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9:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Blue Lives Matter Rally and Fundraiser with Secretary of State Candidate Rayla Campbell


State education leaders to vote Monday on raising MCAS graduation requirements » Boston Globe

Sen. Warren blasts Baker for MBTA failures: ‘The governor owns this’ » WGBH

Under Maura Healey, the attorney general’s office sued the Trump administration nearly 100 times. Most of the time, she prevailed. » Boston Globe

Baker changing rules on tax cap giveback » Commonwealth Magazine

New public data sheds light on prison population decline » Commonwealth Magazine

No outsiders need apply: Why Revere settled for a police chief accused of harassment » WBUR

Worcester Chamber of Commerce says no on Community Preservation Act » Worcester Telegram


NY: New York reproductive care eroding amid Catholic-secular hospital mergers » Albany Times Union

NY: Polio found in New York City wastewater, indicating a silent spread » Politico

NJ: Non-Union Laborers Constructing Newark High School for Trades » Tap into Newark

NJ: N.J. is sparking up, bringing in millions in tax revenue from cannabis » New Jersey Monitor

VA: Virginia agencies mishandled I-95 snow incident » WRIC

CO: Meet Denver’s first chief urban designer » Axios

FL: Florida swing voters: Bring on the search warrants » Axios

FL: Florida Has An Outrageous New Law Targeting Teachers. Here's Why I'll Be Breaking It. » HUFFPOST


Seats in Congress Gained/Lost by the President's Party in Mid-Term Elections » The American Presidency Project

Trump Hires #BillionDollarLawyer to Represent Him in Georgia Election Interference Probe » Vanity Fair

Will This Be An Asterisk* Election? » FiveThirtyEight

"In 19 midterm elections since World War II, the president’s party lost fewer than five seats in the House once, in 1962. And they gained seats twice, in 1998 and 2002. That means three out of 19 times the president’s party would have a successful enough midterm to keep the House, or 16 percent of the time. "

Nate Silver

As Democrats chances increase this midterm election, It’s still not terribly likely Democrats win control of the House. But it also means that a GOP takeover is far from a foregone conclusion.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

How Sinema subverts the radical conventions of queer politics » Washington Post

Cheney and Murkowski: Trump critics facing divergent futures » Boston Globe

Lucas: Signs of Biden police state in raid on Trump, beefed up IRS force » Boston Herald

These Black candidates could make history in November » The Hill


Getting on board with life sciences development » Commonwealth Magazine

Many office workers are back, but their favorite lunch spots are struggling with hybrid work » Boston Globe

Local businesses see influx as sales tax holiday takes effect over the weekend, despite inflation » Berkshire Eagle

Hyundai to pour $400 million into artificial-intelligence foundation in Kendall Square » Universal Hub

Somerville startup has a cool take on air conditioning » Boston Globe

Could the drought steal Christmas? From tree farms to apple growers, ‘it’s just brutal’ as scorching heat waves add to problem » MassLive

Making a scene: Megaproject around TD Garden bounces back from COVID quiet » Boston Globe


New cannabis equity law sparks hope for would-be business owners » WGBH


Boston Public Schools withholds 2d part of Mission Hill School investigation » Commonwealth Magazine

State more than doubles investment in early college high school programs » Boston Globe

Free breakfast, lunch program continuing in Southwick schools next year » MassLive


Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard beaches close to swimming after shark sightings: Great white spotted 25 yards from shore » Boston Herald

Ten cities and towns are poised to ban fossil fuels from new buildings » Boston Globe

How the Boston area is weaning off fossil fuels » Axios

This is what it’s like to live in a drought: We can no longer count on running water every day » Boston Globe

Opinion: Droughts aren’t a ‘new normal,’ they’ll worsen unless we address the climate crisis » Boston Globe


Mass. gaming regulators don’t seem to know how many residents in the state have a gambling problem. Now, sports betting is legal. » Boston Globe

Regulators consider mobile, casinos for first sports bets » Boston Business Journal


Massachusetts triple-deckers can be full of fire hazards. Here’s why. » WGBH

New Framingham apartments may need to meet new standard for affordable housing » The Metro West Daily News

Letters to the Editor: Is the American dream fading away for Cape Codders? » Cape Cod Times


Union plans one-day strike Friday at Mass MoCA in North Adams » Berkshire Eagle


The hometown hoax that fooled state legislators » Boston Globe

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Legislature overrides Baker’s vetoes » Lowell Sun

Weird Massachusetts laws: From not being allowed to live together after divorce to no mules on your second floor » MassLive

Local Government

Fed up with proliferation of trash, Holyoke mayor going on offensive » Gazette Net

Amherst Town Council to hear pitch to change trash, recycling system » Gazette Net

Goshen puts women in charge » Gazette Net

City Council backs Haverhill woman's efforts to take firefighter exam » The Eagle Tribune

How a potential Petty win in Senate race would reshape City Council » Worcester Telegram


Second Dem. auditor’s debate as fiery as the first » Boston Herald

Ed Markey visits Taiwan less than 2 weeks after Nancy Pelosi’s trip angered China » Boston Herald

Some Capitol rioters try to profit from their Jan. 6 crimes » Boston Globe

Candidates for governor, AG, tackle fishing industry concerns » Gloucester Times

State police group endorses Timothy Shugrue in Berkshire district attorney contest » Berkshire Eagle

Springfield Ward 5 City Council candidates gear up for Tuesday’s special election » MassLive

Elizabeth Warren and the ‘Electability Question’ » Politico

Letter: Vote O'Shea for Essex DA » The Eagle Tribune

Letter: Vote Tucker for Essex DA » The Eagle Tribune

Maura Healey to launch ad campaign despite huge polling, funding lead » Boston Herald

Chris Sununu Says Chris Doughty Will Win Massachusetts Governor’s Race » New Boston Post

Ready for Some Preliminary Action in the Ward 5 Special Council Race? » Western Mass Politics and Insight

A liberal showdown in Brookline » Commonwealth Magazine

Massachusetts Secretary of State, Attorney General candidates talk public-records enforcement » Boston Herald

SOURCE Q&A With Lt. Governor Candidate Tami Gouveia » Framingham Source

Gubernatorial hopeful Maura Healey launches first statewide ad. It’s focused on family, teamwork, and making ‘Massachusetts more affordable.’ » Boston Globe

Public Safety

Massachusetts State Police K-9 Frankie killed at standoff is honored by PETA » Boston Herald

Reproductive Rights

Why abortion has become a centerpiece of Democratic TV ads in 2022 » Boston Globe

Editorial: Pro-life pregnancy centers shouldn’t be allowed to manipulate women » Boston Globe

Chaotic post-Roe legal landscape in Arizona confuses patients, abortion providers » Boston Globe


Opinion: Somewhere in heaven Anderson - who fought for limited taxation - is laughing » Cape Cod Times


MBTA readies riders for "shutdown shuffle" as Green, Orange Lines stop operating for a month » WGBH

Tufts, Chinatown reps concerned with exclusion from MBTA’s Orange Line transit plan » Boston Herald

Editorial: The MBTA is an asset we can’t afford to squander » Boston Globe

Transportation Committee chairs: MBTA safety reporting requirements ‘watered down’ by Baker amendments » Boston Herald

Head of transit police calls for special prosecutor to investigate officers accused of a coverup. What happens next? » Boston Globe

T leadership has ‘earned the right’ to stay and follow through on fixes, Gov. Baker says » Dorchester Reporter

Orange Line closure: Gov. Baker, state officials to discuss details at Monday briefing » MassLive

‘We’re getting our asses kicked’: MBTA officials say negative press to blame for hiring woes » Boston Herald

Democrat AG candidate calls for prosecutorial investigation into MBTA » Boston Herald

How to get around the MBTA’s looming 30-day Orange Line shutdown » WBUR

Boston Commuters Switch Up Travel Plans Ahead Of MBTA Orange Line Shutdown » WBZ

Here’s how to get where you need to go during the Orange Line shutdown, according to MBTA » Boston Globe

Orange Line corridor traffic disruption expected to start Monday » Boston Herald

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 8/15

9:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Blue Lives Matter Rally and Fundraiser with Secretary of State Candidate Rayla Campbell

Tuesday - 8/16

11:00am The Official Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth, Virtual Hearing

2:00pm Department of Public Utilities Hearing, Via Zoom

Wednesday - 8/17

Birthdays: Rep. Russell Holmes

12:00pm Governor's Council Meeting, Governor's Council Chamber, Room 360, State House

Thursday - 8/18

9:00am Navigating the Orange Line Closure with MBTA General Manager Poftak and Greater Boston Chamber President & CEO James E. Rooney, GBCC Virtual Platform

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:30am "Ask the Governor" with Governor Charlie Baker on GBH's Boston Public Radio, 89.7 FM or

1:00pm Boston Mayor Michelle Wu on GBH's Boston Public Radio, 89.7 FM or

7:30pm Zoom Fundraiser for Lieutenant Governor Candidate Sen. Eric Lesser with Jon Favreau and Alyssa Mastromonaco

Friday - 8/19

9:00am Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

9:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

5:00pm Close of Comment Period for Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Proposed Regulatory Changes, Submit via email or mail

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