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Is Phil Murphy already running for president? Experts say take a look at the signs » nj.com Gov. Phil Murphy has only been on the job for half a year, but his actions suggest his eye may be on a White House run. …

Democratic Sen. Jon Tester thanks Trump in full page ad ahead of rally » ABC News In anticipation of President Donald Trump's rally Thursday in Great Falls, Montana, the state's Democratic senator, Jon Tester, took out a full-page ad in 14 newspapers across the state. …

Initiative petition process "broken," southern chambers say » State House News Service Feeling stung by new minimum wage and paid leave laws, business officials south of Boston say a constitutional amendment may be needed to address a "broken process" and "absurdly low" threshold to put…

Chamber chiefs press for more renewable energy » State House News Service Citing potential economic benefits, the heads of 10 local chambers of commerce are calling on lawmakers to boost the state's commitment to renewable energy. …

How to Make Trump’s Tax Returns Public » New York Times

Fourth Ohio State wrestler says Rep. Jim Jordan knew about sexual abuse when he was coach » NBS News A fourth former Ohio State University wrestler came forward Thursday to contradict Rep. Jim Jordan’s claim that he had no idea the wrestling team doctor was molesting athletes. …

Environmentalists: Pruitt's replacement 'should scare anyone who breathes' » Politico Massachusetts Environmentalists say former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, the new acting EPA chief, is smarter and more plugged in to Washington than Scott Pruitt was. …

Northeastern University under fire for receiving millions from ICE contract » Boston Globe A group of students, activists, and faculty members is calling on Northeastern University to drop its multimillion-dollar contract to do research for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the governmen…

Another shot in the pipeline wars » Commonwealth Magazine Those who believe the region needs another natural gas pipeline are saying they have found a new convert – the same energy analyst who co-authored a 2015 report for Attorney General Maura Heale…

“Pocahontas — they always want me to apologize for saying it. And I want to apologize. I’ll use tonight: Pocahontas, I apologize to you,” Trump said, as some supporters in the audience laughed. “To you, I apologize. To the fake Pocahontas, I won’t apologize.”

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On Elizabeth Warren and her claims of having Cherokee ancestry.

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Beltway Politics

Trump says he’d give Senator Elizabeth Warren $1m for charity if she can prove she’s Native American » Boston Globe President Trump joked Thursday night that he would give Senator Elizabeth Warren $1 million to a charity of her choice if she took a DNA test and it proved that she has Native American roots.…

Business

Seeds of the past grow into farm of the future » Boston Globe The 18th-century farmhouse at the corner of Norfolk and Hosmer streets had been falling apart for years. The oldest structure in Mattapan and a relic of the neighborhood’s rural roots, its fiel…

Boston Internet service Starry, aiming to take on its bigger rivals, raises $100 million » Boston Globe Starry Inc., the Boston-based wireless Internet service, is bulking up with a $100 million funding round, which the upstart company will use to expand nationally in the high-stakes race to deploy supe…

Mass. business confidence slips » The Enterprise Confidence among Massachusetts employers took a dive in June, dropping more than five percentage points in the Associated Industries of Massachusetts index as businesses begin to see “a perfect …

Why some family business owners succeed and others fail when it comes to succession planning » Boston Business Journal Baking is kneaded deep into Robert Jucker’s DNA. Three Brothers Bakery, the Houston-based pastry chain Jucker owns, was founded by his father and two uncles in 1949, four years after the family…

Former Harvard president Drew Faust joins board of Goldman Sachs » Boston Business Journal Just a few days after leaving her post as president of Harvard University, Drew Gilpin Faust has joined the Wall Street giant's board of directors, where she'll serve alongside Harvard alum Lloyd Blan…

Greyhound Friends seeks new license in Hopkinton » The Metro West Daily News Greyhound Friends is seeking a new license to reopen its kennel on Saddle Hill Road, but the effort is only one hurdle before the organization can continue its work of more than three decades.…

Civil Rights

Abortion lobby moves to repeal Massachusetts’ century-old abortion ban, unenforced since Roe » LifeSite As speculation about the next Supreme Court justice runs rampant, the abortion lobby is taking steps to keep abortion-on-demand legal regardless of whether he or she votes to overturn Roe v. Wade.…

Education

Next Boston superintendent will face a massive to-do list » Boston Globe As Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang leaves office, his successor will be left with a massive to-do list. …

Federal

As Trump’s trade war starts, China retaliates with comparable tariffs of its own » The Washington Post Three months of rhetoric just became reality. The United States imposed the first duties on $34 billion in Chinese goods early Friday and China immediately retaliated, launching a commercial battle th…

Gaming

Kim Sinatra leaving Wynn Resorts » Commonwealth Magazine

Health Care

Around Amherst: No issues in health insurance switchover, Bockelman says » Amherst Bulletin Health insurance for town employees and retirees successfully transitioned from the longtime self-insured trust when the new fiscal year began July 1.…

Human Services

Boston Symphony Orchestra flute player takes equal pay fight to court » Boston Herald Boston Symphony Orchestra’s top flute player is suing the group for paying her $70,000 less than her male woodwind counterpart, raising what looks like the first lawsuit filed under the Massach…

Immigration

Immigration changes hit soup company hard » Gloucester Times CEO Liam McClennon of Gloucester worries about what may happen to 30 of his long-time, highly skilled workers from El Salvador and Honduras when a federal program called Temporary Protective Status en…

Kingston Slams Warren Over Call To Abolish ICE » New Boston Post

Government begins returning migrant children to their parents » Boston Globe The federal government — facing multiple lawsuits and a looming court order — has begun releasing a few children to their mothers and fathers, and said Thursday that it plans to reunite …

Judiciary

Hampshire County family specialty court receives national honor » Gazette Net A specialty court in Northampton aimed at reducing the stress, anger and anxiety that children may face during parental separation has received national recognition.…

Mass. SJC reverses 2013 Springfield murder conviction of Curtis Combs » MassLive The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday reversed the 2013 murder conviction of Curtis Combs after determining there was no proof that the victim was actually killed in Springfield, and as…

City resident to preside over Gloucester District Court » Gloucester Times

Labor

BSO’s principal flutist sues for equal pay » Boston Globe Elizabeth Rowe, the star principal flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is suing the BSO under the new Massachusetts Equal Pay Law.…

Legislative

Stanley Rosenberg seeks to publicly ID Bryon Hefner’s sex assault accuser » Boston Herald Ex-Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and his estranged husband, Bryon Hefner, want to remove the “cloak of anonymity” shielding the John Doe who has sued them over his sexual assault c…

Local Government

Easthampton Board of Health puts off signing anti-pipeline letter to Gov. Baker » MassLive The Easthampton Board of Health on Monday balked at a request to sign an anti-pipeline letter that would be sent to Governor Charlie Baker.…

Hudson seeks alternative funding for rotary plan » The Metro West Daily News With the expectation that the Baker administration will not release $500,000 awarded to Hudson through the Economic Development Bond Bill to revamp the downtown rotary, town officials have begun seeki…

Attleboro mayor takes action on dogs in danger after owner leaves two dogs in car during heat wave » The Sun Chronicle Anyone who leaves an animal in a motor vehicle on hot days like the ones the area has been experiencing will be fined, Mayor Paul Heroux said Thursday.…

Lynn and Swampscott are seeing red over scattered green and yellow bikes » Lynn Daily News Item You’ve probably seen them; green and yellow bikes are all over the area. Some are left standing on a kickstand, but often they’re left dumped on the ground.…

Marijuana

State puts hold on approving Seekonk pot moratorium extension » The Sun Chronicle Local residents will have additional time to comment on two articles approved at the May town meeting, including a six-month extension on a marijuana moratorium, because of a procedural defect red-fla…

Marijuana still illegal on Mashpee tribe's land, at powwow » Cape Cod Times The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will be enforcing federal law on its reservation during the tribe’s annual powwow this weekend, meaning, among other things, the use of marijuana will not be permitt…

Opinion

Our Opinion: Red flag law toughens state's gun law bona fides » Berkshire Eagle On Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker did what few other Republican leaders around the country would never dare to attempt — he signed into law a bill that would allow family members to petition t…

Women hit a wall when they challenge incumbents » Boston Globe Milton Valencia’s reporting on the endorsements that Josh Zakim has garnered invites us to confront the sexism and misogyny that affect women who dare to challenge entrenched power (“Zaki…

Big tech needs to be reined in » Boston Globe Have the tech giants — Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft — grown too big, rich, and powerful for regulators and politicians ever to take them on? The international investmen…

Americans deserve privacy protection from Big Data » Boston Globe The United States has a privacy problem. Sensitive consumer data are everywhere, and they are vulnerable. Just this year, we learned that two billion Facebook users’ information was harvested b…

Letter: What should concerned citizens do now? » Gloucester Times The news over the past few weeks has not been heartening for citizens who care about democratic institutions and the future of our country. A Gloucester Daily Times June 25 article highlighted the thi…

Time to undo failed family cap policy » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS IS ON the verge of repealing its welfare family cap statute. The family cap – also called the Cap on Kids – is the state law that denies a child $100 a month in benefits pl…

Editorial: End the deadlock at Harbor Garage » Boston Business Journal The city has an opportunity — admittedly, an imperfect one — to make our downtown more attractive and livable by increasing public access to the waterfront near the Aquarium. But standin…

Calls to abolish ICE show left as out of touch (Editorial) » MassLive What do you call someone who drops a hand-delivered, gift-wrapped present, and then kicks it out of bounds?…

Viewpoint: Millennial wealth transfer opportunity » Boston Business Journal Given the prevalence of highly educated, gainfully employed millennials in the U.S., it is alarming that over the next 20 years, an estimated $30 trillion in inheritance assets will change hands in th…

Capuano's favored, but his swan song is in the background » Sentinel & Enterprise

Carr: Judge takes major wages as hubby lands in hot water » Boston Herald

Politics

US Rep. Richard Neal dismisses idea that his primary bid will see same fate as NY Democrat Joe Crowley » MassLive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's unexpected primary win over high-ranking Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in New York sparked talk of another potential upset in Massachusetts.…

Capuano raised nearly twice as much as challenger Pressley in 2nd quarter » Boston Globe Representative Michael E. Capuano raised almost twice as much as his challenger, Ayanna Pressley, in the second quarter of the year, extending his strong fund-raising advantage as he tries to fend off…

Kennedy family wears jackets protesting Trump immigration policy at Fourth of July parade » Boston Globe Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Ethel Kennedy and the late Robert F. Kennedy, posted an Instagram photo of several of the jackets, along with signs that read, “Break bread, not families.”…

Public Health

Williamsburg, Clarksburg, other Western Mass communities join federal lawsuit against drug companies blamed for causing opioid crisis » MassLive

Public Safety

Groups split over whether to revive Boston’s mounted police unit » Boston Globe This is what happens when you look a gift horse in the mouth.…

The Mass. State Police overtime scandal: How much money has allegedly been taken so far? » MassLive The recent arrests of three Massachusetts State Police troopers, and the guilty plea of a fourth, provide an early look at the amount of money allegedly taken as part of the agency's overtime abuse sc…

State Finance

With budget late, top legislator: "We're trying to get through it" » Sentinel & Enterprise The lead budget negotiator for the House downplayed animosity between his branch and the Senate on Thursday as the Legislature departed Beacon Hill for the weekend without a deal in place to fund stat…

State Government

Former Springfield Mayor Michael Albano lands $101,000 state job in Labor Department » MassLive Former Springfield Mayor and Governor's Councilor Michael Albano has found a new job in state government, earning $101,000 a year as a member of the Board of Review at the Department of Unemployment A…

Taxation

Tax Wrinkle Spurs Pension Funds to Buy More Treasurys » The Wall Street Journal U.S. companies are funneling extra money into their pension funds to take advantage of temporary tax savings, moves that are helping suppress yields on long-term Treasurys.…

Hull's new, free trolley service hits the road » The Patriot Ledger On weekends all summer the chamber of commerce is running the Hull O Trolley for free from Pemberton Point to Nantasket Beach.…

Grand bargain silent on 2018 sales tax holiday » The Metro West Daily News

State lands tax windfall: $1.2 billion more than expected » Boston Globe

Transportation

Groups want the T to provide fare discounts for low-income riders » Boston Globe With MBTA fares likely to increase next year, Boston transit advocates are campaigning for a discount that could benefit tens of thousands of low-income riders.…

‘RGGI for transportation’ could be in the works in Massachusetts » Energy News Network Massachusetts might be on the verge of becoming the second state to introduce a carbon pricing program aimed at the transportation sector – if lawmakers can agree on how to do it. Last month, …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

What Would You Pay to Fix Boston Traffic? » Boston Magazine

Legacy celebration planned for former Sheriff Michael Ashe » MassLive

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

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

Mass. business confidence slips » Milford Daily News

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

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

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

Gonzalez draws huge turn-out for announcement » The Reminder

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4670 - An Act relative to firearms

HB 4435 - An Act designating the Houghs Neck Maritime Center in the city of Quincy in honor of Francis X. McCauley

HB 4301 - An Act authorizing the Department of Fish and Game to acquire land of the town of Dalton

HB 4299 - An Act repealing a certain act increasing the expenditure limit on revolving funds in the city of Attleboro

HB 3909 - An Act relative to boat excise tax revenue for the Chatham waterfront

HB 3540 - An Act relative to certain affordable housing in the south end section of the city of Boston

SB 2316 - An Act designating certain bridges in the town of Bourne as the U.S. Army Special Forces Staff Sergeant Matthew A. Pucino Memorial Bridges

Most read bills of the week:

HB4639 - An Act establishing the Honorable Peter V. Kocot Act to enhance access to high quality, affordable and transparent healthcare in the Commonwealth

SB2584 - An Act to reduce traffic fatalities

HB4640 - An Act relative to minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the sales tax holiday

SB2545 - An Act to promote a clean energy future

HB4401 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

SB2564 - An Act to promote a clean energy future

SB4 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

HB4599 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

House Actions This Week: 163

Senate Actions This Week: 46

Press Releases

Partners HealthCare Launches New Center of Excellence » Partners Healthcare

How Can a 'Biological Opinion' Help North Atlantic Right Whales? » Conservation Law Foundation

Cleantech Open Northeast Accelerator Program Awards 2018’s Top Cleantech and Energy Startups » Northeast Clean Energy Council

U.S. SETS NEW RECORD FOR OIL PRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER MEETING VIRTUALLY ALL GLOBAL DEMAND GROWTH » Mass. Petroleum Council

MassDOT Commits Funds to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » MassDOT

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

More than Two Dozen NFIB Members Are Running for Office Across the Country » National Federation of Independent Business

Lt. Governor Polito Hosts Roundtable on Dangerousness » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Further Expands Access to Opioid Reversal Medication » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Warren, Markey Query Columbia Gas On Uninhabitable Homes Following Merrimack Valley Disaster » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Commends MassDOT Commitment to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Urges FDA to Deny Approval of Powerful Opioid Dsuvia, Cites Warning of Committee Chair » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Suspending Military Aid & Sales to Saudi Government following Khashoggi Disappearance » Congressman Jim McGovern

McGovern Statement on Apparent Murder of Jamal Khashoggi » Congressman Jim McGovern

Educators' Voices Are Influential on Ballot Questions » Massachusetts Teachers Association

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL COST LOCAL BREWERIES, WINERIES » Climate Action Business Association


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