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‘We should be embarrassed’: In quiet extended session, Legislature’s unfinished work will bleed past Election Day » Boston Globe In the 2½ months since they voted to expand their calendar amid the pandemic, Massachusetts lawmakers have not held a single formal session or roll call vote. Five major pieces of legislation that co…

Tens of thousands 'fear imminent eviction' as Mass. moratorium lifts » Boston Business Journal The Metropolitan Area Planning Council estimates some 60,000 renter households across the state "fear imminent eviction," while housing advocacy group City Life/Vida Urbana estimates the number to be …

What Happens if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned? » New York Times Legal abortion access would be unchanged in more than half of states, but it would effectively end for those living in much of the American South and Midwest, especially those who are poor, according …

New York Post Published Hunter Biden Report Amid Newsroom Doubts » New York Times Some reporters withheld their bylines and questioned the credibility of an article that made the tabloid’s front page on Wednesday.…

As SCOTUS veers further right, could a state's rights shift benefit the left? » Vanity Fair While the expected confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett looks like a nightmare for liberal America, the court may give more power to states advocating progressive policies.…

Felons Not Being Allowed To Vote Is ‘The New Jim Crow,’ Ayanna Pressley Says » New Boston Post Outraged that convicted felons can’t vote in some states, U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley is comparing the current situation with government-enforced segregation of blacks in the South between t…

Biden leads Trump. So did Hillary Clinton. For Democrats, it’s a worrisome campaign deja vu » Washington Post “[N]ational polls tell us very little about the pathway to 270 electoral votes,” O’Malley Dillon wrote Saturday in a memo to donors. “We also know that even the best polling can be wrong, and …

Texas is the most intriguing political state in the country this fall » Washington Post There are the known battleground states that will decide the presidential race this fall, and then there’s Texas, which might just be the most politically intriguing state in the country right now.…

FL: Will flag-waving Latinos win Florida for Trump? » Politico But in Hialeah, a working-class, predominantly Cuban city just outside of Miami, a vote for Trump has become about more than just him, or even the Republican Party. It’s about patriotism.…

'It is serious and intense': white supremacist domestic terror threat looms large in US » The Guardian “The threat is serious and intense,” said Vanda Felbab-Brown, a terrorism and extremism expert at Brookings. “It is by far the most serious domestic danger in the US on many levels – the frequ…

Gov. Baker to leave mark on state's highest court » The Eagle Tribune Gov. Charlie Baker is set to nominate two associate justices to fill vacancies on the Supreme Judicial Court, in addition to naming a new chief justice — moves legal experts say will put the Republi…

“The real opposition is the media, and the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit.”

Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon

Trump and his allies have overwhelmed the system. Because the news is finite they are pumping out more toxicity than there is room to report.

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Beltway Politics

Biden knows it’s the economy (not taxes), stupid » Boston Globe The Democratic challenger would repeal Trump’s tax breaks for corporations and the rich and plow trillions of dollars into pandemic relief and other programs.…

Trump leans into fear tactics in bid to win Midwest states » Boston Globe President Donald Trump leaned into fear tactics Saturday as he accused the left of trying to “destroy the American way of life” in a late reelection pitch to voters in Michigan and Wisconsin — t…

To win crucial Pennsylvania, Trump leans heavily on unfounded fears of massive voter fraud » Boston Globe Gary Vaughn does not trust Democrats. He does not trust mail-in voting. He does not fully trust the operations at his local polling place. And on Election Day, he has a plan to take things into his ow…

What happens if Trump won’t concede? » Boston Globe Imagine what would have seemed unimaginable in the world before Donald Trump: After a narrow Joe Biden victory in November, the president refuses to concede until the bitter end, and even in the weeks…

Trump, Biden go on offense in states they’re trying to flip » Boston Globe President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden went on offense Sunday, with each campaigning in states they are trying to flip during the Nov. 3 election that is just over two weeks away.…

Pelosi says coronavirus relief before election ‘depends on’ Trump administration » Boston Herald As Democrats and Republicans battle over a coronavirus relief bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said she’s “hopeful” they can strike a deal to provide aid to Americans before the presid…

Business

To keep the Winthrop Center project going, developer turned to financing from abroad » Boston Globe In nearly 30 years as a big-time developer, Chris Jeffries has put up a lot of buildings in complicated places like Boston, Manhattan, and San Francisco.…

In Arizona, the pandemic’s economic pain could help Biden flip a red state blue » Boston Globe More than a decade after the housing market tanked in the Great Recession, taking with it their dreams of running their own business, Irene Montoya and Jason Hemphill were on the verge of rebuilding w…

Museums refocus and reinvent to survive COVID » Commonwealth Magazine JANE PARKER LIVES in Harvard, and over the years, she has visited the neighboring Fruitlands Museum for big events, like February’s Winterfest.…

These 13 Mass. companies rank as having the best compensation in U.S. » Boston Business Journal Some of the biggest tech companies and startups based in Massachusetts ranked as having the best compensation in the country, according to new data.…

‘Walking on the edge of a razor blade’: Restaurants balancing financial health with public safety » Boston Globe Juan Reyes lives at the corner of fear and financial ruin. The 38-year-old sous chef worries as much about the job he desperately needs drying up as he does about contracting COVID-19 while preparing …

How a never-ending email chain is helping Boston’s HR chiefs » Boston Business Journal It all started with a March 8 text to Fleur Segal, a consultant with the executive search firm Spencer Stuart. A human resources chief at a local life sciences company had heard that Biogen Inc. and T…

Winthrop Center could have been another Filene’s crater — until a Kuwait-backed fund saved it » Boston Business Journal Traditional sources of bank financing had evaporated. A term sheet promising an $825 million loan had been cancelled. Chris Jeffries feared that Winthrop Center — a $1.3 billion project poised to br…

‘What the hell do we do now?’: Inside the $775 million deal to save the Winthrop Center project » Boston Globe In nearly 30 years as a big-time developer, Chris Jeffries has put up a lot of buildings in complicated places like Boston, Manhattan, and San Francisco.…

Cannabis

This marijuana vending machine created by a Massachusetts native is expected to arrive at local dispensaries next year » The Republican For Matt Frost, a case study on what causes bottlenecks in lines during his MBA program at Boston University first got him thinking about opportunities in the emerging cannabis industry.…

From CBDs to sanitizer: $63k grant will help Heritage Hemp expand hand sterilizer » Gazette Net For a company that specializes in manufacturing of hemp derived CBD products such as tinctures, gummies and vapes, producing hand sanitizer may not be what most people expect.…

Marijuana Home Delivery Plan Goes Too Far, Lawmakers Say » State House News Service A handful of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have asked that Massachusetts marijuana regulators scrap the proposed delivery license that would let operators buy marijuana wholesale from cultiva…

Civil Rights

In defense of Roe rights: State’s ROE bill would affirmatively protect right to choose » Gazette Net The Sept. 18 death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the recent hearings on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to fill her seat has recharged interest among local activists in passing…

Donation Matching Challenge to Boost ACLU Voting Rights Work in Massachusetts » iBerkshires The ACLU of Massachusetts announced that Steve Kay and Lisbeth Tarlow have offered a matching challenge of up to $50,000 to fuel the ACLU's fight for democracy.…

Crimes

Man accused of dumping used needles on Gov. Charlie Baker’s lawn ordered to stay away from house » WHDH A judge has filed a restraining order against a man who allegedly dumped several used needles on Gov. Charlie Baker’s property late last month.…

Education

Thousands of Boston public school students cut off from dental care » Boston Globe When school closed suddenly in March, Boston students not only lost the daily connection to teachers and learning, but dental services that the city’s most vulnerable children depend on for critical…

How a cash-strapped Boston community college escaped a regulatory 'death spiral' after seven years » Boston Business Journal After seven years, Valerie Roberson can finally breathe a sigh of relief. As president of Roxbury Community College in Boston, Roberson's entire tenure has been spent under the watchful eye of federal…

STEM importance rising with changing times, Baker says » WHDH The pandemic and the shift to doing more work online or remotely has proved the importance of science, technology, engineering and math skill sets, and the value of an engaged STEM community in Massac…

Health Care

Amid a rising tide of COVID-19, hospitals stock up on protective gear » Boston Globe Officials express optimism that there will be enough equipment for a second pandemic surge.…

Nursing home residents need more help voting » Commonwealth Magazine NEARLY 40,000 citizens in nursing homes across Massachusetts have endured months of harrowing conditions under COVID-19, watching as friends and caregivers succumb, victims of the largest concentratio…

Housing

Thousands at risk as eviction filings resume in Housing Court » Boston Herald The coronavirus pandemic’s crushing impact on renters and landlords takes on a new urgency Monday as the courts begin accepting new eviction filings now that a state moratorium has expired.…

‘Fear and Panic’ as Massachusetts opens courts to eviction proceedings » Boston Herald As Massachusetts courts restart eviction proceedings, the Herald is following a number of renters and landlords trying to navigate the crisis. The following folks have agreed to talk to the Herald.…

Opinion: Resources available for veterans in need of housing support » Boston Herald Winter is coming, and Massachusetts residents have much to prepare for. The state moratorium on housing evictions and foreclosures ended Saturday. The Baker administration issued the temporary repriev…

Human Services

Chelsea is about to become the country’s biggest experiment in giving out no-strings-attached checks » Boston Globe Chelsea, one of the poorest cities in the state, is about to host a bold experiment in reimagining capitalism, one that may answer an age-old question: Can giving away money with no strings attached h…

Judiciary

Charlie Baker May Soon Have Picked Every Member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court » New Boston Post Governor Charlie Baker is mulling applications to fill two vacancies on the state’s highest court. Once he nominates candidates and the Governor’s Council confirms them, Baker will have selected e…

Local Government

Officials in Worcester looking to extend outdoor dining on sidewalks, parking lots as executive order expires Nov. 1 » The Republican Since June, in Worcester, the new normal surrounding the coronavirus pandemic involved outdoor tables along sidewalks and parking lots of restaurants.…

Politics

73-year-old Vietnam veteran from Massachusetts assaulted by woman for supporting President Donald Trump, police say » The Republican A 34-year-old woman from Massachusetts is accused of knocking a Vietnam veteran to the ground while he expressed his support for President Donald Trump.…

Everything you need to know about the Massachusetts ballot questions » Boston Globe The November election may be weeks away, but many Massachusetts residents are already casting mail-in ballots, and the first day of early voting is Saturday, Oct. 17.…

John Cronin making final push in campaign against Sen. Dean Tran » Sentinel & Enterprise A first-time candidate from Lunenburg who graduated from West Point in 2013 and served two tours in Afghanistan will face off against a sitting state senator from Fitchburg in the Nov. 3 general elect…

Pro-Trump rally draws counterprotest in Northampton » Gazette Net In front of the historic courthouse on Main Street late Sunday afternoon, a crowd of more than 75 people stood on the sidewalk waving “Trump 2020” flags and signs.…

Ed Markey’s reckless support for court packing » Commonwealth Magazine SINCE THE SAD PASSING of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, headlines have been dominated by Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her nomination to the Supreme Court. I have said publicly that I firmly believe that …

Joe Kennedy’s campaign says it inappropriately spent $1.5 million during Senate primary » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III’s campaign said it inappropriately spent $1.5 million in donations meant for the general election during the final weeks of his failed primary bid against U.S. Sen. Edwa…

Neal outspent Morse by more than 2-1; 1st District primary cost Dems $8M » Gazette Net In the final weeks before the 1st Congressional District’s Democratic primary election, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and his ultimately unsuccessful challenger, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, both raised and s…

Race For A (Ballot) Cure: The Scramble To Fix Absentee-Ballot Problems » WBUR Hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots could be rejected this November because of mistakes, such as missing or mismatched signatures.…

Chaotic Campaign Tests Presidential Debate Director Janet Brown, Who Has Mass. Roots » WBUR In the early 1980s, the British author Jeffrey Archer set out to write a novel imagining America's first female president.…

Billerica state rep. candidates mix it up over coronavirus » Lowell Sun As Billerica’s state Rep. Marc Lombardo looks to secure his fifth term in office this November, his Democrat challenger Teresa English said she is looking to unseat the incumbent Republican because …

Public Health

Nearly half Massachusetts residents who’ve been tested for COVID have been re-tested; here’s a look at who’s getting tested the most » The Republican Forty-nine percent of Massachusetts residents who’ve been tested once for coronavirus have been re-tested, as the rate of repeat testing has accelerated to help manage potential outbreaks among the …

Mass. Surpasses 140,000 Coronavirus Cases With 744 New Cases, 14 More Deaths » NBC Boston There have now been 9,503 confirmed deaths and 139,903 cases, aThere have now been 9,517 confirmed deaths and 140,647 cases, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.…

Mass. reports 744 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 14 new deaths » Boston Globe There were 14 new confirmed deaths due to the coronavirus in Massachusetts, bringing the death toll due to COVID-19 to 9,517, the state’s Department of Public Health reported Sunday. The agency also…

Hyde Park councilor calls for better data collection amid neighborhood coronavirus spike » Boston Herald The coronavirus is spreading like wildfire in Hyde Park, and the neighborhood’s district councilor says he has little idea why.…

As cases rise again, second thoughts on another lockdown » Boston Globe As COVID-19 cases have risen in Massachusetts and around the country, a public still hearing the echo of “flatten the curve” has begun bracing for — and dreading — a potential wintertime shutd…

Massachusetts municipal leaders call on Charlie Baker to consider regional reopenings as coronavirus cases rise » Boston Herald As Somerville ticked into the state’s high-risk red zone for coronavirus transmission for the first time this week, neighboring Arlington remained a low-risk green.…

How Massachusetts Plans To Distribute Coronavirus Vaccines » WBUR Massachusetts has filed an interim plan for distributing coronavirus vaccines, as required by the CDC.…

COVID-19 Test Results Get Faster, But Still Too Slow To Help Slow Disease Spread » WBUR People are getting the results of coronavirus tests in the U.S. faster than they were in the spring, but testing still takes far too long to help effective disease control measures such as contact tra…

Coronavirus Cases Rise To Highest Level Since Late July » WBUR With coronavirus outbreaks picking up speed in dozens of states, the U.S. is now climbing steadily toward a new peak in cases that may soon rival the summer surge — when the country hit more than 60…

Public Safety

Opinion: Boston police union’s pushback against reforms is the wrong move » Boston Globe No one in Greater Boston was surprised by the negative reaction of Larry Calderone on behalf of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association to the mayor’s police reforms (“Boston police union call…

Family of Juston Root calls for Gov. Baker to re-open case » WHDH The family of Juston Root, who was shot to death by police after a high-speed chase earlier this year, is asking Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey to reopen the investigation into t…

Report: Massachusetts troopers who commit crime rarely fired » The Associated Press (AP) A Massachusetts trooper led fellow officers on a chase and had to be subdued, another took cash under the table for unauthorized police escorts for funeral processions and yet another partied in Las V…

Dozens of State Police troopers remain on the force despite past illegal conduct » Boston Globe One Massachusetts State Police captain, alcohol on his breath and an open beer bottle rattling around his unmarked cruiser, led Saugus police on a chase and had to be wrestled to the ground and handcu…

State Finance

State House Roundup: Presto, chango - behold new budget » Worcester Telegram It's easier to understand now why Gov. Charlie Baker didn't want to cancel Halloween. He had his costume all picked out. And no he's not dressing as Donald Trump.…

MA Legislature Set To Debate Baker's $46 Billion Budget Proposal » Boston Patch The state legislature's Joint Ways and Means Committee will begin debating Gov. Charlie Baker's $45.5 billion budget proposal during a hearing Wednesday, but lawmakers have yet to say whether they wil…

Baker budget packed with policy proposals » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said Wednesday he understands why lawmakers are taking a long time to negotiate the bills currently pending in conference committees, covering topics from police reform to economic …

Baker says his budget proposal ‘does not raise taxes.’ Technically, it does » Boston Globe In releasing a revised budget plan Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker emphasized that while it increased spending amid a revenue shortfall, it was notable for what it didn’t do.…

State Government

Editorial: Let’s hear from Mark Pearlstein » Boston Globe The public wants to know more about the Holyoke Soldiers' Home tragedy, and the independent investigator has the ability to illuminate us.…

OTR: Roundtable discusses census controversy in Massachusetts » WCVB Secretary of State William Galvin says the White House's claims that 99.9% of the population has already been counted is "an obvious fiction."…

OTR: Is it time for a governor's mansion in Massachusetts? » WCVB The roundtable analysts discuss the possibility after a man broke into Gov. Charlie Baker's home in Swampscott.…

Taxation

Gov. Chris Sununu plans to sue Massachusetts over policy taxing N.H. telecommuters » Boston Herald New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu plans to take Massachusetts to court over the Bay State’s policy taxing the income of out-of-state residents telecommuting for Bay State companies amid the pandemic.…

Transportation

This old abandoned train tunnel in Clinton could soon become the crowning jewel of the Mass. Central Rail Trail » The Republican Take a drive along Route 70 in Clinton past the Wachusett Dam and you could easily miss a section where the road widens just a little to allow room for a few cars to pull over and park. But if you loo…

Roads reopen after water main break in Boston shuts down area around Interstate 93 at O’Neill Tunnel » The Republican Roads around Interstate 93 at the Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr. Tunnel in Boston reopened Monday morning after a water main break shut down the area Sunday night, authorities said.…

T revising downward ridership projections » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS are revising downward their ridership and revenue projections based on scenario planning that envisions telecommuting becoming “standard practice for the foreseeable future,” accord…

Greenfield RMV office open, appointments required » Gazette Net State officials say the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Greenfield was “strategically and thoughtfully” reopened to the public on Oct. 13, with social distancing protocols and procedures that includ…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 10/19

Birthdays: Rep. Alan Silvia

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

7:00pm GBH News Forum: How to Bridge the Partisan Divide Ticket, Via Zoom

Tuesday - 10/20

11:00am Special Joint Oversight Committee on the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke COVID-19 Outbreak, Public Hearing

Wednesday - 10/21

10:00am Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development Public Hearing, Via Webex

11:30am Managing Change to Grow Business Part I: Looking Inward presented by BBJ, Tickets required

12:00pm Joint Committee on Ways & Means, Budget Hearing

2:30pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

Thursday - 10/22

Birthdays: Rep. John Rogers

10:00am Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs, Public Hearing

11:00am Thirty on Thursday: Tax Incentives for Real Estate Expansion Projects During the Pandemic and Beyond presented by AIM, Free, registration required

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Special Joint Oversight Committee on the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke COVID-19 Outbreak, Public Hearing

1:00pm COVID-19 Digital Divide in Western Massachusetts hosted by Sen. Eric Lesser, Via Zoom

Friday - 10/23

9:30am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, Via Webex

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

10:00am Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, Oversight Hearing

5:00pm Close of Comment Period for Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Regulatory Changes, Submit via mail or email

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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