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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Must-Reads

North Carolina’s gerrymandered map is unconstitutional, judges rule, and may have to be redrawn before midterms » Washington Post A panel of three federal judges held Monday that North Carolina’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor Republicans over Democrats and said it may require new d…

Keep Nancy Pelosi in power? Many Mass. Democrats running for Congress are hesitant » Boston Globe Nancy Pelosi says she isn’t going anywhere. Her support is unrivaled, save for White House hopefuls, the House minority leader claims. She says she “can take the heat.” …

Endorsement: Lori Trahan is the best choice for Third District Democrats » Boston Globe Representative Niki Tsongas, the Lowell congresswoman who announced her retirement last year, after a decade in Congress, distinguished herself as a nationally recognized advocate for women in the mil…

DEADLINE LOOMS FOR BALLOT COMMITTEES TO REPORT $$$ » State House News Service The ballot committee opposing per-nurse patient limits has been on-air since June with pricey TV ads well before the scheduled Nov. 6 statewide vote on Question 1, and voters next week could get a clo…

After Rosenberg scandal, Senate still hasn't updated sexual harassment policies » Boston Business Journal A new national report by the Associated Press examined legislative action — and inaction — by all 50 state Legislatures related to sexual harassment amid a national focus on the issue.…

Bill Galvin’s go-to for some state work? It’s (still) his campaign vendor » Boston Globe To go out to bid, or not to go out to bid? That was the question last week for Secretary of State William Galvin, who took some heat in?2014 for awarding no-bid state contracts for public service anno…

“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe,” McCain wrote in the letter. “We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.”

Senator John McCain

Speaking about President Trump before his death.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Keep Nancy Pelosi in power? Many Mass. Democrats running for Congress are hesitant » Boston Globe Nancy Pelosi says she isn’t going anywhere. Her support is unrivaled, save for White House hopefuls, the House minority leader claims. She says she “can take the heat.”…

Trump scores a NAFTA win with Mexico and puts Canada in a difficult spot » Boston Globe The United States and Mexico said Monday they had reached a new trade deal, a step toward President Trump’s goal of rewriting the North American Free Trade Agreement that, for now, is being tak…

Business

'They are helping us build this business': Easthampton company that employs refugees visited by US Rep. Richard Neal, state Rep. John Scibak » The Republican A candle company that focuses on employing women who escaped from war-torn countries earned a visit from U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and state Rep. John Scibak on Monday.…

It’s corn season, and the taste couldn’t be sweeter » Boston Globe We’re bouncing around through 27 acres of corn — green and silky stalks of a vegetable so sweet that people line up for it — and 19-year-old John Gove jumps out of a muddy Jeep an…

FDA rejects rare disease drug developed by Cambridge's Akcea » Boston Business Journal Waylivra is one of two drugs Akcea was planning to launch in the next year or two, according to Akcea President Sarah Boyce.…

Lord Jeffery Inn to become Inn on Boltwood » Gazette Net More than two years after Amherst College's board of trustees pledged to change the name of the Lord Jeffery Inn, the college announced Monday that the property will be known as the Inn on Boltwood be…

Developers come knocking now that Worcester plans ballpark, business group says » Worcester Telegram The Pawtucket Red Sox are having an impact on the city even before the City Council approves the deal to bring them here.…

GE gets mixed grades after two years in Boston » Boston Globe In many ways, General Electric has lived up to the hype around its relocation from Connecticut two years ago. But we’re still waiting for most of the 800 jobs GE promised — and it could …

Education

Long-awaited dorm transforms campus life at UMass Boston » Boston Globe Classes start next week at UMass Boston, so the campus is bustling like you might expect. Residential assistants are in training, workers are setting up cafeteria tables, students will move into their…

Museum of Science, Boston receives funding in Massachusetts Budget for engineering curriculum » Wicked Local Cambridge The 2019 Massachusetts budget signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on July 26 will include an earmark to provide $50,000 for educators across 22 out-of-school time programs in Everett and Cambridge with curri…

The impractical cost of preschool impacts Wellesley families » Wicked Local Wellesley The cost of preschool is inconsistent across the state, and may be prohibitive for some families — even in Wellesley. IMPACT: Educators are concerned about an increasing achievement gap between…

UMass Boston to unveil $120M residence halls » Boston Business Journal Here's a sneak peek at the new dorms, built through a public-private partnership.…

Brandeis and its teaching assistants agree on a union contract » Boston Globe Graduate students at Brandeis University have reached a contract agreement with the administration, positioning them to be the first group of teaching assistants at a private higher-ed institution in …

Tradition prevails when it comes to school calendars in Massachusetts » The Enterprise School is back, and parents across the state are grappling with the annual challenge of scheduling. Early releases, multiple vacations and random days off for teacher trainings can cause a logistical …

School closings, early dismissals for extreme heat in Massachusetts » The Republican Some schools in Massachusetts announced early dismissals this week due to excessive heat expected on Tuesday, Aug. 28 and Wednesday, Aug. 29.…

Something’s new this year at UMass Boston » Commonwealth Magazine 40% of freshman class will be living in dorms …

Environment

Auditor: Farm preservation important for economy, environment » South Coast Today State Auditor Suzanne Bump visited the Westport Rivers Winery on Thursday to see first-hand what can be accomplished when the state sets up a program to protect agricultural land.…

Visitors take advantage of newly opened Massasoit State Park campground » Wicked Local Dighton Massasoit State Park was nearly sold out this past weekend as campers and visitors of all stripes flocked to the 1,200-acre East Taunton state park.…

Gaming

A Case Against Steve Wynn: The Anatomy of a #MeToo Accusation Gone Wrong » Boston Magazine On February 27, the Boston Globe published an article under the explosive headline “Woman tells police she had a child with Steve Wynn after he raped her.” …

Springfield casino viewed as "credit positive" for city, Moody's says » State House News Service

Health Care

Children’s Hospital will offer more assistance to families » Boston Globe About 30 projects aimed at helping Boston families with food, housing, and child development are getting a boost from a new donor: Boston Children’s Hospital.…

Housing

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Housing issue gets spotlight at Dem forum » Wicked Local When Maria Robinson introduced herself during last Monday’s Democratic candidates forum for the 6th Middlesex District House seat in Framingham, she noted that her parents were living with her.…

Human Services

Veterans Legislation Goes to Governor Baker’s Desk to Be Signed » The Valley Patriot I am proud that the Massachusetts Legislature has renewed its commitment to our Veterans by passing the BRAVE Act. As a Veteran and coming from a family of Veterans, I am proud and grateful that Massa…

Local Government

Town clerks ready for write-in challenge » Gazette Net Town and city clerks in the 24 communities covered by the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Senate District, in addition to running a primary election the day after the Labor Day holiday, will have to…

Rep. Hill, Sen. Lovely bring good financial news to Topsfield » Wicked Local Boxford Rep. Brad Hill and Sen. Joan Lovely informed the Topsfield selectmen Monday night that the town will be receiving funds to offset the costs of several projects. …

A pathway to success runs through Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item Andie Salvador loves her job and has already received a promotion, thanks to a training program tailoring English language learning with career advancement.…

Opinion

Endorsement: Lori Trahan is the best choice for Third District Democrats » Boston Globe Representative Niki Tsongas, the Lowell congresswoman who announced her retirement last year, after a decade in Congress, distinguished herself as a nationally recognized advocate for women in the mil…

Honoring McCain rings hollow with Trump in the White House » Boston Globe Renaming the Russell Senate Office Building for the late Senator John McCain is a nice gesture — but an empty one, as long as President Trump’s politics of pettiness and division continu…

Richard and Irene Mongeau: Describe John Hine as citizen legislator » Gazette Net As residents of the 2nd Hampshire District, we’re proudly supporting Democrat John Hine for state representative in the Sept. 4 Democratic primary election to replace our retiring Rep. John Sci…

The Bruce Ohr case threatens the independence of the Justice Department » Boston Globe Our experience over many decades of working in the Department of Justice tells us that a career service — sometimes called a civil service system — plays an essential role in our justice…

EDITORIAL: Re-elect Colleen Garry in the 36th Middlesex » Lowell Sun State Rep. Colleen Garry's toughest election was her first, when in 1994 she defeated a well-known selectman in the primary and a hard-nosed Republican in the general to represent the 36th Middlesex D…

Snapshots of House of Rep work » The Landmark I hope everyone has had a safe and restful summer! …

Letters to the Editor: Vote for Nika Elugardo for State Rep. » Wicked Local Brookline We, as educators, are voting for Nika Elugardo for state representative …

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

Zakim's progressive mind fails to think ahead on his voting record » Lowell Sun

Politics

Political Notes: County assembly races set » Cape Cod Times The field of candidates for the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates election has been set. The assembly is the regional government’s legislative branch, composed of a 15-member body with on…

Campaign notebook: Szynal, O’Donnell, Kline endorsements » Gazette Net Diana Szynal has announced the endorsement of 15 sitting female members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in her campaign for the Democratic nomination for the 1st Hampshire District in th…

Potential challengers question Whelan's priorities » Cape Cod Times The two Democratic candidates competing to unseat two-term state Rep. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, in the 1st Barnstable District are also in a full-tilt race to get out the vote.…

Rail 'top priority' for Democrat gubernatorial candidates » South Coast Today To Jay Gonzalez, the state is headed in the wrong direction on South Coast Rail. The Democrat contender vying for a chance to face Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in the mid-term election discussed his …

Filling the liberal black hole » Commonwealth Magazine THOUGH IT’S DRAWN LITTLE NOTICE east of I-495, the race to succeed former senator Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst has captured the rapt attention of many voters here, who see their representation …

Beacon Hill incumbents flex financial muscle » Commonwealth Magazine BEACON HILL INCUMBENTS facing a primary challenge from within their own party outspent their opponents by an overwhelming margin this year, according to campaign finance documents filed Monday.…

State primary preview for Saugus voters » Wicked Local Saugus Several contested races highlight the Democratic and Republican party ballots for the Sept. 4 state primary election.…

Maria Robinson leads fundraising in Framingham state rep race » The Metro West Daily News Democrat Maria Robinson handily outraised her primary opponents in the 6th Middlesex District state representative race, raking in nearly $30,000 through the middle of August, according to campaign fi…

3rd District Dem hopefuls contrast on Trump, campaign finance reform, in final forum » Lowell Sun "Thank you to all of my colleagues for running a great campaign," said Lori Trahan, looking down the table at her nine opponents in the 3rd Congressional District race. "This might be the last time we…

With A Week Until The Primary, Kennedy Hits The Campaign Trail With Capuano » WGBH With a only a week left until the September 4 primary, Congressman Joe Kennedy will be out campaigning for Michael Capuano’s re-election against challenger Ayanna Pressley.…

Candidates enter final week before Mass. primary » Lowell Sun This may be the last week of summer vacation for some people, but for many political candidates it's also the last full week of campaigning before the state's primary election. …

2018 Massachusetts primary: Here's what your Republican ballot looks like » The Republican

2018 Massachusetts primary: Here's what your Democratic ballot looks like » The Republican

Public Safety

Sheriff's office audit criticizes lack of fiscal controls » The Salem News Former Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousin's administration lacked adequate financial controls to prevent theft and loss, putting taxpayers at risk of losing millions of dollars, according to a newly re…

Maura Healey’s Office Just Notched a Win in the Fight Against 3D-Printed Guns » Boston Magazine A nationwide injunction will block blueprints for the weapons. …

State Government

Rising costs put Lottery on hunt for new South Shore office » State House News Service

Transportation

Commuter Rail customers will be able to purchase tickets with credit card » WCVB After years of punching tickets and having to pay with cash, Commuter Rail customers will soon be able to use their credit card to pay for a trip…

MBTA’s digital countdown clocks will now tell you if a train is ‘stopped’ and how far away it is » Boston Globe It’s a complaint officials at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority often deal with: Riders get upset about the digital countdown clocks claiming a train is “X minutes” awa…

Traffic Congestion: Is There Any Way Out? » WGBH According to the transportation company Inrix, Boston is the seventh worst city in terms of traffic congestion — Bostonians spent an average of 60 hours in congestion in 2017. But one doesn't h…

Utilities

Adams water is testing clear, but boil water order still in effect » Berkshire Eagle All water tests taken since the boil water order was issued Thursday have come up clear of any contaminants, but for now the advisory remains in effect until the state officially removes it, according…

Melrose halts gas work during National Grid lockout » Wicked Local Melrose Aldermen put a stop to new natural gas projects, except in cases of emergency, for the duration of National Grid’s lockout of local workers, a labor impasse that has held since June 25. At its…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

Another state agency battling payroll inconsistencies » Boston Globe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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