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10:00am Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance Public Hearing, Harrington Learning Center, Room 109A, Quinsigamond Community College, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester

10:30am Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Reception with Gov. Paul LePage

5:30pm District Attorney Candidate Andrea Harrington South County Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm State Sen. Candidate Ed Kennedy Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Communities of Color for Congressional Candidate Ayanna Pressley


Did this environmental group cross the line? Or does an overdeveloped waterfront need defending? » Boston Globe On the booming Boston waterfront, Bradley Campbell was very much a new face on the docks. …

Rating Changes in 19 House Races, All Toward Democrats » Roll Call Despite forecasts of a blue tsunami, it’s still not guaranteed that Democrats will win back the House majority. But the playing field of competitive House races is expanding and shifting to alm…

Baker seeks $32 million to implement new justice reform law » State House News Service With mid-year spending bills already pending before a six-member conference committee, Gov. Charlie Baker filed another supplemental budget bill on Friday seeking $54.9 million for the implementation …

Big Oil quietly pushes change to new carbon law » Axios Some of America’s biggest energy companies are lobbying Washington to change — critics say weaken — oversight of a federal tax credit going to facilities capturing carbon emission…

Blue states strike first against awaited anti-union court ruling » Politico Magazine Blue state lawmakers are waging a preemptive strike against an anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision that could decimate the power of public-sector unions across the nation. …

Will the Fervor for Impeachment Start a Democratic Civil War? » The New Yorker A push to remove Donald Trump from office may lead to disaster in the midterms. …

Lobbying firm shuttered, but Tony Podesta’s fate in Mueller probe still a mystery » ABC News Lobbyist Anthony “Tony” Podesta filed his final papers with the Department of Justice earlier this month chronicling the last work performed by the once-powerful lobbying firm that bore hi…

Snubbed in past, black Dems seek big gains in 2018 » Politico Magazine After years of snubs by local and national Democratic Party groups, donors and operatives are putting new muscle behind black candidates in the 2018 midterms. …

Surge of female candidates reshapes Democratic Party » Politico Magazine A string of victories for women in primary elections across the country is beginning to reshape the face of the Democratic Party and accelerate a conversation about its future — with consequenc…

John Lewis and Other Black Leaders Spurn Black Challenger in Boston » New York Times Mr. Lewis had come to Twelfth Baptist to campaign for Representative Michael E. Capuano, the liberal Democrat who faces a grueling primary challenge from Ayanna Pressley, a progressive Boston City Cou…

More Galvin employees found helping campaign during business hours » Boston Globe On a Tuesday in mid-March, Howard Hock walked into the Framingham city clerk’s office just after 9:30 a.m. and submitted two pages of voter signatures to help Secretary of State William F. Galv…

“People who have been around for awhile, they know their way around,” Mr. Lewis said. “They know where all the bodies are buried and they know how to get things done.”

Representative John Lewis

Campaigning for Rep. Capuano in Boston.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Democrats’ newest midterm pitch: A crackdown on corruption » The Washington Post Democrats are preparing to highlight allegations of corruption surrounding the Trump administration — and a legislative agenda to prevent future abuses — as they continue rolling out the…

Markey: Reinstate oil export ban to address rising gas prices » State House News Service


When this wax museum opened in Boston, it was hard not to wonder: ‘Why?’ » Boston Globe Is it strange to feel sorry for a wax museum? Probably. But it’s hard not to. Every time you walk by the Dreamland Wax Museum the only people you see inside are wax.…

Construction begins on $21M Kelley Square building » Worcester Business Journal

Civil Rights

Trump administration abortion rule sets off alarms in Mass. » Boston Globe The Trump administration continued to target abortion rights Friday, proposing to bar federal family-planning funds from health centers in Massachusetts and other states that either provide abortion o…


Turnaround program seen as antidote to "always knocking" gangs » State House News Service


Somerville company offers free tuition at UMass Boston » Boston Globe Like many other bosses around here, Triumvirate Environmental’s chief executive, John McQuillan, is finding it increasingly tough to find the workers he needs.…

Quincy College won’t appeal state’s decision to shut down nursing programs » Boston Globe Quincy College is dropping its appeal of a recent decision by the state nursing board to effectively shut down the school’s nursing programs, said Mayor Thomas Koch of Quincy.…

At Mount Ida, a mysterious benefactor with ties to the school’s president loaned it $16 million » Boston Globe As the financial picture at Mount Ida College grew increasingly grim and its bank finally refused to loan more money, the school two years ago turned to a mysterious benefactor whose private money kep…

Methuen Adult Learning Center students visit Statehouse » Eagle Tribune Students of the Methuen Adult Learning Center recently had the opportunity to visit the Massachusetts Statehouse for a tour, where they learned about the legislative process in the Commonwealth. The L…

Deval Patrick tells Bentley graduates to ‘seek purpose, not prestige’ » Boston Globe Former governor Deval Patrick told Bentley University graduates Saturday to search for ‘‘purpose, not prestige.’’…

UMass Boston faculty call for new chancellor search » Boston Globe

Wheelock College Graduates Final Class As An Independent Institution » WGBH Wheelock College graduated its final class as an independent institution Friday. The small private school known for its education programs is merging with Boston University this summer.…

Deval Patrick tells Bentley graduates to ‘seek purpose, not prestige’ » Boston Globe Former governor Deval Patrick told Bentley University graduates Saturday to search for ‘‘purpose, not prestige.’’ …


Did this environmental group cross the line? Or does an overdeveloped waterfront need defending? » Boston Globe On the booming Boston waterfront, Bradley Campbell was very much a new face on the docks.…


If legalized sports betting is coming to Massachusetts, it won’t likely happen fast » Gazette Net Following the Supreme Court’s ruling last week that gave states permission to legalize sports betting, state Reps. Stephen Kulik of Worthington and Solomon Goldstein-Rose of Amherst both expect…

Sox exec: Regulation of sports betting "a positive thing" » State House News Service

Health Care

'Severe shortage' of intravenous opioids hits Mass. General » Boston Business Journal The state’s largest hospital is experiencing a "severe shortage" of intravenous opioids, a problem hospital executives say won’t be resolved until 2019.…


Sustainable, affordable housing sprouts in Newburyport » Newburyport News City and state officials celebrated the groundbreaking Friday morning of Hillside Center for Sustainable Living, a first-of-its-kind urban agriculture-focused, solar-powered community, in an effort to…


Officer's daughter angry that good time laws allowed convict's early release » My Fox Boston For most of the last 25 years, Kelly Gillis has found comfort knowing the man who killed her father was locked up behind bars. …

GOP reps seek to impeach Salem judge who gave heroin dealer no jail time; ICE reviewing case » Boston Herald Republican state lawmakers want to impeach a Salem Superior Court judge who sentenced a heroin dealer to probation this week instead of jail, saying it’s time for the jurist to go.…

Local Government

Optimism about police station, athletic complex » Sentinel & Enterprise IT MIGHT HAVE ONLY taken up a minute of more than five hours of conversations and hearings, but Monday's City Council meeting did provide a brief update of two of the city's most prolonged projects.…

THE COLUMN: At protest, who posed, and who opposed » Lowell Sun JEERS, CHEERS, chants and claps rained down from the balcony in Lowell City Council chambers Tuesday evening, when protesters heckled National Grid officials.…

Will Swampscott ban plastic bags? Town Meeting will decide on Monday » Lynn Daily News Item When Town Meeting opens Monday night, members will be asked to approve a $750,000 feasibility study for a new consolidated elementary school, a ban on plastic bags and an appeal process for the demoli…


Massachusetts farmers who want to grow marijuana struggle with local zoning » The Republican Monson farmer Lia Reilly wants to grow cannabis. "I want to do it with sunlight, lots of organic nutrients, and I don't want to grow in a warehouse," Reilly said.…


Abolish the job of first lady » Boston Globe In this Rat Pack White House, which is as retro as ’50s Cadillacs with big fat fins, it’s painful to see Melania Trump hauled out, looking pained herself, just for the little lady duties…

Banning Airbnb won’t solve anything » Boston Globe SHORT-TERM RENTALS, via Airbnb or its competitors, have gone from being the budget traveler’s best friend and a source of cash for hard-pressed homeowners to a purported destroyer of neighborho…

Nothing pragmatic in Charlie Baker’s death penalty gambit » Boston Globe FOR SOMEONE who has based his entire political persona on a non-ideological, pragmatic approach to government, Governor Charlie Baker’s recent flirtation with reinstating the death penalty is a…

Carr: Judge removal garners limited support » Boston Herald We will soon know just how serious Massachusetts politicians really are about cracking down on the opioid epidemic that killed nearly 2,000 of their constituents last year.…

Letter: Feeley an excellent judge » The Salem News

Letter: Judge's ruling questionable » The Salem News


On The Record: Gov. Baker talks reelection campaign » WCVB Gov. Charlie Baker discusses his competition in the reelection campaign and various issues facing the state.…

Keller @ Large: Michael Dukakis On The State Of The Democratic Party » CBS Boston What is the state of the Democratic party at the local and national level? A man with experience on both fronts weighed in on that topic.…

In a Trump-centric election year, Tufts political groups look to focus on core issues » The Tufts Daily With a midterm election and multiple state races approaching, political groups at Tufts say they hope to transform students’ interest in politics into concrete action. This work is undoubtedly …

GOP firebrand moves to outflank Baker among conservatives » Eagle Tribune Firebrand pastor Scott Lively is waging a long-shot campaign to oust incumbent Gov. Charlie Baker by trying to drive a wedge between the popular GOP leader and conservatives, whom he argues are chaff…

Dukakis: Baker "nice guy," but lacks "urgency" » Sentinel & Enterprise Despite massive fundraising disadvantages and a late primary compared to other states, Democrats Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie "could mount an effective contest" this year against Gov. Charlie Baker, if…

Framingham Democrats decide on write-in campaign to fill Walsh’s seat » The Metro West Daily News About 50 people met at the Framingham Green on Maynard Road Sunday night, debating whether to allow a write-in election take place or to hold a caucus. The conversation mostly leaned toward a write-in…

In unusual twist, primary challenges loom for 5 in US House » Gazette Net Several members of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic congressional delegation are getting a run for their money this year — from within their own party.…

Littlefield makes 10, as 3rd District ballot reaches double digits » Sentinel & Enterprise The Democratic ballot for the 3rd Congressional District has hit double digits.…

Student-loan forgiveness a theme among 3rd District Democrats » Lowell Sun Behind the caps and gowns being donned at college graduations this weekend lies the growing specter of debt.…

Public Health

Gov. Baker reports progress on opoid front at annual drug task force conference » Wicked Local Plymouth Gov. Charlie Baker praised Plymouth County stakeholders for their work in curbing the drug epidemic May 16, saying the fight against opioid addiction is finally showing signs of progress.…

Outdoor smoking issue to be aired » The Salem News A city councilor wants to crack down on smoking outside bars and restaurants, and it seems several parties are interested in having a conversation. …

Public Safety

Mass lawmakers to take up 'Red Flag' gun bill this week » My Fox Boston Following the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, lawmakers in Beacon Hill are expected to take up the so-called "Red Flag" gun bill this week.…

Massachusetts House to take up ‘red flag’ gun bill » Boston Herald The Massachusetts House is expected to take up the “red flag” gun bill this week after a 17-year-old gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas, killing 10 people and wounding 13 …

State wants to show compassion to ill inmates — and save money » Boston Globe Beyond the barbed wire of a state prison, down a dirt road marked with “no trespassing” signs, lies a hill dotted with PVC-pipe crosses marking the graves of nearly 90 inmates.…

Garden of Peace bill goes to Baker » Sentinel & Enterprise The Garden of Peace is a public memorial garden located on the plaza of 100 Cambridge Street near the Statehouse. The garden's website describes it as commemorating "victims of homicide and a living r…

Dissecting gun violence and finding a remedy » Gloucester Daily Times It was, as Nestor would note, the day after a day on which yet another school shooting took the lives of 10 students, this time near Houston, Texas. Nestor, who would later also lead the speakers at a…

Over 8 Years, Mass. Spending On Incarceration Is Up 25 Percent Despite Inmate Numbers Dropping 21 Percent » WBUR


In reversal, MBTA and Charlie Baker seek change in budget rules » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Governor Charlie Baker are trying to change course on a reform sought by the Baker administration after the service collapse in the winter of 2015, b…

T troubles cost state $9B in 6 yrs » Boston Herald The MBTA’s aging infrastructure has cost the Boston area 13,155 jobs and a $9 billion hit in wages over six years due to seeming endless commutes and delays, according to a new report.…

Steamship Authority issues request for review » Cape Cod Times The Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority sent out a request for proposals Friday for a comprehensive review of the ferry line’s operations after its board vote…


Panel seeks to define state role in Pilgrim closure » Cape Cod Times A panel appointed a year ago to advise the governor on the decommissioning of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station took a step that members characterized as unprecedented Thursday, approving recommendations …

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings »

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 5/21

10:00am Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance Public Hearing, Harrington Learning Center, Room 109A, Quinsigamond Community College, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester

10:30am Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Reception with Gov. Paul LePage

5:30pm District Attorney Candidate Andrea Harrington South County Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm State Sen. Candidate Ed Kennedy Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Communities of Color for Congressional Candidate Ayanna Pressley

Tuesday - 5/22

Birthdays: Rep. Linda Campbell

9:00am Governor's Medal of Liberty Presentation, Memorial Hall & Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Center for Health Information and Analysis Public Hearing, 501 Boylston Street, Boston

10:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm Educator Alumni Award Luncheon, Great Hall, State House, Boston

7:00pm Walpole Rally for Keiko Orrall for State Treasurer

Wednesday - 5/23

Birthdays: Rep. James O'Day

10:00am Aviation on the Hill Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance Public Hearing, Springfield Technical Community College, 7th Floor Conference Room, One Armory Square, Springfield

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

5:30pm State Rep. Candidate David LeBoeuf Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm State Sen. Candidate Barry Finegold Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm Spring Reception for Hampshire Register of Deeds Mary Olberding

5:30pm Boston Fundraiser for Wisconsin Gubernatorial Candidate Kelda Roys

6:00pm Meet & Greet with State Rep. Candidate Alex Bezanson

7:00pm Ladies & Laughter with Women for Congressional Candidate Peter Tedeschi

Thursday - 5/24

9:00am Herter Scholars Luncheon, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:30am Mass. Gaming Commission Public Hearing, Mass. Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston

10:00am Massachusetts Clean Energy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

6:00pm Rep. John Velis Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm State Sen. Candidate Sue Chalifoux Zephir Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Christina Minicucci Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Reception for Rep. Rady Mom with Speaker Robert DeLeo

6:00pm Birthday Bash for State Sen. Candidate Tom Merolli

6:00pm Rep. Brian Murray Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm Rep. Ed Coppinger Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm Fundraiser for Rep. Evandro Carvalho for Suffolk District Attorney

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Edward Gravel Campaign Kickoff

Friday - 5/25

9:30am Executive Office of Health and Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

9:30am Health Policy Commission Public Hearing, Health Policy Commission, 50 Milk Street, 8th Floor, Boston

6:00pm Birthday Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Casey Pease

Press Releases

Partners HealthCare Launches New Center of Excellence » Partners Healthcare

How Can a 'Biological Opinion' Help North Atlantic Right Whales? » Conservation Law Foundation

Cleantech Open Northeast Accelerator Program Awards 2018’s Top Cleantech and Energy Startups » Northeast Clean Energy Council


MassDOT Commits Funds to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » MassDOT

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

More than Two Dozen NFIB Members Are Running for Office Across the Country » National Federation of Independent Business

Lt. Governor Polito Hosts Roundtable on Dangerousness » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Further Expands Access to Opioid Reversal Medication » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Warren, Markey Query Columbia Gas On Uninhabitable Homes Following Merrimack Valley Disaster » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Commends MassDOT Commitment to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Urges FDA to Deny Approval of Powerful Opioid Dsuvia, Cites Warning of Committee Chair » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Suspending Military Aid & Sales to Saudi Government following Khashoggi Disappearance » Congressman Jim McGovern

McGovern Statement on Apparent Murder of Jamal Khashoggi » Congressman Jim McGovern

Educators' Voices Are Influential on Ballot Questions » Massachusetts Teachers Association


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