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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm An Evening with State Rep. Candidate Jack Stanton featuring Christine Ernst

7:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Comedy Night

Must-Reads

How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump » The New Yorker A meticulous analysis of online activity during the 2016 campaign makes a powerful case that targeted cyberattacks by hackers and trolls were decisive. …

Turnabout is fair play » State House News Service For weeks, Jay Gonzalez has been trying to hang Donald Trump around the governor's neck like a weighted tie, four inches too long. This week it was Baker's turn to repay the favor. …

Unemployment rate stays at 3.6 percent as Mass. adds jobs » State House News Service Bay State employers added 6,000 jobs last month and have added 68,100 jobs since August 2017, the state announced Friday as the unemployment rate held firm at 3.6 percent in August.…

The ‘rally in support of Lori Trahan’ was missing one thing — Lori Trahan » Boston Globe US Senator Elizabeth Warren was headlining. Jay Gonzalez, the Democratic Party’s choice for governor, was attending. Even Geoff Diehl — Warren’s opponent — was holding his …

Court Docs Allege Ex-Trump Staffer Drugged Woman He Got Pregnant With 'Abortion Pill' » Splinter The ongoing custody battle between former Trump campaign operatives Jason Miller and A.J. Delgado has taken another nasty turn: In an explosive new court filing, Delgado’s legal team alleges th…

Bloomberg considered Oprah for his Cabinet if he became president » New York Post Oprah Winfrey was in the running to be Mike Bloomberg’s Secretary of Commerce during his last flirtation with the White House in 2016 — alongside other big names for the ex-mayor’…

Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig under scrutiny by prosecutors in offshoot of Mueller probe » Washington Post Federal prosecutors have stepped up their investigation of prominent Washington attorney Gregory Craig for work he conducted at his former law firm on behalf of the Ukrainian government in 2012, an ef…

New allegation of sexual misconduct surfaces against Brett Kavanaugh » Boston Globe Just as negotiators reached agreement on an extraordinary hearing for Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, a second allegation of sexual misconduct by the Supreme Court nominee put the White House and Sen…

“I don’t think there’s any testimony or evidence at this point that indicate that anything inappropriate happened, so unless we hear otherwise, he’s completed the process that would satisfy me,”

Geoff Diehl

Speaking about the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

News By Category
Business

General Electric steps into Europe’s offshore wind market » Boston Globe At a brightly lit factory near the mouth of the Loire River, technicians in hardened black baseball caps gingerly maneuver wind machine tower turrets called nacelles across the floor and join them to …

A balanced budget sounds good, but could it trigger a recession that drags on? » Boston Globe With deficits rising and America’s debt load headed toward record levels, balancing the budget may seem like the responsible path. But beware: Any such moves could quickly backfire, pushing the…

How a small company in Malden created the Greatest TV Commercial Ever Made » Boston Globe The Greatest Television Commercial Ever Made did not involve Clydesdales or polar bears or Michael Jordan. It did not sell Budweiser or Coca-Cola or Gatorade. And it did not emerge from the boardroom …

Cape businesses could feel impact of recent shark attacks » Cape Cod Times Local business owners say they are not feeling a financial pinch from shark anxiety a week after the death of Revere boogie boarder Arthur Medici, 26, at Newcomb Hollow Beach. But next summer might be…

Kendall Square biotech in talks for big Cambridge Crossing expansion » Boston Business Journal Less than two years after its launch, Goldfinch Bio is in talks with developers at Cambridge Crossing to lease space that could more than triple the precision medicine biotech’s existing footpr…

Baker says WooSox development a big opportunity for state » Worcester Business Journal

Civil Rights

Another Fear-Mongering Ad on the Transgender Rights Law and Question 3 » Boston Magazine The group working to overturn the state's anti-discrimination law has released a new video. …

A Longtime LGBT Rights' Leader Becomes a Transgender Battleground State » Governing In November, Massachusetts will hold the nation's first statewide vote on anti-discrimination protections for transgender people. …

Crimes

Defense seeks funds for experts in Chapman sex offense trial » Eagle Tribune

Education

Top UMass Dartmouth official moonlighted for company with plan to compete for students » Boston Globe During a three-year stint as a top University of Massachusetts Dartmouth official, Gerard Kavanaugh was charged with helping to boost the stature of the state university campus on the South Coast.…

Student housing an issue this year at UMass » Gazette Net The University of Massachusetts Amherst might be welcoming one of the largest freshman classes it has seen in years, but a lack of on-campus housing has forced the university to convert lounges in man…

Push for more school funding gains ally » Boston Globe Massachusetts has long been ranked No. 1 on a number of national education benchmarks, including the SAT, but wide gaps in achievement persist in the state among students of different backgrounds, pro…

At Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Gov. Baker announces expanded aid program » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Environment

Commissioner Beaty's Statement on "Growing Cape Cod Great White Shark Problem" » Cape Cod Today Update and Public Statement By Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty On Short-Term Mitigation of Growing Cape Cod Great White Shark Problem…

Health Care

Boston Hospitals Fined $1 Million for How They Handled Health Info for an ABC Show » Boston Magazine Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women's, and Boston Medical Center paid a combined $1 million in fines related to the show "Save My Life: Boston Trauma." …

Housing

At Berkshire housing summit, officials are bullish on county’s future, as affordability problem looms » the Berkshire edge Jay Ash, the secretary of housing and economic development for the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker, headlined the Berkshire Housing Summit Thursday afternoon at the Colonial Theatre.…

A year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican evacuees seek stability » Boston Globe The only home the Vazquez Santiagos know on the mainland is a Howard Johnson hotel in Western Massachusetts, where they arrived after Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico in ruins one year ago.…

Mayor Walsh slams Boston Housing Authority message encouraging residents to leave city » Boston Herald A message from a Boston Housing Authority employee last week that implied residents’ children could have better lives outside of Boston was translated in two languages before it was sent to tho…

Immigration

Baker opposing federal rule linking benefits, green card access » Lowell Sun

Judiciary

Baker Nominates Andover’s Fraser to District Court in Associate Justice Role » WHAV Andover attorney Carol-Ann Fraser has been recommended for a position as an Associate Justice of the District Circuit Court, Governor Charlie Baker’s office said last week.…

Mass. juries, psychologists regularly clear sex offenders deemed no longer dangerous, record show » Boston Globe After two psychologists found that convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman was no longer sexually dangerous and could be released from a civil commitment that has kept him locked up after his criminal se…

Labor

6 lawmakers call on National Grid to end lockout » Newburyport News Six North Shore lawmakers, including Newburyport’s senator, are calling on National Grid to end its lockout of unionized gas workers so they can help with recovery efforts in Greater Lawrence a…

How Much Privacy Do Public Employees Actually Have? » Governing The digital age, new laws and recent events have created tension between government's transparency and the privacy of the people who work for it. …

Legislative

Beacon Hill Roll Call: How often did senators side with Gov. Baker on vetoes? » Taunton Gazette This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on the number of times each senator sided with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on his 48 vetoes of items, mostly in the fiscal 2019 state budget, in the 2018 ses…

Local Government

Women find their voices in Marblehead » Lynn Daily News Item In a time when women aren’t afraid to speak up, these Marbleheaders are embracing the movement.…

Lawrence mayor emerges as central figure in crisis response » Boston Globe He doesn’t have gas, either. And he takes cold showers. But over the past week, Mayor Dan Rivera has labored his way to press events and meetings with Governor Charlie Baker, to neighborhood ba…

Imposing calm over chaos: Rivera recounts the hours after gas explosions, fires » Eagle Tribune As explosions and fires ripped through homes randomly across the city's south side — sending a dozen to the hospital, plunging neighborhoods into darkness and terrorizing the region — Ma…

Hinds, Barrett to seek $1.3M after flood damage in Adams » Berkshire Eagle After viewing flood damage in the Lime Street neighborhood, state representatives Friday said they would seek $1.3 million in state funding to help cover repair costs and long-term corrective action. …

Opinion

Giant investment funds should stand up to the NRA » Boston Globe Washington isn’t doing anything about our epidemic of gun violence. But investors in the country’s largest gun manufacturers can.…

Even in the #MeToo era, can anything stop Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court? » Boston Globe Here’s where we are: rushing without adequate investigation to appoint Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, for life, making him potentially the second justice credibly accused of sexual misco…

Following the Donald Trump workout » Boston Globe Only an idiot would take Donald Trump’s absurd ideas about exercise and human metabolism seriously. I am that idiot.…

Peter Gay: Gov.'s wife a big fan of Berry Poirier » The Sun Chronicle

Editorial: Turn up heat on Columbia » Boston Herald

Politics and the city: 'Pessimism and doubt have retreated' with Worcester Red Sox agreements » Worcester Telegram & Gazette At last week’s big civic celebration of the successful efforts to bring the Pawtucket Red Sox to Worcester, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. called it his “proudest moment” as th…

Our view: Helping neighbors in need » The Salem News It has been gratifying to witness the outpouring of support from the North Shore for their neighbors in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover who are dealing with the aftermath of devastating gas explo…

Strapped to the status quo express » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS HAS A PROBLEM talking candidly about its transportation revenue needs.…

Putting the brakes on tribe’s casino bid » Boston Globe In support of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s ongoing efforts for reservation status, the Globe editorial board overlooked the negative impact on the City of Brockton. Written with good intention…

In higher ed, Trump administration sides with the takers » Boston Globe FOR STUDENTS OF modest means, there’s a simple way to go to college debt-free: Just get into Harvard! As its new president, Lawrence Bacow, recently pointed out to skeptical teens in Pontiac, M…

Colarusso Brings Common Sense Approach To Solving Problems » Stoneham Patch I am a father of a 11-year-old girl and a youth sports coach here in Stoneham, and I'm deeply disturbed by the young lives being lost to opioids. That's why I am supporting Caroline Colarusso for Stat…

OUR VIEW: A pat on the back and a kick in the pants » Taunton Gazette It’s time for our occasional Cheers and Jeers, commentary where we provide praise and criticism, sort of a pat on the back and kick in the pants, aimed at local people or events that happened i…

Column: Getting out the college vote » The Salem News College and university students, it's more important than ever to vote.…

EF grows on backs of cheap labor » Commonwealth Magazine A CAMBRIDGE COMPANY, Education First, is a big winner in the race for state business tax credits. The privately owned Swedish company now occupies two buildings (and, thanks to its tax credit, will so…

5th Barnstable district Hunt offers experience » Cape Cod Times Incumbent state Rep. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich, has faced a variety of challenges during the past few months, both from within his own party and from outside. …

Tricia Farley-Bouvier: 'Yes' on Q3 preserves a successful rights law » Berkshire Eagle When I was elected to the Massachusetts Legislature, I took an oath to defend the rights of all my constituents and do everything in my power to invest in the future of our great state. …

The ever-changing winds of Warren » Lowell Sun So what made U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren change her mind? Warren's now in favor of slapping a tax on the endowments of wealthy private colleges like Harvard, but a year ago when President Donald Trump …

Keolis exec: T commuter rail shows progress » Commonwealth Magazine Ridership and revenue are up; on-time performance improving …

MA ruling on corporate donations is a missed opportunity » Commonwealth Magazine Nation’s worst campaign finance law should go to Supreme Court …

Strengthen, don’t scrap, the ACA » Commonwealth Magazine Fixing, improving, and expanding the law is best approach …

Consumers overlooked amid ISO power politics » Commonwealth Magazine Who should bear the brunt of Exelon subsidies? …

Politics

Democrats Open Pittsfield HQ For November's Election Push » iBerkshires With the primaries in the rearview mirror, Democrats are gearing up for the -final election push.…

No debating this fact: Tran, Chalifoux Zephir trade barbs » Sentinel & Enterprise STATE SEN. DEAN TRAN may not want to participate in a traditional debate with his Democratic challenger, but it appears one is happening online in slow motion.…

Political Notebook: Jay Gonzalez and Gov. Charlie Baker vie to be least aligned with Trump » Milford Daily News For weeks, Jay Gonzalez has been trying to hang President Donald Trump around the governor’s neck like a weighted tie, four inches too long. This week it was Baker’s turn to repay the fa…

Baker, Gonzalez split over single-payer health care » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker and his reelection challenger, Jay Gonzalez, are both former health care executives who have spent years working to expand access to affordable treatment and reduce costs.…

Independent candidates on the rise in Massachusetts » The Metro West Daily News As voters pivot attention to the general election on Nov. 6, they’ll learn Democratic and Republican nominees will not be the only names on the ballot.…

Warren rallies the Dems in Lowell » Lowell Sun Lori Trahan, the nominee for the 3rd Congressional District seat, was conspicuously absent from a Democratic unity event Friday, but other Democrats, led by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, nevertheless ra…

Progressive Coalitions United Behind Senator Cyr » Cape Cod Today State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) today announced support from leading grassroots, progressive coalitions Mass Alliance and Progressive Massachusetts in his campaign for re-election to the State Sena…

O’Keefe Endorses Flores in State Senate Bid » Cape Cod Online Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe is backing Barnstable Town Councilor John Flores in his run for the State Senate.…

Geoff Diehl backs Brett Kavanaugh while Charlie Baker backs off » Boston Herald

Public Health

At Angell veterinary hospital, a grim sign of human opioid crisis » Boston Globe Dr. Virginia Sinnott has practiced veterinary medicine for 15 years, but guarding against opioid abuse by pet owners had rarely been part of her job. Until recently.…

UMass Memorial reps call proposed closure of health services necessary » Sentinel & Enterprise After repeated calls from state and local officials for more community engagement surrounding the pending closures of four of its health services in Leominster and Fitchburg, representatives of UMass…

Public Safety

After violent incident, is there a gang problem in Framingham? » The Metro West Daily News City and school officials say there are no organized gangs in Framingham. Mayor Yvonne Spicer says community-wide efforts to prevent gang activity must continue.…

6 retired Massachusetts troopers, ensnared in overtime scandal, are receiving pension payments totaling $44,000 a month » The Republican The number of former Massachusetts State Police troopers receiving pension payments, amid an alleged overtime abuse scandal that has shaken the law enforcement agency, has grown to six.…

Sheriff defends substance abuse treatment for prisoners » Gloucester Times Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger on Friday defended his department’s treatment of inmates with substance abuse, saying it offers many programs to help them while they’re in custody.…

Local officials to host a fundraiser event to support Police and Fire families » Shrewsbury Post On Thursday, September 27th, 2018, community members, local officials and members of the police and fire department will gather in Shrewsbury to raise funds to support first responder. As part of the …

After payroll scandals, Massachusetts State Police taps Ernst & Young and seeks overtime reductions » The Republican

State Finance

Massachusetts has a $1B Surplus; Why No Hurry to Spend it? » Cape Cod Online It seems a reasonable assumption that Massachusetts politicians would be eager to spend more than $1 billion that — in a manner of speaking — is just lying around on Beacon Hill.…

Massachusetts Has A $1B Surplus; Why No Hurry To Spend It? » WBUR It seems a reasonable assumption that Massachusetts politicians would eagerly find ways to spend more than $1 billion that — in a manner of speaking — is just lying around on Beacon Hill…

State Government

Governor Baker honored at Gosnold Legacy Gala » Boston Globe The annual Gosnold Legacy Gala was held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Friday night. The proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s initiatives focused on addictive disease and me…

Utilities

Gas infrastructure in Mass.: A recipe for disaster? » Boston Globe An underground labyrinth of leak-prone, corroding natural gas pipes. Mounting pressure on utilities to upgrade ancient infrastructure. A chronic shortage of trained workers. And a surge of retirements…

Feds Warned Mass. Had Too Few Inspectors in Weeks Before Merrimack Valley Blasts » NECN The state agency charged with ensuring the safety of Massachusetts' natural gas system had only a fraction of its inspector positions filled just last month, a staffing deficit that could delay requir…

Gas disaster exposes problems with Merrimack Valley pipes » Eagle Tribune A natural gas expert called the two-month timeline proposed for replacing 48 miles of pipeline in the Merrimack Valley "extremely aggressive."…

Legislator, residents decry Columbia Gas for vague promises » Eagle Tribune A legislator and a number of her constituents, already frustrated by a lack of clear communication from Columbia Gas regarding the Sept. 13 explosions and fires, say a letter released Saturday has mad…

Springfield explores fiber-optic internet system but winces at potential $50 million cost » The Republican City councilors said they will gather more information about the potential for creating a fiber-optic internet system to serve Springfield businesses and homes, although it may be too costly.…

Activists rally against nuclear waste transport » The Recorder In a lot of ways it was like a party, celebrating the accomplishments of the past few years: The closures of the Vermont and Rowe nuclear plants.…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

As Protections for Pregnant Workers Falter in Congress, States Step Up » Governing

Week In Review: Who Will Run For President From Mass. In 2020? » WBUR

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 9/24

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm An Evening with State Rep. Candidate Jack Stanton featuring Christine Ernst

7:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Comedy Night

Tuesday - 9/25

8:30am Breakfast Fundraiser for Worcester District Attorney Joe Early with Congressman Jim McGovern

6:30pm Pub, Pizza & Politics with State Rep. Candidate Tanya Neslusan

6:30pm Reception for State Rep. Candidate Ed O'Connell

Wednesday - 9/26

10:00am Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

11:00am Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

6:00pm Shrewsbury Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

7:00pm Reception for State Rep. Candidate Patrick Kearney

Thursday - 9/27

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Marlborough Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

5:30pm Reception for Governor's Council Candidate Paul DePalo

6:00pm Barn Party for State Rep. Candidate Ryan Losco

6:00pm FUNdraiser for State Rep. Candidate Jack Stanton

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Paul Ferro Campaign Kickoff with Rep. Geoff Diehl

7:00pm Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Erin Calvo-Bacci

Friday - 9/28

12:30pm 32nd Annual Mass. Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, Ashburton Park, State House, Boston

2:00pm Albert Einstein Institution Memorial & Celebration for Dr. Gene Sharp, Great Hall, State House, Boston

6:00pm Medfield Meet & Greet with Sen. Paul Feeney


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