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Must-Reads

Trump called this White House defender ‘wonderful.’ He was fired from his previous job for alleged sexual harassment. » Washington Post A conservative commentator who was lauded by President Trump this week as “wonderful” and who has argued that past sexual indiscretions should have no bearing on Trump’s presidency …

Lone holdout on Manafort jury blocked conviction on all counts, juror says » Washington Post A juror in the trial of Paul Manafort said Wednesday that all but one of the jurors wanted to convict President Trump’s former campaign chairman on every charge he faced — though she cri…

Nurses union walks back claim about Partners exec "dressed in scrubs" » State House News Service Following claims by a nurses union that a PartnersHealth executive was featured wearing scrubs in a television advertisement opposing a nurse staffing ballot question, a spokesperson working with the …

Improper recycling targeted in new state effort » State House News Service As Chinese government restrictions on the import of recycled paper and plastics drive up recycling processing costs in America, a new state effort is attempting to increase recycling while also educat…

My comprehensive plan to end corruption in Washington » medium.com This is the kind of crisis that leads people to turn away from democracy. The kind of crisis that forces people to stop believing in what we can do together. The kind of crisis that creates fertile gr…

Undebatable — Geoff Diehl and John Kingston are afraid of Beth Lindstrom » Boston Globe (Geoff Diehl and John Kingston:) These two non-profiles in courage are avoiding debates with Lindstrom like the plague she represents — a voice of some reason in a Republican Party gone Trump-c…

Editorial endorsement: Ayanna Pressley offers fresh voice » Boston Herald In the race for the Democratic nomination for the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District, one candidate is looking to save his seat while the other intends to reinvent it.…

Gina Raimondo, already in a reelection fight, is fending off attacks on departure of PawSox » Boston Globe We know the Pawtucket Red Sox are leaving Rhode Island. But what we don’t know is where this leaves Governor Gina Raimondo’s already precarious position ahead of her reelection campaign.…

Richard Neal, Tahira Amatul-Wadud debate defense, health care, 'fresh blood' in 1st Congressional District » Berkshire Eagle The Springfield attorney seeking to mount an upset in the First Congressional District probed for weaknesses in the incumbent’s record Wednesday, questioning his support for defense spending an…

Jay Gonzalez slams Gov. Charlie Baker for same welfare policy Gov. Deval Patrick proposed » The Republican When Republican Gov. Charlie Baker proposed changing welfare eligibility at the end of this year's legislative session, one of his Democratic opponents, Jay Gonzalez, called the move "unconscionable."…

"If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor," the president said in a Fox News interview that aired Thursday. "Because without this thinking, you would see numbers that you wouldn't believe in reverse," Trump said, pointing at his head. "I got rid of regulations. The tax cut was a tremendous thing."

President Donald Trump

On the state of the nation if he were to be impeached.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

GOP rivals pounce on Warren's reaction to Tibbetts case » State House News Service Sen. Elizabeth Warren stepped into a hornets' nest Wednesday when she reacted to the alleged murder of an Iowa teenager by an undocumented immigrant by pivoting to the Trump administration's policy of…

How the Cohen/Manafort Bombshells Landed in Massachusetts » Boston Magazine The state delegation sounded off on the guilty Trump affiliates. …

Business

PawSox deal adds up to be one of the most generous since Baker took office » Boston Globe Worcester officials say the incentive package they assembled to bring the Pawtucket Red Sox to town won’t draw money from the city’s existing tax revenue.…

Student Loan Watchdogs Say Repayment Scams Could Get Worse » WBUR A lot of people have student debt. According to the Pew Research Center, about 16 percent of all U.S. adults say they owe money on a college loan. It's a total that tops $1.5 trillion. That’s a…

Amazon donates $10,000 worth of STEM items to Boys & Girls Club » Herald News Wednesday morning, associates from Amazon’s Fall River fulfillment center and Amazon Robotics in Boston surprised the Boys & Girls Club of Fall River’s Camp Welch with more than $10,000 …

PawSox picked Worcester out of about 20 possible cities » Worcester Business Journal Worcester was far from the only New England municipality hoping to get a shot to convince the Pawtucket Red Sox to call its city home.…

Alcohol service expanded at Gillette Stadium » The Sun Chronicle Gillette Stadium will have the ability to offer expanded alcohol and food service outside the stadium proper this year under an expansion of the stadium’s alcohol “footprint” approv…

Trial run: Biotech firms are racing to new clusters outside of Cambridge » Boston Business Journal

Education

Two New England Colleges Put On Notice By Regional Accreditor » WGBH Two private New England liberal arts colleges have been put on probation by the regional accreditor in the last week.…

$73 million school in Roxbury is the first newly constructed BPS school building in 15 years » Boston Globe Natural light filters through the four-story glass and steel building. There are state-of-the-art science labs, a computer center, and a rooftop garden for botany lessons. Even the boiler room can dou…

Turnaround Hopes Are High As New STEM School Opens In Boston » WBUR The centerpiece of the new Dearborn STEM Academy is a light-flooded, four-story atrium encased in glass and steel. …

Environment

Southwick among communities to receive rail trail grants from state » The Republican The Appalachian Mountain Club received a $31,577 award from the state to develop a portion of the New England National Scenic Trail at the Rising Corner Road Trailhead in Southwick as an accessible tr…

DCR offers sneak peak of Massasoit campground in Taunton » Taunton Gazette There are some happy campers in Taunton. “When we announced the free camping this weekend it sold out in less than an hour,” said state Department of Conservation and Recreation Commission…

Environmental law aims to prepare state for climate change » The Recorder Gov. Charlie Baker says a new environmental infrastructure law will help make Massachusetts more resilient to climate change.…

State commits $2.6m for how-to-recycle initiative » Commonwealth Magazine Focus is on educating consumers, avoiding contaminants …

Gaming

Tribe announces gambling partner » Martha's Vineyard Times The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is partnering with another tribe to build a gambling facility on the Island.…

MGM: How Springfield will benefit from the full-scale casino » News 22 WWLP.com The state's first full-scale casino, will open its doors Friday. "Seven years later and look what you have to show for it," said Massachusetts Governor Karyn Polito. "You got a world-class entity in M…

MGM chief eyes regions affluence to lift Springfield » State House News Service

Judiciary

Springfield District Court First Justice William J. Boyle announces retirement, citing ALS » The Republican Springfield District Court First Justice William J. Boyle announced his retirement Wednesday, citing his illness with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.…

Ware board votes to send letter to judge who set no bail for alleged child rapist; police chief cautions against 'hysteria' » The Republican Members of the select board voted Tuesday to send a letter expressing their "displeasure" to a district court judge who allowed a Level 3 sex offender arraigned on a new child rape charge last week to…

Top Springfield judge to retire immediately amid ALS battle » State House News Service The Governor's Council on Wednesday approved the immediate retirement of a top Springfield judge as he continues a fight with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, and the eight-member body announced plans fo…

Council confirms three new judges » Mass Lawyers Weekly The Governor’s Council confirmed three of Gov. Charlie Baker’s judicial nominees on Aug. 22, unanimously approving two new judges for the Superior Court and one for Northampton District …

Legislative

Reflections on the 190th Legislative Session » Leominster Champion Early Wednesday, Aug. 1, at about 1:15 a.m., I wrapped up my first formal legislative session, and I wanted to use this column to give you a big-picture update of what we have accomplished together in…

Local Government

Unhappy with $62K salary, Webster town clerk cuts back workweek » Worcester Telegram Town Clerk Robert T. Craver has taken it upon himself to right-size his hours, showing up for three of the five days Town Hall is open as of the fiscal year that began last month.…

City scrambles to fix poll access by primary » Eagle Tribune The city will spend $58,000 by the Sept. 4 preliminary election to install ramps, repave parking lots, level sidewalks, replace doors and make other repairs to improve access for the disabled at polli…

Sign of the times » The Recorder As of Friday morning, no one will be allowed on the Greenfield Common until Oct. 1 as the Department of Public Works cleans the space that has been primarily used as a homeless encampment since early …

Marijuana

Payments for marijuana licenses appear to skirt state law » Boston Globe At their most recent meeting, the state’s top marijuana regulators debated whether they need to crack down on cities and towns that are seeking unlawfully large payments from companies in excha…

The state licensed two marijuana labs. Here's what else must happen before sales begin » Boston Business Journal

Opinion

Juliette Kayyem: A tragic opioid loophole » Berkshire Eagle Massachusetts is now years into the opioid crisis. Headlines from just the last few months serve as a grim reminder of the epidemic's firm grip across the entire state, reflecting how our opioid-relat…

Elizabeth Warren’s plan to drain the swamp » Boston Globe Give Senator Elizabeth Warren points for exquisite timing — introducing her sweeping new anti-corruption proposal on the very same day President Trump’s former personal lawyer and his fo…

Sweat, shoe leather, and passion in the Middlesex DA race » Boston Globe With a population of 1.6 million, Middlesex County is larger than four New England states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island for those keeping score). Its district attorney is the chief …

Baker-Polito team works well for our state » Cape Cod Times I was excited to see that Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito have formally kicked off their re-election campaign. For those of us who just want to see our leaders work together to get things…

Our View: It's not enough just to recycle » Gloucester Times Depending on who you ask, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton is either right on target or missing it by a mile.…

EDITORIAL: Trahan is best choice in Sept. 4 primary » Lowell Sun Who knew when U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas announced her plans to step down from Congress that one of the U.S. election cycle's most talented, diverse, and inspiring fields of Democrat candidates would emer…

Our Opinion: Students are energized, angry and ready to vote » Berkshire Eagle If certain members of Berkshire County's current crop of high school seniors are any indication, the civic spirit is alive and well in Western Massachusetts. Sadly, it sometimes takes a development li…

Politics

The race for Berkshire District Attorney: the financial outlook » Berkshire Eagle Democratic candidates for Berkshire District Attorney have less than two weeks to get their message out before the Sept. 4 primary, and that comes at no small price.…

Here’s the math: How Zakim, at 34 years old, missed 16 elections » Boston Globe It was, arguably, the most unanticipated blow in a heated Democratic primary for secretary of state. In the midst of their first televised debate, Secretary of State William Galvin questioned how Josh…

Ten candidates. Thirty-one hours. One Democratic primary » Boston Globe Shoppers buzzed by outside the Chelmsford Market Basket when a man asked again, just to make sure he heard it correctly.…

Pressley, Capuano make final case to voters in Seventh district » Dorchester Reporter During a rainy rush hour at the exit of Maverick Station in East Boston on Tuesday, organizers for Ayanna Pressley handed out baked goods and plastic ponchos to potential supporters.…

Primary includes some local races » Martha's Vineyard Times Voters are going to have some work to do the day after Labor Day. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, Massachusetts will hold its primaries for Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians seeking the nomination to run …

Lexington legislators endorse Nick Carter for Governor’s Council » Wicked Local Lexington Nick Carter, a Newton attorney running for Governor’s Council, was endorsed by Lexington’s legislative delegation members, State Sens. Michael Barrett and Cindy Friedman and State Rep. J…

Some New England Trump voters are unfazed » Boston Globe A day after legal reckonings for two of Donald Trump’s once-trusted aides, some in the region who voted for the president appear to be standing behind him.…

Diehl still backs Trump despite 'not good news' » Boston Herald Loyal President Trump supporter and GOP U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl this morning called yesterday’s bombshell dual felony convictions for top Trump associates “not good news,”…

1st Congressional District race: 5 takeaways from US Rep. Richard Neal, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud's 1st debate » The Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, and Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud squared-off over health care, economic and other issues Wednesday as they took part in their first debate ahead of Massachusett…

Candidates in 14th Middlesex race focus on personal traits » Lowell Sun In a race where the three Democrats running for the primary largely agree on major issues, candidates for the 14th Middlesex District are focusing on the unique things they think they can bring to the…

Candidates promote absentee voting ahead of Sept. 4 primary » State House News Service With the Sept. 4 primary giving many campaigns heartburn as they worry about turning out supporters, some are working to make sure voters know that they don't have to wait until the day after Labor Da…

Community: Lori Loureiro Trahan running for US Congress – Lowell, MA » Portuguese American Journal Democrat Lori Loureiro Trahan, of Portuguese descent, is running for Congress in the Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District. She is representing Lowell in the primary elections, to succeed US Rep. N…

Haverhill mayor endorses Ferry in Essex 14th race » Wicked Local North Andover While North Andover’s Christina Minicucci has the support of Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera in the Essex 14th Democratic primary, her opponent, former Methuen City Councilor Lisa Ferry has the backi…

After A Failed Mayoral Bid, What's Tito Jackson Doing Now? » WGBH Three men mowed the lawn and swept trimmings outside Tito Jackson’s home in Dorchester on a recent Tuesday evening as a few campaign workers and volunteers set up tables and yard signs in the b…

Trump, Warren complicate GOP primary for U.S. Senate » Wicked Local In a state where polls show Sen. Elizabeth Warren is popular and President Donald Trump is not, beating the incumbent Democrat for U.S. Senate will be a challenge.…

Worcester Primary Election Guide 2018 » Worcester Patch The state primary election is on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Get out the vote. …

What The 10 Democrats In The 3rd District Say Differentiates Them » WBUR There are 10 — yes, 10 — Democrats running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas in the 3rd Congressional District. …

Koh has small lead in Third District, but many voters still undecided, poll says » Boston Globe

Meet the 2018 Massachusetts Primary Candidates » NECN The Massachusetts primary election is Sept. 4, and there are quite a few races to keep an eye on around the Bay State. …

Public Health

Rules to control opioid prescribing don’t always work as intended, studies say » Boston Globe Faced with a soaring death toll from opioid-related overdoses, federal and state policymakers in recent years have enacted measures intended to keep doctors from prescribing too many opioid painkiller…

Weymouth vigil to cast glow on opioid addiction » Wicked Local Weymouth Opioid overdose deaths declined in Weymouth and throughout Massachusetts last year, according to the Department of Public Health, but people forget the statistics represent lives cut short by drug add…

Public Safety

Grand jury indicts former Massachusetts State Police Lt. David Wilson in overtime abuse scandal » The Republican A federal grand jury has indicted former Massachusetts State Police Lt. David Wilson in the overtime abuse scandal roiling the state law enforcement agency, prosecutors said Wednesday.…

Transportation

Third airline due to fly out of Worcester airport » Worcester Telegram A third airline will soon fly out of Worcester Regional Airport, officials are set to announce next week. Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis, who is chairman of the Massport board, said Wednes…

Massport to announce new airline at Worcester Regional Airport Tuesday » Worcester Mag Massport officials are set to announce a third airline to partner with the Worcester Regional Airport next week.…

Dockless rides keep landing in Boston » Boston Herald Dozens of abandoned dockless bikes and scooters are popping up in Boston, despite the city’s opposition to them — and one city councilor says the fact that people are riding them here an…

Study finds seat belts saved 116 lives in Massachusetts » Wicked Local Seat belts saved an estimated 115 lives in Massachusetts in 2016, and 45 more could have been saved if 100 percent of drivers and passengers buckled up, according to data released Wednesday.…

Utilities

State officials celebrate 10.2 megawatt solar farm in Wareham » Wareham Week Several state officials attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 21, to celebrate a new 10.2 megawatt solar farm in Wareham along Charge Pond Road. The farm has over 47,000 panels and is ex…

Quincy mayor halts National Grid permits until company ends worker lockout » The Patriot Ledger Mayor Thomas Koch has joined the ranks of mayors in Boston and elsewhere in Massachusetts calling on National Grid to end its two-month lockout of union workers following failed contract negotiations.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

$1 million grant for Plymouth Maritime Facility » Wicked Local Plymouth

Mass. officials celebrate reopening of Padanaram Bridge and causeway » South Coast Today

All the president’s mess » Commonwealth Magazine

Selectmen Support Landmark Status For Nantucket Sound » The Cape Cod Chronicle

MGM Springfield's effect on crime will be tracked by casino regulators » The Republican

Candidates take their stump speeches to Dot’s living rooms » Dorchester Reporter

Jay Gonzalez slams Gov. Charlie Baker for same welfare policy Gov. Deval Patrick proposed » The Republican

Massachusetts farmland preservation program flawed, audit says » The Republican

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