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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

Must-Reads

Brett Kavanaugh’s Testimony Was A Spectacle Of Angry Male Bonding » The Huffington Post Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified Thursday about allegations dating back to his days as a high schooler. And he really got into the role — in the hearing room he was that arrogant…

Former state senator Brian Joyce found dead at his home » Boston Globe Brian A. Joyce, the former state senator who was awaiting trial on federal corruption charges, was found dead in his Westport home Thursday, according to authorities. He was 56. …

Chants of ‘We Want Cruz’ Fill DC Arena as Lobbyists Beat Lawmakers » Roll Call Lawmakers once again fell to the lobbyists in this year’s Congressional Fall Classic basketball game, which raises money for at-risk kids through the Hoops for Youth Foundation. …

Hatch: Christine Blasey Ford is an ‘attractive witness’ at sexual assault hearing » ThinkProgress Regardless of Sen. Hatch’s intention, the use of the word “attractive” was an odd choice to describe a woman, who is testifying about an alleged sexual assault. It’s also yet…

American Bar Association calls for FBI investigation into Kavanaugh allegations, delay in confirmation votes » The Washington Post The American Bar Association called on the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday evening to halt the confirmation vote for Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, saying it sh…

“That investigation needs to happen before anybody votes on anything,” he told reporters Thursday. If people “don’t do the investigation, I don’t believe that he would be fit for the job because this is a critical issue that’s been raised and it deserves to be investigated.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Judicial ambition and #MeToo collide in a public spectacle » Boston Globe There was the elite private high school. The Ivy League education. The choice White House post. An appeals court judgeship. And finally, the culmination of a brilliant career, a nomination to the coun…

Ford’s testimony leaves women riveted » Boston Globe Excruciating. Offensive. Heartbreaking. And yet familiar. Many women who watched Christine Blasey Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday about her alleged sexual assault cringe…

Flake scheduled to make appearance in Boston Monday amid Kavanaugh uproar » Boston Business Journal

Business

Mass. biopharma companies see surge in headcount » Boston Business Journal In its 2018 Industry Snapshot last month, trade group MassBio reported that jobs in the Massachusetts biopharma sector grew 28 percent in the last 10 years, and by 4.3 percent between 2016 and 2017. T…

Two unsold Berkshire Museum works slated for November auction » Berkshire Eagle Two Berkshire Museum paintings that failed to find private buyers over the summer will be sold at public auction in November, as the institution pushes to close out transactions designed to bring $55 …

Skanska's Bryan Northrop wants to 'challenge conventional thinking' » Boston Business Journal Bryan Northrop grew up on construction sites, and then followed in his father’s workboots. But beyond the lure of tradition, he was drawn to the gratification of creating something from nothing…

Topsfield Fair prepares new attractions and old favorites for its 200th anniversary » Lynn Daily News Item It’s early Thursday morning at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, and the place is a beehive of activity.…

Emergency loans available for businesses hurt by gas blasts » Boston Herald

Education

Two named to lead search for Boston school chief » Boston Globe Boston School Committee member Alexandra Oliver-Davila and former University of Massachusetts chancellor J. Keith Motley will cochair a panel charged with finding a new superintendent for the district…

Report details women's power gap in Mass. higher education » State House News Service Women account for almost half of all provosts and more than half of deans at Massachusetts colleges and universities, but only 31 percent of the presidents and chancellors, according to a new report t…

New Bedford pols fail kids with opposition to charter expansion » Commonwealth Magazine Alma del Mar school has been shining model of success …

Massachusetts’ 2018 MCAS Scores Are In » Boston Magazine Four schools, including one in Boston, were taken off the "underperforming" list. …

During An Overhaul In State Testing, Latest MCAS Scores Hold Steady » WBUR The latest MCAS scores show little change statewide, but they arrive at a moment of considerable change in the way Massachusetts evaluates students and schools. …

New Bedford’s charter school battle » Commonwealth Magazine

Environment

Political Notes: Legislative delegation united on addressing sharks » Cape Cod Times State Rep. William Crocker, R-Centerville, has been appointed to a special commission to study the prevention of suicide among correctional officers in Massachusetts.…

Gaming

Cameron elected interim chair of Mass. Gaming Commission » State House News Service Regulators chose a former deputy superintendent of the New Jersey State Police to serve as chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in the wake of Stephen Crosby's resignation and as the commissio…

Gaming commission to open comment period on southeast Mass. casino » State House News Service Gaming regulators want to hear from residents of southeastern Massachusetts and those in the gambling world before deciding whether to revisit the application process for the third and final full-scal…

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Picks Interim Leader Amid Wynn Investigation » NECN A former deputy superintendent of the New Jersey State Police has taken over as interim head of the Massachusetts' casino regulatory agency following the abrupt resignation of its longtime chairman.…

Gaming board names interim » Boston Herald

Health Care

Panel Asks AG Healey To Ensure Beth Israel-Lahey Merger Doesn't Hike Prices Or Hurt Care » WBUR It's now up to Attorney General Maura Healey to decide whether she'll challenge a proposed hospital merger that the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission estimates could increase state health care sp…

AG, public health agency weigh conditions for Beth Israel-Lahey merger » Boston Globe The state attorney general’s office and the Department of Public Health on Thursday signaled that they are drafting conditions for the biggest health care merger proposed in Massachusetts in de…

Info meetings set on HealthAlliance closures » State House News Service With little more than a month left until UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital is expected to shutter four services it offers in Leominster and Fitchburg, hospital and elected officials are e…

Housing

Boston housing officials shoot the messengers » Commonwealth Magazine There is plenty to crow about in praising the good things about Boston. …

Judiciary

Here’s what legal experts had to say about Ford’s testimony » Boston Globe Christine Blasey Ford, the California psychologist who told a Senate committee Thursday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago when they were both teenagers, app…

Viewers transfixed by wrenching testimony in Kavanaugh hearing » Boston Globe From hair salons to tailor shops to bars, the riveting testimony Thursday of Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee she has accused of sexual assault, transfixed vi…

Local political leaders voice support for Christine Blasey Ford » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren and Governor Charlie Baker voiced grave concerns Thursday about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, as psychologist Christine Blasey Ford told a Senate co…

Baker says he believes Ford, repeats call for investigation » Newburyport News Gov. Charlie Baker, for the first time on Thursday, said he believes Judge Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about her memories …

How the Massachusetts congressional delegation is reacting to Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony » Boston.com Christine Blasey Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, testifying that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she was 15 years old at a high schoo…

Charlie Baker: Kavanaugh Accusations “Are Sickening and Deserve an Independent Investigation” » Boston Magazine The governor says the Senate should delay its vote on the nominee. …

Labor

Mayor appointed to state workforce board » Berkshire Eagle

Legislative

Medical examiner, state police investigating former state Sen. Brian Joyce's death » The Republican

Local Government

Fairhaven celebrates public safety marina at Union Wharf » South Coast Today The town celebrated the completion of the second phase of the Union Wharf project on Thursday afternoon.…

Move over PROVA, $22 million plan announced for downtown Brockton site » The Enterprise Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito was in downtown Brockton on Thursday afternoon to announce a new $22 million project at the former Kresge department store site in downtown Brockton, which has been…

State to install artificial turf at Lake Park in Worcester » Worcester Telegram After the state resurfaced the parking lot and put in lights to extend the hours of use at Lake Park within Quinsigamond State Park last year, Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Le…

New Tech In Sandwich To Speed Up Voter Check-In » Cape News Sandwich residents attending Town Meeting or participating in early voting at the clerk’s office will now be checked in using an electronic device to expedite the process.…

Marijuana

Natick special Town Meeting to decide marijuana districts » The Metro West Daily News A special Town Meeting next week could decide the location of potential businesses that sell recreational marijuana.…

Opinion

Charlie Baker’s chance to shape the Gaming Commission » Boston Globe Should the state cancel the Wynn Resorts license for its giant casino under construction in Everett? Reopen the contentious application process in the southeastern part of the state?…

Editorial: Business should be included in educational inequity talks » Boston Business Journal Business owners and managers have long cited the importance of high-quality schools as a key difference-maker in recruiting top talent to work here. So it was with some surprise that we witnessed the …

Viewpoint: Why transgender rights is an economic issue » Boston Business Journal This November, Massachusetts voters will decide a critical ballot question with real implications for the business community and the Massachusetts economy. All members of the business community should…

Christine Blasey Ford was more credible » Boston Globe Two separate realities stand out after Thursday’s hearing — and one repeatedly rejected challenge that led to one unmistakable impression.…

Brett Kavanaugh and the tears of a bully » Boston Globe It was supposed to be he-said, she-said. Not she-said, he-cried.…

Howie Carr: No Kavanaugh treatment for Charlie Baker’s son » Boston Herald Here’s a tweet from yesterday that I bet Gov. Charlie Baker would like to have back: “The accusations brought against Judge Kavanaugh are sickening and deserve an independent investigatio…

Our View: Study up on nursing question » Eagle Tribune In a few weeks, state residents, will be asked to pass a law that will set nurse staffing ratios at Massachusetts hospitals.…

New Baker crime bill would be step backward » Mass Lawyers Weekly Gov. Charlie Baker signed a major criminal justice reform bill just a few months ago. But now he’s proposing a measure that would undercut the new law’s goal of reducing the rate of inca…

Letter to the Editor: Fall River needs more paths to education, not another methadone clinic » Herald News Trottjoseph Lee Sep 27, 2018 at 7:02 PM I'd like to state my opinion, in addition to Rep. Carole Fiola's, that Fall River has an abundance of resources to assist people in need with substance abuse…

Craney: Residents should know ‘how their elected voice votes’ » Leominster Champion As many Leominster constituents now know, their first-term state representative, Natalie Higgins, voted herself a pay raise. Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance (MassFiscal) believes it is important that Le…

Response to tragedy earns Baker praise » Cape Cod Times

Politics

A stash of cash for troubled pols » Commonwealth Magazine Funds let officials collect unlimited money from donors and companies …

Meet MA Senate Candidates At Citizens For Milford Forum » Bellingham Bulletin Citizens for Milford will hold a Candidates Forum featuring the candidates for State Senator of the Worcester and Norfolk districts as well as State Representative of the Tenth Worcester district. The…

Prime Minister Hun Sen bound for New York » Khmer Times On Facebook yesterday, Mr Hun Sen reaffirmed his attendance and said he will meet supporters in New York. “I would like to say goodbye […] I will work for the nation,” he said, addi…

Struggling With Name Recognition, Jay Gonzalez Chases Charlie Baker » WBUR Democrat Jay Gonzalez is facing a steep uphill climb in his bid to unseat Republican Charlie Baker, who’s become known as one of the most popular governors in America. …

Candidates for Plymouth and Norfolk senate seat getting campaigns into high gear » Wicked Local Marshfield With the election five weeks away, candidates running for the Plymouth and Norfolk District state Senate seat say they’re kicking their campaigns into high gear and getting their messages out t…

Public Safety

Attorney General Maura Healey on Bibaud matter: Public entitled to know if ethics laws were broken » Worcester Telegram Attorney General Maura T. Healey said Thursday the public deserves to know whether ethics laws were broken in the scandal surrounding judge's daughter Alli Bibaud, but that she has no insight into whe…

Springfield agrees to pay $885,000 to four black men who alleged they were beaten by off-duty officers » Boston Globe The city of Springfield has agreed to pay $885,000 to settle federal civil rights lawsuits brought by four black men who alleged they were beaten by off-duty Springfield police officers outside a popu…

Baker signs Montigny animal cruelty bill » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker signed animal cruelty legislation spearheaded by Sen. Mark C. Montigny during a ceremony Thursday at MSPCA headquarters in Jamaica Plain.…

Governor Baker Signs Animal Cruelty Legislation » Cape Cod Today Bill increases penalties for abuse, strengthens protections for animals …

State Government

Audit didn't address high pay at MassHousing » State House News Service

Taxation

The Week in Public Finance: Amid Rising Home Prices, 2 States Take Property Tax Proposals to Voters » Governing Ballot measures in California and Louisiana seek to protect homeowners from huge property tax spikes. …

Transportation

Madaro Once Again Pleads Eastie’s Case to MBTA Board » East Boston Times Rep. Adrian Madaro was back before the MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board last week to advocate for East Boston’s transportation needs.…

Utilities

Lawrence family that lost home in explosions files lawsuit against Columbia Gas » Boston Globe A family that suffered serious injuries and lost their home because of a gas explosion that killed a Lawrence teenager Sept. 13 is suing Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.…

Two Weeks After Fires, Explosions, AG Healey Says Gas Co. Failed to ‘Provide Safe Gas Service’ » WHAV For the first time in the two weeks since gas-related fires and explosions ravaged three Merrimack Valley communities, state Attorney General Maura Healey says Columbia Gas failed to “provide sa…

FCC Sets Rules for 5G Infrastructure, Limiting State and Local Control » Governing The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved sweeping regulations on Wednesday for 5G wireless infrastructure, significantly curtailing the authority of states and localities. …

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Inaction on Parole Board appointments frustrates councilors » Gloucester Times

Gambling panel picks interim head amid Wynn investigation » The Sun Chronicle

‘I believe Professor Ford,’ Baker says » Boston Globe

Beth Israel-Lahey mega-merger could face restrictions, state says » Boston Business Journal

Health watchdog affirms stance that Beth Israel-Lahey merger would drive up costs for consumers » Boston Globe

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 2639 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Tiffany Sonnier, an employee of the Department of Mental Health

SB 2579 - An Act exempting all positions in the police department of the town of Williamstown from the civil service law

HB 4488 - An Act authorizing the City of Beverly to employ Paul Cotter as Fire Chief beyond the statutory requirement age

HB 4462 - An Act authorizing the town of Montague to grant 1 additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises

SB 2271 - An Act relative to the appointment of retired police officers in the town of Essex

SB 2423 - An Act establishing an East Bridgewater Sewer District

SB 2166 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Donna Paul, an employee of the Department of Correction

HB 3711 - An Act relative to the assessment of betterments for improvements to private ways in the town of Sandwich

HB 3790 - An Act relative to accidental disability retirement for Jan Witkowski

Most read bills of the week:

HB4823 - An Act relative to the transitional aid to families with dependent children program

SB2236 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts Code of Military Justice

HB4758 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

SB2502 - An Act to promote family stability

HB307 - An Act relative to instruction in pregnancy and prenatal care

SB969 - An Act to promote family stability

HB2987 - An Act establishing improved Medicare for all in Massachusetts

HB1156 - An Act relative to postpartum depression screening

HB4640 - An Act relative to minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the sales tax holiday

House Actions This Week: 67

Senate Actions This Week: 56


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