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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am MRC-OFCCP Annual Hiring Event, Second Floor, State House, Boston

11:00am Special Senate Task Force on the Retail Sector of the Commonwealth, 428 24 Beacon St Boston, MA 02133

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Rep. Jack Lewis Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm Fundraiser for Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni

6:00pm Women for State Rep. Candidate Tram Nguyen Reception

Birthdays: Rep. Jonathan Zlotnik, Rep. Joseph Wagner, Rep. Patricia Haddad, Rep. Angelo D'Emilia

Must-Reads

Paul Ryan’s un-Christian agenda » Boston Globe DONALD TRUMP has made it harder and harder for so-called Christian Republicans to trample Christian values and get away with it. Now it’s House Speaker Paul Ryan’s turn.…

Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani: How did New York City hatch this wretched pair? » Daily News New York's claim to fame is that it is considered a wellspring of tremendous creativity, sophistication and tolerance. How then to explain Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani? …

Israeli Operatives Who Aided Harvey Weinstein Collected Information on Former Obama Administration Officials » The New Yorker In June, 2017, Ann Norris, a former State Department official, received an e-mail containing an unusual proposal. Norris is married to Ben Rhodes, a former foreign-policy adviser to President Obama an…

Record Numbers of Women Running for Office May Not Mean Big Gains in Congress » Bloomberg It may be the year of the woman in U.S. politics, but that doesn’t mean female candidates have an easy road ahead. …

Worcester Democrat Harriette Chandler’s rise to Senate presidency ‘signal’ for women in politics » telegram.com If you ask Senate President Harriette L. Chandler about her current post as one of the highest-ranking elected officials in Massachusetts politics, she’ll repeatedly tell you that it’s s…

Michael Childs: Urges Rosenberg to run for Amherst Town Council » Hampshire Gazette

BAKER RAPS DEMS ON TAX HIKES, BUT STAYS MUM ON INCOME SURTAX » State House News Service No matter how many times he is asked, the governor will not take a position on a major tax increase that has been debated and advanced in two successive legislative sessions after it was put before th…

Love, Power, and the Downfall of Stan Rosenberg » Boston Magazine Love saved state Senator Stan Rosenberg’s life. Then it ruined him. How did things go so wrong? …

A Big Deal? Partners And Harvard Pilgrim Are In Merger Talks » WBUR The largest hospital network in Massachusetts and the state's second-largest health insurer confirmed Friday that they began talks about a possible merger last year. …

Two progressives joined by third candidate in effort to unseat state Rep. Angelo Scaccia » Universal Hub Progressives already split between two challengers in the 14th Suffolk state representative's district (Hyde Park, Roslindale, West Roxbury) now have a third candidate running against incumbent Angelo…

“When people go through tough times, it presents opportunities,” she said. “And I believe here, in a Senate in going through tough times, it has presented many opportunities for us to come out as a stronger Senate.“

Senator Karen Spilka

Speaking about the resignation of Stan Rosenberg and the status of the Senate.

News By Category
Business

Feds still fighting smartphone lock-down » Boston Globe In a federal building in downtown Boston is a crime lab where agents perform autopsies on smartphones.…

Beware of that free raffle: It may be something else » Boston Globe Linda Abrams’s eye caught the familiar green-and-white logo of Whole Foods Market, one of her favorite grocery stores. It was plastered on a big sign at the front of a tent where passersby were…

Injecting life — and color — into the Seaport through the arts » Boston Globe “DOES BOSTON BELIEVE in equity?” That’s the provocative question posed by Daniel Callahan, a member of the Cross-Cultural Collective, one of four finalists in a competition to progr…

The ‘Codfather’ is behind bars, and New Bedford’s economy is paying the price » Boston Globe In the harbor off Leonard’s Wharf, the large steel boats with their signature green hulls are rusting in the salt air, their dormant nets still coiled as if ready to scoop up schools of cod or …

West County hears plans for budget, economic growth » The Recorder With news of state Sen. Stan Rosenberg’s resignation still fresh, the Greater Shelburne Falls Business Association’s annual spring breakfast took on a somber tone, as Association Preside…

NECCO faces bankruptcy auction on May 23 » ItemLive.com An offer to buy the New England Confectionery Co. (Necco) has been rejected by a federal judge and a bankruptcy auction has been scheduled for later this month.…

Boston non-profit's Economic Independence Day raises nearly $200K to 'disrupt poverty' » My Fox Boston

Education

Charter school supporters regrouping after series of legal, ballot box defeats » The Eagle Tribune Advocates of lifting a state cap on charter schools are refocusing their efforts following defeats at the ballot box and the state's highest court.…

Ashland: Simulating device highlight of MassBay car show » The Metro West Daily News MassBay Community College unveiled its newly purchased Dynapack dynamometer at its All Vehicle Show Sunday morning.…

AG seeks to put Roxbury Community College foundation into receivership » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed a lawsuit seeking to appoint a temporary receiver to operate — or to wind down — the fundraising arm of Roxbury Community College fo…

Needy students squeezed at UMass Amherst » Boston Globe Until recently, Massachusetts students of limited means could readily find a path to the state’s flagship public university and earn a degree that would likely catapult them up the economic lad…

Environment

Good intentions, bad habits fuel recycling 'crisis' » Patriot Ledger Recycling bins and barrels along Quincy’s Centre Street were brimming with plastic bags, glass bottles, cardboard boxes, paper towels and Styrofoam containers, all waiting to be picked up Frida…

Federal

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Mass. lawmakers seek money for storm repairs » Wicked Local Federal Massachusetts lawmakers are asking President Donald Trump to sign off on issuing a “Major Disaster Declaration” so the state can repair more than $23.8 million in damages from an e…

Bill Belichick among Trump’s picks for sports council » Boston Herald New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been named to President Trump’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. This makes Belichick 328th in line for the Oval Office — right beh…

President Trump Will Reportedly Appoint Bill Belichick to His Sports Council » Boston Magazine The Patriots coach will be tapped to join the Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition, which will encourage kids to be more active, according to Axios. …

Gaming

Berkshire groups, MGM Springfield trying to make new casino, Western Mass. tourism a winning pair » Berkshire Eagle What would encourage vacationers to roll the dice on the Berkshires? This is a question that area tourism officials and community leaders need to make in the coming months as MGM Springfield prepares …

Housing

In Southie, Dems pitch public housing as part of agenda » State House News Service

Immigration

Mass. Is 'Where I Will Feel Safe': Hondurans React To Losing Immigration Protection » WBUR The Trump administration announced Friday that an immigration protection known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will expire for Hondurans in January of 2020. …

Immigrants frustrated with Beacon Hill, not just Washington » State House News Service

Judiciary

Judge said ‘reason to believe’ Brian Joyce used lawyer to hide alleged corruption » Boston Globe Prosecutors in the corruption case against former state senator Brian Joyce convinced a grand jury he likely used his lawyer, Howard Cooper, to hide alleged criminal behavior, a federal judge ruled Fr…

Closer look at 91 cases cited by DA in Bibaud defense raises questions » Worcester Telegram Surrounded Monday by TV reporters armed with questions about his reportedly integral role in the Alli Bibaud case, Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. remained resolute.…

Legislative

How damaged is the Massachusetts Senate? » WCVB After a tumultuous week on Beacon Hill, the political roundtable discuss the fallout of the senate president's resignation.…

Barrett Updates Greylock Together on Legislation » iBerkshires North County's new representative said he's still getting used to the slow pace of state government. …

With clock ticking, Legislature scrambles to finish work » The Associated Press (AP) The Legislature has a mountain of unfinished business and less than three months until formal meetings end July 31. Tasks include sending Republican Gov. Charlie Baker a $41 billion budget for the com…

A Post-Rosenberg Legislature Looks Forward: Beacon Hill In 5 » nepr.net Last week saw the resignation of Massachusetts state Senator Stan Rosenberg, following the release of an ethics report that chastised the Amherst Democrat for a "failure of leadership." This week, the…

Rosenberg resigns amid ethics scandal » Sentinel & Enterprise FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT STAN ROSENBERG RESIGNS -- Former Senate President Stan Rosenberg of Amherst resigned from the Senate last week following the release of a report by the Ethics Committee that fo…

MA Senate Picking Up Pieces After Bombshell Report » Somerville Patch Pick an adjective and it was probably used this week to describe the all-the-above Ethics Committee report that ultimately toppled former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg. For all of the alarming in…

Local Government

Tyngsboro decides selectmen's race on Tuesday » Lowell Sun Three candidates are seeking two seats on the Board of Selectmen in Tuesday's town election in the top race on the town ballot.…

Affordable, Elderly Housing Planned for North End’s Knights of Columbus Building » North End Waterfront Ausonia Home Association plans to convert the council quarters of the Knights of Columbus, Ausonia Council #1513 at 41 North Margin Street to 23 affordable, elderly apartments and new council quarters…

Marijuana

Marijuana shops become legal in Massachusetts in less than two months. Here’s what to expect. » Boston.com Exactly 600 days after Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana, the state’s first pot shops will finally be allowed to open their doors. But will they?…

Yarmouth rejects recreational pot sales » Cape Cod Times It was a winning day for parks, pickleball and school funding, but not for recreational marijuana, as voters at town meeting decided on 42 articles over a six-hour period Saturday.…

Trade group forms to represent marijuana industry » Boston Globe With recreational marijuana sales just weeks away in Massachusetts, a new trade group is forming to gather all the different business interests of the nascent cannabis industry under one name.…

Opinion

A bigot gets a warm hug from the Mass. GOP » Boston Globe IF THE MASSACHUSETTS REPUBLICANS who voted to put anti-gay crusader Scott Lively on their gubernatorial primary ballot didn’t do their homework, then shame on them.…

What’s Walsh’s real end game? » Commonwealth Magazine When anyone – anyone – looks at the cost-benefit analysis of rebuilding the Long Island Bridge instead of improving ferry service to that island, it is quickly obvious that it is a terri…

Eat, play, live » Commonwealth Magazine Fund afterschool programs for healthy lifestyles …

What’s up with the Globe and natural gas? » Commonwealth Magazine Paper has adopted panic policy of utilities, grid operator …

Mayor Walsh, don’t ticket home care aides » Commonwealth Magazine Give them access to residential parking passes …

Can anybody trust the polls anymore? (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

Attorney General Candidate Visits Pete's Gun Shop » iBerkshires One of the Republican candidates for state attorney general was back in the Berkshires on Saturday, stopping in at Pete's Gun Shop. …

Firefighters endorse Medeiros in Salisbury race » Newburyport News The Salisbury firefighters union has endorsed Gil Medeiros for selectman.…

Boston mayor lends his support to Dan Koh’s congressional run » Boston Globe Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he knew within five minutes of meeting his former chief of staff Dan Koh, now a congressional candidate, that Koh was the best man to join his team at City Hall and h…

2 communities lack representation as Rosenberg leaves state Senate » News 22 WWLP.com The City of Northampton and the Town of Hatfield, are without elected representation on Beacon Hill until the next legislative session starts in January. …

Rep. Jack Lewis Launches Re-Election Campaign Monday Night » Framingham Source Jack Patrick Lewis, state representative for the 7th Middlesex District, will be holding his re-election campaign kickoff on Monday, May 7.…

Area senators vow to advocate for Rosenberg’s constituents » Hampshire Gazette At 5 p.m. on Friday, 24 communities in western Massachusetts lost their representation in the Senate following the resignation of Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst.…

In Roxbury forum, it’s Capuano's record vs. Pressley's priorities in the 7th Congressional race » Dorchester Reporter U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano and City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley staked out similar policy grounds at a racial justice forum Friday evening. Incumbent Capuano leaned heavily on his 10-term recor…

Despite Chelsea Kline's clear path to Stan Rosenberg's Massachusetts Senate seat, she 'plans to earn every vote' » The Republican Chelsea Kline is no stranger to struggle, whether as a poor teenage mother or a nontraditional college student. But this time, she appears to have gotten a lucky break.…

In 3rd District race, a unique perspective on North Korea » Lowell Sun When a panelist posed a question about recent developments on the Korean peninsula and the chances of denuclearization to 3rd Congressional District candidates in last week's debate, Alexandra Chandle…

Mitt Romney: “My Favorite Meat Is Hot Dog” » Boston Magazine Former Massachusetts governor and current Utah senate candidate Mitt Romney is ready to share the truth about himself. …

Mayor's bid to reopen competition for Rosenberg seat fizzles » State House News Service

Public Health

New solutions to the opioid crisis » The Sun Chronicle When Jess Keefe and her family sought opioid treatment for her ailing brother at some of Massachusetts’ nation-leading hospitals, they were met by shrugging doctors with only pamphlets to offer…

Group fighting Weymouth compressor station seeks input on illnesses » Patriot Ledger Growing up in Germantown, Donna Pilalas O’Brien said an awful stench would fill the air every night after a horn sounded at a soap plant in the Fore River Basin.…

State Senate Approves "The Brave Act" for Veterans » Worcester Telegram In its latest effort to stem the deadly opioid epidemic, a House-controlled committee took a step Thursday toward establishing mandatory three-day substance use therapy for those in peril and requirin…

On her deathbed, whistleblower described substandard care at Northampton VA » The Republican Five days before she died of uterine cancer, Dr. Sarah Kemble, chief of medicine at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds, submitted a 23-page affidavit to U.S. officials det…

Public Safety

This Is The Toughest Gun Law In America » The Huffington Post A thirtysomething man sought to buy a rifle here last September, and if he had been living in almost any other part of the country, he could have done so easily. …

Boston police explore using commercial DNA databases » Boston Herald Boston police are exploring how to use public genealogy databases to identify suspects in crimes where they collected DNA but cannot find a match after the high profile arrest of the suspected “…

State Finance

Lawmakers want to dump gun investments from pension fund » Wicked Local Hopkinton A self-described “responsible gun owner” lent his support Wednesday to a bid to divest the state pension fund from firearms and ammunition companies.…

State Government

AG Maura Healey promises transparency, but critics say her record falls short » Boston Globe John P. Harty Sr. had long been haunted by the death of his friend, a State Police trooper gunned down on a rural highway in Central Massachusetts in 1951.…

Gov. Baker Aims For ‘Tough On Issues, Soft On People’ » CBS Boston Governor Charlie Baker joined Jon Keller in studio just over a week after his nomination for re-election at the Republican State Convention.…

Family asks for prayers for Felix D. Arroyo » Boston Globe The family of Felix D. Arroyo, the Suffolk County register of probate, asked for prayers on Saturday to help Arroyo through a medical emergency that sent him to the hospital on Friday.…

Taxation

Baker raps Dems on tax hikes, but stays mum on income surtax » State House News Service No matter how many times he is asked, the governor will not take a position on a major tax increase that has been debated and advanced in two successive legislative sessions after it was put before th…

Transportation

State launches campaign to encourage seat belt use » WRAL The state is launching its "Click It or Ticket" seat belt education and enforcement campaign with a special event in Fall River.…

Utilities

Energy giant sues Weymouth over pipeline station, saying federal law overrides zoning » Boston Globe Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge has sued the Town of Weymouth in federal court, the company’s latest effort to gain a legal path to build a natural gas compressor station next to the Fore R…

Baker, Healey split on electricity sellers » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER parted ways with Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday on the issue of how to rein in abuses by some 50 companies that sell electricity to residential customers, often through doo…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 5/7

Birthdays: Rep. Jonathan Zlotnik, Rep. Joseph Wagner, Rep. Patricia Haddad, Rep. Angelo D'Emilia

9:00am MRC-OFCCP Annual Hiring Event, Second Floor, State House, Boston

11:00am Special Senate Task Force on the Retail Sector of the Commonwealth, 428 24 Beacon St Boston, MA 02133

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Rep. Jack Lewis Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm Fundraiser for Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni

6:00pm Women for State Rep. Candidate Tram Nguyen Reception

Tuesday - 5/8

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

11:00am Drinking Water Awards Ceremony, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Public Hearing

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

12:00pm 1199SEIU Lobby Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

5:00pm Rep. Will Crocker Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Meet & Greet with Plymouth County District Attorney Candidate John Bradley

Wednesday - 5/9

10:00am Postpartum Depression Awareness Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am House Committee on Technology & Intergovernmental Affairs, Public Hearing

10:30am Erythromelalgia Awareness Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm State Library Author Talk - The Cookie Loved 'Round the World: The Story of the Chocolate Chip Cookie by Kathleen Teahan, State Library, State House, Boston

1:00pm Constitutional Convention, Constitutional Convention

6:30pm Sen. Jason Lewis Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm Lieutenant Governor Candidates Forum, Swampscott Senior Center, 200 Essex Street Rear, Swampscott

Last day for late filed proposals for amendments to the Constitution

Deadline for reporting of the FY19 House Ways & Means budget

Thursday - 5/10

9:00am Generation Citizen Civics Day, Nurses Hall & Members Lounge, State House, Boston

10:00am LGBTQ Youth Commission Recommendations Release, State Library, State House, Boston

10:00am Healthy Start Awards, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

5:30pm Worcester County Clerk of Courts Candidate Joanne Powell Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm Reception for Attorney General Maura Healey

6:00pm Reception for Plymouth Board of Selectman Candidate Ken Tavares

Friday - 5/11

11:00am Executive Office of Health and Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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