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8:30am Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meeting, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden

9:00am Mass. Coalition for the Homeless Legislative Action Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:00am Dental Hygiene Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

5:30pm Reception with Sen. Dean Tran and Gov. Charlie Baker

7:00pm Neponset Valley Young Democrats Social with Sen. Paul Feeney

7:00pm State Sen. Candidate Katie McBrine Weymouth Campaign Launch Party

Birthdays: Senator Eric Lesser

Must-Reads

Trump's Tax Cuts in Hand, Companies Spend More on Themselves Than on Wages » New York Times The maneuver is good for companies' stock prices, but it may not help the overall economy — undercutting a central goal of the tax cuts. …

'Give Me A Damn Break': Tweeters Drag Ivanka Trump For Playing The Daughter Card » The Huffington Post Ivanka Trump is being slammed on social media for trying to have it both ways. On the one hand, the first daughter is an adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, with an office in the White Hous…

Bernie Sanders' son announces run for Congress from New Hampshire » ABC News A new -- and familiar -- name has joined the list of candidates running in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District race: Levi Sanders, the son of 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. …

New poll: High support for East-West rail connecting Springfield to Boston » MassLive Expanding the Massachusetts commuter rail system to connect Boston with the cities of Springfield, Fall River and New Bedford, is an idea drawing support from most Bay State voters in a new poll. …

Carvalho's choice leaves path to Senate open for Collins » State House News Service Rep. Evandro Carvalho of Dorchester dropped out of a special Senate election on Monday that pitted him against one of his colleagues and entered the open race for Suffolk County district attorney, tou…

Kerrigan ends bid for Congress » Eagle Tribune One of the early contenders seeking to replace Congresswoman Niki Tsongas has dropped out of the race.…

In Just His Second Term, Lesser Eyes Mass. Senate Presidency » WAMC The abrupt exit of Stan Rosenberg from the presidency of the Massachusetts Senate has led to speculation about who will be the leader of the chamber in 2019. Another Democrat from western Massachus…

"Not only are you talking about people in leadership positions, you're also talking about quality individuals that were go-to people not only for issues that were under their chairman and vice-chairmanships but on any issue on the Hill," Sullivan said. "They were well-respected leaders."

Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council and energy secretary under former Gov. Deval Patrick

Speaking about Rep. Kulik and Rep. Scibak who will be stepping down and Rep. Peter Kocot who passed away due to an illness.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Terry McAuliffe, Elizabeth Warren and the race to be the Democrats' 2020 Trump antidote » Washington Post Two weeks ago, Terry McAuliffe urged against getting the 2020 presidential race start too early.…

US Sen. Ed Markey, Democrats file resolution to overturn FCC's net neutrality ruling » The Republican

Business

AAU team New England Playaz that was linked to FBI investigation failed to register as nonprofit with AG's office or disclose tax forms » MassLive A Western Massachusetts AAU basketball team whose financial links to disgraced former NBA agent Andrew Miller were revealed last week has operated for years without registering with the state Attorney…

Avid Technology ousts CEO, citing improper conduct » Boston Globe Burlington-based Avid Technology on Monday said that it had ousted chairman and chief executive Louis Hernandez Jr. over allegations of inappropriate behavior in the workplace.…

New law firm in town eyes M&A practice » Boston Globe Ropes & Gray and Goodwin might want to watch their backs. There's a big out-of-state law firm moving into town.…

Foes of Berkshire Museum art sale to file with top court Tuesday » Berkshire Eagle Foes of the Berkshire Museum's art sale face a Tuesday deadline to submit what could be their closing arguments. …

AG Healey announces settlement with Care.com over background checks » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday that her office has reached a settlement with Care.com to resolve allegations the company misled Massachusetts consumers about the extent o…

Care.com settles with AG's office, agrees to pay misled families nearly $500G » Boston Herald Care.com will pay nearly half a million dollars to settle claims by Attorney General Maura Healey that the website misled customers about the thoroughness of the background checks performed on potenti…

GE shakes up board — and leaves off ex-MIT president » Boston Business Journal General Electric Co. on Monday announced a major shakeup to its board of directors as part of CEO John Flannery's push to turn around the struggling company, with former MIT President Susan Hockfield …

State Street says it will seek 'greater transparency' from gunmakers after Florida school shooting » Boston Business Journal Boston-based financial services giant State Street Corp., which holds stakes in two gunmakers, said on Monday that it would "seek greater transparency" from those companies on how they "will support t…

In year of buyouts and layoffs, Fidelity's profits jump by over 50 percent » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Video of police stop of black man sparks outrage among civil rights activists » Boston Globe The video, posted on Facebook, captured a short and tense verbal exchange last week between a young black Roxbury man and a young white Boston police officer.…

Education

Grants help Puerto Rican students displaced by hurricane » Eagle Tribune The city's public school district is among a dozen statewide to receive grants to help students who arrived from Puerto Rico after losing their homes to hurricanes.…

Cariddi's $100K Earmark a Boost for Adams-Cheshire District » iBerkshires The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District has received an additional $100,000 from the state to offset increasing costs and to sustain current programs.…

House sex education bill supporters describe obstacles » The Herald News The lead House sponsors of a bill requiring that sexual health education be “medically accurate, age-appropriate” pumped up high school students lobbying for the bill Thursday but acknowle…

Sen. Ed Markey: Arming school teachers 'one of the stupidest ideas I have ever heard' » MassLive U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, said the idea of preventing school shootings by arming teachers "is one of the stupidest ideas I have ever heard."…

Swampscott principal out on leave » Lynn Daily News Item The principal of Stanley Elementary School is on a temporary leave of absence following the announcement earlier this month that they're transgender.…

Haverhill lauded for decreasing school dropout rate » Eagle Tribune

Graduation rates improve in Central Mass. city districts » Worcester Telegram

School Superintendent Feels Vindicated By City Dropout Rate Decreasing 60% » WHAV

Environment

Promise of jobs, revenue not muting opposition to offshore drilling » State House News Service The Trump administration proposal to open new tracts of ocean to the oil industry could create "hundreds of thousands of jobs," according to an offshore energy group whose president said the plan is p…

Moulton wins environmental award » Lynn Daily News Item

Gaming

DraftKings Officially Preparing Sports Betting Vertical, Hires Sportsbook Director » Sports Handle What's been long speculated is now confirmed: Daily fantasy sports frontrunner DraftKings is seeking to enter the legal sports betting business. In a press release on Monday, the Boston-headquartered …

Health Care

State To Move Most Shattuck Hospital Care To South End » WBUR The Baker administration plans to purchase the former university hospital on Boston Medical Center's (BMC) campus and transfer patients currently treated at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital on the edge of Fra…

Months Late, Trump Administration Changes Family Planning Program's Priorities » Governing Clinics and health departments won't get more Title X funding until months after last year's money will have expired, and organizations like Planned Parenthood have new reason to worry they might get …

Human Services

Rebranding the senior center: Cities and towns embrace boomers, multigenerational programs » Boston Globe At some senior centers across the state, you can find yoga and Zumba, free-form drumming, and Chinese martial arts — almost everything except the word “senior.”…

Wisconsin's Welfare Reform Could Inspire Unprecedented Conservative Changes Elsewhere » Governing Gov. Scott Walker is poised to sign a sweeping package of bills that would make it harder to qualify for many safety net programs. …

Assistance overwhelmed: Funding for healthy food program to run out » Salem News

Immigration

Deal on policing illegals opposed » Lowell Sun

Judiciary

Prosecutors seek to bounce Brian Joyce's attorney from federal corruption case » Boston Globe

UMass union members rally in wake of Supreme Court case » The Daily Collegian Over one hundred University of Massachusetts union members rallied Monday in the Student Union, where speakers demanded for more union jobs and urged workers to continue to band together.…

Labor

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey rally in Boston as Supreme Court to decide case that could significantly diminish union power (photos, video) » MassLive U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, joined union leaders and workers at a rally in Boston on Monday to support unions as the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case that could signific…

Local leaders rally in support of unions » The Recorder As state Rep. Paul Mark, who's a card-carrying union member, took the microphone, he took a moment to first recognize the Greenfield city councilors present at Monday's rally at Greenfield Community C…

Bracing for damaging Supreme Court blow, public-sector unions rally in Boston » Boston Globe Unions in Massachusetts aren't used to losing. But on Monday, they gathered to protest what they believe is an inevitable assault on collective bargaining rights — a fight they almost certainly…

Analysis: Justice weighs union dues » Boston Herald Justice Neil Gorsuch will be the deciding vote in a blockbuster Supreme Court case pitting powerful public-sector labor unions against well-funded conservative groups.…

Battenfeld: Documents say festival organizers felt threatened by labor demand » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh's close ties to organized labor will play a crucial role in the upcoming extortion trial of two top City Hall aides, new court documents suggest.…

Dems rally with unions as SCOTUS hears pivotal case » State House News Service Blasting a Supreme Court case challenging union fees as an attack on the right to organize, labor leaders and elected officials on Monday gathered at the Boston Fire Department headquarters to pledge …

Worcester union supporters rally for 'fair share fees' » Worcester Telegram On the day the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case that could have a significant impact on how public sector unions organize and raise money, labor advocates rallied in front of City Hall.…

Lawmakers seek ban on non-disclosure agreements » Eagle Tribune

Legislative

Longtime Rep. Peter Kocot of Northampton laid to rest (photos, video) » The Republican

Local Government

Complaint dropped, but Felix Arroyo is still in limbo » Boston Globe Last November, Felix Arroyo's accuser withdrew her formal complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination — the one in which she accused the onetime Boston mayoral candidate…

Cape Cod Political Notes » Wicked Local Brewster Lower Cape Indivisible will present a workshop, called The 2018 Elections: Organizing to Win, at the Brewster Ladies' Library, 1822 Main Street, Brewster on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m.…

Andover selectmen get combative over effort to oust chairman » Eagle Tribune Already strained relations among some members of the Board of Selectmen took an ugly turn Monday night as tempers flared, leading to a potentially violent exchange, forcing the police chief to interve…

Lanesborough Police Union: Station Is 'Unsafe and Unprofessional' » iBerkshires The town's police officers want an improved working environment.…

Marijuana

Marijuana regulators strike licensing compromise » Boston Globe State regulators voted Monday to limit the roll-out of recreational marijuana sales in July, postponing licensing of home delivery services and pot lounges while allowing retail pot shops and their su…

Pot board drops home delivery and cafe licensing » Boston Herald Facing criticism from Gov. Charlie Baker and others, state marijuana regulators voted today to scrap home delivery and pot cafe licensing for now, with the promise to revisit regulations for the contr…

Pot commission puts delivery, cafes on hold » Boston Herald State marijuana regulators are tabling plans to allow for home delivery and pot cafes for at least the next year, giving Gov. Charlie Baker and lawmakers the limited rollout they pushed for with legal…

After complaints, state agrees to staggered marijuana law rollout » State House News Service Home delivery of marijuana and social consumption of marijuana products will not be part of the legal marijuana industry when it launches in Massachusetts this summer.…

Pittsfield High, Taconic students plan walkout to address gun violence » Berkshire Eagle Something has to change." That's the message behind student walkouts scheduled for Tuesday morning at Taconic High School and Pittsfield High School.,0,,,0,0,63,0,0,0,0,0,,,12,0,2018-02-27 09:41:01,17…

CCC's Flanagan speaks at Ashland Board of Health » The Metro West Daily News State Cannabis Control Commissioner Jennifer Flanagan wants to make sure legal marijuana is going only where it's supposed to go.…

Agreeing To Staggered Rollout Of Laws, State Votes To Delay Marijuana Home Delivery, Cafes » WBUR Home delivery of marijuana and social consumption of marijuana products will not be part of the legal marijuana industry when it launches in Massachusetts this summer. …

Opinion

A step forward in tracking down illegal guns » Lynn Daily News Item We applaud Gov. Baker's intention to make Massachusetts the fifth state in a gun-safety coalition focused on tracking down illegal guns and ending gun violence.…

Peter Lucas: State Police scandal is rocking Baker's boat » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker is lucky he has a friend in Democrat House Speaker Robert DeLeo. Otherwise an aggressive, partisan speaker would be hauling Baker administration officials before legislative committ…

Those Trump trysts: how much is too much? » Boston Globe There's a lot going on in America, I realize. But we're now talking allegations of not one, not two, but three porn actresses, in one room, at the same time, in a Lake Tahoe golf resort hotel, with Do…

EMILY LEVITT, Braintree: Support candidates who support gun control » Patriot Ledger After this latest school shooting in Florida, I am grateful to live in Massachusetts where assault weapons are banned. I am grateful for our Attorney General Maura Healey, who enforces the laws we the…

America needs union jobs » Boston Globe When he was gunned down by an assassin's bullet in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was in Memphis. …

Right-Wing Venom Positioned To Leach Into Massachusetts » WGBH Several months ago, I dialed into a member organizing call for the National Stop Elizabeth Warren Committee, a Super PAC actively recruiting on Facebook—and by recruiting, I mean posting and pa…

EDITORIAL: State's income tax rate is frozen once again » Lowell Sun

Politics

Worthington Democrat announces run for Kulik's seat » The Recorder The chairman of the Worthington Democratic Town Committee announced his run Monday for the 1st Franklin District seat in the House.…

Dem governor candidates take aim at Baker at Worcester forum » Worcester Mag The three Democratic candidates for governor all focused their message on what they saw as insufficient leadership from Governor Charlie Baker at a candidate forum in Worcester Monday night.…

Natalie Blais, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce leader, to run for Rep. Kulik's seat » The Recorder The executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has announced her candidacy for state representative in the 1st Franklin District.…

Funeral services Tuesday for Rep. Peter Kocot » WWLP 22 Family members, friends, and fellow politicians will gather in Northampton Tuesday morning to remember the life of State Representative Peter Kocot.…

Rep. Carvalho pulls out of state Senate race to seek Suffolk DA post » Dorchester Reporter The race for the Fist Suffolk District got a lot more streamlined on Monday, as state Rep. Evandro Carvalho announced he will no longer pursue the senate seat left vacant by former state Sen. Linda Do…

Interest groups help bankroll L'Italien, Matias 3rd District campaigns » Lowell Sun Although the early days of the 3rd Congressional District race have featured little apparent involvement by specific industries or interests, a handful of candidates have drawn distinct support from n…

Kerrigan ends campaign in 3rd District race » Eagle Tribune

Political Notes: State should lead in voting rights, Zakim says » Cape Cod Times

Public Health

Bill targets lead in school drinking water » Wicked Local Danvers

Public Safety

Baker sees 'opportunity' for federal action on guns » Boston Globe

Man injured during State Police gunfire arraigned in Southeast Expressway biker chaos » Boston Globe The first of seven men arrested by State Police when they allegedly drove off-road vehicles and bikes on the Southeast Expressway limped into Boston Municipal Court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to…

Pilot program gives drug users the chance for treatment instead of jail » Patriot Ledger Daniel Bennett said one of his first cases as a public defense attorney involved a man arrested for having heroin. Family members pushed to get the man into treatment, but he refused, and instead walk…

Massachusetts Police Chiefs Associations now support Safe Communities Act » The Daily Free Press A revised version of the Safe Communities Act has now received support from top Massachusetts law enforcement organizations, namely the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the Massachusetts…

PC Evans: We Need More 'City Kid' Police Officers From Boston » WGBH Police Commissioner Bill Evans weighed in on an ongoing debate about hiring policies for Boston police officers and firefighters that some say favor veterans over residents.…

New England Alumni Of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Join Student Movement To End School Shootings » WBUR Alumni of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, say the tragedy strikes close to home, no matter what year they graduated. …

Troopers' lawyer says public safety chief, DA were involved in order to scrub police report » Worcester Telegram

State Government

Massachusetts drops from 1st to 8th in 'Best States' rankings » The Republican

Keller @ Large: Think Twice Before You Brag » CBS Boston

Mass. falls in US News ranking from 'best' state to eighth state » Boston Globe

Transportation

T notes: Is Keolis starting to turn a corner? » Commonwealth Magazine THE TREND LINES for commuter rail service are moving in a positive direction aside from a major setback during the severe cold spell in early January.…

Protesters at UMass not big fans of Gov. Baker cutting PVTA funding » WWLP 22 Dozens gathered at UMass Monday to protest Governor Charlie Baker's budget proposal that would cut PVTA funding.…

State legislators hand-deliver state funds to Martha's Vineyard » Martha's Vineyard Times Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) and Representative Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth) had a busy day on Martha's Vineyard on Friday, including back-to-back events to mark the release of funds earmarked for the…

MBTA seeks patience, says 'there is a vision' » Boston Herald MBTA officials yesterday defended their “vision” for a more reliable T, even as they dealt with the fallout from a series of bad headlines, including an admittedly botched plan to communic…

Marty Walsh against pressuring MBTA on assessments » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh indicated yesterday he won't back any plan to pressure the MBTA on its climbing assessments to the cities and towns its serves, with the City Council calling for a hearing amid o…

New poll: High support for East-West rail connecting Springfield to Boston » MassLive

Should Massachusetts ban drivers from using cellphones with exceptions for 'hands-free mode' and emergencies? » MassLIve

Poll: Transportation Is Still Bad And Needs More Money, Mass. Residents Say » WBUR

In pilot, customers shift to Uber, Lyft from The Ride » Gloucester Times

Poll: Voters favor distracted driving crackdown, oppose raising tolls » WCVB

Utilities

Vineyard Wind sweetens pot » Cape Cod Times An offshore wind energy company with plans to bring connector cables ashore on Cape Cod says it will spend $2 million to train locals for new careers to help position Massachusetts as the leader of th…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Clouds form over state's solar future » Cape Cod Times

Massachusetts marijuana regulators delay cannabis cafes, home delivery options » The Republican

New STEM course program coming to Narragansett » Athol Daily News

State Money Boosts Shellfish Propagation, Community Services » Vineyard Gazette

Dozens protest proposed PVTA rate hikes, service cuts at UMass rally outside legislative budget hearing (video) » The Republican

Safety chief not on board with "Safe Communities" compromise » State House News Service

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