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11:00am Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Sesssion

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Annual Fundraiser for Worcester Register of Probate Stephanie Fattman

6:30pm Fall Reception for Rep. Keiko Orrall

Must-Reads

Caught in a financial crisis, UMass Boston begins to cut jobs » Boston Globe University of Massachusetts Boston officials began a first round of layoffs Wednesday, the latest step in the university's effort to help solve its major financial problems. Layoffs are expected to co…

How Cotton brought Obamacare repeal back from the dead » Politico Magazine The Arkansas senator won over many Republicans skeptical of revisiting the health care debate. …

Republican Governors Seek to Avoid 2018 Damage From Trump, Moore » Bloomberg Politics Thirty-six states will hold gubernatorial elections in 2018, with 26 of those now controlled by Republicans. In those races, which often have trickle-down effects on legislative and local elections, R…

DCCC Names First 11 Candidates in 'Red to Blue' Program » Roll Call Washington Rep. Denny Heck, the chairman of recruitment, and Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark, the vice chairwoman of recruitment, will co-chair this cycle's Red to Blue program.…

Schumer's claim that the GOP is 'kicking 13 million people off health insurance' » The Washington Post We'll explain this in more detail below, but Schumer is using inaccurate language that we have warned Democrats about before. He's not alone. …

Two more candidates take steps toward 3rd district » Lowell Sun Two more candidates have filed formal paperwork in the past week indicating their plans to run: Alexandra Chandler, a Haverhill resident and former Navy intelligence specialist, and Patrick Littlefiel…

Stage set for Democrats to compromise on justice reform bill » State House News Service In a major step toward justice system overhauls, both branches of the state Legislature have now approved bills that do away with mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug crimes, restrict the use …

Three takeaways from SHNS's Mass. Marijuana Summit » Boston Business Journal Advocates don't want anti-pot towns to get any cash, disagreement on the number of weed dispensaries, and recreational shops will be approved on a rolling basis.…

WBUR Poll: 3 State Ballot Initiatives Enjoy Overwhelming Support » WBUR Total support for millionaire's tax: 76 percent; sales-tax cut: 69 percent; family-leave: 82 percent.…

“This is great day for the children in the Commonwealth,” “I grew up in the City of Cambridge. I saw the benefits and the great work done by our teachers and the learning happening in the classroom with immigrants from around the world.”

Senator Sal DiDomenico

Speaking about the language opportunity bill which passed Wednesday night in the legislature.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Alabama Senate: Jones Now Narrowly Favored » Sabato's Crystal Ball The consequences of the awful allegations against Roy Moore; plus, stirrings of an upset in Tennessee? …

Elizabeth Warren says new CFPB head must not be 'another Trump-appointed industry hack' » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, called on the Trump administration Wednesday to ensure that the next person to take over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a track record of pro…

Lynch bill could halt Weymouth compressor construction » Wicked Local Weymouth

Business

Seaport developer offers money for arts, park ahead of key Boston vote » Boston Globe Plans for the last big chunk of open land in the heart of the Seaport could be locked in on Thursday night. But as is often the case with anything involving building in Boston's newest neighborhood, l…

Back Bay developer to pay $3m for casting shadows over churches » Boston Globe There's a price to pay for casting shadows on historic churches in Boston — $3 million.…

Berkshire Museum Calls For An Expedited Trial » WAMC The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is seeking an expedited trial in the legal battle to sell art, including two works by Norman Rockwell, to fund a renovation and endowment. …

Port Sidewalk Plan Taking Shape » The Cape Cod Chronicle When renovations are complete, Saquatucket Harbor will be a major attraction for summer visitors. Town officials want to make sure that, for pedestrians coming from the nearby shopping district, it is…

Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce Presents Awards at Annual Banquet (photos) » The Republican The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce held its "Of the Year" Awards Banquet Wednesday evening at the East Mountain Country Club.…

8 innovative things 'Gateway Cities' in Massachusetts are doing to bounce back from the Great Recession » The Republican Activating waterfront property that once drew mill workers along the Merrimack River. Turning an historic Worcester park into an art gallery. A “pop-up restaurant” to help advance the care…

Walmart backs out of Pittsfield supercenter plan, but developer still in » Berkshire Eagle A Walmart Supercenter is off the table, but a developer working on the project remains committed to building a large-scale retail project at the William Stanley Business Park.…

Retailers see sales boost, urge people to "shop like jobs depend on it" » State House News Service Sometimes timing is everything. Massachusetts retailers are buoyant about the impending holiday shopping season, heartened by a favorable calendar that gives shoppers five full shopping weekends betwe…

Civil Rights

A transgender woman is suing Mass. over placement at male prison » Boston Globe Being assigned to an all-male prison was traumatic enough. But a transgender woman incarcerated at MCI-Norfolk says she has been subjected to groping and taunting by male prisoners and correctional of…

Crimes

Beacon Hill struggles for response to dealers of deadly drugs » State House News Service Political leaders on Beacon Hill have embraced the idea that addiction should be treated like a disease, but the mounting death toll from opioid abuse continues to frustrate lawmakers and the governor…

House takes a pass on Attleboro state rep's prison bill » The Sun Chronicle n 2010, a convict out on parole shot and killed a Woburn police officer who was responding to a robbery.…

Education

Mass. lawmakers approve bilingual education » Boston Globe In a move to boost the academic performance of more than 90,000 Massachusetts students who lack fluency in English, the state Legislature Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a measure that would allow l…

Bilingual education bill sent to Gov. Charlie Baker » The Republican Fifteen years after voters approved the so-called English immersion law, the Massachusetts Legislature on Wednesday approved a bilingual education reform bill designed to give educators more flexibili…

When It Comes To Teaching English, Beacon Hill Says One Size Doesn't Fit All » WBUR After several attempts, Massachusetts lawmakers have all but confessed there may be no single right way to teach English to students who don't already know it. …

'You never count a kid out' » Eagle Tribune Moody School teacher honored as Educator of the Year …

Environment

Newburyport receives recycling program funding from Sustainable Materials Recovery Program » Newburyport News Newburyport is among 57 communities, regional groups and nonprofits receiving state Sustainable Materials Recovery Program grants, the governor's office announced this week.…

Salem, Marblehead among statewide recycling grant recipients » The Salem News Salem and Marblehead are among 57 communities, groups and nonprofits in the state that received grant funding for recycling initiatives. …

City set to ban plastic bags in 2019 » Gloucester Daily Times When Greg Verga proposed banning plastic bags while he sat on Gloucester's City Council two years ago, he didn't think it would take until now to see it through.…

Campus Greenhouse Makes an Impact on State's Urban Food Production » When she was a student at the university in the 1970s, Chancellor Jacquie Moloney got together with a few friends and started a community garden on a vacant lot in the Highlands section of Lowell.…

Health Care

Lawmakers await Gov. Baker's signature on birth control coverage bill » WWLP 22 Massachusetts lawmakers are awaiting the Governor Charlie Baker's signature on a bill that would protect free contraceptive coverage, birth control, for Massachusetts women.…

Home care registry bill on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk could lead to lawsuit » The Republican A bill creating a registry for home care workers is back on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk, to the dismay of home care workers who are considering a court challenge.…

Cyr a leader of single-payer push » Cape Cod Times Cape & Islands District state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, had a significant impact on the extensive health care reform and cost-containment bill approved by the Senate late last week. …

Housing

Attorney General's office helps restore abandoned homes in Needham » Wicked Local Needham For the past two years, the office of state Attorney General Maura Healey has helped restore abandoned and rundown houses in town as part of an initiative that aims at turning community eyesores and s…

Human Services

Wong's veterans bill clears House » Wicked Local Saugus Legislation filed by state Rep. Donald H. Wong, R-Saugus, to honor Massachusetts' veterans for their service cleared the House of Representatives on a unanimous vote.…

Bill to study needs of Holyoke Soldiers' Home reaches Gov. Charlie Baker's desk » The Republican A bill that would require that the state to study the long-term needs of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home is on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.…

Immigration

The Gangs Of Nantucket: Fear And Politics » WGBH With police in dress uniforms as a backdrop, President Trump in July delivered a blood and guts speech in Brentwood, New York, that left little doubt about how he felt about MS-13, a Central American …

DOJ warns of sanctuary city consequences » Boston Herald The Justice Department has fired off a threatening letter to Lawrence and 28 other “sanctuary cities” across the U.S., sending a shot across the bow of communities who shield illegal immig…

Insurance

Massachusetts Health Connector launches new site for small businesses » Wicked Local Westborough A new website will make it easier for small-business owners to enroll their employees in health care plans through the Affordable Care Act, state officials say.…

Judiciary

Official: DA's office played role in Troopergate » Boston Herald Someone in the Worcester DA's office communicated with former state police Col. Richard McKeon “early on” about the arrest of a judge's daughter by state troopers, a government official to…

Ex-SJC chiefs rap Moore for violating gay marriage ruling » Boston Herald The judiciary is only as strong as society's willingness to abide by its decisions.…

Lawmakers agree to expungement of juvenile records » Newburyport News BOSTON — Juvenile criminal records can haunt people long past their punishments, preventing them from getting a job, housing or going to college.…

Labor

Public defenders fight for bargaining rights » Bay State Banner While legislators were debating reforms aimed at making the state's criminal justice system more fair, the public defenders, social workers, paralegals and investigators who work for the state's Commi…

Mass. unemployment rate drops for third straight month » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

FLORIDA: Amid sexual harassment allegations, Latvala's union mailer concerns AFSCME » Politico Magazine The largest state workers union is expressing concerns that one of its members is featured on a gubernatorial race mailer issued by a Florida senator who faces accusations of groping women in the stat…

Former North Adams Mayor John Barrett sworn in to Massachusetts House » The Republican John Barrett III, the Democratic former mayor of North Adams, was sworn into the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday.…

Haverhill, North Adams reps bring House back up to 160 members » State House News Service Just in time for the last formal session of 2017, the Massachusetts House on Wednesday welcomed two new members, restoring the chamber to a complete 160-member roster of representatives.…

34 Mass. Bills Signed Into Law » Reading Patch

Local Government

'We have not seen flooding like this in our lifetime:' Mayor in Puerto Rico thanks Western Massachusetts for help after hurricane » The Republican With a population of about 80,000, the Puerto Rican town of Toa Baja saw between 18,000 and 20,000 of its homes damaged by Hurricane Maria.…

Election behind, councillors eyeing what 2018 will bring » Dorchester Reporter The city council is staring down the last month of its legislative term, the election behind them and a diverse slate of councillors stepping up to the plate in anticipation of the new year. This year…

Brookline Is Ditching the Name “Selectmen,” Now Has a “Select Board” » Boston Magazine Brookline's town meeting on Tuesday voted to ditch the term “Board of Selectmen” to describe the town's highest-ranking elected officials, in favor of “Select Board,” citing th…

A Rising Star: Lydia Edwards Ready to Lead as East Boston's City Councilor » East Boston Times

Marijuana

Towns resistant to marijuana may reconsider, Rosenberg predicts » State House News Service Responding to concerns that a wave of facility bans and moratoria might hold the recreational marijuana industry back, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said Wednesday morning that he expects many of…

Marty Walsh aims high to avoid drag on cannabis coffers » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh is urging councilors to tax legal weed to the max at every pot shop in the city as the nearly $2 billion Bay State marijuana market is set to sprout in July.…

Opinion

Editorial: House drops the ball » Boston Herald We're used to legislative trickery. But declaring a proposal that centers on a criminal investigative tool — wiretapping — to be “beyond the scope” of a criminal justice bill…

Robbins: Deval Patrick has clearest path to 2020 nomination » Boston Herald With Democrats claiming victory in the 2017 elections and Donald Trump's approval ratings mired in the mid-30s, political chatter has turned predictably to 2020 and who could, or should, be the Democr…

Charlie Baker and the curious case of the judge's daughter » Boston Globe The curious case of the judge's daughter, whose arrest record was edited to remove embarrassing statements she made to state troopers, is getting more curious.…

Are we as divided as we think we are? » Boston Globe Every day, we read about our divided country: how there is no common ground among those who support President Trump and those who don't, among those who are Democrats and those who are Republicans, an…

Battenfeld: Charlie Baker's handling of report-altering scandal faulted by unions, lawyers » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker has been thrust in the direct line of fire in the furor over allegations by two state troopers that they were ordered to alter their police report about the arrest of a judge's daug…

Balancing fairness and safety » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: Rep. Lori Ehrlich's decision good for the district » Wicked Local Marblehead

Editorial: Time to get serious about health care retiree reform » Boston Business Journal

Politics

Crighton Announces Candidacy for State Senate » Lynn Journal State Rep. Brendan Crighton has officially announced his candidacy for the State Senate seat in the Third Essex District that encompasses the communities of Lynn, Nahant, Swampscott, Saugus, Marblehea…

Vargas sworn in as new Haverhill State Rep. » Eagle Tribune Newly-elected Haverhill State Rep. Andy Vargas officially joined the Massachusetts House of Representatives, during a noon swearing-in ceremony at the State House, Wednesday.…

Barrett sworn in, pays tribute to Cariddi » Berkshire Eagle Just in time for the last formal session of 2017, the Massachusetts House on Wednesday welcomed two new members, restoring the chamber to a complete 160-member roster of representatives.…

Andy Vargas Officially Sworn in as 3rd Essex District State Representative » WHAV Andy Vargas has officially relocated to the Statehouse. The Haverhill City Councilor elected to succeed Brian S. Dempsey as the 3rd Essex district State Representative was sworn in Wednesday by Govern…

Here's where Elizabeth Warren's GOP challengers stand on Roy Moore » Boston Globe State Representative Geoff Diehl, the Whitman Republican and US Senate candidate who often serves as a thorn in the side of his party's establishment, is again going against the GOP grain. This time i…

WBUR poll finds Elizabeth Warren and Charlie Baker are well ahead of challengers » Boston.com Senator Elizabeth Warren and Governor Charlie Baker shouldn't be too concerned heading into the 2018 election cycle, according to a new WBUR poll.…

Chalifoux Zephir wins Democratic state Senate primary » The Landmark A city councilor in Leominster won the Democratic nomination for the vacant Worcester & Middlesex state Senate seat over the president of the Fitchburg City Council and the son of a former Leominster …

March 6 special election set to fill state Senate seat » The Salem News

Public Health

'Juuling': The most widespread phenomenon you've never heard of » Boston Globe A new front has opened in the never-ending game of cat and mouse between teenagers and adults — over Juuling, a discreet form of vaping that is the most widespread phenomenon you've likely neve…

Addiction services should be certified » Eagle Tribune Even as the number of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts finally appears to be trending in a positive direction, Gov. Charlie Baker and state officials are back with a new round of plans to addres…

Baker Calls For Improvements To Opioid Treatment And Prescribing » New England Public Radio 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. Charlie Baker Unveils Sweeping Opioid Legislation » Boston Magazine Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a widespread legislative package aimed at combating Massachusetts' opioid crisis by focusing on treatment accessibility, drug abuse prevention, and educational expansion.…

Public Safety

On first day, State Police boss orders probe into altered report » Boston Globe

State Finance

Despite Slow Revenue Growth, State Spending Is Picking Up » Governing The increase in annual spending is largely due to rising health-care costs and increased investment in transportation. …

Utilities

Legislature sends broadband bill, including $45M for WMass, to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk » The Republican The Legislature passed a $244 million bond bill on Wednesday, sending it to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.…

Brayton Point power plant to be sold soon; buyer will determine site's future use » WPRI The now-shuttered Brayton Point Power Station is close to being sold to another company, a spokesperson for the current owner told Eyewitness News.…

Anti-Pipeline Activists Send Formal Complaint To Baker Administration » WAMC

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

Single-payer House-bound » Sentinel & Enterprise

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

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

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

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

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

Court settlement bans for-profit nursing school from state »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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