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Baker administration hires four ex-employees of Mass. GOP » Boston Globe Now that Governor Charlie Baker has settled into his second term, some of the Massachusetts Republican Party staffers who helped bolster his reelection campaign have landed directly in his administrat…

For foster parents, chaotic state system makes job even harder » Boston Globe The disheveled toddler reeked of urine when she arrived on Gayle Suzor’s doorstep in the arms of a state social worker. She had been plucked from a car after her mother, who was high on drugs, was p…

Freshman Rep. Has To Wait A Week Before Getting Graded On Mass. House Budget » New England Public Radio The Massachusetts House released its version of the state budget. It calls for no major tax increases. It's now a nearly $43 billion plan, and it's the first budget released by state Representative A…

Our view: Limits needed on campaign leftovers » Gloucester Times For the first time in more than a generation, Brian Dempsey wasn't running for office in 2018.…

These House Democrats Pledged Not to Take Corporate Cash — but They’re Using a Loophole to Do It Anyway » The Intercept In the run-up to Election Day and in the following months, Lori Trahan accepted campaign cash from trade association PACs representing beer wholesalers, as well as grocery, hotel, hospital, and cable …

Stop & Shop strike shows Mass. labor unions’ growing strength » Boston Business Journal Labor union memberships are declining nationally, but Massachusetts’ unions are bucking that trend.…

Carpenters protest tax fraud in Framingham » The Metro West Daily News Dozens of carpenters, including members of Local 336 union, protested outside one of the city's high-profile developments Thursday, claiming that wage theft and other tax fraud infractions are taintin…

“Do not cross the picket line,” Warren said. “Understand people on the picket line are not just fighting for their families. They’re fighting for all our families. They’re fighting for basic fairness and equality in this country.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Speaking to picketing Stop & Shop workers in Somerville on Friday.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Surrounded by ‘acting’ agency chiefs, Trump grabs power in full view » Boston Globe In your April 11 editorial “Senate must be vigilant in vetting Trump’s Homeland Security picks,” you conclude that “the Senate needs to be certain it only confirms nominees” to head departme…

Don’t dump the filibuster — restore it to its former glory » Boston Globe SEVERAL OF THE 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are calling for an end to the filibuster, the Senate rule that makes it possible to keep any matter from coming to a vote unless a three-fifths m…

Area Democrats reach out to presidential hopefuls for 3T&2C breakfast » Newburyport News Local Democrats, recognizing that the 2020 presidential race is underway, have invited some declared presidential candidates to their annual political breakfast in Newburyport on Saturday, May 11.…

Rep. Richard Neal demands IRS hand over Trump taxes to Ways and Means Committee within 10 days » The Republican Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass, re-upped his demand for President Donald Trump’s tax returns Saturday, telling IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig in a letter he has 10 day…

Elizabeth Warren talks poor polling in N.H. campaign stops » Boston Herald Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren tackled questions about her electability during her latest sweep through the Granite State — putting up a strong front even as her campaign remains dogged by la…

Business

Finally, a green light for long-vacant Roxbury parcel » Boston Globe This site could be part of an expressway, or maybe a shopping mall. It might make a nice home for Partners HealthCare, or the state’s transportation bureaucracy. The Krafts’ soccer stadium? Sure, …

Boston Marathon expected to pump over $200M into area's economy » Boston Business Journal Hundreds of thousands of visitors are in Boston this weekend for the annual marathon, whether they plan to hit the road, the sidewalks for spectators, or the city bars that line the last leg of the ro…

Rethinking cat declawing » South Coast Today “Horrible, inhumane, and unnatural.” This is how Pamela Robinson, president and executive director of It’s All About the Animals Inc., a cat shelter in Rochester, describes the practice of cat d…

Shirley Leung: Globe Owners Pulled Controversial Op-Ed Piece That 'Really Crossed The Line' » WGBH Writer Luke O’Neil’s controversial opinion piece, published in the Boston Globe Apr. 10, was edited several times and ultimately removed from the newspaper's website after review from Globe owners…

Swansea Mall auction begins Monday » The Herald News Have you ever wanted to own your own mall? Now might be your chance. The online auction of the Swansea Mall will begin Monday with opening bids starting at $1.4 million. The sale, which is being coord…

Worcester Redevelopment Authority taking 3 properties for ballpark » Worcester Telegram The Worcester Redevelopment Authority board unanimously voted Friday to take the first three properties needed to assemble the footprint for the construction of a minor league ballpark off Kelley Squa…

Cannabis

Here are the marijuana industry experts you’ll hear from at MassLive’s Cannabis Insiders Live event » MassLive MassLive will delve into the issues and stories at the forefront of the cannabis industry during a full-day event featuring industry experts at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall. …

Civil Rights

Massachusetts Catholic bishops call 'Roe Act’ abortion bill ‘egregious’ » MassLive Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Boston archbishop, and the commonwealth’s three other bishops heading Roman Catholic dioceses in the state, have issued a statement calling proposed bills in the State Legi…

Education

Locally animated: OpenPixel Studios has roots at Hampshire College, UMass » Gazette Net Will Colon realized he wanted to be an animator during his first year at Hampshire College. For Kathryn Taccone, it was on a trip to Pixar Studios in high school.…

A unique civics lesson » The Recorder Walking down Main Street, a handful of Frontier Regional High School students saw the family of the deceased walking to grab a bite.…

BU professor is fired after investigation finds he sexually harassed grad student in Antarctica » Boston Globe Boston University has fired David Marchant, a tenured geology professor who was the subject of an internal investigation that found he violated the school’s sexual harassment policies during expedit…

Working on Plan A: Hampshire College’s new interim president to focus on fundraising, path to independence » Gazette Net It was in 1966, four years before Hampshire College admitted its inaugural class, that the school first hired Ken Rosenthal to be an executive assistant. At the time, he was only the fifth employee of…

Innovation celebration: Gov. Baker, local officials gather at UMass to tout new Physical Sciences Building » Amherst Bulletin Last Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker made his way out to western Massachusetts for a ribbon cutting at the University of Massachusetts.…

Customized student support can level the playing field » Commonwealth Magazine Programs are powerful tools -- and cost-effective …

Environment

Green New Deal is a catalyst for debating clean energy » Boston Globe Jon Chesto’s column “Why Markey sees success in the unpassed Green New Deal” (Business, April 4) makes the point that, despite the bill’s not passing, it has served as a catalyst to reignite t…

Gaming

The Massachusetts Lottery Is Getting A Tech Upgrade » WBUR The Massachusetts Lottery is getting a much needed tech boost.…

Steve who? How far Wynn Resorts is going to distance itself from its founder » Boston Globe The ancient Romans called it damnatio memoriae, the damnation of memory. It was the rather extreme act of punishing someone by attempting to erase every trace of them from the historical record, so fu…

Health Care

New dementia care approaches are emerging to support patients and families as drugs falter » Boston Globe Like any long-married couple, Helene and Martin Oppenheimer spend hours talking about their family and what’s happening in the world. But most of their talks now take place in a long-term care unit …

In health care debate, price control techniques weighed in Mass. » Boston.com State Rep. Jon Santiago, a Boston emergency room doctor, recalled an elderly patient named Mike who recently came to the hospital with life-threatening complications from diabetes.…

Some patients battle illness or injury — and surprise bills » Boston Globe Cheryle Reidel knows a thing or two about surprise medical bills. There was the $6,000 for a cancer biopsy in 2012. Several years later, an anesthesiologist and a nurse anesthetist billed her $2,600 f…

House budget adds $30 million to help nursing homes stay open » Boston.com The plight of struggling nursing homes is getting the attention of state lawmakers.…

Housing

The Seaport District is starting to look more like a neighborhood » Boston Globe For the last decade, Christine Savage has had an arrangement with her neighbors on Congress Street. When she hits a hitch in a recipe, the 59-year-old wanders downstairs and asks the chefs at Sportell…

In City Council debate over rent control, the old guard faces the new class » Boston Globe The emerging debate over rent control appears to have quickly pitted the City Council’s old guard against its newest members.…

Boston’s Other Housing Crisis: The Cemeteries » Boston Magazine Prime real estate is getting snatched up, space is dwindling, and people are paying more and more for less and less. Think it’s hard living in the city? Try dying here.…

Human Services

Conversion 'therapy' » Cape Cod Times For more than a year, Massachusetts legislators discussed the merits of a ban on LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors, but the time for debate is now over; both the House and the Senate have now overwh…

Advocates renew push for common application for welfare benefits » The Republican A few years ago, Joanne Paul got divorced, lost her health insurance, became homeless and struggled to pay her medical bills.…

Our Opinion: Disappointing stance by Baker on fuel aid » Berkshire Eagle President Trump's indifference to the plight of low-income Americans is well-established so his bid to eliminate federal funding to help those families with the cost of heat is no surprise. The respon…

Labor

In tight labor market, employers going to great lengths to attract workers » Boston Globe Brek Peterson knew what he was up against when he started looking for a manager for his Which Wich sandwich shop in Somerville last fall.…

Tensions rise as Stop & Shop talks continue » The Salem News Tensions between Stop & Shop and unionized workers rose this weekend as police were called to several stores when tempers began to fray. …

PHOTOS: Rep. Robinson Supports Striking Stop & Shop Workers » Framingham Source State Rep. Maria Robinson visited with striking workers at Stop & Shop at both stores in Framingham. Both the Temple Street store and the Old Conn Path store are located in the 6th Middlesex district,…

Politicians Pick Up Signs With Stop & Shop Workers In Brookline » Brookline Patch From Presidential Candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Somerville, to Brookline firefighters union President Paul Trahon with Brookline State Rep. Tommy Vitolo in Brookline, politicians across the regio…

Pols siding with workers in Stop & Shop strike » Boston Herald More than 30,000 Stop & Shop employees went on strike Thursday after failing to agree on contract terms with the Quincy-based grocery chain’s Dutch parent company, Ahold Delhaize. The strike impacts…

Elizabeth Warren tells Stop & Shop shoppers, ’Do not cross the picket line’ » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat running for president in 2020, delivered donuts and coffee to picketing Stop & Shop workers in Somerville on Friday, and urged shoppers to take the…

Retail, food industry workers push fairness bill » South Coast Today To protect workers against physical and mental strain of working in the food, hospitality and retail industries, lawmakers must take additional steps to protect the rights of workers to a fair work we…

Legislative

Kennedy answers multiple choice question » Lowell Sun AT LEAST two applicants for a part-time position on state Sen. Edward Kennedy's staff had the same line on their resumé: Lowell School Committee.…

SouthCoast in Action: State reps present sponsorships to FLAA » South Coast Today State Representatives Carole Fiola and Paul Schmid joined Freetown-Lakeville Athletic Association President Jack Taylor and some of the players at Little League Opening Day festivities on April 6. Rep…

Rep. Blais to start ‘100 days, 100 miles listening tour’ » The Recorder State Rep. Natalie M. Blais, D-Sunderland, will take to the road on a 100-mile district listening tour to celebrate her first 100 days in office.…

Forum touts local action to combat climate change » Cape Cod Times State Sen. Julian Cyr and state Rep. Sarah Peake outlined their legislative agenda on environment and energy issues during a town meeting-style forum Saturday.…

State Representative Chynah Tyler elected as the new chair of the Boston Delegation » Sampan State Representative Chynah Tyler joined her colleagues in the Legislature to celebrate her election as the new Chair of the Boston Delegation in the House of Representatives. The former Chair of the …

Local Government

How a Verizon Cell Tower Began a Furious Debate in Wayland » Boston Magazine On a cloudless morning last December, I found myself walking around the Oak Hill Road neighborhood in my hometown of Wayland with resident Tom Gulley, who was snapping photos of an orange balloon sway…

Councilors seek assurances as Quincy considers major land deal » Patriot Ledger As city councilors review a complicated land deal that could pave the way for the development of a state-of-the-art medical complex in Quincy Center while requiring the investment of millions in tax d…

Has Morse Begun to Telegraph His next Move? » Western Mass Politics and Insight On a seasonably brisk spring day, College Democrats had assembled in the basement of Clark University’s student center for their annual convention. There was drama, but that did not concern their gu…

Mixed-use at library’s Fields Corner branch earns some applause » Dorchester Reporter The parade of renovations, revitalizations, and redesigns at the city’s libraries continued this week, with the idea of a mixed-use new library for Fields Corner given a positive reception at a publ…

Politics

West Bridgewater selectman planning run against Rep. DuBois » Taunton Gazette State elections are more than a year and a half away, but Selectman Anthony Kinahan has announced a run for state representative. Kinahan will seek the Republican nomination for the 10th Plymouth Dist…

Derenoncourt reaches for 'American dream' in mayoral run » The Enterprise Coming to America in the aftermath of an earthquake that devastated his home country of Haiti, where he was raised by extended family following the death of his mother, Jean Bradley Derenoncourt has q…

Our View: Limits needed on campaign leftovers » The Eagle Tribune For the first time in more than a generation, Brian Dempsey wasn’t running for office in 2018. …

Public Health

Health Project to honor governor » Gloucester Times For 30 years now, the nonprofit North Shore Health Project has been providing services to area residents dealing with a wide variety of health-related issues, from intravenous drug use to hepatitis C …

Health advocates want tax on sugary drinks » The Salem News Health advocates are pushing for a new tax on sugary drinks as a way to reduce consumption of liquid calories that get blamed for medical problems such as obesity and diabetes.…

Schools turn to educating students about vaping » Sentinel & Enterprise Area high school principals consider student use of vaporizing devices that contain nicotine or marijuana an issue on campus that they are addressing through education.…

Opioid crisis in Massachusetts: Where we've been and where we're going » Worcester Telegram “People show up for treatment on Friday, don’t come on Tuesday, and then we find out later they died over the weekend,” said Dr. Genie Bailey, a psychiatrist who heads both the research departme…

Ear acupuncture, another tool in recovering from addiction » Taunton Gazette With five needles protruding from each ear, Kayla Malaguti didn’t look at all uncomfortable. “It doesn’t hurt,” Malaguti said. “It’s very relaxing, surprisingly.”…

Public Safety

Springfield Police shot outside nightclub: Mayor calls for review of license, repeats call for higher bails for violent offenders » The Republican As police continue to investigate the shooting of a veteran officer in a gunfight outside a nightclub, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno expressed his outrage that the suspect in the case has a record of arrests…

Mass. lawmakers offer a way to help protect students from gun violence » Boston Globe Thank you for your editorial, pointing out how Massachusetts takes gun violence prevention seriously and reminding us how important it is to remain vigilant (“The next frontier for gun control legi…

Pedro Martinez brings the heat to Worcester County » Worcester Telegram Pedro Martinez spent a baseball lifetime handcuffing major league hitters. Any Central Massachusetts baseball fan could be next.…

Step Up For Kids Event Raises Awareness For Child Abuse Prevention » iBerkshires The steps in front of City Hall on Friday were filled with 58 little pair of shoes, each one representing a child being abused in Berkshire County each month.…

Tricia Farley-Bouvier: Berkshires' domestic violence crisis » Berkshire Eagle Facts are stubborn things. Here are some incredibly disturbing facts regarding the crisis of domestic violence in what we like to think of as the idyllic Berkshires…

State Finance

House budget falls short of Baker, Senate aims » Boston Herald The fiscal 2020 state budget presented by the House on Wednesday seems designed to disappoint both the governor and its Senate colleagues.…

State Government

Baker's administration hit with criticisms » Sentinel & Enterprise GOV. CHARLIE BAKER got a taste, albeit a small one, this week of what many people assume it must be like for a Republican governor in a Democrat-dominated state.…

Baker administration hires four ex-employees of Mass. GOP » Boston Globe Now that Governor Charlie Baker has settled into his second term, some of the Massachusetts Republican Party staffers who helped bolster his reelection campaign have landed directly in his administrat…

Transportation

Transit leaders welcome call for funding hike » Lowell Sun Massachusetts' 15 regional transit authorities need increased funding to enable them to provide reliable, environmentally sustainable service that better meets the needs of their communities, accordin…

Uber, Lyft trips to airport keep rising » Commonwealth Magazine MASSPORT OFFICIALS said Uber and Lyft vehicle trips to and from Logan International Airport are up 29 percent so far this year, and indicated on Friday they are determined to deal with the congestion …

Regional transit authorities in crisis » South Coast Today Each year, the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) serves over 600,000 individuals. Tory Dixon, an advocate at Stavros Options Counselors, is one of them. …

Don’t blame Uber and Lyft for congestion » Commonwealth Magazine NOT LONG AGO, many of us who live and work in Boston had to plan our days around times the T would run, hope that a taxi scheduled the night before would show up in the morning to help us catch an ear…

T cleaning contract déjà vu all over again » Commonwealth Magazine Union official: Situation shows privatization doesn’t work …

Utilities

We need both renewables and natural gas » Commonwealth Magazine It’s not an either/or proposition with the two types of energy …

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 4/15

No Hearings Scheduled

Tuesday - 4/16

9:00am Muslim Advocacy Day, Great Hall & Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

Wednesday - 4/17

Birthdays: Rep. Bruce Ayers, Rep. Danielle Gregoire

9:00am Earthview Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

9:00am International Women in Solidarity Conference, Great Hall, State House, Boston

6:00pm Bold Women in Boston: A Fundraiser for Boston City Council Candidate Helene Vincent

7:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Melrose Mayoral Candidate Monica Medeiros

Thursday - 4/18

9:00am Girls Day on the Hill, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Senior Citizen Luncheon, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Public Hearing, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

6:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Weymouth Town Council Candidate Tim Cronin

Friday - 4/19

Birthdays: Senator Jason Lewis

11:00am Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley on 89.7 Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

Press Releases

Women talk about the high cost of Massachusetts’ child care » Strategies for Children Blog

MA BLACK AND LATINO CAUCUS STANDS IN SUPPORT OF “SQUAD” CONGRESSWOMEN » MA BLACK AND LATINO CAUCUS

Senator Friedman stops Renew Massachusetts Coalition from broadcasting State House hearing on Facebook Live » Renew MA Coalition

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Grants to Promote Massachusetts Dairy Industry » Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

MMA urges FCC to reconsider order regarding cable franchise fees and regulation » Massachusetts Municipal Association

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE » Office of Congressman Joe Kennedy III

MEMA Encourages Residents to Stay Safe During Extreme Heat » Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

$3.5M in Workforce Grants Awarded to Fund Training for More Than 2,400 Workers, Create 481 New Jobs » Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Baker-Polito Administration Advances Production and Preservation of 1,500 Housing Units Across Commonwealth » Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Join CHAPA in Advocating for the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act » CHAPA

Senator Markey Introduces Legislation to Expand Small Business Opportunities » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Announcing the 2019 Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist Training! » Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

Incendiary rhetoric from the left inspiring dangerous real-world actions » MassGOP

How Much Would a Green New Deal Carbon Tax Cost Massachusetts? » Mass Fiscal Alliance

Activists deliver 20,000 petition signatures to save the bees » Environment Massachusetts

Organizations Urge Congress to Strengthen National Flood Insurance Program » Union of Concerned Scientists

Department of Public Health Finds Baystate Noble and Wing ICUs ‘Necessary for Preserving Access and Health’ Following Closure Hearings » Massachusetts Nurses Association

Nurses Impacted by Epidemic of Healthcare Assaults to Testify in Favor of Workplace Violence Prevention Bill on July 18 » Massachusetts Nurses Association

Statewide community health fund to host funding information webinars » Massachusetts Municipal Association

PHOTO RELEASE: Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1 Million to Town of Millbury to Address Climate Change Impacts » Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Boston Supermarket Cited More Than $300,000 for Failing to Pay State Minimum Wage, Overtime to Workers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

U.S. House Passes 2020 Spending Bill » CHAPA

Senators Markey, Blumenthal, and Hawley Demand Answers from FTC over Reported Facebook Settlement » Office of Senator Ed Markey

I-495/I-90 Interchange Improvements Public Meetings Set » MassDOT

NEBHE to Launch New England-Wide Initiative on “Upskilling Adult Workers” with Support from Strada Education Network » The New England Board of Higher Education

MAAPL Call-In Days on July 15-17 » The Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending

With Equity and Justice for All » United Way of Mass Bay

DEWEY SQUARE GROUP INTRODUCES BREAKTHROUGH DIGITAL TOOL TO DETECT AND FIGHT BOTS AHEAD OF 2020 ELECTION » Dewey Square Group


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