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For Massachusetts politicos, 2018 is chock-full of big races » Lowell Sun For Massachusetts politicos, the past year has been something a breather after the tumultuous 2016 presidential contest.…

Drug Addicts Could Soon Get Their First Safe Haven in America » Governing The Baltimore Health Department has a history of taking risks to help drug addicts. In an effort to prevent outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis, the city was one of the first to open a needle exchange wher…

In New Hampshire, Trump's now-defunct voter fraud commission made its mark » CNN The presidential commission on voter fraud came to an abrupt end when President Trump dissolved it this week. Its legacy is more than a little ironic.…

Elizabeth Warren, bipartisan deal-maker? » Boston Globe If you believe the ads and talking points that top Republican groups pump out, Senator Elizabeth Warren is a liberal from Massachusetts who can't be trusted, an extremist whose positions won't yield, …

Officials wrestle with pot tourism » Salem News Legal marijuana in Massachusetts is expected to draw visiors from states where the drug remains illegal, providing a major boost to the tourism industry from users apt to spend money in hotels, restau…

A graphical look at key indicators that show Trump's performance in his first year » Boston Globe When President Trump took the oath of office, the Globe assembled this dashboard, a mix of measures designed to track his real-world impact. A year later, it shows that America has been changed, thoug…

25th Amendment unlikely to be invoked over Trump's mental health » Politico Donald Trump's description of himself as a “very stable genius” sparked new debate this weekend about the 25th Amendment, but invoking the provision to remove a president from office is so…

Trump's secret, shrinking schedule » Axios President Trump is starting his official day much later than he did in the early days of his presidency, often around 11am, and holding far fewer meetings, according to copies of his private schedule …

“You fought tooth and nail to stop these reforms from happening,” Lindstrom said in a video released today. “And you didn’t mince any words about how bad it would all be. Senator, you were wrong. Sen. Warren, my question to you is, would you repeal this tax cut legislation if the Democrats regain control of the Congress?”

U.S. Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom

Talking about Senator Elizabeth Warren opposing the GOP tax reform bill.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

An isolated Steve Bannon scrambles to make amends with Trump » Boston Globe Isolated from his political allies and cut off from his financial patrons, Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump's former chief strategist, issued a striking mea culpa on Sunday for comments he had made …

I was on Trump's voter fraud commission. Its demise was inevitable. » The Washington Post It didn't surprise me when I got an email from the White House on Wednesday night that President Trump had moved to dissolve the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.…

Congress To Take Up DACA, Border Wall As It Advances On 2018 Agenda » WBUR It may be a new year, but Congress plans to spend most of January wrapping up old business leftover from 2017.…

Business

The year in biotech begins flush with cash » Boston Globe Last January, when thousands of biotechnology executives and investors flooded the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, there was a tincture of anxiety amid the talk of breakthrough medicines and…

Pfizer to cut 200 jobs in Massachusetts in restructuring effort » Boston Business Journal Pfizer announced in a statement on Sunday that it will cut almost 10 percent of its workforce in the Bay State.…

Centerville Sears closing in April » 13WMAZ The Sears location at the Galleria Mall in Centerville will be closing this spring.…

Civil Rights

From energy to health care to social justice, 4 Freedoms Coalition still pushing a year later » Berkshire Eagle The banner hanging in the sanctuary of First Church of Christ Congregational on Park Square read "4 Freedoms 4 Everyone."…

Education

12 school districts to share Puerto Rico aid funds » Boston Herald Twelve Bay State school districts are splitting $60,000 in state aid to handle the influx of students from storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.…

Guest Feature: UMass Boston's last remaining painter » Dig Boston We sit in the Ryan Lounge, a capacious, high-ceilinged hall with a harbor view. It's a favorite hang-out for UMass Boston students, as well as one of the most popular spaces on campus for conferences …

Salem State lauded for Latino success; voted seventh in US and first in New England » Lynn Daily News Item Salem State University has been named a Top 10 performing institution for Latino student success and the only New England school to make the list, according to a report by the Education Trust.…

Environment

Sen. Gobi Awards $4,859 Habitat Management Grant to Ware » Go Local Worcester Senator Anne Gobi and Representative Todd Smola have award a $4,859 grant to the town on Ware through the Habitat Management Grant Program.…

Gaming

Supreme Court says no to hearing M.V. gambling case » Martha's Vineyard Times

Health Care

'Survive but thrive': Speakers back hospital affiliation plan » Newburyport News A procession of state and local officials, and everyday city residents, took the microphone Wednesday night to sing the praises of Anna Jaques Hospital as it seeks state approval to form a health care…

Housing

31-unit development eyed for Mission Hill » Boston Herald A Boston developer is hoping to construct a new apartment building with a restaurant and public gathering space in Boston's Mission Hill neighborhood.…

Human Services

Some say Bump DCF audit misses key issue: caseloads » Worcester Sun Once again, the elephant in the room with the state Department of Children and Families is the high caseload each social worker carries. …

Child-protection agency is making progess, but challenges remain » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker often points to his efforts to strengthen the state Department of Children and Families since taking office three years ago, with the hiring of 350 new social workers, the appoi…

Berkshire County food pantries gird cuts to SNAP benefits after tax bill » Berkshire Eagle Local advocates are bracing for reductions in food assistance following passing of the tax bill, fearful that cuts to safety net programs lie ahead because of an expanding federal deficit.…

Labor

Overlooked workers are finding it easier to land jobs » Boston Globe The lunch rush was just beginning at Shake Shack on Newbury Street and the all-American tasks of grilling burgers and making milkshakes were being handled by a crew made up almost entirely of immigran…

Legislative

Tarr is only local senator to support Baker vetoes » Lowell Sun The House and Senate kicked off the 2018 legislative session last week on Beacon Hill. Most of the activity was ceremonial and there were no roll calls in either branch.…

Senate victory another first for Dean Tran » Sentinel & Enterprise Of the people who gathered in the crowded Statehouse auditorium to watch Dean Tran be sworn into the Worcester-Middlesex state Senate seat many were friends, neighbors or fellow politicians.…

Hudson High School brings holiday cheer to the State House » Community Advocate Hudson – Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow) and Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin welcomed the Hudson High School Camerata A Capella Choir to the State House for a holiday concert De…

Local Government

Lauren R. Stevens: A good way to honor Gail Cariddi for her bike path advocacy » Berkshire Eagle Let's call the entire North Adams to Williamstown portion of the bike path, due to be under construction in 2019, the Gailanne Cariddi Bike Path. Former Mayor Alcombright has started the process, refe…

Former Worcester city councilor sues Turtleboy Sports blog » Worcester Telegram A former Worcester city councilor has sued the online blog Turtleboy Sports alleging fraud and libel. Michael Gaffney, a lawyer, filed the civil lawsuit on Dec. 18 in Dudley District Court.…

Imperfect attendance: Former Brockton mayor misses third Carpenter inauguration » The Enterprise Former Mayor Linda Balzotti, who served from 2009 until 2013 when she narrowly lost to current Mayor Bill Carpenter, was not among the former mayors that attended the ceremony at the War Memorial Buil…

Charter jockeying in Amherst in full swing » Gazette Net A vote on changing Amherst's form of government is nearly three months away, but supporters and opponents are wasting little time in establishing ballot question committees.…

HAND: Will there be a Plan B for new AHS? » The Sun Chronicle Nothing irks supporters of a new Attleboro High School more than calls by critics to develop a less expensive Plan B in case a tax increase for a new building is defeated.…

Marijuana

Fed prosecutor: No immunity for legal marijuana businesses » Boston Herald

Pot shop buzzing: Production rolls along at marijuana grower in Fitchburg » Worcester Telegram A busy workday at Garden Remedies Inc. has a lot in common with one at a factory – or maybe a greenhouse, kitchen or laboratory – excluding, of course, the cannabis.…

US attorney throws future of legal pot in Mass. into doubt » Boston Globe

Confusion reigns in states with legal pot » Commonwealth Magazine More questions, fewer answers on how US attorneys will enforce federal drug laws …

Opinion

Giddy markets and grim politics » Boston Globe ECONOMIC GROWTH WORLDWIDE picked up in 2017, and the best guess is that the global economy will perform strongly in 2018 as well.…

Tax Cuts Just What the Doctor Ordered for American Economy and President Trump » New Boston Post The GOP tax cut is about two weeks old, and already we are seeing signs that it's working. Americans for Tax Reform has found 117 companies that have given more than a million employees bonuses becaus…

Mayor Walsh's big, but incomplete, plan for Long Island » Boston Globe MAYOR MARTIN J. WALSH'S plan to rebuild the bridge to Long Island and create a new addiction recovery campus there may be a sound idea — even an inspired one.…

Editorial: Ratepayers get a break » Boston Herald Some Massachusetts residents will indeed be reaping an unexpected bonus from the new federal tax law.…

WE RESOLVE: What readers can expect from the Globe's editorial pages in 2018 » Boston Globe The new year brings with it unsettling divisions in the nation's electorate, record low approval ratings for President Trump, and wild swings in federal policy aired on Twitter. The press is under att…

Editorial: Earmarks return » Boston Herald

Mitt Romney is getting good at pulling up stakes » Boston Globe I have to admit, it hurt a little when Mitt Romney changed his Twitter location from Massachusetts to Holladay, Utah, on Tuesday, shortly after US Senator Orrin Hatch announced he wouldn't run for ree…

Taiwan isn't China, and Taiwanese aren't Chinese » Boston Globe THERE IS A moment in “1776,” the acclaimed musical about the American founding, in which Benjamin Franklin explains to the Continental Congress why he no longer thinks of himself as an Eng…

Galvin applauds President Trump for disbanding voter fraud panel » Boston Globe Secretary of State William Galvin said President Trump was right to disband the commission the Republican launched to investigate reports of voter fraud in 2016 — because it should never have b…

A look back at a turbulent 2017 » Boston Globe NUARY 07, 2018 Last January, Donald Trump's Inaugural Address outlined a dark vision of a broken, weak America. That same week, however, an outpouring of protest by pink-hat-wearing women, men, and ch…

Is Mitt Romney off to see the Wizard of Oz? » Boston Globe In the American movie classic “The Wizard of Oz,” the lion longed for courage. It turned out he had it all along.…

Letter: Good reform bill will reduce injustices » Milford Daily News Thank you for the article on criminal justice reform bills in your first section of the Dec. 26 edition. The author, however, failed to mention that the bills were not signed because they are stuck in…

Our Opinion: Making the argument for a long overdue new city police station » Berkshire Eagle One of the primary indices of a city's viability is how safe its citizens feel in their homes and traveling its streets. In the case of Pittsfield, a locality with many economic and societal challenge…

More pipelines aren't the answer » Commonwealth Magazine The weather outside is frightful – and so is our over-reliance on natural gas …

Time to revisit the need for more gas pipelines » Commonwealth Magazine Renewable energy cannot meet demand without help …

Politics

Gubernatorial candidates speak to need to invest in education, clean energy » The Recorder Three Democratic gubernatorial candidates introduced themselves to the Franklin County community this past weekend, answering a series of questions about their positions on education spending, clean e…

Three Democrats hoping to oust Gov. Charlie Baker woo Franklin County progressives at Greenfield forum » The Republican A trio of Democrats hoping to unseat a popular Republican governor met on a middle school stage Saturday afternoon as outdoor thermometers registered single-digit readings.…

5 questions New England voters will answer in 2018 » Boston.com It's just one week into 2018 and still less than year into President Donald Trump's presidential term, which means its nearly election season again. It almost seems like it never left.…

How often they sided with Gov. Charlie Baker: Massachusetts senators' veto support on Beacon Hill » Mass Live This analysis looks at the number of times each senator sided with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on his 179 vetoes of items in the 2017 session.…

Acton's Bloomenthal launches bid for rep » Lowell Sun A desire for single-payer health care, school-funding reform and strong labor support are among the reasons driving Benjamin Bloomenthal to run for state representative this fall.…

Robert Q. Crane, state's longest-serving treasurer, dies at 91 » Boston Globe Robert Q. Crane, who built a legendary career in Massachusetts politics with one foot unapologetically planted in the state's colorfully roguish past and the other leading the way to a more modern gov…

Senate hopeful Diehl blasts Warren in Groton campaign stop » Lowell Sun State Rep. Geoff Diehl has made it clear he's not afraid to take on U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who he said is too busy with "grandstanding" in Washington to help people of the commonwealth. Diehl, a…

Senate hopeful Diehl blasts Warren » Sentinel & Enterprise State Rep. Geoff Diehl has made it clear he's not afraid to take on U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who he said is too busy with "grandstanding" in Washington to help people of the commonwealth.…

Republicans Make Campaign Stops In Deep Blue Berkshires » WAMC

Brookline's Tommy Vitolo running for state rep » Wicked Local Brookline

GOP hopeful's taxing demand » Boston Herald GOP U.S. Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom is calling out incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Warren for opposing the GOP tax reform bill, demanding to know if she will vote to reverse the plan if Democrats regain…

Public Safety

Neighbors praise firefighters for containing massive Dorchester blaze » Boston Globe Dorchester residents who watched an inferno consume a neighboring three-decker during frigid weather Saturday night into Sunday morning praised Boston firefighters for saving their home from the blaze…

Stability returns to Scituate after the storm » Wicked Local Scituate The clean up and damage assessment process is underway in Scituate now that Winter Storm Grayson has come and gone.…

Swatting hoaxes pose risks and challenges » The Patriot Ledger One Sunday evening two years ago, a heavily armed team of police officers drew their guns and cautiously approached the Melrose home of U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark.…

Walsh 'Not Convinced' About Police Body Camera Implementation » WGBH News Mayor Marty Walsh says he's still unsure about implementing a permanent police body camera program in the city of Boston, despite positive assessments from Police Commissioner Bill Evans.…

State Government

Auditor fires 2 contractors, employee over 'conflict' issue » Boston Herald State Auditor Suzanne Bump said she fired an employee and two contractors after they didn't disclose a potential conflict of interest to her, throwing the integrity of their work into question.…

Reporter's lunchtime walk in downtown Springfield leads to 1st Amendment tug-of-war » Mass Live I like to walk. And I like to take photos. Perhaps you've seen me downtown. During my lunch break, I will commonly go for a walk, usually a simple out-and-back down Main Street from the paper to City …

State owes municipalities more than $1M for early voting, auditor says » WWLP 22

Taxation

Rekindled tax crimps medical device businesses » The Eagle Tribune Most of corporate America is in line for a hefty tax cut, thanks to the federal tax overhaul recently signed by President Donald Trump, but one sector is getting hit with an increase that some say wil…

Transportation

T chief feeling the heat after Twitter tirade on weather » Boston Herald MBTA “turnaround CEO” Luis Manuel Ramirez indicated this weekend's massive delays were unavoidable thanks to “Siberian temperatures,” in a now-deleted tweet that came as T off…

MBTA evaluates service during 'hell on earth' conditions » The Salem News

Utilities

Massachusetts mounts opposition to offshore drilling plan » Gloucester Times

Anti-Pilgrim Activists Rallying at State House After Unplanned Shutdown » capecod.com A group of anti-nuclear activists will rally today at the State House after the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station experienced another unplanned shutdown last week.…

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As Protections for Pregnant Workers Falter in Congress, States Step Up » Governing

Week In Review: Who Will Run For President From Mass. In 2020? » WBUR

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 1/8

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 1/9

Birthdays: Rep. Bradley Jones, Jr.

10:30am Joint Committee on Financial Services, Auto Insurance

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

Wednesday - 1/10

10:00am Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development, Public Hearing

11:30am Acupuncture Day on the Hill, Grand Staircase, State House

Thursday - 1/11

Birthdays: Senator Karen Spilka

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

6:30pm GoldenEye 007 Fundraiser with Governor's Council Candidate Paul DePalo

Friday - 1/12

Deadline to co-sponsor bills of former Sens. Jennifer Flanagan and James Timilty


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