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11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:45am Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health, Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence Street, Worcester

5:00pm An Evening with Congressman Richard Neal

6:00pm Meet & Greet and Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Rich Palmieri

Must-Reads

In youth vote, a force for change is ready — and waiting — to be activated » Boston Globe Young people are leading. They are organizing for change, serving our nation and our communities, driving innovation, and starting businesses and nonprofits. Increasing their electoral participation w…

Dem super PACs keep getting bigger as candidates turn on PAC money » Politico The super PACs charged with helping Democrats take back the House and Senate are raking in record sums from donors motivated by opposition to President Donald Trump, even as a rising class of candidat…

Middle America Reboots Democracy » Democracy We spent months talking with anti-Trump forces—and they’re not who pundits say they are. …

Hydro-Québec, Central Maine Power respond to critics » Commonwealth Magazine Accuse Sierra Club, Maine group of siding with fossil fuel industry …

SENATOR BOASTS ABOUT VOTE AGAINST PAY RAISE » State House News Service Remember the legislative pay raises of January 2017? As the Nov. 6 election nears, some candidates are beginning to remind voters who may have forgotten. …

TRAHAN SAYS HER LEAD HAS WIDENED TO 131 VOTES » State House News Service A day after Dan Koh requested a recount that he hoped would erase Lori Trahan's 52-vote lead, Trahan announced Saturday that her lead in the Democratic primary for an open Congressional seat has expan…

Roger Stone Calls On Trump To Fire 'Insubordinate Hillbilly' Jeff Sessions » The Huffington Post President Donald Trump’s unfiltered friend and informal adviser Roger Stone called on him Saturday to fire “insubordinate hillbilly” Attorney General Jeff Sessions and send the form…

The Dominant Political Institutions For Black And Women Candidates Are Struggling With The New Wave Of Black And Women Candidates » BuzzFeedNews The Congressional Black Caucus PAC backed her white incumbent opponent. EMILY’s List — the mammoth organization that supports pro-choice women and named Pressley as its Gabrielle Gifford…

'He really laid into him:' Massachusetts labor leader Steve Tolman rips House Speaker Robert DeLeo » Mass Live A top Massachusetts union leader ripped House Speaker Robert DeLeo in front of a crowd of union members and state lawmakers, sharply voicing his unhappiness with the longtime Democrat and top legislat…

Lori Trahan claims 122-vote victory in 3rd district based on certified totals » Boston Herald Without mentioning the coming recount requested by her opponent, Congressional candidate Lori Trahan of Westford this morning said she won Tuesday's Democratic primary over Dan Koh by 122 votes, based…

“I think she’s more focused on trying to earn the nomination of the radical wing of the Democrat Party for 2020, whereas I’m more focused on delivering for Massachusetts, and I am going to be a partner down in Washington . . . I will have a seat at the table she will never have,”

Representative Geoff Diehl

Speaking about Elizabeth Warren.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

‘Listen up, Mr. President: Tick, tock,’ Warren tells Trump » Boston Globe With fewer than 60 days to the November elections, US Senator Elizabeth Warren rallied hundreds of supporters Sunday afternoon by excoriating President Trump and Republican lawmakers, warning him that…

Business

Antitrust law, Net giants, speech: US treads on new ground » Boston Globe Plenty of legal scholars believe there are legitimate grounds to bring federal antitrust actions against Facebook, Google, and Twitter. But to go after them for political bias, or for stifling speech?…

They’re betting you’ll enjoy robot-prepared meals » Boston Globe On Friday night in downtown Boston, you could sample the cuisine of Chef Daniel Boulud in two distinctly different venues.…

Amazon is going to grow fast even in HQ2 cities that don't win the big prize » Boston Business Journal Cities have offered billions of dollars in incentives to land Amazon's second headquarters, but the company is adding thousands of jobs in technology hubs around North America anyway.…

Could $700 from the 1960s hold up plans to build business park at golf course? » South Coast Today Seven-hundred dollars. That sum of money might ensure the Whaling City Golf Course, which lost $113,000 last year, might remain as-is forever.…

Officials celebrate Comcast broadband expansion in 9 rural Western Massachusetts towns » The Republican The towns of Buckland, Chester, Conway, Hardwick, Huntington, Montague, Northfield, Pelham and Shelburne now have vastly expanded internet access.…

Saving greyhounds: Massachusetts dog shelter plagued in controversy seeks comeback » The Republican

Domestic Relations

Report finds domestic violence murders on the rise » Eagle Tribune Maria Morton was strangled to death in her Lawrence apartment in January 2017 after a long tumultuous relationship with her live-in boyfriend.…

Education

Former Lowell resident joins UMass Board of Trustees » The Lowell Sun

Sen. Moore, Gov. Baker Take Part in Roundtable on Early College Programs » Go Local Worcester

Environment

Exxon appeals Massachusetts climate case to Supreme Court » The Hill

Federal

Elizabeth Warren Says Trump’s Cabinet Should Just Invoke the 25th Amendment Already » Boston Magazine In an interview on CNN, the Massachusetts senator says if officials think he's unfit for office, they should do something about it. …

Gaming

Latest Mashpee Wampanoag land-in-trust decision elicits joy and dismay » Taunton Daily Gazette “It’s over and done with. This is a resounding, final no with a big period at the end,” said Michele Littlefield. The East Taunton resident and lead plaintiff was reacting to the an…

Health Care

One on One: James Leary, vice president of government and community relations at UMass Memorial Health Care » Worcester Telegram Prior to beginning his job as UMass Memorial Health Care’s vice president of government and community relations, James Leary held that title for nine years at UMass Medical School.…

Hope for new macular degeneration treatments buoys patients » Boston Globe Sometimes it starts with wavy vision. Objects appear distorted. Familiar faces go blurry.…

Legislative

Post-Primary, It's Lame Duck Season In The Massachusetts Legislature » New England Public Radio It's the first full week of lame duck season in Massachusetts. Last week the state saw its primary elections. …

Local Government

West Newbury finalizes plans for 200th anniversary » Newburyport News Most events take place the week of July 6. But because the town was incorporated on Feb. 18, 1819, the committee is planning a black tie gala at Groveland Fairways on Feb. 23 followed by a birthday p…

US prosecutors look to resurrect City Hall indictment in Boston Calling case » Boston Globe Prosecutors have appealed a federal court ruling that led to the dismissal of extortion charges against two City Hall aides, an attempt to breathe new life into the controversial case.…

Marijuana

Where there's smoke, there's a discussion in Lunenburg soon » State House News Service LUNENBURG RESIDENTS get ready for for three months of opportunities to talk about recreational marijuana.…

Opinion

Probe of St. John’s Seminary needs independence » Boston Globe Here’s the truth Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley still needs to grasp: Investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct in the church need to pass a smell test.…

Marty Walsh’s very bad week » Boston Globe Was last week the worst week of the Walsh administration? One could easily make that case. Consider: On Tuesday, multiple candidates the mayor endorsed and actively supported — most prominently…

Democracy and the cultural ideal » Boston Globe The 2016 presidential election made me more aware of two demographic groups. One is made up of young American males, mostly white and not college educated. They wavered, surprisingly, between two cand…

In youth vote, a force for change is ready — and waiting — to be activated » Boston Globe Young people are leading. They are organizing for change, serving our nation and our communities, driving innovation, and starting businesses and nonprofits. Increasing their electoral participation w…

Young voters, claim your power » Boston Globe IN MASSACHUSETTS, THERE’S one sure way to make our politics healthier and our economy fairer: Millennial renters need to show up at the polls more often. Much of the time, they look on from the…

Charlie Baker: Four years later » Boston Globe Do newspaper endorsements matter? It’s a question that comes up every election, and it got us thinking about some of the most notable we’ve written in recent years.…

Americans are the greatest threat to their democracy » Boston Globe PRESIDENT TRUMP IS right. Our electoral process is under assault.…

Our Opinion: After dramatic primaries, focus shifts to November » Berkshire Eagle Primary elections are generally sleepy affairs in Massachusetts, but not this past Tuesday. In the Berkshires and in Boston, voters shook the local landscape, setting the stage for a general election …

Jim Hand: Television advertising fading as a force in politics » The Sun Chronicle In 1996, the congressional campaign of Jim McGovern was frantically trying to raise and save $400,000 so it could advertise on Boston and Providence television.…

Boston pols find appeal limited outside city » Boston Herald Something there is that doesn’t like a pol — at least one from Boston City Hall, that is.…

Feeling queasy about Charlie Baker’s endorsement of Trump-loving Geoff Diehl » Boston Globe

By John Berkowitz, Aaron Vega, John Scibak and Ellen Story: W. Mass. candidates pledge support for 'Death With Dignity' bill » Berkshire Eagle

Politics

State Primary: Tri-Towns give nod to Baker, Gonzalez, Diehl, Galvin » Wicked Local Topsfield In Tuesday’s primary, Tri-Town Republicans overwhelmingly endorsed Gov. Charlie Baker for a second term and gave the nod to Geoff Diehl in his bid to take on Sen. Elizabeth Warren in November.…

BAKER and GONZALEZ’ spar — RECOUNT ready in MA-03 — PRESSLEY reflects » Politico HERE COMES THE GENERAL — We’re three days into general election season and Gov. Charlie Baker and newly crowned Democratic nominee Jay Gonzalez have begun battling it out. Gonzalez is al…

Elugardo, Pressley beat longtime incumbents » Mission Hill Gazette Two longtime incumbents saw their tenures ended, as Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley beat local U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano (7th Congressional District) and Nika Elugardo knocked-off local state Rep. …

Higher voter turnout in Hingham than expected » Wicked Local Hingham For the Nov. 6 state election, Hingham resident Kristen G. Arute, R-Hingham, will run against State Rep Joan Meschino, D-Hull, for her seat. Neither were challenged in their respective primaries. The …

Mindy Domb declares victory over Eric Nakajima in 3rd Hampshire District primary » Mass Live Mindy Domb of Amherst declared victory over Eric Nakajima in the democratic primary for the 3rd Hampshire District, clearing the way for her to claim the state representative seat in the November elec…

Primary wins may seal seats for some Democrats » Newburyport News 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 …

Turnout high; Third Congressional District was tight » Worcester Telegram It was a nail biter in the Third Congressional District, with the lead changing all night Tuesday. Into the morning on Wednesday, Lori Trahan, of Westford, and Daniel Koh, of Andover, were neck-and-ne…

Koh files for recount in 3rd Congressional District race » Newburyport News Andover Democrat Dan Koh, the second-place finisher by 52 votes in the Third Congressional District, will officially file for a recount on Friday, his campaign said.…

Daniel Koh Filing for Recount in Tight Race for Tsongas’ Seat » Roll Call Daniel Koh, a former chief of staff to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, filed for a recount Friday in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts’ 3rd District, according to a media report.…

Baker endorses full GOP slate » The Metro West Daily News As he runs at the top of the Republican party ticket in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker is supporting the rest of the GOP's statewide slate, he said Friday.…

Gonzalez slams Baker for supporting GOP ticket » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Friday that he is supporting the entire GOP statewide slate, include US Senate nominee Geoff Diehl, a supporter of President Trump.…

Second-class citizens no longer: Berkshire second-home owners eye greater involvement, voting rights » the Berkshire edge Charles Atlas called it “dynamic tension”: the pitting of muscle against muscle in an effort to gain strength. That very phrase might also describe the relationship between Berkshire Count…

Ryan cleared path for Trahan » The Lowell Sun WAS THE race for the 3rd Congressional District decided April 6? Political prognosticator Steve Panagiotakos thinks it might have been. That was the day Westford School Committee member Terry Ryan aba…

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Secretary Galvin gets last laugh » The Metro West Daily News If one were to bet several months ago on a challenger winning a Democratic primary in Massachusetts this past Tuesday, it probably wasn’t going to be on Ayanna Pressley knocking off 10-term inc…

The life and rise of Ayanna Pressley » Boston Globe An awkward silence hung over the auditorium at the Francis W. Parker School, a prestigious private school in Chicago, where 300 mostly wealthy, white high school students were supposed to be talking a…

Trahan leads Koh by 132 votes in 3rd District recount » The Valley Dispatch After 27 communities certified their 3rd Congressional District results from last Tuesday's Democratic primary election, Lori Trahan has increased her lead over Dan Koh to 132 votes.…

Hitting the campaign trail, Geoff Diehl pledges strong tie with Trump » Boston Globe Republican Geoff Diehl began the first weekend following his Tuesday primary election victory campaigning against US Senator Elizabeth Warren, blasting the Democratic senator for presidential ambition…

Can a Democrat unseat Massachusetts' popular GOP governor? » Boston Herald Even in a blue state, and amid signs that liberal Democratic enthusiasm is surging nationwide, Jay Gonzalez likely faces a steep climb in his bid to unseat Massachusetts' popular Republican governor i…

Democratic Nominee For Governor Jay Gonzalez: ‘I’m Not Deval Patrick’ » CBS Boston With the race for Massachusetts governor rapidly approaching, Democratic nominee Jay Gonzalez wants voters to know he is not his former boss.…

Baker backing full GOP slate, but says he's focused on his race » WCVB Baker defeated conservative Springfield pastor Scott Lively in Tuesday's primary, in which Diehl and attorney general hopeful Jay McMahon also beat their opponents. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, treasurer ca…

As recount looms, Trahan says her lead has doubled » Eagle Tribune Surrounded by women and girls, Democratic congressional candidate Lori Trahan announced Saturday that her lead against challenger Daniel Koh increased two-fold. Previously Trahan was ahead by 52 votes…

25 Percent Turnout For State Primary In Falmouth » The Falmouth Enterprise Approximately 25 percent of Falmouth voters turned out to cast a ballot in the state primary election on Tuesday, September 4.…

Ayanna Pressley wasn’t the only big winner Tuesday » Boston Herald There were many winners up front and behind the scenes in the race for the 7th Congressional District seat that supported and fueled Ayan­na Pressley’s win Tuesday.…

Lantigua eyes another bid for mayor in 2021 » Eagle Tribune Days after voters narrowly rejected his bid to regain his former state House seat – his fifth loss at the polls in five years – William Lantigua said last week he is hearing the voice of…

Surge Of MA Progressives Has Democrats Hopeful For November » Framingham Patch Gov. Charlie Baker has the money, the name recognition, the approval ratings, and the backing of elected officials from both parties - a perfect recipe for re-election.…

Recount pending, but Trahan's on the move » The Valley Dispatch While the recount moves forward, Lori Trahan isn't waiting to continue her campaign for the 3rd Congressional District.…

Trahan's lead over Koh widens with official results » Eagle Tribune Certified results fro last Tuesday's state primary show Lori Trahan leading Dan Koh by 122 votes in the 3rd Congressional District race, more than doubling earlier estimates.…

Haverhill’s Chandler Pursuing Activism Post-Primary: ‘No Specific Plans’ for Future Office » WHAV Wrapping up her first-ever congressional bid, Haverhill’s Alexandra Chandler says she has “no specific plans” to seek future office—but that doesn’t mean she’s …

Anti-Citizens United ballot committee has little money to spend on Massachusetts campaign » The Republican A ballot question that would establish a commission to advocate in favor of overturning the Citizens United court decision has raised $272,000 so far, according to a campaign finance report released F…

Jay Gonzalez Calls GOP's $60 Billion Spending Plan Claims Ridiculous » WBUR Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez dismissed as "ridiculous" the claim by the Massachusetts Republican Party that he plans to boost spending by $60 billion if elected.…

Democrats gather for unity rally for candidates in Massachusetts » Fox 25 News Democrats gathered for a unity rally for candidates in Massachusetts on Sunday, days after the state's primary elections.…

On the Record: Fresh off primary win, Geoff Diehl discusses Trump and Warren » WCVB Geoff Diehl, who won the Republican nomination for senate, comments on the campaign against Elizabeth Warren and his support for Donald Trump.…

Charlie Baker defends himself as Democrats criticize » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker — smeared by Democrats with a Trump brush yesterday — defended himself as he poured beers at the L Street Tavern on what is becoming an increasingly heated campaign tr…

Clear contrast between Ross and Rausch in state Senate race » The Sun Chronicle The contrasts could not be more obvious in the Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex state Senate district race between long-time incumbent Richard Ross and new face Becca Rausch. …

Councilor Ayanna Pressley Defeats Congressman Capuano:Capuano Took Charlestown with 60 Percent of the Vote » Charlestown Bridge The world was turned on its nose Tuesday night in the Congressional District 7 race when Boston City Councilor …

Primary turnout topped or neared 50% in many county communities » Gazette Net Up and down the Pioneer Valley, Tuesday’s state primary saw a much higher voter turnout than four years earlier, possibly a reflection of the competitive races for state offices, as well as a g…

Democrat Domenic Sarno Justifies His Endorsement Of Republican Charlie Baker » New England Public Radio

Disagreeing agreeably » Commonwealth Magazine

Gonzalez faces steep election odds » The Recorder

Public Safety

Cyclists make "Ride to Remember" from Springfield to State House » Fox 25 News Cyclists made a trip from western Massachusetts to the State House to honor fallen police officers and firefighters for the sixth year in a row.…

State Government

Charlie Baker stops for beer and banter at L Street Tavern in South Boston » Boston Globe At the L Street Tavern in South Boston on Sunday afternoon, Governor Charlie Baker leaned across the bar, chin in hand. With shirt sleeves rolled up to his elbows and a Guinness in hand, he looked lik…

Galvin orders recount in 3rd Congressional District Democratic primary » The Lowell Sun

Transportation

Were reports of licenses issued to dead people greatly exaggerated? » The Lowell Sun An audit released Thursday by the Office of the State Auditor revealed that the Registry of Motor Vehicles issued 1,905 driver's licenses to individuals after they had died.…

Natick Gets Complete Streets Funding Program Award » Framingham Patch Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, Peabody Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr, members of the Massachusetts Legislature, municipal officials and stakeholders…

Blue Line needs urgent attention » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA’s BLUE LINE is on the brink. Generally known as the best of the system’s subway services (largely because of its relatively newer, reliable, Siemens subway cars), the Blue Line …

Crumbling concrete, leaking roofs, and busted elevators: the state of the T » Boston Globe The elevators at Aquarium Station have been out of service for months, roped off from passengers. Corroding ramps at the commuter rail station in Winchester are patched with plywood, and exposed rebar…

RMV: License audit used outdated data » The Lowell Sun An audit released Thursday by the Office of the State Auditor revealed that the Registry of Motor Vehicles issued 1,905 driver's licenses to individuals after they had died. But the RMV rejected the r…

Danvers pushes forward on rail trail expansion » The Salem News Local officials got their first look Friday at what will soon be an expansion of the town’s rail trail. …

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 9/10

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:45am Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health, Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence Street, Worcester

5:00pm An Evening with Congressman Richard Neal

6:00pm Meet & Greet and Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Rich Palmieri

Tuesday - 9/11

8:30am September 11 Commemoration Ceremony, Front Stairs & House Chamber, State House, Boston

10:00am Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Lobby 2 Conference Room, Boston

5:00pm Mass. Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony, Ashburton Park, State House, Boston

Wednesday - 9/12

11:00am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

1:30pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

5:30pm Reception for Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Thursday - 9/13

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

Friday - 9/14

7:00pm Hometown Fundraiser for State Auditor Candidate Helen Brady with Gov. Charlie Baker

Press Releases

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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