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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Birthdays: Rep. Linda Campbell

Must-Reads

Supreme Court Upholds Workplace Arbitration Contracts Barring Class Actions » New York Times The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that companies can use arbitration clauses in employment contracts to prohibit workers from banding together to take legal action over workplace issues. The vote was…

How Trump changed everything for The Onion » Politico Magazine (Michael) Cohen was fuming over a satirical article published under Trump’s name with the headline, “When You're Feeling Low, Just Remember I'll Be Dead In About 15 Or 20 Years.” On…

Meet the Democrat Who’s Not Giving Up on Rural, Working-Class Districts » Roll Call House Democrats need two kinds of districts to win the majority: GOP-held suburban seats that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and rural ancestrally Democratic districts that Trump carried. …

Rivals turn up pressure on Galvin over signature collections » State House News Service Secretary of State William Galvin's primary opponent on Monday raised the specter of a tainted election, or at least the appearance of one, if the public cannot be adequately assured that Galvin's emp…

Earmarks piling up in state budget » The Salem News State senators piled nearly 1,200 amendments onto the $41 billion budget they’ll begin debating next Tuesday. Many are funding requests for pet projects in lawmakers' home districts. That's an …

Josh Zakim ripped Bill Galvin, but he also got campaign help from public staff » Boston Globe (P)ublic records show that Zakim, 34, has also benefited from his own public employees assisting him politically, and, like Galvin, during normal business hours. …

Whites have fled the Democratic Party. Here’s how the nation got there. » The Washington Post

“You have to be happy with who you are. God made you this way and loves you this way, and the pope loves you this way.”

Pope Francis

Responding to a man who told the Pope that God made him gay.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Donald Trump critic suggests Charlie Baker run in 2020 » Boston Herald

Business

Three new bidders are sweet on acquiring Necco » Boston Globe It’s getting sweeter to be Necco. Three new bidders have come forward to try to purchase the troubled candy maker at a bankruptcy auction Wednesday.…

Senator Cyr Reports Bill to Permit Hayrides Passed State Senate Today » Cape Cod Today Thrilled that the Massachusetts State Senate today passed House Bill 4105 which will allow for Sparky's Hayrides, and other similar business, to continue operations on the Cape and across the Commonwe…

Central Mass. brewers tap success with craft-beer consumers » Worcester Telegram Every time they hear the babel or clinking of pint glasses in their busy taprooms and smell the mashed grain and boiling wort in their brewhouses, Will Oliveira and Keith Sullivan feel justified.…

A missing pair of Sox » Commonwealth Magazine AMID ALL THE FUROR over changing the name of Yawkey Way to Jersey Street because of the alleged racist attitudes of the late Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, the team has quietly removed plaques at an entran…

Toys ‘R’ Us lays off nearly 1,000 people in Mass. » Boston Business Journal Bankrupt toy retailer Toys ‘R’ Us Inc. laid off 981 associates at 25 Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us locations across Massachusetts, the company has disclosed.…

Boston Globe lays off non-newsroom employees » Boston Business Journal The Boston Globe laid off several employees in its marketing, advertising and other non-newsroom departments today, saying the cuts were necessary to increase efficiency.…

Breaking Ground: Work starts on $21M Harding Green in Worcester’s Canal District » Worcester Mag

Fidelity sues Omni hotel developers over use of ‘Seaport Hotel’ name » Boston Globe

Civil Rights

State House anti-racism protesters arrested » Boston Herald Sixteen anti racism protesters were arrested yesterday after they refused to leave the State House.…

Education

Springfield Technical Community College faculty, staff protest, demand ouster of President Cook » MassLive Springfield Technical Community College employees renewed their call for President John Cook to resign in a protest that came seven months after they took their first vote of no confidence in his lead…

In a setback for UMass Boston, all finalists for top job withdraw » Boston Globe Amid an already tumultuous academic year at UMass Boston, the search for a new university chancellor came to an abrupt halt Monday when all three finalists withdrew, four days after a group of faculty…

Mass. ponders hiring a computer to grade MCAS essays. What could go wrong? » Boston Globe Each year, students taking the state’s MCAS exams generate more than 6 million essays and other written responses, requiring a small army of graduate students, educators, and other professional…

Searching for a school chief, Lawrence hopes fourth time is the charm » Eagle Tribune The city's painful and often humiliating experiences with past school superintendents were dragged from the closet Wednesday, when Mayor Daniel Rivera questioned the finalists who are next up for the …

Massachusetts higher education chief: 'In the last five years, we've had 15 Mount Idas' » MassLive It's not the abrupt shutdown of Mount Ida College that should worry Massachusetts residents -- it's the population shifts that hurt the Newton school and are hurting colleges and universities across t…

University of Massachusetts Boston faculty blamed for chancellor finalists' dropouts » Boston Herald University of Massachusetts Boston faculty were unrepentant yesterday after UMass President Martin T. Meehan spiked the search for a new chancellor, blaming the staff and their union for public criti…

An 'unceremonious end': Read UMass President Marty Meehan's letter on the failed search for a new UMass Boston chancellor » MassLive The unsuccessful search for a new UMass Boston chancellor came to an "unceremonious end," and don't expect a new one anytime soon, UMass President Marty Meehan said in a letter to members of the campu…

Everett teachers fearing massive layoffs amid district budget crisis » My Fox Boston Everett teachers are fearing massive layoffs as the school district grapples with budget problems. …

Mount Ida president hires lawyer who faced scrutiny in Brian Joyce case » Boston Business Journal Mount Ida president Barry Brown is being represented by a prominent Boston defense attorney amid an investigation into possible breaches of fiduciary duty at the Newton college before it closed. But t…

Meehan, UMass Boston faculty at war » Commonwealth Magazine The faculty at UMass Boston, angered and threatened by the purchase of Mount Ida College in Newton by UMass Amherst, retaliated by scuttling the search for a new chancellor at their own campus. …

Gaming

Time Right For Massachusetts to Launch Online Gambling Drive » Online Poker Report Massachusetts is not a place frequently mentioned when industry analysts consider the next likely US state to adopt online legislation. In fact, there have been no significant movements on the issue s…

Housing

With market-rate housing and a public market, Harding Green project at Kelley Square taking Worcester 'to the next level,' officials say » MassLive

Immigration

Federal judges in Boston are often sharply critical of ICE tactics » Boston Globe US District Judge Mark L. Wolf peered down from the bench at the young prosecutor. In the jury box, Lucimar de Souza sat in jail scrubs.…

Police departments’ data sharing raises sanctuary concerns » Gazette Net At a time when some municipalities are seeking to limit their involvement in the deportation of undocumented immigrant residents, newly released documents call into question how data from police depar…

Judiciary

Retired SJC justice Bob Cordy is still busy writing his next chapter » Boston Globe Most lawyers consider being a justice on the Supreme Judicial Court as the pinnacle of a legal career. You know, time to close the book. But Bob Cordy is still busy writing the next chapter of his.…

Local Government

City Council divided on Walsh’s proposed rules to restrict Airbnb-type short-term rentals » Boston Globe The City Council could vote as soon as Wednesday on new rules to rein in Boston’s booming short-term rental industry. But councilors remain sharply divided on just how tough those rules should …

Fall River rolls out new app for residents to report issues » The Herald News Need instant information regarding services? Want to report a giant pothole on a city street? Now there’s an app for that, a way to communicate with One Government Center directly from a comput…

Town renames bridge after fallen Auburn police officer, who was killed on the job two years ago » Boston Globe Auburn police Officer Ron Tarentino was never afraid, and he would do anything for anybody.…

Framingham, Marlborough approved for tax incentive program » The Metro West Daily News Investors have a new incentive to move their money into distressed neighborhoods in Framingham and Marlborough.…

Central MA celebrated with bipartisan unity the Armed Forces Day in Shrewsbury » Shrewsbury Post Despite the lack of citizen participation at the local level in America, Shrewsbury showed one more time that in the community we don’t take our freedom and democracy for granted.…

State: Hingham Housing Authority director violated conflict of interest law » Wicked Local The executive director of the Hingham Housing Authority has paid a $2,500 fine after admitting to violating the state’s conflict of interest laws by signing off on more than $20,000 in payments…

New Bedford sues ABC Disposal over recycling » South Coast Today The City of New Bedford is taking ABC Disposal to court over extra recycling fees the company has charged since November.…

Quincy bans commercial vehicles from Long Island Bridge access roads » Patriot Ledger No commercial vehicles will be allowed to drive up to the site of the proposed Long Island Bridge. Quincy’s city council unanimously passed a law to that effect Monday night as the city continu…

Marijuana

Will legal marijuana put an end to Massachusetts’ black market? » Patriot Ledger Retail shops that start legally selling cannabis products this summer in Massachusetts will likely find themselves going head-to-head with a formidable and long-established competitor -- the black mar…

Opinion

Capuano should focus on record, not race » Boston Herald Rep. Mike Capuano could not have hoped for a better endorsement in his race against Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley than the one he announced late last week.…

More questions for Mount Ida’s former president » Boston Globe BARRY BROWN served as a trustee for a nonprofit that made a $16.5 million loan to the struggling Mount Ida College in Newton — at the same time that Brown himself was the college’s presi…

John Lewis endorses status quo by backing Michael Capuano » Boston Globe BE BOLD. Be courageous. That’s what triggers change, longtime congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis told Boston University graduates at their commencement ceremony on Sunday.…

A deeper look at the roots of the opioid crisis needed » Gazette Net Back in early April Hampshire County was feeling a cold lingering spring. In Atlanta, Georgia, however, it was heating up at The National RX Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit and Hampshire HOPE was well repr…

Martin Meehan must take control of UMass Boston crises » Boston Herald Reeling from the roundly criticized Mount Ida College deal and the abrupt collapse of the University of Massachusetts Boston chancellor search, UMass President Martin Meehan faces the biggest crisis y…

Keating must fight egregious land taking by feds » The Inquirer and Mirror All politics is local, which is why we hope the Cape’s congressman will heed Tip O’Neil’s advice. The greater Chatham community, with support of more than 20 Cape and Island towns…

Chris McCarthy: Governor Baker’s Fall River Donors » WBSM

'A false choice' in Somerville: Affordable housing versus good jobs » Wicked Local Somerville

Politics

Four candidates interested in Walsh's seat » The Metro West Daily News After Sunday’s decision by the Framingham Democratic Town Committee to take “no action” in filling the 6th Middlesex state representative seat, four Democrat candidates announced pl…

Surge in youth voters yet to materialize, local officials say » The Sun Chronicle Following the Valentine's Day mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., student leaders vowed to activate young people as a voting force to push for gun control and other measures.…

First Franklin District: 8 Dems look for an edge in crowded field » The Recorder Across nearly 511 square miles encompassing 19 towns spread across three counties eight Democrats have been gathering signatures in preparation for a rare contest for a state House seat that’s …

Bump backs Gonzalez for gov » Sentinel & Enterprise Auditor Suzanne Bump, one of four statewide Democratic elected officials on Beacon Hill, threw her support to former state budget chief Jay Gonzalez on Monday, choosing sides in a two-way primary cont…

Democrat Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, challenging US Rep. Richard Neal, looks to bring new perspective, progressive policies » MassLive Although Tahirah Amatul-Wadud has never previously run for or held political office, the 44-year-old Springfield lawyer said she's not intimidated by the idea of challenging longtime U.S. Rep. Richard…

Democrats sweep Hopkinton election » The Metro West Daily News Celebrating with more than a dozen members from the town’s Democratic Committee in a home on Hayden Rowe Street Monday night, Irfan Nasrullah said he’s humbled to become the town’…

Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus honors Swampscott resident » Wicked Local Swampscott Swampscott resident Edward A. Palleschi is a recipient of the 2018 Good Guys Award given by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. …

Northampton resident Jo Comerford to run as a write-in candidate for Rosenberg’s vacant seat » The Recorder

Maine Governor Campaigns for Mass. US Senate Candidate Diehl » NBC Boston

Public Health

Opioid-related overdose deaths continue to decline in Massachusetts » South Coast Today

Public Safety

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.…

House bill would license stun guns like firearms » Sentinel & Enterprise The gun bill that the House intends to debate on Wednesday would add stun guns to the state law governing ownership of firearms, subjecting the weapons to the same licensing requirements as a rifle or…

This May Be The Most Expensive County Inmate In The Massachusetts Jail System » WGBH

State Finance

State Senate debates $41 billion budget bill » News 22 WWLP.com The State Senate's budget debate begins this week as lawmakers take on a $41 billion budget for the fiscal year 2019.…

Senators to Weigh Amendments to $41.4B State Budget » Cape Cod Online Hundreds of amendments have been proposed to a $41.4 billion state budget set to go before the Massachusetts Senate.…

Tarr: Teamwork needed to tame budget cost drivers » State House News Service

Transportation

Cape transit official sees way to turn rider data into $$$ » State House News Service The head of Cape Cod's public transit service has found a way to tap into additional federal funds and now he says he needs cooperation from lawmakers as well as private transportation operators to ac…

Cape transit authority chief seeks data for money swap » Cape Cod Times The head of Cape Cod’s public transit service has found a way to tap into additional federal funds and now he says he needs cooperation from lawmakers as well as private transportation operator…

Henry Thomas III, head of UMass Boston chancellor search, blasts faculty after finalists pull out » MassLive The head of the search committee tasked with finding a new chancellor at UMass Boston ripped faculty members as "unprofessional" and "disrespectful" after three finalists withdrew their names from con…

'Leisure' MBTA commuter rail, with special $10 summer weekends, starts June 9 » MassLive The MBTA is launching a special summer deal on its commuter rail lines, pricing tickets at $10 every weekend and every zone between June 9 and September 2.…

T approves $10 weekend commuter rail pass » Commonwealth Magazine TRYING TO ENTICE MORE PEOPLE to ride commuter rail on the weekends, the MBTA’s oversight board on Monday approved a new $10 weekend pass that entitles the holder to take unlimited trips on the …

MBTA introduced Sikorski as fare project overseer » State House News Service The MBTA's upcoming overhaul of its fare collection technology will be led by David Sikorski, an executive with 30 years experience in engineering and development of large-scale infrastructure.…

Regional bus system may cut services in Merrimack Valley » Eagle Tribune Merrimack Valley bus riders could see significant service reductions due to statewide underfunding of the regional transit authorities, according to transportation officials. …

Utilities

North Adams Airs Concerns About Charter Spectrum » iBerkshires Charter Spectrum representatives were lambasted by city officials and residents who aired some of their grievances with cable service and support.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Letter: Feeley an excellent judge » The Salem News

Letter: Judge's ruling questionable » The Salem News

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

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

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

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

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

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