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Today on Beacon Hill

10:30am DOR Performance Recognition Ceremony, Great Hall, State House

11:00am Press Conference on Congressional Tax Plan with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and Mass. Municipal Association Executive Director Geoffrey Beckwith, JFK Federal Building, 9th Floor, 15 New Sudbury Street, Boston

11:30am Anti-Defamation League Women of Valor Luncheon, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 776 Boylston Street, Boston

6:00pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate hosted by Rep. Peter Durant

Birthdays: Rep. Susan Gifford

Must-Reads

Warren says the 2016 primary was rigged in Clinton's favor » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren said twice Thursday in separate interviews that she believed the 2016 Democratic primary was rigged in Hillary Clinton's favor. …

Big Data and Big Money have subverted our democracy » Boston Globe In American politics today, corporations reign supreme. Powerful corporations control American politics through Big Money and Big Data. Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress represent the ultim…

House tax bill falls short of Ivanka Trump's ask on child tax credit » Politico Ivanka Trump doesn't always get what she wants. The House Republican tax plan unveiled on Thursday includes one of Trump's pet issues – the child tax credit – but expands it less generou…

Who Wins and Who Loses from the Republican Tax Plan » New York Times [Winners]: Business ... Multinational corporations ... Some middle class families ... The rich and their families ... Hedge funds and other general partners ... [Losers]: The real estate industry ... …

Six Charts That Help Explain the Republican Tax Plan » New York Times House Republicans released a bill on Thursday that would make major changes to the tax code. Some key elements of the proposal:…

DNAinfo and Gothamist Are Shut Down After Vote to Unionize » New York Times Reporters and editors at the local news sites joined a union last week. On Thursday, their billionaire owner closed the sites. …

Female lawmakers look to diversify Statehouse art from 'dead white guys' » MassLive Walk down the Statehouse hallways and, in the words of Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, "The corridors are lined with dead white guys." …

Democrats express outrage over allegations of early party control for Clinton in 2016 » The Washington Post Many Democrats expressed outrage Thursday at allegations from a former party chairwoman that an agreement with the Democratic National Committee gave the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton some …

Senate puts off climate bill debate » State House News Service The Senate on Thursday postponed consideration of climate change legislation that passed last session but was not approved by the House.…

She left Fidelity over gender bias. Six years later, she still can't get a new job » Boston Globe A former Fidelity Investments employee is suing the firm, saying that the company has blocked her employment proscpects in the years since she left after reaching a settlement with the company over ge…

“We have a responsibility to close loopholes and do all we can to make sure this type of needless violence doesn’t happen again in our communities,” the Andover Democrat said in the statement. The final language of the bill, said L’Italien, “does a great job getting bump stocks and trigger cranks out of the wrong hands for good.”

State Senator Barbara L'Italien

Speaking about the supplemental budget passed last night.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

A Democrat Fights His Own Party as Well as Trump » Bloomberg Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts has become a prominent face of a new generation of Democratic politicians, a number of them military veterans.…

Asked if DNC system was rigged in Clinton's favor, Warren says 'yes' » CNN Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she believes that the Democratic National Committee was "rigged" in favor of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the 2016 primary.…

Business

Chamber wants tax relief for businesses that pay off student debt » Boston Business Journal The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce will lobby for tax benefits for those companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers and Fidelity Investments that help their employees pay off their student debt, accord…

Cape Cod fishermen have high hopes for halibut » Cape Cod Times On the U.S. side of the border Atlantic halibut are listed as a Species of Concern by NOAA and fishermen are limited to one fish per trip.…

Civil Rights

Anti-Semitic incidents on the rise in New England » Boston Globe The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in New England in the first nine months of 2017 is “significantly higher” than last year, according to new data from the Anti-Defamation Leagu…

Crimes

House under pressure as its debate on controversial criminal justice bill nears » Sentinel & Enterprise The eyes of advocacy groups and the governor have fallen onto the House of Representatives as it pencils in its plan to debate a criminal justice bill in mid-November. …

Education

Lynn Attorney Nicole Bluefort Named to NSCC Board of Trustees » Lynn Journal Attorney Nicole M. Bluefort, a rising star in the Greater Boston legal community, has been selected for a seat on the North Shore Community College Board of Trustees.…

Senate bill would lift "veil of secrecy" on campus sex assaults, sponsor says » State House News Service Pointing to the ongoing national conversation about sexual harassment, state senators on Thursday passed a bill aimed at ensuring college students have a place to turn on campus if they've been sexual…

Senate approves campus sexual violence bill » The Metro West Daily News The Senate Thursday unanimously approved a bill that will ensure stricter policies and protection for victims of sexual violence in college campuses across Massachusetts, including Framingham State Un…

Eureka! to foster STEM education for girls in Pittsfield » Berkshire Eagle When Adrienne Wootters was a young girl, she didn't think she belonged working in science.…

Environment

Proposed Senate Bill Could Make Massachusetts a Climate Change Leader » Boston University News Service Lawmakers at the Massachusetts State House Tuesday presented a new bill that would allow taxpayers to donate part of their tax returns to combat the effects of climate change in developing nations.…

Bill aims to protect consumers in pipeline expansions » The Recorder It's been more than a year and a half since Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. halted its plans for a Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would have cut through Franklin County on its way from Pennsylvania …

Bill would commit Massachusetts to goals of Paris accord » The Seattle Times 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 Commit Massachusetts To Goals Of Paris Accord » Banker & Tradesman 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.…

Gaming

Mass. House Chair Signals Openness To Ceding Control Over Horse Racing » WBUR The Massachusetts Gaming Commission could put an end to the strife between warring factions within the horse racing community and put the industry on a path to rebound here if the Legislature cedes so…

Wynn, Mayor Walsh Bring Community Together to Celebrate First Year of Grants » Charlestown Bridge For so long, Wynn Boston Harbor and the City of Boston were at odds with one another, and Charlestown was somewhere in the middle. …

Health Care

Nearly 600 injuries from falls reported at Holyoke Soldiers' Home since 2014 » MassLive Between January 2014 and August of this year, the Holyoke Soldiers' Home recorded 2,074 cases of residents falling on the property of the state facility.…

State study measures cost of free birth control bill » Lowell Sun 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…

Church members lead petition drives » Newburyport News The Rev. Robert Murray's politically active parishioners are trying to galvanize support for a constitutional amendment calling on lawmakers to ban public funding for abortions.…

Massachusetts lawmakers consider creating registry for home care workers » Mass Live Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would create a registry for home care workers.…

Housing

Key players in Harbor Place visit city » The Eagle Tribune For Harbor Place to be built, it needed multiple partners and help from the state.…

Can Boston's affordable housing shortage be eased? » Boston Globe They gathered outside the Fenway's Burbank Garden Apartments one recent breezy morning to celebrate. Dignitaries lined up with praise and fanfare, and police closed a street to traffic.…

Judiciary

O'Leary Ends Distinguished, 43-Year Career in Court System » Charlestown Bridge Robert O'Leary of Charlestown, retired first assistant clerk magistrate of Chelsea District Court, was honored at a celebration at the Knights of Columbus in Charlestown.…

Councilors say attorney panel too powerful in judicial derby » State House News Service Members of the elected body that vets and votes on the governor's judicial nominees want to wrest some control from a legal body with significant influence over which judicial aspirants make the final…

House takes up the 'strong step' criminal reform bill OK'd by Senate » Dorchester Reporter The criminal justice reform bill that the Massachusetts Senate passed last Friday, a move that advocates called a “strong step” toward improving a system that disproportionately impacts co…

House takes up the 'strong step' criminal reform bill OK'd by Senate » Dorchester Reporter The criminal justice reform bill that the Massachusetts Senate passed last Friday, a move that advocates called a “strong step” toward improving a system that disproportionately impacts co…

Labor

Beacon Hill continues debate over non-compete agreements » Worcester Telegram & Gazette When Geoffrey Cohler received a job offer, he was told to sign a non-compete agreement, a one-sentence clause that offered little insight about where he would be able to seek employment should he choo…

Legislative

Terry Murray's portrait breaks a long streak » Boston Globe When Terry Murray returned to the state Senate Chamber to pose for the artist who would paint her official portrait, he wanted her to sit — as portrait subjects often do.…

Amid harassment scandals in politics and media, Massachusetts state auditor Suzanne Bump calls for lawmaker 'code of conduct' » MassLive As sexual harassment scandals continue to surface in politics and media after misconduct allegations against former film studio executive Harvey Weinstein, the Massachusetts state auditor says local l…

Former Senate President Therese Murray toasted by friends, former colleagues at portrait unveiling » Patriot Ledger

Local Government

Worcester answers Puerto Rico evacuees' call for help » Worcester Telegram & Gazette After six years in Puerto Rico, Ramona Torres and her husband, Jamie Vega, have returned to Worcester, fleeing the destruction of Hurricane Maria.…

Athol getting money for demolition project » The Recorder The town leveraged the pending Athol Hospital expansion project into a matching grant to demolish a vacant and deteriorated structure at Main and Mechanic streets, according to Town Manager Shaun A. S…

Council debate ranges over taxes, incentives, longer terms » Gloucester Daily Times The seven candidates for Gloucester's four at-large City Council seats revisited issues such as the need for housing, marijuana sales and the need for economic development during their final debate We…

BRISTOL: Attleboro is lucky with two qualified mayoral candidates » The Sun Chronicle Either Mayor Kevin Dumas or challenger Paul Heroux will suffer their first electoral defeat in Tuesday's mayoral race. But the good news is Attleboro wins either way.…

Saugus just barred a school committee member from entering school buildings » Lynn Daily News Item The superintendent of schools has barred a School Committee member from entering all school buildings without first getting permission.…

Opinion

One choice on the ballot in Lawrence » The Eagle Tribune Voters in Lawrence can be forgiven if they feel a little queasy heading to the polls Tuesday. As shown by a vast field of candidates before last month's preliminary election for mayor, there's a stron…

Your View: Electing Women is Good for All » South Coast Today As New Bedford residents prepare to vote for City leaders next week, amidst growing revelations of sexual harassment in every field with the #MeToo movement — including at the Massachusetts Sta…

How companies can prevent sexual harassment » Boston Globe It's been a remarkable thing to watch, the way sexual swinishness is catching up with a broad array of harassers, destroying their careers. And not just in Hollywood. One hard-to-avoid conclusion is t…

Scaling up offshore wind, in New Bedford and beyond » Boston Globe Jaws dropped at every turn as members of New Bedford's trade mission rode a bus around Siemens' new offshore wind blade factory in Hull, England. Scores of blades lay across a vast lot stretching to t…

Big Data and Big Money have subverted our democracy » Boston Globe In American politics today, corporations reign supreme. Powerful corporations control American politics through Big Money and Big Data. Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress represent the ultim…

Moran: Are there Harvey Weinsteins in Massachusetts? Look at the Statehouse » The Herald News The jet-setting, filthy-rich lifestyle of onetime Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein seems about as far removed from daily life in Fall River as anything could possibly be. But sadly, the sleazy be…

Editorial: Veteran underemployment hurts not just vets but whole economy » Boston Business Journal Ever since the war in Afghanistan started in 2001, there's been increasing focus on getting U.S. military veterans medical and mental health support, as we've recognized that the stress these men and …

VIEWPOINT: The hidden epidemic: youth homelessness » Boston Business Journal Imagine that a 16-year-old child whom you love was left — with no money or resources — on his or her own to find a safe place to stay for the night. It's a terrifying thought. Yet every …

Editorial: Time for sick leave fix » Boston Herald Democrats on Beacon Hill have ignored attempts to reform an employee leave policy that leave taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars. It may be in their political interest to continu…

Carr: Me and The Donald discuss dodgy dossier » Boston Herald Finally yesterday I got a chance to ask President Trump a few questions, starting with something I've been wondering about for a while now, namely the dodgy 35-page dossier full of “salacious an…

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…

Can Koh break away from competitive 3rd District pack? » Lowell Sun If the campaign for Congress were a real marathon, then Dan Koh of Andover would be unbeatable. He and his wife, Amy, run marathons like other couples routinely drive to Market Basket.…

Politics

A sleepy mayoral campaign nears its end in Boston » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh sidled up to the luncheon crowd Thursday at Coppersmith in South Boston to tout the city's job growth, housing units under development, and public safety improvements over his fo…

Candidates stake out issues in Ward 2 » Gloucester Daily Times One candidate has redeveloped properties along Main Street, the other chairs the city's Downtown Development Commission, and both see the need for affordable housing as one of the city's most importan…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, AG Maura Healey to Campaign for Andy Vargas in Haverhill This Weekend » WHAV The election push is on for Andy Vargas. Ahead of Tuesday's big vote, the democratic candidate to fill the 3rd Essex State Representative spot vacated by Brian S. Dempsey has secured the support of Se…

Warren, Markey and Moulton Endorse Tom McGee for Mayor of Lynn » Lynn Journal Senator Tom McGee announced today that he has received the endorsement of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey as well as Congressman Seth Moulton in his bid for Mayor of Lynn. Tom has also receiv…

Vargas, Toohey clash in State Rep. debate » The Eagle Tribune In advance of next Tuesday's special election to fill the sizable shoes of former State Rep. Brian Dempsey, City Councilor Andy Vargas and School Committeeman Shaun Toohey made their cases to nearly 1…

Candidates Far Apart on Most Issues in 3rd Essex House Debate » WHAV The debate Thursday night between the candidates for the 3rd Essex District House seat highlighted the stark differences between them.…

Pro-downtown Lowell High group has outraised and outspent Cawley proponents » Lowell Sun The groups on opposing sides of the upcoming ballot question that will ask voters where the new Lowell High School should be built have taken very different approaches to spreading their message, acco…

Worcester Councilor Mike Gaffney: We will serve if elected » Worcester Mag Less than a month ago, At-Large Councilor Mike Gaffney shook up the Nov. 7 Worcester election with the bombshell announcement that he and his wife, who was running against District 4 Councilor Sarai R…

Candidate's claims spur debate walkout » Gloucester Daily Times Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken stormed off the debate floor to applause at the Gloucester Stage Company on Thursday night when election challenger Francisco Sclafani began railing against the Police Depar…

Senate Democratic candidates meet Clinton voters » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The Democratic candidates for the special election to the state Senate seat in the Worcester and Middlesex district had a “meet the candidates” event on Sunday, Oct. 29 at Turner Hall, hos…

Framingham mayoral candidates lay out business agenda » The Metro West Daily News With a closely watched campaign for mayor drawing to a close, candidates Yvonne Spicer and John Stefanini described their plans to boost economic activity in Framingham during a forum …

Top Donors In Boston Mayor's Race Are Often Close To City Business » WGBH The 2017 Boston mayoral race has abounds in a lot of issues: affordability, schools, policing, race.…

Attorney General Maura Healey Endorses Lydia Edwards » East Boston Times

As mayoral election nears, see which CEOs gave the most to Boston candidates » Boston Business Journal

Easthampton's Divisions At Play In Open Mayoral Race » New England Public Radio

Public Safety

Anti-gun group gives Maura Healey her own 'Peace' » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey received a “Peace Award” for her gun-control efforts last night.…

Beacon Hill Lawmakers Finally Reach Agreement on Supplemental Budget, Bump-Fire Stock Ban » New Boston Post State legislators at long last have reached agreement on a supplemental budget to close out spending for fiscal year 2017, and according to a statement by a prominent Boston Democrat, a key compromise…

Progress On Guns? Bump Stock Ban Finally Reaches Baker's Desk » Somerville Patch Devices known as bump stocks that were used in the Las Vegas shooting a month ago to turn ordinary rifles into automatic weapons would be banned in Massachusetts under a bill the Legislature sent to G…

Massachusetts: Gun Control Bill Hits Governor Baker's Desk » NRA-ILA Today, the Massachusetts state House of Representatives and Senate approved the conference committee report reconciling differences between the appropriations bills that contained gun control language…

Lowell Police Academy graduates 45 new officers » Lowell Sun

State Finance

Senate chipping away at Governor's budget vetoes » State House News Service The Senate added another $24 million in spending to the fiscal 2018 budget Thursday, although that money might not move out the door anytime soon as Gov. Charlie Baker has put a hold on earmarks. …

Massachusetts House, Senate agree on final FY17 budget bill, including ban on bump stocks » MassLive Negotiators from the Massachusetts House and Senate have reached an agreement on a final budget bill for fiscal 2017.…

Mini budget sent to Baker includes bump stock ban » The Recorder Devices known as bump stocks that were used in the Las Vegas shooting a month ago to turn ordinary rifles into automatic weapons would be banned in Massachusetts under a bill the Legislature sent to G…

State Government

Massachusetts Commission Approves Time Zone Change Proposal » Boston Magazine Like horses and buggies, in-person shopping, and Blockbuster, another once-contemporary fact of life may become a relic of yesteryear: changing the clocks.…

Report: Unused Sick Time Could Cost Mass. Taxpayers Millions » NECN More than 1,000 hours of unused sick time and weeks of untaken vacation time by state workers reportedly could have a massive impact on taxpayers.…

Female lawmakers look to diversify Statehouse art from 'dead white guys' (photos) » Mass Live Walk down the Statehouse hallways and, in the words of Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, "The corridors are lined with dead white guys."…

Report on switch to Atlantic Time Zone OK'd » 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,…

Attorney General Maura Healey to hold town hall at UMass » Mass Live

Taxation

Tax plan could hit Boston-area homebuyers. If it happens » Boston Globe The federal tax overhaul proposed Thursday could slow one of the main drivers of the Boston area's housing market: a surge of affluent home buyers.…

Gov. Charlie Baker: Tax overhaul hurts Massachusetts families » Boston Herald Congressional Republicans' long-awaited sweeping tax overhaul has drawn swift criticism from Gov. Charlie Baker over plans to eliminate the state and local tax deduction — and mixed responses f…

How New GOP Tax Plan Could Impact Massachusetts Residents » Somerville Patch The tax reform bill from Congress that President Donald Trump is pushing would cut rates for millions but "disproportionately harm Massachusetts taxpayers," according to state officials.…

GOP tax plan hits upper middle class hard, and that's bad for Mass. » Boston Globe

Will GOP Tax Overhaul Hurt Massachusetts Residents? » NECN

Here's what's in the GOP tax plan » Boston Globe

Transportation

MBTA overnight bus service a tough sell » Commonwealth Magazine The MBTA put off action this week on an overnight bus service pilot project, and a review of the underlying numbers suggests the initiative will have a hard time gaining traction without someone other…

Utilities

Following outage, Grid wants to bill ratepayers $39M for tree-clearing » Boston Herald National Grid is pushing for $39 million from Bay State ratepayers for a “ground-to-sky clearing” of trees to help keep the lights on in what consumer advocates say is a slap in the face t…

Eversource spent $4.9M in fight to hike rates » Boston Herald Eversource Energy ran up the heftiest legal bill ever for a Massachusetts power company in pursuit of a rate hike when it amassed $4.9 million in costs for lawyers and expert testimony.…

Spectra defends Weymouth compressor plan amid new concerns » Wicked Local Weymouth

Mass. lawmakers in favor of pipeline tax ban » Worcester Business Journal

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

Bump Suggests Code Of Conduct For State Legislators » WBUR

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

Worcester lawyer nominated to Superior Court » Worcester Business Journal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4008 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB 3842 - An Act establishing an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on premises

SB 2085 - An Act authorizing the town of Plymouth to exchange a parcel of land held for conservation purposes for a parcel of land in the town of Plymouth

HB 3756 - An Act authorizing the town of Burlington to grant additional alcoholic beverages licenses

HB 3862 - An Act further regulating the appointment of trustees of the public library of the City of Boston

HB 2789 - An Act relative to the Town of Burlington Representative Town Meeting Form of Government

Most read bills of the week:

SB2190 - An Act furthering health empowerment and affordability by leveraging transformative health care

SB472 - An Act providing for the establishment of a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change

SB2185 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

SB2170 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

SB2196 - An Act providing for the establishment of a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB1142 - An Act relative to the practice of athletic training

SB2200 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

SB1263 - An Act relative to the practice of athletic training

SB988 - An Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements

House Actions This Week: 392

Senate Actions This Week: 160


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