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10:00am Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

11:00am Farm to School Awareness Day, Grand Staircase, State House

11:00am North South Rail Link Working Group Meeting, Room 428, State House

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:30am Korea Day 2017, Great Hall, State House

4:00pm State of the Judiciary Address, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston

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

5:30pm Women's Leadership Forum hosted by Women's Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Mass., Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street, Worcester

6:00pm Fall Reception for Rep. Adrian Madaro

6:00pm Salem Councilor At-Large Candidate Forum, Salem Academy Charter School, 45 Congress Street, Salem

6:30pm Oktoberfest Reception for Rep. Shawn Dooley

7:00pm Open House: Income Inequality and the Wealth & Income Divide with Rep. Jay Kaufman, Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington

Must-Reads

US ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown faced complaints over 'cultural misunderstanding' » stuff US Ambassador Scott Brown has fronted over mounting "innuendo and rumour" about a State Department investigation into his behaviour. …

On fed health care front, Sanchez monitoring "three things" » State House News Service Saying challenges facing Massachusetts from a Republican-controlled federal government are "just beginning," House budget chief Jeffrey Sánchez on Wednesday described three major areas of federal h…

Baker again turns to trust fund, this time to offset fed subsidy cut » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker plans to circumvent the loss of federal health insurance subsidies used to keep consumer prices down by tapping a fund controlled by the Massachusetts Health Connector to continue m…

Chris Coons: Why Jeff Flake's Exit Should Scare Democrats » The New York Times The Republican Party is increasingly hostile to principled, patriotic lawmakers. That presents a grave threat to our country. …

Beacon Hill health bill pits large hospitals against small ones » Boston Globe A big new health care bill moving through Beacon Hill is pitting small community hospitals against industry giants owned by Partners HealthCare, as lawmakers try to control soaring costs in part by re…

Five women accuse journalist and 'Game Change' co-author Mark Halperin of sexual harassment » CNN Money Veteran journalist Mark Halperin sexually harassed women while he was in a powerful position at ABC News, according to five women who shared their previously undisclosed accounts with CNN and others w…

'People magazine saga,' 'Twitter dispute': Corker's and Flake's GOP colleagues suggest they're drama queens » The Washington Post Two Republican senators have declared President Trump to be a danger to the United States of America and its political system. To hear their fellow GOP lawmakers tell it, though, this might as well be…

Advocates cheer criminal justice bill — and slam DAs for opposing much of it » Boston Globe Several Massachusetts advocacy groups are praising the sweeping criminal justice bill the state Senate is poised to vote on this week and panning an effort by nine Massachusetts district attorneys to …

Across Massachusetts, outsider female candidates are taking aim at the political gender gap » Boston Globe A YEAR AGO, Jackie Katz wouldn't have called herself a political person. She voted. She followed the news. But the Wellesley High School history teacher, 34, says she “was one of those people wh…

Political Typology Reveals Deep Fissures on the Right and Left » Pew Research Center Nearly a year after Donald Trump was elected president, the Republican coalition is deeply divided on such major issues as immigration, America's role in the world and the fundamental fairness of the …

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News By Category
Beltway Politics

Republicans are changing their opinions to accommodate Trump, polls show » Boston Globe With each battle President Trump picks on Twitter, the question arises: Is this the outrageous attack that will alienate his voters? …

Scott Brown says he'll be more 'culturally aware' after comments to Samoans » Boston Globe Scott Brown says he was advised by the US Department of State to be more culturally sensitive after he called Peace Corps volunteers in Samoa “beautiful” and told servers at another functi…

Congressman Joe Kennedy III to speak at Amherst College to mark JFK's 1963 visit » The Republican U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III will speak at Amherst College Saturday as part of the college's celebration of his great-uncle President John F. Kennedy.…

Tsongas' bill on border opioid screening devices passes House » Lowell Sun A bill that would give U.S. Customs and Border Protection the latest chemical screening devices to detect fentanyl and other synthetic opioids imported into the country passed the House of Representat…

Business

Mass. celebrates 40 years of keeping farmland open » Worcester Telegram Forty years ago, in the face of intense development pressure, Gov. Francis W. Sargent and the state Legislature created the Agricultural Preservation Restriction Act to stem the loss of farms and prim…

Lawrence businesses honored with manufacturing awards » Eagle Tribune Two Lawrence-based manufacturing businesses were recently recognized at the Statehouse.…

State Grant to Boost Continued Development at Ludlow Mills » Business West Rep. Thomas Petrolati and state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash visited Ludlow Mills on Tuesday, Oct. 24 to announce a $3.5 million grant for ongoing redevelopment at the 1…

Lee, Pittsfield included in Amazon headquarters proposals » Berkshire Record Sites in Lee and Pittsfield are among the 26 locations in Massachusetts hoping to host Amazon's much sought after second North American headquarters.…

Amazon vs. marijuana » Commonwealth Magazine WHEN A CHICOPEE woman won the record-setting Powerball jackpot in August, lost in the cacophony were the two $1 million winning tickets sold in Dorchester and Watertown. Despite the disappointment of …

Walsh unveils bid for Amazon HQ » Bay State Banner Rox parcels among proposed sites; pitch puts tax incentives on the table …

Will New England's Craft Beer Bubble Burst? » WBUR Business has been booming — and bubbling — at Grey Sail brewery in Westerly, Rhode Island. The sounds and smells of fresh beer, simmering away in brand new fermenting tanks, permeate the…

Inside the pitch: How Boston chose Suffolk Downs for Amazon's HQ2 » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Study provides evidence of transgender, gender nonconforming discrimination » The Suffolk Journal A recent study conducted by the Suffolk Law School Housing Discrimination Testing Program (HDTP) has proven that the U.S. Housing and Urban Development in Massachusetts anti-discrimination laws has fa…

Activists seek new gender option on state IDs » The Salem News Driver's licenses and IDS could have a third option for gender identity besides male or female.…

Crimes

House votes to curb abuse of handicapped parking placards » The Republican The Massachusetts House on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at curbing abuse of handicapped parking placards.…

Both branches now behind handicapped parking abuse bill » State House News Service The entire state Legislature has now thrown its support behind tougher penalties for people who misuse handicapped parking placards and license plates.…

Education

Aspiring to reach new heights on Franklin Street in Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item The $4.5 million transformation of the former O'Keefe Alternative School on Franklin Street into a state-of-the-art early education center for Aspire Developmental Services is complete.…

Environment

New England's unlikely ally on wind energy? Red states » Boston Globe New England Democrats trying to protect the region's renewable energy industry from a Trump administration push to cut government subsidies have found some unlikely allies in Congress: Republicans.…

Environmental advocates rally for statewide plastic bag ban » Worcester Telegram When Dorothy Henderson goes for her daily walk in West Roxbury, she sees plastic bags thrown in the gutters and ensnarled in tree limbs. She worries that these single-use bags ultimately pollute her c…

Weymouth wildlife center prescribes pumpkin fun » Wicked Local Weymouth New England Wildlife Center officials hope to raise $25,000 to fund its education and animal care programs during a “Night of a Thousand Faces” pumpkin display, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday and Satu…

Health Care

Pharmacist in NECC meningitis outbreak case acquitted of murder » Boston Globe The supervisor of a former Framingham compounding pharmacy was acquitted Wednesday by a federal jury of murder charges but convicted of racketeering and other crimes in connection with a meningitis ou…

Massachusetts Fake Clinic Unveils New Way to Trick Those Seeking Abortion Care » Rewire Attleboro Women's Health Center in Massachusetts, like many abortion clinics, has a website offering information about the steps involved in surgical and medication abortion care, price estimates, rea…

Legislature looks into Alzheimer's crisis in Massachusetts » The Daily Free Press

Mass. lawmakers work on health care proposals » The Recorder

Housing

Chance to live in new apartments near North Station draws crowd » Boston Globe They filled the auditorium of a downtown office building, lined a long hallway, and spilled out into the rain on Court Street Wednesday for a shot at a rare thing: an affordable place to live in the h…

Insurance

Judge rules President Donald Trump can withhold Obamacare subsidies » The Republican A U.S. District Court judge has rejected an emergency request by 18 states, including Massachusetts, to force the Trump administration to pay out health insurance subsidies.…

Judge denies request to fund federal subsidies, costing Mass. $28M in 2017 » Boston Business Journal A federal judge has denied a multi-state request to force the Trump administration to make subsidy payments to insurers, a decision that is estimated to cost insurers in Massachusetts $28 million this…

Judiciary

Bail reforms working in other states, Koutoujian says » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- As state senators prepare to take up a bill this week that would overhaul the state's bail system, one Massachusetts sheriff said he's seeing positive signs from other states that have under…

Court To Rule On Whether Relapse By An Addicted Opioid User Should Be A Crime » NPR Julie Eldred has been struggling with addiction to opioids for more than a decade and she says the criminal justice system punishes her for it.…

Councilor presses appeals court nominee on personal matters » State House News Service The MBTA's top lawyer who is on the cusp of joining the second highest court underwent some personal questioning Wednesday before the eight-member elected body that will determine the next step in his…

Senate Set To Rumble Over Sentencing And Criminal Law » WGBH The Massachusetts Senate will begin debate on a bill to overhaul the state's criminal justice system Thursday, but first the 40-member chamber needs to work through 162 proposed changes to the legisla…

As Mass. Senate Embarks On Criminal Justice Debate, Judiciary Chair Makes His Case » New England Public Radio The Massachusetts Senate begins debate Thursday on a wide-ranging criminal justice bill. …

'We have to cut the chains': Emotional debate underway over criminal justice bill » Boston Globe

Labor

House votes to extend OSHA safety standards to municipal workers » The Republican The Massachusetts House on Wednesday passed a bill that would extend federal safety standards to municipal workers.…

Burns Bridge contractor fined for wage law violation » Worcester Telegram A contractor that worked on the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge over Lake Quinsigamond has been cited by the state attorney general's office for violating the state's wage and hour law.…

Hill Supports OSHA Protections for State Workers » The Local News BOSTON – Forty-seven years after OSHA was established, Massachusetts legislators have voted to extend workplace health and safety protections to state employees.…

AIM says Senate bill could backfire on job-seeking felons » Boston Business Journal The bill is meant in part to make it easier for those convicted of criminal charges to find employment.…

Can we talk about the gender pay gap » The Washington Post The median salary for women working full-time is about 80 percent of men's. That gap, put in other terms, means women are working for free 10 weeks a year. …

Legislative

UMass manufacturing program held up by Beacon Hill budget spat » The Republican A proposed manufacturing program at the University of Massachusetts is being held up due to a dispute over state budgeting between House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Gov. Charlie Baker.…

What do millennials want from Massachusetts government? » MassLive Massachusetts policymakers sit down with a group of millennials. What do they talk about? …

Local Government

Fact-checking Walsh's Olympics claim » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH said during Tuesday night's mayoral debate that he pulled the plug on the city's Olympics bid.…

Marijuana

Ware officials seek Town Meeting OK for marijuana sales local tax option » The Republican Town officials are seeking to charge recreational marijuana sellers the "local tax option" permitted by state law.…

State eyes flight rule to ship marijuana to islands » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is considering whether an untested federal regulation could provide a legal basis for moving marijuana between the mainland and the islands of Martha's Vi…

DPH tees up med marijuana plans amid transition in regulation » State House News Service The Department of Public Health is expected to make regulatory changes to the state's medical marijuana program early next month and the agency is already starting to strategize its migration to the C…

Opinion

Covering Our Mouths: Massachusetts Can't Ignore The Dental Crisis » WBUR Earlier this month, Massachusetts Senate Democrats rolled out an ambitious 100-page bill to reform health care in the state. The bill includes provisions to control pharmaceutical costs, create a Mass…

Editorial: Trump's premium pinch » Boston Herald President Trump recently canceled federal subsidies that help people who buy health insurance through public exchanges, arguing that the payments were never authorized by Congress and represent a bail…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Liberals overstepping their bounds on gun rights » The Sun Chronicle The Sun Chronicle reports 17 state attorneys general — all Democrats, including, I am sure, Ms. Maura Healey, our gun-hating number one legal officer — are attempting to fight a legislat…

A scary story, not just for Halloween » Boston Globe The most terrifying thing about Shirley Jackson's short story “The Lottery” is its ordinariness. The story takes place in a small town (Jackson lived in North Bennington, Vt.) on a summer …

Elizabeth Warren isn't the first woman to laugh off sexual harassment » Boston Globe Does it add up? Senator Elizabeth Warren once told a lighthearted story about being chased around a desk by a fellow law professor and then recently recalled it with more outrage.…

Battenfeld: Charlie Baker could turn tables on Dem road plan » Boston Herald A sneaky bill by Democratic legislators to open the door to open-road tolling on highways around the state — ranging from I-93 to I-95 — seems like a dumb idea considering the 2018 elect…

LETTER: Massachusetts must protect contraception access » Wicked Local North Andover In light of the President's decision to expand the religious contraception exemption to now allow any employer to refuse to offer insurance coverage for birth control, Massachusetts legislators must p…

Bernie Sanders' NIMBY revolution » Boston Globe “The political revolution is beginning,” Bernie Sanders told a room of cheering fans when he swung through Massachusetts earlier this week, “and this is what it looks like.”…

Don't Let Big Banks Escape the Fed's Scrutiny » Bloomberg Community banks and credit unions face a lot of challenges today, and they make a good case for lightening some unnecessary regulatory burdens. But instead of focusing on these smaller institutions, …

Heslam: Bay State's female pols share 'me too' moments » Boston Herald The “me too” movement, sparked this month by the Harvey Weinstein Hollywood sexual abuse scandal, has prompted a tidal wave of women nationwide bravely sharing their stories of harassment.…

REP. BRUCE AYERS: Quincy can lead on water transportation » Patriot Ledger Overwhelming research and data shows that water transportation could be a solution to worsening traffic problems that plague our state – and Quincy is uniquely positioned to play a major role.…

Slander Suit Highlights Unacceptable Conduct By Boston Mayor Marty Walsh » New Boston Post

Politics

Businessman John Kingston announces 2018 Republican US Senate bid » The Republican Winchester businessman John Kingston officially launched his 2018 Republican U.S. Senate bid Wednesday, adding his name to the growing list of GOP challengers looking to unseat incumbent Democrat Eliz…

Republican Gov. Baker keeps distance on latest GOP spat » The Associated Press (AP) Republican Gov. Charlie Baker appears to be keeping his distance from the latest round of interparty squabbling in Washington.…

Kennedy-McGee, Round 4: Lynn mayoral debate hits the Highlands » Lynn Daily News Item Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy and challenger state Sen. Thomas M. McGee (D-Lynn) entered round four of six mayoral debates Wednesday night.…

Rep. Whelan Kicking Off Re-Election Campaign » Cape Cod Online Brewster State Rep. Tim Whelan will officially begin his campaign for re-election Wednesday night.…

From Brooklyn to Framingham, Spicer pursues a life without limits » Wicked Local Framingham Yvonne Spicer's father knew he was going to die. Willy Spicer was an old-fashioned, part-Cherokee South Carolinian who drove trucks for a living and stood when a woman entered the room. He was also a …

Attleboro mayoral candidates face off at debate » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — Mayor Kevin Dumas and challenger state Rep. Paul Heroux, D-Attleboro, went toe to toe Wednesday in the first of three debates in the two-week runup to the city election on Nov. 7.…

Massachusetts state senators form millennial caucus to push young adults' agenda » The Republican A group of state senators in their 30s are forming a "millennial caucus" to promote a legislative agenda that helps young people in Massachusetts.…

Koh finally makes it official: He's running for Congress » Lowell Sun After raising $805,000 toward the race in September alone, Daniel Arrigg Koh formally launched his campaign Wednesday to succeed U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas. …

Senators step up their appeal to millennials » Newburyport News A group of young senators who set out about a year ago to study the attitudes, interests, frustrations and aspirations of the so-called millennial generation has recommended formally establishing a l…

They're running against Warren. Should they run away from Trump? » Boston Globe Beth Lindstrom launched her campaign for US Senate this monthby describing how two of her GOP primary opponents treat the president.…

Public Health

Western Massachusetts students lobby for higher smoking age » The Republican A group of students from Western Massachusetts traveled to the Statehouse Wednesday to ask lawmakers to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.…

Trump to declare opioid crisis nationwide public health emergency » Boston Globe President Donald Trump will direct his Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency under the Public Health Service Act.…

US Rep. Richard Neal offers bill to help Medicare beneficiaries access opioid treatment medication » The Republican Contending that recent studies have found growing opioid abuse among Medicare beneficiaries, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, introduced legislation this week that he said would expand the hea…

Public Safety

First group of Massachusetts officers returns from Puerto Rico » Boston.com The first wave of Massachusetts law enforcement officers deployed to assist with hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico has returned after two weeks on the island.…

State looks to expand Greenfield domestic violence training pilot program » The Republican The Baker administration is considering ways to expand statewide a domestic violence training program for law enforcement that it tested in Greenfield.…

Victims of drunk-driving question lack of progress on ingnition interlock bill » The Enterprise BOSTON -- Last year in Massachusetts, 119 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver, according to AAA Northeast. Crash survivors, families of the deceased, law enforcement officers and la…

Cyr bill would boost oversight of Pilgrim closure » Wicked Local Eastham Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Cape and Islands) introduced legislation aimed at increasing the resources of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP). The 21-member panel, created in 2016 withi…

State Finance

State urged to close the tap on bottled water » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- The state's tab for bottled water has his hit nearly $200,000 since July, and advocates are asking lawmakers to turn on the taps instead for savings. …

Baker sidelines all earmark spending for indefinite period » State House News Service A new $2 million program to support manufacturing has driven a wedge between House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Gov. Charlie Baker who said Wednesday that no earmarks, not just the research and developmen…

State Government

Cape & Islands DA Praises Baker Choice for New Chief Medical Examiner » Cape Cod Online Governor Charlie Baker announced the appointment Dr. Mindy Hull as Chief Medical Examiner and won praise from Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe.…

Legislators Hinds and Kulik plan 'Speak Up Western Mass' coffee hour in Worthington » The Republican WORTHINGTON -- State Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, and Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, are inviting their constituents to a community outreach event.…

Massachusetts Mulls Switching to Atlantic Time—and Staying There » The Wall Street Journal As Americans get ready to turn the clocks back next month, a Massachusetts commission is exploring whether the state should spring ahead one hour for good.…

State urged to pull plug on bottled water spending » State House News Service The state's tab for bottled water has his hit nearly $200,000 since July, and advocates are asking lawmakers to turn on the taps instead for savings.…

Massachusetts might adopt a new time zone » New York Post Massachusetts is considering whether to leap ahead into the Atlantic Time Zone – eliminating the practice of setting clocks forward and back. …

MassHousing chief stepping down to join UBS » State House News Service

Taxation

Virginia company sues Mass. over online taxes » The Salem News A Virginia company is challenging Massachusetts' plans to collect online sales taxes, which could derail efforts to force other businesses to pay.…

Transportation

Is the MBTA really 90 percent reliable? A consumer group is skeptical » Boston Globe If you asked subway riders to rate the reliability of the T, most probably wouldn't put it at nearly 90 percent.…

East-west rail advocates seek to reconnect the commonwealth » Hampshire Gazette It was 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, and a busload of constituents left Springfield, a move they say is about linking and reconnecting the commonwealth.…

East-west rail advocates seek to reconnect the commonwealth » The Recorder BOSTON — It was 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, and a busload of constituents left Springfield, a move they say is about linking and reconnecting the commonwealth.…

Crackdown sought on placard abuse » Lowell Sun A Lowell senator's bill that cracks down on drivers who fraudulently use handicapped placards to get preferred parking unanimously passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, and is now one step…

Berkshire lawmakers want Boston-Springfield rail study extended to Pittsfield » The Republican As lawmakers discuss whether to study expanded high-speed rail between Springfield and Boston, officials from the Berkshires are trying to get in on the action.…

Crackdown sought on handicap parking abuse » Lowell Sun A Lowell senator's bill that cracks down on drivers who fraudulently use handicapped placards to get preferred parking unanimously passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, and is now one step…

Utilities

Cyr Files Bill to Increase Authority of Pilgrim Decommissioning Panel » Cape Cod Online Cape and Islands State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) has filed a bill aimed at increasing oversight of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station during its decommissioning. …

Day Testifies On Bill To Protect Communities From Invasive Utility Projects » Worcester Patch

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