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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Plymouth Country Republican Club Annual Christmas Party with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

Birthdays: Rep. David Nangle, Rep. Jose Tosado

Must-Reads

Kirsten Gillibrand, Long a Champion of Women, Finds the Nation Joining Her » New York Times After a Senate career spent elevating victims of sexual harassment and assault as a defining political focus, Ms. Gillibrand has assumed her place at the head table of the Democrats' anti-Trump moveme…

Democrats Could Claim a New American Majority. Will They? » New York Times A majority of people who voted for Doug Jones in Alabama were black — 56 percent, in fact, according to the exit polls. Mr. Jones's stunning election victory highlights the path to victory for …

Community activists band together against hospital merger » State House News Service A group of 46 community advocates from eastern Massachusetts is joining forces to oppose a major hospital merger proposed for their part of the state, arguing it would negatively affect communities of…

Calm on state budget front, but chaos may ensue » State House News Service Despite collecting more than $200 million in unanticipated tax revenue since July 1, the state budget is precariously balanced due to budget veto overrides carried out by the Legislature, underfunded …

Fox News Host Suggests “We Have a Coup on Our Hands in America” » Slate Before a segment in which (Fox News host Jesse Watters) interviewed Kellyanne Conway with the chyron, “A COUP IN AMERICA?” the Fox News host went on a rant about what he described as  

William F. Galvin labels challenger Josh Zakim as 'sneaky' » Boston Herald Secretary of State William F. Galvin launched a full-bore offensive against challenger Josh Zakim yesterday, casting the Boston city councilor as a “sneaky” political opportunist looking t…

City Hall salaries will soar under Walsh-appointed panel's recommendation » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh's annual pay could eclipse $200,000 and City Hall department heads could take home nearly that amount under a sweeping salary boost an advisory board — handpicked by the m…

“If Boston is going to be competitive, we have to be competitive in terms of salaries, both with peer municipalities and around the country,”

John Tobin, head of the city’s Municipal Compensation Advisory Board

Speaking about pay raises for City Hall that are on the agenda for the new year.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

GOP makes its case for tax bill to a skeptical public » Boston Globe Confident they have secured the votes to pass a massive tax overhaul, Republican leaders entered the next phase of their effort Sunday, attempting to sell the plan to a public that polling suggests is…

Liz Warren: Wait for Doug Jones before tax vote » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling on Republican congressional leaders to delay the vote on a sweeping tax reform bill until after newly elected Democratic senator Doug Jones is seated.…

Trump's greatest mission: erasing Obama's legacy » Boston Globe If one thing has defined President Trump's approach to policy in his first year in office, it is his extraordinary zeal in trying to erase the accomplishments of his predecessor, Barack Obama.…

Business

Why Israeli Cybersecurity Firms Are Moving From Tel Aviv To Boston » WBUR When Lior Div, a veteran of the Israeli military intelligence Unit 8200, co-founded Cybereason in 2012, he quickly realized he needed to expand beyond his country's borders.…

Amazon bid shows new perspective on New Bedford » South Coast Today Don't count us out. That's the message New Bedford's civic leaders are sending as internet sales giant Amazon mulls over a proposal to site its second headquarters on a municipal golf course in this p…

Retailers irked over bag ban » Boston Herald The head of the state's retailers association slammed the city's new ban on plastic shopping bags — which Mayor Martin J. Walsh signed Friday — as the latest obstacle putting mom and pop…

Massachusetts to ramp up policing of digital currency » The Associated Press (AP) BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Securities Division is ramping up its policing of companies based in the state that raise money from initial coin offerings.…

Massachusetts Joins List of US States Hostile to Bitcoin » Bitcoin William F. Galvin published an official warning from his office this week, creatively titled, Secretary Galvin Warns about Bitcoin Mania. It's a page and a half of seven bullet points. “Secretar…

Education

Advanced Manufacturing Program Launched at Voke Schools » US News and World Report Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is hoping to make it easier for working adults to gain the skills needed to enter the state's booming advanced manufacturing sector.…

Environment

Baker Administration Awards Grants for Local Farm Conservation Projects » Capecod.com The Baker Administration has awarded $350,000 in grant funding for a series of conservation and installation projects at a number of farms in Massachusetts.…

Mayor Walsh signs ban on plastic bags for Boston » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh said on Sunday that he had signed a measure banning single-use plastic bags in Boston, despite worries the city's low-income residents and seniors would bear the financial brunt…

A hot attraction among Boston's many: obese squirrels » Boston Globe Visiting Boston for the first time recently, Thomas Ferrer took in a number of the city's seminal sights — Fenway Park and the USS Constitution, the Freedom Trail and the iconic Cheers bar. …

Health Care

No miracle cure for rising drug costs » Boston Globe The two men shook hands in front of dozens of Massachusetts business leaders and politicians. One was the head of the state's biotech trade group, the other chief executive of its biggest health insur…

Group says merger will raise costs, hurt minorities » Gloucester Times A newly formed coalition is opposing the proposed hospital merger led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health, saying the plan will raise costs for everyone and hurt communities of co…

The new price of hope » Boston Globe It would have been just another midsummer day of activities and camaraderie at church camp, except that Colin English hadn't felt right since he rolled out of his bunk bed.…

Housing

Up for grabs: Lottery planned for affordable home in Bolton » Worcester Telegram Spread across rolling hills, the small town of Bolton features orchards, a winery and a world-class golf course. What it's not known for is affordable housing.…

CHIP puts focus on racial injustice » Sentinel & Enterprise With the toss of sand from a pile dropped just for the day, the Knitting Mill Apartments was officially launched.…

Christmas arrives in form of keys for new Habitat for Humanity homeowners » Berkshire Eagle When Norma DelSonno applied for a home through Habitat for Humanity in 2015, she noted in the paperwork that she'd love to have a yard where she and her now-husband could build a snowman with their fi…

Immigration

Boston police commissioner joins legal effort to protect 'Dreamers' » Boston Globe Boston police Commissioner William B. Evans on Friday joined a legal effort to protect young immigrants from the Trump administration's effort to abolish a federal policy that has shielded approximate…

Judiciary

Senate confirms Andrew Lelling as US attorney for Massachusetts » The Republican The U.S. Senate has confirmed Andrew Lelling to be the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts.…

Labor

Tufts Medical Center won't see nurses strike on Christmas » Boston Business Journal Union nurses at Tufts Medical Center say no strike is on the horizon, allaying fears of a possible nurses strike on Christmas.…

Legislative

In era of Trump-inspired discord, state Sen. Adam Hinds wants to do 'politics differently' » the Berkshire edge When Adam Hinds decided to run for state Senate last year, he pretty much knew what he was getting into. After all, he had been a community organizer for years in Pittsfield. He was knee-deep in poli…

How often they voted: Representatives' 2017 Beacon Hill attendance records » The Republican The House has held 305 roll calls in 2017 thus far, including several quorum roll calls which were used to gather a majority of members onto the House floor to conduct business. Only 65, or 41 percent…

Former Senate president: Rosenberg 'still has a chance' » Boston Business Journal 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…

Which state reps missed the most roll calls in 2017? » Sentinel & Enterprise There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports local representatives' roll call attendance records for the 2017 session through December 15. …

Where The Mass. Legislature Landed In 2017: The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill » New England Public Radio

Local Government

Holiday wreath ceremony pays tribute to veterans » Community Advocate The holiday season is traditionally a time to remember others with a gesture of appreciation. On a chilly Dec. 16, fallen military veterans were remembered with a wreath-laying ceremony at Mountain Vi…

Attleboro Redevelopment Authority: Don't talk, don't pay » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — Will the city ever see the nearly $800,000 owed to it by the Attleboro Redevelopment Authority?…

Marijuana

Wilmington Just Says No To Rec Pot Sales, Detox Facilities » Marlborough Patch Wilmington Special Town Meeting overwhelmingly supported a new zoning rule that would limit medical facilities -- including drug treatment centers like the one being proposed for 362 Middlesex Avenue …

Williamstown Discusses Proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensary » WAMC A medical marijuana dispensary may open in Williamstown, Massachusetts. …

Mass. Recreational Pot Industry Won't Just Line Pockets Of Big Businesses, Regulators Say » WBUR Cannabis cafes, home marijuana delivery, THC-infused spa treatments. All are expected to be realities in the not-too-distant future, as the state's Cannabis Control Commission transforms policy into r…

Opinion

A figure-skating redneck hungry for acceptance » Boston Globe “I NEVER APOLOGIZED for growing up poor and a redneck, which is what I am.” So says actress Margot Robbie playing figure skater Tonya Harding, swearing and sucking in Marlboros before a s…

Mayor Walsh's Instinct Is Right on Plastic Bags » New Boston Post Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's hesitancy to sign an ordinance banning thin-film plastic bags from supermarkets and drug stores is a good sign.…

What's fair in breaking up the empire of 'the Codfather'? » Boston Globe Randy Cushman, a fourth generation fisherman in Maine, knows what the crimes of Carlos Rafael cost him.…

Region's economy depends on skilled workforce » The Daily News of Newburyport Several high schools in our region will soon open their classrooms to students who are a little older than most, lured in search of skills that will lead to good jobs with area companies.…

Editorial: Refining the stadium deal » Providence Journal The Rhode Island Senate certainly took its responsibilities seriously in looking into the pluses and minuses of a new public baseball stadium that would host the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.…

Racism bleeds Boston of black talent » Boston Globe THAT BLACK people find Boston racially inhospitable isn't news. While angry white faces standing between a black child and a schoolhouse door does not represent the city today, Boston isn't any more i…

Social media turn us into the paparazzi of our own celebrity » Boston Globe IT HAS BEEN widely noted that Donald Trump is a man of bad character: a bullying narcissist with a shaky connection to truth. It has also been widely noted that Trump is addicted to social media  

Carr: Hack Christmas never ends » Boston Herald If a Hollywood producer were remaking “The Graduate,” he'd have to rewrite the party scene where a businessman offers Dustin Hoffman that famous career advice: “One word: plastics.â…

Editorial: Fighting the last war » Boston Herald Recent efforts by the MBTA to restore alcohol ads to buses and subways — and net a couple million dollars for the hard-pressed transit agency — have touched off a brouhaha worthy of Carr…

Editorial: Gone but not forgotten » Boston Herald The Paul Heroux era at the State House is coming to an ignominious end, with the outgoing state representative reaching a settlement with state regulators to correct sloppy campaign finance practices.…

GAY: All I want for Christmas is ... » The Sun Chronicle We're only a few days away from Christmas (President Trump will probably take credit for me calling the holiday Christmas, in spite of the fact that I always did) and I am proud to say — unlike…

Politics

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Carbone quick to declare for Tran's City Council seat » Sentinel & Enterprise THE PAPERWORK WASN'T even in when Nicholas Carbone announced plans to put his name in the running for the At-Large City Council seat, which state Senator-elect Dean Tran has announced he will vacate.…

L'Italien lashes back on residency » Lowell Sun TATE SEN. Barbara L'Italien shed the gloves and pushed back last week against criticism that she is running for the 3rd Congressional District seat despite not residing in it by pointing to the numero…

Heslam: Beth Lindstrom has proven herself » Boston Herald There's a lot for women voters to like about Beth Lindstrom. Especially those frustrated with Massachusetts' one-party rule.…

Warren tells constituents to stay engaged on issues » Salem News Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken gave U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren a warm welcome back to the city with a gift bag of food, cannoli and a piece of advice.…

Transgender candidate used to protect US from weapons of mass destruction » New York Post When Alexandra Chandler transitioned on the job in 2006, she became the first transgender person to serve in the Office of Naval Intelligence.…

Dominican Republic presidential candidate visits Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item Ramfis Dominguez-Trujillo, well-known for being the grandson of a brutal Dominican Republic dictator, is vying to become president of the same country. But in direct contrast to his grandfather's lega…

Scaccia to face competition in Hyde Park/Roslindale state-rep district » Universal Hub

Public Health

Licenses sought for recovery coaches » The Daily News of Newburyport Recovery coaches are central figures in helping people who battle addiction, and they're increasingly a key part of the state's response to its opioid problems.…

State Government

When 'public' buildings cease being fully public » Boston Globe Penny Shaw gets around in a power wheelchair. And I mean really gets around. She's an indefatigable advocate for the disabled, her voice well-known in government hearing rooms across the city.…

Keller @ Large: AG Maura Healey On Why She Is Suing The Feds » CBS Boston The state's three lawsuits against the federal Department of Education are “about standing up for students and taxpayers who were cheated by predatory schools,” according to Massachusetts …

Taxation

What this tax bill means for us in Massachusetts » Boston Globe Victory is now within reach for Republicans, who not only negotiated a final tax bill Friday but have secured enough votes to pass it.…

Will Your Taxes Go Up or Down? A Calculator for the New Tax Bill » New York Times The Republican tax bill would cut taxes for about 75 percent of filers in 2018. How would it affect you? …

Transportation

MBTA to remove troubled contractor for the Ride » Boston Globe The MBTA will remove a contractor that manages rides for passengers with disabilities, ending a deal that had promised millions of dollars in savings and an improved paratransit system but was instea…

T celebrates progress — even if passengers don't feel it » Boston Globe It's a question embedded in practically any debate about Boston transit, whether on social media or in the brewing gubernatorial election: Can the T really claim to have turned around its fortunes if …

Natick's Marion Street bridge reopens » The Metro West Daily News NATICK - After being closed for about five years, a key local bridge is rebuilt and open to traffic.…

Utilities

'Solar monster' sparks suburban scrap » Boston Globe A retired couple might echo that lament after installing a ground-mounted grid of energy-soaking panels — dubbed “the solar monster” by one city councilor — that has pitted n…

National Grid Seeks 7 to 13 Percent Rate Hike for Residential Customers » WHAV Haverhill residents and businesses that use natural gas could see increases anywhere from 2 to 23 percent on their bills by next fall.…

Neighbor demands shuttered Falmouth turbine be removed » Cape Cod Times A neighbor of Falmouth's two controversial wind turbines is invoking a town bylaw and demanding that the building commissioner order Wind 1 dismantled and removed.…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 12/18

Birthdays: Rep. David Nangle, Rep. Jose Tosado

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Plymouth Country Republican Club Annual Christmas Party with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

Tuesday - 12/19

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Public Hearing

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

5:30pm Maura Healey End-of-Year Celebration

Wednesday - 12/20

Birthdays: Senator Harriette Chandler

5:30pm Rep. Michael Day's Holiday Celebration & Toy Drive

6:00pm Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George's Birthday Celebration & Fundraiser

Thursday - 12/21

Birthdays: Rep. Kimberly Ferguson

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

7:00pm Politics and Pastries with Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, Share Amherst, 17 Kellogg Avenue, Amherst

Friday - 12/22

Birthdays: Senator James Welch

5:00pm State Sen. Candidate Dominick King Holiday Celebration

Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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