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Last day for 2017 formal sessions

10:00am MassINC's Gateway Cities Innovation Awards and Summit, Riverwalk, 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence

10:30am House Committee on Technology & Intergovernmental Affairs, Cybersecurity and Technology

12:00pm House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Board of Directors Meeting, 100 First Avenue, 2nd Floor, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

5:30pm Fundraiser for Congressional Exploratory Committee for Sen. Barbara L'Italien

Birthdays: Rep. James Murphy

Must-Reads

Senate Plans to End Obamacare Mandate in Revised Tax Proposal » New York Times Republicans also said they would set all of their tax cuts for individuals to expire at the end of 2025, but deep cuts in the corporate tax rate would be permanent. …

Why Don't Sanders Supporters Care About the Russia Investigation? » New York Times Discussing Trump's ties to Putin could give us a chance to raise the issues that matter most to us: corruption and inequality. …

The Democrats' old-people problem » Axios Democrats are rethinking their future — but doing it with the leadership of old men and women deeply rooted in the past. The top three House Democrats in leadership are all nearly 80 years old.…

After a political rout, New York's wealthiest charter group searches for an identity » Politico Magazine New York's best-funded charter school advocates once had big plans to dominate education policy here and influence charter school legislation in statehouses across the country. …

WBUR Poll Finds Warren And Baker Are Up Big Over Their Challengers » WBUR One's a Democrat, the other a Republican. But both incumbents seem to be sitting pretty, at least at this early stage of their respective re-election campaigns. …

With GE's financial woes, was Boston sold a lemon? » Boston Globe General Electric chief executive John Flannery unveiled a dramatic restructuring of the conglomerate Monday.…

Bilingual deal nearing, senators plan D.C. trip » State House News Service If they wrap up work on Beacon Hill in time, including possible action on a bilingual education reform bill, seven Senate Democrats plan to travel to Washington D.C. on Wednesday for two days of lobby…

"Amazing" house ruling sidelines bid to update 1968 wiretap law » State House News Service An amendment updating state wiretapping laws to allow law enforcement to use electronic surveillance against illegal gun traffickers and others not connected to "organized crime" was ruled by the Hous…

“If your fundamental problem is a substance use problem, we should be providing you with access to treatment that actually makes sense and will work for you,”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the Commonwealth's commitment to solving the opioid crisis.

News By Category
Business

Central Square tower looms over changing neighborhood » Boston Globe The look of Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square hasn't changed much for decades, with its mishmash of squat storefronts and low-rise brick buildings from an earlier time. That's about to change.…

Ex-Fidelity employee loses 10-year whistle-blower case » Boston Globe A former Fidelity Investments executive lost her decadelong fight against the Boston mutual fund giant when a jury in federal court Tuesday found she had not been pushed out of her job for alleging ac…

GE's shares tumble again as investors pass on turnaround » Boston Globe General Electric Co. chief executive John Flannery indicated that it would take at least a year for his turnaround plan to start paying off. Many investors are deciding not to stick around.…

Brayton Point bidder chosen, to be announced soon » The Herald News SOMERSET — Owners of Brayton Point told The Herald News on Tuesday they “had selected a bidder for the property” at the decommissioned power plant — the last to burn coal in …

Gov. Baker sees unmanned cars, super ships in state's future » Boston Herald

Unfair Cambridge liquor license practices under investigation in Cambridge » Mass Live

New Bedford forum set on women's economic empowerment » South Coast Today

Crimes

Mass. House Approves Criminal Justice Reform Bill » WBUR The Massachusetts House voted 144-9 Tuesday night to pass an omnibus criminal justice reform bill that's likely headed for potentially lengthy talks with the Senate given the scope of the legislation.…

Bail change championed by Mayor Domenic Sarno excluded from criminal justice overhaul » The Republican A legal change championed by Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno that would allow prosecutors to appeal low bail decisions will not be included in the Massachusetts House's criminal justice reform pack…

Education

Elite colleges with fat endowments are on the defensive as the GOP drags them into a D.C. tax fight » Boston Globe America's elite private colleges would rather talk about anything other than their own vast wealth, but Republicans have put the institutions they have long criticized as liberal bastions on the defen…

Court settlement bans for-profit nursing school from state »

Health Care

No co-pay birth control bill sent to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's desk » The Republican The Massachusetts House and Senate passed a bill guaranteeing women's access to birth control without co-pays, sending it to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.…

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital pushes care into community with new facility » Wicked Local Melrose Hallmark Health officially opened its newest facility Tuesday morning, with a ribbon cutting at the medical facility at 888 Main St. in the Greenwood neighborhood of Wakefield, formerly the site of a …

Single-payer supporters focus on Mass. House » Worcester Telegram The Senate last week voted overwhelmingly to measure potential costs of single-payer health care, and advocates are now turning their focus to the House, and to their own holiday dinner tables.…

Mass. Senate unanimously passes free birth control bill » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a bill on Tuesday to ensure access to free birth control in the state and shield state residents from changes to federal law regarding contraceptive cover…

Why States That Expanded Medicaid Are Ending 'Retroactive Coverage' » Governing If you're poor, uninsured and fall seriously ill, in most states if you qualify for Medicaid — but weren't enrolled at the time — the program will pay your medical bills going back three…

Single-payer House-bound » Sentinel & Enterprise

Immigration

Sanctuary communities could lose unrestricted state funding under proposed bill » WWLP 22 Self designated “sanctuary cities” could soon face challenges in receiving state funding.…

Gov. Charlie Baker urges US government to let residents from Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador with 'Temporary Protected Status' stay » Mass Live

Judiciary

Bar group blocks lawyer's chance at judgeship » Gloucester Times A prominent Gloucester-based attorney nominated for a District Court judgeship by Gov. Charlie Baker may not get the chance to make his case before the Governor's Council because his candidacy has bee…

Lawmakers tackle sweeping bill on crime and punishment » Boston Herald Debate began Monday in the Massachusetts House on a massive criminal justice bill that backers said would make the state a safer place while offering more people the opportunity to turn their lives ar…

Debate continues Tuesday evening on House criminal justice bill » The Republican BOSTON -- The Massachusetts House plans to vote Tuesday evening on a large criminal justice reform bill.…

Mass. House passes its most sweeping crime bill in years » Boston Globe The Massachusetts House on Tuesday passed, on a 144-9 vote, its most sweeping criminal justice bill in years, aimed at reducing recidivism by paring back mandatory-minimum sentences and making it easi…

Mass. House approves proposal to create tracking system for untested rape kits and evaluate backlog » Mass Live

Stage set for state Democrats to compromise on justice reform bill » The Recorder

Legislative

Bond bill clears House committee with New Bedford projects in mind » South Coast Today The proposed regional justice center in downtown New Bedford made progress Tuesday as a House committee approved including it in a bond authorization bill.…

Barrett To Be Sworn Into Office At State House » WAMC Berkshires political institution John Barrett will take his new state House seat for the first time Wednesday.…

Sen. Joan Lovely appointed chairman of joint committee » Wicked Local Danvers Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Northampton, announced the appointment of Sen. Joan Lovely, D-Salem, to serve as Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabi…

Sen. Thomas McGee signs off on 23 year career » Wicked Local Marblehead

Local Government

State agency to investigate liquor license practices in Cambridge » Boston Globe A state agency is investigating the way liquor licenses have been issued in the city of Cambridge, officials said Tuesday, and is focusing on practices that may have violated state laws.…

Solicitor: State needs to OK publicly financed elections in Cambridge » Wicked Local Cambridge Cambridge councilors revisited the subject of publicly financed elections at Monday's meeting, one week after the municipal election. But if the city wants to move forward with making elections public…

Campaign for a new Attleboro High School is expanding » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — Advocates for a new high school are expanding their campaign to reach more people through meetings and door-to-door campaigning.…

Swampscott Town Meeting gives 'safety zone' article red light » Wicked Local Swampscott

Marijuana

Marijuana future in MA still hazy » The Suffolk Journal A cross section of marijuana smokers, activists and curious residents packed into the first floor function room of Sargent Hall Thursday morning for an information-packed and at times contentious foru…

Opinion

Make Massachusetts a 'safe community' state » Cape Cod Times At town meetings last spring, several Cape Cod towns adopted safe community resolutions aimed at maintaining current practice, whereby local officials do not engage in the enforcement of federal immig…

State's cranberry hand-outs an exercise in 'economic lunacy' » Wareham Week While there's nothing new with government handouts to our local cranberry industry, the latest proposals in the Massachusetts State House (HB 2654 and HB 2655) are record breaking in their economic lu…

Carr: There's left baggage galore at this hotel » Boston Herald Another outbreak of Trump Derangement Syndrome: Bloomberg reports that the world's first “anti-Trump hotel” will be opening in Washington next spring.…

Boston biotech has a woman problem » Boston Globe Boston's biotechnology industry is envied and emulated around the world, and is poised to grow explosively in coming decades. …

Moore trouble for Senate Republicans » Boston Globe It's decision time for Republicans, nationally and in Alabama. Do they believe the credible allegations against Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore and disavow him — or do they dismiss his odio…

A tipping point on sexual misconduct? Don't count on it » Boston Globe 'Daddy's Home 2,” one of last weekend's highest grossing films, boasts among its stars a man who went on an anti-Semitic tirade during a 2006 drunk driving arrest, was later captured on audiotap…

Barbara Solow: Lobbying needed for Safe Communities Act » Gazette Net Reports this week of an ICE raid on farmworkers in Hatfield highlight the urgent need for a statewide Safe Communities Act (“ 'Targeted' stop snags immigrant farmworkers,” Nov. 9).…

Editorial: Closing detainer loophole » Boston Herald As one community after another in Massachusetts decides to join the oh-so-trendy ranks of sanctuary cities, comes a reality check out of Tewksbury.…

Opioid death drop encouraging as a start (Editorial) » Mass Live

How to Fool the Public, One Education Test At A Time » New Boston Post

Politics

Here's how three Massachusetts Democrats fare against Gov. Charlie Baker in the latest WBUR/MassINC Polling Group survey » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is maintaining a high favorable rating and fending off three challengers in a new poll from WBUR/MassINC Polling Group.…

Rigged Democratic Primary? That's How Elizabeth Warren Became A Senator in the First Place » New Boston Post There were six other candidates for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate back in 2012, notes Lowell Sun columnist Peter Lucas, but then-governor Deval Patrick “persuaded” five of them…

US Senate candidate dropping GOP to pursue independent run » Seattle PI Cambridge technology entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai says he's dumping the party, citing what he called their betrayal of GOP voters and the people of Massachusetts.…

As challengers line up, Warren says "We're ready" for 2018 » Sentinel & Enterprise As the Republican National Committee sinks significant resources into Massachusetts and targets U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 2018 campaign, Warren and her supporters say they are up to the challenge.…

Uproar over Alabama's Moore reaches Mass. senate race » State House News Service With allegations of inappropriate relations with minors mounting against Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, Winchester businessman John Kingston became the latest candidate in Massachusetts to disa…

Public Health

Mass. governor aims to expand battle against opioid addiction » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker proposed Tuesday a sweeping package intended to boost the state's battle against opioid addiction, including an effort to ensure higher-quality addiction treatment and a new pro…

Somerville Representatives vote in favor of access bill » The Somerville Times State Representatives Christine P. Barber, Denise Provost, and Mike Connolly voted last week to ensure affordable access to contraception. H.536/S.499, An Act relative to advancing contraceptive cover…

State targets gaps in opioid-abuse treatment plans » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing new measures to combat the opioid crisis, including making an overdose-halting drug available over the counter, in a move to address what he called “big gaps and pr…

Gov. Charlie Baker proposes $110 million plan to combat opioid addiction in Massachusetts » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday rolled out an approximately $110 million package of recommendations to address opioid addiction in Massachusetts.…

Baker Calls For Improvements To Opioid Treatment And Prescribing » WBUR One day after announcing that fewer Massachusetts residents have died from opioid overdoses this year than last, Gov. Charlie Baker delivered a slate of proposals to combat the epidemic, including ref…

Gov. Baker: Overdose-reversal drug should be more available » The Associated Press (AP) Gov. Charlie Baker wants states to have the flexibility to make the overdose-reversing drug naloxone available over the counter to help stem the nation's opioid overdose epidemic.…

Public Safety

Staties' second-in-command retires amid altered arrest report scandal » Boston Herald The Troopergate scandal claimed another top state police officer yesterday, with the agency's second-in-command following his boss into hasty retirement.…

State Police's No. 2 retires amid report controversy » Boston Globe The second in command at the Massachusetts State Police retired Tuesday, and the superintendent moved up his own retirement, in the latest fallout from a growing controversy into the handling of an ar…

Kerry Gilpin, 23-year veteran, will lead State Police after scandal » Boston Globe

State police union calls for investigation of Bibaud case » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Baker names new state police boss amid furor over altered arrest report » Boston Herald

State Government

AG Healey talks Trump, sexual harassment, at UMass » The Recorder Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey mixed highlighting the bread-and-butter activities of her office as well as its successful tussles with the Trump administration, in an appearance Monday at…

State AGs Used to Play Nice in Elections. Not Anymore. » Governing

Transportation

Phone junkies may face hefty fines for distracted walking » The Daily Free Press Crossing the street while texting may soon land Boston residents with fines up to $200, as a bill proposing increased fines for jaywalking is discussed in the Massachusetts legislature.…

Massachusetts bill would expand use of tolls » Land Line Mag Electronic tolls on highways surrounding Greater Boston are drawing discussion at the Massachusetts statehouse. The Bay State now charges users to access the Massachusetts Turnpike and a Boston bridge…

Bringing the Green Line to Somerville: What to know moving forward » Wicked Local Somerville It's been just about a year since Somerville's Board of Aldermen approved the $50 million bond for the Green Line Extension project in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation…

What's So Special — And Not So Special — About The New T Cars » WGBH This week, the first new Orange Line cars made by Chinese rail giant CRRC Corp. will be hoisted into a boat in Shanghai. They'll arrive in Boston sometime in December to begin testing on MBTA tracks, …

State spending $800,000/year shoring up Pike » Commonwealth Magazine STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS said on Monday they are spending $800,000 a year to shore up a structurally deficient elevated portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston used by 145,000 motorists …

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

'Nothing about it felt right': More than 50 people describe sexual harassment on Capitol Hill » CNN

On pot, just say yes and no » Commonwealth Magazine

The Only Federal Agency Dedicated to Homelessness Is At Risk of Extinction » Governing

Baker-Polito Administration secures additional year of flexibility to maintain health insurance market stability for small businesses » Sampan

Amherst Becomes 4th Jurisdiction in Massachusetts to Endorse Medical Aid in Dying » PR Newswire

Justice debate will dictate punishment for deadly drug distributors » WWLP 22

Peter Lucas: A rigged Democrat political system? Ask a beneficiary, Elizabeth Warren » Lowell Sun

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