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Must-Reads

Will Democracy Survive President Trump? Two New Books Aren't So Sure » New York Times David Frum's "Trumpocracy" takes aim at the president and those who empower him, and "How Democracies Die," by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, reads at times like a sly subtweet of the Republican …

No new taxes in upcoming fiscal year, Mass. House speaker pledges » Boston Globe House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said Wednesday that House leaders will propose no increases in major taxes or fees in their budget for the upcoming fiscal year.…

J.D. Vance Is Now Seriously Considering Running For Senate In Ohio » BuzzFeed The Hillbilly Elegy author is fielding increased calls for him to enter the race now that Josh Mandel has dropped out. And he's in Washington this week, talking to Republican leaders about the possibi…

As the state legislative season begins, the #MeToo revolution is cleaning up state capitals. » StarTrubune In the past year, at least 14 legislators in 10 states have resigned from office following accusations of sexual harassment or misconduct, AP found in a state-by-state review: …

Trump's secret plan to scrap Obamacare » Politico The document, revealed for the first time by POLITICO, shows that despite the chaos surrounding repeal, the administration had an elaborate plan to take apart the law using executive authority.…

U.S. commerce lobby to wage war on Elizabeth Warren » Boston Herald The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce vowed to wage war against Bay State U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and 'extremes in both parties,' comparing her to Steve Bannon and suggesting the pro-business lo…

Analysis: Fed reform will cost Bay State taxpayers $7.5B in deductions » Lowell Sun Public policy debates often pivot on the value and impact of tax cuts and reductions, and the uncapped deduction for state and local taxes wiped off the books by the federal government in late Decembe…

State leaders are facing trickiest budget cycle in recent years » Boston Globe Beacon Hill leaders, who in recent years have overestimated how much cash from taxes Massachusetts will bring in, are now facing their trickiest budget cycle since the Great Recession.…

“It feels like a very giant step, but unfortunately it’s not going to be a giant step because no matter what you do this is something that keeps pouring in,” Trump said. “We’re going to find the answer. There is an answer. I think I actually know the answer, but I’m not sure the country is ready for it yet. Does anybody know what I mean? I think so.”

President Donald Trump

Speaking about the opioid crisis after signing the Senator Markey sponsored bill aimed at stopping illegal drugs from coming into the country.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Democrats are torn on whether to support Trump on border wall » Boston Globe Democrats have consistently derided Donald Trump's campaign promise to build a “big, beautiful” concrete wall spanning the entire US-Mexico border as stupid and wasteful. But with the fate…

No luncheons for Elizabeth Warren » Boston Herald One of the nation's most powerful business groups is targeting U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren — labeling her the Steve Bannon of the left — and signaling it intends to pour tens of millions …

Business

Feds say Healey can't sue student loan servicer » Boston Globe Siding with a student loan servicer, the federal government has accused Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey of overreaching with her lawsuit accusing the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistan…

Amazon is seeking up to 1 million square feet in Boston » Boston Globe Amazon is on the hunt for as much as 1 million square feet of office space in Boston, adding a new level of intrigue to the retail giant's plans as it whittles down the list of the cities competing fo…

Baby boomers destroyed their hearing. Biotech is trying to fix it » Boston Globe Baby boomers grew up with music blasting from dorm room turntables, car stereos, and arenas where the sound of a band at full throttle could rival the roar of a jet engine. Volume became an act of gen…

The 50 richest people in Mass. are worth a combined $133 billion » Boston Globe Massachusetts has 34 billionaires, and the state's 50 richest people have a combined net worth of nearly $134 billion, according to estimates from venture capital and private equity database firm Mass…

Child-support deposit delay hits clients in pocketbook » Lowell Sun LOWELL -- An upgrade in the state's child-support management system led to bank overdraft and other fees for recipients who were unaware their deposits were delayed.…

Lawrence bars face discipline » The Eagle Tribune The owner of a Jackson Street nightclub where three people were shot over two nights of rioting last year has turned in her liquor license rather than defend it before the city's Licensing Board on We…

21 Percent Of Mass. Voters Say They've Been Sexually Harassed At Work » WBUR One in five Massachusetts voters — a total of 21 percent — report having received an "unwanted sexual advance or other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature at work," accordin…

NOAA seeks $900K, all permits from Codfather in civil action » Gloucester Times The saga of Carlos Rafael is far from over, as NOAA Fisheries has issued a charging document seeking additional civil penalties and restrictions beyond those ordered in Rafael's sentencing last year i…

Herald execs' pay disclosed in bankruptcy filings » Boston Herald The Herald paid substantial salaries to its publisher and top executive as the newspaper's finances grew dire and management directed the company to a bankruptcy sale, according to court papers.…

Education

Keenan inauguration will draw Baker, others to Salem » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker will speak next week at Salem State University's inauguration of its 14th president, John Keenan.…

Joan Medeiros becomes first woman to lead Bristol Community College Board of Trustees » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed Joan Medeiros the chair of the Bristol Community College Board of Trustees.…

Keenan to be inaugurated as Salem State president » Boston Globe

Environment

Council Votes to Send Letter to Environmental Dept » Revere Journal State Rep. Roselee Vincent spoke on a motion made by Council President Jessica Giannino to have the council send a letter to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in opposition to Wheelabra…

Lawmakers urge Gov. Baker to condemn offshore drilling plan » The Associated Press (AP) Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation is pressuring Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to take a tougher stand in opposing the Trump administration's offshore drilling plan.…

Massachusetts congressional delegation urges Gov. Charlie Baker to reject Trump administration's offshore drilling plan » MassLive Massachusetts congressional lawmakers called on Gov. Charlie Baker Wednesday to formally oppose the Trump administration's plan to expand oil and gas drilling off the East Coast.…

State senator wants wastewater warnings » Boston Herald When raw sewage flows into Bay State rivers, state Sen. Patricia D. Jehlen thinks it would be a good idea to alert residents who live nearby. …

Baker reiterates opposition to energy drilling off Massachusetts » State House News Service

Federal

Trump's Voter Fraud Commission May Be Dead, But His Quest Continues » Governing The president has shifted the commission's voter fraud investigation to the Department of Homeland Security. Some see that as a boon to the cause, while others say it could be problematic, especially …

Gaming

UMass study shows problem gambling not so hard to shake » Gazette Net For many observers of gambling, a belief has long existed that once a person becomes a problem gambler, frequenting casinos, laying down bets and participating in games of chance, the addiction is har…

Health Care

MA radiology lab loses medical records of more than 9,300 patients » HealthCare Business A portable hard drive containing the records of more than 9,300 patients may be at risk of breach after going missing from a Massachusetts-based radiology lab and the facility unable to locate it. …

Swansea mental health center sued by attorney general's office for fraud » The Herald News SouthBay Community Services, headquartered in Brockton is being sued by the Massachusetts Attorney General's office for allegedly billing MassHealth fraudulently for mental health services provided by…

AG Healey Sues Mass. Mental Health Center For 'Unlicensed' Staff » WBUR The office of state Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday sued a Massachusetts mental health center for fraudulent billing for its alleged unlicensed patient care.…

Baker: Massachusetts won't impose Medicaid work requirement » Boston Herald

Fed extension gives Mass. CHIP funding through March » State House News Service

Housing

GE sells land to the city's Housing Authority for new homes » Lynn Daily News Item It took more than two years of negotiations, but the Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development (LHAND) has purchased three lots from General Electric Co. and plans to turn them into housing.…

Immigration

'Thank You For Choosing Boston': Mayor Walsh Defends TPS Holders » WBUR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is defending the 6,000 Salvadorans in Massachusetts whose temporary immigration status will expire next year.…

Children of TPS holders plead for their parents at solidarity rally in City Hall » Boston Globe Charles Pineda wishes politicians on Capitol Hill could see what he sees when he looks at his mother, Elsa. Whereas they might only see a 45-year-old undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, Pineda se…

Insurance

Lawmakers seek answers on auto insurance rates » Newburyport News Consumer advocates have long argued that drivers living in minority neighborhoods pay higher auto insurance premiums than those with similar driving histories who live elsewhere.…

Labor

Food distribution workers in Brockton to be paid thousands after attorney general investigation uncovers minimum wage violations » MassLive Roughly 50 employees of a Brockton food distribution company are owed around $9,000 each after an investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General's office uncovered an employer scheme to intention…

Legislative

Deadlines set for special state primary in Attleboro rep race » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — Candidates for the state representative seat left vacant by Mayor Paul Heroux have less than two weeks to submit their nomination papers for the special state primary slated for Mar…

Tran announces staff appointments » Sentinel & Enterprise State Sen. Dean Tran's district office is now open at the Fitchburg Armory on 14 Wallace Ave., according to a Tuesday announcement. …

Senate retail task force to hold public hearing in Northampton » MassLive

Report: Door opens for Rosenberg to return as Senate president » The Greenfield Recorder

Ex-Senate president separates from husband amid ongoing probe » Boston Herald

Former Senate President Stan Rosenberg Separates From Husband Bryon Hefner » NECN

Local Government

Scituate bounces back after winter storm » Wicked Local Scituate It's back to normal for most in Scituate after a powerful nor'easter swept across New England on Jan. 4, followed by bitter cold temperatures in the days afterwards.…

Town of Aquinnah seeks 'common ground' with tribe » Martha's Vineyard Times At a hastily called meeting Wednesday, Aquinnah selectmen decided to drop any further legal action and open talks with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), as the tribe pursues a gambling facil…

Methuen councilors weren't aware of opioid suit » The Eagle Tribune The city joined a national movement against big pharmaceutical companies this week by filing a lawsuit taking on several major firms that manufacture and distribute opioids.…

South Hadley Town Meeting rejects moving municipal elections to September » MassLive

Marijuana

South Hadley to vote on ban of commercial marijuana establishments » Gazette Net South Hadley will be the first community in Hampshire County to vote in a townwide election on whether to ban all commercial marijuana establishments within its borders.…

South Hadley Town Meeting approves marijuana sales ban; residents to make final decision during April election » MassLive By a 44 to 37 vote, Town Meeting on Wednesday said yes to a total ban on the sale of recreational marijuana in town.…

Cancer Patients Asking Doctors About Marijuana Still Get Little Help » WBUR Even three queasy pregnancies didn't prepare Kate Murphy for the nonstop nausea that often comes with chemotherapy.…

Congressional delegation: Hands off Massachusetts pot law | News & Observer » The Associated Press (AP) Members of Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation are faulting U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling for saying participants in the state's voter-approved marijuana trade could be at risk of pr…

New marijuana laws could lead retailers to accepting cash only payments » WWLP 22 There's new cannabis confusion and fear now that Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said he would enforce federal marijuana laws.…

Federal pot policy has chilling effect on South Shore businesses » The Patriot Ledger Federal authorities have promised a crackdown on the legal cannabis market in Massachusetts and business on the South Shore and across the state are already taking a hit.…

Staties, BPD to feds: We won't bust bud in Bay State » Boston Herald If the feds bust any local pot shops, they'll be on their own — state police and Boston cops won't assist in any crackdown on businesses that are legal under state law, local authorities said.…

Opinion

Sessions muddied waters of legalized marijuana, and the US attorney for Mass. isn't helping » Boston Globe Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last week that federal laws prohibiting marijuana trump any state laws to the contrary. …

Leonard Glass and Bandy Lee: We aren't diagnosing Trump. We're sounding an alarm » Boston Globe While questions about Donald Trump's mental fitness for the presidency have swirled since he announced his candidacy, they were augmented by his tweets and comments since taking office as well as by t…

With activist's death, another victim to mourn » Boston Globe She knew it was important for her community to have its day of remembrance each November to mark the violent deaths of transgender people across the country. But Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien wasn't …

Should we be worried that stocks are headed for a crash? » Boston Globe The stock market has always crashed after reaching the kinds of highs we're currently seeing, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to happen this time.…

Our view: Early voting enhances democracy » Gloucester Times Voting is a sacred act of democracy that, for many, involves a fair amount of ritual.…

State Senate candidates makes a case for change » Lowell Sun Isn't it time we had a state senator that will work with Governor Baker?…

Michael Graham: Pot party coming to a theater near you » Boston Herald So, will U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' anti-pot jackboots soon be kicking in the doors of our local pot-friendly bars, yoga studios and massage parlors? Answer: No.…

Editorial: Congress must step in, exempt legal weed states » Boston Business Journal Imagine founding a business knowing not only that most banks will refuse to lend you money, but also that at any time, federal law enforcement officers could burst in, shut down your store and even ar…

Lee Harrison: The Devil and Charlie Baker » Berkshire Eagle

Letter: Support Safe Communities Act » Wicked Local Topsfield

Politics

GOP Healey Challenger Comes Out Swinging, Rips Attorney General Over Drug Lab Scandal » New Boston Post Hingham Republican Dan Shores, who is challenging Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey next fall, on Wednesday denounced the manner in which the Charlestown Democrat decided to support quashin…

L'Italien: I'd back Trump's wall to save Dreamers » Lowell Sun Congressional candidate Barbara L'Italien envisions sitting around a table in Washington, D.C., hammering out deals. …

U.S. Senate Hopeful to Congress: Dump Earmark Talk » New Boston Post Winchester businessman John Kingston, one of several Republicans angling for the nod to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren in November, paused on Wednesday from engaging in the normal …

AG candidate urges Healey to release drug lab records » State House News Service The courts have already admonished the Attorney General's Office for the conduct of two prosecutors who handled an investigation into tainted drug lab evidence, but Republican attorney Dan Shores, who…

Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor talk health care, high-speed east-west rail at Longmeadow forum » MassLive

Public Health

Clean water advocate: Flow of info 'a public health risk' » Boston Herald The state keeps mostly paper records that are not readily accessible on when and where millions of gallons of raw sewage pours into Bay State rivers — a public health failure that needs to be f…

Trump signs Markey-sponsored bill to improve opioid screening technology » Boston Globe President Trump signed legislation Wednesday aimed at giving Customs and Border Protection agents additional screening devices and other tools to stop the flow of illicit drugs.…

Gov. Baker touts Beverly Hospital recovery coach program » Wicked Local

Sen. Eric Lesser calls for raising tobacco age to 21 statewide following Springfield vote » MassLive As the city prepares to raise the legal age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21, Sen. Eric Lesser said it is time for the Legislature to make it a statewide policy.…

Trump signs Markey bill to stem flow of fentanyl » State House News Service

Sudders: Fed law looms as obstacle to supervised injection sites » State House News Service

Public Safety

Police body cameras have some benefits, preliminary findings of Boston trial say » MassLive Placing body cameras on police officers may have some benefits, according to the preliminary findings issued after the Boston Police Department piloted the devices.…

Worcester City Council seeks ways to curb prostitution, asks for police stings targeting johns » Worcester Telegram The City Council has asked the city manager to consider having the police conduct stings targeting people who solicit prostitutes in the city.…

State Government

Early Voting Expansion Proposed To Include Massachusetts Primary » WAMC The top election official in Massachusetts has scheduled the state's 2018 primary for September 4th — the day after Labor Day. Secretary of State William Galvin is also proposing legislation t…

State Asian American Commission welcomes 4 new members » WWLP 22 New members were sworn into the state's Asian American Commission on Wednesday.…

The #MeToo Effect Trickles Down the Public Workforce » Governing As sexual harassment allegations take down powerful politicians, states and cities are revisiting their training and policies for the bureaucrats who have far less power but keep the government runnin…

Taxation

Steady income tax raises Republicans' ire » The Salem News BOSTON – Taxpayers might be getting a break on their federal returns this year, but they likely won't get one from the state.…

Lawmakers seek cushion for tax law » Boston Herald State lawmakers are “exploring” ways to counteract the tax law Congress pushed through last month, according to House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, joining other states that are weighing action…

Efforts to popularize tax bill, increase take-home pay may put people in government's debt, says Rep. Richard Neal » MassLive An easy way of popularizing the just-passed GOP tax bill would be to ensure a large number of Americans see a big boost in take-home pay.…

State tax breaks to film industry totaled nearly $100M last year » Boston Business Journal

Transportation

Should Boston Banish Its Gondola Dreams? » WGBH News If you want to travel into the Seaport, you can ride in a bus or car, and risk getting caught in traffic — or brave the elements by walking or biking. But soon, there could be another option.…

Some Advice for MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez after His Bad Day on Twitter » Boston Globe Faced with his first bout of extreme winter weather at the helm of the MBTA, the system's new general manager Luis Ramírez definitely had his hands full to start 2018.…

Baker warns Keolis as commuter rail falters: 'They need to up their game' » Boston Herald

Baker criticizes Keolis over post-storm commuter rail struggles » Boston Globe

Utilities

Healey-led coalition asks for federal utility rate review » The Recorder Following her call for Eversource to reduce its rate hike reflect the new federal tax law — and the utility's decision to cut by $8.3 million the Western Massachusetts Electric Company increase…

Mass DPU OKs new 'demand charge' on residential solar customers in Eversource territory » MassLive Massachusetts on Friday became the first state in the nation to approve a "demand charge" for residential solar customers with a much-anticipated decision from the Department of Public Utilities.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Could This Man Be Your Next Governor? » Boston Globe

Thirteen-state coconut recall sparked by DPH testing » State House News Service

Healey urges caution as MBTA considers bus maintenance contract » Boston Globe

Rep Madaro Blasts Trump Administration for Ending Temporary Status for Salvadorians » East Boston Times

Maura Healey's pollster is working for a gubernatorial candidate (Hint: It's not her) » Boston Globe

American public education is failing miserably in STEM (Guest viewpoint) » MassLive

Keenan inauguration will draw Baker, others to Salem » The Salem News

Setti Warren appeals to JP voters » Bay State Banner

U.S. Says Massachusetts Cannot Sue Student Loan Servicer » US News and World Report

Report: Sales tax has not been MBTA lifeline, as envisioned » State House News Service

Editorial: Put kibosh on tax talk » Boston Herald

Sen. Tran names Gardner Councilor Boudreau as chief of staff » Worcester Telegram

Brookline's Rebecca Stone seeking House seat » Wicked Local Brookline

Bill would reduce barriers for foreign-trained medical professionals in Massachusetts » WWLP 22

Polito promotes Green Communities program in Holland » WWLP 22

Baker says US attorney should focus on opioids, not pot » Turn to 10

State cancels solar project at Lakeville MBTA station » South Coast Today

What you need to know about the Justice Department's clash with legal marijuana in Massachusetts » Boston.com

Former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin endorses Setti Warren for governor of Massachusetts » MassLive

Fed threat spurs med marijuana dispensaries to go cash only » State House News Service

Time for a revolution, MBTA riders » Boston Globe

DiDomenico Announces Release of his FY18 Budget Earmarks » Everett Independent

State could pay back early-voting money » The Metro West Daily News

Setti Warren just got endorsed by another former New England governor » Boston.com

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Press Releases

Partners HealthCare Launches New Center of Excellence » Partners Healthcare

How Can a 'Biological Opinion' Help North Atlantic Right Whales? » Conservation Law Foundation

Cleantech Open Northeast Accelerator Program Awards 2018’s Top Cleantech and Energy Startups » Northeast Clean Energy Council

U.S. SETS NEW RECORD FOR OIL PRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER MEETING VIRTUALLY ALL GLOBAL DEMAND GROWTH » Mass. Petroleum Council

MassDOT Commits Funds to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » MassDOT

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

More than Two Dozen NFIB Members Are Running for Office Across the Country » National Federation of Independent Business

Lt. Governor Polito Hosts Roundtable on Dangerousness » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Further Expands Access to Opioid Reversal Medication » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Warren, Markey Query Columbia Gas On Uninhabitable Homes Following Merrimack Valley Disaster » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Commends MassDOT Commitment to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Urges FDA to Deny Approval of Powerful Opioid Dsuvia, Cites Warning of Committee Chair » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Suspending Military Aid & Sales to Saudi Government following Khashoggi Disappearance » Congressman Jim McGovern

McGovern Statement on Apparent Murder of Jamal Khashoggi » Congressman Jim McGovern

Educators' Voices Are Influential on Ballot Questions » Massachusetts Teachers Association

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL COST LOCAL BREWERIES, WINERIES » Climate Action Business Association


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