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DeLeo Has Had No Talks With Northeastern University » State House News Service A spokeswoman for DeLeo, however, denied a report from NBC 10 Boston that the speaker was leaving for a job at his alma mater Northeastern University.…

OPINION: What’s more sexist than the coverage of Melania Trump? » Boston Globe In the skit, Benanti-as-Melania also says the election and her marriage are over, but they have to keep going “until the prenup runs out.” That also echoes a familiar theme. Throughout the Trump y…

House rejects Baker’s abortion amendment » Commonwealth Magazine THE HOUSE on Wednesday voted 107-49 to reject Gov. Charlie Baker’s amendment paring back a legislative proposal to expand access to abortion in Massachusetts. The measure now goes to the Senate, whi…

Despite Pandemic, Baker's Cabinet Agencies Boosted Spending With Minority Businesses » WGBH The state’s ability to increase agency spending with minority-owned businesses in 2020 is particularly notable given that national business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have reporte…

T board members clarify fare, service votes » Commonwealth Magazine The Lang amendment grew out of his frustration with lawmakers who continually press the board not to raise fares or cut service but then do nothing to provide the MBTA with additional resources.…

NY: MTA Averts Drastic Cuts to New York City Subway » The Wall Street Journal MTA Chairman Patrick Foye warned that the cuts, as well as thousands of layoffs, could still be implemented if the federal government doesn’t come through soon with $4.5 billion in aid.…

NY : Public defender groups lay out legislative agenda » Politico The Legal Aid Society, Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, New York County Defender Services, and Queens Defenders will release a legislative agenda T…

FL: How far did Ron DeSantis’s loyalty to Trump go? » Washington Post A White House report recommending that Florida curtail the availability of indoor dining and other activity to slow the spread of the virus was reportedly muffled by DeSantis’s administration. On Tu…

NJ: Murphy, lawmakers fast-tracking tax incentive bill, angering progressives » Politico NJ Gov. Phil Murphy and Democrats who control the state Legislature are fast-tracking a bill to revamp New Jersey’s controversial tax incentive programs, giving the public just days to review the 200-p…

RI: Jeffrey Britt cleared of all charges linked to Mattiello campaign » Providence Journal RI judge clears political strategist Jeffrey Britt of all charges linked to House Speaker Mattiello's 2016 campaign…

“BARR’S GUIDING PRINCIPLE WAS TO PROTECT TRUMP”: WITH BARR OUT, NEW YORK PROSECUTORS ARE FREER TO ZERO IN ON THE PRESIDENT » Vanity Fair Now that Trump’s A.G. isn’t breathing down their necks, Southern District of New York prosecutors can gather evidence against, say, Rudy Giuliani without interference. “Everything depends on the…

“I am 100 percent confident that if and when Speaker DeLeo decides to leave, Ron Mariano will be the next speaker of the House,” said Moran, “I don’t have any information. But [the saying] where there’s smoke, there’s fire still is relevant here.”

Representative Michael J. Moran

Responding to the rumors from yesterday that House Speaker Robert DeLeo was preparing to leave his post for a position at Northeastern University.

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Beltway Politics

Trump campaign asks supporters whether he should run for president in 2024 » Boston Herald President Trump hasn’t conceded the 2020 presidential election, but he appears to be increasingly looking toward running again in 2024.…

President-elect Joe Biden to receive COVID-19 vaccine in public as soon as next week » Boston Globe President-elect Joe Biden is set to receive the COVID-19 vaccine soon. According to two transition officials familiar with the matter, Biden will receive the vaccine publicly as early as next week.…

Senate hearing elevates baseless claims of election fraud » Boston Globe Republican senators on Wednesday further perpetuated President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, two days after Democrat Joe Biden’s victory was sealed by the Electoral Col…

Markey: Aid to States May Be Pushed to Biden Era » State House News Service Congress would be making "a billion-dollar mistake" if it settles on a stimulus package that excludes relief for state and municipal governments, U.S. Senate Ed Markey said Thursday, but he suggested …

Business

Galvin’s office says popular investing app Robinhood violates state securities rules » Boston Globe A complaint alleges that the online brokerage values trade volume over what’s best for customers. The company disputes the allegations.…

Departing MassBio CEO Robert Coughlin to Join JLL to Grow Life Sciences Industry Practice » Boston Real Estate Times JLL announced that Robert Coughlin will join the JLL Brokerage team as Managing Director in the firm’s Life Sciences industry practice in early 2021.…

Closing For The Holidays Brings Bad Tidings For Boston Art Museums » WBUR The lush display of festive reds, silvers and dark forest greens that fill the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's courtyard each holiday season was looking as beautiful as ever this year, director Pegg…

Delivery delays try the patience of consumers used to near-instant gratification » Boston Globe As the holiday shopping season escalates, COVID-19 slows the process of getting goods from factories to warehouses to doorsteps.…

Boston staffing firm Aquent makes the leap, ditching over 30 offices » Boston Business Journal John Chuang, co-founder and CEO of Aquent, a Boston-based staffing agency that's been around since 1986, did the math. His conclusion? Aquent's pre-pandemic real estate footprint — more than 200,000…

Two accounting firms to combine, creating one of largest in Mass. » Boston Business Journal Blum Shapiro & Co. PC and CliftonLarsonAllen LLP plan to combine on Jan. 1, the firms said Thursday, a move that will create one of the largest accounting firms operating in Massachusetts.…

Billionaire Amazon philanthropist awards transformative grant to United Way of Central Mass. » Worcester Business Journal The United Way of Central Massachusetts has received a $5-million grant from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott in what its president and CEO said Wednesday will be transformative for the Worcester nonpro…

Goldberg: Non-Renewals Will Tell Story of Damage to Bars, Restaurants » State House News Service Up to 35 percent of retail alcoholic beverage licensees and 20 percent of state licensees may not renew in the new year due to the COVID-19 pandemic's "major economic toll" on bars and restaurants, ac…

Cannabis

Lee greenlights marijuana-growing facility at former Greylock Mill » Berkshire Eagle The town has given a Midwestern developer the green light to grow marijuana and produce pot products at the dormant Greylock Mill.…

Civil Rights

Bristol sheriff fires back at AG, says investigation into alleged civil rights violations is political » Boston Globe Bristol Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson on Wednesday forcefully rejected a state attorney general investigation that found his office had violated the civil rights of 25 federal immigration detainees, calli…

Parental or judicial consent doesn’t work for everyone » Commonwealth Magazine FOR YEARS I was too ashamed of the abortion I had at sixteen to tell anyone. I had to cross state lines, driving from Massachusetts to Connecticut, to get abortion care because the law in Massachusett…

Abortion issue moves to Senate as Massachusetts House rejects Charlie Baker’s amendment » Boston Herald House lawmakers shot down Gov. Charlie Baker’s attempt to dilute a controversial budget rider expanding abortion access with a veto-proof majority as the measure now moves to the Senate.…

Massachusetts House rejects Gov. Charlie Baker’s abortion amendment in fiscal 2021 budget » The Republican The House made good on its promise to overturn Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed changes to the measure expanding abortion access within the fiscal 2021 budget.…

Hodgson puts Healey report ‘down the sewer pipe’ » Commonwealth Magazine BRISTOL COUNTY Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said on Wednesday he had no interest in following any of the recommendations contained in a report released by Attorney General Maura Healey that faulted his hand…

Education

Death of the snow day? Massachusetts schools go remote in snowstorm » Boston Herald The hits keep on coming in 2020, and this time, it’s kids who are bearing the brunt of bad news: there may be no more snow days on the horizon thanks to remote learning in Massachusetts.…

Class failure rates at Boston schools up 4.6%, district shares in remote learning update » Boston Herald Failing grades across four core subjects at Boston Public Schools are up 4.6% compared to last year and the rate of students failing at least one class has also increased, district officials announced…

Cape Cod unions join no-confidence vote against state education chief » Cape Cod Times More than 100 Massachusetts teacher unions, including three on Cape Cod, have voted “no confidence” in the performance of the state’s top education official during the pandemic.…

Holyoke Community College layoffs will affect career, testing services » Gazette Net Holyoke Community College officials plan to eliminate five jobs and restructure some departments due to declining enrollment and financial issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to HCC.…

Editorial: Let public health expertise guide school reopenings » Boston Globe As long as schools are taking adequate safety precautions, superintendents should continue steadily reopening school systems.…

Environment

Exxon Calls Massachusetts Fraud Suit Punishment for Opinion » Bloomberg Exxon Mobil Corp. told a judge that a fraud lawsuit filed by Massachusetts last year amounts to illegal punishment for the energy giant’s views about fossil fuels, the latest twist in their bitter c…

Most Energy-Efficient State Goes To California, As Mass. Slips Out Of ACEEE Rankings' Top Spot » WBUR After nine years at the top of a list that state officials regularly tout, Massachusetts is no longer considered to be the most energy-efficient state in the nation.…

NOAA Creates New Slow Zone To Protect Whales Off Nantucket » WGBH Federal authorities are implementing a speed restriction zone southeast of Nantucket due to the presence of an endangered species of whale in the area.…

Rules eased for water from showerheads, a Trump pet peeve » Boston Globe

Biden’s twin climate chiefs, McCarthy and Kerry, face a monumental task » Boston Globe One of President-elect Joe Biden’s loftiest campaign pledges was to reimagine the federal government to enforce new climate policies everywhere he can while reclaiming the global climate leadership …

Federal

AG Healey calls on Trump administration to maintain presidential records » News 22 WWLP.com Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, joins other attorneys general in calling on the Trump Administration to maintain presidential records.…

Gaming

Study Details Flow of Casino Construction Money » State House News Service The construction of Wynn Resorts' palatial Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett generated about $1.6 billion of net new economic activity in Massachusetts and created or supported about 2,500 jobs t…

Health Care

Healey joins AGs urging drug cost relief for health centers » News 22 WWLP.com Attorney General Maura Healey joined 28 of her peers this week in urging the federal government to take action against what they described as an “unlawful refusal” by drug manufacturers to provide…

Coronavirus vaccines could get to general population by February; health care workers line up now » Boston Herald Doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine were administered to more Boston health care workers on Wednesday and shots could make their way to the general population by late February.…

National Guard Col. Michael Lazo named acting superintendent of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home » The Republican Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke trustees on Wednesday beat back an effort by state officials to name a new acting superintendent for the facility, instead voting unanimously to appoint their own pick.…

Vaccinations boost spirits at hospitals throughout Mass. » Boston Globe Joseph Previtera has seen up close what COVID-19 does. A respiratory therapist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he recalls the day last spring when six people were intubated within six hours, …

Mass General Brigham to pay back cut retirement benefits » Boston Business Journal Despite reporting its worst financial year ever, and facing another temporary shutdown of all elective inpatient procedures, Mass General Brigham told employees it will pay back three months worth of …

First problems in distribution of Pfizer vaccine involved it being too cold, not cold enough » Boston Globe The first hiccups in the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States included a holdup in delivering 3,900 shots to two states and the announcement that Pfizer Inc. would deliver about 900…

Attleboro area nears capacity for ICU beds » The Sun Chronicle Patients seriously ill with the coronavirus are filling area hospital beds as the state faces a post-Thanksgiving surge in the disease.…

FDA advisory panel votes to recommend Moderna vaccine for emergency use » Boston Globe A panel of medical experts overwhelmingly recommended Thursday that US regulators green-light a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Cambridge-based Moderna, paving the way for a second vaccine in the drive …

Housing

Opinion: Evictions Feed The Pandemic » WBUR “My landlord is in my apartment right now, and he is refusing to wear a mask!” said my client, who called in panic last week. “He opened the deadbolt. I called the police and they won’t come. …

Immigration

Healey’s Anti-ICE Bias Clouds Reality [OPINION] » WBSM Massachusetts Attorney General, Democrat Maura Healey has again made it clear that she is more interested in protecting criminal illegal aliens than in enforcing the law. Healey, to no one's surprise,…

Judiciary

‘I won’t let you down’: Serge Georges Jr., Boston Municipal Court judge, sworn into Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court » The Republican Serge Georges Jr. wore a red Eagles face mask in honor of his alma mater, Boston College, as he was sworn into the highest court of Massachusetts.…

Labor

Another 885,000 Americans filed new unemployment claims last week » Boston Globe The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose again last week to 885,000, the highest weekly total since September, as a resurgence of coronavirus cases threatens the economy’s rec…

Ruling in lawsuit upholds mask-wearing in workplace » Gazette Net On Wednesday, local health care workers at Baystate Medical Center became the first in the region to receive a coronavirus vaccine.The hospital is not mandating that its employees receive the vaccine,…

Legislative

Future of House Speaker Robert DeLeo up for debate on Beacon Hill: reports » Boston Herald House Speaker Robert DeLeo may be readying to leave his post atop the Massachusetts House of Representatives leadership after 30 years on Beacon Hill, according to reports.…

Chatter about DeLeo future growing on Beacon Hill » News 22 WWLP.com House Speaker Robert DeLeo was reelected to a sixteenth term in November, but his future on Beacon Hill has been a matter of much speculation in recent weeks, according to sources inside and outside t…

House Speaker Robert DeLeo rumored to be stepping down, ending 12-year reign » Boston Globe Virtually everyone on Beacon Hill sprang into a frenzy Wednesday over speculation that House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo was preparing to leave his post to accept a teaching job at his alma mater, Northea…

Is Bob about to Bounce? DeLeo’s Reign Seems Set to End » Western Mass Politics and Insight Hours after the Massachusetts House of Representatives delivered a rare rebuke to Governor Charlie Baker on abortion rights, news broke that House Speaker Robert DeLeo would retire. The exact circumst…

Holyoke city councilor hired as aide to new state Rep. Patricia Duffy » The Republican State Rep.-elect Patricia Duffy has hired Ward 6 City Councilor Juan C. Anderson-Burgos as her legislative aide.…

Local Government

’I’m not resigning’: Chicopee City Councilor Lucjan Galecki states after Facebook posts about sexual assault; city has history of being unable to remove elected officials » The Republican A Western Massachusetts city councilor said he’s not resigning after posting a series of comments published on Facebook that placed the blame in cases of sexual assault on victims.…

Change ... or the illusion of change?: Worcester's Black community reacts to new chief diversity officer » Worcester Telegram On Nov. 30, Stephanie Williams became the new chief diversity officer for the Worcester city government, and the third since the position was created about five years ago.…

Redistricting expert presents proposed Lowell election districts » Lowell Sun Intact or divided neighborhoods. Crossing the river or not. It’s hard to satisfy everyone in a redistricting process.…

City of Boston is working with architectural firm to rethink Copley Square » Boston Globe The Walsh administration is embarking on a possible makeover for Copley Square, one of the city’s most recognizable and popular public spaces, and is soliciting ideas that range from modest upgrades…

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera Will Step Down Jan. 8 To Head MassDevelopment » WBUR Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera has set his resignation date for Jan. 8. That means the city of Lawrence must now hold a special election.…

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera thanks city as he prepares to step down, take over Mass. Development in 2021 » Fox 25 News It was an emotional night in Lawrence as the soon-to-be-former mayor, Dan Rivera, got ready to step down and take over as the leader of Mass. Development.…

North Adams hearing on 'Smart Growth' zoning draws no initial opposition » Berkshire Eagle North Adams residents raised few concerns about a proposed zoning change that has stirred controversy in other municipalities.…

Peabody waives liquor license renewal fees for 85 businesses » The Salem News The city has become the latest North Shore community to waive liquor license renewal fees.…

Politics

Former GOP candidates scale back lawsuit challenging Massachusetts election results » Boston Herald A handful of failed Republican candidates have scaled back the scope of their challenge to the results of the Nov. 3 election in Massachusetts and one — former 9th Congressional District hopeful Hel…

Bickford: Baker’s job “isn’t to be liked” » News 22 WWLP.com The Massachusetts Democratic Party remains focused on Gov. Charlie Baker, whose job they are hoping to flip to a Democrat in 2022.…

Someone In Boston Registered Four Karyn Polito For Governor Web Sites » New Boston Post Former state representative Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman) may run for governor of Massachusetts in 2022, incumbent Republican governor Charlie Baker may seek a third term, but what about lieutenant governor…

Trying to break through in a pandemic » Boston Globe Two stellar candidates are challenging Mayor Marty Walsh for the city’s top job. Can they break through in the midst of a pandemic?…

Cape Republican Ron Beaty Weighing Run For Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts » New Boston Post Outgoing Cape Cod county commissioner Ron Beaty is interested in running for lieutenant governor. Beaty announced over the weekend that he is interested in serving as an unofficial running mate for fo…

Growing interest in District 6 seat » The Bay State Banner Ten years ago, the two front-runners in the five-way preliminary race for the District 6 City Council seat were Matt O’Malley and Sean Ryan, continuing what is now a 37-year tradition of Irish-Ameri…

Public Health

UMass model projects rising COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts to level off in January » Boston.com Researchers are projecting that the increase in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts could begin to level off by mid-January. But in the near term, the outlook remains grim.…

Health officials prepare for a new challenge — snow » Boston Globe As the first major snowstorm approached the region, health officials on Wednesday prepared for the first weather-related challenge to the state’s COVID-19 testing system, which largely relies on a w…

Massachusetts reports 5,450 new COVID cases, 71 deaths on Wednesday as hospitalizations climb to 1,851 » The Republican State health officials confirmed another 5,450 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the number of active statewide cases to 74,212. Those new cases are based on 124,172 molecular tests, according …

Testing Bumped Up in Outer Cape Towns » State House News Service For the second time in as many weeks, Cape Cod officials announced an expansion of COVID-19 testing resources as they work to address a worrying "testing desert" in the region.…

Sen. Timilty Tests Positive, Isolating at Home » State House News Service Sen. Walter Timilty announced Thursday that he recently tested positive for COVID-19, saying he wanted to use his experience to remind others to stay vigilant against the virus.…

Public Safety

Williamstown sergeant drops lawsuit against former chief, town manager » Berkshire Eagle The Williamstown sergeant who filed a federal civil lawsuit alleging bias and sexual harassment within the town’s Police Department has dropped the case, saying through his attorney that he now seek…

City Council Approves Boston Police Oversight Office » WGBH Boston’s City Council approved a compromise measure to create a new office to investigate and monitor Boston Police affairs.…

Boston City Council approves civilian review board, restrictions on tear gas, rubber bullets » Boston Herald Boston’s City Council used its last meeting of the year to pass a raft of police-reform measures — including a civilian review board and restrictions on chemical agents — that had roots in the p…

Ruling permits citizen recordings of police » Commonwealth Magazine WHILE BEACON HILL legislators haven’t moved yet to address Gov. Charlie Baker’s amendments to policing reform legislation, other efforts to improve law enforcement accountability are moving forwar…

State Finance

State Budget to Send Pandemic Aid to Eastie » East Boston Times-Free Press Last week Senator Joseph Boncore and Representative Adrian Madaro joined their colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature to pass the state’s $46.2 billion Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget.…

State Government

Massachusetts non-emergency government employees told to work from home during winter storm » The Republican Non-emergency government employees in Massachusetts who aren’t already working remotely were sent home ahead of the winter storm that’s expected to dump at least a foot of snow across much of the …

Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins looking into third chemist at state drug lab » Boston Globe Investigators are looking into longtime state chemist Della Saunders, who analyzed tens of thousands of drug samples while working alongside disgraced chemist Annie Dookhan for about a decade.…

CISA: Cyberintruder’s “Grave Threat” Extends to State, Local Government » State House News Service The cyberintrusion that has compromised servers of the federal government and private corporations "poses a grave risk to the Federal Government and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments a…

Utilities

The start-up of the controversial Weymouth gas compressor station delayed at least until January » Boston Globe A controversial natural gas compressor station in Weymouth will not start pumping natural gas this week, as the operator had previously indicated, and the start date now depends on the resolution of a…

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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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