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RI: Political Scene: Exhibits, testimony shed light on Mattiello's inner circle » The Providence Journal That summer, he said, he "was commuting regularly'' to work at the Keegan Werlin law firm in Boston, leaving home a little before 6:30 a.m. to walk down the hill to Oaklawn Avenue to catch a bus to do…

Editorial: Vocational school admissions need a fix » Boston Globe No longer your father’s shop class, these high-demand programs remain inaccessible to many students. Expanding access to technical education should be a priority, even in the pandemic.…

State officials fire commissioner for the deaf who had ties to controversial fraternity » Boston Globe The Baker administration fired its chief advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing, months after it said it was investigating allegations he admitted to wearing robes resembling Ku Klux Klan garb and …

Massachusetts makes gains in diversifying state government, but gaps persist in some agencies » The Republican Before the pandemic, Massachusetts Rep. Russell Holmes would travel from his majority-black neighborhood in Mattapan every day to a majority-white State House. Most of the lawmakers in the House chamb…

Palpable Anxiety For Health Care Workers As COVID-19 Cases Rise In Massachusetts » WBUR Reverend Katie Rimer has a theory about burnout that guides what she calls “this phase of the pandemic.” It’s based on a quote from best-selling author, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen: “We burn out no…

East-west Rail: Massachusetts Department of Transportation angers public after recommending further studies weeks before final report » The Republican The long-awaited east-west rail draft report was released on Monday but has many listening to the public presentation on Thursday evening, “shocked” at the lack of clarity and misleading data in t…

When Barrett Helped Companies Quash Discrimination Cases » The Daily Poster “The n-word is an egregious racial epithet,” Barrett wrote. “That said, Smith can’t win simply by proving that the word was uttered. He must also demonstrate that [his supervisor’s] use of t…

Trump Had One Last Story to Sell. The Wall Street Journal Wouldn’t Buy It. » New York Times The three had pinned their hopes for re-electing the president on a fourth guest, a straight-shooting Wall Street Journal White House reporter named Michael Bender. They delivered the goods to him the…

Democrats brace for nail-biting finish to Senate battle » The Hill Democrats have brought a slew of other states including Georgia, Montana and Iowa into play, while states like South Carolina, Kansas and Alaska have emerged as competitive races despite their deep re…

Why are we not talking more about the drought? » The Republican Andrea Donlon is one of four river stewards charged with overseeing the Connecticut River Conservancy, a 60-plus-year-old organization that monitors New England’s longest river.…

"a disgrace to democracy, a disrespect to the voters fulfilling their civic duty, and a crime." "We ask voters not to be intimidated by this bad act, and remain committed to making their voices heard in this and every election.”

Joint statement from Marty and Walsh and William Galvin

The FBI is investigating an attempt by a currently unidentified person to set fire to the contents of a ballot collection box in Copley Square.

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Beltway Politics

Senate to confirm Barrett for court in highly partisan vote » Boston Globe A deeply torn Senate is set to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, but Democratic leaders are asking Vice President Mike Pence to stay away from presiding over Monday’s session due to po…

Youth vote a force to reckon with in key battleground states in 2020 presidential election, study shows » Boston Herald Participation in this year’s presidential election is on the rise among young voters ages 18-29 and one study concludes the cohort could play a major part in 14 key states that may decide the presid…

Photos: President Trump’s New Hampshire rally draws thousands » Boston Globe President Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Sunday for a campaign rally nine days before the 2020 presidential election.…

White House signals defeat in pandemic as coronavirus outbreak roils Pence’s office » Boston Globe The presidential campaign was roiled this weekend by a fresh outbreak of the novel coronavirus at the White House that infected at least five aides or advisers to Vice President Mike Pence that Presid…

Donald Trump rallies in New Hampshire: ‘This is not the crowd that comes in second’ » Boston Herald President Trump in New Hampshire on Sunday — nine days until Election Day — told fired up supporters wearing red hats and holding American flags that he’s going to win the Granite State and deli…

Trump appears at rally in Londonderry, N.H., riffing on ‘fake ballots,’ 2016, and Air Force One » Boston Globe Nine days before the election, President Trump rallied supporters in New Hampshire, claiming that the country is “rounding the turn" on the deadly coronavirus pandemic, sowing mistrust in the electo…

What to watch for in the final week » Boston Globe If you’re just finishing up a long day of watching football (Steelers good, Patriots bad, WTFalcons), it’s time to refocus your energy on the main event: We’ve got eight days until Election Day.…

Down In The Polls But Hoping To Reignite The Magic Of 2016, Trump Returns To N.H. » WBUR For the second time since winning the Republican nomination, President Trump campaigned in New Hampshire, rallying the faithful who filled up a hangar at the edge of Manchester Airport in Londonderry …

These ordinary citizens are preparing to fight a coup in November » Boston Globe On a recent Tuesday evening, about 1,500 people gathered virtually to consider some previously unthinkable questions. They were students and retirees, veteran activists and rookies, residents of Ancho…

Keller @ Large: Would Elizabeth Warren Be Interested In Joining Potential Joe Biden Cabinet? » CBS Boston During her re-election bid for Senate, Elizabeth Warren was clear to Massachusetts voters that she would seriously consider a presidential run, which she later did. So would Warren now be interested i…

OTR: Rep. Richard Neal weighs in on potential changes to Supreme Court » WCVB The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee says he supports Joe Biden's position when it comes to term limits and expanding the court.…

Progressives push for Warren as treasury secretary, signaling bigger ideological battle if Biden wins » NBC News Progressives are pushing hard to see Elizabeth Warren leading the Treasury Department in an opening salvo of a coming ideological struggle for control of key government posts if Joe Biden wins the pre…

Business

Historic homes struggle to reopen in COVID-compliant way » Commonwealth Magazine THE YEAR 2020 was shaping up to be a banner year for the Orchard House in Concord, the home where Louisa May Alcott lived and wrote the classic book Little Women.…

Dunkin’ Brands Is in Talks to Sell Itself and Go Private » New York Times The parent of Dunkin’ and Baskin Robbins is negotiating with a private-equity-backed company for a takeover that values the coffee company at nearly $9 billion.…

Wellington appoints its first female CEO, still a rarity in the fund management world » Boston Globe When Jean Hynes entered the money management field nearly 30 years ago, she was drawn by a curiosity about the factors that moved stocks up and down, the reasons for the market’s daily gyrations.…

About 1,000 Aramark concession workers laid off at Fenway Park » Boston Globe Just over a thousand members of the concession staff at Fenway Park have been laid off by food service provider Aramark, as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the job market.…

Former CEO of IFM Therapeutics launches new precision medicine startup with $108M » Boston Business Journal Gary Glick hasn’t stayed in one scientific venture for long. As a chemistry professor at the University of Michigan, he would change directions every three or four years. As chief executive of IFM T…

Civil Rights

‘Donating’ their vote: Prisoners ineligible to vote still have a say » Gazette Net James Cyr really wants to see President Donald Trump voted out of office on Election Day. But because he is incarcerated for a felony, he can't vote in the upcoming election - not technically, at leas…

Women in red cloaks march on State House, advocate for reproductive freedom » Boston Globe More than a dozen cloaked figures slowly marched toward the State House Sunday morning with a simple message: “Ruth sent us.”…

Opinion: Mass. Should Become A Reproductive Health Care Sanctuary State » WBUR

Crimes

FBI To Investigate Fire Set At Boston Ballot Dropbox » CBS Boston U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling and the FBI have been asked to investigate a fire that was set at a ballot dropbox in Boston’s Copley Square. According to Secretary of State William Galvin, it appears …

Feds investigating ballot dropbox torched outside Boston Public Library » Boston Herald The FBI has joined the investigation into a torched ballot dropbox outside the Boston Public Library that was set ablaze early Sunday morning, destroying 35 ballots cast by city voters, officials conf…

Boston ballot box set on fire, officials say, in ‘disgrace to democracy’ » Boston Globe A ballot drop box outside the Boston Public Library was set on fire early Sunday morning in an apparently deliberate act, according to state and city officials, who said the “attack” — a “disg…

Education

As parents object to shutdowns, Amherst school officials look to revise health metrics » Gazette Net Facing objections from parents to their children returning to all-remote instruction beginning Monday, the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee wants the teachers union to consider adjusting COVID…

Student party prompts Marblehead High School to suspend in-person learning » Boston Herald Marblehead High School will return to all-remote learning for at least two weeks after police broke up a “large” student party over the weekend where revelers were gathered “without social dista…

COVID testing to be offered in some Massachusetts schools, with priority given for in-person learning » The Republican Massachusetts education officials are looking to start the first phase of coronavirus tests in schools with some form of in-person learning, planning to distribute test kits at no cost to a selection …

UMass Amherst to bring some students back to campus in spring amid coronavirus » Boston Herald UMass Amherst is preparing to welcome some students back on campus this spring even as coronavirus cases are currently on the rise across the commonwealth.…

Environment

Massachusetts is seeing its worst drought since 2016; Outdated laws and a lack of public messaging from Gov. Charlie Baker aren’t helping, experts say » The Republican In early October, the 35-mile body of water that stretches from the town of Burlington to the Atlantic Ocean was flowing at a rate of a sluggish 0.5 cubic feet per second, a remarkably low speed for a…

Health Care

Drug company insiders are profiting handsomely from the world’s desperate hope for a COVID-19 vaccine » Boston Globe They are, in many ways, the hope of humanity as the global death toll from one of the worst infectious disease outbreaks in history climbs past 1.1 million, with cases surging in many countries around…

Brigham and Women's touts fundraising campaign as largest in Boston history » Boston Business Journal Brigham and Women’s Hospital said it pulled in $1.75 billion during its most recent fundraising campaign, a number that bests any other hospital's campaign in Boston history.…

Housing

COVID-19 is leading Boston to add shelter beds in multiple locations for winter » Boston Herald Boston officials are adding about 200 more beds for the homeless in multiple locations in preparation for winter, as the state eviction moratorium ends and as COVID-19 rages on.…

Delays and debt mount as state rent relief program strains to meet demand » Boston Globe After Lucia Guardado and her husband lost their jobs this spring, they could no longer pay the rent on their Chelsea apartment, so she turned to the state for help.…

Small landlords oppose Boston proposal to block evictions in the city » Boston Real Estate Times The Cambridge-based Small Property Owners Association is urging Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to reject and not sign a “housing stability” proposal that would block evictions in Boston. The proposal, D…

Human Services

Pioneer Valley veterans meal program restarting with drive-thrus » Gazette Net A free meal program for veterans that had been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic will resume serving food at new drive-up locations beginning in early November.…

DiZoglio raises awareness, money for youth programs across state » Newburyport News State Sen. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, may have completed her 159-mile march across the state on Sunday, but her work in support of youth programs in Methuen and neighboring communities has only just b…

Immigration

Lynn Immigrant Sees Path To Citizenship After Landlord's Alleged Threat To Call ICE » WBUR Robelio Gonzalez alleges his landlord threatened to call immigration after he started withholding rent over a series of code violations in his apartment.…

Judiciary

More cases connected to Sonja Farak’s drug lab work expected to be dropped » Boston Globe Hundreds of additional Massachusetts drug lab scandal cases are being dismissed, contributing to the 35,000 convictions already thrown out, due to remaining questions about the reliability of tests pe…

Legislative

Roll Call looks at pending work for Beacon Hill compromise committees » Lowell Sun Call reports on five conference committees that have been charged by the Legislature to hammer out compromise versions of different versions of five major bills approved by the House and Senate. The c…

Local Government

Haverhill Opens Dempsey Boardwalk Extension; Gov. Baker to Dedicate Lupoli Project Nov. 5 » WHAV While Gov. Charlie Baker will dedicate the new 10-story “Heights at Haverhill” building next week, developer Salvatore N. Lupoli and city officials gathered last Friday for the dedication of the l…

Brockton is now majority Black, for the first time in city’s 139-year history » The Enterprise In 1970, the year she entered fourth grade, Brockton was home to 89,000 people, 98 percent of them white, with a noticeable share descended from the shoe workers who transformed rural North Bridgewate…

It's official: Worcester owns Polar Park property » Worcester Telegram The city formally took ownership of the property Friday with recordings made at the Worcester Registry of Deeds.…

Attleboro mayor narrowly escapes scary road rage incident » The Sun Chronicle Mayor Paul Heroux was the victim of a dangerous road-rage incident Sunday night, narrowly escaping a driver who tried to force him off the roadway while driving south on Interstate 95.…

Politics

Massachusetts Republicans fight uphill battles for federal office with ‘common sense’ messages » Boston Herald Kevin O’Connor is pushing a “common-sense” platform focused on neighborhood safety and good jobs as he looks to take down Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey.…

In Twilight of Election, Harrington & Oliveira Joust in 7th Hampden Debate » Western Mass Politics and Insight Late last February, the 7th Hampden District’s State Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati announced that he would not be seeking reelection for the seat which he has held since 1986. Democrats have dominated th…

Who are the out-of-state billionaires backing ranked-choice voting in Massachusetts? » Boston Globe In April of last year, John Arnold warned in a Houston Chronicle op-ed that democracy at the local level was in “crisis.” A former energy hedge fund manager and Enron trader turned philanthropist,…

Voting for Irene: Line of North Attleboro women uphold the legacy of their aunt, born the year women got the right to vote » The Sun Chronicle In November of 2016, Irene Vandal voted from a hospital bed. At 96, there were few, if any, elections in which the Plainville woman didn’t exercise her right to vote. And despite her old age and a s…

Social media post triggers backlash » The Eagle Tribune What police say was a misinterpreted accident at a rally in support of Democratic candidates triggered a storm of controversy on social media Friday and Saturday after state Rep. Tram Nguyen posted th…

5th Barnstable District: Xiarhos, Dever vie for state representative seat » Cape Cod Times The race for state representative in the 5th Barnstable District blew open last year when Rep. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich, announced he would not be running for re-election in what would have been his six…

Rep. Pressley Joins More Than 30% Of Mass. Voters Who Cast Early Ballots, Encourages Others To Vote » WBUR Nine-year-old Zion Rodriguez went to accompany his nana to vote in Roxbury on Saturday. And he was not prepared to bump into Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley who was also out voting at the Shelburne Comm…

More than 1.6 million have voted early in Massachusetts as of Sunday » The Republican With nine days to go before Election Day, Massachusetts officials on Sunday announced that more than 1.6 million people have voted early, a figure that amounts to more than a third of all registered v…

On North Shore, it's hard to find undecided voters » The Salem News With just over a week to go before the presidential election, North Shore voters appear to have made up their minds about which candidate they are voting for.…

Public Health

Massachusetts coronavirus cases top 1,000 for second day in a row as fall surge continues » Boston Herald New coronavirus cases in Massachusetts surpassed 1,000 for the second day in a row, public health officials reported on Sunday, continuing an upward trend in infections that’s on par with numbers se…

White House chief of staff Meadows says ‘we’re not going to control the pandemic’ » Boston Globe The coronavirus has reached the upper echelons of the White House again, with an outbreak among aides to Vice President Mike Pence just over a week from Election Day. A top White House official declar…

Mass. reports 1,097 new confirmed cases, 24 new confirmed deaths » Boston Globe The coronavirus death toll grew to 9,640 in Massachusetts Sunday, with 24 newl confirmed deaths, according to the state. The number of confirmed cases also climbed by 1,097, reaching a total of 147,12…

Source of infections unknown in half of Mass. COVID-19 cases, state says » Boston Globe As the number of new coronavirus cases in Massachusetts climbed past 1,000 for the second day in a row Sunday, the state acknowledged it has not been able to determine the source of infection in about…

Figure skaters say Mass. rink closures are unfair to them » Boston Globe Emma L’Esperance and Mika Amdour had planned to spend Friday evening at The Skating Club of Boston, performing a free dance they will present next month at a key competition in Fort Wayne, Ind.…

13 Massachusetts cities, towns forced to return to Step 1 of Phase 3 of state’s reopening plan after moving to the red zone » The Republican On Monday, more than a dozen Massachusetts cities and towns are having to revert back to Step 1 of Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plans after moving to the red zone last week.…

COVID cases in Massachusetts top 1,000 for second day in a row as cases spike across country » The Republican Massachusetts public health officials on Sunday reported another 1,097 new cases of COVID-19, the second day in a row with more than 1,000 cases as the pandemic continues to see spikes across the nati…

High risk for three weeks, 13 communities in Massachusetts are back to Phase 3, step 1 » Boston Globe Thirteen communities in Massachusetts will roll back to Phase 3, Step 1 of the state’s reopening plan Monday after being designated high-risk for COVID-19 for three straight weeks.…

Experts Suggest That Gov. Baker Rethink Indoor Dining Guidelines as COVID-19 Infections Surge » Eater Boston Recent wastewater samples from the Deer Island Treatment Plant in Winthrop may have serious implications for indoor dining this fall and winter, especially as the cold weather continues its annual cre…

Trendline Direction is Difference Between May, October Virus Numbers » State House News Service The last time Massachusetts confirmed more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections on back-to-back days, in mid-May, conditions were improving here and Gov. Charlie Baker was beginning to reopen the eco…

Five charts that show why people are worried about another COVID-19 surge in Mass. » Boston Globe After a sudden jump Thursday, Massachusetts coronavirus cases have been maintaining levels we haven’t seen in months, raising concern among experts that the state might need to consider rolling back…

Mass. coronavirus cases continue disturbing climb, rising by 1,216 » Boston Globe Massachusetts coronavirus cases continued their disturbing climb on Monday, rising by 1,216. Case counts have jumped sharply in recent days, prompting some experts to suggest the state consider rollin…

Public Safety

'It does us no good to hold a grudge’: Springfield Police Department, FBI work to repair relationship after years at odds over police corruption investigations » The Republican As the song goes, breaking up is hard to do. But sometimes, making up can be rough, too.…

Opinion: Boston police reform panel asked the wrong question » Commonwealth Magazine LIKE MANY “blue ribbon” commissions that came before it, the recent Boston police reform panel took its job seriously and approached the important issues it was asked to address with integrity and…

State Government

Here’s how to prevent your mail-in ballot from being rejected — and what to do if it is » Boston.com The risk of your ballot being rejected is real, whether you forgot to follow the instructions included in the mailer, or you forgot to sign the envelope.…

Tens Of Thousands Vote Early In Massachusetts Over The Weekend » WBZ More than 160,000 voters across Massachusetts cast early ballots over the weekend, either in-person of through the mail.…

Galvin Issues Directives After Ballot Drop Box Fire » State House News Service Boston and federal authorities are investigating after a fire was set in a ballot drop box in Copley Square early Sunday morning, and Secretary of State William Galvin has directed all local election …

Mass. commissioner for the deaf fired after allegations of admitting he wore KKK, Nazi garb in fraternity » Boston.com The head of the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has been fired following allegations he admitted to wearing Ku Klux Klan and Nazi garb while in a college fraternity, which st…

MassDevelopment CEO Lauren Liss to step down » Boston Business Journal MassDevelopment CEO Lauren Liss will step down from the quasi-public state finance and development agency at the end of 2020, with the Baker administration already on the lookout for her replacement.…

Transportation

Long before pandemic, problems mounted for new Red and Orange line cars » Boston Globe Long before the pandemic upended nearly every aspect of business life, the Springfield factory building hundreds of new Red and Orange line cars was having a bad year, with issues from the seemingly m…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 10/26

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

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

7:00pm The Home Stretch: A Conversation with Roger Lau to benefit Sen. Adam Hinds

2020 pre-election campaign finance reports due

Tuesday - 10/27

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Donato

10:00am Department of Revenue Public Hearing, Via Webex

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Oversight Hearing

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

12:00pm MassDOT Public Hearing, Via GoToWebinar

Wednesday - 10/28

Birthdays: Rep. Paul McMurtry

10:30am Health Equity Task Force, Virtual Meeting

Thursday - 10/29

Birthdays: State Senator Marc Pacheco

8:30am COVID's Impact on Your Business' Health (Insurance) presented by BBJ, Via GoToWebinar

9:30am Special Joint Oversight Committee on the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke COVID-19 Outbreak, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Oversight Hearing

1:00pm Board of Registration in Nursing Public Hearing, Via conference call

Friday - 10/30

Birthdays: Rep. Ruth Balser

9:00am Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

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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