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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Division of Medical Assistance Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

11:00am Division of Health Care Finance & Policy Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm House Party for State Sen. Candidate Jo Comerford

6:30pm Celebration with Suffolk County District Attorney Candidate Shannon McAuliffe

6:30pm 15th Suffolk State Representative Candidate Forum, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Must-Reads

Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler? » New York Magazine How do you even think about the small but real chance that the president of the United States has been influenced or compromised by a hostile foreign power for decades? …

Sasse tempts Trump’s wrath by refusing to bow » Politico Massachusetts Sasse ... has a book coming out three weeks before the midterm elections and has quietly launched a new political non-profit group, fueling speculation that he might launch a Hail Mary bid for preside…

Trump administration takes another swipe at ‘Obamacare’ » Boston Globe The Trump administration is freezing payments under a provision of the Obama health law that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases n…

House Democratic Leadership Talk Starts Moving Into the Open » Roll Call House Democrats have largely tried to avoid talking about potential leadership battles in an effort to focus on winning the majority in November, but an unexpected opening is making that more difficul…

Lawmakers try to mute effects of Supreme Court ruling on unions » Berkshire Eagle Unions have spent decades cultivating ties on Beacon Hill, and now Massachusetts lawmakers and other elected officials are looking for ways to help unions as they weigh the fallout of a recent Supreme…

Beacon Hill scrambles to finish packed agenda before time runs out » The Eagle Tribune

Ayanna Pressley: Don't shy away from making Trump officials 'uncomfortable' » Boston Herald Congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley said voters should not shy away from making Trump administration officials feel “uncomfortable,” while her rival in the hotly contested 7th District…

Back In A New York Groove » nystateofpolitics.com Leaving nothing to chance, Governor Cuomo is making some moves. Seasoned campaign veteran Maggie Moran is being brought in to manage the 2018 Cuomo Campaign. Cuomo is facing a primary challenge from C…

“Calls for civility to meet an uncivil threat to our liberties, our rights and our basic humanity are deeply misguided,”

Ayanna Pressley

On whether or not to treat Trump administration officials with civility.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

In Warren, Patrick, two ways to take on Trump » Boston Globe The day before Elizabeth Warren announced she was leaving Harvard to run for the US Senate, she gave Deval Patrick a call to ask for advice, eager to hear what a novice campaigner could learn from a v…

Trump Says He’d Offer Elizabeth Warren $1 Million to Take a DNA Test » Boston Magazine He somehow also mocked #MeToo. …

Business

At Everbridge, tracking bad news is good business » Boston Globe It doesn’t print a newspaper or run a TV network, yet a Burlington company called Everbridge Inc. has quietly become one of the world’s leading bearers of bad news: Everbridge monitors d…

Chinese tariffs likely threaten Mass. recycling, lobster sectors » Boston Business Journal More than $90 million of the Bay State’s annual exports to China could be hit hard by the new tariffs put in place Friday morning by the Chinese government, according to an analysis by the U.S.…

Mass Maritime marina dedication set for Thursday » Wicked Local Bourne

Mass. legislators to take up Baker's $610 economic development bill » Worcester Business Journal

Berkshire Museum Releases Financial Statements » iBerkshires

Civil Rights

House rejects 'talk therapy' in sexual orientation bill » Sentinel & Enterprise Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators and representatives' votes on roll calls from recent sessions. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.…

Mass. House rejects amendment to bill banning conversion therapy » Taunton Gazette Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators' and representatives’ votes on roll calls from recent sessions. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.…

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Mass. House rejects amendment to bill banning conversion therapy » The Herald News Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators and representatives’ votes on roll calls from recent sessions. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.…

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Vetoes 'Conversion Therapy' Bill » NECN Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would've banned state-licensed therapists from engaging in conversion therapy aimed at changing someone's sexual orientation. …

ACLU sues Cambridge for billing Women’s March groups » Boston Globe ACLU Massachusetts sued the city of Cambridge last week on behalf of local organizers of the Women’s March, who say they were charged thousands of dollars for police details and emergency medic…

Education

Worcester second in state with hurricane-displaced students from islands » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The number of students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands enrolled in the city’s school system jumped up in the last few months of the school year, according to the state’s lat…

For refugees in Kenya, an education in hope » Boston Globe The Kakuma Refugee Camp, 80 miles from anywhere in northwest Kenya, is a world apart, a holding center for thousands dispossessed by war and conflict. Opportunity knocks rarely here, but a once-obscur…

Could Lowell school chief be on way out? » Lowell Sun The Column has learned from numerous sources that school Superintendent Salah Khelfaoui could be on the move. An announcement of his intention to leave could be made as early as Monday morning.…

Mount Ida president blames closure on Lasell College maneuvers » Boston Globe

Environment

On the Cape, tourists and locals take sharks in stride » Boston Globe On Cape Cod, sharks have become an accepted part of the local lifestyle. Souvenir shops are filled with shark-themed items: snow globes, jewelry, stuffed animals, even fossilized shark teeth.…

Refuge Tells Its Side Of Boundary Dispute: Monomoy Officials Express Willingness To Work With Town, State » The Cape Cod Chronicle

Gaming

Kim Sinatra leaving Wynn Resorts » Commonwealth Magazine Was allegedly aware of settlement with manicurist …

Health Care

House passes landmark bill » Tewksbury Town Crier Representative Michael S. Day joined his colleagues in the House in passing landmark legislation that is designed to ensure residents across the Commonwealth have access to high-quality health care as…

Housing

Live where you work? In Waltham, that’s not so easy » Boston Globe These are boom times in Waltham. From Route 128, you can see cranes erecting office buildings and hotels. The gleaming headquarters of shoe companies and engineering firms stand alongside newly built …

Reel life drama: Martha’s Vineyard’s housing crisis » Martha's Vineyard Times

Immigration

Abolish ICE? Few Democrats in 3rd District race join the call » The Valley Dispatch As protests against the Trump administration's immigration policies swept across the country last week, one specific two-word phrase was a frequent refrain: "Abolish ICE." …

A mother and daughter reunited at Logan » Universal Hub CNN posted this video of Angelica Gonzalez-Garcia, a Guatemalan national, being reunited with her 8-year-old daughter at Logan this afternoon, 55 days after they were separated by immigration official…

Advocates urge Massachusetts budget negotiators to include immigrant protections » The Republican

Judiciary

Gov. Charlie Baker nominates Kevin Maltby of Longmeadow as Northampton District Court judge » The Republican

Labor

Ruling in union case could cinch campaign spending » The Eagle Tribune Labor unions spend millions of dollars lobbying Beacon Hill, and most of their money goes to Democrats.…

Teamsters Local 25 of Boston » Lowell Sun Teamsters Local 25 of Boston recently awarded college scholarships, totaling $60,000, to 30 high-school students.…

The Janus Ruling Is a Blow to Public Unions. It's Especially Bad for Black Women. » Governing The Supreme Court's decision could weaken unions' collective bargaining power, which has historically benefited women of color more than most. …

National Grid strips locked-out union workers of health benefits » Boston Herald Locked-out union members are blasting National Grid for stopping payment to their health care plans, but the company says it won’t give out benefits while the workers refuse to give up the abil…

Beacon Hill looks for ways to help unions after court ruling » South Coast Today Unions have spent decades cultivating ties on Beacon Hill and now Massachusetts lawmakers and other elected officials are looking for ways to help unions as they weigh the fallout of a recent Supreme …

Fast food hiring under scrutiny: AG Healey part of 11 state coalition looking into "no-poaching" agreements » Berkshire Eagle

States seeking info on fast food "no-poach" agreements » Boston Herald

Dunkin’ defends franchise agreements in face of Healey probe » Boston Business Journal

Busted unions » Commonwealth Magazine

Legislative

Beacon Hill Roll Call » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators and representatives’ votes on roll calls from recent sessions. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.…

Higgins eager to hit books after recognition » Sentinel & Enterprise LEOMINSTER STATE REP. Natalie Higgins has been included in the 2018 Emerging Leaders Class by the national State Legislative Leaders Foundation.…

Beacon Hill faces crunch time » Salem News The state Legislature is entering the homestretch of its two-year session with a long to-do list and only three weeks to finish it.…

Judge overseeing lawsuit against Hefner, Rosenberg steps down » Boston Globe The Superior Court judge who approved a request to shield the name of the man suing former Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg and his husband, Bryon Hefner, abruptly stepped down from the civil cas…

Stan Rosenberg Files Lawsuit to Reveal Hefner Accuser’s Identity » Boston Magazine Last month, Doe filed court documents alleging Rosenberg knew his husband posed a threat to others but did not act. …

Massachusetts House tacks $125 million in earmarks onto economic development bond bill » The Republican

Tech and the law: State legislation to keep an eye on » Boston Business Journal

Local Government

Mayor Walsh Tells Starbucks to Withdraw Proposal for North End Location » North End Waterfront Mayor Marty Walsh came out strongly against the proposed North End location at the Charter Realty development on Cross Street, between Hanover and Salem.…

Keller @ Large: Salem Mayor Explains Why She Wants To Stay Local » CBS Boston Kim Driscoll, the mayor of Salem since 2006, joined Jon Keller on Sunday morning to discuss where her city thrives and where there is room for improvement.…

Law against chain stores is the hope of North End advocate » Boston Herald A neighborhood advocate hopes the massive opposition to a proposed Starbucks in the North End prompts a discussion among city officials about a new law banning chain stores and restaurants from enteri…

Blue Hills Regional begins $85M renovation project » Canton Citizen A momentous event featuring remarks from school administrators and state officials as well as a groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of an $84.8 million renovation project at Blue Hills Regional T…

Rail trail supporters argue park should be protected from easement » The Herald News A local company that received an easement from the city to build a private road across the more than $6 million state funded Quequechan River Rail Trail, “would not even get to first base”…

Methuen’s Rep. DiZoglio Urges State Control Board to Accompany Borrowing Measure » The Valley Patriot Methuen State Representative Diana DiZoglio says she does not support the city borrowing money without a fiscal control board to oversee the city’s finances. State Rep. Linda Campbell is slated…

A vote for noncitizens? Boston City Council prez pushes access to rights » Boston Herald The Boston City Council will consider ways it can let noncitizens vote in city elections tomorrow in a hearing on a controversial measure being pushed by Council President Andrea Campbell.…

Quincy invests in quality of its parks » The Patriot Ledger Just about everyone in Quincy — 94 percent of the city’s 94,000 residents — can step outside their front doors and walk to a city park in 10 minutes or less.…

Former Otis police chief files lawsuit against town, ethics complaint against Select Board » Berkshire Eagle Roberta Sarnacki, who served as police chief for nine years, said she plans to sue the town for pushing her out amid a lingering dispute with the Select Board chairman and members of a prominent famil…

Rare species slow roll on rail trail farther into Wellfleet » Cape Cod Times The extension of the Cape Cod Rail Trail farther into Wellfleet has hit a snag, according to a state official.…

Mayor: Millionaire's Tax Would Have Helped Salem » Salem Patch

Marijuana

Marijuana Race - MA is Not Very Far Ahead of RI » Go Local Worcester Nearly a year after Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the law approving recreational use of marijuana in the Commonwealth, dozens of businesses are vying for licenses to grow, manufacture, a…

Opinion

The left’s desire to live in a political silo when it comes to Trump » Boston Globe We live in a world of echo chambers and political silos, in which more and more Americans are reading, watching, and listening only to “facts” and “news” that fit into their pr…

The question of Trump, on second reference » Boston Globe As the president’s planned summit with Vladimir Putin approaches, I’ll be watching to see whether news media reporting on Donald Trump’s travels over the next week still refer to …

Most important vow for justices of peace is the one to get key details right » Boston Globe The article “ ‘We are gathered here today?’ For justices of peace, trend is no.” (Page A1, June 19) missed the mark. It focused on friends and family replacing professional JP…

It’s time for another McDuffy case » Commonwealth Magazine WHEN THE PUBLIC SEEKS to improve the educational outcomes for students, we tend to misdirect our frustration towards teachers unions, low-performing district schools, and/or the existence of charter s…

House’s Trump working group hasn’t done much » Commonwealth Magazine Leading the resistance requires action, not words …

The Power To Change Still Lies With The Voters » WGBH I was near my phone a couple of weeks ago when I heard the beep indicating an important news alert. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy had resigned. I didn’t realize that I had said, “…

Comley's view: Claims of a cover-up and call for public hearing » Newburyport News

Politics

Ten Democrats remain in 3rd District field » The Eagle Tribune Eleven candidates remain in contention for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, with just two months to go until the Democratic primary.…

CBC Hosts Candidates Forum for District Attorney, U.S. Congress » Chelsea Record The Chelsea Black Community (CBC), under the leadership of President Joan Cromwell, hosted a Candidates Forum on June 27 at the Chelsea Senior Center.…

Driscoll: Gonzalez saying right things, but Baker's strong partner » Lowell Sun Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll wants to see a greater sense of urgency at the state level about fixing transportation problems.…

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

State Rep. Kulik talks last budget, long drives and the race for his seat » The Recorder As he’s worked on negotiating his last state budget, Rep. Stephen Kulik has had his mind on other things, like checking out the seven-way primary race to fill his job after December and serving…

Amid focus on criminal justice reform, Massachusetts district attorney races draw more candidates, attention in 2018 » The Republican They are the most powerful prosecutors in the state, and they are accountable to voters. Yet races for district attorney have typically gotten little attention in Massachusetts.…

Gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie pushes for better transportation options » Telegram News His vision includes an electrified commuter rail system with trains traveling up to 115 miles per hour between cities and a state fleet of electric vehicles powered by wind and solar farms.…

'Now's the time to step up': Massachusetts sees increase in women running for Congress » The Republican A record number of women have announced bids for U.S. House and Senate seats across the country in 2018, and Massachusetts is no exception. …

Bob Massie lags on fund-raising, gives campaign another loan » Boston Globe Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie is still struggling mightily with fund-raising, bringing in just $5,430 in outside donations in the last two weeks of June and loaning his campaign $20,00…

In backing Gifford for Congress, Fitchburg mayor rebuffed others — including Marty Walsh » Boston Globe In endorsing Rufus Gifford for Congress, Fitchburg Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale says it was the relationship the two formed that elevated Gifford in his mind above the nine other Democrats in the Third D…

How Does Boston Look in the Age of Trump? » Boston Magazine As tourism heats up this summer, we asked foreign sightseers for their first impressions. (Turns out, we’re nicer than we think.) …

Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier endorses Quentin Palfrey for LG » The Republican

Here are your Mass. ballot questions for November 2018: Patient-nurse limits, election spending and transgender anti-discrimination » The Republican

November's ballot questions are assigned numbers » Sentinel & Enterprise

In State Legislature races, it's 'The Year of the Women' in Massachusetts » The Republican

Public Health

Opioid prescriptions tracked by state » Athol Daily News Last month, state Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit against producers of prescription opioids after hundreds of people died taking the medication.…

Addicted people often end up in jail. And that can be deadly for them » Boston Globe Dawn Marie Dingee feared, and halfway knew, what she would find when she kicked open the bathroom door in a panic: her second-born son slumped over, already blue.…

Public Safety

Springfield mayor: Why the low bail for repeat offenders? » Boston Herald The mayor of Springfield, already reeling from the deaths of three women found on a local property, is demanding to know “what the hell” is going on with the low bail for repeat violent of…

State Finance

MA Is Only State In U.S. With No Budget Right Now » Salem Patch Massachusetts prides itself on being first. The first public school. The first state to legalize gay marriage. The state with the "best" benefits for veterans. So it must've been jarring this week fo…

State tax collections $1.2B ahead of budget » Boston Herald Projecting that state tax collections will surpass estimates for the year that just ended by $1.2 billion, the Baker administration is forecasting a surplus of $150 million to $200 million in funds th…

State Government

Duties of demoted executive in medical examiner’s office ‘remain largely the same’ » Boston Globe When Lisa Riccobene was suspended last month following a probe of her credentials, state officials said that when she did return to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, she would no longer be its…

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito receives award by the HBRA of Massachusetts » Shrewsbury Post Shrewsbury local and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, Karyn Polito, received the 2018 “Friends of the Housing Industry Award” from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association (HBRA).…

Taxation

Mass. sales tax holiday uncertain for 2018 » The Herald News The “grand bargain” law signed by Gov. Charlie Baker last week makes a summer sales tax holiday a permanent annual fixture on the calendars of shoppers and business owners in Massachusetts…

Transportation

Mechanical issues cause Steamship Authority to cancel two trips Sunday morning » Boston Globe The Steamship Authority’s cancellation of two trips Sunday added to local frustration with the transportation agency, whose fleet has been plagued with mechanical problems well into the critica…

Fire destroys Steamship Authority shuttle bus » Cape Cod Times The fire that destroyed a Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority shuttle bus late Saturday morning at the parking lot on Palmer Avenue also damaged 13 other vehicles, f…

Pollack: West Station ridership forecast may be off » Commonwealth Magazine TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK believes the computer model the state uses to predict future transit ridership is unreliable, at least for projects like the proposed West Station in the All…

MBTA loses reprieve from outsourcing restriction » Boston Globe The three-year window the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority had to freely outsource work to private contractors ended on July 1. It was a quiet conclusion to what had been the Baker administr…

Army Corps to review South Coast Rail permit request to fill half-acre of wetlands » South Coast Today The Army Corps of Engineers recently announced it is considering a state permit to fill half an acre of wetlands along three existing freight lines related to Phase I of the South Coast Rail project.…

Utilities

Monterey hopes move by AT&T improves cell service » Berkshire Eagle To run her natural bug repellent business, Terri See must forward cellphone calls to a landline. Weary of that, See said she is thrilled to hear that dropped calls and spotty cell service might soon b…

Columbia Gas rate plan faces challenge » Gloucester Times

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

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

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 7/9

10:00am Division of Medical Assistance Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

11:00am Division of Health Care Finance & Policy Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm House Party for State Sen. Candidate Jo Comerford

6:30pm Celebration with Suffolk County District Attorney Candidate Shannon McAuliffe

6:30pm 15th Suffolk State Representative Candidate Forum, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Tuesday - 7/10

9:00am Dept. of Transitional Assistance Client Recognition Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

6:00pm Summer Fundraiser for Rep. Joan Meschino

6:30pm State Rep. Candidate Erika Johnson Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm Sunset Cruise for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Wednesday - 7/11

10:00am Center for Health Information and Analysis Public Hearing, 501 Boylston Street, Boston

10:00am Public Regional Commissioner Swearing In, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

5:00pm Greenfield Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Chelsea Kline

6:00pm Meet & Greet with U.S. Senate Candidate Beth Lindstrom

Thursday - 7/12

11:00am Expungement/Juvenile Justice Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Tram Nguyen

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

6:30pm Town Hall on Climate Change with Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Elliot Street, Boston

7:00pm Reception for State Rep. Candidate David Robertson

7:00pm Meet & Greet with Attorney General Candidate Josh Zakim

Friday - 7/13

Birthdays: Rep. Daniel Ryan

No Hearings Scheduled


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