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Senator who led marijuana talks promoted to Assistant Majority Leader » State House News Service With a new member joining their ranks on Wednesday and immediately receiving a chairmanship, senators signed off on a series of new appointments, including a promotion into senior leadership for Somer…

Former Romney aide considers running against Warren » Boston Globe Longtime Republican operative Beth Lindstrom, a former senior aide to Mitt Romney and manager of Scott Brown's victorious Senate campaign, said Wednesday she is considering a challenge to US Senator E…

Charlie Baker and the 'MassHealth switcheroo' » Boston Globe When it comes to access to medical care, it's gut check time in America — even in Massachusetts, the cradle of health care reform. …

Former SEAL Kristin Beck blasts Trump decision banning transgender people from military » Tampa Bay Times Kristin Beck, a former member of SEAL Team 6 who is now a transgender woman, says the decision by President Donald Trump to ban transgender people from serving in the military would cost more in lawsu…

US conservatism expands to final frontier: City Hall » Yahoo News For decades, a well-funded conservative group has helped state lawmakers across the U.S. write legislation to rein in unions, expand charter schools and lower taxes. …

Massachusetts immigration activists crash Statehouse press conference, face off with Bristol County sheriff » The Republican Massachusetts immigration activists on Wednesday clashed with state lawmakers and Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, protesting a bill aimed at allowing local authorities to cooperate with federal…

Lawmakers hope to undo English-only education in Mass. » Boston Globe Fifteen years after Massachusetts voters pushed bilingual education out of most public schools, lawmakers are on the verge of allowing school systems to teach students academic subjects in their own l…

Berkshire Medical Center nurses authorize strike; talks to resume next week » Berkshire Eagle Registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are giving their leaders a green light to call a one-day strike at the Pittsfield hospital if they deem it necessary, after nearly a year of contract talk…

Former Romney aide considers running against Warren » Boston Globe Longtime Republican operative Beth Lindstrom, a former senior aide to Mitt Romney and manager of Scott Brown's victorious Senate campaign, said Wednesday she is considering a challenge to US Senator E…

Trump Eyes Tax-Code Overhaul, With Emphasis on Middle-Class Break » The Wall Street Journal On the day the Senate moved on long-promised health-care legislation, President Donald Trump signaled his next priority: overhauling the tax code to push corporate rates down and give middle-class tax…

“Congress should be working to make health insurance more affordable while stabilizing the health insurance market, but this bill and similar proposals won’t accomplish these goals,”

Charlie Baker and nine other governors

Urging Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to reject the "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act.

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Beltway Politics

After repeal attempt fails, GOP may chip away at Obamacare » Boston Globe Senate Republicans failed in another attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act Wednesday, forcing them to next consider modestly scaling back the law rather than the outright repeal they have long p…

In Mass., Trump's Transgender Tweet Draws Quick Response » New England Public Radio President Donald Trump Wednesday tweeted that the military will no longer "accept or allow" transgender individuals from serving. And many elected officials and legal advocacy groups in New England a…

Warren: Trump cares 'more about extreme ideology than military readiness' » Boston Globe Massachusetts elected officials and members of the LGBTQ community spoke out Wednesday against President Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military. Many people reacted within the same …

Moulton on Trump transgender tweets: President 'lies all the time' » Boston Herald Congressman Seth Moulton (D-Salem), a decorated veteran of the Iraq War, is blasting President Trump's abrupt announcement this morning that he is barring transgender people from serving in the U.S. m…

Business

Teen sleuths say TD Garden owes $13.8 million in fund-raisers » Boston Globe The group of teenagers who exposed TD Garden's failure to comply with a 1993 state mandate to raise funds for city recreation centers has calculated the organization's obligation — and it's a w…

Total Wine wins challenge on discount pricing » Boston Globe A Boston judge has ruled that Massachusetts alcohol retailers can legally sell booze at deep discounts when they order it in bulk, rebutting state regulators who said the practice can violate a state …

Making it in Central Mass.: Dislocation replaces largesse, security of legacy manufacturers » Worcester Telegram Twenty-four hours a day in Millbury, the smell of familiar chemicals and the comforting hum of machinery permeate the warm, sticky air inside the mill where the innards of Major League baseballs are m…

Proposed Dorchester development would raze auto shops for flats, retail » Boston Herald A mixed-use development with residential rental units, ground-floor retail and art gallery space is slated to replace two auto repair shops on Hancock Street in Dorchester.…

With Artists In Residence, Boston Is Changing How The City Values Art » WBUR For the past year, 10 Boston-based artists have been working with Centers for Youth and Families across the city. The program they're a part of, Boston Artists-in-Residence (AIR), is changing the way …

AG: Massachusetts debt collector to pay $1M in settlement » Boston Herald

Education

Lawmakers hope to undo English-only education in Mass. » Boston Globe Fifteen years after Massachusetts voters pushed bilingual education out of most public schools, lawmakers are on the verge of allowing school systems to teach students academic subjects in their own l…

Advocates hope Finish Line Grant will be key to college — and to jobs » Bay State Banner Imagine this: getting up at 5 a.m. to do laundry, get your kids dressed and fed and off to school or day care, then heading out for a day's work — and, at 7 p.m., turning up to community colleg…

Environment

Report: Chemicals found in public water supplies » Cape Cod Times An environmental organization today released a database of pollutants in public drinking water supplies across the U.S. — including Cape Cod — that show widespread evidence of contaminan…

New Bedford Hurricane Barrier: Not An 'Impermeable Line Of Defense' Against Climate Change » WBUR New Bedford's fishing port is No. 1 in the country in terms of revenue. It's the scallop capital of the world.…

'Hit First And Worst': Region's Communities Of Color Brace For Climate Change Impacts » WBUR The consequences of climate change, experts say, will disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. …

Gaming

Bill to extend simulcasting nears Gov. Baker's desk » State House News Service The status quo is poised to prevail for another year as the Legislature on Wednesday approved another one-year extension of the current simulcasting arrangement, despite opposition from horsemen and s…

Former Raynham track "definitely viable" as horse track, exec says » State House News Service

Health Care

House rejects Baker's health care proposal » The Recorder Describing it as a three-legged stool, House Minority Leader Brad Jones said it appears “the game plan is written” as lawmakers were on the verge Wednesday of sending Gov. Charlie Baker $2…

Baker signs letter urging Senate to set aside 'flawed' health care proposal » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker has signed a letter urging US Senate leaders from both parties to set aside a “flawed” attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is commonly referred to as Ob…

Baker files bill to control health care costs » Lowell Sun Optometrists want to treat glaucoma. Nurse anesthetists want to practice with more freedom. And podiatrists want legislative approval to perform amputations, which can occur when foot doctors are remo…

Heroin-related hospital visits grew 256% in four years » Worcester Business Journal Heroin-related hospital visits in Massachusetts grew by 256 percent from 2011 to 2015, with the sharpest increase among patients between the ages of 25 and 34, according to data set to be released Wed…

House rejects Baker's health care proposal » Lowell Sun Describing it as a three-legged stool, House Minority Leader Brad Jones said it appears "the game plan is written" as lawmakers were on the verge Wednesday of sending Gov. Charlie Baker $200 million i…

Passing on Baker's MassHealth plan, Dems say they'll work on their own » State House News Service House and Senate Democrats, insisting they needed more time to consider strategies to control cost growth in MassHealth and the broader health care system, turned aside Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed M…

MassHealth votes represent major shift » Commonwealth Magazine

Housing

Housing Bond Pitched As 'Engine' In Climate Marked By Rising Prices » Banker & Tradesman Describing it as “the biggest thing that we all do together related to affordable housing development,” a top Baker administration official on Tuesday asked lawmakers to support a five-yea…

Work On Final Phase Of 117-Unit Affordable Housing Complex Underway » Cape News Construction has begun on the third and final phase of what will be, in the end, a 117-unit affordable and market-rate housing complex on Harmony Hill in Monument Beach. …

Immigration

Republicans want arrests for illegal immigration » The Eagle Tribune Republican lawmakers hope to require local law enforcement officers to detain people suspected of violating federal immigration laws, drawing backlash from immigrant rights groups who say it will amou…

GOP legislators introduce immigration bill to override SJC ruling » Boston Globe In a bid to override a ruling issued by the state's highest court earlier this week, Republican legislators have introduced a bill that would allow local law enforcement officials to arrest and detain…

Gov. Baker crafting bill to restore some ICE detainers » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is drafting legislation that would restore the state police's ability to hold some defendants on a federal immigration detainer after they post bail, a policy that was stripped by a…

State reps. defend immigration bill amid protests » Lowell Sun State representatives from the Greater Lowell area defended their new bill that would give police the power to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal authorities during a raucous Wednesday…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker drafting bill after court's ruling on immigrant detention » The Republican In response to a Supreme Judicial Court ruling this week, Gov. Charlie Baker is crafting legislation that would allow the State Police to hold some individuals on federal immigration detainers after t…

Massachusetts Immigrant Ruling Could Guide Other States: Official » US News and World Report A ruling by Massachusetts' top court could influence other state courts to rule that police cannot detain illegal immigrants solely to give federal authorities time to take them into custody, state At…

Gov. Baker Working on Bill on Immigration Detainer Requests » US News and World Report Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is working on a bill in response to a court ruling that forbids police officers in Massachusetts from holding a person based solely on a federal immigration detainer requ…

Hodgson, O'Connell make case for immigration bill » Taunton Gazette A press conference called by Republican lawmakers to outline new immigration enforcement legislation devolved into shouting Wednesday as activists opposed to the measure interrupted the event, drawin…

GOP wants illegal immigrants detained » The Salem News Republican lawmakers hope to require local law enforcement officers to detain people suspected of violating federal immigration laws, drawing backlash from immigrant rights groups who say it will amou…

Baker Administration Drafting Bill To Allow State Police To Cooperate With ICE Detainers » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker is exploring "legislative options" that would allow State Police to cooperate with federal immigration officials on some detainer requests, something the state's highest court ruled…

Feds threaten to strip police grants from sanctuary cities, like Northampton and Amherst » Gazette Net Months of vague threats by Donald Trump's administration against sanctuary cities like Northampton and Amherst just evolved into something more specific.…

Protesters deride plan to overrule SJC, give police power to detain immigrants » Sentinel & Enterprise

Insurance

SBLI is now owned by its policy holders » Boston Globe It's official: The banks are out as owners of the Savings Bank Life Insurance Company of Massachusetts, and the policy holders are in charge.…

Legislative

Blackmer Sets Campaign Kickoff for 1st Berkshire Election » iBerkshires Lisa Blackmer kicks off her official campaign for Democratic nominee for state representative on Thursday evening at the Bounti-Fare Restaurant on Route 8. The North Adams city councilor will lay ou…

Local Government

'People are excited about it': Officials unveil revamped City Hall lobby » Boston Globe It's not your father's City Hall. Renovations to the main lobby at Boston City Hall have been completed after several months of work, creating what officials say is a more pleasant space.…

Marijuana

Amherst eyes local options on recreational marijuana » Gazette Net Amherst officials are considering bringing a series of recreational marijuana-related measures to fall Town Meeting, including adopting a local option sales tax and zoning to better control how shops …

Opinion

Trump's cruel, unnecessary transgender ban » Boston Globe On the 69th anniversary of President Harry S. Truman's executive order that desegregated the military, President Donald Trump reinstated a ban disqualifying transgender people from serving in the arme…

Baker 'pushes' on gas facility? 'Relents' is more like it » Boston Globe With the headline “Baker pushes on gas facility” and the subhead “Directs officials to look into safety, air quality concerns” (Metro, July 18), the Globe creates the false imp…

Politics

Philips quits job to campaign full time » The Sun Chronicle Ted Philips has quit his job as a legislative aide to devote full time to campaigning for a vacant state Senate seat.…

Public Health

MA drivers could face fines for smoking with young children in their cars » Western Mass News A bill filed in the Massachusetts legislature is aimed at cracking down on drivers who smoke in their cars with small children.…

Bill targets smoking with kids in car » The Enterprise If a driver is spotted texting behind the wheel, a law enforcement officer can pull them over and issue a fine. A bill considered Tuesday would give officers that same authority in connection with a c…

House Rejects Gov. Baker's MassHealth Reforms » WBUR Lawmakers have again rebuffed Gov. Charlie Baker's efforts to tie a $200 million health care assessment on Massachusetts employers to changes in the state's Medicaid program.…

'Mosaic' HIV Vaccine Looks Good In Early Trial, Boston Researcher Tells AIDS Conference » WBUR At a major international AIDS conference in Paris this week, researchers presented findings on a new HIV vaccine that look promising enough to launch a big clinical trial by the end of this year. That…

Mass. must ban conversion therapy » Andover Townsman Thank you for the enlightening article about the bill on Beacon Hill entitled “An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors."…

Number of Mass. fentanyl deaths alarms DEA » Boston Globe

Lyme disease antidote may have been discovered by UMass scientist » Metro.us

Public Safety

Hodgson accused of 'colluding' with white-majority agenda » South Coast Today A Chicago-based advocacy group is accusing Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson and several other sheriffs around the country of “colluding” with groups it calls anti-immigrant to main…

Another US state has started replacing in-person jail visits with video calls » Quartz A jail in Massachusetts is banning in-person visits to replace them with video calls, making the state the latest in the US to implement a policy that is widely decried as cruel and counterproductive.…

State Government

Maura Healey: Trump's Transgender Military Ban Is Still Just A Tweet » WGBH News Following President Donald Trump's announcement of a ban on transgender people in the US military, Attorney General Maura Healey emphasized the need for caution and patience in the wake of the Wednesd…

Lt. Governor Polito Signs Community Compact Agreements with Five Cape & Islands Towns » Cape Cod Online Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito spent Tuesday traveling to five towns on the Cape and Islands to sign community compact agreements.…

Court ruling renews push to streamline voter ballot access » Boston Herald BOSTON — Efforts to streamline access to the ballot in Massachusetts are picking up steam after a court tossed out a state's 20-day voter registration cutoff deadline. Voting right advocates sa…

Massachusetts municipalities awarded $30.5 million in Community Development Block Grants: How much did your town get? » The Republican Last week, the Baker-Polito administration awarded 39 Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to 58 communities across Massachusetts. In total, the grants amount to $30.5 million. …

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey calls President Trump 'unfit to lead' following transgender military ban » The Republican After President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday that the government will not accept or allow transgender citizens to serve in its military "in any capacity," Massachusetts Attorney General…

Healey mulls legal response to Trump's "shameful" transgender ban » State House News Service

Transportation

The future of money arrives by bus » Boston Globe If the future of money is a cashless economy where all transactions are done electronically, some of us will get there by bus. Or train, or subway.…

Your (lousy) options during the Mass. Pike and Comm. Ave. closures » Boston Globe Think you can avoid the construction disruption that will soon hit the Massachusetts Turnpike? Well, so does everyone else — and we're all likely to just move the traffic nightmare from one roa…

A North Station to Seaport ferry? Businesses asked to fund new service » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has presented a detailed ferry plan to Seaport business leaders in recent weeks, with a goal of launching a pilot program next spring.…

Southie Edison plant project underscores region's transit woes » Boston Globe

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Massachusetts court ruling on ICE detention prompts bill allowing local law enforcement to work with immigration officials » The Republican

Our opinion: Time for law to keep kids from falling from windows » The Enterprise

Disruption leads to rocky rollout of immigration bill » State House News Service

Court sides with liquor store chain in suit over bargain booze » Boston Business Journal

Baker deputies outline approach to transportation spending » State House News Service

Mass. hospitals feeling surge in heroin-related visits, data shows » State House News Service

Our Opinion: Many ramifications of a new pike exit » Berkshire Eagle

Peter Pan Launches New Stop at Barnstable Municipal Airport » Cape Cod Online

High-speed Rail Should Be Studied » Business West

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