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Mass. Legislature fails the environment » Boston Globe SOMETIMES — like when your president’s busy dirtying up your air and water — you could use a bit of environmental love from your supposedly forward-thinking, true-blue, home state…

‘Too Little Too Late’: Bankruptcy Booms Among Older Americans » New York Times For a rapidly growing share of older Americans, traditional ideas about life in retirement are being upended by a dismal reality: bankruptcy. …

Deval Patrick: 'I'm not ready' to run for 2020 » CNN In an interview with Jake Tapper, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick discusses the divides in the Democratic party and a possible 2020 run …

Democrat Tahirah Amatul-Wadud regrets voting for Scott Brown in 2012, says her progressive record speaks for itself » The Republican Amatul-Wadud, who is looking to unseat incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, of Springfield, in Massachusetts' Sept. 4 primary, confirmed that she voted for then-U.S. Sen. Scott Brown over Elizab…

Warren, hinting at 2020 run, slams 'racist' criminal justice system » Politico Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday called the criminal justice system “racist … front to back,” while further hinting at a potential presidential run. …

Democrats for Massachusetts governor spar over resumes, hit Baker hard in Herald Radio debate » Boston Herald Bay State Democratic hopefuls for governor Bob Massie and Jay Gonzalez sparred over who has the better resume and party support — but mostly how they’d both do a better job than Gov. Cha…

Democratic Aides on Hill Sour on Pelosi, Survey Finds » Roll Call Many say California Democrat should step down, regardless of November result …

In 2008, America Stopped Believing in the American Dream » New York Magazine Today’s America is ... marked by fear and despair more akin to what followed the crash of 1929, when unprecedented millions of Americans lost their jobs and homes after the implosion of busines…

Opinion: Calling The Press The Enemy Of The People Is A Menacing Move » NPR "Enemy of the people" is an incendiary phrase. It's been uttered by some of history's most vicious thugs — Robespierre, Goebbels, Lenin, Stalin, Mao — to vilify their opponents ... who w…

Baker’s creative friction » Commonwealth Magazine Governor may seem like a Dem at times, but he’s creating GOP value …

Corporate America hikes contributions to key Democrats » Politico The shift, driven by rising expectations of a change in House control, could exacerbate tension among liberals over corporate PACs.…

AFTER WAITING, CLIMATE GROUPS SAY THEY'LL BACK ELUGARDO OVER SANCHEZ » State House News Service Three groups frustrated with state environmental and energy policies plan on Friday to endorse Nika Elugardo, who is competing against House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jeff Sanchez in the Sept.…

WITH TOTAL CONTROL, BAKER VETOES CHILD WELFARE REFORM, CONGESTION TOLLING PILOT » State House News Service The vetoed bills -- which would have lifted a cap on welfare benefits, established a congestion tolling pilot program and raised the number of allowed hours a state retirees can work -- each originate…

"I'm having a terrific time in this fund that we launched," Patrick said on CNN's "State of the Union." "It's a fund that invests in companies in order to drive social and environmental impact, and it's part of this impact investing industry or trend. One of my partners describes ... impact investing as the laboratory where capitalists work to reform capitalism."... "I've never taken a job where I've left my conscience at the door, and I haven't started now,"

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick

On his work at Bain Capital

News By Category
Education

Advocates lament failure to reach deal on education funding | News & Observer » The Associated Press (AP) Of all the bills that stalled out during the Massachusetts Legislature's just-completed formal session, perhaps the one creating the most heartburn is the failure to reach a deal on overhauling the st…

What You Need To Know About The Failed Education Funding Bills » WBUR As the legislative session drew to a close late Tuesday night, a landmark education-funding bill died — under somewhat mysterious circumstances.…

Boston’s schools are becoming resegregated » Boston Globe An alarming pattern of racial segregation has re-emerged in the Boston Public School system over the last two decades, according to a Globe analysis, largely the consequence of steps taken by city and…

UMass police union upset with plan to use private security at Mount Ida campus » Mass Live University of Massachusetts police union members are raising concerns about UMass hiring unarmed security guards to patrol the newly acquired Mount Ida campus in Newton.…

Gov. Charlie Baker amends Massachusetts civics bill to keep it non-partisan » Mass Live Gov. Charlie Baker wants to make sure that the civics being taught in Massachusetts' public schools remains non-partisan and students with minority viewpoints feel comfortable.…

Students To 'Do Civics' At A School Near You » WGBH “What does it mean to be a citizen? We’re talking about that since day one,” Revere teacher Tina Petty says to her colleagues. …

Federal

On Drug Prices, Trump Administration Sends Mixed Messages » Governing It has accepted one state's unprecedented proposal to lower the cost of prescriptions but rejected another's. …

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…

Baker amendment imperils short-term rental bill accord » News 22 WWLP.com 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…

Human Services

Baker vetoes child welfare reform, congestion tolling pilot » Worcester Telegram Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday made a dent in the flurry of bills that landed on his desk in the closing weeks of July, vetoing three and returning two with recommended amendments.…

Legislative

Massachusetts lawmakers approve economic development package that includes tax holiday » Taunton Gazette Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators and representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of July 30 to August 3.…

No vote on "neonic" control bill » Wicked Local Acton Bees are dying off by the millions, according to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's web site, and with the loss of bees and other pollinators, there are grave concerns about th…

Winners and Losers In Legislature's Mad Dash To Finish Line » Brookline Patch State Representative candidate Anne Landry reflects on the end of the legislative session. …

DeLeo to become longest continuously service Mass. Speaker » Newburyport News An era of turmoil and turnover in the state Senate has coincided with a period of historic consistency in the House, where Rep. Robert DeLeo on Saturday becomes the longest continuously-serving speake…

Lawmakers break to campaign, leaving loose ends » Newburyport News State lawmakers wrapped up their biennial session this week by frantically pushing through bills dealing with clean energy, opioid addiction and job creation, while failing to take action to lower hea…

Gov. Baker Vetoes Discount Toll Pilot Program » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker has vetoed a proposed discount toll pilot program and a measure that would have lifted the state's so-called "cap on kids." …

End of Session Review 2018: Tricia Farley-Bouvier » iBerkshires This is the first in a series of interviews with the Berkshire delegation on legislative actions during this past session of the General Court. …

Local Government

Schools to first responders to job training, local lawmakers secure funding » Sentinel & Enterprise Local legislators got several earmarks into the long-awaited fiscal 2019 budget to fund several initiatives across the district.…

Proposed Hyannis Performing Arts Center Receives $200K through Economic Development Bill » Cape Cod Online An economic development bill passed by the Massachusetts Legislature this week includes funding for the proposed Oceanside Performing Arts Center in Hyannis.…

Frustration over failed landfill land swap » Sentinel & Enterprise Town and Fitchburg officials are frustrated after a planned land swap between the state and Westminster to enlarge the landfill both use died in the Statehouse Tuesday.…

Greenfield mayor to apply ‘rapid re-housing’ effort to growing homeless situation » Gazette Net Council approves addition of port-a-potties, objects to Common curfew in emergency meeting …

Opinion

Long-term benefit » Cape Cod Times On July 30, the state Legislature passed a landmark bill that would make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to create a taxing mechanism for short-term rentals. The move has substantial ramif…

Our Opinion: Again, Legislature runs out clock on itself » Berkshire Eagle The 2018 Massachusetts legislative session ended in typical "hurry up and wait," fashion, in the words of one frustrated lawmaker. A number of good bills fell by the wayside, mostly two related to edu…

Is the Republican Party Donald Trump’s — or Larry Hogan’s? » New York Times In a deeply Democratic state, a Republican governor prospers. The president could ruin that.…

Our View: Special education funding problem persists » The Eagle Tribune Most of the oxygen expended lately on Methuen’s financial problems has been taken up by talk of police salaries. But special education costs in the city’s schools are just as problematic…

Politics

DA candidate clashes with Brockton mayor over panhandling policy » The Enterprise One of the five Democrats running to become the next district attorney of Suffolk County is blasting the mayor of Brockton over the city's recent crackdown on panhandling.…

Absentee balloting open for primary » Gloucester Times The state elections may not be on most people’s minds during these lazy August summer days.…

DeLeo set to become longest continuously-serving Mass. speaker » The Salem News An era of turmoil and turnover in the state Senate has coincided with a period of historic consistency in the House, where Rep. Robert DeLeo on Saturday becomes the longest continuously-serving speake…

Mass. State Rep. Who Left Democratic Party Drops Re-election Bid » WAMC An unprecedented turnover is continuing in the western Massachusetts state legislative delegation. …

As Charlie Baker revs up reelection campaign, help has already arrived » Boston Globe He’s signed bills, dueled lawmakers on amendments, and waited as the Legislature hustled into the wee hours of August to finish its formal business.…

Boston Bar Association Holds Forum for Suffolk County DA Candidates » Chelsea Record The Boston Bar Association (BBA) held a forum for the candidates for Suffolk County district attorney on July 25. Five of the six candidates answered questions moderated by Suffolk University Law Scho…

How Trump’s Trade Policies Could Impact Governors’ Races » Governing There are early, but scattered, signs that Democrats will use new tariffs as a wedge issue. …

WARREN returns to her Netroots -- PRIMARY rifts -- Horse racing is legal again » Politico Sen. Elizabeth Warren heads to Netroots Nation today, a weekend-long conference convening thousands of liberal activists from around the country. This year it's in New Orleans, with fellow attendees i…

How A Democrat Can Beat Charlie Baker » WGBH Republicans are known to get support from “the one percent.” …

State GOP poll ignores Baker's primary challenger » The Eagle Tribune Gov. Charlie Baker largely is ignoring his GOP primary challenger, Scott Lively, as he seeks a second term for governor. The state Republican Party also is shrugging off the outsider’s bid by t…

Getting to Know MA-3 Candidate Juana Matias » NBC Boston As she campaigns throughout the Merrimack Valley, MA-3 candidate Juana Matias sees a lot of herself in the people she meets. An immigrant from the Dominican Republic, she arrived in the country with h…

3rd Congressional race driven by dollars big, small » Lowell Sun At a forum in Concord last month, 3rd Congressional District Democrats were all asked to describe how their campaigns are funded, prompting candidates to hurl barbs at one another and claim themselves…

Do you need experience as a prosecutor to be a good district attorney? » Boston Globe Do you need experience as a prosecutor to be a good district attorney?…

Press play: Five years later, John Henry is still writing the Globe's business case » Boston Business Journal Five years after the 68-year-old financier and his wife bought the region's largest media company, John Henry’s ownership stands at an inflection point.…

Green Party, Eyeing the 2020 Presidential Race, Prepares for the Midterms » New York Times The Democratic Party loomed large over the annual Green Party conference last month, but all eyes were on November, when Green leaders say they’ll field at least 224 candidates. …

Deval Patrick said he will decide on 2020 run ‘in due course’ » Boston Globe Deval Patrick is well aware of the talk that he might run for office again. …

Deval Patrick defends Bain Capital work: Never 'left my conscience at the door' » CNN Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Sunday defended his work at Bain Capital, pushing back on criticism he would likely face if he seeks the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.…

Lantigua, Devers paid $10,000 in campaign finance violations » The Eagle Tribune William Lantigua and Marcos Devers paid a total of $10,000 in fines over the last three years for missing deadlines to report fundraising and spending by their campaign organizations, records on file …

Lewis Endorsed By SEIU Mass State Council and Local Unions » Reading Patch State Senator "honored to have the endorsement of SEIU and to fight alongside our labor unions." …

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Baker (finally) nears start of campaign » The Metro West Daily News Gov. Charlie Baker's campaign for a second, four-year term is inching closer to its long-awaited start, but Baker still has the remnants of the end of formal legislative sessions to clear off his desk…

Public Safety

Mass. Legislature passes bill guaranteeing confidentiality for police crisis counseling » Policeone.com The lack of confidentiality has led some officers and other first responders to avoid seeking help due to stigma, supporters of the bill said…

Boston's Newest Police Commissioner Willie Gross Is Black, Blue And 'All Cop' » WBUR On Monday, the Boston Police Department will swear in its first black commissioner: Willie Gross. …

William Gross, set to be sworn in as Boston’s first black police commissioner, was an officer in the making, friends say » Boston Globe There were early signs, friends say, that Willie Gross, as a teenager on Esmond Street in Dorchester, could grow up to be a police officer.…

State Finance

Representatives Gifford and Orrall support passage of Fiscal Year 2019 budget with local initiatives » South Coast Today State Representatives Susan Williams Gifford, R-Wareham, and Keiko Orrall, R-Lakeville, joined with their colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve a state budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The…

Beacon Hill increases arts funding for the first time in four years » Boston Business Journal State lawmakers have increased funding for the arts by $2 million.…

State Government

State primary absentee ballots are available » The Metro West Daily News Secretary of State William Galvin announced Thursday that absentee ballots are now available in every city and town for the state party primaries scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4.…

Taxation

Mass. to hold tax free holiday weekend Aug. 11-12 » WPRI.COM Massachusetts lawmakers have wrapped up their formal session by passing an economic development bill that includes a sales tax holiday for shoppers on the weekend of Aug. 11-12.…

Transportation

Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes pilot program for cheaper tolls in off-peak hours » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday vetoed a pilot program that would have given drivers a toll discount for traveling at off-peak hours.…

Maine Gov. LePage claims Massachusetts toll collection practices unfair » Boston Herald Maine Gov. Paul LePage is accusing Massachusetts of highway robbery, equating the Bay State’s out-of-state toll collection practices with a “shakedown” of Mainers.…

Mass. Pike opens a day ahead of schedule » Boston Herald Massachusetts commuters got a special surprise when the Mass Pike opened at full capacity a day ahead of schedule.…

Mass. Pike opens to full capacity a day early in Boston » Boston Globe Commuters can breathe a sigh of relief knowing the Massachusetts Turnpike was opened to full capacity Sunday morning, a day ahead of schedule, officials said. …

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 8/6

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 8/7

11:00am Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

4:30pm Seeds of Solidarity Farm Open House for State Sen. Candidate Joe Comerford

5:00pm Easthampton Meet & Greet with Sec. of State Candidate Josh Zakim with Rep. John Scibak

6:00pm Reception for Rep. Evandro Carvalho for Suffolk District Attorney

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

Wednesday - 8/8

10:00am Executive Office of Health and Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

6:00pm Reception for State Rep. Candidate Hong Net

6:00pm S&H Group Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Erin Calvo-Bacci

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

6:30pm Meet & Greet with Congressional Candidate Rick Green

7:30pm Hatfield House Party for State Sen. Candidate Jo Comerford

Thursday - 8/9

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Suffolk County District Attorney Candidates Youth Forum, SEIU 32BJ Meeting Hall, 26 West Street, Boston

5:30pm Cocktail Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate with Howie Carr

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

6:00pm Hotdogs & Lemonade for State Rep. Candidate Marcos Devers

9:30pm Live Music Night in Support of State Sen. Candidate Chelsea Kline

Friday - 8/10

Birthdays: Rep. Tackey Chan, Rep. Steven Ultrino

6:00pm Cornhole Tournament for State Rep. Candidate Nathaniel Powell

6:00pm Fajitas & 'Ritas with Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

7:00pm Turners Falls House Party for State Sen. Candidate Chelsea Kline

Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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