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House eyes lower threshold to form smart growth districts » State House News Service Around three dozen of the state's 351 cities and towns have adopted special zoning districts intended to encourage housing production, and a bill moving through the Legislature aims to make it easier …

Lara Trump 'Running the Show' at 'Trump TV' » The Daily Beast President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law is “running the show” at his Trump TV project funded by his reelection campaign, multiple sources tell The Daily Beast. …

How Boston Teamsters allegedly bullied Padma Lakshmi and the 'Top Chef' staff » Boston.com Padma Lakshmi, the celebrity author and host of Bravo's Top Chef, says she was “terrified” during a 2014 encounter with a group of Boston union members outside a local restaurant where her…

Congress Is Broken, and Staff Members Know Why » Roll Call Staff members rated key areas of congressional dysfunction in a survey released Tuesday, including the low level of staff experience, a lack of time for members to focus on important issues and a pauc…

Pot lobby flashed cash to tweak law » Boston Herald Beacon Hill's monthslong, and often secretive, meetings to overhaul the state's marijuana legalization law drew a flurry of lobbying from marijuana companies, advocates and other groups, who together …

Tax holiday bills on ice as holiday dates near » State House News Service The clock is ticking on Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to hold a sales tax holiday weekend this month, and plans for a hearing on his bill are still up in the air.…

Why Is Donald Trump Still So Horribly Witless About the World? » The New Yorker Six months into the Trump era, foreign-policy officials from eight past Administrations told me they are aghast that the President is still so witless about the world. ... Trump's painful public gaffe…

Cuomo May Face a Primary Hurdle in 2018 » The Wall Street Journal The former “Sex & the City” star (Cynthia Nixon) is being encouraged to run by liberal groups. Her candidacy has been floated before, but she shot it down in the past. Associates of hers s…

Why leftists don't trust Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Deval Patrick » The Week The contest for control of the Democratic Party between left and center is continuing apace. The latest battleground is over a handful of minority Democrats being groomed by the centrist establishment…

Getting inside the T's union talks » Commonwealth Magazine The machinists are hounding Gov. Charlie Baker wherever he goes, saying the T is moving ahead with the privatization of the Lynn, Quincy, and Arborway garages (one of the initial four facilities was d…

“That’s the perfect mechanism for dealing with the impacts of the increasing automobile and truck traffic coming to Logan,” Straus said. “If they’re asking for more parking, my argument is that Massport has to include in that plan recognition that there is a use burden . . . that they’re creating.”

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Speaking about how to create more revenue for upkeep of Boston Harbor tunnels.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren has had enough of your 2020 speculation » Boston.com Deval Patrick already has a number of high-level political figures encouraging him to run for president in 2020. And Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who herself has been unable to escape the early 2020 specula…

U.S. Rep. Clark hears from Malden and Medford » Lynn Daily News Item She is a Democrat who has no problem criticizing the president, but U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark has at least one thing in common with Donald Trump.…

Political Notes: Markey plans town hall forum on Nantucket » Cape Cod Times U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., will hold a town hall forum Thursday on Nantucket. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Nantucket Atheneum at 1 India St.…

Deval Patrick should run for president if he wants to, says Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren » The Republican

Business

Their invention is valued at $250 million. Here's why they're not satisfied » Boston Globe Most entrepreneurs would salivate at the prospect of their invention being valued at $250 million practically overnight. But for one group of twentysomething guys writing code in a Cambridge apartment…

5 auto finance companies fined for violating Mass. fair-lending rules » Boston Globe Five car finance companies have been fined for giving used car loans to people with bad credit at high interest rates following an investigation of about 200 dealerships.…

LPL's Focus conference draws nearly 5,000 people to Boston » Boston Globe LPL Financial's CEO is no longer based in Boston. But he still knows how to throw a party here.…

Baker Recognizes Local Growers with Farmers' Market Week » Cape Cod Online Cape residents are encouraged to visit local farmers' markets from Sandwich to Provincetown this week.…

Berkshire Innovation Center: After two years, still no building » Berkshire Eagle It's been almost two years since work to build the Berkshire Innovation Center was supposed to begin. It's coming, state officials say.…

New Bedford to Vineyard freight route draws interest, questions » Cape Cod Times Both the potential users and operators of a ferry freight service from New Bedford to Martha's Vineyard have expressed interest in re-establishing the route that last set sail 15 years ago.…

Civil Rights

Cracking the code on sexism » Commonwealth Magazine

Group pushing to repeal Massachusetts' transgender non-discrimination law » WWLP 22 News

Crimes

Cambridge detective: Public knows little about extent of sex trafficking » Wicked Local Cambridge The state may be five years into a new law that's led to a crackdown on human trafficking, but the fight against prostitution is not a new one in Cambridge.…

Education

Issues widen at Boston health sciences school » Boston Globe If you want to study in the library at Boston's leading pharmacy school, you had better get there early. After 9 or 10 in the morning most days, all the seats are taken.…

Institute for Applied Life Sciences Connects UMass with High-tech Industry » Business West Peter Reinhart, director of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst, said there's a tendency in academia to think of private industry as the enemy. …

Still without contract, Worcester teachers lean toward work-to-rule » Worcester Telegram Heading into another new school year still without a contract, the Worcester teachers union is considering following work-to-rule when its members return to the job later this month.…

Environment

Climate change is dramatic, and we're feeling it now, report says » Boston Globe The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate cha…

Health Care

Hospitals' community benefit spending drops » The Salem News Local hospitals have spent millions of dollars less over the last five years on their government-mandated community benefit programs, according to a review of hospital records.…

Massachusetts Temporarily Imposes Employer Assessments for the Commonwealth's Medicaid Program » Lexology On August 1, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a measure intended to help the state pay for the costs of the Commonwealth's Medicaid program, referred to as MassHealth, which covers…

Mass. house, senate propose bills to limit 'step therapy' for medications » Boston Herald 'Step Therapy' is a protocol that insurance companies follow, which requires a patient to try less expensive or older drugs before the insurance company will cover the cost of a newer, more expensive …

Brigham and Women's falls out of top 20 in US News hospital rankings » Boston Globe Like many institutions, Brigham and Women's takes great pride in its top-20 status in the US News & World Report annual hospital rankings. The national accolade has been featured on its website and on…

HHS working through health care waiver requests, Trump deputy says » State House News Service

Housing

House eyes lower threshold to form smart growth districts » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- Around three dozen of the state's 351 cities and towns have adopted special zoning districts intended to encourage housing production, and a bill moving through the Legislature aims to make …

Cambridge moves to restrict short-term rentals » Metro.us

Human Services

Warren Discusses State Funding For Attorneys In Foster Care System » WBSM Newton Mayor Setti Warren met with attorneys and foster parents who represent children and families in foster care across Massachusetts on Monday.…

Immigration

Lawmakers considering Gov. Baker's immigration enforcement bill » WWLP 22 News BOSTON (WWLP) – Lawmakers are considering an immigration enforcement bill by Governor Charlie Baker (R-Massachusetts). The legislature sent the proposal to the Judiciary Committee Monday.…

Gov. Baker's Immigrant-Detention Legislation Sparks Protests » WAMC

Western Massachusetts advocates rally against Gov. Charlie Baker's immigration detainer bill » The Republican

Judiciary

Healey outlines priorities for lawmakers mulling justice reform » State House News Service

Labor

'Top Chef' host was 'petrified' during encounter with Teamsters » Boston Globe The celebrity host of Bravo's “Top Chef” television show told a federal jury Monday that she was “terrified” in June 2014, when the van she was riding in pulled up to a restaur…

Legislative

Critics blast per diems as 'double-dipping' » Boston Herald Critics blasted state pols for collecting $67,000 in taxpayer-funded travel stipends this year despite voting in February for a multimillion-dollar pay raise for themselves.…

Local Government

State Awards Dennis Community Development Block Grants » Cape Cod Online The Town of Dennis has been awarded $825,000 from the state to rehabilitate 15 homes to low and moderate income residents.…

Parking Fighter Jets And Tanks, Military Bases Pivot To Avoid Closure » WBUR The Pentagon is pushing Congress to help it save $2 billion a year by shutting down more military bases. But Congress hates the idea, and has spent more than a decade avoiding it.…

Neighbors Watch To See What Will Be Developed At The Old Boston Globe Site » WBUR Now that the Boston Globe has moved its offices downtown and its printing presses to Taunton, its old 16-acre headquarters on Morrissey Boulevard sits nearly empty, though The New York Times is still …

MassAccess Fighting for Public Access TV in Cord-Cutting World » Government Video Pay-TV providers have been looking for ways to fight the growing trend of cord-cutting and its own decreasing number of subscribers in recent days. However, pay-TV stations may not be the ones in the …

Cheung takes offense to election reform try, delivers potentially fatal blow for use Nov. 7 » Cambridge Day An attempt to see whether Cantabrigians want to explore public financing of municipal elections got shut down Monday by city councillor Leland Cheung, who found the proposal's language “offensiv…

Marijuana

Brewster voters to decide on ban of pot sales » Cape Cod Times Selectmen voted unanimously Monday to bring a bylaw banning recreational marijuana establishments to a Nov. 13 annual town meeting.…

East Brookfield marijuana ban resurfaces » Worcester Telegram Despite recent voter approval of a ban on the recreational sale of marijuana, selectmen Monday night set the stage for another vote on the same issue.…

Opinion

Earning points under Trump's immigration plan » Boston Globe While President Trump is on his “not a vacation” in New Jersey, perhaps he is fine-tuning a questionnaire that will form the centerpiece of his administration's new green-card policy, one …

For someone who never served, Donald Trump sure loves to criticize those who have » Boston Globe Just about a year ago, Donald Trump — the presidential candidate who received a draft deferment for bone spurs and called avoiding sexually transmitted diseases his “personal Vietnam 

Letter: It's time to establish a single-payer system » Berkshire Eagle In his informative op-ed piece in the Aug. 4 Berkshire Eagle, Charles Joffe-Halpern succinctly described the threats President Trump has made to sabotage the Affordable Care Act in his immature and da…

Rex Tillerson — still unqualified to be secretary of state » Boston Globe In January, when Rex Tillerson testified before Congress in his confirmation hearing to be secretary of state, it was obvious that he is unqualified to be America's top diplomat.…

PETER LUCAS: What a Patrick run for presidency might look like » Lowell Sun Remember Jeremiah Oliver? Probably not. By coincidence, stories about the 5-year-old boy from Fitchburg made the news the same time that reports broke about former Gov. Deval Patrick being urged to ru…

Pick up the pace on clean energy » Commonwealth Magazine LOOK AND LISTEN, and you'll see progress. Solar and wind power farms are cropping up across the landscape. …

Politics

Bourne Resident to Run for Attorney General » Cape Cod Online Bourne resident and attorney James “Jay” McMahon has thrown his hat in the ring to replace Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.…

Sen. Warren Honing Campaign Pitch As GOP Eyes 2018 Campaign » CBS Boston U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren won't face voters for more than a year, but the broad outlines of the effort to unseat the Massachusetts Democrat, and her re-election pitch to voters, are taking shape.…

Publicity-averse Lorrie Higgins goes to bat for mayor » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh has a strong lead over mayoral challenger Tito Jackson, but he's not letting up on the campaign trail — as evidenced by a boisterous rally last night that turned the spotl…

Veterans activist John MacDonald running against Sen. Eileen Donoghue » Lowell Sun As John MacDonald recently collected signatures to run for City Council, conversations with what he described as dissatisfied constituents prompted him decide to aim for a position with more influence…

Public Health

Supervised injection sites spur debate » Lowell Sun He has shot up in the alley for years. All alone. Narcan can be five minutes away. One day, it's almost too late when paramedics find him behind the trash bin.…

Public Safety

State Senate honors late Mashpee police officer » Cape Cod Times A retired Mashpee police officer who died last month was honored for his public service by the state Senate on Monday.…

Lawmakers wrestle with public response to drones » Newburyport News With a patchwork of local rules on unmanned aircraft across the nation, there is bound to be some confusion about what measures can legally be taken when a drone becomes a pest or even dangerous.…

Bristol County gets federal funding to help inmates with addiction re-enter society » The Enterprise A total of $500,000 in federal funding will be awarded to houses of correction in Bristol, Franklin, Hampden, Middlesex and Worcester counties to support access to medication-assisted treatment and co…

Norfolk, Plymouth sheriffs miss out on inmate-treatment money » Patriot Ledger Five other county sheriff's departments will share $500,000 in new federal money for programs for inmates who have drug addiction problems. A Plymouth County spokesman said the state chose the five co…

Video shows Northampton police drag pepper-sprayed demonstrator off steps of City Hall » The Republican Northampton police pepper sprayed and then dragged a protestor from the steps of City Hall as he clung to the staircase's railings on Monday, and video of the struggle has begun to circulate on social…

State Government

New hires, daily spending featured in CTHRU site expansion » State House News Service

Taxation

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP: Learn why back-to-school shoppers likely won't get a break » Wicked Local Brookline Turns out deciding where to holiday can be more complicated this time of year than choosing between the Cape, the Berkshires or Nantucket. It also means figuring out whether to go to Best Buy in Evere…

Toohey Supports Sales Tax Holiday, Especially for Border Community » WHAV Shaun P. Toohey, Republican candidate for the Third Essex state representative seat, said Monday he supports legislation Gov. Charlie Baker filed last week, calling for a sales tax holiday for Saturda…

Transportation

Why did those Mass. Pike lane closures end so early? » Boston Globe Over so soon? Travel on the Massachusetts Turnpike was back to its normal pace through Boston Monday, with four lanes of traffic open in each direction.…

Logan Airport parking revenue eyed for Harbor tunnels' upkeep » Boston Globe The House chairman of the Legislature's transportation committee is looking to use a cut of Logan Airport parking revenue to help pay for upkeep of the Boston Harbor tunnels.…

Mayor Walsh and Robert Kraft are friends. But their pet projects could be on a collision course » Boston Globe Mayor Marty Walsh and Patriots owner Robert Kraft are friends. But two of their pet projects could be on a collision course.…

Worcester airport officials believe $32M investment will pay off » Worcester Business Journal Worcester Regional Airport is betting a $32-million landing system can overcome the facility's faults and a declining airline departure trend to create consistent commercial service.…

US Sen. Ed Markey backs east-west rail, says federal infrastructure funds could help pay for project » The Republican

Utilities

Is There Really A Western Mass Energy Crisis? » Valley Advocate Barry Roberts has heard Massachusetts is facing an energy crisis, but he doesn't buy it.…

Massachusetts AG joins coalition opposing cuts to low-income energy assistance programs » Legal Newsline Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced July 31 that she has joined a coalition of 35 attorneys general and state consumer advocate agencies in drafting a letter to Congress about low-in…

Baker Administration Proposes Energy Subsidies for Wood Fuel » US News and World Report Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's administration has proposed rules that would designate fuel derived from felled trees as a form of renewable energy.…

Battle over biomass subsidies at state energy resources hearing » The Recorder

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

Interior moves closer to decision on Cape Wind » Utility Dive

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

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

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

Baker again vacationing in Gloucester » The Salem News

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

Warren says hearing aid bill shows her bipartisanship » Lowell Sun

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

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