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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

Birthdays: Rep. Aaron Michlewitz

Must-Reads

Howard Schultz’s Third Way » The New Republic The former Starbucks chairman is thinking about getting into politics. What would that mean for the Democratic Party? …

Democrats Strengthen House Takeover Prospects in Primary Voting » New York Times Democrats enhanced their prospects for winning control of the House with Tuesday’s coast-to-coast primary results, skirting potential calamity in California and lining up likely gains in New Je…

Mick Mulvaney fires members of CFPB advisory board » Boston Globe Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, fired the agency’s 25-member advisory board on Wednesday and said he would launch a new panel in the fall. …

Democratic women are riding a primary high, while Republican women struggle » Mic Tuesday night once again proved to be a boon for Democratic female candidates, who won primary contests in races across the country on one of the biggest primary nights of the 2018 midterms. …

The next big thing for Democrats: Medicare for all » The Washington Post When the Affordable Care Act was being created in 2009, many liberals who weren’t too excited about the form it was taking hoped that eventually it could evolve into something more to their lik…

Budget analysts flag housing, education, health care differences » State House News Service State budget negotiators have their work cut out for them as they try this month to reconcile House and Senate spending plans, particularly around education, housing and health care, according to the …

Land and broadband part of Maine deal linked to hydro project » State House News Service In its effort to deliver Canadian hydropower to Bay State customers, a Maine utility has reached an agreement with a nature conservation group, promising to donate land, bring broadband to rural areas…

House Dems seethe over superdelegates plan » Politico The controversial issue of “superdelegates” and their future in the Democratic Party led to an angry confrontation on Tuesday night between Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez…

From statewide contests to local races, all politics are about Trump » Boston Globe Donald J. Trump has never campaigned in Hatfield. The president is not calling for cuts to school funding in Southampton or denying new liquor licenses in Northampton. But in the race for the First Ha…

“You have a great day, you’re a piece of trash.” » The Atlantic A top aide to Scott Pruitt, Millan Hupp, resigned from the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a source briefed on the matter and correspondence reviewed by The Atlantic. Her last day will b…

“We saw a judge who made a decision to put basically a drug dealer … back on the street, saying that all he was doing is trying to earn a living for his family.” “Talk to the families of Massachusetts who’ve had loved ones die,”

Representative Geoff Diehl

Speaking about Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Q. Feeley.

News By Category
Business

Jonathan Bush steps down from athenahealth » Boston Globe Jonathan Bush, a brash business executive from a famous political family, stepped down on Wednesday from the helm of athenahealth amid an aggressive takeover bid from a New York hedge fund that wants …

Gov. Baker helps christen Littleton concrete plant » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker says the brand new Massachusetts Ready Mix concrete plant is an example of a community investment that can have an impact statewide.…

Pharma company expanding to Norton gets state tax break » The Sun Chronicle A pharmaceutical company opening a facility in town is earmarked to receive a $1.65 million tax break for creating 110 jobs.…

GE launches Boston-based subsidiary focused on drones » Boston Business Journal On Thursday, GE said that AiRXOS will be a new, wholly-owned company based in Boston, specifically at the GE Farnsworth building.…

Key decisions lie ahead, Berkshire Museum trustees say » Berkshire Eagle Trustees of the Berkshire Museum head into their first board meeting since selling artworks at a "turning point," having raised more than $42 million to ensure their 115-year-old institution's surviva…

Why A Llama, A Goat, A Cow And 2 Lambs Were Grazing On Boston Common » WBUR Cows haven't free-roamed Boston Common in a while, but to the delight of dozens of children, Massachusetts farmers penned one there Wednesday, along with a llama, a goat and two lambs. …

Drugmaker Ipsen to move US headquarters to Mass., add 200 jobs » Boston Business Journal

Crimes

Baker seeking life without parole for repeat child rapists » Wicked Local Hanson Responding to “inadequacies in the current system” revealed by the case of child rapist Wayne Chapman, Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation Wednesday to mandate a life sentence without par…

Education

Lasell College threatens to sue Mount Ida over UMass deal talks » Boston Business Journal Lasell’s outside lawyers sent a letter to Mount Ida last month, claiming that Mount Ida violated an exclusivity agreement between the two schools by secretly negotiating with another suitor: UM…

Environment

State Sends In 'MVPs' To Help Towns With Climate Change Response » The Cape Cod Chronicle With an MVP, the Celtics might have been playing for the NBA championship this week. Last week, the state provided funding to Chatham and Orleans to add a most valuable player to their efforts to asse…

Boston hosts International Mayors Climate Summit: Here's what to know » MassLive Boston officials pledged not to stand idly by in the face of climate change. On Thursday, the city will host an international meeting of mayors to discuss the challenges presented by a shifting climat…

Health Care

Brockton hospital staff overlooked warning about a deadly allergy. ‘Alert fatigue’ may be to blame » Boston Globe The patient was deathly allergic to a common type of pain reliever, a medical history that staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center dutifully noted in the electronic record. Nonetheless, a nurse practit…

Housing

Baker envisions signing of housing production bill » The Metro West Daily News

Baker: Biggest threat to prosperity is 'lack of housing supply' » The Daily News of Newburyport

Human Services

Legislature Helps Families Help Kids » Milford Patch House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) and Senator Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) announced today that Lynnfield residents will be able to access child development services and resou…

Judiciary

Gov. Charlie Baker nominates John McKenna as Westfield District Court judge » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday nominated John McKenna to be an associate justice of Westfield District Court.…

Salem lawyer nominated as judge for Newburyport District Court » The Salem News Salem attorney Jane Dever Prince, 53, of South Hamilton, was tapped by Gov. Charlie Baker to fill a vacancy on the bench at Newburyport District Court. The governor's office announced the nomination o…

Lawmakers: Judge was influenced by defendant's immigration status » The Metro West Daily News Lawmakers pushing for the removal of Essex County Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley said Wednesday that new details about the reasoning behind his controversial sentencing decision compound their ca…

Baker nominates local resident to District Court » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle On Wednesday, May 30, Gov. Charlie Baker nominated Michael P. Welsh to the position of associate justice of the Palmer District Court.…

Lawmakers renew calls for judge's impeachment » The Eagle Tribune Lawmakers are pressuring House Speaker Robert DeLeo to hold a vote on a resolution seeking to remove a Salem Superior Court judge who is under scrutiny for recent rulings, including the release of a h…

Labor

Plymouth man sentenced for wage theft, ordered to pay $100,000 back to workers » Boston Globe A Plymouth man accused of swindling dozens of his construction employees out of their wagespleaded guilty Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court and ordered to pay them nearly $100,000 in restitution, pros…

How States Are Helping People With Disabilities Break Into Government Jobs » Governing Some are changing their applications. Others are instituting "tryouts." …

Labor coalition says grand bargain talks at "standstill" » State House News Service

Legislative

Hundreds expected for Walsh memorial on Saturday » The Metro West Daily News The city has released details related to Saturday’s memorial service at city hall for state Rep. Chris Walsh, who died last month after a battle with cancer. A procession will begin outside the…

Local Government

DiZoglio Hosting Haverhill High’s Young Women Career Day June 12 » WHAV Local state Rep. Diana DiZoglio is set to offer female students a glimpse into her life as a working woman on Beacon Hill during Haverhill High’s Young Women Career Day on Tuesday, June 12. In …

City Hall says upcoming neighborhood plans will help guide Boston’s development » Boston Globe The Walsh administration later this year will begin work on a series of neighborhood plans aimed at guiding city development from Mattapan to East Boston.…

Glory days are gone, but efforts to save the Flint neighborhood are renewed » The Herald News The Community Development Agency and the mayor’s office started gathering information in The Flint, trying to determine what city attention and federal money could do to bring business back.…

Hudson still seeking state money for rotary upgrade » The Metro West Daily News Town officials are not optimistic they will receive $500,000 from the state bond bill to upgrade downtown rotary.…

Contractor owed for 2015 Leominster school job » Sentinel & Enterprise A Gardner-based contractor hired to do boiler repairs at a district school in 2015 has yet to be paid $60,000 for its services, according to School Department documents.…

Quincy's Message To Boston: Take A Ferry To Long Island » WBUR Boston officials Wednesday night sought approval by Quincy’s Conservation Commission of plans to invest $92 million to rehab the Long Island Bridge, but the commission punted on the decision pe…

Lenox official sends 'cease-and-desist' letter to residential property owners in short-term rental flap » Berkshire Eagle The town's building commissioner has sent a "cease-and-desist" letter to dozens of residential property owners who offer short-term rentals, touching off a legal battle in the popular tourist communit…

Marijuana

51 applicants still waiting for approval to sell recreational marijuana on July 1st » News 22 WWLP.com The Cannabis Control Commission has yet to grant a Massachusetts marijuana business license with more than 50 applications waiting for their approval.…

Bill high on rental facility for shared pot growing » Boston Herald The Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy heard a bill yesterday to let residents grow their six plants allowed under the recreational pot law in a secure rental facility, rather than their homes or apa…

Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to many people for a special Fall River Memorial Day ceremony » The Herald News

Seeking help for PVRS » The Recorder I am writing to ask State Rep. Paul Mark for help with the financial crisis facing the Pioneer Valley Regional School District.…

You can read the white rage in their MAGA hats » Boston Globe Recently I saw more than a dozen people wearing “Make America Great Again” hats in what I would have thought would be the most unlikely place: The National Museum of African American Histo…

Proposed 600-foot tower doesn’t square with Boston’s waterfront dreams » Boston Globe Boston is changing — so much so that a 600-foot tower near the edge of Boston Harbor is no longer unimaginable.…

'Socialist' Eldridge is weakening public safety » Lowell Sun Evidently, we have a state senator, Jamie Eldridge, who is hell bent on making Massachusetts a sanctuary state. He strongly opposed the Security Communities Act (started in 2008) announced by former G…

Are emerging markets sending a warning signal? » Boston Globe Are brewing exchange-rate and debt crises in Argentina and Turkey localized events without broader implications? Or are they early warning signs of deeper fragilities in bloated global debt markets th…

Columnist Marty Nathan: Baker ineffective governor in climate crisis » Gazette Net My husband is rightfully proud of himself. He is an anthropologist in the process of retiring from Smith College after a distinguished career of research, writing and teaching about African pastoral n…

Hey mayors, focus on transportation » Commonwealth Magazine Reprioritize the use of city streets away from private cars …

Politics

12 candidates make ballot in historic, crowded 3rd District race » Lowell Sun When the last major hurdle for candidates seeking federal office passed Tuesday, a dozen individuals -- 11 Democrats and one Republican -- had secured a spot on the 3rd Congressional District ballot. …

From statewide contests to local races, all politics are about Trump » Boston Globe Donald J. Trump has never campaigned in Hatfield. The president is not calling for cuts to school funding in Southampton or denying new liquor licenses in Northampton. But in the race for the First Ha…

3 Republican US Senate hopefuls certified to ballot, will face off in Sept. 4 primary » The Republican Three Republican U.S. Senate candidates will officially square-off in Massachusetts' Sept. 4 GOP primary, officials with Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin's office confirmed Wednesday. …

Former GOP US Senate hopeful Heidi Wellman joins Scott Lively's campaign » The Republican Although Heidi Wellman failed to garner enough support for her U.S. Senate bid to make Massachusetts' September primary ballot, the Marlborough Republican is not done campaigning for the 2018 election…

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh enters national spotlight as political clout grows » Boston Herald After showing off his statewide political muscle at the Democratic convention, Mayor Martin J. Walsh takes a national center-stage role at this weekend’s U.S. Conference of Mayors’ meeti…

Marchers recall how Robert F. Kennedy touches their lives still » Boston Globe For Lewis Randa, the death of Robert F. Kennedy brought bottomless grief — but also direct action.…

Here’s What Massachusetts’ Moderate GOP Governor Has in Common With Trump » Mother Jones On April 12, Sean Gannon, a Yarmouth, Massachusetts, police officer went to serve Thomas Latanowich with a warrant for his arrest for a parole violation. While attempting to enter the room the suspect…

Public Health

‘I was sick and I needed medicine’: Treating drug addiction with drugs » Boston Globe Every morning, a 32-year-old Bostonian named Mike places an orange tablet under his tongue just before leaving for work. An acrid, citrusy flavor fills his mouth as he packs his briefcase and walks to…

Withholding methadone from inmates is wrong » Commonwealth Magazine Addiction treatment is effective and inexpensive …

Public Safety

Gov. Baker’s bill would see sex offenders face five-member review board » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed get-tough bill on sex offenders would create a five-member review board — and not just two independent psychologists — that would decide who gets out…

Records show nearly one-third of those civilly committed OK’d to go home » Boston Herald Nearly a third of civilly committed sex offenders’ requests to get out of jail were granted in the Bay State over the past three years, a Herald review of prison data shows.…

Transportation

What will it take for improved transportation in the Bay State area? Money. » Lynn Daily News Item Choose your number on what it will take to fix the Bay State’s broken transportation infrastructure: $15 billion or $20 billion. …

Why doesn’t the Blue Line extend into Lynn? Depends on who you ask. » Lynn Daily News Item Extension of the MBTA’s Blue Line from Revere to Central Square was within reach in the 1970s until Mayor-elect Antonio “Tony” Marino put a stop to it.…

Driscoll leaves Times for Steamship Authority post » Cape Cod Times Cape Cod Times business reporter Sean F. Driscoll is taking the newly created position of communications director with the Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority.…

State legislature approves $10M for environmental study of North South Rail Link » Boston Business Journal

Utilities

As Boston hosts mayors, Walsh to push for renewable energy plan » Boston Globe At the start of a series of conferences involving mayors from across the country, Mayor Martin J. Walsh plans to announce Thursday an effort to team up with cities from Orlando to Los Angeles to colle…

Walsh, big-city mayors launch major renewable energy plan » State House News Service

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Campaign Notebook: O’Donnell fundraiser; Comerford meet, greet; Amatul-Wadud endorsement » Gazette Net

The high cost of smoking » Commonwealth Magazine

Mass. lawmakers turning up the heat on Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley » The Republican

GOP legislators amplify call to impeach Salem judge who issued light sentence on drug dealer » Boston Herald

In a first for Salem, Transgender Pride Flag flies on Riley Plaza » Wicked Local

Gov. Charlie Baker files bill to strengthen penalties for child predators amid controversy surrounding rapist Wayne Chapman » The Republican

Gov. Charlie Baker declares May Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month » Wicked Local Burlington

Charter Spectrum to pull WCVB Channel 5 from Berkshire County cable TV lineup; lawmakers urge residents to push back » The Republican

Budget, state flag resolution pass at Town Meeting » The Recorder

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