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Today on Beacon Hill

6:30am September 11th Annual Name Reading & Commemoration Ceremony, State House steps

11:00am Joint Committee on Higher Education, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Mass. DOT and MBTA Fiscal & Management Control Board Meeting, Transportation Board Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

12:00pm House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Cannabis Control Commission Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, Public Hearing

Must-Reads

Absence of leader Stanley Rosenberg delays Senate's return from recess » The Metro West Daily News The House plans in the coming days to resume formal sessions after a six-week summer recess, but the Senate's recess will extend into the fall with Senate President Stanley Rosenberg out of the countr…

The top 15 possible 2020 Democratic nominees, ranked » The Hill In many ways it's already begun, of course, with President Trump running ads and doing campaign rallies. One Democratic congressman has even launched a campaign. But November 2018, right after the mid…

GOP: Warren prioritizes health of 2020 run over Mass. residents » Boston Herald Republican rivals blasted Sen. Elizabeth Warren's recent support of single-payer health care, saying her backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders' high-profile bill — expected to be introduced in Congres…

Democrats turn to a Kennedy to boost morale heading into 2018 cycle » Houston Chronicle Texas Democrats turned to one of the party's legacy families for a confidence boost Saturday night.…

A Boston tower and the law of unintended consequences » Commonwealth Magazine I WAS REALLY BAD IN MATH and physics in college. My brain was wired to appreciate things like alliteration and metaphor, not equations or abstract laws of nature. …

A Month Has Passed Since Trump Declared an Opioid Emergency. What Next? » New York Times When President Trump announced in early August, following a presidential commission's recommendations, that the opioid crisis was a "national emergency," he called it "a serious problem the likes of w…

“Warren’s endorsement shows she’s more focused on the White House than Massachusetts,” said state Rep. Geoff Diehl, a Whitman Republican running to oust the senior senator. “It seems the progressive wing of the Democrat Party is pushing further left for 2020.”

Representative Geoff Diehl

Speaking about Elizabeth Warren and her recent backing of a single payer health care system.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Bay State senators among 10 pressing Trump on opioids » State House News Service

Business

A new take on old Back Bay private clubs in a bid to attract younger members » Boston Globe It sounds like something from bygone times, when Boston's Brahmin elite celebrated their standing from behind the doors of well-appointed members-only digs: A local philanthropist and developer wants …

Why Amazon's second HQ probably won't be in Boston » Boston Globe In January 2016, I explained why General Electric's next headquarters address would be Boston, not Manhattan. Two days later, the company announced it was coming to town — despite being offered…

Attorney General Healey Launching Probe Into Equifax Breach » WBUR Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is launching an investigation after the credit reporting company Equifax announced 143 million Americans had their information exposed - including Social Se…

More protesters decry planned Berkshire Museum art sale » Berkshire Eagle Faces veiled, protesters on Saturday congregated at Park Square to once again decry the sale of 40 pieces of art by the Berkshire Museum.…

Healey to probe Equifax breach » Mass Lawyers Weekly

Report: Amazon Should Skip Boston and Move to Denver » Boston Magazine

Crimes

Defending the accused, law firms specialize in campus sexual assault » Boston Globe As the spring semester for area colleges drew to a close in May, a branch of a New York-based law firm opened its doors in the heart of Boston's Back Bay. …

Suspect In Custody After Shooting At Cambridge Carnival Festival On MIT Campus » WBUR A shooting that injured two people at a Caribbean street festival near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology remains under investigation.…

Education

Scholarships will try to lure more first-generation students to Harvard Business School » Boston Globe Harvard Business School will announce a $12.5 million donation Monday, its largest ever for scholarships, aimed specifically at helping students who are the first in their family to attend college.…

Environment

Three Local Towns Receive Clean Energy Grants » Cape Cod Today WAREHAM – The Baker administration Thursday awarded more than $660,000 in grants to towns across the state to support a series of clean energy projects.…

Hunt In Blue Hills Approved To Help Control Deer Population » CBS Boston Massachusetts officials have approved a hunt in the Blue Hills Reservation as a way to help control the deer population there.…

Herring River estuary on Cape Cod to undergo ecological restoration » The Republican

Health Care

These Massachusetts hospitals performed the best (and worst) financially » Boston Business Journal Most Massachusetts hospitals saw positive operations in fiscal 2016, but community hospitals and specialty hospitals reported some of the highest operating losses.…

Housing

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell announces real estate results » Wicked Local Westwood With reduced sales and mortgage activity, the Norfolk County real estate market faced challenges in August 2017.…

Judiciary

Trump nominates former Mitt Romney speech writer for federal judgeship » Boston Globe He's an author of horror novels, a former speechwriter for Mitt Romney, and a Harvard Law graduate who says on his website that he studied in “witch-haunted Massachusetts.”…

Trump nominates Andrew Lelling as Mass. US attorney » Boston Globe President Trump on Friday nominated the senior litigation counsel in the Massachusetts US attorney's office to become the state's top federal prosecutor.…

President Donald Trump nominates Andrew Lelling for top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts » The Republican The senior litigation counsel in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office has been nominated by President Donald Trump for the top federal prosecutor job in the state, the White House announced late F…

Labor

Court Reverses Extortion Convictions Against 2 Teamsters » WBUR A federal appeals court has reversed multiple extortion and racketeering convictions against two Teamsters found guilty in 2014 of threatening to picket businesses unless they hired union workers.…

Legislative

From raises to marijuana, how local legislators voted on major bills » Lowell Sun

Local Government

Bradshaw, Woodman recognized for downtown's restoration » Newburyport News Restoration pioneers Jack Bradshaw and Jonathan Woodman were honored Saturday for restoring the downtown four decades ago as members of what might be called the community's greatest generation of econ…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Endorsement for Paul Heroux for mayor » The Sun Chronicle For the past four years since Paul Heroux has been our state representative I have seen his hard work ethic, and detail to the job. He spends long hours doing constituent service, often late into the …

Marijuana

Colorado marijuana firm secures $10 million for massive Massachusetts facility » The Republican A Colorado-based corporation announced it has secured $10 million in equity to build a massive cannabis cultivation and processing facility in southeastern Massachusetts.…

Opinion

No support for fake service animals » Boston Globe We increasingly face a menagerie in public places, part of a trend that suggests person and pet are inseparable. …

EDITORIAL: Opening much-needed debate on immigration » Worcester Telegram Apart from the serious concerns of 800,000 “Dreamers” growing up in an America that's the only country many have known, President Donald Trump may have done the nation – and those D…

Our View: DPH recommendation needs action from administration now » South Coast Today It is to the shame of our society that monstrously large, avaricious, predatory pharmaceutical companies misrepresented the incredible addictive nature of pain management medications such as fentanyl,…

Betsy DeVos goes backward on sexual assault » Boston Globe A police officer once said to me, after watching a woman endure a savage cross-examination during a rape trial I was covering, that the second worst day in a sexual assault survivor's life is the day …

In A Rough Hurricane Season, Walsh Urges Action To Protect Boston » Banker & Tradesman I'm no climatologist, but it's hardly a stretch to predict that someday Boston will get hit with a major hurricane. And given steadily rising sea levels and increasingly fierce, climate-change-driven …

Politics

Critics: Conway bus times mislead » Lowell Sun ACCUSATIONS OF misinformation are flying nearly as fast as the campaign flyers in Lowell.…

Lelling Nominated By Trump For Mass. U.S. Attorney Post » WBUR The senior litigation counsel in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office has been nominated for the top federal prosecutor job in the state, the White House announced late Friday.…

Voters head to the polls Tuesday in Newton, Quincy, and Salem » Boston Globe The political season begins in earnest this week as residents of several cities outside Boston cast their ballots Tuesday in preliminary elections.…

'We need him now more than ever' — Latinos stump for Mayor Walsh in East Boston » Boston Globe Latino community leaders and activists stood with Mayor Martin J. Walsh Saturday morning in East Boston and said together in a resounding voice: Latinos need not be afraid here.…

Joe DeNucci, boxer and long-serving politician, dies at 78 » Boston.com Joe DeNucci, a former world class middleweight boxing contender who became a politician and the longest-serving state auditor in Massachusetts history, has died at age 78.…

Charlie Baker hits $10 million campaign finance goal » Boston Globe

Rep. Kennedy takes stock of Dems during speech in Texas » State House News Service

Pro-charter school group pays state's largest campaign finance penalty » Boston Globe

Public Health

Narcan availability on the rise in Cape schools » Cape Cod Times On a morning in April, about 20 minutes before Teaticket Elementary students began their school day, a young man who had overdosed was found on the school's playground.…

Quincy considers trying to regulate sober houses » Patriot Ledger No one knows how many sober houses are in Quincy, where they are or how they operate. That's because a federal housing and discrimination law meant to protect recovering drug and alcohol addicts preve…

Public Safety

Brockton man managing shelter under lockdown in Miami » Boston Globe It was 2:30 Sunday morning when power at North Miami Senior High School went out and the generators kicked in, one of the first signs of Hurricane Irma's impending fury.…

Mass. EMA to head to hurricane impacted areas in Florida » Turn to 10 Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has authorized the state's Emergency Management Agency to send a team to Florida for assistance in Florida as a response to the devastation of Hurricane Irma.…

Gov. Charlie Baker sending a team of 12 emergency response workers to Florida » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has authorized the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to send a dozen nurses and emergency response workers to Florida to assist with response and recovery efforts following …

Background check rules for Uber, Lyft drivers modified » Boston Globe In a bow to pressure from business interests and criminal justice activists, the state government Friday modified background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers that critics said unfairly cost those with…

Ride-hail rule opens driver door » Boston Herald State officials have walked back requirements for Uber and Lyft drivers after background check requirements were widely slammed for being overly burdensome because they disqualified potential drivers …

New Bedford Police Department detectives arrest 14 people over two days » South Coast Today New Bedford Police Narcotic and Gang Units arrested 14 people over two days, police said.…

State Government

On Beacon Hill: Mr. Baker goes to Washington » State House News Service With his purple tie knotted tightly, Gov. Charlie Baker flew to Washington, D.C., last week hoping to bring his brand of bipartisanship to the polarized capital. Few might have predicted, however, tha…

Reflecting on 2017's key legislation » Sentinel & Enterprise This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at the handful of major legislation that was approved by the Legislature and signed into law so far by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2017. In the first eight months of …

Minimum Wage Hike, Sales Tax Cut Could Be On 2018 Massachusetts Ballot » WAMC

Weekend News

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Glimpse of an elusive candidate draws a little online dig » Sentinel & Enterprise FOR THE FIRST time last week, many Fitchburg voters were able to put a face to a name.…

Republican Lou Marino quits Senate race, backs Fitchburg Councilor Dean Tran » Sentinel & Enterprise Republican Louis G. Marino has dropped his bid for the state Senate seat recently vacated by Leominster Democrat Jennifer Flanagan and has endorsed City Councilor-at-large Dean A. Tran in the race. …

Amazon's bid is an opportunity and a wake-up call » Boston Globe Just the threat of an iconic American company opening its new headquarters in Canada ought to serve as a wakeup call for a Congress that continues to dither over immigration policy. …

On DACA, Congress can do the right thing — and get its mojo back » Boston Globe When President Trump last week started a six-month countdown clock to end his predecessor's executive order protecting immigrants who were brought illegally to America when they were children, the den…

Mayor Walsh's record on education shows incremental improvements » Boston Globe Brighton High School began the academic year with its varnished floors gleaming, a new headmaster brimming with optimism, and students — some from conflict-ridden countries — anticipatin…

Humane care given a place at state's harshest hospital » Boston Globe The Massachusetts prison for men with a mental illness has long been known as a rough place where guards often strapped patients down or locked them in isolation cells for misbehavior — and whe…

Letter to the Editor: Reactivation of South End rail spur an outrageous proposal » The Herald News I am writing as a citizen and taxpayer of Fall River to voice my concern over the proposed reactivation of a rail spur line in Fall River.…

Herbicide spraying begins this month » Cape Cod Times Eversource Energy is poised to conduct its annual herbicide spraying along rights of way on the Cape and Martha's Vineyard, but opponents of the spraying may not be ready to give up quite yet.…

Should the MBTA proceed with plans to privatize its Arborway, Lynn, and Quincy garages? » Boston Globe After years of mismanagement and neglect, the financially plagued MBTA is burdened with waste and inefficiency. As recently as 2015, it was projecting a cost growth rate that was three times the amoun…

Cohasset selectmen split on curbing Cunningham Bridge demo » Wicked Local Cohasset The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) denied the town's request in August for a more aesthetically appealing bridge. The current revised proposal from MassDOT would closely resemble…

Editorial: Embracing innovation » Boston Herald There simply can't be enough innovation in public education these days — especially for kids trapped in failing schools.…

Bridge repair plans move forward » Gloucester Times The long-delayed project aimed at replacing the 106-year-old commuter rail bridge across the Annisquam River is out for bid, with contractors under a deadline of Tuesday, Sept. 12, to submit proposals…

Lynn, Medford, and Peabody going to the polls Tuesday » Lynn Daily News Item Lynn, Medford, and Peabody voters head to the polls Tuesday to whittle down municipal race fields. …

Mike Dukakis: From brink of the presidency to a quiet life of significance » Boston Globe It happened a lifetime ago, in the days when few people knew who Michael Dukakis was, and still fewer could imagine the life that spread out before him – the long governorships, the bid for the…

Lawmakers weigh overriding Governor Baker's vetoes » Boston Globe House leaders are weighing the prospects of packing vetoed spending back into the state budget when they return to Beacon Hill next week, but the ongoing slump in state tax collections that resumed in…

Bosley Kicks Off Campaign With Promise of Fresh Perspective » iBerkshires Candidate for state representative Stephanie Bosley kicked off her campaign with promises of a fresh perspective and positive change.…

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $700,000 to Herring River Restoration Project » Boston Real Estate Times The Baker-Polito Administration announced a $700,000 state grant to advance the Herring River Estuary restoration in Wellfleet and Truro, one of the largest ecological restoration projects in the Nort…

Lowell's STEM Academy Introduction to many possibilities » Lowell Sun Students at Lowell's STEM Academy will seek to turn old, used cell phones into virtual-reality machines with help from a $2,000 grant provided Friday by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers o…

Here to help: Berkshire efforts target Harvey recovery » Berkshire Eagle Those dealing with the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey don't need prom dresses and winter coats.…

Sen. Jason Lewis to host Community Conversation » Wicked Local Stoneham Sen. Jason Lewis, D-Winchester, announced an upcoming Community Conversation on the impact of the arts and cultural sector on the local economy. …

Fitzgerald: Joe DeNucci a champ in political ring » Boston Herald He was once the world's fifth-ranked middleweight, having beaten Denny Moyer, and battled Joey Giardello to a draw, and dropped a highly contested decision to Emile Griffith. …

Longest-serving auditor Joe DeNucci dies » Lowell Sun Former boxer and the longest-serving auditor in state history A. Joseph DeNucci died on Friday, a former aide confirmed to the News Service on Friday afternoon. He was 78.…

Worcester early education center serving at-risk students unveils new playspaces » Worcester Telegram Rotting wood and rusted bolts at the Rainbow Child Development Center's old play area have been replaced by brand-new playsets, thanks to the generosity of donors and a six-figure government grant.…

Reform before revenue debate rages on » Commonwealth Magazine DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE SETTI WARREN on Friday rode the Red Line into Boston with a Suffolk University student and afterwards told reporters the state needs to invest more in the MBTA.…

Joe DeNucci, Boxer and Long-Serving Politician, Dies at 78 » US News and World Report Joe DeNucci, a world class middleweight boxing contender who became a politician and the longest-serving state auditor in Massachusetts history, has died at age 78. …

Rep Ryan, Mayor Walsh Not Sold on Hosting Safe Injection Facility » Charlestown Bridge A major showdown over safe injection facilities (SIFs) for opiate users took place on Beacon Hill this week, with a hearing on a proposed bill that would potentially allow such facilities in Massachus…

Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce names Mary White Business Person of the Year » Berkshire Eagle Mary White has been a successful business owner, a staunch community advocate, and most importantly, a good friend to those who know her. …

Cruz Companies Celebrates $300 Million Rehab with Elected Officials » Spare Change News The recently completed renovations to 83 affordable units at the Wayne at Columbia development on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan were celebrated by local and state officials on Wednesday, August 16. …

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 9/11

6:30am September 11th Annual Name Reading & Commemoration Ceremony, State House steps

11:00am Joint Committee on Higher Education, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Mass. DOT and MBTA Fiscal & Management Control Board Meeting, Transportation Board Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

12:00pm House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Cannabis Control Commission Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, Public Hearing

Tuesday - 9/12

9:00am Youth Villages State House Day, Nurses Hall, State House

9:00am Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Public Hearing

10:00am Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program Summit, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, One Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough

10:00am Rep. Geoff Diehl Press Conference, State House steps

10:00am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

10:30am Cannabis Control Commission Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 2nd Floor, Boston

12:00pm State Library Author Talk with Larry Tye, State Library, Room 341, State House

12:00pm Sen. Harriette Chandler & Rep. Smitty Pignatelli Press Conference, Room 428, State House

1:00pm Medal of Honor Veteran Family Award, Grand Staircase, State House

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

6:00pm Massachusetts Brewers Guild Legislative Reception & Tasting, Great Hall, State House

Wednesday - 9/13

11:00am Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day, Great Hall, State House

11:00am Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Public Hearing

12:00pm Health Policy Commission Meeting, 50 Milk Street, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Public Hearing

1:00pm House Session, Full Formal Session

6:30pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Thursday - 9/14

9:00am CHAPA Housing Day at the State House, Great Hall, State House

9:00am Worcester County Commission on the Status of Women 2nd Annual Legislative Breakfast, YWCA Central Mass., One Salem Square, Worcester

10:00am Mass. Gaming Commission Meeting, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston

10:00am MassDevelopment Board of Directors Meeting, 99 High Street, 11th Floor, Boston

10:00am Public Hearing of the State Auditor, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, Boston

11:00am ISO New England 2017 Regional System Plan Public Meeting, Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Plymouth County Register of Deeds John Buckley's Annual Galway West Oyster Fest

6:00pm Fundraiser for Lowell School Committee Candidate Dennis Mercier

6:30pm Walpole Town Hall with Attorney General Maura Healey, Walpole High School, 275 Common Street, Walpole

7:00pm Carlos Hernandez for Congress Formal Announcement, Salem Moose Family Center Lodge 218, 50 Grove Street, Salem

7:00pm Allston-Brighton District 9 Candidates Forum, 404 Washington Street, Brighton

Friday - 9/15

10:00am 2017 Disability Summit, Great Hall & Grand Staircase, State House

6:00pm Rep. Tom Calter's 60th Birthday Bash

6:00pm State Senate Candidate Sue Chalifoux Zephir Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Consulate of Mexico Independence Day Reception, Great Hall, State House

Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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