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Must-Reads

Former Massachusetts governor brings passion for education to Tampa health care career academy » Boston Business Journal She plans to work to raise the school's profile in the Tampa business community. …

Tax growth guess seen as conservative, but not compared to last two years » State House News Service As Gov. Charlie Baker begins to tease out his election year spending plans, the Republican governor and his partners in the Legislature are about to premise their budget proposals on the smallest proj…

Education bills flow as committees face reporting deadline » State House News Service About two dozen bills -- including legislation dealing with child care subsidies for homeless families, local control of school resource officers and financial literacy -- won the endorsement of the E…

Healey GOP Challenger Says He'll 'Get Politics Out' of Massachusetts AG Office » New Boston Post Dan Shores has set an ambitious goal for 2018. The 45-year-old Boston-based intellectual property attorney from Cape Cod wants to be the Bay State's first Republican attorney general in nearly 50 yea…

Metco announces new chief executive » Boston Globe Milagros “Milly” Arbaje-Thomas, who spent 15 years managing neighborhood antipoverty programs for Action for Boston Community Development, was named chief executive of Metco after an exten…

Geoff Diehl Senate campaign says it has $1 million in donations » Boston Herald Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl raised approximately $300,000 last quarter in his bid for the GOP nomination in the U.S. Senate race and his campaign claimed he is the first candidate in the primary…

Nurses group opposes staffing ballot question » Worcester Business Journal The Massachusetts chapter of the American Nurses Association (ANA), a professional organization representing registered nurses, has joined a coalition opposing a ballot question to mandate nurse staff…

Republicans may have another hurdle in their efforts to unseat Elizabeth Warren » Boston Globe Gabriel Gomez, the former Navy SEAL and onetime GOP US Senate nominee, might be on the verge of creating more problems for state Republicans who are trying to unseat Democrat Elizabeth Warren. …

“She has politicized the office beyond all recognition,” Shores said, citing Healey’s ever-growing list of legal actions waged against President Donald Trump. “My goal is to win and to get politics out of that office.”

Dan Shores - GOP Attorney General candidate

Speaking about Maura Healey's focus on on Washington D.C.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Romney declines to say whether he'd run for Utah Senate seat » Boston Globe Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declined to say Tuesday whether he would run for the Utah Senate seat being vacated by Republican Orrin Hatch, telling reporters the ''time will co…

Business

Legal Bills: Who's paying the freight for the Berkshire Museum? » Berkshire Eagle Since hit with lawsuits in October, the Berkshire Museum has mounted a vigorous legal defense of its plan to sell 40 of its most prized works of art. …

Mass. regulators take aggressive step against cryptocurrency offering » Boston Globe Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin on Wednesday revealed aggressive steps against what's known as an initial coin offering, arguing that one company's approach to the novel, high-tech co…

These are the 3 big challenges facing GE's chief » Boston Globe General Electric's new chief executive, John Flannery, is steering the company toward an uncertain future. …

Brookline company charged in 'cryptocurrency scheme' » Boston Business Journal The Secretary of the Commonwealth's office said a securities investigator was easily able to circumvent Caviar's identify verification process while using "using the name of a popular cartoon characte…

WeWork keeps on growing in Boston » Boston Globe WeWork is taking over another large chunk of space in downtown Boston.…

Bulging buyouts putting the pinch on state payroll » Boston Herald The $77.7 million tab Bay State taxpayers paid in 2017 for retiree buyouts is nearly double the bill from just five years ago, a trend that threatens to push the number of ex-state workers taking home…

Boston is among 20 finalists in contest for Amazon's new HQ2 » Boston Herald Boston has made the short list for Amazon's massive, $5 billion second headquarters, the company said this morning. …

Boston among cities on short list for Amazon headquarters » Boston Globe Amazon has released a short list of 20 cities that it will consider for its second headquarters, including Boston.…

Bain & Co. founder Bill Bain dies at age 80 » Boston Globe William Bain Jr., a management consultant who started two Boston firms that became influential shapers of businesses across the globe and who helped propel the business career of former governor Mitt …

Amazon HQ2 » Amazon.com Amazon HQ2 will be Amazon's second headquarters in North America. We expect to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs â…

Actually, Amazon meant Boston and two other Massachusetts cities advance in second headquarters sweepstakes » The Republican

It's not just Boston: Somerville bid also included on Amazon's HQ2 short list » Boston Business Journal

Amazon: Somerville included with Boston as HQ2 finalist » Boston Herald

Education

State school board leader encourages lobbying for more aid » The Recorder Massachusetts Association of School Committees Executive Director Glenn Koocher believes the economic climate is right for local school committees to lobby their representatives in hopes of increasing…

Metco announces new chief executive » Boston Globe A venerable program for busing city children from Boston and Springfield into suburban districts has a new leader.…

Education bills win committee OK as deadline approaches » Gloucester Times About two dozen bills — including legislation dealing with child care subsidies for homeless families, local control of school resource officers and financial literacy — won the endorsem…

Bills boost homeless family child care, school police, financial literacy » The Greenfield Recorder About two dozen bills – including legislation dealing with child care subsidies for homeless families, local control of school resource officers and financial literacy – won the endorsem…

Environment

Mashpee Land Swap Would Preserve River Embankment » The Mashpee Enterprise Mashpee selectmen initiated plans last Monday, January 8, for a land swap that would preserve a continuous protected piece of land from the Mashpee River Woodlands north to Meetinghouse Road.…

EPA: New Bedford Harbor among top opportunities in New England » South Coast Today New Bedford Harbor has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection agency as one of two Superfund sites in New England with the greatest potential for redevelopment and commercial use.…

Gaming

MGM Springfield seeks to aid Puerto Rico evacuees with job opportunities » The Republican

Health Care

Clinton Hospital agrees to hearing on closing GI unit » Telegram News Clinton Hospital plans to delay the closing of the gastrointestinal unit and hold a public hearing, as required by state law, according to officials.…

Housing

People in Business: Governor Baker appoints Sushil K. Tuli to MassHousing Board of Directors » The Republican Boston - Governor Charlie Baker has appointed Sushil K. Tuli to the MassHousing Board of Directors. Mr. Tuli is the Chairman and President of Leader Bank.…

Shrewsbury seeking help on Beacon Hill with 40B requirements » Wicked Local Shrewsbury SHREWSBURY --- With its stock of affordable housing hovering at just over 6 percent, the town is seeking help from Beacon Hill to be add 48 mobile homes to its official count.…

Framingham: Six-story building with 75 units planned downtown » Wicked Local Framingham The pace of development in the city is hastening once again with new proposals for a mixed-use project on Union Avenue and residential buildings on Concord Street.…

Walsh seeks to improve city's homeless shelter system » The Daily Free Press

Human Services

Rep.: Law Needed To Address Gender Disparity In Disability Insurance » WBUR Sponsors of a bill that has bipartisan support told lawmakers Tuesday that its passage would topple one of the last bastions of gender-based discrimination in the insurance industry. Legislation (H 48…

Abuse prevention a focus for disability agency » Sentinel & Enterprise State officials whose agencies serve people with disabilities outlined for lawmakers Wednesday their efforts to prevent and respond to abuse against that population, particularly highlighting efforts …

Department of Developmental Services under state committee review » WWLP 22 BOSTON (WWLP) – Salaries of Department of Developmental Disabilities staff and possible abuse of people under DDS care are two concerns lawmakers mentioned at an oversight hearing of the agency…

State officials defend group home policies » The Salem News State officials are defending the oversight of group homes for the developmentally disabled amid allegations of mistreatment and abuse, including an incident last year at a Peabody group home where a …

Homeless in Lawrence » Commonwealth Magazine The storyline is a jarring one: Against the backdrop of a bitter cold snap and the persistent problem of homelessness, the city Lawrence was considering rejecting a federal grant of $136,000 to help h…

Immigration

For judge, these immigrants in US are like Jews fleeing Nazis » Boston Globe A federal judge on Wednesday likened a group of Indonesian Christians facing possible deportation by the Trump administration to Jewish refugees trying to escape the Nazis.…

Immigrants from 50 countries become 197 new Americans » Boston Globe Aniefiok Suquo's lifelong dream of becoming an American was realized Wednesday in a 19-minute ceremony during which he and 196 other immigrants raised their right hands and took the oath of citizensh…

Woman At Center Of Massachusetts RMV Licenses-For-Illegal-Aliens Scam Wasn't Citizen When She Got Job » New Boston Post The Jamaica Plain woman who federal authorities fingered as the ringleader in a rogue Registry of Motor Vehicles scheme that involved illegal aliens paying top dollar for phony Massachusetts driver's …

Sen. Dorcena Forry: Trump's remarks 'ignorant, repulsive, affront to history' » Dorchester Reporter State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, whose parents emigrated from Haiti, last week called reported remarks on immigration reform by President Donald Trump last week “a racist slur” directed at …

World leaders react to Trump's vile remark » Bay State Banner Recent comment from president declared racist and derogatory …

Walsh Backs Dems On DACA 'Even If It Means A Shutdown' » WGBH News As the country waits to see whether congressional leaders can hammer out a deal to avoid a government shutdown, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he stands behind his fellow Democrats in Washington, D.C.,…

Insurance

Mass. Health Connector makes push before enrollment deadline Tuesday » Telegram News The Massachusetts Health Connector will hold Day of Coverage II activities on Thursday in Worcester and Fitchburg, among other communities, aimed at getting residents insured prior to the last day of …

Judiciary

Longtime Western Massachusetts prosecutor Jane Mulqueen confirmed as superior court judge » The Republican The Governor's Council on Wednesday voted 6-2 in favor of Jane Mulqueen's nomination for a superior court judgeship.…

Westboro court nominee quizzed by Governor's Council » Worcester Telegram Gov. Charlie Baker's nominee for a Westboro District Court judgeship takes a dim view of field sobriety tests and has a compassionate stance towards those unable to pay their court fees, he said Wedne…

Nominee's stint on Superior Court would run 4 years » The Salem News Attorney Janice How prosecuted child sex abuse and litigated pharmaceutical product liability for a major firm.…

Nominee for District Court appears to have votes for confirmation » Mass Lawyers Weekly

Legislative

Representative Ferguson maintains perfect voting record » The Landmark House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) congratulated State Representative Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden) for maintaining a perfect voting record for the first half of the 2017-201…

Business as usual for state Senate » Boston Herald But Rosenberg status still uncertain …

Rep. Dooley to host State of the District event » Wicked Local Plainville

Local Government

Saugus to receive $6,900 in S.A.F.E. grants » Wicked Local Saugus Governor Charles Baker, Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett, State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey and the Saugus state delegation are pleased to announce that the grant funds for Stud…

Officials mull building project options » The Landmark Members of the Facilities Steering Committee (FSC) voiced different opinions and suggestions about which town buildings should be repaired, renovated or replaced at their Jan. 9 meeting.…

Northampton City Council to discuss minimum wage, renewable energy at Thursday meeting » The Republican The Northampton City Council will discuss resolutions in support of better wages and a stronger local focus on renewable energy at its meeting Thursday.…

Interim Town Manager: Engel Ruled Out, Outside Candidates Also Ruled Out, Johnson Could be Ruled In » The Local News IPSWICH — Selectmen have taken a couple of steps closer to appointing an interim town manager after a vote and discussion last night.…

Should 16-, 17-year-olds get right to vote in Holyoke city elections? » The Republican Seventeen-year-olds can serve in the military and drive a car, so a councilor wants to explore whether they also should be allowed to vote in city elections.…

Lawyers: Pair facing extort rap acted on behalf of constituents » Boston Herald Lawyers for City Hall aides Kenneth Brissette and Timothy Sullivan claim the men were bringing pressure to bear on the Boston Calling promoters on behalf of constituents — “what public of…

After 53 years, Brockton City Council considers change in meeting time » The Enterprise Due to a city ordinance that's been on the books since the 1960s, the Brockton City Council has always met at 8 p.m. for its bi-monthly meeting. But, after all these years, that might change in Februa…

Cape and Islands Women's March Set For Saturday » Cape Cod Online

Marijuana

Milford selectmen set second marijuana referendum date » Milford Daily News Upon receiving word from the state Attorney General that the town should schedule another referendum regarding recreational marijuana shops and facilities, selectmen selected March 6 for the ballot vo…

US attorney unnerves pot advocates, but those who know him say chill » Boston Globe A middle-aged executive had used stolen identities to inflate company revenues. He faced at least a 20-year sentence under federal guidelines.…

Comfort levels shifting as marijuana license period approaches » State House News Service The new era of heightened federal scrutiny over state-sanctioned marijuana industries has cannabis entrepreneurs worrying about the future of their businesses and employees fearful that their jobs may…

Opinion

Letter: Cell phone, radiation hazards greater than many imagine » Worcester Telegram Thank you, T&G, for publishing Wednesday (Jan. 3) a Bloomberg Editorial, “Social media terrible, but it doesn't have to be.” It says social media companies have developed ”... powerf…

Jolts at GE won't leave Boston shuddering » Boston Globe What if General Electric Co. breaks itself up and doesn't build its headquarters in Boston after all?…

Editorial: Public self-service » Boston Herald Payouts to departing state employees — particularly those at the top of the organizational chart — have become a scandal. And yet we will endure this regular display of taxpayer-funded l…

One year later, the Women's March is now a movement » Boston Globe I'll be the first to admit that I was wrong. I've spent the last 20 years convinced that electing a woman president would be the key to unlocking the door to women's equality in the United States. …

Editorial: Avoiding a shutdown » Boston Herald Congressional Republicans, who often can't get out of their own way, do for once seem committed to avoiding a government shutdown — knowing full well that it's the GOP that would take the heat …

EDITORIAL: Involuntary treatment can be a way to save lives » Lowell Sun Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, in testimony at the Statehouse in favor of an extension of the initiatives targeting the opioid addiction epidemic, has advocated again for holding addicts involuntar…

Carr: Worcester DA's office has a bad case of deja vu » Boston Herald There comes a night when the best get tight, Rudyard Kipling once wrote, and that night came Monday for a thirsty payroll patriot by the name of John A. O'Leary of Bolton.…

Joan Vennochi: Trump, the Pentagon Papers and 'fake news' » Boston Globe The real star of “The Post” is the Supreme Court and its 6-3 decision to let the presses roll again on the secret Pentagon Papers and their shocking revelations about the Vietnam War.…

Harvard, only you can save West Station » Boston Globe State Representative Michael Moran thinks Harvard should put up more money for West Station, the $95 million proposed transportation hub in Allston.…

Graham: Trump's a foul-mouthed jerk but ... » Boston Herald If you're feeling schizophrenic in this era of Trump, you're not alone. The voices in your head are freaking out, too.…

Benton: A North Shore Senate race emerges » The Salem News

Fair treatment for regional schools » The Daily News of Newburyport

Politics

Why 'Replacement' Governors Often Get Replaced Themselves » Governing At least three governors will be running this year after filling in for predecessors who resigned. None of them is getting a free ride. …

With 30 Times More Cash Than The Dems, Baker Is Formidable! But Unbeatable? » WGBH News Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito entered this re-election year with a combined stash of more than $10 million in their campaign accounts—more than 30 times the sum in…

3rd District candidates' financials are trickling in » Eagle Tribune

Public Health

Springfield raised smoking age to 21, statewide policy should follow (Guest viewpoint) » The Republican Just this month, the Springfield City Council unanimously voted to give final approval to a plan by the Springfield Public Health Council to raise the age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21 ye…

Baker makes pitch for latest bill targeting opioid addiction » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker, entering the final year of his first term, pitched the Democrat-controlled Legislature Tuesday on the idea of working with him over the coming months to improve the state's drug ad…

State Sen. Eric Lesser receives award for work against opioids » MassLive

Public Safety

AG's office: Troopergate investigation moving forward » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey's office says its investigation of the Troopergate scandal is moving forward, though it's unclear whether the shocking drunken driving arrest of a Worcester County prosec…

Bump-Fire Stock Ban On Track For Feb. 1 Enactment, But Don't Expect To Be Reimbursed For Complying » New Boston Post With the state's ban on bump-fire stocks and trigger cranks set to begin at the start of next month, the Gun Owners' Action League is questioning the “forced surrender” policy as interpret…

State Government

State preps for impact of fed government halt » Boston Herald The threat of a potential shutdown of the federal government is being closely monitored by leaders on Beacon Hill.…

Taxation

Online sales tax debate up to Supreme Court » The Eagle Tribune The U.S. Supreme Court is taking up a decades-old issue over whether Massachusetts and other states can collect sales taxes from out-of-state online retailers.…

Transportation

DOT solicits adaptive traffic system » Boston Herald The state Department of Transportation will allocate up to $5 million for a new traffic light control system on the South Boston waterfront that would adapt signals to changing traffic patterns and vo…

New state Senate leader for Transportation Committee » South Coast Today

Utilities

South Carolina Spent $9 Billion on Nuclear Reactors That Will Never Run. Now What? » Governing The legislature must decide whether residents will keep being charged, possibly for decades, for the failed project. …

Mass. needs to think bigger on offshore wind » Commonwealth Magazine Need bigger procurement to attract supply chain …

ISO study warns of precarious energy future » Commonwealth Magazine Most scenarios envision emergency actions, including rolling blackouts …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

3 finalists named for state education commissioner » Commonwealth Magazine

Generators burned 2m barrels of oil over 15 days » Commonwealth Magazine

GEe, what will Amazon do? » Commonwealth Magazine

You know what's coming up next month? Yes, the 40th anniversary of The Blizzard » Universal Hub

THE SEAPORT FLOOD IS JUST THE BEGINNING » Dig Boston

Springfield prepares for $3 million culvert replacement at Forest Park entrance » The Republican

Haverhill Secures State Funding for Fire Education Programs » WHAV

Nixon Peabody planning big office move in downtown Boston » Boston Business Journal

MHA lauds Baker opioid proposal » Worcester Business Journal

Baker Appoints Tuli to MassHousing Board » Banker & Tradesman

MEMA says residents should be confident in state alert system » WWLP 22

EDITORIAL: There's always room for compromise on ballot questions » Lowell Sun

Worcester still in it as PawSox bill advances to RI House » Worcester Mag

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno endorses Gov. Charlie Baker's 'tough love' opioid legislation » The Republican

Top honors for troopers who launched daring Merrimack River rescue » Lowell Sun

Risk of federal prosecution weighing on Mass. pot industry » Berkshire Eagle

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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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