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‘This Must Be Your First’ » The Atlantic Acting as if Trump is trying to stage a coup is the best way to ensure he won’t.…

Baker says Mass. hospitals will ‘curtail’ inpatient elective procedures amid COVID-19 spike » Boston Globe In a troubling echo of the pandemic’s early days, Governor Charlie Baker said Monday that Massachusetts hospitals will temporarily curtail inpatient elective surgeries to make room for a further inf…

Editorial: Baker shouldn’t let union resistance derail police reform bill » Boston Globe Police unions want (Baker) to veto it or send it back with amendments that will weaken or maybe even doom it — even as they insist they believe in reform.…

How Many People Had Rudy Giuliani Infected With COVID-19? » Vanity Fair Trump’s lawyer may have spread the coronavirus to dozens and dozens of lawmakers as he flew around the country spreading baseless voter-fraud claims.…

Evictions last week hit a 2020 peak in Mass. amid fears of many more to come » Boston Globe There were 743 cases filed in state housing courts last week, the most in any week in 2020, according to data posted by the court’s research division. It’s the second time in three weeks that fili…

Biden’s choice to run CDC is a respected specialist who is unafraid to speak her mind » Washington Post But while Rochelle Walensky’s research has long had a public health focus, she has never run a government agency or organization as large and complex as the CDC.…

Newsmax and One America News gain prominence as they push Trump’s baseless theories » Washington Post Other conservative outlets, including the Daily Wire, Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh’s show and the Blaze were also mentioned as much or more than in previous surveys. If you combine them with Newsmax and…

Boston's Mayoral Race Has Been Overshadowed By A Chaotic 2020. But It Could Break Barriers » WGBH The race features a strange dynamic. The election could be historic, since Boston has never had a female mayor or a mayor of color. But with two candidates, not just one, capable of breaking those bar…

DEMOCRATIC BACKLASH TO “DEFUND THE POLICE” JEOPARDIZES POPULAR REFORMS » The Intercept In June, Democrats passed a measure to limit qualified immunity, with support from moderates who’ve since spoken out against the “defund” message.…

The Best Jokes of 2020 » The New Yorker By severing Trump’s words from his person and linking them instead to her own inspired physical comedy, Cooper captured something new about the President’s petulant idiocy.…

Here's why there's *no* chance of a liberal takeover of Washington » CNN Because, at best, Democrats will have 50 seats -- come January 6. Which means that if Manchin sides with Republicans on ANY vote, Democrats lose that vote. Heck, even a tweet or an off-hand statement …

Caregiver Abuse Registry Delayed in State Budget » State House News Service The law was to take effect Jan. 31, 2021, and the first statutorily-required audit of the abuse registry was to be completed and summarized for the Legislature by Dec. 31, 2021. But tucked into the $4…

“For many months, I defended [Baker] against critics, saying our governor has done a good job,” Jha tweeted. “Over past 6 weeks, I’ve gone from uncomfortable to aghast at lack of action.”

Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health

Commenting on Governor Baker's lack of additional action during this current rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts.

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Beltway Politics

Trump summit aims to boost faith in vaccine even as it excludes Biden transition officials » Boston Globe The Trump administration is aiming to instill public confidence as well as claim major credit for the forthcoming coronavirus vaccines with a White House summit on Tuesday featuring experts who will o…

Warren signals concerns about bipartisan coronavirus framework » The Hill Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) signaled concerns on Monday about the framework of a bipartisan coronavirus relief package, the latest sign of skepticism from progressives in both chambers.…

Trump thought courts were key to winning. Judges disagreed » Boston Globe President Donald Trump and allies say their lawsuits aimed at subverting the 2020 election and reversing his loss to Joe Biden would be substantiated, if only judges were allowed to hear the cases.…

If Trump really wanted to win the Georgia Senate races, he’d do this one thing » Boston Globe By now even the most casual followers of American politics knows that the next two years in Washington will be defined by what happens in a pair of runoff elections for the US Senate next month.…

Opinion: Repairing the arts another challenge for Biden administration » Boston Herald When Alexander Kutik and his wife, Alla Zernitskaya, fled the Soviet Union in 1990, the two Belarussian musicians took with them two young sons, two suitcases and a shared faith in the power of music.…

Opinion: Why the election in Georgia is so important » Boston Herald The future of America has come down to Georgia with the possibility of two Democrats getting elected to the U.S. Senate in early January if the Republicans keep lending a hand. That will mean a one-pa…

Business

Allston project would feature labs, offices, and apartments » Boston Globe Another major development project is planned for the swiftly-transforming neighborhood around the Boston Landing commuter rail station in Allston. The Blank family and Bracken Development on Friday fi…

Crimes

Opinion: Robert Kraft dodged prosecution; the women did not. That is wrong » Boston Globe The prostitution case featuring the alleged activities of Robert Kraft during visits to a humble Florida day spa was supposed to be about protecting women from sexual exploitation and human traffickin…

Education

Small colleges landed more than $1.2B in PPP funds amid spring-semester swoon » Boston Business Journal About 700 nonprofit colleges and universities were approved for $1.3 billion in loans from the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program aimed to offset financial strains brought on by the Co…

Opinion: Reopening schools requires better state support » Boston Globe The Baker administration should acknowledge the local experts that we are listening to, or at least help us understand what’s driving the discrepancies among experts.…

Failing grades at Boston Latin Academy jump 4% amid national trend during coronavirus pandemic » Boston Herald Failing grades at Boston Latin Academy, one of the city’s most prestigious exam schools, have jumped 4% from last year in a trend that’s being seen nationwide as students and teachers struggle wit…

Nichols College spent $1M on testing and kept its COVID positivity rate at 0.1% » Worcester Business Journal Signs around the Nichols College campus in Dudley this fall urged students to “Keep the Herd Healthy” or “Keep One Bison Apart.”…

MCAS Testing For Current Juniors Delayed Again » WBUR State education officials have postponed a special January administration of the MCAS tests of English language arts and mathematics for high school juniors.…

Boston to reopen 28 schools for 1,700 more students » Boston Globe In an abrupt shift, Boston will reopen 28 schools next week, allowing 1,700 more high-needs students to return to classrooms, officials confirmed Monday.…

UMass Lowell smashes fundraising campaign goal » Lowell Sun When UMass Lowell set out to launch its first fundraising campaign seven years ago, experts told university leaders their goal of $125 million was too high, and they should scale it back to $100 milli…

Most Worcester Public Schools students to transition to hybrid learning on March 8, under new proposal from superintendent » The Republican The Worcester Public Schools’ superintendent Maureen Binienda released Monday a proposal for the district’s transition to a hybrid learning model, according to a memo obtained by MassLive.…

This Massachusetts school has remained COVID free while students live on campus, yet they are still going remote during the holidays » The Republican Students at Buxton School in Williamstown quarantined prior to coming to school. Students then got tested, wore masks, social distanced and reimagined school traditions to fit safety guidelines during…

Former student sues Portsmouth Abbey, claiming she was abused by a teacher and duped by the school » Boston Globe In the spring, an archaeology professor in New Mexico received a strange note from an unknown e-mail address. The author was Michael Bowen Smith, a former teacher at Portsmouth Abbey, a prestigious Ca…

Environment

Releasing batches of balloons banned in Attleboro » The Sun Chronicle Those who want to memorialize a deceased loved one or announce the sex of a coming baby by releasing a bevy of balloons won’t be able to do it in Attleboro.…

Health Care

Elective Surgeries Curtailed, Testing Sites Expanded » State House News Service With Thanksgiving celebrations being blamed for the "rapid increase" in COVID-19 infections over the past week, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday announced an expansion of free testing and said hospitals b…

Caregiver Abuse Registry Delayed in State Budget » State House News Service The fiscal year 2021 budget sitting on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk since Friday includes sections that would delay for six months the implementation of a new state law establishing a registry of caregiv…

Doctor who volunteered for Moderna study felt ‘lousy’ after second shot, but touts vaccine » Boston Globe Jorge Arroyo isn’t certain whether he was injected with Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine or a placebo when he volunteered to receive two shots four weeks apart during the summer. Participants and res…

Hospitals prepare for vaccine rollout » Gazette Net As the state saw more than 10,000 new coronavirus infections over the weekend, many are looking with hope toward the expected emergency approval of two vaccines this month.…

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Biden’s choice for CDC chief, brings stellar reputation as scientist and communicator » Boston Globe When Massachusetts General Hospital unexpectedly received 1,000 doses of a scarce new drug to treat COVID-19 last May, the hospital’s infectious diseases chief, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, didn’t feel …

Charlie Baker hints at more coronavirus restrictions to come, curtails elective surgeries amid spike » Boston Herald Hospitals will temporarily curtail inpatient elective surgeries starting Friday as coronavirus cases “took off like a rocket” in the days after Thanksgiving, Gov. Charlie Baker announced, hinting …

'Tired and sad.' Hillcrest Commons virus outbreak strains staff, residents » Berkshire Eagle As coronavirus deaths and infections mount at the second-largest nursing center in the state, so do challenges for staff as they work under strict guidelines and amid segregation to avoid new cases.…

Leading Covid-19 vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna decline invitations to White House ‘Vaccine Summit’ » STAT News Both Pfizer and Moderna, the two major drug manufacturers likely to receive emergency authorizations for a Covid-19 vaccine in the coming weeks, have rejected invitations from President Trump to appea…

Housing

Register of Deeds reports increased real estate sales, lending numbers » Wicked Local Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell recently reported Norfolk County experienced increased numbers in real estate sales and lending activity during the month of November.…

Immigration

Pressley Demands Answers From Arm Of DOJ That Expedited Deadlines In Immigration Cases, Many Affecting Children » WBUR Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley sent a letter Monday to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) expressing "grave concern" and demanding answers about recent changes to court filing deadlines…

Local Government

Report delivered: Ranked-choice voting advancing in Amherst » Gazette Net A commission charged with examining how to implement ranked-choice voting for town elections is advising the Town Council to begin the state legislative authorization process soon so it can be in plac…

Ashland Town Meeting to vote on Brave Act, Public Safety Building property, 433 Chestnut St. » The Metro West Daily News Residents will be asked to vote on property for the public safety building and the adoption of the Brave Act during Tuesday's Special Town Meeting.…

Should Boston change its budget process? City Council to consider charter ballot measure » Boston Globe The Boston City Council this week is poised to vote on whether to put before voters a proposal that would change the city’s budgeting process and give the council more power over Boston’s purse st…

Gen Andrade expected to take a plea to federal corruption charges » The Herald News Jasiel Correia II's former chief of staff and co-defendant in a federal corruption case, Gen Andrade, appears to be heading for a plea deal.…

Politics

Opinion: End the flood of ‘dark money’ unleashed by Citizens United » Commonwealth Magazine WHEN THE FOUNDERS wrote “We the People” do you think they were intending billionaires and corporations to have the same inalienable rights as you and me? We do not think so, says the Massachusetts…

Five Republican losers in Massachusetts ignore all the failing Trump lawsuits elsewhere and sue to overturn election results here » Universal Hub Five failed Republican candidates - three for Congress and two for state representative - today sued the state over the Nov. 3 elections and demanded a judge order more than half of all Massachusetts …

Public Health

SHNS Coronavirus Tracker - A Quarter-Million Cases » State House News Service The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Massachusetts on Feb. 1 and as of Monday, some 310 days later, more than a quarter-million people in the Bay State have been diagnosed with the respiratory …

State reports 2,463 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 30 new deaths Monday » Boston Globe The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts increased by 2,463 on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 250,022.…

‘Turning point’: UK giving 1st doses of COVID-19 vaccine » Boston Globe British health authorities rolled out the first doses of a widely tested and independently reviewed COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, starting a global immunization program that is expected to gain momentum a…

Antivaccine scientist invited to testify before Senate committee » Boston Globe Democrats say Republicans should not give a platform to someone who spreads conspiracy theories.…

Trump administration officials passed when Pfizer offered in late summer to sell the US more vaccine doses » Boston Globe Trump administration officials passed when Pfizer offered in late summer to sell the U.S. government additional doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, according to people familiar with the matter. Now Pfizer …

Rochelle Walensky and the return of competence » Boston Globe After a parade of sheep and charlatans posing as White House-endorsed public health officials, Joe Biden’s selection of Rochelle Walensky to head up the CDC suggests that conviction and competence a…

Free coronavirus testing expanding in Massachusetts as cases surge » Boston Herald The calls for more coronavirus testing were answered as Gov. Charlie Baker announced an expansion of free testing sites in highly affected areas and in four underserved counties.…

Massachusetts reports 2,463 new COVID cases Monday, 30 deaths as total confirmed cases surpasses 250,000 » The Republican State health officials confirmed another 2,463 coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the number of active cases statewide to 58,452. That’s based on 43,304 new molecular tests, according to the Depa…

With few COVID-19 restrictions, personal responsibility takes center stage in the pandemic response » Boston Globe Coronavirus cases are reaching record highs. Hospitals are overflowing in several parts of the country. In Massachusetts, some elective surgeries are again on hold.…

Massachusetts COVID testing sites expanding to Western Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Gov. Charlie Baker announces » The Republican After calls for ramped up testing from elected officials, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced the state will set up free COVID testing sites in counties that previously lacked those resources.…

Baker: Mass. Hospitals Curb Some Elective Procedures; State Expands COVID-19 Testing » WGBH Gov. Charlie Baker will instruct hospitals in Massachusetts to postpone elective inpatient procedures that impact patient capacity to lighten the burden hospitals face as COVID-19 cases surge after th…

Charlie Baker hints at additional restrictions ‘soon’ amid ‘rapid’ increase in COVID-19 » Boston.com Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that”every option is on the table” to address what he called a “rapid” increase in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts — and he hinted additional statewide restric…

Opinion: New coronavirus restrictions in Massachusetts unreasonable and excessive » Boston Herald By‌ ‌governor’s‌ ‌edict:‌ ‌in‌ ‌reaction‌ ‌to‌ ‌rising‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌cases,‌ ‌new‌ ‌restrictions‌ ‌–‌ ‌curfews,‌‌ gathering‌ ‌limitations,‌…

Rochelle Walensky to have 'transformative impact' as head of CDC, say colleagues » Boston Business Journal In a spare moment while caring for patients at Massachusetts General Hospital, Rochelle Walensky emailed two Yale researchers she knew to say the human toll of the pandemic had become hard to bear.…

Is Massachusetts In A Post-Thanksgiving Coronavirus Spike? It Depends On Who You Ask » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said the state's data show a spike in coronavirus cases following Thanksgiving. Whether the increase is from holiday gatherings or a continuation of the state's autumn sur…

Hampshire County gets COVID-19 testing site » Gazette Net Hampshire County’s first free COVID-19 testing site for the general public opens at the Mullins Center on the University of Massachusetts campus Dec. 14 as the result of a $5 million grant from the …

Rhode Island adds Mass. to COVID travel advisory list » Taunton Gazette Rhode Island has added Massachusetts to its COVID travel advisory list.…

As Virus Surges, Mass. Residents Support Pandemic Restrictions Across Race and Party Lines, Survey Shows » WBUR A recent survey suggests that a large majority of Massachusetts residents are in favor of federal, state or local governments imposing additional measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.…

Here’s what must close, and what can remain open, when Massachusetts rolls back to Phase 3, Step 1 » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced he was rolling back Massachusetts’s reopening plan and implementing additional restrictions, citing a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases.…

Baker rolls back Mass. reopening to Phase 3, Step 1, adds other restrictions » Boston Globe Citing rising COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced that he was scaling back the reopening of the state’s economy. He announced a ran…

Poll: Many Want to Wait to Take COVID-19 Vaccine » State House News Service New poll results show most Massachusetts residents are willing to take a COVID-19 vaccine, but many want to wait for others to go first.…

Gov. Baker puts limits on restaurants, other businesses amid surge » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday that the entire state will return to the first step of the third phase of the administration's reopening plan, with certain recreation businesses forced to close a…

New Cape Sites Will Test More Than 500 Per Day » State House News Service Two new COVID-19 testing sites on Cape Cod will be open by next week with the ability to test over 500 people a day and put a "dent" in what Sen. Julian Cyr and others have described as a testing dese…

Public Safety

Even After Federal Investigation, Inmates Report No Changes To State Prisons' Treatment Of Mentally Ill » WGBH Even after federal investigators alleged that the Massachusetts Department of Corrections violates the constitutional rights of inmates by failing to supervise mentally ill inmates and forcing lengthy…

Editorial: Finally, ignition device required for all OUI offenders » Boston Herald While the abortion-access issue has dominated most of the conversation about the state Legislature’s recently passed spending plan, lawmakers approved another significant — and likewise non-budget…

COVID-19 sidelines Methuen, Lawrence fire chiefs » The Eagle Tribune Methuen Fire Chief Tim Sheehy and Lawrence fire Chief Brian Moriarty have both tested positive for COVID-19. Sheehy confirmed Friday that he has COVID-19 and will be homebound until at least late next…

‘Inedible’ and ‘Inadequate’ Food Is Being Served to People Incarcerated in Massachusetts DOC Prisons » Eater Boston COVID-19 infections are surging across Massachusetts, especially in prisons operated by the state’s Department of Correction (DOC). Since the beginning of November, hundreds of people incarcerated b…

Transportation

Charlie Baker calls raising revenue to avoid MBTA cuts a ‘bad idea’ » Boston.com The Republican governor’s comments echoed a statement from aides last week in response to a poll showing broad opposition to the proposed service reductions, questioning whether additional funding s…

MBTA Shows Signs of Softening on Service Cuts » State House News Service The package of service cuts that the MBTA's board plans to vote on next week will not be as steep as the original proposal, officials said Monday, after a wave of public feedback aimed particularly at…

T far more forgiving than DCR on rents » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE’S TWO largest landowners – the MBTA and the Department of Conservation and Recreation – are both forgiving rent of some of their tenants during the coronavirus pandemic, but the T has …

63 MBTA employees infected with COVID-19 » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA GENERAL MANAGER Steve Poftak said on Monday that 63 of the agency’s employees currently have COVID-19, up from 50 last Wednesday.…

Walsh Slams T Cuts, Saying They Will Undercut COVID-19 Recovery » WGBH Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is demanding the MBTA’s Fiscal Control Board reconsider plans to cut T services, including bus and subway runs, in order to balance the agency’s budget after a significant…

Utilities

16 Mass. Elected Officials Challenge State Agency On East Boston Substation » WBUR Multiple members of the Massachusetts federal delegation, along with several state and local elected officials, sent a letter on Monday to Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharid…

Need for Heating Assistance Grows During Pandemic » State House News Service With more people out of work this winter because of the pandemic, the demand for federal home heating aid is projected to grow nearly 20 percent and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is calling for an infusion …

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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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