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11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

2:00pm Joint Committee on Housing, Committee Hearing

Birthdays: State Senator Walter Timilty, Rep. Simon Cataldo


Wind Blade Failure Influenced GOP Opposition To House Energy Bill » State House News Service

New ballot boxes arrive to Boston jails this fall » WGBH

Senators Markey, Sanders seek subpoena for Steward CEO Ralph de la Torre » Boston Globe

Concerns mount over Vineyard Wind turbine failure » The New Bedford Light

Free community college. Fare-free regional transit. Shelter funding. Here’s what’s in the $58 billion budget deal. » Boston Globe

Majority of Mass. Democratic and left-leaning voters say they want different nominee than Biden, new poll shows » Boston Globe

More Than A Year In The Making, Gun Bill On Guv's Desk » State House News Service

Massachusetts reports first confirmed case of measles in four years » Boston Herald

Seven Senators Urge Biden To Withdraw From Race » State House News Service


‘We’re going to head into a civil war.’ Bill Baird, the “father” of birth control, on the religious right and Supreme Court » Los Angeles Times

Widespread technology outage disrupts flights, banks, media outlets, and companies around the world » Boston Globe

The Democrats’ Revolt May Have Finally Pierced Joe Biden’s Defenses » Vanity Fair

Biden expected to drop out of 2024 race within a week: sources » Boston Herald

Will Democrats Decide To Lose The Election? » The Lever

Tester becomes second Senate Democrat to call for Biden to step aside » The Hill

What Kamala Harris’ record in California tells us about her political future » Politico

Why I don't buy 538's new election model » Silver Bulletin

The Battle for Wisconsin » The Liberal Patriot

“Mr. Martínez allowed three runs, tying the game before the Yankees won with a walk-off home run in the 11th inning that denied the Red Sox a trip to the World Series, which they had not won in 85 years,”

Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin

In a 4 page letter to Biden, Raskin makes his point by comparing Biden to … former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez. The metaphor Raskin unfurls is far more specific than just an ace who’s lost his fastball.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

GOP’s Milwaukee happy days contrast with the Democrats’ Biden drama » Boston Globe

Obama’s dilemma: Balancing Democrats’ worry about Biden and maintaining influence with president » Boston Globe

Editorial: Detractors desperate to downplay Trump shooting » Boston Herald

Franks: Trump’s trajectory rankles angry Democrats » Boston Herald

Battenfeld: Trump delivers gripping acceptance speech with Democrats in disarray » Boston Herald

Howie Carr: Time to exit the stage, Joe Biden » Boston Herald


Opinion: The real reason business is mad at Wu? She doesn’t cater to our ego. » Boston Globe

Worldwide tech issue hit Boston's hospitals and transportation » WBUR

Turning ‘blight into might’: Sen. Markey speaks on Strathmore mill demolition funding » The Recorder

Civil Rights

Most US monuments celebrate white men. Boston hands out funding to broaden the focus. » Boston Globe


Political Notebook: Wu-Kraft race looking more and more likely | Full-tilt toward artificial intelligence »


Editorial: Nascent adult re-entry college program has already proven its value » Sentinel & Enterprise

‘We’re taking the wrong kids’: High-needs students lose out in vocational school admissions » Boston Globe


Company can't dump nuclear plant wastewater into Cape Cod Bay, Mass. rules » WBUR

Using the ocean as a carbon sink may be our best hope against climate change » Boston Globe

'Significant part' of Vineyard Wind turbine blade drops into Atlantic » WBUR


iLottery in Mass. budget deal could give way to ‘modern’ experience, director says » MassLive

Health Care

A celebration of healthcare and hope: Gov. Healey attends Fairview Hospital gala » the Berkshire edge

Senate Takes Its Turn Addressing "Seriously Struggling" Health Sector » State House News Service

'Enough is enough': Sen. Ed Markey calls for explanation as bidding deadline for Steward hospitals extended » WCVB

Another WMass nursing home stumbles badly in providing care (Editorial) » MassLive


City adds affordable housing to Allston rehearsal space project » WBUR

The magic number to afford a home in Boston? $217,000 in annual income. » Boston Globe

Senate Unanimously Passes $5.4 Billion Affordable Homes Act » BusinessWest

Sweeping plan to end equity theft included in budget deal headed to Gov. Healey's desk » WCVB

Human Services

Mass. Gov. Maura Healey attends Summer Nights kickoff in Holyoke, marking a decade » WAMC


Tensions rise at ENC's migrant shelter in Quincy as homeless families are asked to leave » Patriot Ledger

‘A humanitarian crisis’: Migrants dropped off at MBTA station with no place to go » Fox 25 News


Opinion: Mass. forward-thinking on raising age for juvenile offenders » Boston Globe

‘I am frightened for my personal safety’: Judge in Karen Read case impounds jury list after juror voices fears » Boston Globe

Karen Read murder trial jury list impounded indefinitely after juror states fear of ‘personal harm’ » Boston Herald


Legislature faces two-week frenzy of key votes before formal session ends » Berkshire Eagle

More than a year in the making, Mass. legislature sends gun bill to Healey » NBC Boston

Mass. gun bill skips a measure Springfield cops, politicians wanted to see » MassLive

Local Government

North Adams Mayor to make appointment for long-vacant Housing Authority Board of Commissioners seat » Berkshire Eagle

BPDA board votes to approve White Stadium renovation despite ongoing lawsuit » Boston Globe

Wetlands put damper on Saugus development » Lynn Daily News Item


García Endorses Allison Cartwright for Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court in Suffolk County » Chelse Record

Sens. Markey, Warren, Rep. McGovern, State and Local Officials Celebrate $6 Million for Leominster Flooding Mitigation » Markey

Elizabeth Warren spoke on affordable housing, the presidential race and supporting Black-owned businesses during Berkshires visit » Berkshire Eagle

Mass. delegates divided over whether Biden should stay in the race, new survey shows »

Mass. Dems discuss Biden’s next steps as he faces questions about candidacy » WHDH

Battenfeld: Elizabeth Warren boasts Kamala Harris will ‘take it’ to JD Vance in crucial debate » Boston Herald

Who's dropped out? Who's on the ballot? A look ahead on Cape Cod for Sept. 3 primary » Cape Cod Times

Excitement is ‘palpable’ among Mass. delegates at Republican National Convention » WGBH

Public Health

Why are people getting COVID again this summer? What to know about variants, symptoms, and more. » Boston Globe

Massachusetts is now tracking how many people died due to heat » MassLive

Mass. confirms first measles case since 2020 » WBUR

Boston launches new rat plan using recommendations from leading expert »

Expert: One case is too many as measles reported in Worcester County » Worcester Telegram

Public Safety

Editorial: Boston police overtime grows with no end in sight » Boston Globe

Massachusetts lawmakers reach compromise deal on gun bill » Western Mass News

Mass. residents under 21 would be barred from owning semiautomatic rifles, shotguns under gun reform deal » MSN

Bill cracking down on ‘ghost guns’ on its way to Mass. Gov. Healey’s desk » MassLive

Belchertown police implement body cameras » News 22

State Finance

Budget deal includes free community college and bus rides plus online lottery » Commonwealth Beacon

Beacon Hill Dems agree to online lottery sales, free community college in budget deal » Boston Herald

The State House and Senate have reached a budget agreement for fiscal 2025, but remained mum on details » Berkshire Eagle

Spilka calls new budget 'transformational' for Massachusetts » WBUR

State Government

Fernandes wins endorsements in state senate bid » Whitman-Hanson Express

State Sees Mixed Impacts From CrowdStrike Outage » State House News Service

Healey admin's AI blueprint for Massachusetts starts to take shape » Axios

Some Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles services, courts unavailable after technology outage » WCVB

State $53B budget deal features free community college, bus rides » Worcester Telegram


Legislators propose tax incentives to pave way for Westfield data center » MassLive


Keolis Commuter Services complete station beautification efforts at two Fairmount Line stations » Mass Transit Magazine

So long Charlie: MBTA launches contactless payments » Boston Globe

West-East rail project picks up $123M in funding » New England Public Media

New truck regulations could help keep cyclists alive. One organization says they go too far. »

Do EVs catch fire more than gas-powered cars? Here’s what the data show. » Boston Globe

East-West rail project picks up $123 million in funding » WBUR


Wind turbine blade falls into the ocean off Martha’s Vineyard » MassLive

"Significant Part" Of Wind Blade Drops Into Atlantic » State House News Service

Holyoke low-carbon cement startup strikes deal for Vineyard Wind 2 » Gazette Net

Vineyard Wind blade failure: Nantucket residents, business scramble for lifeline » Boston Herald

Coast Guard warns about debris from damaged Vineyard Wind turbine off Nantucket » CBS News

Broken windmill blade off Nantucket causing bigger concern for clean energy advocates » Boston Globe

Vineyard Wind crisis: ‘Significant portion’ of blade detaches from turbine off Nantucket » Boston Herald

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB2097 - An Act relative to establishing the Eastham community fund in the town of Eastham

HB4071 - An Act directing the City of Boston Police Department to waive the maximum age requirement for admission into the police academy for Luigi D'Addieco

HB4264 - An Act authorizing the city of Cambridge to increase the fines for failure to move parked vehicles during street cleaning in the city above the limits set forth in M.G.L. C. 90, §20A½

HB4214 - An Act providing for the retirement of William R. Cushing Jr., a police officer in the city known as the town of Braintree

HB3931 - An Act authorizing the appointment of retired police officers as special police officers in the town of Freetown

Most read bills of the week:

House Actions This Week: 125

Senate Actions This Week: 260

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