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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

Must-Reads

Progressive groups ratchet up pressure on Sen. Collins to vote against Kavanaugh nomination » Press Herald She finds herself in the crosshairs of social media campaigns, a series of rallies and a fundraising drive to bankroll a 2020 Democratic challenger if she votes to confirm the Supreme Court nominee. …

Cynthia Nixon Defends Herself Against Anti-Semitism Attack And Calls Cuomo "Notoriously Vindictive" » BuzzFeedNews "The idea that they would accuse me of being soft on anti-Semitism is an outrage," the insurgent progressive candidate for governor in New York said on BuzzFeed News' "AM to DM." …

Secretary of State seizing control of Lowell, Lawrence election offices » The Lowell Sun Secretary of State William Galvin will take direct control of the election offices in Lowell and Lawrence to run any upcoming recounts and oversee the administration of the November general election.…

Unions taking an old-school stand against National Grid » Boston Globe As a National Grid crew worked to fix a gas leak near the Silver Fox function hall on a steamy early September morning, more than a dozen union members stood across the street with picket signs, haras…

From Trump to Trade, the Financial Crisis Still Resonates 10 Years Later » The New York Times The crisis was a moment that cleaved our country. It broke a social contract between the plutocrats and everyone else. But it also broke a sense of trust, not just in financial institutions and the go…

Analysis estimates nurse question costs at $35 mil to $47 mil » State House News Service Nine Massachusetts hospitals already meet the staffing requirements proposed under a ballot question that would cap the number of patients assigned to one nurse, and would not incur extra costs if the…

N.H., R.I. hold primaries this week: Here are the races to watch » Boston Globe Analysts in both states say higher-than-expected voter turnout could be the last minute “x-factor” that leads to a surprise or two on election night. …

There’s a new number two lobbying firm in town » Boston Globe The numbers are in for the first half of 2018 for Boston’s lobbying firms, and it’s no surprise that powerhouse ML Strategies remains at the top.…

Most know where they were 17 years ago, and the grief and horror of that morning. While those images will always stay with us, so do the acts of heroism and the coming together that followed. Today we honor those who died and remember the loved ones they left behind.

Governor Charlie Baker

Remembering the tragic events of September 11th.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Five key takeaways from Bob Woodward’s book on Trump’s White House » Boston Globe The book has been making headlines since the Washington Post reported on it last week, and leaked details seemed to portray a White House in chaos, with a president who appeared unwilling to learn the…

Business

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey Reacts to Complaints of Solar Companies Preying on Elderly » NECN Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey expressed concern about the findings of NBC10 Boston investigation on the solar industry, specifically allegations of companies preying on elderly consumers…

Company may make changes to ship after death of man who fell overboard » Boston Globe State officials are launching an investigation into whether any alcohol laws were violated after a 21-year-old man fell overboard and died during a party cruise Saturday night.…

Education

Massachusetts Colleges Fared Well in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Rankings » Boston Magazine Congrats to us, again. …

Cape Cod Community College aviation program enrollment expands » The Barnstable Patriot

At Pittsfield’s urging, Berkshire Hills challenges state school funding formula in strong terms » the Berkshire edge

Environment

On waterfront, Trustees survey says Bostonians want parks over development » Boston Globe Amid calls to build a signature park on the South Boston Waterfront, a new survey by one of the leading proponents found that residents prefer parks over more development along Boston Harbor, because …

Hurricane Florence Will Have a “Minimal Impact” on Massachusetts, Forecasters Say » Boston Magazine Don't go stocking up on water bottles and batteries just yet. …

Gaming

Assault at MGM Springfield casino lands victim in hospital with serious injuries » The Republican A Springfield man is in custody after allegedly attacking a man at the MGM Springfield casino "without warning or provocation," inflicting serious injuries.…

Housing

Boston’s new luxury towers appear to house few Bostonians » Boston Globe Many buyers of condominiums in the new luxury towers sprouting around Boston are either part-time residents or investors — sometimes with no clear connections to Boston — according to a …

Think tank sees peril in Boston luxury towers » Commonwealth Magazine Backs new taxes on units, fuller disclosure of owners …

Labor

Rail-car maker drops plan to require noncompetes, one month before new law takes effect » Boston Globe The Chinese company making hundreds of new subway cars for the MBTA in Springfield tried to require its nonunion employees to sign a noncompete agreement roughly one month before a new law takes effec…

Local Government

Billerica receives $100K for Yankee Doodle Bike Path » Wicked Local Billerica Rep. Marc Lombardo welcomed Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito to Billerica where she awarded the community with a Rail Trail program grant of $100,000 for the Yankee Doodle Bike Path.…

State sends $75K for First Baptist Church's steeple » South Coast Today WHALE’s First Baptist Church project was awarded an emergency grant for $75,000 by William Galvin, secretary of state.…

Methuen School Committee to hire superintendent search firm » Eagle Tribune Confusion and frustration reigned at Monday night's School Committee meeting.…

Judge rejects Falmouth's bid to block auction » Cape Cod Times A Barnstable Superior Court judge has denied a request from the town of Falmouth to stop the auction of a low-income property going through foreclosure.…

Marijuana

Northboro and Bellingham now told they cannot prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries » Worcester Telegram Six days after confirming approval of medical marijuana dispensary bans in Northboro and Bellingham, Attorney General Maura Healey’s office reversed its decision.…

Newburyport council considers retail pot zoning tonight » Newburyport News The City Council is scheduled tonight to discuss a proposed zoning amendment that would allow marijuana retail shops to open in all of the city’s business districts, include the downtown. …

Advocates seek state input on deals between pot shops and cities, towns » Boston Herald The head of the Massachusetts Municipal Association says the state should butt out of pot agreements between vendors and cities and towns.…

Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Don't settle for Baker's low bar; vote Gonzalez for governor » Herald News Speaking as members of the Democratic party in Fall River, it was with consternation that we read that our supposedly Democratic mayor endorsed Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday.…

Senator Collins: Oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination » Boston Globe Senator Susan Collins may look at Brett Kavanaugh and see a judicial nominee who looks just like the procession of Republican Supreme Court nominees she’s supported in the past: white, male, co…

Donald Trump is not an unindicted coconspirator » Boston Globe During Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut questioned the legitimacy of the judge’s appointment to the Supreme Court. Blumenthal…

Strategy to link Charlie Baker to Donald Trump won’t work » Boston Herald Shunned by the right, Gov. Charlie Baker now finds himself under attack by the left, which is dredging up a familiar enemy — President Trump — to tar the popular governor.…

Charlie Baker missing as leader of Massachusett's GOP » Boston Herald Whose Massachusetts Republican Party is it, anyway? After last week’s GOP primary results, and the underwhelming performance of “America’s Most Popular Governor,” I asked sev…

Politics

Democrats Try To Harness "Progressive Wave" In Governor's Race » WGBH This year, as Democrats attempt to unseat a popular Republican Governor, one of their strategies seems to be tying the race for the Corner Office to the Oval Office.…

Rep. Tim Whelan Announces Endorsement from Local Fire Unions » Cape Cod Today State Representative Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster) has announced that his campaign for re-election has been endorsed by all four fire unions within the 1st Barnstable District.…

The chameleon governor » Commonwealth Magazine Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr calls Gov. Charlie Baker Tall Deval. Democratic rival Jay Gonzalez suggests Baker is indirectly backing the Trump agenda in Washington. And Boston Globe columnist Jo…

Tran rakes in bipartisan support » Sentinel & Enterprise In a rare showing of bipartisan support, incumbent state Sen. Dean Tran has won the endorsement of the mayors of his district's three largest cities for his reelection bid this fall.…

Legislative and candidates reception is Sept. 20 » Worcester Telegram The North Central Chamber of Commerce will host a reception Thursday, Sept. 20, to connect residents with elected officials and candidates for office. Last year, 55 officials and candidates from acros…

Trump factor in full effect in Mass. governor's race » State House News Service Jay Gonzalez is trying to peel Democrats and independents away from supporting Gov. Charlie Baker in November. Republican Scott Lively wants to do the same thing with GOP voters. And at the center of …

Political Notes: Finance reports show power of incumbency » Cape Cod Times Running for a seat in the Massachusetts Legislature is an expensive proposition.…

Marshfield attorney seeks state Senate seat » Wicked Local Weymouth Independent candidate and veteran, Stephen Gill, is running for State Senate for the Plymouth and Norfolk District.…

What Should Democrats Learn From Progressive Victories? Run On Hope » WBUR Whenever you bring up the subject of millennial voters in America, the question you often run into is, “Why don’t they vote?”…

Trahan confident in 122-vote lead in 3rd District; Koh will still seek recount » The Lowell Sun Lori Trahan is confident in her 122-vote lead in the Third Congressional District primary and will not go forward with a recount. …

State Rep.,Senate candidates debates on WCAT/Wakefield Sept. 19 » Wicked Local Wakefield It’s election season again, which means it’s debate season once again. Of the three state legislators that represent the people of Wakefield and surrounding communities, two are in compe…

Transgender rights groups outspend opponents in Massachusetts ballot question fight » The Republican A committee that wants to uphold Massachusetts' transgender anti-discrimination law has vastly outraised and outspent the group that wants to repeal the law.…

It's hospitals vs. nurses' union in high-spending ballot fight » The Republican A coalition to defeat a ballot question that would mandate specific nurse staffing ratios in hospitals has raised and spent more than $7 million, with two months still to go before the election.…

Ayanna Pressley Campaign Says She'll Keep Turning Down Corporate Donations In Congress » WBUR Presumptive future congresswoman Ayanna Pressley will continue to reject donations from business groups through the November general election and into her expected term in the U.S. House of Representa…

Experts predict gnarly U.S. Senate race » Eagle Tribune Shortly after winning a three-way race in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate, Republican Geoff Diehl thanked his campaign staff, family and supporters, then immediately launched into an attack on his Dem…

Problems in Lowell, Lawrence add to Trahan-Koh recount intrigue » State House News Service A recount to settle the tightly contested Democratic primary in the Third Congressional District will take place over the next week under the watchful eye of Secretary of State William Galvin, who sai…

What A Reformer District Attorney Might Look Like In Boston — From Those Living It In Chicago And Philly » WBUR What A Reformer District Attorney Might Look Like In Boston — From Those Living It In Chicago And Philly…

Public Safety

As Florence approaches, Massachusetts officials urge preparedness » Wicked Local Chelmsford

State Government

After issues in Lowell and Lawrence, state says it will oversee elections there for now » Boston Globe Citing concerns about short-staffing and the mishandling of primary ballots, Secretary of State William F. Galvin said Monday he is taking over the elections departments in the Third Congressional Dis…

Galvin takes control of election offices » The Lowell Sun Citing concerns with ballot handling and tallying in Lowell and inadequate staffing in Lawrence, Secretary of State William Galvin announced Monday he will take direct control of the election offices …

Taxation

Sturbridge pizzeria owner pleads guilty for evading meals taxes » The Republican A restaurant and bar owner has pleaded guilty to failing to pay more than $114,000 in taxes and was sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.…

Transportation

MBTA’s poor station conditions are a campaign issue » Boston Globe The poor condition of MBTA stations, garages, and other facilities across Greater Boston suddenly emerged as a campaign issue in the race for governor Monday, as Republican incumbent Charlie Baker and…

Who we are based on what we drive » Boston Globe Technically, they are just vehicles, meant to transport humans and their cargo from point A to point B.…

Ramirez: MBTA safe despite poor condition of some assets » State House News Service Responding Monday to a news story detailing a state of disrepair across the MBTA's stations, parking garages and other facilities, MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez said much of the T's system needs t…

Lang accuses T of ignoring Chelsea concerns » Commonwealth Magazine Control board member says 111 bus delays need fixing …

T notes: Vehicle maintenance costs down except on Green Line » Commonwealth Magazine Repairs begin on Alewife parking garage …

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

Disagreeing agreeably » Commonwealth Magazine

Gonzalez faces steep election odds » The Recorder

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

Exxon appeals Massachusetts climate case to Supreme Court » The Hill

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

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

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