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Must-Reads

Signatures may be enough to tilt Senate race for Crighton » State House News Service Anything could happen but Rep. Brendan Crighton, of Lynn, is poised to become the newest senator on the North Shore. …

Union: Nursing home closures uprooting families, workers » State House News Service Health care workers are sounding the alarm over the state of the nursing home industry in Massachusetts, pointing to closures in Needham and Canton.…

Mass. alcohol laws need massive rewrite, task force concludes » Boston Globe The price of beer, wine, and liquor in Massachusetts would increase, but unpopular restrictions on the sale of alcohol would go away, under a radical proposed overhaul of the state's byzantine booze l…

The power of Melania Trump » Boston Globe Special counsel Robert Mueller will have a lot to say about how things go for Trump in 2018. But the person Trump really needs to keep in his corner is his wife. As Melania goes, so goes Trump's tenuo…

What's behind the claim that Hillary Clinton got '$84 million of potentially illegal campaign contributions?' » The Washington Post In an interview Tuesday with MSNBC, after calling for a “purge” of FBI agents proven to be biased against President Trump, Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) made an eye-popping accusation again…

Can a #NeverTrump Republican Win in 2020? Don't Bet on It. » New York Magazine The #NeverTrump Republicans, who were a formidable force in 2016, even after the mogul became the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, are a much-reduced group now. …

No bump for min wage earners as $15 bill hung up in committee » State House News Service Despite support from a majority of its members, legislation raising the Massachusetts minimum wage from $11 to $15 is ending 2017 the same way it began the year - pending before the Democrat-controlle…

Kinder Morgan planned for pipeline protests a year before project started » Berkshire Eagle Kinder Morgan, which has, since May, paid Massachusetts State Police more than $1 million for pipeline security, began communicating with State Police about the potential for protests and gas explosio…

Fiscal irresponsibility from Mass Fiscal Alliance » Commonwealth Magazine IN DECEMBER, when you open your mailbox, you're used to the usual flow of holiday cards from relatives and old friends, as well as end-of-year fundraising solicitations. However, residents of towns fr…

"This is only the beginning," Chandler said on an episode of WCVB's "On the Record" that aired Sunday. "I believe that before we're through we'll see more than the four that have already thrown their hat in the ring."

Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler

Speaking about potential Senators vying to become Senate president.

News By Category
Business

Berkshire Museum Director Returns To Work » WAMC The Berkshire Museum's executive director is returning to work amid a controversial plan to sell off art to fund renovations and an endowment. …

Facing uncertainty, charities use new tax law to push for donations » Boston Globe Every holiday season is make-or-break for charities, a rush to solicit donations from people looking to help a good cause and get a last-minute tax deduction.…

Bitcoin 'doesn't pass the smell test,' says Massachusetts securities regulator » CNBC Massachusetts' top securities regulator said his office is qualified to issue a warning on bitcoin because the digital currency is "entirely speculation."…

Airbnb Co-Founder And Boston Native On Tech, Housing And Becoming An Entrepreneur » WBUR It's hard to imagine a time when entrepreneurship wasn't a cool thing to do in Boston. That was the case not too long ago, says Airbnb co-founder Nate Blecharczyk.…

City Hall skating fees raise some eyebrows » Commonwealth Magazine SHANE MURPHY, a resident of Springfield, was walking around Faneuil Hall with his date recently when he decided to visit the newly minted skating rink on Boston's City Hall plaza. Murphy said he enjo…

Boston's historic Faneuil Hall closing for renovations in January 2018 » MassLive Historic Faneuil Hall, the meeting space which once hosted American revolutionaries and civil rights pioneers, will close for the month of January.…

William Galvin fines Securities America over radio ads » Investment News Massachusetts' securities regulator has fined Securities America $125,000 in connection with failure to supervise one of its agents whose radio advertising campaign allegedly used the dangers of Alzhe…

U.S. State Securities Regulator Lays Into Bitcoin With a Vengeance » cryptovest Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin didn't mince words in discussing his displeasure with Bitcoin on Wednesday. While he stopped short of calling the cryptocurrency a fraud, wha…

Business owners may be able to take advantage of new federal tax law in 2018 » WWLP 22 BOSTON (WWLP) – The new tax law is bringing a wide range of changes to how Americans pay their taxes.…

Mass. alcohol laws need massive rewrite, task force concludes » Boston Globe The price of beer, wine, and liquor in Massachusetts would increase, but unpopular restrictions on the sale of alcohol would go away, under a radical proposed overhaul of the state's byzantine booze l…

Task force urges higher taxes, more regulation for alcohol industry » State House News Service

Education

Mass. state colleges are trying to solve a math problem » Boston Globe Carrie Hale had spent years in low-paying jobs — cleaning houses and bagging groceries — followed by bouts of unemployment, before finally deciding to enroll in community college at age …

Union 38 asks for state transportation funding » MassLive District officials from Union 38 schools are calling on state legislators to uphold their end of the bargain and fully fund regional transportation costs.…

School Committee to revisit Title IX policy in response to DeVos guidance » Worcester Telegram The School Committee will revisit the district's sexual harassment and Title IX policies in response to new guidance on the subject recently issued by the federal education department.…

Pool teachers not unwanted, just underutilized » Commonwealth Magazine Any suggestion we don't teach is blatantly false …

Environment

Two Sharks Die In Bitter Cold Off Cape Cod » CBS Local A shark conservation group says two thresher sharks that washed up on the Cape Cod shore likely fell victim to the bitter cold. …

Health Care

Partners HealthCare, R.I. system extend merger talks » Boston Globe Partners HealthCare of Boston and Care New England Health System of Providence have extended their merger talks into 2018 in the hope of reaching a final deal.…

Senate health care proposal sparks debate between physicians and nurse practitioners » Worcester Telegram Dr. Amy Fogelman's father passed away in a nursing home after a nurse practitioner failed to diagnose him with influenza. While she does not blame the nurse practitioner for her loss, she wished the s…

What happens to individual health insurance mandate under the new federal tax law? » WWLP 22

Housing

Marian Court's new owners want to build condos for seniors at the Swampscott site » Lynn Daily News Item Transforming White Court, the former Marian Court College, into age-restricted condominiums is the plan for a team of Swampscott developers, who purchased the property last week.…

How To Avoid Frozen Pipes During MA Cold Spell » Beacon Hill Patch We are in the midst of a vicious stretch of freezing temperatures. It's important to know how to avoid a messy (and costly) situation. …

Developer takes ownership old Worcester County Courthouse with plans to convert to 114 apartments targeted to artists » The Republican

Human Services

Boston's homeless shelters overflow amid bitter cold snap » Boston Herald Boston's homeless shelters are overflowing thanks to this week's vicious cold snap, with the city's largest shelter, the Pine Street Inn, over capacity by nearly 100 people.…

Insurance

Lawmakers leave insurance discounts to last minute » State House News Service Massachusetts drivers and homeowners risk losing out on millions of dollars' worth of insurance coverage discounts if lawmakers end their two-decade tradition of regularly suspending a unique statutor…

Insurance coverage discounts at risk » Worcester Business Journal

Judiciary

Massachusetts prosecutors to throw out 8,000 convictions in second drug lab scandal » The Washington Post Prosecutors from across Massachusetts have tallied more than 8,000 convictions they say will be dismissed because they are tainted by a scandal at the state drug lab, according to new court filings by…

Plymouth DA spent millions on private lawyers when attorney general would have handled case for free » Boston Globe

Labor

'Most of the growth is to the east': Springfield gains jobs, but unemployment rate stays well above Worcester and Boston » MassLive Unemployment remained higher last month in Springfield than in Massachusetts' two other major cities, Worcester and Boston.…

No bump for minimum wage earners as $15 bill hung up in committee » The Metro West Daily News

Legislative

Ryan to Focus on Opiates and Transportation » Charlestown Bridge State Rep. Dan Ryan is ready to embark on a new legislative year, and this week, he said he believes it will be even busier than 2017 as his committee takes up new legislation on the opiate epidemic.…

Crighton unopposed to fill Senate seat » The Salem News Anything could happen but Rep. Brendan Crighton, of Lynn, is poised to become the newest senator on the North Shore. Crighton will walk uncontested on the ballot into the Senate seat held for the past…

Chandler wants to steer Senate beyond scandal » The Salem News There's four people in the mix so far to become the next leader of the state Senate, not counting Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, and acting Senate President Harriette Chandler expects that field to grow. "Th…

Top Stories of 2017: Cariddi exercised quiet dignity, humility » Berkshire Eagle NORTH ADAMS — Gailanne Cariddi was never one to seek the spotlight.…

Local Government

Boston City Council looks to fight national trends with local gains in 2018 » Boston Globe Boston stands at a crossroads — the depth of opportunity or hardship facing future generations depends more than ever on the actions we take right now at the local level. …

Marijuana

Granby Town Meeting says yes to 1-year moratorium on retail marijuana sales » MassLive Town Meeting has approved a moratorium on retail marijuana sales that will be in effect until Nov. 30, 2018.…

Synthetic marijuana leads to OUI arrest in Abington » Patriot Ledger Bryan Lambert, 49, of Bridgewater, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and marked lanes violations after police pulled him over…

Opinion

The name of the elephant » Boston Globe On the afternoon of Dec. 31, 1870, the French writer Edmond de Goncourt went to a butcher shop in Paris and saw, for sale, the trunk of Pollux, the young elephant from the zoo…

Our Opinion: Governor is playing politics with homeless shelters » Berkshire Eagle As the old political saw goes, trying to control a legislature is like herding cats. Add a diabolical twist by having that same legislative body be overwhelmingly composed of politicians from the oppo…

Looking back at 2017, and predictions for 2018 » Cape Cod Times Welcome to Year 9 of predictions. As always, the prior year gets graded. Overall, I have been over 50 percent — not bad for unfounded prognosticating. While 2015 was 58 percent, 2016 scoring wa…

Viewpoint: Bipartisan support helped advance clean energy in 2017 » Boston Business Journal As we look ahead to 2018, it is important to recognize the nationwide shift toward supporting clean energy, even among groups that have traditionally been skeptical. We have a stronger impact when we …

Editorial: We appreciate attention to rural western Massachusetts » Gazette Net National politics may be wracked with sharp partisan pain, but it's comforting to see our state's Republican gubernatorial administration working well with our Democratic-controlled Legislature to sup…

Politics

Worcesteria: Conventions, superintendent evaluations, Chandler's agenda » Worcester Mag Worcester will host the 2018 conventions for both the Democratic and Republican parties next year. The GOP convention will take place April 28, the Democratic convention June 1-2, both at the DCU Cent…

Crighton has clear path to state senate seat » Lynn Daily News Item State Rep. Brendan Crighton's bid for the senate just got a whole lot easier.…

Crighton only name on ballot for Senate seat » Commonwealth Magazine Rep. faces no formal opposition in bid to replace McGee …

State Government

Behind Charlie Baker's Bezos bid » Boston Herald State officials compiled personal dossiers on top Amazon executives — even zeroing in on CEO Jeff Bezos' wife — while Gov. Charlie Baker made high-level calls before submitting the Massa…

Deadlock, delay mark review of pubic records law » South Coast Today Lawmakers should continue to study the possibilities of requiring daily arrest logs from the State Police and removing or modifying public record exemptions for domestic violence incidents, according …

Changes to law on public records put on hold by panel » Sentinel & Enterprise

Taxation

IRS sets limits on prepaying property taxes, stirring confusion over GOP tax law » Boston Globe The Internal Revenue Service announced Wednesday that taxpayers could prepay their 2018 property taxes only if they have already received a tax assessment from their local government and they make pay…

South Hadley to accept property tax prepayments » Gazette Net Tuesday morning, the town of South Hadley announced they will accept early payments for third and fourth quarter property taxes beginning immediately, according to town administrator Michael Sullivan.…

Transportation

Keolis woes report never got on track » Boston Herald An internal report that a top MBTA official requested to document the “historic failure” of commuter rail contractor K­eolis to properly probe safety issues was never produced, the T ac…

State proposes $4.7M road project on Route 202 that could aid Belchertown State School redevelopment » The Republican The state Department of Transportation is proposing a $4.7 million road improvement project along Route 202 that could add a traffic signal at the Turkey Hill Road intersection -- an access point to t…

Driver decal bill would flag young motorists » The Republican Student and junior drivers would have to buy and display a decal or magnet on their vehicle indicating they are still learning to drive or subject to certain driving restrictions under a bill moving i…

Decal proposed to identify student and junior drivers » Milford Daily News Student and junior drivers would have to buy and display a decal or magnet on their vehicle indicating they are still learning to drive or subject to certain driving restrictions under a bill moving i…

Deep freeze slows MBTA during morning commute » Boston Globe The MBTA commuter rail, subway, and buses are experiencing delays on multiple routes Thursday morning, as locals head back to work in the bitter cold. …

REAL ID » Mass.gov Beginning March 26, 2018, the RMV is changing the way you get and renew your driver's license and ID card. REAL ID is a Federal Security Standard for IDs that was created in 2005 as a result of increa…

Utilities

Cape Wind founder reflects on 'worthy fight' » Cape Cod Times Jim Gordon always put his faith in the regulatory process. But the fate of the now-defunct Cape Wind project was up against more than a maze of paperwork, public hearings and local, state and federal …

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Record sales keep Mass. housing market on tear » Sentinel & Enterprise

County official switches gears, will challenge Sandwich rep » State House News Service

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New homes hard to come by in Massachusetts, real estate data shows » The Republican

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