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Must-Reads

Chris Matthews diagnoses the Democratic Party's 'deplorables' problem » The Washington Post Chris Matthews: "Ever since we started this Archie Bunker thing in the early '70s, making fun of white working people, we kissed them goodbye. You make fun of people. You look down on them. They get t…

For some GOP women, the ultimate women's issue right now is the GOP tax plan » The Washington Post Republican nominee Roy Moore's favorability numbers are declining among women in the state as reports of the former judge behaving inappropriately with teenage girls continue to dominate headlines. Bu…

NYT's Glenn Thrush suspended after accusations of sexual misconduct » Axios The New York Times has suspended one of its most high-profile reporters, White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush, after several women accused him of sexually inappropriate behavior in a Vox report. …

BAKER STICKING WITH TRAN DESPITE DEM ATTACKS » State House News Service The Massachusetts Democratic Party wants Gov. Charlie Baker to withdraw his support for Fitchburg City Councilor Dean Tran, who is running for state Senate, over Tran's opposition to public support fo…

BAKER CURIOUS ABOUT HOUSE AND SENATE LEGAL SPENDING » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday his administration would look into whether the Legislature should be more transparent about the purpose of payments made to a host of law firms for unspecified legal fee…

She Said A Powerful Congressman Harassed Her. Here's Why You Didn't Hear Her Story. » BuzzFeed “When you make private settlements, it doesn't warn the next woman or the next person going into that situation.” …

Congress speeds toward shutdown over Dreamers » Politico Magazine Party leaders on both sides of the aisle fear they'll be blamed for budget brinkmanship — but they're equally afraid of enraging their grassroots. …

Sexual harassment troubles mount in statehouses around the country » USA TODAY NASHVILLE – When Kirsten Anderson submitted a memo detailing her concerns about sexual harassment at the Iowa Capitol, she expected comments about women in the office – their sex lives, …

Sen. L'Italien running for Congress » Lowell Sun "I will be a congresswoman who can both take on the big issues facing our country and those facing the families across this district. I have a lifetime of service that has made a difference for our pu…

President Donald Trump's pick to lead New England EPA lauded by environmentalists » The Republican BOSTON -- The Trump administration's pick to lead Region I of the Environmental Protection Agency is drawing praise from environmental groups. …

“I would argue that in the case of Moore, you have a whole series of claims at this point that don’t seem to be disputable,” Baker said. “Many people seem to be making the case that they believe, even people who plan to vote for him say that they, for the most part, believe these condemnations and these issues that have been raised.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the sexual assault allegations against Roy Moore.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

There's no such thing as a free lunch. Free health insurance, though . . . » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — Consumers are getting the word that taxpayer-subsidized health plans are widely available for next year for no monthly premium or little cost, and marketing companies say they're s…

Business

Brayton Point buyer named » The Herald News SOMERSET – Commercial Development Co. Inc., a St. Louis company that redevelops “underutilized, distressed or environmentally challenged properties,” will be the new owner of the 1,…

Massive fish fraud results in huge penalty for fishermen » Boston Globe In an unprecedented punishment, federal regulators Monday ordered scores of commercial fishermen in Massachusetts to return their vessels to shore after the owner of many of the boats, a New Bedford f…

Civil Rights

BAKER SAYS HE'LL BE "WORKING HARD" AGAINST TRANSGENDER LAW REPEAL » State House News Service Once non-committal on the idea of expanding protections for transgender people, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said he expects to work hard to defeat a ballot measure seeking to repeal the transgender r…

Crimes

2nd woman accuses Senator Al Franken of inappropriate touching » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — A second woman says Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, touched her inappropriately, telling CNN that he grabbed her rear end while her husband took a photo of the two of th…

Education

Baker-Polito Administration establishes new Commission on Digital Learning » Sampan Governor Charlie Baker announced today he will establish a new Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning to develop recommendations that will lead to more online learning opportunities fo…

Springfield Technical Community College's biotech program aiming to offer path into booming industry » The Republican At a time when biotechnology jobs are hitting an all-time high in Massachusetts, Springfield Technical Community College has begun offering one of the few degree-granting programs in Western Massachus…

2nd 'PAWS' bill seeks further protections for animals » WCVB The top Republican in the Massachusetts Senate is proposing further protections for pets and tougher penalties for animal cruelty. Sen. Bruce Tarr says the bill is a follow-up to the Protecting Animal…

East Boston's schools have a blueprint for teaching English » Boston Globe At the Patrick J. Kennedy Elementary School in East Boston, about three-quarters of the 300 students do not speak English fluently, the highest rate of any elementary school in Massachusetts. Last yea…

Environment

Hogan pardons rescued turkey in time for Thanksgiving » Wicked Local In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Ed Laquidara, owner of Bolton's Animal Adventures, invited state Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow, to his family zoo and rescue center earlier this month in hopes of procuring a …

Polito hopes dredging can begin “in the near future” » South Coast Today Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito left SouthCoast last week with the notion that the region has the ability to become a juggernaut within the “blue economy.” The city's port recently ranked as the mo…

Tarr pledges to address teen cruelty to animals » Boston Herald The state's highest court wants the Legislature to take a look at expanding youthful offender laws to include teenagers charged with cruelty to animals, and a state senator said he will answer that ca…

President Donald Trump's pick to lead New England EPA lauded by environmentalists » MassLive The Trump administration's pick to lead Region I of the Environmental Protection Agency is drawing praise from environmental groups.…

Federal

Gov. Baker: Roy Moore Should Step Down » WGBH News Governor Charlie Baker says sexual assault and harassment allegations against Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore should be taken seriously in the wake of multiple accusations of sexual misc…

Health Care

Gov. Baker signs free contraception bill » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law Monday that insulates Massachusetts from federal changes to birth control coverage under Obamacare, protecting a woman's right to free contraception in a move that supp…

Countering Trump, Mass. Swiftly Passes New Law Ensuring Access To No-Cost Birth Control » WBUR Last month, President Trump rolled back an Obama-era rule that said employer health plans must cover birth control at no cost to women. The new rule, widely described as "gutting" the birth control ma…

In Mass., Obamacare enrollments up 41 percent » The Metro West Daily News More than 26,000 people have registered for health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector since Nov. 1 – nearly 8,000 more people than had enrolled by this time last year, state o…

Learn About Single-Payer Health Care In Massachusetts » Cape News The community is invited to a forum called “Single Payer in Massachusetts: An Appraisal of Senate Bill No. 619 and its Legislative Prospects” on Wednesday, November 29, at 7 PM at the Unit…

Human Services

House, Senate justice bills both feature burial expense measures » The Herald News The families of murder victims would no longer be disqualified from receiving state burial assistance merely because of their loved ones' criminal actions under legislation that passed the House and S…

How we're fighting our Western Mass. 'hunger epidemic' (Viewpoint) » The Republican Every morning, a truck pulls up to Atlas Farm in Deerfield. It gets loaded up with fresh vegetables, and heads to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.…

Temporary Immigration Status For Nearly 5,000 Haitians In Mass. Will Come To An End » WBUR The program allowed eligible Haitians to live and work legally in the United States because of unsafe conditions in their home country. Senior administration officials say that conditions on the groun…

Immigration

Trump administration ending temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is ending a humanitarian program that has allowed some 59,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States since an earthquake ravaged their country in 2…

Judiciary

Editorial: Legislature should change law to treat 18-year-olds as juveniles » Gazette Net We applaud the Legislature for its work on overhauling the Massachusetts criminal justice system with goals of reducing recidivism, steering more drug offenders into treatment rather than jail, elimin…

Justice bills feature burial expense measures » South Coast Today The families of murder victims would no longer be disqualified from receiving state burial assistance merely because of their loved ones' criminal actions under legislation that passed the House and S…

Legislative

Perpetual Problem-Solver: Representative Randy Hunt Keeps Cape Front And Center » Cape News On the wall of his first-floor office in the Massachusetts State House on Boston's Beacon Hill, Representative Randy Hunt has posted his office mantra: “Solving all of the world's problems, one …

L'Italien makes it official: She's running for Congress » Eagle Tribune State Sen. Barbara L'Italien announced Sunday that she will be running for Congress. She hopes to succeed Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, to represent the 3rd District of Massachusetts. Tsongas …

Local Government

Judge blocks order on sanctuary cities » Boston Herald A federal judge's permanent injunction blocking President Trump's executive order to cut funding from sanctuary cities is being heralded by local mayors who have limited cooperation with U.S. immigrat…

Opinion

Dempsey: A roadmap for the governor's transportation commission » Wicked Local Scituate

Politics

11th candidate, Barbara L'Italien, enters race for congressional seat held by Niki Tsongas » Worcester Telegram Democrats in the Merrimack Valley could either select a candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat or field a football team.…

Attleboro city councilor running for state representative » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — After her success in getting re-elected to the city council two weeks ago, Julie Hall is now running for state representative.…

GOP's Tran offended by Dem's claims » Sentinel & Enterprise State Senate candidate Dean Tran is "furious and upset" with statements made by the state Democratic Party, which on Monday called on Gov. Charlie Baker to rescind his support for Tran after the Repub…

Dems urge Baker to withdraw support for Fitchburg Senate candidate » Sentinel & Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker has tried, often against the odds, to grow the Republican Party since his 2014 election, but often times that means siding with candidates that don't perfectly align with his brand …

Political Notes: Cyr supporters strike back at Flores » Cape Cod Times

Public Health

Opioid addiction cost U.S. $504 billion in 2015, according to White House report » The Republican Opioid addiction has been a growing problem over the last few years in Massachusetts and nationally, with growing numbers of drug deaths and overdoses. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker sat on a nation…

Baker signs free contraception bill » The Metro West Daily News BOSTON - Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law Monday that insulates Massachusetts from federal changes to birth control coverage under Obamacare, protecting a woman's right to free contraception in a move …

Massachusetts Set To Approve Law Protecting Access To Birth Control » WBUR Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was expected to sign legislation on Monday that would cement in state law the Obama-era mandate for free birth control regardless of changes in federal policy or futur…

Governor signs bill mandating free birth control » Gloucester Daily Times BOSTON — Massachusetts women are guaranteed free birth control coverage under legislation signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday.…

State crime bills would expand inmates' access to addiction treatment » Boston Globe A little-discussed provision deep within the Legislature's criminal justice bills tackles a critical but contentious aspect of the opioid crisis, requiring prisons and jails to offer inmates all appro…

Doctors group says 13,000 have taken pain management courses » Taunton Gazette Since it began offering free pain management courses in 2015, more than 13,000 individuals have taken one or more of the courses, according to the Massachusetts Medical Society. The trade group repres…

Governor Baker Signs Free Contraception Bill » WBSM Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law Monday that insulates Massachusetts from federal changes to birth control coverage under Obamacare, protecting a woman's right to free contraception in a move that supp…

Public Safety

Patient advocates heartened by Baker's latest opioid bill » Cape Cod Times Gov. Charlie Baker's latest bill to improve addiction treatment and prevention services requires that treatment centers not discriminate against patients on MassHealth. That aspect of the measure has …

State Government

Lee Harrison: Exposing Charlie Baker's con » Berkshire Eagle A lot of people admire our governor, the impeccable Charlie Baker. After all, he has boyish good looks, smiles a lot, and talks softly. As such many regard him as a moderating force, the "grown-up in …

Charlie Baker calls for review of pols' lawyer costs » Boston Herald Secretive taxpayer-funded attorneys fees paid to outside law firms for matters involving state lawmakers and staff need to be examined — and possibly ended — Gov. Charlie Baker said yest…

PHOTO ID NOW REQUIRED TO ENTER MAJOR STATE OFFICE BUILDING » State House News Service Visitors to any of the state agencies in the McCormack Building across Bowdoin Street from the State House now have to show a photo ID to enter, part of a new policy that took effect Monday. …

Transportation

MBTA financial board approves contract price for GLX » Wicked Local Cambridge After the MBTA Green Line Extension project team selected the design-build firm on Friday, the Financial Meeting and Control Board (FMCB) approved the contract price for GLX Constructors.…

State Rep: Proposed Wilmington Rail Project Needs To Be 'Buried' » Reading Patch State Rep. James Miceli (D-Wilmington) says the recently-released Surface Transportation Board study for the proposed New England Transrail in Woburn and Wilmington is just more evidence that the proj…

$1 billion Green Line Extension contract rewarded » Metro The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday awarded a $1.08 billion design and construction contract for the long-awaited Green Line Extension project, the most concrete step yet for a pr…

MBTA fiscal control panel signs off on $723 million contract for new fare collection system that allows use of smartphones » The Republican The MBTA fiscal control board on Monday agreed to a $723 million overhaul of the transit system's fare collection, which in a couple of years will allow riders to use their credit cards or smartphones…

MBTA control board green-lights 2 major contracts » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on Monday approved $1.8 billion to improve and expand service, the agency's biggest spending day in three years and a significant step toward delivering …

Conductor shortage: MBTA says staffing gaps top reason for delays » Boston Herald The MBTA's beleaguered commuter rail line — recently deemed the most breakdown-prone in the U.S. — is delaying trains and leaving commuters in the lurch because it doesn't have enough co…

'Misaligned switch' causes commuter line derailment, MBTA says » WCVB An MBTA commuter rail train derailed in Andover on Monday morning.…

The MBTA Is 97 Percent On Time, According to the New York Times » Boston Magazine The New York Times' deep dive into the many failures of the New York subway system, which was published this weekend, turned up some shocking data points. For one, we've learned that subway operators …

Cyr Proposes Specialty License Plate in Support of the Arts » Cape Cod Online Cape and Islands State Senator Julian Cyr has filed legislation at the State House which aims to help fund cultural programming while also allowing bay state drivers to show their support for the arts…

Utilities

POLITICO EXPLAINS Net Neutrality » Politico Magazine How was the Internet built? What are the rules of the digital road—and who decides what they are? What happens when Internet providers and content producers disagree? What is the future of the …

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Criminal Justice Reform Makes Its Way Through Massachusetts Legislature » WAMC

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

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

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

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

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