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9:30am Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing, MassDEP Boston Office, 2nd Floor Conference Room, One Winter Street, Boston

10:30am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

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

5:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Republican State Committee Candidate Jen Cunningham

6:00pm New Year's Kickoff for State Sen. Candidate Jay McMahon with Geoff Diehl

6:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Republican State Committee Candidate Jeff Yull

7:00pm Inside Beacon Hill: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly with Rep. Tami Gouveia and Rep. Jonathan Hecht, First Parish in Concord, Unitarian Universalist, 20 Lexington Road, Concord

Must-Reads

Repair Shops Threaten Ballot Fight Over Telematics Info » State House News Service The auto shop owners are seeking an update to the 2012 "right-to-repair" law that was passed to make sure car manufacturers were making the same diagnostic repair information available at a "reasonabl…

Deval Patrick’s presidential bid struggling to gain voter support » Boston Globe A little more than a month before the New Hampshire primary, the latest poll released last week showed Patrick with less than 1 percent in a state where he’s a known commodity to many. He has yet to…

The Billionaire Grifter’s Threat to Democracy » The New Republic We can all relate to wanting more money, but can you imagine being so egomaniacal that you spend hundreds of millions of dollars on running for president? And yet, what’s spookier still: They are ri…

Mills becomes latest governor to express concern about regional fuel pact » Boston Globe New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu left the multistate Transportation & Climate Initiative in a blaze of glory last month. The Republican governor’s brash exit — he declared TCI a “financial bo…

Partners HealthCare expects to spend $6.1B in next five years on expansions » Boston Business Journal Partners HealthCare on Monday laid out a roadmap to grow and compete in the years ahead, saying at a J.P. Morgan presentation that it plans to spend $6.1 billion over the next five years on capital pr…

Union Seeking “Substantive” Changes After Prison Assaults » State House News Service (I)deas being discussed include minimum officer staffing levels, immediate prosecution of inmates who assault staff, and denying "good time," or time subtracted from sentences for inmates who work or …

Bloomberg’s campaign snowballs to 1,000 staffers and counting » Politico The unprecedented scale and scope of the campaign — he has also spent more than $200 million on TV ads — gives Bloomberg a massive footprint in states that hold their primaries on March 3 or later…

Acronym, an organization that supports progressive candidates and causes using digital-first communications strategies. » Boston Globe Courier Newsroom, the local news media company we have invested in is entirely up-front about the fact that they have a progressive values-driven lens, something that most online right-wing ‘local n…

Former NHGOP executive director, US State Department official Matt Mowers running for Congress » WMUR Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas has his first high-profile Republican challenger. Former New Hampshire Republican Party executive director and Trump administration State Department official…

Sanders-Warren feud takes a turn onto the dangerous turf of gender » Washington Post The question of whether a woman could be elected president in the United States was fueled by a CNN report that cited sources saying Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had told Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.…

Boston immigration court approved 58% of asylum requests » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON’S IMMIGRATION COURT is one of only seven nationwide that approved more than 50 percent of asylum requests over a six-year period.…

The Color Of Public Money: Black Businesses' Share Of Public Contracts Has Declined Over 20 Years » WGBH State and local government agencies in Massachusetts pay billions of dollars to contractors every year for a vast array of goods and services. But minority businesses — and black owned businesses in…

“I have given my utmost to representing the people of Somerville for many years now, and it has been an honor to do so,” she wrote in an email newsletter. “However, this week sees the start of what will be my 15th state budget cycle, and I feel that it’s time for me to step aside.”

Representative Denise Provost

Announcing that she will not be seeking re-election this year.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren: Bernie Sanders told me a woman couldn’t win » Boston Herald Elizabeth Warren on Monday night confirmed an earlier CNN report that Bernie Sanders told her in a private 2018 meeting that a woman can’t win the presidency, according to published reports.…

Joe Biden bounces back in new N.H. poll; Elizabeth Warren falls » Boston Herald In a potentially significant shakeup a month before the first-in-the-nation primary, Joe Biden has jumped to a small lead over his Democratic rivals, while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is slump…

Conflict with Iran rattles NH voters, poll shows » Boston Herald Granite State voters overwhelmingly oppose increased conflict with Iran following President Trump’s bold order to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, according to a new Franklin Pierce University-Bo…

Deval Patrick’s presidential bid struggling to gain voter support » Boston Globe As Deval Patrick zipped across this snow-blanketed state in a hulking SUV, the former two-term Massachusetts governor had all the hallmarks of a top-tier presidential bid: television ads, paid staff, …

Democratic debate so white? So what? » Boston Globe Black voters are now the backbone of the Democratic Party. They know what most sensible voters know: The 'rhetoric of inclusivity’ is well and good, but the point of parties is to win elections.…

The Democratic presidential candidates will debate again tonight. Here are four things to watch » Boston Globe Tuesday night’s debate in Iowa will be the smallest, the whitest, and possibly the most important event of the 2020 campaign.…

Six big questions ahead of final debate before start of voting » Boston Globe Tuesday marks the last time the leading Democratic presidential contenders will face a national audience on the debate stage before primary voting begins, making it the most significant moment of the …

Sen. Markey: `We need to have' debate on US war powers » Berkshire Eagle With tensions between the U.S. and Iran continuing to simmer, Sen. Edward Markey said he's been lobbying his colleagues in the Senate to repeal a resolution that allows the president to declare war wi…

Ed Markey is calling for a ‘new Four Freedoms’ » Boston.com Sen. Ed Markey called for a “new Four Freedoms” on Sunday, riffing on the values first laid out by President Franklin Roosevelt nearly eight decades ago.…

Deval Patrick raises $2.2 million in six weeks as he mounts uphill presidential campaign » CNN Deval Patrick raised $2.2 million in the final six weeks of the fourth quarter, his campaign tells CNN, as the former Massachusetts governor mounts a longshot presidential campaign.…

Business

Auto shops urge lawmakers to fix 'right to repair' law » The Salem News Auto shop owners on Monday urged lawmakers to fix loopholes in the state's "right to repair" law to prevent another costly ballot battle.…

Grant funding supports four Franklin County makerspaces » The Recorder Upgrades and expansions are now possible for three existing makerspaces, while another is receiving help to get started, thanks to grant funding the Baker-Polito Administration announced last week.…

Fantasy game maker is taking on a big rival: Amazon » Boston Globe After conquering Internet retailing, Amazon is now preparing to invade Middle Earth. And only a little-known Needham video game company stands in its way.…

Businesses launch effort to help employees struggling with opioids » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts businesses have launched a yearlong initiative to address the opioid crisis, forming a new coalition to reduce stigma and increase access to treatment.…

WooSox: Despite bumps & bruises, team coming in April 2021 » Worcester Business Journal Despite costs rising to $132 million to build the team's new home in the Canal District, the Worcester Red Sox president promised opening day for the Triple A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox remains u…

Cannabis

Heavy marijuana users who started young drive differently — even while not stoned, study says » Boston Globe People who started using marijuana heavily before they were 16 exhibit poorer driving performance than those who abstain — even when they’re not high, according to a new study that underlines the …

Education

South Hadley School Committee pushes superintendent decision to 2021 » Gazette Net Following a vote by the School Committee, interim Superintendent Diana Bonneville will remain in her role until July 2021.…

Middlesex Community College students advocate at Statehouse » Lowell Sun Recent high-school graduates, adult learners, veterans, international students, first-generation students and more make up the 1,200 students at Middlesex Community College whose needs are ample and d…

How Mass. Schools Have Addressed Bullying In The 10 Years Since Phoebe Prince's Death » WBUR Tuesday marks 10 years since South Hadley High School freshman Phoebe Prince died by suicide after enduring months of relentless taunting and severe bullying. The news made national and international …

Senators offer 17 changes to sex education bill » Taunton Gazette Ahead of floor debate on Thursday, one member of the Senate’s diminished Republican caucus is proposing to require school districts to hold a local vote before schools can offer sex education.…

Dover-Sherborn Regional School Committee discusses changes to special ed program » Wicked Local Sherborn The Dover-Sherborn Regional School Committee met on Jan. 7 to discuss changes to the Special Education program and the capital plan for the fiscal 2021 budget.…

Environment

Milton Dem Driscoll Taking Lead on Carbon Pricing Bill » State House News Service Faith leaders, youth advocates, municipal officials and business groups are among those expected to appear at a State House hearing Tuesday in support of carbon pricing legislation.…

Study finds drones to be useful in shark detection » Cape Cod Times A newly published Australian study found drone technology to be effective in detecting sharks in ocean waters.…

Gaming

Racing-simulcast bill in works, but not ready » South Coast Today This time they got it done with time to spare, but only a little.…

Health Care

State audit: Lynn doctor must repay $359K for improper claims » Lynn Daily News Item State Auditor Suzanne Bump has ordered Dr. Joseph O’Connor, a Lynn physical therapist, to repay $359,266 to MassHealth for filing improper claims with services he did not provide, according to an au…

At major San Francisco conference, it’s Mass General Brigham, not Partners » Boston Globe Barely six weeks after Partners HealthCare announced that it was changing its name to Mass General Brigham in an expensive rebranding, top executives of Massachusetts’s largest health care system de…

Biogen buys experimental Alzheimer’s disease drug from Pfizer » Boston Globe Biogen Inc. will buy an experimental Alzheimer’s disease drug from Pfizer Inc. for $75 million, plus additional future payments, extending its wager on therapies for the neurodegenerative condition.…

Justina Pelletier trial set to begin Tuesday after Boston Children’s Hospital loses bid to delay » Boston Globe A state appeals court judge Monday declined to dismiss civil rights counts against Boston Children’s Hospital in the medical malpractice case brought by Justina Pelletier and her parents, clearing t…

Health Care Taking Big Bite of New Income » State House News Service For every additional dollar a Massachusetts family earned between 2016 and 2018, 39 cents of it went to health care, including copays, deductibles and both employer and employee spending on premiums.…

Housing

Rent Control Brings Big Crowd to State House » State House News Service A Lynn woman told lawmakers she may have to move her family after a 35 percent rent increase. A Mattapan great-grandmother said she will go to court to fight a $700 rent hike that she cannot afford on…

Human Services

Au pair families lobby for affordable child care » Wicked Local Cambridge As administered by the U.S. State Department, the au pair program allows young adults from foreign countries to enter the United States under a special visa to continue their studies while providing a…

Lawmakers again eye ways to ease educational transition for foster care youth » South Coast Today The educational records of children in foster care would travel with them in a new electronic system under a bill that supporters say would ease one of the challenges facing a population of youth with…

Judiciary

MA Correctional Officers Union Asks Legislature To Revisit Criminal Justice Reforms » WGBH The Executive Board of the Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union asked lawmakers via a Monday press release to revisit prison reforms they say put officers at risk in light of a rise in vi…

Michelle Carter’s Texting Suicide Case Went All the Way to the Supreme Court. Now It’s Over » Boston Magazine The court decided against taking up the texting suicide case.…

Corrections union pulls criminal justice law into Souza brawl debate » Commonwealth Magazine The union representing prison corrections officers is pointing to the state’s massive criminal justice reform bill, enacted in 2018, as the cause of violence at the state’s maximum security prison…

Labor

Survey: Mass. workers to get smaller raises than peers nationally » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts businesses are planning to raise employee wages in 2020, but not as much as their counterparts nationwide, a new survey shows.…

T $25m behind on contract pledge to union » Commonwealth Magazine TOP MBTA OFFICIALS acknowledged on Monday that they have failed to comply with a key provision in a union contract requiring the transit authority to spend $25 million a year upgrading its badly deter…

Employers Challenged to Make Workplaces Recovery-Friendly » State House News Service When Mark Mulhern worked at an investment bank in downtown Boston, he was also "a slave to a substance," spending upwards of $700 a day on drugs and going to work under the influence of opioids each d…

Legislative

Sen. Lovely to tackle quality-of-life for constituents in 2020 » Wicked Local Danvers Looking ahead into 2020, Sen. Joan Lovely sees the coming year as one to focus on the personal and familial needs of her constituents, beyond just making sure MBTA trains run on time.…

Local Government

Northeastern University expansion battled in Nahant » Boston Herald Massachusetts’ smallest town has a big-city problem as residents say Nahant’s crown jewel East Point would be overwhelmed by Northeastern University’s plans for a giant new marine science comple…

Fall River Redevelopment Authority down to 1 member, but not for long » The Herald News The Fall River Redevelopment Authority has lost a majority of its members and is unable to meet without a quorum, but Mayor Paul Coogan said he hopes to remedy the situation by the end of the week.…

New Year, new Boston City charter? » Boston Globe It’s a new year. New decade. New Boston City Council. New city charter?…

Doctors sue Lowell over compensation for property to be used in Lowell High project » Lowell Sun The doctors expected to be displaced by the Lowell High School project have taken their case to Middlesex Superior Court.…

Cambridge Votes To Ban Face Surveillance Technology » WGBH The Cambridge City Council voted to ban government use of face surveillance technology during a city council meeting Monday.…

Officials' hopes high for 2020 charter review » The Eagle Tribune When the City Council proposed changes to the City Charter 10 years ago, nothing happened. Instead, the changes, proposed after dozens of hours of meetings, debate and compromise, died before getting …

Malden receives Baker-Polito Administration Awards » Wicked Local Malden Malden received $225,438, and the city will implement Complete Streets roadway improvements on Dartmouth Street, near the MBTA commuter rail station to increase multi-modal access in the downtown area…

Politics

How Boston City Councilor Julia Mejia found her voice » Boston Globe Julia Mejia has, like many successful women, often harbored a bruising case of imposter syndrome. Still, the circumstances in which she found herself last week felt especially unreal.…

Public Health

Falmouth doctors to appeal aid-in-dying ruling » Cape Cod Times Advocates for the right to physician-assisted suicide said they will appeal a Massachusetts court’s dismissal of a lawsuit that argued the physician services were protected by the state constitution…

Insys exec gets 33 months in fentanyl spray scam » Boston Herald An Insys Therapeutics executive will spend 33 months in prison and forfeit $3.6 million for his role in an illicit fentanyl spray prescription scheme, a federal judge ruled Monday after victims shared…

Prescription drug overload: Critics fighting to curb an epidemic of medication side effects » Boston Globe If you’re an older American, chances are your medicine cabinet is crammed with bottles of pills to reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and treat everything from acid reflux to underactive thyr…

Consumers made 2,600 health complaints to Juul about e-cigarettes, FDA says » Boston Globe Juul Labs Inc. received roughly 2,600 complaints about adverse health effects related to its e-cigarette during its first three years in operation, with customers citing issues such as burning sensati…

Group plans to appeal Mass. judge’s decision that rejected a right to medically-assisted death » Boston Globe An advocacy group pushing to legalize medically-assisted suicide in Massachusetts said Monday that it will appeal a recent court decision, which said patients do not have a right to end their lives wi…

Public Safety

MCI-Souza-Baranowski prison where inmates attacked officers remains in lockdown » Boston Herald The MCI-Souza-Baranowski maximum-security prison remained in lockdown Monday, three days after a suspected Latin Kings beating that left three correction officers hospitalized.…

Fear of gang violence increases after multiple shootings in Holyoke » Western Mass News Five gunshot incidents happened throughout Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with two of them deadly. It's causing several organizations and officials to invoke fear of gang violence.…

Sen. Moore named to Public Safety Advisory Committee » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle Sen. Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury, was recently appointed the National Conference of State Legislatures representative on the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). The PSAC was established in 2013 …

Correction Officers, Prisoners' Advocates Disagree On Cause Of Violence At Max Security Prison » WBUR A prisoners' rights group is criticizing the state's correction officers union for its claim that criminal justice reform is to blame for a violent incident at a Shirley maximum security prison last w…

State Government

Potentially overlapping road projects concern Hadley officials » Gazette Net With a Route 9 widening project from town center to the shopping malls and the replacement of the bridge on Bay Road over the Fort River both scheduled to begin in 2022, town officials are trying to c…

Taxation

Tax abatement deadline approaching in February » News 22 WWLP.com The Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Galvin, is reminding homeowners that the deadline to apply for a property tax abatement in most communities is February 1st.…

Eagle Mill receives more historic tax credits; developers apply for millions more » the Berkshire edge Late last month, Eagle Mill developer Jeffrey N. Cohen received a letter from Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin’s office that the project has received another $400,000 of historic rehabil…

Transportation

MBTA hopes to expand bus garages — a first step toward more frequent service » Boston Globe Among the most pressing issues for the MBTA is somewhere most riders will never visit — nine decrepit, overcrowded bus garages. If the agency is ever going to expand its fleet of 1,000 buses, it wil…

T notes: Control board calls for fewer meetings » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA’s FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD on Monday tweaked its recommendation for the makeup of a new T oversight board once the existing panel goes out of existence at the end of June.…

Baker travels to D.C. on transportation » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker met with President Trump’s transportation secretary to discuss major transportation projects, including for the MBTA and the Cape Cod Canal bridges, in Washington, D.C., Monday.…

Lime bikes are leaving Boston, but staying in Quincy. For now. » Patriot Ledger Bright-green rentable bikes will soon disappear from the streets of Greater Boston, but they’re sticking around in Quincy. At least for now.…

Two experts debate tunneling under Charles River » Commonwealth Magazine New Orange Line cars returning to service…

New England governors keep signaling second thoughts about the climate effort being led by Charlie Baker » Boston.com Gov. Janet Mills is the latest New England governor to signal reservations about the Transportation and Climate Initiative, the regional effort led by Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration to curb gre…

State announces additional $41,527 for Carver » Wicked Local Carver An additional $41,527 in Chapter 90 funding for Carver’s roads increases the total to $456,800 this fiscal year.…

Baker's TNC Safety Bill Up for Hearing on Friday » State House News Service More than five months after Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation aimed at better tracking use of ride-hailing services and keeping passengers safe, movement on the bill has started.…

Utilities

Mass. Clean Energy Center needs more funding » Commonwealth Magazine Without more money, climate change efforts jeopardized…

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