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Small Change Could Bring $$ to Low-Income Workers, Lawmakers Say » State House News Service More than 110 legislators, almost all Democrats and no Republicans, wrote to Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta on Thursday, urging her to work with the House and Senate to raise…

OPINION: Massachusetts must extend eviction moratorium to protect voting rights » Boston Globe A major obstacle lies ahead for many voters to be able to mail in their ballot for the general election: The state’s eviction moratorium is slated to end on Oct. 17 — just weeks before Election Da…

Report: Mass. health care industry now accounts for nearly 1 in every 5 jobs » Boston Business Journal The number of Bay State employees working in health care grew from 627,234 in 2008 to 721,274 in 2018, representing a 15 percent expansion that outpaced population growth, according to a Pioneer Insti…

CDC Foundation hires former Mass. health official for new C-suite role » Boston Business Journal Smith joins the Atlanta-based organization from FSG, a social impact consulting firm, where she served as co-CEO and led the firm’s U.S. health practice. She's also served as medical director and th…

OPINION: Boston Globe Truth-Shy About ROE Act Abortion Expansion Bill » New Boston Post Any honest discussion of the proposed ROE Act bill in the Massachusetts Legislature has to deal with a provision that would enable a doctor to let a baby born after an attempted abortion die.…

Massachusetts officials, volunteers can’t get data from U.S. Census Bureau to pinpoint potentially undercounted areas » The Republican State officials, researchers and advocates across the country say they don’t have a clear picture of who is being counted because the U.S. Census Bureau has declined to share localized data on the s…

A state budget in three weeks? Officials poised for ambitious push » Berkshire Eagle The House and Senate may be getting ready in unprecedented economic times to attempt to do in three weeks what would ordinarily take three months, according to the Senate's top budget writer.…

Michelle Wu’s personal path to politics » Commonwealth Magazine Wu has, in very short order, become a political force to be reckoned with in the city. She placed second in the at-large council race in her first run for office, in 2013, a feat she repeated two year…

State Polls Give Biden Strong Lead in Electoral College as First Debate Looms » Sabato's Crystal Ball There is a strong relationship between the 2020 presidential polls in the states and the 2016 results. This relationship makes sense given that there is an incumbent on the ballot. In these kinds of e…

We Still Don’t Know Who Is Paying For Trump’s SCOTUS Seats » TMI The conservative front group backing Amy Coney Barrett already spent $27 million to remake the Supreme Court. We have no idea where the money came from.…

FL: ‘He just lies’: Florida’s senior voters suddenly are in play » Politico FL Retirees have long flocked to Florida’s warm climate and white sandy beaches, where they’ve gained outsized political sway in the nation’s largest swing state. In the 2012 presidential election,…

Massachusetts public health experts, teachers union urge Charlie Baker to strengthen coronavirus protocols as cases rise » Boston Herald A group of 30 organizations — including the state’s largest teachers union — are joining with doctors and public health experts to put pressure on Gov. Charlie Baker to strengthen statewide coro…

Black Leaders Look to Shape Closed-Door Police Reform Talks » State House News Service The letter, dated Sept. 24, voices "growing concern about the level of influence police unions have had on shaping the police reform legislation" and says other states will follow the path taken by Ma…

Trump Wrote Off Ivanka Payments As ‘Consulting Fees’ On His Taxes: New York Times » HUFFPOST Paying his children as “outside consultants” was one of many ways Trump avoided paying taxes, according to a major New York Times investigation.…

Revealed: BP And Shell Back Anti-Climate Lobby Groups Despite Pledges » HUFFPOST Shell and BP ― the second- and fourth-largest oil companies by revenue last year ― are still active members of at least eight trade organizations lobbying against climate measures in the United St…

I played Trump in Clinton’s debate prep. Here’s what Biden can expect. » Washington Post Your message should be a simple extension of your overall campaign message and strategy. Biden has both. Trump has neither.…

"The conventional wisdom about presidential debates is that they do not move the race much – except when they do. Former vice-president Al Gore was dinged for sighing through his first debate in 2000 with George W Bush. An underprepared outing by Barack Obama against Mitt Romney in their first debate of 2012 breathed new life into the challenger’s campaign."

Tom McCarthy, National Affairs Correspondent for Guardian US

Pointing out some key moments in debate history in anticipation of tonights debate between President Trump and Joe Biden.

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Beltway Politics

A long line of debates leads Joe Biden to his biggest one yet » Boston Globe Paul Ryan looked uncomfortable. After slamming Joe Biden for his role in passing an $800 billion stimulus package, Ryan found himself quickly cornered by Biden on the vice presidential debate stage in…

Trump deflects questions about taxes, but first debate has a new issue » Boston Globe The disclosure that President Donald Trump paid little or no federal income taxes for years, including while in the White House, convulsed the presidential campaign on Monday with only five weeks to g…

Behind the White House effort to pressure the CDC on school openings » Boston Globe Top White House officials pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this summer to downplay the risk of sending children back to school, a strikingly political intervention in one of th…

Amy Coney Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women » Boston Globe President Donald Trump’s nominee for the US Supreme Court has close ties to a charismatic Christian religious group that holds men are divinely ordained as the “head” of the family and faith. Fo…

Cindy McCain joins Biden’s transition advisory board » Boston Globe Cindy McCain, the widow of Republican Sen. John McCain, will advise Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential transition team as it prepares for him to take office if he wins in November, the team announced…

Opinion: How far will media lower the bar for Joe Biden in debate? » Boston Herald The leadoff debate slugfest between President Trump and Joe Biden may come down to expectations — and how far the media and voters lower the bar for Biden.…

Donald Trump denies report he paid $750 in federal income taxes, Joe Biden campaign jumps on story » Boston Herald President Trump on Monday denied the bombshell report that revealed he only paid $750 in federal income taxes in recent years, while Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign has already …

Opinion: Buckle up for the first presidential debate » Boston Herald Debates don’t often decide the outcome of a presidential campaign — but Tuesday’s scheduled collision between President Trump and Joe Biden could be an exception to the rule if Biden comes out a…

Did Donald Trump really call a Globe reporter to pitch laundry detergent? Of course he did » Boston Globe In its latest expose about Trump’s tax returns, The New York Times reports that as part of a promotion for Unilever, the future president of the United States cold-called me in 2005 to tout the comp…

Business

US household wealth rose before the pandemic, but inequality persisted » Boston Globe Families were making gains in income and net worth in the three years leading up to the pandemic, according to Federal Reserve data released on Monday, but wealth inequality remained stubbornly high.…

Health care expands at top of Massachusetts economy, adds 100,000 jobs over 10 years » Boston Herald Among the top 10 industries in Massachusetts, no sector added more jobs between 2008 and 2018 than health care, according to MassEconomix data studied by the Pioneer Institute.…

Civil Rights

Editorial: An existential crisis for Roe v. Wade » Boston Globe No one should be fooled if Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, dodges Senators’ questions of how she’d decide cases related to abortion rights.…

Abortion advocates push for broader access » Gloucester Times Abortion rights groups are prodding state lawmakers to expand access to the procedures in light of President Donald Trump's nomination of a judge known for her conservative, anti-abortion views to the…

Calls For State Abortion Protections Grow Louder After Trump Announces SCOTUS Nominee » WBUR During a White House ceremony on Saturday in which President Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, Barrett promis…

Education

With public schools shifted to remote learning, Catholic schools in Massachusetts left without school bus transportation » The Republican When Massachusetts' largest school districts shifted to fully remote learning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the decision left some parents longing for the sight of a yellow school bus ro…

Student parties, gatherings driving coronavirus response at Massachusetts schools and colleges » Boston Herald Coronavirus outbreaks have emerged at multiple Massachusetts colleges in the last week, causing one of the campuses to switch to remote only.…

How Budget Cuts Are Stressing UMass Students » WGBH The University of Massachusetts Amherst drastically reduced the number of students invited back to campus this fall, keeping most courses online. To save money, the state’s flagship university laid …

Worcester schools begin planning for return to in-person learning » Worcester Telegram The school department on Tuesday will begin the process of figuring out how many students the district can bring back to in-person learning later this fall, and where those kids will be, according to …

Despite 'red' category, New Bedford schools continue some 'in-person' learning » South Coast Today The city may be in its third week of being designated a red (higher risk) community for COVID-10 but the leaders of the city's schools districts say they remain comfortable with the in-person componen…

QCC launches subscription-based learning program » Worcester Business Journal Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester has launched a subscription model for an educational program to allow users to have unlimited access to professional development training through the school…

Boston University's Bob Brown sees change in store for standardized testing. College prices? Not so much. » Boston Business Journal Nimble is not a word often associated with the ivory towers of higher education, though Boston University President Bob Brown would argue the past six months have proved how agile a major research uni…

Riley Expects Spring Administration of MCAS Exam » State House News Service Massachusetts students should expect to take their MCAS exams next spring, Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley said Tuesday.…

Environment

Massachusetts, desperate for rain, will get some drought relief this week » Boston Herald Widespread rain across Massachusetts this week will help bring some much-needed relief to the worsening drought conditions.…

Health Care

Homey, coveted, costly — and crushed by the pandemic » Boston Globe Families, especially those with means, sought to place their frail elders in Belmont Manor, a five-star nursing home. It was a safe refuge for the twilight years, until suddenly it became something el…

AG Healey: Two former leaders of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home were the “ultimate decision makers” as COVID-19 spread » News 22 WWLP.com On Friday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced criminal charges against two former leaders of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.…

Lowell General Sees Lower Costs in Joint Venture » State House News Service State health care regulators are assessing impacts of a proposed joint venture between Lowell General Hospital and Chelmsford ASC, an organization created by Shields Health Care Group and a group of p…

Former employees at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home could face up to 65 years in prison » News 22 WWLP.com The courts are working to set an arraignment date for both Bennett Walsh and Dr. David Clinton. Once that date is set, the two will appear in Hampden County Superior Court to answer to the charges tha…

Housing

Blacks, Latinos migrating from Boston to Gateway Cities » Commonwealth Magazine BLACKS AND LATINOS in search of lower-cost housing are migrating from Boston to the state’s 26 Gateway Cities, according to mortgage origination data analyzed by MassINC researchers.…

Federal Suit Contests New Trump Admin Housing Rule » State House News Service Advocates behind a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center say it's the first suit of its kind nationally to challenge the federal government's rollback of an anti-dis…

Human Services

The sad, hard, sweet, and ultimately peaceful life of Gerry McCarthy » Boston Globe Gerry McCarthy was 19 years old when he left Dorchester for Parris Island, S.C. The Marines handed him a rifle and Gerry went to Vietnam.…

Judiciary

Lawmakers should seek SJC opinion on ranked-choice voting’s legality, review urges » Boston Globe Massachusetts lawmakers should ask the state’s highest court to address whether the ranked-choice voting system that voters are being asked to approve this fall is even constitutional, according to …

Howie Carr: Will somebody ask this basic question? Governor’s Council should vet judge candidate Robert Harnais » Boston Herald The former acting sheriff of Norfolk County, Robert Harnais, is up for a $184,694-a-year job as a state judge, and his hearing before the Governor’s Council is scheduled for Wednesday.…

Legislative

Lori Ehrlich’s agenda is on the safe side » Lynn Daily News Item Elected to the state legislature in 2008, Rep. Lori A. Ehrlich takes the long view on creating change for public good, especially when it comes to making a local intersection safer.…

Local Government

Opinion: Saving Melnea Cass Boulevard — and a neighborhood » Boston Globe At no point in recent history have the destructive consequences of racism been more apparent than today. We see it in the lives and livelihoods lost from Hurricane Laura.…

Boston residents challenge school committee to wear masks for duration of next meeting » Boston Herald Boston residents are challenging members of the school committee to wear a face mask for the duration of their next virtual meeting in an effort to highlight what students and teachers will soon exper…

‘No one here cares’: City councilor calls out Boston College football team for packed locker room celebration » WHDH A Newton city councilor said the Boston College football team is not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously after a video shared on social media showed maskless players celebrating a recent victory…

Public hearing on Mattos Field transfer Tuesday » Gloucester Times A long-standing discussion about the potential development of an elementary school at a local ballfield will have a whole night to itself.…

Crisis Made City More Responsive, Walsh Says » State House News Service For all the devastation it has wrought -- thousands of deaths, mass layoffs, financial hardship, setbacks in education and more -- the coronavirus pandemic has had at least one positive impact: it has…

Politics

Legislative candidates seek election do-overs » Commonwealth Magazine DOING THE SAME thing again and expecting a different result may be the definition of insanity, as the saying goes, but some legislative candidates are doing it anyway.…

Massachusetts Dems Spelled Their Own Name Wrong on Their Joe Biden Lawn Signs » Boston Magazine When Jessy Han, a 19-year-old podcaster from Andover, saw that his local Democratic Town Committee had Biden/Harris lawn signs up for grabs, he was eager to show his support for the campaign. So he ha…

Julie Hall, Mass. 4th Congressional District Candidate, Talks 'Law And Order' In Pitch To Voters » WGBH On Monday’s Boston Public Radio, Republican candidate for Massachusetts' Fourth Congressional District Julie Hall discussed her views on police reform, gun control, face masks, and whether the Senat…

Chiefs of Police Association endorses Julie Hall in 4th Congressional district race » Boston Herald Republican candidate Julie Hall who is challenging Democratic nominee Jake Auchincloss for the open 4th Congressional district seat snagged an important endorsement from the Massachusetts Chiefs of Po…

FBI warns: Foreign adversaries 'are counting on you' to spread election disinformation » WCVB With a little more than a month to go before the presidential election, Boston's local division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning Monday that "adversaries are counting on you to …

Public Health

As rate of positive coronavirus tests increases in Massachusetts, some experts urge caution » Boston Globe As COVID-19 outbreaks ravaged much of the country over the summer, Massachusetts was largely spared. But one week into fall, epidemiologists see signs that the virus is once again on the rise here, wi…

New COVID cases in Massachusetts steadily rising as state reports 367 new cases, 11 more deaths » The Republican State health officials confirmed another 367 coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the statewide total to 128,793. Health officials also announced another 11 COVID-related deaths, for a total now of 9…

Editorial: Time to get tougher on party violators » Boston Herald As the coronavirus continues its run in Massachusetts, Charlie Baker and his administration have hammered home the point: no large indoor gatherings. And yet invites still go out to house parties.…

Massachusetts public health experts, teachers union urge Charlie Baker to strengthen coronavirus protocols as cases rise » Boston Herald A group of 30 organizations — including the state’s largest teachers union — are joining with doctors and public health experts to put pressure on Gov. Charlie Baker to strengthen statewide coro…

Despite Soaring Demand For Flu Shots, State Is Not Worried About Short Supplies » WGBH The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is reporting strong demand for the flu vaccine this year, and said the supply is abundant despite shipment delays in some locations across the state.…

‘It’s definitely unsettling’: Students, residents react to COVID-19 outbreak in Amherst » Gazette Net From her porch on Meadow Street, Grace Agnello sees her fellow University of Massachusetts students, most without masks, walking to and from small parties at nearby homes and apartments most fall week…

COVID-19 crimes may be tough to prove » Commonwealth Magazine “UTTERLY BAFFLING” was how Mark Pearlstein, the attorney retained by Gov. Charlie Baker to investigate what went wrong at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, described the decision to combine 42 veteran…

Governor Baker says lower-risk COVID-19 communities can move ahead to next step of reopening » Boston Globe Gov. Charlie Baker’s office said Tuesday that starting Oct. 5, communities in the lower risk COVID-19 category can allow some performance venues to increase their capacity, along with gyms, museums,…

Front-line workers sound alarm on easing of coronavirus restrictions » Boston Herald An easing of coronavirus restrictions in restaurants and other businesses has resulted in a lack of protections for front-line workers and low-income families that advocates say has worsened outcomes …

Baker Explains Reasoning For Updating Reopening Guidelines » CBS Boston Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said most of the new coronavirus clusters are coming from "non-rule based gatherings."…

Public Safety

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick On Policing, Reform » WBUR Hundreds of protesters peacefully marched in Boston yesterday, calling for justice for Breonna Taylor, after a Kentucky grand jury decided not to bring charges for killing Taylor against the police of…

Former Springfield Police Detective Florissa Fuentes, fired over Black Lives Matter social media post, files lawsuit against city » The Republican About three months after she was fired over a Black Lives Matter social media post, former Springfield Police Detective Florissa Fuentes has sued the city in Hampden Superior Court.…

Berkshire County DA Releases Prosecutorial Police Watch List » WBUR Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington earlier this week became the latest Massachusetts DA to publicly release a list of police officers her office tracks whose past conduct may raise q…

Defund WPD calls on Worcester city manager, city council to create a public online database of police conduct records » The Republican Defund WPD, an organization aimed at reforming the Worcester Police Department, on Friday delivered a petition with more than 1,200 signatures calling for the city to create a public database of polic…

Natick police continue to investigate incidents at pro-Trump rally on Saturday. Police are ‘watching videos and trying to collect videos while conducting interviews.’ » The Metro West Daily News Police are looking into several reports of possible violence at a pro-Trump rally on Saturday that became heated when Trump supporters and counter protesters clashed.…

State Government

Report: Elections Shift Could Draw Constitutional Challenge » State House News Service Adopting ranked-choice voting in Massachusetts could address deficiencies in the current electoral system, but could also yield a constitutional challenge and a "rocky" transition period, according to…

Transportation

In the most complicated stretch of the Green Line extension, cyclists will rise above it all » Boston Globe Right now, this industrial strip in the Inner Belt district is a thicket of concrete pillars, steel beams, ramps, and half-finished viaducts. But in a little more than a year, these elevated tracks wi…

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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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