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Franken faces pressure to quit as Democrats demand 'zero tolerance' for sexual misconduct » The Washington Post Sen. Al Franken, who until two weeks ago was one of the Democratic Party's brightest stars, is now fighting for political survival amid mounting allegations that he committed sexual abuse and a solidi…

Partners defends potential cost hikes in Mass. Eye proposal » Boston Globe Partners HealthCare and Massachusetts Eye and Ear on Thursday challenged the conclusions of a state watchdog agency that said Partners' acquisition of the specialty hospital would significantly raise …

We're All Part of Trump's Show » New York Times The truth about Trump is not that he's crazy. He's a narcissist and a neurotic with a feral talent for attracting the attention he craves.…

Tax bill could trigger historic spending cuts » Politico Magazine Republicans are on the verge of a massive tax overhaul that would hand President Donald Trump his first major legislative victory. But the $1.5 trillion tax package could trigger eye-popping cuts to a…

Chandler: Rosenberg to stay as Senate prez while investigator is brought in » State House News Service The Senate is taking the "unprecedented step" of bringing on an independent investigator to examine allegations that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner groped three men and kiss…

Grossman backs Koh in crowded CD3 Dem field » State House News Service Former state Treasurer Steve Grossman on Thursday endorsed Andover's Dan Koh, one of a dozen Democrats competing for the party nomination in the 2018 election to succeed Rep. Niki Tsongas, who is not …

Kimmel to Roy Moore: If 'you're challenging me to a fight ... I accept' » ABC News Jimmy Kimmel is ready for a fist fight with Roy Moore -- if it comes to that. …

After panel fails to meet, legislators extend deadline for group to look at expanding public records law » Boston Globe State lawmakers have approved a measure to give themselves an additional 11 months to complete a report about whether the new public records law should also be applied to the Legislature, the governor…

Senate to hire independent investigator in Hefner allegations » Boston Globe Senate leaders say they will hire an independent special investigator to look into allegations of sexual misconduct by Bryon Hefner, the husband of Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg. …

Morning Joe Hosts Invoke Cabinet to Begin Impeachment Proceedings » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Even by the bombastic standards of Morning Joe, Thursday's show was extraordinary. The bitter words flowed like lava from MSNBC shortly after 6 a.m., with hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough att…

Maura Healey says state panel should have slashed Eversource rate » Boston Herald Eversource Energy won approval to hike power rates $36.9 million a year for its 1.4 million electricity customers, a slimmed-down boost from the company that initially requested a $96 million increase…

'A no brainer': Baker's biotech bill gets warm reception from lawmakers in first hearing » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker's bill to reauthorize a life sciences investment program earned high marks during an inaugural hearing on Thursday, with state lawmakers and chancellors in the system throwing their…

Kerrigan sees himself on familiar ground in congressional race » Lowell Sun Of all the Democrats running for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District — and there are many — only one has run in the district before, even carrying the key city of Lowell. That can…

"I support the call for an independent investigation of the serious allegations in today's Globe story regarding the activities of my husband and their effects on Senate business. Further, I am recusing myself from any matters relating to this investigation and these allegations, and authorizing Majority Leader Harriette Chandler to serve as the majority party lead for this investigation, in consultation with Minority Leader Bruce Tarr and Senate Counsel. I leave it to them to structure an appropriate process to conduct this investigation as soon as possible."

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg

Speaking about the allegations of sexual misconduct by his husband Brian Hefner.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Rep. Seth Moulton's plan to overhaul House Democrats with a 'new generation of leaders' » CNN Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts -- who has vented for months about House Democrats' leadership -- has big ambitions for the military veterans he is backing in the 2018 midterm elections.…

Business

Millennium's vision for giant Seaport development includes aerial tramway » Boston Business Journal Float the idea of an aerial gondola system in Boston's Seaport District to anyone in the city's real estate industry, and you'll likely get a rueful chuckle and a smile.…

Crimes

Lawmakers consider shining light on secret sex offenders » WCVB Secret sex offenders could soon be forced out of the shadows in Massachusetts.…

Education

Brookline students walk out to protest racial climate in wake of videos » Boston Globe After students of color complained they felt unsafe, Brookline High School officials launched series of forums and trainings over the past year hoping to root out racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic …

Boston developer Ron Druker donates $15m to expand Harvard's Gund Hall » Boston Globe Developer Ron Druker has been the driving force behind a long line of commercial and residential buildings in the region.…

University of Massachusetts chancellors say life sciences funding is a 'lynchpin and a lifeline' » The Republican With more and more students studying in life sciences fields, chancellors in the University of Massachusetts system are telling state legislators they need the funding to compete for talented students…

Outside contractor will audit schools » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh is bringing in an outside firm to investigate school accounts but insisted yesterday he stands by embattled Superintendent Tommy Chang despite his monthlong delay in disclosing t…

Environment

Gloucester woman addresses renewable energy summit » Gloucester Times A Gloucester woman was among the more than 75 state, municipal, and student leaders who gathered at Salem State University recently to discuss how Cape Ann and the North Shore can move to 100 percent …

Federal

Why the GOP Plan to Cut the Historic Preservation Tax Won't Be Easy » Governing Warning to congressional Republicans who want to kill the federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, a Reagan-era program to revitalize historic buildings, as a way to save $1 billion annually: It do…

Health Care

Judge rules nurses at Brigham must get flu vaccines » Boston Globe A Suffolk Superior Court judge has ruled that unionized nurses at Brigham and Women's Hospital must follow the hospital's flu vaccination policy.…

Partners defends deal with Mass. Eye and Ear » Boston Globe Partners HealthCare and Massachusetts Eye and Ear on Thursday challenged the conclusions of a state watchdog agency that said Partners' acquisition of the specialty hospital would significantly raise …

Housing

Boston said to carry region's burden in the housing crisis » Dorchester Reporter Greater Boston is experiencing a lopsided housing boom, with the iron core of Boston proper accounting for almost all of the region's new growth as the suburbs drag behind in residential production.…

Human Services

Malden state Rep. Ultrino seeks to smash poverty » Lynn Daily News Item BOSTON — There are ways to help people break the poverty cycle, and Malden state Rep. Steven Ultrino (D-Malden) said successful approaches aid two generations living in poverty.…

Judiciary

DAs to vacate more than 6,000 convictions in state drug lab scandal » Boston Herald The state's 10 district attorneys' offices are moving to vacate and dismiss more than 6,000 convictions in closed narcotic cases they agree were compromised by the illegal conduct of disgraced drug la…

ACLU, public defenders slam Massachusetts attorney general's office for prosecutors' misconduct in Sonja Farak case » The Republican Representatives of the ACLU and the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the public defenders, on Thursday harshly criticized the state attorney general's office for not doing enough to resolve issu…

Drug lab scandal will drop 176 convictions in Plymouth, Norfolk counties » Wicked Local Brockton More than 176 convictions in Plymouth and Norfolk counties will be vacated in a sprawling Massachusetts drug lab scandal, district attorneys said Thursday.…

6,000 drug cases to be dismissed after misconduct by chemist, prosecutors » Boston Globe Massachusetts district attorneys on Thursday said they would dismiss more than 6,000 drug convictions due to misconduct by a former drug lab chemist and two former state prosecutors.…

6,000 Cases May Be Dismissed After Former State Chemist Misconduct » WBUR For the second time this year, Massachusetts prosecutors are dismissing thousands of criminal drug convictions because of misconduct by a former state chemist.…

Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Reform Could Shield 18-Year-Olds From Adult Courts » The Chronicle of Social Change Massachusetts could soon become the first state in the union to raise the age of jurisdiction above 18.…

Comcast removes part of its open internet pledge regarding net neutrality repeal » Berkshire Eagle BOSTON — The task of reconciling two major criminal justice bills is ready to get underway after lawmakers on Thursday appointed a conference committee led by Rep. Claire Cronin and Sen. Willia…

Tarr appointed to negotiate landmark criminal justice bill » Gloucester Times The task of reconciling two major criminal justice bills is ready to get underway after lawmakers on Thursday appointed a conference committee. Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester and Rep.…

Lawmakers named to negotiate criminal justice bill » The Recorder The task of reconciling two major criminal justice bills is ready to get underway after lawmakers on Thursday appointed a conference committee led by Rep. Claire Cronin and Sen. William Brownsberger, …

Legislative

Independent Investigator to Spearhead Bryon Hefner Probe » Boston Magazine The state Senate will select a special investigator to look into the sexual harassment and assault allegations against Bryon Hefner, husband of Senate President Stan Rosenberg.…

Independent special investigator to lead Rosenberg probe » Boston Herald The state Senate's No. 2 Democrat said she will bring in an independent special investigator to probe allegations that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg's husband sexually assaulted or harassed four …

Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg supports independent investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by his husband, recuses himself » The Republican Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said Wednesday evening that he supports an independent investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by his husband.…

Baker, Healey call for investigation into sexual misconduct allegations » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey, expressing shock and dismay, called Thursday for a swift investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by the husband of Senate Presiden…

Two Cape Cod State Reps. Maintain Perfect Voting Record » Capecod.com Two local state representatives are being recognized for having perfect voting records for the first half of the 2017-18 legislative session.…

Stanley Rosenberg agrees, husband must be investigated » Boston Herald Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg is backing calls for an investigation into his own husband, who was accused yesterday of sexually assaulting and harassing four men while boasting he was a major …

Sex-assault claims rock Senate » Lowell Sun Disturbing allegations of sexual assault against the husband of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg roiled Beacon Hill on Thursday, challenging Rosenberg's capacity to lead the chamber as Gov. Charlie …

Senate to hire independent investigator in Hefner allegations » Boston Globe Senate leaders say they will hire an independent special investigator to look into allegations of sexual misconduct by Bryon Hefner, the husband of Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, calling the c…

Rosenberg to remain Senate president while investigator is brought in » WWLP 22 News The Senate is taking the “unprecedented step” of bringing on an independent investigator to examine allegations that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner groped three …

State Senate To Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations Against Civil-Law Husband of Senate President » New Boston Post Disturbing allegations of sexual assault against the civil-law husband of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg roiled Beacon Hill on Thursday, challenging Rosenberg's capacity to lead the chamber as Gov…

Farley-Bouvier Celebrates Six Years as Pittsfield's Representative » iBerkshires About a decade ago, the city of Pittsfield became well aware of the impact that teenage pregnancy has on a community.…

Bryon Hefner Accused of Sexual Harassment, Assault » Boston Magazine Four men have spoken out against Hefner, whose husband is state Senate President Stan Rosenberg. …

Massachusetts senators to investigate report of sexual misconduct by Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband » MassLive In 2016, Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler, Senate President Stan Rosenberg and State Sen. Jim Welch sat down with reporters to talk about a trip to study health care costs in Minneapolis. …

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker 'appalled' by sexual misconduct allegations against Senate President Stan Rosenberg's spouse » MassLive Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he's "appalled" after reading a Boston Globe report on four men alleging sexual misconduct by Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband. …

Report: Husband of Senate President Rosenberg sexually harassed four men » Lowell Sun The husband of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has been accused by four men of inappropriately touching and kissing them in a bombshell report in the Boston Globe published Thursday afternoon that …

'Zero tolerance' now zeroes in on Stan Rosenberg's own household » Boston Herald

Report: Senate President's Husband Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 4 Men » WBUR

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg agrees his husband must be investigated » Boston Herald

Local Government

When politics and friendship collide in Lowell » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who has already put his fund-raising muscle behind his former chief of staff Dan Koh's congressional campaign, weighed in with a former legislative colleague and close friend wh…

Savings from solar farm to pump $200K into Williamstown budget » Berkshire Eagle A 1.9-megawatt solar array on the former town landfill is now connected to the grid and operating, and officials are looking to put to work for the town the anticipated $200,000 in savings.…

Liquor licenses flow in Peabody » The Salem News No sooner had the city received official word of its new liquor licenses than messages started pouring in from interested parties.…

Leahy says he has the votes to be Lowell's next mayor » Lowell Sun City Councilor John Leahy is poised to become the next mayor of the city, after he said he received the commitment of five city councilors Thursday.…

Marijuana

Lawmakers okay pot oversight agency budget, senators to seek drugged driving $$$ » Boston Business Journal The Cannabis Control Commission has an executive director, temporary office space and soon it will have the money it needs to build out a legal marijuana market in Massachusetts.…

Opinion

The MBTA's problem? They're just too nice » Boston Globe TO HEAR CRITICS tell it, the MBTA is abandoning immigrants, poor people, and senior citizens by adopting a new electronic payment system. The truth is: The T is just too nice.…

Trump poses a clear and immediate danger to the world » Boston Globe The recent launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile by North Korea, and President Trump's response, has me truly frightened. Trump represents a clear and immediate danger to our country and the…

The 'wild richness of American philanthropy' is a marvel » Boston Globe If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody else.…

GOP's tax reform hits hard on 3rd District » Sentinel & Enterprise If the Republican plan to overhaul our nation's tax code becomes law, it will impact every American and shape our country, and the Third District, for years to come -- and not in a good way.…

Carr: Do you have faith in Massachusetts? It's not very easy lately » Boston Herald So the Senate president, who hasn't had a real job since Jimmy Carter was president, decides at the age of 67 to get married to a guy who's 38 years younger than he is.…

Donald Trump - the bigot who can't accept reality » Boston Globe t's a truly disconcerting time in this once great nation, a week in which it's hard to know what to be more dismayed about, President Trump's prejudice or his inability to accept reality.…

Editorial: Housing solution requires industry, gov't cooperation » Boston Business Journal Earlier this week, a report on the state of housing in Greater Boston was released by The Boston Foundation. Surprise, surprise — there was no surprise in its findings.…

A different perspective on 'Death with Dignity' bill (Guest viewpoint) » MassLive With all due respect, we write to express a different opinion than Springfield's Catholic Bishop Mitchell Rozanski's in the Nov. 6 Republican, "Springfield bishop reiterates opposition to physician as…

Politics

Massie makes his case in Marblehead for governorship » Wicked Local Marblehead Progressive activist Bob Massie believes Governor Charlie Baker can be defeated next November and says he's just the man to do it.…

Peter Lucas: Kerrigan sees himself on familiar ground in congressional race » Lowell Sun Of all the Democrats running for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District -- and there are many -- only one has run in the district before, even carrying the key city of Lowell.…

Diehl backs GOP tax plan » The Sun Chronicle U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl said Wednesday he supports a Republican tax-cutting plan in Washington, saying it will give a boost to the economy.…

Public Health

Mass. Medical Society to weigh whether doctors should help the dying end their lives » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Medical Society is poised to tackle one of the thorniest issues facing physicians: whether doctors should be allowed to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill adults who want…

Quicker notice sought for sewer overflows » Gloucester Times Lawmakers and environmental groups are pressing for quicker, more widespread notifications of raw sewage overflows into local rivers and waterways, saying the current hodgepodge of notification rules …

Public Safety

Democratic candidate for governor Setti Warren calls for independent investigation into trooper-gate » The Republican Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren is asking Gov. Charlie Baker to appoint an independent investigator to look into the alteration of the arrest report of a judge's daughter.…

Brass pinged quickly in Troopergate crash » Boston Herald A state police captain alerted a superior at the center of the Troopergate scandal that Alli Bibaud had been “locked up” less than 40 minutes after a trooper was first dispatched to her ca…

State Government

Rosenberg Backs Probe Of Husband's Alleged Misconduct; Will Stay As President » WBUR The Democratic leader of the Massachusetts Senate said Thursday he supports an independent investigation into allegations that his husband sexually assaulted and harassed several men, including some w…

Female lawmakers hope for stronger harassment policies » Lowell Sun As allegations of misogyny and sexual harassment swirl both inside and outside of the Statehouse, local female lawmakers areas said leaders on Beacon Hill should take tough and swift action against ha…

MassDevelopment takes over operations, management of Fall River State Pier » The Herald News MassDevelopment took over the operations and management of the State Pier Thursday, Governor Charlie Baker announced.…

Transportation

Don't paint your own bike lane in the street, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says » The Republican It's not a good idea to make your own bike lane, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the same day city workers scrubbed away someone's attempt to create one on Congress Street, near the Seaport District.…

Group: Best passenger rail route from Berkshires to NYC might be through Albany, to start » Berkshire Eagle

Utilities

Mass. approves Eversource rate hike » Boston Globe The state Department of Public Utilities on Thursday approved a much-reduced rate hike for Eversource Energy that will allow it to charge its Massachusetts electric customers tens of millions of dolla…

Comcast broadband slowed by pole work » The Recorder Comcast's Cable Expansion Project through nine towns “is progressing, but not at the pace at which we had hoped,” says a letter from Comcast Senior Director Alicia Matthews to the deputy d…

In An Unlikely Partnership, Local Environmentalists And Utilities Work Together To Reduce Gas Leaks » WGBH News Environmental activists have long seen natural gas utilities as something of a foe. While natural gas may be cleaner than coal, it's still a fossil fuel, and environmentalists worry about its impact o…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Governor pushes hard for Republican Tran in race » Sentinel & Enterprise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More notice sought for sewer overflows » Newburyport News

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

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

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3993 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Brenda Tenaglia, an employee of the Division of Medical Assistance

HB 4035 - An act establishing a sick leave bank for Rebecca Owumi, an employee of the Essex County Sheriff's Department

Most read bills of the week:

SB2202 - An Act furthering health empowerment and affordability by leveraging transformative health care

HB4043 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

HB4011 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

SB2211 - An Act furthering health empowerment and affordability by leveraging transformative health care.

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB4045 - An Act providing for capital facility repairs and improvements for the Commonwealth

HB3818 - An Act to ensure safe access to medical and adult-use of marijuana in the Commonwealth

SB2200 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

HB4033 - An Act relative to combatting addiction, accessing treatment, reducing prescriptions, and enhancing prevention

SB2221 - Text of Amendment #9 (Senator Cyr) to the Senate Committee Bill furthering health empowerment and affordability by leveraging transformative health care (Senate, No. 2202)

House Actions This Week: 199

Senate Actions This Week: 49


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