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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

Must-Reads

Supreme Court Upholds Ohio’s Purge of Voting Rolls » New York Times The Supreme Court on Monday upheld Ohio’s aggressive efforts to purge its voting rolls, siding with Republicans in the latest partisan battle over how far states can go in imposing restrictions…

An inside look at hotspots within the 2018 legislative elections » State House News Service An eight-way race for a district that last elected a new representative in the 1970s. A former lawmaker looking to oust an incumbent and make his return after serving federal time for voter fraud. The…

Democrats turn to Hollywood for messaging help » Politico The Democratic National Committee and members of Congress are turning to Hollywood for help with voter turnout and messaging ahead of the midterm elections and 2020 presidential campaign, quietly cons…

Ex-Senate president’s husband could someday get state pension » Boston Globe Bryon Hefner, the husband of former Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and an alleged sexual predator, could receive tens of thousands of dollars in annual state pension benefits, according to pape…

A long list of priorities on Beacon Hill, but lawmakers are getting short on time » Boston Globe With only 50 days remaining before the end of the formal two-year legislative session, Massachusetts lawmakers are scrambling to finish a long list of policy priorities, from efforts to fight the scou…

Facing steep PILOT revenue drop, small towns hitch hope to Senate budget proposal » Berkshire Eagle While the governor- and House-proposed state operating budgets are suggesting wild swings in how much communities will receive next year — leaving towns such as Mount Washington and Washington …

“In Congress, I’ve always delivered for the district, but what’s most important right now is stopping Donald Trump,” Capuano says in the 15-second ad. “That’s why I voted twice to begin impeachment proceedings and why I’m fighting to have Congress condemn his racist behavior.”

Representative Michael E. Capuano

Speaking about impeaching President Donald Trump

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Capuano seizes on impeachment as he tries to fend off liberal challenge » Boston Globe For most of last year, Representative Michael E. Capuano rejected calls from constituents demanding the impeachment of President Trump.…

Keller @ Large: Sen. Elizabeth Warren On Protecting Pot-Friendly States, Mueller » CBS Boston Sen. Elizabeth Warren is working with Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner to pass a bill that would protect states that have legalized marijuana from federal oversight.…

Oops: Joe Kennedy III Says His Nuclear Vote Was an Accident » Boston Magazine We’ve all been there. One minute you’re minding your own business, voting on laws and whatnot, and the next minute—boom!—you’re green-lighting a nuclear weapons prog…

Business

Medical device giant Stryker considering Boston Scientific takeover, report says » Boston Globe Shares of Boston Scientific Corp. surged about 11 percent Monday morning following a Wall Street Journal report that Stryker Corp., a rival medical device company based in Michigan, had approached the…

Western Mass. Developers Conference: 'I think we've got a good story to tell' » The Republican A bigger crowd for this year's Western MA Developers Conference may indicate that business people have more interest in locating, growing or expanding not only in Greater Springfield but across all of…

Massachusetts companies 'worried' about trade tensions between US and Canada, Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican Massachusetts companies are anxious as US leaders in the midst of a trade dispute are lobbing insults at Canada, New England's number one trading partner, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.…

Cranberries Were Removed from the List of Products the EU Plans to Target with Tariffs » Boston Magazine Massachusetts produces the second-largest share of the fruit nationwide. The retaliatory taxes come in response to aluminum and steel tariffs imposed by President Trump. …

Civil Rights

Second Amendment rally set for Saturday in Belchertown drawing opposition » Gazette Net Pro-gun activists are celebrating their fifth annual “Flag Day Second Amendment Rally” on Saturday in an event that is already drawing stiff local opposition.…

Education

New Bedford approves school choice » South Coast Today The New Bedford public schools embraced school choice on Monday, reversing the district’s long-standing opposition to the idea.…

3rd District candidates share views on education at Lowell forum » Lowell Sun Eleven candidates for the 3rd Congressional District gathered at Lowell High School Sunday for a public forum on children, education, poverty and family issues. The moderator for the event, which was …

Environment

As Storms Worsen, Many Coastal States Aren't Prepared » Governing June is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. And according to researchers at Colorado State University, it’s going to be a busy one. They have predicted there will be 14 tropical storms;…

Federal

Democratic Congressional Candidate Wants To Limit President’s Ability To Use Nuclear Weapons » New Boston Post A leading Democratic candidate for an open Congressional seat in the Merrimack Valley is sponsoring a resolution calling on Congress to limit the president’s authority to use nuclear weapons. S…

Health Care

Beth Israel and Lahey say they want to learn from missteps in earlier merger » Boston Globe It was a risky idea hatched in a hurry: two historic Boston hospitals would join and form a streamlined health care system.…

AG Healey to make 'major announcement' on sale, marketing of opioids » Fox 25 News Attorney General Maura Healey will be holding a news conference Tuesday regarding opioids. Healey is expected to make a "major announcement" related to her office's investigation into the sale and mar…

Housing

Rising rent costs exacerbated by short-term rentals in Massachusetts » The Metro West Daily News Marie A. Presti receives multiple phone calls each week from 20-something-year-olds looking for apartments.…

Worcester task force outlines steps to address homelesseness » Worcester Telegram The city manager’s task force that is conducting an in-depth examination of the community’s needs and resources to address adult chronic homelessness has come out with a series of draft …

Human Services

It’s far from a SNAP to eat on $4.56 a day » Boston Herald

Immigration

State briefs: Woman who took sanctuary in Springfield church gets one-year reprieve » The Greenfield Recorder A woman who took sanctuary in a Massachusetts church to avoid deportation to her native Peru has been granted a one-year stay of removal by federal immigration officials.…

Insurance

Harvard Pilgrim CEO resigns over questionable behavior » Boston Globe

Judiciary

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker pushes back on criticism from Wayne Chapman's attorney, psychologist » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is firing back at convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman's attorney and a psychologist who criticized him for his comments on Chapman.…

SJC requests attorney general’s opinion in Chapman case » Boston Globe The lawyer for four people fighting to keep serial child rapist Wayne Chapman behind bars won a victory Monday as the Supreme Judicial Court requested that Attorney General Maura Healey file an amicus…

Child rapist Wayne W. Chapman's lawyer slams governor's proposal » Boston Herald The attorney for Wayne W. Chapman slammed Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to revamp the system that is allowing the Level 3 sex offender to be released, in a day filled with accusations over the …

Housing court may be available on Island » Martha's Vineyard Times

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey backs Gov. Charlie Baker's bill on child rapists » The Republican

Labor

With marijuana sales set to begin, employers grapple with drug tests » Boston Globe For Massachusetts employers, marijuana is a potential minefield. The drug is about to become more widely available as recreational sales start next month, yet many companies have no plans to stop scre…

State should follow local example on sick leave buyback » Salem News Sick time is an important part of any benefits package, for both employees and employers. For employers, it helps ensure a healthy, productive workplace, as workers sick with the latest strain of cold…

Poverty politics » Commonwealth Magazine

National Grid workers air contract complaints » State House News Service

Legislative

Coalition: Pass auto-registration bill to prep for 2020 » Lowell Sun Worried that an issue that has majority support in both legislative chambers could be left on the cutting room floor when formal sessions end, a coalition of 42 organizations has asked House Speaker R…

Former senate president Stan Rosenberg files pension paperwork, still listed as ‘married’ » News Boston Former state senate president Stanley Rosenberg filed retirement paperwork that confirms he is still married and that he plans to leave his pension to his husband in the event of his death.…

Local Government

Vote on short-term rental rules could happen Wednesday » Boston Globe After years of study and months of debate, city officials in Boston are set to vote Wednesday on a bill that could sharply rein in the booming business of short-term rentals.…

Methuen council approves petition to borrow $4M » The Eagle Tribune City councilors are scheduled to vote on a $168 million budget Tuesday, amid a financial crisis driven by a $4 million deficit in the schools and wildly different interpretations of contracted police …

Mayor Marty Walsh wants pay raises for Boston City Council, himself » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh is recommending salary increases of more than 4 percent for city councilors — and jacking his own pay over $200,000 after upcoming elections.…

Plant to power Ashfield lumber biz draws ire » The Recorder A long-planned wood-gasification plant for Roberts Brothers Lumber Co. has drawn fire from dozens of residents around the region, even though the business says it has no firm plans at this time for th…

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz Sponsors 8th Annual North 2 South All Star Game » North End Waterfront Representative Aaron Michlewitz will again sponsor the annual North 2 South Baseball Classic between the North End and the South End on Sunday, June 24th and Thursday, June 28th. Youths ages 9 to 12 f…

Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies urging state to continue funding technical assistance programs that help municipalities » MassLive A critical funding source that allows the state's 13 regional planning agencies to provide free technical assistance to municipal planning departments was not included in the state Senate budget and n…

Senator Lewis Secures Funding For the Albion Cultural Exchange » Wakefield Patch The Massachusetts Senate has passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2019 state budget, and Senator Jason Lewis is pleased to announce the passage of a budget amendment to support the development of a c…

NEA awards $328,000 to cultural organizations and initiatives in the Berkshires » the Berkshire edge The weather on the last day of May felt like a recapitulation of the weather all month: clouds, sunshine, clouds, a spatter of rain, more sun, more clouds, but the large gathering at the Elayne P. Ber…

Marijuana

On Eve Of Marijuana Legalization, Impaired Driving Panel Just Getting Started » WBUR

Opinion

Trump’s heartless hypocrisy toward refugees » Boston Globe THE NEWS REPORT sickens. A Salvadoran mother, beaten by a gang in front of her two children, flees to save them. When she seeks asylum at the US border, immigration authorities take both children from…

Trump’s legacy, in a photo: No common ground » Boston Globe A PICTURE IS USUALLY WORTH a thousand words. But the one taken of President Trump and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany staring each other down will end up generating thousands more.…

A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad president builds an empire » Boston Globe To most highly educated people I know, President Trump is a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad president.…

Our Opinion: UFO monument is an attention-grabber » Berkshire Eagle Sheffield's aliens are back in the spotlight. No, we aren't talking about a caravan of border-hopping intruders; in fact, conventional man-made barriers and a platoon of ICE officers wouldn't be able …

Bill Gouveia: State races look familiar » The Sun Chronicle In a few months parts of this area will see rematches for various state representative and state senate seats they decided just — well, a few months ago.…

OUR VIEW: Time to pass bill targeting distracted driving » The Sun Chronicle On May 13, 2007, Foxboro businessman Jerry Cibley was on the phone with his son Jordan when the 18-year-old suddenly crashed into a tree and was killed.…

The Net Neutrality Repeal Is Official — Here’s How Mass. Can Fight Back » WBUR Well, it finally happened. On Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s wildly unpopular net neutrality rollback officially took effect.…

Our view: State should follow local example on sick leave buyback » Gloucester Times Sick time is an important part of any benefits package, for both employees and employers.…

Peter Lucas: Gonzalez needs the 'Yes, we can!' man in governor's race » Lowell Sun Jay Gonzalez has it wrong. Deval Patrick, Gonzalez's former boss, does not need Gonzalez. Gonzalez needs Patrick, and Patrick's support, if he has any chance of being elected governor.…

Editorial: It’s the right time to rethink our outdated state seal » Gazette Net We’re not sure how many people actually notice, let alone study the state seal. At first glance, it looks like most such symbols, composed of archaic images and Latin inscriptions.…

Politics

More drama in the race for 18th Middlesex District » Lowell Sun The residency of two candidates for state representative from Lowell is being challenged by a Lowell resident who claims one lives in Lawrence and the other lives outside the 18th Middlesex District, …

Moulton unopposed in primary, but faces GOP challenger in the fall » Salem News Democratic Congressman Seth Moulton will not face a primary challenge in September, but he will have a Republican opponent, businessman Joseph Schneider of Beverly, in the general election in Novembe…

Firefighters endorse Vega for register of deeds » The Eagle Tribune Lawrence Firefighters Union Local 146 voted unanimously to endorse Alexcy "Alex" Vega in the race for Northern Essex Register of Deeds during its recent union meeting.…

Portugal president: 'Nobody lives alone in the world' » Gloucester Times Proclaiming a "multilateral world" and prescribing one way to keep populists from power, the president of Portugal on Monday announced an agreement between institutions in his nation and the Universit…

Gov. Charlie Baker's campaign paid for emails sent by MassGOP » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's campaign last year paid a vendor to send emails through the Massachusetts Republican State Committee mailing list, records show, illustrating the close ties between the party and …

Political Notes: Sandwich Planning Board member seeks county assembly seat » Cape Cod Times A Sandwich millennial wants a seat on the otherwise staid and decidedly older Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates.…

Portuguese president visits Massachusetts State House » News 22 WWLP.com Each year, the event recognizes individuals of Portuguese heritage who contribute to their communities and to the advancement of the Portuguese here and across the country. For the 34th annual Herita…

November 2018 Massachusetts ballot questions remain up in the air, weeks before signature deadline » The Republican Civita Fulchini, an organizer with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445, rallied outside the Massachusetts Statehouse Monday in support of a $15 minimum wage and the establishment of paid fam…

Haverhill School Committeeman Wood Endorses Matias for Congress » WHAV From Haverhill to Beacon Hill, Juana Matias is making her mark—and putting the Merrimack Valley on notice. The current Lawrence-based state Rep. is running to succeed Niki Tsongas in the 3rd Di…

In campaign ad, Rufus Gifford touts ties to Obama » Boston Globe Rufus Gifford, a former US ambassador to Denmark now vying for the district’s open House seat, is launching a cable television ad buy that will stretch at least the next three weeks, pitching t…

Portugal president: 'We are neighbors' » Milford Daily News Proclaiming a "multilateral world" and prescribing one way to keep populists from power, the president of Portugal on Monday announced an agreement between institutions in his nation and the Universit…

For Lively, a difficult court fight against state GOP » Boston Globe GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively must be thinking that his odds have gotten a bit tougher lately as he pursues a $7 million civil lawsuit against Governor Charlie Baker and the state’s …

Public Health

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sues Purdue Pharma over opioid crisis » The Republican

Mere mention of opioid bill spurs fist pump from Baker » The Greenfield Recorder Gov. Charlie Baker bent down and pumped his fist at the mere mention by Speaker Robert DeLeo of his opioid abuse prevention bill, but with less than two months remaining on the legislative calendar no…

Amid Opioid Crisis, Drug Take-Backs Gain Popularity » Governing A change in federal law lets more than just law enforcement agencies collect unused and unwanted pills. …

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma » Boston Globe

Public Safety

Baker 'conceptually' favors red flag legislation » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker is “conceptually in favor” of the extreme risk protection order bill that passed the Senate last week and could soon be making its way to his desk.…

'Red Flag' gun bill passes Senate without roll call vote » Lowell Sun Senate approved, without a roll call vote, a bill that would allow family or household members to petition the courts to issue an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) that would suspend a person's lic…

Rep. Shawn Dooley holds state house Stop The Bleed training course » Wicked Local Plainville Following the filing of his bill HD.4327, The Massachusetts Trauma Response Preparedness Act, state Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, hosted doctors and nurses from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Cente…

Senate Gun Legislation Helps Residents As Well As Local Police » Marlborough Patch The Massachusetts State Senate recently passed H.4517, An Act relative to firearms. This extreme risk protection order (ERPO) legislation would expand upon current Massachusetts gun laws by establishi…

In police dept scandals’ wake, an effort to clean up evidence rooms » Boston Herald

State Government

Quasi-public state agency wired $94K to cybercriminal, audit finds » Boston Business Journal The agency ultimately recovered around $25,000 of the funds from its bank, but could have recovered more had it reached out to law enforcement, the audit said.…

Governor Baker to attend Western Massachusetts Developers Conference in Springfield » News 22 WWLP.com

Transportation

All aboard! MBTA riders will get to tour a mock-up of the new Red Line trains » Boston Globe Details are still under wraps, but later this summer — date to be determined — MBTA passengers will get a chance to tour a mock-up of the new-and-improved Red Line trains set to hit the …

Lifeline To The Islands Needs Saving » WGBH Stalled and stuck — these days that might as well be the real acronym for the Steamship Authority. The Steamship Authority describes itself as the largest ferry service from Cape Cod to the isl…

Governor Baker to make western Mass. transportation announcement » News 22 WWLP.com

Mass. Dems: Baker treating commuters 'like 2nd class citizens' » Fox 25 News

Overhead wire shuts down Green Line » Commonwealth Magazine

Commuter Trains To Run North Of Springfield Starting In 2019 » WAMC

Utilities

Lawmakers object to details of solar program » Gloucester Times Lawmakers are voicing concerns with state regulators about a potential 60 percent reduction in the value of credits available to residential customers in connection with community solar projects.…

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

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

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Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

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

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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