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10:00am Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Untitled.

10:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

5:30pm Young Professionals Reception for Sen. Eric Lesser

5:30pm Young Professionals Reception for Sen. Eric Lesser

6:30pm Sen. Sal DiDomenico's Annual Fall Fundraiser

6:30pm Sen. Sal DiDomenico's Annual Fall Fundraiser

Birthdays: Rep. Ruth Balser

Must-Reads

Trump Fan Convicted In Anti-Muslim Terror Plot Asks Judge To Consider Trump's Rhetoric » The Huffington Post Attorneys for a President Donald Trump supporter who was convicted in a domestic terrorism plot aimed at slaughtering Muslim refugees asked a federal judge to factor in the “backdrop” of Trump’s…

2 pastors just heckled Jeff Sessions at an event on religious liberty » Vox They told him “you are wounding the body of Christ” by failing to care for marginalized. …

Exclusive: Trump to terminate birthright citizenship » Axios President Trump plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. soil, he said yesterday in an exclusive …

State leaders against armed guards at places of worship » State House News Service Neither the governor nor the two leaders of the Legislature think arming guards at places of worship should be considered in Massachusetts to prevent the type of violence that erupted at a Pittsburgh …

Civics bill back on Baker's desk, with voter registration measure » State House News Service Participation in student-led civics projects would become part of high school and eighth grade curriculum and new efforts would be made to register teenagers to vote under a bill that's now back on Go…

Supp budget bill on the move in House » State House News Service The House Ways and Means Committee is polling a bill Monday morning that includes language for the municipal Narcan bulk purchasing program, adjusts the funding source for "the expenses of hiring, equ…

The Mystery of Donald Trump’s Secret Kremlin Ties Just Got a Lot Deeper » Observer New evidence suggests Moscow’s spies could have gotten close to Donald Trump as far back as the late 1970s. …

Women take aim at Beacon Hill, but parity with men still looks out of reach » Boston Globe Campaigning door to door, Dr. Katie McBrine carries a stack of Post-It notes resembling a prescription pad to jot messages for voters who aren’t home. “A prescription for change,” each note proc…

Editorial board endorsement: Dan Fishman, a Libertarian, for auditor » Boston Globe The office of the state auditor could do so much more for Massachusetts, but not under the leadership of Suzanne Bump.…

Dempsey and Baxandall: Coming up short on transportation » The Metro West Daily News Want a peek at Massachusetts’ transportation system five years from now? The state’s recently approved capital investment plan (CIP) provides that blueprint, spelling out how much money is set asi…

Tense exchanges in final 3rd District debate » Lowell Sun Rick Green, the Republican nominee, on several occasions criticized organizers of the debate, arguing that topics were irrelevant or avoiding questions altogether. The fast-paced event, hosted by The …

A Sense of Alarm as Rural Hospitals Keep Closing » The New York Times The potential health and economic consequences of a trend associated with states that have turned down Medicaid expansion. …

“That would not be a hire that I would support for my administration," “We have a zero-tolerance policy within the executive branch,” Polito added. “If what he did is accurate, that would not be someone that I would feel comfortable hiring in my organization.”

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

Speaking about Boston Mayor Marty Walsh hiring ex-rep Carlos Henriquez who was convicted of assault on a woman in 2014.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Dems asked for it: Trump ’18 » Boston Herald President Trump may not be on the ballot, but both sides have made it clear the midterm elections are all about him — and he’s jumped right in like a candidate with a major ad buy to promote his a…

Business

Coke is shutting down bottling operations in Needham, and 146 jobs will be cut » Boston Globe Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England says it will cease manufacturing operations at its factory in Needham by the end of the year, resulting in 146 layoffs.…

4 things to watch for in new GE CEO’s first earnings call » Boston Business Journal Last week, Beth Comstock, a top General Electric Co. executive under Jeff Immelt, was asked on CNBC for her thoughts on the company's new chief, Larry Culp. Her response aptly summed up investors’ e…

GE says SEC is investigating $23B writedown in power unit » Boston Business Journal

GE is no longer the most valuable public company in Massachusetts » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

UMass: We'll keep transgender policy even if law repealed » Boston Herald Leaders of the state's public university system are pledging to continue their policy of allowing transgender students, faculty, staff members and guests to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent w…

Massachusetts law on transgender protections draws strong support ahead of vote » The Washington Post

Education

Berlin and Boylston schools get early literacy grant » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Berlin Elementary School and Boylston Elementary School will respectively be receiving $8,560 in funding from the Early Grades Literacy grant program. …

Sisters of Notre Dame forge an unusual development deal to protect South Boston school » Boston Globe The South Boston real estate market is so hot these days, even the nuns need to be in the development game to stay in the neighborhood.…

Report: No staff wrongdoing in Smith College incident » Hampshire Gazette Smith College has released a third-party investigative report into an apparent incident of racial profiling on campus this summer, which has found no wrongdoing on the part of staff.…

Environment

Building a waterfront park in Boston can be tricky » Boston Globe Barbara Erickson is finding out how tough it can be. The Trustees of Reservations chief executive plans to update members at an annual meeting Thursday on the nonprofit’s ambitious goal to build a s…

Federal

Speaking in Boston, Jeff Sessions says he may pursue death penalty against Pittsburgh shooter » Boston Globe Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a gathering of conservative lawyers in Boston that the massacre of 11 congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend was an “attack on all people of faith…

Gaming

Massachusetts Gaming Postpones Big Decision On Wynn Until After Election » Forbes On October 25, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission's (MGC) Ed Bedrosian gave an update on the investigation into sexual harassment allegations against former Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn and how the ca…

MGM Resorts becomes official sports betting partner of NHL » The Republican Sports gamblers could eventually bet on the NBA and NHL at the MGM Springfield casino -- if Massachusetts lawmakers legalize the practice.…

Health Care

When are nurse staffing levels unsafe? Reports fuel debate over ballot question » Boston Globe Linda Condon’s overnight shift in the Morton Hospital emergency room was nerve-racking, to say the least. There were 17 psychiatric patients — most of them unstable — plus nine seriously ill pat…

Blue Cross wants to reward hospitals — for keeping patients out of hospitals » Boston Globe Massachusetts’ largest health insurer is trying a new strategy to tackle health care costs: put hospitals on a budget.…

Caregiver groups outline opposition to Question 1 » State House News Service

Judiciary

State investigators concealed degree of Aaron Hernandez’s drug use prior to suicide » Boston Globe State investigators had more evidence than previously disclosed that former New England Patriot star Aaron Hernandez was using a dangerous drug in prison prior to his death — information that was co…

Labor

Malden business owners indicted for falsely misclassifying workers, concealing more than $2.8 million in payroll » Boston Globe Two owners of a Malden-based cleaning company have been charged with misclassifying their workers, concealing more than $2.8 million in payroll, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday.…

UMass-Lowell, adjunct faculty reach tentative contract deal » State House News Service After working without a contract for nearly three years, adjunct faculty members at UMass Lowell have a tentative three-year deal in place that features raises totaling between 18.1 percent and 19.3 p…

Local Government

Weymouth gets $782K to improve reservoir dam » Wicked Local Weymouth A dam at Great Pond Reservoir has physical deficiencies and its spillway is not large enough to accommodate water flow during intense rainfalls, but upgrades will be done to both structures under a $7…

Question 5: Voters in two legislative districts to address ranked-choice voting » Hampshire Gazette Voters in Amherst will elect 13 residents to serve on the first Town Council next month, two months after a preliminary election narrowed the field to 26 candidates.…

Recall of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia officially underway » The Herald News The effort to recall Mayor Jasiel Correia II, facing federal wire and fraud charges, begins today after 10 petitioners successfully had their affidavit for a recall election certified by City Clerk Al…

Opinion

Why we support Question 1 » Commonwealth Magazine IF YOU BELIEVE in climate change, then voting yes on Question 1, which addresses patient care, patient safety, and case overload for hospital nurses, should be obvious.…

The urgent need to save our oceans » Boston Globe Tip O’Neill said, “All politics is local.” It is just as applicable to global environmental diplomacy as it is to local ward politics. …

Trump administration needs to call Pittsburgh shooting what it is — a violent anti-Semitic act » Boston Globe Robert Bowers, the man accused of killing 11 in cold blood at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, has been perfectly clear about his motive. The question is whether Americans — and our political lea…

Editorial: Charlie Baker deserves second term » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker quips that sometimes he feels more like a mayor than a governor. It is understandable, as he’s been a persistent presence in the many municipalities of the commonwealth, tackling …

Troubled about Baker's stances » Lowell Sun Yes, Charlie Baker is very intelligent, hard-working and charismatic. However, there are some troubling issues that I have with him as the governor of Massachusetts.…

Our View: Ballot questions will have wide impact » Newburyport News The voters of Massachusetts will have the opportunity to weigh in on three ballot questions Nov. 6, the scope of which could shape the Bay State for years to come.…

LETTER: Baker-Polito Committed To Strengthening Commonwealth’s Communities Through Bipartisan Leadership » Framingham Source

Politics

Anthony Amore, candidate for Secretary of Commonwealth, calls on incumbent Bill Galvin to fix 'signature fiasco' in Hampden County deeds race » The Republican The fallout over a signature-forging controversy in the Hampden County register of deeds race continues, seeping into a statewide contest as Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin's Republican c…

Rep. Todd Smola, challenger Tanya Neslusan outline priorities for 1st Hampden District » Worcester Telegram While Republican state Rep. Todd Smola said his experience and community involvement make him the best candidate, his Democratic opponent, Tanya Neslusan, said the incumbent is not enough of a “figh…

Jay Gonzalez, gubernatorial candidate, wants to extend the Blue Line to Lynn and restore ferry service » Lynn Daily News Item Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez promised to bring ferry service back to Lynn and extend the Blue Line to the city during a brief visit with local supporters on Monday.…

Gonzalez begins stretch run in Beverly » Gloucester Times Jay Gonzalez's kicked off his last full week of campaigning on Monday morning by bringing his "little guy" campaign to Beverly.…

Donald Trump takes center stage in Quentin Palfrey-Karyn Polito debate » The Republican Both candidates for lieutenant governor said Monday that Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a Democrat, should not have hired a former state representative convicted of violence against a woman. …

State candidates feel national blowback » Boston Herald Down-ballot Republican candidates — already facing an uphill election battle in the deep blue Bay State — say they’ve been bombarded by taunts, slammed doors and ill will on the campaign trail a…

Keller @ Large: The Secret Behind Charlie Baker’s Big Lead » CBS Boston I understand that most of us don’t have much bandwidth available to pity politicians, but you’ve got to feel just a little bit sorry for Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jay Gonzalez…

The Lieutenant Governor's Debate » WGBH With just over a week to go before election day, the candidates vying to be second in command to the state’s highest office sparred mostly over their positions in relation to the person who holds th…

Political Notes: Homeownership becomes issue in 2 Cape races » Cape Cod Times Casting aspersions about the living arrangements of candidates and whether they are taxpaying property owners seems to be a trend in local politics this election cycle.…

Letter: Naughton in 12th Worcester seat, supports law enforcement » Worcester Telegram & Gazette I am pleased to announce that after careful consideration, The New England Police Benevolent Associations’ Executive Committee has unanimously voted to endorse State Representative Harold Naughton f…

Warren, Baker enjoy wide leads in Mass poll; Question 1 support lags » Berkshire Eagle U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Gov. Charlie Baker appear to be cruising toward re-election, but voters in Massachusetts are less enthusiastic about a potential Warren bid for the White House, accordin…

Question 3 looks at transgender anti-discrimination law » Sentinel & Enterprise There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call's final part of a 3-part series on the November 6 ballot questions focuses on Question 3.…

In debates with Geoff Diehl, Elizabeth Warren shows signs of a 2020 campaign » Boston Globe When she takes the stage Tuesday night for her final debate against Republican challenger Geoff Diehl, Senator Elizabeth Warren is likely to once again aggressively and directly attack the Whitman Rep…

DeCoste and Demong have different approaches to opioid crisis » Patriot Ledger The opioid crisis is high on the priority lists of the two candidates for state representative in the 5th Plymouth District, but they have talked of different ways to address it.…

Candidates pick up endorsements as voters hit polls » The Eagle Tribune In the 3rd Congressional District race, Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini endorsed Democrat Lori Trahan ahead of an Eagle-Tribune candidates' forum this week. She was also endorsed by The Boston Globe;…

Polito, Palfrey criticize Walsh hire in lieutenant governor debate » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s decision to hire a criminally convicted ex-lawmaker to an $89,000-a-year job drew backlash Monday . . . at a lieutenant governor’s debate?…

Rep. Garry honored by police » Lowell Sun State Rep. Colleen Garry, of Dracut, was recently recognized at the Massachusetts Police Association's 118th-Annual Convention awards ceremony.…

Tense exchanges in final 3rd District debate » Lowell Sun Third Congressional District candidates met Monday for their final debate before Election Day in a forum that at times turned fiery and contentious.…

Geoff Diehl's Quest To Dethrone Elizabeth Warren » WGBH Massachusetts Republican Geoff Diehl of Whitman, a 49-year-old father of two and a four-term state representative, is trying to unseat one of the nation’s best-known senators before she can mount a …

Public Safety

Charlie Baker seeks coordinated drug effort » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation yesterday seeking $5 million to help local law enforcement work together to stop drug dealers who are pushing fentanyl and prevent them from bouncing around cities…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker proposes $5 million program to catch fentanyl drug dealers » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation on Monday asking for $5 million to fund regional efforts by the police to catch drug dealers who sell fentanyl.…

Gov. Charlie Baker: 'Zero tolerance' for anti-Semitic acts, other hate crimes in Massachusetts » The Republican While the shooting was unconnected to Massachusetts, the state is no stranger to anti-Semitism. According to the Anti-Defamation League, which tracks hate crimes, there were 177 anti-Semitic incidents…

Gov. Baker offers resources to Mass. law enforcement in wake of synagogue shooting » Worcester Telegram The state made public safety resources available to cities and towns in the wake of Saturday's mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday morning.…

Baker: Trump’s armed guard remark not ‘helpful’ » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker characterized President Trump’s suggestion that an armed guard could have prevented the deadly shooting Saturday in a Pittsburgh synagogue as not “helpful” yesterday.…

Massachusetts politicians: Armed guards in temples is not the answer » MassLive After a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday left 11 Jewish worshipers dead, President Donald Trump suggested that having armed guards at the synagogue might have helped. "If there was an ar…

Massachusetts politicians decry ‘horrific act of evil’ » Boston Herald Bay State leaders called the shooting that killed at least 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue yesterday a tragedy, saying the country needs to come together and fight back against violence and hate.…

State steers $10 mil to new program targeting high-crime areas » State House News Service

State Government

Conservative group raise questions about early voting » The Metro West Daily News Suggesting the possibility of “serious problems” with voting in the Sept. 4 primary, a right-leaning organization is calling on Secretary of State William Galvin to investigate returned mail sent …

Civics bill headed back to governor’s desk » South Coast Today Baker returned the bill with an amendment in August, and the Senate on Monday adopted a Sen. Harriette Chandler amendment that her office said incorporated Baker’s ideas while maintaining the origin…

Auditor Suzanne Bump says her office to look at overtime trends following Massachusetts State Police scandal » The Republican Auditor Suzanne Bump said Monday that her office will look into overtime trends among state agencies to determine whether it's an area of significant risk, following questions raised by a recent Massa…

Transportation

MBTA sinks $6M a year into costly ferry services » Boston Herald The T will have to pay millions more a year to float ferry commuters after the agency awarded a new contract that hikes the cost by 40 percent — an increase one fiscal watchdog said is “unacceptab…

Massachusetts residents agree traffic is getting worse, poll finds » The Republican Massachusetts voters are split on many issues, but a new poll finds that there is one thing the majority agrees on: traffic congestion in the state is growing worse.…

Sheprd, carpool service for kids, abruptly closes after state crackdown » Boston Business Journal After more than a year in operation helping parents get their kids to and from school and activities, Boston-based Sheprd is shutting down, likely for good.…

Utilities

Columbia Gas announces completion of pipeline replacement project » News Boston

Columbia Gas announces completion of pipeline replacement, focuses now on work at homes » The Eagle Tribune

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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

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


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