUR

This Massachusetts Democrat comes closest to beating Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018, WBUR/MassINC poll says » The Republican

Public Health

White House opioid crisis commission misses due date for preliminary report » STAT News

Public Safety

Massachusetts attorney general's office investigating West Springfield police evidence room procedures » Mass Live The Massachusetts attorney general's office is investigating alleged problems involving the West Springfield Police Department's evidence room, Mayor William Reichelt said.…

Judge rules he will consider video of Springfield police detective Gregg Bigda in motion to suppress evidence in unrelated gun trial » The Republican A Hampden Superior Court judge has ruled he can consider a controversial Palmer police video showing Springfield police officer Gregg Bigda in a motion to suppress evidence in an unrelated gun case.…

State Finance

State leaders huddle, say little about budget solution » State House News Service Almost two months ago, Revenue Commissioner Michael Heffernan cautioned that state budget writers "need to take a look at" the projections used to craft fiscal year 2018 budget proposals and the gover…

State Limping Into New Fiscal Year With Interim Budget » WBUR It now appears certain that final agreement on a fiscal 2018 state budget, the focus of most of the energy this year in the Democrat-controlled Legislature, will not occur until sometime in the new fi…

State Government

Baker Nominates Appeals Court Chief Justice Kafker To State's Highest Court » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker's time served in the Weld administration was a formative period, and the governor for the second time is reaching back into Weld's former legal office for an appointee to the state'…

Mass. Lottery chief gets 8% pay raise as profits climb » Worcester Telegram

Taxation

Bill adds sales tax on candy and soda purchases in Massachusetts » WWLP 22 You could soon have to pay the state sales tax when you purchase a candy bar or bottle of soda if lawmakers pass a proposal to take these sugary items off the tax exempt list.…

Transportation

No easy fixes for jet noise tormenting residents of Milton, Hull » Wicked Local Scituate Milton residents contacted Logan Airport 21,796 times last year to complain about loss of sleep, peace and quiet from jets coming in to land on a runway 8 miles away. It's a significant number, yet th…

MBTA wants alcohol ad revenue, but with limits » State House News Service MBTA overseers plan to take a cautious first sip, rather than a big gulp, of advertising revenue from the booze industry.…

Overdue MBTA wifi system faces new obstacle » State House News Service Commuter rail riders hailing from communities north of Boston want better wireless internet service, but a vocal group is upset about the communication towers that are planned to achieve that aim.…

McGee never gave up on ferry » Lynn Daily News Item The loss of ferry service to Boston's Long Wharf last summer didn't deter state Sen. Thomas McGee from lobbying the Baker administration to bring the alternative commute back.…

Holbrook transfer station draws renewed opposition in Braintree, Randolph » Wicked Local Wakefield More than 200 people packed an informational meeting at the Randolph senior center Monday night on a proposal by TLA-Holbrook to build a 1,000 ton per day trash transfer station in Holbrook a short di…

MBTA's WiFi plan finds opponents along rail lines » The Eagle Tribune BOSTON -- Mike Pearson likes to work on his ride between Salem and Boston on the MBTA's commuter rail — a trip that can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.…

Report: Rural Roads And Bridges In NY, MA Ranked Among Worst » WAMC

Utilities

Chesterfield among four latest hilltowns to receive state broadband grants » Mass Live Four more rural hilltowns planning to "go it alone" have received state money to help build their own fiber optic networks. …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Activists: Haverhill not ready for sanctuary status » Eagle Tribune

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

Baker to tap appeals chief for high court » Boston Globe

State may need temporary budget » Worcester Business Journal

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

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

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

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

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

Charlie Baker could lead on health care debate » Boston Globe

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

Trump working group meeting called off » State House News Service

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

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

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

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

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