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2018 pre-primary campaign finance reports due

7:30am Breakfast Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate David LeBoeuf

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Fundraiser for Rep. Jim Lyons with Gov. Charlie Baker

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

Must-Reads

Endorsement: Secretary of State Bill Galvin deserves Democratic nomination » Boston Globe Galvin is hardly a charismatic, back-slapping politician. He is instinctually something of a loner. But his independent style has served him well given the responsibilities of his office. Although he …

Without proof, Geoff Diehl’s ad asserts ‘over 7,000 people every year’ killed by undocumented immigrants » Boston Globe State Representative Geoff Diehl, in an effort to ramp up immigration-focused attacks on US Senator Elizabeth Warren, released a campaign video Friday that claims that 20 people a day — or the …

Senators Question Rudy Giuliani's Role In Purdue Pharma Opioid Plea Deal » The Huffington Post They want to determine if Giuliani firm’s $1 million contract with the DOJ as he represented OxyContin company resulted in “unduly lenient treatment.” …

Democrats fret Nelson is choking in Florida Senate race » Politico When Sen. Claire McCaskill began to choke in a Democratic Caucus lunch in June, Sen. Bill Nelson stepped in to perform the Heimlich maneuver. …

Senator Warren: a foot in 2 election cycles » Worcester Telegram She wrote a book last year, her second since taking office, and earned about $389,000 off it. She released 10 years’ worth of tax returns, which is 10 times the number of returns President Dona…

Endorsement: Democrats should choose Ayanna Pressley for the Seventh District » Boston Globe Change happens in the trenches. Five years ago, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley set out to overhaul the way Boston hands out liquor licenses, the golden tickets that allow restaurants to serve booze. O…

Democrats strip superdelegates of power in picking presidential nominee » Politico Party officials voted at a meeting to strip the party insiders of much of their influence, a big win for the party's base. …

When I didn’t cut the mustard with John McCain » Boston Globe The only time I interviewed John McCain one-on-one, he spilled mustard on my pants, questioned my vocabulary choices, and eventually asked me skeptically what I got on the SATs.…

"You know, if you think about John McCain as a compass, he could look east and west. ... He could look across the political spectrum, right and left," Stavridis said. "But he always steered true north. He steered the course he believed in."

Retired Admiral James Stavridis

Remembering Senator John McCain.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

McGovern listens to farmers on 8th annual tour » The Recorder Over lunch on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern met with local agricultural organizations as part of his eighth annual farm tour.…

Business

Baker Visits Haverhill, Meets With Small Businesses to Tout TDI Grant Program » WHAV Governor Charlie Baker stopped by Haverhill’s Landmark Building on Merrimack Street Friday afternoon for a meet and greet with city leaders and local small business owners to tout his administr…

Fed seizure of accounts closes fish auction » Gloucester Times Last Friday night, without any notice, the U.S. Labor Department seized the bank accounts of the Cape Ann Seafood Exchange, leaving the fish auction and seafood processor unable to pay fishermen for l…

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.…

Head of Mass. credit union lobbying group to step down » Boston Business Journal Paul Gentile is leaving his post as head of the Cooperative Credit Union Association, the Marlborough-based organization that advocates for credit unions in Massachusetts and three other states, to ru…

Crimes

Legislation protecting animal welfare, safety signed into law » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle State Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) announced on Aug. 24 the passage of legislation intended to enhance humane treatment of animals, and to punish those who engage in animal cruelty. The legislation…

O’Malley asks US dioceses to work with law enforcement » Boston Globe Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley on Saturday called on all US dioceses to turn over personnel records to law enforcement when asked, casting the latest revelations of widespread sexual abuse by Roman …

Education

Minuteman officials lay out coming school improvements » Worcester Telegram “It’s a good time to be at Minuteman,” said Superintendent-Director Dr. Edward Bouquillon. The school is gearing up for a new school year that will start in late August, and constru…

State investing $1 million for Fall River CFC Head Start renovations » Herald News The little preschoolers in the Citizens for Citizens’ Head Start program probably won’t notice the new fire suppression system, windows or paint in the building, but their parents can fe…

A throng of Brandeis newcomers settles in » Boston Globe Once the beds were made, the pillows fluffed, the shelves constructed, and the convocation attended, moving day was over for the largest freshman class in Brandeis University’s history.…

After disappointment, school advocates in Central Mass. regroup for renewed push on funding reform » Worcester Telegram The start of the school year brings new beginnings for students and school staff across the region. But for those watching public school budgets, it’s just the same old story after a summer of …

How Massachusetts Ranked in Forbes‘ 2018 Top Colleges List » Boston Magazine Harvard and MIT are still at the top. …

Environment

Baker, Polito talk water issues at Cape summit » Wicked Local Eastham It was a setting for a celebration, at the elegant Wequasset Resort and Golf Club in Harwich along the shore of Pleasant Bay. And after a morning of serious lectures on wastewater technologies and pol…

Something’s rotting in Cambridge, and it’s all good » Boston Globe Beneath a hot sun on a recent morning, a large garbage truck inched down Putnam Avenue, leaving a stench in its wake that lingered long after the orange compactor had disappeared down another street.…

Gaming

MGM Springfield Has Officially Made Its Glitzy Debut » Boston Magazine A parade and star-studded party welcomed the state's newest casino. …

Health Care

Bill could challenge closures at hospitals » Sentinel & Enterprise While the opponents of the proposed closure of the pediatric unit at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital were probably initially delighted that the Department of Public Health ruled the uni…

Immigration

After 19 years, the US has become home. But for how much longer? » Boston Globe In her three-bedroom duplex with a sloping backyard overlooking the rolling hills of the neighborhood, Patricia Carbajal thought about the life she’d worked so hard to build and everything that…

Surprise! Mass. Dems don’t want to abolish ICE » Commonwealth Magazine Are some of the state's pols in Washington out of step? …

Insurance

Insurance giant Humana to open digital health center in Boston's Seaport » Boston Business Journal

Judiciary

Law allows attorneys on Governor’s Council to face judges they voted on » Boston Herald

Legislative

Mass. lawmakers override Gov. Baker's $2M cultural council veto » Taunton Gazette 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 bu…

After Rosenberg scandal, Massachusetts Senate still hasn't updated sexual harassment policies » MassLive Despite the resignation of its former president over a sexual misconduct-related scandal, the Massachusetts Senate still has not updated its sexual harassment policies -- even though a special Senate …

Lovely announces upcoming Legislative Seminar » The Salem News State Sen. Joan Lovely is seeking nominees to participate in the next Citizens' Legislative Seminar.…

Local Government

Framingham court officials hope repairs are coming » The Metro West Daily News The Framingham and Natick District Court was open for 21 days during the month of July. On 12 of those days, the elevator for the three-story building was out of order. The problem continued into Aug…

Pittsfield settles with 91-year-old who claims she was roughed up by police » Berkshire Eagle A dispatcher's error and poor judgment on the part of a pair of police officers in a 2015 arrest of a then-88-year-old woman ultimately led to the city quietly entering into an out-of-court settlement…

Downtown plaza backed by bid, Millenium seen as "trial for the city" » State House News Service

Marijuana

Truro again tackles zoning bylaw on craft cannabis » Cape Cod Times In its third meeting in recent weeks, the Planning Board will try Tuesday to hammer out a zoning bylaw designed to stop possible negative effects of recreational marijuana land uses while allowing a l…

Northborough, Bellingham bans on medical marijuana facilities upheld by AG » The Metro West Daily News Cities and towns have not been allowed to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries since 2012, but under a recent law, bylaws passed by Northborough and Bellingham voters to ban such facilities have be…

After a Green Light for Testing Labs, We’re One Step Closer to Massachusetts’ First Pot Shops » Boston Magazine The Cannabis Control Commission just OK'd two of them. …

Opinion

Why is DA oblivious to concerns about Trump? » Cape Cod Times

Galvin is The Republican's primary choice for Secretary of State (Editorial) » The Republican The job of secretary of state in Massachusetts usually flies under the radar. People generally consider it the task of supervising elections, rather than competing in one.…

Endorsement: Democrats should choose Ayanna Pressley for the Seventh District » Boston Globe Change happens in the trenches. Five years ago, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley set out to overhaul the way Boston hands out liquor licenses, the golden tickets that allow restaurants to serve booze. O…

Lawmakers have more work to do on energy » Commonwealth Magazine AS IT ALWAYS DOES, the summer’s legislative session on Beacon Hill concluded with a flurry of activity, ending with a number of bills sent to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk on everything from…

Editorial: Charlie Baker must control costs » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker needs to rein in the big spenders in our state agencies. He can start at the Mass Cultural Council, where Executive Director Anita Walker, who earns $174,700 a year, has also been f…

No ‘delight’ in our Russia policy, from Clinton on » Boston Globe Near the end of the latest installment in Stephen Kinzer’s ongoing documentation of American bad behavior abroad (“How to interfere in a foreign election,” Ideas, Aug. 19), he descr…

Bob Massie brings a progressive agenda, eclectic background » Boston Globe For nearly a decade, Bob Massie was dying. Liver disease had slowed his body and his mind — it was like being 105 years old, he says. After a lifetime of battling hemophilia, then contracting H…

Endorsement: Secretary of State Bill Galvin deserves Democratic nomination » Boston Globe Bill Galvin, 67, has been the Massachusetts secretary of state since 1995, a tenure that has given progressive challenger Josh Zakim an opportunity to portray him as a barnacle-encrusted relic from an…

For John McCain, it was always country first » Boston Globe John McCain was a warrior, a patriot, and a man of immeasurable courage. What a privilege it was to know him.…

Howie Carr: Staties wait to share Leigha Genduso’s resignation, claim no drug intel » Boston Herald The number to play tonight is 917, as in 9:17 p.m., which is when the state police emailed news that corrupt trooper Leigha Genduso “resigned” Friday night.…

Our View: Standard-Times endorses Jay Gonzalez in the Democratic primary for governor » South Coast Today Jay Gonzalez, the soft-spoken attorney who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, is an unlikely politician. He spent 10 years working for a Boston law firm that advises cities and tow…

Szynal is The Republican's choice for 1st Hampshire seat (Editorial) » The Republican The death of State Rep. Peter Kocot in February was a wrenching blow for citizens of the First Hampshire District.…

Making a racket about TSA’s Quiet Skies puts our safety at risk » Boston Globe Again the Globe publishes a front-page article, potentially undermining efforts by the Transportation Security Administration to improve flying safety (“Ordinary travelers decry TSA surveillance…

Meehan puts students, faculty last » Commonwealth Magazine UMass president refuses to bargain with Lowell adjunct profs for better wages and benefits …

Howie Carr: Predator Gerry Studds still given sanctuary in Massachusetts » Boston Herald

Forde: Why JP Residents Should Vote for Me as Register of Deeds » Jamaica Plain News

Rinaldo Del Gallo, III: Ranked Choice Voting's time has come » Berkshire Eagle

Politics

William Galvin goes On the Record about primary accusations » WCVB Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin is questioned by Janet Wu and Ed Harding.…

Keller @ Large: Republican Candidate John Kingston Wants To Channel Charlie Baker's Bipartisan Politics » CBS Boston This Sunday, WBZ-TV's Jon Keller spoke with businessman John Kingston who is self-described as the "only true outsider in this race."…

L''Italien makes friends in Fox flap » Lowell Sun THIRD CONGRESSIONAL District candidate Barbara L'Italien got a bit of a financial bump from her surprise appearance on Fox News last month.…

Campaign Notebook: 3rd Congressional District poll: Koh leads among Dem voters » Worcester Telegram Dan Koh of Andover has jumped to a narrow lead in the crowded Democratic race to replace U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, in the 3rd Congressional District, according to the latest UMass Lowell-Bosto…

Rufus Gifford says political hit ‘out of context’ » Boston Herald Top Democratic congressional contender Rufus Gifford says politicians “are pretty good at faking it,” discusses his lack of ties to Boston and details the exhausting process of walking a r…

Republicans target Attleboro as election approaches » The Sun Chronicle As head of security at the Gardner Museum in Boston, Anthony Amore says his goal was to keep the museum’s priceless art safe while also assuring public access to the works.…

Primary guide: Suffolk County District Attorney » Boston Globe The district attorney is the top law enforcement official in the county and chief prosecutor, determining which criminal cases will be pursued and how.…

Secretary of State William Galvin facing first serious challenge in decades » Boston.com After nearly a quarter-century as the state’s top elections official, Secretary of State William Galvin is facing his toughest re-election campaign in decades as he tries to fend off fellow Dem…

Challenger Hendricks turns up heat in 11th Bristol campaign against Rep. Koczera » South Coast Today The Democratic primary for 11th Bristol District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives is a little more than a week away, which means the political ads have started and the race is heating up.…

A primer for primary contests » Cape Cod Times Summer is quickly winding down, but the 2018 election season is coming in hot on its heels.…

From gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez, a promise to be bold » Boston Globe In the autumn of 1969, a young woman from outside Cleveland stepped off the bus in Segovia, Spain, for a foreign exchange program. By the next summer, she’d be married to a 19-year-old Spaniard…

Quentin Palfrey runs to bring fight against inequality to lieutenant governor's office » The Republican Quentin Palfrey, a former Obama administration official with a broad resume, wants to take what he describes as a lifelong fight against inequality to Beacon Hill. …

Boston Globe endorses progressive challenger vying for Ocasio-Cortez-style upset of Dem lawmaker » The Hill The Boston Globe on Sunday endorsed progressive congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley, who is seeking to unseat longtime Democratic lawmaker Rep. Michael Capuano in the midterm elections.…

Comedian Jimmy Tingle wants to bring 'out of the box' ideas to lieutenant governor's office » The Republican When a proposed wind farm off Cape Cod was generating strong opposition, comedian Jimmy Tingle used to joke: "This is America, there are lots of windy places. ... Why can't we put some windmills on th…

Without proof, Geoff Diehl’s ad asserts ‘over 7,000 people every year’ killed by undocumented immigrants » Boston Globe State Representative Geoff Diehl, in an effort to ramp up immigration-focused attacks on US Senator Elizabeth Warren, released a campaign video Friday that claims that 20 people a day — or the …

Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate » Lowell Sun In the Sept. 4 Republican primary we have an opportunity to nominate Geoff Diehl to run for the U.S. Senate. Diehl is an experienced legislator who will work hard for the people of Massachusetts and t…

ELIZABETH WARREN: A REAL PROBLEM FOR AMERICANS » The Daily Caller On Tuesday, August 21, Sen. Elizabeth Warren stood before the National Press Club and announced her plan to defeat corruption in Washington. This plan, which she has appealingly named the Anti-Corrupt…

In the 3rd District, five questions for 12 candidates » Eagle Tribune The issues facing the next Congress and the nation are vast and complex, as is the challenge voters in the 3rd District face sorting through the crowded field of candidates who want to succeed Congres…

In last lap of Third District primary, Gifford loans campaign a whopping $700,000 » Boston Globe Rufus Gifford, a former top Obama fund-raiser running in the Third Congressional District’s crowded Democratic primary, poured $700,000 more of his own money into the campaign in recent weeks, …

Late spending flurry likely in 3rd District race » Lowell Sun As the already-expensive 3rd Congressional District race enters its final stretch, candidates are poised to make a spending blitz in one last push to secure the Democratic nomination on Sept. 4.…

Crowded field for DA race » Jamaica Plain Gazette With Suffolk County District Attorney (DA) Dan Conley announcing earlier this year that he will not seek re-election after leading the office for more than 15 years, a crowded field has emerged to rep…

MA-01 debate broadcast woes — New 2020 poll: WARREN leads TRUMP — PRESSLEY’s Spanish language ads » Politico NEW THIS MORNING: “Poll: Trump trails several Democratic prospects in 2020 match-up,” from POLITICO’s Steven Shepard: “Against the two best-known candidates — former Vi…

New 3rd District poll has Koh on top » Lowell Sun If the latest public polling is any indication, ground game is playing a key role in the crowded 3rd Congressional District Democratic primary. …

Minority voters targeted by 3rd District hopefuls » Lowell Sun With a clipboard in hand and a "Juana Matias for Congress" sticker on her shirt, Ashley Lopez strode up a driveway toward a group of women huddled in the yard, enjoying the air on a balmy Friday eveni…

In final Suffolk DA forum, one contender bows out, protesting question format » Boston Globe Thursday night’s forum before an organization representing thousands of church, mosque, and synagogue members is the last chance for the six candidates running for Suffolk District Attorney to …

As primary approaches, four vying for state Senate seat make their cases » Gazette Net An educator who escaped poverty to build a better life for her and her family. A legislator who has helped pass a number of progressive policies at the local level. A department head who has champione…

2 Democrats vie to take on deMacedo » Cape Cod Times Two Democrats from “over the bridge” hope to challenge incumbent Republican state Sen. Viriato “Vinny” deMacedo, R-Plymouth, in November.…

Women haven’t come a long way in politics, baby » Commonwealth Magazine THERE IS A MINDSET that, with the extraordinary number of women running for office in local, state, and federal elections this year, it’s causing a problem for women’s groups and female …

The Codcast: Is change in the air? » Commonwealth Magazine

Facing a tough primary, Michael Capuano gets some support from Joe Kennedy III » Boston.com

Public Health

Massachusetts officials warn medical providers on increased fentanyl in cocaine » The Republican Recent reports showing increasing amounts of fentanyl and cocaine - a particularly lethal combination - in the toxicology of those who died from opioid-related overdoses has prompted a clinical adviso…

New Alzheimer's law does more for victims, families » The Andover Townsman State Sen. Barbara L'Italien, D-Andover, joined a number of other legislators last week for a signing ceremony with Gov. Charlie Baker of a new bill to help people suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. …

What the new age restriction on tobacco sales means for Wachusett towns » The Landmark

Public Safety

State K-9 officer quits. Spokesman says trooper hid past involvement in drug dealing » Lowell Sun Embattled K-9 trooper Leigha Genduso has quit her high-paying job with the state police and was issued a dishonorable discharge on the way out the door.…

Another state agency battling payroll inconsistencies » Boston Globe

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey claims victory in federal court blocking of 3D-printed gun plans » The Republican

State Government

Gov. Charlie Baker, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg play hot potato over cultural council » Boston Herald The governor’s office and state treasurer are playing hot potato with the Mass Cultural Council — neither wants to touch it.…

State House security leaves replica Liberty Bell off limits » State House News Service

State Police scandals: Massachusetts starts hiring for special audit unit, with up to $110,000 a year for new director » The Republican

Transportation

MassDOT moves forward on Mattapoisett bike path » South Coast Today Mattapoisett's bike path took another step forward Friday with the state announcing the design is finished and it will start looking for bids Sept. 1.…

Could the latest South Coast Rail plan be a billion-dollar bust? » WPRI.COM For a quarter-century, Massachusetts governors have promised South Coast residents that they would soon be riding a commuter rail line from New Bedford and Fall River to Boston.…

Utilities

Timeline of Adams water problems » Berkshire Eagle The following steps led to Thursday's boil-water order affecting customers of the Adams Fire District's water system. All municipal water in Adams is drawn from three underground wells in Cheshire.…

Irked Islanders express concern over private power lines » Martha's Vineyard Times A crowd of over 40 irritated Islanders met with Eversource representatives at the Edgartown library Friday to express their concerns regarding private power lines.…

Mass. makes unsteady progress on emissions » Commonwealth Magazine Goal is 25% below 1990 emission levels by 2020 …

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 8/27

2018 pre-primary campaign finance reports due

7:30am Breakfast Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate David LeBoeuf

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Fundraiser for Rep. Jim Lyons with Gov. Charlie Baker

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

Tuesday - 8/28

9:00am MRC Awards Ceremony, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:30am Plymouth 400 Commission Press Conference, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

6:00pm Grilling with Congressional Candidate Rick Green

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

7:00pm Fall Kickoff Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Christina Eckert

7:00pm Rep. Josh Cutler's Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

8:00pm First Congressional District Democratic Primary Debate, WGBY, 44 Hampden Street, Springfield

Wednesday - 8/29

4:00pm Spaghetti Dinner with Rep. Colleen Garry

5:30pm Meet & Greet with Congressional Candidate Lori Trahan

5:30pm Countdown to Election Day with Rep. Liz Malia and Attorney General Maura Healey

6:00pm Pre-Primary Victory Party for State Sen. Candidate Jacob Ventura

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

Thursday - 8/30

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Women for Congressman Jim McGovern

5:30pm Fundraiser for Attorney General Candidate Dan Shores

5:30pm Summer Fundraiser for Rep. Andy Vargas

5:30pm Meet & Greet with State Rep. Candidate Kathy LaNatra

6:00pm Cocktail Reception for Congressional Candidate Rick Green

7:00pm Summertime Fundraiser by the Sea for State Auditor Candidate Helen Brady

7:00pm Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Margaret Busse

Friday - 8/31

Birthdays: Rep. William Pignatelli

No Hearings Scheduled


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