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Democrats need a slogan? Better call Morgan & Morgan » Boston Globe AFTER SPENDING NEARLY two years pondering a new slogan, Democrats came up with one already associated with a nationwide personal injury law firm. …

BLAME GAME » State House News Service At around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, a weary Rep. Claire Cronin emerged from the House chamber. She was on her way to another meeting, and had been fending off the same question from reporters for ho…

NRCC UPGRADES TEDESCHI TO "CONTENDER" » State House News Service The National Republican Congressional Committee has its eye on the Massachusetts Ninth District, upgrading GOP challenger Peter Tedeschi to the "Contenders" list in its Young Guns program. …

Dem guv candidates eye tax options after income surtax fails » State House News Service When the state's highest court on June 18 knocked off the 2018 ballot a proposed surtax on the wealthy they also torpedoed a core element of the campaign platforms of the two Democrats running for gov…

Union divide contributed to Janus bill's demise » State House News Service Less than a month before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a public sector union's right to charge fees to non-members, House Speaker Robert DeLeo was already thinking about what could be done in res…

Exclusive poll: Trump's iron wall of defense » Axios There's an almost perfect match between President Trump's approval ratings on immigration — including his overall policies and his proposed border wall — and his job approval rating, acc…

GOP US Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom presses Elizabeth Warren to apologize for calling criminal justice system 'racist' » Mass Live Beth Lindstrom, a Republican looking to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren this fall, called on the Democratic incumbent Monday to apologize for suggesting that the American criminal justice system is …

Progressive activists to Democratic leaders: talk about race or step aside » Vice (S)ome Democrats are better prepared for this than others. In a pair of keynote addresses Friday by possible 2020 presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of C…

Democrats set to seize ten open House seats » State House News Service Ten races for open Massachusetts House seats are on track to be decided in the Sept. 4 primaries, when voters in a total of 45 House and Senate districts will have competitive contests on their ballot…

Randall J. Halstead, a retired police superintendent who served as emcee, invoked the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., saying he knew King “is looking down today and he is smiling at the realization of one of his dreams, that a man not be judged by the color of his skin but by the content of their character.”

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Beltway Politics

Deval Patrick: Potential Presidential Plans Will Be Made ‘In Due Course’ » CBS Boston Deval Patrick is well aware of the talk that he might run for office again – higher office.…

Business

Is Boston’s Wayfair the next Amazon? » Boston Globe Every Monday, new employees stream up the escalators of Wayfair’s Copley Place headquarters for orientation. …

Credit safety bill hits a snag » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker has put the brakes on a measure to protect consumers’ financial information from cyber breaches, saying the proposal shields too much information from courts and state agenci…

Zoning board approves turning old Globe plant into a high-tech R&D center » Dorchester Reporter The Zoning Board of Appeal on Tuesday approved most of what developers asked for so they can turn the old Boston Globe plant on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester into a new office, research and manufa…

Waltham's Actifio retains 'unicorn' status with $100M round » Boston Business Journal Waltham-based data management firm Actifio Inc., already one of the most valuable private tech companies in Massachusetts, has raised another $100 million at a valuation of $1.3 billion.…

Hopkinton's Greyhound Friends reaches deal with AG on oversight » The Metro West Daily News Greyhound Friends reached an agreement with the state Attorney General’s Office after a nearly two-year investigation revealed lack of corporate oversight and financial controls.…

Environment

‘It came right up, and opened its mouth’: Great white shark breaches water below boat » Boston Globe State biologist Greg Skomal got an up-close look at a great white shark during a recent excursion off Cape Cod when one of the apex predators that researchers had been observing breached the water rig…

Shark sightings force swimmers out of the water in Plymouth, Cape Cod » Boston Globe Swimmers at Plymouth and Wellfleet beaches looking to catch a break from the oppressive heat were forced out of the water Monday afternoon after sharks were spotted lurking nearby.…

Westport to see $230K cut in state beach reimbursement » South Coast Today The town has some picturesque beaches and even gets a reimbursement for the state for some of its state-owned properties.…

Health Care

Lahey Health CEO Howard Grant says he’ll retire next month » Boston Globe As Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health pursue their big hospital merger, Lahey’s chief executive is stepping down.…

Housing

Greater Boston Rents Tick Down For Priciest Units, Tick Up For Everything Else » WBUR Rents in Greater Boston have fallen slightly over the last year — but only for the top tier of the market. For everyone else, they've ticked up.…

Judiciary

Massachusetts district court filings have dropped over 20 years - why? » The Herald News Peter Elikann remembers arriving at district court on Monday mornings in the 1990s and finding throngs of people. “There would be so many people that they’d be waiting outside the courtro…

Labor

Labor union will seek to undo key part of ‘grand bargain’ law » Boston Business Journal The United Food and Commercial Workers union wants premium pay for retail workers on Sundays and holidays, and it's willing to consider a ballot initiative to get the perk back. …

Mass. construction industry looks to next generation amid worker shortage » Boston Business Journal A decade after the housing bust, the construction workforce is still recovering — particularly in Massachusetts, which faces the worst construction worker shortage in the country, according to …

Legislative

Governor Baker Sends Back Proposed State Regulation of Short Term Rentals (AirBnb, etc.) » North End Waterfront Governor Charlie Baker has sent back the Mass. legislature’s bill to regulate and tax short-term rentals (AirBnb, Homeaway, VRBO, etc.). Formal legislature sessions have concluded for the year …

Baker Wins Some, Loses Some More, In End-of-Session Dash » WGBH

Local Government

Michell Dionne appointed to Fall River Redevelopment Authority » The Herald News

Judge dismisses Amherst election lawsuit » Gazette Net An initial election for Amherst’s first-ever Town Council will proceed as scheduled Sept. 4 after a Hampshire Superior Court judge Monday rejected a preliminary injunction sought by two Univers…

Amherst election to proceed as planned after judge denies request for preliminary injunction » The Republican The preliminary and general town elections will be able to take place Sept. 4 and Nov. 6 respectively as planned after Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard J. Carey Monday denied a request for a pr…

Walsh: We’re taking Boston Public Library probe ‘seriously’ » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh yesterday refused to give out more information about the investigation into three Boston Public Library administrators who remain on unpaid leave, insisting his administration is…

Boston Mayor Walsh ‘concerned’ after community center blocks police » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he’s “concerned” and wants to talk to the administrators of a community center who barred police from coming to the aid of an officer who was being attack…

Lynn City Council may ban smoking pot in public » Lynn Daily News Item The City Council will discuss, but not vote on, the possible ordinance on Tuesday night, which would prohibit the public use of marijuana. The Council is expected to set down a public hearing on the o…

Opinion

Bringing the emoluments clause to bear on Trump’s D.C. hotel » Boston Globe PRESIDENT TRUMP’S OWNERSHIP of a luxury hotel in Washington, located just a few blocks from the White House, stands out as an especially blatant invitation to corruption.…

Democrats need a slogan? Better call Morgan & Morgan » Boston Globe AFTER SPENDING NEARLY two years pondering a new slogan, Democrats came up with one already associated with a nationwide personal injury law firm.…

Non-compete reform bill will only create more confusion, uncertainty and litigation » Mass Lawyers Weekly The Legislature has finally passed a non-compete bill after almost a decade of false starts. An original proposal, in 2009, would have banned non-compete agreements outright, similar to California. …

Trump escalates a dangerous war on the press » Boston Globe THIS WEEKEND, President Trump put the lives of American journalists at risk. In his escalating war on the news media, Trump has become a clear and present danger to the nation’s press corps.…

EDITORIAL: Max and Fluffy get protection » Sentinel & Enterprise Some of the last-minute work completed by Massachusetts legislators last week gave protections to our pets.…

State should offer bait to doctors locating here » Cape Cod Times One year after our move to Cape Cod, we are again in search of a primary care physician.…

Rick Olson: Cites obstructionists who block energy solutions » Gazette Net Congratulations are in order to the Easthampton Board of Health for tabling the request for an anti-pipeline stand.…

Peake, Cyr lose a vote over home rental tax » Cape Cod Times As a longtime Democrat in perpetual mourning for our lost America, I was shocked to discover the enemies hidden in our ranks, State Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, and state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro…

Warren snared by Trump’s trap as she edges closer to 2020 run » Boston Herald President Trump has been egging on U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren for months to run against him. If she keeps rising to his bait, he may get his wish.…

Protests at Northeastern hit the wrong target » Boston Globe GLENN PIERCE, a research scientist at Northeastern University’s school of criminology and criminal justice, does academic work that deserves public support.…

At Smith College, the racist incident that wasn’t » Boston Globe

Politics

Gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez: ‘We need to be aiming higher’ » Lynn Daily News Item Jay M. Gonzalez wants to be a governor who looks far beyond the status quo to map out an ambitious agenda for Massachusetts.…

Margaret M. Heckler, former US health services chief and ambassador to Ireland, dies at 87 » Boston Globe Margaret M. Heckler, a former Republican diplomat, secretary of US Health and Human Services, and eight-term Massachusetts congresswoman who advocated for women’s issues for decades, died Monda…

The Codcast: Is Charlie Baker really a Republican? » Commonwealth Magazine Gov. Charlie Baker has an R next to his name, but many Republicans don’t think it belongs there.…

PATRICK’s public profile – BAKER’s backup – The MA-03 cash dash » Politico Deval Patrick continues to dust off his public profile both on the campaign trail and in the media ahead of 2018 — and potentially 2020. The former governor made a rare appearance on a Sunday s…

Evandro Carvalho: “we have to challenge the narrative others created that we are bad” » Dorchester Post Evandro Carvalho born in the countryside of the Island of Santiago, in Cape Verde, on 1981. He had an “amazing” childhood, growing up at his grandparent’s farm and playing soccer.…

Campaign Notebook: Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund endorses Sabadosa, Kline » Gazette Net In its latest round of endorsements, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts has endorsed two women running for the Legislature in Hampshire County.…

‘It gets better every year’: Bidding farewell to another Feast » South Coast Today Some participating in the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament parade Sunday afternoon carried water with them, at times in the form of spray bottles that they used on themselves and the crowds lining the s…

Political Notes: Baker to be keynote speaker at OneCape Summit » Cape Cod Times Gov. Charlie Baker will be the opening day keynote speaker at the 2018 OneCape Summit, being held Aug. 16-17 at Wequasset Resort and Golf Club in Harwich.…

Kearney, Costello face off in Democratic primary for 4th Plymouth district state Rep. » Patriot Ledger Sean Costello and Patrick Kearney, Democratic candidates for state representative, both say they’re spending the remaining month until the primary election knocking on as many doors as they can…

Public Health

Tobacco grant to target smoking, vaping among Fall River area teens » The Herald News The state Department of Public Health on Monday announced $6 million in tobacco-control grants, money it said will help 182 municipalities reduce tobacco use and protect youth “from exposure to …

Berkshire County Sheriff talks how data can help fight opioid addiction behind bars » Berkshire Eagle If a new opioid bill is signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker, five Houses of Correction will pilot a medication-assisted treatment program for addicts. …

Some Massachusetts Inmates Could Get Medication To Help With Opioid Addiction » New England Public Radio Massachusetts lawmakers have passed legislation that would provide treatment with medication to inmates addicted to opioids.…

Public Safety

William Gross sworn in as 42nd Boston Police commissioner » Boston Globe Before the “village” he said helped guide him, William G. Gross was sworn in as Boston’s 42nd police commissioner Monday in a historic ceremony during which the city’s first …

State fines former Lowell cop $5,000 » Lowell Sun A former Lowell police sergeant who led the Lowell Police Academy and is now director of the Northern Essex Community College police academy, has paid a $5,000 fine for recommending that the college p…

Outraged Methuen residents protest police raises » Berkshire Eagle Metheun residents turned out in force Monday night to protest the hefty raises given to superior officers in the Police Department.…

Taxation

Massachusetts Gives Cities its Blessing to Tax Airbnb » Next City In June, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signed an ordinance regulating short-term rentals. Now, the Massachusetts state legislature appears to be following his lead.…

Transportation

Massport spends $1 million to lure Korean Air to Logan Airport » Boston Globe For the Massachusetts Port Authority, $1 million could be a small price to land another major international airline.…

LePage accuses Massachusetts of ‘shakedown’ tactics over $26 fee charged to Maine driver » Press Herald Maine's governor says Bay State toll authorities are using 'shakedown' tactics to collect tolls owed to the Massachusetts version of E-ZPass, but others say LePage is overreacting to an isolated incid…

Utilities

Eversource offered to drop out of offshore wind procurement team » Commonwealth Magazine EVERSOURCE ENERGY in February offered to withdraw from the team evaluating the bids of companies seeking to supply electricity from wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts because the utility was al…

Vineyard Wind's opening price draws praise » State House News Service Vineyard Wind's electricity price quote, which was unveiled in contract filings last week, pleasantly surprised the environmental community and the Bay State's industrial sector, two constituencies th…

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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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