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11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

5:30pm New Bedford Pizza Party for Lt. Gov. Candidate Quentin Palfrey

5:30pm Meet & Greet with Sec. of State Candidate Josh Zakim with Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller

5:30pm Democratic Congressional Candidate Debate with Ayanna Pressley & Michael Capuano, The RoxVote Coalition, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury

6:00pm Meet & Greet with Congressional Candidate Rick Green

Must-Reads

Short live the Legislature! » Boston Globe The Legislature is in formal session for 18 months out of every 24, but remains in “informal” session even after it has supposedly called it quits. …

Vermont exec would be nation’s first transgender governor » Boston.com A former energy company executive from Vermont has a shot at becoming the nation’s first transgender governor — but she says that’s not the main reason she’s running. …

Ellison denies allegations of domestic abuse of ex-girlfriend » MPRNews Keith Ellison, one of the leading candidates to be Minnesota's next attorney general, confronted allegations Sunday of domestic abuse of a former girlfriend that surfaced days before the election that…

Pulled in two directions, a race for Massachusetts governor » Worcester Telegram (M)assie, a progressive Democrat who supported Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential election, is skeptical of Gonzalez, saying he has been slow to back many of the progressive ideas Massie has …

For years, State Police brass had warning signs of payroll scandals » Boston Globe Internal affairs investigators for the Massachusetts State Police spent much of 2014 searching for evidence that two troopers were secretly escorting funeral processions and taking cash under the tabl…

Berkshire NAACP Hits Neal For Declining Debate » WAMC The NAACP Berkshire County Branch says Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat from the first Massachusetts district, has declined an invitation to debate his primary rival in Pittsfield. …

Ayanna Pressley Wants to Shake the Democratic Party Again » New York Magazine In the days and weeks after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shock Democratic primary victory over New York congressman Joe Crowley in June, pundits and assignment editors searching for The Next Big …

"We honor those in uniform who put their lives on the line every day and those who have been killed in the line of duty to keep the rest of us safe. I spoke about an entire system - not individuals - and will continue to work on reforms to make the criminal justice system fairer."

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Backpedaling on her comments that the criminal justice system is racist "front to back".

News By Category
Beltway Politics

‘Not the enemy of the people’: 70 news organizations will blast Trump’s attack on the media » The Washington Post For most of the past 19 months, President Trump’s war of words with American news organizations has been more of a one-sided barrage — at least according to the Boston Globe’s edi…

Seth Moulton: Not planning for 2020 run for president » Boston Herald Despite speculation driven in part by increased involvement in 2018 congressional races nationally and endorsements from military leaders, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton says he’s not planning a run fo…

Elizabeth Warren is seen as ‘front-runner.’ But is it too early? » Boston Globe Last month, New York magazine put a jogging Elizabeth Warren on its cover, with the headline “Front Runner?” blared across her middle.…

How serious should we take Deval Patrick's 2020 ambitions?: On The Record » WCVB Is the former Massahcusetts governor positioning himself to run for president?…

Business

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes proposed crackdown on 'patent trolls' pushed by Sen. Eric Lesser » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker nixed a proposal to crack down on so-called "patent trolls," saying as written it could have "unintended consequences" for Massachusetts residents and companies.…

How can you tell there’s a recession coming? » Boston Globe It’s inevitable. Someday our long run of economic growth will end in a damaging recession. Jobs will disappear, paychecks will shrink, investors will panic, and (hopefully) Washington will mobi…

Shoppers buy big at Attleboro area stores during tax-free weekend » The Sun Chronicle For the first time in two years, shoppers around the state were able to forgo the 6.25 percent sales tax on their purchases, creating a flurry of activity at small businesses and big box stores alike …

Berkshire businesses: Sales tax holiday weekend made 'big difference' » Berkshire Eagle After a two-year absence, the Berkshires welcomed back the state's tax-free weekend with open wallets and purses.…

Advocates cheer law giving new life to animals used in test labs » Lowell Sun There appears to be nothing out of the ordinary about Frank Peabody's 7-year-old beagles, Lilly and Daisy -- until you look at the underside of their big, floppy ears, where an inked identification nu…

Boutique hotel to open soon at former South End YWCA and hostel » Boston Globe Another boutique hotel is coming to the South End, this one with an unusual spin on the city’s history, from fine arts to disco.…

Civil Rights

Campaign Notebook: Sen. Warren to speak at 'Rise Up for Roe' rally » Worcester Telegram “Abortion is not ‘killing babies,’ unless you have a kindergartener’s comprehension of basic biology.” That was the tweet posted Sunday morning by Lauren Duca, a Teen V…

Education

New England’s smallest colleges are struggling » Boston Globe Financial conditions are deteriorating at many of New England’s quintessential small private colleges, with tuition revenue failing to keep up with expenses at more than half of the schools, a …

Environment

Mass. puts wind power in gear » Commonwealth Magazine TWO MAJOR EVENTS LAST WEEK have augured a new era for offshore wind in Massachusetts.…

Federal

Massachusetts’ Mount Greylock added to national war memorial registry » Boston Globe A shining light atop Mount Greylock, the state’s highest peak, the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Tower has achieved a new lofty status.…

High-Profile Attorneys Push for Change to Electoral College System » NECN A group of attorneys is pushing for a change to the electoral college system. The group includes former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, David Boies and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig — …

Health Care

New law seeks comprehensive approach to Alzheimer's disease » Boston Herald A new Massachusetts law seeks to make improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's and dementia.…

A landmark law hopes to improve Alzheimer’s care in Mass. » Boston Globe Rhiana Kohl has faced many sad surprises in the seven years since her husband, Alfredo Bartolozzi, first showed symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. But perhaps the biggest shock was finding out th…

Immigration

Freeze criticism of ICE? » Commonwealth Magazine A Cambridge resident was arrested Thursday morning in New York City for allegedly tweeting that he would pay $500 to anyone who killed an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.…

Somerville’s mayor joins Jim McGovern on trip to El Salvador, Honduras » Boston Globe Representative Jim McGovern and Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone of Somerville are on a mission to expose violence and poverty in El Salvador and Honduras, they said Sunday, in the hope that a greater public…

Labor

Baker can afford to support a waiver of the Pacheco law » Boston Globe In an election year, even the most popular governor in America is apparently afraid to cross the MBTA’s powerful labor unions.…

Legislative

Changes Sought By Baker Could Cloud Future Of Proposed Laws » WBUR In their scramble to approve numerous major bills before formal sessions ended for the year on July 31, Massachusetts lawmakers failed to leave themselves time to properly consider objections that Rep…

Political Notebook: For Sen. Spilka, vive la France » The Metro West Daily News It won't be a hectic August for new state Senate President Karen Spilka, at least in terms of campaigning.…

Local Government

Ipswich state aid essentially level » Wicked Local Ipswich State aid for schools and the general government, including roads, will rise, but barely in 2019.…

Opinion

We need CBO-like scoring of state health care bills » Commonwealth Magazine Beacon Hill should tap expertise of Health Policy Commission…

A prescription for closing the democracy gap » Commonwealth Magazine To bolster participation, citizens need to know how government works…

Campaign Notebook: Candidate deflects questions on ties to Pakistani cleric » Worcester Telegram A Democratic primary challenger to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, in the 1st Congressional District has landed endorsements from progressive groups despite her connection to a Muslim cleric wh…

Boston, here’s a chance to make the Northern Avenue Bridge a real destination » Boston Globe BOSTON’S URBAN PLANNERS and placemakers have an opportunity to make the Northern Avenue Bridge, now a rusting relic in Fort Point Channel, a postcard-worthy destination that draws in tourists a…

‘Everything in the country is broken’ » Boston Globe MAYBE YOU, like me, felt gloomy already. But when I read these words, it was like someone crystallized it all, then put a big black blanket over my head.…

How should universities handle the Trump administration? » Boston Globe THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA recently faced a storm of protest after its Miller Center of Public Affairs appointed President Trump’s former director of legislative affairs, Marc Short, to a one-y…

Open Season: Dispelling the many myths about 3D-printed guns » South Coast Today The hot new gun topic recently became 3D printed firearms and the ability to share plans to make one at home, following a court victory in June which recognized that the plaintiff, Defense Distributed…

Howie Carr: Legalizing pot is a catastrophic call » Boston Herald The commonwealth of Massachusetts is legalizing marijuana. What could possibly go wrong?…

Australia subjects refugees to a cruel fate. US shouldn’t follow. » Boston Globe THE AUSTRALIAN DETENTION CAMPS on the tiny Micronesian islands of Nauru and Manus are, by all accounts, hell on earth.…

A group effort on a neighborhood park » Boston Globe We were delighted to see “Signs of life for Olmsted gem” (Editorial, Aug. 5). We would like to acknowledge the crucial support of people who were not specifically mentioned in that editori…

Is change coming to Massachusetts politics this fall? Or maybe not so much? » Boston Globe Will 2018 be a year of political change in Massachusetts — or simply a close call for the status quo?…

EDITORIAL: Rushing's bluster keeps motorists at risk » Lowell Sun On Wednesday, July 25 at 7 a.m., Ramon Rivera's car was stopped at the intersection of Gorham and Manchester streets in Lowell when it was struck from behind by another vehicle with such force that Ri…

Politics

Is This the Next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? » Politico A few weeks before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her New York congressional primary, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley spoke to a roomful of young Democrats at the Bell-in-Hand, a Boston tavern tha…

Suit challenges rule against apparel supporting candidates at polls » Boston Herald A lawsuit filed in federal court last week is seeking to overturn a ban on passive shows of support for a candidate in Massachusetts, saying the law violates the First Amendment.…

In race for Suffolk DA, residency questions swirl » Boston Globe As the crowded race for Suffolk County district attorney nears the Sept. 4 primary, questions have swirled around where some of the candidates live, giving rise to subtle jabs at their public events a…

'Together, folks, we are writing a great story,' Gov. Charlie Baker says in formal re-election launch » MassLive When reporters would ask Charlie Baker about when he's hitting the campaign trail, he'd say there would be plenty of time for that after state lawmakers sent him their flurry of bills and left Beacon …

Charlie Baker makes bid for four more years official » Boston Herald Touting his administration’s investments in education, local aid to cities and towns, and transportation, Gov. Charlie Baker asked voters for four more years to finish the work he says he start…

Baker officially launches campaign for second term » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker touted his record on jobs, education, and tackling the opioid crisis as he and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito formally announced their reelection campaign at their annual picn…

Baker, Polito kick off second campaign in Shrewsbury » The Metro West Daily News To chants of, “Four more years! Four more years,” Republican Gov. Charlie Baker told supporters gathered Saturday at the Scandinavian Athletic Club that they need to work for every vote.…

MA Primary Races Start Seeing Chatter » Framingham Patch When United States senators assume their awesome responsibilities at the beginning of each Congress, they take an oath that has its roots in the nation's most bitter period of division.…

3rd District Dems hit N.H. for vacationers’ votes » Boston Herald At least one desperate Democratic candidate is prepared to target voters across state lines — campaigning in New Hampshire if she has to — as rivals in the 3rd Congressional District scr…

The next big test for the Democratic insurgency: JFK's old district » NBC News The woman who could be the next progressive superstar was standing by a small folding table outside a busy T stop in Central Square as commuters streamed by one evening last week.…

Flip a channel, see a candidate » Lowell Sun "My grandfather grew up on this street, in an America where anything is possible."…

With statehouse out of session, candidates trade barbs » Lowell Sun When United States senators assume their awesome responsibilities at the beginning of each Congress, they take an oath that has its roots in the nation's most bitter period of division.…

Warren draws a crowd at Eastham forum » Cape Cod Times A vocal crowd met U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday afternoon as she aimed to bring optimism and hope to a room filled with Cape Codders and visitors dissatisfied with the current administration …

Can Ocasio-Cortez return the favor for Ayanna Pressley? » Commonwealth Magazine Pressley's best endorsement may be from the district, not the Bronx…

Doubleheader debate: Senate, House hopefuls to square off » Lowell Sun The Sept. 4 primary election ballot is filled with political races, including two Lowell-based legislative contests that are generating much attention. The candidates in those races -- for the 1st Mi…

Public Health

Lowell opioid calls spike in July amid unrelenting crisis » Lowell Sun In the first six months of 2018, the number of opioid-related calls within the city were on the low end of average. Then came July.…

Public Safety

10 years after state OKs civilian flaggers, police still prevail at construction sites » Worcester Telegram Roberta R. Schaefer remembers spending a chunk of her years at the Worcester Regional Research Bureau advocating for a policy change that would allow trained civilian flaggers to direct traffic at som…

Gov. Charlie Baker aiming for early September for criminal dangerousness proposal after deaths of Yarmouth, Weymouth officers » MassLive Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker plans to put forward a proposal on criminal "dangerousness" in early September.…

Firefighters to get better benefits » The Salem News Exposure to toxic chemicals is a routine part of the job for firefighters, increasing their risk for cancer and other illnesses.…

Police chiefs, headed by Dudley's Wojnar, blast Sen. Warren for remark on 'racist' criminal-justice system » Worcester Telegram Police chiefs in Massachusetts have responded angrily to a remark by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren that the American criminal justice system is “racist ... front to back.”…

Responding to Yarmouth police chief, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she spoke about a racist system, 'not individuals' » MassLive Sen. Elizabeth Warren stressed that she was talking about the racism within the American criminal justice system, and not individuals, after the Yarmouth police chief called her initial comment "disre…

State Government

Battleship Cove fighting to keep Kennedy afloat while waiting for repair money » South Coast Today The destroyer, USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., was built fast and used hard. Now, 73 years later, she needs a bit of a makeover.…

Transportation

More Alewife closures announced » Commonwealth Magazine Garage deemed safe but will close overnight, next weekend…

Alewife garage to open for Monday commute, but will close at night and next weekend » Boston Globe The MBTA’s Alewife parking garage reopened in time for the Monday morning commute, though there will be no overnight parking available and it will shut again next weekend for additional work, t…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 8/13

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

5:30pm New Bedford Pizza Party for Lt. Gov. Candidate Quentin Palfrey

5:30pm Meet & Greet with Sec. of State Candidate Josh Zakim with Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller

5:30pm Democratic Congressional Candidate Debate with Ayanna Pressley & Michael Capuano, The RoxVote Coalition, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury

6:00pm Meet & Greet with Congressional Candidate Rick Green

Tuesday - 8/14

1:00pm Board of Building Regulations & Standards Public Hearing, 50 Maple Street, Milford

2:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

5:00pm Rep. Will Crocker's Summer Groove with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

6:30pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Ryan Chamberland

7:00pm Fundraiser for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate with Herman Cain

7:00pm Meet & Greet with Congressional Candidate Carlos Hernandez

7:00pm Holyoke Reception for Lt. Gov. Candidate Quentin Palfrey

Wednesday - 8/15

Birthdays: Rep. Aaron Vega

11:00am Hampden Sheriff Nick Cocchi's Annual Summer Cookout & Golf Tournament

5:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Francia Wisnewski

6:00pm 3rd Congressional District Candidate Forum, UTEC Hub for Social Innovation, 15 Warren Street, Lowell

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

6:30pm Medway Reception for Jay Gonzalez

Thursday - 8/16

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

6:00pm BBQ Reception for Rep. Joe McGonagle

6:00pm Jazz in the Garden with State Rep. Candidate Jack Stanton

6:00pm Push for the Primary with State Sen. Candidate Mike Armano

8:00pm Potables & Politics with State Sen. Candidate Becca Rausch

8:00pm Trivia Night for State Sen. Candidate Sam Hammar

Friday - 8/17

Birthdays: Rep. Russell Holmes

1:00pm Executive Office of Health and Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

5:00pm Meet & Greet with Congressional Candidate Tahirah Amatul-Wadud

6:00pm Summer Get-Together Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Alyson Sullivan

6:30pm Rep. Kevin Kuros for Worcester Register of Deeds Fundraiser

7:00pm Meet & Greet with State Rep. Candidate Chris Tribou


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