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11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Congressman Jim McGovern's St. Patrick's Day Party

6:30pm State Sen. Candidate Lindsey Esser Campaign Kickoff

Birthdays: Rep. Denise Provost

Must-Reads

Climate readiness: think big, act fast » Boston Globe Until recently, Boston was ahead of other cities in planning for sea-level rise and the effects of climate change before a catastrophic storm like Sandy or Harvey hit. Sure, king tides occasionally ov…

Why Isn't Wall Street Freaking Out About Trump? » Politico A fire hose of destabilizing news from the White House hasn't budged investors' optimism about the market. Are they missing something? …

The Capital of America's Gun Industry Hates Guns » Bloomberg To understand America's great gun divide, visit Springfield, Massachusetts, birthplace of the $17 billion-a-year U.S. firearms industry.…

Hingham doctor challenging Sen. Patrick O'Connor » State House News Service A Hingham Democrat and pediatrician is launching a challenge against Weymouth Republican Sen. Patrick O'Connor. Katie McBrine, who practices medicine in Scituate, plans to hold a campaign kickoff eve…

Raise Up lobbying tour kicks off this weekend » State House News Service Raise Up Massachusetts, the coalition behind multiple ballot campaigns this cycle, plans to kick off a statewide lobbying tour on Saturday in New Bedford to build support for its efforts to raise the …

Charles Koch Complains About Corporate Influence In Politics In Surprising Op-Ed » The Huffington Post Of all people, conservative energy mogul and billionaire super-contributor Charles Koch complained Thursday in a newspaper opinion column about the unfair influence of corporations and the “priv…

Miceli is 'back at it' after medical episode » Lowell Sun State Rep. Jim Miceli has jumped back into action after collapsing last Wednesday, according to Tewksbury Board of Selectmen Chair Mark Kratman. …

"I ran against Gov. Patrick in 2010 and he is one heck of a campaigner," "If he were to choose to get in, and obviously it's a big decision, he would be a formidable candidate," Baker said.

Governor Charlie Baker

Answering questions about Deval Patrick and 2020.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump's GOP critics eye a potential primary challenge » Boston Globe President Trump loves to boast about the political opponents he vanquished in the lead-up to the 2016 election, and the opponents he plans to defeat as he runs for reelection in 2020. …

Warren rankles colleagues in bank fight » The Hill Liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is calling out fellow Democrats by name for backing what she is panning as the “Bank Lobbyist Act” and it's not sitting well with colleagues up for …

Business

Big Announcement For BIC Scheduled For Friday Morning » iBerkshires Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash, Administration and Finance Secretary Michael Heffernan, and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal are planning to join l…

Wounded unicorn: Intarcia tries to regain its magic touch after a crushing blow from the FDA » Boston Business Journal Intarcia faces uncertainty over whether it can get its diabetes treatment to market — and, in the process, show that biotech unicorns are for real.…

Invisible in any language: Mass. Latinos face intense inequality » Boston Globe They have driven the state's population growth for decades, helping form the backbone of a booming economy.…

The New England Business Association's president focuses on service and talent retention » Boston Business Journal A lot has changed at the New England Business Association in Karim Hill's first year leading the business advocacy organization.…

Baker holds back on Bezos discussion on Amazon HQ2 » Worcester Business Journal

Abiomed to pay $3.1M to resolve allegations of kickbacks » Gloucester Times

Now fully funded, Berkshire Innovation Center project back on track » Berkshire Eagle

Berkshire Museum ruling unlikely before next week » Berkshire Eagle

Education

Focus groups to help determine new Lynn superintendent » Lynn Daily News Item Residents will be asked to weigh in on the search for the next superintendent for the Lynn Public Schools during several focus groups scheduled for this month.…

Suffolk University makes interim president permanent » Boston Globe Suffolk University, seeking to end years of a revolving-door presidency and the campus unrest that accompanied it, on Thursday named its current interim president, Marisa Kelly, to the permanent role …

Worcester Public Schools seeks community input for new brand, logo and website » The Republican Worcester Public Schools Administration is asking for community input as it prepares to update its brand, logo and website.…

Students at a Lynn Charter School Want to Overturn Do-Rag Ban » Boston Magazine

Department of Education blocks states on student loan debt collectors » Boston Globe

Environment

Baker to file climate change bill next week » The Metro West Daily News Storms in January and March combined with high tides to inundate coastal communities with floodwaters, events that have put a spotlight on strategies to prepare for and respond to climate change.…

Climate change bill expected from Baker in wake of winter storms » Metro As Massachusetts continued to clean up Thursday from its second nor'easter in a week, Gov. Charlie Baker said he plans to file legislation next week addressing climate change.…

Meeting on Globe site rehab focuses on Patten's Cove, neighborhood connections; developer pledges cooperation » Dorchester Reporter Rehab work at and around the former Boston Globe site – now envisioned as an urban innovation campus to be called The BEAT – will include significant contributions by the developer for t…

Labor

Hiring bump adds 313,000 jobs in February » Boston Globe U.S. employers went on a hiring binge in February, adding 313,000 jobs, the most in any month since July 2016, and drawing hundreds of thousands of people into the job market.…

State efforts to get people ready for work seen as critical at Springfield Chamber lunch » The Republican

Legislative

Connecting the lobbying dots » Commonwealth Magazine ML Strategies still on top; clean energy lucrative …

Keenan Making Run For State Senate Presidency » Quincy Patch The Democrat who represents Quincy and Braintree is hoping to become the next leader of the Massachusetts Senate. …

Local Government

Cheshire Begins Birthday Celebration Saturday » iBerkshires Cheshire turns 225 this month and the town is pulling out all the stops for the kick-off celebration on Saturday. All are welcome to the party that starts at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Church Hall and wi…

Town Meeting talk » Lynn Daily News Item Like the coming of spring for everyone tired of winter's March overkill, Town Meeting time is hovering just over the horizon for civic-minded residents of Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and Swa…

Lynnfield retains Connecticut firm in opioid litigation » Lynn Daily News Item The town is retaining a Connecticut law firm for a potential class action suit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.…

Revere gets $2M for Shirley Avenue » Lynn Daily News Item Shirley Avenue, which has been in the news lately because police have targeted narcotics dealing in its bars, is getting a facelift.…

Verizon not compliant with Upton agreement » Milford Daily News Local officials are fed up with the amount of doubled-up utility poles around town, but Verizon, the company responsible for their removal, isn't cooperating. After utility poles are replaced, often t…

Fired up over tax-exempt sites in Hyannis » Cape Cod Times The Hyannis Fire District is growing weary of being so charitable to charities. The village of Hyannis has long been Cape Cod's hub for tax-exempt properties due to a proliferation of social service a…

Marijuana

Growing concern: Marijuana rules could mean lower quality product » Boston Globe On its face, the idea hardly seems objectionable: With the state obliged to reduce greenhouse gases by 2020, regulators should act now to address the large amounts of electricity consumed by major ind…

Opinion

Editorial: A pointless pledge » Boston Herald The “T pledge” isn't much of a thing, but Gov. Charlie Baker's political opponents sure would like to make it one. During his monthly appearance on WGBH radio yesterday Baker was asked by…

Our Opinion: County voters deserve clear field for DA race » Berkshire Eagle Paul Caccaviello, the Berkshire first assistant district attorney, may prove to be an excellent successor to retiring District Attorney David Capeless. It's a job he should earn in a fair and wide ope…

Kocot's legacy will include health care influence (Editorial) » The Republican Peter Kocot's death will not end the former Northampton state representative's influence on health care in Massachusetts.…

Carr: How can we punch Charlie's card? » Boston Herald What exactly has Charlie Baker accomplished as governor? I'll wait for your answer. There's no rush. We've got all day. While you're thinking, can I mention a few, a very few, of his signature achieve…

Climate readiness: think big, act fast » Boston Globe Until recently, Boston was ahead of other cities in planning for sea-level rise and the effects of climate change before a catastrophic storm like Sandy or Harvey hit. Sure, king tides occasionally ov…

Benton: Imagining a region on the move » The Salem News A report released late last month by the public transportation advocacy group TransitMatters recommends replacing the existing commuter rail system serving eastern Massachusetts, including the North S…

A deadline that's good for democracy » Eagle Tribune The state's top judges are weighing a rule, well known to most people who perform their civic duty, that one must register with the local city or town clerk at least 20 days before an election in orde…

Trump's slapdash tariffs risk trade war » Boston Globe Tariffs affecting billions of dollars in international trade, the price of consumer goods, and the health of your 401(k) shouldn't be imposed without utmost consideration and caution.…

A new approach to fusion energy starts today » Boston Globe For decades, fusion energy has featured oddly in discussions of our nation's energy future — it has been both an ultimate goal and an easy punchline. On the one hand, fusion has held the promis…

Editorial: In the war against the changing climate of the planet, we lose » Boston Business Journal Areas along the waterfront looked like a war zone in advance of Winter Storm Riley last week.…

Will the next UMass Boston leader be another white male insider? » Boston Globe Ah, the white male insider. He has been the candidate of choice in the last two searches for top public education appointments in this state.…

Baker must address DOT's costly bathroom (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

Barney Frank On Boston City Councilor's Bid To Primary Capuano for Congress: 'Politics At Its Most Egotistical' » New Boston Post Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank is no fan of Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley's upstart bid to unseat longtime U.S. Representative Mike Capuano.…

Five 'game-changers' lauded on Women's Day » Boston Herald A bunch of local ladies collected at the Mandarin Oriental to celebrate International Women's Day with Attorney General Maura Healey, a panel of prominent women in Boston and the nonprofit 261 Fearles…

Dorcena Forry endorses Collins for Senate seat » Dorchester Reporter State Rep. Nick Collins, the lone Democrat running for the First Suffolk Senate seat vacated in late January by Linda Dorcena Forry, secured his predecessor's endorsement at the campaign's launch last…

Dot's Henning mounts candidacy for DA » Dorchester Reporter The field of candidates hoping to succeed Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley continues to expand. Gregory Henning, a 38-year-old Dorchester resident who has worked as a prosecutor in Conley's…

Cantwell says staff, South Shore legislators will cover his district when he steps down » Patriot Ledger As he prepares to step down later this month, state Rep. James Cantwell says experienced staff and other South Shore legislators will serve his district until the state election this fall.…

Essex state rep race begins » Wicked Local Hamilton Gun safety. Education. The local economy. Coastal flooding. Voter identification.…

Sen. Donald Humason receives 'Legislator of Year' award from American Legion » The Republican Massachusetts Sen. Donald F. Humason, R-Westfield, has received the Walter J. Zarichak Hampden County American Legion Legislator of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.…

State Rep. James Cantwell joins US Sen. Ed Markey's staff » The Republican State Rep. James Cantwell, D-Marshfield, announced Thursday that he is leaving his seat in the Massachusetts legislature to join U.S. Sen. Ed Markey's staff. Cantwell, who has represented the state's…

Mass. pols launch "30-day celebration" of St. Patrick's Day » State House News Service Dinged by Gov. Charlie Baker at a Thursday charity roast, Rep. Nick Collins plans to get back at the Swampscott Republican when the state's top pols convene for Boston's annual St. Patrick's Day Break…

No Special Election In Western Mass. District Where House Lawmaker Died » WAMC The House seat left vacant by the death last month of a longtime western Massachusetts legislator will not be filled until the November Election. …

Seat held by departing Marshfield rep quickly draws interest » State House News Service

Public Health

Baker Optimistic About Trump's Efforts To Fight Opioid Crisis » WGBH News Gov. Charlie Baker says he's optimistic about a national effort to combat opioid abuse, even though President Trump has yet to adopt the recommendations made by Baker's opioid addiction working group.…

Public Safety

Lawsuits add up over Bristol County jail inmate suicides » Boston Globe Barbara Kice wants justice for her son, who hanged himself in 2015 in the Bristol County House of Correction. The jail, all by itself, accounts for more than a quarter of county inmate suicides statew…

Some question police costs for upcoming anti-gun violence rally in Worcester » Worcester Mag Activists planning an anti-gun violence march in Worcester as part of the national March For Our Lives event later this month have taken to crowdfunding to pay police fees some say are exorbitant and …

Gardner settles lawsuit alleging police brutality for $140,000 » Worcester Telegram The city's insurance company recently paid $140,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a man who alleged an officer used excessive force during a 2011 arrest.…

Senators debate new approaches to gun violence » Newburyport News 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…

Background check states have lower gun death rates » Axios

State Government

Mass. Attorney General Healey speaks up for immigrants, gun control » Sampan Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sat down with members of the ethnic media press on March 6 at her Boston office.…

Governor Baker Didn't Know About $100,000 Bathroom » New Boston Post Governor Charlie Baker told an interviewer he hadn't heard about a $100,000 bathroom that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation installed at its headquarters in Boston – 17 days after …

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker proposes $610 million economic development bill, including permanent sales tax holiday » The Republican

Outlook optimistic at all levels of government » Western Mass News

Transportation

Hubway expansion concerns trucker group » Boston Herald A deal to dump 1,200 new rental bikes on the streets of Boston under a new pact with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has a state truckers' group fearing trouble is ahead.…

Utilities

Pipeline debate gets testy on Twitter » Commonwealth Magazine Tim Murray, a Worcester business leader and the former lieutenant governor, got into a testy natural gas policy debate on Twitter over the last few days with a number of pipeline opponents.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

Higgins joins complaint against Mass. Fiscal Alliance » Leominster Champion

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

Grant to fund pedestrian safety project in Lenox » Berkshire Eagle

State trooper in I-93 shooting suspended » Dorchester Reporter

Committee: reservoir cleanup saga not over » The Sun Chronicle

MBTA travel not an option for Mass. governor » Metro

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3952 - An Act to further define standards of employee safety

SB 2114 - An Act authorizing the board of selectmen of Hardwick to appoint the town collector

SB 2115 - An Act authorizing the board of selectmen of Hardwick to appoint the town treasurer

HB 3992 - An Act relative to establishment of a revolving fund for a school learning lab within a vocational-technical program operated by the Town of Westborough Public Schools

HB 3918 - An Act amending the charter of the town of Bourne

SB 2144 - An Act relative to the town charter of Wareham

SB 2145 - An Act relative to a Wareham Redevelopment Authority

HB 4246 - An Act designating the month of March as Massachusetts Maple Month

Most read bills of the week:

SB81 - An Act promoting housing and sustainable development

HB4290 - An Act to promote housing choices

HB4287 - An Act regulating and insuring short-term rentals

HB4284 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2018 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities

HB4260 - An Act relative to survivor retirement benefits

HB3279 - An Act relative to survivor retirement benefits

HB2420 - An Act building for the future of the Commonwealth

HB1003 - An Act relative to membership in an employee organization

HB3454 - An Act regulating and insuring short-term rentals

SB2317 - An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents

House Actions This Week: 332

Senate Actions This Week: 184


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