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Must-Reads

Meet the Next Ted Cruz » Politico Magazine In November, Chip Roy is likely to be elected to Congress. Top House Republicans worry that he’ll be to the right of the Freedom Caucus.…

Baker launches unusual 60-second TV ad » Boston Globe You won’t hear Charlie Baker’s voice in the governor’s latest ad for re-election. Nor Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. Nor will you see any video of the two candidates for statewide office, nor…

Scaramucci Says Trump ‘Intentionally’ Lies to Inflame Opponents » Bloomberg “He’s an intentional liar, it’s very different from just being a liar liar,” Scaramucci, who served a brief tenure in July 2017 as Trump’s communications director, said Thursday on Bloomberg…

‘These are Trump states’: GOP increasingly confident of adding to Senate majority » The Washington Post McConnell has been telling associates that Republicans are in a strong position to hold the Senate and could pad their narrow 51-to-49 advantage by a couple of seats, according to people familiar with…

Law enforcement group wants outside review of State Police » Boston Globe A local group of active and retired law enforcement personnel is calling recent reform efforts at the scandal-plagued Massachusetts State Police “inadequate” and pushing Governor Charlie Baker to …

US Rep. Katherine Clark lauds inclusion of addiction workforce shortage, e-prescribing measures in new law targeting opioid crisis » The Republican U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Melrose, touted a new federal law Thursday that seeks to combat the opioid abuse crisis by ensuring better tracking of Medicare prescriptions and helping treatment provide…

Trump proposes to lower drug prices by basing them on other countries’ costs » Boston Business Journal “This is a revolutionary change,” Trump said Thursday at the Department of Health and Human Services. “Nobody’s had the courage to do it, or they just didn’t want to do it.” …

The bad business of ballot questions » Boston Globe Some days it feels like the fate of Massachusetts hangs on every ballot question, especially in the thick of election season, when grand promises and dire warnings vie for voters’ attention. …

Civics bill resurrected on Beacon Hill » The Salem News A civics education bill that's been in limbo since Gov. Charlie Baker returned it to lawmakers in August with an amendment resurfaced on the Senate floor Thursday, and further action is expected on it…

“We should never again elect a president that never drinks and doesn’t like dogs."

Michael Avenatti

Speaking about President Trump

News By Category
Business

Businesses step up to the plate to back Worcester Red Sox » Boston Globe Maybe Larry Lucchino shouldn’t have worried so much about Worcester’s corporate community after all.…

deCordova museum aims to integrate with Trustees of Reservations » Boston Globe The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, in Lincoln, and the Trustees of Reservations have signed an agreement that could lead next year to the integration of the two organizations.The nonprofit Trust…

Cash from Lawrence-area banks to help businesses in gas blast aftermath » Boston Herald A fund meant to give businesses in the Merrimack Valley emergency resources to withstand the lengthy disruption from the gas fires last month will get another $2 million, with Lawrence Mayor Dan River…

War against the superbugs: Mass. biotechs step up to fight antibiotic resistance » Boston Business Journal In a world where superbugs are overpowering various antibiotic drugs, threatening millions of lives, Massachusetts biotechs are fighting hard to ensure the bugs don't become the industry's kryptonite.…

Cannabis

Tired of waiting for Massachusetts marijuana stores? Head to Canada » Boston Globe Our neighbors to the north began legal cannabis sales to adults last week, and by Massachusetts standards, they did so at a breakneck pace. …

Cabral looking to rise high in marijuana biz » Boston Herald The high stakes game going on now among cannabis dealers, growers and would-be entrepreneurs — including lobbyists and former elected officials — looking to make it rich is being played out all ov…

Medical marijuana dispensaries find fertile ground in Bay State » Boston Business Journal There are total of 40 registered marijuana dispensaries (represented by 28 companies), selling medical marijuana in this state.…

Civil Rights

AG Maura Healey: Trump memo shows importance of upholding Massachusetts' transgender law » The Republican f President Donald Trump changes the definition of gender to effectively exclude transgender people, Attorney General Maura Healey said state law will govern protections in Massachusetts.…

Education

Secretary of Education, James Peyser, visits class at Washington S.T.E.M. School in Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item Students at Washington S.T.E.M. Elementary School learned science from scientists on Thursday morning. Secretary of Education James Peyser attended one of the classes as part of Massachusetts STEM wee…

Harvard ends its fiscal year with operating surplus of $196m » Boston Globe Facing pressures from a shifting higher education industry, Harvard University still ended the 2018 fiscal year with a $196 million operating surplus, $82 million more than last year, according to its…

Monty Tech celebrates gleaming new vet clinic for students, by students » Sentinel & Enterprise Monty Tech student Lianne Rheault will next year treat pets at the school's on-site veterinary clinic that was unveiled to the public Wednesday, training that will give her a leg up when she applies t…

Khashoggi killing spotlights Saudi money flowing to Harvard, MIT » Boston Globe Mohammed bin Salman slipped into Cambridge in March under heavy guard, at the start of a three-week US tour designed to burnish his image as a reformer. In the coming days, the Saudi crown prince woul…

Gaming

Boston Magazine gets only half the story » Commonwealth Magazine Boston Magazine’s recent story about the state’s embrace of Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts tells only half the tale.…

Investigation timeline lengthens as Wynn teases casino reservations » State House News Service The Massachusetts Gaming Commission started 2018 off by launching an investigation into former casino magnate Steve Wynn and what Wynn Resorts executives knew of sexual misconduct allegations against …

Health Care

President of Mercy Medical Center in Springfield notifies staff of plan to eliminate jobs, some departments » The Republican Citing a challenging economy and financial pressures spurred by the ever-changing health care industry, the president of Mercy Medical Center notified staff this week of coming layoffs and the closure…

Housing

Advocates Wonder Why Merrimack Valley Homeless Can't Use Excess Columbia Gas Housing Options » WBUR On a chilly Wednesday night, when overnight temperatures will dip into the 30s, about 40 homeless people gather at a bus garage in Lawrence.…

Lobbying

Health Industry Reports Lobbying Costs — Drugmakers Lead » Roll Call Prescription drugmakers are on track to exceed their lobbying spending from last year, according to third quarter disclosure forms that were due Monday. …

Local Government

$400K state grant solidifies path forward for Pittsfield's Mill Street Dam » Berkshire Eagle A $400,000 grant awarded this week by Gov. Charlie Baker allows the city to do what its leaders long have wanted to do: tear down that dam. …

Baker commits funding to support programming for Latino community » The Salem News Education, workforce development, and a "welcoming environment" for immigrants are priorities for a commission Gov. Charlie Baker created last year to advise him on issues affecting the state's Latino…

MassWorks grant paves expansion of Redbrook community in Plymouth » Wicked Local Plymouth A $1 million state infrastructure grant will pave the way for expanded development in South Plymouth.…

BOSTON FIDDLES WHILE THE WORLD BURNS » Dig Boston When writing about human-induced global warming on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to pace oneself. Because it’s such a relentlessly depressing topic that highlighting it too often can backfire.…

STATE GRANT AND LOAN COMING TO NEW BEDFORD » WBSM The City of New Bedford is on the receiving end of a $134,000 grant and a one million dollar loan from the State Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The funding was announced Wednesday by Stat…

Opinion

The background behind the three ballot questions » Cape Cod Times After voting for your candidate, do you vote on the ballot questions? They are usually long, in tiny print, and written largely in jargon as they are laws proposed without a legislature.…

The Republican endorses Baker for another term as governor (Editorial) » The Republican When Charlie Baker is asked about how he handles his duties as governor of Massachusetts, the incumbent's response is succinct but revealing.…

EDITORIAL: To the state's GOP extreme right wing: Rest in Peace » Sentinel & Enterprise The extreme conservative faction of the state's Republican party, already teetering on the edge of irrelevance, has taken further steps to solidify that fate with its preposterous "Blank Baker" campai…

Rep. Lyons says one thing, does another » Sentinel & Enterprise Republican Jim Lyons is claiming the support of Gov. Charlie Baker in his campaign for re-election, and unless you scratch the surface, you'd believe that he's fighting to protect neighborhoods. But i…

OUR VIEW: Maura Healey has been the active AG state deserves » South Coast Today An activist attorney general, Healey has been a vocal advocate for consumers, workers and those in need of civil rights protections. She has gone after the Trump administration as it has tried systema…

Why I am voting no on Question 1 » Boston Globe I am a registered nurse and have devoted my entire career to nursing. Nursing is truly a calling, and nurses above all else are committed to patient care. On Nov. 6, Massachusetts voters will be asked…

Vote yes on Question 1 for better patient care » Boston Globe Today, you are only admitted to a hospital if your medical condition is severe enough that you require around-the-clock monitoring and care from a registered nurse.…

Annette Pfannebecker: Vote for Jay Gonzalez for Governor » Hampshire Gazette Choosing our next governor will determine the steps going forward in our future. Jay Gonzalez will provide the leadership we need to move us forward. He has a deep understanding of issues that concern…

Our Berkshires: Give Berkshires a seat at transportation table » Berkshire Eagle The most succinct characterization of the commonwealth's newly formed transit task force lies in a paraphrase of a country-western song: "Eastern Massachusetts got the goldmine, and the Berkshires got…

The war on voting rights » Boston Globe Eight years ago, on the eve of the 2010 midterm elections, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell declared that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one…

Chalifoux-Zephir's plan for schools makes sense » Sentinel & Enterprise As an educator in Leominster Public Schools as well as a taxpayer in Leominster, I have a vested interest in the future of our children, our city, and our state. I want to see Leominster thrive and th…

Two Fitchburg councilors cite support for Senator Tran » Lowell Sun We are writing as a pair of Fitchburg City Councilors to voice our support for State Sen. Dean Tran in his bid for re-election to represent the Worcester Middlesex District in the Massachusetts State …

Tran kept his promise on muni-choice legislation » Sentinel & Enterprise Hard to believe but in a few short weeks it will be 10 years since the ice storm of 2008 that hit our region left us powerless. In the days and weeks that followed the need to get rid of Unitil was br…

LETTER: Kelcourse's gun control votes were 'out of character' » Newburyport News State Rep. James Kelcourse voted for the ban on bump stocks and the Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) bills this year. Both bills make Massachusetts a safer place. But, it must be remembered that …

Viewpoint: Maintaining the mobility engine in higher education » Boston Business Journal When public universities make claims on state support, they generally — and properly — focus on their role as mainstays of a skilled labor force. But there is another powerful reason why public un…

Editorial: What we really need for a win in Fenway » Boston Business Journal With the eyes of the world on Fenway, here are some things that the surround neighborhood could use over the next five years — projects, priorities and policy ideas that would improve the area for r…

Letter: Vote Yes on Question 3 » Milford Daily News On behalf of the following members of the Special Legislative Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Aging, we strongly urge Massachusetts voters to vote Yes on 3 to uphold the existing …

Regional grid operator too protective of industry » Commonwealth Magazine Policies are driving up electricity prices that consumers pay …

Politics

Taxes Mark A Key Dividing Line Between Gonzalez And Baker » WBUR There are some similarities between incumbent Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez. Each at one time served as the state's administration and finance secretary. Bo…

Candidates for 9th congressional, senator and governor make their case at Whaling Museum » The Herald News An evening of political discussion at the Whaling Museum on Wednesday broke down into two segments. The first hour featured two candidates discussing their political aspirations without an opponent pr…

Healey serves up barbecue, politics in Northampton » Hampshire Gazette Dozens of people gathered at the Elks Club Thursday evening to see Attorney General Maura Healey speak, and enjoy a barbecue put on by her campaign.…

Cops flock to back Baker in re-election bid » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito rolled out a series of law enforcement endorsements on Thursday, including two from police unions that backed Baker's opponent four years ago.…

Election includes races of local interest » Martha's Vineyard Times There are 11 contested races and three ballot questions on the Nov. 6 ballot.…

Rep. Keiko Orrall seeks state treasurer’s post » South Coast Today State Representative Keiko Orrall, a Republican from Lakeville, is perfectly willing to give up the job she’s loved doing for the past seven years to take on a more challenging position.…

Hawkins, Hall in rematch » The Sun Chronicle Incumbent state Rep. Jim Hawkins, D-Attleboro, and Republican challenger Julie Hall got a chance to express their views and challenge each other’s at a candidate forum at City Hall on Thursday night…

Laborers union endorses Hill; Gustavson says she will support workers, too » The Local News Rep. Brad Hill has won the endorsement of a laborer’s union in his fight to hold on to his seat on Beacon Hill.…

Lombardo, Tribou show clear contrasts in Billerica rep debate » Lowell Sun Come November, the ballots cast by Republican incumbent state Rep. Marc Lombardo and his Democratic challenger, Chris Tribou, will look very different.…

A Quest To Find The Last Two Active Voters In Boston's 'Phantom Electoral Precinct' » WGBH Election Day 2018 is just around the corner, and that means planning for election day coverage in the WGBH newsroom is in full swing.…

Fattman, Merolli spar in Worcester, Norfolk Senate forum » Milford Daily News Candidates for Worcester and Norfolk District state senator agreed on little in a forum last week.…

5th District race features 'exuberance' vs. experience » Cape Cod Times The race for state representative in the 5th Barnstable District will see 27-year-old Jack Stanton, a Democrat, attempt to unseat four-term Republican incumbent Randy Hunt.…

DA Thomas Quinn endorses Baker-Polito in governor's race » The Herald News In addition to Quinn’s support, the Baker-Polito team also announced the endorsements of multiple public safety organizations including the Massachusetts Police Association, which is led by Fall Riv…

Brady, Hall Battle For 2nd Bristol-Plymouth District Senate Seat » Somerville Patch Before serving in the state senate, Brady was a four-term state representative in the Ninth Plymouth District. Brady is seeking re-election for his third term. The district represents Brockton, parts …

Public Health

Gov. Charlie Baker and Marylou Sudders come to Lynn to announce more funds to battle opioid addiction » Lynn Daily News Item The city's community health center is slated to get a piece of the state's $50 million investment in opioid addiction treatment.…

New study suggests opioid addiction in Mass. is much worse than thought » Boston Globe The crisis of opioid addiction in Massachusetts, long known to be severe, may be even worse than thought — as much as four times worse, according to new research.…

Public Safety

$3M grant will help stem N.H.-Mass. drug flow » Boston Herald Almost $3 million in grant money will go toward eradicating drug trafficking in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Attorney General Maura Healey told the Herald yesterday.…

Troopers Collect Huge Vacation and Sick Time Payouts While Under OT Investigation » NECN Despite criminal charges of stealing public funds, troopers caught up in the widespread overtime scandal at Massachusetts State Police cashed in on a nice taxpayer-funded perk, the NBC10 Boston Invest…

Local leaders told of bi-partisan federal response to addiction » The Recorder While President Donald Trump was signing an opioid bill that has been widely regarded as a bipartisan accomplishment, one of its cosponsors spent time at the John Zon Community Center Wednesday talkin…

Local law enforcement on alert in wake of mail bomb scare » Boston Globe News of bombs being mailed to prominent Democrats has put local authorities on alert.…

Bump prods Baker on elder abuse reporting » Commonwealth Magazine Administration cites improvement; says lapses were small …

State Government

Western Massachusetts to benefit from Latino Advisory Commission's work, local members say (video) » The Republican Latino leaders representing Western Massachusetts said they are confident recommendations made by Gov. Charlie Baker's Latino Advisory Commission will enable funding for programs and services to help …

Transportation

North Central communities to get $700G more for infrastructure » Sentinel & Enterprise More than $700,000 will be going to area towns to help pay for infrastructure projects, thanks to the supplemental budget signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday.…

On mass transit, Baker’s promises and commuters’ experiences often diverge » Boston Globe Cloie Andrysiak has heard all the ways Governor Charlie Baker has promised to fix her commute.…

Two Lawmakers Urge Steamship Authority to Reconsider Terminal Designs » Cape Cod Online Two state lawmakers are joining local residents in an effort to push the Steamship Authority into reconsidering design plans for the new Woods Hole Terminal.…

'They're Bold and Fresh': The Millennials Disrupting Boston's Transit System » Politico One Sunday night two years ago, Marc Ebuña and Ari Ofsevit stayed up past 1 a.m. to watch the city’s transit system grind to a pointless halt.…

Rep. eyes regulation of shared bikes, scooters » State House News Service About two years after Massachusetts first regulated ride-hail companies like Uber and Lyft, a Boston lawmaker is looking to extend those requirements to also cover the two-wheeled shared transportatio…

Utilities

AG Maura Healey 'frustrated' at Columbia Gas response to explosions » The Republican Attorney General Maura Healey said she has been "frustrated" by the response of Columbia Gas to the Merrimack Valley gas explosions.…

Lawmakers revive bill to pressure National Grid » Commonwealth Magazine THE HOUSE APPEARS ready to begin ratcheting up the pressure on National Grid to end its lockout of more 1,250 union gas workers, reviving a three-month-old bill that would force the utility to extend …

Will Columbia Gas of Massachusetts make its deadline for restored service following Merrimack Valley explosions? » The Republican In the days following gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley, some families were left without homes, thousands more without gas service. …

AG’s office unhappy with Columbia Gas progress » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey’s office blasted Columbia Gas yesterday, saying the company is not doing enough in its efforts to restore service to the Merrimack Valley as some elected officials expr…

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The Week In Review

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House Actions This Week: 78

Senate Actions This Week: 48

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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