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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Must-Reads

'Codfather' sentenced to 46 months in fisheries fraud case » Cape Cod Times Carlos Rafael, the New Bedford-based owner of one of the country's largest commercial fishing businesses, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 46 months in prison after pleading guilty in Ma…

Betsy DeVos is coming to Boston and she is in high demand » Boston Globe Betsy DeVos is coming to Boston and she's in high demand, not just from friendly quarters.…

Steven Mnuchin, a Newcomer, Tilts at Washington's Hardest Target: The Tax Code » The Wall Street Journal The Treasury Secretary is close to the president and the GOP is determined to pass a revamp; he also faces intraparty divisions and his own relative inexperience.…

Why Massachusetts Hasn't Sent the National Guard to Puerto Rico » Boston Magazine On Monday, Setti Warren, Newton mayor and Democratic candidate for governor, issued a challenge to Gov. Charlie Baker: send Massachusetts' National Guard to Puerto Rico, now.…

Bannon to Alabama: 'They think you're a pack of morons' » Politico Steve Bannon barreled onstage at a raucous rally inside a barn here to deliver a warning to the national Republican establishment ahead of Tuesday's special Senate election: I'm just getting started.…

Harvard Sq. landlord tries to block Cambridge pot shop — using racketeering law » Boston Business Journal The neighbor of a proposed Cambridge marijuana dispensary has filed a federal racketeering case against the establishment, in a case that could upend the state's burgeoning marijuana industry and have…

“The apocalypse hit Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico is screaming for help, said Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, a Boston Democrat who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. “People are worried that their calls will not be heard.”

Representative Jeffrey Sanchez

Speaking about the devastation in Puerto Rico.

News By Category
Business

Weymouth, Rockland and Abington hope to attract Amazon to Union Point » Wicked Local Weymouth Weymouth, Rockland and Abington would become well known communities across the nation if Seattle based Amazon constructs an 8 million square-foot second headquarters at Union Point where 50,000 people…

Bill aims to protect public against breaches » Sentinel & Enterprise In the wake of the massive Equifax credit data breach that affected almost half of the state's residents, Attorney General Maura Healey is backing legislation to help protect consumers.…

AG warns of flood-damaged cars hitting the market » My Fox Boston Today, the Massachusetts Attorney General issued a warning through the Office of Consumer Affairs alerting people that flood-damaged cars may end up back in the market and can be tough to spot.…

Call To Pause Berkshire Museum's Art Sale Divides Community » WAMC The Massachusetts Cultural Council is urging the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield to halt its planned art sale. …

LPL not subject to possible fines in SII Investments case » Financial Planning SII Investments faces charges of dishonest and unethical conduct, along with failure to supervise. The case marks the latest compliance snafu for one of the four independent broker-dealers whose asset…

AG Healey Backs Bill Aimed To Help Residents Monitor Their Credit » WBUR Massachusetts residents would be able to freeze their credit reports for free and their credit information could not be shared without their consent, under a bill that's now backed by Attorney General…

Leominster will take a shot at landing Amazon » Sentinel & Enterprise Last week's announcement that Amazon wants to build a second corporate headquarters kicked off a marketing frenzy among U.S. cities that's been referred to by some as "the Olympics of the corporate wo…

L'Italien Sponsors Bill to Protect Consumers After Credit Agency Breach » WHAV Andover Sen. Barbara L'Italien, along with her House counterpart and Attorney General Maura Healey, introduced new legislation Monday designed to protect victims of Equifax's recent data breach.…

AG Maura Healey sues JD Byrider 'Buy Here Pay Here' car dealerships » MassLive

State takes Amazon to court over refusal to share business records » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

State Rep. Bud Williams blames 'Trump effect' after Mason Square veterans memorial smeared with crab apples » The Republican A veterans memorial at Mason Square, that honors black veterans of Springfield, was smeared with crab apples over the weekend, an incident that was described by state Rep. Bud Williams as part of the …

Crimes

DA says Lynn teacher was murdered » Boston Globe Heartbroken students of Vanessa MacCormack, a second-grade teacher at William P. Connery Elementary School in Lynn who was murdered over the weekend, gathered for an assembly Monday and learned from t…

Education

DeVos Speaking at Harvard; AG Healey Seeks Audience » NECN Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is coming to Boston as part of a two-day conference on charter schools and vouchers. …

Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce celebrates school shop » Wicked Local Georgetown

State ed board chair declares donations "will not be a distraction" » State House News Service

Gaming

Most Americans support legalizing pro sports betting, poll shows » State House News Service

Health Care

Local Democrats Rally Against Latest Federal Health Care Bill » iBerkshires Republicans are attempting to once again repeal and replace the ACA with a new health care program. …

Boston hospital chiefs, health advocates see peril in Obamacare repeal » Boston Globe Dozens of Massachusetts doctors, hospital executives, and health care advocates issued a grim warning on Monday that the latest GOP-led effort to replace the Affordable Care Act would decimate insuran…

Kennedy: GOP health care effort is 'just a bad bill' » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III joined Boston Herald Radio yesterday to talk about the GOP's proposed health care bill.…

Optometrists pushing Beacon Hill for more flexibility in providing services » My Fox Boston When it comes to getting eye treatment in Massachusetts, there is a push on Beacon Hill to let optometrists provide more services.…

Obamacare repeal: Berkshire residents oppose 'cruel attempt to take us backwards' » the Berkshire edge

Housing

Broken elevator taxes patience, and knee, of condo owner and there's no end in sight » Boston Globe Since her building's elevator broke down in August, 85-year-old Doris Toohey has had to climb 56 steps to get to her fourth-floor condo. It's so exhausting that she sometimes takes a break on her way …

Immigration

Jamaica Plain church shelters man facing deportation » Boston Globe On Sunday, the Rev. Ray Hammond made an unusual announcement from the pulpit of Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain. …

Milford's Murray seeking study on undocumented immigration » Milford Daily News MILFORD - State Rep. Brian Murray is pushing for a commission on Beacon Hill to thoroughly study what impact undocumented immigration has on Massachusetts.…

Lewis: Sanctuary by any other name » Milford Daily News What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet” These famous lines from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet highlight the complex space that names and labels occup…

Sen. Stan Rosenberg following European trip: Immigrants key to maintaining a robust economy » The Republican Europe has seen a huge influx of migrants and refugees in recent years, primarily due to the violence in Syria and ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some countries seeing particularly large n…

Why Trump's 'Sanctuary Cities' Policy Is Likely to Lose in Court » Governing But even if courts block the Trump administration from defunding cities sympathetic to immigrants, Congress could still carry out the White House's wishes. …

Legislative

Sen. Eric Lesser talks education, East-West rail at Springfield town hall » The Republican State Sen. Eric Lesser held a wide-ranging discussion with constituents at the Greenleaf Community Center in Springfield Monday evening, fielding questions on topics ranging from health care to the Eq…

Maria's toll in Puerto Rico hits home for House budget chief » State House News Service Five days after Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico, House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sánchez has yet to hear from his family members there, and Gov. Charlie Baker has been unable to connect w…

Hinds, Tourism Committee See Outdoor Recreation As New Direction In Berkshires » WAMC

Sen. Jamie Eldridge receives Distinguished Service Award » Wicked Local Littleton

Local Government

City's top election official predicts higher number of voters Tuesday » Lowell Sun It has been a busy two years in city politics and campaign officials expect the increased interest to manifest in a larger-than-usual voter turnout for Tuesday's preliminary City Council election.…

Local leaders coming together to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico » WWLP 22 State representative Carlos Gonzalez and other local leaders helped organize “Western Massachusettss United for Puerto Rico,” a coalition to help those devastated by the hurricane.…

KIRBY: Two views of coming mayoral election » The Sun Chronicle There are a couple of ways you could look at the results of last Tuesday's preliminary election for mayor.…

Parking fee eyed for PI Point dune fund » Newburyport News Many residents of Plum Island recently wrote an open letter to federal, state and local officials asking for immediate help to counter rising water that threatens to go over the dune near Reservation …

Massachusetts lawmaker waiting for word on family in Puerto Rico » Boston.com A top Massachusetts lawmaker said Monday he was still waiting for word on the fate of relatives in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island last week. “The apocalypse hit Puerto R…

Municipal Waste and the Benefits of Re-Use » Governing What's going on in Baltimore shows how cities can profit both economically and socially from giving reusable materials a second life. …

Between the Lines: Honoring Beloved Activist Jafet Robles » Valley Advocate At St. John's Congregational Church in Springfield more than 200 people mourned the loss of well-known and beloved activist and community leader Jafet Robles. Robles, 33, was involved with Neighbor to…

Marijuana

Berkshire delegation hopes retail marijuana can grow jobs » Berkshire Eagle The legalization of the recreational marijuana in Massachusetts offers a chance for economic growth for Berkshire County, area legislators believe, in agricultural and retail sectors. …

Ludlow selectmen move forward on effort to ban recreational marijuana sales » The Republican The Board of Selectmen has approved a motion to request a letter from town counsel spelling out the legal process the municipality must follow to ban the sale or cultivation of recreational marijuana …

Hoffman: Public interviews may narrow field for state cannabis director » State House News Service

Opinion

Who's politically correct now, Mr. President? » Boston Globe NFL players kneeling during the national anthem — and, for that matter, fans booing them — is the stuff free speech is made of, and it's chilling to hear an American president call for r…

What Trump doesn't understand: We're all Colin Kaepernick now » Boston Globe Protests against injustice are as American as apple pie. Without protests, we'd still be a British colony. …

Letter: Bullett Endorses Blackmer for State Representative » iBerkshires I served with Lisa Blackmer for almost six years on the North Adams City Council. In that capacity I had the opportunity to witness first hand her commitment to municipal government and the hard work …

The power of Trump News » Boston Globe The country is talking about football players taking a knee during the national anthem — not about health care.…

Massachusetts' Dangerous Waiver Program: A Poor Response to Nation's Crumbling Health Care System » Forbes

Politics

House overturns Baker's spending cuts » Sentinel & Enterprise 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. A two-thirds vote in …

Here is what Boston's 2017 preliminary election ballot looks like » The Republican Voters in Boston and eight other Massachusetts communities go to the polls on Tuesday to narrow the list of people running for public office.…

Mitt Romney calls on Congress to 'put differences aside,' prioritize Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands 'rescue' » Boston.com President Donald Trump has yet to use his social media platform to raise awareness for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is among a number of high-profile political figures steppin…

'Peace' premiere brings memories of Tip O'Neill » Boston Globe The memory of the late Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill was in the house at the AMC Loews cinema downtown, as were members of his family for the US premiere of “In The Name of Peace: John Hume i…

Immigration Battle Ignites Again During Democratic Candidates' Debate » WHAV The two Democrats hoping to occupy the 3rd Essex District House seat recently vacated by Rep. Brian S. Dempsey did their best to persuade voters Monday that they have what it takes to replace the vete…

Mayor Walsh slaps at Setti Warren over Amazon bid » Boston Herald

Public Safety

Privacy advocates take issue with police drone use » Boston Globe The Boston Police Department, without fanfare, expanded its crime-fighting arsenal earlier this year, purchasing several drones that it may use to photograph crime scenes — and raising concerns…

Canton police step up pedestrian protection » Wicked Local Canton As school opens and the number of students in the streets increases, the danger to pedestrian accidents increases as well, and so will the vigilance of police forces.…

State Government

Area Puerto Ricans want to see a local relief effort for battered island » Boston Globe Nearly a week since Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico, groups of Boston-area Puerto Ricans say they are anxiously trying to figure out ways to help and get aid to the island, with some expressing …

Baker: Trump should stick to 'presidential issues' » The Salem News Ahead of a trip to Washington later this week as a member of a presidential commission, Gov. Charlie Baker found fault Monday with President Trump's comments about professional athletes kneeling durin…

State aids conversion to LED technology » Lowell Sun Around this time next year, the lights in Greater Lowell will be shining a little brighter, cleaner and cheaper.…

Transportation

The Ride is still having problems, forcing a delay of a major T project » Boston Globe Despite showing some improvement during the summer, the company hired by the MBTA to streamline service for The Ride is still struggling to provide on-time trips for passengers with disabilities, frus…

The Right Kind of Transit for 'In-Between' Cities » Governing Seattle offers a case study on whether cities can gain population without gaining traffic. …

Bus safety bill on back burner for now as more comprehensive legislation sought » The Recorder

Utilities

Great Barrington pursues 'low cost and green' collective power purchase plan » Berkshire Eagle Electricity in town will soon come from a wind power source for less than standard green energy prices after the Select Board last week decided to pool the town's collective purchasing power with the …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

Powerball pot lifts lottery sales » State House News Service

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

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

Jobs data cited to promote arts economy » Herald News

Lawmakers want to increase awareness of brain aneurysms » WWLP 22

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

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

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

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Press Releases

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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