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Must-Reads

Top political figures could be called to testify in R.I. money laundering trial » Boston Globe The state’s list of potential witnesses in the money laundering trial of political operative Jeffrey T. Britt reads like a who’s who of Rhode Island politics.…

Evaluating State and Local Business Tax Incentives » National Bureau of Ecomomic Research A new paper from researchers at Princeton and Columbia found "no evidence" that state-and-local tax incentives to individual companies increased economic growth.…

Leonard Leo to shape new conservative network » Axios Conservative powerhouse Leonard Leo tells Axios that he'll step aside from the daily running of the Federalist Society to focus on a new venture — inspired by Arabella Advisers on the left — that …

Ranked-Choice Voting Could 'Change The Rules' Of Electoral Politics In Mass. » WBUR Last winter, more than 60% of the voters in Fall River opted to remove Mayor Jasiel Correia from office. Then, something remarkable happened. On the same recall ballot, Correia was allowed to run for …

Is an Elizabeth Warren/Julián Castro Ticket in Our Future? » Boston Magazine Julián Castro didn’t wait long after dropping out of the presidential race to join Elizabeth Warren’s campaign, and this may only be the beginning.…

Vehicle Repair Question Opponents Funding $500,000 Ad Campaign » State House News Service The coalition organized to fight against a 2020 ballot question that would increase access to a vehicle's digital data said Monday that it planned to spend half a million dollars over the next few mon…

Health care tax on business brought in far more money than anticipated » Boston Globe Nobody likes getting hit with a tax hike, but this one was a particularly bitter pill for the Massachusetts business community to swallow.…

California will consider 'right to housing' legislation this year » Politico California legislators will consider creating a legal right to housing for children and families, a potentially monumental shift that echoes a recommendation from the co-chairs of Gov. Gavin Newsom's …

"Under a ranked-choice voting system, now your political strategy changes,” said Vargas, a freshman Democrat. "It’s no longer about, ‘How do I speak to that 20% that I need to turn out?’ … As opposed to, ‘Hey, I could be someone's second choice. I could be someone's third choice… so I have to speak to a wider base.' "

Representative Andy Vargas

Voicing his support for a ranked-choice voting system in Massachusetts.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Chabot: Trump backers heed fundraising appeals » Boston Herald Frustrated Republicans annoyed with the impeachment proceedings against President Trump are using their wallets to retaliate — donating to GOP fundraising appeals that mention the impeachment even i…

Castro throws his support behind Warren, set to campaign this week » Boston Globe Julián Castro, the former US housing secretary whose progressive presidential candidacy did not make significant inroads with Democratic voters but earned plaudits from the party’s left wing, has e…

For Deval Patrick, Campaigning on Hope Just Won’t Cut It Anymore » Boston Magazine In this year’s presidential primary, the Democratic Party is no place for an optimist.…

In Iowa, Election 2020 Is Energizing Voters » WGBH WGBH News Morning Edition host Joe Mathieu spoke with Iowa Public Radio political reporter Kate Payne about what voters are thinking as part of a weekly segment leading up to the caucus.…

Business

Fishermen At Odds with Developers Over Wind Farm Layouts » State House News Service Commercial fishing interests have put forward a proposal for how wind turbines should be laid out across the waters south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, asking federal rulemakers to consider esta…

Mystic Aquarium revs up Boston-area marketing effort » Boston Globe Steve Coan wants to remind you that the New England Aquarium isn’t the only aquarium in New England.…

What really happened to the No Name? » Boston Globe The Contos family, which owns it, still isn’t talking. Well, at least their lawyer isn’t. But we know a lot more than we did a week ago. Based on the restaurant’s bankruptcy filing and interview…

Store owner calls to 'Ban Baker' over ban on flavored products » Turn to 10 A shop in Fall River is voicing frustration with state leaders over its business shutting down.…

Citing state regulations, Madd Hatter vape business to close » The Herald News Another local vaping business has announced it is closing its doors due to recent changes in the state’s regulation of the vaping industry.…

Civil Rights

Gov. Baker: 'We have the backs' of those practicing faith » Worcester Telegram After the first bar mitzvah he attended as an adult, Gov. Charlie Baker was so enamored with the idea of parents making a speech or writing a letter detailing their aspirations for their child that he…

State sets aside $1m for grants to help keep houses of worship safe » Boston Globe After a national wave of anti-Semitic incidents in recent years, including a stabbing at a Hanukkah celebration in New York last month and the murder of 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018,…

Increase in hate crimes call for meeting in Western Mass » Western Mass News Religious and political leaders in Western Mass will be meeting on Tuesday, to discuss security concerns after an increase in hate crimes.…

Education

New England Law dean will leave with more than $5 million » Boston Globe During his long tenure at New England Law, John F. O’Brien has been among the highest paid law school deans in the country. When he turns over leadership of the school later this year to former Repu…

Families, agencies upended by au pair ruling » Gloucester Times Lawmakers have been inundated with questions about the ramifications of a recent federal court ruling involving pay for au pairs, according to a Lexington Democrat who filed legislation aimed at provi…

Federal

There's A Lot At Stake In Springfield's 2020 Census Count » New England Public Radio Massachusetts is among 42 states that had fewer births recorded in 2019 than the year before.…

Health Care

The state’s third busiest abortion clinic could close soon without financial support » Boston Globe The threat of abortion clinic closures has become commonplace in such states as Missouri and Louisiana, where lawmakers have passed bills aimed at curtailing the procedures.…

Housing

House Moves Forward Bill Legalizing ADUs Statewide » Banker & Tradesman The House took initial action on housing legislation Monday, advancing bills dealing with multifamily development rights and smart growth housing production to a third reading during informal session …

Immigration

Boston Public Schools reports shared with ICE, lawyers say, creating ‘deportation pipeline’ » Boston Herald Boston Public Schools filed at least 135 student incident reports since 2014 that were made available to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, creating a “school-to-deportation pipeline,” acco…

Newly released records point to evidence that Boston student information was shared with immigration agency » Boston Globe City agencies have shared information about Boston Public School students more than 100 times between 2014 and 2018 with a Boston intelligence-sharing network center that includes an agent from the De…

Immigrants in Mass. more likely to have attorneys » Commonwealth Magazine CLAD IN A GREEN JUMPSUIT and chained at the hands and the feet, Ismail Garces Avila is sitting in immigration Judge John Furlong’s windowless courtroom, waiting for his bond and asylum hearings.…

ICE Protester Who Blocked Bristol County Jail on Trial in New Bedford » WBSM A Rhode Island woman arrested at a protest outside the Bristol County House of Correction in August of 2018 is scheduled for a two-day trial at New Bedford District Court this week. The trial was set …

Labor

Suffolk Downs developers reach labor agreement » Boston Business Journal The HYM Investment Group, construction unions and Winchester-based construction management firm John Moriarty & Associates have assented to a project labor agreement — a collective bargaining agreem…

Developer, unions agree: Suffolk Downs mega-project will be built using all-union labor » Boston Globe Building a new neighborhood in East Boston and Revere that’s the size of the Back Bay will be a union job.…

Legislative

Humason leaves state Senate seat vacant after officially becoming Westfield mayor » News 22 WWLP.com Senator Humason spent 17 years in the state Legislature, but now that he’s transitioned into his new role as mayor, a special election will need to be held to fill his seat in the Senate.…

Special Taunton, Easton election set to fill O’Connell seat » WPRI.com Now that Shaunna O’Connell has been elected as mayor of Taunton, Secretary of State William Galvin has set the dates for a special election to fill her former state representative seat.…

Plans for MLK plaque in Statehouse move forward » Allston Telegraph Plans to install a plaque at the Massachusetts Statehouse to mark the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s address to lawmakers in the building in 1965 are moving forward.…

A New Year’s resolution for the Mass. House » Commonwealth Magazine THERE WAS SOMETHING different about the start of this legislative session in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.…

Local Government

John Leahy named mayor of Lowell » Lowell Sun Within days of being elected to his fifth term as a city councilor, John Leahy had the five votes he needed to be mayor. On Monday, it became official.…

Rep. Tim Whelan Announces State Grants for 1st Barnstable District » Cape Cod Today Today Rep. Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster) announced $121,500 in state grants to the Towns of Dennis and Yarmouth through the Community Compact Information Technology (IT) Grant Program. The Town of Denn…

Making history -- O'Connell inaugurated as Taunton's first female mayor » Taunton Gazette The city’s first female mayor told the crowd who attended her inaugural ceremony Monday night that she’s ready to get to work.…

Janey Flags Free Bus Rides, Non-Profit Payments » State House News Service The new president of the Boston City Council on Monday called for the city to "revisit" payment in lieu of taxes agreements and highlighted the idea of free MBTA bus service during the body's first me…

Medford celebrates 2020 inauguration of new mayor, city officials » Medford Patch The following speech was given at the Medford Inauguration Day ceremonies by the 32nd mayor of the city, Breanna Lungo-Koehn, on Jan. 5, 2020 at the Chevalier Theatre.…

Leominster inauguration highlights city’s achievements » Sentinel & Enterprise Mayor Dean Mazzarella was sworn in for his 14th term with a standing ovation inside City Hall Monday night, where residents packed the auditorium to celebrate Inauguration Day.…

Boston ushers in historic diversity with new City Council, leadership » Boston Globe Boston entered a new political frontier Monday, officially ushering in the most diverse City Council in the city’s history and electing new leadership with what councilors said is a proactive agenda…

Coogan promises 'passion, honesty, openness' on first day as mayor » The Herald News The message at Monday’s inauguration of municipal officers was one of working together and moving beyond the political turmoil of the last several years as Mayor Paul Coogan and members of the City …

'I’d prefer not to read it on Facebook’: New Westfield Mayor Donald Humason welcomes criticism -- but wants it in person or over the phone » The Republican New Mayor Donald F. Humason Jr. said Monday that he’ll welcome criticism, but asked for it to be face-to-face or over the phone.…

UPDATE: Mayor vows to attract new residents in address » The Eagle Tribune Haverhill history was made in several ways Monday, starting when Mayor James Fiorentini took the oath of office for his record ninth term as the city's top leader.…

Boston’s most diverse city council sworn in » Boston Herald The most diverse city council in Boston’s history was sworn in this morning during ceremonies at Faneuil Hall.…

Taking fifth oath of office, Domenic Sarno becomes longest serving mayor in Springfield history » The Republican As he looked at his daughters — who were just 6 and 9 years old when he took office in January 2008, and are now in college — Mayor Domenic J. Sarno reflected on his administration’s achievement…

‘A great responsibility’: Holyoke ushers in newly elected school, city officials » Gazette Net The sound of bagpipes greeted the audience gathered in the City Hall auditorium on Monday for the inauguration of those newly elected to the City Council and School Committee.…

Amherst officials take oath of office » Gazette Net For Amherst's first-ever January inauguration of those elected to townwide office last fall, Monday's 20-minute ceremony for swearing the oath of office was decidedly low-key.…

Cambridge Elects First Muslim Mayor In Mass. » WBUR A Cambridge city councilor on Monday became the first Muslim mayor in Massachusetts.…

John Vieau Takes Office In Chicopee As Mayors Are Sworn In Across Western Mass. » New England Public Radio Mayors in several western Massachusetts communities were sworn in Monday. In Chicopee, newcomer John Vieau took the oath of office for the first time.…

Siddiqui is named mayor, Mallon vice mayor during latest fast election at council inaugural » Cambridge Day Siddiqui is the first Muslim mayor in Massachusetts, and having two women leading the city has also been described as a first.…

Politics

Massachusetts’ first Muslim mayor elected in Cambridge on Monday » Boston Herald Sumbul Siddiqui became the first Muslim mayor in the state on Monday, getting elected in Cambridge — where her family moved decades ago after emigrating from Pakistan.…

Polito had more campaign cash than Baker at end of December » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, a year into his second term, continues to raise and spend money on political efforts including opposition research, according to the latest campaign finance records filed with …

Two candidates in 4th District race release fundraising reports » The Sun Chronicle Year-end campaign finance reports aren’t due until the end of the month, but so far two of the six candidates for the 4th Congressional District have released their fundraising totals for the final …

Moulton addresses public's concerns at Pentucket town hall meeting » The Salem News U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, answered continued questions about conflicts in the Middle East, impeachment and other contentious topics during an hourlong town hall meeting Monday night at Pentucke…

Public Health

Ashland merchants now have until June 1 to sell remaining inventory of menthol tobacco products » Milford Daily News Ashland retailers will have six more months to sell out of their remaining inventory of menthol tobacco products.…

Public Safety

Sheriffs' Group Nabs National Expert to Serve as Director » State House News Service A nationally-recognized expert in corrections and criminal justice is coming to Massachusetts to run the Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association as its new executive director.…

Community comes out to witness Paul Connor sworn in as chief of police » The Reminder It was standing-room only in the council chambers of the J. Edward Christian Municipal Office Building on Jan. 2 with police officers, dignitaries, friends and family as Paul Connor took the oath of o…

State Government

Overall state workforce increased slightly in FY19 » Commonwealth Magazine THE SIZE OF THE STATE’S workforce is increasing, but it’s still below the level it was at prior to the election of Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Tom Brady doesn’t owe us anything, Gov. Charlie Baker says » Boston Herald In a red Patriots-logo necktie, Gov. Charlie Baker voiced his hope Monday that Tom Brady will keep playing for New England and a genuine optimism for the team — but he added, “he doesn’t owe us …

Massachusetts public payroll jumps; 16,600 earn $100,000 or more » Boston Herald The state’s payroll ballooned to $8 billion-plus last year, with two UMass bosses pocketing $1 million in what fiscal watchdogs say is an “unsustainable” trend.…

New today! 2019 Massachusetts state payroll » Boston Herald New today the entire Massachusetts payroll is available to search below — including overtime and buyouts as well as base pay and gross pay all for 2019. It’s part of the Herald’s “Your Tax Dol…

Gov. Charlie Baker to give 2020 state-of-state address on Tuesday, Jan. 21. » Wicked Local Gov. Charlie Baker will offer his State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday, Jan. 21, an opportunity to outline and explain his policy ideas for 2020 and spending priorities for the next fiscal year.…

Ranked-Choice Voting Could 'Change The Rules' Of Electoral Politics In Mass. » New England Public Radio Last winter, more than 60% of the voters in Fall River opted to remove Mayor Jasiel Correia from office. Then, something remarkable happened. On the same recall ballot, Correia was allowed to run for …

Taxation

Health care tax on business brought in far more money than anticipated » Boston Globe Nobody likes getting hit with a tax hike, but this one was a particularly bitter pill for the Massachusetts business community to swallow.…

Here are the Mass. cities and towns with the highest tax rates for 2020 » Boston Business Journal Residential property tax rates in cities and towns around Massachusetts continued to decline this year as commercial rates edged upward, indicating that more communities are shifting the burden of the…

Transportation

BAT bus riders can pay by phone starting this spring » The Enterprise A mobile phone app enabling customers to purchase single-ride tickets and monthly passes on their phones will run similarly to the MBTA's mTicket app, which allows commuter rail riders to board trains…

MWRTA receives $385K transit grant to expand service » Milford Daily News The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority was awarded grants to conduct a feasibility study on offering service on Sundays and for a route equity project.…

Editorial: Hand-held phones and driving don’t mix » Wicked Local Close your eyes. Count to 10. Pretend you are driving. Did a dog come out in front of your car? A deer? A cyclist? Did a basketball come bounding out from a driveway hoop, followed closely by a teen o…

MBTA OT train keeps chugging: 41 employees pull down $100,000 in added pay » Boston Herald he beleaguered MBTA dished out nearly $100 million in overtime last year — including 41 employees who each racked up $100,000 or more in OT — as the transit agency struggled to keep the trains on …

MBTA returns Orange Line train to service after ‘uncommon noise’ probe » Boston Herald A month after the MBTA took the new Orange Line cars out of service due to an “uncommon noise” issue, the transit agency announced Tuesday that one of the trains is being brought back.…

'Hands-free' enforcement to start in April » Wicked Local Truro Massachusetts drivers will soon face fines for virtually all cellphone usage behind the wheel after Gov. Charlie Baker signed an anti-distracted driving bill into law.…

Utilities

Parity for renewables is key to energy tax policy » Commonwealth Magazine Federal tax credits for wind must be restored…

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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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