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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

6:00pm Division of Marine Fisheries Public Hearing, Annisquam River Station, 30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester

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

Birthdays: Rep. Sarah Peake, Rep. Alice Peisch

Must-Reads

Bernie Sanders to launch plan to break up Wall Street giants » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is proposing legislation that would place a hard cap on the size of financial institutions, a proposal that would splinter Wall Street’s biggest firm…

Another Elizabeth Warren staffer has gone to work in a presidential primary state » Boston Globe So, collectively, the staffing moves mean that Warren has eyes and ears in three of the first four nominating states, as well as a trusted aide in the most important general election battleground stat…

Mayors step up on housing. Now it’s time for Beacon Hill to act » Boston Globe What would also help is the long-stalled zoning reform bill on Beacon Hill that would clear away obstacles to housing growth, especially in tony suburbs where the terrifying prospect of new constructi…

The F.B.I. Probe Ignored Testimonies from Former Classmates of Kavanaugh » The New Yorker Frustrated potential witnesses who have been unable to speak with the F.B.I agents conducting the investigation into sexual-assault allegations against Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Ka…

Poll: Amid Kavanaugh Confirmation Battle, Democratic Enthusiasm Edge Evaporates » NPR Just over a month away from critical elections across the country, the wide Democratic enthusiasm advantage that has defined the 2018 campaign up to this point has disappeared, according to a new NPR/…

The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators: Cruz, Menendez Make the List » Roll Call Operatives in both parties agree Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania are favored to win re-election even though they are running in states that backed President Donald…

Graham: Klobuchar owes Kavanaugh an apology for being part of a 'smear campaign' » The Hill Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said late Tuesday that Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) owes Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh an apology for being part of a "smear campaign" launched against him. …

First Goldberg, Orrall debate set for Oct. 10 » State House News Service Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and her Republican challenger, Rep. Keiko Orrall, are slated to debate for the first time next week, about four weeks before the Nov. 6 election. …

Warren, Diehl to debate in Springfield Oct. 21 » State House News Service While Jay Gonzalez and Gov. Charlie Baker won't be meeting up for a western Massachusetts gubernatorial debate, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her Republican opponent Rep. Geoff Diehl will square off …

Corporate, estate taxes drive big September haul » State House News Service Three months into the new budget cycle with state leaders still unsure how to spend last year's surplus and state coffers are again brimming with tax dollars that have increased by almost 10 percent a…

HPC ventures into political arena » Commonwealth Magazine TOP OFFICIALS AT THE HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION privately began debating this summer whether it made sense for the watchdog agency to wade into the political arena and analyze the potential impact of a …

“How many lectures do you have to give to reach the number of people you can reach in 10 minutes on social media?” he said. “I’m an activist and activist educator, and this is education on a much wider scale than we are talking about in more traditional terms — it’s public consciousness-raising on a potentially global scale.”

Jackson Katz, Harvard Graduate School of Education graduate

Speaking about gender equality in the #metoo era.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Senate gets FBI Kavanaugh report » Boston Globe The Senate braced for a crucial initial vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh’s tottering Supreme Court nomination after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set his polarized chamber on a schedule to decide an…

Republicans shift their Kavanaugh strategy to attacks on Ford » Boston Globe There was a time when Republican senators were so eager to handle an accusation of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh delicately, they hired a female prosecutor to question the accuser, Christine Blase…

U.S. Rep. Kennedy: Trump's mocking of Ford 'despicable' » Herald News President Donald Trump’s mocking of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee during one of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings this week appalled many, includi…

Business

Google may be anchor tenant in 18-story building planned for Kendall Square » Boston Globe Google could grow its presence in Kendall Square enough to fill a new 18-story tower in the heart of the neighborhood, developers told the Cambridge Planning Board Tuesday.…

Wayfair getting into pop-up stores » Boston Globe Coming soon to a mall near you: Wayfair? Well, not exactly.…

Buffett-Owned Stores Win $2.3M Tax Abatement in Massachusetts » Bloomberg Jordan’s Furniture purchases that were canceled and rebought days later during a sales tax holiday aren’t subject to sales tax, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board ruled.…

Developer wants to replace MIT Coop building with glass tower for Google » Boston Business Journal Boston Properties is proposing to develop an 18-story glass office tower in Cambridge’s Kendall Square that would likely house Google Inc., along with a 34-story residential tower — a project that…

Officials celebrate $15M effort to boost biomanufacturing in Worcester » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Civil Rights

Diversity's importance highlighted in business, education, politics » Salem News Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, speaking at a Hispanic Heritage Month event Tuesday, called for more "intentional" recruitment of women and people of color to the state's innovation economy.…

Slavery Is Still a Legal Punishment. Voters in One State Have a (Second) Chance to Abolish It. » Governing In 2016, Coloradoans voted against abolishing slavery in prisons -- a clause that exists in the U.S. Constitution and several states'. This year, the issue is back on the ballot. …

Crimes

Little information available on status of groping case involving Gov. Charlie Baker's son, AJ Baker » MassLive In June, the U.S Attorney's office opened an investigation after Gov. Charlie Baker's son was accused of groping a female passenger's breast during a flight. …

Education

Harvard president reportedly says Kavanaugh voluntarily opted out of teaching law course » Boston Globe Harvard president Lawrence S. Bacow said Tuesday that Judge Brett Kavanaugh voluntarily opted to cancel his course at Harvard Law in January, amid sexual assault allegations leveled at the jurist that…

Legislators face Berkshire school officials after education reform failure » Berkshire Eagle That elusive taxable thing, and one that everyone can agree on, said state lawmakers, will get the Berkshires more state education dollars. It's something that has been famously lacking, amid the ever…

Harvard places head diving coach on leave amid sexual misconduct allegations » Boston Globe Just weeks after hiring a new head diving coach, Harvard University has placed the man on leave following sexual misconduct allegations made against him in a federal lawsuit out of Indiana.…

Environment

Finding the buzz: Local beekeepers join call to ban the pesticides » The Sun Chronicle Tucker McNulty’s face lit up when he pulled out a panel full of honeybee eggs. As a beekeeper, it is frustrating but also common to see only a third of hives survive.…

Health Care

Cash may net lower price for some drugs » Commonwealth Magazine Overpayments common using insurance for top generics …

Health commission report: Big cost increases from nurse ballot question » Commonwealth Magazine Analysis supports hospital arguments that measure would drive up health care costs …

Nurses Ballot Initiative Could Cost Over $900 Million A Year, State Panel Estimates » WBUR The state ballot initiative on nurse staffing ratios would cost hundreds of millions of dollars a year, according to an estimate issued Wednesday by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC), a…

Massachusetts Nurses Association decries ‘inflated’ Question 1 cost projections » Boston Herald

Housing

Baker-Polito Administration announces $3 million for new housing development in Newburyport, Northampton and Falmouth; Community scale housing initiative supports small-scale affordable housing development » Sampan The Baker-Polito Administration announced $3.2 million in awards for the production of 32 new affordable housing units in three communities. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Newburyport Mayor D…

Tenants excited over $5.5M senior housing rehab in Marlborough » The Metro West Daily News A handful of residents of the Pleasant Street senior apartments said they are excited about the upcoming $5.5 million interior renovations to the nearly six-decade old facility.…

15 Boston-Area Mayors Have Signed on to an “Emergency” Housing Plan » Boston Magazine Somerville, Arlington, and other communities agreed to ramp up construction, build 185,000 new units of housing by 2030. …

Home is where the house is » Commonwealth Magazine Housing crunch in Boston spreads need around to other cities …

Newton Commits To Increase Housing As Part Of Area Coalition » Newton Patch Newton is among 15 Boston-area communities working to build even more new housing than proposed in a recent statewide bill.…

Judiciary

Suffolk Probate judge OK’d for move to Cape » Mass Lawyers Weekly The Governor’s Council on Oct. 3 unanimously approved the transfer of a Suffolk County Probate & Family Court judge to the Barnstable division.…

Labor

Safety, cost concerns raised about National Grid lockout » WCVB Concerns about cost and safety are being raised about the lockout that has kept National Grid workers off the job for months.…

1,500 Workers At 7 Marriott Hotels In Boston Go On Strike » WBUR More than 1,500 workers at seven Marriott International hotels in Boston went on strike Wednesday, after months of unsuccessful contract negotiations. …

Lobbying

Rep. O'Connell receives YMCA Legislative Champion Award » Taunton Gazette State Rep. Shaunna O’Connell was honored to receive the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCA's 2018 YMCA Legislative Champion Award for her outstanding efforts to support the YMCA.…

Local Government

Voter Check-In to Speed Up in Sandwich with New Technology » Cape Cod Online New technology in Sandwich will be used to assist residents at town meeting or individuals participating in early voting.…

T&G sues city over refusal to release Worcester police records » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The Telegram & Gazette filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking access to police internal affairs records the city agreed to provide and then withheld after publication of an article concerning allegations o…

Bike sharing will return to Worcester, but city wants to avoid 'free-for-all' it says happened with ofo » MassLive Worcester is in talks with at least two bike sharing companies to bring dockless bicycles back to the city.…

Marijuana

Slow start for marijuana retail shops and resulting loss of state revenue not a big deal, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says » MassLive As Massachusetts regulators prepared to vote on final licenses for marijuana retail shops, Gov. Charlie Baker dismissed concerns from legalization advocates who said the state is missing out on nearly…

Opinion

Senator Tran: I'm running a grassroots campaign » Sentinel & Enterprise I have a very simple directive to my campaign, that is, stay focused and run a positive, honest and result-oriented campaign. We operate like a business where planning and execution are important and …

Tran's criticism of Chalifoux-Zephir's efforts is unfounded » Sentinel & Enterprise As a nurse, I'm hurt and offended that Dean Tran criticized Sue Chalifoux Zephir for her efforts to stop our local hospital from closing vital pediatric and cardiac care services in our community. How…

Letter to the Editor: O'Connell, Diehl work hard for people of Taunton » Taunton Gazette I am writing to express disappointment at the cheap political shot taken against two strong leaders for Massachusetts and Taunton.…

Stay the course with Crocker in 2nd Barnstable District » Cape Cod Times “Patience and perseverance,” John Quincy Adams said, “have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” …

Letter: BMC medical staff makes case for 'No' vote on Q1 » Berkshire Eagle Safe medical care depends on the composition and teamwork of multidisciplinary teams with the right balance of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and support staff. No one discipline can cre…

Mayors step up on housing. Now it’s time for Beacon Hill to act » Boston Globe Greater Boston is rapidly becoming a victim of its own prosperity. The nearly constant traffic snarls are the most obvious example, but just as damaging to the area’s potential is a housing squeeze …

Don’t be fooled, Senators Collins and Murkowski: Judge Kavanaugh would gut Roe v. Wade » Boston Globe Several senators have said they would not vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice if they believed he would vote to undo the basic protections for women upheld in Roe v. Wade …

Wynn casino caught up in governor’s race and #MeToo » Boston Globe Minus #MeToo, it’s a safe bet Steve Wynn would be basking in the glory of next June’s grand opening ceremonies for the hotel and gambling palace he personally shepherded to Everett.…

State Auditor should uphold professional standards » Sentinel & Enterprise

Safe injection sites need careful study (Editorial) » MassLive

Politics

Gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez pledges to stop expansion of gas pipelines, urges investment in renewable energy » the Berkshire edge The Democratic candidate challenging Gov. Charlie Baker for the top seat in Massachusetts government expressed a firm commitment to addressing the climate crisis and accelerating clean energy developm…

Healey and Republican opponent clash over virtually every issue in their first debate » Boston Globe He’s a supporter of President Trump, staunch gun rights advocate, and social conservative. She’s made her name as an implacable foe of the president and crusader for tougher gun measures and broad…

Massachusetts AG candidates spar over guns, immigration » The Metro West Daily News The two candidates running for Massachusetts attorney general tussled Wednesday over issues related to gun rights, drug addiction and immigration.…

Get to know your state representative candidates for 31st Middlesex District » Wicked Local Winchester This week we kick off our pre-election coverage by asking each candidate to submit a short biography highlighting their background and achievements. Three candidates are vying for the state representa…

Jay Gonzalez courts votes for governor during Fall River stop » Herald News On the South Coast Rail, Gonzalez said Gov. Charlie Baker isn’t being truthful when he says that phase II of the plan will develop the Stoughton route.…

Tran, Chalifoux Zephir spar on education » Sentinel & Enterprise Students got an up-close look at democracy in action Wednesday as Republican state Sen. Dean Tran and City Councilor Sue Chalifoux Zephir, his Democratic challenger, faced off in a Leominster High for…

State Rep. Candidate Ryan Losco event draws crowd » Wicked Local North Andover On a beautiful fall night in North Andover, Ryan Losco, State Representative candidate for the 14th Essex District, hosted friends and supporters in a final event for the campaign. Since announcing hi…

Brady: As auditor, I'd be tax watchdog » Lowell Sun Putting forward a bill to allow the state auditor to audit the state Legislature would be among Helen Brady's top priorities if elected as the state's first Republican auditor in nearly 90 years. Mas…

City Hall protest targets Kavanaugh nomination » The Bay State Banner What started as a Facebook event organized by Emerson College students turned into a large protest supported by representatives from Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and NARAL, in the shadow of the ongoin…

Where Independents Could Shake Up Races for Governor » Governing In seven states, third-party candidates could sway the outcome in November. …

Republicans Could Take Control of These 2 Coastal Blue States » Governing An unpopular governor and a moderate candidate have given Republicans the chance for rare victories in Connecticut and Oregon. …

Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl makes US Senate campaign stop in Taunton » Taunton Gazette State Rep. Geoff Diehl says unlike incumbent Elizabeth Warren he’s serious about representing the residents of Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate.…

Tapping into a golden political tool » Boston Globe He drank beer. Still drinks beer. Likes beer. Fully embraces drinking beer. He wants to know about you, Senator, do you like beer?…

Boston patrolmen’s union gives Geoff Diehl backup » Boston Herald The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association threw their weight behind Republican U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl, condemning opponent Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her remarks about law enforcement.…

DA Joe Early Jr., challenger Blake Rubin to face off in ACLU debate in Worcester » Worcester Mag Amid questions of whether they would debate ahead of the Nov. 6 election, and whether the incumbent was trying to avoid it, Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early Jr. and his challenger, Blake R…

Public Health

Many people don’t know how to administer overdose-reversing drugs. Blue Cross is trying to change that » Boston Globe As the opioid crisis continues to grip Massachusetts, anyone could encounter a person who has collapsed and may be dying from an overdose.…

Gov. Charlie Baker stands by civil commitment proposal for opioid addiction » MassLive

Public Safety

Sheriff’s department lands $1.5 million grant » Martha's Vineyard Times Dukes County Sheriff Robert Ogden pulled in a $1.5 million grant from the state’s 911 Department. Ogden said the grant was the largest the sheriff’s office ever received in modern history.…

A chart about sexual assault prevention is going viral. Here’s the story behind it » Boston Globe Whenever Jackson Katz asked people during lectures what they did each day to prevent being sexually assaulted, the responses in the “Women” column on the board would fill up fast. …

Pittsfield must reinstate officer fired over misleading arrest report » Berkshire Eagle The city Police Department must reinstate a police officer who was fired for filing a misleading report about a controversial shoplifting arrest, under a ruling by the state's highest court.…

Head of state environmental police suspended without pay » Boston Herald

Union Wharf public safety marina highlights working waterfront while aiding water rescue efforts » South Coast Today

Col. James McGinn, head of Massachusetts Environmental Police, suspended without pay » MassLive

State Government

'We believe it will pay off': Gov. Charlie Baker delivers $2.5 million grant for Paramount Theater-Massasoit Block restoration in Springfield » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker announced a $2.5 million state grant on Wednesday toward the planned $41 million restoration of the historic Paramount Theater and Massasoit Building on Main Street, citing the proj…

Absentee ballots are now available across Massachusetts » WWLP Absentee ballots are now available in all Massachusetts cities and towns. If you plan to be out of the state for the November 6th elections, there are a few ways you can still vote.…

For Baker, mum’s the word on allegations against son » Commonwealth Magazine

Gov. Charlie Baker open to working with Trump administration, others to benefit Massachusetts » MassLive

Utilities

NH Developer Offers Land to Workers Repairing Gas Pipeline in Merrimack Valley » NECN A New Hampshire developer is playing a huge part in the Merrimack Valley gas line restoration project.…

Longmeadow considering moratorium on Columbia Gas construction, citing recent explosions » MassLive The Select Board is considering a moratorium on new construction planned by Columbia Gas, including a proposed natural gas pipeline and metering station on Longmeadow Country Club property, until the …

Mass. to pay $12.2 million in dispute over 'middle mile' network » Berkshire Eagle The state of Massachusetts lost a high-stakes battle this week over one of its premier high-tech assets, the $90 million fiber-optic middle mile network.…

All those gas workers in the Merrimack Valley need a place to live. How about on a cruise ship? » Boston Globe Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has brought in hundreds of additional workers to help with the massive effort to restore natural gas service in the Merrimack Valley.…

Gov. Charlie Baker: Columbia Gas will pay for losses in Merrimack Valley explosions » MassLive

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

WBDC lands $15M grant for biomanufacturing park » Worcester Business Journal

Sheriff’s department lands $1.5 million communication grant » Martha's Vineyard Times

Viewpoint: Creating a 'blue economy' on the South Coast » Boston Business Journal

Unused Worcester State Hospital building to be torn down, site redeveloped » Worcester Telegram

Worcester Biomanufacturing Park receives $15 million state grant » The Republican

Resolving conflicts » Martha's Vineyard Times

Gubernatorial Candidate Gonzalez To Promote Revenue Plan in Framingham Thursday » Framingham Source

Ash asks business leaders for help after Greater Lawrence gas disaster » Salem News

Jay Ash reaches out to Marblehead » Wicked Local Marblehead

Falmouth Affordable Housing Project Receives State Funding » Cape Cod Online

State says nurse ballot question would cost more than $600 million » Lowell Sun

Baker, Gonzalez agree to offshore wind pledge » Gloucester Times

Public paychecks: Gov. Baker makes how much? Here's how he stacks up nationally » Boston Business Journal

Watchdog says nurse ballot question could cost $900m a year » Boston Globe

He decided to sell his farm to a marijuana company. His neighbors are determined to stop him » Boston Globe

Natick special Town Meeting to reconvene Thursday » The Metro West Daily News

Home is where the house is » Commonwealth Magazine

State's health care watchdog sides with hospitals on nurse ballot cost » Boston Business Journal

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