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Beth Israel, Lahey attack report that predicts hospital merger will raise prices » Boston Globe In a filing released Monday, hospital leaders responded to a critical analysis last month from the state Health Policy Commission, which said uniting the hospital systems could raise costs by as much …

House Dems PAC showers $$ on eight incumbents » State House News Service In a sign of which House primary races may be worth watching over the next two weeks, the political action committee controlled by House Speaker Robert DeLeo made its first round of donations earlier …

Nangle again crosses party lines to back Baker » State House News Service As Gov. Charlie Baker looks to make bipartisanship as much a hallmark of his re-election campaign as it has been a theme used by the administration, Lowell Rep. David Nangle stepped up Saturday as the…

Will Backing Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Help Or Hurt Red-State Democrats? » FiveThirtyEight The poll is a point in favor of the argument that some red-state Senate Democrats have more to lose by voting for Kavanaugh and demoralizing die-hard Democratic voters than by voting against him and r…

Forecast Calls for Legislative Paralysis in the Next Congress » Keeping in mind that it is almost always easier to stop something than to pass something, we should first expect legislative paralysis to get even worse than today. Even if Democrats win big in the Ho…

Why ‘Medicare for all’ is playing poorly in Democratic primaries » Politico Many Democratic candidates who made that a centerpiece of their campaigns in key districts this year lost their primaries, in some cases getting clobbered by rivals who offered vaguer health care plan…

Editorial endorsement: Geoff Diehl a strong challenge for Liz Warren » Boston Herald State Rep. Geoff Diehl has proven to be an indefatigable defender of the taxpayer, building coalitions and listening to his constituents. As evidenced by his political career so far, there is no fight…

Bryon Hefner made hundreds of harassing phone calls to his treatment facility, police say » Boston Globe Bryon Hefner, who’s already facing charges of sexually assaulting multiple men, made hundreds of harassing phone calls to a Lincoln treatment facility over several weeks when he was a patient t…

“I pay attention to the people, not the party,”

Attorney General Maura Healey

Speaking about City Councilor Ayanna Pressley in the primary for Massachusetts’ 7th congressional seat.

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Beltway Politics

Mass. pols Evan Falchuk, Scott Harshbarger try to 'flip Congress' with online donor site » The Republican Two Massachusetts politicians who have spent time in Democratic and independent party circles are launching a new national effort to flip Congress into Democratic hands in 2018.…

Business

Expanding Wi-Fi in Tanzania: Facebook’s local office adds to global Internet push » Boston Globe Facebook has been working assiduously to solve a vexing problem: How to extend Internet access to areas of the world where connections are unreliable or nonexistent? The tech giant, eager to boost the…

Tariffs making it hard for Western Massachusetts business to buy U.S. steel, sales manager says » The Republican The sales manager for a family-owned business that employs 13 people said Monday that steel tariffs announced by President Donald J. Trump's administration in March -- designed to bolster the domestic…

What Does $100 Get You? Not As Much In Mass., Report Says » CBS Boston In Massachusetts, $100 just doesn't go as far.…

Shirley Leung named interim editorial page editor at The Boston Globe » Boston Globe Shirley Leung, a Boston Globe columnist who has explored topics ranging from business and politics to gender issues in the workplace, will become interim editorial page editor, replacing Ellen Clegg, …

Farmland heirs get a break in state bond bill » The Recorder The state’s $2.4 billion environmental bond that was approved last month is a grab bag of green goodies, from farmland preservation programs to farm energy initiatives, even if a Senate version…

Education

Charter battle heats up in New Bedford » Commonwealth Magazine Voters may have soundly defeated a ballot question two years ago to raise the cap on charters, but there is plenty of room in some communities under the existing cap to add more charter school seats. …

Schools, police back $72M Gov. Charlie Baker proposal on school safety » Boston Herald Bay State superintendents and local police chiefs rallied yesterday behind a proposal from Gov. Charlie Baker’s office to dedicate $72 million in new school safety spending ahead of the upcomin…

Gov. Baker Leads School Safety Discussion In Burlington » CBS Boston With kids going back to school, Governor Charlie Baker is pushing a plan to spend tens of millions of dollars to improve mental health services in the classroom.…

Marty Walsh tells Wentworth grads: Take ownership in our democracy » Boston Herald Fresh off a series of campaign trips across the Midwest, Mayor Martin J. Walsh used a commencement speech at the Wentworth Institute of Technology to urge graduates to “take ownership in our dem…

Environment

AG Healey joins coalition of 23 states, counties and cities in opposing Trump administration’s plan to censor science at EPA » Sampan Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joined a coalition of leaders from 23 states, counties, and cities in calling on Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler t…

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.6 Million to 247 Municipalities to Increase Recycling » Framingham Source Aiming to strengthen recycling programs across Massachusetts and increase public awareness, the Baker-Polito Administration today awarded more than $2.6 million in recycling grants to 247 Massachusett…

Mass DEP awards SouthCoast recycling grants » South Coast Today The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has awarded recycling program grants to the towns of Fairhaven ($12,100), Marion ($750), Mattapoisett ($5,400) and New Bedford ($84,500). The m…

Salem, other communities get boosts for recycling programs » Salem News State officials cut $2.6 million in checks to towns and cities across Massachusetts yesterday, and they paper-clipped a pretty straight-forward message for communities to share.…

Gaming

Massachusetts Gaming Commission's Past 'Suitability' Decision May Be Warning To Wynn » Forbes The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is expected to make a decision later this summer on Wynn Resorts' suitability to operate a casino. Wynn, with plans to open Encore Boston Harbor in June 2019…

As MGM Springfield opens, fall groundbreaking planned for East Windsor casino » MassLive The Native American tribes that own Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun say they plan a fall groundbreaking at their planned East Windsor casino.…

Health Care

Hospitals say merger will save up to $270 million » Salem News A proposed merger between Beth Israel and Lahey Health will save millions of dollars a year in health care costs, according to hospital officials — the exact opposite conclusion of last month's…

Immigration

Judge grills ACLU, government in immigration case » Boston Globe Lawyers for immigrants trying to avoid deportation as they seek legal status were challenged Monday by a federal judge who suggested the federal government had the right to detain and deport any immig…

Some au pairs, in US through this visa program, say they’re treated worse than a pet » Boston Globe In addition to child care, they were forced to cook, clean, and do laundry, the au pairs said. One had to sleep in the dog’s play area in the basement. Another had so little time to visit the b…

Legislative

Bryon Hefner pleads guilty to harassing calls » Boston Herald The estranged husband of former state Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg pleaded guilty yesterday to making hundreds of harassing calls while he was in a psychiatric hospital, bombarding four hospi…

Bryon Hefner pleads guilty to making hundreds of prank calls to his treatment facility » MassLive Bryon Hefner, while facing sexual assault charges in Suffolk Superior Court, pleaded guilty to making hundreds of prank phone calls to his treatment facility.…

Local Government

A reminder from Provincetown: Pilgrims stopped here first » Boston Globe With preparations under way to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing, Provincetown wants everyone to remember: We were first.…

In Quincy, thousands celebrate August Moon Festival » Wicked Local Coddington Street in Quincy Center was shut down Sunday for a celebration of the harvest and the moon as symbols of prosperity, happiness and harmony in Asian culture. Put on by Quincy Asian Resource…

Failed PawSox bid draws some publicity for Weymouth » The Patriot Ledger Mayor Robert Hedlund said he hopes the town’s failed bid to attract the Pawtucket Red Sox to the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station will potentially spur interest from other teams and deve…

Club to pay $36m toward $86m stadium » Commonwealth Magazine Most of money is in lease payments of $1m/year for 30 years …

'An incredible story:' Worcester stakeholders react to city winning PawSox sweepstakes » MassLive

Marijuana

Pot businesses line up to open up shop in Worcester » Worcester Business Journal The number of recreational cannabis retail stores in Worcester could eventually surpass its number of Dunkin' Donuts stores.…

State set to finally review marijuana-testing labs » Boston Business Journal

Opinion

After latest shocking sex abuse report, Pope Francis must lead » Boston Globe POPE FRANCIS has been a powerful voice for the poor. For refugees. He has eased the Catholic Church’s rigid views on divorce and homosexuality. He has insisted we take action on climate change.…

No exceptions when it comes to politicians and free press » Boston Globe IF THE PRESS is not the enemy of the people, shouldn’t that dictum also cover those people who attended two recent community meetings hosted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?…

Security clearances should terminate with government employment » Boston Globe PRESIDENT TRUMP apparently thinks that stripping former high-ranking national security officials of their security clearances will stem the avalanche of criticism that he and his administration absorb…

EDITORIAL: Gov. Baker is clear choice for GOP » Lowell Sun Massachusetts voters have a clear choice in the Sept. 4 primary to elect our Republican candidate for governor. Incumbent Charlie Baker and his challenger, ultra-conservative pastor Scott Lively, are …

Tricia Farley-Bouvier: Galvin works for state, region » Berkshire Eagle As the Sept. 4 primary approaches, there is an important statewide race that is flying under the radar for those of us in the Berkshires: the race for secretary of state.…

Letter: Die already cast on art sale appeal » Berkshire Eagle Blessing on the next Quixote attempt to intercept the final art sale at Sotheby's. David slew Goliath, but nobody will win this one but the museum. It's business as usual. And it's final curtains for …

Our View: A 'holiday' that everyone can enjoy » The Sun Chronicle The Massachusetts Legislature certainly blew some opportunities when the two-year session came to a conclusion on July 31. Among those was the failure to enact a hands-free-only law for use of mobile …

Wall & Main: New noncompete law makes Massachusetts more startup-friendly » Worcester Telegram On Aug.10, Gov. Charlie Baker made history by signing an economic bill that changed the state’s noncompete law, which had blocked employees from going to work at competing firms or starting the…

Peter Lucas: GOP primary rivals jockey for a crack at Senator Warren » Lowell Sun Clearly the winner in the best television ad contest of the 2018 Massachusetts primary election is Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Kingston.…

Politics

Galvin Vs. Zakim Is A Feisty Campaign For Secretary of State » WBUR Without a doubt, the Massachusetts secretary of state race is one of the feistiest campaigns of an otherwise sleepy primary season.…

Josh Zakim barnstorms across Mass. to raise his profile » Boston Globe After six hot and humid hours on the campaign trail last month, Josh Zakim finally arrived in Lawrence, where he and Mayor Dan Rivera strolled through a park to greet residents who had taken over tabl…

An Elizabeth Warren endorsement would be a boon for Galvin or Zakim. Except it didn’t happen — for either » Boston Globe It would be the golden goose of endorsements in a Mass. Democratic primary, in the thick of a heated campaign: A signature of approval from US Senator Elizabeth Warren.…

Garry, Heisey in contentious primary race for state rep » Lowell Sun In a little over two weeks, voters will decide between veteran state Rep. Colleen Garry and Sabrina Heisey in the Democratic primary. It's a race that has not been without tension and snippy back-and-…

Q&A: Forde Believes She’ll Win Register of Deeds Election on Second Try » Jamaica Plain News Katie Forde came in a close second in the Democratic Party primary to current Suffolk County Register of Deeds Stephen Murphy in 2016, and this year she believes she'll win. …

Dem Governor Candidates Hoping To Get Noticed, And What Mass. Has Riding On MGM » New England Public Radio It's crunch time for Massachusetts candidates -- many of whom are just hoping voters know they exist.…

Keller @ Large: Galvin-Zakim Campaign Ad Battle » CBS Boston The middle-aged man’s brow furrows as he recalls his ordeal. “I felt there was a scam going on and my retirement money was disappearing,” he says.…

Chelmsford, state gears up for primary » Wicked Local Chelmsford With the primary coming up, contested races are heating up across the state. The primary, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4, will decide which Democratic and Republican candidates will go on to run agai…

Groups announce endorsement of Higgins re-election » Worcester Telegram Several groups have announced in recent weeks their endorsements of Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster) for re-election in the 4th Worcester District.…

Political Notes: Keating to hold town hall forum in Brewster » Cape Cod Times U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., will hold a town hall meeting in Brewster next week. The meeting will be moderated by state Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, and will be hosted by Cape Cod Women f…

William Galvin faces strongest challenge in 2 decades » Boston Globe On a recent evening, with a heat advisory in effect, Secretary of State William Galvin arrived for the local Democratic Committee’s annual gathering, replete with hot dogs and hamburgers under …

Write-in Dems tout endorsements in western Mass. Senate race » News 22 WWLP.com As candidates running for the 25 open legislative seats throughout the state spend the next two weeks competing to get their message to the voters, the contenders for one western Massachusetts Senate …

Maura Healey backs Ayanna Pressley in primary for House seat » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey went all in for City Councilor Ayanna Pressley in the primary for Massachusetts’ 7th congressional seat — going against other Democratic leaders’ end…

How The Suffolk County DA Candidates Would Reform The Office » WBUR For the first time in decades, it’s a truly open race for the Suffolk County district attorney. Current DA Dan Conley announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t run for reelection afte…

Political Notebook: Ashland GOP toasts Samuel Adams » The Metro West Daily News Daily News Staff and Wire Services Aug 19, 2018 at 12:01 AM Hey, Jim Koch. Ashland Republicans are raising a pint for you. Koch, the co-founder of Boston Beer Co. - maker of the renowned Samuel Ada…

Write-in Dems tout endorsements in Western Mass. Senate race » State House News Service As candidates running for the 25 open legislative seats throughout the state spend the next two weeks competing to get their message to the voters, the contenders for one western Massachusetts Senate …

Democrats in 6th Middlesex House race state cases at Framingham forum » The Metro West Daily News The spotlight Monday night was on transportation during a debate among the three Democratic candidates vying for the open House seat in the 6th Middlesex District.…

Parisella receives donation from DeLeo's PAC » Salem News In a sign of which House primary races may be worth watching over the next two weeks, the political action committee controlled by House Speaker Robert DeLeo made its first round of donations earlier…

Blais cites experience working across levels of government » The Recorder Natalie Blais’s elected political experience may be limited to the Sunderland Public Library Board, which she chairs, but she’s been immersed in government service for decades, dating be…

1st Franklin District House: Kate Albright-Hanna touts skills as organizer, muckraking journalist » Gazette Net Kate Albright-Hanna describes herself as “a muckraking journalist” who’s reported for CNN, Vice and MSNBC and also worked on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and a 2016 campaign…

The Ultimate Knock-Down, Drag-Out Guide to the Primaries » Boston Magazine From the Michael Capuano and Ayanna Pressley congressional race to the face-off over Massachusetts secretary of state, here’s who will be on your primary ballot. …

DeLeo-controled PAC helps incumbent Dems » Commonwealth Magazine Doles out $4,000 to eight lawmakers, including Rushing, Barry …

Public Health

Barnstable County to Receive Funding for Nicotine Prevention » Cape Cod Today The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced $5.1 million in funding to discourage nicotine use in communities across the commonwealth.…

Public Safety

Protestors chain, cement themselves at Dartmouth House of Corrections » South Coast Today Firefighters used a drill with a chisel on the end of it along with massive bolt cutter to extract two protestors who chained and cemented themselves outside the Dartmouth House of Corrections on Mond…

Sheriff Lew Evangelidis hosts eighth annual Senior Picnic in Shrewsbury » Community Advocate Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis presided over the Sheriff’s Annual Senior Picnic Aug. 18 at the Scandinavian Athletic Club Park in Shrewsbury. The special guest was Lt. Gov. Karyn Poli…

Springfield joins Uber's new emergency assistance feature » News 22 WWLP.com Springfield's 911 system partners with new companies to better pinpoint your location in an emergency. Starting this week, Springfield emergency communications will start receiving enhanced location c…

Berkshire students stay the course: After Parkland shooting, activism continues » Berkshire Eagle

Residents raise concerns about police staffing » Wicked Local Falmouth

Transportation

When GPS directions lead baseball fans to Worcester's Kelley Square, then what? » Worcester Telegram

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