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Mass. only state without a budget » Lowell Sun Massachusetts, a state where Democrats firmly control the House and Senate and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker frequently touts his bipartisanship, suddenly stands alone among states without an enacted …

State lawmakers aim to ensure abortion remains legal in Mass. » Boston Globe Abortion-rights advocates and Massachusetts legislative leaders are moving to repeal a 19th-century state law that criminalizes abortion, acting out of concern that the US Supreme Court may overturn i…

Liberal groups prep grass-roots campaign against Trump’s SCOTUS pick » Politico Magazine Grass-roots groups on the left are planning a massive mobilization next week against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee — pressing senators to oppose the pick as soon as itâ…

‘You can beat the establishment’: Ocasio-Cortez crashes Democratic primaries » Politico Magazine In the days since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning upset victory in the New York primary, the 28-year-old Democrat has become not just a full-blown political sensation but an international n…

K Street staffs up for a Democratic takeover » Politico Magazine Companies are starting to prepare for the possibility that Democrats win back the House this fall. 'The smart ones are hiring now,' one lobbyist said. …

Sanchez opponent takes immigration fight to budget chief's office » State House News Service Liberal politics spilled into negotiations over the state's overdue budget on Monday as the top House budget-writer's Democratic primary opponent lambasted him over the House's reluctance to push back…

Rep. Jim Jordan denies knowing about alleged sex abuse at Ohio State » ABC News Rep. Jim Jordan – the powerful Republican founder of the House Freedom Caucus, staunch Trump ally and dark horse candidate for speaker – is denying new claims that as an assistant wrestl…

Conservative Columnist Max Boot: 'I Want Democrats To Take Over' » The Huffington Post Conservative columnist Max Boot, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, says he’s now rooting for a Democratic takeover of both houses of Congress in November’s midterm elections. …

Some criminally convicted retirees could keep more of their pensions under new proposal » Boston Globe State lawmakers are pursuing widespread changes to the state’s pension laws that could allow former public employees to keep a portion of their taxpayer-funded benefits even after they have bee…

MADAM PRESIDENT – Inside the office of the most powerful woman at the State House » Worcester Mag

“The public trust is sacred,” the Foxborough Democrat said. “And any time an employee of the Commonwealth is convicted of a crime in which they’re stealing from the taxpayers, then the prosecutors should absolutely, unequivocally, have the option to commence full forfeiture. And that remains the case with this bill.”

State Senator Paul R. Feeney

Legislation introduced to allow public employees convicted of a crime to keep a portion of their pension.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

On Mideast trip, Elizabeth Warren polishes her credentials » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren wrapped up a trip to the Middle East on Wednesday, a fact-finding mission aimed at more closely evaluating both the ongoing political turmoil in Iraq as well as the continued …

Business

Are Trump’s policy decisions undermining industries he pledged to help? » Boston Globe “The assault on the American auto industry is over,” President Trump declared last spring in Detroit, promising he would throttle back Obama-era regulations on vehicle pollution.…

Even fishing and coal mining are not losing jobs as fast as the newspaper industry » Boston Globe The newspaper industry has declined faster and fallen further than some of the most famously collapsing sectors of the American economy. Coal mining, steel manufacturing, fishing: They can’t ma…

Mass. business confidence slips » Milford Daily News

Civil Rights

ACLU helps protest organizers sue Cambridge over policy of charging for security at rallies (update) » Cambridge Day The ACLU of Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit challenging the City of Cambridge’s policy of charging event organizers for public safety services as a condition for granting permits for rallies …

Education

Boston NAACP head slams closed-door call on Laura Perille » Boston Herald The president of Boston’s NAACP chapter wants the city to reconsider the structure of the School Committee after it unanimously approved Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s interim superintendent pi…

Environment

Milford receives $25K for Charles River headwaters restoration » Wicked Local Milford The town recently received $25,000 through a state Department of Environmental Protection grant to create a restoration plan for a Charles River headwaters sub-watershed, state officials say.…

After prodding, EPA agrees to additional Massachusetts river protections » The Local News

Federal

Capuano Has Highest Paid Staff In Congress » WGBH Rep. Michael Capuano pays his employees very well. In fact, the 10-term Somerville Democrat has the highest average staff salary of any lawmaker in the United States Congress, either House or Senate. …

Housing

Federal judge in Worcester orders FEMA to continue hotel subsidies for Puerto Ricans displaced by Maria » Worcester Telegram A federal judge in Worcester has extended until July 23 an order requiring the government to continue paying hotels to house Puerto Ricans who were displaced by Hurricane Maria.…

Immigration

As the debate rages over immigration detainers, data on their efficacy is sparse » Boston Globe The debate over sanctuary cities has raged in Massachusetts for more than three years, and has only intensified since President Trump took office, as the governor, state courts, and legislators grappl…

585 join ranks of U.S. citizens » Lowell Sun More than 500 candidates for United States citizenship excitedly sat in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday. They waved miniature American flags, looked up to family and friends sitting in the…

Michael Capuano denies push to abolish ICE » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano says reports that indicated he wants to dismantle the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency were false — the Somerville Democrat said he is not joining the pus…

Sen. Ed Markey Joins Calls To Abolish ICE » WGBH Sen. Edward Markey joined the growing chorus of Senate Democrats calling to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, after a visit to detention centers at the border in Sou…

Judiciary

Mass. watching as Vermont pulls teenagers into family court » Newburyport News A task force created under the criminal justice law Gov. Charlie Baker signed in March will be able to look northwest to Vermont as it studies the juvenile court system here.…

Labor

Attorney General Issues Advisory on Workers’ Rights and Employer Obligations Post Janus Ruling » Framingham Source Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued an advisory reaffirming public employee rights and employer obligations under state law in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling …

Healey says Mass. labor laws unchanged after Supreme Court ruling » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

Massachusetts State Rep. John Velis, in Afghanistan on Army deployment, promoted to major on Fourth of July » MassLive State Rep. John C. Velis, D-Westfield, had a special Independence Day. Velis, on deployment with the Army Reserves in Afghanistan, shared via Facebook Wednesday that he was promoted from captain to ma…

Local Government

Rochester Selectmen oppose bill to spur housing construction » Sippican Village Soup Selectmen agreed Monday to oppose proposed state legislation that would make it easier to change zoning and other land-use-related bylaws.…

Hispanics Only in Lawrence’s City Hall? » The Valley Patriot It’s budget season again. When Mayor Rivera and ex Alcalde Lantigua brag about “their” balanced budgets, they should be giving the credit to the Director of Budget and Finance, Mark…

Using video, Worcester aims to shame illegal trash dumpers » Worcester Telegram Big Brother isn’t just watching illegal dumping - he’s about to name names. Having spent several years combing through surveillance footage and cutting open garbage bags in search of cul…

Cohasset reacts to compromise bill that tries to keep ballot measures at bay » Wicked Local Cohasset

Marijuana

Here’s where applicants for recreational marijuana licenses are in Massachusetts » Boston Globe According to new data released by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, 32 companies and individuals have filed 63 completed applications for recreational marijuana licenses.…

UMass researchers contribute to key statewide marijuana study » Gazette Net

Opinion

Faking niceness? Not me. I don’t have to. I’m a journalist » Boston Globe As part of its charm offensive for hosting the World Cup, Russia has instructed its generally dour, vodka-soaked populace to . . . smile.…

Mass. has to return to its high standards for education » Boston Globe Its 25th anniversary is an appropriate time to reflect on the success of Massachusetts’ 1993 Education Reform Act. Yet instead of rededicating ourselves to all the work still to be done, the Co…

Life Sciences 2.0 stokes Mass. competitiveness » Boston Globe How do you nurture the Commonwealth’s thriving life sciences sector? It takes more than a village — it takes an ecosystem. At least, that’s how Travis McCready, the head of the Ma…

YOUR VIEW: Sheriff Hodgson is not doing his job » South Coast Today Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson keeps pushing Trumpian rhetoric every time he claims that sanctuary cities release illegal immigrants, drug dealers, traffickers and gang members back into our co…

LETTERS: Democratic Town Committee endorses state candidates » Wicked Local Mansfield State election campaigns are in full swing across the Commonwealth, and, as is customary, the Mansfield Democratic Town Committee unanimously endorsed the following candidates who are unopposed in the…

Graham: Liberals, don’t be shy about intolerance » Boston Herald Liberal activists are chasing Trump officials out of restaurants and shouting at them while they try to eat their dinner. Anti-Trumpers are threatening the children of administration bureaucrats and s…

The 2018 New England Muzzle Awards: Spotlighting 10 Who Diminish Free Speech » WGBH It’s all about Trump. And so it should come as no surprise that the 2018 New England Muzzle Awards have taken on a distinctly orange hue, singling out — among other offenses — thu…

Happy Birthday, America. Be glad we’re not celebrating at the RMV » Boston Globe As America turns 242 on the Fourth of July, I thought I’d regale you with more birthday stories. This time, not my own, but others who “celebrated” at the Registry of Motor Vehicles…

EDITORIAL: Auto-signup won't drive any voters to polls » Sentinel & Enterprise

Politics

If you see Marty Walsh in the Merrimack Valley anytime soon, here’s why » Boston Globe He’s ping-ponged across the Merrimack Valley, knocking on doors and canvassing neighborhoods. His volunteers are preparing to hit the phones to reach voters, and internal polling shows a vast m…

Gonzalez blasts Gov. Baker's record » The Metro West Daily News Jay Gonzalez stopped by the Daily News on Tuesday. The Democrat said he's a better alternative, compared to another four years of Gov. Charlie Baker.…

A progressive battle for 9th Suffolk District seat » The Bay State Banner Making the case for re-election to his 17th term in office, state Rep. Byron Rushing cites his decades of community activism and legislative leadership on progressive issues, ranging from his advocacy…

For 3rd time, man embarks on walk across Mass. as 'exercise in democracy' » Berkshire Eagle Pen tucked behind the ear, notebook ready, BJ Hill is on the road again. Hill, 41, is walking across the state of Massachusetts for the third time, collecting messages from people he meets from the Be…

The Martha’s Vineyard crowd strikes back at Alan Dershowitz » Boston Globe For years, former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz and some of his high-profile pals have spent summer afternoons opining on the porch at the Chilmark General Store on Martha’s Vineyard.…

Trump backer Ernie Boch Jr. welcomes Vineyard outcast Alan Dershowitz » Boston Herald Trump-backing car mogul Ernie Boch Jr. is extending the warm hand of friendship to liberal scholar Alan Dershowitz — who says he’s been ostracized on Martha’s Vineyard by lefty fr…

Baker leaves Franklin 1st race, throws support behind Blais » The Recorder Shelburne Selectman Andrew Baker announced Wednesday that he is withdrawing from the race for the First Franklin District state representative’s seat being vacated by Stephen Kulik.…

Amherst’s David Morin drops write-in campaign for state Senate seat » Gazette Net David Morin has dropped out of the race for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District seat in the state Senate.…

‘It’s kind of simple,’ Mike Capuano responds when asked about Ocasio-Cortez » Boston Globe Representative Michael E. Capuano got a little testy Monday when asked about two of the biggest topics in Democratic politics this week: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s win in New York and calls to …

S. Boston man launches challenge to Iannella in Governor’s Council race » Dorchester Reporter Mark Rooney will be a candidate for the 4th District seat on the Governor’s Council now held by Christopher Iannella, who is running for reelection in the Democratic primary on Sept. 4.…

Norwell’s Demong hits the campaign trail for state rep. » Wicked Local Hanover During Alison Demong’s two successful campaigns for Norwell selectman, her main focus was being able to sell herself to Norwell voters. Her next political endeavor will require a bit more than …

Alan Dershowitz’s dance card full amid outpouring of support » Boston Herald Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz is a Trump pariah no more on Martha’s Vineyard, after news that he was being shunned by the island’s summering elites prompted a flood of invitations from p…

Advocates look to rally pot smokers » Boston Herald They’re lazy. Apathetic. Can’t be bothered to vote. Cannabis advocates are now trying to change these stoner stereotypes — tapping into a growing pool of pot-smoking voters to hel…

Warren campaign responds after Diehl alleges Braintree Day snub » Wicked Local Braintree Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, spent part of Saturday in Braintree despite assertions from her Republican challenger that the senator snubbed the town on Braintree Day. State Rep. Geoff Diehl, R-Whitma…

Sen. Spilka Endorses Jay Gonzalez For Massachusetts Governor » Framingham Source “I am incredibly proud to lend my support to Jay Gonzalez in his campaign for Governor,” Senator Karen Spilka said. “Having worked with Jay over the years, and getting to know him pe…

Progressive Democrat Cynthia Nixon, running for New York governor, plans Northampton fundraiser » MassLive Former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon, who hopes to unseat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary, will appear at a Western Massachusetts fundraiser.…

David Morin withdraws from race for Stan Rosenberg's Massachusetts Senate seat » MassLive One of six declared candidates for Massachusetts Senate in the Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester District has withdrawn from the race.…

Former DA's wife targets advertiser for support of 'John Krol Show' » Berkshire Eagle

Gonzalez draws huge turn-out for announcement » The Reminder

Public Safety

At least 10 more Massachusetts State Police troopers to be indicted in overtime scandal » MassLive Indictments against at least 10 more Massachusetts State Police troopers accused of stealing overtime money by writing phony tickets and skipping shifts are expected in the near future, MassLive has l…

Prison likely for former state trooper » Lowell Sun A former Massachusetts State Police trooper pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $50,000 in pay for overtime he did not work, authorities said, making him the fourth trooper implicated in a wide-ran…

Legacy celebration planned for former Sheriff Michael Ashe » MassLive

State Finance

Baker raises RED FLAG — Still NO BUDGET — 20-day REGISTRATION DEADLINE upheld » Politico Magazine Gov. Charlie Baker will sign a so-called red-flag gun bill into law on Tuesday, adding to a list of laws that make Massachusetts one of the strictest states in the country on gun control.…

Mass. has the dubious distinction as the only state in the nation without a budget » Sentinel & Enterprise Massachusetts, a state where Democrats firmly control the House and Senate and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker frequently touts his bipartisanship, suddenly stands alone among states without an enacted …

Days into new spending year, Massachusetts still has no budget » The Metro West Daily News Massachusetts, a state where Democrats firmly control the House and Senate and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker frequently touts his bipartisanship, suddenly stands alone among states without an enacted …

Late Mass. budget triggers sniping on Beacon Hill » Newburyport News Massachusetts, a state where Democrats firmly control the House and Senate and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker frequently touts his bipartisanship, suddenly stands alone among states without an enacted …

State Government

House Passes Legislation to Create Automatic Voter Registration in Massachusetts » The Valley Patriot Representative Frank A. Moran joined his colleagues in the House to pass legislation creating an efficient and streamlined automatic voter registration (AVR) system, while also protecting the privacy …

Transportation

MBTA wants to put barriers, doors on subway platforms » Boston Globe The boarding process on Boston subway platforms can be so unruly that transit officials have tried taping lines on the platforms to keep new passengers from blocking departing riders.…

Cities, towns see money from ride-hailing fees » Gloucester Times The state is raking in money from fees charged to ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft, reflecting an explosion in use of the emerging transportation services.…

What Would You Pay to Fix Boston Traffic? » Boston Magazine If you want to fully appreciate how dysfunctional Boston’s thicket of congested highways and patchwork streets has become, try heading home from work on a Friday afternoon in July.…

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