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Must-Reads

Supreme Court Defeat for Unions Upends a Liberal Money Base » New York Times The Supreme Court decision striking down mandatory union fees for government workers was not only a blow to unions. It will also hit hard at a vast network of groups dedicated to advancing liberal pol…

Lawmakers must study Valor Act before changing it » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS IS ON the brink of abandoning one of the most innovative criminal justice initiatives for veterans in the nation.…

ONE IN FIVE MASS. ADULTS USED MARIJUANA » State House News Service About 21 percent of adults in Massachusetts have used marijuana in the last 30 days, and of those who have consumed the drug, about a third reported having driven under the influence, according to a n…

Democrats debate: Pelosi for House speaker or time for a change? » ABC News Rep. James Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, rounds out the top tier of current Democratic leaders – all in their late 70s. …

A bad week for Democrats gives rise to a big problem: Outrage could become an obstacle in midterms » The Washington Post

Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Socialists Boost Each Other » Gotham Gazette Donald Trump was a boon to the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA. The organization, founded in the early 1970s, had comfortably maintained between 5,000 and 10,000 members for most of its exist…

Dem Rep. Seth Moulton: Democratic Party Is ‘Literally in the Worst Position’ Since 1920s » MEDIAite While appearing on CNN on Friday night, Democrat Congressman Seth Moulton of Massachusetts said the Democratic Party is “literally in the worst position as a party since the the 1920s.” …

Joe Kennedy III on the ‘worst mistake’ Democrats could make » Boston.com The Massachusetts Democrat said his party should be more focused on rebuilding their “credibility” with working-class voters, rather than prematurely appointing a preferred candidate to ta…

“We have to look at ourselves in mirror and realize that Trump may be terrible but if we can’t beat him and we are literally in the worst position as a party since the 1920s, which is where we are today, then we have to make reforms ourselves,”

Congressman Seth Moulton

The state of the Democratic party in 2018.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

As Democrats Look Left, A Massachusetts Congressman Doubles Down On Biography » The Huffington Post A day after a populist challenger knocked off one of the most powerful Democrats in the country, in part for taking too much corporate campaign cash, Rep. Seth Moulton, a moderate liberal who has rais…

Ed Markey heads to border to protest immigration policies » Boston Globe US Senator Edward Markey is joining a growing list of members of Massachusetts’s all-Democratic congressional delegation to head to the country’s southern border.…

Civil Rights

Massachusetts Advances Two Historic LGBTQ Rights Bills Within 24 Hours » intomore One piece of legislation, known as H. 4664, would ban anti-gay conversion therapy from being performed on minors, while the other would allow trans people to list a gender-neutral marker on identifica…

The State Abortion Laws That Could Challenge Roe v. Wade » Governing The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy increases the likelihood of extreme restrictions passing legal scrutiny. …

Crimes

Quick action unlikely in justice system review » Cape Cod Times Cape delegation meets privately with court officials, lawmakers.…

Education

Lawrence Bacow promises a more outward-looking Harvard » Boston Globe Lawrence Bacow has a new vision for Harvard University and it will take him all the way to . . . Michigan.…

MassBay Gets $494,000 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant » Newton Patch MassBay Community College is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $494,438 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant by the Baker-Polito Administration to upgrade and expand the Health Sciences division…

Bill includes $1M for clean energy tech research at UMass » Gazette Net

Environment

House Environmental Bond Bill could bring potential benefits to Lynn, Marblehead and Swampscott » Lynn Daily News Item Several coastal areas in Lynn, Marblehead and Swampscott could see improvements if the Environmental Bond Bill, passed recently in the state House of Representatives, works its way through the state S…

Significant number of the Massachusetts waterways have been contaminated with raw or partially-treated sewage » MassLive The Essex River was contaminated in May when a broken pipe released upwards of 7,000 gallons of sewage. The mess, which officials say had no sizable environmental impact, forced temporary road blocks …

Housing

Despite eviction reprieve, Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees face uncertainty and fear » Boston Globe One day after a judge approved a temporary halt to evictions for Puerto Ricans living in Massachusetts and other states in the wake of Hurricane Maria, families faced confusion and frustration Sunday …

Federal judge in Mass. temporarily extends housing program for Hurricane Maria evacuees » Boston Globe A federal judge in Massachusetts late Saturday night temporarily blocked the eviction of about 1,700 Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees from hotels across the country, just as assistance vouchers were se…

Human Services

Trahan: I'll fight for Armed Services post (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun The owner of Specialty Materials Inc. is grateful that the district's congressman has served on the House Armed Services Committee for the last 25 years.…

Judiciary

Judges under fire on SouthCoast » South Coast Today Bail has become a hot-button issue on SouthCoast. Deserved or not, judges are under fire for their bail practices.…

Dollars and Sentences: SJC decision drives some judges to set lower bail » South Coast Today

Labor

Keller @ Large: President Of Mass. AFL-CIO Explains Why He Doesn’t Support ‘Grand Bargain’ » CBS Boston Steven Tolman, president of the Massachusetts American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, better known as the AFL-CIO, was in the WBZ studios to talk with Jon Keller in the …

Baker signs ‘grand bargain’ bill » Commonwealth Magazine Measure includes new payroll tax for family, medical leave …

Charlie Baker Just Signed Off on a $15 Minimum Wage » Boston Globe The so-called "grand bargain" is a long-sought, if imperfect, victory. …

Ordering up wage hikes » Lowell Sun

Mass. high court to decide whether commission workers deserve OT pay » Boston Business Journal

Land Taking

Massachusetts equal pay law goes into effect: What does it mean for you? » MassLive House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad worked on passing the Legislature's Equal Pay Act.…

Local Government

Analog Devices bid approved by state » Tewksbury Town Crier Analog Devices’ bid for a tax break on new construction has met with success at the state level. At a recent quarterly meeting held by the Massachu­setts Economic Assistance Coordinating Cou…

Lowell Registry worker gets license to retire » Lowell Sun Always quick with an opinion or a quip, Louise Mealey retired Friday after 18 years as a clerk at the Registry of Motor Vehicles office downtown. …

BPD Commissioner William Evans Denies Rumors He Plans to Leave » Boston Magazine He and Mayor Marty Walsh say a report that he's heading to Boston College is untrue. …

Marijuana

Mass. recreational marijuana sales could generate $219M in taxes in first two years » Boston Business Journal The state is expecting recreational marijuana sales to generate $216 million in revenue for the state and up to $3 million for local municipalities in the first two years alone, a figure slightly behi…

South Hadley’s FallsFest won’t take pot money » Gazette Net Urged by the South Hadley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition, members of Music and Arts South Hadley voted unanimously last week …

Weed May Be Legal in Massachusetts, But Dealers Aren’t Done Yet » New England Public Radio A day that many people have long pushed for in Massachusetts finally arrived. If you’re over 21 it’s legal, now, to buy marijuana in a store licensed by the state. But the illegal market…

It's July, But MA Has No Pot Shops Just Yet » Newton Patch Sunday was a pretty good beach day. Which is good, because despite what the calendar says, it wasn't be the day pot shops throw their doors open to 21-plus consumers, and it wasn't the day the fiscal …

Medical marijuana outfits getting ready to offer recreational pot » Boston Herald The Cannabis Control Commission’s deliberate roll-out of recreational pot licenses will miss a widely held expectation that pot shops would be open today, but that hasn’t stopped budding…

State licenses first retail recreational marijuana dispensary » Boston Business Journal

The marijuana blame game » Commonwealth Magazine

With no Massachusetts retail marijuana stores open by July 1, Gov. Charlie Baker says Cannabis Control Commission doing a 'great job' » MassLive

Opinion

State Police deserve a clean break from the past » Boston Globe AN EXPERIENCED REFORMER, with no ties to past or current personnel, who can restore public confidence in a troubled law enforcement agency — that should be a leadership option for the Massachus…

OK, Don Chiofaro, your tower design had better be good » Boston Globe NOW IS AN ODD time for Don Chiofaro to turn coy. This past week, the brash developer released new renderings of his waterfront development project.…

Editorial: For cannabis, sales ending ‘prohibition’ coming soon, but marijuana questions still loom » Worcester Telegram Welcome to July 1, the start of a new era in which it had been thought we’d see videos and coverage starting about now of regular folks lining up at legal, licensed marijuana retailers to make …

Push Legislature, hospitals to do right thing » Sentinel & Enterprise

EDITORIAL: Cheers for peaceful protests, generous communities » Newburyport News CHEERS to the hundreds who turned out to peacefully protest the policy of the Trump administration that has separated children – some as young as infants – from their parents and other f…

State Police public-safety protocol cries out for reform » Boston Globe ON TOP OF all the other bad news for the Massachusetts State Police lately, now more dubious overtime abuses have come to light.…

Howie Carr: Worcester County is hack central for Massachusetts Department of Correction » Boston Herald The state Department of Correction has become a hack hiring hall for payroll patriots from Worcester County — you know, kind of like the scandal-plagued Executive Office of Public Safety, which…

Letter to the Editor: Hodgson's actions merit a through investigation » Herald News Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson has done a number of bizarre things during his years in office. He has run chain gangs, offered inmates to build a wall along our southwestern border, and reduced…

A letter to Larry Bacow » Commonwealth Magazine Three suggestions as you take over as Harvard president …

Renaming Faneuil Hall would not erase history » Commonwealth Magazine We always reconsider the past in the light of new perspectives …

Letter: Even in victory on opioid suit, addiction fight continues » Worcester Telegram

Politics

Plethora of candidates raises questions for voters » The Recorder With eight Democrats vying to fill the 1st Franklin District House seat being vacated by Rep. Stephen Kulik and six Democrats running — five of them write-ins, no less — for the Hampshir…

Lindstrom hits out at Republican opponents in Senate primary » Sentinel & Enterprise For Senate hopeful Beth Lindstrom to make it to a November face-off with incumbent Elizabeth Warren, she will have to make it through a three-way primary in September.…

Dedham Republican Committee Chair Backs Diehl » Newton Patch Today Representative Geoff Diehl, the endorsed Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, announced that he has received the endorsement Republican Town Committee Chairman Adrienne Albani.…

Political Roundup: Plymouth Democrat Launches Run Against Senator deMacedo » Cape News Deborah Rudolf, a lawyer from Plymouth, is challenging state Senator Viriato deMacedo (R-Plymouth) for his seat on Beacon Hill. Ms. Rudolf, a Democrat with a history of engagement in progressive cause…

Lindstrom touts support of local lawmakers » The Sun Chronicle Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Beth Lindstrom was endorsed by state Rep. Steven Howitt Friday and now has the backing of almost the entire local GOP contingent to the Statehouse.…

Are you there, Massachusetts? It’s me, the primaries » Commonwealth Magazine Major and consequential contests further down the ballot …

Zakim Talks Mass. Secretary Of State Bid, Voting Rights » WAMC

Public Health

Massachusetts communities taking drug makers to court » The Metro West Daily News In 2015, nearly 35,000 people – many under age 35 – died of an opioid overdose, according to the CDC. The deaths from heroin and especially fentanyl continue to rise. But until now, the …

Feds Reject Massachusetts' Unprecedented Idea for Lowering Drug Prices » Governing The Trump administration turned down Massachusetts’ first-in-the-nation request to exclude certain drugs from its Medicaid program to gain bargaining power with pharmaceutical companies over pr…

33 communities get funds for opioid overdose reversal drug » MassLive

Public Safety

Bill Evans, Marty Walsh deny BPD commissioner set to resign » Boston Herald An exasperated police Commissioner William B. Evans denied that he’s leaving his post as rumors about him departing to Boston College dogged the city’s top cop on the eve of one of the m…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker calls State Police overtime scandal a 'conspiracy' » MassLive The State Police overtime abuse scandal, involving dozens of troopers, was a "conspiracy," according to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.…

As State Police overtime probe intensifies, troopers race to lock in pensions and retire » Boston Globe Three Massachusetts State Police troopers received an unwelcome surprise last Wednesday morning, when FBI officials showed up on their doorsteps to arrest them on federal embezzlement charges.…

Mass. Legislature approves red flag bill on guns, sends it to Baker’s desk » Taunton Gazette House 133-15, Senate 36-1, approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker the conference committee version of the bill that would allow family or household members to petition the courts to issue an extreme …

Orleans officially unveils its new police station » Wicked Local Orleans It’s a gleaming new building in downtown Orleans that most people hope never to visit.…

Mass. Legislature approves red flag bill on guns, sends it to Baker's desk » The Herald News Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators and representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of June 18-22.…

Next move is Baker's on "Red Flag" bill » Sentinel & Enterprise

A running list of the recent scandals embroiling the Massachusetts State Police » Boston.com

Baker: Pensions should be on the line in MSP OT probe » Sentinel & Enterprise

Gov. Charlie Baker: Massachusetts State Police troopers who stole overtime pay should lose pensions » MassLive

State Finance

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: 'Close margins' joke by Adams gets laughs » Sentinel & Enterprise SELECTMAN KATEY ADAMS elicited laughter from the Planning Board on Monday night for drawing comparisons between her election and the 2016 state referendum that legalized adult-use marijuana. "I am not…

State Government

Automatic Voter Registration Bill progress pleases Athol town clerk » Athol Daily News Athol Town Clerk Nancy Burnham said action taken by the state House of Representatives Thursday to pass the Automatic Voter Registration Bill was “a good thing.”…

Massachusetts House of Representatives Passes Automatic Voter Registration Bill » Boston Globe If the legislation becomes law, eligible residents would be added to the state's voter database when they renew their driver's licenses at the RMV or apply for health care through MassHealth. …

Mass. 20-Day Voter Registration Deadline Is Constitutional, SJC Rules » WBUR

Taxation

Progressives Logroll Themselves Out of a Pro-Tax Constitutional Amendment … But For How Long? » New Boston Post Progressives Logroll Themselves Out of a Pro-Tax Constitutional Amendment … But For How Long? By Frank Conte | June 30, 2018, 23:36 EDT Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (Courtesy — Wi…

Transportation

How a South Boston real estate fight could delay new MBTA Red Line cars » Boston Globe Tucked behind the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is one of the last untouched empty lots in the bustling Seaport District, a narrow scrub of land lined by a rail spur that hasn’t seen a …

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Allow Gender ‘X’ on State Identification Cards » College Media Network Massachusetts senators have passed a bill that would let those seeking identification designate their gender as “X” instead of “male” or “female.” This bill was b…

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Add Third Gender Option to State IDs » Boston Globe Advocates say adding the "X" option alleviates the need for gender non-conforming individuals to make an impossible choice. …

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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 - 7/2

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

7:00pm Office Opening and Birthday Party for State Rep. Candidate Tami Gouveia

Tuesday - 7/3

Birthdays: Rep. Mark Cusack

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

Wednesday - 7/4

Birthdays: Rep. Harold Naughton, Jr.

No Hearings Scheduled

Thursday - 7/5

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

7:00pm Meet & Greet with New York Gubernatorial Candidate Cynthia Nixon

Friday - 7/6

Birthdays: Senator Richard Ross

No Hearings Scheduled


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