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Today on Beacon Hill

8:15am National Association of State Treasurers Annual Conference, Boston Marriott Long Wharf

10:00am Department of Public Utilities Hearing, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston

10:00am Chapter 224 Advisory Council Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, Boston

10:30am MBTA Anti-Privatization Rally, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

10:30am Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board Meeting, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

12:00pm Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

6:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Andy Vargas

6:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Haverhill City Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O'Brien


How US states are fighting inequality with a “millionaire tax” » NewStatesman Donald Trump is often characterised as an “economic populist”. Many attribute his election victory to voters disillusioned with free market capitalism and the Republican mainstream. Yet hi…

An Open Letter to Joseph Arpaio's Attorneys » LawFare Last week, I wrote an op-ed in The Boston Globe suggesting that a private attorney should be appointed to challenge the constitutionality of former Sheriff Joseph Arpaio's pardon—a suggestion t…

Democratic candidates make cases to WMass voters, take aim at Gov. Charlie Baker at 1st gubernatorial debate » MassLive Despite making the case for their respective gubernatorial campaigns, Democrats seeking the corner office on Beacon Hill offered a unified front in their party's effort to defeat incumbent Republican …

MBTA mechanics launch campaign against potential vendors » State House News Service Their jobs threatened by a privatization push, MBTA mechanics on Monday will launch an ad-fueled campaign targeting companies that could be in line to take over the transit authority's bus maintenance…

Our Revolution drops Somerville mayoral candidate's endorsement » Boston Globe Payton Corbett's long-shot ambitions to replace Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone got a bit longer this week. …

Rep. Kevin Kuros to challenge longtime Register of Deeds Anthony Vigliotti » Worcester Telegram State Rep. Kevin J. Kuros of Uxbridge plans to challenge longtime Worcester Register of Deeds Anthony J. Vigliotti next year, saying it's time to bring a fresh perspective to the position. …

Trump Lawyers Clash Over How Much to Cooperate With Russia Inquiry » The New York Times President Trump's legal team is wrestling with how much to cooperate with the special counsel looking into Russian election interference, an internal debate that led to an angry confrontation last wee…

California marijuana services firm sets up shop in Boston, joins Chamber of Commerce » Boston Globe Weedmaps, one of the country's larger and more established marijuana firms, is going all-in on Massachusetts and its new recreational pot market.…

The marijuana war has gone local, and pot advocates are losing — badly » Boston Globe The fight over the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts isn't over. But one side has already gone home.…

Legislature declares California will be a 'sanctuary state' » Los Angeles Times California lawmakers on Saturday passed a Senate bill that would turn the state into a sanctuary for immigrants without legal residency in the country, part of a broader push by Democrats to counter e…

A Political Push for Affordable Housing » The New York Times Last week the California Legislature passed 15 housing bills in a sweeping attempt to tame the state's astronomical cost of living. Each bill has a different target, but they all aim to increase the p…

"We believe that the way you succeed in public life is by being tough on the issues and soft on the people," Baker said, to applause. "Too much of what goes on these days and passes for public discourse, isn't discourse at all," he continued. "It's just character assassination and questioning people's motives. Stuff that doesn't actually move the commonwealth forward."

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about partisanship at the Shrewsbury end of summer picnic.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Region left out of White House appointments » Eagle Tribune President Bill Clinton reached across the political aisle in 1997 to tap Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld to be ambassador to Mexico, even though the confirmation was ultimately blocked in the U.S. Senate…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Democrats working with President Donald Trump on DACA: 'Yay!' » Mass Live What does U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a progressive Democrat from Massachusetts, think about Republican President Donald Trump collaborating with Democratic leadership on immigration?…

Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey introducing bills in reaction to Equifax data breach » Democratic senators from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are pushing bills after credit reporting company Equifax announced 143 million Americans had their information exposed— incl…


For Boston, deeper waters to mean deeper pockets » Boston Herald A $350 million project to deepen Boston Harbor for giant container ships, years in the making, has finally begun, and setting the stage for billions of dollars in added economic impact, officials said…

Should you have to give up privacy to recycle a printer cartridge? » Boston Globe Kathie Florsheim is a committed environmentalist with a hybrid car and a set of rain-collection barrels outside her East Providence home.…

It's not your imagination. It is getting more expensive to eat out » Boston Globe It's the pricey salads in the downtown lunch places that get to Robert Hughes, a private banker. “You get this premade salad — the Subway of salads — and you think, 'This is not a …

Speaker Robert DeLeo backs Suffolk Downs for Amazon HQ » Mass Live House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, is urging Amazon to consider building its second headquarters at Suffolk Downs in Boston.…

Globe comes clean » Commonwealth Magazine The Boston Globe aired its dirty linen in public over the weekend, running a front-page story that revealed the newspaper is still a long way from resolving problems with its printing presses in Taunt…

Boston begins deepening harbor to facilitate more commerce » State House News Service

Civil Rights

Marty Walsh keeps church, state apart in flag flap » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he'll continue to block a Christian group from raising a religious flag at City Hall Plaza despite the threat of a lawsuit, citing separation of church and state — an…


26 Boston schools at risk of being declared 'underperforming' » Boston Globe More than two dozen schools in Boston with low standardized test scores are at risk of being declared “underperforming” by the state, an action that can lead to the removal of principals a…

Student Groups At Harvard Call On School To Reinstate Manning Fellowship, Apologize » WBUR Twelve student groups at Harvard are calling on the university to reinstate former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning as a visiting fellow. …


Draft suggests opening for commercial fishing in monument area » South Coast Today

Health Care

Nursing homes struggling to make money » Sentinel & Enterprise Bill Reidt recalls that when he got his start in long-term nursing care more than 30 years ago, there were hundreds more facilities throughout the state than there are now.…

MGH Team In Texas To Treat Patients Hit By Harvey And By Chronic Health Problems » WGBH A medical team from Massachusetts General Hospital is in the small city of Rosenberg, Texas, about 45 minutes southwest of Houston. The city was badly flooded during Tropical Storm Harvey when the Bra…

Network exemption sough to help mental health patients » State House News Service


Boston's problem properties often bring down its neighborhoods » Boston Globe Frustrated neighbors had complained to city officials for nearly a decade about rats, trash, late-night drug use, and rotted debris at a vacant Dorchester triple-decker on Marie Street. …

State puts up $389k to expand Worcester Housing Authority's 'Better Life' program » Worcester Telegram


Berkshires-based Raise Up Mass backs $15 minimum wage, paid leave ballot effort » Berkshire Eagle A small, enthusiastic group of community leaders has kicked off the Berkshires effort to get a $15 minimum wage and paid family and medical leave in Massachusetts.…

Economics professors endorse push for $15 minimum wage » State House News Service


DeLeo assures biz House will check bills with "good intentions" » State House News Service You've got a friend in me. Randy Newman made the saying famous in "Toy Story," and House Speaker Robert DeLeo was feeding off that vibe on Friday morning in Waltham.…

Local Government

City Celebrates 'Ernie DiBurro Day' with Opening of New Clubhouse » WHAV Officials credited DiBurro's vision, financial backing and even daily stints as the project's clerk of the works for making the clubhouse possible. The new 5,000-square-foot building provides rooms fo…

Oh, man! Town might change Board of Selectmen to Selectwomen » AP News A Massachusetts town says it will consider changing the name of its governing body from the Board of Selectmen to the Board of Selectwomen.…


City manager: Limit Worcester pot shops to 15; 3% local tax on sales » Worcester Telegram City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. wants to limit the number of establishments selling recreational marijuana here to 15 with a 3 percent local tax assessed on those sales.…

Meet Massachusetts's Pro-Legalization Marijuana Regulator » Forbes


There may come a day when the robots have their say » Boston Globe Annalee Newitz correctly identifies sentience and ability to suffer as traditionally recognized characteristics of beings deserving of rights (“Robots need civil rights, too,” Ideas, Sept.…

Our (un)imperiled democracy » Boston Globe A friend used the phrase “our imperiled democracy” in a recent message, and the words caught me up short. I don't view what passes for American democracy as imperiled.…

There are no (D)s or (R)s after storm names » Boston Globe Despite the broken politics of Washington and the denial of science that makes up the daily reality show of the White House, two lessons I learned a long time ago — one as a student, one as a s…

A reasonable exception for the homeless » Boston Globe When Ivelisse Florentino found herself homeless, she was granted emergency housing assistance in Haverhill, even though her kids attend public schools in Boston and she doesn't have a car.…

Michael Dover: Must take action to meet climate accord goals » Gazette Net Hurricanes Irma and Harvey wreaked enormous damage to islands in the Caribbean as well as to the United States. In the midst of the havoc, it is critical that we heed the climate scientists who say th…

Can Amazon deliver what Boston needs? » Boston Globe We lost the insurer Aetna, which chose New York, and also the software company Red Hat, which decided to stay in Raleigh, N.C. Amazon is the latest HQ that's up for grabs, with as many as 50,000 new …

Editorial: Monday mix on grieving the loss of a pet; a victim's voice; adult education funds » Gazette Net Kudos to state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst for leading other western Massachusetts legislators in convincing the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that its formu…

Carr: Chelsea Manning, fellow, or just a felon? » Boston Herald Harvard's big mistake with Chelsea Manning was that the Beautiful People at Camelot High didn't think of him — I mean, her — as a traitor.…

Editorial: A Crimson letter » Boston Herald So what part of “traitor” do you suppose the folks at Harvard didn't understand?…

Baker and Trump Actually Share One Attribute:  'Nixonian Habits' » New Boston Post

East-West rail should be a campaign topic (Editorial) » Mass Live


Vargas announces Boston fundraiser in quest for state seat » Eagle Tribune In his pursuit of the Democratic nomination for the special election for the 3rd Essex District seat, City Councilor Andy Vargas is getting support from outside the city.…

Gov. Charlie Baker decries political squabbling, breaks bread with supporters at Shrewsbury end-of-summer picnic » MassLive Imagine a pull-string toy of Massachusetts' popular, politically moderate Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. …

Charlestown, a neighborhood in flux, becomes political battleground » Boston Globe They come from East Boston's waterfront and airport communities, and the North End's Hanover Street. …

Democratic Candidates For Massachusetts Governor Hold First Debate » New England Public Radio In the first debate among Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor, the three 2018 hopefuls spoke in support of western Mass. infrastructure projects, while slamming the incumbent, Republican …

Public Health

Amid opioid crisis, insurers restrict less-addictive but pricier painkillers » Boston Globe At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide co…

Public Safety

Environmental Police director's staff overhaul draws scrutiny » Lowell Sun Four months into his tenure as director of the Massachusetts Environmental Police, Col. James McGinn sent word to his superiors that he was planning a shakeup of the agency's management.…

Complaint filed against town of Warren by Patrolman's Associatio - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM » Western Mass News An investigation is underway after the Warren Patrolman's Association filed a complaint against the town claiming that their employees have been underpaid.…

State Government

Some Attleboro voters will be entitled to two ballots Tuesday » The Sun Chronicle About half of Attleboro's voters will have the rare experience of participating in two different elections Tuesday. …


Transportation Committee to mull bill on T, Keolis deal » Boston Herald A state lawmaker's proposal to launch an independent probe into the MBTA's $2.69 billion commuter rail agreement goes before a legislative committee today, threatening to ramp up scrutiny on the contr…

Bus mechanics slam bonus for MBTA boss » Boston Globe Bus mechanics for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, who have been fighting the agency's plan to outsource some of the repair work to private companies, now say the T's new general manage…

Meter plan peters out » Boston Herald Boston drivers could get relief from sky-high parking meter fees in Hub hot spots like Newbury Street or the Seaport District by the end of the year after Mayor Martin J. Walsh found the peak pricing …

New MBTA chief: Contrary to public opinion, "we care" » State House News Service

Train frequency pitched as way to boost Fairmount Line use » Dorchester Reporter

Weekend News

Stakes are high as Alnylam awaits results from novel rare disease therapy » STAT News A $7 billion market valuation and the credibility of the entire field of RNA interference drug development is riding on the results of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals' (ALNY) next big clinical trial.…

Democrats hope to use charter school campaign against Baker » Democrats looking for a political toehold in their campaign to unseat Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in next year's election have seized on the revelation that Baker's education chairman made a previou…

VA hospitals flooded with complaints about care » Boston Globe Nursing home residents at the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center can go many hours without food or languish in bed wearing only soiled sheets. The oldest buildings on the campus 25 miles north of…

It's been one problem after another for Globe presses » Boston Globe At 9 o'clock one recent weeknight at The Boston Globe's new, $75 million printing plant, the powerful hum of one of the massive presses abruptly wound down to an anxious silence.…

Increasingly, foreign students are choosing Canada over US » Boston Globe Melanie Backal grew up in the bustling capital city of Bogota, Colombia, but for college she wanted to try something new. …

Northborough: Complaints of composting operation prompts Senate bill » Wicked Local Nigel MacClancy lives three quarters of a mile away from the Davidian Bros. Farm composting site on Green Street, but he's not immune to the smell.…

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Budget tensions not fully gone from Leominster » The Sentinel & Enterprise THOUGH THE CROWDS at meetings have shrunk and the outrage on social media has subsided to a degree, tensions from this year's budget season are still popping up in Leominster. …

Democratic candidates make cases to WMass voters, take aim at Gov. Charlie Baker at 1st gubernatorial debate » Mass Live Despite making the case for their respective gubernatorial campaigns, Democrats seeking the corner office on Beacon Hill offered a unified front in their party's effort to defeat incumbent Republican …

Loss of Channel 22 topic of talk with Charter Spectrum » Berkshire Eagle A Springfield TV station's content is gone from Charter Spectrum line-ups in the Berkshires. …

Editorial: The truth on testing » Boston Herald At a hearing last week on a bill that would impose a three-year moratorium on the MCAS test, one teacher said she wants someone held “accountable” for the loss of instruction and special e…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 9/18

8:15am National Association of State Treasurers Annual Conference, Boston Marriott Long Wharf

10:00am Department of Public Utilities Hearing, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston

10:00am Chapter 224 Advisory Council Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, Boston

10:30am MBTA Anti-Privatization Rally, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

10:30am Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board Meeting, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

12:00pm Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

6:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Andy Vargas

6:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Haverhill City Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O'Brien

Tuesday - 9/19

9:00am Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Great Hall & Grand Staircase, State House

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Housing

12:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

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

5:00pm Northampton City Clerk Candidate Pamela Powers Campaign Kick-Off

5:30pm Town Hall with Congressmen Jim McGovern and Mark Pocan, First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main Street, Northampton

6:00pm National Association of State Treasurers Reception, Second & Third Floor, State House

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

6:30pm A Better Cambridge City Council Candidate Forum, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge

6:30pm Town Hall with Senator Eric Lesser, 91 Claudias Way, Ludlow

8:00pm Preliminary Election Night Party with Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone

State Primary for Special Election for Sen. James Timilty's seat

Wednesday - 9/20

9:00am MOAR Recovery Day March and Celebration, Mass. Organization for Addiction Recovery, 29 Winter Street, 2nd Floor, Boston

10:00am Governor's Council Meeting, Governor's Council Chambers, State House

10:00am Families for Justice as Healing & Human Impact Partners Press Conference, Brookview House, 2 Brookview Street, Dorchester

10:30am Sen. Joe Boncore and Rep. Adrian Madaro Airport Emergency Training Bill Press Conference, Room 222, State House

11:00am Municipal Finance Oversight Board Meeting, Room 230, State House

12:00pm Turkic Cultural Day, Grand Staircase, State House

1:00pm Mass. Water Resources Authority Board of Directors Meeting, Charlestown Navy Yard, 100 First Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston

2:00pm Special Commission on the Commonwealth's Time Zone, Room 222

6:00pm Rep. Dan Ryan's "Summer's Not Over Yet!" Celebration

6:00pm Fundraiser for Lowell City Council Candidate Sokhary Chau

6:00pm Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley's 38th Birthday Celebration

6:30pm Fundraiser for Brockton School Committee Candidate Ray Henningson

6:30pm Meet & Greet with Medford Mayoral Candidate David McKillop, Sr.

Thursday - 9/21

9:00am State Ethics Commission Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 6th Floor, Boston

9:00am Mass. Town Clerks Association Fall Conference, Sheraton Hotel, One Monarch Place, Springfield

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

2:00pm Senate Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Oversight Hearing

5:30pm Fundraiser for Lowell City Councilor Dan Rourke

5:30pm Congressman Jim McGovern's Annual Fundraiser

6:00pm Fundraiser for Haverhill City Council Candidate Fred Simmons

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Haverhill City Council Candidate Hartell Johnson

6:30pm Fundraiser for Brockton School Committee Candidate Mark D'Agostino

Friday - 9/22

11:00am Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Public Hearing

Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross



Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

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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