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9:00am Connecting Business with Government, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate Margaret Busse

6:00pm Countdown to Election Day with State Rep. Candidate Alex Bezanson

6:00pm Fall Fundraiser for Rep. Donnie Berthiaume

6:00pm Fundraiser for Attorney General Candidate Jay McMahon

6:00pm MassVOTE's Champions of Democracy Celebration, Scholars Bistro, 25 School Street, Boston

7:00pm Fundraiser for Sen. Paul Feeney

Must-Reads

Right-Wing Media Isn't Happy That Women Are Out There Protesting » The Huffington Post Women continue to protest the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Right-wing media belittles them. …

HOSPITAL CEO: MERGER CONDITIONS APPROACHING "OUTER LIMITS" » State House News Service New conditions imposed Wednesday around a pending 13-hospital merger are "unprecedented," according to the executive set to helm the new system, who said the terms and the 10-year period for which the…

BLACK ADVISORY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS ON BAKER'S TO-DO LIST » State House News Service More than a year and a half after convening a group of black community leaders to advise his administration, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he was prepared to put $10 million behind new skill …

Diehl Says Warren Soft on Immigration, Cops » New Boston Post The federal government should withhold funds to law enforcement agencies in cities and towns where local officials refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, Republican U.S. Senate cand…

In Maine, the talk is who will challenge Susan Collins in 2020 » Boston Globe The potential challengers are almost all women, including a high-profile pair who have vacation homes in the state but are both residents of New York City. …

Charlie Baker will vote ‘no’ on nurse-staffing Question 1 » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker said Wednesday he will vote against a ballot question that would limit the number of patients assigned to hospital nurses at one time. …

GOP closes in on Heitkamp knockout — and control of the Senate » Politico The North Dakota Democrat is down in polls. And if she loses, Democrats can all but kiss their hopes of winning the Senate goodbye. …

Goldberg, Orrall Face Off In First Treasurer's Debate » WGBH Republican State Rep. Keiko Orrall, who is vying to unseat Democrat incumbent Deborah Goldberg as State Treasurer, criticized her opponent's handling of the office during a televised debate Wednesday …

US Rep. Seth Moulton urges National Grid, Columbia Gas to deploy locked out steelworkers in gas explosion recovery effort » Mass Live U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, urged Columbia Gas of Massachusetts President and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Bryant, National Grid Massachusetts President and COO Marcy Reed and state Department…

It Turns Out Democrats Are Really Bad at Getting Mad » Roll Call Anger in politics is like the porridge in “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” — it has to be just right. …

Fall River mayor arrested on federal fraud charges » Boston Globe Correia had been “arrested & charged w/ defrauding investors & using funds to pay for lavish lifestyle and political campaign.” (*US Attorney Andrew E.) Lelling and other officials were slated to …

Auditor Suzanne Bump: Elder affairs agency does not properly report abuse to prosecutors » Mass Live The Massachusetts state agency charged with investigating elder abuse did not always properly report alleged abuse to law enforcement authorities for prosecution, according to an audit released Tuesda…

“In ordinary circumstances, it’s perfectly reasonable to destroy government records in accordance with the requirements of state law,” Crockford said in a statement. “With respect to the State Police and payroll, these are not ordinary circumstances.”

Kade Crockford, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts

Speaking about reports of the State Police trying to destroy hundreds of boxes of payroll amid the fraud investigations.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Read: Donald Trump’s USA Today op-ed, annotated » Quartz The op-ed appeared to be timed to coincide with a multi-state GOP ad campaign against single-payer health insurance. It was widely criticized by journalists and academics, because much of what Trump w…

Bloomberg changes party affiliation back to Democrat » Boston Globe Michael R. Bloomberg, the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent, says he is returning to his roots: He has reregistered as a Democrat — an initial but essential step toward a possible run fo…

Business

Dow plunges 831 points as stocks suffer worst loss in eight months » Boston Globe U.S. stocks plunged Wednesday as investors, fearful that rising interest rates and trade tensions could hurt company profits, ramped up their selling of high-flying technology and internet stocks.…

Developer shares vision for Suffolk Downs » The Bay State Banner

Civil Rights

For transgender people, Question 3 is about more than bathrooms » Patriot Ledger In the year since he came out to his parents as transgender, 20-year-old Eli Plumb of Pembroke has experienced little of the prejudice that transgender people elsewhere in the country have endured. Bu…

Education

Officials, local group clash in addressing Brockton school funding issues » Wicked Local Brockton Time constraints led to the rushed, tense ending of an event meant to bring together a local religious group and public officials to tackle inequities in public education funding Wednesday evening.…

Favorite word for Randolph language program is `saved' » Wicked Local Randolph The Randolph Community Partnership is officially off life support.…

Early Education and Care Programs to Receive $20 million in Rate Increases in FY19 » Cape Cod Today The Baker-Polito Administration today, in collaboration with the Legislature, announced a Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 rate increase for early education programs and systems that provide care for low-income …

Berkshire State Senator To Head Public School Transportation Commission » WAMC A Western Massachusetts state senator has been tapped to lead a commission on public school transportation. …

Salem State Program gets $85,000 Grant » Arlington Patch

Environment

Essex Superior Court grants permanent injunction to stop illegal development on Massachusetts wetlands » Legal Newsline A civil complaint filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey against a developer allegedly doing illegal work on wetlands and tidelands property in the state, has resulted in the Essex Super…

We’ll Feel Hurricane Michael in Massachusetts This Week » Boston Magazine Remnants from the mammoth storm will bring lots of rain to the region. …

Gaming

Everett casino announces restaurant, luxury nightclub » Boston Globe Encore Boston Harbor, the $2.5 billion casino complex under construction on the Mystic River in Everett, has announced plans for an Asian-fusion restaurant and lounge and a luxury nightclub.…

Health Care

Charlie Baker will vote ‘no’ on nurse-staffing Question 1 » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker said Wednesday he will vote against a ballot question that would limit the number of patients assigned to hospital nurses at one time.…

Majority opposes ballot question on nurse staffing, poll finds » Boston Globe A new poll suggests that support for a ballot question to regulate nurse staffing is waning, with a majority of voters surveyed last week saying they plan to vote against the measure on Election Day.…

Council imposes new conditions on BI-Lahey merger » Commonwealth Magazine NEW CONDITIONS IMPOSED Wednesday on a pending 13-hospital merger are “unprecedented,” according to the executive set to helm the new system, who said the terms and the 10-year period for which the…

HealthAlliance closes pediatric, cardiac units in Leominster » Leominster Champion UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital has moved forward with the closure of three units in Leominster and Fitchburg, according to a recent notice in a local newspaper.…

Beth Israel-Lahey Merger Passes Hurdle But With 'Unprecedented' Conditions » WBUR A proposal for the biggest Massachusetts hospital merger in two decades moved another step forward on Wednesday, when the state Public Health Council voted unanimously to approve it — but with condi…

Mental health study could address "structural disaster," Kennedy says » State House News Service U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy wants to put a dollar figure on the amount the United States spends as a result of limited access to mental and behavioral health services, a tally of incarceration and addict…

Baker Against Ballot Question To Boost Nursing Staffing » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker weighed in Wednesday on one of this year's most contentious election issues, indicating that he planned to vote against a ballot question that would set minimum nurse to patient sta…

Housing

AG Healey announces fair housing settlement in Taunton » Taunton Gazette Several housing providers, realtors, and rental agents have agreed to strengthen their fair housing policies and procedures and pay a total of $40,000 after three separate settlements were reached ove…

At real estate conference, there’s talk of a coming slowdown » Boston Globe Economists attending a major real estate conference this week in Boston generally agree on two things: The boom times for building in the United States are due for a slowdown, but it probably won’t …

A British firm wants to build privately run student housing in Boston » Boston Globe

Human Services

Barber: Standing up for women's rights » Wicked Local Medford One of the silver linings of the challenges in today’s political world is that people are taking action. Members of our community are standing up to ensure that women’s rights and safety— which …

Judiciary

Poll: Most Mass. voters oppose Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation, believe Christine Blasey Ford » Mass Live Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly said they would not have confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and believe Christine Blasey Ford -- not the federal appellate judge -- was more likely…

SJC orders dismissal of thousands more drug convictions » Boston Globe

Labor

In the red-hot race to fill biotech jobs, benefits abound » Boston Globe As many Americans struggle to make ends meet, despite the strong economy, the Massachusetts biotechnology sector is growing so fast that employers are offering increasingly generous — and almost unh…

Baker getting more vocal about National Grid lockout » State House News Service Locked out steelworkers aimed their bullhorns and pointed their picket signs up at the Prudential Center Wednesday, calling for the resignation of National Grid Massachusetts President Marcy Reed from…

State, county believe rebranded job-placement efforts offer perfect match » Berkshire Eagle

Legislative

Whipps seeks third term in 2nd Franklin seat » The Recorder Rep. Susannah Whipps says “It’s all relationships” – both on Beacon Hill and back in the 2nd Franklin House District.…

Local Government

Zoo in Forest Park receives $75K from state » Western Mass News The Zoo in Forest Park has been a staple in western Massachusetts for 124 years.…

Walking and talking with Rep. Fiola » The Herald News Recently, at the "Walk and Talk with state Rep. Fiola," Rep. Carole Fiola was joined by constituents, Friends of the Quequechan River Rail Trail's Janice Velozo, and Lafayette Durfee House's David Jen…

Zoo in Forest Park in Springfield gets state money, sees surge of visitors coming to see new animals » Mass Live Rosebud, a 4-month-old pygmy goat, joined staffers and board members at The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center along with state lawmakers Tuesday to announce $75,000 in state funding for the 154-ye…

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia Arrested for Fraud » Boston Magazine The 26-year-old app company founder is charged with defrauding investors. …

Adams seeks $2.5M to repair flood damage » Berkshire Eagle

Marijuana

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em – at home » Commonwealth Magazine In the language of the emerging marijuana industry, where cannabis is the preferred term, they are called social consumption sites.…

Opinion

REP. MICHAEL S. DAY: Thoughts on Domestic Violence Awareness Month » Wicked Local Winchester The month of October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Nearly 1 in 3 women in Massachusetts reports being a survivor of rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in h…

Standing behind Maura Healey » The Metro West Daily News If you follow the work that the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has done in recent years, you will notice a trend. Our Attorney General Maura Healey stands up for workers, ensuring they rece…

Letter to the Editor: O'Connell, and Diehl, will keep putting Taunton first » Taunton Gazette The hardest working legislator I know is Rep. Shaunna O’Connell. Even after having two surgeries, she is holding regular office hours and door knocking. She always puts us first.…

Did primary turnout in Boston mark a turning point? » Commonwealth Magazine RECENT ELECTION RETURNS have generated much discussion as to a change in voting patterns in Massachusetts and elsewhere across the country. The research we have done over a period of years has conclud…

Reform the Supreme Court, and start with term limits » Boston Globe The Supreme Court has long been an ideological institution, tacking between liberal and conservative interpretations of the law.…

Climate change: A crisis that can’t be ignored » Boston Globe There is no way to sugarcoat this: The basic elements of human civilization are perched on the knife’s edge.…

Letter: Gonzalez and Palfrey an opportunity for state » Berkshire Eagle With much of our attention on the dysfunction of the Trump Presidency, it is easy to overlook that we now have the opportunity in Massachusetts to have exciting new leadership by electing Jay Gonzalez…

EDITORIAL: A report that must be front and center » Newburyport News 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…

Antonioni: Crossing party lines to support Tran for Senate » Leominster Champion I am writing in support of Sen. Dean Tran’s candidacy for reelection to the Massachusetts State Senate. I have known Dean for a number of years, first as member of Fitchburg City council, and more r…

Is the US forgetting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? » Boston Globe Ten years ago in “The Three Trillion Dollar War,” economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and I predicted — controversially — that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would cost far more than anyone expecte…

EDITORIAL: State should sock away surplus for a rainy day » Sentinel & Enterprise You would think a 2018 fiscal year revenue surplus of $1.1 billion leaves Massachusetts in the enviable position of picking and choosing how to spend that excess cash.…

Letter: Vote for Caccaviello as most experienced » Berkshire Eagle Few are those who come to public service with selfless motivation. These are the rare breed for whom the power that comes with responsibility is not intoxicating, but sobering.…

Politics

Republican Richard Ross of Wrentham won't debate challenger Becca Rausch of Needham » The Metro West Daily News The presidents of three local League of Women Voters chapters announced in an email sent to the campaigns of state Sen. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, and Democrat Becca Rausch of Needham that they have co…

Arena offers ‘a little bit more energy’ for 2nd Franklin » The Recorder On the November ballot, John William Arena of Mount Hermon will be listed as the Democratic candidate to represent the 2nd Franklin District.…

It's a Big Year for Voting Rights at the Ballot Box » Governing There is an "unprecedented" number of measures this fall designed to make voting and registration easier. There are also some that would make voting harder. …

Tram Nguyen 'opposite of my opponent' » Andover Townsman In some ways, Tram Nguyen's story is a classic American tale…

Incumbent Lyons still passionate about the job » Andover Townsman Jim Lyons pounds his fist, jams his index finger into the conference room table like he's trying to bore a hole through it, and raises his voice when he gets passionate about a point he wants to make.…

New Poll Shows Most Voters “No” On Question 1, Confusion On Question 3 » CBS Boston Less than a month before Election Day, a new poll has Gov. Charlie Baker and Senator Elizabeth Warren with comfortable leads, while there’s a close race on one ballot question and confusion over ano…

MA Fiscal sues to block ad disclosures » Commonwealth Magazine THE CONSERVATIVE MASSACHUSETTS FISCAL ALLIANCE is suing to block enforcement of a state law requiring the organization to attach a list of its top five donors and a statement of responsibility from it…

Jay Gonzalez gets $500,000 in public campaign financing » Mass Live Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor Jay Gonzalez and Quentin Palfrey have received $542,284 in public financing for their campaign.…

Poll: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker holds large lead over Jay Gonzalez » Mass Live Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, is maintaining a large lead over his Democratic opponent, Jay Gonzalez, according to a poll released Wednesday by UMass Lowell's Center for Public Opinion and the Bos…

Gonzalez resurrects 'millionaires tax' » Gloucester Times Jay Gonzalez wants to resurrect plans to tax the state's top earners to pay for fixing the MBTA, improving public schools and lowering health care costs.…

Gonzalez and Palfrey secure more than $500,000 in public financing for campaign » Boston Globe The Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor have gotten an infusion of cash from the state through public financing.…

Independent candidate for Suffolk DA once accused by former wife of abuse, violent threats » Boston Globe Michael Maloney, an independent candidate for Suffolk district attorney, was accused by his former wife of pushing her, throwing objects at her, and threatening to harm her and kill her father, accord…

Pine Street Inn helps homeless register to vote » Boston Globe Inside a South End shelter where some turn as a last resort, women by the dozens exercised their right Wednesday to pick presidents and governors, send representatives to Congress, and decide policy q…

Green, Trahan square off in first debate » Lowell Sun 3rd Congressional District candidates Lori Trahan and Rick Green leaned on their central talking points when they shared the stage Wednesday night at a Massachusetts School of Law forum, the first deb…

Divestment of pension funds a flash point in treasurer debate » State House News Service The two candidates for state treasurer squared off Wednesday for the first time in an abbreviated debate that touched on the Lottery, unclaimed property and Donald Trump, but the candidates separated …

Public Safety

Massachusetts State Police 'shouldn't be destroying any payroll records,' Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says » Mass Live The Massachusetts State Police's effort to get rid of payroll records was "completely consistent with standard operating procedure" but not something they should be doing amid questions of payroll and…

Gonzalez: State police records destruction request 'very suspect' » Newburyport News Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez is calling for the state's fraud investigator to look into an alleged "coverup" within the State Police, following a report Wednesday morning that the em…

Jay Gonzalez, Democratic candidate for governor, calls State Police's attempts to destroy records 'cover-ups' » Mass Live Jay Gonzalez, the Democrat hoping to oust Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in November, seized on the State Police's effort to destroy payroll records while an audit and ongoing state and federal crimina…

Black Advisory Commission makes recommendations on education, workforce training » Mass Live Recruiting black teachers. Providing career coaches to black high schoolers. Supporting apprenticeship programs and leadership development programs for black workers. Improving diversity in state cont…

State Government

State will keep control over city elections » Eagle Tribune Secretary of State William Galvin will maintain control of city's Election Division at least through the Nov. 6 election, citing new concerns about its ability to get absentee ballots to voters who mo…

Black Advisory Commission issues first recommendations to Baker » Boston Globe More than a year and a half after convening a group of black community leaders to advise his administration, Governor Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he was prepared to put $10 million behind new sk…

Clerks prep for early voting » The Herald News Want to vote early this year? Massachusetts allows it, although its convenience could vary based on where you live. In an effort to boost voter turnout, early voting first started in 2016. Each munic…

Governor's Black Advisory Commission Points To Ways State Can Boost Prosperity For Black Residents » WBUR A state commission aimed at improving the lives of black Massachusetts residents is calling for state agencies, nonprofits and the private sector to harness their resources to help lift up communities…

Transportation

Commuters on the Attleboro rail line: Worse service, more money » The Sun Chronicle Bob Lane has lived in Attleboro for 29 years and his daily commute along the Providence commuter line into Boston every morning has been virtually unchanged.…

Utilities

NTSB report: Overpressurized gas lines caused Lawrence area explosions, fires » Boston Globe

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