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Could the longest-serving statewide elected official lose his job? » Boston.com Josh Zakim was just 10 years old when Bill Galvin was first elected as the secretary of state of Massachusetts. Now, the Boston city councilor is giving Galvin the toughest challenge of his 24 years i…

Bill Clinton provides some #MeToo cover for Trump » Boston Globe BILL CLINTON just flunked the #MeToo re-emergence test. He had sex with “that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” Yet all these years later, he regrets nothing about the way he handled the painful fall…

Koch brothers taking on Trump with free trade campaign » ABC News Another trade war is brewing – one between President Trump and the Koch brothers. …

Anti-gay candidate Scott Lively files $7 million lawsuit against Gov. Charlie Baker, MassGOP » The Republican Lively is claiming that the state Republican Party violated its own bylaws by endorsing and helping Baker in his reelection campaign before the Sept. 4 primary. …

Beacon Hill borrowing spree continues » Lowell Sun The House on Wednesday plans to take up a $3.87 billion bill, the product of nearly 100 days of negotiations, which authorizes extensive borrowing and spending on state facility repairs and other capi…

In 3rd District, Trahan says she founded a business — but it’s complicated » Boston Globe But Trahan didn’t officially join the company until 2012 — five years after records list Frei and Morriss as launching the company as its sole managers. …

Unity Commission Resolution passes at Massachusetts Democratic State Convention » Blue Mass Group Delegates at the Mass Democratic Convention in Worcester approved a Unity Resolution, supporting the national Unity Reform Commission. The Unity Reform Commission (“Commission”) was establ…

Fact-Checking Bill Clinton’s meltdown on NBC’s Today Show » The Washington Post The former president, challenged about how his sexual transgressions look in the #MeToo world, responded with a defense that stressed how much he had done for women as a politician. To a considerable …

Bipartisan odd couple racks up wins at House Judiciary » Politico After the House passed its bipartisan prison reform bill late last month, GOP Rep. Doug Collins and Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries quickly met on the floor for a celebratory embrace. …

Patrick plans 2020 decision by end of the year » Politico Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is inching closer toward deciding on a 2020 presidential run.…

GROSSMAN HELPED LIGHT ZAKIM'S PATH » State House News Service Nearly every successful politician has a guiding light - an older mentor who knows the playing field, how races are run and won, whom to talk to and what to do next. It's one of the most satisfying qu…

"President Trump seems to believe that he gets to make up all the rules," Warren told reporters in Boston. "He's wrong. No one is above the law, and that includes the president of the United States."

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Beltway Politics

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Donald Trump attacked the 'fundamentals of democracy' » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, said Monday that President Donald Trump has committed "attacks on the fundamentals of democracy." …

Dems will win by highlighting opposition to tax law, Warren says » State House News Service With Democrats eyeing a takeover of the House and possibly the Senate, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Monday that if her party runs on nothing but its opposition to the $1.5 trillion GOP tax cut it w…

Deval Patrick Sets Deadline On Considering Presidential Run » WBUR

Business

Mass. edges past N.J. in ranking of life sciences jobs » Boston Globe Move over, New Jersey. Massachusetts has taken your spot as the East Coast’s drug industry powerhouse.…

MassEcon’s chief is recruiting: this time, for her replacement » Boston Globe MassEcon executive director Susan Houston has played key roles in attracting a variety of companies, big and small, to Massachusetts over the years. Now, she is embarking on a different kind of recrui…

News Briefs: Mass. Senate passes life sciences bond bill; Mass. has second lowest gun suicide rate » the Berkshire edge Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, has announced that the Massachusetts Senate voted 33-4 Thursday to pass a bond bill extending the state’s investment in life sciences research and training to …

In The Heart Of Biotech, Leaders Explain The Boston Area’s 'BioBoom' » WBUR The intersection of Ames and Main streets in Cambridge's Kendall Square is perhaps the best place to stand if you want to see the biotech industry boom that has overtaken this region since the turn of…

Insulet, AIRM land $3.8M in tax incentives for job creation » Worcester Business Journal

Baker touts $20M STEM investment at BIO Conference » The Metro West Daily News

Civil Rights

Hate crimes task force to hold listening session in Springfield » The Republican The governor's task force on hate crimes will hold its first of three listening sessions Thursday in Springfield.…

Crimes

3 get probation in van service Medicaid fraud, must pay restitution » Worcester Telegram Three former managers of a now-defunct Westminster transportation company were placed on probation and ordered to pay restitution Monday for their roles in what prosecutors allege was a scheme to frau…

Education

At UMass Boston, a new interim chancellor faces daunting challenges » Boston Globe Katherine Newman has spent most of her 39-year career at elite private universities, but as a sociologist who writes about income inequality, her work has always been about the type of student more li…

HCC offering free training course for experienced kitchen workers » News 22 WWLP.com Holyoke Community College is offering a free, four-week training course for experienced kitchen workers. Dozens of line cooks eager to improve their cooking skills can enroll in a four-week course at …

Marine Trades Association Praises State Senators for Supporting Technical Education » Capecod.com

Environment

New China policies spark disarray in region’s recycling industry » Boston Globe Buried in the mountains of refuse at Casella’s recycling plant in Charlestown are tons of material that should have gone straight to the landfill — from tires and pots to lobster buoys a…

State grants to help communities adapt to climate threats » Gazette Net Bolstering its efforts to respond to threats posed by climate change, the city will use a $400,000 state grant to design infrastructure that will divert stormwater before it reaches areas prone to flo…

Federal

U.S. Army Considers Boston For Its Futures Command Headquarters » WGBH U.S. Army officials met today with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D.-Mass., Gov. Charlie Baker, and Mayor Marty Walsh to hear their pitch for why Boston should be home to the Army's Futures Command Headq…

Gaming

Mass. sports betting bill could be 'ready to go' in 2019, Rep. Joe Wagner says » The Republican The House chairman expected to be the point person as that branch considers legalizing sports betting said last week that the "potential game plan" is for the House to research the issue now so it can…

Health Care

Massachusetts hospitals provided $601M in community benefits » The Associated Press (AP) Massachusetts hospitals provided $601 million in community benefits to local residents — including free or discounted care — during the 2017 fiscal year.…

Housing

Weymouth designated as housing choice community » Wicked Local Weymouth Weymouth will have exclusive access to the state Department of Housing and Community Development’s housing choice grant program to rebuild its infrastructure because the town was recently desig…

The kids are gone, but their boomer parents can’t afford to downsize » Boston Globe LET ME FIRST APOLOGIZE for any part my wife and I may be playing in worsening the Massachusetts housing shortage. Our youngest child has a freshly minted college diploma and a job. …

Where Evictions Are Most Common » Governing A new database provides the first-ever national look at evictions. It shows that they happen more often than you think in places you might not expect. …

Judiciary

Analysis: Supreme Court's scrutiny sets new standard in baker ruling » Boston Herald Yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that handed a narrow legal win to a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple had advocates on both sides of the case declari…

State high court's decision to free child rapist is blasted » Boston Herald Serial child rapist Wayne W. Chapman can be let out of prison, a single Supreme Judicial Court justice ruled yesterday in a decision that a lawyer for four victims said she is refusing to accept.…

New Transcript Reignites Outcry Over Salem Judge's Decisions » Salem Patch

Baker To File Bill To 'Significantly Expand' Penalties For Serial Child Rapists » WBUR

Massachusetts struggles to pay assistant DAs going-rate for lawyers » The Herald News

Labor

As Boston targets Airbnb, workers worry about jobs » Boston Globe As more Boston apartments are rented full time to tourists through Airbnb and services like it, city officials worry that residents are being pushed out of their homes.…

Legislative

In need of cash, Brian Joyce sells office — with help from his wife » Boston Globe Short on cash amid his fight against federal corruption charges, former state Senator Brian A. Joyce has scored some help in selling his Canton law office, including from his own wife.…

Democratic lawmakers turn down legislation that would tighten campaigning laws » News 22 WWLP.com In an effort to close loopholes, the bill, sponsored by Acton State Senator James Eldrige, would call for state political parties to only use state funds to support candidates. The bill proposes a two…

Joyce trial delayed as former senator sells law office » Lowell Sun As he awaits trial on a raft of corruption charges, former state Sen. Brian Joyce has reached an agreement to sell his Canton law office, has successfully petitioned the court to ease restrictions on …

Local Government

Lanesborough gives Berkshire Mall owner June 18 deadline to pay nearly $1M in back taxes » Berkshire Eagle The owner of the Berkshire Mall has two weeks to pay nearly $1 million in back taxes or the town will seize control of the county's largest shopping complex.…

State officials headed to PVRS Thursday » The Recorder Two special meetings this week will begin to address the fiscal distress that Pioneer Valley Regional School district has found itself in.…

Pet shop bylaw rejected in Plainville » The Sun Chronicle Town meeting voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to ban local pet shops from obtaining animals from large-scale breeders.…

Faneuil Hall Was Built With Slave Money. Is Its Name Next to Go? » Boston Magazine Momentum is gathering in a push to rename the landmark. …

Marijuana

Brothers behind proposed Merrill Road marijuana operation work to quell fears » Berkshire Eagle They were concerned when a methadone clinic came to their neighborhood, and those concerns haven't dissipated. Now, a marijuana shop is slated for the block. …

Recreational marijuana foe says mayor should resign if commercial pot revenue prediction for West Springfield falls short » The Republican As Mayor William C. Reichelt took to social media to pitch his plan for two commercial marijuana facilities on the outskirts of town, citing the potential financial benefits to West Springfield, a loc…

Marijuana applications stacked up ahead of July 1 target date » State House News Service

Opinion

Secretive detention centers have no place in the US » Boston Globe IF A MEMBER of Congress can’t even get a peek at an immigration detention facility near the border with Mexico, it inevitably raises questions about what the federal government is hiding.…

Bobby Kennedy and other great presidents we never had » Boston Globe IN THIS WEEK of remorse and remembrance, occasioned by the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, I have been haunted by a remark from Senator Ed Markey of Malden that speaks both…

Bill Clinton provides some #MeToo cover for Trump » Boston Globe BILL CLINTON just flunked the #MeToo re-emergence test. He had sex with “that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” Yet all these years later, he regrets nothing about the way he handled the painful fall…

COMMENTARY: Why gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie earns my support » Wicked Local Hingham

The right prescription for biomed innovation » Commonwealth Magazine

Politics

Is William Galvin on his way out in Massachusetts? » Investment News William Galvin, Massachusetts' Secretary of the Commonwealth, who's long been a thorn in the side of the securities industry, lost a vote for the state Democratic party's endorsement over the weekend,…

Galvin gets reality check amid mishaps in secretary of state race » Boston Globe Secretary of State William Galvin’s stunning loss of the state Democratic endorsement at the party’s convention last weekend could force the six-term incumbent back to the campaign drawi…

Election news: Kate McCormick bails on candidacy for register of deeds; Zakim wins party endorsement for secretary of state » the Berkshire edge Great Barrington attorney Kate McCormick, who announced in March that she would run for Southern Berkshire Register of Deeds, has abandoned that candidacy in favor of practicing law full-time.…

Political Notes: Cyr again target of fiscal alliance » Cape Cod Times The Cape & Islands District state Senate race is heating up, even if the weather is not. State Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, is once again the target of a scathing direct-mail campaign from the Massachuse…

Activist gather in Springfield to support Poor People’s Campaign » Valley Advocate Historic Court Square was filled with almost 200 people on Monday, June 4, in downtown Springfield, where one of many rallies for the Poor People’s Campaign was launched.…

Following Democratic Convention Win, Palfrey Heads To Pittsfield » iBerkshires Fresh from receiving the endorsement of the state Democratic Party, Quentin Palfrey was out for a stroll in downtown Pittsfield.…

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- Civics lessons » There ain’t no party like a party party, and but can the Democratic Party stop Gov. Charlie Baker?…

Dracut Republican announces bid for Statehouse seat » Lowell Sun Lifelong Dracut resident Ray Leczynski has set his sights on state Rep. Colleen Garry's 36th Middlesex District seat this fall.…

Former Tedeschi CEO says he's a 'Charlie Baker' Republican: On The Record » WCVB You definitely know the name. Now hear from the person running for a seat in the House of Representatives.…

Rockland town administrator denies behaving inappropriately » Patriot Ledger In a statement issued Monday, Attorney Adam Shafran said Chiocca plans to cooperate with an investigator hired by selectmen and help the town reach an “honest and truthful resolution to this mat…

Secretary of State Races Are More Competitive and Important Than Ever » Governing Voter ID battles and cybersecurity concerns have intensified and elevated these races. Republicans have more seats -- and the most to lose. …

2018 State Elections Forecast » Governing Louis Jacobson, Politifact senior correspondent and Governing contributor, tracks every statewide race for governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and House and Senate. …

50 Years Later, A Look Back At Robert Kennedy's Message Of Hope » WBUR Tuesday marks 50 years since Robert F. Kennedy was shot in California while campaigning for the presidency. He died from his wounds the following day. …

Surprise! Democrats Backed Josh Zakim Over Galvin in Secretary Race » Boston Magazine The city councilor beat the incumbent at this weekend's convention. …

Five theories on why Zakim topped Galvin » Commonwealth Magazine

Democrats running for Massachusetts governor opt into public financing; Gov. Charlie Baker opts out » The Republican

Public Health

Timilty seeks funds to study health impact on plane overflights » Wicked Local Stoughton The state Senate recently adopted a budget amendment filed by Sen. Walter F. Timilty, D-Milton, that will mandate that the Department of Public Health conduct a study on the health impacts of airplane…

Teen births decline but disparities remain » The Salem News The number of teenagers having babies in Massachusetts in 2016 declined for the sixth year in a row, according to newly released data, but still remains high in some cities.…

Public Safety

Chief Concerns: 3 Mass. Police Chiefs Calling for Change in Wake of Sgt. Gannon's Death » NECN Three Massachusetts police chiefs are calling on state leaders to reexamine key parts of the state judicial system nearly two months after a violent criminal with a long record was accused of killing …

House of Representatives approves bill to fund police training via rental surcharge » Shrewsbury Post The Massachusetts House of Representatives has given initial approval for the creation of a dedicated revenue stream to help fund municipal police training in the state. The House Bill H.4516, entitle…

Melrose police, Middlesex DA share hopes, fears, strategies in fight against opioid epidemic » Wicked Local Melrose Some encouraging statistics have recently offered hope of turning a corner in the opioid crisis gripping Massachusetts and much of the rest of the country. But a recent forum at the Milano Center feat…

More alleged drug dealers being held without bail in Bristol County » South Coast Today Alleged drug traffickers in Greater Fall River are increasingly being held without bail under the state’s dangerousness statute, a law normally invoked against defendants charged with violent o…

Worcester chief says body cameras for police are still in the works » Worcester Telegram Plans to equip city police officers with body cameras remain a work in progress and there is no firm timetable for when it might happen, according to Police Chief Steven M. Sargent.…

Comptroller opens investigation into untaxed perks offered to Massachusetts State Police troopers » The Republican

State Government

How many state employees get tax-free perks? Officials are on a hunt to find out » Boston Globe The state comptroller has launched a sweeping investigation to root out untaxed perks given to public employees across the Commonwealth, following revelations that the state had failed to pay taxes on…

Secretary Galvin presents 2018 preservation award Reading’s Virginia Adams » Wicked Local Reading

Taxation

MBTA approves targeted early morn, late night service pilot » State House News Service Early-morning bus trips and more frequent late night trips are scheduled to begin in September under a $1.2 million pilot proposal that the MBTA Control Board approved on Monday.…

Transportation

American Airlines to add second Philly flight from Worcester » Worcester Mag American Airlines will be adding a second flight from Worcester Regional Airport to Philadelphia International Airport when it begins service in Worcester later this year.…

MBTA takes a run at overnight service » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA, which scrubbed its previous incarnation of late-night service in March 2016, is trying again, but this time using a cautious, incremental approach that will rely exclusively on buses and tar…

With Pilot Program, MBTA Aims To Move Toward Overnight Bus Service » WBUR The MBTA will test an extension of late night and early morning bus service to several low-income communities to the north of Boston, as well as city neighborhoods including Dorchester and Mattapan. …

T notes: Uber, Lyft keep growing at the T » Commonwealth Magazine North-South Rail Link study coming this month …

Utilities

Trump memo on struggling power plants raises concerns » Cape Cod Times Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is now the worst-performing reactor in the country under the standards set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the only one out of the nation’s fleet of 99 to si…

Could Pilgrim Station remain open? » Wicked Local Plymouth

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

Rail link study 'just about done' » Gloucester Times

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

Senate increases mentoring matching grants line item » Wicked Local Saugus

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AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

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