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Trump administration moves to expand deportation dragnet to jails » Boston Globe President Trump's administration is working with like-minded sheriffs from around the country on a plan to channel unauthorized immigrants from local jails into federal detention, according to several…

Steve Mnuchin's Wife Louise Linton Brags About Designer Goods on Government Trip, Taunts Instagram Critic » newsweek.com Actress Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, flaunted designer goods in a social media post on a government trip and then boasted of her wealth when criticized for wastin…

This House Democrat Lost A Leadership Race To Nancy Pelosi. Now He May Run For President. » BuzzFeed It's still more than three years until the next presidential election, and yet here was Ray Buckley — the chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party for the last decade — riding shot…

Can cannabis panel meet aggressive deadlines? Gaming chief has doubts » Boston Globe This story begins with a seemingly boring — and, frankly, selfish — question I posed to a state official earlier this week: Once the commissioners of the new Massachusetts Cannabis Contr…

How Massachusetts tried to woo insurance giant Aetna to Boston with $16M in incentives and still lost to New York » The Republican More than a year after General Electric chose Boston as the place to put its new world headquarters, Massachusetts economic development officials were faced with another Connecticut-based company pote…

What I Saw in Boston on Saturday » Esquire At the end of the march in Boston on Saturday, when the whole thing had devolved into a picnic in the sun with some rough spots around its edges, a lot of people lined up to have their pictures taken …

Political Notes: Barlow launches campaign against Vieira » Cape Cod Times The 2018 race for state representative in the 3rd Barnstable District is underway. Democrat Elizabeth Barlow has announced her candidacy to oust incumbent state Rep. David Vieira, R-Falmouth. The dist…

City employee files sexual harassment complaint against Felix G. Arroyo » Boston Globe A woman who worked for Felix G. Arroyo, the city's chief of health and human services, has accused him of repeated sexual harassment, alleging in a discrimination complaint that he “spanked 

“Just like with gaming, this is about doing it right, not doing it fast,” Crosby said. “I would encourage them to weather the storm of criticism for being slow. Everybody crapped on us, but we just lived with it. In the very long run, no one’s going to care whether the businesses open this month or that month, but they’ll care a lot if you don’t get the licensing process and regulatory standards right. Any false step, inadvertent or otherwise, will lead to firestorms, and they have to be strong enough to resist the pressure to go fast for speed’s sake.”

Steve Crosby, Chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC)

On the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission

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Beltway Politics

Trump promises a more aggressive strategy in Afghanistan » Boston Globe President Trump put forward on Monday a long-awaited strategy for resolving the nearly 16-year-old conflict in Afghanistan, but he failed to specify either the number of troops that would be committed…

Business

Mass delegation supports putting Carlos Rafael's forfeiture toward electronic monitoring » South Coast Today John Bullard wants to arm fishing vessels with a smartphone — figuratively speaking. “Nobody has rotary phones anymore, we just assume smartphones are the way we communicate and all the b…

City funds sought for artistic space » Boston Herald The head of Boston's Boch Center is calling for a dedicated city revenue source to help the area's performing arts venues make their spaces more affordable for artists' rehearsal and performance needs…

Businesses fret over Congress' ability to avoid debt default » Boston Globe Despite President Trump's swirl of controversies, August still has a sleepy feel inside Washington's beltway, where the business of government has slowed.…

Central and Western Massachusetts need a 'few more victories' to lure in big companies, state economic development chief Jay Ash says » MassLive Big companies looking to relocate to Massachusetts keep zeroing in on the Boston area, a top Bay State economic development official said in an email as insurance company Aetna weighed a move.…

Johnson & Johnson to pay $417m in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer » Boston Globe A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian ca…

Civil Rights

This tweet from Saturday went viral. Here's the story behind it » Boston Globe As the crowd swelled around the Donald Trump supporter wearing the camouflage hat, booing and spraying silly string at his head, Imani Williams decided to take action.…

Boston 'Free Speech' Rally Organizer John Medlar Criticizes Rally Setup And Promises Future Events » WGBH The organizer behind Saturday's so-called "free speech" rally — protested by tens of thousands people — says his group will be back with future events.…

In Boston, We Marched To Muffle The Voices Of Hate. Now What? » WBUR Kudos to the throng of Bostonians who marched this weekend to make a mockery of that motley band of moral nincompoops seeking to preach the poison of hate.…

Crimes

5 more come forward claiming sexual abuse from former Adams Memorial Junior High custodian » Berkshire Eagle At least five more men have come forward and claimed they were victims of sexual assault at the hands of a school custodian in the 1970s.…

Education

Lowell schools close $610G budget gap with no staff cuts » Lowell Sun The School Committee on Monday agreed on a plan to close a $610,000 budget gap, instructing the district administration to make more than $100,000 in cuts to central office supplies.…

Lawsuit alleges discrimination against Latino families in Holyoke Public Schools » MassLive A lawsuit has been filed in federal court alleging human rights violations in Holyoke Public Schools. The suit alleges the district fails to provide parents who speak limited English adequate translat…

Want to get into your first-choice college? Better book a plane ticket » Boston Globe On university campuses, a summer tradition has unfolded: High school juniors and their parents are inspecting dormitories, checking out libraries, and visiting classrooms as part of the college tour.…

From Corners To College: Boston Group Offers School Stipends To Some Ex-Gang Members » WBUR Mark Culliton has some big ambitions. He would like to end gang-related violence in the United States. For now, his mission has kicked off in Boston, or more specifically, Boston's most-populous neigh…

Environment

Federal court upholds state's right to stop natural gas pipeline under the Clean Water Act » The Republican Fossil fuel foes are claiming victory after a federal appeals court on Friday upheld New York's move to block a federally permitted interstate natural gas pipeline that failed to meet state water qual…

Lynn wins $1M prize » Lynn Daily News Item The city has been awarded a $1 million supportive coastal infrastructure grant from the Seaport Economic Council for the construction of a seawall, which will support a publicly accessible harborwalk …

Upper Cape transfer station to reopen » Cape Cod Times An East Falmouth waste disposal company plans to reopen the Upper Cape Regional Transfer Station next month after being awarded a contract on Monday to operate the facility.…

Cavossa to assume transfer station operations » Wicked Local Bourne Cavossa Disposal Corporation of East Falmouth plans to begin operating the Upper Cape Regional Transfer Station in September.…

Health Care

Expansion of Brookhaven assisted living facility could begin in fall » Wicked Local Lexington After more than two years of planning, the renovation and expansion of the Brookhaven assisted living facility on Waltham Street could begin this fall.…

$500,000 Settlement To MassHealth From Springfield Dentist: MA AG » Framingham Patch Attorney General Maura Healey announced today that her office has reached a settlement with a pediatric dentist in Springfield, returning $500,000 to the state's Medicaid program (MassHealth) and reso…

Housing

Proposal requires new housing to support potential solar panel installation » WWLP 22 Putting solar panels on your home currently requires years of planning and building modifications, but that could soon change if lawmakers pass a bill to change building requirements.…

Human Services

Advocates hope to ease eligibility for Massachusetts emergency homeless shelters » MassLive For a family in Massachusetts to get into an emergency shelter, in many cases they must first spend a night in a car, emergency room, bus station or another place "not meant for human habitation."…

Immigration

Police chiefs support Gov. Baker approach to ICE detainers » South Coast Today Two of the state's largest police organizations have endorsed Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to allow law enforcement, under certain circumstances, to detain arrestees at the request of federal immigra…

Police chiefs back Gov. Charlie Baker's immigration detainer bill » MassLive Chiefs of police in Massachusetts have endorsed Gov. Charlie Baker's bill giving state and local police officers authority to enforce federal immigration requests to detain immigrants in the country i…

Chelsea Fights Trump's Executive Order On Sanctuary Cities » WBUR Let's get an on-the-ground look at policing in so-called sanctuary cities. The definition varies, but generally these are places where immigrants are not asked about their legal status and where local…

Judiciary

Swampscott's Kafker sworn in as newest member of the Supreme Judicial Court » The Salem News Scott Kafker was sworn in Monday afternoon as the newest justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, replacing Geraldine Hines who retired Friday. Kafker, who previously served as chief justice of the Appe…

Justice Geraldine Hines, first black woman to serve on Massachusetts' highest court, retires » The Republican Supreme Judicial Court Justice Geraldine Hines, the first black woman to serve on the SJC, retired from the court on Friday, a few months before she reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.…

Legislative

Local legislators moved by service at Holocaust Memorial » Wicked Local Scituate State Rep. Jim Cantwell and State Sen. Patrick O'Connor joined a bi-partisan group of legislators and religious leaders on Aug. 15 at the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston to denounce racism an…

Community Newsletter - Summer 2017 » Christine Barber Dear Friends and Neighbors, I hope you've enjoyed your summer.…

Whipps leaves Republican Party » The Recorder

Western Mass. Rep. Susannah Whipps ditches Republican Party to become 'unenrolled' » MassLive

DeLeo, key Dems plan busy "very busy fall" » The Valley Dispatch

Local Government

Activist wants change in permit ordinance for demonstrations » The Sun Chronicle The woman who organized an anti-hate rally at a city park wants the city to ease up on requiring permits for political events.…

Dudley highway chief apologizes for racist remark » Worcester Telegram Highway Superintendent Daniel W. Gion publicly apologized Monday for the racist remark that landed him on administrative leave.…

Boston wants to explore options for same-day voter registration » Boston Globe Boston city councilors want to explore ways to make it easier for residents to vote, including allowing them to register on Election Day, as other states have done. .…

Marijuana

2 pot clinics eye Peabody » The Salem News City officials will have to weigh two competing proposals for medical pot dispensaries in the weeks ahead — or will they?…

Opinion

Column butchered a quote » Newburyport News Rather sloppy, I thought, when Warren Russo butchered the quote from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at the end of his most recent column (Opinion, Aug. 19) and proved exactly the opposite of what he inte…

PETER LUCAS: Governor Baker's monumental debate » Sentinel & Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker should do more than just remove the boarded-up Confederate memorial on Georges Island in Boston Harbor.…

It's Not Etched in Stone that Sales-Tax-Free Weekends Be Held Only in August » JD Supra This comes as no surprise to the people I work with (nor to my wife) but I was dead damn wrong in my last post, “Guv's Sales Tax Holiday Bill Looks D.O.A. Appearances Are Deceiving,” 8-6-…

LETTER: Lucas is practiced in the art of deception » Sentinel & Enterprise Peter Lucas' latest broadside against the real world ignores a basic fact of life: You can't always get what you want.…

Lack of public sector experience is troubling » Commonwealth Magazine THE APPOINTMENT OF LUIS RAMIREZ as the new general manager of the MBTA again raises the question of whether a successful private sector businessman or woman can make a successful transition to the pub…

There's more than one side to the story » Boston Globe Last week was the week the proverbial worm turned. It was the week President Trump finally went too far for all those people for whom he had not previously gone too far.…

Will President Trump pardon racist Joe Arpaio? » Boston Globe To those wondering if the removal of hard-right political adviser Steve Bannon signals a softening of President Trump's anti-immigrant stances and sneering disdain for political norms, pay close atten…

Cashman: Diehl's Trump ties may provide edge in U.S. Senate run » Boston Herald Mitt Romney shouldn't be expecting a call from U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl anytime soon. Diehl should let his latest challenger, Beth Lindstrom, go begging for that endorsement.…

Trump voters in the aftermath of Charlottesville » Boston Globe For many Democrats, this has been the worst two weeks of the Trump presidency. In the aftermath of frightening brinkmanship between President Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea, attention turned to …

Battenfeld: Address a step in right direction » Boston Herald President Trump set out last night to heal his self-inflicted political wounds of the last few weeks, and show some badly needed leadership.…

Letter: Solar farm should be example to state » Worcester Telegram The brand new solar farm in Worcester has impressive numbers: almost 29,000 panels, covering 25 acres and saving the city $60 million in the next 30 years.…

The GOP's downward spiral » Boston Globe Irreversibly and irreparably, President Trump and his nominal party have spawned a maelstrom of dysfunction that will gut his presidency and fracture the GOP. …

Our view: Homesellers should be required to disclose lead plumbing » The Salem News

Politics

How Geoff Diehl's Conservative Crusade Will Lead to the U.S. Senate » New Boston Post He seems nearly uninterested, certainly unmoved, by the potential link to a lineage of rich Massachusetts political history. …

Gubernatorial Candidate Warren Touts Experience, Ideas » iBerkshires Setti Warren wants to bring his brand of management — budgets based on outcomes and consensus building — to Beacon Hill to fix the state's economic woes.…

Was Boston Common rally really about white supremacy? » Commonwealth Magazine THE 40,000 PROTESTERS who showed up at Boston Common on Saturday had nothing to protest because the free speech rally was focused on free speech and not white supremacy or racism, said Shiva Ayyadurai…

At 20 years old, Brockton mayoral candidate making voice heard » The Enterprise A 20-year-old candidate for mayor of Brockton took the stage during the protests at the Boston Common on Saturday, joining around 40,000 people who came out to rally against hatred and bigotry, in res…

Walsh, Tito yet to take gloves off on airwaves » Boston Herald Boston's usual barrage of post-Labor Day political ads looks set to sputter despite the mayoral race, without a single minute of television time booked in the City Hall campaign just weeks before the …

Stunned historians wrestle with calls to remove Confederate statues » Boston Globe As universities and municipalities rush to remove Confederate monuments, many historians have been stunned. For decades, they say, it was difficult to even broach the idea that the monuments were symb…

Former Lottery director Beth Lindstrom to take a chance with Senate run » Patriot Ledger Beth Lindstrom, a former executive director of the Massachusetts Lottery and the first woman to serve as executive director of the Republican State Committee, announced Monday she will run for the U.S…

Pittsfield: Candidate Massie announces meetups » Berkshire Eagle Bob Massie, Democratic candidate for governor, will meet with the public at two events Tuesday, Aug. 22.…

Public Health

Deaths from opioid overdoses trending downward in first half of 2017 » State House News Service

Public Safety

Public rallies require lots of planning ahead by officials » WWLP 22 Boston Police estimate that 40,000 counter-protesters converged in Boston against Saturday's “Free Speech Rally.” And with them, more than 500 officers were in and around the Boston Common…

Disgraced T cop gets 6-month jail stint » Boston Herald The former MBTA police officer convicted of beating a Roxbury woman at Dudley Square Station and then filing false reports will spend at least six months behind bars after a judge said he wanted his s…

Gun-toting militia leader among protest arrests » Boston Herald The girlfriend of a pistol-packing militia founder, cobbler and father of seven from New York — who was charged with bringing a tactical vest and a loaded gun to Saturday's so-called “fre…

City pushes police audit » Gloucester Times Ten months after the U.S. Attorney's office and state Attorney General's office took over an investigation into actions by Gloucester's now-former chief and a detective sergeant, the city is poised to…

State Government

State environmental chief refunded Mass. for personal flight » Boston Globe In the fall of 2016, a series of embarrassing revelations over staff misuse of state resources shook Governor Charlie Baker's environmental agencies, prompting him to order suspensions and firings and…

Read the documents behind Massachusetts officials' pursuit of Aetna's headquarters » The Republican A "dynamic research core" in Cambridge, Mass. A sector focused on digital health. A top recipient of funding from the National Institutes of Health, behind only California.…

Baker defends hiring of new MBTA general manager » Boston Globe

Transportation

Baker-Polito Administration, federal and local officials celebrate groundbreaking for $38.5 million Ruggles Station improvement project » Sampan

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