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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Project ABLE Annual Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Public Hearing

10:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Denim Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Gubernatorial Forum on Energy & the Environment, Suffolk University Law School

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Jennifer Rocco-Runnion Newburyport Campaign Kickoff

Birthdays: Rep. Brian Ashe, Rep. Geoff Diehl

Must-Reads

Time to reconsider S. Coast Rail phased plan » Commonwealth Magazine THE PATRICK AND BAKER ADMINISTRATIONS have been aligned in their support for South Coast Rail as the best approach to providing improved regional mobility to and from the South Coast region of Masssac…

Bernie Forces Ask Clinton And Top Democrats To Recommit To Cutting Superdelegates » BuzzFeed "We believe that the passage of these reforms is a fundamental and necessary step," reads the draft of a letter from Jeff Weaver, a top Sanders adviser. …

Long-serving Wilmington Rep. James Miceli dies at 83 » State House News Service Wilmington Rep. James Miceli died Saturday at age 83, the Wilmington Police Department confirmed.…

Dozens of Mass. communities apply for "opportunity zone" designations » State House News Service The Baker administration and municipal officials across Massachusetts expect to hear from the federal government within 30 days about their newly submitted request for approval of 138 zones where new …

Romney faces clearer path to GOP Senate nomination despite convention setback » The Washington Post Mitt Romney seemed to be on a smooth path to Utah’s U.S. Senate seat, with the backing of President Trump, the blessing of retiring Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R) and a popularity with Republicans tha…

Women to Watch highlights the women in D.C., across the country and around the globe who are at the forefront of politics and policy. From operatives navigating the midterm elections to those negotiating the terms of Brexit and leading a nationwide gun control movement, these women will be leading the political discussion for years to come. » Politico Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley shocked the Massachusetts political class this winter by launching an insurgent bid to challenge Democratic Rep. Mike Capuano in November — and taking on a…

Pignatelli, Barrett seek 10 percent funding hike for regional transportation authorities » State House News Service With the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority facing a budget shortfall, and potential service cuts, local legislators are stepping up to push for more funding. …

Green touts business record in race for 3rd Congressional District » Sentinel & Enterprise The lone Republican in a 3rd Congressional District race featuring 13 Democrats, many of Rick Green's views are driven by a common ideology within his party: reducing the scope of the federal governme…

"Representative Miceli was a tireless advocate for his district and loved the communities which he served so ably," House Speaker Robert DeLeo said in a written statement. "He will be greatly missed in Wilmington, Tewksbury and -- as the second-longest serving member -- in the House of Representatives. My sincerest condolences to his wife Jean, his children and grandchildren."

Speaker Robert DeLeo

Speaking about Representative James Miceli who passed away over the weekend.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

In response to Trump thunder on trade, lost jobs, Neal to talk taxes, health care » Berkshire Eagle In his most recent weekly address, President Donald Trump said international trade policies and the export of jobs over the past two decades have "hammered American families."…

US Sen. Ed Markey says secretary of state should 'embody best of American values,' will oppose Mike Pompeo's nomination » The Republican U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, railed against President Donald Trump's decision to nominate Mike Pompeo for secretary of state Friday, arguing that the country's "top diplomat should embody the…

Business

Marlborough, Framingham apply for federal tax incentive program » The Metro West Daily News In the decade since the Great Recession, the number of economic development success stories in Marlborough has grown at an enviable pace.…

Harvard undergrads will launch a cryptocurrency fund, starting at $1m » Boston Globe In the 1970s, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer revolutionized operating system software. Thirty years later, Mark Zuckerberg helped pioneer social networking. So what’s the latest generation of Har…

Developer makes dramatic changes to main Newton drag, one property at a time » Boston Globe The 2-mile stretch of Newton’s Washington Street above the Mass. Pike hasn’t changed much over the past several decades: It remains almost frozen in time, a parade of local businesses an…

Crimes

Lawmaker calls for death penalty after Mass. LEO’s death » A Massachusetts sergeant’s death has led to one lawmaker calling for the death penalty for anyone who kills law enforcement officers.…

Education

Parents told Dorchester Academy closing in June » Boston Herald Community members are questioning the direction of Boston Public Schools on the heels of an announcement to close Dorchester Academy at the end of this school year, arguing that the district is settin…

Mount Ida projected an image of success right until it folded » Boston Globe As recently as March, everything seemed to be going well at Mount Ida College.…

Superintendent says release of coach memo was a mistake » Eagle Tribune Superintendent of Schools Sheldon Berman issues an apology late Saturday afternoon saying he mistakenly released a draft of a confidential personnel memo detailing allegations and disciplinary action …

In Historic Move, Harvard Teaching and Research Assistants Vote to Unionize » The Harvard Crimson The results of a unionization election held April 18 and 19 showed 1,931 ballots cast in favor and 1,523 against, per ballot tallying conducted at the National Labor Relations Board regional office Fr…

State comes out with new LGBTQ curriculum » Boston Herald Bay State schools will be able to try a new curriculum with LGBTQ-themed history, English and health this fall that proponents say is an effort to help all students see themselves reflected in classro…

Westboro shop a chance for older special ed students to practice workplace skills » telegram.com

Education activists plan to jam State House phone lines in noon hour » WWLP.com

Environment

Fee hike to fund Community Preservation Act grows in Massachusetts House » telegram.com The downward spiral in state matching funds for communities that have agreed to local tax hikes to pay for Community Preservation Act investments has grown so severe that state lawmakers are now pushi…

Brendan Crighton named Massachusetts Senate chairman of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission » Lynn Daily News Item State Sen. Brendan Crighton is the new Senate chairman of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission (MBC), comprised of elected officials and community, civic, nonprofit, and business leaders from Boston an…

Environmental doubts linger about Holbrook transfer station » Patriot Ledger A proposal for a transfer station in Holbrook is pitting South Shore towns against each other as it inches closer to becoming a reality. …

Health Care

Sanchez: MassHealth is state's "largest economic development initiative" » State House News Service

Housing

FEMA extends housing assistance through May for hurricane evacuees facing Friday deadline » The Republican The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday that it will extend the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program for nearly 2,000 hurricane evacuees whose housing benefits were set to run o…

Human Services

Majority in House support major welfare system changes » State House News Service

Immigration

Ryan asks SJC to ban courthouse detentions by ICE » Sentinel & Enterprise Marian Ryan is one of two district attorneys to lend their support to a legal action asking the Supreme Judicial Court to ban federal immigration agents from detaining people in state courthouses.…

Judiciary

Judge facing expulsion over sex allegations » Boston Herald The social worker whose sexual relations with a married judge could have him facing a historic expulsion will attend tomorrow’s argument before the state’s highest court for removing Tho…

Massachusetts judge fights for job after admitting to courthouse affair » Boston.com Massachusetts’ highest court will decide the fate of a judge who admitted to having an affair with a clinical social worker that included sexual encounters at the courthouse.…

A Whopper of a Court Case: Can Citizens Sue States? » Governing In a handful of states, they can't. A lawsuit involving Burger King was supposed to settle the debate in Arkansas. …

Suffolk University to live stream judicial misconduct hearing of Thomas Estes, judge who admitted having sex at Belchertown courthouse » The Republican

Labor

White-dominated construction unions want more diversity » Boston Globe In an attempt to get more young people of color to apply to its apprenticeship program, IBEW Local 103 advertised on the social media networks Pandora, Instagram, and Snapchat, and targeted the neighb…

Legislative

Rep. James R. Miceli dies during Wilmington Little League ceremony » Milford Daily News According to our news partner WCVB-TV, Wilmington police told The Lowell Sun department members were in attendance at Wilmington’s Rotary Park for the opening day ceremony when the 83-year-old …

Should 'Roadrunner' be the state's official rock song? » Sentinel & Enterprise Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators' and representatives' votes on recent roll calls. There were no roll calls in either branch last week. The House and Senate held only brief session as is t…

Town streets to Statehouse halls, Jim Miceli mourned » Lowell Sun State Rep. Jim Miceli, one of the longest continuously serving members of the Massachusetts House, was remembered Saturday as a devoted public servant who cared deeply for his family and his constitu…

Lawmakers transfer Garden of Peace’s management to Victim Assistance Board » Taunton Daily Gazette Beacon Hill Roll Call recorded local senators’ and representatives’ votes on recent roll calls. There were no roll calls in either branch last week. The House and Senate held only brief …

Longtime Democratic state Rep. James Miceli of Wilmington dies » Boston Globe Democratic State Representative James R. Miceli, the second-longest serving member of the Massachusetts Legislature, collapsed during opening Little League ceremonies in his hometown of Wilmington Sat…

Long-Serving Mass. House Rep. James Miceli Dies At 83 » WBUR Wilmington Rep. James Miceli died Saturday at age 83, the Wilmington Police Department confirmed. …

Brian Joyce’s lawyers attack prosecution’s subpoena request » Boston Globe Attorneys for former state senator Brian A. Joyce on Friday railed against prosecutors’ attempts to subpoena records from one of his defense lawyers, likening the move to a fishing expedition a…

Local Government

Legislators have leg up in bids for municipal leadership » Lowell Sun STOP US if you've heard this one before: A Statehouse legislator vying to lead a city or town.…

Town moderators steer ship of political process » Cape Cod Times It’s no accident that many of those who choose to be town moderator are drawn to the process that is town meeting, and have been attending for most of their life.…

Ban on liquor in public parks waived for Plymouth Area Chamber event » Wicked Local Plymouth The lawyer noted the regulation but voted for the exception. The chairman said the public’s perspective should be considered, but decided that could wait. The youth advocate felt that drinking …

The town received $85,000 to use toward work on the Walnut Street parking lot, and selectmen agreed to consider a warrant article to supplement that amount. » telegram.com The town received $85,000 to use toward work on the Walnut Street parking lot, and selectmen agreed to consider a warrant article to supplement that amount.…

Search … Haverhill’s Downtown, Mt. Washington Neighborhoods Named Federal ‘Opportunity Zones’ » WHAV Haverhill’s downtown district and nearby Mt. Washington neighborhood have been federally designated as “Opportunity Zones,” Mayor James J. Fiorentini and state Rep. Andy Vargas said…

Massachusetts Cultural Council mulls return of suspended grant to Berkshire Museum » State House News Service With art auctions pending, May is poised to bring an eight-figure boost to the Berkshire Museum's balance sheet. …

'Opportunity Zones' designation could spur Westfield Urban Renewal » The Republican The city's downtown corridor was designated an Opportunity Zone this week by Gov. Charlie Baker. Mayor Brian P. Sullivan said this will help attract investors to Westfield.…

Hampshire Council of Governments warns cities and towns they could be stuck with its multimillion-dollar financial problems » The Republican The Hampshire Council of Governments is warning cities and towns in the county that they could be stuck with its multimillion-dollar financial problems.…

Opposition to CPA ballot question before Worcester City Council » telegram.com Opposition has surfaced to a call to have the City Council place a question on the November ballot that would give voters an opportunity to decide whether to adopt the Community Preservation Act.…

Marijuana

Massachusetts lawmakers unlikely to update medical marijuana home cultivation law this session » The Republican The head of Massachusetts' legislative marijuana committee said she does not anticipate updating the state's medical marijuana law this year, despite a recent ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court.…

Opinion

The red-state war on abortion rights » Boston Globe A BILL PASSED by the Iowa state Senate last month marks the latest skirmish in the right-wing war on abortion rights in this country.…

To MassDOT: Tear down this wall » Boston Globe AS THE STATE Department of Transportation continues to mull how best to re-route an elevated section of the Mass. Pike in Allston to satisfy its many stakeholders — drivers, taxpayers, neighbor…

Why is Clarence Thomas still on the Supreme Court? » Boston Globe TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS AGO, when Anita Hill stunned America with stories of Clarence Thomas’s fascination with Long Dong Silver, I was a reporter squeezed in among other reporters on the floor of t…

Our &@*!^$# public discourse » Boston Globe LAST MONDAY MARKED the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, making this weekend the fifth anniversary of the first post-bombing Red Sox home game and its ceremony honoring the victims and…

Why you’ll pay for Beacon Hill’s pipeline folly » Boston Globe When members of the Legislature, egged on by Attorney General Maura Healey, blocked financing for a new natural gas pipeline into New England in 2016, they claimed to be saving money for ratepayers an…

Editorial: Responding to Parkland – Massachusetts ERPO legislation on seizing guns and mental health services » telegram.com The Massachusetts Legislature is considering whether to establish an “extreme risk protective order” allowing judges to order the removal of a gun or guns from someone believed to pose a d…

Carr: Those who push ‘millionaires tax’ don’t volunteer extra funds on state forms » Boston Herald Ever wonder how many of those clamoring for a “millionaires tax” in Massachusetts are themselves willing to pay a few more bucks as their “fair share”? …

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud: Championing rural broadband will require a new rep. in Congress » State House News Service In regard to Sandisfield's bid to secure federal grants to complete its "last-mile" high-speed Internet network ("Crocker to seek federal grants for Sandisfield broadband build — with no hit to…

Politics

GOP state treasurer candidate undecided on transgender bill repeal » Boston Herald State Rep. Keiko Orrall, a Republican vying to oust state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, appeared to distance herself from a vote against the Bay State’s transgender anti-discrimination law just a…

Marty Walsh to endorse Michael Capuano in Democratic primary for House seat » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh will endorse US Representative Michael E. Capuano in his primary fight with City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, inserting one of the city’s most powerful voices into the battl…

Five Democrats vying for Suffolk DA job make their cases » Boston Globe Five Democrats vying to be the next Suffolk district attorney attempted to woo Dorchester voters on Saturday, sharing experiences that shaped them and outlining platforms focused on reducing incarcera…

Josh Zakim Challenges 6-Term Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin » NECN 2018 seems to be the year of challengers to longtime incumbents in Massachusetts.…

Wallets held tight in 3rd District House race » Lowell Sun Although candidates in the 3rd Congressional District have been raking in donations at a substantial rate, spending in the race has been comparatively slow in a trend that experts say is related to th…

Koh leads 3rd District money race but trails in poll » Eagle Tribune Democratic congressional candidate Dan Koh leads the pack in fundraising by a massive margin, with nearly triple the cash on hand as his next closest rival — but that money has not yet translat…

3rd District candidates frugal - for now » Sentinel & Enterprise Although candidates in the 3rd Congressional District have been raking in donations at a substantial rate, spending in the race has been comparatively slow in a trend that experts say is related to th…

Walsh to endorse Capuano in re-election bid By » Dorchester Reporter Mayor Martin Walsh is endorsing US Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary for the Massachusetts Seventh Congressional District, where the 10-term incumbent is facing a challenge from City Coun…

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito holding Springfield fundraiser Thursday » The Republican

Public Health

Sen. Warren touts opioid bill at Cape forum » Cape Cod Times A bill in Congress — modeled on federal funding for the HIV and AIDS epidemic three decades ago — proposes to spend $100 billion over 10 years to radically alter the path of the opioid c…

Public Safety

Mass. State Police payroll director Denise Ezekiel applied for pension benefits days before criminal charges were filed against her » The Republican

State Finance

Farley-Bouvier to Push For St. Mary's, Early Ed Funding » iBerkshires This is the second in a series of interviews with the Berkshire representative delegation on local budget priorities for fiscal 2019.…

Budget Debate Set To Begin In Massachusetts House » WAMC The Massachusetts House begins debate Monday on a proposed state budget.…

State Government

Gov’s day at Fenway » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker threw out the first pitch at the seventh annual ALS Awareness Game at Fenway Park yesterday. He spent time with Pete Frates who inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge, and the BC basebal…

Baker Submits Opportunity Zone Designations; Several Cape Towns Included » Cape Cod Online Governor Charlie Baker announced last week that he has submitted the state’s Opportunity Zone designations to the U.S. Treasury Department to encourage long-term investment in eligible Massachu…

That proposal to make ‘Roadrunner’ the official song of Mass.? It’s back » Boston Globe Keep on rockin’ on Beacon Hill.…

Taxation

Sales tax cut will force layoffs and service cuts, new group says » WWLP.com

Transportation

Next phase of Rt. 79 project nears goal » The Herald News The second phase of the Route 79/Davol project aimed at transforming the mile-long divided highway into a four-lane boulevard at grade level in hopes of enhancing waterfront access and economic opport…

In 4 days, 105 citations issued to distracted drivers in West Bridgewater » The Enterprise Police warned the public that they would be looking for distracted drivers. But still, not everyone has listened.…

Utilities

Will a transmission line run through the wilds of Maine? » Boston Globe The broad, endless sky, curving over the vastness of the deep woods. Stillness broken only by the whooshing of white water and the squawks of wildlife. This is what drew Kevin Ross to the North Woods.…

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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 - 4/23

Birthdays: Rep. Brian Ashe, Rep. Geoff Diehl

9:00am Project ABLE Annual Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Public Hearing

10:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Denim Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Gubernatorial Forum on Energy & the Environment, Suffolk University Law School

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Jennifer Rocco-Runnion Newburyport Campaign Kickoff

Tuesday - 4/24

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Brodeur

9:00am Step Up for Kids (Child Abuse Prevention Month), Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

9:00am Mass. Association of Community Development Corporations, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

5:30pm LGBTQ & Allies Reception for Sen. Barbara L'Italien for Congress

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Jennifer Rocco-Runnion Amesbury Campaign Kickoff

Wednesday - 4/25

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Frost

Last day to report on proposals for amendments to the Constitution

9:00am Mass. Association of School Committees Day on the Hill, Second Floor, State House, Boston

10:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

5:00pm Birthday Reception for Lieutenant Governor Candidate Quentin Palfrey

Thursday - 4/26

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Mark

10:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

5:30pm Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm Reception for Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Lori Lennon Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm Reception for Worcester City Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson

Friday - 4/27

6:00pm 3rd Congressional District Candidate Forum, 1870 Town Hall, 12 Woodward Avenue, Berlin

6:30pm Rep. Marc Lombardo Re-Election Campaign Kickoff


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