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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

Must-Reads

Key Diehl strategist was hired by Saudi Arabia to fight 9/11 bill » Boston Herald Holly Robichaud - who is on leave as a freelance Boston Herald columnist while she works on Republican Diehl's campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren - registered in October to lobby…

Trump's diehard supporters are fuming after an apparent about-face on 'dreamers' » The Washington Post Staunch conservative allies of President Trump erupted in anger and incredulity late Wednesday after Democrats announced the president had agreed to pursue a legislative deal that would protect thousa…

Bernie Sanders, the Man With Single-Payer Clout » Roll Call The seismic shift in support for Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan to transform the U.S. health care system into a single-payer program indicates the reach the Vermont independent has within the Democratic Pa…

House rebuffs Baker, insists on $275 million in spending » State House News Service Undeterred by tax collections that are trailing benchmarks two months into the fiscal year, the Legislature is half way toward restoring $275 million in spending that Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed from th…

Mueller Probe Has 'Red-Hot' Focus on Social Media, Officials Say » Bloomberg Politics Mueller's team of prosecutors and FBI agents is zeroing in on how Russia spread fake and damaging information through social media and is seeking additional evidence from companies like Facebook and T…

Hillary Clinton Looks Back in Anger » The New Yorker Hillary Rodham Clinton, who, as she puts it, won “more votes for President than any white man” in American history, is not the first candidate to capture the popular vote but lose the elec…

The Catholic Church Asks Trump to Violate His Oath of Office » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Alabama for waging a peaceful protest against segregation laws. While in jail, he penned a classic of American moral reasoning, which he titled Lett…

NH voter fraud claims baffle Mass. officials » Commonwealth Magazine AT A MEETING of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity on Tuesday, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner dismissed assertions by commission vice chair Kris Kobach that wide…

Ex-presidential hopeful lends a hand to Foxboro candidate » The Sun Chronicle During the last presidential campaign, Paul Feeney of Foxboro campaigned for Bernie Sanders in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Now, with Feeney running for state Senate, Sanders is returning the favor.…

“(Tsongas) would very much like to see a woman succeed her. I think that was made very clear in her announcement,” said L’Italien, a four-term state representative who won her Senate seat in 2014.

Senator Barbara L’Italien

Speaking about her announcement to run for Congresswoman Niki Tsongas' open seat.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Schumer, Pelosi say they have deal with Trump on young immigrants » Boston Globe Democratic leaders on Wednesday night declared they had a deal with President Trump to quickly extend protections for young unauthorized immigrants and to finalize a border security package that does …

There's a Democratic split over single-payer care (not that you'd notice) » Boston Globe A list of supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders's new government-run health plan reads like a who's who of the Democratic Party, including Senator Kamala Harris of California, Senator Kirsten Gillibran…

Seth Moulton gets credit from Steve Bannon during interview with Charlie Rose » Boston.com Seth Moulton hasn't had many nice things to say about former White House adviser Steve Bannon. And, in turn, Bannon hasn't had many kind words for Democrats.…

Dem super PAC expanding state legislature campaign to 12 states » Axios A super PAC to help Democrats regain some of the almost 1,000 state legislature seats they've lost to Republicans in the past decade is expanding its focus to 12 states and hoping to raise $100 millio…

Business

Mass. Household Income Jumped Nearly 6 Percent In 2016 » WBUR The median household income in Massachusetts jumped nearly 6 percent in 2016, and the state's poverty rate fell a percentage point, according to U.S. Census survey data released Thursday.…

Equifax shares sink almost 15% as Massachusetts prepares lawsuit over breach » CNBC Equifax sank deeper into a controversy over its handling of a data breach that could affect 143 million people, with its shares plunging almost 15 percent on Wednesday after Massachusetts announced pl…

AG Maura Healey Plans To Sue Equifax » Banker & Tradesman Attorney General Maura Healey said yesterday she intends to sue Equifax over its failure to protect sensitive and personal information of up to nearly three million Massachusetts residents, following …

Brewers, distributors argue over new divorce terms » Gloucester Times Now that beer distributors have conceded that the statutory hold they maintain over brewers should be relaxed, the beer makers and distributors are at loggerheads over what defines a small brewer.…

Household income in Massachusetts was way up last year » Boston Globe Household income in Massachusetts rose dramatically last year — by 5.3 percent — second only to Idaho nationwide, according to the latest numbers released Thursday by the Census Bureau.…

EMK Institute names new president: Dr. Mary Grant » Dorchester Reporter A woman with roots in Dorchester who currently serves as chancellor of the Uniiversity of North Carolina at Asheville will be the new president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States…

CLF teleconference on Rafael agrees on one thing: More monitoring » South Coast Today Less than two weeks remain until the Carlos Rafael trial is scheduled to wrap up with sentencing set for Sept. 25 and 26.…

Brewers, Distributors Square Off Over Massachusetts Beer Laws » Boston Magazine As a vibrant beer industry booms in Massachusetts, an ancient state law is fueling animosity between the people who brew it and the people who sell and deliver it. …

Equifax data breach: Check to see if your credit card information, social security number were compromised » The Republican

Civil Rights

Re-writing Boston's history of slavery » Bay State Banner Dorchester activist Kevin Peterson wants Boston to remove Peter Faneuil's name from the iconic building he built for the city in 1742. Roxbury activist Sadiki Kambon is calling for the city to strike …

Crimes

Lawmakers hear pleas to revisit victim compensation law » Gloucester Times Mothers who lost sons to violence and were denied state assistance to bury their children pleaded with the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to change the state's victim compensation statute so other fam…

Boston Police Body Camera Pilot Program Ends » WBUR Boston police officers are no longer wearing body cameras.…

Education

Civics and news media literacy are vital components of a 21st century education (Guest viewpoint) » The Republican Kim Ash teaches the Newseum's "Fighting Fake News" class. While teachers once feared teenagers would fall for everything they read online, now they're concerned young people won't believe anything the…

State education secretary talks local school improvement » Eagle Tribune The state Secretary of Education James Peyser spoke at the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce's business expo Wednesday, where he outlined Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to better prepare students across…

State may help with Consentino School expansion; Scully says this may be his last year » Eagle Tribune It was late radioman Paul Harvey's famous catchphrase that Superintendent James Scully relayed to the City Council Tuesday night prior to his report on the start of the school year. …

Schools show steady enrollment over past 20 years » The Reminder

Environment

Environmental groups stage sit-in at Governor Baker's office » WWLP 22 A coalition of environmental, faith, and community groups with Mass Power Forward stood together outside Governor Charlie Baker's office on Wednesday to protest new fossil fuel projects in the state.…

Federal

Feds ban use of Kaspersky software » Boston Globe The Trump administration Wednesday ordered all federal agencies to stop using software produced by Kaspersky Lab, dealing a major blow to the Russian computer security company that has been trying to …

Health Care

Proponents say they're closer to creating new class of dental providers » Worcester Business Journal Lawmakers who favor a legal expansion of the scope of dentistry work so that more patients can be served say they are gaining ground on Beacon Hill.…

Massachusetts Bends Under Health Care Spending Bar In 2016 » WBUR It's time to announce what happened in the annual health care spending limbo contest in Massachusetts.…

Outpatient hospital cost increases will draw further examination » State House News Service Outpatient hospital care will be a focus area for state officials as they explore drivers behind the 2.8 percent increase in total medical spending in Massachusetts last year.…

Single-payer health care may sound appealing, but it's complicated » Boston Globe For years, Bernie Sanders preached the virtues of single-payer health care to empty congressional pews. But the proposal he released Wednesday has the backing of key progressive groups, many Democrati…

Housing

Is putting a homeless family in a motel room the right choice? » Boston Globe Ivelisse Florentino and her three children used to start their days at a homeless shelter in Haverhill, near New Hampshire. For months, the kids commuted hours on public transit to Boston Public Schoo…

Mass. lawmakers consider housing bond » Worcester Telegram

Immigration

Group urges governor to support immigration program » Boston Herald Immigrants with temporary protected status are asking Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to support their efforts to legally remain in the United States.…

Judiciary

DOT's general counsel nominated to Appeals Court » Mass Lawyers Weekly Gov. Charlie D. Baker has nominated John Englander, general counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the MBTA, for an Appeals Court judgeship.…

Man files suit over tampering at state drug lab » Boston Globe A Springfield man whose drug conviction was dismissed earlier this year is now suing several state government employees, including a former Amherst drug lab chemist convicted of tampering with evidenc…

Labor

Raise Up Massachusetts launches signature campaign for workers' benefits petitions » The Daily Free Press

State's unemployment rate drops for first time in 2017 » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

Quiet Please: Senator Jason Lewis Joins Fair Skies Caucus » Worcester Patch Senator Jason Lewis has joined the recently created Fair Skies Caucus of the Massachusetts Legislature. …

West Tisbury woman briefs state legislators on congenital craniofacial disorder » Martha's Vineyard Times Ann Quigley of West Tisbury, along with her mother Criss of South Hadley, advocated on Beacon Hill today for a bill that would provide insurance coverage for congenital craniofacial disorders, accordi…

Local Government

Tempers flare at Barnstable County Commission meeting » Cape Cod Times Simmering tensions between Barnstable County Commission Chairman Leo Cakounes and Commissioner Ronald Beaty Jr. reached a boiling point Wednesday.…

Mandela, MA and the bid to separate from Boston » Bay State Banner This Thursday, Epicenter Community convenes a talk and reflection on a dramatic point in local history — the late-1980s effort by some in Boston's black communities to detach their neighborhood…

S&P: Benefit liabilities weigh on strengthening Mass. municipalities » State House News Service Local governments in Massachusetts have bolstered their budgetary reserves amid a growing economy and while local credit ratings are expected to remain stable for three to five years, rising pension a…

Marijuana

Poll: Voters afraid marijuana legalization will take hit » Boston Herald Massachusetts voters have strong doubts about the state's ability to oversee the new law legalizing recreational pot, and most are concerned it will be influenced by politics, according to a new poll …

Great Barrington mulls recreational pot regulations ahead of July sales » Berkshire Eagle As the countdown begins on the sale of marijuana for recreational use, the town is getting ready.…

Funding gap looms as early issue for pot panel » Newburyport News With the Cannabis Control Commission's work of starting up a legal marijuana market in Massachusetts now underway, the group that backed legalization on the ballot said the commission has to start pre…

Opinion

Nadine Shank: Supports 'End of Life Options Act' » Gazette Net My mom is 98 years old. She lives alone in independent living, senior housing. Albeit very slowly, she can perform the activities of daily living.…

OUR VIEW: The Equifax breach: What lesson will other companies learn? » The Metro West Daily News You can brand Equifax as the new Yahoo, the new Target or the new Sony – but that would be glaring understatement. …

Vargas Put Lives At Risk » The Valley Patriot State Rep. Brian Dempsey of Haverhill is vacating his seat.…

Trump's Aggressive Immigration Policies Have Created A Public Health Disaster » WBUR A teenager we'll call "Amira" came to the U.S. with her family as a legal refugee, fleeing violence in her home country. She has major sensory deficits, has never been to school and suffers from a myr…

At last, decency at Bridgewater » Boston Globe Just like that. For decades, Bridgewater State Hospital was a hellhole, the heinous treatment of mentally ill inmates there the subject of countless exposes and lawsuits. …

As Trump retreats, Mass. steps up to protect workers » Boston Globe Among the harmful yet off-the-radar policies to come out of the Trump administration is the ongoing rollback of fair labor regulations at the US Department of Labor. States and cities can, and should,…

Editorial: Tuition program is flawed, but honorable start to lowering costs » The Recorder Commonwealth Commitment, a year-old state tuition assistance program, makes it somewhat easier for community college students to earn a four-year degree. But that a mere 100 students took advantage of…

Joan Vennochi: A mind-blowing slate of visiting fellows at Harvard » Boston Globe Just a few years ago, Bill Delahunt, the former Massachusetts congressman, was trading on a political friendship with the state public health commissioner to win licenses to run three medical marijuan…

Bobby Cappucci, the happy warrior running for Boston mayor » Boston Globe Some are born to political greatness. Some have greatness thrust upon them. And then there are those who aspire to political greatness, but like a donkey pursuing a carrot tied to a stick held by its …

Boston has what Amazon is looking for » Boston Globe Amazon's announcement that it will seek proposals to house its second North American corporate headquarters presents a daunting opportunity and challenge to cities hoping to land the new headquarters.…

Amazon needs a better pitch than 'you'd be lucky to have us' » Boston Globe If you were Boston Mayor Marty Walsh — or the mayor of any decent-size city — you'd be crazy not to make a play for Amazon's second headquarters.…

Give empowerment zone school model a chance (Editorial) » The Republican

EDITORIAL: Gender inequality persists, but Massachusetts is making strides » The Daily Free Press

Heartless decision » Martha's Vineyard Times

Politics

L'Italien to seek Tsongas' congressional seat » Gloucester Times Democrat Barbara L'Italien is officially testing the waters for a bid for outgoing Rep. Niki Tsongas' congressional seat. …

Politicians bid farewell to former state auditor A. Joseph DeNucci » Boston Globe State House dignitaries from past and present gathered Wednesday morning at Our Lady Help of Christians church to pay their respects to A. Joseph DeNucci.…

Big Crowd Cheers Barrett at State Representative Campaign Kickoff » iBerkshires A standing-room-only crowd Wednesday packed the American Legion hall to help John Barrett III kick off his run for the state legislature. The former mayor is one of four Democrats running for the nom…

Light shed on charter ballot funds » Bay State Banner The New York-based organization that last year bankrolled an effort to lift Massachusetts' charter cap violated campaign law, according to the office of Campaign and Political Finance. When Families f…

County Commissioner Ron Beaty Exploring Run for Governor » Cape Cod Today Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty is exploring a run for governor.…

Sandwich Republican Lawyer Running for Attorney General » Cape Cod Today A Republican lawyer from Sandwich is throwing his hat into the ring to be Massachusetts' next attorney general.…

Milford's Kivior to lead Republican Town Committee » Wicked Local Milford Two days into his new role at the helm of the Republican Town Committee Wednesday, Christopher Kivior had two goals in mind: grow membership and raise money.…

Somerville mayoral race: Assembly required » Dig Boston Standing beside Gio the Lego giraffe just a few hours after the eclipse had passed overhead, Payton Corbett looks around, and mostly up, at the development of Assembly Row.…

Another Democrat takes step toward Third District race » Boston Globe State Senator Barbara L'Italien, an Andover Democrat, said Wednesday she was opening a congressional campaign exploratory committee, calling herself “off and running” for the state's Third…

L'Italien Formally Launches Committee to Explore Congressional Run » WHAV State Sen. Barbara L'Italien Wednesday said she has formally launched an exploratory committee—the first step toward running for the congressional seat currently held by Rep. Niki Tsongas. …

Chuck Turner backs candidate in council race » Boston Globe Sometimes you need a little help from a familiar friend. In the crowded City Council race for District 7, Kim Janey, a Boston education advocate, got a boost this week from the man who held that post …

Potential GOP U.S. Senate candidate John Kingston slams Elizabeth Warren for backing single-payer health care proposal » The Republican

Shark-hating Cape pol may challenge Charlie Baker in GOP primary » Boston Herald

Tran joins, Marino exits race for state Senate seat » Leominster Champion

L'Italien eyes Tsongas' seat » Boston Herald

State Sen. L'Italien eyeing run for Tsongas US House seat » Los Angeles Times

Public Health

Bill to expand access to dentistry picks up steam on Beacon Hill » Berkshire Eagle Claiming momentum in a fierce policy battle, lawmakers who favor a legal expansion of the scope of dentistry work so that more patients can be served say they are gaining ground on Beacon Hill.…

Program could halt 'revolving door' of jail facing those with mental illness » Newburyport News BOSTON – Looking for an exit from the “revolving door” of people with mental health disorders going back and forth from emergency rooms to the streets or jail, advocates asked lawma…

Aid-in-dying bill to receive hearing September 26 » WWLP 22 BOSTON (State House News Service) – The controversial issue of medical aid in dying will be the subject of a Public Health Committee hearing later this month as activists pursue additional end-…

Massachusetts leading the way in opioid education » WCVB Massachusetts is being recognized as a model for the nation in changing the way doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners and other prescribers are educated about opioids, triggered by an understanding t…

Public Safety

Late for court, a controversial sheriff has to answer to a judge » Boston Globe Thomas Hodgson, the tough-talking, hardline sheriff from Bristol County, found himself in an unusual position Wednesday, facing a federal judge who wanted to know why he had been two hours late to tes…

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson found not to be in contempt of court » South Coast Today Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson was found not to be in contempt of court by Judge William Young on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Boston.…

State Finance

House votes to override round of Governor Baker's FY18 line-item vetoes » WWLP 22 Lawmakers are acting on their plans to override Governor Charlie Baker's line item vetoes from this year's state budget. The House is starting by taking up statewide programs and services.…

State Government

Potential for voter fraud is high, but incidents are low » Wicked Local Topsfield During the lead-up to the 2016 election, Secretary of State William Galvin appeared in television commercials to tell Massachusetts residents they could register to vote online using just a driver's l…

Gov. Baker in Haverhill This Morning for Whittier Vo-Tech Ceremony » WHAV Gov. Charlie Baker is expected at 10:30, Thursday morning, at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School.…

Transportation

Lynn sets course for year-round ferry » Lynn Daily News Item Ferry service from Lynn to Boston could soon become a year-round option for commuters.…

Bridge connecting Charlestown and North End is about to get a makeover » Boston Globe Another big bridge in Boston is about to get a total makeover.…

Docs show new T GM has to show work for bonuses » Boston Herald The MBTA's new general manager must ramp up spending on key projects, hire a slew of new executives and ensure the system's trains and buses run on time more often to score up to $32,000 in bonuses on…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

To comply with civil rights agreement, Easthampton superintendent names interim diversity officer » The Republican

Steve Kerrigan considering a run for Niki Tsongas' congressional seat » The Republican

Massachusetts shouldn't go 'the way of Connecticut' on so-called millionaires tax in 2018, Steve Forbes says ahead of Springfield Public Forum » The Republican

In what state do women earn the most money? Massachusetts » The Republican

John Hancock names its first-ever female CEO » Boston Business Journal

House readies $275 million in budget veto overrides » State House News Service

Massachusetts slows growth in health care spending » The Republican

Sen. L'Italien ready to run for Congressional seat » State House News Service

Massachusetts legislature set to review physician-assisted suicide » The Daily Free Press

After Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinds consumer protections, Massachusetts mulls more regulations for student loan industry » The Republican

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