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Trump's 'shithole' comment about Haiti lends credence to report he said Haitians 'all have AIDS' » The Washington Post Three weeks ago, the New York Times reported that President Trump had said something hugely offensive about Haitians – that they “all have AIDS” – in a June meeting about imm…

Opinion: The Women Who Could Take Back the House for Democrats » Roll Call In a typical election cycle, EMILY'S List hears from 900 or so women who are interested in running for political office. As of this week, less than a year after President Donald Trump took office, mor…

Heartland Democrats to Washington: You're Killing Us » Politico Magazine New report blames elitist national party for alienating voters, and threatening the party's chances in 2020. …

Do we really want elders or amateurs as president? » Boston Globe The next presidential campaign cycle may be the one when the informal rules about age and experience are rewritten — and that's not necessarily a good thing. …

Brown University to challenge Partners' merger with R.I. hospitals » Boston Globe Brown University said Thursday that it is joining with a California for-profit hospital chain in an attempt to buy Care New England Health System of Providence, adding an unexpected twist to efforts b…

Trump Administration Says States May Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid » New York Times Federal officials said they would support state efforts to require able-bodied adults to work as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid.…

"Not racial. Not racially charged. Racist," said Cooper, who is the anchor of "AC360." "Let's not kid ourselves or dance around it. The sentiment the President expressed today is a racist sentiment." » CNN CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday addressed President Donald Trump's vulgar comments about American immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, first reported by the Washington Post, calli…

Trump acknowledges 'tough' language but appears to deny 'shithole' remark » The Washington Post President Trump acknowledged Friday that he used “tough” language during a meeting on efforts toward a bipartisan immigration deal, but appeared to deny using the term “shithole 

Baker opposes work requirement for Medicaid recipients » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker is not on board with the wave of states interested in imposing work requirements on certain Medicaid recipients. …

Whoever built the Boston Marathon bombs is still on the loose, able to kill again » newsweek.com Bomb-making materials were discovered in the bedroom of Daniel Morley, above, who had ties to Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.…

If successful, Hill bargaining could derail three ballot questions » State House News Service Top Democrats on Beacon Hill are eyeing a legislative solution that would keep as many as three initiative petitions – a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave and a sales tax cut – off the…

Worth noting that today is Alexander Hamilton’s Birthday - you know, the immigrant kid who came from the shithole of Nevis to create the USA

John Avlon, Editor in Chief of the Daily Beast

Remarking on the divisive comments made by President Donald Trump.

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Beltway Politics

At bill-signing, Tsongas urges Trump to focus on opioids, not marijuana » Sentinel & Enterprise As questions swirl about the future of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts amid the threat of a new federal crackdown, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas used a public event alongside President Donald Trump t…

Elizabeth Warren Wants Companies That Expose Your Data To Hackers To Pay Up » The Huffington Post Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced a Senate bill Wednesday focused on boosting cybersecurity infrastructure at companies like Equifax by holding them accountable for d…

Business

Herald publisher won't apologize for walking away with millions » Boston Globe It was the perfect Boston Herald story: Greedy entrepreneur runs business into the ground, walks away to his myriad mansions with pockets lined with millions while working stiffs are left holding the …

DraftKings plans hundreds of new hires, move to Back Bay » Boston Globe Daily fantasy sports provider DraftKings said Thursday that it will hire nearly 300 new employees by the middle of 2019 and move to a bigger headquarters in the Back Bay.…

Philips to move company headquarters from Andover to Cambridge » Boston Globe The Dutch health care technology company Philips NV plans to relocate its North American headquarters from Andover to Cambridge, bringing with it about 2,000 employees.…

Philips will move North American HQ to Cambridge — along with 2,000 workers » Boston Business Journal Royal Philips is moving its North American headquarters and 2,000 employees from Andover to Cambridge in 2020 as the company continues its evolution from a consumer products company into a health-tech…

Braintree taxi company shuts down, citing ride-hailing apps » The Patriot Ledger The town's largest taxi company has closed, with its owner citing competition from ride-booking services like Uber.…

Why one Boston investment firm wants a merger every year » Boston Business Journal Since 2011, the Boston-based wealth management firm The Colony Group has undergone one merger per year, on average. This year, it's already announced two.…

Galvin's office investigating Fidelity, others over pay practices » Boston Business Journal

Crimes

Alli Bibaud, judge's daughter at center of State Police scandal, admits to having 7 bags of heroin in car in separate case » MassLive

Education

BPS plan would eliminate middle schools » Boston Globe Parents still reeling from a failed proposal to change the opening and closing bells at schools across Boston are now facing another proposal that could dramatically alter the fabric of their children…

Environment

Fed's offshore oil plan raises local concerns » Wicked Local Wellfleet The possibility of having an offshore oil rig a handful of miles from Cape beaches is drawing concern from elected officials and preservation groups.…

Baker maintains opposition to offshore drilling in Massachusetts » Wicked Local Hingham Reminding him of the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010, the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation called on Gov. Charlie Baker Thursday to join his counterparts in other states and formally o…

Housatonic River cleanup remains 'in limbo' as GE appeal still lingers » Berkshire Eagle It's been eight months and counting since judges on the Environmental Appeals Board closed a daylong hearing in Washington, and went off to ponder efforts to remove toxins from the Housatonic River. …

State money helps Massachusetts communities save the environment » The Patriot Ledger

Health Care

Brown University to challenge Partners' merger with R.I. hospitals » Boston Globe Brown University said Thursday that it is joining with a California for-profit hospital chain in an attempt to buy Care New England Health System of Providence, adding an unexpected twist to efforts b…

Baker rebuffs Medicaid work requirements available under Trump program » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker is rejecting the Trump administration's new effort to allow states to force some poor people to work to get government-funded Medicaid health insurance.…

4 Health Programs (Other Than CHIP) That Congress Has Left in Limbo » Governing Programs that aid the opioid epidemic, medically underserved areas and at-risk mothers and children also have uncertain futures. …

Concerns heard during public hearing on closing of Vibra Hospital in Springfield » Western Mass News

Vibra meeting to detail closing procedures, employee severance » WWLP 22

Kool Smiles dental clinics pay $24 million to settle allegations of improperly treating kids » MassLive

Housing

New MassHousing chief is right choice to tackle area's inequities » Boston Globe Kudos to Governor Charlie Baker and MassHousing for choosing Chrystal Kornegay to lead the agency and take a fresh and critical look at Boston's housing crisis (“Breaking tradition,” Metro…

Officials discuss solutions to housing shortage in Central Mass. » Worcester Telegram The goal is ambitious: 135,000 new units of housing statewide by 2025. But it is both needed and achievable, according to state housing experts and legislators.…

Immigration

County Commissioner Proposes Idea to Use Bounty Hunters to Catch Cape's 'Criminal Illegal Aliens' » Cape Cod Online HYANNIS – A proposal to use bounty hunters on Cape Cod to locate and apprehend criminal illegal aliens has been proposed by a Barnstable County Commissioner.…

'Every day, he sinks lower': Mass. lawmakers blast Trump's vulgar comment on immigration » Boston.com Massachusetts politicians are strongly condemning the vulgar comments made by President Donald Trump Thursday during a meeting on immigration in which the president allegedly questioned why the U.S. s…

Trump 'represents the last gasp of a racist worldview,' Senator Linda Dorcena Forry says » Boston Globe

Judiciary

Middlesex DA Eliminates Cash Bail For Minor Crimes » Newton Patch Today the Middlesex District Attorney announced she would do away with the option of holding non-violent, low-level alleged criminals on cash bail in the district court. District courts still may requ…

Middlesex prosecutors told to stop asking for bail in minor cases » Boston Globe Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said she has asked prosecutors in her office to stop requesting bail for minor nonviolent crimes, a policy that other prosecutors across the country have also b…

Legislative

Massachusetts Teachers Association to hold public meetings with local state representatives » MassLive The Massachusetts Teachers Association will hold a series of public meetings with local state representatives across the Pioneer Valley in the coming weeks, officials have announced.…

Lynn Mayor Thomas McGee says goodbye to Beacon Hill » Lynn Daily News Item Invoking the memory of his legendary father, Lynn Mayor and former Sen. Thomas M. McGee bid farewell to his Beacon Hill colleagues Thursday in an emotional speech in the House chamber.…

After scandal, Rosenberg allies lay out path for potential return to power » Boston Globe Close allies of Stan Rosenberg see a path for him to potentially return to the presidency in the state Senate, where a coalition of some of his colleagues is ready to support his reinstatement to the …

Rosenberg alleges colleagues told to avoid him » Boston Herald Former Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg is framing himself as an isolated man in the State House, telling reporters that his colleagues have been told to “minimize contact” with him a…

Colleagues instructed to 'minimize contact' with Sen. Stan Rosenberg during ethics investigation » MassLive Former state Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said Thursday that his colleagues in the Senate have been instructed to "minimize contact" with him during a pending ethics investigation, and …

Local Government

City Councilor Edwards Announces Snow Angel Community Service Program » North End Waterfront Newly inaugurated Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards announced a district-wide initiative – the “Snow Angels” program – aimed to serve our most vulnerable neighbors during t…

Fair deal for Swan Boats? » Boston Herald The bid to operate the city's iconic Swan Boats is so restrictive only one family can likely match the exact specifications that call for oak frames, foot-propelled paddle wheels and mock birds on the…

Town receives grant to repair Oliver Mill Park » Boston Globe The town of Middleborough is getting $50,000 from the state to repair and replace two historic stone bridges and restore other stonework at Oliver Mill Park.…

Another park project, another grant for Plymouth » Wicked Local Plymouth This past week the Baker-Polito Administration announced $6.4 million in PARC grant funding for 22 Massachusetts communities including, no surprise, Plymouth.…

Salary board votes for up to 30 percent bump » Boston Herald A board hand-picked by Mayor Martin J. Walsh is calling to raise the salaries of Walsh and the City Council — along with jacking up top City Hall officials' salary ranges by tens of thousands o…

Walsh: Space saver violence, threats won't be tolerated » WCVB Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is now walking back a threat to end parking space savers in Boston amid violence and threats over parking spaces. Since last week's snow storm, there have been repeated incide…

Marijuana

Virginia congressman pitching "marijuana home run ball" » State House News Service In refusing to rule out bringing federal charges against state-sanctioned marijuana businesses, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling told pot activists and entrepreneurs earlier this week that their only path…

Governor vows to uphold legalized pot laws » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker — echoing the sentiment of state police and Boston cops — said Massachusetts authorities are going to abide by the wishes of Bay State voters and not go after those wh…

Some Marijuana Businesses Forced to Return to Cash-Only Days » Governing Massachusetts' legal marijuana industry is already taking a hit after U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling promised a hard-line approach to businesses that cultivate and sell the drug, which is illegal under …

Law enforcement figures say Massachusetts will protect legal weed industry in face of federal threat » MassLive

Opinion

Our Opinion: Let's see the records of 'voter fraud' group » Berkshire Eagle President Trump offered some good news to bring in the new year when he disbanded his panel investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election. But while the dissolution of this star chamber spect…

Time for Republicans to stand up to President Trump » Cape Cod Times The future of our country – and the world – depends on you. This is urgent. Thank you for already serving us gallantly in many roles, such as the Marines and police. State Reps. Timothy …

EDITORIAL: Commuter rail is T's weakest link » Lowell Sun The recent cold snap combined with last Thursday's major snowstorm presented the MBTA's subway and commuter-rail systems with their first major winter test since Gov. Charlie Baker's $100 million over…

Corruption in Massachusetts » The Huffington Post Since 1993 many Massachusetts residents have been horrified and dismayed to learn that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts could simply wash its hands of any financial liability in a case involving ment…

Editorial: Tax talk — take two » Boston Herald House Speaker Robert DeLeo made needless trouble for himself on the tax issue this week when on Tuesday he declared it “much too early” to discuss the possibility of new taxes or higher ta…

The Pentagon Papers were 'secret' — but what made them important? » Boston Globe The Steven Spielberg movie about the famous Pentagon Papers case, “The Post,” opens today, lionizing The Washington Post. This has annoyed The New York Times, which broke the story, but th…

Atkins: Donald Trump's trash talk » Boston Herald For all of the talk of President Trump's mental state, his failure to grasp the gravity of his actions and his vacillating policy stances, there are times — like yesterday — when he pain…

Congress is AWOL on the 25th Amendment » Boston Globe The publication of Michael Wolff's book “Fire and Fury,” about the first months of the Trump presidency, has brought the issue of the president's mental capabilities squarely back into the…

Do we really want elders or amateurs as president? » Boston Globe The next presidential campaign cycle may be the one when the informal rules about age and experience are rewritten — and that's not necessarily a good thing.…

As I See It: Launching fight to preserve transgender rights in Massachusetts » Worcester Telegram We're barely into the New Year but it's clear that in our politically charged climate, Massachusetts residents already have the 2018 midterm elections on their minds. There are a number of critical se…

Letter: Offering information and hope » Gloucester Times

Our view: United against offshore drilling » Gloucester Times

Politics

Endorsements, money pour in for 3rd District candidates » The Eagle Tribune Things are heating up in the race for the 3rd District, with candidates picking up endorsements and raising thousands of dollars for their campaign war chests.…

Rosenberg Has Separated From His Husband Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations » WBUR Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has separated from his husband, Bryon Hefner, less than two months after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Hefner, sources close to Ro…

Ayanna Pressley met with Deval Patrick about challenging US representative » Boston Globe At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, fresh off a strong finish in her reelection last November, is getting more serious about potentially challenging US Representative Michael Capuano. She's sitti…

Few vying for state's second in command » Newburyport News Riding the coattails of Gov. Charlie Baker's approval ratings, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito is drawing few challengers in her re-election bid.…

Rufus Gifford raises $500,000 in early days of campaign for 3rd District » Lowell Sun Rufus Gifford, a former U.S. ambassador to Denmark who set fundraising records when he worked for Barack Obama, brought in $500,000 in the first month and a half of his campaign for the 3rd Congressio…

Devers announces a comeback campaign » The Eagle Tribune Former state rep is first into race for 16th Essex House seat …

Poll: Voters mostly unfamiliar with Baker, Warren challengers » Gloucester Times Beating a popular incumbent such as Gov. Charlie Baker will be challenge enough for the eventual Democratic nominee, but for that to happen voters must first know who the candidates are.…

One Year Later: As the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration nears, three area activists look back » Gazette Net

Democratic Hopeful For Massachusetts Governor To Hold Town Hall In Pittsfield » WAMC

Gov. Baker Slams Trump's 'S—hole' Comment As 'Appalling And Disgraceful' » CBS Boston

Public Health

Sen. Marc R. Pacheco to host senior health and wellness fairs » Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton, will host his Senior Health and Wellness Fairs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 16 at Roseland Ballroom, 174 Broadway, Taunton; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m…

Introducing safe injection sites in Massachusetts faces federal obstacle » MassLive The Baker administration's health and human services chief said Thursday she's "open to understanding more about" supervised injection sites for drug users, but that federal law would pose a challenge…

Baker On Opioids: 'Still Far Too Many Overdoses' » WGBH News WGBH News hosted a special discussion about the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, examining past efforts to combat the crisis and initiatives moving forward.…

Public Safety

Hinds Hopes Funds For Pittsfield Police Station Is Included In Capital Bond Bill » WAMC A capital bond bill is making its way through the Massachusetts legislature. It includes $4 million to redesign Pittsfield's police station.…

Boston EMS Reports Opioid Overdose Deaths Were Way Up In 2017 » WBUR In Massachusetts, where at least five men and women are dying from an opioid overdose every day, everyone tied to the epidemic is desperate for signs of hope.…

State Government

Mass. state payroll climbs to record $6.99 billion » Boston Globe

Taxation

Salem wants to tax Airbnb, other home share rentals » The Salem News The city is considering requesting the state allow it to collect a 6 percent excise tax on short-term rentals, including home sharing spaces, like those listed on Airbnb and similar sites.…

Analysis: $7.5B in federal deductions vanish under tax reform » Newburyport News 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…

Massachusetts Speaker DeLeo, Following GOP Criticism, Rules Out New “Broad-Based” Taxes » New Boston Post Two days after saying it was “much too early” to talk about whether the upcoming state budget would include any new or increased taxes, House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday ruled out pr…

Analysis: After Tax Law, $7.5B In Federal Deductions Taken By Mass. Residents Won't Be Available » WBUR 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…

Transportation

Boston's biggest transportation hubs are undergoing major developments » Boston Business Journal Transit-oriented development has long been a favored project type for Boston and Massachusetts. And following a mid-November vote, the Boston Planning and Development Agency has given formal approval …

This Teen Has Reviewed Hundreds Of MBTA Stations And Lines » WBUR We're lucky to have all sorts of experts in the Boston area, but it's not every day you meet one who's still a teenager.…

Charlie Baker has 'issues' with Keolis: 'They need to up their game' » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is ramping up pressure on Keolis, the MBTA's private commuter rail operator, saying the company has to “up their game” after last week's snowstorm and extended cold sna…

Utilities

Another Utility Announces Lower Rates Because of GOP Tax Cut » New Boston Post Energy and heating giant National Grid announced Thursday it will slash a proposed natural gas rate hike ahead of next winter, citing the the passage of a federal tax bill spearheaded by Republicans a…

Procurement not following regular playbook » Commonwealth Magazine CENTRAL MAINE POWER sent out a press release and started running ads on Thursday questioning why Massachusetts electricity customers should pay an extra $2 billion over 20 years for clean energy.…

Solar industry riled by DPU approval of new infrastructure fee » State House News Service Eversource utility customers who install solar panels a year from now will be on the hook for new fees under a new Department of Public Utilities order that is generating controversy within the renewa…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sen. Eric Lesser calls for raising tobacco age to 21 statewide following Springfield vote » MassLive

Lee Harrison: The Devil and Charlie Baker » Berkshire Eagle

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

Letter: Support Safe Communities Act » Wicked Local Topsfield

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

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

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

Keenan to be inaugurated as Salem State president » Boston Globe

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4047 - An Act to clarify and restate the applicability of the civil service laws to employee positions in the city of Framingham

HB 4006 - An Act relative to the other post employment benefits trust fund of the town of Wellesley

SB 2140 - An Act authorizing the city of Salem to grant 1 additional liquor license for the sale of wine and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises

SB 2142 - 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

Most read bills of the week:

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

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

HB3601 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB2163 - An Act to amend credit card merchant agreements

HB3241 - An Act to improve access to family physicians

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

HB4140 - An Act relative to motor vehicle price advertising

House Actions This Week: 239

Senate Actions This Week: 70


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