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Today on Beacon Hill

8:00am Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston

9:00am Hanna Awards and Luncheon, House Chamber & Great Hall, State House

9:00am Inclusion Awards, Great Hall, State House

10:30am House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

2:00pm House Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Rep. Marc Lombardo's Annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser

7:00pm North Shore Meet & Greet with Attorney General Candidate Dan Shores

Must-Reads

Mass. bill would eliminate minimum sentences for many drug crimes » Boston Globe State Senate leaders have introduced sweeping legislation designed to pare the number of people ensnared in the criminal justice system. But the bill, set for a vote this month, is already drawing sha…

State Health Connector warns premiums could soar next year » Boston Globe Health insurance premiums for more than 80,000 Massachusetts residents who get their coverage on the state Health Connector could soar an average of 24 percent next year if the Trump administration ma…

Ron Beaty's Political "Penance" - A Profile » Cape Cod Wave Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Beaty Jr. believes he is the first person elected to office in the country who previously spent time in federal prison for threatening to kill the President of th…

House restores $320M to budget vetoed by Gov. Baker » Sentinel & Enterprise Unfazed by two consecutive years in which their budgets collapsed, the Massachusetts House on Wednesday completed votes needed to restore the $320 million that Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed from the budge…

Angry GOP donors close their wallets after Obamacare failure » Politico Republicans are confronting a growing revolt from their top donors, who are cutting off the party in protest over its inability to get anything done.…

Matias jumps into Third District congressional race » Boston Globe State representative Juana Matias, one of the first Latinas elected to the state Legislature, is running for the congressional seat that US Representative Niki Tsongas will relinquish next year, she s…

New Poll: Boston Voters Are More Dissatisfied Than They Seem » WGBH First-term mayor Marty Walsh is cruising. And why not? His only competitor for re-election got trounced in the preliminary, and has no significant funds, no outside Super PACs, and a truncated six-wee…

How We Found Tom Price's Private Jets » Politico The first tip came from a casual conversation with a source back in May: Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was using private jets for routine travel, possibly in violation of federal trave…

“I’m Donald Trump’s worst nightmare,” Matias said. “I’m an immigrant who grew up in this community. I’m a product of the public schools. I got my first job at age 11, delivering Lawrence Eagle-Tribune newspapers.”

Representative Juana Matias

Announcing her run for the congressional seat that US Representative Niki Tsongas will relinquish next year.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Scott Gottlieb rocketed to the top of FDA. He may keep rising » STAT News When President Trump nominated Scott Gottlieb as the head of the Food and Drug Administration, he was quickly pegged by many as a conservative businessman who was cozy with the pharmaceutical industry…

Elizabeth Warren slams Equifax CEO, calls for 'severe financial penalties' » Boston Globe It takes a lot to unite Congress in outrage these days, given how divided along party lines it's become. Equifax this week managed that feat.…

Senator Elizabeth Warren: 'Congress Is Held Hostage By The NRA' » WGBH Senator Elizabeth Warren said Wednesday that Congress is being "held hostage" by the National Rifle Association, and called on her colleagues to implement gun control measures in the wake of a mass sh…

Rep. Seth Moulton Urges Paul Ryan To 'At Least Do Something' About Gun Control » WGBH Rep. Seth Moulton has condemned House Speaker Paul Ryan for declining to bring gun legislation to the floor of the House of Representatives following Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas. …

Massachusetts reps boycott Las Vegas moment of silence, call event 'empty gesture' » MassLive Two Massachusetts Democrats were the only representatives to refuse participation in the House's moment of silence for Las Vegas shooting victims on Tuesday night.…

Business

For Amazon, Boston has plenty of sites to choose from » Boston Globe As Boston officials finalize their pitch to Amazon for the company's “second headquarters,” due later this month, they are firming up a list of possible sites for the e-commerce giant. …

Boston makes short list of World Cup host cities » Boston Business Journal Greater Boston has made the short list of potential World Cup host cities for the 2026 event.…

Suffolk Downs investors claim they're owed millions from sale » Boston Business Journal Developer Richard Fields and his firm are accused in a lawsuit of withholding $2.6 million from the sale of the property this spring.…

Prime opportunity: What Boston and the state could deliver to Amazon » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Low-income families left in dark by solar law, advocates say » WWLP 22 The Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee held a hearing on bills dealing with solar power and the credits that solar producers can earn from selling their energy back to the grid. Among …

Education

Chang gets good grades in yearly evaluation » Boston Globe The Boston School Committee Wednesday rated Superintendent Tommy Chang's performance as mostly proficient for his second year on the job, except for the area of family and community engagement, in whi…

Brookline wants to seize Pine Manor's land, and the college is ready to fight » Boston Globe At a men's soccer game last month, a player from Elms College hurled a racial slur at a competitor from Pine Manor College. Pine Manor students heard it from the stands, confronted the player, and ask…

Environment

Legislators Announce Funding Boost for Westborough's Recycling Efforts » Stoneham Patch In its continued effort to move green, Westborough nabbed a major grant to help maximize the town's recycling, composting and waste reduction programs.…

Pesticide targeted in bid to preserve dwindling bee colonies » Wicked Local Holliston Beekeepers, scientists and horticulturalists swarmed lawmakers Tuesday, bearing studies, anecdotes and dire warnings that a popular pesticide is killing off pollinators essential to the food supply, b…

Baker-Polito Administration Grants fund two new Andover trails » The Andover Townsman The Andover Conservation Commission and the Trustees of Reservations both received hefty grants from the Governor's office last week. …

Columnist Marty Nathan: Must strengthen state solar policies » Wicked Local Weymouth My husband and I recently took a bold step. Despite advancing age and reduced abilities, we took a road trip through the Northwest.…

Baker team swims around marine monument controversy » State House News Service In course of the past year, a Connecticut-sized marine area off the coast of Cape Cod has been officially designated a national monument by one president and targeted for potential changes by the next…

Health Care

Federal prosecutors launch investigation of prominent surgeon who double-booked operations » Boston Globe Federal prosecutors are investigating the billing practices of one of the nation's highest-paid surgeons after a Spotlight Team report detailed that Dr. David B. Samadi ran two surgeries simultaneousl…

Mass. Health Insurance Price Spikes Are Riding On The Fate Of Federal Subsidies » WBUR Some consumers who buy their health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector could see their premiums rise by more than 25 percent next year if the federal government makes good on threats…

Massachusetts settles with fentanyl company » The Associated Press (AP)

Human Services

Ties to island spur lawmakers to keep pressure on Puerto Rican relief » The Salem News BOSTON – Saying several of their members are struggling to hear from loved ones in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, members of the Legislature's Black and Latino Caucus are keeping up pressure on…

Boston plots aid for Puerto Rico » Boston Herald Local Puerto Rican leaders are calling for a coordinated effort to get donations of money and supplies from across the state to cities and remote parts of the hurricane-ravaged U.S. territory.…

Opportunities and challenges for Puerto Ricans seeking better life in Pioneer Valley » WWLP 22 Massachusetts is preparing to welcome Puerto Rican families when flights resume from the hurricane-devastated island.…

National day of recognition for abuse survivors and supporters » Leominster Champion

Insurance

Women's groups seek guaranteed birth control coverage » Gloucester Times A federal mandate requiring insurers to cover birth control is under threat from President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress, according to women's advocacy groups who want the state …

Premiums rising: 80,000 in Massachusetts may see drastic increases in health insurance costs » MassLive The group overseeing the state's online insurance market is preparing an aggressive outreach campaign to help up to 80,000 people who could see drastic increases to their insurance premiums.…

State readies campaign to warn 80,000 of health insurance spikes » Boston Business Journal The group overseeing the state's online insurance market is preparing an aggressive outreach campaign to help up to 80,000 people who could see drastic increases to their insurance premiums.…

Massachusetts health insurance price spikes riding on fate of federal subsidies » MassLive Some consumers who buy their health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector could see their premiums rise by more than 25 percent next year if the federal government makes good on threats…

Judiciary

Gov. nominates Leverett man as administrative judge » The Recorder A Leverett resident has been nominated to become an administrative judge for the state's Industrial Accidents Board.…

Baker administration releases additional $1.3 million for roof repair at historic Northampton courthouse a week after ceiling collapse » The Republican

Labor

Massachusetts Legislature Schedules Hearing on Non-Compete Reform » JD Supra The Massachusetts legislature is back at it again. Under new leadership, the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development recently scheduled a hearing for October 31, 2017 on the non-compete refor…

Local Government

Stoughton selectman resigns during meeting, now reconsiders » The Enterprise One of the three members of the Stoughton Board of Selectmen targeted by a recall effort abruptly resigned during Tuesday night's meeting, though he walked back from that intention Wednesday afternoon…

Municipal Legislation From State Rep. Crocker Signed into Law » Cape Cod Online Legislation that makes language clearer as to the length of terms for Barnstable Town Council and how to fill vacancies recently passed the House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Charlie…

St. Fleur takes seat on city's Zoning Board » Dorchester Reporter Former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur has been appointed to the city's Zoning Board of Appeal, officials confirmed this week. …

Looking for mimosas with Sunday brunch? North Attleboro selectmen approve change in alcohol hours » The Sun Chronicle Looking for a mimosa during Sunday brunch? You'll no longer have to travel to nearby towns to indulge.…

Marijuana

City bans pot shops, limits panhandling » Eagle Tribune A city already known as a regional marketplace for heroin and fentanyl won't also become a marketplace for marijuana when its commercial sale becomes legal in Massachusetts, following a unanimous vote…

Cannabis panel gets plenty of feedback on recreational pot rules » Gazette Net The Cannabis Control Commission held the first of its public listening sessions on Wednesday. It got an earful.…

Residents show disdain for potential recreational marijuana facility » Wicked Local Bedford The prospects for a recreational marijuana facility coming to Bedford look dim after a crowd in the Town Hall Multi-Purpose Room universally expressed their preference for a prohibition on recreationa…

Pot entrepreneurs should be ready for a "roller coaster" ride, expert says » State House News Service

Opinion

The world can't afford a nuclear Iran. Keep the current deal » Boston Globe When the Iran nuclear agreement was concluded more than two years ago, many questioned whether Tehran would live up to its terms. Incredibly, now it's our continued compliance that's in question.…

How to lure Amazon to Boston » Boston Globe The news that Boston could become home to Amazon's second headquarters calls to mind Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's comment about our region six years ago. Asked to name his biggest regret as CEO,…

The best democracy blood money can buy » Boston Globe Let's not kid ourselves. They're stronger than we are.…

Our Opinion: Protecting rights of women is an issue for all » Berkshire Eagle Protecting women's reproductive rights in Massachusetts against assaults from Washington will require a team effort among men and women, lawmakers and health insurers. An example of how this works was…

Columnist Marty Nathan: Must strengthen state solar policies » Gazette Net My husband and I recently took a bold step. Despite advancing age and reduced abilities, we took a road trip through the Northwest.…

Charlie Frank Sargent Baker » Mass Politics Profs Is the 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial election a repeat of 1970 or 1974? Depends on which party you ask.…

Politics

Political money flows to Vargas in 3rd Essex race » Eagle Tribune City Councilor Andy Vargas has built a substantial lead in campaign contributions in the contest for the 3rd Essex District seat, raising nearly twice as much as his Democratic primary opponent, Schoo…

WBZ cancels debate as candidates heed union's call not to attend » Boston Globe A local union representing dozens of behind-the-scenes workers at WBZ-TV has shut down a face-to face debate between Mayor Martin J. Walsh and City Councilor Tito Jackson.…

GOP's John Kingston puts $3M into his primary purse » Boston Herald Republican businessman John Kingston has funneled $3 million of his own cash into his potential U.S. Senate bid, underscoring the financial heft he's wielded at the onset of the GOP race to take on Ma…

Ex-Walsh aide Dan Koh rakes in $805,000 in first month running for Congress » Boston Globe Congressional hopeful Dan Koh is claiming a gargantuan fund-raising haul, scooping up more than $805,000 in his first month running to succeed retiring Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.…

Daniel Koh has $805G in coffers for run » Boston Herald Daniel Koh, the former chief of staff for Mayor Martin J. Walsh, says he's raised more than $805,000 to run for Niki Tsongas' congressional seat, a figure that dwarfs the cash on hand for other conten…

Schilling to deal for Diehl at funders » State House News Service GOP Senate candidate Geoff Diehl is looking to cash in on the excitement around the start of the Major League Baseball playoffs, harkening back to a special time for Red Sox fans when pitcher Curt Sch…

Public Health

Medical School Hosts Opioid Crisis Symposium » The Harvard Crimson Speakers at Harvard Medical School's first-ever symposium on the opioid crisis discussed the challenges of opioid addiction and strongly urged medical students to learn about how to prevent opioid dep…

Public Safety

Ban on 'bump stock' devices that modify semi-automatics back in play » The Salem News The device that may have been used by the Las Vegas shooter to turn a semi-automatic rifle into an automatic weapon capable of firing hundreds of rounds per minute remains legal to obtain in Massachus…

Sterling paramedic fired after posting racist comments about New England Patriots players kneeling during national anthem » MassLive A Sterling paramedic has been fired after authorities said she posted racist remarks on Facebook about the New England Patriots players while they kneeled during the national anthem before a game.…

Cops, troopers to deploy to territory » Boston Herald Massachusetts cops and troopers are deploying to Puerto Rico to help the hurricane-ravaged territory get back on its feet by helping local law enforcement.…

MEMA sending 69 Massachusetts police officers to Puerto Rico » MassLive The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has is expected to deploy 69 Massachusetts police officers to assist the island with their recovery efforts.…

Holyoke, Easthampton and Hampden police officers on their way to Puerto Rico » MassLive Sixty-nine police officers from across the state will be deployed to Puerto Rico to help supplement law enforcement agencies on the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Gov. Charlie Baker announced …

Dozens Of Mass. Officers Heading To Puerto Rico To Assist Hurricane Recovery Efforts » WBUR Sixty-nine police officers from Massachusetts, some of whom are bilingual in Spanish, will be deploying in waves to Puerto Rico to help with the island's recovery efforts following the devastation fro…

Rep files bill plugging bump stock "loophole" in state gun laws » State House News Service The device that may have been used by the Las Vegas shooter to turn a semi-automatic rifle into an automatic weapon capable of firing hundreds of rounds per minute remains legal to obtain in Massachus…

No direct threat has been detected against Boston, Gov. Baker says of Las Vegas shooting » The Republican

Charlie Baker: Vegas-style gun bump stocks 'should be outlawed' » Boston Herald

Governor Baker says Mass. should ban bump stocks » Boston Globe

Gov. Baker would sign ban on bump stocks » The Herald News

Police, Gov. Baker Aware Of Reports That Vegas Shooter Researched Possible Locations In Boston » WBUR

Baker: No 'imminent threat' to Boston in wake of Vegas reports » Boston Herald

State Finance

House overrides governor's veto of school money » The Sun Chronicle The House has moved to restore to the state budget $400,000 a group of urban schools, including Attleboro, were seeking to develop alternates to MCAS testing.…

State Senate votes to restore funding cut by Governor's vetoes » WWLP 22 Lawmakers continue to override Governor Charlie Baker's line item vetoes in this year's state budget in order to restore funding to programs and services you rely on.…

State Government

Gov. Baker touts bipartisanship at Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce dinner » Eagle Tribune If there is any politician who believes in and practices reaching across the aisle – it's got to be Gov. Charlie Baker, who was the featured speaker at the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce …

Gov. Baker: State a Model on Opioid Fight; Parents Shape His Politics » WHAV The increased use of the antidote Narcan has reduced drug deaths even as overdoses climbed, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told attendees to the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner We…

Baker wants $3.8 billion for building repairs statewide » WWLP 22

Taxation

'Millionaire's Tax' ballot petition faces legal challenge » WWLP 22 A coalition of business-backed organizations are trying to stop the petition from coming before voters on the 2018 ballot.…

Business Groups Sue To Block 'Millionaires Tax' From Massachusetts Ballot » WAMC Five business groups have sued to try to keep the so-called “millionaires tax” proposal off the Massachusetts ballot next year.…

Transportation

City lands $400K grant from MassDOT for South Salem » Wicked Local Salem Salem will receive a little under $400,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Complete Streets program, Gov. Charlie Baker's office recently announced.…

Auto shops fuming over sticker snafu » Boston Herald Hundreds of Bay State service stations were still unable to perform inspections three days after the disastrous rollout of an updated testing system left shop owners and motorists seeing red, official…

MassDOT awards freight grants to 8 rail projects » RT & S

Utilities

Massachusetts' largest ESS will help 'stabilize' utility customers' rates for 20 years » Energy Storage News The largest grid-connected energy storage system in Massachusetts will be used to determine the value of the technology throughout the US Commonwealth territory, supported by a Department of Energy Re…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh maintains massive lead over challenger Tito Jackson, new WBUR/MassINC poll shows » The Republican

Federal uncertainty may mean health insurance rate hikes of nearly 30% in Mass » Boston Business Journal

State's largest utility-scale energy storage system to be installed on Mt. Tom » WWLP 22

Business groups work to derail income tax » Sentinel & Enterprise

Attorney General Healey speaking in Walpole » Hometown Weekly

Holyoke, Ware awarded MassDOT industrial freight grants » WWLP 22

Bid for Amazon HQ occupies state economic chief's time » The Salem News

The gun lobby is alive and well in blue Massachusetts » Boston Globe

GOP Senate Hopeful Pours $3M Into Campaign to Defeat Warren » U.S. News and World Report

Maura Healey To Speak In Newton » Stoneham Patch

Renewable energy fans flex lobbying muscles in Massachusetts » The Associated Press (AP)

Voters of color must flex political muscle » Bay State Banner

Easthampton Police celebrate national 'coffee with a cop' day » The Republican

Local ties spur lawmakers to keep up pressure on Puerto Rico relief » State House News Service

Gov. Charlie Baker to reveal manufacturing grants at UMass » The Republican

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