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Economists warn state budget writers of slowdown on the horizon » State House News Service Despite a strong economy, last year's $1 billion budget surplus and revenue collections that are outperforming expectations so far this year, the potential for an economic slowdown and future recessio…

A Conservative Magazine May Pay a Price for Being Unfriendly to Trump » New York Times The Weekly Standard didn’t go along, and now its future is in danger.…

Outgoing state GOP chair lands $75,000 contract with sheriff » Boston Globe Outgoing state Republican Party chair Kirsten Hughes ... a licensed attorney, signed a one-year, $75,000 contract to serve as “special legal counsel” to the Norfolk County sheriff’s office, the …

Progressive Marriott union contract could have ripple effects » Boston Globe A series of settlements hammered out over the past few weeks between Marriott and its striking workers in Boston and seven other cities are ushering in groundbreaking benefits that could set a precede…

Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump’s hotel after 2016 election » The Washington Post Lobbyists representing the Saudi government reserved blocks of rooms at President Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel within a month of Trump’s election in 2016 — paying for an estimated 500 nights …

Democratic convulsions shake 2020 lineup » Politico First Michael Avenatti imploded, announcing he will not run for president in 2020. Then came Deval Patrick, who told allies that he, too, is out, despite spending the fall campaigning with candidates …

We have a crisis': Democrats at war over voter data trove » Politico A plan pushed by the Democratic National Committee has triggered a fierce backlash within the party, which is already lagging behind Donald Trump.…

Mass. paid-leave bills are coming soon. How much will businesses owe? » Boston Business Journal Among the answers businesses still seek are how much employers will need to pay and, in many cases, whether they'll owe anything at all. The clock is ticking. …

Former Massachusetts House Speaker Sal DiMasi calls U.S. Bureau of Prisons 'rogue agency' that denies inmates health care » The Republican Two years out of prison, former Massachusetts House Speaker Sal DiMasi has harsh words for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, which he calls a "rogue agency" that denies prisoners health care. …

Kamala Harris aide resigns after harassment, retaliation settlement surfaces » The Sacramento Bee A longtime top staff member of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris resigned Wednesday after The Sacramento Bee inquired about a $400,000 harassment and retaliation settlement resulting from his time working for H…

Deval Patrick, Foreclosure Mogul » The Huffington Post How the 2020 Democratic presidential contender helped a Republican billionaire rip off the middle class.…

"America feels more ready than usual for big answers to our big challenges. That’s an exciting moment that I hope we don’t miss. I hope to help in whatever way I can. It just won’t be as a candidate for president. To all those who helped Diane and me think this through, thank you. We are grateful."

Deval Patrick

Making it clear that he will not be running for President in 2020.

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Beltway Politics

Deval Patrick isn’t running for president in 2020, citing ‘the cruelty of our elections process’ » Boston Globe Former governor Deval Patrick, who considered launching an aspirational, unifying presidential campaign at a time of deep national division, announced on Thursday that he would not run for president.…

What Deval Patrick’s 2020 decision means for Elizabeth Warren » Boston Globe Whether former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick would be the one to emerge from a very large pack to directly challenge fellow Massachusetts resident and US Senator Elizabeth Warren in a 2020 Demo…

McNamee the "wrong choice" for FERC, Healey says » State House News Service Attorney General Maura Healey and several of her counterparts officially joined opponents of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominee Bernard McNamee, saying he's an ally of coal plants and hostil…

Officially Bowing Out, Deval Patrick Cites “Cruelty of Our Elections Process” » Boston Magazine The awfulness of running "would ultimately splash back on people whom Diane and I love," he writes. …

Deval Patrick’s 2020 exit clears path for Warren » Boston Herald

Business

This 18-year-old company is somehow one of Massachusetts’ hottest startups » Boston Globe One of the Boston area’s fastest-growing tech startups has been in business for 18 years. Aras, which makes software to help businesses manage the development of complex products, is an outlier in o…

US Sen. Ed Markey slams Facebook for allegedly offering advertisers access to user data » MassLive U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, condemned Facebook and its executives Wednesday following reports that the social media giant offered advertisers special access to user data. …

Baystate Business: George H.W. Bush » Bloomberg On the Wednesday, December 5 edition of Bloomberg Baystate Business we talked about the life and legacy of President George H.W. Bush with MIT Professor Richard Schmalensee, who served on the Presiden…

Salem home-rule petition languishes atop Beacon Hill » Wicked Local Salem Lawmakers on Beacon Hill have been struggling for years to develop a system to tax and regulate short-term rentals through websites like Airbnb.…

With CRRC in Springfield ready to deliver 1st MBTA Orange Line cars, China trade war worries loom » MassLive CRRC, the Chinese rail car manufacturer with a new factory in East Springfield, hopes the 90-day truce in the U.S.-China trade war announced this weekend turns into a lasting trade deal.…

Massachusetts Senate considering new Equifax bill » WWLP.com The House and Senate passed different versions of the data protection bill before working out a compromise. But now, Governor Charlie Baker wants more changes made before he signs it into law. …

Here are the tech firms hiring the most in the Boston area this year » Boston Business Journal There has been a lot of noise in the Boston tech world this year — including a flurry of startups raising $100 million rounds and the emergence of $1 billion venture funds.…

Union Point developer put on notice; termination could be next » Patriot Ledger The board overseeing the redevelopment of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station is putting the project's master developer on notice of default for failing to attract development, provide necessa…

A Splintered NECCO Forges A Future Around The World, Just Not In Revere » WGBH After more than a century, the iconic Massachusetts candy maker NECCO went out of business earlier this year. In the months since shutting operations, the company has quietly been split apart — its …

SouthCoast Businesses Receive Grants for Safety Training » WBSM Four SouthCoast businesses are receiving a total of $65,000 in grant monies to be used for safety training in their respective work environments. …

'You are not going to be able to find people on the street': Sen. Eric Lesser's manufacturing roundtable calls for more training » MassLive David Ortega is 21 years old and about three years removed from Chicopee Comprehensive High School and its welding vocational program. On Tuesday he was programming a $350,000 robot at Advance Welding…

Environment

Vital surf clam harvesting grounds closed by New England Fisheries Management Council » South Coast Today Clamming captains, business-owners and attorneys huddled in the lobby of the Viking Hotel on Tuesday sharing disbelief and despair over a decision by the New England Fisheries Management Council that …

Gaming

MGM becomes official gaming partner of Major League Baseball as sports betting expands » MassLive MGM Resorts International has signed a deal to become the official gaming and entertainment partner of Major League Baseball.…

Ex-shareholder sues Wynn, executives over sex assault claims » MassLive A former Wynn Resorts shareholder is suing company founder Steve Wynn and former and current executives and board members, saying that his stock fell in value because they concealed information about …

Interim Mass. Gaming Chair Addresses Wynn Suit » New England Public Radio

Human Services

The Living Room: Using connections to spur recovery (Guest viewpoint) » MassLive Back in September I had the opportunity to visit Behavioral Health Network's Living Room. For those unaware, Living Room is a space providing an open, welcoming environment where individuals experienc…

Study: Massachusetts human services workers are female, minority and poor » MassLive Human service workers in Massachusetts are overwhelmingly female, minority and poor, according to a report released Wednesday by the Providers' Council, a trade association that represents the human s…

Immigration

ICE busts more than 50 illegal immigrants in New England raids » Boston Herald ICE agents have detained more than 50 illegal immigrants in raids in the last two days targeting suspected drug dealers — many of whom had been freed by local judges or jails, the Herald has learned…

Judiciary

Massachusetts judge's status unchanged amid federal probe, Gov. Charlie Baker's call for her to step aside » MassLive Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker reiterated his call for a judge to step aside while an investigation looks into whether she helped an undocumented immigrant escape from federal officials.…

Governor Baker Nominates Attorney McCarthy to Massachusetts Superior Court » Framingham Source Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today, December 5, nominated Attorney Kathleen M. McCarthy of North Andover to the position of Associate Justice of the Superior Court.…

N. Andover attorney nominated for Superior Court judgeship » Mass Lawyers Weekly Gov. Charlie Baker on Dec. 5 nominated North Andover lawyer Kathleen M. McCarthy for a seat on the Superior Court bench. McCarthy started her practice in 1997 and focuses on post-conviction and appell…

Who is Shelley Joseph? Judge Being Investigated For Allegedly Helping Immigrant Flee Arrest by ICE » Newsweek Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has called on court officials to remove a Newton District Court judge from presiding over criminal cases, as a federal grand jury reportedly investigate…

Labor

Trillium, humbled by pay flap, boosts wages of retail workers » Boston Globe This should have been a time to celebrate for JC and Esther Tetreault. The Trillium Brewing Co. founders finally opened their restaurant in Fort Point, a showcase location in a hot neighborhood.…

Friedman Backs Bill To Extend Unemployment Benefits » Lynnfield Patch On Monday, December 3, Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) voiced her strong support for the nearly 1,250 Massachusetts workers and their families that have been impacted by the National Grid lock…

National Grid lockout enters fifth month » The Huntington News As unionized gas workers enter the fifth month of a lockout with National Grid, the Massachusetts Legislature has decided to get involved, hoping to prevent 1,250 employees from losing their unemploym…

National Grid Lockout Bill Advances on Beacon Hill » Banker & Tradesman Dozens of National Grid gas workers shared personal stories with lawmakers Tuesday as the Massachusetts legislature weighs how deeply to get involved in a lengthy labor dispute between National Grid a…

Legislative

Sen. Cindy Friedman named Legislator of the Year, receives award » Wicked Local Billerica Sen. Cindy F. Friedman, D-Arlington, was recently named Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Psychological Association and was presented with the 2018 Mitch Snyder Award from the First Church S…

Most but not all memories fond ones for departing House reps. » Lowell Sun A group of departing state representatives bid farewell to their colleagues Tuesday, delivering speeches that touched on their accomplishments, fond memories, and, in some instances, critiques of the …

Ex-Massachusetts Speaker lashing out at Bureau of Prisons » Star-Telegram Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi lashed out at the federal Bureau of Prisons during his first interview since being granted compassionate release in 2016 after serving five years of…

Senate clerk Welch will retire after Dec. 31 concon » State House News Service

Local Government

Natick Rep. David Linsky: It's time to stop 'frivolous' complaints » Wicked Local Wellesley Wellesley resident Ron Alexander filed 603 Open Meeting Law complaints against the Natick School Committee since February. State Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick, said it’s time to close loopholes in sta…

Ayanna Pressley praised, honored at one of her last Boston City Council meetings » Boston Globe Ayanna Pressley looked out at the crowded City Council chambers. Her fellow councilors, at their desks, had spent the last hour showering her with praise and tearful goodbyes.…

Five plans that would’ve changed the face of Boston » Boston Globe From the earliest days on the Shawmut Peninsula, Boston has been a city of creation and reinvention — filled in, developed, burned down, bulldozed, and redeveloped. Once the crazy quilt of docks and…

Mayor Jasiel Correia's case set to return to court Thursday » The Herald News Mayor Jasiel Correia II could make his first court appearance since his arraignment on 13 counts of federal charges last month in a Boston courtroom, but it’s a guessing game at what, if anything, m…

Take My Council, Please: Lifting Lamps and a Golden Door » Western Mass Politics and Insight After nearly two hours of debate, City Councilors nudged Springfield closer toward new rules that would keep the city away from immigration enforcement. The Welcoming Communities Trust (WCT) Ordinance…

Worcester Planning Board advances downtown revitalization plan » Worcester Telegram The Planning Board unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday night saying that a proposed amendment to the Downtown Urban Revitalization Plan is consistent with the city's overall planning objective…

Framingham looks to revive business parks with new zoning rules » The Metro West Daily News City councilors changed zoning rules in the area off Exit 12 on the Mass Pike to diversify development, such as restaurants, shops and other business establishments.…

City Hall extortion case comes before appeals court » Boston Globe The public corruption case against two Boston City Hall aides went before a federal appeals court Tuesday, where judges challenged lawyers on both sides with a key question: If the aides did not recei…

Arsonist tries to torch Brockton mayor's SUV » The Enterprise Someone intentionally set fire to Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter's city-issued vehicle, according to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, which is overseeing a joint investigation into the in…

City begins snow analysis after stipend for chief of staff raises questions » The Herald News A point brought up during a discussion on city snow removal during Tuesday's City Council meeting brought some harsh reaction from some councilors when a report showed that the city’s Chief of Staff…

The Lynn City Council is deadlocked over who should replace Peter Capano in January » Lynn Daily News Item

Marijuana

Marijuana revenue expected to bolster state budget » Newburyport News State revenue officials are still forecasting that Massachusetts will take in between $44 million and $82 million in marijuana taxes this fiscal year and could bring in as much as $172 million in fisc…

Opinion

If Iowa and New Hampshire didn’t always go first, presidential campaigns would be shorter » Boston Globe The 2018 midterm elections are barely a month past. The current presidential term isn’t even half over. But the Iowa/New Hampshire drumroll has already begun. It will be well over a year before any …

In Boston pot rush, it looks like business as usual » Boston Globe There was a major omission in the Dec. 4 editorial “A murky process for Boston pot shops,” which I otherwise mostly agree with.…

UMass Boston needs resources to continue to fulfill its unique role » Boston Globe UMass Boston is in the news again, this time because of challenges at its new dorms. And last week, the Globe wrote a commendable editorial describing the sad history of the campus’s original physic…

Beacon Hill should pass Baker’s housing bill, but not without strings » Boston Globe No doubt, Governor Charlie Baker’s housing bill would be a positive first step, breaking down a real barrier to new construction in Massachusetts cities and towns.…

EDITORIAL: Numbers don't add up for Warren in long run » Lowell Sun Does a little bit of Elizabeth Warren go a long way? Yes and no. That seems to be the consensus of those who know her best.…

YOUR VIEW: Bristol jails could benefit from evidence-based substance programs » South Coast Today Re “DEA tests new approach on opioids,” by Jordan Deschenes (Perspective, Nov. 18): Stopping the deadly cycle of heroin and opioid pill abuse by eliminating drug tra­fficking organizations, gang…

Editorial: They became heroes » Worcester Mag On Monday this week, many paused in memory of the Worcester 6, the six firefighters whose lives were lost when they rushed through a flame-engulfed Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. on Dec. 3, …

Boston: It's Time To Reimagine The Citgo Sign » WBUR George Packer once wrote that in Boston, “history has already happened.” That’s either a virtue or a curse, depending on your outlook.…

Paul Tsongas showed way to civility » Commonwealth Magazine There was a time comity was embraced and it could be again …

Union ‘loophole’ going to Supreme Court » Commonwealth Magazine Case has a shot given justices’ aversion to unions …

Politics

Critics may take campaign finance law to Supreme Court » Gloucester Times Two business owners, after losing a challenge to the state's ban on corporate political donations in the state Supreme Judicial Court, are seeking to overturn the law before the U.S. Supreme Court, de…

Massachusetts campaign finance law on union donations appealed to U.S. Supreme Court » MassLive Attorneys for the Goldwater Institute filed a petition on Wednesday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its challenge of a Massachusetts campaign finance law that bans political contributions fro…

For Ayanna Pressley, 'Destroyer Of Glass Ceilings', D.C. Is Just Another 'Gentle Battle' » WBUR On Wednesday afternoon, Ayanna Pressley sat at her usual place in the Boston City Council chambers.…

Could Wisc. lame-duck power grab happen here? » Commonwealth Magazine

Public Health

The state medical examiner’s office is doing fewer autopsies. What does that mean for the public? » Boston Globe After years of trying, and failing, to turn out timely reports explaining how people died, the state’s chief medical examiner’s office had good news to report last month: Dr. Mindy J. Hull said he…

Public Safety

Baker To Name Corrections Chief To Be State's Public Safety Secretary » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to appoint a new secretary of public safety after he announced on Tuesday that current officeholder Dan Bennett would be stepping down.…

Massachusetts State Police aim to implement pilot body cam program by early 2019 » MassLive Despite Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's hope for a State Police body camera program by the end of the year, the law enforcement agency says they're aiming to roll out the pilot in early 2019.…

Gov. Baker appoints new public safety secretary » WWLP.com The state secretary of public safety decided very suddenly to step down. After an abrupt resignation from Public Safety Secretary Dan Bennett, Governor Charlie Baker asked Thomas Turco to take his pl…

Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department PEACE Unit unveiled » Wicked Local Roslindale Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department were joined by a group of partners and supporters for the official unveiling of the department’s newest endeavor …

Quincy city councilor inks contract with Norfolk County Sheriff's office » Patriot Ledger

Investigations into Mass. State Police overtime abuse continue as new public safety chief Thomas Turco assumes job » MassLive

Boston homicide rate surpasses previous year’s » The Daily Free Press

State Finance

Massachusetts budget experts predict slow tax revenue growth in FY2020 » MassLive Tax revenue in Massachusetts is expected to grow by a modest amount, between 2 and 2.5 percent, in the next fiscal year, state budget experts predicted Wednesday.…

Big question for lawmakers: When will downturn come? » Commonwealth Magazine Revenue projections for FY20 range from 2% to 3.4% …

State Government

Goldberg, Heffernan ready for Wall Street "roadshow" » State House News Service Hoping to show that Massachusetts has been responsible since getting whacked with a bond rating downgrade last year, Treasurer Deb Goldberg on Wednesday proposed state fiscal managers bring their mess…

Citing flat lottery profits, Goldberg again seeks online wagering » State House News Service Treasurer Deborah Goldberg on Wednesday renewed her call for the Legislature to allow the Massachusetts Lottery to sell its products online, telling state budget writers to expect the Lottery's profit…

Natick Rep. David Linsky: It’s time to stop ‘frivolous’ complaints » The Metro West Daily News Wellesley resident Ron Alexander filed 603 Open Meeting Law complaints against the Natick School Committee since February. State Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick, said it’s time to close loopholes in sta…

Governor Baker fondly recalls meeting George H.W. Bush decades ago » Boston Globe

Transportation

Mass. officials have big ideas — and big decisions — for the MBTA commuter rail » Boston Globe How often should trains run? How much should a ride cost? And who’s going to operate the trains, anyway?…

T, disability advocates ink changes to major settlement » Boston Herald The T and disability-rights advocates have signed an agreement to refocus the sweeping settlement the two sides signed 12 years ago following a high-profile class-action lawsuit.…

Nobody knows why there’s a fake tree at Park Street station — and the MBTA didn’t put it there » Boston Globe MBTA workers are clueless about its origins, and no one from the transportation agency has taken responsibility for putting it there — though that’s what some riders presumed happened.…

Lane Change On Storrow Drive Draws Criticism From Drivers » WBUR For many drivers, it came out of nowhere. A change to the layout of lanes between Leverett and Charles circles on westbound Storrow Drive in Boston last week confused and upset a number of drivers.…

Utilities

In deal with AG's office, Berkshire Gas trims rate-hike request » The Berkshire Eagle The proposed rate hike facing Berkshire Gas Co. customers will be considerably smaller than the company was seeking.…

Citizens’ Petition Calling for Safety Investigation of Pilgrim Plant to be Delivered to State House » Capecod.com

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