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Must-Reads

How Banks Could Control Gun Sales if Washington Won't » New York Times The country's financial giants hold more sway over the gun industry than any politician. If banks and credit card companies were to stop doing business with gun shops that sell assault weapons, the su…

Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now » New York Times Trump is either hiding something so threatening to himself, or he's criminally incompetent to be commander in chief. It is impossible yet to say which explanation for his behavior is true, but it seem…

Maine project picked as backup for Mass. renewable energy contract » State House News Service The Baker administration and electric utilities tipped their hand late Friday on their backup plan to bring hydropower down from Canada and help the Massachusetts meet its statutory renewable energy c…

Massachusetts bill takes aim at non-disclosure agreements, 'silencing tactics' » Boston Herald Agreements that waive employees' rights to file lawsuits alleging discrimination and harassment — or to speak out against their accusers — would be prohibited under a bill on Beacon Hill…

There is no longer a single black senator in the Massachusetts senate; How did this happen? » The Republican “You can't talk about (Linda Dorcena Forry's) leaving without talking about race and without talking about gender,” says Byron Rushing, one of the aforementioned five members and a state r…

Top state Republican calls for end to neutrality in Baker primary » Boston Globe Unleashing a scorching attack on the crusading antigay GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively, a senior state Republican leader is calling on his party to scrap rules banning it from taking sides in…

Complaint seeks to force MassFiscal donor disclosure » State House News Service Lawmakers who say they've been targeted recently in their districts by the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance plan to call on state regulators Tuesday to force the non-profit group to register as a politic…

“Both the Republican and the Democratic Party, neither one working hard to develop the kinds of programs that are necessary to build up the base of people ready to run,” he says. “It’s racism and sexism. Simple as that. If it was a priority, it would be changed.”

Rep. Byron Rushing

On diversity among elected officials in Massachusetts

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Jennifer Lawrence takes jab at President Donald Trump's 'Pocahontas' nickname for Elizabeth Warren » The Republican Actress Jennifer Lawrence took a swipe at President Donald Trump's nickname of "Pocahontas" for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren this week, saying she could play the Massachusetts Democrat as the native Ame…

After Parkland shooting, Trump takes a new look at background checks » Boston Globe The White House indicated Monday that President Trump is open to supporting a bipartisan congressional effort to revise federal background checks for prospective gun buyers.…

Senator Markey vows to force Senate debate on gun control » Boston Globe US Senator Edward Markey vowed Sunday to drive a vote on gun control in the Senate this year, as students who survived a mass shooting at their Florida high school said they were planning national pro…

Business

2 mostly-empty Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing » The Republican State officials have awarded two grants totaling $325,200 to help develop two industrial parks in the city, including one which has been mostly vacant since it was created more than 25 years ago.…

Grant would study maker space at old fire station » Worcester Telegram Clinton has been awarded a $25,000 grant through the Baker-Polito Administration's Urban Agenda Grant Program. The grant will go toward conducting a feasibility and program analysis of a maker space i…

'A system that's turned into the Wild West': Massachusetts considers crackdown on 'patent trolls' » MassLive Who has the right to claim violation of a patent? …

Education

Uxbridge gets STEM grant for middle, high school » Worcester Telegram Uxbridge middle and high school students will have new opportunities to bolster science, technology, engineering and math skills, with help from a grant from Project Lead the Way. The award was announ…

Hudson Public Schools receive Project Lead The Way grants » Wicked Local Hudson Hudson Public Schools announced that it has received four grants, totaling $87,000, to offer science, technology, engineering and math programs from Project Lead The Way. PLTW is a nonprofit organizat…

Wentworth president announces retirement: 'It's the right time to move on' » Boston Business Journal

Environment

To protect right whales, scientists propose major changes for lobstermen » Boston Globe Without prompt action to reduce entanglements in fishing lines, North Atlantic right whales could disappear from the planet over the next two decades, scientists say.…

Vineyard Wind project sparks divisions » Cape Cod Times Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton has cautioned that the environmental review Vineyard Wind is undergoing for its underground cables is to encourage public participation and…

Massachusetts AG proposes to invest Volkswagen settlement in electric vehicles, clean energy » Utility Dive

Northampton dam removal project in Leeds to advance with $25K state grant » MassLive

Gaming

US rep, Boston councilor weigh in on status of Wynn and future of Everett casino » Worcester Telegram On the banks of the Mystic River, workers have been building a structure envisioned by Steve Wynn, the casino magnate who recently relinquished control of his global resort empire after the Wall Stree…

Health Care

Partners HealthCare will outsource some expensive, back-office jobs to India » Boston Globe Partners HealthCare, the largest private employer in Massachusetts, has told about 100 employees they are being let go and their jobs outsourced to India, where workers will perform the same tasks for…

Lab to Forfeit $1M for Unnecessary Urine Drug Screens » NECN A Massachusetts-based laboratory will forfeit more than $1 million to settle claims it billed for medically unnecessary urine drug screens.…

Bill aims to increase medical confidentiality » A bill spearheaded by state Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, that aims to make healthcare more confidential is off to the state House of Representatives after clearing the Senate this past week.…

Implementing States' Medicaid Wishes Won't Be Cheap » Governing As the Trump administration lets states experiment with work requirements and other eligibility rules, the costs are adding up. Some policy experts worry they are "shifting spending from health care f…

Human Services

Community Action rebrands itself » The Recorder With a new year — and new challenges — ahead, the Pioneer Valley's premier anti-poverty agency has revised its name and logo to make sure its mission is clear, both to people it assists …

Immigration

Once again, Higgins the target of a mailer » Sentinel & Enterprise ONCE AGAIN state Rep. Natalie Higgins has found herself the target of a mailer from the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. The mailer claimed the freshman Democrat was "leading the charge" in making Massa…

Massachusetts police union backs revised 'Safe Communities' bill limiting cops' work with federal immigration authorities » MassLive

Labor

With July 1 Just Around the Corner, Employers Must Be Ready » Business West This summer, Massachusetts will enact what many believe to be the most stringent pay-equity legislation in the country.…

Workers' sex-harass claims skyrocketing » Boston Herald Sexual harassment complaints in Massachusetts are skyrocketing — up 400 percent so far this month alone compared to 2017 — as the state's anti-discrimination agency braces for an unprece…

State briefs: Sexual harassment complaints rise » The Recorder Sexual harassment complaints are on the rise in Massachusetts, and the head of the commission that investigates them says it's a direct result of the #MeToo movement.…

Workers plan Greenfield rally to defend public sector union rights » Valley Advocate Unionized workers in the Pioneer Valley are rallying together to support workers rights on Monday, Feb. 26, at Greenfield Community College at 3:30 p.m. as part of a national Workers' Day of Action in…

Legislative

Dominoes set to fall if Senate seat opens » Lowell Sun TWO CITY Councilors who aren't best buddies could be squaring off in a humdinger of a state Senate primary if 1st Middlesex District Sen. Eileen Donoghue becomes city manager.…

Breakfast with Brendan Crighton scheduled at Hammersmith Restaurant » Wicked Local Saugus State Rep. Brendan Crighton will hold a Breakfast with Brendan on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 7:30-9 a.m. at Hammersmith Family Restaurant, 330 Central St., Saugus. Anyone from the public is welcome to atte…

Amherst rep dumps Dems, cites "false construct" » State House News Service

Local Government

North End Seniors Club Valentine's Party » North End Waterfront On Tuesday, February 13, the North End Seniors Club celebrated with a party for Valentine's Day. The Seniors enjoyed a fabulous lunch of antipasto and ziti generosity donated by Artu on Prince Street.…

Rep. Gordon talks transportation with the Planning Board » Wilmington Town Crier

Marijuana

Healey, legislators urge limited summer marijuana rollout » The Daily Free Press Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sent a letter Thursday urging the Cannabis Control Commission to consider a more limited sale of recreational marijuana this summer as Massachusetts adapts …

Five Attleboro area legislators sign letter pleading for slow down on pot rules » The Sun Chronicle Five local legislators have signed on to a letter pleading with the state Cannabis Control Commission to slow down on its plans to allow for marijuana cafes and home delivery of marijuana products.…

Easthampton hopes to wrap up proposed marijuana ordinance » The Republican After months of discussion by the Planning Board and a lively debate before the City Council's Ordinance Subcommittee, the two bodies plan a joint public hearing Tuesday night to wrap up a proposed re…

Concerns raised over Cannabis Control Commission regulations » Fox 25 News The co-chairman of the Legislature's joint committee on marijuana policy said the Cannabis Control Commission disregarded key components when drafting regulations for marijuana businesses.…

Joint Committee chair: Draft regs ignore law » Boston Herald The state rep who helped write the state's legal marijuana law is blasting several of the Cannabis Control Commission's draft regulations, saying they appear to have “disregarded” key prov…

Patient supply, youth access addressed at final Cannabis Control hearing » Wicked Local Saugus As cities and towns continue to wrestle with whether or not to allow the retail sale of recreational pot in their communities, the state's Cannabis Control Commission moves closer toward finalizing in…

STATEHOUSE NEWS: Backlash back story - the leadup to marijuana summit 2.0 » Wicked Local Ipswich

Opinion

Defendants' rights at risk in fentanyl fears » Boston Globe FENTANYL IS DANGEROUS, but groundless fears of even touching the drug have gotten the better of the Massachusetts judiciary.…

Trump is breaking the environment beyond repair » Boston Globe HUMPTY DUMPTY famously cannot be “put back together” again. For those who care about the environment, every day since Donald Trump took office is a Humpty Dumpty day —with something…

Is this Kennedy bold enough for the next generation? » Boston Globe ANY BABY BOOMER would love to have Joseph Kennedy III as a son.…

Why it's so hard to have that conversation about race » Boston Globe Basketball is not the national game, but it suddenly finds itself at the heart of a local and national conversation we should be having about race.…

Editorial: Slowing pot rollout » Boston Herald Pot advocates are whining that the Baker administration is engaged in a “coordinated intimidation campaign” to “coerce” the independent Cannabis Control Commission into tighten…

Our view: 'All hands' making a difference in opioid fight » Gloucester Times In a different time and in a different place, news that opioid-related deaths dropped by more than 8 percent last year might be cause for celebration and self-congratulation.…

Editorial: State Cannabis Control Commission should be cautious » Gazette Net The state Cannabis Control Commission dropped into the Pioneer Valley this month as part of its listening tour around the state to decide what, if any, changes to make to its proposed regulations gove…

Solar industry under attack from Cape Cod to the Berkshires » Cape Cod Times

Support gun control legislation » Martha's Vineyard Times

Politics

Ryan touts work ethic, roots in 3rd District run » Lowell Sun Terry Ryan knows he appears to be an underdog compared to other candidates in the 3rd Congressional District race.…

Keller @ Large: Former State Senator Talks Politics, Culture and Diversity » CBS Boston Former State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry joined Jon Keller for an exit interview as she begins life in the private sector after 22 years of working for the public. She discussed politics and had advic…

Political Notes: Dennis Democrat launches bid to unseat Whelan » Cape Cod Times With little more than eight months until the general election, another candidate for the Cape and Islands legislative delegation has emerged.…

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP: Forry departure becomes lovefest » Wicked Local Newton No gathering of governors for the next lawmaker to depart a legislative seat early. No joint session hoopla. No post-session spread in Room 428.…

Retirements will change state delegation from Western Mass. (Editorial) » MassLive The political landscape for Western Massachusetts is about to undergo significant change as two veteran legislators are leaving the State House.…

Pressley campaign kicks off in Central Square » Bay State Banner At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley kicked off her campaign for the 7th Congressional District at a Cambridge restaurant Feb. 13, vowing to push against the political climate in Massachusetts that…

Andover Firefighters Endorse L'Italien's Congressional Bid » WHAV State Sen. Barbara L'Italien has won the support of Andover and Lawrence firefighters in her bid for a congressional seat.…

A campaign that may be all about nuance » Commonwealth Magazine The Wynn controversy highlights differences between Capuano and Pressley …

Plainville's Hamlin makes another run for state rep » The Sun Chronicle Concerned about a rise in problems related to guns and mental health, Brian Hamlin of Plainville says he is making another run for state representative.…

Suffolk DA Dan Conley won't seek reelection » Boston Globe

Public Health

Opioid crisis weighs on New Hampshire's chief medical examiner » Boston Globe On some days, Dr. Jennie Duval calls as many as six families after fatal overdoses — some of the families stunned and heartbroken, some of them resigned to a death they saw coming.…

County opioid deaths decline by 60 percent, marking lowest total since 2011 » The Recorder Local and state officials are cautiously optimistic about the final tallies of the state's 2017 opioid data, in which Franklin County saw a steep decline in opioid-related deaths as the state saw its …

Middlesex among top counties nationwide for drug overdose deaths » The Republican Middlesex County ranks ninth on a nationwide list of overdose deaths per 100,000 residents among 44 counties with populations over 1 million.…

Lawmakers 'Go Red' to fight heart disease in women » Gloucester Times Three lawmakers with Cape Ann tiews joined fellow lawmakers at the State House earlier this month to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke as the No. 1 killer of women.…

Public Safety

Mass. rally seeks change — in law or in Congress » Boston Herald More than a hundred protesters gathered in Lexington's Emery Park yesterday to demand action on gun control in the wake of a horrific school shooting in Southern Florida.…

State Government

How they voted: Western Mass. lawmakers weigh in on consumer rights, community college training incentive program » MassLive Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers cast ballots on measures ranging from consumers' rights on credit reports to expanding the community college training incentive program as they met for various…

Transportation

Discount perk in state-owned Boston garage goes off the rails » WCVB It's a decades-old parking perk in Boston for a select few that's sure to irritate you if you drive into the city, especially when you see what 5 Investigates uncovered.…

I-Team: Drivers Cheat The System, Misuse Handicap Placards To Park For Free In Boston » CBS Boston Anyone who lives or works in downtown Boston knows that parking isn't cheap. …

Utilities

Compressor station foes to keep close eye on state permitting » Wicked Local Weymouth Opponents of a proposed North Weymouth natural-gas compressor station say they are pleased the state has almost a year to study the impacts and decide whether to issue a clean air permit for the proje…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

1 in 3 MBTA workers earned more than $100,000 last year » Boston Business Journal

Gov. Charlie Baker signs budget bill giving $15 million to Massachusetts schools that accepted Puerto Rican students » MassLive

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Press Releases

Partners HealthCare Launches New Center of Excellence » Partners Healthcare

How Can a 'Biological Opinion' Help North Atlantic Right Whales? » Conservation Law Foundation

Cleantech Open Northeast Accelerator Program Awards 2018’s Top Cleantech and Energy Startups » Northeast Clean Energy Council

U.S. SETS NEW RECORD FOR OIL PRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER MEETING VIRTUALLY ALL GLOBAL DEMAND GROWTH » Mass. Petroleum Council

MassDOT Commits Funds to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » MassDOT

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

More than Two Dozen NFIB Members Are Running for Office Across the Country » National Federation of Independent Business

Lt. Governor Polito Hosts Roundtable on Dangerousness » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Further Expands Access to Opioid Reversal Medication » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Warren, Markey Query Columbia Gas On Uninhabitable Homes Following Merrimack Valley Disaster » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Commends MassDOT Commitment to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Urges FDA to Deny Approval of Powerful Opioid Dsuvia, Cites Warning of Committee Chair » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Suspending Military Aid & Sales to Saudi Government following Khashoggi Disappearance » Congressman Jim McGovern

McGovern Statement on Apparent Murder of Jamal Khashoggi » Congressman Jim McGovern

Educators' Voices Are Influential on Ballot Questions » Massachusetts Teachers Association

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL COST LOCAL BREWERIES, WINERIES » Climate Action Business Association


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