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8:00am Fundraiser for Rep. David Muradian

9:00am Green Budget Lobby Day, Great Hall, State House

11:00am UMass Medical State House Health Fair, Grand Staircase, State House

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

4:30pm Fundraiser for Chicopee School Committee Candidate David Schryver

5:30pm Rep. Kate Campanale's Worcester County Register of Deeds Candidacy Announcement and Fundraiser

5:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for State Rep. Susan Williams Gifford

5:30pm Fundraiser for Chicopee City Council Candidate Derek Dobosz

Birthdays: Rep. Adrian Madaro

Must-Reads

The sorry state of Murdoch media » The Washington Post The perceived shift in the Journal's editorial board, not unlike the further decline into journalistic insanity at Fox, is symptomatic of the intellectual rot that has eaten away at the right, and at …

Merging Partners, Mass. Eye and Ear would raise costs, watchdog says » Boston Globe Partners HealthCare's expansion plans suffered a setback Wednesday after a state watchdog agency warned that health care costs for consumers would rise significantly if Partners is allowed to acquire …

I Want 'Allahu Akbar' Back » The New York Times My all-purpose expression of gratitude has been stolen to signify terrorism, and it hurts.…

In the Time of Trump, a Horror-Movie Maker Rules Hollywood » The New York Times "I think 'Get Out' did four times the business it would have done if Hillary had been president," says Jason Blum, also producer of "Happy Death Day." …

Russian ads, now publicly released, show sophistication of influence campaign » The Washington Post Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote Republican Donald Trump, denigrate …

Feeney brings ambitious agenda to Mass. Senate » State House News Service The Senate gained another Democrat Wednesday as Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito swore in Paul Feeney of Foxborough, who was quickly installed as the new chairman of the Legislature's Public Service Committee.…

No movement on stalled mini budget talks » State House News Service House and Senate lawmakers trying to negotiate a mini budget that's been rife with discord did not meet in person on Wednesday, but that didn't stop the sniping. …

House plan to tee up criminal justice delayed by Senate review » State House News Service The House will have to wait until at least Thursday to finalize its plan to consider a criminal justice bill because the House did not receive the Senate's criminal justice bill by the time it adjourn…

Inside Hillary Clinton's Secret Takeover of the DNC » Politico Donna Brazile: When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign. …

State study measures cost of free birth control bill » State House News Service Legislative leaders looking to fast track a bill that would guarantee women in Massachusetts access to free coverage for birth control received a cost analysis key to moving the measure forward that d…

Gucci Gulch Can't Hold All Lobbyists Engaged in Tax Fight » Roll Call Lobbyists are ready to prowl the hallways outside the tax-writing committees as Congress seeks to overhaul the tax code, but the scenes won't be reminiscent of the 1980s-era Gucci Gulch. …

House Approves Putting Mass. On Paris Accord Standards, But Senate Could Go Even Further » WGBH The Massachusetts House of Representatives wants to send a message to President Trump and Washington Republicans that even though the country has withdrawn from the Paris climate change agreement, the…

Tsunami of sick time threatens Bay State » Boston Herald Massachusetts taxpayers are on the hook for a staggering $558 million in unused sick and vacation time for state workers, according to a top Beacon Hill watchdog who is warning the potential retiremen…

Don't just change the rules. Change the culture » Boston Globe I hope that every single man in Massachusetts politics who has objectified and harassed women is losing sleep at night, worrying their names will come out. Only if they believe that inexcusable behavi…

"Instead we risk celebrating an all too easy achievement of a 2025 goal, at least for Massachusetts, and if we do that, and pat ourselves on the back, we are going to miss a serious responsibility here,"

Senator Michael Barrett

Urging lawmakers to do more when it comes to the Paris agreement.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren, Richard Neal urge inspectors general to review President Donald Trump's Obamacare executive order » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Congressman Richard Neal, D-Springfield, called on the federal officials Wednesday to review the implementation and impacts of President Donald Trump's…

US Rep. Richard Neal urges GOP to slow tax overhaul process, blasts proposed cap on retirement savings contributions » The Republican With Republicans having delayed the introduction of their plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code, Congressman Richard Neal, D-Springfield, urged House GOP leaders Wednesday to respectively slow down the p…

Republican tax plan to lower cap on mortgage interest deduction to $500,000 loans, according to a document obtained by The Post » The Washington Post House Republican leaders are proposing to cap the popular mortgage-interest deduction that many Americans use to lower their taxable income to mortgages of $500,000 or less.…

Neal on front lines as GOP begins tax reform push » State House News Service

Business

Divisive Berkshire Museum Art Sale Lands In Court » WAMC A Berkshire Superior Court judge is considering a preliminary injunction to halt the Berkshire Museum's sale of 40 artworks, including two Norman Rockwells, to fund capital improvements and an endowme…

The Berserk Battle Over the Berkshire Museum and Its Art Collection » Hyperallergic

Education

Mattapan school lauded for academic turnaround » Boston Globe When the Mildred Avenue K-8 School opened in 2003 in a newly constructed building in Mattapan, parents and school officials were full of optimism. But a decade later, the school was struggling: MCAS s…

New report identifies additional 15 victims of sexual misconduct at St. Paul's School » Boston Globe St. Paul's School has identified 15 additional victims in an ongoing investigation into sexual misconduct at the elite Concord, N.H., school, and five faculty members who are newly suspected of improp…

Environment

AG Maura Healey, congressional delegation call for EPA hearings in Massachusetts on carbon rules » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, the Massachusetts House speaker and Senate president, and the entire Massachusetts congressional delegation are calling on the Environmental Protection Age…

Bill Would Commit Massachusetts to Goals of Paris Accord » Associated Press (AP) The Massachusetts House of Representatives has approved legislation that commits the state to the Paris climate accord even though the U.S. is no longer participating.…

Bill would require wide public notice of sewage spills » Eagle Tribune Just 25 people were alerted when the treatment plant operated by the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District spilled 8 million gallons of largely untreated sewage into Merrimack River during a power failur…

State House passes bill aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions » WWLP 22 The House, in a 146 to 10 vote, approved a bill committing Massachusetts to greenhouse gas emission reduction goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.…

New England National Scenic Trail winds through Holyoke » The Republican Imagine throwing on a backpack, walking to a nearby patch of woods and hiking to the Long Island Sound. Well, guess what? This doesn't have to be a work of the imagination. It could be true.…

Storm leaves Cape Cod battered and wind whipped » Cape Cod Times A powerful storm that swept through New England early Monday morning left toppled trees and snapped branches across Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, cutting power to thousands in the region and batteri…

Paris bill puts climate change on State House agenda » WCVB House lawmakers on Wednesday are planning to debate a bill that would commit Massachusetts to the standards of the Paris Climate Agreement, months after President Donald Trump called the accord a bad …

Bill would commit Massachusetts to goals of Paris accord » WRAL.com The Massachusetts House of Representatives has approved legislation that commits the state to the Paris climate accord even though the U.S. is no longer participating.…

The City Preparing for Climate Change Without Ever Saying the Words » Governing Tulsa, Okla., a conservative oil town, serves as an example of how places can overcome politics to prevent damage and save lives. …

Mass. House Votes To Commit State To Goals Of Paris Climate Accord » WBUR

Gaming

Massachusetts: Legislature Moves Closer To 'Ceding Control' Of Racing Over To Gaming Commission » Paulick Report The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is urging state lawmakers to approve a proposed bill that would give the commission broader powers to regulate the racing industry – which commission members…

Casino developer Steve Wynn praises Charlie Baker as 'grounded' Massachusetts governor, says they recently met in Vegas » The Republican During a recent visit to Nevada, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker sat down with Steve Wynn, the casino developer building a $2.4 billion gambling facility in Everett.…

Wynn to spend $90m buying land near casino » Commonwealth Magazine LAS VEGAS MOGUL STEVE WYNN said he has already spent $75 million buying up property near the Wynn Resorts hotel-casino complex in Everett and plans to spend a total of $90 million.…

Bristol Community College Students Place Bets On Casino Education » WGBH At the Silver City Galleria in Taunton, retail has been a losing game. First, JC Penny folded. Then Macy's. Yet deep inside what was once an Old Navy store, Bristol Community College is betting big on…

Health Care

Health centers feel the pinch of uncertainty as Congress mulls funding » Boston Business Journal Federal funds for both the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, and for community health centers expired on Oct. 1, and Congress has yet to reauthorize it.…

Gov. Charlie Baker urges Congress to reauthorize CHIP, health centers » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urging Congress to reauthorize funding for two health care programs.…

Folding Mass. Eye And Ear Into Partners Network Could Hike Costs $21-$61 Million A Year » WBUR The proposed merger of Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Partners HealthCare would increases costs for consumers and businesses in the state by $20.8 to $61.2 million a year, according to a preliminary re…

Insurance

Birth control mandate would raise insurance costs » Gloucester Times A proposed mandate requiring health plans to pay for birth control would drive up insurance premiums by at least $5.3 million over the next five years, according to a new report.…

Judiciary

Justice bill passes in Senate » Bay State Banner The state Senate passed a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill last week that would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for some drug crimes, eliminate fees charged to defendants, and redirect…

Worcester lawyer nominated to Superior Court » Worcester Business Journal

Labor

Non-compete issue resurfaces in Legislature » Worcester Business Journal Engineer Geoffrey Cohler said a non-compete clause dissuaded him from taking a job, and recruiter and sales professional Alan Resnic suggested a non-compete may be a reason he has not changed jobs in …

Massachusetts House passes bill to extend OSHA protections to public employees » Safety + Health Massachusetts is closer to extending OSHA protections to an estimated 400,000 public workers after the state's House on Oct. 25 voted unanimously in favor of a bill (H. 3952) that boosts safety standa…

Public paychecks: Economic gap grows among state workers » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

Mass. Senate plans health care reform debate Nov. 8 and 9 » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Bump Suggests Code Of Conduct For State Legislators » WBUR

Local Government

New Bedford asks for state aid for people arriving from Puerto Rico » South Coast Today Mayor Jon Mitchell has written a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker seeking help with education and shelter for people relocating from hurricane-battered Puerto Rico.…

4 incumbent councilors offer differing takes on development, sanctuary » The Salem News The city's four councilor-at-large incumbents have 50 years of council experience between them, ranging from veteran Tom Furey (20 years) to relative newcomer Elaine Milo (four years).…

Collaborative Workspace Program supports entrepreneurs in Franklin County » WWLP 22 The Collaborative Workspace Program is providing $384,782 in grants to organizations in Greenfield and Orange for building physical infrastructure to support new entrepreneurial ventures while spurrin…

Tyngsboro to build off $2.5M grant (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun Tyngsboro received a $2.5 million MassWorks grant Tuesday for infrastructure projects that will make the area around Flints Corner Plaza much safer for the public. …

Selectmen and school committee receive update on open meeting law » Andover Townsman

Marijuana

New 'fire bible' includes rules specifically for marijuana facilities » Boston Globe The NFPA 1 is the bible of American fire safety — a widely adopted rule book from the National Fire Protection Association that governments use to regulate everything from fuel storage to foam …

Opinion

Political caucus agrees that the antidote is to elect more women » Boston Globe I am president of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, a statewide nonpartisan organization, and we are deeply troubled by the allegations of abuse and mistreatment of…

A Mass. model for national criminal justice reform » Boston Globe The state Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice reform package last week that could be a national model for preserving public safety while curbing some of the excesses of an overly punitive system…

The great Boston comeback story » Boston Globe On the eve of a mayoral election, when the city is red hot and the turnout will likely be low, it may be instructive to dial back 50 years ago — when the city was dying, the turnout was huge, a…

Britain should right a historic wrong and recognize the state of Palestine » Boston Globe British Prime Minister Theresa May and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will join 150 guests for a celebratory dinner Thursday night in London to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Brit…

Columnist Rutherford H. Platt: Rediscovering Jane Addams in a time of crisis » Hampshire Gazette At 55, Addams was world-renowned as co-founder of Chicago's Hull House, advocate for the oppressed, and pillar of the American progressive movement, who was often described in the press (to her discom…

Columnist Marty Nathan: March for 'Reclaiming our Future' » Hampshire Gazette “First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a communist. Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they ca…

Politics

Mashpee Wampanoag to Host Thanksgiving Unity Event in Boston » Cape Cod Online The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will host a modern day Thanksgiving Unity Reception later this month at the State House in Boston.…

State rep candidates Vargas, Toohey debate Thursday » Eagle Tribune The two candidates for state representative of the 3rd Essex District are slated to face off in a debate Thursday night at Harbor Place on Merrimack Street. …

Anti-Citizens United effort no pintsized effort for Ben and Jerry's founder » Worcester Mag You could buy a whole lot of Chunky Monkey with the amount of corporate money pumped into American politics, and though it'll be a Rocky Road, Citizens United has to be appealed.…

Virginia Tests a Likely 2018 Strategy: Racially Fraught Appeals to Voters » Governing Virginia has been swamped by fearful images as Tuesday's state election nears: heavily tattooed and handcuffed Latinos staring balefully at the television camera, a mug shot of a convicted pedophile s…

'Vote-farming' fraud alleged amid City Council race between former mayor's son and former mayor's staffer » The Republican Two community groups are alleging voter fraud, saying elderly voters in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood were the victims of "vote-farming" ahead of the Nov. 7 election.…

Boston elections department reaching out to voters after fraud allegations » The Republican Boston's elections department is reaching out to voters after receiving complaints about fraudulent absentee voting in Chinatown, city officials told MassLive.…

Walsh on Biden: "I think he'd beat Donald Trump" » State House News Service Former Vice President Joe Biden isn't ruling out a run for president in 2020 and is doing plenty to keep his public profile up, including media interviews and a new daily podcast featuring news articl…

Sign removal causes political stir in Easthampton » Hampshire Gazette While investigating reports of several stolen “Joy Winnie for Mayor” signs, police caught one person in the act, an incident that could have resulted in a larceny charge.…

Dumas outspends Heroux in Attleboro mayoral race » The Sun Chronicle Candidates who spend the most don't always win elections, just ask Hillary Clinton, who outspent billionaire Donald Trump 2-1.…

As Election Day Approaches, Reports?Of Monkey Business Swirl While Boston TV Takes It On?The?Chin » WGBH The final weeks of Boston citywide elections always swirl with strange mini-sagas and side stories, if you know where to look for them. Here are a few I observed in the final week of the 2017 contest.…

Setti Warren's campaign blasts 'secret meeting' between Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Steve Wynn » MassLive

Public Health

Quincy plans to sue big drug makers over opioid crisis » Boston Globe Quincy, hard hit by the opioid crisis, said Wednesday it will become the first city in Massachusetts to sue the pharmaceutical industry for allegedly downplaying the dangers of opioids and flooding th…

How should we fight the opioid crisis? A White House commission offered these 56 strategies » PBS Newshour President Donald Trump's opioid commission said Thursday that in order to fight the opioid crisis, the country should increase federal funding and addiction prevention programs, expand federal drug co…

Trump Opioid Panel Wants Drug Courts, Training For Doctors » WBUR President Trump's commission on the opioid crisis called Wednesday for more drug courts, more training for doctors and penalties for insurers that dodge covering addiction treatment.…

State Rep. Garlick to host substance use prevention discussion » Wicked Local Needham State Rep. Denise Garlick, chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, invites the community to an evening of discussion on the issue of substance use prevention, suppor…

Trump's Opioid Commission Makes 56 Recommendations But Puts No Price Tag on Them » Governing President Trump's bipartisan commission on the opioid crisis made dozens of final recommendations on Wednesday to combat a deadly addiction epidemic, ranging from creating more drug courts to vastly e…

White House's opioid task force adopts some Mass. strategies » Worcester Business Journal

Public Safety

Nearly 2000 sex offenders in Massachusetts aren't registered » WWLP 22 Hundreds of sex offenders have fallen off the grid in Massachusetts.…

Second Amendment Group Sounds Alarm Over 'Gun Control' Amendment in Massachusetts Legislature » New Boston Post The state's top pro-Second Amendment organization is sounding the alarm over a supplemental budget package Beacon Hill lawmakers are on the verge of forwarding to the governor's desk, one which contai…

HTC, BUA hold panel on mass incarceration in the state » The Daily Free Press “The system sounds logical until you start peeling back the layers,” said Leslie Walker, executive director of Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts. The system she's talking about is…

Keller @ Large: Let's Make It Harder For Mass Murderers, Not Easier » CBS Boston I had the following email exchange with a viewer Wednesday that I'd like to share with you.…

Bump stock ban debated on Cape Cod » Cape Cod Times It remains unknown whether Massachusetts will be the first state in the nation to ban bump stocks, a device used by the gunman in the Las Vegas massacre to accelerate his weapon's rate of fire.…

State Finance

'Troubling pattern' cited as Mass. misses financial report deadline » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Massachusetts on Tuesday again missed its statutory deadline to file its annual financial report, and the Legislature, which has shouldered a relatively light workload in 2017, is once again to blame.…

State Government

State commission signs off on report backing year-round daylight saving time » Boston Globe A state commission has signed off on a report that says year-round daylight saving time makes sense for Massachusetts. But don't stay up late wondering about when it might become a reality.…

Commission approves report on switch to Atlantic Time Zone, passes it to Legislature » Lowell Sun A report that extols the virtues of switching Massachusetts' time zone -- and warns of some potential pitfalls -- will be forwarded to lawmakers after being approved by a special commission Wednesday,…

Time zone commission says Massachusetts should spring forward... forever » The Republican A commission looking at changing Massachusetts' time zone voted Wednesday to approve a report that recommends moving to year-round daylight savings time -- but only if a majority of other northeastern…

Could Massachusetts lead all of New England to change time zones? » Los Angeles Times Synchronize your watches: A Massachusetts commission on Wednesday will vote on whether to recommend a switch from Eastern time to Atlantic time, potentially prompting the Massachusetts state Legislatu…

$558M benefits bonanza: Unused days could hit taxpayers' wallets - hard » Boston Herald Massachusetts taxpayers are on the hook for a staggering $558 million in unused sick and vacation time for state workers, according to a top Beacon Hill watchdog who is warning the potential retiremen…

Mass. should not go it alone on time zone shift, panel says » State House News Service Massachusetts residents will fall back this weekend after all and will likely continue to adjust their clocks twice a year for the foreseeable future.…

Utilities

Mayor Carpenter: Brockton Power is dead » The Enterprise A long-held proposal to build a 350-megawatt, gas-fired power plant in Brockton is now dead, according to the city's mayor.…

AG eyes utility's power restoration efforts after storm » Boston Herald

Most lawmakers eager to address gas pipelines, DPU powers » State House News Service

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Massachusetts Senate Gutting Statutory Rape? Key Legislator Says No, But Family Advocate Wary of Bill » New Boston Post

A commuter rail rider was arrested after a ticket check - but he had a valid pass » Boston Globe

Nonprofit Boards Should Heed This Multi-Stakeholder Revolt in Western Mass » Nonprofit Quarterly

Here are the final recommendations of the White House opioid commission » STAT News

State sees higher costs from Partners-Mass. Eye and Ear deal » State House News Service

75,000 still without power in eastern Massachusetts » Wicked Local Medway

Feeney brings ambitious agenda to Mass. Senate » State House News Service

Weymouth police offer lessons about opioid drug dangers » Wicked Local Weymouth

Proposal could ease costs of water filtration system in Webster » Worcester Telegram

Lewis Chairs Hearing On Domestic Violence » Somerville Patch

Passive enrollment plan carries savings, care implications for seniors » State House News Service

Safety upgrades at Longmeadow railroad crossing get support from Senators Markey and Warren, Congressman Neal » MassLive

Dentists critical of Delta Dental plan » Worcester Business Journal

Amid crime concerns in Pittsfield, a gang diversion program sees funding stall » Berkshire Eagle

State Rep. Bud Williams proposes black heritage museum in Springfield » MassLive

A call for a change in thinking on domestic violence » Lowell Sun

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