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11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

5:30pm Reception for State Rep. Candidate Patrick Kearney

Must-Reads

With Deepwater Wind’s takeover, there’ll be less competition for offshore projects in Mass. » Boston Globe The Danish energy company Orsted has reached a $510 million deal to take over Deepwater Wind, a rival wind farm developer, from the investment firm D.E. Shaw & Co. …

Trump says he likes Taylor Swift’s music ‘25 percent less’ after midterm endorsements » The Washington Post President Trump on Monday fired back at Taylor Swift over her endorsement of Democrats in next month’s midterms, declaring that his enthusiasm for the pop megastar’s music has waned by “about 25…

Trump's New NAFTA Shows What He Really Cares About » The Huffington Post The Trump administration’s overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement is both the best trade pact signed by an American president in 30 years and a corrupt mess that offers working people a…

The state's top lawyer is featured on the magazine's "The Badass 50" list » InStyle The state's top lawyer is featured on the magazine's "The Badass 50" list, alongside stars like Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Parkland shooting survivor and activist Emma González, Calif…

Pols to travel to Portugal to study opioid ‘solutions’ » Boston Herald A delegation of state legislators is going to Portugal to review its decriminalization of opioids this week — but other top elected officials are raising concerns about importing the European nation…

Mass. doesn’t have enough money in its rainy day fund » Boston Globe Independent analyses from Moody’s Analytics and S&P Global recently reached the same conclusion: Without additional savings, Massachusetts will struggle to fill the budgetary hole that even a modera…

‘An angry mob’: Republicans work to recast Democratic protests as out-of-control anarchy » The Washington Post When thousands of furious, screaming protesters marched toward the Capitol over the weekend as Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh was confirmed, Republican staffers peered out at the scene from the windows ab…

Kavanaugh vote reshapes Maine senator's political future » The Associated Press (AP) Interest in the Maine Republican senator's 2020 re-election has exploded in the days since she cast the deciding vote to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick — a vote that helped tran…

Curt Schilling, Matt Light to campaign for GOP US Senate candidate Geoff Diehl » The Republican Curt Schilling, who pitched for the Red Sox from 2004 to 2007, will join former Patriots players Matt Light and Fred Smerlas in raising money for Diehl's campaign to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. S…

Providence Behavioral Health 'not sustainable' if Question 1 passes; hospitals speak out on nurse staffing » The Republican SPRINGFIELD -- Trinity Health of New England already loses $12 million a year at Providence Behavioral Health in Holyoke -- and if voters pass a ballot question setting mandatory nurse staffing levels…

“I’ve had concerns about Justice Kavanaugh’s views, especially on Roe v. Wade, for quite a while, and I don’t think anything happened during the confirmation process to change my mind. So for that reason — primarily that reason but others — I don’t believe he should be on the Supreme Court."

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren is spending heavily on national Facebook ads in preparation for a possible presidential bid » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren bent the rules of presidential flirtation last month when she said she’d take a “hard look” at a 2020 White House campaign after she completes her reelection bid next mo…

Business

Boston Developers Will Be Asked How Projects Benefit Women and Minorities » Boston Magazine The city will also weigh developers' efforts to curb displacement. …

'Manufacturing is back' at MassMEP symposium » Worcester Business Journal According to John Killam, the state's manufacturing industry is as robust as ever. …

It’s time to have your say on the Citgo sign’s future » Boston Globe The debate over the future of the Citgo sign is still quietly grinding on. Now it’s the public’s turn to weigh in on what — if anything — should be done to protect the fixture on Boston’s sk…

Innovation breaks down barriers for people with disabilities » Boston Globe Innovating was how Adriana Mallozzi learned to interact with the world around her. Her occupational therapists introduced her to her first power wheelchair at age 9. By then she had already realized t…

Editorial: Small biz hubs make a big difference » The Recorder The news that Rural Commonwealth will receive $1.5 million from the state to create an economic development center in Charlemont is a boon for West County. As reported on Sept. 26, a two-story center …

Procter & Gamble to put high-profile land in Fort Point on the market » Boston Globe Gillette parent Procter & Gamble is looking to cash in on the hot real estate market in the neighborhood around its razor factory in Fort Point.…

Education

Not all schools follow Harvard’s lead on race-conscious admissions » Boston Globe Ithaca College in upstate New York doesn’t consider race at all in its admissions decisions. At Davidson College, a top-ranked liberal arts institution in North Carolina, admissions officers say the…

Environment

Ban on sea walls faces increasing protests from homeowners » Boston Globe The sands of Cape Cod have always shifted with the tides, but rising seas and more powerful storms are accelerating erosion and putting more homes at risk.…

Federal

How hackers could disrupt Election Day — and how the bad guys could be stopped » Boston Globe Election Day presents a tantalizing target for a malicious hacker. The complex, multifaceted US voting system is rife with technological weak spots, from problems with the electronic voting machines i…

Judiciary

Sen. Harriette Chandler pushing to end child marriages in Massachusetts » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Child marriages may be more widespread in Worcester County than many people realize.…

Convicted rapist Benjamin LaGuer seeks medical release because of cancer » Boston Herald A convicted rapist who says he has terminal liver cancer and has less than four months to live wants to be released from a Massachusetts prison.…

Massachusetts National Day of Expungement to help clear marijuana convictions » The Republican Legalization of marijuana in the state means that work continues to help those convicted of pot crimes clear their records with the Massachusetts National Day of Expungement Oct. 27 in Boston.…

Legislative

Case dismissed against Brian Joyce after his death » Boston Herald U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling has dismissed the government’s year-old racketeering and political corruption case against attorney Brian Joyce in the wake of the former state senator’s Sept. 27 d…

State Rep. Lenny Mirra on Massachusetts' strengths and challenges » Wicked Local State Rep. Lenny Mirra doesn’t let the hyper-partisanship of Washington get in the way of his work on Beacon Hill. A Republican in a very blue state, he says that while things aren’t perfect in Ma…

Local Government

Wilmington assistant town manager leaving for N. Andover » Lowell Sun After nearly two years in town, Assistant Town Manager Dee Casey is leaving her post for North Andover.…

Lowell officials look at possible settlement in voter rights lawsuit » Lowell Sun City officials are staring at a fork in the road. They can fight the voting rights lawsuit until the very end -- a potentially long, drawn-out process that could cost the city a significant amount of …

Methuen seeks to fill finance positions » Eagle Tribune While progress remains stalled on resolving police pay issues, local and state officials are moving toward solutions for the city's other financial problems. Along with figuring out a sustainable way…

Will Lord Jeffery Amherst controversy lead to additional name changes in town that commemorates Indigenous Peoples' Day? » The Republican As Amherst College distances itself from its putative namesake -- an 18th century British military officer known for advocating that smallpox-infected blankets be employed to wipe out native Americans…

Marijuana

Egremont looks into extending pot moratorium » Berkshire Eagle The town is seeking to join a small group of Massachusetts communities that have extended marijuana moratoriums past 2019.…

Opinion

Question 1 bad for care, nursing education » Commonwealth Magazine IMPROVING PATIENT CARE and supporting healthcare workers should always be the top priorities when making changes to today’s health care system. I am a nurse and educator with 40 years of experience,…

Mass. leading way on reining in health care costs » Commonwealth Magazine THE CONSTITUENCIES THAT CAME together to gain passage of the state’s landmark universal health care law in 2006 — consumers, employers, providers, insurers — were justifiably proud of our achiev…

Time for Baker to step up on health care » Commonwealth Magazine FOR THE BETTER part of this decade, Massachusetts had been on a roll regarding its health system’s performance. Since passage of the 2006 universal health insurance law, we’ve been tops in having …

Should Brett Kavanaugh be stopped from teaching at Harvard Law School? » Boston Globe Now that Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has been confirmed, many law students are demanding that he be punished by ending his teaching career at Harvard Law School.…

Fiscal Alliance must end misleading attacks » Cape Cod Times On Sept. 21 you published a piece from the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, an organization that has repeatedly targeted Democratic legislators (“Cyr must answer for giving himself a raise”). …

Letter to the editor: An endorsement for Paul Feeney, state senate candidate » The Sun Chronicle Before last year, I did not pay much attention to my representatives in state government. I have always focused on what was going on down in Washington, D.C. That began to change last year, when I rec…

We must change our culture and reform our laws » Boston Globe As a member of law enforcement and as a Catholic, I am disgusted and angered by the most recent revelations of abuse in the church. And I admire the courage of survivors and others who have come forwa…

Time to fully embrace composting, an idea that doesn’t stink » Boston Globe Okay, it smells bad. And yeah, it’s extra work to separate out food scraps from other trash. But there’s a hidden payoff, both financially and environmentally, to more composting, and a good reaso…

Vladimir Putin’s shadow darkens White House » Boston Globe

Tim Whelan for House » Cape Cod Times Four years ago, when Tim Whelan, R-Brewster, first ran on the Republican ticket for state representative in the 1st Barnstable District, we did not endorse him. We felt he was inexperienced and too qu…

Editorial: Risks at large venues studied » Boston Herald As the anniversary of the deadly Las Vegas shooting has just passed, it is a good re­minder that in these times, any place can be a target and large venues have tragically been hit hard in recent yea…

Safeguarding children must become a matter of the heart » Boston Globe Throughout the whole church, people are feeling some part of the experience that those who have been abused describe: outrage, shame, deep sadness, conflicting feelings, an urgency to do something abo…

Rep. Higgins is tireless worker for our city » Sentinel & Enterprise I want to express my support for Natalie Higgins in her bid for re-election as our state representative.…

Safer neighborhoods? Thank federal agents » Lowell Sun Where are the Safe Community Act advocates now? Anyone hear from state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, state Rep. Juana Matias and the rest of the Massachusetts Legislature's progressive lawmakers who want to we…

Politics

Charlie who? Warren, Baker avoid naming each other on campaign trail » Boston Globe US Senator Elizabeth Warren was visiting a cookout last month for Lawrence Housing Authority residents affected by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions when a reporter asked her how she thought Republi…

It's on social media, but this debate has been less than social » Sentinel & Enterprise THE RACE BETWEEN candidates for the Worcester and Middlesex state Senate district continues to play out as a debate across social media as Republican incumbent Dean Tran and Democratic challenger Sue …

Muratore v Mahoney for state rep » Wicked Local Plymouth It was a civilized approach to politics, which some might define as novel these days. …

Eggs and politics served up at Democratic breakfast in Mansfield » The Sun Chronicle Over plates of scrambled eggs, muffins and sausage, Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Brookline, fielded questions at the Mansfield Democratic Town Committee’s annual breakfast on Saturday.…

Transgender ballot activists make their pitch: ‘I’m a human being’ » Boston Globe The 80-year-old man swaggered out of his backyard shed with a putty knife in hand, a tattoo peeking out from beneath his right sleeve. He was busy refinishing the porch on his 1897 house, which was dr…

Scibak, Kulik to marshal Polish Day Parade in Northampton Monday » Gazette Net Two veteran lawmakers of Polish heritage will be the co-grand marshal’s of the 32nd annual Pulaski Day Parade in Northampton on Monday.…

Charlie Baker, Jay Gonzalez to Clash in 1st Massachusetts Gubernatorial Debate » NBC Boston Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, are preparing to square off in their first debate of the fall campaign.…

Not easy to tell Gonzalez, Baker apart » Boston Herald What if Barack Obama endorsed the wrong candidate for governor? What if he meant to support Trump-bashing RINO Gov. Charlie Baker and got confused and ended up backing Democratic chal­lenger Jay Gon…

Geoff Diehl says voters giving him ‘Kavanaugh bump’ in race vs. Elizabeth Warren » Boston Herald GOP U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl claims he’s benefiting from a “Kavanaugh bump,” with the contentious Supreme Court nomination fight energizing Republicans and compelling some Democrats to …

Kavanaugh confirmed » Politico PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP will participate in a swearing-in ceremony for Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court. Trump will also deliver remarks at the International Association …

Kearney leads in fundraising for House race » Patriot Ledger Democrat Patrick Kearney is riding a massive fundraising lead as he campaigns for the former seat of state rep. James Cantwell, having raised seven and 14 times as much money as his Republican and ind…

AG Healey Joins Haverhill Legislative Delegation to Endorse Trahan for Congress » WHAV Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey made a trip to Haverhill Thursday to lend her support to Democratic candidate for Congress Lori Trahan, a key endorsement coming with just one month to go u…

Healey's GOP rival focuses on gun-control issues » Eagle Tribune Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey has made gun violence a key issue during her first term in office, earning praise from gun-control advocates but disdain from gun rights groups.…

Keller @ Large: Why You Should Watch The Governor’s Debate » CBS Boston

Massachusetts voters to consider money in politics » Wicked Local Wellesley

Public Health

This Is What Happens When a City Shuts Down Mental Health Clinics » Governing The wait for mental health services at Saint Anthony Hospital, a nonprofit community institution on Chicago’s West Side, is about a year. The hospital sits on the border between North Lawndale, an A…

Healey vows no letup in opioid battle » Sentinel & Enterprise In her time as state attorney general, Maura Healey sued a major opioid painkiller manufacturer, shut down doctors who over-prescribe them, made Narcan available to first responders, increased drug-tr…

High school addressing teenage vaping » The Gardner News Gardner High School has introduced an innovative way to try and curb what school officials see as a growing concern, the use of vaping products among students.…

Public Safety

Ware River Domestic Violence Task Force organizes march for greater awareness of abuse » The Republican About 200 attended a march Saturday organized by the Ware River Domestic Violence Task Force to bring greater awareness of abuse.…

Political Notes: 2 Barnstable officers honored on Beacon Hill » Cape Cod Times The first two naturalized citizens to serve as Barnstable police officers were honored on Beacon Hill last week, courtesy of state Rep. William Crocker, R-Centerville.…

Waltham City Councilors Call Police Station Condition 'Despicable' » Peabody Patch First there were years of discussion about what to do about the aging Waltham Police Department building. Then the city sat in a holding pattern during litigation, while Waltham Police officers took t…

State Finance

Lawmakers debate how to spend surplus » Lowell Sun Nearly three months after ending the fiscal year with an approximately $1.1 billion budget surplus, local legislators are weighing in on how much of that money will be spent and on what priorities.…

State Government

Secretary of the commonwealth candidate Anthony Amore raises security concerns about Massachusetts elections » The Republican Anthony Amore, the Republican nominee for secretary of the commonwealth, has spent his career working in security, and is now raising concerns about the security of Massachusetts's elections.…

Utilities

Cape Cod Canal site testing ground for technology » South Coast Today Close to a year after the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative installed the Bourne tidal test site along the Cape Cod Canal, users are starting to see what can be discovered with underwater turbines…

Ørsted to buy Deepwater Wind for $510m » Commonwealth Magazine TWO OF THE BIGGER PLAYERS in the emerging US offshore wind industry are combining forces, as the Denmark-based Ørsted announced an agreement on Monday to purchase Deepwater Wind of Rhode Island for $…

Gas is shut off to hundreds of homes in Woburn due to spike in pressure » Boston Globe Less than a month after a series of explosions and gas-fueled fires devastated three towns north of Boston, a surge in natural-gas pressure Monday led officials to cut off service to about 300 homes i…

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