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9:00am Mass. NAHRO Annual Legislative Information Day, Great Hall & Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

10:30am Department of Public Health Hearing, Public Health Council Room, 2nd Floor, Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston

10:30am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, Budget Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Restaurant Promotion Commission, State House, Room 428

Must-Reads

Feds: Company paid doctors to use spinal device in surgeries » Boston Globe The civil health care fraud complaint filed Thursday by the US attorney’s office in Massachusetts against Malden-based SpineFrontier, Inc. says the company paid doctors kickbacks in the form of sham…

Scores of sex offenders worked as personal care aides — yet Mass. did not require background checks » Boston Globe (S)tate officials, who pay $1 billion to these workers each year, don’t require background checks for them. In fact, the state’s Medicaid program, known as MassHealth, has so little information ab…

Ad Campaign to Highlight T Job Cuts, Demand Safety » State House News Service The Safe Transit Now campaign, backed by groups like the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District (MetroBTC), Greater Boston Labor Council, and the Chinese Progressive Ass…

OPINION: Newton and other communities must reform housing approval process » Boston Globe Facing a crippling housing crisis, our region needs to make it easier to build dense, multifamily homes.…

Mass. lawmakers to consider bill that would ban body size discrimination » Boston.com The bill aims to make discrimination on the basis of height and weight illegal in Massachusetts while also addressing body size stigma and the discrimination that often accompanies it.…

Robert DeLeo Is King of the Hill » Boston Magazine DeLeo’s light quickly switched from red to green—and within seconds, so, too, did the lights of all 63 members who moments before had voted no. So much for understanding the content of the amendme…

Is it time for a percent-for-art reboot? » Commonwealth Magazine (S)tate lawmakers are looking to reboot a program that would mandate taxpayer dollars for public art in state-owned properties and backers think, despite the potential cost, they may succeed in bringi…

Angus McQuilken kicks off campaign to win Seth Moulton’s congressional seat » Boston Globe McQuilken, a Topsfield resident with a long history of working on Democratic and progressive causes, is among three Democrats challenging Moulton, 41, who is seeking a fourth term. The other challenge…

Political Scene: Legislature spent $39.3M last year. Where did it go? » The Associated Press (AP) At $39.3 million, the legislature — which traditionally meets three days a week, six months a year between January and June — spent the equivalent of $348,218 for each of the state’s 113 senator…

CT: Coronavirus: The case for expanding family and medical leave protections » Hartford Courant In a rare act of almost-enough foresight, in 2019 the Connecticut legislature amended the state’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), making it easier for many employees to stay home sick or with a…

FL: Florida Senate approves Clean Waterways Act; environmental groups say it's 'ineffective' » tcpalm Environmental groups said the bill doesn't go far enough to stop pollution at its source, particularly fertilizer runoff from farms that feeds blue-green algae blooms like the ones that have plagued L…

Orlando Rep. Val Demings may be on the list of potential Biden running mates » Orlando Sentinel U.S. Rep. Val Demings of Orlando has endorsed Joe Biden for president. Could Biden pick her as his running mate? Florida, despite its electoral importance, has never produced a running mate for a majo…

NJ: Brain Drain: Out-migration of NJ college grads examined at Rutgers University » NJBIZ New Jersey is losing about 20,000 college graduates to other states per year, causing leaders in education, government and commerce to try to stem the out-migration known as the brain drain.…

Joe Biden's secret governing plan » Axios One adviser told us when we asked who the V.P. pick would be: "Whoever Jim Clyburn wants it to be."…

OPINION: Why Trump fears Biden most » Washington Post Biden is a well-known brand that, while laden with all the attributes of a career D.C. pol, also oozes authenticity and love of country. For all the wounds and warts that come with a politician in twi…

If we as a society want to reduce climate pollution and reduce on-street congestion, why is our Governor perfectly OK with raising the price of the MBTA, but adamant about holding the line on what amounts to a <2% increase in the price of gasoline?

Representative Tommy Vitolo

Speaking about Governor Charlie Baker who has raised MBTA fares twice under his tenure, but pledges to veto a $0.05 gas tax.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Major gun safety group endorses Joe Biden’s presidential bid » Boston Globe Joe Biden has received the endorsement of one of the nation’s largest gun control advocacy groups, Everytown for Gun Safety, in the latest sign that Bernie Sanders’ spotty record on guns may be we…

Prayers in Vegas, slumped shoulders in N.H. — inside the final days of Warren’s campaign » Boston Globe Her debate performance against Bloomberg seemed to revive the fighter in her, but she got boxed out on the left and the middle.…

A Sanders voter, weary of debt at 29: I have nothing to lose » Boston Globe Now, as the fight for the Democratic nomination approaches what could be a final, critical stage with primaries in Michigan and Wisconsin, the future of his candidacy rests on these voters and whether…

Biden’s record on policy, and behavior, cause for concern » Boston Herald Wherever Democratic Party leaders meet to make decisions and call the shots, there must be high anxiety this morning.…

Media cries misogyny as voters snub Elizabeth Warren » Boston Herald Last week, amid the drama surrounding Super Tuesday and the stunning resettling of the Democratic field in what was an electoral surprise to us all, it was no surprise that the establishment media han…

Joe Kennedy Woos Democratic Votes in New Bedford » WBSM Congressman Joseph Kennedy III of Massachusetts is hunting votes across the Commonwealth as he attempts to unseat incumbent Edward Markey in the U.S. Senate.…

Pelosi Talks Primary, Health Care, Women in Office » State House News Service U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes more is on the line on Nov. 3 than the next occupant of the White House or the makeup of Congress. In the upcoming election, she said Monday, "civilization as …

Business

Takeda, drug maker with biggest head count in Mass., tells most employees to work from home » Boston Globe Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. urged its 50,000 global employees on Sunday, including the roughly 5,000 in Massachusetts who make up the largest head count of any drug maker in the state, to work from home…

Trading pause on Wall Street is over, Dow is down more than 6 percent » Boston Globe As the outbreak of the novel coronavirus spreads globally, stock markets around the world have been reacting with volatility. The Globe is providing live updates on the financial markets Monday as inv…

Chamber Senate Breakfast Looks at Local Opportunities in Era of Amazon.com » WHAV The challenges facing small, local businesses in the era of Amazon.com was the topic of a forum presented by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce on Friday.…

Cannabis

From police stops to marijuana executives: The long journey for owners of Boston’s first pot shop » Boston Globe After the television news crew left, Kobie Evans unpacked a case of wood Ikea shelves and started drilling. In a few days, he expected thousands of people to flock to Monday’s planned grand opening …

Boston’s first recreational pot shop opens three years after legalization vote » Boston Herald Boston’s first recreational marijuana shop will open Monday morning in Dorchester, bringing access to adult-use sales to into the city more than three years after voters approved recreational weed s…

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.…

Civil Rights

Massachusetts Bill Would Outlaw Body Size Discrimination » CBS Boston Lawmakers and advocates are planning to gather at the Massachusetts Statehouse to push legislation that would ban body size discrimination.…

Crimes

Nearly 5,700 stolen credit and debit card numbers discovered in card skimming investigation after devices found on gas pumps in Massachusetts » The Republican A federal investigation into the placement of card skimmers on gas pumps in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and New Hampshire led to the discovery of nearly 5,700 credit and debit card account numbe…

Education

Bridgewater State professor suspended, charged with raping student » The Enterprise A female student, who is not a student of Pirelli's, told police that she had met him last October through the website seeking.com, which matches "sugar babies" and "sugar daddies," according to court…

Recalibrating “the talk:” The decade-long debate on sex education in the Massachusetts classroom » Worcester Telegram When parents think of “the talk,” this ambiguous turn of phrase is universally known to refer to a very specific, often taboo topic: sex.…

No Kid Hungry Names Rep. Vargas, Others as School Breakfast Heroes » WHAV The national anti-hunger campaign No Kid Hungry has named Haverhill state Rep. Andy X. Vargas as one of the six nationwide winners of its 2020 School Breakfast Hero contest.…

Environment

Universities should listen to their students on climate change » Boston Globe By not divesting from fossil fuels, universities are making a bad bet — ethically and economically.…

Jane Winn fought a local PCB dump. Then she said yes. She explains. » Berkshire Eagle Jane Winn fought a local PCB dump. For years. Then, last month, she changed her mind.…

Gaming

As sports betting moves forward, bar owners in Western Massachusetts say they’re being left out » The Republican More than two dozen TV screens are crammed into the Rumbleseat sports bar, which sits on the corner of Springfield Street and Asinof Avenue in Chicopee. Customers watch golf, baseball, football and ot…

Health Care

With a new president, Shields Health Care pushes deeper into outpatient surgery » Boston Globe Thomas F. and Mary Shields started their nursing home business in the early 1970s, expanded over the next decade into dialysis centers, and in 1986 hit on what became the bread and butter of the Brain…

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine trial set to begin this month » Boston Globe Human studies of Moderna Inc.’s experimental coronavirus vaccine are set to begin this month, positioning it to be first among a host of shots that companies are developing to fight the contagion.…

Biogen's coronavirus cases rise, implicating another Boston health care event » Boston Business Journal Approximately 26 employees at Biogen, 23 of whom live in-state, have now tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19 after attending a company meeting late last month — including one employee who t…

Boston EMS union blasts out letter over coronavirus concerns as MA cases spike to 13 » Boston Herald Members of Boston’s EMS union are blasting Faulkner Hospital for not properly informing paramedics of coronavirus testing that took place in their sub-station, leaving their workplace possibly conta…

South Shore Health officials: We're ready for possible coronavirus 'epidemic' » Patriot Ledger Amid supply shortages, an already-busy flu season and much worry from the public, South Shore Health leaders say they’re ready for whatever the coronavirus outbreak brings.…

Cooley Dickinson Childbirth Center cleared for $4M renovation » Gazette Net Cooley Dickinson Hospital will begin significant renovations to its Childbirth Center later this month after receiving approval from state health officials Thursday to go ahead with construction.…

Mental Health Budget Would Continue Current Services » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to fund the Department of Mental Health at $911 million next fiscal year would increase spending at the department by just 1 percent, enabling current service levels to c…

Housing

Some of Boston’s Priciest Real Estate Is Sinking Into the Earth » The Wall Street Journal In 2011, developer Koby Kempel paid $2.5 million for a red brick, former carriage house in Boston’s coveted Beacon Hill, one of the priciest neighborhoods in the country. Famed for its cobblestone s…

Insurance

Mass. insurers commit to zero-cost coronavirus tests, treatment » Boston Business Journal Insurance regulators have issued guidance calling for coronavirus tests and treatment be made available to the public at no cost to consumers, a development that means insurers could take a significan…

Judiciary

Panel balks at raising age of juvenile delinquency » CHNI A state panel is calling for more money and programs to keep young adults out of prison but is balking at raising the age of jurisdiction by juvenile courts.…

Labor

Bill would outlaw body size discrimination in Massachusetts » Gloucester Times Lawmakers and advocates are planning to gather at the Massachusetts Statehouse to push legislation that would ban body size discrimination.…

Legislative

Gas tax for thee, per diem* for me » Boston Herald Bay State lawmakers, poised to stick drivers with a 5 cent gas tax hike while jacking up fees on ride app companies like Uber and Lyft, are still cruising to the State House on the taxpayers’ dime t…

Will Nangle seek re-election despite 28-count federal indictment? » Lowell Sun AT THE end of a week during which speculation ramped up both in Lowell and on Beacon Hill that Rep. David Nangle would seek re-election this fall — despite a 28-count federal indictment hanging over…

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…

Local Government

Hadley fires up climate change, affordable housing committees » Gazette Net Committees that will provide advice on how Hadley can mitigate climate change and ensure suitable housing exists in town are being created by the Select Board.…

Politics

State House Roundup: Warren out but far from down » Worcester Telegram "Super" wound up not being the superlative to describe Elizabeth Warren's night on Tuesday as a resurgent Joe Biden carried not just Massachusetts but 10 of the 14 contests on the biggest voting night…

Keller @ Large: Would Gov. Charlie Baker Be Welcomed Into The Massachusetts Democratic Party? » CBS Boston WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller is joined by Gus Bickford, Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic party.…

Boston politics — with its diverse slate of women leaders — offers glimmer of hope » Boston Globe On November 8, 2016 — Election Day — in those blissful hours before the world learned that Donald Trump would become president, my husband and I learned that I was pregnant. That night I went to b…

Lyons has votes to remain Mass. GOP chair » Commonwealth Magazine THE MASSACHUSETTS GOP released unofficial results on Friday indicating conservative Jim Lyons should have enough support on the 80-member state committee to continue as chairman of the state Republica…

Incumbents fielding few challengers so far » Gloucester Times Scores of incumbent lawmakers could be getting a free pass back to Beacon Hill this fall, with few challengers so far stepping up to run against them.…

‘A low point for Republicans in Mass.’ » Commonwealth Magazine TWO REPUBLICANS trying to straddle the deep ideological divide in the Massachusetts GOP say the bitter fight that culminated in last week’s state committee election was all about gaining control of …

MetroWest GOP Race Pits Trump Backer Vs. Baker Ally » Brookline Patch Two locals — including a Framingham Councilor — ran for Republican Party committee seats on Super Tuesday amid a larger statewide battle.…

Public Health

Mass. reports 15 new cases of coronavirus tied to Feb. Biogen company meeting » Boston Globe A company meeting of biotech giant Biogen in Boston last month was linked to nearly two dozen cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts Sunday, according to state public health authorities, who reported 1…

15 new coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, doubling overnight » Boston Herald The number of coronavirus infections in Massachusetts more than doubled overnight due to a Biogen conference, health authorities said — but top officials balked at canceling mass events.…

Boston Marathon runners taking coronavirus threat in stride » Boston Herald Boston Marathon runners, facing the most pivotal month of training while marathons around the world get nixed because of coronavirus concerns, remain focused on preparing for the big day and aren’t …

Lawmakers reviewing bill for recovery coach certification » The Eagle Tribune A proposal made by Gov. Charlie Baker to create a professional licensing process for recovery coaches is now before the Legislature.…

Mass. Reports 15 New Coronavirus Cases, Increasing The State Count To 28 » WBUR There are 15 new presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts, the state's Department of Public Health announced Sunday.…

The pot, comics and restaurant shows must go on » Universal Hub The New England Cannabis Convention announced today that it still plans to open on March 20 at the Hynes Convention Center, while the ACE Comic Convention said it is also still planning to open on Mar…

Doctors urge lawmakers not to pass assisted dying bills » Worcester Business Journal More than 100 doctors and health care professionals from around Massachusetts signed onto an open letter urging state lawmakers to sink proposed bills that would open the door to allowing doctors to p…

Mass. coronavirus cases rise to 41, up from 28, officials say Monday » Boston Globe The number of coronavirus cases reported by Massachusetts health officials grew to 41 Monday, up from 28 a day earlier.…

Public Safety

Public records on Boston’s version of stop-and-frisk, sought in Nov., still not released » Boston Globe In 2016, Whittier Street Apartments in Roxbury was one of the places where police most often stopped people, searched them, or observed them secretly from afar.…

Andrew Lelling tackles Chinese espionage, safe injection sites » Boston Herald The next drug epidemic coming our way is crystal meth says U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling. We discussed that, the trouble with drug injection sites, Chinese espionage and more in the final part of a mul…

Howie Carr: Loophole allows shady staties to grab pensions » Boston Herald Remember “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” a great Boston novel made into an even better movie? It was about criminals who, among other things, stole rifles out of a public armory. Those guys learned …

‘It’s a new way to ride’: Springfield’s 413 BikeLife ‘urban cyclists’ and city officials in vicious cycle over stunts vs. safety » The Republican Mayor Domenic J. Sarno has used a few choice words to describe people like Joshua Diaz and his friends. Words like “miscreants,” “negative individuals,” and renegade thrill-seekers.…

Albert Dupere resigns as Fall River police chief » The Herald News Police Chief Albert Dupere has resigned from his position with the Fall River Police Department, Mayor Paul Coogan confirmed Friday.…

State Finance

Sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds should vote in local elections » Boston Globe A key tenet of Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination has been his ability to appeal to young people, and thus expand the electorate. Or so he hoped: The Vermont senator…

Transportation

Drivers flouting hands-free law get warnings during grace period » Worcester Telegram In the first week the hands-free driving law was in place, Worcester police officers stopped about 300 motorists for using their cellphones while behind the wheel. Luckily for the scofflaws, the offic…

Boston tops INRIX study of nation’s most congested cities for second year in row » Boston Herald Boston continues to hold the dubious distinction of having the worst traffic in the United States, fending off the likes of Los Angeles, New York and Chicago to top traffic data analyst INRIX’s list…

Framingham Council To Consider Resolution on Driver’s Licenses For Undocumented Individuals » Framingham Source Later this month, the Framingham City Council will consider a resolution to support driver’s license for undocumented individuals. District 7 City Councilor Margareth Shepard has requested the full …

Hands-free law rolls out slowly on Cape » Cape Cod Times Since the state's new hands-free cellphone use law took effect, Cape police have given out almost 150 warnings, either verbal or written, to drivers using their devices.…

Worcester Making Push for Fare-Free Pilot » State House News Service The benefits of providing regional transit authority services without charging a fare are clear but hard to quantify, Senate President Emerita Harriette Chandler said in a recent letter to the Worcest…

Utilities

Mystic power plant workers strike, raise safety concerns » Boston Globe Dozens of workers at Mystic Generating Station, the state’s largest power plant, went on strike early Saturday morning at the Charlestown facility, according officials from the utility workers union…

Workers At Massachusetts' Largest Power Plant Go On Strike » WBUR Workers at the largest power plant in Massachusetts have gone on strike over alleged public safety issues and concerns about working conditions.…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 3/9

9:00am Mass. NAHRO Annual Legislative Information Day, Great Hall & Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

10:30am Department of Public Health Hearing, Public Health Council Room, 2nd Floor, Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston

10:30am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, Budget Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Restaurant Promotion Commission, State House, Room 428

Tuesday - 3/10

9:00am Project ABLE Annual Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

9:30am YouthBuild Day at the State House, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Vocational Schools Advocacy Day, Room 428, State House, Boston

11:00am LGBT Aging Commission, State House, Room 167

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

12:00pm A Celebration of Women and 100 Years of Suffrage, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

5:30pm Women for Rep. Maria Robinson

Wednesday - 3/11

9:00am CHAPA's Housing Day at the State House, Great Hall, State House, Boston

12:00pm State Library Author Talk: Mobtown Massacre: Alexander Hanson and the Baltimore Newspaper War of 1812 by Josh Cutler, State Library, State House, Boston

12:00pm Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Oversight Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs, Public Hearing

Thursday - 3/12

9:30am Deaf-Blind Awareness Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:30pm St. Patrick's Day Party & Campaign Kickoff for Rep. Shawn Dooley

Friday - 3/13

9:30am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, Worcester Recovery Center & Hospital, 309 Belmont Street, Worcester

11:00am House Committee on Federal Stimulus and Census Oversight, Oversight Hearing

5:00pm 5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Party with Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni

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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