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Today on Beacon Hill

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

5:30pm Meet the Candidate Night with State Rep. Candidate Tanya Neslusan

6:00pm Bay Back Reception for Lt. Gov. Candidate Quentin Palfrey

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Paul Fullen Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Italian Heritage Month, House Chamber, State House, Boston

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Tucker

Must-Reads

For Warren, ‘engaged and enraged’ Democratic women strong base for potential presidential run » Boston Globe When Senator Elizabeth Warren told a town hall audience in Holyoke on Saturday that she’d “take a hard look” at running for president after next month’s midterm election, she further stoked ta…

Leftward ho! (Party of the Popular Vote). Or ... Win Back "Reagan Democrats" (Party of the Electoral College) » Bruce Mehlman Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas says in one of his famous slide decks that the 2018 midterm results will help determine Dems' more promising path for 2020:…

Top Catholic Magazine Revokes Kavanaugh Endorsement After ‘Illegitimate’ Hearing » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Judge Brett Kavanaugh faced a firestorm of criticism after his Senate testimony yesterday, with the American Bar Association urging Congress to delay a vote on his Supreme Court seat until an FBI inve…

The lies that senators must tell themselves to support Brett Kavanaugh » Boston Globe Make no mistake: Brett Kavanaugh’s a liar. He lies about little things. He lies about big things. He lies under oath.…

Kanye West Booed By SNL Crowd For Pro-Trump Rant: ‘They Bullied Me Backstage!’ » MEDIAite When Kanye West was announced as the performer for the season premier of Saturday Night Live‘s 44th season, he donned a Make America Great Again hat in the promo. He wore the same hat — a variatio…

Thefts and lies: A timeline of the scandals that have shaken the Massachusetts State Police » The Republican The suspension of the Massachusetts State Police's highest paid trooper was just the beginning of the scandals that have continued to rock the Massachusetts State Police this year. …

The elevator moment: when to speak up, when to stay quiet, and the power of both » CNN "Don't look away from me. Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me, that you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land," Gallagher insisted when Flake lo…

'They're drug dealers in Armani suits': executives draw focus amid US epidemic » The Guardian In June, Massachusetts became the first state to sue individual executives and owners of Purdue Pharma, the maker of the drug, OxyContin, which kicked off the biggest drug epidemic in American history…

Inside our secret courts » Boston Globe Leneeth Suazo, four months pregnant, had tried to ignore her ex-boyfriend’s menacing voice mails, phone calls, and text messages since he kicked her out of his apartment.…

“It’s time for women to go to Washington and fix our broken government, and that includes a woman at the top.” She continued, “So here’s what I promise: After Nov. 6, I will take a hard look at running for president.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Announcing she will consider running for president in the 2020 election.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Jeff Flake, a Crucial Vote in the Kavanaugh Nomination, Will Be in Boston Monday » Boston Magazine He's scheduled to appear at the Forbes Under 30 Summit. …

Jeff Flake set to speak at Boston’s City Hall Plaza on Monday » Boston Globe Senator Jeff Flake, a central figure in the controversy surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, will visit New England on Monday, where the Arizona Republican is due to speak i…

Warren says she will ‘take a hard look at running for president’ » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren on Saturday made her most definitive indication to date that she is mulling a run for the White House in 2020, telling a town hall crowd that she will take a “hard look at r…

Student organizers relocate Flake protest to City Hall Plaza » Berkeley Beacon A student-led protest calling on Republican Sen. Jeff Flake to reject Judge Brett Kavanaugh is taking place at City Hall Plaza Monday.…

Mainers weigh in on Susan Collins ahead of Brett Kavanaugh vote » Boston Globe Ahead of a whirlwind week set to culminate in a US Senate vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the Maine Republican is one of a few swing votes who look poised to determine the…

Business

Mass. Businesses Grapple With Uncertainty As Partial Ban On Noncompetes Takes Effect » WBUR Massachusetts businesses are grappling with uncertainty about how to contend with a partial ban on noncompete agreements that takes effect in Massachusetts on Monday.…

Federal officials sue California over hours-old Net neutrality law » Boston Globe California Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s toughest Net neutrality measure Sunday, requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online. The move prompted an immediate laws…

Big E 2018 expected to break all-time record for 17-day attendance total » The Republican With the hours ticking away to the end of the 2018 Eastern States Exposition fair, Eugene Cassidy looked around at the sea of people strolling through the midway and predicted it would be another reco…

Small Business Loan Program Opens Monday in Andover, Mass. » NECN Customers hoping to dine out Sunday night in the Merrimack Valley found some of their favorite restaurants are still shut down.…

GE ousts CEO John Flannery as it announces $23b writedown » Boston Globe In a stunning move, General Electric Co. said Monday it replaced John Flannery as chairman and CEO just 14 months after he took over the struggling company.…

$1 million loan fund created to help small businesses affected by Merrimack Valley gas explosions » The Republican A coalition of public and private lenders have joined together to provide a $1 million emergency loan fund to businesses affected by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions.…

Momenta lays off 110 workers, 50% of staff, including several C-level execs » Boston Business Journal Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Monday said it will cut 110 positions as part of a restructuring plan to reduce costs and refocus its operations on two late-stage drug candidates and away from biosimi…

GE Ousts Flannery After Slump, Names Lawrence Culp CEO » Bloomberg General Electric Co. soared after ousting John Flannery a little more than a year into his tenure as chief executive officer, replacing him with a renowned turnaround expert.…

Civil Rights

Her plea: Say no to discrimination » Lowell Sun Kelly Jenkins moved 900 miles to Massachusetts from East Tennessee, leaving behind an unsupportive family to live without fear of discrimination as a transgender woman.…

Education

School official rips cellphone use, news media after Confederate flag episode » Berkshire Eagle Should what happens in school, stay in school? One local school official thinks so, after news that an unidentified student wearing a Confederate flag spread across social media and local news outlets…

UMass suspends football coach Mark Whipple one week without pay for inappropriate comment » Boston Herald UMass football coach Mark Whipple has been suspended for one week without pay following comments he made after the Minutemen's 58-42 loss at Ohio on Saturday.…

UML adjuncts: This is no laughing matter » Lowell Sun

Environment

The many faces of climate denial » Commonwealth Magazine North Carolinians are paying a price for the politicization of climate science. In 2012, the North Carolina state legislature attempted to outlaw sea level rise by preventing the use of sea level rise…

Legislation Extends Lafayette Trail From Hinsdale to Hancock » iBerkshires A bill to expand the Lafayette Trail through the Berkshires is expected to be signed soon by Gov. Charlie Baker. …

Mediator's effort to resolve river cleanup dispute moves forward » Berkshire Eagle A mediator's attempt to find a path forward on the Housatonic River cleanup inches forward, with cautious participation by environmental groups — and one notable absence.…

Gaming

Illegal gambling ring busted in Southeastern Mass. » Boston Globe

AG: Six nabbed in alleged illegal gambling scheme » Boston Herald

Health Care

November Offers Major Test of Medicaid Expansion's Support in Red States » Governing Several states will hold the first referendum on Obamacare since Congressional Republicans tried and failed to repeal it. …

At elegant McLean psychiatric outpost, $2,150 a day, and insurance is not welcome » Boston Globe In elegant rooms with sparkling views of Penobscot Bay, some of Harvard’s most skilled psychiatrists treat patients from across the United States — football players referred by the NFL, lawyers se…

Housing

Concrete cracking spreads to Massachusetts » Journal Inquirer Thousands of Massachusetts homeowners could face the same crumbling foundation crisis as in Connecticut, and officials there are hoping to collaborate with and learn from their neighbors to the south.…

Devens housing complex nearing reality » Lowell Sun After years of wrangling, the Shirley Commons elderly-housing proposal has cleared a final hurdle toward actuality.…

Human Services

Spilka touts Healthy Incentives » The Metro West Daily News State Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, visited the Ashland Farmers Market on Saturday to tout the success of the Healthy Incentives Program, a state effort that provides funding to help link low-income h…

Immigration

Mass. companies team up to make their voice heard in immigration debate » Boston Globe When Congress tries again to tackle the thorny issue of immigration reform next year, Eva Millona wants Massachusetts businesses to have a seat at the table.…

Judiciary

Judge Frees Accused Child Rapist, Prompting Renewed Criticism » NECN A superior court judge whose past decisions have already led to protests is facing new outrage.…

Harvard Students “Burst Out in Cheers” When Kavanaugh Said He Might Never Teach Again » Boston Magazine Kavanaugh has taught at Harvard Law since 2008. …

Brett Kavanaugh’s defiance brings echoes of Trump-style combat » Boston Globe President Trump has remade what it means to be presidential, with his typo-filled tweets and angry rants. He’s molded the Republican Party in his form, pulling it close to the white men who’ve fel…

Congressman Seth Moulton: Kavanaugh too untrustworthy for Supreme Court » 7 News Boston Bay State Congressman Seth Moulton spoke out about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at a town hall event in Tewksbury on Sunday.…

Labor

Fight over nurse workload » Boston Herald Hospitals across the state are pouring millions of dollars into an effort to campaign against a ballot question that would place a limit on the number of patients assigned to registered nurses working…

'Garden' Clause In New Law Requires Pay During Noncompete » WBUR Whether or not they choose to spend their idle time in their yards, workers with noncompete contracts in Massachusetts will soon be the first in the U.S. to enjoy a “garden leave” provision allowi…

State Police union president Pullman resigns amid new federal probe » Boston Globe The president of the union that represents Massachusetts State Police troopers has resigned amid a federal investigation into possible illegal reimbursement of campaign donations by union members.…

Legislative

Ex-Massachusetts Lawmaker Awaiting Corruption Trial Found Dead » Governing Former Massachusetts state Sen. Brian Joyce was found dead at his Westport home, the Bristol County District Attorney's office said Thursday. …

Investigators have found no sign of foul play in death of former state senator Brian Joyce » Boston Globe Bristol District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III’s office is continuing its investigation into the death of former state senator Brian A. Joyce, who was found dead in his Westport home by his wife Thur…

Beacon Hill Roll Call » Athol Daily News There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on how often local representatives voted with their party's leadership.…

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Spilka says Rosenberg case ‘tragic on different levels’ » The Metro West Daily News Four months after Stan Rosenberg resigned from the Senate, and two months after she became his permanent replacement as Senate president, Karen Spilka said during an interview on Wednesday that she ha…

Local Government

How to submit questions for state rep. forum » Newburyport News The two candidates for state representative for the 1st Essex District will answer questions from the public and press for an hour in an open forum Oct. 17 in the Nock Middle School auditorium. Incum…

Officials want to expand tax breaks for developers » Salem News A tax break could soon be available to developers looking to build housing downtown, at the old senior center site and at other key locations in the city.…

Petition targets Wayland Rod and Gun Club » The Metro West Daily News Wayland residents Tom Gulley and Duane Galbi have co-sponsored a petition that would put tighter restrictions on the firing of guns in town. But Stephen Garanin, president of the 90-year-old Wayland R…

Webster property owners at odds on dividing tornado cleanup costs » Worcester Telegram Eight weeks since an EF-1 tornado wreaked havoc on the downtown, a rubble pile from two Main Street buildings is still present because their owners have engaged in a tug-of-war about how to divide cle…

3 Outer Cape towns pass year-round tax exemptions » Cape Cod Times Select boards cite lack of available, affordable housing as main reason for break.…

Marijuana

Worcester emerging as big player, but no rec pot shops till inspections completed » Worcester Telegram The opening of the state’s first recreational pot shops is still up in the air, but it is clear Worcester will play a central role in the budding industry. During a recent Cannabis Control Commissi…

Boston inches forward with recreational marijuana permits » Boston Globe Every two weeks, at meetings of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, marijuana officials display a map showing how many completed applications for recreational pot business licenses have bee…

The Codcast: The women of pot » Commonwealth Magazine

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission should 'pick up the pace' on retail pot shops, legalization advocates say » The Republican

Opinion

Howie Carr: Treat Brett Kavanaugh as good as illegal alien criminals » Boston Herald Brett Kavanaugh should ask for no special treatment. He should tell the Senate that he merely seeks to be treated like your average violent illegal immigrant criminal.…

Sadly, not reporting abuse is common » Boston Globe I suppose you can excuse the ignorance of those who keep asking why Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s teenage accusers waited so long to speak up about his alleged sexual misconduct. But you c…

Golden opportunities in the inner city » Boston Globe The promise of the American city is ushering economic opportunity to urban areas as never before. Yet this revival raises gnawing questions about who is being left behind despite an unprecedented infl…

Our View: Gas company leaves customers in the dark » Eagle Tribune Lawrence Mayor Daniel River posted to Facebook on Friday afternoon a detailed, 21 page daily report by Columbia Gas summarizing work to restore natural gas service to the Merrimack Valley.…

LETTER: Peter Tedeschi is a man of the people » South Coast Today Tedeschi is a name engraved in my mind long before I met Peter Tedeschi, due to their convenience stores that were a fixture in Southeastern Massachusetts since 1923.…

Taking Massachusetts ed reform to the next level » Boston Globe TWENTY-FIVE YEARS — and billions of taxpayers dollars — after the passage of a landmark education reform act, Massachusetts public schools have made enormous progress. But not all have shared equa…

Women should be protected under Mass. hate crimes law » Boston Globe Re “Slain Marshfield woman was shot, stabbed, run over” (Metro, Sept. 27): Yet another woman is dead from domestic violence, and nobody is pointing out that gender is still not a protected categor…

The country won’t know the truth about Brett Kavanaugh unless the FBI investigation is a real one » Boston Globe As America’s top law enforcement agency, the FBI has the best tools to determine whether Christine Blasey Ford or Brett Kavanaugh is telling the truth. The question now is: Will it be allowed to use…

Hi there Jeff Flake, I have a few questions . . . » Boston Globe And just as the US Supreme Court is scheduled to convene Monday morning for the first session of the new term — with just eight justices, and much hanging on the vacant ninth seat — Flake is sched…

EDITORIAL: Crosby's selfless act upholds integrity » Lowell Sun In the end, cumulative questions about ethics and objectivity finally moved Stephen Crosby to take the only logical course left, and that was to resign from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.…

Politics

Warren: I'll 'take a hard look at' 2020 run after midterms » Politico Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday announced that she would "take a hard look at" a prospective 2020 presidential run following this fall's midterm elections.…

As Blais heads for Legislature, Franklin County Chamber begins search » The Recorder The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce thought it had made a good pick when the hired Natalie Blais as its executive director a little over a year ago.…

3rd Plymouth District candidates to meet in forum » Wicked Local Cohasset State Rep. Joan Meschino, D-Hull, will meet Monday with the woman trying to unseat her, Republican Kristen Arute of Hingham, in a forum broadcast live on WATD-FM.…

Mass. candidates for governor reacting to Kavanaugh hearing » WCVB Republican incumbent Charlie Baker and Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez both agree with the investigation, but have slightly different opinions on the candidate.…

Green runs on 'working harder' for 3rd District seat » The Valley Dispatch With no opponent in the Republican primary, Rick Green spent close to a year running for the 3rd Congressional District out of the spotlight, keeping his presence known but having to wait until the 10…

Warren to take ‘hard look’ at running for president » The Metro West Daily News U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she’ll take a “hard look at running for president” after the November elections. The Boston Globe reported that the Democrat spoke about her future during a town…

After Suffolk DA candidates forum, accusations of playing race card arise » Boston Globe The comment followed a question about police accountability. What would the candidates for Suffolk district attorney do if a police officer fatally shot someone on the streets, a young man asked Thurs…

Keller @ Large: Will Kavanaugh Have An Impact On Local Elections? » CBS Boston After the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing, Jon Keller brought in Joanna Weiss, editor of Northeastern University’s Experience magazine, and Matt Murphy of the State House News Service, to discuss how it will…

City Hall Plaza protest calls on Senator Flake to reject Kavanaugh for Supreme Court » Boston Globe

Public Health

The end of HIV transmission in the U.S.: A once-unthinkable dream becomes an openly discussed goal » STAT News A mere decade ago, 45,000 Americans a year were contracting HIV. Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started collecting data on HIV-related deaths just over 30 years ago, more than ha…

Public Safety

DiZoglio tells Columbia Gas: 'Step it up' » Eagle Tribune Surrounded by residents who lost gas service, state Representative Diana DiZoglio called on the utility provider to be more responsive to local needs. "Step it up," she said. "It's the responsibil…

State Police force shrinks, while workload grows » Boston Globe Massachusetts State Police troopers are retiring at a record clip this year, pushing staff levels lower even as the department is trying to both expand its operations and rein in overtime costs.…

State Government

GOP reps bucked party leadership more than Democrats » State House News Service There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on how often local representatives voted with their party's leadership. The votes of the 2018 member…

Governor Baker visits Big E as fair comes to an end » WWLP Governor Charlie Baker made his way to the Big E Sunday afternoon on the final day of the fair. He took a tour of the fair, visited with business owners in the Massachusetts building, and even tried s…

Navy Capt. Stephanie Helm named as MassCyberCenter director » Patriot Ledger

Transportation

MBTA savings prompt calls for more privatization » Eagle Tribune The MBTA expects to save more than $450 million over the next decade through privatization made possible under a waiver from the so-called Pacheco Law, according to a report that is fueling calls by B…

Worcester gears up mass transportation, but long road lies ahead » Worcester Telegram Twenty years ago, Union Station was vacant, its roof had collapsed and trees were growing in the grand, main concourse.…

Utilities

Gas work on bridge will go into '19 » Lowell Sun Citing a gas main that needs to be relocated, along with additional safety measures in the wake of the gas-explosion tragedy involving Columbia Gas in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, city officia…

GAS ACTION LAWSUIT: Firm files lawsuits against Columbia Gas for impacted residents and businesses » Wicked Local

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 10/1

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Tucker

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

5:30pm Meet the Candidate Night with State Rep. Candidate Tanya Neslusan

6:00pm Bay Back Reception for Lt. Gov. Candidate Quentin Palfrey

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Paul Fullen Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Italian Heritage Month, House Chamber, State House, Boston

Tuesday - 10/2

10:00am LatinX Excellence on the Hill, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am 2018 State House Seafood Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

5:30pm Reception for Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz and State Rep. Candidate John Cruz

5:30pm Autumn Fundraiser for Rep. Tackey Chan

6:00pm Oktoberfest for Rep. Kate Campanale for Register of Deeds

7:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidates Tram Nguyen & Christina Eckert

7:00pm Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Margaret Busse

Wednesday - 10/3

10:00am Farm to School Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

5:00pm Fundraiser for Sen. Vinny deMacedo

6:00pm Reception for Sen. Patrick O'Connor

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

Thursday - 10/4

Birthdays: Rep. Sarah Peake, Rep. Alice Peisch

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Reception for Governor's Councilor Jen Caissie

5:45pm Fundraiser for Rep. Mathew Muratore with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

6:00pm Meet & Greet with State Rep. Candidate Alison Demong

6:00pm Tewksbury House Party for State Rep. Candidate Pina Prinzivalli

7:00pm Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Margaret Busse and Congressional Candidate Rick Green

Friday - 10/5

5:30pm Worcester Democrats for State Rep. Candidate David LeBoeuf


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