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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Board of Fire Prevention Regulations Public Hearing, Boards & Commissions Room, Department of Fire Services, State Road, Stow

5:00pm Safe Patient Limits Ballot Campaign Gathering, Democracy Brewing, 35 Temple Place, Boston

5:30pm Orange House Party for State Sen. Candidate Chelsea Kline

6:00pm Rep. Natalie Higgins' 30th Birthday Party

6:00pm Mass Victory Plymouth Office Opening Kickoff Party

6:30pm Needham Reception for Lt. Gov. Candidate Quentin Palfrey

7:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Hajjar House Party

7:00pm Summer Social with State Rep. Candidate Sean Costello

Must-Reads

Housing bill down but not out, Baker and Honan say » State House News Service There's broad agreement on Beacon Hill that Massachusetts has a housing affordability and production problem, but the Legislature on Tuesday departed for campaign season without tackling the issue, le…

Baker amendment imperils short-term rental bill accord » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker returned the Legislature's bill to tax and regulate short-term rentals on Wednesday, waiting until the day after the House and Senate adjourned formal sessions for the year to propo…

As the bizarre QAnon group emerges, Trump rallies go from nasty to dangerous » The Washington Post Making matters worse was a dark novelty: The emergence ... of a cultish group called QAnon. …

Wide-ranging bill is meant to spur economic development » Boston Globe It doesn’t feel much like Christmas outside, but they were handing out gifts like Santa Claus on Beacon Hill. In the wee hours on Wednesday morning, lawmakers passed a wide-ranging economic dev…

Teachers, parents blast Legislature for inaction on school funding » Boston Globe Teachers, parents, and advocates blasted the Legislature on Wednesday for failing to overhaul the state’s antiquated education funding formula, potentially denying millions of dollars in additi…

Beacon Hill leaves many key bills out of last-minute deal-making » Boston Globe With the clock ticking into Wednesday, the Massachusetts Legislature faced no shortage of stumbling blocks in its last-minute deal-making: Philosophical differences on health care. An untraversable di…

The 2020 Dem Class Is Already Frantically Making Moves Behind the Scenes » The Daily Beast “If the 2016 GOP field was a clown car, the 2020 Dems will fill Willie Nelson’s bus—dozens pouring out in a cloud of weed and French-fry exhaust.” …

New Mass. Senate President Karen Spilka On What Lawmakers Did And Didn’t Accomplish This Session » WGBH Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers meet in formal session for several months a year, but just about every time, they seem to save the best for last —racing against the clock to pass a sle…

The Note: Trump’s strategy revealed where tweets and rallies intersect » ABC News It's all connected. And it's all about Trump. …

Why Congress Rolls Over for Trump » Politico There’s an underappreciated reason for Congress’ inability to stand up for itself: the mass departures of leading members who were more committed to the institutions of the House and Sen…

Democratic rifts rattle Massachusetts primary » Politico Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano, 66, faces his toughest primary competitor since winning his seat 20 years ago. His fellow Democrat, Rep. Richard Neal, 69, is getting an energetic challenge for the…

WBUR Poll: Capuano Maintains 13-Point Lead Over Pressley » WBUR Ayanna Pressley has yet to make inroads into Rep. Michael Capuano's lead in the race for the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District. …

'FAKE' news comment by Brockton rep brings real heat » The Enterprise State Rep. Michelle DuBois, D-Brockton, continues to take criticism for her use of the term "FAKE news" in response to a story by The Enterprise about a lawsuit filed by a disabled black man against t…

“We had the votes to pass it in the House and the Senate, but the time ran out,”... “It was devastating to lose something you’ve worked on for six years and it’s so close to passage,”

Arline Isaacson, co-chair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus

On the conversion therapy ban bill not being enacted at the end of the formal session

News By Category
Business

3D guns leave area merchants unimpressed » Sentinel & Enterprise

Town Fair Tire settles allegations of illegal asbestos work during Springfield store expansion » News 22 WWLP.com Town Fair Tire Centers of Massachusetts will pay $81,000 in penalties to settle allegations of illegal asbestos work during the expansion of their Springfield store.…

Budget funds GMGI project » Gloucester Times The new state budget Gov. Charlie Baker signed last week includes $150,000 for a new marine program to be run by the Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute in coordination with the University of Massach…

Community benefit district bill stalls in Legislature » The Herald News Legislation that would have established new local-option assessments in defined community districts and has drawn criticism from both sides of the aisle died quietly in the final hours of the 2018 leg…

Wide-ranging bill is meant to spur economic development » Boston Globe It doesn’t feel much like Christmas outside, but they were handing out gifts like Santa Claus on Beacon Hill. In the wee hours on Wednesday morning, lawmakers passed a wide-ranging economic dev…

Sun Chronicle under new ownership » The Sun Chronicle Ending nearly a half-century of family ownership, The Sun Chronicle, its related publications and websites have been sold by United Communications Corporation to a new corporation, TriboroMassachusett…

Jobs bill grew to $1.15 billion in House-Senate talks » State House News Service What began as a roughly $600 million economic development borrowing bill nearly doubled in size during secret talks before it surfaced for final votes around midnight Tuesday after lawmakers packed in…

As Amazon Enters Government Purchasing Market, Signs of a Bad Deal Emerge » Governing The online retail giant's new relationship with public schools and agencies raises concerns that the company is cornering the marketplace and costing taxpayers more money. …

Civil Rights

Sen. President Spilka Promises To Continue To Push Gender X Bill Despite Legislative Failure » WGBH A proposal to allow Massachusetts residents to list their gender as "X" on state IDs and driver’s licenses failed to pass in this legislative session.…

Education

A black Smith College student was eating her lunch when an employee called police » Boston Globe The rising sophomore at Smith College was quietly eating her lunch in a campus common room when a police officer approached her Tuesday afternoon.…

Teachers, parents blast Legislature for inaction on school funding » Boston Globe Teachers, parents, and advocates blasted the Legislature on Wednesday for failing to overhaul the state’s antiquated education funding formula, potentially denying millions of dollars in additi…

Harvard lawsuit divides many in Asian American community » Boston Globe Asian-Americans may be at the center of a discrimination lawsuit against Harvard University, but the case has left them deeply divided about whether they are penalized in elite college admissions and …

Negotiations Collapse On Education Funding Bill As Legislative Session Ends » WBUR This year's foundation budget bill was the most ambitious attempt to overhaul funding for Massachusetts' public schools in 25 years, and it sank late Tuesday night on Beacon Hill. …

Education advocates blast Legislature for inactivity on funding formula » Boston Herald State education leaders and advocates are slamming the Legislature for failing to take up the long-anticipated education foundation budget recommendations before this year’s session ended  

Environment

Law credited with protecting fish and livelihoods is being targeted by GOP » Boston Globe As the ungainly charter boat cut through the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Captain Chad Haggert was unusually optimistic for a fisherman, especially about government regulations.…

Brockton lawmakers secure park funds through budget amendment » The Enterprise State Rep. Claire Cronin, D-Easton, and state Rep. Gerry Cassidy, D-Brockton, filed successful amendments to the fiscal 2019 budget, securing additional funding for improvements to the Ash Street Play…

State Grant To Fund Monomoy Refuge Trail Improvements » The Cape Cod Chronicle A $10,000 state grant will help improve trails at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.…

Compromise energy bill criticized as too weak » The Recorder The state Legislature, on its last day of formal session, adopted a compromise energy bill that environmentalists like the Sierra Club criticized as taking “baby steps … when what are need…

Gaming

Statehouse mix up brings horse racing to a halt » The Sun Chronicle The livelihoods of 200 people associated with harness racing at Plainridge Park Casino are in doubt because the Legislature failed to pass a bill extending horse racing in Massachusetts.…

Fantasy sports remain untaxed » Salem News Fantasy sports fans can still wager on their favorite players and teams, but the state will be missing out on a piece of the action.…

MGM Strikes Gambling Deal With Pro Basketball. Will Massachusetts Play Along? » New England Public Radio MGM Resorts has announced a gambling partnership with the NBA and WNBA. But don't look for betting on basketball at MGM’s new Springfield casino anytime soon. …

Horse racing, simulcast wagering back on in Massachusetts » State House News Service

Health Care

Legislators fail to come together on health care overhaul bills » Boston Business Journal Legislators on Beacon Hill who had set their sights on stabilizing community hospitals could not reach an agreement on how to do that before the end of the legislative session last night, handing a wi…

Housing

Airbnb bill is now uncertain in Mass. after Baker’s changes » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday proposed some minor changes to the bill regulating Airbnb and other short-term rentals that lawmakers passed this week. But those small changes could throw a big wr…

Massachusetts legislators override veto of funding to help homeowners with crumbling concrete » MassLive Lawmakers this week overrode Gov. Charlie Baker's budget veto of a $50,000 program that will now help homeowners stuck with crumbling concrete foundations from a Connecticut quarry pay for inspections…

Housing bill down but not out » The Recorder There’s broad agreement on Beacon Hill that Massachusetts has a housing affordability and production problem, but the Legislature on Tuesday departed for campaign season without tackling the is…

Baker Halts Momentum On Short-Term Rental Bill » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker returned the Legislature's bill to tax and regulate short-term rentals on Wednesday, waiting until the day after the House and Senate adjourned formal sessions for the year to propo…

Timeshare owners speak of their struggles at Provincetown's Harbor Hill » Wicked Local Truro

Immigration

11 arrested in protest against Northeastern’s ongoing contract with ICE » Boston Globe Eleven students and activists were arrested early Wednesday morning after sitting in the road in front of the Beacon Street home of Northeastern University president Joseph E. Aoun to protest the univ…

Anti-ICE Protesters Were Arrested Outside the Northeastern President’s Home » Boston Magazine They called on Joseph Aoun to sever a contract with the agency. …

Labor

Winchester construction company failed to pay workers minimum wage » Wicked Local Winchester A Winchester construction company J. Donlon and Sons Inc. has paid more than $121,000 in wages and penalties for violating the Massachusetts prevailing and minimum wage laws by failing to properly pay…

Attorney General Maura Healey meets Girls Inc. teens in summer jobs program in Worcester » Worcester Telegram Attorney General Maura Healey visited Girls Inc. of Worcester on Wednesday to meet with teenagers who have benefited from $12,000 in grant funding awarded to three local organizations providing summer…

Sheet metal workers go on strike » Boston Globe About 1,400 sheet metal workers went on strike Wednesday after their union rejected a proposal that would have provided a wage and benefits package totaling nearly $97 an hour. …

Healey sees summer jobs grant in action at Holyoke Boys & Girls club » Gazette Net Getting young people involved in jobs that emphasize physical fitness, nutrition or public health is the aim of the Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Grant, and Attorney General Maura Healey came to Holyoke o…

Legislative

Rep. Ferguson advocates for funding to benefit special education, health insurance » The Landmark State Representative Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden) recently contributed to the passing of a proposal to deliver additional education aid to cities and towns, helping address rising special education an…

Gov. Baker reviewing slew of bills approved by lawmakers » WRAL Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is reviewing a slew of bills shipped to him by state lawmakers.…

These bills failed to make it through the Legislature in 2018 » MassLive Despite a flurry of action before the Massachusetts legislative session ended around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, a number of significant bills did not make it to the finish line.…

State Secretary William Galvin pushing for automatic voter registration bill » News 22 WWLP.com The legislation, if signed by Governor Charlie Baker, would allow Massachusetts residents to be automatically registered to vote as part of a transaction with the Registry of Motor Vehicles and MassHe…

Gov. Charlie Baker: Budget delays may have affected other legislative bills » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday said he thinks the lateness of the state budget was part of what led to the inability of lawmakers to agree on major bills related to health care and education funding.…

Local Government

Climate change risk plan presented to Swansea selectmen » South Coast Today A representative from Fuss and O’Neill, the firm brought in by the town to coordinate the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program, came before the Board of Selectmen on July 24.…

State lawmakers OK limited mixed use at State Pier » South Coast Today Retail shops and restaurants are now a possibility along portions of State Pier after state lawmakers passed a $600 million economic development bond late Tuesday night.…

'Transparent' Mayor Walsh mum as library workers suspended, cops called in » Boston Herald The Boston Police Department is “reviewing” a “personnel matter” at the Boston Public Library — while City Hall and the BPL remain tight-lipped about why three administr…

Decision on permit for Long Island Bridge project postponed again » Patriot Ledger The conservation commission has again postponed its decision on the first of three city permits Boston needs to rebuild the Long Island Bridge after it did not reach a quorum at Wednesday’s mee…

Town administrator disputes claims after Blandford police force resigns » Berkshire Eagle Two days after the town's four-person Police Department shocked the community by resigning en masse, town officials are trying to get the word out that their departure has virtually no effect on publi…

Former state rep. Jennifer Callahan of Sutton is named town manager in Oxford » Worcester Telegram Selectmen selected a "spitfire" as it new town manager Tuesday night. In an unanimous vote, Millville Town Administrator Jennifer M. Callahan of Sutton was chosen as the new Oxford town manager.…

Middleboro Selectmen vote to join lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies » South Coast Today

Marijuana

She used marijuana after work, and got fired. Now she’s fighting back » Boston Globe Bernadette Coughlin lost her job for smoking marijuana in her free time, and then she got to work.…

Framingham panel recommends limit of six pot shops » The Metro West Daily News Bucking the trend in other MetroWest communities, Framingham could be on track to host as many as six retail marijuana establishments under a recommendation heading to the City Council.…

Opinion

Can the US stop the scientific brain drain to China? » Boston Globe While disputes over trade deficits and tariffs have dominated headlines in recent weeks, another battle is brewing below the surface: the fight for top-tier scientists.…

North American wildlife depends on gun sales for survival » Boston Globe "Would you support a ban on assault rifles?” As soon as the words were out of my mouth, I wondered if I had gone too far. I was sitting with a group of fur trappers, waiting for the start of the…

Column: Marty Nathan: Our planet has a fever » Gazette Net I really want to write good news. Honestly and personally, I hate heat and I hate suffering. And I hate rants. I want to write joyously about how what we are doing in cutting greenhouse gas emissions …

Letter: State fails again to fully fund regional transportation » Berkshire Eagle I would like to respond to the Sunday, July 29 article headlined "$380K for county schools will help." It stated that rural schools, including three in our county, will spilt $1.5 million in additiona…

Mayor Walsh needs to get hands dirty in library upheaval » Boston Herald Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s hands-off attitude toward the suspensions of three Boston Public Library managers won’t cut it.…

Ed Markey, Liz Warren playing it safe » Boston Herald Is there any job easier than “U.S. Senator from Massachusetts”? The pay is good, the hours are short, and there’s no heavy lifting — not even the mental kind.…

Editorial: Biased media reap what they sowed with Trump » Boston Herald If the media can dish it out, they should be prepared to take it. Tuesday night, at a Trump rally in Tampa, Fla., Jim Acosta complained about the crowd booing him, even making it part of his on-air bi…

Carr: Hack judges to blame in crime wave » Boston Herald Another career criminal cut loose by another crackpot state judge, another innocent person dead, this time a Marine combat veteran who was also the father of an infant girl.…

Editorial: Bike, scooter startups must stop the nonsense » Boston Business Journal Bike and scooter rental companies make a lot of noise about the benefits they offer to users and to cities, and for that matter, to the environment as a whole. But for all of their benefits, they seem…

Our Opinion: Spiteful, nonsensical fuel-efficiency action » Berkshire Eagle

Politics

Two vie for State Representative seat » Wicked Local Needham There are two Democrats running for the 13th Norfolk House seat. Incumbent Denise Garlick of Needham and challenger Ted Steinberg, also of Needham. There is no contest on the Republican side.…

State: Chelmsford businessman made illegal donations to local, state candidates » Lowell Sun A state agency found a Chelmsford resident funneled thousands of dollars through employees to make contributions to several Merrimack Valley area politicians beyond personal campaign finance limitatio…

Lowell City Hall hotbed for activity in 3rd District race » Lowell Sun City Hall was a hotbed for congressional campaign activity on Wednesday, including two events for 3rd Congressional District candidates and one announcement from a Senate candidate.…

Lupoli brother pays $30,000 fine in campaign finance scheme » The Eagle Tribune The brother of developer and pizza king Sal Lupoli on Monday agreed to pay $30,000 to settle allegations that he used a family company to funnel nearly $13,000 in illegal campaign contributions to 13 …

Public Safety

Everett firefighter recalls blaze that left him badly burned » Boston Globe Everett firefighters spent less than a minute inside the burning house on Morris Street, but the heat was nothing like Scott Dalrymple had experienced in his more than 24 years in the department.…

Retired officers appointed as special police officers in Springfield » News 22 WWLP.com Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri has appointed 17 special police officers to the Springfield Police Department.…

Massachusetts Legislators Slot $75K into State Budget for Radios for Gloucester Police » Government Technology The Massachusetts state Senate has overridden Gov. Charlie Baker's budget veto of a $75,000 package to secure new communications equipment for the Gloucester Police Department.…

State Rep. Linsky crafting bill to address 3D-printed firearms » Patriot Ledger Saying Congress “doesn’t act in this area,” a state representative from Natick is drafting legislation on Beacon Hill to address 3D-printed firearms, which Attorney General Maura He…

State Government

State primary absentee ballots are available » Milford Daily News

Transportation

Mass. Transportation Department Launches 'Comprehensive Review' Of Bird Scooters » WBUR The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said Wednesday that it is launching a "comprehensive review" of rentable, electric scooters such as those deployed in Cambridge and Somerville by Bird Ri…

Blue Line to Longwood? Downtown superstation? MBTA mulls ‘big ideas’ » Boston Business Journal State transportation officials have published a draft investment plan for the next 25 years. Among the possibilities under consideration: an extension of the Blue Line to the Longwood Medical Area and…

Utilities

Solar industry mostly pleased with Massachusetts legislature passing omnibus energy bill » Solar Power World The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commented on the Massachusetts Legislature’s passage of a bill that requires the state’s largest electricity utility to refile its plan to …

Offshore wind prices look competitive » Commonwealth Magazine Vineyard Wind contract filed with state regulators …

Pilgrim nuclear plant to be sold after shutdown » Cape Cod Times The owner of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station announced Wednesday a plan to sell the Plymouth plant to a subsidiary of Holtec International for accelerated decommissioning after the reactor is permanentl…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Massachusetts Sheriffs to Expand Medication Assisted Treatment in Corrections » Framingham Source

Dave Murphy: Explains withdrawal from Senate race » Gazette Net

SJC ruling, not Fall River judge, to blame for lowering Mickey Rivera's bail, lawyers say » The Herald News

Cheshire Receives Housing Grant » iBerkshires

Lawmakers Forgot 'Emergency Law,' Perhaps Costing 100s Of Jobs » Salem Patch

Governor Baker Nominates Dennis Attorney to Superior Court » Cape Cod Today

Framingham Woman Says Baker Needs To Be Re-Elected As Massachusetts Governor In Television Commercial » Framingham Source

A Gap In Noncompete Legislation Still Leaves Fast Food Workers Exposed » WBUR

Senate GOP caucus urging Baker to amend Airbnb bill » Gloucester Times

Lawmakers leave a lot on the table » Commonwealth Magazine

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