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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Division of Health Care Finance & Policy Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

10:00am County Correctional Officer Parity Rally, State House Steps, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

10:30am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Mass. Commission Against Discrimination Public Hearing, Middlesex Community College, Bedford Campus Center, Cafe East, 591 Springs Road, Bedford

1:00pm Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

2:00pm Restaurant Promotion Commission, State House, Room 437

5:30pm Fundraiser for Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni

5:30pm Cocktails with Quincy City Council Candidate Steve Christos

6:00pm 40th Birthday Party for Quincy School Committee Candidate Courtney Perdios

6:00pm A Night Out with Quincy School Committee Member Kathy Hubley

Must-Reads

How Elizabeth Warren can win » Boston Globe The aftermath of the global financial crisis, unlike its predecessors, came and went without a reckoning. What gives Warren her political power is the perception that she will be the reckoning. Her un…

Miracle on the Mystic: Chelsea, Everett, and the New American Dream » Boston Globe The blue-collar cities of Chelsea, Revere, Everett, and Malden managed to put thousands of their poorest Black and Latino children on paths to upward mobility.…

Steve Grossman endorses Markey for reelection » State House News Service Steve Grossman, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and state treasurer for four years, endorsed Sen. Ed Markey's re-election campaign on Thursday, siding with the incumbent in a …

Giuliani ran a shadow foreign policy to personally benefit Trump, ex-adviser testifies » Washington Post Trump’s ex-Russia adviser told impeachment investigators of Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine…

To Reduce Plastic Waste, Mass. Lawmakers Weigh A Ban On Balloons » WBUR Massachusetts lawmakers on Tuesday will consider a raft of bills aimed at increasing recycling and reducing plastic waste. Many of the proposals would require businesses to make some changes.…

Governor Baker is working overtime to thwart SJC ruling » Boston Globe An end of fiscal year bill is an unusual vehicle for making major policy, given that such bills generally move without much open debate. Perhaps the governor was hoping nobody would notice?…

Kennedy still struggling to frame Senate run » Commonwealth Magazine Challenger brings passion; less clear on argument for taking on Markey…

Digital Campaign Advertising and 2020 » WNWC Even though Congress is technically on recess, it has been a busy week in the nation’s capital.…

Where the ‘Loony Libs’ Are Self-Destructing, Not Trump » New York Times They see the hand of God in this, and many truly believe he is the “chosen one.” To them, Democrats are amoral and spiritually empty. Where evangelical Republicans worship God and see Jesus as the…

Mike Bloomberg keeps talking to allies about running for president as Joe Biden struggles against Elizabeth Warren » CNBC Mike Bloomberg has indicated to associates in recent weeks that Joe Biden’s recent struggles are making him rethink his decision to stay out of the 2020 Democratic primary, according to people famil…

Macabre Video of Fake Trump Shooting Media and Critics Is Shown at His Resort » New York Times WASHINGTON — A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Trump shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media and his political opponents was shown at a conference fo…

"These are documents that are absolutely on all squares relevant to the oversight and investigation into what caused the tragedy in New Hampshire and its relationship to management failures at the Registry of Motor Vehicles,"

House Transportation Committee Co-Chairman Rep. William Straus

Speaking about documents he believes Gov. Baker's administration is withholding related to the fatal crash in New Hampshire.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Battenfeld: Michelle Obama could own the Democratic primary in New Hampshire » Boston Herald Michelle Obama would be an instant front-runner if she jumped into the New Hampshire Democratic primary — where Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are locked in a tight, three-way fight,…

'The Kennedy Who Changed the World' » Cape Cod Times In decades of reporting, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eileen McNamara encountered various members of the storied Kennedy family.…

For Koh, second time wouldn’t be a charm » Commonwealth Magazine No clear path for congressional runner-up in rematch against Trahan…

Business

Hearing Set in Lawsuit Challenging State Ban on Vaping Products » WBSM A federal judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging Massachusetts' four-month ban on the sale of vaping products.…

In Greenway dispute over cleaners with disabilities, there’s a failure to communicate » Boston Globe A few months ago, I sat on bench along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and watched two little girls chase each other around. One of them bumped into a guy who was cleaning the grounds.…

Sanofi Opens Its First Digitally-Enabled, Continuous Manufacturing Facility in Framingham » Framingham Source Sanofi today, October 15, celebrates the inauguration of its new digital manufacturing facility in Framingham, marking one of the world’s first digital facilities using intensified, continuous biolo…

A North Shore bank seeks to raise $102M through stock offering » Boston Business Journal The parent of Amesbury-based The Provident Bank expects to raise $102 million through a stock offering this week that will turn it into a fully public company.…

Clean Energy Ventures raises $110M for its first fund » Boston Business Journal Clean Energy Ventures, or CEV, a venture capital firm based near Post Office Square in downtown Boston, has closed its first fund at $110 million, which it says it will use to create a portfolio of 20…

Cannabis

Our Opinion: Driving bill a must before pot cafe pilot » Berkshire Eagle Horse first, then cart. That's how it should usually go, and that's the view of Gov. Charlie Baker when it comes to the prospect of social consumption sites for cannabis — safety first.…

Education

MIT and Harvard professors share Nobel Prize for tackling poverty with careful experiments » Boston Globe Professor Esther Duflo was awoken early Monday morning at her Boston home by a phone call informing her that she had won the Nobel Prize in economics. She was sharing the award with two others, includ…

Education funding: The House must repair the Senate’s damage » Boston Globe The education bill now before the Legislature went into the Senate debate as a carefully crafted compromise — and came out with a key provision unacceptably altered.…

Gov. Baker, Superintendent Tremblay Hosting Roundtable on School Safety » Framingham Source Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will join Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser, Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeff Riley…

The state takeover of Providence schools starts Nov. 1. It will last at least five years. » Boston Globe The state of Rhode Island will formally take control of Providence’s struggling school system for at least five years beginning Nov. 1, according to a long anticipated order issued Tuesday by Educat…

Harvard And MIT Economists Win Nobel For Breakthrough Improving Lives Of Poor » WBUR A Harvard economist and two from MIT have won the Nobel Prize for their breakthrough in improving the lives of the poor.…

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Looking at local senators' votes on Student Opportunity Act » Taunton Gazette Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local senators from recent Senate debate on the the Student Opportunity Act that invests $1.5 billion, mostly in the form of Chapter 70 Aid for local school …

Environment

Protect public forests from logging » The Recorder I read with great interest the Oct. 1 editorial “What the decline in birds shows us,” as well as Bill Danielson’s wonderful column on the subject. I share these concerns.…

Daniel Webster sanctuary gets $40,000 for restoration » Patriot Ledger The town of Marshfield’s Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary is one of 13 wildlife habitats slated for improvements through the state’s Habitat Management Grant Program.…

Ban on plastic straws weighed » The Salem News In a push to reduce use of shopping bags and other plastics, environmentalists are taking aim at a new enemy — disposable straws.…

Balloon ban doesn’t float as good idea » Boston Herald We hate to burst your balloon, but lawmakers are meeting today to discuss banning the sale of the helium variety.…

Can't We All Just Get A-Log? More In Mass. Seek Coexistence With Beavers » WBUR Mike Callahan is thigh-deep in scummy pond water, yanking loads of mud-covered sticks, mossy rocks and leaves from a blocked pipe in Millis.…

To Reduce Plastic Waste, Mass. Lawmakers Weigh A Ban On Balloons » WBUR Massachusetts lawmakers on Tuesday will consider a raft of bills aimed at increasing recycling and reducing plastic waste. Many of the proposals would require businesses to make some changes.…

Gaming

Mohegan’s challenge to Wynn casino license is revived in Suffolk court » Boston Globe The Encore Boston Harbor casino has been in full swing since June, drawing thousands of employees and gamblers every day to this slice of Vegas on the Mystic.…

Suffolk Downs might not race in 2020, but still pursues Great Barrington Fairgrounds » Berkshire Eagle The group that owns Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston still will pursue its plan to resurrect thoroughbred horse racing at the fairgrounds here, but it hasn't filed an application for 2020 racing…

Health Care

MGH doctors perform first-ever live-cell pig skin graft to burn patient » Boston Herald Burn specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital are the first in the world to successfully use live-cell, genetically engineered pig skin to temporarily close a burn wound in a human patient — bu…

One of state's last life science unicorns gets 2nd shot from FDA » Boston Business Journal Intarcia Therapeutics Inc., one of the few remaining privately held local life science firms worth more than $1 billion, is hoping, finally, to launch its matchstick-sized diabetes pump — two years …

Wareham Hospital Embarks on Emergency Department Expansion » State House News Service The expansion of the emergency department at Wareham's Tobey Hospital, which currently serves twice as many patients as it was designed for, is now underway and scheduled for completion in late 2020.…

The challenge of aging with autism » Commonwealth Magazine Homecare help, transportation are major concerns…

Human Services

VOC group helps grandparents cope with youngest victims of fractured families » Athol Daily News “Rick” joined the North Quabbin Grandparents Support Group after he suddenly became legal guardian to his two young granddaughters.…

Immigration

US attorney targets illegal immigrants' ID theft » The Eagle Tribune Daniel Polonia Morillo lived in the United States for years under someone else's identity, using stolen documents belonging to a U.S. citizen from Puerto Rico to get food stamps, health care and other…

Labor

Don’t let Baker legalize wage theft » Commonwealth Magazine Provision he included in supp budget would do just that…

Local Government

Letter: City should be more responsive » Berkshire Eagle The Pittsfield City Council should create a permanent position to mirror the temporary one that former North Adams Mayor John Barrett III held as a mayoral assistant in a prior administration.…

Rockport selectmen mulling tax for short-term rentals » Gloucester Times After Gloucester instituted a local tax on short-term room rentals earlier this month, Rockport will look into how such a tax could benefit the town as well.…

Dracut appoints interim town manager » Lowell Sun The Board of Selectmen unanimously appointed Ann Vandal — who previously served as assistant town manager and chief financial officer — to temporarily fill former Town Manager Jim Duggan’s role …

Hadley officials air concerns about surprise costs for senior center » Gazette Net As construction of a new $7.1 million senior center continues in a field off Middle Street and adjacent to Route 9, unanticipated changes to the project, and the associated expenses related to those c…

Hadley special meeting pushed back two weeks » Gazette Net A special Town Meeting that includes what is expected to be a much-discussed petition to extend the senior housing overlay zoning district to Middle Street is being pushed back to Nov. 7.…

Embattled Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia takes leave of absence » Boston Herald The embattled mayor of Fall River has announced he plans to take a leave of absence from office and suspend his reelection campaign as he faces federal charges.…

Councilor: Heed Seaport Lessons at Suffolk Downs » State House News Service A Boston City Council member is warning that lessons from development in the city's seaport area must be heeded as Suffolk Downs is redeveloped in East Boston, and calling for a major overhaul of the …

Courting 36 Court: Chris Pohner’s Online Commentariat » Western Mass Politics and Insight In 2016, after decades of trying, momentum was building to enforce the city’s residency ordinance. Most of the city’s bargaining units had accepted compliance. Applying it to public safety unions,…

Indicted Fall River Mayor Announces Leave Of Absence, Suspension Of Campaign » WBUR The embattled mayor of Fall River plans to take a leave of absence from office and suspend his reelection campaign as he faces federal charges.…

Politics

Markey Challenger Pemberton Ends Senate Campaign, Citing 'Impenetrable Wall Of Legacy' » WBUR A business executive who touted his experiences as a foster child when he announced a primary challenge to Democratic Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in July has ended his campaign.…

Fall River mayor plans to take a leave of absence and suspend campaign » Boston Globe Jasiel F. Correia II, the twice-indicted mayor of Fall River, said he plans on Tuesday to take a leave of absence from office and suspend his reelection campaign as he fights federal charges of extort…

Mayor Correia to announce he is taking leave, suspending campaign » The Herald News Mayor Jasiel Correia will announce Tuesday that he will suspend his re-election campaign and take a leave of absence from office, a public relations firm working on his behalf confirmed Monday night.…

Senate Candidate Drops Out, Blasts Democratic Party for “Blacklisting” Challengers » Boston Magazine As the race for incumbent Senator Ed Markey’s seat ramps up, it seems that political outsider Steve Pemberton couldn’t keep up the pace. Monday, the author and motivational speaker officially decl…

How Elizabeth Warren can win » Boston Globe If you want to know why Senator Elizabeth Warren is all but certain to be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee and has at least a 50-50 chance of being the 46th president of the United States, loo…

Mike Bloomberg keeps talking to allies about running for president as Joe Biden struggles against Elizabeth Warren » CNBC Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York, has indicated to associates in recent weeks that Joe Biden’s recent struggles against Sen. Elizabeth Warren are making him rethink his decision t…

Liberals And Conservatives From North And South Reunite In Western Mass. » New England Public Radio A culture-crossing project born of the 2016 election met for the third time this past weekend in Leverett, Massachusetts.…

Public Health

Taunton man dies of EEE, as the dangerous illness strikes again » Boston Globe A 58-year-old Taunton man has died of Eastern equine encephalitis, his family said, making him the latest victim of the dangerous mosquito-borne virus that has killed at least three other Massachusett…

Taunton man becomes state's fourth to die of EEE » South Coast Today A Taunton man who contracted EEE more than a month ago has succumbed to the virus. Family members have confirmed that Scott Mosman, a Raynham native and Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School gradua…

‘I had a way out of this.’ Battling addiction in a county jail » Boston Globe Addiction and substance abuse, fueled largely by the opioid crisis, are rampant in the nation’s prisons and jails. The Worcester County House of Correction is among the Massachusetts facilities that…

Times Change. It's Time To Try Safe Injection Sites » WGBH There I was on the laboratory floor, painstakingly searching for a tiny round black ball. Crouched down, trying not to move as I felt around centimeter by centimeter, hoping to feel it even if I could…

Mass. Is Now Collecting Data To Measure Quality Of Opioid Abuse Treatments » WBUR Data collection begins today for what organizers hope will become the first national rating system for opioid addiction treatment programs.…

Telling People 'Just Don't Vape' Not Effective, Public Health Researcher Says » New England Public Radio There’s added urgency to the debate over vaping in Massachusetts after the state reported its first death: a woman in her 60s, from a lung illness apparently related to vaping nicotine.…

State Finance

House Weighs $715 Million Spending Bill » State House News Service House Ways and Means Committee members were presented with a $715 million spending bill Columbus Day night and asked to vote on it by 10 a.m. Tuesday.…

State Government

Harvard ethicist and author Danielle Allen to be honored with Governor’s Award » Wicked Local Cambridge Harvard ethicist and author Danielle Allen will be honored for her contributions to the humanities in the Bay State when she accepts her 2019 Governor's Award in the Humanities Oct. 27 at the John F. …

State Rep. Lewis Files Bill To Eliminate Columbus Day in Massachusetts; Rename It Indigenous Peoples Day » Framingham Source Earlier this year, Framingham and Ashland State Representative Jack Patrick Lewis filed a bill to eliminate Columbus Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.…

Transportation

Workers shouldn’t be penalized for commutes » Boston Herald As you wrap up your bumper-to-bumper commute to Boston tomorrow, lawmakers will be debating whether you should pay more for the privilege.…

As Beacon Hill Investigates RMV After Fatal Crash, Top Transportation Lawmaker Charges Email Coverup » WGBH House Transportation Committee Co-Chairman Rep. William Straus says he has evidence that Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is withholding documents related to the Registry of Motor Vehicles' backlog…

MetroWest RTA official spent $5,000 on lunches » Commonwealth Magazine Most of his peers spend far less, some none at all…

No more incrementalism, it’s time for Big Rail » Commonwealth Magazine What we need to do and possible ways to get the job done…

Utilities

Weymouth compressor foes sift through soil removal plan » Wicked Local Weymouth Enbridge’s plan to remove contaminated soil from the proposed compressor station site in the Fore River Basin was greeted with jeers and sporadic chants of “Don’t Kill Our Children” by residen…

Union chief pushes natural gas safety bills » Commonwealth Magazine Many complaints against Natl. Grid still unresolved…

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