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Must-Reads

Who will run for Tsongas' seat? » Lowell Sun LOWELL -- 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 ou…

Safety, profiling concerns swirl over immigrant detainer billI » 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…

Suffolk Downs gets $800k in connection with two-day race schedule » State House News Service The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday approved two additional days of live Thoroughbred racing at Suffolk Downs this year and agreed to put $800,000 towards purses for those races. …

Mass. finalizes rules to net additional emissions reductions » State House News Service Declaring combating climate change and preparing for its impacts as a "top priority," the Baker administration on Friday will release its final regulations specifically aimed at reducing greenhouse ga…

Castro launches political group ahead of possible 2020 run » Politico Julián Castro's new PAC will back candidates for office as he makes a decision about whether to run for the presidency. …

Moulton Wants to Change Status Quo by Electing More Vets » Roll Call Rep. Seth Moulton hopes to make two dozen or so endorsements of military veterans challenging Republican House members this cycle. …

Despite The Bio-Mass Flareup, Baker Continues To Move Forward On Renewable Energy » WGBH News Nobody said it would be easy. Gov. Charlie Baker is in the midst of a multi-step process to keep electricity affordable while using more renewable energy. …

Plan to improve Wi-Fi on MBTA Commuter Rail struck down » Mass Live The MBTA has officially struck down a proposal to install 320 monopoles along commuter rail routes across Massachusetts. …

Here's the Memo That Blew Up the NSC » Foriegn Policy Fired White House staffer argued "deep state" attacked Trump administration because the president represents a threat to cultural Marxist memes, globalists, and bankers.…

“When I was sitting in Seoul, just a few months ago, it really was sobering when they said, 'within four minutes ... the North can launch missiles at us and there’s nothing we could do about it.'”

Congressman Bill Keating

On President Trump's threats to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump is making lexicography great again » Boston Globe President Trump so far has struggled to turn his rhetoric into policy accomplishments, but linguists in America and abroad are noticing a new trend - Trump's words are increasingly changing the Englis…

Elizabeth Warren's overseas education continues in Poland and Estonia » Boston Globe Elizabeth Warren continued her overseas military education this week, traveling to Eastern Europe and Germany to discuss the Russian threat.…

CNN drops Massachusetts native Jeffrey Lord for tweeting Nazi salute » MassLive CNN dropped conservative pundit Jeffrey Lord on Thursday after the Northampton native tweeted the Nazi salutation "Sieg Heil!" in response to a feud with a liberal activist.…

Before Tsongas, vets had a friend in Edith Rogers » Boston Globe News that US Representative Niki Tsongas will not be running for re-election noted that she was not the first woman to hold that Lowell-based seat after her husband. Like Niki and Paul Tsongas, the Ro…

Rep. Keating Warns Of 'Present Danger' From North Korea, Calls Trump's Approach 'Disturbing' » WGBH News Congressman Bill Keating warned of a “present danger” of nuclear attack from North Korea, following President Trump's threats to unleash “fire and fury” on the nation, should i…

Business

The List: Largest architectural firms account for $457 million in Mass. billings » Boston Business Journal Collectively, this year's top 25 firms on the BBJ list totaled $456,918,587 in architectural billings for projects in Massachusetts in 2016.…

With stock buy, GE's new CEO puts millions behind a turnaround » Boston Business Journal General Electric Co. CEO John Flannery bought $2.7 million worth of the company's stock this week, as he begins a review that could bring big changes to the conglomerate.…

Conflict minerals report flags small business impacts » State House News Service On the surface, the dry legalistic considerations of state procurement policy seem almost entirely apart from the war-torn mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo.…

WinnCompanies picked to expand, rebuild Southie housing complex, a $1.6b project » Boston Globe The city's oldest public housing development is slated to get a $1.6 billion renovation that will add several thousand units and place new residents paying market rates alongside low-income tenants.…

Private Events Conflict With Public Access At The Boston Waterfront » WGBH News It was a perfectly beautiful summer night on the Boston waterfront, and a group from the Conservation Law Foundation and some of their supporters walked along the public path known as the Harborwalk. …

The dot-Boston domain is now open » Boston Globe Bostonians finally have a place on the Internet to call their own.…

Crimes

Team effort needed to combat human trafficking in Billerica » Wicked Local Billerica Combating human trafficking in Billerica is a group effort, according to Deputy Police Chief Roy Frost. Since 2015, there have been five arrests for soliciting sexual conduct for a fee in Billerica. T…

Education

Mystic Valley cleared of Open Meeting complaint » Boston Globe The state attorney general's office has found that a Malden charter school's trustees did not violate the state Open Meeting Law during a private session that resulted in the suspension of a hair poli…

Environment

On healthy incentives, the SNAP Gap and new trees » Leominster Champion Summer gardens and barbecues are in full swing, and I wanted to use this column to talk about new programs that are increasing food access and trees throughout the city.…

Students, cities, states fight climate change in court » Berkshire Eagle Several groups and individuals around the United States have gone to court to try to do what the Trump administration has so far declined to do: confront the causes and effects of global warming.…

Scituate receives Coastal Resilience Grant » Wicked Local Scituate Scituate joins several other coastal communities in sharing $2.3 million in grants to support local efforts to prepare for and reduce the impacts from coastal storms and climate change, including stor…

State approves major new rules to cut carbon emissions » Boston Globe A little more than a year after the state's highest court ruled Massachusetts had to do more to cut carbon emissions, state officials Friday will issue sweeping new regulations that set specific limit…

Housing

$150M project includes new apartments in JP » Boston Herald Three nonprofit developers are partnering on the renovation and expansion of a Jamaica Plain public housing development and plans to build 353 new apartments on the site at an estimated $150 million c…

Immigration

Mass. Governor Walks A Tightrope On Trump's Immigration Issue » NPR

Local Government

Pioneer School Committee receives open meeting law complaint » The Recorder As a result of wording in the July 13 Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee's agenda, the School Committee received an open meeting law complaint from Pioneer parent Anna Joseph.…

Five Leominster contests set for the fall as school crisis looms large » Sentinel & Enterprise With nomination papers turned in and signatures certified, the City Clerk's Office announced Wednesday that the city will have five contested races this fall, including two preliminary School Committe…

Mansfield selectman George Dentino dies » The Sun Chronicle Town selectman and well-known political figure George Dentino has died, the town's board of selectmen confirmed Thursday morning.…

Marijuana

Brockton medical pot dispensary seeks to extend hours » The Enterprise In Good Health, which opened in 2015 as an operation growing and distributing medical marijuana, now hopes to expand its open hours to 14 hours a day, seven days a week.…

Opinion

Carr: Living is easy while suspended with pay » Boston Herald What do you call being suspended with pay? I call it a vacation — yet another perk of the hack­erama, especially at Boston City Hall these days.…

LAURA ADAMS Weymouth: Don't believe gas industry on compressor » Patriot Ledger The writer of the column supporting the Weymouth gas compressor (“Weymouth compressor safe and necessary,” Aug. 2) is a gas industry representative and therefore has no credibility in the …

Editorial: The taxman cometh, but he won't taketh a weekend break » Boston Business Journal The arguments against the sales tax holiday are specious.…

Public works projects can get done without drama and paralysis. Who knew? » Boston Globe As #Pikeocalypses go, this one was a letdown. A series of lane closures on the Massachusetts Turnpike, triggered by the replacement of a decrepit bridge on Commonwealth Avenue, was supposed to create …

People of Cambridge should think twice before banning sales of pets » Boston Globe In her article “Pet peeve” (Business, Aug. 9), Katheleen Conti provided a balanced look at Cambridge's ban on retail sales of commercially bred pets. Here are some more facts Cambridge res…

ViewPoint: 'Infrastructure' includes harbor, ferries » Boston Business Journal Just as we talk about the importance of safe roads, bridges and railways, it's critical that we raise awareness about our moorings, ferry docks, and dredged channels.…

Teamster 4 were rude and crude, but is that illegal? » Boston Globe You know a defense attorney is earning his money when he stands before an overwhelmingly female jury and tells them they should just ignore the misogynistic vulgarity that was being thrown around by a…

Politics

Scramble for open house seat starts as Tsongas plans exit » Wicked Local Malborough U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas's announcement on Aug. 9 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…

Ellen Murphy Meehan eyes Congressional seat » Boston Herald Ellen Murphy Meehan, the former wife of University of Massachusetts President and ex-Congressman Martin T. Meehan, lauded the “legacy of women” of the 3rd Congressional District as she wei…

Baker boosters raise big bucks in Bay State » Boston Globe The Republican Governors Association continues to collect significant donations — up to $250,000 — from some of Massachusetts' most wealthy residents (including the wife of a cabinet off…

Public Health

Fatal opioid overdoses have declined in parts of Eastern Mass. » Boston Globe Fatal opioid overdoses have declined in parts of Eastern Massachusetts this year, health and law enforcement officials said, offering a glimmer of hope that preventative measures are helping to save l…

Public Safety

Police have used the Mass. Pike's electronic tolling system to track people 7 times since system launch » MassLive Last New Year's Eve, prisoner James Morales scaled a basketball hoop at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Center, cut a hole in a fence, climbed onto the facility's roof and scrabbled through razorwire, d…

Area police agencies open to transgender recruits » The Sun Chronicle If the U.S. military won't take transgender recruits, there may be another alternative: working for a local police department or sheriff's office.…

State Government

State auditor faults county leases, finances » Cape Cod Times The state auditor's office officially released its yearlong review of Barnstable County finances on Thursday, and it's still not good news for Cape Cod's regional government.…

Inspector general gets pay hike to $170G -- even more than Gov. Baker » Boston Herald State Inspector General Glenn Cunha's annual salary was boosted to $170,000 today, thanks in part to the controversial pay raise bill that lawmakers jammed into law this year.…

Taxation

OUR OPINION: Time to make good on promises to cut sales tax » Patriot Ledger It is not even half way through the August, but Gov. Charlie Baker is already the almost certain winner of the Showboat of the Month Award.…

Sales tax holiday: No August sales tax holiday in Massachusetts this year » MassLive There won't be a Massachusetts sales tax holiday this August. Gov. Charlie Baker had proposed suspending the state's 6.25 percent sales tax during the Aug. 19 weekend. But he filed the bill after most…

Transportation

Policymakers Peer Ahead At Crossroads Of Self-Driving Cars, Ethics » Banker & Tradesman As engineers design cars to make decisions without a human driver, one South Carolina lawmaker wants to know how self-driving cars would handle ethical dilemmas.…

MBTA scraps WiFi project, citing public outcry over monopoles » Eagle Tribune Following a public outcry, the MBTA has scrapped plans for a controversial Wi-Fi project that has caused a furor in communities along commuter rail lines.…

Contracted 'ambassadors' fired after T station tussle » Boston Herald The private company hired by the MBTA to provide customer service “ambassadors” in its stations quickly fired two of its agents yesterday after officials say they got into a “physica…

Utilities

Don't let Eversource inflict shock therapy » Cape Cod Times The Eversource rate hearing at Cape Cod Community College last week was not overly well-attended, but those there made a great case.…

With higher rates looming, electric consumers face choices » The Sun Chronicle With the approach of colder months, when businesses and households use more electricity, utility companies are seeking big increases in residential electric rates.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Groveland appoints assistant fire chief » Newburyport News

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

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

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

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

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3731 - An Act to reorganize the information technology function of the Commonwealth to improve data security, safeguard privacy, and promote better service delivery

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

HB3869 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB3852 - An Act improving the earned income credit for working families

HB128 - An Act relative to smart growth housing production

House Actions This Week: 79

Senate Actions This Week: 29


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