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Birthdays: Rep. Sean Garballey


Gabrielle Wolohojian, Healey’s former romantic partner, defends against ‘optics’ of Supreme Judicial Court nomination » Boston Globe

Plan to unionize for-hire drivers challenged » The Eagle Tribune

South Coast confronts rising seas » The New Bedford Light

20 Boston landlords, brokers sued for alleged discrimination against voucher holders » MassLive

The state’s options with Steward on the brink » Commonwealth Beacon

Norwood hospital construction on pause as vendors await payments from Steward » Boston Globe

Analysis: Why the Berks Race Is Getting Hotter While 2nd Hampshire Idles » Western Mass. Politics and Insight

A father did everything he could to protect his son. Until he couldn’t. » Boston Globe

Mass. has a transportation funding problem. A new task force is supposed to solve it » WBUR

Healey administration bars Milton from state grants after defiant housing vote. It’s about more than money. » Boston Globe


ME: Mills advances legislation on gun safety, mental health in wake of Lewiston shootings » Spectrum News

CT: After a visiting nurse died during a routine stop, CT Dems are pushing for better protections » Hartford Courant

NJ: Dueling county endorsements for Senate might create headaches for N.J. congressional candidates » New Jersey Globe

GA: GOP bills aim to limit school sex ed, remove books and install chaplains » Georgia Recorder

FL: Florida defamation bill heads to House floor despite conservative opposition » Orlando Sentinel

FL: ‘Fetal personhood’ raises questions about abortion rights in Florida » Orlando Sentinel

LA: Proposed Louisiana bill would eliminate parole opportunity for most convicted in the future » AP News

AZ: Phoenix spends big on homelessness. Can future budgets sustain it? » The Arizona Republic

CA: S.F. revives old parking ban to clear RV sprawl in Bernal Heights » San Francisco Chronicle

OR: Committee recommends spending grant money on Portland parks, social services » Portland Press Herald

WA: What the new LaNina watch means for Washington » Axios

FL: Measures repealing parts of Parkland 2018-gun safety law head to the Florida House » Florida Phoenix


First Lady Announces $100 Mil Women's Health Effort in Cambridge » State House News Service

After Ruling, University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System Pauses I.V.F. Procedures » New York Times

Teamsters give GOP first major donation in years with $45,000 to RNC » Washington Post

The Democrats’ Education Problem » The Liberal Patriot

America is facing a threat of biblical proportion: The rise of Christian nationalism » The Hill

The ESG Backlash on Wall Street Spurs a Jump in ETF Closures » Bloomberg

When Private Equity Comes for a Public Good » The Atlantic

The Stormy Daniels Hush Money Case—Which Goes to Trial Next Month—Is a Bigger Deal Than You Think » The Bulwark

Do Republicans Finally Have a Consensus Opinion on Abortion? » Vanity Fair

Supreme Court Social Media Battles Fueled by Brash Tech Lobby » Bloomberg

Former House speaker Paul Ryan on what’s at stake in 2024 presidential election » Washington Post

Scoop: House Democrat floats Mike Johnson protection measure » Axios

“At this time, Milton is the only rapid transit community in Massachusetts that is not in compliance. If we do not all come together to build more housing, we will not be able to overcome our affordability crisis. We need every community to do their part.”

Housing Secretary Ed Augustus

On Milton's failure to expand multi-family zoning in accordance with the MBTA Communities Act

News By Category

Teens call on Stop & Shop to use consumer data profits to erase price inequities at stores » Boston Globe

Plans to turn White Stadium into a soccer palace has sparked a huge controversy — and a lawsuit » Boston Globe

West Springfield businesses excited as Hooplandia registration gets underway » Western Mass News

Can we bring back manufacturing to the US? » Boston Globe

Cannabis & Psychedelics

Editorial: THC-infused gummies shouldn’t be sold without regulation » Boston Globe

Salem farmer leans on heritage with seat on cannabis advisory panel » Salem News

Civil Rights

Armando Martinez has devoted a lifetime to activism, organizing » Boston Globe


Over 30% of Newton students absent on first strike makeup day, district says » MassLive

Editorial: Biden a not-so-quiet benefactor for student borrowers » Boston Herald

Editorial: Is Harvard all talk on antisemitism? » Boston Herald

Newton canceled February break due to the teachers strike. So far, about a third of students skipped school. » Boston Globe

Wentworth unveils plan for 1,400 new Boston dorm beds, academic space » Boston Business Journal

Boston school mishandled sexual misconduct and bullying, superintendent says »

Superintendents in Boston's suburbs confront claims that DEI programs are antisemitic » WGBH


Local environmental nonprofit, residents sue to halt White Stadium development plan » Boston Globe

Boston, pro soccer team sued over White Stadium redevelopment » Boston Herald

To avert species' extinction, western Mass. researchers plant Appalachian trees in Franklin County » WGBH

Health Care

Rep. Lynch urges action from Steward leaders after visits to two 'struggling' hospitals » Dorchester Reporter

Opinion: For Healey, calling out Steward Health Care is the easy part » Boston Globe

Steward Hospitals Attracting "Interest" From Other Operators » State House News Service

Steward's landlord gives millions in bridge funding to hospital system, looks to sell properties » Boston Business Journal

Healey lays it on Steward: Get out! » Dorchester Reporter

Steward Health Care’s landlord tries to distance itself, but lends more money » Boston Globe

Rep. Lynch questions Steward Health Care’s financial transparency, warns of ‘escalation,’ subpoenas » Boston Herald

First responders, nurses say Steward crisis hurts patients with understaffing, longer response times » CBS News

Governor says Steward should sell Mass. facilities, accuses company of dishonesty » Worcester Business Journal


Make Milton an example » Boston Globe

Affordable housing complex Brushwood Farm in Lenox is moving forward after passing state’s environmental review » Berkshire Eagle

Human Services

Can you get there from here? Online tool tracks how reach to food pantries and stores without a car — or not » Gazette Net


A Cambridge migrant shelter only opens at night. It's unclear who can change that, Rep. Mike Connolly says » WGBH

Migrant crisis lights up Dedham ZBA meeting » Boston Herald

‘Crucial lifeline’: Warren, Markey call for $5B for states dealing with crush of migrants » MassLive

‘Heartbreaking level of need:’ La Colaborativa day shelter serving migrant families opens in Chelsea, exceeds 200-person capacity in first day » Boston Herald


Healey defends judicial pick against conflict concerns » Axios

Mass. Gov. Healey’s high court pick goes before statewide screening panel » MassLive

Healey's pick for high court faces little critique at State House hearing » WBUR

Wolohojian Appears Poised To Ride Wave of Support To SJC » State House News Service

Opinion: Even when it doesn’t act, the Supreme Court speaks volumes » Boston Globe

Six justices: Worcester lawyer Jennifer Currie to fill long-vacant juvenile court seat » Worcester Telegram


Families, Advocates Get Behind Guv's Care Worker Wage Proposal » State House News Service

Springfield project will go to bid without ‘project labor agreement’ sought by construction unions » MassLive

Local Government

Milton Select Board chair calls loss of state funds due to MBTA zoning denial ‘unconscionable’ » Boston Herald

Salem Mayor Dominick Pangallo To Serve On State Labor Relations Board » Salem Patch

With a $1 million grant, Mass MoCA is poised to partner with North Adams on projects like housing and the Route 2 overpass » Berkshire Eagle

Support voiced for proposed diversity committee in Attleboro » The Sun Chronicle

Mayor Jon Mitchell proposes recall process for elected officials in New Bedford » South Coast Today

Select Board Requests Delay To Start Of Airport Expansion Project » Nantucket Current


Opinion: Jon Stewart’s ‘calm-down’ paternalism isn’t funny in 2024 » WBUR

Early voting gets underway ahead of primary » The Eagle Tribune

Public Safety

Five horses from disbanded Worcester PD Mounted Unit hoof it to new homes » Worcester Telegram

Massachusetts 911 centers ‘flooded’ with phone calls after mass cellular outage » Boston Herald

Former Greenfield Police Chief Haigh: ‘I am forced to say goodbye’ » The Recorder

State Government

Battenfeld: Heavy-handed Healey crushing dissent by punishing communities and voters » Boston Herald


New Steamship Ferries Set to Launch in March » Vineyard Gazette

Getting a jump on new revenues for the T » Commonwealth Beacon


Utility pole holdups delaying Agawam fiber-optic network » The Reminder

Draft Report: Water Demand Still Outstrips Capacity » The Cape Cod Chronicle

With 55K at risk of losing internet service, activists call on Congress to extend pandemic-era program » The Recorder

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB1288 - An Act authorizing the county commissioners of Dukes County to appoint a treasurer who may not be a resident of the county

Most read bills of the week:

House Actions This Week: 127

Senate Actions This Week: 55

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