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MASSACHUSETTS

Healey makes rent, housing crisis central to campaign for Mass. governor » MassLive

Editorial: How long will Democrats hunker in their hidey holes? » Boston Globe

Mud flies in auditor’s race as candidates respond to campaign discrepancies » Boston Herald

‘The Squad’ to push for progressive politics during series of Boston area events » Boston Globe

As Biden seeks immigration changes, case of Newton judge accused of helping immigrant evade ICE lingers in courts » Boston Globe

Here’s why readers want MassGOP to embrace moderate Republicans » Boston.com

THE OTHER 49

CT: Hartford Police receive state accreditation for the first time in the department’s 162-year history » Hartford Courant

VA: How Virginia used COVID relief to fund law enforcement » Axios

MN: St. Paul City Council amends rent control, exempts new construction with 5-2 vote » Twin Cities

FL: Florida doesn’t gain many new women voters after Roe ruling, but abortion issue remains » Orlando Sentinel

FL: ‘Vile political stunt’: Charlie Crist joins Annette Taddeo, Hispanic leaders to slam migrant flights » Florida Politics

FL: Trump would lose Florida to Gov. Ron DeSantis, Suffolk poll says » Boston Herald

NJ: A peek inside the Trump real estate in Tish James' bombshell lawsuit » Politico

NATIONAL

How a zombie apocalypse is informing a new wave of Dem ads » Politico

The U.S. Has Never Had More than 9 Female Governors at a Time — That Can Change in November » Yahoo News

How Trump Survived Decades of Legal Trouble: Deny, Deflect, Delay, and Don't Put Anything in Writing » TIME

House Passes Overhaul of Electoral Count, Moving to Avert Another Jan. 6 Crisis » New York Times

“We’re Going to Put Janeane Garofalo or Eddie Vedder in the White House”: The Legacy and Future of Generation X » Vanity Fair

The Inside Joke That Became Trump’s Big Lie » New York Times

Donald Trump’s super Pac raised just $40 in August in sign of weakness » Financial Times

"The United States has the lowest vaccination rate of high income countries, it has the lowest booster rate of high income countries, and it has the highest death rate by far over the past year," said Julia Raifman, who leads the COVID-19 U.S. State Policy Database. "And if this is where we're allowing our response to end, then we're all in enormous trouble."

Julia Raifman of the Boston University School of Public Health

"The pandemic is over," Biden said. Some worry the president's comments could lead people to let their guard down and serve as a signal to Congress that additional federal support for the ongoing COVID response isn't necessary.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Virginia Thomas agrees to interview with Jan. 6 panel » Boston Globe

Moderate Republicans No Longer Have a Home, and It Started With My Defeat » New York Times

Court lifts hold on records that Trump held at Mar-a-Lago estate » Boston Globe

Business

Poll: Half of small businesses in Mass. are still making less money than before pandemic » WBUR

Fed’s outlook darkens as it pushes interest rates higher » Boston Globe

Deal for nearly 100-acre ExxonMobil property in Everett falls through » Boston Globe

The Foundry, a new makerspace in an old building, opens in Kendall Square » Boston Globe

51-story tower connected to South Station coming to Boston » WHDH

Editorial: Business owner’s lament exposes societal failure » Lowell Sun

Blockchain Backers See Potential For Flagship Industry » State House News Service

Western Mass. State Senator Hinds will step down Sunday to become new CEO of Boston’s Edward Kennedy Institute » WAMC

Cannabis

Northampton councilors consider possible cap on pot shops » Gazette Net

Civil Rights

The Eagle fights Springfield diocese's request for reporter’s notes on clergy rape in effort to protect confidential sources » Berkshire Eagle

New Hire Will Push Disabilities Commission To “Go” Phase » State House News Service

Crimes

Holyoke City Councilor Wilmer Puello-Mota sues to retain seat after expulsion over child porn charges » MassLive

Education

Leominster School Committee member suggests leaving state association over sex-ed tweet » Worcester Telegram

Opinion: Working toward equity in education is a collaborative effort » Boston Globe

SSU's 'Voterpalooza' kicks off voting initiative » Salem News

Worcester Technical High School saw ‘remarkable turnaround’ new report says » MassLive

Environment

Boston climate protesters plan more ‘disruption’ as week continues » Boston Herald

Boston's Mayor Wu announces investment in trees for cooling, flood reduction and beauty » WBUR

Senate approves first climate treaty in decades » Politico

Wu announces forestry division to preserve and expand tree canopy in Boston » Boston Globe

Back from extinction: Tantasqua middle schoolers work to revive American chestnut tree » Worcester Telegram

Michelle Wu marched in 2019 with climate group that stopped traffic » WHDH

These Massachusetts parks were awarded funds for upgrades » News 22 WWLP.com

Boston’s newest answer to climate change? For one, more trees » MassLive

SouthCoast Gets Less Than 3% of New Parks Funding » WBSM

Gaming

Massachusetts Gaming Commission holding hearing on mobile sports betting » WCVB

Health Care

Report: Spending on behavioral health jumped during pandemic, dropped for primary care » Boston Business Journal

Insurers ordered to cover more mental health services » The Eagle Tribune

Madaro Receives MassPACE Award for Promoting Pace to Individuals » East Boston Times-Free Press

Housing

Healey, Driscoll Pledge to Name ‘Secretary of Housing’ » Banker & Tradesman

Boston explores converting office buildings into housing, but challenges abound » Boston Globe

'Devil is in the details': Councilors seek plan to combat housing crunch in Worcester » Worcester Telegram

Healey unveils housing plan focused on production and affordability » Boston Globe

Should Worcester Allow Homeless To Camp? No Easy Answers, Experts Say » Worcester Patch

Human Services

Victims group seeks funds to bridge federal gaps » The Eagle Tribune

Local Puerto Rican delegation calls for Western Massachusetts to assist Puerto Rico in aftermath of Hurricane Fiona » MassLive

Methuen YMCA awarded $250K grant for new roof, HVAC system » The Eagle Tribune

Immigration

Lucas: Charlie Baker, not progressives, step up to help migrants » Boston Herald

Martha’s Vineyard migrants may remain anonymous during lawsuit, judge rules » MassLive

Migrants staying at Joint Base Cape Cod settle in as they determine where to go from here » Cape Cod Times

Migrants signed a form agreeing to be flown to Mass., DeSantis’s office says. But critics say the document doesn’t stand up legally. » Boston Globe

Cape Cod officials want investigation into migrants sent to Mass. » MassLive

Lawyers for migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard seeking nationwide injunction against Florida Governor DeSantis to halt further transfers » Boston Globe

How did an image of a fake Massachusetts flag end up in a brochure for Martha’s Vineyard migrants? » Boston Globe

Advocates file federal suit seeking nationwide injunction against political maneuvering » Wicked Local

Insurance

Question 2: Should more dental insurance premium money be spent on care? What to consider » Wicked Local

Judiciary

Baker nominates Parole Board chair for judgeship » Mass Lawyers Weekly

Labor

Starbucks strike on Commonwealth Avenue comes to an end » Boston Globe

Legislative

Muratore Discusses Progress Of Hybrid Town Meeting Bill » 95.9 WATD

Local Government

Greenfield residents tell city council of lost trust in police chief, mayor » MassLive

'You want to scream': Amid a national trend, Berkshires municipal clerks hit with record requests about November 2020 election » Berkshire Eagle

Battenfeld: Michelle Wu’s real record on traffic-stopping street protests » Boston Herald

Mansfield awarded more than $65,000 to renovate small park named after resident who chronicled town's history » The Sun Chronicle

Grafton and Millbury Police get share of state Municipal Road Safety grant program » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle

Politics

Are Massachusetts Democrats avoiding debates against Republican opponents? » WGBH

Ron Beaty says he ‘had no idea’ Oath Keepers was extremist when he donated in 2014 » MassLive

Opinion: Friendships in times of political division » Boston Globe

Meet & Greet With Democratic Lt. Governor Candidate Driscoll in Framingham on Saturday » Framingham Source

Public Health

Biden says the pandemic is over. Experts and advocates in Mass. say 'not so fast' » WGBH

Public Safety

Former Mass State Police captain has trial date for Dedham case involving teen’s drowning death » Boston Herald

Advocates and families press Mass. prisons to stop photocopying mail » WGBH

Taxation

Editorial: Rebate Baker’s way of showing taxpayers respect » Lowell Sun

There are rich people, and then there are the ‘one-time millionaires’ » Boston Globe

Transportation

Sumner Tunnel restoration on track, Boston bridge replacement faces delay » Boston Herald

Hands off: Massachusetts cops fine distracted drivers $829K in 2022 » Boston Herald

Broken door, smoking escalator mar Orange Line’s return from shutdown » MassLive

Officials Whiff On First Bid For Cape Bridge Funds » State House News Service

Utilities

Your electric bill may go up by more than 60 percent this winter. Here’s why. » Boston Globe

Healey calls National Grid rate hike ‘devastating’ » Commonwealth Magazine

New energy efficiency standards to help Massachusetts families save money » News 22 WWLP.com

Mass. electric outlook dimming: Winter prices set to skyrocket » Boston Herald

Many Mass. Customers Will See a 64% Increase in Their Electric Bills This Winter » NBC Boston

Up Next On High-Cost Front: Soaring Winter Energy Bills » State House News Service

You’re about to pay even more to heat your home. Here’s what you can do about it. » Boston Globe

Five years after Hurricane Maria, locals watch again as Puerto Rico left in the dark » Boston Globe

National Grid says electricity prices to skyrocket » Commonwealth Magazine

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