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11:00am Senate Session, Informal Sesssion

11:00am House Session, Informal Sesssion

2:30pm I'm Not Just Anybody: Fight Back Against Chronic Pain, Great Hall, State House

5:30pm Fundraiser for Rep. James O'Day

7:00pm 17th Annual Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Opening Ceremony, Grand Staircase, State House

Must-Reads

SNL's parody of Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Julian Assange mostly just made fun of Eric Trump » Boston.com "Eric's wife had to work, so I have him for the day."…

We Can't Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself » New York Times It has no incentive to do so. I would know - I worked there. …

HEROUX WILL RESIGN FROM HOUSE, AIDE SAYS » State House News Service State representative and Attleboro Mayor-elect Paul Heroux reversed course on Friday and informed Speaker Robert DeLeo that he intends to resign his seat in the House after coming under heavy criticis…

STATE LEAVING MILLIONS ON TABLE IN SHORT-TERM RENTAL REVENUE » State House News Service New commuter rail lines. Additional treatment beds for opioid addiction. Affordable pre-kindergarten. …

Somerville's turn to 'sewer socialism' » Commonwealth Magazine FOR MUCH OF the first half of the 20th century, the municipal heart of New Deal politics was in cities like Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This growing industrial hub was home to a long succession of Socialist…

Taxpayers picking up the tab » Boston Herald Taxpayers have shelled out nearly $1?million in attorneys fees for state lawmakers and staff over the last five years, paid for using a little-known ­account similar to the one used by Congress to …

Massachusetts House should act on climate change » Commonwealth Magazine LESS THAN TWO DAYS after Syria signed the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States in the unenviable position of being the only country in the world to refuse the climate deal, the Massachusetts sta…

Legislative panel to look at expanding public records law has never met » Boston Globe A legislative report due at the end of the year on whether the state's new public records law should also be applied to the Legislature, the governor's office, and the judiciary is unlikely to get don…

L'ITALIEN IS IN » Politico Massachusetts State Senator Barbara L'Italien (D-Andover) today announced that she is running for Congress to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts. She announced the run in a short film that wa…

John Flores announces state Senate run » Cape Cod Times The 2018 political season is officially underway on the Cape and Islands. Barnstable Town Councilor John Flores told the Times on Friday that he is a candidate to unseat state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Trur…

Beacon Hill: How What Happened This Year Will Shape Politics In 2018 » WGBH News The state Legislature wrapped up formal sessions for the year last week, using their final hours of formal lawmaking to doll out funding for capital projects, reaching an accord on English language l…

“If we can repeal part of Obamacare as part of a tax bill and have a tax bill that is still a good tax bill, that can pass, that’s great,” Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “If it becomes an impediment to getting the best tax bill we can, then we are okay with taking it out.”

President Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney

Speaking about the GOP tax bill.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Warren 'disappointed' in Franken - but won't say if he should resign » Boston Herald Sen. Elizabeth Warren today repeatedly dodged the question of whether her colleague, Democratic Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, should resign after being accused of forcibly kissing and groping a woman a d…

US Rep. Richard Neal, Democrats push bill to ensure retired workers get their full pensions » The Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, joined House and Senate Democrats this week in unveiling a proposal that they say will help ensure more than a million American retired workers can keep their …

Legislators decry abolition of opposition party in Cambodia » Lowell Sun Massachusetts legislators are sounding the alarm on the explosive political situation in Cambodia, urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to take action and "demonstrate to the government of Cambodia…

Scott Brown's pay is $155,000 per year. The benefits are priceless » Boston Globe “Oh ho ko mo no,” Scott Brown says, sitting on a gray couch in his office.…

Why evangelicals are again backing a Republican despite allegations of sexual misconduct » Boston Globe

Business

Labor is both benefit and challenge for companies » Milford Daily News Since moving its North America headquarters to Marlborough last year, GE Healthcare has brought nearly 800 jobs to the region. But attracting skilled workers for companies like GE can still be a chall…

Months after breach, credit freeze bill on ice » Sentinel & Enterprise 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…

Civil Rights

Attleboro woman to make history in city with swearing in on Tuesday » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — When city councilor-elect Laura Dolan takes the oath of office Tuesday at the beginning of the council meeting, history will be made. …

Crimes

Passionate debate on drug-dealer punishment » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- Local representatives last week engaged in passionate late-night debates over how to punish opioid traffickers whose drugs lead to death, as the House of Representatives passed a wide-reachi…

Education

Bill seeks $15M for UMass Lowell building renovations » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- The Lowell delegation in the state House of Representatives last week negotiated for $15 million to be allocated to support renovations at two UMass Lowell academic buildings -- but the mone…

School districts get English flexibility under bill » Lowell Sun ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (H 4032) -- Senate House 155-1, Senate 37-0, approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a bill that would give public school districts the power and flexibility to offer other E…

How Brockton beat the state to the bilingual punch » The Enterprise East Middle School social studies teacher Charlene Montrond's red marker skips across the whiteboard as she scrawls the word “evidence” across its surface. Then, she draws an equivalency s…

The MBTA has a $723m plan to change the way you pay for rides » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is nearing the next stop on its modernization journey. On Monday, the agency will ask its board to approve a $723 million contract for a new fare collect…

Environment

2nd 'PAWS' Bill Seeks Further Protections for Animals » NECN The top Republican in the Massachusetts Senate is proposing further protections for pets and tougher penalties for animal cruelty.…

Rep. Fernandes Succeeding in Pushing Environmental Efforts » Cape Cod Online Freshmen State Representative Dylan Fernandes is settling into his new position on Beacon Hill, taking on special causes related to the region.…

Health Care

As Congress Stalls on Children's Health Insurance, States Warn of Cuts » Governing It's been almost two months since Congress let what's historically been a bipartisan program expire. …

Human Services

US Rep. Jim McGovern to walk 43 miles across Western Massachusetts to highlight local hunger » MassLive U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, will walk across Western Massachusetts next week as part of an annual fundraising march that seeks to bring attention to how food insecurity and hunger impacts loc…

Judiciary

Criminal Justice Reform Makes Its Way Through Massachusetts Legislature » WAMC

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

Legislative

On Beacon Hill: Around the turn they come » Worcester Sun BOSTON — Horse racing in Massachusetts has been on the decline for many years now, but horse trading is alive and well on Beacon Hill.…

Heroux confirms he will resign from House » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Paul Heroux made it official Friday, submitting a letter of resignation from the House to devote all his attention to being mayor.…

State Rep. Jay Kaufman announces retirement » Wicked Local Lexington A wail erupted from the crowd Thursday evening, Nov. 16, just a few minutes into the latest Open House with state Rep. Jay Kaufman at the Lexington Depot. Kaufman, D-Lexington, had just announced that…

Israel trip raises conflict of interest concerns » Eagle Tribune A group of lawmakers are visiting Israel next month on a trip financed by groups trying to block a growing movement to boycott that country, raising questions about a potential conflict of interest.…

Local Government

Heroux is walking into a sticky situation » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Paul Heroux hasn't been sworn in as mayor yet but he is already facing his first big controversy.…

Legislature overrides veto; NQCC waiting for money » The Recorder The Legislature has overridden Gov. Charlie Baker's veto of core funding to benefit the North Quabbin Community Coalition, but the money has yet to be dispensed to the private nonprofit.…

Internet delay kept Barre police out of new headquarters for 4 months » Worcester Telegram More than 100 turned out on a sultry July afternoon to witness the dedication of the Stephen M. Brewer Public Safety Building, 455 South St.…

STATE DELEGATION BRINGS HOME $52 MILLION TO LYNN » Lynn Daily News Item More than $52 million worth of repairs could be on its way to Lynn thanks to the region's Beacon Hill delegation. The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $3.5 billion bond bill which focus…

Now in Boston: Dunkin' without the Donuts » Boston Globe Maybe, far in the future, we'll look back on Wednesday as the day the Donuts died. Right in the heart of Boston, our beloved Dunkin' Donuts is testing its shakiest idea since that breakfast sandwich t…

Shift to women on Boston City Council is astounding » Commonwealth Magazine Lots of lessons can be learned from electoral victories …

Opinion

Editorial: Silence not golden » Boston Herald It's more than a little astonishing that amid the currently heightened awareness of gun violence there would be a push to end the state's ban on the sale and use of silencers. …

MASSACHUSETTS SUPER TROOPERS » Dig Boston As you may have noticed, we are extremely critical of cops, and of authorities in general, plus politicians who enable and facilitate unchecked state power, in our processing of news each week. This i…

Seismic moment, or just a moment? » Boston Globe Where do we go from here? …

Politics

How they voted: Western Mass. lawmakers weigh in on criminal justice issues, overriding governor's vetoes » The Republican Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers cast ballots on measures ranging from criminal justice changes to overrides of Gov. Charlie Baker's vetoes as they met for various legislative sessions this we…

Sen. L'Italien running for Congress » Sentinel & Enterprise

DEMS URGE BAKER TO WITHDRAW SUPPORT FOR SENATE CANDIDATE » State House News Service

State Government

Massachusetts Taxpayers Paid $1 Million in State House Lawyer Fees » Boston Magazine

A Ballot Question Deadline, And Bills To Reconcile: The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill » New England Public Radio Massachusetts lawmakers have their work cut out for them as they try to negotiate a final criminal justice bill. Many months of writing and debate wrapped up last week as the state House passed its ve…

Healey: Governor not subject to public records law » Commonwealth Magazine ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY ruled on Friday that the office of the governor is not subject to the Massachusetts public records law, confirming the long-standing position of Gov. Charlie Baker and h…

Taxation

State leaving millions on table in short-term rental revenue » Gloucester Daily Times New commuter rail lines. Additional treatment beds for opioid addiction. Affordable pre-kindergarten.…

Annual tax battle continues » Eagle Tribune Residential taxes would decrease if city keeps current tax shift; average single-family home bill would drop $33 …

Transportation

T taps low bidder for Green Line extension » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA CHOSE a joint venture led by a Dallas-area contractor that said it would build the long-delayed seven-stop Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford for hundreds of millions less than …

T overhauls fares for $723 million » Commonwealth Magazine Officials unveil next gen pay system to reduce trip times, increase revenue collection …

Friday's Late-Breaking News

'It's A Prison. It's Punishing Addicts': Calls To Reform Civil Commitments Increase » WBUR

Springfield Cannabis Co. gets higher grades on updated presentation for proposed marijuana store in East Springfield » The Republican

Newbury College to shut down in the spring » The Boston Globe

The Loop takes over 5,000 riders through downtown Springfield in 1st 3 months; city wants schedule to align with trains » The Republican

Baker Chooses Wind over Fishing [OPINION] » WBSM

In shift from first election, Healey to raise funds from donors for inaugural party » The Boston Globe

Hector Montesino appointed to Alzheimer's advisory council » Wicked Local Concord

Somerville Receives $500K For Water, Sewer Improvements » Wakefield Patch

Future of Transportation: Baker says state needs to build reliable system » Fox 25 News

Commission’s transportation recommendations unveiled » Commonwealth Magazine

GE says it may replace KPMG as auditor » Boston Business Journal

Offshore Wind Auction For 390,000 Acres South Of Mass. Blows Through Sale Record » WBUR

In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it. » The Boston Globe

State commission recommends VC funding for transit technology » Boston Business Journal

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 11/20

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Sesssion

11:00am House Session, Informal Sesssion

2:30pm I'm Not Just Anybody: Fight Back Against Chronic Pain, Great Hall, State House

5:30pm Fundraiser for Rep. James O'Day

7:00pm 17th Annual Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Opening Ceremony, Grand Staircase, State House

Tuesday - 11/21

Birthdays: Rep. David Muradian

9:00am Our Shared Table - MIRA's Thanksgiving Luncheon, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House

1:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

Wednesday - 11/22

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Thursday - 11/23

No Hearings Scheduled

Friday - 11/24

No Hearings Scheduled


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