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Must-Reads

Pols bank $67G from eliminated travel perk » Boston Herald Summer break-bound Beacon Hill lawmakers, who failed to pass a popular sales tax holiday last week, collected $67,000 in taxpayer-funded travel stipends this year despite eliminating the perk when the…

Burning trees for fuel may soon qualify for state subsidies » Boston Globe The Baker administration plans to designate a fuel derived from felling trees and clearing brush in forests as a form of renewable energy, a move that environmental advocates say would increase emissi…

Visa program offers promise to the poor - then breaks it » Boston Globe It was the type of celebration that's become commonplace in the Seaport District.…

Trump's continued attacks on Clinton tell us why the Democrats lost » The Washington Post Winners, when they reach the end zone, are supposed to act like they've been there before. So why is President Trump still waging war on Hillary Clinton?…

D.C. could take a page out of Massachusetts' book, Rosenberg says » Boston Globe In a stark contrast to the partisan rancor in Washington, the atmosphere among the politicians onstage in Boston Sunday was amicable, if not oftendownright jovial.…

Bankers leery of pot industry's accounts » Boston Herald Bankers and insurers are grappling with the financing issues around the nascent marijuana industry, amid concerns the clash between state and federal law could leave the financial industry vulnerable …

Gov. Baker's immigration bill would cast a wide net for ICE » Boston Globe Last Tuesday, in response to a Supreme Judicial Court ruling that state and local police and court officers have no legal authority to hold people on civil immigration detainers, Governor Charlie Bake…

Bill de Blasio Will Push for Tax on Wealthy to Fix Subway » New York Times Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to push for a tax on wealthy New Yorkers to pay for improvements needed to address the crisis engulfing New York City's subway, city officials said on Sunday.…

The future of the Democratic Party could be written in upcoming gubernatorial races » The Washington Post When West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced that he was leaving the Democratic Party and returning to the Republican Party, the move highlighted once again the dominance of the GOP at the state leve…

“That’s what’s so distressing about what’s happening in Washington, they don’t break bread together anymore, they just try to break knees,” Rosenberg said. “We are stewards of the seats we occupy, we don’t own them. Leaving them in good shape to pass to the next person is a fundamental responsibility of the job.”

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ annual Legislative Summit.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Capuano: Pro-life has place at Dems' table » Boston Herald Democrats have to embrace pro-life voters and candidates, according to U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-Somerville), who says former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is “crazy” to threaten withhold…

Warren says hearing aid bill shows her bipartisanship » Lowell Sun

Crimes

INHUMANE TRADE: Legislators keep focus on bodyworks shops » Wicked Local Pembroke A human trafficking law approved by former Gov. Deval Patrick in 2011 was a major step forward with providing stiff penalties for those who coerce people into forced labor or prostitution, but a looph…

Matthew T. Mangino: Not all speech is protected » Wicked Local Hingham The woman found guilty in the sensational homicide-by-text case has been sentenced to prison. Twenty-year-old Michelle Carter was found guilty in June by a Massachusetts judge of involuntary manslaugh…

Education

Thousands paying for an education that failed to deliver » Boston Globe Thousands of former students in Massachusetts and across the country continue to be hounded about private loans they took out to attend for-profit schools that many say failed to provide the education…

Building new HS is no easy lift » Lowell Sun THE MOST expensive high school project in the Commonwealth's history would never come easy.…

Environment

Is wood burning as 'clean' as we think? State environmental policy questioned » The Recorder Massachusetts has more air pollution from wood combustion than any other state in New England, with the greatest concentration in Worcester County, according to a new analysis of Environmental Protect…

Health Care

Alone and untrained, a mother becomes nurse for her daughter with disabilities » Boston Globe THE YELP FROM the baby monitor startled Noelia Ferreira from a shallow sleep. It took five seconds, maybe, to bolt across the hallway to her daughter's room, her movements in the dead of night fluid, …

Baker administration takes feedback on MassHealth reforms » Worcester Telegram Eleven years ago, Massachusetts established a novel structure for encouraging people to buy health insurance and nudging businesses into offering it - a system used as a thumbnail sketch for Obamacare…

Human Services

Listening To Seniors' Needs » Cape News Compelling. Daunting. Overwhelming. Compassionate. These words describe a recent two-hour listening session last week with area residents and businessmen hosted by Governor Charles D. Baker Jr.'s Coun…

Local Government

Reasons for Felix G. Arroyo's suspension still unclear » Boston Globe Felix G. Arroyo always held his head tall around City Hall. The son of the first Latino city councilor and a former mayoral candidate, he had landed a coveted top-level job in Mayor Martin J. Walsh's …

Fewer Hingham selectmen meetings means big agendas » Wicked Local Hingham During the summer the selectmen meet less frequently, which makes for packed agendas.…

They marched, now they huddle, against Trump » Boston Globe The day after President Trump was inaugurated, Emily Armstrong met her 73-year-old mother, who flew in from Seattle, for the Women's March in Washington. Buoyed by the activism they witnessed, Armstro…

Registrars appointment has political background » Worcester Telegram The Board of Registrars, a key component of the local election process, has seen its role decline over time as town clerks have absorbed most of the duties, in concert with the state registration proc…

City mulls skipping preliminary election in mayor's race » Gloucester Times Francisco Sclafani has had his nomination signatures certified and has once again earned a place on the city ballot, boosting the number of mayoral candidates to three and, in theory at least, setting…

Marijuana

Goldberg aide atop cannabis commission? » Boston Globe This Week in Weed is a weekly newsletter exploring the world of marijuana in Massachusetts and beyond from the Boston Globe. …

Making the case for marijuana sales » Cape Cod Times Arthur “A.J.” Luke, of Lukes Liquors, sees marijuana as a gateway drug - but not in the traditional sense. “The drug dealer is the gateway to hard drugs,” Luke said.…

State pot advisers eye fed crackdown » Boston Herald Members of the newly formed Cannabis Advisory Board, designed to advise state regulators on new guidelines for the state's nascent recreational pot industry, say they are keeping a close eye on the po…

Experts see fed crackdown on marijuana in Mass. as unlikely » Boston Business Journal

Opinion

Hand: Why does every politician in Massachusetts want to run for president? » The Sun Chronicle What is it about Massachusetts that causes so many of its elected officials to be viewed as potential candidates for president?…

Boston should publicize hidden gems of open space » Boston Globe As Boston grows, and burgeoning development eats up more and more of the public realm, it's important for the city to take stock of open spaces set aside for public use — literally, with a comp…

Museum's fiscal responsibility is something Washington could learn from » Boston Globe Jeff Jacoby's praise of the Berkshire Museum trustees' decision to deaccess unrestricted works is right on target (“At the Berkshire Museum, a display of backbone,” Opinion, July 30).…

Trump's Cycle of Lies » Boston Globe Donald Trump's administration has an estranged relationship with the truth, so much so that even his most ardent defenders think the daily struggle against objective reality is keeping him from achiev…

Letter: Fishing needs more help than coal mining » South Coast Today Heartbreaking. J.J. Bartlett, president of the Fishing Partnership Support Services, wrote a heartbreaking article about climate change taking a terrible toll on local fishermen and their families (â…

KIRBY: Lawmakers say 'No Sale' to tax holiday » The Sun Chronicle Thank you, Charlie Baker, for trying. But as you probably know by now, the governor is no real match for the true kingpins of Massachusetts government.…

Flynn: End of 'Methadone Mile' starts at the Long Island Bridge » Boston Herald We often walk over to the South Bay Center to shop at various stores and look around. I particularly like it there because I get to talk to a lot of friendly people from Roxbury, South End, Dorchester…

Politics

Mass. pols tout bipartisanship at lawmakers event » Boston Herald The Bay State's Republican governor and the two Democrats who lead the Legislature yesterday regaled a crowd of thousands of out-of-state lawmakers with tales of their healthy bipartisan working relat…

Financial chicanery abounds in mayoral race » The Eagle Tribune Former Mayor William Lantigua opened a campaign headquarters on Essex Street in April, declared his candidacy for a second term at a boisterous rally there in May and recently submitted his nominating…

Council candidate Michelle Wu opens Chinatown campaign office » Sampan Boston City Council President Michelle Wu opened her Chinatown campaign office on July 29, after giving birth to her second son Cass Wu Pewarski on July 12.…

With Immigration And Health Care, Baker Walks A Purple Tight Rope » WBUR Recent moves from Gov. Charlie Baker show the Republican trying to manage a tight political balancing act at the helm of a largely liberal state, sometimes pleasing liberals and then conservatives in …

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi to continue annual summer picnic tradition » The Republican

Public Health

Lawyer fights for towns paying toll in opioid epidemic » Cape Cod Times A Cape-based litigator is taking on the pharmaceutical industry on behalf of cities and towns nationwide harmed by the opioid epidemic.…

Can giving inmates access to addiction medication help ease the opioid crisis? » Boston Globe

Public Safety

Fired campus officers allege 'sham hiring' by UML police » Lowell Sun The UMass Lowell Police Department engaged in a patronage hiring scheme that brought more than a dozen retired New Hampshire officers to Lowell, allowing them to collect pensions in both states, accor…

Federal money will fund addiction treatment at five jails, including Middlesex » Lowell Sun

$500,000 awarded to state prisons for opioid treatment » WCVB

State Government

Changes to Open Meeting Law proposed » The Metro West Daily News The comment period on proposed changes to the state's Open Meeting Law closed Thursday at 5 p.m., after a public hearing that afternoon hosted by the Division of Open Government.…

Baker again vacationing in Gloucester » The Salem News

Taxation

Disabled, voluntary firefighters, EMTs may receive tax relief » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a measure, approved by the Legislature, that raises from a maximum $51 to a maximum $77 per year the per-employee assessment paid by employers with six or more emplo…

Voters could decide on lower tax rates » Milford Daily News After eight years of a 6.25 percent sales tax, some retailers are calling for a change. The Retailers Association of Massachusetts is looking to put a lower tax rate on the ballot, placing the rate in…

Transportation

All Mass. Pike lanes in Allston are open, weeks ahead of schedule » Boston Globe Starting today, the commute on the Massachusetts Turnpike should move a little faster.…

Utilities

MBTA WiFi pole project faces resistance » Lowell Sun Having a Wi-Fi connection during your MBTA commuter rail trip may seem like a great idea for travelers glued to their phones. But many residents believe this project could have a negative impact in th…

Interior moves closer to decision on Cape Wind » Utility Dive

Should Northern New England Host Massachusetts' Renewable Energy Extension Cord? » Vermont Public Radio

Weekend News

Lawmakers converge on Boston » Boston Herald A national legislative conference is flooding the city with 6,000 lawmakers from across the nation to swap stories and swing by social events at Fenway Park and TD Garden.…

State officials seeking candidates for pot board » The Associated Press (AP) The race is on to assemble the five-member board that will oversee recreational and medical marijuana in Massachusetts.…

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: School Committee candidates dropping out left and right » Sentinel & Enterprise THE RACE FOR Ward 3's seat on the School Committee saw its second dropout this week as candidate Michael DellaMonaca announced he won't be running this fall.…

Beacon Hill Roll Call » Worcester Telegram Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators' votes on roll calls from prior Senate sessions in July. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.…

Gap between Trump and GOP becoming a chasm » Boston Globe President Trump's marriage to leaders of the Republican Party began as one of convenience, not love.…

In a Malden classroom, a lesson on immigration » Boston Globe They have boundless faith in this country — even though this country is now led by people who have little faith in them.…

On transgender troops, Trump misjudges the military » Boston Globe President Trump's ill-conceived plan to reinstate a ban on transgender people in the armed forces has produced an unexpected silver lining: Military leaders are publicly supporting service members reg…

'A great family tradition' continues as 60th Homecoming parade steps lively » Newburyport News Family, friends, politicians, firetrucks, classic cars, children tossing candy and the rat-a-tat-tat rhythm of snare drums brought to life the tradition during the 60th Yankee Homecoming parade on Sun…

Protesters picket legislators summit in Boston » Boston Globe More than 6,000 state legislators and federal officials from across the country flocked to Boston this weekend for a legislative summit — and on Sunday were met by nearly a hundred protesters v…

Diehl And Warren Spar Over Townhalls » CBS Boston Diehl disputes Warren's claim that she's having townhalls because she loves hearing from constituents and that “We need to focus on the fights in front of us.” He says she only started hol…

Liz Warren brushes off talk of presidential run » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren insists she's not running for president — at least at the moment — chiding those who are obsessed with the seemingly permanent campaign for the White House.…

Methuen council seeks advice on recreational pot laws » The Eagle Tribune With Mayor Stephen Zanni seeking to block recreational marijuana facilities in the city, councilors are looking for more insight into the state laws still being developed around the issue. State Rep. …

Protests Against The Push To Disaggregate Asian-American Data » WBFO Asian-Americans are an incredibly diverse group. Now some states are passing laws to help capture that diversity and requiring state agencies to collect more detailed data about Asian-Americans. But t…

Vincent Files Bill Targeting Fentanyl Dealers » Revere Journal That's why State Rep. RoseLee Vincent has filed a bill called Stephen's Law that would hold fentanyl drug dealers liable for selling to someone who later fatally overdoses. A public hearing on the ame…

Geoff Diehl, Local Supporter Of President Trump, Campaigns To Unseat Elizabeth Warren » WAMC State Representative Geoff Diehl, an early supporter of President Trump in the Bay State, brought his campaign for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to Springfield this week, two days after hi…

Warren calls Baker detainer bill 'un-American' » Commonwealth Magazine NEWTON MAYOR and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren doubled-down on his criticism of Gov. Charlie Baker's ICE detainer legislation on Friday, calling the governor's proposal “un-Ame…

Rep. Diehl rips Warren for 'grandstanding' in Lowell » Sentinel & Enterprise Contrasting his own successes in the commonwealth with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren's "grandstanding" in Washington, D.C., state Rep. Geoff Diehl made the case Thursday for why he should replace Mass…

Amherst state representative endorses Setti Warren's Democratic gubernatorial bid » The Republican Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren has added state Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, D-Amherst, to his list of supporters, campaign officials announced Friday. …

McGovern vows to fight for elder care program » The Recorder In impassioned speech to dozens gathered downtown Congressman Jim McGovern said he would “fight like hell” for “SHINE” back in Washington, D.C., after hearing a hour of testimo…

BPR WEEKEND: Sen. Elizabeth Warren Passes New Bill To Make Hearing Aids Cheaper » WGBH News This week, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren celebrated a major victory after passing her bill that will allow hearing aids to be purchased over the counter, effectively reducing their cost and increasing th…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 8/7

10:00am House Session, Informal Session

10:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

8:00pm Senate & House Committees on Global Warming and Climate Change Screening of 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power', AMC Loews Boston Common, 175 Tremont Street, Boston

Tuesday - 8/8

No Hearings Scheduled

Wednesday - 8/9

No Hearings Scheduled

Thursday - 8/10

Birthdays: Rep. Tackey Chan, Rep. Steven Ultrino

10:00am Urban Youth Collaborative Program, Great Hall & Grand Staircase, State House

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm New England Gun Violence Summit, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury

5:30pm Nantucket Town Hall with Sen. Ed Markey, Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India Street, Nantucket

Friday - 8/11

Birthdays: Senator James Eldridge

No Hearings Scheduled


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