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INSURERS SAY PREMIUMS LIKELY TO RISE IF QUESTION 1 PASSES » State House News Service The day after releasing a study that estimated the costs of a nurse staffing ballot question at up to $949 million, the Health Policy Commission on Thursday offered new information on how those expens…

Obituary of former Sen. Brian Joyce requests donations to the Innocence Project » The Republican The family of state Sen. Brian Joyce, who died while under federal indictment for corruption, is asking that donations in his memory be made to the Innocence Project "to help the victims of wrongful p…

Western Mass. activists fan out across state lines for change in House » Gazette Net BOSTON — Western Massachusetts progressives are mounting a campaign: They are canvassing door to door, working the phones, and pushing voters to elect Democratic candidates to the U.S. House of Repr…

Washington Post Editorial Board Issues Rare Call To Vote 'No' On Kavanaugh » The Huffington Post The Washington Post urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote down Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, a move the paper hasn’t made since 1987. …

I Was in the Elevator With Jeff Flake. Senators, Don’t Look Away From Me. » New York Times When I ran from Senator Jeff Flake’s office door to the elevator last Friday and put my arm in to stop it from closing, I wasn’t thinking about what would come next. I had no idea what I was about…

Retired Justice Stevens calls Kavanaugh’s hearing performance disqualifying » The Washington Post Retired Justice John Paul Stevens said Thursday that he no longer believes Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the Supreme Court, citing Kavanaugh’s heated performance during a Senate he…

‘Grow up’: Orrin Hatch waves off female protesters demanding to speak with him » The Washington Post Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) raised the ire of protesters on Thursday after telling a group of mostly women who confronted him in one of the Senate buildings that he would talk to them when they “gr…

Bernie Sanders introduces ‘Stop BEZOS Act’ in the Senate » The Washington Post Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday introduced a Senate bill — the "Stop BEZOS Act" — that would require large employers such as Amazon.com and Walmart to pay the government for food stamps, …

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been. I might have been too emotional at times. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters."

Brett M. Kavanaugh

Speaking about his behavior as he testified before the Judiciary Committee last Thursday.

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Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren calls Senate's handling of Brett Kavanaugh probe 'a complete sham' » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, condemned Republican Leaders Thursday over their handling of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process, calling it "a complete sham."…

Senators struggle to digest FBI’s Kavanaugh report; test vote set » Boston Globe One by one came the senators, stepping down a curved staircase and through a set of heavy metal doors, heading toward the highly secured room — technically known as a “sensitive compartmented info…

Business

Fourth annual HUBweek focuses on the future, takes over City Hall Plaza » Boston Globe Poets and bioengineers. Prosecutors and choreographers. …

After spat over inclusion in tech awards, men and women come out equal » Boston Globe The top four annual executive awards were split evenly between women and men at the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council gala this week, salving the outrage that erupted after the trade group a…

New GE CEO's pay package has heavy emphasis on boosting stock price » Boston Business Journal Larry Culp's base salary will be higher than that of his predecessor, John Flannery, but the real money comes if he can boost General Electric's stock by more than 50 percent during the next four year…

Boston Herald endures another round of painful cuts » Boston Globe The Boston Herald’s journalists knew they were in for a rough ride when renowned cost-cutter Digital First Media acquired the paper in March. But not this rough.…

All in the family: These businesses work to keep it all relative » Boston Business Journal Family-owned companies maintain a unique place in the vanguard of established Massachusetts businesses, not only as some of the best-known brands in their respective industries, but adding substantial…

Crimes

Dozens arrested in federal drug sweep in Lawrence area » Boston Globe Nearly 50 people were arrested in greater Lawrence Thursday on gun, drug and immigration charges as part of a massive crime sweep.…

Domestic Relations

Fathers calling on lawmakers to put more changing tables in men's bathrooms » WWLP An instagram post showed a father changing his son in a public bathroom, but not on a changing table because there weren't any.…

Education

Speaker DeLeo, Rep Madaro Tour Local Social Centers » East Boston Times In his tenure in the House of Representatives Speaker Robert DeLeo has long been a champion of early learning. …

MA public colleges rated tops on black student access, success » Commonwealth Magazine USC study gives MA College of Liberal Arts highest index score …

Does Harvard have constitutional protection from Gonzalez tax? » Commonwealth Magazine THINGS LOOK TOUGH enough for Jay Gonzalez’s proposal to tax high-value university endowments, with lots of leading Democrats offering a less than enthusiastic embrace of the idea. But could the idea…

Dyslexia screening bill on the move in the House » State House News Service The House Ways and Means Committee signaled Wednesday night that it planned to release the bill (S 2607), which calls on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to issue guidelines to ass…

Hinds to lead deep dive on school transport costs, inequities » Berkshire Eagle Every school day, students traveling through regional districts in Massachusetts have "miles to go," to quote poet Robert Frost. And Boston still has "promises to keep." …

Meehan calls UMass growth a top priority » Lowell Sun University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan wants the state's public college system to be world-class and devoted to research, even if doing so results in a higher percentage of out-of-state st…

Environment

Lots of emotion, few solutions at shark forum in Wellfleet » Wicked Local Provincetown Hundreds of people packed the Wellfleet Elementary School gymnasium on Sept. 27 to ask questions, share ideas and talk strategy about the presence of great white sharks and future safety measures.…

Gaming

Commission seeks feedback on reopening gaming region » Cape Cod Times The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is soliciting feedback about whether it should reopen Region C — the geographical area that includes Southeastern Massachusetts, where the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe…

Health Care

Question 1’s Price Tag? Up to $949 Million, Says a New Report » Boston Magazine The Health Policy Commission's analysis finds the nurse staffing question cold cost nearly $1 billion. …

Judiciary

Mass. Justices Hear Appeal In Texting Suicide Conviction » WBUR The controversial 2017 conviction of a teenager for urging her boyfriend via text messages and phone calls to kill himself is once again before the state's highest court.…

In Michelle Carter appeal, high court considers whether encouraging suicide amounts to manslaughter » Boston Globe The case of Michelle Carter, convicted of involuntary manslaughter last year for encouraging her teenage friend to kill himself, is now before the state’s highest court, which will decide whether he…

Local Government

Guests show their support of the Durkin Foundation » Lowell Sun Those with Alzheimer's can benefit from a variety of treatments, but when you hear someone who hasn't talked in years begin to sing, then you know you've hit a special chord.…

Candidates in Lynn vie for Capano’s Ward 6 City Councilor seat » Lynn Daily News Item One month after Peter Capano won a seat in the Legislature, candidates are already vying to be Ward 6 City Councilor.…

Marijuana

Final approval given to two retail pot stores » Commonwealth Magazine Cannabis commissioner abstains in opposition to host community agreements …

'We're weeks away' from Massachusetts marijuana retail shops opening, Cannabis Control chairman says » The Republican With the Cannabis Control Commission approving final licenses for retail pot shops in Northampton and Leicester, its chairman says their doors are expected to open soon.…

Opinion

Secret courts: too much power, too little transparency » Boston Globe The irony is that our State Department and the United States Agency for International Development send teams halfway around the world to lecture other countries on the need for judicial transparency.…

One year in, #MeToo hasn’t brought the change we need » Boston Globe Friday marks a year since once-unstoppable Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a serial predator by dogged reporting and brave survivors who agreed to be named.…

The Great Trumpkin hears troubling voices » Boston Globe Sleazy is the head that wears the crown. No, no, that wasn’t right! Uneasy. Uneasy was the word The Great Trumpkin wanted. Uneasy is the head that wears the crown.…

Senator Tran is the only choice » Sentinel & Enterprise I am writing today to voice my unconditional support for the re-election of state Sen. Dean Tran on Nov. 6.…

Viewpoint: Investment philanthropy can help close achievement, opportunity gaps » Boston Business Journal Today’s academic achievement gap is the largest in modern U.S. history. Boston companies should consider forming sustained partnerships with research-driven educational nonprofits.…

Irwin Kraus: When it comes to gun laws, enforce before enact » The Sun Chronicle The most recent issue of Guns and Ammo magazine ranks Massachusetts near the top of a list of states hostile to gun owners. Only New York and New Jersey are stricter.…

Editorial: Don't force lawmakers to mandate gender parity in private business » Boston Business Journal This week’s actions in California make it clear that the community isn't going to wait for companies to put more women in positions of power. Businesses need to do it themselves.…

Politics

Democrats gather in Pittsfield to endorse Harrington » Berkshire Record On Monday, October 1, Maura Healey visited the Democratic Coordinated Headquarters of Pittsfield on North Street to endorse Andrea Harrington for Berkshire county District Attorney. Healey and Harring…

HOME STRETCH for POT SHOPS – Columbia Gas CRUISE SHIP – The $900 MILLION question » Politico The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission meets today, and could vote on final licenses for two recreational marijuana retailers. Although the commission faced criticism this week for its slow app…

ELECTION 2018: State rep. race - Candidates Corner, Politics, endorsements » Wicked Local Marshfield The Committee to Elect Ed O’Connell for State Representative invites voters to a fun “Comedy Night with the Candidate” on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Marshfield Elks Lodge, 1321…

Rockporter challenging Ferrante for state rep seat » Gloucester Times When Gloucester, Rockport and Essex voters trek to Cape Ann polling places on Nov. 6, they will find Rockport resident James Gardner challenging five-term state Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante for her 5th …

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito touts Baker administration's achievements at women's luncheon » Taunton Gazette Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito told a group of businesswomen Thursday that she and Gov. Charlie Baker are intent on continuing and improving upon the achievements of the last four years.…

Massacre spurs interest in voting » Newburyport News The school shooting in Parkland, Florida sparked a surge in activism among teenagers, who walked out of classrooms and participated in large-scale protests of gun violence.…

Opposite sides of transgender law ballot question launch competing ads » Boston Globe Less than five weeks before Election Day, the campaigns on both sides of the debate over the transgender antidiscrimination law launched new digital ads, setting the stage for an emotional ad war over…

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination opens a new fault line in the American marriage: Call it the rage gap » Boston Globe A third person has entered the American marriage. Brett Kavanaugh is his name.…

Crescenzo challenges Wong to additional debates » Wicked Local Saugus Army veteran and candidate for state representative, Matthew Crescenzo, challenges state Rep. Donald Wong to additional debates in the race for state representative in the 9th Essex District.…

Gonzalez touts tax plan in stop at Framingham Centre Common » The Metro West Daily News Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez highlighted his plan to impose taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents and private higher education institutions while meeting with supporters Thur…

Public Health

Most want Narcan available in workplaces, poll shows » Gloucester Times Seventy percent of Massachusetts residents believe the opioid overdose reversal drug known as Narcan should be widely available in workplaces, according to new poll results.…

Public Safety

Baker Launches Security Task Force Focused On Sports Arenas And Other Large Venues » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker was on the Gillette Stadium field hours before the Patriots were set to play the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday.…

Governor Baker Announces New Large Venue Security Task Force » Cape Cod Today Governor Baker today signed an executive order to assemble a task force of security experts who will analyze ways to augment safety and preparedness at large venues like sports stadiums, concert halls…

In Foxboro, Gov. Baker signs order for large venue security task force » The Sun Chronicle One year after a gunman open fired on concertgoers at a music festival on the Las Vegas strip in the deadliest mass shootings in the country's history, Gov. Charlie Baker has signed an executive order…

State Finance

The Week in Public Finance: States Intent on Taxing Big Pharma Over the Opioid Crisis » Governing Lawmakers want to raise taxes on pharmaceutical companies to help pay for the cost of the opioid crisis. But success has been elusive. …

Transportation

Bluebikes wheels into Mattapan » Dorchester Reporter Mayor Martin Walsh and a corps of elected officials and community leaders were in full voice at an event celebrating the opening of a new Bluebikes station in Mattapan Square last week that marked the…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will oppose vehicle miles traveled tax in 2nd term » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday took his strongest stance yet against imposing a tax on vehicle miles traveled. …

Utilities

Western Mass. Hearings Sought After Gas Explosions In Merrimack Valley » WAMC A state legislator is calling for public hearings in western Massachusetts with Columbia Gas Company officials to find out more about last month’s gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley. …

Columbia Gas puts 321 displaced families in hotels » Boston Herald Yohanny Cespedes of Lawrence just couldn’t take it any longer. She was fed up with cooking meals in a microwave instead of on her gas stove. She was tired of bathing her three young daughters by wa…

Towns upset over new FCC limits on telecom fees » Boston Globe Officials in Boston and other municipalities said new federal rules on the deployment of advanced 5G wireless systems could cost them billions of dollars in lost revenue, by limiting what local govern…

Massachusetts ranked most energy efficient state, Wyoming worst: study » The Hill Massachusetts and California are leading the country in energy efficiency standards according to a study released Thursday.…

Columbia Gas policy change raises questions about its previous oversight » Boston Globe Days after the natural gas calamity in the Merrimack Valley, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts updated internal policies to require additional oversight and safeguards when performing the same underground…

For 8th year, Mass. named most energy-efficient state in the nation » The Republican For the eighth year running, Massachusetts has been named the most energy-efficient state in the nation.…

After Massachusetts explosions, Columbia Gas to pay for customers to switch heating systems » Utility Dive Columbia Gas has developed a plan to replace pipelines and restore service in three northern Massachusetts towns, following a series of explosions that killed one person and set 70 homes on fire last …

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

State Auditor should uphold professional standards » Sentinel & Enterprise

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

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

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

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

Safe injection sites need careful study (Editorial) » MassLive

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

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4890 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

HB 4891 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

HB 4896 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Amy Burlingame, an employee of the Department of Children and Families

HB 4897 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Julie A. Jennings, an employee of the Department of Mental Health

HB 4661 - An Act authorizing the town of Andover to establish a means-tested senior citizen property tax exemption

SB 2634 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Marco Adorno, an employee of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation

SB 2550 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Pamela Lopez, an employee of the Department of Developmental Services

HB 4452 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Paul Walsh, an employee of the Department of Corrections

HB 4444 - An act relative to the charter of the town of Westborough

SB 2265 - An Act relative to the Lafayette Trail

SB 2629 - An Act authorizing the city of Worcester to convey a certain parcel of land

HB 4548 - An Act authorizing the town of Falmouth to continue the employment of Police Chief Edward Dunne

Most read bills of the week:

HB4033 - An Act relative to combatting addiction, accessing treatment, reducing prescriptions, and enhancing prevention

HB4470 - An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction

HB4725 - An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction

HB4883 - An Act providing for the prevention of flooding

HB4742 - An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction

HB4903 - An Act to protect the commonwealth from dangerous persons

SB2170 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

HB4605 - An Act establishing the Honorable Peter V. Kocot Act to enhance access to high quality, affordable and transparent healthcare in the Commonwealth

HB2474 - An Act authorizing dental therapists to expand access to oral health

HB4617 - An Act establishing the Honorable Peter V. Kocot Act to enhance access to high quality, affordable and transparent healthcare in the Commonwealth

House Actions This Week: 65

Senate Actions This Week: 54


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