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Lobbyists shower DeLeo, Sanchez with donations » Commonwealth Magazine LOBBYISTS POURED MONEY into the campaign coffers of House Speaker Robert DeLeo and one of his top lieutenants, House Ways and Means chair Jeffrey Sanchez, during the first part of this year. …

In final days, PACs flood Third District with $200,000 supporting three candidates » Boston Globe So far, PACs have lined up to help three candidates in the Third District: Rufus Gifford, the former US ambassador to Denmark; state Representative Juana B. Matias, of Lawrence; and state Senator Barb…

Election Update: Republicans Aren’t Too Vulnerable In Florida, Arizona And Oklahoma … Yet » FiveThirtyEight (T)he news this week with the biggest impact on November’s elections probably didn’t come out of the White House; it came out of election offices in Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma, where …

Candidates for DA see experience as key to winning post » Dorchester Reporter One of the busiest and flashiest races of the local primary season — and one for which advocates are straining to drum up public awareness — is the contest for the Suffolk County distric…

Homeland Security Analyst Leaves After His White Nationalist Ties Are Exposed » The Huffington Post A policy analyst in the Department of Homeland Security has left his position after The Atlantic uncovered a trove of email communications involving him and white nationalists. …

Top 2008 campaign aides shut out of McCain funeral » Politico Campaign manager Steve Schmidt, senior adviser Nicolle Wallace, and longtime strategist John Weaver were snubbed, as was former running mate Sarah Palin. …

I Helped Create Insider Political Journalism. Now It's Time For It To Go Away. » BuzzFeedNews A Brazilian editor once told me that you could tell his country was in political crisis because everyone was talking about politics all the time. In a normal country, nobody cares about politics. And …

Former Sen. Murray joining Rasky Partners » State House News Service Therese Murray, who over a decade ago became the first woman to lead the state Senate, has joined a prominent public relations and lobbying firm in Boston as a senior advisor, Rasky Partners announced…

Absentee ballots seen influencing likely low turnout Tuesday » The Salem News An increase in absentee ballot usage is making it harder to estimate voter turnout for next Tuesday's primary election, state Secretary William Galvin's office said Thursday.…

Amid 2020 speculation, Deval Patrick supporters plan fall push » Politico Dozens of former aides to Deval Patrick, who's contemplating a presidential bid in 2020, convened a conference call Thursday to discuss ways to amplify the former Massachusetts Democratic governor's m…

"It is outrageous and hypocritical that after spending billions of taxpayer dollars on unnecessary tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations—and as the President boasts about the 'great' state of the American economy, that suddenly the White House finds that there is zero money left to pay a minimal cost-of-living adjustment to the patriotic, dedicated public servants,"

Democratic Senator Ben Cardin

On President Donald Trump's budget woes.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Why Mark Penn Is Sounding Trumpy » Politico The longtime Clinton strategist insists his objection to the Mueller investigation is about principle, not opportunism. His critics beg to differ. …

Former Deval Patrick aides’ PAC possible prelude to presidential run » Boston Herald A political action committee launched by two Deval Patrick aides to help like-minded progressive Democrats win back the House and Senate is a move taken directly from the presidential-hopeful playbook…

Congressman Richard Neal criticizes Trump over pay raise nixing for federal workers » The Republican After President Donald Trump announced that he would be cancelling pay raises for almost 2 million federal workers, Springfield congressman Richard Neal released a statement saying he opposed the deci…

Business

Dinosaurs, ducks and dollars: Mass. tourism industry wants its share of tax money » Boston Business Journal The tourism industry sees a growing disparity between tax revenue generated and the funding it gets in return from the state. Two possible models that would boost funding to promote the state as a tou…

Will the push to develop city’s tow lot bring a stadium? » Boston Globe In all the talk about building a soccer stadium for the New England Revolution in Boston, one site in particular comes up often: the city’s public works yard on Frontage Road.…

Crimes

F.B.I. Arrests California Man After Threats to Kill Boston Globe Employees » The New York Times The F.B.I. said on Thursday that it charged a California man who threatened to kill employees of The Boston Globe after calling them the “enemy of the people” in a series of menacing phone…

Calif. man charged with making threatening calls to Globe » Boston Globe A California man was charged Thursday with threatening to shoot and kill Boston Globe journalists, calling them “the enemy of the people,” in response to the newspaper’s nationwide …

Education

Harvard admissions ‘may be infected with racial bias,’ DOJ says » Boston Globe The US Justice Department on Thursday said that Harvard University’s admissions process “may be infected with racial bias,” weighing in on a case that could dismantle decades-long a…

Walsh voices frustration, apologizes for missing, late school buses » Boston Globe As school bus routes ran late or went uncovered for a third day, Mayor Martin J. Walsh voiced frustration Thursday afternoon, apologizing to families, schools, and students for the hardships they are …

School accounts rife with questionable spending, sloppy bookkeeping » Boston Globe Student activity accounts and other funds managed directly by individual Boston public schools across the city are rife with questionable spending and sloppy bookkeeping, including countless missing r…

Whatever Happened to Universal Pre-K in Boston? » Boston Magazine Five years after Marty Walsh ran on a promise to reform the system, pre-K in Boston is still far from “universal.” But what does that word actually mean? …

Labor

Mass. Marine Trade Association amendment passes » The Sun Chronicle An amendment to support technical career education sponsored by the Massachusetts Marine Trade Association has passed as part of the 2019 state budget.…

Local Government

Worcester's Main Street upgrades get underway » Worcester Telegram Main Street is getting a $13 million face-lift, and state and city leaders gathered Thursday afternoon to make the first official incision.…

Here's what Worcester's Main Street will look like after $11M overhaul is completed » The Republican When an $11 million overhaul of Worcester's Main Street is complete, the downtown will have dedicated bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks and functional public art installations that may take the form of b…

BU researchers examine the NIMBY factor » Boston Globe They are older, whiter, and wealthier than their neighbors. They probably own their homes. They likely vote. And they are really not fans of that new apartment building proposed for a site down the st…

Squam district proposal delayed » Gloucester Times The Massachusetts Historical Commission, responding to Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken's call two weeks ago to delay or drop the push for Annisquam's recognition from the National Parks Service register, h…

State, Plymouth gearing up for 2020 quadricentennial » Worcester Telegram With the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Plymouth Colony now one year, 126 days and - as of Wednesday morning - 12 hours away, state officials looked ahead to what the commemoration would mean …

Opinion

Editorial: The state must rein in community contracts with marijuana firms » Boston Business Journal Too many communities who claim to be open to recreational marijuana are putting up barriers to minorities and low-income residents getting a piece of that business by demanding high up-front fees.…

Columnist Eric Nakajima: Effective voice to overcome loss of clout » Amherst Bulletin We live in deeply unsettling times. Nationally, President Donald Trump has validated the worst impulses of racism and xenophobia that exist in our country.…

A presidential indictment may be a ‘distraction,’ but it’s not impossible » Boston Globe The recent in-court admissions made by Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney, coupled with the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, have prompted some to consider…

EDITORIAL: Lindstrom is best hope for GOP in senate race » Lowell Sun Is there any Republican out there capable of defeating a Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts?…

Howie Carr: Growing group of disappearing Democrats on Massachusetts ballot » Boston Herald Some years it’s hard to decide which primary to vote in. You’re interested in fights on both sides, but it’s not a buffet, so you have to choose between Democrat and Republican.…

Letter to the Editor: Pipelines aren't a short-term solution » Boston Business Journal Our energy choices today are critical in determining whether we curb the impacts of climate change already underway.…

Viewpoint: Investing in entrepreneurs with disabilities » Boston Business Journal There are far too few opportunities for an intellectually disabled man or woman with a good idea for their own business to go to a lending institution, lay out their plans, goals and past successes, a…

The Great Trumpkin peers into the mirror of truth » Boston Globe Enraged at the magic mirror newly hung in the Oval Office, the mirror he had found on an obscure search engine that wasn’t controlled by the Deep Google State and wouldn’t drag up nasty …

Every attorney general in the country must force the Catholic Church to tell the truth » Boston Globe It is often said that for the Roman Catholic Church, rapid change can take decades. But who knew that law enforcement officials with subpoena power could be equally slow in recognizing their responsib…

The Republican picks Comerford as best option for Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester Senate seat (Editorial) » MassLive The Democratic primary race to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester has received a high level of attention, in part because of the circumstances that created it…

Letter: Train effort attests to Hinds' skills » Berkshire Eagle I first met state Sen. Adam Hinds in March, 2017. He invited me to his Pittsfield office to hear more about my plan for a passenger train between the Berkshires and New York City via New York State. T…

The Republican urges Franklin district voters to make their own choice (Editorial) » The Republican For the past few weeks, The Republican editorial board has met or spoken with all seven candidates for state representative in the 1st Franklin District.…

Eric Lesser: Senator describes work with Kate Albright-Hanna » Gazette Net With the sudden loss of several of western Massachusetts’ long-serving elected officials in the state Legislature, our legislative delegation is at a crossroads. …

Mass. cannabis commission shouldn’t let towns shake down pot retailers » Boston Globe It’s just pot — not a pot of gold.…

Politics

Your Guide to Endorsements in the 2018 Primaries » Boston Magazine Still haven’t made up your mind for the 2018 Massachusetts primaries? Can’t say we blame you, given how many contested races are demanding your attention this year. …

Mindy Domb, Erik Nakajima In Race For Open 3rd Hampshire Seat » New England Public Radio Two candidates are running in the Democratic primary for the Third Hampshire seat in the Massachusetts House, which includes Amherst, Pelham, and parts of Granby.…

What to look for in Tuesday vote: Many races, a few competitive » Dorchester Reporter Don’t figure on taking a breather the day after Labor Day, Boston, because there’s electoral work to do. That is the day when the primaries for an assortment of state and federal office…

LGBT supporters confront Lively at vigil » Athol Daily News On a hot summer evening this week, a group of about 75 to 100 people gathered peacefully to make a strong statement of support for their neighbors — one of tolerance, acceptance and love.…

Locked in a tough fight, Capuano and Pressley face final sprint on a long holiday weekend » Boston Globe Voice ground down to a “preacher’s rasp” after weeks of full-throttle campaigning, Ayanna Pressley told 25 Roxbury seniors on Thursday about her work to make bus stops safer and mor…

Some Senate hopefuls cry foul over union money loophole » Lowell Sun Scrolling down campaign-finance reports for candidates in the 1st Middlesex Senate District, you see a plethora of $25, $50, $100, $250 and $500 donations.…

L'Italien voted for gun control -- and was backed by NRA » Lowell Sun Barbara L'Italien often describes herself on the 3rd Congressional District campaign trail as not just an advocate for stronger gun control, but specifically as the "only candidate" in the field "who …

Bourne GOP Backs Mr. Beaty In 5th District Race » The Bourne News Voters head to the polls next Tuesday, September 4 for state primaries to choose party candidates to run for office in November’s general election. …

When Having a Progressive Record Isn’t Enough » The Atlantic Ayanna Pressley’s challenge to the Democrat Mike Capuano in Massachusetts shows how the left is looking for candidates with “lived experience.”…

Comerford easily tops rivals in fundraising » Gazette Net Write-in candidate Jo Comerford has raised tens of thousands of dollars more than her rivals in the race for the Democratic nomination for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District in the state S…

How much money have Massachusetts' 2018 statewide primary candidates raised, and who is donating? » MassLive Voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 4 for the Massachusetts state primary to select their party's nominees for the November general election. …

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…

Barbara L’Italien accuses Daniel Koh of failing sexual harassment victim » Boston Herald Democratic 3rd District congressional candidate Barbara L’Italien lambasted rival Daniel A. Koh yesterday, saying Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s former chief of staff failed to protect a…

Voter Guide: Massachusetts Primaries » WBUR Ready to vote? The Massachusetts primaries are now days away, on Sept. 4. …

Hanover Town Clerk prepares for ‘sticky’ primary » Wicked Local Hanover Two of the 15 races will have write-in campaigns, with Norwell selectman Alison Demong running to be the Democratic nominee in the state representative race in the 5th Plymouth District, and John Brad…

US Senate race: Geoff Diehl leads GOP hopefuls in pre-primary fundraising, but lags far behind Elizabeth Warren » The Republican State Rep. Geoff Diehl continued to lead GOP U.S. Senate candidates in fundraising in the final months before Massachusetts' primary election, but still trailed far behind the amount brought in by inc…

Are the parties over? » Commonwealth Magazine Independents continue to grow as share of electorate …

The law-and-order candidate – with a twist » Commonwealth Magazine Suffolk DA hopeful Henning reaches out to those he helped lock up …

Public Health

Boston sees second reported case of West Nile Virus as health officials warn of increased risk » The Republican A Boston man in his 50s is the city's second reported case of West Nile Virus, health officials said Friday.…

Taxation

Dinosaurs, ducks and dollars: Mass. tourism industry wants its share of tax money » Boston Business Journal The tourism industry sees a growing disparity between tax revenue generated and the funding it gets in return from the state. Two possible models that would boost funding to promote the state as a tou…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

Szynal, Sabadosa near even in money raised » Gazette Net

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

Are the parties over? » Commonwealth Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial: Audit all state agencies » Boston Herald

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

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

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

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

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4782 - An Act authorizing the city of Quincy to grant veteran's abatements of real estate taxes to certain veterans in the city of Quincy

HB 4687 - An Act relative to the town meeting of the town of North Reading

SB 2286 - An Act to provide property tax exemptions for certain nonprofit senior housing in Boxford

SB 2307 - An Act authorizing the town of Wareham to grant an additional license for the sale of wines and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises

Most read bills of the week:

HB1892 - An Act requiring the hands-free use of mobile telephones while driving

HB2451 - An Act to contain health care costs and improve access to value based nurse practitioner care as recommended by the IOM and FTC

SB2545 - An Act to promote a clean energy future

HB4742 - An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction

SB2564 - An Act to promote a clean energy future

HB3660 - An Act requiring the hands-free use of mobile telephones while driving

HB2371 - An Act relative to non-competition agreements

HB4514 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2018 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB4011 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

House Actions This Week: 49

Senate Actions This Week: 32


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