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Must-Reads

Teaching hospitals pledge to hire, treat more minorities » Boston Globe Two of Boston’s top teaching hospitals said they are expanding efforts to hire more black and Latino doctors, and to ensure their facilities are welcoming to minorities they treat — an a…

Power to the party: Why political reforms can be bad for democracy » Yahoo News “At the end of that paragraph,” said Barry Goodman, a member of the DNC’s rules and bylaws committee, “the P for public should be capitalized if party is capitalized with a P.…

Crowley prepares to pounce if Pelosi falls short » Politico Rep. Joe Crowley — buoyed by a caucus thirsty for change and his rising national profile — is angling to become the next House Democratic leader if Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats f…

3rd District candidates marked by education, varied career paths » The Lowell Sun The 13 candidates hoping to succeed U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas come from a wide range of education and work backgrounds, some with close links to government and others with little experience in the field.…

8 candidates, 8 visions for 1st Franklin seat » The Recorder The eight Democratic candidates vying for the 1st Franklin seat in November’s election spoke with interested voters during a “meet-and-greet” event Saturday, giving voters a chance …

Massachusetts medical marijuana facilities that never opened now want priority to sell recreational marijuana » Mass Live Mass Alternative Care received preliminary approval to open three medical marijuana dispensaries in Western Massachusetts in 2016.…

The Committee to Destroy Elizabeth Warren » Boston Magazine The week before the Super Bowl, more than a thousand people in Massachusetts decided that the best way to fill a Sunday without the Patriots was by listening to Elizabeth Warren talk about the preside…

Transit systems across Mass. say they need more state aid » Boston Globe While the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority receives massive attention from Beacon Hill and the public, the providers of public transit in Worcester and Springfield say they are being starved…

“I think it’s reasonable to propose legislation that gives the death penalty to anyone who murders. I would certainly be willing to do that,” O’Connell said. “I do think — and a lot of people think — that Massachusetts is too soft on crime.”

Rep. Shaunna O'Connell

Speaking about capital punishment in Massachusetts after the killing of Yarmouth police officer Sean Gannon.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump promised to ‘drain the swamp.’ So what’s happening with his Cabinet? » Boston Globe The refrain began on the campaign trail in 2015 and has since become synonymous with President Trump’s over-the-top brand of political rhetoric.…

Business

Trade secrets battle between Alnylam, Dicerna is just one of many » Boston Globe Douglas Fambrough III had good news about his fledgling biotech company when he met with a roomful of investment analysts in a swanky midtown Manhattan hotel on a November morning in 2014.…

Wayfair at forefront of Supreme Court online tax case » Boston Globe Wayfair didn’t seek the national spotlight. But that’s where the online home-goods retailer ended up, thanks to a legal battle that heads to the US Supreme Court Tuesday.…

With little buildup, the Massachusetts Pirates seek to revive arena football in Worcester » Worcester Business Journal In football terms, Worcester arena football is on third down. That means it's crunch time for the Massachusetts Pirates, the third team to call Worcester home.…

Education

Sen. Ross votes to pass student loan bill of rights » Wicked Local Millis State Sen. Richard J. Ross, R-Wrentham, voted recently to pass the “Student Loan Bill of Rights,” giving greater protections to student loan borrowers in disputes with companies servicing …

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Student loan protection » The Metro West Daily News State lawmakers seeking to give students some protection in handling student loans had a victory in the Massachusetts Senate at the State House in Boston last week.…

Environment

Durand and Perkins: As we celebrate agriculture, remember, no bees, no agriculture » The Metro West Daily News Agriculture has always been integral to America’s success, from the earliest days of subsistence farming, to the present day when American agriculture helps feed the world. The common thread in…

Gov. Baker commits $5 million to climate change preparedness » Martha's Vineyard Times Against a backdrop of ongoing cleanup efforts from the “four’easter” that hit Massachusetts last month, Friday the the Baker-Polito administration announced it is committing $5 mill…

Health Care

Lung cancer patients live longer with immune therapy » Boston Globe The odds of survival can greatly improve for people with the most common type of lung cancer if, along with the usual chemotherapy, they are also given a drug that activates the immune system, a major…

Teaching hospitals pledge to hire, treat more minorities » Boston Globe Two of Boston’s top teaching hospitals said they are expanding efforts to hire more black and Latino doctors, and to ensure their facilities are welcoming to minorities they treat — an a…

Housing

Cape and Islands homeless count finds spike over previous low » Cape Cod Times An annual “point in time” count of homeless people on the Cape and Islands showed a jump over last year, which had been the lowest in the previous five years.…

Human Services

Senior Conference set for April 19 » Wicked Local Marlborough State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, recently announced details for the 38th annual Senior Conference from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 19 at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, 215 Fitchburg S…

Cap on State Assistance for Children Challenged » Spare Change News Members of the Ways and Means House Committee were met with dozens of advocates during a session on Friday, March 16, at the Massachusetts State House who were in favor of lifting the welfare cap on k…

Judiciary

In Wake Of Officer's Slaying, Calls For Judicial System Reforms » WAMC In the wake of the death of a Massachusetts police officer on Cape Cod last week there are calls for changing the state’s judicial system. Those calls are being echoed by the mayor of Springfi…

Arlington hosts Communities for Restorative Justice event » Wicked Local Arlington Restorative justice might seem like an unusual concept: Why would the victim of a crime choose to meet with the perpetrator of the crime and discuss why it happened? Most victims might want to see the…

Lawmaker pushing for reinstatement of the death penalty in Mass. » My Fox Boston The death of Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon has reignited the debate over the death penalty and whether the state should consider bringing it back.…

House passes criminal justice reform bill » Wicked Local Stoneham Rep. Michael S. Day, D-Stoneham, recently joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass S. 2371, an act relative to criminal justice. …

Criminal justice reform comes with a price tag » State House News Service

Legislative

Over 300 attend legislative breakfast » Berkshire Eagle Over 300 people, including legislators, caregivers, individuals and staff from Berkshire County human service agencies attended the recent 18th annual Legislative Breakfast titled, "Let Our Voice Be H…

Berkshire State Rep. Discusses Budget, Elections » WAMC

Local Government

Republicans target aid to 'sanctuary' cities » Eagle Tribune Cities and towns that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agents could lose aid from the state under a Republican proposal on Beacon Hill.…

Sanctuary cities may lose funds » The Salem News Cities and towns that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agents could lose aid from the state under a Republican proposal on Beacon Hill.…

Deluge and Drought: American Linden wins Boston Marathon, Marblehead's Flanagan finishes 7th » Newburyport News Shalane Flanagan had a feeling that an American woman would break a 33-year winless drought at the Boston Marathon. Flanagan was ultimately correct. It just wasn’t her who crossed the finish li…

Lynn's credit rating takes a hit » Lynn Daily News Item The city’s bond rating has been lowered and its financial outlook termed negative, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Following the recent borrowing of $9.5 million to fill this yea…

Politics and the City: Mum's the word on companies leaving Worcester » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The City Council is not shy about patting itself on the back when good things happen in Worcester and then letting the public know what a great job it is doing.…

'I was human, I made a mistake' says Holyoke City Treasurer Sandra Smith about computer scam » The Republican City Treasurer Sandy A. Smith said she does her job with integrity, is devoted to the city and resents being targeted by the City Council and The Republican because of recent events.…

Marijuana

After 3-year delay, Patriot Care medical marijuana dispensary to finally open in Greenfield » The Republican A downtown medical marijuana dispensary has been pre-registering patients, and soon plans to open a retail shop featuring "modern design with a focus on comfort and convenience," Patriot Care states o…

WEED FREE -- West Bridgewater latest town to vote down marijuana » The Enterprise Voters favored a complete prohibition on marijuana businesses in Saturday’s town election, following in the footsteps of nearly every Brockton-area town to hold a public referendum on pot shops…

Opinion

He’s right about Trump, but James Comey still needs to be honest about himself » Boston Globe WHAT JAMES COMEY has to say about Donald Trump is utterly believable. What he has to say about himself — not so much. And that’s a major problem for a self-proclaimed messenger of truth.…

Baker lags in boosting public education » Boston Globe Often it seems press scrutiny of Charlie Baker stops at his approval ratings. The Globe’s April 14 editorial critiquing the governor’s handling of state agency data breaches and the MBTA…

It’s not just Starbucks: White fear is an American problem » Boston Globe DRIVING WHILE BLACK. Walking while black. Shopping while black. Selling CDs while black. Listening to music in a car while black.…

Cambridge police incident needs further scrutiny » Boston Globe CAMBRIDGE, A CITY that prides itself on being a bastion of progressive values, just proved (once again) it is not immune to the kind of unjust and unnecessary encounters between police and black civil…

Our view: Helping to move families off assistance » Gloucester Times For many families, the distance between needing state and federal assistance and achieving self-sufficiency is tantalizingly small. It can be a few hundred dollars needed for a security deposit on an …

Can Democrats nominate Charlie Baker? » The Lowell Sun As of now the Republican-in-name-only (RINO) governor is expected to win the GOP endorsement for a second four-year term when the Republican Party holds its convention at the DCU Center in Worcester S…

EDITORIAL: The importance of resiliency 5 years after the bombing » The Daily Free Press 2018 marks the five-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing that injured hundreds and resulted in the death of three spectators. Boston came together that day in 2013 and in the months that fo…

HIP replacement well worth the money » The Lowell Sun A victim of its own success. That's an apt description of the predicament the state-sponsored Healthy Incentives Program finds itself.…

Key to fostering success is giving support where it’s needed » Boston Herald Often progress in Boston can seem like three steps forward, two steps back. I believe those who take the opportunity to cut through the weeds to clear a path for an even playing field help create solu…

Editorial: Some crimes merit death penalty » Boston Herald The death penalty would be a fitting end to Thomas Latanowich if he is found guilty in the slaying of Yarmouth police officer Sean Gannon. Latanowich has an immense criminal record including recent ar…

Unlikely partners protect contraceptive coverage » Commonwealth Magazine Compromise key for health insurers, reproductive freedom advocates …

Mass. needs to move much faster on electric buses » Commonwealth Magazine $75m from VW settlement could accelerate transition …

On climate action, do not hit snooze » Commonwealth Magazine Entire regional economy is at stake …

Politics

Randolph's Gangel pushes for Democrats at two venues » Wicked Local Randolph As the designated Maura Healey Campaign Organizer for Randolph, part of the statewide network known as “Team Healey,” Judy Gangel of Randolph collected signatures for the A.G.’s ree…

Political Notes: Democratic candidate benefits from Beaty tweets » Cape Cod Times Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Beaty’s recent Twitter comments disparaging Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor David Hogg have led to a cash windfall for Jack Stanton, the Democr…

3rd District candidates packing war chests » The Lowell Sun As quarterly financial reports in the 3rd Congressional District race became available Monday, it was apparent once again that this is a race of enormous financial proportions. …

Public Health

'Coaches' join movement to recover from addiction » Berkshire Eagle As the opioid crisis drags on, lawmakers and the governor want new ways to fight it. One now getting attention is "recovery coaching" — a practice that's poised to expand in Berkshire County, w…

Lowell joins in opioid lawsuit » Boston Herald Lowell has joined the avalanche of Bay State cities and towns bringing federal lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their “aggressive sale, misleading promotion and irrespo…

Lowell joins Mass. cities, towns suing opioid firms » The Lowell Sun Lowell has joined the avalanche of Bay State cities and towns bringing federal lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their "aggressive sale, misleading promotion, and irresponsibl…

Drug policies evolve as addiction becomes a white problem » Bay State Banner

Public Safety

Extreme Risk Protective Order bill moves forward » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The Legislature’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee Friday favorably reported out a bill that would allow a family member or law enforcement official to seek out an “extreme r…

Cambridge police commissioner backs officers in Harvard student’s arrest » Boston Globe Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr. defended his officers Monday amid a growing backlash over the forcible apprehension of a visibly distressed black Harvard University student who was…

Legislature weighing options after SJC strikes down stun gun ban » State House News Service

State Government

State Representative Mark Preps For State Budget Debate » iBerkshires State Rep. Paul Mark is looking to create a Berkshire County opioid task force in the budget.…

Massachusetts House Leaders Propose Bump In Local Aid, Education Spending In Next State Budget » WAMC The Massachusetts House will begin debate next Monday on a state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. …

Taxation

Elizabeth Warren has a great idea for making Tax Day less painful » Vox If you’re finishing up your income tax return at the last minute and frustrated by this annual ritual of busywork, you should know about a bill that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced last…

Transportation

Sen. Cindy Friedman secures funding for Billerica roads » Wicked Local Billerica On April 11, Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, joined her Senate colleagues in passing a three-year, $600-million investment of “Chapter 90” funding for local road and bridge repairs, cont…

Regional transit authorities seeking additional funding » My Fox Boston The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s money woes are well-documented, but from the Merrimack Valley out to Worcester and beyond, other smaller transit agencies are struggling with fu…

Money to study trolley service from Peabody to Salem OK’d » Lynn Daily News Item A study to bring trolley service from Peabody Square to the Salem commuter rail station could get underway later this spring after the city received $50,000 from the state to conduct the study.…

Transit systems across Mass. say they need more state aid » Boston Globe While the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority receives massive attention from Beacon Hill and the public, the providers of public transit in Worcester and Springfield say they are being starved…

Where can you fly to from Worcester Regional Airport? New connecting flights open travel to cities around the world » The Republican

Utilities

Women in power: The future of the sector's leadership » Utility Dive In a series of conversations with women in diverse power sector roles, Utility Dive explores how the current landscape will impact the future …

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