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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

2:30pm Special Commission on Bail Reform, State House, Room 428

5:30pm Annual Celebration for Rep. Paul Tucker

Birthdays: Rep. Jeffrey Roy

Must-Reads

US Attorney Andrew Lelling is the new sheriff in town » Boston Globe who is Andrew Lelling? He’s a career prosecutor who worked in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and in Virginia before coming to Massachusetts. He has a longstanding reputation among …

How Elizabeth Warren Raised Big Money Before She Denounced Big Money » New York Times Ms. Warren wooed wealthy donors for years, stockpiling money from fund-raisers, and has used $10.4 million from her 2018 Senate race to underwrite her 2020 bid.…

We asked 100 New Hampshire insiders about the Democratic field. Here's who they favor. » Politico Just over half of the 100 delegates said they haven't picked a candidate yet. Of those who have decided, a third named Warren as their favorite. …

Baker offers tax relief plan as revenues surge » State House News Service .Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who has been open to raising taxes, on Friday outlined a new tax relief proposal that his administration says will benefit 1 million taxpayers with dependents.…

How Donald Trump just might save the Republican Party — and the country » Boston Globe It’s a conservatism that tries to wrestle with the post-Cold War, post-industrial angst that fired his election — dropping a reflexive fealty to big business that dates back to the Reagan era and …

The Heir » The Atlantic Ivanka was always Trump’s favorite. But Don Jr. is emerging as his natural successor.…

JPMorgan Creates ‘Volfefe’ Index to Track Trump Tweet Impact » Bloomberg Politics Make market volatility great again? Analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. have created an index to gauge the impact of Donald Trump’s tweets on U.S. interest rates, which they say is on the rise.…

Internal Kamala Harris document acknowledges 'Summer Slump' » Politico A briefing memo accidentally left behind at a restaurant here showed Kamala Harris’ staff expected her to be grilled on her lack of presence in the state as well as her campaign’s “summer slump.…

The fallout from the fall of Fall River’s mayor » Boston Globe Corrupt is bad enough. But the good people of Fall River appear to have thrice elected a mayor who is also as dumb as bricks.…

“If he was selling Apple computers or Mercedes Benz he’d be doing just as well, he’s such a great salesman,” said Paul Coogan, “He has a great gift for the gab.”

Paul Coogan, one of two Democrats facing Correia in the primary on Sept. 17.

Speaking about Fall RIver Mayor Jasiel Correia, after his latest federal indictment.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Congressman Lynch says crowded Democratic primaries threaten party unity » The Enterprise “If we’re fighting amongst Democrats, that’s playing right into Trump’s hands,” Lynch said at an annual breakfast hosted by the Brockton Democratic City Committee.…

Bernie Sanders taking ‘nothing for granted’ in 2020 presidential bid » Boston Herald Bernie Sanders ran away with the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary in 2016. This time around — with a much larger field and a new threat from neighboring U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren — S…

Democrats’ agenda would dismantle economy » Boston Herald Growth or destruction — that’s the choice voters will face when they make a decision between the Trump administration’s record and the promises to dismantle the economy being made by Democrats w…

Ayanna Pressley, from ‘squad’ to Hub honcho » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley upended traditional Bay State politics with her victorious bid for Congress last year — and she would break ground all over again if the unconventional pol decides change c…

Biden, Warren lead Democratic presidential primary race in Mass., poll finds » Boston Globe A new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll of likely Massachusetts primary voters found a surging Senator Elizabeth Warren closing in on former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead as the number of undec…

Suffolk/Globe poll finds Kennedy leading Markey in possible Senate primary matchup » Boston Globe Buoyed by youth and a dynastic name, Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III would hold an immediate edge over Senator Edward J. Markey should the 38-year-old congressman launch a primary challenge to th…

At N.H. convention, Democrats focus on electability » Boston Globe One by one, at the largest gathering of presidential candidates in New Hampshire history, 19 Democratic hopefuls made the case to party activists Saturday that they were best suited to take on Preside…

A Kennedy-Markey primary could draw millions away from other Democratic candidates » Boston Globe As Democrats scramble to retain their narrow House majority and gain control of the Senate in 2020, a potential primary between Senator Ed Markey and Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III could divert …

Beto's Rebooted Campaign Struggles To Make An Impression In Boston » WGBH Once the candidate who promised to unify a deeply polarized country, after a mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas left 22 people dead, O’Rourke began to look at his campaign differently.…

Warren Has Lagged With Voters Of Color. But She Has Strong Support In Boston's Black Community » WBUR Elizabeth Warren was on stage in Houston in April when a woman asked her what she would do to address the fact that for black women, the risk of death due to pregnancy-related causes is three to four …

Business

A new era for Alewife business park: life sciences » Boston Globe For nearly 20 years, Robert Schlager has been working on turning the old Alewife campus of renowned consulting firm Arthur D. Little into a second hub for the region’s booming life-sciences industry…

Ito steps down from top job at MIT Media Lab, other high-profile roles » Boston Business Journal Joichi “Joi” Ito has not only stepped down as director of the MIT Media Lab, but has also resigned from the board of directors of Boston-based PureTech Health plc, and appears to have been removed…

Restaurateur among first buyers at Boston’s St. Regis Residences » Boston Business Journal Boston-based Cronin Development is still digging deep into the ground for the foundation of The St. Regis Residences, Boston — the first all-residential St. Regis property in a major urban area — …

Baker touts grants, teases legislation at Bio event » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker announced to a biotech conference Monday that the state would be investing $6.7 million in capital funding into nine projects focused on imaging, cancer, neuroscience and drug disco…

Cannabis

Local officials walk fine line in seeking marijuana pot of gold » Worcester Telegram There’s big money in the burgeoning marijuana business, a fact that hasn’t been lost on municipal officials around the state.…

Weed Is Flying Off The Shelves In Mass. But Compared To Other States, We're Lagging » WGBH In 2016, Massachusetts citizens opted to make recreational cannabis legal in the commonwealth. But the first shops didn't open until 2018, when stores in Leicester and Northampton opened on the same d…

State regulators shut down marijuana licensee » State House News Service State cannabis regulators halted all business of a licensee that has locations in Sheffield and Attleboro as they investigate an owner who "allegedly conspired to evade Commonwealth licensing and drug…

Crimes

Fall River mayor accused of shaking down pot firms » Commonwealth Magazine US ATTORNEY ANDREW LELLING on Friday accused Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II of running the city as a “pay-to-play institution,” using the leverage provided by the state’s marijuana law to sh…

Education

Record grant funds, technology updates and Veterinary Clinic opening mark new school year » Athol Daily News With a record amount of grant monies funding major technology and classroom updates, along with the much-anticipated opening of the school’s on-site Veterinary Clinic, Monty Tech is poised for an ex…

Working on a formula for funding Mass. schools » Boston Globe If you repeat something often enough, people start to believe it. That’s why it has become a common assumption that Massachusetts test scores soared after the Education Reform Act of 1993 took effec…

How an Élite University Research Center Concealed Its Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein » The New Yorker New documents show that the M.I.T. Media Lab was aware of Epstein’s status as a convicted sex offender, and that Epstein directed contributions to the lab far exceeding the amounts M.I.T. has public…

MIT Media Lab chief resigns after new revelations about ties to Jeffrey Epstein » Boston Globe The head of the MIT Media Lab resigned Saturday following fresh allegations that he had deliberately masked the full extent of his ties to convicted sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein, leaving…

MIT Media Lab offers painful lesson on donations » Boston Globe When rich people want to burnish their reputations, they donate to universities, museums, and other nonprofits. Therein lies the opportunity — and the danger — for any organization that relies on …

Walsh Reacts to Chapter 70 Funding Increase » East Boston Times-Free Press The outdated formula used to fund public schools in Boston and other school districts in low-income neighborhoods has led to budget shortfalls year after year here. …

Lowell Police weigh in on teacher’s arrest » Lowell Sun The Lowell Police Superior Officers Association used a letter to express “dismay and disappointment” in the alleged conduct of a Lowell teacher accused of assaulting a cop during Boston’s recent…

UMass to replace 2 aging student apartment complexes » Western Mass News The University of Massachusetts-Amherst is moving ahead with a $200 million project to replace two aging student apartment complexes with more modern units.…

Director Of MIT Media Lab Resigns Over Financial Ties To Jeffrey Epstein » WBUR The director of a prestigious research lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology resigned Saturday following the uproar over his financial ties with convicted sex-offender and financier Jeffrey…

Baker: Wait for education reform bill may stretch into 2020 » The Herald News Republican Gov. Charlie Baker hinted in a new interview that a major education funding reform bill eagerly awaited on Beacon Hill may need to wait until next year.…

Environment

AG Maura Healey calls for unity to protect right whales » Cape Cod Times Canadian premiers and U.S. governors in the Northeast need to take active steps to protect imperiled North Atlantic right whales from ship strikes and fishing gear entanglement, according to Massachus…

O.B., Tisbury get shore protection grant » Martha's Vineyard Times Oak Bluffs and Tisbury both received coastal resiliency grants to address coastal impacts, according to a press release.…

Health Care

The reality of Medicare for All is not what you think » Commonwealth Magazine DEBATES AMONG CANDIDATES for the Democratic presidential nomination feature discussions of how to address the significant shortcomings of the US healthcare system. …

Strong action needed to rein in prescription drug costs » Commonwealth Magazine EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO count on having access to health care that is high quality and affordable. But even in Massachusetts, where we have the highest rate of health insurance of any state in the …

Housing

Gov. Baker Pushing Bill to Overhaul Housing Zoning Rules » Cape Cod Online The Massachusetts economy is on a tear, but the surge in new business development is also turbocharging the cost of finding a place to live.…

Habitat for Humanity Close to Finish Line For Decadelong Project » iBerkshires On a weather perfect Saturday, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity along with an army of local volunteers and suppliers led by Allegrone Construction, kicked off a weeklong "Builders Blitz" with th…

Judiciary

Defense attorney: Judge Sinnott ‘has no leg to stand on’ » Commonwealth Magazine The band of right-wing provocateurs who staged a “straight pride” parade in Boston 10 days ago were hoping to stir the pot. But they likely never imagined that the tempest they’d cause would be …

SJC justice rules in favor of Suffolk District Attorney Rollins in feud with Boston Municipal Court judge » Boston Globe A Supreme Judicial Court justice handed Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins a major victory Monday, ruling that Boston Municipal Court Judge Richard Sinnott III had “no authority” to force R…

Mass. High Court Sides With Suffolk DA Rollins In Battle With Judge Over Protester Charge » WBUR A Supreme Judicial Court justice sided with Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins on Monday, vacating the decision of a lower court judge to arraign a counter-protester of the so-called "St…

Labor

It’s long past time for public defenders to be unionized » Boston Globe David Scharfenberg’s Sept. 1 Ideas article (“Office workers of the world, unite!”) provided a strong overview of the challenges professional workers must overcome to gain collective bargaining r…

Legislative

Beacon Hill Roll Call: A look at major legislation in 2019 so far » Wicked Local Hanover This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at the handful of major legislation that was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker so far in 2019.…

Local Government

Stoughton embraces sister city from Portugal in warm welcome » Wicked Local Stoughton The themes of sisterhood, friendship and culture enveloped Stoughton Center as more than 150 people gathered at Town Hall Tuesday night, Sept. 3, to welcome a delegation from Stoughton’s sister city…

New Bedford ransomware attack could happen in Boston » Boston Herald The threat of a cyberattack like the one that recently hit the city of New Bedford is ever-present and the risk is heightened in large cities like Boston, cybersecurity experts say.…

Zoning board member resigns amid bribery scandal » Boston Globe Craig Galvin, a Dorchester realtor and member of the Zoning Board of Appeal who has come under scrutiny amid a bribery scandal tied to City Hall, resigned from his post this weekend.…

Businesses, city face challenges, change in downtown Northampton » Gazette Net One night this past August, Bob McGovern stood at the corner of Masonic and Main, looking down the street toward City Hall…

In wake of Correia's arrest, efforts underway to limit power of Fall River mayor » The Herald News As Mayor Jasiel Correia’s Friday arrest has thrown local politics into upheaval, efforts are underway to reconfigure city government and limit the powers of the mayor’s office.…

Walsh, Wu clash over upcoming ZBA meeting amid Boston City Hall bribery scandal » Boston Business Journal Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and City Councilor Michelle Wu got into a public spat this week over whether the city’s Zoning Board of Appeal can conduct business-as-usual after it became embroiled in…

Methuen DPW worker promoted after suing mayor » The Eagle Tribune Longtime Department of Public Works employee Daniel Tulley has been promoted after suing Mayor James Jajuga.…

Politics

Poll: Beacon Hill Democrats taking Massachusetts on wrong track » Boston Herald Bay Staters are fed up with Democrats on Beacon Hill, according to a recent Massachusetts Republican Party poll — and they aren’t crazy about U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, either.…

In Providence, Buddy Cianci is commanding center stage once again » Boston Globe Few people on the planet relished the spotlight more than the late Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., the rascal mayor of Providence from 1975 to 1984 and again from 1991 to 2002. In Rhode Island, tha…

Mass. Dems Prepare To Visit Springfield, Sans Mayor Sarno » New England Public Radio Massachusetts Democrats are gathering in Springfield on Saturday for their annual convention. And there's at least one Democrat who was not invited to speak. …

Climate change forums set for Northampton City Council candidates » Gazette Net Two forums aimed at putting City Council candidates on the spot on climate change are scheduled this week.…

’Gentle woman with a spine of steel;’ legacy of activist Frances Crowe celebrated » The Republican Hundreds gathered Sunday afternoon at two memorial events celebrating the life and legacy of activist Frances Crowe, who passed away last month at the age of 100.…

Quincy Mayoral candidates differ on key issues » Patriot Ledger Mayor Thomas Koch is facing competition in the upcoming election from two political newcomers whose stances on infrastructure, transportation and development are different than his.…

Large School Committee field heads into preliminary election in Worcester » Worcester Telegram Voters will choose from one of the deepest fields for School Committee in decades Tuesday when the city holds its preliminary election. The primary will cull that group down by one, so that 12 of the …

Allegations against Mashpee Wampanoag tribal leaders come to head » Cape Cod Times Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe looking to unseat their top executive officers intend to make their case for financial mismanagement at the coming recall election, airing years of grievances th…

Public Health

Sudbury To Spray For Mosquitoes After 5-Year-Old Girl Contracts EEE » WBUR The Middlesex County town of Sudbury will spray for mosquitoes Monday and Tuesday after a 5-year-old girl tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis.…

Sacklers Reject Demand That They Surrender Personal Wealth To Settle Opioid Claims » WBUR The family that owns Purdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin, has rejected a demand that they give up $4.5 billion of their personal wealth to settle opioid claims against the company, according to state at…

Sacklers reject settlement in Purdue Pharma case, reports say » Taunton Gazette The family that owns Purdue Pharma has reportedly rejected demands from a group of state attorneys general that they give up a greater share of their personal fortune in a potential settlement to reso…

Public Safety

Protest at City Hall condemns police response to Straight Pride Parade » Boston Herald Protesters waving flags, chanting and carrying signs in opposition to the police response at last week’s Straight Pride Parade gathered at City Hall Saturday, where a series of speakers shared their…

When the city was lawless: Recalling the Boston Police Strike of 1919 » Boston Globe One hundred years ago this week, sword-waving cavalry charged into a jeering, stone-throwing crowd of 15,000 people in downtown Boston.…

Mass. measure should tackle guns’ semiautomatic mechanism » Boston Globe Boston Police Commissioner William Gross knows all too well that there is more that can be done in Massachusetts to address the epidemic of gun violence.…

Chicopee, Mass., Police Defend Armored Vehicle Purchase » New England Public Radio The police department in Chicopee, Massachusetts, said a new armored vehicle it's getting is more civilian than military. …

Political Notebook: Framingham plans 'Gift Cards for Guns' event » The Metro West Daily News Officials are requesting that all firearms to be turned in be placed in a bag, box or case and placed in the backseat or trunk of your vehicle.…

UPDATE: Mayor cancels disaster appreciation dinner » The Eagle Tribune An appreciation dinner for first-responders involved in the Sept. 13, 2018 Merrimack Valley gas disaster has been cancelled by Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera after Lawrence firefighters said they would …

State Government

Gov. Charlie Baker On Transportation, Housing And Education » WGBH With lawmakers back on Beacon Hill after the summer break, Gov. Charlie Baker is gearing back up to tackle some of the state's most pressing issues including transportation, affordable housing and edu…

State senators to Gov. Charlie Baker: Stop hiding NDAs » Boston Herald State senators are calling out Gov. Charlie Baker for continuing to hide behind his exemption from the public records law as he refuses to release information about secret silencing settlements, paid …

Taxation

SJC gets online sales tax case » The Salem News The Supreme Judicial Court is set to take up a case that could determine whether certain online software companies are requires to pay the state's 6.25% sales tax.…

Transportation

Developer’s plan for Riverside Station site is scaled back, but the opposition isn’t likely to end » Boston Globe Good luck finding a more ideal spot for a big housing project, right on a T line, than the sea of parking spaces at Riverside Station in Newton.…

With Uber ruling, taxi companies ‘are running out of legal theories’ against ride-hail companies » Boston Globe A federal judge in Boston handed a win to Uber, legal experts said Sunday, by rejecting a complaint from area taxi companies that the ride-hail giant violated the state’s consumer protection law by …

Advocates say delay in hands-free bill is costing lives » The Metro West Daily News Activists are pushing legislators deliberating out of public view to make a decision on the use of hands-free devices while driving.…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 9/9

Birthdays: Rep. Jeffrey Roy

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

2:30pm Special Commission on Bail Reform, State House, Room 428

5:30pm Annual Celebration for Rep. Paul Tucker

Tuesday - 9/10

10:00am Department of Public Utilities and Department of Telecommunications & Cable Public Hearing, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

10:30am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

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

1:00pm LGBT Aging Commission, Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA 01201

1:00pm Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

5:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Salem City Councilor Elaine Milo

Wednesday - 9/11

8:30am 18th Anniversary Commemoration of 9/11, House Chamber

8:30am September 11 Annual Commemoration Ceremony, Front Stairs & House Chamber, State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

5:00pm Mass. Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony, Ashburton Park, State House, Boston

6:00pm Division of Marine Fisheries Public Hearing, Admiral's Hall, Mass. Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay

Thursday - 9/12

10:00am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Public Hearing

2:00pm Department of Mental Health Public Hearing, DPH Headquarters, Boston Room, 25 Staniford Street, Boston

6:00pm MassGOP Reception & Fundraiser with Chairman Jim Lyons

6:00pm 2nd Annual Celebration with Rep. Nika Elugardo

6:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Medford School Committee Candidate Cheryl Rodriguez

Friday - 9/13

10:00am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

12:00pm Office of Medicaid (MassHealth) Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

12:00pm "Ask the Mayor" with Mayor Marty Walsh on 89.7 FM Boston Public Radio, WGBH's Boston Public Library Studio

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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