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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

Must-Reads

ProPublica to Fund Investigative Reporting Focused on State Government » New York Times The nonprofit news organization ProPublica announced a new initiative on Wednesday to provide funding for local news outlets to pursue investigative projects focused on state government. …

How Deval Patrick could outflank Elizabeth Warren in 2020 » Boston Globe She’s the “fake Indian,” more dangerous to American interests than Russia, with a voice that reminds many men of every woman who kept them from achieving the greatness they deserve.…

Frank Luntz on Powerhouse Politics: GOP unlikely to maintain majority in Congress » ABC News Political strategist and pollster Frank Luntz says that the “only way” that Republicans maintain their congressional majority in the midterms is if they cater to two types of voters: the p…

Uber and the False Hopes of the Sharing Economy » New York Times Not long ago arrived word of a new start-up, Wonderschool, which as its website explains, is a “network of boutique, in-home early childhood programs” — the Airbnb or Rover of presc…

Progressive Democrats take single-payer to the primaries » Axios (P)rimary elections ... include an important referendum on a growing trend: Progressive gubernatorial candidates vowing to implement some form of single-payer at the state level. …

School districts weigh lawsuit over funding disparities » Gloucester Times School districts are weighing a legal challenge to force an overhaul of the state's 25-year-old education funding formula, which advocates say is widening gaps between poor and wealthy communities. …

Natick's Rep. David Linsky files bill to regulate 3D guns » The Metro West Daily News Anyone who is not a federally licensed firearm manufacturer would be prohibited from making a gun with a 3D printer, under a bill filed Tuesday by a Natick Democrat.…

“What we know is that the technology of 3D-printers is getting better and cheaper all the time, and like technology in many other areas, the technology is frequently ahead of what the law is, and the law has to catch up,” Linsky said Wednesday afternoon.

Rep. David Linsky

On his bill regarding 3D printed weapons and "ghost guns"

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Among Russia’s Twitter trolls, Senator Warren’s a favorite target » Boston Globe Donald Trump is not the only American politician with a big following in Russia. Massachusetts’ own Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren is also a favorite in St. Petersburg — but for …

Business

How Vaping Company Juul's Anti-Tobacco Ads Could Backfire » WBUR Juuls, the e-cigarette devices that can contain high amounts of nicotine, are highly popular with young people.…

Boston Beer boss tells Trump that tax cut helps his company ‘kick ass’ » Boston Globe Boston Beer Co.’s chairman, Jim Koch, is not one to shy away from speaking his mind. He proved it again Tuesday night. The founder of Boston’s best-known brewery told President Trump at …

Amrheins in Southie up for sale; could go for $20 million » Boston Globe So much change has come to South Boston in recent years. Now it’s even coming for what’s billed as “the Oldest Restaurant & Bar in Southie.”…

Greater Worcester scores below average in population, business growth » Worcester Business Journal The Worcester metropolitan area doesn't fare particularly well in a new national rating of cities based on a range of growth factors — nor does any other larger New England metro area not named…

'Saying goodbye': A general store in Cheshire first opened in 1844 closes its doors » Berkshire Eagle The "penny" candy remains behind the glass display case. Plumbing and hardware items still hang from the pegboard. The store office is packed with decades of paperwork, with several generations of fam…

Education

Massachusetts boosts Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity by $1.5M » Wicked Local A $1.5 million increase in the Massachusetts state budget for the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity program will fund late buses and support other key METCO initiatives.…

Environment

Four-legged clean-up crew set for Dot Park » Dorchester Reporter Hold on to your hocks, Dorchester — four furry four-legged munchers will be coming to the neighborhood this week to help clean up Dorchester Park. This is the latest local development in the on…

Gaming

Fantasy sports scores, winning legalization and a tax break in Massachusetts » Boston Globe A state legislative move this summer to permanently legalize daily fantasy sports also gave the industry a break on taxes, as lawmakers brushed aside a proposal that could have collected more than $2 …

Health Care

Tufts Medical Center names new CEO » Boston Globe Tufts Medical Center has named the leader of a Canadian children’s hospital as its new chief executive.…

Housing

Habitat's Long-awaited Condo Project Hits Permitting Snag » iBerkshires Habitat for Humanity's long-awaited Gordon Deming condominium project will continue to be long-awaited.…

Concerns raised as Fall River Housing Authority moves disabled residents into elderly properties » The Herald News According to the federal Fair Housing Act, a disability is defined as a person with a physical or mental impairment, which can include substance addiction.…

Human Services

Group that aids homeless lost its supplies in tornado in Webster » Worcester Telegram The Blessed Backpack Brigade, a charity dedicated to aiding local homeless and disadvantaged people, is itself in need after an EF-1 tornado “took everything.”…

Labor

Public defenders’ bid for union rights again falls short » Boston Globe For six years, public defenders have been asking Massachusetts lawmakers to add five key words to the state’s collective bargaining statute.…

Massachusetts lawmakers press Trump administration to halt rule impacting home care workers' union payments » The Republican All 11 members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation called on the Trump administration this week to block a proposed rule that could prevent home care workers from voluntarily having union dues …

Legislative

Rep. Kane Achieves Perfect Voting Record For Annual Session » Shrewsbury Patch State Representative Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, achieved a perfect voting record during the 2017-2018 legislative session, participating in all 521 roll call votes recorded in the House of Representat…

Local Government

Small town’s big eyesore » Boston Globe For more than a century, the Draper Corp. factory stood at the center of this small town, serving as its economic base and prime benefactor. But in 1980, the company, once the country’s leading…

Homeless residents on common ordered off by Aug. 20 » The Recorder Homeless residents have until Aug. 20 to leave the Greenfield Common following a Board of Health vote that the encampment on the common is against state regulations.…

Marijuana

Authorities seek Breathalyzer equivalent for pot » Boston Herald State police — expecting a surge in drugged driving now that pot is legal, and looking for a way to prove a driver is high — are finalizing a test of swabs they administered on about 170…

Boston pressed on selection process for marijuana shops » Boston Globe

Opinion

Editorial: Time to raise the bar for ballot questions » Boston Business Journal Using the ballot questions as bargaining chips is bad policy. Lawmakers could curb this practice by making it less easy for questions to reach the ballot in the first place.…

After Alex Jones, bracing for the next deranged conspiracy theory » Boston Globe If you want to know why Alex Jones, the far-right provocateur and host of the “news” platform “InfoWars,” was just hit hard by some of the most powerful tech companies in the w…

Charlottesville isn’t over » Boston Globe On Aug. 12, 2017, I was nauseous all day. Videos from the previous night’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., flooded television and social media. The “alt-right” crow…

Paul Reville: Resegregated Schools Are A Reflection Of A Divided City » WGBH Boston is the latest city facing resegregation in its public school system, which experts fear will worsen existing racial and economic inequalities.…

Peter Lucas: L'Italien making waves -- and drowning in criticism » Lowell Sun People who complain about the lack of issues in the crowded Democratic primary fight in the 3rd Congressional District have an issue now. …

Failed education bill is a legislative whiff (Editorial) » MassLive Who is at fault for the failure of Massachusetts lawmakers to deliver an educational funding bill that's been on the table for three years, and would have pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into e…

My Day At The Races: Suffolk Downs In Its Waning Days » WBUR As a reporter, I've never really given too much thought to the racing bill that routinely passes every year at the State House. It’s gaveled through without any debate; you really have to pay c…

Politics

Libertarians hope to shore up support in auditor's race » Gloucester Times The state's Libertarians got a boost from former Gov. Bill Weld's vice presidential bid two years ago, and now they’re counting on a candidate for state auditor to help expand the party’…

In 5th Suffolk rep’s race, two frontrunners seek advantage » Dorchester Reporter Voters in the Fifth Suffolk House District have two strong choices in the Democratic primary, local leaders say, between Darrin Howell and Liz Miranda, the frontrunners and staples of neighborhood act…

Zakim Criticizes Galvin For Not Using A Federal Fund Meant To Improve Voting Systems » WGBH Boston City Councillor Josh Zakim took his electoral opponent Secretary of State William Galvin to task today over what he sees as weaknesses in the state’s election security.…

Even as donations flow, Third District candidates turn to their own checkbooks for help » Boston Globe Since last fall, a staggering $8.2 million has flowed into the campaigns of candidates vying to replace retiring US Representative Niki Tsongas.…

A primary primer: Who will be on Sept. ballot » Wicked Local Topsfield Four members of the Boxford-Middleton-Topsfield local legislative delegation are running unopposed in the primary but will face challenges in the general election. Among them is Leonard Mirra, who wil…

Suffolk DA candidates face police officers after focusing on criminal justice reform » Boston Globe The six candidates vying to become Suffolk County’s top prosecutor have so far faced forums moderated by lawyers, civil rights organizations, neighborhood groups, and even inmates.…

A political earworm: Jo Comerford’s jingle to help write-in campaign, other candidates react » Gazette Net Nerissa Nields is known around the Valley as part of the folk-rock group the Nields, but to Jo Comerford she is also a close friend. So when Comerford decided to commission a jingle for her write-in c…

Secretary candidates describe approaches to election security » State House News Service Reminding voters that hackers have targeted election systems in other states, secretary of state candidate Josh Zakim said Wednesday he would add seven to 10 full-time cybersecurity specialists to his…

Two State Reps Back Republican Buckley In Crowded Race » Framingham Patch With the primary four weeks from today, candidates in the crowded race for the 19th Middlesex District seat in the state House of Representatives, which represents Tewksbury and Wilmington, are scramb…

Democrats set to seize 10 open House seats » Lowell Sun 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…

L'Italien, Matias promote energy, opioid plans » Lowell Sun Candidates in the crowded 3rd Congressional District field have in recent weeks published new policy plans outlining their views on key high-profile issues in the race. …

Brookline State Rep. candidates speak at senior forum » Wicked Local Brookline With the primary election under a month away, the two Democratic candidates for the 15th Norfolk District House of Representatives seat addressed a series of senior-focused issues in Brookline at a fo…

Public Safety

No criminal charges after AG probe into Braintree police evidence room scandal » Boston Globe A Braintree police officer pilfered guns, drugs, and cash from the department’s evidence room, an attorney general’s investigation has found, but the probe will not result in criminal ch…

Worcester denies request for internal affairs histories of officers accused of misconduct » Worcester Telegram The city is refusing to release internal affairs histories of police officers recently accused by a civil rights lawyer of widespread misconduct.…

After The Bell, Lawmakers Still Studying Campus Sex Assault Bills » WBUR As colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts gear up for the return of their students, advocates for a bill that aims to gather better information about the prevalence of campus sexual assaul…

3D-printed guns are illegal in Mass., Healey says » Boston Globe

Notice warns 3D-printed guns could violate six laws » State House News Service

State Government

Are Mass. elections safe from hackers? It depends on whom you ask » Boston Globe Last month’s warnings from the Department of Homeland Security that Russia could attempt to influence the fall elections have prompted reviews of voting systems across the country, including in…

Transportation

NYC, Boston view ride-hailing apps differently » Commonwealth Magazine New York City and Boston are night and day when it comes to ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft.…

No difference between driving drunk or stoned, new PSA warns » News 22 WWLP.com As the list of legal and commercially available substances that can impair a person's ability to drive a vehicle grows to include pot, state public safety officials on Wednesday launched a public awar…

State unveils new anti-stoned driving ad » Boston Globe With the debut of recreational marijuana sales imminent, Massachusetts safety officials on Wednesday unveiled a new television ad warning consumers against driving under the drug’s influence.…

'Impaired is impaired is impaired,' whether it's alcohol or marijuana, Massachusetts official says » The Republican In a public awareness campaign on impaired driving, Massachusetts public safety officials sought to equate operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana with doing so under the influence …

Don’t drive stoned, state ad urges » Commonwealth Magazine Officials say driving drunk and driving on pot the same …

Union lawsuit claims T payroll system error-riddled » Commonwealth Magazine Agency sees no widespread issues; Carmen say problems never get fixed …

Utilities

Yarmouth officials balk at initial offer from Vineyard Wind » Cape Cod Times Offshore energy company Vineyard Wind will have to try harder — and spend more — if it wants to strike an agreement with the town of Yarmouth.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Study links opioid deaths to workplace injuries » Boston Globe

A primary primer: Who will be on Sept. ballot » Wicked Local Boxford

LETTER: Missed management » Wicked Local Plymouth

Candidates for Lexington, Woburn legislative seat face off at IAL forum » Wicked Local Lexington

Worker fired for pot use seeks legislative response » State House News Service

Short-Term Rental Tax Bill Gets Mixed Reviews; For Now, Legislation Is In Limbo » The Cape Cod Chronicle

Lynn hires a new city chief financial officer » Lynn Daily News Item

Grand bargaining: Tax-free shopping returns this weekend » Gazette Net

EDITORIAL: The passing of a Bay State groundbreaker » The Newburyport News

In An Eros-Infused Society, Beacon Hill Is Still Sex Shy » WGBH

Rockland buildings to get LED lamps » The Enterprise

Worcester Is Working Hard To Lure Pawtucket Red Sox Out Of Rhode Island » WGBH

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