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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Must-Reads

Trump is no longer the worst person in government » The Washington Post Donald Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public fi…

Galvin employees filed election papers during business hours » Boston Globe Secretary of State William F. Galvin, the state’s chief elections officer for more than two decades, is leaning heavily on employees within his office to help with his first serious primary fig…

Paramount Question On Proposed Boston-Area Health Care Mergers: Show Me The Money » CommonHealth The state's largest hospital network may become even bigger. Partners HealthCare is in talks with the state's second-largest insurer, Harvard Pilgrim, to merge. …

House advances bill banning robocalls to mobile devices » State House News Service Those calls offering free cruises, loan modifications, supposedly important information from the FBI and more could soon stop coming to your cellphone unless there is a real human making the call. …

Home care groups oppose nurse staffing ballot question » State House News Service Two groups that provide care to patients in community settings on Wednesday came out against a proposed ballot question imposing nurse staffing requirements on hospitals.…

House leaders outline potential path forward on housing, land use bill » State House News Service House Democrats held private meetings over the fall and winter with housing and land use stakeholders that led officials on Wednesday to outline areas of agreement and plans to build support within th…

Republican Midterm Mastermind Tells All! » The New York Times Frank Bruni, a Times Op-Ed columnist, hosted an online conversation on Wednesday morning with Corry Bliss, the young Republican strategist at the very heart of the party’s effort to hold on to …

Girl power » CommonWealth With a record number of women running for office, the national rate of female representation in legislature may be on the rise …

The Very Stable House Generic Ballot » Sabato's Crystal Ball On average, Democrats led the generic ballot by 7.1 points over the past year. The monthly average ranged from 6.2 points in February 2018 to 10.1 points in December 2017. The December result was clea…

No more Governor Nice Guy » Boston Globe A distressingly large chunk of the state’s Republican faithful just voted to put a bigot on the gubernatorial ballot, throwing our doors open to a hatred we should have moved beyond many years …

Farmers, groups raise concerns about dairy crisis » The Greenfield Recorder The situation for dairy farmers is “about as bad as it’s been,” according to Sunderland farmer Bob Williams. And for an industry that’s struggled for years with complicated c…

‘When gerrymandering backfires’: Democrats go after once-safe GOP seats » Politico Republicans redrew congressional districts across the country in 2010 in an attempt to consign Democrats to a semi-permanent House minority. But in 2018, the long-successful GOP insurance policy is at…

(D)ischarge petition would force votes on immigration bills under a so-called “queen of the hill” rule. » The Washington Post A small group of Republicans has launched an effort to sidestep House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and put immigration legislation on the House floor this year in a bid to secure protections for young undocum…

"People get subpoenas, s**t gets real": What John Edwards should teach the media about covering Trump » Vanity Fair If you were in Las Vegas and could win $1 million by placing a simple prop bet on whether Trump enjoyed some pee play with Russian hookers in Moscow in 2013, would you bet yes or no? You know where yo…

Editorial: Baker must take stronger stance on ballot questions » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker is the CEO of Massachusetts, yet ask his views on the most important revenue questions of the year — those to appear on the November ballot — and his answers are …

“There’s no place . . . in public life — or any life — for the things Scott Lively says and believes,”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about gubernatorial hopeful Scott Lively.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Mueller questioned Novartis payment to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen » Boston Globe Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team sought information in November from Novartis, a major pharmaceutical company that paid a company created by President Trump’s lawyer, the drug compa…

Business

Plan to ban robocalls to mobile phones advances in Massachusetts House » The Republican Those calls offering free cruises, loan modifications, supposedly important information from the FBI and more could soon stop coming to your cellphone unless there is a real human making the call.…

Bay State investigates Uber pricing during deadly nor’easter » Boston Herald State regulators are investigating whether Uber has illegally jacked up rates with surge pricing in violation of state law — a claim Uber is contesting, saying it has followed the letter of the…

From auto body shop to clean-tech incubator: Inside Greentown Labs' new HQ » Boston Business Journal The transformation of a former Somerville auto body shop into the largest clean-technology focused startup incubator in the country is officially complete.…

Walsh proposal would ban investors from renting out on Airbnb » Boston Globe Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh proposed new rules Wednesday that could stifle growth in the city’s booming short-term rental industry and, he hopes, help ease sky-high housing costs.…

There aren't enough cyber security professionals to protect Massachusetts computer systems, experts say » MassLive Cyber security is a growing problem, and there are not enough trained professionals to protect Massachusetts' computer systems, experts say.…

Developers look to revive Riverside project in Newton, on a much bigger scale » Boston Globe To developers, the vast parking lot at the MBTA’s Riverside terminal should be one of Greater Boston’s best transit-oriented opportunities.…

Here’s what the Citgo sign would look like next to its new neighbor » Boston Globe Office workers who end up on the top floors of a proposed Kenmore Square building would have up-close views of the Citgo sign — as in, real close.…

Mayor Walsh’s Short-Term Rental Proposal Would Outlaw Investor-Owned Airbnbs » Boston Globe Is the era of investor-owned Airbnbs, which Boston housing advocates say have contributed to rising rents and made a tight rental market even tighter, coming to an end?…

Here's what Related Beal has planned for the property beneath Boston's Citgo sign » Boston Business Journal

Mass. had the fastest-growing economy in the Northeast for 2017 » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts’ real gross domestic product grew by 2.6 percent last year, a faster clip than every other state in the Northeast, according to new federal economic data.…

Uber under state investigation for surge pricing during storm emergency » Boston Globe

Crimes

Lawyer who operates Roxbury sober home is charged in drugs-for-sex scheme » Boston Globe

Education

Top state official: Remove Dobelle's name from MCC library » Lowell Sun State Inspector General Glenn Cunha does not have a vote when Middlesex Community College trustees decide next month whether to strike former President Evan Dobelle's name from a school library, but h…

Worcester educators look to Springfield model as they refine ‘incubation hub’ proposal » Worcester Telegram City school and community leaders last week heard a presentation by the architect of the Springfield schools’ Empowerment Zone, a unique initiative aimed at improving the district’s stru…

Annual education funding updates eyed in bill before Senate » WWLP 22 Twenty-five years after Massachusetts passed its landmark education reform law, the state Senate is poised to take a step Thursday that a chief proponent says will modernize that law to respond to new…

State revokes approval of Quincy College nursing programs » Wicked Local Quincy The state board’s decision comes as student test scores have been on the decline. Since 2014, exam scores for students in the college’s two nursing programs have fallen to more than 20 p…

Faculty at UMass Boston 'deeply dismayed' by proposed Mount Ida/UMass Amherst deal » The Republican Incensed at a proposed deal that has their sister campus in Amherst acquiring Mount Ida, a small private college in nearby Newton, a group of UMass Boston faculty members are saying they're "deeply di…

Small Changes In Funding Formula Could Drive Millions More Dollars Into Mass. Schools » WBUR On Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate will consider a bill that would recalculate the expected cost of public education across the state — and could drive millions more dollars into schools ove…

Students, teachers to rally at Statehouse as public school funding vote » WCVB

Environment

Environmentalists And Town of Saugus Appeal State Approval Of Ash Landfill » WGBH The Massachusetts-based Conservation Law Foundation is appealing the state Department of Environmental Protection's April decision to allow a controversial ash landfill in Saugus to continue operation…

Disaster aid now available for Weymouth coastal homeowners » Wicked Local Weymouth Homeowners along Weymouth’s waterfront that suffered damage from a powerful nor’easter March 2-3 are eligible to apply for a low interest loan from the federal Small Business Administrat…

Storm damage estimates climbing » Gloucester Times Local officials are still tallying the cost of damages and repairs from the series of March nor'easters that socked Cape Ann with hurricane force winds, torrential rain and coastal flooding. Prelimina…

Climate Summit For Mayors To Be Held In Boston In June » WBUR Former Secretary of State and Massachusetts U.S. Sen. John Kerry will be the keynote speaker at an international summit on climate change in Boston next month.…

Health Care

State preparing for "groundbreaking" muni-health info release » State House News Service A compendium of health data scheduled to be available to the public at the end of the year will inform local decisions, aid medical research and fill in the picture for those interested in the "upstre…

Housing

Housing Assistance Corporation Announces New Board Members » Cape Cod Today

Human Services

Bill would tie defenders of helpless people, pets » Boston Herald Animal cruelty has made for some shocking headlines of late, but there’s some really unspeakable abuse that has flown under the radar that has prompted serious action on Beacon Hill. “It…

Federal review gives Holyoke Soldiers' Home high marks for health and safety standards » The Republican

Immigration

Cooperating With Trump on Immigration Takes Political Toll on Sheriffs » Governing There may be no politics more local than a campaign for sheriff, but the charged national issue of immigration has become suddenly salient. The defeat of two prominent sheriffs in North Carolina may s…

Immigrant rights groups fight Trump administration on TPS » The Bay State Banner After the Trump administration announced on May 4 that it will be terminating Temporary Protected Status for Honduran immigrants, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice am…

Labor

State Police union files complaint about GPS vehicle tracking » Boston Globe The union representing Massachusetts State Police is pushing back against a recent major reform, accusing the agency’s leaders of acting in bad faith by forcing a GPS vehicle tracking system on…

Troopers' union challenges GPS cruiser tracking program » Boston Herald The Massachusetts State Police troopers union is challenging the use of GPS tracking devices in their cruisers.…

Massachusetts State Police union files complaint over GPS tracking in cruisers, alleges state 'failed to bargain in good faith' » The Republican The Massachusetts State Police troopers union is challenging the use of GPS tracking in police cruisers. …

The Real Reason Behind Recent Teacher Strikes -- And Why They're Likely to Continue » Governing It's about much more than low salaries. …

Read the labor complaint: Massachusetts State Police union says Alli Bibaud controversy disrupted bargaining » The Republican

Legislative

Collins sworn in to Senate, eyes UMass hearing on Mount Ida College » Dorchester Reporter Nick Collins, state Senator-elect for the First Suffolk District, was sworn in at noon today by Gov. Charlie Baker and will join the legislative body just in time for continued budget discussions and …

Local Government

South Hadley TM OKs public water testing, senior center design » Hampshire Gazette Town Meeting members passed a bylaw governing annual water quality testing in public buildings at the annual Town Meeting Wednesday night, while voting not to restructure the Board of Health and alloc…

Fresh faces pledge community service in Fifth Suffolk District » Dorchester Reporter The race that is shaping up for the House seat being vacated by state Rep. Evandro Carvalho features familiar names along with neighborhood activists who are seeking to represent the parts of Dorchest…

Mayor Walsh travels to Ireland tomorrow » Dorchester Reporter Mayor Martin Walsh will leave for Ireland tomorrow for five days, his second international trip as mayor, during which he will receive several ceremonial awards and participate in the unveiling of Kil…

Rockland Town Meeting approves $400K to buy vacant lot » Wicked Local Rockland Parking downtown can be a challenge, but the purchase of the vacant M &S Auto Repair lot by the town might provide room for additional parking spaces or an expansion of town hall in the future.…

'My goal is to make it happen,' says Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus Jr., who remains tight-lipped as PawSox talks continue » The Republican Worcester has a lot to offer the Pawtucket Red Sox, City Manager Edward Augustus Jr. says, including lifelong fans of the Triple-A team's affiliate, the Boston Red Sox.…

Rideshare fees yielded $85K for Worcester in 2017; now the city must decide what to do with it » Worcester Telegram Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft made nearly 850,000 trips starting in Worcester last year, yielding the city roughly $85,000 in fees, according to state data.…

Swampscott wants to develop a 'smart growth' area around its train station » Lynn Daily News Item Town Meeting members will be asked later this month to approve a $25,000 study, which would plan for smart growth zoning in the train station neighborhood.…

Pittsfield Receives NEA Grant To Reinvent River » WAMC Pittsfield has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to design a park along the Housatonic River. …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor: May 9, 2018 » Boston Herald This Englishman thinks that one of your exports to us is out of order, to say the least!…

Push for automatic voter registration » The Recorder Unlike 12 other states and the District of Columbia, Massachusetts does not have Automatic Voter Registration. A bill to change that is currently in the state Legislature but will not be brought to vo…

Our view: Lawmakers should work in the open » The Salem News If the Massachusetts House ever steps from the shadows and conducts business in public, it’ll be because a handful of members forced it there — maybe with a shove from frustrated voters.…

John McCain doesn’t want Donald Trump at his funeral. Who would? » Boston Globe If Senator John McCain doesn’t want President Trump at his funeral, who can blame him? Given Trump’s grace and compassion deficit, some countries don’t even want him dropping in f…

Sarah Huckabee Sanders' web of lies » Boston Globe

What’s so great about John McCain? » Boston Globe

No more Governor Nice Guy » Boston Globe A distressingly large chunk of the state’s Republican faithful just voted to put a bigot on the gubernatorial ballot, throwing our doors open to a hatred we should have moved beyond many years …

Editorial: Unusual political developments » The Recorder We commend area legislators for their nonpartisan show of support of residents in the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District who were left without a state senator when Stanley Rosenberg resigned F…

Shortchanging English learners and low-income students » Commonwealth Magazine Our school funding formula desperately needs an update …

Falling short on school standards and funding » Commonwealth Magazine As Mass. celebrates 25th anniversary of 1993 reform law, we're squandering our gains …

Ferry issues are a threat to business » Martha's Vineyard Times

Politics

US Rep. Richard Neal, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud make ballot, will square off in Democratic primary » The Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and Springfield attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud will both officially appear on the September ballot, setting the stage for a primary showdown -- the first for Democrats in the 1st…

11 vie for traction in 3rd Congressional District » Boston Herald Eleven Democratic candidates facing off in two separate panels took aim at the Trump administration, the high cost of college and #MeToo abuses as they attempted to gain traction in the crowded race.…

2nd Dem panel takes shots at each other in debate » The Lowell Sun The second of two debates for 3rd Congressional District Democrats again featured widespread agreement on progressive policies, but there was a sharper edge to the evening's tone as some candidates be…

Newton attorney with Amherst ties to run for Rosenberg’s vacated Senate seat » Hampshire Gazette A Newton attorney with roots in the Pioneer Valley and a long history of working in politics has thrown his hat into the ring for the Hampshire Franklin and Worcester District state Senate seat vacate…

Hampshire County veterans advocate Steven Connor launches write-in campaign for Senate seat held by Stan Rosenberg » MassLive Steven J. Connor, a city native and director of Central Hampshire Veterans' Services, is making a write-in bid for the state Senate seat formerly held by Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst.…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren to host town hall in New Bedford » South Coast Today Sen. Elizabeth Warren will host a town hall-style discussion, consisting of audience questions, on Saturday in New Bedford.…

Republican who claims Holocaust was orchestrated by gay Nazis wins enough support for Massachusetts governor primary » Newsweek The author of a book claiming that the Holocaust was orchestrated by gay men who ran the Nazi Party will appear on a Massachusetts gubernatorial primary ballot later this year after garnering enough s…

Rep. Cullinane’s father and Jovan Lacet file police reports after a confrontation » Dorchester Reoprter In the aftermath of a confrontation recorded on video outside of Florian Hall last Tuesday between state Rep. Dan Cullinane’s father and Jovan Lacet, who is challenging Cullinane for his seat i…

3rd Congressional Dem hopefuls debate party's message » Lowell Sun More than a year after Hillary Clinton's loss in the 2016 presidential election, Democratic candidates vying for the 3rd Congressional District seat wrangled with what message their party should offer…

Shiva Ayyadurai says he’s raised millions, but nearly 97 percent are in-kind donations » Boston Globe As Shiva Ayyadurai, a Cambridge-based tech entrepreneur and independent candidate for US Senate, frames it, his fund-raising prowess demonstrates his campaign “grows explosively.’’…

LePage to be featured at Diehl fundraiser » State House News Service Controversial Maine Gov. Paul LePage will be the featured guest at a Waltham fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl later this month.…

Public Health

Massachusetts House votes to raise age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 » MassLive The Massachusetts House on Wednesday passed a bill raising the statewide age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21.…

Raise of tobacco purchasing age to 21 easily clears house » 22WWLP.com House lawmakers voted Wednesday to raise the statewide age for purchasing tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21 and to ban vaping from workplaces.…

Mass. House OKs 21 As Minimum Age For Buying Tobacco » WBUR The Massachusetts House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved raising the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco or vaping products from 18 to 21, a move that would bring the entire st…

Massachusetts House votes to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco to 21 » Boston.com The Massachusetts House overwhelmingly approved on Wednesday raising the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco or vaping products from 18 to 21, a move that would bring the entire st…

Bill would set 21 as minimum age for tobacco statewide » Worcester Business Journal Nearly 70 percent of the state's population, including Worcester, lives in communities that have adopted local policies raising their tobacco-buying age to 21, and a bill teed up for Wednesday's House…

State Finance

Education, regional transit in state Senate budget » Wicked Local

Massachusetts Senate Announces $41.42 Billion Budget » Framingham Source

Massachusetts Senate releases $41.42 billion budget proposal for FY19 with focus on education » The Republican

State Government

Galvin employees filed election papers during business hours » Boston Globe Secretary of State William F. Galvin, the state’s chief elections officer for more than two decades, is leaning heavily on employees within his office to help with his first serious primary fig…

Governor designates May as Asian American month » Community Advocate With support from the Asian American Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Asian American Pacific Islander caucus, Governor Charlie Baker signed a proclamation officially designating the…

Taxation

Sales tax cut not on radar of legislative leaders » Newburyport News Gov. Charlie Baker gave voice Monday to a potential “grand bargain” addressing issues raised by ballot questions, but leaders of the House and Senate said reducing the sales tax, the topic…

Transportation

Amherst TM gives $53K in hopes of saving PVTA routes » Hampshire Gazette Attempting to stave off service cuts, including the loss of weekend bus routes, Town Meeting Wednesday agreed to provide the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority more than $50,000.…

Driverless trucks: The next big thing on the road » Fox 25 Boston Chances are you have heard about self-driving cars and maybe you have even seen one on the road. It is technology that is rapidly evolving to different models and now, to even larger semi trucks. …

West Station wrangling » Commonwealth Magazine It’s playing out as a classic chicken and egg situation. …

Restoration of public confidence needed after 'extremely troubling' Martha's Vineyard ferry problems, Mass. lawmakers say » The Republican

Utilities

Pols mull next move on competitive electricity suppliers » Lowell Sun The Baker administration has not yet formed an opinion on Attorney General Maura Healey's proposal to eliminate the competitive market for residential electricity consumers, which she said drives up c…

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