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9:00am Statewide Independent Living Education Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

9:00am American Nurses Association Mass. Lobby Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

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

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Gerly Adrien Everett Listening Tour

6:00pm Cocktail Resistance for Congressional Candidate Maria Collett

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Sabrina Heisey Roller Skating Night

6:30pm State Rep. Candidate Pina Prinzivalli Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm Dracut Selectman Candidate Phil Thibault Campaign Kickoff

7:30pm Trivia Night with Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Massie

Must-Reads

Revealed: Trump's election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians » Channel 4 (UK) 4 News An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News reveals how Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world. Bosses were filmed talking about using bribes, ex-spies, fake IDs and se…

Judge denies prosecution motion, possibly putting Boston Calling case in jeopardy » Boston Globe A federal judge Monday denied prosecutors' motion to reconsider his planned instructions to the jury in the upcoming extortion trial of two Boston City Hall officials, a decision that could jeopardize…

Bidders in offshore wind derby tout partnerships » State House News Service Last week, the joint venture of Eversource and Orsted announced that its Bay State Wind proposal has received federal FAST-41 status, an advantage in the permitting process. Bay State Wind also announ…

Insiders See Democratic House Gains of 30-45 seats » Roll Call Seven and a half months before the midterm elections, the combination of attitudinal and behavioral evidence leads to a single conclusion: The Democrats are very likely to win control of the House in …

Baker says action on short-term rentals overdue » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker wants to see legislation regulating short-term rentals passed into law before the end of this session, but he said Monday he has not fully reviewed the proposal House leaders plan t…

Gov. Charlie Baker defends Massachusetts Revenue Department hiring practices » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday defended the hiring practices at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue after a Boston Globe story reported that the state's former revenue chief hired several of his nei…

Mayor Fires Back After Trump Blames Lawrence for NH Opioid Problem » NBC Boston President Donald Trump singled out the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, as a significant source of the drugs pouring into New Hampshire during a speech on his new opioid plan Monday. …

The Right to Bear Influence » theshoestring.org In July, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed Ron Amidon ... the then-president of GOAL (Gun Owners' Action League), the Commonwealth's NRA affiliate group, to head the state's Department of…

GOP fears another potential electoral disaster » Politico The national GOP is flummoxed over what to do about the surging candidacy of coal baron and ex-con Don Blankenship. …

“Every single one of those people was qualified to do their job,” Baker said at the State House, adding: “So we’re going to outlaw people from Wellesley from working in the administration?

Governor Charlie Baker

Responding to criticism over his budget chief Michael Heffernan's choice to hire close friends and family.

News By Category
Business

Healey To Investigate Cambridge Data Firm Used By Trump Campaign; Former Obama Campaign Staffer Says Facebook “Was On Our Side” » New Boston Post Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced her office is investigating the Cambridge-based data firm that President Donald Trump's campaign used to obtain information on more than 50 mi…

Judge to weigh agreement that would allow museum's art sale » The Associated Press (AP) A judge on Massachusetts' highest court is stepping into a fight over the proposed sale of works of art by a cash-strapped museum.…

Facebook security chief quits amid conflicts with executives » Boston Globe Facebook's chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, will leave the company after disagreements over how the social network should deal with its role in spreading disinformation, The New York T…

Digital First Media completes acquisition of Herald, ending 24 years of local ownership » Boston Globe When Pat Purcell acquired the Boston Herald in 1994, the deal came with the hopes that local ownership would ensure the long-term survival of Boston's No. 2 daily newspaper.…

Sales tax-free zone for towns south of N.H.? Not so fast, legislators say » State House News Service For the fourth time in the last three legislative sessions, Lawrence Reps. Juana Matias and Frank Moran have filed a bill to exempt retailers within 10 miles of the New Hampshire border from the sales…

House bill would tax, regulate short-term rentals via Airbnb » Berkshire Eagle A bill that would tax short-term rentals through platforms like Airbnb and require hosts to register with the state earned initial approval in the House on Monday, setting it up for likely passage on …

Massachusetts court says Merck — and pharma — may be sued over generic warnings, sometimes » STAT News In a setback to the pharmaceutical industry, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided that consumers who claim harm from a generic medicine can sue brand-name drug makers for intentionally fai…

Union Station business vacancies push Worcester Redevelopment Authority to reboot » Worcester Telegram With much of the commercial space in Union Station and its adjacent parking garage vacant, the Worcester Redevelopment Authority is taking a fresh look at the property.…

Walgreens agrees to $5.5 million settlement for claims of overcharging prescription drugs » The Republican

Facebook is cooperating with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's investigation of the company, Cambridge Analytica » The Republican

Education

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito to be Becker College graduation speaker » Worcester Telegram Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will be the graduation speaker at Becker College's commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. May 5 at the DCU Center.…

In Nahant, a seaside research center has turned into a bitter battleground » Boston Globe Since 1967, scientists at Northeastern University's Marine Science Center have quietly gone about their work, studying ocean life from East Point, a spectacular rocky bluff that juts into the Atlantic…

Beacon Hill eyes civics requirement for graduation » Taunton Daily Gazette Completion of a student-led civics project after the eighth grade would become a requirement to graduate from high school in Massachusetts under a civics education bill the Senate plans to debate Thur…

Education debate pivots on approaches to funding, innovation » State House News Service With dozens of legislative Democrats and Republicans clamoring for a greater investment in local schools, Education Secretary Jim Peyser defended the Baker administration's proposed education investme…

Strategies, not dollars promoted to help schools succeed » The Salem News The Baker administration's top education official pushed back on Monday against the notion that funding and student achievement are directly linked, as some lawmakers on the House and Senate budget wr…

Haverhill receives $110K to promote reading » Eagle Tribune A new collaboration between state, federal and private partners is set to help the city's youngest minds grow - one book at a time.…

$500K Boston Public School Pizza Contract Skipped Public Bidding » WGBH Besides providing education to some 57,000 Boston children, Boston Public Schools is also a provider of meals: the District spends roughly $20 million annually on its food and nutrition programs.…

Vargas, Fiorentini Launch 'Haverhill Promise' Grade Level Reading Initiative » WHAV

Environment

Baker, Polito invest in mitigating effects of climate change in Massachusetts communities » The Daily Free Press The Baker-Polito Administration will commit more than $1.4 billion in investments to mitigate the effects of climate change on communities and natural resources.…

Court drops attempt to mediate rest of river cleanup dispute » Berkshire Eagle A trial balloon related to the Housatonic River cleanup quickly deflated, closing what would have been a new chapter in the long-running environmental dispute.…

Sharp costs cancel Merrimack River cleanup » Boston Herald Sticker shock has forced politicians from towns along the Merrimack River to shut down a plan with a $370,000-plus price tag to clear the water and riverbanks of discarded hypodermic needles, infuriat…

After Carbon Tax Fails in Washington, Focus Turns to 9 Other States » Governing Washington state won't be enacting the nation's first tax on greenhouse gas emissions this year. But the idea has grown more popular in the states since President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate…

Dredging sediment at issue in Peabody complaint » The Salem News A complaint with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection regarding Crystal Lake has been dealt with, according to city officials. But another, separate issue regarding the dredging pr…

MassDEP initiative seeks to improve curbside recycling stream » Recycling Today

Gaming

Wynn camp: 2nd payoff settlement » Boston Herald Embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn paid a 2006 settlement to a second woman who accused him of sexual misconduct, according to court documents.…

Housing

Housing Families to host Legislative Breakfast » Wicked Local Malden

Human Services

Future of Healthy Incentives Program uncertain » The Recorder A wildly successful program that's been getting fresh, local produce to SNAP recipients at discount prices will face a likely 2½-month hiatus next month because it ran out of three years of funding…

Judiciary

Defense lawyers ask court to toss 11,000 more cases in Amherst drug lab scandal » Boston Globe The state Supreme Judicial Court has been petitioned to throw out another 11,000 drug cases potentially tainted by the Amherst drug lab scandal. …

Localities Want to Make Retiree Bills More Affordable. Why Won't States Let Them? » Governing The cost of post-retirement benefits is threatening governments' ability to provide vital services. …

Labor

SJC to consider ballot question affecting nursing assignments » Boston Herald A ballot initiative that could have a drastic effect on how hospitals assign patients to nurses has come under fire, and next month the state's highest court will consider whether voters should have a…

Judge denies motion in City Hall extortion case » Boston Herald The feds were dealt a blow in their case against City Hall yesterday when the judge refused to alter jury instructions which prosecutors claim “will preclude the government from proving its case…

Nearly 1,000 retired Massachusetts teachers could face health insurance price spikes of 20 to 80 percent » The Republican

Bill poised for fast track to avoid health insure $$$$ spike for retired teachers » State House News Service

Legislative

New sexual harassment policies pass in House » The Lowell Sun House 151-0, unanimously approved a measure that requires the House to promote the safety and respectful treatment of all members, officers, interns and employees of the House, and all third parties, …

Speaker DeLeo says House non-disclosure agreements included laid-off staff » Boston Globe As many as 15 former House employees who were laid off in 2009 signed nondisclosure agreements after being shown the door, Speaker Robert A. DeLeo's office has disclosed.…

Local Government

Goulart touts experience in run for third term as Dighton selectwoman » Taunton Daily Gazette With over 12 years of experience at Dighton Town Hall in various capacities, incumbent Nancy Goulart will be looking to be re-elected to her third term on the Board of Selectmen in the April annual to…

Dartmouth board accepting tenant proposals for Old Southworth Library » South Coast Today At Monday's Select Board meeting, in Vice Chairwoman Kelli Martin-Taglianetti's absence, the board voted on request for proposals for the Old Southworth Library and made announcements regarding capita…

Worcester's 50 highest-paid employees are mostly police officers, only includes two women » MassLive In Worcester, the biggest paychecks of 2017 went mainly to members of the city's police department, the top 50 earners only including two women.…

Danvers selectmen to discuss joining opioid lawsuit » The Salem News Selectmen are mulling whether to go to federal court alongside more than 70 other Bay State communities in litigation to take on big drug makers and distributors of prescription opioid painkillers.…

Wu seeks to limit short-term rentals » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON CITY COUNCILOR MICHELLE WU filed an amendment Monday to the mayor's proposed ordinance on short-term rentals that would bar investors from purchasing properties and renting them out on platform…

A Better Way for Cities to Buy » Governing A new online platform aims not only to take some of the risk out of municipal procurement but to make the process smarter as well. …

Marijuana

Weymouth council bans recreational marijuana » Patriot Ledger The production and retail sale of recreational marijuana has been banned in the town by a unanimous vote by the town council.…

Downtown medical-marijuana dispensary might be considering recreational pot sales » Universal Hub Patriot Care, which opened Boston's first medical dispensary at 21 Milk St., is looking for input on possible plans to add recreational marijuana offerings, even though it promised residents and city …

Marijuana official rounding up impaired driving panel appointees » State House News Service

Opinion

Facebook data theft exploited millions » Boston Globe YOU'VE HEARD OF FACEBOOK, right? The social media platform that started out as a safe-seeming sandbox for sharing details with friends and family about our lives? Over the weekend, Facebook's 2.2 bil…

Imagine a secretary of education who understands public education » Boston Globe IMAGINE IF WE HAD a secretary of education who made a point of visiting some of our country's underperforming schools to find out about the challenges that the students, their parents, and their teach…

March Madness lessons for UMass Boston » Boston Globe MASSACHUSETTS CAN LEARN a lot from a thrilling March Madness Cinderella moment. Not about basketball. About public higher education.…

Permanent tax holiday deserves state's support » Cape Cod Times After two years without a state sales tax holiday making it through the Legislature, we're glad to see Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to make the semiannual event a permanent one.…

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Baker's infrastructure program is improving Fitchburg » State House News Service Connected, walkable and friendly downtowns where people can safely get around are critical to downtown revitalization and economic development, especially for neighborhoods small businesses and famili…

In Wynn probe, Gaming Commission is well aware of its duty to public and rule of law » Boston Globe On Friday the Globe published an op-ed by former attorney general Martha Coakley, now a partner at Foley Hoag, the firm representing Mohegan Sun in litigation against the Massachusetts Gaming Commissi…

Facebook's mentality: anything for a buck » Boston Globe The University of Cambridge Psychometrics Centre took one look at my life on Facebook and concluded that I am both liberal and politically libertarian, contemplative and competitive, artistic but with…

Politics

Political Notes: Governor to aid DA's re-election bid » Cape Cod Times Gov. Charlie Baker, who visited the Cape last week to survey blizzard damage, is headed back this way next month.…

School Committee member confirms he is 'considering' running for State Representative » Wicked Local Medford School Committee member Michael Ruggiero is considering running for State Representative in 2020, challenging Rep. Paul Donato.…

Lindsay Sabadosa to run for Kocot's seat » Gazette Net The director of the Pioneer Valley Women's March has announced her candidacy for the 1st Hampshire District in the Massachusetts House.…

3rd Congressional District hopefuls lay out gun platforms » The Lowell Sun In the wake of the Feb. 14 Florida high school massacre, candidates for the 3rd Congressional District have offered a range of proposals calling for substantial gun reform.…

Tsongas, Moulton talk jobs, opioids in Andover » Eagle Tribune Congresswoman Niki Tsongas' farewell tour made a stop in Andover Monday morning, where she and fellow Congressman Seth Moulton attended an annual congressional breakfast hosted by the Merrimack Valley…

The Wave Of Female Candidates Is Set For A Wave Of Losses, Come November » WBUR Lauren Underwood is optimistic about her chances of winning a seat in Congress.…

Stoughton candidate: Controversial Facebook photo from 2012 was 'humorous' » The Enterprise A candidate for Stoughton's Board of Selectmen is defending a social media image he has previously posted that depicts a black person with exaggerated nose and lips, calling it “humorous,”…

Medford School Committee Member Considering State House Run » Framingham Patch

Public Health

In N.H. visit, calls for death penalty in opioids battle » The Lowell Sun Embracing the tough penalties favored by global strongmen, President Donald Trump on Monday brandished the death penalty as a fitting punishment for drug traffickers fueling the opioid epidemic.…

Trump Singles Out 'Sanctuary City' Lawrence As NH Opioid Source » Framingham Patch Gov. Charlie Baker and Lawrence mayor Dan River fired back Monday after President Donald Trump named the Massachusetts city as one of the drivers of the opioid crisis in New Hampshire during a visit t…

Public Safety

In New Hampshire, Trump calls for getting tough on drug dealers » Boston Globe Ramping up his rhetoric and policy proposals, President Trump on Monday called for the death penalty for opioid traffickers and zeroed in on Boston and Lawrence for their so-called sanctuary city poli…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declines to weigh in on President Donald Trump's death penalty proposal for drug dealers » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, on Monday declined to weigh in on President Donald Trump's proposal to allow the death penalty for drug traffickers.…

DeLeo OK with more study on tougher gun measure » The Salem News With activists clamoring for passage of new measures to reduce gun violence, House Speaker Robert DeLeo says he's waiting on a report from a legislative committee on a controversial proposal that has …

20 state troopers face possible discipline in overtime scam probe » Boston Globe

21 Troopers Involved In Mass. State Police O.T. Scandal » CBS Boston

Attorney General Maura Healey to investigate State Police troopers who skipped patrols on Massachusetts Turnpike » The Republican

'She's had a hard job since the first day she got on:' Col. Kerry Gilpin takes lead of State Police amid scandals » The Republican

'Missing Shifts' Overtime Scandal Widens At Mass. State Police » New England Public Radio

State Government

Report: People with close ties to budget chief Heffernan, some from Wellesley, hired for state jobs » Wicked Local Wellesley Gov. Charlie Baker voiced “full confidence” Monday in his budget chief, defending Administration and Finance Secretary Michael Heffernan after a report that Heffernan had hired a handful o…

5 things about 'Fighting Joe' Hooker » Boston Globe Civil War General Joseph Hooker is back in the news again. Last week, a state lawmaker called for a State House sign dedicated to Hooker to be changed or taken down, saying his last name is a “d…

Baker defends budget chief's hiring of friends, says they're 'qualified' » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, who campaigned on a pledge to root out cronyism in state government, gave a vigorous defense Monday of his budget chief, Michael Heffernan, and a slew of well-connected associa…

State Rep. Carmine Gentile to hold office hours » Wicked Local Residents of the 13th Middlesex District (Sudbury; Wayland: Precincts 1, 2, 3; Marlborough: Ward 1, Ward 2: Precinct 2, Ward 7: Precinct 1; Framingham: Precinct 3) are encouraged to meet with Gentile …

Taxation

Tax on short-term rentals faces new opposition » Gloucester Times Lawmakers are moving ahead with a stalled plan to tax and regulate short-term rental units, but the changes face new resistance from the industry.…

Transportation

What you need to know about changes to Mass. driving licenses » Boston Globe If you need to get your car inspected or renew your driver's license soon, you might want to plan around this coming weekend, when the Registry of Motor Vehicles goes dark for three days to prepare fo…

Real ID applicants must jump through added hoops to get licenses » State House News Service Renewing a Massachusetts driver's license will become a more paper-intensive process starting next week for anyone who wants to use the ID for domestic air travel years into the future.…

City wants companies to stop self-driving car tests in Seaport » Boston Globe Boston officials have asked local self-driving car companies to halt their ongoing testing in the Seaport District after an autonomous Uber vehicle in Arizona killed a pedestrian.…

$177M approved to fix bridge between Charlestown, North End » Boston Business Journal State officials on Monday approved a $176.8 million contract to rebuild a 118-year-old span connecting Charlestown with the North End that has been structurally deficient for the last 16 years.…

Rep. Walsh's Transfer Development Rights and Rail Trail Language Included in Gov. Baker's Environmental Bond Bill » Framingham Source For the first time in an environmental bond bill, $25 million was designated to facilitate a better partnership with municipalities looking to build trails for consideration using Department of Trans…

Walsh: Self-driving vehicle tests on hold after Arizona fatality » State House News Service

Utilities

Pittsfield Residents Air Grievances With Spectrum Changes » iBerkshires A very large crowd of angry Spectrum customers vented their frustrations for more than two hours Monday at two representatives of the cable company.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Report: Massachusetts solar capacity increased 30 percent in 2017, but challenges loom » The Republican

FEMA extends deadline allowing Puerto Rican evacuees to continue receiving temporary shelter benefits » The Republican

Education debate pivots on approaches to funding, innovation » The Lowell Sun

Federal energy regulators back Massachusetts attorney general on rate cuts tied to Trump tax bill » The Republican

House advances bill taxing, regulating short-term rentals » State House News Service

First recreational tax in Massachusetts proposed for Charlemont » The Republican

Airbnb open to collecting taxes in Massachusetts, but opposed to new House bill » The Republican

Fighting opioids with our hands tied » The Harvard Gazette

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