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Today on Beacon Hill

8:30am Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meeting, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden

9:00am Citizens Legislative Seminar, Room 428, State House

10:00am League of Women Voters of Mass. Lobby Day, Great Hall, State House

10:00am Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

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

10:30am Manufacturer Awards Ceremony, Grand Staircase, State House

10:30am Cannabis Control Commission Meeting, Minihan Meeting Room, Hurley Building, 19 Staniford Street, Boston

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

11:00am House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Oversight Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

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

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

1:30pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

5:00pm Cocktail Reception for Lynn School Committee Candidate Elizabeth Gervacio

6:00pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate Dean Tran

6:30pm Milton Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

6:30pm Town Hall with Rep. Mike Connolly, East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross Street, Somerville

Must-Reads

Hungary's Orban Sets Soros as Main Campaign Theme » Bloomberg Politics Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told lawmakers from his Fidesz party that fighting against what he sees as the agenda of billionaire financier George Soros will be the key campaign theme ahead o…

Lobbyists Get Boost From Fiscal, Defense, Immigration Fights » Roll Call Stalemate in Congress over mega-ticket agenda items, such as a replacement for the Obama-era health care law, hasn't upended K Street business this year. …

Megyn Kelly Reveals She Complained To Fox News About Bill O'Reilly » The Huffington Post Bill O'Reilly says the recent New York Times report that he settled a sexual harassment suit for $32 million shortly before Fox News offered him a $100 million contract extension is “false, defa…

Linzer leaving MAHP for New York counterpart » State House News Service Veteran health care lobbyist Eric Linzer is leaving the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans after 16 years to become the next president and CEO of the New York Health Plan Association, the organ…

Baker working with short legislative to-do list » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker has lowered his expectations for the final three-plus weeks on the Legislature's calendar before its seven-week holiday recess. …

Pay floor emerging as flashpoint in health care cost debate » State House News Service Plans to tackle hospital pricing are emerging as a flashpoint in the Senate's health care reform bill, with the head of Massachusetts General Hospital decrying an unfair attack while community hospita…

In harsh letter, DAs pan Senate's criminal justice proposal » Boston Globe In a blistering public rebuke, nine of Massachusetts' 11 district attorneys came out Monday against major parts of the state Senate's sweeping criminal justice bill, which is aimed at reducing the num…

Elizabeth Warren in Minneapolis: Democrats need to muscle up on economic populism » CityPages Fifteen years after the death of legendary liberal populist Paul Wellstone, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren came to Minneapolis to tell a story about a time in the late 1990s when credit card comp…

One Republican asks another to drop out — and may have run afoul of campaign laws » Boston Globe Republican John Kingston called a meeting late last month with his party rival for US Senate, Beth Lindstrom, and strongly urged her to drop out of the primary, arguing he was the stronger candidate t…

Mark Cuban and Donald Trump, longtime frenemies, could face off in 2020 presidential race » The Washington Post Setting the actual history aside for a minute, the popular legend of the war between billionaire-turned-celebrity Mark Cuban and billionaire-turned-celebrity-turned-president Donald Trump goes somethi…

“Gov. Baker is not only our state’s chief executive, he’s also America’s most popular and strongly bipartisan governor,” said Toohey in a statement. “I am honored to have his endorsement in this race.”

Republican state representative candidate Shaun P. Toohey

Speaking about gaining the endorsement of Governor Baker.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

This isn't the first time Warren spoke about that office incident » Boston Globe When Senator Elizabeth Warren on Sunday told a national television audience a personal story of sexual harassment from her days as a young law professor, she described a harrowing incident that left h…

Business

State legislators hear manufacturing can make it in Fall River, but trained employees needed » The Herald News This city can still make things, Charlie Merrow told the legislators. And the world needs the things Fall River can make, he said.…

Fidelity's Abby Johnson has a chance to set a higher standard » Boston Globe Can Abby Johnson retire the old boys' club? Johnson, the CEO and chairwoman of Fidelity Investments, finds herself in the middle of her first public crisis, and how she handles it may very well shape…

Mayflower II's absence, road work rock tourism in Plymouth » Boston Globe On a recent sunny and mild afternoon, anyone hoping for lunch and a beverage at the Pillory Pub across the street from the famed Plymouth Rock was out of luck. A sign in neon green marker indicated th…

Seabiscuit and the Beatles: A look at Suffolk Downs' history » Boston Globe In Boston's bid to woo Amazon, the city touted Suffolk Downs as the perfect spot. The soon-to-be closed horsetrack in East Boston offers a location between two MBTA stops and close proximity to Logan …

The bidding war for Amazon » Commonwealth Magazine

Education

Ground broken on new Early Childhood Center » Wicked Local Dedham Some of Dedham's youngest learners were among the first to make their mark on the site of the new Dr. Tom Curran Early Childhood Center.…

'Independent Taxation Authority' for Regional Schools? Massachusetts Auditor Suggests Ways To Provide More Tax Dollars » New Boston Post The 68-page report, the product of a study conducted by Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump, acknowledges the hurdle known as Proposition 2 ½, the state law barring municipalities from raising…

Adjuncts help colleges expand their online programs » Boston Globe Gail Bloom's health policy classroom is a cozy office on the second floor of her Andover home, decorated with Donald Duck candy dispensers and her son's preschool artwork.…

Students, newly arrived from Puerto Rico after Maria, start over in Boston schools » Boston Globe The teens were home when their roof caved in. Jerielis Torres, 16, and her brother Erick Joel Torres, 17, could not sleep that night. Hurricane Maria's winds left the land they love bare, while floodw…

Environment

At Clean Energy Forum in Boston, a search for ways to go green at the local level » Berkshire Eagle One day after the head of the Environmental Protection Agency formally proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan, municipal officials from the eastern part of the state came together to discuss taking t…

Doctor says natural gas from proposed compressor could ignite » Wicked Local Braintree A local doctor working with residents fighting a proposed 7,700-horsepower natural-gas compressor station in North Weymouth said his rough analysis shows even small releases of natural gas could creat…

Marshfield group advocates banning plastic bags » The Patriot Ledger A group of concerned Marshfield residents led by Jeanne Ryer, Carol Robinson and Gail Salvetti thinks the town should prohibit stores from using plastic bags, as Plymouth and Duxbury have done.…

State facing criticism on environmental justice policy » Sentinel & Enterprise Nearly three years after an executive order imposed a statewide focus on environmental justice, Massachusetts officials have failed to enact effective policy to protect low-income and minority communi…

Health Care

When paying for drugs with insurance costs more than paying cash: Bill would require pharmacists to let their customers know » The Republican It seems logical that customers buying prescription drugs with insurance should pay less than if they pay the entire cost themselves. But sometimes, that is not the case, and patients end up unknowing…

Massachusetts congressional Democrats blame President Donald Trump for higher state health premiums » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, and the entirely Democratic Massachusetts congressional delegation agree on one thing: The federal government's decision to end payments to health insurers will hurt …

Hospital pricing causes disputed in Senate health bill » Worcester Business Journal Plans to tackle hospital pricing are emerging as a flashpoint in the Senate's health care reform bill, with the head of Massachusetts General Hospital decrying an unfair attack while community hospita…

Housing

Worcester, Middlesex home prices still on the rise » Worcester Business Journal The median price of a home sold last month in Worcester County rose by $15,000 compared to last September, while the median price of a home sale in Middlesex County rose by $44,400.…

Human Services

Auditor says DCF skips follow-ups » Boston Herald The Department of Children and Families has failed to follow up on reports of suspected child abuse or neglect, according to state Auditor Suzanne Bump, citing a soon-to-be-released audit.…

Local tapped for national veterans advisory committee » Eagle Tribune Lawrence native Francisco Urena is in the nation's capitol working to improve services for veterans not only here in Massachusetts, but across the entire nation. …

Insurance

Federal agency nixes Mass. request for special fund to stabilize health insurance rates » Boston Globe

Feds reject Baker request to stabilize premiums from Trump-induced upheaval » Boston Business Journal

Judiciary

Embattled western Mass. judge faces sex misconduct probe » Boston Globe The presiding judge of Belchertown District Court is under investigation by the state's Judicial Conduct Commission after a former court employee accused him of pressuring her for oral sex.…

Lynn housing court getting eviction notice » Lynn Daily News Item Plans to close the city's housing court is facing opposition from housing advocates and lawmakers.…

Massachusetts judge criticized for giving probation in teen's sexual assault case now facing sexual harassment complaint: Report » The Republican District Court Judge Thomas Estes, who was mysteriously removed from the bench in August, is the subject of a sexual harassment charge filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, a…

Labor

Violation disclosure could save workers' lives, bill backers testify » State House News Service A year and two days after Kelvin Mattocks and Robert Higgins died working in a trench on Dartmouth Street in Boston, their families came to the State House to call on lawmakers to take action to prote…

Legislative

Before the Massachusetts Legislature breaks this fall, what needs to get done? » The Republican On Nov. 15, the Massachusetts Legislature will go on break until January. During that time, the only bills likely to be passed are non-controversial items that do not face opposition.…

Baker lowers expectations before recess » Sentinel & Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker has lowered his expectations for the final three-plus weeks on the Legislature's calendar before its seven-week holiday recess. …

Local Government

Swampscott petitions Legislature for 8 more liquor licenses » Wicked Local Swampscott Swampscott Town Administrator Sean Fitzgerald testified before a Joint Committee on Municipal and Regional Government in the State House Tuesday, Oct. 17, speaking on proposed legislation that would g…

Concord committee said it did not break state law » Wicked Local Concord The Comprehensive Long Range Plan Committee stated its position in response to a complaint from Concord resident Tanya Gailus that the committee violated the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law…

Churchill staying neutral in Attleboro mayor's race » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — Former city fire chief Ron Churchill said Monday he is staying neutral in the mayoral election — at least for the time being.…

Northampton City Council backs 'death with dignity' bill » Gazette Net After much emotional testimony, including from some members of the body itself, the City Council last week unanimously endorsed a bill that would allow terminally ill patients in Massachusetts to end …

Lowell city councilor proposes ban of pit bulls after 7-year-old fatally attacked » The Republican

Marijuana

Pot is legal on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Transporting it there is not » Boston Globe Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket may seem like idyllic vacation spots, green gems embedded in a blue ocean. But when it comes to marijuana, it's more like they're legally surrounded.…

Wilmington Town Meeting articles call for marijuana prohibitions » Lowell Sun The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the town manager's recommendation to put forth warrant articles to prohibit the sale of recreational marijuana in town.…

Cannabis commissioner weighs in again on his Question 4 vote » State House News Service Had he known then what he knows now, Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman might not have voted to keep marijuana use illegal for adults last year, he said Sunday.…

Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Brayton Point story part of transition to a low-carbon economy » The Herald News The story of how the town of Somerset has financially managed the shutdown of the Brayton Point power plant is another example of how well-designed market-based mechanisms can be instrumental in reduc…

Mayor Marty Walsh: Making Boston home for all of us » Sampan Four years ago, when Mayor Walsh took office, Boston was in the midst of a housing crisis. Mayor Walsh took immediate action and assembled a team of housing leaders and experts to create a comprehens…

PETER LUCAS: Warren's new best buddy -- Mayor Marty Walsh » Sentinel & Enterprise It's not what U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren can do for Marty Walsh, it's what Marty Walsh can do for Elizabeth Warren.…

Scandalous treatment for a Gold Star widow » Boston Globe It's long past time for President Trump to stop the pettiness and use his power as commander in chief to put the focus where it belongs: On four US soldiers who were killed in Niger on Oct. 4 during a…

How stereotypes divide and conquer women » Boston Globe Years ago, one of us delivered a class on sexism, presenting three of the most common ways society subtypes women: warm but incompetent, sexy but incompetent, and competent but cold.…

NAACP report shows a side of Boston that Amazon isn't seeing » Boston Globe As Boston pitches itself as the site for a new Amazon headquarters, it's reclaiming its historically healthy ego. Yes, the hub of the universe has what it always had: super-smart people, great univers…

Politics

Political Notes: Tedeschi launches bid for Congress » Cape Cod Times Peter Tedeschi, a Republican from Marshfield, has launched a campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., next year in the state's 9th Congressional District.…

Gov. Baker Comes to Haverhill to Raise Money for Toohey Rep. Bid » WHAV Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was in Haverhill Friday specifically to help raise money for Republican state representative candidate Shaun P. Toohey.…

Friedman finds her place as state senator » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- Sen. Cindy Friedman never thought she wanted this job. But last year, everything changed.…

Sen. Bernie Sanders visits Somerville with Our Revolution Somerville/Cambridge candidates » Wicked Local By 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning, the line for ONCE Ballroom and Lounge in Somerville stretched down Highland Avenue and around the corner. Hundreds from Somerville and Cambridge waited patiently, and s…

Ha! Local Comedian Running For Lt. Gov. » Arlington Patch Though Jimmy Tingle has long made biting political humor a staple of his stand-up routines, he insists his dive into Massachusetts politics is anything but comic relief.…

Gloucester school under fire for Trump tombstone » Boston Herald Kids tossing bean bags at a mock tombstone for President Trump at a public school was a “despicable” display of dirty politics the adults forced on the unwitting children, a Gloucester Rep…

In Salem, The Sanctuary For Peace Debate Roils The Mayor's Race » WGBH If it's October in Salem, Halloween is in the air. There are huge crowds, excruciatingly slow traffic, and on seemingly every street corner, macabre displays that run the gamut from chilling to cheesy…

Framingham Voters Will Elect First Mayor » WGBH Framingham voters are about to choose their first mayor, taking the next step in the transformation of the state's largest town into its newest city.…

State seizes $17,604 from Lantigua campaign » Eagle Tribune The state seized $17,604 from William Lantigua's campaign account over the last year or so because his failure to file several financial disclosure forms due in 2015 and 2016 made the account appear i…

Battenfeld: Kennedy Institute unusual spot for GOP's Kingston to announce » Boston Herald It's an odd way for a Republican running for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's seat to launch his campaign — from a place named after the most famous liberal Democrat of them all.…

State Police Endorse Toohey for State Rep. in Haverhill » The Valley Patriot

A conversation with gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren in Marblehead » Wicked Local

Public Health

Mass. AG meets with local officials to discuss opioid epidemic in Fall River, surrounding areas » WPRI Local officials met in Fall River on Monday to share their concerns about the opioid epidemic in the city.…

David Nielsen: Retired doctor backs End of Life Options Act » Gazette Net As a retired emergency physician, I can personally attest to the anguish and unnecessary suffering of dying patients who are denied death with dignity.…

With 41 people dead from opioids in Fall River, AG Healey hears there's work to be done » The Herald News Massachusetts Attorney Gen. Maura Healey visited Fall River on Monday to hear about the scope of the city's opioid problem from local addiction counselors, health officials, public safety representati…

Public Safety

Auditor Suzanne Bump: Sex offender watchdog needs to 'do its job' » Boston Herald The state's auditor will deliver scathing testimony before a joint legislative committee tomorrow on what she contends is a chronic failure by the state's Sex Offender Registry Board to track convicte…

Debate over pit bulls is reignited after death of boy in Lowell » Boston Globe After a spate of horrific pit bull attacks, Lowell officials tried to address the problem in 2011 by requiring pit bulls to be spayed or neutered as well as muzzled and leashed when off their owners' …

Heslam: Playground no longer safe, despite residents' efforts to pick up needles » Boston Herald It's a picture-perfect day at Gertrude Howes Park in Roxbury. An adorable 1-year-old crawls around the soft rubber playground. A little dog wags her tail. There's a breeze and summer-like temperatures…

Tougher drunken driving laws pushed by Baker, lawmakers » The Salem News BOSTON – State leaders want to toughen the drunken driving laws to ensure repeat offenders don't get an easy route back to the streets.…

State Finance

On Beacon Hill: The 'Ready for Prime-time Players' » State House News Service The Red Sox may be done for the season, but there were plenty of pitches being thrown around Boston as the Amazon wooing efforts officially got underway. Sadly, Massachusetts didn't have its proposal …

State Government

Baker to announce grants in Quincy today » The Patriot Ledger Gov. Charlie Baker will be in Quincy Center tomorrow to announce million of dollars in infrastructure grants from the state.…

New chief medical examiner named for Massachusetts » The Associated Press (AP)

Mindy Hull promoted to chief medical examiner » State House News Service

Transportation

Rep. Day Hosts Upcoming Senior Charlie Card Event » Arlington Patch As part of his continued efforts to expand public transportation options and help seniors to continue to live independently in their community, State Representative Michael Day, in partnership with th…

Local lawmakers talk ending the isolation in the Berkshires, from transportation to telecommunication » Berkshire Eagle When Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, steps out from his Statehouse office and goes back to his house in the town of Peru, he is practically cut off from the world.…

The Green Line will be getting more green lights at intersections » Boston Globe The Green Line will be catching more green lights: The MBTA plans to greatly expand the use of technology that helps buses and trolleys squeeze through busy intersections before the traffic signal tur…

Can Beacon Hill fast-track high-speed rail? » Boston Globe Senator Eric Lesser is so eager to get rail service between Boston and Springfield, he rented a bus to bring supporters to a State House hearing.…

Two Bidders Come Under Green Line Extension Threshold » WGBH Two of three companies in the running to design and build a new trolley line to Somerville certified they can do the work within the MBTA's threshold of $1.319 billion, allowing the roughly $2.2 bill…

Will Western Mass Ever Get High-Speed Rail? » Valley Advocate Jim Emerson, 53, wakes up at 5 a.m. three or four days out of the work week to make the commute from his home in Wilbraham to Boston. He's typically out the door around 5:45 a.m. and is on the road dr…

Traffic woes may hurt Boston's Amazon HQ2 pitch » Boston Herald Boston's rock-bottom rankings for traffic and airport reliability could loom over its chances to score Amazon's coveted second headquarters, but industry analysts and consultants say it's likely not a…

MBTA ridership on downward trend » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA RIDERSHIP generally trended downward over the last three years, with officials saying the available evidence suggests a portion of the system's riders are taking fewer trips on the T and replacin…

MBTA testing technology to speed flow of buses, trolley » State House News Service Transit vehicle, coming through. That's essentially what trolleys and buses have been electronically telling certain traffic signals over the last few months as part of a pilot to speed up transit alo…

40 supporters of East-West rail board bus from Springfield to State House for hearing » The Republican

Moulton, Mass. business leaders urge bigger study of North South Rail Link » Boston Business Journal

'We are getting left behind:' East-West rail supporters urge state's transportation committee to back study » The Republican

Five-year plan will offer "great forum" for East-West rail, Pollack says » State House News Service

Utilities

New Bedford: the new home of US offshore wind power? » Recharge New Bedford's Marine Commerce Terminal (MCT), one of the world's most perfectly tailored offshore wind hubs, is still waiting for its first big break in the sector.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Lawrence's Francisco Urena, is in Washington with new group boosting veterans services; he is state secretary of Veterans Affairs » Eagle Tribune

Governor Appoints Ivonne Vidal to HCC Board of Trustees » Business West

Acton resident aims for GOP nomination to challenge Eldridge » Wicked Local Acton

Sanders makes city race endorsements, some objecting that choices twist agenda » Cambridge Day

Gov. Baker Named Somerville Chamber Dinner's Keynote Speaker » Arlington Patch

'People will die' under GOP budget plan, Bernie Sanders says in Somerville appearance » The Republican

Barnstable Receives Roadways Improvement Grant to Help Spur Investment » Cape Cod Online

Cambridge activists call Bernie Sanders' visit counter-productive » Wicked Local Somerville

High-Speed Rail, Criminal Justice, Cannabis Control: The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill » New England Public Radio

Number of people with Alzheimer's in Mass. is expected to rise fast » Boston Globe

Eldridge draw challenger from Harvard Business School official » The Lowell Sun

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