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Must-Reads

Hospitals are fighting back against the generic drug market. Here's why. » Boston Globe The longtime chief of pharmacy for Trinity Health, a Catholic chain of 93 hospitals from New York to California, said he's never seen anything like it in his 30-plus years in the business. The eye-pop…

Scibak won't seek reelection in 2018 » Wicked Local Weymouth State Rep. John Scibak announced he would not run for reelection at a constituents dinner Sunday night. The South Hadley Democrat will retire after 16 years in the Statehouse. “We had a chance t…

MONTIGNY COULD BE IN RUNNING FOR SENATE PRESIDENCY » WBSM Could there be a fifth Democrat in the running for Senate president in 2019? The current Senate President Harriette Chandler seems to think so, but Assistant Majority Leader Mark Montigny, of New Bedf…

Pot commission facing big test as draft regs hit turbulence » Lowell Sun Two years later, many of the same groups that contested the ballot question to legalize marijuana are clashing again over the scope of the newly-legal industry, setting up the state's young regulatory…

Bill seeks to bar companies from citing religious exemptions » Boston Herald Lawmakers are weighing a bill aimed at preventing corporations from being able to claim religious exemptions from state anti-discrimination laws for conduct that occurs in Massachusetts.…

A Famed Fishing Port Staggers as Its 'Codfather' Goes to Jail » New York Times Carlos Rafael, whose initials are emblazoned on boats all over this port city, boasted that his fishing empire was worth even more than official records showed. His trick? When he caught fish that are…

State prosecutors blast plan to allow marijuana deliveries and cafes » Boston Herald The state's top prosecutors are blasting a plan to license door-to-door pot deliveries and allow weed cafes as the new regulations for recreational marijuana are being rolled out. The state's district…

"There have been lots of people calling and lining up votes, despite making agreements that the process would be respected. I'm not one of those. I have fielded calls from people who have certainly entertained that, and I said the same thing that I just said to you to every one of them: I care about the future of the Senate. I certainly will stand responsibly in the current position I have. I wouldn't say unequivocally that I wouldn't stand for it, but it's just not some raw ambition of mine, or I would tell you on the record and would have called every member to tell them the same,"

Senator Mark C. Montigny

Explaining his position on the future of the Senate presidency.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Accused Trump speechwriter lived on Cape Cod » Cape Cod Times A White House speechwriter who abruptly left his job Friday over allegations of marital abuse reportedly graduated from Barnstable High School and is the grandson of one of the controversial founders …

Business

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Claims » National Law Review A bill prohibiting mandatory arbitration of employment-related claims, introduced in late 2017 before the Massachusetts House of Representatives, continues to gain traction in early 2018.…

How the city plans to beat gentrification in Uphams Corner » Boston Globe A glance at Uphams Corner shows Boston's building boom hasn't made its way here — yet.…

Rising from Boston's building boom, a new kind of startup » Boston Globe Boston has been Crane City for the last five years or more: construction everywhere you look, and detour signs, too.…

Berkshire Museum will be allowed to sell Rockwell, other paintings » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will not oppose the Berkshire Museum's controversial sale of up to 40 artworks the cash-strapped institution says it must sell to remain financially solvent…

AG's legal options limited in Berkshire Museum case; art sale opponents regroup » Berkshire Eagle Back in September, the Attorney General's Office was just a few weeks into a "review" of the Berkshire Museum's proposed art sales. The office suggested privately to museum officials they might need a…

Japanese executives ponder investing in Mass. » Boston Globe They visited a giant laboratory in Cambridge shared by emerging biotech companies and walked the life sciences mecca that is Kendall Square.…

Waterfront developers prepare for a sea change » Boston Globe At a luxury condo building under construction in East Boston, the ground floor is being built with the expectation that ocean waters will pour through it.…

Education

People in Business: Charles Epstein, appointed to Holyoke Community College Board of Trustees by Gov. Charlie Baker » The Republican Charles 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.…

Lawrence Bacow: A son of immigrants, a vibrant voice for colleges » Boston Globe The next president of Harvard University is the son of an Eastern European refugee and an Auschwitz survivor.…

Lawrence Bacow, former Tufts president, will be new Harvard University president » Boston Globe Lawrence S. Bacow, the former longtime president of Tufts University and an advocate for broad access to higher education, will be the next president of Harvard University, the university trustees ann…

Attorney Nicole Bluefort appointed North Shore Community College trustee » Lynn Daily News Item Lynn and Boston attorney Nicole Bluefort has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to a five-year term on North Shore Community College's (NSCC) Board of Trustees.…

Environment

Opposition mounts to Eversource's five-year herbicide proposal » Cape Cod Times The battle over the use of herbicides under power lines on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard is once again underway. The Department of Agricultural Resources has scheduled two hearings in March on the 10…

Carbon pricing proposal moving through Legislature » Sentinel & Enterprise The bill, proposed by Sen. Michael Barrett, a Lexington Democrat and members of the Senate Global Warming and Climate Change Committee, would create a fee for fuels that contain carbon, like home heat…

Animal rights activists and hunters face off in Hyannis over coyote hunting contest » Boston Globe Hunters and gun rights activists traded jeers with animal rights advocates picketing outside a gun shop on Barnstable Road on Saturday to voice opposition to what the store is calling its “first…

Protesters take a stand on coyote hunt » Cape Cod Times About 70 protesters lined up Saturday on the sidewalk in front of Powderhorn Outfitters on Barnstable Road to make their opinions known about the store's coyote hunting contest.…

Federal

Sen. Elizabeth Warren shares vision at Franklin town hall meeting » Wicked Local Brookline Wrentham resident Larry Grant chose to get personal when he stepped up to the microphone to quiz U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren on Saturday. He described his 30-year-old son, who has spent much of his …

Trump Infrastructure Plan Wants to Stop 'Overreliance' on Federal Money » Governing The president's long-awaited infrastructure plan pushes state and local governments to spend more but offers them a smoother path to getting federal regulatory approval. …

Census Sabotage » New York Times “It is hard to exaggerate the importance of a successful decennial census for municipalities across our nation,” reads the first sentence of a letter sent to the Trump administration yeste…

'No farm bill is better than a lousy farm bill' McGovern speaks at agriculture summit » The Recorder

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern: farm bill being 'written in secret' in Washington » MassLive

Gaming

Public Hearing on Fantasy Sports Bill Likely in the Cards for Massachusetts » Casino Reports A public hearing related to the regulation and taxation of the burgeoning daily fantasy sports industry is set for a proposal in Massachusetts. Earlier this year, State Sen. Eileen Donoghue has introd…

Health Care

Talk of the Times: A doctor of hearts » Gloucester Times A man whose work has long centered on hearts across Cape Ann will be honored at the second annual Hearts for Health Women's Valentine's luncheon Wednesday at The Gloucester House restaurant.…

Use of placebos on children in study draws researcher's ire » Boston Globe Doctors at Boston Children's Hospital and in four other US cities are facing criticism over the ethics of a study exploring whether vitamin D prevents dangerous asthma attacks in children, because onl…

Hospitals are fighting back against the generic drug market. Here's why. » Boston Globe In recent years, Robert Ripley has watched rising drug prices menace his budget like a fast-rising flood.…

Human Services

For first time in a decade child assault cases were down in Bristol County » The Herald News The Children's Advocacy Center of Bristol County, an organization that tackles the trauma of child abuse, saw for the first time a modest decline in the number of children served.…

Judiciary

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: A young voice heard at Sullivan's confirmation » Sentinel & Enterprise When Easton attorney Susan Sullivan was unanimously confirmed Wednesday to a Superior Court judgeship by the Governor's Council, a new voice joined in on the council's votes -- Seventh District Counci…

Labor

Fierce competition for foreign workers could alter Cape and Islands tourist season » Boston Globe There's not a lot happening on the Cape and Islands in early April, with relatively few tourists interested in venturing out on raw, rainy days.…

Legislative

Chabot: Stanley Rosenberg opens door » Boston Herald The state Senate's small, beleaguered bloc of seven GOP senators could finally have some sway in the chamber as they are courted in the increasingly crowded race to replace former Senate President Sta…

Senate Moves Aim to Return Stability to Roiled Chamber » Cape Cod Online Another week of drama in the Massachusetts Senate has provided answers about the short-term leadership of the chamber but leaves unanswered questions about its future.…

At Issue: Lawmakers' Exemption From State's Records Law » US News and World Report Commission to study whether Legislature should be subject to Massachusetts' open records law. …

State Sen. Eric Lesser says potential senate presidency would focus on the future, looking at things differently (video) » MassLive Although State Sen. Eric Lesser, has yet to officially announce a bid to lead the Massachusetts Senate, the Longmeadow Democrat said this week that he would make focusing on the future a top priority …

Longtime Rep. John Scibak not running for re-election » WWLP 22 Longtime State Rep. John Scibak announced Sunday that he would not be seeking re-election in November.…

Local Government

Dukes County jail in line to get $1.7 million » Martha's Vineyard Times The Dukes County jail could soon have an infusion of $1.7 million in cash as part of a capital bond bill that passed the Senate, according to a press release issued Sen. Julian Cyr's office.…

School funds again in the spotlight in Leominster » Sentinel & Enterprise Interim Superintendent Paula Deacon doesn't doubt the next few months of budget discussions will be challenging for the school department, but she's optimistic that school officials and community memb…

Cost of same-day registration concerns local clerks » Salem News Some city and town clerks on the North Shore are worried about money if same-day voter registration becomes reality in Massachusetts.…

Marty Wash spent $18,000 on copies of Joe Biden's book to give away at mayoral inauguration » Boston Herald Sales of former Vice President Joe Biden's latest book got a sizable bump in Boston last month, after Mayor Martin J. Walsh dropped more than $18,000 on 1,500 copies to give away at his inauguration.…

Council seeks steps vs. opioid makers and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse considering 'taking action' » The Republican The City Council has asked Mayor Alex B. Morse and the Law Department to consider having the city join lawsuits against opioid manufacturers.…

Marijuana

Weed lounge open to 'smoke anything' » Boston Herald A private club where members can bring and smoke their own marijuana opened its doors in Worcester Friday, prompting city officials to call on the state weed regulators to quickly close what they say …

DAs ask pot regulators to nix cannabis cafes » Cape Cod Online District Attorneys are asking state marijuana regulators to hold off on the licensing of certain types of businesses, including so-called cannabis cafes and home delivery services.…

Pot commission can't yet regulate smoking lounge » Boston Herald The new Worcester lounge where paid members can smoke marijuana is outside the purview of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission since the state agency has yet to promulgate formal regulations,…

Opinion

Not off our coast » Cape Cod Times In the early 1980s, several large energy companies, including Texaco and Shell, began drilling for oil and natural gas on Georges Bank, treasured fishing grounds off the Massachusetts coast. …

What, no women in the firmament along with 'stars' Moulton and Kennedy? » Boston Globe The article “2 rising stars split on style but share high ambitions” (Page A1, Feb. 4) sets up a false dichotomy by portraying US Representatives Joe Kennedy III and Seth Moulton as potent…

Tricia Farley-Bouvier: Time is right in state for paid family leave » Berkshire Eagle Twenty-five years ago, on Feb. 5, 1993, President Clinton signed into law the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows certain workers to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave to deal wi…

Carr: A how-to for wannabe hack judges » Boston Herald So many attorneys at law, so few billable hours. Which is why so many of the local bar are endlessly elbowing one another to get those black robes — not to mention the $172,000 salary for 35 we…

What does it take to boost Latino college completion rates? » Boston Globe IF YOU'RE A HISPANIC high school student in Massachusetts, the odds that you'll go to college, and then earn a degree, are alarmingly slim.…

You've been recontextualized! » Boston Globe MY FAVORITE NEW TERM of art is “recontextualize.” I first encountered it in a New York Times account of how the career of zanily over-promoted portrait painter Chuck Close is plunging sout…

Finally, a crack in Donald Trump's chintzy armor » Boston Globe HERE'S HOW BAD it is. When the stock market plunged last week, I was perversely pleased, willing to risk my 401(k) if it meant embarrassing Donald Trump for just one day.…

WEEI hosts peddle cheap and vile shock. It's time for a change. » Boston Globe Let's call out what WEEI is really doing: Co-hosts are paid to shock, because controversy is good for ratings.…

Millennials rising: Young people fuel renaissance (Viewpoint) » MassLive

Politics

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Roy seeks fourth term » Wicked Local Arlington Now serving his sixth year on Beacon Hill, state Rep. Jeffrey Roy will seek a fourth term this fall. There's more work ahead, without question, the Franklin Democrat, of the 10th Norfolk District, sa…

Democrats to caucus ahead of state convention » The Recorder With the Massachusetts Democratic Convention scheduled for June 1 and 2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, the Democratic committees in individual towns are preparing to hold caucuses later this month. T…

Koh gets former U.S. Sen. Feingold's endorsement » The Eagle Tribune It's seven months until the Democratic primary for the 3rd Congressional District to succeed current Rep. Niki Tsongas.…

More Questions Than Answers For Major MA Topics » Salem Patch Allegiances to due process crashed into the political reality this week that all of Stan's horse's and all of his men, and women, might never be able to put his presidency back together again.…

Ted Steinberg announces state representative bid » Wicked Local Needham Needham native Ted Steinberg announced last week that he will be challenging Denise Garlick for her seat as the state representative in the 13th Norfolk district.…

Democratic showdown in Dracut: Heisey to challenge Garry » Lowell Sun It's been a long time since veteran state Rep. Colleen Garry has faced a challenger from within her own party. Sabrina Heisey is about to change that. …

Linda Dorcena Forry leaves the Senate, and black Boston loses some political clout » Boston Globe It's safe to say that Linda Dorcena Forry is the only state senator — ever — who is best known for hosting a breakfast. …

Gifford plans to visit all 37 communities » Lowell Sun Rufus Gifford unveiled a plan Tuesday to tour all 37 communities in the 3rd Congressional District as part of his campaign.…

Teachers endorse Crighton » Lynn Daily News Item The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), American Federation of Teachers, Massachusetts, and the Lynn Teachers Union have endorsed Brendan Crighton in his bid to become state senator for the 3rd …

Though The 7th District Is Minority-Majority, Most Of Its Voters Are White » WBUR Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley announced last week she is challenging veteran Congressman Mike Capuano. …

Koh: I can bring change locally, nationally » Lowell Sun The Dan Koh who participated in a Tuesday forum alongside other 3rd Congressional District candidates was polished and performative, offering brief snippets of opinion within sound-bite criticism of t…

State and local firefighters endorse Crighton » Wicked Local Saugus The Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, and local firefighter unions in Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott have endorsed Brendan Crighton in his bid to become state sen…

Public Safety

'Are they going to find their murderers?' boy asks at city meeting about trauma services » Boston Globe Jalil Rogers-Presley is only 11 years old, but his knowledge of the violence on Boston's streets runs deep.…

State Finance

Beacon Hill warms up to $3.5 billion borrowing bill » WCVB Months after credit rating analysts raised state debt as an area of concern, the House and Senate and Gov. Charlie Baker are on track to add more than $3.5 billion in borrowing authorizations to the …

Berkshire County projects included in Senate bond bill » Berkshire Eagle More approvals needed for $309 million in projects …

State Government

Lawmakers split over Asian data proposal » Lowell Sun Lawmakers have voted to replace a bill that would have required state agencies to gather more specific ethnic information on Asian-Americans with new legislation that proposes studying the collection …

Changes ahead for bill that would gather data on Asian-Americans » Sentinel & Enterprise Lawmakers have voted to replace a bill that would have required state agencies to gather more specific ethnic information on Asian-Americans with new legislation that proposes studying the collection …

DAs need to be held accountable » Commonwealth Magazine Look no further than the timely case study currently unfolding in the Commonwealth's highest court. Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court agreed to hear a case involving the fal…

Baker, invoking words of MLK, advocates for lives of 'purpose' at Mattapan church service » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, invoking a 1967 speech by Martin Luther King Jr., told emotional stories about his own parents and how public officials can best serve their communities, at an appearance at a …

Transportation

MassDOT Extends Deadline For Feedback On Rail Plan » WAMC The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced a two-week extension of the public comment period for the agency's rail plan. The draft 2018 State Rail Plan includes projects MassDOT prop…

Our View: DOT plans for South Coast Rail make sense » South Coast Today Those who have always thought commuter rail is an expensive waste of time, that the internal combustion engine will always remain the king of transportation, say it. And after 23 years of promises and…

Cuts to Worcester transit concern methadone patients » Worcester Telegram Ever since he was in an accident that mangled his leg, Mr. Peet has been taking methadone for the pain. And since 2012, he has taken two Worcester Regional Transit Authority buses every day to Spectru…

Train idling problems persist » The Eagle Tribune Haverhill residents, state officials look for solution to fumes and noise …

A look at the arrest record of a former commuter rail engineer » Boston Globe He was so drunk that August night in 2012 that his girlfriend begged him to let her out of the car. Instead, Roberto Ronquillo III drove on until his gray BMW veered up onto the sidewalk of Commonwea…

Friday's Late-Breaking News

As Protections for Pregnant Workers Falter in Congress, States Step Up » Governing

Week In Review: Who Will Run For President From Mass. In 2020? » WBUR

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 2/12

Birthdays: Rep. David Vieira

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Cocktail Resistance for Congressional Candidate Conor Lamb

Tuesday - 2/13

9:00am St. Francis House Advocacy Day, Nurses Hall, State House

9:30am Health Costs of Hunger in Massachusetts Study Release, Grand Staircase, State House

10:00am Office of Campaign & Political Finance Public Hearing, One Ashburton Place, Room 411, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY19 Budget Hearing - Public Safety

11:00am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

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

1:00pm Senate Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Public Hearing

1:30pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

6:00pm Cannabis Control Commission Public Hearing, Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Roxbury

Wednesday - 2/14

8:30am Rep. Aaron Vega Re-Election Announcement

9:00am Head Start/Early Childhood Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House

11:00am Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm Student Financial Aid Advocacy Day, Great Hall, State House

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

2:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

2:30pm Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Nurses Hall, State House

3:30pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

Thursday - 2/15

9:00am YMCA Advocacy Day, Great Hall, State House

10:00am Mass. Gaming Commission Public Hearing, Mass. Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston

10:00am Extreme Risk Protective Order Lobby Day, Grand Staircase, State House

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Mardi Gras Party Fundraiser for Governor's Councillor Eileen Duff

5:30pm LPAC Anti-Freeze Party with Attorney General Maura Healey

7:00pm Rep. Jay Kaufman's Open House: End of Life Issues, Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington

Friday - 2/16

10:00am Executive Office of Health and Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

6:00pm Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Chinese New Year Party


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