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10:00am Mass. Regional Employment Collaborative Employer Recognition Event, Great Hall, State House, Boston

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

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

11:00am Author's Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

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

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Rally for Rent Control & Tenant Protections, State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

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

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

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

1:30pm Medicare for All Caucus Meeting, State House, Room 437, Boston

5:00pm Fundraiser for Lynn School Committee Member Michael Satterwhite

5:30pm Celebration in Honor of 20 Years of Service by Rep. David Linsky

6:00pm Sen. Patrick O'Connor's 3rd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

6:30pm Community Conversation: Addressing Climate Change w/ Green Technology, Reading Public Library, 64 Middlesex Avenue

7:00pm Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Public Hearing, DFW Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough

Birthdays: State Senator Marc Pacheco

Must-Reads

Spilka Not Ready To Divulge Her Own 2020 Plans » State House News Service While House Speaker Robert DeLeo confirmed his intention Monday to seek re-election in 2020 and again ask the House to elect him as speaker in 2021, Senate President Karen Spilka declined to say one w…

Stephen Lynch to seek House Oversight chairmanship » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — Representative Stephen Lynch of South Boston said Monday he plans to run to become chairman of the House’s powerful Oversight and Reform Committee.…

Trafficking Concerns Behind Push for Bodyworks Bill » State House News Service The 2006 state law that set up a licensure framework for massage therapists left exempt "a wide variety" of bodywork practices, and created a loophole that human traffickers exploit to run commercial …

Why Did It Feel So Good to See Trump Booed? » New York Times When he goes low, Democrats are supposed to go high. Except, it turns out, going low feels wonderful.…

Ex-rep: DeLeo told me, vote for transpo bill or lose chairmanship » Commonwealth Magazine JAY KAUFMAN, THE former state rep from Lexington, remembers a conversation he had with House Speaker Robert DeLeo the last time the Legislature considered raising taxes to pay for transportation.…

Commuter rail group backs big expansion » Commonwealth Magazine A 25-MEMBER ADVISORY GROUP that has been studying the future of commuter rail for the last 18 months presented a fairly united front to state transportation officials on Monday, calling for an electri…

Elizabeth Warren’s Days Defending Big Corporations » New York Times (A) decade later, when she ran for the Senate from Massachusetts in 2012, the Republican incumbent, Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, tried to use her work for LTV against her, unleashing an ad ca…

Op-ed: An easy transportation fix? Commuter benefits » Boston Business Journal The Perq Commuter Benefit Program has a 44-year history of success in Greater Boston. Encouraging all employers near a transit station to enroll can make a meaningful contribution to reducing congesti…

Trump’s Public Lands Chief Wrote For A Cult Extremist’s Magazine » HUFFPOST William Perry Pendley, a top Trump administration official in charge of managing one-tenth of all land in the United States, is a past contributor to 21st Century Science & Technology, a fringe magazi…

Is a Democratic wave building for 2020? » Roll Call Like other handicappers, I have noted that there are few signs that the national political divide, so apparent over the last three years, has started to crumble.…

Nunes Aide Is Leaking the Ukraine Whistleblower’s Name, Sources Say » Microsoft News “Exposing the identity of the whistleblower and attacking our client would do nothing to undercut the validity of the complaint’s allegations,” said Mark Zaid, one of the whistleblower’s attor…

Joe Biden in Danger of Humiliating Loss in Iowa, Top Democrats Warn » Bloomberg Politics Joe Biden risks a humiliating third or fourth-place finish in Iowa early next year, according to nearly a dozen senior Democrats in the state who attribute it to what they see as a poorly organized op…

A decade after massive bailout, AIG celebrated on Capitol Hill » Politico Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) presided over the event, which featured AIG CEO Brian Duperreault and other company leaders.…

“Democrats have declined most sharply in rural America, but it's ‘Regional Metros’ that should concern the party most in 2020. Wasserman said, "For now, Democratic presidential primary candidates are drawing enthusiastic crowds to rallies in places like New York, Seattle, Austin and San Francisco. But to beat Trump, Democrats will need to ask themselves which candidates' proposals will fly in Erie, Saginaw and Green Bay.”

David Wasserman, senior election analyst for the Cook Political Report

The significant divide in American politics and what Democrats need to do to win in 2020.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Adriana Cohen: Trump Doctrine on display with ISIS hit » Boston Herald The president’s elimination of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi isn’t just a major national security victory heard ’round the world — it’s a glimpse into the Trump Doctrine — a new foreign…

Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and Tlaib have endorsed Bernie Sanders. Rep. Ayanna Pressley has not. » Vox Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib are backing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, potentially giving his campaign a burst of new energy.…

Business

State: Ban Costing Mass. Vaping Stores Up To $8M In Sales » WBUR The Baker administration projects that a three-month ban on retail nicotine and marijuana vaping products has the potential to cost private businesses $7 million to $8 million in sales.…

Did Amazon just ghost Braintree officials? » Boston Globe The e-commerce giant is backing out of plans for a “last-mile” distribution center in the South Shore town, said Mayor Joseph Sullivan, even as it pushes ahead with plans for an even-larger such c…

Millennium Partners proposes changes to $1.3B Winthrop Center project » Boston Business Journal Millennium Partners is pitching several changes to the $1.3 billion Winthrop Center towers in downtown Boston ahead of filing for a building permit.…

Ahead of GE's earnings, investors are watching the power unit, Boeing and the next CFO » Boston Business Journal General Electric Co. is set to report its third-quarter earnings early Wednesday morning, with investors hoping to see more signs of progress in the company’s troubled power division.…

Cannabis

On campus, marijuana is moving from the dorm room to the classroom » Boston Business Journal At least five schools in Massachusetts offer or are rolling out classes or certificate programs for students who want to work in the state’s burgeoning cannabis industry.…

Black entrepreneur, once affected by 'drug war,' seeks to open Brockton pot shop » The Enterprise A Brockton man who says he was “actually affected” by the criminalization of pot is trying to open a retail marijuana store the city.…

Civil Rights

Expert: Michelle Carter, Inyoung You cases ‘weaken’ First Amendment » Boston Herald The state’s second high-profile prosecution of a woman accused of encouraging a boyfriend to commit suicide via text messages is seen as “weakening” the First Amendment, a top free speech advoca…

Healey, Pressley, and Others Urge Support for Abortion Rights Bill in Video Campaign » Boston Magazine In an effort to fight back against the barriers women face to safe and legal abortions in the Commonwealth, some of the state’s most prominent women officials are raising their voices.…

EDITORIAL: Massachusetts abortion law is essential to protect reproductive rights » The Daily Free Press Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley and Boston City Councilors Michelle Wu and Lydia Edwards joined forces to support a bill that would loosen restrictions…

Women leaders join new campaign to codify abortion rights in state law » Boston Globe Tapping the appeal of some of Boston’s most popular elected women, reproductive rights advocates are launching a social media campaign Monday to try to jump-start action on an abortion-rights bill t…

Crimes

Former BC Student Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter In Suicide Death Of Boyfriend » WBUR A former Boston College student has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the suicide death of her boyfriend.…

Lawmakers consider massage parlor regulations to stop human trafficking » News 22 WWLP.com Whether it’s through Reiki or Yoga, many people seek pain relief in unconventional ways, but a new proposal on Beacon Hill could prevent those services from being offered in the Commonwealth.…

Education

Massachusetts House passes Student Opportunity Act » Wicked Local Arlington On Oct. 23, Rep. Sean Garballey, D-Arlington, and Rep. David Rogers, D-Cambridge, joined colleagues from the House of Representatives in unanimously passing a historic piece of legislation: the Studen…

Mount Wachusett students visit State House » Sentinel & Enterprise Last week 11 Mount Wachusett Community College students traveled to the State House to participate in Community College Student Advocacy Day where students urged lawmakers to increase support for the …

Ed Commissioner Would "Love" Oversight Role » State House News Service The state's K-12 education commissioner would "love to be able to have some oversight" afforded to his office under a recently passed school funding reform bill, he said Tuesday as lawmakers prepare t…

Environment

Environmental forum scheduled for Tuesday in Attleboro » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Jim Hawkins is sponsoring a hearing on the environment Tuesday night at Murray Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 North Main St.…

Federal judge requires fishing areas off Nantucket closed to protect right whales » Boston Globe In a ruling that could create greater protections for North Atlantic right whales, a federal judge ruled Monday that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the Endangered Species Act and other…

The New England Aquarium Wants To Monitor Whales From Space » WBUR The New England Aquarium and Cambridge-based engineering company Draper have some big news: They’re working on technology that will allow them to monitor whales with satellites in space.…

Federal

Could the 2020 Census Help Bridge the Digital Divide? » Governing As government agencies and nonprofit groups help prepare communities for the nation’s first high-tech Census, digital inclusion advocates see a chance to bridge digital divides that span well past n…

Gaming

Massachusetts study raises concerns gambling addiction among working-class Asian immigrants » The Republican A study released last week raises concerns about the lack of multilingual entertainment and culturally sensitive counseling in Chinatown, suggesting it leaves certain working-class Asian immigrants vu…

Health Care

Urgent Care Centers A Growing Alternative To The Emergency Room On Cape Cod » WGBH When Theresa Barr woke up with a bad cough one morning recently, she and her husband Kenneth went directly to an urgent care — something they couldn’t have done ten years ago, before urgent cares …

Racist Data Decreases Health-Care Quality » Governing An algorithm set up to analyze health-care needs in patients “was incorrectly steering some black patients away.” The error was rooted in faulty assumptions that black and white patients are treat…

Housing

Rent Control Push Fueled by Painful Housing Pinch » State House News Service Fed up with high housing costs and the lack of action on Beacon Hill, activists and lawmakers rallied Tuesday in support of legislation that would re-enable rent control despite a cool reception from …

Human Services

Stop & Shop and Lynn school team up to end student hunger with food pantry » Lynn Daily News Item A Stop & Shop-funded food pantry at Washington S.T.E.M. Elementary School is aimed at eliminating hunger among its students.…

AG gets inside look at Veterans Transition House work » South Coast Today James Reid, executive director of the Veterans Transition House gave Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey a tour of one of the future transitional housing properties being constructed and renov…

Immigration

Over 33,000 immigrants waiting for day in Boston’s immigration court » Commonwealth Magazine FOR TENS OF THOUSANDS of New England immigrants, the long wait time for a day before an immigration judge has gone from bad to worse.…

Judiciary

Experts say manslaughter case against former BC student may be stronger than Michelle Carter case » Boston Globe The criminal case brought against a former Boston College student accused of driving her boyfriend to kill himself bears similarities to the Michelle Carter saga, but there are key differences that co…

Bill would make it easier for people to visit loved ones in prison » Gazette Net Nia Reid-Patterson had tears in her eyes explaining why her 8-year-old son no longer wants to visit his father in jail.…

Labor

Dedham teacher strike part of a developing pattern nationwide » Boston Globe When striking teachers in Dedham ratified a new contract on Monday afternoon, they joined a nationwide movement of educators agitating for better pay and improved working conditions, from West Virgini…

Legislative

DeLeo, longest serving speaker, says he’ll seek another term in the top post » Boston Globe House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said Monday he will seek reelection to his seat in 2020 and an unprecedented seventh term as the chamber’s leader, moves that would all but ensure the Democrat adds to …

DeLeo to seek yet another term as speaker » Commonwealth Magazine News comes as powerful House leader claims chairs can vote how they want…

Local Government

Shrewsbury re-dedicates Civil War monument to commemorate 150th anniversary » Community Advocate On Oct. 26, a beautiful Saturday morning, members of the community including residents and elected officials gathered on the Town Common to re-dedicate the Civil War Monument to commemorate its 150th …

NB council wants halt on new opioid treatment spots » South Coast Today City councilors have been quick to take steps to prevent addiction treatment centers from opening in residential neighborhoods, following a proposal from CleanSlate Centers to open one on Brigham Stre…

Braintree mayor seeks to protect town forest from development » Patriot Ledger Mayor Joseph Sullivan is asking the town council to approve transferring control of the 126-acre town forest to the conservation commission.…

Mayor vetoes ordinance seeking compensation from CVS » The Recorder After Mayor William Martin issued a veto Monday, the City Council will once again take up an ordinance requesting compensation from CVS Health Corp. for its role in the opioid crisis in Greenfield.…

Bid to regulate art sales in Provincetown finds little support » Cape Cod Times A gallery owner’s call for more protections to preserve the community’s art scene met pushback last week from artists and fellow gallery owners.…

Town planners OK mixed-use project for East Amherst village center » Gazette Net After informing a developer about concerns that there would be insufficient parking on site, town planners have approved a mixed-use project that will bring 57 one-bedroom apartments and some new comm…

Politics

Local elections hinge on housing this fall » Boston Globe From Medford to Newton, Revere to Braintree, upcoming local elections could partially hinge on housing and development issues. Several of the 15 mayors who last fall together pledged to permit 185,000…

Falmouth Selectman Susan Moran to run for state Senate » Cape Cod Times Although state Sen. Viriato “Vinny” deMacedo has yet to formally resign, candidates are starting to come forward for his soon-to-be-vacated Plymouth & Barnstable District seat, including one from …

Markey wins endorsement of Lynn delegation » Lynn Daily News Item One day after U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III tried to convince local Democrats to join their campaign for the Senate, Lynn’s delegation is backing the incumbent senator.…

Political Notes: Crocker's death unsettles Precinct 5 race » Cape Cod Times The recent death of Barnstable Town Council President James Crocker Jr. has cast a pall over the race for the Precinct 5 seat.…

Ayanna Pressley endorses Jesse Mermell, Lori Trahan for Congress » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley is rolling out endorsements in several congressional races — and is lending support to longtime friend Jesse Mermell in her bid for U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III’s 4th Dis…

Cashman: Republican alleges political tricks in City Council’s 8th district » Boston Herald The Republican in the District 8 City Council race is calling out her Democratic opponent with a fake news accusation — but the Dem insists it’s all a misunderstanding.…

4 vie for 3 seats on Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School Committee » Berkshire Eagle There are four candidates running for three openings on the McCann Technical High School governing committee. Each term is for four years. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. The following are profiles o…

North Adams Mayoral Challenger Runs On Principle Against First-Term Incumbent » New England Public Radio Mayor Tom Bernard in North Adams, Massachusetts, is running for re-election for the first time since taking office in 2018. He's opposed by Rachel Branch, who sits on a vocational school committee. An…

Sen. Ed Markey nabs endorsements from Quincy, Lynn delegations » The Republican Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts picked up a host of endorsements in his re-election bid on Monday, including the delegations of both Quincy and Lynn.…

Falmouth selectman enters state Senate race » Cape Cod Times Falmouth Selectman Susan Moran on Monday became the first candidate from the Cape to enter the race for the state Senate seat being vacated by Viriato "Vinny" deMacedo.…

Newcomers vie for a seat as City Council race heats up » Boston Globe She’s a City Council candidate you probably haven’t heard of, a single mother of four handing out political flyers at the Roche Bros. in West Roxbury, or at the train stop in Maverick Square.…

Public Health

City Of Boston Awarded $4.3 Million To Aid Lead Paint Abatement In Low-Income Homes » Brookline Patch Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today that the City of Boston has received $4.3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to further reduce the risk of childho…

Inclusion of Menthol Seen As Key to Successful Flavored Tobacco Ban » State House News Service As it becomes increasingly likely that the Legislature will seek to put some guardrails on vaping in the coming month, public health advocates on Monday called on lawmakers to ban flavors, including m…

Gov. Charlie Baker files vaping ban regulations with Secretary of State » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has filed regulations with the Secretary of State to keep his ban on vaping products in place, after a Superior Court judge ordered him to make regulatory changes.…

State Finance

Late Budget Means Half a Mil in Forgone Interest » State House News Service The Massachusetts Legislature was the last in the nation to enact an annual budget this year and now their drawn-out deliberations over last year's state budget are about to cost the taxpayers real mo…

State Government

Governor’s office gives ‘the runaround to people who can’t run’ » Boston Globe Around the same time Governor Charlie Baker was delivering a speech about the need for age-friendly, accessible housing, a small band of residents in wheelchairs gathered at the entrance to his State …

Taxation

Senate Group's Tax Ideas May Be Revenue Neutral » State House News Service A group of legislators and policy advocates put together by Senate leadership to explore ways to modernize the state's tax code is looking into the possibility of taxing digital goods and services lik…

Transportation

Foxboro legislator's bill would change seat belt law » The Sun Chronicle Two bills authorizing police to pull over and ticket drivers if anyone in the car is not wearing a seat belt have reignited a long debate over traffic safety vs. government interference.…

Frustration Builds Over Planning Of Allston I-90 Project » State House News Service Members of a task force convened by the Department of Transportation to offer feedback on a major road and rail project in Allston complained Monday that they had not been kept in the loop during the …

T notes: Payroll finally getting back to 2015 levels » Commonwealth Magazine MIT paying $22m for new Kendall T entrance…

House leaders talk transpo taxes » Commonwealth Magazine Chamber likely to take up bill in November…

TransitMatters: Our plan for regional rail » Commonwealth Magazine A roadmap of short and long-term initiatives for state officials…

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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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