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9:00am 35th Annual Trooper George L. Hanna Memorial Awards for Bravery, House Chamber & Great Hall, State House, Boston

12:00pm Brain Aneurysm Awareness Event, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

7:30pm A Night of Music to Benefit State Sen. Candidate Katie McBrine

Must-Reads

This progressive Democrat won the primary to be the next Boston-area district attorney. Then she went on Fox News. » Boston.com Rachael Rollins defended her support for decriminalizing shoplifting and drug possession. …

The man behind Trump’s conservative judicial nominees » Boston Globe How do we know that Brett Kavanaugh will be a stringent right-wing justice, wedded to social conservatives, business interests, and the electoral well-being of the Republican Party? The same way we kn…

Higher minimum wage boosts pay without reducing jobs, study says » Boston Globe Minimum wage increases in six US cities boosted worker pay without harming job growth, according to a study released Thursday by University of California at Berkeley researchers. …

In ad war over ballot question, both sides give nurses leading roles » Boston Globe In a 30-second television advertisement airing across Massachusetts, a nurse looks toward the camera and declares that government-mandated restrictions on nurses’ caseloads would put hospital p…

SJC upholds state ban on corporate political donations » Boston Globe The state’s highest court on Thursday unanimously upheld Massachusetts’ longtime ban on corporate political donations to a candidate, rejecting a push by a Republican congressional nomin…

How Ayanna Pressley Won » WBUR With her primary win this week, Ayanna Pressley will almost certainly become the first woman of color elected to Congress in the 230 year history of the Commonwealth. Her victory provided a renewed ho…

Fall River mayor abandons fellow Dem to endorse Gov. Baker » WPRI.COM Correia was one of 22 mayors, 10 of them Democrats, whose support for Baker was announced by his campaign on Thursday, two days after he and Gonzalez won their party primaries. …

Marco Rubio Calls Alex Jones a Clown: ‘Don’t Touch Me Again!’ » Observer On Wednesday, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones clashed outside the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Internet censorship—an encounter which was captured by The Gat…

PLANTIFFS MAY TAKE SJC CAMPAIGN FINANCE RULING TO SUPREME COURT » State House News Service The state's high court on Thursday upheld a ban on corporate donations to political candidates, a decision one plaintiff said he hopes to appeal to the United States Supreme Court. …

"We're up against an incumbent governor with millions of dollars of dark money," Gonzalez said. But, he added, as elections have shown in Massachusetts and elsewhere, "Incumbency and money and special interests and pundits don't decide elections. We do."

Gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez

Speaking about Governor Charlie Baker

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Is John Kerry really considering a run for president in 2020? » Boston.com John Kerry likely isn’t top of mind when it comes to potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates — even within his home state of Massachusetts.…

Elizabeth Warren: If Trump officials are so worried, they should invoke the 25th Amendment » Boston Globe US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts told a TV news reporter that if Trump administration officials are so worried about the country, they should invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President …

After upset win, Massachusetts Democrat Ayanna Pressley comes out swinging at Trump » CNBC Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley beat a 10-term incumbent on Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination to run for the U.S. Congress, and she immediately came out swinging at President Donald Trump…

Is Donald Trump Going to Rally for Geoff Diehl? » Boston Magazine Now that Geoff Diehl is ready to face off against Trump's nemesis, Elizabeth Warren, it's a real question. …

Business

With water, sewer upgrades complete, Chicopee's Cabotville Mill project economically viable; plans for 600 apartments move forward » The Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito joined Mayor Richard J. Kos on Thursday in celebrating West End infrastructure improvements that make renovations viable at the Cabotville Mill complex.…

Draft lease sheds light on Kraft soccer plans » Commonwealth Magazine BOB KRAFT DIDN’T ASK for any government subsidies when he sought to build a soccer stadium on the former site of the Bayside Exposition Center in Dorchester’s Columbia Point neighborhood…

Inside Don Chiofaro’s Long War to Make Boston’s Skyline Taller » Boston Magazine After decades of fighting City Hall, Don Chiofaro’s bullish style has made him the most talked-about developer in Boston. But with a friendly mayor now in place and his plan for a soaring water…

Popularity rises among Boston's few donor-advised funds » Boston Business Journal Donor-advised funds are quickly becoming a big business. The philanthropic-minded are increasingly enamored with the funds’ short- and long-term benefits: They receive immediate tax deductions …

Most of Bay State's largest nonprofits see increase in assets » Boston Business Journal From the standpoint of total assets accumulated by the organizations, 2017 proved to be a positive year for the largest nonprofits in Massachusetts. …

Education

Study finds 1 in 5 college students reported thoughts of suicide » Boston Globe One in five college students reported thoughts of suicide in the past year, according to a new study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a finding the researchers say highlights an …

A new year for Boston Public Schools, but an old problem — late buses » Boston Globe Late buses plagued the start of school in Boston on Thursday as temperatures climbed into the 90s in thick humid air, causing some students at bus stops to give up in frustration and go home after wai…

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito congratulates Holyoke High School student 'pioneers' enrolled in early college program » The Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Thursday met and congratulated Holyoke High School students enrolled in a statewide early college program, calling them "pioneers" who are opening pathways for all students, r…

Environment

Cape Towns Benefit from $3.6 million in Dredging Grants from State » Cape Cod Online It’s no secret that coastal communities benefit greatly from their access to the ocean. From the direct revenue brought in by commercial fishing to the money spent on the shoreline by recreatio…

Gaming

Selectmen want to reach out to tribe regarding casino » Martha's Vineyard Times Aquinnah selectmen unanimously agreed to send a letter to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) regarding the construction and operation of a new casino at a board meeting Wednesday.…

Indian Country watching for decision on Cape tribe's land » Cape Cod Times Federal Indian law experts and tribes across the country are keeping a close eye on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, which is just days away from learning whether the U.S. Department of the Interior  

Health Care

Mental health clinic sues state, says it will close if Medicaid payments aren’t restored » Boston Globe A Lawrence mental health clinic that treats more than 1,200 poor patients said it will close “imminently’’ if Massachusetts does not restore its Medicaid payments.…

Immigration

Immigrants suffered under Trump’s family separation policy. The government should compensate them, a lawsuit says » Boston Globe Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House chief of staff John Kelly are among a dozen Trump administration officials accused Wednesday in a federal lawsuit of conspiring to separate Central and S…

Judiciary

SJC upholds state ban on corporate political donations » Boston Globe The state’s highest court on Thursday unanimously upheld Massachusetts’ longtime ban on corporate political donations to a candidate, rejecting a push by a Republican congressional nomin…

Plaintiffs may take SJC campaign finance ruling to Supreme Court » State House News Service The state's high court on Thursday upheld a ban on corporate donations to political candidates, a decision one plaintiff said he hopes to appeal to the United States Supreme Court.…

Labor

MassHire: Employment boards, job centers take on new name, statewide brand » The Republican What used to be the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is now the MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board.…

Hire Stakes: How much do jobs pay in Boston vs. cities across the country? » Boston Business Journal The Business Journals developed a formula to determine the desirability of more than 600 occupations in the nation’s 106 major metropolitan areas.…

Legislative

DeLeo spins a positive tale » Commonwealth Magazine House Speaker Robert DeLeo dutifully sidled up to the state’s other top Democrats at a “unity” gathering yesterday morning in Dorchester, where party pooh-bahs reveled in their vict…

Jockeying on Beacon Hill likely for House, Senate budget posts » The Metro West Daily News Voters on Tuesday tossed Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez out of office, which means the House and Senate are on the verge of an unusual occurrence: having two brand new Ways and Means committee chairs at the sam…

Local Government

State Rep. Peisch Holds Weston Office Hours » Framingham Patch State Representative Alice Hanlon Peisch is holding office hours in Weston on Monday, Sept. 17, at the following time and location:…

Election results: Winchester residents get the hometown vote » Daily Times Chronicle With 4,203 registered voters turning out, Democratic Senator Jason Lewis defeated challenger Sam Hammar in his hometown of Winchester for Senator in General Court in the Fifth Middlesex District. Sen.…

Quincy board denies permit for Long Island Bridge » Patriot Ledger The conservation commission has denied Boston’s permit request that would have allowed it to move forward with a proposal to rebuild the Long Island Bridge.…

Quincy’s Conservation Commission denies Boston bid for Long Island bridge » Boston Herald Quincy’s Conservation Commission voted to deny Boston’s application for the bridge this week, the latest salvo between Boston …

Worcester says borrowing for WooSox stadium won't hurt bond rating » Worcester Telegram The city has been told that its planned $100.8 million borrowing to finance construction of a new 10,000-seat home for the Boston Red Sox top minor league team will not have a negative impact on its m…

Marijuana

Good Chemistry in Worcester is ordered to stop selling pot grown at its Bellingham facility » Worcester Telegram The state Department of Public Health has issued a cease-and-desist and quarantine order to the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Worcester, while it looks into "concerns about the use of …

'Still an illegal substance,' marijuana's federal ban complicates things for cities, towns, vendors » Mass Live The billions of dollars in federal funding that flow into cities and towns won't go where there's pot.…

Marijuana retailers could get final go-ahead this month » State House News Service A handful of the marijuana businesses granted provisional licenses have informed the Cannabis Control Commission they are ready to be inspected, one of the final steps before retail sales of marijuana…

Opinion

EDITORIAL: What an election, and it's not over » Lowell Sun t's obvious that voters in the 3rd Congressional District Democratic primary race were conflicted in settling on a single, breakaway candidate in the exciting, diverse field of 10.…

Editorial: Voters showed strength in numbers — let’s do it again in November » Gazette Net Hampshire County voters on Tuesday took a major step forward in determining who will represent them on Beacon Hill, in Congress and in towns such as Amherst and Southampton. …

Dire warnings about Donald Trump » Boston Globe This is the week when the political distress signals emanating from the White House came through like an alarm at midnight — loud, startling, and impossible to ignore.…

The man behind Trump’s conservative judicial nominees » Boston Globe How do we know that Brett Kavanaugh will be a stringent right-wing justice, wedded to social conservatives, business interests, and the electoral well-being of the Republican Party? The same way we kn…

Viewpoint: Paid family leave pays business dividends » Boston Business Journal Here at W.S. Badger Co., our company proves that you don’t have to be a multinational corporation to provide paid leave. Further, we refute the falsehood that paid leave inevitably harms small …

Editorial: Don’t take the Massachusetts economy for granted » Boston Business Journal Greater Boston has one more notch in its economic-strength belt, in the form of yet another top nationwide ranking. Stop us if you've heard this one before.…

Politics

Baker agrees to three debates, but Gonzalez wants more » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker has agreed to three televised debates against Democrat Jay Gonzalez between now and the general election in November, according to a spokesman for the Republican’s campai…

Facing Friday deadline, Koh campaign still not saying if it will request recount » Eagle Tribune As of Thursday, a spokesman for the Dan Koh campaign would not say if Koh will seek a recount in the narrow 3rd Congessional District race against Lori Trahan, who has claimed victory.…

New election chief: Low voter turnout in Brockton, but not 'abysmal' as expected » The Enterprise During her first election in charge of the Brockton Elections Commission, Cynthia Scrivani said the voter turnout was "very low" on Tuesday, but not as "abysmal" as she first predicted. Otherwise, the…

Senator Cyr Endorsed by Key Environmental Groups » Cape Cod Today State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) today welcomed the endorsement of three of the state’s leading environmental advocacy and policy organizations in his re-election bid: the Environmental Leagu…

Dems to 'shoot for the stars' with gubernatorial ticket » State House News Service The race for governor between incumbent Charlie Baker and Democratic nominee Jay Gonzalez got out of the gate quickly Wednesday with the Republican governor and a pro-Baker super PAC going on air imme…

Progressive legislative primaries pull in big cash » The Bay State Banner Progressive politics got Bostonians digging deep to financially support candidates, an analysis of campaign contributions in the legislative primary races reveals. …

Election Results: Shrewsbury Primary 2018 » Framingham Patch Voters turned out for the Massachusetts state primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 4, electing state representatives, state senators, councillors, sheriffs and other state positions.…

'Engaged' electorate spikes primary turnout on Cape » Cape Cod Times The Massachusetts primary elections are over, but deciphering the results for trends and general election predictions has just begun.…

Weymouth votes in step with state on primary day » Wicked Local Weymouth Weymouth voters cast ballots in sync with their counterparts throughout the state Tuesday by nominating Gov. Charlie Baker to run for reelection Nov. 6 and choosing Jay M. Gonzalez to oppose him.…

Rachael Rollins Wins Nod For Suffolk County District Attorney » WGBH In a wide-open primary for Suffolk County district attorney, Democrats on Tuesday voted for a change candidate, nominating Rachael Rollins for the office that oversees prosecutions in Boston, Chelsea,…

'No mistakes in politics,' Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says as primary losses follow high-profile endorsements » The Republican Congressman Michael Capuano. State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez. Secretary of State candidate Josh Zakim.…

Trahan: "The real work begins," Koh: Recount possible » Wicked Local Littleton ori Trahan has been declared the victor by the slimmist of margins in the race for the 3rd Congressional District. Ashburnham, the 225th community to report its primary election results, put Trahan ov…

Mayor Correia endorses Baker-Polito ticket in re-election bid » Herald News As Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito advance toward the November election they’ll do so with the support of Mayor Jasiel Correia II.…

Rep. Parisella victorious in 6th Essex District primary » Wicked Local Beverly Incumbent Jerald Parisella has beaten out Democratic challenger Euplio “Rick” Marciano in the primary election for state representative in the 6th Essex District.…

Massachusetts Democrats unite, take aim at governor's seat » Boston Herald Ayanna Pressley — fresh from unseating incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano — took aim at widely popular GOP Gov. Charlie Baker, urging Democrats to work to oust him from the Corner Of…

The Bay State Trump bump » Commonwealth Magazine Gov. Charlie Baker consistently polls as one of the most popular governors in the country, some heady stuff for a Republican in the nation’s bluest state. But can you imagine what he could do i…

5 Worcester takeaways from the Mass. primary election » Worcester Telegram According to unofficial election results, 14,306 of the city’s 109,435 registered voters cast ballots in the primary. While that isn’t exactly anything to write home about - heck, it mea…

Springfield's Domenic Sarno among 22 Massachusetts mayors endorsing Gov. Charlie Baker » The Republican Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, a Democrat, is among the 22 mayors who have endorsed Republican Gov. Charlie Baker for re-election, Baker's campaign announced Thursday.…

Holaday, Gray join mayors endorsing Baker-Polito » Newburyport News The mayors of Newburyport and Amesbury were among 22 mayors who endorsed the Baker-Polito ticket on Thursday.…

Political Notes: General election campaigns underway » Cape Cod Times The general election race for state representative in the 2nd Barnstable District is off and running.…

Fairhaven narrowly rejects Gov. Baker in primary election » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker solidly fended off his challenge from the right in Tuesday’s primary election. However, a few spots across the state, including Fairhaven, backed conservative minister Scott …

Republican Baker says 10 Dem mayors back his re-election » Gazette Net Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s campaign says 22 Massachusetts mayors, including 10 Democrats, have endorsed his re-election campaign.…

Dan Koh and Lori Trahan prepare potential recount requests » Boston Globe With potentially hundreds of ballots still to be tallied, Lori Trahan and Dan Koh spent Thursday scrambling to prepare their own requests for a recount in the chaotic Third Congressional District Demo…

Is it 2018, or 2020? Warren’s reelection contest has hallmarks of national race » Boston Globe Massachusetts voters should be forgiven if in the weeks ahead they start believing the calendar reads 2020 instead of 2018.…

2 in Massachusetts House leadership ousted in primaries » Boston.com Two veteran state lawmakers from Boston who were part of the House leadership have been defeated by challengers in Democratic primaries. Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, chairman of the powerful House Ways and …

High-profile Beacon Hill ousters seen as ‘teachable moment’ » Boston Herald A conservative fiscal watchdog said the primary ouster of two top legislative lieutenants can be seen as an indictment on the way pols do business on Beacon Hill, a notion dismissed outright by House …

Acton's Gouveia moves on to general election in the 14th Middlesex District » State House News Service Acton's Tami Gouveia came out on top of a field of three Democratic candidates in the primary race for the 14th Middlesex District seat soon to be vacated by longtime state Rep. Cory Atkins. With all…

Randy Hunt Bests Ron Beaty Jr. In Primary » The Bourne News Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich), incumbent state representative for the 5th Barnstable District, was heading toward a decided victory Tuesday, September 4, over his primary challenger, Ronald R. Beaty Jr., th…

Natalie Blais prevails in 1st Franklin race, defeating six rival Democrats » Mass Live Natalie Blais has won the Democratic primary in the 1st Franklin House District, besting six rivals.…

Focused strategy aided Sabadosa » Gazette Net Lindsay Sabadosa, 37, felt confident going into Tuesday’s primary election for the 1st Hampshire District in the Massachusetts House.…

Recent UMass Amherst grad wins Democratic primary in Worcester County » Gazette Net For many college graduates, the time immediately following graduation is one of deep uncertainty over future plans.…

Michelle Ciccolo wins Democratic primary for the 15th Middlesex district » Wicked Local Lexington The polls are closed, and the votes are in.…

Speaker calls election a ‘good night’ despite defeat of key lieutenants » Commonwealth Magazine HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO dutifully sidled up to the state’s other top Democrats at a “unity” gathering yesterday morning in Dorchester, where party pooh-bahs reveled in their vict…

Pressley: Her election is ‘A mandate for hope’ » Dorchester Reporter In her first one-one-one interview since her historic victory, Ayanna Pressley reflects on the highs and lows of the campaign and how she sought to ‘change the math’ …

Thanks To All From State Senator Jason Lewis » Reading Patch Lewis thanks volunteers, supporters, and opponent Sam Hammar for a great primary campaign. …

After a Razor-Thin Finish in the Third District, There Could Be a Recount » Boston Magazine Mere dozens of votes separate Lori Trahan and former Marty Walsh aide Dan Koh in the Congressional primary. …

Voter ID featured in Amore's election security plan » State House News Service Secretary of State challenger Anthony Amore proposed on Thursday that Massachusetts require all voters to present identification before they are allowed to cast a ballot, wading into a controversial t…

Public Safety

'It's about fairness,' police chief says of Gov. Baker's plan to overhaul criminal 'dangerousness' law » The Republican Yarmouth Sgt. Sean Gannon was killed in 2018 by a career criminal with over a dozen arrests and 100 charges on his rap sheet.…

Public safety officials meet in Quincy to tackle active-shooter protocols » Patriot Ledger On Dec. 14, 2012, Michele Gay said that she was doing “the morning shuffle,” like any other normal school day, getting her daughters ready for school. She had no idea that after dropping o…

Candidate's 'decline to prosecute' list alarms cops » Boston Herald The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Union is raising the alarm about Suffolk District Attorney candidate Rachael Rollins’ “decline to prosecute” list — while the county 

Fifth state trooper indicted in overtime scandal » Boston Herald A fifth state trooper has been indicted on charges of stealing thousands of dollars from the state through overtime scams.…

State Government

ABLE Machine Tool Sales in Agawam, adding jobs, earns visit from Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito » The Republican A company that distributes custom machine tools is expanding and hiring, thanks in part to a package of tax incentives from the city and the state.…

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visits Chicopee industrial mill redevelopment project » News 22 WWLP.com A multi-million dollar MassWorks project is assisting the redevelopment of Chicopee's former textile mills.…

Primary wins appear to seal sets for nine Democrats in Legislature » State House News Service Two years later, former Rep. Marcos Devers is now poised to reclaim the House seat he lost in 2016, after he and nine other Democrats on Tuesday won primary races in districts where no Republicans are…

Holmes one of few reps willing to buck DeLeo » Commonwealth Magazine Trash and grit swirl in the air as the Mattapan Democrat, wearing a gas-powered leaf blower, pushes litter into the path of street sweepers due to arrive later in the day. The weekly chore dates back …

Transportation

Auditor says RMV licensed dead people. RMV says all the people are alive » Boston Globe State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump released an audit Thursday that found the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles had issued 1,905 driver’s licenses in the names of dead people.…

Dead or alive? State agencies disagree on whether RMV issued licenses to dead people » The Republican Are they dead or are they alive? No one can agree. Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday adamantly rejected the results of a state audit alleging the Registry of Motor Vehicles issued 1,905 licenses to dead…

MBTA extends $10 weekend fare » Commonwealth Magazine Nearly 82,000 tickets were sold over 13 weekends …

The MBTA’s Just War on Backpacks Has Been Rekindled » Boston Magazine As back-to-school season arrives, the T is sending the message via announcements and videos. …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Patrick advisors launch new PAC to support Dems » Dorchester Reporter

What you need to know about the prospect of sports betting in Massachusetts » Boston.com

Charlie Baker proposes legislative changes on bail » Boston Globe

Baker bill would hold more defendants behind bars before conviction » Boston Herald

In wake of police officer killings, Gov. Charlie Baker unveils plan to fix 'loopholes' in criminal justice system » The Republican

McMahon challenges Healey to three debates » State House News Service

It's Truschelli vs LaNatra for 12th Plymouth District » Wicked Local Kingston

Berkshire County said to need voice on state's transit task force » Berkshire Eagle

An evening with state Rep. Wong scheduled » Wicked Local Saugus

Mass. High Court Upholds Ban On Corporate Campaign Donations » WBUR

Duff victorious but 'taking nothing for granted' » Gloucester Times

Cannabis Control Commission offers 'equity' tips to Massachusetts cities and towns » The Republican

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4845 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Diane Misiano, an employee of the Department of Revenue

Most read bills of the week:

HB4033 - An Act relative to combatting addiction, accessing treatment, reducing prescriptions, and enhancing prevention

SB2638 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Thomas Millett, an employee of the Department of Correction

SB2659 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Thomas Millett, an employee of the Worcester County Sheriff's Office

SB2200 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

HB2109 - An Act to create the department of marine fisheries resources

House Actions This Week: 44

Senate Actions This Week: 36


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