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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Multiple Sclerosis Action Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:00am Residents and Fellows Day at the State House, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Department of Revenue Public Hearing, 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Room B, Boston

10:30am Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Municipal Month Kick Off, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

1:30pm Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs & Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing, Mass. Department of Environmental Protection, One Winter Street, 2nd Floor, Boston

5:00pm Rep. Natalie Higgins Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Fundraiser for Worcester City Councilor Sean Rose

6:00pm Reception for Worcester City Councilor Sean Rose

6:00pm Walpole Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Jacob Ventura

6:30pm Rep. Jeffrey Roy Re-Election Campaign Kickoff with Speaker DeLeo

Must-Reads

Rosenberg cited for ‘failure of judgment and leadership’ in blistering ethics report » Boston Globe The Ethics Committee recommended the full Senate forbid Rosenberg from holding any leadership position in the next legislative session, should he be reelected. Senators are expected to vote Thursday o…

Nine quotes from the ethics report on Stanley Rosenberg » Boston Globe An 80-plus-page report from the Senate Committee on Ethics describes in disturbing detail how former Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg’s husband, Bryon Hefner, repeatedly injected himself i…

The battle for Kanye West is happening in real time » New York Times West has lately been expressing his love for Trump and promoting right-wing supporters of the president on Twitter, while also making outrageous statements.…

‘We need some new blood’: Many Democrats call for next generation of House leaders » The Washington Post So far, 10 Democratic candidates have said they would oppose Pelosi’s return to the speakership, while at least another 10 have conspicuously declined to express support for her, according to i…

Deputy Interior Secretary Keeps Meeting With Lobbyists For Client of His Former Firm » The Huffington Post David Bernhardt met with lobbyists for MGM Resorts who oppose a tribal casino. Interior has now balked at approving that casino. …

Twitter Loses It Over Rudy Giuliani's Bonkers Fox News Interview About Trump » The Huffington Post One thing I think we’re going to find out is that, if you’re going to hire a horrific living skull-headed monster to represent you legally, Rudy Giuliani is not the horrific living skull…

Automatic voter registration in Massachusetts? Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson lobbies state Republicans to say yes » The Republican Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is in Massachusetts this week, lobbying the state's Republicans to back an automatic voter registration bill. …

Bill Weld Lays Groundwork for 2020 Libertarian Presidential Run » Reason.com The 2016 V.P. candidate is issuing endorsements, raising money, talking about what the party needs to win the White House, and tacking in a more Libertarian direction. But will he take the plunge? …

Senators mull Rosenberg punishment, investigator's "troubling" report » State House News Service Pressure began to mount Wednesday on former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to resign from the Senate after an explosive new report found that Rosenberg had violated the trust placed in him to lead…

After cancer fight, Rep. Chris Walsh passes away at 66 » State House News Service Rep. Chris Walsh, a Framingham Democrat in his fourth term in the Massachusetts House, died Wednesday night after a battle with cancer, his wife said on social media.…

Stanley Rosenberg to resign Senate seat » Boston Globe Embattled former Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg, feeling his colleagues have turned their backs on him, is resigning his Senate seat, possibly as soon as today, according to two people with kno…

“Senator Rosenberg’s conduct in this regard was patently unreasonable and arguably reckless given his awareness that Hefner was likely to act improperly. Yet, he provided Hefner with the access anyway.”

Senate Committee on Ethics

The 80-plus-page report detailing Stan Rosenberg and his involvement with Hefner's history of sexual assault in the Senate.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Liz Warren leads potential Dem field » Boston Herald So much for all the talk about a GOP challenge to President Trump.…

President Trump’s super PAC falls well short of super » Boston Globe As Republicans sought to build support for a big tax cut last summer, the head of President Trump’s biggest outside political group told donors he wanted funds for a $30 million advertising pus…

From family name to civil rights, Congressman Joe Kennedy III talks with Sheedy » Milford Daily News Milford TV’s RJ Sheedy interviewed Congressman Joe Kennedy III Tuesday afternoon, where they touched on topics from his family name to civil rights.…

US Rep. Richard Neal seeks clarification on GOP tax law's pass-through deduction » MassLive U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, called on the Trump administration this week to clarify details surrounding the new pass-through deduction included in the Republican-backed tax overhaul law pas…

Co-author of Dodd-Frank says bill's foundation will survive » Boston Herald President Donald Trump vowed to do a "big number on" the banking law enacted after the financial crisis a decade ago, but the law's co-author and namesake says he's confident that the essence of Dodd-…

Business

Bill would deliver $100M tax credits to port businesses » Gloucester Daily Times The bill, with state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr and state Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante among the sponsors, would enable the state secretary of Housing and Economic Development to provide up to $1…

Necco to be auctioned off in bankruptcy court on May 23 » Boston Globe Necco Wafer hoarders or anyone pondering trading their vehicle for the chalky candy over concerns that the troubled company would shut down as soon as this month can exit panic mode. For now.…

Mass. will spend $20 million to bring Amazon to the Seaport. Here’s what that buys » Boston Globe The Baker administration said Tuesday that it’s spending $20 million to bring Amazon, and 2,000 jobs, to a new building at Seaport Square.…

Education

Should Boston run UMass Boston? Walsh thinks it’s an idea worth discussing » Boston Globe What if the city took over the University of Massachusetts Boston? The thought has crossed Marty Walsh’s mind as the mayor watches the only public liberal arts university in Boston twist in the…

For Some At UMass Boston, Mount Ida Deal Stokes Feeling Of Second-Class Citizenship » WBUR The proposed purchase of 72 acres of prime real estate in Newton by UMass Amherst has some higher education advocates crying foul. …

Environment

Baker seeks federal disaster funds for storm damage » Newburyport News Gov. Charlie Baker is asking for federal relief for Essex County and other parts the state hit hard by an early March nor’easter that packed hurricane-force winds, torrential rain and coastal f…

Bottled-up frustration could be nipped soon » Martha's Vineyard Times The scourge of tiny discarded nip bottles on the sides of Martha’s Vineyard streets continues to be a huge problem, yet more than year after a bill was introduced that could help alleviate the …

Gaming

Steve Wynn's ex warns could sell Everett, casino » Boston Herald Elaine Wynn is warning that Wynn Resorts management could move to sell Encore Boston Harbor in a bid to escape a negative finding from state gaming regulators that could cost top management their jobs…

Insurance

MassMutual’s CEO on working in Boston, tax breaks, and the firm's tech future » Boston Business Journal Roger Crandall, the chief executive of Springfield-based Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., is already an important executive around these parts, considering he runs one of the four Fortune 100 …

Judiciary

Why Dogs Are Getting a Bigger Role in Courtrooms » Care2 Around the country, certified facility dogs, better known as “courthouse dogs,” are taking the witness stand along with children and victims of violent crimes. They provide comfort and a f…

Labor

For many high-octane professionals, retirement is not an option » Boston Globe Jim Roosevelt stepped down as Tufts Health Plan’s chief executive when he was 70, about five years beyond what people used to think of as the traditional retirement age. Two-and-a-half years la…

Sturdy nurse speaks out at Statehouse against staffing mandates » The Sun Chronicle The Massachusetts Nurses Association is pushing hard for a law setting minimum staffing levels in hospitals, but at least one local nurse is speaking out against it.…

Legislative

Bryon Hefner sent Sen. Stan Rosenberg sexually explicit texts, nude photos » MassLive Bryon Hefner sent his husband, former Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, sexually explicit text messages about legislative staffers and senators. Hefner sent Rosenberg text messages of naked …

Report: Rosenberg failed to protect Senate from his spouse » Commonwealth Magazine 4 THE SENATE ETHICS COMMITTEE concluded on Wednesday that Sen. Stanley Rosenberg did not violate any of the chamber’s rules but nevertheless demonstrated a “significant failure of judgmen…

Baker, Healey ask ex-Senate President Rosenberg to immediately resign » Boston.com Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg ‘‘failed to protect the Senate’’ from his husband, who has been charged with sexual misconduct, an ethics report released…

Sen. Stan Rosenberg should leave Massachusetts Senate 'immediately,' Attorney General Maura Healey says » MassLive Following an ethics probe that showed a "significant failure" of judgment and leadership, Massachusetts Sen. Stan Rosenberg should step down, Attorney General Maura Healey said.…

Rosenberg’s constituents remain supportive » Hampshire Gazette At Amherst Town Meeting Wednesday, some of Sen. Stanley Rosenberg’s hometown constituents said the ethics report concluding that he failed to protect the Senate from the actions of his husband …

Ethics probe finds fault with Rosenberg, recommends barring senator from leadership positions through 2020 » Valley Advocate The Senate Committee on Ethics has recommended former Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) be barred from Senate leadership or leadership of any committee for the duration of this legislative s…

Massachusetts Sen. Stan Rosenberg 'knew or should have known' about husband's alleged sexual harassment, Senate ethics probe says » Mass Live Former Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, "knew or should have known" that his husband racially and sexually harassed Senate employees, according to a report released Wednesday by an independ…

Stanley Rosenberg and Bryon Hefner » Boston Globe A timeline of key events…

Gov. Baker Calls For Rosenberg's Resignation After Ethics Investigation » CBS Boston An Ethics committee report found Stanley Rosenberg did not violate Senate rules. WBZ-TV's Beth Germano reports. …

Ex-Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to step down amid scandal » Boston Herald

Hefner lawyer blasts Healey's call for Rosenberg's resignation » Boston Herald

Local Government

Northampton City Council to consider asking state legislature to lower local voting age to 16 » The Republican The Northampton City Council may take steps to lower the voting age to 16 for local municipal elections.…

Vargas, with Five-Month Tenure, Secures $340,000 in Special City Aid in House Budget » WHAV Defying the odds for a freshman state representative, five-month legislator Andy X. Vargas said Tuesday night he has secured $340,000 in special earmarks for Haverhill in the next proposed state budge…

Quincy Mayor On Long Island Bridge Project: 'We've Been Disrespected' » WBZ News Radio Three years after the old one was demolished, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has a plan for constructing a new bridge to Long Island--but Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch wants a ferry to the island, not a bridge, …

Quincy eyes more roadblocks for Long Island Bridge » Patriot Ledger A Quincy city councilor wants to require more permits for rebuilding of the the Long Island Bridge after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh proposed restoring the span that has been a sore point between the two…

Federal disaster aid sought for Weymouth storm damage » Wicked Local Weymouth

Campbell Wins Funds for Merrimack River Projects, Assists in Securing Hale Money » WHAV

Opinion

Middlesex County stitches together a network of care » Boston Globe Researchers, police officers, and doctors have long understood the challenge of so-called frequent utilizers — mentally ill or addicted people who cycle in and out of emergency rooms and jailho…

Rosenberg report portrays dysfunction and Bryon Hefner’s volatility » Boston Globe The picture of the relationship between Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg and his husband, Bryon Hefner, that emerges from Wednesday’s Senate Ethics Committee report is a portrait of dysfunction.…

The battle for the Federal Reserve’s independence » Boston Globe In a presidency that has shown little regard for conventional institutional norms, how can one explain Donald Trump’s completely reasonable appointments to the Federal Reserve Board? …

What should happen to Tom Brokaw? » Boston Globe I believe the women who say Tom Brokaw groped them many decades ago — including one who said he French-kissed her back in the ’60s.…

Congressional candidates should have given Baker a 'D' » Andover Townsman In the Democratic Congressional debate Sunday, one question showed the candidates’ true colors. When asked how the candidates would grade Gov. Baker’s job performance, only two were will…

Senator Jamie Eldridge calls for Senator Stan Rosenberg to resign immediately » Jamie Eldridge I call on Senator Stan Rosenberg to resign from his position as State Senator, effective immediately. In addition, I urge the Senate Committee on Ethics to recommend stronger punishment for Senator Ro…

Editorial: 'Red flag' gun control bill a good start despite flaws » Boston Herald

EDITORIAL: Revamp 'red-flag' bill, add mental-health component » Lowell Sun

Letter: Waiting for answers from AG on art sale » Berkshire Eagle

Politics

Maura Healey Will Be In Newton Sunday » Somerville Patch Members of the Newton Dems along with Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will be co-hosting the fundraising reception for Healey at Rep. Kay Khan's home on St. Mary's Street.…

GOP US Senate hopeful Geoff Diehl says Springfield 'deserves a senator who will work for the people' » MassLive State Rep. Geoff Diehl, a Whitman Republican running for U.S. Senate, pledged Tuesday to be more hands on and proactive for the people of Western Massachusetts than incumbent Democrat Elizabeth Warren…

Diehl brings his bid to topple Warren to Peabody » The Salem News State Rep. Geoff Diehl, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, came to Peabody in a big red, white and blue bus with a message – He can do better than Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Diehl received the R…

Pressley says she will reject corporate PAC money in her race against Capuano » Boston Globe Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley said Wednesday that she will not accept corporate donations in her race against Representative Michael E. Capuano, a pledge designed to paint the 10-term Somervil…

Lindsey Esser ends state Senate bid, citing 'serious health issue' » MassLive Monson Republican Lindsey Esser, 34, has ended her state Senate bid, with Esser's campaign saying a "serious health issue" is why.…

Sun sets the format for May 9 3rd Congressional District debate » Lowell Sun The Sun of Lowell, the Sentinel & Enterprise of Fitchburg and their partners have set the format for next week's 3rd Congressional District debate at Fitchburg State University. …

As Primary Season Heats Up, the Left Battles the Left » Governing As Primary Season Heats Up, the Left Battles the Left …

Collins wins State Senate seat with 86 percent share of special election votes » Dorchester Reporter State Rep. Nick Collins won a landslide victory on Tuesday as he secured the First Suffolk senate seat in a special election. Collins earned 86.23 percent of votes cast across Dorchester, South Boston…

Scott Lively's success at convention 'surprising,' but not indicative of Massachusetts Republican Party shift, observers say » Mass Live

State Rep. Carlos Gonzalez moving 'full steam ahead' with write-in campaign after ballot signatures fall short » Mass Live

Public Health

Port mayor, AG tackle opioid crisis » Newburyport News Attorney General Maura Healey is advocating joint action to ensure substance use prevention education is available for all Massachusetts public school students as she launched a tour of local seventh-…

Opioid crisis focus of AG's talk with students » The Eagle Tribune For Attorney General Maura Healey and a group of students at J.G. Whittier Middle School, discussing the opioid crisis and forms of education and prevention was a give-and-take learning experience.…

Boston makes little progress on school breakfast goal » Boston Globe Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang promised last September to nearly triple the number of schools that would provide free breakfasts in classrooms — a critical intervention in a city where hunge…

As vaping expands, activists feel lawmakers may finally intervene » State House News Service About a decade after vape pens hit the shelves, anti-smoking advocates concerned about the risks those products pose believe they have the support needed to advance legislation that would regulate the…

Committee OKs Baker's Opioid Bill That Allows 3-Day Hold And Treatment In ER » WBUR

Public Safety

State police critics: ‘Change agent’ needed » Boston Herald State police announced a number of reforms yesterday amid a string of scandals, including activating GPS on more than 1,000 patrol cruisers while critics said the troubled agency may need even stronge…

DeLeo endorses ‘red flag’ bill to temporarily seize guns if owner poses a threat » Boston Globe Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday expressed support for a bill that would allow a judge to temporarily seize guns from someone who might pose a danger to themselves and others, pus…

How the ‘red flag’ gun bill came to be » Commonwealth Magazine House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Rep. Marjorie Decker of Cambridge hosted a rally of sorts at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School on Wednesday where they pledged to push for passage of legislation th…

Mass. House Speaker DeLeo pushing 'red flag' gun bill » The Metro West Daily News Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo says he plans to bring a bill before the Massachusetts House that would let firearms be taken from people who show unstable or potentially dangerous behavior.…

Boston's police commissioner rips Seaport policing setup as 'broken' » Boston Herald

Transportation

As Longfellow Construction Wraps Up, A Push To Make Bridge More Bike-Friendly » WGBH The push to rethink the design of the renovated Longfellow Bridge got a boost Wednesday, thanks to a Boston City Council resolution urging the state to make the bridge's design more hospitable to bicy…

Utilities

Realtors dug in against guv's home energy audit bill » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker's top environmental official reached beyond the "low-hanging fruit" of existing programs that have made Massachusetts a perennial leader in energy efficiency, he said Wednesday. In …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Western Massachusetts projects, developments and casinos that died on the vine » The Republican

GPS to be activated in all State Police cruisers » Boston Globe

AG calls for substance abuse prevention education in all Mass. schools » Metro

Tracking technology in 1,087 State Police vehicles will be activated Wednesday » The Republican

New poll shows Elizabeth Warren leading the N.H. Democratic primary field » Boston Globe

Springfield City Councilor Justin Hurst endorses Josh Zakim for Secretary of State » The Republican

Berkshire County Republicans Keep The Faith » WAMC

Campaigns OK’d to collect final signatures for 2018 ballot initiatives » Boston Globe

Boston's top cop: Death penalty for cop-killers » Boston Herald

Suzanne Bump has earned salary as state auditor (Letters) » The Republican

A Lively campaign » Commonwealth Magazine

House Speaker Robert DeLeo supports 'extreme risk' gun bill » MassLive

House Will Soon Vote On 'Red Flag' Gun Bill, Says Speaker DeLeo » WBUR

Gov, state police update on department reforms » Boston Herald

Deval Patrick says ‘the woke’ should make room for people who are ‘still waking’ » Boston.com

Elimination of Troop E opens overtime shifts on Massachusetts Turnpike to 786 troopers now » The Republican

The Massachusetts State Police Troop embroiled in an overtime scandal has now been eliminated » Valley Advocate

Liberty Mutual Insurance to pay $50,000 penalty » Berkshire Eagle

Worcester Regional Airport marks 500,000th customer since JetBlue arrived » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Governor Baker Declares "No First Time" Day in the Commonwealth » Cape Cod Today

Rosenberg cited for ‘failure of judgment and leadership’ in blistering ethics report » Boston Globe

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