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Mitch Landrieu Wants to Know: Does He Have to Run for President? » Politico A remarkably candid interview with the former New Orleans mayor about race, political ambition and America under Trump. …

Stephen Lynch wants you to know that he is not Louie Gohmert » Boston.com The Massachusetts congressman was confused with the combative Texas Republican during Thursday's hearing with FBI agent Peter Strzok. …

Roy Moore Threatens to Sue Sacha Baron Cohen Over Provocative Showtime Series » Observer In addition to Moore, former Vice President Dick Cheney and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin were conned into participating in the Showtime series; a trailer for the show features the former signing a wate…

Opinion: Why the Kavanaugh Pick Is Not as Safe as It Seems » Roll Call Sen. Rand Paul could be the one to throw a wrench in the Supreme Court confirmation, even as all eyes turn to a pair of his colleagues.... …

Golden: omnibus energy bill "is going to be difficult" » State House News Service "We're all committed to getting something done before the end of the session. The House has taken its position obviously today. The Senate has taken its position. I'm sure we'll be talking tomorrow," …

Baker to propose new spending on education, public safety » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday plans to file a budget bill that invests in public education and school safety, suggesting the governor may have settled on how he would like to spend a surplus from the f…

Was that really a debate? Zakim and Galvin spar about whether they’ve sparred » Boston Globe When Secretary of State William Galvin and his primary challenger, Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, appeared before the Swampscott Democratic Town Committee at the local high school in mid-June, they…

After Vowing Lobbying Reform, Walsh Vetoes Council Effort To Implement It » WGBH Some two years after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh promised to institute the first ever regulations requiring the public disclosure of lobbying efforts directed at city officials — Walsh has vetoed …

Race, Gender And Age In Democratic Party Politics » NPR A woman of color is challenging an entrenched white male congressman in a Democratic primary in Massachusetts's 7th Congressional District around Boston.…

Editorial: No excuse for late state budgets and lax attitudes » Boston Business Journal Editorial: No excuse for late state budgets and lax attitudes…

Business groups raise concerns about health bills » Commonwealth Magazine Say assessments will hike costs, not address underlying problems …

"From Columbine to Parkland to Sutherland Springs, these perpetrators of mass gun violence had a history of animal abuse, and addressing this pattern of behavior is part of the solution when it comes to preventing gun violence and saving lives."

U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark

On her bill that seeks to keep guns out of the hands of individuals convicted of animal cruelty charges.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Sessions singles out ‘sanctuary city of Lawrence’ in N.H. opioid speech » Boston Globe Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday targeted Lawrence for criticism during his speech in New Hampshire on efforts to combat the national opioid crisis.…

Business

Necco’s new owner sued for failing to make final purchase payments » Boston Globe Round Hill Investments LLC, which bought New England Confectionery Co. in dramatic fashion in May after the initial winner of a bankruptcy auction reneged on its bid, is now being sued for breach of c…

Tech community wrestles over working with government » Boston Globe Ken Sutton served his country as a US Army Ranger. But these days he’s chief executive of a Boston technology startup, and he is doing a lot of soul-searching about whether to do business with …

Globe editor did not violate anti-harassment policy, investigators find » Boston Globe Investigators hired by The Boston Globe have concluded that its editor, Brian McGrory, did not violate the company’s anti-harassment policy in personal text exchanges with a former Boston.com w…

Analog Devices Breaks Ground on New Global Headquarters in Wilmington, MA » OA Online Analog Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADI ), announced it has officially broken ground on its new global headquarters in Wilmington, Mass. The expanded facility will feature state of the art laboratories, de…

This one’s personal » Commonwealth Magazine

Civil Rights

Massachusetts House To Vote To Eliminate Old Abortion Ban » WAMC The Massachusetts House is planning to vote on a bill aimed at eliminating a series of antiquated laws, including a ban on abortion dating back more than a century.…

Supreme Court could return abortion debate to the states » Worcester Telegram Anticipating renewed fights over abortion, some governors and state lawmakers already are searching for ways to enhance or dismantle the right in their constitutions and laws.…

Education

UMass Lowell fabric center aims to make smarter clothes » Boston Globe The new Fabric Discovery Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is about so much more than couture.…

NECC to Share in $37M of State Money for Repairs, Maintenance » WHAV Governor Charlie Baker this week announced the investment of just over $37 million in new capital funding for community colleges across the state, including the Haverhill-based Northern Essex Communit…

Critics: House education bill leaves out spending for needy kids » Boston Herald The House and Senate are at odds on school aid after the House unanimously passed an education funding bill that hikes spending on special education but leaves out money for English language learners …

J.R. Briggs Elementary principal, whose husband allegedly raped district employee, is fired, says spokeswoman » Sentinel & Enterprise Principal Andrea McGrath was fired Tuesday from John R. Briggs Elementary School after more than a month on administrative leave, according to her spokeswoman.…

Worcester College Becomes First To Offer Degree In Esports Management » WBUR Becker College in Worcester will soon offer a degree in esports management — the first of its kind in the nation. …

House bill on school funding doesn't douse lawsuit talk in Worcester » Worcester Telegram Not swayed by the state House of Representatives' latest solution to Massachusetts school funding problems, city school officials may be moving closer toward suing the state to get the fair share they…

Framingham State, UMass Law reach degree agreement » Worcester Business Journal Framingham State University and the University of Massachusetts School of Law have signed an agreement allowing students to get their bachelor's and law degrees in six years.…

MMA Celebrates Pier Extension » Cape News

Baker budget bill adds money to school safety programs » Boston Herald

Baker-Polito Administration Proposes $150 Million Investment in Public Education & School Safety » Framingham Source

MassBay receives $25M for new health science center » The Metro West Daily News

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker seeks to prevent another abrupt college closure like the shuttering of Mount Ida » MassLive

Environment

Sen. Pacheco: 'No excuse' for House not to act » The Daily News of Newburyport

Gaming

Wynn Resorts files countersuit, says claims ‘patently false’ » Boston Herald Casino giant Wynn Resorts has responded to a lawsuit accusing the company of arranging — and then breaking — a side deal for land in Everett with a lawsuit of their own.…

Gaming Commission drags Wynn Resorts into legal dispute with former Everett property owners » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has drawn in Wynn Resorts as a third-party defendant in a dispute with FBT Everett Realty LLC, the previous owner of 30-plus acres that Wynn acquired in Everett to …

Health Care

AG concerned about hospital merger » The Daily News of Newburyport Attorney General Maura Healey said she is concerned that a major merger involving several North Shore hospitals could lead to higher costs for patients.…

Business groups raise concerns about health bills » Wicked Local Weymouth MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS LEADERS on Thursday raised concerns about legislative efforts to provide financial support to struggling community hospitals, saying the measures will drive up costs and could d…

'Groundbreaking' MGH diabetes research catches eye of Gov. Baker, insurers » Boston Business Journal When Gov. Charlie Baker called Massachusetts General Hospital diabetes researcher Dr. Denise Faustman, she thought it was a prank.…

Mass. business groups, insurers say health care overhaul would hurt consumers » Boston Business Journal

Housing

Nearly 800 residential units approved in Boston's South End » Boston Business Journal

Human Services

Bill would let Massachusetts candidates use campaign funds for child care » MassLive A dad running for U.S. Senate can use his campaign fund to pay for child care expenses. A mom running for state Senate in Massachusetts cannot.…

Immigration

In packed courtroom, lawyers spar over fate of ‘protected’ immigrants » Boston Globe It was standing room only in a Massachusetts federal courtroom Thursday as immigrants, advocates, and attorneys observed the first court hearing in a case that could affect the ability of some 300,000…

Boston judge to decide whether Trump administration can end immigrants' protected status » MassLive Advocates for people living in the U.S. under protected status filled a federal courtroom Thursday as attorneys argued whether President Donald J. Trump's administration should be allowed to end tempo…

Judiciary

Gov. nominates Maltby as Northampton District Court judge » Gazette Net Former Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Kevin V. Maltby has been nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker to assume the role of associate justice of the Northampton District Court.…

Local Government

SELCO hosts ribbon cutting for solar farm at town landfill » Wicked Local Weymouth Shrewsbury – On June 29, local and state dignitaries gathered on a capped portion of the Shrewsbury landfill at 620 Hartford Turnpike, to take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating an ar…

Ex-town official, on house arrest, jailed over trips to bakeries, restaurants » The Salem News A former North Shore public official who admitted last year to defrauding taxpayers and destroying evidence of his crimes was led out of a Salem courtroom in handcuffs Thursday.…

Marijuana

Still Some Weeks To Go Before Retail Cannabis Sales In Mass. Begin » WBUR The wait continues. It may be several weeks before the first legal adult-use cannabis sale takes place.…

Massachusetts marijuana retail sales look unlikely to happen in July » MassLive Massachusetts retail marijuana shops are unlikely to open in July, with August looking like the better bet.…

State could soon remove major hurdle to recreational marijuana market » Boston Business Journal The state said it hopes to review a license for a lab to test recreational marijuana in two weeks, potentially overcoming a major hurdle in bringing recreational cannabis sales to consumers.…

Opinion

Mass. political candidates can expense a tuxedo, but not child care. That needs to change » Boston Globe As a single mom running for office, Lee Erica Palmer racked up thousands of dollars in baby sitter bills, but she could not tap any campaign funds to defray the cost.…

Letter: Protect our forests » The Recorder In responding to Jon Bos’ excellent op-ed piece of June 27 on global warming, I will focus on his statement about atmospheric carbon dioxide, “These concentrations can only drop if we emi…

Gas lockout endangers everyone » Commonwealth Magazine LAST FALL, NATIONAL GRID employee Scott Ambler helped prevent what could have been a potentially devastating gas explosion in Weymouth. Ambler was not assigned to the job; instead he was passing by th…

Let the Dalai Lama go home » Boston Globe Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, celebrated his 83rd birthday last week. What a wonderful gift it would be if China would treat the Tibetan people with the dignity and respect they deserve, and let…

Moran: Tran should have supported ‘Red Flag’ bill » Leominster Champion Dean Tran recently had a chance to cast a vote to protect the families of North Central Massachusetts by supporting the “Red Flag” gun safety bill, also referred to as ERPO, on Thursday, J…

YOUR VIEW: There's evidence to believe partisanship drives Maura Healey » South Coast Today While I share Eileen Marum’s concerns about Sheriff Hodgson’s performance of his professional responsibilities, the evidence she presents to justify Attorney General Maura Healey’…

Trump and Putin face an urgent arms control deadline in Helsinki » Boston Globe As US-Russian relations continue to deteriorate, Presidents Trump and Putin appear eager to find common ground on arms control when they meet in Helsinki on Monday. The reason for their urgency is cle…

Trump’s trade policies are at war with economic reality » Boston Globe With President Trump off on his browbeat-our-allies European tour, it’s a good moment to look at how his populist trade politics square with the actuality of international economics.…

Two Cape legislators oppose ban on conversion therapy » Cape Cod Times About two weeks ago, the Massachusetts House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to ban controversial “conversion therapy” for minors.…

Editorial: No excuse for late state budgets and lax attitudes » Boston Business Journal When you hire a repairman to fix your washing machine and he shows up two hours late, you complain about it. Why aren't residents of the commonwealth complaining about their hired representatives on B…

Viewpoint: Colleges dropping art for job-centric majors is a disservice to all » Boston Business Journal It’s a disturbing, if understandable, response to the cost of college and our rapidly changing job market: Jettison the traditional building blocks of knowledge like philosophy, history and lit…

Our View: A mulligan for lawmakers on the tax holiday » Eagle Tribune For many in the Massachusetts state Senate, the sales tax holiday must feel like a bad penny. Try as they might to lose it, the idea keeps turning back up. Senators should take heart, however, and dee…

EDITORIAL: State budget delay is insult to taxpayers » Sentinel & Enterprise

How Many Times Should We Save An Addict’s Life? As Many As We Can » WBUR

Politics

House seat hopefuls spin ‘Wheel of Kulik,’ tackle issues at candidate forum » The Recorder A candidates forum Thursday evening featuring hopefuls seeking the 1st Franklin House seat had fewer candidates than in earlier encounters, but there was more fun…

Photo-ops with Democrats gives GOP governor an edge » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker is spending a lot of time with Democrats, making it even harder for challengers from the opposition party who hope to unseat him in November.…

GOP US Senate Candidate Geoff Diehl slams Elizabeth Warren's immigration stance in new radio ad » MassLive State Rep. Geoff Diehl, a Whitman Republican running for U.S. Senate in 2018, raised concerns about incumbent Democrat Elizabeth Warren's stance on immigration issues in a new radio ad released this w…

Spilka poised to take Senate presidency in two weeks » Lowell Sun Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka, an Ashland Democrat who is currently enmeshed in protracted negotiations with the House over a late fiscal 2019 budget, is expected to be elected Senate …

Gonzalez, Massie get cash infusion from public financing » Boston Globe The party’s two gubernatorial candidates received significant infusions of cash Thursday from the state as part of Massachusetts’ optional public financing system.…

Capuano, Pressley contest seen as proxy fight for Democrats’ future » Dorchester Reporter On the surface, the Democratic party has a clear goal in the midterm elections: win back Congress and fight tooth and nail against the Trump administration’s policies. But a deeper crisis is ap…

Q. and A. with Jay Gonzalez » Jamaica Plain Gazette

Public Safety

Massachusetts congresswoman offers bill to prevent those convicted of animal cruelty from accessing firearms » MassLive With studies suggesting a link between animal abuse and future violence, a Massachusetts congresswoman announced legislation Thursday that seeks to keep guns out of the hands of individuals convicted …

Police better protection than nursery rhymes against school shootings » Boston Herald

Break a car window if you must: Massachusetts reiterates pledge to pet safety » MassLive

State Finance

The Week in Public Finance: It’s Natural Disaster Season. Can Your Government Afford It? » Governing Most states don't know how much they spend on extreme weather events. …

State budget deal getting "closer by the hour," Spilka says » Sentinel & Enterprise With the state budget now 12 days late, Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka said Thursday afternoon that negotiators are getting "closer by the hour" to striking a deal, and that policy diff…

House negotiator hopeful but no breakthrough yet on budget » Boston Herald The top Massachusetts House budget negotiator in state budget talks says he's "optimistic" but isn't predicting when a breakthrough might occur.…

Baker sounds the alarm on need to pass state budget (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun

Gov. Eyes School Safety, Local Roads With Unexpected Tax Revenue » Salem Patch

State Government

Senate unanimously backs automatic voter registration; bill may reach governor soon » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed legislation Thursday that would automatically register thousands of new voters when they get their driver’s licenses or health insurance through the …

Massachusetts Senate passes automatic voter registration » MassLive The Massachusetts Senate passed automatic voter registration on Thursday, moving the bill one step closer to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.…

Automatic Voter Registration Bill Unanimously Passes Mass. Senate » WBUR The Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday intended to encourage more participation in elections by enrolling voters when they interact with the Registry of Motor Vehicles or MassHealth unless they…

HOUSE to take on outdated abortion law — ROSENBERG, HEFNER attorneys want accuser’s name public — Western Mass towns join opioids lawsuit » Politico HOUSE WILL ACT ON STATE’S OUTDATED ABORTION LAW — While the national focus is on what President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick means for the fate of abortion rights and Roe v. …

After Mass. surtax failure, push is on for local ballot initiatives to fund buses, highways, bike paths » Worcester Telegram When one door to transportation revenue closes, there's an opportunity to try to open others, according to a Longmeadow Democrat who is making an eleventh hour push for local ballot initiatives to fun…

Baker says RMV can handle automatic voter registration » Boston Globe

Transportation

Ban on cellphone use while driving inches closer » Lowell Sun As advocates press for action before the end of the month, a member of House leadership who has opposed previous efforts to ban talking on a cellphone while driving said this week he could support the…

Freight line abutters tired of being railroaded » The Sun Chronicle Construction has begun on a new rail line designed to reduce disruption and noise from middle-of-the-night freight trains in the County and Spring Street areas near the Mansfield line.…

Restarting the transportation funding debate » Commonwealth Magazine WITH THE MILLIONAIRE TAX ballot question shot down by the Supreme Judicial Court, the debate over state transportation funding is slowly starting to shift gears on Beacon Hill.…

'If it doesn't get done, we're going to lose people': A fight for hands-free law » Fox 25 News Richard Levitan knows loss in a way no parent should. His daughter Merritt, an 18-year-old Milton Academy graduate, was killed by a distracted driver five years ago this month as she was biking cross …

Senator Lesser hopes regional ballot initiatives could fund transit projects » News 22 WWLP.com State Senator Eric Lesser is pushing for regional ballot initiatives to fund infrastructure projects. These so-called R.B.I.s are a tool which enables regions to invest in transportation.…

Martha’s Vineyard bus driver fired after racist remark to potential passenger » Boston Globe A Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority bus driver has been fired after ignoring a potential passenger Wednesday, telling the passenger later that they drove by them “because you are black,…

VTA bus driver fired for racist comment » Martha's Vineyard Times A Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) bus driver was fired after refusing to pick up a man who is black, the bus service said Thursday in a prepared statement.…

Utilities

Talking Points: Chesto Means Business » Boston Globe Major business groups hoped the clock would run out before lawmakers could get around to increasing renewable energy requirements for electric utilities.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Easthampton City Council OKs 'Community Relations Committee' that won't have power to conduct investigations or compel arbitration » The Republican

Attorney General Works to Raise Awareness about Labor Trafficking » Cape Cod Today

AG steps in earlier than usual on Beth Israel-Lahey merger. Here's why that matters. » Boston Business Journal

SELCO hosts ribbon cutting for solar farm at town landfill » Community Advocate

House backs plan to try addiction medications in some Mass. prisons » Boston Globe

National Organization Endorses Feeney for 6th Middlesex State Representative Seat » Framingham Source

Massachusetts public records commission does little in public » The Republican

Senate negotiator sees deals on short-term rental, data protection bills » State House News Service

State budget deal "closer by the hour," Spilka says » State House News Service

CCC begins first review of marijuana test lab application » State House News Service

Spilka poised to take Senate presidency in two weeks » State House News Service

Amazon HQ2 tax breaks aren’t on Beacon Hill’s agenda. Here are three scenarios. » Boston Business Journal

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4583 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Robert F. Dunphy Jr., an employee of the Executive Office of the Trial Court

HB 4474 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Maria Benitez, an employee of the Department of Children and Families

HB 4423 - An act establishing a sick leave bank for Stephanie Perez, an employee of the Trial Court

HB 4148 - An Act authorizing the town of Norfolk to convey certain land on Priscilla Avenue

HB 4476 - An Act relative to the recall of elected officials in the town of Carlisle

HB 4478 - An Act authorizing the appointment of special police officers in the city of Springfield

HB 4238 - An Act relative to certain affordable housing in the Jamaica Plain section of the city of Boston

Most read bills of the week:

HB4714 - An Act relative to economic development in the commonwealth

HB4725 - An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction

HB4592 - An Act relative to economic development in the commonwealth

HB4613 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

SB2591 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

HB4470 - An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction

HB4738 - An Act to increase renewable energy and reduce high-cost peak hours

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

HB4739 - An Act to improve grid resiliency through energy storage

HB4733 - Order for HB4575, An Act to increase renewable energy and reduce high-cost peak hours, HB4576, An Act to improve grid resiliency through energy storage, and HB3404, An Act relative to expanding resource efficiency in the Commonwealth

House Actions This Week: 1205

Senate Actions This Week: 481


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