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LATEST ADMIN OFFICIALS DEPARTING FOR BAKER CAMPAIGN, MASSGOP

As Gov. Charlie Baker moves into re-election mode, two administration staffers are shifting into political roles. Billy Pitman, who had been Baker’s press secretary in the governor’s office, served his last day in that post Friday. His new role is deputy campaign manager for communications and digital. Read More

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

ADVANCES - WEEK OF DEC. 10, 2017

As murky as the waters were in the state Senate this week they could grow even cloudier in the coming days and weeks. Having suddenly lost their leader, Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, as he becomes the focus of an investigation, senators elected Acting President Harriette Chandler, but the branch feels adrift, with Rosenberg's fate unknown and four of his colleagues already openly discussing their interest in becoming the next permanent president. Read More


WEEKLY ROUNDUP: OLDER AND WISER

There's no vacancy in the Senate presidency, but there is a vacuum. That's in no way meant to disrespect Harriette Chandler of Worcester, an eminently substantial and respectable choice to serve as acting president, whose selection constituted the opening act of an unparalleled week-long drama on Beacon Hill. Read More

<strong>UNITED FRONT:</strong> Nearly every member

UNITED FRONT: Nearly every member of the upper branch appeared at a press conference Monday night after a full day of private caucuses. Behind closed doors, they had hashed out the future of the Senate presidency -- at least temporarily, choosing Majority Leader Harriette Chandler (center) as acting president. Four senators have reportedly been drumming up support to take the gavel after Chandler. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


PERSONNEL FILE - FRIDAY, DEC. 8, 2017

The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans has tapped into the Senate for new communications director....A former state lawmaker and Obama health care official is getting into the fast food business...the conservative Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has a new finance director...a Fallon Health executive is moving up the ladder.... Read More


FEDS SAY JOYCE RAN SENATE OFFICE "AS A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE"

Federal agents from the FBI and IRS took former state senator Brian Joyce from his Westport home in handcuffs before sunrise Friday, the result of a two-year investigation that led a top prosecutor to declare that Joyce "ran his Senate office as a criminal enterprise." Read More

"The indictment alleges that Mr. Joyce ran his Sen

"The indictment alleges that Mr. Joyce ran his Senate office as a criminal enterprise," Acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb said Friday morning at the Moakley Federal Courthouse. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


FBI: FORMER MILTON SENATOR ARRESTED, CHARGED IN FED INDICTMENT

[Developing Story] Former state Sen. Brian Joyce was arrested Friday and charged in a federal indictment, the FBI said. Joyce, a Milton Democrat, did not seek re-election last year after the launch of a federal probe into his alleged actions in the Senate to benefit his private law firm. He gave up his leadership positions during the investigation and maintained that he had committed no wrongdoing. Read More

Former Senate Assistant Majority Leader Brian Joyc

Former Senate Assistant Majority Leader Brian Joyce was arrested Friday by federal authorities. [Photo: File/SHNS] | Hi-Res


Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

ROSENBERG: "I HOPE MY NAME WILL BE CLEARED"

Former Senate President Stan Rosenberg stepped away from a tumultuous Beacon Hill on Thursday afternoon to speak to a class of political science students at his alma mater. After the visit, Rosenberg said he hopes his name will be cleared by an upcoming Senate investigation. Read More

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg walked by Campus Pond at UM

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg walked by Campus Pond at UMass Amherst, his alma mater, after speaking to students there Thursday afternoon. [Photo: Stephanie Murray/SHNS] | Hi-Res


AT NURSES RALLY, GALVIN SAYS HEALTH CARE "UNDER ATTACK"

Supporters of a ballot question calling for nurse staffing mandates listed Secretary of State William Galvin on their campaign agenda for an event outside the State House Wednesday and the state's top election official won applause as he discussed the importance of citizens deciding health care issues. Read More

Secretary of State William Galvin spoke to members

Secretary of State William Galvin spoke to members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association on the Beacon Street sidewalk next to a gurney piled with certified signatures in support of their ballot initiative. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


SIGNATURE DEADLINE LEAVES FEWER BALLOT QUESTIONS IN THE MIX

Questions dealing with the minimum wage, sales tax, paid family and medical leave, nurse staffing and a campaign finance commission may be one step closer to coming before voters next year, after their backers submitted signatures to Secretary of State William Galvin's office. Read More

Massachusetts Nurses Association advocates on Wedn

Massachusetts Nurses Association advocates on Wednesday unloaded tote bags filled with ballot question signatures from an ambulance in front of the State House. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


WITH 22 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, CHANDLER ACCUSTOMED TO BEACON HILL'S WAYS

Harriette Chandler was born in 1937, the year the first woman -- Sybil Holmes of Brookline -- was elected to the Massachusetts Senate. Chandler on Monday night became the second woman ever to lead the Senate, elected as acting president after a day of closed-door talks on how to forge ahead during an ethics probe borne out of sexual misconduct allegations. Read More

Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler has ser

Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler has served in the Legislature since 1995. [Photo: Sam Doran/File/SHNS] | Hi-Res


GAMING COMMISSION PREPARING FOR SUPREME COURT DECISION ON SPORTS BETTING

Anticipating that the Supreme Court might rule next year that states can legalize sports wagering, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday resolved to prepare research on the topic for lawmakers who may have to decide whether sports betting fits into the gaming environment in Massachusetts. Read More


LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION LEAVING FOR ISRAEL AMID HEIGHTENED TENSIONS

Amid heightened security concerns stemming from President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, 13 state lawmakers planned to depart Thursday on 10-day trip to Israel that will take them to the cities of Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv. Read More


AUDIT FAULTING DCF PRACTICES KNOCKED BY AGENCY OVERSEERS

The Department of Children and Families, which has undergone major changes under the Baker administration, was unaware of 260 incidents of apparent serious bodily injury to children in its care during 2014 and 2015, including a teenager's brain damage from a firearm injury, according to a state audit released Thursday. Read More

Auditor Suzanne Bump released a review of the Depa

Auditor Suzanne Bump released a review of the Department of Children and Families on Thursday. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


HOUSE SESSION - THURSDAY, DEC. 7, 2017

During Thursday's session, the House advanced legislation to enshrine maple syrup as the state's official sweetener. The Rep. Kulik bill would also establish March as Massachusetts Maple Month. Members also enacted a bill establishing an agricultural commission in the town of Franklin and passed a number of local bills affecting Bourne, Taunton, Westborough, and other communities. The session lulled for more than 20 minutes before the House passed a Malden local bill and gaveled out for the week. Thursday's prayer was for former Gov. John Volpe, whose birthday was Dec. 8. The House paused its session in honor of Pearl Harbor Day and adjourned in memory of former Rep. Joseph Gallitano of Plymouth. Read More


AID IN DYING SUPPORTERS POSITIVE AS DOCTORS SHIFT TO NEUTRAL

The Massachusetts Medical Society's recent decision to no longer oppose medical aid in dying could be the catalyst needed to advance legislation that would make it legal for doctors to prescribe lethal doses for terminally ill patients, supporters said. Read More


SENATE SESSION – THURSDAY, DEC. 7, 2017

After a week of upheaval, the Senate returned to session Thursday to advance bills related to local liquor licenses and allowing state workers to donate their sick, personal or vacation days to ill coworkers. Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler did not preside over the session, but her staff ran the show Thursday instead of the usual staffers from former president Sen. Stanley Rosenberg's office. Sen. Walter Timilty, one of the most junior senators, wielded the gavel on Thursday. After dealing with routine matters, the Senate was treated to a performance by the Whitinsville Christian School Encore Vocal Ensemble, visiting as guests of Sen. Ryan Fattman. Read More


STATE PUTS $20 MIL ON STREET TO BUILD ENERGY STORAGE MARKET

State government grants totaling $20 million are being handed out Thursday to grow an energy storage market that has the potential to reshape the power landscape and deliver new benefits to ratepayers. Read More


AUDIT LOOKS BACK AT DCF PROBLEMS IN 2014-2015

[Story Developing] The Department of Children and Families, which has undergone major changes under the Baker administration, was unaware of 260 incidents of apparent serious bodily injury to children in its care during 2014 and 2015, including a teenager's brain damage from a firearm injury, according to a state audit released Thursday. Read More


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