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9:00am DMH Southeast Area Citizens Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall, State House

9:00am Brain Injury Association of Mass. Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

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12:00pm State Library February Author Talk: Rosalyn D. Elder, State Library, State House

1:00pm Cannabis Control Commission Public Hearing, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, Boston

Must-Reads

Harriette Chandler to remain Senate president this year » Boston Globe Senate Democrats decided Wednesday to keep Senator Harriette L. Chandler as their leader for the rest of the year, closing off the possibility that former Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg could r…

Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt becomes chairman of athenahealth » Boston Globe The former chief executive who relocated GE to Boston is now chairman of athenahealth Inc., the Watertown-based developer of health care records software. …

Senate 2018: Republicans Still Have Plenty of Targets » Sabato's Crystal Ball Republicans have better than 50-50 odds to hold control of the U.S. Senate even in the event of a Democratic wave in November. …

Linda Dorcena Forry Promises To Carry Advocacy Work Into Private Sector » WGBH News Linda Dorcena Forry both broke and set precedents when she narrowly won her election to represent the First Suffolk District in the Senate in 2013. White Irish men from the political enclaves of South…

GOP Senate Candidate Kingston Mocks Warren's 'Nevertheless She Persisted' Anniversary » New Boston Post Businessman John Kingston, one of three Republicans angling for the party nod to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren in November, recognized on Wednesday the one-year anniversary of the…

Senators plan to release energy bill on Monday » State House News Service Senators will release an omnibus energy bill on Monday, adding another significant piece of legislation to the hopper as the Legislature tries to deal with the state budget, health care, housing and c…

At Start Of Budget Season In Boston And Beyond, A Tug-Of-War Over State Education Aid » WBUR Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang has unveiled a $1.1 billion budget for the next fiscal year, marking a $48 million increase over last year's budget and another record high.…

Mass. colleges got millions from family behind OxyContin maker » Boston Business Journal The gifts to Harvard and other schools mostly occurred before the drug hit the market, but are facing fresh scrutiny as the opioid crisis rages on.…

“Senator Warren is certainly persistent,” Kingston said in his prepared statement. “Warren persists in focusing on her presidential ambitions rather than fighting every day to represent hard-working Massachusetts families.”

Businessman and Senate hopeful John Kingston

Speaking about Elizabeth Warren in his quest to unseat her.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Senate budget deal would add hundreds of billions in federal spending » Boston Globe Senate leaders, disregarding President Trump's threats to shut down the government, struck a far-reaching agreement on Wednesday that would add hundreds of billions of dollars to military and domestic…

Sen. Warren neutral – for the moment – on Capuano v. Pressley » Dorchester Reporter The Democratic Party may stand to gain from an infusion of young up-and-coming political hopefuls, but US Sen. Elizabeth Warren is not picking a side just yet in the race for Massachusetts's 7th Congr…

Watch: Elizabeth Warren slams Attorney General Jeff Sessions' record 1 year after being silenced on Senate floor » Mass Live U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, spoke out Wednesday against Attorney General Jeff Sessions' record on civil rights, criminal justice and immigration -- a speech that came exactly one year…

Business

AG and Berkshire Museum collaborating for resolution » Berkshire Record With her office's investigation due out on Feb. 4, in a surprise move, Attorney General Maura Healey and the Berkshire Museum released a joint status report indicating that the two will be working tog…

Foundations call on developers to build the next Boston Landing » Boston Business Journal A new report funded by the Boston and Barr foundations puts a premium on improving the MBTA's existing footprint, rather than expanding it.…

Approvals expected for first phase of Suffolk Downs redevelopment » Boston Globe The start of development at Suffolk Downs — perhaps including an Amazon headquarters campus at the East Boston site — is set to easily win city and state approvals this week.…

Athenahealth taps former GE CEO Jeff Immelt as chairman » Boston Business Journal Athenahealth has been looking for a new chairman since last August, a few month after activist investor Elliott Management started pushing for changes at the top of the company.…

Suffolk Downs, potential Amazon HQ2 site, races toward city approval » Boston Business Journal The proposed first phase of development at Suffolk Downs — a potential site for Amazon's second headquarters— has progressed through design review and is now headed to approval by the Bo…

Eight groups vie for prime space in the Seaport » Boston Herald Eight groups are vying for 13,166 square feet of cut-rate civic/cultural space in a prime Seaport District building on the South Boston waterfront.…

Information on suicide prevention arrives with checks for Agri-Mark's dairy farmers; milk prices expected to keep dropping » Mass Live For dairy farmer Will Rogers, it was just too much to take in one envelope. His most recent milk check from farmer-owned cooperative Agri-Mark was paltry, paying only about $17 per 100 pounds of milk …

MassMutual to add 1,500 jobs in Springfield, build new Boston campus in $300M investment in Massachusetts » Mass Live

Peace, love and profits: Local firms go all in on socially conscious investing » Boston Business Journal

Gov. Baker talks of legislation tailored for Amazon » Worcester Telegram

MassMutual plans $240M Boston office building with room for 1,000 workers » Boston Business Journal

Attracting tech giant could require Amazon bill, Baker says » State House News Service

Springfield's mayor reacts to MassMutual's expansion plans » Western Mass News

Civil Rights

New exhibit documents the long road to justice for African-Americans in Boston » Boston Globe He had grown up in the segregated South, where black kids like him had to search for a toilet or a water fountain deemed suitable for their use, where the n-word was a common and cutting epithet hurle…

News Briefs: Legislature to consider 'An Act to Strengthen Civil Rights'; Lenox Dems to caucus » the Berkshire edge

Education

Boston public schools agree to recognize sickle cell disease as disability » Boston Globe The Boston school system has agreed to recognize sickle cell disease — which affects millions of Americans and is more common among blacks and Latinos — as a disability that interferes w…

Boston public schools ask for modest increase in spending » Boston Globe Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang is proposing only a slight increase in school spending for next year, pushing overall spending to $1.1 billion and allowing for the expansion of a few initiatives, su…

Charlie Epstein Appointed to HCC Board of Trustees » Business West Charlie Epstein, an investment adviser and author who specializes in retirement consulting, has been appointed to the Holyoke Community College board of trustees by Gov. Charlie Baker. He was sworn in…

Freetown-Lakeville School Committee presents revised budget » South Coast Today

Environment

Agriculture Summit Sunday at Mohawk » The Recorder Farmers, small-batch food growers, foresters and town leaders are invited to a free Agriculture Summit on Sunday at the Mohawk Trail Regional School. The summit will present news on the latest state a…

Mass Green Summit highlights progress, challenges facing environmental activists » The Huntington News Environmental activists from around New England met at Emerson College Saturday to discuss issues facing environmental justice.…

Dog leash regs for MassWildlife land spark debate » Worcester Telegram “Lake Chauncy is a little bit of heaven, a place for happy dogs and happy people.” “It all comes down to common sense and courtesy, for sportsmen and dog owners.” These were am…

Dunkin' Donuts Is Finally Ditching Foam Cups » Boston Magazine Bad news for fans non-biodegradable litter and those who support the indefensible double cup: Dunkin' Donuts plans to ditch foam cups for good by 2020.…

Federal

ATF agent's case highlights treatment of women within the agency » Boston Globe Special Agent SherryAnn Quindley said she laughed when her new ATF boss told her, “I'm going to break you.”…

Gaming

Despite Wynn's ouster, state gaming panel's probe will go on » Boston Globe The resignation of chief executive Steve Wynn may mark a substantial step toward getting Wynn Resorts out of the crosshairs of Massachusetts regulators, but the casino giant remains under a cloud of s…

Wynn resigns, company plans to go ahead with Everett casino » Taunton Gazette Steve Wynn, the public face of the company building a $2.4 billion resort casino in Everett, has resigned less than two weeks after the Wall Street Journal detailed charges of “a decades-long pa…

State gaming regulator: Wynn suitability review 'aggressively' continues » Milford Daily News Steve Wynn's resignation as chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts raises new questions for investigators revisiting whether the company is suitable to build a casino in Everett, the Massachusetts Gaming Co…

Rape crisis center says Wynn Boston Harbor shouldn't keep casino mogul's name » Mass Live

Housing

Puerto Rican evacuees in Massachusetts risk losing housing benefits » The Republican More than 500 Puerto Rican evacuee families are at risk of losing their housing in Massachusetts hotels, if the federal government does not extend their benefits this month.…

Selectmen Make Commitment To 'Attainable' Housing » The Cape Cod Chronicle Most weekday mornings, traffic traveling east on Route 6 comes to a standstill in Dennis, where the highway narrows into a single lane. Many of the vehicles are heading here, where the occupants work …

Judiciary

Yahoo asks Supreme Court to overturn Mass. court ruling on estate rights to dead's emails » Boston Herald Yahoo is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to definitively declare what happens to our emails when we die and overturn a Massachusetts high court decision finding that federal law doesn't bar disclosing t…

Labor

Massachusetts lost more than 20% of its solar jobs last year » Boston Globe Massachusetts remains ranked No. 2 in the country for solar jobs, but its heft is slipping significantly. The state lost 21 percent of its jobs in the solar industry last year, with the number droppin…

JetBlue contract workers at Logan Airport go on picket line » Boston Globe Undeterred by snowfall that turned into a cold drizzle, airport workers picketed outside the JetBlue terminal at Logan Airport late Wednesday afternoon, vowing to persist in their effort to join a uni…

Legislative

Tarr, others eyeing bids for Senate presidency » The Salem News With several lawmakers jockeying for the Senate presidency, Democrat Harriette Chandler said Wednesday she will remain in the top post until the end of the legislative session.…

Dems: Stan Rosenberg will not return to Senate presidency this year » Boston Herald Senate Democrats today agreed to keep acting Senate President Harriette Chandler in the top post through the end of the year, ensuring embattled ex-president Stan Rosenberg will not return to power fo…

Chandler remains in top Senate post Tarr, others make clear their interest in presidency » Gloucester Times With several lawmakers jockeying for the Senate presidency, Democrat Harriette Chandler said Wednesday she will remain in the top post until the end of the legislative session.…

Senate Ethics Committee continues Stan Rosenberg investigation; no time frame set » Mass Live There is no set time frame for the investigation into former Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, although the investigation remains active, according to participants.…

Acting Senate President Chandler wants to remain in post » Lowell Sun As Senate Democrats headed into a private caucus Wednesday morning, Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler has spoken to members of her leadership team about taking a vote to affirm her position a…

Massachusetts Senate Democrats meet behind closed doors as leadership in turmoil » Mass Live Massachusetts Senate Democrats are meeting behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss what Senate leadership will look like going forward.…

Bombshell report, political maneuvering shake up race for Massachusetts Senate presidency » Mass Live On Nov. 30, the Boston Globe reported allegations of sexual assault against Bryon Hefner, the husband of former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg. …

Senate keeps Chandler in top post through 2018 » Eagle Tribune With several lawmakers jockeying for the Senate presidency, Democrat Harriette Chandler said Wednesday she will remain in the top post until the end of the legislative session.…

Healey Says Hefner Criminal Probe 'Ongoing' » WBUR While some senators are urging patience with regard to a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and the activities of his husband Bryon Hefner, there's another ongoing crimi…

Stan Rosenberg dodges questions about scandal » Boston Herald

Chandler remains in top Senate post » Newburyport News

Massachusetts Senate: Chandler in charge for 2018 » Berkshire Eagle

Rosenberg: "I'm here to vote for Senator Chandler" » State House News Service

Local Government

$100K restored for Andover's Historic Mill District » Andover Townsman The town of Andover will recieve $200,000 in state funding, thanks to a reversal in budget cuts. …

Hudson officials ask state money to be released for rotary project » The Metro West Daily News Town officials are asking the Baker administration to release $500,000 awarded to Hudson as part of his 2016 Economic Development Bond bill to revamp the downtown rotary.…

Koch, citing abortion, is no longer a Democrat » Patriot Ledger It was a long time coming, but Tom Perez gave Tom Koch the final push out of the Democratic Party. Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, caused a stir across the country last spring when …

Overlay district would encourage preservation of farms through agritourism » Harvard Press At Annual Town Meeting in May, voters will be asked to create an agritourism overlay district, allowing agriculture-related entertainment activities on select plots.…

City councilor says 'SMILF' degrades South Boston women, wants ads removed » Boston Globe City Councilor Ed Flynn has called for the removal of posters around Boston promoting the show “SMILF,” a Golden Globe-nominated series, recently filmed in the city, that tells the fiction…

North Attleboro gets $115K from sale of Hernandez home » The Sun Chronicle The town has received just over $115,000 in backtaxes after the sale of Aaron Hernandez's Westwood Estates home went through last month.…

Framingham considers changing 'derogatory' street names » The Metro West Daily News Wrestling with the region's bloody past, city officials are seeking opinions from the public about whether Framingham should change two street names that could be deemed offensive to Native Americans.…

Marijuana

'Artisanal' marijuana shop proposing to mix weed with chocolate in Holyoke » Mass Live Master chocolatiers, local farmers and a host-city agreement were elements of a retail marijuana plan discussed at City Hall Tuesday.…

CCC should narrow focus to retail market, Baker admin says » State House News Service Draft regulations to govern the sale of marijuana fail to resolve some "thorny" issues about marijuana cafes and pot sales at cinemas, the Baker administration advised the Cannabis Control Commission.…

Massachusetts retail marijuana shops need to be in place in July, pot cafes not so much, Gov. Charlie Baker says » Mass Live Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the Cannabis Control Commission, the new state agency in charge of getting retail marijuana shops, should be taking "incremental" steps as it sets up the industry…

Baker's comment on Cannabis Control Commission triggers backlash » Salem News

City Council turns down proposed ordinance on marijuana » The Reminder

Opinion

The muck and mud in Washington — how voters see it » Boston Globe 'I hated almost everything about Donald Trump during election season,” said John from Nevada. “There was only one exception, and that was his slogan about draining the swamp. I thought tha…

Why is it that the 'inside male' is always the most qualified? » Boston Globe Massachusetts has long been accused of being parochial. While such parochialism energizes us when we're all rooting for the Patriots, it's damaging when it breeds a lack of diversity in key leadershi…

It matters who the DA is » Boston Globe Maybe district attorneys in Massachusetts are utterly unassailable. Year after year, they cruise to reelection without even a hint of an opponent: A whopping eight of the state's 11 top prosecutors f…

Editorial: Senate gets new start » Boston Herald So Harriette Chandler gets the “acting” removed from her title as Senate president, her predecessor gets to remain in his State House basement office and the Senate can once again focus on…

Politics

Crighton cruises through senate primary » Wicked Local Marblehead In the special election primary Tuesday, state Rep. Brendan Crighton, D-Lynn, easily clinched the Democratic spot on a forthcoming ballot for the March 6 special election - in which 3rd Essex Senatori…

Crighton Wins, But You Probably Already Knew That » Lynnfield Patch Brendan Crighton won the Democratic primary for the Third Essex Senatorial seat Tuesday and if you're a Lynnfield resident who didn't vote, you're not alone.…

Gaming Commission's Wynn probe should be expanded to include 2014 campaign donations, Democrats running for governor say » Mass Live The three Democrats looking to battle Republican Gov. Charlie Baker later this year are calling on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to expand its investigation of Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts to inc…

Republican Marie Angelides challenging Hampden Register of Deeds Donald Ashe » Mass Live Longmeadow Republican Marie Angelides has pulled papers to run for Hampden County Register of Deeds, challenging Democratic incumbent Register of Deeds Donald Ashe.…

Tito Jackson has announced his next move » Boston Globe Since Tito Jackson ran for mayor last year, speculation has run wild in Boston's political circles about what the former city councilor would do next.…

Northeastern professor on Trump: 'I wouldn't mind seeing him dead' » Boston.com Northeastern University is distancing itself from comments made by a prominent economics professor who recently said he wouldn't mind seeing President Trump dead.…

Dracut Rep. Garry draws possibly primary challenge » State House News Service Dracut School Committee member Sabrina Heisey is weighing a primary challenge to long-time state Rep. Colleen Garry, one of the more conservative Democrats in the House.…

Lakeville Rep. Orrall considering run for state treasurer » State House News Service

The group behind Question 2 (yes, from 2016) has been shuttered » Boston Globe

Public Health

Bill Would Allow Doctors To Involuntarily Commit Patients To Treatment Center » CBS Boston As the opioid crisis continues to grip the nation, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has introduced a controversial proposal.…

Arlington's Senator Friedman Raises Awareness For Women » Salem Patch

Public Safety

Curbing youth, gang violence » Eagle Tribune Three Merrimack Valley cities have received a combined $344,700 in state funding to help curb youth gang violence.…

Former State Police Col. Richard McKeon says federal lawsuits in Alli Bibaud case contain 'scurrilous allegations' » Mass Live Former State Police Col. Richard McKeon, who retired after he issued orders to have troopers redact the arrest reports of a judge's daughter, said the federal lawsuits filed against him by the trooper…

State Government

After backlash, panel seeks to collect data on all ethnic groups, not just Asian-Americans » Boston Globe Lawmakers have scrapped a bill that would have categorized Asian-Americans by ethnicity in state data and, instead, created new legislation that would look into acquiring demographic information on al…

Data disaggregation moves forward, major step toward equity by improving statewide data collection » Sampan Following a long hearing last Tuesday, the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight has voted to move House Bill 3361 forward by establishing an inclusive commission tasked wit…

Gov. Charlie Baker Addresses Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Breakfast » NBC Boston Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is addressing the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday morning.…

Unfilled Jobs Take Toll on Governments Across the Country » Governing When vacancies are high, there are consequences -- and many places are feeling them. …

Taxation

State lawmakers urge caution as tax collections surge » Worcester Telegram Stung in each of the last two fiscal years by overestimated tax collections that forced major eleventh-hour spending adjustments, state budget writers sounded a cautious tone Tuesday as they kicked of…

Transportation

The MBTA wants digital billboards outside some stations. Not everyone is OK with it » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's quest to embrace the digital age is bumping up against the defenders of Boston's historical appeal.…

Longfellow Bridge will reopen in May, Governor Baker says » Boston Globe

The Longfellow Bridge Will Reopen in May » Boston Magazine

South Coast Rail filing offers new details on Fall River stop, ridership numbers » The Herald News

Utilities

DPU looks to make utilities share savings from tax lax » Lowell Sun The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities is moving to ensure the federal Tax and Jobs Act that lowered the corporate tax rate will benefit those who pay electric, gas and water rates statewide…

Expand access to natural gas supplies, new coalition says » State House News Service The drumbeat for more renewable energy in Massachusetts is now being countered by a loud call for the state to ensure a reliable supply of power, in part by increasing access to natural gas supplies.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Sharp elbows in fight to replace Rosenberg » Commonwealth Magazine

Acting Senate President Chandler wants to remain in post » Sentinel & Enterprise

The Metro Areas With the Most Job Growth in 2017 » Governing

Viewpoint: Connecticut example argues against millionaires' tax » Boston Business Journal

Rep on track to join turbulent Senate next month » The Salem News

Middleboro rail service to Boston may start in 2022 » The Enterprise

SJC asks public for help identifying mystery portrait of judge who served nearly 200 years ago » Boston Globe

Gaming Commission's Wynn probe should be expanded to include 2014 campaign donations, Democrats running for governor say » The Republican

SJC hears arguments for and against 'millionaire tax' » Boston Herald

Rent Hike Prompts AG to Request Bigger Budget » Banker & Tradesman

Massachusetts laws do not require tracking or testing of rape kits; This advocacy group wants to change that in 2018 » The Republican

As A Pressure Group Folds, Mass. Charter Advocates Survey The Damage » WBUR

Chandler to remain Senate president, ending possibility of Rosenberg return this year » Boston Globe

Lunenburg board opposes Baker's housing bill » Sentinel & Enterprise

Letter to the Editor: Businesses benefitting from PILOTs should consider other forms of support » The Herald News

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