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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Must-Reads

No testimony at hearing on sexual harassment commission bill » State House News Service A day before the House is expected to pass an overhaul of its sexual harassment rules and policies, no one showed up to testify for or against a bill that would create an independent commission to fie…

Outlaw assault rifle manufacturing in Mass., candidate Gonzalez says » State House News Service Massachusetts already has a ban on the ownership of assault weapons, but one Democrat for governor thinks the state could do more to disassociate itself from the types of firearms that have been used …

The 'Enthusiasm Gap' Could Turn A Democratic Wave Into A Tsunami » FiveThirtyEight It's a busy time of year, so we'll keep this relatively short. But I wanted to echo and underscore a point made by FiveThirtyEight contributor Nathaniel Rakich in his article on Tuesday's special elec…

BuzzFeed maneuver could free Stormy Daniels to speak on Trump » Politico BuzzFeed may have found a legal opening to allow the porn actress Stormy Daniels to discuss her alleged relationship with President Donald Trump and a $130,000 payment she received just before the 201…

Judge: Challenge to Healey's gun directive can move forward » Boston Herald Bay State gun shops challenging Attorney General Maura Healey's enforcement notice regarding assault weapons have made a case that the directive is unconstitutional and will have their day in court, a…

Pols laud Democratic strategist at funeral with tears and laughter » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Democratic political universe gathered Wednesday in Boston for the funeral of Chuck Campion, a veteran political operative who brought enthusiasm to campaigns local and presidential …

Lawmakers should heed Parkland students' call for reform » Commonwealth Magazine While Massachusetts has been a leader on gun safety, the Boston Teachers Union affirmed at our most recent citywide membership meeting that much more still needs to be done — and we must contin…

"He's going to do whatever he's going to do, right, but my message to him was 'the big public health crisis we have in Massachusetts is fentanyl and heroin and I would much rather have you focus on those,'"

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling and his plan on battling the opioid epidemic.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Could Congressman Seth Moulton Be Next Rising Star in Democratic Party? » NBC Boston Keep an eye on Seth Moulton. The second term Congressman from Salem is leading the charge to shake up the Democratic establishment. The former Marine Captain, with three degrees from Harvard, won his …

Warren: Student gun protesters will 'spring us free' from NRA » The Hill Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) declared on Wednesday that students protesting gun violence across the country would free lawmakers from the influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA), which ha…

First, it looked like a Democratic wave. Now, it looks like a tsunami » Boston Globe Before Tuesday's special election in Pennsylvania, most signs pointed to a Democratic wave in the upcoming midterm elections. But after Democrat Conor Lamb scored a razor-thin congressional victory in…

Business

Bill to help craft brewers has new life on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe A state senator has rescued from legislative limbo a bill that would help brewers break free from their distributors, a move that breathes new life into a long-running battle on Beacon Hill.…

Massachusetts candy company may close plant, lay off workers » WCVB The Massachusetts manufacturer of such iconic candies as Necco wafers, Clark bars and those heart-shaped Sweethearts decorated with romantic sayings says it will shut down and lay off nearly 400 worke…

Investor accuses Herald's new owner of withholding financial info » Boston Business Journal The Boston Herald's new owner has been hit with a lawsuit from one of its stockholders that claims the company may be investing its money outside of its core media business without informing all of it…

Reebok's former Canton HQ campus sells for $88M » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Mass. gun group urges members to take video of student walkouts » Boston Globe On the day when thousands of students, including hundreds in Boston, marched through streets calling for stricter gun laws, a Massachusetts gun owners group urged its members to take videos of protest…

Education

Breaking: Holy Cross to change Crusader logo and mascot » Worcester Mag Though the Crusader name is here to stay, the logo and mascot will change. Holy Cross administrators announced the decision Wednesday afternoon, according to an email to students and faculty obtained …

Lynn School Committee considering a tip line as a way to prevent tragedies » Lynn Daily News Item In the wake of last month's shooting that claimed the lives of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the Lynn School Committee is mulling a tip line aimed at reporting p…

Environment

As Boston adds glass towers, birds find more lethal obstacles » Boston Globe The proliferation of glassy towers is making Boston a more dangerous place for birds, according to a prominent environmental group, and it wants the city and developers to do something about it.…

State board votes to require dogs to be leashed at wildlife management areas » Worcester Telegram The state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is a step closer to regulating dogs on more than 200,000 acres of wildlife management land across Massachusetts.…

Foxboro site to be removed from Superfund list » The Sun Chronicle State and federal officials will gather Thursday to announce the formal removal of the once-contaminated Hatheway-Patterson chemical site that straddles the Mansfield-Foxboro line near the MBTA commut…

Another Storm Might Be Headed for Massachusetts » Boston Magazine Meteorologists said it's not certain yet, but Tuesday could bring a fourth bout of snow and ice to Boston. …

Amid "growing anxiety," Baker bond bill has climate focus » State House News Service

Immigration

What DOJ's California Lawsuit Means for Immigrant Sanctuaries Across the Country » Governing The White House indicated that it may sue other states with policies similar to California's. Does it have a case anywhere else? …

Judiciary

Worcester DA Early spent $11K to hire attorney at same time office faces probe for role in Alli Bibaud scandal » Mass Live Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. has spent more than $11,000 on a high-powered Boston law firm over the first two months of 2018.…

Judge refuses to dismiss case challenging AG Maura Healey's interpretation of assault weapons ban » Mass Live A federal judge has refused to dismiss a case against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey relating to her interpretation of the state's assault weapons ban.…

Legislative

Massachusetts House to vote on sexual harassment policy changes » Mass Live The Massachusetts House on Thursday plans to vote on whether to change its rules in response to House Counsel James Kennedy's review of sexual harassment policies.…

State rep says it's time to rename the General Hooker Entrance at the State House » Universal Hub Earlier today, state Rep. Michelle DuBuois (D-10th Plymouth - Brockton, West Bridgewater and East Bridgewater), tweeted a photo of high-school students protesting guns outside the State House's Genera…

Local Government

Organizers of St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston balk at route change » Boston Globe The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, organizer of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, is balking at Mayor Martin J. Walsh's decision to shorten the route, because of Tuesday's heavy snowfall…

Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade Is On, But Will Follow A 'Snow' Route » WBUR Despite Tuesday's snowfall, the St. Patrick's Day parade will go on. This is Boston, after all.…

Judge in Boston City Hall trial to revisit view of Hobbs Act » Boston Herald The judge overseeing the looming corruption trial of two City Hall officials has agreed to revisit his interpretation of Hobbs Act extortion after prosecutors — worried his definition will sink…

South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade May be Canceled » Boston Magazine Mayor Marty Walsh said Tuesday's blizzard, which dumped more than a foot of snow on the Hub, could affect the annual event. …

Marijuana

Medical marijuana site in Greenfield could add recreational pot » The Recorder While medical marijuana sales are planned in Greenfield, recreational marijuana sales may not be too far behind.…

Baker: States with legal pot not worried about fed crackdown » The Salem News The possibility that the federal government could crack down on state-legal marijuana businesses does not seem to be weighing much on Gov. Charlie Baker, who said other governors aren't that concerned…

Opinion

Sorry, I'm not ready to jump on the Southie gondola bandwagon » Boston Globe To build a gondola or not, that is the question. Or is it?…

Donald A. MacGillis: Museum 'compromise' is a bad deal for Berkshire County » Boston Globe Since July of last year, the bonds and traditions that have been the foundation of America's art museums have been shaken by the decision of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield to auction off its 40 mo…

Business leaders can reverse the 'implosion of trust' » Boston Globe In September, Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, issued his annual message. He titled it: “A call for moral courage in America.”…

Consumer protection bureau isn't doing much protecting » Boston Globe In the Trump administration's fight with Senator Elizabeth Warren and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, “freedom” is just another word for letting dodgy companies make money by usi…

Graham: Hey, hey, ho, ho silly slogans got to go » Boston Herald Yesterday students across Massachusetts took to the streets to demand gun control, many of them chanting “This is what democracy looks like.”…

Battenfeld: Moulton is a wolf in Lamb's clothing » Boston Herald The likely upset by Pennsylvania Democrat Conor Lamb in a special congressional election provides fresh fodder for the national ambitions of Massachusetts lawmaker Seth Moulton, who endorsed Lamb and …

Politics

Another entry in Suffolk DA's race » Commonwealth Magazine Rachael Rollins, former federal prosecutor and Patrick administration official, jumps in …

3rd District candidate unveils green-jobs plan » State House News Service Describing it as a way to address climate change while simultaneously strengthening the local economy, 3rd Congressional District candidate Rufus Gifford released his plan to bring thousands of green …

Rollins brings public, private sector experience to Suffolk DA's race » State House News Service Rachael Rollins has joined the field of candidates hoping to succeed Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley in the open race for the top prosecutorial position in Boston.…

Whately selectman joins 1st Franklin race » The Recorder Touting 14 years of experience in local government, Whately Selectman Jonathan Edwards announced Wednesday his candidacy as a Democrat in the race for retiring state Rep. Stephen Kulik's seat covering…

Teachers Aren't Just Striking, They're Running for Office » Governing Motivated by education cuts and a nationwide spirit of activism, dozens of teachers are running for legislative seats across the country. …

Public Safety

Students march against guns at the State House » Boston Herald Hundreds of Bay State students jammed the State House today on their snow day to demand that state leaders support stronger gun control and education funding, joining a national student movement.…

Mass. students join nationwide walkout over gun violence » Boston Globe On what would normally be a snow day spent at home, hundreds of students marched to the State House to call for stricter gun laws on Wednesday, part of a nationwide day of walkouts and demonstrations …

Students urge lawmakers to find ways to reduce gun violence » State House News Service Hoping their call for stricter guns laws will reach decision-makers in Washington, D.C., Bay State students on Wednesday implored state lawmakers to curb gun violence. The message clearly resonated fo…

Troopers fighting to keep suit alive » Boston Herald State troopers who claim they were ordered to scrub embarrassing information from a police report detailing the arrest a state judge's daughter will today fight to keep their federal lawsuit against t…

'They're Standing Up And Saying Something': Students March To State House To Call For Stricter Gun Laws » WBUR Students across Massachusetts walked out of classes, marched and rallied Wednesday in solidarity with a national day of activism calling for stricter gun laws.…

On a Snow Day, Students Rally in Boston Against Gun Violence » Boston Magazine Even though school closures foiled area students' plans to walk out of class on Wednesday, a crowd of hundreds of young people turned up at the State House for a rally and day of lobbying to pass gun …

State Government

TBT: Maine Becomes a State, Breaks Up with Massachusetts » Boston Magazine The Pine Tree State joined the union on March 15, 1820, as part of the Missouri Compromise.…

Rep: "General Hooker Entrance" name change "will happen" » State House News Service

Transportation

During Sunshine Week, darkness prevailing over MBTA Wi-Fi project » State House News Service To the tens of thousands of commuter rail riders who struggle daily with inconsistent wireless connectivity years after state officials promised a smooth new system, the MBTA has a message.…

After 6 months, Uber and Lyft have not had 'dramatic' impact on taxis at Logan » Boston Business Journal After six months operating at Boston's Logan International Airport, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have eaten into taxi drivers' business, but not at the rate that officials once feared, ac…

Seaport ferry, funded by business, would be open to public » Boston Business Journal Members of the general public will be able to ride a ferry service proposed by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority to run between North Station and the Seaport District — assuming the…

Boston chamber calls for road, transit revenues » Commonwealth Magazine WARNING THAT CONGESTION in and around Boston is bringing the city to a standstill, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday called on state policymakers to come up with a long-term, reliabl…

Utilities

Gov. Baker hears concerns about power, cell service on Cape » Cape Cod Times During a meeting with Gov. Charlie Baker at the Barnstable County complex Wednesday, Cape Cod legislators praised the response of rescue personnel and utility crews during Tuesday's nor'easter, but al…

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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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