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Must-Reads

Trump Versus the Socialist Menace » New York Times The Commies are coming for your pickup trucks. …

Is Cory Booker for Real? » Politico How an ambitious future presidential contender who grew up in a white suburb moved to the projects—and won over critics who thought he was a phony. Can he do it again? …

There Is Going to Be a War Within the Party. We Are Going to Lean Into It.’ » Politico The Justice Democrats helped get Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez elected. Who are they after next? …

Billionaire liberal threatens to unload on Dems if they don't impeach Trump » Politico Steyer’s first targets are three powerful committee chairmen, Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). But the liberal megadonor isn’t stopping there: He will soo…

At MassHousing, $10K for a send-off tribute » Commonwealth Magazine Now add to that tab what looks like a living-large trump card – a bill of nearly $10,000 for a going-away soirée held last fall for MassHousing’s former vice president of external affairs, Thomas…

In key primary states, activists nervously eye Warren's troubles over ancestry » Los Angeles Times With Sen. Elizabeth Warren once again confronting controversy over her tenuous claims to Native American heritage, activists in early-voting states and national allies are nervously eyeing whether she…

Melrose rep urges Congress to act on income inequality » State House News Service State Rep. Paul Brodeur brought his experience working on a minimum wage hike on Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill on Thursday, telling members of a House committee that growing income inequality across the…

Hampshire College worried about state’s new oversight plan » Boston Globe A state plan to monitor the financial health of private colleges was one factor that led the trustees of Hampshire College not to admit a fall class, according to the school president. …

The fight Trump and AOC both want in 2020 » Axios Democrats just gave President Trump the socialism fight he's been spoiling for with the Green New Deal — which calls for a mammoth expansion of federal investments and market interventions — and t…

WBUR to challenge union efforts in court hearing Friday » Boston Business Journal The National Labor Relations Board in Boston will hold a hearing Friday morning regarding an effort by journalists at WBUR to form a union. …

The lobbyists: Roll Call’s people to watch in 2019 » Roll Call Are they worried the new Congress will make war on K Street? Do they look worried? …

Chicago casino magnate bets big on Beacon Hill with lobbying push » Boston Globe Gambling man Neil Bluhm is placing a big bet on Beacon Hill.…

“In terms of undermining the rule of law, he has gone well past what Nixon did,”

former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld

Speaking about President Donald Trump.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Warren sought to rip off bandaid on native heritage last year. But she left out the apology » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren knew that if she wanted to run for president, she needed to finally put the lingering issue of her controversial claim to Native American heritage behind her. So last year she…

Ed Markey, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveil ‘Green New Deal’ » MassLive U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, laid out a series of economic, social and energy overhaul principles Thursday that they said will be at th…

Elizabeth Warren’s heritage claims turn some N.H. voters against her » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ongoing heritage controversy is turning some New Hampshire Democratic and independent voters against her, but Democratic party leaders are insisting the likely president…

Moulton to outline foreign police vision » The Salem News U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, who was in New Hampshire last weekend amid speculation that he might run for president, will give a speech at the Brookings Institution next week where he plans to outline his …

John Dingell, longest serving congressman in US history, dies at 92 » Boston Globe Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who mastered legislative deal-making and was fiercely protective of Detroit’s auto industry, has died. The M…

Business

Real estate tycoon’s investment trust sues his son — and he responds in kind » Boston Globe Happy families are all alike; unhappy families sue one another from California to New York. So might Tolstoy begin the saga of the family of Joel S. Marcus, the real estate tycoon credited with helpin…

Daily Beast columnist Margaret Carlson to speak at Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce 'Outlook’ lunch » MassLive Margaret Carlson, columnist for The Daily Beast and the first woman columnist at Time magazine, will be the keynote speaker at the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Outlook lunch next month.…

Kendall Rising: Development in the Cambridge neighborhood is 'sky-high' » Boston Business Journal Cambridge’s Kendall Square neighborhood is often referred to as the center of the life sciences universe, and judging from the amount of real estate development going on there, that label is not far…

Why didn’t the Panera Cares social experiment pay off? » Boston Globe The Feb. 15 closure of the Panera Cares restaurant in Boston — announced by the fast casual chain earlier this week — will mark the end of a nearly decade-long social experiment in the charitable …

Long-awaited Tremont Crossing project eyes April groundbreaking in Roxbury » Real Estate A project that has long been in the works to transform a large portion of Tremont Street in Roxbury into a shopping area with new residential buildings and a museum may finally break ground this sprin…

Norfolk state rep worried about cyber security with new Chinese-built subway cars » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Shawn Dooley admits his new bill sound likes something out of a James Bond movie or Tom Clancy novel.…

Baker-Polito Administration announces downtown revitalization awards » Sampan Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Janelle Chan joined local officials to announce $300,000 in awards to 20 communities through the Massachusetts Dow…

Crimes

Legislation urged to curb revenge porn » Worcester Telegram The Baker administration is renewing its push for revenge porn legislation that includes education as well as legal penalties to control the sharing of sexually explicit images between minors for reve…

Education

Baker, Big Blue throw a blue ribbon bash » The Salem News It was a proud moment for Gov. Charlie Baker Thursday morning, as he helped celebrate his town's high school for earning the distinction of a National Blue Ribbon for its efforts in closing the achiev…

Official’s use of n-word in class discussion on racial language plunges Cambridge into controversy » Boston Globe The School Committee member came to the high school classroom to discuss racial language and why the district’s computers block certain websites that include some slurs but not others.…

New Lowell High estimated to cost $343M » The Lowell Sun The total project cost for the new Lowell High School is estimated to top $343 million, according to the project's schematic design presented Thursday night.…

Swampscott High named a National Blue Ribbon School » Lynn Daily News Item Swampscott High School now occupies some “rarefied air” after receiving a national recognition only one half of one percent of schools have ever achieved, which the town celebrated in a Thursday m…

Supt. Bourque Says Governor’s Budget Increases Still Aren’t Enough » Chelsea Record Gov. Charlie Baker brought a short smile to the face of many when he unveiled an increase in education funding in his State Budget proposal two weeks ago, but this week Supt. Mary Bourque said the pro…

Stonehill students protest professor's firing in Easton » The Enterprise Two weeks into the spring semester, Stonehill College has fired Professor Callie Watkins Liu, an educator known for her support of student activism and diversity.…

Middleborough Public Schools rewarded STEM Career Pathway Capacity grants » South Coast Today Middleborough Public Schools recently announce that it has received three grants to offer new curricular programs from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) that will better prepare students for career success.…

Environment

Fairhaven named a Green Community » South Coast Today The Town of Fairhaven was among the 30 new cities and towns designated as a Green Community by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts last month.…

Cape surfers want say in shark-safety decisions » Cape Cod Times Surfing legend Ian Cairns and scientist and entrepreneur Craig Anderson have seen the economic and psychological devastation that shark attacks can do to a community. Both men hail from Western Austra…

Federal

Ed Markey and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” Is Here » Boston Magazine They're announcing an ambitious plan for attacking climate change. …

Gaming

As Massachusetts moves toward legalizing sports betting, bars seek seat at the table » MassLive A group of bars have formed an organization to advocate for inclusion as the state moves toward the legalization of sports betting this year.…

Health Care

A pill with a needle inside? Researchers say it might be the answer for insulin users » Boston Globe It’s been a long-sought goal: a simple pill that diabetics can take instead of injecting insulin.…

Housing

They moved to Western Mass. to escape Boston rents; Now State Sen. Eric Lesser wants to pay others up to $10K to follow in their footsteps » MassLive In 2016, when the owner of Boon and Caro Sheridan’s loft apartment in Everett decided to sell the property, the couple was faced with a choice.…

Immigration

For immigrants in Boston’s court, the shutdown will reverberate for years » Boston Globe The Salvadoran mother had waited six years for the January hearing. She had entered the country illegally, but had a strong case for a reprieve from deportation, her lawyer believed.…

Lawmakers push bill making undocumented immigrants eligible for driver’s licenses » Dorchester Reporter Lawmakers are renewing a push to pass legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants residing in the state to acquire driver’s licenses, despite the failure of similar legislation in the past …

Boston DA May Seek BigLaw Help For Confronting ICE » Law 360 Boston's top prosecutor told Law360 on Thursday that she may turn to her BigLaw contacts for help with immigration matters.…

Judiciary

Baler Nominated for Plymouth District Court » Cape Cod Online Attorney Adam J. Baler, an assistant clerk Magistrate in the Plymouth District Court, has been nominated to serve as the Court’s Clerk Magistrate by Governor Charlie Baker.…

Michelle Carter returns to court Monday » Boston Globe Michelle Carter will return to court next Monday where Bristol County prosecutors will ask a judge to order her to start serving the 15-month sentence imposed for her role in the suicide of Conrad Roy…

New bill could prevent jail time for relapse in Massachusetts » The Daily Free Press When a judge ordered Meghann Perry to a drug court program on a drug trafficking charge, she was addicted to heroin and weaning off of it with methadone. The court-ordered treatment program gave her t…

Legislative

For the Coming Year Livingstone’s Legislative Agenda Considers Both District-wide and National Issues » Beacon Hill Times While State Rep. Jay Livingstone conceived his legislative agenda for the new year with his constituents firmly in mind, he hopes it will also reverberate on a national level.…

Minicucci pushes for legislative transparency » Wicked Local North Andover Beacon Hill’s new lawmakers have finished up their first month in office, and new state Rep. Christina Minicucci, D-North Andover, is pushing for more transparency in legislation. …

Sullivan pledges budget, opioid focus » Whitman-Hanson Express State Rep. Alyson Sullivan, R-Abington, said that “time management” is the key to her success during a wide-ranging interview Monday, Feb. 4, with the Express. The busy final-year New England Scho…

Local Government

In light of purple bag removal, City Councilors question stability of budget forecast » The Herald News Mayor Jasiel Correia II called the budget forecast he’s counting on to fill a revenue hole created by the elimination of the pay-as-you-throw program as solid, but comments made by his finance team …

Part of former Grafton State Hospital site to go up for sale » Worcester Telegram The town is offering for sale 8.8 acres of undeveloped property, part of the former Grafton State Hospital site, conveyed to the town by the state for $1.…

Officials review Sharon's fiscal situation » Wicked Local Sharon Members of the town's Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Finance Committee met in late January in an effort to review Sharon's financial status.…

‘It’s what’s on the inside’: Brutalist-style City Hall turns 50 » Boston Herald Inside City Hall on the third-floor mezzanine Thursday, dozens of city employees, elected officials, architects and residents ate cake, made small talk and raved about the iconic brutalist-style build…

DA Harrington outlines early priorities during local NAACP meeting » The Berkshire Eagle Berkshire County will have a new juvenile jail diversion program this spring, District Attorney Andrea Harrington told a crowd Wednesday. …

Marijuana

First-in-nation marijuana program to redress war on drugs hits delay » Boston Globe Massachusetts’ first-in-the-nation program to help people affected by the war on drugs join the cannabis industry hit a delay Thursday, as officials said they need to change how they select people w…

First ‘mom and pop’ marijuana store in Massachusetts approved for license to open in Uxbridge » MassLive The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday approved the first retail license for an independent marijuana store not affiliated with a larger medical marijuana company.…

Opinion

What Michelle Carter did before she said ‘get back in’ ought to be against the law » Boston Globe It is tempting, now that the state’s highest court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that Michelle Carter was criminally responsible for badgering Conrad Roy into killing himself, to imagine what …

Most readers say: Get that impeachment engine running » Boston Globe Donald Trump should be impeached because he has shown himself to be a compulsive and flagrant violator of the rule of law, and has exhibited depraved indifference to the health and welfare of the Amer…

Next stop, Wonderland — or maybe Kendall Square » Boston Globe The possibility of a smoother connection for T commuters from Revere to Somerville or from Cambridge to the North Shore just went from the unlikely to the . . . less unlikely.…

The truth about Trump’s ‘economic miracle’ » Boston Globe When he wasn’t going on about the “tremendous onslaught” of refugees at our “very dangerous southern border,” President Trump in his State of the Union went on instead about America’s “u…

Howie Carr: Oh, what a tangled web Elizabeth Warren wove » Boston Herald The fake Indian is officially announcing her presidential candidacy Saturday in Lawrence, the fentanyl capital of New England, and I have what should be the doomed campaign’s official theme song.…

Our view: Confronting the cost of climate change » The Salem News The juxtaposition was hard to miss: Republican Gov. Charlie Baker was testifying in Washington, D.C, Wednesday, urging federal lawmakers to finally confront climate change and its potentially disastro…

Baker cyberbullying bill provision a smart strategy » Boston Herald As the Herald’s Mary Markos reports, the latest proposal would enroll minors involved in an explicit images case in an educational diversion program rather than going through the juvenile justice pr…

Editorial: The MBTA is right to prioritize the Red-Blue line tunnel » Boston Business Journal This week, the MBTA prioritized a long overdue project that will help with longstanding congestion and delays on the subway: connecting the Red and Blue subway lines via a new tunnel. The very next da…

Snubbing Sarno exposes Dems’ pettiness (Viewpoint) » MassLive Once upon a time, the Democratic Party was an affiliation that existed under a large umbrella, and proud of it.…

Politics

Asian American women celebrate wins to local, state office » Sampan The Asian American Women’s Political Initiative held a lunch and panel discussion on Feb. 2 at WeWork Cambridge. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley made a special appearance and delivered inspiring remar…

Politics, advocacy are in his name » Boston Business Journal If Leverett Wing can count success as an organizer — his fundraising soirees are absolute save-the-date events for Boston’s Asian-American community — he might trace it to how he got his name. N…

Public Health

Doctors' group challenges report on Weymouth compressor station » Patriot Ledger A group of physicians is challenging the findings of a state-ordered report on Weymouth’s proposed 7,700- horsepower natural-gas compressor station, arguing that the facility would pose “an unacce…

Cutting Down Prescription Opioid Supply May Not Stem The Crisis, Study Finds » WGBH The opioid crisis continues, and now, drug manufacturers are facing more scrutiny than ever for their role in the epidemic. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is suing Purdue Pharma, maker of…

Public Safety

Lawmakers eye facial recognition moratorium » The Salem News Facial recognition systems are getting more use to nab criminal suspects, thwart security threats and prevent fraud, but the technology is fueling debate over privacy.…

Boston cop on leave after service weapon allegedly stolen by strippers » Boston Herald A Boston cop who had his $5,000 gun allegedly stolen by two strippers after a night out bar-hopping last week in Rhode Island is not being identified because he is “a victim,” police told the Hera…

Strippers, an argument, a stolen gun: Boston officer’s night-out triggers internal probe » Boston Globe A Boston police officer is on paid leave and facing an internal affairs investigation after a night out at a Rhode Island strip club and a bar with two women who have been charged with stealing his gu…

State Government

Pittsfield resident appointed to board of Soldiers' Home » The Berkshire Eagle Carmen M. Ostrander of Pittsfield has been appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Holyoke Soldiers' Home Board of Trustees. She took the oath of office for the position Tuesday in Pittsfi…

Taxation

Here are the Mass. cities and towns with the highest tax rates for 2019 » Boston Business Journal If you own property in Massachusetts, here's some slightly good news: Your tax rate fell by about 1 percent over the past year.…

Transportation

Central Mass. lawmakers oppose commuter rail fare hike » Commonwealth Magazine Say size of increase is too high for riders from Worcester area …

Springfield’s CRRC begins shipping cars to Boston, plans for Philadelphia, Los Angeles projects » MassLive Officials from Los Angeles and Philadelphia were there in December when Gov. Charlie Baker and representatives from the MBTA came to Springfield to celebrate completion of the first Orange Line cars a…

MBTA projects $8B in capital spending over next five years » Boston Business Journal The MBTA projects investing roughly $8 billion over the next five years on capital projects, covering long-term highway improvements and the much-anticipated overhaul of the Green Line, among other de…

Utilities

Vineyard Wind, backed by Baker, plays power politics » Commonwealth Magazine A SHARP-ELBOWED GAME of power politics surfaced publicly on Thursday as it became clear that Vineyard Wind, backed by Gov. Charlie Baker, had sought and failed to participate more fully in an electric…

Homeowners, via Sunrun, participate in N.E. electricity auction » Commonwealth Magazine As a group, residents agree to provide 20mw of power in 2022-2023 …

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Pembroke veteran confirmed as Quincy District Court judge » Patriot Ledger

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