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9:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

10:00am Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing, Via GoToMeeting

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

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Must-Reads

House Counters Senate With Its Own Policing Bill » State House News Service The House Ways and Means Committee opened a poll of its members just before 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night, and gave them until 10 a.m. Monday to weigh in on whether to recommend the 123-page bill to the f…

Massachusetts House leaders reveal police reform bill, backs off qualified immunity » Boston Herald House leaders unveiled their much-anticipated version of a police reform bill that would create the state’s first-ever certification system for police but backs down on limits to qualified immunity …

NY: Lawmakers return to Albany for rare summer session this week » Buffalo News It has all the makings of an end-of-session frenzy when state lawmakers return to Albany this week – mostly through virtual means from home or their offices – to take up hundreds of bills.…

NY: Top New York Lobbying Firms Took PPP Loans » The Wall Street Journal Six of the highest-grossing firms in the state appeared on a Small Business Administration list of PPP loan recipients. Each of those firms took on new clients between March 1 and July 1, state record…

RI: Political Scene: State House lobbyists’ game has changed, but it’s still lucrative » Providence Journal "The lobbyists are equally inaccessible - they might be on another line - and all those problems with telephonic communications present a barrier that both sides have been working very hard to minimiz…

Trump Won’t Say Whether He Will Accept 2020 Election Results: ‘I Have To See’ » HUFFPOST During an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” the president claimed again without evidence that mail-in voting will “rig” the election.…

Labor, Faith Leaders Amplify Policing Reform Push » State House News Service Union: Senate Immunity Changes Are "Hostile Act"…

Social media for Rubio, Sullivan confuses Cummings, Lewis » AP News Social media of Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Dan Sullivan of Alaska mistakenly posted photos of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings with comments meant to honor the late U.S. Rep. John L…

FL: “Florida Democrats: Biden is repeating the mistakes of 2016” » Politico FL Several county chairs called moves by the state party and the campaign “demoralizing” and “frustrating.” They bemoaned a lack of communication and said that field organizers who had been deplo…

Chris Wallace to Trump: Cognitive Exam 'Not the Hardest Test’, Involves Identifying an Elephant » The Daily Beast Wallace jumped in to note that he personally took the test after Trump said he "aced" it, pointing out that "it’s not the hardest test." "They have a picture and it says 'what's that' and it's an el…

The cognitive test Trump took » parkinsons.va.gov Draw a clock (ten past eleven)…

Roger Stone calls Black radio host ‘Negro’ in interview » AP News As O’Kelly asserted that Stone’s commutation was because of his friendship with Trump, Stone’s voice goes faint but can be heard uttering that he was “arguing with this Negro.”…

U.S. Companies Lose Hope for Quick Rebound From Covid-19 » The Wall Street Journal CEOs overhaul strategies and staffing in acknowledgment of coronavirus’s permanent impact on demand; ‘We cannot defy gravity’…

“These people don’t like me, that’s pretty obvious,”

Secretary of State William Galvin

Speaking about voting rights activists that have been pushing for mail-in ballot applications to every voter in the commonwealth, which is now mandated by state law.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Kennedy and Markey argue their congressional potency in Taunton » The Enterprise Both Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy III were in Taunton Friday, vying for the favor of Tauntonians in their race for a seat in the U.S. Senate.…

Trump needs a lucky break to reverse slide in polls » Boston Herald Two new polls show trouble for President Trump with Democratic nominee Joe Biden jumping to the lead as both rivals lit up social media over the news.…

Editorial: American people need to see Trump, Biden debate » Boston Herald It is imperative that President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden engage in live, televised presidential debates.…

Trump leans into false coronavirus claims, suggests he may not accept election results in combative Fox News interview » Boston Globe An agitated President Donald Trump offered a string of combative and often dubious assertions in an interview aired Sunday, defending his handling of the coronavirus with misleading evidence, attackin…

Can Elizabeth Warren be vice president in the age of Black Lives Matter? » Boston Herald ly 19, 2020 at 5:43 a.m. Elizabeth Warren has made no secret of her vice presidential ambitions. But in an election now playing out against the backdrop of a racial reckoning and a pandemic particular…

Elizabeth Warren as Treasury secretary would be a 'mistake,' Barney Frank says » CNN Joe Biden should not pick Elizabeth Warren to be his Treasury secretary if he wins the White House, former Democratic Congressman Barney Frank told CNN Business.…

How Elizabeth Warren has kept eyes on her for the vice presidential nod » Boston Globe Joe Biden’s recent embrace of more sweeping change, bankruptcy reform and the populist economic policies he rolled out early this month all owe something to his former progressive rival in the presi…

Business

LogMeIn CEO rethinks corporate headquarters for a post-COVID era » Boston Globe Six months ago, LogMeIn chief executive Bill Wagner never would have imagined he would hire his next chief financial officer without meeting him in person first. Wagner would have said that’s crazy.…

Opinion: Don’t let pharmaceutical companies exploit the COVID-19 pandemic » Commonwealth Magazine THIS WEEK WE PASSED yet another somber milestone: 13 million global cases of COVID-19. Over 25 percent of confirmed infections are in the United States.…

It’s a boom season for Cape rentals because of the COVID-19 pandemic » Boston Globe When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Massachusetts, the cancellation requests started streaming in for Jackie Ashe’s summer rental home in Edgartown.…

Craft Brewers, Wholesalers Strike Distribution Deal » WBUR Craft brewers and the state's beer wholesalers have reached a deal that would resolve a decade-long dispute over distribution rights centered around when a brewer can sever ties with their distributor…

Consumer Action Council of Cape Cod Receives Grant Funding » Cape Cod Online The Consumer Assistance Council of Cape Cod in Hyannis has received grant funding from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office.…

Outdoor dining area to help Orange eateries, customers » The Recorder Downtown dining has gone al fresco since a group of residents created an outdoor area for people supporting local eateries.…

Whale Watch Excursions Return as State Gradually Reopens » Cape Cod Online Whale watching excursions have resumed under Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan after initially being shut down by Governor Charlie Baker’s original emergency order.…

Craft brewers, distributors reach a COVID-era truce after years of battling on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe After a decade of disagreement, craft brewers and wholesalers can finally raise a glass together to celebrate a compromise that would make it easier for brewers to divorce their distribution partners …

Cannabis

Brockton councilor accuses city council of racism in granting marijuana licenses » The Enterprise Five applicants — four of whom are white — have been granted marijuana licenses by the Brockton City Council, but it's the one candidate — a Black woman — who hasn't received approval that's l…

Civil Rights

For John Lewis, Selma was only a moment in a lifetime of activism » Boston Globe John Lewis seemed a little nervous, which surprised me. It was 2015, and we were about to enter the mock Senate chamber at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Dorchester, where I was to interview the G…

Springfield remembers John Lewis, civil rights hero, long-time Congressman » The Republican A member of Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s inner circle during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and one of the longest-serving representatives in the House of Representatives, John Lewis died Frida…

Black Lives Matter and America’s long history of resisting civil rights protesters » Washington Post One year ago this week, protests erupted in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. After yet another high-profile death of an unarmed black man connected to police, there wer…

Barack Obama: My Statement on the Passing of Rep. John Lewis » Medium America is a constant work in progress. What gives each new generation purpose is to take up the unfinished work of the last and carry it further — to speak out for what’s right, to challenge an u…

Education

As the Providence turnaround takes shape, a charter school expansion is in the picture » Boston Globe One charter school founder wants to open a year-round middle school that would aim to have every student ace the entrance exam to Classical High School.…

Would You Take Weekly COVID Tests to Go to College? » Boston Magazine That's what the students at some of Boston's top schools may need to do come fall.…

New Hingham elementary plans to welcome back students this fall » Gazette Net As schools around the state plan for the next academic year - whether it is primarily in-person, remote or somewhere in between - officials at New Hingham Regional Elementary School feel well position…

Bristol Aggie grads get their diplomas -- in person » The Sun Chronicle The state’s special coronavirus guidelines for outdoor graduation ceremonies went into effect on Sunday, and the graduating class of Bristol County Agricultural High School was more than happy to ma…

Opinion: Listen to the science and reopen schools » Boston Globe Adding months more to this toll will be an educational disaster that some children may never recover from.…

Fitchburg schools reviewing plans to reopen this fall » Sentinel & Enterprise Schools Superintendent Robert Jokela said the district is currently reviewing the logistics of reopening schools on Aug. 31 with either in-person teaching, remote learning, or a hybrid model.…

Harvard Will Allow International Students to Study at Universities in Their Home Countries This Fall » The Harvard Crimson Harvard College will allow returning international students to transfer credits from an accredited university in their home country to Harvard this fall, director of the Office of International Educat…

Mayor Walsh directs his school chief to listen to grievances of principals and high school heads » Boston Globe One day after Boston school principals delivered a pair of blistering letters highly critical of Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius, Mayor Martin J. Walsh urged his schools chief t…

Environment

Millions of homes face substantial flood risk — far more than previously predicted, study finds » Boston Globe Nearly 200,000 properties in Massachusetts face a substantial risk of flooding, with thousands more in jeopardy of being inundated as the global climate warms in the coming decades — far more than e…

Greenhead flies: The bug that just won’t die » Boston Globe I was convinced greenheads couldn't be stopped. Then someone began leaving mysterious voicemails about grenades.…

Heat Wave: Dangerous temps soar in Massachusetts, ‘real feel’ around 100 degrees » Boston Herald Dangerous heat and humidity has taken over the region — with the high “real feel” heat index hovering around 100 degrees — triggering the city of Boston to open cooling centers, and health off…

Does a river have rights? Sheffield residents advocate for a 'yes' » Berkshire Eagle The people of Sheffield have a history of fighting for liberty, and 2020 isn't proving any different.…

Federal

Inside Trump’s Failure: The Rush to Abandon Leadership Role on the Virus » New York Times The roots of the nation’s current inability to control the pandemic can be traced to mid-April, when the White House embraced overly rosy projections to proclaim victory and move on.…

Health Care

The Checkup: No Berkshire lawmakers on Holyoke Soldiers' Home probe panel » Berkshire Eagle No Berkshires lawmakers have been tapped to sit on the legislative panel that will investigate COVID-19 deaths at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home. The new group has until March 31 to file a report and reco…

Housing

Opinion: Tenant purchase legislation could stave off displacement » Commonwealth Magazine FOR THE TIME BEING, the COVID-19 epidemic in Massachusetts has begun to wind down. However, even if we keep the virus under control, it has already has set in motion many drastic and longer lasting ch…

Democrats urge Baker to extend eviction ban » Boston Globe Members of the Legislature's Housing Committee, as well as Attorney General Maura Healey, want the governor to act before Aug. 18.…

Immigration

Trump offers confusion, contradictions on immigration order » Boston Globe President Donald Trump is promising new executive action on immigration as he returns to the defining issue of his administration. But Trump has offered contradictory and confusing statements about hi…

Judiciary

Flush with donations, Massachusetts Bail Fund pays to free defendants across the state — many facing serious charges » Boston Globe If only he’d had $1,100, Joel Rodriguez could have been a free man. Instead, the 31-year-old sat in the Worcester County House of Correction awaiting trial on assault and harassment charges — work…

Labor

'We're Going To Have To Pray': The Extra $600 Unemployment Benefit Is About To Run Out » WBUR Gus Tarazona has been getting by on savings and $1,300 per week in unemployment payments since mid-March, when the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the Westin Boston Waterfront, where he works.…

Mass. Unemployment Rate Rises To 17.4%, Worst In The Country » WBUR The Massachusetts unemployment rate in June climbed to 17.4%, the highest in the country, even as some businesses in the state gradually reopened and rehired workers, according to federal data publish…

Opinion: Trump labor secretary spreads dangerous misinformation » Commonwealth Magazine PRESIDENT TRUMP’S secretary of labor, Eugene Scalia (yes, he’s the son of the late Supreme Court justice), has been on the road this month, touting the return of American workers to their jobs, ev…

Local Government

Chesterfield health board received complaints about day campers at Indian Hollow » Gazette Net A local nonprofit whose removal from the Indian Hollow property by the Army Corps of Engineers sparked indignation from some parents came to the attention of the town's Board of Health, who spoke to t…

Politics

'A Clear Example Of How To Behave': Deval Patrick Remembers John Lewis » WBUR I’ve been reading all the wonderful tributes to John Lewis over the last couple of days, how they chronicle the many ways he was a champion for justice.…

Is Karyn Polito angling for a third term — or a first? » Commonwealth Magazine ON THE WALL behind her desk, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito keeps the official portrait of former Republican Gov. Paul Cellucci, one of her political mentors, the man who first encouraged her to run for office…

Letter to the editor: Endorsement for Jesse Mermell candidate for Congress » The Sun Chronicle I urge my fellow citizens to vote for Jesse Mermell for the Democratic nominee for the Fourth Congressional District in the primary election on Sept. 1.…

Two questions will appear on November ballot » Worcester Telegram Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin has certified two questions, one concerning ranked-choice voting and the other regarding motor vehicle repair data, to appear on state election ballots thi…

Fall contests set; early voting, mail ins allowed » Worcester Telegram The biggest action is in the Twelfth Worcester District Mass. House race, where incumbent Harold Naughton Jr., of Clinton, chose not to run for re-election after holding the seat since 1995.…

Public Health

12 new confirmed deaths, 218 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Sunday, state reports » Boston Globe The state Sunday reported 12 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the Massachusetts death toll due to COVID-19 to 8,213. The total number of confirmed cases of the disease also grew by 218, reac…

People seek relief from the heat — and that means taking off masks, despite health advice » Boston Globe People sought relief from scorching temperatures and humidity at public beaches and parks across the state Sunday — but even with the continuing threat of the coronavirus pandemic, many chose to ski…

New one-day high for coronavirus cases as U.S. is ‘still chasing the virus’ » Boston Herald The world this weekend reached a new one-day high for confirmed coronavirus cases as many countries — especially the U.S. — are “still chasing the virus and trying to catch up,” an infectious …

Coronavirus in Massachusetts: 12 new deaths, ICU hospitalizations dropping » Boston Herald Massachusetts health officials on Sunday reported 12 more people have died from the coronavirus and 296 new cases, as statewide ICU hospitalizations continued to drop and the positive test rate remain…

Fatal drug overdoses reach new peak in U.S., Massachusetts sees slight decrease » Boston Herald As drug overdose deaths across the U.S. hit a new peak last year, Massachusetts saw a slight dip in fatal drug ODs as the Bay State has “targeted funding for things that make a difference,” an add…

Somerville is delaying its reopening. Will it make a difference? » Boston Globe In 1666, the little English village of Eyam found itself ravaged by the bubonic plague. In the face of a mounting death toll, the villagers famously sealed their borders with a ring of stones: For mon…

'We're Not Out Of Anything': Curtatone Delays Phase 3 Of Reopening In Somerville Until August » WGBH Somerville announced Friday that the city will not move into Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan until at least Aug. 3, citing concerns about the state's contact tracing program and rising new case …

Public Safety

Massachusetts House leaders unveil sweeping police reform bill » Boston Globe Massachusetts House leaders on Sunday unveiled expansive legislation that would overhaul policing across the state, including by creating a new entity to certify police and stripping officers of certa…

All Eyes On Massachusetts Policing Legislation, 'Very Important To Many People' » NEPM The Massachusetts Senate passed police reform legislation this week that looks to ban chokeholds, create a certification process for police, and limit the use of tear gas, among other things. The bill…

Fire safety inspections - with care - are back on track » Worcester Telegram Fire department inspectors continue to take precautions about social distancing as many of them resume inspecting homes for smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors during closings of housing sales.…

State House Roundup: Policing the police » Worcester Telegram Senate President Karen Spilka said last month that it would take both a marathon and a sprint for lawmakers to tackle issues around racial justice.…

Opinion: Police input needed as House eyes qualified immunity » Boston Herald When Gov. Charlie Baker appointed me to the position of Sheriff in 2018, one of my first thoughts was that I would be accountable to all citizens of Norfolk County, to the men and women who work for t…

Mashpee police to begin wearing body cameras » Cape Cod Times The Mashpee police will be the first department on the Cape to use body cameras when a pilot program begins Sept. 1.…

State Government

Mail-in voting option going forward – Secretary of State Bill Galvin at the center of dispute » Boston Herald Massachusetts taxpayers are spending millions of dollars to send mail-in ballot applications to every voter in the commonwealth — a huge and expensive undertaking mandated by a new state law.…

Opinion: Charlie Baker is leading… us right down the drain » Boston Herald Finally, we’re No. 1! It took a while, but thanks to Gov. Charlie Parker, Maskachusetts now has the worst unemployment rate in the United States — 17.4%.…

Ranked-choice voting to be on November ballot » The Daily Free Press Ranked-choice voting may become a reality for Massachusetts residents in the coming years.…

Transportation

East-West rail receives $50 million boost with passage of state’s Transportation Bond Bill » The Republican The Massachusetts Senate approved nearly $17 billion in borrowing to fund the state’s transportation system, including nearly $50 million in spending earmarked for the east-west rail project.…

Drivers for the MBTA’s Ride service stop strike, return to work after approving revised contract » Boston Globe Employees of Veterans Transportation Services, one of two companies that supplies drivers for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s door-to-door service for riders with disabilities, call…

Utilities

Baker-Polito Administration Update Solar Program » Cape Cod Online The Baker Polito Administration announced last week final updates to the Commonwealth’s Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program after filing emergency regulations in April.…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 7/20

9:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

10:00am Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing, Via GoToMeeting

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

7:00pm New England Women for Biden Virtual Kick-Off

Tuesday - 7/21

Birthdays: Rep. Colleen Garry

10:00am Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing, Via GoToMeeting

12:00pm The Boston Globe: Kids And COVID-19, Zoom Webinar

1:00pm House Committee on COVID-19 Economic Response and Recovery Efforts, Oversight Hearing

Wednesday - 7/22

10:00am Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation Public Hearing, Via Webex

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm "Ask the AG" with Attorney General Maura Healey on WGBH's Boston Public Radio, 89.7 FM or wgbhnews.org

7:30pm WGBH & The Boston Globe present The State of Race: COVID-19, wgbh.org; free and open to the public

Thursday - 7/23

8:30am Boston Business Journal: Race Ahead: Moving Forward Together, Virtual

11:00am MassINC and The MassINC Polling Group: Small Business Needs for an Equitable Recovery, Zoom

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

Friday - 7/24

Birthdays: Rep. Natalie Higgins

10:00am Department of Public Health Hearing, Via Zoom

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Senate Session, Informal Session

2:30pm Commission on Ocean Acidification, Online Only

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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