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10:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:30am House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, Oversight Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

5:00pm MassDEP Public Hearing: Draft 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan, Springfield City Library, Sixteen Acres Branch, 1187 Parker Street, Springfield

Birthdays: Rep. Steven Howitt

Must-Reads

Researchers Highlight Disproportionate Transportation Pollution Impacts » State House News Service More than 350 scientists, researchers and health professionals from the Northeast and mid-Atlantic have backed the regional effort to reduce carbon emissions from transportation and pressed governors …

Ed Bill Conferees Face Choice on Prop 2 1/2 » State House News Service When the Senate adopted its version of the education funding reform bill last month, it adopted an amendment from Northampton Sen. Jo Comerford that requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary…

Elizabeth Warren finds a new foil in Michael Bloomberg » Boston Globe “I don’t think that elections ought to be about billionaires either buying it for themselves or forming super PACs to buy it for somebody else,” Warren said Monday when asked to compare her camp…

A woman with Pete Buttigieg’s record would miss the debates, Amy Klobuchar says » Boston Globe ‘‘I’m the one from the Midwest that has actually won in a statewide race over and over again,’’ the three-term senator said, adding that she can bring in voters like those in Kentucky and Vi…

Democrats challenge election laws in battleground states » The Hill In Georgia, Texas and Arizona, coalitions of Democratic groups are challenging state laws that will list Republican candidates first in any given race. Social science research has found that a candida…

Is the Supreme Court’s Fate in Elena Kagan’s Hands? » The New Yorker She’s not a liberal icon like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but, through her powers of persuasion, she’s the key Justice holding back the Court’s rightward shift.…

Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick laying groundwork for Democratic presidential bid, sources say » Washington Post Among those said to be involved in the new effort are Rosy Gonzalez, a former Patrick adviser who most recently worked for Andrew Gillum’s gubernatorial bid in Florida; and Mo Cowan, a longtime Patr…

New England Law students petition against Scott Brown’s appointment » Boston Business Journal Ambassador Brown’s continual support of the Trump administration makes clear he is willing to work under an administration with no respect for the law and human rights. That is someone that I, and s…

5 things to know if you missed Ed Markey debate Shannon Liss-Riordan on climate change » Boston.com And while the event lacked the Massachusetts senator’s most well-known primary challenger, it did not lack for debate, even on an issue where the two Democrats largely agreed.…

DACA Recipients Look To Supreme Court For Hope » NPR At the end of the day, Trump's indecision was so frustrating for Senate Republican leaders that they worked out a compromise with Democrats on their own. Just hours before the deal was to come up for …

Bill Gates, I Implore You to Connect Some Dots » New York Times Bloomberg, Dimon and Gates call liberal tax ideas unfair. But excessive wealth is the real threat.…

Higher-ranking State Police officers ordered troopers to skip overtime shifts, court filing says » Boston Globe Commanding officers, in some cases, told troopers to “run silent, run deep” and “take a slow ride home,” according to the filing.…

“The only thing worse for his chances than working at Bain is waiting this late to enter,”

Brian Fallon, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton

Speaking about former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who is considering entering the 2020 presidential race.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Public impeachment hearings: A look at the witnesses, the format, and more » Boston Globe The impeachment inquiry into whether President Trump improperly withheld aid to a foreign government in exchange for help with his re-election bid is entering an important phase this week, as the firs…

Deval Patrick could face a rough road if he jumps into the 2020 race » Boston Herald Deval Patrick has a narrow opening to launch a last-minute presidential bid, but he’d face immediate scrutiny of his record, family and corporate life that could dampen any early excitement his cand…

Run, Deval, Run! Another President from Massachusetts [OPINION] » WBSM All the major political media is reporting former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is considering seeking the Democratic Party nomination for president.…

Deval Patrick considering late entry into 2020 presidential race » Boston Globe Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick is considering a late entry into the Democratic presidential race, according to two people familiar with Patrick’s thinking, potentially adding another na…

Calling out the billionaires » Boston Globe Kudos to Yvonne Abraham for calling out the absolute hypocrisy and shamelessness of the billionaire class “Bowing down to billionaires,” Metro, Nov. 10). It’s quite “rich” to be lectured con…

Deval Patrick Reportedly Mulling Democratic White House Run » WGBH Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is considering making a late run for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations, underscoring some Demo…

'Odds stacked against him,' analyst says about possible Deval Patrick run » WCVB It's not the first time former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick has considered a presidential run.…

Deval Patrick may announce 2020 presidential run » Boston Globe Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick is considering a late entry into the Democratic presidential race, according to two people familiar with Patrick’s thinking, potentially adding another na…

Why Ayanna Pressley’s endorsement matters for Warren, who’s fighting to win black women’s votes » Washington Post It is a truth increasingly acknowledged by the Democratic Party that black women make up one of its most loyal voting blocs, and last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) picked up two endorsements —…

Sen. Markey Talks Climate Change at College Forum With Challenger » NECN Climate change took center stage at a Massachusetts college on Sunday night.…

Former Mass. Gov. Patrick Considering Presidential Run » NECN In December, Patrick told NBC10 Boston in an exclusive interview that he would not be running in 2020…

At Climate Forum, Markey and Liss-Riordan Show Policy Differences Amid Kennedy Absence » WGBH U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and challenger Shannon Liss-Riordan sparred Sunday at a forum focused on climate and environmental issues. The debate, held at Stonehill College, delved into the candidates' pe…

Business

Boston data backup company Carbonite sold for $1.42b » Boston Globe Canadian enterprise computing company OpenText has agreed to purchase Boston’s Carbonite, a pioneering provider of cloud-based data backup services for homes and businesses, in a deal worth $1.42 bi…

Local residents to be repaid in settlement with national debt collection company » Lowell Sun Thomas Rizzo thought he paid off debt owed to a collection law firm associated with Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC six or seven years ago.…

Gingko spinout picks Seaport for HQ » Boston Business Journal Motif FoodWorks, a food science spinoff company from Boston-based Ginkgo Bioworks Inc., will move into a new headquarters in the city’s Seaport District in June 2020.…

Did Portfolio Recovery Associates try to collect a debt from you? Company agrees to $4M settlement with Mass. AG for ‘deceptive and unfair’ practices » The Republican George Cooley says the debt collectors have been after him for years, despite the fact that he lives on Social Security disability and just $1,300 a month.…

Cannabis

‘It’s honestly hell.’ Hospitals see rare vomiting syndrome in heavy marijuana consumers » Boston Globe Since recreational marijuana became legal in Massachusetts three years ago, hospitals have noticed more cases of a rare illness afflicting a small portion of heavy cannabis consumers.…

Salem gets 2nd recreational pot shop » The Salem News "It has been a long time coming so it has been great to open up," said Insa CEO Mark Zatyrka on Monday. "We weren't sure how many people we would see today because it was really hard to publicize the …

Medical marijuana patients may be able to buy vaping products again Tuesday » Fox 25 News Starting Tuesday, Nov. 12, medical marijuana patients in Massachusetts will be able to buy THC vaping products again. This, after a judge ruled that only the state's Cannabis Control Commission has th…

Boston Mayor Walsh giving back $3,000-plus from pot companies » Boston Herald Mayor Martin Walsh is returning the $3,000-plus his campaign has raked in over the past two years from pot company executives, shedding the cash after the Herald asked about the donations.…

Massachusetts Cannabis Commissioner Urges Patience Amid Vape Ban, Shifting Law » Cannabis Business Times “We’re enforcing the law” and “transparency takes time” are two clear takeaways from a recent conversation with Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commissioner Jennifer Flanagan.…

Education

House approves of counselors for student veterans » Sentinel & Enterprise House 154-0, approved and sent to the Senate a bill providing that UMass Medical School develop a continuing education program focusing on the needs of students who are veterans. Clinical and non-clin…

Student petition opposes Scott Brown’s appointment as next president of New England Law » Boston Globe More than 150 students at New England Law Boston appear to have signed a petition demanding the school’s board of trustees reverse its decision to appoint Scott Brown dean and president.…

State finds Billerica school safe rooms out of compliance » Lowell Sun A state investigation into the use of safe rooms in the public schools has determined that two rooms at the Kennedy School and signage at the Parker School are out of compliance with regulations.…

Anxiety Over Student Visas Could Impact Enrollment, Mass. College Leaders Worry » WBUR For international students who want to go to college in the United States, there’s a lot of documentation involved. And for many, a lot of uncertainty.…

My priorities in the Higher Education Act » Commonwealth Magazine By Lori Trahan. Standards for higher ed haven’t been updated since 2008…

Environment

Cape Cod shark report by Woods Hole Group disputed by local researcher » Boston Herald The long-awaited report on how to improve safety in the waters around Cape Cod amid an increase of shark attacks is a “piece of garbage,” according to a local researcher’s scathing rebuttal.…

Woods Hole study says climate change could kill off emperor penguins » Boston Globe You know them by their tuxedos, their hilarious waddle — and the incredible hardships they brave trying to survive in the bitter cold in Antarctica. They’ve been the stars of more than one stunnin…

AP finds nearly 40 problematic dams in Massachusetts » The Hour When Frederick Law Olmsted designed this city's largest park in the 1930s, his centerpiece was a chain of small lakes and ponds.…

Special Commission on Ocean Acidification Meets on Cape Cod » Cape Cod Online A special state commission has conducted its first of several meetings on research into ocean acidification in Massachusetts waters.…

Gaming

MGM Springfield awards $1.7M to neighboring towns » News 22 WWLP.com MGM Springfield is hosting a breakfast reception Tuesday morning with local community leaders to commemorate recent payments of $1.7 million.…

One year in, sports betting in Rhode Island is trending upward: ‘It’s a degenerate’s dream right here!’ » Boston Globe The light from the nearly 90 television screens at the Twin River Sportsbook on a football Sunday washes over patrons with the force of an open fire hydrant hitting a pile of leaves.…

Health Care

Massachusetts Senate to debate prescription drug price bill » News 22 WWLP.com The Massachusetts Senate is set to debate legislation that Democratic leaders say will address the soaring cost of prescription drugs.…

Picking up the PACE for elder care » Commonwealth Magazine East Boston program models a way to help seniors stay in their home…

Senate trying public-shaming approach on drug pricing » Commonwealth Magazine TO DEAL WITH the rising cost of pharmaceutical drugs, the Massachusetts Senate is considering two approaches, one that involves public shaming of drug manufacturers and another that tells insurers to …

Housing

As Harvard narrows bidders for Allston land, a focus on housing emerges » Boston Globe The three development teams that just made the finals in Harvard’s Great Allston Chase may be quite different. But they share one important trait: All three want more housing.…

Could rent control help cool Boston’s housing crisis? Here’s what to know. » Real Estate Boston Twenty-five years ago, Massachusetts voters narrowly shot down the rent control laws regulating the Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline rental markets.…

Massachusetts Prepares To Launch Its Own Housing Search Database » New England Public Radio Massachusetts lawmakers say one issue that continues to suppress business growth is a lack of affordable housing. So now the state says it's going to launch its own housing search tool.…

Immigration

Lives and dreams on hold as Supreme Court is set to hear DACA case » Boston Globe Alma Oñate Muñoz was 8 years old when she and her family came to the United States from Mexico in search of better medical treatment for her sister, who had been diagnosed with a disease that threat…

Judiciary

Lawmakers to debate 'Conrad's Law,' which would criminalize suicide coercion » Fox 25 News Conrad Roy III took his own life in 2014 after his girlfriend, Michelle Carter, taunted him with texts and phone calls.…

Bump follows lead of DAs » Commonwealth Magazine Court challenge may be best way to settle sentencing dispute…

Local Government

Letter to the Editor: A wonderful tribute to General Pulaski in Fall River » The Herald News Sunday, Oct. 20, was a mild sunny day at the General Pulaski Monument in Pulaski Park in Fall River, allowing a patriotic group to show respect for one of America’s champions in the American Revolut…

Politics

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to the Rescue? [OPINION] » WBSM Republican Charlie Baker is the most popular governor in the United States. He is also the answer for lots of people looking for a political champion.…

Here’s where Joe Kennedy stands on the hottest issues debated during Ed Markey’s climate change forum » Boston.com Sen. Ed Markey said he was “disappointed” that Rep. Joe Kennedy missed the first candidate event of their high-profile 2020 primary race.…

City Hall Notebook: Partisan politics reach local election » Worcester Telegram It's time to put an end to the farcical notion that Worcester's municipal elections are non-partisan, especially after last week's election.…

Jack Stanton Enters Crowded Race For State Senate Seat » Cape Cod News John A. Stanton, who ran unsuccessfully last year against longtime incumbent State Rep. Randy Hunt, announced this weekend in a letter to followers that he will run for the state senate seat currently…

Is Baker launching a new state political party? » Commonwealth Magazine A new centrist super PAC seems to suggest he is…

Public Health

Massachusetts House to vote on bill banning flavored tobacco products, including menthol, and taxing e-cigarettes » The Republican The Massachusetts House will vote Wednesday on a bill that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, including mint and menthol. The bill would also impose a 75% excise tax on all electronic ci…

What we know about the Massachusetts vape ban and its future » Boston Globe With all the news around vaping-related lung illnesses and the Massachusetts ban on product sales, it might be hard to untangle what’s happening amid a series of legal challenges.…

Mass. Has The First Jail In The Country That's Also A Licensed Methadone Treatment Provider » WBUR It's 7 a.m. in the library of the Franklin County Jail, and nurse Jennifer Maillet is preparing addiction medications for eight men.…

Public Safety

Unredacted court memo: Convicted statie named names in Troopergate probe » Boston Herald Federally convicted ex-state trooper Daren DeJong gave the Attorney General’s Office specific names of lieutenants and commanding officers involved in the Troopergate overtime scandal in a 3-hour Ap…

EDITORIAL: Next state police leader should come from outside the department » Newburyport News The Massachusetts State Police is once again in need of a new leader. Col. Kerry Gilpin, who took over the top post two years ago, announced her retirement last week. It takes effect Friday.…

Hang up on costs of prison calls » Boston Herald When it comes to our criminal justice system, especially in Massachusetts, there’s often a fender bender at the intersection of Compassion, Coddling and Common Sense.…

State Government

Political Notes: Galvin pushes for accurate Census count of Cape » Cape Cod Times Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin will be on the Cape this week to address regional issues that could affect a complete and accurate count of residents in the 2020 U.S. Census.…

State House honors veterans who ‘didn’t hesitate to answer’ call of duty » Boston Herald Retired U.S. Army First Sergeant Gumersindo Gomez’s voice rang loud during a Veteran’s Day ceremony at the State House, echoing the day’s message of recognizing the immense sacrifice veterans ha…

Governor Baker urges public to honor veterans for their sacrifice and bravery » Boston Globe Despite the gloomy weather, Sarah Zimmet brought her 3-year-old son Oscar to cheer on veterans in Monday’s annual Veterans Day parade in Boston.…

Taxation

Film tax credit sunset looms » Commonwealth Magazine THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE WAYS AND MEANS Committee sounds as if he is in no hurry to eliminate the sunset provision contained in the state’s film tax credit law.…

Transportation

Is $18 billion enough to upgrade transportation, or is $50 billion more like it? » Boston Globe Here we go again talking about needing more money to create a 21st century transportation system.…

Mass. drivers could be facing two increases at the gas pump » Boston Globe For policy makers juggling two crises, the state’s gas pumps could ultimately provide a ripe resource to help fund Massachusetts’ transportation needs and its long-running fight against climate ch…

The danger of car ‘safety’ systems » Boston Globe Beth Teitell’s article was interesting but failed to warn that some of these “safety” systems can cause accidents (“Auto pilot: Bossy cars are a turnoff,” Page A1, Nov. 10). Toyota has over …

Statehouse Roundup: One way to run a railroad » Wicked Local Watertown There's a scenario in which gas-guzzling cars, taxed aggressively, could be a necessary evil to achieve a fully electrified train system that services passengers every 15 minutes. But Gov. Charlie Bak…

Snow, cold snap could snarl Boston commutes this week » Boston Herald Boston commuters will get hit with a one-two punch of the first snow and the first deep freeze on the season in back-to-back commutes on Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning, meteorologists warned…

Massachusetts transportation project wish list tops $75B » Boston Herald A massive wish list of more than $75 billion in transportation spending outlined by state agencies and advocates is far beyond what taxpayers and commuters can handle, alarmed watchdogs are warning.…

He spends $230 a week to get from Western Mass. to Boston and he’s not alone; meet one of the state’s more than 10,000 ‘super commuters’ » The Republican Six days a week, Ricarte Burgos wakes up at 3:30 a.m. to drive halfway across Massachusetts to get to work.…

Fed review of I-90 project begins with a blackout » Commonwealth Magazine Locals want plan for mobility through Allston during construction…

Utilities

Hedlund says dwindling demand for pipeline capacity warrants compressor review » Patriot Ledger The Weymouth mayor sent a letter to a state regulator last week saying the review is necessary because two companies that planned to use a pipeline connected to the proposed compressor station have pu…

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