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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Suffolk University: Connecting Business with Government, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House

10:00am Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

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

1:00pm Cannabis Advisory Board Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, Boston

1:00pm 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 Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

6:00pm Sen. Eric Lesser Fall Kickoff

6:00pm Day of German Unity Reception, Great Hall, State House

Must-Reads

Gonzalez snags nod from former Patrick ally » Boston Globe Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez has picked up the endorsement from an activist legendary in party circles for her canvassing prowess.…

ICE: hands tied by State court » Boston Herald Federal immigration officials confirmed that prisons and jails across the Bay State are housing illegal immigrants posing as legal citizens — but said they are concerned a recent Massachusetts…

Massachusetts Is Finally Removing Its Confederate Monument » Boston Magazine Massachusetts will finally be removing its one and only Confederate monument this weekend, state officials say.…

Baker Warns Beacon Hill Of Peril If Washington Republicans Don't Act Responsibly On Health Care » WGBH Gov. Charlie Baker warned state health care officials Monday to be prepared for instability in Washington that could drive up costs for Massachusetts' own health care system.…

Collins agonizes over decision to ditch the Senate » Politico Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was watching TV recently when she saw a report that Susan Collins was considering a run for Maine governor and soliciting advice on the decision.…

Industry still on guard over GOP tax plan » Pensions & Investments The broad strokes of the Republican tax reform framework unveiled Sept. 27 aims to protect retirement tax incentives — but industry experts say it would be a mistake to assume the risk has pass…

Marijuana in Massachusetts: Legalization advocates warn of 'Walmart Weed' and 'Pabst Blue Ribbon' pot » Mass Live Every time he sees the cannabis cultivation and processing facility in southeastern Massachusetts, Peter Bernard says it makes his "New England blood boil."…

“To have only a moment of silence where there never is action taken, tragedy after tragedy, that is not something I want to be a part of,” said Representative Katherine Clark, a Democrat who led a sit-in on the House floor after a mass shooting last year at a nightclub in Orlando.

Representative Katherine Clark

Speaking after the tragedy in Las Vegas.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Moulton calls for action on gun violence in wake of mass murder » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker said he was "horrified" by Sunday night's shooting in Las Vegas and offered condolences to families of the dead and injured. …

Don't expect Congress to take action on mass shootings » Boston Globe In the hours after a Las Vegas gunman mowed down more than 50 people Sunday night, Washington sent an implicit, but clear, message: Do not expect the capital to attempt to stop the next mass shooting.…

Business

GE's Immelt cuts ties with the company ahead of schedule » Boston Globe General Electric Co.'s Jeffrey Immelt cut his ties with the company about three months ahead of schedule, retiring as chairman and leaving the board.…

New Bedford arts community happy to have funds coming their way » South Coast Today The New Bedford cultural community is cheering a vote by the Massachusetts Legislature to restore nearly $2 million in state funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Mass Cultural Co…

Insulet breaks ground on $100M Acton facility » Worcester Business Journal Insulin pump manufacturer Insulet has broken ground on a 350,000-square-foot facility in Acton. A groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday signaled the start of construction at the company's 26-acre site…

EF Education Breaks Ground On 300K SF Building In Cambridge » Banker & Tradesman Gov. Charlie Baker and other community leaders today joined EF Education First North America CEO Dr. Edward Hult to break ground on the company's third new building in Cambridge's North Point neighbor…

Business groups ask state court to kill 'millionaires tax' proposal » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

After The Protests And The PSAs, Turning Racism Awareness Into Action » WBUR Fenway Park is a tough place to make a debut. For players and for public service announcements.…

Sterling paramedic suspended after allegedly making racist comments toward New England Patriots players for kneeling during national anthem » Mass Live A Sterling paramedic who allegedly posted racist remarks on Facebook criticizing New England Patriots players for kneeling during the national anthem has been suspended by the town's Fire Department. …

Crimes

Accused in Mass. RMV identity theft plot, 5 agree to plead guilty in effort that netted up to $500 per ID » Mass Live Five people accused of taking part in an identify theft scheme at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) are agreeing to guilty pleas, federal prosecutors said Monday.…

Education

High Court Weighs Charters as Solution to Education Adequacy » New Boston Post Eleven months after voters rejected an expansion of charter schools in Massachusetts, that vote hangs over a lawsuit threatening to rekindle the debate over the merits of charter schools.…

Lawmakers hear from students, college officials on cutting higher education costs » Gazette Net Framed by sun-sprayed concrete and the mechanical machinations of a backhoe in the forum of Holyoke Community College on Monday afternoon, Ashley Degray waits for the start of her next class. As the 2…

Environment

Donoghue bill would give used mattresses a useful afterlife » Lowell Sun State Sen. Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell) joined representatives from MASSRECYCLE and UTEC to host a live mattress recycling demonstration in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House late last week…

Health Care

Baker calls for bipartisan effort on health care reform » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Monday urged politicians in Washington, D.C., to take action on several looming health care issues, saying it was a shame that the debate has been dominated by partisan effor…

Missed funding deadline in D.C. leaves state health centers on edge » The Recorder Massachusetts officials are sounding the alarm over a possible loss of federal money for certain health care programs, and advocates said its impact has already hit community health centers.…

Gov. Charlie Baker: Federal inaction on health care could hurt Massachusetts » Mass Live Federal inaction, high MassHealth costs and an ongoing opioid addiction epidemic are among the challenges that Massachusetts is facing related to health care costs, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.…

Massachusetts Senate preparing health care cost bill » Mass Live The Massachusetts Senate plans to release a bill this month that will address health care cost containment, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said Monday.…

MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, gets $20.3 million from Mylan as part of EpiPen settlement » Mass Live

Women's groups seek guaranteed birth control coverage » Eagle Tribune

DeLeo suggests House may let Senate go first on health care » Lowell Sun

BMC, Tufts snag MassHealth contracts worth $1 billion » State House News Service

Insurers, reproductive health advocates reach compromise on no-copay birth control for Massachusetts women » Mass Live

Human Services

Aid for Puerto Rico collected in Western Mass. after Hurricane Maria ready to be delivered » The Republican A shipment of thousands of items donated in Western Massachusetts in less than two week to aid in relief efforts for Puerto Rico is scheduled to leave for the island Tuesday morning.…

About $800,000 in pledges pours into Mass. United for Puerto Fund » Boston Globe

Insurance

Mass. insurers back bill calling for free birth control » Boston Globe Massachusetts health insurers and reproductive rights advocates have negotiated a compromise bill that would protect free birth control coverage even if the Trump administration strikes that requireme…

Judiciary

South Boston man sues state for wrongful conviction » WCVB Freed after spending more than three decades in prison for a murder he insists he did not commit, Fred Weichel has filed a civil lawsuit against the state.…

Mass. High Court Hears Arguments Against Drug-Free Probation Requirement » WBUR Justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court are reviewing some complex questions about how courts deal with addiction.…

Labor

BMC strike coverage plan to cost over $4M » Berkshire Eagle Busloads of replacement nurses from around the U.S. will report Tuesday to Berkshire Medical Center, key players in a more than $4 million plan to keep the hospital running during a strike that begins…

Local Government

Potential retirements add intrigue to Lynn mayor's race » Lynn Daily News Item No matter who gets elected mayor next month, City Hall could have a lot of new faces. The city's Retirement Board said at least 10 department heads will be eligible to retire next year.…

Brockton receives $283,000 for new LED street lighting » The Enterprise Brockton streets soon will be illuminated with greater energy efficiency, according to state officials.…

Sisk ends bid for Braintree District 6 council seat » Patriot Ledger Matthew Sisk is dropping out of the race for the District 6 seat on the town council in the Nov. 7 town election.…

Daniel J. Ruberti, who ran for city mayor 22 times, dies at 86 » Gloucester Times Some remembered his bugling to spark the crowd at Newell Stadium during Gloucester High football games. Others recalled his throwing down pieces of lumber onto a stage to drive home a point about the …

Leominster awarded nearly $400G for street improvements » Sentinel & Enterprise

Wellesley seeks public input on new energy-efficient street lighting » Boston Globe

Chelmsford panel eyes future of former campus »

Marijuana

Marijuana panel takes listen-first approach to rule writing » The Salem News Working off a slew of legal requirements and a series of near-term deadlines, the Cannabis Control Commission on Monday pulled together almost 30 organizations to find out what stakeholders want to se…

Opinion

In Las Vegas, it looked like a war zone » Boston Globe I had just folded a losing hand at the poker table when the first alerts started to pop up on my twitter feed — “Active Shooter at the Mandalay Bay.” I have spent years writing abou…

Tackling gun control as a public health problem » Boston Globe The Las Vegas massacre is another in the long and horrific litany of mass shootings in the United States.…

Donald Trump could seize the moment on gun reform. Really. » Boston Globe Donald Trump knows how to change his mind and abandon old allies, and if ever there were a time when his mercurial nature might be a true blessing, then the worst mass shooting of his presidency is su…

Our Opinion: Again, America reels from mass shooting » Berkshire Eagle Once again, America finds itself reeling in the aftermath of gun violence, this time at a concert in Las Vegas that turned from an entertaining communal event among country music fans into a slaughter…

Our view: 'Codfather' case highlights failings of regulatory system » Eagle Tribune Sometime early next month, Carlos Rafael is expected to report to a federal prison to begin serving a 46-month sentence for criminal conspiracy and tax evasion.…

Politics

Russian propaganda surfs a wave of distrust » Boston Globe Facebook and Twitter say they are getting better at spotting the kind of fake accounts used by the Russian government to interfere in US politics. Too bad that it won't be so easy for the rest of us.…

Here's how Massachusetts politicians responded to the shooting in Las Vegas » Boston.com A gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music festival from a Las Vegas hotel-casino Sunday night. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, with at least 58 people killed and hund…

Baker budget vetoes overruled by legislators » Lowell Sun Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives' and senators' votes on several of the roll calls on overriding some of Gov. Charlie Baker's cuts of $320 million in spending in the $39.4 billion f…

Wareham-New Bedford Elks Lodge holds annual soccer shoot » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — How mayoral candidates Kevin Dumas and Paul Heroux handle the numbers may determine who's sitting in the corner office come January.…

HAND: Facebook the new battle ground in Attleboro election » The Sun Chronicle By now, everyone has heard of the role Facebook played in the presidential election last year with Russians inserting fake news stories and ads to hurt Hillary Clinton.…

All Massachusetts Democrats Running for Governor Support Single-Payer » The Washington Free Beacon The three Democrats gunning for Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's (R.) job in 2018 revealed Saturday that they are ready to jump on the single-payer bandwagon.…

Barrett, Blackmer Lead in Fundraising for House Special Election » iBerkshires The four Democrats running the Oct. 10 primary to fill the vacant 1st Berkshire District seat in the House of Representatives have raised a combined $38,250, according to reports filed with the common…

Mazen holds campaign kickoff for 3rd Congressional District seat » Wicked Local Cambridge After briefly mulling a run against Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Somerville, in 2018, two-term Cambridge councilor Nadeem Mazen has formally announced he is instead seeking the seat of retiring Congresswom…

Feeney, Ventura clash in televised forum » The Sun Chronicle Democrat Paul Feeney and Republican Jacob Ventura clashed over health care, immigration, and taxes Monday in a forum televised on local cable TV Channel 9.…

What front pages say » Commonwealth Magazine The shootings in Las Vegas dominated the nation's news coverage Tuesday morning, but the front pages of newspaper print editions showed some different points of emphasis.…

Public Health

Protecting Children from Secondhand Smoke » The Valley Patriot I recently testified before the Joint Committee on Public Health to encourage the favorable report of H1170 “An Act to Protect Little Lungs,” filed by Representative Paul Heroux. This bill…

Baker to revisit previous ideas in opioid bill » Gloucester Times

Healey cites "public health crisis" in wake of Vegas shootings » State House News Service

Public Safety

'Our federal government is again letting us down:' Las Vegas shooting leads to calls for gun control from Massachusetts politicians » The Republican Some Massachusetts lawmakers and other elected leaders -- including Republican Gov. Charlie Baker -- are urging national action on gun control in the wake of a shooting at a Las Vegas concert that kil…

New England Politicos Call For Action On Gun Control After 'Senseless' Mass Shooting In Las Vegas » WBUR Politicians around New England are offering their condolences and calling for action on gun control after a suspect killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 in Las Vegas Sunday night. It is…

Here's sipping times with Holyoke police for 'National Coffee With Cop Day' Wednesday » Mass Live It is "National Community Policing Week" and Wednesday is "National Coffee with a Cop Day," and here's a schedule to sip a brew with Holyoke officers.…

Walsh: 'Boston Is Constantly Watching and Learning From Attacks' » NBC Boston Leaders in Massachusetts are reacting after Sunday's deadly shooting at a concert in Las Vegas, emphasizing what authorities are doing locally to keep the state safe.…

Speaker looks to improves state's gun law » Gloucester Times

State Government

State's only Confederate memorial will be removed » Boston Globe The state's only Confederate memorial will be removed from Georges Island after Columbus Day weekend and temporarily put into storage at the Massachusetts Archives, according to the secretary of the C…

Baker's former chief of staff joins MBTA pension board » Boston Globe Gov. Charlie Baker's former chief of staff has been appointed to the board of trustees for the MBTA Retirement Fund, a pension system Baker has sought to reform through benefit cuts and shifting some …

MA national guardsmen to help fix communications system in Puerto Rico » WWLP 22 News Massachusetts is sending National Guard troops to help Puerto Rico recover from disaster. A team of six national guardsmen will deploy to Puerto Rico for up to 30 days.…

Taxation

Massachusetts business groups ask state's Supreme Judicial Court to stop 'millionaires tax' from reaching 2018 ballot » Mass Live

It's not just Amazon: Mass. is aggressively going after taxes from all online retailers » Boston Business Journal

Transportation

Next stop... Frank M. Hynes Station at Greenbush » Wicked Local Scituate Despite the rain nearly 100 people turned out for the dedication ceremony of the Frank M. Hynes Station at Greenbush.…

Fare verification spurs electronic ticket sales » Commonwealth Magazine KEOLIS COMMUTER SERVICES said on Monday that its emerging fare verification initiative is spurring the sale of an average of 1,500 to 2,000 more electronic tickets a day for commuter rail trips.…

Working Group Looks At Options For Berkshire-NYC Passenger Rail » WAMC A working group convened in Lenox, Massachusetts last week to brainstorm ideas to establish seasonal weekend passenger rail service from the Berkshires to New York City. …

I-Team: Bumps In The Road For State's New Vehicle Inspection Program » CBS Boston It was a frustrating day for some drivers trying to get new inspection stickers on their cars.…

Massachusetts Appoints New Highway Chief » WBUR Officials have named a new highway administrator for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.…

Reps would like to pull back MBTA privatization authority » State House News Service

Lawmakers, union leaders want MBTA privatization reigned in » Metro

New commission to oversee transportation needs, funds » The Daily Free Press

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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Easthampton at-large candidate William Lynch IV touts teamwork and management skills » The Republican

AG Maura Healey postpones tonight's town hall meeting in Leominster citing mass killing in Las Vegas » Sentinel & Enterprise

Rosenberg: Senate health care bill due out this month » State House News Service

Baker on Vegas shooting: "This could be anyone's kids including ours" » State House News Service

Baker calls for bipartisan effort on health care reform » Boston Globe

Baker frets about federal inaction on health care » Boston Business Journal

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