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Must-Reads

It’s the end of the line for Bill Clinton » The Boston Globe THE #METOO TRAIN has rolled over Bill Clinton, crushing him on its tracks. But he’s gotten a pass for so long that he doesn’t get it yet. …

Pope Tells Oil Executives to Act on Climate: ‘There Is No Time to Lose’ » New York Times Three years ago, Pope Francis issued a sweeping letter that highlighted the global crisis posed by climate change and called for swift action to save the environment and the planet. …

Romney looks to lead GOP’s establishment wing » Politico Mitt Romney is positioning himself to be a force in the Senate — and a potential counterweight to Donald Trump. …

What taxes would Jay Gonzalez raise as governor: On The Record » WCVB Jay Gonzalez tells us what taxes he would raise if elected Governor of Massachusetts.…

DA forum reveals ‘sunlight’ among candidates » Commonwealth Magazine THERE APPEARS TO be growing interest in the looming contest for Suffolk County district attorney, the first open race for the position in 16 years and an election coming amidst a national wave of ret…

Diehl says he can beat the odds and defeat Sen. Warren » The Eagle Tribune When state Rep. Geoff Diehl, R-Whitman, first ran for his current position in 2010, he was regarded as an underdog with no chance of defeating the incumbent, who had served in the Legislature for four…

Conservation Law Foundation — less steward and more bully » The Boston Globe Yes, there was a time when the Conservation Law Foundation waged a heroic battle that resulted in the clean-up of Boston Harbor — and that in turn made possible the development of the city 

Mass. LGBT leader presses Galvin on 'mixed' gay rights voting record » Boston Business Journal Galvin lost the Democratic Party's endorsement to Zakim at the state convention in Worcester. …

"She hasn't done a thing for Massachusetts," Diehl said. The state's senior senator has done little or nothing for two of Massachusetts' iconic industries, fishing and cranberries, he added.

Representative Geoff Diehl

Speaking about Elizabeth Warren.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Kennedy, lawmakers criticize Mattis for transgender ban » The Metro West Daily News Congressman Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., last week spoke out in strong opposition to the Trump administration’s policy banning most transgender people from serving in the military in a letter to D…

US Rep. Richard Neal, House Democrats call DOJ's refusal to defend Obamacare provisions 'stunning attack on the rule of law' » The Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, and other House Democrats condemned the Trump administration Friday after the Justice Department announced it would not defend key provisions of the Affordable C…

Inside Obama’s secret meetings with 2020 contenders » Politico Barack Obama has in recent months met with at least nine prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Deval Patrick, pulling them in f…

Mitt Romney says Trump will win in 2020, GOP in 2018 » Boston Herald Turns out Mitt Romney might be better at predicting elections than he is at winning them.…

Business

Manufacturing poised for a comeback at ex-Polartec plant as incubator leases space for startups » The Boston Globe Manufacturing is returning to the former Polartec textile plant straddling the Lawrence-Methuen city line.…

Chinese company to build $60M ‘facility of the future’ in Worcester » Worcester Mag WuXi Biologics, a Chinese biotech company, has announced plans to build a $60-million biologics clinical and commercial manufacturing facility in Worcester.…

For more Boston restaurants, staying in business means being an open book » The Boston Globe Operating a restaurant in Boston is an incredibly tough business: Margins are tight, labor is scarce, and the stakes are only getting higher as more eateries open across the city. Add to that a possib…

Permit puts Sparky's Hayrides back in business » Wicked Local Brewster Sparky’s Hayrides will be back on the road to Paine’s Creek Beach this summer.…

Tariff relief possible for cranberry industry » Cape Cod Times European officials have taken a large chunk of cranberry products important to Massachusetts and Cape Cod off a list of retaliatory tariffs they plan to impose on the U.S., according to U.S. Rep. Will…

Civil Rights

Part parade, part protest as ‘bathroom bill’ vote looms » Boston Herald With a ballot question asking voters to repeal Massachusetts’ transgender anti-discrimination law looming in November, the Boston Pride Parade became part celebration of the gay community and …

Mayors, while in Boston, announce support for transgender antidiscrimination law » The Boston Globe Mayors from across the country who are gathered in Boston this weekend for the US Conference of Mayors meeting announced a coalition in support of the state’s transgender antidiscrimination law…

Photos from the 2018 Boston Pride Parade and Festival » Boston Magazine Donned in colorful attire and waving giant rainbow flags, marchers celebrated Boston Pride's "Rainbow Resistance" theme. …

Education

Building boom at Boston charter schools outpaces that at other city schools » The Boston Globe Eleven-year-old Serenity Withers and her schoolmates have lived a nomadic existence at Bridge Boston Charter School over the last five years as the school bounced from one lackluster building to anoth…

Attleboro High students go to the source for justice reform info » The Sun Chronicle Tobey Reed's criminal justice classes at Attleboro High School were studying a recent prison reform bill passed by the state Legislature and decided to go to the original source for information about …

Massachusetts civics bill challenges legislators (Editorial) » The Republican For their first project under the strengthened civics curriculum proposed by state legislators, Massachusetts students might do a report on the legislation itself.…

Environment

Boston fails in promise to plant 100,000 trees » The Boston Globe A decade ago, Mayor Thomas M. Menino stood with other local officials in the Geneva Cliffs Urban Wild in Dorchester and vowed that Boston would plant 100,000 new trees by 2020, expanding the city 

State Legislators Celebrate World Oceans Day with Continued Focus on Preventing Plastic Pollution » NCEL On World Oceans Day, coastal state legislators are ready to act on the threats that plastic pollution has on our oceans, economy, and coastal ways of life. This past year has seen a growth of awarenes…

Moulton bill aims to protect right whales » Gloucester Times U.S. Rep Seth Moulton is a primary sponsor of a House bill that would appropriate $5 million in grants annually over the next decade to help in the conservation of the endangered North Atlantic right …

New Bedford wins $165K for climate change plan » South Coast Today Climate change and sea level rise have begun, and New Bedford intends to be prepared.…

Gaming

Gov. Charlie Baker says he thinks 'people are going to be blown away' by MGM Springfield » The Republican Although MGM Springfield is still months away from opening, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he believes people are going to be "blown away" by the nearly $1 billion resort. …

Health Care

Physical therapists vs. acupuncturists: Who’s sticking it to whom? » The Boston Globe Andy McLlarky, a physical therapist in Beverly, was torn. As the co-owner of Soul Physical Therapy, he wanted media attention for a pain treatment he’s started using successfully with patients.…

Artificial intelligence is evolving fast. Can the FDA keep up? » STAT News The use of artificial intelligence in medicine is accelerating rapidly, and large companies — from Google, to Amazon, to Microsoft — are dedicating huge sums to developing novel products…

Hospitals' community spending below goal » Gloucester Times Local hospitals increased their spending on community benefits programs last year but still spent less than recommended under state guidelines, according to reports released by the Massachusetts Attor…

Protesters demand HHS chief approve new rules banning shock therapy at Mass. facility » The Boston Globe Dozens of protesters — many in wheelchairs — gathered outside the Indianapolis home of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding he approve new rules banning shock therapy …

Housing

Apartment management won’t return security deposit? That’s just one problem at this Revere complex » The Boston Globe For almost a year, Gunnar Vincens has gotten the runaround on getting back his security deposit from the owners of the Water’s Edge, a $60 million, four-building apartment development on Revere…

Judiciary

Calls for Judge Timothy Feeley’s removal slammed by law groups » Boston Herald Two top legal groups in Massachusetts are warning impeachment calls to remove a Salem judge over sentencing of a heroin dealer “threaten judicial independence” and are “constitutiona…

Labor

Massachusetts attorney general announces Employers Against Sex Trafficking initiative » Legal Newsline

Legislative

A life honored in Framingham; hundreds attend celebration of the life of state Rep. Chris Walsh » Milford Daily News Love of family, architecture, politics and Framingham. That description was given to the late state Rep. Chris Walsh during a ceremony Saturday in Framingham to honor his life.…

Local Government

Tsongas to speak at ACT annual dinner » The Eagle Tribune U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, will be the featured speaker at the Andover Community Trust (ACT) “Build the Dream” annual dinner and meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Andov…

Lawmakers Address Major Issues Facing Region at Annual “State of the Cape” » Capecod.com The most pressing issues facing the Cape and the Islands were in focus Friday as part of the annual “State of the Cape” forum in Dennis.…

Working together » Gloucester Times Jon Hurst told members of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Friday afternoon they have to work together to celebrate small businesses, protect and promote them to ensure their livelihood for generation…

Plymouth Harbor to be dredged in time for 400th anniversary » Patriot Ledger Congressman Bill Keating says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has committed to spending millions of dollars on a long-awaited dredging project that will deepen a channel into Plymouth Harbor just in …

'Cease-and-desist' warning letters for short-term Lenox rentals rescinded » Berkshire Eagle Property owners who were recently sent warning letters about offering short-term rentals are off the hook.…

Methuen councilors investigate development board resignations » The Eagle Tribune A trio of city councilors are opening a formal investigation into the resignations of half of the Community Development Board earlier this spring.…

Hey Mayors, Boston Wants YOU to Join Its Renewable Energy Plan » Governing As mayors flock from around the country into Boston on Thursday for a new international climate summit, Mayor Marty Walsh is using the opportunity to push for a new renewable energy initiative. …

Local Governments’ Hidden Barriers to Disaster Recovery » Governing Now is the time to look at zoning and building rules that, however well intentioned, make it harder for a community to come back. …

Gov. Baker tours Springfield Science Museum after announcing $200,000 grant » News 22 WWLP.com Governor Charlie Baker announced millions of dollars in funding will be spent on building projects across the state Saturday. …

Marijuana

When will cannabis cafes open in Massachusetts and what will they look like? » Boston.com Imagine if alcohol was legal, but bars were not. Sure, you could drink legally in your home, and there would be designated stores where you could buy beer, wine, and liquor. …

Former state public safety official to head pot company » The Boston Globe Andrea Cabral had a long and successful career in Massachusetts law enforcement, serving stints as a county prosecutor and sheriff before getting appointed as the state’s top public safety offi…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker backs Sen. Elizabeth Warren's marijuana bill, urges Capitol Hill leaders to pass the legislation » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and his counterparts in 12 states on Friday urged Congressional leaders to pass US Sen. Elizabeth Warren's marijuana bill and protect the tax and regulatory structures…

Denver's Mayor Tells Boston Herald Radio He's 'Converted' On Legal Recreational Marijuana » WBUR

Opinion

Senators Angus King and Susan Collins unite to help newspapers » The Boston Globe Tariffs, which distort the market-driven exchange of goods between nations, have a variety of downstream consequences. Some of those are now buffeting the newspaper industry.…

Against the Eagles, Trump calls a familiar play » The Boston Globe ARE YOU READY for some football? Not the actual sport conducted on a field between NFL teams — that season ended back in February. …

In Boston, we’ll decode your DNA, but transit is hopeless? » The Boston Globe IN GREATER BOSTON, sequencing and editing human DNA is easy. But getting you to work on time? Forget it. …

Better than a wall: flood control that’s sustainable, beautiful, and fair » The Boston Globe WHEN RESEARCHERS FROM UMass Boston’s Sustainable Solutions Lab concluded last month that a $12 billion harbor barrier is not the preferred option for protecting the region from climate change, …

Another Trump casualty: the presidential AIDS council » The Boston Globe IN A SCATHING LETTER, six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned.…

It’s the end of the line for Bill Clinton » The Boston Globe THE #METOO TRAIN has rolled over Bill Clinton, crushing him on its tracks. But he’s gotten a pass for so long that he doesn’t get it yet.…

Our View: Community benefit districts a tax hike in disguise » The Eagle Tribune It's hard to argue with clean streets, streetlights that work, sidewalks that get shoveled in the winter and maybe even a bench or two to take a break from those strolls through town.…

On clean energy, we need a 7th inning stretch » Commonwealth Magazine HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS we guard against exuberance and premature celebration. We know no lead is safe at Fenway Park, that it’s wrong to put away snow shovels on March 1, or rejoice in dodging …

Politics

State Funding Program Unlikely To Make Dent In Governor's Race » WBUR A state program aimed at rewarding candidates who volunteer to rein in spending isn't likely to make much of a dent in the disparity between Gov. Charlie Baker's campaign war chest and those of his ch…

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Gonzalez gaining local support in gubernatorial bid » Sentinel & Enterprise JAY GONZALEZ MAY be going up against one of the most popular governors in the country this fall, but he's got the support of a handful of local legislators behind him.…

Democratic candidate for Governor tell us what Gov. Baker is doing wrong: On The Record » WCVB Jay Gonzalez got the nomination from the Democratic Party for Massachusetts governor. He tells On The Record what's wrong with Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Gubernatorial Candidate Jay Gonzalez Promises To Fight For 'Little Guy' » Cape News Jay Gonzalez won the Democratic Party’s endorsement in his bid for governor last week, with a resounding 70 percent of delegates supporting him at the Democratic Convention in Worcester on June…

Women’s Initiative presents Power of the Purse fundraising auction June 12 » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The Women’s Initiative will present Power of the Purse, a fundraising event featuring a silent auction of purses, live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Every dollar raised w…

In college writings, Third District candidate Beej Das compared minority organizations to Nazis » The Boston Globe Abhijit “Beej” Das, a businessman vying to represent a congressional district where one of five residents are foreign-born, once denounced efforts to “make America bilingual,” …

Candidates lining up for Attleboro City Council seat » The Sun Chronicle Julie Hall hasn’t resigned her city council seat yet, but already candidates are lining up to run for it.…

Blake Rubin, challenging Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early, demands debate » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Worcester defense attorney Blake J. Rubin, set to challenge Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early in November, has begun calls for a debate.…

Public Health

Plymouth Recovery Center receives state health grant for efforts to fight addiction » Wicked Local State Rep. Mathew Muratore announced Tuesday that the state Department of Public Health has awarded the Plymouth Recovery Center a $27,777 grant – one of nine awarded to recovery support center…

Public Safety

New regional lock-up on the way » Sentinel & Enterprise The Worcester County Sheriff's Office held an official groundbreaking ceremony last week to announce the construction of a new 32,000-square-foot, two-story receiving, medical and regional lock-up fac…

Mass. Senate approves 'red flag' gun bill without roll call vote » Taunton Gazette

Taunton Green turns blue to show support for police » Taunton Gazette Saturday’s annual Turn the Green Blue rally in support of police drew the attention not only of drivers and passerby but also city police officers.…

State Government

Former Gov. Cellucci's name goes on this greatest accomplishment, a Westport traffic circle » The Herald News The purpose of Friday’s event was to honor the late Gov. Paul Cellucci, who improved portions of Rt. 88 after a series of fatal head-on collisions in the early 1990s.…

Cyberscammer swindled $93,000 by getting Massachusetts Clean Energy Center official to wire money, audit says » The Republican

Taxation

Billions in the balance as states, IRS wrestle over tax caps » The Salem News Federal tax reform left states such as Massachusetts scrambling to help taxpayers who could lose billions of dollars because of caps on deductions for local taxes.…

Billions in the balance as states, IRS wrestle over tax deduction » Gloucester Times Federal tax reform left states such as Massachusetts scrambling to help taxpayers who could lose billions of dollars because of caps on deductions for local taxes.…

Transportation

Family of teen killed by texting driver pushes for new law as bill languishes on Beacon Hill » WCVB A distracted driving bill that would require people to use hands-free cellphone technology behind the wheel has stalled on Beacon Hill, just as the deadline to pass the bill in formal session is fast …

Baker says he does have a vision for the T: ‘Making it work’ » The Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker defended the scale of his vision for the state and its transportation network on Friday and knocked calls to infuse it with more tax-created revenue, offering a likely preview o…

These Smarter Stoplights Could Be Lifesavers » Governing New traffic signals in Detroit are designed to help pedestrians, cyclists and ambulances get through intersections, while helping traffic planners test safety improvements quickly. …

How Long Can a State Go Without Repairing Roads and Bridges? » Governing Mississippi is about to find out. Decades of neglect have closed hundreds of bridges, putting the state at the forefront of America's infrastructure fight. …

The Codcast: Salvucci takes new tack on West Station » Commonwealth Magazine

Utilities

Senate bill would ramp up clean energy development » Commonwealth Magazine Business groups fret about cost, say some provisions unwise …

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 6/11

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm House Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Sen. Vinny deMacedo Re-Election Campaign Kickoff with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

Tuesday - 6/12

9:00am Honoring Champions of Toxics Use Reduction in Massachusetts, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am AARP Elder Lobby Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

6:00pm Artists for Congressional Candidate Ayanna Pressley

7:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Junefest

Wednesday - 6/13

11:00am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

6:00pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Pavel Payano

7:00pm Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Erin Calvo-Bacci

Thursday - 6/14

9:30am Flag Day Ceremony, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Division of Marine Fisheries Public Hearing, SMAST East, 836 South Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Fundraiser for Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Summer Schmaling Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm State Sen. Candidate Jo Comerford Amherst Campaign Kickoff

Friday - 6/15

No Hearings Scheduled


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