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Editorial: Baker, Massie merit nomination for gov » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker has performed the unenviable task of working with the opposing party in both the Massachusetts House and Senate for the benefit of the hard-working residents of the Bay State.…

Journalists are not the enemy » Boston Globe A central pillar of President Trump’s politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather “the enemy of the people.”…

'If they take the House, he wins big': Trump loyalists see upside in impeachment » Politico There’s a new way of demonstrating loyalty to Donald Trump and his Republican Party: Claiming that the president could not only survive an impeachment effort, but that it would guarantee his vi…

Jack Dorsey says he’s rethinking the core of how Twitter works » Washington Post Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said he is rethinking core parts of the social media platform so it doesn’t enable the spread of hate speech, harassment and false news, including conspiracy…

Compensation rises for local hospital leaders » Boston Globe The leaders of Massachusetts’ largest nonprofit hospitals continue to collect seven-figure pay packages, and many earned big raises in 2016, according to federal tax filings released Wednesday.…

Massachusetts district attorneys agree to toss breath test results in thousands of drunken driving cases » The Republican Breathalyzer results could be tossed out as evidence in thousands of drunken driving prosecutions as part of an agreement between all of the state's district attorneys and the defense lawyers in a lon…

Elizabeth Warren has a plan to save capitalism » Vox Elizabeth Warren has a big idea that challenges how the Democratic Party thinks about solving the problem of inequality.…

My father, Ronald Reagan, would never have stood for this » Washington Post Early in my father’s administration, when he and my mother flew to Rancho del Cielo, the ranch they had bought in the 1970s that was his retreat, his nourishment, I drove up to join them for a …

"My opponent was grandstanding against this pay raise, and then when it went through, he took it when no one was looking," Lindstrom said in an interview at the Statehouse. "That is the definition of a career politician."

U.S. Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom

On Geoff Diehl's legislative salary.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump slams Globe's op-ed project, makes false claim about 2013 sale » Boston Business Journal

Business

Mass. CEOs look to get more competitive in D.C. » Boston Globe Few business associations hold as much clout on Beacon Hill as the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, the group of CEOs from many of the state’s largest companies.…

Hopkinton: Louise Coleman reaches deal with AG for misuse of funds » The Metro West Daily News Former Greyhound Friends Director Louise Coleman has agreed to pay $40,000 in a settlement with the state’s top prosecutor after being accused of using the organization’s money on person…

Baker sours proposal for raw milk sales » Gloucester Times Ginger Kelly drinks milk straight from the cow, and she swears by what she considers to be health benefits of the unpasteurized product.…

Citgo sign here to stay, but maybe not surrounding buildings » Boston Globe The city’s landmark Citgo sign is here to stay, but the future of the surrounding buildings remains in question.…

Flowers out, tech in: Massive Kendall Square-like development in South End nears approval » Boston Globe A huge development that could transform an old corner of the South End is poised to win key city approvals Thursday night.…

Sam Adams is the latest brand with a Trump problem » Boston Globe When Boston Beer Company founder Jim Koch stood up to toast President Trump at a recent dinner, he opened with a line familiar to anyone who’s seen one of his commercials.…

Springfield Innovation Center work resumes; US Rep. Richard Neal, secretary of state William Galvin announce $250K grant » The Republican The long-delayed Springfield Innovation Center at 270-276 Bridge St. got a $250,000 boost Wednesday. Construction has already resumed on the the $7 million renovation project, with completion expected…

Funding announced for Springfield Innovation Center » News 22 WWLP.com The downtown Springfield Innovation Center is finally getting off the ground. The innovation center on Bridge Street has been in the planning stage for years.…

MassMutual removes name from Tower Square in Springfield as new owners reach deal on hotel » The Republican The letters for "MassMutual" are coming down from Tower Square in what was -- given the current state of the sign Wednesday -- an "utual" decision between the insurer and the new owners of the 28-stor…

Education

UML cleared to sell West Campus in Chelmsford » Lowell Sun Special legislation allowing UMass Lowell recoup the sales proceeds of its abandoned West Campus cleared the state Legislature and was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker Thursday.…

College of St. Joseph in Vermont is put on probation because of financial woes » Boston Globe The College of St. Joseph, a small liberal arts school in Rutland, Vt., that has considered closure because of financial difficulties, has been placed on probation by regional accreditors, the accredi…

Jane Fonda donates papers to Smith College » Boston Globe There’s a 2014 note from Dolly Parton, who wants to know if Jane Fonda has read the supermarket tabloid story “where you hate me and I hate you.”…

Salaries make up half of Methuen schools deficit » Eagle Tribune Roughly half of the school department's nearly $3.8 million budget deficit came from salaries, wages and stipends, according to a new cost breakdown released Tuesday. New calculations released by the …

Environment

Advocates say clean energy bill falls short » Gloucester Times Expanding wind power, requiring utilities to buy more renewable energy and accelerating repairs to tens of thousands of leaks along natural gas pipelines are among new rules aimed at keeping the state…

After 10 years, Massasoit State Park to reopen campground » South Coast Today For the first time in a decade, campers will be able to pitch their tents at Massasoit State Park. The state announced Wednesday the campground at the East Taunton park will reopen Aug. 24 after a clo…

Dighton tackles eroded culvert that causes flooding » Taunton Gazette The town has a received a state grant of almost $100,000 to help address a failing culvert on Briggs Street. According to Town Administrator Mallory Aronstein, the town applied for the $92,346 Culvert…

Federal

Lowell National Historical Park quarter unveiled » Lowell Sun In a few months, a big part of Lowell's story will appear in pockets across the country, woven into a design on the flip-side of a quarter.…

Moulton: Trump Will Try To Micromanage The VA Out Of Existence » WGBH Rep. Seth Moulton criticized the Trump administration’s handling of health coverage for veterans, which he describes as a “chronic problem” in the Department of Veterans Affairs.…

Gaming

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito 'can't wait to see' MGM Springfield, senses momentum and excitement in community » The Republican Although MGM Springfield is not set to open its doors to the public until next week, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Wednesday that she can already feel the "momentum" and excitement that the $960 million…

Health Care

New law offers fresh approach to caring for Alzheimer's patients » Lowell Sun A new state law aims to change the way Alzheimer's Disease diagnoses and treatment are handled in Massachusetts in hopes of addressing what one advocate said is currently the "single largest unaddress…

These Mass. hospital executives have received the biggest raises » Boston Business Journal Executives at many of the region's largest hospitals earned massive raises in the most recent reporting year, according to newly-released federal compensation data.…

Housing

'Driving me nuts:' Senior Fall River residents air Doolan housing grievances » The Herald News About 50 concerned Doolan Apartments residents aired their concerns Tuesday to state Rep. Alan Silvia now that the Fall River Housing Authority, after missing filing deadlines, has begun moving young …

Officials: People living illegally in rented storage units » Boston Herald The city shut down a Massachusetts Avenue storage facility yesterday, saying people are living in rented units — paying a couple hundred dollars rather than the thousands that actual apartments…

Judiciary

Call for judicial oversight hearings renewed » Cape Cod Times Calls for hearings on the state’s criminal justice system have been renewed in the wake of the death of Kevin Quinn, a 32-year-old former U.S. Marine and new father from Mashpee, who was killed…

Clerk-magistrate gets judgeship in Brockton » Mass Lawyers Weekly The assistant clerk-magistrate for Suffolk Superior Court will take a seat on the District Court bench in Brockton after earning approval from the Governor’s Council. Sabine M. Coyne, nominated…

Breathalyzer Results Could Be Thrown Out In More Than 35,000 Mass. Cases » WBUR In a proposed agreement with defense attorneys over the reliability of state breathalyzer equipment, district attorneys in Massachusetts say they will not present evidence from breath tests in what at…

Legislative

Judge denies request for names in Rosenberg spouse’s case » The Recorder A Massachusetts judge on Monday blocked prosecutors’ request for the names of witnesses who cooperated with an internal investigation into former state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and hi…

Local Government

State rep. looks to take back VFW land for city » Medford Patch Rep. Paul Donato is filing legislation to reacquire the VFW from MassDOT for a firefighter training tower.…

Salem Gets Grant To Improve Waterfront Access » Worcester Patch The City of Salem has received a $741,200 grant from the Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council to fund a number of public access improvements along the City's historic waterfront. …

Opinion

Voters in 7th Congressional District must choose wisely » The Bay State Banner Sophisticated citizens always go to the polls on Election Day and they vote for the candidate they believe is most likely to serve their interests. When these interests are complex it becomes more dif…

Marty looks like latest Mass. Democrat with Potomac fever » Boston Herald Picture this, if you can stomach it: Mayor Marty Walsh chomping on a corn dog. It could happen.…

EDITORIAL: 'Old girls' network takes care of members » Lowell Sun "Apparently, according to a Lowell Sun columnist, there's an 'old girls' club running the show here in Massachusetts. I had never heard of such a club until I learned from this column that I was runni…

Politics

East Boston Democrats Endorse U.S. Rep Michael Capuano for Congress » East Boston Times On Sunday at Angela’s Cafe in Orient Heights local leaders in the Democratic Party in East Boston joined with U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano for an informal breakfast to discuss the race, current to…

Mazzarella backs Baker campaign » Sentinel & Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday that he has been endorsed by Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella in his bid for re-election this fall.…

In a heated debate, Pressley launches an offensive against Capuano » Boston Globe City Councilor Ayanna Pressley launched a bristling offensive against Representative Michael Capuano on Wednesday, using the final debate of their hard-fought contest to accuse him of being willing to…

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi holds annual summer picnic » The Republican Massachusetts lawmakers, political candidates, law enforcement officials and others gathered in Forest Park Wednesday for Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi's second annual summer picnic. …

State and local leaders enjoy summer cookout hosted by Hampden County Sheriff » News 22 WWLP.com Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi held his second annual summer picnic Wednesday night. More than 750 people gathered at the Elks Lodge in Springfield for food, raffles, prizes, and networking. All p…

Buckley drops out of race to replace Miceli » Lowell Sun One of two Republican candidates running for state representative in the 19th Middlesex District announced she was dropping out of the race Tuesday.…

Zakim challenges Galvin to his own ‘Progressive Pledge’ in heated secretary of state race » Boston Globe A day after he was challenged in a rancorous, televised debate to sign a People’s Pledge to reject outside campaign spending, Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim said he would.…

Democratic face-off: Essex 14th primary candidates debate region's challenges » Wicked Local North Andover Aside from an occasional below-the-belt jab, the debate between 14th Essex state rep candidates Lisa Yarid Ferry and Christina Minicucci was relatively polite. …

State Senate candidates Jo Comerford, Steve Connor, Chelsea Kline, and Ryan O'Donnell vow to fight poverty and hunger » The Republican For the second night in a row, four Democratic contenders in the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Senate District fielded questions before prospective voters in Franklin County.…

Campaign Notebook: League of Women Voters publishes Voter’s Guide » Gazette Net The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has created an online Voter’s Guide at www.InformedVoterMA.org that provides information about all candidates in the state’s Sept. 4 primary r…

Galvin and Zakim’s first major debate in secretary of state race turned ugly — quickly » Boston Globe The first televised debate between Secretary of State William Galvin and his Democratic challenger, Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, quickly turned into a rancorous battle between the longtime incumb…

Keating among Democrats facing progressive primary challengers » Patriot Ledger Congressman William Keating will face his first primary opponent in six years next month as he and other Democrats across the country face challenges from a new cohort of progressive candidates seekin…

Two man contest for 12th Suffolk state rep » Dorchester Reporter t’s a primary rematch in the 12th Suffolk District, with incumbent state Rep. Dan Cullinane pointing to five years of legislative advocacy for the community and a hefty bank of support from oth…

T-rex, 'Rocky' and recidivism feature in UTEC's 3rd District forum » Lowell Sun At this late stage in the 3rd Congressional District race, with just three weeks until the primary election, voters have had dozens of chances to learn about candidates at meet-and-greets, forums and …

John Kingston uses cash, border trip to boost U.S. Senate bid » Boston Herald With time running out before the primary, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful John Kingston is hoping a $2 million TV ad blitz and a late visit to the U.S.-Mexican border can revive his underdog campaign.…

Senate candidate John Kingston visits the southern border — not far from his timeshare » Boston Globe With just weeks before the US Senate primary, John Kingston spent Wednesday in San Diego — the “front lines of our border,” he said — to speak directly with border patrol age…

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal will debate Tahirah Amatul-Wadud next week » The Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, will debate his Democratic primary challenger Tahirah Amatul-Wadud.…

Public Health

Lawrence bars flavored tobacco from bodegas » Eagle Tribune A year-long campaign by a group of high school students to ban flavored tobacco products from bodegas and other markets where children can buy them bore fruit Tuesday when the Board of Health took the…

Public Safety

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito touts deployment of Mass. crew to combat western wildfires » The Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Wednesday lauded the announcement that firefighters from the Department of Conservation and Recreation and local communities will head to Montana to help combat wildfires ragi…

Mansfield police cadets approved by legislature » The Sun Chronicle The state Senate has enacted and sent to the governor a bill that would permit the town to create police cadets within its law enforcement branch, providing preparation and a possible inside track for…

Mass. firefighters to help combat fires in Western US » Boston Globe A crew of 20 Massachusetts-based firefighters will join other firefighting crews in Montana to protect structures, build fire breaks, and combat the fires that have blazed across the country’s …

In Barnstable County, concern over bringing suboxone into jails » State House News Service

State Finance

Quincy to receive $47 million from FY2019 state budget » Patriot Ledger The city will see more than $47 million in state aid this year that will go help pay for schools, police, fire, local libraries and critical infrastructure. State aid will fund about 15 percent of the…

Transportation

Who will replace Glynn at Massport? » Commonwealth Magazine TOM GLYNN formally announced his resignation on Wednesday as the CEO of the Massachusetts Port Authority, putting one of the best jobs in state government up for grabs.…

Local leaders celebrate completion of intersection at Route 12 » The Landmark On Saturday, Aug. 11, MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver marked the completion of the Intersection Improvements Project at Route 12 and Chocksett Road in Sterling, along with area leaders…

Baker makes case for long-term investments in T » Commonwealth Magazine COMING UNDER FIRE for aging, crumbling infrastructure at the MBTA, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday trumpeted his administration’s long-term investments in public transit and the promise of better…

Map: Here are the 473 bridges in ‘poor’ condition in Mass. » Boston Globe The collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, has left at least 39 people dead, and there’s no doubt it has raised questions about the condition of bridges elsewhere.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Hawke endorses Baker and Polito » The Gardner News

Governor Baker Signs Law Strengthens To State’s Education and Prevention Efforts, Expands Role of Recovery Coaches, and Improves Access To Opioid Treatment » Framingham Source

Governor’s Emergency Response to Opioid Crisis Talk Set for This Week » Cape Cod Today

Bird shuts down flock of local scooters in 'show of good faith' » Boston Business Journal

Polito visits Groton, Shirley to tout MassWorks » Lowell Sun

A decade later, Marshfield Maritime Center unveiled » Patriot Ledger

Achievement list dwindling as dust settles after late-session frenzy » State House News Service

The gloves are off in Secretary of State race » Commonwealth Magazine

AG offers refresher course on open meeting law » South Coast Today

Columnist Jackie Brousseau-Pereira: Elect women to change Legislature’s culture » Gazette Net

Amazon’s silence on HQ2 only stokes more speculation » Boston Globe

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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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