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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

Birthdays: Rep. Hannah Kane

Must-Reads

Momentous SJC immigration ruling still needs legislative support » Boston Globe IN A FIRST-in-the-nation decision, the state's highest court provided a welcome bit of clarity Monday on the proper interplay between local authorities and federal immigration law. …

State grant seen as pivotal for Winthrop business district » State House News Service With his health care reforms pending before the House and just prior to embarking on an out of state trip, Gov. Charlie Baker traveled on Friday to Winthrop where he announced a $2.38 million state gr…

Reps will file bill to counter SJC immigration ruling » State House News Service After the state's highest court ruled there is no authority for officials to hold immigrants solely at the request of federal authorities, three Republican House members are working to gather momentum…

Voter registration deadline struck down by judge » State House News Service A Superior Court judge, in a ruling bound for appeal, found on Monday that the state's voter registration deadline is unconstitutional.…

Berkshire Medical Center nurses file complaint with National Labor Relations Board » Berkshire Eagle Unionized registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are accusing hospital management of threatening to stop their health care and other benefits if they call a one-day strike. …

State Sen. Adam Hinds visits anti-pipeline activists in Sandisfield » Berkshire Eagle The new line is now buried, tucked into the earth with two other pipelines, right next to the Thoreau Cabin Pipeline Barricade. …

Farenthold: It's 'Repugnant' Female Senators Holding Up Health Care Bill » Roll Call Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold said it was “absolutely repugnant” that “some female senators from the Northeast” have been a roadblock to the GOP passing a health care bill. …

Slow growth, tight budgets likely to continue, S&P predicts » State House News Service The rate of job creation will likely slow and budget problems could trickle down from the state to the local level as the plodding economic recovery from the recession that began nearly a decade ago p…

Toohey to Seek State Rep. Seat; End City Council Bid » WHAV School Committee member Shaun P. Toohey is the first Republican to enter the race for the Third Essex House seat being vacated by Rep. Brian S. Dempsey.…

SJC: No Mass. law allows for civil immigration arrest » Milford Daily News The state's highest court has ruled that Massachusetts law does not allow court officers to hold someone based solely on a federal civil immigration detainer, a major decision that could impact how th…

“The question for folks in Massachusetts is we want to be ground zero of the resistance and we want to be putting forth a society that is an alternative to his vision that is open, inclusive and fair and that will succeed — the question is going to be: Are we going to stand up and make it so?”

Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III

Telling Democrats to focus on the real issues that matter to voters.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Senate heads toward a health care vote Tuesday » Boston Globe Senate Republican leaders, trying to keep alive their flagging effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, are barreling toward a showdown vote Tuesday to begin debating a repeal of the health law, b…

Trump's approval rating in Massachusetts is second-lowest in the US » Boston Globe It looks as if Massachusetts is living up to its liberal reputation in at least one regard.…

Joseph P. Kennedy: Fight Trump, but focus on issues important to voters » Boston Herald Democrats need to focus on close-to-home issues that paved President Trump's path to the White House in order to turn around their party's series of demoralizing losses at the ballot box, U.S. Rep. Jo…

Business

Blind woman told she couldn't join a travel tour without a companion » Boston Globe A band of newly arrived travelers gathered in a hotel in Cairo for a luncheon to kick off what promised to be a once-in-a-lifetime two-week tour of Egypt.…

MassDevelopment's new chief needs no introduction » Boston Globe Jay Ash never forgot the first time he met Lauren Liss, then a sympathetic soul at the state Department of Environmental Protection.…

Meet The Immigrant Who's Creating A Venture Capital Fund For Fellow Immigrants » WBUR Semyon Dukach is a serial entrepreneur. In 1997, he started Fast Engines, a company that produced performance enhancing software for online apps.…

Despite company shortcomings, Worcester kept tax breaks in place » Worcester Business Journal In 1996, Worcester city officials eyed the underutilized, polluted former industrial area along Summer Street near Union Station and wanted something better.…

Google-backed Toast raises $101M, says it plans to hire 1,000 in 18 months » Boston Business Journal

Constitutional

Bay State 20-day voter cutoff ruled unconstitutional » Boston Herald BOSTON — A Massachusetts judge has ruled that the state's requirement that eligible voters register at least 20 days ahead of an election is unconstitutional.…

Crimes

Criminal charges for shooting at homes gain support » Lowell Sun Incidents in which gunshots are fired at homes have been on the rise in Massachusetts, yet there are no criminal statutes that adequately or precisely punish the dangerous activity, District Attorney …

Education

School bus route cuts in Boston mean longer trips for most students » Boston Globe The Boston school system, in an effort to save up to $5 million, will consolidate scores of bus routes this fall, resulting in the layoff of dozens of drivers.…

Brockton officials among those challenging education funding adequacy » State House News Service

Environment

A year later, 'goats are being goats' » South Coast Today Barbara Pontolilo, of Stop the Insanity Westport, fondly remembers some delightful words used by a veterinarian months after the landmark animal abuse case of last year…

Mass. must act to seize clean energy mantle, freshman rep says » State House News Service A first-term representative is asking his colleagues to act swiftly on his clean energy legislation, saying passing it this year could help position the state as an industry leader and alleviate lawma…

Sen. Marc Pacheco, officials, discuss efforts to fight climate change » Taunton Gazette Local efforts in the fight against global warm were center-stage at Saturday's South Coast Positive Energy Exchange at UMass Dartmouth. …

A new chapter in clean energy » South Coast Today SouthCoast officials joined forces Saturday to take on climate change during a forum at UMass Dartmouth.…

Health Care

Baker seeks federal approval for health-care system changes » Sentinel & Enterprise As it simultaneoulsy pursues Medicaid reform proposals in the state Legislature, the Baker administration has taken the first steps toward seeking approval of health care policy changes from the Trump…

Baker facing resistance to MassHealth cuts » Commonwealth Magazine

Housing

Median home price in Mass. tops $400,000 for the first time » Boston Globe An anemic supply of properties for sale helped push Massachusetts home prices in June to yet another record high, as competition among buyers grew even more heated.…

Human Services

Future brighter for Lowell's Janas Rink » Lowell Sun If all goes according to schedule, a newly renovated John J. Janas Memorial Ice Skating Rink should be open to the public by Sept. 1, in time for the start of school and youth leagues. …

From Troops To Troupes: Northeastern Vets Find Confidence Again With Improv » WBUR Northeastern University is offering veteran students improv workshops to help them find their voice as they come back into the civilian world.…

Immigration

Court Officers Can't Hold People Solely Under ICE Detainers, Massachusetts Justices Rule » New York Times The highest state court in Massachusetts ruled on Monday that court officers do not have the authority, under state law, to hold people in custody based solely on the requests from federal immigration…

Supreme Judicial Court ruling gives legal cover to sanctuary cities » Boston Globe The state's highest court ruled Monday that under Massachusetts law, local law enforcement officials cannot hold a person who is wanted solely for immigration violations, a ruling that provides a lega…

SJC ruling expected to open door for pols' sanctuary pitches » Boston Herald The Supreme Judicial Court's blockbuster ruling that local authorities can't hold immigrants who are facing an ICE-ordered deportation without a criminal warrant is expected to fuel legislative attemp…

O'Connell, GOP Reps., file bill to counter SJC immigration ruling » The Herald News After the state's highest court ruled there is no authority for officials to hold immigrants solely at the request of federal authorities, three Republican House members are working to gather momentum…

Mass. High Court Rules Local Authorities Can't Detain People Solely On ICE Detainers » WBUR Massachusetts' highest court ruled Monday that local law enforcement officials do not have the authority, under state law, to detain a person based solely on a request from federal immigration authori…

ICE vow gets chilly response » Boston Herald The federal immigration boss' threat to flood sanctuary cities with agents is being blasted by Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, who called the threatened surge a waste of resources — while…

SJC Rules State, Local Police Can't Detain Immigrants Without Charges » CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that state court officers don't have the authority to detain people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally if that person is not…

Hodgson vows to counteract SJC immigration ruling » South Coast Today Reacting to a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision Monday, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson said he is drafting state legislation to counteract the decision by explicitly allowing sta…

Massachusetts High Court: Let Illegals Go » New Boston Post After the state's highest court ruled there is no authority for officials to hold immigrants solely at the request of federal authorities, three Republican House members are working to gather momentum…

Labor

Boston union honors Lynn hero » Lynn Daily News Item The Boston Carmen's Union honored a passenger who intervened when a knife-wielding passenger stabbed an MBTA bus driver.…

Massachusetts secures more than $250,000 for workers harmed by alleged improper wage payments » Legal Newsline

Legislative

18 Bills Signed Into MA Law: See The Full List » Dedham Patch

Local Government

State finds Ashland health board violated Open Meeting Law » The Metro West Daily News The Massachusetts Attorney General's office found that the Ashland Board of Health intentionally violated Open Meeting Law in March.…

MassDOT and Baker speak with Tewksbury officials about traffic and infrastructure updates » Wicked Local Woburn Cloudless skies and high temperatures couldn't stop Gov. Charlie Baker and Massachusetts Department of Transportation, (MassDOT,) Acting Administrator Jonathan Gulliver from making an appearance at â…

Massachusetts 20-Day Voter Registration Cutoff Ruled Unconstitutional » WBUR A Massachusetts judge has ruled that the state's requirement that eligible voters register at least 20 days before an election is unconstitutional.…

Marijuana

Milford marijuana referendum question could change » Wicked Local Milford Depending on whether a bill revising the state's recreational marijuana law is approved by Gov. Charlie Baker, town officials say they may have to reword Milford's referendum ballot question.…

Massachusetts marijuana laws got a Statehouse rewrite. Here's what you need to know » The Republican The Massachusetts marijuana law is getting a rewrite. The state has actually two marijuana laws -- approved by voters -- that Statehouse lawmakers revised, largely behind closed doors.…

Pot dispensary reviewed by Natick board » The Metro West Daily News Selectmen got their initial look Monday at plans for a medical marijuana dispensary in a business park off Rte. 9.…

Framingham voters could see pot ballot question in November » The Metro West Daily News The list of major decisions facing voters this fall may soon grow. Framingham residents could be asked to decide in November whether to cap the number of retail marijuana establishments that operate i…

State Rep. Hannah Kane backs changes to marijuana law » Wicked Local Westborough

Opinion

Our view: Lawmakers must show restraint on new budget » Gloucester Times "Anytime there are vetoes, we never put everything back, but I'm hoping for a substantial amount to go back. Maybe the House thinks differently, but for me personally, I didn't see a need for these cu…

Between the Lines: What's Another $1,000 on Top of Tuition? » Valley Advocate The cost of a University of Massachusetts Amherst education has increased on average by more than $1,000 each year for the past three years.…

The perversity of the climate science kangaroo court » Boston Globe EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is reportedly giving serious consideration to investing the taxpayers' money in a “red team-blue team” effort to determine whether current scientific underst…

Jared Kushner should answer questions in public » Boston Globe Jared Kushner stepped outside the White House and, for a few moments, the country experienced the rare sound of his voice.…

Clive McFarlane: Working through the clouds of marijuana legislation » telegram.com The good news coming out of the Massachusetts Legislature last week is that it will largely, not fully, honor the will of the people who voted overwhelmingly last November for Question 4, the recreati…

A critical moment in our oceans' health » Cape Cod Times The controversy over the establishment of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument has highlighted a series of questions, the least of which is why a review is needed in the first place.…

EDTIORIAL: Mental illness should be part of health curriculum » Lowell Sun We give Kyrah Altman, Lauren Wilkins and Alex Buckman a lot of credit. As students at Leominster High School, they and a handful of their classmates saw a serious problem that wasn't being addressed p…

How Activists Turned a Bad Massachusetts Bill Into a Great Law » Leafly Op-Ed: Boston-based attorney Shaleen Title is a longtime drug reform advocate and co-founder of the THC Staffing Group. In 2016, she was a co-author of Question 4, the Massachusetts adult-use legaliza…

Anti-boycott forces are waging the wrong battle » Boston Globe

Politics

Republican lawyer to announce run for attorney general » Boston Globe While some Democrats continue to watch Attorney General Maura Healey for signs that she'll change her mind about running for governor, Healey has drawn her first challenger for reelection in 2018.…

Robert Farmer, 78, legendary fund-raiser for Democratic presidential campaigns » Boston Globe At one point during the 1988 Dukakis presidential campaign, Bob Farmer sat in a hotel suite with a wealthy donor, who placed a substantial check on the table. “I didn't want to appear too anxiou…

Some local voters hold fast to choice for Trump as president » telegram.com With recent national polls showing weaker support for President Donald Trump, some area residents who voted for him in November are holding firm.…

Tito Jackson, activists rip mayor on crime » Boston Herald Tito Jackson is stepping up his criticism of Mayor Martin J. Walsh's response to shootings and murders in the city this summer - an attack the mayor said is “counterproductive.”…

1st Berkshire District: Canning is first Republican to announce run » Berkshire Eagle 1st Berkshire District: Canning is first Republican to announce run…

Public Safety

Despite massive blazes, wood-frame rules stick » Boston Herald There's no immediate move to change state building code regulations governing wood-framed structures in the wake of two multi-alarm blazes that ravaged under-construction apartment complexes in Waltha…

State OKs Shastany As Full-Time Braintree Police Chief » Dedham Patch

State Government

Mass. court rules voter registration deadlines before elections are unconstitutional » The Republican A ruling Monday by the Suffolk Superior Court has determined that the statewide practice of setting a 20-day registration deadline prior to election day is unconstitutional, arbitrary, and has needles…

Top economic development official delivers upbeat message in Lowell (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun

Taxation

Lawmakers look to boost tax revenues for FY 2018 » WWLP 22 Lawmakers are looking for new revenue sources to combat slow tax revenue growth this fiscal year. The state ended fiscal 2017 with $431 million less in tax revenues than expected according to the Depa…

Lawmakers still pondering sales tax holiday » WWLP 22 Massachusetts' sales tax holiday usually occurs in August. But only one week remains before the month begins and the legislature has yet to decide whether to give you a break from the 6.25 percent sal…

Some senators looking to expand scope of prop tax bill » State House News Service Senators have filed more than two dozen amendments to the property tax bill expected to be debated Thursday in the Senate.…

Transportation

Communities rally to fight MBTA's 74-foot towers » Eagle Tribune Local governments are joining together to oppose the MBTA's plans to install towering monopoles along commuter rail lines to improve wireless service on the trains, with some communities weighing lega…

The pedestrian buttons at crosswalks? They do nothing. » Boston Globe As cars poured through the intersection at Congress and Sudbury streets in downtown Boston, Megan Reilly paused at the curb and pressed the walk button. …

Electric car 'clean drive expo' returns to Northampton » The Republican Those hankering to test-drive electric cars from a variety of manufacturers will have a convenient opportunity on Saturday.…

Massachusetts Transportation Chief Intends To Review PVTA Cuts » WAMC The top transportation official in Massachusetts plans to review the service cuts planned by the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts. Local officials and advocates for bus pas…

Milton working to form regional aircraft noise coalition » The Patriot Ledger Selectmen Chairman David Burnes said he is working on putting together a regional coalition of elected officials seeking a more equitable solution to the problem of aircraft noise.…

MBTA Officials Say Fiscal And Management Changes Are Producing Benefits » WBUR MBTA officials say fiscal and management changes implemented over the past two years are now producing benefits.…

Race to fix Commonwealth Avenue bridge is about to start » Boston Globe Transportation officials aren't sugarcoating it: the Commonwealth Avenue bridge project is going to massively disrupt travel for tens of thousands of commuters when it begins in earnest this week.…

Comm. Ave. project to affect all modes of travel » Boston Herald Drivers, train riders and straphangers could face nearly three weeks of hell on wheels beginning tomorrow as the state launches an $82 million replacement of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge — wi…

I-Team: Congressional Leaders Ask FCC To Investigate Impact Of MBTA WiFi Project » CBS Boston Congressional leaders in Massachusetts are asking the Federal Communications Commission to “carefully examine” a project that would upgrade WiFi service along the MBTA's commuter rail syst…

'We're really messing up your commute and you need to know that,' transportation chief Stephanie Pollack warns Mass. Pike commuters » MassLive

Somerville Projects Included In Gov.'s $250M Roadway Investment Program » Dedham Patch

Utilities

Hingham may form compressor station task force » Wicked Local Quincy Selectmen will discuss forming the volunteer panel during its July 25 meeting. Selectmen have already passed a resolution opposing the proposed North Weymouth natural-gas compressor station. Parts of …

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey takes aim at proposed Eversource rate hike » The Republican Massachusetts utility customers served by Eversource could see their electric bills go up significantly if the company prevails in an open rate case.…

NRC: Pilgrim workers 'deliberately' violated security procedures » Cape Cod Times Two workers at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth were caught cheating their way into the secure plant grounds, but federal officials have determined they were simply cutting corners rather…

Fiber Connect's broadband build-out off and running in Monterey - and it's picking up speed » Berkshire Eagle Adam Chait is savior or troublemaker, depending. The guy who's shaking things up on the rural broadband front works out of a two-room apartment in an old house on Main Street, where his office assista…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Ultra-Efficient, Economical Apartments Now In South Boston Are Part Of 'Big Wave' » WBUR

USS Constitution Returns To Boston Harbor After Restoration Work » WBUR

Fire Destroys 264-Unit Apartment Complex Under Construction In Waltham » WBUR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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