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10:00am Department of Public Health Hearing, Public Health Council Room, 2nd Floor, 250 Washington Street, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm An Evening with Attorney General Candidate Dan Shores

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate David Steinhof Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Meet & Greet with State Rep. Candidate Allison Gustavson

7:00pm Poolside Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Erin Calvo-Bacci

7:00pm 3rd Congressional District Candidate Debate, Hudson Portuguese Cluyb, 13 Port Street, Hudson

7:00pm Middlesex District Attorney & Governor's Council Candidate Debate, First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington

Must-Reads

Fox News mistakenly booked a Massachusetts state senator, and got an unexpected message » Boston.com Fox & Friends First, the network’s early morning show, thought they had booked former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick to talk about the Arizona Democrat’s support for Immigration and Customs Enforc…

How a Small Bank Became a Go-To Lender to the Trump Family » New York Times The bank helped finance Mr. Trump’s Florida golf course. It lent money to Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, and to Mr. Kushner’s father, Charles. It provided Mr. Trump and hi…

The House Tilts Toward the Democrats » Sabato's Crystal Ball Big-picture factors help minority party, but battle far from over; 17 ratings changes in favor of Democrats. …

Nurses go on strike at two R.I. hospitals » Boston Globe Nurses at two Rhode Island hospitals are on strike. About 2,400 nurses and other health care workers at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital began what is expected to be a weekl…

Emerson Colonial Theatre’s new general manager is a lobbyist, too » Boston Globe Erica Lynn Schwartz knew she had signed up for long days when she moved here from Florida to take the job of general manager with Ambassador Theatre Group at the newly revived Emerson Colonial Theatre…

Federal prosecutors have 12 audio recordings made by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen » ABC News Federal prosecutors investigating President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen are now in possession of 12 audio recordings seized during raids of Cohen's home, office and hotel roo…

Poll: Massachusetts Dem leads primary challenger by single digits » The Hill According to an Emerson College poll released Monday, Capuano has a 9 point lead over his Democratic challenger, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. Capuano has 38 percent support to Pressley's 29,…

State Senate turned over Bryon Hefner records to federal grand jury » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Senate turned over a trove of records, including e-mails, to a federal grand jury earlier this year amid a US attorney’s investigation into Bryon Hefner and his relationship w…

Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan is telling people he will run for president in 2020, hoping to win "yoga vote" » The Intercept (Tim) Ryan, who has served in Congress since 2002 as a representative from the 13th District in Ohio, which covers Youngstown and the surrounding area, has cast himself as an opportunity for the party…

Deval Patrick, not Elizabeth Warren, is Bay State’s best choice to outduel Trump in 2020 » Boston Herald

Senate taking swing at non-compete reform in $600M econ dev bill » State House News Service Two years after the clock ran out while the issue was on the one-yard line, the Senate has revived the idea of regulating the use of non-compete agreements in an economic development bill expected to …

Can’t Find An Affordable Place To Live? Your Town's Zoning Laws May Be To Blame » WBUR Zoning affects almost everything that happens in your community. It decides what gets built, where, and how fast. It determines if we create more jobs, who has a place to live and who doesn’t, …

Lobbying on housing bill has tied House's hands, speaker says » State House News Service With time running out, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday that a housing production bill was "not at all" dead for the session, but said two lobbying organizations representing commercial develope…

“This election has to be covered in the sense of not ‘Trump versus person X.’ It has to be covered in ‘where America is today,’"

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Looking forward to the 2020 presidential election.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Is Elizabeth Warren running for President? 10 Takeaways from her New York Magazine profile » The Republican According to a 7,000 word New York Magazine story...maybe. Author and writer for the magazine Rebecca Traister spent the first part of summer following Warren who is campaigning for re-election to the…

Business

Soccer stadium in Boston remains elusive goal for Kraft » Boston Globe All it took was one comment from a Miami businessman to revive a question some local sports fans have asked for more than a decade: Why doesn’t Boston have a soccer stadium?…

Fidelity rebuffs latest attempt for truce in fight over South Boston hotel name » Boston Globe This isn’t how you would want two new neighbors to get along. Of course, it doesn’t help that these neighbors are competitors: Fidelity Investments continues to wage a legal fight with t…

Bike-sharing company ofo puts the brakes on its Massachusetts fleet » Boston Globe A dockless bike-sharing company known for its bright yellow design is deflating its fleet in Massachusetts.…

Ofo is pulling its dockless yellow bikes out of Worcester, Boston area amid a nationwide downsizing » The Republican The Chinese bikesharing company ofo announced it will pull all 400 of its bikes from Worcester amid a nationwide downsizing. The company is also ending its service in Revere, Quincy and Lynn.…

Civil Rights

Gov. Charlie Baker will sign 'NASTY Women Act' repealing archaic abortion laws » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker plans to sign a bill repealing archaic laws relating to abortion and contraception. …

Undocumented immigrants seeking special crime-victim visa turn to anti-bias agency » Boston Globe From the start of her job four years ago at a Seaport restaurant, the young Salvadoran woman from East Boston said, she was subjected to lewd questions and comments from her male supervisor: Was she a…

Rep. Hogan helps pass women’s reproductive rights bill » Wicked Local Stow Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow, joined the House of Representatives and her colleagues in the Senate last week in passing critical measures to reverse out-of-date abortion legislation and ensure that all wom…

Crimes

State weighs anti-addiction drugs for prisoners » Gloucester Times Prisoners locked up with their addictions to heroin and prescription drugs often face a painful withdrawal.…

Education

School officials: State funding hike welcome, but it's not enough » Lowell Sun After dealing with limited state funding and strained local budgets for years, many school districts across the commonwealth may finally see an increase in state funding for fiscal year 2019. While it…

On A Supplemental Budget Informed By Recent School Shootings, Officials Are Divided » WBUR As a broader fight over education funding heats up on Beacon Hill, some — including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh — have expressed qualms about Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to inject millions of…

Lesley expands Cambridge footprint, buying rest of Brattle campus » Boston Business Journal Lesley University has acquired a group of historic buildings in Cambridge previously owned by the Episcopal Divinity School, making the university the sole owner of the so-called Brattle campus in Har…

Conference agrees to privately work out education financing plan » State House News Service

Environment

Gold buried in budget for yacht clubs » Boston Herald Yacht clubs on public land along the Charles and Mystic rivers and Boston Harbor could see their state rent payments slashed by nearly 40 percent thanks to a few lines buried in the state budget that …

Gaming

MGM Springfield launches advertising campaign featuring city skyline, Memorial Bridge (video) » The Republican MGM Springfield has announced the launch of "This is a First," a multimedia advertising campaign designed to offer a glimpse of the coming experiences and attractions at its $960 million resort casino…

Housing

The development of affordable housing in the region has spiked » Worcester Business Journal MetroWest towns like Boxborough, Hopkinton, Southborough and Sudbury might never be considered exactly affordable – especially not these days, with Hopkinton the cheapest among those four with …

Immigration

Clive McFarlane: Deeds, not words, needed for state’s immigrants » Worcester Telegram There are disturbing signs all around telling us that our humanity is at risk, and those who care must speak with deeds, not words. That is why I cannot condone the decision by Massachusetts’ l…

REP. GEOFF DIEHL, Whitman: Mass. courts need to work with ICE, not against » Patriot Ledger On July 24, I held a press conference regarding problems with sanctuary policies for illegal immigrants. Unfortunately that message got lost in the recent article. A recent report from ICE’s Bo…

Insurance

UnitedHealth will return to Mass. health exchange. And it's not thrilled » Boston Business Journal UnitedHealth Group Inc., which quit most of the state health exchanges supporting the Affordable Care Act last year, will return to one of them, in Massachusetts, next year. But that doesn't mean it w…

Legislative

Lawmakers begin final rush to adjournment on Beacon Hill » Boston Herald Massachusetts legislative leaders said Monday they would work through the coming weekend to wrap up unfinished business in the 2017-2018 session, with many key proposals still hanging in the balance.…

With Budget And Other Bills, It's Decision Time For Massachusetts Gov. Baker » New England Public Radio The Massachusetts state budget is sitting on Governor Charlie Baker's desk. Now the big question: what's he going to do with his veto pen?…

Senate fighting AG Healey request to turn over documents in Hefner assault case » South Coast Today As prosecutors prepare their sexual assault case against Bryon Hefner, the husband of former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, the Massachusetts Senate is arguing that it should not be compelled to …

Senate president: I won't ID those who aided ethics probe » Boston Herald Massachusetts Senate President Harriette Chandler is pledging not to reveal the identities of individuals who gave information during the Senate's investigation into former Democratic Senate President…

Local Government

Ciclovia returns in Lawrence » The Eagle Tribune Mayor Dan Rivera and the Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force (MHTF) will be hosting their 5th annual Ciclovía, or Open Streets, celebration in downtown Lawrence across two upcoming Sundays.…

Attleboro mayor seeks smoking restrictions on drivers » The Sun Chronicle Mayor Paul Heroux has asked the city council to consider an ordinance that bans smoking in motor vehicles when a child is in a car seat.…

Former Quincy school committee member indicted » Patriot Ledger A former Quincy school committee member and state Republican party official has been charged with stealing money from an elderly client at her now-closed law firm.…

Marijuana

Pot is legal, but is it safe? Here’s what we know » Boston Globe As recreational marijuana dispensaries prepare to open in Massachusetts, you may be wondering whether it’s safe to indulge. Is pot good or bad for your health?…

Pittsfield pot shop plans spark worries of an oversaturated market » The Berkshire Eagle Marijuana shops are priming the Pittsfield market, and not everyone is pleased.…

Test lab not among seven pot licenses before CCC » State House News Service

Opinion

A worthy successor to William Evans at Boston Police » Boston Globe MAYOR MARTY WALSH marked the end of a short but honorable era in Boston with a historic appointment on Monday. As the city bade farewell to Police Commissioner William Evans, who’s retiring aft…

Trump’s abandonment of Syria » Boston Globe PRESIDENT TRUMP’S appalling capitulation in Helsinki last week suggests an American president acting at the Russian president’s direction. But whatever its cause, nothing better exposes …

The beautification of Kim Jong Un » Boston Globe It’s an active, determined campaign to accept the North Korean dictator’s vague and shifting pronouncements about denuclearization, in hopes it will lead to normalized relations between …

Politics

Keating's rivals working up coalitions, endorsements » Cape Cod Times Candidates vying to unseat U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., are forming coalitions and touting endorsements. Peter Tedeschi, a Republican candidate for Congress in the 9th District from Marshfield,…

Could The Rise In Progressive Candidates Hurt Democrats’ Chances For A Blue Wave This November? » WGBH The unprecedented levels of progressive candidates running for Congress, like New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortzes, mark a shift in the Democratic party. Ocasio-Cortez took her message of Democ…

In 3rd District race, western towns feel attention from few candidates » Lowell Sun When Mayor Stephen DiNatale announced last week he was backing Rufus Gifford in the crowded 3rd Congressional District primary, he did not mince words about the decision.…

Republican US Senate candidate John Kingston takes aim at Elizabeth Warren in 1st TV campaign ad » The Republican Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Kingston slammed Elizabeth Warren's stance on immigration policies -- particularly on so-called "sanctuary cities" -- as his campaign launched its first televisio…

Elizabeth Warren's 30 Town Halls, 7,000 Selfies Across Mass. » Peabody Patch Over the weekend, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren hosted her 30th town hall in a tour that has taken her message across the state.…

Man arrested after scuffle with Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai, supporters outside Elizabeth Warren town hall » The Republican One person was arrested Sunday after engaging with independent U.S. Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai outside Elizabeth Warren's town hall at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. …

Geoff Diehl: Trump 'Has A Right To Question' FBI Motives In Russian Meddling » WGBH Rep. Geoff Diehl, the Republican candidate hoping to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), defended President Donald Trump’s White House invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin, f…

POLITICO » Politico A Massachusetts congressional candidate pulled a bait-and-switch on a Fox News talk show Monday morning, using the president's preferred morning show as a platform to blast his administration’s…

Whole lot of lying going on » Commonwealth Magazine

Public Health

Gov. Charlie Baker opposes President Donald Trump's Title X abortion rule » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker sent a letter to federal officials Monday opposing President Donald J. Trump's attempts to change how family planning money can be spent.…

Vaping company Juul aiming to "get kids addicted," Healey says » State House News Service

Public Safety

Gov. Charlie Baker will sign bill creating Massachusetts car rental fee to pay for police training » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker will sign a bill raising fees on car rentals in order to pay for municipal police training.…

Massachusetts lawmakers weigh response to deaths of Sgt. Michael Chesna and Vera Adams » The Republican What should Massachusetts lawmakers do in response to the deaths of Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna and Vera Adams?…

Boston’s first black police commissioner hopes to be a catalyst for improved community relations » Boston Globe Growing up on his grandmother’s farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, William G. Gross was determined to serve in law enforcement or join the Air Force.…

Police Commissioner William Evans to retire; William Gross named successor » Boston Globe Police Commissioner William B. Evans, a South Boston native who championed a new vision for community policing and played a key role in the pursuit of a Boston Marathon bomber, said Monday that he wil…

Methuen police superiors will file wage complaint » The Eagle Tribune The police superiors union is preparing to file a wage violation complaint against the city over ongoing issues with its contracted wages, according to the union's president and attorney.…

State Finance

Car rental tax hike OK'd, heads to governor in $41.8B budget » The Lowell Sun House 143-6, Senate 36-1, approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker the conference committee compromise version of a $41.88 billion fiscal 2019 state budget. Baker has ten days to sign the budget and to…

State Government

Baker praises humility, self-sacrifice at Roxbury church » Boston Globe Parishioners at Roxbury’s Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church received spiritual guidance from an unexpected figure on Sunday: Governor Charlie Baker.…

State audit found long delays in responding to complaints against licensed professionals » The Berkshire Eagle In a routine review of the Division of Professional Licensure, the state auditor looked at a nonstatistical sample of complaints — 63 out of 1,794 — to the 28 boards of registration over…

Transportation

Salem Mayor: Give Voters Voice On Transportation Projects » Peabody Patch Mayor Kim Driscoll penned a Boston Globe commentary that appeared in Sunday's editions urging the state to allow ballot initiatives on state transportation projects that are funded with local tax reve…

Tickets, OUI cases dismissed as fallout from trooper OT scandal » WCVB

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

AG Healey to Congress: Protect the integrity of our elections » Sampan

Our view: Hospital deal needs more scrutiny » Gloucester Times

Massachusetts Senate seeks to block prosecutors from accessing Byron Hefner records, witness identities » The Republican

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