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Activists See Gap Between Higher Ed Ask, Baker’s Budget » State House News Service The advocacy day, hosted by the Fund Our Future campaign and the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts, focused on one pair of bills that propose to steer additional state dollars into comm…

New No. 1 among Mass. lobbying firms » Commonwealth Magazine SMITH COSTELLO & CRAWFORD vaulted into the top spot among Massachusetts lobbying firms in 2019, raking in $4.2 million in fees and displacing the prior king-of-the-hill, ML Strategies.…

Straus lays out rationale for transpo revenues » Commonwealth Magazine WITH THE HOUSE PREPARING to take up transportation funding legislation this week, Rep. William Straus explains the rationale behind many of the bill’s provisions.…

Path to Electric Buses Littered with Obstacles » State House News Service In an ideal future envisioned by the Massachusetts Senate, the transportation, housing and construction sectors all face carbon pricing mechanisms, all statewide greenhouse gas emissions are offset wi…

Progressive Groups Aren’t Ready To Rally To Bernie Sanders To Oppose Joe Biden’s Centrist Army » BuzzFeedNews Justice Democrats, founded by alumni of Sanders' 2016 campaign, is suggesting Monday that Warren ease up on attacks on Sanders and commit to supporting him with her delegates should he continue to run…

The Man Behind Trump’s Facebook Juggernaut » The New Yorker Brad Parscale used social media to sway the 2016 election. He’s poised to do it again.…

Texas: Welcome to the Rodeo: A closer look at the biggest up-for-grabs state today » Sabato's Crystal Ball Unlike California’s more liberal Democratic electorate, Texas is a bellwether for its potential as a swing state. Beyond the state’s vast racial diversity, its diversity of geography, industry, an…

OPINION: House makes right move on transportation » Boston Globe Gas taxes can be regressive, since poorer people tend to spend more of their income on gas and may have no alternative to driving. The House proposal attempts to spread the burden by also raising the …

Chris Matthews Out at MSNBC » New York Times (T)he journalist Laura Bassett published an essay accusing Mr. Matthews of making multiple inappropriate comments about her appearance, reviving longstanding allegations about the anchor’s sexist be…

FL: Florida coronavirus: State's secretary of health authorized to take ‘any action necessary’ » Tallahassee Democrat The coronavirus public health emergency declared late Sunday by Gov. Ron DeSantis gives broad powers to Scott Rivkees, the state’s secretary of health and surgeon general, to respond to the crisis.…

NY: New York Seeks to Reduce Special-Education Case Backlog » The Wall Street Journal New York City had more than 10,000 open cases in January, and most of them were running late…

NY: Coronavirus in New York: Cuomo administration gets $40M, more power to respond » Democrat & Chronicle New York lawmakers voted late Monday to put $40 million toward the state's coronavirus response, approving the bill despite concern over a measure granting Gov. Andrew Cuomo wide-ranging authority to …

Getting to the bottom of the missing youth vote » Roll Call Young Americans vote at half the rate of older Americans, a gap that is twice as large as in other advanced democracies.…

Sanders crowds see a Trump of their own » Axios The Bernie Sanders diehards packing his rallies would love to live in a world with Medicare for All, free college and higher taxes on the rich — but they mostly know that's a distant dream. Instead,…

“It seems like you don’t like him that much?” Warren was asked by late night TV comedian Jimmy Kimmel. “True,” she responded. "But it’s not personal. It’s just everything about him."

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Responding to Jimmy Kimmel's question about Michael Bloomberg

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Beltway Politics

Biden nabs endorsements from Klobuchar, Buttigieg, and O’Rourke ahead of Super Tuesday » Boston Globe Former vice president Joe Biden brought his resurgent campaign to delegate-rich Texas on Monday, gaining the backing of one-time rivals Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar amid an avalanche of endorsemen…

Some candidates are dropping out. Elizabeth Warren still sees a path forward. » Boston Globe As she headed out to canvass on Sunday afternoon with a “persiste” sticker — “persist” in Spanish — fixed to her sweatshirt, Kathy Finn was under no illusions that her candidate, Senator E…

How they’re voting: Local political voices endorse their primary picks » The Herald News We have the scoop on how some of the region’s most prominent political voices and community leaders intend to vote in the 2020 presidential primary Tuesday, March 3. Take a quick scroll through and …

What to watch for on Super Tuesday » Boston Herald Super Tuesday won’t decide the Democratic nomination but could give Bernie Sanders a delegate haul big enough to grab a commanding hold on the race — with a newly rejuvenated Joe Biden nipping at …

On Super Tuesday eve, Biden gets boost from former rivals » Boston Herald Rivals no more, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg united behind Joe Biden’s presidential bid on Monday as the Democratic Party’s moderate wing scrambled to boost the former vice president just hour…

Poll: Are the moderate Democrats trying to tilt the nomination for Joe Biden by dropping out just before Super Tuesday? » Boston Herald Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar ended her Democratic presidential campaign Monday — with plans to now endorse Joe Biden.…

Taunton pols and pundits share their presidential primary picks » Taunton Gazette We asked Taunton area politicians and pundits who they will be voting for on Tuesday in the presidential primary election when Massachusetts heads to the polls on Super Tuesday. We’ve compiled the r…

Kennedy fails to attend annual North Andover Democratic Committee breakfast » The Eagle Tribune Congressman Joe Kennedy III was notably absent from the North Andover Democratic Town Committee Scholarship Breakfast on Sunday.…

How to watch Super Tuesday like a pro » Politico California alone offers nearly three times as many delegates as the first four early voting states combined.…

The Horse Race: LIVE » A Super Tuesday breakdown hosted by your favorite Massachusetts-based political podcasts, The Horse Race and Deep Democracy.…

Mass. voters have say in wild Democratic primary race » Boston Globe Record-setting droves of Democratic primary voters are expected to flood Massachusetts polling centers Tuesday to have their say in a tumultuous presidential race, where a thinning field and tightenin…

Business

Massport building boom has created a crowded Seaport, critics say » Boston Herald Massport’s lucrative real estate ventures on Boston’s waterfront may have served as a “catalyst” for a building boom throughout the city over the past decade, but some say the rapid growth has…

So far, virus fears aren’t hurting Boston’s convention business » Boston Globe Organizers of PAX East gathering say attendance was strong over the weekend. Meanwhile, the New England Food Show is still on the menu for later this month.…

Liberty Mutual CEO scores bigger bonus » Boston Business Journal Liberty Mutual chairman and CEO David Long saw his total compensation jump by more than $2 million last year, in part because the company has avoided heavy hurricane-related losses of late.…

Education

School superintendents set to meet on coronavirus protocols » Boston Herald As our elected officials and government leaders start to take steps to prepare for a possible coronavirus outbreak in the Bay State, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed.…

As audit looms, Boston schools brace for more bad news » Boston Globe By many measures, the Boston schools are in crisis. Graduation rates dropped last year, while the gap between Black and white students earning diplomas more than doubled.…

UMass Boston lands $2.25M donation to start apprenticeship program » Boston Globe UMass Boston interim chancellor Katherine Newman has spent her year-and-a-half tenure on the campus trying to build a bridge between the school and entry-level jobs for students at Boston companies.…

Environment

Wildlife Hazards Being Tracked at North Adams Airport » iBerkshires Deer, crow and bald eagles are a few of the wildlife incursions that are being tracked as part of a yearlong hazardous wildlife assessment at Harriman & West Airport.…

Environmental groups concerned about Trump’s proposals » Gazette Net Deerfield River Watershed Trout Unlimited President Michael Vito says it's disturbing to see the changes the Trump Administration has either made or has said it's going to make in environmental policy…

The net zero imperative for Suffolk Downs » Commonwealth Magazine Massive East Boston development must set green example…

Residents, Advocates Push For Vote On PCB Dump In Berkshires » New England Public Radio Some Berkshire County residents say they should have more of a say in whether PCBs will be buried in a disposal site in the region.…

Gaming

Branches Taking Different Paths on Sports Betting » State House News Service More than a year in the making, the first bill to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts emerged from a joint House-Senate committee Friday and took one step closer to becoming reality. But its path…

Health Care

Waltham biotech gets a new name (now it’s called Xilio) and raises more than $100 million » Boston Globe The company is working on precision treatments that use the body’s immune system to fight cancer.…

CEOs from two Massachusetts biotechs meet with Trump on coronavirus » Boston Globe The heads of two biotechs in Massachusetts met with President Trump Monday afternoon to discuss the coronavirus outbreak as both companies work on experimental vaccines.…

Holyoke hospital plans to shutter psychiatric beds, lay off 200 » Gazette Net IN a move that will see some 200 employees lose their jobs and a significant reduction in mental health services in the region, Providence Behavioral Health Hospital has announced that it will discont…

Mental Health Workers Worry About Closing Of Inpatient Unit In Holyoke » New England Public Radio Mental health workers are decrying the planned closing of Providence Hospital's inpatient psychiatric unit in Holyoke, Massachusetts.…

Human Services

State House backs $2M more for HIP program » The Recorder The House has overwhelmingly approved another $2 million for the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) to put an end to the temporary suspension and restore the program before the original reinstatement da…

Legislative

Legislators support New England’s largest African American festival » News 22 WWLP.com Massachusetts legislators gathered in Springfield on Monday to financially support New England’s largest African American Festival.…

Local Government

Clerks prepare for a busy day » Gazette Net Massachusetts is one of more than a dozen states where voters will cast their presidential primary ballot on “Super Tuesday.” On the same day, some cities and towns hold local elections, making it…

Attleboro mayor seeks more parking, fewer tickets » The Sun Chronicle Mayor Paul Heroux says the city is taking short-term and long-term steps to improve the parking situation in the downtown business area.…

Politics

O'Connor seeking re-election to state senate seat » Wicked Local Marshfield State Sen. Patrick O’Connor, R-Weymouth, recently pulled papers to run once again for the position he holds – a position he said allows him to work to improve the lives of all in his district.…

Fight for state GOP turns nasty » Commonwealth Magazine WHILE THE PUBLIC is focused on the race for president, way down the ballot in the Massachusetts primary is a shadowy fight for control of the state Republican Party.…

Everything you need to know about Super Tuesday in Massachusetts » Boston Globe Massachusetts is one of 14 states that will go to the polls on March 3, otherwise known as Super Tuesday. Here’s everything you need to know about how to vote.…

Sen. Feeney Speaks At Bernie Sanders Super Tuesday Rally » Brookline Patch More than 13,000 people gathered at Boston Common as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders rallied support before the Massachusetts presidential primary. State Sen. Paul Feeney, D-Foxborough, was among the keyn…

Mass. GOP Voters Like Trump More Than Their Republican Governors » WBUR Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is one of the most popular governors in America. His old boss, former Mass. Gov. Bill Weld, won his 1994 election in a 40 point wipeout, carrying 346 of the state’s …

Incumbents fielding few challengers so far » The Salem News With few challengers so far stepping up to run against them, scores of incumbent lawmakers could be getting a free pass back to Beacon Hill this fall.…

State Committee Races May Hold Key To Future of MassGOP » New Boston Post On Super Tuesday, names like Donald Trump and Bill Weld will appear on the Republican Party ballot in Massachusetts, but depending on where you live, so will names like Geoff Diehl, Myles Heger, Shawn…

Moulton proud of his accomplishments » Lynn Daily News Item Seth Moulton, the 6th district representative from Massachusetts, may have chosen the eve of one of the most politically significant days of this year’s election cycle to visit the Item, but it didn…

Public Health

Norfolk woman back from Italy school trip is Massachusetts’ 2nd suspected coronavirus case » Boston Herald Massachusetts’ second suspected case of coronavirus was identified in a woman in her 20s in Norfolk County who recently returned from Italy with a school group, state health officials said Monday ni…

Mass. says Norfolk County woman has tested positive for coronavirus » Boston Globe The coronavirus outbreak had a global impact over the weekend, as reported cases increased and the number of nations affected rose. Here are the most recent updates on what’s happening in the US and…

Charlie Baker, public health officials preparing for more potential coronavirus cases » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker and state health officials say they are preparing for the possibility of an outbreak of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, promising they are “thinking ahead” while insisting t…

Guv: Stay On Top of Shifting Coronavirus Situation » State House News Service State public health officials are engaged in what Gov. Charlie Baker described as a "constant back and forth" with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies as the…

First coronavirus case confirmed in N.H.; Mass. reports its second » Boston Globe Massachusetts reported its second case of coronavirus Monday and New Hampshire its first, while Rhode Island officials said one of the two people in that state with the illness had attended high schoo…

Coronavirus concerns growing on South Shore » Wicked Local Weymouth Secretary of State William Galvin said voters who feared the coronavirus could bring their own pens to vote in the primary on Super Tuesday.…

Responding to the coronavirus: Local hospitals, municipalities, individuals prepare for a possible outbreak » Gazette Net With countries across the world responding to the threat of coronavirus outbreaks, here in Massachusetts and, more locally, in the Pioneer Valley, local hospitals and municipalities are working to pre…

Be Prepared but Don't Panic: Health Departments Respond to Coronavirus » Governing State and local governments have adapted plans for other pandemics and are putting them into action.…

Virus concerns? Bring a pen to the polls » Commonwealth Magazine Galvin outlines voting preparations for coronavirus…

County seeks emergency funds to address virus » Cape Cod Times The Barnstable County administrator is asking that $250,000 in emergency funding be set aside to protect the Cape's high percentage of older residents from the coronavirus spreading across the globe.…

Public Safety

With Finn retiring, who should lead Boston fire? » Boston Globe With Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn announcing his retirement on Monday, City Councilors began pushing for a successor who will commit to making the city’s very white and very male fire depart…

West Stockbridge fire chief pays $5,000 penalty for ethics violations, admits wrongdoing » Berkshire Eagle The state has dismissed its case against Fire Chief Peter Skorput for breaking ethics laws after he admitted to the violations and paid a $5,000 fine.…

Milford Selectmen appoint James H. Rhoden, Baltimore police commander, as new police chief » The Metro West Daily News Baltimore Police Commander James H. Rhoden will be Milford’s new police chief.…

State Government

Galvin Expects High Democratic Turnout For Mass. Primary » WGBH Secretary of State William Galvin expects a record-setting number of Massachusetts voters will take part in tomorrow's Democratic presidential primary election.…

Here's how Massachusetts Democrats will allocate delegates after Super Tuesday » WCVB Ballots cast in Massachusetts' primary election are just the first step in a complicated process designed to bring local Democrats' wishes to the party convention in Milwaukee this summer.…

'Donate Your Vote': Some Mass. Voters Are Casting Ballots On Behalf Of Disenfranchised Prisoners » WBUR On the day of the Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina, Kyle Bryant, who's serving time at the medium-security prison in Norfolk, was trying to get fellow inmates to tune in. But it was a …

Taxation

Brookline rep wants to pump up gas taxes even higher » Boston Herald State lawmakers set to vote on gas tax hikes Wednesday will be asked to pump up the fees even higher in the years to come.…

Transportation

MBTA takes all new Orange Line trains out of service for repair » Boston Herald All of the new Orange Line trains have been taken out of service for the week after officials discovered an issue with one of the parts, the MBTA announced Tuesday morning.…

Could Uber and Lyft survive if the state levies higher fees on the rides they provide? » Boston Globe Can Uber and Lyft sustain $50 million or more in new annual fees paid to the Massachusetts government?…

Gas Tax, Toll Changes Among Transpo Tax Bill Amendments » State House News Service State representatives are seeking a significant overhaul of Democratic leadership's landmark transportation-related tax and spending package that the House will debate this week.…

House makes right move on transportation » Boston Globe No politician wants to raise the gas tax — and it’s an even tougher vote during an election year. So House Speaker Robert DeLeo deserves significant credit for getting behind a 5-cents-per-gallon …

Gas tax, toll changes among transportation tax bill amendments » Taunton Gazette In dozens of amendments, rank-and-file Democrats called for expanding the gasoline and diesel tax increases proposed by leaders, expanding road tolls to the state’s borders and funding free public t…

Homeless bill helps lift Massachusetts residents » Boston Herald In a refreshing change of pace, Massachusetts lawmakers are working to help struggling citizens improve their lives.…

Baker Cool to Business, Gas Taxes in House Transpo Bill » Banker & Tradesman Gov. Charlie Baker last week said he was “disappointed” with many of the core elements of Speaker Robert DeLeo’s transportation funding tax package, raising the stakes for next week’s debate.…

Four Focus Points For Beacon Hill's Coming Transportation Tax Debate » WGBH House Speaker Robert DeLeo will have the House vote a $600 million tax plan next week, with proceeds set to go to improvements for the MBTA, regional transit agencies and other transportation projects…

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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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