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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

Must-Reads

A Harvard face-off in the court of public opinion over Trump, Mueller » Boston Globe In an Ali-Frazier battle of legal minds, former federal judge Nancy Gertner this week smote celebrated legal scholar Alan Dershowitz in the opinion section of The New York Times, accusing him of false…

Behind the ballot-question scene on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe The message from House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Harriette Chandler was clear: They wanted the business, labor, and progressive leaders they had called to the State House to solve a mu…

Joe Biden Is the Front-runner. Uh-oh. » Politico The former vice president may be beloved, but he is also out of step with the post-Trump Democratic Party. …

Early literacy grants gain support ahead of budget debate » State House News Service Among the 1,400 amendments to the House's fiscal 2019 budget is a proposal to create a new grant program intended to help schools boost early literacy.…

Abortion battles are heating up ahead of November midterms » The Washington Post Mississippi’s governor just signed a law, more restrictive than in any state, banning abortions after 15 weeks. Iowa’s state Senate is trying to go even further and stop abortions at aro…

Independent package stores decry chain liquor store legislation » Boston Business Journal Independent Bay State package stores are raising concerns with legislation that would distinguish licensees as “chain stores,” allowing for consolidated purchasing and marketing power for …

Bay State pols vow to repeal Trump tax reforms if Dems take control » Boston Herald Bay State residents could lose their recent boost in take-home pay if Democrats retake Congress, as Democratic congressional leaders — joined by some Merrimack Valley candidates — vowed …

State names 138 neighborhoods as ‘Opportunity Zones’ » Boston Globe The Baker administration Thursday designated 138 neighborhoods across Massachusetts as eligible for a new federal program designed to draw investment to low-income neighborhoods. …

“I’m extremely disturbed that Keolis, with all the information about the driving records and violations of its workers, has not dismissed them,”

Senator Jamie Eldridge

Speaking about the recent Globe report highlighting poor driving records of commuter rail engineers.

News By Category
Business

Shire rejects Takeda’s $60 billion takeover bid » Boston Globe It looks like there could be a bidding war over Shire PLC, the drug maker with the second-most employees in Massachusetts.…

Polito to speak at AIM annual meeting » Berkshire Eagle Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will deliver the keynote address when Associated Industries of Massachusetts holds its annual meeting May 18 at the Westin Boston-Waterfront.…

Gov. Charlie Baker looks to spur investments in Springfield, other 'Opportunity Zone' communities » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has recommended that Springfield and several other communities across the state be deemed "opportunity zones" -- a designation created under the GOP tax law to open mu…

The Week in Public Finance: Are Small Businesses Really the Backbone of the Economy? » Governing Two economists argue that they aren't. Instead, they say, policymakers should focus on larger employers. …

Massachusetts Legislature Pushes Forward With Amended Non-Compete Bill » National Law Review This Blog has previously covered the six non-compete bills that were introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature in 2017.…

Report Spotlights State's Older Industrial Urban Areas » WBUR They're counties with urban centers that have transitioned less successfully over the past several decades from a significant manufacturing base. Over that time, they've had lower economic and income …

Bostonians Are Less Enthusiastic about Amazon Than Other HQ2 Finalists » Boston Magazine A new poll from Elon University finds residents of the Hub are comparably less supportive of the company bringing its second headquarters to town. …

Three Berkshire Communities Could Benefit as 'Opportunity Zones' » iBerkshires

This brewery is slated to open next to TD Garden later this year » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

AG files civil rights complaint against Truro man » Cape Cod Times A Truro man who allegedly used a homophobic slur as he attacked two married men and their friend at a Provincetown bar last year has been ordered to stay away from the victims, the bar and refrain fro…

Crimes

Boston law firm escapes charges after campaign finance probe » The Lowell Sun An investigation into the campaign contribution practices of a politically-wired Boston law firm has ended with investigators having found "no conclusive evidence of a crime," the Essex County distric…

Education

'Inventing the future': 4 takeaways from UMass Dartmouth's Blue Economy day » South Coast Today The Claire T. Carney Library on the campus of UMass Dartmouth acted as Robert Johnson’s mixing bowl on Thursday.…

Sparked by Mt. Ida purchase, UMass Boston community outcry continues » Dorchester Reporter Anger and resentment that had been simmering among UMass Boston students and staff for the past week, since UMass Amherst announced a deal to purchase a 74-acre Mt. Ida site, erupted Wednesday at a pu…

Suffolk’s Dorcena Forry honored by UMass Boston » New England Real Estate Journal UMass Boston honored Linda Dorcena Forry, northeast region vice president for diversity, inclusion and community relations at Suffolk Construction, at its UMass Boston Community Breakfast. …

No campus has 'monopoly' on Mount Ida College students, Massachusetts higher education commissioner says » The Republican The Massachusetts commissioner for higher education on Thursday voiced concerns about students who were slated to be incoming freshmen at Mount Ida College before the private institution decided to cl…

Environment

From Lenox to Nantucket, 36 Massachusetts communities get state energy efficiency grants; see how much your city or town got » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's administration awarded $4 million in energy efficiency grants to 36 Massachusetts cities and town during a ceremony at the Ware High School auditorium on Thursday.…

Presence of endangered snail halts plan to remove invasive weeds from Stockbridge Bowl » Berkshire Eagle Stymied by a snail. A complex $4 million dredging project to remove invasive Eurasian milfoil weeds from Stockbridge Bowl has hit a wall, leaving the lake in potentially dire straits.…

Meet The Man Who Saves Snowy Owls From Logan Airport » WGBH Have you ever stuffed an owl into a tomato sauce can? Norman Smith has. Lots of them, actually. Today he’s working with two snowy owls — beautiful birds with downy white feathers, pierci…

Health Care

MassHealth overpaid for drug tests, audit finds » Boston Globe MassHealth, the state Medicaid program, overpaid up to $4.4 million over nearly four years to laboratories that improperly billed for drug testing, according to a report Thursday by state Auditor Suza…

Auditor Suzanne Bump identifies $4.38 million in improper drug testing payments by MassHealth » The Republican MassHealth overpaid $4.38 million for drug tests over a more than four-year period, according to an audit released Thursday by state Auditor Suzanne Bump.…

Immigration

Weymouth mayor ‘irate,’ blasts court in ICE flap » Boston Herald Weymouth Mayor Robert L. Hedlund is blasting Quincy District Court for bungling the case of an Uber driver charged with rape who was here illegally and now is believed to have fled back to his native …

Judiciary

Baker: New Criminal Justice Bill Will Help Prevent Assassinations Of Police » WGBH Governor Charlie Baker restated his longtime support of the death penalty for the killing of police officers, following the death of Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon.…

Editorial: Criminal justice reform isn’t soft on crime, it’s realistic » The Recorder It took months of wrangling — between liberals and conservatives, between House and Senate, between governor and Legislature — but Massachusetts has finally overhauled its criminal justi…

DA candidate Champion’s mission: Take on how ‘we apply laws to people’ » Dorchester Reporter Linda Champion, who has worked as a prosecutor and a real estate lawyer, is seeking the Suffolk County District Attorney post to refocus the office’s resources on prosecuting violent crimes and…

More States Forcing Prosecutors to Hand Over Evidence -- Even When It Hurts Their Case » Governing The Supreme Court required prosecutors to do this decades ago, but they don't always follow the rules. New York is the latest state to strengthen them. …

Push for the death penalty for cop killers in Mass. » News 10 The killing of a Massachusetts police officer has some Republicans calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty for the murder of law enforcement officers.…

Mass. High Court: State's Use Of Dogs In Prisons To Search Visitors Violated Regulatory Process » WBUR Massachusetts' highest court says the state's Department of Correction overstepped its authority when it began using dogs to search prison visitors for drugs without giving the public a chance to weig…

Gov estimates costs for reform measure » Mass Lawyers Weekly Implementing a just-signed massive criminal justice reform law will cost the state an estimated $15 million this fiscal year and as much as $40 million next year, according to Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Local Government

Mattapoisett to explore regionalization, assess Old Rochester district » Sippican Week Mattapoisett became part of the Community Compact program on Thursday morning, which will give the town state funds to explore regionalization and financial management.…

Westboro capital projects fund signed into law » Worcester Telegram This week, Gov. Charles D. Baker Jr. signed into law establishment of a capital stabilization fund in Westboro.…

Lawmakers tap budget to fund local pet projects » Gloucester Times Downtowns, schools, food pantries and nonprofits are among the myriad interests angling for a piece of the state's $40.9 billion budget.…

Past and Future Senate Presidents Support #SaveMarian Effort » Framingham Source In separate statements, Thomas Birmingham, former Massachusetts Senate President and an author of the 1993 Education Reform Act, and future Senate President Karen Spilka have confirmed their support f…

State Senate approves $463K for Sutton road project » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle The State Senate recently passed a three-year, $600 million investment of “Chapter 90” funding for local road and bridge repairs, continuing the legislature’s strong commitment to s…

Falmouth committee hopes to avoid beach buzzkill » Cape Cod Times The public should be able to enjoy the town’s 10 beaches, but the pursuit of a good time cannot trample on the rights of fellow beachgoers or put them in harm’s way, according to the com…

Probe uncovers no hostile work environment at Easthampton City Hall » Gazette Net An investigation into allegations of a hostile work environment at City Hall has found no evidence to support the claims, according to an outside review by a private investigator.…

Opinion

Trump declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ on Syria attacks — but whose mission? » Boston Globe As a novice candidate for high office, Donald Trump spelled out his views on war with admirable clarity. The smart approach, he insisted, is to use maximum force in order to win quickly.…

Why economists like free trade but politicians don’t » Boston Globe The Lamppost Theory dominates economic policy-making: Politicians use economics the way a drunk uses a lamppost — for support, not for illumination.…

Dorothy Fradera: Hopes Sen. Stanley Rosenberg continues to serve » Gazette Net Coverage of the challenges faced by state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst is quite disturbing to me.…

Lucas: Lindstrom could be Liz’s nightmare » Boston Herald She doesn’t have Scott Brown’s truck, but she’s got his spirit. She is veteran Republican political operative Beth Lindstrom of Groton, who is seeking to unseat Democrat U.S. Sen.…

Sargent's view: On shifting sands and barrier beaches » Newburyport News On April 3, the Newburyport Department of Public Services started building the sacrificial berm to protect the houses on Northern Reservation Terrace. It was a bit of a Rube Goldberg affair.…

YOUR VIEW: Support mental health funding » South Coast Today We all know someone who has dealt with a mental health condition — a friend, a family member, a partner, a co-worker, a neighbor. Nearly one in five adults experience mental illness each year, …

Behind the ballot-question scene on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe The message from House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Harriette Chandler was clear: They wanted the business, labor, and progressive leaders they had called to the State House to solve a mu…

Our View: New crime bill a step forward for state » South Coast Today For a long time, folks on both sides of the political spectrum have agreed that the criminal justice system in Massachusetts wasn’t working well.…

‘Good news’ hard to find for Charlie Baker in latest statie flub » Boston Herald It was classic Charlie Baker. Just minutes after the latest state police scandal broke — a larceny charge against the agency’s payroll director — Baker responded with an awkward a…

Politics

Reception Honoring Maura Healey In Wayland: You Can Go For Big $ » Wayland Patch For the attorney general, the past couple of weeks were "big." "There's no better time to join us and hear updates from Maura on her important work advancing our shared values," reads an invitation to…

Editorial round-up: DA race, Collins for Senate and that Yawkey Way-Jersey Street delay » Dorchester Reporter The field of candidates for Suffolk County DA is pretty damn impressive. Several former prosecutors are in the mix, including a Dorchester lawmaker — Evandro Carvalho— who has been in th…

Andover's Tram Nguyen running for state representative » Andover Townsman Andover resident and Boston legal aid attorney Tram Nguyen, 31, officially announced her candidacy for state representative of the 18th Essex District on Tuesday.…

When it comes to the Marathon finish line, it’s all about optics » Boston Globe Third District voters have a rich history of giving the cold shoulder to ambitious young congressional candidates who, as they like to say, “blow in” and claim residency in one of the comm…

Sen. Barbara L’Italien endorses Rep. Diana DiZoglio for Senate » Wicked Local North Andover Sen. Barbara L’Italien, D-Andover, announced her support for Rep. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, in the 1st Essex District Senate race. …

Gubernatorial Candidates Pitch Ideas, Pack Falmouth Forum » Cape News Three men are vying to become the Democratic nominee for Massachusetts governor in September’s primary. The winner will run against the Republican incumbent, Charles D. Baker Jr., in Novemberâ…

13 Democrats want to replace Niki Tsongas. One poll has the leader at 11% » Boston Globe A former US ambassador to Denmark who recently moved into Massachusetts’ Third Congressional District to run in the Democratic primary has taken a small, early lead in the crowded race where mo…

Public Health

Business Newsmaker: MA Public Health Association to honor Community Health Center CEO » South Coast Today The Massachusetts Public Health Association is honoring Cheryl Bartlett, president and CEO of the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, at the organization’s 16th annual Spring Award Bre…

Rep. Vargas, Sen. Lesser: Narcan Bulk Purchase Program Needs a Refill » WHAV There’s no sugar-coating it: Massachusetts is facing another emergency in our state’s fight against the opioid epidemic. Two years after the state legislature created a bulk purchasing t…

Cancer remains state's top killer » The Salem News Cancer death rates in Massachusetts are declining, but newly released figures show the state's No. 1 killer remains a formidable enemy.…

Public Safety

New details emerge on State Police payroll head’s alleged theft scheme » Boston Globe New details emerged Thursday showing how the head of payroll for the Massachusetts State Police allegedly stole nearly $24,000 from the agency.…

Mass. State Police scandals: 'Stuff that goes on, on my watch, belongs to me,' Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he takes responsibility for the State Police scandals that have repeatedly erupted over the last five months.…

Raw sewage again spills into Merrimack River » Eagle Tribune At least two sewage treatment plants in the region discharged untreated waste into the Merrimack River during the heavy rain that fell Monday, although as late as Wednesday afternoon officials at both…

Court sides with sanctuary cities in fight over grants » The Associated Press (AP) The federal government cannot withhold public safety grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies, a federal appeals court ruled Th…

Democrats rap Baker on state police » Gazette Net A top Democratic Party official Thursday criticized Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s response to the latest allegations involving financial irregularities within the Massachusetts State Police a…

Dems Critical of Baker's 'Good News' Remark on State Police » NECN The head of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts is criticizing Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's response to the latest allegations involving state police and calling for an independent investigation …

Mass. State Police scandals: 'Ever increasing number of issues' could prompt oversight hearings or new policy changes » The Republican Massachusetts state lawmakers could take a deeper look into the problems within the State Police, with one top legislative leader raising concerns about the state of the law enforcement agency despite…

Massachusetts Students Will Participate in National School Walkout for Gun Reform on Friday » Boston Magazine On the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School, young activists across the Bay State will advocate for stricter firearm laws and regulations. …

420 Day: Massachusetts public safety officials warn about drugged driving » The Republican

State Government

Lt. Gov. Polito visits, marvels at M.V. beauty » Martha's Vineyard Times Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito made the rounds of Island towns Thursday, signing community compacts and offering the state’s help when it comes to important Island topics like dealing with the effects o…

Transportation

Mass. RMV mistakenly tells thousands their licenses are being suspended » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles sent notices to more than 9,700 people in recent weeks incorrectly warning them that their license and right to operate a motor vehicle would soon be suspe…

Silver Line’s newest route links Chelsea, Seaport » Boston Globe On a recent test run of the Silver Line’s newest route, MBTA general manager Luis Ramirez looks out the window at a collection of modern buildings by the Box District station.…

Baker moves to crack down on commuter train engineers with bad driving records » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker said Thursday that he is taking immediate steps to make sure Massachusetts commuter rail engineers with terrible personal driving records don’t jeopardize the safety of t…

‘Boston Strong’ license plate solicitations under scrutiny » Boston Herald The Attorney General’s office is investigating a charity soliciting money for “Boston Strong” license plates before the plates have been approved by the RMV, but the charity is clai…

Local Group Seeks New Bridges Over The Cape Cod Canal » WGBH Local officials from Cape Cod are spearheading a new effort to address the chronic problem of traffic congestion on the Bourne and Sagamore bridges. Marie Oliva, CEO of the Canal Area Chamber of Comme…

Ride-hailing apps rule at Logan » Commonwealth Magazine RIDE-HAILING APPS such as Uber and Lyft are now the leading way passengers get to and from Logan International Airport, an indication of how rapidly their popularity is growing.…

A desire for streetcars: Vintage trolley system proposed for Worcester » Worcester Telegram There was a time when trolleys and streetcars were the lifeblood of the city. Back when cars were considered a luxury rather than a necessity, public transportation played an important role in getting…

Gov. Baker seeking deeper review of rail driving records of locomotive engineers » telegram.com Commuter rail officials should have greater ability to consider the driving histories of locomotive engineers when making personnel decisions, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday.…

Cape Cod businesses fed up with bridge work » Boston Globe For a moment there, I thought it was a Sunday in July, not a Wednesday in April: The WBZ traffic report highlighted a mileslong jam on Route 6 getting off Cape.…

No timeline yet for North Quincy project after AG decision » The Patriot Ledger

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

After allegation against Mass. State Police payroll director, Democratic Party chief calls for independent probe » The Republican

State police scandals 'belong to me,' Gov. Baker says » The Herald News

Swampscott proposes a ban on plastic bags » Lynn Daily News Item

Degrees of separation: How the wealthiest colleges in Mass. discount the cost of a diploma » Boston Business Journal

Reforms urgent as state police scandal deepens (Editorial) » The Republican

Fate of Fall River waterfront waits on offshore wind decision » The Herald News

Lawyers advise Amherst Town Meeting to skip gun-noise bylaw, but says nuclear resolution is OK » The Republican

Storm outages still rankle; utility faces tough questioning » The Sun Chronicle

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4243 - An Act amending the charter of the town of Chelmsford

SB 2189 - An Act amending Chapter 268 of the Acts of 2000

HB 3868 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Mary Goddard, an employee of the Department of Correction

HB 4162 - An Act providing for the appointment of a treasurer-collector in the town of Stockbridge

Most read bills of the week:

HB4400 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

HB2371 - An Act relative to non-competition agreements

HB4426 - An Act building on criminal justice reform

HB4419 - An Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements

SB2432 - An Act to protect innovation and entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth

SB2371 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

SB2430 - Resolve relative to the digital right to repair

HB2743 - An Act concerning traffic violations

HB4415 - Extension order for the committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies

SB96 - An Act relative to the digital right to repair

House Actions This Week: 219

Senate Actions This Week: 170


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