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Gillibrand Says Bill Clinton Should Have Resigned Over Lewinsky Affair » New York Times Asked if Bill Clinton should have stepped down, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, said, “Yes, I think that is the appropriate response.” …

Read Elizabeth Warren's statement on the sexual assault allegations against Al Franken » Boston.com In a statement Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren called alleged behavior by her Democratic colleague Sen. Al Franken “unacceptable and deeply disappointing,” after the Minnesota senator was …

How Roy Moore's Misdeeds Are Forcing an Awakening on the Left » Politico Magazine Years of excusing Bill Clinton's sexual misconduct suddenly seems morally indefensible.…

Former Podesta Group CEO launches new firm » Politico Magazine Tony Podesta stepped down as the Podesta Group's chairman last month and tapped (Kimberley) Fritts as his successor. But negotiations with Podesta to turn over control of the firm broke down, and Frit…

Heroux colleagues prepping bill that might spur his resignation » State House News Service House Republicans plan to file legislation before Thanksgiving that would force Rep. Paul Heroux to choose between his job as a state representative and serving as mayor of Attleboro. …

Kaufman wrapping up 24-year run in House » State House News Service Lexington Rep. Jay Kaufman announced Thursday he won't seek a thirteenth term next year, planning to end a decades-long career on Beacon Hill. …

Florida Democratic Party chair apologizes after 6 women complain of 'demeaning' behavior » Politico Magazine Six former Florida Democratic Party staffers and consultants say that current party Chairman Stephen Bittel has created an unprofessional workplace environment for women that includes persistent inapp…

“A good leader loves the people, tells the truth, and knows when to go away. To begin with the punch line for this evening, it’s time for me to go away,”

Representative Jay Kaufman

Announcing his retirement at the end of his term.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

US Rep. Richard Neal leads House Democrats in charge against GOP tax bill » The Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, led a series of House Democrats Thursday in calling for the rejection of a Republican-backed tax overhaul plan -- legislation which he argued would raise taxes o…

Business

Thirsty? Peabody Has 20 New Liquor Licenses To Grant » Reading Patch Peabody will stagger the issuance of 20 new liquor licenses that were approved by the Massachusetts legislature and signed by Gov. Charlie Baker last month. …

It's about to get easier to order a drink in Swampscott » Lynn Daily News Item The Massachusetts House of Representatives has approved eight additional all-liquor licenses, which town officials hope will promote more economic development by attracting new businesses.…

Everett Businesses at the Center of Fight Over State Alcohol Rule Changes » Everett Independent When it comes to re-writing the rules for alcohol retailers, Everett seems to be at the center of the action, whether it's brewers like Night Shift, retailers like Everett's Total Wine & More location…

Fidelity's CEO physically moved her office so she could keep an eye out on harassment » Boston Globe Abby Johnson is serious about making Fidelity Investments a harassment-free zone. This week the Boston mutual fund boss moved her office to the 11th floor of Fidelity's headquarters to keep a watchful…

Berkshire Museum Collections Committee member quits in protest; 'Never did I hear a peep' about art sale plan » Berkshire Eagle As a longtime committee member and former "junior naturalist," Matt Kelly backs the Berkshire Museum's plan to shift its emphasis to science and nature. …

Months after Equifax data breach, credit freeze bill still on ice » State House News Service Two months ago, in the wake of a massive data breach at the credit monitoring agency Equifax, Rep. Randy Hunt asked his colleagues to act quickly, saying he hoped to vote on a related bill before lawm…

Lawmakers produce amendment to save Brewster hayrides » Cape Cod Times The wheels of government are spinning to save Sparky's hayrides, which were halted last week when the Brewster police chief realized the three-decade tradition violated a state law.…

Civil Rights

Pittsfield attorney's federal suit: First Amendment rights violated at 'Boston Free Speech' rally » Berkshire Eagle A Pittsfield attorney and former state senate candidate has a lawsuit in federal court against the city of Boston and several Boston officials, including Mayor Martin Walsh, alleging that his First Am…

Domestic Relations

Fresh start for 48 children adopted in Worcester Friday » Worcester Telegram

Education

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Bilingual Education Bill » Boston Magazine Significant achievement gaps plague students who are not native English speakers in Massachusetts, but a new bipartisan bill seeks to change that.…

Bilingual ed bill sent to Baker as lawmakers head into break » Lowell Sun Fifteen years after voters approved the so-called English immersion law, the Legislature on Wednesday approved a bilingual education reform bill designed to give educators more flexibility in teaching…

Environment

Environmental activists continue sit-in at Governor's office » WWLP 22 Environmentalists with Mass Power Forward are calling on Governor Charlie Baker to sign an executive order banning new fossil fuel infrastructure projects.…

Framingham: General Chemical fails to qualify for Superfund program » The Metro West Daily News State environmental officials are coordinating with a contractor to begin partial cleanup of General Chemical's former property in South Framingham as soon as June 2018 after federal officials indicat…

Methuen Awarded $70K State Grant for Recycling Efforts » WHAV Methuen is one of 57 communities and groups across the Commonwealth to be awarded a share in $4.1 million to continue its recycling efforts from the Baker-Polito Administration.…

Protesters urge Governor Baker to sign emission reduction bill » WWLP 22 The environmental group Climate Action NOW wants Massachusetts to cut emissions and pollution by agreeing to the terms in the Paris Climate Accord.…

Deepwater may fund UMass offshore wind, fishing study » Cape Cod Times UMass Dartmouth is gearing up to lead a five-year, $1 million initiative to examine how offshore wind farms can coexist with commercial fishing and other industries.…

Sea level rise factors into nuclear waste discussion » Cape Cod Times

Health Care

Somerville Reps Vote In Favor Of ACCESS Bill » Reading Patch State representatives from Somerville and Medford are backing the ACCESS Bill, an act that protects against rollbacks of coverage for birth control at the federal level. The bill takes aim at a Trump …

Lewis to Host Community Conversation on Mental Health » Reading Patch Continuing his "Community Conversations" issue discussions, Senator Jason Lewis is excited to announce an upcoming conversation he will hold on challenges in our communities pertaining to mental healt…

Rogue wave: State, municipalities face growing health care costs for retirees » Boston Business Journal Before he was elected to the Andover board of selectmen in 2015, Bob Landry knew the town had a problem.…

Immigration

Baker, Mass Senate urge TPS extension for Haitians, other foreign nationals » Boston Haitian Reporter Gov. Charlie Baker and state lawmakers are calling on the Trump administration to continue temporary immigration protections for people who fled their home countries during periods of instability. …

Judiciary

Massachusetts House passes sweeping criminal justice reform legislation » MassLive.com The Massachusetts House passed legislation Tuesday night making major changes to the state's criminal justice system.…

Labor

Statewide campaign encourages women to join construction industry » Boston Globe In the construction field, Savy Man-Doherty is a rarity — a female Cambodian pipefitter. Her presence at a job site shocked a fellow Asian male worker so much that he blurted out, “Why ar…

Union representing home care workers supports home care registry bill » The Republican

Legislative

Game on: election date set to replace Thomas McGee in state Senate » Lynn Daily News Item A special election to replace state Sen. Thomas M. McGee will be held on Tuesday, March 6.…

Rep. Andy Vargas Talks First Term House Priorities, Brian Dempsey Support » WHAV Sworn in as the newest state representative for the 3rd Essex District Wednesday, Andy Vargas has already hit the ground running on Beacon Hill.…

Heroux says no pressure from House leadership to resign » State House News Service Attleboro mayor-elect and state representative Paul Heroux called the promised effort by Republicans to get him to resign his House seat when he takes over as mayor next year "laughable" and a politic…

Heroux will resign from House, aide says » State House News Service

Local Government

Woburn Traffic Commission Can Change Road Rules Without Notice » Woburn Patch Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation that changes rules governing Woburn's traffic commission. …

Koch opposes taxing apartment buildings at higher rate » Patriot Ledger Mayor Thomas Koch will not sign a proposal to tax large apartment buildings at higher rates than other homes, said Christopher Walker, a spokesman for the mayor.…

Worcesteria: tax rate time, Governors Council, 17th Worcester » Worcester Mag At what may be the briefest City Council meeting in recorded history, clocking in at 38 minutes (notice how there's no council story this week), the councilors, fresh off their election campaigns, did…

Melrose businesses unsure of proposed plastic bag ban » Wicked Local Melrose The Melrose Recycling Committee continued its push for a ban of most plastic bags in the city with a presentation to its toughest audience yet on Tuesday, Nov. 14, when the Chamber of Commerce hosted …

Boston Millionaire Mocks Cancer Patients, PTSD, and the Disabled at Medical Marijuana Hearing » Boston Magazine A Boston millionaire was apparently just messing with everyone when he strolled into City Hall on Tuesday night and offended the entire world.…

Leominster mayoral recount will begin on Monday » Sentinel & Enterprise The recount of votes cast in the city's mayoral race will begin Monday at City Hall and continue there on Tuesday, when workers will count by hand all 9,203 ballots cast in the tightest mayoral electi…

Marijuana

Braintree council committee to discuss marijuana ban » Wicked Local Braintree The town council's ordinance and rules committee will hold a meeting Monday night on proposals to ban recreational marijuana sales and production in town.…

Rosenberg: Towns restricting pot sales may change their tune » Worcester Telegram Responding to concerns that a wave of facility bans and moratoria might hold the recreational marijuana industry back, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said Wednesday he expects many of the 100-plu…

Retail pot ban falters at City Council » The Salem News City councilors were divided on whether or not to vote just yet on banning recreational marijuana Thursday night.…

Pot shop growing closer in Attleboro » The Sun Chronicle The city's first medical marijuana dispensary and indoor growing facility is much closer to becoming a reality.…

Danvers medical pot clinic hopes to open this spring » The Salem News A nonprofit is moving forward with plans to open Danvers' first medical marijuana dispensary.…

Opinion

In two Navy pilots — one white, one black — a parable for our times » Boston Globe When it was time for the homily, the Rev. Austin Fleming stood in the pulpit of Holy Family Parish in Concord, looking down at the casket that held the body of Tom Hudner.…

EDITORIAL: Time to take next step in fighting opioid epidemic » Lowell Sun The latest statistics from the Department of Public Health, which show a decline in the number of opioid-overdose deaths in this state, should be reason for hope.…

Editorial: Arrest report flap not trivial » Worcester Mag It's not Watergate, but the handling of the Alli Bibaud arrest report controversy alone warranted the public scrutiny and outcry that arose.…

Civics Lesson for State Rep on Guns » New Boston Post It takes a civics lesson to become a citizen. Maybe we ought to start requiring one to become a state rep.…

Columnist Elizabeth Silver: Taking back House path to correction » Gazette Net When Dave Ratner did the dastardly deed of standing behind President Donald Trump during a White House ceremony in October, all hell broke loose in the Valley. The response was swift, explosive, and f…

Benton: In Salem, sanctuary bleeds into council race » The Salem News Election results in Lowell and Salem show how a single issue can influence the fate of candidates.…

EDITORIAL: Don't dream, stand behind Baker on sanctuary cities » Lowell Sun Surviving as a Republican lawmaker in this state requires enough guile and tenacity without adding unnecessary fuel to the fire. That didn't dissuade state Rep. Marc Lombardo.…

Mayor or state rep — Heroux should do one job or the other, not both » Boston Globe Even William Lantigua eventually did the right thing. When the infamous politician was elected mayor of Lawrence in 2009, he refused to leave his seat as state representative, arguing that voters had …

Keeping Lawrence's education success on track » Boston Globe Wednesday heralded another transition, but hopefully not a turning point, in Lawrence, which has seen a remarkable educational renaissance over the last six years.…

Viewpoint: Nonprofits, business must work together to increase tech diversity » Boston Business Journal The tech industry is one of Massachusetts' fastest growing sectors and largest employers, but a large swath of the population is too often excluded from these sought-after job opportunities.…

Registration drives won't help when voter apathy persists » Boston Globe NOVEMBER 17, 2017 The Nov. 11 editorial “To boost turnout, make voting easier” offered several laudable means to get more people on the voting rolls. However, the real problem, which the…

Politics

As the Third District race grows, so does the number of political consultants working on it » Boston Globe Even in a year when they appear united against the president, never underestimate Democrats' ability to eat their own, and each other — in droves.…

Vargas steps into state rep post » The Haverhill Gazette After months of running an almost spur-of-the-moment campaign buoyed by a passionate collection of volunteers and the might of the state Democratic Party, Andy Vargas collapsed onto his bed early last…

Candidates in an early race for EMILY's List backing » Gloucester Daily Times A Washington group that backs Democratic women candidates who support abortion rights is expected to endorse one of several vying to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, opening up a mini-election…

Ballot Initiatives On Taxes Could Complicate Things For Baker » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker is riding high going into the 2018 election cycle. He remains the country's most popular governor and leads his Democratic challengers by enormous margins.…

Gomez still weighing Senate run » Commonwealth Magazine THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FIELD to take on US Sen. Elizabeth Warren next year now includes three candidates, but another contender is still eying the race. Businessman and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez …

Public Health

Grant funding for visiting program will aid opioid addiction » Lynn Daily News Item Gov. Charlie Baker awarded $500,000 to three community-based health organizations to partner with first responders which provide opioid overdose prevention education and referrals for individuals who …

State Awards Funding for Post-Overdose Home Visits » Cape Cod Today The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that it has awarded $500,000 to three community-based health organizations, funded through the Department of Public Health (DPH), to partner with first …

North Shore residents concerned about health impacts of landfill, incinerator » My Fox Boston North Shore residents and environmental activists are raising concerns over a proposal by a company to continue operating its landfill, which along with an ash incinerator, sits on top of an environme…

Privacy concerns still swirling as home care bill heads back to Baker » WWLP 22 Lawmakers this week again sent Gov. Charlie Baker legislation establishing a registry for home care aides, setting aside privacy and safety concerns voiced by the governor and groups representing the …

Amid Opioid Crisis, States Start Embracing Alternative Medicine » Governing Some aren't just covering yoga and acupuncture but recommending it before prescription drugs. …

Public Safety

State public safety officials brief local police on law enforcement reforms » The Herald News State-level law enforcement officials visited Fall River on Thursday to brief local police officers and elected leaders on a variety of new initiatives and proposed reforms to better investigate drug …

State Police arrest report scandal should be independently investigated, Setti Warren spokesman says » The Republican Newton Mayor Setti Warren, who is challenging Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018, is calling for an independent investigation into the State Police scandal involving changes to the arrest report…

Setti seeks independent probe into arrest report tampering » Boston Herald One of Gov. Charlie Baker's rivals is calling for an independent investigation into the scrubbing of a state police arrest report, saying the public has a “right to know” who should be hel…

State police to investigate Bibaud case; DA Early is mum » Worcester Telegram One day after taking charge of the Massachusetts State Police, the new commander has ordered an investigation into the handling of the case of a judge's daughter who was arrested in October.…

'Privilege' comment riles gun rights supporters on Beacon Hill » Worcester Telegram Allowing the use of silencers and the attorney general's authority to regulate firearms were hot topics at a Public Safety Committee hearing Thursday that saw lawmakers and gun rights advocates tangle…

Bills would strip Attorney General Maura Healey's authority to regulate 'copycat' assault weapons » The Republican More than a year after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey banned "copycat" assault rifles, anger at her move still riles gun owners as lawmakers consider bills to strip Healey's authority.…

Massachusetts State Police Suspend Employee After Finding 'Payroll Record Irregularities' » NECN A civilian employee of the Massachusetts State Police has been suspended after the discovery of "payroll record irregularities," according to a department spokesperson.…

'Privilege' comment riles gun rights supporters » The Recorder Allowing the use of silencers and the attorney general's authority to regulate firearms were hot topics at a Public Safety Committee hearing Thursday that saw lawmakers and gun rights advocates tangle…

State Finance

House Passes $45 Million For Broadband & Massive Capital Bond Bill » iBerkshires The Legislature has allocated $45 million more toward connecting all corners of the state to high-speed internet. And the House of Representatives has put local capital projects in the queue for fundi…

State Government

Karyn Polito: State, SouthCoast working to 'unleash' region's potential » South Coast Today For about eight hours Thursday, the SouthCoast replaced Boston as the state's hub for Gov. Charlie Baker's administration.…

Director tabbed for task force » Berkshire Eagle Dara Kaufman, the executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, has been chosen by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the commonwealth's new Task Force on Hate Crimes.…

Baker-Polito Administration opens second round of Urban Agenda funding to support community-driven solutions » Sampan The Baker-Polito Administration has opened the second round of the Urban Agenda Grant Program to fund community-driven initiatives that build leadership, collaboration, and capacity at the local level…

Heroux's GOP Colleagues on Beacon Hill Crafting Bill to Bar Mayoral/Representative Double-Dip » New Boston Post House Republicans plan to file legislation before Thanksgiving that would force Rep. Paul Heroux to choose between his job as a state representative and serving as mayor of Attleboro.…

Charlie Baker shares 'holiday appropriate' photo of his backyard » Boston.com

Taxation

State Leaving Millions On Table In Short-Term Rental Revenue » Banker & Tradesman

Transportation

Lawmakers handicapped placard abuse bill goes to Governor's desk » WWLP 22 Both the House and the Senate have approved a bill that would set further penalties for abusing handicapped parking. They've sent the bill to Governor Charlie Baker for his signature.…

State providing $1.7 million for Wayland, Weston rail trail » The Metro West Daily News The state is announcing today that it is spending $1.7 million to complete a section of the Mass Central Rail Trail in Wayland and Weston.…

Utilities

Summit touts renewable energy progress » The Salem News More than 75 people gathered at Salem State University on Tuesday to discuss how the North Shore can move to 100 percent renewable energy from sources like solar and wind. The North Shore for 100% Ren…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Campus Greenhouse Makes an Impact on State's Urban Food Production »

House takes a pass on Attleboro state rep's prison bill » The Sun Chronicle

Lawmakers agree to expungement of juvenile records » Newburyport News

Balancing fairness and safety » Cape Cod Times

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

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

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

34 Mass. Bills Signed Into Law » Reading Patch

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

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

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

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

Lynch bill could halt Weymouth compressor construction » Wicked Local Weymouth

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3949 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Laura Sypien, an employee of the Department of Mental Health

HB 3943 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Erik Nordahl, an employee of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

SB 2086 - An Act exempting the position of police captain in the town of Hull from the provisions of the civil service law

SB 2127 - An Act relative to the A-B-C Stormwater Flooding Board

Most read bills of the week:

HB4011 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

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

SB2202 - An Act furthering health empowerment and affordability by leveraging transformative health care

SB2200 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

HB4018 - An Act providing for capital facility repairs and improvements for the Commonwealth

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB4009 - An Act relative to advancing contraceptive coverage and economic security in our state (ACCESS)

HB4015 - An Act providing for immediate capital improvement needs of the Commonwealth

HB4012 - An Act implementing the joint recommendations of the Massachusetts criminal justice review

HB4008 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

House Actions This Week: 541

Senate Actions This Week: 245

Press Releases

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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