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9:00am ADDP Legislative Luncheon, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:30pm Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Oversight Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs, Public Hearing

5:30pm State of the Commonwealth Address, House Chamber, State House, Boston

7:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Republican State Committee Candidates Myles Heger & Colleen Maloney

Governor's FY21 budget due

Birthdays: Rep. James Kelcourse

Must-Reads

Interim Boston Housing Authority Chief Becomes Permanent » State House News Service Walsh on Thursday appointed Kate Bennett as the administrator of the Boston Housing Authority, the agency she has been running as acting director since the July retirement of Bill McGonagle. The autho…

Sanders, Biden lead tight pack of front-runners in Suffolk/Globe New Hampshire poll » Boston Globe The survey found Sanders, who won the New Hampshire Democratic primary in 2016, with 16 percent support. Former vice president Joe Biden had 15 percent, former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg h…

Local Aid Mostly Keeping Pace with Tax $$$ Growth » State House News Service During his run for governor in 2014, Charlie Baker promised to increase total local aid, including education funding and unrestricted aid, by the same amount as growth in state revenues. As governor, …

Was Hillary Clinton a terrible candidate? » Roll Call Vote Above Replacement suggests she was more valuable than Trump…

State officials seek to rein in rapidly growing urgent care industry » Boston Globe or years, the urgent care industry has grown rapidly, with walk-in clinics popping up across Massachusetts to treat patients with colds, infections, cuts, sprains, and other common ailments. Yet the i…

Hate and white supremacy are ‘ruining this country,’ Ayanna Pressley says. Not identity politics » Boston Globe Pressley’s comments, greeted by a standing ovation at a panel discussion at the 50th annual MLK Memorial Breakfast, also led to the day’s most awkward moment when Governor Charlie Baker, while agr…

Briefings: Councilor Gomez to Again Contest Hampden Senate Primary » Western Mass Politics and Insight The sets up a contrast between Welch, a long-serving but affable pol with deep ties to Westside and Springfield’s establishment and Gomez, who has become among the leaders of the Springfield City Co…

The solution to Boston’s housing and congestion crisis? Western Mass. » Boston Globe With high speed rail, plus a major attitude adjustment, Western Massachusetts could be Greater Boston’s new hot neighborhood.…

Amy Klobuchar desperately wants an Iowa moment. Impeachment is getting in the way. » Washington Post The senator from Minnesota told voters she’d rather be campaigning than heading to Washington just as she’s catching on here…

'There may be more tickets out of Iowa than ever before' » Politico A senior adviser with Biden's campaign called the reporting of raw votes in the 2020 caucuses "uncharted waters" and said it was possible one candidate could claim victory using one metric and another…

Hillary Clinton on Bernie Sanders: "Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him" » Axios On possibly endorsing Sanders: "I'm not going to go there yet. We're still in a very vigorous primary season. I will say, however, that it's not only him, it's the culture around him. It's his leaders…

Plastic bags have lobbyists. They're winning. » Politico Eight states ban the bag, but nearly twice as many have laws protecting them.…

A look back at how Clinton’s impeachment trial unfolded » Los Angeles Times Twenty years ago, both parties in the Senate worked to craft a bipartisan process that would be seen by Americans as fair and credible. That does not appear to be happening today.…

A Meticulous Account of Trump’s Tenure Reads Like a Comic Horror Story » New York Times It reads like a horror story, an almost comic immorality tale. It’s as if the president, as patient zero, had bitten an aide and slowly, bite by bite, an entire nation had lost its wits and its comp…

"He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It's all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it."

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Voicing her opinion on her former Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

New York Times’ laugh-out-loud ‘endorsement’ wants anyone but a man » Boston Herald The New York Times’ anyone-but-a-man presidential “endorsement” of Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar is a laugh-out-loud ode to indecision, ageism and condescending claptrap.…

Can a divided Senate do its constitutional duty? » Boston Globe The historic impeachment trial of President Trump for “high crimes and misdemeanors” in the Oval Office is about to begin on Tuesday, only the third such proceeding in the nation’s history.…

Deval Patrick to unveil reparations as part of black economic agenda » Axios Deval Patrick supports developing a plan for the federal government to provide reparations to living descendants of slaves, a position he'll make clear as part of an economic platform for black Americ…

Harvard Law Professor And Trump Lawyer Alan Dershowitz Prepares For Impeachment Trial » WGBH President Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate begins tomorrow. One of the lawyers representing the president is Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz spoke with WGBH News' All Things C…

Business

Takeda R&D head: Drugmaker may not be a frontrunner, and that's OK » Boston Business Journal After executing one of the drug industry’s biggest acquisitions in recent years, it would be easy to assume that Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. executives would paint the company as a frontrunner. B…

When it comes to these economic threats, the Fed can’t ride to the rescue » Boston Globe Has the Federal Reserve lost its mojo? Central bank officials remain faithful to their congressional mandate to support maximum employment and stable prices — adjusting the money supply and interest…

Cannabis

Marijuana applicants get Cannabis Control Commission's ear, with forum set Thursday » Worcester Telegram Marijuana retail license applicant Leah Cooke Daniels of Boston might not have intended to spark a movement when she interrupted the Cannabis Control Commission’s first public business meeting in Wo…

Civil Rights

Martin Luther King Jr., Bostonian » Curbed Boston Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the National Mall. Ten years before that epochal event, King was but a lowly grad student at Boston University, …

Crimes

Cape Cod Organizations Take Part in Human Trafficking Summit » Cape Cod Online Attorney General Maura Healey hosted the office’s first Human Trafficking Summit recently and many Cape Cod agencies and organizations participated in the event.…

Education

UMass Boston eyes another 10 acres of campus land for development » Boston Herald Almost a year after cashing in on a valuable slice of land on its waterfront campus in Dorchester, UMass Boston has signaled it might be ready to sell off more, asking developers in a filing earlier t…

At MIT, Epstein Report Reopens Wounds — And Prompts Calls For New Leadership » WBUR It’s been a week since MIT released a report that outlined its ties to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein — and revealed details about an aggressive, often improvised process for accepting…

Columnist Razvan Sibii: Free college courses for people in jail » Gazette Net In a country where one-third of adults under the age of 30 struggle with student loan debt, why would you go out of your way to provide free college classes to people who have been locked up after bei…

Environment

Hearing on nip bottle bill set for Wednesday at Statehouse » Cape Cod Times As nip bottles continue to line Cape roads, discarded by motorists who may be drinking while driving, one Bourne resident has decided it's time to consider banning the sale of the miniature packaged a…

PCB dump in the Berkshires? It's on the table, activist reveals » Berkshire Eagle Contaminated soil excavated from the Housatonic River potentially could be dumped in Berkshire neighborhoods under the terms of a mediated settlement pending between the federal Environmental Protecti…

State to reopen Windsor State Forest park area, once power restored » Gazette Net The lights already had gone out at a popular scenic destination here when the double whammy came. The popular Windsor State Forest was closed in 2009 to save the state money.…

Artificial Intelligence Could Help Scientists Predict Where And When Toxic Algae Will Bloom » New England Public Radio Climate-driven change in the Gulf of Maine is raising new threats that "red tides" will become more frequent and prolonged. But at the same time, powerful new data collection techniques and artificial…

On Tap: Senate Plans Climate Bill Rollout Thursday » State House News Service The Massachusetts Senate plans to roll out a "comprehensive climate change bill" on Thursday, officials announced Tuesday, and one senator told reporters he expects the bill to feature a net-zero emis…

Gaming

After record low revenue, MGM Springfield replaces president » Boston Business Journal MGM Springfield has a new president and chief operating officer after the Western Massachusetts casino recorded a record low in revenues.…

MGM Taps Its Ohio Casino Operator to Run Springfield » State House News Service For the second time in about three months, a Massachusetts casino that's underperforming is replacing its president and installing a new top executive to oversee operations.…

Health Care

Could a drug for arthritis in dogs also fight cancer in people? » Boston Globe Drugs for diabetes, inflammation, alcoholism — and even for treating arthritis in dogs — can also kill cancer cells in the lab, according to a study by Massachusetts researchers who tested thousan…

Boston Hospital Leader: U.S. Health Care Has A Bureaucracy Problem » WBUR Dr. Mike Apkon is wending his way through cubicles at Tufts Medical Center, in a department where 85 workers spend their days mainly making sure patients have insurance coverage for the care they need…

Immigration

Judge halts deportation of Iranian student » Commonwealth Magazine A FEDERAL JUDGE issued a 48 hour stay of the deportation of an Iranian student enrolled at Northeastern University, who arrived back in the US on Sunday night and was detained by immigration officials…

What would ‘sanctuary spaces’ look like in Boston? Public hearing sought after ICE accessed student incident reports » The Republican Like clockwork, Julia Mejia’s phone would blow up at the start of each school year with texts and calls from immigrant parents wondering if their children’s buses were running late.…

Despite judge’s order, Iranian student deported » Commonwealth Magazine Undergraduate stopped at Logan in route to Northeastern…

Iranian Student Deported From Boston Despite Federal Court Order » WBUR U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at Boston Logan International Airport denied entry into the country to a 24-year-old Iranian national who was planning to to study economics this spring at…

Insurance

Health insurers promote Senior Care Option plans » Gloucester Times A video series launched this week aims to highlight potential benefits people older than 65 can find from enrolling in a comprehensive health plan, with social supports and no copays, that's available…

Judiciary

Juvenile justice system can, and should, serve older youth » Commonwealth Magazine DYS case filings down 56 percent since 2009…

Labor

Walsh hits unions for public spat over Southie Edison plant project » Boston Herald Mayor Martin Walsh chided two local unions for “fighting publicly” over a controversial proposal that would put residential homes next door to the state’s busiest cargo port, saying the resident…

More employers are offering parents a chance to bring their babies to work » Boston Globe One mom at a label manufacturing company in Keene, N.H., used her foot to rock her daughter to sleep while she worked at her desk. Another at a social service agency in Boston breast-fed her infant so…

Here’s why we’re forming a union at PSAV » Commonwealth Magazine The event company holds wages artificially low…

Legislative

State Sen. Cindy Friedman shares mission for 2020 » Wicked Local Burlington On a national level, the political scene this past year may have looked chaotic no matter which side you support, but moving over to the state level, local leaders like state Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Ar…

Local Government

Goodbye, selectmen; hello, select boards » Worcester Telegram The Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association will vote Saturday on a proposal to change the name of the nearly century-old organization to Massachusetts Select Board Association.…

A city with a plan: U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern says Worcester’s renaissance wasn’t always so visionary » The Republican More than two decades ago, James McGovern was elected to his first term in Congress. He brought with him to Washington a vision of Worcester, one that included all parties, from the federal level down…

Politics

Gaffe-tastic Charlie Baker does it again, calls Ayanna Pressley speech ‘that rant’ at MLK breakfast » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker clumsily stepped into controversy again — and is taking heat from top elected officials for calling U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s identity politics speech a “rant” in a cringe…

Springfield city councilors, state representatives endorse Sen. Ed Markey » The Republican Springfield City Councilors Jesse Lederman, Melvin Edwards, Malo Brown, Sean Curran, and Tim Allen have all voiced their support of U.S. Sen. Ed Markey’s reelection to ensure that he continues to le…

Read the full results of the Suffolk/Globe N.H. poll » Boston Globe The survey found Bernie Sanders, who won the New Hampshire Democratic primary in 2016, with 16 percent support. Former vice president Joe Biden had 15 percent, former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Butt…

The Shrinking Democrats of Bristol County [OPINION] » WBSM Since the election of Donald J. Trump to the Presidency of the United States, the Democrats have lost thousands of members in Bristol County Massachusetts.…

'I’m in sunny Keene’: Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle canvass for Elizabeth Warren in New Hampshire » The Republican Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle and her Northampton counterpart, Mayor David Narkewicz, headed north to New Hampshire over the weekend to canvass for presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren.…

Alan Chartock: The Democrats’ conundrum » the Berkshire edge So who should the Democrats nominate for president? It’s complicated. Part of the problem is that there is a sort of depression amongst Democrats.…

Guess It Wasn’t Illegal When Kirk Minihane Duped Joe Curtatone with a Fake Interview » Boston Magazine If you were wondering whether it’s okay, legally speaking, to trick a Massachusetts mayor into a recorded interview by impersonating a Boston Globe columnist, we now appear to have an answer: Go for…

Former Quincy mayor running for Norfolk County sheriff » The Sun Chronicle Former Quincy mayor Bill Phelan has announced that he is running for Norfolk County Sheriff against incumbent Jerome McDermott.…

Public Health

MetroWest towns crack down on tobacco licenses » The Metro West Daily News The Hopkinton Board of Health considers reducing the number of tobacco licenses. It’s the latest local effort to safeguard teenagers from the health risks of smoking.…

Public Safety

All the president’s sheriffs: How one law enforcement group became ardent Trump supporters » Boston Globe President Trump was in the early throes of the Ukraine scandal that would lead to his impeachment last year when he sought to counter the controversy by surrounding himself with loyal supporters who e…

‘The People’s Firehouse': Community compassion sparks renovation of beloved Engine 50 » Boston Globe If it weren’t for its freshly painted red doors, Engine 50 in Charlestown might be mistaken as just another brownstone. That’s fitting, because the station long known as “The People’s Firehous…

Panel to hear arguments for keeping Pilgrim's emergency planning zone » Cape Cod Times Members of the region’s legislative delegation and those who continue to keep close watch on Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station will argue to keep the emergency planning zone around the plant during a he…

State Government

Bay State teens who want the vote might face pushback – from Mom and Dad » Boston Herald Bay State teens lobbying Beacon Hill legislators for a chance to lower the voting age in municipal elections could face local pushback despite recent support from prominent pols like U.S. Rep. Ayanna …

Legislators look to let cities and towns lower voting age » Boston Herald Lawmakers are mulling multiple bills that would let cities and towns allow teens as young as 16 to vote in local elections, a move critics are calling “frivolous” and “absurd.”…

States spending big bucks on census prep » The Salem News With political clout in Washington, D.C., and billions of dollars in federal funding at stake, Massachusetts and more than a dozen other states are spending unprecedented amounts of money on outreach …

Mass. bill would let 16 and 17-year-olds vote in local elections » Boston Globe Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a proposal that would give cities and towns greater leeway in allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in municipal elections.…

Gov. Charlie Baker Set To Deliver State Of The Commonwealth Address » CBS Boston Gov. Charlie Baker is preparing to deliver his annual State of the Commonwealth address at a time of growing challenges for Massachusetts.…

Governor Baker to discuss education, transportation, housing in State of the Commonwealth address » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is set to discuss his 2020 priorities in his State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night.…

Transportation

A Charlie Card Isn't Needed, But It Will Take At Least $500 To Board These MBTA Trains » WBUR The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is auctioning off seven vintage subway cars.…

New commuter line between Mass. and Conn. exceeds 1 million passengers » Boston Globe More than a million riders have traveled the commuter line between New Haven, Conn., and Springfield, Mass., that opened in June 2018.…

How to improve T service during shutdowns » Commonwealth Magazine ONCE AGAIN, the MBTA’s floating slab project has reared its ugly head. If it seems like this project has been going on forever, it’s because it has. The first weekend shutdowns to replace the conc…

Pollack: Easy-Travel Windows Make Congestion Pricing Difficult » State House News Service Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack believes the state can and should take comprehensive steps to address worsening traffic, but the administration remains opposed to converting existing toll 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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