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9:00am Agriculture Day at the State House, Second Floor, State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

5:30pm Beth Lindstrom for U.S. Senate Reception

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

6:00pm Fundraiser for Suffolk District Attorney Candidate Greg Henning

7:00pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate Samantha Hammar

Birthdays: Rep. Robert DeLeo

Must-Reads

Expand attorney general’s probe to include Troop F » Boston Globe THE MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE, the Commonwealth’s primary law enforcement agency, seems intent on making its own rules. The agency hides behind the state’s weak public records law and a…

Frost Lindstrom is GOP's "best chance" against Sen. Warren » State House News Service There's only one GOP Senate candidate with the experience and debating skills to go "toe-to-toe" with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren this fall, and it's not his fellow representative, House Republican Rep…

White House lawyers probing $500M worth of loans tied to Jared Kushner's family firm » Daily News White House officials have been looking into whether $500 million in loans that went to Trump administration senior adviser Jared Kushner's family real estate company may have spurred ethics or crimin…

Spilka has focused on troubled children, families throughout career » Boston Globe “I often look back on my past experiences and wonder, ‘Why did my life turn out the way it did?’ ” Spilka once said. “To be more blunt, I often ask myself, ‘Why am…

Harriette L. Chandler and Jim O’Day: As I See It: The housing cost crisis » Worcester Telegram Massachusetts has a lot to be proud of. A world-leading innovation economy. The healthiest state in the nation. Yet, when it comes to one of our most fundamental issues, housing, we - as a state - are…

The Daily 202: How a conservative think tank is trying to tackle climate change » Washington Post While President Trump is systematically rolling back his predecessor’s efforts to combat climate change, the conservative Hoover Institution is trying to address the reality of rising temperatu…

Donald Trump Flacks Howie Carr Book Flacking Donald Trump » Campaign Outsider Our kissin’ cousins at Two-Daily Town have amply chronicled Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr’s relentless pilot fishy suck-up ... Now the Accidental President has returned the favor.…

Bay State Dems back bid to banish special status for some » Boston Herald Several top Bay State Democrats are backing a bid to wipe out superdele­gates — party bigwigs who wield outsized clout in determining the presidential nominee — following a bitter 201…

House Republicans divided on non-disclosure use » State House News Service Rep. Diana DiZoglio's revelations this month about the House's use of 33 non-disclosure agreements, including one she signed as an aide, put House Speaker Robert DeLeo under the spotlight, but also sh…

Trump’s revenge on California: The Census » Politico Fear is rising among Democrats over the prospect that President Donald Trump’s hard line on immigration might ultimately cost California a seat in Congress during the upcoming round of reapport…

Brockton senator arrested in Weymouth, charged with drunk driving » State House News Service

“I often look back on my past experiences and wonder, ‘Why did my life turn out the way it did?’ ” Spilka once said. “To be more blunt, I often ask myself, ‘Why am I not more messed up?’”

Senate President-elect Karen Spilka

Reflecting on her difficult childhood and why she chooses to fight for children and families.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Buttigieg Gets Closer to a 2020 Campaign » Politico (S)erious people are telling the South Bend, Indiana mayor, who’d be the first major presidential candidate who’s either openly gay or an Afghanistan veteran or a millennial, to take it …

Business

Looking to hire more women in tech? Try meeting with some » Boston Globe Of all the questions venture capitalists ask as they evaluate startup founders, one is perhaps more important than any other: Whom do you know?…

New England Aquarium has a new CEO » Boston Globe The New England Aquarium on Monday named a new president and chief executive, nearly a year after the surprising departure of its former chief.…

Supreme Court won’t rule on deceased’s emails » Boston Herald The U.S. Supreme Court won’t overturn, or even address, a Bay State high court decision declaring that federal law doesn’t bar companies from disclosing a dead person’s emails to …

GateHouse Media, parent of T&G, acquiring Gardner News » Worcester Telegram GateHouse Media LLC, owner of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, is acquiring The Gardner News.…

Robert Kraft Wants to Bring the World Cup to Boston » Boston Magazine The owner of the Patriots and the Revolution is creating a nonprofit to help fund the soccer tournament. …

Crimes

Reps. Khan, Decker file bill to close loophole » Wicked Local Newton Rep. Kay Khan, 11th Middlesex, and Rep. Marjorie Decker, 25th Middlesex, filed legislation that would prohibit police officers from engaging in sexual conduct with those in their custody, supervision …

Suspensions, retirements as State Police deal with 'bad actors' » Wicked Local West Bridgewater An overtime scandal at the State Police has led in the past week to a rash of suspensions and sudden retirements from the embattled law enforcement agency that has struggled to regain its footing sinc…

Education

Mass. Senate passes civics education bill urged by students » Worcester Telegram As chair of the Teenage Republicans of Massachusetts, Xaverian Brothers High School senior Mike Brodo has been closely following politics since he was 4 years old. But the Holliston native laments tha…

T.S. Kennedy replacement in line for future federal funding » Cape Cod Times When President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill Friday, it included $300 million to replace the country’s state maritime schools’ training ships, bolstering the Massachu…

Environment

Citing high costs, engineers stress regional approach to battle city’s rising waters » Boston Globe Engineers and climate change researchers called Monday for a regional approach to help Boston implement better flood control and storm management measures, saying recent storms that left neighborhoods…

Faith leaders demand climate change action by Charlie Baker » The Daily Free Press Several religious leaders weren’t happy with how Gov. Charlie Baker is handling climate change, so they took it into their own hands.…

Boston could find itself underwater on flooding costs » Boston Herald The starting price tag to protect Boston from rising seas is up to $2.5 billion — even before a $20 billion seawall is calculated in, researchers told city councilors in a special hearing yeste…

Human Services

Is It Time to Stop Saying 'the Safety Net'? » Governing The three largest groups representing human services agencies and nonprofits say the phrase hurts their work -- and society at large. …

Insurance

Gov. Charlie Baker signs law to avert health insurance price spikes for retired teachers » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill Monday to avert steep health insurance premium hikes for retired teachers.…

Legislative

Spilka has focused on troubled children, families throughout career » Boston Globe Karen Spilka says life in her house was unpredictable and scary. Growing up in Yonkers, N.Y., with a father who struggled with mental illness, she never knew when she got home whether he would be angr…

Mass. Senate takes politics to the loco level » Lowell Sun Well, this is weird. Here you have three politicians all scheming to grab the same job, that of president of the Massachusetts State Senate. …

House Republicans divided on non-disclosure agreement use » WCVB Rep. Diana DiZoglio's revelations this month about the House's use of 33 non-disclosure agreements, including one she signed as an aide, put House Speaker Robert DeLeo under the spotlight, but also sh…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker suggests state senator arrested for drunk driving could've taken an app like Lyft or Uber » The Republican

State legislators to Springfield councilors: Local aid, regional bus transportation are priorities » The Republican

Local Government

Our Opinion: Complete Berkshire link of Lafayette Trail » Berkshire Eagle When it comes to historic battleground sites, Berkshire County doesn't possess the cachet of other Massachusetts locales like Concord and Lexington. Nevertheless, the Berkshires are entitled to their …

Tuesday's Amherst charter election has high levels of interest and bitterness between sides » The Republican With one day to go before voters decide the future of town government, organizers on both sides of the proposed new charter say they will be relieved when it's over.…

Attleboro mayor wants to see pay cut » The Sun Chronicle In 2011, then-mayor Kevin Dumas won a years-long battle to have the salary for Attleboro mayors put on the city’s classification plan, which meant that mayors of the future would get a raise ev…

Third candidate takes out papers for selectman seat » Wicked Local Sandwich A third candidate has taken out nomination papers to run for a seat on the Falmouth Board of Selectmen as of Monday night.…

Winchester to fight mental health stigma, offer resources » Wicked Local Winchester More than 80 community members gathered at the First Congregational Church on Thursday night, March 22 to discuss mental health and learn about state and local resources, in a public forum shaped part…

City Hall Notebook: Mayor asks to explore gun divestment » Worcester Telegram Mayor Joseph M. Petty would like the city to consider divesting from its pension fund any holdings it might have in companies that derive more than 15 percent of their revenues from gun or ammunition …

Plans to demolish Coolidge's summer White House aired in Swampscott » The Salem News The Historical Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on plans to demolish the oceanfront mansion that once served as Calvin Coolidge's summer White House and build condominiums in its pl…

Town considering legal action on opioid crisis » Wicked Local Falmouth

Public barred from library group's meetings » Newburyport News

Marijuana

Green Life medical marijuana dispensary gains Easthampton Planning Board OK » The Republican The city's second medical marijuana dispensary and grow facility has gained local approval.…

Springfield City Council OKs 6-month moratorium on recreational marijuana to establish regulations » The Republican The City Council approved a six-month moratorium on recreational marijuana facilities Monday night aimed at giving the city time to draft local regulations to govern the new businesses.…

Medical pot shop eyes recreational sales » Boston Herald City councilors and community activists are wary of plans for Boston’s first medical marijuana dispensary to expand their business into recreational sales, arguing the operators promised to sti…

Advocates Say Dormant Medical Dispensaries Shouldn't Get First Shot At Recreational Licenses » WBUR On Monday, people who have long awaited the opportunity to get a piece of the recreational marijuana market in Massachusetts will get their chance.…

Opinion

Editorial: State’s rental law quashes little guys » Boston Herald Whenever innovation in the free market leads to a booming new business within the borders of Massachusetts you can bet that a mighty tractor beam from Beacon Hill will soon suck it in to the State Hou…

Expand attorney general’s probe to include Troop F » Boston Globe THE MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE, the Commonwealth’s primary law enforcement agency, seems intent on making its own rules. …

Forget Stormy Daniels and Melania Trump. How does Ivanka feel? » Boston Globe FORGET STORMY DANIELS, the porn star; Karen McDougal, the former Playboy model; Summer Zervos, the former “Apprentice’’ contestant who is in a legal wrangle with President Trump.…

On Iran and North Korea: Don’t trust, and verify, verify, verify » Boston Globe RONALD REAGAN invoked the Russian proverb “trust, but verify” when negotiating nuclear disarmament with the Soviet Union, but in recent negotiations with Iran and upcoming talks with North…

EDITORIAL: Transparency a necessity for Massachusetts state troopers » The Daily Free Press Investigation into the Massachusetts state police department has revealed that certain state troopers have been abusing overtime pay, with some earning more than even Gov. Charlie Baker’s annua…

Ash: Achieving economic growth for all the state’s regions » Milford Daily News Today I will be testifying in favor of Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito’s latest economic development bill, An Act to Enhance Opportunities for All.…

Letter To The Editor: Massachusetts Must Lead Gun Reform Movement » Framingham Patch

When passion is needed, Charlie Baker is nowhere to be found » Boston Globe

Cambridge Analytica scandal a hint of what's to come unless Bay State lawmakers act (viewpoint) » The Republican

Politics

Monomoy students to question gubernatorial candidates » Cape Cod Times Here’s a sure sign the 2018 election season is swinging into high gear: The first debate to be held on the Cape and Islands has been scheduled for 7 p.m. April 9 at Monomoy Regional High School…

Campaign Notebook: Central Mass. Republicans pick sides in bid to oust Sen. Elizabeth Warren » Worcester Telegram Republican lawmakers from Central Massachusetts ? red heartland are climbing aboard different bandwagons as the GOP picks a challenger to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.…

Gun Control Protesters Take Over Downtown Northampton in the March For Our Lives » Valley Advocate “Enough is enough! Enough is enough!” Hundreds of voices echoed off of the brick and concrete buildings that line Northampton’s Main Street. They were the voices of adults and teena…

Will Gun Control Momentum Last? » NECN The nation was fixated over the weekend on the hundreds of thousands who came out to March for stricter gun control. But now that the marches are over, everyone’s wondering if the enthusiasm an…

Public Health

Despite setback, advocates for addiction treatment in prison press ahead » Boston Globe A plan to give Massachusetts prisoners access to all medications that treat addiction was removed from the final version of the landmark criminal justice bill, but advocates intend to seek the Legisla…

Public Safety

Concealment of State Police pay records was ‘clearly deliberate,’ Baker says » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker said Monday that the act of not disclosing years of payroll records for an entire division of the State Police was “clearly deliberate,” and a top state finance offi…

Gun control is emerging. What’s next for its advocates? » Boston Globe The emerging movement that brought hundreds of thousands of youthful gun violence protesters to the streets across the country this weekend now faces a steep political climb to sustain momentum in the…

Blacks have less faith in city police and courts, poll shows » Boston Globe A majority of Boston voters expressed confidence in the criminal justice system in Massachusetts, but a lower percentage of blacks than whites, Asian-Americans, and Latinos said they had faith in the …

Baker Concerned After Report Of Hidden Payroll Records, Suspicious Overtime Claims By State Police » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker said he believes it was "clearly deliberate" that payroll records for a Massachusetts State Police troop were not publicly reported on the state comptroller's website since 2010.…

Brockton woman who dispatches overdose calls -- let her 'rot' » The Enterprise A State Police dispatcher being investigated for Facebook posts about an ongoing fatal crash investigation is now under fire for comments made about the overdose-reversing drug Narcan.…

Baker Finally Goes ‘Criminal’ On Massachusetts State Police Scandals Following Another OT Abuse Report » New Boston Post Governor Charlie Baker’s Massachusetts State Police problem ballooned over the weekend following a damning report revealing that the Bay State’s top law enforcement agency allegedly with…

Report on Payroll Shakes Massachusetts State Police Division » NECN Investigators are following the money trail in the Massachusetts State Police Department, and critics say there needs to be more transparency and accountability. …

State Government

U.S. adds citizenship question to 2020 census; AG Maura Healey will sue » The Republican

Mass. regulators again hit firms selling cryptocurrency » Boston Globe

Lottery moving headquarters from Braintree to Dorchester » State House News Service

Transportation

RMV offices were a nightmare Monday with wait times that stretched for hours » Boston Globe Motorists faced crushing waits as long as five hours at Registry of Motor Vehicles branches on Monday, the first day of a new driver’s licensing system in Massachusetts.…

PVTA Officials Push For More Money To Avoid Service Cuts » New England Public Radio Representatives of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority are traveling to Boston on Wednesday to make the case for providing enough funding to avoid proposed service cuts.…

MBTA developing structure for parking rate increase » State House News Service The MBTA has penciled in $7 million in new parking revenues for next year. Now they're figuring out who will pay.…

First of 24 new Green Line cars has arrived » Boston Globe After so many years of delay, the MBTA finally has something to show for the Green Line extension.…

Feasibility study: Berkshire Flyer passenger rail would cost $420k yearly to operate » Berkshire Eagle It would cost about $420,000 to operate a seasonal train connecting Pittsfield and New York City, according to the Berkshire Flyer Working Group, which released a feasibility study on the rail route M…

The Four-Letter Word Changing Daily Commutes » Governing Paying an extra toll for rush hour driving isn’t a popular idea with many motorists. But its time seems to have come. Is it here to stay? …

T eyeing congestion pricing for parking » Commonwealth Magazine Considers hiking rates at busy garages and lowering them elsewhere …

RMV Wait Times Span Hours as State Transitions to New Driver’s Licensing System » Boston Magazine Massachusetts motorists were stuck waiting for hours on Monday as the state implemented the new Real ID process, which eliminates the option to renew licenses online. …

Utilities

Senate bill would address net neutrality issues » Lowell Sun Massachusetts would create a central registry of internet service providers and promote fair internet practices through government contracts under a bill released Monday from a special Senate committe…

Problems at Pilgrim nuclear plant continue » Cape Cod Times Another equipment snafu at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was discovered on Sunday, this time in the critical safety system used to stop fission from occurring in the plant’s reactor during an e…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Gearing Up For A Transfer Of Power In The Senate: Beacon Hill In 5 » New England Public Radio

Legislature Guarantees Access to Public Schools » Mass Moments

23-year-old Democrat John Arena to challenge Rep. Susannah Whipps in 2nd Franklin District » The Republican

Anti-gambling group highlights powerful who choose not to wager » State House News Service

Concealment of State Police pay records was ‘clearly deliberate,’ Baker says » Boston Globe

Massachusetts Democratic Candidates For Governor Talk Policy In Pittsfield » WAMC

Net neutrality in Massachusetts: State Senate committee recommends state-level rules » The Republican

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