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and TGIF!

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STATE CAUCUS KICKOFF —– The race in between Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy III has to do with to go into a brand-new phase. State caucuses start this weekend, and the set will fulfill on the argument phase for the first time on Tuesday.

The state Democratic caucuses start Saturday and will continue through March22 At the caucuses, Democrats vote for delegates to represent their town or ward at the state convention in May. The chosen delegates will vote for a Senate prospect at the convention, where prospects need 15 percent of assistance to appear on the tally as a Democrat in the September main. The prospect who wins the most entrust assistance will get the recommendation of the state celebration.

Here’& rsquo; s the catch: the state celebration recommendation does not constantly show who will win the main. In 2018, the celebration backed then-Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim in his quote to unseat Secretary of State Bill Galvin. When main day rolled around, Galvin won with an incredible 67 percent of the vote.

Regardless, the convention can be a crucial show of strength in a main contest. Rep. Joe Kennedy III collected some 400 fans for an arranging conference in Boston last weekend, that included details about how to take part in the campaign’s caucus operation. Sen. Ed Markey’s campaign put out an informative video on the caucuses numerous days earlier. And Markey’& rsquo; s got asecret weapon: John Walsh, his campaign manager, is the former chair of the state Democratic Celebration.

Senate race aside, the MassDems will likewise distribute a “2019 report card” providing GOP Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito stopping working grades on commuter safety, traffic and blockage, management, openness and ecological justice. Here’s a first take a look at the flier

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: AUCHINCLOSS CALLS FOR WEAPON REFORM —– Newton City Councilor Jake Auchincloss, a prospect running to change Rep. Joe Kennedy III, is presenting a brand-new weapon reform strategy today. The strategy begins the anniversary of the shooting in Parkland, Fla. that eliminated 17 individuals in 2018.

Auchincloss’ strategy requires so-called warning laws in all 50 states, which would enable family members or police to get a court order to briefly seize guns from somebody considered to be a danger to themselves or others.

The strategy likewise requires renewing the federal attack weapons restriction with obligatory weapon buybacks, needing weapon owners have liability insurance coverage, and a phase-out of hidden bring legislation, together with universal background checks.

“& ldquo; In my time serving in the Militaries, I slept, consumed, trained, and patrolled with an attack weapon for 4 years. I understand that no resident has a constitutional right to own a weapon of war,” & rdquo; Auchincloss stated in a declaration. “We must be unafraid of bold federal solutions to stop this senseless violence and create a safer world.” The strategy.

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TODAY —– Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito goes to a topping-off event for the Significant Howard W. Beal Primary School in Shrewsbury. Rep. Joe Kennedy III speaks to the City South Chamber of Commerce in Brockton. Rep. Katherine Clark and Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn participate in the opening of the Mystic Neighborhood Market in Medford. Sen. Ed Markey speaks at a UNITE HERE! Regional 26 rally at Logan Airport.

– “– & ldquo;Senatepasses mental health bill”, & rdquo; by Shira Schoenberg, CommonWealth Publication: & ldquo; SEN. JULIAN CYR has actually dealt with stress and anxiety and anxiety given that youth. As a young boy who was gay, he was bullied in school, had anxiety attack and developed an eating condition. Treatment assisted him handle his stress and anxiety. Cyr still can not get his health insurance coverage to cover his outpatient mental health care. The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday, by a consentaneous vote of 38 -0, passed a bill targeted at attending to the significant barriers individuals deal with to accessing mental healthcare: insurance protection and company schedule”& rdquo;

– “(**** )– & ldquo; Gov. Charlie Baker: TCI profits will not be & lsquo; pumped into Boston’ & rsquo;to settle MBTA financial obligation,” & rdquo; by Tanner Stening, MassLive.com: “& ldquo; Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday, reactingto New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu on the matter, stated profits from the proposed Transport and Environment Effort would not disproportionately serve to benefit the MBTA and the Greater Boston area. “& ldquo; The only(*************************************************************************************** )offered to anybody in Massachusetts to invest in energy effectiveness efforts and transport would be money created by credits acquired in Massachusetts,” & rdquo; Baker informed WGBH & rsquo; s Jim Braude and Margery Eagan”& rdquo;

– “(**** )– & ldquo; Mass. dealing with struck from proposed fed Medicaid(*************************************************************************************************************************” ), & rdquo; by Matt Murphy, State HomeNews“Service: & ldquo; GUVS AROUND THE NATION, consisting of Gov. Charlie Baker, are combating the Trump administration over proposed changes to how the federal government repays states for Medicaid, looking for to prevent a shift that might blow an enormous hole into state spending plans. The brand-new policies proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Provider might threaten a few of the funding plans Massachusetts utilizes to spend for its $167 billion MassHealth program”& rdquo;

– “— & ldquo; Should Massachusetts political leaders be permitted to usage campaign funds to spend for childcare? Commission takes more detailed look,” & rdquo; by Steph Solis, MassLive.com: & ldquo; For potential political leaders who can’& rsquo; t pay for five-figure childcare expenses, there may be an option in sight. Ryan Fattman and 10 other members on a campaign financing commission are checking out how probably the state might alter its law to let prospects utilize political contributions to cover childcare, and potentially family care, costs. The Office of Campaign and Political Financing does rule out childcare a permitted campaign expenditure”& rdquo;

– “(**** )– & ldquo; Tufts University Will Release CBO-Like Center To Price Quote Expenses Of Mass. Expenses,” & rdquo; WBUR: & ldquo; A brand-new nonpartisan proving ground, with a set of former guvs on its advisory council, is setting out to supply legislators and citizens with “real-time” analysis of crucial subjects, consisting of forecasted effects of tally concerns. Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life revealed the launch of the Center for State Policy Analysis on Thursday”& rdquo;

– “(**** )– & ldquo; Baker indications law producing caretaker abuse computer system registry,” & rdquo; by Shira Schoenberg, CommonWealth Publication: “& ldquo; NICKY CHAN was going to a day program for individuals with intellectual impairments when he was beaten by a caretaker. The caretaker was discovered not guilty in court, and there was no chance to ensure the caretaker would not get a task at anotherprogram When he raped her, Michael Long was the sole nighttime caretaker for a lady with a developmental impairment. It took almost 4 years in between the rape and Long’& rsquo; s criminal conviction. For more than a year throughout that time, Long worked for a various company that took care of individuals with impairments”& rdquo;(********


– “— & ldquo; Wayfair lays off550 staff members, consisting of350 in Boston, & rdquo; by Janelle Nanos, Boston World: “& ldquo; After(***************************************************************************************************************** )than doubling its labor force in the past 2 years, Wayfair is tapping the brakes. The online seller of furnishings and other home items stated Thursday that it would cut 550 staff members worldwide, as its president acknowledged the Boston-based business had actually grown too rapidly and end up being less effective as its red-hot sales growth shows indications of cooling. While the task cuts aren’& rsquo; t serious– Wayfair stated they would impact 3(**************************************************************** )of its17,000 employees, consisting of350 in Boston– they mark a minute of numeration for a business that is among the state’& rsquo; s couple of consumer-focused tech super stars”& rdquo;

– “— & ldquo; Jail superintendent mentions procedures for actions,” & rdquo; by Sarah Betancourt, CommonWealth Publication: “& ldquo; CITING PUBLIC AND CONFIDENTIAL Department of Correction procedures, the superintendent of the state’& rsquo; s maximum-security jail stated he had the authority to cut off prisoner gain access to to lawyers and legal operate in the wake of an attack on 4 guards by a host of prisoners. The Department of Correction is being taken legal action against in Suffolk Superior Court by prisoners who declare they were incorrectly rejected gain access to to their legal representatives after a lockdown of the center on January 10 following the attack on the correctional officers”& rdquo;

– “(**** )– & ldquo; After remarkable recount, city councilors require a review of procedure,” & rdquo; by Milton J. Valencia, Boston World: “& ldquo; Last fall & rsquo; s election recount that settled therace for a sought after City Council seat by a single vote worked as a historical minute for Boston. City Councilor Ed Flynn likewise desires it to work as a mentor minute. Flynn has actually required a City Council hearing to check out the city’& rsquo; s policies for running an election recount, stating the remarkable race in between Julia Mejia, who won the 4th and final at-large seat, and Alejandra St. Guillen was a significant, extreme affair. “& ldquo; It was a real example of how every vote counts,” & rdquo; Flynn stated”.
& rdquo;

(*** )— & ldquo; State reports rise in trainees experiencing homelessness,” & rdquo; by Stefania Lugli, Boston World: “& ldquo; The variety of homeless trainees registered in Massachusetts has actually increased, according to a brand-new report by the National Center for Homeless Education. The student homeless population in the state’& rsquo; spublic school districts increased by more than 3,000 in between 2016 and 2018 to more than 23,000 The report specifies homeless as trainees who do not have a repaired and sufficient home, consisting of those residing in shared real estate, trailers or motels, and vehicles, public areas, or deserted structures”& rdquo;

– “— & ldquo; Asianbusiness leaders, city councilorsto host Boston dim amount breakfast(********************************************************************************************************************************* )address coronavirus worries,” xenophobia, & rdquo; by Steph Solis, MassLive.com: & ldquo; Magnate and city councilors from Boston and Quincy strategy to host a dim amount breakfast to assistance organisations that they state have actually been impacted by the worries surrounding the coronavirus. The coronavirus has actually led to countless cases all over the world, however had little effect in Boston. Neighborhood organizers and elected authorities state Asian business owners are losing business over the worry of the infection that was traced back to Wuhan, China in late 2019” & rdquo;

– “(**** )– & ldquo; UMass Boston interim chancellor Katherine Newman to return to university main administration,” & rdquo; by Deirdre Fernandes, Boston World: “& ldquo; Katherine Newman may not have actually been chosen as the irreversible chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston, however she will stay in the public university system with a much broadened role. Newman will end up being a system chancellor of scholastic programs, a freshly developed position, which will consist of oversight of both mentor and research study and financial advancement”& rdquo;(********


– “— & ldquo; Michael Bloomberg induces Ed Davisto(******************************************************************************************************************** )Massachusetts campaign,” & rdquo; by Sean Philip Cotter, Boston Herald: “& ldquo; Former Boston Cops Commissioner Ed Davis will lead Democratic governmental enthusiastic Michael Bloomberg’& rsquo; scampaign in Massachusetts. Theformer New York City City mayor’& rsquo; s operation revealed Davis in an e-mail blast Thursday, recognizing the commissioner’& rsquo; s title improperly as(************************************************************ “) & ldquo; Boston Cops Chief.” & rdquo; Davis worked as Boston’& rsquo; s leading police officer from 2006 to 2013, and is most acknowledged for his noticeable role in the consequences of the Boston Marathon battles”& rdquo;

– “— & ldquo; IRONWORKERS RESIDENT 7 ENDORSES KENNEDY FOR SENATE,” & rdquo; from the Kennedycampaign“: & ldquo; Congressman Joe Kennedy III made the recommendation of Ironworkers Resident 7, marking his 19 th labor recommendation in his quote for U.S.Senate “& ldquo; Ironworkers Resident 7 is happy(********************************************************************************************************************************* )stand with Joe Kennedy in his race for U.S. Senate,” & rdquo; stated Shawn Nehiley of Ironworkers Resident 7. “& ldquo; Nowmore than ever, we need a strong voice in Washington, D.C. that will defend the hard working men and women who keep this nation moving every day. We understand Joe Kennedy will be that voice for us and we are happy to stand with him in this race.”& rdquo;(********


– “— & ldquo; MBTA:(******************************************* )- Day Hold-ups Will Make Work More Effective,” & rdquo; by Kevin G. Andrade, WGBH News: “& ldquo; A brand-new upkeep strategy just recently launched in a report by the MBTA will include closures along some lines set up to last nearly a month each in order to accelerate repair work and upkeep procedures. “A 28- day full weekday & & weekend closure would change 1 year of hold-ups, sluggish zones, and weekend diversions by enhancing work website safety, enabling complicated work to be done more effectively, and leveraging gain access to for concurrent work,” the report stated”& rdquo;(********


– “(**** )– & ldquo; Lori Loughlin & rsquo; s lawyers desire her(********************************************************************************************************************************* )stand trial in Feb.(*************************** )at the earliest,” & rdquo; by Travis Andersen, Boston World: & ldquo; Legal representatives for Hollywood star Lori Loughlin pressed back today versus the federal government’& rsquo; s asked for October trial date for the starlet and her style magnate other half, rather proposing the couple stand trial in early 2021 for their declared criminal activities in the college admissions cheating scandal. In a filing sent Wednesday in United States District Court in Boston, Loughlin’& rsquo; s 5 lawyers stated the court shouldn’& rsquo; t thumbs-up an October trial”& rdquo;

– “— & ldquo; DEA raids Newburyport(*********************************************************************************************************************** )of Dr. Keith Ablow, questionable psychiatrist who settled malpractice claims,” & rdquo; by Travis Andersen and Laura Crimaldi, Boston World: “& ldquo; The Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday robbed the Newburyport office of Dr. Keith R. Ablow, a questionable psychiatrist whose medical license was suspended in 2015 after state regulators declared he drew 3 female clients into sexual relationships and incorrectly recommended medications, consisting of addicting narcotics, to 8 individuals who worked for him”& rdquo;

– “— & ldquo;City of Boston, Native Americans square off in court over Long Island Bridge,” & rdquo; by Mary Whitfill, The Patriot Journal: “& ldquo; A Suffolk Superior Court judge states he’& rsquo; ll choose(******************************************************************** )week whether a Massachusetts Native American people has the right to intervene in a continuous battle in between Quincy and Boston over reconstructing a bridge to Long Island. If he rules in favor of the locals, he would then have to choose whether the people has the right to appear in state courts without a lawyer”& rdquo;(********


– “— & ldquo; Warren on theropes, & rdquo; by Alex Thompson, POLITICO: & ldquo; Elizabeth Warren assembled a teleconference Tuesday night after her fourth-place finish in the New Hampshire main and provided some straight talk to demoralized staffers. “& ldquo; I wear & rsquo; t kid myself, & rdquo; Warren stated, according(********************************************************************************************************************************* )a source on the call. & ldquo; I understand that when the cynics and experts slam us, I understand it gets hard. And I understand your tasks get hard, however these are the minutes we learn who we are. … These are the minutes when we dig deep.” & rdquo; The minute is an huge test not simply for the Warren team, however for the prospect herself”& rdquo;

– “— & ldquo;Critics target Elizabeth Warren for accepting $3 contribution from ‘& lsquo; broke collegestudent, & rsquo; & rdquo; by Benjamin Kail, MassLive.com: “& ldquo;(**************************************************************************************************************************** )of Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the Democratic governmental prospect to job today for accepting a contribution from “& ldquo; a broke collegestudent” After consulting with fans and posturing for selfies following a fourth-place finish in the New Hampshire main, Warren shared a story that a young lady informed her she’& rsquo;d contributed$ 3–(******************************************************************************************** )of what she had in her bank account —– to the Massachusetts’& rsquo; s senator & lsquo; scampaign(********************************************************************************************************************************* )keep her in the battle to deal with President Donald Trump”& rdquo;(********


– “— & ldquo; The re-education of John Kelly,” & rdquo; by Kevin Cullen, Boston World: “& ldquo; Wherever John Kelly has actually been all these numerous months, he’& rsquo; s back. A kid of Brighton, Kelly labored as chief of personnel for a president who doesn’& rsquo; t listento any(************************************************************************************************ )however his own. Because leaving the administration simply over a year earlier, Kelly has actually attempted to range himself from it. A guy of self-respect, he has actually kept a dignified silence. That’& rsquo; s over– “. & rdquo;

(*** )— & ldquo; Bill Weld undeterred in Trump difficulty regardless of low ballot numbers, & rdquo; by Devyani Chhetri, Berkshire Eagle: “& ldquo; The New Hampshire primaries may be over however former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, the Republican politician competing to remove President Trump, thinks he is not. Netting 9 percent in Tuesday’& rsquo; s Republican main, Weld thinks he has actually currently done much better than he anticipated and now looks forward to Super Tuesday on March 3, in which Massachusetts likewise will vote, according to interactions director Joe Hunter”& rdquo;(********


– “— & ldquo; Trainees Require Mass. Colleges To Divest From Nonrenewable Fuel Source Business In National Demonstration,” & rdquo; by Miriam Wasser, WBUR: “& ldquo; While a cold rain fell, turning what snow was left on the ground into slush, a group of about 60 Brandeis College student and professors on Thursday required the school divest from nonrenewable fuel source business as a method to address environment modification. Rallying in the school’s “peace garden” outside the college’s Usdan Student Center, the protesters stated Brandeis needs to reinvest its money in socially accountable and ecologically sustainable locations, and supply higher openness about its $1 billion portfolio”& rdquo;

– “— & ldquo; Virginia deals obstacle to TCI, NH Gov. Sununu knocks it once again,” & rdquo; by Mary Markos, Boston Herald: “& ldquo; Virginia might be signing up with New Hampshire in its rejection of the Transport Environment Effort, including to the growing list of states questioning the associated gas rate walkings. “& ldquo; If you take a look at the reaction to TCI by states forecasted to be included, you can see significant rejection and absence of interest for TCI,” & rdquo; state Rep. Marc Lombardo informed the Herald. “& ldquo; Lots of guvs have actually declined TCI as bad for their citizens”& rdquo;(********


Herald “(**** ):(***** )& ldquo; RETURN TO CHINATOWN, & rdquo; “– World: & ldquo; Warren & rsquo; scampaign(********************************************************************************************************************************* )conserve celebration might not conserve her; AG battles back after Trump’& rsquo; s tweets; Growing discomforts for Wayfair”& rdquo;(********


– “‘— & ldquo; & lsquo; Carrying outbelow our expectations & rsquo;: Outbound MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren provides real talk on Springfield gambling establishment,” & rdquo; by Jim Kinney, Springfield Republican Politician: “& ldquo; Net incomes at MGM Springfield fell by more than $6 million in the 4th quarter of 2019 regardless of climbing up incomes companywide, according to numbers launched by the resort gambling establishment’& rsquo; s moms and dad business today. MGM Resorts(**************************************************************************************************************************’) & rsquo; s 4th(********************************************************************************************************************* )(**************************** )incomes report states MGM Springfield had $71 million in net incomes, compared to $778 million in net incomes for October, November and December of 2018”& rdquo;(********


– “— & ldquo; Surges Rock Newburyport Chemical Plant; Evacuation However No Injuries,” & rdquo; The Associated Press: “& ldquo; Numerous surges rocked a Newburyport plant that makes chemicals utilized in medications Thursday early morning, blowing a hole in the roofing system and leading to an evacuation however no injuries, authorities stated. Authorities stated there is no public health hazard arising from the blasts at the PCI Synthesis structure. The surges come a year after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration discovered “serious” offenses in the business’s management of extremely harmful chemicals, according to online firm records” & rdquo;

SHIFTS– Boston Inno’& rsquo; s Rowan Walrath is including Rhode Island Innoto her repetoire, covering start-ups & & development in Rhode Island. Tweet

ICYMI –– I was a visitor on WGBH’& rsquo; s & ldquo; Greater Boston & rdquo; hosted by Adam Reilly, together with the Boston World’& rsquo; s Joan Vennochi and Kaivan Shroff of Millennial Democrats. Link

PLEASED BIRTHDAY –– to Rep. Richard Neal, who turns 71; and Diana Felber

FOR YOUR COMMUTE: NEIGHBORING STATES –– On today’s Horse Race podcast, hosts Steve Koczela and Stephanie Murray break down the New Hampshire mainresults Eugenia Gibbons, Policy Director for the Green Energy Consumers Alliance, speaks about the state’s net- absolutely no energy objectives. Subscribe and listen on iTunes and Noise Cloud

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