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Must-Reads

'Trump effect' propels Hollywood's political hopefuls » The Hill Matthew McConaughey’s book tour to promote his memoir “Greenlights” has seemed at times to be a warmup for the campaign trail, with the “True Detective” actor repeatedly teasing a potential …

G.O.P. Seeks to Empower Poll Watchers, Raising Intimidation Worries » New York Times Republicans in several states are pushing bills to give poll watchers more autonomy. Alarmed election officials and voting rights activists say it’s a new attempt to target voters of color.…

25 States Mount Legal Fight To Block Sackler Bid For Opioid Immunity » WBUR In exchange for what amounts to a legal firewall for the Sacklers and their remaining empire, members of the family have offered to forfeit control of their bankrupt drug company and pay $4.2 billion …

More than 23,500 reports of suspected child abuse filed with DCF in past 3 months » Boston Herald The number of reports filed in both January and February hovered just above 7,000, and March saw an increase to 9,061 reports. The vast majority were for neglect, but reports were also filed for suspe…

NAACP probes allegations of financial misconduct by regional official » Commonwealth Magazine Michael Curry, a member of the national NAACP board of directors, revealed the investigation of Juan Cofield, a longtime Boston activist, in an email he sent Thursday to the Boston Teachers Union and …

Elizabeth Warren Grapples With Presidential Loss in New Book » New York Times In “Persist,” the Massachusetts senator delves into gender issues and her own shortcomings after her failed bid for the Democratic nomination.…

Bid to censure Romney for Trump impeachment votes fails » AP News Utah Republicans booed Sen. Mitt Romney but ultimately rejected a motion to censure him Saturday for his votes at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trials. The measure narrowly failed, 798 to 711…

FL: Massive 2021-22 state budget for FL approved: Pitfalls for some struggling families but major gains for others » Florida Phoenix And another year will go by and Florida will not have expanded Medicaid for low-income families. Florida is one of about dozen states that still hasn’t expanded Medicaid for vulnerable populations.…

FL: Yang describes himself as serial entrepreneur, but he often worked for someone else » Politico However, Yang’s signature entrepreneurial accomplishment has fallen far short of the job creation goals that it set out to do. The organization initially pledged to create 100,000 by 2025, something…

FL: DeSantis asked Legislature for wins that appeal to GOP base. It gave him everything. » The Associated Press (AP)

FL: Charlie Crist’s bid for Florida governor faces early threats » Politico Now a Democratic congressman, Crist is the biggest name to announce his candidacy but by no means the most talked-about. Democratic insiders are buzzing more about Rep. Val Demings running, and some f…

Former Ethics Chief Slams Cruz’s Warning To ‘Woke’ CEOs As ‘Most Openly Corrupt’ Ever » HUFFPOST Shaub, who served under both Barack Obama and Donald Trump, called Cruz’s threat a blatant admission that Republicans are selling corporate donors “access to the government.” In a clear swipe at…

“Black women candidates for public office are not interchangeable,” Campbell said in a statement. “I would hope everyone would be offended by the suggestion that one Black woman candidate is interchangeable with another with ‘no difference.’ I would never allow my supporters to push this narrative and neither should Acting Mayor Janey.”

Andrea Campbell, Boston City Councilor and candidate for Boston Mayor

Responding to the suggestion that she should step aside because Boston already has Kim Janey, a Black woman as mayor.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

‘It’s hard to build a team when you’re on Zoom’: Walsh tries to find his footing as Labor secretary » Boston Globe Labor Secretary Martin J. Walsh was testifying before Congress on Wednesday for the first time since his confirmation and things got weird quickly.…

In new book, Elizabeth Warren muses on why she didn’t win » Boston Globe In late 2019, Elizabeth Warren had skyrocketed to the top of the Democratic primary pack, and late one evening, after a town hall and lengthy photo line, she ducked into a bar for a hamburger with her…

As Democrats weigh fate of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, Republicans prepare to run in it » Boston Globe As Democrats debate whether New Hampshire should keep its first-in-the-nation primary, Republican 2024 hopefuls are already preparing to compete in it, an early signal that for at least one party, the…

Former Boston Celtic Enes Kanter, targeted by Turkish government, joins Sen. Ed Markey to condemn human rights abuses under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan » MassLive Former Boston Celtic Enes Kanter, who along with his family has been targeted by the Turkish government, joined Sen. Ed Markey on Sunday to condemn human rights abuses in his home country.…

Business

Editorial: Film tax credit pays for itself in the long run » Boston Herald The Massachusetts House voted unanimously to make permanent the state’s controversial film tax credit, all but ensuring a showdown with the Senate, which doesn’t share the representatives’ sangu…

The highest-paid HubSpot exec last year wasn't the CEO » Boston Business Journal Brian Halligan, CEO of Cambridge-based HubSpot Inc., was not the highest-paid executive at the sales and marketing software company last year. Neither was Dharmesh Shah, who co-founded HubSpot with Ha…

State weighs appeal of Superior Court decision on Boston waterfront » Boston Business Journal The state is considering an appeal of a recent decision from Suffolk Superior Court Judge Brian Davis that could have a big impact on waterfront development across the state.…

West Roxbury residents protest development proposal, fearing loss of business district » Boston Herald A crowd of frustrated West Roxbury residents came out to protest a new development that they say is the latest front in the war on Boston neighborhoods’ town centers.…

Civil Rights

Editorial: Press freedom fight never stops » Boston Globe The moment that former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd, the moment he was first put in handcuffs, was livestreamed from a Minneapolis courtroom. It was a vi…

Education

Biden’s universal preschool plan a ‘game-changer’ for Mass., but final version could look very different » Boston Globe President Biden’s proposal for free, high-quality preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds would create powerful change in Massachusetts, one of the nation’s most expensive child care markets, educato…

Editorial: The Massachusetts Teachers Association’s misleading anti-MCAS effort » Boston Globe Without a consistent way to measure student performance in Massachusetts, it’s easy to predict what would occur. Thriving suburban districts would keep thriving. But with no uniform standard for ide…

Southeastern Voke gets training grant » The Sun Chronicle The Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School District has been awarded $150,000 from the state for worker training and job placement.…

Boston Public Schools sees enrollment drop heavily, mostly among younger, minority students » Boston Herald Enrollment in the city’s public school continues to plunge, the district told councilors as it deals with a 2,200-plus student decline particularly concentrated among Black and Hispanic kids and you…

Health Care

Health Care Workers Turn To Military Techniques To Deal With Trauma » WBUR It was early in the pandemic last year when Dr. Joshua Morganstein started receiving calls from military veterans who were staffing hospitals.…

Human Services

Charlestown program for children with autism pushes back against tenants association » Boston Herald A Charlestown nonprofit that’s been a “safe haven” for children with autism and other disabilities for more than a decade is fighting back against the building tenants association over a lease c…

Walk for Hunger raises money to address a crisis worsened by the pandemic » Boston Globe With food insecurity elevated in Massachusetts due to the pandemic, the annual Walk for Hunger raised more than $1 million as the event took place virtually again this year, according to organizers.…

Insurance

Employers, insurers push to make virtual visits regular care » Boston Herald Make telemedicine your first choice for most doctor visits. That’s the message some U.S. employers and insurers are sending with a new wave of care options.…

Labor

St. Vincent Hospital strike: Worcester nurses report ‘positive step’ in negotiations » Boston Herald St. Vincent Hospital nurses who have been striking for eight weeks reported a “positive step” in negotiations with the hospital management team, the first sign that the two sides are possibly near…

Legislative

Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimous on budget, film tax credit » Lowell Sun Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of April 26-30. All the House roll calls are on the House version of a $47.7 billion fiscal 202…

Local Government

Worthington TM OKs full-time police chief and officer, defers on frontage change » Gazette Net Annual Town Meeting had a big turnout Saturday, with two articles being voted down and a third referred to the Planning Board for two years of study.…

Leverett voters OK $6.5M budget; resolution on tribal lands withdrawn » Gazette Net Voters at Annual Town Meeting on Saturday approved every article on the warrant as read, with the exception of the final article on a resolution concerning Native Americans, which was withdrawn by the…

Gagarin, Arquin win school board seats in Sunderland » Gazette Net Following Saturday's annual town election, Sunderland School Committee member Peter Gagarin will retain his seat on the committee for another three-year term, while the committee also welcomes newcome…

Framingham mayor's assistant calls councilor 'schmuck' and 'little runt' on hot mic » The Metro West Daily News The deep discord between Mayor Yvonne Spicer’s office and members of the City Council was on display again during a listening session on reimagining the city’s businesses post-pandemic.…

Politics

The Column: A Pawtucketville battle royale brewing for City Council seat » Lowell Sun CITY COUNCILOR Rodney Elliott’s declaration to WCAP’s Teddy Panos last week that he’s abandoned the idea of seeking re-election citywide in favor of his native Pawtucketville sets up a battle ro…

Briefings: Check Your Six, Holyoke Mayoral Candidates! » Western Mass Politics and Insight The race to be Holyoke’s next mayor now has its sixth candidate. Gloria Caballero-Roca, an educator and academic, announced her candidacy on Facebook Friday. She also filed paperwork with the Offi…

Stop trying to push Black candidates out of the mayor’s race » Boston Globe Richard Taylor, a Black developer and sometime political activist, is nothing if not direct.…

Post-Pandemic, Voters Want Competent Leaders — And Good Leadership » WGBH Maybe we didn’t appreciate it before, but the pandemic made it clear just how much leadership matters. From COVID-19 lockdown to the vaccine rollout, we’ve been witness to multiple examples of dec…

How The Local Black Lives Matter Movement Has Evolved » WGBH At almost every Black Lives Matter protest she has organized in Boston, activist Monica Cannon-Grant repeats the same demand to the crowd: “Don't just come to the rally, go home, eat a cheese sandwi…

The Nomination Is Healey’s to Take [OPINION] » WBSM The primary election is still more than a year away, but it appears as though Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is in control of her own fate at this point. Healey is proving to be a fundrai…

Kim Janey disavows email to Andrea Campbell supporters telling Campbell to seek DA instead of Boston mayor » Boston Herald Acting Mayor Kim Janey is disavowing an email sent to some supporters of City Councilor Andrea Campbell that Campbell is decrying as Janey’s supporters trying to “pressure her out of the race.”…

Asian American Republicans accuse state GOP of pursuing discriminatory scheme to disenfranchise them in party elections » Boston Globe 'I saw no law enforcement:' Gov. Abbott slams Biden admin's border security… Lily James Breaks Her Silence on Dominic West Scandal More than two dozen Asian American Republicans are alleging discri…

Sixth candidate emerges in Holyoke mayor’s race » Gazette Net Gloria Caballero Roca, a 55-year-old academic and educator, announced her candidacy on Friday. A Holyoker for more than 20 years, the Whiting Avenue resident said that as an Afro-Cuban she is excited …

Public Health

Massachusetts coronavirus vaccine rollout: 2.6 million people fully vaccinated, lowest single-day case count since November » Boston Herald More than 37,000 coronavirus vaccine doses were administered in Massachusetts during the most recent day of vaccination data, as more than 2.6 million people in the state are now fully vaccinated.…

Mass. reports 4 new COVID-19 deaths, 786 cases, 37,597 vaccinations Sunday » Boston Globe The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 37,597 to 6,223,093, state officials reported Sunday.…

Mass. residents from India, Brazil watch COVID-19 horrors unfold in their native countries » Boston Globe Her uncle is dead and her parents both fell ill, victims of the second COVID-19 wave in India that in the past week has produced daily averages of 371,000 new cases and 3,300 deaths.…

A recent dip in demand for COVID-19 vaccines in Mass. has spurred efforts to reach the wary » Boston Globe After months of Massachusetts residents enthusiastically rushing to get their COVID-19 shots, a stark reality is taking hold in the state’s vaccine program: Most of the people who were eager to roll…

Coronavirus herd immunity increasingly ‘elusive,’ public health experts say » Boston Herald The concept of herd immunity is often pitched as the key to a return to normalcy after living for more than a year under coronavirus restrictions, but public health experts warn that achieving and mai…

India and other virus hot spots across the globe could disrupt the economic recovery in Massachusetts » Boston Globe Mumbai is half a world away from Massachusetts, but the deepening COVID-19 crisis there, and throughout India, drives home how much we’ve got riding on other nations getting the pandemic under contr…

Walk-in Vaccines Would Appeal to Younger People, Baker Says » NECN More walk-in vaccine clinics could feature in Massachusetts in the coming months, which Gov. Charlie Baker believes will appeal most to younger people with less concrete schedules.…

Our View: Don't give up now » The Sun Chronicle The starting line in Massachusetts’ race to beat the deadly coronavirus pandemic was March 17, 2020.…

The Checkup for May 2: Massachusetts passes 6 million COVID-19 shots » Berkshire Eagle More than 6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have now been administered in Massachusetts, and more than half the state’s roughly 7 million residents have received at least one shot.…

Opinion: The possibility of being an audience » Boston Globe Sometimes being part of an audience is unexpectedly moving. Sometimes it’s irritating. It’s not something we thought about a lot before the coronavirus pandemic. It was taken for granted.…

Brookline, Salem cautious as they continue local COVID-19 outdoor mask mandates » Boston Globe Health officials in Brookline and Salem said Sunday they are continuing to require masks outdoors, even after the US Centers for Disease Control cleared the way last week for fully vaccinated people t…

Mask restrictions loosen, not everyone feels safe » News 22 WWLP.com It is the first weekend since Governor Charlie Baker issued an order that masks are no longer required outdoors, but not everyone is comfortable with the decision.…

Public Safety

Boston elected officials decry police union for ‘personal’ tweet directed at Andrea Campbell » Boston.com Local elected officials of color are speaking out in force against the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, after a dispute between the police union and City Councilor Andrea Campbell took a perso…

What will Acting Mayor Kim Janey do about Boston police? » Boston Globe Scandal has engulfed Boston police, presenting Acting Mayor Kim Janey with one of the first major tests of her crisis management skills as city executive.…

‘Out of control’ dirt bikes, ATVs and loud parties taking over at Franklin Park, neighbors say » Boston Herald Anyone seeking a peaceful refuge in the city’s largest park is in for a rude awakening these days, with dirt bikes, ATVs, loud music and late-night parties running rampant through footpaths and fiel…

Letters: Everything is under review as police work and criminal justice are examined » Boston Globe Re “In reimagined police force, much would be changed” (Page A1, April 25): Boston should learn from Denver. For years, the Denver Police Department and the Mental Health Center of Denver have cre…

Mass. Commission Starts 5-Month Study of Qualified Immunity » NBC Boston A Truro Democrat on Friday pushed members of a new commission studying qualified immunity to reach out and listen to a diverse set of voices, saying the group's primarily white makeup needs to recogni…

SJC to consider police use of ‘gang member’ designation » Commonwealth Magazine AMID GROWING NATIONAL AWARENESS of the problems of racially biased policing, the Supreme Judicial Court will have a chance to weigh in on a tactic that is increasingly drawing scrutiny: the designatio…

Campbell Calls Boston Police Union Attacks 'Racist' And 'Sexist' » WGBH City Councilor and mayoral candidate Andrea Campbell said Sunday that the recent personal attack against her on social media by the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association is part of a larger trend of…

State Finance

Ehrlich secures House budget projects for Swampscott, Lynn, Marblehead » Lynn Daily News Item Massachusetts Representative Lori Ehrlich of Marblehead has secured money in the final House budget for several local projects, including $100,000 for a racial equity plan in Swampscott.…

Transportation

Opinion: There’s really nothing blocking the path to free buses » Boston Globe If the the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority eventually delivers on long-deferred plans for means-tested fares, then it will be more successful if done first on the trains. Meanwhile, the MBT…

Editorial: Overall safety should drive deliberation of Baker’s road bills » Lowell Sun A series of road bills filed Monday by Gov. Charlie Baker received a pothole of a reception in some circles, over concerns about the measures’ further infringement on personal liberties.…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 5/3

11:00am Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth Public Hearing, Via Zoom

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

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

Tuesday - 5/4

Birthdays: Rep. Denise Garlick

10:00am Language Access and Inclusion Briefing hosted by The Language All-Access Coalition, Via Zoom

10:00am Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Oversight Hearing

11:00am 25th Annual (Virtual) Immigrants’ Day at the State House, Via Zoom

11:30am The Business of Pride hosted by the Boston Business Journal, Via webcast

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, Oversight Hearing

5:00pm Special Joint Committee on Redistricting, Public Hearing

Wednesday - 5/5

Birthdays: State Senator Michael Brady

9:00am Managing Mental Health at Work: A Local Perspective hosted by the Boston Business Journal, Via Zoom

11:00am Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy, Public Hearing

1:00pm Senate Committee on Reimagining Massachusetts: Post-Pandemic Resiliency, Oversight Hearing

Thursday - 5/6

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Friday - 5/7

Birthdays: Rep. Jonathan Zlotnik, Rep. Joseph Wagner, Rep. Patricia Haddad, Rep. Angelo D'Emilia

10:00am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, Via Webex

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

Press Releases

TechNet Applauds the Bipartisan Passage of the Endless Frontier Act Out of the Senate Commerce Committee » Technet

New Species of ‘Water Bear’ Named after Sam ‘Ohu Gon » The Nature Conservancy

From the Web: ACA Members and CEO Mark Neeb Share Implications of Hunstein Case for the ARM Industry in American Banker » ACA International

The Senate Ways and Means FY22 Budget Proposal » Strategies for Children

Weekly Download: How to Plan Your Business Comeback » North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce

USACE Task Order Memo Released: Updated Procedures for the Selection of Task Orders on A/E Indefinite Delivery Contracts (IDCs) » American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts

Coalition of Advocacy, Immigrant Rights, and Health Care Organizations Call on Congress to Pass the HEAL for Immigrant Families Act » Planned Parenthood

Senator Markey, Stand Up For Palestine » Concerned Public & Constituents of Ed Markey

Assistant Speaker Clark Calls for Permanent Expansion of the Child Tax Credit » Office of U.S. Representative Katherine Clark (MA-5)

Assistant Speaker Clark Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Improve Health Equity for Kids » Office of U.S. Representative Katherine Clark (MA-5)

The Mel King Institute Held Its Largest Virtual Stand Against Racism Event on April 29 » MA Association of Community Development Corporations

Senate Ways and Means Releases FY 2022 Budget Recommendations » Office of MA Senator Joan Lovely

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Employer Vaccination Program, Extension of Targeted free COVID-19 Testing Sites, Provides Weekly Dose Updates » MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services

May 2021: Latest Updates From The Department of Neighborhood Development » City of Boston

The FDA Office of Minority Health and Health Equity: Working to advance health equity through diversity in research » Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

21st Affordable Housing Development Competition Winners Announced! » Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts (LWVMA) announces the winners of its "Democracy Challenge" Student Video Contest » League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

Senators Markey, Wicker, and Blumenthal Applaud Senate Committee Passage of Bipartisan Air Travel Task Force Legislation » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $950,000 in Grants to Protect Houses of Worship » MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

UCS Scientist Joins Scientists, Catholic Leaders Urging President Biden to Work for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons » Union of Concerned Scientists

Opioid-related overdose deaths rose by 5 percent in 2020 » MA Department of Public Health

Markey, Blumenthal & Cicilline Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Ban Untraceable, Undetectable “Ghost” Guns » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Markey, Warren, Pressley, Colleagues Reintroduce The Andrew Kearse Act » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Public Comment Period Available For Draft Amendment to Boston Cannabis Board Rules and Regulations » City of Boston

The Senate Ways and Means FY22 Budget Proposal » Strategies for Children

Arts & Culture in Line to Receive Record State Investment in FY22 » Mass Cultural Council

Building a Better T: Green Line B Branch Station Consolidation Project Completes Three of Seven Weeks of Accelerated Work » MBTA

Mass. Bay Community College Failed to Address Recommendations to Improve Tracking of Valuable Property, Audit Finds » Office of MA State Auditor Suzanne Bump

Three Grocery Stores Cited Nearly $1 Million for Wage Theft, Other Wage and Hour Violations Affecting Over 150 Employees » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Announces Appointments to the Opioid Recovery and Remediation Fund Advisory Council » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

ADL Statement on Findings of Latest Pew Center Poll on Jewish Americans and Antisemitism » Anti-Defamation League

Press Release: Baker-Polito Administration Applauds Federal Approval of Vineyard Wind Project » MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Keep an Eye Out for One Headlight » MassDOT

Study Calls for Better Reporting on Impact of COVID-19 in Eldercare Facilities » The Pioneer Institute of Public Policy Research

Expansion of In-Person Critical City Services Announced » City of Boston

The Equity in Neuroscience and Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials (ENACT) Act Introduced in Congress » Alzheimers Association of Massachusetts

McGovern, Pressley Reintroduce Bill to Provide Critical Support for Grandparent-Led Households » Office of U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (MA-2)

Trahan Leads Group of Lawmakers in Calling on Facebook to Reverse Harmful WhatsApp Terms of Service Update » Office of U.S. Representative Lori Trahan (MA-3)

American Lung Association Turquoise Takeover Spreads Hope for those Facing Lung Cancer during Pandemic » American Lung Association

Our Explainer on What Just Happened on the Boston Waterfront » Conservation Law Foundation

Statement of ACLU of Massachusetts on Proposed MBTA Fare Regulations » ACLU Massachusetts

As Baker Touts MA’s Vaccine Progress, Racial Disparities in Distribution Persist » MIRA Coalititon

Science Group Celebrates Landmark Decision for Offshore Wind » Union of Concerned Scientists

Dana-Farber announces $4 million funding opportunity to improve community health by increasing access to services in Greater Boston » Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Biden Administration Issues Final Approval for Vineyard Wind Project » Environmental League of Massachusetts


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