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9:30am St. Francis House Advocacy Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm "Ask the Governor" with Gov. Charlie Baker on 89.7 Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

2:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

6:00pm VIP Reception for State Sen. Candidate Jay McMahon with former New England Patriot Fred Smerlas

6:30pm Hometown Campaign Kickoff for State Rep. Candidate Summer Schmaling

Must-Reads

New Baker Admin Hire Tapped After Dracut Controversy » State House News Service The former town manager of Dracut, who resigned from his job in October amid tense relations with the Board of Selectmen over town contracting, has been hired by the Baker administration to help overs…

Judge tosses convictions of two former aides to Mayor Walsh in Boston Calling case » Boston Globe US District Judge Leo T. Sorokin overturned the jury verdicts from August that found former aides Ken Brissette and Tim Sullivan guilty of extorting union jobs from organizers of the Boston Calling mu…

Healey on Juul: “We Are Going to Make Them Pay” » State House News Service Healey announced that her office is suing the San Francisco-based Juul -- "the company that started it all" -- seeking restitution to consumers and "reimbursement to the Commonwealth for expenses incu…

Trump takes on Judge Amy Berman Jackson ahead of Roger Stone’s sentencing » Washington Post “Is this the Judge that put Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure? How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? Just asking!” the president w…

Tufts launches new center focused on analyzing Beacon Hill issues » Boston Business Journal The new center at will be at Tufts University, just five miles from the State House. Headed up by former Boston Globe data journalist Evan Horowitz, the nonpartisan Center for State Policy Analysis (C…

OPINION: Housing crisis needs bold action » Boston Business Journal A problem with the housing crisis is that most homeowners are on the front lines cheering on the rapidly escalating pricing of housing. Today’s owners not only want to see their property grow in val…

State Rep. Dan Cullinane of Dorchester won’t seek reelection » Boston Globe A seat representing parts of Dorchester, Mattapan and Milton will soon be open in the Legislature.…

DiZoglio defends shift on immigrant license bill » Commonwealth Magazine SEN. DIANA DIZOGLIO is defending her decision to vote in favor of advancing a bill that would make driver’s licenses available to undocumented immigrants, leaning on the support of police chiefs in …

Dirty Units, Unwilling Hosts, and Tardy Tours: What Bostonians’ Brokers Fees Buy » Boston Magazine In the wake of New York's broker's fee ban, we asked some real-life Boston renters to share their worst experiences with local brokers.…

RI: Providence Chamber members divide on legalized marijuana » The Associated Press (AP) Almost all of the state’s top lawmakers attending Wednesday’s Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce luncheon say they have no interest in legalization this year.…

NY: Amid uproar, Senate Democrats to offer compromise on bail law » Newsday Detention or monitoring would hinge on the nature of the alleged crime, criminal history and potential flight risk. Judges would follow guidelines to make such determinations. Either way, money for ca…

FL: Hopes dim for gun control measures in Florida Legislature » Tampa Bay Times A bill to close the ‘gun show loophole’ has stalled and leaders don’t appear optimistic.…

FL: Florida House and Senate budgets set for votes, but real work about to begin » The Palm Beach Post he Florida House and Senate are set Thursday to approve dueling state budget plans – meaning the real work of the session is just about to begin.…

CT: Here’s what’s in Gov. Lamont’s 108-page recreational marijuana bill, from legal possession amounts to industry equity, and taxation » Hartford Courant As Connecticut once again debates legalizing recreational marijuana, Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposed plan would build upon the state’s successful medical marijuana program and work with New York, Rhode…

NJ: N.J. Senate president apologizes for verbal threat labor activist said he made a decade ago » NJ.com State Senate President Stephen Sweeney Wednesday offered an “unequivocal apology” to a female union official who accused him of making a threatening comment during a heated exchange a decade ago, …

NJ: Trump Budget Would Slash EPA Spending, Superfund Program » NJSpotlight NJ environmentalists and state lawmakers criticize the planned cuts. Congress has rejected such reductions in recent years…

Centrist Democrats Want to Stop Sanders. They’re Not Sure Who Can. » New York Times Unless a moderate favorite soon emerges, party leaders may increasingly look to Michael R. Bloomberg as a potential savior.…

Can Warren count on Massachusetts on Super Tuesday? » Boston Globe With less than three weeks until the March 3 vote, Warren’s apparent inside track to victory in her home state — and the much-needed boost it could provide her bruised campaign — faces any numbe…

Massachusetts Teachers Association Supports Move To End Active Shooter Drills » WGBH Tom Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, said school districts create their own policies to prepare for a possible school shooting and said the practic…

“I admire and respect the candidates in the Democratic field; they bring a richness of ideas and experience and a depth of character that makes me proud to be a Democrat,” Patrick said. “But if the character of the candidates is an issue in every election, this time is about the character of the country. This time is about whether the day after the election, America will keep her promises.”

Deval Patrick

Talking about the 2020 election after suspending his campaign for president.

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Beltway Politics

Why A Powerful Nevada Union Is Undermining Bernie Sanders On Medicare For All » HUFFPOST The Culinary Workers Union has built up its own excellent health plan over the years and doesn’t want private insurance phased out.…

A Wall St. Giant Says Sanders Would ‘Ruin’ the Economy » New York Times Lloyd Blankfein, the former Goldman Sachs chief, tweeted an attack on Bernie Sanders after the senator’s New Hampshire primary win.…

‘They did it again’: Dover, N.H., proves its bellwether status » Boston Globe Before Tuesday night, the city of Dover, N.H., had correctly predicted the winner, and the runners-up, in the last four Democratic presidential primaries. Now, make that the last five.…

Bernie Sanders’ NH win an empty victory » Boston Herald Yeah, Bernie, you won New Hampshire, but big deal. You’re only the front-runner now because of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s stunning collapse and because moderate Democratic voters haven’t united beh…

Bloomberg is avoiding all scrutiny. It's time to take a long, hard look at his views » The Guardian I unearthed a clip of the mayor speaking about stop-and-frisk that should make every American question his suitability to be president…

Hillary Clinton Without the Snark and Baggage » The Wall Street Journal Klobuchar is stolid, stable, intelligent, informed and capable—exactly what the Democrats need.…

Elizabeth Warren campaign shows warning signs after New Hampshire primary loss » Boston Herald Elizabeth Warren’s straggling campaign is cutting ad buys worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in key early states after bruising losses in Iowa and New Hampshire.…

Michael Bloomberg should take his billions and go home » Boston Herald Just when you thought the Democratic presidential field couldn’t get anymore pathetic, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg enters the race representing everything the Democratic Party suppo…

Deval Patrick Drops Out Of The Presidential Race » New England Public Radio After a dismal performance in New Hampshire Tuesday, Deval Patrick is suspending his presidential campaign.…

Scrambling expectations in NH » Commonwealth Magazine The New Hampshire primary always plays out on two levels: The horse race to grab bragging rights by finishing first and the expectations game that judges whether candidates overperformed or took a sur…

Democrats’ journey to a nominee could be a long run » Boston Globe After what was essentially another split decision in the quest for delegates, the Democratic presidential campaign appears headed for a long, drawn-out fight that could stretch into the summer.…

New Hampshire speaks, but Warren and Biden don’t listen » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren gave a great victory speech Tuesday night, pledging to unite Democrats and beat President Trump. Unfortunately, she was celebrating a dismal fourth-place finish in the New Ham…

New Hampshire Voted. Now What? Here Are 6 Ideas To Consider » WBUR If the morass in Iowa froze the Democratic field for a week or so, the New Hampshire primary thawed it out a little. A top tier emerged as two Midwesterners surged, a few candidates fell off the back …

Business

“Fear Campaign” Alleged in Vehicle Repair Battle » State House News Service Opponents of a proposed ballot question that would require vehicle manufacturers to allow repair shops to access digital information are running a "fear campaign" by alleging that the suggested law wo…

Jim Murren, MGM’s longtime chief executive, to step down » Boston Globe MGM Resorts International’s longtime chairman and chief executive officer, Jim Murren, plans to step before his contract expires.…

Global financial giants swear off funding an especially dirty fuel » Boston Globe Some of the world’s largest financial institutions have stopped putting their money behind oil production in the Canadian province of Alberta, home to one of the world’s most extensive, and also d…

The tech boom’s still going strong, if you’re making ‘boring, unsexy’ software » Boston Globe The Boston-based venture capital firm Battery Ventures said Wednesday that it has raised $2 billion to pour into growing companies, a signal that investors remain keenly interested in the nuts-and-bol…

'Planets have aligned’ for Worcester: How city’s economic growth can combat inequality, highlight education » The Republican For more than an hour at an economic forum in Worcester, graphs with jagged lines mimicked EKGs depicting the current life of the economy nationally and at a state level. Percentage points absorbed ev…

How Silicon Valley Went from Technology Hero to Bad Guy » Governing Once hailed for innovation and transformation, the tech industry is in the midst of a backlash. With growing public concern over privacy and the threat to existing jobs, expect to see more government …

Wayfair cuts 350 jobs at its Boston headquarters » Boston Business Journal Internet retailer Wayfair, one of the largest employers in Massachusetts, cutting 350 jobs in its Boston headquarters on Thursday.…

Education

Education Department opens investigation into foreign ties at Harvard and Yale » Boston Globe The US Department of Education has opened investigations into whether Harvard and Yale universities failed to properly report hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign gifts and contracts, signaling …

Worcester Tech's 'three-shift' model garners praise » Worcester Telegram Gov. Charlie Baker toured a “three-shift” vocational program at Worcester Technical High School Wednesday night that he and his administration are waging could be a solution to the state’s workf…

Options slim as Pentucket talks FY21 budget » Newburyport News Pentucket Regional School District officials are preparing for a financially precarious year in 2021 with a projected operating deficit of $609,067.…

Environment

State OKs Draft Environmental Report for Parallel Products in New Bedford » WBSM A recycling firm that proposes to build a large, multi-use transfer station in the far north end of New Bedford announced Tuesday that it had cleared a significant hurdle.…

Massachusetts has 3rd highest number of deaths from out-of-state air pollution, study finds » Boston Globe “It’s not necessarily just the adjacent state (that is affected by air pollution), but states over 1,000 miles away that can be affected,” said Steven Barrett, study leader and associate profess…

Plastic Free gets bylaw on O.B. town warrant » Martha's Vineyard Times The students from Plastic Free MV will get a chance to pitch their plastic bottle ban to Oak Bluffs voters at annual town meeting on April 14, but voters will also face a separate proposal from town b…

Federal

Warren renews call for Barr to resign over Roger Stone sentencing » The Hill Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday called for Attorney General William Barr to resign in light of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) move to ask for a shorter prison sentence for Roger Stone,…

Gaming

MGC Plots Process for Plainridge License Renewal » State House News Service Massachusetts casino regulators settled Thursday on the process they will use this spring as they consider renewing the license for Plainridge Park Casino, the first of the gambling halls authorized u…

Machines Replacing Bartenders to Speed Drinks at Casino » State House News Service Encore Boston Harbor will replace some bartenders with automatic drink-dispensing machines in hopes of speeding up alcohol beverage service for gamblers under a set of alcohol license amendments appro…

Health Care

Mental Health Bill A 'Personal Priority' For Friedman » Arlington Patch The state senate unveiled An Act Addressing Barriers to Care for Mental Health Feb. 6. The legislation, which removes barriers to timely quality care, provides the state with more effective tools to e…

Mental health care is vital to routine health care » Boston Globe Parity as a concept is simple: Insurance coverage for mental health care should be equal to and no more restrictive than coverage for any other medical condition.…

Medicaid Rule Leaves Up to $2.5 Bil at Risk in Mass. » State House News Service Governors around the country, including Gov. Charlie Baker, are fighting the Trump administration over proposed changes to how the federal government reimburses states for Medicaid, seeking to avoid a…

Housing

Plans for nearly 750 apartments in Andrew Square are moving ahead » Boston Globe A huge and long-planned housing development in South Boston’s Andrew Square could break ground by the summer, with a bit of a new look.…

Judiciary

Baker nominates North Andover lawyer for associate justice » The Eagle Tribune Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday announced the nomination of attorney Camille F. Sarrouf, Jr. of North Andover as associate justice of the Superior Court.…

Ayer, Nantucket Judicial Nominees Confirmed » State House News Service The Governor's Council on Wednesday minted two new clerk magistrates, a position that comes with a lifetime appointment, for the Ayer and Nantucket courts.…

Labor

Baker heads to Worcester to promote new workforce training plan » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker hit the Mass. Pike on Wednesday, bound for Worcester, as did Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and a third of Baker’s Cabinet. They had HVAC installations on their minds.…

Fire commissioner and city taking heat from union over injured leave changeups » Boston Herald The Boston firefighters’ union is taking aim at Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration and the fire commissioner, claiming in a lawsuit their members on injured leave are being transferred to other f…

Legislative

Lewis To Launch Re-Election Campaign For State Representative » Framingham Source State Representative Jack Patrick Lewis will be launching his re-election campaign at a kickoff event in March. Rep. Lewis represents the 7th Middlesex District, which includes the Town of Ashland and…

Local Government

Motion to ban city councilors from holding a second office passes narrowly » Lowell Sun In a narrow 5-4 vote, the city council requested the city manager file a home rule petition or draft an ordinance — the required mechanism is unclear — that prevents a city councilor from holding …

Federal judge tosses convictions in Boston Calling City Hall probe » Boston Herald A federal judge has thrown out the convictions of two former Boston City Hall officials in the Boston Calling case, setting up the possibility of another trial for the two lieutenants of Mayor Martin …

Newton development critics to skip League of Women Voters forum on Northland » Boston Globe It seemed simple enough: Ahead of a pivotal vote on a controversial project, the League of Women Voters Newton invited opposing sides to make their cases to residents at a public forum on Thursday.…

Petition shows support for Dracut interim town manager » Lowell Sun Residents, town employees and local officials have thrown their support behind Interim Town Manager Ann Vandal after she was not selected to move forward to the final stage of consideration for the to…

Framingham: Effort to open the city's first smoking bar is dead » The Metro West Daily News What would have been the city’s first smoking bar is not coming to the Trolley Square shopping plaza on Rte. 9 after all, because the property owner who leased space for the establishment no longer …

Jon Fetherston takes out paper for Ashland Board of Health » The Metro West Daily News A familiar face is taking aim at rejoining a board he resigned from just nine months ago.…

Mayor's son could join Quincy police, Koch steps aside in hiring process » Patriot Ledger The mayor has recused himself from the hiring process of new Quincy police recruits because his son, Cornelius Koch, is on the eligible list of candidates. Daniel Bennett, a former Massachusetts Publi…

Amesbury Housing Authority member concerned about alleged fire hazard » Newburyport News A member of the Housing Authority is concerned about what he says is a fire hazard at Heritage Towers and calling for the resignation of the authority chairman and executive director, but the fire chi…

A ‘slap in the face’ to federal prosecutors? Specialists weigh in on Boston Calling decision » Boston Globe Some legal experts said a federal judge’s order vacating a jury’s decision that found two former City Hall aides guilty of conspiring to extort organizers of the Boston Calling music festival is a…

Politics

NH Primary Was ‘Appetizer’ Mass. Sec. Of State Says » CBS Boston Wednesday is the last day to register for the presidential primary in Massachusetts and there’s been a surge in new voters following New Hampshire. Secretary of State William Galvin estimates 18,000…

Milton state Rep. Dan Cullinane not seeking reelection » Wicked Local State Rep. Dan Cullinane will not run for reelection this fall, he announced Wednesday, opening up a seat that represents diverse swaths of Dorchester, Mattapan and Milton.…

Michael Nicholson launches Gardner mayoral campaign » The Gardner News Mayoral candidate Michael Nicholson formally launched his campaign at a kickoff event at the American Legion on Feb. 3.…

Cullinane: ‘I will not be a candidate for re-election’; cites need for family time » Dorchester Reporter State Rep. Dan Cullinane will not seek re-election to his seat in the House of Representatives this fall. Cullinane, 34, has held the 12th Suffolk seat — which includes parts of Dorchester, Mattapan…

Tufts launches new center focused on analyzing Beacon Hill issues » Boston Business Journal Housed within Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life, the new center has an advisory council that includes two former governors, budget experts and academics.…

Chinnaswamy, Republican Activist, Announces Write-In Campaign for Republican State Committee in Boston » Jamaica Plain Gazette Nicaela Chinnaswamy has announced her write-in campaign for Republican State Committee to represent the Second Suffolk district, including the neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Ma…

Baker on Third Term Bid: “Definitely Not a No” » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker isn't ruling out running for a third term, and when it comes to a more immediate election -- the March 3 presidential primary -- he's continuing to keep his plans to himself.…

Public Health

Opioid Overdose Deaths Flat Despite Surge in Fentanyl » State House News Service New data indicate Massachusetts has made some progress in beating back the tide of opioid overdose deaths, according to the state's public health commissioner. Commissioner Monica Bharel said the stat…

AG Maura Healey suing Juul for ‘creating a youth vaping epidemic’ » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey is suing e-cigarette and vaping giant Juul for “creating a youth vaping epidemic” in a lawsuit that uncovers details about the company’s predatory marketing and adv…

Healey files lawsuit against JUUL, alleging a campaign to lure underage teens » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed suit against JUUL Labs Inc. on Wednesday, accusing the popular e-cigarette maker of creating an epidemic through an extensive marketing campaign aimed…

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey On Her Lawsuit Against Juul » WBUR Attorney General Maura Healey lays out her case against the e-cigarette retailer Juul. She said that newly obtained internal company documents show that Juul marketed to youth by purchasing ads on web…

Juul Bought Ads On Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, And Other Kids Websites, A New Lawsuit Claims » BuzzFeedNews Internal documents obtained by the Massachusetts attorney general as part of a new lawsuit are the clearest indication yet that the e-cigarette giant aimed its early advertising at young people who've…

Healey sues JUUL for creating youth vaping epidemic » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL Maura Healey on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the e-cigarette giant JUUL Labs, alleging that the company intentionally created the epidemic of youth vaping by market…

Public Safety

Crowd at New Bedford fire station protests its closure » South Coast Today A crowd of firefighters, their family members, and South End residents gathered in front of Fire Station 11 were forced to move to the side when Engine 11 roared to life to respond to a call on Wednes…

State Government

Gov’s Councilors call out ‘disturbing’ connected clerk magistrate nominations » Boston Herald Governor’s councilors are blasting the Baker administration for political patronage yet again in the latest appointment to lifetime, high-paying court jobs with connections to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.…

New Tufts center to offer independent analysis of legislation, ballot questions » Commonwealth Magazine AFTER YEARS OF inaction on Beacon Hill on proposals to create an agency to bring the sort of independent assessment of state legislation that the Congressional Budget Office provides at the federal le…

Galvin: Paper Ballots Instill Confidence » State House News Service Will Massachusetts ever move away from using paper ballots for elections? Maybe after Secretary of State William Galvin is gone.…

Taxation

Massachusetts Wants Businesses To Pay Sales Tax Faster » Brookline Patch Gov. Charlie Baker's budget proposal includes a provision that would require businesses to pay sales tax on digital transactions every day.…

Transportation

Undocumented immigrants have not earned the right to have a driver’s license » Lowell Sun Boosted by a favorable ruling, lawmakers mounting another push to enable the state’s undocumented immigrants to secure driver’s licenses face a familiar roadblock: Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Shuffle proposed for 4 of Boston’s parkways » Commonwealth Magazine THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION wants to transfer four major parkways currently under the control of the Department of Conservation and Recreation over to the Department of Transportation.…

At East-West Rail Meeting, Lots Of Enthusiasm For $25 Billion Option » New England Public Radio At a public meeting held a week after Massachusetts officials released six options for expanded rail service from Pittsfield to Boston, speakers largely favored a $25 billion proposal to build new hig…

GATRA gets another state grant for pilot program » The Sun Chronicle The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority has garnered its second sizable state grant in a little over a month.…

Income-based parking tickets? Julia Mejia wants Boston to consider the idea. » Boston.com Depending on where you park, a parking ticket in Boston could set you back between $15 and $120. And don’t forget about late fees.…

Fran Manzelli Statement on Illegal Immigrant Driver's License Bill » Cape Cod Today Fran Manzelli, Republican State Committeeman for the Cape Cod & Islands District, today released the following statement regarding committee approval of S.2061. An act relative to work and family mobi…

East-west rail sees public support despite pricetag in the billions » The Republican A mostly supportive general public got its chance Wednesday to speak out on the prospect of expanding passenger rail service west from Boston through Worcester and Springfield to Pittsfield.…

Sabadosa is hopeful for public transportation in Western Mass. » The Reminder Public transportation can impact a region in a variety of ways. For Western Massachusetts, public transportation is considered by some to be lagging behind that of nearby metropolitan areas. State Re…

Will EV Adoption Become California’s Next Economic Engine? » Governing A new study details dramatic economic benefits and large cuts in carbon emissions for California from the impact of electric vehicles over the next 10 years. Other states can profit from the lessons l…

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