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Republicans Accuse Rosenstein of Secretly Plotting to Uphold Constitution » The New Yorker (The Borowitz Report)—House Republicans on Thursday accused the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, of “secretly and nefariously” implementing a plot to uphold the United State…

Health care watchdog to weigh in on costs of nurse staffing ballot question » Boston Globe Massachusetts’ health care watchdog agency on Monday said that it is studying the cost implications of a state ballot question to regulate nurse staffing in hospitals, in the first independent …

Voters divided on nurse staffing proposal, poll shows » State House News Service Massachusetts voters are split over a ballot question limiting how many patients nurses can be assigned to in hospitals, and overwhelmingly support retaining the 2016 law governing access to public ac…

Partnership launches to highlight inequities in education » State House News Service The Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership is launching Monday by visiting Beacon Hill to distribute a report, "Number One for Some, Opportunity and Achievement in Massachusetts," and call on poli…

Pacheco Law waivers won’t deliver savings to taxpayers » Boston Herald In 1993, the Massachusetts Legislature passed An Act Providing for the Delivery of State Services in a Fiscally Responsible Manner (commonly referred to as the “Taxpayer Protection Act” or…

Don’t Call Mazie Hirono a Badass. Call Her a Leader. » Roll Call Sen. Mazie Hirono dropped some choice remarks on her Judiciary Committee colleagues, and the internet went wild. Americans have been without female leadership for so long that it knocks them over when…

"The battle over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh has inflamed the culture wars, with conservatives casting their support for the nominee as a stand against the forces of political correctness and liberals striking back with a passionate mantra: 'Believe women.' "

Washington Post columnist Jenna Johnson

Speaking about Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh.

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Business

Moulton says partisan gridlock could impair economy » The Salem News Partisan gridlock is holding back progress on education and immigration reform, as well as efforts to lower health care costs and fix crumbling roads, bridges and public transit, Congressman Seth Moul…

Baker, Rivera working on loan program for businesses hurt by gas disaster » Eagle Tribune State and local officials announced Monday they are working to create a short-term, no-interest loan program for businesses struggling to open in the aftermath of the gas emergency.…

Berkshire Museum recharges with five new trustees » Berkshire Eagle

Education

Rep. Vargas Hosting College Affordability Panel Thursday in Haverhill » WHAV Future college students and their families can learn about affordable tuition options during a panel in downtown Haverhill Thursday night attended by Higher Education Commissioner Dr. Carlos Santiago.…

‘I believe them’: Northampton High School students stage walkout in support of sexual assault survivors » Gazette Net Students chanted "Our bodies, our rights" and "I believe survivors during a 15-minute walkout Monday on the front steps of Northampton High School.…

Baker announces statewide aid expansion for part-time students at Quinsigamond Community College » Worcester Mag In an effort to make graduation easier for students at risk of dropping out of college, especially community college, state officials announced what they’re calling the largest expansion of the…

UMass Boston's interim president on building business ties and the Mt. Ida controversy » Boston Business Journal It's been a hectic few months for Katherine Newman. After serving as senior vice president for academic affairs for the UMass system under President Marty Meehan, she took over the role of interim pre…

Environment

Here’s why there are dead squirrels all over the place » Boston Globe Even for an agency well-versed in handling a range of complex issues, the newest quagmire facing the New Hampshire Department of Transportation stands out as an unusual one: Why are so many squirrel c…

States blast plan to overhaul endangered species protection » WRAL

Human Services

Rep. Muratore hosts elder affairs discussion » Wicked Local Plymouth

Insurance

Mass. uninsured population rises, but nearly all remain covered » Boston Business Journal About 19,000 fewer Massachusetts residents had health insurance in 2017 than 2016, according to a new report that found the Bay State still leads the nation in health insurance rates but its progress …

Judiciary

Protesters gather at State House to denounce Kavanaugh nomination » Boston Globe Around 40 people gathered on the State House steps Monday afternoon to denounce the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court after two women have publicly accused him of sexually assaulti…

At Anita Hill Hearings, Starkly Different Roles For Two New England Senators » New England Public Radio The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear this week from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, over sexual assault allegations. …

Baker picks Pappas to serve out DA Conley's term » State House News Service

Labor

T notes: Migraines prompt 40% of FMLA leaves » Commonwealth Magazine ROUGHLY TWO-FIFTHS of the 1,850 MBTA employees eligible for intermittent leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act suffer from migraines, according to Bonnie Haase, the assistant general manager f…

DPU to discuss pipeline safety concerns with locked-out gas workers » Mass Live Three months into a gas worker lockout, The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has arranged a meeting with United Steel Workers Local 12012 to discuss allegations that non-union replacement …

Local Government

Council set to take final vote on Worcester Red Sox funding plan » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The City Council will take one final vote Tuesday night — albeit what is expected to be a perfunctory one — on authorizing the city manager to borrow up to $100.8 million for the constru…

Race is on for council seat » The Sun Chronicle The race is on for the at-large city council seat left vacant by Julie Hall earlier this month when she resigned to run for state representative.…

Quincy mayor wants $250K to fight Long Island Bridge » Patriot Ledger Mayor Thomas Koch has said many times he’s ready for a fight with Boston to block the rebuilding of the Long Island Bridge and he’s asking the city council for $250,000 to fund the battl…

Opinion

Rosenstein saga highlights need for Mueller bill » Boston Globe Legislation that would prevent President Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller has never looked more vital than it did Monday. The day ended as it began — with Deputy Attorney Genera…

6 rules for Ford-Kavanaugh hearings » Boston Globe It’s not surprising that each side of the Christine Blasey Ford/Brett Kavanaugh he said/she said dispute is seeking different procedures. This is an adversarial high-stakes confrontation betwee…

Kavanaugh chaos must be putting a smile on Bill Clinton’s face » Boston Globe If revenge is best served cold, Bill Clinton must be enjoying the moment, as Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination veers off into talk of penises and alcohol-infused parties.…

Unicorns. Fairies. Dragons. Moderate Republicans. What Do These All Have in Common? » Washington Monthly The endorsement of Donald Trump ally Geoff Diehl —the character who’s trying to unseat Senator Elizabeth Warren—by alleged moderate Republican and Massachusetts Governor Charlie B…

Editorial: 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. His primary runoff with Barnstable County Co…

Editorial: Turn up heat on Columbia Gas » Boston Herald News that natural gas may not be restored to thousands of Massachusetts residents until Nov. 19 after the gas explosions of Sept. 13 is completely unacceptable. Instead, hot plates for cooking and sp…

Editorial: Straw bans a foolish idea » Boston Herald It’s wise to keep an eye on the progressive metropolises around the country so that we accurately can forecast what cockeyed, politi-cultural movement is set to touch down in Massachusetts. A …

Kavanaugh accusations have a familiar ring » Boston Herald Anita Hill, perennially painted as the “Rosa Parks of sexual harassment” by the national press, is back on the scene as the media push the unproven teenage-groping accusations against Bre…

Hearings may go sideways for GOP » Boston Herald This week’s Senate hearing on whether it is Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who is telling the truth when she alleges that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, or Kavanaugh when he denies it, call…

Politics

Abortion rights group backs Jay Gonzalez for governor over Charlie Baker » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker has vowed to safeguard Planned Parenthood’s funding in the state. His signature last year mandated that Massachusetts women will receive free access to birth control. And…

State Rep. Tim Whelan Endorsed by Police Unions » Cape Cod Today Today State Representative Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster) announced that his re-election campaign has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (MassCOP) and the New England Police Benevolen…

Geoff Diehl Is Sticking by Brett Kavanaugh » Boston Magazine The Massachusetts Senate candidate says the allegations of sexual misconduct are "a stalling technique." …

A Poll Shows the Nurse Staffing Ballot Question Is a Toss-Up » Boston Magazine Looks like it could go either way. …

WBUR Poll: Ballot Question About Mass. Nurse Staffing Is A Dead Heat » WBUR Massachusetts voters are evenly split over a ballot question about mandatory staffing levels for nurses, according to a new WBUR poll. …

Public Health

1 Person Is Dead In Outbreak Of Acute Hepatitis A That's Sickening Dozens Of Mass. Residents » WBUR The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said Monday that 65 people have contracted hepatitis A statewide, and one person has died after acquiring the viral infection.…

Massachusetts Health Officials Report Hepatitis A Outbreak » New England Public Radio A public health alert about an outbreak of hepatitis A among the homeless and people addicted to drugs went out from Massachusetts health officials Monday. …

Markey, Hatch push for opioid warning » Boston Herald U.S. Sens. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Orrin Hatch of Utah are pushing a bipartisan bill to slap warning labels on all prescription painkiller bottles, nationwide. …

Public Safety

Rep. Will Crocker Appointed to Commission on Suicide Prevention Among Correctional Officers » Cape Cod Today Representative William Crocker (R-Centerville) has been appointed by House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) to serve on a special commission to study the prevention of suicide …

State Police to hire firm to audit pay practices after overtime fraud scandal » Boston Globe Massachusetts State Police will hire Ernst & Young to audit the department’s payroll policies and other protocols in the wake of an overtime fraud scandal involving dozens of troopers and retir…

Quadriplegic who killed New Bedford teen suing over prison treatment » South Coast Today A man who became a quadriplegic while fleeing police after the 1994 murder of a 14-year-old New Bedford youth is suing the state alleging poor accommodations in jail.…

Andover firefighters respond to grease fire caused by hot plate distributed as 'temporary relief measure' Monday night » Mass Live Firefighters responded to a cooking fire in Andover Monday night after a hot plate distributed as a "temporary relief measure" following the gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley caught fire, Fire Re…

Massachusetts State Police overtime scandal: Ex-lieutenants due in court Oct. 12 » Mass Live

Transportation

MBTA plotting a bus map of the future » Boston Globe MBTA leaders have launched a review of the agency’s bus network that could result in major changes to existing bus lines, including the addition of some new routes and the elimination of others…

Judge dismisses 2d complaint against T’s Ramirez » Commonwealth Magazine A FEDERAL JUDGE IN TEXAS dismissed a second shareholder complaint against MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez for issuing false and misleading financial reports during a previous job. The judge gave him…

Should Mass. Pike remain elevated or come back to earth? » Boston Globe Talk to neighbors and transportation activists, and you’ll get pretty much the same answer: The best option for replacing the aging Massachusetts Turnpike viaduct in Allston is a new stretch of…

Dropped trips down as MBTA considers redesign of bus network » State House News Service Having cut the number of dropped bus trips almost in half in the last three months, MBTA officials on Monday detailed for its board what the agency has done and is planning to do to address what its g…

MBTA seeks more time to make train safety upgrades » State House News Service The MBTA has requested an extension to 2020 for the federally-mandated implementation of anti-collision technology for the commuter rail network after demonstrating sufficient progress on certain line…

Which States Are Voting on Transportation Funding This Year? » Governing Lawmakers have long wrestled with how to raise money to fix roads and other infrastructure. In four states this November, voters will have a chance to weigh in. …

MBTA: Our bus network isn’t working » Commonwealth Magazine Oversight board calls for ‘disruptive’ long-term changes …

Utilities

A delivery truck took down wires and power in Watertown. But who’s to blame? » Boston Globe On a hot afternoon in late July, a heavy-duty delivery truck with a giant crane loaded stacks of lumber directly into the third-floor window of a house under renovation in Watertown.…

Cold realities » Eagle Tribune The road to restoration is paved with South Lawrence residents' frustration. On Monday, Columbia Gas and the National Guard began distributing space heaters to the residents who remain without gas aft…

Columbia Gas president pledges to reimburse customers’ costs » Boston Globe The head of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts said Monday that the utility takes full responsibility for the financial and emotional toll the Sept. 13 catastrophe in the Merrimack Valley has taken on thou…

Could Merrimack Valley gas blasts happen in Brockton? 'Absolutely' » The Enterprise While the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover are reeling from natural gas-related explosions and fires last Thursday, some Brockton residents may be wondering if it can happen here. On…

Feds Praised Mass. Gas Pipe Line Inspectors Before Lawrence Explosions, But Questioned Staffing Levels » WGBH Last month, federal overseers gave Massachusetts utility regulators top marks on their ability to perform safety inspections on gas lines across all categories except one: the state did not have enoug…

Eversource lawyer poses a question: Should retail competition end for residential customers? » New Hampshire Business Review

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

Editorial: Turn up heat on Columbia » Boston Herald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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