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Bernie Sanders: Trump lies about 'Medicare for All' and he's made health care worse » USA TODAY Medicare for All is popular because it would save people money and assure them the health care they need. Trump's only defense is to lie about my bill. …

Jamie Dimon, Steve Mnuchin And Big Bank CEOs Set To Attend Saudi Conference Despite Journalist’s Disappearance » The Huffington Post Even amid reports that agents for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman brazenly killed a Saudi journalist working for The Washington Post, some of the world’s richest and most influenti…

Shalala lags behind in seat Democrats hoped to win easily » Politico Former Clinton Foundation head Donna Shalala is trailing former Spanish-language TV newswoman Maria Elvira Salazar, according to a new poll of a crucial, GOP-held Florida congressional district that D…

What does the nurse staffing ballot question mean for Massachusetts' struggling mental health system? » Mass Live "This would have a devastating effect on access," said David Matteodo, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems, which represents psychiatric facilities. "It's …

Watch: New Political Ad Responds to Ted Cruz's ‘Tough as Texas’ Campaign Slogan » Roll Call Sen. Ted Cruz's re-election campaign slogan — "Tough as Texas" — is getting some attention. A Super PAC called Fire Ted Cruz PAC released an ad explaining what Texas tough should really mean to Cr…

Is Trump Driving Women Away From the GOP for Good? » Politico Female voters have slowly drifted away from the Republican Party for decades. Under Donald Trump, that trend has accelerated. …

Republicans who clucked that Clinton and Obama disrespected the Oval Office never heard Kanye West’s f-bomb » The Washington Post For more than 10 minutes Thursday, President Trump was struck nearly speechless as rapper, activist, entrepreneur and MAGA-hat wearing, Trump-loving, dragon-energy-exuding Kanye West held forth in an …

“What I saw was a minstrel show today ... Him in front of all these white people ... embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African Americans because every one of them is sitting either at home or with their phones, watching this, cringing. I couldn’t even watch it. I had to turn the television off because it was so hard to watch.”

CNN host Don Lemon

Speaking about the meeting between Kanye West and President Donald Trump.

News By Category
Business

Paramount redevelopment receives $2.5 million grant from state » The Reminder The next chapter in the history of the Paramount Theater was announced on Oct. with a $2.5 million state grant that would be used to help jumpstart the effort to preserve and redevelop the historic bl…

MBTA working with Somerville tech company to put stop to some energy costs » Boston Herald The T plans to literally apply the brakes to some of its energy usage.…

Civil Rights

Experts in violence prevention say transgender law protects people, doesn’t endanger women » Boston Globe Women who work in sexual violence prevention threw their support Thursday behind Question 3, the question on the Nov. 6 election ballot that asks voters whether they want to preserve antidiscriminatio…

Crimes

O’Malley broadens review of sexual misconduct allegations at seminaries, hires outside law firm » Boston Globe Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said Thursday he is expanding a review of sexual misconduct allegations to include all three seminaries in the Archdiocese of Boston and has hired a former US attorney to l…

Environment

Polito Announces $2.5M for Plymouth Harbor Dredging Project » Cape Cod Online The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded $2.5 million in funding to the Town of Plymouth for a project to dredge the Inner Harbor.…

Gaming

Wynn investigation drags on at Mass. Gaming Commission » State House News Service Massachusetts Gaming Commission members still have not learned what their investigators have uncovered about sexual misconduct allegations against former casino magnate Steve Wynn and the handling of …

Health Care

Tufts: ER wait times to balloon with Question 1 » Boston Herald Emergency department wait times at Massachusetts hospitals will change for the worse if the Question 1 ballot initiative on nurse staffing ratios passes, according to Tufts Medical Center.…

Housing

SJC ruling favors Baker effort to end taxpayer-funded motels for homeless » Boston Globe The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that the state can continue to use taxpayer-funded motel rooms solely as housing of last resort for homeless families, reversing a lower court mandate that ex…

The Baker-Polito administration just announced $5 million for housing statewide. How much did your town get? » Mass Live The Baker-Polito administration announced that almost $5 million in housing awards will go to 31 different communities throughout the state Thursday. …

Immigration

How changes in immigration policy could affect the Boston economy » Boston Globe If there was one point that John Barros, Boston’s chief of economic development, wanted to make clear Wednesday, it was that immigrants make an enormous contribution to the economy.…

Judiciary

Fraser confirmed for District Court » Mass Lawyers Weekly The general counsel of the State Lottery Commission will take a seat on the District Court bench after the Governor’s Council approved her nomination on Oct. 10.…

Massachusetts SJC orders thousands more Sonja Farak drug cases dismissed: What happens next? » Mass Live There are 13,000 drug samples involved in cases that will now be dismissed because of Massachusetts drug lab chemist Sonja Farak's misconduct -- but determining exactly how many new convictions will b…

SJC dismisses thousands more drug cases » Commonwealth Magazine Faults chemist Sonja Farak and two assistant AGs …

Labor

Owners of hotels hit by Boston strike enjoy hefty profits » Boston Globe The union that went on strike at seven Boston hotels faces a convenient target: Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel company.…

Local Government

Fourth Essex Race: Rep. Brad Hill stresses constituent services » Wicked Local hamilton State Rep. Brad Hill, who is facing a challenge from Democrat Allison Gustavson this November, emphasizes his skill and experience in bringing money back to his district and in getting people, busines…

Officials, local group clash in addressing Brockton school funding » The Enterprise 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. Tw…

‘I’ve done nothing wrong,’ declares Correia » Commonwealth Magazine Fall River mayor strikes defiant tone following federal indictment …

Opinion

Two votes for the future » Sentinel & Enterprise Last Saturday was one of those bright, crisp fall days that most of us New Englanders adore. I was volunteering that afternoon in Leominster, asking voters to help re-elect Natalie Higgins as our Stat…

LETTER: Gonzalez for governor » Wicked Local Arlington I first met Mr. Gonzalez close to two years ago at a coffee here in Arlington. Immediately I felt that there was something about Mr. Gonzalez that was special. It grabs you and is hard to describe but…

Why Charlie Baker may be 'America's best politician' » Boston Herald Republican* Charlie Baker is more popular in deep-blue Massachusetts than right-wing Republican Kay Ivey is in deep-red Alabama.…

Baker needs to stop blaming Patrick for State Police mess » Boston Globe Deval Patrick is not the answer to what’s wrong with the Massachusetts State Police. That’s what Governor Charlie Baker would have us believe as he blames prior administrations for ongoing scandal…

Howie Carr: Charges land heavy on Fall River mayor » Boston Herald How “disappointed” is Tall Deval in his dear friend, Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II? I mean, the governor of Massachusetts is always so “disappointed” in President Trump, not to mention…

EDITORIAL: An ironic twist to opioid epidemic » Newburyport News It is a tragic irony that the same pharmaceutical companies that have helped propagate the national opioid epidemic stand to profit from responding to it.…

Whelan's bipartisan approach leads to ground-breaking legislation » Cape Cod Times “Politics can be an ugly game.” My wife said this to me in 2013 as we wrestled with a family decision about whether I was going to retire from my 26-year career in law enforcement and run for the …

How Elizabeth Warren should challenge Trump » Boston Globe President Trump takes such glee in needling Senator Elizabeth Warren that it reminds one of a 10-year-old teasing a younger sibling. He was at it again last week as he mused about the Democrats who ma…

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. …

White supremacy fuels ‘public charge’ proposal » Commonwealth Magazine Caucasian anxiety is spurring anti-immigrant policies …

Politics

Fitchburg Senate forum shows contrasts » Sentinel & Enterprise In what may be the last time they face each other before Nov. 6, state Sen. Dean Tran and his challenger, Leominster City Councilor Sue Chalifoux Zephir, outlined contrasting positions Thursday night …

As Midterm Elections Approach, Island Sees Rise in Voter Registrations » Vineyard Gazette It’s an even-numbered year and midterm election season has arrived in Dukes County as well as around the country.…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's campaign strips arrested Fall River mayor Jasiel Correia's endorsement from website » Mass Live As news of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia's arrest ricocheted around the state, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's campaign removed the Democrat's endorsement from its website.…

Analysis: Should Democrats get tougher with GOP? » Boston Herald As Democrats look to build momentum into the midterm elections and all the way to their 2020 attempt to unseat President Trump, some are calling for a scrappier approach to do battle with a GOP led by…

In dual forums, Baker, Gonzalez stake their positions on environment » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker vowed that, if reelected, he’ll deliver a “much better” MBTA built on a multiyear, $8 billion investment plan, with a promise to find more resources if needed.…

State Rep. Brian Ashe wins Sheriff Cocchi's endorsement; challenger Allison Werder lands Gov. Baker's backing » Mass Live State Rep. Brian Ashe and Republican challenger Allison Werder both received major endorsements this week for their bids to represent the 2nd Hampden District on Beacon Hill. …

Charlie Baker erases endorsement from Fall River mayor » Boston Globe When Governor Charlie Baker rolled out endorsements from 22 mayors last month, included on the list was a glowing review from Fall River’s young Democratic leader, Jasiel F. Correia II — touted as…

Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito campaign site nixes Jasiel Correia endorsement » The Herald News On news of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia’s arrest and indictment on fraud charges, the campaign for Gov. Charles Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito promptly removed Correia’s endorsement from its w…

Baker, Polito say they want to finish the job » Lowell Sun Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Thursday described their re-election campaign as an effort to finish what they started and follow through on efforts to boost economic act…

State Rep. Tim Whelan Announces Campaign Endorsement » Cape Cod Today Today, State Representative Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster) announced that his campaign for re-election has been endorsed by the Brewster Police Union (Mass. Coalition of Police Local 332).…

Attorney General Healey Endorses Senator Cyr » Cape Cod Today State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) today welcomed the endorsement of Attorney General Maura Healey in his campaign for reelection.…

Challenger: State treasurer's numbers not adding up » Boston Herald Challenger Keiko Orrall is discrediting Treasurer Deb Goldberg’s claim of Massachusetts as the “Number One” state in the country in returning unclaimed property.…

Divestment of pension funds a flashpoint in treasurer debate » Gloucester Times 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 …

Treasurer Deb Goldberg, challenger Keiko Orrall debate Lottery move, divesting from gun sellers » Mass Live From the move of the state Lottery headquarters to the role of social causes in pension investing, Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg, a Democrat, and her Republican challenger, state Rep. Keiko Orr…

Election 2018: Candidate Profile Of Tom Merolli » Milford Patch Patch hears from the Democratic candidate Tom Meroilli, in the State Senate race for the Worcester-Norfolk District. …

Mass Fiscal Alliance sues state over donor disclosure requirements » Mass Live The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance is suing the state to overturn some donor disclosure requirements. …

How The 2 Candidates For Governor Compare On Environmental Issues » WBUR Massachusetts environmental politics and policies take center stage Thursday at Boston's Museum of Science. …

Public Safety

Globe sues for records from thousands of closed-door hearings in state’s ‘secret courts’ » Boston Globe The Boston Globe is asking the state’s highest court to give the public access to the files from thousands of private hearings where clerks dismissed cases even after finding there was enough eviden…

Who’s guarding the guards? » Commonwealth Magazine Concern over the behavior of those who are charged with enforcing behavior norms on others has probably been around as long as humans have set up such systems. Capturing that conundrum in a single, en…

3rd State Police trooper pleads guilty in federal bogus OT case » Boston Globe A third Massachusetts State Police trooper has pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzlement in connection with overtime abuse at the agency, prosecutors said.…

State Finance

The Week in Public Finance: How the New NAFTA Deal Impacts States » Governing After President Trump threatened for more than a year to withdraw from NAFTA, auto-manufacturing states breathed a sigh of relief when he announced a renegotiated trade agreement earlier this month wi…

State Government

BAKER a ‘NO’ on Q1 — State Police payroll FIASCO — Obama alums coming to town » Politico A star-studded cast of Obama administration alums will gather in Cambridge on Oct. 23 to raise funds for some of their own — more than a dozen Democrats running in tight House races across the count…

Utilities

NTSB report: Overpressurized gas lines caused Lawrence-area explosions, fires » Boston Globe Federal investigators on Thursday said Columbia Gas of Massachusetts failed to relocate an underground pressure sensor from an abandoned pipe during construction work in Lawrence in September, trigger…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

Developer shares vision for Suffolk Downs » The Bay State Banner

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

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

SJC orders dismissal of thousands more drug convictions » Boston Globe

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

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4690 - An Act changing the name of the board of selectmen of the town of North Reading

SB 2581 - An Act authorizing the acquisition of easement interests for a pumping station in the city of Easthampton

HB 4620 - An Act to establish an appointed highway superintendent in the Town of Groveland

HB 4428 - An Act authorizing the town of Brookline to grant 35 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises and 5 additional licenses for the sale of wines and malts to be drunk on the premise

Most read bills of the week:

HB4758 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HD5177 - A communication from the Massachusetts Port Authority (see Item 6720-1340 of Section 2C of Chapter 219 of the Acts of 2016) submitting the annual re...

HB2371 - An Act relative to non-competition agreements

HB4419 - An Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements

SB988 - An Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements

SB2269 - An Act relative to the used vehicle record book

HB4612 - An Act modernizing the credit union laws.

HB3217 - An Act relative to the Lancaster Sewer District

SD2791 - An Act relative to the retirement benefits of Bernard J. Goclowski

House Actions This Week: 63

Senate Actions This Week: 29

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


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