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Must-Reads

Is The New York Times A Foreign Agent? » New Boston Post Does the New York Times have to register with the government under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? …

Without the Insurance Mandate, Health Care's Future May Be in Doubt » New York Times For years, the Obama administration said the health care system as constructed by the Affordable Care Act could not survive without a mandate that most Americans have health insurance. With surgical p…

Beacon Hill encounters cost Globe reporter his job » Commonwealth Magazine A PROMINENT BOSTON GLOBE State House reporter, who was the subject of an internal sexual harassment complaint, was forced out last month after reporters and editors at the paper learned he allegedly i…

Re-election will require a fight for House's dean » State House News Service The dean of the Massachusetts House, Rep. Angelo Scaccia, will have at least two challengers from his own party if he decides to seek a 23rd term on Beacon Hill next year.…

Ethics committee chooses Boston-based attorneys for Rosenberg probe » State House News Service A team of lawyers, including a former federal prosecutor who helped put one-time House Speaker Sal DiMasi in prison for public corruption, has been retained by the Senate Ethics Committee to investiga…

Mass. State House 'Harassment': A Case Study » WGBH News Eileen Fitzgerald tried reporting what she saw as wrongful behavior at the Massachusetts State House. That was in 2008. Last year, the Commonwealth paid Fitzgerald $225,000 to settle her lawsuit claim…

Senate intel committee investigating Jill Stein campaign for possible collusion with the Russians » Boston Globe The Senate Intelligence Committee is looking at the presidential campaign of the Green Party's Jill Stein for potential collusion with Russians, a sign that the panel's probe is far from over, even as…

Al Norman cites 'difficult state environment' in leaving Mass Home Care » MassLive Al Norman is resigning as executive director of Mass Home Care after 31 years, citing a "difficult state environment." …

Political Notes: Cyr targeted for immigration stance » Cape Cod Times The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a Boston-based nonprofit conservative advocacy group, is sending direct-mail pieces to local residents, slamming Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, for his support of the Saf…

'Grass-roots' group fighting Beth Israel-Lahey merger has ties to rival hospitals » Boston Globe A self-described grass-roots coalition opposed to the proposed merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health is backed by a high-profile Beacon Hill lobbying and consulting firm with…

“Just because you’ve seen 'My Cousin Vinny' doesn’t qualify you to be a federal judge,”

Senator John N. Kennedy

Referring to Matthew Petersen, who has withdrawn his nomination by President Trump.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Congress plans vote today on tax bill package » Boston Herald Republicans are poised to pass the first revamp of the tax code in decades — and hand President Trump his first major legislative win — as soon as tonight as the measure gained enough GO…

Robert Mueller firing would spark 'uprising,' Ed Markey says » Boston Herald Massachusetts would start a nationwide "uprising" if President Donald Trump fires Robert Mueller, the special counsel hired to investigate Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential electi…

Sen. Ed Markey Says Terminating Mueller Investigation Would Lead To 'Spontaneous Uprising' » WGBH News Republicans over the weekend ramped up criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russia.…

Q&A with Seth Moulton: Democrats have to get it right » The Associated Press (AP) After serving four tours of duty in Iraq and ousting a sitting member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton has set out a new challenge — helping usher in a new, younger Democratic leadership to …

Business

Suit: Mass. voters laid an egg » Boston Herald Massachusetts is being sued by 13 other states that claim a voter-approved law to ban the sale of eggs and other food products from farm animals that are confined in overly restrictive cages is uncons…

Harvard Square properties sell for $108 million » Boston Globe A strip of prime Harvard Square properties sold Monday for $108 million to a North Carolina-based real estate investment company, three months after hitting the market.…

Swampscott liquor-license petition in Senate limbo » Wicked Local Swampscott

No lower court resolution in sight for Berkshire Museum litigation » Berkshire Eagle

Worcester Pawsox "deal is real," Pawtucket mayor says » State House News Service

Civil Rights

In Marblehead, a privileged town talks about race and privilege » Lynn Daily News Item How white privilege enables or is a barrier to people in their daily lives, depending on their skin color, was the topic of discussion Monday night in the “Conversations on Race” series, c…

Crimes

Massachusetts and NY probing MetLife over unpaid pensions » Reuters (Reuters) - Regulators in Massachusetts and New York State said on Monday they are probing MetLife Inc (MET.N) after the insurer revealed last week it had failed to pay pensions to potentially thousan…

Animal advocates fear justice will fail in Westport case » The Sun Chronicle

Education

U.S. Constitution Wins Appeal at Bunker Hill Community College; What About Other Massachusetts Campuses? » New Boston Post A pro-free-speech organization, however, is now asking the consortium of Massachusetts's 15 public community colleges why the revised policy has yet to be adopted statewide.…

Funding sought for influx of Puerto Rican students » Worcester Telegram After the Worcester public schools took in 270 students from Puerto Rico and other hurricane-hit areas so far this school year, the district's top finance official said he is hopeful the state will co…

In push for gender-neutral language, Easthampton 'freshmen' to be called 'first years' » MassLive Ninth-grade students at Easthampton High School will no longer be called "freshmen." Instead, they will be called "first years."…

Bringing the Power of Lean to Education » Governing The Des Moines school district has embraced the continuous improvement approach. It's making a lot of progress toward eliminating wasteful practices and transforming performance. …

The Search Begins For The Next 'CEO' Of Mass. Public Schools — No Teaching Experience Required » WBUR If you wanted to be Massachusetts' next commissioner of elementary and secondary education but haven't gotten around to sending in your resume, you're out of luck. …

Sagan "very encouraged" by 18 ed commissioner applicants » State House News Service

Environment

Plastic Shopping Bags To Be Banned In Boston » WAMC The city of Boston has become the latest and by far the largest community in Massachusetts to move toward banning single-use plastic bags in retail stores.…

Environmental Protection Agency awards grant to Franklin » Wicked Local Franklin State Sen. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, and state Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, along with state Rep. Jeffery Roy, D-Franklin, announced that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and …

Gaming

Plainridge owner buys competitor casino firm for $2.8 billion » The Sun Chronicle The owner of Plainridge Park Casino has agreed to acquire a gambling industry competitor for $2.8 billion in stock and cash.…

Health Care

Markey, Boston Children's implore Congress to restore CHIP funding » Boston Business Journal Flanked by patients and executives from Boston Children's Hospital, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey implored Congress to restore federal funding for children's health insurance, hammering lawmakers for prioritizi…

CHIP stalemate leaves care providers, families on edge » Lowell Sun It would be an "abomination" for Congress to stop funding health insurance for children, according to a top official at Boston Children's Hospital who joined U.S. Sen. Ed Markey Monday to rally suppor…

'Grass-roots' group fighting Beth Israel-Lahey merger has ties to rival hospitals » Boston Globe A self-described grass-roots coalition opposed to the proposed merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health is backed by a high-profile Beacon Hill lobbying and consulting firm with…

A Shortage of IV Fluid Is Hitting Massachusetts Hospitals » Boston Magazine

Housing

Framingham: Board nixes housing near Staples headquarters » The Metro West Daily News The company that controls much of the 9/90 Corporate Center was dealt another setback last week as it tries to resuscitate the struggling commercial park.…

Watertown rental registration aims at reducing "zombie" housing » Dec 18, 2017 — Watertown landlords will soon be required to register their rental properties with City Hall. The policy comes as the city is grappling with how to address abandoned properties, …

Human Services

Report: Some foster kids live in filth; workers not vetted » Boston Herald Foster kids living in state-contracted group homes are sometimes housed in filthy and potentially dangerous conditions, according to federal investigators — who say they found rotting food, fly…

Audit finds unsafe conditions at group homes for foster children » Boston Globe A moldy mattress, a broken handrail, a dirty toilet, mildew in the shower, and a bathroom door that didn't close all the way were among the unsanitary and unsafe conditions found last year during insp…

Immigration

Race, stereotypes fuel immigration debate, activists say » Salem News Representatives of immigrant advocacy groups called Monday for collective action in the face of negative stereotypes and a political power dynamic they said can stymie their agendas.…

Judiciary

SJC ruling paves the way for reduction in bail » Salem News A Level 3 sex offender indicted last week on child pornography charges won a reduction of his bail, to $60,000, Monday during his arraignment at Salem Superior Court.…

Judge orders city man to stop practicing law without license » The Eagle Tribune A city man who regularly attends City Council meetings to lecture councilors on law enforcement issues has been practicing law and acting as a real estate broker without the required licenses, while b…

Labor

Whittier Tech to Offer Advanced Manufacturing Program for Adults » WHAV Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School will offer adult advanced manufacturing classes in 2018 as part of a new certificate program created by the Baker-Polito administration.…

Tufts reaches contract agreement with nurses » Boston Globe Five months after a contentious strike and lockout, the Massachusetts Nurses Association and Tufts Medical Center have reached a tentative deal on a new contract.…

Paid leave question debated » Salem News Requiring employers to give up to four months of paid family and medical leave will shrink workers' paychecks and companies' profit margins, but by less than was originally estimated, according to a n…

Tufts Medical Center reaches tentative deal with nurses union » Boston Business Journal The 1,200-member nurses union and management agreed on a tentative contract on Monday night, putting to bed a 20-month process that resulted in two pickets, a one-day strike, a four-day lockout, and n…

Burger King franchisee fined for violating child labor laws in Mass. » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

State Senate hires law firm to lead Stan Rosenberg investigation » Boston Globe The state Senate committee investigating Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg's conduct and whether he violated the rules of the Senate agreed Monday to hire an outside law firm to spearhead the inquiry.…

Ethics Committee chooses lawyers for Rosenberg probe » Patriot Ledger A team of lawyers, including a former federal prosecutor who helped put one-time House Speaker Sal DiMasi in prison for public corruption, has been retained by the Senate Ethics Committee to investiga…

Mass. Senate president hopefuls agree to 'cut back' on campaigning » Worcester Telegram The four senators who have voiced interest in leading the chamber have agreed to “cut back” for now on efforts to drum up support among their colleagues, acting Senate President Harriette …

Justice bill negotiators partial to scones, privacy » State House News Service Formal negotiations began Monday on competing House-Senate criminal justice bills, fueled by cookies and scones that Rep. Sheila Harrington, one of two Republicans on the six-member conference committ…

Law firm hired for probe of Senate president and his husband » Boston Herald The state Senate has tapped the international firm Hogan Lovells to conduct its probe into former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and the sexual assault allegations against his husband, officials s…

Lawyers hired to investigate Rosenberg » Commonwealth Magazine Senate Ethics Committee enlists 3 from Hogan Lovells …

Ex-Prosecutor, Ferguson Monitor to Lead Rosenberg Probe » US News and World Report

Local Government

Norwood town manager leaves job after nearly 40 years » Boston Globe He called it quits after 39 years as town manager in Norwood, but John S. Carroll is not in any way, shape, or form slowing down even as he nears 90 years of age.…

Mansfield picks outgoing Attleboro mayor Dumas for town manager » The Sun Chronicle Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas has been chosen as Mansfield's next town manager, winning out over two other candidates.…

Months After Federal Warnings About Russian Software, Local Governments Respond » Governing President Trump signed a bill last week that bans Kaspersky Lab software on federal computers. Local governments were initially hesitant to stop using it, but most are now following the feds' lead. …

Opinion

Seven words you can't say at the CDC: White House forbids language in move to spin message (Editorial) » MassLive You'd like to believe that the folks working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention make recommendations that are based on good science. One imagines that the agency weighs the available ev…

Graham: Tax plan even a Democrat could love » Boston Herald "Trump's tax plan is simple. The rich get richer, and everyone else gets left behind. It is just plain immoral.” — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the Tax Cuts And Jobs Act of 2017…

Gov. Baker hits back on Bump 'dump' -- and for good reason » Lowell Sun State Auditor Suzanne Bump might have some credibility over the welfare issue if she were as critical of former Gov. Deval Patrick as she is of Gov. Charlie Baker.…

How censorship can harm public health » Boston Globe ON FRIDAY, a Washington Post report suggested that a directive was issued to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that bars the agency from using seven words and phrases in CDC budget …

Gains for Boston's high school students are at risk » Boston Globe AMID THE TREMENDOUS controversy caused by the proposed new Boston Public Schools start times, it has been easy to lose sight of the goal that prompted the policy change in the first place. Rearrangin…

Matt Damon is right about sexual misconduct » Boston Globe MATT DAMON IS RIGHT. There is a big difference between patting someone on the rear and rape or child molestation.…

Battenfeld: In sports and in politics, it's better to be lucky than good » Boston Herald Bill Belichick. Ben Affleck. John Kerry. And now, the Immaculate Incompletion. You wonder why America always resents Massachusetts? We think we're too good.…

Letter: Carbon fee needed for sustainable energy future » Salem News Record-shattering hurricanes, ocean temperatures and massive wildfires are only the most headline-grabbing evidence that reining in the damage caused by fossil fuels is an urgent and critical necessit…

Letter: On the GOP and pardons » Gloucester Times I read with interest Christian M. Wade's article on the lack of pardons granted by Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Warren and Sanders: Who Is Congress Really Serving? » New York Times Over the past year, Republicans have made their priorities clear.…

Teresa Martin: Free and open internet worth fighting for » Cape Cod Times

Politics

Long-time Hyde Park state rep could face two opponents next year » Universal Hub Hours after Segun Idowu announced he wants to run against longtime state Rep. Angelo Scaccia next year, Hyde Park civil-rights attorney Gretchen Van Ness announced she plans to run for the 14th Suffol…

Gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren blasts Gov. Baker over Craig's Doors funding freeze » Gazette Net A Democratic candidate for Massachusetts governor is calling on the Republican governor to release money for the town's homeless shelter, which he argues is pivotal for confronting the opioid crisis a…

Senate president hopefuls to 'cut back' campaigning, Chandler says » Lowell Sun The four senators who have voiced interest in leading the chamber have agreed to "cut back" for now on efforts to drum up support among their colleagues, acting Senate President Harriette Chandler sai…

In era of Trump-inspired discord, state Sen. Adam Hinds wants to do 'politics differently' » The Berkshire Edge

Is a city councilor considering a run against Capuano? » Boston Globe

Public Health

HIV spike among drug users worries health officials » Salem News Health officials are alarmed about a recent spike in the virus that causes AIDS among some drugs users, warning that the opioid crisis threatens to undo hard-fought gains in reducing the number of HIV…

Nurses to testify at State House in face of plan to close Morton maternity unit » Wicked Local Raynham Nurses will testify at the State House Tuesday in favor of legislation to tighten oversight of “essential hospital service closures” – in the face of Steward Health Care's plan to c…

Public Safety

Local law enforcement support proposed cell phone ban » Wicked Local Braintree A rise in fatal accidents caused by distracted driving and advances in technology has prompted Gov. Charlie Baker to throw his support behind a ban on using handheld devices while driving, and local l…

Volunteers to help Worcester police aid people with addiction » Worcester Telegram When police officers and emergency medical personnel are called out to help a person who's overdosed, they'll now have one more tool at their disposal: a trained volunteer with a desire to help.…

State Finance

Prize winners cut into Lottery's November profits » State House News Service

State Government

Which state reps missed the most roll calls in 2017? » Lowell Sun 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.…

Sanfilippo resigns from fisheries commission » Gloucester Times Longtime Gloucester fisherman Gus Sanfilippo has resigned from the state's Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission, leaving Arthur "Sooky" Sawyer as the only Gloucester resident on the commission.…

Maura Healey helping lead effort to litigate Trump » Boston Herald Maura Healey doesn't wake up every morning thinking about ways to sue Donald Trump, she says — though to her critics and supporters alike it can seem that way.…

Partial List of Acts Against Trump by Massachusetts' Healey » US News and World Report A partial list of legal and other actions announced by Democratic Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey targeted at President Donald Trump's administration in 2017 is below.…

Taxation

Tax bill could clip commuting benefits » Boston Globe The federal tax bill widely expected to receive congressional approval this week could have an impact on workplace benefits for commuters.…

Bad news, homeowners: Tax bill would end deductions for interest on home equity loans » Boston Globe Millions of Americans who use their homes as a piggy bank may soon have fewer pennies to count on if they decide to borrow money to start a business, pay for college, or buy a new car.…

Transportation

Hudson rotary design wins award » The Metro West Daily News HUDSON - The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors awarded Hudson the 2017 Project Planning Award for the redesign of the d…

Worcester Line performance improves dramatically » Commonwealth Magazine T OFFICIALS SAY A NEW APPROACH to dealing with commuter rail delays improved performance dramatically on the Worcester Line, which in November had its best month in terms of on-time performance in alm…

Lawmakers knock First Transit in testimony before MBTA board » State House News Service Growing increasingly concerned about the skirmish over outsourcing the work of some MBTA bus maintenance garages, almost a quarter of the Legislature signed onto a letter delivered Monday to MBTA lead…

More hurdles for bus maintenance outsourcing » Commonwealth Magazine Internal reforms showing promise, past privatization efforts struggling …

T notes: Bus lanes do save time » Commonwealth Magazine Big changes may be coming on the Green Line …

Utilities

After 16 Years, Hopes for Cape Cod Wind Farm Float Away » New York Times At the height of the oil embargo in 1974, Jim Gordon was sitting in a line for gas that extended two blocks, frustrated that the United States had become so dependent on foreign oi.…

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