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11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets, Public Hearing

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

Must-Reads

U.S. companies are pressuring their workers on how to lobby and vote » Washington Post U.S. businesses are cultivating a new political resource: their own workers. When Republicans wrote their tax bill late last year, many companies pushed their employees to support specific policy prov…

Political Corruption and the Art of the Deal » The New Republic How Trump's business partnerships in India are creating conflicts of interest in the White House and corrupting the presidency …

When Trump Met Stormy Daniels: The Strange Story of Four Wild Days in Tahoe » GQ In July of 2006, Donald Trump had a new wife, a hit TV show, and a trip to a celebrity golf tourney with a slew of porn stars secretly in attendance. According to a few of those women, including Storm…

The Democrats' Elitist Obsession With Qualifications » The New Republic The moment actress Cynthia Nixon announced on Monday that she would challenge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary this fall, she was mocked by establishmentarians. Best known for …

Trial canceled in Boston Calling case » Boston Globe The upcoming trial of two City Hall officials accused of illegally pressuring organizers of the Boston Calling music festival into hiring union members was canceled Wednesday after federal prosecutors…

House leaders' biggest 2018 fear: The lazy Republican » Politico Speaker Paul Ryan and the National Republican Congressional Committee are less concerned about their battle-tested swing-district members — who face tough races every election cycle — an…

After scandals, State Police need to restore accountability, legal specialists say » Boston Globe The series of scandals that has tarnished the Massachusetts State Police since last fall — most recently the alleged theft of overtime pay — speaks to an organization suffering from a br…

"Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!"

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News By Category
Beltway Politics

'We have not forgotten Puerto Rico' says Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 6 months after Hurricane Maria » The Republican Six months ago, on Sept. 20, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, leaving destruction in its wake and causing residents to flee the islands.…

Business

Trump tariffs could backfire on Mass. cranberry growers » Boston Globe When President Trump imposed stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports earlier this month, he invited metal workers in hard hats to the White House signing ceremony, saying the move would protect th…

Herald moves print production to Providence Journal » Boston Herald The Boston Herald is now being printed in Providence, which means our loyal customers can look forward to a more reader-friendly paper.…

Boston is the most challenging food truck city, new report says » Boston Business Journal Despite the flourishing food-truck scene in Boston, the city is ranked worst in the U.S. when it comes to regulatory hurdles to starting a new food truck business, according to a new report.…

Education

School districts in the Bridgewater area implement SBIRT » Wicked Local Whitman In 2015, a third of high school students reported drinking alcohol within a 30 day period, and nearly 40 percent of high school students reported they had used used marijuana at some point in their li…

School chiefs deal with social media backlash » The Salem News The digital age has area school superintendents using social media among the ways they communicate snow days and other district events, but that also means dealing with negative reaction and anonymous…

At least 30 job cuts loom in Southbridge schools » Worcester Telegram The school district's new receiver has notified staff that 30 full-time positions are likely to be cut.…

Algonquin students and parents urge for later school start time » The Metro West Daily News Christina Iverson sat in the Algonquin Regional High School library doing her calculus homework Wednesday night as School Committee members debated later start time for classes.…

Busteed named permanent head of Lowell High » Lowell Sun Marianne Busteed can lose the "interim" tag. Busteed, who has been the interim head of school at Lowell High School since Brian Martin retired last year, was named the school's permanent leader at Wed…

Environment

Sea grant threatened by federal cut » Martha's Vineyard Times Facing a proposed budget cut from the Trump administration, Rep. Dylan Fernandes, D- Falmouth, helped pass a Massachusetts House resolution defending the Sea Grant College Program, according to a pres…

Gaming

Steve Wynn readies share sale » Boston Herald Toppled casino icon Steve Wynn is looking to sell part — or all — of his stake in his gaming company, though state gaming regulators say the move won't impact their investigation.…

Health Care

Bill could help avoid insurance cost spike » Newburyport News House and Senate leaders said Tuesday they will try to quickly pass a bill filed by Gov. Charlie Baker, perhaps as soon as this week, to avoid steep health insurance premium spikes for nearly 1,000 re…

Elizabeth Warren Has A Plan To Make Health Care Coverage Cheaper And More Reliable » The Huffington Post Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at dramatically increasing the affordability and reliability of health insurance plans available on the Affordable Care Act marketplac…

State to pay doctors' student loans to lure them to community health centers » Boston Business Journal MassHealth is offering to pay doctors' student loans to entice physicians to work for community health centers and community mental health centers.…

Lexington nursing home to close » Boston Globe State officials have approved plans by a Lexington nursing home to shut down in May, the latest in a string of nursing home closures across the region in recent months.…

Judiciary

Fortier nominated as clerk-magistrate » Mass Lawyers Weekly Joella E. Fortier has been nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker as clerk-magistrate of Orange District Court. Fortier has been acting clerk-magistrate, pro tempore, since January 2017, according to her res…

Bay State DAs back $5M plan to combat recidivism » Boston Herald Top Bay State prosecutors are unanimously supporting a $5 million budget request that would fund residential re-entry programs aimed at preventing inmates from reoffending when they are released.…

Labor

Activists stop in Worcester, push $15 minimum wage, paid family and medical leave » Worcester Telegram Activists on a statewide “briefing tour” stopped at Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church on Illinois Street Tuesday night to show members of the legislative delegation their continued commitment to …

Are More Strikes Coming? West Virginia Wasn't the Only State Neglecting Employee Health Care. » Governing The issue that led West Virginia teachers to walk out may be boiling over elsewhere as states neglect workers' benefits, sometimes causing financial and medical hardship for public servants. …

Where the Pay Gap Between Male and Female Doctors Is Biggest » Governing On average, female doctors made $105,000 less than male doctors last year, and the gender pay gap actually increased. …

Judge's ruling on Hobbs Act opens door to dismissal of extortion case » Boston Herald The extortion trial of City Hall officials Kenneth Brissette and Timothy Sullivan has been canceled as a federal judge decides whether to dismiss the case.…

Pols defend social media privacy bill panned by police » Boston Herald State legislators are defending a proposed social media bill now under fire from law enforcement officials, arguing it protects privacy rights. …

Survey finds female surgical residents grapple with balancing training, motherhood » Boston Globe Women training to become surgeons face daunting challenges juggling their work with the demands of pregnancy and motherhood, according to a new survey published Wednesday by researchers at Brigham and…

Time for paid family and medical leave in Massachusetts, Melrose reps say » Wicked Local Melrose The following was submitted by State Senator Jason Lewis and State Representative Paul Brodeur. …

Legislative

Report: Deal on criminal justice overhaul reached » The Salem News The six House and Senate lawmakers negotiating a complex overhaul of the state's sentencing and criminal justice laws have reached a tentative agreement that is expected to be finalized before the end…

Chandler: Ethics Inquiry Is A 'Very Difficult Time' For Rosenberg » WGBH Senate President Harriette Chandler told Boston Public Radio she has been in contact with Sen. Stan Rosenberg, who has been on leave amid an ethics inquiry into accusations of misconduct against Rosen…

DiMasi loses battle to overturn his conviction » Boston Herald A long-languishing petition by former House speaker and convicted extortionist Salvatore DiMasi to vacate his eight-year federal prison sentence has been dismissed by his federal trial judge.…

Sen. Spilka to meet the press as presumptive president » State House News Service A day after claiming the votes to become the next Senate president, Sen. Karen Spilka on Thursday plans to meet the media to discuss where the Senate goes next, her vision for a smooth transition from…

Local Government

Marlborough Gets $15,000 State Grant For Downtown Development » Framingham Patch The city got a hefty sum of $15,000 in the form of a Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) technical assistance program grant, which will be used to develop a branding and wayfinding strategy for th…

Methuen Receives State Grant to Fund Downtown Parking, Growth Projects » WHAV The City of Methuen will share in $285,000 of state money to support their downtown revitalization efforts, the Baker-Polito Administration announced this week.…

Eastham Receives Downtown Revitalization Grant » Cape Cod Online The town of Eastham has received a $15,000 grant through the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative technical assistance program.…

Council considers ending cash-only motels in Quincy » Patriot Ledger No-tell motels would be no more in Quincy. The city council is considering a measure that would require hotels and motels to take steps to discourage criminal activity.…

Senate OKs Charlemont recreation tax » The Recorder The state Senate has given preliminary approval for Charlemont “home rule” bill to add a 3 percent recreation tax on charges for commercial recreation activities in town.…

Businesses pledge $400K toward Springfield 'image campaign,' pending city's contribution » The Republican A top economic development official told city councilors this week the business community is ready to contribute $400,000 toward a $1 million "image campaign" to promote Springfield if the city contri…

Jajuga sues Valley Patriot for defamation » The Eagle Tribune Mayor James Jajuga is suing Valley Patriot owner and publisher Thomas Duggan for defamation after Duggan accused Jajuga of being a former heroin addict, "crooked cop" and "crooked politician."…

Petitions bulk up Provincetown Annual Town Meeting warrant » Wicked Local Truro

MetroWest communities get $60K in downtown planning grants » Worcester Business Journal

Marijuana

Bourne officials balk at pot ban » Cape Cod Times The day after the Bourne Finance Committee declined to support two articles that would ban recreational marijuana establishments in town, the Board of Selectmen followed suit in a vote at its meeting …

Opinion

Rules on short-term rentals a matter of fairness » Eagle Tribune The internet has made taxi drivers of anyone with a car, a mobile phone and a desire to make some extra cash by driving for Uber and Lyft. Basement artisans who once had to truck their wares to craft …

Governor Baker:  Tell Us You'll Tell Us About Police Scandals » New Boston Post What we haven't heard in any of the pronouncements on the various Massachusetts State Police scandals is the one thing that's vital: A full and public account of what happened.…

Editorial: Another burden for the state's retailers, with little discernible benefit » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker supports a plan to implement “accelerated sales tax remittance,” but so far we've yet to see evidence of any significant benefits to implementing such a plan, while busi…

Letter to the Editor: Hodgson not giving prison suicides the attention they deserve » Herald News Bristol County is in the midst of a prison suicide epidemic. At this point nobody is doing anything about it, although there is mounting alarm at the growing body count.…

Strong candidates come out to replace Kulik » The Recorder It would seem that democracy is alive and well in this corner of the world.…

Our Opinion: A good House policy, but problems are deep » Berkshire Eagle The House has adopted new rules to address sexual harassment that should be adopted by the Senate as well and strictly enforced. An argumentative, and for the House unusually open, debate last Thursda…

Sex, money, and the Nashville blues » Boston Globe In these Stormy Daniels times, it's worth noting that a sex scandal has already ended the career of one American politician: a woman and a Democrat, who was technically brought down not by adultery, b…

Three big obstacles to Trump firing Mueller, and why he might try it anyway » Boston Globe There are three big reasons why any rational president in Donald Trump's position would not even think of firing special counsel Robert Mueller in the middle of the Russia investigation.…

Would death penalty for drug dealers extend to Big Pharma? » Boston Globe

Carr: Latest Mass State Police scandal adds to foul stench in AIRE » Boston Herald After so many scandals in such a short time, the Massachusetts State Police are finally figuring out how to get ahead of the bad-news curve.…

Executing drug dealers is a bad idea » Boston Globe President Trump made big news in New Hampshire this week with his call for applying the death penalty to big drug dealers — and that only goes to show that bad policy makes for easy headlines.…

A child's ZIP code should not decide their chances of success » Boston Globe Re “School aid lags, and poor pay the price” (Page A1, March 18): As we see so often, the poor are the ones who suffer when we disinvest in our children…

Trump bends the national opioid tragedy to bigotry » Boston Globe If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And if bigotry is your favorite tool, every problem looks like the fault of immigrants.…

Massachusetts State Police have squandered public trust (Editorial) » The Republican Little children have been taught to believe police officers are their friends. Sadly, too many members of the Massachusetts State Police have been friends only to themselves.…

Editorial: Incumbents need opposition » Boston Herald You may have heard that on Tuesday a Holocaust-denying Nazi won the Republican nomination for a congressional seat in Illinois.…

Politics

District attorneys seek money for re-entry programs » Patriot Ledger The state's districts attorneys are unanimously backing a $5 million budget request that they say would help keep recently released inmates from ending up back behind bars.…

Lowell man, AFL-CIO employee, throws hat in state Senate ring » Lowell Sun As state Sen. Eileen Donoghue inches closer toward becoming the next city manager, another candidate has joined the race to succeed her.…

O'Connor-Ives not seeking re-election » Wicked Local North Andover State Sen. Kathleen O'Connor-Ives, a Newburyport Democrat, will not seek re-election this fall, giving Republicans a sudden chance to compete for an open seat and creating another shift in the unsettl…

Leaders weigh in on O'Connor Ives, 1st Essex Senate race » Newburyport News Following the announcement this week by Sen. Kathleen O'Connor Ives that she won't seek re-election, numerous current and former elected leaders weighed in on the 1st Essex District Senate seat, which…

After chiding House speaker, Diana DiZoglio moves to seek state Senate » Boston Globe State Representative Diana DiZoglio, a Methuen Democrat who just days ago issued a rare public rebuke of House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, said she is launching a bid for the state Senate.…

Former SJC justice backs Rollins for Suffolk DA » State House News Service Geraldine Hines, who was the first black woman on the state's highest court, has entered the political fray, endorsing Rachael Rollins for top prosecutor in Suffolk County.…

Democrat Challenging Caccaviello For Berkshire DA » WAMC A candidate who was recently on the ballot is now running for Berkshire District Attorney. …

Democratic Candidates for Governor to Speak in Pittsfield » iBerkshires The three gubernatorial candidates running in the Democratic primary will appear at the American Legion on Wendell Avenue on Sunday at 4 p.m.…

Leary joins crowded field in 18th Middlesex race » Lowell Sun Five months after losing his City Council seat in a grueling election, Jim Leary says he plans to serve as a "ward councilor" for his neighborhood once again, just in a bigger setting: the State House…

Public Safety

As Students Plan Another March For Gun Control, WBUR Poll Finds Widespread Support » WBUR As thousands of Massachusetts students are readying another march for gun control this Saturday, most voters stand with them.…

Massachusetts students take case to lawmakers, keep pressing for gun legislation » Berkshire Eagle Massachusetts students are walking out of their classrooms and lobbying state legislators for stricter gun laws, joining a wave of young people who are demanding safer learning environments and an end…

State trooper under scrutiny in overtime scandal speaks out » WCVB A trooper allegedly involved in the widening state police overtime scam first exposed by 5 Investigates last year, is speaking publicly for the first time on the heels of a department audit now target…

Mass. State Police overtime abuse could bring criminal charges for troopers » Worcester Telegram Nineteen state troopers could be disciplined, lose their jobs and face criminal charges after an audit of overtime patrols on the Massachusetts Turnpike showed discrepancies, Col. Kerry A. Gilpin anno…

Tough 2014 Mass. Gun Law Has Had Little Effect, A State Study Finds » WGBH An impressive, wide-ranging gun reform law, passed in 2014, has not reduced gun violence and gun crime at all in Massachusetts. The annual number of firearm-related crimes, homicides, suicides, and pr…

Briefings: Warren to March for Our Lives in Springfield » Western Mass Politics and Insight United States Senator Elizabeth Warren is slated to attend the Springfield March for Our Lives this Saturday. The nationwide marches, organized by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Schoo…

Caught on Cam-Share: BPD seeks access to private security cameras, experiments with new surveillance work » Dig Boston The Boston Police Department wants to deputize your surveillance system. After a crime, police canvass for private security cameras. Sometimes, they obtain a warrant for the tapes or data, or simply a…

State labs not equipped to enforce fentanyl law » Newburyport News The heralded law that made trafficking in the deadly synthetic opiate fentanyl a new crime in 2015 has proven to be “unenforceable,” according to the Baker administration, police and prose…

Prominent Pats lending voice to justice, education reform » State House News Service New England Patriots defensive captain Devin McCourty and three-time Super Bowl champion Troy Brown plan to hold a press conference at the State House on Thursday to advocate for reforms to the juveni…

Poll: Mass. voters favor tougher gun laws, red flag bill » State House News Service While firmly opposed to repealing the constitutional right to bear arms, a majority of Massachusetts residents believe the state's laws covering firearms sales should be more strict, according to new …

'A bright hope:' Melrose kids join walkout movement against gun violence » Wicked Local A week after students across the country left class to demand an end to shootings like the one that claimed the lives of 17 children and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, F…

State Finance

Gun control advocates prod state to disarm investments » Gloucester Times Campaigns by social activists have forced fund managers to pull back investments in tobacco companies, businesses tied to South Africa's apartheid government and more recently the fossil fuel industry…

State Government

Maura Healey soon to get a new attorney thanks to nonprofit » The Daily Free Press The Public Rights Project, a nonprofit civil rights organization, is providing Attorney General Maura Healey's office with another full-time attorney to fill a gap caused by rollbacks on certain regul…

Massachusetts Secretary Bill Galvin backs automatic voter registration » The Republican

Taxation

Supreme Court limits reach of tax crime statute » Boston Globe A Supreme Court ruling Wednesday will make it harder for the federal government to use a section of tax law to convict someone of obstruction.…

Transportation

WRTA rally at City Hall calls for funding increase » Worcester Mag More than 100 riders, drivers and boosters of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority decried potential cuts at a rally and public hearing earlier this week.…

Autonomous vehicles bills yanked out of study after Arizona fatality » Boston Business Journal A study order usually dooms a bill to the legislative scrap heap.…

Taunton, Middleboro officials argue against Middleboro rail plan » South Coast Today Area lawmakers and officials expressed their frustration with the South Coast Rail planning process and the move away from the Stoughton line during a public meeting Monday.…

Will Real ID make the RMV slow again? » Boston Globe The lines moved quickly at the downtown Boston Registry of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday afternoon, proof of a recent turnaround that has surprised many who remember the days of endless waits and surly …

Officials, residents weigh in on work scheduled for bridges » Cape Cod Times U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials on Tuesday tried to explain to a room filled with worried business owners, state lawmakers, transportation officials and residents the reason for work planned on…

Utilities

4 Berkshire towns team with state to find 'better approaches' on broadband, energy » Berkshire Eagle Help with broadband, energy costs and employee policies. Those are among the benefits anticipated by four Northern Berkshire towns — Hancock, New Ashford, Florida and Savoy — now that th…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

WRTA supporters rally in Worcester, demanding better funding of transit authorities » Worcester Telegram

Lights Out: Recent Power Outages Raise Questions » The Cape Cod Chronicle

Selectmen won't take stand on Tisbury School project » Martha's Vineyard Times

North Adams Awarded State Grant for Eagle St. Business Development » iBerkshires

Weed wars: Hampden latest Springfield suburb considering outlawing recreational marijuana facilities » The Republican

Retailers don't want to be Baker's $1B 'guinea pig,' group says » Boston Business Journal

Boston mayor hits pause on short-term rental regulations » State House News Service

Tentative accord reached on game-changing criminal justice bill » State House News Service

Local MSD grads push gun access bill as way to prevent tragedies » State House News Service

Joella Fortier nominated to be Orange District Court clerk magistrate » The Republican

Most Mass. Voters Say Climate Change Is Bringing More Frequent Or Severe Storms » WBUR

Parkland, Florida, high school alumni lobby for 'extreme risk' gun bill in Massachusetts » The Republican

Amid turmoil and turnover at State House, Massachusetts state Sen. Karen Spilka secures presidency » The Republican

You Missed The Voter Registration Cut Off Date? Too Bad » WBUR

Come for a visit, Governor » Martha's Vineyard Times

Karen Spilka claims votes to be next Mass. Senate president, sources say » Boston Globe

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