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Must-Reads

Big merger reshapes eastern Mass. health care landscape » State House News Service The Beth Israel Deaconess system, Lahey Health, New England Baptist Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital and Anna Jaques Hospital on Thursday announced they had signed an agreement to merge into a new regi…

Free college bills raise question: Who pays? » State House News Service Higher education students and advocates continued their quest to make public colleges and universities free or debt-free for some in Massachusetts, a difficult challenge given the state's fiscal condi…

Dukakis On The Trump Administration: 'It's Worse Than I Thought It Would Be' » WGBH News Moving forward, Dukakis cautioned Democrats in Washington to avoid the pitfalls of partisan attacks. “It's got to be a strong, positive message," he said. "It's got to be a 50-state campaign, we…

Dems Help Debbie Wasserman Schultz Exploit Trump Resistance to Fix Corrupt Image » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Wasserman Schultz's hold on the party ensures the Democratic brand will never be repaired. …

GOP Health Bill Steers Cash to the Home State of a Reluctant Senator » Bloomberg Changes made to the Republican legislation to repeal large parts of Obamacare would send hundreds of millions of extra federal dollars to Alaska, whose Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski has been holdi…

Dempsey's exit leaves DeLeo big shoes to fill » Lowell Sun The blockbuster announcement that House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey plans to resign shook up the legislative leadership ranks on Beacon Hill, opened up a power base in the House, and may kic…

These teens found out something about TD Garden no one realized for 24 years » Boston Globe Twenty-four years ago, the owner of the Boston Garden wanted a new arena, and local lawmakers wanted a stream of funding to help build and maintain the city's recreational facilities, such as hockey r…

Centrist Project Charts Path for Electing Independents » Roll Call When Alaska Governor Bill Walker first ran for the state's highest office in 2010, he faced a problem: many of his friends and supporters couldn't vote for him in the closed Republican primary because…

GOP Senate hopeful hires Kellyanne Conway's former polling firm » Boston Globe As some Massachusetts Republicans have attempted to distance themselves from Donald Trump ahead of 2018 races — ahem, Governor Charlie Baker — state representative Geoff Diehl is putting…

Law and Effect: The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 » WGBH News Back in 2006, State Senator Marc Pacheco considered himself relatively knowledgeable about environmental issues. But then, one day, he saw "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's seminal climate-change doc…

Ivanka Inc. » The Washington Post

“The speaker staying has never been a factor for me. He’s always had my full support for as long as he wants to stay,” the said.

House Committee on Ways and Means chairman Brian Dempsey

Commenting on if DeLeo's reluctance to step down as speaker played a role in his resignation.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump Jr.'s e-mails pressure GOP to act on Russia » Boston Globe The latest bombshell revelations in President Trump's ongoing Russia scandal are ramping up pressure on House Republicans to vote on a Russian sanctions package aimed at blocking the White House from …

Business

These teens found out something about TD Garden no one realized for 24 years » Boston Globe Twenty-four years ago, the owner of the Boston Garden wanted a new arena, and local lawmakers wanted a stream of funding to help build and maintain the city's recreational facilities, such as hockey r…

MindTrek, a Woburn arena, aims to step up the VR game » Boston Globe David O'Connor believes he has a formula to bring virtual reality games to the masses: backpack computers, a really big room, and the chance to play with your friends.…

John Hancock parent said to consider IPO for Boston company » Boston Globe John Hancock could regain its independence after being owned by Manulife Financial Corp. for 13 years. The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, reported Thursday that Manulife is exploring a…

Lieutenant Governor to Meet Business Group » The Local News IPSWICH — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito has confirmed she will meet with Ipswich business owners next week.…

Boston leaders notch win as Winthrop Sq. home-rule petition gets first state OK » Boston Business Journal The recommendation follows an appeal from Secretary of State William F. Galvin to delay the bill's process through the state Legislature.…

State's program to redevelop small parcels along MBTA transit lines is inching along » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker's Open for Business initiative was launched in October 2015 to help private developers build on publicly owned transportation land. It challenged state agencies “to protect na…

New Fund Launches To Invest In Startups With Female Founders » WBUR Tech startups and venture capital firms are often celebrated for their innovations and forward-thinking. …

Civil Rights

US Rep. Joe Kennedy III slams proposed defense spending bill amendment as 'anti-transgender' » The Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Brookline, blasted House Republican leaders Thursday for considering an amendment to an annual defense spending bill that he said would deny medically necessary health car…

Crimes

Human remains believed found at Dartmouth home tied to 1980 killing of Pa. police chief » Boston Globe Human remains appeared to have been recovered from a residential property here late Thursday after a search to find evidence of a missing mob associate wanted by the FBI for allegedly murdering a Penn…

AG backs Flanagan bill to raise fine for corporate manslaughter » Lowell Sun Attorney General Maura Healey joined worker safety advocates Tuesday to ask lawmakers to update the penalty for companies found responsible for death, a fine that has not changed since before Maine vo…

Healey seeks to put corporate manslaughter on state's agenda » Newburyport News

Education

Criminal investigation to be launched into St. Paul's School » Boston Globe Following new reports of sexual misconduct at St. Paul's School, authorities in New Hampshire Thursday announced a criminal investigation into the elite boarding school.…

Former B-P superintendent Richard Gross remembered as passionate advocate for students and teachers » Taunton Gazette The successor to recently deceased, former Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School Superintendent Richard Gross is giving kudos to the man he calls his mentor.…

Bill could give students 1 year of free public college in Massachusetts » WWLP 22

Environment

DEP Commissioner Cools On New Seabury Dune Structure Recommendation » Cape News State environmental authorities seem to have toned down a ruling that originally could have quashed hopes for an erosion control system proposed in New Seabury.…

Gaming

DraftKings, FanDuel drop merger plans » Boston Globe Boston-based DraftKings Inc. and chief rival FanDuel Inc. said Thursday they would walk away from their planned merger, abandoning a deal that had promised to reshape the multibillion dollar daily fan…

DraftKings, FanDuel cancel merger plans in face of FTC opposition » Boston Business Journal Boston-based DraftKings Inc. and its rival FanDuel are canceling their plans to merge.…

Health Care

More than 400 people charged in $1.3 billion federal health fraud sweep, including two in Massachusetts » The Republican Four-hundred and twelve people have been charged in connection with $1.3 billion in fraud against public health care programs, in what the Department of Justice is calling the largest bust in the 10-y…

Rep. Michael Day testifies to support health bill » Wicked Local Winchester State Rep. Michael S. Day testified before the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing on July 11 in the Statehouse in support of his bill H.1148, An Act relative to treatment of epilepsy and seizure…

Lahey, Beth Israel and others sign definitive deal for mega-merger » Boston Business Journal Lahey Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have overcome a hurdle they have failed to overcome three times in an attempt to merge: signing a definitive agreement that would create the secon…

Baker won't go for "takeback," McAuliffe rips "hocus pocus" GOP health bill » State House News Service As details of the latest rewrite of an Obamacare repeal bill filtered among governors in Rhode Island Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker would not rule supporting an overhaul that capped Medicaid payments t…

Housing

On the right track: New home for Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership » Boston Business Journal Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services is building out a five-story building that will create 40 units of affordable housing an a 27,000-square-foot office for MBHP.…

On the right track: A city-owned parcel will become Cote Village » Boston Business Journal The Cote Village project, located outside Mattapan Square, will be built adjacent to an MBTA rail line.…

Human Services

Public-private partnerships for ending poverty » My South End The potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has resulted in something unexpected: an enormous boost in popularity for the government program. Proposed federal cuts to a range of other social…

Strong voices on both sides of Sanctuary State debate » Sentinel & Enterprise Supporters of the proposed Safe Communities Act say they're encouraged by remarks Gov. Charlie Baker made Monday that he's "open-minded" about the bill that would make Massachusetts a sanctuary state.…

Immigration

Iranian researcher's expulsion worries Boston scientists » Boston Globe Dr. Thomas Michel's worries ratcheted up a few notches Tuesday when an Iranian cancer researcher bound for Boston Children's Hospital was denied entry to the United States even though he held a valid …

Sanctuary-state status unneeded and dangerous » Sentinel & Enterprise Not satisfied with sanctuary cities, advocates for the rights of immigrants living in Massachusetts illegally want lawmakers to support legislation that would designate the commonwealth a sanctuary st…

Passionate positions on both sides of Sanctuary State debate » Lowell Sun Supporters of the proposed Safe Communities Act say they're encouraged by remarks Gov. Charlie Baker made Monday that he's "open-minded" about the bill that would make Massachusetts a sanctuary state.…

Despite Senators' Support, Chelsea Man Faces Deportation » WBUR A Chelsea man who has been fighting to stay in the U.S. for more than 10 years is now suddenly facing deportation. …

Judiciary

State lawmakers continue to snub court appointed attorneys » WWLP 22 News Could you go two months without a paycheck? The 22News I-Team reveals why that's become the norm for a group of state-funded lawyers.…

ACLU poll: Mass. criminal justice system 'biased' » Newburyport News New research shows that nearly three-quarters of Bay State voters believe the justice system favors certain classes of people, and polling done by the ACLU found that voters largely lack an understand…

AG backs Flanagan bill to increase fine for corporate manslaughter » Sentinel & Enterprise Attorney General Maura Healey joined worker safety advocates Tuesday to ask lawmakers to update the penalty for companies found responsible for death, a fine that has not changed since before Maine vo…

Labor

Tufts Medical CEO stands tough, says union hurting Tufts » Boston Globe More than once this week, Dr. Michael Wagner has delivered a tough message: We will not be held hostage.…

As Tufts Medical Center nurses strike turns into lock-out, hospital officials not confident in resolving contract dispute » The Republican Tufts Medical Center officials on Thursday insisted the facility is running smoothly as a nurses strike turned into a four-day lockout but added they weren't confident a resolution to the contract dis…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent Tufts Medical Center nurses 'gallons and gallons' of coffee » The Republican Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday offered up her support for Tufts Medical Center nurses locked in a contract dispute with hospital officials.…

Tufts Medical stands by contract offer to nurses » The Patriot Ledger BOSTON, JULY 13, 2017....Tufts Medical Center officials said Thursday they stand by the “best and final” contract offer they made to a union that called its nurse members into a strike Wed…

Berkshire Medical Center physicians ask nurses to stay on job » Berkshire Eagle Berkshire Medical Center's medical staff leadership on Thursday formally urged the hospital's unionized registered nurses not to vote to authorize a strike.…

Legislative

Dempsey to Resign From Legislature in September; Jockeying Begins » WHAV Haverhill Rep. Brian S. Dempsey plans to retire from the Massachusetts legislature in September as he takes a top position at a well-known Boston lobbying firm.…

Departure of Brian Dempsey shuffles Beacon Hill deck » Boston Herald The bombshell resignation of the heir apparent to Robert A. DeLeo has rocked Beacon Hill, with one back-bench lawmaker saying it could heat up long-simmering resentment against the man widely seen as …

Speaker's job doesn't have the same allure it used to » Boston Herald Top lawmaker Brian Dempsey's abrupt departure to join the lobbying firm ML Strategies sent shockwaves through the State House as high-ranking legislators jockeyed to replace him as Speaker Robert A. D…

Brian Dempsey, powerful Massachusetts budget-writing lawmaker, is taking lobbying job at ML Strategies » The Republican Massachusetts state Representative Brian Dempsey, who co-chairs the Legislature's powerful budget-writing committee, is leaving his post for a job at a top lobbying firm.…

Dempsey expected to ultimately take CEO role at ML Strategies » Boston Business Journal The powerful lawmaker said he will likely step down from the Legislature in the next two weeks. …

Local Government

Proposed Trotting Park connector, crosswalk faces opposition » Wicked Local Falmouth Proposed plans to build a crosswalk and bikeway connecting Trotting Park to Trotting Park Road were met with resistance from a neighbor to the project July 10.…

Townsend selectmen again cited for Open Meeting Law violation » Lowell Sun The Townsend Board of Selectmen has been cited with another Open Meeting Law violation for posting a number of meeting minutes late, dating back to March of last year. This comes after the board recei…

Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons announces re-election campaign » Wicked Local Cambridge Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons will officially kick off her campaign for re-election to the Cambridge City Council at 6 p.m. July 13 at WeWork, 625 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.…

County leases under scrutiny » Cape Cod Times A Times review of leases of Barnstable County owned property has revealed some more unconventional land deals. Among the agreements is a lease between Cape Cod Organic Farm and the county for use of a…

Weymouth, Norwell to receive state grants for new libraries » The Patriot Ledger Shortly after taking office last year, Mayor Robert Hedlund sat down with Director of Library Services Robert MacLean and members of the board of library trustees to discuss Tufts Library's extensive …

State Legislature gives Chicopee OK to use closed library for day care » The Republican The state Legislature has passed a home rule petition to allow the city to use the now-closed Chicopee Falls Branch Library as a day care center or for other educational purposes.…

Swansea fails to win state grant funds for new library » The Herald News The proposed $14.5 million Swansea Free Public Library project did not receive provisional grant approval Wednesday morning from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.…

Milford: $20K grant will help plan climate change resilience » Milford Daily News As aggressive storms batter the region each year, local officials will soon launch a proactive approach to managing the anticipated effects of climate change, thanks to a $20,000 state-funded grant.…

Walsh unveils 'Resilient Boston' report on systematic racism » Boston Globe When Mayor Martin J. Walsh unveiled Thursday his much anticipated initiative intended to tackle what some see as the city's systematic racism, “Resilient Boston,” he had help from someone …

State awards local towns, including Quincy, money to increase pedestrian safety » The Patriot Ledger A handful of local cities were awarded grant funding on Thursday to address the rising number of pedestrians and bicyclists killed and injured on Massachusetts roads. Canton, Duxbury, Hull, Quincy, Ra…

State writes new chapter for replacing Weymouth library » Wicked Local Weymouth

Marijuana

Pot shop hopefuls told to move fast » Boston Herald Budding pot entrepreneurs got a crash course on the growing marijuana industry from business vets as the world's largest cannabis convention rolls into the city.…

Unlike Mass., Maine lawmakers debate their new pot law in public » Boston Globe When it comes to embarrassing political headlines, Maine is usually miles ahead of Massachusetts. That's thanks in large part to Governor Paul LePage who's known for, um, his bombastic style.…

Legislature adjourns to next week without a marijuana bill » The Herald News No pot bill compromise will reach the governor's desk before next week at the earliest. …

Opinion

Trump's nothing-burger is actually a supersized double whopper » Boston Globe A “nothing-burger” is how White House aides airily dismissed the revelation. But like so much that emanates from the Trump White House, it was a supersized Double Whopper with enough hidde…

OUR VIEW: DeVos' gift to predatory colleges » The Metro West Daily News The worst fraud in the higher education world during recent decades has been perpetrated by for-profit colleges that grossly overstate their graduates' ability to land good jobs, that talked students …

It takes a trip to Paris to ask Trump a question » Boston Globe What a strange and marvelous land France is. That country is a democracy, one where reporters still have occasional opportunities to question their nation's leader! …

Paul LePage hates the press. But he's a pretty good golfer » Boston Globe I visit it so rarely and so haplessly that the first tee of any golf course is never my happy place. So imagine the chills that ran down my spine when I spotted the smiling man in the crisp red shirt …

The GOP needs to learn how to govern, and the Democrats need to figure out their identity » Boston Globe It's a tale of two parties, a chronicle of what should be, but hasn't been, the best of times for one, and a story of a second struggling to find a way forward during the worst of times.…

The taking of Francisco Rodriguez » Boston Globe The skies were gray and it smelled like rain Thursday afternoon when Francisco Rodriguez, a 43-year-old janitor at MIT, linked arms with his friends and supporters and walked up to the front door of t…

Our Shared Obligations, An Op-Ed By Representative Day » Winchester Patch “We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” Those are the closing lines to our Declaration of Independence. In addition to other truths, it was also se…

ViewPoint: A business case for criminal justice reform » Boston Business Journal A recent study by economists at Washington University shows that for every dollar spent directly on corrections, the system incurs an additional ten dollars in social costs.…

Carr: Ways, means chair hits eject button » Boston Herald State Rep. Brian Dempsey may be the first casualty of the obscene 40 percent pay raises the Legislature handed itself earlier this year. …

Editorial: 'Open for Business' needs support » Boston Business Journal The state's Open for Business initiative claims that “the best ideas won't come from within government; they will come from the private sector, from local leaders, and from community stakeholder…

Politics

Paul Lepage says Charlie Baker is 'not doing what he needs to do' » Boston.com It's not the first time Maine Gov. Paul LePage has taken a swipe at Massachusetts.…

Liz Warren sounds fundraising alarm over Kid Rock's potential Senate run » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is sounding the alarm with her Democratic base, warning a Senate run by Detroit bad boy Kid Rock could be the second coming of Donald Trump.…

Political Happy Hour: July 13, 2017 » Boston Globe Here's your Papa Hemingway drinking glass of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe at the Massachusetts State House. …

Massachusetts budget chair Dempsey leaving for lobbying firm » The Associated Press (AP)

City politics shaken up by Dempsey departure » The Eagle Tribune

Public Health

At NGA, Governors Outline Long Fight Against Opioid Crisis » RI NPR More than 30 governors from across the US are gathering in Providence for the summer meeting of the National Governors Association. …

No answers from Baker as Trump opioid panel misses key deadlines » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker's office is sidestepping questions about why a panel President Trump formed to fight opioid addiction, which Baker sits on, will miss a second deadline to file recommendations on ho…

Worse than jail: Addicts civilly committed say DOC abused them and failed to treat them » Boston Globe Iraida Hernandez was desperate to find help for her son, a developmentally disabled 26-year-old long addicted to heroin.…

Public Safety

Audit of all untested rape kits across the state could help determine storage needs » The Republican As preparations continue to transform a former National Guard building into a facility to store Massachusetts State Police and Trial Court evidence, including sexual assault kits, the state Executive …

State Finance

State Sen. Ryan Fattman announces amendments » Milford Daily News State Sen. Ryan Fattman, R-Webster, announced that three amendments he proposed in the upcoming fiscal year's budget were adopted in the final state budget that will go before Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Preliminary local aid numbers released » Telegram News The good news from the State House is that there were few reductions on aid to towns and school districts in the latest budget numbers to come out of the House and Senate conference committee. …

Baker's budget review winding down » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker is back in Boston Friday after attending meetings Thursday with other governors in Rhode Island. The governor plans a meeting in his office with his Cabinet, but had no other public…

State Government

Ways and Means chairman Dempsey stepping down » The Salem News BOSTON – In a blockbuster announcement sure to send shockwaves through Beacon Hill, House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey is resigning from the Legislature to take a job at lobbying firm …

Transportation

Colleges balk at bus service reductions » Gazette Net NORTHAMPTON — After 40 years of partnering with the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, representatives from the Five Colleges Inc. say they might have to consider other transportation options.…

Drivers could get harsher sentences for drug possession » WWLP 22 News On Thursday, the state's Joint Committee on Transportation heard from the public regarding bills dealing with transit expansion, driver education and license suspensions.…

MBTA plugs in to new use of parking lot » Lowell Sun If you park at the MBTA station in town, you'll see some shiny objects in the future.…

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren pledges to make East-West rail, transportation top priority on Beacon Hill » The Republican Although a study of high-speed rail between Springfield and Boston failed to make the final version of the $40 billion state budget, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren told Western Massa…

Worcester traffic to improve with completion of Belmont Street Bridge construction next month » The Republican

Utilities

Internet issues in Springfield? Might be a manhole fire in Worcester. Really » Boston Globe Are you, or is someone you know, a Massachusetts state employee? Did you experience internet troubles last week? If so, did you wonder why?…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Editorial: All aboard for commuter rail study » Amherst Bulletin

Rep. Dempsey, powerful budget chair, to join lobbying firm » The Associated Press (AP)

Top Democrat leaving State House, putting future leadership in flux » Boston Globe

Rep. Dempsey, Powerful Budget Chair, to Join Lobbying Firm » NECN

Local residents have mixed feelings about bail reform » WWLP 22

Editorial: Enough with the torpedoing of commuter rail feasibility study » The Recorder

Dempsey Resigning From House To Join Lobbying Firm » WBUR

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 2068 - An Act authorizing the city known as the town of Braintree to continue the employment of Paul J. Shastany as chief of police

HB 3654 - An Act authorizing the City of Lowell to use land at 512 Clark Road and 512.1 Clark Road, which includes land extending into Tewksbury and is currently athletic fields and public space

HB 3715 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Alison Dejordy, an employee of the Department of Children and Families

SB 24 - An Act authorizing the town of Milton to establish a special purpose stabilization fund

HB 2782 - An Act exempting all positions in the fire department of the city of Marlborough from the civil service law

HB 3808 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

Most read bills of the week:

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3808 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB3601 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB1142 - An Act relative to the practice of athletic training

SB2076 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3600 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB2165 - An Act ensuring consumer choice of health care providers

HB2174 - An Act expanding access to telemedicine services

HB3731 - An Act to reorganize the information technology function of the Commonwealth to improve data security, safeguard privacy, and promote better service delivery

House Actions This Week: 284

Senate Actions This Week: 79


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