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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

Birthdays: Rep. Alan Silvia

Must-Reads

This new poll shows that populism doesn't stem from people's economic distress » The Washington Post The potency of right-wing populism was visible again last week in the success of right-wing parties in the Austrian election. Conventional wisdom has a ready explanation for populism's success: the de…

Warren takes lead role in fight against Trump tax plan » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren is focusing her trademark populist style on the next big item on the Republican to-do list in Washington: overhauling the US tax code. …

Unions help Feeney fend off GOP push, hold Dem Senate seat » State House News Service Democrats held a state Senate seat south of Boston in a close three-way special election Tuesday night and sent the state director for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign to Beacon Hill in the proce…

Split budget bill leaves House, Senate divided for now » State House News Service In inside-baseball terminology, the Senate served up a splitter in its handling of the fiscal 2017 closeout budget. …

Republican lawmakers' posh hideaway bankrolled by secret corporate cash » The Center for Public Integrity Donald Trump declared last year in his populist presidential nomination acceptance speech that he's “not able to look the other way” when the nation's political system “has sold out …

Hillary Clinton can't be appalled by Harvey Weinstein without being appalled by her husband » Boston Globe Sad but true. Hillary Clinton can't be shocked and appalled by Harvey Weinstein without being shocked and appalled by Bill Clinton. …

Is 10 years in Massachusetts solitary confinement torture? » Boston Globe Massachusetts legislators attempting a sweeping overhaul of the criminal justice system are grappling with one of the toughest questions in corrections: How long is too long for a prisoner — ev…

Heading into re-election campaign, Baker faces raft of unresolved contracts » Boston Business Journal There's growing evidence of friction between Gov. Charlie Baker and public employee unions negotiating new contracts with the state, who say the governor's team has been low-balling workers with salar…

“It is just plain immoral at a time when the top 1 percent are already getting richer and richer and working families are scraping to pay for housing and schools and child care; it is just plain immoral to slash taxes for the rich while sticking it to everyone else.”

Elizabeth Warren

Speaking about President Dondald Trump's new tax plan.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Warren takes lead role in fight against Trump tax plan » Boston Globe Elizabeth Warren is focusing her trademark populist style on the next big item on the Republican to-do list in Washington: overhauling the US tax code.…

Congressman Richard Neal will help determine funds for local military bases » WWLP 22 From C5s in the sky to weapons on the ground, military bases are funded by the federal government.…

Business

Clive McFarlane: Israel friendly anti-boycott laws not just in Kansas » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Esther Koontz is a Kansas public school math teacher, math curriculum developer and trainer.…

Dear Amazon, Bring Your Headquarters Here! » CBS Boston Mayors from all over the country, and across the state, are working to woo Amazon into building their second headquarters in their city.…

Here's what we know about New England's Amazon bids » Boston.com It's not every day that one has the chance to lure one of the world's five most valuable companies. But for cities across the nation, that day is Thursday, when bids for Amazon's new headquarters are …

Boston's Amazon bid to focus on 'one location' in Eastie, Walsh says » Boston Business Journal Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said on Wednesday that the city's bid to win Amazon's 8 million-square-foot second headquarters campus would be “focused around one location” in East Boston.…

Will Amazon headquarter sweepstakes set off a bidding war among communities? » Boston Globe Bids are trickling in for Amazon's coveted “second headquarters,” with contenders large and small offering big money to land the e-commerce behemoth and its potential 50,000 jobs. And that…

Natick software firm donates $10m to Museum of Science » Boston Globe Many of the engineers who work at MathWorks regularly visited the Museum of Science when they were children. For some, those experiences helped put them on paths toward their careers.…

NorthPoint site gets a new name » Boston Globe One of the biggest development projects in the core of Greater Boston is getting underway in earnest.…

Walsh says Amazon bid will focus on East Boston » Boston Globe As Boston puts the finishing touches on its bid for Amazon's “second headquarters,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh confirmed what everyone knew all along: the city's preferred site is Suffolk Downs…

Massachusetts fires up 24 sites in Amazon bid » Boston Herald Massachusetts is hitting Amazon with a shotgun blast of up to 24 bids for its second headquarters today — with Boston's bid focused on Suffolk Downs — despite the online retail giant's c…

Leominster mayor shares rendering of proposed Amazon headquarters site » Mass Live The Mayor of Leominster has posted a rendering of a potential Amazon headquarters site in Leominster, which he said is part of the city's proposal to tech company. …

Mass. bio-pharma jobs, investments rose substantially in 2016 » The Lowell Sun While growing spending on prescription drugs is a target of state and federal policymakers, employment and investment levels in the biopharmaceutical sector in Massachusetts continue to increase, acco…

GE's New Chief Makes Cuts, Starting With Old Favorites » The Wall Street Journal John Flannery, the leader of General Electric Co. for just 2½ months, has already begun dismantling the legacy of his predecessor, including the planes.…

Court rejects 'Hail Mary' attempt to save Boston Children's garden » Boston Business Journal A Hail Mary attempt to revive a beloved garden has failed, with a state court siding in favor of Boston Children's Hospital in a lawsuit over the hospital's expansion.…

Siemens is expanding its Walpole plant. Some residents aren't happy. » Boston Business Journal

'Westmass Area Development Corporation has done a tremendous job on this project,' US Rep. Richard Neal says while touring Ludlow Mills complex » The Republican

Civil Rights

Hundreds of BC students walk out of class to rally against racism » Boston Globe Hundreds of Boston College students walked out of classes Wednesday to show their opposition to racism and to demand more attention from school officials to the Catholic school's racial climate.…

Deal Reached on N.C. Bathroom Law That Expands Transgender Protections » Governing

Domestic Relations

Massachusetts congresswoman pushes bill to protect domestic violence victims and their pets » Mass Live With studies suggesting that many victims of domestic violence delay leaving or remain in abusive situations out of fear for what may happen to their pets, a Massachusetts congresswoman is pushing a b…

Education

Voters To Decide Cape Tech Building Project Tuesday » The Cape Cod Chronicle Following years of planning, studying and lobbying state officials, Cape Tech will see its bid for a $128 million new school building put before voters Tuesday.…

Massachusetts' regional school districts face $17 million state funding shortfall » Mass Live Peter Dillon has two jobs. He is the school superintendent in both the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and in the Shaker Mountain School Union.…

Just half of Massachusetts students met MCAS expectations in 2017 » Just half of Massachusetts students in grades three through eight met or exceeded expectations on the new “next generation MCAS test” in math and English — the first time the test h…

UMass eyes major mixed-use development » Gazette Net University of Massachusetts officials have taken the first step toward bringing a privately developed, mixed-use project to the campus that could include 1,200 residential beds for students, a 200-roo…

Walsh rejects charter enrollment bill with his name on it » Bay State Banner Mayor Martin Walsh is seeking to distance himself from a bill bearing his name that parent education activists say was filed quietly and would facilitate a controversial school policy known as unified…

Randolph schools lose 'underperforming”'. tag » Patriot Ledger State officials have removed the underperforming designation that the Randolph Public Schools have held for a decade.…

State auditor cites Berkshire Hills in sweeping study of regional school districts » the Berkshire edge

Environment

Protestors push for statewide ban on elephant rides » Wicked Local Boxford When a group of 265 local residents sent a letter to the Essex Agricultural Society Executive Board asking its members to discontinue elephant rides at the Topsfield Fair, they received no response. N…

From otters to piers, Beaton peppered with questions about local projects » State House News Service When Cabinet secretaries sit before a legislative committee for an oversight hearing, it is usually a time for lawmakers to question the administration on policy, implementation of programs and how ta…

Officials Push For Permanent Solution To Refuge Boundary Dispute » The Cape Cod Chronicle Hoping to impress upon federal officials the need for a permanent solution to the dispute over the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge's western boundary, town officials traveled to Washington, D.C. Mond…

Benton appeals to lawmakers to pass water program bill » State House News Service An oversight hearing intended to dig into the capital needs and spending of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs took a detour Wednesday as lawmakers and a Cabinet secretary debate…

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $500,000 in Land Conservation Partnership Grants » Boston Real Estate Times

Health Care

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker supports Alexander-Murray health care bill » Mass Live Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, on Wednesday joined a bipartisan group of 10 governors in support of a bipartisan health care bill.…

State senators tout health reform bill as a means for major savings » Worcester Business Journal New oversight for pharmaceutical companies, the creation of a MassHealth "buy-in" program and a target for hospital reimbursement rates are among the reforms and cost-control efforts contained in a wi…

State reverses course, sets higher health insurance rates for 2018 » Boston Business Journal

States' Answer to Rising Health-Care Costs for Employees? You Pay for It. » Governing

Massachusetts Health Connector customers could see 26 percent rate hike in 2018 » The Republican

Immigration

Lucio Perez, Springfield man facing deportation, defies ICE and takes sanctuary in Amherst church » Mass Live Lucio Perez, the Springfield man whose imminent deportation has become a cause celebre for immigrant rights advocates in Western Massachusetts, has sought sanctuary in an Amherst church, defying his o…

Insurance

Mass. health exchange rates to jump » Worcester Telegram

Baker promises to protect insurers from subsidy cuts, but doesn't say how » Boston Business Journal

2018 Health Connector rates spike after Trump subsidies announcement » Boston Herald

Judiciary

Baker nominates defense attorney Jennifer Tyne for District Court associate justice » Berkshire Eagle Gov. Charlie Baker has tapped a local defense attorney as his nominee for associate justice of the District Court.…

Labor

State building $23 million unemployment assistance center in Brockton » The Enterprise A vacant downtown Brockton building will be demolished and a new state unemployment assistance office will be built in its place for $23 million, according to the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker.…

The Better Deal That America's Workers Deserve » Governing

Massachusetts jobless rate drops below 4 percent » Boston Business Journal

Local Government

Bill Linehan to leave City Council two months early » Boston Globe Following an emotional City Council meeting, filled with personal good-byes from his colleagues, veteran Councilor Bill Linehan struck the gavel to officially mark his retirement from the legislative …

Wong wants money to pay for early voting in Saugus » Lynn Daily News Item State Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) is standing by a proposal to reimburse cities and towns for costs associated with early voting.…

Bill Linehan to make exit from Boston City Council » Boston Herald District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan will step down today, three weeks before the election to fill his seat and more than two months before the end of his term, saying he wants to establish himself …

On the Move: The Top Counties People Are Migrating To and From » Governing

Marijuana

Cannabis commission set to hire director » The Metro West Daily News The chief medical marijuana regulator from Rhode Island, the head of a Massachusetts child advocacy organization and the Treasury's point person on pot met with the Cannabis Control Commission on Tues…

Opinion

Anita F. Hill: Trump's information blackout on sexual assault » Boston Globe Countless reports of Harvey Weinstein's horrendous behavior — some admitted, some denied — have been filed, thanks to the scores of brave women who have shared their often chilling stori…

Hillary Clinton can't be appalled by Harvey Weinstein without being appalled by her husband » Boston Globe Sad but true. Hillary Clinton can't be shocked and appalled by Harvey Weinstein without being shocked and appalled by Bill Clinton.…

We can't allow forces of reaction to turn back the clock on race relations » Boston Globe The following is an excerpt of a speech that Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. delivered at the 2017 Massachusetts Governor's Awards in the Humanities in Boston on Sunday.…

Can you ever really know a person? » Boston Globe It started, as these things often do, with a single lie. In the spring of 2013, she had a suspicious mole removed. Though the mole was benign, she told people it had come back positive for melanoma.…

Atkins: Donald Trump rips health care fix he backed » Boston Herald A bipartisan plan to shore up Obamacare markets that President Trump expressed support for just days ago stalled suddenly yesterday when he reversed course and slammed the measure as a bailout for ins…

Editorial: Weak reform pitch » Boston Herald Five years ago Beacon Hill enacted a new law that, we were assured, would bend the health care cost curve and save consumers and taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars while improving health care o…

Complications thwart health care reforms » Sentinel & Enterprise It's safe to say the only reliable prognosis for this nation's health care system is uncertainty If that were ever in doubt, state and national efforts this week to insert some clarity into this volat…

Editorial: State grants recognize region's needs » Gazette Net There are times when local officials in western Massachusetts are justified in arguing that they are overlooked by state government in Boston. Last week was not one of them. …

Letter to the Editor: Businesses and volunteers who help Empower Youth To Succeed » Taunton Gazette Good folks and businesses don't often make news headlines. That's why I am pleased to inform the public that three businesses and a dozen individuals will be honored next Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the TA…

Politics

REP. STEPHAN HAY: Educational flyer? I think not! » Sentinel & Enterprise Recently a dark money, right-wing organization by the name of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance financed the mailing of flyers to residents of North Worcester County. …

Stephen Kerrigan to join Democratic field for Third District seat » Boston Globe Stephen J. Kerrigan, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor three years ago, has jumped into the race for the 3rd congressional district, filing papers with federal regulators to form a campai…

Governor Bill Weld Endorses Libertarian Party Candidate For State Auditor In » The Jack News Last year's Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson recently returned to the national political scene to promote his rally on the steps of the Supreme Court. …

Hometown advantage helps propel Feeney to Senate win » The Sun Chronicle Democrat Paul Feeney got just enough of a boost from his hometown and neighboring Sharon to win him an open state Senate seat. Here in Foxboro, Feeney received 1,029 votes with 727 going to Republican…

Linehan endorses Ed Flynn » Boston Herald After staying out of the race to replace him, outgoing District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan threw his support behind Ed Flynn the minute he officially left office yesterday. …

5 Burning Questions for Tito Jackson and Marty Walsh » Mass Politics Profs We've reached the stretch drive in Boston's mayoral race, with one Marty Walsh-Tito Jackson debate already on the books and one more slated for October 24. Adam Reilly and Peter Kadzis talk to Boston …

Tito Jackson would abolish development agency » Boston Herald Mayoral candidate and City Councilor Tito Jackson said he wants to abolish the Boston Planning & Development Agency and make the School Committee an elected body as part of a general overhaul of City …

Lancaster's Steve Kerrigan announces bid for Congress » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The Democratic primary for an open Congressional seat in the 3rd District got a new entrant on Wednesday when Steve Kerrigan, a former Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama aide, announced his candidacy.…

Holliston: Encouraging the youth vote » The Metro West Daily News A panel of experts and officials Wednesday reminded Holliston High School students of the power of their votes.…

Kerrigan kicks off 3rd District run with region tour » Sentinel & Enterprise

Public Health

Opioid prescriptions decline in Mass. as database is widely used » Worcester Telegram & Gazette A database meant to reduce the amount of narcotics that are inappropriately prescribed in Massachusetts is being widely used since it was fully launched a year ago, and state officials point to it as …

Kennedy: Opioid crisis a 'make or break' moment » Cape Cod Times As Patrick J. Kennedy II prepares to deliver recommendations Nov. 1 to President Donald Trump on how to fight addiction, he is dealing not only with what he calls a “defining” national iss…

Public Safety

Rep. tells senators he likes their bump stock plan » Newburyport News A bill to close out the fiscal 2017 books has been jammed amid disagreement between the branches over how to ban rapid-fire devices for guns, and when senators held a hearing on the issue Wednesday on…

D.A. Gulluni hosts panel to shed light on human trafficking » WWLP 22 The crime of human trafficking is increasing in Massachusetts.…

Mass public safety employees join federal disaster relief efforts » Boston Globe Five public safety employees from Massachusetts will spend 30 days assisting federal relief efforts in disaster zones across the country, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency announced Wednes…

MBTA Officers to Carry Narcan » Boston Magazine

State Finance

MTF: Veto overrides likely to force reopening of budget » State House News Service Beacon Hill officials frequently tout their hands-on budget management as a strength, but a new report casts doubt on the state's approach as Gov. Charlie Baker and the Legislature struggle to tie up …

State Government

Healey brings Trump resistance to SF » When Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sued the Trump administration for the seventh time this month, pundits speculated that the state's top law enforcement official might be eying a run fo…

Diversity data gaps » Commonwealth Magazine EVERY YEAR, THE governor's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity publishes a detailed report on the diversity of the workforce at each of the executive branch secretariats, now numbering nine. But…

Baker brings good news to the Lynn YMCA » Lynn Daily News Item Gov. Charlie Baker returned to the YMCA on Wednesday, this time to bring $4.8 million to support infrastructure for a new $26 million facility.…

Gov. Baker will be the keynote speaker at the SouthCoast Chamber's annual meeting in Westport » South Coast Today

Gov. Baker bewildered by New Hampshire's strategy to lure Amazon away from Boston » The Republican

Transportation

Boston's traffic is becoming a tourism nightmare » Boston Globe Boston traffic has been driving locals berserk for years. But now it's become so toxic that it's taking aim at our guests — and threatening Boston and Cambridge's $13 billion tourism industry.…

Sen. Eric Lesser busing constituents from Springfield to Boston for rail hearing » Mass Live Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, plans to bus constituents to the Statehouse to testify Oct. 24 at a legislative hearing on east-west rail.…

MBTA to fix Annisquam bridge » Eagle Tribune The board that manages spending by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has given a green light to a $57 million contract for replacement of the more than century-old Gloucester commuter rai…

MBTA GM Mum On Bus Privatization Bidding (With Video) » WGBH The MBTA board could vote later this fall on whether to privatize some of its bus maintenance facilities, but the union representing the jobs that might be outsourced says the T only has one bidder fo…

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo supports study for east-west rail » The Republican

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Berkshire Medical Center raps nurses union over erroneous news release » Berkshire Eagle

Domestic Abuse in Massachusetts: In seeking escape, victims face hurdles » Berkshire Eagle

Gelzinis: Rufus Faulk beat the odds of street kids » Boston Herald

State legislators produce sweeping criminal justice reform bill » Bay State Banner

Western Massachusetts court-connected dispute resolution programs honored » Mass Live

Koh piles up campaign donations from outside district » Newburyport News

Treasurer Deb Goldberg holds women's 'economic empowerment' workshops in Springfield, Worcester » Mass Live

Governor Baker stumps in Walpole » Hometown Weekly

Police chiefs upset over snafu in Puerto Rico » Gazette Net

State grossly undercounted utility poles for town-owned fiber network, Charlemont officials tell Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito » Mass Live

Sullivan submits recreational marijuana ban to Braintree council » Patriot Ledger

Malloy Calls For Boston-Springfield Rail Connection To Hartford Line » WAMC

Baker: Opioid prescription monitoring tools helps drive down scripts by 28% » Worcester Business Journal

The Opioid Crisis: A local, state and national issue » The Suffolk Journal

Gov. Charlie Baker nominates Robert Santaniello, Jennifer Tyne to WMass district courts » Mass Live

Report: New England paying more than necessary for its electricity » The Recorder

Mass. Senate holds public hearing on bump stock ban, but no one shows up » Mass Live

Massachusetts AG Healey Sues Trump Administration Again, Seeks Detention and Deportation Records of Illegal Aliens » State House News Service

Greenfield joins class-action lawsuit against 3 pharmaceutical distributors over opioid crisis » Mass Live

These 7 teams have ideas about how to expand Boston's convention center » Boston Business Journal

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