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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

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1:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

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Birthdays: Senator Donald Humason, Jr.

Must-Reads

Trump Fuels Intrigue Surrounding a Former I.T. Worker's Arrest » New York Times It helped that the story seems to involve, if only tangentially, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who is the former chairwoman of the committee and an ally of Hillary Clinton's.…

Let psychiatrists talk about Trump's mental state » Boston Globe Not long ago the Goldwater Rule was an answer in a trivia game, and one almost exclusively played by psychiatrists. Recently it has come under intense public scrutiny, and just last week its foundatio…

Sage Advice From the 'Gold Standard' of White House Chiefs of Staff » New York Times When a new White House chief of staff takes over, the smart ones check in with James A. Baker III, the only man to have occupied the office two different times for two different presidents and who is …

Centrist lawmakers plot bipartisan health care stabilization bill » Politico A coalition of roughly 40 House Republicans and Democrats plan to unveil a slate of Obamacare fixes Monday they hope will gain traction after the Senate's effort to repeal the law imploded. …

Ivanka and Jared find their limits in Trump's White House » Politico The president's daughter and son-in-law continue to hold sway over personnel decisions, but last week's decision on transgender military service was a reminder that they have so far had little effect …

These five people will help oversee Mass. recreational marijuana industry » Boston Business Journal Just an hour after Gov. Baker signed legislation solidifying the state's new laws on recreational marijuana, State Treasurer Deb Goldberg already has appointments to one of the oversight boards. …

Boston Police respond to Trump's speech to law enforcement » Boston Globe The Boston Police Department aims to help, not harm. That's the department's response to President Trump's advice Friday that police not “be too nice” delivered in a speech on gang violenc…

How 2018 became the new 2020 » Politico The 2020 Democratic presidential road show is already underway. And 2018 is beginning to look like the dress rehearsal. …

Seth Moulton thinks Democrats need 'new generation' of leadership » Yahoo News Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a decorated Marine Corps veteran, has quickly made a name for himself as an outspoken critic of President Trump. In a wide-ranging conversation with Yahoo Global News Ancho…

In battle with Liz Warren, Geoff Diehl draws parallels to insurgent movement vs. Hillary Clinton » Boston Herald Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl, who will officially launch his U.S. Senate bid Tuesday, is comparing his underdog campaign to the insurgent movement that cost Hillary Clinton the presidency. …

State offers new momentum for offshore wind power » Cape Cod Times One of three companies with plans to build commercial wind farms south of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard has begun a formal analysis of their lease area. …

“The proposal I am announcing today would limit the impact of Citizens United, close loopholes for raising and spending campaign funds, shed light on independent expenditures, and make Massachusetts campaigns more transparent to the public,”

Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez

Speaking about Charlie Baker and his fundraising techniques.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Another big mention for Moulton » Commonwealth Magazine Politico's massive profile of Seth Moulton struggles with the opposing Beltway views of the congressman from Massachusetts: Is he a rank opportunist willing to say and do almost anything to win White …

Business

Mass. restaurants want OUI serving data eliminated » Boston Globe Massachusetts bars and restaurants are pushing to eliminate a state program that tracks where convicted drunk drivers had their last drinks before being arrested, saying it embarrasses businesses with…

Funding for women entrepreneurs slackens, despite concerns about bias » Boston Globe In 2016, only 9 percent of the $71.7 billion in US venture capital funding went to companies with female founders, according to data prepared for The Boston Globe by the research firm PitchBook . That…

How did biotech become a Hollywood supervillain? » STAT News Earlier this month, John Crowley, CEO of Amicus Therapeutics, cued up “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” as a refresher before the debut of its blockbuster sequel. Soon his living room playe…

A Boston firm labeled a 'patent troll' by some says it is actually performing a service » Boston Globe Wendy Verlander is either a righteous avenger for ripped off inventors, or the new face of an old menace, the patent troll. Three years ago, Verlander left the world of big-firm law to start Blackbird…

GE's Jeff Immelt said to be on shortlist for Uber CEO gig » Boston Globe Jeffrey Immelt, the outgoing chief executive officer at General Electric Co., is on a narrowing list of candidates to take over as head of Uber Technologies Inc., two people familiar with the matter s…

Education

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: On Leominster schools chief, Lanciani's a tough grader » The Sentinel & Enterprise LEOMINSTER AT-LARGE COUNCILOR James Lanciani Jr. left no doubt about his opinion of district Superintendent Jim Jolicoeur during the City Council's debate on additional funding for the school departme…

Senate backs off immersion for English learners » The Lowell Sun Senators on Thursday adopted legislation upending a 2002 ballot law that requires English-immersion instruction for public school students, including those not yet fluent in the nation's predominant l…

Harvard looks to Bowdoin as model in eradicating frats, but its decision had mixed results » Boston Globe When Robert Edwards became president of Bowdoin College in 1990, he had an open mind about fraternities. He had attended Princeton and belonged to Colonial, one of the university's exclusive eating cl…

Federal

John Kelly, Trump's new chief of staff, 'won't suffer idiots and fools' » The Washington Post Twelve days after Donald Trump's election victory, the president-elect asked John Kelly to meet with him at the stately Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., to discuss the roles of secretarie…

Health Care

Legislature rejects Baker's MassHealth plan » The Lowell Sun House 41-116, Senate 32-6, rejected Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to make some major changes to MassHealth, the state's Medicaid program that provides health care for approximately 1.4 million qualifi…

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- A MassHealth message from Democrats » Wicked Local Sherborn

Legislative

Sen. Lovely appointed assistant vice chairman of Ways and Means » Wicked Local Salem Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) announced Sen. Joan Lovely (D-Salem) has been appointed assistant vice chairman of Ways and Means. Sen. Lovely previously has served as a memb…

Local Government

Walsh: Health chief under internal probe » Boston Herald Felix G. Arroyo, City Hall's chief of Health and Human Services, is under internal investigation for unspecified reasons, Mayor Martin J. Walsh confirmed yesterday.…

What's so special about this election? » The Sun Chronicle Apparently the special election to replace state Sen. James Timility isn't so special. Some of the candidates running in the race say many voters do not seem to be aware of the election. When they cam…

How Profits From Opium Shaped 19th-Century Boston » WBUR On the second day of 1826, an elegant gentleman with a full head of white hair sits down behind a desk -- perhaps at his stately Boston townhouse, or maybe at his Brookline estate. …

Marijuana

Statehouse recap: Legal weed and health care dispute » Berkshire Eagle That was the message from Democrats on Beacon Hill to Gov. Charlie Baker this week, marking what amounts to the most significant, if not the first major policy dust-up between the Kumbaya Caucus of Th…

On Beacon Hill: Someone has to be the thimble » State House News Service That was the message from Democrats on Beacon Hill to Gov. Charlie Baker last week, marking what amounts to the most significant, if not the first, major policy dust-up between the Kumbaya Caucus of T…

MA governor signs revamped bill on recreational marijuana use in the state » Blasting News

Opinion

Senator Jeanne Shaheen : The Global Gag Rule Isn't 'Pro-Life'—It's Lethal » Broadly

Politics

Seeing Openings On The City Council, A Large Field Of Candidates Assemble In Springfield » WAMC

State Finance

Op-Ed: Conference on state budget » Jamaica Plain Gazette In early July, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $40.2 billion FY18 Conference Committee budget. After the House and Senate pass their versions of the budget, three House and three S…

Taxation

State Senate Approves Expanding Veterans Tax Write Off Program » iBerkshires

Transportation

Commuters endure seven-mile backup on Pike » Boston Globe The state kicked off the replacement of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge last week, and Interstate 90 is now down to two lanes in each direction in the Allston area. At 9 a.m. the state Department of Tr…

Weekend News

Plans for shade-casting skyscraper in Boston move forward » Daily Journal A Massachusetts bill allowing construction of a skyscraper that would cast shadows on two of America's most treasured parks — Boston Common and the neighboring Public Garden — has been s…

Mass. can enforce clean water rules abandoned by feds » Boston Globe When the Trump administration abruptly backed out of new clean water standards, slated to take effect in Massachusetts on July 1, it handed Governor Charlie Baker an opportunity to lead. Baker's admin…

Another 20-Something Enters Race to Succeed Rep. Dempsey » WHAV George Bonner has become the third candidate to take out nomination papers for Haverhill's Third Essex state representative seat.…

Gov. Baker surveys Route 38 improvements » Tewksbury Town Crier Gover­nor Charlie Baker made a stop in Tewksbury last week to survey the road im­provements that will soon be coming to Route 38. As part of an infrastructure tour that Governor Baker and Lieute…

Massachusetts immigration ruling debated » Miami Herald A court ruling that forbids police officers in Massachusetts from holding a person based solely on a federal immigration detainer request is prompting calls for action from across the political spectr…

Boston Holodomor activists unite behind Genocide Education Bill » The Ukrainian Weekly Boston Holodomor activists gather on the steps of the State Capitol following the June 27 hearing on the Genocide Education Bill.…

Initiatives Benefit Environment, Housing, Education » Cape News Accessibility, transparency and community engagement were key themes of my campaign and I hope this regular letter continues to give residents a clear overview of some key initiatives of my office.…

Charlie Baker Works on a Bill to Validate Immigration Detainer Requests » Mid Day Daily Republican Charlie Baker doesn't agree with a recent court decision. This ruling gives police officers in Massachusetts next to zero validation for their immigration detainer requests. Only an additio…

Local lawmakers slam MBTA Wi-Fi plan » Gloucester Times Cape Ann's three state lawmakers are stepping up their call for the MBTA's management board to not only take a fresh look at its planned monopole Wi-Fi project but to pull back the existing contract i…

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

Protections for pregnant workers now spelled out in state law » South Coast Today Flanked by more than two dozen lawmakers, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday signed into law new protections for pregnant workers that would ban discrimination in the workplace and require employers to pr…

State lawmakers straying from English immersion ballot question » WWLP 22 News Senators on Thursday plan to vote on legislation upending a 2002 ballot law that requires English-immersion instruction for public school students, including those not yet fluent in the nation's predo…

Leominster to hire worker focused solely on opioid crisis » The Sentinel & Enterprise The city will start the search for a part-time opioid resource coordinator to work with the police and fire departments this week.…

State fails to OK tax holiday for 2nd year » Boston Herald Massachusetts retailers will decide Wednesday whether to advocate for a 2018 ballot initiative to slash the sales tax, after the Legislature adjourned Friday without approving a sales tax holiday for …

You might think having more farmers markets is good for farmers. Often it's not » Boston Globe It sounds like Michelle Obama's dream come true. The number of farmers markets in Massachusetts has almost tripled since 2004, to nearly 300 last year. In Boston alone, you could go on a locavore bend…

Maternal deaths at MetroWest hospital prompt state probes » Boston Globe Seveny Fuchu's doctor sent her to the hospital to deliver two weeks before her due date last fall. Her husband raced out of work and met her there with a suitcase. The child they had waited for, throu…

Many of state's elderly residents struggle to pay their bills » Boston Globe Judi Gorsuch has a degree in literature from Michigan State University. She worked as a flight attendant for 19 years, earning up to $40,000 a year, and spent a decade at the Boston Public Library in …

25 years after 'The Year of the Woman,' what's changed? » Boston Globe Twenty-five years ago, women who chafed at the spectacle of an all-male Senate panel grilling Anita Hill over her allegations of sexual harassment rose up and entered the corridors of power. The media…

Medical marijuana dispensaries will get a jump on new retailers » Boston Herald Medical marijuana dispensaries are likely to play a key role in the retail weed supply chain when legal sales finally begin next July, the key lawmakers behind the state's revamped marijuana bill tell…

Governor Baker signs rewritten recreational pot law » Wicked Local Beverly Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law on Friday overhauling the marijuana legalization measure voters put on the books in November, and immediately afterward offered a cautious outlook on the future of the …

Baker signs bill making changes to marijuana law » South Coast Today Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday he remained wary of the impact legalized recreational marijuana might have on the state, yet hopeful that revisions made in the voter-approved law would ea…

MBTA board to take up Foxboro rail pilot Monday » The Sun Chronicle The proposed commuter rail pilot program to bring service to Foxboro will go before the Fiscal and Management Control Board for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Monday.…

Former state Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera, former Councilor Brian Santaniello take out papers for 2017 Springfield City Council race » MassLive Former state Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera and former longtime City Councilor Brian Santaniello took out papers by Friday's deadline for the council race on the 2017 city election ballot.…

Winchesters' Sen. Jason Lewis defends new marijuana rules » Wicked Local Winchester Gov. Charlie Baker signed a comprehensive marijuana bill into law on Friday, ensuring that those 21 years and older will have access to legal marijuana, setting the tax rate on retail sales, and impos…

Diverse concerns emerge at state council visit to Barnstable Senior Center » The Barnstable Patriot State officials visiting Barnstable Senior Center Tuesday said they were glad it wasn't a beach day, because the cloudy weather helped deliver the largest, most diverse turnout yet for Gov. Charlie Ba…

Longtime councilmen bow out of running for another term » WWLP 22 News There's been a local political shakeup. 22News has confirmed that a couple of longtime faces on Springfield's City Council will be changing.…

Massachusetts Republicans want arrests for illegal immigration » The Register Herald Republican lawmakers in Massachusetts hope to require local law enforcement officers to detain people suspected of violating federal immigration laws, drawing backlash from immigrant rights groups who…

Governor Signs Re-Written Marijuana Bill » iBerkshires Gov. Charlie Baker signed updated marijuana regulations into law Friday.…

Property-tax break bill passes state Senate » The Greenfield Recorder The Massachusetts Senate this week OK'd legislation allowing property-tax breaks for low-income seniors, veterans, and the disabled.…

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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 - 7/31

Birthdays: Senator Donald Humason, Jr.

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, Public Hearing

Tuesday - 8/1

6:00pm Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Formal Announcement & Fundraiser

Wednesday - 8/2

No Hearings Scheduled

Thursday - 8/3

Birthdays: Rep. Stephen Kulik

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Watertown House Party for Setti Warren

Friday - 8/4

No Hearings Scheduled


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