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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am National School Choice Week Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Vigil for Children's Education Rights, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:30pm Press Conference with Sen. Diana DiZoglio, Gretchen Carlson and Lift Our Voices, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

Must-Reads

Immigration Enforcement Bill Draws Big Crowd » State House News Service Rep. Ruth Balser, a co-sponsor of the bill, said while the state legislature cannot fix national immigration policy, there are steps the state can take to make Massachusetts a "safe and welcoming plac…

How Bernie Sanders edged out Elizabeth Warren on the left » Boston Globe This month, the two chairs of the House’s progressive caucus, Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Mark Pocan, backed Sanders over Warren, praising his “authenticity” and joining Ocasio-Cortez an…

Baker’s State Police reforms must pass » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker is finally getting behind much-needed change for the scandal-plagued State Police force. Now he needs to convince the Legislature, which has been even more hesitant to consider …

Watertown design firm snags top Mass. official as CTO » Boston Business Journal Over the past four years, (Holly St. Clair) created the first Digital Service and Data Office within the state, and led the redesign and relaunch of the Mass.Gov website.…

Obamacare architect questions Mass. efforts to rein in health care costs » Boston Business Journal Despite Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and the state Senate’s proposals to bring down the price of health care, health care expert Jonathan Gruber says the Bay State will have a hard time containi…

Union Leader newspaper in New Hampshire endorses Amy Klobuchar » Boston Globe The newspaper in its endorsement, published online on Saturday night, said, "If there is to be any realistic challenge to Trump in November, the Democratic nominee needs to have a proven and substanti…

Warren gets coveted endorsement from Des Moines Register » Boston Globe The Des Moines Register endorsed progressive favorite Senator Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination, a little more than a week before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3, saying the Mass…

Merrick Garland’s Time as Chief Judge of the DC Circuit Is Ending. Sri Srinivasan Is Up Next. » law.com Garland will remain on the bench as Srinivasan becomes the first Asian to serve as the chief judge for a circuit court in the United States.…

Lawmakers running out of time to vote on bill to ban NDAs » Boston Herald “This issue has been swept under the rug for too long by the governor, the speaker and others who hope that people will just forget about the fact that they’re using our communities’ hard-earned…

Bloomberg heads to Florida in search of Jewish votes » Politico The former New York mayor ribs Bernie Sanders for wanting “to turn America into a kibbutz.”…

FL: Oliva slammed ‘big pharma’ on day 1 — but on rising insulin prices, House won’t act » The Associated Press (AP) (I)n the Florida House, where Speaker José Oliva slammed pharmaceutical companies in his opening day speech for “financially assault[ing]” patients and consumers, a bill to place $100 caps on co-…

Emails support NPR host after Pompeo calls her a liar in setting up contentious interview » Washington Post “At a time when journalists around the world are being jailed for their reporting — and as in the case of Jamal Khashoggi, killed — your insulting and contemptuous comments are beneath the offic…

Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says » New York Times President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into De…

"Now, I know I'm not the only Jewish candidate in the race. But I am the only one who doesn't want to turn America into a kibbutz,"

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg

Campaigning to Florida's Jewish voting base on Sunday, seeking to differentiate himself from Bernie Sanders on Mideast politics.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Harrop: Democratic attacks on Bernie Sanders long overdue » Boston Herald Bernie Sanders’ campaign recently stabbed Elizabeth Warren in the back. She was the Vermont senator’s comrade in arms. It also threw a pack of lies at Joe Biden, tarring him as corrupt with zero e…

Warren running out of time, and momentum » Boston Herald Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign — handicapped by the impeachment hearings and a polling downturn — is scrambling to raise money and lower expectations only one week before the all-…

Elizabeth Warren’s plan to beat the other Democrats, and Trump? Her ground game, according to new campaign memo » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign is girding for a difficult fight for the Democratic presidential nomination and has beefed up staffing well beyond the earliest voting states, according to a stra…

Adriana Cohen: Trump lawyers debunk Dems’ impeachment hoax » Boston Herald In just a few hours before the Senate on Saturday his highly capable defense attorneys demolished the Democrats’ farcical impeachment hoax predicated on presumptions and assumptions, not facts. They…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez needs crash course in economics » Boston Herald Last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., sat for a discussion with author Ta-Nehisi Coates. She dropped a number of shocking statements — statements that elicited nothing but murmurs of agr…

Rep. Seth Moulton Endorses Joe Biden for President » The Wall Street Journal Rep. Seth Moulton (D., Mass.) on Monday endorsed Joe Biden for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, citing what he said was the former vice president’s ability to build a coalition wit…

Donald Trump will ‘pay the price’ in 2020 election: Ed Markey » Boston Herald President Trump will “pay the price” at the ballot box in November as the impeachment trial puts a spotlight on his “irresponsible actions,” U.S. Sen. Ed Markey said in Boston on Sunday even a…

Republican Bill Weld Makes Little Traction in New York in Run Against Trump » The Wall Street Journal Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld says his Republican primary challenge to President Trump is a moral question for the party, but the top GOP official in New York doubts he’ll even make the Apr…

Endorsement: Elizabeth Warren will push an unequal America in the right direction » Des Moines Register Each of the remaining candidates campaigning across Iowa ahead of the caucuses could make a fine president. Each would be more inclusive and thoughtful than the current occupant of the White House. Ea…

Our last-in-the-nation primary? Let it be. » Commonwealth Magazine No good case for moving up date of party nominating vote…

Business

Markey bill would 'define or redefine' cable operator franchise fees for community TV » Berkshire Eagle Legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Edward Markey would allow community television stations to continue to receive the adequate financial resources they need to provide local programming.…

Watertown design firm snags top Mass. official as CTO » Boston Business Journal A Watertown-based design firm involved in many city projects has hired a top state official as first-time chief technology officer.…

The suburbs are cheaper, but they don’t have what Kendall Square has for biotechs: serendipity » Boston Globe You know Kendall Square’s office rents have gotten stratospheric when a CEO compares the neighborhood with Madison Avenue in New York, Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, and Via della Spiga in Milan.…

Clayton Christensen, renowned Harvard Business School professor, dies at 67 » Boston Globe Clayton Christensen, the Harvard Business School professor whose ideas on “disruptive innovation’’ influenced boardrooms and workplaces around the world, has died at 67.…

Diverse, locally owned food start-ups make the menus at Harvard, UMass, and BC » Boston Globe Margarita Carreto makes her mole sauces from scratch, combining over 20 ingredients to create its earthy flavor.…

Amherst panel seeks feedback on plans for $825K in block grant funds » Gazette Net Five nonprofits would get a combined $165,000 for their services, and more than $500,000 would be dedicated to projects, including construction of a multiuse path on Mill Lane and rehabilitating affor…

Cannabis

Randi Stein: Why do cannabis shops take priority? Money » Gazette Net I was startled to read that planning boards have adopted zoning rules that determine where marijuana dispensaries can be located are leading to the eviction of previous tenants from shops that have se…

Donations to charities from state marijuana shops not always accepted » Worcester Telegram Massachusetts marijuana shops collectively rang up $420 million in recreational sales last year. But some of them are reporting having a little trouble giving some of that money away.…

Committee bill gives CCC express authority over host community agreements » The Metro West Daily News Lawmakers on the Cannabis Policy Committee on Friday advanced a redrafted bill that would give the Cannabis Control Commission (CC) express authority to review and regulate the mandatory agreements an…

CommCan’s charitable donation rejected, other marijuana companies face similar struggle » The Metro West Daily News CommCan, which operates marijuana dispensaries in Millis and Southborough, is having difficulty finding nonprofits that will take charitable donations from the company because the money is tied to dru…

State-run marijuana stores? Proponents — including Rhode Island’s governor — say it’s an idea worth exploring » Boston Globe Plenty of New Englanders have made a pit stop at one of New Hampshire’s state-run liquor stores. Now, another state in the region is wondering: Why not state-run marijuana stores?…

Civil Rights

How An Enslaved Woman Sued And Won Her Freedom In 18th-Century Massachusetts » WBUR Nearly 250 years ago this month, 11 men gathered in a house on the Housatonic River to draft a document on equality and independence aimed at the British crown. A woman who was enslaved in the house o…

Education

Groups Dropping Lawsuit Over Education Disparities » State House News Service The group of parents, students and advocates who sued the state last summer alleging unconstitutional disparities in public school funding said they're dropping that lawsuit, describing themselves as …

Northeastern expected to launch graduate program in Maine » Boston Globe At a time when many of Maine’s colleges and universities are struggling to attract students, Boston’s Northeastern University is expected to announce Monday that it is opening a satellite campus i…

Some area school officials disappointed in state funding » Worcester Telegram What was setting up to be a promising new era for public education in the state is starting out in 2020, at least, to be business as usual for many districts.…

Chang-Diaz questions Baker’s ed funding claim » The Metro West Daily News A state senator who has advocated for education funding reform is pushing back against Gov. Charlie Baker's description of his fiscal 2021 budget proposal as "fully" funding the new school finance law…

Framingham State University to open Chris Walsh center next month » The Metro West Daily News Framingham State University will celebrate the opening of its new center honoring the late state Rep. Chris Walsh on Feb. 13.…

Environment

Carbon pricing is a cornerstone of Senate climate package » The Metro West Daily News The Massachusetts Senate plans to take up a far-reaching package of climate bills whose major components include an electric MBTA bus fleet by 2040, carbon-pricing mechanisms for transportation, homes…

Carbon finds itself in Beacon Hill’s crosshairs » News 22 WWLP.com Tuesday was a terrible day for carbon in Massachusetts.…

2 simple steps to address climate change » Commonwealth Magazine Protect conservation land, ban burning of wood for energy…

Solar panel proposal in Hopkinton would affect large forest » The Metro West Daily News Another solar panel project is most likely in the town’s future, this time at 71 Frankland Road, near the former Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. research center facility.…

Baker-Polito Administration awards funding to local state park projects » Wicked Local Cambridge Seeking opportunities to improve the Massachusetts State Parks System, the Baker-Polito Administration recently announced $876,021 in funding to 29 projects proposed by municipalities, nonprofit organ…

Lake Cochituate Watershed Council Awarded $12,000 To Treat Invasive Aquatic Species » Framingham Source The Lake Cochituate Watershed Council was awarded $12,000 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as part of the fiscal year 2020 Partnerships Matching Funds Program.…

The Mass. Senate is slated to vote on the state’s ‘next generation climate policy.’ Here’s what to know. » Boston.com The Massachusetts state Senate is poised to debate what’s been dubbed “next generation” climate legislation: a package of bills proposing new environmental initiatives, ranging from meeting a ne…

Gaming

Twin River completes $51m purchase of 3 casinos » Boston Globe A Rhode Island casino company said Friday it has completed the purchase of three casinos in Colorado.…

Health Care

Quench Bio launches with $50M to treat 'missing link' to inflammatory disease » Boston Business Journal What do fatty liver disease, asthma and a rare genetic condition called Familial Mediterranean Fever have in common? A newly launched biotech company believes they can all be treated with one approach…

Study: Doctor payments from pharma coincide with more ADHD prescriptions » Boston Business Journal Researchers have shown clear connections between the opioid epidemic and increase of pharmaceutical company payments to doctors. Now, new research shows a similar phenomenon with prescribing stimulant…

Medicare For All Bill Slowly Building Support in Massachusetts » iBerkshires There's a group working hard to make Massachusetts the Saskatchewan of the United States.…

‘I don’t have any pain anymore’: Justina Pelletier takes stand in Boston Children’s Hospital lawsuit » Boston Globe Justina Pelletier on Monday testified in her family’s lawsuit against Boston Children’s Hospital, telling jurors that she currently lives pain-free and also recalling the time she spent separated …

Immigration

In recent years, four Mass. jails got $164 million in federal money to house ICE detainees » Boston Globe The state has received more than $160 million in funding from federal immigration authorities since 2012, mostly in exchange for keeping and transporting ICE detainees in jails run by four Massachuset…

Rep. Neal Won't Say If He Agrees Or Disagrees With Mayor Sarno's Attempt To Block Refugees » New England Public Radio Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is declining to say if he agrees with Mayor Domenic Sarno's attempt to block refugee resettlement in Springfield.…

Judiciary

Charges dropped, then a backlash, in courthouse drama before SJC » Boston Globe On a morning in November, a top aide to Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins and a defense lawyer appeared in Boston Municipal Court, seeking a new trial for a Somali immigrant.…

State can’t take annuity for spousal MassHealth costs » Mass Lawyers Weekly The named beneficiary of a decedent’s annuity is entitled to residual benefits pursuant to the terms of the annuity contract, notwithstanding the state’s asserted entitlement to reimbursement for …

Silent no more: Gretchen Carlson, Diana DiZoglio taking NDA fight to State House » Boston Herald The woman who took down Fox News titan Roger Ailes is now putting her firepower behind the fight to end non-disclosure agreements on Beacon Hill.…

Labor

Chipotle Agrees To $1.3 Million Penalty For Violating Mass. Child Labor Laws » WBUR Chipotle Mexican Grill on Monday agreed to pay $1.37 million in restitution and penalties for violating child labor laws in Massachusetts, in the largest child labor investigation in the history of th…

Local Government

New Hadley public library construction ‘moving along’ » Gazette Net Sometime this autumn, the new Hadley Public Library should begin welcoming patrons.…

State awards roadway safety grants to Hilltowns » Gazette Net The Baker-Polito administration announced on Thursday that grants totaling $5.3 million have been awarded to five towns in western Massachusetts for infrastructure projects.…

Duggan finalist for town manager’s job on the South Coast » Lowell Sun Former Dracut Town Manager James Duggan is in the running for a new municipal management position.…

Politics

In Warren’s first electric campaign, glimpses of the future » Boston Globe When Elizabeth Warren entered politics in late 2011, Massachusetts no longer felt like political terra firma. Twenty-one months earlier, the state’s brainy, progressive electorate had fallen for a h…

Our One Hundredth: Love is a Battle (for Spring)field » Western Mass Politics and Insight In a swing through the Western Mass last Sunday, Newton Congressman and US Senate candidate Joseph Kennedy, III snapped up the endorsement of six members of the City Council here. Not to be outdone, t…

Tewksbury resident challenges Robertson for state Rep. seat » Lowell Sun With an eye on Beacon Hill, state Rep. candidate Alec DiFruscia says he will be a voice for working families.…

City councilor’s angry caller has a change of heart » Boston Globe This week, Dominican-born Boston City Councilor Julia Mejia flipped the script on an angry caller who left her a hate-filled message about immigrants — by pairing his tirade with inspiring video and…

Plymouth man makes second bid for state Senate seat » Cape Cod Times A fifth Democratic candidate for state Senate in the Plymouth & Barnstable District quietly entered the race earlier this month.…

Public Health

Lawmakers weigh mandate for menstrual products » Gloucester Times Public schools, prisons and homeless shelters would be required to provide free menstrual hygiene products under plans being considered on Beacon Hill.…

Public Safety

Statie lieutenant allegedly went on Bermuda cruise while claiming to be at work: prosecutors » Boston Herald A now-retired state police lieutenant allegedly claimed to be working while he was actually on a cruise in Bermuda, according to court documents.…

Sudbury Fire Department receives SAFE, Senior SAFE grants » Wicked Local The Baker-Polito Administration announced that 248 municipal fire departments will receive nearly $2 million in grants to fund fire safety programs geared toward children and older adults across Massa…

Baker proposes bigger budget for elevator inspections » Boston Business Journal In his new budget proposal, Gov. Charlie Baker allotted just over $16 million to the state office that oversees elevator inspections, a 7% increase from last year’s budget.…

State Finance

State budget hearing planned for February, March » Gloucester Times The schedule has been set for legislators to hear testimony and ask questions of the Baker administration about its $44.6 billion budget plan for fiscal 2021.…

State Government

Baker addresses housing, climate change at meeting of municipal leaders » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, capping off a week during which he delivered his State of the Commonwealth address and unveiled a $44.6 billion budget plan, pressed local officials Saturday for help moving st…

With regulation change, thousands of unresolved discrimination complaints now secret » Patriot Ledger As of Friday, pending complaints made to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination are no longer public record. The idea is to make people more comfortable coming forward, but critics say it…

New law could cause changes in voting status of Plymouth residents » Wicked Local Plymouth With Massachusetts' Automatic Voter Registration Law, it can get complicated.…

Transportation

What comes first in Charlestown: the bus lane or the bus? » Boston Globe As Boston prepares for a major redesign of dreary Sullivan Square and nearby Rutherford Avenue, an up-to-10-lane pseudohighway that rips through Charlestown, city officials are being pressed to reserv…

Boston still waiting on scooter legalization » Boston Globe The jury is still out on whether electric scooter rentals will be a viable form of transportation in the long-term. For now, though, they’re pretty common on the downtown sidewalks of some major cit…

Lawsuit over Seaport railroad track heads to trial on Monday » Boston Globe It’s a 1.5-mile stretch of unused train track, a seemingly unremarkable vestige of the South Boston waterfront’s industrial history.…

Platform C opening completes Springfield Union Station’s rebirth; Gov. Charlie Baker remains cautious about east-west rail » The Republican The newly completed and handicapped-accessible Platform C at Springfield Union Station is the next step toward potentially reestablishing frequent passenger rail service between Springfield and Boston…

Calling out the guardians of the T status quo » Commonwealth Magazine It’s time to stop slow-dancing the Red-Blue connector…

Small Funding Bump For Western Mass. Transit Agencies, But More Could Be On The Way » New England Public Radio With Governor Charlie Baker's State of the Commonwealth speech delivered and his budget unveiled, Massachusetts lawmakers, lobbyists, activists and reporters now have their chance to scrutinize it all…

Fried Circuit Board In Worcester Caused MBTA Signal Mess: Docs » Brookline Patch A tiny circuit board caused the big signal failure along the Framingham-Worcester MBTA commuter rail line that stranded hundreds of commuters in early January, internal documents show. The circuit boa…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 1/27

9:00am National School Choice Week Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Vigil for Children's Education Rights, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:30pm Press Conference with Sen. Diana DiZoglio, Gretchen Carlson and Lift Our Voices, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

Tuesday - 1/28

9:30am Lobby Day for Election Day Voter Registration, State House, Boston

10:00am Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing, MassDEP Southeast Regional Office, 20 Riverside Drive, Lakeville

10:30am Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Public Hearing

11:00am House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, Oversight Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Oversight Hearing

5:00pm Fundraiser & Wine Tasting for State Sen. Candidate John Cain

Wednesday - 1/29

Birthdays: Rep. William Crocker

9:00am MassCann Cannabis Education Village, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

9:00am Intergenerational Climate Lobby Day, State House, Boston

1:00pm Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing, MassDEP Northeast Regional Office, 205 Lowell Street, Wilmington

3:00pm Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

7:00pm Reception for State Senate Candidate Jay McMahon

Thursday - 1/30

9:00am Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

5:30pm Bourne Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Susan Moran

Friday - 1/31

9:00am Board of Registration of Allied Health Professions Public Hearing, Division of Professional Licensure, 1000 Washington Street, 1st Floor, Boston

10:00am Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing, MassDEP Central Regional Office, 8 New Bond Street, Worcester


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