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11:00am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Dean Tran with Gov. Charlie Baker

7:00pm North-South Rail Link Meeting, Quincy High School, Adams Lecture Hall, 100 Coddington Street, Quincy

Must-Reads

Baker, rivals likely to spar over progress on priorities » State House News Service A pie factory served as the setting for Gov. Charlie Baker to make his re-election campaign official on Tuesday, vowing that with another four years he will be able to build on the progress he said hi…

Rosenberg suggests effort to keepsales tax cut off ballot » State House News Service When Senate President Stanley Rosenberg votes in next year's statewide election, he plans to fill in the bubble for the Democratic nominee for governor and see his own name on the ballot again.…

What the Tax Bill Would Look Like for 25,000 Middle-Class Families » New York Times We modeled taxes for 25,000 middle-class families. Here's how the Senate bill would affect each of them.…

Massachusetts Senate sexual harassment cases involved intern, visitor » The Republican The two sexual harassment cases investigated by Massachusetts Senate staff over the last three years involved an intern and a visitor to the building, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said …

Senate President Stan Rosenberg will seek third term as Senate president » The Republican Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, plans to run for reelection and will seek a third two-year term as Senate president in 2018. …

Trump's "Pocahontas" comment wasn't a racial slur » CBS News I was a Boston radio talk host in 2012 when the Elizabeth Warren/Native American heritage story broke, and I had the perfect nickname for her: "Faux-cahontas."…

Trump retweets inflammatory and unverified anti-Muslim videos » The Washington Post President Trump Wednesday shared three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos on Twitter posted by a far-right British activist. …

Baker Bill Seeks To Shield Sexting Teens From Felony Charges » WGBH News The Legislature is considering updating the state's child pornography laws to shield minors who trade exposed shots of themselves with peers, a legal distinction Gov. Baker and prosecutors say is nece…

Sen. Stan Rosenberg: The fewer the ballot questions, the better » The Republican As the number of 2018 ballot questions is being narrowed down, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said he hopes the Legislature can act on some of the proposed questions. …

“We’ve accomplished a lot together, but there’s more work to do: That’s why I’m running for re-election as your Governor,”

Governor Charlie Baker

Announcing his campaign to seek re-election.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Hillary Clinton decries Republicans » Boston Herald Hillary Clinton in Boston last night called the GOP tax bill an “abomination,” skewered President Trump for “playing right into Russia's hands” and blamed Fox News for alterin…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Trump has "no authority" to appoint interim CFPB boss » Marketplace Despite a challenge in federal court to his legal authority, President Trump's choice to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has now instituted a freeze on hiring and new rulemaking at the w…

Business

Michael Dell says EMC merger working out better than expected » Boston Globe The $60 billion mega-merger of Dell and EMC is now more than a year in the books.…

Shoppers are shopping, and retailers feel holiday cheer » Boston Globe After a year that saw sluggish sales and a record number of store closures, more shoppers than expected turned out for the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season, and Monday was projected to…

Slice of Seaport sidewalk selling for nearly $2 million » Boston Globe In the ever-more-expensive Seaport district, even the sidewalks can come at a steep price.…

Boston Scientific loses $3B in value prior to announcing product delay » Boston Business Journal The drop came after the Marlborough medical device maker cancelled a scheduled appearance at an investor conference in New York, and before it announced a delay in commercializing its Lotus valve syst…

Chicago wants to give over $1 billion in taxes from workers at Amazon's new headquarters back to Amazon » Business Insider Chicago, Illinois wants Amazon to build its second headquarters in the city. …

Education

Tax reform bills would destabilize universities, UMass says » Gloucester Times If the tax code overhaul expected for a vote in the U.S. Senate this week passes, it would threaten the financial stability of universities, stifle research and financially harm graduate students and …

Massachusetts Commits to Digital Education and Lifelong Learning » ELearning Inside News Earlier this month, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said that he plans to establish a Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning. …

Environment

Boston City Council passes citywide plastic bag ban » Boston Business Journal

Health Care

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joins 18 other state prosecutors in opposing proposed contraceptive coverage rollback » The Republican Referring to birth control as basic preventative medical care, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and 18 of her counterparts in other states on Tuesday hit President Donald Trump's efforts to…

Starr Health Center funding veto overridden » Wicked Local Malden Gov. Charles Baker vetoed $100,000 in funding for the Starr Center at Malden High School. Increased access to health care for the student population leads to better health, better grades and a better …

Judiciary

Law enforcement backs bill diverting teen sexting cases » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker's bill to divert teen sexting cases to an educational program instead of hitting kids with felony charges got the backing of law enforcement officials in a State House hearing yeste…

Baker's rejected bench prospect faces domestic abuse charge » Boston Globe A controversial Gloucester lawyer, who cleared Governor Charlie Baker's judicial vetting process but was rejected by the state bar, is facing domestic abuse charges after his wife obtained a restraini…

For teen 'sexting' cases, lawmakers consider diversion over prosecution » The Republican Under current Massachusetts law, if a teenage girl sends a naked picture of herself to her boyfriend, and he forwards it to his friend, all of them can be found guilty of possessing or distributing ch…

Massachusetts Senate Approves Criminal Justice Reform Bill » Correctional News

Labor

Labor council hopes to make contractors pay in Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item If a group of union organizers gets their way, contractors who violate the state's labor laws would be barred from doing business with the city.…

Legislative

Rep. Day secures funding for district improvements » Daily Times Chronicle State Representative Michael Day (D-Stoneham) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass H. 4018, legislation authorizing the issuance of $3.7 billion in state-backed bonds dedicate…

Senate President Stan Rosenberg will seek third term as Senate president » MassLive Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, plans to run for reelection and will seek a third two-year term as Senate president in 2018. …

Local Government

Boston paid nearly $1 million in penalties after IRS audit » Boston Globe The City of Boston paid nearly $1 million in penalties to the federal government after an IRS audit revealed wide-ranging problems with the city's payrolls, from schools paying stipends to individual…

East Longmeadow Town Council to hear veterans memorial proposal » The Republican At a Town Council meeting tonight, members of the East Longmeadow Veterans Memorial Committee will officially propose the installation of a memorial plaza in town.…

Bill Bontempi, chairman of Hampden-Wilbraham school board, pushing ballot vote on regional middle school plan » The Republican Last year's failed attempt to merge middle school students from Hampden with middle school students from Wilbraham may get another shot if Dr. Bill Bontempi, chairman of the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional…

Open meeting complaint filed against Worcester school planning panel » Worcester Telegram A former city School Committee member has filed an open meeting complaint against a local strategic school planning committee, arguing the panel has neglected to follow the state's public transparency…

Marijuana

Athol considering retail marijuana zoning and bylaws » The Recorder The town's planning and community development director has asked members of a recreational marijuana zoning workgroup to submit to him by Dec. 6 ideas for specific details of a marijuana bylaw.…

Massachusetts marijuana and gambling under one roof: Cannabis Commission moving into same office space as state gaming agency » The Republican Massachusetts is undergoing a cultural change from its Puritan roots, with resort casinos due to open in Springfield and just outside Boston in the next two years. State officials are also preparing f…

Retail Pot Will Be Topic Of Forum In New Marlborough » WAMC New Marlborough, Massachusetts is the latest Berkshire County municipality to consider whether to allow marijuana shops. …

Worcester panel favors 15 pot shops at most, and 3% local tax on marijuana sales » Worcester Telegram A City Council standing committee favors limiting the number of establishments selling recreational marijuana in the city to 15 and having a 3 percent local tax assessed on their sales.…

East Longmeadow becomes latest Massachusetts town to ban recreational marijuana cultivation and sales » The Republican

Opinion

Carr: Stuck with a Dem in governor's race » Boston Herald I don't know what's more disappointing, that all of us will have no choice except to vote to re-elect Charlie Baker next year, or that Tall Deval knows that we have nowhere to go.…

The secrets of Governor Charlie Baker » Boston Globe Public records, especially the governor's, should belong to the public.…

A tax on the American Dream » Boston Globe Equipped with de-identified tax records, economist Raj Chetty and his team at the Equality of Opportunity Project have provided the hard numbers to confirm what many have long feared: Upward income m…

The 'Weinstein effect' hits a wall » Boston Globe Nancy Pelosi has seen the light — or, more likely, the glare of a backlash ignited when she defended a fellow Democrat, Representative John Conyers, against multiple allegations of sexual misco…

Letter to the Editor: It is time to prove that animal cruelty is a serious crime » The Herald News Richard Medeiros, along with five of his tenant farmers, reappeared at Fall River Superior Court on Nov. 17 for another pre-trail hearing.…

Editorial: APR program has successfully protected farmland » Gazette Net Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to adopt Agricultural Preservation Restriction legislation, 40 years ago. …

Charlie, the Donalds, & "Virtually Certain Unknown Unknowns" » Mass Politics Profs The Globe's Frank Phillips has weighed in on the question of how Donald Trump's presidency might impact the 2018 Massachusetts governor's race.With the help of MassPoliticsProf Peter Ubertaccio, Gover…

County code of conduct » Cape Cod Times

Politics

Flores announces bid for state Senate » The Barnstable Patriot Republican John Flores recently announced his candidacy for the state Senate seat representing Cape Cod and the Islands for the Nov. 6, 2018, election.…

Hill on Hill for All Beacon Hill Votes » The Local News BOSTON – Assistant House Minority Leader Brad Hill (R-Ipswich) has been congratulated by his boss for his “perfect voting record.”…

Attleboro state rep race getting crowded » The Sun Chronicle It's starting to get crowded in the race to succeed Paul Heroux as state representative.…

Boston Councilor Zakim Running For Secretary Of State » WBUR The longest serving statewide elected official in Massachusetts will have a challenger for re-election in 2018, from within his own party.…

GOP Senate candidate Geoff Diehl launches campaign bus tour across Massachusetts » The Republican State Rep. Geoff Diehl, R-Whitman, announced Tuesday that he will bring his 2018 U.S. Senate campaign to voters all across Massachusetts through a statewide "Diehl on Wheels" bus tour.…

Charlie Baker announces aim for second term » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker will seek a second four-year term in 2018, the moderate Republican announced yesterday without fanfare. “We've accomplished a lot together, but there's more work to do: That'…

A Fellow Democrat Says It's Time for Secretary William Galvin to Go » Boston Magazine For more than 20 years, Secretary William Galvin has overseen Massachusetts' elections, lobbyists, and public records. And now Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim says his time is up.…

Geoffrey Diehl dodges on Liz Warren » Boston Herald Republican state Rep. Geoffrey G. Diehl, who is running to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, sidestepped questions yesterday about President Trump's decision to mock his opponent by referring to her …

As Expected, Baker Announces Re-Election Campaign » WBUR With a new video and a new Twitter handle, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Tuesday announced they are running for re-election next year. …

Stan Rosenberg Will Not Back Charlie Baker's Reelection Bid » Boston Magazine

Candidates for state Senate seat outline their priorities » The Landmark

Governor Baker Not Giving Up On Electing Massachusetts Republicans » New Boston Post

Public Health

Prostitution bill would legalize sex work, sponsor says » The Salem News BOSTON – Prostitution would be decriminalized in Massachusetts under a bill that Rep. Kay Khan hopes will focus law enforcement attention on people who buy sex and those who exploit sex workers…

UMass to vaccinate all undergraduates against meningitis; CDC rules 2 diagnosed cases an 'outbreak' » The Republican The University of Massachusetts will begin a massive vaccination campaign against meningitis after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that two diagnosed cases should be consider…

Family seeks screenings for young athletes » Gloucester Times James and Chelsea Rosato don't know what caused the death of their 8-year-old son, J.J., who passed away in his sleep nearly two years ago. But they say routine medical screenings might have detected …

Questions arise over profession spawned by opioid crisis: recovery coaches » Boston Globe As he emerged from the grip of addiction three years ago, Derek saw how complicated recovery would be: programs to navigate, calls to make, forms to fill out, court dates to attend. All that on top of…

Public Safety

Troopergate suit targets defendants individually as well as professionally » Boston Herald Past and present brass at the state police and members of the Worcester DA's office are now being sued individually — as well as professionally — as part of the Troopergate scandal, cour…

Trooper lawsuit targets Worcester DA's office » Worcester Telegram & Gazette One of the two federal lawsuits filed against top state police officials, involving accusations that troopers were told to alter records detailing the arrest of a judge's daughter, was amended Tuesday…

Lawyer for troopers suing Massachusetts State Police over scrubbed arrest report says he believes Judge Timothy Bibaud » The Republican Leonard Kesten, the attorney representing two troopers suing Massachusetts State Police after their supervisors demanded they change the arrest report of a judge's daughter, said he believes the woman…

In wake of USA gymnastics scandal, Massachusetts bill would close loophole in cases of sexual assault by doctors » The Republican Following a high-profile case of sexual abuse by a USA Gymnastics team doctor, lawmakers in Massachusetts will consider a bill criminalizing sexual assault by medical professionals who are pretending …

Massachusetts bill could put medical professionals in prison for sexual assault » WWLP 22 BOSTON (WWLP)—We trust our doctors to care for us on a wide range of issues, including some procedures that can be private or uncomfortable. But what can you do if you think a doctor or medical…

Others were involved in orders to redact arrest report of judge's daughter, lawyer for troopers suing State Police brass says » The Republican

Governor Baker honors Lowell firefighters » Boston Globe

State Government

Baker: Massachusetts ideal to host Army modernization effort » The Associated Press (AP) Gov. Charlie Baker is pitching Massachusetts as the best place for the Army to locate its new modernization efforts.…

State Senate Harassment Reports Involved Intern, Visitor, Rosenberg Says » WBUR Neither of the two sexual harassment reports Senate officials have fielded in the last three years involve allegations against lawmakers, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said Tuesday. Rosenberg sai…

Baker sees education, housing, MBTA as term two priorities » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker confirmed Tuesday that he will seek a second term in 2018, vowing that with another four years he will be able to continue on the progress he said his administration has made to gro…

THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT PUBLIC RECORDS ACCESS UNDER NEW MASS LAW » Dig Boston The updated Massachusetts public records law is worse than I predicted, and I basically predicted doom. …

Where's Healey on sexual harassment at Statehouse? » Sentinel & Enterprise It is not that Martha Coakley is doing the work that Maura Healey won't do; it just seems that way. …

Taxation

Rosenberg suggests effort to keep sales tax cut off ballot » Lowell Sun When Senate President Stanley Rosenberg votes in next year's statewide election, he plans to fill in the bubble for the Democratic nominee for governor and see his own name on the ballot again.…

Transportation

Beverly parking plan may force commuters to pay » The Salem News The city is set to roll out a new parking plan this spring that is intended to address downtown parking issues, but may also force commuters into the MBTA garage.…

Placard law drives stiff penalties » Boston Herald People misusing handicapped license plates or placards will get hit with hefty fines — or even lengthy license suspensions — under a new tough-on-fraud law aimed at stopping parking lot …

Utilities

Cape Wind fight spins on » Cape Cod Times Opponents of the stalled Cape Wind project have appealed a federal agency's decision to allow the offshore wind energy developer to maintain its long-term federal lease in Nantucket Sound, where the c…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

TEDx North Adams Features 11 Speakers at Mohawk Theater » iBerkshires

Mattapoisett Planning Board holding marijuana public forum » Sippican Village Soup

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

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

Lawmakers Get Firsthand Look At School Breakfast Program » Marlborough Patch

Lawyer turns up heat on Troopergate defendants » Boston Herald

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

'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

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

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

Nurse staffing issue looks headed to 2018 ballot » Lowell Sun

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Boston Harbor Distillery

Ingredients

3 oz Putnam New England Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
1 dash Grenadine
3 dash Orange Bitters
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Directions

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