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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Must-Reads

Gina Raimondo announces program to pay DACA renewal costs for every 'Dreamer' in Rhode Island » Boston.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says more than $170,000 has been secured to cover the renewal fees for local recipients of a program that shields from deportation immigr…

One on One: Deborah B. Goldberg, Massachusetts state treasurer » Worcester Telegram Deborah B. Goldberg is responsible for safeguarding the state's money, but she likes to call herself a grocer. That's because Ms. Goldberg, a former Brookline selectman, hails from the family that bui…

Political campaigns prep for battle with hackers » Politico Candidates are quizzing prospective campaign managers on anti-hacking plans. Democratic committees like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which was breached last year, have switched int…

Fourth Dem raising $$$ in bid to succeed Tsongas » State House News Service Lori Trahan, a Westford resident who served as chief of staff to former Congressman Rep. Marty Meehan, has launched a fundraising effort to succeed Rep. Niki Tsongas in Congress.…

State House stop planned for MBTA privatization debate » State House News Service The skirmish over outsourcing the work of some MBTA bus maintenance garages will get a full airing on Beacon Hill next month when a Senate committee plans to call management and union officials togeth…

Obamacare Repeal, Thought Dead in July, May Be Revived in Senate » The New York Times A long-shot effort by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy to repeal the Affordable Care Act got new life on Monday, with a showdown vote possible soon.…

Facebook's openness on Russia questioned by congressional investigators » The Washington Post House and Senate investigators have grown increasingly concerned that Facebook is withholding key information that could illuminate the shape and extent of a Russian propaganda campaign aimed at tilti…

This Just Might Be The Most Painfully Awkward Campaign Ad Ever Made » The Huffington Post A video to promote the fledgling campaign of a Democratic hopeful in Virginia is going viral — but for all the wrong reasons. …

The Latest Health Care Repeal Plan Would Give States Sweeping Discretion » The New York Times In a new Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have released a plan that would essentially allow states to come u…

"I appreciate their efforts to keep the lines of communication open, and I have no doubt that MGM remains fully committed to Springfield," Ramos said in a statement. "They have been a great partner thus far; and I only expect that partnership to strengthen as we continue to make progress on the biggest economic development project in Western Massachusetts history."

Springfield City Council President Orlando Ramos

Speaking about the MGM casino planned for Springfield Massachusetts.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are testing Democrats' left turn » Boston Globe It took a few minutes to find an opening, but when it came, Sen. Elizabeth Warren did not squander her best chance…

Markey: Senate Dems unsure if they can block GOP on health care » State House News Service

Business

MIT's new investing Engine raises $200 million » Boston Globe When the founders of Analytical Space first visited venture capitalists in an attempt to raise money for their project aimed at improving satellite communication, they ran into a common obstacle for s…

Political Notes: Cyr named to retail task force » Cape Cod Times BOSTON — Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, has appointed state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, to the Senate Task Force on Strengthening Massachusetts Local Retail.…

With $200 Million, MIT's The Engine Makes Its First Investments In 'Tough Tech' » WBUR The MIT-powered investment fund and accelerator The Engine is up and running, with its first seven investments in startups ranging from aerospace to genetic engineering.…

Equifax 'knew about vulnerabilities' in system for months, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey alleges in lawsuit » The Republican

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Rep. Angelo Puppolo to tour Friendly's HQs in Wilbraham » MassLive

Boston sports teams will soon begin playing anti-racism PSA at home games » WEEI

Civil Rights

Boston teams to join forces against a common foe: racism » Boston Globe Two racially charged incidents at Fenway Park, on consecutive nights in May, made it clear to the city's sports and civic leaders that they had to do something to address a problem that has haunted Bo…

Education

A look ahead: Five issues to watch in Massachusetts education » Berkshire Eagle Massachusetts has always been on the forefront when it comes to education, be it progress, reform or innovation.…

Environment

Katahdin, marine monument may get less protection under Trump » Boston Globe US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump make significant changes to 10 national monuments, including proposals to allow commercial fishing in a protected expanse off Cape…

Activists urge legislators to support 'Green Bank' » The Recorder A group of more than 70 elected officials and environmental activists — including several from the Franklin County area — together with 70 grass-roots organizations from around Massachus…

Local, state officials seek large-scale composting changes » The Metro West Daily News In front of a panel of legislators at the MassWildlife headquarters on Monday morning, Northborough Selectman Jeff Amberson argued that a large-scale composting operation at the Davidian Bros. Farm pr…

Gaming

MGM Announces Plan for Waterfront Casino in Bridgeport » Hartford Courant MGM Resorts International announced ambitious plans Monday for a $675 million casino and entertainment complex in Bridgeport's Steelpointe Harbor area, a move that opens up a new front in the state's …

Health Care

Dental office chain with Fall River location to repay $1.375 million for fraudulent claims » Herald News A complaint of improper billing practices brought forward by a whistleblower in a Fall River dentist office has been resolved, attorneys recently announced.…

Panel begins examining problems at VA hospital in N.H. » Boston Globe Members of Congress Monday grilled the leaders of the Manchester VA Medical Center, asking why it took media reports and a congressional hearing to expose conditions that severely threaten the health …

5 things to know about Sage's must-win drug trials in postpartum depression » STAT News The failure of the brexanolone phase 3 clinical trial in severe epilepsy announced Tuesday bent, but did not break, Sage's stock price. The company is getting a second chance to prove the therapeutic …

Baker: Resist newest Obamacare repeal bid » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker reaffirmed his opposition Monday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare in the U.S. Senate, using his time in Chicago at a two-day policy summit to try to rally Republic…

Hearing Examines Complaints About Manchester Veterans Hospital » WBUR The regional director for veterans hospitals across New England faced criticism Monday as a congressional subcommittee began examining problems at the Manchester VA Medical Center.…

Key Governor Backs Obamacare Repeal Bill » Governing

5 drug manufacturers, 3 distributors now in sights of investigation by attorneys general, including Maura Healey » The Republican

Housing

Polito: Worcester Housing's A Better Life program to expand to four more cities » Worcester Mag Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced today $389,000 in planning grants to four cities – Gloucester, Taunton, New Bedford and Chelsea – to expand on the controversial but largely successful A …

Proposed bill changes requirements for homeless families needing assistance » My Fox Boston A state law requiring homeless people seeking housing to spend a night in a place not fit for human habitation is coming under fired.…

Tax credit extensions included in $1.7 bil housing bond » State House News Service

Tax credit extensions included in $1.7B housing bond » The Salem News

Human Services

Closing offers 'silver lining' » Worcester Telegram One good thing, at least, came out of the closing of Noodles & Company in the White City Shopping Center.…

Dedication ceremony for Agawam 'Soldier On' facility brings hope and homes to vets » Mass Live Soldier On, the Pittsfield-based nonprofit dedicated to ending veteran homelessness by providing permanent, supportive, sustainable housing, held a dedication ceremony Monday afternoon at the Gordon H…

At A Beleaguered Field In Dorchester, Efforts To Create A Positive Place » WBUR An organization founded to ease racial tensions among Boston teenagers is trying to make a field in Dorchester a destination.…

Immigration

California Poised to Be a 'Sanctuary State.' Will Others Follow? » Governing

Judiciary

Norfolk DA asking SJC to reconsider Milton High School gun case » Patriot Ledger

Labor

Economics professor endorse push for $15 minimum wage » The Salem News As activists ramp up their push to raise the minimum wage again, economists from many of the state's public and private universities are rallying to the cause, supporting a $15 an hour minimum wage as…

Legislative

Rep. Jennifer Benson joins Women In Government board » Wicked Local Acton Women In Government announced the appointment of Massachusetts State Rep. Jennifer Benson, D-Lunenburg, to the board of directors as an At Large Member for the Eastern Region.…

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- Watching the Vienna sausage get made » Milford Daily News The Legislature continued the budget process for Fiscal Year Two Thousand Infinity last week -- well, half the Legislature.…

Tewksbury to Beacon Hill, Miceli still passionate about the work » State House News Service State Rep. Jim Miceli recently made a stop at the Tewksbury Senior Center on a sunny day. Before he even exited his vehicle, the faces of residents in the area lit up. They recognized the car and made…

Local Government

Council advised to discuss GCET matters in closed session » The Recorder The town's attorney believes Town Council should convene in executive session when it subpoenas witnesses to answer questions about the town's quasi-municipal internet service provider Wednesday.…

Ex-DCR official takes out papers for Braintree council seat » Patriot Ledger A late-entrant into Nov. 7 town election field could take the place of a veteran town councilor. Matthew Sisk, a former deputy commissioner of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, had …

DigitalTown to Offer Stock Market-Style Shares in Web Portals to City Residents » Government Technology

Marijuana

LETTER: 'The Yes Side Is Not Being Intellectually Honest' » Framingham Patch It's a shame that that the YES on Sept. 19 campaign is unwilling to have an honest, fact-based debate on the issue of cannabis in our community.…

'Puff bus' eyes route to Mass. » Boston Herald A Colorado company is eyeing Massachusetts to operate “mobile cannabis lounges” where customers hitch a ride on a party bus and smoke or vape weed to their hearts' content as the bus tours…

Opinion

Sanctuary story was misleading » The Salem News Christian Wade's misleading piece in the Salem News on 9/1/17, “Sanctuary cities face federal funding loss,” creates the impression the Sanctuary for Peace ordinance puts Salem's federal f…

We can't wait for Robert Mueller to issue his findings » Boston Globe Alexander Hamilton, the great expositor of the Constitution, wrote that impeachment will “proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some publi…

Sean Spicer's lies aren't so funny » Boston Globe What's more outrageous? A cameo TV appearance by Sean Spicer, whose brief career as White House press secretary was dominated by the often ridiculous lies told on behalf of President Trump?…

An open letter to Congress: Impeach Trump » Boston Globe Dear Massachusetts members of the US House of Representatives: As your supporters and constituents, we ask you to call upon the House Judiciary Committee to launch an impeachment investigation against…

The Opioid Crisis in Massachusetts » The Valley Patriot If spending $71M ( 2010) to drive addicts to their next 'fix' over a 2 year period doesn't prompt Massachusetts voters to act then, what will?…

Our Opinion: Spectrum, FCC aren't doing right by county » Berkshire Eagle Obviously, Founding Father Thomas Jefferson lacked any frame of reference to even fantasize about what life might be like in the television age. Words he wrote at the dawn of our nation's existence, h…

Judith Enck: Climate Change And Hurricanes » WAMC

Politics

Marty Walsh races out to huge lead » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh holds a whopping 31-point lead over challenger Tito Jackson, with the mayor even trouncing Jackson in his home neighborhood of Roxbury, a new Emerson College poll shows.…

Trahan appears eager to follow in the footsteps of her former boss » The Valley Dispatch Lori Trahan, a consulting firm CEO who served as Marty Meehan's chief of staff when he was a congressman, appears to be positioning herself to replace in Congress the woman who replaced Meehan, Rep. N…

State Rep. Shawn Dooley announces new chief of staff » Wicked Local Medway State Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, announced the hiring of his new chief of staff, William Rigdon.…

Voters get last chance to register for special election » Eagle Tribune Residents who want a say in choosing Haverhill's next state representative have until Wednesday to register to vote.…

Here's Who's On The Ballot For Boston's Preliminary Election » WBUR Boston voters will head to the polls on Sept. 26 for the city's preliminary municipal election.…

All eyes on District 9 » Dig Boston It's been a long time since Mark Ciommo faced a serious challenge for his Boston City Council seat. The councilor representing the city's 9th district—the Allston-Brighton neighborhood—h…

Election special: The sweet smell of incumbency » Dig Boston This fall, some Bostonians will pretend that holding office isn't always the best way to win elections around here.…

The Root 100: Tito H. Jackson » The Root Tito H. Jackson isn't interested in taking the easy route. The Boston City Council member could easily be re-elected for a fifth time in November, but instead he's running against incumbent Marty Wals…

Can Tito Jackson Reassemble Mel King's 1983 Coalition? » WGBH Bostonians will awaken on Wednesday, September 27 to two faces on the front page of their newspapers and at the top of their news broadcasts: the winners of the preliminary election to serve as mayor …

'Payaso' turns run into political circus » Boston Herald The mysterious clown running for City Council has been unmasked as former mayoral candidate and Hub developer Kevin McCrea — and he's loaned his campaign $1 million of his own money to bankroll…

The dog-eat-dog world of politics takes a bite out of Heroux » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Paul Heroux is paying a bloody price for his dogged door-to-door campaigning.…

Westford resident launches campaign for Tsongas seat » Wicked Local Littleton

Keller @ Large: Grass Isn't Always Greener On Other Side » CBS Boston

Public Health

Kalter: 'Forbidden topic' plagues nurses » Boston Herald David Kelly had worked at Tufts Medical Center for seven years when one split-second decision changed the course of his life: While on the clock, he injected himself with a small dose of morphine thro…

Attorney General Maura Healey talks toll of opioid epidemic with Berkshire leaders » Berkshire Eagle Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey pulled together a group of a dozen community stakeholders on Monday morning, for "a candid conversation" about the opioid epidemic and substance addiction i…

Healey Told Resources Lacking to Combat Opioid Epidemic » iBerkshires Northern Berkshire has been knitting together a wide array of agencies and organizations to combat an opioid epidemic that's devastated communities. Its leaders, including Mayor Richard Alcombright, h…

Mass AG Gauges Opioid Crisis In Northern Berkshires » WAMC State Attorney General Maura Healey says Massachusetts should be doing more to combat the opioid crisis. …

Network exemption sought to help mental health patients » The Salem News Rep. Ruth Balser, a Newton Democrat, has filed legislation (H 484) that would allow patients receiving a continuing course of treatment from a mental health provider to continue to see their doctor ev…

Public Safety

The Latest Trend in Reducing Recidivism: Keeping Mothers and Children Together » Governing

State Government

Maura Healey criticizes Trump, encourages people to 'get involved' while speaking at Smith College in Northampton » Mass Live "The Constitution is the most powerful ally you can imagine," said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, speaking Monday afternoon at Smith College's Weinstein Auditorium in Northampton. …

Women Are Scarce in Governors' and AG Offices. Democrats Aim to Change That. » Governing

Swampscott, Gov. Charlie Baker sign 300th Community Compact agreement » Wicked Local Swampscott

The Constitution as savior: AG Healey speaks at Smith » Gazette Net

Taxation

Lawmakers revisit plan to tax short-term rentals » Eagle Tribune Lawmakers are revisiting a stalled plan to tax and regulate short-term rental units, with a legislative panel recommending a 5 percent levy on overnight stays of 31 days or less.…

Transportation

Local lawmakers push for feasibility study of Springfield to Boston commuter rail » WWLP 22 BOSTON (WWLP) – Lawmakers on the state's Joint Committee on Transportation heard from the public Monday on several bills dealing with public transit, airports, and naming bridges.…

Hearing on Fairmount Line rapid-transit pilot Monday » Dorchester Reporter Legislators will hold a hearing Monday on state Rep. Evandro Carvalho's bill proposing a two-year pilot to bring the Fairmount Line closer to a rapid-transit standard.…

Train frequency pitched as way to boost Fairmount Line use » Dorchester Reporter The Fairmount Line is unique in the MBTA's commuter rail system, running almost entirely within Boston and serving a ridership that is primarily black and Latino.…

Walsh and MBTA are already talking about winter — and it's still September » Boston Globe It's arguably a worse offense than jamming pumpkin-spiced products of all kinds onto store shelves well before the first leaf falls from a tree: Talking about the scourge of winter in mid-September, w…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

Meet Massachusetts's Pro-Legalization Marijuana Regulator » Forbes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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