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Cha-ching! Shannon Liss-Riordan has loaned Senate campaign $3 million since May » Boston Globe Liss-Riordan has framed herself as a political outsider who’s long fought for workers’ rights, and she is leaning on her personal wealth to keep pace with Markey and Kennedy, both well-known and w…

After outcry, Medicare restores calculator to help seniors find lowest-priced drug plans » Boston Globe Six weeks after it sparked a national wave of protest by unveiling a revamped drug insurance website that omitted a tool used by millions, the federal agency that runs Medicare has restored its total-…

Steve Grossman endorses Markey for reelection » State House News Service Steve Grossman, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and state treasurer for four years, endorsed Sen. Ed Markey's re-election campaign on Thursday, siding with the incumbent in a …

Warren’s Been Talking to Gillum, Sparking VP Buzz » The Daily Beast (T)he two Democrats have been in contact over the course of the campaign and that there is a “strong impression” that Gillum is a possible vice presidential contender for Warren, who has risen in …

Biden’s sometimes bizarre segment included him swearing that President Barack Obama kissed him, mistakenly using a phrase to suggest Biden himself is gay and invoking the phrases “gay bathhouses” and “round-the-clock sex.” » Politico “It’s not strange. That’s the generic point,” Biden said. “And the more people know that, the more they understand it. Remember, Anderson, back 15, 20 years ago? We talked about this in San …

Trump's smoke-and-mirrors 2020 health care strategy » Axios Trump's most demonstrably false claim is that, as he put it in May, “we will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions."…

The top 15 Democratic presidential candidates of 2020, ranked and tiered » Washington Post The fourth Democratic debate is Tuesday, which also happens to be the deadline for candidates to submit their third-quarter fundraising reports.…

N.J. teacher who worked with Elizabeth Warren says the school culture didn’t support pregnant women » NJ.com The retired educator said she doesn’t remember Warren, and could not speak directly to the issue of Warren saying she lost her job in 1971 because she was pregnant, although she noted that pregnant …

“Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that,” Ms. Warren replied. “And I’m going to say, then just marry one woman. I’m cool with that...Assuming you can find one”

Elizabeth Warren

When asked how she would respond to the hypothetical question: “... My faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman... what is your response?”

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Beltway Politics

Warren: ‘Marry one woman. Assuming you can find one’ » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered quite the burn at CNN’s Equality Town Hall Thursday in response to a question from Morgan Cox, chair of the Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors, on how she wo…

Sanders never considered leaving race after heart attack » Boston Herald Bernie Sanders said Thursday that he never considered dropping out of the presidential race after suffering a heart attack last week and characterized his recovery as “so far, so very good” despit…

Elizabeth Warren picks her battles as attacks against her increase » Boston Globe Her dismissal from a job 48 years ago had been catapulted into the news by a conservative media outlet, and she herself had just ignited a fresh round of hand-wringing about her willingness to court b…

Clarence Thomas’s strategy to weaken a #freepress » Boston Globe Clarence Thomas, the normally reticent Supreme Court justice, unexpectedly stepped out earlier this year to volunteer a lone opinion on a legal precedent fundamental to American values of free express…

The House should vote on its impeachment inquiry » Boston Globe Let’s start by stating the obvious. You can’t impeach a president without a vote. Not without a number of them, actually.…

Rep. Neal's Campaign Takes Shot At Challenger Alex Morse » New England Public Radio A press release over campaign fundraising Thursday touched off a volley between Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield.…

Biden's Advantage With Black Voters Highlights Warren's Challenge In South Carolina » WBUR Elizabeth Warren faced an important audience Wednesday, one she may need to win over in her quest to become the Democratic presidential nominee.…

Business

Three buildings and a park planned for former Gillette lots » Boston Globe The sea of parking lots alongside Gillette’s World Shaving Headquarters could become home to three new buildings and more than 3 acres of park space, under a proposal soon to be filed with the city …

Key Providence business group opposes underground bus tunnel in Kennedy Plaza » Boston Globe A prominent downtown business group has asked the state to scrap a plan to build an underground bus tunnel on the Washington Street side of Kennedy Plaza, citing concerns about the cost to construct a…

A Local News Experiment In Haverhill May Fall Victim To Economic Woes » WGBH At a time when local news is in danger of being snuffed out by corporate chain ownership, WHAV Radio in Haverhill has established itself as a worthy alternative. Built by a journalist and advertising …

Our Opinion: Introducing Wayfair to its Pittsfield home » Berkshire Eagle The presence of so many elected and appointed government officials and other dignitaries Thursday at the opening ceremony for Wayfair's customer service center in Pittsfield attested to its significan…

Dorchester nonprofit files discrimination complaint against Greenway » Boston Globe The Dorchester nonprofit that lost its contract after maintaining the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway for 10 years filed a state complaint Thursday alleging that the Greenway and its executive direct…

Wayfair CEO returns home to celebrate opening of new Pittsfield call center » Berkshire Eagle Mayor Linda Tyer introduced Wayfair co-founder and CEO Niraj Shah as "our new and old friend," during a ceremony Thursday welcoming the online furniture retailer's newest customer service center.…

CRRC deserves state support (Editorial) » The Republican Whenever Governor Charlie Baker visits Western Massachusetts, he emphasizes his dedication to helping all parts of the state, including ours.…

Tarr: Fishing rules don't match industry realities » State House News Service The federal government on Wednesday released data showing that cod stocks in the area remain overfished and are not on target to be rebuilt by 2024. NOAA Fisheries also reported that "overfishing is o…

Ocean Spray wades into new waters with a line of tea tonics and oat milk elixirs » Boston Globe Cranberries were ripening in the bogs last week at Flax Pond Farms, and farmer Jack Angley was behind the wheel of his tractor while children sorted berries in the barn.…

Fee-free online trades are reshaping the investing world » Boston Globe Fees on many index mutual funds and exchange-traded funds have dropped to zero. Some app-based “robo-advisers” are offering no-cost investment advice. And now, online stock trading, once a cash co…

Belgian drug maker buying Cambridge startup Ra Pharma for $2.5b » Boston Globe Another Massachusetts biotech is being bought by a big foreign drug company.…

Boston-area venture capital deals decline to a low for the decade » Boston Globe So did some of the local hard-working venture capitalists finally opt for fun in the sun this summer?…

Related Beal unveils early plans for Fort Point P&G site » Boston Business Journal Representatives from real-estate development firm Related Beal and architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates on Thursday laid out their early plans to transform 6.5 acres of surface parking lots …

Salem Horror Fest wasn’t forced out of venue: National Parks Service » Boston Herald Officials with the National Park Service said Thursday that the founder of Salem Horror Fest mischaracterized the reasons why the festival would no longer be airing films at the city’s visitor cente…

Wayfair Opens Call Center In Pittsfield » New England Public Radio Online furniture giant Wayfair opened a new call center Thursday in a historic mill building in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.…

Cannabis

State marijuana commission warns of scams that target small businesses » Boston Business Journal The Cannabis Control Commission is advising marijuana entrepreneurs to be on the lookout for scams that target small businesses in need of capital.…

‘Some pretty good-looking flowers’: Growing hemp in Hatfield » Gazette Net Dubbed the “banner tobacco town of the state” at the turn of the 20th century, Hatfield once led the pack of other Pioneer Valley towns in generating the most revenue from its booming premium toba…

Massachusetts Approves Home Delivery and Cafes » Wikileaf Lawmakers in Massachusetts officially legalized cannabis home delivery and cafes. The Cannabis Control Commission voted 4-1 in approval of both measures.…

Crimes

Scram, ‘granny scam’: DA’s office launches awareness program for fraudulent phone calls » Gazette Net Karin Eisenwinter, of Amherst, says she receives 20 or more imposter scam calls per week.…

Education

Civic engagement keeps citizens well versed on how our government should work » Sentinel & Enterprise It’s been almost a year since Gov. Charlie Baker put his signature on “Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement,” which requires the state to strengthen civics education requirements by manda…

NASA launches telescope built by UMass Lowell » Boston Globe NASA has launched a telescope built by the University of Massachusetts Lowell that could someday find planets and other objects in space that have yet to be discovered, university officials said in a …

Holy Cross dean relinquishes duties while handling of harassment allegation is probed » Worcester Telegram A week after an alumna said she told Holy Cross Provost and Dean of the College Margaret Freije about a professor’s harassment 22 years ago, Freije has stepped down from her role as overseer of the …

During AIS tour, Baker calls for continued investments in vocational training equipment » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker stopped by AIS in Leominster on Wednesday, marking the state’s celebration of Manufacturing Month. After a brief tour of the facility, Baker spoke about ways that schools and the …

Harvard hires Foley Hoag for probe into Epstein donations » Boston Business Journal Harvard University has tapped the Boston law firm Foley Hoag LLP to assist with an investigation into millions of dollars in donations made to the institution by the late financier and convicted sex o…

Environment

Hudson proposes plastic bag ban » Wicked Local The town may soon join a growing list of municipalities that ban businesses from using single-use plastic bags.…

Leatherback turtles found dead off Cape Cod Bay » Boston Globe A half-dozen leatherback turtles have been found dead along the Massachusetts coast since mid-September, including three found off Cape Cod Bay in the last two weeks, as this largest turtle species ex…

Dismissed EPA science advisers gather in ‘unprecedented’ challenge to Trump administration » Science What was billed as an extraordinary event launched this morning in the most mundane of surroundings: a neutral-toned conference room that featured scientific researchers seated around a makeshift tabl…

Bringing nature back into our environment » Commonwealth Magazine Trees, wetlands, green infrastructure could have enormous impact…

Plastic bags could be a thing of the past in Peabody » Lynn Daily News Item Paper or plastic? It won’t be a choice in the city for long. The Peabody City Council is expected to approve a plastic bag ban at its next meeting in two weeks.…

Gaming

Gaming regulators size up first license renewal » State House News Service A couple of months after opening a second resort casino and celebrating a full year of another, the Gaming Commission on Thursday turned its attention to renewing the license for the slots parlor in P…

Health Care

Bill would ensure treatment for mysterious pediatric disease » Boston Herald Children in agony from severe mental health issues associated with common illnesses like strep throat aren’t always able to get insurance coverage for treatment. A bill being considered on Beacon Hi…

Doctors, hospitals criticize new regulations for surgeries and other practices » Boston Globe Three months after the state medical board voted to tighten regulations on how doctors practice medicine, the rules are facing stiff resistance from Massachusetts hospitals and physicians, and it’s …

Bill pushes breast pumps for preemie moms » Gazette Net Mothers unable to provide milk to their premature newborns may be able to do so if a bill is passed that would make insurance providers cover the cost of more durable breast pumps.…

Housing

Kudos from Neal, others for new affordable, modern senior housing in Great Barrington » Berkshire Eagle It's bright, modern and the rents are reasonable at a new affordable housing complex for seniors that was unveiled Thursday off South Main Street.…

Immigration

Congressional oversight committee to subpoena ICE, USCIS directors over efforts to deport sick children undergoing treatment at U.S. hospitals » The Republican A congressional committee plans to subpoena immigration officials to determine why the federal government tried to order foreigners undergoing medical treatment for severe, complex illnesses to leave …

ICE officials called into court to explain detention moves » Boston Globe A federal judge Thursday forced immigration officials to explain their decision to detain several unauthorized immigrants who had been seeking permanent legal status and hold them in custody for month…

Legislative

Rep. Ciccolo puts in a very active first year » Daily Times Chronicle Rep. Michelle Ciccolo, D. represents a wide swarth of the west side of Woburn and the South End (Wards 7 and 1) at the statehouse as well as the town of Lexington. She has now been on the job since th…

Local Government

Former BHA chief Bill McGonagle dies at 67 » Boston Herald Former Boston Housing Authority chief Bill McGonagle, who grew up in the Boston Housing projects he later devoted his life to, died Thursday, just two months after he retired.…

Correia staves off council bid to remove him from office » The Herald News Jasiel Correia II will continue to serve as Fall River’s mayor. Correia, who is facing a 24-count federal indictment and a steep uphill re-election battle, won a small reprieve Thursday when a Super…

Attleboro area communities get state recycling grants » The Sun Chronicle Most Attleboro area communities are receiving state grants for their recycling, composting and waste reduction programs.…

Rep. Jim Arciero opens playground at Roudenbush » Wicked Local Westford Rep. Jim Arciero and Sen. Ed Kennedy joined Roudenbush Community Center staff to officially open the Frost Playground.…

Historic Deerfield launches $10M campaign » Gazette Net Historic Deerfield announced Monday the launch of a campaign to raise $10 million to bolster historic preservation and visitor engagement at the museum.…

Bill McGonagle, ‘a regular kid from Southie’ who helped desegregate Boston’s public housing, dies at 67 » Boston Globe When Bill McGonagle was appointed to lead the Boston Housing Authority in 2009, he knew just what to do. Hopping in a car, he soon was driving through the Mary Ellen McCormack housing development, whe…

Boiler brouhaha blows up again in Attleboro » The Sun Chronicle The brouhaha that blew up last week after city councilors refused to treat Mayor Paul Heroux’s appropriation request to buy two new boilers for City Hall as an emergency measure got officials steame…

Framingham's community development coordinator filed a discrimination complaint against city » The Metro West Daily News Nathalie Jean filed a racial discrimination complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in November 2018, but continued to work until she went on medical leave to cope with ongo…

Wellfleet Selectboard holds off on sending bike path letter » Cape Cod Times In a split vote Monday, the Selectboard declined to send a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker asking him to suspend any construction or planning on a portion of a controversial proposed bike path.…

Politics

Seeking first win, Garrison makes City Council race about Wu » Boston Globe The race for the City Council’s four at-large seats is down to eight finalists, but incumbent Councilor Althea Garrison wants to make it all about Councilor Michelle Wu, whom she’s targeted as her…

Amid possible primary, Trahan touts backing of Warren, pro-choice group » Boston Globe Girding for a possible rematch in 2020, first-term Representative Lori Trahan is rolling out the endorsements of Senator Elizabeth Warren and the national pro-choice organization, NARAL, providing a s…

Warren endorses Trahan in re-election bid » Lowell Sun U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan on Thursday received the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in her re-election campaign to the Third Congressional District.…

Pressley endorses four women for at-large City Council » Dorchester Reporter Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley has endorsed four women — including two newcomers— in their quest to win one of four at-large seats in next month's Boston City Council election.…

Public Health

Gov. Charlie Baker defends vape ban, hopes Massachusetts can develop regulatory framework and halt e-cigarette injuries » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker defended Thursday the state’s four-month ban on sales of vaping products in the face of a federal lawsuit and backlash from vape users and retailers who fear being put out of busi…

Middlesex County man is state’s 3rd human case of West Nile virus » Boston Globe State public health officials on Thursday announced the confirmation of the third human case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts this year.…

Telling People 'Just Don't Vape' Not Effective, Public Health Researcher Says » WBUR There's added urgency to the debate over vaping in Massachusetts after the state reported its first death: a woman in her 60s, from a lung illness apparently related to vaping nicotine.…

Boston Is Using A Chemical Warfare Device To Help Fight Fentanyl » WBUR Sarah Mackin runs a Q-tip-type swab around the inside of a tiny plastic baggie that appears to be empty. She spreads whatever the swab picked up onto a test strip that resembles a Band-Aid. Mackin sli…

DA Rollins: Philadelphia Ruling A 'Turning Point' For Supervised Consumption Sites » WBUR Calling last week's federal court ruling in Pennsylvania an "historic turning point" for the strategy of using supervised consumption sites to combat the opioid epidemic, Suffolk County District Attor…

'We're ready': SSTAR celebrates plans for its new Weaver Street treatment facility » The Herald News Providing inadequate treatment for addiction is not only a “human rights violation,” but sets about a “vicious cycle of never-ending suffering,” said Dr. Elizabeth Saenz, a project coordinator…

Public Safety

Chabad of Peabody lands grant to bolster security » The Salem News Security cameras and shatterproof glass will be installed at Chabad of Peabody Jewish Center with help from a $50,000 federal Homeland Security grant.…

Mountain of outstanding warrants piling up » The Salem News Nearly 400,000 people are wanted by Massachusetts courts for offenses dating back half a century, as the state's backlog of outstanding arrest warrants continues to grow.…

State Government

Baker’s RMV audit a money pit » Boston Herald Remember when Charlie Baker ran a tight ship? We speak of his tenure as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, an organization teetering on the brink of bankruptcy in the early 2000s, which he steered ba…

Inspector General to step in on RMV board reform » Boston Herald The inspector general will step in to reform the Merit Rating Board, the obscure RMV division last tasked with processing out-of-state license suspensions that led to the ongoing records scandal.…

Lt. governor’s field trip takes her to coworking spaces downtown » The Recorder Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited two coworking spaces in the city Thursday as part of research for the next economic development plan for the Baker-Polito Administration.…

Taxation

TCI spy with my little eye a new tax » Boston Herald Tall Deval and his minions call it a T.C.I., but what it really is a T.A.X. – a gasoline tax.…

TCI looks a lot like a gas tax, but is it? » Commonwealth Magazine GOV CHARLIE BAKER’S Transportation Climate Initiative looks a lot like a tax, but in legal terms it’s not.…

Transportation

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone calls for ‘radical’ changes to the MBTA » Boston.com Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone says the MBTA’s woes hit his city particularly hard.…

State still in hunt for permanent rating board chief » State House News Service The temporary leader of a Registry of Motor Vehicles department at the center of a record-keeping scandal will remain in place for at least another month, where he will be tasked with further cutting …

Looking for an exit? Hundreds at Blandford meeting debate possibility of new MassPike interchange between Westfield and Lee » The Republican Some came Thursday with an open mind to hear detailed plans to build a long-sought Massachusetts Turnpike exit in Blandford in the Berkshire hills between Westfield and Lee.…

Blandford residents voice concerns over proposed Mass Pike exit » Western Mass News Tonight, people in Blandford will have their voices heard once more on the proposed Mass Pike exit in the hill town.…

MA Department of Transportation Under Fire for Opening HOV Lane to All Drivers » U.S. News & World Report Conservation Law Foundation says MassDOT violated state and federal laws by allowing single drivers to use a carpool lane on I-93.…

Utilities

DPU Investigating National Grid's Management » WBUR State utility regulators have ordered a broad investigation into the management of National Grid in a rare move born of concerns that one of the state's largest electricity providers failed to communi…

Lawmakers eye banning Columbia Gas work in Mass. » The Andover Townsman Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera doesn’t mince words when asked if he thinks Columbia Gas should be allowed to continue serving his city.…

Lawmakers ask gas company CEO to pull compressor station plans » Patriot Ledger Members of Weymouth’s Congressional delegation are asking the CEO of a giant energy company to reconsider his company’s decision to build a 7,700-horsepower natural gas compressor station on the b…

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB4017 - An Act relative to hospital access to discounted prescription drug prices

HB4018 - An Act establishing certain reporting requirements for the board of the commonwealth health insurance connector

HB4021 - An Act relative to the environmental health of the Blue Hills Reservation

HB4091 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Dawn Ball, an employee of the Department of Transportation

SB2275 - An Act providing for recall elections in the town of Westport

HB3631 - An Act relative to certain municipal employees of the towns of Richmond and West Stockbridge

HB3948 - An Act establishing the DHY Clean Waters Community Partnership for the towns of Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth

Most read bills of the week:

HB4002 - An Act authorizing and accelerating transportation investment

SB120 - An Act relative to consumer data privacy

SB2364 - An Act to protect access to invaluable, economical and necessary treatments

HB4067 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HD4535 - An Act relative to combating the opioid epidemic

HB4012 - An Act relative to children’s health and wellness

SB659 - An Act to protect access to invaluable, economical, and necessary treatments

SB2350 - An Act relative to educational opportunity for students

HB1853 - An Act relative to fail first and patient safety

SB2365 - An Act relative to educational opportunity for students

House Actions This Week: 362

Senate Actions This Week: 23


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