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Birthdays: Rep. Sheila Harrington, Rep. Keiko Orrall

Must-Reads

Rosenberg announces halt to proposed adult education program cuts » The Recorder Senate President Stan Rosenberg announced Thursday he and other western Massachusetts legislators stopped a proposed 30 percent cut to adult education programs, including those in Franklin and Hampshi…

New MBTA general manager wants to emphasize rider experience » Boston Globe The incoming general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is asking for patience as he begins to grapple with the transit agency's myriad issues, but he is making one major pledge…

Pot chairman lays out goals » Lowell Sun As he sets out to set 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 gu…

Where could Amazon fit 50,000 workers if it comes to Boston? » Boston Globe Amazon announced plans on Thursday for a massive new campus to serve as its second corporate headquarters. While the e-commerce giant is launching a nationwide search for the site, it has a large and …

GOP targets US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, other Democrats in new online ad campaign » The Republican The Republican National Committee launched a series of online ads Wednesday urging U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and other high-profile Democrats to weigh-in on the fate of New Jersey D…

Elizabeth Warren questions Charlie Baker at Senate hearing -- and they agree » The Republican Massachusetts' liberal senior senator and its Republican governor sat on opposite sides of a U.S. Senate hearing table on Thursday -- and they largely agreed.…

Fall River mayor admits he is under FBI investigation » Wicked Local After months of public denial, Mayor Jasiel Correia II has confirmed he is the subject of an FBI and HUD investigation and that a federal grand jury has been convened regarding his start-up app compan…

MBTA splurges on outside 'expert' help » Boston Herald The cash-strapped MBTA is spending $1.2 million on just four independent contractors to manage some of its major initiatives, including quietly signing a labor negotiator away from the Baker administr…

“There is something fundamentally wrong when one of the richest and most powerful countries on the planet can’t make sure that a person can afford to see a doctor when they’re sick. This isn’t any way to live,” Warren writes. “Health care is a basic human right and it’s time to fight for it.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Pledging her support for Bernie Sanders' single payer healthcare plan.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

REPORT: 5,000-Plus Out-of-State Voters May Have Tilted New Hampshire Against Trump, Ayotte in 2016 » New Boston Post Voter data released following a request by Republican New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper alleges that more than 5,000 out-of-state voters crashed the Granite State on Election Day last November,…

Business

PTC plans to relocate 1,000 workers to Boston from Needham » Boston Globe Software firm PTC has signed a 250,000-square-foot lease for a new headquarters on the South Boston Waterfront, a deal that will bring another 1,000 employees into the booming Seaport area.…

Pioneer Valley prepping pitch for Amazon HQ; company promises as many as 50,000 jobs » MassLive Western Massachusetts is in the early stages of preparing a proposal -- or of combining with a neighbor's response -- to Amazon's broad but tantalizing search for second North American headquarters.…

Massachusetts plans 'convincing argument' in bid for Amazon's second US headquarters » The Republican Massachusetts is in: The Bay State plans to make its case as a prime location for Amazon as the online behemoth searches for a second US headquarters.…

Money in America: Are you where you need to be? » Boston Business Journal Your financial planning journey should start in your 20s and continue all the way into retirement.…

Dell benefits in first year after EMC merger with sales up » Boston Globe On the one-year anniversary of its historic tie-up with EMC, Dell Technologies Inc. is showing that bigger can be better.…

Civil Rights

UMass students: Bring back our gender-neutral bathroom » The Recorder It didn't take long for students moving into Baker Hall on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus last weekend to notice that a specific floor that caters to LGBTQ people had lost its gender-i…

Education

On the first day, more Boston school buses arrived late » Boston Globe Boston saw a notable decline in school buses arriving to school on time Thursday — the first day of school — under a new computer model developed by MIT that was supposed to improve effi…

Trump administration plans rollback of campus assault rules » Boston Globe Saying the system has failed both victims and those accused of sexual assault, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday announced a rollback of government guidelines that have spurred federal inves…

Ferry toll proposal would benefit Vineyard schools » Cape Cod Times With school officials by his side, an island man has floated an idea to pay for some of the Martha's Vineyard Public School expenses with a ferry toll that's “less than a cup of chowder,” …

Environment

Boston gets an artsy new public space in a former no-man's land » Boston Globe To get to Boston's newest park you must either cross a bridge above the massive railyard between South Boston and the South End, or navigate busy Albany Street, where the commuters stack up at onramps…

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito presents Williamsburg with $12,500 check to plan 'community solar' facility » The Republican WILLIAMSBURG -- Two town-owned parcels will be evaluated to see if they are suitable for a "community solar" installation, now that a $12,500 grant from the state is in hand.…

'Sink or Swim' party in Yarmouth to focus on climate change » Cape Cod Times A local climate activist group, 350 Mass Cape Cod, will hold a “Sink or Swim” party Sunday to discuss “fighting for a livable climate,” according to an announcement from the gr…

Councilor slams city, Americold over noise » Gloucester Times The Gloucester city councilor who represents neighbors of the Americold and National Fish & Seafood complex on East Main Street has written to state environmental leaders and other city officials decr…

Gaming

DraftKings and FanDuel settle with AG for $2.6M » Boston Herald The two heavyweights in the world of daily fantasy sports will pay Massachusetts $2.6 million to settle alleged unfair and deceptive practices prior to the state creating regulations for the burgeonin…

DraftKings, FanDuel to pay $2.6 million to resolve Massachusetts probe » Reuters Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced a settlement on Thursday in which fantasy sports companies DraftKings Inc and FanDuel Inc will pay a combined $2.6 million to resolve a probe of w…

Health Care

Steward Health Care withholds financial information amid growth » Becker's Hospital Review Boston-based Steward Health Care System is delinquent in reporting its financials to two state agencies, according to a report from The Boston Globe.…

State leaders continue to fight for better healthcare solutions for Mass. residents » WWLP 22 News Thursday was a busy day for state leaders, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.…

Elizabeth Warren Pledges Support for Single-Payer Healthcare Bill » Boston Magazine Warren pledged her support for Sanders' single-payer healthcare plan in an email sent to supporters Thursday, writing that she will co-sponsor the Vermont senator's forthcoming bill.…

Immigration

Advocates rally for young immigrants protected by DACA » Eagle Tribune About 30 people gathered in front of the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services building in Lawrence on Wednesday morning, singing in Spanish, “Give us a heart big enough to love, strong enough t…

Menu Digital Access 99 cents a week for the first 4 weeks Subscribe Home Delivery Save 50% off the regular rate Subscribe Already a subscriber? Members Sign In More than 30 arrested in Harvard Square during DACA protest » Boston Globe More than 30 people were arrested early Thursday evening in Harvard Square during a rally by educators to protest President Trump's decision to phase out DACA, the program that protects young immigran…

Judiciary

Mass. High Court Eyes Worship Houses' Use Of Public Funds » WBUR Massachusetts' highest court wrestled Thursday over whether allowing houses of worship to receive public funds for restoration inappropriately blurs the line between church and state.…

Labor

Construction, restaurant industries flagged in wage theft report » The Salem News Massachusetts employers paid $6 million in required restitution and almost $3 million in penalties for violations of the state's wage and labor laws last fiscal year, according to Attorney General Mau…

Legislative

MassHealth, immigration, sentencing top Beacon Hill agenda » Gloucester Times Reducing MassHealth costs, easing drug sentences and responding to President Donald Trump's immigration policies top the agenda for the Democratic-controlled Legislature as it gets back to work.…

Local Government

Spicer: Ready to lead Framingham's new city government » The Metro West Daily News At age 6, Yvonne Spicer met a woman whose example of leadership still resonates with her. While in first grade, Spicer and her classmates were treated to a visit by former New York lawmaker Shirley Ch…

Malden Democrats send questions to City Council candidates » Wicked Local Malden Malden Democrats want to know where local candidates stand on issues facing the community. To that end, the Malden Democratic City Committee has sent a list of questions to this year's candidates for …

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Endorsement for Paul Heroux for mayor » The Sun Chronicle Why should Paul Heroux be elected mayor of Attleboro? Paul is running for mayor not for himself but for the people of the city.…

New polling sites for some this year » Dorchester Reporter There are just under three weeks until the Sept. 26 preliminary election, which includes a four-person run-off for mayor of Boston. Now is the time for voters to tune in and get ready to fulfill their…

Twin Cities to receive loan relief » Sentinel & Enterprise

Marijuana

City still ponders putting pot reg on ballot » Wilmington Town Crier Since the voters of Woburn voted against the legalization of marijuana initially, the Woburn City Counci's Ordinance Committee has voted not to put the item back on the ballot in November.…

Editorial: Pot lobby protests » Boston Herald Will the whining of the pot lobbyists never end? After years of laying the groundwork, the folks who dream of marijuana riches convinced Massachusetts voters last fall to legalize the sale and recreat…

Opinion

America's favorite unfair tax deduction » Boston Globe The bill to repair Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Harvey will likely top $100 billion, and Florida will be next in line for federal disaster assistance after Hurricane Irma blows through.…

Houston should inspire us to keep shooting for the moon » Boston Globe Fifty-five years, ago a young president from Massachusetts went to Houston to summon a nation.…

Donald Trump lobs a fast ball past far-right caucus » Boston Globe Wednesday's deal to keep the government open for three months has united left and right in dismay: The bipartisan agreement neither cuts spending, as conservatives wanted, nor protects the immigrants …

Benton: Areas of agreement in Salem » The Salem News Challenger Paul Prevey didn't find much to criticize in the way Salem has been run over the past dozen years when he faced off against incumbent Mayor Kim Driscoll the other night.…

Our Opinion: Rallying behind our threatened Dreamers » Berkshire Eagle Posted Thursday, September 7, 2017 5:18 pm Probably the most striking aspect of President Trump's announcement Tuesday that he would roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was th…

ViewPoint: Prepare to be disrupted with the upcoming 'Arc Tank' » Boston Business Journal We imagined great ideas would be presented if we had an opportunity to cultivate innovative ideas for persons with disabilities through The Arc Tank, patterned after the Shark Tank concept. …

Politics

Denied! These 2018 ballot questions were rejected » Boston Globe The lead advocate of an initiative petition to “end all tolling” in the state had a premonition, based on a nearly 20-year-old court ruling, that his ballot effort would not pass muster wi…

Candidates for 3rd Essex seat trot out endorsements » Eagle Tribune As the Oct. 10 primary elections in the race to replace former state Rep. Brian Dempsey inch ever closer, candidates for the 3rd Essex District are starting to unveil endorsements from state and local…

GOP Senate candidate staying put in race to challenge Warren » Boston Globe To the chagrin of the party establishment, Republican party veteran and former state official Beth Lindstrom is staying in the race for the GOP US Senate nomination. She's not moving into the race for…

Rare race for Congress will give voters an opportunity » The Haverhill Gazette As soon as Haverhill voters settle the question of who they'll send to the state House of Representatives this fall, they'll turn their focus to another wide-open race for a high-profile job; the 3rd …

Battenfeld: Campaign hire raises conflict questions » Boston Herald

Public Safety

Ware to commemorate 9/11 with placement of World Trade Center steel beam at fire station » MassLive The town will honor the memory of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with the placement of a steel beam from the World Trade Center on the grounds of the fire station.…

Transportation

Florida passengers arrive at Logan Airport one step ahead of Irma » Boston Globe With Hurricane Irma barreling toward Florida, Cambridge resident Harrison Shulman jumped on a flight at Logan International Airport Thursday afternoon and headed to Fort Myers to rescue his aging gran…

The Top 5 Reasons To Hate The Mass Pike All-Electronic Tolls » Valley Advocate The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Thursday announced that the creepy Mass Pike All Electronic Tolling project — those 16 camera-laden gantries above the highway — is a fi…

This is my stop: T car detaches midcommute » Boston Herald Federal railroad officials have joined a probe into the “exceptionally unusual incident” on Wednesday when a train car suddenly broke free from a moving MBTA commuter rail train.…

New pod transportation system a no-go for Marlborough » The Metro West Daily News City councilors upheld Mayor Arthur Vigeant's decision against sending a letter of interest about a new podcar transportation system, but the mayor and Transit X founder did not shut the door on revis…

MBTA rolls out new transit ambassadors » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA IS STARTING to ramp up its new transit ambassador program, its latest bid to improve service using private contractors.…

Price hiked on possible RMV site » The Salem News The Danvers Crossing shopping plaza is back in the running as a possible location for a Registry of Motor Vehicles. But the price has gone up — a lot.…

Warren gets a smooth ride, but mayor says MBTA "broken" » State House News Service

Utilities

2 cybersecurity violations found at Pilgrim » Cape Cod Times Federal regulators found two violations related to cybersecurity at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station during an inspection last month.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass. tax collections below benchmark » The Salem News

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

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

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3757 - An Act authorizing the city of Boston to grant 15 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises

SB 1135 - An Act authorizing the town of Hubbardston to convey a certain parcel of land

Most read bills of the week:

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

HB2339 - An Act amending laws relative to certain judicial procedures

SB768 - An Act relative to governmental and charitable tort liability

HB791 - An Act relative to patient care access

SB904 - An Act to clarify the charitable purposes of certain organizations

HB878 - An Act reducing interest liability in treble damage settlements

HB2260 - An Act to simplify administrative aspect of evidentiary use of medical information

HB918 - An Act relative to treble damages

HB2303 - An Act relative to prejudgment interest rates

House Actions This Week: 246

Senate Actions This Week: 37


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