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10:30am Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

6:00pm Campaign Rally for Rep. John Velis

6:30pm Special Campaign Announcement for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Birthdays: Rep. Louis Kafka

Must-Reads

Instead of protecting John Conyers, Nancy Pelosi should speak up for his accusers » Boston Globe Let the woman who filed a sexual harassment complaint against Rep. John Conyers speak out and tell her story. …

The tax bill shouts, 'Greed!' » Boston Globe The tax cut effort is an exercise in greed and arrogance. The nation faces a fiscal crisis (rising debt, large deficits, and major budget needs such as infrastructure), a social crisis (falling income…

BOSTON COUNCILOR ZAKIM RUNNING FOR SECRETARY OF STATE » State House News Service The longest serving statewide elected official in Massachusetts will have a challenger for re-election in 2018, from within his own party. …

NURSE STAFFING BALLOT QUESTION ADDS TO 2018 HEALTH CARE POLICY MIX » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 27, 2017....The threat of ballot questions led the Legislature and Govs. Charlie Baker and Deval Patrick to pass health care laws in each of the past two legislative sessions…

A woman approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation. » The Washington Post A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses decepti…

At Event Honoring Native Americans, Trump Again Refers To Sen. Warren As 'Pocahontas' » WBUR President Trump used an event honoring Native American veterans Monday to take a shot at Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whom he has long derided as "Pocahontas," a term many find offensive.…

Charlie Baker announces re-election campaign » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker said today he will seek re-election in 2018, confirming the long-held belief he'd seek a second term with with an early-morning, no-frills announcement. …

"This was supposed to be an event to honor heroes, people who put it all on the line for our country, who, because of their incredible work, saved the lives of countless Americans and our allies," Warren said in an interview on MSNBC. "It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur."

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Reacting to President Donald Trump referring to her during a Native American ceremony.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Battenfeld: Trump win makes politics cool again » Boston Herald Give the credit — or blame — to President Trump, but running for office is suddenly fashionable again in Massachusetts.…

Business

Deval Patrick had hand in Bain-backed firm acquired by Unilever » Boston Business Journal Former Gov. Deval Patrick got his first taste of private equity dealmaking at Bain Capital when the firm took a minority stake in Sundial Brands in 2015. It was the first deal involving Patrick since …

State Senate Task Force Focused on Strengthening Local Retailers to Meet in Hyannis » Cape Cod Online A State Senate Task Force will be hosting a meeting in Hyannis next Monday on how to strengthen local retailers and improve the area economy.…

Crimes

Handicapped parking cheats will face stiffer penalties in Mass. » Boston Globe

Education

Seeking plaintiffs, Brockton education equity lawsuit chugs ahead » The Enterprise A looming effort by the city's school district to force the state government to reform the way it supports public education is gaining more steam.…

Gov. Charlie Baker signs bilingual education bill into law » WWLP 22 BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill into law last week that allows students to participate in programs where they learn in both their native language and English.…

Secrecy around schools audit draws concern » Boston Globe For at least five months, Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang has been keeping critical findings of an IRS audit from the public and did not divulge any details to the School Committee until a reporter …

BPS under scrutiny for under-the-table payments » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh is promising full disclosure of how much money Boston Public Schools workers were paid under the table through cash taken from student activity funds, but a parent watchdog is de…

Lawmakers Get Firsthand Look At School Breakfast Program » Marlborough Patch

Environment

Boston Begins Effort To Become Carbon Neutral By 2050 » WBUR The city of Boston on Tuesday launches Carbon Free Boston, which officials describe as the city's next step to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. …

Watershed area on Yokun Ridge now under permanent conservation restriction » Berkshire Eagle

Federal

Uncertainty at the agency Elizabeth Warren helped create » Boston Globe Employees at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau returned to work after Thanksgiving break Monday to an unusual scenario: They had two bosses, separated by an ideological gulf, who were battling …

The GOP Tax Bills Are Infrastructure Bills Too. Here's Why. » Governing Congressional Republicans are pushing a major overhaul of the country's tax code. Many of the ideas they're debating could have a big impact on infrastructure. …

Trump Called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” at a Ceremony for Native American Veterans » Boston Magazine Our rambling president sparked outrage when he was supposed to honor World War II "code talkers" at the White House. …

Welfare Programs Appear Safe From Trump's Cuts, for Now » Governing

Health Care

Mayor close to choosing ambulance firm » Wicked Local Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund said he could award a contract “any day” to an ambulance firm that would provide emergency medical service in serviceWeymouth after an evaluation committee reviews bid…

Nurse staffing issue looks headed to 2018 ballot » Lowell Sun

Housing

Bill would help homeless youth get an ID » The Sun Chronicle Homeless and wandering through several area towns, a local teenager needed help. But some services and support networks required an identification card — something he could not apply for withou…

Human Services

MEMA and Teamsters Local 25 delivering 264 pallets of relief goods to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico » The Republican The Teamsters Local 25 has partnered with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to deliver hundreds of pallets of water, diapers, food and other goods to Puerto Rico this week. …

After uncertainty, Massachusetts gets heating assistance funds » Wicked Local Despite threats that funding would be eliminated in President Donald Trump's preliminary budget, the state's home heating program will continue to keep low-income families warm this year, just as temp…

Legislative

Sen. Cyr to Hold Several Sessions This Week to Meet with Constituents » Cape Cod Online Cape and Islands State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) will be holding several sessions this week to meet with constituents.…

Sen. Stan Rosenberg: The fewer the ballot questions, the better » The Republican

Local Government

OUR VIEW: A gracious Heroux is a good move for Attleboro » The Sun Chronicle Paul Heroux began his time as Attleboro's mayor-elect with a misstep. He has quickly corrected himself.…

What we are working on 11/28/2017 (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun It's Monday, Nov. 27. Here is some of what Sun staffers and other news providers are working on for lowellsun.com and Tuesday's print edition.…

TEDx North Adams Features 11 Speakers at Mohawk Theater » iBerkshires

Marijuana

Mattapoisett Planning Board holding marijuana public forum » Sippican Village Soup

Opinion

Letter: Thank you, volunteers » Gloucester Times The real meaning of Thanksgiving was on full display at the Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion Post No. 3 on Thanksgiving Day. There, more than 100 volunteers, old, young, single and many families w…

Letter: Where is compromise on museum plan? » Berkshire Eagle State Senator Adam Hinds' offer to play a role in ending the dispute between the trustees of the Berkshire Museum and the opponents of the art auction seems both naive and self-serving (Eagle, Nov. 22…

Politics

City councilor takes on William Galvin » Boston Herald Boston city councilor Josh Zakim is launching a challenge to fellow Democrat and longtime Secretary of State William F. Galvin, setting up a potentially tense — and rare — primary for th…

Long-time social worker enters Attleboro rep race » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — Democrat Ty Waterman, a longtime social worker, has entered the race to succeed Paul Heroux as state representative.…

Republican Attorney General Candidate Visits Berkshires » iBerkshires Jay McMahon wouldn't want a "bump stock" on his rifle…

Baker's popularity is sky-high, but could Trump weigh him down? » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker's popularity is off the charts, his appeal cuts across party lines, and his fund-raising prowess is unparalleled in state history.…

Touting Lowell links, Bedford's Malone enters congressional race » Wicked Local Littleton A bank vice president who came to the United States as a Cambodian refugee is the latest entrant into the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, bringing the Democratic field up to a dozen.…

Longtime Massachusetts elections overseer Bill Galvin to face 2018 challenge from Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim » The Republican Weeks after voters sent him back to the Boston City Council for a two-year term, Josh Zakim is gearing up for a 2018 campaign against Bill Galvin, the longtime Massachusetts secretary of state and a f…

Galvin draws Democratic challengers » The Salem News BOSTON — Secretary of State William Galvin, who is the longest-serving official elected statewide, has drawn challengers from his own party for the first time in years.…

In 2018, Gov. Charlie Baker will seek four more years, advisor says » Wicked Local Boston

Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg: I will support the Democrat for governor » MassLive

Rosenberg wishes Baker luck, says he'll back Democrat challenger » Boston Herald

Public Health

Home care registry bill signed by Baker » Worcester Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed one bill creating a registry of home care workers and vetoed another that would have created a commission to explore ways to use a public health trauma registry to …

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey 'disappointed' Gov. Charlie Baker's opioid plan does not include more education » The Republican Attorney General Maura Healey said she is "disappointed" that Gov. Charlie Baker's opioid bill does not do more in terms of education about opioid addiction.…

Massachusetts governor unveils $110 million opioid bill » behavioral.net Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has introduced a new $110 million legislative package to aid in the state's efforts to fight the opioid crisis.…

No hearing date set yet for Baker's overdose death bill » Gloucester Times One of the toughest votes in the Massachusetts House this year occurred the evening of Nov. 14, when Democrats derailed a bid to toughen penalties for those who deal drugs that lead to overdose deaths…

No hearing date yet for Baker's overdose death bill » The Herald News

Public Safety

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- Baker wants drivers to put down phones » Wicked Local Wareham An estimated 51 million Americans were projected to travel more than 50 miles to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.…

Lawyer turns up heat on Troopergate defendants » Boston Herald

'It will take as long as it takes,' Gov. Baker says of investigation into altered Massachusetts State Police arrest report of Alli Bibaud » The Republican

State Government

Should maple syrup be the state's official sweetener? » The Recorder BOSTON — Maple syrup has long been a source of New England pride. So it might seem that a competition was on the horizon when Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, proposed a bill to make maple sy…

Peter Lucas: Where's Healey on sexual harassment at Statehouse? » Lowell Sun It is not that Martha Coakley is doing the work that Maura Healey won't do; it just seems that way. …

Gov. Charlie Baker visits Table Talk factory and reveals his favorite flavor pie » The Republican

Taxation

Council considers residential tax rate Tuesday » Eagle Tribune The city will have an updated tax rate Tuesday night. Whether people will pay more or less on their properties is anyone's guess.…

Transportation

Baker signing parking abuse bill into law today » Gloucester Times BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker last week signed a bill strengthening penalties for misuse of handicapped parking placards and license plates and his only public event on Monday is a ceremonial sig…

New law cracks down on handicapped parking abuse » The Associated Press (AP) A new Massachusetts law is intended to crack down on people who fraudulently use handicapped license plates or placards to snag choice parking spaces.…

Green Line shutdowns coming for track repairs » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA's FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD on Monday gave staff the green light to periodically shut down chunks of the Green Line to replace entire stretches of track, which will enable the repai…

600 apartments, office building proposed for Quincy Center T station » Patriot Ledger QUINCY - The Quincy Center MBTA station could be home to more than 600 apartments, 225,000 square feet of commercial space and 600 parking spaces.…

Handicap placard fraud now a crime » Lowell Sun It's not a problem for you if it's not a problem for you. But if it's a problem for you, it's a big problem. …

T notes: Privatization proposal moving forward? » Commonwealth Magazine Control board puts Quincy Station project on hold …

T outlines rosy future on subways » Commonwealth Magazine New trains, maintenance strategy to dramatically improve service, capacity …

Utilities

Our view: Keep pressure on utilities to repair gas leaks » The Salem News Local environmentalists — including, notably, Marblehead state Rep. Lori Ehrlich — have been pushing for years to get National Grid and other utilities to plug the tens of thousands of …

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Press Releases

Partners HealthCare Launches New Center of Excellence » Partners Healthcare

How Can a 'Biological Opinion' Help North Atlantic Right Whales? » Conservation Law Foundation

Cleantech Open Northeast Accelerator Program Awards 2018’s Top Cleantech and Energy Startups » Northeast Clean Energy Council

U.S. SETS NEW RECORD FOR OIL PRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER MEETING VIRTUALLY ALL GLOBAL DEMAND GROWTH » Mass. Petroleum Council

MassDOT Commits Funds to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » MassDOT

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

More than Two Dozen NFIB Members Are Running for Office Across the Country » National Federation of Independent Business

Lt. Governor Polito Hosts Roundtable on Dangerousness » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Further Expands Access to Opioid Reversal Medication » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Warren, Markey Query Columbia Gas On Uninhabitable Homes Following Merrimack Valley Disaster » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Commends MassDOT Commitment to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Urges FDA to Deny Approval of Powerful Opioid Dsuvia, Cites Warning of Committee Chair » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Suspending Military Aid & Sales to Saudi Government following Khashoggi Disappearance » Congressman Jim McGovern

McGovern Statement on Apparent Murder of Jamal Khashoggi » Congressman Jim McGovern

Educators' Voices Are Influential on Ballot Questions » Massachusetts Teachers Association

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL COST LOCAL BREWERIES, WINERIES » Climate Action Business Association


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