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9:00am Library Legislative Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Fundraiser for Sen. Barbara L'Italien for Congress

6:00pm NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts: Elected for Choice 2018 honoring Sen. Harriette Chandler, Rep. Patricia Haddad and Rep. John Scibak, Scholars, 25 School Street, Boston

Special Election for Sen. Thomas McGee's seat

State Primary for Special Election for Rep. Paul Heroux's seat

Must-Reads

Mayor's endorsement of Zakim ignites spat with Galvin » State House News Service Secretary of State William Galvin hasn't had a primary opponent in over a decade, and it appears that Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim's challenge this year isn't sitting well with the six-term incumb…

Finegold making bid to get his old Senate seat back » State House News Service Call it a comeback. Four years after losing a Democratic primary for state treasurer to Deborah Goldberg, Andover attorney Barry Finegold is seeking to revive his political career and return to the st…

Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier » The New Yorker How the ex-spy tried to warn the world about Trump's ties to Russia. …

Conservative group complains about union donations to state Senate candidate » The Sun Chronicle A conservative group is challenging political donations sent from labor unions to state Senate candidate Paul Feeney. …

Victory in sight for Democrats defying Warren on bank bill » Politico Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are poised to pass a bill this week that would relax key banking regulations, steamrolling opposition from outspoken liberals like Sen. Elizabeth Warren who hav…

U.N. Chief Picks a Very Rich New Yorker (Not Named Trump) for Climate Job » New York Times The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, on Monday appointed a billionaire politician from New York to be his special envoy for climate action. It amounted to a finger in the eye of …

Suffolk CEO John Fish makes a big donation to Democrats » Boston Business Journal The donation appears to be Fish's single largest campaign contribution, by a significant margin. …

Conservative advocacy group targets Cyr » Cape Cod Times State Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, has been targeted with a critical direct-mail piece from the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance for the second time in less than three months.…

Top Revenue aide hired for 'technology rollouts' had no experience in data security » Boston Globe In September 2016, then Massachusetts Tax Commissioner Michael J. Heffernan persuaded Governor Charlie Baker's budget office to authorize a new $121,000-a-year job, despite a government hiring freeze.…

“They’re just going to keep getting hit anytime there’s a big storm. That means we’re going to need some different answers,” Baker said of areas along the coast. “We have a lot of work to do on this one.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about ways to protect Massachusetts from future storms.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

New Training Available for Hill Staffers Who Witness Sexual Harassment » Roll Call New training is now available for staffers on Capitol Hill on what to do as a bystander or witness to sexual harassment as offices move to comply with the new anti-harassment training requirements imp…

Rep. Joe Kennedy To Parkland Students: 'Keep Fighting' » WGBH News Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass) met with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of last month's deadly shooting that killed 17, speaking at the Broward Democratic Party's annual Ob…

Business

Done with running a company? Not quite: Tech meets insurance » Boston Globe After leading one of New England's biggest commercial insurance brokerages for 16 years, Phil Edmundson thought he was done with running a company.…

Will Somerville's Union Square become the next Kendall? Developers think so » Boston Globe Another developer is betting that Union Square may become Somerville's version of Kendall Square.…

Millbury septic company accused of illegally dumping waste, not paying sewer plant fees » Worcester Telegram A local septic and sewer services company is being sued by state Attorney General Maura Healey for illegally dumping septage and waste into the town's sewer system to avoid paying fees to the Upper Bl…

MetroWest Daily News building sold for $9.3M to biotech » Worcester Business Journal Cambridge life sciences and biotech facility development firm King Street Properties has purchased the former MetroWest Daily News building in the Framingham Technology Park.…

Senate task force hears North Shore retailers' concerns » The Salem News A state Senate task force meant to strengthen local retail got an earful from Salem business leaders speaking frankly about the pressures they face from higher health care costs and a proposed increas…

Senate task force hears retailers' concerns » Gloucester Times A state Senate task force meant to strengthen local retail got an earful from Salem business leaders speaking frankly about the pressures they face from higher health care costs and a proposed increas…

New Balance's revenue hits $4.5B as global ambitions grow » Boston Business Journal

Education

UMass president calls for greater affordability for students » Boston Globe University of Massachusetts president Martin T. Meehan on Monday pledged to work to make college degrees more affordable in an era when the cost of even a public education is becoming increasingly out…

In a new book, Chessy Prout says culture at St. Paul's School allowed sexual assault » Boston Globe It was March 2014, the beginning of “Senior Salute” season at St. Paul's School, a time when boys preparing for graduation competed in a rite of sexual conquest, using metaphors borrowed f…

UMass President Marty Meehan stresses college affordability in State of UMass address » MassLive University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan on Monday pledged to address college affordability through online education, partnerships with businesses and nonprofits and a new fundraising campai…

UMass eyes online revenues to help affordability » Boston Business Journal With students facing rising college costs and debt levels, University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan plans to amp up the school's online learning options in hopes of preserving affordability …

Senators hope to create regional school commission » Gloucester Times While it may have gotten a recent boost, a state Senate measure to create a commission focusing on regional school districts might need more help to become part of the state budget.…

As Costs Climb At Public Colleges, State Leaders Weigh Fixes — But Students Demand More » WBUR Students from the University of Massachusetts school system and other state colleges descended on Beacon Hill Monday to ask lawmakers to do more — maybe a lot more — to curb the rising c…

Students push for lawmakers to increase higher education funding » WWLP 22 News Student debt is rising in Massachusetts, but state funding is falling. College students are calling on the state to invest more in the higher education system and provide them with some financial reli…

Tensions mount over Lowell school budget » Lowell Sun

Environment

Baker surveys storm damage in Gloucester » Newburyport News Gov. Charlie Baker and state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester climbed the Stage Fort Park seawall to get a better look at the pull of the waves, but they got a closer look than they wer…

After huge storm, coastal areas face concerns » Boston Globe Three days after a vicious nor'easter pounded coastal neighborhoods here with heavy flooding and near-hurricane winds, wreckage lay scattered in the mud-coated streets leading to the Houghs Neck penin…

Charlie Baker wants 'different answers' on coastal flooding » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker said officials need to find “some different answers” in steeling the state against the type of floods that have twice inundated the shoreline this year, signaling there …

Leaders recognize need to protect coast from devastating storm surges » State House News Service After a powerful storm ravaged coastal communities with severe flooding late last week, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that Massachusetts has "a lot of work to do" to protect seaside cities and towns …

Health Care

State health officials endorse Beth Israel-Lahey merger » Boston Globe

Housing

Boston might require developers to set aside more low-income units » Boston Globe With Boston's affordable housing crunch showing no signs of easing, the Walsh Administration appears ready to ask developers to do more to help solve it.…

Would Right of First Refusal alleviate Cambridge's housing crisis? » Wicked Local Cambridge The Cambridge City Council recently voted to support a proposed state law that could have a major impact on the city's housing market and its tenants. But the bill isn't without opposition.…

Immigration

With DACA deadline passed, local undocumented immigrants demanding action » Valley Advocate It's been more than six months since President Trump announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as…

Judiciary

Annie Dookhan drug defendants ask state to reimburse their court fees and fines; Mass. could owe millions » MassLive

Merits of voter registration limit argued before high court » Sentinel & Enterprise

Labor

Springfield Works gets state funding to expand programs to help job seekers » MassLive Springfield Works will use $75,000 it received last week from the state to expand efforts to mentor and guide job seekers all the way from initial assessment to employment.…

Law could limit bosses' snooping on Facebook » Newburyport News

Legislative

Rep. Miceli Back To Work For Tewksbury, Wilmington » Worcester Patch State Rep. James Miceli (D-Wilmington) is back to work less than a week after collapsing during a meeting and being taken to a hospital by ambulance. In a Facebook post Monday, Tewksbury Selectman Mar…

Fueled by doughnuts, talks begin on earmark-filled bond bills » State House News Service House-Senate negotiations over legislation to repair courthouses and other aging state facilities began Monday morning over a spread of doughnuts and muffins.…

Donoghue helping to spearhead state export panel » Lowell Sun

Local Government

Councilors prepare case for Hale debt relief » Eagle Tribune City officials are pleading with Gov. Charlie Baker and House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez to provide $2.4 million in the upcoming state budget to offset the city's ongoing debt from its 20…

Nor'easter puts Nahant in a state of emergency » Lynn Daily News Item Days after a monsterous Nor'easter churned off the coast of New England with hurricane-force winds and rain during dangerous high tide cycles, Nahant remains in a state of emergency.…

Lowell anti-panhandling campaign stalls » Lowell Sun As they work to reshape the city from a blue-collar mill town to a white-collar technology hub, Lowell officials have tried to make the downtown a more welcoming place for newcomers by driving away pa…

Medford City Council asks for better broadcast equipment » Medford Patch Citing complaints from residents about poor film and sound quality, the City Council voted to request that the city's broadcast equipment, which films and streams some city meetings, be updated at the…

Springfield Women's Commission set to honor Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Denise Hurst and Kateri Walsh » MassLive The Springfield Women's Commission will honor three women including Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, at its annual celebration and reception on Friday, being conducted at Western New England University.…

AG's office rules Southfield Redevelopment Authority violated Open Meeting Law » Patriot Ledger The board overseeing the redevelopment of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station violated the state Open Meeting Law when it failed to include sufficient details about what it planned to discuss …

Taking charge of economic growth: Pittsfield's new business development manager hits the ground running » Berkshire Eagle It's two weeks into his new job. The walls of Michael Coakley's office on the second floor of City Hall are as bare as a freshman's dorm room, and his business cards haven't arrived yet. But that does…

Marijuana

Gov. Charlie Baker seeks medical, recreational marijuana law changes » Berkshire Eagle A $5.4 million spending bill filed by Gov. Charlie Baker late Friday would set aside $2 million for the Department of Public Health to run a public awareness campaign ahead of the start of retail mari…

State pot panel wraps up regulations » The Valley Dispatch

Opinion

Mikey Henry, the Pope of Beacon Hill, has got his groove back » Boston Globe Chances are, if you have gone into the Starbucks at the corner of Beacon and Charles streets any time over the last 10 years, you know Michael “Mikey” Henry.…

A path forward for experimental drug treatments » Boston Globe MATTHEW BELLINA, a retired Navy pilot, knows time is running out. Now 34, Bellina was diagnosed in 2014 with Lou Gehrig's disease, a fatal disorder that attacks the central nervous system and graduall…

Hope Hicks not taken seriously, but could face serious trouble » Boston Globe AS SHE EXITS the White House, Hope Hicks got the usual treatment from “Saturday Night Live” — which for women of the Trump administration is pretty sexist.…

Trump's misbegotten trade war » Boston Globe WHEN AMERICANS AWOKE on March 1, our sustained economic recovery was humming along. All we required was that our president keep his hands off the wheel.…

State should fund fresh-veggies budget » The Andover Townsman The state's Healthy Incentives Program packs an outsized nutritional and economic punch relative to its comparatively modest budget.…

Our Opinion: 'An obnoxious idea,'and a promising one » Berkshire Eagle One could call it a tale of two states: A mere six days after the school shooting at Douglas High School in Florida, survivors of the incident looked on in horror and disgust from the visitors' galler…

Letters to the Editor: gun laws, Devotion School and Babcock Street » Wicked Local Brookline I am a parent of two beautiful daughters, now in their early 20s, who grew up in Brookline. Around the time that my oldest daughter was in first grade, there were three shootings that involved kids 1)…

Politics

Millionaire tax exposes partisan divide among Attleboro state rep candidates » The Sun Chronicle A proposed surtax on millionaires to fund education and transportation reveals a sharp difference between the Republican and Democratic candidates in Tuesday's special primary election.…

Push for Automatic Voter Registration In Mass. Continues Despite Loss of Key Proponent » New England Public Radio Supporters of automatic voter registration in Massachusetts said the proposal still has traction despite the recent death of a leading advocate. …

Storm can't stop Attleboro's special primary election today » The Sun Chronicle All the city's voting places have electrical power and are ready for Tuesday's special primary election for state representative.…

O'Donnell announces candidacy for Kocot's seat » Gazette Net City Council President Ryan O'Donnell, 38, has thrown his hat in the ring for the 1st Hampshire District seat in the Massachusetts House, and he's pledging to pursue a strong progressive policy agenda…

Swampscott, Marblehead voters to cast ballots in special state senate election Tuesday » The Salem News Voters in Swampscott and Marblehead head to the polls Tuesday for a special election, although the outcome appears to be predetermined.…

Hopedale's Biagetti launches second bid for state Rep. » Wicked Local Mendon Outraged by both last year's vote to increase state lawmaker stipends and state Rep. Brian Murray's proposal to create new tolls across the state, former Hopedale selectwoman and Republican Sandra Bia…

Lawrence's Dan Rivera Says Bill Galvin Told Him, "I Made You Mayor" » Boston Magazine William Galvin is (allegedly) not very happy with people endorsing Josh Zakim. The secretary of state, who is facing a primary challenger for the first time in more than a decade, lashed out at a mayo…

MassGOP calls state elections chief 'unhinged' after report of angry phone call with Lawrence mayor » MassLive The Massachusetts Republican Party called the state's top elections chief "unhinged" after a report said Secretary of State Bill Galvin phoned the mayor of Lawrence and criticized him for endorsing a …

Lawrence mayor raps William Galvin » Boston Herald Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera says Secretary of State William F. Galvin gave him an earful for supporting Galvin's rival Josh Zakim in an irate, profanity-laden phone call, with the longtime Beacon Hill p…

Diana Szynal, Kocot's district director, to run for his seat » Gazette Net Diana M. Szynal, district director for the late state Rep. Peter V. Kocot, will run for his 1st Hampshire District seat.…

Jackie Katz challenges Richard Ross for state Senate » Wicked Local Needham Norfolk resident Jackie Katz announced back in May 2017 that she will challenge Richard Ross for his seat in the Massachusetts State Senate. …

Finegold to run for state senator » Eagle Tribune Former state Sen. Barry Finegold wants to reclaim his old seat.…

Galvin to Rivera: 'I made you mayor' » Commonwealth Magazine Lawrence mayor's endorsement of challenger triggers feud with Secretary of State …

Public Safety

Multi-state gun safety group blasted » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker's move to add Massachusetts to a multi-state gun safety network amounts to "an admission of guilt by our government for not doing their jobs to stop criminal gun traffickers," accor…

Attorneys warn that trooper scandal could lead to convictions being tossed » Boston Herald Defense attorneys warn that the scandal involving a suspended state trooper's past ties to a major pot dealer could lead to convictions being tossed and new trials ordered — in the state's late…

State Government

Marshfield, Scituate storm damage gets Lt. Gov. Polito's attention » Patriot Ledger Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito toured Scituate and Marshfield Sunday afternoon to see first-hand the devastation this weekend's nor'easter brought with it, and to observe the hard work being done to…

Massachusetts conservation department pays $1.6 million for retaliating against clerk who filed sexual harassment complaint » MassLive The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation last year paid more than $1.6 million to a former clerk for retaliating against her after she complained of sexual harassment.…

Charlie Baker said he will seek federal aid for last week's storm » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker said Monday that he “absolutely” expects to ask the federal government for disaster aid for the Nor'easter that walloped Massachusetts last week, flooding several ci…

Canton, Randolph legal advisor starts 10th term on state commission » Wicked Local Randolph

Transportation

MBTA officials eye parking lot revenue » Boston Herald The MBTA's top official is urging the agency's board to delay any fare hikes until the summer of 2019, but commuters could still face higher fees at some T parking lots far sooner.…

MBTA officials recommend no fare increase in 2018 » MassLive As the MBTA's fiscal control and management board on Monday delved into discussions of the public transit agency's budget for fiscal year 2019, which starts in July 2018, agency staffers said a fare i…

After on-time ride, Gonzalez says T riders 'frustrated' » The Salem News Needham Democrat Jay Gonzalez began his Monday in front of the Swampscott home of the Republican governor whose job he hopes to take in November.…

Fares, Fees, Retirement Incentives: MBTA Officials Keep 'Options Open' To Balance Budget » WBUR MBTA officials are considering higher parking fees, retirement incentives for T employees and fare hikes for riders as they seek to better align revenues with expenses.…

MBTA chief opposes raising fares before July 2019, but board members won't commit to that » Boston Globe The MBTA's general manager wants it to hold off raising fares early next year, but its governing board is reluctant to rule out increases because of growing fiscal concerns.…

T'S GM urges no fare hikes in January » Commonwealth Magazine But members of oversight board say it's too early to rule them out …

T notes: Paratransit costs run $16m over budget » Commonwealth Magazine New early-morning buses being added; derailment's cause still unknown …

Utilities

67,000 without power in Mass. three days after storm » Boston Globe Three days after a nor'easter hammered Massachusetts, some 62,000 electric customers were still without power Monday, schools were closed or delaying opening, and the MBTA warned commuter rail passeng…

Water leak forces Pilgrim shutdown ahead of Wednesday's nor'easter » State House News Service A likely water leak inside the feedwater heating system prompted Pilgrim Nuclear Station in Plymouth to shut down overnight.…

Berkshire summit plots transition to 100 percent renewable energy » the Berkshire edge

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Would You Warn Your Neighbors About An Immigration Raid? » WBUR

Candidates Pitch Pittsfield Democrats at Caucus » iBerkshires

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to consider voter registration, campaign finance cases » The Republican

Sewage disposal company sued for illegally dumping waste into Millbury's sewers » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle

As next storm develops, senator points to "writing on the wall" » State House News Service

Mayor's endorsement of Zakim ignites spat with Galvin » State House News Service

Tarr, Chandler send Congress gun law message » The Salem News

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