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9:00am ANA Massachusetts Legislative Forum, Great Hall, State House

10:00am Board of Higher Education Meeting, Westfield State University, 577 Western Avenue, Westfield

10:00am Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

11:00am Teens Leading the Way Lobby Day, Room 428, State House

11:00am Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development, Public Hearing

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

2:00pm Boards and Commissions Swearing-In, Grand Staircase, State House

Birthdays: Rep. Edward Coppinger, Rep. Ronald Mariano

Must-Reads

Russian content on Facebook, Google and Twitter reached far more users than companies first disclosed, congressional testimony says » The Washington Post Facebook plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday that 126 million of its users may have seen content produced and circulated by Russian operatives, many times more than the company had previously disclosed…

Delta touts affordability amid criticism from dentists » State House News Service Dentists complained to the Legislature on Monday that they felt coerced into joining Delta Dental's new, lower-cost insurance plan, called Total Choice, and they asked lawmakers to impose more governm…

People Are Officially Done With John Kelly After His 'Absurd' Civil War Comments » The Huffington Post John Kelly, chief of staff to President Donald Trump, angered many on Monday when he told Fox News' Laura Ingraham that the Civil War was caused by a “lack of ability to compromise.” …

Maryland investigating Kushner Companies over apartments » CNN Money The Maryland attorney general is investigating one of the Kushner family's real estate businesses after media reports surfaced earlier this year about allegedly abusive debt collection practices and p…

25 Investigates: Lawmakers billed taxpayers for bogus commutes » My Fox Boston State lawmakers have charged taxpayers for their commutes to the State House when they never even made the trip to Beacon Hill, according to a 25 Investigates review that had one politician running fr…

Female Massachusetts lawmakers call for mandatory sexual harassment training on Beacon Hill » The Republican Members of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators are calling for additional steps to combat sexual harassment on Beacon Hill -- including mandatory training for all state employees and an anon…

Powerful lobbyist Tony Podesta steps down amid Mueller's Russia probe » The Washington Post Last week, Tony Podesta, an eminence in the annals of Washington lobbying, threw one of his signature events, a big birthday bash at his stately stone manse in Kalorama. His guests thought he was on t…

Charlie Baker is nation's most popular governor. Again. » Boston Globe Massachusetts: You like him. You really like him. Still. For much of his nearly three years in office, Governor Charlie Baker has reigned as the country's most popular governor in national surveys.…

"Given the seriousness of this issue and current events, the Senate has been planning a series of events to continue to raise awareness within the body and remind all members and staff of the procedures that exist to protect against harassment and encourage their use when appropriate,"

Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier

calling for additional steps to combat sexual harassment on Beacon Hill.

News By Category
Business

Maura Healey calls for delay of Berkshire Museum art sale » Boston Globe A legal challenge to the Berkshire Museum's plan to sell 40 valuable artworks from its collection gathered significant force Monday after the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey file…

Big wins for Gov. Charlie Baker and baker » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker was one of four people recognized at the New England Council's annual dinner, but Collettey's Cookies founder Collette Divitto was the star of the show at the World Trade Center las…

Editorial: APR program is worthy of support for all it's done for local farmland » The Recorder Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to adopt Agricultural Preservation Restriction legislation, 40 years ago.…

Cape Ann leaders share lessons they learned » Gloucester Times ESSEX – Cape Ann's legislative delegation, local official, and business community leaders assembled at the newly renovated Essex Town Hall Friday for the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce's fall 201…

Harpoon parent acquires Ipswich's Clown Shoes » Boston Herald The parent company of Boston's Harpoon Brewery has purchased Clown Shoes Beer, giving the Ipswich contract brewer a permanent production home.…

Prototype for new Friendly's drive-through restaurants seen in Marlborough; company hopes to open 5 to 10 new stores a year by 2019 » The Republican Sporting a drive-through window, Friendly's is about to open its second new restaurant in a year.…

Civil Rights

Handicapped-parking violators beware » Sentinel & Enterprise THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators' and representatives' votes on roll calls from the week of Oct. 23-27. …

Education

Assabet Valley and Marlborough schools awarded Workforce Skills Capital Grants » Community Advocate Marlborough Public Schools and Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School were two of 32 institutions recently awarded Workforce Skills Capital Grants by the Baker-Polito Administration. More than …

Two local vocational schools get grants. » Worcester Telegram The Baker-Polito Administration recently awarded $9.5 million in Skills Capital Grants to 32 high schools, community colleges and educational institutions that will use the funds to purchase equipment…

Fishtown Local: A kid on a mission » Gloucester Times

Environment

Statewide plastic bag ban proposed » South Coast Today A proposal to reduce plastic bag pollution is again moving through the Legislature, this time without much opposition, including from retailers who are hoping for consistency instead of current mix of…

Gaming

Suffolk Operator, Horsemen Agree to Launch New Track » Blood Horse Suffolk Downs operator Suffolk Sterling Racecourse and the New England chapter of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have entered into a partnership to develop and build a racetrack …

A name, a home and plans for jackpot-producing lottery terminal. » State House News Service

Health Care

Outcomes for stroke patients not always linked to hospital proximity » Newburyport News

Housing

Rep. Connolly's real estate transfer fee bill, aid to affordable housing, heard Tuesday » Cambridge Day A bill to create a transfer tax on real estate purchases will be heard Tuesday at the State House in Boston – a significant step forward for an idea that has been stymied since first proposed i…

Insurance

Many Health Connector users face higher insurance premiums » Boston Globe Beginning Wednesday, Massachusetts residents will be able to start browsing 2018 coverage plans on the Massachusetts Health Connector, the state's insurance exchange, which serves more than 253,000 re…

Senate bill would shame employers with most workers on MassHealth » Boston Globe Many big employers should brace for some public shaming, if a measure in a new state Senate health-care bill becomes law. Senators tucked a provision in the bill that would require an annual report id…

Anderson named state insurance commissioner » State House News Service

Massachusetts insurance commissioner named » Business Insurance

Judiciary

Baker to tap Mark Green as appeals court's top judge » Boston Globe

Baker Nominates Chief Justice for State Appeals Court » Associated Press (AP)

Labor

Massachusetts Veterans May Be Entitled to Paid Leave on Veterans Day » Lexology

Legislative

Legislative leaders won't blame Beacon Hill culture for alleged harassment » Boston Globe The leaders of the House and Senate acknowledged Monday that their offices have received complaints of sexual harassment at the State House, but neither man would go so far as to blame a unique cultur…

Beacon Hill leaders say they have 'zero tolerance' for sexual harassment » The Republican The top leaders in Massachusetts government reiterated on Monday that they have "zero tolerance" for sexual harassment in the workplace, after a Boston Globe column detailed multiple accusations of ha…

Pols defend sex case responses » Boston Herald Leaders in both the state Senate and House yesterday say their offices have handled sexual assault complaints during their tenure, though they offered few details on how many, what happened or how the…

Women's Caucus Calls for Action on Harassment at Statehouse » NBC Boston A group of Massachusetts women lawmakers is calling for mandatory sexual harassment training for all state employees as part of a plan to create a safe work environment at the Statehouse.…

On Beacon Hill, Female Reps Press Action In Wake Of Sexual Harassment Report » WBUR Describing themselves as "saddened and angered," the co-chairs of the Women's Caucus Sexual Assault Working Group are calling for immediate implementation of a five-step action plan that includes mand…

Legislative leaders say they've dealt with sexual harassment complaints » The Recorder The leaders of the House and Senate both acknowledged Monday that their offices have received complaints of sexual harassment occurring at the State House, but neither man would go so far as to blame …

Paris bill puts climate change on agendas of both chambers » State House News Service

House budget chief's thoughts still with family in Puerto Rico » State House News Service

Local Government

Weymouth council candidates fuel opposition to compressor » Wicked Local Weymouth Opposition to a proposed compressor station in North Weymouth and improving economic opportunities in the town got the blessings of town council incumbents and challengers seeking to be elected Nov. 7…

Marijuana

Cannabis commission budget slow to take shape » State House News Service Asked earlier this month by job seekers what keeps them up at night, members of the Cannabis Control Commission cited the pressure of implementing the legal marijuana law under tight deadlines.…

Opinion

The health care crisis no one is talking about » Boston Globe The United States faces a major crisis in primary health care, and unless Congress acts immediately it is likely to become much worse.…

Paul Manafort and a bad day for Trump that could get worse » Boston Globe No matter how the White House tries to spin it, it's a bad day when your one-time campaign chairman is indicted.…

Robert Mueller's probe must continue unhindered » Boston Globe The indictments of two former aides to President Trump on Monday, and the guilty plea entered by a third, plunge the country into frightening new territory.…

Politics

William Lantigua is attempting a comeback in Lawrence - and it might work » Boston Globe On a recent Friday evening, Mayor Daniel Rivera and dozens of supporters descended on Lawrence and Park streets, targeting a busy intersection in an attempt to show the strength of their campaign.…

Maura Healey endorses two more City Council candidates » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday will endorse two City Council candidates, Lydia Edwards of East Boston and Kim Janey of Roxbury.…

Another Massachusetts Bishop Shifts Policy on Signature Gathering for Abortion-Funding Petition » New Boston Post Roman Catholic churches in central Massachusetts are now allowed to host signature gatherers trying to put a referendum on the ballot that would enable the state to stop public funding of abortion.…

Political Notes: Kingston sees Warren as 'divider-in-chief' » Cape Cod Times John Kingston, a businessman and philanthropist from Winchester, last week became the fourth Republican candidate to launch a bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in 2018.…

Easthampton mayoral candidates share environmental views with Passcommuck Trust » The Republican The Passcommuck Conservation Trust recently asked Easthampton mayoral candidates Joy Winnie and Nicole LaChapelle for their views on environmental issues.…

AG Healey Endorses Edwards, Janey in Boston Council Races » North End Waterfront Attorney General Maura Healey today endorsed two inspiring newcomers running for open seats on the Boston City Council, Lydia Edwards in District 1 and Kim Janey in District 7.…

Michael and Kitty Dukakis talk public service, encourage civic engagement » The Daily Free Press Michael Dukakis, former Massachusetts governor and 1988 presidential candidate, and his wife Kitty, a Boston University alumna, talked about the importance of political involvement and grassroots acti…

Framingham School Committee candidates participate in PTO forum » The Metro West Daily News From school choice to setting the budget and communicating with parents, the candidates for School Committee weighed in Monday on the issues facing the school system during a wide-ranging forum at Ful…

Money And Politics: Whatever The City, Corporate Interests And Out Of Towner's Dominate » WGBH For anyone following the Boston mayoral election, one truth has been hammered ad-nauseum: Incumbent mayor Marty Walsh, challenged in this election by Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, has raised a l…

Framingham: Stefanini maintains fundraising lead over Spicer » The Metro West Daily News Mayoral candidate John Stefanini has more money in the bank than opponent Yvonne Spicer heading into the final stretch of the campaign, solidifying a fundraising advantage he has held throughout the r…

Lynn teachers endorse McGee » Lynn Daily News Item The Lynn Teachers Union (LTU) has endorsed state Sen. Thomas M. McGee's bid for mayor.…

Congressional hopeful Steve Kerrigan talks tolls, funds » Boston Herald Steve Kerrigan, a Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat who was gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley's running mate in 2015, spoke on Boston Herald Radio yesterday in favor of…

Steve Kerrigan, Daniel Koh Officially Enter 3rd District Race to Succeed Niki Tsongas » WHAV The race to succeed Congresswoman Niki Tsongas for the open 3rd District seat is officially on. Democrats Steve Kerrigan and Daniel Koh are two of the latest politicians to throw their hats into the r…

Charlene DiCalogero announces bid for Worcester, Middlesex Senate seat » Wicked Local Bolton Charlene DiCalogero recently announced her candidacy in the special election Dec. 5 for state senator, Worcester and Middlesex District, for the seat vacated by Jennifer Flanagan. The towns DiCalogero…

Urena won't seek open Congressional seat » State House News Service

Public Health

State officials urge change in thinking about domestic violence » State House News Service A change in thinking around domestic violence -- like the shift toward viewing drug addiction as health issue -- is needed to help ensure victims get the support they need, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito told …

Warren visits Salem to discuss opioid crisis » The Salem News Hundreds of thousands of people visit Salem every October. But one visitor attracted more attention than most on Monday.…

Massachusetts teen activists take a stand against the tobacco industry » The Daily Free Press Youth activists in Massachusetts are stepping up to face the tobacco industry — and continued widespread addiction to the substance — declaring their support for legislation designed to …

Massachusetts lawmakers focus on public health aspects of domestic violence » The Republican When Trinity White was 19, she was physically and emotionally abused by her son's father, she said. She became homeless, moved in with her sister's family, and ended up in a shelter.…

10 percent revived by Narcan in Mass. died within year, study says » Boston Globe One in 10 Massachusetts residents who were revived from an overdose by a fast-acting antidote went on to die within a year, according to research providing stark evidence that merely reversing overdos…

THC-laced sweets causing concern » Boston Herald A MetroWest police chief who sits on the state's Cannabis Advisory Board is warning parents to search their children's Halloween bags tonight for pot edibles hiding among the candy bars, but a pro-mar…

Public Safety

Female Massachusetts lawmakers call for mandatory sexual harassment training on Beacon Hill » The Republican Members of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators are calling for additional steps to combat sexual harassment on Beacon Hill -- including mandatory training for all state employees and an anon…

Bump stock ban gets last-minute pushback » The Salem News BOSTON — A local affiliate of the National Rifle Association is making a last-minute push to defeat a ban on the kind of rifle accessories used by the gunman who opened fire on a Las Vegas musi…

Cyr to Speak on Bump Stock Proposal at Cape Meeting » Cape Cod Online

State Finance

Conference committee on state's budget holds first meeting » WWLP 22 A conference committee tasked with negotiating a compromise for the supplemental spending bill began budget talks in Boston.…

State Government

Healey fields questions at town hall meeting » Sentinel & Enterprise The state Attorney General fielded questions about federal indictments, immigrant rights and the opioid crisis at a Town Hall event that attracted well over 100 people to the Veterans' Services Center…

Five things you need to know today, and noncompetes are back on the table » Boston Business Journal Good morning, Boston, and Happy Halloween. Here are the five most important things you need to know to help start your busy business day.…

Time-zone change proposal puts Lowell state senator in spotlight » Lowell Sun Is a permanent "spring forward" in Massachusetts' future?Perhaps, but only if a critical mass of other northeastern states agree to do the same.…

Beacon Hill Sexual Harassment Policies Under Review » Boston Magazine Gov. Charlie Baker and Speaker Robert DeLeo announced a formal dive into the Capitol's zero-tolerance rules. …

Tricia Farley-Bouvier ushers in Statehouse plan in response to #metoo movement » Berkshire Eagle Describing themselves as "saddened and angered," the co-chairs of the Women's Caucus Sexual Assault Working Group are calling for immediate implementation of a five-step action plan that includes mand…

Sexual Misconduct in California's Capitol Is Difficult to Escape » The New York Times

In her own words: Women of California politics tell their stories of sexual harassment and unwanted touching » Los Angeles Times

Baker: Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment in Massachusetts » U.S. News and World Report

Speaker Madigan proposes state government anti-sexual harassment training » WLS

Speaker Madigan bill would require sexual harassment training at Illinois Capitol » Chicago Tribune

Women's group starts sex harassment hotline for N.Y. gov. workers » Daily News

Massachusetts is considering ditching daylight saving time, but should it? » CBS News

Polito: Mt. Washington Is The Quintessential Example Of Towns Partnering With State » WAMC

Taxation

Bump: Access to individual tax returns would improve government oversight » State House News Service

Transportation

MBTA control board puts off decision on late-night bus service » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's governing board on Monday put off a decision on new overnight bus service, saying the agency should find a cheaper way to extend hours.…

MBTA Shelves Proposed Overnight Bus Plan Because of Cost » WGBH The MBTA won't be reinstating late night bus service. Before commuters can rely on the agency to get them to work in the wee hours of the morning, the T says it needs to find a way to keep costs down …

Utilities

Storm blasts New England, leaving 1.5 million without power » Boston Globe Nearly 1.5 million homes and businesses in New England lost power and thousands could remain without it for several days, after a strong autumn storm blasted the region with high winds and heavy rain …

Kinder Morgan denies protesters' claims about project through Otis forest; TD Bank says its not involved » Hampshire Gazette Kinder Morgan denies claims made by protesters at a rally in front of TD Bank in Northampton last week that the federal government expedited approval for its Connecticut Expansion Project through Otis…

Baker predicts power will be back by midnight Tuesday » Lowell Sun

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Gov. Charlie Baker Supports Selfish Drug Addicts But Not Hard Working Americans » The Valley Patriot

Confronting Sexual Harassment On Beacon Hill » WBUR

Public paychecks: The highest-earning state employees so far in 2017 » Boston Business Journal

Opposition To The Trump Administration Dominates Markey's Pittsfield Town Hall » WAMC

Gov. Charlie Baker: Massachusetts power outages could last for days » The Republican

Fix city's housing crisis by using 40R law, which brings funds, insurance from state » Cambridge Day

Outcomes for stroke patients not always determined by hospital proximity » State House News Service

Manufacturers seek relief from toxics act requirements » State House News Service

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