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Post-strike, Tufts and nurses to resume contract talks » Boston Globe Officials from Tufts Medical Center and the union that represents its nurses will return to the bargaining table this week for the first time since tensions over negotiating a new contract culminated …

POLITICO » Politico Republicans are considering putting hot-button initiatives on the ballot to excite the base when little else currently is. …

Exiles on Pennsylvania Avenue: How Jared and Ivanka Were Repelled by Washington's Elite » Vanity Fair “What is off-putting about them,” one political veteran told me, “is they do not grasp their essential irrelevance. They think they are special.” …

Who's Afraid of Antifa? » New York Times It's not the same as the far right. That doesn't mean we shouldn't expect more violence. …

'We Are Living Through a Battle for the Soul of This Nation' » The Atlantic The former vice president calls on Americans to do what President Trump has not. …

State GOP debates condemning hate groups — and that might include Black Lives Matter » Boston Globe The racially charged debate about President Trump's reaction to the violence in Charlottesville has spilled into the Massachusetts Republican Party, where leaders are grappling with a proposed resolut…

“I’ve had a lifelong interest in politics,” Meehan, a Democrat and longtime consultant for community hospitals, including Lawrence General, said in an interview. “Obviously I know the district well and I know what it takes to run for elected office and be successful.”

Ellen Murphy Meehan, ex-wife of Democrat Marty Meehan

Speaking about running for the seat of outgoing representative Niki Tsongas.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

An outrageous pardon and a hollow Congress » Boston Globe Outrageous presidential conduct has to be countered, and not just criticized, or it will become the new normal.…

Business

Worcester could spend millions to lure the Pawtucket Red Sox, but the real payoff could be outside the stadium » The Republican When it comes to measuring the potential economic impact of the Pawtucket Red Sox relocating to Worcester and the city spending millions to build a new baseball stadium to house the team, officials ha…

Education

Students push for education about government » Wicked Local Framingham Throwing his support behind a pending Statehouse bill, Klopman, a Framingham High School senior and regional field organizer for the Massachusetts High School Democrats, hopes the public's knowledge o…

ow a New Boston Program Is Helping Students with College Loan Debt » Boston Magazine As anyone struggling with backbreaking loans can attest, college just keeps getting more and more expensive. The average yearly tuition at UMass Boston is $13,436, a 6 percent increase from last year …

Federal

Mass. Aid Teams Offer Assistance During Tropical Storm Harvey » WBUR Fourteen volunteers with the Federal Emergency Management Agency based in Beverly prepared to leave Sunday afternoon to help with rescue efforts on the Gulf Coast as residents were hit with torrential…

Trump makes a mess for Arizona GOP with Arpaio pardon » CNN In just nine days, President Donald Trump might have badly hobbled Arizona Republicans headed into a competitive Senate race and hurt his own re-election prospects in the state. Trump's efforts to uns…

Gaming

Chicopee Police increase security near Powerball winner's home » The Republican Police continue to keep an eye on the home of the city's richest resident to ensure she and her neighbors are safe and free from harassment. Thursday Mavis L. Wanczyk collected her $336.3 million chec…

Health Care

How a doctor stirred national demand for the Bridge detox device — without solid evidence it works » STAT News The private Facebook group for the Bridge — a wearable medical device claiming to help opioid users overcome the pain of withdrawal — feels like a recovery meeting.…

Judiciary

Can Massachusetts taxpayer money subsidize historic church renovations? SJC will decide » MassLive

Lobbying

In Massachusetts, Lobbyists Outnumber Lawmakers 7-1 » CBS Boston In the state's fast-changing business climate, one Massachusetts industry continues to thrive using a tried-and-true business model: Chasing the hearts and minds of state lawmakers and other top polit…

Local Government

Marty Walsh will fill Felix Arroyo's job 'quickly' » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh said yesterday his office will move “pretty quickly” to replace former Boston Health and Human Services director Felix G. Arroyo, who Walsh fired Thursday amid an inv…

Marijuana

Temporary ban on recreational pot shops in Bridgewater proposed » The Enterprise The town's Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee is ready to recommend to the Town Council a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana establishments in town through the end of 2019.…

Ipswich Pharmaceuticals seeks to grow, process and sell medicinal pot in the Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle It's been nearly five years since state residents voted to legalize medical marijuana, but efforts to start businesses related to the burgeoning industry have only just recently begun to pick up steam…

Opinion

My 2 cents on keeping the penny » Boston Globe Summer isn't usually the time for giving things up, yet I just noticed that two friends of mine have stopped trafficking in pennies.…

Editorial: Blue over a deer hunt » Boston Herald Pity the poor state conservation and wildlife officials who each year have to deal with critics more interested in offering birth control to the deer population in the Blue Hills Reservation than in s…

Politics

Blackmer lays out vision in state rep. candidacy » Berkshire Eagle Lisa Blackmer unveiled her vision for the cities and towns of the Northern Berkshires on Wednesday. The State Rep. candidate released a list of priorities she would pursue if elected to represent th…

With Senate seat suddenly open, candidates lining up » Sentinel & Enterprise WITH ONLY A FEW months left in his final term on the Leominster City Councilor, James Lanciani Jr. has made in clear who we wants taking his at-large seat next January. While attending a recent campai…

Can you hear her now? Warren claims Dem Party's 'heart and soul' » Sentinel & Enterprise The good news is that U.S. Sen. Sen. Elizabeth Warren got her hearing aid bill through the Congress. The bad news is that now more people will have to listen to her and risk earache, not to mention li…

Elizabeth Warren Uses Legal Loophole to Raise Big Cash » Polizette As a candidate, Warren can raise a maximum of $5,400 from any individual contributor — $2.700 in the primary and $2,700 for the general election. By combining her campaign fund with the Massach…

Meehan's ex-wife weighs run for his former seat » Gloucester Times Voters in the Merrimack Valley might find a familiar name on the ballot next year when they go to elect a replacement for outgoing U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas.…

Insiders: Berkshires rep testing waters for higher office » State House News Service

Public Health

Massachusetts Locals Saving Lives in Texas » NECN Boston area residents answer the call to help save lives in Texas. …

Mass. volunteers help residents in storm-ravaged southern Texas » Boston Globe A Brockton man was among the volunteers helping to shelter weary residents Sunday in hotel ballrooms in Corpus Christi, a Texas city mostly without power and drinkable water.…

Bay Staters off to the rescue of Texas » Boston Herald Bay State emergency crews trained in above-water rescues hit the road to Houston last night, heeding a desperate call for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to put boots on what dry gro…

State Government

Baker-Polito? ?Administration? ?awards? funding to ?North? ?Shore? ?CDC » Wicked Local Salem On Aug. 15, Gov. Charlie Baker announced funding awards for this year's round of affordable housing funding.…

Sell the State House » Boston Magazine To fix the state's budgetary, housing, and transportation woes, it's high time we auctioned off the golden dome on Beacon Hill and moved the capital to Springfield.…

Transportation

One idea to beat Seaport traffic: Glide over it » Boston Globe The proposal is very preliminary, and, yes, sounds a bit fanciful. But the firm, Millennium Partners, said it is willing to cough up as much as $100 million for the elevated project, and US Representa…

Pike-ageddon looms » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION and Boston officials have done an admirable job minimizing impacts of rebuilding the Commonwealth Avenue bridge above I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) in Al…

Utilities

With $480,000 broadband grant, Alford is speeding up » Berkshire Eagle Another Berkshire town is closer to getting fast internet speeds.…

Weekend News

Westboro obtains liquor license for store » Worcester Telegram The town has secured an off-premise liquor license for the 7-11 store at 2 South St.…

Carr: U.S. rep slot not worth risking paycheck » Boston Herald Whatever happened to the old State House axiom, “Up or Out”? …

CSCR Marine Debris Team shares findings with Meschino » Wicked Local Cohasset Microplastics are a growing concern among research scientists around the world and it's a concern shared by Rep.Meschino.…

Two competing articles seek to regulate retail marijuana sales in Plymouth » Wicked Local Plymouth The Board of Selectmen have given the green light to Town Planner Lee Hartmann to put forward two articles on the warrant of September's fall Town Meeting that would allow retail marijuana sales only …

Massachusetts State Rep. Paul Mark Selected as CSG Toll Fellow » iBerkshires Massachusetts state Rep. Paul Mark has been selected to participate in one of the nation's premier leadership development programs for state government officials, The Council of State Governments' He…

Nominations Sought For Citizens' Legislative Seminar » Cape News Senator Julian Cyr is seeking nominees to participate in the 79th Citizens Legislative Seminar to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 24 and 25, at the State House in Boston. CLS is a semiannual…

Fitchburg State trustee running for Flanagan seat » Lowell Sun Fitchburg State University and HealthAlliance Hospital Trustee Mike Mahan announced Friday his intention to run for the state Senate seat Jennifer Flanagan will leave next week to serve as the governo…

Mass. Health Systems Lobby for Telehealth Parity, State Support » mHealth Intelligence Healthcare providers in Massachusetts are urging state officials to make telehealth more accessible to meet a growing lack of access to mental health services.…

3rd Congressional District: L'Italien eyeing former Tsongas seat » Wilmington Town Crier Senator Barbara L'Italien said in a statement earlier this month that she'll be looking into running for the 3rd District Congressional seat, with current seat holder Con­gress­woman Niki Tsonga…

Leominster's Michael Mahan seeks state Senate seat to be vacated by Flanagan » Worcester Telegram Michael A. Mahan, 38, a member of the Planning Board and the son of former Mayor John Mahan, announced Friday he will run for state Senate in the Worcester and Middlesex District.…

Eldridge won't seek to fill Tsongas' seat » Boston Herald State Sen. Jamie Eldridge said 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. …

Gov. Charlie Baker, huge crowd show up to support 'Jessy's Fight' fundraiser in Springfield » The Republican John Sullivan and his wife Jessica "Jessy" Sullivan have spent years giving back to the community through fundraising events, and it's a life lesson they want to instill in their daughters Willow, 2, …

Renaming Yawkey Way shouldn't be put off any longer » Boston Globe In this season of robust debate over memorials, monuments, and history, Boston is finally poised for a debate that has been postponed for far too long.…

State permanently closes psychiatric hospital, just weeks after declaring it safe » Boston Globe Just four weeks after declaring it safe for patients, the state has permanently closed the troubled Westwood Lodge psychiatric hospital.…

White House anti-drug office asks Mass. for medical marijuana data » Boston Globe An arm of the White House's antidrug office has asked Massachusetts and several other states where medical marijuana is legal to turn over information about registered patients, triggering a debate ov…

In Massachusetts, lobbyists outnumber lawmakers seven-to-one » Boston Herald One Massachusetts industry that's continuing to thrive despite a fast-changing business climate is political lobbying. Lobbying is not only alive and well on Beacon Hill, it's seen something of a gro…

Plimoth Plantation union workers rally for better conditions, higher wages » Patriot Ledger Since she started 25 years ago, Dawn Butsowsky said the experience working as a historical interpreter at Plimoth Plantation has steadily gotten worse. As staffing levels drop, Butsowsky said she and …

Moving beyond MCAS » Commonwealth Magazine HOW ARE THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS in Massachusetts doing? Are they nurturing engaged thinkers who value learning? Are they expanding the way young people see the world? Are they fostering creativity? …

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

As Protections for Pregnant Workers Falter in Congress, States Step Up » Governing

Week In Review: Who Will Run For President From Mass. In 2020? » WBUR

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 8/28

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Marblehead Democratic Town Committee Annual Picnic

Tuesday - 8/29

10:30am Mass. Lottery Commission Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 12th Floor, Boston

Wednesday - 8/30

11:00am Senate Health Care Cost Containment Roundtable, Room 428, State House

5:30pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Meet and Greet

6:30pm Mass. Department of Transportation Meeting, East Boston High School Auditorium, 86 White Street, East Boston

7:00pm Fundraiser for State Senate Candidate Joe Shortsleeve

Thursday - 8/31

Birthdays: Rep. William Pignatelli

10:00am State Retirement Board Meeting, One Winter Street, 8th Floor, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Norfolk GOP Senate Candidate Night

Friday - 9/1

No Hearings Scheduled


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