... Baker signs clean energy, opioid, environmental bond bills ...... Dems call on Baker to face voters by scheduling his own "town hall" event ...... HPC report highlights "staggering" growth of urgent care centers, retail health clinics ...... Big names in former Sen. Rosenberg's district rallying around write-in candidate Comerford ...... IBEW Local 103 endorses Zakim for secretary of state ...... Emerita pay bump of $35,000 limits former Senate President Chandler's pay cut to $10,000 ...... The state's first resort casino, MGM Springfield, is set to open Aug. 24 ...... Senate Ways and Means chair vacant as Spilka leaves vice chair Sen. Lovely to carry out duties ...... Homes placed under sales agreements in July were up 14 percent over July 2017 ...... AG, state officials issue public safety notice concerning 3D printing of weapons ...... Galvin's "People's Pledge" challenge, Zakim's debate challenge color secretary's race ...... RGA-backed superpac spends heavily on pre-primary pro-Baker TV ad ...... Human Rights Campaign stays out of 10-person Merrimack Valley Democratic Congressional primary ...
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LATEST AFFORDABLE HOUSING A FOCUS IN NEXT ROUND OF BOSTON CPA FUNDS

Boston's Community Preservation Committee has launched a second round of funding, with $22 million available, for projects around the city that will promote affordable housing, historic preservation and open spaces. Read More

TRUMP: GLOBE IN "COLLUSION" ON FREE PRESS EDITORIALS

President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted a response to the Boston Globe's coordinated series of newspaper editorials condemning his attacks against "fake news" and his references to journalists as "the enemy of the American People," suggesting that the Globe acted illegally by arranging to have papers around the country publish similar editorials. Read More


Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

SIX MAYORS UNITE TO FIGHT NURSE STAFFING QUESTION

A bipartisan group of six mayors is asking their counterparts across the state to oppose a nurse staffing question on November's ballot, saying they're concerned about its impact on local hospital finances. Read More


ZAKIM LOOKS TO ONE-UP GALVIN WITH "PROGRESSIVE PLEDGE"

After initially rebuffing his opponent's call to refuse outside spending in their primary race, secretary of state hopeful Josh Zakim on Wednesday issued his own call, taking the "People's Pledge" a step further. Read More


KINGSTON VISITS THE BORDER THREE WEEKS AHEAD OF PRIMARY

Republican Senate candidate John Kingston spent the day Wednesday touring the U.S.-Mexico border in southern California after declining earlier this week to take part in a televised debate between the candidates vying to challenge U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren this fall. Read More


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ZAKIM SAYS GALVIN OWES FULLER EXPLANATION OF HEROD'S ROLE

Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim said Wednesday that he was not satisfied with Secretary of State William Galvin's assurance that a network specialist indicted for federal stock fraud did not have access to the central voter registry during the more than nine years he worked in Galvin's Registry of Deeds Division. Read More


ACHIEVEMENT LIST DWINDLING AS DUST SETTLES AFTER LATE-SESSION FRENZY

Beacon Hill's list of accomplishments for 2018 is slowly unraveling. Health care and education funding talks collapsed in the final hours of formal session of the year as a flurry of other bills made their way to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk. Now that Baker has worked his way through the stack of legislation, more potential accomplishments have been moved instead to the incomplete column. Read More


AIRBNB OFFERS LESSON IN EXTRA TEACHER INCOME

With the future of a short-term rental regulation and taxation bill now uncertain, Airbnb on Wednesday released new data it said shows how the home-sharing platform can help teachers bring in extra income. Read More


GONZALEZ TO PICKET ANDOVER REP'S FUNDRAISER WITH BAKER

Calling Gov. Charlie Baker's support for conservative state lawmaker Rep. Jim Lyons "reprehensible," Democrat for governor Jay Gonzalez announced plans Wednesday to protest outside a fundraiser in Andover later this month where the governor will be supporting Lyons's re-election campaign. Read More


NEW LAW OFFERS FRESH APPROACH TO CARING FOR ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS

A new state law aims to change the way Alzheimer's Disease diagnoses and treatment are handled in Massachusetts in hopes of addressing what one advocate said is currently the "single largest unaddressed public health threat." Read More


COYNE CONFIRMED TO BROCKTON DISTRICT COURT JUDGESHIP

The Governor's Council on Wednesday unanimously approved Sabine Coyne's appointment to the position of associate justice of the Brockton District Court. Read More


AG'S OFFICE OFFERING REFRESHERS ON OPEN MEETING LAW

Hoping to better educate elected officials and the public on the requirements of the state's open meeting law, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Wednesday that her office will hold five training sessions on the law this fall, as well as online trainings. Read More


MAINE CONSERVATIONISTS FIGHTING HYDRO POWER LINE

An environmental nonprofit from Maine plans to oppose contracts between Massachusetts utility companies and Central Maine Power related to the 140-mile New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project at a hearing Wednesday afternoon. Read More


ON IOWA SWING, WALSH TO MEET LABOR LEADERS

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is traveling Wednesday to another midwestern state won by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, talking up Democratic candidates and making a stop at a proving ground for presidential candidates. Read More


Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

GALVIN AND ZAKIM SPAR IN FIERY FIRST FACE-TO-FACE DEBATE

There was no love lost between Secretary of State William Galvin and Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim who squared off in a tense half-hour television debate on Tuesday evening, trading verbal punches and innuendo as the two battle in a Democratic turf war for an office Galvin has held for over two decades. Read More


MGM'S HIGHWAY ADVERTISING PLANS CURTAILED AS CASINO PREPS FOR OPENING

MGM Springfield, the state's first resort casino, has been humming with activity in recent days as employees complete dry runs of gaming and entertainment operations ahead of the planned grand opening on Aug. 24. Read More


SANCHEZ, SUPPORTERS DEFEND INCUMBENT'S RECORD AS MORE THAN A "PROGRESSIVE MONIKER"

Three weeks away from squaring off against an opponent who's knocked his ties to leadership, House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez on Tuesday gathered supporters to make the case that his influential post and experience make him best suited to deliver for constituents. Read More

House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez, spe

House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez, speaking to supporters in Jamaica Plain Tuesday, said he would pursue a progressive agenda "on the ground and in the stratosphere." [Photo: Katie Lannan/SHNS] | Hi-Res


OPIOID BILL A "BLUEPRINT" FOR THE NATION, BAKER SAYS AT CEREMONY

After launching his re-election campaign over the weekend, Gov. Charlie Baker's first move on Tuesday after an official trip out of state to start the week was to draw attention to legislation that aims to expand treatment for opioid addiction across the Bay State. Read More

Gov. Charlie Baker handed a ceremonial pen to Rep.

Gov. Charlie Baker handed a ceremonial pen to Rep. Denise Garlick, co-chairwoman of the Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery Committee. [Photo: Chris Triunfo/SHNS] | Hi-Res


NEW RED LINE CAR ON DISPLAY AT CITY HALL

Under a white tent in City Hall Plaza Tuesday, the MBTA set up a mockup of the new Red Line car scheduled to hit the tracks for testing by March of next year. Read More

Gov. Charlie Baker spoke Tuesday at a ribbon cutti

Gov. Charlie Baker spoke Tuesday at a ribbon cutting for a model of a new Red Line car. [Photo: Chris Triunfo/SHNS] | Hi-Res


TWO MORE DAYS OF RACING ADDED AT SUFFOLK DOWNS

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday approved two additional days of live Thoroughbred racing at Suffolk Downs this year and agreed to put $1.1 million towards purses for those races. Read More

Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said liv

Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said live racing's success "hopefully tells our Legislature that, yes, there should be a future for Thoroughbred racing." [Photo: Colin A. Young/SHNS]


GAS PRICES STEADY, BUT WELL ABOVE LAST YEAR

The $2.83 per gallon average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Massachusetts was down one cent from last week and two cents below the national average on Aug. 14, according to AAA Northeast, but remained 54 cents higher than this time last year. Read More


INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED WYNN MISCONDUCT WINDING DOWN

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission expects to wrap up its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against former casino magnate Steve Wynn and the handling of those allegations by Wynn Resorts this month. Read More


TWO BOSTON HOSPITALS RANKED AMONG U.S. NEWS TOP 20

Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, both in Boston, cracked the top 20 in U.S. News and World Report's latest ranking of the best hospitals in America, with MGH coming in at number four. Read More


MAN CHARGED IN FRAUD CASE WORKED FOR GALVIN'S REGISTRY DIVISION

One of the three men charged in April by federal prosecutors for participating in a scheme to defraud investors in a Medford biotech company spent at least nine years working for Secretary of State William Galvin, whose office is in charge of securities enforcement. Read More


Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

LINDSTROM KNOCKS DIEHL FOR TAKING OFFICE $$$ THAT WENT TO CHARITY

Her Republican primary opponents may not be eager to debate, but with three weeks until the election U.S. Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom is determined to draw distinctions between herself and the race's perceived front-runner, state Rep. Geoff Diehl. Read More

LINDSTROM / DIEHL [Sam Doran/File/SHNS]

LINDSTROM / DIEHL [Sam Doran/File/SHNS] | Hi-Res


SENATE SESSION - MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2018

The Senate on Monday sent Gov. Charlie Baker bills authorizing police cadet recruitment in Mansfield, green-lighting a property tax exemption for Hopkinton seniors and directing the city of Boston to waive its maximum age requirement for a police officer. The Senate adjourned until Thursday in memory of West Tisbury architect Benjamin Cheney Moore. Read More


GROUP FROM MASS. EXPLORING CONDITIONS IN CENTRAL AMERICA

U.S. Rep. James McGovern and Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone are spending the week in Central America, examining the conditions that El Salvador and Honduras nationals now living in the United States would face if their temporary protected status is revoked and they must return. Read More


FLORIDA SHOOTING SURVIVORS TO MARCH IN MASSACHUSETTS

A survivor of the Parkland, Florida school shooting and the father of one of the victims plan to join Massachusetts students later this month for a 50-mile march calling for gun law reform. Read More


FOUR MORE TROOPERS CAUGHT UP IN OVERTIME SCANDAL

Four new state troopers have been placed on leave as part of the ongoing overtime earnings scandal, the Massachusetts State Police said Monday. Read More


LOCAL POLS VENT OVER STATE OF CRUMBLING ALEWIFE GARGAGE

A trio of state lawmakers on Monday pressed transit officials over the condition of the parking garage at the MBTA's Alewife Station, which reopened in the morning after deteriorating concrete forced a weekend shutdown for repairs and assessment. Read More


LOCAL GOP SUPER PAC GETTING INTO THE PODCAST GAME

The Massachusetts political podcast landscape will have a new player starting this week when the Jobs First super PAC, which supports Republican legislative candidates, kicks off its new show called "Make Political Fun Again." Read More


BAKER JOINS OTHER GUVS IN VERMONT AFTER CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF

After officially launching his re-election campaign over the weekend, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday headed north to Stowe, Vermont where he is attending the annual New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers Conference. Read More


HOUSE SESSION - MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2018

There's not much the House can do about Gov. Charlie Baker's vetoes to sections of the economic development and environmental bond bills that the governor signed last week, but they were referred to Ways and Means anyway on Monday along with five amendments to both bills that could be addressed during informal sessions during the remainder of the year. The House met for 13 minutes, enacting three bills having to do with police cadets in Mansfield, a Boston cop bumping against the maximum age requirements and a senior property tax exemption in Hopkinton. House lawmakers also approved of a charter change in Stoneham that would change the name of the board of selectmen to "select board." The House is back on Thursday. Read More


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