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Must-Reads

Partisan Gerrymandering and the Outlook for the 2018 U.S. House Elections » Sabato's Crystal Ball There is a growing sense among political observers that the United States may be heading toward a wave election in 2018. Results of recent special elections, including Doug Jones' (D) victory in the A…

Strong Demand for Health Insurance as Deadline Looms » New York Times Nearly 4.7 million people have signed up for health insurance despite cutbacks in federal efforts to promote enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. …

When Will Paul Ryan Step Down? » The Huffington Post As Republicans finish their long-sought rewrite of the tax code, some lawmakers are beginning to wonder just how much longer Rep. Paul Ryan intends to remain speaker. …

One last chance for Collins to reject bad GOP tax bill » The Boston Globe It's becoming clear that Republican leaders in Congress won't meet the conditions that Senator Susan Collins of Maine set out in the tax legislation. So now what? …

John McCain, battling brain cancer, in Walter Reed from effects of treatment » The Washington Post If McCain missed the vote on final passage, Republicans would not be able to afford a single additional defection or absence to pass the legislation. …

Cuomo Takes Ungainly Dip Into Sexual Harassment Debate » New York Times Wednesday should have been a great day, press-wise, for Gov. Andrew Cuomo ... Then he decided to take questions from the Capitol press corps ... and was asked by New York State Public Radio's Karen De…

MASS. INDIVIDUAL MANDATE WOULD REMAIN IF FED MANDATE IS REPEALED » State House News Service Massachusetts officials remain on alert for attempts in Washington to squeeze the northward flow of federal health care funds, but the so-called individual mandate to purchase health insurance, an imp…

RETURN OF MEDICAL DEVICE TAX CAUSING A STIR » State House News Service The failure of Republicans in Congress this year to repeal the Affordable Care Act means that a controversial tax on medical device sales will return in 2018 unless legislators intervene in the next c…

Reporter at Center of Globe In-House Sexual Harassment Story Identified » New Boston Post On Thursday morning, drive-time radio host Kirk Minihane of WEEI-FM 93.7 confirmed the identity of the dismissed reporter — James O'Sullivan — a prominent political journalist. …

Republican tax deal is a monstrosity » The Sacramento Bee Leave it to Republican leaders in Congress to combine some of the worst parts of the horrible House and Senate tax bills and produce a true monstrosity. …

CBS' Major Garrett on Working in Trump's White House of 'Disdain and Deflection' » The Daily Beast President Trump's administration, says CBS' chief White House correspondent, is 'disdainful of the whole set of ground rules, the whole architecture of the briefing.' …

Rosenberg's husband draws FBI scrutiny » Boston Globe The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun looking into allegations that Bryon Hefner, the husband of state Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg, assaulted several men to whom he also boasted of his influe…

“Charlie Baker is a good and decent man,” Lynch said, addressing arguments from Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Setti Warren. “To tie him to a pedophile, come on, come on. That’s the worst of politics right there.”

Congressman Stephen Lynch

Addressing Setti Warren's comments about Governor Charlie Baker and his political donations.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Doug Jones Is Not Scott Brown » Boston Magazine Scott Brown, like that old pair of acid wash jeans still lurking in the depths of your closet and reminding you of past fashion flops, was trending on Twitter in Boston last night.…

Here's how Massachusetts politicians are supporting net neutrality as the FCC vote approaches » Boston.com On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on repealing Obama-era measures that prevent broadband companies from controlling internet use by blocking or intentionally slowing access …

FCC Set To Repeal 'Net Neutrality' Rules For Internet Providers » WBUR After weeks of heated controversy and protests, U.S. telecom regulators are slated to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, which restrict the power of Internet service providers to influence loading…

Maura Healey, other attorneys general urge FCC to delay net neutrality vote over possible fake public comments » The Republican

Black Women Defeated Roy Moore, and the Country Is Better for It » Esquire

Business

As Attorney General's Investigation Continues, Judge Extends Pause on Berkshire Museum Sale » Art News The battle over the Berkshire Museum's attempt to sell 40 works from its collection continues to rage, with no sign of compromise or resolution in sight.…

SPECIAL REPORT: Alcohol licenses in Chelmsford, state » Wicked Local Chelmsford It is a bittersweet cocktail. Scarcity, pent-up demand, and the high value of liquor licenses, paired with laws that date back to 1933, and you have a bitter drink for some Massachusetts business owne…

William Galvin: Bitcoin can bite » Boston Herald The warnings against banking on red-hot bitcoin are adding up, with state and federal officials saying the volatile digital currency is “highly speculative” and dangerous for investors who…

GE is one big reason Logan is adding flights to South America » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

The bigot in the stands, and other stories » Boston Globe When a Washington Redskins player this fall complained that some fans shouted the n-word at him during a game in Kansas City, some big things happened quickly.…

Anti-Semitic incidents in New England have risen. The ADL partly blames Trump. » Boston Globe Educators, parents, and the broader public must “push the bigots back into the corner” after incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti and other hateful acts have surfaced in several Massachusett…

Education

Central Mass. workforce board gets $40K grant for STEM internships » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The Central MA Workforce Investment Board will receive a $40,000 grant from the state's STEM Advisory Council to increase paid internship opportunities in the STEM fields for local high school student…

Central Mass. receives $40,000 grant for paid STEM internships » Worcester Business Journal The Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board and the city of Worcester are one of five recipients of $200,000 in state grants to help increase internship opportunities in STEM fields for high …

Department of Early Education Approves Rate Increase at Sandwich Meeting » Capecod.com The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care approved a 2% rate increase at their meeting in Sandwich this week for local agencies and organizations that provide services to young people.…

Study: Mass. English, math performance » Sentinel & Enterprise Massachusetts public schools' performance in English and math has "deteriorated" since the state adopted education standards similar to Common Core in 2010, a new report by the Pioneer Institute, a Bo…

Massachusetts to offer in-state tuition to hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands » The Republican Marcos Figueroa had just started his third year as a criminology major when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September.…

Environment

House Committee Approves Monomoy Boundary Bill » The Cape Cod Chronicle The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved legislation Wednesday to restore the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge to mean low tide.…

Boston's proposed plastic bag ban runs afoul of Massachusetts constitution, manufacturer tells Mayor Marty Walsh » The Republican Boston's proposed ban on plastic bags is unconstitutional, according to Novolex Inc., a packaging company that makes plastic and paper shopping bags.…

Health Care

DeLeo: Affordability part of 'tough conversations' on health care » The Daily News of Newburyport Expect to see more concrete details on the Massachusetts House's plan for health care within the next couple of months.…

Mass. Individual Mandate Would Remain If Fed Mandate Is Repealed » WBUR Massachusetts officials remain on alert for attempts in Washington to squeeze the northward flow of federal health care funds, but the so-called individual mandate to purchase health insurance, an imp…

Immigration

Rep. Ashe disputes mailer claiming he supports statewide sanctuary for illegal immigrants » WWLP 22 News A piece of mail circulating in Longmeadow is the subject of scrutiny. It was sent by the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. They call themselves a non-partisan non-profit who holds lawmakers accountable. …

Judiciary

SJC hopeful confirmed; Milford's Santa joins Parole Board » Milford Daily News A career business attorney was cleared to join the Superior Court on Wednesday and a career corrections official won confirmation to join the Parole Board.…

Parole, judicial nominees tapped » Mass Lawyers Weekly A nomination for the Juvenile Court and the re-nomination of a Parole Board member were announced on Dec. 13 by Gov. Charlie Baker. …

Community organizers aim to fix a flawed justice system, one bail check at a time » Gazette Net

Labor

Union will press Herald for pension contributions, severance pay » Boston Globe A national union representing Boston Herald employees will press a US Bankruptcy Court judge to require that the struggling newspaper continue to pay into their pension accounts and provide them with …

Governor boosts vocational training for Massachusetts adults; aims to fill worker shortages at companies » The Eagle Tribune

Legislative

Rep. Lyons stirs controversy with Statehouse nativity scene » Andover Townsman For the second year, Rep. Jim Lyons plans to set up a temporary Nativity scene inside the Statehouse, but his intentions are drawing protests from a secular group that accuses the Andover Republican o…

Statehouse Nativity display stirs controversy » The Daily News of Newburyport BOSTON – For the second year, Rep. Jim Lyons plans to set up a temporary Nativity scene inside the Statehouse but his intentions are drawing protests from a secular group that accuses the Andov…

Sen.-elect Tran to be sworn in Wednesday » Sentinel & Enterprise Dean Tran will be sworn in as the seventh Republican member of the Massachusetts Senate next week, but the customary full Senate welcome won't be held until early next month.…

Attleboro mayor-elect Paul Heroux settles campaign finance violations » The Republican

Local Government

Ware selectmen deny license of used car dealer following AG investigation » The Republican The owners of a used car dealership on Route 32 are working with town officials after selectmen voted last week not to renew their license.…

State grants town administrator power to sign payroll and invoices » The Harvard Press Harvard's charter commissioners have sought in their final report to relieve the selectmen of burdensome day-to-day duties. But with the signing of a special act by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Bake…

Warren to convene town hall meeting at Gloucester High on Saturday » Gloucester Times U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be in town this weekend for a town hall-style forum with Cape Ann constituents.…

Boston city worker shot on his way to work » The Boston Globe A Boston city employee was shot and wounded in Mattapan early Wednesday while driving to work in a city vehicle, leaving the Department of Public Works vehicle with bullet holes in it.…

Tito Jackson, Sal LaMattina say so long to Council » Boston Herald Two longtime city councilors voted at their final meeting yesterday and urged their fellow councilors to both be collegial and be more aggressive with their power in emotional goodbye speeches at City…

Marijuana

Despite Moratorium, Town Could Be Open To Pot Sales » The Cape Cod Chronicle Selectmen should consider calling a special town meeting before April 1 to put in place zoning regulations on the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana, the town's attorney is recommending.…

Cannabis panel backs pot bars, home delivery, and stoned yoga » The Boston Globe The legal sale and consumption of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts came into much clearer focus this week, as state regulators said they are ready to authorize a wide variety of locations wher…

Opinion

Guest Opinion: A timely and crucial task for Ethics Committee, and Rodrigues » The Herald News Proving once again that the Massachusetts political environment is not immune from the controversies that plague the nation, a second shoe has dropped at the Statehouse involving allegations of sexual…

Lawyer: Free Speech Isn't For Conservatives » New Boston Post Lawyers have to defend their clients. It's what they do. But there are limits to what they should do. …

Cutting red tape » Cape Cod Times This is the kind of thing that drives taxpayers nuts: Government red tape and bureaucracy that unnecessarily drive up the cost of public and private projects.…

Our view: Get to the bottom of Children and Families report » The Salem News The public squabble between state Auditor Suzanne Bump and Gov. Charlie Baker over a recent report on the dysfunction at the Department of Children and Families would be unremarkable in its own right.…

Politics

Stephen Lynch on Gov. Charlie Baker: 'Yeah, I'd consider voting for him' » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch says he'd “consider voting for” Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018, criticizing Democratic attacks trying to link the governor to failed GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore t…

Gardner security chief will seek state rep seat in 2018 » The Boston Globe Anthony Amore, the security chief at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum who has been trying to find the masterworks stolen in the notorious 1990 museum heist, will take on an equally tough assignmen…

Sen. Warren to hold Town Hall Q&A in Gloucester on Saturday » Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will hold a Senate Town Hall Q&A on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Gloucester High School auditorium, 32 Leslie O. Johnson Road. Doors open at 10 a.m. for the event, whi…

New Political Frustrations Aired In Tea Party Re-Enactment » WBUR Americans are venting their frustrations with the current political climate by chucking tea into Boston Harbor. Sound familiar?…

Crowley Will Make Decision about Senate Race on Friday » Lynn Journal Paul Crowley, former Lynn councillor-at-large and executive director of Greater Lynn Senior Services, said he will decide on Friday whether he will be a candidate for State Senate in the Third Essex D…

Ciccolo, Shaw among those eyeing Kaufman's House seat » Wicked Local Lexington

Deval Patrick's brother-in-law could spell trouble for any '20 bid » Boston Herald

Public Health

Researchers say Mass. effort to influence opioid prescribing failed » The Boston Globe Last March, the state Department of Public Health sent a confidential letter to every health care provider who prescribes opioids and other controlled substances, showing how each practitioner's presc…

After coming up short, abortion funding activists say they'll try again » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- While opponents of an abortion funding initiative petition cheered the news that question would not make its way before voters, backers say they're encouraged by the response they received a…

Mass. anti-smoking effort trails other states » The Greenfield Recorder At $3.51 per pack, the cigarette tax in Massachusetts is considered high, but a new report places the Bay State among the states spending the least to prevent kids from smoking and to help smokers sto…

Public Safety

Troopergate: McKeon, Hughes exit with big pay » Boston Herald Former state police Col. Richard McKeon and his second-in-command — who both left at the height of the Troopergate scandal — headed out the door with a combined nearly $300,000 golden pa…

State Police officials who retired amid scandal collected big payouts » Boston Globe

State Government

Secretary of Commonwealth issues warning about Bitcoin craze » WWLP 22 News Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin is warning residents to take precaution before investing in Bitcoin.…

Gov. Baker files bill to increase pay for members of National Guard » WWLP 22 News Governor Charlie Baker is proposing legislation that would double the pay for active duty members of the Massachusetts National Guard.…

Lawrence woman named to task force on hate crimes » The Eagle Tribune Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Massachusetts, according to an Anti-Defamation League report released last month. This week, the Andover community is grappling with the discovery of swastikas drawn in…

HEROUX SETTLES OCPF VIOLATIONS, DISCUSSES RESIGNATION PLAN » State House News Service

Utilities

Eversource offers late holiday gift: No rate hike in January » Berkshire Eagle Eversource wants to do something unusual, near the close of a contentious rate-setting case. …

Public hearing on Mountain Water Systems' proposed 58% rate hike set for Jan. 3 » Berkshire Eagle Sheryl Fairchild knows that a 58 percent increase in the town's water rate is a lot to ask.…

Negotiations begin for citywide fiber network in Salem » The Salem News A New Jersey-based fiber-optic provider is working with city officials to start building a city-wide network in Salem as early as next year.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Steve Lynch defends Charlie Baker in wake of Moore race » Boston Herald

Auditor, Baker Dispute Over Critical DCF Report » WAMC

Massachusetts Dems Are Gleeful Over Doug Jones' Victory in Alabama » Boston Magazine

Michael Dukakis Endorses Setti Warren for Governor » Boston Magazine

I-Team: Retired State Police Leaders Earn Nearly $300,000 In Unused Vacation, Sick Time » CBS Boston

States Sue Mass. Over Sale Of Eggs, Meat From Confined Animals » New England Public Radio

Under cloud, state Senate cancels holiday party » Lowell Sun

Gov. Charlie Baker proposes pay hike for National Guard » The Republican

Polito, broadband officials, check in with Shelburne » The Greenfield Recorder

Funding for preschool expansion critical to provide level playing field for those in need (Guest viewpoint) » The Republican

Inner Harbor Ferry Could Connect Lovejoy Wharf, Eastie, Charlestown, Long Wharf, Fan Pier and More » North End Waterfront

Republicans' Tax Bill Nearing the Finish Line » New York Times

GOP chairman shoots down Democrat effort to delay tax work until Jones is seated » The Hill

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