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Must-Reads

As Critics Assail Trump, His Supporters Dig In Deeper » New York Times In interviews across the country over the last few days, dozens of Trump voters, as well as pollsters and strategists, described something like a bonding experience with the president that happens eac…

Let’s do a sports book. It makes no sense to continue banning it in Mass. » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS IS FACED with some big decisions in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision last month to scrap the federal law that prohibits states other than Nevada and (in limited form) M…

Trump wants to send undocumented immigrants back without hearings: What we know now » USA TODAY "We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country," Trump said on Twitter. "When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. O…

Mitt Romney: Where I stand on the Trump agenda » The Salt Lake Tribune I have and will continue to speak out when the president says or does something which is divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions. …

Progressive groups line up behind Democrat Tahirah Amatul-Wadud's congressional bid » The Republican With the September primary just over two months away, progressive groups across Western Western Massachusetts and beyond are coming out in support of Democrat Tahirah Amatul-Wadud's congressional run.…

Amaad Rivera seizes 'progressive' label as sole challenger to state Sen. Jim Welch » The Republican In the race for state Senate in the Hampden District, Sen. Jim Welch, D-West Springfield, at one point faced four challengers. Now he is down to one: Amaad Rivera, a former Springfield city councilor.…

Rufus Gifford’s bid for Congress boosted by father’s connections » Boston Globe As he launched a run for Congress, Rufus Gifford had a valuable advantage: a web of donors culled from his time as one of President Obama’s foremost fund-raisers. …

"We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents..."

President Donald Trump

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News By Category
Beltway Politics

Where Is Barack Obama? » New York Magazine The most popular American, whose legacy is the primary target of Donald Trump, has, for now, virtually disappeared from public life. …

Business

Trade policy slaps Central Mass. companies with price hikes » Worcester Telegram ArcelorMittal, a steel manufacturer, announced it was hiking the price of steel it sells to Riverdale Mills Corp. of Northbridge by 25 percent starting June 1 to cover the cost of a new U.S. tariff.…

Education

Tommy Chang’s relationship with community never clicked, observers say » Boston Globe To lead a school system like Boston’s, a superintendent needs to build strong relationships with parents, teachers, the mayor, and the broader community, education experts and city officials sa…

Tilton gets $404K grant to boost academics » The Eagle Tribune Tilton Elementary School has received $404,000 and praise from state education officials for its efforts to improve student performance.…

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Warren, lawmakers push for action on student loan problems » The Metro West Daily News Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is among a group of lawmakers seeking action from the Department of Education on the problems facing students of color in the federal student loan progra…

Interim BPS leader to be named before end of week » Boston Herald An interim superintendent of the Boston Public Schools is expected to be named by the end of this week, the city said, as elected officials and the teachers union say the next head of BPS must show a …

Area school superintendents say rising pay hasn't kept pace with job's challenges, complexities » Worcester Telegram Since 1993 when Michael F. Fitzpatrick was hired as superintendent at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Upton, most school districts have had many to come and go in the he…

UMass President:  We Can't Afford 29 Campuses » New Boston Post Massachusetts can’t sustain 29 state college campuses and within the next 10 years will have to reduce the number, the president of the University of Massachusetts said.…

Environment

Board takes steps to ban smoking at Westport beaches » South Coast Today There are 70 municipalities in the state that ban smoking on beaches, and it looks as though Westport will follow suit.…

Granby, Belchertown residents battle gun club’s ‘biosludge’ plans » Gazette Net To fight the proposed use of an artificial topsoil on the grounds of the Granby Bow and Gun Club, a group of concerned citizens is working to get the Board of Health to ban the application of “B…

Health Care

As drug development flounders, people fearing Alzheimer’s embrace lifestyle changes » Boston Globe They watched helplessly as Alzheimer’s robbed their loved ones of memory and cognition. They’ve agonized over the slow progress toward a cure for a scourge that’s long defied trea…

Immigration

Ayanna Pressley endorses defunding ICE » Boston Globe Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is endorsing a small but growing movement to defund US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying the agency poses an “existential threat” to immigra…

Democrats flood border, demanding answers on immigrant child separations » Boston Globe Congressional Democrats are flocking to the border, investigating conditions in immigrant detention centers and denouncing President Trump.…

Massachusetts Politicians Visit Border Patrol Facility in Texas » Boston Globe Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Katherine Clark, and Rep. Mike Capuano traveled to McAllen, Texas, over the weekend to get a first-hand look at the nation's immigration crisis.…

Mass. ICE agents to reinstate in-office arrests » Boston Globe Immigration officials in Massachusetts may once again arrest undocumented immigrants who show up for appointments at government offices, marking the reversal of a February directive that had halted th…

In Jamaica Plain, dozens protest migrant family separation » Boston Globe To Raquel Sáenz, activism is more than just a passion project: It’s a way to honor her family and prevent the past from repeating itself.…

State Rep. Fiola listens to concerns on immigration » Herald News State Rep. Carole Fiola gathered recently with members of the United Interfaith Action, United Interfaith Action Organizer Sandra Carreiro, and the Rev. Richard Wilson and Father Messias Albuquerque t…

* Matias wants ICE abolished, Dream Act to pass in immigration plan » Lowell Sun Calling for a clean Dream Act and the abolition of ICE, 3rd Congressional District candidate Juana Matias proposed a broad set of solutions to reform the country's immigration system.…

In Worcester, a safe haven for gay immigrants » Boston Globe Farouk Kaweesi had never seen snow before, and the 27-year-old Ugandan was not wearing a coat when he showed up in January, unannounced and shivering, at the locked doors of the Hadwen Park Congregati…

Labor

Senate unanimously OKs wage theft bill » Lowell Sun The Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve legislation offering new protections to combat what senators characterized as a $700 million problem. …

Legislative

DeLeo touts legislative efforts this week » The Eagle Tribune Local business leaders and Merrimack Valley legislators came together at the annual Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Luncheon on Friday.…

Local Government

Deacon gets praise from School Committee members » Sentinel & Enterprise PERFORMANCE REVIEWS MIGHT not be in yet, but it seems safe to say Leominster's newest school superintendent has tested high.…

Gov. Charlie Baker to attend Gateway North celebration » Lynn Daily News Item Gov. Charlie Baker will join Mayor Thomas McGee, DHCD Undersecretary Janelle Chan, MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay, state Sen. Brendan Crighton, state Rep. Daniel Cahill, and official…

Sen. Edward Markey To Hold Town Hall Meeting » Vineyard Gazette Sen. Edward Markey will hold a town hall meeting on Sunday, June 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center.…

Marijuana

AG Maura Healey’s ruling could slow Mass. marijuana industry » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey is giving cities and towns more power to slow down the recreational marijuana industry, ruling that local officials can unilaterally prohibit cannabis companies for anoth…

Recreational Marijuana Supporters Call Maura Healey Decision a 'Setback' » NBC Boston Backers of the state's recreational marijuana law are calling a decision by Attorney General Maura Healey a major setback for the cannabis industry in Massachusetts that has already seen lengthy delay…

What should marijuana opponents do when their cause fails? A lesson from Prohibition » Boston Globe SOME DAY SOON, even as sweet, skunky smoke drifts in from the streets outside, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other staunch opponents of marijuana may draw inspiration from a true believer name…

Taxes to come four times a year, marijuana hearing set » Wicked Local Orleans Orleans taxpayers will now have real estate and personal property taxes billed in four smaller installments due on Aug. 1, Nov. 1, Feb. 1, and May 1, instead of two large installments as was done in t…

Farmers co-op irked over Truro draft marijuana bylaw » Cape Cod Times Town planning experts are hoping to write a zoning bylaw to limit locations of legal marijuana facilities in Truro. But a cooperative of local farmers who want to grow marijuana and sell it wholesale …

Under Mass. Attorney General Decision, Marijuana Moratoriums Can Last Longer » WBUR State Attorney General Maura Healey is letting municipalities extend their temporary bans on recreational marijuana for another year, without having to ask their residents about the decision.…

Central Mass. draws interest as hub of marijuana business » Worcester Telegram Michael Dundas, CEO of medical marijuana cultivator and processor Sira Naturals in Milford, was excited when he greeted a reporter and photographer last Tuesday for an interview on the impending rollo…

Opinion

Maura Healey: Purdue Pharma lawsuit opens new front in opioid fight » Lowell Sun Today in Massachusetts five more people will die from an opioid overdose. Tens of thousands more remain trapped in cycles of addiction.…

Second-home owners lose out in Airbnb regs » Commonwealth Magazine Boston's short-term rental ban on investors hurts those who saved for future…

Why was the federal response in Puerto Rico so flawed? » Boston Globe Nine months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, leaving a path of death and devastation, 4,800 American households on the island still lack electricity. Up until three months ago, the number stood …

We should protect young kids from toxic stress — not inflict it on them » Boston Globe PRESIDENT TRUMP rescinded his own odious policy of separating migrant children from their families. That doesn’t mean the damage inflicted on these kids will soon end.…

Editorial: The politics of immigration - We must work together to solve immigration issue » Worcester Telegram The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which included separating children from parents charged with the crime of illegal entry, was initiated with all the finesse of th…

The MBTA isn’t making any friends with parking fee hikes » Boston Globe Oh, how I love the Blue Line. Compared with the rest of the T system, the route that runs from Revere to downtown Boston is a gem.…

Koch brothers set their sights on transportation » Boston Globe IT HAS COME TO THIS: Public transportation is a socialist plot. The oil billionaires Charles and David Koch, not content with pushing the United States out of the Paris climate accords or undermining …

The true mission of the lawsuit against Harvard » Boston Globe THE CYNICISM UNDERLYING the anti-Harvard lawsuit filed by Students for Fair Admissions, or SFFA, purporting to represent Asian-Americans, is stupefying, even by Trump Era standards.…

HINGHAM LETTER: Legislators and Civics Week at Hingham Middle School » Wicked Local Hingham On behalf of the Hingham Public Schools, I am writing to publicly thank State Representative Joan Meschino and State Senator Patrick O’Connor for their support of our second annual “Civic…

MY VIEW: It's crunch time for clean energy » The Metro West Daily News On June 14 the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the most ambitious and far-reaching piece of clean energy legislation in the country. The bill, “An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future,â…

From 'She' To 'They:' A Mother's Plea To Keep Our Transgender Law » WBUR In May 2013, capping off 13 years at Cambridge public schools, my daughter (we still said “daughter” back then), Sula, strutted onto the stage at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School wearing …

Neighboring states with weak laws foster crimes here » Boston Globe ONE REGULAR REFRAIN of gun-rights extremists is that tough gun laws do little or nothing to curb gun crimes, because criminals don’t obey them.…

Lucas: Pols’ attitude toward Trump costs state » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker’s flip flop over sending a Massachusetts National Guard helicopter to the southern border practically guarantees elimination of Greater Boston as a site for a new U.S. Army h…

Politics

Local pols talk state politics at annual CoC breakfast » The Recorder It’s “interesting times” on Beacon Hill, state Sen. Adam Hinds told a Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative breakfast Friday.…

I-Team Exclusive: Gov. Charlie Baker’s Son Accused Of Sexual Assault » CBS Boston I-Team Chief Investigative reporter Cheryl Fiandaca has learned that Governor Charlie Baker’s adult son, Andrew, has been accused of an alleged sexual assault by an airline passenger.…

District attorney hopefuls' forum to be held at Boston jail » Boston Herald Inmates at a Massachusetts jail will get the chance to talk to the candidates for Boston's next top prosecutor.…

Warren challenger Lindstrom tours Gloucester's fishing infrastructure » Gloucester Times The road to the state Republican Party nomination to run against incumbent U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren clearly runs through Gloucester.…

Garry, Heisey at odds over public accommodation law » Lowell Sun Rep. Colleen Garry uploaded a poster on Facebook that promoted public safety earlier this month. One of the bullet points -- "Trying to Keep Bathrooms and Locker Rooms Safe" -- gained the thumbs-up fr…

Retired US Rep. John Olver endorses Natalie Blais in 1st Franklin District House race » The Republican A retired congressman is supporting his former economic development director in the eight-way Democratic primary race for the 1st Franklin District seat in the state House of Representatives.…

On the Record: With little cash, how can Massie challenge Baker? » WCVB Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie says his campaign has a good engine, despite nearly empty bank accounts.…

This candidate for governor has just $10,000 left in his bank account » Boston Globe And the loser is . . . Bob Massie. In the gubernatorial race for fundraising dollars, the entrepreneur and environmentalist has come up short.…

In primary fight, Galvin signals he’s ramping up spending » Boston Globe After months of running a statewide campaign with few expenses, Secretary of State William F. Galvin is cracking open his multimillion-dollar campaign war chest.…

Campaign Notebook: Kathryn Toomey launches bid for register of deeds » Worcester Telegram Worcester attorney Kathryn A. Toomey - not to be confused with City Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey - kicks off her campaign for Worcester County register of deeds on Monday at an event from 5 to 7 p.m. …

Public Health

Family doctors can help tackle opioid epidemic » Boston Globe Opioid overdoses are killing so many Americans that demographers say they are probably behind a striking drop in life expectancy. Yet most of the more than 2 million people addicted to opioid painkill…

Public Safety

Records reveal trooper posts that are overtime all the time » Boston Globe Despite multiple investigations into an alleged overtime scandal at the Massachusetts State Police, and a pledge by leaders to correct abuses, one longstanding, pricey practice has quietly continued.…

Anti-sex trafficking leader on suit: ‘Fix it’ » Boston Herald Anti-sex trafficking advocates are urging city officials to resolve a federal civil lawsuit between a top expert in the field and her police bosses so not a minute of time is lost fighting pimps and j…

Boston police sex trafficking unit head alleges unfair treatment, retaliation » Boston Herald The head of the city’s sex trafficking unit says her own police department created a hostile working environment, discriminated against her and retaliated when she complained, according to a sc…

State Government

See Public Records? Governments Are Making It Harder. » Governing A growing number of states are limiting access to them. …

Along Stretches of Highway, States Eye New Ad Opportunities » Governing Federal law makes it hard for states to capitalize on one of their biggest assets: their highway systems. But that hasn’t stopped state officials from trying. …

Government’s Data-Accessibility Challenge » Governing There's more to transparency than just putting reams of information out there. It needs to be easy to understand and useful. …

Taxation

Sales tax boon – or not? » Commonwealth Magazine New tax decision said to be about creating equity…

Lawmakers are looking at their own millionaires’ tax, but it’s going to take a while » Boston Globe The battle is never lost, only delayed. Progressive legislators and activists, stung by the Supreme Judicial Court’s opinion striking a new proposed income tax on the state’s highest ear…

Transportation

For walkers, the last six inches are important » Commonwealth Magazine WALKBOSTON HAS BEEN TALKING about transit as the middle leg of a walking trip for many years…

Westborough and Southborough commuters to pay 50 percent more to park at MBTA lots » Community Advocate Southborough/Westborough – As a way to increase much needed revenues, the Mass. Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) has announced that parking fees will go up at a number of commuter rail lots, includ…

Utilities

Cape Wind lease officially comes to end » Cape Cod Times The federal lease in Nantucket Sound for Cape Wind ended quietly last month, formally drawing to a close years of rancorous debate over the controversial project.…

Friday's Late-Breaking News

As Protections for Pregnant Workers Falter in Congress, States Step Up » Governing

Week In Review: Who Will Run For President From Mass. In 2020? » WBUR

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 6/25

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Happy Hour at Tavern in the Square with U.S. Senate Candidate Beth Lindstrom

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

Tuesday - 6/26

Birthdays: Rep. Nicholas Boldyga, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Rep. William Straus

10:00am Department of Unemployment Assistance Public Hearing, Minihan Hall, 6th Floor, Charles F. Hurley Building, 19 Staniford Street, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

10:00am Senate Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Public Hearing

1:00pm Trump Policies Working Group, Room 350, State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

5:00pm Fundraiser for Hampden County Register of Deeds Candidate Marie Angelides

6:00pm Dracut Selectmen Fundraiser for Sen. Barbara L'Italien for Congress

6:00pm Sen. Joe Boncore's Birthday Celebration

6:30pm State Rep. Candidate Sandra Biagetti Campaign Kickoff

Wednesday - 6/27

Birthdays: Senator Michael Barrett

10:30am MMWEC Municipal Utilities State House Briefing, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

2:00pm Executive Office for Administration & Finance Public Hearing, Public Health Council Room, 2nd Floor, 250 Washington Street, Boston

5:30pm Women for Rep. Matt Muratore Reception with Rep. Keiko Orrall

6:00pm Pooches for Congressional Candidate Ayanna Pressley

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Elmer Eubanks-Archbold Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Reception for Attorney General Maura Healey

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate John McDonald Campaign Kickoff with Rep. Joe McKenna

6:00pm Reception for Sen. Patrick O'Connor

6:30pm Fundraiser for Secretary of the Commonwealth Candidate Anthony Amore

6:30pm House Party for State Rep. Candidate Brian Hamlin

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Alyson Sullivan Campaign Kickoff

Thursday - 6/28

9:00am Commonwealth Corps Celebration of Service, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:45am Senate Committee on Post Audit & Oversight, Public Hearing

11:00am House Committee on Technology & Intergovernmental Affairs, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

6:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Comedy Night

6:00pm Cambridge Meet & Greet with Lt. Gov. Candidate Quentin Palfrey

6:00pm LGBTQ Pride Event for Attorney General Maura Healey

6:30pm Fundraiser for Gubernatorial Candidate Jay Gonzalez

6:30pm Sen. Sal DiDomenico's Annual Birthday Fundraiser

6:30pm Rep. Bill Driscoll, Jr. Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm Meet & Greet with Attorney General Candidate Jay McMahon

7:00pm House Party for State Rep. Candidate Anne Landry

7:30pm Young Professional Happy Hour with State Rep. Candidate David LeBoeuf

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Drew Russo's 37th Birthday Celebration

Friday - 6/29

11:00am Centenarian Society of Boston Induction Ceremony, Great Hall, State House, Boston

6:00pm State Sen. Candidate Steven Hall Volunteer Party


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