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Must-Reads

Third Sector New England changes name to TSNE MissionWorks, set to appoint new CEO » Boston Business Journal "We just had our long-time CEO of 34 years, Jonathan Spack, leave the organization. We feel like evolving our brand with the new name, the new look and more clear expression of the organization that w…

Trump's future business plans may be hiding in plain sight » Politico The Trump Organization has registered and renewed hundreds of domain names – from MarALagoVegas.com to TrumpTowerMoscow.com. …

How Many Trump States Will Back Democratic US Senate Nominees in 2018? » smart politics Less than a year and a half out from Election Day, control of the U.S. Senate for the 116th Congress seems assured to remain in Republican hands, with the GOP currently controlling 52 seats (plus Vice…

Top Dems say Baker should have filed revised state budget » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker, at least publicly, has given lawmakers space to reconsider revenue and spending targets in the budget due in just a matter of days. But his reluctance to officially update his budg…

Foster parents bill of rights needed, reps say » State House News Service Foster families need to be treated with more respect and the state should start by spelling out what they can expect from the Department of Children and Families, representatives from both sides of th…

Cambridge councilor plans to challenge Capuano » Boston Globe Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem A. Mazen, the state's highest-profile Muslim elected official, is planning a run against US Representative Michael E. Capuano in next year's primary, according to sever…

More tools needed to combat wage theft » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS HAS AN epidemic of wage theft. An estimated $700 million in wage theft occurs annually in our state, robbing workers and their families of essential income and the ability to stay afloat…

Judge dismisses several drug cases, lashes out at 2 former Massachusetts assistant AGs in Sonja Farak drug lab ruling » The Republican SPRINGFIELD -- 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…

Worcester cuts $475K check to ACLU lawyers in panhandling case » Worcester Telegram WORCESTER – The city cut a $475,000 check Friday to attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union who successfully sued to overturn local ordinances against aggressive panhandling. …

Trump succeeds where Obama failed – spawning a new wave of liberal activism » Los Angeles Times It turns out Trump, a president loathed by Democrats, is a far greater spur to liberal activism than the revered Barack Obama, a former community organizer who hoped to inspire a wave of officeholders…

“The Conference Committee is hard at work trying to deliver a final budget to the Governor’s desk in the coming days. I am certain a revised FY18 budget and any updated information from the Administration, as required by law, would be most helpful to their efforts,”

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about the FY18 budget currently in conference committee.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Seth Moulton seemed to be in Nancy Pelosi's fan club. And then he wasn't. » Boston Globe Over last Labor Day weekend, when Democrats were under the mistaken belief they would win the White House and Senate, Representative Seth Moulton sat down to pen a note that departed from his renegade…

Business

Santander passes Fed's 'stress test' for first time in 4 years » Boston Business Journal The Federal Reserve did not object to Boston-based Santander Holdings USA's capital plan on Wednesday, a major milestone for an institution that had failed the so-called “stress test” for …

Staples agrees to $6.9 billion buyout » Boston Globe Staples Inc. has agreed to be acquired by the investment firm Sycamore Partners for about $6.9 billion, the latest attempt by the Framingham-based retailer to end its downward spiral of shrinking sale…

The gadget of the century turns 10 » Boston Globe If you had handed me an iPhone 10 years ago and told me that countless human lives were about to be changed forever, I'd have said, “Well, sure. I mean, look at this thing!”…

Sarepta Therapeutics develops drug for rare disease in Andover » The Eagle Tribune Duchene muscular dystrophy (DMD) was first identified back in the 19th century, by the French doctor whose name it bears. …

Staples will go private in $7B deal with Sycamore Partners » Boston Business Journal Framingham-based Staples Inc. said on Wednesday that it entered into a deal to be acquired by private equity firm Sycamore Partners in a deal valued at $6.9 billion..…

Planned RMV site faces foreclosure » The Salem News The proposed site of a Registry of Motor Vehicles office is scheduled to be sold in a foreclosure auction, casting doubt on when, or if, the registry will actually end up there.…

The State's Alcohol Task Force Wants to Hear From You » BostInno It might seem like Bostonians like to complain – traffic sucks, it's too damn hot outside (or too damn cold), this iced coffee from Dunks doesn't have enough ice – but oftentimes, it's w…

Massachusetts' minor miracle: We're still rich and thriving, despite the last crash » Boston Globe Massachusetts is doubly blessed: Not only are we one of the richest states in the union, but we're also among the most economically resilient, having bounced back quickly from the recession of 2007-20…

Amazon to join GE, Red Hat in Boston's Fort Point » Boston Business Journal

Education

Healey informs Pennsylvania student loan agency of investigation » Boston Herald

Environment

Dalton ready for plastic bag ban » Berkshire Eagle This time next year, plastic bags at checkout in town will be a thing of the past.…

No longer hanging them out to dry? Clothesline bill picks up steam in Legislature » Boston Globe

Health Care

Medford hospital sharply cutting inpatient services » Boston Globe Hallmark Health System plans to significantly slash inpatient services at its struggling hospital in Medford beginning this fall, the company said Wednesday.…

Human Services

CFC honors foster grandparents and retired senior volunteers » Herald News They are the volunteers who serve Fall River, Taunton, and other communities through the Foster Grandparents Program and the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program. Wednesday, they filled a room at the Ven…

AARP's 2017 budget priorities » Fifty Plus Advocate

Immigration

Prez-backed bill to cost Boston, Bay State sanctuaries fed $$ » Boston Herald A White House-backed bill that's expected to pass the U.S. House today would strip sanctuary cities of federal grants — putting Boston and at least four other Massachusetts communities that hav…

Healey and nine other AGs demand data on immigration arrests » Boston Globe

Judiciary

Judge: Drug-tainted cases mishandled » Boston Herald A review ordered up last year by Attorney General Maura Healey whitewashed two of her prosecutors for how they handled cases involving a drug-addled western Massachusetts state chemist — even …

Court flareup becomes focus of Governor's Council hearing on Hampden County judicial nominee » The Republican Hampden County Probate and Family Court First Justice Barbara Hyland runs her courtroom as a "tight ship," and on Wednesday an admonishment she made more than a year ago to two lawyers in a divorce-re…

Legislative

State Rep. Dylan Fernandes to be at M.V. Dems meeting » Martha's Vineyard Times State Rep. Dylan Fernandes, who represents the Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket District, will be the guest of the Democratic Council of Martha's Vineyard on July 8 from 9-10:30 am. The meeting will b…

Local Government

Retiring Northampton City Clerk Wendy Mazza: 'Remember you're here because the voters put you here' » The Republican When Wendy Mazza retires as city clerk this week, she'll take 46 years of knowledge and experience with her.…

Marijuana

Marijuana in Massachusetts: Here's what you need to know about the potential changes to the new law » The Republican Behind closed doors, Massachusetts lawmakers are scrambling to change the new marijuana law. The main questions are how many changes they plan to make and how big they go in overhauling or tweaking t…

House, Senate panel meet to iron out pot law differences » Andover Townsman 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 mari…

Massachusetts House and Senate Tackle Marijuana » National Law Review

Local legislators call equity a key to reconciling the marijuana dispute » Dorchester Reporter

Massachusetts Legislative Leaders Hopeful for Cannabis Tax Compromise » Ganjapreneur

Marijuan activists plan protest outside House Speaker's home » State House News Service

Marijuana activists plan protest outside DeLeo's home » The Salem News

Opinion

In praise of leverage and back channels in Russia policy » Boston Globe Just as the dizzying collapse in US-Russian relations settles at new lows, the United States continues to find ways to keep digging. The Senate has voted overwhelmingly to codify existing economic san…

Immigration and change: Advice from Drew Faust » Boston Globe After a decade on the job, Harvard University president Drew Faust has decided to hang up her academic robes and retire next year. Legacy mavens are already hard at work evaluating her accomplishments…

Nurses strike at Tufts Medical Center must be avoided » Boston Globe Everyone loves nurses. But we don't have to love the tactics used by the union representing 1,200 nurses at Tufts Medical Center.…

Needed: An end to the GOP's pointless health care saga » Boston Globe Senator Susan Collins came through in the clutch. The Maine Republican and a few other GOP lawmakers stood their ground and, on Tuesday afternoon, forced Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to dela…

A public treasure at risk of being squandered » Boston Globe In 1986, Boston Harbor was a national disgrace, as our waste washed up on beaches from Cape Cod to Cape Ann, limiting public access to what should have been an enviable urban natural resource.…

Politics

Governor hopeful Gonzalez outlines goals to Natick Democrats » Wicked Local Newton Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Jay Gonzalez says he is not seeking the state's highest office to get to another office.…

Gubernatorial candidates join compressor station opposition » Berkshire Eagle Candidate for governor Setti Warren visited the site of a proposed natural gas compressor station in Weymouth on Tuesday and afterwards issued a statement calling the Spectra Energy project a "mistake…

Poll: Most haven't heard of Baker, Warren challengers » Sentinel & Enterprise With election season still months away, most Massachusetts voters haven't heard of the challengers seeking to topple Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, according to a WBUR poll.…

Bipartisanship key to successful government, Baker says » Cape Cod Times Washington, D.C., could take a lesson from Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito say.…

Defiant Jackson sees 'real path to victory' in mayoral election » Dorchester Reporter District 7 City Councillor Tito Jackson, who grew up in Grove Hall and still lives there, faces a steep, uphill climb in this year's race for mayor, a fact underscored by newly released polling data s…

Mayor Marty Walsh Has 40 Times More Campaign Cash Than Challenger Tito Jackson » WGBH News

MAP: Lexington crucial to Friedman's primary win » Wicked Local On June 27, Cindy Friedman beat two rivals for the Democratic nomination to replace the late state Sen. Ken Donnelly in the 4th Middlesex District of the Massachusetts State Senate.…

What a haul: Out-of-state garbage magnates give big to Baker » Boston Globe

Public Health

Bill would let youths consent to more HIV treatments themselves » Worcester Telegram Young adults would be able to consent without a parent's permission to receive preventative treatment for HIV infection or vaccinations for sexually transmitted diseases, under a proposal that lawmake…

State Finance

$2.26B state capital spending plan aims to maintain and modernize assets » Worcester Telegram Lawmakers on Wednesday vetted the governor's $2.26 billion capital plan for fiscal year 2018, described by an administration official as a plan that prioritizes maintaining and modernizing government …

State Government

Friedman election would restore women in senate to highwater mark » Wicked Local Lexington Friedman, who served as chief of staff to the late Sen. Ken Donnelly, D-Arlington, earned just over 51 percent of the vote in the special election held to replace her former boss. With no Republican o…

State transportation worker suspended after OUI arrest in R.I. » Boston Globe A MassDOT electrician arrested Wednesday for allegedly driving under the influence in Providence has been suspended without pay after he reportedly struck multiple cars in his state-owned vehicle afte…

Taxation

'Millionaire tax' moves forward » Martha's Vineyard Times State lawmakers are moving forward with the Fair Share Amendment, a tax of an additional 4 percent for those earning incomes exceeding $1 million. The tax impacts an estimated 0.5 percent of tax filer…

Baker administration abruptly yanks plan to tax online sales » Boston Business Journal

Online retailers celebrate as revenue chief rescinds tax directive » Lowell Sun

Out-of-state internet sellers get tax reprieve, for now » Boston Globe

Transportation

Mayor up in arms over MBTA pole plan » Gloucester Times Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken said she is "appalled" that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was moving ahead with plans to install eight, 70-foot cell-phone monopoles without notifying the c…

Governor Attends Event Celebrating Opening of New Cape Cod Rail Trail Bridge » Cape Cod Online Local and state legislators and officials attended an event on Wednesday, celebrating the opening of the new Cape Cod Rail Trail Extension Bridge in Dennis.…

Cape rail trail hailed as important connection » Cape Cod Times A crowd of onlookers cheered and clapped as Gov. Charlie Baker and a delegation of Cape legislators crossed the new Cape Cod Rail Trail bridge over Route 134 Wednesday afternoon.…

Sen. Eric Lesser talks up rail proposal at East Longmeadow event » The Republican

Utilities

Eversource details impact of proposed rate shift » Berkshire Eagle Four weeks after signaling it would revamp its $96 million rate increase request, Eversource has offered some specifics. But for the largest customers in the Berkshires, the impact remains hazy. …

Hilltown leaders who once 'had pitchforks out' thank Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito for broadband progress » The Republican

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

In Massachusetts, small group working behind closed doors to reach cannabis compromise » The Cannabist

Shadowboxing: Galvin, city get in heightening debate over tower's shade » Boston Business Journal

House Speaker Robert DeLeo signals room to compromise on marijuana tax » The Recorder

Aguilar honored for domestic-violence work » Sentinel & Enterprise

Friedman election would restore women in senate to highwater mark » Wicked Local Woburn

Frederick Baran Jr. nominated to become clerk magistrate of Chicopee District Court » Mass Live

Lawmakers Cautioned About Short-Term Rental Impacts » Banker & Tradesman

National educators gathering in Everett » Boston Globe

Automatic voter registration proponents make push » State House News Service

Official: Bond interest rates not affected by rating downgrade » State House News Service

Councilor adjourns nominee hearing after colleagues are late » State House News Service

Brockton mayor takes stand against healthcare plan » The Enterprise

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