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Baker adviser helped energy firms land big Mass. contracts » Boston Globe The top political adviser to Governor Charlie Baker also provided strategic and communications advice as a paid consultant to two companies that recently landed massive clean energy contracts in Massa…

Who is Tom Steyer, and why is he saying those stupid things about impeachment? » Boston Globe ANY habitué of cable news has seen them — the slickly-produced TV ads calling for Donald Trump’s impeachment. Each features a forceful presentation by an on-camera spokesman. “I…

TMZ Goes MAGA: How Harvey Levin’s Gossip Empire Became Trump’s Best Friend » The Daily Beast When the Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump emerged in the home stretch of the 2016 election, it should have been a gift from the tabloid gods for TMZ. …

States To Rethink Rules That Cap Welfare To Children » CBS Minnesota Driven by rising welfare costs and the unproven notion that women on welfare were conceiving children for the purpose of increasing their monthly benefits, more than 20 U.S. states enacted policies in…

Perez infuriates liberals with Cuomo endorsement » Politico Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has said repeatedly that the national party shouldn’t, and won’t, endorse in primaries. But on Thursday, he stood on a Long Island stage …

Inside the Pro-Trump Effort to Keep Black Voters From the Polls » Bloomberg Politics Breitbart staffer recruited Sanders activist Bruce Carter to get African Americans to support the Republican—or stay home. …

"Medicare for All" is a winner in Democratic primaries » Axios Candidates who support a single-payer health care system — or at least some expansion of government health coverage — are winning important Democratic primaries. And there are plenty mor…

Lawmakers balk at capping sick time for state workers » The Eagle Tribune Gov. Charlie Baker wants to cap expanding sick time banks for state employees that have taxpayers on the hook for tens of millions of dollars. …

Sen. Don Humason, R-Westfield, not facing challenger in November election » The Republican WESTFIELD -- With the deadline approaching to get on the November election ballot, state Sen. Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield, was not facing any challengers as of late Friday afternoon. …

Three Younger Veterans Stake a Generational Claim on the Democratic Party » New York Times (Former MO Secretary of State Jason) Kander, along with Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., are among a group of younger Democrats — all m…

“The American people are confronted with one of the most compromised, corrupt administrations in history,” “Instead of delivering on his promise to drain the swamp, President Trump has become the swamp.”

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi

Speaking about the Trump administration.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

The ex-Playmate and the Latin American political operative: An untold episode in the push to profit from an alleged affair with Trump » The Washington Post Shortly after she first contemplated selling her story of an affair with Donald Trump, former Playboy model Karen McDougal sought advice from a curious source: a political operative who has helped ele…

US Sen. Ed Markey again presses White House to act on gas prices in weekly Democratic address » The Republican U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, renewed his call for President Donald Trump to address rising gasoline prices Friday, as he delivered the chamber's weekly Democratic address.…

Democrats struggle to forge unifying midterm message » Boston Globe On a recent humid day in the “swamp” Donald Trump promised to drain, Democratic members of Congress, led by Nancy Pelosi, marched down the steps of the gleaming Capitol clutching tiny Amer…

Business

Big financial companies to team up to help fintech startups » Boston Globe To think big, sometimes you’ve got to go small.…

For Boston’s brainy biotech crowd, there’s nothing like an early-morning run » Boston Globe The golf course has long been a venue where business people can schmooze, make new contacts, and maybe close a deal.…

Here are all the major headliners at the upcoming BIO convention » Boston Business Journal More than 16,000 people are expected to attend the event, which runs June 4-7 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the Seaport District.…

Attorney General expands Greyhound Friends probe » The Metro West Daily News Greyhound Friends hopes to reopen in the near future after being shut down for more than a year, but the state Attorney General’s office recently expanded its investigation into the organizatio…

Despite challenges, summer travelers expected to boost Massachusetts economy » Patriot Ledger Memorial Day marks one of the most-important times of year for the Massachusetts economy — the unofficial start of summer.…

Beloved Sparky's Hayrides back in business » Cape Cod Times A push on Beacon Hill has gotten Sparky’s Hayrides back on the right side of the law — just in time for Memorial Day weekend.…

Executive exodus at Boston Globe continues » Boston Business Journal According to multiple sources, three top executives — including the paper’s vice president of circulation, Pete Doucette — all disclosed in recent days that they are leaving the c…

Marty Walsh opposes year-round Airbnb rentals in owner-occupied buildings » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh is resisting a push to let Boston’s resident landlords rent out Airbnb units year-round in the buildings they live in, saying they shouldn’t use that business model…

Businesses join anti-sex-trafficking policy coalition » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Massachusetts Has the Second-Largest LGBT Population in the Nation » Boston Magazine A new report from Boston Indicators and the Fenway Institute found people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or something else face hardships and discrimination in the Bay State. …

Education

Judge OKs acquisition of Danforth Art by Framingham State » The Metro West Daily News A state judge has cleared the way for Framingham State University to acquire Danforth Art and its collection of more than 3,000 pieces of artwork.…

At UMass, Marty Meehan finds himself mired in controversies » Boston Globe On a Monday evening in early March, University of Massachusetts president Martin T. Meehan took the stage in a darkened ballroom at the UMass Club on the 32nd floor of a downtown office building.…

The Mount Ida Rorschach test » Commonwealth Magazine TWO MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGES announced plans to close this year.…

Hawkins named education subcommittee chair » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Jim Hawkins has been named chairman of the education subcommittee for the House Progressive Caucus.…

West Springfield screening film on Gulen charter schools as city's new charter school denies ties to Muslim cleric » The Republican

Environment

An industry is born: Largest U.S. contract to date makes SouthCoast a hub for offshore wind » South Coast Today Now we have an industry, not just a plan.…

Nahant dives into summer with high scores in water quality » Lynn Daily News Item

Health Care

House Passes DiZoglio Bill to Assist Veterans with Cost of Emergency Medical Services » The Valley Patriot The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed legislation sponsored by State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) to assist veterans in need of emergency medical assistance. Currently, v…

Housing

Truro moves forward with 'cloverleaf' affordable apartment project » Cape Cod Times With 4 acres of land once owned by the state now in their hands, Truro officials hope to make the right moves to create 30 to 40 new rental apartments to keep younger families and seniors in town. But…

Abutters oppose Hamilton affordable housing plan » The Salem News One affordable housing project is moving forward for Harborlight Community Partners, but another remains stalled by the threat of legal action from multiple parties.…

Human Services

Mass. veterans get assist from local lawmakers » Wicked Local Hingham Veterans will get expanded medical care, tax exemptions, employment protections and help with burial expenses under the Brave Act that was approved by the state Senate and House.…

Veteran State Rep. Campbell Marks Memorial Day With Passage of BRAVE Act » WHAV State Rep. Linda Campbell, herself a former U.S. Army paratrooper, is extra thankful this Memorial Day, given the recent passage of the Veterans legislation known as the BRAVE Act. The acronym stands …

Judiciary

Mafia murder trial in federal court a flashback to a bygone era » Boston Globe They were once legends on Boston’s streets, considered by the federal government the most menacing criminals of their time. But now in court, they look like harmless old men.…

Former Pittsfield drug court judge Thomas Estes resigns » Berkshire Eagle Judge Thomas Estes, who has been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment, resigned from the bench Friday, according to his attorney.…

Could The Death Penalty Come Back To The Commonwealth? » WGBH

Labor

Lawmakers balk at capping sick time for state workers » Newburyport News Gov. Charlie Baker wants to cap expanding sick time banks for state employees that have taxpayers on the hook for tens of millions of dollars. Baker's plan, inserted into his budget proposal two year…

Local Government

Conway Selectboard Chairman O’Rourke calls for the repeal of ‘Safe Community’ bylaw » The Recorder The controversial “Safe Community” bylaw passed at annual Town Meeting earlier this month might be under attack.…

Taunton left with few options as recycling facility terminates contract with city » Taunton Daily Gazette As of June 1, the We Care material recovery facility will terminate its contract with the city and cease its operations, according to members of the Department of Public Works.…

Lancaster permitting fees are on the rise » telegram.com Changes are coming to the cost of Lancaster’s various town permits, as decided at the selectmen’s meeting May 21.…

Pittsfield Italian-Americans seek restoration of 'Columbus Day' over 'Indigineous Peoples Day' » The Republican Christopher Columbus may have been deeply flawed, but his 15th-century voyage across the Atlantic should not be erased from history, according to a group of local Italian-Americans.…

Springfield elected officials slate 'Town Hall-style' meeting at North End library, intended for residents across city » The Republican

State FY2019 Budget Includes 11 Percent More For Framingham Roads » Milton Patch

Marijuana

Marijuana store stalls at Plymouth Town Hall » Wicked Local Plymouth Despite the previous approval of a medical marijuana dispensary and a recreational marijuana sales license by voters, Town Meeting and Plymouth’s Board of Selectmen, the smoking lamp is still n…

Tito Jackson’s Next Act: Marijuana CEO » Boston Magazine He pledged to pay employees a $15 minimum wage. …

Marijuana licenses expected soon after June's arrival » State House News Service

Opinion

GOP should take stand against bigotry » Boston Herald In late 1991, conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan launched his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, challenging incumbent Republican president George H.W. Bush. …

Unlike Mount Ida, Quincy College took the high road » Boston Globe THE TRAUMATIC SHUTDOWN of Mount Ida College in Newton didn’t have to cause as much turmoil as it did for students. A few towns away, another college faced its own crisis — and handled it…

Don’t count Trump out yet for 2020 » Boston Herald For this unpopular president, it’s the beginning of summer before the midterm election. A devastating loss for his party in November seems imminent, and his approval rating is a dismal 37 perce…

Peter Lucas: Jimmy Tingle's political credentials are no joke ... sort of » Lowell Sun Yes, there is a political star out of Cambridge with Harvard connections who will be pressing the flesh at this weekend's Democrat Party convention in Worcester.…

Wayne Chapman could become Charlie Baker’s Willie Horton » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is furiously trying to avoid political blowback for the scheduled release of serial pedophile Wayne Chapman, which has outraged victims and their advocates.…

Our Opinion: Senate budget holds bright spots for the Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle The machinery of lawmaking has been chugging away on Beacon Hill, and last Friday the state Senate produced a budget that holds some bright spots for the Berkshires if certain provisions manage to sur…

MBTA’s unfair rail fares need to change » Commonwealth Magazine Current prices based on 1900s-era approach …

Getting the CA, NJ perspective on millionaire tax » Commonwealth Magazine Taxing highest incomes to make public investments works …

Politics

Keller @ Large: Democratic Candidate For Governor Would Focus On Transportation » CBS Boston Two men are vying for the support to appear on the ballot as the Democratic candidate for governor this September. One of them, Jay Gonzalez, joined Jon Keller on Sunday.…

Political Notes: Cape's Democratic legislators back Gonzalez » Cape Cod Times The three Democrats in the Cape and Islands legislative delegation are endorsing Jay Gonzalez in the 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial race.…

'Every vote matters:' Democratic candidates for governor visit New Bedford for forum » South Coast Today In a two-hour gubernatorial candidate forum hosted by the New Bedford Democratic City Committee, Jay Gonzalez and Robert Massie covered a wide range of issues including education, fishing, offshore wi…

Some 3rd Congressional District hopefuls skipped voting in key contests » Boston Herald Several Democratic congressional candidates who are now urging voters to hit the polls in the Merrimack Valley’s packed 3rd District primary didn’t bother to cast their own ballots in ke…

Crowded field vying for Miceli's 19th District seat » Lowell Sun With the passing of Rep. Jim Miceli last month, the field is crowded in the race for who will represent the 19th Middlesex District.…

Candidate’s claim of being an attorney is a potential ethics violation, experts say » Boston Globe Juana B. Matias, a Lawrence Democrat competing in the crowded Third Congressional District primary field, has repeatedly told voters she once served as an immigration attorney. It’s a key part …

Sen. Don Humason, assistant Senate Minority Leader, files paperwork for re-election bid » The Republican State Sen. Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield, has filed paperwork with Secretary of State Bill Galvin to seek a third term representing the 2nd Hampden & Hampshire District in the Massachusetts Senat…

Diana Szynal, running for Peter Kocot's old seat, receives endorsements from Northampton mayor, Northwestern DA, others » The Republican Diana Szynal, a former aide to late State Rep. Peter Kocot who is running for his old seat, has received the support of a cadre of local and state officials. …

Gubernatorial candidates Bob Massie, Jay Gonzalez meet with Springfield Democrats » The Republican Bob Massie and Jay Gonzalez, Democratic candidates running for Massachusetts governor, stopped in Forest Park Saturday to make their pitches to local delegates ahead of next week's state party conven…

Public Health

State's recent opioid statistics highlight progress, challenges » The Republican

Public Safety

Mass. House passes bill to collect police training money » The Metro West Daily News The Massachusetts House of Representatives last week passed a bill that lawmakers say will ensure local police have the money to appropriately train officers in light of budget cuts in recent years. …

State Finance

Gobi Announces Passage of Two Food Policy Initiatives » Go Local Worcester Senator Anne Gobi announced the passage of a pair of Senate budget initiatives targeted at increasing access to fresh, local foods. …

Cyr Touts Senate Budget Passage » Capecod.com State Senator Julian Cyr is touting the passage of the Senate’s $41.5 billion fiscal year 2019 budget.…

State Government

Gov. Baker salutes western Massachusetts veterans on Memorial Day » News 22 WWLP.com It is a day to reflect and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Governor Charlie Baker came to western Massachusetts on Memorial Day to salute the men and women buried in the Veterans Ce…

Gov. Charlie Baker gives Memorial Day address at Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam » The Republican As Gov. Charlie Baker was delivering the annual Memorial Day proclamation at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam on Monday, Gloria Marchetto quietly whisked past a row of graves in …

Transportation

After an $18m overhaul, one Steamship Authority boat reeked of sewage. Then things got worse » Boston Globe Under fire for recent breakdowns on ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, the head of the Steamship Authority this week cast blame on a Rhode Island-based contractor for many of the mecha…

Berkshire Flyer Project Takes Another Step Forward » WAMC Western Massachusetts Democrat Adam Hinds says the state Senate budget will include funding for the Berkshire Flyer rail project — a key step in the long process of reestablishing regular rail …

‘A surprisingly good idea’ from the T » Commonwealth Magazine New, flat weekend fare offers lots of opportunities …

The Codcast: Bus renaissance underway? » Commonwealth Magazine

Utilities

After Flint, Michigan Pushes Toughest Lead Water Rules in the Country » Governing Four years after the start of the Flint water crisis, Michigan state regulators are on the verge of approving some of the strictest rules in the country to reduce the risk of water-based lead poisonin…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Apology resolves Senate candidate’s accusation of inappropriate behavior by rival » Gazette Net

A Boston-Based Company Has to Pay More Than Half a Million Dollars for Failing to Compensate Interns » Boston Magazine

Official: No owners found for Microfab site » Newburyport News

Councilors refuse to act on Driscoll nod » The Salem News

Senate passes proposal aimed at Seaport turf war, but with no mandates » Boston Globe

No more ‘falling through the cracks’ » Cape Cod Times

What does the Massachusetts Senate immigration amendment do? » The Republican

Surgery center opens in Shrewsbury, promising more affordable care » The Republican

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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

U.S. SETS NEW RECORD FOR OIL PRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER MEETING VIRTUALLY ALL GLOBAL DEMAND GROWTH » Mass. Petroleum 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

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL COST LOCAL BREWERIES, WINERIES » Climate Action Business Association


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