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Today on Beacon Hill

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

2:00pm House Committee on Technology & Intergovernmental Affairs, Public Hearing

5:30pm Reception for Rep. Adrian Madaro with Speaker Robert DeLeo

6:00pm Nick Collins for State Senate Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm State Sen. Candidate Katie McBrine Norwell Campaign Launch Party

6:00pm Rep. Natalie Higgins Re-Election Campaign Kickoff & Signature Gathering

6:30pm State Rep. Candidate Allison Gustavson Campaign Kickoff

Must-Reads

How Trump Managed to Pay Much Less Than Clinton for Facebook Ads in the 2016 Election » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Over the weekend, Antonio García Martínez, a former member of Facebook's advertising team, revealed in an op-ed for Wired that, during the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump's campaign tea…

Donald Trump's Short Congressional Coattails » Sabato's Crystal Ball Although Donald Trump is remaking the Republican Party in his image, he had among the shortest coattails of any presidential winner going back to Dwight Eisenhower. In 2016, Trump ran ahead of just 24…

Jared Kushner's Ties to Banks Under Scrutiny » The Wall Street Journal The New York State Department of Financial Services asked several banks for information about their relationships with Jared Kushner and his finances, people familiar with the information requests sai…

Has Jared Kushner Conspired to Defraud America? » New York Times In the guise of pursuing U.S. foreign policy, maybe the president's son-in-law was serving the financial interests of his family. …

Gov. Charlie Baker, Massachusetts congressional delegation asks Trump administration to scrap offshore drilling plan » MassLive Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and all 11 members of the state's congressional delegation urged the Trump administration this week to back away from its plan to open new areas off the United States'…

Lowell rep eyes boosting ICE detainer to 12 hours in Safe Communities Act » Lowell Sun A Lowell legislator plans to file an amendment to a controversial immigration bill, stressing that law enforcement should be able to hold individuals on ICE detainers for more than six hours. …

Massachusetts Senate leadership changes elevate Sen. Cynthia Creem, leave WMass out » MassLive Senate President Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester, elevated Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem, D-Newton, to become Senate majority leader Wednesday in a restructuring that continues to leave Western Massachuset…

Northern Pass pitches money, revisions to get NH to reconsider » New Hampshire Union Leader In a bid to revive its $1.6 billion Northern Pass power project, Eversource pledged Wednesday to spend $75 million addressing issues raised by a state committee that rejected it a month ago. …

"I applaud Senate President Chandler’s leadership appointments and look forward to continuing to work with leadership to conduct the important business before the Senate this year," Spilka said. "I am particularly encouraged by Senator Chandler’s decision to elevate talented women to positions of power in the Senate and am thrilled to have smart, hard-working, respected leaders like Senators Lovely and Chang-Diaz joining our Ways and Means leadership team as we approach the budget release and debate."

Senator Karen Spilka

Speaking about the number of committee and leadership changes taking place in the Senate.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Republicans are not just attached to Trump — they're his customers, too » Boston Globe There are at least 230 wineries in the state of Virginia, but when a campaign arm of House Republicans recently chose one to host the winners of a fund-raising contest, it was the vineyard in Charlott…

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Force Companies to Make Sexual-Misconduct Data Public » The Cut Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and Nevada representative Jacky Rosen introduced a bill Tuesday morning that would require public companies to make public all allegations of sexual harassment a…

A Judge Will Let Ex-Trump Advisor Rick Gates Spend Spring Break in Boston » Boston Magazine Gates has been a major figure in Robert Mueller's investigation. …

Booker, Gillibrand and Warren to join Doug Jones for March DNC fundraiser » Politico A trio of likely presidential contenders is teaming up with a new Democratic hero to pump cash into the Democratic National Committee.…

Business

Tarr bill would fuel growth in fishing, farming » Newburyport News State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr has filed a bill that would use up to $50 million in bond authorizations for commercial fishing and agricultural industries to help promote economic growth and …

Ruling hits Portuguese biz » Boston Herald ortuguese-owned construction companies can no longer be considered “minority-owned businesses” by the state, which will prevent them from participating in a government program designed to …

In New Compact, Harwich Harnesses 'The Power Of Culture' » The Cape Cod Chronicle When it comes to supporting local theater, providing studio space for artists, and giving local musicians public performance venues, Harwich deserves to take a bow. But by all accounts, the show's jus…

Rubius collects $100 million in latest round of fund-raising » Boston Globe This blood drive has no shortage of donors. Rubius Therapeutics, the Cambridge biotech startup that wants to turn our own red blood cells into potent new medicines, said Thursday that it has raised an…

Can Lynn build its own Faneuil Hall? This new marketplace is going to try. » Lynn Daily News Item Lynn, Lynn the city that's in…is a favorite phrase from a man whose hands hold a promising future for the Cultural District in downtown.…

Amazon Plans to Add 2,000 Jobs, Lease Giant Office in Boston » Boston Magazine It's not the coveted HQ2, but the company is in negotiations for a massive new outpost in the Seaport. …

Civil Rights

Pignatelli honors 150th anniversary of the birth of Great Barrington native Du Bois » the Berkshire edge On Wednesday, Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, in coordination with Speaker Robert DeLeo and the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, honored the 150th birthday of …

Education

Medford Superintendent To Retire Early » Worcester Patch Medford Superintendent of Schools Roy Belson announced Tuesday he would retire early in the wake of the McGlynn gun magazine incident. Belson, who was originally set to retire in June after 23 years, …

Mass. students borrowing more to attend public universities » Boston Globe Once upon a time in Massachusetts, students looking for an affordable path to a college degree turned to the state's public colleges and universities.…

John Lewis Named 2018 Commencement Speaker » The Harvard Crimson Congressman and civil rights leader John R. Lewis will come to campus to speak at Harvard's 367th commencement ceremony, the University announced Wednesday.…

Massachusetts May Sue Federal Student Loan Servicer, Judge Rules » US News and World Report

Environment

Property owners along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway to help pay for its upkeep » Boston Globe Property owners along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway have agreed to help pay for the downtown park's upkeep.…

Republicans and Democrats will fight Trump plan for offshore drilling, Massachusetts GOP state Sen. Bruce Tarr tells Boston crowd » MassLive Any plan for oil and gas drilling off the coast of Massachusetts will be fought from both sides of the aisle, state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, told a crowd of environmental activ…

Trump's offshore drilling plan panned at hearing » Newburyport News Opponents of offshore drilling blasted President Donald Trump's proposal to open up the New England coast to oil and gas exploration, saying the plan threatens the state's fishing industry, coastal ec…

At Leominster's Sky View Middle School, no art class means empty palettes, untapped creativity » Sentinel & Enterprise Sky View Middle School Principal Tim Blake does not beat around the bush. "Do adults in Leominster care that kids don't have art classes here?" he asks a student in a video he posted to Twitter on Sun…

Gaming

Baker: As Wynn Scandal Deepens, Regulators Should Changing Casino Name » WBUR Massachusetts' governor says a name change for an under-construction casino outside Boston should be considered in light of sexual misconduct allegations against casino mogul Steve Wynn.…

AG: Lose the 'Wynn' » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey is questioning whether Wynn Resorts should be allowed to keep its Boston-area casino license in the wake of new rape and sexual harassment allegations against gaming mogu…

Governor: Changing Name of Wynn Casino Should Be Considered » US News and World Report Massachusetts' governor says a name change for an under-construction casino outside Boston should be considered in light of sexual misconduct allegations against casino mogul Steve Wynn.…

Women's group calls on gaming board to 'do the right thing' » Boston Herald The state gaming board needs to send Steve Wynn a message and ban his name from the $2.4 billion casino being built in Everett, the head of a woman's advocacy group said.…

Health Care

Health care providers brace for confusion as new Mass. Medicaid rules are rolled out » Boston Globe More than 800,000 Massachusetts Medicaid recipients enter a new era Thursday with the rollout of sweeping changes that are designed to improve care and save money — but that could cause initial…

Trump Administration Can Revoke States' Right to Regulate Obamacare, But Will It? » Governing The federal government's response to Idaho's unprecedented plan to ignore parts of the federal health law could have ripple effects throughout the country. …

Human Services

Popular food assistance program running out of funds » State House News Service A state program that increases access to fresh, local produce for households receiving nutritional assistance is at risk of ending, according to Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Se…

State program offering farm fresh food to SNAP recipients in jeopardy » Valley Advocate

Immigration

Lowell rep eyes boosting ICE detainer to 12 hours in Safe Communities Act » The Valley Dispatch A Lowell legislator plans to file an amendment to a controversial immigration bill, stressing that law enforcement should be able to hold individuals on ICE detainers for more than six hours.…

Feds say Boston's sanctuary city policy is 'serious risk' » Boston Herald Federal officials asked Boston police to detain 68 suspected illegal immigrants last year, a 353 percent increase over 2016 that has an advocacy group seething — but the feds are blasting the c…

Labor

In workers' comp fraud case, former Worcester Sheriff's Dept. officer gets probation » Worcester Telegram Charges against a former correction officer accused of fraudulently collecting disability benefits for a work-related injury while working a private job have been continued without findings in Worcest…

Extortion case will go on, despite recent rulings some say undercut the case » Boston Globe Two City Hall officials accused of pressuring organizers of the 2014 Boston Calling music festival to hire union workers must face trial, a judge ruled Wednesday, despite a recent court ruling that ha…

Walsh aides lose bid to toss extortion case » Boston Herald Two of Mayor Martin J. Walsh's top lieutenants who face an upcoming extortion trial suffered a major legal blow yesterday when a federal judge denied several defense ­motions, including their lates…

Legislative

Rep. James Miceli taken by ambulance from house Dem caucus » Lowell Sun Wilmington Rep. James Miceli collapsed and was transported by ambulance to a hospital from the Omni Parker House on Wednesday morning where House Democrats were attending a political caucus, according…

Newton's Creem named Senate majority leader » The Salem News Newton Sen. Cynthia Creem will move up to majority leader in the Senate, according to a reshuffling that senators ratified on Wednesday. Creem will fill a post left vacant when Sen. Harriette Chandler…

Sal DiDomenico lands leadership role » Boston Herald State Sen. Sal DiDomenico scored a coveted role as an assistant majority leader — with a $20,000 raise to boot — amid a leadership shuffle yesterday, a move that elevates the Everett law…

Harriette Chandler puts new Senate leadership team in place » Worcester Telegram Massachusetts Senate President Harriette Chandler has put in place a new leadership team for the remainder of the legislative session on Beacon Hill.…

Lovely named vice chair of Ways and Means » Wicked Local Salem State Sen. Joan Lovely has been promoted to Vice Chair of Senate Committee on Ways and Means and Chair of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs. These new positions are critical roles on t…

Hundreds gather in Northampton to remember state Rep. Peter Kocot » Gazette Net State Rep. Peter V. Kocot was remembered Tuesday at his funeral Mass as a kind, intelligent and devoted family man who lived life with passion and a deep sense of purpose.…

New process recommended for sexual harassment complaints in House » State House News Service

Local Government

Plymouth Child and Family Services clinic will remain open » Wicked Local Plymouth Pleased, optimistic and wary might sum up the reaction of mental health advocates, supporters and clients of the Plymouth Child and Family Services' crisis center after the operators of that facility …

Oxford police chief favors arming schoolteachers » Worcester Telegram The police chief said he's not against armed teachers in schools, while at least two selectmen are dead set against it.…

Bourne selectman charged with assault » Cape Cod Times Bourne Selectman Michael Blanton was ordered held without bail on Wednesday after pleading not guilty in Falmouth District Court to assaulting a woman after allegedly slamming her head against a floor…

Mayor eyes increased funding for school safety » Gloucester Times In the days immediately following the fatal Feb. 14 shootings at a Parkland, Florida, high school, Gloucester police received several calls from people concerned about the potential for someone carryi…

Marijuana

Trafficking will disqualify potential pot industry workers » Boston Globe People with a prior conviction for trafficking in drugs other than marijuana will be barred from working in jobs that include access to the plant in the newly legal marijuana industry, a decision made…

Harm in the High Way: Pedestrian fatalities jump in states with legalized pot » Boston Herald States with legalized pot have seen a troubling ­increase in car crashes killing pedestrians, highway researchers say, bolstering concerns in Massachusetts that the new marijuana law could mean mor…

Trafficking would disqualify potential pot industry workers » WCVB People with a prior conviction for trafficking in drugs other than marijuana will be barred from working in jobs that include access to the plant in the newly-legal marijuana industry, a decision made…

Opinion

Our view: Government must listen on ocean drilling » Gloucester Times Opponents of drilling for oil and gas in the offshore waters of New England are legion, and they have plenty to say. If only they could find a way to get their government to listen.…

Our Opinion: We're number 8! Reason is largely infrastructure » Berkshire Eagle US News & World Report's annual Best State rankings are out again, and the big news is that Massachusetts has fallen from grace — from the number-one spot in 2017 to eighth on the magazine's li…

Astley: Creating positive change in the face of violence » Milford Daily News I have spoken with many boys and men in our communities about the positive potentials of joining together to see what we might do to help prevent violence in our communities, toward females, males and…

Letter: A liquor lawsuit » Concord Monitor Perhaps the New Hampshire Liquor Commission can partner with the Massachusetts Marijuana Commission to launder money for their transactions. The N.H. Liquor Commission has been laundering large cash a…

Letter: Summit brought tourism industry together » The Salem News In 2016, tourism to Massachusetts generated $20.7 billion in direct spending, supported more than 139,000 jobs and generated more than $1.3 billion in state and local tax revenue. The 34 cities and to…

#MeToo catches up with Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky » Boston Globe Hang around long enough and the zeitgeist catches up with you.…

The attack of the retro-culture » Boston Globe “Roseanne,” née 1988, will come back to life later this month as part of a vast Return of the Repressed TV Series. Also getting video CPR: “Will & Grace,” “Magnum, P.I…

Brookline should remove slaveholder's name from school » Boston Globe When Brookline's $120 million renovation of the Devotion School is complete, it will feature about 24,500 square feet of new space and accommodate an additional 200 K-8 students.…

Finally, movement on renaming Yawkey Way » Boston Globe Anyone who thinks it is critical for this city to move past its painful legacy of turning a blind eye to intolerance should loudly cheer the Boston Red Sox' move Wednesday to change the name of Yawkey…

Politics

Governor hopefuls make opening pitch to Dorchester Democrats » Dorchester Reporter As ward committees gather across the neighborhood to elect delegates for June's state Democratic Convention in Worcester, the hyper-local forums have been frequented by candidates seeking statewide of…

Valley Patriot BASH Committee Announces the 2018 Nominees for our 1st Amendment Award » The Valley Patriot Each year The Valley Patriot grants a First Amendment award to 2 individuals who show with their actions that they value the 1st Amendment to the Constitution and are willing to fight for it.…

Democrat challenging Hill for House seat » The Salem News When Donald Trump won the presidential election, Allison Gustavson decided to run for office.…

Kennedy gets a Democratic primary challenger » The Sun Chronicle Gary Rucinski, a software project manager from Newton, is launching a Democratic primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III.…

Warren stumps in Holden » The Landmark An overflow crowd greeted U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) with a standing ovation as she strode onto the stage at Wachusett Regional High School on Sunday.…

Democrats keep winning special elections. A 'Blue Wave' may be coming this fall » Boston Globe Perhaps the best indicator of whether Democrats could win big in the November midterm elections is the fact that they are already winning special elections that — in theory — they should…

Public Health

Drug treatment diversion prescribed for substance abusers » Wicked Local Weymouth A pilot drug treatment diversion pilot program launched by Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey and the state Executive Office of Public Safety will place people that are struggling with…

Public Safety

Baker: Feds should reinstate ban on assault-style weapons » Boston Herald Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says he would support the reinstatement of a federal ban on assault-style weapons.…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says feds should adopt something similar to state's assault weapons ban » MassLive Data show the Massachusetts assault weapons ban is working and federal government officials should look to adopting a similar measure at the national level, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday.…

Healey's 2016 crackdown on copycat assault weapons took those firearms off market » Berkshire Eagle At A & J Sporting Goods in Housatonic, co-owner Joe Aberdale still stocks the "copycat" assault-style rifles that are now banned from sale in Massachusetts.…

State continues to fund fire prevention program in Weymouth » Wicked Local Weymouth The Weymouth Fire Department's education program to help children and seniors prevent fires and stay safe during a blaze recently received a $9,716 grant from the state Executive Office of Public Safe…

Politicians are slow to act on guns, even as pressure builds » Boston Globe Most of America is having a post-Parkland moment over guns. Students are demonstrating about the massacre of their classmates. Corporations are cutting ties to the NRA or pulling back on their own ret…

Harvard study finds gun injuries drop nationwide — during NRA conventions » Boston Globe A new study from Harvard has found a 20 percent decline in gun injuries nationwide during the dates of the National Rifle Association's annual convention, which gathers tens of thousands of gun-owning…

Sex, consent and custody » Dig Boston Earlier this month, BuzzFeed published an explosive article about a New York City teenager accusing two police officers of raping her while she was in custody. The entire story is harrowing. But one a…

With Guns in the Spotlight, Candidates for Governor Recalibrate Their Positions » Governing Guns have suddenly emerged as a central issue in this year's races. Navigating the issue will be difficult for both parties. …

Elizabeth Warren Urges Investment Firms to Hold Gun Manufacturers Accountable » Boston Magazine The senator wrote to the leaders of nine funds, including Boston-based Fidelity, to implore them to encourage change. …

In Mass., Counting Guns In Schools — And Hoping To Avoid Catastrophe » WBUR The shooting in Parkland, Florida, is an occasion for a reckoning. When it comes to guns and schools, the United States has a problem. …

State trooper involved in shooting has history of racist online posts » Boston Globe

State Government

Power shortage: Experience gap looms in WMass with loss of 3 longtime lawmakers » Gazette Net For many years, the members of the delegation representing Hampshire County's largest communities have brought extensive experience to their positions and wielded significant influence on policies and…

Taxation

Reps urge home care workers to help defeat sales tax cut » State House News Service Telling home care workers that she'd go "to the wall" to fight for more money for them in next year's budget, Rep. Danielle Gregoire asked them to join her in another policy battle: the effort to defe…

Transportation

Top state official pushes for interim West Station options » Boston Globe West Station could soon be back on track. The roughly $100 million project, proposed for the old rail yard in Allston, was at risk of being not being built until 2040 — after the state had fini…

Framingham-Worcester line performance rate improves with upgrades » The Metro West Daily News Upgrades along the Framingham-Worcester line in recent years have drastically improved on-time rates on what was once the MBTA's worst performing commuter rail line.…

THE INCREDIBLE, INEQUITABLE MBTA » Dig Boston To get from one place to another in Boston, many commuters use the public transit system for commuter rail, subway, and bus route services. However, the tracks and lanes that are supposed to connect r…

How Boston's Airport Bounced Back From the Storm That Crippled J.F.K. » New York Times The winter storm that caused chaos at Kennedy International Airport in January roared up the Eastern Seaboard, dumping more than a foot of snow on Boston Logan International Airport and sending water …

Utilities

Quincy officials eye municipal internet network » Wicked Local The city administration says it's on board with a councilor's desire to look at creating a municipal internet network for Quincy.…

Pilgrim workers violate federal regulations » Cape Cod Times When federal regulators come to town for the plant's annual assessment meeting later this month, operators at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station will have one more violation related to poor staff performan…

Eversource appeals NH ruling on N. Pass » Commonwealth Magazine EVERSOURCE ENERGY made a number of financial and construction commitments on Wednesday in a bid to convince a New Hampshire regulatory agency to void its unanimous decision against the Northern Pass t…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Mass. teens demand more funding for job opportunities » Bay State Banner

Unions play a key role in protecting working people and jobs » Sentinel & Enterprise

School turnaround bill advances » Bay State Banner

Massachusetts awards $5.5 million in grants for bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements » The Republican

Massachusetts Catholic bishops urge 'historic' criminal justice reform » The Republican

Creem promoted to Majority Leader, Rosenberg remains » State House News Service

Once skeptical, Gov. Baker urges federal assault weapon ban » The Herald News

Stripping Wynn's name from Massachusetts casino should be 'on the table,' Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican

Mass. home prices rise higher as Hill mulls housing bill » Boston Business Journal

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