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8:30am Women for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:30am Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough

6:00pm Comedy Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Erin Calvo-Bacci

6:00pm The Road to Victory Summit with State Rep. Candidate Alyson Sullivan

9:00pm Vote Yes on 3 Queeraoke FUNdrager

7:00pm Springfield Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Must-Reads

Jay Gonzalez’s tax plan is too little and too Harvard » Boston Globe At least give Jay Gonzalez credit for this: The Democratic gubernatorial nominee has provided some revenue specifics for voters to chew over in this campaign — and has raised an intriguing civi…

Democrats wary of Gonzalez’s plan to tax big university endowments » Boston Globe When Republicans proposed hitting college endowments with a new tax last year, the response from Massachusetts Democrats was at once swift and fierce. …

Gonzalez Plan Would Tax State's Wealthiest Colleges To Invest In Transportation And Education » WBUR The tax would currently apply to nine schools in Massachusetts: Harvard University, MIT, Williams College, Boston College, Amherst College, Wellesley College, Boston University, Smith College and Tuft…

Will Democratic Senators Lose Despite The ‘Blue Wave’? » FiveThirtyEight The ‘fundamentals’ say it should be really hard for Democratic incumbents to lose …

‘This is sickening’: Sen. Jeff Flake lashes out at Trump Jr. for his post mocking Kavanaugh accuser » Washington Post Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a frequent White House foe, lashed out at Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday after the president’s son appeared to mock the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett M…

Can a Massachusetts Democrat beat a tall, popular Republican governor? Mark Roosevelt couldn’t » Boston Globe Can Jay Gonzalez do what Mark Roosevelt couldn’t do? Beat a tall, popular Republican governor of Massachusetts? …

Robert DeLeo urges National Grid to end lockout » Boston Herald House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo is calling on National Grid to end its nearly three-month lockout of 1,250 union steel workers to deepen the state’s bench of trained laborers in the wake of the M…

S&P says Massachusetts reserves too thin to weather a recession » Worcester Telegram A decade after the collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers and the financial crisis it triggered, analysts say only 20 states are well-positioned to handle the first-year shock of a recession with…

Columbia Gas And Its Corporate Parent Have History Of Late Accident Reporting And 15 Explosions in Eight Years » WGBH When it comes to the timely reporting of gas accidents to federal safety authorities, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, the company operating the gas lines involved in the recent Merrimack Valley explosi…

"This is a tough hurricane, one of the wettest we’ve ever seen, from the standpoint of water." He added: "It certainly is not good."

President Donald Trump

Speaking about Hurricane Florence.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

New data: Democrats crushing Republicans in 2018 elections » Axios Riding a surge of enthusiasm in opposition to President Trump, more Democrats turned out in the primaries for House elections than Republicans this year — the first time that has happened since…

Republicans taking grave risks in Kavanaugh case » Boston Globe Republicans are taking grave risks by seemingly marginalizing Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault and barreling toward a committee vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supre…

Elizabeth Warren for president? New survey shows Mass. voters don’t love that idea » Boston Globe She has the national profile. She has the money. What US Senator Elizabeth Warren may not have, should she decide to run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, is the endorsement of Massachu…

Business

New developer signs on to Andrew Square housing project » Boston Globe A plan for a large housing development near Andrew Square could get new life now that one of the city’s most prominent builders has signed onto the stalled project.…

Berkshire Innovation Center groundbreaking set for Tuesday » Berkshire Eagle A ceremony that many thought would never happen is finally ready to take place. State and local officials will gather at the William Stanley Business Park of the Berkshires on Tuesday for the official…

100+ businesses, scores of restaurants still closed after gas disaster » WCVB Gov. Charlie Baker and state and local leaders met with small business owners impacted by the gas explosions on Wednesday morning.…

US Rep. Richard Neal, citing Springfield CRRC jobs, says ban on buying Chinese rail cars 'misguided' » The Republican As the U.S.-vs.-China trade war escalated Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal said he'll work against a potential ban on transit agencies spending federal money on Chinese rail and transit cars -- like…

Citing business lost to MGM Springfield, strip clubs ask for change in late-night policy » The Republican Three downtown strip bars are asking the city for approval to allow customers to enter or re-enter those clubs after 1 a.m., saying it will help offset the loss of late-night business to the newly ope…

Mass. Businesses Brace For Trump's Latest Round Of Tariffs » WBUR The list of Chinese products subject to President Trump's latest round of tariffs is long — 5,745 items long, to be exact. That means a wide range of Massachusetts businesses could be affected,…

Wayfair stock drops after Amazon unveils furniture-focused site » Boston Business Journal Shares of Boston-based Wayfair Inc. fell by as much as 7 percent on Wednesday morning after Amazon.com Inc. unveiled a new website that collects data about shoppers' furniture preferences and then off…

Here's How Wynn Won The Gaming License In Massachusetts » Boston Globe There’s a new CEO at Hunneman, as well as a new look and a new name of sorts. …

Primetals project approved for incentive program » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle

Crimes

A pedestrian was killed and the driver was attacked in apparent retaliation in Watertown » Boston Globe In a spasm of violence at a major intersection here, a tow truck struck and killed a woman as she tried to cross Route 16 and a man believed to be her son allegedly stabbed the driver five times while…

Education

Blackstone Valley Education Hub opens to teach advanced manufacturing skills to students, adults » Worcester Telegram Some 175 business, civic and elected leaders toured the latest innovation in work skills development Tuesday at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Blackstone Valley Education Hub, an advanced manufac…

Harvard raises $9.6B in capital campaign, shattering higher education record » Boston Business Journal Harvard launched the campaign in 2013 under then-president Drew Faust, setting a goal of $6.5 billion.…

Gonzalez Endowment Tax Proposal Gets Harsh Response From Higher Education Community » WBUR Leaders in higher education lobbed criticisms at Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez over his proposal to tax colleges and universities with large endowments.…

ACLU, Smith College say they're working to address black student's proposed reforms -- but attorney doesn't rule out litigation » The Republican An attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union says the organization will consider litigation against Smith College if the school does not adopt policy reforms proposed by a black student who was…

Valentina Videva Dufresne appointed to BCC Board of Trustees » South Coast Today

Environment

The vexing search for an effective way to prevent shark attacks » Boston Globe In Cape Town, teams of two specially trained lookouts, one on a mountain and one on the beach, use polarized sunglasses and binoculars to scan the water and sound an alarm if they spot a shark in the …

Mass die-off of clams fouls Revere Beach » Boston Globe Hundreds of thousands of Atlantic surf clams washed up on Revere Beach in recent days, creating a strange spectacle on the popular seashore Wednesday and a foul-smelling coda to the summer.…

Barrett sees wave of energy, candidates in global climate movement » Wicked Local Waltham As local climate activists turn up the heat on state lawmakers, action from outside the Bay State’s borders may also increase the pressure for additional steps on energy policy. …

Gaming

Here's How Wynn Won The Gaming License In Massachusetts » Forbes On Monday, Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC filed a $3 billion (not a typo) Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) claim against Paul Lohnes (real estate developer/manager at Laverty an…

Health Care

Sturdy Hospital in Attleboro says nursing referendum would cost it over $5M » The Sun Chronicle Sturdy Memorial Hospital contends a ballot question calling for mandatory minimum staffing of nurses at Massachusetts hospitals would cost it over $5 million and force service cuts.…

Mass. insurers ask HPC for analysis of nurse staffing question » State House News Service Citing competing claims from both sides of a nurse staffing ballot question, health insurers on Wednesday asked a state agency to produce in the next month an independent analysis of the costs associa…

HPC urged to weigh in on nurse ballot question » Commonwealth Magazine Health plans: Commission should estimate cost of staffing initiative …

Housing

Boston looks to spend windfall from new CPA tax on affordable housing » Boston Business Journal The city of Boston is looking to fund proposals for affordable-housing developments in what it calls "the first large scale awards" from money raised by the Community Preservation Act since the city a…

Greater Boston Rents Dipped In August As Market Continues 'Cooling Down' » WBUR

Immigration

Temporary visa holders divided over plan to shake up green card system » Boston Globe Congress is weighing a change in how the government allocates employment-based green cards, reviving an issue that has divided the thousands of skilled foreign workers in the region’s technolog…

Judiciary

Man appeals conviction after dismissal of potential juror who said system is ‘rigged’ against black men » Boston Globe Juror Number 15 answered bluntly when the judge asked if she had any views that would affect her ability to render a fair verdict in the case of Quinton Williams, a young black man accused of trying t…

Andover woman nominated for judgeship » Gloucester Times The general counsel and assistant executive director of the Massachusetts Lottery Commission was nominated for a judgeship on Wednesday.…

Gov puts forward judicial nominees » Mass Lawyers Weekly

Legislative

Legislative Democrats Looking To Dive Into Gonzalez's Endowment Tax Plan » WGBH Beacon Hill leaders were diplomatic in their responses to a proposal from their party's candidate for governor calling for a 1.6 percent tax on the state's richest private college endowments.…

Local Government

Task of redeveloping courthouse begins » The Salem News A signature from the governor ultimately gives new life to two of the city's most historic buildings.…

Rivera and Lantigua clash anew, this time over gas disaster » Eagle Tribune Mayor Daniel Rivera and former mayor William Lantigua are exchanging angry allegations about what Lantigua said was his sincere attempt to aid victims of last week's gas explosions and fires and what …

Applefest Apple Bake-Off ends in tie for first place » Community Advocate There was serious business to attend to at Northborough’s Senior Center Sept. 14. Five judges convened to judge this year’s Applefest Apple Bake-off and the competition was fierce.…

Gas disaster recovery is top priority for former Swampscott town administrator » Lynn Daily News Item

First-ever town planner hired in Rutland » The Landmark

Marijuana

No final licenses from CCC » Worcester Business Journal It appears that the Cannabis Control Commission's final go-ahead for a retail marijuana store to open will not come this week, pushing the opening of the first retail shop into at least October.…

Charlton pot zoning amendment goes to town meeting » Worcester Telegram Members of the Planning Board Wednesday endorsed marijuana business zoning amendments they will present for adoption at the Oct. 15 town meeting.…

Opinion

Brett Kavanaugh and the limits of hashtag feminism » Boston Globe ‘Believe Women.” This mantra, expressed often on T-shirts and Twitter, reflects the legitimate frustration of women who, over the course of history, have been taken advantage of — e…

Gonzalez is barking up the wrong tree » Lowell Sun A week after natural-gas explosions and fires in three Merrimack Valley communities killed one person, injured dozens of others, and left 8,500 customers without service, the lives of those shell-shoc…

Is $10 million enough compensation for Merrimack Valley disaster? » Boston Globe It’s hard to criticize the $10 million Columbia Gas has donated to people whose homes were destroyed or lives disrupted by gas-fueled fires on its system last week. But it’s fair to ask:…

Clive McFarlane: Is Worcester seeking salvation in the national pastime? » Worcester Telegram On Monday, I joined a retired Shrewsbury resident on a Franklin Street sidewalk bench to watch the impassive motions of a wrecker crane pummeling sections of the majestic Notre Dame des Canadiens Chur…

Hey, MassDOT: Don’t make disabled parking impossible for disabled people » Gazette Net Imagine this scenario: You’ve just broken your hip, and you suddenly find yourself on crutches, struggling to get around. It’s a temporary condition, so you head to your local Registry o…

LETTER: Grateful for state senator's help » Wicked Local Plymouth I would like to share with our readers describing the hard work the state Senator Vinny deMacedo has done to keep the Talking Information Center alive. …

Jay Gonzalez Taps the Awesomeness of Anti-Harvardness » New Boston Post

Editorial: Pick up pace of probe » Boston Herald

Politics

Caccaviello to mount write-in campaign » Commonwealth Magazine THE INCUMBENT DISTRICT ATTORNEY in Berkshire County, who came in second in the three-person Democratic primary, says he is not giving up and plans to run for the office as a write-in candidate.…

DeLeo: House Democrats 'energetic' in their support » Newburyport News Their co-leadership of the Legislature got off to a rocky start in July, but House Speaker Robert DeLeo thinks Sen. Karen Spilka will be an “excellent” Senate president, in part because li…

AFL-CIO endorses Jay Gonzalez for governor » The Republican The Massachusetts AFL-CIO has endorsed Democrat Jay Gonzalez for governor, against incumbent Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Lottery chief riled after Orrall questions moves » Lowell Sun The state comptroller and Massachusetts Lottery officials came to the defense of the treasurer and the Lottery Commission's handling of the relocation of Lottery operations during a Monday morning mee…

Muratore and Mahoney set for rematch in First Plymouth District race » Patriot Ledger In a rematch of an extremely close race from the 2016 election with a difference of just over 400 votes between the two candidates, Republican Mathew Muratore will face off against Democrat John Mahon…

Democrats hesitant on Gonzalez’s plan to tax big university endowments » Boston Globe When Republicans proposed hitting college endowments with a new tax last year, the response from Massachusetts Democrats was at once swift and fierce.…

Diehl says presidents should release tax returns » Patriot Ledger In proposing a slew of measures aimed at improving transparency in Congress, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl said Wednesday that all candidates for president should release their tax retu…

Where's My Endorsement? Party Support Is Harder to Get This Year » Governing In an unusual trend, prominent politicians, including three sitting Republican governors, are refusing to endorse their own party's picks for governor. …

Poll: Baker and Warren Lead Gonzalez and Diehl by a Wide Margin » Boston Magazine The odds of a November shakeup do not look so good. …

Confusion abounds over Question 1 » Newburyport News

Dem challenger deals Charlie Baker another Trump card » Boston Herald

For tax plan, Gonzalez’s gives it the college try » Commonwealth Magazine

Gov. Charlie Baker's campaign decision to decline Western Massachusetts debate called 'disgrace' » The Republican

National PAC aimed at lowering drug prices will spend $500K boosting Gov. Charlie Baker » The Republican

Elizabeth Warren blasted the Republican endowment tax. Here’s why she’s less opposed to Jay Gonzalez’s plan. » Boston.com

Public Health

Attorney general gives health lesson to Weymouth class » Wicked Local Canton The lesson about how students should respect their peers and make healthy decisions is included in a curriculum that is being funded under a $450,000 state grant that is being shared by Weymouth and m…

Gov. Baker On Progress Made Fighting Opioid Epidemic, New Challenges » CBS Boston Governor Charlie Baker says fentanyl is increasingly becoming the biggest overdose threat in the state.…

Public Safety

ACLU challenges jail’s policy of denying methadone to inmates » Boston Globe The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging a county jail’s policy of denying inmates access to the medications that treat addiction.…

Prosecutors: 3rd State Trooper Will Plead Guilty To Overtime Theft » WBUR A third state police trooper will plead guilty to overtime fraud, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.…

Opioids, climate change headline Ledger candidate forum » Patriot Ledger State representative candidates running for the 4th Plymouth District seat say they support the idea of installing protective barriers out at sea and working with the Federal Emergency Management Agen…

Utilities

Columbia Gas pulls back from $33 million rate hike after fires, explosions in Massachusetts communities » The Republican Columbia Gas, in the spotlight after gas fires and explosions tore through Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, is pulling back from a $33 million rate hike.…

Columbia Gas drops $33M rate hike, will focus on customers » Boston Herald Columbia Gas has withdrawn its request to increase gas distribution rates by $33 million in the wake of the explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley last week.…

Fairhaven to receive wastewater technology funding » South Coast Today The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded $402,000 in grants to four municipalities and technology providers to support innovative technical advancements for publicly owned wastewater treatment plan…

After Merrimack Valley explosions, lawmakers want Weymouth compressor proposal halted » Patriot Ledger Local legislators are calling for a halt on any further progress on the proposed natural gas compressor station project after the pipeline explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley last week.…

After blasts, Massachusetts gas customers face long wait » The Register Citizen The rogue natural gas pressure surge that led to dozens of home explosions last week in Massachusetts very likely damaged the system's antiquated network of pipes and could require lengthy testing and…

Citing fears, Boston council agrees to gas safety hearing » State House News Service The Boston City Council ordered a hearing Wednesday on the city's natural gas infrastructure and plans for preventing a situation like the gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley from happeni…

As Boston City Councilors call for meeting on gas safety, locked out National Grid workers protest outside » The Republican Gas workers from two local unions rallied outside Boston City Hall Wednesday as city councilors called for a hearing on gas safety after explosions and fires rocked Lawrence, North Andover and Andover…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Baker, Warren have large leads in new poll » Boston Globe

Boston fares poorly in operating cost comparisons for Amazon’s HQ2 » Boston Business Journal

'Landslide' scenario? In new poll, Gov. Charlie Baker and Sen. Elizabeth Warren maintain leads over challengers » The Republican

Poll: Voters favor nurse staffing requirements, Baker, Warren » State House News Service

The politics of disasters » Commonwealth Magazine

Likely Massachusetts midterm voters believe House lawmakers should consider impeaching President Donald Trump » The Republican

Governor meets with merchants to plan support, with 100 Andover businesses closed due to gas disaster, » Eagle Tribune

Poll Finds Mass. Voters Look At ‘Person Over Party’ When It Comes To Baker, Warren » CBS Boston

North Andover man: Columbia Gas 'lit my house on fire' » Wicked Local Middleborough

Columbia Gas withdraws $33 million rate increase » Boston Globe

Baker-Polito Administration supports creation of 890 new jobs through economic development incentives » Sampan

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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

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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

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