Sign up to receive the day's curated top stories, legislative schedule, press releases, and other daily features every morning in your inbox!

MassInsider
Jump To...
Quote of the Day Social Media Podcast Graphic Press Releases
Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Surgical Advocacy Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

6:00pm Meet & Greet Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Joe Espinola

Birthdays: Rep. Jennifer Benson

Must-Reads

HOSPITAL MERGER OPPONENTS WANT HEALTH COUNCIL TO DELAY VOTE » State House News Service Opponents of the 13-hospital merger involving Beth Israel and Lahey Health are asking public health officials to delay a vote planned for Wednesday, saying the public should have more time to review c…

BAKER, GONZALEZ SPAR IN FIRST DEBATE OVER WHO HAS VISION TO LEAD » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker and his challenger Jay Gonzalez met in a televised debate for the first time Tuesday night, where the Republican incumbent focused on his accomplishments in his nearly four years in…

Joe Crowley Says Millennials Kicked Him Out Of Congress » BuzzFeedNews New York Rep. Joe Crowley, a Democratic giant toppled in a surprise primary this summer, said the problem with his campaign was a disconnect with millennial voters. …

EPA chief ‘liked’ a blatantly racist meme about the Obamas. He says he doesn’t remember. » The Washington Post Andrew Wheeler, who has been the agency’s acting administrator since Scott Pruitt resigned in July, “liked” a racist meme that showed President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama staring…

Rep. Katherine Clark: Kavanaugh Confirmation Ushers In 'Dangerous Time' For Supreme Court » WGBH "I thought [Ford] was credible and brave in the way that she testified, and I thought that [Kavanaugh's] reaction gave me extreme concern for where we're headed, not just with this nominee but also as…

Who’s Afraid of Elizabeth Warren? » Rolling Stone The only Democrat who appears fully equipped at this point to vanquish Donald Trump in a presidential election made it perfectly clear late last month that she fully intends to do so. (And she got out…

Is a governor’s race finally about to break out? Time is running short » Boston Globe After months of relative torpor, the race between Governor Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez, may finally start to take shape. …

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno featured in Gov. Charlie Baker's campaign ad » MassLive Democratic Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is one of several mayors featured in a new web video released by Gov. Charlie Baker's campaign. …

Brianna Wu: I Ran for Congress. I Lost. I'm Persisting. Quitting Is Not an Option in the Trump Era. » For a first-time candidate who raised under $200,000, I did a fantastic job. I got almost 25 percent of the electorate, with over 17,000 people voting for me. I sometimes try to imagine 1000 people te…

“If I was a status quo governor, there’d still be thousands of homeless families living in hotels and motels in Massachusetts — there aren’t,” Baker replied. “If I was a status quo governor, we wouldn’t have a huge offshore wind and hydro[electric] program going on to replace a third of our fossil fuels with clean, renewable energy.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Responding to Jay Gonzalez claiming he was a "status quo" governor at the first gubernatorial debate.

News By Category
Business

State grants go toward marine science innovations in Scituate » Patriot Ledger A trio of groups proposing high-tech projects for the maritime industry are hoping to use $450,000 in grants to turn fishing vessels into data collection tools and fishermen into "citizen scientists."…

What’s happening at HUBweek Wednesday » Boston Globe Day three of Boston’s HUBweek shines light on a variety of topics and features events on health, the economy, and the arts. …

Boston’s booming economy brings unequal prosperity, report says » Boston Globe In Boston, it’s easier to get ahead than in almost any other city in the country, but the degree to which a person thrives varies widely, depending on the color of their skin.…

GE’s tax breaks could survive regardless of HQ tower’s fate » Boston Globe General Electric might end up skipping the expensive second phase of its headquarters project, especially with a new CEO in charge.…

Civil Rights

Massachusetts ready to fight over abortion rights » Boston Herald Pro-choice activists in Massachusetts are on “high alert” to defend Roe v. Wade, mobilizing in expectation of an assault on abortion rights by the Supreme Court’s new conservative majority with …

Education

Is the test for Boston’s exam schools receiving a failing grade? » Boston Globe Hundreds of the city’s 11- and 12-year-olds flock to a handful of testing sites on a Saturday morning each November in hopes of gaining entry to Boston Latin School or one of Boston’s other two pu…

Khelfaoui breaks silence before hearing » Lowell Sun Breaking months of media silence, Lowell Superintendent Salah Khelfaoui spoke with The Sun and WCAP Monday, two days before the embattled head of schools is expected to share his side of the story at …

For College Towns, Having a World-Famous University Is a Mixed Blessing » Governing The sun hadn’t yet risen in New Haven one day this summer when a line started forming outside the new L.L. Bean store on Elm Street. People were queuing up to get first crack at the gift certificate…

Environment

Protesters oppose state-sanctioned logging in Wendell State Forest » MassLive A state-approved logging contract for the Wendell State Forest has some people alarmed.…

Federal

US Sen. Ed Markey seeks longer comment period, more public hearings on White House's 'Affordable Clean Energy' rule » MassLive With a new report suggesting that the world has until just 2030 to prevent catastrophic climate change effects, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, urged officials Tuesday to hold more public hearin…

Analysis: Key Democrats backing off idea to impeach Justice Brett Kavanaugh » Boston Herald Democratic leaders and strategists are trying to quell calls from progressive groups for newly installed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to be impeached if the party retakes the House, calling i…

Health Care

Toughest talk: Medical students learn to discuss patients’ wishes for end-of-life care » Boston Globe “Is he going to be able to go home?” Susan Carlson asked. The future doctors tried to project confidence as they checked her husband, Tom, an ex-smoker who’d been rushed to the hospital gasping …

Human Services

Boston Makes Big Strides, But Won't Meet Goal Of Ending Chronic Homelessness In 2018 » WBUR Once a week, about 20 people on the front lines of ending chronic homelessness in Boston meet in an old conference room downtown. …

Labor

National Grid defends use of replacement workers during lock out » Boston Globe National Grid on Tuesday defended the use of replacement workers, a day after a supervisor replacing a locked-out union worker injected excess pressure into a gas line, forcing the company to shut off…

Brockton postal workers rally against Trump's plans for privatization » Wicked Local Brockton Nancy Gill has seen all kinds of troubles in her three decades as a Brockton postal worker — everything from the rise of major competitors like FedEx and UPS to the day-to-day concerns of city resid…

Legislative

Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast » Wicked Local Plymouth U.S. Rep. William Keating briefed the assembly on Plymouth’s pending harbor dredging, the opioid-addiction crisis, the Farmers Bill, the declining Cranberry industry and several other state and loca…

Marijuana

State panel outlines impediments to pot cafes » Lowell Sun The days when marijuana users will be able to congregate at an establishment in Massachusetts and socially consume the drug are years away, cannabis regulators said Tuesday, and it is likely that any …

Coming, but not so soon: cannabis cafes » Boston Globe Cannabis cafes where consumers could enjoy marijuana together may be coming to a small number of Massachusetts cities and towns chosen to participate in a Cannabis Control Commission pilot program, ma…

Cannabis commission weighs HQ, satellite office options » State House News Service As it searches for a site for its permanent headquarters, the Cannabis Control Commission is considering 10 locations in Worcester, most of them in the city's newly-revitalized downtown core.…

Opinion

Stanton runs for House seat on energy, vision and experience » Cape Cod Times Recently, the Cape Cod Times Editorial Board endorsed my opponent, state Rep. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich, by virtue of the experience he would offer the constituents of the 5th Barnstable District. …

LETTER: In support of Sen. Vinny deMacedo » Wicked Local Plymouth I am a Democrat supporting Republican Sen. Vinny deMacedo, who represents the Plymouth and Barnstable District, covering Bourne, Falmouth, Kingston, Pembroke, Plymouth, and Sandwich. …

Editorial: Tackling opioid crisis » Boston Herald Tackling the opioid crisis head-on is a daunting task. Innovative approaches have yielded success, but we must be careful to stop short of radical fixes, lest we exacerbate the very problem we are try…

GOP to women: Sit down, shut up, and take it » Boston Globe I first learned about men’s callous disregard for the well-being of female bodies from a local news weatherman.…

Kavanaugh fallout: Victims may be sincere, but memory is fallible » Boston Globe In time, the rage and rancor of the Brett Kavanaugh fight will subside, as rage and rancor invariably do.…

A climate report that must be front and center » Gloucester Times A major report this week from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change, drawn from conclusions of more than 6,000 scientific studies, paints a grim picture for planet Earth in a much s…

LETTER: 'Ross Refuses To Debate Democratic Nominee' » Arlington Patch In a statement shared on Oct. 8, with both candidates for MA State Senate in the Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex District, the Wayland, Needham, and Wellesley chapters of the League of Women Voters (LWV)…

Our View: Baker and Warren take a pass on SouthCoast debate » South Coast Today In four weeks, SouthCoast voters will be asked to go to the polls and decide who they support for governor of Massachusetts and state senator. But unlike past campaigns, they will do so without having…

Trump’s attacks on journalists seed violence » Boston Globe Journalists around the world are increasingly fair game these days at the hands of their autocratic governments — or at the hands of just plain thugs. And President Trump’s assaults on journalists…

New Springfield courthouse is overdue (Editorial) » MassLive Springfield needs a new courthouse. Period. End of debate. Governor Charlie Baker says he didn't realize that, but now he should. At a meeting over general topics with editors of The Republican and M…

Politics

Secretary of State Candidate Amore Drums Up Support in Pittsfield » iBerkshires Anthony Amore views elections as the "next great security challenge" and it is one he hopes to take on.…

Higgins, Palmieri square off at Leominster High debate » Sentinel & Enterprise Tuesday's student-organized and education-focused debate at Leominster High School saw incumbent state Rep. Natalie Higgins and Republican challenger Rich Palmieri agree on many public education issue…

Early voting available for Weymouth voters » Wicked Local Weymouth A contested local state senate election race should spark a lot of interest among voters with the Nov. 6 election and they can avoid standing in line at the polls when "early voting," gets underway, O…

5th Middlesex state senator candidate statements » Wicked Local Winchester This week state senator candidates for the 5th Middlesex districts shared with us their candidate statements. Two candidates are vying for the state senate seat for the 5th Middlesex District: Erin Ca…

A Month Before Election Day, Democrats Poised for Legislative Gains » Governing While they likely won't win a majority nationwide, the party is poised to gain control of some chambers. How many depends on the size of the potential blue wave. …

Charlie Baker, Jay Gonzalez tangle in first gubernatorial debate » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez tangled in a tense televised debate Tuesday, with each trading attacks on their bureaucratic resumes and framing the other as having the w…

The Codcast: Lindstrom, Adrien dissect their races » Commonwealth Magazine Beth Lindstrom, who came in third in the Republican primary for US Senate, and Gerly Adrien, who came in a close second in a Democratic primary for a state rep’s seat from Everett, explain why they …

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno featured in Gov. Charlie Baker's campaign ad » MassLive Democratic Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is one of several mayors featured in a new web video released by Gov. Charlie Baker's campaign.…

Transgender ballot question backed by governor, local politicians » The Sun Chronicle Gov. Charlie Baker won’t get an argument from local candidates of both parties when it comes to his stance of maintaining transgender rights.…

Attorney general race highlights partisanship in Massachusetts » The Metro West Daily News The race for Massachusetts attorney general is shining a light on how far apart Democrats and Republicans land on some of the most pressing issues facing the nation. Incumbent Democrat Maura Healey, …

Transgender rights effort leads fund-raising battle on Question 3 » Boston Globe The campaign working to preserve the state law that protects transgender people from discrimination continued to dominate fund-raising in the Question 3 ballot campaign, raking in nearly $777,000 in t…

A Mostly Serene Baker Faces Pugnacious Progressive Challenge From Gonzalez » WGBH Gov. Charlie Baker is the state's leading Republican, and at last night's first gubernatorial debate, his Democratic opponent laid heavy emphasis on the incumbent's party affiliation.…

Diehl Says Warren Should Drop Out Of The Senate Race » WBUR Sen. Elizabeth Warren is running for re-election against Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl and independent Shiva Ayyadurai. After Warren's comments last month that she would "take a hard look" at runn…

Kennedy tells Democrats to focus on November races » Taunton Gazette Congressman Joseph Kennedy III placed the focus on November as he addressed the annual Mansfield Democratic Town Committee Breakfast Saturday just as the Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the…

In it to 'Nguyen' it: Attorney, 18th Essex candidate Tram Nguyen makes her case » Wicked Local Boxford Contrary to popular mispronunciation, state representative candidate Tram Nguyen’s last name is pronounced “win.” “Like how we’re going to win this election,” Nguyen said in her North Ando…

Public Safety

State police sought to destroy Logan pay records » Commonwealth Magazine Request denied because of investigations into scandals …

Amherst fire chief to serve on state safety task force » Gazette Net Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson will lend his expertise to a new statewide task force that will spend the next few months examining ways to improve safety and security for sports stadiums, …

Pension, property tax bills in works for Chesna family » WCVB The widow of slain Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna could be in line for a boosted survivor pension after two key lawmakers on Tuesday gave their blessing to legislation that would allow the cit…

State Finance

Pols: Use surplus to fix infrastructure, boost school funding » Sentinel & Enterprise Two months after the start of the current fiscal year, state lawmakers are still figuring how to spend $150 million of an estimated $1.2 billion surplus left over from the year that ended June 30.…

Report: Massachusetts' fiscal condition ranks 47th » MassLive Massachusetts' fiscal condition is one of the worst in the country, according to a new ranking by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The 2018 ranking of all 50 states' fiscal conditions …

State Government

State Police Sought To Destroy Records Amid Payroll, Overtime Scandals » WBUR In the months since the Massachusetts State Police has been rocked by overtime and payroll scandals, records show the agency sought to destroy more than 160 boxes of documents tracking payroll, detail…

Arbitrator: State agency cut corners in rush to qualify for 'middle mile' grant » Berkshire Eagle Though he stopped short of calling it fraud, the arbitrator who decided against the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative last week had harsh words for the quasi-public agency responsible both for th…

Utilities

Columbia Gas launches interactive website so customers can track gas restoration at homes, businesses » MassLive As part of its efforts to restore gas to homes in the Merrimack Valley after the disaster there last month, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is offering an interactive website to customers to track updat…

Columbia Gas plans to inspect, fix at least 350 dwellings per day in Greater Lawrence after gas disaster » MassLive In order for utility company Columbia Gas of Massachusetts to fully assess, fix and restore natural gas across nearly 10,000 dwellings impacted by the gas disaster in Greater Lawrence, crews will have…

Trail of letters reflects heightened natural gas concerns » WCVB Baker administration officials on Monday deferred questions to National Grid on the natural gas incident in Woburn that spurred regulators to issue a work moratorium, but in her order holding the comp…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

Massachusetts voters to consider money in politics » Wicked Local Wellesley

**** Here’s a great way for you to get your message in front of a large and sophisticated audience of government relations professionals. It’s an especially nice way to communicate with them if you don’t have the time or capacity to create banner ads, or advocacy-oriented web pages. For more information, please contact us at massinsider@instatrac.com. ****
Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

10 pounds plum tomatoes, quartered
1 head black garlic
1 pint garlic, minced
1 cup capers, chopped
1 cup olives, cured and chopped
1 cup thyme, chopped
1 pint onion, minced
3 pounds butter, softened
2 pounds sweet white miso paste

Directions

Cook the tomatoes, garlic, capers, olives, thyme and onion on low heat for three to four hours until the mixture is thick like tomato paste. Puree butter and tomato mixture with miso until the ingredients are evenly incorporated.


Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


47 Winter Street #5 - Boston - MA 02108
About Us
Privacy Policy
Connect With Us
Phone: (617) 292-1800

You have received this message because you are signed up for MassInsider. Click here to unsubscribe. Email us at info@instatrac.com. We appreciate any feedback or suggestions.

Copyright © 2016 Instatrac, Inc. All Rights Reserved.