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UMass Memorial pulls out of state Medicaid overhaul » Boston Globe Central Massachusetts' largest health care provider has dropped out of a program to redesign the way the state pays for and manages health care for poorer residents, saying the financial risks are too…

'Antifa' Grows as Left-Wing Faction Set to, Literally, Fight the Far Right » New York Times Last weekend, when a 27-year-old bike messenger showed up at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., he came ready for battle. He joined a human chain that stretched in front …

Trump Abandons Plan for Council on Infrastructure » Bloomberg Politics President Donald Trump will not move forward with a planned Advisory Council on Infrastructure, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. …

Three fundraising giants cancel plans for galas at Mar-a-Lago » Washington Post Three fundraising giants decided to pull events from President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach on Thursday, signaling a direct blowback to his business empire from his comments on Charlottesvill…

Now you can see what Donald Trump sees every time he opens Twitter » Washington Post For all of the work John Kelly has put into his new role as White House chief of staff, instituting new limits on whom President Trump speaks with and what information he sees, Trump has an escape hat…

At Senator Menendez's Trial, Stakes Are High for Democrats » New York Times When Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey goes on trial on federal corruption charges in less than three weeks, far more than his own fate hinges on the outcome. If Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, is convi…

Centrist Dems push back on Warren » The Hill Moderate Democrats are pushing back at Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) view that progressives have taken control of the party. …

Bernie Sanders' Political Revolution Is Gaining Ground » Observer While the Democratic Party struggles to find its bearings under a Trump presidency and Republican-controlled Congress, Bernie Sanders' political revolution is gaining momentum, attracting enthusiasm, …

"Massachusetts is home to 12 hate groups, according to SPLC — more than any other state in New England. New Hampshire has the second most with six, Connecticut has five, Maine has three and both Vermont and Rhode Island have one each."

The Southern Poverty Law Center

On Massachusetts having more hate groups than any other New England state

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump calls for streamlined environmental reviews » The Recorder Though overshadowed by his statements about last weekend's white supremacist rally over the weekend, President Donald Trump announced earlier this week an executive order to streamline environmental r…

Under fire — from GOP — Trump digs in on Confederate icons » Boston Globe With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Trump defiantly returned to his campaign's nativist themes on Thursday.…

Business

So far, compromise eludes Mass. alcohol task force » Boston Globe Key members of the state's alcohol industry are tempering expectations that a task force reviewing Massachusetts' booze laws will deliver sweeping reforms to how beer, wine, and spirits are sold and d…

List Plus: Bay State's largest museums attracted nearly 10M visitors in 2016 » Boston Business Journal In all, 18 of the 25 museums on this year's list reported year-over-year attendance increases.…

What a suburban developer may do to transform the Globe's former HQ » Boston Business Journal Real estate brokerage Colliers International had marketed the site for sale, and its pitch to potential investors heralded a “rare critical-mass development opportunity” offering developer…

Civil Rights

O'Connor stands in solidarity at Boston Holocaust Memorial » Wicked Local Marshfield One day after the Boston Holocaust Memorial was vandalized, state Sen. Patrick O'Connor, R-Weymouth, stood in solidarity with local leaders at the damaged memorial.…

Massachusetts has more hate groups than any other New England state: Report » Metro.us After white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Va., institutions of all kinds are clamping down on hate groups, from domain providers to PayPal.…

Somerville officials: 'We will protect everyone's right to justice and equality' » Wicked Local Hundreds of supporters gathered in Davis Square, hand-in-hand, to condemn white supremacy, hatred, violence and discrimination.…

Group calls for Faneuil Hall to be renamed » WWLP 22 Inspired by the recent removal of Confederate statues across the country, religious leaders are pushing to change the name of a historic Boston landmark.…

Tens of thousands of counterdemonstrators may turn out to protest rally » Boston Globe Opponents of a controversial “free speech” rally said Thursday that more than 20,000 demonstrators may turn out on Boston Common on Saturday to denounce racism and anti-Semitism, while law…

Speaker list for 'free speech' rally includes right-wing extremists » Boston Globe Some speakers have dropped out of the “Boston Free Speech” rally planned for Saturday on the Common, but at least two right-wing extremists, including a Clinton conspiracy theorist and a f…

Massachusetts issues proclamation condemning bigotry and racism » WWLP 22 State leaders are sending a message to people of Massachusetts, Charlottesville and Washington D.C. that our state will not tolerate violence and xenophobia promoted by white nationalists and neo-Nazi…

Mass. speaks as one in denouncing racism » The Recorder On the heels of a racially charged protest in Virginia and just days away from a “free speech” rally planned in Boston, Gov. Charlie Baker signed and the Legislature endorsed a joint procl…

Gov. Baker, lawmakers denounce 'poisonous ideologies' before rally » Sentinel & Enterprise On the heels of a racially charged protest in Virginia and just days away from a "free speech" rally planned in Boston, Gov. Charlie Baker signed and the Legislature endorsed a joint proclamation and …

State KKK to attend rally » Boston Herald Massachusetts members of the Ku Klux Klan reportedly are headed to Boston Common for the so-called Boston Free Speech Rally this Saturday, but a rally organizer said he doesn't want the event “h…

Baker, lawmakers denounce hate ideologies (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun

State leaders condemn white nationalism, neo-Nazism » Boston Globe

Education

UMass online course revenue surpasses $100M » Boston Business Journal The University of Massachusetts said it set new records for online course enrollment and revenue in fiscal 2017.…

Three join MWCC Board of Trustees » Sentinel & Enterprise Three community leaders joined the Mount Wachusett Board of Trustees last week after being appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Environment

Study Shows Bad Results For East Braintree Air Quality » Framingham Patch

Health Care

MNA Opposes AG's Decision Not To Penalize Leaders Of Shuttered North Adams Hospital » WAMC The Massachusetts Nurses Association is opposing the state Attorney General's decision not to penalize the leaders of the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital for failing to provide adequate public…

Community Health Centers in Focus at Harwich Port Forum » Cape Cod Online The Cape and Vineyard Community Health Center network celebrated the work of local centers Wednesday morning during a legislative breakfast.…

Human Services

State legislature looks to restore some funding for local food banks » WWLP 22 More than 800,000 of the state's residents put food on the family table with help from the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program.…

Governor defends DCF treatment of foster families » WCVB Gov. Charlie Baker defended the Department of Children and Families for adding support for foster parents but declined to comment on the agency's controversial strip-searching of a foster family's chi…

Labor

INHUMAN TRADE: Labor trafficking hidden in Massachusetts communities » Wicked Local Maynard Less common than sex trafficking, forced labor and commercial exploitation remain underreported issues, particularly in immigrant communities, experts say. …

Padma Lakshmi: Boston's not all 'brutes and bullies' » Boston Herald The star host of reality TV show “Top Chef” says she still has love for Boston even after a federal jury acquitted the Teamsters she accused of threatening her and her crew in the hopes of…

Mass. unemployment rate evens out with national average » Boston Globe So much for bragging rights. After years of outperforming the nation's economy, the Massachusetts unemployment rate for July tied with the United States for the first time in nearly a decade.…

InsideSources » The Fight for $15 Is Having a Rough Year The Fight for $15 is one of the most influential political movements in the country right now, but the campaign has faced a number of recent setbacks. …

Local Government

Mediator may decide ex-Dracut chief's request for $8G in compensation » Lowell Sun Town Manager James Duggan and former Police Chief Kevin Richardson remain at odds over nearly $8,000 Richardson says the town owes him and now the issue is headed to mediation.…

Planning Board Accused of Violating Open Meeting Law In Day School Case » The Belmontonian The town of Belmont has received a formal complaint from a resident who alleges the town's Planning Board violated the state's Open Meeting Law during the design and site plan review of a new building…

Select Board discusses committee openings and water meters » The Reminder The Longmeadow Select Board met last week to discuss a series of issues regarding Veterans' funds, committee openings, the Town Manager's report, and the controversial water irrigation meters.…

Highway superintendent on leave after posting racial slur on Facebook » The Republican After becoming angered by a political debate broadcast on CNN, a highway administrator in Massachusetts posted a racial slur to the network's Facebook page and is in hot water locally. …

Marijuana

Should Braintree ban the sale of recreational marijuana? » Boston Globe

Opinion

Letter: Criticism of state representative rings true » Gloucester Times The recent letters by Meredith Fine and Bob Stewart regarding the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance's educational mailer highlighting state Rep. Ann Margaret Ferrante's vote to raise her own pay are nothi…

Advantages to privatizing at MBTA » Newburyport News Voters made it clear when they elected Charlie Baker governor that they expected him to address head on the myriad challenges facing the MBTA — including a ballooning, misspent budget, a burgeo…

Donald Trump is winning on immigration » Boston Globe Donald Trump had been sounding the same populist notes since he first flirted with running for president, all the way back in 1987: The United States is weak and stupid, is being exploited by wily for…

Outed online, a local man is now tied to Charlottesville rally » Boston Globe The photograph is as chilling as it is unforgettable: a sea of young white faces, lit by torches and inflamed by hatred.…

No tolerance for intimidation or violence here » Boston Globe All week, our thoughts and prayers have been with the people of Charlottesville, Va., who last weekend faced an onslaught of aggression from groups marching under the hateful banners of white supremac…

Battenfeld: Attack shows need to pull together » Boston Herald A day after celebrating a little boy who wanted peace, we get a grisly reminder of war.…

Editorial: It will take delicate balance for former GE exec to get MBTA on track » Boston Business Journal He will have to maintain a difficult balance between stopping wasteful spending and stepping up investment in infrastructure to make it reliable enough to attract future riders.…

ViewPoint: Beer distributors bill hopes to avoid wholesale harm » Boston Business Journal Some emerging breweries want greater flexibility to change distributors. A bill filed by Rep. John Mahoney of Worcester would do just that, covering 97 percent of breweries in the U.S.…

The Week That Was: Fallout From Charlottesville, Boston Braces For Its Own 'Free Speech' Rally And More » WBUR It was the week when a protest in Charlottesville made us forget about North Korea's nuclear ambitions.…

ViewPoint: Employer-sponsored health is needed » Boston Business Journal It is crucial that Americans feel secure in their health coverage; everyone should have access to high-quality — often, life-saving — health care.…

PETER LUCAS: Selling Bay State's baloney sandwich on bipartisanship » Sentinel & Enterprise Yes, that's the answer. America should imitate Massachusetts, and then all the politicians in Washington would respect and love each other, like they do here.…

David King: Seeks stricter limits on use of pesticides » Gazette Net

Politics

Democrat Setti Warren, A Hopeful For Massachusetts Governor, Tours Berkshires » WAMC Newton Mayor Setti Warren, a Democratic hopeful for Massachusetts governor, made stops in the Berkshires this week. …

Walsh aide Dan Koh to run for Congress, quitting City Hall » Boston Herald

Public Health

Homeowners may be required to disclose lead in pipes » Newburyport News BOSTON — Home sellers in Massachusetts have for decades been required to tell potential buyers if toxic lead paint or plaster was detected in tests of the property. …

Trump's opioid crisis declaration draws optimism, concerns » Newburyport News President Donald Trump's declaration of a national crisis to combat opioid abuse could unleash a massive federal response to curb addiction but some worry that new policies will focus more on locking …

New Opioid Report Details Grim Situation In Massachusetts » WGBH A sharper picture of the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts is emerging with the release of a second comprehensive report from the Baker administration about who's at risk, and who's dying.…

Public Safety

High ranking West Springfield Police Captain on paid leave » WWLP 22 A high ranking captain in the West Springfield Police Department was placed on paid administrative leave this week.…

State Police announce new homeland security division » Boston Globe The Massachusetts State Police will now include a new division specifically dedicated to homeland security, Governor Charlie Baker announced Thursday.…

Massachusetts State Police Have New Unit On Homeland Security » WAMC The Massachusetts State Police have a new division focused on combating threats to the state from extremists and drug traffickers.…

New State Police division will target extremists, narcotics traffickers » The Herald News A new division of the State Police has been formed to address threats posed by “extremists and narcotics traffickers,” according to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who plans to highlight the new ho…

2,000 people sign petition calling for firing of Conrad Lariviere, Springfield cop who mocked Charlottesville crash » The Republican Over 2,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the firing of Conrad Lariviere, a Springfield police officer under fire for mocking the anti-racist demonstrators run down by a car during …

State Government

Teens take TD Garden battle to City Hall, State House » Boston Globe The teenagers battling TD Garden over the sports arena's failure for 22 years to hold mandated charity fundraisers for recreational facilities — such as the Jackson Square ice rink for which th…

Report: Brockton lawmaker is 'big winner' from legislative pay raise vote » Wicked Local Easton Information received through a Freedom of Information Act request shows that a state lawmaker representing Brockton received a pay increase from $67,232 to $107,547 from the pay raise that she and oth…

'You Have Our Strength': Local Lawmakers React to Barcelona Terror Attack » After a van jumped the sidewalk in Barcelona, Spain's Las Ramblas district, plowing into a group of people and killing at least 12, local lawmakers took to social media to react to the incident now be…

Suffolk Register of Probate to return from suspension » Boston Globe

Taxation

Mayor looks for taxpayer help on high school project » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — Mayor Kevin Dumas said his administration is looking for ways to ease the burden on taxpayers on fixed incomes in paying for a new high school while his two election opponents agree…

Transportation

Mother of Brockton student killed in April crash starts driving safety foundation » The Enterprise Frances Arriaga, whose son Isaias Caban died in an April car crash, recently founded Isa's World Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to youth driving safety.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Take a look at the 28,600 solar panels that are going to save Worcester $60 million » The Republican

Elected Officials Call for Toll Plaza Meeting » East Boston Times

Poll Shows Most Americans Want To Keep Confederate Monuments, As Massachusetts Boards Up Its Own » New Boston Post

Charlie Baker and Other State Leaders Are Denouncing Nazis » Boston Magazine

Massachusetts unemployment no longer lower than U.S. rate » Boston Business Journal

Mass. officials slam President Donald Trump, sign resolution condemning Nazism (photos, video) » The Republican

Gov. Baker signs resolution denouncing white nationalism » WPRI

Baker, legislators issue resolution denouncing neo-Nazis » Metro.us

MBTA dumps plan for Commuter Rail Wi-Fi towers » Wicked Local - Littleton

'Silence is simply not an option': Berkshire County leaders respond to rising racism and national tension » Berkshire Eagle

Senator Cyr Seeking Nominees for 79th Citizens' Legislative Seminar » Cape Cod Online

Boston ranked third-most livable city in US, behind Honolulu, Washington, D.C. » The Republican

Charlie Baker 'disturbed and dismayed' by Trump's Civil War comments » Boston Herald

Scaling up of MassHealth ACO model will affect 850,000 enrollees » The Salem News

'Super delegate' proposal could help Baker » Boston Globe

Study: Low-wage workers have less access to employer health care » The Republican

Springfield City Council candidate Ernesto Cruz stays in race despite arrest, job separation, campaign finance troubles » The Republican

Massachusetts Employers Face $200 Million Increase in Health Care Costs under MassHealth Amendments Blog Employment Matters Blog » Lexology

How The Civil War Was Almost Lost In Massachusetts » Salem Patch

New Mass. State Police division will focus on terrorism, opioids, criminal intel » WCVB

New state report on opioid crisis in Massachusetts: 8 takeaways » The Republican

Study estimates Boston rail link costs at $4 bil to $6 bil » State House News Service

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 2116 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Michelle Dancy, an employee of the Department of Mental Health

Most read bills of the week:

SB2125 - An Act relative to language opportunity for our kids

HB3740 - An Act relative to language opportunity for our kids

SB2134 - An Act relative to language opportunity for our kids

HB3818 - An Act to ensure safe access to medical and adult-use of marijuana in the Commonwealth

SB2149 - Foundation Budget Review Commission Recommendations

SB2150 - Patient Protection and Empowerment

HB2828 - An Act clarifying telephone solicitation

HB3526 - An Act relative to community tax relief

House Actions This Week: 50

Senate Actions This Week: 26

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


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