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Gov. Baker on Trump's Call to Soldier's Widow: 'Disgraceful and Discouraging and Depressing' » NECN Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker pulled no punches when asked Thursday what he thought of President Donald Trump's phone call to the widow of a fallen soldier.…

For Amazon, is Suffolk Downs the right fit? » Boston Globe Marty Walsh is betting big on Suffolk Downs, but let's not mistake that for thinking big.…

Democrats Plan to Name Lobbyists, Operatives Superdelegates » Bloomberg Politics The Democratic Party this week plans to name 75 people including lobbyists and political operatives to leadership posts that come with superdelegate votes at its next presidential convention, potentia…

State House aide tapped to run cannabis agency » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to hire Shawn Collins, a top deputy of state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, as its first executive director.…

Why Trump Won Rural America » Dissent Magazine Some nine months into the Trump presidency, the central questions of the 2016 election continue to weigh heavy. …

Boston submits its bid for Amazon, aiming for 50,000 jobs and a transformation » Boston Globe Boston on Thursday submitted its bid in the heated competition for Amazon's new $5 billion “second headquarters,” a 218-page pitch that leans hard on the region's intellectual firepower an…

Criminal justice reform bill will hit Senate floor next week » The Metro West Daily News The 114-page criminal justice reform bill – which state Sen. Jamie Eldridge called once in a generation legislation – passed the Ways and Means Committee Thursday afternoon. Fifteen legi…

Moulton denies he's running for president. Here's why that might be true » Boston Globe Every time US Representative Seth Moulton is asked whether he is thinking about running for president, he has responded that he is entirely focused on Democrats winning back the US House in 2018.…

“When it comes to these families, what they do and what they give for us,” Baker said, voice weighted with emotion, “they deserve our love, and our appreciation, our respect, and our support. Period.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about President Trump's treatment of veterans and their families.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Sens. Warren And Markey Call On Administration To Ensure Puerto Rico Death Toll Is Accurate » WBUR Massachusetts U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren are among a group of 13 Democratic senators asking the Trump administration to ensure the accuracy of the count of people who have died in Puert…

Business

Fish council awaits NOAA action on Rafael permits » Gloucester Times Federal authorities physically seized Carlos Rafael's four fishing vessels on Wednesday, one of the final steps in the criminal proceedings against the New Bedford fishing mogul before he reports to j…

Corporations fight to give political donations » Boston Herald Corporations can't make political donations under Massachusetts law, but the state's highest court is prepared to hear arguments from two business owners who say the ban on company cash is unconstitut…

4 companies settle asbestos removal claims involving demolition at New Bedford Industrial Park » South Coast Today The owner of a New Bedford industrial building complex and three companies hired to demolish the facility will pay a total of $377,600 in penalties to settle allegations that they caused or allowed il…

Worcester Country Club bidding to host prestigious Solheim Cup golf tournament in 2025 » The Republican The Worcester Country Club is applying to host a prestigious international women's golf tournament, the Solheim Cup, in 2025.…

After Equifax Hack, Calls For Big Changes In Credit Reporting Industry » WBUR This past spring, David Mifflin looked at his credit report online and saw that something wasn't right.…

Boston Pushes Talent And Education In Amazon HQ2 Bid » WBUR Boston hopes the city's talent, education and history will lure Amazon to town.…

Amazon Weighs Boston in Search for Second Headquarters » Bloomberg Politics Several senior Amazon.com Inc. executives advocate putting a second headquarters in Boston, according to a person briefed on the matter.…

Businesses along Route 20 support Worcester's Amazon bid » Worcester Telegram Some businesses on properties where the city has proposed to place an Amazon headquarters say they support luring the online retail giant to Worcester, although they would expect help to move.…

Executive Profile: Fidelity Bank CEO says growth won't deter 'Conscious Capitalism' approach » Boston Business Journal There's one thing Manzi says he doesn't see changing, no matter how much Fidelity Bank may grow: Fidelity's mutual-bank commitment to its customers, as outlined in his bank's “LifeDesign” …

$12m sitting unused in horse fund » Commonwealth Magazine The fund, which relies on gambling revenues that flow to the state, has often been eyed by officials on Beacon Hill looking for money to help balance the budget. So far the money has not been touched,…

Baker releases Massachusetts proposal for Amazon HQ2; it includes pitch for Merrimack Valley » Eagle Tribune

Massachusetts releases its pitch, with 26 sites, for Amazon's second headquarters, "HQ2" » MassLive

Rockwell sons seek halt in Berkshire Museum artwork auction » Berkshire Eagle

Constitutional

Massachusetts Constitutional Amendment Initiative Gets Support From Famous Vermonter » WAMC

Crimes

Police discover $6 million worth of marijuana growing in this Massachusetts garage » The Republican Clinton police and federal agents seized 2,200 pounds of marijuana worth more than $6 million from a warehouse and discovered a sophisticated growing operation, according to authorities. …

Education

Photo of black child leashed by white students prompts apology from Bridgewater officials » Boston Globe School officials in Bridgewater apologized Thursday after a classroom photo that appeared to show two white third-graders holding a black child by leashes led to complaints and outrage.…

Federal Lawsuit In Boston Challenges DeVos' Guidance On Campus Sexual Assault » WBUR A national women's rights group and three Massachusetts women filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the U.S. Education Department's new guidance on investigating campus sexual assaults.…

Massachusetts Poised To Lift Ban On Bilingual Education » WGBH Let's say you're a kid who has just arrived in Massachusetts from another country, and you don't speak English. When you get to school, you'll probably be put in a special course in English for immigr…

Environment

Massachusetts Environmental Committee Hears Dangers Of Underground Storage Tanks » WAMC Massachusetts' Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture held a hearing Tuesday on the dangers of underground storage tanks. …

Truro benefits from unused state land » Cape Cod Times Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito returned Thursday to Truro Town Hall, where two years earlier affordable-housing advocates had suggested to her they could make use for land intended for a state highway project …

N.Y. Co. Fined $13M for 2003 Buzzards Bay Oil Spill » ecoRI The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the state of Massachusetts, and the state of Rhode Island reached a proposed settlement Oct. 19, which, if approv…

State leaders seek ideas on reducing vehicle emissions » In the face of President Donald Trump's proposals to loosen environmental protections, Massachusetts leaders are doubling down on the state's commitment to fight climate change.…

Climate change impacts coming to Crane Beach » The Salem News Climate change impacts - including rising sea levels and more intense storms - are coming to Crane Beach, and The Trustees of Reservations wants to be ready. …

Health Care

6 in 10 doctors report abusive remarks from patients, and many get little help coping with the wounds » STAT News Most doctors have absorbed racist, sexist, and other bigoted verbal remarks from patients under their care, according to a new national survey. And in interviews, physicians say these ugly incidents, …

Shining the light: Industry payments to Mass. doctors are still on the rise » Boston Business Journal Last year, Massachusetts doctors received nearly 11 percent more — a total of $141.4 million — in payments from drug and medical device companies to physicians than in 2015. In 2014, pay…

Watertown-based athenahealth laying off about 500 employees » Boston Globe Athenahealth Inc., the digital health care services company in Watertown, is eliminating about 500 jobs as part of a cost-cutting plan detailed Thursday in the face of pressure from an activist invest…

Shining the light: Hospital oversight of industry payments vary » Boston Business Journal Several of the state's larger hospitals have systems in place meant to keep an eye on the work their doctors do with industry, and to ensure that it doesn't affect patient care.…

Rate shock underscores need for single-payer health care » Lowell Sun

Brigham and Women's plans $73M emergency department expansion » Boston Business Journal

Housing

St. Fleur cites experience, empathy as she joins Zoning Board » Dorchester Reporter Former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur was sworn in and attended her first meeting as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeal on Tuesday. Along with the six other members of the board, St. Fleur heard reque…

Human Services

Baker talks elder care, more money for grant program » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker wants to see more knowledge and planning for older adults suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia, and more money for a grant program that helps Councils on Ag…

Judiciary

Senate criminal justice bill revised for debate » The Recorder

State senate bill could let drug dealers out of prison early » Boston Globe

Labor

Massachusetts adds 9,300 jobs in September, unemployment rate drops » The Republican Massachusetts added 9,300 jobs in September and is up 62,300 jobs in the 12 months since September 2016, according to figures released Thursday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and the state…

Marblehead's Ehrlich chimes in on ballot questions aimed at workers » Wicked Local Marblehead After recently being certified by the Attorney General's Office, two measures aimed at benefiting Massachusetts workers may be headed for the ballot in 2018. But activists pushing the $15 minimum wage…

Local Government

At-large Fitchburg council candidates speak out » Sentinel & Enterprise At-large City Council candidates engaged in a sometimes heated debate as they discussed upcoming capital improvement projects, economic development and supervised injection facilities at Fitchburg Sta…

Westfield to consider legal action against opioid manufacturers over addiction crisis » The Republican The City Council on Thursday night agreed to explore taking legal action against opioid manufacturers who contributed to the addiction crisis gripping the nation and destroying lives in Westfield.…

State Help for Downtown Could End Unless Haverhill Receives an Extension » WHAV For more than two years, Haverhill's downtown redevelopment effort has received a boost from MassDevelopment's Transformative Development Initiative. The help, which has ranged from a downtown framewo…

Lowell City Council candidates cite progress -- and patience -- with city's strategy on Hamilton Canal Innovation District » The Lowell Sun This is the last in a series of five questions posed to City Council candidates and their responses.…

State: Wellesley can ignore public records request » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE'S SUPERVISOR OF PUBLIC RECORDS for the first time has allowed a governmental entity to ignore a citizen's bid for documents because the request was a form of harassment or intimidation.…

Northampton council takes stand against cameras downtown » Gazette Net The City Council passed a resolution opposing the installation of new, permanent, municipally operated surveillance technology downtown at its Thursday meeting, but only after a contentious debate.…

Westboro man who cast vote for wife didn't break law, state says » Worcester Telegram The man who improperly voted twice on the same article at the special town meeting Monday did not break any voting laws, the secretary of state's office has determined.…

City and foiled Springfield RMV developers still tangling in US District Court after judge recommends dismissals » The Republican

Marijuana

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission taps Shawn Collins as executive director of new state marijuana agency » The Republican The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday picked Shawn Collins, a top aide to state Treasurer Deb Goldberg, as the executive director of the new state agency tasked with overseeing the…

Pot shop moratorium proposed in Attleboro » The Sun Chronicle A proposal to temporarily ban shops that sell recreational marijuana is before the city council.…

Chelmsford TM bans pot businesses » Lowell Sun No recreational marijuana dispensaries or other related businesses will be coming to town for the foreseeable future.…

Opinion

Corporate tax cut propaganda » Boston Globe The White House is selling a tax cut designed for the rich as a boost for the working class. Cut taxes on capital, the White House claims, and investors will raise investment, hire more workers, and b…

EU must intervene in Spain's 'Catalexit' crisis » Boston Globe Spain took steps on Thursday to crush Catalonia's destabilizing bid for independence, the most severe political crisis the country has faced in the last four decades. …

In fighting Trump's moves, AG Healey is standing up for us, not grandstanding » Boston Globe Re “Healey vs. Trump, again” (Opinion, Oct. 17): I read Joan Vennochi's piece on how Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey benefits from persistent lawsuits against the current admin…

Battenfeld: Amazon chase leaves pols prime for blame » Boston Herald If Massachusetts strikes out on getting Amazon, you can blame it on politics.…

EDITORIAL: Tech-school grants a sound investment » Sentinel & Enterprise Awards of state funds to even the worthiest of programs don't come with a guarantee that money will generate an equal return. Oftentimes the benefits derived can't be tabulated in dollars and cents.…

As Trump retreats from the world, China is ready to step in » Boston Globe While the president and his Twitter trigger finger whip America into a frenzy over whichever shiny object he chooses to capture our attention — who called more fallen troops' families, if footb…

Colleges must address the skills gap before the silver tsunami hits » Boston Business Journal Higher education can serve as the bridge to connect these young people with the industries that are experiencing a skills shortage.…

Letter: Stands with Gobi against those using bias and misinformation to sow division » Worcester Telegram When that postcard came in the mail, it hit me right in the gut. Rutland Welcomes Illegal Immigrants, the sign on the card read in its towering enormity, obscuring the cloudy but blue sky behind it. I…

EDITORIAL: Don't muzzle business because of Trump » Boston Business Journal As Congress prepares to take on the federal tax code in the next two months — an issue that will certainly impact businesses — there's perhaps never been a riskier time for business to a…

Politics

Scion of Tedeschi Food's family running for Congress » Boston Business Journal Peter Tedeschi, whose family's Tedeschi Food Shops empire grew from the South Shore across New England, is planning to run next year for Congress.…

Steve Kerrigan visits Marlborough on Congressional tour » The Metro West Daily News A day after announcing his candidacy to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, a familiar face in the state's Democratic party was greeting voters in the most southern community in the Third Congres…

Baker racks up cash for re-election bid » Newburyport News Gov. Charlie Baker hasn't yet filed to run for re-election but the Republican has amassed a campaign war chest meant to intimate potential Democratic rivals.…

Women's march inspired Feeney to run » The Sun Chronicle Paul Feeney likes to the tell the story about how he and his wife Laura were participating in a women's march in Boston in January when they told each other they had to get more involved in politics.…

The battle begins » The Haverhill Gazette With a contentious Democratic primary election out of the way, City Councilor Andy Vargas is marching toward the Nov. 7 special election in an effort to succeed Brian Dempsey as state representative f…

Haverhill Democrats to Host Unity Rally to Support State Rep Candidate Vargas » WHAV Ahead of Nov. 7's special election to fill the seat formerly held by Rep. Brian S. Dempsey, Haverhill's Democratic City Committee is standing behind its candidate. The political organization will hold…

It's Time to Debunk a Myth About Students and Voting » attn: It's time to debunk one of the many faulty assumptions about the 2016 election: young Americans stayed in their dorm rooms rather than heading outside to vote. …

Lynn Democrats hold unity breakfast Oct. 29 » Lynn Daily News Item

Public Health

Massachusetts opioid prescriptions drop 28% in last 3 years » Becker's Hospital Review Massachusetts providers issued about 638,000 Schedule II opioid prescriptions in the second quarter of 2017, which represents a 28 percent reduction compared to the first quarter 2015, according to da…

Clergy Get Narcan Training In Response To Opioid Crisis In The Berkshires » WAMC

At White House opioid commission meeting, insurance industry gets a scolding » STAT News

Public Safety

Sins of the Child: Advocates Pushing for Change to Massachusetts Victims Compensation Fund » NECN Sharon Baker doesn't like to come to the cemetery. But it's where she left her baby boy. "He was cold, his lips were big," she recalled.…

BU Study: States With Tighter Laws On Concealed Carry Have Lower Rates Of Handgun Homicides » WBUR States like Massachusetts, which have some of the tightest laws regulating who can carry a concealed handgun, have significantly lower rates of handgun homicides than states with more lax handgun perm…

Anti-violence funds jeopardized by House-Senate flap » Commonwealth Magazine THE SENATE IS taking the lead on Beacon Hill on criminal justice reform, but the chamber seems to have lost its way on a key initiative to help gang members go straight and stay out of prison.…

Study: Mass. Has The Highest Percentage Of Inmates Over 55 » WBUR Massachusetts has the highest percentage of inmates over age 55 in the country, according to a new national study.…

State Finance

Lawmakers continue to override Governor's budget vetoes » WWLP 22 The Senate voted to override dozens of Governor Charlie Baker's line item vetoes to this year's budget to restore spending for state-funded programs and agencies.…

State Government

Gov. Charlie Baker writes letter to support Solheim Cup bid by Worcester CC, where Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito is a member » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker wrote a letter of support to help the Worcester Country Club, where Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito is a member.…

Milford's Rhodes appointed to state access board » The Milford Daily News Local resident Harold Rhodes was recently appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to the state's Architectural Access Board - the regulating body that oversees disability accessibility to public buildings.…

Charlie Baker slams Trump over comments on fallen soldier » Boston Globe Republican Governor Charlie Baker unleashed some of his strongest criticism of President Trump Thursday, saying the exchange the commander-in-chief had with the family of a fallen soldier and the foll…

Transportation

Could the Amazon bid finally connect the T's Red and Blue lines? » Boston Globe The city's pitch to bring Amazon's second headquarters to Suffolk Downs paints a picture of an idyllic commute that few in Boston likely experience, relying in part on transit options that don't exist…

Abandoned rail bridge to be removed » Eagle Tribune A muscular-but-rusted and dangerous relic of the city's industrial past will disappear by Thanksgiving, when an abandoned rail bridge over Manchester Street will be demolished and sold for scrap. This…

Amazon Bid Renews Talk Of Rail, Ferry Expansion » Banker & Tradesman

Utilities

Mass. AG to review allegations that Eversource and Avangrid throttled pipeline capacity; Conn. senator asks FERC to investigate » The Republican A recent study that accuses Eversource and Avangrid of artificially throttling natural gas pipeline capacity in New England, thereby driving up consumer energy prices by $3.6 billion over three years,…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

The Better Deal That America's Workers Deserve » Governing

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

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

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

Massachusetts jobless rate drops below 4 percent » Boston Business Journal

MBTA Officers to Carry Narcan » Boston Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 2161 - An Act establishing a town manager in the town of West Newbury

HB 3788 - An Act authorizing the city of Peabody to grant 20 licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises

HB 3791 - An Act authorizing the town of Whately to continue the employment of John Lasalle as a call firefighter

HB 1120 - An Act authorizing the town of Boylston to sell a portion of a certain town property

Most read bills of the week:

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

SB2170 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

SB2177 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

SB2179 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB3951 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

SB92 - An Act to promote livable communities and zoning reform act

SB1759 - An Act relative to executive employee compensation

SB1682 - An Act providing for 3rd party expert evaluation of scope of practice legislation

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

House Actions This Week: 441

Senate Actions This Week: 185


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