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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, Public Health Council Room, Second Floor, Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston

1:00pm Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs Public Hearing, Conference Room C, Second Floor, Leverett Saltonstall Building, 100 Cambridge Street, Boston

1:30pm Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, Public Health Council Room, Second Floor, Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston

5:30pm Sen. Eric Lesser's Annual Fall Reception

5:30pm Sen. Eric Lesser's Annual Fall Reception

5:30pm Sen. Eric Lesser's Annual Fall Reception

6:00pm Boston City Councilor Tim McCarthy's Fall Harvest Fundraiser

6:00pm Reception for Governor's Councilor Jen Caissie

6:00pm Rep. Adrian Madaro's Annual Fall Reception with Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins

6:00pm Oktoberfest for State Rep. Candidate Patrick Kearney

6:00pm An Evening with State Rep. Candidates Ed O'Connell and Kristen Arute

6:00pm Boston City Councilor Tim McCarthy's Fall Harvest Fundraiser

6:00pm Reception for Governor's Councilor Jen Caissie

6:00pm Rep. Adrian Madaro's Annual Fall Reception with Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins

6:00pm Oktoberfest for State Rep. Candidate Patrick Kearney

6:00pm An Evening with State Rep. Candidates Ed O'Connell and Kristen Arute

6:30pm Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Margaret Busse

6:30pm Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Margaret Busse

Birthdays: Rep. Marcos Devers

Must-Reads

An endowment tax would help fix the state’s ailments » Boston Globe Among the biggest challenges facing the state are an education system that’s failing too many young people and a broken transportation system. Child care and preschool are unaffordable for many fami…

6 Questions About The Campaign Finance Ballot Measure » WGBH If this referendum passes, it would create a commission made up of 15 unpaid citizens. Massachusetts citizens would be able to apply for a spot on the commission. …

TOP JUDGES WARN AGAINST REPRISALS FOR LAWFUL, BUT UNPOPULAR RULINGS » State House News Service Two of the top judges in Massachusetts took issue Wednesday with recent criticism of the state's judicial system and individual judges, arguing that attacks on jurists can put judicial independence an…

Republican Campaigns Resume Attacks Against Soros and CNN Hours After Bomb Scares » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS President Trump’s reelection campaign and a PAC aligned with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA.) were back to business as usual Wednesday, levying fresh attacks against CNN and billionaire …

The Proxy Fight for the Future of House Democrats » National Journal The contest between Cheri Bustos and David Cicilline for assistant Democratic leader will reveal much about which way the party is headed. …

Mounting Urgency, Bills Drive Environmental Lobbying Surge » Roll Call Environmental groups that focus on land conservation ramped up spending in 2018 to back major public land bills that moved out of committee in October and September. …

Bomb scares and the politics of the apocalypse » The Washington Post America is a country on edge. Days ahead of crucial midterm elections, the talk is not of better days or a brighter future. Instead, the climate is one of fear, of threat and of division, of caravans …

Grid, steelworkers busy away from negotiating table » Commonwealth Magazine NATIONAL GRID and the 1,200 steelworkers the company has locked out of work battled each other outside the negotiating room on Wednesday, with the union pressing state regulators to crack down on the …

Consulting firm turns party pooper in nurse staffing fight » Boston Herald Dewey Square Group, the Boston firm whose roster includes well-known Democratic consultants Michael Whouley, Charles Baker and John Giesser, has received a total of $1.14 million from the Coalition to…

"It didn't take me long to sue Donald Trump, because it didn't take Donald Trump but a few days or a few weeks to do something illegal or unconstitutional," Healey said, "and that's where we've been, and that's why you see the 36 lawsuits."

Attorney General Maura Healey

Responding to criticism from Republican challenger Jay McMahon for her lawsuits against President Trump.

News By Category
Business

Baker: $2M more available to help local businesses » Eagle Tribune At a press conference Wednesday morning, Gov. Charlie Baker announced that another $2 million has been added to the Emergency Loan Fund to help Merrimack Valley businesses hurt by the gas disaster.…

Winthrop Square ground-breaking brings decade-plus long saga to a close » Boston Business Journal Millennium Partners will break ground on its $1.3 billion Winthrop Square tower Wednesday evening, launching one of the largest construction projects in New England and bringing a real-estate developm…

Local banks contribute to Merrimack Valley relief fund » Lowell Sun

Civil Rights

Transgender community rallying against Trump » Sentinel & Enterprise Advocates pushing to uphold the state's transgender public accommodations law are also now rallying against a potential Trump Administration change to the legal definition of sex, a move Gov. Charlie …

Laverne Cox campaigns in Boston for Question 3 » Boston Globe Laverne Cox, whose groundbreaking role on “Orange is The New Black” made her the first transgender woman of color on mainstream TV and a two-time Emmy nominee, visited Boston Wednesday to urge vot…

Actress: Yes on Q3 would send message to nation » Commonwealth Magazine AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT weighs changes to legal definitions around sex and gender, a vote to uphold a Massachusetts law aimed at protecting transgender people from discrimination would send a messag…

Education

HCC's readies 21st century workforce with $4.55M Center for Life Sciences » The Republican Holyoke Community College officially opened the $4.55 million Center for Life Science Tuesday. The center features a cleanroom training facility, a first for a Massachusetts Community College.…

Health Care

Single-payer question on ballot locally » Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts there are three questions on the statewide ballot this year. However, in six western House districts, residents will also be voting on a fourth, which will gauge their support for est…

Labor

Ace Medical Services of Worcester to pay $272,000 over allegations it short-changed workers » Worcester Telegram A Worcester home health company and its owners will pay more than $272,000 to settle allegations it failed to pay workers travel time and did not keep true and accurate payroll records, according to A…

Legislative

Representative Ferguson endorsed by NFIB » The Landmark Representative Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden) was recently endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in her campaign for re-election in the First Worcester District, according t…

Senate chief to talk transit, opioids in Pittsfield visit Friday » Berkshire Eagle The state Senate's new leader will meet Friday with Berkshire County residents working to fight the scourge of opioid addiction and to improve rural transit options. …

Local Government

Twists and turns in Nahant » Lynn Daily News Item The town of Nahant needs to publish a guidebook for use by the casual observer interested in following each new chapter in the town Wetlands Protection bylaw saga.…

City seeks to change state's plan for 8-foot MBTA fence » Eagle Tribune City officials are concerned that an unsightly fence being constructed in Bradford by the MBTA will harm business at the restaurant in the old depot and the roller skating rink. …

Town Clerk: Expect lines at the polls » Wicked Local Bourne Town Clerk Barry Johnson predicts voter turnout in the November 6 midterm election will be greater than he might have first thought based on considerable absentee balloting, adding that there will be …

High turnout expected for November 6 election » Wicked Local Sandwich Sandwich Town Clerk Taylor White predicts a 65 to 70 percent voter turnout in the November 6 midterm election, and advises townspeople to expect lines at the polls.…

Lynn City Council OKs borrowing $4.5M to balance budget » Lynn Daily News Item The City Council gave Mayor Thomas M. McGee the go-ahead on Tuesday night to borrow the remaining $4.5 million available from the city's bailout loan, which is half a million dollars more than officia…

Downtown Great Barrington Designated 45th Massachusetts Cultural District » WAMC Downtown Great Barrington was officially designated a Massachusetts cultural district Tuesday. …

Opinion

Our View: A glimmer of light in the darkness » The Sun Chronicle America’s opioid epidemic — a nationwide crisis that has altered or ended thousands of young lives, shattered countless families and overwhelmed police and medical services — can sometimes seem …

Geoff Diehl’s strength? He’s not Liz Warren » Boston Herald Hey, Geoff Diehl, here’s a lesson from the Sox that’s not too late for the learning; indeed, it’s timely food for thought in your attempt to topple Elizabeth Warren next month.…

Endorsements attest to Harrington's qualifications » Berkshire Eagle Andrea Harrington has now been endorsed by Senators Warren and Markey, as well as Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. When has any candidate for district attorney received such stellar endors…

Howie Carr: 'Bern' identity? No shock Liz Warren is out of touch with Massachusetts » Boston Herald I’ve been all over Massachusetts, but never once have I visited the town — or maybe it’s the city — of “Bern.”…

BRAVE Act Aid and Attendance Bill a victory for frail veterans (Letters) » The Republican Included in this bill (Chapter 218 of the Acts of 2018) is Section 28. This section is the Aid and Attendance bill, which was written by MassNAELA (the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of…

Harrington has the right qualities to be District Attorney » the Berkshire edge I am really excited to have the opportunity to vote for Andrea Harrington for District Attorney. I have been impressed with Andrea’s integrity, passion, wisdom, and common sense.…

Our View: Tony Cabral has worked hard for New Bedford » South Coast Today In his 28 years in state government, Rep. Antonio F.D. Cabral, D-New Bedford, has honed the skills and relationships needed for strong leadership at the state level, without losing his enthusiasm or p…

EDITORIAL: Sheriff's anti-drug program wins national accolades » Lowell Sun It's common knowledge that drug dependency has become the primary motivation for most illegal activity committed in this state and elsewhere.…

Fate of Everett casino remains up in the air, but is it really? » Boston Globe Walk through a 1,350 square-foot “Parlor Suite” hotel room in the Encore Boston Harbor and a winning hand for this $2.5 billion project feels inevitable. No one will stay for the view: a giant tur…

Making waves in the Democratic Party » Boston Globe There is little these days that makes Denny more distraught than the Democratic Party. “They are completely out of control,” he tells me. “Between the socialists and the rioters, I just wonder w…

An endowment tax would help fix the state’s ailments » Boston Globe

Politics

In Raucous AG Debate, Healey And McMahon Clash On Trump, The Opioid Crisis And Guns » WBUR As Rodney Dangerfield could have said, "I went to the fights yesterday and a debate broke out."…

AG Healey endorses Nguyen for Essex 18th seat » Wicked Local Boxford Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy has endorsed Tram T. Nguyen, Democratic candidate for State Representative for the 18th Essex District, saying she will be a great partner in government for …

GOP group decries Charlie Baker’s appeal to Dems » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is defending his Republican bonafides, with a conservative group urging Republican voters to leave the governor’s race blank on the ballot in next month’s election.…

Baker promised not to raise taxes. Facing a challenger, he rarely has to defend that promise » Boston Globe Fighting a mountain-size deficit in the public polls, Jay Gonzalez has whacked Governor Charlie Baker on the MBTA. He’s attacked the Republican on gas pipelines and the State Police. He’s tried to…

Bay State pols place bets on Sox » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker said he plans to put together a “geographically representative package” of bets if Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s office agrees to a wager on the World Series.…

Healey, McMahon clash during AG debate at UMass Boston » Boston Globe Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey says fighting the opioid crisis has been her top priority as the state’s top law enforcement officer.…

Watch candidates forum live from TCAM studio Thursday night » Taunton Gazette TCAM TV will be hosting a candidates forum broadcast live Thursday evening. Participants will include Shaunna O'Connell, the Republican incumbent in the 3rd Bristol District, and her Democratic challe…

POLITICS: 4th Plymouth District State Rep Candidate's Corner » Wicked Local Marshfield In the final weeks of the campaign, Republican nominee for the 4th Plymouth District State Representative seat Ed O’Connell has been back and forth to Scituate and Marshfield attending events and me…

Question 4 seeks local support for single-payer health care » The Recorder So much attention has been given to the three statewide questions on the Nov. 6 election ballot that it’s easy to overlook Question 4.…

Candidates attend interfaith forum » The Bay State Banner Interfaith organizations and community groups hosted Massachusetts’ attorney general, gubernatorial and district attorney candidates and City Councilor Kim Janey in a forum on immigration, healthcar…

Moving toward Election Day » Commonwealth Magazine The first image on the screen in the first television ad aired by gubernatorial challenger Jay Gonzalez shows a traffic-clogged chunk of the Massachusetts Turnpike, and that’s no accident.…

Few attacks in 3rd District debate » Lowell Sun As a Tuesday night debate between 3rd Congressional District candidates wound down, the tepid tone left a central question lingering: are Lori Trahan and Rick Green hesitant to push back on each other…

Accusations on lead poisoning bill appear unfounded » Cape Cod Times During a tense debate earlier this month, Republican challenger John Flores accused state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, of “doing the bidding” of the insurance industry and “endangering the lives of…

Flores seeks to unseat Cyr in Senate » Martha's Vineyard Times John Flores, a Republican town councilor in Barnstable, seeks to unseat incumbent Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, for the Cape and Islands District state Senate position in the upcoming Nov. 6 general elect…

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jay Gonzalez tours Union Station » News 22 WWLP.com Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jay Gonzalez toured Union Station in Springfield Tuesday.…

Election includes races of local interest » Martha's Vineyard Times There are 11 contested races and three ballot questions on the Nov. 6 ballot. Early voting begins all across the Island Monday, and absentee ballots are already available in town clerks’ offices.…

Berkshire Republicans Back Democrat Caccaviello In DA's Race » iBerkshires In the latest surprising turn in the race for district attorney, the second-place finisher in the Democratic primary has now been endorsed by the Republican Party. …

Gonzalez presses campaign in final weeks » Hampshire Gazette With his campaign for governor in its final weeks, Democrat Jay Gonzalez this week continued to stress the need for more state revenues, and criticized incumbent Charlie Baker over one of his supposed…

36th Middlesex debate peppered with tension » Lowell Sun State Rep. Colleen Garry and her Republican challenger Ray Leczynski participated Tuesday in a debate peppered with tension as the candidates went head-to-head over campaign civility and other issues.…

Rep candidate compares incumbent to Hitler, Stalin in social-media post » Sentinel & Enterprise A local man running to unseat incumbent Democratic Clinton state Rep. Harold Naughton compared his opponent to Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin when writing a Facebook post about his stance on gun cont…

Ferro, Gregoire Battle For 4th Middlesex District House Seat » Somerville Patch Former Marlborough City Councilor Paul Ferro, a Republican, hopes to throw incumbent Democrat Danielle Gregoire, also from Marlborough, from her seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, 4th…

In Left-Leaning Massachusetts, Baker's Bipartisan Pitch Appears To Be Paying Off » WAMC In this hyper-partisan political climate, the Republican governor of Massachusetts is highlighting endorsements from Democrats as he campaigns for re-election to a second term. …

Another alumnus of Elizabeth Warren’s Harvard class is running for office » Boston Globe

Jay Gonzalez, Quentin Palfrey get $626,000 in public campaign financing » The Republican

POLITICS: O'Connell highlights infrastructure needs » Wicked Local Marshfield

Jay Gonzalez gets additional public financing for gubernatorial challenge » Boston Globe

Leominster Mayor Mazzarella endorses Baker and Polito for re-election » Leominster Champion

Opioid crisis, education top issues in 1st Barnstable District race » Cape Cod Times

Public Safety

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she's reviewing agency report on fired Environmental Police chief » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, the state's top law enforcement official, said an internal agency report on Col. James McGinn, the fired head of the Environmental Police, raises "serious …

Attorney General Maura Healey, GOP challenger Jay McMahon voice support for head of State Police » The Republican The two candidates for Massachusetts attorney general, incumbent Democrat Maura Healey and Republican challenger Jay McMahon, on Wednesday tangled over Healey's handling of the State Police scandal, w…

Baker says it’s for others to decide whether fired Environmental Police chief loses pension » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, who has repeatedly said corrupt State Police troopers should lose their state-funded pensions, took a different tack this week regarding the Environmental Police colonel who wa…

State Government

Governor Appoints Martinez To State Ethics Commission; Names Krokidas Chair » Framingham Source Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently appointed Josefina Martinez to the State Ethics Commission and designated existing member Maria Krokidas as Chair.…

Taxation

Groceries, Tampons, Tobacco: Voters Get to Decide What's Taxed » Governing Several states have ballot measures regarding what products are taxable -- and by how much. …

Transportation

Baker tops off state road aid with $40M allocation, including $1.56M for Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle Communities in Berkshire County will get an extra $1.56 million in aid to fix ailing roads this year, a surprise sweetening of funds that Boston returns every year to the state's 351 cities and towns.…

State adds $40 million or 20 percent in supplemental road funds » The Herald News Chapter 90 road and bridge project funding has been increased by $40 million, or an extra 20 percent, for fiscal 2019 through the supplemental budget Gov. Charlie Baker signed Tuesday.…

Foxborough Gets $128,701 In Road/Bridge Funding From State » Somerville Patch The town of Foxborough was awarded $128,701 in state funding to go toward road and bridge repairs, Gov. Charlie Baker's office announced Wednesday.…

Safety Improvements To Be Made At Railroad Crossing Where 5 People Have Died » WAMC Safety improvements will be made at a hazardous railroad crossing in western Massachusetts. The family of a man who was killed in 2017 campaigned to assure his death at the site would be the last.…

Utilities

Canal Turbine Test Site Moves One Step Closer to Connecting to Grid » Cape Cod Online A test site for tidal wind turbines located in the Cape Cod Canal is almost ready to connect to the grid. Funding to wire the Bourne Tidal Test Site (BTTS) to shore to supply power to turbines and dev…

AG Concerned About Lack of Progress in Merrimack Valley Gas Restoration » NECN As the weather gets colder, thousands of households in Merrimack Valley remain without heat after September's gas fires and explosions and restoration behind schedule, Massachusetts authorities are co…

Columbia Gas may not meet Nov. 19 deadline to restore service » Boston Globe Massachusetts officials Wednesday cast doubt on the likelihood Columbia Gas would meet a Nov. 19 deadline to restore service to some of the thousands of residents who have been without heat or hot wat…

Massachusetts alleges Starion Energy overcharged residents by $30 million » Legal Newsline The state of Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court against Starion Energy, alleging the company overcharged residents by $30 million through deceptive sales tactics. …

Mass. Natural Gas Explosions Highlight Tension Between Recovery and Long-Term Efficiency Goals » GreenTech Media Lisa Cascio’s home is still without heating more than a month after a series of natural-gas explosions and fires damaged dozens of homes and businesses in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts, nort…

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Press Releases

Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 06-10-21 » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Senate Passes Post-Retirement Work Waiver Extension » Massachusetts Retirees

Tremont Strategies Group Welcomes New Additions To Government Affairs Team » Tremont Strategies Group

$4.6 Million Rapid Reemployment Grant Program Launches in Massachusetts » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Summer Road Safety » MassDOT

Upcoming Wellington Circle Study Virtual Public Meeting » MassDOT

MassDEP Assesses Penalty to Sira Naturals for Environmental Violations at its Milford Manufacturing Facility » MA Department of Environmental Protection

What a Week It’s Been » Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance

Led by Sen. Lewis, Fair Share Amendment Advances to the Ballot » Office of MA State Senator Jason Lewis

MMA urges House to protect local control of municipal reprecincting process » Massachusetts Municipal Association

New Measures to Boost Home Ownership, Wages, and Economic Equity in Boston » City of Boston

Boston Police Department Police Reform Policy Update » City of Boston

On the Anniversary of 1982 Nuclear Weapons Freeze Rally in Central Park, Senator Markey and Rep. McGovern Reintroduce Expansive Legislation to Halt Dangerous 21ST Century Global Nuclear Arms Race » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Dr. Anthony Fauci, Research Institute Heads From Politically Motivated Termination » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

AG Healey Sues Orthodontist for Illegally Charging MassHealth Patients for Missed or Cancelled Appointments » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

Drawing Democracy Coalition Urges MA Senate to Pass Reprecincting Bill to Ensure Equitable Redistricting Process: » Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Drought Conditions Improve in Some Commonwealth Regions, Worsen in Others » Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency


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