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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:30am Special Senate Task Force on the Retail Sector of the Commonwealth, Land Ho! Restaurant Harwich, MA 02646

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

1:30pm Public Meeting of the Senate Task Force on Local Retail - hosted by Julian Cyr, Hyannis Youth and Community Center 141 Bassett Ln, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601

1:30pm Special Senate Task Force on the Retail Sector of the Commonwealth, Hyannis Youth and Community Center 141 Bassett Lane Barnstable, MA 02601

6:00pm Birthday Fundraiser for Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis

6:30pm Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Mike Connolly, Kennedy-Longfellow 158 Spring St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Birthdays: Rep. Angelo Puppolo, Jr.

Must-Reads

Succession speculation swirls as senators return to Beacon Hill » State House News Service As lawmakers prepare to huddle Monday and discuss the impact of sexual assault and harassment allegations on the Senate, several senators appear in the mix for a promotion to Senate president in the e…

Stan Rosenberg must take a leave from Senate presidency » Boston Globe THE SERIOUS sexual assault accusations against Bryon Hefner deserve a thorough and credible investigation. For that to happen, Hefner's husband — Senate President Stan Rosenberg — should…

Josh Zakim has a tall challenge in run against William Galvin » Boston Globe Josh Zakim is looking to accomplish what no other Boston city councilor has done in more than half a century: win a statewide election. …

Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner sent unsolicited photo of nude male genitalia to state political player » The Republican Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner earlier this year sent a text message with a picture of male genitalia to someone who works in Massachusetts state politics. …

Smelling blood in water, lawmakers jockey for Senate president role » Boston Herald Jockeying to replace state Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg has already begun, with at least three senators lining up votes in case he resigns as soon as today amid the sex scandal involving his …

Dempsey settling into private role after influential Statehouse run » The Eagle Tribune Since departing the state House of Representatives and his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee in July for an executive position with ML Strategies, the lobbying arm of multinational la…

Trump moves to block Romney from the Senate » Politico Donald Trump is going all out to persuade seven-term Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch to seek reelection — a push aimed in no small part at keeping the president's longtime nemesis, Mitt Romney, out of th…

Rosenberg to step down as Senate president during investigation » Boston Herald Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg told senior senators he is taking a leave of absence from his powerful post amid an investigation into allegations his husband sexually assaulted or harassed mult…

Majority leader nominated as acting Massachusetts Senate president » WCVB State Senator Harriette Chandler has been chosen to step in as acting president of the Massachusetts Senate.…

“I believe that for the sake of the institution, the Senate president should also step aside from the duties of the Senate presidency for the duration of any investigation,”

Senator Barbara L’Italien

Speaking about the Senate President Stan Rosenberg and the ongoing sexual assault investigation.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

A small-town Alabama newspaper takes a stand on Roy Moore. A very careful one. » The Washington Post A couple of weeks ago, the three biggest newspapers in Alabama splashed the same tough editorial across the tops of their front pages.…

'I've Got a Crook Running My Campaign' » Politico Donald Trump, Paul Manafort and me. …

Mitt Romney says electing Roy Moore would be 'a stain' on both the Republican Party and the country » Boston.com

Business

Losing hope for lobster south of Cape Cod » Boston Globe Tom Tomkiewicz remembers when there were so many lobster traps in Buzzards Bay it looked as if he could walk across the water on their buoys.…

CVS agrees to buy Aetna for $69 billion » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — Pharmacy giant CVS Health has agreed to buy Aetna in a $69 billion blockbuster acquisition that could rein in health-care costs and transform its 9,700 pharmacy storefronts into co…

There's more at stake in the Berkshire Museum case than a single museum » Boston Globe THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM is going broke and wants to sell off its major works of art, purportedly to strengthen its endowment and to become a more sustainable institution. The move has been challenged in …

State weighs ban on commercial striper fishing » Gloucester Times Striped bass are New England's premier sport fish, sought by thousands of anglers who prize them for a fighting spirit and high quality fillets.…

Crimes

Should America Start Executing Drug Dealers? (Spoiler: No) » Amy Shemberger and her boyfriend, Peter Kucinski, were together for 18 years. They had a five-year-old son together. They also had a heroin habit.…

Education

How Anthony Scaramucci tried to shut down criticism at Tufts » The Boston Globe

Environment

State weighs ban on commercial striped bass fishing » The Eagle Tribune BOSTON — Striped bass are New England's premier sport fish, sought by thousands of anglers who prize them for a fighting spirit and high-quality fillets.…

Lobster shortage reported off coast of Massachusetts, rising ocean temperatures faulted » MassLive

Boston Prepares for Climate Change » The Huffington Post

Federal

Rep. Moulton Slams Republican Tax Bill » WBUR Members of Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation are condemning the sweeping Republican tax bill as a giveaway to the rich that will punish the middle class — a bill that was p…

As Tax Overhaul Looms, Senate Has Upper Hand » Roll Call

Not all businesses like the GOP tax cuts. Just ask some big local industries » The Boston Globe

Health Care

Maine's Obamacare Vote Revives Medicaid Expansion Debate in Some States » Governing Last month's election has re-energized Obamacare advocates. Meanwhile in Maine, the matter is being complicated by Gov. Paul LePage, who has vowed not to implement an expansion until lawmakers can sho…

For the first time, a study finds double-booked surgeries put patients at risk » Boston Globe

Immigration

Nursing facilities, and their residents, will feel impact if Haitians' status ends » The Boston Globe

Judiciary

Lawmakers appointed to negotiate criminal justice bill » Newburyport News 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

Senators support independent investigation of allegations against president's husband » Gazette Net State senators support an independent investigation of the sexual assault allegations made against Senate President Stanley Rosenberg's husband, a process that began Friday with the announcement that …

Senate president's husband to seek alcohol treatment following sexual misconduct allegations » Gazette Net Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, of Amherst, said Friday that he is “shocked and devastated” by sexual misconduct allegations against his husband, Bryon Hefner, who he said will soon be…

Rosenberg's husband eyes treatment » Lowell Sun Calling the roughly 24 hours since allegations of sexual misconduct by his husband surfaced "the most difficult time in my political life and in my personal life," Senate President Stanley Rosenberg s…

Men accuse spouse of Sen. president of sexual assault » Sentinel & Enterprise Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg said Thursday he was taking seriously a report that his husband sexually assaulted and harassed several men, including some with business before the Legislat…

Editorial: Stanley Rosenberg should step aside as Senate president during investigation » The Recorder In his three decades of service in the Massachusetts Legislature, Amherst Democrat Stanley Rosenberg has earned a reputation as a lawmaker who uses his power to serve the people rather than the privil…

Stan Rosenberg tight-lipped amid questions about resigning » Boston Herald A “devastated” Senate President Stanley Rosenberg dodged questions on whether he should keep his post even as a fellow Democrat called for him to step aside, further fueling the firestorm …

Lawmaker: Stan Rosenberg Needs To Give Up Senate Presidency During Probe » New Boston Post When senators huddle for a private caucus Monday to consider sexual assault complaints lodged against Senate President Stanley Rosenberg's civil-law husband, state Senator Barbara L'Italien plans to d…

Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg should step aside during investigation, Sen. Barbara L'Italien says » The Republican Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg should step down while an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against his husband Bryon Hefner is underway, state Sen. Barbara L'Italien said…

Stan Rosenberg must take a leave from Senate presidency » Boston Globe THE SERIOUS sexual assault accusations against Bryon Hefner deserve a thorough and credible investigation. For that to happen, Hefner's husband — Senate President Stan Rosenberg — should…

Smelling blood in water, pols jockey for prez role » Boston Herald Jockeying to replace state Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg has already begun, with at least three senators lining up votes in case he resigns as soon as today amid the sex scandal involving his …

Sen. Eric Lesser: Alleged behavior of Bryon Hefner 'outrageous and inexcusable' » MassLive Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, said Friday that the alleged behavior of Bryon Hefner "is outrageous and inexcusable." …

Rosenberg Succession Speculation Swirls As Senators Return To Beacon Hill » WBUR As lawmakers prepare to huddle Monday and discuss the impact of sexual assault and harassment allegations on the Senate, several senators appear in the mix for a promotion to Senate president in the e…

Who will replace Senate President Stan Rosenberg, should he step down amid scandal? » MassLive As lawmakers prepare to huddle Monday and discuss the impact of sexual assault and harassment allegations on the Senate, several senators appear in the mix for a promotion to Senate president in the e…

Rosenberg denies Senate meddling by Hefner » Commonwealth Magazine Beacon Hill leader mum on sexual assault charges, says husband seeking treatment for 'alcohol dependence' …

Sen. Michael Barrett: Stan Rosenberg should remain Senate president during investigation » MassLive

AG, Suffolk DA say criminal probe possible in case of Rosenberg's spouse » Boston Globe

Rosenberg gives up presidency, says move will make investigation credible » State House News Service

Senators face choice: Stand by Rosenberg or chart new course » State House News Service

Local Government

Hand: Attleboro City Hall transition is going well » The Sun Chronicle The transition from the Dumas administration to the Heroux era at Attleboro City Hall is going well with none of the personality problems some were expecting.…

Sunday Notebook: Leominster mayor to Chinese restaurants: Hold the staples » Sentinel & Enterprise WHILE A RECENT INTERVIEW with Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella was intended to ask the incumbent mayor what changes he's planning for his impending term, the conversation veered into unexpected territ…

The Column: Mayor Leahy? Not so fast » Lowell Sun THE STANDOFF in Lowell's mayoral race between City Councilors John Leahy and Bill Samaras appeared to have resolved itself late Thursday night when Leahy announced he had secured the necessary five vo…

State grant will help Great Barrington improve water quality of Lake Mansfield » Berkshire Eagle A state grant will help the town improve the water quality of Lake Mansfield and decrease invasive weeds nurtured by stormwater runoff.…

More public speak out, Facebook page among improvements Holyoke Council considering » MassLive

Opinion

Editorial: Beacon Hill's never-ending contempt for constituents » The Sun Chronicle Once again, our state leaders are glaring down at us from Beacon Hill with contempt.…

EDITORIAL: Claire Freda for State Senate » Lowell Sun When former state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan announced in late August she was resigning from a seat she ably had held for seven years to take a spot on the newly created Cannabis Control Commission, it se…

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Attorney General Healey is making the right choices » Sentinel & Enterprise I'll take state Attorney General Maura Healey's judgment over that of Sentinel & Enterprise columnist Peter Lucas any day.…

Our Opinion: Anticipate last mile for county-NYC train » Berkshire Eagle Connecting Berkshire County to New York City by train is not all about trains. Obviously it is primarily, but it is also about assuring that people who get to the Berkshires by train are then able to …

Rich Desrosiers: Lively board questions election report omission » Current members of our Reader Advisory Board have not been shy about letting us know their feelings about The Canton Repository and the decisions editors make. Of particular interest — and disc…

Editorial: Springfield's Deteriorating Municipal Turnout Needs Action… » Western Mass Politics and Insight

Politics

Tran: 'I always believe' in 'common ground' » Sentinel & Enterprise Hours before Gov. Charlie Baker appeared at a fundraiser for Dean Tran, the Republican state Senate candidate explained in measured speech that his greatest political influence was not a political fig…

Beverly recount affirms city council election result » Boston Globe A former 12-year Beverly city councilor officially reclaimed his old seat Saturday, after a recount found he beat his opponent by just 14 votes.…

Rep. Dylan Fernandes Chalks Up Progressive Wins » Cape News When Dylan A. Fernandes, a 27-year-old Falmouth native, took the oath of office in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in January, the freshman state representative had three priorities that he…

Four on ballot for state Senate seat » telegram.com Following the resignation in August of Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, representing the Worcester Middlesex District, the campaign cycle is winding down and voters will finally choose her replacement Tuesday,…

Speculation swirls around Rosenberg's future on Beacon Hill » The Salem News As lawmakers prepare to huddle Monday and discuss the impact of sexual assault and harassment allegations on the Senate, several senators appear in the mix for a promotion to Senate president in the e…

Claire Freda: 'I don't owe anybody anything' » Sentinel & Enterprise The third of four State Senate candidate profiles to be published each day through Sunday. …

Race for Flanagan's Senate seat to be settled Tuesday » Lowell Sun The four candidates vying for the open Worcester and Middlesex District state Senate seat are set to learn their fates. …

Guv candidates check in as Senate leadership struggle continues » The Valley Dispatch

Public Health

Mass. Medical Society drops opposition to physician assisted suicide » Mass Live The Massachusetts Medical Society has rescinded its opposition to physician-assisted society and adopted a "neutral engagement" position so it may serve as a medical and scientific resource for legisl…

Greater Lowell Tech asbestos lawsuit settled » Lowell Sun TYNGSBORO -- A company has forfeited its licenses to perform asbestos abatement work, and three other companies agreed to pay about $300,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging asbestos-containing materials …

Senator Cyr Releases Statement On World AIDS Day » Capecod.com The progress that's been made in Massachusetts towards ending HIV/AIDS was celebrated in a statement from Senator Julian Cyr on World AIDS Day.…

Massachusetts doctor survey shows support for assisted suicide » Cape Cod Times Response rate small, but medical society board to take up issue Saturday. …

Public Safety

Kevin Burke, former Essex DA and state secretary of public safety, to head Massachusetts State Police investigation » The Republican An independent investigator has been appointed to look into the arrest of a district court judge's daughter and the subsequent Massachusetts State Police reporting on that arrest, the Associated Press…

As I See It: For state police, chaos creates opportunity » telegram.com The recent scandals within the management ranks of the Massachusetts State Police have called into question the leadership of the agency.…

State Finance

House Republicans call on state auditor to investigate Boston student activity accounts » Boston Globe Two Massachusetts House Republicans on Friday urged the state auditor to launch a thorough investigation into the Boston Public Schools' student activity accounts — and all other school budget …

Mayor Walsh was warned in 2014 of city accounting woes » Boston Herald Three years before an IRS audit found sloppy accounting that led to $1 million in penalties, a letter sent to Mayor Martin J. Walsh by the city's top fiscal watchdog warned of “insufficient atte…

State Government

Gov: Senate must employ independent investigator » Boston Herald The state Senate must hire an investigator with high stature and full independence to probe allegations surrounding Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner, to maintain credibili…

Rosenberg's husband to seek treatment » Sentinel & Enterprise Calling the roughly 24 hours since allegations of sexual misconduct by his husband surfaced "the most difficult time in my political life and in my personal life," Senate President Stanley Rosenberg s…

Transportation

Putting cash in its place at the MBTA » Commonwealth Magazine Eliminating payments on board buses, Green Line makes sense …

State: No West Station until 2040 » Commonwealth Magazine A STATE TRANSPORTATION FILING prompted a chicken-and-egg debate on Friday about whether a new transit station should be constructed in conjunction with the new neighborhood Harvard University is build…

Utilities

Region seen as having sufficient winter power supplies » Boston Herald New England's power grid operator doesn't foresee any major problems supplying the region with sufficient electricity this coming winter.…

Surge of Carbon Pricing Proposals Coming in the New Year » Technology Review “We fully intend to introduce a carbon tax and an investment strategy,” said Senator Reuven Carlyle, who became chairman of the energy committee following the November election, in an inte…

Customers, Heroux want competition for Comcast » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — Leonard Barnett recently decided he needed to cutback on his cable television expenses, which just jumped to $260 a month.…

Cape Wind calls it quits » Commonwealth Magazine Gordon says he is surrendering offshore wind lease …

Who's behind consumer energy group? » Commonwealth Magazine Consumers for Sensible Energy keeps donors secret …

Group protests new power plant on Cape Cod Canal » South Coast Today

Weymouth compressor review could take a year, state says » Wicked Local Weymouth

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 12/4

Birthdays: Rep. Angelo Puppolo, Jr.

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:30am Special Senate Task Force on the Retail Sector of the Commonwealth, Land Ho! Restaurant Harwich, MA 02646

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

1:30pm Public Meeting of the Senate Task Force on Local Retail - hosted by Julian Cyr, Hyannis Youth and Community Center 141 Bassett Ln, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601

1:30pm Special Senate Task Force on the Retail Sector of the Commonwealth, Hyannis Youth and Community Center 141 Bassett Lane Barnstable, MA 02601

6:00pm Birthday Fundraiser for Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis

6:30pm Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Mike Connolly, Kennedy-Longfellow 158 Spring St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Tuesday - 12/5

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

11:00am Joint Committee on Revenue, Executive Session

11:30am Senate Committee on Ethics, Public Hearing

12:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

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

1:30pm House Committee on Technology & Intergovernmental Affairs, Public Hearing

5:00pm State House Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House, Doric Hall & Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

Special Election for Sen. Jennifer Flanagan's seat

Wednesday - 12/6

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY19 Consensus Revenue Hearing Joint Committee on Ways and Means & ANF

1:00pm Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

6:00pm Mass. Young Republicans Holiday Party

6:00pm Reception for Rep. Juana Matias for Congress

6:00pm Holiday Mixer with Lawrence City Councilor Pavel Payano

Thursday - 12/7

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:30am Senate Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Public Hearing

6:30pm Cocktails and Conversation with Congressional Candidate Rep. Juana Matias

Friday - 12/8

6:00pm Young Democrats of Mass. Year End Party


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