... As complaint backlog grows, Ethics Commission appeals to lawmakers to hire one attorney ...... Amherst Rep. Goldstein-Rose leaves Democrats, changes registration to unenrolled ...... Speaker DeLeo to address Boston Chamber breakfast on March 13 ...... Former Mass Marketing Partnership director Betsy Wall named Auditor Bump's chief of staff ...... City on a Hill teachers, staff elect to join Boston Teachers Union ...... Senate moves online Lottery, Equifax bills to its Ways and Means Committee ...... Goldberg plans Feb. 27 re-election launch as she makes case for second term as treasurer ...
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LATEST SUFFOLK DA'S OFFICE SHOULD LEAD ON BAIL REFORM, CANDIDATE SAYS

The first declared candidate for Suffolk County district attorney wants to change the way prosecutors ask for bail and clear old marijuana arrests from records. Read More

SETTI WARREN SAYS "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH" AFTER MBTA DERAILMENT

Using the latest Red Line derailment on Wednesday morning as evidence, Democrat Setti Warren blamed Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday for a failed strategy to improve MBTA service that has led to declining MBTA ridership, worsening traffic in and around Boston. Read More


FLAHERTY / LYNCH

LYNCH RETURNS AS HOST OF ST. PATRICK'S DAY BREAKFAST

The Dorchester and South Boston residents in the First Suffolk district are still without a state senator, but another vacant post last held by Linda Dorcena Forry has been filled: the host of Boston's St. Patrick's Day breakfast. Read More


THIRD RAIL DAMAGE DERAILS RED LINE SERVICE

A portion of the Red Line will remain shut down and passengers will be bused between the Broadway and JFK/UMass stations until the MBTA is able to discern what caused a train to derail and damage a section of the third rail Wednesday morning. Read More

MBTA crews made repairs to the Red Line Wednesday

MBTA crews made repairs to the Red Line Wednesday at Andrew Square. [Photo: Courtesy/Twitter/Joe Pesaturo]


FORDE

FORDE WOULD EXPAND ROLE AS SUFFOLK REGISTER OF DEEDS

Katie Forde, the runner-up in the 2016 race for Suffolk County Register of Deeds, is giving it another try this year. Read More


TRAHAN SPELLS OUT STANCE ON GUN LAWS

Days after a Florida school shooting that left 17 dead, a Westford Democrat running for Congress is calling on members of her party to "be the adults in the room" and take action to protect children from gun violence. Read More


GOLDSTEIN-ROSE SWAP CAUGHT DEMS OFF GUARD

Amherst Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose's decision to register as an unenrolled voter came as a surprise to the party he left behind, according to the chairman of the state Democratic Party. Read More


CAMPBELL SEES BIG JUSTICE REFORM ROLE FOR NEXT DA

Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell will not run for the open district attorney position, she said Wednesday. Read More


ELECTRIC VEHICLE GROWTH INFLUENCED BY STATE OF CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE

That whirring you hear coming down the road is the next wave of electrification. Electric vehicles will become more mainstream and as that happens drivers will need the infrastructure – mainly charging stations – to support them, according to a MassPIRG report publicized Wednesday that estimated there will be 24,000 electric vehicles in Boston by 2030. Read More


CARVALHO

CARVALHO NOT RUNNING FOR DA, FOCUSED ON SENATE RACE

Rep. Evandro Carvalho is focused on his run for state Senate and is not running for Suffolk County district attorney, according to Peter Roby, his campaign manager. Read More


CITY EXAMINES PRICING PILOT'S IMPACT ON PARKING, CONGESTION

Raising the price of parking at a meter in Boston is an effective way to ease congestion and make finding a parking spot easier, but a city-run pilot program found that the results varied based on the pricing structure put into place. Read More


ROACHE NOMINATED FOR MIDDLESEX JUVENILE COURT

A family law attorney from Carlisle would fill an opening on the Middlesex County Juvenile Court, under a nomination that Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Wednesday. Read More


MASS. STUDENTS SETTING "GOLD STANDARD" ON AP EXAMS

There's fresh evidence that Massachusetts students are leading the nation on Advanced Placement exams, with a College Board official saying the Bay State has "set the gold standard when it comes to AP." Read More


ELLIOTT

LOWELL COUNCILOR ELLIOTT RUNNING FOR STATE SENATE

Sen. Eileen Donoghue said last week she's "made no determination" about whether she'll vie to become Lowell's next city manager, but another Democrat said Wednesday he'll run for her Senate seat whether or not she leaves it behind. Read More


O'FLAHERTY WEIGHING DA RUN, McAULIFFE IS IN

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's chief legal counsel Eugene O'Flaherty is considering a run for Suffolk County District Attorney and Shannon McAuliffe, a defense attorney who ran a program for gang-involved youth, wants the top prosecutor's position in Boston. Read More


CUNHA

IG SEEKS MORE $$$ TO EXPAND TRAINING

Since it uncovered indiscriminate spending of foundation money and personal use of university credit cards at Westfield State University, the Inspector General's Office has doubled down on training members of public boards and commissions. This year, the office says it can do even more with a bigger budget. Read More


Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

BOSTON COUNCILOR FLAHERTY FLOATS NAME AS POSSIBLE DA CANDIDATE

Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty said Tuesday he has "always" wanted to be Suffolk County district attorney, but stopped just short of jumping into the race to succeed Dan Conley. Read More

After District Attorney Dan Conley announced Tuesd

After District Attorney Dan Conley announced Tuesday he wouldn't seek a fifth term, Boston At-Large Councilor Michael Flaherty wrote that he has "always been interested" in the seat. [Photo: File/SHNS] | Hi-Res


POLICE CHIEFS' SUPPORT BREATHES LIFE INTO "SAFE COMMUNITIES ACT"

The lead sponsors of a bill that would limit the ability of state and local police to work with federal immigration officials say they've struck a compromise with law enforcement organizations on a redrafted version of the legislation and are calling on the Legislature to pass the re-written bill into law. Read More


CONSCIOUS OF CYBER THREATS, GALVIN'S OFFICE FOCUSES ON ELECTION INTEGRITY

Amid talk of ongoing meddling in American elections by Russia or other adversaries, the head of Secretary of State William Galvin's elections division met over the long weekend with U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials to discuss the security of state elections systems. Read More


CRANEY

DEM COMPLAINT PUTS FREE SPEECH "UNDER ATTACK," MASS FISCAL SAYS

The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance blasted some politicians and liberal interest groups for trying to "use campaign finance law as a weapon" in response to a new complaint filed by the Massachusetts Democratic Party and two state legislators seeking to force the group to disclose its donors. Read More


HOUSE SOUR ON SYRUP AS SWEETENER

Who's to say if syrup is a better sweetener than, say, honey? Not Rep. Theodore Speliotis. Read More

Maple sap is boiled into syrup at The Red Bucket S

Maple sap is boiled into syrup at The Red Bucket Sugar Shack in Worthington. Worthington Rep. Stephen Kulik's original maple bill would have made "pure Massachusetts maple syrup" the state's official sweetener. [Photo: Courtesy/Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism] | Hi-Res


REPORT WILL ILLUMINATE MASS. ELECTRIC CAR LANDSCAPE

State and local data about projected electric car numbers and charging needs will be included in a report marked for release on Wednesday. Read More


SENATE SESSION – TUESDAY, FEB. 20, 2018

Still without a majority leader and with the leadership structure still a bit unclear, the Massachusetts Senate kicked off school vacation week Tuesday with a brief informal session that saw action on items of interest in Framingham and Essex. The Senate approved a bill that would require candidates for mayor in the state's newest city, Framingham, to adhere to reporting requirements that candidates must follow in other cities. And the Senate also OK'ed a bill dealing with appointing retirees as special police officers in Essex. The Senate will meet again on Thursday morning, in another informal session. Read More


PERSONNEL FILE - MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2018

. . . A former top state tourism and marketing official is Auditor Bump's new chief of staff . . . a longtime legislative staffer has joined the executive branch, working in government affairs . . . A South Coast attorney familiar with local hurdles to affordable housing has been named to the MassHousing Board . . . Elaine DeRosa is poised to retire this month after devoting much of her career to anti-poverty work . . . Read More


COMPLAINT SEEKS TO FORCE MASSFISCAL DONOR DISCLOSURE

Lawmakers who say they've been targeted recently in their districts by the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance plan to call on state regulators Tuesday to force the non-profit group to register as a political committee and disclose its donors. Read More


CONLEY WON'T SEEK RE-ELECTION AFTER 16 YEARS AS SUFFOLK DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Dan Conley, who has been Boston's top prosecutor for 16 years, will not seek re-election this fall, creating a major opening for lawyers with political ambitions. Read More

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley announ

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley announced Tuesday that he will not run for a fifth term. [Photo: File/2012/SHNS] | Hi-Res


PARKLAND SEEN AS POSSIBLE TIPPING POINT IN GUN LAW DEBATE

The "historic" reaction to last week's Florida school shooting has the potential to become a turning point in the fight against gun violence, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey said Tuesday, comparing it to movements for women's suffrage, civil rights and same-sex marriage. Read More


ETHICS APPEALS FOR $$$ TO ADDRESS GROWING COMPLAINT BACKLOG

The State Ethics Commission, which each year receives about 900 complaints and 6,000 requests for advice about conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws, is appealing this budget cycle to add a fourth attorney to its enforcement division. Read More


DECISION ON WEYMOUTH COMPRESSOR STATION PERMIT ALMOST A YEAR AWAY

State agencies intend to decide whether to issue an air permit for a Weymouth natural gas compressor station by next January. Read More


AMHERST REP DUMPS DEMS, CITES "FALSE CONSTRUCT"

Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose of Amherst on Tuesday announced that he had changed his party registration to unenrolled, becoming the second House lawmaker to withdraw from a political party this session. Read More

Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose unenrolled from the De

Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose unenrolled from the Democratic Party Tuesday morning at Amherst Town Hall. [Photo: Courtesy] | Hi-Res


SALLEY HELPING LOCAL COMPANY LAUNCH CANNABIS SCREENER

Four-time NBA champion and former Detroit Piston John Salley is helping GreenSpace Labs, a local cannabis testing company, to launch its mobile pesticide screening device, GreenLite Screener. Read More


HOUSE SESSION – TUESDAY, FEB. 20, 2018

A workplace safety bill that has been bouncing between the House and Senate advanced a step further on Tuesday in the first of two scheduled informal sessions this week when the few House lawmakers in attendance agreed to a Senate amendment to the bill (H 3952) and adopted another amendment offered by Labor Committee Chairman Paul Brodeur substituting a new version of the bill. The employee safety legislation would extend federal workplace safety standards to municipal and quasi-public-agency employees. The House also weighed in on the debate over maple syrup, passing a bill to observe the month of March as Massachusetts Maple Month, but striking a provision of Rep. Stephen Kulik's bill (H 3735) that would have designated pure Massachusetts maple syrup as the official sweetener of the state. "I personally don't know enough about the sweetener industry to know if maple is the best sweetener," Rep. Theodore Speliotis, the chair of the Committee on Bills in Third Reading, told the News Service. Read More


CAMPOS

CANNABIS COMMISSION HIRES CFO, LAUNCHES WEBSITE

There is a decidedly Massachusetts Senate vibe growing at the Cannabis Control Commission. Read More


LENNON

ARLINGTON'S LENNON CHALLENGING GARBALLEY FOR STATE REP

Arlington's Lori Lennon is running for state rep this year and plans to reach voters by discussing the challenges facing working families and her own experiences as the mother of an eight-year-old girl. Read More


BACKLASH BACK STORY: THE LEADUP TO MARIJUANA SUMMIT 2.0

We always knew the next marijuana summit we put on would be interesting, but things seem to have gotten maybe a little TOO interesting. Read More


Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

CAPUANO, PRESSLEY WEIGH IN ON WYNN, EVERETT CASINO

On the banks of the Mystic River, workers have been building a structure envisioned by Steve Wynn, the casino magnate who recently relinquished control of his global resort empire after the Wall Street Journal reported he pressured employees into sex. Read More


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