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In primary and beyond, Democrats grapple with a generational divide » Boston Globe In a state where constituents often stick with a familiar name (see: Markey, Edward J., the US senator who began his uninterrupted congressional tenure as a Representative more than 41 years ago), it …

The digital campaign: In 2018, the rules have changed » Boston Globe Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum didn’t seem to have a prayer of winning last week’s Democratic gubernatorial primary in Florida. Gillum’s opponents spent nearly 15 times as much a…

It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining—And to Start Fighting Back » The Atlantic (T)here’s a new kind of campaign underway, one that most of my colleagues and I have never publicly reported on, never fully analyzed, and never fully acknowledged: the campaign to destroy the …

Poll: Democrats regain clear advantage in midterms shaping up as referendum on President Trump » The Washington Post Two months ahead of the midterm elections, Democrats hold a clear advantage over Republicans in congressional vote support, with antipathy toward President Trump fueling Democratic enthusiasm, even am…

Racist robocalls mar Florida’s race for governor » Politico neo-Nazi group began bombarding the phones of Florida Democratic voters Friday with a robocall narrated by a person who mocks the party’s first African-American gubernatorial nominee, Andrew Gi…

Trump has something to say about a possible 2020 presidential run by John Kerry » Boston Globe Trump tweeted Monday: ‘‘I see that John Kerry, the father of the now terminated Iran deal, is thinking of running for President. I should only be so lucky - although the field that is curr…

Bernie Sanders Zaps Trump For Working 'Night And Day — For Billionaires' » The Huffington Post Bernie Sanders' comments came as fissure cracks open between the president and the nation's largest union. …

What pathways to victory look like in 3rd District race » The Valley Dispatch Even if turnout in Tuesday's primary is low -- a distinct possibility, given that the election comes the day after Labor Day, but by no means a certainty -- there will still be tens of thousands of vo…

'Listen very carefully' advises retiring state Rep. John Scibak » The Republican State Rep. John Scibak, D-South Hadley, was asked to offer advice to the next occupant of the 2nd Hampshire District seat that he will vacate at the end of this term. …

Ethnicity not a factor in Elizabeth Warren’s rise in law » Boston Globe The 60-plus Harvard Law School professors who filed into an auditorium-style room on the first floor of Pound Hall on that February 1993 afternoon had a significant question to answer: Should they off…

We “have a president who is not doing what almost every president in American history has done — when you make it into the Oval Office, you understand you’ve got a sacred responsibility to bring the American people together,”

Bernie Sanders

Speaking about President Donald Trump at a Labor Day event on Monday.

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Beltway Politics

President Donald Trump on possible John Kerry 2020 run: 'I should only be so lucky' » The Republican President Donald Trump appeared to welcome the possibility of facing former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. John Kerry in the 2020 presidential race Monday, contending that the field of rumored Democratic cha…

Business

Facing a glut, cranberry farmers want to dump part of the harvest so prices can rise » Boston Globe Cranberry farmers buried under a glut of the tart fruit are seeking permission for a radical way to dig themselves out: destroying millions of pounds of their crops.…

All that buzz: Downtown Crossing gets help from taxes that businesses want to pay » Boston Globe Not long ago Downtown Crossing became a ghost town at night, after the last rush of commuters hopped on their trains.…

Tourism Officials Expect Strong Summer to Continue through ‘Shoulder Season’ » Cape Cod Today The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce is calling the 2018 summer season a success so far for tourism-related business.…

Education

Students with chronic conditions face a stiff burden » Boston Globe Jacob Nangle just started his freshman year at Wheaton College, and he has it almost all figured out.…

Report: Heritage played no role in Harvard hiring Warren » Sentinel & Enterprise Harvard University's decision to hire Elizabeth Warren as a law professor in the 1990s was not based on any assertion that she has Native American heritage, according to a report by the Boston Globe.…

Environment

SJC: Town of Dennis not required to renourish private beach » Cape Cod Times The town of Dennis will not be required to use sand dredged from the mouth of the Swan Pond River to replenish a private association beach.…

Health Care

Bed sores, neglect, alleged abuse: inside the Bedford VA nursing home » Boston Globe The nurse’s aide was busy getting a patient ready for bed when she noticed a commotion on the other side of the room behind a privacy curtain. She could hear Russ Bonanno, a 94-year-old veteran…

Officials still looking for a chance to plead case to UMass Memorial Health Care » Sentinel & Enterprise WILL LOCAL OFFICIALS get the chance to plead their case to the administration of UMass Memorial Health Care?…

How the Midterms Could Impact Medicaid » Governing The fate of Medicaid expansion, a central tenet of President Obama's signature health-care legislation, is in the hands of the people in several states. …

Mayor supports hospital merger » Gloucester Times

Labor

Marriott hotel workers block Boston traffic in protest for better wages » Boston Globe Hundreds of workers from area Marriott hotels and their supporters rallied in front of the Westin Copley on Monday, banging homemade drums and carrying signs, to demand a fair contract.…

Attorney General Maura Healey Releases Report On Protecting Mass. Workers » The Associated Press (AP) Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has released an annual Labor Day report to describe her office’s efforts to combat wage theft and other forms of worker exploitation.…

Healey says $9.6m in labor fines were levied against Mass. employers in FY 2018 » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s annual Labor Day report says her office’s fair labor division in fiscal year 2018 assessed more than $9.6 million in restitution and penalti…

Sens. Warren and Markey extol unions at Labor Day breakfast in West Boylston » Worcester Telegram With less than 24 hours before the state primary, labor leaders and politicians gathered for the annual Central Massachusetts AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast.…

Massachusetts unions say Supreme Court's Janus decision having little effect so far » The Republican When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that unions can no longer collect fees from non-members, unions and their advocates slammed the decision as an attack on working people. Many labor rights activists w…

Elizabeth Warren vows Democrats ‘will be there for unions’ » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday extolled the power and covenant of unions, lambasted GOP efforts to undermine them, and pledged if voters give Democrats control of Congress in November, the party w…

Workers spend Labor Day on strike at Brittany fabric printing company in New Bedford » South Coast Today Labor Day was a day of action, not celebration, for some of the 84 employees on strike from fabric-printing company Brittany Global Technologies.…

AG announces nearly $10M in penalties » Boston Herald

Legislative

'Listen very carefully' advises retiring state Rep. John Scibak » The Republican State Rep. John Scibak, D-South Hadley, was asked to offer advice to the next occupant of the 2nd Hampshire District seat that he will vacate at the end of this term. …

Eldridge, Gobi post perfect roll-call vote records in '18 session » Sentinel & Enterprise The Senate has held 261 roll call votes in 2018. We tabulate the number of roll calls on which each senator was present and voting and then calculate that number as a percentage of the total roll call…

Local Government

Dennis officials question voter input on 3-town partnership » Cape Cod Times Some local officials are refusing to go with the flow when it comes to approving legislation that would create a wastewater partnership between Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth.…

Marty Walsh won’t say if he’ll review restaurant shutdowns » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh wouldn’t say yesterday whether he will review the shutdowns of two restaurants by the same Inspectional Services Department inspector last week that were reversed within h…

Deerfield residents fighting to prevent proposed Dollar General store in town » News 22 WWLP.com

Marijuana

Private Worcester marijuana club working to maintain a 'good neighbor' image » Worcester Telegram It’s arguably the edgiest club in the hip Canal District with its presence attracting statewide media coverage propelled by a bit of controversy.…

Opinion

Voters, have your say on primary day » Boston Globe Inspired by Candidate X? Annoyed by Candidate Y? Want to send a message to Incumbent Z, whose office didn’t respond to your call or letter, by blanking his/her uncontested race?…

Build the Boston North South Rail Link now » Boston Globe Massachusetts fell from first to eighth in the annual state rankings (based on a broad spectrum of metrics), and it’s no secret why: congestion and traffic. As a Commonwealth, we do so much wel…

Why the North South Rail Link deserves to die » Boston Globe Won’t someone please just put a stake in the heart of the state’s oldest and most preposterous transit idea ever — the North South Rail Link?…

Jose Tosado is The Republican's choice for 9th Hampden District (Editorial) » The Republican From his days as president of the Springfield City Council, Jose Tosado has been committed to working for the needs of ordinary citizens, especially but not only those in need.…

Letter: Grateful for lawmakers' 'poor' grades » Gloucester Times What a topsy-turvy world we live in. A recent story comes out grading the performance of both Republican and Democratic state office holders (”Gun owners group gives officials low marks,” …

Please run for president, John Kerry! » Boston Herald Run, John, run! John Kerry, the Democratic Party’s 2004 loser, informed us this weekend he hasn’t ruled out a 2020 run, and we should welcome this.…

Editorial: How your vote can make a big difference tomorrow » Worcester Telegram First, consider that it’s not just for registered voters who’ve designated their party affiliation and doesn’t have much to do with you. Unlike some states, unaffiliated registere…

Our View: Remember to vote » Eagle Tribune Pundits are predicting an abysmal turnout for Tuesday's statewide primary election. How nice it would be to prove them wrong.…

Editorial: Top candidates for office » Boston Herald Today is primary election day and the Boston Herald has several endorsements in key races.…

As I See It: Mothers raising voices against proposed cuts to federal nutrition benefits » Worcester Telegram Congress will reconvene from summer break tomorrow in Washington, D.C., and will take up deliberations on the 2018 Farm Bill, including potential cuts to nutritional assistance. …

Why some establishment Dems are on the defensive » Commonwealth Magazine It’s not about ideology; voters want politicians they can trust …

Democracy at risk when unions attacked » Commonwealth Magazine Labor movement stands for shared prosperity …

Politics

Will wealth of write-in candidates create counting problems for clerks in Hampshire-Franklin-Worcester state Senate race? » The Republican Chelsea Kline, of Northampton, a women's rights activist and administrator at Bay Path University, is the only candidate on the ballot for the seat formerly held by Amherst Democrat Stanley Rosenberg,…

Massachusetts primary clash tests Capuano » Politico No one doubts the outcome in Massachusetts Rep. Mike Capuano’s district in November — the Democratic nominee will win in a blowout.…

Candidates make final pitches in races across Mass. » Boston Globe Ayanna Pressley touts herself as a new voice for an urban district, building a campaign that has drawn national headlines. …

On Massachusetts Primary Day, The Battle Between Progressives And Democrats Explained » WGBH

The digital campaign: In 2018, the rules have changed » Boston Globe Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum didn’t seem to have a prayer of winning last week’s Democratic gubernatorial primary in Florida. Gillum’s opponents spent nearly 15 times as much a…

Tuesday’s primary to change faces of county’s representation » Gazette Net For nearly two decades, Hampshire County’s delegation on Beacon Hill remained largely unchanged. Now, with two retirements, a resignation and a death, most of the delegation is turning over, an…

Political Notes: It's time to narrow the field in primary election » Cape Cod Times Tuesday is primary election day in Massachusetts.…

Mark Kenyon, Jose Tosado vie for state representative in 9th Hampden District » The Republican State Rep. Jose F. Tosado, who is seeking re-election to a third two-year term, faces a first-time candidate, Mark A. Kenyon, in Tuesday's Democratic primary.…

Usually low-key, Suffolk register of deeds race has turned into a contentious clash » Boston Globe “I don’t think she understands or appreciates the role,” declared the incumbent, Stephen Murphy. “He looks at this like a retirement plan,” asserted his challenger, Kati…

What Harvard professors who were part of Elizabeth Warren’s hiring say about it » Boston Globe More than 60 Harvard professors were eligible to vote on whether to offer Elizabeth Warren a tenured position at the law school in 1993.…

A guide to the Editorial Board endorsements » Boston Globe Mobilized by their outrage at President Trump and his Draconian policies, an unusual number of Americans — particularly women and people of color — are running for statewide or local off…

What To Make of Tomorrow’s Massachusetts GOP Primary Results … Before They Happen » New Boston Post Since it’s the day after Labor Day, conventional wisdom says turnout will be low. A late surge in absentee ballot requests, however, makes some observers wonder if it might go higher than expec…

Large field in 3rd led to vote on 4th » Lowell Sun THE STATE'S chief elections officer says scheduling the Democratic primary the day after Labor Day wasn't ideal, but he did so for several reasons, including "this race."…

Secretary Bill Galvin: 54,000 absentee ballots requested in Tuesday's primary » The Republican There were 54,000 Massachusetts voters who requested absentee ballots for Tuesday's primary election, a number that Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin called "encouraging."…

On primary day, turnout may depend on location » Boston Globe It’s primary day in Massachusetts, and election officials and analysts – and candidates – are bracing for the unknown. Competitive local races, combined with contested congression…

Last-minute vote pleas » Boston Herald Candidates across the state did last-minute stumping yesterday ahead of today’s primary.…

GOP in identity crisis? » Boston Herald The state Republican establishment is facing a challenge from its right wing, with centrist Gov. Charlie Baker hoping to avoid the embarrassment of a strong showing by challenger Scott Lively in tomor…

Candidates for governor, US Senate crisscross state in last-minute push before primary » Boston Globe One politely introduced himself and his wife to churchgoers in Boston. Another listened to a business owner grumble about taxes and regulations. One stood in a rotary with a life-size cardboard figure…

Historic Tuesday primary awaits voters » Gazette Net When voters in the Pioneer Valley head to the polls in Tuesday’s primary election, they’ll be taking part in a historic electoral moment that, regardless of who wins, will sweep a new g…

Seven Democrats vie to replace Stephen Kulik in 1st Franklin House District » The Republican When many Franklin County voters head to the polls Tuesday, they will choose a likely successor to longtime Rep. Stephen Kulik, the Worthington Democrat who is retiring after 25 years on Beacon Hill.…

Here’s how some Mass. newspapers are endorsing candidates in key races » Boston.com Bay State newspapers have weighed in on a few of the most heated primary elections.…

Tuesday Is Primary Day! Find Out About Races, Where to Vote in Haverhill » WHAV The rare day-after-a-holiday balloting brings few contested local primary races. The exception is the Democratic run-off between Lisa J. Yarid-Ferry and Christina A. Minicucci for the 14th Essex state…

As state primary looms, Marlboro Labor Day Parade offers candidates last chance to pound pavement » Worcester Telegram This blue-collar city historically made shoes. So it’s fitting the annual Labor Day Parade here Monday caps a state political primary campaign on which so much shoe leather has been expended.…

Finegold raises $355K in Senate race; Armano $46,500 » Eagle Tribune Barry Finegold has raised $355,028 in his comeback bid for the state Senate seat he gave up four years ago to run for state treasurer. That's nearly eight times the $46,500 raised by his opponent, Law…

Race to the finish for 3rd District Democrats » Eagle Tribune In the final days before the Democratic primary, 3rd Congressional District candidates are embarking on whirlwind tours of the district, putting out final advertisements and announcing even more endor…

John Kerry Recounts a Life Full of Incident (and a Few Regrets) in ‘Every Day Is Extra’ » The New York Times Remember boredom, sweet boredom? John Kerry’s new memoir, like its author, is reserved and idealistic and reassuringly dull, for long stretches, in its statesmanlike carriage.…

It's primary day in Massachusetts » Eagle Tribune Heading back to work after the holiday weekend? Don't forget to hit the polls along the way.…

A look ahead at the 2018 state primary in Cohasset » Wicked Local Cohasset As Cohasset residents begin to wind down from summer activities, voters will have the opportunity to influence who will make the final ballot ahead of the midterm election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.…

Will We Get The Next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez In This Week’s Primaries? » FiveThirtyEight It’s the home stretch for the 2018 primary season. …

Kennedy, Baker, Hawkins face primary challenges Tuesday » The Sun Chronicle You may not have heard about it, but U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III has a primary challenge Tuesday in an election that comes at an unusual time — the day after Labor Day. …

What pathways to victory look like in 3rd District race » Lowell Sun Even if turnout in Tuesday's primary is low -- a distinct possibility, given that the election comes the day after Labor Day, but by no means a certainty -- there will still be tens of thousands of vo…

Election Day: What You Need to Know — Rep, DA, Congressional Races and More » Jamaica Plain News This is going to be a very busy Election Day! There are several hotly contested races at the state, county and congressional levels. The polls open at 7 am and close at 8 pm so you've got lots of time…

LIVE BLOG: Massachusetts primary election 2018 » Fox 25 News Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, September 4 for the 2018 Massachusetts primary elections as voters narrow the field of Democrats and Republicans competing for elected offices in the November 6 general e…

After Months of Campaigning, Suffolk DA, Congressional Races Move to the Voters » Charlestown Bridge There have been numerous debates, several rallies, and endless discussions about the upcoming Primary Election – particularly on the Democratic side – but this coming Tuesday, Sept. 4, t…

Rise Of LGBTQ Candidates Could Usher In A 'Rainbow Wave' In 2018 » WUNC Democrats have a lot of diverse candidates running this year — a record number of women, African Americans and Native Americans running in high-profile races that they hope could lead them to a…

The Story Behind Andrew Gillum's Shocking Election Victory in Florida » Governing The Tallahassee mayor's win in the Democratic primary for governor is one of the year's biggest upsets. Can a progressive beat a Trump-endorsed candidate in this red state? …

Looming Teachers Strike Brings Political Risk to 2020 Hopeful » Governing If Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti intervenes in the labor dispute, political observers say practically every potential outcome could hurt his future. …

Liberal groups boost Sanchez challenger » Commonwealth Magazine Backing for Elugardo has House budget chairman running scared …

Berkshire County DA’s race: baggage, experience, politics » Commonwealth Magazine Caccaviello, Harrington, and Knight battle for Dem nomination …

Public Health

Recovery breakfast to feature Walsh and former 'drug czar' » Lowell Sun Lowell House continues to bring in high-profile speakers for its annual Recovery Breakfast, this time welcoming Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and former Obama administration "drug czar" Michael Botticelli.…

Public Safety

Mass. State Police troopers charged in overtime investigation appear to be worst offenders for allegedly skipping shifts » The Republican The Massachusetts State Police troopers already accused in federal court with stealing overtime money during specialized patrols on the Massachusetts Turnpike and Metropolitan tunnels system all appea…

Records: GPS bracelets don’t stop reoffenders » Boston Herald The court-issued GPS ankle bracelets that track thousands of people across the state fail to keep gun-toting defendants from reoffending, a Herald analysis of city arrest reports going back almost a f…

In Weymouth, pedestrian fatally struck on Front Street » Boston Globe A man believed to be in his 70s was struck and killed on Front Street in Weymouth Friday afternoon, according to the Norfolk district attorney’s office.…

Attorney General Maura Healey convening grand jury in Mass. State Police overtime investigation, sources say » The Republican State Attorney General Maura Healey's office is convening a grand jury as part of the investigation into alleged theft of overtime money by members of the Massachusetts State Police, sources told Mass…

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