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Joe Kennedy says he'd consider running in the future 'if a Senate seat were to open' » Boston.com To his credit, Rep. Joe Kennedy III is among a small group of politicians — in an era of ambiguous, noncommittal answers — actually willing to admit that, just maybe, he would consider r…

Reid Hoffman has billions of dollars and one of the best networks in Silicon Valley. Here's how he's using them to take on Trump. » recode Reid Hoffman had grown tired of listening to Donald Trump trash talk Hillary Clinton and his ever-growing list of political foes. So the LinkedIn co-founder cooked up plans during the presidential ele…

SENATORS TALKING WITH INDUSTRY ABOUT HEALTH CARE BILL » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 5, 2017.....A Senate working group has wrapped up its series of public discussions on health care cost drivers but will continue talks with industry officials as its members…

Dentists to poor people: Drop dead » Boston Globe Dentists, who seem like perfectly nice people when you meet them at after-school events or at the grocery store, are carving out a bizarre public persona that is a mixture of Simon Legree, Snidely Whi…

REPORT: MASS. WAGE GROWTH LAGS DESPITE STRONG JOB, LABOR MARKET » State House News Service SEPT. 4, 2017....The labor force in Massachusetts this year has grown faster than in any state in the nation and employers here have added nearly 300,000 jobs since the start of the Great Recession in…

'If they deport all of us, who will rebuild?' Undocumented workers could be key to Texas recovery. » Washington Post Everywhere Samuel Enríquez looks, he can see the work that needs to be done. But because he is in the United States illegally, he knows he can't earn an official paycheck in this city's recovery. …

How Washington lobbyists fought flood insurance reform » NJ POLITICO Pro The powerful home builders' lobby helped kill a proposal that would have phased out coverage for new construction in high-risk areas. The National Association of Realtors blocked an attempt to rein in…

Forget Wall Street – Silicon Valley is the new political power in Washington » The Guardian he scholar Barry Lynn worked at the New America Foundation, a Washington thinktank, for 15 years studying the growing power of technology companies like Google and Facebook. For 14 of them, everything…

State Legislature's fall agenda could include Medicaid, taxes » Worcester Telegram The Democratic-controlled Legislature could tackle Medicaid cost containment, criminal justice reform and immigration bills when they return from August recess. …

Activists seek to limit outside campaign money » The Salem News BOSTON — With tens of millions of dollars in campaign spending expected to flow into Massachusetts next year ahead of ballot questions ranging from a “millionaires tax” to a $15 per…

Proposal would compel release of tax returns » Boston Herald Presidential candidates who refuse to make public their federal income tax returns would be banned from ballots in Massachusetts under a proposed law that legislators will hash over Wednesday —…

Gaming revenues could help float local development » The Sun Chronicle Any tax revenue from Massachusetts' first large casinos are at least a year off, but local and state officials are already eyeing some of that money as a potential catalyst for economic development. …

“I think it’s a smokescreen and I think it’s a sad statement about our president and what he’s doing here,” Walsh said. “I think it shows that he doesn’t have a plan when it comes to immigration.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Speaking about President Trump's plan to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

In age of Trump, politics has become a game with no shame » Boston Globe Some politicians, when they say something controversial or possibly inaccurate, apologize to whomever they may have offended. But President Trump often doubles down on his assertions — a trait …

The next Kennedy weighs his next move » Politico Democrats are in search of new leaders to take on Donald Trump, and Rep. Joe Kennedy could fit the bill. But it's not clear he wants the job.…

Religion is constant part of Elizabeth Warren's life » Boston Globe When Senator Elizabeth Warren last week visited the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta — religious home to the heirs and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. — the liberal firebrand began he…

Business

Business Matters: Women try to balance job and responsibility for parents » Worcester Telegram And that's not unusual. Across the country, an estimated 40 million people are providing unpaid care for an adult relative or friend, and about 60 percent of the family caregivers are women. Daughters…

Former US attorney Carmen Ortiz joins Boston law firm » Boston Globe Former US attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz has figured out the next chapter of her career, and it is taking her into the private sector.…

Education

UMass Boston Begins New School Year Amid Budget Woes » WBUR The fall semester begins Tuesday at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and classes will be kicking off amid a number of financial challenges as the campus struggles to manage a structural debt in…

The criminalization of school kids » Boston Globe When an angry middle-schooler swore at her vice principal, rolled her eyes, and tried to run down the hall, the police arrested her for disturbing a lawful assembly.…

Most Boston charter schools reject performance-based pay for teachers » Boston Globe When Sydney Chaffee became Massachusetts' first national teacher of the year this spring, she received plenty of praise from the charter school where she worked, Codman Academy in Dorchester.…

Donations sought for 'Supply Sacks' program » The Sun Chronicle Back to school season means back to school shopping, where parents and their children fill carts with new clothes, school supplies and basic necessities.…

Environment

Storm surge Cape's big threat » Cape Cod Times A seasonal milestone quietly passed this week just as Hurricane Harvey battered Texas and Louisiana with storm surge, torrential rains and flooding.…

Navajo healer blesses Lower Spectacle Pond prior to Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline tests » Berkshire Eagle The mood was different in Otis State Forest on Monday. There were no megaphones, no political speeches, no arrests for stopping pipeline work, and no lineup of state police vans ready to haul proteste…

Gaming

$2.4B Wynn Boston Harbor gaming resort still set to open in 2019 » Boston Business Journal The $2.4 billion Wynn Boston Harbor gaming resort, which Wynn Resorts bills as the largest single-phase privately funded development ever to be built in the history of Massachusetts, is a year into it…

Health Care

At $475,000, new cancer drug raises thorny questions about drug pricing - and value » STAT News A first-of-its-kind cancer treatment is generating unbridled excitement — but also underscoring intense concerns over pricing and value.…

Brockton's Good Samaritan hospital among most profitable in state » Enterprise News The hospital had a total profit margin of 10.9 percent in fiscal year 2016, pulling in $30.3 million. The state average is 3.1 percent.…

Immigration

Brandeis DREAMer Expresses 'High Level Of Fear And Anxiety' As Nation Awaits DACA Decision » WBUR President Trump is expected Tuesday to end DACA, the Obama-era immigration program that protects people brought into the U.S. illegally as children.…

Mass. Politicians, 'Dreamers' Prepare For President's DACA Announcement » CBS Boston Dalia, a “Dreamer” who was brought to Chelsea from Mexico when she was only two-years-old, said the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA, opened doors for h…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker wants DACA program to continue » The Metro West Daily News Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said he hopes President Donald Trump will leave in place a federal program that allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children to work and go t…

Massachusetts politicians urge Trump not to end DACA » Boston Globe On the eve of President Trump's expected decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, several state and city officials had a request for the president: don't …

Bernie Sanders blasts Trump over DACA » Boston Globe Vermont US Senator Bernie Sanders Monday denounced President Trump's anticipated decision to end a program that protects unauthorized immigrants who came to the United States as children as “one…

Congress bracing for battle over Dreamers program » Boston Globe Lawmakers and advocates on both sides began to stake out positions Monday for an extended public fight over whether Congress should provide legal status to young undocumented immigrants known as ''Dre…

Sanctuary cities face loss of fed funding » The Salem News With deadlines to apply for federal grants fast approaching, the Trump administration is pledging to make good on threats to withhold funding for cities and towns that refuse to detain immigrants susp…

Mass. community college heads oppose Trump's plan to end DACA » The Republican With President Trump expected to announce an end to an Obama-era policy that put off deportation of undocumented immigrants brought to the county as children, the presidents of Massachusetts community…

Mass. sanctuary cities face loss of federal funding » Newburyport News With deadlines to apply for federal grants fast approaching, the Trump administration is pledging to make good on threats to withhold funding for cities and towns that refuse to detain immigrants susp…

Insurance

Baker, other US governors to testify on health insurance » The Sacramento Bee Massachusetts Republican Charlie Baker will be among a bipartisan group of U.S. governors sharing their views on health insurance with a congressional panel in Washington.…

Labor

Boston Says Its Salary Negotiation Workshops Are Helping Women Ask For More Pay » WBUR Women in Boston are utilizing the city's free salary negotiation workshops to get better pay, according to a new city-issued report.…

For women, salary negotiation workshops pay off » Boston Globe Three years into her human resources job at a cybersecurity software firm, Ashley Pare walked into her boss's office and asked for a raise.…

BU lecturers strive for higher wages and better working conditions » Boston Globe A storm is brewing at Boston University between lecturers — a little-known class of full-time faculty — and the administration over what lecturers say is shamefully low pay and unfair wo…

Labor Day protest steps up pressure for $15 minimum wage » Boston Globe Darius Cephas said Monday's strike would be his ninth. The 26-year-old Chipotle worker from Norwood, who would help lead a march through Boston with his raspy voice on a bullhorn, said that when he fi…

In Worcester, Labor Day breakfast speakers hail working people, bash Trump » Worcester Telegram Labor leaders and politicians gathered Monday morning for an annual end-of-summer rite, the Central Massachusetts AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast and award ceremony at the Manor Restaurant.…

In Massachusetts, jobs abound but wages lag » Boston Globe Massachusetts has largely recovered the jobs it lost during the Great Recession, according to a report by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a research group in Boston.…

Legislative

Hectic election season in store for North Adams » Berkshire Eagle North Adams voters will be asked to head to the polls three times during a busy upcoming election season. The mayor and all nine city council members will be elected on Nov. 7, the same day a special …

Senators largely vote along party lines » Sentinel & Enterprise This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports the percentage of times local senators voted with their party's leadership in 2017 through Sept. 1.…

Local Government

Consultant to city of Springfield: Spend $3 million to fix Forest Park culvert » The Republican An engineering firm has urged the city to pursue an estimated $3 million culvert replacement project at the entrance to Forest Park in the spring of 2018, and listed several advance steps needed to pr…

Clean campaign in Leominster school race? Not so much » Sentinel & Enterprise REST IN PEACE, clean campaign pledge. We hardly knew you.…

Marijuana

Lynnfield attorney named to cannabis committee » Lynn Daily News Item Britte McBride, a Lynnfield resident who served as legal counsel for the state's department of public safety and as an assistant attorney general, has been named to the five-member Cannabis Control Co…

Pot panel packed with potent opponents » Boston Herald Opponents of legalized marijuana pack the powerful commission that will oversee what's expected to be a multibillion-dollar pot industry in Massachusetts.…

Battenfeld: Early buzzkill for state's legal weed » Boston Herald The state's unwieldy cannabis control effort is off to a plodding start, which is just the way pot opponents want it.…

New Mass. pot commission gets final three members » Boston Globe The new state commission that will oversee the creation of the marijuana industry in Massachusetts is dominated by members who voted against the referendum that approved recreational use of the drug.…

Stacked deck at Cannabis Commission » Commonwealth Magazine Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg stacked the Cannabis Control Commission with people who voted against legalizing recreational marijuana. …

Opinion

John Berkowitz: Urges support for 'End of Life Options Act' » Gazette Net Last spring, I was glad that our state Rep. Peter Kocot became a co-sponsor of a bill called the 'End of Life Options Act' (H1194), after meeting with eight local citizens and supporters of “dea…

How the Malden River can rise from a polluted past » Boston Globe With a little help, the Malden River could be the next Greater Boston waterway reclaimed from its polluted past.…

Letter: Many questions for the Berkshire Museum's board » Berkshire Eagle The excellent reporting in Friday's Eagle shows us that the Berkshire Museum's board of directors had already decided to sell off its most valuable artwork weeks before it took a vote on the matter. …

Trump order will militarize police and sow fear » Boston Globe Two years ago when President Obama announced a policy barring the Department of Defense from transferring some military-grade equipment to local police departments, he noted the effect that officers o…

A new paradigm of public education » Boston Globe If we were creating school systems from scratch, would we teach the same way we did 50 years ago, before the advent of personal computers? …

Dentists to poor people: Drop dead » Boston Globe Dentists, who seem like perfectly nice people when you meet them at after-school events or at the grocery store, are carving out a bizarre public persona that is a mixture of Simon Legree, Snidely Whi…

A class on civil discourse aims to teach us to be nice » Boston Globe If a sudden, smiling plague of newfound civility sweeps the nation, infecting partisans on the left and right with virulent strains of respect and dignity, maybe it will have started here, in an idyll…

Mr. President, don't turn your back on Dreamers » Boston Globe Scripture teaches us that we should welcome the stranger, for we were once strangers ourselves. That simple lesson offers special meaning for us in America. …

Editorial: Rethinking Lottery sales » Boston Herald Massachusetts continues to have a kind of love/hate relationship with its incredibly successful state Lottery. Everyone loves the millions of dollars it provides to cities and towns. Everyone loves th…

Our Opinion: Balancing act ahead for cannabis group » Berkshire Eagle The people of Massachusetts have spoken, the Legislature has legislated, and now it's up to the newly constituted Cannabis Control Commission to shape and regulate what was once no more than a pipe dr…

Politics

Political Notes: Cape incumbents gear up for 2018 election » Cape Cod Times The 2018 state election is just a little more than a year away, and it appears that most — if not all — of the Cape's legislative delegation will seek re-election.…

Mass. Proposal Would Require Presidential Candidates To Release Tax Returns » WBUR President Trump's refusal to publicly release his tax returns is fueling initiatives in Massachusetts and other states that would require presidential candidates to disclose their personal finances be…

Race to oust Elizabeth Warren pits GOP conservatives against moderates » Boston Herald The Republican campaign to oust Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in next year's election is starting to shape up and it's pitting the conservative wing of the GOP against its more moderate middle…

Trump was on the menu at annual Labor Day breakfast in Boston » Boston Globe Kicking off the political campaign season, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh denounced President Trump's policies at Monday's annual Labor Day breakfast, saying Trump has turned his back on working familie…

Plenty of choices for state Senate primary » The Sun Chronicle Voters will have plenty of candidates to choose from in the Sept. 19 primary special election for the Bristol and Norfolk state Senate race.…

Could states compel presidential candidates to release their tax returns? » President Donald Trump's refusal to publicly release his tax returns is fueling initiatives in Massachusetts and other states that would require presidential candidates to disclose their personal fina…

Walsh Wins! » Boston Magazine Congratulations, Marty Walsh! You've won a second term as mayor of Boston. Sure, we have to go through the motions of casting and counting ballots, but let's not pretend: Incumbent mayors don't lose h…

Race to oust Warren pits GOP conservatives against moderates » The Recorder The Republican campaign to oust Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in next year's election is starting to shape up and it's pitting the conservative wing of the GOP against its more moderate middle…

Koh First to Set Up Committee to Seek House Seat Held by Tsongas » WHAV Andover native Daniel Arrigg Koh, former chief of staff to Boston Mayor Mary Walsh, this morning became the first to formally set up a committee to seek the House seat being vacated next year by Rep. …

Ellen Murphy Meehan won't run for Tsongas seat » Boston Herald

Public Health

Local reps. back bill on Wi-Fi health » Milford Daily News Two bills addressing claims of harm from wireless devices will go before the state legislature Tuesday.…

Weymouth vigil shines light on opiate addiction » Wicked Local Weymouth Cheryl Molloy said she is maintaining her sobriety with battling drug addiction even though her sisters Christina Molloy, 31 and Kelly Molloy, 23 died from opiate related causes.…

Opioid fatalities decline, but challenges lie ahead » The Salem News For the first time in years, opioid-related overdose deaths are declining in Massachusetts, according to newly released state data. But public health officials and substance abuse counselors are warni…

Bridgewater State first university in nation with public access to Narcan program » Enterprise News By the first day of school of classes Wednesday, Narcan will be placed at more than 50 locations on campus and the school is holding a Narcan training event on Tuesday Sept. 12, for faculty, students …

Despite drop in overdose deaths, calls to 911 still climbing » The Patriot Ledger The number of overdose deaths in Massachusetts may finally be on their way down more than a decade into a national opioid addiction epidemic, but local officials say they're now having to work harder …

State Government

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- Rain, rain go away » Milford Daily News As Harvey stalled and Irma churned, Massachusetts wondered “What if?” -- as in, “What if 50 inches of rain fell in the Hub and Boston literally turned into a city on a hill?”…

AG to rule on legality of proposed 2018 ballot measures » The Associated Press (AP) Sponsors of more than two dozen initiative petitions are awaiting word from Attorney General Maura Healey before they can move forward with their proposed questions for the 2018 Massachusetts ballot.…

On Beacon Hill: Rain, rain go away — time for legislators to make some hay » State House News Service HELP FOR HARVEY: Donations for people affected by Hurricane Harvey were packed up Friday morning on Boston's City Hall Plaza before shipping south on trucks provided by Teamsters Local 25. …

Transportation

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

Discussion of North-South Rail Link Scheduled for Framingham » US News and World Report Supporters of a proposed underground tunnel between North Station and South Station to unify Boston's public system are meeting in Framingham this week.…

T mum on names of other GM candidates » Boston Herald The MBTA is refusing to identify the finalists it considered during the authority's closed-door search for a new general manager, which included giving physical copies of their resumes to only the T's…

T cites $400m in Pacheco Law waiver savings » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA EXPECTS TO SAVE more than $400 million in operating and avoided capital expenses over the next 10 years because of privatization initiatives engineered under a waiver from the so-called Pache…

Utilities

Giant Batteries Help Renewable Energy Grow In New England » WBUR For more than half a century, a massive, oil-fired plant has been churning out electricity from an island in the heart of Maine's Casco Bay, where sailors use its towering smokestack for navigation. …

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