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‘One-hundred nineteen votes, and I’d be in the US Congress right now?’ The story behind the 1996 recount in Mass. » Boston Globe His primary election had ended months earlier. Even the 10th Congressional District’s general election — in which, for a time, he was the Democratic nominee — had passed.…

Five days, 37 cities and towns, and 89,000 ballots: The recount begins in Third District » Boston Globe Madeline Varitimos, the 79-year-old chairwoman of the Methuen Board of Registrars of Voters, lifted her thick magnifying glass to inspect the ballot in question.…

Columbia Gas issues statement following explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover » The Republican More than five hours after gas explosions destroyed homes and started multiple fires throughout the Merrimack Valley, Columbia Gas, the utility that serves the area issued a statement.…

Diehl would ‘welcome’ Trump. Baker? Not so much. This is the 2018 GOP ticket in Mass. » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, a popular Republican in a deeply blue state, has walked a calculated line when it comes to President Trump, making it clear he didn’t vote for him in 2016 and distancing hims…

New data shows shifts in income, poverty, insurance levels » State House News Service Median household income in Massachusetts rose by less than 1 percent in 2017, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data, while the state's poverty rate was flat and there was an uptick in people withou…

Massachusetts Gaming Commission in final stages of Steve Wynn investigation » The Republican Investigators with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission are in the final stages of their look into former casino mogul Steve Wynn, the company he founded, and whether the company is still suitable to h…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Easily Defeats Cynthia Nixon in New York Primary » New York Times Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took a decisive step toward a third term on Thursday, quelling a liberal rebellion by turning aside the insurgent challenge of Cynthia Nixon to claim the Democratic nomination in …

“I’ve certainly been willing to call out the president when he’s wrong, just like I don’t always agree with the governor,” Diehl said. “I think people know who I am from my record long before working on the ’16 campaign, whether it was working against the gas tax or pushing back against the Olympics.”

Representative Geoff Diehl

On how he differs from President Donald Trump.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Joe Biden plans return to Boston for DNC fund-raiser » Boston Globe Former vice president Joe Biden will return to Boston later this month to headline a fund-raiser for the Democratic National Committee as the final stretch of the midterm elections gets underway.…

Business

Chamber To Host Breakfast Panel On 'Grand Bargain' Legislation » Framingham Patch The Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce invites all business owners and the community to a Business Breakfast about the recent "Grand Bargain" legislation on Wednesday, Sept. 26th from 7:30–9:…

State, Local Officials: Economic Potential For Pittsfield’s Recreational Resources » WAMC The mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, says today’s visit by a member of Governor Charlie Baker’s cabinet represents the beginning of a new economic opportunity for the city.…

Data protection bill hung up one year after Equifax breach » State House News Service Last week marked the one-year anniversary of credit reporting company Equifax's announcement that hackers had breached its system, exposing the data of nearly 150 million Americans.…

Women-owned businesses flex their muscles as revenue gainers in Mass » Boston Business Journal It was a very good year for Worcester-based Coghlin Electrical Contractors Inc. The 13-year-old electrical contracting firm owned by Susan Mailman was the biggest year-over-year revenue gainer on the …

A whole new ballgame: Boston sports execs face new media, money sources » Boston Business Journal Boston is one of the hottest sports markets in the nation. The ever-changing world of sports business is adapting to higher demand for social media and online data, trying to stay ahead of marketing a…

NFIB's Carlozzi says grand bargain isn't so grand for small business » Boston Business Journal Christopher Carlozzi has spent most of his career advocating for small businesses. After a short stint working in the Massachusetts Legislature following college, he spent nearly a decade at the Natio…

Education

Superintendent showdown » Commonwealth Magazine Mayor Marty Walsh quickly sought to stabilize the Boston Public Schools in late June by tapping local education nonprofit leader Laura Perille as interim school superintendent to replace Tommy Chang, …

Overseer to work with St. Paul’s after criminal investigation » Boston Globe St. Paul’s School, facing the threat of criminal proceedings over allegations that it failed to protect students from sexual abuse, agreed Thursday to put the New Hampshire attorney general’s offi…

Mass. AG Says Ch. 7 Won't Save For-Profit School From Suit » Law 360 The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office told a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday that federal protections in Education Management Corp.'s Chapter 7 should not prevent the state from proceeding…

‘Irresponsible’ delays plague Boston Public Schools bus plan » Boston Herald A week into the new school year, Boston public and charter school parents say buses are still showing up late or not at all — delays that one city councilor called “irresponsible.”…

Environment

Barnstable moves ahead with Cotuit Cut dredging » The Barnstable Patriot On Sept. 6, Barnstable Town Council unanimously approved a $1 million capital appropriation to fund dredging Cotuit Bay Entrance Channel.…

Federal

Mashpee tribe member confronts Interior official » Cape Cod Times The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s second-in-command got a chance Wednesday to tell the head of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs how she felt about a Trump administration finding that the Cape tribe …

Gaming

Springfield’s new MGM casino shows a veteran card counter the door » Boston Globe In the 400-year history of Massachusetts, Tommy Hyland can now claim to a rare distinction: He is among the very first to be thrown out of a state-licensed business for doing math in his head.…

Underage gaming emerges as problem at Springfield casino » State House News Service The volume of people who have visited MGM Springfield since it opened three weeks ago has well exceeded the gaming company's estimates, but casino executives told gaming regulators Thursday they are r…

Health Care

Elder law attorneys question Alzheimer’s family notice law » Mass Lawyers Weekly In a bill signed by Gov. Charlie Baker last month, legislators took a stab at addressing the thorny problem of providing doctors with the means to notify and engage family members when a patient is di…

Allegations of deceptive billing settled » Berkshire Eagle Partners HealthCare System Inc. and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary will pay $175,000 to settle allegations that they violated Massachusetts' consumer protection law by failing to adequately discl…

Human Services

Melrose reaffirms trans rights » Wicked Local Melrose Aldermen reaffirmed Melrose’s support of transgender residents and visitors at a recent meeting, in response to a statewide ballot question that would strip those individuals of the right to use res…

Insurance

Connector plan premiums to rise an average of 4.7 percent » State House News Service A day after one state agency announced health care cost growth had been limited to 1.6 percent in 2017, another state authority on Thursday approved a rate schedule calling for an average 4.7 percent …

Judiciary

Mass. Auditor Suzanne Bump faults Hampden DA for insufficent data collection with juvenile diversion program » The Republican A newly released audit by State Auditor Suzanne Bump faults the Hampden District Attorney's office for not doing enough with data collection to determine whether a program for first-time juvenile offe…

Labor

Boston Marriott Hotel Workers Vote To Strike, But Have Yet To Walk Out » WGBH Nearly 1,800 Boston Marriott hotel workers voted yesterday to strike against the companies' eight hotels in the city, but they haven't walked off the job just yet.…

Legislative

Concord Democrats McWilliams and Ellison poised take District 27 state rep seats » Concord Monitor A farmer who is also an architect and lawyer and a former state education official are set to become District 27’s newest state representatives. Democrats Rebecca McWilliams and Art Ellison of Conc…

Advocates press lawmakers to work in public » Gloucester Times Legislature, guv's office, courts exempt from open records law …

Open State Government? Not So Fast » New Boston Post The lead House lawmaker in charge of reviewing ways to make state government and the Legislature more transparent said Wednesday that something as simple as posting committee testimony online could pr…

Rosenberg asks judge to dismiss parts of civil lawsuit against him » Boston Globe Former Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg is asking a judge to dismiss part of a civil lawsuit against him and his husband, Bryon Hefner. …

Local Government

Newburyport city employees help with hurricane relief efforts » Newburyport News As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, forcing the evacuation of millions of residents, 46 emergency responders from across New England are in Virginia where they will wait to see where th…

Somerville drops Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples' Day » Boston Herald The city of Somerville is dropping Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples' Day.…

Marijuana

Mass. credit union will serve recreational marijuana companies » Boston Globe A Massachusetts credit union will become the first financial institution in the state to offer banking services to recreational marijuana companies, a step that will allow consumers to pay for pot wit…

Marijuana growers threaten to sue cannabis commission » The Recorder An organization representing Massachusetts marijuana growers is considering a lawsuit to compel the Cannabis Control Commission to review the statutorily-required agreements between marijuana business…

Opinion

The long-term merits of Rachael Rollins’s plan for petty crimes » Boston Globe Reform isn’t easy. If Rachael Rollins didn’t know that already, she certainly does now.…

Firefighters Put Their Lives On The Line In Fires — And At Firehouses » WBUR Picture a firefighter. They’re probably coming out of a blazing building surrounded by flames and smoke, covered in soot. Firefighters have dangerous jobs, but an important health risk may also wait…

Dems’ electoral math sacrifices immigrants for candidates facing Bay State Trump voters » Cambridge Day Daily, we yell at our televisions, asking why Republican leaders don’t stand up for our country or just political norms over their political party and call out President Donald Trump for his racist,…

Ben Downing: A Place To Start » WAMC In 2012 and 2016, I joined with my colleagues to expand protections under Massachusetts hate crimes laws to our transgender neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members. Those two yes votes were…

Give Laura Perille a chance to prove herself » Boston Globe Laura Perille has barely started as interim superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, but her support in some parts of the community is already crumbling. On Wednesday, a group of civil rights, par…

Benton: Politicians face a housing dilemma » The Salem News For years this reporter has maintained that unlike in many other parts of the country, zoning laws here are used to keep people out rather than encourage reasonable growth.…

Councilor Dunn’s Unity Resolution on City’s Future » WBSM New Bedford is facing financial devastation if the state imposes another unfunded mandate. Hugh Dunn is leading a unification movement in the City Council.…

Letter to the editor: Letter writer doesn't understand our laws » The Sun Chronicle After reading Gerald Chase’s Letter to the Editor “Se. Paul Feeney should be held in contempt,” Views, Sept. 11) I find his indefensible position and his illogical claims that State Sen. Paul F…

Is Boston’s luxury condo market shortchanging affordable housing? » Boston Globe What’s driving income inequality in Boston? Is it a globalized economy? A federal tax policy that shifts wealth to the 1 percent? Or, as a new report suggests, is it also a flood of investment in th…

Viewpoint: 20 years later, Brownfields Act remains a pioneering policy » Boston Business Journal Twenty years ago this summer, Gov. Paul Cellucci signed into law the "Brownfields Act," establishing new incentives and protections to encourage parties to clean up and redevelop contaminated property…

Viewpoint: What Kavanaugh means for Mass. health care » Boston Business Journal Since Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, speculation continues to run rampant about what his appointment could mean for key federal policies. Front and center: the Afforda…

Why a Red-Blue pedestrian link won’t work » Commonwealth Magazine THERE HAS BEEN a recent renewed advocacy push to bring attention to the Blue Line’s failure to provide the necessary connectivity any good rapid transit line must.…

Politics

Dems keep hammering Baker for backing Diehl » Herald News Democrat Jay Gonzalez kept up his assault on Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday over the Republican’s endorsement of Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate, hammering home Diehl’s ties to a deeply unpopular Pres…

Primary results reveal split among Democrats » Boston Herald If last week’s Massachusetts Democratic primary was a progressive rebellion taking down powerful members of the political class, Tuesday’s New Hampshire election was “Democrats: The Establishmen…

Diehl says he could be asset to Baker » Commonwealth Magazine REPUBLICAN AND PRESIDENT TRUMP supporter Geoff Diehl said Thursday that he could be an “asset” to Gov. Charlie Baker in Washington despite their policy differences, countering the message from Dem…

Scott Lively sitting out general election » South Coast Today After losing the Republican primary for governor but netting nearly 100,000 votes, Scott Lively has decided to stay out of the general election contest between Gov. Charlie Baker and Democrat Jay Gonz…

Political Notes: Healey to host community barbecue in Hyannis » Cape Cod Times Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will host a re-election campaign “BBQ&A” event from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hyannis Village Green.…

Networking event connects elected officials and community leaders » Wicked Local Weymouth The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce will host its Legislative and Candidates Reception on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Chocksett Inn, at 59 Laurelwood Road in Sterling.…

State Rep. Joan Meschino to seek reelection to 3rd Plymouth District » Wicked Local Scituate Candidates and/or their campaign committees provide their own announcements.…

Haverhill Democrats’ Free Post-Primary Unity Event Is Sunday » WHAV As a potential recount of 3rd District Democratic congressional ballots cast in the Sept. 4 primary looms, Haverhill’s Democratic City Committee plans to celebrate all candidates for their campaign …

Public Health

Walsh administration targets pharmaceutical industry in lawsuit over opioid epidemic » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Thursday that the city has filed a lawsuit against 13 drug manufacturers, four distributors, and a local doctor, blaming the prescription painkiller industry for an opioid e…

Public Safety

If you have Columbia Gas service in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, leave your home now, Massachusetts State Police say » The Republican Residents in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover who have service from Columbia Gas should evacuate immediately, the Massachusetts State Police said.…

State Government

Baker comes to Brockton for parking garage groundbreaking » The Enterprise Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker came to Brockton on Thursday morning for a groundbreaking on a downtown parking garage that will feature more than 400 parking spaces. Baker also reacted to news o…

Scibak advocates for write-in space on ballots » Gazette Net State Rep. John Scibak, D-South Hadley, has filed a bill that would mandate communities that hand count ballots to have a space on primary ballots for write-in votes.…

GOP hopeful asks probe of Lottery's move to Dot » Dorchester Reporter As she wages a campaign to unseat Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, Rep. Keiko Orrall has asked that a House committee “assess” the planned move of the Lottery from Braintree to Dorchester’s Columbia …

Berlin is first to complete 3rd District recount; Trahan picks up a vote » Lowell Sun Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin has announced that the Town of Berlin has completed their hand recount of September 4th State Democratic Primary ballots.…

Transportation

Hawaiian Airlines to offer nonstop flights from Logan Airport to Honolulu » Boston Globe Hawaii promises paradise to vacationers. Getting there? That’s far from blissful.…

Massachusetts RMV: Those 1,900 licensees state audit said were dead are actually alive » The Republican The ghost drivers are alive. So says Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveney, who sent a letter to Auditor Suzanne Bump on Thursday disputing an audit that said the RMV had issued 1,900 licenses to d…

MBTA theft estimate goes from $80,000 to $450,000 » Commonwealth Magazine Investigators used marked bills to track stolen bus fares …

Utilities

One man dies as fires, explosions rock Lawrence area » Boston Globe More than 60 fires and at least three gas explosions rocked Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover in a staccato burst of flame and fear late Thursday afternoon, damaging scores of buildings and prompti…

Focus is on providing shelter, safety, Gov. Baker says » WCVB Gov. Charlie Baker says the focus is on providing those affected by the fires and explosions shelter and safety.…

After fires, explosions, no clear timeline when Lawrence, North Andover and Andover residents can return home » The Republican There's no timeline for residents forced to evacuate their homes to return after fires and explosions hit dozens of sites in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.…

Gov. Baker: Columbia Gas Response To Explosions ‘Adequate’ » CBS Boston An investigation is underway into why a gas line caused massive explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley. Dozens of homes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover were destroyed.…

Crews must check more than 8,000 gas meters in Lawrence, Andovers before people can return home following explosions, fires » The Republican Crews going door-to-door will need to check 8,000 gas meters in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover before those evacuated will be able to go home, officials said early Friday morning.…

Yarmouth again balks at Vineyard Wind pact » Cape Cod Times As local opposition to a proposed high-wattage transmission cable intensifies, Yarmouth selectmen have rejected a second offer by offshore energy company Vineyard Wind to pay for costs incurred as the…

Massachusetts Gas Explosions: Dozens of Homes Burn in Andover and Lawrence » New York Times Violent explosions and billowing fires tore through three towns north of Boston late Thursday afternoon, damaging dozens of houses, forcing thousands of stunned residents to evacuate and plunging much…

Winds continue to affect Pilgrim power level » Cape Cod Times The power level at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has been bouncing up and down for 35 days, at the whim of wind direction.…

Watch live: Officials to give update on Merrimack Valley fires, explosions » Boston Globe Watch a press briefing of the latest information on the explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley. …

Columbia Gas sought $45M rate hike to improve safety before deadly incident » Boston Business Journal

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Governor Baker Nominates Susan Sard Tierney to Barnstable Probate & Family Court » Cape Cod Today

With mold problem at Quaboag worse than first thought, closed Converse school in Palmer considered » Mass Live

Palmieri, Eubanks-Archbold make GOP runs for House » Sentinel & Enterprise

State refuses Koh's call for delay in Lowell recount; Methuen begins recount of 3rd District votes » Eagle Tribune

Delay in releasing Lowell vote tallies is unacceptable » Lowell Sun

SJC will decide how to reimburse Dookhan, Farak defendants » Mass Live

Drug lab scandals’ cost to state estimated at ‘north of $10M’ » Boston Herald

Worker accused of stealing $450K from MBTA fare boxes » WCVB

Massachusetts retailers warned on sale of JUUL e-cigarettes to minors » Mass Live

City of Boston sues drugmakers over opioid epidemic » Boston Business Journal

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 2659 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Thomas Millett, an employee of the Worcester county sheriff's office

HB 4628 - An Act authorizing the city of Beverly to issue additional liquor licenses

HB 4448 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Daisy F. Bolden, an employee of the Teachers' Retirement Board

HB 4458 - An Act relative to Water Meter Ordinance Violations - Penalties And Liens in the City of Revere

HB 4262 - An Act authorizing the city of Newton to lease the John W. Weeks School for a term of years not exceeding ninety-nine years and to grant a lease extension to the current lessee of the former John W. Weeks School without undertaking a procurement process

HB 4508 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for David Palazzo, an employee of the Department of Developmental Services

Most read bills of the week:

HB4903 - An Act to protect the commonwealth from dangerous persons

HB4835 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

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

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

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

SB81 - An Act promoting housing and sustainable development

SB2623 - An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction

House Actions This Week: 66

Senate Actions This Week: 38

Press Releases

U.S. Department of Homeland Security's proposed rule regarding "public charge" » Department of Public Health

Boston's diversity shortcomings hurt employers. A Chamber event aims to help » Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Audio Clip: 7 Things Nonprofits Can Do to Support Millennials of Color in the Sector September 24, 2018 » Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Can the staid old Boston Chamber of Commerce become a force for change? » Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

BBA Statement on In the Matter of C. Doe & Others » Boston Bar Association

Losing Momentum: March towards health insurance for all Massachusetts residents stalls » Mass. Budget and Policy Center

Springfield Regional Chamber Announces Super 60 Class of 2018 » Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce

Website Maintenance » Mass. Medical Society

Massachusetts Medical Society joins in Coalition to Protect Patient Safety in Opposition of Question 1 » Mass. Medical Society

Honoring a Hero » Office of Sen. Bruce Tarr

Update on Ongoing Recovery Efforts - North Andover/Andover/Lawrence » Office of Sen. Bruce Tarr

Department of Public Health announces outbreak of hepatitis A virus infection in people experiencing homelessness and/or substance use disorder » Department of Public Health

Public health officials announce 10 new human cases of West Nile virus in Massachusetts » Department of Public Health

MBTA Positive Train Control Project Completes Work on Schedule in Order To Apply for 2020 Extension » MBTA

MassDOT, MBTA, Keolis, and Transit Police to Partner with Massachusetts Operation Lifesaver to Raise Awareness during Second Annual Rail Safety Week » MBTA

PHOTO RELEASE: Baker-Polito Administration Meets with Working Students Taking Advantage of Scholarship Opportunities » Executive Office of Education

Rollins Receives Endorsement from Ward 5 Democrats » Rachael Rollins for District Attorney

Mass. advocates vow to fight against plan to penalize working-class immigrants » Mass. Law Reform Institute


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