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Today on Beacon Hill

11:00am ACLU & Committee for Public Counsel Services Press Conference, ACLU of Mass., 211 Congress Street, 4th Floor, Boston

11:00am Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Women for Deb Goldberg Fundraiser

6:30pm Beth Lindstrom - Candidate for U.S. Senate

7:00pm Reception for U.S. House Candidate Randy 'Ironstache' Bryce with Rep. Katherine Clark

Birthdays: Senator Michael Rush

Must-Reads

What this Pocahontas descendant & Mar-a-Lago member thinks about Trump » Palm Beach Daily News Debbie “White Dove” Porreco, a descendant of Pocahontas and a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club, said she told Trump during his presidential campaign last year that she's not offended by h…

Could Joe Scarborough Sue President Trump for Libel? » Politico Magazine Almost lost amid the furor surrounding President Donald Trump's widely condemned promotion Wednesday morning of anti-Muslim videos was the president's suggestion that his current media nemesis, Joe Sc…

House 2018: Less Than a Year Out, Race for Control Is a Coin Flip » Sabato's Crystal Ball We're a little bit past the halfway point between the last national election, in 2016, and the next national election, in 2018. In that time, the Democrats' chances of winning the House have only seem…

New faces as state preps for fiscal 2019 budget cycle kickoff » State House News Service On the heels of difficult House and Senate talks this fall over a $129 million supplemental budget bill, a new team of state budget writers plans to assemble next week, formally calling economists and…

No serious lawmaker should support this tax bill » The Washington Post Proponents of the Republican tax bill claim it will pay for itself with increased growth. But what if that growth doesn't materialize? To mollify colleagues concerned about the bill's deficit impact, …

9 questions still unanswered about the scrubbed arrest report of Massachusetts judge's daughter » MassLive Days after two Massachusetts State Police troopers leveled federal lawsuits against the law enforcement agency alleging that supervisors pressured them into altering an arrest report, Col. Richard McK…

US Prosecutors Quietly Tweak Extortion Charges Against Two Aides To Boston Mayor Walsh » WGBH News With the extortion trial of two aides to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh scheduled to begin early next year, federal prosecutors have quietly changed elements of the case against the duo, possibly to guard a…

Public payouts for harass claims not on table — yet » Boston Herald Senate President Stanley Rosenberg says a review of the state Senate's sexual harassment policies could examine whether taxpayers should be on the hook when it comes to paying out settlements for misc…

Four men allege sexual misconduct by Senate president's husband » Boston Globe

“In the state system, it’s a very complicated situation when a person is elected by the public,” Rosenberg said. “It’s the public who can remove them in the next election. An individual, if they are found to have done something inappropriate, they would have to do the right thing on their own. We can censure them. We have reprimanded them. We can take away their chairmanship. But we can’t take away their seat.”

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg

Speaking about the review of the state Senate’s sexual harassment policies.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Massachusetts lawmaker slams reported $17.2 million in congressional settlement payments, urges Congress to protect victims » MassLive Following several high-profile allegations of sexual harassment and abuse on Capitol Hill, one Massachusetts lawmaker took issue this week with the reported $17.2 million spent on congressional settle…

Business

CEOs don't buy the trickle-down promises of the tax bill » Boston Globe Republicans are pushing tax plans that only corporate America and the rich could love. Or so we thought.…

Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting named 2017 Massachusetts Retailer of the Year » Wicked Local Salem Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting recently received the prestigious Massachusetts Retailer of the Year Award from the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.…

Somerville contends to host second Amazon headquarters » The Tufts Daily The City of Somerville sent in a bid last month to host Amazon's planned second headquarters, proposing a transit-oriented campus running through areas of Somerville, Cambridge, Boston, Everett, Chels…

Lt. Gov. Polito lauds business efforts to combat domestic violence » Worcester Telegram A space to make a private call or a room to meet with a lawyer is a small offering an employer can provide to a worker who's a victim of domestic violence.…

Crimes

Massachusetts moves to criminalize revenge porn; prison, fines proposed » Worcester Telegram Members of Gov. Charlie Baker's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence pushed to modernize Massachusetts law for the digital age, testifying in favor of a bill that would criminalize …

Education

Walsh blames Chang for not telling him about IRS audit » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh blamed Superintendent Tommy Chang on Wednesday for not informing him sooner about the mismanagement of student activity accounts found in an IRS audit.…

Parents, officials lash out at Chang, some call for new evaluation » Boston Herald Parents last night demanded greater accountability from Superintendent Tommy Chang after he fumbled the disclosure of an embarrassing IRS audit, suggesting the School Committee should revisit his job …

Longmeadow middle schools to participate in Hour of Code » The Republican Superintendent Martin O'Shea and state Sen. Eric Lesser will be on hand at Longmeadow's middle schools Dec. 4 as they participate in Hour of Code.…

Passing the buck(s) » WBUR It's not exactly as if they were deviously cooking the books at Boston City Hall and the Boston Public Schools. It's more like someone lost track of all the index cards and napkins where some financia…

Environment

Boston is close to banning plastic bags at stores » Boston Globe Boston is poised to ban single-use plastic bags at checkout lines, putting the city in stride with 59 other communities in Massachusetts and hundreds across the nation, from Cambridge and Brookline, t…

National Park Service eyes 'critical' rate hikes » Cape Cod Times Those visiting the Cape Cod National Seashore next summer may have to dig deeper in their pocketbooks to get through the gate.…

Taunton to receive state grant to help offset cost of recycling carts » Taunton Gazette The city is in line to receive up to $210,000 from the state's Department of Environmental Protection, Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr. told the City Council Tuesday night.…

A First Among States, California Plugs the 'Carbon Loophole' » Governing The new Buy Clean California Act is the world's first legislative effort to address supply chain carbon emissions. …

Amesbury to receive $352K from EPA for Lake Attitash » Newburyport News Amesbury will receive $352,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help reduce frequent harmful algal blooms in Lake Attitash, according to information released by the Baker administratio…

To Show How Climate Change Is Affecting Boston Harbor, This Artist Uses A Popsicle Taste Test » WBUR Artist Evelyn Rydz stands in the lobby of Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art holding a green popsicle, trying to convince a museum employee to taste it. …

More notice sought for sewer overflows » Newburyport News

Beacon Hill Plastic Bag Ban Bill Still Idling in Legislative Committee » New Boston Post

Federal

The Finance 202: Trump and GOP blowing through yellow lights on way to massive tax overhaul » The Washington Post Senate Republicans are blowing through several yellow lights on their way to approving their enormous tax package. …

Health Care

Cambridge firm has high hopes for diagnostic test for cancer » Boston Globe It's long been one of the most vexing questions for doctors who treat cancer.…

Settlement reached over data breach that affected more than 2,600 schoolchildren » Worcester Telegram Attorney General Maura Healey has obtained a judgment against a Medicaid-billing company after a data breach put more than 2,600 Massachusetts schoolchildren at risk of identity theft and fraud, the a…

Mass. braces for possible loss of federal funding for children's health program » Boston Globe Massachusetts is on track to run out of money in January for a federal program that provides health coverage for 172,000 children in the state unless Congress moves quickly to approve new funding.…

State obtains judgment in data breach affecting Plainville, Norfolk and Foxboro students » The Sun Chronicle Attorney General Maura Healey has obtained a judgment against a Medicaid billing company following a computer data breach impacting students at 13 school districts, including Plainville, Norfolk and F…

How exactly would single-payer health care work? » CBS News

Judiciary

Gov. Charlie Baker nominates Jane Mulqueen of Hampden DA's office as Superior Court judge, David Griffin of Boston as Juvenile Court associate justice » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday nominated Jane Mulqueen to be a Superior Court judge.…

Judge nominee Jane Mulqueen specializes in prosecuting murder, abuse cases with child victims » MassLive Jane Mulqueen, the governor's latest judicial nominee, is a prosecutor handling some of the most complex child abuse and child death cases in Hampden Superior Court.…

That group that tried to sting The Washington Post? It's suing the DA in Boston » Boston Globe Project Veritas, the group that was apparently caught red-handed this week trying to dupe The Washington Post, is challenging the legality of a Massachusetts law that makes it a crime to secretly reco…

Khan bill would decriminalize prostitution » Wicked Local Newton 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. …

Council vets nominee to lead Mass. Appeals Court » State House News Service Mark Green, who was tapped to lead the Appeals Court, has pioneered technological upgrades there already and wants the court to become more networked.…

Rep., panel outline case for legal prostitution » The Herald News 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.…

DA's office files to vacate drug convictions due to tampering at Amherst Lab » The Recorder

Lawmakers appointed to negotiate landmark criminal justice bill » State House News Service

More than 6,000 Massachusetts drug cases will be dismissed due to Sonja Farak misconduct » The Republican

Conference committee gets to work on landmark criminal justice bill » Berkshire Eagle

Labor

Workers advocates want line-of-duty death benefit extended to all public-sector workers » WWLP 22 News

Legislative

State senate president to address newspaper publishers group » The Associated Press (AP) Democratic Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg is set to address the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association at a time of increased scrutiny of the public's acce…

Rosenberg hails Senate's work, eyes minimum wage hike cautiously » Gazette Net A session during which the Massachusetts Senate adopted a long-awaited criminal justice reform measure, amended the voter-approved recreational marijuana law and ensured women in the state will contin…

Local Government

Why Every Mayor Should Consider Launching a Policy Lab » Governing As D.C. is demonstrating, it's a way to use evidence and rigorous research to produce better outcomes. …

Federal Approval Sought to Privatize Services at Route 6 Rest Area » Capecod.com Barnstable County officials are taking a step which could lead to the privatization of services provided to motorists at the Route 6 eastbound rest area in Barnstable.…

MassDevelopment votes to manage New Bedford State Pier » South Coast Today

Marijuana

Norfolk County leaders meet to discuss new pot law » Wicked Local Braintree Regional leaders, including Braintree Rep. Mark Cusack, D-Braintree, gathered to discuss implementation of the state's new law regulating marijuana at an inaugural 'Norfolk County Seminar Series' foru…

Cannabis Commission needs cash » Sentinel & Enterprise The Cannabis Control Commission will run out of money in early 2018 unless the Legislature appropriates more funding for the state's newest regulatory agency, but its chairman is confident the money w…

Sessions Hints That Crackdown on Recreational Marijuana Is Coming » Governing Attorney General Jeff Sessions hinted Wednesday that the Justice Department may take a tougher stance on recreational marijuana in the near future, a change in policy that would have a significant imp…

Opinion

Amazon needs higher education. So does everyone else » Boston Globe It's easy to see why most handicappers of the competition for Amazon's second headquarters put Boston high on the list of likely winners. …

Harassment firings turn the spotlight on press » Boston Globe There's an old saying that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.…

Millions of jobs will soon be done by robots. And they don't pay taxes » Boston Globe Like an argument about fire safety in the midst of a rising flood, there's a jarring disconnect in Washington's tax reform debate. …

Jane Addams forum receives strong support (Letters) » MassLive As the organizer of the recent forum: Rediscovering Jane Addams in a Time of Crisis held at Edwards Church in Northampton on Veterans Day, I would like to thank State Rep. Aaron Vega, 5th Hampden Dist…

Health for the masses » Cape Cod Times Although many Republicans at the federal level remain obsessed with dismantling the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker seems equally adamant about prese…

Moran: Looks like smooth sailing for Gov. Baker » The Herald News Throughout the country, Republicans who hold office or seek office are being peppered with the same question. Whether they run for Congress, county commissioner, or tree warden, GOP candidates from se…

Our Opinion: Baker enters campaign in position of strength » Berkshire Eagle Governor Charlie Baker's announcement Tuesday that he will run for another term in 2018 is no surprise, although it has historic significance for Massachusetts — especially if he sticks around …

Bogus service animals should be brought to heel » Eagle Tribune Days after Gov. Charlie Baker put his name on a legal hammer for people misusing handicapped parking placards, lawmakers should consider reviving efforts to deal with another repugnant group of poseur…

Editorial: Yes, it's a big deal » Boston Herald One thing that angers taxpayers is when public officials pat them on the head and tell them there's nothing to worry about — when it's obvious that there is.…

Battenfeld: Marty Walsh plays coy in BPS IRS boondoggle » Boston Herald So the city of Boston shells out a nearly $1 million fine to the IRS on Election Day and Mayor Marty Walsh doesn't notice?…

Water protection trust needs our support now » Cape Cod Times I write in support of the Cape Cod Water Protection Trust Fund and its advancement in the state legislative process. …

Politics

Running for re-election, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker must contend with President Donald Trump » MassLive A year out from the 2018 election, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is in a strong position to win re-election. But the biggest wild card he faces may be 400 miles away and out of his control -- Republic…

Baker stumps for GOP candidates in state » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker has distanced himself from national politics, but put a good deal of energy during his nearly three years in office, without much success, into the work of getting Republicans elect…

Setti Warren undaunted by Charlie Baker's popularity » Boston Herald Newton Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren appeared yesterday on Boston Herald Radio's “Rundown” program, where he reacted to news that Gov. Charlie Baker will be run…

Rivera formally endorses Matias for 3rd District seat » Eagle Tribune Mayor Daniel Rivera is formally endorsing state Rep. Juana Matias in her bid for Congress.…

Governor pushes hard for Republican Tran in race » Sentinel & Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker has distanced himself from national politics but put a good deal of energy during his nearly three years in office -- without much success -- into the work of getting Republicans el…

Public Health

An ad campaign against opioid addiction is drawing criticism » Boston Globe Federal officials in Boston unveiled a multimedia ad campaign Wednesday about the risks of using opioids — and immediately ran into controversy as addiction specialists assailed the ads as stig…

Health Advocates Express Concern about '4G' Radiation » O'Dwyers Health advocates are asking consumers to take a close look at “4G” Wi-Fi transmissions, saying they raise health concerns. “4G,” also known as “Fourth Generation” a…

Public Safety

Evans: Sexual Harassment Not A 'Serious Issue' In The BPD, Few Cases Result In Firings » WGBH News Police Commissioner Bill Evans says the Boston police force has dealt internally with several cases of inappropriate misconduct within the past two years, though it's “not a serious problem 

State police captain texted superiors 36 min. after arrest of Alli Bibaud, daughter of Worcester County judge whose arrest report was altered » The Republican

State police captain swiftly texted boss about arrest of judge's daughter » Boston Herald

State Government

Governor's Council confirms Robert Santaniello, Paul Pino for district court judgeships » MassLive The Governor's Council confirmed two nominees for district court judgeships Wednesday.…

Local female legislators speak out about sex-abuse allegations at Statehouse » Sentinel & Enterprise As allegations of misogyny and sexual harassment swirl both inside and outside of the Massachusetts Statehouse, female lawmakers from the Lowell and Fitchburg areas said leaders on Beacon Hill should …

PUBLIC OFFICIALS of the YEAR - Marybel Batjer » Governing Marybel Batjer knows how to make big moves quickly. In just five weeks in 2013, she went from being vice president of Caesars Entertainment Corporation in Las Vegas to becoming California's first-ever…

Sexual Harassment Investigations Are Kept Secret in Wisconsin, and That's How Lawmakers Want It. » Governing The top Republican and Democrat in the Wisconsin Assembly Tuesday vowed to ensure there would be no sexual harassment in their house but said they would always oppose releasing the results of investig…

Rosenberg: Panel may review use of public funds for harassment claims » Boston Herald A review of sexual harassment policies in the state Senate could examine whether taxpayer dollars should be used to pay settlements for misconduct, Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg tol…

Transportation

Waiting on the T » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA HAS placed a high priority on customer service in recent months, but that apparently doesn't extend to the agency's CharlieCard store at the Downtown Crossing station, where the overflow of t…

Proponents advocate in Quincy for North-South Rail Link » Patriot Ledger They want to close the gap. That's why several dozen people turned out Wednesday night at Quincy High School to hear former Gov. Michael Dukakis and other advocates for the long-discussed North-South …

New State Policies — And A VW Settlement — Could Boost Electric Vehicles In Region » WBUR Environmentalists see the switch from combustion engine to electric cars as a powerful tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

Massachusetts Senate Approves Criminal Justice Reform Bill » Correctional News

Governor Baker honors Lowell firefighters » Boston Globe

County code of conduct » Cape Cod Times

Candidates for state Senate seat outline their priorities » The Landmark

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

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

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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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