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Must-Reads

Rosenberg's husband draws FBI scrutiny » Boston Globe The FBI has begun looking into allegations that Bryon Hefner, the husband of state Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg, assaulted several men with State House connections while boasting of his influence on B…

Connector shedding members, bracing for federal policy shifts » State House News Service As a hazy federal forecast leaves questions around the future of health policy, officials at the Massachusetts Health Connector say they're planning for possibilities including the permanent loss of f…

Sanchez opponent says district at odds with DeLeo's House » State House News Service An attorney who has worked in non-profits and a state senator's office wants to give Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, a Jamaica Plain Democrat and chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, his first …

How Global Warming Fueled Five Extreme Weather Events » New York Times Scientists analyzed 27 extreme weather events from 2016 and found that global warming was a "significant driver" for most of them. We look at five cases. …

This Tax Bill Is a Trillion-Dollar Blunder » Bloomberg Politics CEOs aren't waiting on a tax cut to "jump-start the economy" -- a favorite phrase of politicians who have never run a company -- or to hand out raises. It's pure fantasy to think that the tax bill wil…

Attorney General Maura Healey to sue FCC over net neutrality rollback » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday that she and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will file a multi-state lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission ov…

Crighton gets state senate campaign rolling with fundraiser » Lynn Daily News Item Brendan Crighton kicked off his fundraising effort Thursday night to win a seat in the state senate.…

Expert suggests possible FBI investigation is overreach » Boston Herald Legal experts suggested the FBI might be overreaching amid reports the agency is probing state Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg's husband, accused of sexually assaulting several men. …

S. Coast lawmakers push offshore wind project » Commonwealth Magazine AS THE SECTION 83D Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP selection process is coming to a close, I wish to offer my observations and insight as a primary author of the legislation. This law has given Massach…

"Without strong net neutrality rules, entrepreneurs, inventors, small businesses, activists and all those who rely on a free and open internet will be at the mercy of big broadband companies that can block websites, slow down traffic and charge websites fees in order to increase their profits,"

Congressman Ed Markey

Speaking about a push to reverse the Federal Communications Commission's controversial vote repealing Obama-era internet regulations.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Ed Markey Wants to Lead the Fight to Bring Back Net Neutrality » Boston Magazine For those who say “net neutrality” keeps the internet free and fair, Thursday was a very bad day. As expected, the FCC, led by Trump-designated chairman Ajit Pai, has voted to unwind the O…

Warren: Wait For Tax Vote Until Jones Is Seated » WBUR House and Senate Republicans are expected today to roll out their $1.5 trillion tax plan, which they say will stimulate the economy and create jobs.…

The Radio Reporter Who Lost His Voice But Still Covers Congress » Politico Jamie Dupree was the voice thousands of people woke up to. Then a rare disorder made talking almost impossible. …

Rushed Votes, New Senators and Bad Legislation » Bloomberg Politics Democrats are demanding that Republicans hold off Senate votes on the tax bill until Alabama's new U.S. senator, Doug Jones, is seated. It was a ridiculous demand when Republicans made it in 2010, and…

MA: Congressman Keating Speaks Out Against FCC's Decision to Repeal Net Neutrality » 95.9 WATD

Business

Booming Kendall Square will get a long-sought supermarket as MIT projects advance » Boston Globe In Cambridge's Kendall Square, you can find some of the brightest minds in the world and some of the biggest companies in technology and life sciences. But much to the frustration of those smart peop…

State Grant to Boost Wareham Company's Growth Plan » Capecod.com The state's Economic Assistance Coordinating Council has approved 9 projects, including one in Wareham, to participate in the Economic Development Incentive Program.…

Wellesley no longer having to cross borders for wine and beer » Wicked Local Wellesley During his first year on the job, Wellesley School Superintendent Dr. David Lussier misunderstood what it meant that Wellesley was a dry town.…

Massachusetts Regulator: Here Are Bitcoin's Dangers » Barron's Add Massachusetts' top securities regulator to the list of officials urging caution on bitcoin.…

Steak may be back on the menu at the old Hilltop site » Lynn Daily News Item You may not be greeted by fiberglass cows, but an American-style grill that serves beef is slated to open at the former Hilltop Steak House site.…

Behind the Boardroom Door: Minehan says issues abound for directors in 2018 » Boston Business Journal Throughout the year, the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter hosts events that convene the region's leading corporate governance minds to provide information and insight. H…

Crimes

Boston Judge Postpones Decision On Bond For Accused Guatemalan War Criminal » WBUR Five relatives of accused war criminal Juan Alecio Samayoa Cabrera sat in the audience next to as many human rights defenders. One of them, a Guatemalan man, said he is a victim of Samayoa.…

Education

Governor Baker hints at future of vacant Christo's site in Brockton » The Enterprise The interim president of Massasoit Community College said he is working with the mayor and the state delegation to the get the administration of Charlie Baker to help develop the former Christo's rest…

Civil rights groups hit school start plan » Boston Globe The contentious debate over changing school start times in Boston grew louder Thursday with civil rights groups voicing formal opposition, while school officials revealed a nearly $7 million deficit …

Maura Healey sues Betsy DeVos, again » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Education, contending that the agency has violated federal law with its delays in providing student loan r…

UMass gets $1.1M energy storage grant » The Greenfield Recorder The state has awarded the University of Massachusetts Amherst a $1.14 million grant to build a large battery together with the company Tesla Energy.…

MSBA approves Northeast Metro Tech proposal for new school » Wicked Local Wakefield Superintendent David DiBarri, Principal Carla Scuzzarella and School Committee Chair Deborah Davis are pleased to announce that the Massachusetts School Building Authority approved Northeast Metro Tec…

Baker boosts voke training » Gloucester Times Area vocational schools will teach advanced manufacturing skills to adults as part of a program aimed at filling workplace shortages, which was unveiled Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday.…

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey sues Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over loan forgiveness for Corinthian Colleges students » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday sued the U.S. Department of Education and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for failing to discharge student loans for students who attended Corin…

UMass Donahue Institute chief to retire » Boston Business Journal The head of the UMass Donahue Institute, a decades-old economic and educational research consultancy, will be stepping down early next year.…

Framingham State to launch biotech MBA program » Worcester Business Journal Framingham State University will start a new master in business administration degree program next fall, including a concentration on biotechnology to take advantage of the proximity to a large and gr…

Survey: 270 MA. schools need facelifts » South Coast Today When it comes to funding for school building projects in Massachusetts, supply can't keep up with demand.…

Environment

In Major Step, House Committee Sides With Chatham Over Monomoy Boundary Dispute » Capecod.com The Town of Chatham's efforts to resolve the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge boundary dispute through legislation took a major step forward this week.…

With Trump backing out of climate change efforts, Boston billionaire's nonprofit steps up » Boston Business Journal Seven years after launching a program that has invested over $120 million to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and energy sectors, the Barr Foundation — a Boston nonprofit…

Federal

21 GOP Governors Urge Congress to Pass Tax Bill. What About the Other 13? » Governing With Congress closing in on a final tax cut bill, 21 Republican governors from across the country sent a letter Thursday to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConne…

Health Care

State pledges to sustain child health program, even if Congress fails to provide funding » Boston Globe Massachusetts' top health official said Thursday that the state would maintain health coverage for thousands of children through the middle of 2018, even if Congress fails to approve new funding for …

Patients, docs say step therapy is tripping them up » State House News Service The insurance companies that pay for medical treatment often stand in the way of the most effective drugs, physicians and patients told lawmakers Thursday, asking them to require exceptions to the usu…

Baker admin preparing to stretch CHIP dollars as it waits for Congress » State House News Service Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders has a Christmas wish: that Congress will again fund the Children's Health Insurance Program.…

Gene genies: Cambridge is the epicenter of the gene-editing revolution » Boston Business Journal Editas Medicine is a money-losing biotech startup located across from a shopping mall in a former industrial zone in East Cambridge. It has no approved drugs, and has yet to even test one of its exper…

Littleton medical firm pays $2.4M over deceptive marketing » Worcester Business Journal

Housing

Boston-Area Rent Hikes Moderate, But Affordability Challenges Persist » WBUR Rent increases moderated in the Boston metro area this year, but affordability challenges for renters persist here and elsewhere, a national report shows.…

Failing foundations: GOP tax plan endangers deduction for homeowners with tainted concrete » The Republican Homeowners watching the concrete in their basement walls -- and the value of their homes and life savings -- crumble due to pyrrhotite contamination in that concrete got some rare good news in Novembe…

Human Services

Holyoke Soldiers' Home faulted in state audit for staff overtime, dorm and safety equipment inspections » The Republican The Holyoke Soldiers' Home was unable to document that overtime for nurses was authorized or that dorm room and safety equipment inspections were done, according to a state audit released today.…

'Higher-than-acceptable risk' of safety posed by Holyoke Soldiers' Home failure to do inspections: state audit » The Republican Fire extinguishers? No. Elevators? No. Emergency lighting and dormitories? No and no.…

87 percent rise in nurse overtime costs and failure to show need cited in audit of Holyoke Soldiers' Home » The Republican Federal standards were followed in scheduling nursing staff at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home "to provide the needed level of care to veterans," but overtime costs rose nearly 87 percent, said a state aud…

Interfaith Council of Western Mass. donates medical supplies to clinic in Puerto Rico » The Republican When members of the Interfaith Council of Western Massachusetts heard about a makeshift emergency clinic serving thousands of people every day in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, they decided to help.…

Senator's Fundraising Welcomed, His Music Less So » The Local News IPSWICH — Although the help collecting money and toys for charity was welcome, his music-making efforts weren't as enthusiastically received.…

Labor

Mass workers call for raised minimum wage and family leave » Bay State Banner A group of activists from across the state rallied on Beacon Hill last week after turning in signatures to get two measures on the ballot in November 2018: a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2022, and …

Legislative

Massachusetts Sen. Stan Rosenberg 'still has a chance to come back,' former Senate President Tom Birmingham says » The Republican A Massachusetts Senate president who has stepped aside due to allegations against a spouse. An acting president who has pledged to only stay for the duration of an investigation. And a former state se…

Sen. Bruce Tarr brings toy Drive to Middleton » Wicked Local The Flint Public Library was bursting with holiday spirit this morning as Sen. Bruce Tarr and North Shore 104.9 radio brought their Annual Toy Drive to Middleton.…

Local Government

School Committee did not violate Open Meeting Law » Andover Townsman Last summer, School Committee member Ted Teichert accused his fellow committee members of violating the Open Meeting Law and filed a complaint with the Attorney General.…

Warren asks for RVSPs for Saturday town hall » Gloucester Times The office of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is asking that residents who plan to attend the senator's town hall-style forum Saturday at Gloucester High School send a message to indicate their plans.…

Framingham: Inauguration ceremony set for mayor, city officials » The Metro West Daily News After prevailing in the November election, the city of Framingham's first group of elected leaders will assume their full powers at an inauguration ceremony on New Year's Day.…

Boston tech chief to step down » Boston Globe The City of Boston will soon be in the market for a chief information officer. The current occupant of the post, Jascha Franklin-Hodge, said Thursday that he's planning to step down in January.…

Sterling Municipal Light honored for 'Leading by Example' » Worcester Telegram

Littleton liquor license demand grows with economic development » Wicked Local Littleton

Newton Mayor Elect Announces Senior Positions In Her Cabinet » Marlborough Patch

Marijuana

Milford lab tested products for this weekend's cannabis contest » Milford Daily News One year after it became legal for adults to possess and use marijuana in Massachusetts, cannabis aficionados will gather in Worcester this weekend to show off some of the best locally-sourced ganja a…

Cannabis Control Commission Approves Yoga Studios And Cafes For Mixed-Use Licenses » WGBH News The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is holding a week of meetings, and yesterday it approved several measures, including mixed-use licenses for marijuana at places such as yoga studios and c…

Opinion

Politician's Free Coffee - 504 Pounds of It - Is Just The Start of a Real Corruption Story » New Boston Post 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.…

The nation needs to hear Trump's accusers » Boston Globe Such a naïf was I in the early days of the Trump era that when then-presidential candidate Trump tried to explain away his controversial remark about Megyn Kelly in August 2015, I tended to believe…

In Allston, the transit lesson we never learn » Boston Globe IT WAS BAD enough the first time that Boston — in the 21st century — built a whole new neighborhood while totally forgetting to include enough bus or rail service. This was in the Seapor…

Editorial: Prescription for pain » Boston Herald There is something deeply wrong with a system that allows some state employees to hoard enough sick time to pay for a small house when they cash it out, all for the grand career accomplishment of not …

Stopping Armageddon » Boston Globe American arrogance and President Donald Trump's delusional worldview have brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Before it is too late, American citizens must make overwhelmingly clear that we…

Peter Lucas: Rosenberg could be Senate president again. Just don't bet on it. » Lowell Sun You know it's over when they scrape your name off the office door. …

Pat Purcell's service to Boston » Boston Globe Patrick J. Purcell, longtime owner and publisher of the Boston Herald, is someone who has spent most of his adult life tending to one of the most essential tasks of our democracy: leading civic conver…

Editorial: Right, and wrong, ways to discuss issues of equality » Boston Business Journal The national conversation around gender, power, equality and abuse has had major consequences for politics as well as business, from the firings, resignations or suspensions of multiple media figures …

Bay State passes Hawaii as healthiest (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

Political Pulse: When women run, communities win » The Suffolk Journal If the most recent municipal elections have shown one thing, it's that that women are leading the charge to win local offices and propel issues that benefit communities.…

For blacks in Boston, a power outage » Boston Globe Boston's power brokers met in secret for months, drafting an ambitious bid to host the 2024 Olympics. They imagined the city on the world stage, showcasing a modernized transit system, a grand bouleva…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ciccolo running for state representative » Wicked Local Lexington Today I announce my candidacy for State Representative of the 15th Middlesex District, hoping to succeed Jay Kaufman, who is retiring. Jay has been a great public servant, an active proponent of civic…

Democrats accuse Charlie Baker of supporting Roy Moore, whom he called 'unfit' for office » Boston Globe

Public Health

Marianne LaBarge: Explains support for 'death with dignity' resolution » Gazette Net I was so glad when my colleagues on the Northampton City Council unanimously passed a “death with dignity” resolution Nov. 2.…

Greenfield sues big pharma over opioids » Gazette Net Greenfield has become the first community in the state to file a lawsuit against opioid distributors and manufacturers, joining dozens of other cities and towns across the country that are looking for…

Activists want ban on fluoride in drinking water » Salem News Activists are pressuring the state to ban the practice of adding fluoride compounds to public drinking water, saying it amounts to mass-medicating without public consent.…

Massachusetts city sues opioid makers, distributors » Boston Herald

Public Safety

Dudley's Wojnar named Mass. Chiefs of Police Association president » Worcester Telegram & Gazette With a roomful of dignitaries as witness to the passing of a ceremonial gavel Thursday, Dudley Police Chief Steven J. Wojnar was installed as president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Associatio…

Cape police protect K-9 partners from opioid exposure » Cape Cod Times Fentanyl, carfentanil and other potent opioids have not only led to a spike in overdoses, they have increased the risk to police officers exposed to the drugs as they respond to calls.…

State Finance

State Spending Grows at Lowest Pace Since Great Recession » Governing Amid uncertainty about federal tax reform, states are exercising caution with their fiscal 2018 budgets. …

State Government

Attorney General Maura Healey to sue FCC over net neutrality rollback » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday that she and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will file a multi-state lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission ov…

Mass. AG says she'll join suit against FCC action rolling back Net neutrality rules » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Thursday she will join New York's attorney general in a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commissions over its decision to roll back Net neutr…

Massachusetts officials vow to fight FCC rollback of net neutrality rules » WCVB Massachusetts officials are involved in two different efforts to force the Federal Communications Commission to reinstate net neutrality rules that the commissioners voted to end.…

Taxation

What you need to know about the most recent changes to the GOP tax bill » Boston Globe Republicans have cleared another key hurdle in their dash to pass a tax bill before Christmas. On Wednesday, negotiators from the House and Senate reached an agreement on how to reconcile their compet…

Transportation

Checking in on T control board at halfway point » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA's FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD is halfway through its five-year term, which seems like a good time to review its progress so far. …

State might back full replacement of Pittsfield Municipal Airport terminal » Berkshire Eagle The terminal at Pittsfield Municipal Airport might be replaced in several years with a new and larger building able to accommodate growing aviation interest in the city. …

Utilities

Eversource rate hike delayed » The Greenfield Recorder Eversource customers may get a slight reprieve in a proposed rate case, with the company seeking a one-month delay from the original Jan. 1 implementation date.…

Exploring A Water System From Mountain Reservoir To Bathroom Tap » WAMC In this segment from WAMC's in depth look at infrastructure series, WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports on how the largest municipality in western Massachusetts gets its water.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CBS' Major Garrett on Working in Trump's White House of 'Disdain and Deflection' » The Daily Beast

Rosenberg's husband draws FBI scrutiny » Boston Globe

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3785 - An Act authorizing the city known as the town of Franklin to establish a local agricultural commission with limited authority

HB 3889 - An Act authorizing the appointment of James Atkinson to the position of junior accountant of the police department of the city of Methuen

Most read bills of the week:

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

HB4075 - An Act to promote housing choices

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

HB4061 - An Act to improve oversight of state government

SB2200 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

HB492 - An Act to reduce health care costs through improved medication management

HB4043 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

HB491 - An Act relative to transparency and access in healthcare

HB565 - An Act relative to opioid prescribing practices and access to pain management

HB2477 - An Act to amend the medical peer review law

House Actions This Week: 138

Senate Actions This Week: 83


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