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Today on Beacon Hill

8:00am Reception for Governor's Council Candidate Paul DePalo with Congressman Jim McGovern

9:00am Nonprofit Awareness Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Department of Public Health Hearing, Public Health Council Room, 2nd Floor, 250 Washington Street, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Dennis Meet & Greet with Sen. Julian Cyr

5:30pm Rep. Stephan Hay Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

Must-Reads

Community hospitals struggle to compete with better-paid rivals » Boston Globe The disparity in insurance payments threatens the viability of many smaller hospitals, especially those serving lower-income communities ....…

Massachusetts was a policy trailblazer. Not anymore. » Boston Globe Massachusetts used to be a hub of innovative public policies, but the state that gave America its first public school and first minimum wage seems to have lost its experimental nerve, along with its s…

DeLeo vows to protect unions if SCOTUS rules against AFSCME » State House News Service Addressing a convention of Democrats in Worcester on Saturday morning, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said the House is ready to act if the U.S. Supreme Court deals a blow to labor unions in a closely-wat…

Pioneer: UMass has a spending problem » Commonwealth Magazine THE PIONEER INSTITUTE continued its war of words with the University of Massachusetts on Monday, asserting that the five-campus system’s complaints about inadequate state funding are just not t…

Michael Cohen's secret dream » Axios Nobody's going to be able to f**k with us. I think I'm going to run for mayor.…

As Donoghue, other women move on, Senate feels loss » Lowell Sun In a year when more women are running for Congress than ever before, the Massachusetts Senate -- whose membership is less than one-quarter female -- is feeling a loss. …

McGovern miffed limits set on his remarks by SBA » The Recorder An attempt to set parameters on remarks byU.S. Rep. Jim McGovern at a Rural Small Business Lending Roundtable, where he was a designated “special guest” of the U.S. Small Business Administ…

Zakim gets Democratic endorsement over Galvin for Secretary of State » Boston Business Journal Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, making his first run at higher office, earned the upset endorsement of the Democratic Party convention Saturday, dealing a significant blow to Secretary of State Will…

"Baker hides behind the chaos Trump creates. He hopes we’ll lower our expectations and simply be grateful he isn’t crazy like our President,"

Gubernatorial hopeful Jay Gonzalez

Speaking about Governor Charlie Baker.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Bill could help with replacement of Cape Cod Canal bridges » Cape Cod Times A bill has been introduced in Congress that could yield funding to help replace the aging Bourne and Sagamore bridges.…

Business

Boston businesses taking steps to ensure a ‘Starbucks incident’ won’t happen here » Boston Globe In closing 8,000 stores for anti-bias training last week, Starbucks aimed to demonstrate that it’s serious about banishing racism and other forms of prejudice from its coffee shops.…

After renovations, grand old Colonial Theatre prepares to open doors » Boston Globe When the curtain rises this month at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” will be center stage, but the real star will be the long-shuttered hall itself, which after m…

Senate Task Force unveils final report on strengthening local retail » Gazette Net Competition from e-commerce, lack of technical and financial assistance from the state and demographic changes among shoppers are continuing to impact retailers across Massachusetts.…

Boston will be the hub of the biotech universe starting Monday » Boston Globe When more than 16,000 people from 74 countries descend on Boston for the annual Biotechnology Innovation Organization convention…

Civil Rights

Group: Erase ‘Faneuil’ from hall’s name because he was a slave trader » Boston Herald Clergy members and other activists are calling on Boston officials to rename Faneuil Hall because a portion of the money used to fund the so-called “Cradle of Liberty” came, ironically, fr…

Education

Massachusetts gives Holyoke $131,600 grant for early college program for high schoolers » The Republican Students can earn up to 12 college credits before they graduate from high school thanks to a $131,600 state grant.…

Pioneer Valley schools look to state for guidance » The Recorder Rather than scramble to make large-scale budget cuts, the Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has sought assistance from lawmakers and state and private agencies. …

Charter School Seniors Ready to Make Their Mark » Vineyard Gazette In a class so small everyone is on the same group text, seniors at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School said they’ve formed deep bonds.…

Federal

Rep. Neal Decries Efforts To Discredit Special Counsel Mueller » WAMC Western Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal says that there’s a public relations campaign being waged against Special Counsel Robert Mueller. …

Gaming

DraftKings takes 'significant' step toward sports betting with Atlantic City deal » Boston Business Journal Boston-based DraftKings Inc. on Friday announced that it will partner with Atlantic City-based Resorts Casino Hotel in its pursuit to get a sports gambling license in New Jersey. It's the first in a l…

Health Care

'Medicaid-for-All' Rapidly Gains Interest in the States » Governing More than a dozen states either have or are still considering the idea of letting people buy Medicaid -- regardless of how much money they make. …

Dental therapists may help solve the dental care gap » The Metro West Daily News There is a move to increase access to dental care in Massachusetts by licensing dental therapists, a new professional category.…

Human Services

Children’s Advocacy Center lauded at annual breakfast » The Recorder Catherine Sykes began by describing what had happened to her daughter by an abusive boyfriend.…

Immigration

Sanctuary state proposal gets new life on Beacon Hill » Newburyport News A stalled proposal to make Massachusetts a “sanctuary state” has been revived on Beacon Hill, but its fate is anything but certain.…

Judiciary

Officials hope higher salaries will stem assistant DA turnover » South Coast Today Want to retain entry-level employees? Pay them more money. It’s an approach that has improved the state’s overall retention of assistant district attorneys, a historically underpaid job …

Advocates demand accountability for state-appointed psychologists » My Fox Boston A victims advocate in Massachusetts is demanding a level of accountability for state-appointed psychologists in sex offender cases. …

Judging the judge » Commonwealth Magazine A protest last week outside a Salem courthouse featured a refrain made familiar by the scholarly legal eagles who regularly populate the president’s rally, where they apply only the most reason…

Labor

She accused her psychologist of sexual misconduct. The board found her credible, but he still has a license to practice. » Boston Globe Lisa Grover needed help. Her marriage of 25 years had suddenly collapsed, and she felt shattered. She turned to Natick psychologist Melvin Rabin, whom she found online. …

Legislative

Massachusetts House approves bill allowing community benefit districts » Taunton Daily Gazette House 149-2, approved and sent to the Senate a local option bill allowing a city or town to authorize the creation of community benefit districts which would permit owners of contiguous property in a …

Local Government

Massachusetts House approves bill allowing creation of community benefit districts » The Herald News Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators and representatives' votes on roll calls from the week of May 28-June 1.…

THE COLUMN: Belvidere may get unwanted neighbor » Lowell Sun MOST INTERESTING rumor out of Lowell last week? A $715,000, 7-bedroom home in the city's ritziest neighborhood could become a sober home.…

Wendell Town Meeting to vote on nuclear weapons, state flag » The Recorder On Tuesday, Wendell residents will tell the world what they think about nuclear weapons and the state flag.…

City Hall raises an orange flag and praises a red one » Gloucester Times Gloucester is a city that’s never shy about letting its true colors come shining through. On Friday, those colors were one color, and that color was orange.…

Springfield mayor lashes out at courts over kidnap suspect’s prior release » Boston Herald As police investigate three bodies found at a career criminal’s home, the enraged mayor of Springfield is ripping into the court system, laying blame for letting “animals” such as S…

Opinion

No more delay: Pass distracted-driving bill » Boston Globe THE PUBLIC KNOWS it’s the right thing to do. Distracted driving — texting and dialing — has become epidemic, and most Massachusetts residents agree that it’s time to clamp …

Facing the STEM challenge in education » Boston Globe GREATER BOSTON IS putting its global leadership in biotech innovation on display this week as more than 16,000 people from 74 countries descend on the city for the 2018 BIO International Convention. …

Families of Sandy Hook victims could force Alex Jones to admit his outrageous lie » Boston Globe FAMILIES OF SIX MORE Sandy Hook victims filed a defamation suit last month against Alex Jones, the nation’s premier conspiracy peddler, with millions of followers on his far-right InfoWars webs…

Keep the lid on state's 'double-dipping' cap » Lowell Sun The state Legislature is cooking up another piece of warm "money" pie -- complete with a cherry on top -- for its friends.…

Whose side is Beacon Hill on? Protect the innocent, not criminals » Boston Herald How many dead cops will it take — and Bay State citizens who are murdered, raped and kidnapped — before Beacon Hill realizes Massachusetts’ judicial system is broken and needs di…

Democrats’ silence on Safe Communities Act is a sign of why Baker, GOP forces will prevail » Cambridge Day The Massachusetts Democratic Convention just ended in Worcester. I’ve seen not one speech, no social media posts, not a single word over this weekend about Democrats holding their candidates or…

Democratic convention a risk for Bill Galvin » Boston Herald He’s the longest-serving Democratic state officeholder, first elected when Bill Weld was governor and the World Wide Web barely existed.…

Like it or not, campaign regs changed for the better » Commonwealth Magazine LAST JANUARY, the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) proposed revisions to many of their existing campaign finance regulations. While most of the proposed changes were minor…

Region’s power grid is changing dramatically » Commonwealth Magazine APRIL 21, 2018 was an historic date for the New England power grid: It was the first time that mid-day peak energy demand from the power grid was lower than typically low overnight demand. The reason …

For hire: CEO of housing and transit » Commonwealth Magazine Eastern Mass. has too little housing and too much traffic. Here’s a bold fix. …

In New York–Massachusetts Rivalry, Massachusetts Is Winning » Reason.com

Our Opinion: State Democratic convention reflects new blood » Berkshire Eagle

Politics

Gonzalez would not have filled Pentagon request for border help » Lowell Sun Candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez says he would not have complied with a Pentagon request, as Gov. Charlie Baker's administration did, to send a Massachusetts National Guard chopper and a two-person…

Zakim upsets Galvin; Gonzalez cruises » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON CITY COUNCILOR Josh Zakim, making his first run at higher office, earned the upset endorsement of the Democratic Party convention Saturday in Worcester, dealing a significant blow to Secretary …

MA Democrats Rally Behind 'Little Guy' For Gov. Candidate » Beacon Hill Patch Pledging to win back the corner office in November on behalf of the "little guys" who fight for their beliefs, Democrat Jay Gonzalez on Saturday accepted his party's endorsement for governor, giving t…

Who’s next? Win puts incumbents on notice » Boston Herald Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim’s stunning upset convention win over longtime Secretary of State William Galvin was a warning shot to incumbents everywhere — look out.…

Democrats endorse Gonzalez-Palfrey ticket, back Zakim over Galvin at Worcester convention » The Metro West Daily News Democratic State Convention delegates at the DCU Center on Saturday endorsed Jay Gonzalez for governor and Quentin Palfrey for lieutenant governor, and in a rebuff to longtime incumbent William Galvin…

Campaign Notebook: News from the campaign trail » Gazette Net Daniel Carey, Easthampton City Councilor and candidate for state representative for the 2nd Hampshire District, will host a campaign event, “Breakfast with the Careys,” at the American Leg…

Former Haverhill Mayor Rurak Endorses Matias for Congress: ‘A True Public Servant’ » WHAV Haverhill native Juana Matias has the support of former city Mayor James Rurak in her bid for a 3rd Essex District congressional seat.…

Josh Zakim Upsets Bill Galvin for Secretary of State Nod at Massachusetts Democratic Convention » New Boston Post Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, making his first run at higher office, earned the upset endorsement of the Massachusetts Democratic Party convention Saturday, dealing a significant blow to Secretary…

Jay Gonzalez, former Deval Patrick budget chief, wins nomination at 2018 Mass. Democratic convention » MassLive Jay Gonzalez, a former aide to ex-Gov. Deval Patrick, won the support of most delegates at the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Convention as the party seeks to re-take the governor's office from Republi…

Massachusetts Democrats vote to endorse statewide candidates » The Associated Press (AP) Thousands of Massachusetts Democratic Party activists gathered in Worcester for their annual convention Saturday and in a surprise move endorsed the challenger in the secretary of state race over the …

Gun-rights demonstrators clash with counterprotesters at State House rally » Boston Globe A group of gun-rights activists clashed Saturday with counterprotesters who chanted and used noisemakers to try to drown out speakers from the other side during an approximately 90-minute face-off out…

Josh Zakim, in first statewide run, tops Galvin » Boston Herald Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, running for statewide office for the first time, beat out William Galvin, the 24-year incumbent secretary of the commonwealth, in a shock victory to win the Democrati…

GOP's Green wants to bridge the gap with White House » Lowell Sun What he will do, if elected, is become the state’s much-needed pipeline to President Donald Trump. The “he” is successful businessman Rick Green, 47, a Republican, who is running fo…

Healey blasts Baker for avoiding 'tough fights' » Boston Herald While many Democrats hoped she would challenge Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey is going for four more years in her current job. On Friday night, her party mates rallied around her bi…

Mass. Democrats want more forceful opposition to Trump » Boston Globe Massachusetts Democrats, furious with federal leadership and frustrated with their Republican governor’s unwillingness to challenge it more forcefully, rallied the troops at their nominating co…

Elizabeth Warren to Massachusetts Democrats: 'I'm just getting started' » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, pledged Friday to "persist" in her efforts to fight for working class Americans and to challenge President Donald Trump and Republicans, as she opened the …

Massachusetts Legislative Races Feature Free Rides, Open Seats » New England Public Radio

Public Health

How to Calculate What Opioid Overdoses Cost Government » Governing New research provides a formula to help cities and counties know what to expect, financially, when drug deaths spike. …

Public Safety

‘Let’s pray for a peaceful summer,’ says Boston police commissioner » Boston Globe As police investigated the city’s 23rd homicide of the year, the city’s police commissioner called on those gathered during a memorial service Sunday to pray for an end to the violence.…

Boston police ceremony promises members ‘would never, ever be forgotten’ » Boston Globe For families of Boston police members who died in the past year, there was a message in a Sunday morning service dedicated to their memory: Their loved ones’ sacrifices won’t be forgotte…

Massachusetts State Senate To Vote On 'Red Flag' Bill This Week » New England Public Radio Is there a way to take away a person's legally licensed gun, fairly and constitutionally, if their family raises a “red flag”? Massachusetts lawmakers are working on that question. …

‘The Police Aren’t Just Getting You In Trouble. They Actually Care.’ » Politico

Springfield gun buyback yields 120+ weapons » The Republican More than 120 firearms were turned into the Hampden District Attorney's Office in a gun buyback day on Saturday.…

State Finance

Tallying budget amendments backed by Hinds » Berkshire Eagle The state's $40 billion funding choo-choo lumbered out of the Senate the other day, after a weeklong stop in the House. …

Senate increases mentoring matching grants line item » Wicked Local Saugus

State Government

Want to Move to Vermont? The State Will Pay You $10,000 to Relocate » Boston Magazine It's offering a big incentive to work remotely. …

Taxation

House approves community benefit districts with taxation powers » Sentinel & Enterprise House 149-2, approved and sent to the Senate a local option bill allowing a city or town to authorize the creation of community benefit districts which would permit owners of contiguous property in a …

Transportation

The Codcast: Salvucci traces decline of T to Weld administration » Commonwealth Magazine

Bus-Only Lane Experiment In Roslindale Ends » WGBH For the past month, morning commuters riding MBTA buses in Roslindale have enjoyed the luxury of a bus-only lane. That's when parked cars are cleared from the curbside lane to allow buses to travel wi…

Rail link study 'just about done' » Gloucester Times

Utilities

Massachusetts hoping to be nation's offshore wind power hub » Boston Herald The announcement that Massachusetts will work with Rhode Island to bring up to 1,200 megawatts of offshore wind energy to the region marks a milestone in the state's efforts to develop renewable energ…

Retiring more nuclear plants could hurt Mass. climate goals » Boston Globe A reality check: Last year, solar panels and wind turbines generated less than 5 percent of the utility-scale electricity generated in Massachusetts. That’s despite consistent state support for…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

'It's A Prison. It's Punishing Addicts': Calls To Reform Civil Commitments Increase » WBUR

Springfield Cannabis Co. gets higher grades on updated presentation for proposed marijuana store in East Springfield » The Republican

Newbury College to shut down in the spring » The Boston Globe

The Loop takes over 5,000 riders through downtown Springfield in 1st 3 months; city wants schedule to align with trains » The Republican

Baker Chooses Wind over Fishing [OPINION] » WBSM

In shift from first election, Healey to raise funds from donors for inaugural party » The Boston Globe

Hector Montesino appointed to Alzheimer's advisory council » Wicked Local Concord

Somerville Receives $500K For Water, Sewer Improvements » Wakefield Patch

Future of Transportation: Baker says state needs to build reliable system » Fox 25 News

Commission’s transportation recommendations unveiled » Commonwealth Magazine

GE says it may replace KPMG as auditor » Boston Business Journal

Offshore Wind Auction For 390,000 Acres South Of Mass. Blows Through Sale Record » WBUR

In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it. » The Boston Globe

State commission recommends VC funding for transit technology » Boston Business Journal

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 6/4

8:00am Reception for Governor's Council Candidate Paul DePalo with Congressman Jim McGovern

9:00am Nonprofit Awareness Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Department of Public Health Hearing, Public Health Council Room, 2nd Floor, 250 Washington Street, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Dennis Meet & Greet with Sen. Julian Cyr

5:30pm Rep. Stephan Hay Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

Tuesday - 6/5

Birthdays: Rep. Kevin Honan, Rep. Diana DiZoglio

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Sen. Eric Lesser Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm Chatham Meet & Greet with Sen. Julian Cyr

6:00pm State Sen. Candidate Chelsea Kline Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm Rep. Dan Cullinane Re-Election Campaign Kickoff with Mayor Marty Walsh

6:30pm Spring Reception for State Rep. Candidates Sandra Biagetti and Paul Ferro

Wednesday - 6/6

9:30am Business Carbon Pricing Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm Institute for Community Inclusion Awards, Great Hall, State House, Boston

3:00pm Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, Public Hearing

6:00pm Rep. Liz Malia Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Ed O'Connell Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Acton Meet & Greet Fundraiser for Sen. Barbara L'Italien for Congress

Thursday - 6/7

Birthdays: Rep. Aaron Michlewitz

9:00am REALTOR Day on Beacon Hill, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Fundraiser for Congressional Candidate Lori Trahan

5:30pm State Rep. Candidate Marie McCourt Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate John Mahoney Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm Meet & Greet with State Rep. Candidate Kevin Higgins

6:30pm Rep. Michael Day Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm Mass. Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition's Give Liberty a Hand 2018 Gala, Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Avenue, Boston

7:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Pina Prinzivalli with Rep. Shaunna O'Connell

7:00pm Meet & Greet with U.S. Senate Candidate Beth Lindstrom

Friday - 6/8

9:00am Hampden Sheriff Nick Cocchi's 2018 Golf Tournament

10:00am Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs & Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield

12:30pm Girl Scout Gold Award Celebration, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House, Boston


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