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8:30am Jobs for Mass. Meeting, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

10:00am Face of Pharmacy 2017, Grand Staircase, State House

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

10:30am Cannabis Control Commission Listening Session, 1042 State Road, Vineyard Haven

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

3:30pm MassWorks STRAP Announcement, Grand Staircase, State House

5:00pm Nantucket Legislative Update with Sen. Julian Cyr and Rep. Dylan Fernandes, Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India Street, Nantucket

5:30pm Jay Gonzalez for Governor Reception

5:30pm Mass. Health Council's 2017 Dining with the Stars Awards, Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston

6:00pm Town Hall with U.S. Senator Ed Markey, Peabody City Hall, Wiggin Auditorium, 24 Lowell Street, Peabody

7:00pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate with Curt Schilling

7:00pm Bristol & Norfolk Election Debate, Medfield High School, 88 South Street, Medfield

State Primary for Special Election for Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's seat

State Primary for Special Election for Rep. Brian Dempsey's seat

Birthdays: Rep. Jennifer Benson

Must-Reads

How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics » New York Times A Times examination of Russian-linked Facebook pages used in the 2016 election found that much of the content was taken directly from videos and posts from Americans.…

Melania Trump Tussles With Ivana Over First Lady Status » Bloomberg Politics Melania Trump made it clear Monday that she may be President Donald Trump's third wife but is the only “first lady.” …

Group slams Mass. Democrats over pay raises » Newburyport News BOSTON — A tax-exempt group backed by Republicans is taking aim at Democratic lawmakers with a series of blistering mailers that criticize a controversial vote earlier this year to give themsel…

Governor throws weight behind Ventura with Attleboro visit » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — Charlie Baker is one of the most popular governors in the nation and Saturday he tried to throw some of that popularity behind state Senate candidate Jacob Ventura. …

Lapsed $$$ tangle children's insurance in fed health care debate » State House News Service Health care industry insiders, including Gov. Charlie Baker and elected officials on Beacon Hill, are beginning to fret over the future of a program that provides insurance coverage to about a quarter…

A 'pressure cooker': Trump's frustration and fury rupture alliances, threaten agenda » The Washington Post Frustrated by his Cabinet and angry that he has not received enough credit for his handling of three successive hurricanes, President Trump is now lashing out, rupturing alliances and imperiling his l…

Baker defends T's contractor despite theft arrests » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday defended the MBTA's decision to hire a private contractor to run its warehouse system, saying the arrest of two workers on charges of stealing from the T is a “blemi…

"We need to examine tax exemptions that give away billions of dollars to various interests in the state to ensure they are driving outcomes for people," Warren said. "I'm proposing a full review that's transparent and open of each one so we can really dig into which ones are providing economic growth, which ones are addressing economic inequality."

Newton Mayor Setti Warren

Speaking about ways to bring more revenue to the Commonwealth.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Clinton warns Harris, Warren would face 'double standard' in 2020 » Politico Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in California as part of her 16-city book tour, said Monday that Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren will need "a high pain threshold" if they ru…

'We don't allow families to own tanks' and should control guns too: Democratic lawmaker » ABC News A Massachusetts Democrat who served in the Iraq War and now serves in Congress calls for "commonsense" steps to reduce gun violence. A Virginia Republican who is also an Iraq War veteran serving in Co…

Business

Charlie Baker: Amazon headquarters bids from Massachusetts could range from 10 to 20 » Boston Herald The Bay State may submit up to 20 bids in the sweepstakes for Amazon's second headquarters, according to Gov. Charlie Baker, who yesterday predicted communities in the “vast majority” of t…

Boston is a city of two tales with its Amazon bid » Boston Globe Boston is a vibrant technology hub, rich in culture, brimming with smart ideas, and home to prestigious universities that pump out an endless supply of top talent. Sounds like the perfect place for th…

Kicking off its third year, HUBweek looks to become a Boston civic staple » Boston Globe Some of the biggest names in technology, business, science, and the arts gather in Boston this week as the HUBweek festival returns for its third year, its organizers hoping to solidify the event's fo…

GE stock sinks after activist investor Trian gains board seat » Boston Business Journal General Electric Co. lost $6 billion in market value on Monday morning after it announced that Trian Fund Management, the activist investor that's been pushing for cost cutting at the firm, has a seat…

Baker announces $7M for manufacturing projects » Worcester Business Journal

Civil Rights

For activists, abolishing Columbus Day means stopping the celebration of genocide » Boston Globe For supporters of changing the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day, the move isn't about rewriting history, it's about stopping the celebration of genocide.…

Crimes

MBTA contractors arrested, accused of stealing copper from warehouse » The Republican

Education

Williams College celebrates its last Columbus Day » Berkshire Eagle In ending the Columbus Day off at Williams College, it came down to accounting.…

Student activists push for renewable energy on campus » South Coast Today The student arm of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, which has a chapter at UMass Dartmouth, has released a 10-point plan to encourage college campuses to use 100 percent renewable ene…

Environment

Mark Blazis: George Peterson receives Francis W. Sargent Conservation Award » Worcester Telegram Last Wednesday, just as ripening cranberries were turning our coastal bogs red, and brook trout were showing spawning colors that rival our most brilliant foliage, recently retired Fish & Wildlife Com…

Mass. to sue to protect power plant emissions rule » The Associated Press (AP) Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is pledging to sue the Trump administration over its move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.…

Mass. wildlife bills would permit hunting on Sundays » Worcester Telegram Wildlife, hunting and trapping bills introduced for the current legislative session would allow Sunday hunting, use of a crossbow, and management of the state's beaver population by MassWildlife, roll…

Healey will sue to keep carbon limits » Boston Herald

Trump's plan to rescind climate policies would take years to affect New England » Boston Globe

Health Care

Trump contraceptive ruling will encounter legislative resistance in Massachusetts » Berkshire Eagle Birth control coverage was just dealt a blow at the federal level, with Massachusetts women in its crosshairs — for now. President Donald Trump issued a rule Friday that severely restricts the …

Bill Proposed To Renew No-Cost Birth Control In Massachusetts » WAMC A bill being discussed on Beacon Hill would ensure continued no-cost contraceptives in Massachusetts – regardless of federal changes to the health care law. …

Lawmakers restore Medicaid nursing home funding reduced by Gov. Baker » WWLP 22 Massachusetts nursing homes are getting more funding from the state this year than approved by Governor Charlie Baker in July. They say the money can help ensure their workers are paid a living wage.…

Housing

Boston campaign aims to end youth homelessness » Boston Herald The Walsh administration is launching a campaign to end youth homelessness in Boston, the city is expected to announce today.…

Human Services

Framingham rep pushes bill to protect immigrants » Wicked Local Framingham Rep. Chris Walsh, D-Framingham, supports the Safe Communities Act as an important step in advocating for Framingham's “extraordinarily valuable” immigrant communities. “We have many …

Immigration

Easthampton mayor: Ordering police to defy ICE detainer requests would be 'insulting' » The Republican Days after receiving a petition from local activists, Mayor Karen Cadieux on Friday made her position clear on the "sanctuary city" issue, or any of its variants.…

Insurance

Mass. officials worry Children's Health Insurance Program funds at risk » Berkshire Eagle

Judiciary

Meetings, presser signal heightened justice reform push » State House News Service

Labor

State House to vote on bill enhancing public employee safety » WWLP 22 Each week, an average of 28 municipal workers suffer injuries serious enough to be out of work for five or more days, according to the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents.…

Land Taking

DCR curation program offers opportunities, challenges sustaining historic homes » Wicked Local Real estate ads, especially in the old towns of New England, frequently promise you can “own a piece of history.”…

Legislative

GOP group hammers Democrats over raises » Gloucester Times A tax-exempt group backed by Republicans is taking aim at Democratic lawmakers with a series of blistering mailers that criticize a controversial vote earlier this year to give themselves a pay raise.…

Local Government

Senate signs off on 20 liquor licenses for Peabody » Salem News

Marijuana

Islands face special pot challenges » Commonwealth Magazine LIVING ON AN island brings with it challenges many on the mainland don't grasp, from being locked in during storms to being overrun by tourists during the summer season.…

First billboard ads for a marijuana dispensary debut » Boston Globe Massachusetts commuters might catch a glimpse of the future out their car windows on Monday: the state's first billboard ads for a marijuana dispensary.…

Opinion

The PC knives are out for Dr. Seuss. Really? » Boston Globe Every Who down in Whoville liked Dr. Seuss a lot. But the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville — in Cambridge, natch — did not. The Grinch hated Dr. Seuss, and his whole children's c…

Free speech protects a lie? I don't agree » Lowell Sun I continue to be amazed in politics that it is OK to lie about anything.b The Sun's editorial on state Rep. Colleen Garry (Sept. 25) took her to task because of a bill she submitted that would make it…

Mass. critical hub for autonomous systems » Commonwealth Magazine IT'S AN EXCITING TIME to be in the Commonwealth's innovation sector. There's a technological revolution taking place around the world and Massachusetts is ground zero as an emerging new industry secto…

The Democrats' single-payer trap » Boston Globe The GOP's ongoing train wreck — the defeat of its malign health care “reform,” the fratricidal troglodyte Roy Moore, and Donald Trump's serial idiocies — has heartened Democr…

Mayor for life? Or will Marty Walsh set his sights on something bigger? » Boston Globe This is a tale of two Martys. One becomes mayor for life, or at least for a long time. The other runs for governor.…

Editorial: The birth control canard » Boston Herald Depending on which group is issuing the indignant statement, the new Trump administration rule changing the scope of Obama- care's free birth control mandate is either an attack on women's health, an …

Cohen: 'Party of women' claims by Dems now fake news » Boston Herald The days of the Democrat Party claiming to be the “Party of Women” are over.…

Politics

Easthampton School Committee candidates find common ground on construction plans, 'culture and climate' at election forum » The Republican With six spots available on the School Committee, eight candidates running, and only two incumbents seeking re-election, there will be significant turnover on the board next year, no matter how resid…

Attleboro mayoral candidate discloses 2010 arrest » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Paul Heroux disclosed Monday that he was arrested in 2010 as a result of a dispute with his sister's former boyfriend, but said the case was dropped at the urging of the boyfriend.…

'Squishy' Republican could beat Warren » Boston Herald (W)hy in the world are Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts like state Rep. Geoff Diehl and entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai trying to prove they're the Trumpiest guy in the race? Why ar…

Candidates Face Off In Primary Election For 1st Berkshire District House Seat » WAMC Democratic hopefuls will face off in a primary election tomorrow to fill the open 1st Berkshire District House seat. Gailanne Cariddi, who died of cancer in June, left big shoes to fill in northern B…

Mayoral race is strangely quiet » The Sun Chronicle When Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas came in second place in the Sept. 19 preliminary election, many assumed he would immediately come out swinging in his race against state Rep. Paul Heroux.…

Political Notes: Busy week for Cape GOP power couple » Cape Cod Times It was a busy first week of October for a Cape GOP power couple.…

Light turnout expected in 3rd Essex primary » Eagle Tribune After months of campaigning, registered voters Tuesday will get the opportunity to cast their ballots in both the Democratic and Republican primaries to decide who will advance in the special election…

Three seeking to succeed Sen. Timilty in special election » The Sun Chronicle Voters can choose between a former newscaster, a former selectman and a legislative aide when they go to the polls next Tuesday, Oct. 17, to select a new state senator.…

RANDOLPH TOWN COUNCIL CAMPAIGN: Clerger pushes for small business help » Wicked Local Randolph Natacha Clerger, a Randolph council-at-large candidate, applauds a small business incubator.…

The Column: In 3rd primary, an $800G gorilla » Lowell Sun A MASTER fundraiser who had represented the region in Congress once thanked supporters for their generosity in a letter saying a big, fat campaign warchest helps keeps "challengers at bay."…

Political fervor won't trickle down to local races » Patriot Ledger It's hard to do much of anything these days without hearing about politics: what President Donald Trump has tweeted; who's protesting what Trump has done or said; what Congress is – or isn't â…

Public Health

Walsh supports bill for contraception coverage » Milford Daily News Ellen Duffer is a Boston resident who suffers from debilitating menstrual migraines causing her to “lose 84 days a year.” As a sophomore with $45,000 in student debt, Duffer said she could…

Chandler proposes “Plan B” for women's rights, DACA tuition break » Worcester Telegram Ellen Duffer, 25, experiences debilitating migraines that accompany her menstrual cycle. Every month, she finds herself lying on the bathroom floor for hours, waiting for the pain to subside.…

Governor Baker Announces Addiction Training Principles for Social Workers » Boston Magazine

Public Safety

House Speaker wants to ban bump stocks » Worcester Business Journal House Speaker Robert DeLeo plans to fast-track legislation filed Wednesday by Rep. David Linsky that would ban bump stocks, his office said. "Speaker DeLeo believes bump stocks should be illegal, and …

Massachusetts Lawmakers Seek Stricter Gun Laws After Las Vegas Mass Shooting » WAMC Massachusetts lawmakers are considering stricter gun regulations after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. …

Cops take aim at gun trafficking in New England » Boston Herald Boston is launching an unprecedented New England partnership to track down the guns that cross state lines and land in the hands of trigger-squeezing criminals in Hub neighborhoods.…

"Nanny state" label still looms over seat belt bill, chair says » State House News Service

State Finance

Tax revenue for Massachusetts comes in above expectations » WWLP 22 First Quarter Revenue collections came in $124 million above the benchmark for this fiscal year, giving lawmakers some hope as they try to restore spending that was cut from the budget by Governor Cha…

House, Senate vote to overturn budget vetoes » State House News Service 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…

State Government

Governor Baker Takes in Annual Cranberry Celebration » Cape Cod Online Governor Charlie Baker was in Wareham over the weekend to participate in the town's Cranberry Harvest Celebration.…

Fishing Partnership honors Governor, Massport CEO » Wicked Local Marion

Taxation

Mass. Dairy Farmers, Faced With High Costs, Laud Tax Credit » Lancaster Farming “Right now, dairy farmers in New England are at that sweet spot where we are producing the right amount of milk for New England,” said Denise Barstow of Barstow's Longview Farm.…

Utilities

Pilgrim failed to identify 23 assets open to cyberattack » Cape Cod Times Operators failed to identify and document 23 “critical digital assets” that perform functions related to safety systems and emergency preparedness at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, despite…

Weekend News

Legislators, experts discuss preventing mental illness among Massachusetts' youth » Wicked Local Marshfield Is it possible to prevent mental illness from developing among Massachusetts youth?…

Vargas: We're Not all that Different » WHAV Since his early 20s, Chairman Brian Dempsey has delivered for the city of Haverhill. With hard work, grace and the ability to develop fruitful relationships, Haverhill has made tremendous strides unde…

Amherst, Northampton to consider resolutions on 'End of Life Options Act' pending in Massachusetts Legislature » The Republican Government bodies in Amherst and Northampton will consider in coming weeks the "End of Life Options Act" pending in the state Legislature.…

Large Swaths of Haverhill Won't Be Voting in Election Tomorrow » WHAV Voting places in areas of the city that are not within the Third Essex State Representative District have been marked with signs indicating voters in those areas will not participate in Tuesday's spec…

House, Senate overturn Baker budget vetoes » 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…

Former House Speaker Sal DiMasi and City Councilor Sal LaMattina Honored with Michael A. Nazzaro Public Service Awards » North End Waterfront Former House Speaker Sal DiMasi and District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina were honored with the Michael A. Nazzaro, Jr. Public Service Award at this year's Columbus Day Celebration Reception. Boston…

Kronos Returns To Its Roots » Banker & Tradesman Long considered a forgotten mill city on the Merrimack River, Lowell has been clawing its way back to economic relevance over the past several years. The city received a major boost in its ongoing eff…

Monumental effort to pull up weeds » State House News Service A DIFFERENT TYPE of weed was on the minds of the folks at Garden Remedies on Friday morning. …

Stockbridge awarded $1 million grant for deteriorating Larrywaug Bridge » Berkshire Eagle Town leaders are celebrating an especially timely and much needed financial boost from Boston.…

MRPC celebrates opening of new Leominster headquarters » State House News Service The Montachusett Regional Planning Commission knows planning takes time. Cutting the ribbon on their new Leominster office space Friday morning was no exception. …

Rep. Fernandes Joins Advocates, Faith Leaders To Support Aid-In-Dying » Cape News State Representative Dylan Fernandes of Falmouth, along with seven other Falmouth advocates, testified in favor of medical aid in dying in front of the Joint Committee for Public Health at the Massach…

Massachusetts lawmakers considering medical aid in dying bill » WWLP 22 Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow terminally ill adults with six months or less to live to request, obtain and self-ingest prescription medication that would end their lives.…

GOP businessman mounts campaign for Tsongas' seat » Gloucester Times Rick Green is a longtime Beacon Hill critic who has blasted the Democratic-controlled Legislature over issues such as welfare reform, expanding charter schools and voting itself a pay raise.…

Rep. Matias running for Congress » Eagle Tribune State Rep. Juana Matias, who pulled off a major upset when she defeated then-Rep. Marcos Devers in the Democratic primary in September 2016, is now aiming her sights higher.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

Momentum builds for bump stock ban in Massachusetts » The Republican

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

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

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

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

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

Massachusetts to Sue to Protect Power Plant Emissions Rule » US News and World Report

AG Maura Healey to sue Trump administration over rollback of Clean Power Plan » The Republican

Gun Owners' Action League weighs in as Massachusetts moves towards ban on bump stocks used in Las Vegas shooting » The Republican

Unified support for 'millionaire's tax' among 2018 Democrats running for governor » The Republican

As CRRC Springfield rail car factory heads toward opening, Gov. Charlie Baker to tour facility » The Republican

DOJ plans involvement in more higher ed free speech cases » State House News Service

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