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8:30am 2018 Mass. Muslim Lobby Day, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

12:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

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

1:30pm Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

6:00pm Geoff Diehl for Senate 2018 Kick-Off with Matt Light

6:00pm Arlington Fundraiser for Attorney General Maura Healey

8:00pm State of the Union Watch Party with Rep. Kevin Kuros

Must-Reads

Trump's gripes against McCabe included wife's politics, Comey's ride home » NBS News The president was silent for a moment and then turned on McCabe, suggesting he ask his wife how it feels to be a loser — an apparent reference to a failed campaign for state office in Virginia …

Top DNC official out after less than a year on the job » NBS News The CEO of the Democratic National Committee is leaving after less than a year on the job, NBC News has learned. …

Wynn knocked as unsuitable, Gaming Commission plans update » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that if the allegations of sexual misconduct by casino employees against Steve Wynn are true then the developer would be unsuitable to hold a casino license in Massachus…

Rubio calls Jeb Bush's immigration tactics 'legislative malpractice' » Politico Sen. Marco Rubio defended his low-key approach to immigration reform Monday by dismissing criticism from his one-time ally, former Gov. Jeb Bush, and calling his tactics “legislative malpractice…

Following Steve Wynn Allegations, Is The Everett Casino Project In Jeopardy? » WGBH News The state Gaming Act requires gaming licenses and their major executives and shareholders to have integrity, honesty, and good character and reputation. The Act says that if the licensee fails to meet…

Maura Healey's Trump Card » Boston Magazine The state attorney general has sued Donald Trump's administration more than any other elected official in America—and voters love her for it. But is she playing for Massachusetts' glory, or her…

Baker interested in Montana's net neutrality approach » The Greenfield Recorder Gov. Charlie Baker hopes to connect with the governor of Montana to hear more about how the western state is pressuring internet providers to abide by net neutrality standards.…

The Unlikely Comeback of Cap and Trade » Governing With New Jersey's announcement that it will rejoin a multistate compact to limit carbon emissions, 2018 could be a banner year for cap and trade in the states -- even if the idea is dead in Washington…

Departed advocates claim Baker officials froze them out » Lowell Sun Two longtime human services advocates who left their posts late last year say they departed amid tensions with the Baker administration that made it difficult for them to do their jobs.…

Boston Councilor Pressley to challenge Congressman Capuano » State House News Service

"Despite the pressure he’s under, the White House physician says President Trump is in great shape — a trim 239 pounds. Personally, I just won’t believe him until he produces his long-form girth certificate,"

Former Secretary of State John Kerry

Poking fun at President Trump's claims about his weight.

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Beltway Politics

John Kerry pokes fun at Trump, says he wants to see his 'long-form girth certificate' » newsweek.com Former Secretary of State John Kerry poked fun at President Donald Trump during the 2018 Alfalfa Club Saturday night, saying that he wouldn't believe that the president weighs just 239 pounds until Tr…

House panel votes to release secret memo critical of FBI » Boston Globe Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted Monday evening to release a contentious secret memorandum said to accuse the Justice Department and the FBI of misusing their authority to obtain …

State of the Union puts Trump into a rare situation: a diverse audience » Boston Globe When President Trump stands at the House rostrum for his first State of the Union address Tuesday, he will gaze upon an audience that puts human faces on the country's fractured and polarized politica…

3 things to know about Joe Kennedy III before his State of the Union response » Boston.com Despite his famous surname, Rep. Joe Kennedy III has kept a relatively low profile during his five years in Congress.…

Who Is Jean Bradley Derenoncourt? Elizabeth Warren's SOTU Guest Is Making History » Bustle One of President Trump's most vocal senatorial critics has announced her State of the Union (SOTU) guest. Elizabeth Warren is bringing Jean Bradley Derenoncourt, the first Haitian to hold elected offi…

Viral videos fuel Kennedy rise » Politico He's got more Facebook followers than most senators. And he's left a trail of viral videos that have been watched by millions.…

Remember that time Tom Brady was Laura Bush's State of the Union guest? » Boston Globe Tom Brady is keeping mum nowadays when it comes to his friendship with President Trump. But the Patriots quarterback wasn't always allergic to politics.…

The Latest: Putin says US list of Russians is 'hostile step' » AP News The Latest on the Trump administration and Russia sanctions…

White House to Congress: Russia sanctions not needed now » Politico The Trump administration informed lawmakers Monday that new Russia sanctions called for in a bipartisan bill passed last year are not necessary yet because the measure is already "serving as a deterre…

Business

Boston Wants To Bring In More Big Business. It Could Learn Lessons From San Francisco » WBUR Whether or not Boston wins its bid for Amazon, one thing is clear: The city is ambitious in wanting to bring in more big business.…

Mass. AG Looks To Extend Berkshire Museum Injunction By A Week » New England Public Radio The Massachusetts attorney general wants a state appeals court to extend an injunction blocking the Berkshire Museum from selling off a bunch of its art. The injunction was set to expire Monday.…

Groundbreaking for long-sought Fenway Center complex takes on air of a celebration » Boston Globe

Crimes

Odin Lloyd's mom fighting legal loophole that voided Aaron Hernandez murder conviction » News Boston The mother of Odin Lloyd is working with lawmakers to fight a loophole that overturned a murder conviction against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez because she wants to prevent other families…

Education

Massachusetts had the chance to break the glass ceiling in education. The board blinked. » Boston Globe Another day and another white male insider climbs to the top of the state education system. Tell me something I didn't already know was going to happen.…

Being first in family to go to college can be bumpy road » Boston Globe A caravan of aunts, uncles, and cousins drove Alexandra Bernadotte from Mattapan to Dartmouth College in 1988, a triumphant parade of sorts for the Haitian immigrant family.…

Gov. Charlie Baker asks for another $15 million to help Massachusetts schools teach Puerto Rican students displaced by hurricanes » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is asking lawmakers to approve another $15 million to help schools that have taken Puerto Rican evacuees.…

Franklin in Focus works to increase civic participation » Milford Daily News Kelsey London knew a two-hour talk about government would likely be heavy educational material for her two young daughters.…

Baker Names Fernandez to Northern Essex Board of Trustees » WHAV Haverhill resident Pati Fernandez, a local development and marketing professional, has been appointed to the Northern Essex Community College Board of Trustees by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.…

Riley gets the nod as education commissioner » Commonwealth Magazine TO HELM THE unfinished work of education reform to close persistent achievement gaps, the state tapped someone with a track record of being able to do it.…

Lawrence educator on track to become state education commissioner » Worcester Telegram Jeff Riley, the superintendent and receiver of Lawrence Public Schools, is on track become the state's next education commissioner after an 8-3 vote by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education …

Sonia Chang-Diaz On Why She Thinks Baker's Education Budget Is 'Inadequate' » WBUR In his 2019 budget proposal, Gov. Charlie Baker allotted over $4.8 billion for education, the highest amount of education funding ever in Massachusetts. …

Rep. Lori Ehrlich's sexual-misconduct bill targets higher ed campuses » Wicked Local Marblehead

Environment

Baker forming group in opposition to offshore drilling » Worcester Business Journal

Gaming

Law firm eyes Wynn Resorts for possible securities fraud » Boston Herald Pomerantz LLP, a national law firm known for bringing securities class action lawsuits, is targeting Wynn Resorts Limited in the wake of sexual harassment claims against gambling mogul Steve Wynn, ann…

Baker is 'deeply disturbed' by allegations against Wynn » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker has asked the Republican Governors Association to return funds it received in the last three years from Steve Wynn and his firm, Wynn Resorts Limited, following allegations of s…

Baker: 'I'm Not The Decision-Maker' On Casino Mogul Steve Wynn » WGBH News Gov. Charlie Baker has distanced himself from embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn, following allegations of alleged sexual harassment and assault against employees of his gaming empire.…

State gaming panel to hold hearing on allegations of misconduct against casino mogul Steve Wynn » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold a hearing Wednesday to discuss “serious allegations of misconduct” leveled against casino mogul Steve Wynn, whose gambling palace in Everett i…

Massachusetts Could Impose Some of the Highest DFS Taxes in the US » Casino Games Pro The state of Massachusetts has been considering daily fantasy sports (DFS) regulation for some time now, especially considering the fact that their legal status is set to expire in several months. As …

Gov. Charlie Baker Weighs In on Allegations Against Steve Wynn » Boston Magazine

Health Care

Gov. Baker's proposed budget could leave healthcare recipients to find alternative plans » WWLP 22 News More than 140,000 low-income residents could lose their eligibility for MassHealth under Governor Charlie Baker's new proposal.…

More Massachusetts hospitals enact visitor restrictions as flu spread intensifies » The Republican Baystate Health in Western Massachusetts has added its hospitals to the growing list of those across the state that have enacted visitors restrictions due to the early and widespread nature of this ye…

CVS shares sink as Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase team up on health care » Boston Business Journal

Housing

Massachusetts economic development secretary talks downtown Brockton » The Enterprise If downtown Brockton is going to prosper, it needs to develop more market rate housing, according to the state's secretary of economic development.…

AG settles with largest non-bank mortgage lender over foreclosures » WCVB Valorie and Gerry Roche intended their East Weymouth home to be their sanctuary, but they never imagined the battle they'd face to keep it.…

Baker Urges Lawmakers to Relax Zoning Laws for Housing » US News and World Report

Gov. Charlie Baker tries to address housing 'crisis' in Massachusetts » The Republican

Human Services

Soldiers Home hosts 100th birthday party for Post 21 team captain of 1934 » The Republican As Tony King arrived Monday for a party marking his 100th birthday, somebody asked him how he was doing.…

For those seeking addiction recovery, Keenan House for Women in Pittsfield means 'hope' » Berkshire Eagle Gabrielle Nardacci and Fallon DiPietro, two residents of the newly opened Keenan House for Women on Seymour Street, said the bond between them will contribute to their success in recovery. These types…

Sen. Friedman appointed to review Senate sexual harassment policies » Wicked Local Arlington On Jan. 18, state Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, was among nine senators appointed to a committee that will review the state Senate's sexual harassment policies and procedures, a task they have abo…

Immigration

Rights groups fight to keep protections for immigrants » Boston Globe As the president and Congress gear up for a fight over immigration, civil rights groups and others are coming to the aid of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who face deportation but largely have be…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren pushes for DACA deal — no matter when » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren would accept a DACA fix to protect “Dreamers” that's either attached to the next federal spending bill or in separate legislation in advance, she said yesterday.…

Judiciary

Middlesex DA honors local citizens » Lowell Sun

Labor

Bills filed to enable AG to target repeat harassers » State House News Service

Legislative

Cupcakes, oysters, quahogs: Beacon Hill digs in on the 'official' stuff » Lowell Sun In one corner is the quahog, the hard-shell clam commonly stuffed or used in New England-style chowder. In the other is the oyster, ready for competitive shucking, pearl-producing or slurping raw.…

Feds: Accountant helped ex-state Sen. Brian Joyce commit tax fraud » Boston Herald A onetime business partner of former state Sen. Brian A. Joyce was arrested today on federal charges he conspired to defraud the IRS out of hundreds of thousands of dollars while helping Joyce file fa…

A Path Opens For Sen. Rosenberg; DeLeo Speaks: The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill » New England Public Radio The Massachusetts Senate has accepted the resignation letter of Senator Linda Forry, who accepted a job in the private sector. Just weeks before, Forry had been angling to lead the chamber, as Amherst…

Lobbying

David Tamasi launches new firm » Politico David Tamasi, who was finance chair for the Trump Victory Fund, is launching a bipartisan government relations and public affairs firm, Chartwell Strategy Group. Until December, Tamasi was a managing …

Local Government

Praise for Holyoke as 'model' in welcoming Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees » The Republican This city has set the standard with the welcome it has presented to the Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees, a representative of Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday at City Hall.…

Agawam Mayor Bill Sapelli taps familiar face for city solicitor job » The Republican Mayor William P. Sapelli has appointed former state lawmaker Stephen J. Buoniconti as Agawam's new city solicitor.…

State budget includes more aid for Sherborn » Wicked Local Sherborn

Franklin County aiming to be top destination for outdoor recreation » WWLP 22 News

Marijuana

Governor Baker, US attorney will talk black market drugs » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker plans to meet with US Attorney Andrew Lelling next month, and the governor thinks state and federal law enforcement priorities could converge on cracking down on the illicit ma…

Proposal for massive marijuana facility divides North Andover » Boston Globe Dr. Jeff Goldstein is hunting for “a billion-dollar molecule.” But to find it, he first needs permission from residents here to grow marijuana — actually, a stupendous amount of mar…

Medical marijuana dispensary moves forward in Wellfleet » Cape Cod Times A medical marijuana dispensary planned on Route 6 south of Old Wharf Road is in the midst of permitting efforts at both the state and local level, according to an attorney for Atlantic Medicinal Partn…

Opinion

Will America yield its position as the world's leader in science and technology? » Boston Globe AS PRESIDENT TRUMP prepares for his first State of the Union address, Washington is consumed by arguments — from petty squabbles to fundamental debates about American values. But what worries m…

When it comes to Russian gas, just say nyet » Boston Globe WITH THE ARRIVAL of a shipful of Russian gas on Sunday, New England's odd energy politics took another bizarre turn. …

Matt L. Barron: Criticizes Neal on high-speed internet » Gazette Net Our congressman's visit to Chesterfield last week to discuss the needs of the region at the Hilltown Community Development Corp. (“Hilltown officials rap with Neal about challenges,” Jan. …

The bigger scandal than Trump trying to fire Mueller? Republicans doing nothing about it » Boston Globe Two truisms in war and politics are that the best defense is a good offense and a red herring can throw adversaries off your trail. President Trump is no Sun Tzu, but he doesn't need to be to apply th…

Peter Lucas: Getting to the bottom of things in true Statehouse style » Lowell Sun There are no secrets at the Statehouse. Sooner or later, one way or another, everything comes out.…

Mass. should give the boot to Steve Wynn » Boston Globe WHEN IT COMES to Steve Wynn, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission always had an integrity problem.…

Best Person Chosen For Education Commissioner » WBUR Jeff Riley is the right leader at the right time. Massachusetts has spent every year since the landmark 1993 Education Reform Act was passed debating how to make that legislation better.…

Editorial: A brand tarnished » Boston Herald The allegations against gaming mogul Steve Wynn are gross, disgusting and even in the context of the Las Vegas culture — where people pay big bucks to see women strut around in as little as le…

Livin' and Dion: Fall River a perfect backdrop for Kennedy response » The Herald News Fall River is one of those left-behind places, one of those forgotten, unfashionable places, one of those American places that is neither New York City nor some quiet little suburb, nor some farm town…

Kerry presidential run would do no favors to Democrats (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

Just one Republican vying for 3rd District seat » The Salem News While the Democratic race to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas has become a crowded field, the Republican ticket is more certain.…

Candidates speak out against status quo at Progressive Democrats of Lowell gathering » The Valley Dispatch Criticisms of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and President Donald Trump -- and a call to avoid the status quo -- were recurring themes raised when a trio of Democratic candidates for upcoming state ele…

Gov. Charlie Baker: Republican Governors Association should not accept any more money from Steve Wynn » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's political campaign wrote to the Republican Governors Association urging the RGA to return any donations from casino magnate Steve Wynn given since the last election cycle.…

Special election calendar set for Linda Dorcena Forry's seat » Boston Globe The special election to choose a successor to former state Senator Linda Dorcena Forry of Dorchester will be held May 1.…

Former Vice President Al Gore will speak at Tufts University » Lynn Daily News Item Former Vice President Al Gore will be this year's first guest in the Tisch College Speaker Series hosted by Tufts University.…

Democratic candidate for governor talks about time of 'crisis' in Mass.: On The Record » WCVB Bob Massie, a candidate for governor, gives his take on Gov. Baker's stance on Trump.…

Michael Coller of Saugus running for state representative » Wicked Local Saugus Coller obtained the paperwork from the Elections Division to run for the position, which is currently held by Republican Donald Wong. He intends to meet shortly with advisors to discuss the potential …

Political Notes: Wolf won't run for governor in 2018 » Cape Cod Times Former senator says he's busy with Cape Air challenges. …

John Barros will not run to fill Linda Dorcena Forry's vacated state Senate seat » Boston Globe John Barros, Boston's chief of economic development, announced Monday he will not run in the special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Linda Dorcena Forry. …

Gov. Charlie Baker will be looking for 'collaboration' in President Donald Trump's State of the Union » The Republican

Ayanna Pressley will run against Michael Capuano for Congress » Boston Business Journal

Public Health

Drug firms shipped 20.8M pain pills to WV town with 2,900 people » Charleston Gazette Mail Over the past decade, out-of-state drug companies shipped 20.8 million prescription painkillers to two pharmacies four blocks apart in a Southern West Virginia town with 2,900 people, according to a c…

Overdose calls, deaths in Northampton dip in 2017 » Gazette Net

Public Safety

Trooper's lawsuit accuses Worcester DA's office in plot to sanitize report of judge's daughter's arrest » Worcester Telegram New documents in a federal civil rights lawsuit by a state trooper involved in the arrest of a judge's daughter allege that high-ranking employees in the office of Worcester District Attorney Joseph D…

State Government

MetroWest suburban edge report approved » Wicked Local Maynard Co-chairs Sen. Karen Spilka, Rep. Kate Hogan, and Juan Vega, assistant secretary for communities and programs, announced that the 495/MetroWest Suburban Edge Community Commission approved its report o…

Jeff Riley Will Be Massachusetts' New Education Commissioner » WBUR It's official: Jeff Riley will be the state's next education commissioner.…

AG Healey discusses immigration, drugs at Haverhill forum » The Eagle Tribune The state's top law enforcement officer was in town Monday night - and ready to answer questions.…

The States of Our Union … Are Still Not All Strong » Politico The Granite State might seem like an outlier in a group of historically dominant stars, but it joins their prestigious company with a fourth straight year atop POLITICO Magazine's quasi-annual ranking…

Transportation

Officials probe deadly year on rail tracks » Boston Herald Two dozen people were killed on MBTA commuter rail tracks last year, doubling the death toll from 2016, in a worrisome trend that's sending ripples through the system and left officials trying to craf…

MassDOT says it will study Boston-Springfield high speed rail » Boston Globe High-speed rail from Springfield to Boston might be inching forward.…

Danvers may soon be home to new Registry » Wicked Local If all goes as planned, the new registry would be the first on the North Shore since the registry at the Liberty Tree Mall closed in June 2016.…

MassDOT Includes East-West Rail Study In Latest Multi-Year Plan » WAMC The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is updating the state's rail plan to prioritize projects that the agency said should be pursued over the next several years.…

State to study east-west high-speed rail » Gazette Net State transportation officials are taking a first step toward high-speed rail from Springfield to Boston by including a feasibility study for the project in a draft of the 2018 state rail plan.…

Keolis plays whack-a-mole » Commonwealth Magazine THE PERFORMANCE OF KEOLIS COMMUTER SERVICES is improving on a number of fronts, but there continue to be setbacks that make it appear the MBTA's commuter rail operator is playing a game of whack-a-mol…

Free the ramp » Commonwealth Magazine I'VE BEEN WRITING for three years about the disadvantages of the Silver Line not using the Ted Williams Tunnel ramp that was designed for it, but it's time to bring it up again.…

MassDOT 2018 rail plan includes possible study on rail service between Springfield and Boston » WWLP 22 News

East-west passenger service urged among state rail priorities » Worcester Telegram

Utilities

Russian LNG is unloaded in Everett; the supplier (but not gas) faces US sanctions » Boston Globe A giant tanker of liquefied natural gas that unloaded at the Distrigas terminal in Everett over the past two days included fuel from a plant in Siberia owned by a Russian company under US sanctions.…

Eversource's new charge for solar customers is getting a second look at the State House » Boston Globe Senator Michael Barrett and Representative Thomas Golden, co-chairmen of the Legislature's energy committee, are holding a hearing Tuesday afternoon to find out why the state Department of Public Util…

Baker wants to 'talk a little bit' about net neutrality with Montana governor » Boston Business Journal Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, signed an executive order in January that his administration said “makes a preference for a free and open internet clear” in the state's purchase of…

Yarmouth officials concerned about Vineyard Wind plan » Cape Cod Times Concerns are mounting over the proposed installation of a high-voltage transmission cable through Lewis Bay in West Yarmouth, which would connect offshore wind turbines proposed for south of Martha's …

Massachusetts Senate releases clean energy report » WWLP 22 News According to a new state report, Massachusetts residents want the state to stop building new fossil fuel infrastructure and increase the use of renewable energy.…

Mass. senators assembling clean energy bill » South Coast Today Eighteen months after Gov. Charlie Baker signed a major offshore wind and hydro power law, state senators are preparing to load up a greenhouse gas reduction bill with carbon pricing, renewable energy…

Trump tariff, utility charge seen as drain on state solar industry » The Greenfield Recorder

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

State gaming panel to hold hearing on allegations of misconduct against casino mogul Steve Wynn » Boston Globe

If sexual misconduct allegations against Steve Wynn are true, he fails Massachusetts casino standards, Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican

2,000 Health Connector customers lack valid addresses, audit finds » The Republican

$420,000 for East Road bridge replacement » Athol Daily News

East-West rail study's inclusion in MassDOT plan a 'major breakthrough,' Sen. Eric Lesser says » The Republican

Jeff Riley, Lawrence official, gets nod for state education commissioner » Boston Globe

Former Sen. Michael Knapik takes job with Baystate Health » The Republican

Court filing suggests talks underway to resolve Berkshire Museum art sale » Berkshire Eagle

Baker plans home energy audit » State House News Service

Mazen bows out of CD3 field, cites fundraising and health » State House News Service

POLITICS: Money matters for college students » Wicked Local Arlington

Brookline Resident Tommy Vitolo Kicks Off State Rep Campaign » Brookline Patch

East-West rail study back on track » WWLP 22 News

Senators assembling omnibus clean energy bill » Boston Business Journal

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