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The condition for which Senator John McCain [age 80] had surgery on Friday may be more serious than initial descriptions have implied » New York Times The recovery time from a craniotomy [opening skull to reach blood clot] is usually a few weeks.…

An effort to ban public funding of abortion in Mass. is underway » Boston Globe In the heated debate over funding for abortion, one argument often silences both sides: Taxpayers aren't paying for abortions anyway, since federal funding has been prohibited by the Hyde Amendment fo…

DeLeo picks Jamaica Plain Democrat as next budget chief » Boston Globe The speaker of the Massachusetts House has chosen Representative Jeffrey Sánchez to be the chamber's budget chief, elevating the self-described “practical progressive” to one of the mos…

Update Mass. laws to break child sexual abuse cycle » Boston Globe Massachusetts state Senator Joan B. Lovely was sexually abused as a 6-year-old by a maternal uncle, trauma that ultimately has led her to file comprehensive legislation to protect kids. …

Fixing health care the right way » Boston Globe Massachusetts has consistently been a national leader in improving health care access and working to address high health care costs. We were the first state in the nation to provide near universal ins…

U.S. governors are wooed on NAFTA - by Canada and Mexico » Politico Massachusetts President Donald Trump has vowed he'll pull out of NAFTA if he doesn't get the changes he wants. So Canada and Mexico have found a workaround: reach out directly to U.S. governors, local lawmakers and…

Five things you should know about Jeffrey Sanchez » Boston Globe State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez has played a role in shaping health policy in Massachusetts since before Romneycare. Sanchez, 47, was in the House for the 2006 passage of the state's landmark hea…

Self-Described 'Real Indian' Offers Abrasive Challenge to Warren » New York Magazine There's zero doubt that Republicans all over the country dislike Senator Elizabeth Warren with a particular passion. And though they are loath to admit it, many probably fear her as a potential 2020 p…

“I’m incredibly humbled to be nominated for this position by the Speaker,” Sanchez said in a statement. “Having chaired the Committees on Public Health and Health Care Financing, I hope to use this post to protect those in most need off it — like many of my constituents — while protecting our state finances and the Massachusetts economy.”

Representative Jeffrey Sanchez

Commenting on his nomination to chair the House Ways and Means committee.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

US Sens. Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren back effort to require education for opioid prescribers » The Republican In an effort to cut down on the number of Americans becoming addicted to prescription painkillers, U.S. Sens. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, offered legislation this week that would require opioid medica…

Trump's Opioid Commission Fails To Meet Deadline, Again » The Huffington Post WASHINGTON ? President Donald Trump's commission to address the nation's opioid epidemic has delayed issuing its interim report. The report was supposed to be released yesterday. …

Civil Rights

Power to seize phone, Net records is a 'sanctioned fishing expedition,' critics say » Boston Globe When prosecutors first pushed for the power to seize telephone and Internet records themselves, bypassing the need for a judge to approve a warrant, they argued the power was necessary to help them qu…

Crimes

Proposed Massachusetts law would let cops steal your car if it had a "hidden compartment" » BoingBoing Hey, remember how Bill Clinton doubled down on the War on Drugs, perfecting Reagan's haphazard and shoddily made race-war into a well-oiled incarceration machine that turned America into the world's g…

Education

Baker signs off on Lowell high school » Boston Herald The Legislature earlier this month passed a home-rule petition that would pave the way for the city of Lowell to build the high school on the site of Cawley Stadium, instead of building downtown where…

State Rep. Scibak talks up tuition-free education bill » Boston Herald State Rep. John Scibak joined Boston Herald Radio's “The Rundown” program yesterday to talk about a bill aimed at providing tuition-fee higher education.…

Environment

Refuge petition asks governor to back Keating bill » Wicked Local Orleans Gov. Charlie Baker received a formal request from Chatham officials Wednesday and it came with the support of more than 1,000 voices.…

Rattlesnake rattles Springfield's South End neighborhood » The Republican A large timber rattlesnake was found lounging on the front stoop of a William Street building Saturday, just where residents had to pass to get in and out of the four-family building.…

Gaming

Are thoroughbreds a good bet for the state? » Commonwealth Magazine TEN HORSES SHOOT OUT of the gate with Simply Mas moving quickly to take the lead. The pack bunches up at the first turn, with Worth the Worry moving up on the inside and Goodbyeguinessbok gaining grou…

Health Care

Top 2 officials out at Manchester VA hospital » Boston Globe Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin on Sunday removed the two top officials at the Manchester VA Medical Center and ordered a “top-to-bottom” review of New Hampshire's only hospita…

State Budget Contains $3 Million For Bay State Health » WAMC State Senator James Welch of West Springfield said he and other members of the local legislative delegation secured $2 million in the budget for the new medical school Baystate Health plans to open in…

Urgency grows for single-payer health system » Cape Cod Times With polls showing a majority of Americans holding unfavorable views of plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the conversation about replacing the current system with a single-payer or …

Immigration

Chabot: 'ID the Imposter' officer rips Charlie Baker on immigration » Boston Herald A Bay State police officer who is leading the charge against drug-dealing identity thieves is slamming Gov. Charlie Baker as soft on illegal immigration yesterday, joining a growing chorus of critics …

Judiciary

Malden, Medford to receive funding for housing courts » Lynn Daily News Item Malden and Medford residents will finally get their day in Housing Court.…

Labor

Nurses expected back today » Boston Herald More than 300 nurses locked out of Tufts Medical Center since their one-day strike Wednesday are expected to return to work today after what hospital management charges was a “violent” end…

Dozens of legislators to deliver 'letter of concern' to Tufts CEO » WCVB BOSTON — Dozens of Massachusetts legislators announced their intention to deliver a letter "expressing deep concern" amid the ongoing strike and lockout at Tufts Medical Center.…

Baystate Health, Greenfield nurses head back to the bargaining table next week » The Republican GREENFIELD -- Baystate Health and the unionized nurses at its Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield will return to the bargaining table next week.…

Mayor Walsh Urges Tufts Medical Center, Nurses To Negotiate » CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) – Mayor Marty Walsh and other elected officials visited Tufts Medical Center nurses Saturday as the union and hospital remain at odds following a 24-hour strike.…

Legislative

Beacon Hill Roll Call » Telegram News Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators' votes on roll calls from prior Senate debate on the fiscal year 2018 budget approved by the Legislature and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker. There were no roll…

State Rep. Kate Campanale talks Trump, Dixon, guns and making things happen » Worcester Sun Republican state Rep. Kate D. Campanale, who represents Worcester's 17th District (encompassing all of Leicester and “all the way to the Dunkin' Donuts on Main South”), met for an extended…

Sanchez named House Ways & Means chairman » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON DEMOCRAT REP. JEFFREY SANCHEZ will succeed outgoing Rep. Brian Dempsey as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, a pivotal fiscal affairs and policymaking post in state government. The…

Jeffrey Sanchez tapped for top House spot » Boston Herald State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez of Jamaica Plain has been tapped to the high-powered chair of the House Ways and Means Committee after last week's startling announcement that Rep. Brian Dempsey, the House …

Amid House promotions, Holmes calls demotion "petty" » State House News Service

New position for Rep. Benson in State House shake-up » Lowell Sun

DeLeo picks Jamaica Plain Democrat as next budget chief » Boston Globe

Boston Rep. Jeff Sánchez Tapped For House Ways And Means Chairmanship » WBUR

Local Government

Lynnfield library must wait » Lynn Daily News Item There was no surprise present for the library's 125th birthday.…

Marijuana

Imagine what CBO-style analysis could do for marijuana in Mass. » Boston Globe Imagine how different our national health care debate would be if there were no Congressional Budget Office. Without its widely respected assessments of the costs and benefits of each Republican propo…

Groundbreaking medical pot case allowed to move forward » WCVB

Marijuana in Massachusetts: Lawmakers agree to rewrite of voter-approved pot law, propose taxes up to 20 percent » Mass Live

Lawmakers reveal new deal on state marijuana law » WCVB

Mass. lawmakers unveil proposed overhaul of marijuana law » Boston Globe

Legislature seeks to double tax on recreational marijuana » Boston Business Journal

Opinion

From bad to worse on guns » Boston Globe The gunman's bullet that struck Representative Steve Scalise at a congressional baseball practice last month entered at his left hip, smashing bone and tearing into internal organs as it ripped throug…

Carr: Mass. gov a tangled web of bureaucracy » Boston Herald Here's the headline on a recent press release out of Gov. Charlie Baker's office: “Baker-Polito Administration Announces Redesign of Mass.gov, Seeks Public Feedback.”…

The country needs help. Send lawyers, press, and bureaucrats » Boston Globe These are topsy-turvy times in American politics, with florid, conflicting pronouncements emanating from the White House, familiar verities upended, and commentators at a loss to find new superlatives…

Editorial: Higher ed gravy train » Boston Herald

Governor, please, no more nonsense » Sentinel & Enterprise Say it ain't so, Charlie. Say it like you mean it once and for all: Massachusetts is not -- and will not -- become a sanctuary state for as long as Charlie Baker is governor.…

Editorial: Let's get rolling on legalized pot » Telegram News These days, it wouldn't be surprising to hear comments like this over last November's vote: It's what the public voted, time to move on.…

Editorial: Watchdog needs to bite » Boston Herald And speaking of holding the line on state spending (see above) the House is losing one of its cooler heads with the surprise resignation of Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey (D-Haverhill), who is …

New Education Commissioner Can Return Massachusetts To the Right Path If It's the Right Pick » New Boston Post

Politics

Lantigua evicted from campaign headquarters » The Eagle Tribune A splashy red, white and blue banner with a grinning portrait of William Lantigua beside a fluttering American flag was tacked over the length of the Essex Street storefront that the former mayor rent…

Race for mayor gets easier for DiNatale » Sentinel & Enterprise THE RACE FOR mayor in Fitchburg is shaping up to be more a walk than a sprint for incumbent Stephen DiNatale.…

These governors won over unlikely voters and have some lessons for Washington » Business Insider The most popular governor in America is a Republican who leads a heavily Democratic state. Not far behind is a Democratic governor of a state that Donald Trump swept last November.…

Battenfeld: Lining up against Liz Warren » Boston Herald A wealthy Massachusetts businessman and outspoken opponent of President Trump has launched a Republican bid for U.S. Senate, setting up a potentially divisive primary fight against a Trump loyalist.…

Warren headlines town hall event to rally Democratic base » Cape Cod Times

Public Health

As Ticks And Lyme Disease Spread, Prevention Efforts Limited To 'Shoestring » WBUR Last August, an 81-year-old man from East Falmouth, Massachusetts, died of a very rare virus called Powassan, a tick-borne infection that can lead to paralysis and death. Otherwise healthy and active,…

Public Safety

His parents said he just needed to sleep. A SWAT team came instead » Boston Globe As police cars rolled into his pristine suburban neighborhood last Saturday night, past the sprawling Colonials and manicured lawns, and as dozens of officers from across the region surrounded his hom…

State Finance

Baker vetoes $320m in budget, pushes MassHealth changes » Boston Globe

State Government

This Week On Beacon Hill: WMass Transit Woes, State Budget Not Finalized, Cost of Tuition » New England Public Radio

Taxation

Massachusetts tax system blocks payments, sends refunds in error » MassLive More than 100 Massachusetts taxpayers who recently tried to make estimated payments on their 2017 taxes through the MassTaxConnect website instead saw those payments refunded. …

Utilities

Falmouth ruling bolsters cause for neighbors of Plymouth turbines » Cape Cod Times For neighbors of the Future Generation Wind turbines who have been complaining to town and state officials about the effects of the four 500-foot tall turbines, things have been looking bleak.…

Baker steps up role in vetting Weymouth gas project » Boston Globe

Weekend News

Embattled Mystic Valley Regional Charter School reported wrong data to state » Boston Globe A Malden charter school that recently faced criticism for banning certain hairstyles reported erroneous information to regulators about the number of students who left during the academic year, accord…

Welcome the 'truth in death' movement » Boston Globe In his too-short life, actor Nelsan Ellis was ashamed of his secret — hard-fought addictions to drugs and alcohol. When he died this month, his family refused to allow that shame to follow him …

Controversial taxes pitched as funding source for free college in Massachusetts » Metro Higher education students and advocates continued their quest to make public colleges and universities free or debt-free in Massachusetts by asking lawmakers to start by providing one full year of tui…

Freedom's just another name for less coverage and more paperwork » Boston Globe Because Americans have bought the myth of frontier self-reliance, 81-year-olds face draconian consequences for screwing up their paperwork.…

Trustees group looks to Boston for next project » Boston Globe In their 126-year history, the Trustees of Reservations have amassed more than 27,000 acres from Williamstown to Nantucket, open spaces that beckon hikers, dog-walkers, and history buffs for weekend e…

Maggie Hassan joins Kid Rock rumble; Geoff Diehl deals anti-Liz Warren hats » Boston Herald The Granite State's U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan became the latest Democrat to launch a fundraising pitch off Kid Rock's rumored Michigan Senate run — a sign that Elizabeth Warren's call for cash on…

Retailers mull ballot question, wait on tax holiday decision » Lowell Sun A 2018 ballot campaign to lower the state's 6.25 percent sales tax is being considered by brick-and-mortar retailers stung by the migration of consumers to online shopping and frustrated by Beacon Hil…

A firing that should have stuck » Boston Globe Something is terribly broken in our city and state when a public menace like David Williams can't be fired.…

At a four-star veterans' hospital: Care gets 'worse and worse' » Boston Globe This is what the US Department of Veterans Affairs says a four-star hospital looks like.…

Sen. Warren urges town hall crowd to 'join the fight' » Martha's Vineyard Times Health care, student loan debt, environmental issues, and civility dominated Saturday's question and answer session with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.…

Proposal would help cover college costs for in-state students » WWLP 22 Some lawmakers are pushing to give Massachusetts students one year of free college. But the proposal is drawing controversy over eligibility and funding.…

Bill would cover cost of one year of college for low-income students in Massachusetts » The Republican State lawmakers want to give some Massachusetts residents the opportunity to attend one year of public college for free. …

Baker budget review winding down » Berkshire Eagle Massachusetts is still without a state budget, but probably won't be for long.…

Baker Remains Opposed To GOP Health Care Bill » WBUR Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says a preliminary review by his administration of the latest version of the Senate GOP health care bill has not changed his opinion that it would be harmful to Massachus…

Magliocchetti will run for Dempsey's 3rd Essex seat » The Eagle Tribune School Committeeman Paul Magliocchetti has confirmed he will run for the House seat being vacated by longtime Democratic state Rep. Brian S. Dempsey.…

Retailers Mull Ballot Question, Wait On Tax Holiday Decision » The Associated Press (AP) A 2018 ballot campaign to lower the state's 6.25 percent sales tax is being considered by brick-and-mortar retailers stung by the migration of consumers to online shopping and frustrated by Beacon Hil…

State Rep. Brian Dempsey resigning from State House » WWLP 22 Massachusetts will be losing a key member of the state's leadership.…

State Budget Funds Office to Increase Employee-Owned Businesses » iBerkshires Adam Vartikar grew up in a family-owned business in Brookline and now his parents are looking to retire.…

Dempsey leaves DeLeo with tough choice » Berkshire Eagle 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…

New park and road opening Monday in Attleboro » The Sun Chronicle U.S. flags flying from the antique-style lampposts along the new road off Wall Street, even though the Fourth of July has long passed, let passersby know something is up.…

Berkshires debate: Does anti-discrimination bill violate freedom of speech? » Berkshire Eagle A proposed law in the Statehouse is generating controversy in the Berkshires.…

THE COLUMN: Skanska missteps rankle leaders » Lowell Sun There's nothing like being accused of surreptitiously working to derail the most important public construction process in the city's recent history to put a damper on a family vacation.…

Co-op info office funded » The Recorder When Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, was first elected in 2010, he began hearing about a state office that helped get information to workers and business owners interested in turning their businesses into wor…

Mass. lawmaker: Free college plans need more study » The Metro West Daily News The chairman of a key committee studying proposals to make public colleges and universities free in Massachusetts said he needs to see a detailed cost analysis before he's willing to back the measures…

Men Can Cook raises $7,000 for Veterans' Association of Bristol County » The Herald News Apparently, men can cook and people are willing to pay up for a chance to try their dishes.…

State budget could be impactful to hilltowns » WWLP 22 Gov. Baker still has to decide whether to approve or veto the entire budget …

This 32-year-old state senator is trying to get patent trolls out of Massachusetts » Tech Crunch When the internet security company Cloudflare decided to engage in all-out war with what it views as a “dangerous new breed of patent troll,” it found a receptive audience with Eric Lesser…

Sen. Rodrigues lends a hand to move Westport River center forward » The Herald News The proposed River Center building has received help from the state Legislature toward some self-sufficient wastewater initiatives.…

Mariano: Worcester's all-star political lineup » Worcester Sun Legendary City Manager Francis J. McGrath stands with then-Mayor Joe Tinsley as Jeff Mulford signs on to take over for McGrath. Two of these three men are Mariano All-Stars -- find out who didn't make…

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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 - 7/17

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 7/18

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Schmid

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

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

10:30am Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

11:00am ERPO Legislation Lobby Day, Nurses Hall, State House

11:00am Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

12:30pm Sen. Sal DiDomenico Luncheon, Grand Staircase, State House

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

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

2:00pm Mandela Day Celebration, Great Hall, State House

Wednesday - 7/19

Birthdays: Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, Senator Walter Timilty

10:00am City Spotlights Leadership Program, Grand Staircase, State House

10:00am Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Public Hearing

11:00am Promote Prevent Commission, B-2

11:00am House Committee on Technology & Intergovernmental Affairs, Oversight Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

3:00pm Boston Mayoral Candidates Live Town Hall Conversations: Tito Jackson, Healey Library, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard

6:00pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Thursday - 7/20

2017 mid-year campaign finance reports due

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm 1199SEIU Standout in Protest of Speaker Paul Ryan, 213 Merrimack Street, Lawrence

3:00pm Boston Mayoral Candidates Live Town Hall Conversations: Marty Walsh, Healey Library, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard

6:00pm Rep. Joan Meschino's Hull Summer Social

6:00pm Climate Action Business Association Panel Discussion: Making Energy Storage Work for our Communities, Old West Church, 131 Cambridge Street, Boston

Friday - 7/21

Birthdays: Rep. Colleen Garry

No Hearings Scheduled


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