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8:00am Social & Family Justice Institute: Transforming Our Communities Through Civic Engagement, The UMass Club, 1 Beacon Street, Boston

9:00am Audiology Awareness Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Public Hearing

10:30am Manufacturing Awards Ceremony, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:30am Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy, Public Hearing

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

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

5:30pm Mass. Transportation Spending: Why can't we fill a pothole?, Hampshire House, 84 Beacon Street, Boston

6:00pm Fall Reception for Rep. Joan Meschino

7:00pm Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Public Hearing, Lenox Town Hall, 6 Walker Street, Lenox

Birthdays: Rep. John Rogers

Must-Reads

Judge allows vaping ban to stay in place for now, but rules governor may have overstepped legal bounds » Boston Globe The ban on the sale of nicotine vaping products in Massachusetts will remain in effect for now but is on shaky legal ground, after a state judge ruled Monday that Governor Charlie Baker overstepped co…

Mitt Romney says he’s behind ‘Pierre Delecto’ Twitter account » Boston Globe Romney on Sunday admitted to McKay Coppins, a writer at The Atlantic, that he was responsible for the social media account, which he uses to covertly monitor political discourse and occasionally defen…

State representatives poised to take up big education package Wednesday » Boston Globe Massachusetts House leaders on Monday unveiled reworked legislation to overhaul the state’s education funding system, including stripping out Senate-backed language critics say weakened the state’…

Early Voting In, Biz Tax Break Out in Senate Supp » State House News Service One notable change is the exclusion of language that would decouple Massachusetts from the federal tax code so that corporations could continue deducting interest.…

Mass. small restaurants oppose proposed plastic straw restrictions » Boston Business Journal Small and independent restaurants are registering their opposition to a Beacon Hill proposal to restrict the use of plastic straws, saying they already struggle to meet other state mandates. Paper or …

$260 Million Opioid Settlement Reached at Last Minute With Big Drug Companies » New York Times The three major drug distributors and an opioid manufacturer have reached a $260 million settlement with two Ohio counties to avoid the landmark first federal opioid trial that was set to begin here M…

Boston’s middle, low earners feel housing crunch » Boston Herald Home prices in Boston grew 8% faster than household incomes during that period and in Suffolk County rent increased six times as fast as household income, according to federal statistics.…

Want to protect jobs? Protect the ocean. » Boston Globe Because there is no blue economy if we don’t protect our ocean — and we can’t protect our ocean if we can’t show people everywhere that, done right, protecting the ocean doesn’t hurt jobs. I…

How Warren could pay for 'Medicare for All' » Politico The top-tier Democrat — whose motto is that she has a plan for everything — doesn’t have one yet for how to pay for universal health care.…

Anxious Democratic Establishment Asks, ‘Is There Anybody Else?’ » New York Times Party leaders who are fatalistic about Democrats’ chances in 2020 are musing about possible late entrants to the race. Sherrod Brown? Michelle Obama?…

Trump compares impeachment inquiry to a 'lynching' » The Hill But his comparison of a political process to the practice laid out in the Constitution to one that was commonly used to carry out the murder of African Americans is sure to draw swift backlash, partic…

Cash surge puts more Senate races in play » The Hill An early rush of big money into key states has both Democrats and Republicans eyeing as many as a dozen potentially competitive U.S. Senate seats up for election next year as voter interest in a rivet…

"So many things I love about the 80s—big hair, bright clothes & the music. What I don’t love? Failed trickle-down economic policies that make rich corporations richer & leave so many families behind. So glad @MA_Senate did not include corporate tax breaks in supp budget."

Representative Tami Gouveia

Speaking about the supplemental budget after she was not allowed to speak on the subject during the house debate.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

No Godfather clip for Stone trial » Politico U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sided with Stone’s attorneys, who argued that showing the clip from the Mafia-themed 1974 Francis Ford Coppola film “Godfather II” could inflame juro…

President makes America look not so great » Boston Herald The third in the trilogy of laughable slogans that will leave future generations shuddering at what America did to itself…

Voters in battleground states are deeply divided on impeachment » Boston Globe Voters in the states likeliest to decide the 2020 presidential election support the impeachment inquiry that House Democrats began last month, but a majority still opposes impeaching President Trump a…

Joe Biden Raids Sen. Warren’s Massachusetts Base [OPINION] » WBSM The Massachusetts Democratic Party presidential primary should be an easy win for Senator Elizabeth Warren, but Joe Biden is working hard to overtake her on her own turf.…

Warren Would Use Wealth Tax to Fund $800 Billion Education Plan » The Wall Street Journal Proposal would use up remainder of candidate’s proposed $2.75 trillion wealth-tax revenue…

New book whacks Kamala Harris’ AG record during housing crisis » Politico But a new book by Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter Aaron Glantz challenges that storyline, arguing that Harris not only allowed Steve Mnuchin’s OneWest bank to get away with foreclosing on tens of …

Business

Airbnb donation timing ‘suspicious’ as Boston short-term rental regulations take hold » Boston Herald Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk dodged questions after making a $1 million donation to Boston Latin Academy on Monday at a time when his industry is facing strict regulations in the city that cou…

OUR VIEW: Protecting elephants and other wild animals » Milford Daily News While Beulah reportedly died of natural causes, her presence at the fair and that of other live animals has been a source of controversy, particularly with animal rights activist who view their presen…

Showcase Cinemas experiment backs up claim that the cinema is more exciting than the couch » Boston Globe National Amusements Inc. takes all the usual approaches to promoting its cinemas: billboards, radio, social media. Now, add a new component to that marketing plan: science experiments.…

Casebia, a Cambridge biotech, will no longer be an independent company » Boston Globe Less than four years after it was founded by the German drug and chemical giant Bayer and a Swiss gene-editing company, the Cambridge startup Casebia Therapeutics plans to close as an independent enti…

Marcus Partners expands industrial holdings with $85M buy » Boston Business Journal Boston-based real estate firm Marcus Partners has acquired a portfolio of four industrial properties in Franklin, Wilmington, Peabody and Avon for $85.25 million.…

Activists Say A New Name Means A New Dudley Square, Others Not So Sure » WGBH Two weeks before Boston voters weigh in, opinions in Roxbury are mixed on whether to rename the neighborhood’s commercial center. But residents and business owners agree depressed conditions in and …

Berkshire takes $12M hit on client linked to fraud » Boston Business Journal Berkshire Bank’s parent company is taking an approximately $12 million hit to its third-quarter profits as the result of potential fraud that took place at a commercial client, it said in a securiti…

California-based software company to open HQ in Boston area » Boston Business Journal After getting acquired last year by a Boston-based private equity firm, a 14-year-old open source software company is moving its headquarters from California to the Greater Boston area. The company is…

Cannabis

How One Mass. Town Learned To Love The Cannabis Business » WBUR Voters attending the Fall Town Meeting in Uxbridge Tuesday night will be asked if they want to remove a cap on the number of cannabis businesses allowed in the town.…

Civil Rights

In Boston, protesters and police face-off over proposed ban on masks » Boston Globe Chances are, if you tell a group of activists that you want to ban them from wearing masks in public places, they will show up at a City Council meeting wearing masks.…

Crimes

South Boston man threatened to kill Michael Flaherty, assaulted cops: police reports » Boston Herald A South Boston man is accused of threatening to kill City Councilor Michael Flaherty, leading police on a high-speed chase, ramming cop cars and injuring multiple officers, according to police reports…

Domestic Relations

ADVISE remembers victims and survivors of domestic violence with ninth annual vigil » Community Advocate An October nor’easter brought rain to Shrewsbury on Oct. 16 forcing the ninth annual ADVISE (Against Domestic Violence in Shrewsbury Education project) vigil to be moved from the Town Common to the …

Education

Warren releases education plan that would boost funding for public schools and end it for expanding charter schools » Boston Globe Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said Monday she wants to boost spending on public schools, eliminate high-stakes testing, and end federal funding for charter school expansion as a part of a com…

Rockport schools receive $30K for key-card door locks » Gloucester Times Two local school districts are among those which will install new door locks, surveillance cameras and crisis alert systems thanks to more than $7 million in state grants announced last week.…

As Education Bill Moves To Mass. House, Questions Remain About Local Impacts » New England Public Radio When the Massachusetts Senate passed its education bill this month, senators had few specific numbers to help make up their minds.…

What's Gained — And Lost — When Small Colleges Merge » WBUR Hampshire College has been struggling financially for years. But officials like Luis Hernandez, chair of the school's board of trustees, said things hit "crisis mode" in May of 2018 when 77 fewer stud…

Comerford to file bill for special ed. study, awareness » Gazette Net In the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District of the state Senate, 20 out of 24 municipalities get less than they need from the state to fully fund special education.…

Hector Toledo Appointed to Greenfield Community College Board Of Trustees » Business West Gov. Charlie Baker recently appointed Hector Toledo, vice president and Branch Distribution Network officer at Greenfield Savings Bank, to Greenfield Community College’s (GCC) board of trustees. One…

Environment

Want to protect jobs? Protect the ocean. » Boston Globe Our ocean is miraculous and mysterious. When it is healthy, it regulates our climate, supplies three-billion people with food, and contributes $1.5 trillion to our global economy annually.…

Straus proposes state office to study fisheries and offshore wind » South Coast Today The House has passed a budget amendment that would create a new state office to study how offshore wind infrastructure affects fisheries and marine mammals.…

Gaming

Petition for local referendum on horse racing gains momentum in Great Barrington » Berkshire Eagle A group opposed to a resurgence of thoroughbred horse racing at the fairgrounds is circulating a home rule petition that would give residents the legal right to weigh in on whether Suffolk Downs can r…

To entice customers, Encore discounts trips to casino » Commonwealth Magazine SINCE ITS JUNE OPENING, Encore Boston Harbor has slashed the cost of travel to the Everett casino, first offering free parking and now adding free bus service to some and steeply discounted boat trave…

Health Care

Lawmakers: Baker’s health care bill a good start » Commonwealth Magazine LAST SESSION, Beacon Hill’s big three – the governor, the House speaker, and the Senate president — each had fundamentally different ideas about how to reform the state’s health care system, a…

Vertex wins fast approval for cystic fibrosis drug » Boston Globe Vertex Pharmaceuticals won approval Monday for a combination drug that is expected to benefit 90 percent of patients with cystic fibrosis, the rare and deadly genetic disease that has long been the fo…

In reversal, Biogen to file for approval of Alzheimer's drug » Boston Business Journal Shares of Biogen Inc. are up double-digit percentage points in premarket trading after the Cambridge drugmaker said it will file for approval of an Alzheimer's drug seven months after discontinuing de…

Bodies unclaimed: No one required to pick up the dead in Mass. » Worcester Telegram Gardner W. Clifford died of cardiac arrest in his Kendall Street apartment sometime between a Friday and a Tuesday last month.…

Baker Sees Disruptive Impacts From Health Care Bill » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker sees the potential for "modest disruptions" in the Massachusetts health care system stemming from his plan to require providers and insurers to boost spending on primary care, addic…

Governor Charlie Baker Speaks at Health Policy Commission’s 7th Annual Cost Trends Hearing » Cape Cod Today Today, at the Health Policy Commission’s 7th Annual Cost Trends Hearing, Governor Charlie Baker discussed the Administration’s comprehensive health care legislation to improve outcomes for patient…

Gov. Baker’s proposal to check rising health care costs will be embraced by consumers » Lowell Sun There’s a lot to like about Gov. Charlie Baker’s recently unveiled health-care reform bill — and a lot that major insurers, drug companies and hospitals will find fault with.…

Immigration

US takes step to require DNA samples from asylum-seekers » Boston Globe The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law …

180 Immigrants Transferred After Suffolk County Jail Breaks Contract With ICE » WGBH About 180 immigrants previously detained in a county jail in Boston are now scattered among jails in New England and western New York state, according to local immigrant rights advocates.…

Judiciary

Beacon Hill bill would ban the B-word » Boston Herald A bill to criminalize the B-word — the term for a female dog that is commonly used to slander women — is up for a hearing Tuesday on Beacon Hill in what one critic calls “patently unconstitution…

Local Government

Town Common Task Force Reflects Positively on Civic Gathering with Youth » Wicked Local Winchester A diverse and intergenerational group of about ninety participated in a lively and informative Civic Gathering with Youth organized by the Town Common Task Force (TCTF) on Thursday evening, Oct. 17.…

Political Notes: Funeral arrangements set for James Crocker » Cape Cod Times Funeral arrangements for Barnstable Town Council President James Crocker Jr. are set.…

City man accused of threatening to kill Boston city councilor Michael Flaherty » Boston Globe Boston police arrested a city man Monday morning after he allegedly threatened the life of City Councilor Michael Flaherty, the councilor confirmed.…

Brockton official resigns over ethnic slur allegations » The Enterprise James Casieri became Brockton’s building superintendent in 2010, overseeing and maintaining public properties in the city, as well as upholding building codes for private properties in the city, res…

Pam Laliberte-Lebeau hosting presentation on Fall River cult murders » The Herald News On Thursday night, City Council Vice President Pam Laliberte-Lebeau will host an event delving into the cult murders that occurred in the city in 1979 and 1980.…

Mashpee approves accessory apartments to increase housing stock » Cape Cod Times The town of Mashpee will allow accessory apartments as a by-right use in existing homes, new construction and detached structures to increase its affordable housing stock.…

State fines former Pepperell selectmen $6,000 » Lowell Sun The state Ethics Commission has fined the former chairman of the Board of Selectmen $6,000 after he admitted to violating the state’s conflict of interest law multiple times over the last year.…

Groundbreaking ceremony set for Hadley’s new fire substation » Gazette Net Even though foundation and other work has been taking place for several weeks, town officials will mark the beginning of construction of a new fire substation this week.…

With a 4-1 vote, the board recommended Town Warrant Articles 5 and 6 for adoption at special Town Meeting on Oct. 28 » Wicked Local Needham At their meeting Oct. 16, the Select Board signaled approval for a pair of proposed zoning articles for the the area where Muzi Ford and WCVB-TV are located.…

Politics

Porreca gets governor's endorsement for Attleboro mayor » The Sun Chronicle Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has endorsed Heather Porreca for mayor.…

For a Republican, even a city council race is all about Trump » Boston Globe All politics is local? No longer. Today, all politics is Donald Trump. Potholes don’t care what party you are. But as Jennifer Nassour is finding out, Boston voters do.…

Want to know a Newton City Council candidate’s opinion on Riverside? Northland? Don’t ask. » Boston Globe As the Nov. 5 municipal election approaches, many candidates running for Newton City Council are keeping their opinions to themselves on two major mixed-use developments that will need council approva…

EDITORIAL: Our 2019 Salem City Council endorsements » Wicked Local Salem For the past two years, the Salem City Council has been in a state of utter dysfunction.…

Is It Time for Charlie Baker to Leave the Republican Party? » Boston Magazine The governor has done everything he can to distance himself from the GOP except walk away. It’s time he does just that.…

Public Health

$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis » Boston Herald The nation’s three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the deadly toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting what wo…

$260 million opioid settlement reached at last minute with big drug companies » Boston Globe The three major drug distributors and an opioid manufacturer have reached a $260 million settlement with two Ohio counties to avoid the landmark first federal opioid trial that was set to begin here M…

Students rally for state legislation to end period poverty » The Berkeley Beacon Impassioned speakers and protesters demanded accessibility to free menstrual products and an end to period stigmatization on Saturday at the Massachusetts National Period Day Rally.…

Vape ban stands but judge outlines conditions » The Salem News In a ruling critical of how Gov. Charlie Baker went about banning the sale of all vaping products for four months, a Superior Court judge on Monday allowed the administration's full ban to stay in eff…

WBUR Poll: Two-Thirds Of Mass. Voters Approve Of Baker's Vaping Ban » WBUR There is clear public support for Gov. Charlie Baker's four-month ban on the sale of vaping products in the state, according to a new WBUR poll.…

Concussion Threat Behind Youth Football Ban Bill » State House News Service A state lawmaker from Westport on Tuesday pitched his bill that would prohibit tackle football before eighth grade as a way to protect children from brain injuries, while opponents countered that it w…

House speaker backs temporary vape ban, but says long-term proposal needed » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts state lawmakers are eyeing legislation around vaping, saying Gov. Charlie Baker's current ban on vaping is meant as a stop-gap.…

Public Safety

Trooper at center of discrimination case the State Police lost is still vetting recruits » Boston Globe Ten months after a federal jury found that Massachusetts State Police discriminated against a black recruit, denying him entrance to its academy because of his race, the trooper who conducted the back…

Suspended troopers investigated in overtime abuse scandal cannot be reinstated, Mass. Superior Court judge rules » The Republican Four troopers who were suspended without pay amid an overtime abuse investigation should not be reinstated to the Massachusetts State Police until the probe is complete, a Massachusetts Superior Court…

State Finance

Early Voting In, Biz Tax Break Out in Senate Supp » State House News Service With the days winding down to close the books on the last fiscal year, the state Senate on Monday teed up a $771 million spending bill for debate later in the week.…

State Government

The Baker Administration needs a wake up call » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker has become an embedded deep state bureaucrat waiting for someone to tell him what to do.…

Transportation

MBTA GM apologizes, vows to make sure service delays don’t happen again » Boston Herald The MBTA’s general manager apologized for the transit agency’s latest debacle, pledging to investigate a collision between two construction vehicles that shut down Orange Line service most of Mond…

Seat Belt Law Debate Hasn't Budged Over Years » State House News Service For at least the seventh consecutive legislative session, lawmakers and driving safety advocates on Tuesday morning asked legislators to give police the ability to pull over and ticket drivers if anyo…

Cities eye higher fees on Uber, Lyft rides » Commonwealth Magazine HIGHER FEES on Uber and Lyft rides appear to be gaining some momentum around the country as a way of raising money and dealing with congestion, and they are likely to be part of the discussion here in…

Utilities

Falmouth Taxpayers 2.5 Million Wind Turbine A "Slam Dunk" » Brookline Patch April 6, 2010, Falmouth wind turbine number 1 started operation. The wind turbine is a Vestas V-82 type 1.65 megawatt wind turbine known today as Falmouth Wind I.…

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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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