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9:00am Cannabis Control Commission Public Hearing, Public Hearing Room, Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis

9:00am Greater Boston Legal Services Client/Staff Lobby Event, Great Hall, State House

10:00am Cannabis Control Commission Public Hearing, William B. Allen Community Room, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield

10:00am Department of Unemployment Assistance Public Hearing, Minahan Hall, Charles F. Hurley Building, 19 Staniford Street, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY19 Budget Hearing - ANF, Exec. Office of Technology, Secretary, Treasurer, Attorney General & Auditor

10:30am Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

11:00am Go Red for Women, Grand Staircase, State House

11:00am Special Senate Committee on Net Neutrality and Consumer Protection, Oversight Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Informational Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, Public Hearing and Executive Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Executive Session

2:00pm Cannabis Control Commission Public Hearing, Rooms 231-232, UMass School of Law, 333 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth

6:00pm Meet & Greet with Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford & Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Massie, GSM Labor Council, 556 Pleasant Street, New Bedford

7:00pm Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Public Hearing, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough

State Primary for Special Election for Sen. Thomas McGee's seat

Birthdays: Rep. Joseph McKenna

Must-Reads

Baker: "No way" Rosenberg should regain presidency if charges are true » State House News Service New allegations of a breach in the supposed "firewall" between Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and his husband while the Amherst Democrat was leading that chamber prompted one Democratic candidate for governor…

Rosenberg should not return as president, Setti Warren says » State House News Service A second Democrat running for governor said Monday that Sen. Stanley Rosenberg should not be allowed to return to the president's office after a report about his husband's alleged access to official e…

Ayanna Pressley challenges the status quo » Boston Globe Ayanna Pressley can't beat Michael Capuano. Dare I say it? Just like the Philadelphia Eagles could never beat the New England Patriots.…

President Trump Has Convinced His Voters He's Being Persecuted By The FBI » The Huffington Post President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans' sweeping attacks on the nation's premier law enforcement agency appear to be working: Nearly three-quarters of Trump voters ? 74 percent ? say the FB…

Trump suggests that the black lawmakers who didn't applaud his SOTU speech were treasonous » The Washington Post During his first State of the Union address last week, President Trump bragged that the lowest black unemployment rate in history has happened under his presidency. …

Legislators target high cable TV bills » Cape Cod Times A group of Cape and Islands legislators wants constituents to save money on their monthly cable or satellite TV bills and will outline how it can be done.…

Rosenberg Ally Sees Weight In 'Circumstantial' Evidence » WBUR The chief sponsor of a budget amendment at the heart of new allegations of Senate meddling against the husband of Sen. Stanley Rosenberg says it would have been "silly" for Bryon Hefner to try to lobb…

"If those allegations are true a and at this point they're allegations a then I don't see any way he can remain Senate president,"

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the allegations that Stan Rosenberg's husband had access to his e-mails while serving as Senate President.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Kennedy Could Be the Democrats' Best Hope (But May Not Want to Be) » Politico Rep. Joe Kennedy says he's willing to consider running in 2020—if Oprah Winfrey asks him to be his running mate.…

Business

After biggest drop ever, what's happening with stock market? » Boston Globe US stocks tumbled on Monday, a third straight day of losses that saw the Dow Jones industrial average post its biggest percentage decline since August 2011, including a stomach-churning downdraft that…

State, museum try to settle dispute over Rockwell paintings » Boston Herald Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office appears to be working with the Berkshire Museum to settle the question of whether the institution can sell dozens of artworks, including two Norman…

Milford-area lawmakers working to help shuttered bottling plant workers » Worcester Business Journal If efforts to prevent the closure of a beer bottle plant and the loss of 250 jobs are not successful, Milford's legislative delegation on Beacon Hill is working to help those workers with relocation a…

State retail task force's listening tour swings through region » Gazette Net Saying a state sales tax exemption for online sales is crippling their businesses, shop owners from throughout the Valley urged a new retail task force Monday to tax every sale in the Bay State equall…

Senate task force discusses support for local businesses » WWLP 22 News Local store owners had the opportunity to have their voices heard by legislators Monday.…

Civil Rights

Money flows to supporters of accommodations law » Gloucester Times Advocates hoping to overturn a law that bans discrimination against transgender individuals in public bathrooms are far behind the law's supporters in fundraising, as the sides prepare to battle for p…

Education

Districts with students displaced by hurricane would receive funding through bill » Wicked Local Norwood Over the last two months, hundreds of children from Puerto Rico have enrolled in Massachusetts schools as their families fled the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria.…

Organization Behind Charter Push In Mass. Will Close Amid Scandal » WBUR Families for Excellent Schools, the nonprofit that contributed almost $20 million to the 2016 campaign to raise the cap on the number of charter schools allowed to operate in Massachusetts, plans to c…

Everett school workers face layoffs unless $9m shortfall is covered » Boston Globe Public school officials here say they will lay off 110 teachers and staff members next week unless officials can cover a $9 million budget shortfall, the system's superintendent said Monday.…

Bill would improve schools' clean water access » Wicked Local Maynard The Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on Education gave a favorable report to S.251, “An Act relative to water bottle filling stations in schools,” which would promote healthy hy…

Boston mayor: State aid levels contributing to 'crisis' » Worcester Telegram

Bentley names former Michigan business school dean as next president » Boston Business Journal

Baker-Polito Administration Award Preliminary Designation to Framingham State, Mass Bay as Early College Program » Framingham Source

Environment

Millbury, Fitchburg companies get recycling grants » Worcester Telegram Two Central Massachusetts companies are among six that received a portion of $1 million in grants awarded through the state's Recycling Business Development Grant program.…

Opponents, supporters react to Trump's offshore drilling plan » Cape Cod Times Environmentalists, fishermen, and state governments are signaling their opposition to the Trump administration's proposed plan to reopen the ocean off Cape Cod and New England to oil and gas explorati…

3 photos that told the story of the Blizzard of '78 » Boston Globe For the 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978, a ferocious storm that caused widespread damage and killed 99 people in New England — including 73 in Massachusetts — the Globe sorted t…

Federal

Boston FBI chief urged agents to stay focused after Comey firing » Boston Globe The head of the Boston FBI office asked his agents to “stay focused” during these “surprising and tumultuous times” after learning that President Trump had fired FBI director J…

Health Care

AG's Office Recovers More Than $45M for MassHealth in 2017 » Banker & Tradesman Attorney General Maura Healey's Medicaid Fraud Division recovered more than $45 million for the state's Medicaid program in 2017.…

Warren demands bipartisan solution as health center crisis looms » Dorchester Reporter Community health centers are edging ever closer to a “funding cliff” that would severely limit their ability to provide critical local care services, and US Sen. Elizabeth Warren this week…

Housing

Homeowners come forward about crumbling foundations - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM » Western Mass News Western Mass News has uncovered information about crumbling foundations reported in Hampden County.…

Statewide efforts target affordable housing shortage » Worcester Telegram With various communities failing to meet the state's affordable housing requirements, lawmakers on Beacon Hill are working with local officials to address what Gov. Charles D. Baker Jr. called a housi…

Council backs tenant 'right of refusal' bill, so long as Cambridge gets to alter it to fit » Cambridge Day

Immigration

Mass. delegation to 'Dreamers': GOP controls your fate » Boston Globe The message to immigrants brought to the country illegally as children from members of the state's all-Democratic congressional delegation: We're with you. We will continue to advocate for you. But Re…

Labor

After flirting with outsourcing, MBTA and mechanics reach deal » State House News Service After months of butting heads, the MBTA and the union that represents its bus mechanics have come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, one that T officials say will save the system more …

Massachusetts Attorney General Fights For Rule To Let Workers Keep Their Tips » Framingham Source Joining a coalition of 17 attorneys general, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today, Feb. 5, expressed her opposition to the Trump Administration's proposal to rescind a rule that allows em…

Business 2018: Minimum wage rise, paid leave likely to move forward » Gazette Net Legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and establish paid family and medical leave for Massachusetts workers is very likely to move forward one way or another, both opponents and support…

Legislative

Ways and Means Chair Karen Spilka says Sen. Stan Rosenberg investigation should continue » The Republican With a fresh report again raising questions about the strength of a "firewall" former Senate President Stan Rosenberg allegedly set up between Senate business and his husband Bryon Hefner, one of Rose…

Some Democrats say it's time to pick a new state senate leader » Boston Herald Frustrated Democrats said it's time for the beleaguered state Senate to “move on” from former President Stanley C. Rosenberg and pick a permanent leader, escalating the pressure on Rosenbe…

Rosenberg on the ropes » Sentinel & Enterprise Calls for former state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to step away from the presidency permanently grew Monday in the wake of a report that his estranged husband -- who is accused of sexually assa…

Massachusetts state senators hoping to replace Stan Rosenberg call allegations about his husband's access to emails troubling » The Republican Two of the state senators hoping to replace Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, as Senate president called allegations that Rosenberg's husband accessed his Senate email troubling. …

Massachusetts Senate President Harriette Chandler 'appalled' by Stan Rosenberg email allegations » MassLive Senate President Harriette Chandler said Monday she is "deeply concerned" about allegations that former Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband accessed his Senate email. …

State Sen. Rosenberg facing new round of accusations » Worcester Telegram New allegations of a breach in the supposed “firewall” between Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and his husband while the Amherst Democrat was leading that chamber prompted one Democratic candidate …

Asked about Rosenberg-Hefner email allegations, top Senate budget chief says let investigation play out » MassLive The investigation into Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, should be allowed to play out, one of his top deputies said Monday. …

Baker: “No way” Rosenberg should regain presidency if charges are true » The Greenfield Recorder New allegations of a breach in the supposed “firewall” between Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and his husband while the Amherst Democrat was leading that chamber prompted one Democratic candidate …

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey says if email allegations are true, Stan Rosenberg should not return as Senate president » The Republican

Concerns grow over Rosenberg probe's impact on legislating » State House News Service

Dorchester rep joins race for open Senate seat » State House News Service

Local Government

Governor's initial budget raises concerns for Weymouth officials » Patriot Ledger As expenses continue to rise, Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed state budget for fiscal year 2019 would provide the town with almost $100,000 less in state aid and reimbursements than it is receiving fisc…

Marijuana

At Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission hearing in Holyoke, chairman asserts on retail marijuana, 'We are going to do this right' » The Republican Massachusetts remains on schedule to offer legal recreational marijuana stores on July 1, the head of the state's Cannabis Control Commission said Monday.…

Medical dispensaries argue against wide expansion of ways to get pot » Boston Globe With just weeks to go before a crucial deadline, Massachusetts cannabis regulators are facing pressure to scale back their vision of an expansive marijuana industry…

Opinion

One nation, divided by lies » Boston Globe Despite its transformational benefits, many of us worry that the Internet has become a societal sorcerer's apprentice, corroding our communal sense of truth and estranging Americans from each other. A…

EDITORIAL: AG plan will help with abandoned properties » Lowell Sun They're the bane of Gateway Cities -- abandoned properties, which weigh on the tax base and perpetuate a blight in neighborhoods that discourages homeownership. Holding these absentee landlords liable…

Battenfeld: Another politician tripped up by email headache » Boston Herald Former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg is the latest pol to be done in by email, and it may cost him his job.…

Race, not abortion, was the founding issue of the religious right » Boston Globe In 1971, two years before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, the biggest white evangelical group in America, the Southern Baptist Convention, supported its legalization…

Politics

Carvalho has pulled papers to run for state Senate seat » Boston Globe State Representative Evandro Carvalho has pulled papers to compete in the special election for First Suffolk Senate district, which became vacant when former state senator Linda Dorcena Forry abruptly…

With One Candidate, Special State Primary Tuesday Lacks Suspense » Salem Patch Lynnfield has a Special State Primary Tuesday but if you're a fan of politics and enjoy a competitive race, you're in for a quiet day.…

Democratic challengers file to run against Sens. Welch, Lewis » Wicked Local Winchester Democrats in Melrose and Springfield are mounting primary bids against current state senators. Melrose Democratic City Committee Chairwoman Samantha Hammar opened a campaign account for a challenge to…

Public Safety

Worcester police to combat gang crime and youth violence with $490,000 grant » The Republican The Worcester Police Department will be able to strengthen its youth violence prevention programs with the help of a $490,000 grant announced Monday night.…

POV: Solitary Confinement Offends Basic Humanity » BU Today Recent media attention has highlighted the widespread use and detrimental effects of long-term solitary confinement in the United States. Often referred to as isolation or segregation, it's a form of …

State Finance

Mass. Legislators Propose More Money For Child Welfare Lawyers » New England Public Radio There's a shortage of attorneys willing to take child welfare cases in western Massachusetts, and state legislators are trying to address the issue. Last fall, the state's top judge said too many cas…

Massachusetts budget writer expects $65 million windfall from federal tax overhaul » The Republican The Massachusetts state budget will get a one-time windfall of $65 million due to federal tax reform, Secretary of Administration and Finance Secretary Mike Heffernan said Tuesday.…

Layoffs almost hit watchdog commission for Massachusetts alcohol industry, state treasurer says » The Republican

State Government

Trump administration accused of 'sabotage' in census process by Mass. official » WCVB

Taxation

Rental, excise taxes are split in revised measure » Wicked Local Yarmouth Legislation to establish a Cape Cod Wastewater Protection Trust fund and to allow towns to tax Airbnb-style rentals remains a moving target.…

Justices weigh bid to derail income surtax ballot proposal » State House News Service

Transportation

MBTA driver is fired for using cellphone at time of Mattapan trolley crash » Boston Globe The MBTA driver who crashed his trolley into another train on the Mattapan Line late last year, injuring 17 riders, was using his cellphone during the collision and had brought a gun on board, accordi…

Utilities

Charter says West Stockbridge broadband buildout near; other towns face delays » Berkshire Eagle When Gov. Charlie Baker rolled into the Berkshires last spring for a victory lap, he found business owners in West Stockbridge happy to help him celebrate the arrival of high-speed internet. …

AG Healey Calling For DOER To Be More Transparent About Northern Pass » WBUR

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Democrat running for governor calls on Rosenberg to resign from Senate » Boston Globe

Have you visited a black-owned restaurant this month? » Boston Globe

BAKER: "NO WAY" ROSENBERG SHOULD REGAIN PRESIDENCY IF CHARGES ARE TRUE » State House News Service

Mayor Walsh Wonders How Long Senate Can Go Without Permanent President » WBUR

Stan Rosenberg Faces Murky Political Future after Hefner Email Reveal » Boston Magazine

Baker: Rosenberg can't return as Senate prez if new allegations are true » Boston Herald

Salem Hospital neurosurgeon named to Board of Registration in Medicine » The Salem News

Stan Rosenberg 'certainly shouldn't be Senate president' if email allegations are true, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican

Business 2018: Valley's economy is riding high, experts more optimistic than they've been in years » Gazette Net

MBTA makes peace with bus mechanics union today » Boston Globe

Candidates jockey for support at Hyde Park caucus » Bay State Banner

Neighbors of Bradford train station seek state help after homes fill with fumes » The Eagle Tribune

Walsh: State aid levels contributing to "crisis here in the city" » State House News Service

'I did not allow Bryon Hefner to influence my actions and decisions,' Stan Rosenberg says after email allegations » The Republican

Partners Healthcare says data breach exposed patient information » Boston Business Journal

Charlie Speaks: Rosenberg's Senate Status Hangs in the Balance » New Boston Post

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