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Democrats gain hundreds of legislative seats and secure majority of state attorneys general » The Washington Post The victories — buoyed by an apparent net Democratic pickup of seven governorships — will also help fortify the party’s efforts to use states as a firewall against President Trump, including thr…

Trump Calls Black Journalist’s Question About His Embrace of Nationalism ‘Racist’ » The Daily Beast President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused a black reporter for PBS of asking him a “racist question” during a long, rambling press conference. White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor asked Tr…

Trump Vows ‘Warlike Posture’ if Democrats Investigate Him » New York Times President Trump threatened on Wednesday to adopt a “warlike posture” against Democrats if they use their newly won control of the House to investigate his financial and political dealings, drawing…

To reform criminal justice, take on the sheriffs » Boston Globe Sheriff races aren’t just a chance to get rid of misguided law enforcement officials, though. They’re also an opportunity for reform. Here in Massachusetts, Middlesex’s Peter Koutoujian has show…

Sessions might run for old Senate seat in Alabama » Politico Magazine After Sessions left the Senate in 2017, his vacated seat was won by Democrat Doug Jones in a special election upset. Jones is up for a full term in 2020, and he is widely viewed as the most vulnerable…

NEAL SEES HEALTH CARE, DRUG COSTS, TRADE AND TAX RETURNS ON AGENDA » State House News Service With Democrats now poised to seize control of the U.S. House from Republicans, Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield is ready to take on a more powerful role and said Wednesday that his plans includ…

Dems Have Retaken The House. What Does That Mean For Massachusetts? » WGBH Rep. Richard Neal, of Springfield, expects to become chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, and Rep. James McGovern, of Worcester, is slated to become chairman of the House Committee on Ru…

Question 1 lost, now what? Massachusetts Nurses Assoc. says it will 'evaluate all options' on failed staffing ratio measure » The Republican Ballot question 1 was soundly defeated, with 70 percent of voters opposing the measure, according to preliminary results. The union faced strong political headwinds coming into election day, with poll…

Serve America PAC helps take back the House » The Salem News Of the 34 Democratic congressional candidates Moulton endorsed through his Serve America PAC during this election cycle, at least 18 of them won their races while 11 lost, but even many of those losse…

Trump's Acting Attorney General Was Part of Miami-Based Invention Scam Company » Miami New Times Today President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and announced that his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, would become acting attorney general. Whitaker is a former U.S. attorney in I…

“This is a clear mandate from voters who want their representatives to take risks and get results,” said Nika Elugardo, a Jamaica Plain Democrat who ousted state Rep. Jeff Sanchez, a top lieutenant in House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo’s leadership team. “Voters will no longer settle for mediocrity.”

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Speaking about the wave of newly elected legislators in Massachusetts.

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Beltway Politics

Jeff Sessions is forced out, raising concerns about Mueller probe » Boston Globe President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, replacing him with a loyalist who has echoed the president’s complaints about the special counsel investigation into Russia’s ele…

Former Mass. AG Martha Coakley on what dismissal of Sessions means » WCVB President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' chief of staff Matt Whitaker would become the new acting attorney general.…

Here's the lawmaker who can request Trump's tax returns » CNN His name is Rep. Richard Neal and he's about to become a household name.…

Joe K III: Beto O’Rourke's a good bet for 2020 » Boston Herald Joe Kennedy III said talk of fellow Democrat Beto O’Rourke running for president in 2020 is not so far-fetched.…

Education

New law gives dyslexic kids tools they need to succeed » Leominster Champion This month, I wanted to give a shout out to a young Leominster advocate who spent the last two years fighting for new legislation to support students with dyslexia.…

Environment

MassDEP Grants to Increase Recycling of Hard-to-recycle Materials » Waste360 Massachusetts’ Baker-Polito administration awarded more than $1 million in grants to six companies under the Recycling Business Development Grant (RBDG) program, which will enable the companies to b…

Ballot measures taking aim at climate change fall short » Boston Globe Efforts to nudge the nation away from burning fossil fuels and toward harnessing renewable source of energy were rejected by voters Tuesday across a swath of resource-rich states in western states.…

Gaming

As probe winds down, Steve Wynn sues Gaming Commission, Wynn Resorts » State House News Service

Health Care

In defeat, ballot question raises awareness of nurse stress, burnout » Boston Globe The bitter fight over a ballot question to regulate nurse staffing is over. The debate at the heart of the costly battle is not.…

Somerville Hospital apologizes after death of woman outside » Boston Globe Officials at the parent company of Somerville Hospital apologized Wednesday night for not meeting “our own standards for transparency and accountability” in the death of Laura Levis, who went to t…

Housing

City survey finds 1 in 5 units are income restricted » Boston Globe A fifth of all housing units in Boston have some type of income restriction placed on them, according to a new city study that officials are calling a crucial part of their efforts to create more affo…

Human Services

HUD Secretary Carson tours veterans center in Boston » Boston Globe Ahead of Veterans Day, the secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development toured the New England Center and Home for Veterans in Boston Wednesday, calling it a full-service center tha…

Judiciary

Court to debate conviction pardon for dead inmates » Boston Herald A watershed debate whose outcome will have vastly different consequences for criminals and their victims will be heard by the state’s highest court tomorrow, centered around the absolution of the la…

First Massachusetts 'Compassionate Release' Prisoner Goes Home » WGBH The first prisoner to be freed under Massachusetts’ new medical parole law is home in Centerville after the state Department of Correction approved his appeal for early release.…

Legislative

Democrats pick up seats in Massachusetts Legislature » The Republican Democrats added to their supermajorities in the Massachusetts Statehouse on Tuesday, ensuring that they can easily override any vetoes by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Women will hold 57 of 200 legislative seats, and that's a record » State House News Service

Local Government

Fall River mayor can’t use legal defense fund for criminal case, OCPF says » Boston Globe Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II this week survived a City Council vote that would have ousted him from office temporarily, but his legal woes continue to unfold.…

Leominster firm to share in $1M recycling grant » Sentinel & Enterprise The Baker-Polito administration Tuesday awarded more than $1 million in grants to six companies under the Recycling Business Development Grant program, including one in Leominster, which will enable t…

Revere: state auditor will not undertake audit of Revere’s finances as suggested by city councilors » Lynn Daily News Item State auditor Suzanne M. Bump determined she does not need to complete an audit of the city’s finances, as was suggested by Revere City Council in August.…

Marijuana

How Election Day changed marijuana policy across the country » Boston Globe Voters in several states — including Massachusetts — voiced their opinions Tuesday on marijuana ballot initiatives, ranging from legalization to potential restrictions on cannabis shops in town.…

Pot labs get green light » Commonwealth Magazine With no recreational product ready to test, medical marijuana will be used …

Opinion

To reform criminal justice, take on the sheriffs » Boston Globe This week’s election of Rachael Rollins as Suffolk County district attorney is the latest milestone in a nationwide campaign to overhaul the criminal justice system by changing the face of one of it…

9 political lessons from the 2018 election » Boston Globe What did we learn Tuesday? The top-line results showed a good night for Democrats: The party won the House of Representatives, picked up governorships from Kansas to Maine, and outperformed Republican…

A win in the Senate and a loss in the House both spell victory for Trump » Boston Globe Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California may have won reelection, but she is arguably Tuesday’s biggest loser. Her handling of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing…

Dems, pick your battles wisely » Boston Herald Fresh off their takeover of the U.S. House, Democrats now must fight their own internal battles to decide the fate of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and whether to pursue aggressive investigations and the…

We need better tools to control pharma prices » Commonwealth Magazine FROM THE BEGINNING of the Baker-Polito Administration, managing MassHealth has been a top priority. We are pleased with the progress made to date, including its first major systems overhaul in 20 yea…

EDITORIAL: No major surprises in political races » Sentinel & Enterprise Tuesday's election results followed a familiar pattern locally and across the state, which means with few exceptions Republicans had little to cheer about. …

Massachusetts’ upside-down tax system » Commonwealth Magazine Asking the richest to pay their fair share would add $2B in revenue …

Politics

For Democrats, pragmatism generally carried the day » Boston Globe The pragmatic Democrats won elections Tuesday night. And the showy liberal stars faded.…

Trump said Obama lost a Mass. seat in his first midterm election. Not exactly... » Boston Globe President Trump kicked-off a lengthy post-midterm news conference on Wednesday touting gains his party made in the US Senate that bucked historical trends.…

Charlie Baker won – with Dems’ help » Boston Herald Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has won a second term, holding onto the Corner Office with the help of numerous Democrats who left their own party’s candidate high and dry.…

Revere 2018 Election Results » Revere Journal Revere voters joined voters throughout Massachusetts in supporting Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito by a wide margin in Tuesday’s election. Baker and Polito team received 8,596 votes in …

Kelcourse tops Rocco-Runnion for his third term in Mass. House » Newburyport News Incumbent state Rep. James Kelcourse defeated Democratic challenger Jennifer Rocco-Runnion by almost 1,200 votes Tuesday to win his third term representing the 1st Essex District. Rocco-Runnion, an Am…

Words from Anthony Amore after his loss to William Galvin » ItemLive.com Democrat William Galvin (D) was re-elected as Massachusetts Secretary of State, defeating Republican Anthony Amore 71.56 percent to 24.75 percent.…

Baker’s big win a GOP anomaly in Mass » The Recorder Fresh off a convincing re-election win, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker pledged Wednesday to serve all four years of his second term, but wouldn’t say yet whether he hopes to continue in office beyond…

Newcomer Mass. Democrat Becca Rausch bests Republican state Sen. Richard Ross in one of a few upsets in the state Legislature » Boston.com State Sen.-elect Becca Rausch State Sen.-elect Becca Rausch speaks with potential supporters last month in Needham. –Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe By Christopher Gavin 3:13 PM Sometime in Wedn…

2018 Massachusetts election: Brian Ashe wins sixth term as state representative for 2nd Hampden District » MassLive Democrat Brian Ashe has won a sixth term as state representative in the 2nd Hampden District Tuesday, beating Republican challenger Allison Werder. The district covers Longmeadow, Hampden and Monso…

In 6th Middlesex, Maria Robinson becomes first Korean-American in Mass. House » The Metro West Daily News Democrat Maria Robinson made history Tuesday as the first Korean-American ever elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, winning the 6th Middlesex District race. She is also the first per…

Gov. Charlie Baker: Ascent of Reps. Richard Neal, Jim McGovern 'a good development' » The Republican The Republican Party that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker belongs to lost control of the U.S. House on Tuesday. But Baker does not sound unhappy.…

Foxboro's Feeney keeps Senate seat in rematch with Ventura » The Sun Chronicle Democratic incumbent Sen. Paul Feeney kept his Senate seat during Tuesday’s midterm rematch against Republican challenger Jacob Ventura. “I am overwhelmed by the amount of support that we got from…

Who was elected after running unopposed on the ballot? » News 22 WWLP.com There were many candidates who ran unopposed on Election Day. 22News is working for you with a look at who's new in office and who was re-elected without opposition.…

Women mark a night of victory and path to change » Boston Globe The wave of motivated women who ran for office this season dominated Tuesday’s midterms, setting records for female representation from Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill in election outcomes that marked a…

For pollsters, it was a pretty good Tuesday » Boston Globe The midterm elections showed the US electorate is as divided as ever, but there was unity among one political constituency: pollsters, who (mostly) got it right this time.…

Charlie Baker Says He'll 'Let It Rock' In His Second Term. What Does That Mean? » WGBH During his victory speech Tuesday night, Charlie Baker gave a preview of his second term that made a lot of people’s ears prick up.…

O'Connell defeats challenger Farrer to keep Taunton state rep seat » Wicked Local Easton State Rep. Shaunna O'Connell has been re-elected to a fifth two-year term, defeating Democratic challenger Emily Farrer by 23 percentage points.…

Democrats Further Solidify Super-Majorities In The Mass. House And Senate » WBUR As Republicans on Tuesday celebrated the first time a governor from their party was elected to a second term in nearly a quarter-century, the GOP lost ground in both state legislative chambers and wil…

Franklin County still voting to a louder beat » The Recorder Take four ballot questions and 26 Franklin County towns, and you’ll often find our results stand out among the 351 Massachusetts municipalities, election after election.…

A Record Number of Women and LGBTQ Candidates Win Midterm Races as Democrats Take Back the House » Autostraddle Last night was a roller coaster of emotions as we watched the 2018 midterms results roll in, but the major story is one that allowed us to breathe a small sigh of relief for the first time in two year…

Cyr captures second term in state Senate » Wicked Local Wellfleet State Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Cape and Islands) cruised to victory Tuesday in his bid for a second term, beating Republican challenger John Flores by almost a 60 percent margin.…

Weymouth votes in step with state » Wicked Local Weymouth Weymouth voters helped reelect Gov. Charlie Baker and Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday during a mid-term election that was viewed by many as a referendum on President Donald Trump’s job performance.…

City voters back incumbents as Dems win back House, send Pressley to D.C. » Dorchester Reporter Dorchester voters backed popular incumbents and sent a new, historic delegate to Congress, Ayanna Pressley, on Tuesday in a midterm election that saw national Democrats win back a majority in the Hous…

Official vote totals from Massachusetts, Worcester County and state Senate, House races » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The official vote totals, compiled by the Associated Press, for Tuesday's races for Worcester County and Massachusetts races…

Tran tops Chalifoux Zephir to keep Senate seat » Sentinel & Enterprise Republican Dean Tran won a rematch for the Worcester-Middlesex state Senate seat Tuesday to serve his first full term, according to unofficial election results.…

Zlotnik retains House seat; Register Daigneault re-elected » Sentinel & Enterprise Tuesday was a good night to be an incumbent candidate in North Central Massachusetts.…

State Rep. Natalie Higgins is re-elected in Leominster » Worcester Telegram & Gazette State Rep. Natalie Higgins, D-Leominster, easily defeated retired U.S. Navy veteran Richard E. Palmieri in Tuesday’s elections.…

Republican Norman Orrall takes 12th Bristol House seat » South Coast Today Republican Norman Orrall defeated Democrat Allin Frawley by a small but decisive margin Tuesday for the Massachusetts House seat at the heart of controversy over the route for South Coast Rail.…

Easton follows state backing Baker, Warren » Wicked Local Easton Easton voters followed statewide trends Tuesday night supporting another term for Gov. Charlie Baker and US Sen. Elizabeth Warren and rejecting ballot Question 1 which would set patient-to-nurse ratio…

Keiko Orrall loses out on bid for treasurer, but her husband captures her state rep seat » Taunton Gazette Incumbent state Rep. Shaunna O'Connell, R-Taunton, has been re-elected to a fifth two-year term, defeating Democratic challenger Emily Farrer by 23 percentage points, according to the Taunton city cle…

Big turnout but little change in Cape and Islands elections » Cape Cod Times Voters turned out in impressive numbers on the Cape and Islands Tuesday, and when the ballots were counted, the status quo prevailed with only one major alteration to the region’s local political la…

‘I knew that it was possible’: Tram Nguyen ousts Republican state. Rep Jim Lyons in election upset » Boston.com Tram Nguyen’s upset victory Tuesday night against 18th Essex District Republican incumbent state Rep. Jim Lyons came as a surprise even to the candidate herself.…

'Herstory': Massachusetts Democrats tout historic wins for women candidates across state, US » MassLive When U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the stage to claim victory in her re-election bid Tuesday, the Democrat celebrated not just her own campaign's success, but the historic gains women candidates mad…

Hill fends off strong challenge from political newcomer » Gloucester Times Longtime state Rep. Brad Hill of Ipswich on Tuesday won an 11th term representing the 4th Essex District, but perhaps by a smaller margin than he or many others had anticipated.…

Rep. Susan Willams Gifford re-elected in 2nd Plymouth District » The Enterprise With five of six Wareham precincts reporting, and Carver and Middleborough results in, state Rep. Susan Williams Gifford has won reelection in the Second Plymouth District over challenger Sarah Hewins…

Why Bay Staters Voted The Way They Did On The Ballot Questions — And What It Means » WGBH Despite the tens of millions of dollars spent on the ballot question campaigns, and despite pro and con ads blanketing the airwaves, none of the vote tallies were even close. All three ballot question…

Election 2018: Coarse correction » Commonwealth Magazine The Blue Wave hit a Red Wall and though the splash soaked the barrier, it didn’t do the damage a tsunami would have brought. …

Does #MeToo Matter? Of 19 State Candidates Facing Accusations, Only 1 Lost » Governing Another is leading in the polls in an undecided race. …

Public Health

Health officials press Lowell school leaders on rodent woes » The Lowell Sun The rodent problem at Lowell High School is getting worse, not better, according to Board of Health Enforcement Agent Shawn Machado.…

Public Safety

Lynn Police awarded funds for shooter kits to be placed in police cruisers, thanks to grants » ItemLive.com A new grant from the state will help put “active shooter bail-out bags” in every Lynn Police Department cruiser.…

State Government

What's next for the Commonwealth after re-electing Governor Baker? » News 22 WWLP.com Governor Baker is back to work and he said his plan is the same as it was four years ago: to move Massachusetts forward.…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker pledges to stay all four years of second term » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker had a one-word answer when asked, the day after voters granted him a second term, whether he plans to serve all four years.…

Transportation

Boston to New York by air — and sea » Boston Globe Forget about that heliport, Boston. Seaplanes could soon be your quickest ticket to Manhattan.…

Residents Want MassDot to Admit Defeat on the Toll Plaza Design »

Utilities

Baker, Rivera warn 'frustration' will continue » The Eagle Tribune Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Daniel Rivera told reporters Wednesday that while they are hopeful Columbia Gas will hit its new Dec. 16 deadline, residents can expect the situation's frustrations to con…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

GOP futility continues in races for four statewide offices » State House News Service

Cannabis labs get final approval, a step toward recreational sales » Boston Business Journal

In 17th Worcester District, LeBoeuf claims seat back for Democrats » Worcester Telegram

Dems pick up three seats to build on supermajorities » State House News Service

Auditor: Suzanne Bump coming back for 3rd term » South Coast Today

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