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9:30am Mass. Commission on the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Constituents Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

5:30pm Fundraiser for Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni

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

Must-Reads

Devens leader departing for Framingham post » Lowell Sun Thatcher Kezer, senior vice president of operations for Mass Development, will become chief operating officer for the city of Framigham, Mayor Yvonne Spicer announced on Tuesday. …

Charles Koch: Corporate leaders must reject Trump's tariffs » The Washington Post A society that embraces free and open exchange not only provides the greatest abundance, it enables the growth of knowledge and life-enhancing innovations that uplift everyone. Just as the United Stat…

Why Elizabeth Warren is calling out her Democratic colleagues over a new bank bill » Boston.com Warren says members of both parties have united to "do the bidding of the big banks." …

The West Virginia Teacher Strike Was Rare, Militant And Victorious » The Huffington Post West Virginia teachers and school personnel just ended perhaps the most significant American worker strike in years ? and they did it in a state where public sector workers are supposed to have very l…

Exclusive polls: Big warning signs for Senate Democrats » Axios Five Senate Democrats would lose to a Republican candidate if the election were held today and three have approval ratings under 50%, according to new Axios/SurveyMonkey polls. …

House 2018: 26 Ratings Changes, All in Favor of Democrats » Sabato's Crystal Ball -- No Democratic incumbent is now rated worse than Likely Democratic, a nod to the reality that in a Democratic-leaning environment it will be difficult for Republicans to dislodge many or perhaps eve…

Massachusetts Gaming Commission chairman Stephen Crosby expresses interest in becoming head of UMass Boston » The Republican Stephen Crosby, the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, is interested in becoming the next head of UMass Boston. …

Civil rights hero John Lewis endorses Mike Capuano » Boston Globe Congressman John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat who has spent more than five decades fighting for civil rights in marches with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and in speeches and protests on the floor of the …

For charter schools, recently it's been bad news galore » Boston Globe For charter schools across the state, the news has been relentlessly bad in recent months: A Western Massachusetts principal fired after a drug arrest. A Dorchester school placed on probation amid all…

Asked if de Blasio is out to get him, Cuomo cackles about Putin » Politico Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that Cynthia Nixon's whispered maybe-primary challenge to him could be fueled by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Or maybe Vladimir Putin? …

“I think I have something to offer,” said Keenan, who joined the Senate in 2011. “I work well with my colleagues, whether they be more progressive-leaning or more moderate-leaning. I just think it’s time.”

Senator John Keenan

Announcing that he is campaigning for the Senate presidency.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Warren cites Democrats backing effort to roll back banking rules » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren blasted out a political hit list of senators voting to “roll back the rules on the biggest banks” to her many followers this week, signaling to the liberal resista…

Warren invests $265k for Democrats nationwide » Politico In her first major national political move amid widespread assumption that she's preparing a run for president, Elizabeth Warren announced Wednesday that she's donated $5,000 to every state Democratic…

Business

It's taking longer than before to get a drug trial underway, Tufts study concludes » Boston Globe The pharmaceutical industry has spent many millions of dollars trying to speed drug development, but it's taking longer than it did 10 years ago just to launch clinical trials, according to a study by…

US Rep. Richard Neal urges business leaders to invest tax savings into employees' retirement plans » The Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Neal called on American business leaders this week to take money they have saved under the Trump administration's recently enacted corporate tax cuts and invest it in employees' reti…

The Boston Globe's Home Delivery Price Will Reportedly Go Up 80 Percent » Boston Magazine The rate will reportedly soon be $1,350 per year. …

Education

For charter schools, recently it's been bad news galore » Boston Globe For charter schools across the state, the news has been relentlessly bad in recent months: A Western Massachusetts principal fired after a drug arrest.…

State board OK's new sports leadership program at UMass Boston » Boston Globe The State Board of Higher Education has voted unanimously to approve a new sport leadership program at University of Massachusetts Boston, thanks to a $5 million gift from New Balance.…

Westborough school committee wrestles with special education costs » Wicked Local Westborough State Representative Hannah Kane will continue to push for more state aid for education in the form of increased Circuit Breaker funding. …

Proper start to each day for students » Lowell Sun The students shuffle down the line, plucking their go-to items at 7:15 a.m. before class. The hot items -- bacon, egg and cheese on a bagel -- are flying off the kiosk's shelves. "The kids love it e…

Brockton officials plan to sue state for education aid » Bay State Banner Budget formula is outdated and does not keep up with special ed. and ELL costs …

Hundreds of students in several Mass. cities walk out to protest gun violence » Boston Globe Hundreds of students walked out of local high schools at 8:17 a.m. Wednesday and observed a 17-minute silence to protest gun violence in schools and demand new laws to help make children safer.…

Stephen Crosby game for new gig at UMass » Boston Herald State Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby is considering leaving one troubled institution for another — and potentially doubling his already-six-figure salary — by taking over as c…

Environment

Newly found documents show that recent storms were historically strong » Boston Globe A trove of centuries-old documents, recently found archived in dusty boxes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, shows that the pair of massive nor'easters that pummeled the region…

Skip to main content Current ChannelListen Live: Morning EditionPlay wbur WBUR News Support the news Amid Storms' Destruction, Climate Bill Pressure Grows On Mass. House » WBUR While crews shore up seawalls and coastal infrastructure and residents brace for another powerful storm, a coalition that includes architects, engineers, planners and downtown Boston businesses is put…

Gloucester again at center of drilling fight » Gloucester Times In the late-1970s, any unlikely alliance between environmentalists and commercial fishermen in this stories seaport helped block plans to open up Georges Bank to oil exploration - an effort that ultim…

Storm hits Salem seawalls hit hard » Wicked Local Salem 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 citie…

Committee: reservoir cleanup saga not over » The Sun Chronicle

Labor

AG fines Lynn contractor $35,055 over state wage law violations » Lynn Daily News Item A Lynn contractor has been cited for violations of state wage laws, according to Attorney General Maura Healey.…

Legislative

Gov. Charlie Baker swears Sen. Brendan Crighton into office » Wicked Local Saugus Gov. Charlie Baker swore Sen. Brendan Crighton, D-Lynn, into office as the new Third Essex District's senator Wednesday afternoon.…

Matthew Crescenzo of Saugus weighs run for state representative » Wicked Local Saugus Saugus Democrat and U.S. Army veteran Matthew Crescenzo has pulled papers and is considering whether to challenge state Rep. Donald Wong for the 9th Essex District state representative seat.…

Marshfield's Cantwell leaving House to join Markey's staff » Wicked Local Marshfield State Rep. James Cantwell is ending his decade-long run in the House, planning to resign at the end of March to join U.S. Sen. Ed Markey's staff as state director.…

Senator from Quincy to seek top leadership post » Seattle Times Yet another Massachusetts state senator has declared interest in leading the chamber next year. John Keenan, a four-term Democrat from Quincy, says in a statement he plans to ask fellow senators to s…

Quincy's Keenan is latest to vie for Senate president » Boston Herald State Sen. John Keenan, a Quincy Democrat and attorney, said yesterday he is actively campaigning to become the next Senate president, the latest to publicly vie for the powerful post.…

Lovely named Ways and Means vice chairwoman » Gloucester Times State Senate President Harriette Chandler announced new leadership positions last week effective for the rest of the 2018 session. Among them, Lovely, D-Salem, has been named vice chairwoman of the Se…

Marshfield's Cantwell leaving house to join Markey's staff » Wicked Local Marshfield Rep. James Cantwell is ending his decade-long run in the House, planning to resign at the end of March to join U.S. Sen. Ed Markey's staff as state director. …

Crighton joins Senate as McGee's replacement » The Salem News Looking forward to crafting state policy on education, transportation and economic development, Lynn Democrat Brendan Crighton cruised uncontested in a special election on Tuesday, joining the Senate …

Local Government

Attorney General's office says BPDA violated Open Meeting Law during PLAN: JP/Rox vote » Bay State Banner Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office found that the Boston Planning and Development Agency violated the state's Open Meeting Law during a March 2017 meeting to vote on PLAN: JP/Rox.…

To bnb or not to bnb in Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item The hospitality industry is not the only one lobbying to put limits on the Airbnb business. Ward 2 City Councilor Richard Starbard plans to push the City Council to adopt stringent rules for the onlin…

Grant to fund pedestrian safety project in Lenox » Berkshire Eagle

Marijuana

A July 1 start date for recreational sales appears to be a go. » Boston Magazine Massachusetts just got a whole lot closer to welcoming its first-ever recreational marijuana shops, and it looks like they'll be in business on schedule at the beginning of July. …

Pot sellers will likely face both DPH, CCC oversight in July » State House News Service The Cannabis Control Commission does not expect to assume oversight of the state's medical marijuana program before legal recreational sales begin this summer, raising the possibility that two state a…

Opinion

Why we (still) need more women and diverse leaders » Boston Globe I'm moved today, International Women's Day, to consider the kind of workplace our daughters and granddaughters will have, not just here, but across the world. We want them to be able to succeed withou…

Burnout in Trump's America » Boston Globe 'Tell me how you are doing these days.” That's the question I recently asked of the 450 American voters I hear from every week.…

Our view: Opioid battle needs more people on the front lines » Gloucester Times The voice of experience can be the clearest beacon for someone grappling with addiction.…

Joe Lavallee: Endorses Diana Szynal for state representative » Gazette Net With the loss of Peter Kocot, and the retirements of Rep. John Scibak and Rep. Stephen Kulik, our area of western Massachusetts truly needs a seasoned and knowledgeable representative.…

Taking a DNA test could solve at least one of Elizabeth Warren's problems » Boston Globe

Graham: Deval for prez? Now that's a doozy » Boston Herald On behalf of the Committee To Re-Elect Donald Trump and the entire Republican Party — not to mention political humor writers everywhere — I have a simple message for Deval Patrick:  

We're not absolutists, we're realists » Commonwealth Magazine New gas pipelines won't help us meet our 2050 climate goals …

Editorial: Election clock ticking » Boston Herald With genuine concerns being raised about the security of the election process itself, the timing could not be worse for tinkering with voter registration procedures here — let alone asking the …

Joshua Hornick: Praises Goldstein-Rose for leadership » Gazette Net I write to applaud state Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose's choice to operate independently rather than as a Democrat (“Amherst representative quits party,” Feb. 21).…

EDITORIAL: Warren can be topped, but it's a big hill to climb » Lowell Sun

Politics

2018 elections bring out expanding cast of candidates » Bay State Banner A year ago, the ACLU launched a nation-wide campaign called “What a difference a DA makes,” highlighting the impact district attorneys have on the functioning of criminal justice system an…

Running for president on former Gov. Patrick's radar screen » Taunton Daily Gazette Former two-term Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick last week said he's thinking over the idea of running for the nation's highest office in 2020, an effort unsuccessfully undertaken by former Gov. Micha…

Battenfeld: Three Dem hopefuls flail as Baker sails » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker raked in his usual big haul last month — nearly $350,000 in campaign cash from big-money donors. His Democratic opponents — all three combined — don't have even…

Oregon blazes a path for Massachusetts on automatic voter registration » The Republican A coalition of voting rights groups is urging Massachusetts to adopt automatic voter registration.…

Some support from the Berkshires as Deval Patrick considers presidential run » Berkshire Eagle He says he's considering what is a "huge decision." But that's all the part-time Richmond resident will say for now.…

Another uncontested special election » Commonwealth Magazine Crighton moves to Senate after getting 2,854 votes …

Deval Patrick Isn't Ruling Out a 2020 Presidential Run » Boston Magazine The former Massachusetts governor told Kansas-based KCUR that a bid for the White House is "on [his] radar screen." …

Baker steers clear of Galvin-Rivera spat, millionaire's tax court case » State House News Service Given reports about foreign interference in the 2016 election, it will be especially important for Bay State officials to maintain the integrity of the political contests this fall, Gov. Charlie Baker…

Donations to state rep candidate Hall 'not appropriate,' opponent says » The Sun Chronicle

Higgins joins complaint against Mass. Fiscal Alliance » Leominster Champion

Public Health

Bay State weighs injection sites in opioid OD battle » Boston Herald When Mary Ann Prince first heard of supervised injection sites, where intravenous drug users can inject — under medical supervision — she was skeptical at best. …

Massachusetts Looks To Baby Boxes To Promote Safe Infant Sleeping » WGBH News The baby box could be the key to safe sleeping for infants, according to some health experts. A cardboard box with a flat mattress inside. To a mom like Stephanie Goldberg of Needham, the box looks pr…

MGH Becomes 1st Mass. ER To Offer Addiction Medication, Maps Seamless Path To Recovery » WBUR A clean-cut man in his early 30s buttons the jacket of his tailored suit as he strides to the head of a conference table at Massachusetts General Hospital. …

Public Safety

Cyber threats are 'coming at us from all sides,' FBI director says » Boston Globe In a highly anticipated speech on cyber security at Boston College, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said Wednesday that the threat of digital warfare is “coming at us from all sides.”…

Senators privately discuss new approaches to gun violence » State House News Service Provoked by last month's high school shooting in Florida, a number of state senators see an appetite among their colleagues to take a fresh look at the state's gun laws this year and room to improve w…

'If you have bad actors, you need to deal with them,' Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says when asked about State Police » The Republican

State trooper in I-93 shooting suspended » Dorchester Reporter

State Government

Gov. Baker set to attend Berkshire Innovation Center announcement Friday » Berkshire Eagle If Gov. Charlie Baker and several top aides plan to travel to the Berkshires barely a day after a major winter storm, it must for be something big.…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker plans to look into $100,000 in taxpayer funds spent on new bathroom » The Republican

Broken pipe makes mess in closed Mass. Statehouse » Worcester Telegram

Taxation

IRS agent indicted on charges of rape and strangulation of summer intern » Boston Globe An Internal Revenue Service agent, who was allowed to remain on the job for months despite allegations of sexually assaulting a summer intern, was charged Wednesday with raping and choking the woman i…

Federal tax break could bring investors to poor towns » The Recorder The $1.5 trillion federal tax cut enacted last year includes a tax incentive that might bring investors to parts of America — and Franklin County — that need investment and economic reco…

Transportation

No One Bid for the MBTA's Late-Night Bus Pilot » Boston Magazine MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez says he's determined to find a solution. …

State Rep. Murray criticized for toll bill » Milford Daily News

MBTA travel not an option for Mass. governor » Metro

Utilities

National Grid to pay $7M settlement for gas reconnection fees » Worcester Telegram National Grid will pay $7 million to settle claims it improperly charged 53,000 customers who had fallen behind in their bills to reconnect their residential gas service, Massachusetts Attorney Genera…

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Press Releases

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

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