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Birthdays: Rep. Joseph McKenna


In East Boston, a dispute between old industry and affordable housing » Boston Globe

Top state court to hear cases challenging life without parole » Gloucester Times

Healey signals no support for bill to allow teacher strikes » Boston Herald

With no pay raise in 17 years, state’s court interpreters threaten a walkout » Boston Globe

Stuck in limbo, cannabis entrepreneurs take on a grassroots fight for equity » WGBH

Healey spent her career working in law. But questions remain as to how she’ll navigate criminal justice issues on Beacon Hill. » Boston Globe

‘It’s now come to our doorstep’: Librarians find themselves at the center of increasingly bitter culture wars » Boston Globe

YWCA Central Mass. has become a launching pad for political involvement » Worcester Business Journal


NH: ‘The one Republican Trump can’t touch.’ Sununu eyes presidential run. » Boston Globe

RI: How much did lobbyists make in RI in 2022? » The Associated Press (AP)

NY: ‘Last straw’: NYC Democrats at war over ‘virtue-test’ mission to ‘defund’ NYPD » New York Post

NY: Hochul sides with hospital lobby over insurers, labor in pay dispute » New York Post

NY: Migrants abandon NYC for Canada with taxpayer-funded bus tickets » New York Post

NJ: Bail Reform: New York’s mistakes must not jeopardize New Jersey’s success »

NJ: N.J. public library trustees to hear request to remove LGBTQ+ themed books from shelves »

IL: Chicago rents are still high, for now » Axios

FL: DeSantis wants a ‘core curriculum.’ That idea is college kryptonite. » The Hill

GA: State medical cannabis programs failing to make enough progress, advocacy group finds » Georgia Recorder

AZ: Kari Lake Might Have Lost Her Race—But She Isn’t Going Anywhere » Vanity Fair

CA: California Dems prepare for fierce Senate battle » Politico


Kamala Harris Is Trying to Define Her Vice Presidency. Even Her Allies Are Tired of Waiting. » New York Times

Fears mount around ‘catastrophic’ abortion pills case as decision nears » Washington Post

What to know about education savings accounts, the school choice measure making waves in states » The Hill

Big barrier to Black representation in Congress rapidly declines » Axios

If Trump and Biden Are the Nominees in 2024, Look Out for a Third-Party Candidate » Vanity Fair

Inside the Trump Campaign’s Plan to Take Down Nikki Haley » The Daily Beast

Upbeat Economic Data Keep Investors on Edge About Fed » The Wall Street Journal

Billions in federal farm payments flow to a select group of producers, report shows »

“I’ve come to this, Jon, as the proud daughter of educators. I think we should be doing everything we can to support our educators, particularly in this time and what so many have been through with COVID, a lot of strain on our educators, also a lot of strain on our kids and families. Every day when I see kids out of school because of a strike, my heart just breaks because kids have been through enough in terms of learning loss and the like,”

Governor Maura Healey

Legislation has been filed that would amend the law to allow teachers to strike if they have been at contract negotiations for more than six months without reaching agreement. This bill does not have the support of Healey.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

As GOP rails against federal spending, its appetite for earmarks grows » Boston Globe

Biden 2024? Most Democrats say no thank you, new poll shows » Boston Globe

Key Republican wants Georgia as early primary state — in 2028 » Boston Globe

Lucas: Under a bounty, where’s Biden » Boston Herald

Biden’s State of the Union to tout policy wins on economy » Boston Globe

House Oversight committee wants to know what John Kerry is doing in China » Boston Herald

Election skeptics slow to get sweeping changes in GOP states » Boston Globe

Oversight chair requests details on Kerry’s international climate negotiations » The Hill


Executive editor Cynthia Simison to retire; Larry Parnass named leader of The Republican’s news team » MassLive

The push and pull of Boston development, shadows and all » Boston Globe

No Central Mass. public company has a female CEO, although that’s not deterring young professionals » Worcester Business Journal

Mass. business confidence slipped in December » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Justice in the cold: Saturday rally for Tyre Nichols calls for a revolution to change who holds power » Gazette Net


Editorial: A welcome revolt against college rankings » Boston Herald

Murray: College credential snare should be bipartisan issue » Boston Herald

Several Westfield veterans volunteering as extra eyes for school safety » MassLive


Experts: More trees needed to mitigate effects of climate change » Worcester Telegram

Health Care

A pill for postpartum depression is on the horizon » Boston Globe

Why you can’t get in to see your primary care doctor. ‘It’s almost frightening.’ » Boston Globe

Magenta Therapeutics to shut down after patient death » Boston Business Journal

Human Services

Meet Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 2023 State of the Union guest: Eugénie Ouedraogo of Taunton » Taunton Gazette

UTEC Wins Grant for Restorative Justice Program Required by Criminal Justice Reform Act » WHAV


Woburn teachers’ strike coming to an end: Teachers reach ‘tentative agreement’ with mayor, School Committee » Boston Herald

Woburn teachers, city reach settlement » Boston Globe

Woburn teachers, city reach settlement » Boston Globe

Gov. Healey against legalizing teacher strikes: 'Kids have been through enough' » CBS News

Boston biotech internship program aims to increase diversity through expansion » Boston Globe


Our View: The secrecy on Beacon Hill » The Sun Chronicle

Local Government

Whately Center School request for proposals gets no response, future decisions looming » Gazette Net

Fees going up for many townwide services in Hadley » Gazette Net

Northampton lays reparations groundwork » Gazette Net

Town council approves new downtown Hyannis zoning aimed at revitalization » Cape Cod Times


Trahan cleared by FEC regarding campaign finance complaints » Lowell Sun

‘It’s now come to our doorstep’: Librarians find themselves at the center of increasingly bitter culture wars » Boston Globe

Leadership change atop Mass. GOP as party looks to rebuild » WAMC

Public Safety

Body cameras to start Feb. 27, says Worcester police report to City Council » Worcester Telegram

How the missing become the uncounted: Inside the government’s flawed approach to finding missing persons. » Boston Globe

Reproductive Rights

US states take control of abortion debate with funding focus » Boston Globe

State Government

Massachusetts economic secretary and Williams grad Yvonne Hao talks about issues facing the Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle


Alewife MBTA stop expected to remain closed for the week after parking garage crash, officials say » Boston Globe

Nunes: EV prices drop – but that doesn’t help poor Americans » Boston Herald

Boston commute 5th worst in US, study says » Boston Herald

OTR: Is Maura Healey's administration making progress on MBTA's problems? » WCVB


Department of Public Utilities Approves Reductions to Winter Gas Supply Rates » iBerkshires

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 2/6

Birthdays: Rep. Joseph McKenna

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 2/7

Birthdays: Rep. Alyson Sullivan

11:00am Go Red for Women Event, Grand Staircase, State House

2:00pm Regional Transit Authority and Funding Taskforce, 428

Wednesday - 2/8

Birthdays: Governor Maura Healey

10:00am YMCA Advocacy Day, Great Hall, State House

2:00pm Department of Energy Resources Public Hearing, Via Zoom

5:30pm Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression, Virtual Hearing

Thursday - 2/9

11:00am Alcohol, Health and Safety in Mass. Launch Event, Nurses Hall, State House

6:00pm The State of Race: Embrace Changemakers Then & Now, GBH Studio, Boston Public Library, Central Branch, Copley

Friday - 2/10

10:00am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, Via Zoom

11:00am Division of Medical Assistance Public Hearing, Via Zoom

2:00pm Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, Via Zoom

5:00pm Close of Comment Period for Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Regulatory Changes, Submission via mail or email

5:00pm Close of Comment Period for Department of Housing & Community Development Regulatory Changes, Submission via email

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