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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

Birthdays: Rep. Peter Durant

Must-Reads

Alabama Senate election: 5 things to watch » Politico Doug Jones' chances hinge on African-American turnout and college-educated crossover voters, while Roy Moore is banking on an animated conservative base. …

Women in politics fear #MeToo moment will backfire — and they'll be the ones punished » Miami Herald As Florida's politically powerful men fear becoming targets of sexual harassment allegations, the new-found awareness of a male-dominated Legislature has come with a cost: Women are collateral damage.…

I'm Not Convinced Franken Should Quit » New York Times Congress needs a new process for investigating harassment complaints and disciplining offenders.…

Fifty-Plus Female Democratic Lawmakers Urge Investigation Into Trump Allegations » Roll Call More than 50 female Democratic lawmakers on Monday asked leaders in the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to open an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Presid…

Why These Alabama Voters Are Sticking By Roy Moore » YouTube These are the views of twelve conservative voters who gathered inside a Birmingham coffee house Thursday for a candid discussion about the senate race in their state. Voters dismissed many of the alle…

The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans has tapped into the Senate for new communications director. » State House News Service PETE WILSON, who up until Monday was the chief spokesman to then Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, starts next Tuesday as communications director for the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans. W…

Chandler staying back, but staff moving into president's office » State House News Service It's moving day in the Senate president's office.…

Baker, Bump continue to clash over DCF audit » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker delivered a forceful rebuke Monday of Auditor Suzanne Bump's review of the Department of Children and Families, calling the claims in the audit release last week "irresponsible" and…

St. Hilaire tapped as state GOP director » The Salem News BEVERLY — Matt St. Hilaire may have lost out a bid for a seat on the City Council, but he will be right in the thick of politics when it comes to the 2018 general election. …

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…

Two more Democrats enter race for state Senate » The Sun Chronicle Four local Democrats are vying for the nomination to run against state Sen. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham. …

"If I thought raising money for the Mass. Republican Party had anything to do with Roy Moore's campaign, I would not do it, OK?" Baker told reporters Monday afternoon, after announcing a set of policies aimed at spurring housing production. "I said from the beginning that I didn't think he was fit for office."

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the Senate election taking place today in Alabama.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

From Reps. Neal And McGovern, No Transparency On Tax Returns » New England Public Radio Springfield Congressman Richard Neal, like many Democrats and some Republicans, has repeatedly called on President Trump to release his tax returns. …

Healey Joins Counterparts In Suit Over CFPB » Banker & Tradesman Attorney General Maura Healey and her counterparts from other states are backing a legal challenge to the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, arguing that President Donald Trump's …

Opponents of FCC "information gerrymandering" pledge court battle » Sentinel & Enterprise An open internet creates a level digital playing field and makes up the "foundation of our tech economy" in Massachusetts, but rules that protect it face a "day of reckoning" on Thursday, Sen. Edward …

Business

Berkshire Museum Criticizes AG's Request To Extend Inquiry » WAMC The Berkshire Museum says the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office request to extend its inquiry into the Pittsfield museum's controversial art sale is without merit. …

So long, Bud - Sam Adams is the new official beer of the Red Sox » Boston Globe The King of Beers has been dethroned - by a beer named for an American patriot.…

Q&A: Can a museum sell its art to stay in business? » The Recorder 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…

Thirteen states sue over Mass. egg law » Boston Globe Indiana and 12 other states are suing Massachusetts over its cage-free egg law, asking the US Supreme Court to scramble implementation of the voter-passed initiative. The law, set to take effect in 20…

High demand for hotels in MetroWest » The Metro West Daily News When Robert Walker started dreaming about developing a vacant 60-acre property along Rte. 20 in Marlborough, he knew he wanted to lure a high-end hotel.…

SPECIAL REPORT: Belmont's limits on license transfers rile businesses » Wicked Local Belmont Belmont resident Fuad Mukarker had a vision for his business, The Loading Dock, at 11 Brighton St. in Belmont. He wanted it to be a place where people could purchase liquor, cigarettes, lottery, groce…

Once-promising Boston-Power cuts Westborough presence » Boston Business Journal Boston-Power Inc. has laid off about 15 people at its Westborough research and development facility as part of a restructuring effort, leaving approximately 20 employees remaining at the local office …

Crimes

Boston Calling trial pushed back as defenses poke holes in legal theory » Boston Herald The extortion trial of two top City Hall officials has been set back nearly four months to March 26 so their lawyers can sort out whether Kenneth Brissette and Timothy Sullivan were indicted on a theo…

Less Regulation Means Less Opportunity for Government Corruption » Reason.com The federal indictment of a former Massachusetts state senator, Brian Joyce, gave some headline writers an opportunity to focus on the comic element of his alleged scheme. …

Education

Worcester State University, Mount Wachusett Community College get cut of $1.2 million in state grants » Worcester Telegram The state has awarded $1.2 million worth of Performance Incentive Fund grants to public colleges and universities, including a few in Central Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker's office announced Monda…

Dual-immersion language program proposed at Gomes School » South Coast Today Speaking publicly to the School Committee for the first time since she announced her resignation, Superintendent of Schools Pia Durkin outlined plans Monday for the final six-and-a-half months of her …

Educators given more flexibility to teach English » Sentinel & Enterprise Educators say new legislation signed by Gov. Charlie Baker last month will allow districts more freedom when teaching English language learners, a change that comes as local school districts adjust to…

Pioneer report rips new education standards » Gloucester Times Massachusetts prides itself as a leader in education, but a new study suggests its use of national academic standards is now weighing down student performance.…

Chang-Díaz 'Thrilled' by Governor's Signing of Bilingual English Instruction Bill » Jamaica Plain News Governor Charlie Baker signed the LOOK Bill into law on Dec. 5th, which recognizes the value of bilingualism by encompassing the best practices for serving English learners. State Sen. Sonia Chang-DÃ…

Massachusetts tuition break approved for Puerto Rico, Virgin Island hurricane evacuees » WWLP 22 News

Environment

Philanthropist funded trip for oversight officials » The Boston Globe

Federal

Kennedy: GOP tax bill not written for local towns » The Metro West Daily News As Washington lawmakers hammer out differences in a sweeping, Republican-backed tax reform bill, U.S. Rep Joe Kennedy III said the proposal reflects zero-sum politics, and that it would not benefit to…

Health Care

Color line persists, in sickness as in health » Boston Globe Patients fly in from all over the country to get care at Massachusetts General Hospital. Yet, most black Bostonians don't travel the five to 10 miles from their neighborhoods to take advantage of the …

Spending Deal Offers Short-Term CHIP Relief » Governing The bill signed by President Trump helps states keep the Children's Health Insurance Program afloat, but it doesn't offer any reassurance that kids won't lose their health care in 2018. …

Housing

Baker announces $10M plan to create 135,000 housing units » Boston Business Journal Baker has proposed legislation that eases the process for municipalities to alter local zoning, a move intended to create additional multifamily units, starter homes and “in law” apartment…

Human Services

'The Governor is denying a reality that DCF itself does not dispute,' Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump says » The Republican Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump lashed Gov. Charlie Baker over his defense of reforms at the state's Department of Children and Families, referring to what he said as a "political statement."…

Legislator Says Mass. DCF Needs To Be More Transparent » New England Public Radio A review by the Massachusetts state auditor concludes that between 2014 and 2015, the Department of Children and Families did not report 19 cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect to distric…

Gov. Charlie Baker Trades Barbs with Suzanne Bump » Boston Magazine The state audit of Massachusetts' Department of Children and Families is not pretty. And neither is the fallout.…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he's 'dismayed' by Department of Children and Families audit » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing back on a critical state audit of the Department of Children and Families, saying he was "dismayed" that the audit used data two to three years old and call…

State Auditor On DCF Report: I Don't Regard This As An Indictment Of The Agency » WGBH News A recent audit of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, which details a failure to report multiple instances of serious mistreatment of children under the department's supervision, ha…

Charlie Baker calls audit of DCF 'simply not true' » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday lashed out at a biting audit of the state's Department of Children and Families, blasting its findings as parts “irresponsible” and untrue, and effectively ele…

In Letter, Baker Calls Bump's DCF Audit 'Irresponsible' » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker delivered a forceful rebuke Monday of Auditor Suzanne Bump's review of the Department of Children and Families released last week, calling the claims in the audit "irresponsible," a…

DCF failed to refer serious abuse cases to Plymouth, Norfolk district attorneys » The Enterprise A 3-month-old girl, whose mother had used heroin and cocaine during her pregnancy, died as a result of suffocation. A case of neglect and physical abuse led to the death of a 4-year-old boy. And a 6-y…

DCF Report Raises Questions Over Auditing Protocol » WBUR

Foreshadowing Major Food Stamp Changes, Feds Ask States for Advice » Governing The Trump administration has begun the process of tightening welfare programs. Many conservative states have been waiting for a moment like this for years. …

Judiciary

3 guards acquitted in 2009 death of patient at Bridgewater State Hospital » Boston Herald Three former guards at a Massachusetts facility that treats the mentally ill in the state criminal justice system have been acquitted of charges in the 2009 death of an inmate with schizophrenia.…

Prison guards acquitted in death of Bridgewater patient » Boston Globe Three former prison guards at Bridgewater State Hospital were acquitted Monday of involuntary manslaughter charges in the 2009 death of Joshua K. Messier, a 23-year-old patient with schizophrenia the…

Labor

This Lynn nonprofit is hiring residents of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands » Lynn Daily News Item A Lynn social services organization is hoping to fill its hiring needs, while providing an opportunity for bilingual citizens from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands devastated by recent hurrican…

Legislative

The infamous Statehouse sex scandal of 1855 » Lowell Sun This is a story about state Rep. Joseph Hiss. His claim to fame is that he was the first member of the Massachusetts Legislature to be thrown out of the House for sexual misconduct.…

Political Notes: Region's senators support investigation » Cape Cod Times The Cape and Islands' two state senators continue to work with colleagues as they deal with the scandal that has rocked Beacon Hill in recent weeks.…

We the People Act, fighting Citizens United, grateful to Jehlen, DiDomenico and Decker » Cambridge Day The members of the Greater Boston Chapter of We the People Massachusetts wish to express appreciation to state Sens. Pat Jehlen and Sal DiDomenico and state Rep. Marjorie Decker for their support of t…

Rep scheduled for surgery to remove benign tumor » State House News Service Rep. Dylan Fernandes will be out of commission through the end of 2017, with plans to recover from a surgery scheduled for Wednesday, in which doctors will remove a footlong benign tumor from his leg.…

Sen. Fattman Seeks Nominees To Participate In Leg. Seminar » Milford Patch Topics will include the history and process of the Legislature, the state budget, the parliamentary role of the Clerk of the Senate. …

Senate President Situation Reverberates in Everett Circles » Everett Independent As Beacon Hill has reverberated with scandal this week due to the situation surrounding Senate President Stan Rosenberg – who has now stepped down temporarily – the tremors of that confl…

It's A Time Of Transition In The Mass. Senate: The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill » New England Public Radio It's been quite a few weeks for the Massachusetts Senate. Last Friday, former state Senator Brian Joyce pleaded not guilty to charges that he used his Senate office to collect up to $1 million in brib…

DeLeo promotes staff as top aides leave for lobbying firms » State House News Service

Local Government

Mayor's special assistant Fiore promoted to new city housing czar » The Herald News Faust Fiore, the mayor's former special assistant, started a different role at Government Center Monday as the Fall River Community Development Agency's new housing director.…

Borrowing, interest payments loom as option to keep Holyoke running as officials battle over budget » The Republican The prospect of short-term borrowing and paying interest just to keep the city operating looms as officials argue about how to balance the budget so the tax rate can be set, with time running out.…

Berkshires Beat: Habitat for Humanity Giving One Family Ultimate Christmas Present » iBerkshires Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity will be dedicating a new home to a local family on Saturday, Dec. 16. The public is welcome. The formal presentation will begin at 1 p.m. with local leaders as w…

New Venue:4,000-Seat Concert/Entertainment Center at Hood Park » Charlestown Bridge When people in Charlestown think about seeing a show or a concert, they typically look to the south towards the TD Garden, but if a plan by Hood Park holds, a new 4,000-seat concert and entertainment …

Do you think a lack of diversity is an issue in the Seaport? » Boston Globe Submit your response and see other comments below …

A brand new Boston, even whiter than the old » Boston Globe The city had a rare opportunity to build a new neighborhood for all Bostonians. …

Springfield City Council approves new tax rates raising average homeowner's bill by over $100 » MassLive

Marijuana

Easthampton woman plans 'cannabis cafe' as Massachusetts marijuana rules take shape » The Republican A recent business school graduate who hopes to open a "cannabis cafe" says she plans to operate in full compliance with state and local laws -- even though regulations around the recreational use of m…

With New Cannabis Cafes, You Can Smoke 'Em Where You Bought 'Em » WBUR Sometime soon in Massachusetts, you'll be able to walk into a cafe, ask for a marijuana product, and consume it right there without heading home first.…

Opinion

Our Opinion: The right way to correct a legal mess » Berkshire Eagle The law is an abstract. It's a collection of precedents, codifications, traditions and customs that order our society, and we see that abstract interpreted daily in the courts and its practical applic…

EDITORIAL: Reversing course comes with a price » Lowell Sun When real legal and health issues start popping up over Lowell's plans to construct a new or used downtown high school, will the Massachusetts School Building Authority take them seriously?…

Besides saying the right thing, what can Richard Shelby do about Roy Moore? » Boston Globe Senator Richard Shelby may not change the outcome of Alabama's special election with these words: “I couldn't vote for Roy Moore. The state of Alabama deserves better.”…

Trump plays the race card yet again by targeting affirmative action on campus » Boston Globe Once again, Donald Trump pummels reality to please his base. As often, his cudgel is race.…

Enduring belief in the two-state solution as a path to peace » Boston Globe Two months ago President Trump said, “I want to give [the peace process] a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem.”…

Prison is no place for those suffering from substance use disorders » Boston Globe In late September, David McKinley was found hanging from the top bunk bed in his room at a Plymouth treatment center for drug and alcohol dependency. As reported in the Globe, McKinley's suicide raise…

Politics

Baker said he backs the Dem in Alabama » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said he supports the Democrat running for US Senate in Alabama against Roy Moore, the controversial Republican who has been dogged by multiple accounts that he made sexual advances …

Republican John Kingston says his campaign's message, focus on service will set him apart in 2018 US Senate race » The Republican Despite a crowded field of Republicans looking to challenge U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018, John Kingston, a Winchester businessman and political newcomer, said he believes he's the best GOP candi…

Republican Charlie Baker implies he's supporting Democrat Doug Jones in the Senate race in Alabama » Boston.com Gov. Charlie Baker might not quite be writing “Doug Jones for U.S. Senate” checks like some of his fellow Republicans. But the Massachusetts governor strongly suggested Monday that he is b…

Gov. Baker backs Democrat in Alabama Senate race » The Metro West Daily News Gov. Charlie Baker supports the Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Alabama against Roy Moore, the controversial Republican who has been dogged by multiple accounts that he made sexual advances toward…

Battenfeld: Charlie Baker stands to lose if Roy Moore wins » Boston Herald A Roy Moore win in today's Alabama Senate election could have ripple effects as far north as Massachusetts, where Democrats are hoping to tie Gov. Charlie Baker to the badly tattered GOP brand.…

Gov. Baker backs Democrat Doug Jones over Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race » WCVB Gov. Charlie Baker supports the Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Alabama against Roy Moore, the controversial Republican who has been dogged by multiple accounts that he made sexual advances toward…

Will 2018 Really Be a Big Year for Women in Politics? An Expert Weighs In. » Governing Debbie Walsh says the wave of women elected this year is a sign of bigger things to come. …

Public Health

Students keep finding needles near their school. They want action from the city. » Boston Globe On his way to school in Roxbury each morning, Emanuel Pires tries to avoid the discarded needles that heroin addicts used. But they are everywhere — on the sidewalk outside the school, on the b…

With Arkansas, Half the States Now Limit Painkiller Prescriptions » Governing Arkansas has joined at least 24 other states in adopting rules limiting the number and strength of opioid painkillers doctors can prescribe. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who urged the state medical…

Massachusetts is America's healthiest state, according to new rankings » MassLive

Public Safety

Bridgewater saga ends with surprise » Commonwealth Magazine Nearly four years ago, the Boston Globe described the 2009 death of Joshua Messier at Bridgewater State Hospital in horrific detail. …

State Government

After Brian Joyce Indictment, Will The Massachusetts GOP Take Advantage? » WGBH News Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are hoping this week will not be as rocky as last. As WGBH News has been reporting, the Senate Ethics Committee is set to name an independent investigator to look into former …

Check out a giant Hanukkah menorah at the State House » Metro

Taxation

Business groups fight '18 ballot question » Boston Herald Business groups fighting to block the so-called millionaire tax from next year's statewide ballot say the proposed constitutional amendment is “truly radical” and should not go to the vote…

Read the brief: Businesses challenge potential surtax on income over $1 million in Massachusetts » MassLive

Transportation

Pollack defends 2040 date for West Station » Commonwealth Magazine AMID STRONG PUSHBACK from neighborhood activists and others, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack on Monday defended the Baker administration's decision to put off until at least 2040 the constr…

Airports Are Losing Money as Ride-Hailing Services Grow » New York Times For many air travelers, getting to and from the airport has long been a part of the whole miserable experience. Do they drive and park in some distant lot? Take mass transit or a taxi? Deal with a ren…

Beyond the Bus: 'Microtransit' Helps Cities Expand Transportation Services » Governing After several private companies tried -- and failed -- to deliver on-demand group transit, some cities are now building those services themselves. …

Utilities

Our view: State bets big on small projects » Gloucester Times It went all but unnoticed among the big headlines on Beacon Hill last week, but the Baker administration has launched a program that could stabilize, and in some cases lower, the cost of electricity f…

Eversource threatens EDF with cease and desist over report on gas capacity constraints » Utility Dive

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

Prison guards acquitted in death of Bridgewater patient » Boston Globe

Baker assails auditor's scathing DCF report » Boston Globe

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

Baker administration reluctant to issue pardons » Newburyport News

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

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

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

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