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9:00am Massachusetts Book Awards, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Department of Public Health Hearing, DPH Western Regional Office, 23 Service Center Road, Northampton

10:00am Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

12:00pm Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell on 89.7 FM Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

1:00pm Joint Committee on Export Development, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, Public Hearing

6:00pm Ricardo Arroyo for Boston City Council GOTV Fundraiser

6:00pm "Next Generation" with Revere Mayoral Candidate Dan Rizzo

Birthdays: Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin

Must-Reads

BAKER TO UNVEIL NAME OF INTEGRATED SOUTHCOAST, BRISTOL CHAMBER » State House News Service In June, the chambers signaled plans to integrate and operate with a co-CEO model, retaining Bristol County Chamber President Mike O'Sullivan and SouthCoast Chamber President Rick Kidder. …

EYEING BLUE SEATS, GOP LAUNCHING CANDIDATE TRAINING PROGRAM » State House News Service Democrats targeted by the party in conservative-leaning districts include Reps. Colleen Garry of Dracut, John Velis of Westfield, Kathleen LaNatra of Kingston, David Robertson of Tewksbury, Jonathan Z…

“That was a bad deal”: Gov. Charlie Baker supports AG Maura Healey on Purdue settlement » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that he thinks Attorney General Maura Healey made the right decision in not joining the settlement with Purdue Pharma. …

Gov. Charlie Baker defends Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito’s judicial jobs pipeline » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is defending how plum judicial jobs are filled in the state’s court system after three clerk-magistrate candidates with ties to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito each landed a lifetime appoin…

Mulling Run Against Green New Deal Sponsor Ed Markey, Joe Kennedy is Heavily Invested in Fossil Fuels » Sludge Kennedy owns as much as $1.75 million worth of stock in the fossil fuel industry, including oil and gas companies that see Markey’s Green New Deal as an existential threat, according to a Sludge rev…

Female Legislators Across the Commonwealth Support Ed Markey » Blue Mass Group Throughout his career in public service, Ed Markey has been a champion for women, a relentless advocate, and a true friend. He has fought for pay equity, full access to health services, and the Equal …

At Her Biggest Rally, Elizabeth Warren Laid Out A Model For Her Own Kind Of Movement » BuzzFeedNews If Sanders’ rally for a “political revolution” had echoes of the 1960s, then Elizabeth Warren’s gathering here for her own presidential campaign three years later felt like a different kind of…

Mass. State Police union president resigns » Boston Globe Facing a recall vote this week from his union, the head of the State Police Association of Massachusetts resigned Monday, the latest leadership change to roil one of the state’s most powerful labor …

Deb Goldberg moves toward congressional run » Boston Globe She would not have to give up her current perch to run. But she would likely face a lot of competition in the Democratic primary, and also would be running at a time when voters have shown themselves …

Neon-Green Sean Spicer Doesn’t Rock A Salsa On ‘Dancing With The Stars’ » HUFFPOST Spicer seemed to have a blast. He attempted a salsa to The Spice Girls’ “Spice Up Your Life” that end with a knee slide. Judge Bruno Tonioli said he looked like he was being attacked by a “swa…

Can Donald Trump change the electoral map, again? » CNN That recent history suggests that dismissing the Trump campaign's plan to grow the 2020 map into New Mexico (as well as New Hampshire and Nevada, where Clinton won in 2016) is a mistake. Especially w…

Three Leaders of Women’s March Group Step Down After Controversies » New York Times Their departure, earlier reported by The Washington Post, follows complaints from some local women’s march leaders that the New York-based group was too insular to lead a national movement. It comes…

HOW WARREN WOULD 'END LOBBYING AS WE KNOW IT' » Politico Warren’s Senate office said they would be reintroducing an updated version of the bill she introduced in the previous Congress — the ‘Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act’ — in the “co…

“I’m shocked. I’m disappointed. I’m angry,” Walsh said Friday in an interview with Boston Public Radio. “This is not who I am, and this is not who my administration is.”

Mayor Marty Walsh

Defending himself after multiple convictions of Walsh administration officials.

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Beltway Politics

‘Yang Gang’ comes out for Andrew Yang in Cambridge » Boston Herald The “Yang Gang” flocked to Cambridge Common Monday evening to cheer on 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who is trending up in the polls as he rolls out his businessman’s brand…

Some presidential candidates are, yes, just too old » Boston Globe Re “Veiled shots about aging hit a nerve with older generation” (Page One, Sept. 14): As someone who is just a month away from 75, l think that Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Donald Trump are all …

In reshuffle, top 2 Sanders aides in N.H. are out » Boston Globe The Bernie Sanders campaign shuffled out its top two New Hampshire aides over the weekend, less than five months before the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.…

Rep. Pressley To File Kavanaugh Impeachment Resolution » WBUR U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley will introduce a resolution Tuesday calling for an impeachment inquiry to begin against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, after a news report over the weekend contained …

Business

Doyle’s yet another fixture to be cleared from Boston’s scene » Boston Globe The unfortunate imminent closing of Doyle’s is more of a loss to this city than the old Boston Garden or the elevated Expressway (“Taps for another Boston institution,” Page A1, Sept. 11). …

Top Boston lawyer wields clout to help community » Boston Herald One summer afternoon in 1984, a young employee in the Boston law firm Mintz Levin, training for a triathlon, went swimming in Gloucester Harbor. He worked in the firm’s IT department, and had little…

Massachusetts building celebrates 100th year at the Big E » News 22 WWLP.com Lt. Governor Karyn Polito visited the Big E fairgrounds Monday morning for the rededication of the Massachusetts State Building.…

WeWork postpones IPO after chilly response from investors » Boston Business Journal WeWork shelved its initial public offering on Monday night after struggling to drum up investor interest in the multibillion-dollar listing, in an embarrassing setback for the New York-based property …

A Hail Mary to save Doyle’s Cafe » Boston Herald Bostonians devastated that the legendary Doyle’s Cafe plans to shut down are drawing up an 11th-hour Hail Mary to save the legendary Jamaica Plain pub.…

Response to Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to sell Hynes Convention Center? Not so fast » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker wants to sell the Hynes Convention Center and put that money into expanding the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center — but public officials and residents say they want answers …

How A Nationwide Cancer Scare Nearly Sank The Cranberry Industry » WBUR It was an early November day when Arthur Flemming got some distressing news.…

Cannabis

New bill would change local approval process for marijuana companies and put power in the hands of city councils, select boards » Boston Globe A bill filed by a state legislator from Fall River would change the way marijuana companies receive their local contracts, requiring a majority of a municipality’s city council or select board to si…

City approves marijuana shop in East Boston despite zoning discrepancy » Boston Business Journal East Boston will have two cannabis dispensaries within half a mile of one another, despite city requirements barring facilities from being within that close of proximity. …

Fiola proposes buffer zones for marijuana dispensaries near drug treatment centers » The Herald News Fall River state Rep. Carole Fiola said Monday that she expects to file another bill further regulating so-called “loopholes” in the state’s cannabis dispensary laws.…

Crimes

Fall River Voters Hold The Power To Decide Jasiel Correia’s Fate » WGBH After months of political drama, Tuesday’s preliminary election for the mayor of Fall River will come down to the pivotal role of local voters — and the question of whether the seat’s embattled …

Prominent computer scientist at MIT argues definition of rape in defending money from dead sex offender » Universal Hub Richard Stallman, founder of Cambridge's Free Software Foundation and a visiting scientist at MIT, argues that Jeffrey Epstein's victims were likely "entirely willing" and to stop besmirching the good…

Education

Justice Department letter describes how Providence set up English-learning students to fail » Boston Globe The US Justice Department last year found that the Providence school system was setting up English learning students “to struggle and too often, to fail,” according to a never-before released lett…

An education promise we can keep » Boston Globe In 1993, Massachusetts enacted the most comprehensive education reform law in the country. It established a baseline foundation budget for every community, increased state and local funding to pay f…

Memo to Harvard: Give away all the Epstein money » Boston Globe Have you donated to your college alma mater? I haven’t, even though I treasure the four years I spent at Cornell University.…

Not in the towns’ best interests: Amherst, Pelham reject regionalized elementary schools » Gazette Net Citing insufficient financial and educational benefit to Amherst and Pelham, and lack of support from town officials and residents in both communities, a committee that has studied regionalization of …

Environment

Most teens say they’re frightened by climate change; 1 in 4 have taken action, poll shows » Boston Globe In a coastal town in Washington, climate change has a high school junior worried about the floods that keep deluging his school. …

EPA data pinpoint largest greenhouse gas emitters in region » Gazette Net Climate change is a collective problem, as evidenced by the many everyday activities that emit greenhouse gases in some way: driving a car, turning on the lights, cooking dinner and throwing food in t…

To Combat Climate Change, Do We Need The Nuclear Option? » WBUR Future? In Massachusetts, nuclear power is history.…

Federal

House panel investigates Elaine Chao for possible conflicts » Boston Globe The House Oversight Committee said Monday it is investigating whether Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao acted improperly to benefit herself or her family’s shipping company.…

Gaming

Slots slip, table game revenues keep rising at Encore » Commonwealth Magazine Overall, Everett casino sees 8 percent gain …

Judiciary

Federal judge allows briefs by Healey, retired justices in support of Judge Joseph » Boston Herald A federal judge ruled Monday over the objections of prosecutors to allow briefs by local lawyers, retired state judges and Attorney General Maura Healey in support of embattled state Judge Shelley Jos…

Local Government

Once Again Under Indictment, Fall River Mayor Faces Voters » WBUR Fall River voters head to the polls Tuesday to select two candidates for the mayoral election in November.…

Politics

Deb Goldberg moves toward congressional run » Boston Globe State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg took a crucial step toward a campaign for the House seat currently held by Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, the latest sign that the political world sees Kenne…

Conservative group fights donor disclosure rules » The Salem News A Republican-backed fiscal watchdog group will ask a federal judge on Tuesday to void a new state campaign finance law that requires the disclosure of top donors in political advertising.…

Good will with Democrats nationwide could help Joe Kennedy III in clash with Ed Markey » Boston Globe As the 2018 midterm elections approached, Democratic candidates around the country wanted Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III’s help.…

Treasurer Goldberg files for congressional campaign » State House News Service Democratic Treasurer Deborah Goldberg is seriously considering a run for Congress should incumbent U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III decide to challenge U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in 2020, and is in the "deci…

If Kennedy Runs For Markey's Seat, Deb Goldberg May Run For Kennedy's » WBUR Democratic Treasurer Deborah Goldberg is seriously considering a run for Congress should incumbent U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III decide to challenge U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in 2020, and is in the "deci…

Public Health

Time for Massachusetts to act on e-cigarettes » Boston Herald Hey, Charlie Baker — maybe you should check out the bill filed in March looking to ban flavored tobacco products in Massachusetts. …

Purdue bankruptcy settlement not enough, AG Healey, former addicts say » Boston Herald Recovering addicts who blame Purdue Pharma for getting them hooked on opioids say the company’s multibillion-dollar plan to settle lawsuits as part of a bankruptcy is dodging responsibility.…

Healey vows to keep pursuing Purdue ‘perpetrators’ » Boston Globe Hours after Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy protection as part of an effort to settle thousands of lawsuits nationwide, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Monday accused the family that…

Healey stands by her refusal to settle with opioid maker » The Salem News Attorney General Maura Healey is digging in over her decision not to sign onto a multi-state settlement with Purdue Pharma over its role in the opioid addiction crisis.…

38 patients now reported to have mysterious vaping-related lung illness in Mass. » Boston Globe The number of patients believed to have a mysterious lung illness related to vaping has increased to 38 in Massachusetts, officials said Monday.…

Healey outlines refusal to settle Purdue Pharma lawsuit » Commonwealth Magazine ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY says she plans to continue to aggressively pursue litigation against Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling prescription painkiller OxyContin, despite the …

Lawmakers: Treatment laws need to reflect recovery realities » State House News Service Rallying with people in recovery, their families and friends, and advocates for people who struggle with addiction, state lawmakers on Monday called for the state's laws around treatment and recovery …

Public Safety

Political Notes: Whelan bill targets protesters' use of masks » Cape Cod Times State Rep. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, filed a bill Monday that would criminalize concealing identity by covering the face at a public event.…

‘It’s the worst it’s ever been’: After police crackdown, unease grows in the South End » Boston Globe On the sidewalk in front of the CVS parking lot at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Northampton Street, John Jerry tore at a beef teriyaki skewer from a nearby Chinese restaurant. …

Mass. State Police union president resigns » Boston Globe Facing a recall vote this week from his union, the head of the State Police Association of Massachusetts resigned Monday, the latest leadership change to roil one of the state’s most powerful labor …

State Government

Baker seeking to sell Hynes, expand Boston Convention and Exhibition Center » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker wants to sell the Hynes Convention Center in the Back Bay and put that money into expanding the Seaport’s Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in hopes of creating “a major g…

Battenfeld: Patronage a dirty word for Gov. Charlie Baker, except when it isn’t » Boston Herald Patronage? Favoritism? How dare you suggest such a thing. This is Gov. Charlie Baker we’re talking about. He’s a choirboy, and wouldn’t stoop to such nasty sounding practices.…

Our View: Good time for election-reform discussion » The Eagle Tribune It's an interesting fact today that in Massachusetts, the vast majority of seats in the Legislature are held by Democrats, all members of the congressional delegation and both U.S. senators are Democr…

Gov. Baker proposes selling Hynes to fund BCEC expansion » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker is pursuing the sale of Hynes Convention Center in Back Bay, he announced Monday, with the proceeds to be used to fund a long-debated expansion of the Seaport District’s Boston Co…

Baker wants to sell Hynes to help fund South Boston convention center expansion » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker has revived plans to expand the massive Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston and wants to help pay for it by selling the state-owned Hynes Convention Center in …

Baker wants to sell Hynes, expand BCEC » Commonwealth Magazine Sale would finance convention center expansion, allow Back Bay redevelopment …

Baker's BCEC expansion differs in size, financing » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker revived on Monday the idea of expanding the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to attract more and larger conventions to Boston. But the proposal the governor is expected to pu…

Taxation

Tax relief plan fails to excite legislative leaders » State House News Service The Democratic leaders of the state House and Senate are waiting to form opinions on a tax relief proposal that Gov. Charlie Baker offered earlier this month, they said Monday.…

Transportation

T attributes Red Line derailment to broken subway axle » Boston Globe The derailment of a Red Line train in June that disrupted life for thousands of commuters on the region’s busiest subway line was caused by a broken axle, an investigation by the MBTA has determined…

Baker, T officials defend MBTA on inspections » State House News Service The governor joined MBTA officials Monday in pushing back on allegations by T's employee union that budget cuts have increased safety risks across the system, an argument that unfolded in the wake of …

Over 5,000 licenses now suspended in RMV scandal » Boston Herald More than 5,000 driver’s licenses now have been suspended since the records scandal unfolded at the Registry of Motor Vehicles — and officials say they aren’t done searching for more potentially…

At Long Last, We Know What Caused the Red Line Derailment » Boston Magazine The mystery of what, exactly, caused the derailment that made the Red Line such a nightmare this summer has finally been solved. In a report released today, the MBTA says it believes a broken axle was…

More than 5,200 Massachusetts driver’s licenses suspended amid RMV review, acting registrar says » The Republican The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle has issued license suspensions for more than than 5,200 motorists during its records review in the wake of a deadline New Hampshire crash that killed seven …

MBTA: Weakened steel ring led to June derailment » Commonwealth Magazine Discovery has led to more stringent inspections …

T notes: Half-price reverse commute fare to Foxboro » Commonwealth Magazine Big time savings for Silver Line buses using Seaport ramp …

Broken axle caused June Red Line train derailment » Dorchester Reporter A 27-year-old axle on a Red Line car fractured and caused a June 11 derailment, MBTA officials announced Monday, offering a clearer picture of the problem that has led to months of delays and headache…

Sen. Eric Lesser Calls for East-West Rail at Western Mass. Transportation Forum » Business West State Sen. Eric Lesser said the biggest step toward unlocking the vast economic potential of Western Mass. is solving the region’s transportation crisis. In a keynote address Friday at the Food Bank…

A bike is stolen from a poorly installed MBTA bike rack. And the T says it’s not responsible » Boston Globe On Aug. 23, Cynthia Graber stepped out of the Davis Square MBTA station in Somerville, turned left, and headed behind the station to retrieve her bike, same as always.…

AECOM hired to study Red-Blue Line connector » Boston Business Journal A consultant will complete a new study of the Red-Blue Connector by fall 2020, outlining what the current cost would be for a long-sought project to connect two of the MBTA's main subway lines in down…

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