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Today on Beacon Hill

8:30am Cannabis Control Commission Listening Session, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury

9:00am Blue Cross Blue Shield Municipal Health Forum, Storrowton Tavern, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield

11:45am North Central Mass. Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Great Wolf Lodge, 150 Great Wolf Drive, Fitchburg

6:00pm Retina Society Reception, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House

Must-Reads

Libertarian Bill Weld will head up a fund-raising event... for the GOP » Boston Globe It was not quite the lifelong political marriage that the former Massachusetts governor pledged. Turns out, there's a little cheatin' going on.…

Likely GOP Senate candidate John Kingston says Elizabeth Warren should be more vocal on Mass. getting Amazon » The Republican John Kingston, the GOP businessman looking to run against US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, says the Massachusetts Democrat should be more vocal in pulling for Amazon to locate its second headquarters in Mass…

Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream » BuzzFeed In August, after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville ended in murder, Steve Bannon insisted that "there's no room in American society" for neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates, and the KKK.…

Pot power drain on the minds of Bay State utilities » State House News Service A year ago it might have been taboo for a utility company to set up shop at a conference devoted to marijuana, but no one batted an eye Thursday when a representative from National Grid got up to talk…

Democrats' Leftward Shift and Its Impact on 2020 » The Cook Political Report Earlier this year, Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave a speech to the annual gathering of liberal activists known as NetRoots Nation, where she made clear that her brand of progressive politics, not the more …

Massachusetts pot business a 'gold mine' » Boston Herald Creating a recreational marijuana industry from scratch in the Bay State could be a potential “gold mine” not just for pot dispensaries, but the countless other companies that are looking …

Poll: GOP's popularity 'is in freefall' » The Hill Registered voters are increasingly turning away from the Republican Party and looking to the Democrats to solve America's biggest problems, according to a new poll.…

"I admire Gov. Charlie Baker - a Republican - and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh - a Democrat - for working together in the best interest of Boston and our state," he said in a statement. "If I represented our state in Congress, I would be calling the governor's office, city hall and Amazon every single day, working to bring these jobs to Massachusetts."

John Kingston, the GOP businessman looking to run against US Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Speaking about Amazon potentially relocating to Massachusetts.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump plans to declare that Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest » Boston Globe President Trump is expected to overrule his top national security advisers and decline to certify the Iran nuclear agreement, according to people who have been briefed on the matter, a decision that w…

Sen. Warren Calls for Accountability From Financial Firms » Bloomberg Politics Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, comments on the Equifax data breach. She speaks with Bloomberg's Kevin Cirilli. …

Top House Democrat says Pelosi should step aside » Politico Rep. Linda Sanchez, a member of House Democratic leadership, said Thursday she thinks it's time for longtime Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants to step down.…

ACLU files lawsuit against Trump administration over roll back of birth control mandate » The Hill

Business

Stations say car-inspection system is costing them money, seek compensation » Boston Globe A trade group representing Massachusetts service stations wants the state to compensate stations that have lost money on vehicle inspections since this week's bungled rollout of new inspection machine…

Here's a sampling of where Amazon could go in Greater Boston » Boston Business Journal Amazon.com wants room to build up to 8 million square feet for its HQ2 project. Here are several sites in the region that could fit that volume of development.…

Talent will 'reign supreme' in Massachusetts' Amazon bid » Boston Business Journal While there's some fear in the tech community about Amazon cannibalizing talent, the pitch that Greater Boston has top engineering and entrepreneurial talent will "reign supreme" in the state's respon…

Will Legislature OK Thanksgiving Day liquor sales? » Lowell Sun It's Thanksgiving Day. You're on the way to a friend's house when you realize you forgot to bring an adult beverage.…

Then & Now: Eastern exec brings fresh perspective to growing minority businesses » Boston Business Journal Glynn Lloyd is executive director, foundation for business equity, Eastern Bank; and part owner and former CEO, City Fresh Foods.…

Civil Rights

Controversial Dr. Seuss mural to be removed from Springfield museum » The Republican A mural depicting Theodor Geisel's "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" will be removed from The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield after complaints that it included a "jarrin…

Environment

White Mountains fire spreads, could burn for days, fire chief says » Boston Globe

Bioshelter takes root in Worcester » Worcester Telegram Representatives from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester Common Ground on Thursday celebrated the completion of Worcester's first and, according to its creators, the region's only bioshelter…

Health Care

IBM to Congress: Watson will transform health care, so keep your hands off our supercomputer » STAT News To the public, IBM trumpets its Watson supercomputer as the next big thing in medicine, a new kind of machine that melds human expertise with digital speed to give patients personalized treatment advi…

Uncertainty looms for insurance plan for low-income kids » Gloucester Times Money has dried up for a health care program that covers children from low- and moderate-income families, potentially leaving millions without insurance and forcing Massachusetts and other states to m…

Baystate nurse attends state health policy conference » The Recorder Driving from Greenfield, Cheryl Pascucci thought that her comments as a panelist at the state's Health Policy Commission annual meeting would be merely an aside.…

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey suing President Donald Trump over new contraception coverage rule » The Republican

Maura Healey to sue Trump over birth control regulation » Boston Globe

Housing

Mayor Walsh Appointments Maureen Flynn as Deputy Director for Homeownership Programs » Boston Real Estate Times Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the appointment of West Roxbury resident Maureen Flynn as Deputy Director for Homeownership Programs.…

Chinatown residents protest short-term rentals » Commonwealth Magazine RESIDENTS MARCHED through the streets of Chinatown to the Massachusetts State House on Thursday to protest a short-term rental industry that they say is squeezing out residents of the downtown communi…

Human Services

Boston rallies to support Puerto Rico » Mission Hill Gazette After Hurricane Maria brought catastrophic damage to the island of Puerto Rico, Mission Hill's own state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, along with other Boston organizations, have come together to support the …

Judiciary

Medway's Eustis nominated for judge » Milford Daily News Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated local resident Richard Eustis to serve as an associate justice at Milford District Court.…

Labor

US loses 33,000 jobs after hurricanes » Boston Globe The U.S. shed 33,000 jobs in September because of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which closed thousands of businesses in Texas and Florida and forced widespread evacuations. It was the first decline in n…

Legislative

Hinds Will Rep Mass. Senate At National Broadband Summit » WAMC Pittsfield Democrat Adam Hinds has been selected to represent the Massachusetts Senate at the Broadband & Cable Policy Summit, hosted by the National Conference of State Legislators in Colorado. …

Projects on hold as lawmakers slow-walk Baker borrowing bill » State House News Service Construction projects at public colleges and universities -- as well as upgrades at a soldiers' home, State Police barracks and Boston courthouse -- will not be able to proceed unless more borrowing i…

Local Government

Worcesteria: Tax rate, wayfinding, 17th Worcester » Worcester Mag It was a whirlwind of opinions and accusations at City Council Tuesday night, Oct. 3, brought on by an item asking that the city look at Auburn's move to a single property tax rate.…

City receives $52K in DEP funding » Lynn Daily News Item The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has announced grant recipients awarded through its Sustainable Material Recovery Program (SMRP) including Lynn and Saugus.…

Northampton City Council takes stand against Chinese charter expansion » Gazette Net For the second time in about a year, the City Council has voiced its opposition to the expansion of the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School.…

Landmarking of Harvard Square kiosk suggested unanimously by commission » Cambridge Day The Harvard Square kiosk was unanimously referred for landmark status by the Cambridge Historical Commission on Thursday, which could help protect its look and architectural details as it becomes part…

Hull gets $400,000 in state grants to rebuild sidewalks » Boston Globe

Marijuana

Pro Athletes Made the Case for Marijuana in Boston » Boston Magazine As the struggles of current and former professional athletes have come under increased scrutiny in recent years—including traumatic brain injuries and reports linking contact sports with opioid…

Town Meeting to settle issue of marijuana ban » Daily Times Chronicle

Opinion

It's time for Boston to bring in the closer for our Amazon bid » Boston Globe I'm feeling underwhelmed. Bids for Amazon's second North American headquarters are due in two weeks, and nothing from Massachusetts stands out.…

Fear on both sides makes answers hard to find in gun debate » Boston Globe Nothing muddies clear thinking like fear. And it is fear, more than any other of the primal emotions, that dominates both sides of the American debate about guns.…

Letter: Elect a progressive Democrat in Towle » Berkshire Eagle I will vote for Kevin Towle for state rep. in the 1st Berkshire District because of the following. He is a progressive Democrat who will confront Republican Charlie Baker's plans to privatize public s…

Editorial: Prodigal Legislature » Boston Herald As lawmakers this week continued the systematic reversal of Gov. Charlie Baker's budget vetoes, Senate Ways and Means Committee chair Karen Spilka said she believes the budget sent to Baker in July re…

Viewpoint: Proposed real-time sales tax plan is unworkable » Boston Business Journal An anti-business proposal under consideration by the Commissioner of Revenue would require retailers to remit sales tax from electronic transactions in real-time from June 2018.…

Battenfeld: Official remarks just compound confusion » Boston Herald At a time when a nervous public was looking for reassurance, state and city officials instead delivered mixed messages and confusion.…

Editorial: ?Don't let health center funding lapse » Boston Business Journal The quiet failure of Congress to reauthorize critical federal funding that goes to community health centers by a Sept. 30 deadline will hurt Massachusetts residents and businesses. It must not be forg…

OUR VIEW: A bumpy ride for Registry » The Sun Chronicle

Politics

Easthampton School Committee candidates forum set for Friday » The Republican After a turbulent year, only two of six elected School Committee members are running again -- but six more newcomers have qualified for the Nov. 7 ballot, meaning a competitive race is underway.…

Lawrence state Rep. Juana Matias enters 3rd District race » Lowell Sun With working families on her mind, state Rep. Juana Matias of Lawrence has announced a run in the 3rd Congressional District, for the seat that will be vacant once U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas leaves office…

WBUR Poll: No Boston Olympics, No Regrets — And Yes To Amazon Bid » WBUR The 2024 Summer Olympics will be held in Paris, not Boston. And a new WBUR poll (topline, crosstabs) finds most Boston voters are just fine with that.…

Governor hopeful Bob Massie rejects Trump, Amazon HQ » Boston Herald Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie joined Boston Herald Radio's “The Rundown” program yesterday to talk about how he would deal with the Trump administration and the bids to bri…

State Rep. candidates prepare for primary election Tuesday » Eagle Tribune It was an unexpected race, spurred on by the surprise July resignation of a politician many thought could eventually become Speaker of the House.…

Tito Jackson proposes four debates; Mayor Walsh wants two » Boston Globe The saga over a mayoral matchup got even more tangled Thursday, with City Councilor Tito Jackson challenging Mayor Martin J. Walsh to four debates and the mayor sticking to his plan for just two.…

Quincy candidates hit the printers » Patriot Ledger Now in the depths of election season, you probably have seen more campaign signs and found more fliers in your mailbox than you thought possible.…

If the elites go down, we're all in trouble » Boston Globe SURE, THE INFAMOUS New Yorker interview granted by White House communications-chief-for-less-than-a-fortnight Anthony Scaramucci (long live The Mooch!) was historic, if only for its lasting imagery of…

City Councilor-at-Large Roy Avellaneda Announces Re-Election Bid » Chelsea Record

Public Health

Boston-Area Natives Of Dominica Organize Aid For Tiny Nation » WBUR In a storage unit at a facility in Dorchester, a half dozen women stand surrounded by boxes, sorting donations they will ship to the tiny island nation of Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Maria.…

Public Safety

NRA offers some support for rules on rapid-fire device » Boston Globe The National Rifle Association on Thursday opened the door to supporting a narrowly crafted restriction on a type of gun accessory used in the Las Vegas massacre, easing slightly its historically stau…

Fall River officers honored at Statehouse for bravery » The Herald News Two Fall River police officers on Thursday received medals of valor from Gov. Charlie Baker for their actions in a June 2016 shootout in Tiverton that killed a suspect in an earlier homicide.…

Auburn Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. posthumously awarded state's highest honor for bravery » Worcester Telegram The state's highest honor for police bravery was awarded posthumously Thursday to Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr., who was killed during a traffic stop in May 2016.…

Local lawmakers open to closing gun law 'loophole' » The Sun Chronicle A state representative wants to ban a device that turns semi-automatic weapons into automatics and local lawmakers say they are open to the idea.…

FBI alerted BPD to Vegas killer's Boston link » Boston Herald Local FBI agents briefed police Commissioner William Evans about the discovery that the shooter in the Las Vegas massacre had researched locations in Boston, a police spokesman told the Herald.…

Baker Signals Support For Bump-Fire Stock Ban In Wake Of Las Vegas Massacre; NRA Calls For Federal Review » New Boston Post Governor Charlie Baker said Thursday he'd back a proposed statewide ban on bump-fire stocks, the add-on equipment authorities claim that a Las Vegas gunman attached to his semiautomatic rifles in orde…

'Bump stocks' ban mulled » Boston Herald Momentum is building for a nationwide ban on “bump stocks” — devices that can increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic weapons — as the National Rifle Association, the Whi…

Fenway to beef up security amid Vegas shooter report » Boston Herald The Red Sox are working with law enforcement to beef up security in the wake of a report that the Las Vegas mass shooter had researched locations in Boston prior to the massacre Sunday night.…

'We will be with you always,' Baker tells family of fallen police officer » Boston Globe The family of Auburn police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. was in the well of the House chamber at the State House on Thursday as the slain police officer was posthumously awarded the Hanna Medal of Hon…

Newton's offer of cop for Puerto Rico aid comes too late » State House News Service Newton Mayor Setti Warren has been highly critical of what he considers to be a lackluster effort by Gov. Charlie Baker to send hurricane relief resources to Puerto Rico, but as the state put together…

Brockton police officers agree to first drug testing policy » The Enterprise Brockton police officers will soon be subject to urine tests if they are suspected of abusing drugs, according to a new union contract, which was approved on Monday by the City Council Finance Committ…

Is a Mass. ban on bump stocks on the fast track? » Boston Globe

Momentum builds for bump stock ban in Massachusetts » The Republican

Utilities

Cape Cod Tidal Turbine Receives First-of-Its-Kind Approval » Government Technology The Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative has received approval to install a first-of-its-kind tidal turbine test site on the Cape Cod Canal.…

Activists relentless as Tennessee Gas tries to wrap up pipeline work, gas to flow in November » Berkshire Eagle When all else fails, keep bugging the pipeline company, and try a little voodoo. "I think us just being here is having an effect," said Steven Botkin, one of around 20 activists in Otis State Forest o…

Pilgrim owner backs off another nuclear plant closure » Cape Cod Times Entergy Corp. has once again reversed a decision on closing one of its nuclear power plants, raising questions about its 2019 shutdown of the Pilgrim station.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 2051 - An Act authorizing the town of Palmer to issue one additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises at 4279 Church street

HB 3692 - An Act authorizing the Town of Lincoln to transfer certain landfill property in exchange for dedication of conservation land

HB 2780 - An Act establishing the Department of Inspectional Services and Permitting in the town of Lakeville

HB 1100 - An Act authorizing the city of Cambridge to use certain land used for park, playground or recreation uses for school purposes and for the installation of sub surface geothermal wells

HB 3885 - An Act authorizing retired police officers serving as special police officers in the town of Canton to serve until the age of 70

HB 3706 - An Act proposing for certain charter amendments for the town of Barnstable

Most read bills of the week:

SB2170 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

SB2167 - An Act to further define standards of employee safety

HB3828 - A message from His Excellency the Governor returning with his reduction or disapproval of certain items and sections for the fiscal year 2018 annual appropriation act

SB2072 - An Act to further define standards of employee safety

HB175 - An Act relative to clarification of the Massachusetts franchise law

HB3390 - An Act promoting solar-ready construction

HB2777 - An Act to enable the Commonwealth's administration of the Massachusetts pollutant discharge elimination system

HB74 - An Act implementing the joint recommendations of the Massachusetts criminal justice review

HB1668 - An Act to procure public products or services from Massachusetts or the United States

House Actions This Week: 462

Senate Actions This Week: 196

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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