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California Shows How States Can Lead on Climate Change » New York Times The state is making a bold global statement with its cap-and-trade program. …

The TV That Created Donald Trump » The New Yorker Rewatching “The Apprentice,” the show that made his Presidency possible. …

Watch: Radio host Howie Carr and Republican Senate candidate get in on-air yelling match » Boston.com Conservative radio host Howie Carr and Republican Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai, the only current declared 2018 challenger to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, would appear to be natural allies. …

Chuck Schumer: A Better Deal for American Workers » New York Times (T)heir agenda is designed to "boost wages, lower costs, and unrig the economy to make it work for all Americans, not special interests or just the wealthiest few."…

Health Care, Tax Overhauls Drive Lobbying in Trump Era » Roll Call During the turbulent first six months of the Trump administration, some of the biggest lobbying groups scaled back their spending as his signature initiatives collapsed. But major agenda items, includ…

Districts lose money when top politicians depart » Eagle Tribune BOSTON — For more than six years, Brian Dempsey held the state's purse strings as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, a position that allowed him to steer tens of millions …

From the projects to one of the most powerful posts on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe Jeffrey Sánchez was 20 years old when the Stuart case ripped open the stitches on Boston's racial scars, sending police into the Mission Main housing project where he grew up, cops grabbing kids an…

DeLeo pushes back on criticism from Holmes » Boston Herald Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo yesterday defended his leadership of the House, calling it a “team” effort amid criticisms from a Boston lawmaker that the Winthrop Democrat was a Trum…

Healey to DPU: Cut Eversource rates » Commonwealth Magazine ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY is pushing state regulators to reject a bid by Eversource for a $96 million increase in electricity rates and instead order the utility to cut its prices by an unspecifie…

Charlie Baker's showdown with Democrats over Medicaid, explained » Boston.com BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has delivered an ultimatum of sorts to Democrats on health care. …

“My ambitions are with what’s before me right now,” he said. “For the benefit of what the speaker has asked me to do, my ambitions are to understand what I can and that I hit the ground running hard.”

Representative Jeffrey Sanchez

Commenting on his thoughts about someday taking over for Speaker DeLeo.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide's Home » Daily Caller FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's information technology (IT) administrator, according to an individual who was intervi…

Donald Trump Is Not Invited to the Wedding » New York Magazine It was Joe Scarborough's 53rd birthday, April 9, 2016, and his youngest child, an 8-year-old boy named Jack, was trying to tell him something. …

Business

Baker confirmed attending benefit for fishermen » Gloucester Times When fishermen and supporters gather for the Northeast Seafood Coalition's annual fundraiser Thursday night, they will be joined by one of their highest-profile backers.…

Crimes

For Mission Hill, a senseless loss to gun violence » Boston Globe Senseless gun violence in Boston has taken yet another life, this time hitting Mission Hill's soul. The fatal shooting of Andres “Cholo” Cruz on Tuesday afternoon has reverberated througho…

Education

Mildred Elley could be affected by easing of financial aid rules » Berkshire Eagle Mildred Elley, a for-profit career training school with a Pittsfield campus, is turning 100 this year. The U.S. Department of Education may have a birthday present in store.…

Environment

Sandwich's Longtime Natural Resources Chief Departs » Cape News Mark S. Galkowski, conservationist, hunter, sailor, storyteller, teacher, and longtime town employee, will never escape his most famous act: reintroducing wild turkeys to Cape Cod.…

Gaming

Casino expert: Changing 4 a.m. last call will be contested » Boston Herald Any attempt by state legislators to roll back a controversial 4 a.m. last call at casinos will see heavy opposition from industry leaders looking to pull in late-shift workers — an untapped mar…

Health Care

Baker, Democrats spar over Medicaid shakeup » Lowell Sun Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has delivered an ultimatum of sorts to Democrats on health care.…

Senator: Veto means kids could die on waitlist for services » State House News Service

Housing

Ultra-Efficient, Economical Apartments Now In South Boston Are Part Of 'Big Wave' » WBUR You may have heard about passive housing: residences built to achieve ultra-low energy use. Imported from Germany, it's been kind of a boutique-y thing here until recently, with eco-minded homeowners …

Canal Bluffs project to be done by next fall » Monument Beach resident Bill Keating awaits some more new neighbors in autumn 2018.…

Immigration

High Court: Detentions for ICE not backed by Mass. law » The Recorder

'Victory,' Maura Healey declares after Massachusetts court ruling on ICE detention » The Republican

Labor

Boston Has Eliminated Sexism in the Workplace. Right? » Boston Magazine Years ago, Kathy-Anne McManus moved her family from Australia to Boston to take an executive job with a technology firm. After high-profile positions at software and digital service firms in Singapore…

Legislative

Chabot: Pols ready to put off work to party » Boston Herald Beacon Hill pols are poised for summer vacation, getting ready to party with 6,000 lawmakers flying in from around the nation — while leaving health care reform and a massive revenue shortfall …

Local Government

USS Constitution Returns To Boston Harbor After Restoration Work » WBUR The USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat, has returned to Boston's waters.…

Methuen Receives $430 Million in Federal Grants for Housing, Services » WHAV Methuen is receiving about $430 million in federal grants for housing rehabilitation, planning for a “slum and blight” inventory and social services.…

Swampscott receives MVP community designation » Lynn Daily News Item Swampscott has been designated a municipal vulnerability preparedness community by the Baker-Polito Administration.…

Same-day voter registration worries local town clerks » The Sun Chronicle Foxboro Town Clerk Robert Cutler grimaces when asked about same-day voter registration.…

Marijuana

Keller @ Large: Picking Apart The New Pot Bill » CBS Boston The Massachusetts House and Senate completed work on their new recreational marijuana bill last week, coming to a compromise on tax rates and the path by which individual communities can ban pot sales…

Overhaul on pot laws could face legal issues » The Daily News of Newburyport Lawmakers overhauled the rules for recreational marijuana this week, but their changes are raising concerns about legal challenges and whether communities will get enough tax revenue to cover the cost…

Opinion

Carr: Dissenting voice is missed in Legislature » Boston Herald Alan Sisitsky, the former state senator who died this month at age 75, once spoke some of the most unforgettable words ever uttered about the Massachusetts Legislature.…

Your View: Let's make New Bedford the U.S. center for offshore wind » South Coast Today Up and down the eastern seaboard, states are competing to attract new investments in offshore wind. Rhode Island is home to the first offshore wind farm in the country. Maryland recently approved two …

Jane Sanders' Vermont deal deserves scrutiny — and fairness » Boston Globe The sale of a large swath of lakefront property in Vermont to Burlington College, when Jane Sanders headed that now-defunct school, raises legitimate concerns and deserves serious, impartial scrutiny.…

Massachusetts should not be compelled to subsidize boycotts of Israel » Boston Globe Last week, Massachusetts lawmakers heard testimony on a bill that would require those seeking to do business with the state to affirm that they are in compliance with all Massachusetts antidiscriminat…

So you think you can do without health insurance? » Boston Globe For a moment, I saw what looked like an explosion of white stars, then black cobwebs floated in and out of my field of view.…

THE COLUMN: COOL pick draws puzzled looks » Lowell Sun VERY SO often someone is hired for a relatively high-profile job in the city which leaves folks saying 'what the heck.'…

Editorial: Frenzy over last call » Boston Herald We probably shouldn't be surprised that, in a state where it was illegal to order a Bloody Mary at brunch before noon on Sunday until just a couple of years ago, some people are fighting a modest exte…

Baker trying to have it both ways » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER has publicly criticized Republican efforts in Washington, DC, to roll back health coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act. …

Republicans must challenge Trump on health care » Boston Globe Despite months of Republican futility on health care, President Donald Trump is obsessed with pushing his party to fulfill its campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Thus he is urging Sen…

Bolling: Despite clashes, Tito and Marty have plenty in common » Boston Herald Looking past the sometimes heated rhetoric of the city's mayoral race, it's clear Mayor Martin J. Walsh and City Councilor Tito Jackson have a lot in common.…

Baker misses point on working chief's pension (Editorial) » The Republican

Massachusetts should not be compelled to subsidize boycotts of Israel » Boston Globe

Politics

Gov. Baker: 'I wasn't invited' by Paul Ryan » Boston Herald ov. Charlie Baker said he didn't join U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan during his highly publicized visit to Lawrence this week because he “wasn't invited.”…

Mayor kicks off bid to win second term » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh officially kicked off his re-election campaign yesterday by pledging to advance the policies he says have made Boston a better city.…

Heroux walks out on radio talk show » The Sun Chronicle Was it something he said? Apparently yes, according to state Rep. Paul Heroux, who walked out of a live radio talk show recently.…

GOP attorney from Bourne poised to launch AG campaign » State House News Service

Public Health

Key part of opioid legislation is not working » Boston Globe More than a year after a comprehensive law was passed to address the state's opioid epidemic, few patients appear to be taking advantage of a key provision designed to help them connect with addiction…

Public Safety

MA jail ending in-person visits; switching to video chats » WWLP 22 A Massachusetts jail will soon implement a new technology that will end in-person visits between inmates and their family members and friends.…

State Finance

State finishes previous fiscal year short $431m in taxes » State House News Service Massachusetts ended a tumultuous budget year in 2017 with a revenue gap of $431 million, squarely within the ballpark that Gov. Charlie Baker said would be reasonably manageable as his administration …

State Government

Grants to fund housing, economic projects in western Massachusetts » WWLP 22 Dozens of Massachusetts communities are receiving grants from the state to fund housing and economic projects.…

State awards federally-funded grants to communities » Boston Herald Dozens of communities around Massachusetts are sharing $30.5 million in federally funded community development block grants.…

On Beacon Hill: Signed, sealed and delivered » State House News Service BOSTON — A budget, a pot bill and a shuffle of House leadership. Teary goodbyes, promotions and demotions. Take a deep breath, it's finally the weekend.…

Transportation

MBTA readies new system for verifying passengers' payment » Boston Globe Frustrated by the loss of tens of millions of dollars in uncollected fares, the MBTA will soon require passengers to show their tickets before boarding commuter rail trains at North Station.…

New Mass Pike access eyed » The Berkshire Eagle The state will examine whether it's possible to close the 29-mile gap between Massachusetts Turnpike interchanges in Lee and Westfield by building a new on- and off-ramp somewhere in the middle. …

MBTA, once 'devouring itself,' is on the mend but still needs work, Massachusetts transportation officials say » The Republican

Privatizing bus repair could cut costs by one-third, MBTA says » State House News Service

Utilities

Utilities spend millions to replace old pipes, lay new wires and update infrastructure in Central Massachusetts » Worcester Telegram Utilities in Central Massachusetts are digging up pipes, installing equipment and laying new cables across the region while spending millions of dollars to improve the distribution of electricity an…

Weekend News

Fire Destroys 264-Unit Apartment Complex Under Construction In Waltham » WBUR A major fire in Waltham has destroyed an under-construction luxury apartment complex.…

One big cancer breakthrough is likely on the way to patients. Here's what may be coming next » STAT News CAR-T is having a moment. The Food and Drug Administration looks poised to approve the first hot-wired white blood cell treatment from Novartis, promising to change the lives of patients with a partic…

No room for Dems on Republican health bill » Berkshire Eagle When Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 without a single Republican vote, they were criticized as being too partisan. In the end, however, the bill included many Republican ideas.…

Murphy: Danny Ainge's latest campaign is pulling for son Tanner's Congress candidacy » Boston Herald Though a friend and supporter of Mitt Romney when the former Massachusetts governor was still politically active, Danny Ainge considers his own world far saner.…

50 years later, Metco's dream is still unanswered » Boston Globe First, there was the spitting incident. The target: students at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School participating in a Black Lives Matter sit-in three years ago. Then, in 2016, the hate resurfaced. T…

GOP misread Trump victory as mandate to gut health care » Boston Globe There's a deep love for Donald Trump here in the Mahoning Valley, once a reliably Democratic swath of northeastern Ohio that turned purple in the last election. But when it comes to Republicans in gen…

'Let Obamacare fail,' says Trump. It already has. » Boston Globe Republicans will pay a heavy price for breaking their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. For seven years, the GOP vowed to eliminate the unwise, unpopular law, and during Barack Obama's years …

Bill caps retail taxes on pot sales at 20 percent » Wicked Local Wellfleet Almost three weeks later than they had hoped, lawmakers on Monday struck an accord on marijuana policy that would tax retail pot sales at a maximum rate of 20 percent and paves the way for sales to be…

Editorial: Uncle Sam comes tough for small towns sometimes » The Recorder In some parts of the county, it's easy to demonize the federal government as just a big vacuum when it comes to taxpayer money. Yet if we are really paying attention, we see there are programs where U…

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Rescinding Leominster's Rule 34 faces uphill battle » Sentinel & Enterprise COMING RIGHT OUT of the box as newly elected president of the Leominster City Council in January, David Cormier chose to exercise his new authority by submitting a petition, which was adopted on a 6-2…

White House indicates it won't fight Russia sanctions » Boston Globe The White House indicated Sunday that President Trump would accept new legislation imposing sanctions on Russia and curtailing his authority to lift them on his own, a striking turnaround after a broa…

Carr: My visit with prez just a coincidence - really, it was » Boston Herald Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary yesterday morning and I arrive for a meeting in the Oval Office with POTUS a few hours later in the afternoon.…

Editorial:... And on Beacon Hill » Boston Herald Beacon Hill watchdogs could easily publish their own “pig book” (see above), and the first chapter would probably focus on the tourism spending account in the annual state budget.…

Walsh, Evans On Tito Jackson's Crime Accusations: "He's Completely Wrong" » WGBH News Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner Bill Evans dismissed criticism from City Councilor and Mayoral challenger Tito Jackson regarding the way the Boston Police Department and Walsh's administrati…

Other cities models for how Lowell might vote » Lowell Sun For 60 years, this city has batted down attempts to change its at-large election system even as other large cities, and many smaller ones, acquiesced to internal pressure to reform.…

Beacon Hill Roll Call » Worcester Telegram Beacon Hill Roll Call records local legislators' votes on roll calls from the week of July 17-21.…

John Barrett III sets sights on 1st Berkshire District seat » The Berkshire Eagle John Barrett III isn't ready to retire from politics: He's launching a campaign to represent the 1st Berkshire District in the state House of Representatives.…

Again Warren delivers historic fundraising returns » Goozer Nation As per fresh figures given through the crusade to a political online news agency, she realized well almost three and a half million dollars amongst the previous two months, culminating the aggregate m…

State Rep. John Velis deploys to South Korea » WWLP 22 A western Massachusetts state representative will deploy to the other side of the world. State Representative John Velis serves western Massachusetts and the country in more ways than one. You probabl…

New pot bill poses challenges for local towns, businesses » telegram.com Local business leaders and municipalities continue to brace for the possibility of pot stores, in the face of last week's compromise marijuana bill by Massachusetts House and Senate conferees. …

New Maynard dock expands river use » Wicked Local Maynard With the presence of state officials making it official, OARS opened a handicap-accessible boating dock and kayak landing in on the Assabet River in Maynard on July 20.…

House GOP leader says Mass. Dems should wait-and-see on vetoes » telegram.com The state Legislature has a track record of overturning most budget vetoes each year, regardless of who is governor, but House Minority Leader Brad Jones is urging his colleagues to take a wait-and-se…

Ballot push for downtown Lowell High School begins » Lowell Sun Undaunted by the City Council's decision to relocate Lowell High School to Cawley Stadium, a group of residents who advocated for keeping the school downtown have formally begun a campaign to put a qu…

Sex Ed Should Be Accurate and Age-Appropriate » Dedham Patch Senator Jason Lewis in support of bill that seeks to improve sex education in schools systems that provide it. …

Central Mass. lawmakers push measure on gun silencers » telegram.com That “poofft” that accompanies a silenced gunshot in the movies? …

Lexington student testifies for dyslexia legislation at Statehouse » Wicked Local Lexington Acadia Connor, of Lexington, along with several other members of Learning Ally's Youth Examples of Self-Advocacy, presented testimony in support of pending dyslexia legislation on July 11 at the State…

Our Opinion: A key position stays in county with Pignatelli » The Berkshire Eagle The recent death of State Representative Gailanne Cariddi has obvious ramifications for her North Berkshire district but it impacts the Berkshires as a whole. If the county had lost the leadership of …

House, Senate tweak marijuana bill » Sentinel & Enterprise House 136-11, Senate 32-6, approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a conference committee compromise version of a bill changing some provisions and adding other provisions to the law, approved by vote…

Sale of balloons raises concerns for environment » Wicked Local Cape Cod For 50 years balloons have been sold at the Friday night Chatham band concerts as a fundraising effort by St. Martin's Masonic Lodge. In recent years, with concerns about the environment, the lodge ha…

Massachusetts Cannabis Overhaul Could Prompt Legal Challenge » Leafly Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to sign a cannabis overhaul bill that the state Legislature sent to his desk on Thursday, but one Republican lawmaker is already warning that one of the bi…

Dempsey leaves legacy of a city changed » Eagle Tribune The last seven state budgets authored by Haverhill Rep. Brian Dempsey gave the city millions of dollars to offset its debts, boost education and create projects to establish Haverhill as a hub of acti…

MassDOT Secretary Praises Massive Road Reconstruction in Dalton » iBerkshires MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack says the massive $10.5 million reconstruction of East Housatonic Street is a perfect example of what the state wants to see.…

Youths do lunch with McGovern » The Recorder After eating a green pepper with his lunch, 5-year-old Brayden Garland was jazzed up. He showed off his stretchy, green bracelet he got after eating his vegetables today. He then said to a nearby phot…

McGovern spotlights meals program run by Leominster's Spanish American Center » Sentinel & Enterprise In the hour before U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern was set to hold a roundtable discussion with state and local leaders on summer food programs, he visited with the local residents most at risk of going hungry…

Island-hopping planned by Gov. Baker » Martha's Vineyard Times Last weekend it was Senator Elizabeth Warren, this weekend it's Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. It must be summer on Martha's Vineyard.…

Our Dogs Can Get Lyme Vaccines And We (Still) Can't. When Might We? » WBUR For Dr. Stanley Plotkin, a prominent vaccine scientist, Lyme disease is personal. His son, Alec, collapsed from a slow heart rate when he was 39, brought down by a rare heart complication from Lyme. …

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Week In Review: Who Will Run For President From Mass. In 2020? » WBUR

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 7/24

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 7/25

Birthdays: Rep. Hannah Kane

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Oversight Hearing

11:00am Yoga Day, Great Hall, State House

11:00am SPECIAL COMMISSION ON ONLINE GAMING, FANTASY SPORTS GAMING AND DAILY FANTASY SPORTS, Room 222

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

1:00pm Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development, Informational Hearing

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

1:00pm Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

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

7:00pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Special Election for Sen. Kenneth Donnelly's seat

Wednesday - 7/26

10:30am House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Oversight Hearing

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

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

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

Thursday - 7/27

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

Friday - 7/28

No Hearings Scheduled


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