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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am DMH Northeast Area Citizens Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:30am Mass. Gaming Commission Public Hearing, Mass. Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

5:00pm Reception for Secretary of State Candidate Josh Zakim with Rep. Jay Livingston and Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern

6:00pm Wine Tasting & House Party for State Rep. Candidate Tram Nguyen

6:30pm Reception with U.S. Senate Candidate Beth Lindstrom

7:00pm West Newbury House Party for State Rep. Candidate Christina Eckert

7:00pm Jamaica Plain Reception for Secretary of State Candidate Josh Zakim

Birthdays: Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, Senator Walter Timilty

Must-Reads

How drugmakers sway the state system meant to protect taxpayers and patients » The Center for Pub lic Integrity A Center for Public Integrity and NPR investigation found drug companies have infiltrated nearly every part of the process that determines how their drugs will be covered by taxpayers: giving free din…

Merging Beth Israel, Lahey would sharply drive up health care costs, watchdog says » Boston Globe A state watchdog agency on Wednesday delivered a setback to the proposed union of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health, warning that their sprawling merger could sharply raise health …

Legalize more housing, Speaker DeLeo » Boston Globe Across Massachusetts, the zoning rules are meant to keep strangers away — and they’ve succeeded all too well. In a bunch of towns in Eastern Massachusetts, they’re even freezing G…

How Sacha Baron Cohen fooled the nation’s leaders » Politico How does Sacha Baron Cohen keep duping American leaders into sitting for his bogus interviews? …

Dems drop ICE rider from budget, angering immigrant activists » State House News Service The inability of House and Senate budget negotiators to reach a consensus over immigration law enforcement doomed a budget measure that would have restricted local police from acting as immigration ag…

Cut Food Stamps Because We Already Won The War On Poverty, White House Says » The Huffington Post Now is a good time to kick people off food stamps, according to the Trump administration, because poor people have it pretty good and the economy is doing really well. …

Dukakis: Baker Can't Fix The MBTA With No New Taxes At Current Cost Estimates » WGBH Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis says Governor Charlie Baker will be unable to fix the state’s infrastructure and transportation problems without drastic policy and budget changes.…

House Dems unveil new midterm campaign slogan » Politico House Democrats have finalized their campaign slogan heading into the last months before the midterm election: “For the People.” …

Senate's supervised injection site pilot has Lelling's attention » State House News Service Under a Senate approach to treating opioid addiction that will be up for debate Thursday, officials in the Department of Public Health would be responsible for designing supervised sites for illegal d…

“We have archaic, unconstitutional laws in Massachusetts. There’s an assumption they will never be enforced - and it is so important that we prevent them from being enforced.”

State Representative Byron Rushing

On the archaic laws bill passed yesterday in the House.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren releases report questioning CFPB nominee Kathy Kraninger's record » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, took issue Wednesday with President Donald Trump's pick to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, arguing that his nominee's record "does not justi…

Alan Dershowitz concedes: He didn’t realize ‘how emotionally people are invested in opposing Trump’ » Boston Globe Alan Dershowitz picked a bad week to defend President Trump. Nonetheless there was the famed former Harvard Law professor Wednesday night, sitting on the stage at the Katharine Cornell Theater on Mart…

Business

Boston Chamber to host weeklong events to recruit minority professionals » Boston Globe The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has embarked on a serious initiative to make the city’s business community more welcoming to minorities.…

Massachusetts lawmakers back off plans to impose state-level net neutrality » The Republican Massachusetts lawmakers have backed off their attempts to institute a state-level net neutrality law, apparently due to the threat of a legal challenge.…

Maine Lobster Industry Deals With New Tariffs From China » WBUR Some Maine lobster dealers who have seen sales to China shoot up over the last decade are now suddenly shut out. …

Civil Rights

'NASTY Woman Act' repealing old laws on adultery, abortion, contraception heads to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk » The Republican The Massachusetts Legislature has sent a bill to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk repealing outdated laws on abortion and contraception.…

Massachusetts House Votes To Repeal Old Anti-Abortion Laws » WBUR The Massachusetts House has voted to repeal a series of antiquated state laws, including a ban on abortion with origins dating back to 1845.…

Archaic Abortion Law Up For Repeal Used As Recently As 2007 » WGBH Governor Charlie Baker has signaled his support for the state legislature’s ongoing effort to repeal archaic Massachusetts laws on abortion that date back to the 19th century. The repeal was ap…

Massachusetts House votes to repeal old anti-abortion laws » New Haven Register The Massachusetts House has voted to repeal a series of antiquated state laws, including a ban on abortion with origins dating to 1845.…

Massachusetts House Votes to Repeal Old Anti-Abortion Laws » NECN Mass. lawmakers vote to repeal antiquated laws, including ban on abortion dating back to 1845 …

Education

Former Boston school leader to receive payment in secret deal » Boston Globe Former Boston superintendent Tommy Chang will receive about $300,000, up to a year of health insurance, and a positive letter of recommendation, under a settlement agreement that was approved by the S…

New rural school aid in latest budget » The Recorder The Legislature’s $41.88 billion compromise budget approved Wednesday includes a new “rural school aid” account championed by local Sen. Adam Hinds as a way of addressing the financ…

Reps make late-session push for House sex-ed. bill vote » Lowell Sun With time running out again on comprehensive sex education legislation, Rep. James O'Day says he's trying to convince his House colleagues that the bill is not about encouraging young people to be sex…

An Algorithm “Diminished Integration” at Boston Schools, a Report Found » Boston Magazine The new system did not fix inequality in the city and reflects "a potentially troubling trend." …

Environment

Environmental bond bill could extend Western Massachusetts bike paths, fix water and sewer plants, maintain parks and help build Greylock Glen » The Republican Wish-list amendments to the bill, successfully tacked on by the region's senators, include extending bike paths, upgrading water and sewer plants, fixing dams and reservoirs, cleaning up lakes and riv…

Health Care

Health care watchdog: BI-Lahey merger will hike costs » Commonwealth Magazine A REPORT ON by the state’s health care industry watchdog analyzing the proposed merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health says the marriage won’t produce the kinds …

Human Services

Worcester Public Market Receives $500K Grant to Expand Operations » Go Local Worcester Worcester Public Market received a $500,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) to expand operations.…

Immigration

House drawing fire over immigration reform omission in budget » Sentinel & Enterprise The inability to reach a "consensus" among House and Senate budget negotiators over immigration enforcement doomed a controversial budget measure that would have restricted local police from acting as…

Tewksbury Republicans Oppose Sanctuary State Push » Tewksbury Patch The Tewksbury Republican Town Committee has issued a statement that opposes Massachusetts becoming a Sanctuary State. …

Sanchez, Spilka drop immigration issue from budget » Commonwealth Magazine DeLeo: 'There's really been no consensus in the House' …

Immigrant Advocates Call The State's Budget 'A Big Win' For Gov. Baker — But Not For Immigrants » WBUR After months of organizing rallies and lobbying legislators, immigration rights advocates were hopeful their efforts would lead to legislation that would protect immigrants in the state. …

Judiciary

Asked about judge in Emanuel Lopes case, Gov. Charlie Baker says bail reforms being considered » The Republican Bail reform is under consideration as Massachusetts mourns the death of another police officer, according to Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Labor

Going green is cutting into hotel housekeepers’ livelihoods » Boston Globe For hotel guests who care more about saving water and electricity than they do about clean towels and a freshly scrubbed tub, opting out of housekeeping seems like the right thing to do. The incentive…

Former airport contractor cited for wage law violations » Berkshire Eagle

Legislative

Lowell reps leading conference panels » Lowell Sun

Local Government

City councilors weigh in on E. Boston planning » The Bay State Banner The Boston City Council’s Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation held a public hearing on a neighborhood zoning initiative and master plan Monday night in East Boston.…

Sutton selectman allegedly stumbled from car, threatened Vermont trooper » telegram.com Sutton Selectman Michael Kenney was allegedly so drunk when he drove a white Mazda Miata into the parking area of a Cumberland Farms gas and convenience store in Bennington, Vermont, in the early hour…

Marijuana

Woman fired for using pot turns to government » Eagle Tribune Former Sodexo worker seeks legislative change, hearing with Cannabis Control Commission …

Marijuana facilities blooming in Brewster » Cape Cod Times Three marijuana establishments are a step closer to opening after their host agreements were approved by the Select Board on Monday night.…

Opinion

Welcoming new US citizens to the ‘crusade against ignorance’ » Boston Globe President John F. Kennedy knew firsthand that America was and continues to be a nation of immigrants. He wrote a book on the subject, entitled “A Nation of Immigrants.” Later, as the presi…

The problem isn’t how we feel about Trump — it’s how we feel about each other » Boston Globe Is there enough common ground to build a new kind of dialogue about America? It doesn’t seem so. After all, Fox News and CNN/MSNBC appear to be broadcasting from different planets, with differe…

GOP candidates from Mass. miss chance to stand up to Trump » Boston Globe Phew! For a second there, I was worried the president of the United States was a dolt who thought more highly of a hostile country led by a murderous autocrat than he did of his own.…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rail trail debate has entered realm of backdoor politics » Herald News The debate regarding the Alfred J. Lima Quequechan River Rail Trail has now entered the realm of backdoor politics. On Thursday, July 12, 2018, bits and pieces of the truth started to emerge during a …

Editorial: Beacon Hill's health care fix fails to address the state's problem » Boston Business Journal In the waning days of the state’s legislative session, lawmakers are negotiating a bill that would shore up community hospitals at the expense of health insurance firms and larger hospitals. As…

Nursing home sector on verge of collapse » Commonwealth Magazine State needs to step up with support for industry …

Bolling: Young challengers brimming with energy, ideas » Boston Herald For quite some time, our new generation of community leaders have been criticized for their lack of participation in the political process. …

Bonnie MacCracken: Cites Mindy Domb for constituent services » Amherst Bulletin

My Turn: Jo Comerford is extraordinary » The Greenfield Recorder

Politics

Challengers hit streets in 14th Suffolk District race » The Bay State Banner At least two candidates are actively pounding the pavement in the five-way Democratic primary race for the 14th Suffolk District state representative seat.…

Political Notebook » The Greenfield Recorder Whately 1st Franklin candidate Jonathan Edwards wants a state economic development executive’s position to be created for western Massachusetts as part of “Rural Jobs” legislation n…

Democratic hopefuls in 3rd Hampshire District see eye-to-eye on social issues » Gazette Net Protecting undocumented immigrants, ensuring sufficient funding for education and transportation, promoting single-payer health care and guaranteeing reproductive rights are policies for which the Dem…

Independent candidate makes 3rd District ballot » Lowell Sun Three names will be on the 3rd Congressional District ballot in November after Mike Mullen, an IT director, qualified as an independent candidate.…

Juana Matias' Congressional Run Teaches Pressing Lessons About The State Of Politics » Elite Daily There is no question that July's most notable news headlines have been dominated by President Donald Trump's international trips, televised hearings in Congress, and indictments issued against alleged…

US Rep. Richard Neal holds $3 million cash advantage over Democratic challenger Tahirah Amatul-Wadud » The Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, continued to bring in high-dollar amounts for his re-election bid this spring, adding to his $3 million edge over 1st Congressional District Democratic opponent …

Marty Walsh out-of-state in Dem attempt to woo working class » Boston Herald As Mayor Martin J. Walsh barrels into battleground Ohio today on a mission to win back President Trump-voting Rust Belt laborers, his political impact remains in question for one big reason — m…

Marty Walsh Is Hitting the Road for Democrats » Boston Magazine He hopes to help candidates in Ohio and Indiana, where Trump won in 2016. …

GOP Senate hopefuls do the Trump squirm » Commonwealth Magazine

Public Safety

Lawmakers going off-the-books for police training » Commonwealth Magazine THE LEGISLATURE APPEARS POISED to shift the cost of municipal police training on to people renting cars in Massachusetts, adopting a funding philosophy for law enforcement that was pioneered decades a…

Weymouth police officer's death stirs sad memories in Auburn, other departments » telegram.com Sunday, after news of the fatal shooting of a Weymouth police officer began to fill the headlines, Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis drove to the police station.…

Public records reveal organizations that called for Sheriff Hodgson investigation » South Coast Today Eight organizations and 36 individuals signed two letters calling for an investigation into the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department, a public records request revealed. The letters were sent to …

Former public safety secretary to consult with scandal-plagued State Police » Boston Globe Kathleen M. O’Toole, a trailblazing former Boston police commissioner known as a specialist in reforming police agencies from Seattle to Ireland, will serve as a consultant to the beleaguered M…

Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna's handcuffs used to restrain his accused killer » The Republican The handcuffs that used to hang off the belt of Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna were to used to restrain Emanuel Lopes, the man accused of killing the officer with his own gun.…

State Finance

Here's how the $41.88 billion Massachusetts state budget would be spent » The Republican Massachusetts lawmakers have added $340 million to the final version of the state budget, counting on increased tax revenue.…

Lawmakers OK $41.1B state budget » The Metro West Daily News The $41.88 billion budget deal that was filed Wednesday morning and quickly approved by the Legislature includes no new fees, according to the lead House negotiator, and relies on an unusual eleventh …

House and Senate negotiators agree to $42B budget » Boston Business Journal The accord is the product of a six-member conference committee, which began its talks on June 7. Votes in both the House and Senate are needed to accept the deal and then again to send it to Gov. Char…

State Government

President Donald Trump chose a 'tyrant over his own intelligence community' in Helsinki, Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker ripped President Donald Trump over remarks his fellow Republican made while meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.…

Facing One Troubling Russia Revelation After Another, Election Officials Work to Prevent a 'Digital Watergate' » Governing States are stepping up their election security but face many challenges: a president still skeptical of Russian interference, a lack of money, and reliance on private vendors for voting equipment and …

Taxation

Tax equity concerns swirl around advancing benefits district bill » State House News Service

Transportation

PVTA gets boost in state budget, still plans service cuts » The Republican The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will get more money under the state budget passed Wednesday by the Legislature than it expected under the governor's budget proposal, but it might not be enough to…

Baker-Polito Administration, State and Transportation Officials Tour New Green Line MBTA Car » Framingham Source Today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Massachusetts Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, MBTA General Manager Luis Ramírez, and others attend…

First new Green Line cars may debut in Sept. » Boston Globe From a distance the new trolleys coming to the Green Line will look a lot like the old ones. But up close, they are sleeker and roomier and have new gadgets, such as video screens and sensors to count…

T notes: Lawmakers hike funding for regional transit authorities » Commonwealth Magazine STATE LAWMAKERS ON WEDNESDAY set aside $88 million for the state’s 15 regional transit authorities, $8 million more than Gov. Charlie Baker had recommended for fiscal 2019.…

Now arriving: New Green Line cars for extension project » Fox 25 News Construction on the Green Line Extension Project is rolling into its second month and the MBTA unveiled its new trolleys on Wednesday. …

Off-peak toll pricing measure seen as punishing commuters » Boston Herald Commuters voiced outrage yesterday as news emerged that the state is looking at congestion pricing that could have toll-road drivers and rail passengers paying more to go to work during rush hours tha…

MassDOT To Test Lowering Toll Fares For Off-Peak Travelers » WBUR The state Department of Transportation is testing a new program to ease traffic. …

Utilities

Climate Change Legislation: Will Rep. Sánchez Go with Ambitious, or Tepid? » Jamaica Plain News Will the Massachusetts legislature act with boldness to address climate change? As the two-year legislative session comes to a close on July 31st, we will soon find out. …

Renewable backers urge lawmakers to "go big" with new bill » State House News Service Massachusetts ranks first in the United States for electricity efficiency savings, seventh for solar power and 35th for its increase in electricity generation from wind over the past 10 years, accordi…

Rural New Englanders Spend Highest Share Of Income On Energy » WBUR A new study says rural residents in New Hampshire and the Northeast spend more of their income on energy than almost anywhere else in the country. …

Attorney General Pressures National Grid After Fall Wind Storm » Brookline Patch

Baker-Polito Administration Funds Solar Projects for Low Income Residents » Cape Cod Today

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Conferees boost spending, agree to $41.88 billion fiscal 2019 budget » State House News Service

Massachusetts lawmakers reach compromise on $41.8 billion state budget » The Republican

As older population grows, Massachusetts angles to become the Silicon Valley for ‘age-tech’ » Boston Globe

State lawmakers reach a budget deal — finally » Boston Globe

Is a Boston soccer stadium Kraft’s goooooaaaaaaallllll? » Commonwealth Magazine

Justice advocates reflect on victory » The Bay State Banner

Commentary: Dot wins, 2-1, on ballot resolution issue; fight goes on » Dorchester Reporter

State finally files budget, scraps anti-ICE measure » Boston Herald

Governor Baker Cites Climate Change as Key Issue » Vineyard Gazette

House drawing fire over immigration reform omission in budget » Lowell Sun

State Rep. Candidate Feeney Receives Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Distinction » Framingham Source

Former legislator tapped for UMMHC post » Worcester Business Journal

Lawmakers poised to send Baker fee bill to train police » State House News Service

Under budget pact, business tax breaks will get more scrutiny » Boston Business Journal

Attleboro attorney nominated to Brockton District Court bench »

South Boston Senator Wants Involuntary Hold For Overdose Patients » WGBH

Merging Beth Israel, Lahey would sharply drive up health care costs, watchdog says » Boston Globe

State says Beth Israel-Lahey merger could cost Mass. millions » Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts is about to lift welfare 'cap on kids' » The Republican

Former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole to help reform scandal-plagued Massachusetts State Police » The Republican

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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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