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In Trump vs. the F.B.I., Trump Will Lose » New York Times He may not believe in the rule of law, but tens of thousands of men and women at the Department of Justice do.…

Senate approves spending bill, another "supp" in the works » State House News Service The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday unanimously signed off on a spending bill that includes $15 million for schools serving displaced Puerto Rican students, hinting along the way that another supplem…

Pressley, Capuano engage as CD7 race quickly heats up » State House News Service With little daylight between them on the issues, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley said Thursday that her decision to challenge U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano was about bringing a different "lens" to C…

Two lawmakers opt against Senate run to replace Forry » State House News Service Two state representatives – one from Dorchester and one from Mattapan – both said Thursday they would take a pass on a special election to fill the state Senate seat held until last week…

DNC hires Mary Beth Cahill as interim CEO » Politico Cahill is best known as one of the presidential campaign managers for John Kerry in 2004. She was also an executive director of EMILY's List and worked for a number of other top Democratic politicians…

Is Mitt Romney the future or the past of the Republican Party? » The Washington Post Moves by Pawlenty, Jindal and Romney — against the backdrop of unity at a congressional retreat — raise questions about where the GOP is headed.…

Prosecutors: Boston Calling bullying 'thrilled' union bosses » Boston Herald Federal prosecutors say union leaders were “thrilled” after City Hall aides allegedly bullied organizers of the Boston Calling Musical Festival into hiring organized labor — apparen…

N.H. rejects Canada-Mass. power lines » Boston Globe By picking the Northern Pass project to import electricity from Canada just last week, the Baker administration gambled that officials in New Hampshire would support building 192 miles of transmission…

Faded blue: There's a democratic wave sweeping the country, but will it reach the top of Beacon Hill? » Dig Boston Last November, rank-and-file liberals picked up a much-needed and long overdue morale boost in the form of sweeping electoral victories for the Democratic Party in New Jersey and Virginia. Phil Murphy…

"All should appreciate the FBI speaking up. I wish more of our leaders would. But take heart: American history shows that, in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field, so long as good people stand up. Not a lot of schools or streets named for Joe McCarthy."

Former FBI Director James Comey

Speaking about a classified memo that purports to show political bias within the Justice Department.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Pelosi blasts GOP tax law for impeding budget negotiations » Boston Globe House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, Democrat from California, said the GOP tax law that passed in December is impeding budget negotiations — not the issue of what to do with the undocumented im…

Business

CIC secures spot in heart of Kendall Square » Boston Globe Kendall Square's original startup hub is planting a flag in the heart of the booming business district.…

Former GE chief Immelt joins Silicon Valley venture firm » Boston Globe Former General Electric chairman and chief executive Jeff Immelt has a new job. The Silicon Valley venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates announced Thursday that it has added Immelt as a partn…

Court renews Berkshire Museum art sale injunction to Monday, but says that's it » Berkshire Eagle A Massachusetts Appeals Court justice gave the state's top prosecutor a bit more leash Thursday, letting it bar Berkshire Museum art sales through Monday. But not beyond that. …

Report gives detailed look at a growing, wealthy, diversifying MetroWest » Worcester Business Journal The MetroWest population is more educated than the state's population as a whole, with 54.8 percent of the region holding a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 40.5 percent statewide. The communi…

Education

Frank Baptista appointed to BCC Board of Trustees » The Herald News Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed Frank Baptista, founder and host of Radio Voz do Emigrante/WHTB-AM 1400, as a member of the Bristol Community College Board of Trustees.…

Jeff Riley, the man for the moment as state education commissioner » Boston Globe Jeff Riley, just selected to be the next commissioner of elementary and secondary education, is not only a worthy successor to the late, great Mitchell Chester, but a man uniquely suited for the momen…

Again facing deficit, Worcester school board threatens to take state to court over funding formula » Worcester Telegram Saddled with dismal revenue growth, the city school system is facing a spending deficit for next fiscal year unless the state changes some key factors in the budget, according to a preliminary budget …

Young constitutional scholars at Easthampton High School win statewide 'We the People' competition » Mass Live "Greek and Roman history has revealed that thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero thought that although democracies may begin well, they tend to end in tyranny. What was Aristotle's thinking a…

New Trustee Joins MCLA Board » iBerkshires

Environment

Attorneys general urge offshore drilling plan's cancellation » Gloucester Times The top lawyers for a dozen coastal states want the U.S. Interior Department to cancel the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling, warning it threatens their maritime economies and na…

Nomans Land may become bunny island » Cape Cod Times Federal agency plans to establish population of at-risk cottontails on refuge.…

Gaming

Wynn Resorts' casino license may hinge on Wynn's departure, analysts say » Boston Globe The sexual misconduct scandal engulfing casino mogul Steve Wynn is looking less survivable by the day, industry analysts say, as pressure mounts for the brash chief executive to resign or be removed f…

Capuano calls for Wynn casino backup plan » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano is looking to protect the workers who are relying on the scores of jobs created by the Wynn Casino project by pushing for a backup plan should the state Gaming Commission …

Immigration

Judge rules that New Hampshire Indonesians can appeal to remain in US » Boston Globe A federal judge in Boston on Thursday blocked immigration authorities from deporting 50 Indonesian Christians living in New Hampshire until they are given a chance to reopen their cases.…

Insurance

After uproar, state rescinds plan to limit health insurance options for public workers » Boston Globe The state agency that oversees health benefits for hundreds of thousands of public employees, retirees, and their families on Thursday abandoned a plan to limit coverage options, bowing to the demands…

GIC reverses health-plan vote » Lowell Sun After an upsurge of criticism surrounded its decision to cut health-care plans for state employees, the Group Insurance Commission voted 12-2 Thursday to take a new approach.…

GIC chief takes blame for 'confusion and havoc' ahead of health care vote » Boston Business Journal A vote to reconsider a decision to limit healthcare insurance options for state employees is set for Thursday, and Roberta Herman said the GIC plans to “put forward an option that involves the i…

Judiciary

'You need the feds' for Massachusetts public corruption cases, US Attorney Andrew Lelling says » Mass Live Public corruption cases remain a priority for federal prosecutors in Massachusetts, according to US Attorney Andrew Lelling. …

Raises seek to lure child welfare lawyers to Western Mass. » Berkshire Eagle A shortage of attorneys who can handle children and family law cases for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in western Massachusetts prompted the House this week to sign off on temporary raises…

Labor

Hundreds of Boston Logan International Airport workers could strike Friday, union says » Mass Live

Legislative

Lawmakers defend trips to exotic locations as work, not vacations » WCVB Two legislators brought along significant others …

Local Government

Why Marty Walsh doesn't do those friendly Super Bowl wagers » Boston.com It's Super Bowl week again, so you've likely noticed the return of those playful wagers between elected officials in the cities and states of the two opposing teams. With the Patriots making their thi…

Middleboro board reluctantly OKs state's temporary rotary fix » The Enterprise Selectmen reluctantly gave the green light to the state's interim plans to improve the Middleboro rotary.…

Gov. signs bill to make two Milford officials at-large Town Meeting members » Milford Daily News Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill this week backed by local lawmakers that designates Milford's town administrator and finance director positions as Town Meeting members at large.…

$400K plants seeds for a Common facelift » Lynn Daily News Item Matthew Beaton, secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), was on hand Thursday at the Lynn Common Bandstand to announce the award, which is through the Parkland Acqu…

Cohasset Town Election season getting underway » Wicked Local Cohasset

Marijuana

Hearing on recreational marijuana among updates legislators gave to Holyoke Councilors » The Republican Legislators gave city councilors updates about state issues this week including a reminder of an upcoming public hearing on rules to regulate recreational marijuana businesses.…

Marijuana entrepreneur Aaron Bluse is high on Massachusetts market » Boston Business Journal Aaron Bluse is the CEO and a co-founder of vertically integrated marijuana distributor and retailer Altitude Organic Corp., based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. …

Petition challenges draft pot regulations » Cape Cod Times

Opinion

A job well done! » Bay State Banner Everyone who has benefitted from the public service of Linda Dorcena Forry should be delighted with her opportunity to join private industry. People sometimes forget that in the original design of the…

State could boost family housing if it commited more funding to schools » Boston Globe Thanks to Frank Riepe for making the connection between school funding and the lack of family housing (“To progress on affordable housing, lawmakers must see to school funding,” Letters, J…

Editorial: Put reform on to-do list » Boston Herald With just 189 days before the end of formal legislative sessions, the House and Senate have huge to-do lists. So if lawmakers truly hope to avoid the typical mad rush in June and July — the one…

EDITORIAL: Symbolic resistance is necessary » The Daily Free Press When we think of the term nasty woman, Trump's interruption during the final presidential debate of 2016 when he called his opponent Hillary Clinton one, still rings in our ears.…

Battenfeld: Capuano-Pressley a study in sameness » Boston Herald Liberal vs. liberal. Bold vs. old. Voters in Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District will be treated to an unusual Democratic primary battle this fall: up-and-coming Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pr…

Letter to the Editor: Freetown needs to oppose, and evict, Excel Recycling » The Herald News Welcome to Freetown Opposes Excel. We are 20 households, growing in number, intent on kicking Excel Recycling out of town.…

Viewpoint: Employee resource groups help workers, companies » Boston Business Journal There has been much discussion within these pages (and in boardrooms across Boston and beyond) about how employers can build a diverse and inclusive workforce, cultivate relationships with veterans an…

Viewpoint: Support for technical ed is critical in tight labor market » Boston Business Journal According to the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, one of the top business organizations in the state, business leaders' primary concern is workforce development. The reason is simple: Many busi…

Bill signals repugnance to a cruel witch hunt » Cape Cod Times

Politics

Gov. Charlie Baker again ranked most popular US governor » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was - again - named the most popular governor in the U.S.…

Gov. Charlie Baker's Democratic opponents criticize decision to close Latino advisory commission meetings to press » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's Democratic opponents in the 2018 gubernatorial race all criticized the governor for closing meetings of his Latino advisory commission to the press.…

Springfield couple whose son nearly drowned at city camp joins Hampden District state Senate race » The Republican A city couple are jumping into the race for the Hampden District state Senate seat that encompasses all of West Springfield and parts of Chicopee and Springfield.…

Matias, L'Italien shore up Lawrence support » The Eagle Tribune In the race for the 3rd District, Lawrence officials are divided in who they are supporting in the crowded Democratic primary to succeed Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.…

Race to replace Linda Dorcena Forry taking shape » Boston Globe Two state representatives are inching closer to declaring they will run to replace former state senator Linda Dorcena Forry — while two more lawmakers declined to enter the special election.…

Democrats gathering at Brockton High to elect delegates for state convention » The Enterprise With an election approaching amid anti-Trump blowback, Brockton High School will be buzzing with Democratic Party politics on Saturday, when delegates will be selected to the state party's 2018 conven…

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano said he's ready for a race » Boston Herald U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano said he's been flooded with unsolicited support since City Councilor Ayanna Pressley launched her campaign for his seat in Congress this week, but said he's taking his…

Dorcena Forry leaves Legislature after 12 years in office » Bay State Banner State legislator was seen as ally for Haitian-Americans and people of color …

Capuano Says Voters Look Behind Identity Politics To The Issues » WBUR Congressman Michael Capuano will face a challenge from Boston Councilor Ayanna Pressley in the Democratic primary for the state's 7th district seat.…

Public Health

State doctor says it's a "short window of time" to prevent opioid ODs » Boston Herald For people who die of opioid overdose in Massachusetts, the average survival time from the moment they take their first prescription painkiller is just 36 months, according to startling data released …

Trump promises opioid fight, but Warren and others ask, 'Where's the money?' » Boston Globe President Trump made a lofty promise in Tuesday night's State of the Union to “fight the drug epidemic,” but Senator Elizabeth Warren wants to know what his administration has actually don…

Public Safety

Gun permits steadily increase despite tougher controls » Newburyport News More than 100,000 new gun licenses were issued to Massachusetts residents over the past five years, even as the state tightened gun control laws.…

State Government

State legislators take hundreds of free trips to vacation hot spots » WCVB 5 Investigates and Northeastern University School of Journalism reviewed hundreds of free trips for state lawmakers over the past five years not paid for by the state, but by private organizations and…

Massachusetts House Votes To Pay Local Early Voting Expenses From 2016 Election » WAMC The Massachusetts House has approved a supplemental budget that includes money to reimburse cities and towns for the costs of having early voting for the first time in 2016.…

Taxation

Nancy Pelosi Comes To Cambridge To Rip 'GOP Tax Scam Bill' — But Some Like Their 'Crumbs' » New Boston Post Soaring rhetoric touching on themes of inequality and corporate private sector political clout dominated Thursday's “Trump Tax Town Hall” event featuring House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi…

Baker seeks bigger tax break for low-income families » Newburyport News Gov. Charlie Baker wants to expand a popular tax credit that benefits low-income families but lawmakers still must find a way to pay for it.…

Tax windfall continued in early Jan. » Berkshire Eagle The waves of above-benchmark state tax collections are still crashing into the new year.…

Transportation

Berkshire rep added to key state transport panel; study on Pittsfield-to-New-York rail link chugging along » the Berkshire edge Reporters covering the transportation beat at the Statehouse in Boston must be busy these days.…

Lesser announces possibility of report that will investigate feasibility of east-west rail » The Reminder State Sen. James Welch and state Reps. Bud Williams and Brian Ashe joined their colleague state Sen. Eric Lesser in appealing to the public to show their support for the funding of a state report that…

Mattapan trolleys out of service due to 'propulsion problems' » Boston Globe The MBTA's high-speed trolley line connecting Mattapan to the Red Line in Ashmont is out of service for the foreseeable future because of “propulsion problems,'' one of the issues the T promised…

Berkshire rep added to key state transport panel; study on Pittsfield-to-New-York rail link chugging along » the Berkshire edge

Utilities

Massachusetts Officials Quiet on Northern Pass Rejection » US News and World Report Massachusetts officials are saying little about the rejection by New Hampshire regulators of a key hydropower project.…

Let there be (LED) light » Boston Globe If some streets and sidewalks south of Boston look different to you lately, there's good reason: Those high-pressure sodium street lights that have long bathed both in a yellow tinge have been replace…

NH regulators deal blow to Canadian hydro transmission project » South Coast Today A permit that the Northern Pass project had been counting on was denied by New Hampshire site evaluators on Thursday, jeopardizing the Bay State's newly minted plan to transmit hydropower from Quebec …

New Hampshire blocks Northern Pass power line, Massachusetts' 1st pick for Canadian hydropower transport » The Republican A $1.6 billion New Hampshire power line recently chosen to deliver massive amounts of Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts has been shot down.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Will the country's first mandatory residential demand charge slow the Massachusetts solar boom? » Utility Dive

New tariff, charge seen as drain on Mass. solar industry » Berkshire Eagle

Solar industry riled by  DPU approval of new infrastructure fee » The Greenfield Recorder

Massachusetts becomes first state commission to approve mandatory demand charges for residential customers » Solar Power World

A Wynn-lose situation » Commonwealth Magazine

Sen. Creem makes voice heard on antiquated, anti-choice bills » Wicked Local Newton

Housing Justice Advocates Pack State House Hearing on Jim Brooks Act » Banker & Tradesman

Massachusetts Nurses Association endorses L'Italien » Andover Townsman

Black American Heritage Flag raising event held at Springfield City Hall » WWLP 22 News

Cost Saving Cable Alternatives to be Presented to Cape Cod Residents » Cape Cod Online

Massachusetts officials should yank Wynn Boston Harbor's gambling license, Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez says » The Republican

National Guard pay boost clears committee hurdle » WWLP 22 News

State agency pulls back health plan consolidation, reinstates three insurers » Boston Business Journal

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3940 - An Act relative to the town clerk and town accountant in the town of Norwood

HB 3950 - An Act relative to Chapter 7 of the Acts of 2009

HB 3831 - An Act for the regulation of Reservoir Pond in the town of Canton

HB 3764 - An Act establishing representative town meetings

Most read bills of the week:

HB2 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

HB3952 - An Act to further define standards of employee safety

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

HB1142 - An Act relative to the practice of athletic training

HB4110 - An Act establishing a paid family and medical leave insurance program

HB1109 - An Act relative to vacant and abandoned property in the Commonwealth

SB1263 - An Act relative to the practice of athletic training

HB335 - An Act relative to early-onset Alzheimer's Disease

HB4075 - An Act to promote housing choices

House Actions This Week: 379

Senate Actions This Week: 195

Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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