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A tug-of-war over the GOP brand is playing out in Massachusetts » Politico

VP Harris, Mass. Gov. Baker make bipartisan pitch for abortion rights » Axios

Shannon Liss-Riordan pours $2.5 million of personal money into AG campaign » Boston Globe

Tax cap giveback appears not as big as forecasted » Commonwealth Magazine

No tax breaks for Massachusetts residents, and few seem to care » WGBH

Update to pot law would restrict impact fees » The Eagle Tribune

Baker spikes prison construction moratorium » News 22


NY: Schumer’s Family Business » The Lever

NY: Congestion pricing’s next obstacle? The exemption debate. » City & State New York

NJ: Amid teacher shortage, N.J. looks for ways to make it easier to become an educator »

NJ: Unions: Freeze contributions, use Covid relief funds to offset proposed hikes in public workers' health care premiums » POLITICO Pro

TN: Far-right mayor wins GOP primary for Nashville US House seat » Boston Globe

FL: Ron DeSantis’s New Civics Initiative Involves Teaching Kids Slavery In America Wasn’t That Bad » Vanity Fair

FL: As DeSantis’ suspension of state attorney cheered by Republicans, critics see authoritarian rule » South Florida Sun-Sentinel

AZ: Kari Lake wins GOP primary for Arizona governor » Washington Post


Democrats could strip Iowa of opening spot in 2024 campaign » Boston Globe

Kansas Result Suggests 4 Out of 5 States Would Back Abortion Rights in Similar Vote » New York Times

Amid ‘mixed race’ speech blowback, Orban echoes Trump in Dallas » Washington Post

Opinion: The GOP is sick. It didn’t start with Trump — and won’t end with him. » Washington Post

Cheney calls Trump a ‘coward’ in campaign ad for his daughter » Washington Post

Lobbyists are rushing to influence the Democrats’ spending bill » Washington Post

Trump Leaves RNC Ensnared In Criminal Probes Of His Coup Attempt » HUFFPOST

FBI ‘Aggressively’ Pursuing Hunter Biden Investigation, Director Wray Says » The Daily Signal

Black voters’ dissatisfaction could spell trouble for Democrats » The Hill

What does the Perot phenomenon tell us about Andrew Yang's third party prospects? » Raw Story

“My mother made clear to me what my position was going to be on this issue when I was very young. But I worked for two governors, Republicans both, in the 1990s who were also big supporters of a woman’s right to make this decision on behalf of themselves and their family.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Baker spoke at a Kamala Harris hosted abortion-rights event in Boston on Thursday, marking the first time in her tenure that she has visited Massachusetts.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Opinion: The midterm election picture is changing » Boston Globe

Democrats, Sinema say they’ve reached agreement on economic package » Boston Globe

Franks: Can Democrats save the country from themselves? » Boston Herald


Mass. employers slightly more optimistic in July, despite concerns about a shrinking economy » WBUR

Developer aims to build a skyscraper near North Station » Boston Globe

Amazon to acquire Bedford's iRobot in $1.7B deal » Boston Business Journal

Western Massachusetts Challenges the U.S. Dollar » Politico


Flower Xpress gets needed zoning change for marijuana facility next to MBTA station » Patriot Ledger


Appeals court tosses former UMass students’ lawsuit challenging COVID vaccine mandates » MassLive


In Plymouth, a summer unlike any other as whales and hordes of watchers converge » Boston Globe

Senator’s hot take on Kerry comes amid big win on ‘job-killing’ regulations » Boston Herald

Climate scientists predict Boston could see up to 18 days of high-tide floods, causing street flooding, in 2022 » MassLive


Air Force will host Westfield meetings detailing Barnes Air National Guard Base F-35 or F-15EX fighter jet upgrades » MassLive


How will sports betting work in Massachusetts? » WGBH

Regulators Address Sports Betting’s Timeline » State House News Service

Legal sports betting won't 'happen overnight,' commissioner says » WGBH

Health Care

Boston researchers want to create ‘off-the-shelf’ cell therapies to fight cancer » Boston Globe

North Shore Birth Center pauses planned closure » Boston Business Journal

Beverly Hospital puts Birth Center closing on hold » Salem News

A reprieve for the last birth center in Eastern Massachusetts » Boston Globe


State awards $4.6 million to aid affordable housing projects; 11 homes eyed for vacant lots in Springfield’s Old Hill » MassLive

Massachusetts' high housing costs are pushing out workers » WGBH


Summer population up 69 percent, but workforce down » The Inquirer and Mirror

For some workers thriving remotely, returning to the office can reignite old inequities » Boston Globe

Local Government

Around Amherst: Board may study if gun violence is a public health emergency » Gazette Net


Republican Chris Doughty launches anti-Maura Healey website ahead of primary » Boston Herald

Walsh Becomes Next Chair of Lynn Democratic City Comm. » Lynn Journal

Berkshire DA candidates Harrington and Shugrue face off in first forum before September 6th primary » WAMC

State Auditor Candidate Diana DiZoglio Urges PILOT Reform » iBerkshires

Raymond V. Mariano: Robyn Kennedy not your typical first-time candidate » Worcester Telegram

Candidate forums for sheriff, DA planned » Salem News

Public Health

Massachusetts reports 42 new monkeypox cases, as Biden administration declares public health emergency » Boston Herald

A slow start to youth COVID vaccination in Massachusetts » WGBH

Massachusetts reports 9,646 new COVID cases: BA.5 variant is ‘concerning because it can cause reinfection’ » Boston Herald

US declares monkeypox a public health emergency » Boston Globe

Editorial: Biden missed chance to tame monkeypox » Boston Herald

2 monkeypox cases confirmed in Worcester; no cause for alarm, health chief Castiel says » Worcester Telegram

Public Safety

‘There really is no tension:’ Massachusetts police commission weighs clarity of force regulations, focuses on mental health crisis situations » MassLive

Police commission weighs clarity of force regulations » Lowell Sun

Baker vetoes prison moratorium » Commonwealth Magazine

13 men arrested in Mass and Cass human trafficking sting » Boston Herald

Parole Board Reappointee Hits Hurdles At Hearing » State House News Service

Reproductive Rights

Vice President Harris praises Massachusetts as a 'model' for other states on reproductive rights » WBUR

Kamala Harris holds closed-door meeting with local leaders about abortion rights » Boston Herald

Vice President Kamala Harris highlights abortion rights at Boston roundtable with Baker and other leaders » Boston Globe

Moulton: Roe repeal 'scary and enraging' » Gloucester Times

Harris Sees Mass. As Reproductive Rights “Model” » State House News Service

'Dramatic or drastic' approach: Vasectomies up after Roe v. Wade ruling and younger seeking them » Worcester Telegram


Howie Carr: Sorry Charlie, Orange Line disaster nothing to write about » Boston Herald

Our view: T work will be disruptive, but worth the inconvenience » Gloucester Times

Business owners, workers brace for Orange Line shutdown » Boston Globe

Rider Reaction: T riders share frustration over news of 30-day Orange Line shutdown » WHDH

Pressley, Markey want MBTA to eliminate fares on all subway and bus service while Orange Line is shut down » Boston Globe

No start date for Green Line Extension to Medford as Orange Line closure approaches » Boston Herald

After 2020 ballot question, Right to Repair still tied up in court » Commonwealth Magazine

Editorial: RIP old Orange Line » Boston Globe

Massachusetts senator, congresswoman push for fare-free MBTA during Orange Line shutdown » Boston Herald

MBTA bus catches fire, injuring two employees » Boston Herald

2 MBTA employees sent to hospital after bus fire at Arborway bus yard in Jamaica Plain » Boston Globe

Boston schools and businesses brace for challenges of Orange Line shutdown » WGBH

MBTA to close newly opened Green Line extension for 4 weeks » Boston Globe

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB4901 - An Act authorizing the conveyance of a parcel of land in the town of Brewster

HB4519 - An Act providing for the disposition of certain land in the town of West Brookfield

SB2965 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Michael D'Ambra, an employee of the Worcester County Sheriff's Office

HB5128 - An Act to establish an incumbent health care worker certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification pilot program

HB4215 - An Act authorizing the transfer of certain land in the towns of Lee and Lenox to Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc

HB5115 - An Act relative to HIV prevention services

HB4986 - An Act authorizing the town of Barnstable to grant an easement to Park City Wind LLC

HB4443 - An Act relative to the alternative superannuation retirement benefit program for teachers.

HB3936 - An Act authorizing the use of Article ninety-seven land for roadway improvements in the town of Dunstable

HB5130 - An Act relative to a purchase option on a University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth leased facility in New Bedford

HB5048 - An Act relative to a certain parcel of land in the town of Townsend

HB4250 - An Act authorizing the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority to release easements upon certain real property in the town of Canton

HB5106 - An Act relative to the governance, structure and care of veterans at the Commonwealth’s veterans’ homes

HB4442 - An Act further regulating the enforcement of illegal hunting practices

HB1917 - An Act relative to taking or transmitting images of crime victims by first responders

HB4338 - An Act relative to regular compensation for certain retirees and active retirement system members

HB5159 - An Act authorizing the commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey a certain parcel in the Roxbury section of the city of Boston

HB901 - An Act protecting research animals

SB3029 - An Act authorizing the town of Middleborough to convey a certain parcel of conservation land

HB4832 - An Act dedicating the grove at Heritage State Park in the city of Fall River as the David Almond Grove, in honor of the late David Almond

HB4979 - An Act authorizing the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to transfer an easement in certain property and the fee in certain properties to the city of Revere all for municipal purposes

HB5049 - An Act authorizing the transfer of Martha's Vineyard Land Bank Commission land in Oak Bluffs

HB2294 - An Act granting equal access to original birth certificates to all persons born in Massachusetts

HB3459 - An Act designating a certain bridge in the town of Auburn the Robert Conroy Memorial Bridge

HB4332 - An Act designating a certain bridge in the town of Duxbury as The Lewis Sisters Bridge

HB4333 - An Act designating a certain bridge in the town of Duxbury as the Cora Wilburn Bridge

SB3075 - An Act relative to military spouse-licensure portability, education and enrollment of dependents

HB4981 - An Act providing for the terms of certain bonds for transportation improvements to be issued by the Commonwealth

Most read bills of the week:

House Actions This Week: 208

Senate Actions This Week: 134

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