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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Must-Reads

Kushner Investors Said to Be Subpoenaed by U.S. Tax Authorities » Bloomberg Politics U.S. tax authorities have requested documents from lenders and investors in real estate projects managed by Jared Kushner's family, according to a person familiar with the matter. …

Trump's Science Advisor, Age 31, Has a Political Science Degree » Scientific American A job that's been held by some of the nation's top scientists is now occupied by a 31-year-old politics major from Princeton University. …

Suspended head of health care workers union reportedly engaged in lewd behavior » Boston Globe As a top executive at an organization that fights for workers' rights, Tyrék D. Lee Sr. allegedly made unwanted advances to women in the office and sometimes engaged in lewd behavior in front of co…

Charter school teachers, staff choose to join union » State House News Service Teachers and staff at two independently operated charter schools in Boston have elected to join the Boston Teachers Union, a choice that the union says represents a first in the city.…

Donoghue: "I have made no determination" on Lowell post » State House News Service On the heels of Senate presidency contender Linda Forry bolting for a job outside the State House, Sen. Eileen Donoghue on Wednesday suggested that she is being courted to replace the retiring city ma…

Millionaires would leave Massachusetts if their tax rate is hiked, studies say » The Republican Two fiscally conservative think tanks are pushing back against a proposed state constitutional amendment that would raise taxes on income over $1 million, with new studies arguing that the policy woul…

Joe Kennedy III'S 2020 trap » Vanity Fair Democrats like Kennedy reject Trumpian divide-and-rule gambits, urging voters to “choose both.” But in a world of 7.6 billion people, it's the sophisticate's weakness to dismiss Americans …

Keiko Orrall's husband running to fill her state rep seat » Taunton Gazette A day after Keiko Orrall, R-Lakeville, announced that she'll run as a candidate for state treasurer, her husband, Norman, issued a press release announcing his bid to replace her as state representati…

The Daily 202: Trump still hasn't nominated a director for the Violence Against Women office at the Justice Department » Washington Post The person in this position oversees a budget of more than $450 million and is supposed to be the administration's leading voice on domestic and sexual violence, both nationally and internationally. B…

“Today is a day that we celebrate love,” she said in her final Senate speech, remarking on the Valentine’s Day holiday to an audience that included former governor Deval Patrick, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and Governor Charlie Baker. “And I’ve loved this job. I’ve loved this place. I’ve loved my constituents, and you, my colleagues. And my heart is full today.”

Former Senator Linda Dorcena Forry

Giving her farewell speech to the Senate as she heads to a job with Suffolk Construction.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Seth Moulton says Trump should 'get off his ass' on gun control after Florida school shooting » Boston Globe After a gunman opened fire at a Florida high school, killing 17 people, US Representative Seth Moulton tweeted that President Trump should “get off his ass” when it comes to gun control.…

Warren addresses claims of Native American heritage » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren made a surprise appearance at the National Congress of American Indians Wednesday, forcefully denouncing President Trump's use of the name “Pocahontas” to deride h…

The White House called out a Boston bridge — but used the wrong picture » Boston Globe As part of its campaign to boost infrastructure spending, the White House posted a criticism of lengthy government permitting that singled out the long-delayed reconstruction of the Anderson Memorial …

Rep. Kennedy Would Agree To Funding Wall In Exchange For DACA » WGBH Amid an ongoing immigration debate in the Senate, Rep. Joe Kennedy III says he'd be willing to concede funding a border wall with Mexico, as long as a bipartisan deal is reached on DACA. …

Business

JCRC anti-boycott bill dies in committee » The Jewish Advocate After languishing in committee for over a year, the long-awaited bill intended to protect Israel from boycotts by state contractors died Feb. 7, apparently a victim of a lack of support expressed to l…

Maura Healey says WEEI is 'paying the price' for their history of derogatory comments » Boston.com Maura Healey says she supports the growing number of advertisers fleeing WEEI and that no state money should be spent for ads on the sports radio station in the aftermath of its recent controversies, …

Data breaches spur House to pass new consumer protections » State House News Service The House on Wednesday took a step towards giving Bay State consumers more control over their credit reports, freezing their credit for free if they would like, and receiving a year of free credit-mon…

Education

Changing school culture 'an incremental process,' diversity liaison tells Easthampton School Committee » The Republican It's been almost a year since hundreds of students staged a mass walkout to shine light upon racial tensions at Easthampton High School, and six months since state investigators released a scathing re…

Waltham Public Schools Receives $70K Grant » Framingham Patch Waltham Public Schools was awarded a $70,000 grant to go toward high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, the Waltham Superintendent announced today.…

With support from local and national government, Shawsheen continues to grow » Wicked Local Billerica The issue: In his January State of the Union address, President Donald Trump said, “Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential.…

Chicopee School officials lobby legislators for more state funding » MassLive Calling it a "death by 1,000 cuts," Superintendent Richard W. Rege Jr. told state legislators in his 36 years in education he has never seen a more dire funding situation and doesn't expect it to impr…

Gaming

Lawmakers debate permanently legalizing daily fantasy sports in Mass. » Boston Business Journal Daily fantasy sports gaming would be permanently legalized under a proposal aired before a legislative committee Wednesday. …

Lawmakers debate Sen. Donoghue bill to legalize fantasy sports gambling » Lowell Sun The sun is setting on the temporary legalization of daily fantasy sports gaming, and Sen. Eileen Donoghue is hoping to permanently regulate what she calls a "home-grown industry."…

Massachusetts Legislature Takes Up Bill To Tax, Regulate Fantasy Sports » WAMC Lawmakers in Massachusetts are weighing a bill to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports operators.…

Senator eyes 15 percent tax as part of fantasy sports regulation » State House News Service If regulated correctly, the daily fantasy sports world could be a boon to the state's coffers, an opportunity for economic development and job growth, and an ongoing hobby for the thousands of Bay Sta…

Health Care

Congressman offers to mediate with hospital; hospital declines » Gazette Net

Housing

Success of housing program prompts calls for expansion » Boston Herald Anti-poverty advocates are looking to expand a housing initiative statewide after it placed nearly 700 high-need homeless people in homes in Greater Boston for more than a year.…

Gov. Baker appoints Patricia McArdle to MassHousing board » Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed Patricia A. McArdle, Esq., to the MassHousing Board of Directors. McArdle, an attorney, heads the Law Office of Patricia A. McArdle and Associates, PC, in Mattapoisett…

Senate votes in favor of bill supporting Housing Authority » The Reminder

Human Services

Spare Change News Turns 25 » WGBH Of all the ideas James Shearer considered when he was trying to get off the streets, there was one he was sure would never work: write, publish and sell a newspaper.…

Trump Wants to End States' Power to Make Food Stamps More Accessible During Recessions » Governing The president, who often stresses the need for states to have more flexibility, wants to give them less when it comes to food stamps. …

Judiciary

Baker nominates Mehta for Concord District Court judgeship » Lowell Sun A former prosecutor and a member of the Board of Bar Overseers was tapped Wednesday by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve as a judge in the Concord District Court.…

Mehta nominated for District Court » Mass Lawyers Weekly Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated a former prosecutor and member of the Board of Bar Overseers for a Concord District Court judgeship.…

Labor

Mayor Walsh calls on Herald ownership to protect workers' pensions » Boston Herald Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh today urged the ownership of the Herald to strike a deal to save workers' pensions imperiled by the bankruptcy sale of the newspaper to Digital First Media for $11.9 milli…

New Law Affects Employers on Cape Cod and the Islands » Cape Cod Online On Aug. 1, 2017, the State of Massachusetts passed a new law (H.3822 New Employer Healthcare Assessment), increasing the existing Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) and imposing a new ass…

Legislative

Forry's farewell a political gala with hints of her return » Boston Business Journal Former Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry bid farewell – for now - to the State House in a festive ceremony on Wednesday that drew a Who's Who of city and state politics to say goodbye to a colleague who…

Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, only black Massachusetts state senator, says goodbye to colleagues, receives bipartisan acclaim » The Republican Massachusetts senators, representatives and political dignitaries gathered in the House chamber on Wednesday to say goodbye to Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, D-Boston.…

Massachusetts Senate still lacks majority leader as senators return to legislative business, pass 2 bills » The Republican The Massachusetts Senate has not yet chosen a new majority leader, a week after former majority leader Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester, became Senate president. Senate Democrats met in a caucus Wednes…

Gallery: Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry gives farewell address at the State House » Boston Herald Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry is embraced prior to giving her farewell address in the House Chambers at the State House, Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Staff photo by Angela Rowlings. …

Linda Dorcena Forry says goodbye to state Senate » Boston Globe Linda Dorcena Forry — the highest-ranking elected black official in Massachusetts — was feted by her colleagues Wednesday afternoon as she bid goodbye to the state Senate to take a job w…

Leadership Posts Remain Unfilled Following Massachusetts Senate Caucus » New Boston Post Despite expectations that Senate President Harriette Chandler would round out her leadership team Wednesday, Senate Democrats met for almost two hours without making any decisions about who would fill…

In her own words: Dorcena Forry reflects on her public life, and what's ahead » Dorchester Reporter

Local Government

Warren Holds Lively, Crowded Town Hall in Franklin » Bellingham Bulletin Keeping promises--to our veterans, to the Dreamers--was one of the important themes for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at her February 10th Town Hall gathering at Franklin High School.…

Taunton City Council rejects senior housing plan in face of neighbor opposition » Taunton Gazette After more than an hour of objections from a small group of neighbors and abutters, the Taunton City Council by a narrow margin Tuesday night voted to deny a special permit that would have paved the w…

Framingham Mayor Spicer defends purchase of $43K SUV » The Metro West Daily News Mayor Yvonne Spicer on Tuesday defended her decision to buy a new vehicle for her official use, saying she followed the letter of the law before making the $43,044 purchase.…

Selectmen notes: Town applies for Community Compact applications » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle Town Administrator Jim Smith said during the Feb. 6 Board of Selectmen meeting that the town is in the process of applying for two Community Compact applications.…

Pittsfield to join opioid lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies » Berkshire Eagle Pittsfield is joining a growing list of cities suing pharmaceutical companies to cover costs spiraling from the opioid epidemic. …

Northampton council considering new decorum rules for public » Gazette Net Concerned with public disruptions during discussions at City Council meetings that prevent people from hearing and seeing, a group of councilors are floating new rules that would ban “expression…

Framingham to weigh Airbnb regulations in wake of rowdy party » The Metro West Daily News Last Thursday, a large house party that attracted more than 200 people to a Brook Street home erupted into a near riot, bringing dozens of officers to quell the disturbance.…

Marijuana

A year after public voted for recreational pot, there's a political battle over the rules » Boston Globe More than a year after Massachusetts voters legalized marijuana, a new political war is breaking out over the drug.…

Massachusetts marijuana legalization advocates to protest 'intimidation campaign' against pot regulators » The Republican Advocates of Massachusetts marijuana legalization are lashing out at Gov. Charlie Baker and other officials, saying they're hitting back at a "coordinated intimidation campaign" against the Cannabis C…

Pot panel hears competing views in last public hearing » The Salem News Some said they wanted to be able to consume marijuana in a cannabis cafe or have it delivered to their homes.…

Opinion

George Soros: Internet monopolies have become a public menace » Boston Globe The current moment in world history is a painful one. Open societies are in crisis, and various forms of dictatorships and mafia states, exemplified by Vladimir Putin's Russia, are on the rise. …

The feds owe Puerto Rican evacuees safe shelter » Boston Globe José Luis Anaya and his family have been living in the Quality Inn in West Springfield for two months. They arrived in Massachusetts from Guayama, Puerto Rico, after the home they rented flooded a…

EDITORIAL: Beacon Hill must act on Equifax bill » Lowell Sun You'd never know that more than half of the approximately 250 million adults in this country had their personal information pirated by Internet hackers by the glacial pace of our Legislature to shield…

Elizabeth Warren Used To Play Indian; Now She Plays Charades » New Boston Post Elizabeth Warren is right about one thing: President Donald Trump should stop calling her Pocahontas.…

Decisive action needed on Northern Pass » Commonwealth Magazine FRIDAY'S NEWS OF a stalemate among the Commonwealth's utilities about what to do next regarding the denial of a crucial siting permit for Northern Pass highlights the shortcomings of the state's procu…

Editorial: Warren looks ahead » Boston Herald John F. Kennedy gave his Catholic speech. Mitt Romney gave his Mormon speech. Barack Obama gave his race speech. Now Elizabeth Warren has delivered her Native American speech. All served the same purp…

Graham: Liz's ancestry claims still pack of lies » Boston Herald Forget the cheap shots and the #Faucahontas jokes, and ask yourself: Why does Liz Warren keep lying?…

Our View: Lawmakers need to take action against distracted drivers » South Coast Today

Noel: Trump is not your parents' Republican » Wicked Local Newton

Politics

Lakeville Republican Orrall running for treasurer » Sentinel & Enterprise State Rep. Keiko Orrall, a Lakeville Republican, launched her statewide campaign for treasurer on Tuesday promising to bring a "fiscally conservative" approach to an office that oversees the Lottery, …

Norman Orrall running for state rep seat held by Keiko Orrall » South Coast Today Norman Orrall, town moderator, is running for the state representative seat currently occupied by his wife, Keiko, in the 12th Bristol District.…

State Rep. Aaron Vega begins campaign for re-election to 4th term representing Holyoke on Beacon Hill » The Republican State Rep. Aaron M. Vega, D-Holyoke, began his re-election campaign Wednesday with a signature drive at Holyoke Heritage State Park.…

WBUR Poll: In Boston Congressional Race, Capuano Up By 12 Points » WBUR It's only February, and one of the campaigns for Congress has already begun. Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley revved up a packed house at her campaign launch this week in Cambridge.…

GOP grumbling: Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively, pastor who called Obama 'radical homosexualist,' to address Wilbraham Republicans » The Republican When some people hear the name "Scott Lively," a Massachusetts candidate for governor, it conjures up images of a firebrand minister who wants to turn back the clock on so-called social progressivism.…

Man accused in hospital hacking launches Senate bid » Lowell Sun A man facing prison time for the 2014 hacking of a Boston hospital's computer network says he is running for Senate as a Republican from behind bars.…

GOP candidate wants payback from state party for supporting Baker » Boston Globe

Public Health

Deaths by opioid overdose fell 8.3 percent last year in Massachusetts » Boston Globe For the first time since the opioid crisis gripped the state five years ago, Massachusetts health officials on Wednesday brought forth some unequivocal good news: The number of overdose deaths fell by…

State data reveals groups hardest hit by opioid overdose deaths » WCVB Opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts declined in 2017 by an estimated 8.3 percent compared to 2016.…

SouthCoast sees reason for cautious optimism in drop in opioid deaths » South Coast Today SouthCoast officials see a sliver of optimism at a one-year decline in the number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts, but also acknowledge that the war is far from over.…

Too soon to declare "victory" despite 2017 drop in opioid deaths, Baker says » State House News Service The number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts fell an estimated 8.3 percent from 2016 to 2017, marking the first year-over-year decline in several years, the Department of Public Healt…

Public Safety

Fla. mayor, a Boston native: 'Something like this can happen anywhere' » Boston Globe Wednesday found Parkland, Fla., Mayor Christine Hunschofsky, a Boston native, trying to make sense of a senseless horror.…

Florida shooting cited in push for new Mass. gun laws » The Herald News

State Government

Ill-Prepared and Underfunded, Election Officials Brace for More Cyberattacks » Governing Federal intelligence officials warned Congress on Tuesday that Russia will again attempt to influence the elections through cyber-warfare. New reports shed light on the inadequacy of state and local s…

'Boston's heart breaks': Mass. leaders express sadness, outrage at Fla. shooting » Boston Globe Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and other Massachusetts political leaders expressed sadness and outrage at the shooting at a Florida high school on Wednesday that claimed the lives of 17 students and sta…

Transportation

Massport has big plans for Logan's Terminal E » Boston Globe Logan Airport's Terminal E could soon have a Jetsons-like futuristic look — complete with a lipstick-red roof and skylights in the shape of “eyelashes.”…

Councilors: MBTA takes city for ride » Boston Herald Boston isn't getting bang for its buck on MBTA service, according to city councilors who say it's time to reconsider the city's multimillion-dollar annual transit assessment as the agency once again m…

Proposed 'Digital Urban Panels' Meeting with Strong Opposition » Beacon Hill Times A capacity crowd was on hand at the State Transportation Building on Thursday, Feb. 8, when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) Office of Outdoor Advertising reviewed an applica…

Bumpy Ride: WRTA battles budget woes, mounting criticism » Worcester Mag

Legislative committee recommends Boston to Berkshire rail study » MassLive

Utilities

Pipeline foes urge Baker to 'break up' with natural gas industry » Gloucester Times Clean energy advocates on Wednesday delivered a Valentine's Day message to Gov. Charlie Baker, handing one of his aides a bouquet of roses and a stack of red construction-paper hearts with the handwri…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Lawmakers debate Sen. Donoghue bill to legalize fantasy sports gambling » Lowell Sun

Fight for $15 recalls historic event » Bay State Banner

State formally signs off on merger between Mass. Eye and Ear, Partners HealthCare » Boston Globe

Health is latest wing of Baker admin to urge slower marijuana rollout » Boston Business Journal

Observers see Lowell manager's potential successors » Lowell Sun

Opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts in 2017 fell by more than 8 percent, DPH report says » The Republican

To 'get' the T, Governor Baker should try taking it » Boston Globe

Framingham Mayor Joins Commissioner For FSU Commencement Address » Salem Patch

Editorial: Recreational pot — Go slow, take your time and think of farmers and youth » Athol Daily News

Gas pipeline opponents urge Baker to 'break up' with industry » Metro.us

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Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

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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