Sign up to receive the day's curated top stories, legislative schedule, press releases, and other daily features every morning in your inbox!

MassInsider
Jump To...
Quote of the Day Social Media Podcast Graphic Press Releases
Today on Beacon Hill

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

Birthdays: Rep. Tackey Chan, Rep. Steven Ultrino

Must-Reads

Democratic Fight in California Is a Warning for the National Party » New York Times A bitter party leadership fight in the bluest of blue states signals the challenges Democrats face as they debate how to seize back power nationally. …

Climate change will hit New England hard, report says » Boston Globe The Northeast will experience warmer temperatures, higher seas, and greater amounts of rain and snow than federal scientists forecast only three years ago, according to a draft of a major report about…

Tsongas retirement sparks flurry of interest » Politico Massachusetts Rep. Niki Tsongas' retirement announcement Wednesday sparked a flurry of interest in her Merrimack Valley-based seat. …

Blowback from staffer scandal burns Wasserman Schultz » Politico 'We wish she would go away and stop being so public by doubling down on negative stories,' said one Florida DNC member. …

Could Restlessness On The Right Put Charlie Baker At Risk? » WGBH News Geoff Diehl's recent US Senate campaign kickoff featured a sumptuous buffet, some sharp jabs at Democrat Elizabeth Warren, an awkward balloon drop — and an abundance of skepticism about Massach…

Dems could be left feeling blue if they underestimate GOP hopefuls » Boston Herald A Bay State Republican could return to the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 20 years after Niki Tsongas' game-changing decision not to run for re-election opened a seat in the red-l…

Former N.H. senator wants commission to determine Trump's mental health » Boston Globe A former Republican US senator from New Hampshire is urging his state's Congressional delegation to pass legislation that would set up a commission to determine President Trump's mental health. If Tru…

Some New England Counties Are Turning A Profit As Immigrant Detentions Fill Up Their Jails » WGBH News Six months since President Trump ratcheted up immigration enforcement, some local jails in New England are doing brisk business, housing immigrants arrested by federal agents. …

“At this time in our nation’s history, we need, more than ever, bold, progressive, visionary leadership in the Democratic party and among our Democratic elected officials,” said Eldridge, one of the senate’s most liberal members.

State Senator Jamie Eldridge

Speaking about the possibility of running for US Representative Niki Tsongas' seat.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Utah's Chaffetz to join Harvard's Kennedy School as fellow this fall » Boston Globe Former Utah US Representative Jason Chaffetz, who pushed for an investigation of Hillary Clinton and quit in the midst of a probe into Trump's firing of former FBI director James Comey, will join Harv…

Massachusetts lawmakers laud Niki Tsongas' record, work in Congress following news she will not seek re-election » Mass Live Members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation reflected on U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas' work on Capitol Hill Wednesday following the Lowell Democrat's announcement that she will not seek re-election i…

Tierney: Trump's threats fuel North Korea nuclear tensions » The Salem News In heading up a nuclear nonproliferation think tank in Washington, D.C., former Sixth District Congressman John Tierney stands on the front lines of President Donald Trump's blunderbuss pronouncements…

Business

Despite delay, GE committed to new Boston headquarters » Boston Globe Even a company that collects nearly $125 billion in annual revenue has spending limits.…

Hudson 'Brewfest' to host more than 60 New England breweries » Mass Live If you have never traveled to Hudson, a bustling small town about a half hour northeast of Worcester, this may be the weekend for a visit.…

Complaints, questions mount over Foxboro consignment store » The Sun Chronicle The state attorney general's office and a private business watchdog have fielded dozens of complaints from customers of Chic 2 Chic, the upscale consignment fashion outlet that closed abruptly last mo…

Beneath markets' calm are signs of growing investor caution » Boston Globe President Trump threatened nuclear war with North Korea, and the markets yawned.…

Opening up at Faneuil Hall Marketplace » Boston Herald Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. is seeking city review of another redevelopment project at Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace: new seamless glass canopies on the long sides of the Quincy Market building, a…

Civil Rights

WNEU law professor involved in lawsuit over President Donald Trump's transgender military service ban » Mass Live A Western New England University law professor has signed on to a federal lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's recent directive to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military…

Crimes

INHUMAN TRADE: Sex trafficking victims manipulated, controlled for profit » Wicked Local Norwell Often lured or forced into the commercial sex trade as young teens, women who manage to leave that life are confronted with a host of major obstacles.…

INHUMAN TRADE: How the opioid epidemic has helped fuel human trafficking » Wicked Local Scituate In Massachusetts and around the country, experts say that human traffickers have increasingly been exploiting the vulnerability created by opioid addiction to coerce people - mostly young women - into…

Education

Schools may make students use at-home assignments for snow days » The Metro West Daily News Instead of having snow makeup days shorten their summer vacations, some schools are exploring new ways for students to learn at home. One approach that's been tried in a handful of school districts in…

Charter school proposals would add nearly 5,400 seats » State House News Service

Environment

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and 14 state attorneys fight EPA delay in cutting methane pollution from oil and gas rigs » Mass Live Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday joined 14 attorneys general to oppose a federal delay in implementing a 2016 rule designed to reduce methane emissions from new oil and gas wellheads and com…

Ten Tennessee Gas Pipeline protesters face trespassing charges for blocking access roads » The Berkshire Eagle Two groups of anti-pipeline protesters staged an early-morning shutdown of two access roads to the portion of the Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline that passes through the Otis State Forest.…

Health Care

Health care company will pay more than $750,000 for improper billing, AG says » Boston Globe Hundreds of Massachusetts residents will receive refunds after a health care company improperly billed them, the state's attorney general announced Wednesday.…

Home health device provider to pay $750K following improper billing allegations » WWLP 22 A home healthcare device provider will pay more than $750,000 to resolve allegations that they directly billed customers for services that were already covered under the MassHealth program.…

North Adams Regional Hospital: Attorney General's investigation yields 90-day notice violation, no penalty imposed » Berkshire Eagle Leaders of the former North Adams Regional Hospital will not face penalties for failing to provide adequate public notice of their plan to close in 2014, the state Attorney General's office revealed W…

Health wearables raise new privacy concerns » Boston Globe Hailed as the future of preventive care, wearable health devices allow doctors to keep closer tabs on the health of patients as they go about their daily routines.…

Housing

City Reports Show Downtown Housing Is Booming, While Outer Neighborhoods See Gradual Growth » WBUR Boston is exceeding its housing goals, bolstered by new concentrations of affordable middle-income stock in some of its least affordable neighborhoods, according to two recent city reviews.…

Airbnb rentals in Cambridge face new restrictions » Mass Live In the absence of a state strategy to regulate short-term housing rentals, the Cambridge City Council voted Monday night to require hosts to live in the same or an adjacent building as part of a new s…

Immigration

Safety, profiling concerns swirl over immigrant detainer bill » State House News Service Civil liberties and immigrant rights activists converged on the State House this week to voice their displeasure with Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to allow state and local police to cooperate, in som…

Labor

Defunct company fined $100K for wage violations on Worcester job » Worcester Telegram A now-dissolved Wilmington electrical company must pay more than $100,000 in restitution and penalties for intentionally failing to properly pay six non-union employees who worked on a public project …

Brighton woman pushes bill to require training for government workers » Wicked Local Allston-Brighton Less than an hour after meeting Brighton resident Casandra Xavier, a counselor recommended her for a State House internship through the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. For Xavier, it seemed me…

Gray matters: An aging workforce has Mass. companies scrambling to deal with 'silver tsunamI' » Boston Business Journal

Local Government

Some local politicans considering running for Tsongas' seat » Wicked Local After serving the Third Congressional District for more than a decade, Tsongas announced Wednesday she will not seek re-election in 2018.…

Boston pulls Snapchat filters after outcry from Eastie residents » Boston Globe The city of Boston is pulling 12 new Snapchat filters intended to symbolize local neighborhoods after an outcry from residents — particularly those of East Boston, who took offense that their n…

Dynamic Waterways, Finances, Monomoy Topics Of Summer Town Meeting » The Cape Cod Chronicle The town's ever-dynamic waterways, solid finances and upcoming projects topped the agenda at Tuesday's 71st annual summer town meeting.…

Only one race shaping up so far in Braintree election » Patriot Ledger Three candidates have obtained nomination papers to seek the District 2 seat on the town council in the Nov. 7 Braintree town election.…

Groveland appoints assistant fire chief » Newburyport News

Cohasset selectmen push back against MBTA Wi-Fi monopole project » Wicked Local Cohasset

Marijuana

Advocates say pot board underfunded » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker and other top state leaders are vetting candidates for the new Cannabis Control Commission, but some say a six-figure salary isn't enough to attract the talent needed to oversee a m…

Methuen moves closer to recreational marijuana moratorium » Eagle Tribune The City Council Wednesday moved forward with plans to opt out of selling recreational marijuana in the city and to approve a moratorium on those sales as a "back up plan."…

Conflict Of Interest? State DPH Employee Applies To Open Marijuana Dispensary » CBS Boston As the state readies to open more pot shops, one Boston woman looking to open a medical marijuana dispensary has critics calling Massachusetts pot policies hazy at best.…

With pot legal, Mass. vows crackdown on impaired drivers » Worcester Telegram Massachusetts officials promised a crackdown Thursday on marijuana-impaired driving as the state prepared for full implementation of the voter-approved law legalizing adult use of recreational pot.…

Opinion

A plan for North Korea, before this spirals out of control » Boston Globe Think of it as two streams of danger approaching each other — one is the ability to launch long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles; the other is miniaturizing and hardening a nuclear war…

Patrick run would be a return to normality » Lowell Sun I wonder if Peter Lucas ("What a Patrick run for presidency might look like," Aug. 6) realizes he probably convinced many Americans to vote for Deval Patrick by referring to him as Obama II and his te…

What do Fox News and Google have in common? Sexism. » Boston Globe At Fox News, sexism is an anchor allegedly texting photos of his genitalia to female co-workers.…

Calm down - we're not getting nuked » Boston Globe President Trump said something particularly inane Tuesday, and the political and media world lost its mind.…

Meet the Narragansett leader who is still going strong at 99 » Boston Globe She was born in 1918, when Woodrow Wilson was in the White House and the Boston Red Sox vanquished the Chicago Cubs to win another World Series, a child of the Depression who would become a wife, moth…

Politics

Tsongas' announcement opens door for potential candidates » Eagle Tribune Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, sent a jolt through Merrimack Valley politics Wednesday, when she announced she would not seek re-election in 2018.…

Senate hopeful: I'll be an advocate on Beacon Hill » The Sun Chronicle Jacob Ventura is running for the Bristol and Norfolk Massachusetts state senate district focused squarely on fiscal conservative priorities.…

Ellen Murphy Meehan, former wife of Marty Meehan, is thinking of running for Tsongas seat » Boston Globe Two Rogerses, two Tsongases — and now two Meehans? The Lowell-based congressional district could become a family affair. Again.…

Contenders line up to take shot at Niki Tsongas' seat » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas' stunning decision not to seek re-election next year has set off a mad scramble for her 3rd District seat with state senators, party veterans and Martin J. Walsh's chief of staf…

With Tsongas departing in 2018, list of potential candidates grows quickly » Lowell Sun It was said often following the 2007 Democratic 5th Congressional District primary that had the vote been two weeks later -- not the day after Labor Day -- Eileen Donoghue might have eked out a nail-b…

Scramble for open House seat starts as Tsongas plans exit » State House News Service U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas's announcement Wednesday that she would not run for re-election in 2018 jolted the political establishment and dormant ambitions of current and former office holders newly faced…

Here's the Diehl: State Rep. Geoff Diehl launches 2018 Senate bid » Wicked Local Can progressive powerhouse Sen. Elizabeth Warren be defeated in a typically blue state like Massachusetts? One conservative state lawmaker not only thinks so, he's planning to be the one who does it.…

Niki Tsongas Leaving Congress at End of Term » New Boston Post U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) will not seek re-election in 2018, she announced Wednesday morning.…

Here's the Diehl: State Rep. Geoff Diehl launches 2018 Senate bid » Wicked Local Georgetown Can progressive powerhouse Sen. Elizabeth Warren be defeated in a typically blue state like Massachusetts? One conservative state lawmaker not only thinks so, he's planning to be the one who does it.…

Public Health

AG files suit against Purdue Pharma » Eagle Tribune The Attorney General's Office has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, alleging that the makers of OxyContin and other opioid products violated state law and used deceptive marketing practices that …

Lowell-area opioid-addiction efforts lauded, as fatal ODs decline » Lowell Sun U.S. Sen. Edward Markey expects overdose deaths nationwide to continue to rise as the powerful opioid Fentanyl spreads beyond New England, but he learned Tuesday that such deaths in Middlesex County a…

State Finance

State Budget to include prison mitigation for Walpole » Wicked Local State Reps. John H. Rogers, D- Norwood; Louis L. Kafka, D-Stoughton; Paul McMurtry, D-Dedham; and Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, have announced that the Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed its…

State Government

Council raises Inspector General's salary to $170,000 » State House News Service

Taxation

State rep. candidates support variations of tax holiday » Eagle Tribune The pitches that will be made to voters by candidates for the city's vacant seat in the House of Representatives will all vary to some degree. …

Transportation

Service at the T's Ride improving, but still lagging » Boston Globe Service on the MBTA's door-to-door service for riders with disabilities has improved somewhat after a spike this spring in missed trips, long wait times, and customer complaints.…

'Rail-to-trail' biking connector faces long odds » Cape Cod Times Despite attempts by the Bourne Board of Selectmen to preserve all options for a rail trail connector between the Shining Sea Bikeway and the Cape Cod Canal, a “rail-to-trail” proposal face…

MBTA nixes controversial commuter rail Wi-Fi towers » Boston Globe

Utilities

Pilgrim owner avoids citation for violation » Cape Cod Times The owners of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station have argued their way out of an initial finding that the plant should be cited by federal regulators with a more serious violation for a leaky valve on a ge…

Pricing hints on Hydro-Quebec power » Commonwealth Magazine A LEAKED POWER CONTRACT between Hydro-Quebec and the province of Ontario may offer some insight into what kind of deal the utility is currently offering Massachusetts for hydro-electricity.…

Social Media Spotlight

massaudubon

senstanma

masseea



Eric Lesser

@EricLesser

Barbara L'Italien

@teambarbara

Geoff Diehl

@DiehlForSenate


Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Lowell, UMass Lowell sign master agreement » Commonwealth Magazine

Lowell Democrat Niki Tsongas won't seek another term in Congress » Boston Globe

How much is a fund-raiser at TD Garden worth? » Boston Globe

Family lessons shaped Salem District Court nominee » State House News Service

Three-way GOP primary creating waves south of Boston » State House News Service

GE Hits Pause On New Office Building » Banker & Tradesman

Moulton bids to redirect Dems, reshape Congress by electing veterans » State House News Service

Massachusetts Lawmaker Niki Tsongas Won't Seek Re-Election » Bloomberg Politics

**** Here’s a great way for you to get your message in front of a large and sophisticated audience of government relations professionals. It’s an especially nice way to communicate with them if you don’t have the time or capacity to create banner ads, or advocacy-oriented web pages. For more information, please contact us at massinsider@instatrac.com. ****
College Education Level by State

Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


47 Winter Street #5 - Boston - MA 02108
About Us
Privacy Policy
Connect With Us
Phone: (617) 292-1800

You have received this message because you are signed up for MassInsider. Click here to unsubscribe. Email us at info@instatrac.com. We appreciate any feedback or suggestions.

Copyright © 2016 Instatrac, Inc. All Rights Reserved.