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Abortion foes seize on chance to overturn Roe » Politico From Iowa to South Carolina, lawmakers are proposing some of the most far-reaching abortion restrictions in a generation, hoping their legislation triggers the lawsuit that eventually makes it to the …

FANTASY SPORTS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BILL INCLUDED IN EXTENSION » State House News Service Lawmakers on the Economic Development Committee say they need more time with a bill that would make daily fantasy sports explicitly legal, regulate the popular online contests and tax the companies th…

Bill Weld goes green » Boston Globe William Weld, the governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997 (and the Libertarian Party’s 2016 nominee for vice president) was back in the news this past week for an unexpected reason: Along w…

THE PRESIDENT IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW » The New York Times But if the president does move against the investigators, it will be up to Congress to affirm the rule of law, the separation of powers and the American constitutional order. The miserable polarizatio…

Poll: Democrats’ advantage in midterm election support is shrinking » The Washington Post Democrats hold an advantage ahead of the midterm elections, but a Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that edge has narrowed since January, a signal to party leaders and strategists that they could be…

Mass. business groups oppose nurses’ ballot question » Boston Globe The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable warned Thursday that setting strict…

3 Democratic candidates for governor passionately state their case » The Herald News The three Democratic candidates for governor, all living in the Boston area, presented many similar “progressive” priorities that sat well with a receptive audience at a recent Coalition f…

GOP launches secret group to attack West Virginia coal baron » Politico The Republican establishment has launched an emergency intervention in the West Virginia Senate primary aimed at stopping recently imprisoned coal baron Don Blankenship from winning the party’s…

“This legislation represents a major shift in the Commonwealth’s approach to the criminal justice system. The endeavor of a fairer, more whole justice system does not end today – it begins,”

Sherrif Peter Koutoujian

Speaking about the criminal justice reform bill which was signed into law on Friday the 13th.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

How do Hannity’s attempts to link Mueller to ‘Whitey’ Bulger hold up? » Boston Globe Fox News host Sean Hannity, an ardent critic of Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, has recently c…

Mass. Congressional Delegation Calls Syria Airstrikes Unconstitutional » WBUR After the U.S., Britain and France carried out airstrikes in Syria early Saturday, the Massachusetts all-Democratic congressional delegation is criticizing President Trump's decision to take action wi…

Business

In fast-changing Union Square, a business park commands a premium price » Boston Globe A lot of changes are coming to Somerville’s Union Square. But the new owner of one especially funky corner of the fast-evolving neighborhood is hoping to keep things largely as they are.…

The Interview: Jeff Miron, Economist and Harvard Professor » Boston Magazine The Harvard financial wiz hates taxes, loves golf, and tackles the question that should be on everybody’s mind: Is our economy heading over a cliff? …

New buildings unlock opportunity at South Worcester Industrial Park » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Take about 11 acres of land, buy much of the property, tear down decrepit buildings, give new construction a tax break and then resell available parcels to developers.…

Education

Vargas to speak at NECC commencement » Eagle Tribune State Rep. Andy Vargas, D-Haverhill, will be the featured speaker at Northern Essex Community College’s 56th annual commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, on the Haverhill campus.…

Mount Ida College closure leaves local students hanging » The Herald News Lacey Perry has been planning her dental career for years. Now the Westport native is caught in the abrupt closure of Mount Ida College, unsure if she’ll be able to finish the dental hygiene pr…

Pioneer Institute questions UMass acquisition of Mount Ida » Boston Herald The Pioneer Institute slammed the UMass Amherst-Mount Ida deal, calling it “irresponsible” yesterday in light of rising fees and tuition, the high salaries of top university brass and the …

Lowell may lengthen school hours to make up for snow days » Lowell Sun Lowell Public Schools students and teachers may be spending an extra half hour every day for six weeks to make up for three snow days.…

Environment

Offshore Oil Drilling Sparks Early Opposition on Island » Vineyard Gazette Island environmental groups and state legislators are strongly opposing a plan by the Trump administration to open up North Atlantic waters to offshore oil and gas exploration.…

Lynn receives $40,000 MassDEP grant to improve recycling quality » Lynn Daily News Item The city has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to improve recycling quality, according to an announcement from Mayor Thomas M. McGee.…

Federal

New England Lawmakers Question Trump's Strategy on Syria » NECN Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton and other area lawmakers were quick to respond after President Donald Trump announced Friday night that the U.S. has launched "precision strikes" on t…

Gaming

MGM Resorts International Reportedly in Early Talks to Buy Wynn Boston Harbor » Boston Magazine Wynn Resorts is considering selling its forthcoming, partially-built Everett property to competitor MGM, according to the Wall Street Journal. …

MGM doesn't deny report of interest in Wynn Boston Harbor casino license » Mass Live The mayor of Springfield doesn't want to speculate and didn't want to talk further about it. MGM officials don't want to, either. …

Housing

Region faces growing need for housing » Sentinel & Enterprise Among the most striking indicators of the area's need for rental properties are the waiting lists for units managed by the North Central Massachusetts Housing Authority.…

Human Services

Baker wants higher cap for welfare » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker wants to raise the limit on how much welfare recipients may have in a savings account or the value of their car in order to get benefits, but advocates for the poor say the state sh…

Legislators seek more funds for Healthy Incentives Program » Sentinel & Enterprise Vee Lashua, farm manager at Brookside Family Farm in Westminster, said the farm's sales have increased by 35 percent over the past year and her customers frequently speak of their improved health as a…

Judiciary

Petition demanding change in judicial system created after killing of Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon » Mass Live A link to a petition demanding Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and politicians change the judicial system in the wake of Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon's killing has been shared by both the Yarm…

In wake of officer's slaying, politicians call for death penalty » Boston Herald The murder of Yarmouth K-9 officer Sean Gannon has revived support for the death penalty from Gov. Charlie Baker on down, while thousands have signed a petition calling on the state to keep violent ca…

Baker-Polito Administration Signs Criminal Justice Reform Laws, Proposes Additional Reforms » Framingham Source Governor Charlie Baker today signed An Act Implementing the Joint Recommendations of the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Review and An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform. After careful review of t…

Criminal justice bill reaches finish line » Commonwealth Magazine Baker signs comprehensive legislation, while signaling concern with parts of it …

Labor

Middle ground sought on min. wage, paid leave proposals » South Coast Today Democratic legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker are hoping to reach deals that would keep some prospective ballot questions from reaching voters in November, but they’re runnin…

Middle ground sought on minimum wage, paid leave proposals in Mass. » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Democratic legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker are hoping to reach deals that would keep some prospective ballot questions from reaching voters in November, but they’re runnin…

Legislative

How they voted: Western Mass. lawmakers weigh in on student loan bill of rights, budget debate rules » Mass Live Massachusetts lawmakers voted on issues ranging from a student loan bill of rights to rules for the House's budget debate as they met for a series of legislative session this week. …

Beacon Hill Roll Call » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ and representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of April 9-13.…

At 'speed-repping,' citizens engage their representatives on 'more personal' level » Berkshire Eagle Berkshire residents got the rare opportunity Friday to get up close and personal with their local and state government representatives at the Berkshire Athenaeum first ever "speed-repping" event.…

Local Government

With deal, Donoghue gets down to work » Lowell Sun NEW CITY Manager Eileen Donoghue signed a contract last week. Her predecessor, Kevin Murphy, had what's known as a memorandum of understanding. To many, including Donoghue, there is no difference. The…

Girls Inc. and Northeastern University look to bag plastic » Lynn Daily News Item If a group of high school girls get their way, it might not be a choice in Lynn much longer. The teens, armed with a PowerPoint presentation on the evils of plastic, are lobbying the City Council to j…

Marijuana

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Pot discussion takes an unexpected turn in Leominster » Sentinel & Enterprise SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Pot discussion takes an unexpected turn in Leominster…

In Boston-area condos and apartments, the smell of pot pits neighbor against neighbor » Boston Globe It’s a truth known by pot smokers in condos and apartments all over town. In the old days, it was the cops you had to look out for. But now that marijuana is legal, new narcs are walking the be…

Bill Weld goes green » Boston Globe William Weld, the governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997 (and the Libertarian Party’s 2016 nominee for vice president) was back in the news this past week for an unexpected reason: Along w…

White House says it will lift threat to states that have legalized marijuana » Mass Live President Donald Trump told a Republican senator this week that he will support efforts to shield states that have legalized marijuana from legal threats -- a policy that appears to be at odds with hi…

A Different Kind Of Runner's High: Athletes Turn To Pot To Help With Training » WGBH For an increasing number of athletes, two of the commonwealth’s signature features — the Boston Marathon and legal marijuana — make for a brilliant combination. Athletics and pot …

Opinion

Everett shouldn’t have to pay for Steve Wynn’s misdeeds » Boston Globe Just when there seemed to be no bizarre turns left for the Wynn casino in Everett, news broke last week that the company has discussed selling the not-yet-completed gambling palace to a well-heeled ri…

Letter: No-show lawmakers slighted disabled population » Eagle Tribune On Friday, April 6, the first Northeast Regional Legislative Breakfast was held at Middlesex Community College in Bedford. The event was led by LifeLinks Inc., members of citizen advisory boards in th…

Sex in police custody: Close the loophole in Mass. » Boston Globe LOGIC SHOULD DICTATE that someone in the custody of law enforcement cannot consent to a sexual interaction with a police officer. Yet in 35 states, including Massachusetts, laws do not explicitly proh…

State should take lead in protecting student debtors (Editorial) » Mass Live American families hold $1.2 trillion in student debt. That's trillion, not billion. And Massachusetts has the seventh highest debt level of any state. …

Jack Spillane: The Charles Sr. and Betty Baker story » South Coast Today Charlie Baker tells a great story about growing up listening to his conservative Republican father and his liberal Democratic mother debate the issues. …

Share police authority in the Seaport » Boston Globe IT WAS an alarming report — a body found on a boat docked in the Seaport section of South Boston. The Boston police, Massport Police, and State Police all rushed to the scene. And then, they bi…

Trump turns White House into a game of celebrity death pool » Boston Globe Will Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein be the next to go? Could FBI Director Christopher Wray follow his predecessor James Comey out the door? Is Attorney General Jeff Sessions nearing his long-r…

In the race for governor, I’m the only true progressive » Commonwealth Magazine Driverless cars and AI threaten our jobs, future …

Too many municipal marijuana bottlenecks » Commonwealth Magazine Industry’s grand opening will arrive with a whimper …

Human service workers woefully underpaid » Commonwealth Magazine Help the helpers with student loan repayment program …

American energy dominance means Mass. wind » Boston Globe AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE, AND ABUNDANT American energy drives domestic jobs and prosperity. Thanks to President Trump’s policy of “energy dominance,” America is now on a path to become …

Peter Lucas: Joe Kennedy a distant relation to Ted » Boston Herald “I’ve got the perfect campaign slogan for Joe Kennedy when he runs for president,” my companion said. We had just exited the movie theater after having “Chappaquiddick.”…

Politics

Candidate for secretary of state to visit with Berkshire Democrats » Berkshire Eagle The Democratic Party contest for secretary of state hasn't been competitive in more than a decade. Josh Zakim has changed that.…

It's official, Julie Hall is running for Attleboro state rep again » The Sun Chronicle Republican City Councilor Julie Hall has formally announced she is running for state representative again. …

US Sen. Warren Raised $3 Million in First 3 Month of Year » US News and World Report U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised more than $3 million from supporters during the first three months of the year, bringing her campaign account to $15 million as of the end of March. Warren said 95 pe…

In the era of Donald Trump, New England’s biggest GOP donor is funding Democrats » Boston Globe Boston hedge fund billionaire Seth Klarman lavished more than $7 million on Republican candidates and political committees during the Obama administration, using his fortune to help underwrite a GOP t…

Is Baker an honorary Democrat? » Commonwealth Magazine Democrats nationally may be united against the Republican in the White House, but here in Massachusetts the donkeys seem to think our Republican governor is one of their own. …

Warren Raises 10 Times More Campaign Cash Than GOP Revials » WGBH Elizabeth Warren does not figure to have a difficult re-election on her hands this November. Every major political forecaster has already chalked it up as a Democratic hold, and nothing about the stat…

Opponents of Barnstable County official press for recall » Cape Cod Times Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Beaty Jr. harshly criticized Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor David Hogg on Twitter recently, generating national media coverage, and now an online pet…

Public Safety

‘Red flag’ gun bill clears Mass. legislative committee » Boston Globe A 19-member legislative committee Friday recommended passage of a bill that would authorize courts to prevent people from owning guns if the people are deemed dangerous.…

Bombing's aftermath still impacts local events » Gloucester Times Five years after a terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, spectators heading to Monday's 2018 race should be well aware of the heightened security measures surrounding the event.…

Safety committee voting on 'red flag' gun legislation » Patriot Ledger Students, teachers and parents – among others – have visited the State House for weeks, calling for passage of a bill intended to keep guns away from dangerous individuals. On Friday aft…

Videos show Cambridge officer striking black Harvard student » Boston Globe Cambridge’s mayor called a video of a police officer repeatedly striking a black Harvard University student while he was pinned to the ground by fellow officers “disturbing” and pro…

Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr on hand for Worcester Sheriff's Office event at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Former Boston Bruins hockey great Bobby Orr was the guest of honor at a Worcester County Sheriff’s Office swearing-in ceremony Saturday, held at Pleasant Valley Country Club…

State Finance

Massachusetts House approves rules for budget debate » Taunton Gazette House 120-33, voted strictly along party lines and approved a set of Democratic leadership-sponsored rules to be followed when the House considers the $40.983 billion fiscal 2019 state budget beginnin…

State Government

Hill named to housing bond bill committee » Gloucester Times The state House and Senate have moved two major bills concerning housing into conference committees, the six-member panels that are responsible for hashing out the details of most major laws. Rep. Bra…

Taxation

Wastewater tax on rentals clears House, Senate » Wicked Local Truro A new revenue stream that could offset a quarter of the costs -- about $1 billion, for wastewater management projects across the Cape moved closer to becoming a reality after House and Senate rental t…

Home-equity loans are no longer deductible, so plan now » Boston Globe The hullabaloo involving President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is a good time to remind you of a key change in the tax deductibility of home-equity loans.…

Transportation

A rail safety system gone badly off track » Boston Globe Dean Walker’s license has been suspended 39 times for everything from driving to endanger to refusing a breathalyzer test. He’s been caught speeding 16 times and convicted of drunken dri…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

'It's A Prison. It's Punishing Addicts': Calls To Reform Civil Commitments Increase » WBUR

Springfield Cannabis Co. gets higher grades on updated presentation for proposed marijuana store in East Springfield » The Republican

Newbury College to shut down in the spring » The Boston Globe

The Loop takes over 5,000 riders through downtown Springfield in 1st 3 months; city wants schedule to align with trains » The Republican

Baker Chooses Wind over Fishing [OPINION] » WBSM

In shift from first election, Healey to raise funds from donors for inaugural party » The Boston Globe

Hector Montesino appointed to Alzheimer's advisory council » Wicked Local Concord

Somerville Receives $500K For Water, Sewer Improvements » Wakefield Patch

Future of Transportation: Baker says state needs to build reliable system » Fox 25 News

Commission’s transportation recommendations unveiled » Commonwealth Magazine

GE says it may replace KPMG as auditor » Boston Business Journal

Offshore Wind Auction For 390,000 Acres South Of Mass. Blows Through Sale Record » WBUR

In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it. » The Boston Globe

State commission recommends VC funding for transit technology » Boston Business Journal

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 4/16

No Hearings Scheduled

Tuesday - 4/17

Birthdays: Rep. Bruce Ayers, Rep. Danielle Gregoire

9:00am MEOA Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Sesssion

6:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Birthday Celebration

Wednesday - 4/18

9:00am Yankee Division Centennial Memorial, 3rd Floor Landing, State House, Boston

9:00am Earthview Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

Thursday - 4/19

Birthdays: Senator Jason Lewis

9:00am Girl Scouts Day on the Hill, Great Hall, State House, Boston

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

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

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Alex Bezanson with Congressman Stephen Lynch

7:00pm Mid-Cape Meet & Greet with Attorney General Candidate Jay McMahon

7:00pm State Sen. Candidate Mike Armano Campaign Kickoff

Friday - 4/20

11:00am 2018 Armenian Genocide Commemoration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

6:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Braintree Reception

6:30pm Fundraiser for Attorney General Candidate Jay McMahon


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