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9:30am Lobby Day for Election Day Voter Registration, State House, Boston

10:00am Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing, MassDEP Southeast Regional Office, 20 Riverside Drive, Lakeville

10:30am Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Public Hearing

11:00am House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, Oversight Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy, Public Hearing

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

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Oversight Hearing

5:00pm Fundraiser & Wine Tasting for State Sen. Candidate John Cain

Must-Reads

Senator’s Fight to Ban NDAs Gets Lift From New Voices » State House News Service DiZoglio was joined by journalist Gretchen Carlson, political strategist Julie Roginsky, attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Congresswoman Lori Trahan and state Reps. Alyson Sullivan, Maria Robinson and Joh…

Paul Grogan to step down from Boston Foundation » Boston Globe During his tenure, the foundation expanded its purpose and loosened its purse strings, giving away more than $150 million last fiscal year in community grants and releasing in-depth reports on everyth…

State eyes plan to improve diversity among teachers » Boston Globe But on Tuesday, education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley will formally propose a potential fix: He is seeking to allow teachers who repeatedly fail their exams to receive a license based on their actual w…

Proposed Hynes sale runs into political difficulty at the State House » Boston Globe Officials at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority received a glimpse of the potentially rough road ahead on Monday. They trekked to the State House for a legislative hearing, for their plan t…

OPINION: The John Bolton Report » The Wall Street Journal The former NSC adviser should tell the public what he knows.…

Bloomberg's rise sets off alarms on the left » Politico Fearful he's avoiding scrutiny, progressives are pressing the DNC to change its debate rules so Bloomberg would be forced to confront his rivals.…

Sen. Ed Markey could soon get a boost from an environmentally-minded super PAC in his primary battle against Rep. Joe Kennedy III » Politico George Bachrach, the former president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, is working behind the scenes to put together an operation to support of Markey through the nonprofit Environment Ame…

‘I’ve never participated in a meeting like that’: Inside the House’s great transportation debate » Boston Globe As Massachusetts House leaders shape the details of a long-awaited transportation financing bill, they have spent weeks systematically meeting behind closed doors with the caucuses and delegations tha…

Senators, unions push back against more T privatization » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA UNIONS and their legislative supporters launched a full-court press at Monday’s meeting of the Fiscal and Management Control Board to block efforts by the transit authority to buy 60 new buses …

Michael Bloomberg supports Puerto Rico statehood, breaking with many 2020 Democrats » The Associated Press (AP) The former New York mayor and 2020 presidential candidate broke with most of the Democrats vying for the party’s nomination to unequivocally back statehood for Puerto Rico in a policy plan released …

Elizabeth Warren bet big on Iowa. Will her elaborate organization be enough? » Washington Post As her polls take an ominous dip just days before the Feb. 3 caucuses, Warren’s big bet is that her unprecedented organizing machine will rescue her showing in Iowa, essentially saving her candidacy…

Editorial Endorsement: Andrew Yang the best choice for Democrats » Lowell Sun He believes that Trump supporters are people worth listening to, people with real concerns who have been ignored and derided by the political establishment, and he is proposing new and innovative poli…

Holyoke Rep. Aaron Vega won’t seek re-election » Western Mass Politics and Insight Aaron Vega, who serves as the state rep for the Fifth Hampden District will not seek reelection in 2020. The one-time councilor, who was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in …

“If the Republicans ignore it, they are telling the American people that getting to the truth in this impeachment trial doesn’t matter,” Markey said. “This is the confirmation of what the House managers presented and directly contradicts the heart of the president’s case.”

Senator Ed Markey

Speaking about the "bombshell" report in the New York Times that John Bolton claims in a new book that Trump directly told him he wanted to freeze military aid to Ukraine.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Bolton Reportedly Raised Alarm About Trump Granting Favors To China, Turkey Leaders » HUFFPOST The former national security adviser reportedly says in a book draft that he spoke to Attorney General William Barr about his concerns, The New York Times reported.…

‘Our phone rings from 7 in the morning until 10 at night.’ Life in Iowa’s political bombardment zone » Boston Globe After a 43-year career at the local Nestle plant and successfully raising three well-adjusted daughters, Jim Monaghan thinks he’s earned the right to relax a bit.…

In Partisan Washington, Trahan Sees Room To Work With GOP » State House News Service U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan's first year in Congress started with a government shutdown and ended with a vote to impeach the president.…

Elizabeth Warren’s Iowa plea: Don’t be afraid, ‘Women win’ » Boston Globe She rolled into her campaign event here in a bus plastered with her face and the words “Hope Over Fear.”…

Pete Buttigieg has risen to an Iowa contender by moving toward the middle » Boston Globe Pete Buttigieg took the stage at a CNN presidential town hall last March in his first major appearance as a relatively unknown candidate, the openly gay mayor of a small Midwestern city. Host Jake Tap…

Wanted for Congress: People of uncommon courage » Boston Globe Political courage is too rare a thing. In the days ahead, the impeachment trial in the US Senate will tell us more than we ever wanted to know about exactly how rare.…

Chabot: Elizabeth Warren’s unfavorable ratings rise among women » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s unfavorable ratings among women in the Granite State have ballooned by five points since she accused rival U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of saying a woman can’t win the Whi…

Chilly reception for New York Times all-female endorsement in NH » Boston Herald New Hampshire voters were not impressed with the The New York Times’ anyone-but-a-man presidential endorsement of Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, a new poll shows.…

Bernie Sanders surges to top in latest poll, takes lead over Biden as Warren slips » Boston Herald Bernie Sanders has moved to the lead in New Hampshire in a poll that shows a dramatic shake-up in the race, a new Franklin Pierce, Boston Herald, NBC 10 poll shows.…

Deval Patrick might continue presidential run in case of a brokered convention » Sentinel & Enterprise There is a reason why Barack Obama has not endorsed a Democrat running for president.…

Ed Markey has never been a John Bolton fan, but he thinks he could be a ‘difference maker’ » Boston.com Sen. Ed Markey has never had many nice things to say about John Bolton. In 2018, when Bolton was appointed as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Markey called the foreign policy haw…

Iowa-Registered Voters In Mass. Can Still Caucus — In Harvard Square » WGBH More than 50 Massachusetts residents, most of them likely college students from Iowa, are set to play a small voting role in that state’s Democratic caucuses next week.…

The Senate’s choice: Call witnesses or stage a coverup » Boston Globe The Senate has two options at this juncture in the impeachment trial of President Trump: It can conduct a sham trial. Or it can call witnesses to the president’s misconduct, including former nationa…

A nation turns its weary eyes toward the Democrats and cries: Stop » Boston Globe For days Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, and other Democratic presidential hopefuls have been bouncing around Iowa, courting voters for the caucuses that are to be held next week. For days Senators Elizabe…

Warren Wants Bolton To Testify, Now More Than Ever » WBUR Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is among the Democrats ratcheting up pressure on Republicans to call witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial, after The New York Times published an explosive rep…

Business

Another downtown tower’s lobby will get a major makeover » Boston Globe Another prominent downtown office building is getting a snazzy new lobby, this one passed every day by thousands of commuters coming from and going to South Station.…

Mattapan church puts 25 acres of land in Roslindale up for sale » Boston Globe It’s a rare find within the city of Boston these days: 25 contiguous acres of undeveloped land. That’s what the Mattapan-based Jubilee Christian Church has put on the market, off American Legion H…

Link Between Hynes Sale and BCEC Expansion Questioned » State House News Service .If the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority is going to finance its plan for a $500 million expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport through the sale of the Back B…

Massachusetts Package Stores Challenge Constitutionality of Ballot Question to Remove Chain Store Liquor License Caps » Brewbound East Coast gas and convenience store chain Cumberland Farms’ attempt to change Massachusetts’ off-premise retail chain licensing processes is being met with opposition from the state’s alcoholic…

Closing Hynes Convention Center is like ‘open-heart surgery,’ says city councilor » Boston Herald A plan to sell the Hynes Convention Center off to the highest bidder with little thought as to what might replace it would be akin to conducting “open-heart surgery” on the Back Bay, City Councilo…

Gretchen Carlson takes her fight against workplace silence on sexual misconduct to Beacon Hill » Boston Herald The national hush-money debate took center stage in Boston, with former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson defending her $20 million settlement and saying she wouldn’t rule out a future political run.…

EDITORIAL: Handouts for Hollywood » Newburyport News Getting a taste of Hollywood has layers of benefits for a city. Movie producers who visit our communities for filming are generous with their linkage, their companies put hundreds of people to work, a…

Boston councilor seeks more liquor licenses » Boston Herald A new bill would give Boston up to 150 new liquor licenses earmarked for businesses in the outlying neighborhoods that have increasingly fewer local watering holes.…

Chase wins bid to install MBTA station ATMs » Boston Business Journal JPMorgan Chase & Co. will pay $3.3 million over five years to put its ATMs in Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority stations across Greater Boston, as the banking giant continues to scale up its …

Crimes

Ex-Official Who Took Bribe Has Received $200,000 In Retirement Benefits. Can He Keep The Money? » WBUR Former Boston official John Lynch must forfeit the $50,000 bribe that led to a 40-month prison sentence Friday, and he may yet be forced to give up something more valuable: his pension.…

Education

Innovative Pathways Grant awarded to Quabbin Regional » Athol Daily News Local legislators along with members from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced the approval of $677,196 in grants awarded to 14 school districts across t…

UMass Boston interim chancellor withdraws from race for permanent post » Boston Business Journal A day before a search committee was expected to name finalists for the position of UMass Boston chancellor, the campus’s interim leader said she is withdrawing her name from the pool of candidates.…

Baker-Polito Administration Awards GLTS $60K Advanced Manufacturing Grant » The Valley Patriot Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that Greater Lawrence Technical School has been awarded $60,000 by the state to support workforce development programming for adults studying advanced…

Baker's education funding plan largely bypasses Attleboro area schools, officials say » The Sun Chronicle Gov. Charlie Baker has taken the first step toward a $1.5 billion boost in education funding over the next seven years, but local officials say the benefits will mostly bypass area schools.…

Harvard scientist charged with lying to feds about Chinese ties » Boston Business Journal A longtime Harvard scientist has been charged with lying to U.S. government agencies about his work with a Chinese university and government recruitment program — connections that allegedly earned h…

MSBA raises construction spending cap by $200M » Worcester Business Journal With 1,800 schools spread out across Massachusetts, some more than 100 years old, the Massachusetts School Building Authority can't replace or repair them fast enough. But it's about to get a little b…

Environment

Federal court upholds Buzzards Bay oil spill prevention rules » Wicked Local Wareham They keep losing, but that hasn’t stopped the oil industry from trying to undo the Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act. For the fourth time in a little more than a decade, the Buzzards Bay Coalit…

Baker-Polito Administration announces Brownfields funding » Wicked Local Littleton Recently, Gov. Charlie Baker, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, and MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss joined city of Boston Chief of Housing and Neighborhood Develo…

State energy secretary seeks support for Baker’s climate plan » The Republican The governor’s office says the law allows him to do it by himself, but Charlie Baker’s secretary of energy and environmental affairs is still canvassing the state to convince residents it’s wort…

Meeting set on status of King Philip, Healy demolition sites » The Herald News State Rep. Alan Silvia, along with representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection, will host an informational meeting regarding the current status of King Philip Mill and the demoliti…

Report: Natick kept in the dark regarding PCB contamination » The Metro West Daily News It took state environmental officials nearly a year to tell Natick that a town park had PCB contamination, a report says. The level of PCB contamination at East Park is up to 50 times what is consider…

Gaming

Budget suggests expanded gaming revenues stalling out » Taunton Gazette The second full budget cycle with two full-scale casinos operating in Massachusetts won’t be as fruitful as the first -- the Baker administration is projecting that gaming revenue will decline in fi…

Health Care

Lawmakers to hear Gov. Baker’s health care bill Tuesday » Fox 25 News Massachusetts legislators are holding a public hearing at 11 a.m. on Gov. Charlie Baker’s health care overhaul bill on Tuesday morning at the Statehouse.…

Human Services

Plan to move welfare office in Worcester gets pushback » Worcester Telegram Residents, social services representatives, city officials and lawmakers on Monday raised concerns about the state’s plan to move the Worcester office of the state Department of Transitional Assista…

Immigration

Supreme Court allows Trump wealth test for immigrants » Commonwealth Magazine THE SUPREME COURT cleared the way for the Trump administration to begin enforcing new limits on immigrants who are considered likely to become dependent on government benefit programs, or “public ch…

Low-income immigrants in Massachusetts face new barriers to green cards under Supreme Court ruling » The Republican When the federal government announced it would limit green cards to immigrants who seem financially stable, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey predicted the “public charge” rule could hav…

Don’t dilute our state’s already lax immigration enforcement » Lowell Sun Renewed efforts to turn Massachusetts into a haven for illegal immigrants took center stage on Beacon Hill last week.…

Judiciary

Gretchen Carlson advocates for legislation banning nondisclosure agreements on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe A state lawmaker turned up the heat on political leaders Monday, challenging the governor and speaker of the House to ban nondisclosure agreements that prohibit women from speaking about sexual harass…

Ex-Fox News host joins State House battle on nondisclosure agreements » Commonwealth Magazine WHEN GRETCHEN CARLSON filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes in a scandal that ultimately led to his firing, she said she had no idea that her complaint would h…

DiZoglio lashes out at DeLeo, Baker over nondisclosure ban » The Eagle Tribune State leaders are trying to block a proposal aimed at preventing the use of non-disclosure agreements to shield sexual abusers, according to the bill's primary sponsor.…

New Bedford court employees sue for race, sex discrimination » South Coast Today Three New Bedford District Court employees are suing the Massachusetts Trial Court, alleging discrimination at the hands of their co-workers.…

Tech Upgrade Long Overdue in Courts, Judges Say » State House News Service For a court to operate, judges need to make decisions quickly and to do that they need all the necessary materials in front of them as soon as possible. With a large amount of data to sift through, ad…

Labor

Chipotle fined $1.3 million for child labor violations in Mass. » Boston Globe Chipotle Mexican Grill has been hit with a $1.3 million fine for an estimated 13,253 child labor violations at its more than 50 Massachusetts restaurants, the largest child labor penalty ever issued b…

Legislative

Speaker DeLeo Responds To Criticism He's Holding Up Bill To End Use Of Non-Disclosure Agreements » WGBH Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo responded in a statement Tuesday to comments by Sen. Diana DiZoglio where she accused the speaker of attempting to block a bill she put forward that would end the use…

Local Government

Maynard Seider: North Adams is at a crossroads » Berkshire Eagle Fifty years ago, a federally-financed urban renewal project brought down half of Main Street in North Adams. Years later, Joe Manning ("Disappearing Into North Adams") captured the emotions of many re…

Rehoboth gets nearly $135,000 state grant to expand fiber optics » The Sun Chronicle The town is getting a $134,708 state grant to expand its fiber optics network. The funding is part of $3 million in grants to help 51 municipalities strengthen their technological infrastructure. It w…

Politics

Political Notes: Coletta has largest war chest in Senate race » Cape Cod Times The March 3 special primary election for the Plymouth & Barnstable District state Senate seat is fast approaching.…

Second candidate enters race to replace Stoughton’s retiring Rep. Kafka » Patriot Ledger With longtime state Rep. Lou Kafka preparing to retire next year, an economist from Walpole, Andrew Flowers, will mount a campaign to challenge Kafka’s chief of staff Ted Phillips for the seat, sett…

Is UMass’s Marty Meehan Boston’s New King of Clubs? » Boston Magazine It’s Thursday night at the University of Massachusetts Club, and I’m drinking a glass of Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc by the elevator when I spot U.S. Representative Richard Neal and an aide heading…

Public Health

Two possible coronavirus cases monitored in New Hampshire » Boston Herald Two people in New Hampshire who recently traveled from Wuhan, China, are being monitored after showing respiratory symptoms, Granite State health officials said, as Boston officials outlined plans to …

Independence House Will Launch Healthy Relationship Survey to Cape Teens » Cape Cod Today February’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is nationally recognized as a time to talk and take action about dating violence among adolescents. In a call‐to‐action, Independence House is ask…

Public Safety

Statie lieutenant allegedly went on Bermuda cruise while claiming to be at work: prosecutors » Boston Herald A now-retired state police lieutenant allegedly claimed to be working while he was actually on a cruise in Bermuda, according to court documents.…

Ring’s Neighborhood Watch Feature Is Bringing Out the Worst in Boston » Boston Magazine On a Tuesday afternoon in December, a man dressed in a camo hoodie with a shopping bag at his side walked up a set of stairs, past a pole wrapped in Christmas ribbon, and onto a porch in East Somervil…

State Finance

State budget hearing planned for February, March » Gloucester Times The schedule has been set for legislators to hear testimony and ask questions of the Baker administration about its $44.6 billion budget plan for fiscal 2021.…

State Government

Senator’s fight to ban non-disclosure agreements gets lift from new voices » Taunton Gazette Two former Fox News personalities who sued the network’s then-CEO for sexual harassment added their voices Monday to a state senator’s push to restrict the use of non-disclosure agreements on Beac…

Advocates: Registration Reform Could Boost Turnout by 100,000 » State House News Service Supporters of a bill enabling people to register to vote as they cast their ballots are mounting another push for the long-sought reform as a key legislative deadline approaches and another election s…

What Massachusetts can teach America » Boston Globe In his annual address to the Commonwealth, Governor Charlie Baker outlined the state’s successes and areas for improvement while making it clear: Massachusetts aims to be a leader.…

Maylor Leaving Comptroller Post for Academia » State House News Service Less than a year after he started in the job, Comptroller Andrew Maylor announced Tuesday that he is resigning next month to become vice president and chief business officer at Merrimack College.…

Transportation

Additional Morning and Evening Trains Planned on Fairmont Line » State House News Service Fairmount Line passengers will have access to eight more trips per weekday and will be able to tap CharlieCards to board core stations starting this spring under a new pilot program.…

Pacheco joins chorus of fierce blowback over MBTA's exploring of bus privatization » Taunton Gazette Dozens of union workers, elected officials and labor advocates crowded an MBTA board meeting Monday to slam officials for considering the use of a private bus operator to supplement public transit ser…

Union leaders bash MBTA on privatization » Boston Herald Union leaders and their Beacon Hill allies railed against the MBTA’s proposal to hire private companies to run the upcoming bus expansion.…

MBTA gets fierce blowback over idea of privatizing buses » The Salem News [Story Developing] MBTA officials drew fiery criticism Monday for weighing the use of private contractors to operate 60 new buses as dozens of union workers, lawmakers and labor advocates crowded a bo…

Utilities

Council hears pipeline project concerns » The Reminder An agreement between the Town of Agawam and Tennessee Gas LLC. was at the center of discussion by both councilors and residents at the Jan. 20 town council meeting.…

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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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