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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

Must-Reads

How a tax on millionaires could affect the minimum wage » Boston Globe Non-millionaires of Massachusetts take note: The Supreme Judicial Court’s forthcoming decision on the so-called millionaires’ tax may well affect you, even if you earn far less than seve…

Steward Health Care voices opposition to Beth Israel-Lahey merger » Boston Globe Steward Health Care System is joining the opposition against the big merger of two of its rivals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health. …

Two Ways of Thinking About Election Predictions and What They Tell Us About 2018 » Sabato's Crystal Ball There are differences in method, accuracy, and probability between quantitative forecasting and ratings-based handicapping …

ORDER GIVES REPS TWO DAYS TO FILE HEALTH CARE BILL AMENDMENTS » State House News Service The House on Wednesday adopted an order giving representatives until 5 p.m. Friday to file amendments to a major health care reform bill that emerged from committee Tuesday, setting it up for possible…

"UNSAVORY TRIFECTA" PROMPTS BIZ GROUP TO RETHINK BALLOT STRATEGY » State House News Service Campaigns to defeat popular ballot questions that would raise the minimum wage and mandate paid family and medical leave could cost $10 million apiece, according to an influential business group that …

Mueller unveils more proof Manafort led Ukraine lobbying in U.S. » Politico Florida Special counsel Robert Mueller made public new evidence Tuesday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort directed an organized but unregistered lobbying campaign in the U.S. on behalf of Ukra…

Rep. Steve King Won't Answer Questions About His Neo-Nazi Retweets » The Huffington Post Congressman Steve King is normally one of the more talkative members of the House of Representatives, but the Iowa Republican went quiet on Wednesday when HuffPost asked about his tweets. …

Cardinal O’Malley criticizes Trump immigration policies, says family separation ‘terrorizes’ children » Boston Globe The head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston on Wednesday accused the federal government of pursuing an immigration policy that is “hostile” to vulnerable children and families. …

Prosecutors want records on Hefner witnesses who spoke to Senate investigators » Boston Globe Prosecutors pursuing sexual assault charges against Bryon Hefner say they also want records on “additional” potential victims who spoke to attorneys hired by the state Senate to investigat…

In Mass., management loses union elections three-quarters of the time » Boston Business Journal Nationally, management lost 66.6 percent of elections in a recent three-year timeframe, according to a new Fisher & Phillips LLP analysis. …

"Although this bill has been around the legislative process for quite some time, for those of us who aren't involved in insurance, aren't involved in medical stuff, this is a bill that we believe I believe needs further addressing,"

Rep. Brad Hill

Commenting on the deadline of Friday at 5 p.m. to review and file amendments to the health care reform bill.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Massachusetts Democrats press Trump administration for answers on Hurricane Maria death count » MassLive With a new study suggesting that about 5,000 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria -- well above the 64 estimated by the government -- Massachusetts federal lawmakers pressed the Trump administ…

US House passes Massachusetts congresswoman's bill to end addiction workforce shortage » MassLive A bipartisan effort to encourage more people to enter jobs in the substance abuse treatment field cleared the U.S. House this week, as lawmakers considered a series of bills aimed at addressing issues…

House OKs Clark Bill That Would Offer Student Loan Help For Some Substance Use Treatment Workers » WBUR The U.S. House on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill cosponsored by Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark that she said would take a major step to fight the nation's opioid epidemic.…

Business

Stryker says it’s not talking to Boston Scientific about a takeover » Boston Globe Stryker Corp., the Michigan-based medical technology company, said Wednesday it is not in discussions with Boston Scientific Corp. about acquiring it, two days after news reports said Stryker had appr…

Cape Cod Chamber Celebrates Water and Economy Achievements at Annual Meeting » Capecod.com The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce celebrated achievements over the last year related to the region’s water and economy at its annual meeting last week.…

Cummings Foundation celebrates $100K for 100 grant recipients » Wicked Local Salem The Cummings Foundation held a gala celebration for the recipients of the organization’s $100K for 100 grant program on Thursday, June 7.…

Topless women with company logos painted on their bodies danced at unofficial party during BIO convention » STAT News When Kate Strayer-Benton arrived at a Boston nightclub last Wednesday night for a party for attendees of the BIO International Convention, she was expecting to see extravagant costumes. The annual par…

A battle is happening over whether natural maple syrup has added sugar » Boston Globe Every spring, Roger Brown treks into the cold Vermont woods to coax sap from thousands of maple trees, and then spends long days and nights boiling it, adding nothing but his own hard work to make the…

Enterprise opens new doors in Leominster » Sentinel & Enterprise The latest piece of the city's downtown officially fell into place Tuesday with the grand opening of Enterprise Bank's new Main Street branch.…

Gillette Stadium Will Likely Host World Cup 2026 Games » Boston Globe The event last rolled through Foxborough in 1994. …

Major funding boost likely for alcohol industry oversight agency » News 22 WWLP.com

Civil Rights

Mass House taking second look at discrimination bill » South Coast Today Top House Democrats will take a fresh look later this month at legislation that would block businesses from citing religion as the basis for ignoring state anti-discrimination laws in response to a Su…

In #MeToo era, steps forward and back » Commonwealth Magazine

Transgender rights question could be closest vote in Mass. this fall, poll finds » Boston Globe

Domestic Relations

Big trouble with child support system hasn’t meant extra payments to vendor » Boston Globe There was the time when Massachusetts inadvertently sent the personal information of thousands of people who pay child support to companies that do not employ them.…

Education

Massachusetts moves ahead with civics education law » Martha's Vineyard Times A law requiring all public schools to integrate civics courses into their curriculum was unanimously passed by the Massachusetts House on Wednesday, May 30. The law, if also passed by the Senate, woul…

Could you pass a civics test? » MassLive Massachusetts lawmakers are advancing a bill to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk that would require the integration of civics in public schools' curriculum and they're working out differences between the Hou…

Environment

Measure seeks to make state more climate resilient » WRAL A bill authorizing Massachusetts to borrow up to $300 million to better prepare for the effects of climate change is expected to clear the House.…

Gov. Baker gets 'C' in environmental report card » Metro.us A coalition of environmental groups, for the third year in a row, has awarded the Baker administration a passing but average grade for its environmental protection efforts, knocking officials for not …

Gaming

Wynn accused of reneging on $19m deal » Commonwealth Magazine THE DRAMA SURROUNDING the Wynn Resorts casino took another odd turn when one of the former owners of the Everett property on which the facility is being built alleged that Wynn reneged on a handshake …

A Man Who Owned Part of the Future Encore Boston Harbor Site Is Suing Wynn Resorts » Boston Globe Anthony Gattineri alleges he entered a handshake agreement with a Wynn Resorts executive for nearly $20 million. The lawsuit accuses the company of fraud and breach of contract. …

Health Care

Steward Health Care voices opposition to Beth Israel-Lahey merger » Boston Globe Steward Health Care System is joining the opposition against the big merger of two of its rivals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health.…

In an about-face, hospital will disperse portraits of past white male luminaries, put the focus on diversity » Boston Globe The employees and students who regularly gather in the Bornstein Amphitheater at Brigham and Women’s Hospital include women, blacks, and Hispanics. The 31 gold-framed portraits of medical lumin…

Order gives reps 2 days to file health care bill amendments » Salem News The House on Wednesday adopted an order giving representatives until 5 p.m. Friday to file amendments to a major health care reform bill that emerged from committee Tuesday, setting it up for possible…

Housing

City council puts restraints on Airbnb » Commonwealth Magazine Industry slams measure for cutting commercial units, rental caps …

Boston’s City Council Just Passed an Overhaul of Airbnb » Boston Globe New rules on short-term rentals will shake up a booming industry. …

Realtors Take to the Hill » Banker & Tradesman

Human Services

Rep. O'Connell visits Meals on Wheels site in Taunton » Taunton Gazette As part of Bristol Elder Services’ Older Americans Month activities, Rep. Shaunna O’Connell visited Bristol’s Meals on Wheels distribution site in Taunton. She worked alongside Br…

Holyoke office helps seniors navigate food stamp benefits » MassLive In the six months since state welfare officials opened a new senior assistance unit in Holyoke, staff have processed more than 2,400 applications for food stamps from older adults. More seniors have b…

‘Medicine that Matters’ gala raises more than $1 million to support health care for homeless » Dorchester Reporter

Immigration

Immigration policies not playing well on Outer Cape » Wicked Local Truro About 50 people gathered on Saturday, June 9, at the Route 6 Orleans rotary to protest the federal government’s policy of separating children from their parents who enter the U.S. without docum…

Rally for immigration measure draws supporters to State House » Boston Globe Late Wednesday morning, if only for an instant, the basement of the State House was completely silent. Hundreds of pairs of eyes closed as an estimated 200 participants from faith-based organizations,…

Pro-immigrant rally hits the Hill » Boston Herald Protesters snaked through the State House yesterday, echoing pro-immigrant chants and songs through the building, pressing House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Gov. Charlie Baker to retain in the state b…

Insurance

Speculation met with silence in Harvard Pilgrim shake-up » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey have both refused to weigh in while Harvard Pilgrim remains tight-lipped about the details surrounding the abrupt resignation of the giant health i…

Waiver sought for health plan fee » Cape Cod Times A new supplemental state fee assessed to employers for workers receiving health insurance through MassHealth or the Massachusetts Health Connector is hitting small businesses and nonprofit organizatio…

Judiciary

Lawyers' groups caution against judge's impeachment » Salem News The Massachusetts Bar Association and the state agency representing public defenders have come to the defense of an embattled Salem Superior Court judge, saying an effort on Beacon Hill to remove him …

After Supreme Court Ruling, Massachusetts House Takes Second Look At Discrimination Bill » New England Public Radio Top Democrats in the Massachusetts House of Representatives will take a fresh look later this month at legislation that would block businesses from citing religion as the basis for ignoring state anti…

Labor

How a tax on millionaires could affect the minimum wage » Boston Globe Non-millionaires of Massachusetts take note: The Supreme Judicial Court’s forthcoming decision on the so-called millionaires’ tax may well affect you, even if you earn far less than seve…

Legislative

AG eyes names in Rosenberg probe » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey’s office is pursuing a court order to obtain the names of people who cooperated with the Senate Committee on Ethics’ investigation into former Senate Presid…

Hefner prosecutors want secret Senate investigation papers » Boston Herald Prosecutors for Attorney General Maura Healey are seeking a court order to get their hands on confidential aspects of the Senate investigation into former Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg in hope…

Prosecutors want records on Hefner witnesses who spoke to Senate investigators » Boston Globe Prosecutors pursuing sexual assault charges against Bryon Hefner say they also want records on “additional” potential victims who spoke to attorneys hired by the state Senate to investigat…

Local Government

Some communities in line for break on water project loans » Newburyport News After the Legislature denied funding for a housing production program launched by Gov. Charlie Baker, State Treasurer Deb Goldberg is giving Baker a helping hand by trimming clean water projects loan …

Markey, Warren and Neal demand Charter restore Massachusetts channels » The Berkshire Edge Angry cable television subscribers in the Berkshires who are sick of local news about exotic places like Rensselaer and Schenectady might get relief if the county’s legislative delegation gets …

Westport names Cellucci Circle for late governor who improved Route 88 safety » South Coast Today The people who loved him agree: Paul Cellucci made the world better for others.…

Marijuana

Drugged driving a complex question for new commission » Boston Globe With the start of legal marijuana sales just weeks away, Massachusetts law enforcement leaders are warning that police have few tools to combat stoned drivers — and little understanding of how …

O Cannabis: Support grows for bipartisan weed legislation leaving federal law up to states » Valley Advocate Local marijuana businesses — and federal legislators — are supporting bipartisan legislation that would leave marijuana regulation up to the states, a change from the blanket federal pro…

Marijuana-Impaired Driving Is The Focus Of Mass. Commission » WBUR With recreational marijuana sales becoming legal for adults in Massachusetts next month, the state is anticipating an increase in people driving while high. …

Opinion

LETTER: Baker should pull troops back from border » Newburyport News In a quiet move on the first Friday night in June, Gov. Charlie Baker deployed the Massachusetts National Guard to the nation’s southern border to help enforce President Trump’s shameful…

Mark Sanford lost his seat, but not his honor » Boston Globe The cult of Donald Trump has claimed its next victim. Mark Sanford spoke ill of the president, and banishment was his fate.…

Vague explanation for Eric Schultz resignation not enough » Boston Herald Harvard Pilgrim customers and the state’s taxpayers deserve a better explanation for why CEO Eric Schultz has suddenly quit.…

The depth of a salesman » Boston Globe President Trump returned from the Singapore summit with North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un more exposed than ever, with the method of his presidency confirmed — not as a master of the art of th…

Voters are taking on the challenge to make elections more fair » Boston Globe Two days after the 2016 presidential election, and already dreading partisan food fights over Thanksgiving, 28-year-old Katie Fahey took to Facebook, determined to help fix democracy and keep mashed p…

Editorial: Stanley Rosenberg’s Ethics Committee report must be made public » Boston Herald With the embers of the Bryon Hefner scandal still smoldering, it is important we gather as much information on his misdeeds on Beacon Hill as we can. …

It’s time Massachusetts made court records available online »

House bill plays Robin Hood on health care » Commonwealth Magazine THE HOUSE HEALTH CARE BILL breathes new life into an approach taken in the 2012 cost containment bill—using some Robin Hood-like assessments as a means to improve the financial plight facing so…

Underfunding higher education leads to failing grade in social justice (Guest viewpoint) » MassLive

Politics

Patrick stays quiet as his former aide runs for governor » Boston Globe

Challenger comes a-calling » Salem News Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim popped up at the Salem Commuter Rail Station Wednesday afternoon to greet commuters and register voters as part of a campaign kickoff for secretary of state.…

In governor’s race, a Democratic Twitter fight » Boston Globe Just when gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez seemed to have his hugely underfunded primary election rival Robert Massie on the ropes, his campaign last weekend created a bit of a sympathetic bounce-…

Patriots to tackle Suffolk DA race » Commonwealth Magazine THE CANDIDATES FOR Suffolk County district attorney may think twice before trying to slip past the moderators of an upcoming forum on the race. That’s because the questions will come from a tri…

Eight candidates for statewide office field questions from Northampton High School students » MassLive Two sets of political candidates hoping to represent Western Massachusetts on Beacon Hill fielded questions from Northampton High School students Wednesday night.…

An idealistic challenger takes on a pragmatic incumbent in J.P./Mission Hill district » The Bay State Banner Perched at a picnic table at Mission Hill Playground, state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez sits at the center of civic life of his old neighborhood. To his right is the towering puddingstone and granite Basi…

MA 2018 Elections: Where Things Stand » Beacon Hill Patch 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…

Endorsements made in state Senate race » The Recorder Two prominent politicians have endorsed Jo Comerford’s quest for the Democratic Party nomination for the state Senate’s Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District. …

Transgender Woman Campaigns for 3rd Congressional District » NBC Boston In a crowded race for the 3rd congressional district, Alexandra Chandler brings her unique work experience to the campaign trail.…

Senate write-in candidate receives endorsement from D.A., former mayor » Western Mass News In a rare move. a write-in candidate for state senate has been endorsed by a high profile supporter.…

Capuano's Challenge From Pressley Is Called A Fight For 'The Soul Of The Democratic Party' » WBUR The age of Trump, the Me Too movement and Black Lives Matter are fueling new political activism on the left, and new divisions within the Democratic Party. …

Berkshire DA Caccaviello Talks Campaign, Capeless » WAMC

Public Health

Attorney General Maura Healey spotlights drug use prevention at Fitchburg High forum » Worcester Telegram Attorney General Maura Healey visited with Fitchburg High School students and staff Wednesday morning to highlight the state’s investment in substance use prevention in schools and talk about h…

Healey, at Fitchburg forum, calls for action on drug manufacturers (VIDEO) » Sentinel & Enterprise Participants of a roundtable discussion at the high school Wednesday told Attorney General Maura Healey they need increased access to mental-heath services, one day after her office sued the company t…

AG Maura Healey lauds Keefe Tech health care students » The Metro West Daily News Students in Keefe Tech’s health careers program received encouraging words Wednesday from state Attorney General Maura Healey and Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer, who applauded their career desi…

Public Safety

Chronicling ‘the most significant event’ in the history of Boston police » Boston Globe At first blush, it’s a daunting task: creating biographies for more than 1,100 Boston police officers who lost their jobs almost a century ago in a labor strike that had significant local and n…

A Murder In Souza Prison Highlights Hazards For Older Inmates » WGBH William S. Sires, a 72-year-old convicted murderer, was walking with a cane in a maximum-security prison in Shirley when he was ambushed and killed by other inmates nearly four years ago.…

State Finance

DiDomenico Delivers for Chelsea in FY19 Budget » Chelsea Record Sen. Sal DiDomenico and his colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate recently passed a $41.49 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2019, including targeted investments to create opportunities and ensure acces…

State Government

Growing competition could make lottery "irrelevant," Goldberg warns » Lowell Sun With time running out again on a bill that would authorize the state Lottery to move online, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg offered a message to business leaders Wednesday morning: We don't want to go the…

Transportation

Another Day, Another Delay: Will Massachusetts Ever Fix The T? » WGBH It’s becoming the unofficial state motto of Massachusetts: you can’t get there from here, at least in any reasonable amount of time. The latest transit disaster came this week, when thou…

River ride to show ease of boating to city » Eagle Tribune The city's next effort to cash in on the Merrimack River involves a simple boat ride from Newburyport to Haverhill. The Greater Haverhill Foundation business group will host the ride on Friday from do…

Expanded north-south rail service from Springfield to begin in June 2019 » MassLive About a year from now, travelers will be able to leave Greenfield on a morning train, make it to Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal in 4 hours, 15 minutes and be assured that there'll be a night train…

Regulatory reset needed on Uber, self-driving cars » Commonwealth Magazine Impose a series of fees and use the funds for public transit …

Free Rides Offered This Weekend To Promote New Hartford Rail Line » WAMC

Utilities

Company building WMass broadband delayed paying workers, mired in court battle » MassLive The company hired to design and build a broadband network in Western Massachusetts intentionally delayed paying its subcontractors in order to make its books look better, according to court documents.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Immigrant Families In Mass. Shouldn't Have To Live In Fear Of The Police » WBUR

US Rep. Richard Neal says trade disputes with Canada could hurt Massachusetts' economy » MassLive

Prosecutors want records on Hefner witnesses who spoke to Senate investigators » Boston Globe

City Council passes tough rules that limit Airbnb rentals » Boston Globe

House Democrats take second look at discrimination bill » The Metro West Daily News

VIDEO: Feeney Announces Her Candidacy For Framingham State Representative » Framingham Source

Despite booming economy, poverty persists on South Shore » Patriot Ledger

By challenging Big Pharma on opioids, AG speaks as voice for people (Editorial) » MassLive

No decision yet on sale of additional Berkshire Museum artworks » Berkshire Eagle

North, South, East, West: More rail coming to Springfield » Valley Advocate

Gov. Charlie Baker expected at groundbreaking for North Amherst housing project » MassLive

Editorial: We need a better fix-it plan for the T » Boston Business Journal

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