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10:00am Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

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Special Election for Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's seat

Special Election for Rep. Brian Dempsey's seat

State Primary for Special Election for Sen. Jennifer Flanagan's seat

Must-Reads

Make it stop: What we can do now about guns » Boston Globe After a gunman opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, killing at least 26 people, including an 18-month-old baby, intelligent responses were in short supply. …

Mass. House leaders look to scale back Senate crime bill » Boston Globe House leaders on Monday moved to rebuff a Senate effort to legalize sex between teens who are close in age and raise the age of criminal responsibility to 19, releasing a pared-down version of the dra…

GOP planning run to make Warren, Bay State see red » Boston Herald National Republicans are launching an unprecedented offensive into the deeply Democratic Bay State — installing a long-term Massachusetts presence meant to bolster GOP mid-term candidates and t…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker re-establishes hate crimes task force » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday re-established the Governor's Task Force on Hate Crimes.…

Paramilitary Policing Infiltrates Western Mass » Valley Advocate For a police department of only 40 officers, the April 23, 2015 raid by Ludlow Special Response Team (SRT) had to be an all-hands-on-deck affair.…

Uncertain future makes T planning difficult » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA SPENT MOST OF MONDAY struggling with what the future holds – on ridership, service expansion, and vehicle purchases and maintenance – and came away without a whole lot of clarit…

Senators hear more opposition to managed care switch for seniors » State House News Service Advocates for seniors and people with disabilities are urging senators to re-think a provision of the health care bill teed up for debate this week, citing a national "chorus of antipathy" against sim…

“Anyone selling it, and is caught selling it, is going away, and I think that’s the way it should be. Just the tiniest amount is killing us.”

Representative Ronald Mariano

Speaking about the sentencing for trafficking fentanyl in the House version of the criminal justice reform bill.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Mass. Lawmakers Advocate Change After Texas Church Shooting » NECN The tragedy in Texas was a horrible act of domestic terrorism. On that, most everyone agrees. And that is where the agreement ends, with many in the country, like Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, f…

Despite Trump's backing, the NRA treads water on Capitol Hill » Boston Globe

Elizabeth Warren climbs aboard the North South Rail Link Endorsement Express » Boston Globe All aboard for the North South Rail Link Endorsement Express. Backers of the long-discussed tunnel project say they've landed a high-profile endorser: Senator Elizabeth Warren. …

Congressman Richard Neal On The GOP Tax Plan » WBUR The House Republican plan to overhaul the tax code will be the focus of intense debate over the next few weeks.…

Business

Newly available Widett Circle site could fetch top dollar » Boston Globe Three years after it abruptly surfaced as Boston's next big development hot spot, a key piece of Widett Circle is on the market.…

After a tax crackdown, Apple found a new shelter for its profits » Boston Globe Tim Cook was angry. It was May 2013, and Cook, the chief executive of Apple, appeared before a Senate investigative subcommittee. …

THUMBS DOWN: To power-hungry Cashman for pursuing Brockton plant » The Enterprise We gave Cashman a Thumbs Down back in February, when he sought to extend the state permit to build a fossil-fuel burning electric plant on the south side of the city. …

House passes Framingham rep Walsh's bill to loosen restrictions on pub brewers » The Metro West Daily News House lawmakers are giving pub brewers in Massachusetts a reason to raise their glass.…

Wall & Main: Will Massachusetts get rid of noncompetes? » Worcester Telegram Local venture capital investors and entrepreneurs have consistently lost the battle against large companies — most notably Hopkinton's EMC — to rid the state of noncompete agreements, wh…

Jay Hooley to step down as State Street CEO » Boston Business Journal State Street Corp. CEO Jay Hooley will retire from that role by the end of 2018, when he will be replaced by Ron O'Hanley, currently the head of the financial services giant's asset management arm, th…

CVS plans to launch same-day delivery in Boston » Boston Business Journal CVS Pharmacy (NYSE: CVS) announced plans to launch free same-day delivery from CVS Pharmacy locations in Boston beginning early next year. The company also announced plans to start same-day pharmacy d…

It's official: Bose to lease big office at Boston Landing » Boston Business Journal Bose Corp. will lease 98,000 square feet at the Boston Landing campus in Brighton starting next summer, campus developer NB Development Group announced Monday.…

United States: Massachusetts Lawmakers Hear Testimony On Non-Compete Legislation » Mintz Levin

Hooley retirement triggers changes atop State Street » State House News Service

Crimes

Governor's Hate Crimes Task Force Will Look At Reporting, School Curricula » WBUR Public Safety Secretary Dan Bennett and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston CEO Josh Kraft were appointed Monday by Gov. Charlie Baker to lead the revived Governor's Task Force on Hate Crimes to advise the…

Education

'The Mooch' is on a Tufts board, and some people aren't happy about that » Boston Globe President Trump dropped Anthony Scaramucci, his fast-talking, often profane communications director after less than two weeks on the job.…

MIT Alumni Gather in Los Angeles to Promote Higher Education » PRNewswire Group Visited Over 20 High Schools in Underserved Communities to Emphasize the Importance of a Higher Education …

Health Care

Senior home care advocates push back against Statehouse bill » The Recorder

Housing

City seeks affordable housing for Midtown » Boston Herald The city is soliciting developers interested in building a mixed-use project with affordable housing on land it owns on Tremont Street in the Midtown Cultural District.…

Human Services

Attorney General Maura Healey pushing to end veteran suicide » Boston Herald Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey yesterday joined forces with Boston Marathon bombing hero Carlos Arredondo, knocking out some pushups to help veterans.…

Immigration

Thousands of Mass. immigrants on edge over legal status » Boston Globe

Judiciary

House unveils its version of criminal justice shakeup » Boston Herald Sweeping changes in Massachusetts' criminal justice laws proposed Monday by House leaders would toughen penalties for habitual drunken drivers and those who traffic in deadly synthetic opioids, but al…

What would the Massachusetts House's criminal justice bill do? » The Republican Leaders in the Massachusetts House released a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill on Monday, setting up a significant debate with the state Senate.…

House Eyes Flexible Sentencing, Sealing Records, And Slamming Opiate Traffickers » WGBH The Massachusetts criminal justice system would eliminate many mandatory minimum sentence for low-level drug offenders but crack down on professional dealers of deadly opiate compounds under a new pla…

Mass. House leaders tee up major justice reform legislation » Berkshire Eagle The Massachusetts House plans to consider substantial changes to the way justice is delivered, with a powerful committee polling members Monday on legislation to repeal certain mandatory minimum sente…

Boston: House Unveils its Version of Criminal Justice Shakeup » 95.9 WATD

Labor

4 months after strike, contract deal still eludes nurses, Tufts » Boston Globe Four months after a tense labor strike, the long-running dispute between Tufts Medical Center and its unionized nurses is dragging on, and recent comments from the hospital's CEO appear to have made t…

Plan for sealing criminal records divides employers, advocates » State House News Service When Fitchburg resident David Gonzalez left the prison system in 2000, he felt fortunate to find a job. He initially worked at a factory, transferring a year later to the Sisters of Mercy Convent. How…

Tufts Medical CEO quote inflames negotiations » Commonwealth Magazine

Local Government

Mass. AG approves Amherst as sanctuary community » Western Mass News The town announced Monday that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey approved a sanctuary community bylaw which the town created in April. …

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey approves Amherst Sanctuary Bylaw » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has approved the town of Amherst's Sanctuary Community Bylaw approved by Town Meeting in May.…

What you need to know to cast your ballot on Election Day » Berkshire Eagle With the business of electing a president already taken care of last year, officials aren't forecasting a strong turnout at the polls today. …

Voters Ready For Special Election To Fill 1st Berkshire Seat » WAMC The June death of Massachusetts State Representative Gailanne Cariddi has led to a special election in northern Berkshire County tomorrow. A political upstart and a career politician are vying for th…

Races for council, mayor draw to a close in Attleboro » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — The race for mayor has gotten most of the attention in the city election that draws to a close Tuesday, but the ballot is stuffed with competitive city council races, too.…

Plan to ban sale of tobacco in Bridgewater » The Enterprise Should the sale of tobacco be prohibited in town? That is what one town councilor is proposing in an ordinance that will be discussed at the Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Bridgewater Town Council meeting.…

Marijuana

House criminal justice bill would allow expungement of marijuana convictions » The Republican The criminal justice reform bill released by the Massachusetts House on Monday would let individuals convicted of marijuana possession completely expunge their records.…

Falmouth town meeting members say 'no' to recreational pot » Cape Cod Times Fall town meeting members made certain that recreational marijuana establishments can't set up shop in town by approving two separate articles reaffirming a ballot vote in May barring all such operati…

State to hire full-time cannabis connoisseur » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources posted a listing on the state's career site Friday for an agricultural inspector who will specialize in a new crop in Massachusetts: cannabis.…

Amherst TM OKs 3% pot tax, limits shops to 8 » Hampshire Gazette A package of marijuana-related articles, including capping the number of retail outlets and collecting a local-option sales tax, will set the stage for the arrival of recreational marijuana shops next…

Massachusetts marijuana oversight board seeks $7.5 million budget » The Republican

Longmeadow to decide fate of recreational marijuana sales at tonight's Town Meeting » The Republican

Bedford says no to marijuana facilities » Wicked Local Bedford

Opinion

In lifting Democrats, Chris Murphy urges focus on themes, not litmus tests » Boston Globe Ask US Senator Chris Murphy about national ambitions, and the Connecticut Democrat gives a sensible answer: He is laser-focused on winning reelection in 2018. Fair enough. But others may look for more…

Weary of gun violence, and of our leaders' reaction to it » Boston Globe Re “Barbarity in the pews: 26 slain in shooting” (Page A1, Nov. 6): The county sheriff for Sutherland Springs, Texas, said, ”It's something we all say does not happen in small commun…

Gelzinis: Trump's response just more NRA-blessed piffle » Boston Herald Another month. Another mass shooting. In the aftermath of Sunday's slaughter inside a small Texas church, two public figures responded to our gun obsession from opposite shores.…

Murray: Encouraging businesses to invest in renewable energy » The Metro West Daily News When I was growing up in Milford, my friends and I rode our bikes down the old railroad tracks near Milford Pond and went behind a tile factory where multi-colored water was seeping into the pond from…

Peter Lucas: How to end sexual harassment on Beacon Hill? Name names » Lowell Sun It is good that women have come forward to complain about sexual harassment at the Statehouse; it would have been better had they named names.…

The Texas victims were praying before the slaughter. Prayers won't fix this » Boston Globe What if, instead of a disgruntled, disgraced American airman, the man who shot up a church in Texas, killing 26 men, women and children, was the disgruntled, unmoored Muslim immigrant who mowed down p…

Battenfeld: Do Dems iHeart blue collars or green dollars? » Boston Herald A political storm could be brewing over iHeartMedia's proposed purchase of radio news powerhouse WBZ-AM, with U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and other local pols in the middle of a fight between iHeart and a…

By Now, We Should Know That Elections Have Consequences, And So Does Not Voting » WGBH “Elections have consequences.” Believe it or not, those three words, which comprise the catchphrase of recent political times, were first uttered in January 2009.…

Politics

Galvin: Voter Turnout Expected To Be Low In Boston Tuesday » CBS Boston Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said he doesn't expect voter turnout to be high in citywide elections Tuesday in Boston. He said he predicts about 90,000 people in Boston will vote.…

Vargas, Toohey square off in 3rd Essex District race » Eagle Tribune Voters in Lawrence and Haverhill will decide some of the most watched contests in state Tuesday when they'll settle the rematch between Mayor Daniel Rivera and former mayor William Lantigua in Lawrenc…

Bracing for election day » Eagle Tribune The Republican and Democratic parties brought their heavy hitters to the city on the eve of the election to determine Haverhill's next state representative.…

Outside Boston, Mass. Cities Hold Mayoral Elections Tuesday » WBUR Among the 73 cities or towns holding elections Tuesday are a handful of competitive mayoral races, two of which include sitting lawmakers.…

Boston, Lawrence, among cities electing mayors Tuesday » Lowell Sun Candidates for mayor and other municipal offices are making their final pitches to voters before Election Day in dozens of Massachusetts communities. …

Tax policy provides fertile ground early in US Senate race » State House News Service

Public Health

Marie Frank: Urges approval of 'End of Life Options Act' » Hampshire Gazette While giving serious thought to the “End of Life Options Act” (H. 1194) that the Massachusetts Legislature is currently considering, I am frequently revisited by the image of my cousin Fra…

From heroin addict to helping people get clean » Boston Globe Steve Lesnikoski was living out of his car and couch-surfing in California in 2015 when he stumbled upon a post on an online forum for opioid addicts.…

Public Safety

Make it stop: What we can do now about guns » Boston Globe Those are some of the nonsensical bromides in America's debate about gun control, all worn-out lines belonging to a similarly numbing script intended to deflect any sensible federal policy solutions a…

State Finance

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- Bumping heads on budget bill » Wicked Local Brookline Trace amounts of bad blood were left spattered on the pages of a budget bill passed by the Legislature last week, and it wasn't just the corn starch remnants of a Halloween costume gone awry.…

Maynard awarded $3.1M MassWorks infrastructure grant » Wicked Local Maynard Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito joined local officials and community leaders on Nov. 3 to announce two MassWorks Infrastructure Program awards of $3,177,600 to the town of Maynard and $1.2 million grant to the …

State Government

Officials assure security of voting machines » Newburyport News After a 2016 national election season plagued by Russian meddling on social media, many states are questioning the security of their voting equipment and eying upgrades to prevent any interference wit…

Legislation Moving Before The End Of The Year: The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill » New England Public Radio Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker returns to Beacon Hill from a vacation Monday, and lawmakers begin a countdown to the last day of their formal sessions in 2017. …

Taxation

Income surtax lands Feb. 5 hearing » Sentinel & Enterprise Lawyers are scheduled to face off Feb. 5 before the state's highest court to determine whether a roughly $2 billion tax proposal can appear on the November 2018 ballot.…

Utilities

Bay State Wind opens New Bedford office in wind power bid » Cape Cod Times Bay State Wind officially cut the ribbon on a downtown office Thursday, joining two others in a show of confidence that New Bedford will become the hub of the wind energy business in Massachusetts.…

Entergy opposes proposed Pilgrim decommissioning fee » State House News Service Without sufficient funds for safely decommissioning the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, the state could be left holding the proverbial (glowing) bag once the plant ceases operations, environmental acti…

$25 million a year decommissioning fee proposed for Pilgrim nuclear plant » Wicked Local Without sufficient funds for safely decommissioning the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, the state could be left holding the proverbial (glowing) bag once the plant ceases operations, environmental acti…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Studies Show Voters Need a Graduate-Level Education to Understand Ballot Measures » Governing

The Races and Ballot Measures to Watch on Election Day » Governing

How Tuesday's Elections Could Impact Health Care » Governing

Officials christen Edmond Freeman Solar Farm » Wicked Local Sandwich

HATE DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME? MASSACHUSETTS AND MAINE ARE LEADING A CHARGE TO DITCH IT » newsweek.com

Bill on Paris accord will just hurt economy » Cape Cod Times

Plan for sealing criminal records divides employers, advocates » Lowell Sun

Hampden DA Anthony Gulluni tapped by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve on new hate crime task force » The Republican

Republicans happy House speaker resigned leadership job amid sex harassment accusations » Courier Journal

Lawmaker on sex and politics: 'It's about a culture' » Providence Journal

4 women accuse former state lawmaker of harassment, assault » The News Tribune

Lawmakers appoint former prosecutor as top watchdog in wake of sexual harassment scandal » Chicago Tribune

Parents make plea for patient bill of rights at State House » Boston Globe

Income surtax scheduled for Feb. 5 hearing before SJC » State House News Service

House leaders tee up major justice reform legislation » State House News Service

Gov. Baker Awards $1M Grant for 40 New Methuen Housing Units » WHAV

On MBTA upgrades, Pollack says 'it's more than trust us' » Boston Business Journal

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Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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