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9:00am Deaf-Blind Awareness Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

4:00pm State Rep. Candidate Joe Lahiff Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm Fundraiser for Rep. Keiko Orrall for State Treasurer

6:00pm St. Joseph's Day Reception with Sen. Joe Boncore

Must-Reads

MEFA severs ties with trade group after lawmakers complain » State House News Service The state's quasi-public student loan agency agreed on Wednesday to cut ties with a national trade organization over the group's federal lobbying efforts in support of the Trump administration's push …

US investigating treatment of addicted prisoners in Mass. » Boston Globe The US Department of Justice is investigating whether Massachusetts prison officials are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by forcing incoming inmates who had been taking medications for a…

State senator enters alcohol treatment » Boston Globe State Senator Michael D. Brady, who pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge this week, entered a treatment program for alcohol abuse Wednesday as new details emerged of a 1998 crash in Weymouth…

Nuclear Disaster: With controversial reactor down since storms, tensions run extremely high in Plymouth » Dig Boston As the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth remained offline for the 22nd consecutive day, supporters and opponents of the plant gathered about six miles away in the dimly lit ballroom of Hotel 1…

Massachusetts Sen. Stan Rosenberg draws Northampton's Chelsea Sunday Kline as Democratic challenger » The Republican Massachusetts Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, appears likely to face a challenger this fall.…

SERIES: Guns in Massachusetts » Boston University News Service The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has fostered a new wave of interest and concern about gun-related issues across the nation. The Boston University Statehouse Program set out to lea…

How the Bernie Wing Won the Democratic Primaries » Politico With his primary election victory last week, Illinois Congressman Dan Lipinski—a Blue Dog and cultural conservative—won the first major 2018 battle between the Democratic Party’s …

Senator’s husband indicted on sexual assault, criminal lewdness charges » Boston Globe

“Competition is good for democracy. It’s good when voters have choices,” Rosenberg said of Kline’s announcement. “I look forward to running on my record.”

Senator Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about his democratic challenger Chelsea Kline.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Mitt Romney: “DACA Kids Shouldn’t All Be Allowed to Stay in the Country Legally” » Boston Magazine The Utah Senate candidate says he's "more of a hawk on immigration than" Trump. …

Business

As entrepreneurship wanes, Mass. produces more BINOs — businesses in name only » Boston Globe Entrepreneurship is waning, in Massachusetts and around the country. Despite widespread talk of disruptive young companies and startup incubators, the US economy is becoming dominated by old firms, wh…

A wave of new hip hotels is headed for long-overlooked corners of Boston » Boston Globe Robin Brown spent 14 years managing the Four Seasons. Then he developed the Mandarin Oriental. The man knows fine lodging.…

Lt. Gov. Polito presents green grant to Raynham farm » Taunton Gazette In 2012, then-agricultural tenderfeet Chuck Currie and Marie Kaziunas made the decision to start their own farm, a decision that they said was driven by their passion to bring healthy produce to the c…

Panel hears mixed review on net neutrality bill » Sentinel & Enterprise Senators faced some criticism from internet industry leaders at a hearing Wednesday, where a new Massachusetts Senate proposal on net neutrality was up for discussion.…

Judge rules Portuguese companies are not minority-owned » Bay State Banner A Boston Superior Court ruled recently that Portuguese-owned construction companies receive an illegal and unfair advantage by participating in a state affirmative action program for public constructi…

Civil Rights

Is Massachusetts the next transgender rights battleground? » Politico

Crimes

Carr: Latest state pol nabbed for OUI » Boston Herald And now, the latest inductee into the State House Alcohol of Fame: Sen. Michael Brady, D-Joe Angelo’s Cafe in Brockton.…

Education

Massachusetts education financing group ends membership in national association over student loan debate » The Republican The Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority will end its membership in a national trade association that has been lobbying for Trump administration regulations that would eliminate Massachusetts…

Record-Low 4.59 Percent of Applicants Accepted to Harvard Class of 2022 » The Harvard Crimson A record-low 4.59 percent of applicants to Harvard College received offers of admission to the Class of 2022 Wednesday, with just 1,962 of 42,749 candidates securing spots in the class. This year mark…

In An Effort To Be Welcoming, Harvard Scrubs 'Puritans' From Its Alma Mater Song » WBUR Harvard has rewritten the final line of a traditional song performed at its biggest ceremonies. …

Environment

Brutal workplace conditions. Long lonely nights. Apply here » Boston Globe It could be the loneliest job in New England, a position that requires long nights recording brutally frigid gusts atop the region’s highest mountain, shoveling through endless snowdrifts, and …

Climate change will put residents' lungs at risk » The Salem News Changes in the climate will cause worsening air quality as fossil fuel emissions keep afflicting Bay Staters with something akin to a "sunburn on your lungs," health experts warned lawmakers and staff…

Debate over emissions, renewables marches on » Newburyport News

Federal

Massachusetts to sue Trump administration over citizenship question in 2020 Census while already requiring question on local census » The Republican The Trump administration's decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 US Census set off threats of a lawsuit from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and caused the state's elect…

A Census Citizenship Question Wouldn't Just Impact Blue States » Governing Blue states are suing to block the question, but they aren't the only areas particularly vulnerable to losing money and political power if the Trump administration's plan lowers immigrants' participat…

Massachusetts Is Suing Over a Proposed Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census » Boston Magazine The controversial decision will be met with legal resistance. …

Gaming

'Wynn' may be dropped from name of Everett casino resort » Boston Herald

Health Care

Four Years Since Hospital Closure, North Adams Wounds Remain » WAMC Today marks the fourth anniversary of the sudden closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.…

Savings ideas could make major dent in health care spending » Metro Massachusetts could save more than $1 billion in health care costs over five years if policymakers and health care leaders can cut hospital readmission rates 20 percent by 2020, according to data pres…

Commission outlines health care savings totalling $4.7 billion » State House News Service Massachusetts posts the second-highest per capita health care costs in the nation, according to the Health Policy Commission, whose staff on Wednesday outlined a series of measures they said could sav…

Housing

What if your house was used in a porn shoot? This homeowner says hers was, and she’s suing » Boston Globe A Martha’s Vineyard woman is suing a man to whom she rented her seasonal home, alleging that he allowed the residence to be used as a set for a “multitude” of scenes for pornographi…

Immigration

Springfield pastor says he's 'afraid for the soul' of Domenic Sarno after mayor's threat of crackdown on church sanctuary » The Republican The pastor of a church that is providing sanctuary to a Peruvian woman in fear of deportation and her children said Wednesday he is "afraid" for the soul of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.…

Hodgson rallies U.S. sheriffs on illegal immigration, securing borders » South Coast Today Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson is leading a national effort to get Congress to secure U.S. borders and take action on illegal immigration, his spokesman said.…

Rapid Response Network to provide ICE updates in Somerville » Wicked Local Somerville The Rapid Response Network will provide advance and immediate notifications of any reported ICE activity in the city.…

Peruvian immigrant in sanctuary at Springfield church: 'We have gone over all the possible options, but they all end in sadness' » The Republican When she left Peru 17 years ago, Gisella Collazo knew she was making a decision that would change her life forever.…

Insurance

Husband, wife accused of scamming Medicaid » Boston Herald A Dorchester husband and wife are accused of defrauding the state’s Medicaid program out of $18,000 by using a relative’s treatment as a cover to file false claims — even after sh…

Judiciary

Dartmouth resident nominated as juvenile court clerk magistrate » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday he has nominated Dartmouth resident Roger Oliveira to become the clerk magistrate of the Bristol County Juvenile Court.…

House, Senate reach final iteration of sweeping criminal justice bill » The Daily Free Press The Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives reached an agreement Friday on what their sweeping overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system bill will look like.…

Commentary: Criminal justice reform legislation a turning point for Massachusetts » Dorchester Reporter Our state is turning a moral corner. For decades, we have lived with a costly, ineffective, and systemically racist criminal justice system. It has stubbornly continued the tactics of the “War o…

Judge in mystery portrait was chief justice for 30 years » State House News Service

Criminal justice reform bill a turning point for Massachusetts » Bay State Banner

Labor

Advocates demand legislative action on paid family and medical leave, $15 minimum wage » Valley Advocate For Alicia Fleming of Chicopee, getting paid family and medical leave isn’t about politics, it’s about survival.…

Legislative

State senator arrested for drunken driving seeking treatment » The Associated Press (AP) Democratic Sen. Michael Brady of Brockton said in a statement Wednesday that the course of treatment requires his full attention over the next few days and that he looks forward to returning to work n…

Local Government

Candidates for Seekonk selectmen » The Sun Chronicle There are three candidates for two three-year seats on the board of selectmen in Monday’s annual town election. Incumbents David Parker and David Viera are being challenged by Chris Zorra.…

Falmouth ballot includes 4 contested races » Cape Cod Times Voters will have a lot to decide at this year’s annual election May 15, with contests developing for seats on the Board of Selectmen, School Committee, Planning Board and Library Board of Trust…

Marlborough to revitalize downtown thanks to state grant » Boston Globe Marlborough has been awarded a state grant designed to help communities revitalize their downtowns, according to the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation.…

Holliston to consider water treatment plant » Wicked Local Holliston A pair of articles intended to finance a new water treatment plant could appear on the Town Meeting warrant by next week.…

Governor Charlie Baker signs off on Lynn’s $14 million loan » Lynn Daily News Item Gov. Charlie Baker and the Legislature signed off on a $14 million loan this week to fix the city’s financial woes.…

City officials announce 'The new Springfield is arriving' » The Reminder

Ware selectmen held 'emergency' meeting to discuss DPW director's resignation » The Republican

Marijuana

Easthampton City Council approves 'historic' recreational cannabis zoning ordinance » The Republican City councilors soldiered through a three-and-a-half-hour work session Wednesday night, engaged in vigorous debate, and emerged with a recreational marijuana zoning ordinance.…

Boston's First Medical Pot Shop Looks To Go Recreational » WGBH Back in 2015, when Patriot Care got the okay from Boston's Zoning Board of Appeals to open the city's first medical marijuana dispensary, Spokesman Dennis Kunian struck a reassuring note. …

Hampden bans recreational marijuana facilities » The Republican

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Yes, the worst is over at the RMV » Lowell Sun The state's Registry of Motor Vehicles showcased its version of throwback Monday and Tuesday at most branches this week, as customers faced delays up to several hours caused by a system update designe…

Your commute stinks because Greater Boston can’t fathom its own growth » Boston Globe Yes, your car commute probably stinks. Here’s why: In January 2010, the jobless rate in the Boston region stood at 8.6 percent; in January 2018, it was 3.5 percent.…

When does journalism become criminal trespass? » Boston Globe While tracking down a story about former White House communications director Hope Hicks, New York magazine writer Olivia Nuzzi ended up, without invitation, in the home office of Corey Lewandowski, Pr…

Sometimes, a shield is needed from those wearing a badge » Boston Globe I’d like to believe there’s no need for the legislation Representatives Marjorie Decker and Kay Khan filed this week.…

Politicians Talking Out Of Both Sides Of Their Mouths » Stoneham Patch I decided to do some research into the campaign finance reports of two local officeholders. Lo and behold, I found that State Senator Jason Lewis and State Rep. Michael Day have both received substant…

Imagine If Gordon Gekko Bought News Empires » Bloomberg Politics Heath Freeman, the 37-year-old hedge fund manager who just bought the Boston Herald, is a character straight out of the movie “Wall Street.”…

The Second Amendment isn’t the problem » Washington Post Sometimes the young are wiser than their elders. Days after the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas slaughter stunned the world with the 800-city #MarchForOurLives and their brilliantly effective call f…

Quality education key to Massachusetts success » Bay State Banner Cities and towns customarily finance public education from local real estate taxes. However, it has become increasingly more difficult to generate sufficient public funds to finance quality education …

Politics

Governor Baker to face strong opposition in upcoming election » Berkshire Record Three hopefuls for the Democratic nomination for governor were in Pittsfield at the American Legion building in Pittsfield for the Democratic Governor candidates forum.…

Democratic gubernatorial candidates discuss middle class struggles at Northampton forum » The Republican Democratic gubernatorial candidates Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie, and Setti Warren participated in a forum at Northampton High School Wednesday night. …

State Senate primary set for Tuesday; DA field widens » Wicked Local Weymouth A milestone is looming during a busy election season in Suffolk County. State Rep. Nick Collins will be unopposed in the April 3 Democratic primary as he seeks to fill a vacancy in the First Suffolk S…

State Senate primary set for Tuesday; DA field widens » Dorchester Reporter A milestone is looming during a busy election season in Suffolk County. State Rep. Nick Collins will be unopposed in the April 3 Democratic primary as he seeks to fill a vacancy in the First Suffolk S…

Sean Spicer is coming to town — to raise money for a Warren opponent » Boston Globe State Representative Geoff Diehl co-chaired President Trump’s campaign in Massachusetts and has been one of the White House’s most vocal supporters in the state.…

Brookline's Tommy Vitolo Gets Another Endorsement For State Rep » Stoneham Patch Brookline Town Meeting member Tommy Vitolo is running against Brookline Town Meeting member Rebecca Stone for Frank Smizik's seat. …

A man who died quietly in an Andover fire was notorious for massive campaign fraud » Boston Globe A rascal ghost of politics past has passed — nearly unnoticed. He was only identified as an 85-year-old man who burned himself up in his Andover apartment when he tried to smoke while using his…

Making cases for their candidacy » The Recorder

Public Health

Supporters rally to raise Mass. smoking age to 21 » WCVB Despite repeated roadblocks on Beacon Hill, supporters of a bill to raise Massachusetts smoking age are not giving up.…

State's 'supermax' prison in Shirley cited for health violations » Newburyport News The state's maximum security prison has been cited for hundreds of health code violations including filthy walls and toilets, discolored and scalding hot water in bathrooms, and a lack of ventilation …

Public Safety

Lawrence working on new police headquarters » Boston Globe The Lawrence Police headquarters building is undersized for its staff and services. The city is looking at options to build a new headquarters downtown, and that project got a jump on March 20 when th…

Mass. State Police mum on outside probe of handling of arrest of Dudley judge's daughter » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The status of an independent probe into state police officials’ handling of the arrest of a judge’s daughter is unclear nearly a month after it was supposed to be completed.…

Chabot: Trooper scandals reignite turf war » Boston Herald The relentless deluge of Massachusetts State Police scandals has revived a law enforcement turf war along Boston’s waterfront — with a Hub pol saying Boston cops should get shared oversi…

Independent commission should investigate Massachusetts State Police scandals, Democratic candidate for governor Setti Warren says » The Republican An independent commission should be appointed to investigate the Massachusetts State Police as the law enforcement agency grapples with multiple scandals, a Democratic candidate for governor said Wedn…

Somerville Students Push for Gun Law Changes at Massachusetts State House » NECN For the past month, students at Somerville High School have used Wednesdays to walk out of school. This week, they did same, but at the Massachusetts State House, where they lobbied for new gun laws. …

State Comptroller Says Failure To Report Trooper Pay Was 'Wrong' And 'Deliberate' » WBUR The Massachusetts State Police announced Wednesday that it will now directly pay its troopers assigned to patrol Boston's Logan Airport and other Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) properties. …

Massachusetts State Police scandals: 'It needs to be fixed and it needs to be addressed now,' Attorney General Maura Healey says » The Republican

Baker needs to 'lead on this,' Healey says of State Police problems » Wicked Local Bridgewater

Healey calls on Baker to address transparency concerns over State Police records » Boston Globe

State Government

Gov. Charlie Baker in Worcester today for Vietnam War event » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Gov. Charlie Baker will be at Green Hill Park Thursday for a ceremony recognizing National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the park’s Vietnam Veterans Memoria…

Gov. Baker to speak at chamber event in Westport » The Herald News The SouthCoast Chamber and Bristol County Chamber are hosting a special cocktail hour and dinner reception with Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday, April 10, at White’s of Westport. …

Annual breakfast brings housing issue to the State House » Wicked Local Somerville Advocates of affordable housing have a lot on their plates, sharing the success stories of families helped by social programs, reaching out to those still in need, networking with other organizations …

Concord Women Cast First Votes » Mass Moments On this day in 1880, Louisa May Alcott and 19 other women attended the Concord Town Meeting. The year before, the Massachusetts legislature had made it legal for women to vote in school committee elec…

Taxation

Our View: A Beneficial Tax » The Cape Cod Chronicle For years local officials have been discussing imposing a tax on short-term rentals as a way to even the playing field between the summer rental of private homes and hotels and motels, which now must …

Transportation

Frustrations mount over problems with Vineyard ferries » Cape Cod Times “At least it’s not summer” has become the reluctant rallying cry for Vineyarders as the frustrating run of problems for the Steamship Authority stretched into its second week, with …

Driverless cars return to Boston streets after fatal Uber crash in Arizona » Boston Globe Self-driving cars have returned to the roads of Boston this week after a brief shutdown to review safety standards following the death of a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., where a woman was struck by an a…

3 things to know about those scary wait times at the RMV » Boston.com The Registry of Motor Vehicles is entering a new era; Massachusetts drivers just might have to wait a bit for it to get underway.…

Have You Seen the New Massachusetts Driver’s License Design? » Boston Magazine Now your photo will have the State House's golden dome next to it. …

Driverless Cars Resume Testing in Boston Following Weeklong Pause » Boston Magazine Mayor Marty Walsh's administration said nuTonomy and Optimus can continue operations after a review of safety policies. …

Utilities

Massachusetts electricity supplier Viridian Energy to pay $5M to settle claims » Boston Herald A Massachusetts electricity supplier has agreed to pay $5 million to settle allegations of using deceptive marketing and sales tactics to lure residents into costly contracts with high electricity rat…

Electricity supplier to pay $5 million to settle claims it misled Massachusetts customers » Boston Globe

Massachusetts hydro power will come through Maine, not White Mountains » The Metro West Daily News Electric distribution companies working with the state have pulled the plug on the Northern Pass, a controversial plan to route hydropower to Massachusetts through the White Mountains of New Hampshire…

Mass. utilities reject Northern Pass powerline through NH; pivot to Maine for Hydro-Quebec transmission » The Republican Massachusetts utilities and regulators issued their final rejection of a high-voltage transmission line that would bisect New Hampshire, and will now negotiate with developers of a competing power lin…

Baker pulls the plug on Eversource » Boston Globe The controversial Northern Pass power line project isn’t dead. But it’s not Governor Charlie Baker’s problem anymore.…

Lawmakers seek Mass. version of net neutrality » The Salem News Lawmakers are weighing a Massachusetts version of net-neutrality to fill a void created as federal regulators roll back Obama-era rules designed to level the internet playing field. A proposal by a sp…

Legislators Talk About Empowering Seniors, And Power Outages » The Cape Cod Chronicle A meeting with state legislators on the concerns of seniors last week morphed into a conversation about the Cape's aging power delivery systems…

Senators Clash With Internet Service Provider Advocates Over Net Neutrality » New Boston Post Massachusetts state senators put representatives of Internet service providers on the hot seat Wednesday at a hearing on a Senate bill intended to promote fair Internet practices known as net neutrali…

Mass. And Utilities Ditch N.H.-Routed Northern Pass For Hydro Project Through Maine » WBUR The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and the state's largest utilities announced Wednesday that they've revoked their offer to buy a large amount of hydropower from Northern Pass, the mass…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Sen. Brady admitting self for alcohol counseling, treatment » State House News Service

State, utilities ditch Northern Pass for hydro contract » State House News Service

41 Bills Signed By Gov. Baker In Past 2 Months » Framingham Patch

LETTER: Yes, governor, you should take the train » Newburyport News

Mass., utilities cut ties with Northern Pass power line project » Boston Globe

Historic vote for Lowell Council names Donoghue first female city manager (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun

Why Are States So Strapped for Cash? There Are Two Big Reasons » The Wall Street Journal

Students take the lead in community rally against gun violence » Wicked Local Falmouth

Massachusetts electricity supplier to pay $5 million to settle claims » Boston.com

NRC: Pilgrim Operates Safely in 2017, But Remains Under Additional Oversight » Cape Cod Online

Brockton senator entering substance abuse treatment after second OUI charge » The Enterprise

Baker pushes again for sales tax holiday » Gloucester Times

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