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Endorsement: Liz Malia, Jeffrey Sanchez, and Jon Santiago for Mass. state representatives » Boston Globe Robert DeLeo doesn’t appear on any ballots in Boston, but candidates in contested state representative races are hoping to turn the Sept. 4 Democratic primary into a referendum on his speakersh…

Shirley Leung: The Asian-American wave in Massachusetts politics » Boston Globe Asian-Americans in Massachusetts have run for mayor (Sam Yoon, Boston), and some have even won (Lisa Wong, Fitchburg). They are city councilors (Nina Liang, Quincy; Michelle Wu, Boston), and lawmakers…

Here are the big policy differences between the two Democrats running for governor » Boston Globe (B)etween Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie , the two Democrats vying for their party’s gubernatorial nomination Tuesday, there are also differences in how they promise to govern and their approaches…

Deval Patrick’s new PAC aims to promote Democrats » Boston Globe In another sign that Deval Patrick is ramping up his political profile ahead of a potential 2020 presidential run, onetime aides to the former Massachusetts governor Wednesday launched a federal polit…

Rubio’s New Paid Leave Bill Threatens The Very Idea Of Social Security, Report Finds » The Huffington Post The nonpartisan think-tank (Urban Institute) is the first to delve deeply into the particulars of Rubio’s bill, which he unveiled in early August. It’s unclear whether it has enough GOP …

John McCain's Victims Are A Part Of His Story » The Huffington Post Was McCain a great American when he demanded escalation after escalation in Iraq, even as the majority of Americans turned against the war effort? Was he a great American when he insisted the surge wa…

SALES UP BUT PROFITS DOWN AS LOTTERY TREND CONTINUES » State House News Service The Massachusetts Lottery began fiscal year 2019 in a familiar position, watching as sales increase but the agency's profits decline. …

BIOTECH AND PHARMA AMOUNT TO BIG BUSINESS FOR MASSACHUSETTS » State House News Service More than one-third of all venture capital money invested in biopharmaceutical companies last year went to Massachusetts companies, with the bulk of those dollars headed to companies in Cambridge and …

Public records detail agency’s $17,500 in hotel bills » Boston Herald Boutique and upscale hotels were often the lodging of choice for the Mass Cultural Council when staffers hit the road, a Herald analysis of $17,500 in taxpayer-paid credit card bills for rooms shows. …

Don't Sleep on Next Week's Primary Election in Massachusetts » Esquire The sun was going down on Tuesday night, not that it mattered much, because the Chinese climate hoaxers had arranged for the Commonwealth (God save it!) to be a roasting pan for a few weeks.…

Our democracy "is built on the blood and the sweat and the tears and the freedom that you and your predecessors gave to us. We are an enormously grateful nation because of that."

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about support for veterans during his signing of the BRAVE Act.

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Beltway Politics

Deval Patrick launches new PAC amid 2020 buzz » Politico Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick launched a new PAC Wednesday, the latest sign that the Democrat's political ambitions may not be through ahead of 2020.…

Deval Patrick aides launch 'Reason to Believe' PAC amid chatter about 2020 presidential run » MassLive Political operatives closely tied to former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick are launching a new federal political action committee, also known as a PAC.…

Ed Markey, Richard Neal laud International Trade Commission vote reversing Trump administration's newsprint tariffs » The Republican Massachusetts congressional lawmakers praised federal trade officials Wednesday for voting to overturn the Trump administration's tariffs on Canadian newsprint.…

Business

General Chemical properties in Framingham listed for sale » The Metro West Daily News For sale: a package of properties on Leland Street, offering a mix of industrial and residential space at bargain prices.…

Nonprofits feeling pinched by recycled clothing competitors » Boston Globe The New England chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation brings in about $500,000 every year by collecting and reselling unwanted clothes and household goods, using the proceeds to support children and adul…

A 1-acre lot in Kendall Square sells for more than $50 million » Boston Globe An affiliate of BioMed Realty Trust on Wednesday acquired the nearly 36,000-square-foot parcel in the heart of Cambridge’s Kendall Square for $50.5 million, according to records with the Middle…

Firms studying potential future uses for Berkshire Mall » Berkshire Eagle Two New England engineering firms are teaming up toward planning potential uses for the struggling Berkshire Mall.…

Analyst: Chase poses 'significant, long-term threat to Boston banks' » Boston Business Journal JPMorgan Chase & Co. poses a serious competitive threat to local banks like Citizens Bank, Rockland Trust and Berkshire Bank as it sets up its first retail branches in the Boston area, according to a …

Boston moves to the Herald? » Commonwealth Magazine Tabloid relocating to South Shore …

Crimes

Priests worry of a ‘2002 redux’ » Boston Herald Catholic priests voiced their “frustrations and anxieties” over renewed church sex abuse scandal as Cardinal Sean O’Malley sought to address cover-up allegations to the clergy of th…

Education

School bus delays continued Wednesday in Boston, and parents are fuming » Boston Globe Amid tense contract negotiations, Boston school officials grappled for a second day with an unexpected number of bus driver absences, causing students and families to scramble to find other ways to ge…

Attorney General urges Easthampton schools to comply with remaining race and diversity reforms » MassLive Time constraints and a "delay in communications" led to gaps in compliance with a binding agreement to improve the race and diversity climate at Easthampton High School, officials said at an Aug. 21 S…

U.S. asks court to rule against Harvard in race bias case » Boston Business Journal

Environment

In the deep blue of New England, a Trump appointee gains respect for protecting the environment » Boston Globe She’s among the few high-profile representatives of the Trump administration in deep blue New England, appointed by Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former chief of the Environmental Protection…

After whale sightings in Boston Harbor, Coast Guard emphasizes safety » Boston Globe As a Coast Guard crew patrolled the water in a routine mission Wednesday, they spoke among themselves about the recent whale sightings in Boston Harbor.…

Swansea waterfront dredging project lands Army Corps permit, $728K grant » Herald News

Gaming

Treasurer candidate slams lottery decision » Wicked Local Braintree The state lottery's decision to relocate their state offices outside of Braintree has come under fire once again from Keiko Orrall, a state rep. from Lakeville and a candidate for state treasurer.…

MGM Springfield resort casino draws more than 150K visitors in first 3 days » The Republican The president of MGM Springfield said Wednesday that the resort casino exceeded the company's expectations by drawing more than 150,000 people on its first three days of operation.…

Health Care

A new role for paramedics: treating patients at home » Boston Globe The sun was setting as paramedic Matthew Michaud arrived at the second-floor apartment where Jamal Lee sat in pain.…

No backing down in hospital fight » Sentinel & Enterprise The crowd of about 20 former patients, current nurses and local leaders gathered on the sidewalk outside UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital's Leominster campus Wednesday evening once again…

MetroWest Medical Center CEO leaves post » The Metro West Daily News Jeffrey Liebman left his position as CEO of MetroWest Medical Center earlier this month “on his own,” according to a spokesperson for Tenet Healthcare, which owns the hospital. Liebman had…

Baystate Health receives $500,000 to cover medical costs for Hurricane Maria evacuees (photos, video) » The Republican

Housing

Is the Boston housing market showing signs of a change? » Boston Globe Anyone who’s bought a home in Greater Boston during the last few years might describe the experience as brutal. Unrelenting demand and a tight supply have made buying options scarce and competi…

To Solve State's Housing Inventory 'Crisis,' Advocates Say Liberalize Zoning » WBUR

Labor

Gov. Baker comes to Fall River to tout career center changes » Herald News The state’s new branding initiative, MassHire, will unify the Commonwealth’s workforce development systems including career center and workforce investment boards was rolled out today by…

Cape Businesses Look To J-1 Visa Students To Fill A Labor Need » WGBH Perhaps you've seen them on the side of the highway, their bike lights flashing as you pass them in the night, or maybe they've rung you up at the grocery store and you've noticed an accent.…

Governor Announces MassHire Brand for State's Workforce System » Cape Cod Today

New state effort will unify workforce development programs » South Coast Today

Local Government

Lt. Governor Polito Announcing State Funding for Cape Projects Today » Cape Cod Today Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will join Senator Vinny deMacedo, Representative Randy Hunt and Representative David Vieira to participate in the Buzzards Bay Wastewater Treatment Facility Groundbrea…

Somerset town committee chairmen give their opinions on primary » South Coast Today The first day of school for students at Somerset Berkley Regional High School was delayed for a day so that the traffic and activity around the school would not conflict with the state primaries since…

Lawrence organizations receive training grants » Eagle Tribune Two community institutions have been granted Workforce Development grants, according to the office of state Rep. Frank Moran, D-Lawrence.…

Oak Bluffs finishes stale ‘doughnut hole’ swap » Martha's Vineyard Times Oak Bluffs officials ironed out complicated property issues with the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank on several parcels of land in the Southern Woodlands Reservation.…

Framingham residents seek solution to downtown crime » The Metro West Daily News About 40 Framingham residents and business owners told police that ongoing issues such as loitering and public intoxication are negatively effecting their quality of life and business.…

Marijuana

Worcester has 24 applications for 15 marijuana shop licenses » Worcester Telegram Twenty-four applications for recreational marijuana shops have advanced for consideration to the city’s Cannabis Review Committee for the 15 licenses up for grabs.…

Charlton to put recreational pot ban on May ballot » Worcester Telegram In a 3-2 vote Tuesday, selectmen placed a recreational marijuana ban on the annual town election ballot in May rather than residents’ demand for November.…

Good Chemistry gets Worcester special permit for recreational pot shop in Canal District » Worcester Telegram The Planning Board Wednesday night unanimously approved the city’s first special permit for the operation of a recreational marijuana shop.…

Opinion

Columnist Joseph McCoy: Dan Carey has experience and commitment » Gazette Net In the election to replace long-time 2nd Hampshire District state Rep. John Scibak, there is a clear choice: Dan Carey.…

May: Baker-Polito Administration’s ‘pro-growth policies are paying off’ » Leominster Champion A new report from Bloomberg gives reason for optimism about the state of Massachusetts’ economy. The Commonwealth is tied with Colorado for growth in labor force participation at spot number 1.…

After PawSox move, Rhode Island taxpayers should be thanking Gina Raimondo » Boston Globe Rhode Islanders can be sad about losing the PawSox. But they shouldn’t be mad at Governor Gina Raimondo.…

Genuine efforts to reinforce fundamentals of history into our schools critical (Guest viewpoint) » MassLive "The fall of the Berlin Wall makes for nice pictures," said Poland's Lech Walesa, the charismatic Gdansk electrician who co-founded Solidarnosc (Solidarity), the first independent trade union behind t…

Letter: Re-elect Galvin, a friend to Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle This year's Democratic primary for secretary of state is perhaps one of the most important contests for this office in recent memory. For the past 24years, Bill Galvin has served with distinction as o…

Editorial: Elect Diana Szynal in 1st Hampshire District » Gazette Net Diana Szynal, who has 20 years of experience working in county, local and state government, is our choice in the Democratic primary for state representative from the 1st Hampshire District.…

John Kingston: The Only Republican Who Can Beat Elizabeth Warren » New Boston Post It is hard to pigeonhole John Kingston. To the mainline media in the Commonwealth, he is the wealthy businessman and philanthropist who seeks to use his power and influence to enter politics.…

Rep. José Tosado Embodies State House’s ‘Failure To Protect’ » The Valley Patriot State Auditor Suzanne Bump recently released an audit on complaints handled by the Division of Professional Licensure.…

Letter: Top Ten Reasons to Vote for Jeffrey Sanchez » Jamaica Plain News

Editorial: Cullinane deserves re-election in the 12th » Dorchester Reporter Higher profile races – including close contests for Suffolk County district attorney, Massachusetts secretary of state, and US Congress – are dominating most of the media attention in th…

Endorsement: Liz Malia, Jeffrey Sanchez, and Jon Santiago for Mass. state representatives » Boston Globe Robert DeLeo doesn’t appear on any ballots in Boston, but candidates in contested state representative races are hoping to turn the Sept. 4 Democratic primary into a referendum on his speakersh…

Editorial: As election nears, we can’t forget all Sen. Rosenberg did for our region » The Recorder With the elections just ahead, we’re hearing a lot about the void left in the western Massachusetts delegation with the retirement this year of Reps. Stephen Kulik and John Scibek, the death of…

Editorial: Audit all state agencies » Boston Herald

Politics

Jo Comerford nearly triples campaign contributions of Chelsea Klein in Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester state Senate race » MassLive Jo Comerford, one of three write-in candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District state Senate seat, raised nearly triple what Chelsea Kline, the only…

Candidates Of Color Break New Ground In The Contest For Campaign Cash » WGBH In 2002, the year Jeffrey Sanchez first won the 15th Suffolk House seat—representing parts of Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill—he raised $28,367. It was an impressive showing, and was the …

Dem Candidates Carey, Hine, McCourt Vie In Primary For 2nd Hampshire Seat » New England Public Radio Three candidates are running in western Massachusetts in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Hampshire state House seat, which includes Hadley, South Hadley, Easthampton and part of Granby.…

Is this a blue state? GOP governor looks unbeatable in Mass. » ABC News A popular Republican who seems nearly unbeatable. To his left, a pair of little-known Democratic hopefuls vying for attention and struggling to raise cash. To his right, a GOP challenger who claims th…

The number of independent voters in the state keeps climbing » Boston Globe If you’re a registered independent with Republican tendencies in a congressional district with 10 Democrats vying for the nomination, what do you do on Tuesday?…

The difference among Elizabeth Warren’s GOP challengers? It’s more about approach than issues » Boston Globe Beth Lindstrom ticked through the issues out loud: There’s the economy, she said. There’s health care. Then, she paused.…

Moderate Democrat Attacked Over Marriage, Gender Identity Stands » New Boston Post Homosexuality and transgenderism were flashpoints in a debate Tuesday night between a liberal Democrat trying to unseat a moderate veteran state representative in northern Massachusetts.…

Hine out raises, out spends opponents in Hampshire 2nd District » Gazette Net Campaign finance reports published on Monday show that John Hine of South Hadley has raised and spent more money compared to his two Democratic opponents in the race for the 2nd Hampshire District.…

Politics: Keating Criticizes Failure Of Congressional Leadership In Town Hall Meeting » The Cape Cod Chronicle The failure to follow the rules of “regular order” are at the root of Congress' inability to address the pressing issues of the day, Representative William Keating said Tuesday.…

Gun owners group gives state officials low marks » Newburyport News Gun rights groups didn't fare well in the recent legislative session, with lawmakers pushing through bipartisan bills banning bump stocks, giving police more authority to seize guns and regulating stu…

Politicians’ aides elected in their own right » Worcester Telegram Several men and women who’ve held elected office in Massachusetts got their start as aides to other political leaders. Here are a few of them.…

Reps. Campbell, Moran Back Yarid-Ferry in 14th District Beacon Hill Bid » WHAV Three-term Methuen City Councilor Lisa Yarid-Ferry is racking up Beacon Hill backing in her quest to succeed Rep. Diana DiZoglio to oversee the 14th district.…

Senate candidates Jim Welch, Amaad Rivera to debate again Thursday » The Republican The Springfield Democratic Ward Committees will host a debate between the Democratic candidates for State Senate in the Hampden District on Thursday at the Mason Square Branch Library. The debate is s…

This is the priciest primary in the Mass. House this year » Boston Globe He has spent nearly $200,000. Donations have flowed in from PACs, lobbyists, and former State House speakers. He’s touted endorsements from his neighborhood. Now, state Representative Jeffrey S…

International issues play key role in Lowell rep’s race » Commonwealth Magazine RADY MOM IS NOT your typical pol, as anyone who has met the two-term state representative on Beacon Hill can probably attest. He exudes warmth and compassion and often displays a broad smile that seem…

Battle in 1st Congressional District pits political newcomer against longtime incumbent » Gazette Net All eyes will be on western Massachusetts next Tuesday as a political newcomer mounts a challenge against a nearly 30-year incumbent Democrat for a seat in Congress.…

Voter Guide: Massachusetts Primaries » WBUR The secretary of state's website has complete lists of the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian primary candidates; below is a guide to the contested races and our coverage of many of them. (Unconte…

Three Democrats battle for state Senate nomination » The Sun Chronicle Three young Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination for state Senate in the Sept. 4 primary election.…

Republican Senate candidates high on Baker, mixed on Trump » Patriot Ledger Three Republicans competing for the chance to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren say Gov. Charlie Baker is a good example of what a Republican can do for Massachusetts. Their positions on Pr…

Tough fight ahead for Pressley in Tuesday's primary » Gloucester Times

Even without challengers, these pols raked in the dough » Lowell Sun The House's top lawmaker, running unopposed, is also the state's top political spender, according to a tally of expenditures by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance. …

Szynal, Sabadosa near even in money raised » Gazette Net

Are the parties over? » Commonwealth Magazine

Brockton rep. DuBois facing election competition from Cruz » The Enterprise

In The Trump Era, The Centrist 3rd District Moves Left » WBUR

Public Health

Overdose vigil resonates with community » The Gardner News A solemn remembrance of loved ones lost to addiction was combined with an optimistic look at recovery treatment during the North Central MA Overdose Vigil and Night of Hope.…

Baker hints at boosting fentanyl enforcement » Lowell Sun Days after a new state report revealed fentanyl was detected in almost 90 percent of fatal overdoses this year, Gov. Charlie Baker suggested potential further action in the coming weeks aimed at comba…

State report: Fentanyl involved in 89 percent of opioid overdose deaths » News 22 WWLP.com Governor Charlie Baker is planning to take action to stem the flow of fentanyl into Massachusetts and across New England.…

Public Safety

Rental mopeds: End of the road? » Martha's Vineyard Times Good news. The long-sought home rule petition to prohibit rental mopeds, approved unanimously last spring by Oak Bluffs voters, has been filed by our state rep, and is currently coursing through commi…

Cocchi lobbies the governor for additional treatment services for women » The Reminder

State Government

A State House bill calls on state officials to relocate Liberty Bill replica » News 22 WWLP.com The one-ton bronze replica sits outside the Massachusetts State House, in a spot visitors don't see.…

Deadline to request absentee ballots for Sept. 4 primary is 5 p.m. Friday » Boston Globe

Massachusetts Primary 2018: Secretary Bill Galvin predicts turnout of 700,000 » The Republican

Transportation

T pares back Alewife rate hike by $1 » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA SAID IT IS PARING BACK by $1 the proposed weekday parking rate increase set to take effect next week at its Alewife garage in light of major repairs that are set to begin there next month.…

Polito Joins Local Officials to Celebrate Adams Rail Line Extension » iBerkshires

Utilities

Breaking ground for Buzzards Bay water project » Cape Cod Times New restaurants, businesses, and housing will soon be able to come to downtown Buzzards Bay without having to worry about a basic need: the treatment of wastewater.…

Bourne Breaks Ground on Buzzards Bay Wasterwater Treatment Facility » Cape Cod Today

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Judge extends online ban on 3D gun blueprints; company begins selling flash-drive copies » ABA Journal

Report: Massachusetts becoming biotech hub of United States » MassLive

Labor daze » Martha's Vineyard Times

Petition mobilizes opponents of Vineyard Wind plan in Yarmouth » South Coast Today

5th Barnstable District primary race heats up » Cape Cod Times

Tewksbury Man Promises Write-In Campaign If O'Connell Wins » Quincy Patch

Barnstable schools cite dangers of vaping » The Barnstable Patriot

Gov. candidates speak on housing, health care » The Bay State Banner

Drew Russo’s top priority is transportation » Lynn Daily News Item

House, Senate to work with Gov. Baker to curb Mass Cultural Council spending » Boston Herald

EDITORIAL: Lindstrom is best hope for GOP in senate race » Lowell Sun

State misses out on tax money from $40M in summer rentals » Boston Business Journal

Baker's day job taking him around state during primary season » Lowell Sun

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