... Braintree Mayor Sullivan to be sworn in Tuesday as MassDOT Board member ...... Uber users and partners to protest ordinance Tuesday in Braintree ...... Nashoba Valley nurses to protest wages during informational picket ...... Galvin files public records reform initiative petition ...... Baker hoping for guidance in bid for outside help on criminal justice reforms ...... Guv estimates Mass. recidivism rate at between 40 and 50 percent ...... Aide to Baker says solar bill now may not emerge until week of Aug. 10 ...
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LATEST STATE RECEIVES NEW WAVE OF CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Massachusetts education officials are reviewing a wave of applications for new and expanded charter schools as activists mull a ballot question lifting a cap on charters that has already been reached in places like Fall River, Lawrence and Holyoke. The state Department of Education announced Monday it has received proposals to open 10 new charter public schools, which operate with a greater level of independence than traditional public schools. Read More

FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD UMASS LOWELL CONFIRMED BY TRUSTEES

Hailed as "someone with skills to take UMass Lowell to the next level," the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously appointed Jacqueline Moloney chancellor of the Lowell university. Moloney, a UMass-Lowell alumna who most recently served as the university's executive vice chancellor, is the first female chancellor in the 121-year history of UMass Lowell and its preceding institutions, according to the university. Read More


GALVIN

SECRETARY OF STATE FILES PUBLIC RECORDS BALLOT PROPOSAL

Secretary of State William Galvin on Monday opened a new front in the push to improve access to public records in Massachusetts, filing an initiative petition that would let voters weigh in next year on what critics have described as one of the weakest public records law in the country. Read More


UBER BOOSTERS TO PROTEST BRAINTREE ORDINANCE

Critics and supporters of the ridesharing industry will have to wait until September for a public hearing on bills to regulate Uber, Lyft and other services, but the controversy that such services has generated will play out at the local level Tuesday in Braintree. Read More


VIDEO | BAKER: OUTSIDE REVIEW COULD ADDRESS MASS. RECIDIVISM RATE

State government leaders in Massachusetts are renewing an effort that past leaders had called for but failed to secure: the help of the U.S. Department of Justice and Pew Center on the States in conducting a comprehensive analysis of the state's criminal justice system. Read More

"If we can figure out which programs and which app

"If we can figure out which programs and which approaches seem to work best to reduce recidivism, we'll reduce the population by doing that because the big issue is people sort of cycling in, cycling out," Baker told reporters Monday. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Video


KENNEDY

KENNEDY: KEEP DEBATE AWAY FROM "WILD IDEAS"

Congressman Joe Kennedy III is setting a partisan edge as August dawns. In a fundraising email circulated on Sunday, Kennedy starts off, "There’s no turning back. Love it or hate it, the political season has arrived and the 2016 campaign is well underway. Plenty of wild ideas are already surfacing from some of the leading presidential candidates – like 'phasing out' Medicare, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and rounding up millions of immigrant families for deportation. These extreme positions might grab headlines, but they’ll only deepen the divisions in our country." Read More


BRAINTREE MAYOR SET TO JOIN MASSDOT BOARD

Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan, who served on the governor's MBTA reform task force after last winter's transit failures, will join the Massachusetts Department of Transportation board of directors on Tuesday ahead of its first meeting since recently-announced changes to the department's leadership structure. Sullivan will join fellow Mayor Dean Mazzarella, of Leominster, on the board. Read More


NEW OPIOID FORMULARY PANEL TO MEET THURSDAY

Members of a commission charged with examining the safety of pain medications have been named and plan to convene on Thursday. Read More


VIDEO | GENERAL: NO CURRENT PLANS TO CLOSE MASS. AIR BASES

Those who depend on U.S. Air Force bases in Chicopee and Bedford can count on continuing operations at those facilities, according to a top Air Force general. U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Thompson, who commands the "total life cycle management of Air Force weapon systems," met with Gov. Charlie Baker and other state officials on Monday. Read More

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Thompson (right) met

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Thompson (right) met with Maj. Gen. Scott Rice of the Mass. National Guard (left) and Gov. Baker at the State House on Monday. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Video


INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DEMAND ATTENTION OF MASS. DELEGATION

The summer recess has afforded the Massachusetts congressional delegation a chance to hear from constituents on matters of international diplomacy and the health of the planet. In several of those areas, people with Massachusetts roots are key in the Obama administration's initiatives. Read More


SHERIFF TO DISCUSS "LAX IMMIGRANT ENFORCEMENT RULES"

Challenges facing sheriffs because of "lax immigration enforcement rules" will be the subject of a press briefing in Bourne Wednesday morning scheduled by Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings. In an advisory, the sheriff's office said Cummings plans to use an inmate at the Barnstable House of Correction as a "specific example" of the challenges. Read More


WEEKLY LEADERSHIP MEETINGS ON HOLD UNTIL SEPT. 14

Top state officials are taking a long break from their regular weekly meetings. Days after the Legislature broke for its mid-summer recess, Gov. Charlie Baker's office announced Sunday night that Monday afternoon's planned meeting with legislative leaders was off and added that weekly leadership meetings won't resume until Monday, Sept. 14. Read More


TOP MASS. OFFICIALS UNITE AROUND CRIMINAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE

[Story Developing] In a move that could lead to a bipartisan policy breakthrough, state government leaders in Massachusetts are seeking outside help in a united effort to reduce recidivism, lower prison populations, and improve outcomes for those in the state's criminal justice system. Read More


Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015

BAKER, WALSH JOIN CYCLISTS IN RIDE FOR CHARITY

Pedaling along the sun-dappled roads of Metrowest, Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh logged 25 miles for cancer research on Sunday. Neither the mayor nor the governor had any recent experience bicycling before agreeing to participate in the Pan-Mass Challenge this year, and Walsh only started practice rides on Wednesday. Read More

Gov. Charlie Baker cycles up a hill in the early p

Gov. Charlie Baker cycles up a hill in the early part of a 25-mile charity ride on Sunday. [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS] | Hi-Res


Friday, Jul. 31, 2015

ADVANCES - WEEK OF AUG. 2, 2015

Initiative petition sponsors have until Thursday to file the language of their proposed ballot laws along with signatures from 10 sponsors of their measures if they wish to be in the running for a slot on the November 2016 ballot.  It's the first in a series of deadlines that ballot campaigns must meet if they wish to put proposals before voters. Read More


WEEKLY ROUNDUP - THE DAY THE OLYMPICS DIED

Almost as abruptly, and anticlimactically, as Boston's Olympic dream went from an obscure study initiated by a senator from Lowell to a full-blown international incident, the city's quest for gold this week was disqualified. Read More


REAL ESTATE GROUP FILES MOTION IN STORMWATER DISCHARGE CASE

A major commercial real estate industry group on Friday filed a motion to intervene and to become a defendant to a lawsuit that the Conservation Law Foundation brought against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeking to push for additional stormwater discharge regulation. Read More


GROUP HOPES TO DISLODGE MASS. DEMOCRAT SUPERMAJORITY

The Republican State Leadership Committee aims in next year's elections to end the supermajorities that Democrats enjoy in the Massachusetts House and Senate, part of a multi-prong effort to advance Republicans in various state Legislatures. The group, which plans to spend $40 million on 2015-2016 legislative races, announced that Massachusetts would be one of its focuses from its national meeting in Boston on Thursday. Read More


LAWMAKERS HEAR OPPOSITION, SUPPORT FOR "CONVERSION THERAPY"

Massachusetts lawmakers seeking to ban therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors heard this week from some people around the country who say the therapy has value and others who say it is dangerous. Read More


WATERTOWN OFFICERS AWARDED CONGRESSIONAL MEDALS OF BRAVERY

As their former chief recounted their firefight with the terrorists who struck the Boston Marathon in 2013, three Watertown police officers were granted the Congressional Medal of Bravery on Friday for their actions more than two years ago. Read More


WARREN, MARKEY RESERVE JUDGEMENT ON SCOTT'S NTSB NOMINATION

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey have reserved judgement on former MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott's nomination for the National Transportation Safety Board. Several months after her mid-winter resignation from the T, President Barack Obama nominated Scott to serve on the independent body that investigates major transportation accidents. The nomination was announced Tuesday. Read More


COPS TURNED LAWMAKERS PUSHING TRAFFICKING CRIME FOR HEROIN ADDITIVE

Two freshman legislators, each with decades of experience in law enforcement, have put forth bipartisan legislation to criminalize the trafficking of a chemical they say drug dealers have been adding to heroin, giving the opiate a dangerous boost in potency. Read More


WYNN PLANS TO SUBSIDIZE MBTA LINE THAT WILL SERVE CASINO, REGION

Wynn Resorts announced Friday that it will subsidize MBTA Orange Line operations to the tune of $7.36 million over 15 years for improvements that will be in place when it opens its $1.7 billion resort Casino in Everett. Read More


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