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8:00am Breakfast Reception with Congresswoman Lori Trahan

1:00pm Boston Police Commissioner William Gross on 89.7 Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

5:30pm Fundraiser for Lowell City Council Candidate Corey Belanger

7:00pm Boston Fundraiser for Brockton Mayoral Candidate Jimmy Pereira

Must-Reads

STATE BUDGET TALKS AGAIN SPILLING INTO NEW FISCAL YEAR » State House News Service While most states around the country have wrapped up annual budget deliberations, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate here have been unable to bridge disagreements over pieces of their nearly $…

SENATE SENDS BRADY DRUNK DRIVING CASE TO ETHICS COMMITTEE » State House News Service Three weeks after Sen. Michael Brady entered a plea deal to resolve drunk driving charges, the Senate referred his case to the Ethics Committee for further review, initiating a process that could resu…

House Speaker Robert DeLeo silent over nondisclosure agreements » Boston Herald House Speaker Robert DeLeo is refusing to talk publicly about the use of secret deals to settle sexual misconduct complaints, a practice roundly criticized by advocates and a state senator who says sh…

Seth Moulton Missed the First Debate. He Doesn’t Think It Matters. » US News When Moulton got married in 2017, Warren RSVP'd – then canceled last minute, a decision that still seems to irk him. …

Kamala Harris Takes Center Stage At Chaotic Democratic Debate » HUFFPOST The California senator consistently controlled the stage, including when she pressed Joe Biden to address racial injustice and civil rights. …

Joe Biden writes his own headline: ‘My time is up, I’m sorry’ » Boston Globe Joe Biden looked tan, wrinkle-free, and ready for a gentle game of pickleball. Unfortunately, he was playing against Senator Kamala Harris of California, who was ready to rumble.…

When It Comes to the Census, the Damage Among Immigrants Is Already Done » New York Times Critics have accused the administration of attempting to use the question to discourage immigrant communities from participating in the census. An undercount of these communities, which are often in D…

"Public funds should never be used to protect perpetrators and silence victims through non-disclosure agreements — period,” said Sen. Diana DiZoglio. “It’s a shameful practice and an outright abuse of taxpayer dollars. I want to know how much in taxpayer dollars have gone toward the abuse of NDAs (nondisclosure agreements) across our state.

Senator Diana DiZoglio

House Speaker DeLeo's tactic of using non-disclosure agreements to cover up sexual assault claims in the State House.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Candidates target Biden in second Democratic debate » Boston Globe As her fellow Democrats talked over one another amid a discussion of race and policing, Senator Kamala Harris interrupted and told the moderators of Thursday night’s presidential debate that she’d…

Elizabeth Warren raises a hand for axing private health care » Boston Herald n a sane political party, this one photograph of the fake Indian, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, would have already ended not only her presidential campaign, but perhaps her entire political career.…

Business

Calif. man accused of tricking Mass. firm in export scam » Boston Globe A California man was indicted on charges he purchased atomic clocks from a Massachusetts company and illegally exported them to Hong Kong, the US attorney in Boston announced Thursday.…

State Street to pay $94M to settle overcharging claims » Boston Business Journal State Street Corp. has agreed to pay approximately $94 million as part of settlement agreements with federal and state regulators related to its overcharging of clients for custodial banking services …

Tariffs hurting Mass. lobstering industry, rep says » State House News Service A state rep from Gloucester wants her colleagues to travel to the coastal city to learn more about the effects of U.S. trade policies with China and their negative impacts on the Massachusetts lobster…

Civil Rights

Here’s why you should care about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the census citizenship question » Boston Globe How and who to count in the 2020 Census has been at the heart of a legal battle against the Trump administration since March of last year. That’s when Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees th…

Somerville City Council passes facial recognition ban » Boston Globe The Somerville City Council voted Thursday to ban the use of facial recognition technology in police investigations and municipal surveillance programs, taking an aggressive stance against the practic…

AG Healey celebrates win with Supreme Court decision on US Census question » News 22 WWLP.com During a rally outside the statehouse Thursday, Healey joined MassCounts protesters to show support for immigrant communities across the state.…

Citizenship question opponents in Mass. celebrate Supreme Court ruling on census » Worcester Telegram The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling halting the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census was cheered Thursday by state officials and advocates who said such a question could jeopardize an ac…

Maura Healey lauds Supreme Court on census citizenship question » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey claimed victory Thursday after a Supreme Court ruling kept the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census — for now.…

Education

White supremacists spread propaganda at seven Mass. colleges this year, data indicate » Boston Globe White supremacist groups distributed propaganda on seven Massachusetts college campuses during the 2018-2019 academic year, according to new data from the Anti-Defamation League.…

Incoming Boston superintendent announces leadership team » Boston Globe Incoming Boston Public Schools superintendent Brenda Cassellius on Thursday announced her new executive leadership team, which will elevate Latinos to some of the district’s top positions and fill a…

Two Rhode Island districts turn to collection agencies to collect school lunch debts » Boston Globe Two Rhode Island school districts have turned to collection agencies this year to pursue tens of thousands of dollars in school lunch debt, reflecting the lengths some districts are going to as they t…

Lynn School Committee approves $159.3M 2020 budget » Lynn Daily News Item The School Committee approved the district’s $159.3 million fiscal year 2020 budget and authorized School Superintendent Dr. Patrick Tutwiler to make four new administrative hires on Thursday night.…

How 3 States Are Digging In on Civics Education » Education Week What can states do to develop better citizens? CivXNow, a coalition of some 90 organizations spearheaded by the online curriculum group iCivics, has some ideas. The group recently unveiled a policy me…

Chang-Diaz seeks breakthrough for funding of education reform » Dorchester Reporter A sweeping effort to overhaul the state’s 26-year-old education funding formula is still in the joint Education Committee as a vocal coalition of proponents keep pushing for movement. The bill is si…

Worcester says Planned Parenthood presentation on sex ed a 'mistake' » Worcester Telegram The city has issued a statement saying it was a mistake that Planned Parenthood gave an "overly political" presentation to students at a youth leadership symposium on Wednesday.…

2 Mass. Women Among Those Suing U.S Education Dept. To Force Action On Student Debt Relief » WBUR A class action lawsuit filed in California Tuesday claims the U.S. Department of Education is "intentionally" not processing debt relief claims by students who were defrauded by for-profit colleges. …

Environment

State commits $300,000 to South Shore trail improvements » Patriot Ledger The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has awarded more than $300,000 in grant money to be used to extend some of the South Shore’s walking and biking trails, make them more accessible …

DEP hearing officer recommends upholding Enbridge permit » State House News Service Dealing a blow to opponents of a proposed natural gas compressor station in Weymouth, a Department of Environmental Protection adjudicator recommended Thursday that an air-quality permit issued for th…

Fed up lawmakers seek air monitoring law near Fore River » Wicked Local Braintree Frustrated by what they describe as frequent pollution and now an “outrageous” handling of air quality data for a controversial natural gas compressor station, lawmakers in the Fore River basi…

Air Quality Permit For Weymouth Compressor Should Move Ahead, State Official Says » WBUR A proposed natural gas compressor station in Weymouth is a step closer to becoming reality. On Thursday an official with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) affirmed the dep…

Gaming

Encore gets seal of gaming commission approval » Commonwealth Magazine FOUR DAYS AFTER its grand opening, Greater Boston’s first casino won a conditional operating certificate on Thursday morning.…

Gaming Commission ready to reconsider talks of state’s third casino license » Boston Herald State gambling regulators announced Thursday it will revisit talks of the state’s third casino in southeastern Massachusetts.…

Health Care

Massachusetts, The Innovation Hub, Debates Aggressive Drug Price Controls » WBUR Deidre Waxman climbs onto a stone bench outside the Massachusetts State House, about a mile from the world-class hub of drug development in Kendall Square.…

Housing

NeighborWorks breaks ground on 48 units of housing downtown » The Enterprise A community development corporation began construction Wednesday on a 48-unit apartment building that will fill a vacant lot in the heart of the city’s downtown.…

Human Services

Brockton homelessness nonprofit faces ransomware attack » The Enterprise The Brockton-based nonprofit Father Bill’s and MainSpring was attacked by ransomware, but said that it does not believe any information was stolen and no computers were permanently affected.…

Immigration

In Absence of Federal Money, Local Governments Spend Millions to Help Asylum Seekers » Governing President Trump's ending of the safe release program is costing cities and counties. Congress is debating a bill that would at least partially reimburse them. …

Mass. County Sheriffs, State DOC Will Re-Up Contracts With Federal Immigration Officials » WBUR There's an ongoing battle over just how much Massachusetts authorities can legally partner with federal immigration officials.…

Judiciary

Supreme Court Punts Partisan Gerrymandering to States and Congress, But They May Not Act » Governing The 5-4 ruling leaves no options for challenging maps perceived as unfairly partisan in federal court. …

Labor

3 years after bitter fight, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and nurses union approve new contract » Boston Globe Without fanfare or drama, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the union representing its more than 3,400 nurses quietly reached a two-year contract deal this week.…

Iron Horse workers file labor law complaints with state Attorney General against Eric Suher » The Republican Several dissatisfied former employees of Eric Suher and his Iron Horse Entertainment Group have now filed labor law violation complaints with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.…

Senate passes bill to expand rights of public-sector unions » The Republican The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would expand the rights of public-sector unions.…

Legislative

State Senate to launch probe into Brockton lawmaker following OUI plea deal » Boston Globe Massachusetts Senate leaders said Thursday they will open an ethics investigation into Senator Michael D. Brady, weeks after the Brockton Democrat reached a plea deal with prosecutors on drunken drivi…

Spilka refers Brady case to Ethics Committee » Commonwealth Magazine Brockton Dem was arrested for drunk driving …

Politics

Infighting and chaos reveal today’s NRA » Boston Globe It’s been a cage match behind a curtain, a duel in the darkness, a knife fight in a fog bank.…

Belsito announces challenge to Moulton » The Salem News While U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, stood on the sidelines Thursday of the 2020 Democratic presidential debate in Miami, Florida, Salem State University trustee Jamie Zahlaway Belsito announced she…

The Supreme Court deals a blow to voters’ rights » Boston Globe In North Carolina in 2016, the GOP state legislator in charge of drawing congressional districts brazenly admitted that he drew a map that would reliably produce 10 Republican and 3 Democratic seats b…

Sean Powers Withdraws From Braintree Mayor Race » Brookline Patch Town Councilor Sean Powers has withdrawn from Braintree's mayor race. After Mayor Joseph Sullivan announced he wasn't seeking re-election, it left the seat wide open for the November election, and Pow…

Public Health

Air Pollution In Mass. Hits Asian Americans Hardest » WBUR Communities of color are disproportionately exposed to vehicular air pollution, according to a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists.…

Chinatown has worst air quality in Massachusetts, report says » Boston Globe Chinatown has the worst air quality in Massachusetts, according to a report from a science advocacy group that also said Asian-American residents are exposed to 36 percent more harmful pollution parti…

Massachusetts considers removing religious belief exemption from mandatory vaccination law » News 22 WWLP.com There have been two cases of measles in Massachusetts this year, raising concerns surrounding the state’s current exemptions.…

Public Safety

Lawyers sue police department for data on hiring, race » The Bay State Banner The group Lawyers for Civil Rights filed a lawsuit against the Boston Police Department last week calling for the release of records on hiring, promotion, discipline and termination of applicants and …

Essex DA investigating deaths of 5 children, including 3 in DCF care » Boston Globe The deaths of three children in separate incidents since mid-April, all while in the care of the state’s child protection agency, are under investigation by the Essex district attorney’s office, o…

UPDATED: Woman arrested during protest at Department of Corrections headquarters in Milford » The Metro West Daily News A Rhode Island woman was arrested by police Thursday morning and charged with trespassing and resisting arrest after she and another unnamed male activist chained themselves to blue tires filled with …

State police ranks increase by 171 with grad ceremony » Worcester Telegram More than 170 new state troopers will hit the roads Friday after graduating from the agency’s 84th Recruit Training Troop at a ceremony Thursday at the DCU Center.…

State Government

Lisa Wieland will serve as Massport’s new chief executive » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Port Authority picked its port director, Lisa Wieland, on Thursday to be its next chief executive, bypassing the other finalist, a member of the city’s power elite, for one of the …

Wieland gets nod for Massport CEO post » Commonwealth Magazine LISA WIELAND WAS selected to be the next chief executive of the Massachusetts Port Authority, taking over from the longtime stewardship of Tom Glynn, who retired last year.…

After Court Ruling On Citizenship Question, Mass. Officials Urge Feds To Get Moving On Census » WBUR State officials urged the Trump administration to move quickly to print and distribute 2020 U.S. Census forms without a citizenship question, after a divided Supreme Court on Thursday blocked inclusio…

Massport bypasses a politically wired candidate for a transport professional » Boston Herald Massport passed over a politically connected City Hall and Beacon Hill insider for a Massport insider with her own powerful connections to lead the agency.…

YOUR VIEW: Speaker DeLeo, please allow Election Day Registration » South Coast Today In Massachusetts alone, 100,000 + citizens are unable to cast their ballot due to not having Election Day Registration. The commonwealth is not only depriving those who want to vote on Election Day th…

Massport names Port Director Lisa Wieland as new CEO » Boston Herald Massport’s board reached inside its own organization for its new CEO, as Port Director Lisa Wieland has been tapped for the job.…

Transportation

Billerica T commuters: Lack of parking, antiquated systems are obstacles » Lowell Sun Parking shortages and antiquated systems are among the challenges commuters at North Billerica Rail Station face when using public transportation. The ride itself isn't so much the problem, commuter …

More arrests, drug abuse detailed for man charged in N.H. crash that killed 7 » Boston Globe New details of past traffic and drug-related convictions for the man charged with killing seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire emerged Thursday, bringing to six the number of states in which the 23-ye…

Voters unhappy with MBTA and Baker's handling of it » The Herald News Years after crises spurred investments and management reforms at the MBTA, the transit system's riders are frustrated with the system's condition and unhappy with how political leaders have managed t…

MBTA riders at JFK/UMass echo new polling on transit frustrations » Dorchester Reporter Passengers at JFK/UMass stop on Thursday were irritated about the state of the transit system. New polling says they are not alone. A WBUR poll this morning found that only 29 percent of polled voters…

Conn. Transport Officials Say They Didn't Err In Sharing Info About Driver From Fatal N.H. Crash » WBUR Connecticut transportation officials say they didn’t do anything wrong in how they told their Massachusetts counterparts about the May drunk driving arrest of a man now charged with killing seven mo…

Charlie Baker needs to get a Charlie Card » Boston Herald Nobody is asking Gov. Charlie Baker to become “Charlie on the MBTA,” but it wouldn’t hurt for the governor to occasionally take the T.…

Utilities

Massachusetts regulators approve state's largest clean energy procurement » Utility Dive The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has approved contracts for the largest clean energy procurement in the state's history, authorizing utilities to purchase 9,554,940 MWh annually …

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB3941 - An Act relative to GreenWorks

HB3846 - An Act relative to GreenWorks

SB2273 - Text of the Senate amendment to the House Bill relative to collective bargaining dues (House, No. 3854).

HB1 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2020

HB3910 - An Act making certain appropriations for fiscal year 2020 before final action on the general appropriation bill

SB2271 - Text of the Senate amendment to the House Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2019 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects (House, No. 3819).

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2020

HB3801 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2020

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2020

SB2235 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2020

House Actions This Week: 201

Senate Actions This Week: 82

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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