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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate Chelsea Kline

Birthdays: Rep. Theodore Speliotis

Must-Reads

Giuliani: ‘Truth isn’t truth’ » Politico President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Sunday claimed “truth isn’t truth” when trying to explain why the president should not testify for special counsel Robert Mue…

GOP leader mocked for tweet complaining of conservative censorship on Twitter » The Hill Twitter users were quick to point out that Ingraham’s tweet was covered up due to settings in McCarthy’s own Twitter account, not because of a company campaign to silence conservative vo…

Inside Trump’s Judicial Takeover » Rolling Stone How conservative operatives and Senate Republicans are helping the president pack the courts at a record pace …

Fight club: New debate rules for the Trump era » Axios The big picture: "Debates are much more confrontational now," said Ron Klain, a debate-prep guru for every Democratic presidential candidate back to Bill Clinton in 1992."The emphasis has shifted from…

Barack Obama’s summer reading list is everything we need right now » Washington Post It’s the classiest, most passive-aggressive move Barack Obama could make: He posted a list of books he’s been reading on ­Facebook. …

Massachusetts’ Sept. 4 primary is coming up fast » Boston Globe There’s the official answer and the conspiratorial answer. …

Governor Baker turns his back on the innovation economy » Boston Globe Massachusetts, with its vibrant startup scene, is an especially vulnerable target because our state government has been slow to respond. Vermont passed the nation’s first anti-trolling law in 2…

No shortage of millionaires running for 3rd District » The Newburyport News Five of 11 candidates seeking to replace outgoing Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, report assets worth tens of millions of dollars, according to financial disclosures filed recently with the U.S. House of…

Sex, lies and DUIs: GOP dumps oppo on Dem House hopefuls » Politico Dramatized police dispatch calls of a DUI arrest. Allegations of sexual harassment. Court filings reviewing “failed” business investments. Those are attacks leveled against Democratic cong…

Quebec hydro isn’t a good fit for Mass. » Commonwealth Magazine We need closer-to-home renewables that actually reduce emissions …

Democratic push for redistricting commissions gains steam as midterms approach » Washington Post One GOP staffer boasted about cramming “Dem garbage” into four of the five congressional districts that Democrats control today. Another email compared the shape of one district to an obsc…

Dartmouth’s John George Jr. ordered to pay $250K more » South Coast Today Former Dartmouth Selectman John George Jr. was sentenced Friday to five months in prison and ordered to forfeit $250,000 in connection with concealing approximately $2.5 million in cash from the U.S. …

“It’s a fair assumption,” Zakim said in a telephone interview. “It’s not done in the spirit of transparency or openness. . . . It’s not convenient for a lot of voters and it’s just another obstacle to participation.”

Josh Zakim

On The Decision to Hold Primary Elections on September 4th

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Sen. Warren goes On The Record about her opposition to the Trump administration » WCVB Sen. Elizabeth Warren discusses her opposition to the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, the results of Gov. Charlie Baker's time in office, the crushing costs of student loans and speculation that she'll…

Elizabeth Warren’s anti-corruption push seen as latest sign she’ll run for president » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will announce an “anti-corruption” initiative tomorrow at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. — a move political operatives say looks like another…

Business

Worcester always wanted to be a baseball town. Now it has the WooSox » Boston Globe Legend has it that the famed baseball poem “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Thayer was written in Worcester, where he grew up.…

Oceanside names prominent design firm » The Barnstable Patriot The nonprofit group pitching construction of an Oceanside Performing Arts Center in Hyannis is in line for a $200,000 state grant that would allow design work for the proposed project to move forward.…

After a decade of squabbles, BU’s biolab is in business » Boston Globe The package that Elke Mühlberger had been waiting a decade to receive — a gray hard-plastic case a little bigger than a microwave oven — arrived in Boston earlier this month, after tr…

Shelburne Falls business group has new director » The Recorder A former events and program manager with the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce is the new head of the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association.…

Next up for PawSox in Worcester: Managing the construction of a ballpark » Worcester Telegram The Worcester Redevelopment Authority is looking to lay the initial groundwork this week on the process for constructing a 10,000-seat stadium that will eventually be the new home for the Boston Red S…

Tax incentives key for PawSox stadium, land development in Worcester » Worcester Telegram Three tax-relief deals are a central part of the financing plan brought forward by City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. for the redevelopment of the former Wyman-Gordon property near Kelley Square and …

City OKs $1B life science campus at South End’s flower exchange site » Boston Business Journal After more than a year of review, the 5.6-acre, $1 billion Exchange South End project has received formal approval from the Boston Planning and Development Agency.…

Education

College-bound? The fees could end up being a big surprise » Boston Globe It’s turned into something of a summertime ritual: decoding the college bill. Colleges and universities across the country sent out their invoices in recent weeks for the upcoming school year. …

Dental Hygiene grant for MCC » Lowell Sun Middlesex Community College has received a $499,254 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant to renovate and upgrade its Dental Hygiene Clinic and Dental Assisting Laboratory.…

Environment

North Reading Delegation Secures $500,000 For Ipswich River Park » Worcester Patch House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) have successfully secured a $500,000 funding earmark for improvements to Ipswich Rive…

Gaming

With new casino, a big bet on Springfield » Boston Globe Hanging conspicuously in the middle of the new MGM Resorts International casino here is a massive framed picture from 1888, showing every member of the Free and Accepted Masons Lodge, Springfield Comm…

Housing

Fall River Housing Authority, Silvia trade barbs over mixing of seniors and younger residents at Doolan Apartments » The Herald News An informational meeting on placing young disabled residents in facilities historically reserved for seniors, hosted by the Fall River Housing Authority with residents at Doolan Apartments, got heated…

Legislative

Rep. Barrett adjusts to political life as 'backbencher' » Berkshire Eagle If there are things that state Rep. John Barrett III, D-North Adams, would fix about his new political home, he's not saying. …

Beacon Hill Roll Call-Dedham and Westwood » Wicked Local Dedham Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators and representatives’ votes on recent roll calls on overriding Gov. Charlie Baker’s vetoes of items in the $41.88 billion fiscal 2019 state b…

Local Government

Sen. Markey says he sees energy and vision during Fall River waterfront tour » The Herald News On a surprisingly cool Sunday afternoon, as U.S. Sen. Ed Markey looked ahead at the looming Iwo Jima replica memorial — to his left the Gold Star Families Memorial in black granite with gold le…

Weekly Top Reads: Sail Loft Fire, Friends of Cutillo Park, Turf vs. Grass, Short-Term Rentals Hold Up, Madonna Della Cava Photos and Tour De Fat » North End Waterfront This week’s top posts on NorthEndWaterfront.com featured businesses, local groups, real estate, events and more! Read on below to see the most popular articles of the past week.…

Attleboro employees run afoul of state law, councilor runs afoul of mayor » The Sun Chronicle City workers ran afoul of state laws that govern the use of herbicides along roads last month and were ordered to stop all weed killing activities by the state’s Department of Agricultural Reso…

Opinion

When it comes to the MBTA’s commuter rail, privatization isn’t the problem » Boston Globe Would the Bay State’s commuter rail system really be better off if the MBTA took over its operation rather than paying a private company to run the trains?…

The Violence Against Women Act is in peril » Boston Globe Days after a Colorado man made a public plea for the safe return of his missing pregnant wife and their two daughters, he was arrested and charged with killing them.…

From child refugee to Green Beret - to a seat in Congress? » Boston Globe HISTORICAL REFERENCES CROP up with surprising frequency when you talk to Joe Schneider. I spent some time recently with Schneider, the Republican businessman and former Green Beret who is challenging …

Keeping every option on opioid treatment » Boston Globe Tucked into the comprehensive opioid legislation that Governor Charlie Baker signed into law this week was a pilot program for the state to treat inmates suffering from opioid addiction with medicatio…

Our Opinion: State shows initiative in Alzheimer's fight » Berkshire Eagle Alzheimer's disease may not be an affliction that Americans put on their front burner of health care concerns, particularly with the rise of environmentally caused cancers, the opioid epidemic and the…

President Trump renews attacks on voter rights » Boston Globe PRESIDENT TRUMP IS AGAIN pushing for voter identification laws. This unsettling fact was lost in the wave of snark that followed Trump’s bizarre comment about shoppers needing a photo ID to buy…

Reclaiming an island gem in Boston Harbor » Boston Globe ON A MAP, Peddocks Island looks a little like the cartoon Tweety Bird. There’s the big head, where the Harbor Islands ferry docks; a long, skinny neck, where some 20 seasonal fishing shacks sti…

We’re not the enemy of the people — and most of you know that » Boston Globe Until recently, it had barely crossed my mind that any thoughtful person would consider a free press “the enemy of the people.”…

Pillsbury: The fashioning of a modern day ‘Reefer Madness’ » The Metro West Daily News Next week, at the Framingham City Council Meeting, members will be presented with options to restrict cannabis sales and the locations and amount of retail shops, including accessory shops.…

Howie Carr: Primary colors Gov. Baker’s attitude toward Trump » Boston Herald The primary elections in Massachusetts are just 16 days away, and suddenly, Gov. Charlie “Tall Deval” Baker is not nearly as … disappointed in President Trump as he usually is.…

Politics

Voting records rise as issue » Lowell Sun Voting histories for two candidates in the race for state representative of the 19th Middlesex District have raised some eyebrows, but the candidates say this doesn't detract from why they are fit to …

Longtime Suffolk district attorney Dan Conley endorses candidate Greg Henning » Boston Globe Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley officially endorsed veteran prosecutor Greg Henning Saturday morning, an announcement that was long expected but makes clear whom the sitting incumbent wants…

Mass. politicians look ahead to primary contests » Worcester Telegram With their formal session wrapped up for the year, Beacon Hill lawmakers can spend more time in their districts talking to constituents and preparing for the fall elections — starting with the …

John Kingston’s War on Corn Dogs: Weekly Recap of Beacon Hill » New Boston Post Flip on the Red Sox game and there’s Lori Trahan, gabbing with Third District voters in a diner. Turn on CNN, and you’re likely to see Governor Charlie Baker shaking someone’s han…

Retiring Rep. Steve Kulik endorses Democrat Natalie Blais in 1st Franklin race; 'Berniecrat' candidates lash out » The Republican Of seven Democratic candidates in the 1st Franklin House District, retiring Rep. Stephen Kulik this week endorsed Natalie Blais, a former congressional aide who now heads up the Franklin County Chambe…

Massachusetts’ Sept. 4 primary is coming up fast » Boston Globe Ah, the day after Labor Day. The coffee-fueled scramble to kick into gear at work after a long holiday weekend. The frantic preparations to get kids ready for school. The wrenching heartache of leavin…

Nurse staffing question splits Heroux, Hawkins » The Sun Chronicle A controversial November ballot question that has split two major nursing organizations is also dividing mayor and former state Rep. Paul Heroux and his successor in the state Legislature, Jim Hawkin…

Primary election season quiet in Weymouth » Wicked Local Weymouth There are contested primary election races heating up in the Senate, Congress, and gubernatorial contest, but local legislators seeking the nomination of their political party to run in the November e…

Garry, Heisey in contentious primary race for state rep » The Valley Dispatch Second in a series of stories profiling legislative races that will be decided Sept. 4.…

Gonzalez campaigns at Progressive Democrats’ picnic in Amherst » Gazette Net As a self-described champion of the little guy, one of the Democratic candidates for governor sought Sunday to use incumbent Gov. Charlie Baker’s height against him.…

Sole GOP candidate in 3rd Congressional District race walks fine line on Trump » Wicked Local Weymouth Rick Green, the only Republican candidate in the 3rd Congressional District race, is keeping his distance from President Donald Trump.…

Kulik gets backlash for endorsing Blais from other candidates » The Recorder State Rep. Stephen Kulik’s endorsement Thursday of Natalie Blais in the Democratic primary race to be his successor was met with quick and sharp rebukes from some of the other six contenders fo…

3rd District candidates release new ads » Sentinel & Enterprise MAYOR DEAN MAZZARELLA objected to Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash calling him an "old friend."…

Malden Democrats out in full force at annual BBQ » Wicked Local Malden Democrats came out in large numbers to attend last Thursday’s Annual Malden Democratic City Committee BBQ at Anthony’s of Malden.…

Dozens of Local Leaders Endorse Senator Lewis For Re?Election » Worcester Patch Over 60 current and former elected officials from around the Fifth Middlesex District have endorsed State Senator Jason Lewis for re‐election, citing his consistent and passionate advocacy for th…

Most local state lawmakers are on a glide path to reelection — but there are a few with challenges » Boston Globe Incumbency rules on Beacon Hill and in the rest of the Boston area, where the majority of state legislators will not face a challenge on primary day, Sept. 4, nor on Election Day, Nov. 6.…

SECRETARY OF DEBATE – GLYNN departing Massport – CAPUANO and PRESSLEY’s final showdown tonight » Politico The first and only debate between Secretary of State Bill Galvin and his challenger Josh Zakim delivered on the fireworks Tuesday night, revealing how contentious the race for constitutional office ha…

Counterprotesters meet Boston Free Speech rally group at City Hall » Boston Globe About 30 right-wing activists who had planned a “free speech” rally on Boston’s City Hall Plaza faced off Saturday with about 300 counterprotesters in a war of words that became the…

Fine, probation ordered in megaphone-shoving incident before Warren town hall » Berkshire Eagle A New York man who shoved a megaphone into the mouth of a U.S. Senate candidate last month has been fined and placed on probation for his role in the incident…

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge endorses Chelsea Kline in state Senate race » The Republican A leading Massachusetts progressive has endorsed Chelsea Kline in the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Senate District race.…

Ballots in towns that hand count votes lack write-in spaces » The Recorder The Sept. 4 primary ballot in 10 of the smaller communities in the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District where votes are counted by hand won’t have space specifically designated for a writ…

Amatul-Wadud, Neal to meet in 2 debates » The Recorder Congressman Richard Neal and progressive challenger Tahirah Amatul-Wadud will participate in two televised debates in the days leading up to the Sept. 4 Democratic primary.…

Ayanna Pressley Supports The Sam Adams Boycott » WGBH City Councilor and congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley offered her support for Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone’s boycott of the Boston Beer Company, after the maker of Sam Adams praised Pres…

Five Democrats vie for Donoghue Senate seat » Lowell Sun Who will succeed Eileen Donoghue as the next state senator of the Mill City and area towns?…

Star Massachusetts Democrats campaign out of state while snubbing governor hopefuls at home » Boston Herald Massachusetts’ Democratic stars are focusing their powerful campaign juggernauts on anti-Trump candidates in congressional battlegrounds across the country — leaving their own state 

Public Health

Inside an addiction-treatment clinic where walk-ins are welcome » Boston Globe At a wooden table still damp from the previous night’s rain, Adam Carreira smokes a cigarette and talks about how he’s breaking his mother’s heart.…

Overdose awareness vigil held in Holyoke » News 22 WWLP.com A Holyoke overdose awareness vigil celebrated life by coming together in the face of an opioid epidemic.…

Public Safety

March from Worcester to Springfield aims to put pressure on gun manufacturer » Gazette Net They’ll march more than 50 miles from Worcester’s City Hall to Smith and Wesson’s Springfield headquarters to advocate for better gun laws and draw attention to the nationwide pro…

Bristol County Sheriff To Meet With White House To Discuss Local Cooperation With ICE » WBUR Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is scheduled to meet with senior White House officials Monday to discuss policies on illegal immigration and local cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforc…

State Government

State works to implement new automatic voter registration law » Sentinel & Enterprise Local city and town clerks are looking for guidance as the state develops methods and regulations to automatically register eligible voters in time for the 2020 presidential elections.…

Polito stops in Lowell to talk economic development, opioids » Lowell Sun Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito sat in the back of Owl Diner Saturday, nestled among Mayor William Samaras, City Councilor Rita Mercier and other officials. Due to the rain, what was supposed to be a review of …

Utilities

Intervenors Slam New England EDCs’ Gas Play at FERC » RTO Insider Critics are attacking the motives of New England’s major utilities, which last month asked FERC to clarify its July 2 order denying an ISO-NE request to waive certain Tariff provisions to keep …

US says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative » Boston Globe Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the United States, the Trump administration declares in a major new policy statement that threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns …

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 8/20

Birthdays: Rep. Theodore Speliotis

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate Chelsea Kline

Tuesday - 8/21

5:30pm Meet & Greet with Congressional Candidate Rick Green

5:30pm Fundraiser for Rep. Keiko Orrall for State Treasurer

6:00pm Sharon Reception for Lt. Gov. Candidate Quentin Palfrey

Wednesday - 8/22

Birthdays: Senator Joan Lovely

4:30pm Meet & Greet with Middlesex District Attorney Candidate Donna Patalano

5:30pm Reception for State Auditor Candidate Helen Brady

5:30pm Reception for Secretary of State Candidate Anthony Amore with Gov. Charlie Baker

5:30pm Wine & Cheese Reception for State Rep. Candidate Gretchen Van Ness

6:30pm Host Committee Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Alyson Sullivan

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

6:30pm Summer Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Norman Orrall

Thursday - 8/23

Birthdays: Rep. Joseph McGonagle, Jr.

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Boston Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Chelsea Kline

5:30pm Young Professionals for Maura Healey

6:00pm Race to the Finish Rally for State Rep. Candidate Pete Capano

6:30pm Grilling with Congressional Candidate Rick Green

Friday - 8/24

10:00am Executive Office of Health and Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

5:00pm Meet & Greet with State Rep. Candidate Alison Demong


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