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DC lobbyists ready for 'Hunger Games' of tax code reform » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — America's corporate lobbyists have patiently sat out the GOP's costly war over health care, which has resembled a Dunkirk-style retreat more than the triumph Republicans promised. …

Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon » The New Yorker The new White House communications director has become obsessed with leaks and threatened to fire staffers if he discovers that they have given unauthorized information to reporters.…

Larry David says his blunt 'Curb' character is no Trump » AP News BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Larry David says his irascible, mouthy character on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is "about a quarter-inch" away from David himself. …

Generals Love Him. Top Democrats Despise Him. Can He Be President Anyway? » Politico Seth Moulton, the junior congressman from Massachusetts, has a war record that appeals to voters and makes opponents nervous. …

Rewriting the pot law was a breeze compared to what comes next » Boston Globe It took Massachusetts lawmakers eight months to rewrite the voter-approved marijuana legalization law. That was the easy part. …

Baker, The Democrats, And Health Care: A Prologue To The 2018 Governor's Race » WGBH News Policy tussles between the moderate Republican administration of Gov. Charlie Baker and the Democrat-controlled Legislature have been few and far between during Baker's first two and half years in off…

Setti Warren settles his debts... in a Senate race » Boston Globe As he moves aggressively forward with his race for the Democratic nomination for governor, Newton Mayor Setti Warren has finally put his one-time bid for US Senate to bed. …

Hydro-Quebec partners up » Commonwealth Magazine HYDRO-QUEBEC, a utility giant that fashions itself the electric battery of the Northeast, is partnering with three different transmission companies in competing for a massive clean energy contract wit…

Gender Inequity Persists In State Legislature » WGBH News Democrat Cindy Friedman won a decisive victory Tuesday when she won the special election to fill the late Senator Kenneth Donnelly's seat in the Massachusetts Senate.…

“The government doesn’t have a very good record of starting agencies from scratch,”

Gregory W. Sullivan - the state’s former inspector general and now at the Pioneer Institute think tank.

Speaking about the deployment of the states marijuana industry.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Senate rejects latest measure to repeal Obamacare » Boston Globe Dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump's agenda, the Senate early Friday rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law after a night of high suspense …

DC lobbyists ready for 'Hunger Games' of tax code reform » Boston Globe America's corporate lobbyists have patiently sat out the GOP's costly war over health care, which has resembled a Dunkirk-style retreat more than the triumph Republicans promised. Now US businesses ar…

GOP unveils slim bill on health » Boston Globe Senate Republican leaders on Thursday trimmed their vision of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, unveiling a new, scaled-down bill that would repeal a few parts of the health law in a last…

Rep. Seth Moulton wants new Democratic leadership before 2018 elections » CBS News Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) tells CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett and CBS News political director Steve Chaggaris that Democrats need a new generation of leaders before the 2018 mi…

Business

Travel company offers blind woman free trip » Boston Globe The chairman of the Boston travel company that turned away a blind woman who signed up for a group trip to Vietnam issued an apology to her on Wednesday and offered her and a guest a free trip of her …

Lights dim for cleantech funding under Trump's budget » Boston Business Journal Under the president's proposed budget, one of the state's thriving sectors would lose a valuable source of early-stage funding. But don't panic — yet.…

Six months in, how is NBC Boston faring against its established rivals? » Boston Globe It's been six months since NBC Boston launched, joining the city's five other TV outlets, including WHDH-TV Channel 7, which had been the local NBC affiliate for 20 years before network bosses decided…

Securities-Backed Loans Raise Revenue, Concerns » Barron's Wirehouses are pushing customers to take out billions of dollars in loans backed by stocks and bonds, a trend that yields lucrative fees for the firms but poses risks for borrowers, The Wall Street Jo…

Wall Street needs you to borrow against your stock » Fox Business Wall Street brokerages are pushing customers to take out billions of dollars in loans backed by stocks and bonds, a trend that yields lucrative fees for the firms but poses risks for borrowers. …

?Raytheon hits stock high as CEO gives shout-out to Trump » Boston Business Journal The CEO of Waltham-based Raytheon Co. said Thursday that President Donald Trump has “has opened several doors for us,” spurring the company to beat profit expectations for the most recent …

Baker OKs tweak of shadow laws to allow for Winthrop Square tower » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Trump's tweets spark local LGBT outrage » Wicked Local Framingham Condemnation was swift and widespread for President Donald Trump's Twitter posts asserting that transgender citizens will no longer be able to serve in any branch of the U.S. armed services.…

WITH POLL: Gov. Baker says gender irrelevant as criteria to serve in military » Wicked Local Maynard Anyone fit to serve in the military should be allowed, regardless of their gender identity, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump declared that transgender pe…

LGBTQ priorities should be restored, lawmakers say » State House News Service A pair of Cape Cod lawmakers is urging legislative leadership to restore more than $4 million in funding for areas they say are priorities for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communi…

Education

Senate approves bilingual education measure » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill that would allow school systems to bring back bilingual education, potentially upending a 15-year-old voter referendum that widely bann…

Environment

Chatham Officials Send Petition to Governor Baker to Back Keating Bill » Cape Cod Online A petition with more than 1,000 signatures has been sent to Governor Charlie Baker, asking him to support legislation that restores the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.…

Scientist: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst » Cape Cod Times Penn State professor and glaciologist Richard Alley picked up a guitar and launched into a ballad about the formation of glaciers and their potential effects on climate change.…

State rule squeezes green energy producers, including Newburyport company » The Daily News of Newburyport Mark Richey has invested more than $4 million in solar, wind and other renewable energy at his Newburyport woodworking facility, making it one of a handful of companies in the state — and natio…

Health Care

Claims that medical school dean led drug-fueled secret life stun many in Boston » Boston Globe Dr. Carmen Puliafito was once among Boston's most prominent physicians, building a clinic from scratch before leaving more than a decade ago for prestigious roles in Miami and then in Los Angeles.…

Baker won't say whether he'll veto health care spending measure » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker declined to say Thursday whether he would veto legislation approved by the state Legislature that omits his administration's plans for containing state health care costs.…

Housing

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly celebrates groundbreaking » Wicked Local Allston-Brighton The Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly held a groundbreaking ceremony July 21 to celebrate its new senior housing building at 132 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton.…

Immigration

Massachusetts Governor Crafting Bill To Override Court Ban On ICE Detainers » Daily Caller Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is drafting a bill that would give police the power to hold illegal aliens beyond the end of their state jail sentences, following a court ruling that such …

Judiciary

Randy Chapman nominated to Salem District Court » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated Salem attorney Randy Chapman to serve as an associate justice in Salem District Court.…

Shanley release moves gov to review civil commitment standards » Boston Herald Lawyers for sexual abuse survivors are heartened by Gov. Charlie Baker's vocal support for a review of the standards to civilly commit criminal sexual predators ahead of today's anticipated release of…

Labor

Governor approves O'Connor sponsored pregnant worker protection bill » The legislation, sponsored by State Sen. Patrick O'Connor, requires employers to provide safe and reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees.…

Pregnant workers' bill backed by Lovely becomes law » The Salem News A bill championed by State Sen. Joan Lovely of Salem that provides new protections for pregnant workers was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday.…

Legislative

Ice bucket challenge week appears destined for state law » State House News Service Lawmakers want to drench the first week of August in cold water, sending Gov. Charlie Baker legislation on Thursday to annually commemorate the catchy and frigid fundraising activity known as the Ice …

Local Government

City recycling program halted after DCM building is damaged » The Herald News Metal stabilizers and concrete blocks are holding up one of the Department of Community Maintenance buildings after an accident Friday caused by the New Bedford-based company hired to run the facility…

Clinton receiving grant for housing rehabilitation, sign/facade program » Worcester Telegram Clinton will receive one of 39 Community Development Block Grants announced last week. Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) help cities and towns respond to specific housing, community, and econo…

Winthrop gets $2.38M in MassWorks Grant » Winthrop Transcript It was more than appropriate to stand in French Square Friday at high noon for the announcement of a $2.38 million MassWorks grant for the town's center business-district infrastructure work.…

Following fatal train crash, Abington selectman wants MBTA at next meeting » The Enterprise Following a fatal train crash this week, Abington Selectman Alex Bezanson has requested that a representative from the MBTA come to the selectmen's next meeting to discuss crossing safety.…

GOUVEIA: His own worst enemy » The Sun Chronicle State representative and mayoral candidate Paul Heroux has a tough fight coming up this fall when he takes on three strong candidates vying to become the next mayor of Attleboro. One happens to be sev…

Marijuana

Marijuana business ban on Milton meeting warrant » The Patriot Ledger Proposals that would ban recreational marijuana retailers and production facilities are headed for the Oct. 23 special town meeting.…

Special Report: Smokescreen over pot panel worries backers » Boston Herald The state's recreational pot law set to go on the books today is already cloaked in secrecy, with the governor, attorney general and treasurer refusing to divulge candidates vying for the five coveted…

Locals express growing concern over 'Walmarts of weed' rolling in » Boston Herald The “Walmarts of weed” from out west — savvy growers already skilled at cranking out plenty of pot — are now eyeing the state's 75 coveted marijuana cultivating licenses, lea…

Gov. Charlie Baker expected to sign state's recreational marijuana reform bill » WWLP 22 News Governor Charlie Baker is expected to sign off on changes made to the states recreational marijuana law on Friday.…

Recreational marijuana survey going out to Huntington residents » WWLP 22 News The town's Planning Board will be sending out a marijuana bylaw survey for residents along with second quarter FY18 tax bills. …

Bay State pot plot » Boston Herald

Gov. Charlie Baker signs revamped marijuana legalization bill » Boston Herald

Opinion

In talking of cancer's ravages, personal choices are beside the point » Boston Globe Re “Young mom loses lung cancer battle” (Metro, July 17): How chilling to read Ann McCarthy Linehan's statement that “of all people,” lung cancer “shouldn't have happene…

Shattuck: Watch state Ganja Gang as it grows like a weed » Boston Herald It's good to have friends in high places. Just ask members of the brand, spankin' new Cannabis Control Commission.…

EDITORIAL: Pot bills winners and losers » Wicked Local Marblehead The probable new law that regulates the retail marijuana industry in Massachusetts was not authored with users in mind but to protect communities from any residual impact.…

Ferriabough Bolling: Women are 'in it to win it' in 2018, and beyond » Boston Herald The statistics are alarming: Of the 535 members of Congress, just 105 are women and of those — only 38 are women of color. Four in the Senate, 34 in the House.…

ViewPoint: Trumpcare: A threat to employee productivity » Boston Business Journal The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 22 million Americans would lose health insurance coverage under the Better Care Reconciliation Act by 2026.…

When it comes to health care, this is an awfully dangerous bet » Boston Globe GOP senators have been asked to make a big leap of faith, urged by their leadership to vote for health care legislation that they know is unworkable, on the promise that it'll be cleaned up later.…

Pressure local officials on Pilgrim shutdown » Cape Cod Times We need guts in elected officials. The Orleans Board of Selectmen on July 19 asked Gov. Charlie Baker to pressure the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to require Pilgrim nuclear plant to transfer highly …

Editorial: ?With threat of federal cuts, Massachusetts must act to help cleantech » Boston Business Journal President Donald Trump's proposed budget would kill all funding for the ARPA-E program, but there are other means more within the state's control that can help shore up the clean energy industry in th…

Letter to the Editor: Question the independence of our electric grid operator » Boston Business Journal With each warning, it becomes clear that our region's “independent” system operator has placed its thumb firmly on the scale in favor of natural gas.…

Politics

Former Romney aide sees Groton's Lindstrom as a "serious candidate" » Lowell Sun Beth Lindstrom would face a challenge in obtaining statewide name recognition and attracting campaign cash but would be a "serious candidate" in the 2018 race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Elizabet…

National women's conference kicks off in Boston » Boston Globe Women from across the country are convening in Boston this week to get training and tips on how to increase women's participation in the political process.…

Facebook funds Harvard effort to fight election hacking, propaganda » CNBC Facebook will provide initial funding for a nonprofit organization that aims to help protect political parties, voting systems and information providers from hackers and propaganda attacks, the world'…

Jay Gonzalez criticizes Charlie Baker's fundraising » Boston Globe

Public Health

N.E. fentanyl deaths 'like no other epidemic' » Boston Globe Mexican cartels are delivering vast quantities of the inexpensive and powerful synthetic drug fentanyl to New England, causing the highest rate of fentanyl-related deaths in the nation while creating …

Boston Has More Rat Sightings Than New York » Boston Magazine Way to go, rodents of Boston. Thanks to the number of the pesky little interlopers roaming apartments from Allston to the North End and beyond, a new study has found that the city has the nation's sec…

Public Safety

Boston police night commander to retire after 39 years on the force » Boston Globe He liked to steal Corvettes, until he ran into Randall Halstead, a young Boston patrolman who took him into custody and put the brakes on his career boosting cars.…

Construction site met code before fire, but tougher measures may be pending » Boston Globe The Waltham apartment complex that burned in a massive fire Sunday morning did not have the type of proactive plan that experts say can help prevent fires at construction sites, because the city did n…

Police: Homeless calls spike in Salem » The Salem News Last July, police responded to 54 calls of service tied to the homeless in Salem. This month, they've gone out on 170 calls - a massive increase of 215 percent. And the month isn't over yet.…

State Government

About that scaffolding on the State House lawn... » Boston Globe Historic preservationists, don't panic when the scaffolding goes up in the coming weeks on the old John Hancock pasture that is now the State House lawn. Rest assured: The governor is not reverting ba…

Transportation

A New Low-Cost Airline With Flights To Europe Is Coming to Logan » WGBH News A new low-cost airline coming to Logan airport, Primera Air, will fly nonstop to Paris and London for as low as $99, but the fare comes with some caveats.…

Baker team lays out approach to transportation spending » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- Top state transportation officials on Wednesday detailed for lawmakers their plans to spend more than $17 billion in state and federal money over five years, with most of the investment goin…

Utilities

Utilities competing to provide clean power to Massachusetts » Boston Herald Central Maine Power company is providing an entry in the contest for the largest renewable energy contract in New England history — a proposal to bring enough green energy from Canada to power …

Compressor opponents applaud Hingham move to 'join the fray' » The Patriot Ledger Opponents of a proposed North Weymouth natural-gas compressor station are applauding Hingham selectmen's decision to create a task force to keep the town updated on the controversial project.…

5 major transmission, hydro and wind partners bid into Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP » The Republican The race is on between major clean energy developers hoping to score long-term, wholesale power contracts with Massachusetts electric utilities.…

'Major' natural gas leak prompts evacuations in Kendall Square » Boston Globe A “major natural gas leak” in Kendall Square shut down nearby roads and prompted officials to evacuate buildings in the area, the Cambridge fire department said.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Number of Mass. fentanyl deaths alarms DEA » Boston Globe

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

MassHealth votes represent major shift » Commonwealth Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3818 - An Act to ensure safe access to medical and adult-use of marijuana in the Commonwealth

HB 3749 - An Act protecting sunlight and promoting economic development in the city of Boston

HB 208 - An Act relative to simulcasting and racing

HB 3680 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

HB 1716 - An Act designating the month of June as Seatbelt Awareness Month

SB 1132 - An Act authorizing the city of Leominster to pay a certain unpaid bill

HB 1809 - An Act designating a certain bridge in the town of Lanesborough as the Sergeant Gregory Aloysius Noonan Bridge

Most read bills of the week:

HB3822 - An Act relative to employer contributions to health care

HB3828 - A message from His Excellency the Governor returning with his reduction or disapproval of certain items and sections for the fiscal year 2018 annual appropriation act

HB3829 - An Act promoting affordable health care options

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3818 - An Act to ensure safe access to medical and adult-use of marijuana in the Commonwealth

SB2124 - An Act improving real property tax abatements, application deadlines, and deferrals

SB1503 - An Act relative to senior citizen property taxes

HB3680 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

SB2093 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

SB2104 - Text of the Senate amendment to the House Bill establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act (House, No. 3680, amended)

House Actions This Week: 233

Senate Actions This Week: 169


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