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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Birthdays: Rep. Angelo Scaccia

Must-Reads

Bernie backers give Dem incumbents a pass in 2018 » Politico Democrats have long been terrified that the Sanders-Clinton slugfest of 2016 would set off a prolonged civil war in the party, forcing incumbents to fight off primary challengers from the left in Sena…

To lower costs, Massachusetts seeks to limit Medicaid drug coverage » STAT News Alarmed by rising prescription drug prices, Massachusetts officials are seeking permission from the federal government to limit the number of medicines that would be covered by the state Medicaid prog…

50 immigrants arrested in Mass. as part of ICE operation » Boston Globe Fifty immigrants across the state were among nearly 500 nationwide arrested for federal immigration violations in an operation that targeted so-called sanctuary cities and, in the case of Massachusett…

Beyond the daily drama and Twitter battles, Trump begins to alter American life » Reuters Even without delivering on his biggest campaign promises, President Donald Trump has begun to reshape American life in ways big and small.…

Why Hogan Has Twice as Many Challengers as Baker » National Journal Two popular Republican governors in blue states are expected to seek reelection in the first midterm of Donald Trump's presidency. One of them is drawing a field of prospective challengers that is mor…

Power base shifting in Merrimack Valley congressional district » The Salem News Lowell is the most populous city in the sprawling 3rd Congressional District and historically plays an oversized role in determining who the region sends to Congress. Three of the recent Democrats who…

America Is In The Midst Of A Political Crisis Bigger Than Vietnam Or Watergate » WGBH The political, cultural and legal turmoil afflicting America today – collectively I call it The Age of Trump – is the nation's greatest crisis of self-confidence in memory.…

Barney Frank signs on with Jimmy Tingle's political bid » Boston Globe Jimmy Tingle, the comedian and newly declared Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, has signed up a member of the old guard as his honorary campaign chairman.…

“It is critical that people struggling with addiction can safely access treatment services,” Healey said. “Unfortunately, those seeking to make a profit off of this epidemic are targeting vulnerable patients with illegal treatment and recovery scams.”

Attorney General Maura Healey

Planning to investigate sober homes in Massachusetts that may be preying on addicts to make a profit.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump Deleting Tweets After Luther Strange's Loss Raises Legal Questions » WBUR After the candidate whom President Trump backed in Tuesday's Alabama Senate primary, Luther Strange, lost to Roy Moore, Trump summarily deleted several tweets he had made in support of Strange. Howeve…

Business

Blackstone Valley considers $5B regional Amazon bid » Milford Daily News The region known as the birthplace of the American industrial revolution has sparked talk of another commercial revolution.…

Baker to headline Worcester chamber's annual meeting » Worcester Telegram Gov. Charlie Baker will be the keynote speaker at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce's 142nd annual business meeting in December.…

Insulet will expand production to Acton, expects to add hundreds of jobs » Boston Globe When Insulet Corp. chief executive Patrick Sullivan wanted to shift some of his manufacturing from China to the United States, he looked at sites across this country.…

Table Talk Pies adding jobs, baking more pies » Boston Globe Four-inch snack pies are getting bigger — like 1 million more pies a week bigger.…

TripAdvisor wants tougher law protecting online reviewers from suits » Boston Globe After a stay in an Ohio hotel, a disgruntled guest wrote a review on TripAdvisor to complain about the housekeeping. Less than 24 hours later, the critique was taken down by its author — after …

Two Berkshire Museum trustees quit board, one cites art sale » Berkshire Eagle Berkshire Museum's board of trustees held their annual meeting on Monday, but not everyone who cast a vote in the July decision to reinvent the museum was there.…

As Boston Globe struggles, signs of labor unrest » Boston Business Journal Amid The Boston Globe's efforts to overcome the embarrassing printing problems that have plagued it for the past three months are growing signs of employee anger aimed at top management.…

Welcome to the neighborhood: Alexion will be Seaport's newest biotech, baggage and all » Boston Business Journal Alexion's future home at 121 Seaport Blvd. sits just blocks from GE's nascent campus and the glittering Fan Pier headquarters of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. The question now becomes: Can Alexion likewise …

As Boston Dreams Of Amazon, Suffolk Downs Braces For The End » WGBH There's an eerie feeling at Suffolk Downs these days. The mile-long track is still immaculately manicured. The grandstand seats still gleam. And from Wednesday to Sunday, patrons still place bets on r…

As Boston Globe struggles, signs of labor unrest » Boston Business Journal An anonymous flyer that's reportedly been seen around the Globe's offices in recent weeks (a copy of which was sent to the Business Journal) calls out Boston Globe Media owner John Henry by name and u…

AG Healey On Equifax: 'They Run You Over And Want To Charge You For The Hospital Bill' » WGBH Attorney General Maura Healey is going after credit reporting agency Equifax after last month's security breach — and pushing a new bill that would crack down on data leaks. …

Outside the Box: Yotel CEO Hubert Viriot on the Seaport, hotel market and Airbnb » Boston Business Journal Hubert Viriot is the CEO of Yotel.…

Civil Rights

New England's Pro Sports Franchises To 'Take the Lead' Against Racism » New Boston Post Days after hundreds of National Football League players who took a knee or linked arms during the national anthem helped inject a healthy dose of politics into sports, representatives from New England…

Boston's five sports teams launch public service campaign opposing racism » Boston Globe Tommy Harper is still haunted by the racism he endured as a Red Sox player and coach nearly a half-century ago, when he says epithets rained down on him from the stands at Fenway Park and from other p…

Crimes

Dealer in fatal OD sentenced » Boston Herald A Lynn dealer who sold a lethal dose of pure fentanyl to a recovering addict was sentenced yesterday to eight to 12 years for the man's fatal overdose on a bathroom floor, in a rare case for Massachus…

Drug dealer sentenced to 8 to 12 years for selling fatal dose of fentanyl to Jonathan Miller » The Republican A drug dealer was sentenced to 8 to 12 years in prison after he sold a fatal dose of fentanyl to a man after he was warned by another customer about the strength of the product. …

Dorchester doctor indicted for illegally charging for addiction treatment » Boston Globe A doctor who owns a Dorchester clinic was indicted Thursday on charges stemming from his alleged illegal demand for cash payments from patients for an opioid addiction treatment, state Attorney Genera…

Education

Hundreds protest DeVos during Harvard visit » Boston Globe US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was met Wednesday evening by hundreds of protesters outside Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and more than two dozen students inside standing sil…

Boston Public School Officials Think Out Loud To Prepare For Students Displaced By Hurricane Maria » WBUR Boston Public School officials say they are expecting many young Puerto Ricans to arrive in the district in the wake of Hurricane Maria. On Thursday, the district and its partners got together to anti…

Bridgewater State professor who bashed Trump supporters on Facebook placed on paid leave » The Enterprise The Bridgewater professor whose Facebook posts bashed “Anyone who voted for Donald Trump” has been placed on paid leave after receiving threats, university officials said.…

Environment

Mass. again ranked as most energy-efficient state » Worcester Telegram Energy efficiency bragging rights have transferred seamlessly from the Patrick to the Baker administrations. …

Alliance for Health and Environment seeks ash landfill closure despite AG's decision » Wicked Local Saugus While the attorney general's decision not to approve bylaws adopted by Saugus Town Meeting in February was disappointing, the Alliance for Health and Environment is more committed than ever to protect…

Otis State Forest pipeline protesters make a plea for the planet during court hearings » Berkshire Eagle One after another the anti-pipeline activists stood before the judge in this small-town courtroom and said they trespassed in Otis State Forest, where the pipeline company is building a third line, to…

Federal

Rick Perry links pipelines, natural security » Commonwealth Magazine According to press reports, Energy Secretary Rick Perry singled out New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his political opposition to building new pipeline capacity in his state. But it wouldn't be much of a…

Gaming

Northampton Awarded State Funds To Promote Tourism To Springfield Casino Visitors » New England Public Radio The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded $100,000 to Northampton to come up with an advertising strategy.…

Springfield officials, Mass. Gaming Commission like what they hear on early MGM casino tenants, partnerships » The Republican The Massachusetts Gaming Commission and local officials praised a series of announcements from MGM Springfield on Thursday regarding its $960 million casino project, including new tenants and partners…

Health Care

Cambridge adult day program to close, leaving 47 patients in need of care » Wicked Local Cambridge For elders, adult day health programs offer daytime medical care and a chance to socialize; for caregivers, the programs offer temporary relief from duties.…

Housing

One bedroom. No parking. One million dollars. » Boston Globe Oh, million-dollar home, what happened to you? Wasn't it yesterday you were a mansion? All marble floors and important artwork and tree-lined driveways? Master baths and walk-in closets and soaring ce…

Developer scales back air-rights project over Mass. Pike » Boston Business Journal Real-estate development firm Weiner Ventures had originally proposed building a condo and apartment tower atop a retail podium at 1000 Boylston St., a vacant lot adjacent to the Hynes Convention Cente…

Human Services

Legislators want to protect volunteers who drive seniors » Worcester Telegram BARRE - In 2009, folks at the Barre Senior Center embarked on an effort to help the town's elders find rides, using volunteers who didn't mind offering a lift to the doctor's office, grocery store or …

Massachusetts preparing to help Puerto Rican refugees » The Republican With 300,000 Puerto Ricans already living in Massachusetts, the state is a likely landing point for many of those displaced by Hurricane Maria. Gov. Charlie Baker and members of the Legislature's blac…

Holyoke to provide services for hurricane victims who migrate to area » WWLP 22 Holyoke organizations are preparing for a potential migration from Puerto Rico.…

Immigration

Falmouth Schools Are Safe From ICE » The Bourne News Falmouth Public Schools continue to be a safe haven for all children after the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security Secure Communities Program administered by the United States Immigra…

Uncertain future for Haitian immigrants » Bay State Banner

Families of immigrants arrested in ICE raid calling advocates for help » Boston Globe

Insurance

Massachusetts Attorney General probes insurance scheme that recruited drug users » Boston Globe The Massachusetts attorney general's office is investigating a far-reaching insurance scheme that recruited drug users and sent them to treatment centers in other states to exploit their benefit payme…

Legislative

Battenfeld: For state pols, honesty's an unenforceable policy » Boston Herald Even for Beacon Hill, this is a bad idea. A bill outlawing lying in campaign ads is making the rounds in the Legislature, and it sounds great at first. Except there are a few big problems. Like, it's …

Local Government

Leominster will save cash in switch to LED streetlights » Sentinel & Enterprise Nighttime is about to get a lot brighter and the city's electricity bills will soon get smaller as it begins the process of replacing all of its 3,600 streetlights with more energy efficient LED model…

Brookline considers seizing college land by eminent domain » Boston Globe A standoff is brewing in Brookline over town officials' surprise announcement that they may seize 7 acres of Pine Manor College's front lawn by eminent domain to build an elementary school.…

Uniting the tip of the Cape » Cape Cod Times Four hundred years later, townspeople may have the opportunity to band together to celebrate the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620 in Provincetown, according to planners for the town's 400th anniversary…

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno slams librarian who called Dr. Seuss racist, invites Trump family to visit Seuss Museum » The Republican Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has come to the defense of hometown hero Dr. Seuss, slamming the Cambridge school librarian who rejected First Lady Melania Trump's donation of 10 Dr. Seuss books as pa…

Marijuana

Proposed zones would bar retail pot from city's downtown » The Salem News Retail pot shops could open their doors in several of the city's business- and industrial-zoned areas, but under a raft of regulations city officials are now reviewing, those shops would not be allowe…

Opinion

GOP tax plan leaves the middle class in the cold » Boston Globe For all that's crude and frightening about Donald Trump's brand of nationalism, there was hope, at the start, that something positive would come of it — that this unlikely populist would find a…

Memo to Amazon: There's only one choice » Boston Globe Dear Mr. Bezos: So I hear you're looking at Boston, along with New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas, among other places, as the second headquarters for Amazon. As my friend's elementary-school daugh…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The mayor looks for support from a governor who is bad on education » The Sun Chronicle One thing that we learned from Kevin Dumas and his campaign for re-election is that he likes to bring in the big guns.…

Letter: Barrett Best Person to Represent 1st Berkshire » iBerkshires Three months ago, we in the First Berkshire district were shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Gailanne Cariddi, our representative in the Massachusetts legislature.…

More than we bargained for » The Somerville Times The City of Somerville joined the Group Insurance Commission (GIC), the Commonwealth's health plan for public employees, in 2011. At the time, several press reports suggested that Somerville's unions …

Editorial: Proposed MCAS testing moratorium deserves an F » Worcester Telegram Here we go again. The Massachusetts Legislature, prodded by teacher unions, is once again taking aim at a critical feature of what's widely considered the best-in-the-nation public school system  

A lesson from Germany on eradicating a legacy of hate » Boston Globe What does it take to remove evil and stop hatred? This question has plagued humans throughout centuries, and although there is no simple answer, Germany changed from a pariah state to exemplar of cons…

Benton: Busy few weeks for Moulton » The Salem News Last weekend, Congressman Seth Moulton got married. This weekend he'll be in Iowa attending the Polk County Democrats' annual steak fry.…

Editorial: Transportation funding vs. the arts » Boston Business Journal In a time of budgetary shortfalls and uncertain revenue, the business community's clear priority should be fixing our transportation infrastructure.…

Viewpoint: Creative sector is big, booming, and at risk » Boston Business Journal For too long, many have considered arts and creativity as “nice-to-haves,” rather than viewing them for what they truly are: vital components of a healthy economy.…

PETER LUCAS: Joe DeNucci proved that nice guys can be champs » Lowell Sun

Politics

REILLY: Thoughts on Costner, Heroux and Maria » The Sun Chronicle It's fall but (as of this writing) it still feels like summer. So with that confusion in view, it's time, we think, to rummage around in the junk drawer of the editorial mind and see what we come up w…

Senate candidate to debate in Seekonk » The Sun Chronicle The three candidates for state Senate in an Oct. 17 special election will hold their first debate Monday. The debate is being hosted by Seekonk cable Channel 9 in its studio. It will be shown regularl…

Development Dominates Discussion Of Walsh's First Term » WBUR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is trying to persuade voters to give him a second term. After Tuesday's preliminary election, he'll be up against Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson on the November ballot.…

Gonzalez Looks to Bring Aggressive Agenda to Governor's Race » iBerkshires Jay Gonzalez sees a lack of leadership coming from the governor's office.…

Garry's truth-in-campaign-advertising bill blasted » Lowell Sun On an afternoon characterized by some as an "important day for free speech," a legislative hearing attracted testimony from one resident and one advocate who vehemently opposed a Dracut state represen…

Is Gabriel Gomez making a return? » Boston Globe the former Navy SEAL, turned private equity investor, turned failed GOP US Senate candidate — is getting more serious about taking another shot at a Senate seat.…

Public Health

A program to save lives: Worcester police and district attorney to offer treatment, not prosecution, to opioid addicts » The Republican Worcester police officers are on the front lines of the ongoing opioid epidemic. But now when they pick up someone struggling with addiction who is in possession of opioids, the officers have a choice…

Drug treatment, not arrest: Worcester to let users choose » Worcester Telegram & Gazette People who are caught buying narcotics in Worcester will be given the option of entering treatment for addiction instead of facing prosecution, under a pilot program announced Thursday at Worcester Po…

Public Safety

Feds deliver plan for Mass. to join national safety network » Newburyport News The Baker administration is reviewing a plan that would connect Massachusetts to a new federal wireless public safety communications network and will likely have to decide by the end of the year wheth…

More patrols strengthen Fall River police as force aims to improve ShotSpotter technology » NBC 10 News Leaders in Fall River are making strides towards a safer city, they announced during a news conference Thursday.…

State Finance

Senate chips away at Baker budget vetoes restoring $25 million » The Republican Over the governor's objection, the Senate reinserted nearly $25 million into the fiscal year 2018 budget Thursday, focusing on statewide services and programs that help children.…

State Government

Baker: Massachusetts set to welcome those displaced by storms » Sentinel & Enterprise Massachusetts is preparing to welcome Puerto Ricans temporarily or permanently fleeing their storm-ravaged island, Gov. Charlie Baker's office announced Thursday.…

Polito, Shutesbury sign Community Compact » The Recorder Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito was on hand at Town Hall on Thursday when Shutesbury became the 302nd municipality in the state to sign a Community Compact, an agreement between the Baker-Polito Administration …

AG Healey issues tighter open-meeting rules » Patriot Ledger After six months of review -- and help from local officials and others – the revised rules will go in effect on Oct. 6. Three South Shore boards in Weymouth, Kingston and Abington have been fou…

Massachusetts fund created to aid Puerto Rico » The Republican

Transportation

Evangelidis named Massport's new chair » Community Advocate The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board unanimously elected Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis to head the seven-member board at the Sept. 24 monthly meeting. Evangelidis was appointed…

Cape Air Struggles To Take Off In Puerto Rico After Maria » WGBH Cut off from the mainland, the island of Puerto Rico is suffering from a lack of consistent supply drops and exit options. Residents there continue to endure widespread power outages, scarce food, wat…

Delays continue on Worcester commuter rail line » Worcester Telegram & Gazette A signal problem Wednesday and Thursday was the latest problem as delays continue on the Worcester/Framingham commuter rail line, even after construction projects to improve reliability wrapped up thi…

Autonomous car development speeds ahead without legislative framework » State House News Service Just as an executive from each company described to a Beacon Hill forum Wednesday how they see the future of autonomous cars playing out, Ford Motor Company and Lyft announced they are teaming up to d…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Editorial: Sex offender setback » Boston Herald

Holden selectmen interview candidates for school board vacancy » Worcester Telegram

Gov. Baker Addresses Merrimack Valley Chamber in Haverhill Next Week » WHAV

Charlie Baker: Massachusetts welcomes Puerto Ricans hurricane victims » Boston Herald

In Lee, Polito Touts State Funding For Small Town Infrastructure Improvements » WAMC

Charter school calls black student's hair styled after Odell Beckham Jr. 'distracting' » The Republican

Incentive cap may crimp recruiting » Boston Herald

Town Meeting firmly backs recreational pot sale prohibition bylaws » Daily Times Chronicle

Baystate Health deserves full support from state (Editorial) » The Republican

Blackstone Valley considers regional Amazon bid » Worcester Telegram

Massachusetts tops energy efficiency rankings » The Republican

Committee poll could set branches on path toward justice reform » State House News Service

Additional transpo revenue "not an issue" in short term, Pollack says » State House News Service

Gov. Charlie Baker mixed on President Trump's tax proposal » The Republican

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 23 - An Act authorizing the town of Wrentham to grant 9 additional licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises

Most read bills of the week:

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

SB2072 - An Act to further define standards of employee safety

HB3925 - An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents

HB143 - An Act relative to the digital right to repair

SB81 - An Act promoting housing and sustainable development

SB2168 - An Act relative to handicapped parking

HB1048 - An Act clarifying the payment of wages

SB996 - An Act relative to the payment of wages

HB2586 - An Act relating to economic development and supporting the infrastructure that enables it

HB1002 - An Act relative to compliance with the prevailing wage laws of the Commonwealth

House Actions This Week: 444

Senate Actions This Week: 109


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