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Must-Reads

Predictions for Journalism 2018 » NeimanLab Each year, we ask some of the smartest people in journalism and digital media what they think is coming in the next 12 months. Here's what they had to say. …

In private meeting, Schumer angrily confronted by Hispanic Caucus members as prospects for DACA deal slip again » The Washington Post Disagreements among Democrats over how to keep fighting to enact legal protections for immigrant “dreamers” boiled over in the office of Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Thursd…

NJ May Need Updated Law to Keep Up With Shadow Lobbying » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Just as the trend of independent spending in federal campaigns eventually made its way to state elections during the past decade, a new phenomenon called shadow lobbying has taken hold in Washington, …

Russian hackers targeted more than 200 journalists globally » AP News The AP identified journalists as the third-largest group on a hacking hit list obtained from cybersecurity firm Secureworks, after diplomatic personnel and U.S. Democrats. About 50 of the journalists …

A note to Globe readers about our sexual harassment coverage » Boston Globe We published a story on Dec. 8 about news organizations, including the Globe, facing sexual misconduct issues in their midst as they cover these issues elsewhere. The story noted that a Globe journali…

DeLeo affirms plans to remain in House, post after staff turnover » State House News Service On track to become the longest continuously serving House speaker in state history in eight months, Rep. Robert DeLeo plans to run for re-election next year and then seek another two-year term as the …

Brookline's Rep. Smizik won't seek re-election in 2018 » State House News Service Rep. Frank Smizik, a Brookline Democrat who chairs the House's Global Warming and Climate Change Committee, will not seek re-election next year, he announced Thursday. …

AG Healey: Victims Came Forward To Spark Hefner Investigation » WGBH News Attorney General Maura Healey told WGBH News victims have come forward, sparking an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner. …

Pay raises, scandals cited by Tewksbury challenger » State House News Service The force is strong with voters in the 19th Middlesex House district. At least that's the message a Tewksbury Republican is trying to send as she seeks to unseat the House's longest continuously servi…

“On the issue of sexual harassment ... it’s pervasive, it’s across-industry. A lot of this is about certainly making sure that the right safeguards are in place for victims to come forward, that the right policies and practices are in place to appropriately deal with and investigate and hold accountable wrongdoers,” Healey said. “A lot of this, as I’ve said before — it is about culture and it is about power.”

Attorney General Maura Healey

Speaking on sexual harassment and the ongoing investigation into Stan Rosenberg's husband.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Is an anti-Trump wave ahead for GOP in 2018? Signs say yes » Boston Globe President Trump is spending the holiday season reveling in his tax overhaul victory, but the new year may bring bad tidings as evidence mounts of a coming backlash in the 2018 midterm elections.…

Why Jill Stein Isn't Worried About The Investigation Into Her Campaign » WGBH News Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, a resident of Lexington, is on the hot seat. The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating Russian interference in last year's presidential election, …

Business

Could a 'night mayor' awaken Boston's sleepy night life? » Boston Globe Boston's reputation for a sleepy, sometimes underwhelming night life has long been a buzzkill for party-starved college students and working professionals. But what if the city had a night life boss?…

Worcester's Polar Seltzer rankles some with Boston-based fundraiser » Worcester Mag When longtime Worcester-based company Polar Seltzer announced its Seltzer Jr. vending machine program in Boston last week, it was met with applause and favorable media coverage – in Boston.…

Lahey, Beth Israel mega-merger gets lots of praise, some criticism » Boston Business Journal A proposed mega-merger involving Lahey Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and three community hospitals has received support from an array of community groups, local businesses and state off…

'We want the Herald to thrive,' says Gatehouse chief executive » Boston Herald GateHouse Media plans to throw its advertising and promotions muscle behind the Boston Herald and leverage its sports and political coverage if it is successful in acquiring the paper, the head of the…

Teva exits Mass. as Cambridge site falls victim to restructuring » Boston Business Journal When touting the explosive growth of the local biopharma sector, Massachusetts officials like to point out that 18 of the world's 20 largest drugmakers have a presence in the state.…

It's official: Boston Globe's longtime Dorchester home sells for $81M » Boston Business Journal The official purchase price of the Boston Globe's longtime headquarters on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester is $81 million, according to a Suffolk County deed recorded Thursday.…

Civil Rights

Women politicians representing Newton give perspectives on sexism » Wicked Local Newton Newton is ahead of the curve when it comes to who voters have elected to serve in public office, with four of the five most powerful politicians representing the city being women: Mayor-elect Ruthanne…

Crimes

'Instead of justice, he got a cushy job' » Boston Herald Ann Hagan Webb, a Wellesley psychologist who treats fellow survivors of priest sexual abuse, said she spent much of yesterday in sessions, fielding texts and taking phone calls about Cardinal Bernard …

Education

Minuteman joins advanced manufacturing program » Wicked Local Needham Minuteman High School is one of 10 vocational-technical high schools that will be participating in a new educational initiative designed to train adults for high-wage, skill-intensive careers in advan…

After outcry, Boston schools halt plan to change start times » Boston Globe

Environment

Advocates push state to prepare for climate change » Cape Cod Times In April of 2016, a King tide, one of the highest tides of the year, rose over the sea walls and wharfs of Atlantic Avenue in Boston, swamping the sidewalks, parking lots, and streets.…

Health Care

Biogen shares drop after Alzheimer's drug trial setback » Boston Globe Shares of Biogen Inc. dropped more than 3 percent Thursday after the Cambridge biotech reported that an experimental Alzheimer's drug it's co-developing with a Japanese company showed disappointing re…

Lahey, Beth Israel mega-merger gets lots of praise, some criticism » Boston Business Journal A proposed mega-merger involving Lahey Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and three community hospitals has received support from an array of community groups, local businesses and state off…

Human Services

Suit Up Springfield nonprofit receives menswear from State House charity drive » The Republican About 20 suits and bags of ties have made their way from the State House to Springfield, following a charity drive for the city's Suit Up Springfield nonprofit.…

Immigration

Amherst officials prep for loss of police grant over 'sanctuary' status » Gazette Net Because it has declared itself a safe community for undocumented immigrants, Amherst could be at risk of losing a grant that has paid the salary of the police department's neighborhood liaison officer…

Insurance

Blue Cross cancels high-deductible Access plans, affecting 20,000 members » Boston Business Journal Approximately 20,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts customers will be switching insurance products next year, with news that the state's biggest insurer is getting rid of two of its high-dedu…

Labor

How Have Clean Energy Jobs In Massachusetts Fared Over The Last Year? » North American Windpower Employing a total of 109,226 workers, Massachusetts' clean energy sector grew by 4% between 2016 and 2017, according to the new “Clean Energy Industry Report” from the Massachusetts Clean …

Legislative

Eldridge preps bill to create entity to field harassment complaints » Lowell Sun As a team of lawyers ramp up a Senate ethics investigation sparked by sexual misconduct allegations, one senator plans to file a bill that would create in independent commission to field reports of ha…

Healey: Alleged victims have come forward in Senate probe » Attorney General Maura Healey says some alleged victims have approached her office as she investigates whether former Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner sexually abused …

Brookline Rep Frank Smizik To Retire, Who Will Run For It? » Framingham Patch After representing Brookline for nearly 20 years, Frank Smizik announced this will be his last term in office. Several politically involved Brookline residents took to Twitter this afternoon to wish h…

DeLeo to run for re-election as House Speaker » WWLP 22 On track to become the longest continuously serving House speaker in state history in eight months, Rep. Robert DeLeo plans to run for re-election next year and then seek another two-year term as the …

Tran boosts GOP Mass. Senate ranks to seven » Newburyport News After swearing in Fitchburg Republican Dean Tran on Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Baker celebrated the expanded ranks of the Senate's minority caucus with Minority Leader Bruce Tarr. “First time since…

Senator to Call for Independent Panel for Harassment Claims » US News and World Report

Local Government

ZBA Grants Continuance to Developer Through February » Everett Independent A public hearing on a proposal by the The Neighborhood Developers (TND) to turn the site of the former St. Therese's Church on Broadway, and several abutting properties, into a new 77-unit, mixed-use,…

Boston City Council Appoints Four Members to Guide Community Preservation Act Funds » Beacon Hill Times The Boston City Council voted to elect four members to the Community Preservation Committee (CPA) who will work to allocate funds collected from the Community Preservation Act at a hearing on December…

Marijuana

Draft pot regs agreeds to by state regulators » State House News Service Moving one step closer to the launch of legal marijuana sales and sticking to the timeline they had laid out, Massachusetts marijuana regulators on Thursday accepted 108-pages of draft regulations the…

Commission passes draft regulations for pot » Boston Herald Recreational marijuana backers gave high marks to draft regulations for the pot industry that advocates say strike the balance between public safety and free enterprise — with the rules forcing…

Opinion

Donald Trump's tax bill ponies up for RE cronies » Boston Globe Much has been made of how President Trump will personally benefit from a break for real estate investors included in the sweeping tax bill approved by Congress this week. …

Don't blame the algorithm for doing what Boston school officials asked » Boston Globe The recent uproar over proposed changes to Boston Public Schools start times should serve as a warning to policy makers and technologists who hope to use mathematics and computing to produce public po…

For one family in Chelsea, a Feliz Navidad » Boston Globe Francisco Rodriguez walked out of the ICE offices in Burlington earlier than expected on Thursday morning, free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, free at last.…

Credentials essential for recovery coaches » The Salem News Words of support, encouragement and advice - or even just a sympathetic ear - are invaluable to those confronting the demon of drug addiction.…

Our view: Recovery coaches are vital -- and should have a credential » Gloucester Times

Politics

Ballot questions advance on taxes, minimum wage, paid leave, nurse staffing » The Republican Five topics for statewide ballot questions have gathered enough signatures to move on to the Legislature, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin announced Thursday. They are among seven statewid…

Leominster's Chalifoux Zephir reflects on loss, ponders 2018 run » Worcester Telegram Fitchburg City Councilor Dean Tran, who is now a state senator, accomplished a rare feat in state politics earlier this month. He turned a blue seat red.…

Ptown's Young Gay State Senator Wants You to Run for Office » OUT The 2016 election was a dark time for most LGBTQ people in America, though there were a few minor victories: Case in point, Julian Cyr, who won a seat in the Massachusetts State Senate, representing N…

Ballot questions advance on taxes, minimum wage, paid leave, nurse staffing » The Republican Five topics for statewide ballot questions have gathered enough signatures to move on to the Legislature, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin announced Thursday. They are among seven statewid…

Worcesteria: Commuter rail climb, counter terror, hardwood council floors » Worcester Mag David LeBoeuf has made his candidacy for the 17th Worcester District state rep. seat official.…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren draws 800 to Town Hall in Gloucester » Wicked Local Manchester U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren paid a visit to Gloucester on Dec. 16, holding a Town Hall forum that drew about 800 people, filling the high school auditorium.…

Zanni endorses Trahan in 3rd District race » Eagle Tribune In his final weeks in office, Methuen Mayor Stephen Zanni is throwing his support behind Lowell native Lori Trahan in the race to succeed Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.…

DeLeo affirms plans to run for re-election » The Recorder On track to become the longest continuously serving House speaker in state history in eight months, Rep. Robert DeLeo plans to run for re-election next year and then seek another two-year term as the …

After Abandoning Potential Gubernatorial Run, Beaty Considers State Rep. Seat » Capecod.com HYANNIS – One week afterBarnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty said he would not run for governor, the Republican has announced a potential run for the 5th Barnstable State Representative sea…

Sen. Barrett, Rep. Atkins endorse L'Italien in 3rd District race » Lowell Sun Two sitting state legislators representing portions the Greater Lowell area announced they support their colleague state Sen. Barbara L'Italien in her run for Congress. State Rep. Cory Atkins of Conco…

Hefner news "hurt our momentum," defeated Senate candidate says » State House News Service Fitchburg City Councilor Dean Tran, who is now a state senator, accomplished a rare feat in state politics earlier this month. He turned a blue seat red.…

Public Health

Gov. Baker reveals his priorities to fight opioids » WCVB When Bruce Fiene's and Tracy Wheeler's son Walker got out of detox the first time, they were shocked at what happened next: virtually nothing.…

Opioids are major contributor to mortality rate in Massachusetts, experts say » Boston Globe Life expectancy in the United States has declined for the second year in a row, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local health officials sa…

Public Safety

4 local agencies receive grants to address domestic violence » Cape Cod Times Four local agencies will receive grants through a state Violence Against Women Act program aimed at helping organizations better serve victims of violence and prevent domestic violence.…

Massachusetts announces new plans and money to combat sexual violence » The Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Thursday will announce the awarding of $2.7 million in grants to address and prosecute domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault.…

Woman named as Lawrence's first Latina detective » Eagle Tribune Ana Villavizar has worked in security, as a recruiter and a military police officer.…

State Finance

A good problem for Watertown - how to spend a $10 million revitalization grant » ncpr This year Watertown got a big opportunity to breathe new life into its downtown. The city received $10 million from New York State. Now, they have to decide which projects they want that grant money t…

State Government

Charlie Baker rings in Red Kettle campaign » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker joins Salvation Army Maj. Margaret Davis, above, in ringing bells yesterday in Downtown Crossing for the organization's annual Red Kettle campaign fundraiser. At right, the governor…

Taxation

New rules set off rush to prepay taxes » Boston Globe City and town officials across Massachusetts are being deluged with calls and questions — and even requests for financial advice — from homeowners who want to know whether they should pa…

Trump signs sweeping $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law » Boston Globe

Transportation

Feds to give state $100M as 1st installment for GLX » Boston Herald The $2.3 billion project to extend Green Line service to Somerville and Medford is about to receive its first check from the federal government.…

West Station vs. Boston Landing » Commonwealth Magazine SOMETHING SEEMS AMISS with the state's ridership numbers for the proposed West Station in Allston.…

Utilities

Offshore wind: Start big or small? » Commonwealth Magazine THE THREE COMPANIES VYING to build the first major offshore wind farm in the United States filed their proposals on Wednesday with Massachusetts officials. …

Healey says Eversource rates should be recalculated » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is urging the state Department of Public Utilities to recalculate Eversource's rates to reflect the coming reduction in the federal corporate tax rate, from…

AG: Mass. DPU's Eversource Rate Cuts Don't Go Far Enough » WAMC The state attorney general has formally challenged the state Department of Public Utilities' decision to cut Eversource's electricity rate hike in Western Massachusetts by just 30 percent. The AG's of…

Five Town Cable Advisory Committee seeks AG's help over converter box bout with Spectrum » Berkshire Eagle South Berkshire communities wired for Spectrum want the state attorney general to intervene in their converter box controversy with the cable television provider.…

MA Attorney General Urging Reverse Of Eversource Rate Hike » Framingham Patch Attorney General Maura Healey is asking the Department of Public Utilities to reverse the recent Eversource rate hike to instead lower the rate by more than $74 million dollars, the AG announced on We…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

How Public Employees Could Power the Struggling Taxi Industry » Governing

State senator aims to save net neutrality » Boston Herald

MIT, Harvard say GOP's endowment tax will cost them millions » Boston Business Journal

Lexington Town Meeting Member Running For State Rep » Framingham Patch

Yarmouth Workforce Housing Project Gets Major State Boost » Capecod.com

Mass. unemployment rate falls for 4th month in a row » Boston Business Journal

Brookline's Rep. Smizik won't seek re-election in 2018 » State House News Service

Feds' release of $100 mil opens door for "real work" on Green Line extension » State House News Service

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4007 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Rosibel Umanzor, an employee of the Department of Public Health

SB 2143 - An Act authorizing the city of Salem to convert 2 seasonal liquor licenses to annual licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises

HB 2705 - An Act establishing a municipal light commission in the city known as the town of Greenfield

HB 4013 - An Act designating a certain bridge in the town of Bedford as the Hart-Desiato Bridge

SB 2193 - An Act designating a certain bridge in the town of Auburn and a portion of state highway in the town of Leicester in memory of Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr.

HB 3975 - An Act authorizing the commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey a certain parcel of land in the city of Waltham

HB 3961 - An Act validating the actions taken at a certain town meeting in the town of Berlin

HB 3964 - An Act relative to creating a plaque at the Cronin Rink in Revere in honor of Roger Naples

HB 3941 - An Act authorizing the city of Salem to grant 1 additional liquor license for the sale of wine and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises

HB 3946 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Paola Pol, an employee of the trial court

HB 3945 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Marlene M. Ayash, an employee of the trial court

HB 3840 - An Act authorizing the town of Westford to issue an additional liquor license

HB 3839 - An Act authorizing the town of Westford to issue an additional liquor license

SB 2034 - An Act authorizing the appointment of retired police officers as special police officers in the city of Taunton

HB 1328 - An Act relative to the Devens Fire Department

Most read bills of the week:

HB3768 - An Act to ensure the public health and safety of patient and consumer access to medical and adult use of marijuana in the Commonwealth

SB2090 - Text of the Senate amendment (Senator Jehlen) to the House Bill to ensure the public health and safety of patient and consumer access to medical and adult use of marijuana in the Commonwealth

SB2211 - An Act furthering health empowerment and affordability by leveraging transformative health care.

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

HB3776 - An Act to ensure the public health and safety of patient and consumer access to medical and adult use of marijuana in the Commonwealth

HB3818 - An Act to ensure safe access to medical and adult-use of marijuana in the Commonwealth

SB1 - Message from His Excellency the Governor relative to the general concerns of the Commonwealth

HB2811 - An Act relative to fairness in debt collection

SB120 - An Act relative to fairness in debt collection

House Actions This Week: 115

Senate Actions This Week: 82

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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