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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Rail Safety Week Press Conference, 700 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

10:00am Brain Aneurysm Awareness Day, Grand Staircase, State House

10:30am Mass. State Lottery Commission Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 12th Floor, Boston

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

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

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

5:00pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz

6:00pm Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Mass. Clean Energy Future Tour

Must-Reads

SJC to weigh if courts can force sobriety on drug users » Boston Globe The first time Julie Eldred violated her probation by using drugs, the judge gave her a break, sending her to a treatment program instead of the women's prison in Framingham.…

Arroyo calls harassment charges an effort to damage his reputation » Boston Globe Felix G. Arroyo, the city's former health services chief, is defiantly rejecting allegations that he sexually harassed a woman under his supervision, saying that he never created a hostile work enviro…

Dems launch $15M campaign for lawyers to take on Trump » Politico Democratic attorneys general, aiming to take on the Trump administration on a growing number of fronts, are planning to spend $10 million to $15 million to elect more of their own next year.…

The data debunk the Taxachusetts myth » Boston Globe Taxes in Massachusetts aren't high. Compared with the rest of the country, they're pretty average. And among New England states, only New Hampshire has a lower overall tax rate.…

The Upcoming Supreme Court Cases That Matter Most to States and Localities » Governing In the term that starts Oct. 2, the justices will hear cases that could drastically alter the country's political, financial and social landscape. …

Framingham Election: It's a Mad, Mad Race » Boston Magazine “Scene of the crime” isn't exactly what comes to mind when you walk through the drab-yet-cheerful lobby of the Framingham Public Library. Yet it was here, on a typical Saturday morning, wh…

Cambridge city councilor files paperwork to run for 3rd District seat » Lowell Sun Nadeem Mazen, a Cambridge city councilor who grew up in Andover, has filed paperwork to run for the 3rd Congressional District when U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas steps away in 2018.…

"And you know, most days, the MBTA's reliable here. It's just that when something happens, it gets spotlighted by the press so bad, that it's like, it makes it sound like it's crumbling. It definitely needs infrastructure upgrades and I said that yesterday at the Chamber,"

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Talking about the MBTA and if it can accommodate the influx of employees Amazon might bring.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Susan Collins leaves GOP health care bill close to collapse » Boston Globe With time running short, the latest plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act teetered closer to collapse Sunday, even as the White House and the proposal's backers tried to win over reluctan…

Business

The Biotech Devil's Dictionary: Your guide to the inanities of industry jargon » STAT News Biotech can be a breeding ground for jargon, coded language, and outright nonsense, as investors and scientists probe the depths of linguistic absurdity to explain why the thing they do is just that m…

Keller @ Large: Catching Up With Boston Globe's Jim O'Sullivan » CBS Boston With a mayoral race coming up and the preliminary election being held on Tuesday, WBZ political analyst Jon Keller sat down with ace Boston Globe political reporter Jim O'Sullivan to set the scene.…

Massachusetts considers expanding consumer credit protections after Equifax breach » The Republican

Arts in Massachusetts employs 150,000, generates $1.4 billion in income » The Republican

Jobs data cited to promote arts economy » Herald News

Education

Worcester State fundraising effort raises nearly $17 million » Worcester Mag Worcester State University has raised $16.9 million through a recently-completed five-year Change Lives Campaign, exceeding its $15-million goal.…

Environment

As Disasters Grow More Frequent, How Should States and Cities Prepare? » Governing

Gaming

Powerball pot lifts lottery sales » State House News Service

Health Care

Revised Graham-Cassidy Bill Would Benefit States of Holdout Senators » Governing Senate Republicans have updated their last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill in an effort to win over skeptical party members ahead of a key deadline this week, according to a copy obtained by POLITICO on S…

Many with chronic illness denied prescriptions in fight against opioids » Worcester Telegram The symptoms came out of the blue, cropping up two years ago with agonizing abdominal pain that flared up and then, after a time, briefly subsided. The pain became worse after eating, causing nausea a…

Human Services

Hundreds on Common join in show of peace » Boston Herald More than 1,600 people gathered on the Common yesterday in the hopes of setting the world record for largest human peace symbol as part of an effort to bring people together, heal social divisions and…

Judiciary

Case Asks If It's Constitutional To Require Someone On Probation To Remain Drug-Free » WBUR Massachusetts' highest court soon takes up a controversial case that raises provocative questions about the criminal justice system and addiction.…

Scott D. Peterson of Hingham is Associate Justice of District Court » Wicked Local Hingham Governor Charlie Baker nominated Peterson, who is an experienced litigator who represented nonprofits and small and medium-sized businesses in legal disputes across the Commonwealth.…

Amherst resident Karen Goodwin inducted as Hampden Superior Court judge in Springfield » The Republican

Legislative

House votes to overrule Baker vetoes » Lowell Sun This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives' votes on several of the roll calls from Sept. 13 overriding Gov. Charlie Baker's cuts of $320 million in spending. …

Bill would make it illegal to lie in political ads » Sentinel & Enterprise A Lowell-area representative's bill, which would effectively make it illegal for a political advertisement to include any false information, will appear before a legislative committee this week, thoug…

Local Government

A nation's horror, and strength » Lowell Sun The Khmer Rouge's reign -- which sent thousands of refugees to Lowell, Long Beach, California, and elsewhere -- took place just as the Vietnam War came to an end, when Americans' attention wasn't like…

In the Berkshires, does regional sustainability mean a return to county government? » the Berkshire edge The concept has been raised several times since Berkshire County ceased to have a government of its own, but it's gained some currency since a regional education task force put forward a controversial…

New this election: High school students as poll workers » Dorchester Reporter Boston voters will see some new faces when they arrive at their polling locations next Tuesday. City high school students have been recruited to help set-up, greet voters and prepare ballots for pick …

Brookfield man suing town over order to remove sign » Worcester Telegram A local resident is suing the town and the Zoning Board of Appeals seeking to overturn a ruling ordering him to, among other things, take down a sign that has been at the center of controversy for ye…

Lowell High issue looms large over city election » Lowell Sun As the Tuesday City Council preliminary election nears, it's clear that where candidates stand on the Lowell High School issue could make or break them.…

Opinion

A Twitter buy-out won't stop Donald Trump » Boston Globe Of course Twitter shouldn't ban Donald Trump. And surely the president's critics can find something better to do with $1 billion than buying a social network just to kick him off of it.…

Twitter should disable Donald Trump's account » Boston Globe President Trump's tweets destabilize the world and have raised fears about stumbling into an accidental war with North Korea. If Twitter were a responsible company, it would disable the president's ac…

Free the craft brewers » Boston Globe The craft beer community is a happy, hoppy, happening business sector, one fermenting, if not exactly fomenting, a marketplace, um, bevolution.…

Ruth Bass: The art of listening, real-time talk are endangered in the new normal » Berkshire Eagle Back to college for a reunion many years ago, I found myself riding through Maine in one of the original Volkswagen beetles with an old friend.…

Chabot: No roadside test means no law on driving stoned » Boston Herald State lawmakers are unlikely to create new laws cracking down on marijuana-impaired drivers until science-backed roadside cannabis testing emerges, said Sen. Patricia Jehlen, co-chair of the legislati…

GOUVEIA: Norton suffers from the McDonald's Curse » The Sun Chronicle When you live in this area and think of our Massachusetts House of Representatives and state Senate, it is pretty easy to recall people from local cities and towns who have served over the years. …

Editorial: Health fix on life support » Boston Herald It appears we can strike the death knell for the last-gasp Obamacare repeal effort known as Graham-Cassidy. U.S. Sen. John McCain has announced he won't support the bill, likely leaving Republicans sh…

Our Opinion: Getting NYC link back on track » Berkshire Eagle

LETTERS: Put retail marijuana ban before Easton Town Meeting » Wicked Local Easton

The time has come for 100 percent renewable energy (Letters) » The Republican

Politics

Mayor Walsh, 3 Challengers on Boston's Preliminary Ballot » US News and World Report Voters participating in Boston's preliminary election will be narrowing the field of mayoral candidates from four down to two.…

Kennedy throws weight behind Feeney in Senate race » The Sun Chronicle U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III Saturday endorsed Paul Feeney of Foxboro in the local special election for state Senate. Kennedy, D-Brookline, said Feeney will fight for working families on issues such a…

Voter turnout expected to be low in mayoral preliminary » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh, in a casual zipped-up black jacket, stood outside a Jamaica Plain train station early Friday morning for an hour of retail politicking — greeting residents, shaking hands…

No joke: Comedian Jimmy Tingle is interested in running for Massachusetts lieutenant governor » The Republican Comedian Jimmy Tingle, who lives in Cambridge, is apparently interested in running for statewide political office in Massachusetts.…

Public Health

Assisted Suicide Bill Would Show Disabled the Door, Opponents Say » New Boston Post Legalizing assisted suicide in Massachusetts would put pressure on the poor and the disabled to die, opponents say. The Massachusetts Legislature is considering a measure that would allow physician-as…

Lawmakers want to increase awareness of brain aneurysms » WWLP 22

State Finance

Baker veto threatens North Quabbin group's funding » The Recorder The North Quabbin Community Coalition's executive director is asking for the public's help to ensure the private nonprofit doesn't lose its core funding after it was vetoed by Gov. Charlie Baker. Heat…

State Government

Budget Overrides And Luring Amazon: The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill » New England Public Radio Massachusetts politicians are getting involved in the sweepstakes surrounding Amazon's hunt for a second headquarters. That long-term goal comes as the state receives some good short-term news on tax …

President Donald Trump's NFL comments are 'unpresidential,' Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican

Taxation

Study Supports Bills to Give the Poor and Childless Bigger Tax Breaks » Governing Four years ago, New York City officials and a group of social scientists launched an experiment based on a simple question: Would a couple thousand dollars a year in extra tax breaks help low-income, …

Transportation

Quincy officials to speak against privatization of Quincy T facility » Patriot Ledger As the prospect of privatizing services at the MBTA maintenance garage in Quincy approaches, two Quincy officials plan to speak in a state Senate hearing against the prospect. State Sen. John Keenan a…

Utilities

Coming soon: Fiber-optic debut in Mount Washington » Berkshire Eagle More than 14 months ago, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute gave this town $230,000, making it only the second "fiber to the home" broadband project to win state backing.…

Weekend News

Flight plan for Failure » Boston Globe Nader Ali Sabouri Haghighi's own pilot certificate, it turned out, had been revoked years earlier for providing false information, but the Federal Aviation Administration conveniently mailed him a new…

Moulton's wedding features North Shore flavor » The Salem News Salem Congressman Seth Moulton and his fiance, Liz Boardman, were married at the historic Old North Church on Washington Street on Friday, with their parents, friends and family joining in the wedding…

GOP Gov. Baker Again Battles His Own Party on Health Care » US News and World Report Republican Charlie Baker's relationship with GOP leaders in Washington just keeps getting stickier.…

Haitian community rallies in support of Walsh » Dorchester Reporter Mayor Martin Walsh kicked off the last weekend before Tuesday's preliminary election at a rally with the Haitian community in Mattapan.…

Sen. Chandler Pushes Bill To Protect Dogs In Kennels, Daycares » Framingham Patch This bill was filed after a staffer came into Chandler's office upset that her dog had been attacked at a kennel.…

Letter: In support of sustainable agriculture and not rotten politics » Worcester Telegram The meeting at the Fish & Game Field Headquarters on the Northboro composting operation provided a real-life lesson in manipulative politics. How do you promote sustainable agriculture? Take a legal s…

Flanagan, ex-senator, opens up about her role regulating legal pot in Mass. » Worcester Sun Don't be too hard on the towns that aren't ready to ride the Massachusetts recreational marijuana train, said new Cannabis Control Commission member Jennifer Flanagan. …

Fattman planning push to ensure all who commit murder have a record » Milford Daily News State Sen. Ryan C. Fattman is planning to force a Legislative vote on whether all people who murder someone in Massachusetts should have a criminal record. …

Right-to-die co-sponsor pushes back against church » Boston Herald The co-sponsor of a new bill that would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives pushed back on criticism of the proposal…

Cambridge city councilor files paperwork to run for 3rd District seat » Lowell Sun Nadeem Mazen, a Cambridge city councilor who grew up in Andover, has filed paperwork to run for the 3rd Congressional District when U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas steps away in 2018. …

Rep. Farley-Bouvier backs Berkshire Museum board, calls for civil debate » Berkshire Eagle The city's state representative said Friday she backs both the Berkshire Museum's planned art sale and the people who shaped it. …

Letter: Don't pass state legislation that would legalize assisted suicide » Worcester Telegram Assisted suicide is a common law crime in Massachusetts. H. 1194, “An Act Relative to End of Life Options,” would change that and make doctor prescribed suicide legal. …

Battery puts Sterling in international spotlight. » Worcester Telegram Visitors are coming from around the world to Sterling, not to view the Mary's Lamb statue or experience the apple orchard.…

SATURDAY CHAT: Hamilton Canal District fills up quickly » Lowell Sun With the deep divide in the city over the location of the new high school, it is easy to lose sight of the fact there is still some very positive news in the city, particularly in the Hamilton Canal I…

Good to Know: Women Build team helps build Habitat house in Holliston » The Metro West Daily News It may take a village to raise a child but it takes a team of loving and caring volunteers to build a Habitat for Humanity affordable home for children and their parents.…

Concrete co. opens $4M plant » Lowell Sun A new concrete plant tucked away on a construction company's property in the Acre will create 20 to 25 new jobs, its manager said. …

Neighborhood outcry prompts bid to address nonprofit groups » Cape Cod Times HYANNIS — A proposed law that would give Barnstable local control over nonprofit educational organizations in residential areas, including group homes, has made its way to Beacon Hill.…

Gone missing: Mayor Rivera clips six candidates from campaign flyer; spares Lantigua » Eagle Tribune LAWRENCE — Mayor Daniel Rivera says that former mayor William Lantigua has become such a bogeyman in city politics that the best way to defeat his comeback bid in Tuesday's preliminary election…

Legislative panel to hold hearing on aid in dying bills » Ledger-Enquirer Massachusetts lawmakers are again considering the emotionally-charged question of physician-assisted death …

Recap and analysis of a week in state government » Newburyport News BOSTON – Storm clouds were moving in, literally and figuratively, when Gov. Charlie Baker walked out of Faneuil Hall and met the quartet of reporters waiting by his car Wednesday morning.…

How does Boston stack up in the Amazon sweepstakes? We dug into the numbers » Boston Globe The big question on everyone's mind: How will Amazon choose?…

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Scanner talk - and getting 'piggy' with it » Sentinel & Enterprise FOR THOSE OF you out there who listen to the police and fire scanner to hear what is going on in the Twin Cities, occasionally you can only laugh out loud at some of the situations that prompt people …

The sheriff from Trumpachusetts » Boston Globe HE TOOK AWAY the inmates' gym, turning it into a religious retreat center and then prison housing. He donated the bleachers and weights to local schools and community groups. Now, under the watch of B…

Charlie Baker hedges Amazon bet, while other states back single site » Boston Herald Massachusetts appears to be bucking a trend among other states that are picking their best potential sites and submitting single bids in hopes of landing Amazon's new headquarters.…

Setti Warren, candidate for governor, says Worcester is best for Amazon » Worcester Telegram Worcester is the ideal Massachusetts location for Amazon to build a second headquarters and the technology company could help pay for high-speed rail linking both ends of the state, gubernatorial cand…

Tito Jackson's record steeped in advocacy » Boston Globe In his six years on the job, mayoral challenger and City Councilor Tito Jackson has led protests demanding more school funding, pressed police to wear body cameras, and stalled a hotel project in his …

County Commissioner Ronald Beaty Explores Governor Run » Cape News While many have said that Republican Governor Charles D. Baker Jr., who has an approval rating of about 70 percent among the Massachusetts electorate, is unbeatable in the 2018 election, Barnstable Co…

In Amazon's search for second headquarters, should it be concerned about Boston traffic, MBTA? Mayor Marty Walsh says no » The Republican Amazon's call for applications from cities interested in hosting its second headquarters, and the 50,000 employees that could come with it, has local officials across the country scrambling to pull to…

In Seattle, Amazon is blessing and burden » Boston Globe First, you notice the cranes. Dozens of them dot the skyline here, towering over the city like the tallest trees in the jungle.…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 9/25

10:00am Rail Safety Week Press Conference, 700 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

10:00am Brain Aneurysm Awareness Day, Grand Staircase, State House

10:30am Mass. State Lottery Commission Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 12th Floor, Boston

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

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

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

5:00pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz

6:00pm Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Mass. Clean Energy Future Tour

Tuesday - 9/26

8:30am Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meeting, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden

10:00am Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

10:30am Cannabis Control Commission Meeting, Ashburton Cafe meeting room, One Ashburton Place, Boston

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

11:00am Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

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

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

6:00pm Meet & Greet with State Rep. Candidate Paul Magliocchetti

7:30pm Falmouth Legislative Update with Rep. Dylan Fernandes, Gus Canty Community Center, 790 Main Street, Falmouth

Wednesday - 9/27

9:30am ACLU Massachusetts Lobby Day 2017, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Election Laws, Public Hearing

5:00pm Department of Public Health Hearing, 250 Washington Street, Boston

5:30pm Fundraiser and Announcement for Haverhill City Council Candidate Joe Bevilacqua

6:00pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate with Michele McPhee

6:30pm Jamaica Plain for Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley Fundraiser

7:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Mark Mezzina

Thursday - 9/28

9:30am Mass. Gaming Commission Meeting, MassMutual Center, Springfield

10:00am Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, Public Hearing

10:30am End Child Marriage Lobbying Day, Nurses Hall, State House

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

2:00pm Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs, Public Hearing

5:30pm Reception for Attorney General Maura Healey

5:30pm Reception for Sen. President Stan Rosenberg

6:30pm Allston & Brighton Meet and Greet with Boston City Council President Michelle Wu, Devlin's Restaurant, 332 Washington Street, Brighton

Friday - 9/29

Birthdays: Rep. Angelo Scaccia

8:00am Boston Women's Workforce Council's 2017 Best Practices Conference, Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston

8:30am Mass. Clean Energy Student Clean Energy Symposium, Rubin Campus Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester

9:00am Coffee with the 3rd Essex Candidates for State Representative, HC Media Studio 101, 2 Merrimack Street, Haverhill

12:00pm Luncheon with Rep. Geoff Diehl and KathyJo Diehl

12:00pm Annual Mass. Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, Ashburton Park, State House

12:00pm Luncheon for Prime Minister of Cape Verde, Great Hall, State House

7:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken

8:00pm Not Your Average Political Party with Brockton City Council Candidate Jacob Tagger


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