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9:00am Mass. Coalition for Suicide Prevention 19th Annual State House Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

1:00pm Community Safety Day on the Hill, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

2:00pm Special Commission on Bail Reform, Boston, State House, Room 428

5:30pm St. Patrick's Day Reception in honor of Sen. Eric Lesser

6:00pm Commonwealth Magazine's The Codcast: Live, WeWork, 1 Beacon Street, Boston

Must-Reads

‘My Dad’s Not a Racist’: Book Describes Ivanka Trump’s Defense After Charlottesville » The New York Times “My dad’s not a racist; he didn’t mean any of it,” Ms. Trump said of the president’s refusal to condemn white nationalists outright. Appearing to channel her father, she added, “That’s n…

Facebook restores Elizabeth Warren's ads calling for breaking up Big Tech » CNN Media Oops. Facebook, under pressure from US Senator Elizabeth Warren for its vast power over information, removed ads supporting Warren's controversial plan to break up Big Tech.…

How broadcast TV networks covered climate change in 2018 » Media Matters Broadcast TV news coverage of climate change plummeted 45 percent from 2017 to 2018, even as the climate crisis steadily worsened. The major news programs on the broadcast networks aired a combined to…

Joe Caiazzo will lead Sanders’ N.H. campaign » Boston Globe Ahead of his first trip to New Hampshire as a 2020 presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has chosen Massachusetts native Joe Caiazzo to lead his campaign in the Granite State, argu…

Medicare-for-all v. Medicare-for-less: Trump’s proposed cuts put health care at center of 2020 race » Washington Post A new proposal by President Trump to slash Medicare spending puts Republicans in a political bind ahead of the 2020 election as Democrats are pitching an expansion of the popular health-care program f…

Biden vs. Warren: Round 1 » Politico Magazine He sided with the banks in Congress. She was a crusading law professor on the make. In 2020, are we about to get a rematch? …

Local legislators support farmers who want to grow hemp » Daily Hampshire Gazette Local legislators are pushing to allow area farmers to grow hemp on land with agricultural preservation restrictions, which for years has been banned because it is related to marijuana. …

Seniors blast state for ‘failing our elders’ » State House News Service According to statistics presented by advocacy groups, one in 10 adults age 60 and over in Massachusetts receive food assistance benefits, more than 844,000 Bay Staters are caring for aging parents or …

MORE MASS. NURSING HOME CLOSURES EXPECTED, SUDDERS SAYS » State House News Service In increasing numbers, senior citizens in Massachusetts are turning to assisted living or living at home with assistance, and those choices are exacerbating problems in the nursing home industry.…

BOSTON WANTS TO CASH IN ON THE REAL ESTATE CENTERPIECE OF ITS OLYMPIC BLUNDER » BisNow The now-abandoned pursuit clued Beantown and its developers in on nearly 60 acres of developable land within walking distance of some of the city’s hottest and most-established neighborhoods. …

MBTA Board Votes In Favor Of Fare Hike Proposal, With Some Changes » WBUR The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday voted to boost fares an average of about 6 percent. …

Democrats get their very own tea party after all » Roll Call While it’s true that a majority of the new Democrats in the House are moderates, the energy, ideas and oxygen of the freshman class is clearly coming from the exact opposite side of the party. From …

"This is outrageous. Imposing fare hikes as the @MBTA Fiscal & Management Control Board has proposed will only make matters worse. The Board MUST reject this proposal & consider alternative solutions that would raise $$ to support transit service w/o negatively impacting riders."

Senator Cindy Friedman

Speaking out about the MBTA fare hike of 6% which will go into effect July 1st.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

This 2020 candidate learned about ‘privilege’ getting caught with marijuana at Harvard » Boston.com Pete Buttigieg says he first learned about the concept of white male “privilege” in college. But it wasn’t in a classroom.…

Local Dems say Moulton moves closer to a presidential run » The Salem News eth Moulton is heading to South Carolina, and local Democrats think they know why. South Carolina happens to be one of the early presidential primary states. The Democratic congressman from Salem anno…

US Rep. Jim McGovern calls for making Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report public » The Republican U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, a Worcester Democrat and chairman of the House Rules Committee, urged congressional colleagues Monday to back a measure before his panel that would ensure the report from Speci…

Here’s who Elizabeth Warren says would be her ‘dream running mate’ » Boston.com Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s nascent 2020 presidential campaign platform has drawn comparisons to former President Theodore Roosevelt — perhaps not by accident.…

Warren took tech's money while ripping its biggest players » Politico The presidential candidate took at least $90,000 from employees of Amazon, Google and Facebook between 2011 and 2018.…

Business

Penalized for making a student loan payment early — not late » Boston Globe Arnie Greenfield says he has no complaints about helping his children pay off their college loans. An engineer and high-tech executive, he says he’s grateful to be in a position to do so.…

After 'glamping' resort pitch, North Adams planners, neighbors seek details » Berkshire Eagle A Williamstown native has a vision for a recreational resort unlike any other in the Northern Berkshires. Its would-be neighbors — and the Planning Board — have questions.…

Smith & Wesson closing Springfield distribution center, warehouse in favor of new Missouri facility » The Republican American Outdoor Brands Corp., parent company of Springfield stalwart Smith & Wesson, will close its distribution operations here and elsewhere around the country as it opens a new $75-million warehou…

House Speaker DeLeo pitches $2M for restaurants, promotion » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts restaurants should get a promotional boost through $2 million in new funding, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Tuesday.…

Cannabis

Pot retailer loses another battle » The Salem News A Salem Superior Court judge has denied a rejected pot retailer's bid to include the Cannabis Control Commission in its lawsuit against Salem.…

Recreational pot shop gets green light to open in Lowell » Lowell Sun The first recreational marijuana dispensary within city borders has been given the green light to open its doors as soon as Friday.…

Civil Rights

Boston to host 2020 NAACP convention » Boston Globe The NAACP, one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent civil rights organizations, announced Monday it will hold its 2020 convention in Boston, a remarkable public relations victory for a city sti…

Crimes

District attorneys bring new muscle to clergy abuse investigations » Berkshire Eagle District attorneys say they will probe complaints of clergy sexual abuse in Western Massachusetts, even if the passage of time leaves them unable to bring charges. …

Education

U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan to be commencement speaker at Mount Wachusett Community College » Worcester Telegram U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan, D-Mass., who represents the 3rd Congressional District, will deliver Mount Wachusett Community College’s commencement address at graduation May 23.…

Cape Cod educators tackle budget shortfalls » Cape Cod Times A coalition of Cape Cod educators will hold a community forum Thursday at Cape Cod Community College to address what it says is an outdated funding formula that’s costing the region’s public schoo…

State can do better on proposal to prevent next Mount Ida mess » Boston Globe As the financial crisis facing small colleges grows, the question has become increasingly urgent: What rights do students — and prospective students — have in order to know whether they are buying…

Forum on school funding formula in Lowell » Lowell Sun The school funding formula needs to change. That's the message organizers of an coming forum hope legislators will take with them back to the State House. "Our elected officials need to hear directly,…

Wentworth Institute hires Quinnipiac veteran as president » Boston Business Journal Mark A. Thompson, who has spent the last 20 years at Quinnipiac University, is the new president at the Wentworth Institute of Technology.…

Gaming

Mechanical bartenders are mixing drinks at MGM Springfield and the technology is now headed to Las Vegas casinos » The Republican If you get a cocktail on the MGM Springfield gaming floor, odds are a machine mixed it up.…

Health Care

Zafgen shelves another drug; chief medical officer exits » Boston Business Journal The bad news keeps coming for Boston biotech Zafgen Inc., which revealed Monday that it is shelving another drug due to safety concerns.…

Taming MassHealth drug costs won't reduce choices, Sudders says » State House News Service The Baker administration has tamed most of the explosive spending growth in the $16.5 billion MassHealth program without rolling back benefits, but drug spending in the program that serves more than 1…

Seniors blast state for 'failing our elders' » South Coast Today Gathering in the Statehouse Monday, dozens of senior advocates chanted to state legislators: “Massachusetts can do better.”…

Housing

Rausch leading charge on legislation to help homeless » The Sun Chronicle Lois Lee is a doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital. In 2010, she started seeing more and more families with children coming to the emergency rooms at nights, but the children were often not very sic…

Human Services

Milking the Fed for social-program dollars is a bad idea » Boston Globe Uber and Lyft, the California startups that made app-enabled transportation a global industry, are racing each other to an initial public offering.…

Foster care focus forecast by cabinet secretary » The Herald News Stabilizing the Department of Children and Families has enabled the Baker administration to turn to another challenge: finding foster care placements for children who desperately need them.…

Labor

Mass. job gains for 2018 turned out to be a vast exaggeration » Boston Globe Those employment numbers sure looked good for January: Employers added an estimated 11,400 jobs statewide in one month. The boom times just keep rolling, right?…

Where 'Bring Your Baby to Work Day' Can Be Every Day » Governing A growing number of state agencies -- mostly in places with no paid family leave -- are letting public employees bring their infants to the office. …

Legislative

Hello My Name Is: Timothy Whelan » Cape Cod Online Welcome to our new feature, “Hello My Name Is…”. In the coming weeks we will have the opportunity to spend a little time getting to know people in our community. As you know, the best way to le…

Montigny Receives National Award for Animal Protection Efforts » WBSM State Senator Mark Montigny of New Bedford has been recognized by a national organization for his efforts to protect animals. The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has named Senator Montigny one of Ame…

Local Government

Fall River voters to decide on fate of indicted mayor Jasiel Correia in recall election » South Coast Today Voters in Fall River will head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to recall indicted Mayor Jasiel Correia II and elect his replacement.…

Sunshine Week: Cape town halls adjust to new public records role » Cape Cod Times Under the updated state public records law, those requesting information in Cape Cod towns may find it easier going.…

Klein won't seek 4th term on Northampton City Council » Gazette Net The city councilor for Ward 7 will end her tenure at the end of the year.Alisa Klein, currently serving her third term on City Council, said in a press release she plans to retire from the City Counci…

Three vie for Canton selectmen's seat » Wicked Local Canton In three weeks, Canton voters will get a chance to cast ballots in one contested race at the Annual Town Election Tuesday, April 2.…

Ware Town Meeting approves 14-month solar farm moratorium » The Republican Town Meeting approved a 14-month moratorium on Monday night that halts new solar farm applications.…

Politics

Ayanna Pressley thinks your 16-year-old should be able to vote. Let that sink in a minute » Boston Globe Representative Ayanna Pressley thinks your 16-year-old should be able to vote. Let that sink in a minute.…

Public Health

Marijuana and teens: Doctors worry that legalized adult use makes minors think the substance is risk-free. » Gazette Net When University of Massachusetts Amherst first-year student Andie Hall was a junior at Easthampton High School, she remembers one day when a fellow student began smoking a joint in the locker room bef…

Public Safety

Gov. Baker Joins Researchers, Advocates To Discuss Gun Violence » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker joined other law and policy makers, researchers and gun control advocates Monday night at WBUR's CitySpace to discuss gun violence.…

Rachael Rollins creates investigation team after Boston police officer-involved shooting » Boston Herald The deadly exchange of gunfire that left a Boston man dead and a police officer wounded will be subject to a special investigative panel assembled by the district attorney.…

Suffolk DA names ‘discharge integrity team’ to probe fatal police-involved shooting » Boston Globe In a break with tradition and in keeping with a campaign promise, Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins Monday named a four-person team to oversee the investigation into the use of deadly force by…

As Boston Aims To End Traffic Deaths, Deadliest Streets Often Go Overlooked » WGBH On a recent frigid February morning, I met Peter Cheung, a local activist for safer streets for bicyclists, at the intersection of Park Drive and Brookline Avenue, in the Fenway — a spot that holds …

Transportation

Frustrated MBTA board OKs fare hike » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA OVERSIGHT BOARD approved a slightly trimmed-down fare increase on Monday at a meeting where it became clear that a majority of the five members are dissatisfied with the transit authority’s…

T board approves 6 percent fare hike » Boston Globe After weeks of public debate, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s governing board on Monday voted to increase fares by about 6 percent, while freezing rates for bus riders, seniors, and…

Rte. 28 Advisory Group Offers Compromise For Teaticket Highway Project » CapeNews.net A special public information session hosted by the new Route 28 Citizen’s Advisory Committee at the Morse Pond School on Sunday afternoon, March 10, gave residents another opportunity to weigh in on…

MBTA hikes commuter rail, subway fares » The Salem News Commuter rail and subway riders will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets this summer when new rates go into effect.…

Pushback continues on proposed MBTA fare hike » Boston Herald Riders, politicians and advocates are pushing against a proposed fare hike on the T as the oversight board keeping watch on the beleaguered agency prepares to vote on the increase as soon as Monday.…

Utilities

Healey seeks delay, but NRC moves ahead on Seabrook license extension » Newburyport Daily News Federal officials say they are continuing with a license amendment and 20-year extension for Seabrook Station despite Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s letter Sunday asking the Nuclear R…

Want to ‘push the plunger’ on Brayton Point? Get your tickets now » South Coast Today The Brayton Point cooling towers are scheduled to be imploded April 27, and tickets are available for those looking to be the lucky one to “push the plunger.”…

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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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