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9:30am NASW Mass. Legislative Education and Advocacy Day, NASW Mass. Chapter, 11 Beacon Street, Suite 510, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Democratic Gubernatorial Debate, The RoxVote Coalition, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury

Must-Reads

Senator facing drunken driving charge may pay political price » The Salem News Facing potential criminal repercussions for allegedly driving drunk, Sen. Mike Brady could also eventually face consequences in the legislative chamber he joined three years ago.…

Massachusetts, a Health Pioneer, Turns Its Focus to Drug Prices. It’s in for a Fight. » New York Times Massachusetts, which led the nation in expanding health insurance coverage, now wants to rein in the growth of prescription drug spending for low-income people on Medicaid, but its proposals have met …

Dems demand information about Kushner loans » Axios Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) along with several other Democrats on Friday sent letters, obtained by Politico, to two companies demanding information about their business dealings with Jared Kushner…

‘It sucks’: Senators fume over McConnell’s tight grip » Politico The GOP leader promised a free-wheeling Senate. The numbers show it’s been anything but that lately. …

Legislature to Vote on Sweeping Criminal Justice Changes » U.S. News and World Report A compromise bill that calls for sweeping changes in the state's criminal justice system could be on Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's desk before the end of the week. …

Recreational Marijuana Applications Open in Massachusetts » Boston Magazine At noon on Monday, the Bay State will allow certain businesses to apply for licenses to join the legal pot industry. …

Fear on Beacon Hill set stage for abuse » Boston Globe IF BRYON HEFNER had been an ordinary citizen, and not the spouse of the powerful Senate president, would he have gotten away with his alleged sexual assaults for as long as he did? For that matter, wo…

Editorial: Ethics lacking on Hill » Boston Herald By all accounts, Bryon Hefner, estranged husband of former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, was a chaos machine. He was indicted last Thursday on felony charges of sexual assault, …

If Democrats seize House, Massachusetts is poised to recapture some former glory » Boston Globe The once mighty Massachusetts delegation — locked out of power and languishing in the minority in Congress — may be poised to seize back some of its former glory.…

The Massachusetts Senate is on the verge of multiple presidents, but does it have any leadership? » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Senate is an institution on the edge. Mind you, it has never been an island of serenity. But the current level of intrigue is something new.…

Could Boncore become sleeper in crowded DA race? » Commonwealth Magazine A fractured primary vote could be just the thing for Winthrop pol …

"I'm concerned when any member of the motoring public operates while under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicant, and certainly I'm concerned when a member of the Senate does that,"

Senator Bruce Tarr

Speaking about Senator Michael Brady who is charged with allegedly driving drunk.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

If Democrats seize House, Massachusetts is poised to recapture some former glory » Boston Globe The once mighty Massachusetts delegation — locked out of power and languishing in the minority in Congress — may be poised to seize back some of its former glory.…

Trump ally detained, served with Mueller subpoena at Boston airport » NBS News A professor and author who once presented himself as a possible Trump administration ambassador to the European Union was detained and questioned by the FBI at Boston Logan airport and served a subpoe…

Business

Massachusetts lawmakers consider state net neutrality rules » South Coast Today

Crimes

Joyce trial could run six weeks » Patriot Ledger A criminal trial that could lay out the details of a former senator’s alleged corrupt use of his public office could extend for four to six weeks.…

Education

Civics educators seek reform amidst the political chaos » South Coast Today Educators are praising efforts by Massachusetts lawmakers to create a bill to require civics education programs in public schools, but reminding them that the eventual law will need to be funded. The …

Modest state aid increase leaves many school systems strapped » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker’s effort to boost local education aid would offer little relief to most school systems across Massachusetts that are grappling with escalating budget costs, according to …

Clarksburg voters to decide whether to study potential merger with Stamford Elementary » Berkshire Eagle The message from officials is clear: This is a preliminary — but crucial — step. Clarksburg will hold a special town meeting Thursday to ask voters to allow the town to study a potentia…

Environment

Utility exec blasts Healey's 'one-sided' report » The Salem News An executive of the largest residential competitive electricity supplier in North America blasted Attorney General Maura Healey's call to end that industry, charging that Healey has based her position…

Federal

Commerce secretary buys $3.2 million home in the Berkshires » Boston Globe US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross Jr. may soon be seen around the Berkshires.…

Gaming

Wynn Resorts Is Considering a Name Change for its Everett Project » Boston Magazine The company is open to rebranding the Massachusetts property in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Steve Wynn. …

Health Care

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs law improving patient privacy in health insurance » Mass Live Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed a bill providing people with more privacy from their health insurance companies. The new law, the so-called PATCH Act, seeks to ensure that patients h…

Republicans Lead Medicaid Expansion Push in 2 Holdout States » Governing Utah and Virginia are both closer than ever to making more low-income people eligible for free or low-cost health care. What made them change their minds? …

Housing

How they voted: Western Mass. lawmakers weigh in on housing package, energy efficiency » The Republican Provisions include $600 million for the renovation, remodeling, repair and improvement of existing public housing; $400 million for the development and preservation of affordable and mixed income hous…

Mass. Senate approves $1.8 billion housing bond » Berkshire Eagle After adopting an environmentally friendly provision, the Senate on Thursday passed a roughly $1.8 billion housing bill that would recapitalize affordable housing programs and extend tax credits. Lead…

Senate approves $1.8 billion affordable housing package » Sentinel & Enterprise Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators' votes on roll calls from the week of March 26-30. There were no roll calls in the House last week. …

Judiciary

Judge: Gun retailers’ suit against Massachusetts AG can move forward » The Washington Times Amid an 18-month-long court fight, a federal judge recently ruled that a lawsuit accusing Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey of improperly tightening the state’s strict assault-style w…

Labor

SJC to decide whether nurse staffing question can go on 2018 ballot » The Republican The Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether a question on nurse staffing ratios can appear on the November 2018 ballot.…

Legislative

Gov. Baker: Stan Rosenberg must quit if aware of alleged acts » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is not yet calling for state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg to step down following his estranged husband’s indictment on a raft of sexual assault charges, but said the former Sena…

Cambridge Analytica Fallout Spreads to State Legislatures » Governing The firm used improperly obtained Facebook data to help the GOP take back the Colorado Senate. Most of the lawmakers who might have benefited are remaining silent as Democrats call on the state to inv…

Senate President Stan Rosenberg’s Husband Bryon Hefner Has Been Indicted for Sexual Assault » Boston Magazine He faces several counts of assault, lewdness, and distributing nude photos without consent. …

Analysis: Sex scandal slipped through lax cracks » Boston Herald ‘Dangerous’ move leaving lawmakers to police own conduct …

Brady's future in the state Senate to be decided after DWI court case » Lowell Sun Facing potential criminal repercussions for allegedly driving drunk, Sen. Mike Brady could also eventually face consequences in the legislative chamber he joined three years ago. Senators should disc…

Local Government

DiZoglio picks up endorsements from Methuen officials » Eagle Tribune State Rep. Diana DiZoglio is racking up endorsements from leaders in her hometown as she ramps up her bid for state Senate. DiZoglio, D-Methuen, is running for the 1st Essex District state Senate seat…

Leominster financial situation still unknown » Sentinel & Enterprise IT MAY BE another long wait before Leominster City Councilors have an idea of how much money they have left over in last year's budget.…

State Senator Joe Boncore Considering Run for District Attorney » North End Waterfront It was just two years ago when State Senator Joe Boncore blasted on the local political scene in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Anthony Petruccelli representing the First Suffolk & M…

Effort underway to extend Lafayette Trail in Massachusetts | Bradenton Herald » Bradenton Herald A legislative effort is underway to extend the Marquis de Lafayette Trail in Massachusetts through Berkshire County.…

Opinion

Editorial: Renewable energy’s challenges and challengers » Worcester Telegram Powering our lives with energy from the sun – directly from its light, or indirectly from the winds generated by its heat, as well as by tides and currents created by the moon as well as the su…

Our View: Hawkins deserves a chance » The Sun Chronicle Once again, voters in Attleboro face a tough choice for a candidate in the state Legislature.…

Bolling: Cheers to women who lead way for others » Boston Herald Today is technically the last day to celebrate Women’s History Month, but there’s always an occasion to celebrate women who make a difference — especially those whose work is fuel…

Adam Hinds: Jump on board the Berkshire Flyer » Berkshire Eagle

OPINION | Barry Richard: Scandals Envelop Beacon Hill Once More » WBSM The Massachusetts Legislature is again knee deep in controversy and scandal as two members face investigations that could lead to suspensions if not expulsion from the Senate. …

Politics

Matias vows to fight for working class (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun In order to run for the 3rd Congressional District, state Rep. Juana Matias must give up the Lawrence seat she won from an entrenched incumbent less than two years ago. Read more: http://www.lowellsu…

Keller @ Large: State House News Service Reporters On Potential Election Issues » CBS Boston Two State House News Service reporters joined Jon Keller to discuss state politics on Sunday.…

Howitt criticized for sharing constituent email with lobbyist » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Steven Howitt acknowledged Friday that he shared a constituent’s email with a lobbyist, but said he did it to get more information about the energy issues raised by the constituent.…

Public Health

Justice reform bill hopes to address rise of synthetic opioids » Cape Cod Times Any illicit drug bought on the street today may contain fentanyl, according to law enforcement officials.…

Gov. Baker pushes $110M opioid proposal » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker pushed for action on his $110 million opioid addiction package yesterday, calling on the Legislature to act on the proposal before the end of its current term in July. …

Public Safety

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Student activists talk gun violence with lawmakers » Milford Daily News In the wake of the “March for Our Lives” that drew thousands demanding stricter gun control laws to Boston and cities across the country on March 24, student activists kept the conversatio…

Drinking Water Remains A Concern At Norfolk Prison In Mass. » WBUR For years, the water at one of Massachusetts' largest prisons — MCI-Norfolk — has been described by prisoners as smelly and looking like black tea. …

State Government

The Merry-Go-Round Week That Was on Beacon Hill — ‘Clink Clink’ in the Air » New Boston Post The hits just keep coming. Every time it seems the Massachusetts Senate might be ready to finally turn the page and bear down on the task at hand – legislating – another shoe seems to dr…

Scandal. Turmoil. And The Week Has Only Just Begun: Beacon Hill in 5 » New England Public Radio Last week, Bryon Hefner -- Massachusetts state Senator Stan Rosenberg’s estranged husband -- was indicted by a state grand jury on felony charges connected with sexual assaults, criminal lewdne…

Transportation

Ferry Frustrations Continue for Martha's Vineyard Passengers » NECN After two weeks of issues plaguing the Steamship Authority, passengers who rely on the service to travel between Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard say they are fed up with the delays.…

MBTA Bolsters Early Morning Bus Service » Boston Magazine The transit agency is starting some crowded routes at an earlier hour and adding additional runs to others. …

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 4/2

9:30am NASW Mass. Legislative Education and Advocacy Day, NASW Mass. Chapter, 11 Beacon Street, Suite 510, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Democratic Gubernatorial Debate, The RoxVote Coalition, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury

Tuesday - 4/3

9:00am Mass. Clubhouse Coalition Employment Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:00am MAPA Lobby Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, 1:00 PM

1:30pm Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Export Development, Public Hearing

5:30pm Mass. Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee Kickoff Fundraiser

Special Election for Rep. Paul Heroux's seat

State Primary for Special Election for Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry's seat

Wednesday - 4/4

9:15am Progressive Mass 2018 Lobby Day, Room 437, State House

10:00am Immigrants' Day at the State House, Hall of Flags, State House, Boston

10:30am Special Commission on Public Records, B-1

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

5:00pm Fundraiser for Cape Cod & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe with Gov. Charlie Baker

5:00pm Rep. Dan Ryan's April Fundraising Reception

6:00pm Governor's Council Candidate Paul DePalo Fundraiser & Beer Tasting

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Kevin Tagliaferri Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Joseph Demers Campaign Kickoff

Thursday - 4/5

Birthdays: Rep. F. Barrows, Senator Brendan Crighton

9:00am Boston Children's Hospital State House Advocacy Rounds and Education, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Leading the Nation: Celebrating 25 Years of Education Reform, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:30am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

1:00pm Gold Star Wives Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

5:30pm Rep. Diana DiZoglio for State Senate Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm MassDems Chinatown Banquet with Mayor Marty Walsh and Councilor Michelle Wu

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Normal Orrall Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Spring Reception for Plymouth County Treasurer Tom O'Brien

6:00pm Beth Lindstrom for U.S. Senate Reception

6:00pm Marshfield Selectman Candidate Michael Bradley Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Rich Haggerty Campaign Kickoff

Friday - 4/6

Birthdays: Rep. Shawn Dooley

9:00am Student Government Day, Gardner Auditorium & House Chamber, State House, Boston

10:00am Executive Office of Health and Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

12:00pm Victim Rights Month Award Ceremony, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

1:00pm Women for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Kickoff

6:00pm South Shore Evening with Attorney General Candidate Dan Shores


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