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Must-Reads

Some possible candidates taking their time to decide on Tsongas seat race » State House News Service Sen. Barbara L'Italien wasted no time expressing interest in the Congressional seat that will open up when U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas retires, but the Andover Democrat said her decision on whether to offi…

Senators explore challenges to long-term health care » State House News Service Questions of how best to fund long-term care and how to encourage the use of community-based health services over costlier institutions are among the issues facing a group of senators developing legis…

In D.C., lobbying 'swamp' isn't drained so much as clogged » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — The amount of lobbying activity being reported has declined in President Trump's Washington, but observers say it's not because he is making good on his promise to “drain the…

In the Year of the Deciding Vote, one Democrat's corruption trial could change the Senate — or not » The Washington Post This year, the Senate has demonstrated the importance of a single vote. Betsy DeVos's controversial confirmation as education secretary happened only with the tiebreaking vote of Vice President Pence.…

Eldridge drops out of race for coveted congressional seat » Boston Herald State Sen. Jamie Eldridge said today he will not run for U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas' open Congressional seat, removing a well-known progressive name from the mix of potential candidates. …

Felix G. Arroyo's firing derailed a rapid rise in city politics » Boston Globe Felix G. Arroyo, the city's embattled health services chief, was fired from his Cabinet post Thursday, ending a nearly four-week city inquiry into allegations that he sexually harassed a woman he had …

2nd Cape Cod Attorney Enters GOP Race For Attorney General » WBUR The race to challenge Attorney General Maura Healey next fall is on now that a second Republican attorney, this one also from Cape Cod, has launched his campaign for the statewide office.…

Fitchburg councilor Michael Kushmerek to run for state Senate seat being vacated by Jen Flanagan » Worcester Telegram Michael Kushmerek, president of the Fitchburg City Council, announced Thursday he will run for state Senate for the Worcester and Middlesex District.…

John Kingston pledges $2m for campaign against Elizabeth Warren » Boston Globe Just as US Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom, his rival for moderate GOP voters, jumped into the race Monday, businessman John Kingston made it clear he too is serious about running —and putting …

“I don’t think we have fundamental issues with people [being] afraid to come forward with any type of . . . sexual harassment [complaint]. I don’t think that is the case here,’’ said Walsh, before the announcement of Arroyo’s dismissal.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Speaking about sexual harassment issues in Boston following the firing of Felix G. Arroyo.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

'Summer Nights' with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell » Boston Globe They're not going public with it, in fact, they're denying the split, but it looks like the bubble has burst on any hopes for a “DonCon,” or “McDonald” bromance between the pre…

In D.C., lobbying 'swamp' isn't drained so much as clogged » Boston Globe The amount of lobbying activity being reported has declined in President Trump's Washington, but observers say it's not because he is making good on his promise to “drain the swamp” of spe…

Business

Here's what the Amazon-Whole Foods deal means for shoppers » Boston Globe Amazon.com Inc. won't complete its acquisition of Whole Foods until Monday, but the Internet giant is already promising lower prices for consumers and more perks for Prime members.…

These companies actually want to pay higher fees — and the FDA is poised to make that happen » STAT News Makers of over-the-counter drugs may soon pay for federal review of their products, just like pharmaceutical makers. And they're fine with the change.…

GE makes major overhaul to $1B IT outsourcing program » Boston Business Journal General Electric Co. is dramatically shrinking the number of contractors it hires to help handle its information technology, as the company continues to cut costs in an attempt to boost profits.…

Mass. chambers of commerce evolve along with the businesses they serve » Boston Business Journal Whether catering to mom-and-pop businesses on Main Street, or bringing together the region's startups, tech companies and biotechnology companies, chambers have embraced a variety of tactics to advanc…

Santander escapes from under Fed's thumb on dividends » Boston Business Journal CEO Scott Powell called the news a "turning point" for a company that has repeatedly struggled to meet regulators' expectations.…

Workforce grant to increase textile opportunities in Fall River » The Herald News The 100 or so stitchers and packagers at Merrow Manufacturing on Bedford Street never skipped a beat of their work creating high-end textiles for well-known clothing companies and the military despite…

Straus request reveals NOAA has yet to penalize Rafael » South Coast Today Through a public records request, Rep. William Straus said he discovered that NOAA hasn't disciplined Carlos Rafael since the indictment has been released.…

Civil Rights

Handful of lawmakers didn't sign resolution against white nationalism » Eagle Tribune On the heels of a racially charged protest in Virginia, and just days ahead of a free speech rally in Boston, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a joint proclamation and resolution denouncing white nationalist…

Education

The debate over Harvard final clubs isn't going away anytime soon » Boston Globe As students return to Harvard University this week, the controversy over the administration's attempt to ban students from joining off-campus social clubs is heating up again.…

Documents: two internal reports released on Easthampton High School bias issues » The Republican Current discipline policies and procedures -- particularly those related to peer-on-peer bullying and harassment -- need to be reviewed and updated within the Easthampton schools.…

Easthampton superintendent unveils investigation results, outlines plan to 'eradicate bias' » The Republican Superintendent Nancy Follansbee said Thursday night the city's public schools must be "safe, welcoming, inclusive learning environments" for every student and adult.…

Students push for education about government » Wicked Local Milford Ohad Klopman hopes that the fervent interest among young people during last year's presidential election will continue to gather momentum.…

BC High taps woman as new president » Boston Globe Boston College High School, which faced an uproar this year over the prospect of admitting girls, has named a woman to lead the school for the first time in its 154-year history.…

Environment

Changes to national monuments could mean 'destructive' development, conservation groups say » Boston Globe Four months after launching an unprecedented review of 27 national monuments, including Maine's Katahdin Woods, US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended Thursday that President Trump not eliminate…

South Shore towns get state aid for climate change » Boston Globe

Few Answers on Marine Monument as review ends » South Coast Today The future of a national monument off the coast of Massachusetts is unclear Thursday after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrapped up a review of 27 monuments, but did not publicly disclose his recommen…

Now in its 3rd year, Blue Hills deer hunt still faces opposition » The Enterprise Opponents of deer hunting in the Blue Hills Reservation dominated a meeting on a proposed third season of the hunt.…

Gaming

Here's how much Powerball winner Mavis Wanczyk is actually getting » The Republican Powerball ticket winner Mavis L. Wanczyk is taking the cash option, meaning she gets a lump sum after taxes, according to Massachusetts Lottery officials.…

'Simple Mistake' Caused Mass. Lottery To Misidentify Which Store Sold Powerball Winner » CBS Boston The executive director of the Massachusetts Lottery apologized during a press conference Thursday after officials mixed up which store had sold a record-setting $758.7 million Powerball ticket.…

Health Care

Local hospitals make no efforts to get rid of Yawkey name » Boston Business Journal Despite recent calls to rename Yawkey Way near Fenway Park, no such discussions are happening at the major hospitals throughout Boston that have buildings bearing the Yawkey name.…

Senators Explore Challenges To Long-Term Health Care » Banker & Tradesman Questions of how best to fund long-term care and how to encourage the use of community-based health services over costlier institutions are among the issues facing a group of senators developing legis…

Housing

'Mass displacement is a crisis': Building clearouts are becoming increasingly common in Boston » Boston Globe When his landlord sent him a barely working stove to replace the broken one in his East Boston apartment, Jose Velasquez decided to install his own — a newer model given to him by friends.…

Sen. O'Connor Ives backs special home loans for public safety personnel » The Newburyport News Touting potential benefits to first responders and neighborhoods they serve, a state senator is proposing to create a special home loan program for police, firefighters and EMTs. …

Immigration

Chiefs support Baker's detainer proposal » Gloucester Times BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to give police the authority to detain immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who are wanted for serious crimes has received a boost from two of the state's …

Labor

Boston Teachers Union, city reach agreement on new contract » Boston Globe The Boston Teachers Union and the School Department reached a tentative deal early Thursday morning on a new contract, which eases the process of hiring teachers and extends parental leave to more tea…

Boston teachers land raises in new two-year deal » Boston Herald The city has reached a tentative two-year contract deal with the Boston Teachers Union that gives teachers a raise, parental leave and adds more nurses and support to special education classes, offici…

Capuano, Malia Stand with MBTA Mechanics to Stop 'Privatization Scheme' » Jamaica Plain News During a Wednesday rally in Jamaica Plain, politicians, MBTA mechanics and union supporters came together to chide for-profit companies that were allegedly snuck into MBTA garages “under the clo…

Legislative

Throughout region, praise for a veteran lawmaker » Sentinel & Enterprise Sen. Flanagan is a proud alumna of Fitchburg State University and has been a loyal friend and strong supporter of higher education throughout her career in the state legislature... At the local and st…

Local Government

Mayor: Greenfield and web provider trying to work it out » The Recorder Mayor William Martin has responded to concerns about the relationship between the town and its new municipal internet provider, saying the two entities are in the process of developing a memorandum of…

Belmont Day opponent claims Open Meeting Law violation » Wicked Local Belmont A sixth Planning Board hearing for the Belmont Day School application to construct a barn and driveway was supposed to take place on Aug. 14. However, it was postponed to Aug. 31 due to the filing of …

Mayor: Schools swallow city's budget » Lynn Daily News Item Before the School Committee's approval of a $142.9 million FY18 budget Wednesday night, Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy compared the continued increase in required net school spending to a beast…

Natick officials celebrate complete streets project » The Metro West Daily News State and local officials celebrated on Thursday a project to make roads safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.…

Marijuana

Framingham: Pot shop regulations left for mayor, City Council » The Metro West Daily News The decision of where and when marijuana shops can operate will be left to Framingham's first mayor and City Council after selectmen voted to take no action on the matter.…

Opinion

Bad memories, nuclear fears return with N. Korean threats » Boston Globe The bunker is burrowed into the base of Bare Mountain, and, at first glance, it is a dry-as-dust repository for academic journals, for miles of shelving for books largely fallen from circulation, and …

Will the GOP Congress mutiny against Trump? » Boston Globe Has the GOP's ill-treated congressional crew finally reached the moment where they muster the mettle to mount a mutiny against their crazed captain?…

Trump's transgender ban is based on hate » Boston Globe Tuesday night, President Trump traveled to Phoenix and delivered perhaps the most unhinged speech of his presidency, which for Trump is no small accomplishment. …

Editorial: English-Language Immersion - Why move away from a system showing continual gains? » Worcester Telegram Fifteen years ago, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure requiring public schools to move away from what had been traditional bilingual education in favor of English immersion in all academic…

Atkins: Hard pushing by prez puts GOP with Democrats » Boston Herald Not only did President Trump's dire warnings about Obama­care's imminent death prove to have been greatly exaggerated, his angry battles with Republican leaders over their failure to repeal and rep…

EDITORIAL: A glimmer of hope in new opioid report » Lowell Sun An encouraging trend, or just an indication that efforts to prevent opioid-related deaths have significantly improved.…

Battenfeld: Dan Koh's credentials may not thrill 3rd District » Boston Herald Dan Koh's tenure at Boston City Hall may not be something he wants to put on a campaign flyer.…

Politics

Local, state politicians remember Powell » Eagle Tribune State and local politicians Thursday remembered Mary Jane "MJ" Powell as a major force in Democratic Party politics, one who was particularly supportive of women attempting to enter political life.…

Montibello takes out papers to run in special election » Eagle Tribune Since 1959, the 3rd Essex District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives has been represented by male Democrats.…

Fitchburg City Council President Kushmerek announces bid for Flanagan's Senate seat » Sentinel & Enterprise FITCHBURG -- City Council President Michael Kushmerek on Thursday became the first elected official to declare he will run for the state Senate seat that Jennifer Flanagan will quit next week to becom…

Lawyer for the Kennedys says he thinks charges will be dismissed » Boston Globe Matthew Maxwell Kennedy and his daughter, Caroline, will not get special treatment as the disturbing the peace charges filed against them by Barnstable police move through the court system, Cape and I…

About 1,000 turn out in Marshfield to listen to Warren » Wicked Local Marshfield U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's “town hall tour” made its first stop on the South Shore Thursday evening.…

Public Safety

Back to school: Worcester stresses pedestrian safety » Worcester Telegram WORCESTER – City and school officials Thursday morning outlined their efforts to improve pedestrian safety as students prepare to return to school next week.…

State Government

Governor's Councilor Mary Hurley proposes new rules, causing controversy on a board with history of name-calling » The Republican If Governor's Councilor Mary Hurley has her way, there will be no more name-calling at Governor's Council meetings. Any council member will be "mentioned or addressed by his or her title and name and …

It's official: Wellesley's Heffernan and Harding move up in Baker administration » The Wellesley Report Governor Charlie Baker has made official the appointment of Michael J. Heffernan to be the Secretary of Administration and Finance. Heffernan formerly served as the Commissioner of the Department of …

Boston's Health Services Chief Fired Following Sexual Harassment Complaint » WBUR The chief of health and human services for the city of Boston has been fired following an internal investigation that stemmed from allegations that he sexually harassed a woman who worked for him.…

Transportation

New train bridge weathers growing pains » Gloucester Times The new commuter rail bridge between Beverly and Salem is expected to operate reliably for decades, but commuters and the public were perturbed last week when a malfunction caused delays.…

A run-in with an MBTA vehicle creates a big hassle » Boston Globe Denise Roney has gone without a car since June 9, when, she says, an MBTA supervisor in a T-owned SUV tried to make a left turn against traffic and plowed into her car.…

Utilities

Legislators worry about monopoles » Wilmington Town Crier Members of the Massachusetts Legislature including Sens. Jason Lewis and Patricia Jehlen, along with Rep. Jim Dwyer and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, recently sent a memo to MBTA Fiscal and Manag…

Salem seeks proposals for citywide fiber optics network » The Salem News City Hall is calling out for companies to build a citywide fiber-optic network that would bring more high-speed internet options to Salem residents and businesses over the next couple of years.…

Wind-power opponents dominate comments at Savoy hearing » Berkshire Eagle A half hour into a public hearing Thursday night at the Savoy firehouse, Bobby LaBonte and more than half a dozen others walked out.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Sen. Eldridge will not run for Congress » Lowell Sun

Sen. Anne Gobi targeted on support of sanctuary bill » Worcester Telegram

Eldridge drops out of race for coveted congressional seat » Boston Herald

Mass. Republicans lose a member — but gain an opportunity » Boston Globe

Gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie: Transit is key to improving Western Massachusetts as part of statewide rail plan » The Republican

More Democratic Hopefuls For Massachusetts Governor Tour Berkshires » WAMC

'I'm just very glad the winning pick' in Powerball is from Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican

Baker-Polito administration, Natick officials celebrate groundbreaking for $385,584 Complete Streets improvement project » Sampan

State GOP proposing a terribly bad idea » Cape Cod Times

INHUMAN TRADE: Buying and selling sex online widespread in Massachusetts » Wicked Local Taunton

Group sues Lowell, Ayer district courts over debt-collection procedures » Lowell Sun

Fall River native Harrington, Prosecutor Rayburn get judicial nominations » Herald News

Chapman confirmed for seat on district court » The Salem News

Easthampton superintendent to unveil results of civil rights investigations » The Republican

GOP attorney to run against Maura Healey » Boston Globe

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3874 - An Act eliminating the preliminary election in the city of Revere in 2017

HB 3796 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Edward Gates, an employee of the Department of Environmental Protection

HB 3795 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Linda Boudria, an employee of the department of mental health

HB 3758 - An Act authorizing the town of Westborough to grant an additional liquor license for the sale of wine and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises

HB 3708 - An Act designating a certain park in the town of Hingham as the Eugene F. Creedon Memorial Park

HB 3722 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Richard Capone, an employee of the Mass Department of Transportation

SB 2101 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Renee Salisbury, an employee of the Department of Transitional Assistance

Most read bills of the week:

SB2131 - An Act relative to housing production

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

SB723 - An Act relative to housing production

SB2377 - An Act relative to gender identity on Massachusetts identification

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

HB807 - An Act relative to attempted murder by preventing highway access to emergency vehicles

SB733 - An Act relative to access to housing for first responders

HB809 - An Act relative to intentionally blocking or preventing access to a public roadway or highway while protesting with the express purpose of preventing passage of others

HB3808 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB2832 - An Act to institute CORI reform

House Actions This Week: 131

Senate Actions This Week: 39

Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

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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