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9:00am Mass. Rehabilitation Commission Award Ceremony, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

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Must-Reads

Gov. Baker Signs Bill To Overhaul Campaign Finance Rules » WBUR The new law requires state lawmakers and some mayoral candidates to adhere to a system that already covers statewide and county officials.…

Draconian state child care assistance leaves too many working poor with debt, advocates say » Boston Globe Poor families in Massachusetts with state-subsidized day care still pay, in proportion to their income, the highest child care fees in the nation.…

How a fight over health care entangled Elizabeth Warren — and reshaped the Democratic presidential race » Washington Post “It would have been better to do it earlier,” (Barney) Frank said of her shift, adding that he had privately told her that backing the Sanders plan was “a terrible mistake.”…

John Kerry launches star-studded climate coalition » Boston Globe Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are part of the effort. Moderate Republican lawmakers such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California, and John Kasich, the former gove…

How Kamala Harris’s Campaign Unraveled » New York Times Many of her own advisers are now pointing a finger directly at Ms. Harris. In interviews several of them criticized her for going on the offensive against rivals, only to retreat, and for not firmly c…

Barack Obama, conservative » Washington Post The former president was skeptical of sweeping change, bullish on markets, sanguine about the use of military force, high on individual responsibility and faithful to a set of old-school personal valu…

Liberals Do Not Want to Destroy the Family » New York Times When Attorney General William Barr warned in a speech at Notre Dame on Oct. 11 that secular liberalism had unleashed “licentiousness — the unbridled pursuit of personal appetites at the expense of…

Casey Sherman: Time for Harvard to dump Alan Dershowitz » Boston Herald Will Harvard University “cancel” longtime law professor Alan Dershowitz in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal as Queen Elizabeth II has done with her own son Prince Andrew?…

How a Divided Left Is Losing the Battle on Abortion » New York Times Miscalculations, and an unexpected victory by President Trump, have put abortion access at its most vulnerable point in decades, and the left on the defensive. Now it is trying to recover.…

“As [Medicare-for-all] got more attention, more and more people began to say, ‘Yeah, that’s a mistake [that] she showed flexibility,’ ” said former congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts. “But I guess she felt she couldn’t make herself totally vulnerable to the Sanders people by abandoning [Medicare-for-all] altogether.”

Barney Frank

On Elizabeth Warren altering her support of medicare for all.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Impeachment going south for Democrats » Boston Herald There is a scene in the 1993 film “A Bronx Tale” in which a biker gang is carousing in a bar only to be told to leave by the manager. When they protest, a wise guy, Sonny, played by Chaz Palminter…

Education

Casey Sherman: Time for Harvard to dump Alan Dershowitz » Boston Herald Will Harvard University “cancel” longtime law professor Alan Dershowitz in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal as Queen Elizabeth II has done with her own son Prince Andrew?…

Environment

Democratize access to clean energy » Commonwealth Magazine THIS FALL, millions of young people mobilized across the world to demand action on climate change. The international day of action, seen in Massachusetts outside city and town halls from Boston, to th…

"Forever chemicals' are found in MWRA fertilizer, drawing alarm » Boston Globe The sludge arrives by the ton, pumped through miles of underwater pipes from Deer Island to a waste-water treatment plant on the banks of the Weymouth Fore River, where it’s spun through centrifuges…

Stuff nobody wants is costing us more. Just ask Milton » Boston Globe It’s a shame we use so much junk, especially plastic, because it’s getting harder and more expensive each year to get rid of the stuff. Faraway countries that used to take our trash and recyclable…

Climate change divides generations (Editorial) » The Republican Nowhere is the generational divide more visible than on climate change. This was made clear at a recent press conference of several environmental groups, which called on far more aggressive climate ch…

New England's Migratory Birds Like To Eat Local, Too » New England Public Radio As you’re prepping your Thanksgiving feast, you might take a page from New England’s migratory birds. Turns out, these feathered creatures are health-conscious locavores.…

How Brookline's Ban On Gas Heating Could Seed Regional Change » WBUR These are things millennials will tell their grandchildren: we drank coffee from foam cups, cars ran on gasoline, and there were pipes under the streets that brought a flammable gas into our homes for…

Michael Dukakis doesn’t want any more turkey carcasses this year » Boston.com In 2015, the famously frugal former Massachusetts governor was inundated by the bagged remnants of neighbors’ Thanksgiving birds, after he told The Boston Globe about his holiday tradition of saving…

John Kerry launches star-studded climate coalition » Boston Globe Leaders of nations across the globe are failing to adequately address global warming, imperiling the future of their citizens, said former secretary of state John Kerry on Sunday in announcing his for…

Health Care

The state’s largest employer is changing its name » Commonwealth Magazine PARTNERS HEALTHCARE, the state’s dominant health care provider and the largest employer in Massachusetts, is changing its name to Mass General Brigham.…

The rising price for mental illness, drug abuse care » Boston Globe Eleven years after Congress passed a law mandating that insurers provide equal access for mental and physical health care, Americans are actually finding it harder to obtain affordable treatment for m…

Partners rebrand has buy-in from hospital leaders, CEO says » Boston Business Journal The biggest health care system in Massachusetts — and its largest private employer — will have a new name, with Partners HealthCare announcing its plans to officially become Mass General Brigham. …

Housing

Care worker digs: A nursing home owner on the Cape offers housing to his employees » Boston Globe Struggling to find workers for his nursing home and assisted living center in this seaside tourist town, Bill Bogdanovich tried a new strategy: Buying properties on the southeastern elbow of Cape Cod …

Immigration

Q&A: Business coalition backs pro-immigrant legislation » Commonwealth Magazine The Massachusetts Business Immigration Coalition, headed by its co-founder and coordinator, Andrew Tarsy, is a group of employers pushing back on restrictive immigration policies ... On Monday, they p…

Safe Communities Act needed now » Commonwealth Magazine AS WE GATHER this holiday season to reaffirm our commitment to family and community, people of good will have an opportunity to raise our collective voice to urge Gov. Charlie Baker and the Massachuse…

Insurance

A united Tufts-Harvard Pilgrim is better for consumers, CEOs say » Boston Globe In the latest move in the ever-consolidating health care industry, two of Massachusetts’ largest insurers have begun making the pitch for why they, too, should merge.…

Judiciary

SJC faces tricky constitutional challenge in indigent defense case » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE’S HIGHEST COURT is wrestling with a case centered on how to guarantee a fundamental constitutional right of the judicial system — the right of criminal defendants, even those too poor to…

DA Rollins on manslaughter-by-text case: ‘We’re not concerned with the nice things she may have said’ » Boston Herald Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins is pushing back at criticism in the manslaughter-by-text case against Inyoung You, whose defense attorney recently slammed Rollins for only releasing s…

Legislative

Gov. Baker Signs 5 New Bills Backed by Sen. Cyr » Cape Cod Online Governor Charlie Baker recently signed five new bills into law that were supported by Senator Julian Cyr.…

Lobbying

Former House Speaker DiMasi: 'I've paid my debt to society' » South Coast Today Former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi on made a public appeal for a "second chance" last week, after his conviction on federal corruption charges eight years ago, resuming his battle with Secretary of…

Local Government

Hung out to dry: Massachusetts bill would stop landlords from banning clotheslines » Boston Herald A bill on Beacon Hill aiming to shrink the state’s carbon footprint would stop property owners from banning the use of clotheslines in an effort to promote emission-free clothes drying.…

‘They just weren’t first:’ Virginia challenges Plymouth for Thanksgiving bragging rights » Washington Post Virginia wants you to know that nearly two years before the Pilgrims invented cranberry sauce at Plymouth Rock, or whatever, the real first English Thanksgiving took place here, along the James River.…

Politics

Tom Shack Eyes Run For Kennedy's House Seat » Brookline Patch Tom Shack, 54, a former Comptroller of Massachusetts, is considering throwing his hat in the ring among so many others, to make a run at the Massachusetts Fourth Congressional District.…

A Thanksgiving turkey terrorized by the president’s kids? Teddy Roosevelt was furious about that story. » Washington Post Just before Thanksgiving in 1904, the Boston Herald served up some shocking news: Two of President Theodore Roosevelt’s younger children had chased the presidential dinner turkey around the back law…

Public Health

Why supervised drug injection sites make sense » Commonwealth Magazine SINCE 2000, 17,496 citizens of Massachusetts have died from an opioid overdose. Half of those deaths came in the last five years. That’s like one of at least 245 communities in the Commonwealth disa…

Bill would allow pharmacists to supply emergency insulin supply » Boston Herald A new bill before state lawmakers on the Public Health Committee would allow pharmacists to dispense a 72-hour supply of insulin to a patient in an emergency situation.…

The Massachusetts Vaping Ban Will End Early, but There’s a Catch » Boston Magazine Vapers of Massachusetts, you may see e-cigarettes return to shelves in the state earlier than you thought: In a surprise announcement, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he would bring an early en…

‘Forever chemicals’ are found in MWRA fertilizer, drawing alarm » Boston Globe The sludge arrives by the ton, pumped through miles of underwater pipes from Deer Island to a waste-water treatment plant on the banks of the Weymouth Fore River, where it’s spun through centrifuges…

Don't Toss That E-Cig: Vaping Waste Is A Whole New Headache For Schools and Cities » New England Public Radio In her office at Boulder High School, the assistant principal has a large cardboard box where she can toss the spoils of her ongoing battle with the newest student addiction.…

Public Safety

Want this $10,000 bike? Get a badge » Boston Globe It’s called the Thoreau Tactical System. Built by 1854 Cycling Co., of Framingham, it’s a police data center on two wheels: a flat-panel touchscreen over the handlebars that displays maps or photo…

State Finance

A state budget plan is late. How late? It’s for the last fiscal year » Boston Globe For weeks, legislative leaders have been unable to reach a compromise to close the books on last fiscal year, leaving a relatively routine spending bill and a $1.1 billion surplus that it is built on …

Rating Agencies Have Eye on Mass. Budget Stalemate » State House News Service There are no real signs of the Legislature breaking through its budgeting inertia on the horizon, but credit rating agencies that monitor the state aren't yet concerned about lawmakers' inability to c…

Taxation

Where did the money go? Buyers of lucrative state tax credits remain secret » The Salem News When Windover Development was converting a former box factory into veterans housing, the state and federal government awarded the company more than $2 million in tax credits through a program designed…

Driving is surging in Massachusetts. Gas tax revenue? Not so much » Boston Globe For public officials around the nation looking to fix beat-up roads and bridges or buy new buses and subway cars, it’s one of the most reliable turns in the playbook: Raise the gas tax and watch the…

With employees statewide, MassMutual’s Crandall backs a gas tax hike » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. CEO Roger Crandall supports increasing the state’s gas tax to help fix its transportation problems, he recently told the Business Journal, a position that put…

Transportation

NYC firm to begin marketing Valley Flyer train service » Gazette Net The seven-day-a-week passenger train Valley Flyer made its inaugural trip from Greenfield at the end of August, and Franklin Regional Council of Governments says it's now time to start some serious ma…

MA lawmakers want rules for electric scooters » The Eagle Tribune Electric scooters are gliding around cities and towns as a cheap, environmentally friendly means of transportation, but the devices are technically illegal under state law.…

RMV employees complained of quality, public safety, but ‘War on Wait Times’ took precedent » The Republican Multiple employees told auditors that the state government’s so-called “War on Wait Times” improved customer service but hampered the quality of record-keeping at the Registry of Motor Vehicles …

Instead of a gondola, Millennium will commit $400K to Seaport transit » Boston Business Journal Millennium Partners plans to commit $400,000 in transportation mitigation funds to the city of Boston as part of its proposed 10-story research and development building in the Seaport District.…

Lawmakers want rules for electric scooters » Gloucester Times Electric scooters are gliding around cities and towns as a cheap, environmentally friendly means of transportation, but the devices are technically illegal under state law.…

Inside auditors saw lack of focus on safety at RMV, according to new report » Boston Globe Employees leaving cash payments lying on their desks during lunch breaks. Alleged threats of termination if wait times at service centers didn’t drop. Workers scanning the driving records of New Eng…

Putting multiple transport options at your fingertips » Commonwealth Magazine With Mobility as a Service, usership could replace ownership…

Utilities

Department of Public Utilities to consider proposed water rate hikes in Northfield » The Recorder The state Department of Public Utilities is holding a hearing this week regarding the East Northfield Water Co.’s proposed rate increases.…

Healey lawsuit against ExxonMobil is counterproductive » Commonwealth Magazine Mass. should focus on fight against climate change…

Weymouth gas project gets final federal OK » Boston Globe Federal energy officials gave final approval Wednesday to a controversial natural gas compressor station in Weymouth, a decision that drew sharp rebukes from local advocates who say the station will p…

Mayor Hedlund urges DEP to review Enbridge's clean up plan » No Compressor We thank Mayor Hedlund and the Town of Weymouth for their endless support in this fight.…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 12/2

9:00am Mass. Rehabilitation Commission Award Ceremony, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Boston Lunch for Congressman Bill Keating

Tuesday - 12/3

12:00pm Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Reception for Treasurer Deb Goldberg

6:00pm Rep. Liz Malia's End of 2019 Fundraising Reception

6:00pm Rep. Joan Meschino's First Annual Holiday Celebration

Wednesday - 12/4

Birthdays: Rep. Angelo Puppolo, Jr.

8:30am Breakfast with Speaker Robert DeLeo hosted by Rep. Josh Cutler & Rep. Kathleen LaNatra

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

2:00pm Mass. Gold Star Family Tree Dedication, Memorial Hall, State House, Boston

5:00pm State House Christmas Tree Lighting, Front Steps, State House, Boston

5:30pm Winter Cocktail Reception for Rep. Dan Donahue

6:00pm End of Year Fundraiser for Senate President Karen Spilka

6:00pm Mayor Marty Walsh's 6th Annual Holiday Party

Thursday - 12/5

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Board of Fire Prevention Regulations Public Hearing, Department of Fire Services, State Road, Stow

1:00pm Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

5:30pm Rep. Tim Whelan's Holiday Reception with Gov. Charlie Baker

6:00pm Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera's Annual Holiday Party

Friday - 12/6

9:00am PRP Award Ceremony, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:30am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

11:00am Boston Superintendent Brenda Cassellius on 89.7 Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

12:00pm Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

1:00pm House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Mass. Republican House PAC Fundraiser with Gov. Charlie Baker


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