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11:00am House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Oversight Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

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

5:30pm Winter Fundraiser & Celebration with Rep. Mike Connolly

Must-Reads

ADMIN OFFICIALS DEPARTING FOR BAKER CAMPAIGN, MASSGOP » State House News Service As Gov. Charlie Baker moves into re-election mode, two administration staffers are shifting into political roles. …

N.Y. millionaire tax hike push to end if Trump's bill passes » Daily News ALBANY — An across-the-board tax hike on millionaires sought by state Democrats will likely be off the table if President Trump's tax bill passes in Washington, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to…

The U.S. Media Suffered Its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened » The Intercept FRIDAY WAS ONE of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators …

Rosenberg faces challenge returning to top post » Eagle Tribune (A) pending ethics investigation into allegations of sexual assault and harassment by his husband, Bryon Hefner, now threatens to tarnish Rosenberg's reputation and potentially set back the Senate's l…

L'Italien, Koh seen strong in 3rd District House race » Lowell Sun The first point political experts stress is that, nine-plus months out from a primary election, the race for the 3rd Congressional District is wide open.…

BOSTON. RACISM. IMAGE. REALITY. » Boston Globe Google the phrase “Most racist city,” and Boston pops up more than any other place, time and time again. It may be easy to write that off as a meaningless digital snapshot of what people s…

US Atty: Joyce ran office as 'criminal enterprise' » Commonwealth Magazine Former lawmaker accused of peddling influence for cash …

“People in public life need to respect the offices they hold, and that means not using them for personal gain,’’ he said Friday. “And, if the feds believe there is enough there to justify an indictment, then the investigation needs to be thorough and move forward accordingly.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the arrest of former Senator Brian Joyce.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

How Trump came around to an accused child molester » Politico The inside story of President Donald Trump's full embrace of scandal-tarred Roy Moore. …

Business

Herald files for bankruptcy, plans sale to GateHouse » Boston Herald Boston Herald Publisher Patrick J. Purcell announced yesterday that the media company with its flagship Boston Herald newspaper has reached an agreement with GateHouse Media LLC for it to acquire the …

Q&A: Can a museum sell its art to stay in business? » The Associated Press (AP) The intensifying legal tussle over whether a struggling Massachusetts museum should be allowed to auction 40 works of art, including two by Norman Rockwell, has raised questions about when — if…

Crimes

Baker administration reluctant to issue pardons » The Salem News Dozens of people applied to the state this year for pardons or commutations, but none reached Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.…

The most Massachusetts political scandal ever » Universal Hub In what other state would Dunkin' Donuts coffee figure so prominently in a federal corruption indictment? The lengthy indictment against former state Sen. Brian Joyce features page after page about Du…

Education

Hopedale school fair promotes financial literacy » Milford Daily News HOPEDALE - For a few hours Friday morning, Hopedale Junior-Senior High School students swapped out their notebooks, textbooks and pens for a real world math lesson: balancing adult finances.…

Bristol-Plymouth DECA students spread message of financial literacy » Taunton Daily Gazette DECA, which was founded in 1946, is an international association made up of high school and college students and teachers with the goal of either prepping for a career in a business-related field, or …

After BPS Reschedules School Start Times By Computer, Parents Push Back » WBUR For some Boston parents, the list of next school year's "bell times" dropped like a bomb Thursday night. This year, the opening bell at the Henderson School in Dorchester rings at 8:30 a.m. Next year,…

Environment

Gov. Baker awards energy storage grants at » Community Advocate Marlborough – The Leahy Conference Room in UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital was filled with enthusiasm Dec. 7 when Gov. Charlie Baker awarded $20 million in grants to 26 projects th…

Another Victim Of The GOP Tax Bill? The Environment » WBUR Most economists agree that the steep reductions in corporate tax rates won't stimulate nearly enough revenue to avoid bloating the deficit. And if you're a real estate broker or a graduate student, or…

Federal

Al Franken, Democrats, And The 'Moral Obligation To Win' » WGBH News Watching Al Franken chased out of the Senate by his own colleagues, having been denied a chance to appear before the ethics committee, you understand why Democrats are out of power. When going low is …

Days Before Net Neutrality Vote, Mayors Join the Fight » Governing They say their economies could suffer if the FCC repeals net neutrality regulations on Dec. 14. …

As Mueller's Russia Probe Forges Ahead, Potential Legal Endgames Begin to Take Shape » WBUR While many aspects of the Justice Department's Russia investigation remain shrouded in secrecy, one thing at this point is clear: Special counsel Robert Mueller isn't finished yet. …

The Myth Of Trump's Economic Populism, As Proven By The Tax Bill » WBUR They thought Trumpism might offer something new for the GOP. Since Trump wasn't tied to the orthodoxies of either party he could, theoretically, offer a more populist path toward the future for Republ…

Markey: Tax plan an assault on Bay Staters » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey is slamming the Republican tax plan as a measure that would disproportionately hurt Bay State residents and is sounding off on calls to go after entitlement programs next ye…

Gaming

Helping the Lottery will help the state » Lowell Sun State Treasurer Deb Goldberg declined to use a hearing before two powerful legislative committees as a platform to press lawmakers for support of her bill that would pave the way for online Lottery ga…

Health Care

Bearing the Burden of Controlling Birth » Valley Advocate

Housing

Register O'Donnell voices concerns about Norfolk County real estate market » Wicked Local Westwood After analyzing the most recent housing data for Norfolk County, Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell expressed some concerns with regards to real estate sales and lending activity for the month of …

Baker moves to encourage housing in balky suburbs » Boston Globe

Gov. Baker Outlines Plan For 135,000 New Housing Units By 2025 » WBUR

Gov. Baker pitches $10 million plan to boost housing » Berkshire Eagle

Human Services

State Auditor Bump: DCF not utilizing important data » Boston Herald State Auditor Suzanne Bump made an in-studio appearance on Boston Herald Radio's “Morning Meeting” program this week to talk about a recently released audit of the Department of Children a…

Baker assails auditor's scathing DCF report » Boston Globe

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he's 'dismayed' by Department of Children and Families audit » The Republican

Immigration

YOUR VIEW: Crack down on sanctuary cities illegal in Massachusetts » South Coast Today My name is Thomas Ramos, and I am prompted to write in response to the article “State bill aims to cut off aid to sanctuary cities,” by contributing writer Sam Cote, published in The Stand…

Greenfield protesters denounce anti-sanctuary state postcards » The Recorder Postcards distributed to mailboxes throughout town show, on one side, a green sign that reads “GREENFIELD WELCOMES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.” On the other, the postcard asks residents to call Re…

Judiciary

Baker administration reluctant to issue pardons » Newburyport News

Labor

MBTA bus mechanics launch multimedia campaign opposing privatization effort » The Daily Free Press

Legislative

Hand: There is no law requiring a special election for Heroux seat » The Sun Chronicle Candidates are popping up like weeds to run in a special election to replace state Rep. Paul Heroux when he resigns from the House Jan. 2, but there is no requirement that a special election be held.…

Massachusetts Senate Leadership: Echoes of Nero » New Boston Post One of the most famous passages in the Old Testament comes from the Book of Ecclesiastes: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun…

Rosenberg resignation starts ethics probe » Lowell Sun Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senator's votes on three roll calls from the week of December 4-8. There were no roll calls in the House last week. …

Rosenberg Probe Roils Mass. Legislature » Valley News The unprecedented series of events that unfolded after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against the husband of Senate leader Stan Rosenberg has left many questions lingering, even as lawmakers t…

Rosenberg resignation starts ethics investigation » Sentinel & Enterprise Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senator's votes on three roll calls from the week of December 4-8. There were no roll calls in the House last week. SEN. STAN ROSENBERG RESIGNS FROM SENATE PRESIDEN…

Keller @ Large: State House News Service Reporters Discuss Beacon Hill » CBS Boston After a busy week on Beacon Hill, including the Senate President's announcement that he will step down and the arrest of a former senator, two State House News Service reporters joined WBZ-TV's Jon Ke…

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian » The Daily Collegian Senator Stanley Rosenberg stepped down as President of the Massachusetts State Senate on Dec. 4, amid his husband Bryon Hefner's alleged sexual misconduct. …

Q&A: Stan Rosenberg probe roils Legislature » Boston Herald The unprecedented series of events that unfolded after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against the husband of Senate leader Stan Rosenberg has left many questions lingering, even as lawmakers t…

How they voted: Western Mass. lawmakers weigh in on interim Senate president, recusing Stanley Rosenberg » The Republican The Massachusetts Senate held three roll call votes during the week of Dec. 4 to 8 regarding President Stanley Rosenberg's, D-Amherst, decision to take what he called "a leave of absence" during an Et…

Opinion

Editorial: Cable needs competition for our sake and its own » The Sun Chronicle Remember Ma Bell? Officially, it was the American Telephone & Telegraph Company, and for decades it was one of the largest corporations in the world, employing a million people and providing phone ser…

Roy Moore is the last straw, you can now call me a Democrat » USA TODAY The GOP would rather elect a sexual predator who preys on teenagers than a prosecutor who happens to be a Democrat. That's it, I'm switching parties. …

We cannot test and punish our way to better schools » Commonwealth Magazine Time to pause on high-stakes exams and take different approach …

Lessons to be learned from Green Line Ext. » Commonwealth Magazine Notions about value capture need to be broadened …

Editorial: Council smart to leave 'bullying' situation alone » The Recorder

Politics

Republican Arute has her eye on the Third Plymouth District » Wicked Local Hingham During her first run for state rep in 2016 -- for the seat held by Garrett Bradley following his resignation -- Hingham resident Kristen Arute campaigned for only 100 days after entering the race late…

Cory Booker, Deval Patrick stump for Doug Jones in Alabama » al.com Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell joined Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones today at an historic Selma church as part of a home-stretch push for Tuesday's election. T…

Black leaders unsettled by timing of Globe series after mayoral election » Boston Herald Black leaders questioned the timing of a massive Boston Globe report on racial disparity in the city's institutions, saying it should have been released during Tito Jackson's campaign to become the ci…

Andrea Campbell says she has the votes to be council president » Dorchester Reporter District 4 City Councillor Andrea Campbell announced Saturday that she has secured the support of all of her colleagues and will be the next president of the Boston City Council.…

Public Health

Infant deaths down in states requiring cardiac screening » The Republican Infant deaths from critical congenital heart disease have dropped in states where screening is now mandatory.…

State Finance

Editorial: Caution flag on budget » Boston Herald Two years in a row Massachusetts had to write down its revenue forecast late in the fiscal year, throwing the state budget into chaos — and dragging out the fiscal pain that occurs when spendin…

State Government

Comedian Jimmy Tingle says he's serious about running for Mass. lieutenant gov. » The Sun Chronicle Comedian Jimmy Tingle says he's serious about running for Mass. lieutenant gov.…

Signature deadline leaves fewer ballot questions in mix » South Coast Today BOSTON — 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 …

Massive menorah to be lit in Statehouse to mark Hanukkah » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker and other top state politicians are joining representatives of Massachusetts' Jewish community to light an 18-foot menorah in the Statehouse to mark the beginning of Hanukkah.…

Prison guards acquitted in death of Bridgewater patient » Boston Globe

Transportation

MBTA ramps up security at T stops in wake of NYC explosion » Boston Herald Boston's transit authorities are ramping up deployments throughout the T system, officials said today, after this morning's rush-hour pipe-bomb explosion on a subway platform in New York City's bustli…

State, volunteers to plow Sandisfield after trucks lost in fire » Berkshire Eagle

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

'It's A Prison. It's Punishing Addicts': Calls To Reform Civil Commitments Increase » WBUR

Springfield Cannabis Co. gets higher grades on updated presentation for proposed marijuana store in East Springfield » The Republican

Newbury College to shut down in the spring » The Boston Globe

The Loop takes over 5,000 riders through downtown Springfield in 1st 3 months; city wants schedule to align with trains » The Republican

Baker Chooses Wind over Fishing [OPINION] » WBSM

In shift from first election, Healey to raise funds from donors for inaugural party » The Boston Globe

Hector Montesino appointed to Alzheimer's advisory council » Wicked Local Concord

Somerville Receives $500K For Water, Sewer Improvements » Wakefield Patch

Future of Transportation: Baker says state needs to build reliable system » Fox 25 News

Commission’s transportation recommendations unveiled » Commonwealth Magazine

GE says it may replace KPMG as auditor » Boston Business Journal

Offshore Wind Auction For 390,000 Acres South Of Mass. Blows Through Sale Record » WBUR

In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it. » The Boston Globe

State commission recommends VC funding for transit technology » Boston Business Journal

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 12/11

11:00am House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Oversight Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

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

5:30pm Winter Fundraiser & Celebration with Rep. Mike Connolly

Tuesday - 12/12

Birthdays: Rep. Peter Durant

1:00pm SBANE Manufacturing Matching Grants Presentation, Great Hall, State House

4:00pm Annual Lighting of the Chanukah Menorah, Grand Staircase, State House

5:30pm Watertown Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate with Steven Grogan

6:00pm Fourth Annual Holiday Party with Mayor Marty Walsh

6:00pm Rep. Jay Livingstone's December Fundraising Reception

Wednesday - 12/13

11:00am National Guard Officer Commissioning and Governor's 20 Presentation, Memorial Hall & Nurses Hall, State House

2:00pm Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

6:00pm Taunton Christmas Party for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

6:30pm City Councilor-Elect Lydia Edward's Birthday Bash

Thursday - 12/14

10:00am Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

6:30pm End of the Year Fundraiser and Book Drive for Rep. Paul Brodeur with Congresswoman Katherine Clark

Friday - 12/15

9:00am Generation Citizen Civics Day, Second Floor, State House


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