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2017 year-end campaign finance reports due

10:00am Department of Higher Education Public Hearing, One Ashburton Place, Room 1401, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:30am Special Senate Task Force on the Retail Sector of the Commonwealth, Land Ho! Restaurant 429 Route 28 Harwich, MA 02646

1:30pm Senate Task Force on Strengthening Massachusetts Local Retailers, Alberto's Restaurant - Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA 360 Main St, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601

6:30pm Central Mass GOP Rally and Candidates Forum, Grafton Inn, 25 Grafton Common, Grafton

Birthdays: Rep. Bradford Hill, Rep. Josh Cutler

Must-Reads

The decline and fall of Wilbur Ross » Axios One problem: Ross's efforts to wheel and deal with the Chinese have left the president unimpressed. Another problem: He keeps falling asleep in meetings. …

John Kelly Forges Role as Immigration Hard-Liner » The Wall Street Journal Trump's chief of staff has helped scuttle bipartisan deals the White House deems too liberal …

Inside A Trump Backers' Bash At Mar-A-Lago, Where The President Is A “Damn Genius” » BuzzFeed Even with Trump stuck in Washington, the Trumpettes hailed the president as a “messiah” at a party in his honor at his exclusive club Thursday night. …

Tax, spending questions abound as Baker readies budget plan » Boston Herald The monthslong process of constructing a state budget begins anew on Wednesday when Republican Gov. Charlie Baker unveils his spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. …

Issues begin to emerge in 3rd race » Lowell Sun Most of the substance in the 3rd Congressional District race has come from Democratic candidates touting how much money they've raised, perhaps hoping to scare one another off via press releases.…

2,140 false or misleading claims attributed to Trump in first year » Boston Globe One year after taking the oath of office, President Trump has made 2,140 false or misleading claims, according a Washington Post database that analyzes, categorizes, and tracks every suspect statement…

Ethics probe barely alive, as those who spoke up fear Senate reprisals » Boston Globe Independent investigators looking into Senator Stan Rosenberg's conduct in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct against his husband have a problem: Some of the people they most need to speak t…

Baby boomers need to let go » Commonwealth Magazine We're stifling the next generation; term limits are necessary …

“I know I have information that [the Senate investigators] would find relevant, but I don’t feel safe cooperating,” said the man, who shared some of those communications with the Globe. “The agenda seems to be to get Stan back, and restore him to the presidency, even though there is clear evidence there was no firewall.”

Anonymous source cited in The Boston Globe.

Speaking about the problems with the independent investigation into Stan Rosenberg and his husbands sexual harassment charges.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Visitors to some historic sites disappointed because of government shutdown » Boston Globe One family after another arrived at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday morning to find an empty parking lot, locked doors, and signs that said it was closed due to “th…

Senate adjourns without a deal to end shutdown » Boston Globe Despite a late scramble by members of Congress on Sunday night, the federal government shutdown barreled into its third day on Monday — the most consequential, as the first weekday affecting hu…

As Shutdown Continues, Children's Health Insurance Hangs in the Balance » Governing Senators scheduled a vote on Monday, but it's unclear whether the latest deal would include CHIP funding. Without it, 10 states can't guarantee coverage beyond January. …

The omnipresent Seth Moulton is reluctant to explain his NSA vote » Boston Globe Whether he's trolling the president on Twitter or lambasting him on cable news, the congressman from the North Shore has been one of the most vocal critics of the year-old Trump administration, on gro…

Democrats and Republicans are blaming the government shutdown on each other » Boston Herald The federal government shutdown has turned into a high-stakes blame game between Democrats and Republicans, both of whom are bent on convincing the nation that one party can't govern while the other c…

Elizabeth Warren's Native American problem goes beyond politics » Boston Globe There's a ghost haunting Elizabeth Warren as she ramps up for a possible 2020 presidential bid and a reelection campaign in Massachusetts this year: her enduring and undocumented claims of Native Amer…

Business

Tarr named to new Net Neutrality Committee » Gloucester Times The Massachusetts Senate created a special committee Thursday to develop legislation in response to the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal net neutrality rules, and Gloucester's Br…

Small business owners, city frustrated by development-led displacements » Boston Globe Omer Hecht knew his days as a business tenant in a Jamaica Plain industrial building were numbered when he heard the property had been sold for six times its assessed value.…

No harm meant, but big foul: Taking on sexual harassment - from customers » The Berkshire Eagle In a little downtown ice cream shop, the problem isn't the boss or the co-workers.…

When the well runs dry, where will unicorns — and biotech — go? » STAT News B Biotech is developing a unicorn problem. Drug developers have grown their horns thanks to a recent boom in venture capital, a virtuous cycle in which investors poured millions into months-old star…

Red Sox moving forward with plan to rename Yawkey Way » Boston Globe The Red Sox are moving ahead with plans to rename Yawkey Way, a gesture that would further address the team's difficult racial history.…

Education

Hay aiming to bump MSBA funding with new legislation » Sentinel & Enterprise FITCHBURG -- State Rep. Stephan Hay wants to increase state funding for school construction projects and institute other improvements to the process now overseen by the Massachusetts School Building A…

John D. Keenan installed as 14th Salem State University president » Wicked Local Salem John D. Keenan has been carrying out Salem State University presidential duties since August, but the pomp and circumstance associated with his new job did not arrive until Friday afternoon.…

Environment

Attleboro, Norton and Foxboro get grants toward dam repairs » The Sun Chronicle The state has announced over $11.5 million in grants and loans to assist communities addressing 22 deteriorating dams and refurbishing critical coastal infrastructure seawall projects, including dams …

Paul Tsongas' Alaska legacy at risk » Lowell Sun Paul Tsongas' final resting place could only be in a beautiful, natural setting. On a hill at the edge of Lowell Cemetery, the environmental advocate's grave overlooks the Concord River -- a river he …

Tougher penalties sought for poachers » Gloucester Times Massachusetts has become known as a "poacher's paradise" because of its outdated game laws and paltry fines that do little to deter illegal fishing, hunting and trapping.…

Gaming

MGM recruiting table-games dealers » Gazette Net MGM Springfield will host a series of informational sessions to provide details on casino jobs and the training required to start a career as a table-games dealer.…

Health Care

Nurses claim victory after hospital forum » Telegram News The future of Clinton Hospital was on the minds of speakers at a forum Tuesday night that filled Clinton Town Hall's Fallon Auditorium. Following the meeting, the nurses' union claimed victory on one …

Brigham and Children's hospitals each get $50m gift » Boston Globe Robert Hale Jr. still remembers the impossibly tiny baby girl he saw more than a decade ago, hooked to tubes and monitors at Boston Children's Hospital, where Hale, a hospital donor, was taking his fi…

Trinity Health joins plan to form generic drug company » MassLive

Housing

Walsh aims to rein in short-term rental market » Boston Globe In a bid to ease Boston's persistent housing shortage, Mayor Martin J. Walsh is seeking to rein in Airbnb and other online services that have turned thousands of apartments and condos into de facto ho…

Shrewsbury seeks permission to count mobile homes as affordable housing » Worcester Telegram 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.…

Operate an Airbnb in Boston? Prepare for up to $500 fee per unit » MassLive

Immigration

An enforced return to McCarthyism » Cape Cod Times At the Jan. 3 meeting of the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates, Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings clarified details of his now-approved 287(g) program with federal Immigration and Customs…

Labor

Ex-Framingham bus driver says schools retaliated against union reps » The Metro West Daily News A former Framingham bus driver is taking the city to court, alleging the school district blackballed union reps after it privatized bus service several years ago, forcing them out of their jobs in ret…

MBTA, maintenance workers reach contract amid outsourcing dispute » Boston Globe Months into a pitched battle over its efforts to hire private contractors to repair buses, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on Friday reached a tentative deal with its mechanics' union o…

Legislative

How they voted: Western Mass. lawmakers weigh in on net neutrality, illegal hunting » MassLive Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers cast ballots on issues ranging from the Federal Communications Commission's December repeal of net neutrality rules to increased penalties for illegal hunting,…

Rep. Vieira Works To Demonstrate 'Power In Service' » The Mashpee Enterprise State Representative David T. Vieira (R-East Falmouth) is clearly proud of his hometown of Falmouth and the neighboring towns he also represents, Bourne and Mashpee. …

Local Government

Family of fallen Fall River firefighter thanks local officials after retirement benefits secured » The Herald News Angela Franco glanced at her 4-year-old son, Logan, as he ran and played in state Rep. Carole Fiola's district office on North Main Street. …

Project updates slated tonight in Rowley » The Daily News of Newburyport The town's Finance Committee chairman, Larry White, will be at the selectmen's meeting tonight to discuss the Triton Regional School District budget for the 2018-19 school year.…

Despite Baker veto, Lynn in line for $900,000 in economic development » Lynn Daily News Item Lynn stands to receive nearly $900,000 in economic development help from Beacon Hill.…

Rulings: Ashland officials violated Open Meeting Law three times » The Metro West Daily News Local boards have started the new year with three new Open Meeting Law violations. The state attorney general's office ruled this week on Open Meeting Law complaints filed Oct. 20, 2017 by resident St…

Keller @ Large: Mayor Walsh Talks Amazon HQ Short List, Airbnb » CBS Boston Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh joined Jon Keller to discuss the city's latest economic news, including making it to the next round of Amazon's quest for a home for their second headquarters and possible A…

Marijuana

Will Massachusetts become the first marijuana 'sanctuary state'? » Boston Globe Two state representatives want to turn Massachusetts into a sanctuary state for marijuana, filing legislation that would prohibit state and local police from participating in federal cases against peo…

State pols file bill to ban police from helping feds root out weed businesses » Boston Herald Bay State police would be banned from helping federal officers bust legal weed shops under a bill filed yesterday that's aimed right at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. …

Opinion

Kyzr Willis's family is still waiting for answers, and for a fair settlement » Boston Globe On the morning in July 2016 that he went into Dorchester Bay unsupervised, Kyzr Willis asked one of the adults at the Curley Community Center in South Boston for a life jacket. …

Donald Trump's wrong-headed course on Iran » Boston Globe ONCE AGAIN, President Trump is engaging in cynical behavior on the Iran nuclear deal, refusing either to retreat from his ill-informed campaign posturing about the agreement or to follow through on hi…

Exercising my right to move to Norway » Boston Globe UNLIKE YOU, I have options. A number of years ago I married an intelligent, blonde woman who spoke many languages, including one that sounded like the soundtrack from “Thor: Ragnarok.”…

It's time to say goodbye to the NFL cheerleaders » Boston Globe IN THE MIDST of this #MeToo moment — and two weeks from the Super Bowl — it's time to rethink NFL cheerleaders and their barely covered breasts being ogled on the sidelines by drunken me…

Chabot: Baker, lend some spotlight to Karyn Polito » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker gives his election-year State of the State speech tomorrow night buoyed by a multimillion-dollar campaign account and sky-high popularity — but the pro-choice, LGBT-friendly …

In the age of e-commerce, the 'Quill rule' is more vital than ever » Boston Globe IT HAS BEEN a fixed rule of American commerce for 50 years that businesses cannot be compelled to collect taxes for states with which they have no physical connection. …

The good old days of earmarks? Nonsense » Boston Globe OF ALL THE strange happenings in Donald Trump's Washington, the sudden revival of interest in congressional earmarks surely ranks as one of the oddest.…

Your View: Landlords want to help police make New Bedford safe » South Coast Today This letter is in response to Curt Brown's article of Jan. 12, “Forging a better relationship between landlords, police in New Bedford.” Though we appreciated Curt Brown coming to our Grea…

Editorial: Senate slogs along » Boston Herald We find ourselves chiding the Legislature each year for getting off to a slow start. But if the Senate's early work is an indication of things to come, we may find ourselves wishing they were still in…

Clive McFarlane: Tax changes jeopardize affordable housing » Worcester Telegram A year ago, when the Main South Community Development Corporation looked to renovate some 80 housing units without losing their affordability, the agency accomplished that goal with two subsidies - a …

A question of access: Shifting the transportation conversation » Commonwealth Magazine Equity, climate, and choice are keys to developing a workable plan for the future …

A Dreamer about to graduate – now what? » Commonwealth Magazine I'm not a package that can be sent back …

Wall & Main: Will Massachusetts ever get competitive with Silicon Valley? » Worcester Telegram

Politics

Weekend of women's marches promises continued momentum » Boston Globe Tens of thousands of people packed a football stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, the anniversary of women's marches around the world, to cap off a weekend of global demonstrations that promised to contin…

One Year Later: Hundreds Come Out for Women's March on Main Street » Cape Cod Online On yesterday's one year anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States, hundreds of women from across the Cape opted to celebrate much the same way they did last year, by…

Berkshire Groups Use Women's March Anniversary to Talk Next Steps » iBerkshires Local civic and advocacy groups are looking at how to build on the progressive movement launched by the massive Women's Marches last year. …

Hundreds gather on Hyannis Village Green for Women's March » Cape Cod Times One year after President Donald Trump was sworn into office and the subsequent Women's March in Washington that was one of the largest protests in U.S. history, hundreds took to the streets of Hyannis…

Voices raised for women, against Trump » Lowell Sun From small towns like Ayer, to Cambridge to the crowded streets of New York and Los Angeles, they marched.…

At Women's March 2018, Maura Healey calls Donald Trump an 'embarrassment' » MassLive Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey headlined the Women's March in Cambridge on Saturday, slamming the man she's filed or joined more than two dozen lawsuits against: President Donald Trump.…

Westford's Trahan says she was called to run for 3rd District (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun Two major themes of Lori Trahan's bid for the 3rd Congressional District stem from her roots.…

Hundreds rally in Northampton for social, economic justice on anniversary of Trump inauguration » Gazette Net One year ago, thousands of people rallied at the Women's March on Washington, and hundreds of communities across the world, including Northampton, held their own marches to advocate for women's rights…

Crowd packs Cambridge Common for Women's March 2018 » MassLive A crowd took to Cambridge Common in support of women's rights on Saturday one year after President Donald Trump's inauguration.…

In Greater Lowell and nationwide, Democrats are lining up to run » Lowell Sun The crowded Democratic primary playing out in the 3rd Congressional District may not be so much a historic blip as it is a microcosm, experts say, with candidates motivated by Donald Trump's election …

In Uncertain Political Climate, Democratic Challengers Hope to Unseat Popular Gov. Baker » Valley Advocate

Gov. Charlie Baker has overwhelming fundraising advantage entering 2018 race » MassLive

Public Health

On the front lines of Alzheimer's: making towns, businesses dementia friendly » Worcester Telegram t may be the Town Hall employee who notices an older person came in to pay their taxes twice in the past month. Or the banker who realizes a longtime customer has been having trouble managing their ch…

Debate on in Massachusetts over safe sites for drug users » The Honolulu Star Advertiser The idea may seem jarring at first: Creating safe spaces where drug users can shoot up under the watchful eye of staff trained in helping counter the effect of potentially fatal overdoses — all…

Public Safety

Bump stock ban may face lawsuit » The Salem News Gun owners are weighing a lawsuit to block the state's new ban on bump-fire stocks, arguing it is unconstitutional because it forces them to turn over property without compensation.…

Springfield officials lobby state for money for new police station » MassLive

State Finance

Tax, spending questions abound as Baker readies budget plan » South Coast Today The monthslong process of constructing a state budget begins anew on Wednesday when Republican Gov. Charlie Baker unveils his spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.…

State Government

Trio tried to sell audit software back to DCF » Boston Herald Three data analytic workers in the state auditor's office who helped develop software used in its audit of the Department of Children and Families later tried to sell a “re-engineered” ver…

Taxation

Online rental regulation fight intensifies amid "inertia" » Gloucester Times Airbnb runs ads asking state government to tax their short-term rentals, the hotel industry wants an even regulatory playing field with competitors, and yet for three years Beacon Hill has been unable…

Nonprofit groups grapple with tax changes » Cape Cod Times The tax bill passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in the waning days of 2017 has thrown nonprofit organizations on the Cape and across the country for a loop as they grapple with wh…

Mass. legislators to scrutinize federal tax overhaul » The Recorder Lawmakers are taking a closer look at the federal tax overhaul and how it may affect Massachusetts.…

Transportation

Mass. needs a vision for Allston project that eyes regional transit » Boston Globe Re “Harvard, save West Station” by Dante Ramos (Opinion, Jan. 18): Since Harvard University will be the primary beneficiary of the transit-oriented development unlocked with the I-90 Allst…

Amazon may have given New Hampshire's proposed commuter line a new breath of life » Boston Globe Next stop, New Hampshire? Probably not any time soon, but a study of a proposed extension of the commuter rail line from Boston to Manchester and Concord has a surprising new champion: New Hampshire G…

T, machinists reach tentative agreement » Commonwealth Magazine Terms not disclosed; union opposed privatization of 3 garages …

Getting cars, bikers, and pedestrians to coexist » Commonwealth Magazine Boston is rife with idiotic signalization and laws that go unenforced …

Sens. Joseph Boncore, Eric Lesser tapped to lead transportation committee » MassLive Sen. Joseph Boncore, D-Winthrop, is the new chairman of the Legislature's Joint Committee on Transportation and Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow is the new vice-chairman. Boncore replaces Sen. Thomas Mc…

T, machinists union come to agreement » The Patriot Ledger The machinists union that represents workers at the MBTA maintenance garage in Quincy has reached a tentative contract agreement with the T. The state agency and the IAM Local 264 announced the potent…

Utilities

Everett sues Baker administration to nix tax deal for power plant » Boston Globe City officials in Everett are suing the Baker administration to overturn a 1999 agreement that gave a large tax break to a power plant along the Mystic River, across the street from the location of th…

Even with tax cut, Eversource residential rates still heading up » The Berkshire Eagle How far does $8.3 million go these days? Well, if it has to be spread among some 209,000 Eversource customers in Western Massachusetts, it's enough to soften an increase in the average residential bil…

Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 1/22

Birthdays: Rep. Bradford Hill, Rep. Josh Cutler

2017 year-end campaign finance reports due

10:00am Department of Higher Education Public Hearing, One Ashburton Place, Room 1401, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:30am Special Senate Task Force on the Retail Sector of the Commonwealth, Land Ho! Restaurant 429 Route 28 Harwich, MA 02646

1:30pm Senate Task Force on Strengthening Massachusetts Local Retailers, Alberto's Restaurant - Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA 360 Main St, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601

6:30pm Central Mass GOP Rally and Candidates Forum, Grafton Inn, 25 Grafton Common, Grafton

Tuesday - 1/23

9:00am ADDP Legislative Luncheon, Great Hall, State House

9:30am Executive Office of Health and Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Revenue, Impact of federal tax reform on Massachusetts

11:30am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

2:00pm Department of Revenue Public Hearing, 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Room A, Boston

5:30pm State of the Commonwealth Address, House Chamber, State House

Wednesday - 1/24

Governor's FY19 budget due

10:00am Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

10:00am Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Oversight Hearing

11:00am Veteran's Agents Annual Legislative Luncheon, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

Thursday - 1/25

9:00am Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House

10:30am Department of Early Education & Care Public Hearing, EEC Worcester Regional Office, 10 Austin Street, Worcester

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Citizens' Housing & Planning Association Production and Preservation Committee Meeting, 18 Tremont Street, Suite 401, Boston

2:00pm "Screen at 23" Campaign Resolution Press Conference, Grand Staircase, State House

7:00pm Rep. Shawn Dooley's State of the District, Wrentham Council on Aging, 400 Taunton Street, Wrentham

Friday - 1/26

Birthdays: Rep. Antonio Cabral, Rep. John Velis

No Hearings Scheduled


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