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Must-Reads

House Approves $18 Bil in Transportation Outlays » State House News Service The House bulked up the bill's bottom line to reflect the projected revenues approved on Wednesday, even though those taxes and fees face an uncertain future in the Senate and Gov. Charlie Baker oppos…

Owners of Mass. casinos already feeling the effects of coronavirus » Boston Globe Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts both own properties in the Asian gambling hub of Macau, where visits have slowed following an all-out two-week casino shutdown last month that cost operators millions of d…

What Elizabeth Warren says she got ‘wrong’ about the Democratic primary race » Boston.com I was told at the beginning of this whole undertaking that there are two lanes: a progressive lane that Bernie Sanders is the incumbent for and a moderate lane that Joe Biden is the incumbent for — …

62 Mass. Lawmakers Urge Governor To Ensure No-Cost Coronavirus Testing » WBUR "Massachusetts must take every precaution necessary to slow the spread of coronavirus," Sen. Eric Lesser, who helped spearhead the letter to the governor, said in a statement. "We are in the midst of …

Arroyo: Racism is public health crisis in Boston » Commonwealth Magazine RACE HAS LONG CREATED a divide between what should be and what is. In Boston, that has translated into a struggle to achieve racial parity in exam schools. It has leaked into the travel of black and …

AYANNA PRESSLEY’S HUSBAND SPENT 10 YEARS IN PRISON. NOW HE AND PRESSLEY ARE FIGHTING FOR RE-ENTRY REFORM » The Appeal For U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, the issue of prison re-entry is personal: Both her father and husband went through it themselves.…

Dem Party Looking Into Natick Caucus Won by Markey » State House News Service That caucus now is the subject of an "inquiry" by the Massachusetts Democratic Party after 14 caucus-goers submitted a complaint to the party alleging that organizers blocked some people from register…

Mike Bloomberg plans new group to support Democratic nominee » Washington Post Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg has decided to form an independent expenditure campaign that will absorb hundreds of his presidential campaign staffers in six swing states to work to elect the De…

A presidency of two for coronavirus: Trump hands his sidekick the job of a savior » Politico Donald Trump is finally securing the presidency he’s always wanted: He rallies the people. Mike Pence governs them.…

Elizabeth Warren's dog Bailey endorses burrito » Business Insider (T)he most likely possibility is that Bailey is just following in his mom's footsteps. After all, as one Twitter user wrote, "well-behaved dogs seldom make history."…

Massachusetts’ Top Health Official Has Major Conflicts of Interest With Big Pharma » Sludge As she votes on regulations impacting the pharmaceutical industry, Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel's spouse works as a consultant for companies that seek to influence the depart…

"Gender in this race, you know, that is the trap question for everyone. If you say, 'Yeah there was sexism in this race,' everyone says, 'Whiner!' If you say, 'No there was no sexism in this race,' about a bazillion women think, 'What planet do you live on?'"

Elizabeth Warren

Speaking about gender bias in the 2020 presidential election.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Why Warren Couldn’t Win » FiveThirtyEight There is a long tradition of lefty candidates running in the Democratic primary and getting a lot of traction, buzz and campaign donations from party activists but not really catching on with rank-and…

Woe is Elizabeth Warren’s staff after their candidate bails » Boston Herald Woebegone Elizabeth Warren staffers — heartbroken and adrift after the Cambridge Democrat tearily ended her presidential campaign Thursday following on ignominious Super Tuesday showing — cried, d…

Biden, Sanders, Trump’s ages make the 2020 vice president pick high stakes » Boston Herald The Democrats have winnowed their field down to two old men. On Inauguration Day 2021, cardiac patient Bernie Sanders at 79 will be a year past the average lifespan of an American male of 78.69 years.…

‘I think I would have made a better president,’ Elizabeth Warren says in Globe interview » Boston Globe Fourteen months after she launched her presidential campaign, Senator Elizabeth Warren sat in the kitchen of her Cambridge home Thursday as light streamed in from the stained glass behind her, took a …

Warren’s campaign had an outsize impact on Democratic politics » Boston Globe She didn’t win a single state, amassed only a handful of delegates, and placed a dismal third in her own state. But Senator Elizabeth Warren nonetheless had an outsize influence on the 2020 presiden…

Women react with anger, dismay to Warren’s departure » Boston Globe It was a “pinkie promise” that Senator Elizabeth Warren would make with little girls in her “selfie” line: “I’m running for president because that’s what girls do,” she would say, squa…

After Warren ends presidential bid, Harvard Law students create Post-it note tribute to former professor » Boston Globe Before Elizabeth Warren entered politics, she spent nearly two decades as a professor at Harvard Law School, imparting her extensive knowledge of bankruptcy and commercial law to hundreds of young leg…

Is Elizabeth Warren’s pinky promise of women in power too big a hope for America? » Boston Globe Elizabeth Warren is heartbroken. You could hear it in her voice as she announced the end of her presidential campaign on Thursday.…

Warren ends campaign, declines to endorse for now » Commonwealth Magazine ‘We don’t have to decide this minute,' she says about backing Biden or Sanders…

Election highlights deep Mass. GOP divisions » Commonwealth Magazine Howie Carr jumped into the fray with robocalls…

She Was Focused And Full Of Plans But Unable To Break Through » New England Public Radio To the very end, Elizabeth Warren had a plan for that. In her last days as a candidate, she was still releasing new plans — including a coronavirus plan she outlined in Houston on Saturday night, ev…

Business

1,740 apartments, mixed-use campus pitched for old Bayside Expo Center site » Boston Herald Developers are taking a major step forward in the redevelopment of the old Bayside Expo Center site, pitching a sprawling mixed-use campus that includes 1,740 apartments and more than 4 million square…

‘Transformative’ 6 million-square-foot project pitched for Bayside, adjacent site » Boston Business Journal Boston-based Accordia Partners has plans to build a 5.9-million-square-foot mixed-use development, including housing, office, lab and retail and restaurant space, at the Bayside Expo Center site and S…

Huge development at Bayside Expo Center site a step closer to reality » Boston Globe A massive development of the old Bayside Expo Center site, on the doorstep of UMass-Boston, is moving closer to reality.…

Prosecutors: Malden device firm made $100M through surgeon kickbacks » Boston Business Journal The Department of Justice is suing a Malden spinal implant company for allegedly incentivizing surgeons to use its products through kickback payments, leading to more than $100 million in product sale…

Cannabis

Boston's 1st Pot Shop Opens Monday, More Than 3 Years After Legalization Vote » WBUR Boston's first pot shop will soon open its doors, after the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday authorized Pure Oasis to commence operations.…

LGBTQ Entrepreneurs Face Rigorous System To Cultivate, Manufacture & Sell Cannabis In Mass. » The Rainbow Times Have a conversation with Jordan Grossman about cannabis and he can share a solemn story of hope, dedication, investment, and ultimately, loss, all stemming from a dream to be an openly-gay business ow…

Civil Rights

Editorial: McGovern: Upholding human rights » Gazette Net Congressman Jim McGovern may be best known by his constituents as the champion of small farms and agriculture in western Massachusetts. Through his annual farm tours, McGovern has been a visible prese…

Education

State Gives $125K Grant To Nashoba Tech For Upgrade » Brookline Patch Nashoba Tech received a Skills Capital Grant for $125,000 for upgrades to the kitchen and restaurant in the culinary program.…

Cambridge College acquires a for-profit Boston business school » Boston Globe Cambridge College plans to acquire New England College of Business, the only school in the national for-profit chain Education Corp. of America’s portfolio that remained open after the company colla…

Coronavirus sparks Cohasset to cancel school trips » The Enterprise Two school field trips have been canceled by Cohasset schools in the wake of growing coronavirus concerns.…

MIT cancels events with more than 150 people over coronavirus concerns » Boston Herald The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Thursday that it is temporarily canceling any event with more than 150 attendees as a response to the growing concern over coronavirus.…

Amherst’s $24.5M school budget on the table » Gazette Net A dual-language program for Amherst primary students will be able to expand next school year, with other staff and programs retained at the town's elementary schools, as part of a $24.51 million budge…

Bay Path University trip to Portugal canceled over Coronavirus concerns » News 22 WWLP.com Concerns about the coronavirus have caused Bay Path University to cancel a planned nine-day student trip to Portugal.…

Boston Public Schools’ operations chief resigns » Boston Globe Boston Public Schools’ top administrator overseeing operations, including transportation and food services, resigned Wednesday, two months after being placed on paid administrative leave, the school…

Boston officials unveil new student privacy policy » Commonwealth Magazine Details scarce on what exactly is changing…

Environment

Local environmental groups concerned about Trump’s policy proposals » The Recorder 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 po…

Keep an Eye on the Massachusetts 2050 Roadmap Bill » Climate XChange With the passage of its Next Generation Climate bills in January 2020, the Massachusetts Senate laid out its vision for comprehensive climate policy this session. Attention has now shifted to the Hous…

Health Care

Top Docs Offer Look Inside Coronavirus Preparations » State House News Service The Massachusetts health care system "sprung into action" after a new coronavirus was identified, according to an emergency preparedness specialist at a Boston hospital.…

Malden company paid $8M in kickbacks to spinal surgeons, feds say » Boston Herald A Malden medical device company paid $8 million in kickbacks to dozens of surgeons in the form of sham consulting fees from its own third-party company, resulting in $100 million in revenue, feds say.…

These hospitals are restricting travel because of coronavirus » Boston Business Journal Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Partners HealthCare are restricting the travel of their staff in the face of concerns about the novel coronavirus.…

Housing

East Boston residents call Walsh ‘unresponsive’ over Suffolk Downs concerns » Boston Herald East Boston residents are demanding the city hit the brakes on approving the Suffolk Downs redevelopment until Mayor Martin Walsh hears their concerns that the project’s affordable housing plan woul…

Mayor Walsh's $500M affordable housing plan faces a test on Beacon Hill » Boston Business Journal For Alicia Sasser Modestino, if ever there was a time to pass a real-estate transfer tax, it’s now.…

Human Services

Twin Cities Boys & Girls Club executive director honored at Statehouse » Sentinel & Enterprise Donata Martin, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Leominster, Fitchburg and Gardner, received a Black Excellence on the Hill award last month, when she was honored for her work with North …

Abuse registry bill named for Weymouth native signed into law » Wicked Local Weymouth After their Weymouth son was abused in a group home, Ann and Paul Joyce dedicated years to making sure Dana’s/Nicky’s Law would be passed.…

Immigration

FL: DeSantis Sides With Senate on E-Verify » Southeast AgNet The negotiations resulted in a Senate bill (SB 664) that would require all public employers — including school districts, state agencies and public universities — to use the federal government’s…

‘Flood the streets’: ICE targets sanctuary cities with increased surveillance » Boston Globe Intensifying its enforcement in so-called sanctuary cities across the country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun 24-hour surveillance operations around the homes and workplaces of immigran…

Blasting ICE means attacking those who keep us safe » Boston Herald Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently arrested a Zimbambwean national accused of picking up a woman near Faneuil Hall in December and raping her. He is in ICE custody pending immigration proced…

New policy proposed to protect student files after some were used in US deportation actions » Boston Globe Following the disclosure that city authorities had shared information about dozens of students with law enforcement, Boston’s mayor and schools superintendent on Thursday outlined a proposal that’…

On immigration, Attorney General Barr is his own Supreme Court. Judges and lawyers say that’s a problem. » Washington Post Attorney General William P. Barr quietly intervened in an immigration asylum case last week when he issued a decision that narrowed the definition of torture for asylum seekers who invoke it as a grou…

Labor

Let’s make workers’ comp work » Commonwealth Magazine Too many employees are being shortchanged by current system…

Legislative

DiDomenico Receives Women’s Bar Association Public Official of the Year Award » Charlestown Bridge Sen. Sal DiDomenico was presented with the 2020 Public Official of the Year Award from the Women’s Bar Association (WBA) of Massachusetts in honor of his longstanding support of civil legal aid fund…

Gouveia announces re-election bid, will be in Concord March 7 » Wicked Local Concord Massachusetts Rep. Tami Gouveia (14th Middlesex) announced she’s seeking re-election. “We have made incredible progress to ensure Massachusetts and our district is a place where every person has t…

Local Government

Override election redo unlikely in Northampton » Gazette Net Election workers ran out of Proposition 2 ½ override ballots at Leeds Elementary School, the polling place for Ward 7B, for about 45 minutes on election day, but the city is unlikely to hold another …

Despite Temporary Ballot Shortage, Northampton Will Not Redo Override Vote » New England Public Radio Northampton, Massachusetts, officials have decided not to redo the city’s override vote, despite a ballot shortage in one precinct.…

Politics

Howie Carr: Charlie Baker’s bad week at the polls » Boston Herald Tall Deval didn’t suffer the national ignominy that Elizabeth Warren endured, but the pasting he got from his own party should render him at least as big a laughingstock locally as Pocahontas is on …

What’s the matter with Newton? » Boston Globe About 16 percent Newton voted for Bernie Sanders. It’s hard to imagine a candidate more adamantly opposed to the interests of the affluent denizens of the self-styled Garden City.…

Political Notes: Cape Democrats to hold post-election unity breakfast » Cape Cod Times After the votes were tallied in Tuesday’s special primary election for state Senate in the Plymouth & Barnstable District, four Democratic candidates were eliminated from contention.…

Public Health

Biogen employees test positive for coronavirus as third case is announced in Mass. » Boston Globe Three employees of biotech giant Biogen tested positive for the new coronavirus after attending a management meeting with about 175 co-workers over two days last week at a Boston hotel, the company sa…

To defend against coronavirus, MBTA steps up cleaning of crowded trains and stations » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has begun to aggressively clean and disinfect transit stations and vehicles in response to the the global spread of the coronavirus, joining other transi…

New coronavirus cases reported in Massachusetts » Boston Herald Two new presumptive positive cases of the highly contagious coronavirus have been reported in the Bay State, health officials announced on Thursday, raising the state’s count to one confirmed and th…

3 Workers Who Attended A Biogen Conference Have COVID-19, Company Confirms » WBUR Three employees who attended a Biogen conference in Massachusetts have tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, the Cambridge biotech firm confirmed Thursday.…

How the Greater Boston biomedical community is tackling the coronavirus » Boston Globe The number of novel coronavirus cases is growing rapidly. The infectious pathogen SARS-CoV-2 — and Covid-19, the often-serious disease it can cause — has already spread to more than 80 countries.…

California orders insurers to waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus testing » San Francisco Chronicle California on Thursday became the latest state to order insurance companies to waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus testing.…

Public Safety

Prisoner Rights Activists Storm Gov. Baker's Office, Demand Investigation Into Souza Lockdown » WBUR Dozens of prisoner rights activists stormed Gov. Charlie Baker's office on Wednesday to demand he investigate allegations of mistreatment at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster.…

New watchdog unit finds more overtime pay problems, lax oversight at State Police » Boston Globe Payroll violations and lax oversight are common across the Massachusetts State Police force and extend far beyond the corrupt unit that patrolled the Massachusetts Turnpike, according to a new report …

White Ribbon Day highlights efforts to prevent gender-based violence » WCVB For the last 13 years, Jane Doe Inc. has led the annual White Ribbon Day in Massachusetts -- a campaign to end sexual assault and domestic violence.…

State Government

Baker Departing for Week in Utah with Family » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker plans to spend a week in Utah with his family starting tomorrow, according to his office, and has planned for daily briefings with staff and public health officials to monitor the s…

All committee votes should be made public » Commonwealth Magazine THERE ARE MANY THINGS current legislators can do to advance the bipartisan value of transparency in government. An increasing number of us are already making progress. As a champion of transparency in…

Taxation

Baker vows to veto gas tax » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker vowed to veto the gas tax hike if the bill passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives makes it to his desk.…

Transportation

Gov. Charlie Baker Denounces Massachusetts Gas Tax Bill » CBS Boston House lawmakers have given the green light to a bill that would raise the gas tax in Massachusetts by a nickel, bringing the tax to 29 cents per gallon, but its future is uncertain.…

Senate Leaders Sizing Up Transpo $$$, Policies » State House News Service Transportation funding legislation may not emerge in the Senate until May, and will likely take a different approach than the roughly $600 million tax-and-fee package the House approved Wednesday nigh…

Attleboro train commuters welcome state plans to disinfect trains, subways and buses » The Sun Chronicle Local MBTA rail commuters are lauding plans to sanitize the state transit system in response to the coronavirus.…

Beacon Hill to riders and drivers: Drop dead » Boston Globe "When it comes to our transportation system, revenue can’t wait,” declared Robert DeLeo, the Massachusetts House speaker, when he unveiled a bill last month to raise taxes by $600 million. “Reve…

State senators throw up caution flag on Red Light bill » Dorchester Reporter Senate Democratic leaders got stuck at a flashing red light and will now need to proceed with caution when they return to a bill authorizing traffic enforcement cameras that was tabled mid-session Thu…

Deadline Pushed Back on Interlock, Baker Transpo Bills » State House News Service The Transportation Committee wants another three weeks to consider some of the most high-profile bills in its purview, including a trio of proposals from Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Utilities

Power-line developers line up for an opportunity to ensure Boston’s lights stay on » Boston Globe The pending closure of the giant Mystic power plant is a headache for the people charged with keeping electricity flowing in Greater Boston. But for power line developers, it’s a business opportunit…

Baker Cites 'Real Benefits' In Eversource-Columbia Gas Deal » WGBH Gov. Charlie Baker sounded pleased Thursday that Columbia Gas is poised to be sold to a local utility and although he said his administration had no role in arranging the transaction, it will get a fi…

Seeing Green When Buying a House » Boston Globe When Americans shop for appliances, they see not only price tags but also bright, yellow Energy Guide labels that show the estimated cost of operating the product over its lifetime. Car shoppers, mean…

'Net zero' emissions goal is attainable, advocates say » Worcester Telegram 2050 might seem a long way out, but in the state’s efforts to have the state achieve “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions, the groundwork is being laid now.…

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB4508 - An Act relative to transportation finance

HB4506 - An Act authorizing and accelerating transportation investment

HB366 - An Act to regulate sports wagering

HB4502 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2020 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB4529 - An Act enabling partnerships for growth

HB4505 - An Act authorizing and accelerating transportation investment

HB4285 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2020 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB4480 - An Act providing for a transportation excise tax

HB193 - An Act regulating body art

HB3661 - An Act relative to the reduction of certain toxic chemicals in Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment

House Actions This Week: 420

Senate Actions This Week: 17

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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