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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Mass. Coalition for Suicide Prevention 18th Annual State House Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY19 Budget Hearing - Health & Human Services

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Speak Up to Save Lives Mass. Advocacy Day , State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

6:00pm Rep. Hannah Kane Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:15pm Fundraiser for Attorney General Candidate Jay McMahon

Must-Reads

Why Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren Are Eyeing Ohio in 2018 » The New York Times President Trump's decree placing punitive tariffs on foreign steel raised an outcry in Washington: Republican leaders in Congress warned darkly of a market-rattling trade war. Many Democrats echoed th…

The 'attention-deficit-disorder' Congress » Politico Even in peak form, Congress struggles to focus on any one issue for more than a few days. But its short attention span has taken on new meaning in the era of Donald Trump.…

On Meet the Press, Elizabeth Warren grilled with questions raised by Berkshire Eagle editorial » Berkshire Eagle The Berkshire Eagle editorial calling on U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to take a DNA test to end doubt about having Native American blood grabbed the national spotlight Sunday.…

In Philly, a new chance for Patrick to raise his profile » Boston Globe Former governor Deval Patrick will appear at a sold-out event in Philadelphia next week, marking the latest opportunity for him to raise his national profile amid speculation about his White House int…

Mitt Romney hit for 'liberal Massachusetts values' in first Utah attack ad » Washington Examiner Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is under attack in his race to replace retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in a new ad released Thursday labeling the former Massachusetts Gov. as an …

Mass. GOP candidates call for guns in schools » WWLP 22 In the wake of the Parkland shooting, Massachusetts lawmakers are considering tightening gun laws and urging other states to adopt strict laws already on the books here.…

State senate leadership fight full of intrigue, complications » Boston.com Amid new twists and turns in the wide open race to be the next leader of the Massachusetts Senate, lawmakers are struggling to stay focused on major legislation pending in the current session.…

“So look, I am not running for president of the United States,” Warren answered. “I am running for the United States Senate. 2018. Massachusetts. Whoohoo.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Speaking about the speculation of a possible presidential run in 2020.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump administration is in 'total chaos': On The Record » WCVB The roundtable discusses the latest departures from the Trump administration and talk about a White House that appears to be in chaos.…

Former Gov. Deval Patrick weighing 2020 White House bid » South Coast Today Former two-term Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says a 2020 run for the White House is on his “radar screen” — the firmest indication yet that the political confidant of Barack Oba…

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Markey urges Trump to proceed with caution in North Korea talks » The Metro West Daily News Upon reports late last week that President Donald Trump has taken up an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey urged Trump to take the opportunity seri…

Business

Tow company's unfair bill has driver on hook for $7,000 » Boston Globe After he smashed his car into a telephone pole in Sturbridge four years ago, Nick Attella walked away, figuring that the tow company would junk the car and take the towing fee out of the proceeds.…

Now fully funded, Berkshire Innovation Center poised for summer groundbreaking » Berkshire Eagle After 10 years and twists and turns too numerous to mention, the project that became the Berkshire Innovation Center appears poised for construction. With all additional funding commitments now in pla…

Bankruptcy may be the next step for big radio station chain iHeartMedia » Boston Globe It was a big bet on the future of radio, but an ill-timed one. The Boston private equity giants Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners won an auction for the country's largest radio station operator,…

In Baker's New $610M Economic Dev. Bill, Tax Credit And A Call For Permanent Sales Tax Holiday » WBUR A new $610 million economic development bill that Gov. Charlie Baker will press for this year calls for a permanent sales tax holiday, larger tax credits to address "extraordinary opportunities," and …

Long-awaited Berkshire Innovation Center to break ground this summer » the Berkshire edge Construction will finally begin this summer on the $13.8 million Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC), a research and development facility in William Stanley Business Park that will help local technology…

Civil Rights

Stronger measures concern local gun rights advocates » Worcester Telegram Gun rights advocates in the area say they're concerned about the current conversation on gun control in the wake of the shooting massacre in Parkland, Florida, last month.…

Crimes

Racist, sexually explicit graffiti spray-painted on Nantucket landmark » Boston Globe Nantucket residents were stunned to awaken Sunday morning and find racist graffiti defacing an African-American historic site.…

Education

Sunday Notebook: Harrity, Browne refute concerns about admission policy » Sentinel & Enterprise MONTY TECH ADMINISTRATORS had a few additional points to make when discussing the school's admission policy in a story that appears on the front page of Sunday's edition.…

Sen. Adam Hinds to host public forum on rural school fiscal woes » The Republican Massachusetts' rural school districts are caught in a spiraling fiscal crisis, according to a recent report. With rising fixed costs, dwindling state reimbursements and population flight, the district…

Seth Moulton rips Chinese institute, wants it off college campuses » Boston Globe US Representative Seth Moulton has urged two colleges in Massachusetts to cut ties with on-campus institutes that have ties to the Chinese government and are believed to promote censorship and undermi…

Environment

Storms could prompt legislative action to protect coast » Boston Herald The twin nor'easters that battered the region in recent days could prompt action by lawmakers to better protect Massachusetts from future storms.…

Boston Expected to Experience “Near-Blizzard Conditions” » Boston Magazine The National Weather Service predicts the nor'easter headed for Massachusetts will bring heavy snow. …

Housing

Puerto Ricans who fled post-storm chaos face uncertain future in temporary housing program » Boston Globe Three-year-old Yelismary Peralta plays in the corridors of the Dedham Holiday Inn as if it were home. There is no playground, but the little Puerto Rican girl makes the most of an empty parking lot, l…

Two Upper Cape towns dominate Massachusetts real estate market » Cape Cod Times Don't look now, but two towns on the Cape have roared onto the scene and become some of the hottest housing markets in the state.…

Immigration

'I was blindsided': How a routine immigration interview turned into an arrest » Boston Globe At first, the conversation with the two immigration officials was friendly. They said they believed her marriage to an American citizen was genuine, Lilian Calderon Jimenez recalled. Her application t…

East Boston High student accused of making threat detained by ICE » Boston Herald A 19-year-old East Boston High School student who was arrested last week for allegedly making threats at school is in ICE custody after authorities realized he'd been living in the United States illeg…

Labor

Millennials, white-collar workers bringing new life to unions » Boston Globe The ranks of organized labor have been shrinking for decades, and an upcoming Supreme Court decision involving the ability of public-sector unions to collect fees from nonmembers is expected to furthe…

Nonprofit heads accused of firing labor organizers » Boston Herald The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint against a Boston-area nonprofit, saying that employees were illegally fired for trying to unionize.…

'Raise Up Massachusetts' tour makes New Bedford stop » South Coast Today 'Raise Up Massachusetts,' a coalition of state political, education, labor and faith-based groups, brought their push to see the state legislature raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour and enact paid…

Keller @ Large: President of Mass. AFL-CIO Says Union Popularity Is Up » The Associated Press (AP) A recent case (Janus v. AFSCME) that went before the Supreme Court was an argument an Illinois public employee made against his local labor union. He said he should not have to pay his “fair-sha…

Local employers are taking note of #MeToo » Gloucester Times The hashtag #MeToo spread like wildfire on social media, following revelations last year that film producer Harvey Weinsteinhad sexually assaulted and harassed dozens of women. …

Gov. Charlie Baker signs bill extending OSHA safety standards to municipal workers » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday night signed a bill that will apply federal workplace safety standards to municipal workers. …

Fall River legislators hear 'Raise Up Massachusetts' pitch for higher wages, paid leave » Herald News

Legislative

Legislators participate in Saving by Shaving event » Wicked Local Stoneham Reps. Michael Day, D-Stoneham, Tim Whelan, R-Brewster, David Muradian, R-Grafton, Paul Tucker, D-Salem, and Joe McGonagle, D-Everett, recently took part in the annual Saving by Shaving event to benefi…

How did legislators vote on bills signed into law? » Sentinel & Enterprise This week Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on some of the bills that were approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker so far in the 2017-2018 session.…

Lawmakers jump in ring to replace disgraced president » Boston Herald Amid new twists and turns in the wide open race to be the next leader of the state Senate, lawmakers are struggling to stay focused on major legislation pending in the current session. …

Chandler prioritizes expansion of housing, modern rail system » Worcester Telegram

Local Government

Correia removes Carole Fiola from Durfee building committee » Herald News State Rep. Carole Fiola has been removed from the B.M.C. Durfee High School Building Committee by Mayor Jasiel Correia II. “I can't tell you why — it's the mayor that decides,” said…

Cape Town Eligible for State Opportunity Zone Designation » Cape Cod Today The Massachusetts Office of Housing and Economic Development has opened the process for local cities and towns to apply for federal designation as an Opportunity Zone.…

Windsor: Polito plans visit; public hearing set on pot bylaw; Police Department secures space; election landscape takes shape » Berkshire Eagle Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will visit with Windsor officials and residents at 4:30 p.m. March 15 to discuss the status of the town's effort to provide high-speed internet service.…

With historical style and an eye to the future, Cheshire kicks off 225th celebration » Berkshire Eagle Three years before Cheshire was born on March 14, 1793, Edward Martin began farming land along Windsor Road. Over the next eight generations of Martins, the agricultural enterprise would become a thri…

State Invites City of Haverhill to Apply for 'Opportunity Zone' Designation » WHAV Haverhill is on the rise—just ask the Baker-Polito Administration. The state office Friday announced that our city is one of 110 municipalities across the Commonwealth eligible to be federally …

Opinion

Homelessness is like lots of issues: Racism makes it worse » Boston Globe NAME ANY SOCIAL ILL, and it likely has its most devastating impact on people of color. That's why the results of a new study on one of this nation's most persistent problems are shocking, but not at a…

Cameras? Full speed ahead » Boston Globe PROVIDENCE SCREWED UP. Officials there could have put up speed cameras all around town, but they only started out with a handful of locations near schools.…

Technology is changing everything, and some of it is scary » Boston Globe We're living in a time when technology and geopolitics seem to have been tossed together in a fusion reactor. Something strange is happening, and we're not sure what: social networks spreading disinfo…

A must-do list for climate change in Greater Boston » Boston Globe A pair of powerful storms, one in January and another this month, provided an alarming preview of what's to come: a woman clutching her child in the floodwaters in Quincy, tens of thousands going with…

EDITORIAL: Placing armed officials at polling stations is bad for democracy » The Daily Free Press President Trump recently proposed legislation to place Secret Service agents — armed security officials assigned with the task of protecting the president — at polling places during fede…

Memo to young people fighting for gun control: Talk to your grandparents » Boston Globe FIFTY YEARS AGO a cadre of young people — distressed about the course of the country, impatient with the customs of conventional politics, determined to win change — mobilized in the tin…

A look at the NRA's most powerful lobbyist » Boston Globe WHEN A 78-YEAR-OLD Florida grandmother, not even five feet tall, tells the state's governor, Rick Scott, and his fellow Republicans to jump, they all but kiss her feet and ask how high.…

Hey, Utah, here are some expert tips on how to use your new Mitt Romney » Boston Globe THE LATEST UPGRADE to Mitt Romney's operating system apparently required a lengthy reboot. But now, after several months in beta, the erstwhile Belmont resident has reemerged as a Senate candidate in …

Rep. Richard Neal: Ten proposals to address gun violence in America » Berkshire Eagle In the wake of the most recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., students across the country are rising up to bring attention to school safety and gun control.…

LETTER: Charlie, what's your plan for the MBTA? » Newburyport News Every time I wait at a commuter rail station for service into Boston, every time I whip out my Charlie Card for the T, every time the tires of my car bounce into another axle-rattling pothole —…

LETTER: Tell the State House to help our immigrant communities » Wicked Local Cambridge When it comes to the immigrants who make our city tick, Cambridge has guaranteed basic human rights and access to health, education and other services for over 30 years, regardless of citizenship stat…

Editorial: Drug sites no safe bet » Boston Herald One of the more problematic responses to the opioid crisis — a way some advocates insist will save lives — is the so-called safe injection site. Problematic because many view the notion …

Tolls may be best way to deal with congestion » Commonwealth Magazine We can either have free roads or roads that work …

How does New Bedford compete against Boston? » Commonwealth Magazine We can be something different – and even preferable …

Personalized learning is key to Mass. school success » Commonwealth Magazine Our No. 1 ranking comes from longstanding commitment to individualized learning …

Mandating civics classes is a mistake » Commonwealth Magazine Proposed legislation is wrong approach to the right goal …

Politics

Warren hosts town hall in Weymouth » Patriot Ledger Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., stressed the importance of political engagement to about 750 people at a town hall at Weymouth High School on Saturday.…

In Milford, Democrats lay election groundwork » The Metro West Daily News With the next state election looming in the fall, a number of Democratic candidates made their pitch to local party members Sunday, touting their backgrounds and visions for Massachusetts.…

Marshfield Rep. Cantwell tapped as Markey's state director » Seattle Times A veteran state lawmaker is leaving the Legislature to join Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey's staff. Rep. James Cantwell, a Marshfield Democrat, is expected to resign his House seat by the end of t…

Ventura of Attleboro seeking rematch against Feeney of Foxboro for state Senate » The Sun Chronicle

Public Health

To Track Opioid Use, More Cities May Soon Screen Wastewater » Governing A new tech startup allows cities to chart drug usage down to the neighborhood level. …

Public Safety

Ed Markey, Marty Walsh Unveil a National Gun Bill Modeled on Massachusetts » Boston Magazine

Can teachers with guns help prevent mass school shootings? It's a step in the right direction, says Wilbraham GOP chairman » The Republican

Taxation

Tax law's errors shake employers, as leaders feud » Boston Globe The legislative blitz that rocketed the $1.5 trillion tax cut through Congress in less than two months created a host of errors and ambiguities in the law that businesses big and small are just now di…

Mass. governor wants to create a permanent sales tax holiday » NBC 10 News Shoppers in Massachusetts have enjoyed tax-free weekends in years past and Governor Charlie Baker wants to make it permanent. …

Transportation

Forget gondolas, turn Silver Line Green » Commonwealth Magazine We could also add bus rapid transit in Seaport …

Worcester Regional Transit Authority considers eliminating weekend service, some routes, in the face of a $900K deficit » The Republican

Public bus funding could spiral downward, supporters say » Worcester Business Journal

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 3/12

9:00am Mass. Coalition for Suicide Prevention 18th Annual State House Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY19 Budget Hearing - Health & Human Services

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Speak Up to Save Lives Mass. Advocacy Day , State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

6:00pm Rep. Hannah Kane Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:15pm Fundraiser for Attorney General Candidate Jay McMahon

Tuesday - 3/13

9:30am 2018 Annual BLIND Day Event, Great Hall, State House, Boston

7:00pm Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Steven Hall

Wednesday - 3/14

9:00am DMH Northeast Area Citizens Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:30am Progressive Mass 2018 Lobby Day, Room 437, State House

2:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

5:30pm State Rep. Candidate Drew Russo Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Millenials for Maura Healey Launch Meeting

6:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for Senate Bedford Reception

Thursday - 3/15

9:00am METCO Lobby Day, Grand Staircase & Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

9:00am Mass. Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Mass. Gaming Commission Public Hearing, Mass. Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston

10:45am Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Executive Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

6:00pm St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser for the Bay State Stonewall Democrats

6:30pm Littleton Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Margaret Busse

6:30pm Rep. Keiko Orrall for State Treasurer Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm State Sen. Candidate Samantha Hammer Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm Rep. Shawn Dooley's St. Patrick's Day Party & Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Caroline Colarusso Campaign Kickoff

Friday - 3/16

Birthdays: Rep. Thomas Petrolati

9:00am International Women's Conference, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY19 Budget Hearing

11:00am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

5:00pm Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni's Third Annual St. Patrick's Day Party

7:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate St. Patrick's Day Party with Howie Carr


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