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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Birthdays: Rep. Russell Holmes

Must-Reads

Health insurance rates to increase 4.2 percent next year » Boston Globe Health insurance rates will rise an average of 4.2 percent next year for individuals and small businesses buying coverage in Massachusetts, state officials said Thursday. …

For Unions, A ‘Which Side Are You On’ Moment » Politico Magazine Randi Weingarten says there’s an upside of being a year and a half into the most anti-organized labor administration in modern history and just two months removed a Supreme Court decision which…

Affordable housing a focus in next rount of Boston CPA funds » State House News Service Boston's Community Preservation Committee has launched a second round of funding, with $22 million available, for projects around the city that will promote affordable housing, historic preservation a…

Criminal justice deal faces steep Senate hurdles despite Trump’s push » Politico Criminal justice reform advocates are escalating their push to shake loose a bipartisan prisons bill backed by President Donald Trump that's been stalled in the Senate — despite few signs that …

To Treat Alzheimer's Patients, Massachusetts Now Requires More Doctor and Nurse Training » Governing Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a law to improve the way doctors diagnose and care for Alzheimer's patients.…

L'Italien fails to list assets in campaign reports » Eagle Tribune BOSTON — Democrat Barbara L'Italien failed to disclose the source of a $70,000 loan to her congressional campaign in an official disclosure, but acknowledged this week she’d taken the mo…

In governor's race, Democrats lean left while Charlie Baker contends with far right » The Metro West Daily News In governor's race, Democrats lean left while Charlie Baker contends with far right …

Baker faces pushback over fundraiser for Lyons » Eagle Tribune Gov. Charlie Baker will headline a fundraising event for Andover state Rep. Jim Lyons, which has drawn criticism from Democrats and liberal groups who point out that the Republican conservative has bu…

Trump blames D.C. officials for postponing his planned military parade;Bowser responds his plan was ‘sad’ » Washington Post “Yup, I’m Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrati…

Trump criticizes Boston Globe in wake of editorials supporting the free press » Boston Globe President Trump lashed out Thursday at The Boston Globe and renewed his attacks on the media after more than 400 newspapers published editorials defending the role of the free press and condemning his…

What the Capuano-Pressley Primary Says About Boston » Boston Magazine Fiercely liberal congressional candidates Mike Capuano and Ayanna Pressley agree on almost everything—which means that no matter who wins the Democratic nomination, the outcome is more a reflec…

“I have said unilaterally that under no conditions will I take or benefit from dark money…He should simply just say yes to taking the ‘People’s Pledge,’ but I am still reviewing the proposal.”

Secretary of State William Galvin

On his opponent Josh Zakim.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

The Globe’s Editorial Push Has Gotten Under Trump’s Skin » Boston Magazine It’s not clear yet if the Boston Globe’s call for newspapers around the country to defend the concept of a free press in their editorial pages—a call that more than 350 publicatio…

Business

Appeal of art sale lawsuit 'frivolous,' museum attorney says » Berkshire Eagle A Berkshire Museum lawyer wants three justices to dismiss the only remaining legal challenge to its ongoing art sales. …

What does Massachusetts' noncompete reform mean for you? » The Republican Massachusetts recently passed a law restricting the use of noncompete agreements. Noncompetes, which prohibit employees from working for a competitor after they leave their job, are used by companies …

Taunton chamber to host Business Breakfast » Taunton Gazette The Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Cranberry Chamber, will hold a Business Breakfast with Rep. Keiko Orrall on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Stoneforge Restaurant. Registration is a…

Developers revamp plans for L Street Power Station project » Boston Globe Amid concerns that their original plans to transform the L Street Power Station would overwhelm its South Boston neighborhood, developers hoping to transform the shuttered plant have come back with a …

Two Mass. chambers buck trend with double-digit membership growth » Boston Business Journal Bucking the trend reported by the majority of the organizations on this year’s BBJ list of the Largest Chambers of Commerce in Massachusetts, the regional chambers located in Newton/Needham and…

Here’s what developers are planning for Southie’s Edison power plant » Boston Business Journal The developers set to transform the decommissioned Edison power plant in South Boston have scaled back their original plans for the 15-acre site, reducing the total number of housing units and the hei…

Mural festival seeks to make Lynn a destination for public art » Boston Globe Bachata blaring in the background, Ruben Ubiera took a puff of a cigarette and stared long and hard at his latest mural. His studio is located in Miami’s Wynwood, an international destination f…

Boston Herald lays off most of its advertising reps » Boston Business Journal The Boston Herald will lay off nine advertising representatives — more than half the department — in what's being called a "consolidation" with others newspapers that are owned by its pa…

McDonald’s and Franchisees Investing Approximately $143 Million in Massachusetts To Modernize More Than 140 Local Restaurants in 2018 & 2019 » Nasdaq Today, McDonald's announced that the company and its franchisees are investing approximately $143M in Massachusetts throughout 2018 and 2019 on the construction and modernization of 140 McDonald's res…

Get ready to cheer for the Woosox » Commonwealth Magazine

Crimes

Springfield man indicted on murder charges after bodies of 3 women found at his home » Boston Globe A grand jury on Thursday indicted a Springfield man on charges of murder, rape, and strangulation, alleging he attacked 11 victims in a one-man crime spree that began in the spring of 2017 and continu…

Domestic Relations

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito: Domestic violence trainings are increasing sensitivity in family court » The Republican

Environment

OneCape summit a strategy session on coastal impacts » Cape Cod Times There are 78 coastal communities in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker reminded participants at the annual OneCape summit Thursday. “I happen to live in one of them — in Swampscott,”…

Tape Grass Has Returned to Cheshire Reservoir » iBerkshires The state has mandated that a harvester be used to again remove the invasive tape weed from Cheshire Reservoir. "I don't want money. I want people, I want trucks, and I want a backhoe because they hav…

On Cape Cod, wary beachgoers learn to swim at their own risk » Boston Globe One day after a shark seriously injured a New York man in the waters off a remote Cape Cod beach here — a feeding ground for seals and the site of frequent shark activity — the ocean was…

Advocates say clean energy bill falls short » The Newburyport News 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 stat…

Health Care

Governor Baker Signs Law Strengthening Alzheimer’s and Dementia Treatment in Massachusetts » Framingham Source Massachuetts Governor Baker today, August 15, was joined by members of the Administration, Legislature and healthy aging community today at the ceremonial signing of H.4116 An Act relative to Alzheime…

Housing

Boston proposes $10M plan to help house homeless » Boston Herald Boston is aiming to build over 200 more small-sized units of permanent supportive housing for the long-term homeless as the city struggles with rising housing costs and works to end chronic homelessne…

Boston activists strategize on housing affordability » The Bay State Banner The boom times for Boston’s building trades show no signs of abating, with high-end towers such as One Dalton Street advertising units for as much as $40 million.…

Judiciary

Governor's Council approves new judge for Brockton District Court » The Enterprise Sabine Coyne, a North Attleboro resident, was approved for the judicial post just under a month after she was nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker in July.…

Thousands convicted of OUI could seek new trials under tentative deal on breathalyzers » Boston Globe Thousands of Massachusetts defendants convicted of drunken driving from June 2011 to August 2017 could seek new trials without prosecutors using potentially flawed breathalyzer evidence against them, …

Labor

Lockouts appear to be giving employers more clout as union strikes fade » Boston Globe When National Grid locked out 1,250 Massachusetts gas workers in the predawn hours of June 25, the state’s largest gas utility landed another blow in a power struggle between labor and manageme…

Legislative

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…

Local Government

Quincy residents: Seawall proposal not good enough » Patriot Ledger Nearly six months after a frigid and devastating storm surge forced dozens of Houghs Neck and Adams Shore residents from their homes, Quincy officials are looking to rebuild and raise the the seawall …

Worcester officials to hold announcement on PawSox deal Friday » The Republican Worcester officials will make a major announcement Friday afternoon related to the city's bid to become the new home of the Pawtucket Red Sox.…

Firm addressing contamination at 2 Newton Centre sites » Wicked Local Newton Tenants and state Rep. Ruth Balser expressed their concerns at a recent City Hall meeting, as environmental specialists detailed what was being done to mitigate contamination problems at two Newton Ce…

Marijuana

Medicine woman: Karen Munkacy leads the way on medical marijuana » Boston Business Journal As a board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Karen Munkacy thought she understood pain. Then she was diagnosed with breast cancer.…

Opinion

Interfaith Leaders Are Against The Hospital Merger That Would Create A Second Mass. Health Care Giant » WBUR Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) determined that the proposed merger between Partners HealthCare and Massachusetts Eye and Ear is likely to increase Massachusetts co…

EDITORIAL: July opioid surge dampens progress » Lowell Sun An aberration or troubling trend? It's a question the area's Emergency Medical Services community faces in light of the startling uptick in opioid-related incidents recorded in July.…

Dementia-Reporting Bill Will Help Us All » Lynn Journal Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a landmark bill this past week that has been hailed as a first-in-the-nation effort to require that medical professionals undergo training in the diagnosis, treatmen…

Boston owes parents some clarity on schools » Boston Globe The Back to School signs are everywhere — above the notebooks, the clothes, the backpacks. Parents and students are on that late summer cusp, when denial is still an option.…

LETTER: Gonzalez and Palfrey, strong advocates for children » Wicked Local Arlington This year’s primary election on Sept. 4 offers significant choices that will affect our children’s futures. Two strong advocates for children are Jay Gonzalez (for governor) and Quentin …

How will Dems pay for their campaign promises? » Boston Globe Listening to the two Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls talk about all they hope to do, I’ve found myself thinking: Sounds interesting — but what will it all cost and how will it be paid …

OUR VIEW: Westport cannabis farming plan deserves consideration » South Coast Today Town officials in Westport fielded an interesting proposal last week from local farmer Averyl Andrade.…

Editorial: Business community must reject attacks on the press » Boston Business Journal It's no exaggeration to say that the country has seldom needed the voice of the business community more than it does now.…

Ignoring the benefits of supervised injection facilities isn’t just callous. It’s deadly » Boston Globe To measure the full toll of the opioid epidemic on Massachusetts, you must first understand one thing: Death is just the beginning.…

The dangerous Trump hoax: Eroding trust in the press » Boston Globe What is the difference between the “Great Moon Hoax” of 1835 and the “Mueller Hoax” of 2018? The “moon hoax” was pure fiction, a fabulously successful six-part seri…

Viewpoint: Why the Green Line extension will help business » Boston Business Journal Last month, the MBTA finally broke ground on a project that has been years in the making: the 4.7 mile Green Line extension through Somerville and Medford.…

Ned Bristol: Newspapers' editorial effort against Trump could backfire » The Sun Chronicle

As I See It: Senator Chandler's leadership standing for reform, families, access, immigrants and women's rights » Worcester Telegram

Editorial: Elect Mindy Domb in 3rd Hampshire District » Gazette Net

Politics

Healey endorses Forde for Suffolk County Deeds seat » Dorchester Reporter Attorney General Maura Healey has thrown her endorsement weight to a woman who hopes to unseat Suffolk County Register of Deeds Stephen Murphy next month. Katie Forde, a senior paralegal at Todd & Wel…

Massie, Gonzalez try to create daylight between themselves during gubernatorial debate » Boston Globe The two self-styled progressive Democrats who are running for governor tried to create some daylight between themselves, chiefly over their experience, while taking the occasional swipe at the Republi…

Policy differences emerge between gubernatorial candidates Bob Massie, Jay Gonzalez on rent control, congestion pricing » The Republican A handful of policy differences emerged in a debate between Democratic gubernatorial candidates Bob Massie and Jay Gonzalez Thursday evening.…

Gov candidate Gonzalez, 3rd District hopefuls to protest Andover rep's fundraiser with Baker » Lowell Sun Calling Gov. Charlie Baker's support for conservative state lawmaker Rep. Jim Lyons "reprehensible," Democrat for governor Jay Gonzalez announced plans Wednesday to protest outside a fundraiser in And…

Bernie Sanders’s political group endorses Bob Massie for Massachusetts governor » Boston.com Our Revolution Massachusetts, the local branch of the grassroots organization launched by Sen. Bernie Sanders, is backing the underdog in the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary race.…

Anatomy of a smear » Commonwealth Magazine SECRETARY OF STATE William Galvin has not survived 43 years in the rough and tumble arena of Massachusetts politics by being meek. So when there’s a threat to his fiefdom, he does what most suc…

Gap widens in district attorney campaign contributions » The Bay State Banner Suffolk County district attorney candidate Greg Henning has the largest war-chest in the race, so far having raised almost $200,000 more than his closest rival as of the candidates’ July 31 fil…

Special election in Rockland Nov. 6 will replace selectmen caught up in sex scandal » Patriot Ledger A special election to fill two vacancies on the board of selectmen will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the same day as the state election.…

A close encounter of the public service kind: Mike Dukakis, at 84, still walking the walk » Boston Globe In the distance, I saw a lonely figure in a blue-collared shirt and khaki pants bent over, reaching toward the ground.…

Bob Massie: Baker Gets An 'F' On Climate Change » WBUR It's less than three weeks until the Massachusetts primaries, with two Democrats facing off in the governor's race.…

Tingle pausing campaign after mother's death » State House News Service Lieutenant governor candidate Jimmy Tingle is putting his campaign on pause until next week after the death of his mother on Wednesday.…

Public Health

Marlborough mom organizing march, vigil at Purdue Pharma's HQ » The Metro West Daily News Cheryl Juaire - whose son Corey Merrill died from an overdose in 2011 - is organizing a march and vigil at Purdue Pharma’s Stamford, Connecticut headquarters. Purdue is the marker of OxyContin …

Gov. Baker sees progress in drug crisis » Cape Cod Times Days after signing the second major bill of his administration dealing with opioid abuse prevention and treatment, Gov. Charlie Baker told those on the front lines of the Cape and Islands drug crisis …

Public Safety

New tack in Ashby police station push: Write Baker » Sentinel & Enterprise As the town's nearly 50-year-old police station continues to deteriorate, town officials and the police chief are excited about a $6 million allocation for the construction of a new station that was i…

Koutoujian, other sheriffs look to assist inmates addicted to opiates » Lowell Sun As five sheriffs work to establish a pilot program to expand medication-assisted treatment for inmates addicted to opiates, the Barnstable County sheriff's office has brought new voices to the discuss…

Transportation

Blue Bikes Are Coming To Mattapan, Roslindale And More Parts Of Dorchester » WBUR Blue Bikes will soon be cruising through new neighborhoods in Boston — areas advocates say have been a dead zone for docked bike share.…

Frustrated Elected Officials Call for Another MassDot Meeting Regarding Traffic » East Boston Times

Utilities

NRC: Pilgrim staff worked more hours than allowed » Cape Cod Times Personnel at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station worked more hours than allowed by federal regulations on 19 occasions, according to the latest inspection report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, anal…

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4608 - An Act directing the City of Boston Police Department to waive the maximum age requirement for police officers for Hugh Trong Ngo

HB 4403 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Bethany Ryan, an employee of the Hampshire County Sheriff's Department

HB 4030 - An Act relative to special police officers in the town of Burlington

HB 4554 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Jodi Cipriano, an employee of the Department of Developmental Services

Most read bills of the week:

HB4732 - An Act relative to economic development in the commonwealth

HB4742 - An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction

HB4889 - A message from His Excellency the Governor returning portions of the engrossed Bill relative to economic development in the commonwealth (House No. 4732)

HB4725 - An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction

HB4884 - A message from His Excellency the Governor returning portions of the engrossed Bill promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity (House No. 4835)

HB4835 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

HB4800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

HB4470 - An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction

SB2609 - An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction

HB4833 - A Message from His Excellency the Governor returning with recommendation of amendment of certain sections contained in the engrossed Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2019 for the maintenance of the departments, boards, commissions, institutions and certain activities of the Commonwealth, for interest, sinking fund and serial bond requirements and for certain permanent improvements (see House, No. 4800). July 26, 2018.

House Actions This Week: 95

Senate Actions This Week: 23


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