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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Must-Reads

Pro-charter school group pays state's largest campaign finance penalty » Boston Globe A wealthy New York organization that poured $15 million into last year's unsuccessful ballot question to expand charter schools in Massachusetts was hit Monday with the largest fine in state campaign …

Once again, Mitt Romney has politicos asking: Will he or won't he? » Boston Globe Does a 70-year-old former presidential nominee really want to be the junior senator from Utah? To take office as one of the oldest first-time United States senators in history? Give up a life of water…

Hillary Clinton Opens Up About 'What Happened,' With Candor, Defiance and Dark Humor » New York Times Clinton's account of the 2016 election is part post-mortem, part feminist manifesto and part score-settling jubilee.…

Trumpism makes strange bedfellows » The Washington Post William Kristol, the founder and editor at large of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine, and William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, are launching The New Center Project, …

Democratic foes of Trump flock to single-payer ahead of 2020 » Politico Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey are planning to co-sponsor Bernie Sanders' proposed "Medicare for All" bill when the Vermont independent releases it on Wednesday. Th…

DeLeo offers hints at scope of planned budget veto overrides » State House News Service Preparing to tack on more spending to the current year's budget, Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday he is unsure the amount of veto overrides the House will take up Wednesday and indicated the focus wil…

DeLeo: Lawmakers may take up justice reform in two bites » State House News Service While a consensus bill has not emerged eight months into the session, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday he wants to see a criminal justice reform package pass both branches of the Legislature by …

Teamsters challenge, local leader mulls run vs. Hoffa » Boston Herald Teamsters Local 25 president Sean O'Brien is weighing a challenge to the International's head James P. Hoffa, whom O'Brien accused of playing politics to keep his rivals in check after Hoffa axed him …

“I think the question about industry influence on Washington is always serious and presents a real problem,’’ she added. “The revolving door is not limited to Washington and Wall Street. It’s also Washington and the defense industry.’’

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Expressing concerns over President Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of the Army.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren raises concerns about Army secretary nominee » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren is expressing doubts about President Trump's nominee to be secretary of the Army, a decorated veteran who has spent the last seven years as Raytheon's top lobbyist in Washingt…

Could Mitt Romney run for U.S. Senate? » The Republican Could former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney run for U.S. Senate -- in Utah?…

Business

Bill would fine those who wrongly say their pets are service dogs » Metro A bill aims to crack down on fake service dogs, and those who train such animals will gather at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday for a hearing.…

Millennium Partners to lower Winthrop Square tower height after FAA study » Boston Business Journal The nine-page aeronautical study from the Federal Aviation Administration is the clearest guidance yet on just how tall Millennium Partners' proposed Winthrop Square skyscraper will be.…

Rare disease drugmaker Alexion to move headquarters to Boston » Boston Business Journal Alexion Pharmaceuticals said Tuesday that it plans to move its headquarters from New Haven, Connecticut to Boston by mid-2018, becoming the latest big drugmaker to make Massachusetts home.…

An ArtsBoston Network Aims To Diversify Boston's Very White Arts Leadership » WBUR On a recent breezy summer evening on the deck of Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, a group of about 30 young professionals eagerly socialized. They drank cocktails, most of them still in their w…

So, just how big is an 8 million-square-foot HQ2 for Amazon? » Boston Business Journal General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) made headlines worldwide when it chose Boston for its new corporate headquarters. The multinational conglomerate has plans to eventually build out a 388,700-square-foot…

Developer: Flight paths mean tower will be shorter » Boston Herald

Education

Bill would make recess mandatory for students » WRAL.com Running, shouting and four square — all familiar sights and sounds for current and former students alike. It's recess and, for many children, the most anticipated time of the day.…

Opponents steadfast in criticism of high stakes student tests » State House News Service

Environment

Political Notes: Fernandes files pesticide legislation » Cape Cod Times State Rep. Dylan Fernandes, D-Woods Hole, has filed legislation to give towns more control over the use of pesticides in their communities.…

Former Cape residents flee, face off against Irma » Cape Cod Times Em Lazott moved to Key West, Florida, for the good weather. “I was sick of the snow on the Cape,” said Lazott, 32, a 2003 graduate of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.…

Health Care

How much does it really cost to develop a cancer drug? Try $648 million » STAT News A new analysis finds the magic number is $648 million, which is substantially less than an earlier — albeit controversial — estimate of $2.6 billion for the cost to develop any and all n…

Baker seeks protections from Trump-induced Obamacare upheaval » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker has requested federal permission to reconfigure how certain subsidies are handed out in the state, in an effort to protect the Massachusetts insurance market should Trump do away wi…

Nursing home leaders plead with state for help » The Metro West Daily News Nursing home administrators and staff sounded the alarm on Monday, telling lawmakers their industry is underfunded and needs help.…

Dental therapists will fill gaps in treatment » Gloucester Times For a state with some of the best health care in the world, Massachusetts often does a poor job providing access to some of its neediest and often-forgotten populations. …

Restoration center could halt "revolving door" facing mentally ill » State House News Service

Human Services

Industry leaders: Bay State nursing homes facing crisis » Sentinel & Enterprise BOSTON -- Nursing home administrators and staff sounded the alarm on Monday, telling lawmakers their industry is underfunded and needs help. …

Judiciary

Political contributions may have worked against U.S. attorney » Gloucester Times President Donald Trump has passed over acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb for a permanent job as the top federal prosecutor in the state, in a move that longtime political observers say has more to …

Legislative

Senator battles for Randolph financial center » Wicked Local Randolph State Sen. Walter Timilty is fighting to restore a $30,000 amendment vetoed by Gov. Charlie Baker slated to fund operating costs at a proposed Randolph Financial Opportunity Center.…

Absence of leader Stanley Rosenberg delays Senate's return from recess » The Enterprise 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…

Local Government

Marijuana grower in, Amazon out in Uxbridge bid for business » Worcester Telegram Selectmen voted 3-2 Monday to sign a letter of non-opposition to a medical marijuana cultivation facility proposed by Xiphias Wellness Inc. They agreed that Town Manager David A. Genereux would pull t…

'Only' Attleboro Senate candidate a late comer to the city » The Sun Chronicle Jacob Ventura likes to tout himself as the Attleboro candidate in the special election campaign for state Senate against three challengers from Walpole. In fact, he notes that if he is elected, he wil…

Sept. 11 attacks remembered at the State House » Lowell Sun Family members who experienced searing loss 16 years ago gathered at the State House Monday for solemn ceremonies to commemorate those killed in the 9/11 attacks, and to honor courageous acts. Lt. Gov…

New rules for tours may not come til after Halloween » The Salem News New rules that would govern walking tours were first introduced to city councilors this past spring, but they likely won't be in effect in time for the city's busiest tourism season in October.…

Marijuana

3 of 5 pot commissioners say they've tried marijuana » The Metro West Daily News Three of the five members of the state's new Cannabis Control Commission say they've tried the drug they will now regulate.…

The State's Cannabis Control Commission Begins Its Work » WBUR As the clock ticks toward next summer's opening of the first retail recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts, the commission charged with setting up regulations for the new industry holds its fir…

The new Massachusetts Cannabis Commission meets for the first time today » The Republican

Funding gap looms as early issue for marijuana commission » State House News Service

Opinion

Hate on Hillary, but she's right about Trump » Boston Globe Someday, Hillary Clinton will be remembered with respect as a smart, driven, and remarkably resilient woman who made history — but not as much as she wanted to make.…

We've been warned. Boston must prepare for an Irma-size storm » Boston Globe For more than a decade, scientists have sounded the alarm that Massachusetts is increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather events and climate change. …

We can't fight the opioid crisis without adequate health care » Boston Globe The opioid epidemic touches every family in every corner of the Commonwealth. …

PETER LUCAS: Race to succeed Tsongas could be a tale of two Martys » Lowell Sun Although the race to succeed Democrat U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas is still in its formative stage, there already is an issue discussed by political insiders in an around Lowell, the heart of the 3rd Congre…

Columnists Max Page and Zac Bears: Must commit to debt-free public college » Gazette Net It's time to get real about college affordability in Massachusetts. As the rest of the country moves toward programs that provide debt-free public higher education, Massachusetts languishes with some …

Want Real Change in Massachusetts?  Focus on the Legislature » New Boston Post It's been a surprisingly busy end to a sleepy political summer, giving many grassroots Republican political activists much to think about.…

Massachusetts Is Progressive, But Not On Immigrant Rights » Valley Advocate As student president of his high school class in Georgia, Eduardo Samaniego sat on stage at graduation next to his principal as he and his classmates received diplomas.…

Editorial: Hold line on budget » Boston Herald Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Jamaica Plain) should ponder whether he wants his opening act as the new head of the House Ways and Means Committee to be packing more spending into the budget, despite a murky…

Battenfeld: Mitt in Senate could save GOP » Boston Herald Three words that are bound to get President Trump's blood boiling: Senator Mitt Romney.…

Between The Lines: Massachusetts Reps Should Get With Arnold to Terminate Gerrymandering » Valley Advocate Not in a million years would I have predicted the Governator would be the one to kickstart a campaign to stop the legal election-rigging scheme used to weaken the voting power of one political power o…

Gender-inclusive restrooms should take precedence over the state plumbing code » The Daily Collegian After the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., University of Massachusetts Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy sent a mass email to students and faculty, assuring recipients that “hate has …

Is gambling a good way to raise revenue? (Letters) » The Republican

Politics

Heading to the polls in Fall River? Here are 5 things you need to know » The Herald News Voters will head to the polls Tuesday, Sept. 12 for the local preliminary election to vote for their pick of mayoral and School Committee candidates, but before heading out to the polls here are five …

Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Mike Moran Endorses Edwards » North End Waterfront Boston City Council candidate Lydia Edwards added Assistant Majority Leader State Representative Michael Moran to her list of supporters with less than two weeks ahead of the September 26th preliminar…

1st Berkshire State Rep. hopefuls gather to flex policy, positions at Adams forum » Berkshire Eagle

Pro-charter school group pays record $425,000 settlement to state » Boston Herald A New York group that poured $15 million into a pro-charter school committee pushing last year's failed ballot question to lift the state cap on schools was actually funneling in donations from an arr…

Annual Pre-Election Breakfast Gets Makeover as Veterans Fundraiser » WHAV When city councilors voted last April to ban roadside charity collections—calling it a safety issue—City Councilor Michael S. McGonagle said he would help make up for the estimated $7,50…

Four councilors remain neutral in state rep contest » Eagle Tribune While all four city councilors who have endorsed a candidate in the special election for the 3rd Essex District have endorsed fellow Councilor Andy Vargas, four other councilors are still on the fence…

McGonagle organizing veterans breakfast for Oct. 29 » Eagle Tribune The Sunday before Election Day has long been a morning to culminate the end of the campaign season, a morning to wish those running for public office the best of luck as they make their final push tow…

Weymouth gets new voting machines as election races take shape » Wicked Local Weymouth A Weymouth voter who believes they made a mistake while casting a ballot during the Nov. 7 town election will be able to review their checkmark when it's placed in a new voting machine.…

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- When Washington beckons » Milford Daily News With his purple tie knotted tightly, Gov. Charlie Baker flew to Washington last week hoping to bring his brand of bipartisanship to the polarized capital.…

CANDIDATE'S ANNOUNCEMENT: Chalifoux Zephir running for Senate seat vacated by Flanagan » Worcester Telegram Leominster City Councilor at Large Susan Chalifoux Zephir announced she is running for the Mass. State Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jennifer Flanagan. …

Senate candidate Geoff Diehl pledges to help ballot campaign to lower Massachusetts sales tax » The Republican

Shrewsbury Republican hopes to take life experiences to Congress » State House News Service

Public Health

Lawmakers, dentists are very much engaged in finding accord on access to care » Boston Globe We were shocked at the tenor of Alex Beam's column. While it outlines the real oral health access issues in Massachusetts, it implies that dentists, as represented by the Massachusetts Dental Society,…

Public Safety

At 9/11 ceremony, boy posthumously honored for bravery » Boston Herald A 10-year-old boy was posthumously honored Monday with a civilian bravery award named for Madeline Amy Sweeney, a flight attendant on a hijacked jetliner that was flown into the World Trade Center on …

State Finance

House to consider overriding Gov. Charlie Baker's budget vetoes » The Republican The Massachusetts House will return to formal sessions on Wednesday after an August break to consider adding more money into the state budget.…

State Government

Mass. Hopes to Return 46K Unclaimed Properties to Owners » NECN Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg is hoping to return more than 46,000 properties - from forgotten savings accounts to the contents of unattended safe deposit boxes - to their rightful owners. …

Beacon Hill pauses for 9/11 remembrance » The Salem News Family members who experienced searing loss 16 years ago gathered at the State House Monday for solemn ceremonies to commemorate those killed in the 9/11 attacks, and to honor courageous acts.…

David Starr among 2017 Massachusetts Governor's Awards in the Humanities recipients » The Republican David Starr, president of The Republican Co., along with Henry Louis Gates. Jr. and Sacha Pfeiffer, will be honored at the 2017 Massachusetts Governor's Awards in the Humanities next month.…

Transportation

New MBTA CEO Luis Manuel Ramirez starts his $320,000-a-year job Tuesday; Here's what to know » The Republican Aging equipment across the system. Signal problems causing delays on the Red Line. A fiscal control and management board keeping a close watch.…

Drivers Show Off Their Skills At MBTA Bus Roadeo » WBUR Over the weekend, 15 MBTA bus drivers gathered at the Charlestown Garage to compete at the 41st annual MBTA Bus Roadeo. The competition pits the safest drivers in the region on a challenging obstacle …

Major work on Tobin Bridge to start in 2018 » Boston Globe State transportation officials approved a plan Monday to rehabilitate a major stretch of the Tobin Bridge into Chelsea, a project that is expected to cause lane closures and traffic disruptions into 2…

Shortfall forcing state to cut transportation spending » Gloucester Times

Utilities

UK approves DONG Energy offshore wind project » South Coast Today One of the companies competing to build an offshore wind installation off Massachusetts announced Monday that it has been awarded a contract by the United Kingdom Department for Business, Energy and I…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

Healey to probe Equifax breach » Mass Lawyers Weekly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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