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Must-Reads

Vaccine Status Causing Stir In Mass. House » State House News Service Taking aim at an unnamed group of representatives, House Speaker Ronald Mariano aired frustrations Monday about lawmakers who he said have bristled at COVID-19 vaccine requirements and said the resist…

‘Their Crisis’ Is ‘Our Problem’: Washington Grapples With Idaho Covid Cases » New York Times Hospitals in Washington State, already strained, are taking on an influx of Covid patients from Idaho, where the governor has refused to require masks or vaccinations.…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sent a Message With Her First Met Gala Appearance » Vogue For her first appearance at the Met Gala, representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to make a political statement. It was only right.…

GOP condemnation of Biden coronavirus mandate fuels concern other vaccine requirements could be targeted » Washington Post Republicans’ sweeping denunciations of President Biden’s plan to force more people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus are raising concerns among public health experts that this heated criti…

Revised Democratic voting bill drops controversial provisions, tweaks others as pressure for action mounts » Washington Post A group of Democratic senators — including key centrist Joe Manchin III of West Virginia — is set to introduce a pared-down voting rights, campaign finance and government ethics bill Tuesday in ho…

Trump takes aim at George W. Bush, saying he shouldn’t ‘lecture’ about threat of domestic terrorism » Washington Post Former president Donald Trump lashed out Monday at former president George W. Bush, saying his fellow Republican had “a failed and uninspiring presidency” and shouldn’t be “lecturing” Americ…

Delta variant postpones K Street’s full return » Roll Call Lobbying firms have pushed back official reopening dates, and some events have switched to virtual with the resurgence of COVID-19. But K Street denizens say they still are attending in-person meeting…

Galvin predicts turnout of 100,000 in Boston » Commonwealth Magazine VOTERS IN 15 municipalities go to the polls on Tuesday to hold preliminary elections. While the marquee race is undoubtedly the Boston mayoral contest, campaigns elsewhere in the state are also drawin…

Midwinter Special Election Set To Fill Seat Boncore Vacated » State House News Service Voters in Revere, Winthrop, and parts of Cambridge and Boston have almost four months to decide who they would like representing them in the Massachusetts Senate when the 2021-2022 legislative session…

A 2d lawsuit in works against Vineyard Wind » Commonwealth Magazine A GROUP REPRESENTING US fishing interests is suing to block the federal government’s approval of Vineyard Wind, becoming the second organization to file a legal challenge to the nation’s first c…

What Boston's Undecided Voters Are Thinking » WGBH Jessica Burke barely recognized the acting Mayor when she passed her on an East Boston sidewalk over the weekend. If not for her dog stopping to sniff Kim Janey and her entourage — security, union s…

Lawmakers hear more pitches for relief money » The Eagle Tribune Baker administration officials pressed state lawmakers on Thursday to swiftly approve plans to spend a portion of pandemic relief funds on economic development needs, transportation upgrades and clima…

Galvin Opposes Voter ID Initiative Petition » State House News Service Questioning claims of fraud and warning that older voters could be disenfranchised, Secretary of State William Galvin is voicing his opposition to a planned ballot question requiring Massachusetts vot…

Boston mayor’s race offers master class in women’s political competition » Boston Globe Boston’s down-to-the-wire preliminary election for mayor features a phenomenon still rare in American politics but eagerly anticipated: A fierce contest among multiple women candidates.…

A more diverse Boston prepares for a true changing of the guard » Washington Post For two centuries, this historic city has elected only White men as mayor. This fall, its history will be upended.…

"I don't want to have a two-tiered system where I'm asking folks to come in and work beside people who will not declare whether or not they've been vaccinated," Mariano said. "We have people currently in the House of Representatives who are being treated, who are immune compromised. I'm not going to ask those people to sit next to people who won't declare, and right now we're investigating ways in which we can deal with that."

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Airing frustrations about certain lawmakers opposing a House-specific vaccine mandate, which complicates the State House re-opening plan.

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Beltway Politics

Editorial: The world must stay engaged with Afghanistan » Boston Globe The United States has bailed out of Afghanistan with an incomplete evacuation that left many of our Afghan allies behind and the Taliban back in control of that country. We are still in the chaotic af…

Business

Boston’s BitSight raises $250 million from Moody’s, as ratings firm gauges corporate America’s cyber risk » Boston Globe BitSight, a cybersecurity ratings company based in Boston, said Monday it has raised $250 million in a new partnership with credit ratings giant Moody’s, as the tech company seeks to evaluate the cy…

Tourism surged in Mass. this summer. It wasn’t enough for hotels » Boston Globe Despite a busy vacation season on Cape Cod and an uptick in weekend visitors to Boston over the summer, many Massachusetts hotels are still struggling to recover from the pandemic. That’s because bu…

Boston restaurant software firm Toast seeks up to $717 million in IPO » Boston Globe Boston technology company Toast on Monday revealed more details of its plan to go public, including terms that would value the company in the stock market at up to $16.5 billion, more than triple the …

OP-ED: Cambridge restaurants are in shambles; public push needed for relief refunding » Wicked Local This year will be the 12th annual Smoke This Rib Fest that the East Cambridge Business Association has produced.…

One of state's largest credit unions seeks major expansion » Boston Business Journal Metro Credit Union is on an expansion kick, with plans for four new locations in Greater Boston and an expansion of its membership base to those in western Massachusetts and parts of southern New Hamp…

Dunkin’ opens first digital-only store in Boston » Boston.com Forget making small talk while ordering your iced coffee: Dunkin’s new Boston store ensures you won’t have to talk to a single human being when placing your order.…

Cannabis

Recreational weed head start gets an added year, with an expanded list of owners who can benefit » Cambridge Day The city’s two-year head start for recreational marijuana shops opened by economic empowerment applicants got a one-year extension to Sept. 23, 2022, in a Monday vote by the City Council. It keeps n…

Cannabis company GTI buys Holyoke mill space » Gazette Net The Paper City continues to draw attention from cannabis companies embracing the city's new status as “Rolling Paper City.” Earlier this month, Colebrook Realty Services announced that the nationa…

Education

Amherst College president Carolyn ‘Biddy’ Martin announces departure from job but not from school » MassLive After a decade leading Amherst College, Carolyn “Biddy” Martin on Monday said she will end her service as the institution’s president when current academic year closes.…

Biddy Martin to leave Amherst College presidency next year » Gazette Net Longtime Amherst College President Biddy Martin has announced she will end her tenure as college president next summer.“ The end of the '21-'22 academic year will be the right time for me to begin m…

Most schools do not yet meet Biden’s demand for testing and vaccines » Boston Globe For schools to stay open and safe, President Biden said last week, they need to require vaccinations for teachers and staff, regularly test unvaccinated people, and have universal masking. So far, man…

Opinion: Our schools ought to do so much more than just make up for lost learning » Boston Globe “The bold and creative changes” that the editorial calls for won’t happen if we simply hire more teachers and staff. Massachusetts has a unique opportunity, given the combination of new state fu…

First trial in ‘Varsity Blues’ scandal begins » Boston Globe The first trial in the national college admissions bribery scandal got underway Monday as federal prosecutors told jurors that two parents plotted with a college admissions consultant to help their ch…

BU professor killed in fall through rusted staircase near Dorchester T stop » Boston Globe A Boston University professor was killed after falling through a large gap in a badly rusted, state-owned staircase in Dorchester that had been closed to pedestrians since last year, officials said Mo…

Framingham School Supt. Seeks National Guard Support To Fill Bus Driver Gaps » Framingham Source On the first day of school, Framingham Public School District’s brand new bus contractor NRT Bus Inc, was short 10 drivers for its contracted 77 routes.…

At UMass Amherst, Casey Affleck and PETA protest animal testing that the university says is humane » MassLive Standing Monday morning on the expansive, green lawn outside the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Student Union, Casey Affleck — the Oscar-wining, Massachusetts-born actor — and members and…

Springfield Public Schools add permanent virtual school as interest in remote learning continues to increase in Massachusetts amid COVID pandemic » MassLive One teacher can be heard asking students to turn on their cameras. Another teacher across the room is teaching students how to mute and unmute. Two more teachers in the same room also greet each of th…

Environment

Lee plaintiffs lose initial court bid to undo board's vote accepting PCB landfill » Berkshire Eagle Members of Lee‘s top board did not misstep legally, a judge says, when they decided to accept a PCB landfill as part of a dramatic reset last year on plans to remove toxins from the Housatonic River…

Out West, Biden points to wildfires to push for big rebuild » Boston Globe President Joe Biden on Monday used his first Western swing in office to hold out the wildfires burning across the region as an argument for his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plans, calling year-round fires…

Report: Forest Losses Hampering Carbon Fight in Northeast » State House News Service The carbon storage power of forests will be key to actually reaching net-zero emissions in Massachusetts over the next three decades, but deforestation for development in New England deals a double-wh…

Opinion: Climate investments can’t wait » Boston Globe Far too many people have been threatened by droughts, wildfires, and floods due to the climate crisis. In Massachusetts, heat waves this summer have affected Black and brown communities and low-income…

Advocates renew plans to expand bottle bill » The Eagle Tribune Several years after failing at the ballot box, a proposal to update the state’s 5-cent “bottle bill” has resurfaced on Beacon Hill, where environmental and consumer advocates are pushing again t…

Springfield rally urges Rep. Neal to 'go big' on climate, care investments in Democrats' $3.5 trillion bill » Berkshire Eagle As U.S. Rep. Richard Neal leads work on Democrats’ proposed $3.5 trillion spending plan, constituents have continued to keep pressure on the Springfield Democrat.…

'Greener alternative': Cape businesses support plastic water bottle ban, seek substitutes » Cape Cod Times By the time summer rolls around next year, Cape tourists will go to the grocery store near their vacation home to gather supplies for the beach, and might do a double-take when trying to find store-bo…

Immigration

‘I need to make something out of this’: Immigration activist returns following detention, deportation » Gazette Net A Sunday rally focusing on immigration justice issues from a Jewish perspective was host to a special guest: Eduardo Samaniego, who has returned to the Pioneer Valley after being deported to Mexico in…

US steps up effort to unite families separated under Trump » Boston Globe The Biden administration is expanding its effort to find and reunite migrant families who were separated at the US-Mexico border under former president Donald Trump as part of a zero-tolerance policy …

Local Government

Bernardston Town Meeting seeks funding for Fire Station addition, hours increase for Senior Center director » Gazette Net An upcoming Special Town Meeting invites voters to consider four articles pertaining to town expenses for the Fire Station addition project, an increase in the Senior Center director's salary and a ch…

Boston’s new mayor will be sworn in mid-November, not January » Boston Globe After a whirlwind weekend of campaigning around the city, Boston’s mayoral hopefuls planned to also spend Monday making final pitches to key constituencies ahead of Tuesday’s historic preliminary,…

Jasiel Correia's defense and family plead mercy — here's the sentence they say he deserves » The Herald News Jasiel F. Correia II is asking a judge for three years in prison, pleading for mercy ahead of his sentencing on 21 counts of fraud and extortion.…

Politics

Mel King, who broke barriers in the mayor’s race, endorses Kim Janey for mayor » Boston Globe Mel King, who broke a critical barrier to become the first Black person and first person of color to advance to Boston’s general mayoral election nearly four decades ago, has put his pioneering weig…

Madaro takes self out of race to replace Boncore » Universal Hub State Rep. Adrian Madaro of East Boston announced he won't be running for the state Senate seat Joe Boncore of Winthrop just gave up to become head of a biotech industry group.…

Opinion: We should eliminate off-cycle elections in Mass. » Commonwealth Magazine FORMER GOVERNOR Deval Patrick once said, “Massachusetts invented America.” For a state that prides itself on shaping American democracy, Massachusetts faces a wicked participation problem. And the…

Boston’s mayoral race was about many things. But here are 3 topics that surprisingly didn’t break through » Boston Globe Boston’s first open race for mayor in eight years has been about a lot of things. There is the historic nature of the field of candidates. There are different emphasis and approaches on some of the …

Preliminary Election Day has arrived in Boston. Here’s what you need to know » Boston Globe After a spirited race where everything from campaigning during a pandemic to the historically diverse field of candidates was unorthodox, Boston preliminary election day is finally here.…

Madaro Opts Against Pursuing Open Senate Seat » State House News Service In the weeks since it became clear that former state Sen. Joseph Boncore would be leaving for a new lobbying gig, Rep. Adrian Madaro had been putting in the legwork to prepare for a run for his seat.…

Massachusetts secretary of state: It’s too late to mail your ballots – vote in person for Boston mayor » Boston Herald Secretary of State William Galvin is predicting that more than 100,000 people will cast ballots in the Boston mayoral prelim on Tuesday — but if you want to be one of them, don’t try mailing your …

Undecided voters in the Boston mayoral election could determine who goes on to November » Boston Globe On the eve of final voting, June Thorpe of Mattapan has narrowed her list for Boston mayor to two.…

Battenfeld: Factors to watch after Boston mayor race narrows to two » Boston Herald The race to run Boston City Hall dramatically reshapes after Tuesday’s preliminary election, with the top two vote-getters looking to capitalize on momentum and facing increased scrutiny from voters…

Josh Knox, Rebecca Downing, Libby Hernandez and Aaron Vega: Why ranked-choice voting would be good for Holyoke » Gazette Net Earlier this year, our city leaders petitioned the state Legislature to avoid holding a special election for mayor: a move that saved the city a good amount of hassle and expense.…

Ex-BPD chief Gross hits trail, touts super PAC’s ad for Essaibi George » Dorchester Reporter Former Boston police commissioner William Gross hit the road in Charlestown on Monday, the day before the mayoral preliminary, shaking hands inside a 99 restaurant after a press conference in its park…

Driscoll surges ahead on campaign donations, spending » Salem News Mayor Kim Driscoll is dramatically outperforming her leading mayoral challenger in campaign donations and spending for this year’s mayoral race.…

Public Health

At request of Cambridge moms, Gov. Baker names September Hydrocephalus Awareness Month » Wicked Local Every 15 minutes, a brain surgery is performed to treat hydrocephalus, a life-threatening brain disorder that affects over 1 million Americans.…

Massachusetts coronavirus cases jump 4,752 over the weekend, hospitalizations climb » Boston Herald Massachusetts health officials on Monday reported almost 5,000 new coronavirus cases from over the weekend, while the positive test rate declined and COVID hospitalizations increased.…

State Government

Galvin cautions voters in Tuesday's local elections » Salem News The state’s top election official is urging voters in Tuesday’s municipal elections not to return mail-in ballots if they haven’t done so already, citing post office delays and a likelihood thei…

ARPA Spending Bill In Works For The Fall » State House News Service Passing a bill to spend some of the federal funding allocated to Massachusetts through the American Rescue Plan Act before the Thanksgiving holiday is a "reasonable" goal, House Speaker Ronald Mariano…

Taxation

With big tax push, Democrats aim to tackle enormous gains of top 1 percent » Washington Post The package is a central component of their $3.5 trillion economic package, but they can’t proceed unless almost all Democrats coalesce.…

Transportation

Timeline: Boston infrastructure fatalities over the years » Boston Herald A 40-year-old Milton man died over the weekend after falling through a set of stairs that have been closed for 20 months in Boston.…

Boston parking spot listed for $375,000 » Boston Herald How much does it cost to escape Boston’s nightmarish parking scene? One realty group is selling an underground garage spot for $375,000 in the South End.…

Utilities

3 Years After Gas Explosions, Many Lawrence Residents Await Settlement Checks » NBC Boston It has been three years since gas explosions rocked Merrimack Valley, but many victims are still without compensation from a class action settlement.…

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Join Fenway Health Sunday, September 26 For AIDS Walk & Run Boston, New England’s Longest Running And Largest HIV/AIDS Public Awareness And Fundraising Event » Fenway Health

Worcester Solidarity Day to Support St. Vincent Nurses Planned for Saturday, Sept. 25th as Historic Strike Surpasses 200 Days » Massachusetts Nurses Association

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Becomes First Health Plan in Market to Incorporate Equity Measures Into Its Payment Models » Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

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MA Senate Passes Legislation Addressing Unpaid School Meal Debt » Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger

Statement: Boppy Co. Recalls More Than 3 Million Newborn Loungers After Eight Babies Died » MASSPIRG

Danvers Fire Captain Receives 2021 Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year Award » MA Department of Fire Services

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Approval of Eight Economic Development Projects Supporting Job Growth and Business Expansion Across Massachusetts » MA Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Supervisory Alert Letter: Representment Issue » MA Division of Banks

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Almost $3 Million in Grants to Help Farms Mitigate Impacts of Climate Change » MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates 30,000th Greening the Gateway Cities Program Tree Planting » MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Audit Recommends Improvements in Office of the Governor's Oversight of Boards and Commissions » Office of MA State Auditor Suzanne Bump

Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data for the week ending September 18, 2021 » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Senator Markey Applauds Biden Administration's Finalization of Major Climate Rule, Limiting Polluting Chemicals Found in Refrigerants » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

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