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Must-Reads

Baker, Courts Outline $171 Mil Plan to Prevent Evictions » State House News Service The plan represents an alternative to extending the moratorium, which Baker is authorized to do under a law passed earlier in the pandemic and is a path that many community activists and some lawmaker…

FL: Florida is a swing state again. These battleground regions could decide the race. » Herald-Tribune The overall strategy for winning Florida hasn’t changed much, although the 2020 cycle is creating some new wrinkles, including Biden’s weakness with Hispanic voters and Trump’s slide with senior…

What’s the tech behind Question 1? » Boston Globe The carmakers stopped short of providing mechanics with remote access to the data your car can transmit wirelessly, a huge convenience for vehicle owners, who don’t have to first drive to the repair…

Forecasting the 2020 U.S. Senate Elections Using Presidential Polling Data » Sabato's Crystal Ball An analysis of these polling data suggest that Democrats are likely to achieve a net gain of between one and eight seats with the most likely result a net gain of five seats, enough to give them a sma…

How Amy Coney Barrett would change the way the Supreme Court works » Axios Barrett would transform the court’s internal politics, handicapping Chief Justice John Roberts and establishing a new center of gravity on the right.…

Third parties pin hopes on ranked choice voting » The Eagle Tribune It's happened locally, in 6th Congressional District race in 2012, when Democrat John Tierney squeaked out a win with 48% of the vote and Republican Richard Tisei came in second with 47%. Libertarian …

‘The last gasp of a corrupt Republican leadership’: Elizabeth Warren slams Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing » Boston.com “Today’s sham hearing — on a holiday, 22 days from Election Day, during a COVID-19 outbreak in the Judiciary Committee with a likely-exposed Chairman who won’t get tested — shows just how fa…

NY: Cuomo’s Restrictions on Synagogues in Virus Hot Spots Can Go Forward » New York Times A federal judge on Friday allowed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to move forward with new restrictions on gatherings at synagogues and other houses of worships, finding that the rules did not violate the free e…

Mitch McConnell Laughs When Confronted On Senate Inaction Over Coronavirus » HUFFPOST “We’re facing a national crisis,” she wrote after the debate on Twitter. “There’s nothing funny about 214,000 Americans dying.”…

Trump launches multimillion-dollar ad campaign aimed at winning back seniors » Axios Why it matters: Senior citizens are the most reliable voting bloc and they formed the core of Trump's political base in 2016. But that's no longer the case.…

“ONE PARTY IGNORED US, THE OTHER TOOK US FOR GRANTED”: COULD LATINO VOTERS TIP THE 2020 RACE FOR TRUMP? » Vanity Fair Latinos were always bound to be a force in 2020. But some say they feel sidelined by Democrats, and Trumpworld has made explicit efforts to reach out. If “Democrats don’t wake up,” says one prog…

“This kind of sleazy double-dealing is the last gasp of a desperate party that is undemocratically overrepresented in Congress and in the halls of power across our country,” Warren wrote. “The last gasp of a corrupt Republican leadership, numb to its own hypocrisy, that doesn’t reflect the views of the majority of Americans or the values that we hold dear.”

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Condemning Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

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Beltway Politics

Senate Democrats' fundraising success puts GOP on defensive » Boston Globe Buoyed by massive fundraising success, Democratic Senate candidates are mounting a push in Republican states that few would have thought possible just a few months ago, placing continued GOP control o…

Defiant Trump defends virus record in first post-COVID rally » Boston Globe Defiant as ever about the coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Monday turned his first campaign rally since contracting COVID-19 into a full-throated defense of his handling of the pandemic that has…

Opinion: A chilling answer to those who say, ‘This is not the country I grew up in’ » Boston Globe People my age say, “This is not the country I grew up in.” Well, it is. Ask any Black person. Ask me, a Jew from Boston who was accosted while bowling at the neighborhood alleys by a neighbor who …

Parties offer dueling views of Barrett as confirmation fight enters into Tuesday » Boston Globe Republicans and Democrats offered sharply divergent arguments Monday in a Supreme Court confirmation fight whose outcome is likely to steer the court to the right for years, vying to define Judge Amy …

Opinion: Grandstanding Democrats fail to dent Amy Coney Barrett’s support » Boston Herald Senators divided along predictable partisan lines in the first day of Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination hearings as grandstanding Democrats failed to make any dent in Barrett’s support.…

Barrett faces first day of questioning in Supreme Court hearings Tuesday » Boston Globe The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday begins two days of questioning as members consider Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court.…

Business

Coronavirus forces Boston restaurants to give up winter season, close until Spring 2021 » Boston Herald As the temperature drops, a new trend is emerging in Boston’s struggling restaurant scene: shutting down completely for the coming winter and reopening in the spring, when a vaccine may be out.…

KPMG names new leader for Boston office » Boston Business Journal KPMG LLP has appointed John Capone, formerly the regional leader of the firm’s audit practice, as its new managing partner in Boston.…

SBA just made PPP forgiveness easier for smaller loans. What about everyone else? » Boston Business Journal The Small Business Administration released a streamlined Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application Thursday night for some loans under $50,000 — but small-business groups and experts …

Residents gather in Sandwich to protest proposed machine gun range » Cape Cod Times Nathan Herschler’s daughter is a first grader at Forestdale Elementary School, which is located about a mile from the spot where a multipurpose machine gun range is being proposed at Camp Edwards on…

Cape Cod auto shops push passage of Question 1 » Cape Cod Times Supporters of Question 1 on the Nov. 3 ballot argue that it will allow independent auto repair businesses to continue to access valuable information to fix vehicles, while those in opposition believe …

Tax Hikes Could Push Biz Out of State, AIM Says » State House News Service One of the state's largest and most influential business groups urged Beacon Hill lawmakers on Tuesday to take tax increases off the table as they consider how to put together a state budget that acco…

Boston, Cambridge ranked among top cities for millennials » Boston Business Journal Millennials represent the largest segment of the U.S. workforce, and a growing part of the Boston area's population.…

Fidelity hiring 4,000 client-facing employees, but few in Mass. » Boston Business Journal Fidelity Investments plans to hire 4,000 employees across the U.S. in the next six months for client-facing roles, though few if any will be in its home state of Massachusetts.…

Education

As schools reopen, students struggle with COVID trauma » Boston Globe When some high school students return to in-person classes at the Margarita Muñiz Academy in Jamaica Plain later this fall, Alejandra De La Cruz won’t be among them.…

Fewer colleges than expected close because of Covid-19 » Boston Business Journal Despite drops in revenue and increased spending at institutions across the U.S., just a handful of colleges and universities have permanently closed since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March.…

Lawrence halts in-person learning until Nov. 30 » The Eagle Tribune Full remote learning for students in the city school system will continue for at least six more weeks with in-person learning not beginning until Nov. 30.…

Environment

Kestrel Land Trust to move to South Amherst early next year » Gazette Net Kestrel Land Trust, responsible for helping to preserve thousands of acres of open space in the region, will relocate its offices to a South Amherst site at the foot of the Mount Holyoke Range early n…

Health Care

People who survive serious COVID have long-lasting immune response, MGH study shows » Boston Herald Patients who survive serious coronavirus infection have immune responses against the virus that lasts months, according to a recent Massachusetts General Hospital study, offering hope about protection…

Boston Children’s Hospital names Fenwick’s successor » Boston Business Journal Boston Children’s Hospital is promoting its president and chief operating officer to CEO. Kevin Churchwell, 58, is succeeding Sandra Fenwick, who has served as CEO of the nationally ranked hospital …

Boston Children’s Hospital taps No. 2 executive, Kevin Churchwell, as next CEO » Boston Globe Boston Children’s Hospital said Monday that Kevin Churchwell, chief executive Sandra Fenwick’s top lieutenant, will take over as CEO after Fenwick retires at the end of March.…

Veteran Hospital CEO Has Tips for Good Management » State House News Service Boston Children's Hospital this week named its next CEO, weeks after its outgoing top executive laid out a few tips about running such a facility during a pandemic.…

Housing

Baker Reveals $171M Evictions Plan for Mass. as Moratorium's Coming End Looms » NBC Boston Thousands of renters and homeowners across Massachusetts could end up on the streets when the moratorium on evictions ends Saturday, as activists have been warning.…

Charlie Baker unveils $171M eviction diversion plan; advocates say effort ‘falls short’ » Boston Herald Days before a ban protecting strapped families from eviction amid the pandemic is set to expire, housing advocates say Gov. Charlie Baker’s newly unveiled $171 million eviction diversion program “…

As eviction moratorium nears end, state injects $171M into housing assistance » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts officials plan to inject $171 million into programs supporting housing stability and rental assistance for the remainder of the fiscal year, ahead of the statewide eviction and foreclosu…

As eviction protections expire, Gov. Charlie Baker announces a series of new steps to help landlords, renters during COVID crisis » The Republican Ahead of the state evictions moratorium ending on Oct. 17, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday announced a series of steps aimed giving renters and landlords more financial relief during the coronavirus pand…

Will Baker’s rental relief plan be enough to fend off a feared wave of evictions? » Boston Globe With Massachusetts' strict ban on evictions set to end this week, Governor Charlie Baker on Monday unveiled a $171 million package of programs aimed to keep struggling renters in their homes.…

Housing Advocates Rally To Support Eviction Moratorium Extension » WGBH With Massachusetts’ statewide eviction moratorium set to expire in less than a week, about 100 housing advocates rallied on the Boston Common Sunday as a call to action ahead of the deadline.…

‘No one cares’: Massachusetts landlords push for relief amid coronavirus pandemic » Boston Herald Landlords are calling on the government to ante up cash for missed rent payments amid the pandemic, saying eviction ban laws with scant help for property owners will do little to stave off foreclosure…

Judiciary

Opinion: Mass. Chief Justice Ralph Gants a mensch on the bench » Boston Herald Lawyers are not generally known for their humility, and anyone who has spent much time in courts knows that lawyers fortunate enough to become judges can develop a certain, shall we say, arrogance.…

Marshall: Balance, Gender Should Weigh in Baker's SJC Picks » State House News Service As Gov. Charlie Baker mulls his options to fill vacancies on the Supreme Judicial Court, a former chief justice of that court is hoping to see at least one woman nominated, and above all wants Baker's…

Labor

Boston's Diversity Hiring Mandate For Construction Projects Is All Bark, No Bite » WGBH “I'm sorry. I'm sick of this," said Watson, the chairman of the Boston Employment Commission, as he recapped for his colleagues a local construction firm's failure to hire minorities and Boston resi…

Economists check in on state’s rough employment picture » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker's proactive strategies to contain COVID-19, including stay-at-home advisories in the spring and a cautious reopening strategy in the summer, contributed to the state lagging the nat…

Local Government

Trees coming down on Chestnut Hill Avenue » Athol Daily News Few things raise more concern among residents of New England neighborhoods than the felling of handsome, familiar old trees. Such was the case at last week’s meeting of the Athol Selectboard.…

Ballot bonanza: Berkshire clerks gird for record turnout this election season » Berkshire Eagle It’s crunch time for city and town clerks across the Berkshires and the state as a three-week election season swings into high gear and voter interest spikes to record highs.…

Select Board member expresses concerns with 115kV project » Daily Times Chronicle The Select Board moved through two items quickly at their last meeting: one concerning Eversoucre and the other pertaining to the Brave Act.…

City councilor wants crackdown on jammed South Boston house parties » Universal Hub City Councilor Ed Flynn says he's had enough with South Boston residents ignoring state and city regulations that ban large parties - next week, he will ask the City Council to call in BPD and ISD to …

Liquor license fees halved, may save Newton restaurants » The Metro West Daily News Much to their relief, restaurants will be getting a large break on their 2021 liquor license fees, a move that came after an emotional showdown between some city officials and eatery owners.…

As few as 15 Rockland residents could add $1 million to budget » The Enterprise Residents will be asked to add $1 million back to the budget and to allow for a $25,000 study to help determine if the town should consider building one new fire station or two substations to maximize…

Amid varying views of Columbus, organizers vow to bring back Worcester's parade » Worcester Telegram Organizers hoped the city's Columbus Day parade would make a triumphant return this fall, but COVID-19 had other plans, leaving many with memories of the parade sounding a little nostalgic Monday.…

Amid COVID and cold weather, special town meetings adapt » Gazette Net With annual town meetings barely in the rearview mirror, special town meeting season has begun for many Massachusetts municipalities – and in light of COVID-19, the sessions are occurring in some un…

Some Wayland voters receive wrong mail-in ballots. Town Clerk offers options for replacement ballots to voters. » The Metro West Daily News Town Clerk Anna Ludwig sent a letter on Monday to inform voters of the problem. Wayland has two ballots because the two parts of town are represented by different members of the state House of Represe…

Massachusetts towns push Charlie Baker to stop counting coronavirus clusters at jails, college campuses in community risk data » Boston Herald For frustrated local officials, the issue goes far beyond any “stigma” of being labeled “red” for highest-risk under the Department of Public Health’s color-coded assessment system. Landing …

Our City Hall reporter watched the 4.5-hour Marty Walsh documentary. Here are his five takeaways » Boston Globe A 4½-hour documentary about Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration? Yeah, that’s a real thing and we watched it, just in case taking in the sausage-making of city government for 275 minutes is no…

Politics

Endorsement for Becca Rausch, candidate, state senate » The Sun Chronicle The last two years Attleboro has been represented by two great state senators — Sen. Paul Feeney and Sen. Becca Rausch. I’m taking this opportunity to endorse Rausch for re-election.…

Massachusetts Republican Party says ranked-choice voting ‘raises’ potential for rigged elections » Boston Herald “One person, one vote. That’s the bedrock of American elections,” Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons said in a statement. “If ranked-choice voting had existed in 1860, Abraham L…

Editorial: Vote yes on Question 1 » Boston Globe Eight years ago, Massachusetts voters passed a ballot measure that required car manufacturers to share diagnostics data with independent auto-repair shops. The rationale was that if car manufacturers …

Out of the ashes: Dalton farmer resurrects massive political sign following fire — with a new message » Boston Globe In the Berkshires, a family farm drew national attention after a massive political sign supporting the Democratic presidential ticket was burned to the ground Friday evening — less than a day after …

GOP gets behind 'No on 2' campaign » Gloucester Times The fight over Question 2 is about to get more heated following a decision by the state's Republican Party to oppose ranked-choice voting.…

Attleboro mayor mulls third term, seeks campaign contributions in the '4's' » The Sun Chronicle In 2 1/2 months, Mayor Paul Heroux will be halfway through his second term with three years of service under his belt.…

Trump received nearly twice as many campaign contributions as Biden in Brockton area » The Enterprise Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump's campaigns received nearly 4,000 donations from local residents, The Enterprise found in a review of Federal Election Commission data.…

ELECTION 2020: Three vie for 4th Norfolk District state rep. seat » Wicked Local Hingham Two first-time candidates from Weymouth – one a Republican and the other a member of the Workers Party – will face off against the long-time sitting state representative from Weymouth in the Nov. …

Mass. GOP opposes ranked-choice voting » Commonwealth Magazine THE MASSACHUSETTS Republican Party is opposing a ballot question establishing ranked-choice voting, saying the measure would create “a confusing and destructive system completely at odds with our de…

Gov. Charlie Baker is one of 4 Republican governors that didn’t sign letter supporting approval of Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court » The Republican Last week in anticipation of the hearings, 24 Republican governors from the United States and its territories signed a letter urging for Senate approval of President Donald Trump’s nominee despite t…

Democrat Jake Auchincloss, Republican Julie Hall offer distinct choice for 4th Congressional District » The Sun Chronicle Both candidates for the 4th Congressional District are military veterans. Democrat Jake Auchincloss, 32, served as a captain in the Marine Corps in a war zone. Republican Julie Hall, 62, is a retired …

Public Health

Mass. reports 765 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 13 new deaths » Boston Globe The death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts rose by 13 to 9,401, the Department of Public Health reported Monday. The number of confirmed cases climbed by 765, bringing the total …

Opinion: Coronavirus safety measures at restaurants, Dr. Birx says, needs to happen at house parties » Boston Herald Pushing people out of restaurants and into house parties is not the way to cap the coronavirus. Don’t take my word for it, just listen to Dr. Deborah Birx.…

North Andover Asks Baker To Reconsider Coronavirus ‘Red Zone’ After College Outbreak » CBS Boston According to Massachusetts’ COVID-19 risk map, the town of North Andover – population 31,000 – has the highest rate of new cases in the state.…

Vijay Prashad: The elusive vaccine » Gazette Net After months of underplaying the disease and misleading the public about basic methods to prevent its spread, Donald Trump was infected with the coronavirus. Disregarding medical advice, he once more …

Middleton officials say business re-opening hampered by prison coronavirus cases » WHDH Middleton officials are asking Gov. Charlie Baker to reconsider classifying their town as a high-risk coronavirus community, preventing some businesses from re-opening, because of high infection rates…

Editorial: Why is Baker so reluctant to disclose vital COVID-19 information? » Boston Globe The public deserves to know more about the outbreak in Massachusetts and what happened in the state’s nursing homes.…

Pandemic Forcing Scientists to Exercise Different Skills » State House News Service As they are thrust into the spotlight during the ongoing public health crisis, scientists should prioritize storytelling, offer clear recommendations, and speak candidly about uncertainty to better co…

Baker Bullish About Pandemic Supplies, Infastructure » State House News Service Expecting a rise in COVID-19 cases this fall, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that Massachusetts is prepared for the next stage of the months-long fight against the highly contagious coronavirus.…

Mass. reports 632 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 12 new deaths » Boston Globe The death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts rose by 12 to 9,413, the Department of Public Health reported Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases climbed by 632, bringing the total…

Public Safety

Pressure mounts on prosecutors to scrutinize police, disclose troubled pasts » Boston Globe Amid a national reckoning over law enforcement misconduct and a recent ruling from the top court in Massachusetts, prosecutors across the state are reexamining their efforts to keep tabs on problem po…

Homicide charges against police officers are rare » Boston Globe To protesters demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, the announcement last month that officers would not be charged with her death was at once devastating and predictable: Criminal charges against offi…

Mayor Walsh announces series of broad Boston police reforms » Boston Globe Mayor adopted recommendations for sweeping, systemic changes to the culture and operations of the Boston Police Department.…

State Government

Early voting in Massachusetts to begin this weekend » News 22 WWLP.com The 2020 election is right around the corner and early voting begins this weekend. Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin is reminding people that early voting will begin in every city and town …

Will Massachusetts pass bill to redesign state seal and motto? Native American leaders push for proposal before session ends » The Republican Amid protests against police brutality and racism after George Floyd’s death in Minnesota, the Mississippi Legislature voted to remove the confederate battle emblem from the state flag.…

Early voting begins in Massachusetts this weekend; 1.351 million ballots already mailed to residents, officials say » The Republican Early voting in Massachusetts is expected to begin this weekend, weeks ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.…

Transportation

Pan Am VP: Storm damage doesn’t affect potential sale » The Recorder The company, which is the dominant freight carrier in northern New England with 1,700 miles of track, announced it was for sale in July. Scarano said Pan Am Railways employs about 750 people throughou…

During construction, the Allston Mass. Pike project must address commuters' needs » Boston Globe As part of the state’s $1 billion reconfiguration of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Allston, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack recently announced that a narrow strip of land known as “the …

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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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