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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Women Veterans Appreciation Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

12:00pm Commission on Ocean Acidification, Leob Building, Marine Biological Laboratory, Room G70 (ground level), 18 MBL Street Falmouth, MA 02543

2:30pm Special Announcement with Congressman Joe Kennedy & Sen. Eric Lesser, Union Station, Springfield

Must-Reads

Pacheco Calls Out Colleagues Over Lack Of Climate Action » State House News Service While Sen. Marc Pacheco's call to pass "bold" climate legislation before the end of 2019 seems likely to go unanswered, both Senate President Karen Spilka and Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities …

Kuehn Foundation heading effort to create affordable-housing-search site » Boston Globe Kuehn and Citizens Housing and Planning Association — a nonprofit that represents affordable-housing developers — are partnering with state agencies that finance affordable housing in Massachusett…

Ayanna Pressley hits the campaign trail with Elizabeth Warren in a move that could be mutually beneficial » Boston Globe “There is a lot more to Ayanna Pressley, obviously, than demographics, but she’s going to help if she can help some African-Americans take a second pass at Elizabeth Warren,” said Erin O’Brien…

Book by ‘Anonymous’ describes Trump as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation » Washington Post Senior Trump administration officials considered resigning en masse last year in a “midnight self-massacre” to sound a public alarm about President Trump’s conduct, but rejected the idea because…

Battle Lines Form Quickly on Senate Drug Pricing Bill » State House News Service Senators rolled out the bill (S 2397) on Thursday and scheduled it for debate on Nov. 14, with amendments due by Tuesday afternoon. Health access advocates praised the bill's transparency measures and…

Tuesday’s elections highlight the anti-Trump fervor in America’s suburbs » Washington Post For the president, the results underscore that his best hope for reelection in 2020 will be to expand the electorate as much as possible in the small-town, rural and exurban areas of the battleground …

Joe Kennedy is ‘happy to debate climate.’ His campaign is not happy about an upcoming event. » Boston.com Here's why Kennedy won't be on stage with Ed Markey and Shannon Liss-Riordan this weekend.…

THE WOMAN BEHIND ELIZABETH WARREN’S RISE » OZY Pearcey stands at the vanguard of the rising tide of women of color in Democratic politics, as seven of the top 10 presidential candidates have a woman of color as their national political director. A…

Who Will Betray Trump? » Politico Magazine Donald Trump knows there are potential traitors in his midst. His presidency could depend on keeping them at bay.…

The Massacre That Spawned the Alt-Right » Politico Magazine Forty years ago, a gang of Klansmen and Nazis murdered five communists in broad daylight. America has never been the same.…

Michael Bloomberg Actively Prepares to Enter 2020 Presidential Race » New York Times Aides to Mr. Bloomberg also reached out to Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, the chair of the Democratic Governors Association.…

Massachusetts isn’t always as progressive as it seems. Our female leaders are fighting to change that » Boston Globe YOU MIGHT THINK Massachusetts women have it made in politics. US Senator Elizabeth Warren is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination for president. US Representative Katherine Clark is the s…

Republicans will lose control of the Senate in a landslide similar to that which followed the removal of Richard Nixon from office, and the Republican Party as we have known it will cease to exist.

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld

If the Senate Republicans stand by President Donald Trump's side during the impeachment process.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Sanders’ heart attack could have ended his presidential campaign. Instead, it boosted it » Boston Globe Senator Bernie Sanders was holding court on the topic of health care for senior citizens last weekend when a bespectacled supporter asked about the health of one particular senior citizen: Sanders him…

Battenfeld: Bill Weld’s longshot gamble » Boston Herald Republican presidential candidate William Weld is making a longshot gamble this week, drawing a line in the sand and warning his GOP colleagues that they are making a big mistake by sticking with Pres…

Pence files President Trump’s paperwork for New Hampshire primary » Boston Globe Vice President Mike Pence returned to New Hampshire on Thursday for one of the more storied American political traditions, formally placing Donald Trump’s name on the state’s first-in-the-nation p…

Pence slams impeachment while filing Trump’s name for primary ballot in New Hampshire » Boston Herald Vice President Mike Pence called the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry into President Trump a “disgrace” on Thursday, staunchly defending the commander-in-chief while visiting New Hampshire to file…

Bill Weld: I’ve seen enough. Time for Trump to go » Boston Herald The recent actions of Republican Party officials in several states to cancel presidential primaries, organized and directed by the Trump organization in Washington, D.C., are not merely anti-democracy…

A Buttigieg buzz and a possible Bennet endorsement coup in New Hampshire » Boston Globe Think the dynamic of the Democratic presidential race is set in Bernie-Biden-Elizabeth stone? You won’t if you spend some time chatting with voters in the Granite State.…

The real constitutional crisis » Boston Globe Many commentators are breathlessly reporting that America is on the brink of a constitutional crisis. They’re right, but not in the sense that they imagine.…

Texting With Bill Weld: “100% Democratic Rule” If Senate Republicans Listen To Trump » BuzzFeedNews In The Stakes 2020, BuzzFeed News' political newsletter, Bill Weld, who is challenging Donald Trump for the Republican nomination, says Republicans are abandoning their duty to the Constitution and ex…

Elizabeth Warren endorsed by group of black women activists » CNN Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday scored an endorsement from a group of more than 100 black women activists, who praised the Democratic presidential candidate as a leader on implementing structural ch…

Business

Southie pols say they’ll watch Gillette’s plans for ‘World Shaving Headquarters’ closely » Boston Herald Gillette is launching a review of its iconic “Shaving World Headquarters” property in South Boston, with the possibility of selling off more land — and local pols say they’ll fight to keep job…

Amid reinvention, Gillette rethinking its Boston, Andover properties » Boston Globe Procter & Gamble has been busy reinventing Gillette under pressure from lower-cost competitors. Think: big changes to marketing, innovation, online sales.…

Judge Skeptical Facebook Can Shield Data From Mass. Probe » Law 360 Facebook will likely have to turn over more data tied to Cambridge Analytica, the firm that harvested data from millions of users for the Trump campaign, to Massachusetts' attorney general.…

Turnover at the top of some of the largest retailers in Mass. » Boston Business Journal There’s been a lot of changes in the C-suites at the largest retailers in the state over the last year, according to Business Journal’s 2019 list of the largest retailers in Massachusetts. Four of…

Suffolk Downs master plan gets design OK » Boston Business Journal The HYM Investment Group’s master plan for the 161-acre Suffolk Downs site in Revere and East Boston has been approved by the Boston Civic Design Commission.…

The 2019 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts » Boston Globe Meet the female decision makers of the Bay State. The 2019 edition of this list of power brokers includes leaders of health care companies, retail giants, construction heavyweights, financial institut…

Cannabis

Boston subpoenaed in federal pot corruption investigation » Boston Herald City Hall has been targeted by U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling in his unfolding legalized pot corruption investigation, with a grand jury subpoenaing records related to city officials’ dealings with re…

CCC will wait and see to intervene on vape ban » Boston Herald Medical marijuana vape products could end up back on the shelves next week if the state ban is lifted, after a confrontation broke out among Cannabis Control Commissioners over whether or not to inter…

Gov. Baker reacts to medical marijuana vaping exemption » News 22 WWLP.com We are now almost halfway through the 4-month vape sale ban, and the question of who has the authority to ban medical marijuana products is still up in the air.…

Feds Subpoena Boston's Cannabis Contract Records » WBUR Federal authorities are investigating Boston's contracts and payments with marijuana companies as part of a statewide probe…

Domestic Relations

Oxford LGBT family seeks assurance as Trump administration cuts adoption protections » Worcester Telegram After a tumultuous four-year adoption process, Oxford husbands Ken Peterson and Rick Rheault welcomed their daughter and two sons into what they call their “forever family.” But agencies could soo…

Education

Money (doesn't) talk: Colleges mum on donor vetting in age of Epstein, Sackler » Boston Business Journal News that Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University accepted gifts from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made headlines in September. A few weeks later, the Associated Press r…

Environment

Lowell water treatment plant to stop accepting toxic water from N.H. landfill » Boston Globe Under pressure from lawmakers and environmental advocates, officials in Lowell said Thursday that they had suspended a contract with a New Hampshire landfill that sent a large volume of toxic runoff i…

Wellfleet bikeway – a missed opportunity » Wicked Local Provincetown Cape Cod draws visitors from near and far with its natural beauty — much credit goes to those who created the Cape Cod National Seashore. More recently, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation …

Toxic chemicals, troublesome policy » Boston Globe We rightly expect officials at the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to make decisions that make our lives safer and the well-being o…

Mass Special Commission on Ocean Acidification Holds First Meeting Friday » Cape Cod Today The first meeting of the Special Legislative Commission Relative to Ocean Acidification. The Commission was created by legislation passed by Senator Cyr and Representative Fernandes in 2018.…

Mass Special Commission on Ocean Acidification Holds First Meeting Friday » Cape Cod Today The first meeting of the Special Legislative Commission Relative to Ocean Acidification. The Commission was created by legislation passed by Senator Cyr and Representative Fernandes in 2018. The Commi…

State denies one of Quincy's Long Island Bridge appeals » Patriot Ledger The City of Boston has scored a victory in its ongoing legal battle with Quincy over the proposed rebuilding of the Long Island Bridge.…

Letter: Political mudslinging — the good kind » Gloucester Times Today, federal, state and local elected officials representing Gloucester will come together to celebrate the Annisquam River dredging project, which is finally moving forward.…

What Are PFAS Chemicals, And Should I Be Freaking Out About Them? » WBUR The chemicals called “PFAS” have been in the news a lot lately — like the recent revelation that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was allowing PFAS-contaminated water to be treated in Lo…

Gaming

MGM considering sale of Springfield casino’s real estate » Boston Globe MGM Resorts is considering whether to sell its Springfield casino’s real estate, a move it says would help free up cash while allowing it to continue operating the $960 million facility it opened ju…

Health Care

Time to rise up for healing » Commonwealth Magazine WE HAVE FAITH but have lost our patience. As faith leaders with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, we call on state leadership to rise up for healing by lowering the cost of prescription drug…

Housing

Tool in Development to Plug Rental Information Gap » State House News Service State officials and nonprofit housing organizations plan to develop a second-in-the-nation online tool over the coming year to make every affordable rental unit listing available on a single platform.…

In the Seaport, an artist’s ‘Mock’ triple-decker nails Boston housing policy » Boston Globe The intrusion of history in Boston’s Seaport District, a thicket of glass-and-steel built, oh, sometime not very long before yesterday, is like a fly in a finely-creamed soup.…

Human Services

The numbers prove UTEC is fulfilling its mission » Lowell Sun Like an infant taking those first baby steps, the United Teen Equality Center began in 1999 as a place where young people could gather without worrying about the pervasive gang violence in many Lowell…

Judiciary

Bump weighs in on sentencing guideline dispute » Commonwealth Magazine STATE AUDITOR SUZANNE BUMP released an audit on Thursday that concluded draft sentencing guidelines are being used by judges across the state even though the guidelines have never been enacted by the …

Mass. SJC Hears Arguments In Case Asking If Lack Of Criminal Defense Lawyers Is Unconstitutional » WBUR Massachusetts' highest court is reviewing a case alleging there is an unconstitutional shortage of criminal defense lawyers in the state.…

Local Government

Roxbury residents favor renaming Dudley Square. Will the city listen? » Boston Globe City officials asked Roxbury voters to consider the future name of Dudley Square, the heart of Boston’s historically black neighborhood. And they answered.…

San Juan mayor hails Holyoke as haven for Hurricane Maria refugees » Gazette Net When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in fall 2017, the most obvious image of the destruction it caused were the photos of destroyed homes, falling bridges and other infrastructure that appeared in …

New Methuen mayor has tall task » Commonwealth Magazine IT WAS the most explosive Massachusetts mayoral election north of the Taunton River. In Methuen, political newcomer Neil Perry trounced City Council Chairwoman Jennifer Kannan to take over a city stil…

Politics

Former MA First Lady Endorses Brookline's Mermell For Congress » Brookline Patch Former Massachusetts first lady Diane Patrick endorsed Jesse Mermell for the Fourth Congressional District, joining prominent local and state leaders including Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and former…

In crowded Fourth District, Jesse Mermell gets boost from Diane Patrick » Boston Globe Diane Patrick, the wife of former governor Deval Patrick, is wading into the Fourth Congressional District race to endorse Jesse Mermell, a former adviser to her husband, offering a rare public show o…

Joe Kennedy, Eric Lesser set campaign stop at Springfield Union Station » The Republican Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, candidate for U.S. Senate in 2020, will appear with state Sen. Eric P. Lesser Friday afternoon at Springfield Union Station.…

What we know about the Boston City Council-at-large recount » Dorchester Reporter Tuesday's election for Boston City Council-at-large ended with just ten votes separating the fourth and fifth place finishers— Julia Mejia and Alejandra St. Guillen.…

After New Zealand, here’s what Scott Brown (yes, that one) is doing next » Boston Globe Scott Brown, the Wrentham selectman turned state representative turned state senator turned US senator turned US ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, will have a new title at the end of next year: law…

Public Health

Fall River forum educates parents, school staff on youth vaping » The Herald News Nicotine “e-juice” came in flavors such as “razzleberry,” tiramisu, and root beer float, and teenagers became addicted.…

Brokering an opioid settlement » The Harvard Gazette Drug companies and distributors are facing thousands of lawsuits filed by U.S. cities, towns, and tribal governments whose communities have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic, which has claimed hundr…

Vaping Industry Drops Fed Lawsuit Against Mass. Ban » WBUR The vaping industry has dropped its federal lawsuit challenging Massachusetts' temporary ban on the sale of vaping products while a separate suit advances in state court.…

Public Safety

Howie Carr: Leigha Genduso perfect fit for state police top job » Boston Herald And now ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce the next colonel of the Massachusetts State Police, Leigha Genduso. Trooper Genduso is tanned, rested and ready to resume her rightful place at the pinnac…

Testimony Raises Questions About On-Duty Officers Drinking At Springfield Police HQ » WBUR The Springfield, Massachusetts, police department has gone through some high-profile scandals in the last few years.…

State Government

Galvin, Senatori to talk census strategy Wednesday in Barnstable » The Barnstable Patriot To get the Cape counted in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin and members of the Cape’s legislative delegation will be hosting a strategy session in Barnstab…

Clinton's Tivnan reappointed to Civil Service Commission » Worcester Telegram Kevin Tivnan, of Clinton, was sworn in by Governor Baker as a Mass. Civil Service commissioner on Oct. 30. Tivnan was appointed in 2015, and was reappointed by Governor Charlie Baker for a fourth term…

Transportation

MBTA board OK's Attleboro commuter line electrification, South Attleboro Station upgrades » The Sun Chronicle The Providence/Stoughton Line would be electrified and the South Attleboro commuter rail station upgraded under a series of resolutions unanimously approved by the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Contr…

New Tolls, Higher Gas Tax Musts For Transportation Revenue: Group » Brookline Patch Lawmakers are preparing to debate new forms of transportation revenue and Gov. Charlie Baker often touts his administration's record investment in the MBTA, but the status quo is nowhere near enough t…

Utilities

Heating costs expected to rise » The Salem News Consumers will dig deeper into their pockets to heat their homes and keep the lights turned on this winter, with electricity and natural gas rates set to increase.…

Who’s in charge of Mass. offshore wind procurements? » Commonwealth Magazine THE MOST RECENT offshore wind procurement exposed a major flaw in the selection process, as the state’s three utilities – and not elected officials and their staffers – were charged with making …

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB2258 - An Act designating a certain building in the city of Fall River as the Captain Thomas Hudner Jr. Memorial Building

HB3796 - An Act designating a certain bridge in the town of South Grafton as the Veterans Memorial Bridge

HB4046 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Karen Phillips, an employee of the Department of Mental Health

SB2251 - An Act relative to the Deputy Fire Chief of the town of Rutland

SB2329 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Linda Kenney, an employee of the Center for Health Information and Analysis

SB2332 - An Act to provide certain retirement benefits and medical benefits to the widow and children of Everett firefighter Thaddeus M Baxter, Jr

HB4093 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Jacqueline Dayton, an employee of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Most read bills of the week:

SB2386 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2019 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

SB2378 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2019 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB4132 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2019 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB4134 - An Act to improve health care by investing in VALUE

SB2397 - An Act relative to pharmaceutical access, costs and transparency

HB3293 - An Act modernizing notary services

SB733 - An Act relative to consumer protection for prescription drug purchases

HB4089 - An Act regulating flavored tobacco products

SB2391 - An Act relative to campaign finance

HB3573 - An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residents

House Actions This Week: 348

Senate Actions This Week: 116

Press Releases

Artificial Intelligence examining ECGs predicts irregular heartbeat, death risk » American Heart Association

Partners HealthCare hospitals recognized for patient safety by Leapfrog » Partners HealthCare

Register O'Donnell Guest Speaker at the Walpole Historical Society meeting ~ Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00pm » Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

The Critical Role of Third-Party Collections in the Economy » ACA International

Reading the Room » ACA International

House Committee Sets Markup on Debt Collection Legislation » ACA International

From Collector: Meet Your Certified Instructor John Bedard » ACA International

Veterans Day Message from Acting President Rory Gamble and UAW International Executive Board » UAW Region 9A

Legislative Update » Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union

On Veterans Day, AG Healey Announces New Veterans Affairs Coordinator and Highlights Efforts to Expand Services » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Scammers Come Out In Force During the Holidays » AARP

This Fight Against Fracked Gas Isn’t Over » Toxics Action Center

Cape Hospitals Earn Highest National Distinction for Patient Safety » Cape Cod Healthcare

Open Letter from Scientists, Researchers, Doctors & Health Experts to Governors in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Regarding Inequitable Exposure to Transportation Pollution » Union of Concerned Scientists

Rep. Clark, Dreamers and advocates speak out as U.S. Supreme Court hears DACA case » Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Resilient Economy Boosts Business Confidence » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Take action now for corporations to pay their Fair Share » Mass Communities Action Network

Conducting Effective Internal Investigations Fall 2019 » Providers' Council

API Awards Its Highest Honor to Former Chevron CEO John S. Watson » API

The grades are in » MassPIRG

New EPA Science Restrictions Would Devastate Public Health and Environmental Protections » Union of Concerned Scientists

Study Predicts Additional Month of 100-Degree Days at US Military Bases by Midcentury » Union of Concerned Scientists

Veterans Day 2019 » Tarr Talk


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