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Kirsten Gillibrand's Moment Has Arrived » Politico The New York senator has made sexual assault the focus of her political career. Now, the world has caught up with her. …

Bill would spike debt forgiveness for attorneys » Boston Herald The so-called PROSPER Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) and U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), would immediately eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. That program era…

Mass. retailers saw double-digit sales growth on Black Friday weekend » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts retailers experienced a 12.9 percent year-over-year increase in sales the weekend after Thanksgiving, according to a survey of Retailers Association of Massachusetts members. …

Maine's Susan Collins was a health care hero, but now advocates are branding her a villain » Boston Globe Susan Collins received a hero's welcome in Maine this summer after she stymied efforts by her fellow Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Crowds applauded her at the airport. Activist…

Here Are 6 Women (And 1 Man) Who Could Replace Al Franken In The Senate » The Huffington Post Amid accusations of sexual misconduct from at least eight women, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced Thursday that he plans to resign. …

Rosenberg: 'I hope my name will be cleared' » Boston Globe Former Senate President Stan Rosenberg stepped away from a tumultuous Beacon Hill on Thursday afternoon to speak to a class of political science students at his alma mater. After the visit, Rosenberg …

Legislative delegation leaving for Israel amid heightened tensions » State House News Service Amid heightened security concerns stemming from President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, 13 state lawmakers planned to depart Thursday on 10-day trip to Israe…

At nurses rally, Galvin says health care "under attack" » State House News Service Supporters of a ballot question calling for nurse staffing mandates listed Secretary of State William Galvin on their campaign agenda for an event outside the State House Wednesday and the state's top…

Black lawmakers are stumping for Doug Jones in Alabama. But is it too late? » The Washington Post In response to concerns that black voters are not energized in the Alabama Senate race, the Democratic Party is sending some of its most high-profile black lawmakers to the state with the hope they ca…

Former state Senator Brian Joyce indicted on federal charges » Boston Globe Former state senator Brian A. Joyce, once one of the state's highest-ranking legislators, is under arrest and facing federal indictments, the US attorney's office said. …

Spilka wants Senate presidency, but only if Rosenberg exits » Wicked Local Medway State Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, will seek to become Senate president if Stanley Rosenberg does not return to the leadership post he temporarily vacated earlier this week.…

“I hope my name will be cleared and I don’t want to say anything more beyond that,”

Stan Rosenberg

When asked whether he hoped his name would be cleared and he could return to the Senate presidency.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Senate backs bill to keep government open » Boston Globe Congress on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. …

Should Donald Trump resign next? » Boston Herald With Minnesota Sen. Al Franken out of the way, Democrats — including U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III — are turning their fire on President Trump and raising questions about whether he shoul…

Joseph P. Kennedy backs Pelosi, 'messy primary' » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III defended controversial House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and traditional Democratic principles yesterday, while calling for a “messy primary” in his party'…

Business

$600M Fenway Center, long a Sisyphean effort, set to begin construction » Boston Business Journal For close to two decades, gun-safety advocate and real-estate developer John Rosenthal had a dream for an air-rights project in Boston's Fenway neighborhood. …

Minority Business Alliance to host 'How to do Business with MGM Springfield' meeting » The Republican The Minority Business Alliance on Monday will host "How to do Business with MGM Springfield," a seminar for prospective vendors to the $960 million resort casino complex under construction in the Sout…

As Rhode Island talks continue, Worcester's PawSox pitch close to complete » Worcester Telegram According to Gov. Charlie Baker, the city has “put together a pretty compelling package” in its bid to have the Pawtucket Red Sox here, but the details of that package have yet to be divul…

Gregoire, Muradian among Mass. delegation traveling to Israel » Milford Daily News Amid heightened security concerns stemming from President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, 13 state lawmakers planned to depart Thursday on 10-day trip to Israe…

First part of $500M project near Fenway Park gets green light » WCVB Nearly two decades of discussions and negotiations have culminated in the state's approval of a long-term lease and the beginning of a $500 million construction project near Fenway Park.…

After record highs, 7(a) loans level off in Mass. in FY 2017 » Boston Business Journal After posting record highs in fiscal year 2016, small-business bank lending in Massachusetts leveled off in fiscal 2017, data from the U.S. Small Business Administration suggests.…

Shock jocks: Mass. firm develops tech to keep cars from bouncing » Boston Business Journal It was around 1980 when Amar Bose, the founder of Framingham-based Bose Corp., began working on a passion project that his company would eventually spend a reported $100 million to develop — an…

Read the letter from publisher Pat Purcell to the Boston Herald » Boston Globe

Boston Herald files for bankruptcy, sells to GateHouse Media » Boston Business Journal

Crimes

Ex-state Sen. Brian Joyce arrested by feds » Boston Herald Former state Sen. Brian Joyce, who left the legislature amid an ethics cloud, was arrested this morning by federal authorities, the U.S. Attorney's office confirmed.…

Prostitution bill worth debate and a rewrite » Sentinel & Enterprise It seems the legal community has been trying to find the appropriate penalty for prostitution for as long as the "oldest profession" has been around. …

Former state senator Brian Joyce indicted on federal charges » Boston Globe

Former State Sen. Brian Joyce Is Charged With Accepting Bribes » WBUR

Former Sen. Brian Joyce arrested after federal indictment » CBS News

The Most Outrageous Ways Brian Joyce May Have Broken the Law » Boston Magazine

Education

Lowell has MSBA support, but must submit modified high school plan » Lowell Sun Lowell officials were told Thursday that they still have the Massachusetts School Building Authority's support in pursuing a new high school, despite months of confusion and debate about the school's …

85 percent of Boston schools will get new start times » Boston Globe In a move that will scramble the daily schedules of families across the city, nearly 85 percent of Boston's 125 schools will have new start times next fall, school officials announced Thursday night.…

Vote on Attleboro High project delayed » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO -- A citywide vote on whether to fund the construction of a new high will take place sometime within 120 days of Feb. 14, but it won't be March 6 as originally hoped.…

Environment

Civic leaders hear latest designs for Morrissey Blvd. » Dorchester Reporter The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has wrapped up its outreach to key local civic groups over the long-awaited Morrissey Boulevard renovation, but a comment period remains open …

Gaming

Wanna Bet?  Getting Ready for Sports Gambling in Massachusetts » New Boston Post Anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court might rule next year that states can legalize sports wagering, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday resolved to prepare research on the topic for la…

State gaming commission preps for Supreme Court decision on sports betting » Milford Daily News Anticipating that the Supreme Court might rule next year that states can legalize sports wagering, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday resolved to prepare research on the topic for lawmake…

Health Care

Hospital merger draws support; Anna Jaques affected » Newburyport 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…

Massachusetts Will Not Vote to Defund Abortion via Ballot Question » Boston Magazine An attempt to strip state dollars from Planned Parenthood and other clinics failed to collect the required number of signatures.…

Partners HealthCare ends fiscal year in the black despite industry turmoil » Boston Business Journal

Housing

Brockton Housing Court facing drastic cut in days of operation » The Enterprise A drastic cutback in the days of operation at the Brockton Housing Court was averted – for now – as elected officials from the city call on the state's judiciary to reconsider its initia…

Human Services

Audit: DCF unaware of harmed children » Lowell Sun The Department of Children and Families, which has undergone major changes under the Baker administration, was unaware of 260 incidents of apparent serious bodily injury to children in its care during…

State audit rips DCF on handling of sex assaults » Boston Herald A bombshell state audit of the Department of Children and Families has thrust the child welfare system back into Beacon Hill's political fray, putting the Baker administration on the defensive as rile…

Audit of Massachusetts Department of Children and Families says agency failed to report 118 incidents of sexual abuse of a child » The Republican The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families did not report 118 incidents of sexual abuse of a child in the agency's care, a new state audit says.…

DCF deja vu » Commonwealth Magazine

Bill Continues Reforms To Massachusetts Foster Care System » WAMC

Immigration

Barnstable County meeting devolves over illegal immigration debate » Cape Cod Times A meeting Wednesday of the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates degenerated into chaos when the board's speaker abruptly called for its adjournment during public comments on a proposal to allow the…

Lawrence, Sessions spar over undocumented immigrants, federal dollars » Eagle Tribune The city on Thursday pushed back against a warning by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he will cut off its federal public safety grants unless it reconsiders a policy limiting what police can …

When Immigration Detention Means Losing Your Kids » WBUR

Judiciary

SJC eyes voter reg. standard » Boston Herald The state's highest court will consider whether the rule requiring Bay State voters to register at least 20 days ahead of an election is constitutional.…

Massachusetts justice system wrestles with how to define 'adult' » Christian Science Monitor Reform in the Bay State includes a proposal to raise the juvenile age to 18 – and adult to 19. With the delay of 'adult' milestones, such as full-time employment and getting married, youth are …

SJC could branch out from 'Massachusetts Rule' » Boston Herald Leaves, sap and branches can rain down on you and your property from a neighbor's tree, and there's little you can do in the court of law.…

Labor

Economic concerns encourage Northampton City Council to refer resolution advocating for $15 per hour minimum wage to committee » The Republican The Northampton City Council introduced a resolution Thursday night advocating for a $15 per hour state minimum wage, but concerns from several Councilors regarding the potential economic impact such …

Northampton City Council vote will advocate for $15 minimum wage statewide » Boston Business Journal The Northampton City Council plans to vote on a resolution Thursday that throws support behind a statewide $15 per hour minimum wage.…

Legislative

Thirteen state lawmakers travel to Israel as Legislature considers boycott bill » Boston Globe A contingent of 13 Massachusetts lawmaker are off to Israel Thursday for a nine-day junket paid for by a registered State House lobbying group that is pushing a controversial bill that would quash bo…

AG office contacted in probe of husband of Senate prez » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey's office reports it has been contacted in connection with the sexual assault allegations against the husband of state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, after the AG and Suffolk …

Rosenberg's salary, stature takes a big hit » The Recorder Sen. Stanley Rosenberg's decision to step down from leading the Massachusetts Senate will cost him an $80,000 annual stipend.…

Senate opens Rosenberg probe » Andover Townsman The Senate Ethics Committee opened its investigation into former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg Tuesday, promising complete confidentiality to anyone with information about sexual misconduct by Ro…

Lowell's Donoghue front and center in potential race for Senate president » Lowell Sun Three senators -- Eileen Donoghue, Linda Dorcena Forry and Karen Spilka -- have publicly acknowledged their desire to seek the presidency if a "vacancy" occurs, and a fourth -- Sal DiDomenico -- all b…

Rosenberg faces long odds to reclaim post » Newburyport News As one of Beacon Hill's top elected officials, Democrat Stanley Rosenberg is credited with championing same-sex marriage, transgender rights, equal pay for women and other liberal causes. But a pendin…

State Sen. Stan Rosenberg: 'I Hope My Name Will Be Cleared' » New England Public Radio Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg stepped away from a tumultuous Beacon Hill on Thursday afternoon to speak to a class of political science students at his alma mater. After the vis…

Spilka wants Senate presidency, but only if Rosenberg exits » The Metro West Daily News State Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, will seek to become Senate president if Stanley Rosenberg does not return to the leadership post he temporarily vacated earlier this week.…

State Sen. Richard Ross recognized for voting record » Wicked Local Franklin State Sen. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, was recently recognized by Beacon Hill Roll Call for his 100-percent voting attendance record in the Massachusetts Senate in 2017. This marks the sixth year in a r…

Fed: Ex-state Sen. Brian Joyce took 'stream of bribes and kickbacks' » Boston Herald

Sen. Moore Announces Dates for 80th Citizens' Legislative Seminar » Go Local Worcester

Former Dem State Senator Indicted, Top Fiscal Watchdog Expecting More to Follow » New Boston Post

Local Government

Outgoing Attleboro mayor in line for Mansfield town manager job » The Sun Chronicle Outgoing Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas is one of three finalists for the vacant post of town manager in Mansfield.…

What Marty Walsh Can Do To Raise The Grades On His NAACP Report Card » WGBH News The Boston branch of the NAACP released a report card at the end of October that graded Mayor Walsh on how well he fulfilled the campaign promises he made to communities of color during the 2013 elect…

Marijuana

Norfolk votes to ban recreational pot businesses » The Sun Chronicle The town has banned recreational marijuana businesses.…

Northbridge voters to decide on pot shop opt-out » Worcester Telegram It will be up to voters to decide whether to ban recreational marijuana establishments, selectmen voted unanimously on Monday.…

Opinion

Editorial: Scandal roils Mass. Senate » Providence Journal With their former House speaker and their former House Finance Committee chairman now serving criminal sentences, Rhode Islanders have a tendency to look at their legislature as unusually prone to cor…

Trump's slashing of national monument lands would be an irreversible mistake » Boston Globe I've been all over the United States in search of two things: live music and silence. The music is typically by a rock band. The silence — that's harder to come by.…

Al Franken's graceless exit » Boston Globe Here's to the Democratic women of the US Senate. They stood up this week and gave their colleague Al Franken the bum's rush.…

Trump's decertification doesn't mean the death of the Iran nuclear deal » Boston Globe After President Trump announced the decertification of the nuclear agreement with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, policy experts have largely focused on the extreme possible out…

Graham: Bannon's 'genius' spells doom for GOP » Boston Herald I have seen the future of American populism, and it's an angry lunatic with bad hair ranting about Mormons.…

Editorial: Don't shoot down the fanciful and the far-fetched » Boston Business Journal Since the Business Journal first reported on one developer's early proposal to build a giant aerial tram system to bring commuters from South Station to the fast-growing Seaport area, reactions to the…

Letter: Museum board should accept Hinds' overture » Berkshire Eagle

Politics

Deval Patrick stumps against Roy Moore in Alabama » Boston Herald Former Bay State Gov. Deval Patrick will spend the weekend campaigning in Alabama for Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones, who will face off with controversial Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday's spe…

Charlie Baker gets GOP primary challenger » Boston Globe Scott Lively, the Springfield pastor whose controversial statements about homosexuality have made a him target of human rights groups and the subject of sharp criticism from a federal judge, is again …

Signature deadline leaves fewer ballot questions » Lowell Sun Questions dealing with the minimum wage, sales tax, paid family and medical leave, nurse staffing and a campaign finance commission may be one step closer to coming before voters next year, after thei…

Baker continues fund-raising with RNC, despite its support of Moore » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker's political crew is quick to distance him from Alabama GOP senate candidate Roy Moore — but it's clear he is not distancing himself from the money that is helping the acc…

Falmouth protesters fight for net neutrality » Cape Cod Times Cape Cod residents joined Thursday's nationwide protests of a proposal to dismantle net neutrality protections put in place during the Obama administration, calling the plan an effort to undermine the…

Anti-LGBT Springfield pastor Scott Lively to challenge Gov. Charlie Baker in GOP primary » The Republican

Public Health

#ResistTheRisk campaign draws criticism » Boston Herald The U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston has pulled one of its MBTA ads intended to discourage opioid abuse, after Attorney General Maura Healey and more than 80 medical professionals slammed it as ineffe…

Aid in dying supporters positive as doctors shift to neutral » State House News Service The Massachusetts Medical Society's recent decision to no longer oppose medical aid in dying could be the catalyst needed to advance legislation that would make it legal for doctors to prescribe letha…

Public Safety

Calling on US Senate to Reject Concealed Gun Bill » US News and World Report Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is calling on the U.S. Senate to reject a bill approved by House lawmakers that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons acros…

As More Prisons Shutter, Governments Wonder What to Do With Them » Governing Distilleries? Homeless shelters? Museums? There are lots of creative ideas for repurposing old lockups. But finding one that's good for the economy -- and wins approval -- isn't easy. …

State Finance

Potential for tax changes muddy budget picture » Sentinel & Enterprise 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

Massachusetts spent $20.6 million on drug lab scandals involving Annie Dookhan, Sonja Farak » The Republican Massachusetts has spent $20.6 million over the last five years responding to two scandals involving misconduct at state drug labs, according to the Executive Office of Administration and Finance.…

7 question submitted for 2018 state election » The Enterprise BOSTON -- Campaigns backing seven ballot questions dealing with the minimum wage, sales tax, paid family and medical leave, nurse staffing and a campaign finance commission turned in their paperwork t…

Mass Cultural Council fetes lawmakers, arts leaders at Holyoke celebration » The Republican

Taxation

Sales taxes, minimum wage, paid leave and nurse staffing headed toward 2018 ballot » The Republican Ballot questions that would raise the minimum wage, lower the sales tax, require employers to offer paid family leave and regulate nurse staffing are all expected to gather enough signatures to get on…

Transportation

Pacheco: Communities should sue state over South Coast Rail » South Coast Today Communities that feel wronged by the state's plan to send South Coast Rail through Middleboro and build a new station in the town should consider cooperating in a lawsuit against the state, Sen. Marc …

MBTA parking contract said to be in disarray » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA's DIRECTOR OF PARKING resigned last week after distributing a 30-page statement detailing how the agency's parking contractor is not living up to the terms of its contract and how T managemen…

JetBlue CEO: Worcester-NYC flights will begin in May » Worcester Telegram If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere ... and Worcester travelers can make it to New York and beyond on JetBlue beginning May 3, the airline's CEO and President Robin Hayes announced Thur…

Irresistible smell of bacon and sausage proves downfall for rebel dog who escaped at Logan » Boston Globe

Utilities

State's push for more energy storage includes projects on Cape and Islands » Cape Cod Times With a goal of 200 megawatts of energy storage capacity throughout the state by 2020, Massachusetts officials have approved the development by utilities of large storage facilities and have announced …

Decision on Eversource rate hike drawing criticism » The Recorder Even as Eversource prepares a response to the Department of Utilities call for a rate design that would take effect Jan. 1, pending a ruling at the end of the month, the DPU decision last week allowin…

Gov. Baker awards $20M in grants for energy storage projects » Milford Daily News Marlborough Hospital will soon have the capability to store energy drawn from solar panels in the Union Street facility's parking lot. The hospital – part of the UMass Memorial family – …

Gas main for luxe tower OK'd » Boston Herald City officials approved the construction of a 4,100-foot long natural gas main yesterday in preparation for the Back Bay's new behemoth luxury skyscraper, prompting outrage from residents who say Nati…

Court: Axia must keep 'middle-mile' broadband network operating » Berkshire Eagle A May court order requiring continued operation of the state's $90 million "middle-mile" broadband network remains in effect, despite an effort to quash it. …

Pipeline protesters' charges downgraded, allegations made of police bias » the Berkshire edge

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

Editorial: Investigation must be public » Worcester Mag

Some Cities Are Getting Millennials' Aid for Free » Governing

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

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

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

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

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

Flores challenges Cyr for senate seat » The Inquirer and Mirror

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

Tran's win has Republicans optimistic » Sentinel & Enterprise

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

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

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

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

Ballot initiatives anger retailers' group » The Salem News

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3963 - An Act designating a portion of Route 88 as Governor Argeo Paul Cellucci Circle in the town of Westport

HB 3807 - An Act to amend special legislation to limit transfer of restaurant liquor licenses in the town of Belmont

HB 3806 - An Act to amend special legislation to limit transfer of restaurant liquor licenses in the town of Belmont

HB 3883 - An Act exempting positions in the Department of Public Works for the city of Marlborough from the civil service law

HB 3843 - An Act confirming the classification of Lawrence police patrolman Eugene Scanlon, Sr.'s death on February 12, 1972, as killed in the line of duty providing any additional or retroactive benefits to his survivors as a result of the confirmation of the classification

HB 4052 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2018 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

Most read bills of the week:

HB5 - An Act to improve oversight of state government

HB1468 - An Act relative to the sales tax of candy and soda

SB2200 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

SB1494 - An Act regarding state income tax credit for renting unsubsidized properties at below market rents

HB4043 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

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

SB1163 - An Act relative to transparency and access in healthcare

HB2752 - An Act regarding right of way violations

HB4011 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

House Actions This Week: 262

Senate Actions This Week: 68


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