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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Nonprofit Awareness Day, Great Hall & Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Birthdays: Rep. Jay Livingstone, Rep. Mike Connolly

Must-Reads

As candidates descend on California, Kamala Harris struggles to defend her home turf » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren attracted the largest crowd of her presidential campaign so far Friday night in an unusual location — the hometown of rival Senator Kamala Harris.…

Three sets of Mass. public agencies nominated for government secrecy award » Boston Globe Three sets of Massachusetts public agencies are facing stiff competition for an ignoble accolade: most secretive. State Police, three different district attorneys, and the state’s court system are f…

Riley throws in towel on New Bedford charter plan » Commonwealth Magazine FOUR MONTHS AFTER he unveiled a novel proposal for a New Bedford charter school billed as a way to ease the acrimony that has plagued the state’s education sector, Massachusetts education commission…

Full Speed Ahead For Beacon Hill Debate On Cellphone Use While Driving » New England Public Radio It's head-turning discussion this week at the Massachusetts Statehouse, as the Senate is likely to debate hands-free cellphone use by drivers. …

It’s 2 primaries now: Biden and everyone else » Politico With the introductory stage of the Democratic presidential primary now over, the lines of engagement are beginning to take shape. And what is emerging is a primary that is no longer one nominating con…

Physicians want stricter limits on pot » Gloucester Times Physicians and medical researchers are pressing for tougher laws to protect the public from high-potency cannabis products.…

Insurgent Democrats, Many of Them Women, Worry a New Party Policy Will Block Them » New York Times A move by House Democratic leaders to thwart party members from mounting primary challenges to incumbents, even in safe Democratic districts, could have the unintended consequence of arresting the par…

Fact-Checking Elizabeth Warren on the Campaign Trail » New York Times Senator Elizabeth Warren has climbed in recent polls as she churns out a stream of ambitious policy proposals and renews calls for President Trump’s impeachment.…

“I think it’s a shame and a disappointment for all involved that this one, at this point, is in limbo,” he said. “Where we stand now has put a whole bunch of kids and a ton of families in New Bedford in a really crummy place.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the New Bedford charter school bill which was brought to an end after weeks of controversy.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Seth Moulton: 'If this country wasn't racist, Stacey Abrams would be Governor' » CNN Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton said Sunday Democrat Stacey Abrams should be governor of Georgia, and said she would be if the US "wasn't racist."…

An impeachment effort feels like too much of a risk » Boston Globe In “Hey, Pelosi: Impeach him now” (Opinion, May 26), Renée Graham asks, “So, if you could kneecap the president by . . . launching an impeachment inquiry — why wouldn’t you do that?” Whil…

Seth Moulton calls gun violence a ‘national emergency’ in wake of Virginia shooting » Boston Herald Democratic presidential candidate Seth Moulton on Sunday pledged to do “whatever I can” to ban all assault weapons and high-capacity magazines…

2020 Candidates Are Going All In on Abortion Rights » The Atlantic Democratic candidates are pushing their party further left than ever. Will this strategy cost them voters? …

Who Do Non-Religious Democrats Prefer? » FiveThirtyEight The Democratic Party has a broad and diverse religious coalition — which, as Laura Bronner and I wrote last week, can be challenging for any candidate hoping to use religious rhetoric to rally voter…

Business

GateHouse Media to condense 50 weekly Massachusetts newspapers into 18 » The Republican GateHouse Media will consolidate 50 of its weekly newspapers in Massachusetts into 18, according to a memo posted online Friday night.…

Lyndra Therapeutics’ incoming CEO is used to running tough races » Boston Globe If running a biotech startup takes an appetite for risk and an ability to get up after a bad fall, then Lyndra Therapeutics of Watertown has just picked a new CEO with both of those attributes.…

Now that’s a good story: news revival in Berkshires » Boston Globe As he was nearing 70, the mandatory retirement age for judges in Massachusetts, Fred Rutberg began thinking about what he might do next. He had served on the bench in Berkshire County for 20 years, an…

The Twin Cities have a beautiful new soccer stadium. Why doesn’t Boston? » Boston Globe On a recent Saturday evening, waves of soccer fans wearing blue-gray jerseys and scarves streamed from a train station and walked toward the swooping white roof of an imposing stadium just a block awa…

Cannabis

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she has always supported making recreational marijuana legal, but is that true? » The Republican Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she has supported legalization of marijuana since Massachusetts voted to decriminalize the drug in 2008, but a New York Times fact check says this claim is exaggerated.…

VA denies Mass. veteran home loan over his legal marijuana job » Boston Globe The couple, crammed in a tiny Revere apartment with two kids and a third on the way, had spent months searching for a house they could afford. …

Civil Rights

Rally in Westford to support abortion access » Wicked Local Chelmsford Legislators, town officials, medical professionals and others will gather for a rally in support of abortion access, and to criticize measures to restrict abortions in other states. The Pro-Roe Rally…

Education

Pressley calls UMass Boston grads ‘President Trump’s worst nightmare’ » Boston Globe US Representative Ayanna Pressley praised the hard work and diversity of UMass Boston’s Class of 2019, calling the graduates “President Trump’s worst nightmare.”…

'Put down your phone,' Gov tells Upper Cape grads » South Coast Today Somebody kept telling Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School’s Class of 2019 to put their phones away during Sunday’s graduation ceremony.…

Bristol-Plymouth graduates get 'career certification' » Taunton Gazette The graduating class at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School continues to grow.…

Will Rhode Island take over Providence schools? » Boston Globe The Gilbert Stuart Middle School Dragons, hundreds of mostly Latino and black children from the city’s poorest neighborhoods, filled the school auditorium the Friday before Memorial Day for a surpri…

Students need new skillset – creativity » Commonwealth Magazine TODAY WE MUST educate children for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented. …

Northeastern University submits new Nahant plan to the EPA » Lynn Daily News Item Northeastern University took the next step in its quest to build a Coastal Sustainability Institute on East Point.…

Environment

In the Great Marsh and other coastal wetlands, climate change is harming delicate ecosystems » Boston Globe Navigating an unusually high tide through the submerged channels of the Great Marsh, Hillary Sullivan cut the engine and let her skiff drift onto a mud bank. She plopped into the mire, sloshing shin-d…

Carbon pricing needed to address climate change » Commonwealth Magazine IT IS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT to see the path forward on climate change. There are so many variables and misdirections. How do we address cow belches – one of the most problematic methane offenders? …

Federal

Whistleblower says there’s a secret VA wait list for care. The department says that’s not true. » Washington Post Jereme P. Whiteman rose quickly through the Department of Veterans Affairs, reaching the top grade on the main employee classification scale in only seven years. …

Gaming

Southeast Mass. officials worried by Rhode Island gaming competitors » The Herald News Like a battlefield general reviewing troop placement ahead of a fight with a neighboring army, Rep. Jeff Roy on Wednesday held up a map and walked other lawmakers through the details of a peaceful bor…

Tribal Casino Deal In The Works For Bridgeport, Conn., Might Bump MGM Plans » New England Public Radio The city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, may finally host a casino — but it might be the state’s two tribal nations, and not MGM, that back the project. …

Tribe, town make their pleas in federal court » Martha's Vineyard Times The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and the town were back in familiar territory — at odds in Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV’s federal courtroom.…

MGM Springfield’s revenue misses due in part to lack of high-rollers and Eastern Mass. customers, casino President Michael Mathis says » The Republican The high rollers are not coming down the Mass Pike to Springfield in large numbers.…

Health Care

Patients can be confident in the generic medicine they take » Boston Globe Katherine Eban’s fearmongering regarding manufacturers of generic medicine (“These pills could kill you,” Ideas, May 26) is dangerous to patients. The United States has the safest drug supply in…

Nailing a rung into the nursing home career ladder » Commonwealth Magazine AS RECENT NEWS HAS MADE CLEAR, nursing homes have a Medicaid reimbursement problem. What you may not have heard during the steady drumbeat of media coverage is that nursing homes also have a recruit…

Local Government

Zen and the Art of Making Law (on the Police Commission) » Western Mass Politics and Insight For well over a decade, city councilors have grappled how to structure the Police Department leadership. The Control Board’s abolition of the Police Commission in 2005 was among its most controversi…

Boston tries to boost local contract numbers » Boston Globe When Ronnette Taylor founded Fire Code Design in Roxbury 13 years ago, she became the first black woman to run a plumbing and fire protection company in Massachusetts. She was also the first to receiv…

Mayor Walsh On What It Will Take To Lower Crime, Homelessness In Boston » WGBH Summer is a busy season for the city of Boston. WGBH News Morning Edition Host Joe Mathieu sat down with Mayor Marty Walsh at Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe to talk about the challenges the city faces, inc…

Worcester says school board did not violate Open Meeting Law » Worcester Telegram The city solicitor argues in a response to an Open Meeting Law complaint filed against the School Committee last month (May) that the accused members did not violate the statute, and that the one memb…

New faces on ballot in Fitchburg election » Sentinel & Enterprise With those pulling nomination papers in Fitchburg for City Council and School Committee growing, it's a good bet city residents will have several new councilors and committee members when members are …

Westhampton voters OK funds for public safety complex » Gazette Net Residents voted to fund the creation of a new public safety complex and adopt bylaws prohibiting recreational marijuana establishments in town at Saturday's annual election.…

Maureen Carney will not seek 8th term on Northampton City Council » Gazette Net Maureen T. Carney has announced that she will not seek re-election after serving on the Northampton City Council since 2005.Carney, 61, who is in her seventh term as the Ward 1 representative, made th…

Politics

Cambridge-area activists hold public reading of Mueller excerpts » Boston Globe When Special Counsel Robert Mueller made his first public statement about his investigation last week, he declared that everything he had to say was in his report.…

Seven arrested as March for Life turns violent » Boston Herald A demonstration turned violent Sunday afternoon on the Boston Common when protesters clashed with anti-abortion March for Life demonstrators, leading to seven arrests.…

Women of color team up for Boston City Council run » Boston Globe Women of color transformed the Boston City Council in the last municipal election by claiming six of the 13 seats. Now some of them are upending campaign traditions by banding together to run in the n…

Public Health

Callous disregard for neighbors of proposed Weymouth compressor » Boston Globe Re “Echoes of Flint in Mass.” by Aimee Ortiz (Ideas, May 26): I wonder if I was the only one struck by the parallels between the siting of the proposed compressor station in Weymouth and the sitin…

Springfield grapples with surge in overdose deaths » Boston Globe Milton Rivera has seen it with his own eyes, and it’s scary. A man sat down for a meal at the Friends of the Homeless shelter — and suddenly turned white and collapsed. The staff revived him.…

Say, lawmakers — can we interest you in a sex ed class? » Boston Globe Thank you to Margery Eagan for pointing out the challenge of getting accurate sex education in our schools, even in Massachusetts …

Hold e-cigarette makers accountable » Sentinel & Enterprise We've previously sounded the alarm about the dangers of nicotine-laced e-cigarettes, due to the uncertainty of their long-term health effects, and especially because of marketing campaigns apparently …

Public Safety

Baker’s inaction on State Police scandal is glaring » Boston Globe What does it take for Governor Baker to do something? Heath McCauliffe, a former state trooper facing sentencing for his role in the overtime fraud scandal, admitted that “almost every member of his…

Advocates Celebrate BPD Body Camera Rollout, But Say Policy Is Weighted Against Public » WBUR As of Monday morning, nearly 200 of Boston's roughly 2,100 police officers will be wearing body cameras as they go about their duties, a move officials say will improve relations between the departmen…

Springfield police officer Angel Marrero, videoed shoving high school student into wall, charged with assault, filing false report » The Republican The Springfield school resource officer caught on video shoving a High School of Commerce student into a wall has been charged with assault and battery and filing a false report.…

State Finance

Talks to begin on a final version of state’s $42.7B budget » Boston Herald State budget negotiations are about to get started at the Massachusetts Statehouse.…

State Government

Tariffs could cost Massport millions on infrastructure project » Boston Herald Massport officials are pushing to keep the large new container cranes they plan to buy off of the list of tariffs on Chinese imports, saying that the higher levy on goods from China would add millions…

Massport acknowledges CEO search committee’s open meeting law violation » Boston Herald A Massport committee violated state law when it failed to give sufficient public notice of a closed-door meeting this week to interview candidates for the $300,000-a-year CEO job, an agency spokeswoma…

Transportation

To curb Cape congestion, try a traffic tweak instead of a bridge overhaul » Boston Globe I appreciated the reporting on improving access to Cape Cod (“Cape bridge improvements take shape,” Page A1, May 23). The iconic bridges may well be near the end of their projected useful lives, b…

In a state full of crumbling bridges, $22 million Providence River span stands out » Boston Globe The state’s new $22 million pedestrian bridge curves across the Providence River, a crescent with wooden benches, sleek illuminated tables, and built-in chessboards stationed between stainless-steel…

Boston drivers’ choice: Parking tickets, the electric bill, lunch or diapers? » Boston Herald Mayor Martin Walsh’s dramatic increase of parking fines last year coupled with aggressive enforcement is putting a financial strain on people who say a single mistake can wipe out the month’s diap…

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Mass. House gives final approval to road, bridge funding » Taunton Gazette Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on two roll calls from the week of May 27-May 31. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week.…

Plenty of people on board with resurrecting passenger rail linking North Adams, Boston » Berkshire Eagle As a boy, state Rep. John Barrett III can remember joining his father in Williamstown to watch the last passenger train depart from the Northern Berkshires.…

Senate Expected to Debate Cellphone Ban for Drivers » NBC Boston Massachusetts could soon be a step closer to banning hand-held cellphone use by motorists. …

Utilities

Pilgrim ownership will determine path of nuclear plant's future » Cape Cod Times Removing 580 radioactive spent fuel assemblies from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station reactor vessel and transferring them to the adjacent spent fuel pool will begin Tuesday.…

The rush is on: to double offshore wind power, that is » Boston Globe Welcome to the Offshore Gold Rush. Bring your panning kits, ideas for power lines, and any federal tax credits you can find before they disappear. Lobbying muscle would help, too.…

Mass. to double offshore wind procurements » Commonwealth Magazine THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION is pushing ahead with plans to double the procurement of offshore wind power over the next several years, a move that will increase wind’s share of the state’s energy port…

Scrutiny of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to continue after shutdown » Cape Cod Times Although the reactor at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has been permanently shut down, the region’s lawmakers, leaders and longtime watchdogs say the danger to the public continues as long as high-le…

Senator Julian Cyr Reflects as Pilgrim Nuke Shuts Down » Cape Cod Today Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has — at long last — ceased it’s active operations and electricity generation effective at 5:28pm today, May 31st. …

Healey worried about insufficient Pilgrim decommissioning $$$ » State House News Service With Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station now offline for good, Attorney General Maura Healey is worried there is not enough money to safely clean up the Plymouth plant site and renewing her call for federal…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 6/3

Birthdays: Rep. Jay Livingstone, Rep. Mike Connolly

9:00am Nonprofit Awareness Day, Great Hall & Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 6/4

9:00am Annual Heritage Day of Portugal, Second Floor & House Chamber, State House, Boston

10:00am Department of Revenue Public Hearing, 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Room A, Boston

11:00am Safe Communities Act Lobby Day, State House, Boston

11:00am Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

5:30pm Birthday Celebration for Sen. Adam Hinds

5:30pm Women for Lynn City Council Candidate Cinda Dahn

5:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Beverly City Council Candidate Kris Silverstein

6:00pm Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo's Brithday Reception

6:30pm Mass. Republican Party Fundraiser with Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson

7:00pm Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins on Greater Boston with Jim Braude, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

Wednesday - 6/5

Birthdays: Rep. Kevin Honan, State Senator Diana DiZoglio

7:15am North Shore Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast with Speaker DeLeo, Tedesco Country Club, 154 Tedesco Street, Marblehead

10:00am Election Day Registration Lobby Day, Room 428, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

5:30pm State House News Service's 125th Anniversary, State House, Room 428

6:00pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Haverhill City Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O'Brien

6:30pm State of the State House with Act on Mass, Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge

Thursday - 6/6

10:30am House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, Public Hearing

11:00am Mass. Down Syndrome Congress Down Syndrome Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Early College Forum, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

5:00pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Worcester City Councilor Khrystian King with Rep. Jim O'Day

6:00pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Weymouth Town Councilor Fred Happel

Friday - 6/7

Birthdays: Rep. Aaron Michlewitz

11:00am Improve Efficiencies in Student Transportation, Room 222, State House, Boston

6:30pm Catch Up, Unwind & Roll with Rep. Kathy LaNatra

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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