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DA Rachael Rollins is reportedly a finalist to become US Attorney in the district of Massachusetts » Boston.com Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins is on the short list to replace Andrew Lelling as United States attorney for Massachusetts, The Boston Globe reported Sunday.…

As Labor secretary, Marty Walsh would face daunting challenges and high expectations » Boston Globe As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the economy, with job losses mounting, work norms upended, and employees fearful for their safety, the country’s next Labor secretary will be thrust into …

Need a precedent for what’s going on in Boston politics? Look to 1993 » Boston Globe After intense speculation, a 53-year-old Irish-American mayor from a working-class neighborhood is tapped by a Democratic leader for a federal post, shaking up the city’s politics. Boston has seen t…

Editorial: It’s time lawmakers support an ‘open’ House » Boston Globe Rules reforms can cut through the go-along to get-along complacency in a branch dominated by a network of good ol’ boys.…

Study: Parler users were more likely veterans or in military » Roll Call The now-silenced Parler app that appeared to have played a key role in mobilizing the Trump-inspired mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 had a greater share of users who are either veterans o…

Biden to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline in Inauguration Day Executive Order » New York Times The project had already been languishing, but the action by Mr. Biden would signal his determination to undo President Trump’s environmental legacy.…

Raimondo leaves a mixed record on the environment » The Associated Press (AP) Seven months after taking office, Gov. Gina Raimondo stood shoulder to shoulder with the chief executive of a Chicago energy company that had chosen Rhode Island as the proposed site of a natural gas-…

Rapper Lil Wayne in line for last-day pardon from Donald Trump » The Guardian The rapper Lil Wayne is among those reportedly expected to receive a pardon or clemency from Donald Trump on his last full day in office on Tuesday.…

NY: NY to reallocate nursing homes’ unused COVID-19 vaccines » New York Post New York is going to reallocate unused COVID-19 vaccines that had been earmarked for nursing homes — with tens of thousands of staffers at thed facilities declining to get the shot as the state’s …

NJ: Smokers eligible, no proof required. NJ's COVID vaccine plan appears ripe for cheating » Northjersey.com For almost a month, it was easy to determine who was eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey because it was limited to health care workers, nursing home residents, inmates and later police and f…

“Bring Some of the Old Playbook Back”: Politico’s Juicing Up Its Morning Mainstay as Team Biden Comes to Town » Vanity Fair Facing stiffer competition, a new crew of writers—Ben Shapiro not included—is promising more scoops and scene as the O.G. political tip sheet reboots to keep those early a.m. eyeballs (and big ad …

Teachers want to move ahead in vaccine line » Commonwealth Magazine K-12 EDUCATORS are pushing to move ahead in the line for COVID-19 vaccinations, saying they deserve to get their shots sooner because of their jobs dealing directly with students.…

Ivanka’s political future comes into sharper focus » Politico The president’s daughter isn’t making concrete moves. But Republicans say that moves are being made in anticipation of her running.…

Donald Trump Faces Possible Expulsion From SAG-AFTRA As Union’s Board Sets Special Session » Deadline Donald Trump is facing possible expulsion from SAG-AFTRA. Deadline has learned that the union’s national board of directors will meet Tuesday morning in a special session regarding disciplinary acti…

Opinion: This Boston mayor’s race will be like no other » Boston Globe Sometime in the next month or two, Mayor Marty Walsh will pass the baton to the City Council president, Kim Janey, who will serve as acting mayor, becoming the first Roxbury resident to occupy the off…

Reform advocates will press for changes in House rules » Commonwealth Magazine WHEN THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE sets its rules for the new two-year session, a group of advocates and lawmakers will renew their attempts to introduce more transparency into frequently opaque House proce…

“It’s a wartime atmosphere,” presidential historian Julian Zelizer wrote in an e-mail, “But in many ways this seems even more intense. The combination of a pandemic and an actual attack on government on Jan. 6 has heightened the fears.”

Presidential historian Julian Zelizer

Speaking about the inauguration security, adding that parallels exist to inaugurations around World War II and in 2005, the first after the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Beltway Politics

A locked-down and transformed Washington braces for Biden’s inauguration » Boston Globe A few weeks before the election, President Trump dodged a question about whether he would support a peaceful transition of power should he lose.…

Opinion: Can Biden contain the flames lit by Trump? » Boston Globe The words that he speaks at his inauguration Wednesday can let us at least envision a path forward, for those Americans willing to consider it.…

Biden will kick off inaugural events at a ceremony honoring victims of COVID-19 » Boston Globe President-elect Joe Biden will arrive in the nation’s capital on Tuesday evening for an inauguration eve ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool honoring the nearly 400,000 people who have …

Biden’s hefty to-do list starts with a flurry of orders » Boston Globe Joe Biden has given himself an imposing to-do list for his earliest days as president and many promises to keep over the longer haul.…

Trump prepares pardon wave for final hours as president » Boston Globe Those under consideration include such disparate figures as Sheldon Silver, the disgraced former New York Assembly speaker, and rapper Lil Wayne, who pleaded guilty last month to a gun charge. Rudy Gi…

Woman wanted for allegedly stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop arrested » Boston Herald The Pennsylvania woman accused of directing pro-Trump rioters to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Capitol siege, stealing a laptop in Pelosi’s office, and allegedly trying to send it…

Howie Carr: Thanks for everything, President Trump » Boston Herald Thank you, Mr. President, for everything you’ve done. It shouldn’t be ending this way, but I and 74 million other Americans just want to thank you for all your efforts on our behalf over the past …

Biden preps for Inauguration Day as Cabinet picks wait for approval » Boston Herald The incoming Biden administration on Tuesday will put its finishing touches on inaugural plans as security threats loom ahead of Inauguration Day, while the president-elect’s Cabinet picks get their…

What the Massachusetts delegation is saying about Joe Biden’s pandemic rescue bill » Boston.com President-elected Joe Biden unveiled the first of his two planned COVID-19 response bills Thursday night, and the nearly $2 trillion “rescue” plan elicited praise, mostly, from his fellow Democrat…

Business

Report: Of all state capitals, Boston has the highest quality of life » Boston.com Boston is apparently a luxury product when it comes to American cities with statehouses. It’s the state capital with the highest quality of life, but it’s also the second least affordable, accordi…

In Mass., private companies can make a killing, legally, if you can’t keep up with your property taxes » Boston Globe On Nov. 11, Mark Mucciaccio answered the door at his home in Easton to a woman who said she had been sent by the property’s “owner” to change the locks on the doors.…

Here are the 24 Taunton-area small bizzes that shared $1 million in COVID grant money » Taunton Gazette "It's very difficult to keep a restaurant open. I mean, we basically just keep it open for the employees, more or less," said Taunton City Council President and Liberty and Union Ale House owner Chris…

New law gives flexibility to craft brewers » The Eagle Tribune Craft brewers will have more flexibility to switch distributors under a bill signed by Gov. Charlie Baker, effectively ending a decade long battle.…

Food supply chain depends on vaccinated workers » Boston Herald As the coronavirus pandemic progressed in 2020, America faced a phenomenon at odds with our image as a “land of plenty” — empty store shelves and limits on food purchases.…

Here are the top 10 Massachusetts VC deals of the past year » Boston Business Journal The numbers for Boston described a venture capital ecosystem that stayed strong during the pandemic. Year over year, deal count in Boston rose 2.7% to 846, accounting for a deal value of $16.9 billion…

Cannabis

With new members, cannabis commission to press lawmakers for more inclusion » Boston Business Journal The state's Cannabis Control Commission plans to advocate for a more inclusive marijuana industry through three main legislative priorities.…

Education

‘I did everything right.’ Despite following the rules, these students got deported » Boston Globe Hamid Mohabbat did not dream of living in the United States. He was scared to leave his parents and friends in Iran early last year for life in an American college town. “But this program was beyond…

Area colleges prepare for students’ return » Gazette Net As the start of spring semester draws closer, over 9,000 students are expected to return to campus after a fall semester that was mostly remote for many.…

When It Comes To School COVID Testing, Finding Asymptomatic Cases Doesn't Come Cheap » WBUR It’s a snowy afternoon in early January and the carpool lane at the Bromfield High School in Harvard, Mass. is packed with cars.…

For schoolchildren struggling to read, COVID-19 has been a wrecking ball » Boston Globe Kids in need of remedial support already were vulnerable before the pandemic. Now they’re facing educational ruin.…

Environment

TCI opponents push other states to reject controversial carbon tax » Boston Herald Opponents of a controversial carbon tax that will push up the price of gas are lobbying a consortium of mid-Atlantic states to reject an agreement Massachusetts struck last month with several other st…

Lawmakers talk environmental reform, hope for 2021 » The Recorder Environmental law reform, along with its political challenges and opportunities in 2021, were discussed in an online call Sunday night with Massachusetts lawmakers from the state and federal level.…

In Agreement With Baker’s Climate Bill Veto [PHIL-OSOPHY] » WBSM Flying in the face of environmentalists and special interest groups, not to mention the state legislature, Gov. Charlie Baker rejected the zealous climate bill legislation that took lawmakers five mon…

Berkshire Activists, Politicians Frustrated With Baker’s Climate Bill Veto » WAMC Berkshire County activists and politicians are expressing dismay at Governor Charlie Baker’s veto of a climate bill passed by the Massachusetts legislature last week.…

Federal

Justice Department charges militia members, including military veterans, in Capitol assault » Boston Globe The Justice Department has charged suspected members of the Three Percenters, a militia group that emerged some years ago from the extremist wing of the gun-rights movement, and of the Oath Keepers, a…

Pentagon accelerates efforts to root out far-right extremism in the ranks » Boston Globe The Pentagon is intensifying efforts to identify and combat white supremacy and other far-right extremism in its ranks as federal investigators seek to determine how many military personnel and vetera…

Gaming

Legal Sports Betting Sponsor Sees Odds Improving in 2021 » State House News Service Two years ago, the New England Patriots were preparing to play the Kansas City Chiefs for the chance to go to the Super Bowl and Sen. Brendan Crighton was putting the finishing touches on a legislativ…

Health Care

‘The shot of hope we need’: Lathrop residents, staff receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine » Gazette Net As residents of the Lathrop Retirement Communities approached the common area on Monday, they were met with a long-awaited message. “Vaccine Clinic Day!” a sign outside of the building said. “Ho…

mRNA coronavirus vaccines were developed in record time. Don’t be fearful of the speed » Boston Herald Coronavirus vaccines using mRNA technology were developed and authorized for use in a record-setting 10 months, an accomplishment that will surely make up a chapter in the history books of the future,…

Massachusetts Changes Timeline, Allowing Visiting Nurses To Get COVID-19 Vaccines » WGBH Visiting nurses, many of whom are providing care inside the homes of COVID-19 positive patients, will now be able to get vaccinated in Massachusetts.…

Housing

Massachusetts home, condo prices surge despite coronavirus pandemic » Boston Herald The residential real estate market is booming in Massachusetts as the single-family and condo sale prices surge despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report from The Warren Group.…

Mass. Home Sales Hit 16-Year High During Pandemic » State House News Service More single-family homes were sold last year in Massachusetts than in any other year since 2004, despite a once-in-a-century pandemic that threatened the financial security of thousands of residents a…

Judiciary

DA Rachael Rollins in running for U.S. Attorney appointment: 5 Investigates » WCVB As the Biden administration continues to fill out its ranks -- we're learning Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins' name is in the mix. 5 Investigates has learned Rollins is a finalist for U.S. A…

Brockton faith leaders urge Baker to commute sentence of 'kind, fully-rehabilitated' man » The Enterprise At 6 a.m. on Feb. 5, 1994, William Allen's life changed forever. That is the moment when four Brockton detectives arrested a confused Allen on suspicion of murder.…

Labor

Fraud continues to bog down Mass. unemployment system » Fox 25 News Michael Gems was falling further behind with every week that passed. He was broke. The phone company had turned off his cell. He was almost two months behind in rent.…

Legislative

Beacon Hill Roll Call checks attendance » Lowell Sun This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports local representatives’ roll call attendance records for the 2020 session.…

Long Session Ends with Deluge of Baker Vetoes » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker has been taking criticism for his veto of the climate and greenhouse gas emissions bill, as well as measures included in omnibus economic development and transportation bills, but t…

Local Government

A little breathing room for embattled Chelmsford town manager » Lowell Sun CHELMSFORD TOWN Manager Paul Cohen might be able to suspend that job search. As The Sun reported last week, Select Board member Emily Antul resigned following her use of an offensive gendered slur aga…

Westford seniors means-based property-tax exemption signed by Gov. Charlie Baker » Lowell Sun Governor Charlie Baker signed a home-rule petition last week granting Westford the ability to establish a means-tested senior-citizen property-tax exemption.…

Inspector General raises new questions about Hingham Housing Authority payments » Boston Globe The state inspector general’s office is raising new questions about a conflict of interest involving the retired director of a Hingham public housing agency.…

West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt declares racism a ‘health crisis;’ plans equity committee » The Republican Systemic racism is an “emergency and public health crisis” demanding the attention of all government departments and a series of public forums, according to Mayor William Reichelt.…

Politics

Count Them Out: Here’s Who Isn’t Running for Mayor of Boston » Boston Magazine In a profession that too often lends itself to canned statements and obfuscation, especially when it comes to elections, the candor and wry honesty of Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards on the subjec…

Jaramillo Formally Announces Campaign for State Representative: An American Story; From ICU Janitor to Candidate for State Representative » Revere Journal Juan Jaramillo announces his run for State Representative to succeed former House Speaker Robert DeLeo in the 19th Suffolk District. Juan, a former ICU Janitor at Mass General Hospital, intern for Spe…

Capobianco Receives Sixty-Seven Early Endorsements in Bid for Representative » Winthrop Transcript Valentino Capobianco, candidate for State Representative in the 19th Suffolk District, announced sixty-seven endorsements from Revere, Winthrop, and around the Commonwealth. These endorsements showcas…

In mayor’s race, Pressley’s endorsement packs the most power » Boston Globe As the two city councilors running for mayor of Boston announce endorsements to show their strength and try to stave off further challengers, one politician’s endorsement stands out as a singular, e…

Public Health

Gillette opens, here's what to know about the Massachusetts vaccine timeline » Turn to 10 After a successful soft launch on Friday, Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium is officially up and running as the state’s largest vaccination site.…

Mass. reports 3,224 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 52 new deaths » Boston Globe The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts rose by 3,224 Monday, bringing the state’s total to 451,535. The death toll from confirmed cases increased by 52 to 13,424, the state Depar…

COVID response was a global series of failures, WHO panel says » Boston Globe Laying bare a yearlong cascade of failures, a World Health Organization panel recounts in a damning report how governments and public health organizations worldwide responded slowly and ineffectively …

The Grocery Stories: How government should work for Americans » Boston Globe I am two people away from being called into the gymnasium’s set-up of makeshift tents where I will receive the first of two Moderna vaccines.…

Massachusetts coronavirus cases up 3,224, hospitalizations rise » Boston Herald Massachusetts health officials on Monday reported 52 new coronavirus deaths and 3,224 new cases, while the count of COVID-19 hospitalizations rose after recently dropping.…

Hundreds of medical professionals call on Baker to prioritize vaccine access for Black and immigrant communities » Boston Globe On the day the state’s first mass vaccination site launched at Gillette Stadium, community activists and medical professionals Monday called on Governor Charlie Baker and state public health officia…

Gillette Stadium’s COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic up and running » WPRI.com The first location for a COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic is officially open in Massachusetts. The clinic, located at Gillette Stadium, had a soft-launch on Friday afternoon.…

Massachusetts needs more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccines to complete Phase 1 » News 22 WWLP.com Governor Charlie Baker announced last week that the state needs more vaccinations in order to meet the state’s vaccination timeline.…

Massachusetts tracking coronavirus among ‘commercial sex workers’ » Boston Herald The state has added “commercial sex worker” to the daily coronavirus testing report in a metric advocates for the exploited say is underestimating what could be a potential COVID-19 “superspread…

U.S. coronavirus deaths projected to hit 500,000 in February, experts say it was avoidable » Boston Herald Coronavirus deaths in the United States are expected to hit 500,000 by mid-February as projected by incoming CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, a grim milestone experts say was avoidable.…

Massachusetts Rolling Out Coronavirus Vaccinations To Prisons, Other Congregate Care Settings » CBS Boston Massachusetts is now rolling out coronavirus vaccinations to prisons and other congregate care settings.…

Massachusetts reports 3,224 new COVID cases, 52 deaths on Monday » The Republican State health officials confirmed another 3,224 COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the number of active statewide cases to 98,570.…

Locations of Massachusetts vaccination sites forces residents in ‘high-risk’ locations like Pittsfield, New Bedford, Cape Cod to drive 60 minutes or more » The Republican In the Southeastern part of Massachusetts, more than 50 municipalities are deemed “high risk” for COVID spread according to data released by the state’s Department of Public Health on Thursday.…

Public Safety

MLK Day March for Justice raises awareness of police brutality » Fox 25 News A group working to raise awareness about police brutality in the country led an MLK Day March for Justice. A couple hundred people gathered in Boston’s Grove Hall neighborhood at 1 p.m. on Monday to…

Security Increased In Boston Ahead Of Inauguration Day » CBS Boston The parking lot at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is packed with military trucks and police cruisers. “It makes you nervous that our democracy is coming to this point,” said Boston re…

State pardon board recommends a murderer’s life sentence be commuted » Boston Globe For the first time in six years, the state Advisory Board of Pardons is urging Governor Charlie Baker to commute a convicted murderer’s life sentence after unanimously concluding that Thomas E. Koon…

Mass. National Guard join Boston, State Police on standby ahead of inauguration » WCVB Members of the Mass. National Guard joined Boston Police and Massachusetts State Police on standby ahead of Wednesday's inauguration, despite saying there is no specific security threat to Boston.…

State Government

Baker vetoes Rural Growth Fund » The Recorder A program championed by local legislators that promised to provide $100 million in economic development money to rural Massachusetts has been vetoed by Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Attleboro area state senator pushes to make vote-by-mail permanent » The Sun Chronicle With more than a million Massachusetts voters submitting ballots by mail in the November election, state Sen. Becca Rausch D-Needham, believes it’s time to make vote-by-mail permanent.…

MA statehouse increases security protocols ahead of inauguration day » News 22 WWLP.com State capitols across the country are preparing for political violence ahead of the Inauguration. In Boston, there is a large political presence both inside and outside the Statehouse. All entrances t…

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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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