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9:00am Division of Marine Fisheries Public Hearing, DFW Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough

10:00am 2019 Massachusetts Cyber Security Forum, Second Floor, State House, Boston

10:00am League of Women Voters of Mass. Lobby Day, Room 428, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

5:00pm Fall Fundraiser for Lynn City Councilor Brian LaPierre

6:00pm Fall Reception for Plymouth County Register of Probate Matt McDonough

6:00pm Reception Honoring Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.

Must-Reads

Correia declares victory in retreat » Commonwealth Magazine IT RINGS like an echo of the solution to the Vietnam War quagmire proposed by Vermont Sen. George Aiken — “declare victory and get out.”…

Only once has Gallup seen more support for removing a president; Nixon was gone four days later » Washington Post When President Trump’s 2020 campaign claims that Democrats have always wanted to see Trump impeached, it’s not entirely incorrect. While the Democratic Party’s establishment has only relatively …

Accountant for Brian Joyce convicted of helping the late Milton senator defraud IRS » Boston Globe An accountant for former state senator Brian A. Joyce, who was found dead last year while facing a federal indictment on corruption charges, was convicted by a federal jury Wednesday of conspiring wit…

House Uses FY19 Surplus To Shore Up Reserves And Pad Ed Spending » State House News Service The House moved to close the fiscal year 2019 books Wednesday with near-unanimous approval of a $723 million supplemental budget that would stash $400 million of last year's surplus in reserves and sp…

Bill Straus: email shows Baker aide warned against writing about public safety problem » South Coast Today A lawmaker leading the Transportation Committee’s investigation into the Registry of Motor Vehicles deepened his dispute with the Baker administration Tuesday, telling reporters he has acquired docu…

Elijah E. Cummings, Powerful Democrat Who Investigated Trump, Dies at 68 » New York Times Representative Elijah E. Cummings, a son of sharecroppers who rose to become one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress and a central figure in the impeachment investigation of President Trump, di…

Michlewitz: Tax Cut Sacrificed to Help State Save More » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to double the tax exemption for dependent children was left out of a $714 million spending bill being debated Wednesday because leadership prioritized building up the sta…

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley holds off on presidential endorsement as colleagues back Bernie Sanders » The Republican A day after the fourth Democratic presidential debate and following reports that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders could pick up endorsements from three progressive congresswomen, U.S. Rep Ayanna Pressley o…

Open Senate Seat Quickly Draws Interest » State House News Service The ink had barely dried on Plymouth Sen. Viriato deMacedo's announcement that he's leaving for a job at Bridgewater State University when potential candidates began dipping their toes into the water …

"The needle on the Batsh*t Crazy Meter may have gone past the red zone today."

A GOP official in California

Speaking about President Trump and his meltdown regarding Nancy Pelosi and Turkey.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

A frosty Elizabeth Warren takes down a tepid Joe Biden » Boston Globe Brrrr. The frost is not just on the pumpkin. It’s on Elizabeth Warren as she prepares to pull away from Joe Biden for good and win the Democratic presidential nomination.…

The Far Right Seems To Think Liberals Are A Bigger Threat Than Rampant Corruption. It's Not So » WBUR Elizabeth Warren’s ascent in polls explain why, at Tuesday’s debate, the Massachusetts senator took “buckshot [in] the rear end,” to borrow Howard Dean’s pungent phrase.…

AOC’s Bernie Sanders endorsement wounds Elizabeth Warren » Boston Herald Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez provides a badly-needed jolt to Bernie Sanders’ campaign while bypassing front-runner Elizabeth Warren and wounding her efforts to corral progressives behind her candidacy.…

Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died » Boston Herald Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper’s son who rose to become the powerful chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thu…

Elizabeth Warren’s dodge on Medicare for All taxes brings attacks — and political risks » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren has spent weeks dodging a simple question about how she would finance a pillar of her presidential campaign — a universal health care plan dubbed Medicare for All. This week…

Some Democratic women were bothered by Joe Biden-Elizabeth Warren debate exchange » Boston Globe A tense debate exchange with Senator Elizabeth Warren over who gets credit for the creation of a consumer watchdog prompted a fresh round of criticism of former vice president Joe Biden and his abilit…

Business

Gillette Stadium will now need only single license a year for sporting, other events » The Sun Chronicle Transforming a half-century of permitting precedent, selectmen this week unanimously agreed to streamline the approval process for sporting and entertainment events at Gillette Stadium by requiring a …

Amazon opening new 'delivery station' at former NECCO site » Boston Business Journal After opening its first '4-star' store in Massachusetts and holding a job fair to fill more than 700 local roles, Amazon.com Inc. is once again expanding its footprint in the Bay State with a new "del…

Cannabis

Holyoke marijuana company Positronic Farms plans bankruptcy filing after board resigns » The Republican The entire board of Holyoke company Positronic Farms has resigned, and the company is considering filing for bankruptcy, as the secretary of state investigates the company’s role in violating state …

State lifts suspension on marijuana company Nova Farms » Boston Business Journal After a month-long suspension, state regulators have given the green light for cannabis cultivator and dispensary Nova Farms to reopen.…

Education

Hampshire College reinvents coursework model, unveils $60M fundraising goal » Boston Business Journal Still less than a year removed from nearly ceasing to exist, Hampshire College announced Wednesday plans to reinvent its curriculum in a bid to attract students as well as donations and support form p…

Editorial: Student debt repayment needs partnership approach » Boston Business Journal America’s student loan crisis has received outsized attention from the Democratic presidential candidates over the past year. Just last week, Joe Biden announced a plan aimed at helping student loan…

Guest column Stephen Zrike Jr.: Two new middle schools just makes sense for Holyoke » Gazette Net If you were in middle school, where would you do your best work? Solving math problems in a classroom with windows bolted shut, no air conditioning, and poor ventilation inducing trouble breathing and…

Environment

Report cautions against high-tech tools to prevent shark attacks » Boston Globe The many high-tech tools designed to prevent shark attacks have limited effectiveness and can create a false sense of security, according to a blunt report released Wednesday that warns the best way t…

'No silver bullet solutions' in long-awaited Cape shark study » Cape Cod Times Six Outer Cape towns, along with Cape Cod National Seashore and Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, released a long-awaited report Wednesday on shark detection, deterrence and exclusion technologies.…

Shark study does little to calm nerves over great whites » Boston Herald Some surfers are steering clear of Cape Cod and tourists are looking elsewhere because of great white shark sightings — alarming trends as a new shark mitigation report says there are “no silver b…

House bill would tie DCR’s hands on state forest logging » Gazette Net Touted as a measure that will combat climate change and preserve forests' recreational value, House Bill 897 is now being considered by legislators, having had its first hearing two weeks ago.…

New bill would ban the sale and distribution of all balloons in Mass. » Boston Business Journal A bill which would ban the sale and distribution of all balloons is under consideration by Massachusetts lawmakers.…

Federal

Pressley holds town hall in Randolph » The Bay State Banner The constituents who came to Stetson Hall in Randolph brought questions about immigration, impeachment, women’s rights and growing inequality to 7th District U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s town hall …

Gaming

Encore casino president out five months after opening » Boston Herald Encore Boston Harbor chief Bob DeSalvio is out less than five months after the huge Everett casino opened.…

Wynn brings in new managers in Everett » Commonwealth Magazine WYNN RESORTS shuffled its top management team at Encore Boston Harbor on Wednesday, removing president Robert DeSalvio and elevating Brian Guilbrants, the head of food and beverage, to replace him.…

Health Care

What Medicare For All Might Mean For 4 Mass. Households » WBUR Maybe you've been hearing the Democratic presidential candidates argue about whether the country should drop private health insurance and move to Medicare for All.…

Housing

Housing rule would make it harder to fight discrimination » Boston Globe During the housing boom of the early 2000s, Massachusetts homeowners Ana and Ismael Ramirez did what a lot of homeowners did: They used a broker to refinance their home.…

No easement? No problem. Condos rise in a backyard » The Bay State Banner When Nashira Baril moved to Taylor Terrace just three years ago, she and her husband were drawn to the quiet dead-end row of single-family homes off of River Street in Mattapan.…

Making housing a Beacon Hill priority » Commonwealth Magazine IT’S THE QUINTESSENTIAL housing story for many Boston area residents in their twenties and thirties. An apartment with three bedrooms, each commanding $1,100-plus, one bathroom, questionable mainten…

Human Services

Late mayor of Brockton, Governor among honorees at Learn to Cope 15th anniversary » Patriot Ledger Gov. Charlie Baker, Congressman Bill Keating and Bill Carpenter, the late mayor of Brockton, and more will be honored at the 15th anniversary celebration of Learn to Cope, a non-profit that helps indi…

Immigration

A victory for American values on ‘public charge’ – but the fight continues » Sampan Today U.S. District Court Judge George B. Daniels issued a temporary injunction against the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule, preventing the rule from taking effect as scheduled on Oc…

Democrats put immigrants before needy Americans » Boston Herald President Trump’s key immigration rule change, to discourage immigrants from relying on public health programs, food stamps, housing assistance and other welfare, got derailed on Friday by three fed…

Judiciary

Suspended Judge Shelley Joseph ready for trial if motion to dismiss fails » Boston Herald Suspended state Judge Shelley Joseph is ready to go to trial if her motion to dismiss federal obstruction charges fails, lawyers on both sides of the controversial case stated Wednesday.…

Nathan Byrnes confirmed as clerk magistrate at Westfield District Court » The Republican

Labor

High cost of day care keeps Boston women out of workforce, survey finds » Boston Globe Many parents in Boston — especially mothers of very young children — are unable to work because they can’t find affordable, quality child care, according to a new survey of city residents to be …

Legislative

Veterans Bill May Emerge Ahead of Nov. 11 Holiday » State House News Service The Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs is working towards releasing an omnibus veterans bill by May, but its chairs said Tuesday that the committee might also be ready with a narrower bill by V…

John H. Nardozzi, accountant for former Sen. Brian Joyce, convicted on fraud charges in federal court » The Republican John H. Nardozzi, the certified public accountant for former state Sen. Brian Joyce, was convicted by a federal jury for conspiring with the late senator to defraud the IRS from 2011 through 2014, the…

DeMacedo to leave Senate for job at Bridgewater State » Cape Cod Times Another member of the Cape and Islands legislative delegation is calling it quits.…

Ethics Probe of Brady Nearing Its Conclusion » State House News Service Nearly four months after opening an investigation into Brockton Sen. Michael Brady's drunk driving case, the Senate Ethics Committee is close to issuing its report that could recommend additional disc…

Local Government

New health agent gives Holbrook a nice shot in the arm » Wicked Local Holbrook “Working in Holbrook has been a whirlwind so far, since we did not have someone in this position since the end of January, and I started near the end of July,” Holbrook’s new health agent, Abbey…

City pulls $248m in pension money from firm after CEO’s off-color comments on women » Boston Globe The City of Boston on Wednesday terminated its relationship with billionaire money manager Ken Fisher, pulling about $248 million in pension fund money from his firm following lewd comments he made la…

Walsh Vows 'More Than Tweaks' To Zoning Board Of Appeal » WGBH Mayor Marty Walsh says change is coming to the Boston Zoning Board of Appeal.…

Northampton Health Board may limit menthol cigarette sales » Gazette Net The Board of Health will be tackling tobacco issues at its Thursday meeting, including restricting where menthol-flavored tobacco products can be sold in the city.…

Hadley Planning Board mum on proposed zoning change » Gazette Net Residents will not get an opinion from town planners about whether expanding the senior housing overlay district west to Middle Street, the subject of a petition article being brought to the Nov. 7 sp…

Holyoke ZBA turns down appeal of treatment facility » Gazette Net lans for a 16-bed drug treatment group home in a residential neighborhood will go forward after the Zoning Board of Appeals rejected an appeal Wednesday from abutters seeking to revoke the project's b…

Politics

Candidate For Congress Jesse Mermell: Civic Engagement Runs Deep » Brookline Patch On the day she announced her candidacy for Congress, former Brookline Selectwoman Jesse Mermell made the trip to Fall River where she met with elected officials and then voters in a diner and talked w…

Stanley McChrystal endorsing Alan Khazei, candidate for Kennedy congressional seat » Boston Globe Retired Army General Stanley McChrystal is endorsing Alan Khazei, providing a boost to the Brookline resident and cofounder of the City Year national service program who is one of five Democrats runni…

In Fall River, a politician devoid of shame » Boston Globe Our vaunted democracy is no match for a politician utterly bereft of scruples, not to mention shame.…

State Rep. Maria Robinson Endorses Ed Markey for U.S. Senate » Framingham Source “Senator Markey has been an incredible advocate on energy and technology issues for decades,” said Rep. Robinson. “My first interaction with him was during his chairship of the first-ever Select…

Baker: People didn't hire me to talk presidential politics » Taunton Gazette His home-state U.S. senator is among the leading candidates for the nation’s highest office, trying to bring the presidency’s power and prestige to Massachusetts and running on a platform that wou…

Cavell joins race for Kennedy's seat, touting work in AG's office » Taunton Gazette Brookline native Dave Cavell, who recently left Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, has officially thrown his hat into the ring to replace U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III in Congress.…

Public Health

MGH Offers Glimpse of What a Safe Injection Site Would Look Like » NECN This week, the public can get a rare glimpse into what a safe injection site would look like if they were open in Massachusetts.…

Time for action on safe consumption facilities » Commonwealth Magazine WITH FIVE MASSACHUSETTS residents dying from overdose every day, our Legislature must move quickly to implement additional lifesaving tools to address the overdose crisis. The recent decision by a fed…

More vaping-related injuries in Massachusetts reported to the CDC as number of suspected cases continues to rise » The Republican Massachusetts health officials have reported 10 new cases of vaping-associated pulmonary injury to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The total of reported cases to the CDC from Mass…

‘These are important’: Mass. General Hospital unveils ‘mock-up’ of safe injection site » WHDH Massachusetts General Hospital unveiled a “mock-up” of a safe injection site at its Charlestown location on Wednesday, drawing praise from some but concern and disapproval from others.…

Editorial: Vaping ban the latest in a series of troubling state actions » Valley Advocate We’re now about three weeks into Gov. Charlie Baker’s unilateral four-month vape ban. How did we get here? It’s really not clear. Very little information has come out of the Governor’s office …

Flynn, Janey plan hearing on 'health disparities' in Communities of Color » Dorchester Reporter Boston City Councillors Ed Flynn and Kim Janey will be hosting a hearing next week to discuss public health disparities in communities of color in the City of Boston. The hearing will take place next …

Billerica hosts forum to combat substance abuse » Wicked Local Billerica With the opioid crisis cutting a deadly path across the state, Billerica public safety officials worked to get ahead of possible addiction, while breaking the stigma of the illness of substance abuse …

Public Safety

Environmental police fire back at ex-chief who filed whistleblower suit » Boston Herald The Environmental Police are firing back at their former leader who filed a whistleblower suit, countering that his complaints about misconduct within the department were not a matter of public concer…

City breaks ground on new $30 million police station in East Boston » Boston Globe City officials broke ground in East Boston on Wednesday on a $30 million police station — the first new police facility in almost a decade, officials said.…

AG: 2 retired state troopers indicted for illegally disposing of department weapons, accepting free guns » WHDH Two retired state troopers are facing criminal charges after allegedly taking free guns that they were supposed to be disposing of and accepting free personalized weapons from a prospective vendor, At…

State Government

Quincy lawmaker faces backlash over ethnic identification bill » Patriot Ledger State Rep. Tackey Chan is again facing backlash over a bill that would require state agencies to collect more specific information about people’s ethnicity rather than lumping them into broad racial…

Massachusetts governor to meet with cybersecurity experts » The Associated Press (AP) Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is meeting with cybersecurity experts to talk about municipal and regional cybersecurity.…

Taxation

Tax exemption for working families shot down by House Democrats » News 22 WWLP.com A tax exemption for working families was not included in the version of the $715 million spending bill passed by House Democrats.…

Transportation

Boston Harbor Cruises is sold to a Chicago ferry operator » Boston Globe Boston Harbor Cruises has sailed a long way in its 93 years, from the early days of half-hour cruises on the Charles to the mighty perch it holds today as the harbor’s dominant ferry operator.…

Gov. Charlie Baker defends RMV response amid transparency questions » The Republican A day after a key lawmaker raised questions about what a close aide to Gov. Charlie Baker knew before a fatal crash about problems at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and how transparent the administra…

Baker shrugs off transparency complaints in RMV investigation » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is shrugging off complaints that his administration is veiled in secrecy and trying to avoid a paper trail in the RMV scandal, saying Wednesday that his staff did “exactly” what…

Lawmakers want more money from ride-hailing services » The Andover Townsman Massachusetts lawmakers want to carve out a larger share of revenue for cities and towns from ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to help relieve congestion and reduce vehicle emissions.…

MBTA commuter rail reports ‘severe’ delays due to wind storm » Boston Business Journal The MBTA commuter rail and Green line are reporting delays due to last night’s torrential rain and wind storm, which caused more than 200,000 power outages across the state.…

DeLeo: Too Early for Subpoenas in RMV Probe » State House News Service Despite a top deputy complaining that the Baker administration has withheld documents, House Speaker Robert DeLeo threw cold water on the idea of issuing subpoenas to advance the Transportation Commit…

Utilities

Gas compressor opponents dealt setback with wetlands, waterways appeals » Wicked Local Weymouth A proposed natural gas compressor station cleared two more major hurdles Wednesday, Oct. 16 when a state adjudicator recommended upholding wetlands and waterways permits that opponents had appealed.…

Columbia Gas hires retired utility exec to oversee safety in Massachusetts » Wicked Local Georgetown Nick Stavropoulos, who recently retired as president of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., has been appointed to the new role of chief safety advisor for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.…

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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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