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Must-Reads

Inside the demise of Al Franken » Politico Al Franken weathered six women's sexual misconduct allegations without hearing a single resignation call from his fellow Democratic senators. No. 7 broke the dam. …

JUST TWO GUYS FROM MASSACHUSETTS » Politico Murphy, De Blasio discuss united front against GOP tax bill…

Christie: It Was a 'Big Mistake' to Replace Me on Trump Transition » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Gov. Chris Christie offered rare and extended criticism of President Trump's transition on Wednesday, piling on as former Trump campaign and White House officials begin to face criminal charges in the…

Treasurer sees lottery profits dipping back below $1 billion » State House News Service After crossing the $1 billion mark in fiscal 2017, State Lottery profits will likely dip below that in the near future, Treasurer Deb Goldberg told lawmakers at the first hearing on the fiscal 2019 bu…

Cory Booker, Deval Patrick expected to campaign for Doug Jones in Alabama's Senate race » The Washington Post Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones and his allies are finalizing plans to bring in several high-profile current or former African American elected officials, including Sen. Cory Booker, to campaign …

With 22 years of experience, Chandler accustomed to Beacon Hill's ways » State House News Service Harriette Chandler was born in 1937, the year the first woman-- Sybil Holmes of Brookline -- was elected to the Massachusetts Senate. …

Gloria Steinem offers unlikely praise for Charlie Baker » Boston Globe Consider it a sign of the times that Gloria Steinem, the feminist firebrand who has spent nearly five decades fighting the establishment, has lately been lauding centrist Republicans like Governor Cha…

Support for state Sen. Stan Rosenberg remains strong in home district » MassLive AMHERST -- Support remains strong for state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in his home district despite sexual assault allegations against his husband and an investigation into whether Rosenberg violated any …

Scathing audit finds Department of Children and Families failed to report crimes against children » Boston Globe

Ballot initiatives anger retailers' group » The Salem News

As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards—not the lowest. The allegations against Sen. Franken describe behavior that cannot be tolerated. While he’s entitled to an Ethics Committee hearing, I believe he should step aside to let someone else serve.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Speaking about the sexual assault allegations against Senator Franken.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Warren, Markey Among Democratic Senators Calling For Franken's Resignation » WBUR Massachusetts U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are calling for fellow Democratic Sen. Al Franken, of Minnesota, to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct against him.…

Rep. Richard Neal Says Tax Overhaul Isn't Set In Stone » WGBH News Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal, the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, says the Republican tax bill that passed the Senate last week isn't a done deal.…

Deval Patrick heads to Alabama to campaign in heated Senate contest » Boston Globe

Business

Not NIMBY, but YIMBY: opponents say East Boston retail project is too small » Boston Globe Turns out, there are people who actually want development in their backyard. These aren't the complainers known for crying NIMBY — not in my backyard. These folks want to say yes to new buildi…

Israel trip a go despite security risks, conflict of interest claims » The Salem News A group of lawmakers still plan to depart for Israel on Thursday amid heightened security concerns and allegations of a conflict of interest on a trip financed by groups trying to block a boycott of t…

Ballot initiatives anger retailers' group » Gloucester Times Retailers Association of Massachusetts President Jon Hurst says his members feel they are under siege from a host of union-backed ballot initiatives that, if approved by voters next year, could drive …

Crane Currency operations to remain in Dalton after sale » Berkshire Eagle Crane Currency is being sold to a company from Connecticut, but an official said the transaction will not affect the company's presence in Berkshire County, which dates back to the firm's founding in …

GE's power division planning to cut 12,000 jobs » Boston Business Journal GE Power, a division of Boston-based General Electric Corp., said Thursday that it plans to cut 12,000 jobs across the globe as part of a plan to reduce costs by $1 billion in 2018.…

Civil Rights

US bill would require Mass. honor concealed-carry permits from other states » Boston Globe

Education

Boston School Committee approves new start times » Boston Globe The Boston School Committee on Wednesday approved a new policy that would change the start and end times at many schools across the city for next fall, and officials planned to disclose what the new h…

Framingham State, Danforth to close on Maynard Building sale » The Metro West Daily News Framingham State University is one step closer to consummating an agreement that will give the school control over a major art collection and desirable property in Framingham Centre.…

So Tired Teens Can Sleep In, Boston School Committee Votes To Make Classes Start Later » Commonwealth Magazine The Boston School Committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve a new systemwide schedule that will allow most teenagers in the district to sleep in a bit next year. …

'Makes sense to have breakfast, doesn't it?' Gobi, Whipps observe Grab & Go at ARMS » The Recorder

Environment

Energy chairman Golden gets tour of Greenfield » The Recorder Aboard the town's green trolley, an energy chairman got a firsthand Greening Greenfield view of energy projects new and in the works, with an eye toward the role his state panel could play in the regi…

Gaming

Treasurer sees lottery profits dipping back below $1 billion » Lowell Sun

Health Care

Hospital merger plan draws support, concerns » The Salem News A proposed merger that would affect several hospitals on the North Shore and Cape Ann received a generally favorable response at a public hearing Wednesday night, but not without concerns, particularl…

Pacheco asks attorney general to look into potential closure of Morton's maternity unit » Wicked Local Raynham State Sen. Marc Pacheco has asked the attorney general to look into Steward Health Care's decision to close Morton Hospital's maternity unit indefinitely — and potentially permanently — …

Rep. Lyons is 'stuck in the past' » Andover Townsman Last week, Republicans and Democrats alike celebrated the signing of a bill protecting access to no-copay birth control for Massachusetts women. Unfortunately, our state Rep. Jim Lyons (R-Andover) vot…

Judiciary

In trial of Bridgewater guards, a trip to the hospital where a patient died » Boston Globe On the second day of the trial of three prison guards facing charges in the death of a schizophrenia patient at Bridgewater State Hospital, the Plymouth Superior Court judge hearing the case and a cot…

Labor

JetBlue flight attendants file for union authorization » Boston Globe JetBlue Airways flight attendants took a major step toward forming a union Wednesday, filing pro-union authorization cards with the National Mediation Board in Washington, D.C., signifying their inten…

Legislative

Sen. Rodrigues leads Rosenberg ethics investigation » South Coast Today The Senate Ethics Committee has opened its investigation into former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, promising complete confidentiality to anyone with information about sexual misconduct by Rosenb…

Interim Senate President Harriette Chandler overcame blatant sexism, breast cancer and one 'brutal' election on her rise through politics » MassLive It was just after 7 p.m. on a Monday, a day most Massachusetts senators spent behind closed doors, trying to figure out how to deal with the bombshell misconduct allegations of Senate President Stan R…

The acting Senate president has a PhD and MBA and won 24 straight elections » Boston Globe She has a PhD in international relations and an MBA, and won 24 consecutive elections in a legislative career that began more than two decades ago, when Bill Weld was governor.…

Lewis Holds Forum on Mental Health and Wellness » Milton Patch Dozens of local residents attended Senator Jason Lewis' latest Community Conversation in Winchester on mental health & wellness in our schools and in our communities. Attendees took part in another ve…

Rep. Hunt Notches Perfect Voting Attendance in 2017 » Capecod.com Another Cape Cod State Representative is touting his perfect voting attendance record in 2017.…

Senate leadership battle quickly spills out into open » State House News Service Their chamber seemingly adrift, state senators were in constant contact with each other in the days leading up to Monday night's dramatic vote to elect Harriette Chandler as acting president, and the …

Sen. Dorcena Forry: If a vacancy, she will 'pursue that opportunity' » Dorchester Reporter

Barrett, Senators, support Rosenberg as investigation gets under way » Wicked Local Concord

Local Government

Northampton City Council to vote on resolution advocating for $15 per hour minimum wage » MassLive The Northampton City Council plans to vote on a resolution Thursday that advocates for raising the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour.…

City may have up to three seats open » Sentinel & Enterprise Up to three seats in city government could open next year after several elected officials successfully campaigned for other positions this fall.…

Framingham teen's discussion series explores 'The City We Want' » The Metro West Daily News FRAMINGHAM — Ohad Klopman was in his element. On a recent Sunday afternoon, the Framingham High senior welcomed a group of citizens into the meeting room at the McAuliffe Branch library, inviti…

Lynn's budget hole just got deeper » Lynn Daily News Item As the new mayor figures out how to close a $7 million shortfall in the city's budget, the state is withholding millions more in school spending.…

Inside Boston City Hall's Rolling, Roving Office » WGBH News Dorchester resident Peter Gaffney recently got a new vehicle, and among the items on his to-do list was a trip to Boston City Hall to for a resident parking permit. I caught up with him on the street …

Some Cities Are Getting Millennials' Aid for Free » Governing

Marijuana

Draft Easthampton cannabis rules would allow onsite consumption » MassLive Following a lively discussion, the Planning Board wrapped up its months-long marijuana zoning discussion Tuesday and will send a proposed ordinance to the City Council for further discussion and debat…

Opinion

The view from Alabama: Why Roy Moore will win » Boston Globe On Dec. 12, Alabama voters will elect either Democrat Doug Jones or Republican Roy Moore to the US Senate. …

Why does no one care about UMass Boston? » Boston Globe What's happening now at UMass Boston just doesn't add up. The university is home to a special institute dedicated to “the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities, schools…

Renée Graham: Will white women send accused child molester to the US Senate? » Boston Globe White women helped put an accused sexual predator in the White House. Now they could send an accused child molester to the US Senate.…

Editorial: Welcome law targets abuse of handicapped parking » Gazette Net There are plenty of ways to “game the system” as the saying goes, but abusing handicapped parking spots with bogus credentials is one of the more shameful.…

Ipswich editorial: Town needs time to control recreational pot outlets » Wicked Local Ipswich The selectmen steered a course to pursue a clear decision as to whether or not a town voter-approved moratorium on recreational marijuana retail stores will hold in the face of a new state law on recr…

Battenfeld: Franken flap gives gop an inch vs. Elizabeth Warren » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's long silence on her disgraced liberal colleague Al Franken is giving her opponents fresh ammunition and raises questions about her political judgment.…

Gelzinis: Steve Bannon on Mitt Romney: A crass act vs. a class act » Boston Herald I wonder how much time and effort Donald Trump's Rasputin — aka Steve Bannon — devotes to looking like an unmade bed.…

Railing against transportation madness » Commonwealth Magazine I'M WONDERING WHETHER A TYPE OF MADNESS has infected our thinking in Greater Boston…

Our Opinion: Rosenberg issue a complex one for Senate » Berkshire Eagle

LETTER: Sen. Jehlen's support for We the People Act deserves praise » Wicked Local Cambridge

Editorial: Investigation must be public » Worcester Mag

Viewpoint: Treat opioid epidemic like a crisis » Boston Business Journal

Politics

Gloria Steinem calls Trump the 'sexual harasser in chief' » Boston Globe Gloria Steinem, the outspoken author and feminist who has been an advocate for gender equality for nearly 50 years, lamented the Trump administration, but expressed hope for future generations of wom…

Taking It To Charlie: Springfield Conservative Running Against Governor Baker in GOP Primary » New Boston Post Springfield's Scott Lively, a conservative whose views have made him a target of the Southern Poverty Law Center, ran for Massachusetts governor in 2014 as an Independent.…

'Showstopper' Joe Biden to preside over Marty Walsh inauguration » Boston Herald Former Vice President Joe Biden will preside over Mayor Martin J. Walsh's second inauguration — a “showstopper” of a guest that shows the mayor is stepping out onto a larger politic…

Hampshire College cancels speech by gun rights advocate » Gazette Net Hampshire College canceled an event with a women's empowerment and gun rights advocate Wednesday night, a last-minute decision that rankled both the speaker and the group that brought her to campus.…

Flores challenges Cyr for senate seat » The Inquirer and Mirror

Tran's win has Republicans optimistic » Sentinel & Enterprise

Public Health

Healey urges US attorney to pull anti-opioid ads » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey has urged the US attorney's office and the MBTA to remove a controversial ad campaign intended to discourage opioid use.…

Research on the world's deadliest microbes will soon begin at a Boston lab » Boston Globe The Boston Public Health Commission on Wednesday gave the final approval for Boston University's high-security laboratory to start research on the world's deadliest microbes, ending a decade and a hal…

Flu season hits Massachusetts early as experts worry vaccine won't match dominant strain » Boston.com The flu season is off to an early start in Massachusetts this year amid mounting concern that the flu vaccination might not be effective against the most dominant strain.…

More than 7,000 UMass Amherst students inoculated against meningitis » The Republican The University of Massachusetts vaccinated 5,540 people against meningitis during a four-day clinic on campus that ended Tuesday. That brings the total number of students vaccinated this fall to about…

Mass. AG Expresses 'Serious Concerns' Over New Campaign Against Opioids » CBS Boston

Public Safety

Montgomery Fire Department mourning chief who died after collapsing while fighting fire » WWLP 22 The Montgomery Fire Department is in mourning Wednesday evening, after their fire chief collapsed and later died while putting out a house fire on Southampton Road.…

Massachusetts Fire Chief Collapses, Dies Battling Blaze » NECN A western Massachusetts fire chief has died after collapsing while battling a 2-alarm blaze early Wednesday morning.…

Berkshire signatures join filing in support of nurse staffing ballot question » Berkshire Eagle A nurse from Berkshire Medical Center helped deliver signatures Wednesday to a 17th-floor office in downtown Boston, joining members of health, education and labor groups seeking a law they say will i…

Advocates for limiting number of patients per nurse deliver signatures for ballot measure » WWLP 22 BOSTON (WWLP) – Advocates with the Massachusetts Nurses Association delivered thousands of signatures to Secretary of State William Galvin on Wednesday for a petition that would set limits on t…

A Court Visit To The Cell At Bridgewater State Hospital Where A Mentally Ill Man Died » Commonwealth Magazine At Bridgewater State Hospital, three former corrections officers on trial for the death of a mentally ill patient they forcibly put into restraints visited the scene Wednesday, 8 1/2 years after his d…

State Finance

Lottery profits expect to dip in near future » The Salem News After crossing the $1 billion mark in fiscal 2017, State Lottery profits will likely dip below that in the near future, Treasurer Deb Goldberg told lawmakers at the first hearing on the fiscal 2019 bu…

Uncertainty in Washington tax policy complicates Massachusetts budget writing » MassLive Efforts in Washington, D.C. to reshape the nation's tax code are threatening to throw a wrench into Massachusetts' budget forecasting.…

Mass. lawmakers again try to gauge revenues » The Berkshire Eagle Keeping their fingers crossed that tax collection growth this fiscal year won't disintegrate as it has the last two years, lawmakers and Baker administration officials on Wednesday turned their sights…

Potential for federal and state tax law changes muddy FY19 budget picture » State House News Service State senators "came away discouraged" from a Washington, D.C. trip last month to talk revenue and spending with federal officials, one lawmaker who made the trip said Wednesday as the process of buil…

State Government

District 8 city councilor to run for Secretary of the Commonwealth » The Daily Free Press Boston city councilor Josh Zakim announced Monday he will be running for Secretary of the Commonwealth in 2018, a decision coming shortly after he secured another term as city councilor for District …

Don't Rush New Sexual Harassment Policies, Some Women Lawmakers Warn » Governing

Taxation

Look out, wealthy Boston suburbs: Here comes the GOP tax bill » Boston Globe The tax bill racing through Congress this month could transform the US economy, cutting taxes for wealthy investors and everyday workers alike, and — its backers hope — sparking economic…

Transportation

Proposed bill would give MassDOT power to enforce speed limits for road work areas » WWLP 22 Road construction projects can last for months and delay your commute, but road work can also be dangerous for drivers and construction workers.…

Transpo comm poised to advance guv's road safety bill » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker's road safety bill has hit the fast lane, as the House chairman of the Transportation Committee said Wednesday it would likely be reported out of committee within "days."…

Utilities

Coming to the defense of Eversource » Boston Globe Even with two big pipeline projects on hold, natural gas remains a prime target of environmental activists at the State House.…

Massachusetts awards $20 million for 'game-changing' energy storage grants » The Republican

Tesla, GE among recipients of $20M in state grants for energy storage projects » Boston Business Journal

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Without primary date, Mass. stands alone among states » Lowell Sun

How The Mass. Legislature Can Get Closer To Gender Balance » WBUR

3 women poised to seek Senate presidency, amid Rosenberg firestorm » Boston Herald

Leaders call for out-of-state probe » Boston Herald

In School Funding Court Battles, There's Been a Winning Shift » Governing

GOP's Tran wins state Senate seat » Lowell Sun

Tran wins special Senate race; most Item towns vote Democratic » Worcester Telegram

Non-English speaking students deserve better solution » The Landmark

Worcester lawyer nominated for judgeship » Worcester Telegram

Worcester attorney Blake Rubin to run for DA » Worcester Mag

Massachusetts reproductive rights groups join anti-Trump lawsuit over birth control » MassLive

Abortion foes fall short on ballot push » Newburyport News

School Committee reps update selectmen on district budget » The Landmark

These senators want the Massachusetts Senate presidency if Stan Rosenberg steps down permanently » MassLive

Mass. State Senate Leadership Battle Quickly Spills Into The Open » WBUR

Friedman named to Senate Ethics panel » Sentinel & Enterprise

Passions run high as Housie residents decry 'smart' water meters » the Berkshire edge

Dean Tran's inspiring story goes to Beacon Hill » Sentinel & Enterprise

Support for state Sen. Stan Rosenberg remains strong in home district » MassLive

Boston Women Back Time Magazine's Honor To 'Silence Breakers' » CBS Boston

Tax reform for whom? » Martha's Vineyard Times

Stanley Rosenberg stripped of stipend, 'no guarantee' he will retake post » Boston Herald

Donoghue seen as good Senate president » Lowell Sun

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