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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Dragon & Lions Eye-Dotting Ceremony, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Announcement Relative to the Housing Choice Initiative, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

1:00pm House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

5:30pm Sen. Dean Tran's 100 Day Celebration and Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Rep. Mike Connolly Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm Community Conversation with Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Massie, The New World Tavern, 56 Main Street, Plymouth

Must-Reads

MassGOP spox departs to join Baker campaign » State House News Service Massachusetts Republican Party spokesman Terry MacCormack worked his last day for the party on Friday, and next week will join Gov. Charlie Baker's re-election campaign as communications director. …

Kelly's agonizing relationship with the press » Politico Magazine Former colleagues said Kelly generally does not like being prepped for interviews, and won’t read talking points. He has a fraught relationship with the White House press team, and more recentl…

Can Massachusetts become a leader in marijuana research? » The Republican Massachusetts is a national leader in fields like biotech, life sciences and health care. Could marijuana research be next? …

In LGBTQ community, sadness and concern over Stan Rosenberg’s exit » Boston Globe The resignation of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has left members of the local LGBTQ community concerned that his legacy as a staunch advocate of marriage equality and progressive politics will b…

Who are the Mass. voters supporting Scott Lively? » Boston Globe It’s Trump, says Todd Domke, a long-time Republican analyst who resigned from the GOP after Trump’s election. The GOP base here is more conservative and populist than most realize, he sa…

Education Department Unwinds Unit Investigating Fraud at For-Profits » New York Times A team of lawyers and investigators had looked into advertising at big colleges. Now it mostly processes student loan forgiveness applications. …

Trump’s improved standing, energized GOP voters worry Democrats » The Washington Post After months of confidence that public discontent with President Trump would lift Democrats back to power in Congress, some party leaders are fretting that their advantages in this year’s midte…

5 White House Staffers Leak Details of Meeting About White House Leaks » New York Magazine At yesterday’s meeting of the White House communications team — in the wake of a leak from the prior meeting of a callous remark about John McCain’s brain cancer — a visibl…

The Daily 202: Trump voters stay loyal because they feel disrespected » The Washington Post THE BIG IDEA: Three new deep dives into Donald Trump’s strength in Midwestern counties that were previously Democratic strongholds – written by conservatives, liberals and a nonpartisan …

Wellstone legacy ‘goes dormant’ after family ousted in Democratic feud » Politico Magazine David Wellstone and other Democrats close to his father began objecting last year to what he described as Wellstone Action’s abandonment of disaffected Democrats in the rural Midwest — t…

“The Democratic trajectory right now is more uncertain than it has been since I started in politics in the ’80s,” said . “And I think no one has a leg up.”

Simon Rosenberg, a longtime Democratic strategist at the New Democratic Network

Speaking about the democratic presidential field going into 2020.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Kudlow brings kill ’em with kindness approach to White House » Politico Magazine Larry Kudlow thinks he can steer Donald Trump’s chaotic White House away from economic disaster by being the nicest guy in the West Wing. …

Business

Federal Delegation ‘Solidly Behind’ New Bedford in Fishing Fight » WBSM Prior to a town hall-style meeting in New Bedford on Saturday, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren quietly gathered with fellow senator Ed Markey and Congressman William Keating in the Wharfinger Building o…

This Cambridge nonprofit is seeking every drug ever developed » Boston Globe Sajni Chakrabarti’s parents were staggered when doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital told them that the 7-year-old girl’s puzzling symptoms — several falls, trouble moving…

With or without Amazon, Orient Heights development has some residents worried » Boston Globe The 35-foot Madonna statue atop Orient Heights rises over a residential street of brick houses that appear frozen in time, untouched by the wave of development sweeping Boston.…

Civil Rights

Transgender children’s mothers work to uphold protection law » Boston Herald When Nicole Talbot was 13, she was cast as a girl in a musical, but was told she couldn’t change in the girls’ dressing room.…

Columnist Adrian Walker honored for work on racism » Boston Globe Boston Globe Metro columnist Adrian Walker was awarded Old South Church’s “Open Door” award on Sunday for spurring conversations around race through his work at the newspaper.…

Education

These taxpayer-funded Jewish schools are dooming young men to poverty » New York Post Judaism refers to its followers as “people of the book.” But the children — some 57,000 of them in New York City alone, according to the 2013 census — of the state’s u…

Mount Ida College celebrates final graduation before closing » Boston Herald Members of the final graduating class of Mount Ida College were determined not to let the closure of the school outshine their special day, but addressed the issue head-on during the school’s f…

Mount Ida’s last class of graduates receive diplomas in bittersweet ceremony » Boston Globe The last class of Mount Ida College students graduated Saturday in a bittersweet ceremony that offered a brief reprieve from the chaos of the past month. …

BSU grads ready to 'commence' the rest of their lives » Patriot Ledger Graduating students at Bridgewater State University were urged to view their commencement ceremony as a beginning, rather than a finish line. …

Federal officials curtail probe into fraud at for-profit colleges » Boston Globe Members of a special team at the Education Department that had been investigating widespread abuses by for-profit colleges have been marginalized, reassigned, or instructed to focus on other matters, …

Dobelle calls for end to MCC library controversy » Lowell Sun With discussions to remove former Middlesex Community College President Evan Dobelle's name from the school library set to continue this week, the man at the center of the controversy is asking for th…

Massachusetts bills would make ‘meal shaming’ in public schools illegal » ThinkProgress The education committee will consider the measures this week.…

Stand up for human decency, CNN's Jake Tapper tells UMass Amherst graduates » The Republican National political journalist Jake Tapper encouraged 5,500 black-robed University of Massachusetts undergraduates to "avoid the masses, love what you do and embrace the humanity of others -- especiall…

UMass Boston chancellor field narrowed to 3 » Boston Herald Three higher education leaders from the University of Pittsburgh, Georgia State University and Western Illinois University have been recommended as finalists to lead the troubled University of Massach…

CNN anchor Jake Tapper urges UMass Amherst graduates to rise above the current political darkness » Boston Globe Without once uttering President Trump’s name, Jake Tapper, chief Washington correspondent and CNN anchor delivered a rousing 2018 UMass Commencement address urging graduating students to be eve…

Students recognized for dual language learning » Cape Cod Times When Falmouth High School graduating senior Christopher Parkinson attends the school’s foreign language awards ceremony May 21, he will receive a pin and certificate marking his proficiency in …

News Brief: State Senate passes education reform » the Berkshire edge Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, has announced that the Massachusetts Senate unanimously voted Thursday to pass a key education reform bill to update the state’s 25-year-old funding formula.…

Environment

Residents worry Massachusetts waste incinerator is contaminating waterways » Jefferson Public Radio Anyone who spends time in Revere, Massachusetts, can see the close relationship between this small industrial town north of Boston and the surrounding waterways.…

Time to update state’s appliance standards » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS HAS MADE great strides in reducing electric and gas usage through state policies and our nationally recognized energy efficiency programs…

Federal

Warren packs a town hall meeting, sits with Markey, Keating over fishing » South Coast Today U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., came to the city Saturday to hear the concerns of fishermen who wanted a faster resolution to the Carlos Rafael problems that have closed two fishing sectors, mayb…

Gaming

Fantasy sports company DraftKings jumping into sports betting market after ban struck down » The Republican

What the Supreme Court ruling on sports betting means for Massachusetts » Boston.com

MGM Resorts: Company 'extremely well positioned' for legalized sports betting » The Republican

Massachusetts should look into legalized sports betting, Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican

Health Care

Children’s Hospital opens new rooftop oasis to help fill void of beloved Prouty Garden » Boston Globe More than a year after demolishing the beloved Prouty Garden to make room for a new tower, Boston Children’s Hospital is opening a new green space — a rooftop refuge for sick children, t…

Housing

Framingham, Ashland, and Natick Designated As 'Housing Choice' Communities » Framingham Source

Baker-Polito Administration celebrates municipal housing efforts across Commonwealth » Sampan

Human Services

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: State Senate passes “BRAVE Act” » The Metro West Daily News The “BRAVE Act” passed the state Senate with flying colors recently - one of Beacon Hill lawmakers’ latest moves to give veterans additional support.…

Massachusetts doctors urge Gov. Charlie Baker to speak out against proposed food stamp reforms » The Republican

Immigration

Fall River welcomes Puerto Rican residents 'with open arms' » The Herald News “We are honored and privileged to serve your children as if they are our own children because they are our children,” Superintendent Matt Malone told the dozens of people, many of them dis…

Labor

'Stand by your people': State and federal officials rally with workers at Philips Lighting » The Herald News Saturday morning’s dreary weather matched the feelings many of the labor activists, union members and politicians expressed for Philips Lighting’s decision to close its doors in the Fall…

Fatal work injuries in metro Boston at highest level since 2000 » WCVB

Legislative

Beacon Hill Roll Call » Worcester Telegram & Gazette House 147-4, approved and sent to the Senate a bill raising from 18 to 21 the age to legally purchase cigarettes and electronic cigarettes in the Bay State. Other provisions ban e-cigarettes and other…

Local Government

Battling perceptions, Worcester may be moving from 'gritty mill town' to 'up and coming' » Worcester Telegram & Gazette In the 1980s, when The New York Times called Worcester a “gritty central Massachusetts mill town,” it wasn’t the first time - or the last - that the city’s image was slammed.…

Local celebrities take the stage at Banned in Boston » Boston Globe Sometimes you just have to wing it, but that doesn’t always come naturally — cue Urban Improv, a group that’s been teaching youth in Boston about improvisational theater for 25 ye…

5 vie for two seats on Bourne Board of Selectmen » Cape Cod Times Five candidates are vying for two open selectmen seats in Bourne. Incumbent Donald Pickard decided not to run for a fourth term and Michael Blanton resigned from the board earlier this year after he w…

2002 Boston study called for ferries to Long Island » Patriot Ledger “Activities must not generate new traffic through Quincy.” That was the determination more than a decade and a half ago by consultants hired by the city of Boston as then-Mayor Thomas Meni…

Pilgrim Memorial and Provincetown Museum Receives $200K Grant » Cape Cod Online The Mass Development Board of Directors has approved $200,000 in grant funding for the Pilgrim Memorial and Provincetown Museum.…

Shrewsbury town meeting is asked to dump Styrofoam » Worcester Telegram They are too young to vote or become town meeting members, but four high school students are behind a warrant article here that seeks to ban Styrofoam food service containers as a way to benefit the e…

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition studies making money from fun » Berkshire Eagle Looking to leverage its natural assets for community and economic development, the Northern Berkshires turned to Vermont's Northeast Kingdom for guidance.…

AG: Lunenburg board broke meeting law » Sentinel & Enterprise

Opinion

Cash-only pot shops court disaster. Feds must step in. » Boston Globe THE COUNTDOWN TO LICENSING the state’s first recreational pot shops is already well under way, applications are pouring in, and medical marijuana shops, of course, are already dispensing. Yet t…

The latest evidence the Seaport isn’t getting diversity right: La Casa de Pedro’s problems » Boston Globe If the experience of La Casa de Pedro is any indication, bringing diverse businesses to the Seaport District is a project that’s barely underway.…

Seize the moment on new education bill » Boston Globe LAST WEEK, the state Senate approved the most consequential piece of education legislation Massachusetts has seen in a quarter-century.…

Editorial: Make the right call » Boston Herald We’re not sure why the state Legislature hasn’t done this previously, but a bill that just received initial approval in the House would ban all robocalls to mobile phones or other electr…

Katz: Heroic cops deserve our support » Boston Herald The week of May 15 was designated as National Police Week by President John F. Kennedy back in 1962. Since that time thousands of American law enforcement officers have been killed or injured in the …

With junk insurance, you get what you pay for » Commonwealth Magazine How the Trump administration is undermining women’s health and what to do …

Health Policy Commission should do more » Commonwealth Magazine Agency should listen more and weigh ballot question evidence …

Obama saw a key role for natural gas » Commonwealth Magazine We should follow his lead in New England …

Jack Spillane: A tale of politicians and Belgian Blocks » South Coast Today The Great New Bedford Belgian Block War, otherwise known as the media scrum over spiked cobblestones, is already winding down. …

High cost of calling from jail is unjustifiable » Boston Globe I strongly support the lawsuit against Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson and Securus Technologies for overcharging incarcerated individuals and their families for calls (“Lawsuit challeng…

Politics

A Political Newcomer In Springfield Takes On A Political Institution » WGBH Congressman Richard Neal is one of the most powerful democrats on Capitol Hill. He's represented the Springfield area in western Mass for nearly 30 years, and is seen as heir apparent to the Ways and …

Representative Crocker Launches Re-Election Campaign » Cape Cod Online In the midst of his first term on Beacon Hill, 2nd Barnstable State Representative Will Crocker has officially launched his campaign for a second term.…

Diehl reverts to form » Commonwealth Magazine When Geoff Diehl worked his way to a second-ballot endorsement for US Senate by the state Republican Party at its convention last month, some wondered where the fire-breathing Trump supporter went. Th…

GOP candidate for Mass. Governor joins On The Record to talk about campaign » WCVB Scott Lively is challenging incumbent Gov. Charlie Baker in the GOP race for the nomination, and he joined On The Record to talk about his pro-Trump stance and anti-gay comments.…

Baker eyes 'grand bargain' on ballot initiatives » Worcester Telegram Charlie Baker is looking for a grand bargain on Beacon Hill. The Republican governor told reporters this week he’s working with the backers of several ballot questions and with leaders of the M…

Campaign Notebook: 2018 primary elections heat up » Gazette Net

Public Health

Should the age to buy tobacco be raised to 21? » Sentinel and Enterprise RAISE AGE FROM 18 TO 21 TO PURCHASE TOBACCO (H 4479) -- House 147-4, approved and sent to the Senate a bill raising from 18 to 21 the age to legally purchase cigarettes and electronic cigarettes in th…

Mass. House OKs raising age to buy tobacco, sends bill to Senate » The Herald News Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ and representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of May 7-11.…

DA: Most fatal overdoses happening at home » Lowell Sun For years when the opioid epidemic began, overdoses occurred in public bathrooms, parks, cars, and other public areas, but in the past few months that has changed dramatically, according to Middlesex …

Forced treatment gaining support » The Salem News Two years ago lawmakers dismissed Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to give emergency room clinicians power to force opioid addicts into treatment.…

Public Safety

Mothers walk for peace through the city’s streets » Boston Globe As hundreds of marchers began the annual 7-mile Mother’s Day walk early Sunday morning in support of families who have lost loved ones to street violence, Raeshaunna Armstrong lingered near the…

City hires outside counsel to review Fire Department’s handling of women’s cases » Boston Globe The city has hired an outside counsel to review the Boston Fire Department’s handling of harassment and discrimination allegations brought by women on the force, Mayor Martin J. Walsh revealed …

State and local politicans participate in town hall meeting on guns at East Longmeadow High School » The Republican In the shadow of a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February, local and state politicians participated in a town hall meeting at East Longmeadow High School on Friday to talk to student…

Northampton Police cracking down on handicap placard fraud » Western Mass News

State Government

Scratch tickets sold long after top prizes claimed » The Eagle Tribune The Massachusetts Lottery's Diamond Dazzler scratch ticket boasts one of the biggest payouts of more than 90 instant games on the market in the state.…

State's 1st technology secretary leaving government » Boston Herald Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced Friday that Secretary of Technology Services and Security Mark Nunnelly will be leaving state government on June 18. …

Do all state offices need to be in Boston? » Commonwealth Magazine THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS is one of the largest commercial office tenants in the state, leasing just under 5 million square feet of space for employees throughout its various agencies and depa…

Transportation

State Senate backs study on electrification of T rail system » Boston Globe The state Senate is backing activists’ efforts to electrify the MBTA’s commuter rail system.…

Steamship Authority Reports Unprecedented Number of Mechanical-Related Ferry Cancelations » Boston Magazine During the first four months of the year, mechanical failures led to nearly 550 canceled trips between the vineyard and Falmouth, according to the Vineyard Gazette. On average, just 40 Steamship Autho…

Lawmakers press Steamship Authority on performance » Cape Cod Times Two state lawmakers are urging the Steamship Authority to increase transparency and communications with the public after a string of mechanical issues have disrupted ferry service to Martha’s V…

Utilities

Another skirmish in the pipeline wars » Commonwealth Magazine Dueling studies assess impact of cold snap in late December, early January …

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 5/14

9:00am Dragon & Lions Eye-Dotting Ceremony, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Announcement Relative to the Housing Choice Initiative, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

1:00pm House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

5:30pm Sen. Dean Tran's 100 Day Celebration and Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Rep. Mike Connolly Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm Community Conversation with Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Massie, The New World Tavern, 56 Main Street, Plymouth

Tuesday - 5/15

9:00am Alzheimer's Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

9:00am Water's Worth It, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

1:00pm House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Public Hearing

6:00pm Secretary of State Candidate Anthony Amore Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Meet & Greet with U.S. Senate Candidate Lou Gallo

6:30pm Congressional Candidate Rick Green Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm State Sen. Candidate Amaad Rivera Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm Kingston Town Hall with Attorney General Maura Healey, Kingston Intermediate, 65 2nd Brook Street, Kingston

Wednesday - 5/16

9:00am MCSW Advocacy Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm Senate Committee on Post Audit & Oversight, Public Hearing

5:00pm Birthday Celebration for Treasurer Deb Goldberg with Attorney General Maura Healey

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Gretchen Van Ness Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate Jacob Ventura

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

7:00pm Red, White & Blue Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Thursday - 5/17

10:00am Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance Public Hearing, Bid Room, One Ashburton Place, 2nd Floor, Boston

10:00am American Heart Association Heart on the Hill, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Deaf/Hard of Hearing Constituents Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

3:00pm Democratic Gubernatorial Debate, Campus Center at UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston

5:00pm Pioneer Valley Reception for Rep. Aaron Vega

5:00pm State Rep. Candidate Francia Wisnewski Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm Sen. Ryan Fattman Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Beers with Barbara L'Italien Hudson Meet & Greet

6:00pm Rep. Juana Matias' 31st Birthday Party

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Anne Landry Campaign Kickoff

Friday - 5/18

Birthdays: Rep. Marc Lombardo

10:00am Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance Public Hearing, Low Tide Yacht Club, 1000 South Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford

5:30pm Congresssman Jim McGovern Annual Fundraiser with Congressman John Lewis

5:30pm Reception for Congressional Candidate Peter Tedeschi with Gov. Charlie Baker

Press Releases

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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