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Trump administration slashes Obamacare outreach » Politico The Trump administration will significantly scale back Obamacare outreach efforts for the upcoming enrollment season, slashing spending on advertising and funding to community groups deployed to boost…

Pot law camp wants balance after first two panel appointees » State House News Service Legal marijuana advocates hope to see "balance" installed on the still-forming Cannabis Control Commission after the first two appointees to the five-member regulatory board, including the panel's cha…

Baker bill shows shift on mandatory minimums, Setti says » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker's new bill targeting drug dealers make him a flip-flopper, according to gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren, who appears to be taking a stance against the governor's proposal to hi…

Energy Department official who sent disparaging tweets resigns » Washington Post William Bradford, a Trump appointee who sent racist and anti-Semitic tweets before being chosen to lead the Energy Department's Office of Indian Energy, resigned from his position on Thursday. …

Trump should not repeal DACA » Boston Globe President Trump is reportedly considering a repeal of “DACA,” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The immediate pressure: a threat of legal action by a number of states to …

Most Mass. hospitals turned profit in 2016 » Boston Globe Most of the state's hospitals remained profitable last year, according to an analysis released Thursday by the state's health care data agency. Even in the face of continued pressure to control costs,…

Dems begin lining up 2020 staff, cash » Axios A quiet but consequential battle for staff and cash has begun among ambitious Democrats with their eyes on the 2020 presidential race. The party is likely to start with a bigger field — perhaps…

Massachusetts Executed Two Italian Immigrants 90 Years Ago—Why Does It Still Matter? » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS The deaths of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in the Charlestown Prison in Massachusetts marked the end of a raucous seven-year legal and political battle that captivated people across the United…

Want to understand how dominant tech companies have become? Look at the number of issues they lobby on. » Washington Post A Washington Post analysis shows just how broad tech companies' interests have become in the nation's capital. According to corporate disclosures that were submitted to the Senate Office of Public Rec…

GOP Senate candidates divided over proposal to label Black Lives Matter a hate group » Boston Globe At issue is the proposal by one GOP committeeman, Marty Lamb of Holliston, to name Black Lives Matter as a leftist hate group, equating it with right-wing hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-…

Northern Pass dealt a regulatory blow » Commonwealth Magazine A NEW HAMPSHIRE REGULATORY AGENCY said on Thursday it won't be able to meet its Sept. 30 deadline for making a go-no go decision on Eversource's Northern Pass transmission project. The agency is now p…

"Carfentanil is right around the corner. If nobody does anything with respect to carfentanil, a far more dangerous opiate than anything that we've seen on the street to date is going to become part of the mix here in Massachusetts, and it will not be a crime to distribute and sell it."

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about strengthening state sentencing laws for drug dealers.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

President Trump keeps blocking people on Twitter. Is that legal? » Boston Globe President Trump's frequent Twitter pronouncements have often been a source of controversy, riling Democrats and Republicans alike, but another, more covert social media habit threatens to push the Whi…

Business

Local cab companies feeling the pain from Lyft, Uber » Boston Globe For more than four decades, Newton Yellow Cab's fleet of taxis took elderly residents to the supermarket, students to school, and travelers to the airport.…

GE Reportedly Preparing To Make Boston Job Cuts » CBS Boston Is General Electric, mere months after the highly-touted move of its corporate headquarters to Boston, considering layoffs and spending cuts here?…

Berkshire Museum signaled intent to sell works weeks before board vote » Berkshire Eagle Weeks before it voted on a plan to sell 40 works of art, Berkshire Museum leadership signaled its intention to deaccession the works.…

BPDA receives plans for 1,054-room hotel » Boston Herald Developers of a massive, thousand-room Omni Hotel have filed plans with the Boston Planning and Development Agency showcasing two 21-story towers jutting over Summer Street almost directly across from…

Controversial Samsung ads removed at South Station amid concerns over racism » Boston Globe Two large advertisements in one of the city's busiest transit hubs were removed this week amid complaints they were racially insensitive, with Samsung, the company behind the ads, apologizing for offe…

Facebook Expansion A Long-Term Win For House Speaker » WGBH As Facebook plans to expand its presence in Kendall Square next year, the company's big return to Cambridge could be seen as a feather in the cap of House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who for years has been …

Fame, fortune and the business side of the Gronk Empire » Boston Business Journal Savvy marketing, entrepreneurship and a dose of star power propel the Gronkowski brand.…

GE's Boston headquarters may soon feel a pinch » Boston Globe New chief executive John Flannery has only been in charge of General Electric for a month, but he's already making clear he will do what it takes to boost the industrial giant's profitability.…

Elizabeth Warren calls for removal of Wells Fargo board members » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren is again calling for the removal of every Wells Fargo board member who served during the fake-account scandal, a scam that the bank says now affects more people than initally …

Crimes

Former Taunton City Council candidate John Cicco charged with child pornography » Taunton Gazette A two-time Taunton City Council candidate active in the city's political circles was arraigned Wednesday in Taunton District Court after thousands of child pornography images and videos were found on …

Education

Transgender students push change on college campuses » Boston Globe At first, Jake Hammel was relieved when his Lesley University art history professor let students introduce themselves on the first day of class, rather than calling the roll. …

Healey: Mass. Must be head of class on tuition crisis » Boston Herald Student loan debt has hit a crisis point in the Bay State and across the country — with graduates owing $29,000 on average here — and Attorney General Maura Healey says the college-rich …

Mass. State House coming to Leominster High School » Leominster Champion On Monday, Sept. 11, state Rep. Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster) will host the Joint Committee on Higher Education for a public hearing on college affordability and access from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the …

College savings program entangled in state budget mess » State House News Service One of the state's first experiments with helping families sock away money for college through a savings match program could be in jeopardy without action on Beacon Hill this fall.…

Environment

Beverly among 14 Mass. communities to contract out geese removal » The Salem News Thirteen other communities throughout the state work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services on removing problem geese, in addition to Beverly.…

Gaming

Opportunities? Some Wondering If State Gaming Law is Too Strict on Hiring Rules » Everett Independent A host of state officials and criminal justice reform organizations have locked hands on the issue of hiring casino workers, targeting the “automatic disqualifier” provision in the gaming …

Housing

State subsidies aid Winn Development; fall construction start seen for Sports Village » The Sun Chronicle Winn Development of Boston, which is slated to transform a former jewelry factory on Mechanic Street into 91 apartments for people 55 and older, is one of 25 companies in 17 communities that will bene…

Work begins on 140-unit Quincy affordable-housing project » The Patriot Ledger The project that will bring 140 mixed-income apartments to Quincy Point is underway with an eye on opening up next summer.…

Human Services

Massachusetts welfare recipients to get discounts at Springfield Museums, other attractions under new state program » MassLive Massachusetts is expanding a program that will offer discounts on admissions at cultural institutions to welfare recipients. …

Immigration

Unease about DACA grows as Trump considers its fate » Boston Globe The pardon of Sheriff Joe. The ban on transgender service members. The rejection of the Paris climate accord.…

Judiciary

Baker nominates pair for Middlesex judgeships » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday nominated the assistant clerk magistrate of Lowell District Court and a Boston attorney to judgeships in Middlesex County.…

Labor

Paper mill workers urged to enlist help of career center » The Recorder Following the abrupt closure of the Turners Falls Paper Company, state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg is asking out-of-work employees to call the Franklin-Hampshire Career Center for job assistanc…

Legislative

Top Senators will dig into past with oral history project » State House News Service A parade of former Senate presidents and minority leaders is expected to flow through the State House in coming weeks to share stories of their time in office for an oral history that could add person…

Local Government

ABCD joins Boston City Councilors in push for Election Day registration » Sampan While the Massachusetts Legislature strives to implement a state wide system for voter registration following the Massachusetts Superior Court's decision to rule the current 20-day voter registration …

City officials to play ball for charity » The Salem News City officials in Salem and Peabody will be lacing up their cleats and shaking the dust from their gloves Friday for another friendly game of softball. Peabody hopes to go 4-0.…

Lenox may put 'Millionaires' mascot debate to town voters » Berkshire Eagle Let the town's voters have the final say. That's the proposal by the Lenox School Committee on the hot potato issue of whether to keep the controversial Millionaires nickname and mascot for the high s…

Lowell school board sues city over high-school siting authority » Lowell Sun The School Committee sued the city Thursday, requesting an injunction to prevent any further action being taken toward building the new high school at Cawley Stadium until a judge determines whether t…

Marijuana

Former Bain Exec And Question 4 Opponent To Chair State's Cannabis Control Commission » WBUR A retired business executive and former Bain & Company partner has been tapped by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg to chair the new Cannabis Control Commission and lead the state's efforts to get a recreati…

Hoffman will chair pot board » Boston Herald The final three spots on the fledgling oversight body tasked with regulating the Bay State's budding marijuana industry are still due to be filled after Treasurer Deb Goldberg tapped a former Bain & C…

Flanagan ready for new job on marijuana control board » Leominster Champion State Sen. Jennifer Flanagan will be a shining star as the governor's appointee to the new Cannabis Control Commission beginning Friday, Sept. 1, as it was announced on Wednesday, Aug. 23.…

Ex-Bain consultant who opposed legalization named top marijuana regulator » Boston Globe Steven Hoffman, a veteran corporate executive who opposed the legalization of marijuana, was named Thursday as chair of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, a new agency charged with usherin…

Former Bain & Co. exec to oversee Mass. marijuana industry » Boston Business Journal A former partner at Bain and Co. will help oversee the state's burgeoning recreational marijuana industry.…

Marijuana in Massachusetts: Here's how much Steven Hoffman, the new chairman of the Cananbis Control Commission, will make » The Republican The new chairman of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will receive a salary higher than what Gov. Charlie Baker takes home but lower than the base salary of the incoming CEO of the MBTA.…

Former business executive to head panel regulating legal pot » The Dispatch A former business executive who opposed the legalization of recreational marijuana was tapped Thursday to head the Cannabis Control Commission, a new state agency responsible for regulating pot in Mas…

Question 4 opponent named to cannabis commission » Lowell Sun A retired business executive and former Bain and Company partner has been tapped by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg to chair the new Cannabis Control Commission and lead the state's efforts to get a recrea…

Walsh, once an opponent, welcomes pot » Commonwealth Magazine Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was among the most vocal opponents of the ballot question to legalize marijuana and, once it passed, complained that Massachusetts cities would become the default centers of t…

Britte McBride, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's Cannabis Control Commission pick voted against pot legalization, too » MassLive

Opinion

Five questions to ask about Mass. Fiscal Alliance » Leominster Champion As a hard-working taxpayer and a regular voter in Leominster, I am all for grassroots efforts, educational campaigns, and increased transparency when it comes to government decision-making.…

Keeping a promise to veterans » Boston Globe Even in our profoundly politically divided country, one issue has gained substantial bipartisan support — improving health care for America's military veterans.…

Trump should not repeal DACA » Boston Globe President Trump is reportedly considering a repeal of “DACA,” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. …

Instead of tax reform, why doesn't Trump attack the opioid crisis? » Boston Globe On Wednesday, President Trump traveled to Missouri to launch the White House's push for comprehensive tax reform. …

Park Street Church's steeple is steeped in history » Boston Globe In a city rich with history, this soaring steeple still stands apart, reaching heavenward as it has now for more than 200 years — high above worshipers who have bowed in prayer through calamito…

Editorial: Raising the bar » Worcester Mag Two weeks ago, when Councilor At-large Mike Gaffney used Turtleboy Sports, a blog owned by Holden man Aidan Kearney, to publish salacious information from our editor's past, two very serious issues ar…

EDITORIAL: Support from local businesses helps ease the suffering in Texas » Boston Business Journal For Boston-area business owners who gave in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it didn't matter that the storm victims they're helping live 1,800 miles away.…

Viewpoint: New approaches needed to address workforce challenges » Boston Business Journal Changing demographics mean the traditional workforce is shrinking and large numbers of baby boomers are preparing to retire. Reframing the conversation is a critical step in combatting ageism.…

Editorial: Tougher on dealers » Boston Herald For the families of people who overdose on illegal drugs, along with the grief come the questions: Who did this? Who sold my child a fatal dose of heroin? Who's the dealer working the end of that leth…

Viewpoint: Time to put civics back in the classroom » Boston Business Journal If we're going to re-engage the next generation of voters in our democracy, civic learning needs to make a comeback in our public schools.…

Mountain: Cecchinelli will make Newton great again » Wicked Local Newton

Politics

Kushmerek, Mahan, Marino announce state Senate runs » Leominster Champion Within hours of the announcement that state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan would resign from the Legislature Thursday, Aug. 31 to join the Cannabis Control Commission, decisions were being announced on who wo…

1st Berkshire Candidate Towle Qualifies for Democratic Primary » iBerkshires Kevin Towle, Democratic candidate for 1st Berkshire representative, said his campaign submitted more than the 150 required signatures to Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin's office on Tuesda…

The Valley Patriot » The Valley Patriot Haverhill resident Eva Montibello has joined Andy Vargas and Paul Magliochetti in the race for the Democratic nomination for the state representative seat being vacated by Brian Dempsey.…

Leominster's Sue Chalifoux Zephir announces run for state Senate » Sentinel & Enterprise LEOMINSTER -- At-large City Councilor Sue Chalifoux Zephir is the fifth candidate to announce candidacy for the seat state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan who resigned today to become a member of the state Can…

Springfield City Council candidate Tracye Whitfield encourages manufacturing jobs » The Republican City Council at-large candidate Tracye Whitfield said there appears to be a potential for hundreds of good-paying manufacturing jobs in the years ahead, and she would encourage residents to take advan…

Public Health

'We have to act now:' New Bedford participates in Overdose Awareness Day » South Coast Today NEW BEDFORD — Gathering in front of City Hall, people from all walks of life held pinwheel flowers representing those who have died due to overdoses in the last year: 65.…

State anti-drug campaign reaches out to parents » Cape Cod Times The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Thursday launched a new statewide public information campaign to help parents protect their middle- and high school-age children from prescription drug…

At Worcester vigil, voices of hope in face of addiction » Worcester Telegram For an event organized to commemorate International Overdose Day, the atmosphere for a vigil Thursday night behind City Hall had a more casual feel than might be expected.…

Public Safety

DA: Boston Officer Was Justified In Fatal Shooting Of Mentally Ill Man » WBUR A prosecutor has ruled that a Boston police officer was justified in fatally shooting a mentally ill man last year.…

State will investigate breathalyzer test results » Boston Globe The state's Secretary of Public Safety has launched an investigation into the office responsible for ensuring the accuracy of police breathalyzers, amid accusations that the office withheld evidence t…

Trump lifts restrictions on military surplus » Newburyport News President Donald Trump has lifted a ban on the transfer of grenade launchers, armored vehicles and other military surplus to local police departments, raising new concerns by civil liberties groups ab…

Brockton pols denounce mayor's hire of fired Boston cop » Enterprise News Elected leaders serving on the Brockton City Council have denounced Mayor Bill Carpenter's recent hiring of a former Boston police department officer, who was fired for assaulting a civilian and was t…

To Combat Drug Trade, Baker Proposes Stronger Sentencing Laws, Better Witness Protection » WGBH Governor Charlie Baker plans to strengthen state sentencing laws for drug dealers, protect witnesses and bring the state more in line with federal drug classification. Baker's pitch to crack down on d…

Transportation

More ticket checks are coming to the commuter rail » Boston Globe Beginning Tuesday, a small army of ticket police will fan out at commuter rail stations and begin what passes for a radical experiment in public transit: making sure passengers have paid for their rid…

Uber to Repay Some Massachusetts Drivers More Than $210,000 in Toll Fees » Boston Magazine Certain local Uber drivers are about to get a little extra money from the company. Some 336 Massachusetts drivers will be getting repaid around $625 each because of improper tolling practices, accordi…

Legislators form Fair Skies Caucus » Wicked Local Hull Two legislators from the area have formed a caucus to work on problems caused by airplane traffic.…

Senator Timilty and Representative Meschino Announce Formation of Fair Skies Caucus » Framingham Patch Senator Walter F. Timilty (D-Milton) and Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) today announced the formation of the Fair Skies Caucus. The caucus will bring together legislators from both the Massachu…

Mass. drivers will find smoother ride, but higher gas prices for Labor Day travel » Worcester Telegram As Massachusetts Turnpike motorists head to and from Labor Day weekend destinations, they should see fewer backups at interchanges, with the removal of tollbooths on the highway.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Ash: focus on projects the state can do today » The Reminder

Health care "referee" could cut through red tape, industry says » WWLP 22

Former Bain partner to chair Massachusetts marijuana commission » Boston Herald

Former Bain executive Steven Hoffman, marijuana legalization opponent, tapped as Cannabis Control Commission chairman » The Republican

Mass. Officials Unlikely to Meet Marijuana Regulation Deadline » NECN

Baker, Polito to headline charity fund-raiser » Boston Globe

SBANE offering manufacturing consulting grant » Worcester Business Journal

Civic leaders brace for a busy fall on development front » Dorchester Reoprter

STATEHOUSE NEWS: Money first, labor later as Massachusetts eyes ways to help Texas » Wicked Local Ashland

Bay state gas prices rise as U.S. taps petroleum reserves » Salem News

Report outlines financial condition of Mass. hospitals » Lowell Sun

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3789 - An Act authorizing the town of Millbury to issue an additional liquor license

HB 3726 - An Act relative to the employment contract for the Director of Public Works in the town of Upton

HB 3656 - An Act relative to the 2017 annual town election in the town of Rockport

Most read bills of the week:

SB1020 - An Act to protect trade secrets and eliminate non-compete agreements

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

SB2074 - Report of the Special Commission on Pension Forfeiture

SB2148 - An Act relative to street rods and custom vehicles

HB2371 - An Act relative to non-competition agreements

House Actions This Week: 248

Senate Actions This Week: 45


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