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9:00am Governor's Council to Address Aging in Mass. Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor

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Must-Reads

Contender shuffle continues in race to fill Niki Tsongas's seat » Boston Herald Ellen Murphy Meehan's decision not to seek U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas's open seat removed a major name from an already wide-open race, with two other would-be candidates signaling they're primed to jump i…

Trump Administration to Dreamers: Prepare to Self-Deport » Mother Jones After moving to end protections from deportation for nearly 800,000 undocumented youths known as Dreamers, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he loves the young immigrants affected by his dec…

Limbaugh: Hurricane Irma Coverage Is Liberal Media Plot to Advance 'Climate-Change Agenda' » The Daily Beast Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday lambasted the “drive-by media” for covering Hurricane Irma's potential devastation as a means to further its climate-change “panic.” …

Trump gets millions from golf members. CEOs and lobbyists get access to president » USA TODAY Members of the clubs Trump has visited most often as president — in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia — include at least 50 executives whose companies hold federal contracts and 21 lobbyi…

Trump says Ivanka asked to tag along on tax reform trip — 'Daddy, can I go with you?' » Politico President Donald Trump has placed Ivanka Trump in one of the most powerful positions in Washington, giving her a plum West Wing office, allowing her to sit in for him at a G-20 gathering of global lea…

Democrats dread Hillary's book tour » Politico Democratic operatives can't stand the thought of her picking the scabs of 2016, again — the Bernie Sanders divide, the Jim Comey complaints, the casting blame on Barack Obama for not speaking o…

Extra tax on wealthy, paid leave for workers clear ballot hurdles » Boston Globe In addition to choosing their next governor and US senator, the state's voters might have a chance to decide whether to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on the pr…

Booker and Warren: Women in prison deserve dignity » CNN Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren: Women often face unjust conditions in prisons and are overlooked in policy discussions …

Congressman: John Kelly is a 'disgrace to the uniform' and should resign over DACA decision » Washington Post Republicans and conservative media figures have pounced on comments from Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), in which the congressman called White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly a “disgrace …

Gov. Baker to urge U.S. Senators to continue federal health care subsidies » Boston Business Journal In testimony Thursday morning before U.S. Senators in Washington, Baker plans to admonish the tenor of the debate over health care. …

Senate candidate who claims he invented e-mail loses libel suit against Web site that claims he didn't » Universal Hub A federal judge in Boston today dismissed V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai's libel lawsuit against a California tech Web site that published more than a dozen articles disputing his claims to have invented e-mail…

"This is a startup. It's a big startup, and it's a startup that's very different from anything I've ever done before in terms of the visibility and public scrutiny, but it's a startup. They're hard, but there is a clear set of things you need to do to get something going, and I have experience."

Steve Hoffman - head of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission

Commenting on the launching of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump bypasses Republicans to strike deal on debt limit and Harvey aid » Boston Globe President Trump struck a deal with Democratic congressional leaders Wednesday to increase the debt limit and finance the government until mid-December, undercutting his own Republican allies as he rea…

Prosecutors: Senator Menendez 'sold his office' for ritzy trips » Boston Globe US Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey ''sold his office for a lifestyle he couldn't afford'' by accepting luxury trips from a wealthy doctor seeking political influence in return, a government prosecu…

Trump is becoming the punter-in-chief » Boston Globe President Trump has a well-established love of things that are yuge — from buildings, to TV ratings, to crowd sizes. But during his first seven months on the job, he's had the opposite effect o…

Massachusetts congressmen back national effort to help Democrats win more state legislative seats » The Republican Two members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation have joined a newly launched campaign that seeks to help Democratic candidates win back state legislative seats across the country.…

Joe Lieberman warns against a Liz Warren run for president » Boston Herald Former vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman believes U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be the undoing of the Democratic Party if she's picked to run against President Trump in 2020.…

Business

Goodell with a clown nose? Foxboro's Route 1 billboards can be functional, funny, offensive » The Sun Chronicle With Patriot Place and NFL games at Gillette Stadium reliably attracting large crowds with plenty of disposable income, competition for the attention of potential customers driving along Route 1 is in…

Gas prices should be back to normal by October » Boston Globe Drivers are likely to be paying more for gasoline through September for the disruptions caused by Hurricane Harvey, but analysts Wednesday said prices should return to typical lower levels for autumn …

After outcry, Samsung removes ads echoing racial stereotypes about Mattapan » Dorchester Reporter Two Samsung advertisements were taken down from South Station last week after local officials said the message played into offensive racial stereotypes about the neighborhood of Mattapan. The company …

Federal judge dismisses Mass. Senate candidate's $15 million libel suit against tech blog » Boston Globe A federal judge has dismissed the $15 million libel suit brought by US Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai against a California-based technology blog over articles that rejected his claim of inventing e-…

AC Produce adds parking, improves look anticipating MGM Springfield » The Republican South End favorite AC Produce will demolish an adjacent three-family home in the next few weeks, making way for more parking as the business preps for MGM Springfield's opening about a year from now.…

In the race for Amazon, does Boston stand a chance? » Boston Globe

Needham tech firm PTC to relocate HQ to Boston's Seaport District » Boston Business Journal

Mayor Walsh: Boston could 'absolutely' handle an Amazon headquarters » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Council backs statewide gay conversion therapy ban » Worcester Mag The City Council and residents came out overwhelmingly in support Tuesday of a resolution to back a statewide effort to ban gay conversion therapy. …

Crimes

Opioid Drug Users Tell Of Rarely Discussed Injury: Rape » WBUR In Cambridge, a woman named Kristin sits down on a stone bench to talk about a common, but rarely discussed injury during the opioid epidemic: rape.…

Education

New Northern Essex Semester Brings More Students, Budget Concerns » WHAV Enrollment at community colleges nationally has been declining since at least 2010. Experts blame the drop on either an improved job market since the Great Recession or prospective students' failing t…

A Haitian Creole program for preschoolers arrives in Mattapan » Boston Globe When Priscilla Joseph was growing up here, she had no formal opportunities in school to learn Haitian Creole, her family's cultural language. Instead, she picked up words from listening to her family …

BPS Superintendent Chang unveils food vendor and voices support for immigrants » Sampan

Environment

SouthCoast gets grants for habitat, water quality protection » South Coast Today The Baker-Polito Administration has announced $135,000 in federal grant money for land protection projects and water quality monitoring in Buzzards Bay.…

Bill filed to regulate pesticide use » Martha's Vineyard Times State Rep. Dylan Fernandes filed a bill on Tuesday that would empower cities and towns to restrict pesticide use, according to a press release.…

As Construction And Tides Rise, Group Aims To Make Eastie 'More Resilient' Against Climate Change » WBUR Michele Modica lives in a humble row house on Haynes Street in East Boston. Her mother bought the place for a $1,000 in the early 1950s. Modica was born and raised in the neighborhood, and she plans t…

A Barrier For Boston Harbor: UMass Team Studies Flood-Protection Plans » WBUR With sea levels rising, a team at the University of Massachusetts Boston is researching harbor barriers to protect the city from flooding.…

Forecaster says New England might dodge Irma impact » Boston Globe It looks like Hurricane Irma might not pay New England a visit, experts say. “As best we can tell right now, as of right now, there is no immediate threat to New England,” said Glenn Field…

Goose-poop proliferation ruffles feathers in Chelmsford, beyond » Lowell Sun They're majestic in flight, and their flying V formations conjure images of the Canadian Rockies.…

Gaming

Baker: Learn before you leap into online lottery » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker wants to scout out other states' experiences before investing political capital in the idea of sanctioning online lottery products in Massachusetts. …

Health Care

Baker to offer Senate suggestions on stabilizing health care markets » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, in testimony Thursday before a Senate committee in Washington, plans to criticize the tenor of the debate over health care and urge a minimum two-year extension of premium paym…

Senate leaders honing bill to rein in state's health care costs » Boston Globe Massachusetts Senate leaders say they are developing an extensive bill aimed at curbing health care costs in the state budget and for consumers, in what could shape up to be the biggest state health c…

On Capitol Hill, Gov. Baker Will Push A Bipartisan Approach To Health Care Reform » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker will testify alongside four other governors on Capitol Hill Thursday in the latest sign that he's playing a role in the next phase of federal health care reform.…

Warren backs Sanders' single payer health care plan » Boston Globe

Elizabeth Warren questions Charlie Baker at Senate hearing -- and they agree » MassLive

Gov. Baker to Congress: Cutting health care subsidies is 'a bad idea' » Boston Business Journal

Sen. Marc R. Pacheco announces Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day » Taunton Gazette

Immigration

Mass. joins other states in suing Trump administration over DACA » Boston Globe Massachusetts and 15 other states sued the Trump administration Wednesday over its plans to abolish a policy that has given nearly 800,000 immigrants a reprieve from deportation, contending the move i…

Read Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's lawsuit against President Trump over end of DACA program » MassLive Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday joined 15 other states in suing President Donald Trump over his plan to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.…

Mass. Joins 14 Other States In Suing Trump Administration Over Ending DACA » WBUR Fifteen states and the District of Columbia sued the U.S. government Wednesday to block President Donald Trump's plan to end protection against deportation for young immigrants who New York's attorney…

DACA decision has Island impact » Martha's Vineyard Times Hope has once again turned to fear for the children of undocumented immigrants on Martha's Vineyard after the Trump administration on Tuesday officially rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arr…

At Harvard, The End Of DACA Brings Pain To The Surface » WBUR As Harvard Yard bustled with back-to-school energy Tuesday evening, hundreds gathered to hear from classmates affected by the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood A…

Rep. Katherine Clark On Ending DACA Program » WBUR On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan praised President Trump's decision saying, "He made the right call. I'm also encouraged by the fact that he gave us time to work out a consensus."…

Atkins: States band to fight DACA change » Boston Herald Massachusetts­ and more than a dozen other states have filed suit challenging President Trump's plan to nix the Obama-era order shielding immigrants brought into the country illegally as children f…

College leaders concerned about DACA program ending » State House News Service Massachusetts has joined several states that filed a lawsuit against President Trump's decision to roll back the DACA program. 22News discovered how many students this could impact.…

Insurance

Baker seeks special Mass. fund to stabilize health insurance rates » Boston Globe

Judiciary

Baker proposes new drug-related mandatory minimum » Bay State Banner Gov. Charlie Baker proposed legislation last week that would increase the number of drug-related offenses that carry mandatory minimum sentences in the Commonwealth.…

Case targets use of public funds to repair houses of worship » The Associated Press (AP) Can public funds be used to restore Massachusetts' historic churches?…

Labor

Poll: Don't give raises to Boston's unwanted teachers » Boston Herald The School Committee is preparing to vote on a contract that gives unwanted teachers a 5 percent raise while 50 percent of city residents think those educators should make less money, according to a r…

Legislative

Senate retail sector panel still taking shape » State House News Service

Local Government

Ward 6 candidates talk T work, traffic » The Patriot Ledger The residents of Ward 6 talk often about their roads and rails. The streets are common cut-throughs for commuters, and the two MBTA stations nearest to the ward, which includes the neighborhoods of No…

A tale of two cities, and both of them are Lowell » Boston Globe Bud Caulfield, 80, and Elmer Martinez, 20, are both Lowellians.…

Worcester council backs ban on sexual-orientation conversion therapy » Worcester Telegram The City Council is in full support of a legislative effort to prohibit conversion therapy for minors in an effort to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.…

Worcester keeps PawSox talks close to the vest » Worcester Telegram City officials remain tight-lipped about efforts to bring the Pawtucket Red Sox to the city.…

Marijuana

Here's what you need to know about the new Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission » MassLive The pressure is on for the Cannabis Control Commission, the new independent agency tasked with implementing the regulatory structure to oversee the pot shops. The five-member Cannabis Control Commissi…

Head of Massachuestts cannabis panel shoots for July 1 retail mark - if possible » Berkshire Eagle As he sets out to stand up a legal marijuana industry here, Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman said Wednesday he intends for retail marijuana sales to begin by July 2018, but did not …

Pot boss' Colorado vacation included fireworks, smoking joint » Boston Herald Cannabis Control Commission chairman finds irony in new post The newly appointed chair of the state's marijuana commission said he supports the “objectives” of legalization and even smo…

Unbalanced Cannabis Control Commission raises concerns of recreational marijuana advocates » The Daily Free Press The five members of the Cannabis Control Commission were finalized last week by state officials, with the addition of three more appointees, according to a press release from Massachusetts Treasurer D…

Mass. marijuana czar hopeful for on-time rollout of pot sales » Boston Globe When career business executive Steve Hoffman was appointed the state's marijuana czar last week, pot proponents reacted with immediate skepticism. …

New Marijuana Commission Chair: Job Will Be Done 'Fairly, Safely And On Time' » WBUR The new head of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is promising the job of regulating recreational, or adult-use, marijuana will be done "fairly, safely and on time."…

Cannabis Commission chair outlines goals, initial steps » Metro As he sets out to stand up a legal marijuana industry here, Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman said Wednesday he intends for retail marijuana sales to begin by July 2018, but did not …

Massachusetts Pot Regulatory Board Set With Naming of Three More Members » Insurance Journal The board responsible for regulating marijuana in Massachusetts is now in place after the selection of three more members. …

New pot czar has inhaled » Commonwealth Magazine DESPITE VOTING AGAINST the referendum to legalize marijuana last November, Steven Hoffman, the chairman of the new state board charged with regulating the nascent retail pot industry, said he thinks t…

Opinion

Makeup of Cannabis Control Commission may impact timely rollout of Massachusetts marijuana law (Letters) » MassLive Ron Chimelis makes some valid points in his recent piece, "Makeup of Cannabis Control Commission is just fine." However, he is dead wrong when he writes that the commission is not designed to, as he w…

Does the DACA decision make you happy? » Boston Globe So, will this make you happy? I'm talking to you, the small minority of voters — a minority, even, of Trump supporters — who believe that undocumented immigrants brought here as children…

Yawkey Foundations proud to carry on former Sox owner's legacy » Boston Globe Your editorial (“Tom Yawkey was no hero,” Aug. 30) supporting the efforts of some to change the name of Yawkey Way at Fenway Park perpetuates inaccurate statements and mischaracterizations…

Our Opinion: Governor's reversal on mandatory minimum sentencing disheartening » Berkshire Eagle Politicians flip-flop. It goes with the turf, like kissing babies and eating rubber chicken lunches. Flip-flops can be charitably characterized as a "change of heart," when the reasons are legitimate,…

A special prosecutor should challenge Joe Arpaio's special pardon » Boston Globe We talk a lot in the Trump era about novel constitutional problems, and a lot about special prosecutors. …

LETTERS: Berry has record of service to district » Wicked Local Norton I write to urge my fellow Republicans to join me in casting their vote for Mike Berry in the Tuesday, Sept. 19 primary for state senator. Mike is, without a doubt, the best qualified person to represe…

Democrats have a chance to shape the future in race for Tsongas seat » Boston Globe When US Representative Niki Tsongas announced last month that she won't seek reelection next year, a rare opportunity opened up in the Third Congressional District, a seat that has been held by Democr…

Should Massachusetts require police to obtain search warrants to use drones for investigations? » Boston Globe Not long ago it seemed drones were used exclusively for foreign military operations, but recent advances have made them affordable, easy to use, and increasingly common. In addition to aerial wedding …

Politics

Charles Murray speech draws Harvard protesters » Boston Globe Nearly 100 protesters, including college students and local residents, greeted lightning-rod libertarian author Charles Murray at Harvard University on Wednesday night.…

Northampton's Paki Wieland to begin trial for Senate panel arrest » Gazette Net A Northampton social activist charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly disrupting a U.S. Senate hearing earlier this year will go to trial Thursday morning in the nation's capital.…

Former Obama aide running for Lieutenant Governor » State House News Service Quentin Palfrey, a Weston Democrat who worked in the Obama White House and for former Attorney General Martha Coakley, will run for lieutenant governor, he announced Thursday.…

Mass. Considers Barring Trump From 2020 Ballot Unless He Releases Taxes » WGBH In it's never-ending search for ways to hamstring the Trump presidency, the Massachusetts Legislature will consider a change to state law that could bar President Donald Trump from appearing on the st…

Koh launches campaign for Congress in 3rd District » The Salem News

Public Health

Statewide program hopes to tackle addiction before it starts » Fox 25 News As a former Boston College Eagle and Boston Celtic, Fall River's Chris Herren can spot talent on the court. However, it's not always talent that he's on the lookout for at his annual summer camp in Po…

Opioid Crisis Looms Over Job Market, Worrying Employers And Economists » WBUR Driving down the main commercial artery in Muncie, Ind., it seems the job market is doing well. The local unemployment rate stands at 3.8 percent, and there are hiring signs posted outside the McDonal…

Supervised injection sites pitched as "roadblock to death" » State House News Service Drug users and parents who have lost children to overdoses asked lawmakers Wednesday to advance a proposal that would allow the creation of dedicated sites where people can use illicit drugs under med…

Public Safety

State emergency chief briefs Cape officials » Cape Cod Times

Massachusetts Lawmakers Turn Attention to Cybersecurity » National Law Review In the wake of growing concerns about data privacy and cyber threats, Massachusetts lawmakers are increasingly focused on evaluating and improving the state's cybersecurity policies and information te…

State Government

Massachusetts AG: Abortion-Funding Ballot Question Can Proceed » New Boston Post Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has certified a proposed ballot question that would make it possible to stop state funding for abortion.…

AG Healey Says 21 Ballot Petitions Pass Constitutionality Test » WBUR Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says 21 proposals have passed constitutional muster and can move forward in the ballot question process.…

Tax return bill would likely face challenge, Galvin says » State House News Service A popular proposal to require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns will likely face a legal challenge, if approved, the state's elections overseer predicted Wednesday.…

Minimum wage, paid family leave, lower sales tax moving toward 2018 ballot » The Republican Proposals for ballot questions to raise the minimum wage, provide paid family and medical leave to workers, lower the state sales tax, limit nursing staffing ratios and require presidential candidates…

Minimum wage, tax-cut pitches OK'd for ballot » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey has greenlighted 21 initiative petitions — including calls for a $15 minimum wage and lowering the sales tax — moving the proposals closer to appearing on t…

Taxation

Mass. tax collections below benchmark » The Salem News

Transportation

Fall River rail line being reclaimed after 60 years of inactivity » The Herald News Railroad trains will return to the South End after a 60-year absence. The state Department of Transportation has started reclaiming a rail line from Battleship Cove to the Tiverton border. The line wa…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Cannabis chair says he's 'confident' about timeline of state's marijuana rollout » Boston Business Journal

DACA decision has Island impact » Martha's Vineyard Times

Massachusetts Is Suing Over DACA, Maura Healey Says » Boston Magazine

Ballot question could force Trump to release taxes to be on Mass. ballot » Boston Globe

Murphy Meehan not running for Congress » Lowell Sun

Massachusetts utilities take divergent approaches to grid modernization » Utility Dive

Dental chain settles MassHealth case » Worcester Business Journal

Marijuana commission chair outlines goals, initial steps » State House News Service

Battles between progressives, biz shaping up as AG certifies ballot questions » State House News Service

Regional effort to draft recreational marijuana guidelines on hold pending state regulations » The Republican

Pot board chief pushing to open weed shops by July » Boston Herald

Massachusetts' leaders should go big on clean energy (Guest viewpoint) » The Republican

Massachusetts lands $50.5 million in federal funding to fix bridges in Boston, Raynham » The Republican

What's with Charlie Baker's transit hires? » Boston Globe

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