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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Surgical Advocacy Day, Great Hall, State House

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board and MassDOT Board of Directors Joint Meeting, Transportation Board Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

Birthdays: Rep. David Linsky, Senator Viriato (Vinny) deMacedo

Must-Reads

Colin Kaepernick, Who Began Anthem Kneeling, Files Complaint Against N.F.L. » New York Times Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who has not been signed by another team, will assert a conspiracy by owners to keep him out of the league. …

Health Care Back on Congress's Front Burner » The Wall Street Journal The Senate this week will grapple with President Donald Trump's decision to stop making subsidy payments to health insurers, with lawmakers seeking a deal that would keep the money flowing while Repub…

Russian trolls were schooled on 'House of Cards' » Yahoo News

Attorneys general heading to court to protect Obamacare subsidies » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker called on Congress Friday to immediately authorize funding to continue health insurance subsidies used by insurers to lower costs for low-income consumers after President Donald Tru…

Report says staff undermined Suffolk probate chief » Boston Globe Employees in the Suffolk probate office, resentful of change and possibly motivated by racism, sought to undermine new Register Felix D. Arroyo when he assumed control of the office in 2015, according…

'Political' moves renew talk of a Maura Healey run for Corner Office in '18 » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey's latest lawsuit against the Trump administration has some political analysts speculating that she's padding her resume for a 2018 gubernatorial run, even though she insi…

Who Is Seth Moulton For? » Slate The Massachusetts congressman is a white, centrist, Harvard-educated war hero who wants to remake the Democratic Party. Too bad no one wants that. …

Kushner Plan for Fifth Avenue Tower Is Being Blocked by Partner » Bloomberg Politics An ambitious plan by Jared Kushner's family to recast its indebted Fifth Avenue office building as a luxury architectural trophy is collapsing, setting off a chain of events that may imperil the Kushn…

Mass. candidates want campaign funds allowed toward child care » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Two years ago, Andre Green was elected to his seat on the Somerville School Committee. He recalled knocking on doors with his child in tow – not as a campaign tactic, but as a consequence of t…

"I am not a professional politician. This is my first time as a candidate," she said. "And I do not imagine for one moment that I could take up this cause alone ... I am betting that if we give Massachusetts a real debate, and if we give voters a real choice, we just might give Sen. Warren a real surprise."

Beth Lindstrom

formally announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate Saturday.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown swoop into California for fundraisers » Los Angeles Times Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown swooped into California this week for a money run.…

Business

Drink up in North Attleboro at last » The Sun Chronicle Massachusetts liquor laws are almost always accompanied by the adjective “Byzantine,” but the struggles of two area communities make the worst intrigues of the imperial court in Constantin…

Boston Fed's President Makes Case for Interest Rate Hikes » New York Times Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, was a leading advocate for the Fed's economic stimulus campaign after the financial crisis.…

Rockwells: Berkshire Museum vowed to make gift 'permanent' » Berkshire Eagle Three generations of Norman Rockwell family members pressed the state attorney general's office last week to stop the sale of two of the artist's best-known paintings, producing a 1958 letter they say…

Dave's Soda and Pet City Owner Dave Ratner slams White House's efforts to dismantle ACA, 'embarrassed' for attending executive order signing » The Republican Dave Ratner, the owner of Agawam-based chain Dave's Soda and Pet City, doesn't blame customers who have expressed anger and criticism over his recent attendance at a White House executive order signin…

After criminal case, 'Codfather' faces more losses » Cape Cod Times So far, New Bedford fishing mogul Carlos Rafael has lost a fraction of his fishing empire after pleading guilty to 23 counts of false labeling and identification of fish, as well as cash smuggling, co…

Dave of Dave's Soda and Pet City posed with President Trump. Now he's under fire » Boston Globe

Civil Rights

Anti-transgender protections initiative set to appear on 2018 ballot » The Daily Free Press Massachusetts voters in 2018 will determine the fate of a law established in 2016 that protects transgender individuals from discrimination in public accommodations.…

Education

Bill Clinton Urges University Students In Boston To Be Willing To Compromise » WBUR The 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative University wraps up with a day of service in Boston Sunday. Hundreds of college students from all over the world have been taking part at the three-day event,…

College Town: WPI appoints Xiao new director of robotics engineering » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Jing Xiao, a leader in robotics research and education, will join Worcester Polytechnic Institute in January as director of the university's pioneering robotics engineering program.…

Health Care

Rosenberg offers insurers only "small example" of reform plans » State House News Service Senate President Stan Rosenberg on Friday shed more light on what to expect in forthcoming health care legislation, which he said could emerge "as early as next week."…

Worcester Lawmakers Take Sides on Dental Care Bills » Boston University News Service A battle over healthy teeth continues to split Worcester legislators on Beacon Hill, as debate continues over the best way to increase access to dental care for underserved populations.…

Baker looking for ways to offset loss in federal health subsidies » Lowell Sun

Judiciary

Lawmakers calling for criminal justice reform » WWLP 22 A Senate proposal calls for dozens of changes to the state's criminal justice system, including raising the age for juvenile court jurisdiction to 19 and repealing mandatory minimums for certain drug …

Massachusetts criminal justice bill still "work in progress" » The Associated Press (AP) Massachusetts lawmakers are in the throes of a major debate about potential changes to the state's criminal justice system.…

Labor

T, MassDOT managers rail against hiring, promotion policies » Boston Herald Senior managers at MassDOT and the MBTA say union-placating moves, an “unfair” selection process and favoritism are hindering their ability to keep, and promote, the agencies' top employee…

Here are the 25 most in-demand jobs in Massachusetts right now » Boston Business Journal

Local Government

At $3 million Forest Park funding announcement, Rep. Angelo Puppolo's cellphone steals the show » MassLive Two words for State Rep. Angelo Puppolo Jr.: airplane mode.…

For Procurement Reform, Cities See Value in Learning What's Worked Elsewhere » Governing The way Joann Massey sees it, city procurement is an issue of civil rights. …

Consolidation Makes Sense, Yet Few Cities Have the Urge to Merge » Governing It's an issue that's playing out right now in St. Louis County. …

Easthampton City Councilor Peg Conniff, running for reelection, touts curiosity; finance and technology skills » The Republican At-large city councilor Margaret "Peg" Conniff says she's ready to roll up her sleeves during a second term, deploy her skills in finance and technology, ask lots of questions, and help move the city …

Easton selectmen's chairman to resign under financial cloud » The Enterprise An investigation by The Enterprise has identified hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal tax liens and monetary judgments in local courts assessed against Easton Board of Selectman chai…

4 acres of state land deeded to Truro » Cape Cod Times After two years of planning and negotiations, the state Department of Transportation has handed over 4 acres of an old highway cloverleaf in North Truro to the town for affordable housing.…

Marijuana

House rejects bid to specify pot tax revenue for addiction treatment » Lowell Sun Joined by the entire Republican caucus and a small cadre of her fellow Democrats, Rep. Diana DiZoglio attempted Wednesday to restore a dollar figure on the amount of marijuana tax revenue that will be…

DPH slows medical marijuana fixes, infuriating patients » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker's administration has frozen an effort to expand the availability of medical marijuana, infuriating advocates who say the long-pending regulatory changes — which include a…

Pot board has three choices » Boston Herald The state treasurer's “point person” on pot, a Rhode Island medical marijuana analyst with deep ties to Bay State Democrats, and a leading child advocate have emerged as the finalists for …

Opinion

Don't punish towns needlessly on pot laws » Boston Globe The growing number of Massachusetts communities that forbid marijuana businesses troubles marijuana advocates, and it should trouble state policy makers too. …

Chieppo: T must seize money-saving moment » Boston Herald Here's another one for that bulging “It could only happen in Massachusetts” file.…

Between the Lines: Immigrant abuse - Where's the outrage, Happy Valley? » Valley Advocate

Politics

EDITORIAL: Feeney for state Senate » The Sun Chronicle Traditionally on Election Day, potential voters who pass up their chance to cast a ballot have a ready defense for their failure to participate in the democratic process.…

Groton's Beth Lindstrom formally announces U.S. Senate run against Elizabeth Warren » Lowell Sun Groton resident Beth Lindstrom, who has a long history within the state's Republican Party, formally announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate Saturday, pitching herself as a newcomer to campaigning who…

Senate hopefuls bring in big names for last campaign stops » The Sun Chronicle With voter turnout expected to be on the low side for a special Senate election Tuesday, both parties brought out their big names over the weekend to push people to the polls.…

Elizabeth Warren endorses Marty Walsh for mayor » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh added one more big name to his list of endorsements on Sunday: US Senator Elizabeth Warren. Meanwhile, his challenger, Councilor Tito Jackson, announced a series of town hall mee…

Public Health

Drug overdoses on rise in three of Cape's largest towns » Cape Cod Times The mood at Barnstable Police Headquarters was somber Monday morning. There had been four drug overdoses in Barnstable during the Columbus Day weekend. Two were fatal. Two of them occurred at the same…

Surgeons reflect on roles in opioid crisis » Lowell Sun

Public Safety

Massachusetts Senate Unanimously Approves Bump Stock Ban » Click Lancashire The unanimous, bipartisan vote came a day after lawmakers in the Massachusetts House voted 151-3 for an outright ban on the devices, which increase a weapon's rate of fire, turning it into an automati…

Most Berkshire police forces say military gear 'not something that's on our radar here' » Berkshire Eagle Grenade launchers, bayonets or weaponized vehicles? Berkshire County law enforcement officials are saying "no thanks" to that potential opportunity.…

Massachusetts deploying 10-person emergency management team to Puerto Rico » The Republican

State Government

In Las Vegas, Baker pays respects after mass shooting » Wicked Local Marblehead Gov. Charlie Baker recently visited the Las Vegas Tragedy Memorial site and paid his respects nearly two weeks after a lone shooter killed 58 people, including Tewksbury resident Rhonda LeRocque, and …

Transportation

Senate passes Donoghue bill targeting handicapped parking fraud » Lowell Sun A bill authorizing the Registry of Motor Vehicles to investigate charges that someone falsely obtained a handicapped parking placard and allowing the RMV to require documentation to verify the stated …

Rail-car manufacturer receives occupancy certificate » Transportation Today The Springfield Rail Car Factory, under construction in Massachusetts, recently received its Certificate of Facility Occupancy and was toured by Gov. Charlie Baker.…

T union claims MBTA has received only one bid for bus maintenance » Boston Herald

Weekend News

House, Senate approve bump-stock bans » Sentinel & Enterprise Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives and senators on roll calls from the week of October 9-13. …

Protest of Eversource spraying draws crowd » Martha's Vineyard Times Approximately 50 Islanders gathered before the Eversource facility on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Oak Bluffs Sunday afternoon to protest the utility's continued use of herbicides along its Island…

Throwing 'book' at custodial company » Sentinel & Enterprise NEARLY EVERYONE in Leominster has shared their disappointment in the school district's outsourced custodial company, Emerald Green, and it was Ward 5 City Councilor Rick Marchand's turn when he took t…

Restoring our water » Cape Cod Times It's not often when local officials ask for $7.5 million from the federal government and end up receiving $10 million. As a matter of fact, it's extremely rare, if not unprecedented.…

State Senate Passes Budget that Includes Funding for New Cape Tech High School » Cape Cod Online Cape Cod Regional Technical High School could get some more help from the state when it comes to funding their proposed new school.…

North Andover resident brings "outsider" perspective to 3rd District race » Eagle Tribune A hotel magnate and self described political outsider has joined the race to fill the open 3rd Congressional District seat in 2018.…

Legislator assists in hurricane relief » Patriot Ledger It used to be that when disaster struck, it wouldn't be long before Bill Driscoll would be on a plane heading to the scene.…

Letter: 'Sleazy' attacks will backfire » Gloucester Times I was sorry to see the Gloucester Daily Times get a story upside down in its Oct. 10 edition. Its front-page headline bellowed “GOP group hammers Democrats over raises.” …

Young politicians a common trend in Leominster » Sentinel & Enterprise Add the ages of current City Council candidate Brandon Robbins and School Committee candidate Isabelle Alera and you'll still have a number lower than the ages of most of the city's elected officials.…

Bill would ensure DOR notifies hotels of increased lodging taxes » Sentinel & Enterprise State Rep. Natalie Higgins has submitted new legislation ensuring the state Department of Revenue notify hotel operators when higher lodging taxes are implemented after a local hotel was not sent a no…

State commits $5.3M more to Cape Tech project » Cape Cod Times Twelve days before a district vote on the proposed new Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, the state agreed to shoulder another $5.3 million of the cost.…

State To Contribute $5.3 Million More To Tech School Project » Cape News The Massachusetts State Senate voted Thursday, October 12, on a supplemental budget to close out Fiscal Year 2017 and enable the state to pay some of its outstanding bills, including $49.8 million for…

Human trafficking forum to include survivors, legislators, experts » Wicked Local Marshfield This Saturday, a South Shore group will continue its work educating the community on an important and often hidden issue in the United States: human trafficking.…

State senators rally for justice reforms » Worcester Telegram & Gazette State senators on Thursday rallied behind a criminal justice bill they plan to debate this month, while acknowledging that the legislation doesn't go as far as some would like and it's passage would b…

EDITORIAL: Time to toughen Mass. seat belt law » Sentinel & Enterprise Massachusetts likes to perceive itself as ahead of the progressive curve. But when it comes to seat belt use and enforcement, it takes a back seat to the majority states that have enacted laws to ensu…

Legislation linked to group homes undergoes revision » Cape Cod Times Amendment likely for effort to regulate nonprofit activity in Barnstable. …

Dear Jeff » Boston Globe We hear you're looking for someplace to build a new corporate headquarters for Amazon, a second home, if you will.…

State lawmakers call on Congress to abolish the Electoral College » WWLP 22 You cast your vote every four years to elect the President of the United States. But the winner of the popular vote doesn't always become President, as we've seen twice within the past 16 years.…

Berkshires Weigh In On Marijuana Regulations » iBerkshires Area residents want an equal shot at the economic boon that could come with the recreational marijuana industry.…

Kennedy Institute in Boston seemingly off the radar of Western Massachusetts » Berkshire Eagle When it was announced this month that former Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President Mary K. Grant would be returning to Massachusetts in January to take the reins of the Edward M. Kennedy Ins…

Criminal Justice, Gun Bills In The Works; Baker's Bid For Amazon: The Week Ahead » New England Public Radio Before the end of the month, leaders in the Massachusetts Senate are hoping to pass sweeping changes to the state's criminal justice laws. …

Questions raised over statutory rape provision in senate criminal justice bill » South Coast Today A proposal within a comprehensive Massachusetts Senate criminal justice reform bill to create a “close age exception” for the state's statutory rape law is just one of several provisions t…

Despite Trump's Health-Care Changes, He's Keeping Obama's Opioid Strategy » Governing With no end to the epidemic in sight, the feds are helping some states treat more addicts. …

A boost for the arts: State hands out $500K to Northampton arts trust » Gazette Net An effort that began four years ago by a city arts trust to convert an old building on Hawley Street into affordable space for artists received a $500,000 shot in the arm from the state Friday.…

Candidate forum returns to Agudas Achim » The Sun Chronicle Long considered the premier event of the city's biennial election season, a candidate forum sponsored by Congregation Agudas Achim will return this year after an absence of six years.…

Editorial: State trooper gets due recognition for act of bravery » The Recorder Here are some brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area…

Randolph killing underscores dilemma for nursing homes » Boston Globe Walter D. Rice Jr. was growing increasingly aggressive and paranoid. Throughout the summer, the burly, 58-year-old nursing home resident, who suffered from brain damage as well as dementia, complained…

They're out to reveal the 'dirty little secret of higher education' » Boston Globe For all its faults, you can give the Internet credit for at least one big win: making prices far more transparent than they were in those dark days before http://everything.…

GOP's Lindstrom kicks off Senate campaign, saying Warren isn't focused on constituents » Boston Globe Longtime Republican operative Beth Lindstrom formally kicked off her campaign for US Senate on Saturday, taking square aim at Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren, who she said spent more time  

Baker assails move to halt Obamacare subsidies; Healey joins suit to protect payments » Boston Globe Elected officials from both parties and leaders from all corners of the health care industry on Friday condemned the White House's decision to cut off federal health care subsidies, warning the move w…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 10/16

Birthdays: Rep. David Linsky, Senator Viriato (Vinny) deMacedo

9:00am Surgical Advocacy Day, Great Hall, State House

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board and MassDOT Board of Directors Joint Meeting, Transportation Board Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

Tuesday - 10/17

9:30am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

10:00am Domestic Violence Awareness in Immigrant Communities, Grand Staircase, State House

10:00am Asian American Commission Advocacy Day at the State House, Great Hall, State House

10:00am Mass. Gaming Commission Meeting, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

10:30am Cannabis Control Commission Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, Boston

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

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

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

1:00pm Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

6:00pm Geography of Incarceration in a Gateway City Presentation with Rep. Mary Keefe, Family Health Center of Worcester, 26 Queen Street, Worcester

6:30pm Oktoberfest Celebration for Sen. Patrick O'Connor

6:30pm Chelsea Community Meeting with Congressman Mike Capuano, Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea

7:00pm Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Approach, Canton Public Library, 786 Washington Street, Canton

Special Election for Sen. James Timilty's seat

Wednesday - 10/18

Birthdays: Rep. William Galvin

10:00am Children's Vision Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House

3:00pm APWU Local 100 Day of Action, Corner of Summer Street & Dorchester Avenue, Boston

5:30pm LGBTQ for Marty Walsh Fundraiser

5:30pm Charlestown Reception for Boston City Council Candidate Lydia Edwards

6:00pm Worcester Councilor at-Large Candidate Forum, Worcester Youth Center, 326 Chandler Street, Worcester

7:00pm Greater Lowell League of Women Voters Board Meeting, Dracut Police Department, 110 Loon Hill Road, Dracut

7:00pm Charlestown District 1 Candidates Debate, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 36 First Avenue, Boston

7:30pm 3rd Congressional District Candidate Forum, Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Massachusetts Avenue, Boxborough

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

Thursday - 10/19

Birthdays: Rep. Alan Silvia

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:30pm Community Mediation Legislative Education Day, Grand Staircase, State House

1:00pm The Education Cooperative 50th Anniversary Celebration, Great Hall, State House

2:00pm Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, Public Hearing

7:00pm Fundraiser for Lowell City Council Candidate Matt LeLacheur

Friday - 10/20

7:00pm Octoberfest Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate


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