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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Must-Reads

After tense debate, Senate adopts Safe Communities initiative » State House News Service After lengthy and emotional debate late Wednesday evening, the Massachusetts Senate adopted a budget amendment to restrict cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities. …

Two big wind farms to rise off coast of Martha’s Vineyard » Boston Globe Officials in Massachusetts and Rhode Island announced contracts Wednesday for two massive offshore wind farms off Martha’s Vineyard, a move that could usher in a significant expansion of the in…

Pondering the sphinx-like Charlie Baker » Boston Globe If only the most popular governor in America really stood for something. He could be a contender. But right now, Baker, a man of exceptional physical height, projects limited imaginative vision, at le…

Gun control support fades three months after Florida massacre: Reuters/Ipsos poll » Reuters The Parkland, Florida, school massacre has had little lasting impact on U.S. views on gun control, three months after the shooting deaths of 17 people propelled a national movement by some student sur…

Women on the Verge of a Breakthrough on House Appropriations » Roll Call One-two punch on the panel would be the first since women led the House Beauty Shop Committee …

Why Is the New Right Obsessed With Bitcoin? » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS

Rep. Joseph Wagner expected to lead Massachusetts' review of sports betting » The Republican If Massachusetts legalizes sports betting, expect State Rep. Joseph Wagner, D-Chicopee, to be quarterbacking the effort. …

Police chiefs’ organization backs BPD in Seaport fight » Boston Globe A statewide organization that counts both the Boston and State Police departments as members is backing BPD in the agencies’ long-standing turf war to patrol the Seaport District, arguing that …

Dem candidates can't be just anti-Trump: Moulton on Powerhouse Politics » ABC News Coming off a night of Democratic victories in congressional primaries, Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., describes the winning candidates as “a new generation.” …

What kind of candidate for chancellor would turn up at UMass Boston now? This guy » Boston Globe My conditions are straightforward: an exorbitant salary. A prime parking space in your finest gravel pit. And your solemn promise that you won’t tell anyone that you’re the one who hired…

Massachusetts Gains Foothold in Offshore Wind Power, Long Ignored in U.S. » New York Times On the waterfront of this fabled whaling hub, the outlines of a major new industry are starting to appear.…

"There are so many questions that have to be answered, and I think that right now for us to be able to expect to do this within the last two months of session...I think it would be very difficult,"

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Speaking about the House taking up sports betting before the end of the legislative year.

News By Category
Business

Conflicted about McGrory accusations » Commonwealth Magazine Wednesday’s Boston Globe had a story inside Metro about noted Harvard economist Roland Fryer being investigated for sexual harassment. It was not an unusual story for the paper to cover, given …

Garelick Farms says it will close its dairy in Lynn » Boston Globe Many Lynn residents have been left with a sour taste in their mouth after learning that the Garelick Farms manufacturing plant on the Lynnway will close this fall.…

Necco is sold for $18.8 million at bankruptcy auction » Boston Globe Family-owned Spangler Candy Company of Ohio — which makes Dum Dums lollipops and the orange marshmallow Circus Peanuts — added Necco to its portfolio Wednesday with a winning bid of $18,…

Globe investigating allegation top editor sent inappropriate text » Boston Globe Top management at The Boston Globe is investigating public allegations on social media of “an inappropriate text exchange” between Globe editor Brian McGrory and a former Boston.com editor…

Shrewsbury Town Meeting defeats Styrofoam ban » Community Advocate Shrewsbury Town Meeting members narrowly defeated a proposed bylaw (Article 14,) banning the use of polystyrene disposable food and beverage containers by food establishments, at Shrewsbury’s A…

GE loses $9B in value as CEO talks energy struggles, dividend » Boston Business Journal When General Electric Co.’s then-CEO Jeff Immelt presented at a conference in Florida last May, things got a little testy. One analyst went so far as to ask Immelt whether GE was ready to repla…

Civil Rights

Mass. LGBT population is second-highest in nation, according to new report » Boston Business Journal

Crimes

Danvers, Beverly police departments take part in major opioid bust » Wicked Local Thirteen people were arrested and 12 were arraigned Tuesday in connection with a major heroin/fentanyl and oxycodone trafficking operation on Boston’s North Shore dismantled as part of a large-…

Plainridge worker charged with trying to poison two co-workers » The Sun Chronicle An employee at Plainridge Park Casino faces charges she tried to poison two of her co-workers by pouring cleaner into their soft drinks.…

Education

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh: I won't let UMass Boston go the way of Mount Ida College » The Republican UMass Boston, a campus clashing with the head of the university system amid fallout from a failed search for a new chancellor, won't be closing like Mount Ida College, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh vowed W…

Thousands of BPS students don’t graduate on time. And it’s a problem » Boston Globe Nearly one in five students in Boston’s public high schools are two or more years behind academically, jeopardizing their chances of earning a diploma, according to a report released Wednesday.…

Worcester schools get $140K state grant to create career pathway program » Worcester Telegram & Gazette City schools have been awarded a $140,000 state grant to launch a career preparation program that will allow high school students to pursue a course of technical studies geared toward a specific indus…

House of Representatives approves a multi-million dollar bond bill to promote the sciences in Massachusetts » Shrewsbury Post The Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a multi-million dollar bond bill to support the expansion of the state’s life sciences industry with the passing of the House Bill H.4501 las…

Report rips Boston record with ‘off-track’ high school students » Commonwealth Magazine 1 in 5 students not on course to graduate …

Gaming

DeLeo: House folds on sports betting » Milford Daily News House Speaker Robert DeLeo all but dashed the dreams of sports betting enthusiasts hoping that Massachusetts lawmakers might move quickly to capitalize on the newly legal industry, indicating Wednesda…

Mass. Gaming Chairman Stephen Crosby endorses legalization and regulation of sports betting » The Republican Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby has endorsed the legalization of sports betting, following a recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down a federal ban on the industry.…

Mass. gaming board chair says states should oversee sports bets » Boston Globe The top gambling regulator in Massachusetts on Wednesday joined colleagues from several other states in rebuking the nation’s professional sports leagues over the future of sports betting, in p…

Mass. House Speaker DeLeo: Sports Betting Legislation Unlikely in 2018 » NBC Boston Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo intends to take time before taking up a bill on sports betting, according to the State House News Service. …

Thoroughbred racing might return to Great Barrington Fairgrounds » Berkshire Eagle The roar of racing thoroughbreds, which faded into local history decades ago, might once again thunder from the Great Barrington Fairgrounds.…

Health Care

House speaker puts pressure on new health care bill » Worcester Business Journal For consumers, voters and industry insiders wondering when the House will unveil, debate and pass a major health care bill, the latest timeline from Speaker Robert DeLeo's office is "this session."…

Physicians -- not insurers -- know what's best for patients » Lowell Sun Most people thankfully don't have to think twice about getting up, maybe going to the gym, and going to work. But for someone like me, who suffers from a rare disease, life's a little harder. I was di…

Beth Israel, Lahey announce new name for mega-merger » Boston Business Journal There's now a name for the parent organization that of the proposed mega-merger that would combine Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lahey Health and three other hospitals: Beth Israel Lahey Healt…

Housing

Failing Foundations: Massachusetts homeowners with tainted concrete look to state for help » The Republican Russell and Tatiana Dupere have a major construction project planned this summer at their Longmeadow dream home.…

House, Senate finalize $1.8 million billion housing bond bill » Lowell Sun More than a year after it was first filed, lawmakers on Wednesday rushed to the governor a bill financing affordable housing development and improvements at public housing facilities. …

House, Senate finalize $1.8 billion housing bond bill » State House News Service More than a year after it was first filed, lawmakers on Wednesday rushed to the governor a bill financing affordable housing development and improvements at public housing facilities.…

Immigration

Incoming Boston ICE Chief: Former Head Ordered Officers To Prioritize Arrests At Immigration Interviews » WBUR A federal judge in Boston is considering whether to continue hearings into the arrests of immigrants at their scheduled interviews with immigration officials. …

ICE in Massachusetts Will Stop Detaining People Trying to Follow the Rules » Boston Magazine They will no longer round up immigrants at government buildings. …

Judiciary

Baker Re-Nominates Hernández As Administrative Judge on the Industrial Accident Board » Framingham Source Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today, May 23, nominated Omar Hernández for a reappointment to the position of Administrative Judge on the Industrial Accident Board at the Department of Indust…

Lawmakers back resolution asking Baker to remove judge » Lowell Sun A group of House lawmakers is seeking to topple a Superior Court judge whose decisions have recently come under fire.…

Defense Lawyers Don't Want Salem Judge Feeley Impeached » Milton Patch A Salem Superior Court Judge under fire for his reputation for being lenient with defendants in criminal defense cases got backing from a group representing defense lawyers in Massachusetts.…

SJC suspends judge without pay for courthouse affair » Boston Herald

Labor

Jury awards black nurse $28 million in hospital retaliation suit » Boston Globe A Haitian-American nurse who sued Brigham and Women’s Hospital for discrimination and retaliation was awarded more than $28 million by a jury Wednesday — an amount several attorneys said…

Baystate Franklin nurses settle contract after a year and a half » The Recorder After a year and a half of negotiations, including two strikes and lockouts, a new contract for the nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center has been struck.…

Boston private equity firm penalized for failing to pay interns » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

Throwback Thursday: The Caning of Charles Sumner » Boston Magazine After delivering a fiery anti-slavery speech on the Senate floor, the Massachusetts official was beaten by Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina. …

Local Government

Braintree joins opioid lawsuit » Patriot Ledger Braintree will join hundreds of communities across the country in a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.…

Buckland, Colrain, Hawley to receive reimbursements for Tropical Storm Irene damage » News 22 WWLP.com It took seven years, but several western Massachusetts towns will finally receive partial reimbursements for damages caused by Tropical Storm Irene.…

Economic development on display in Dracut » Lowell Sun Something the community hasn't seen much of drew the interest of Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito when she visited last fall.…

Legislators scold Hampshire Council of Governments for 'entirely false' and 'very misleading' letter » The Republican Six state representatives lambasted the Hampshire Council of Governments recently for what they say is the agency's "entirely false" and "very misleading" statements in letters sent to municipalities …

Swampscott votes plastic bags out, snow-removal bylaw in » Wicked Local Marblehead In Massachusetts, more than 30 percent of Bay Staters reside in 77 cities and towns – out of 351 – with plastic-bags bans. Swampscott joined their company Tuesday night as the 78th when …

Legislation over Amherst’s town council elections to go before joint committee at Statehouse next week » Gazette Net Legislation that will allow Amherst’s first town council elections to coincide with the state election calendar will be the subject of a hearing at the Statehouse in Boston next week.…

Rep. Fernandes shares journey with high schoolers » Martha's Vineyard Times State Rep. Dylan Fernandes, D-Falmouth, met with students on Friday, May 18, to share his venture into politics and to answer the many questions students had.…

Italian-Americans urge Pittsfield School Committee to restore Columbus Day » Berkshire Eagle History is imperfect, but still, it should be honored. That's the message that about 30 members of various Italian-heritage groups sent to the School Committee during its meeting Wednesday. They urged…

Framingham to rewrite over-55 housing bylaw » The Metro West Daily News City officials are rethinking Framingham’s active adult housing bylaw, with an eye toward reducing the number of units allowed in an age-restricted project.…

Marijuana

Forbes: Pot Industry Flourishes With 100,000 Jobs, Billions in Tax Revenue » NewsMax The marijuana industry reportedly is delivering an unexpected eye-popping “high” for business: more than 100,000 jobs and billions in tax revenue. At least 125,000-160,000 people work full…

Opinion

How Trump Gets Into Your Bed » New York Times It’s not every day we start our discussion of current events with the president’s sex life. …

What kind of candidate for chancellor would turn up at UMass Boston now? This guy » Boston Globe The implosion, which you say was detonated by a faculty group’s letter criticizing the candidates, was so devastating that you can’t even realistically restart the search right now. Beca…

Karen Kurczynski: State seal and flag need changes for 21st century » Gazette Net A change is overdue for the Massachusetts seal and flag. Ascities and states across the country debate their public monuments and flags, it’s time to take a closer look at ours.…

Drew Gilpin Faust defied and transcended ‘first female’ typecasting » Boston Globe There was a lot of hoopla when Drew Gilpin Faust was named the first female president of Harvard University back in 2007. There always is when a woman gets the top job in a male-dominated, elite profe…

The state Senate must fully fund the MCAS » Boston Globe One would think any state that has enjoyed the public policy success Massachusetts has with education reform would stick to its time-tested formula. But this year, the Senate budget underfunds the MCA…

Keller @ Large: Charlie Baker For President Is A Bad Idea » CBS Boston There are many things I love about my home state of Massachusetts – the culture, the scenery, the sports, the people. And even the weather – sometimes. But one thing I do not love is the…

Our view: Lawmakers should adopt tax holiday before voters do it for them » The Salem News It gets turned away at the door of the Statehouse like one of those neighborhood strays that people sometimes feed but no one really owns. Only it's been two years ow since this cast-off has gotten mu…

Politics

1st Franklin candidates debate energy, climate policy » Gazette Net No one said a candidate forum would be easy with eight hopefuls for a single vacant state House seat — especially when the topic was what virtually everyone agreed is the most urgent issue of o…

Dave Murphy, former aide to Ted Kennedy, running for state Senate » The Republican Dave Murphy, a Newton lawyer and former aide to Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, is running as a write-in candidate for Stan Rosenberg's former seat. …

Capuano hosts event with civil rights leader » The Bay State Banner U.S. Reps. Michael Capuano of the 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts and John Lewis from the 5th Congressional District of Georgia held a discussion on civil rights at the Twelfth Baptist Chu…

As civil rights icon Lewis backs Capuano, Pressley presses change agenda » Dorchester Reporter

'It was really uncomfortable': Chelsea Kline accuses state Senate opponent Dave Murphy of inappropriate comments about her looks » MassLive

Public Health

In the addiction battle, is forced rehab the solution? » MassLive

Public Safety

Police chiefs’ organization backs BPD in Seaport fight » Boston Globe A statewide organization that counts both the Boston and State Police departments as members is backing BPD in the agencies’ long-standing turf war to patrol the Seaport District, arguing that …

Massachusetts House passes 'extreme risk' gun confiscation bill » The Republican The Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow a judge to confiscate someone's gun if the person poses a danger to themselves or others.…

Mass. House passes bill to strip guns from people seen as a danger » Boston Globe Invoking the memories of school shooting victims, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would give judges the power to strip weapons from individuals flagged as a dan…

Northern Berkshire EMS Debuts at Ambulance Service's 40th Anniversary » iBerkshires North Adams Ambulance Service was created in 1978 to fill a void in emergency care in the city.…

Deja vu: Brockton mayor taps Duarte (again) for police spokesman » The Enterprise Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter announced on Wednesday that Darren Duarte will begin his work as the director of community outreach and communications for the Brockton Police Department on June 18.…

Senate plan targets new danger to firefighters - their own gear » Wicked Local Sounding the alarm on cancer risks faced by firefighters, the Massachusetts Senate on Tuesday voted to set aside $420,000 to help municipalities buy equipment to remove deadly carcinogens from firefig…

State Finance

Incidents spur O'Connor Ives to call for Statehouse doctor » Newburyport News After watching an injured House court officer lay on the ground for more than 20 minutes Wednesday waiting for medical attention, a senator is calling for the return of a dedicated Statehouse medical …

After tense debate, Senate adopts Safe Communities immigration amendment » MassLive After lengthy and emotional debate late Wednesday evening, the Massachusetts Senate adopted a budget amendment to restrict cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities. …

State Senate OKs Funding for Police Training » WCAI The Massachusetts Senate recently passed a series of amendments in a supplemental budget aimed at shoring up the state's finances for the rest of the fiscal year. That included an amendment filed by C…

Massachusetts Senate votes to require schools to publish meal debt policies » MassLive The Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to require school districts to publish policies on how they deal with school meal debt. …

Senate budget includes new education aid for rural Massachusetts schools » MassLive The Massachusetts Senate passed a budget amendment that would provide $1.5 million for a new category of state education aid earmarked for rural schools.…

Transportation

What ever happened to the Mass. cellphone ban for drivers? » Boston Globe A proposal to ban hand-held cellphone use while driving has strong public support and the backing of Governor Charlie Baker amid mounting concerns about surging traffic deaths.…

Utilities

Some Mainers question hydro-electricity line for MA » Commonwealth Magazine MAINE, JUST LIKE NEW HAMPSHIRE, seems to be having some second thoughts about a transmission line selected by Massachusetts to carry hydro-electricity from Quebec into New England.…

New wind projects would deliver enough power for 600K homes » The Washington Post Massachusetts and Rhode Island have announced offshore wind projects aimed at delivering a combined 1,200 megawatts of energy — or enough to power 600,000 homes.…

Two big wind farms to rise off coast of Martha’s Vineyard » Boston Globe Officials in Massachusetts and Rhode Island announced contracts Wednesday for two massive offshore wind farms off Martha’s Vineyard, a move that could usher in a significant expansion of the in…

Wind farm project awarded contract » Boston Herald A wind project south of Martha’s Vineyard moved one step closer to powering roughly half a million homes after the state’s utilities awarded it a long-term contract to buy the electricit…

Turbine will not spin again in Falmouth » Cape Cod Times One of two town-owned wind turbines is reaching the end of its long and contentious career.…

Baker makes bold bet on offshore wind » Commonwealth Magazine MA, RI together procure a total of 1,200 megawatts …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Abington Town Meeting extends retail marijuana moratorium but rejects outright ban » Patriot Ledger

Town treasurer congratulated on retirement » The Landmark

House adopts $1.3M in proposals by Rep. Lori Ehrlich » Wicked Local Marblehead

Mass. Selects Vineyard Wind For 800-Megawatt Offshore Wind Farm » WBUR

Legalization of sports betting in Massachusetts won't happen in 2018, House Speaker Robert DeLeo says » MassLive

Vineyard Wind Lands Key State Bid for Energy Contract » Vineyard Gazette

Injection-sites can prevent opioid deaths » The Enterprise

Suffolk Downs in bid to revive thoroughbred racing in Berkshires » State House News Service

Robert Massie’s communications director departs, citing ‘finance’ issues » Boston Globe

Vote ‘no’ on Article 26 » The Recorder

Which Suffolk County DA Candidate Has The Most Campaign $$? » Jamaica Plain News

Lawmakers back resolution asking Baker to remove judge » Sentinel & Enterprise

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