July 2021

July 21, 2021

BusinessWest: East-West Rail Along Route 2 Could Reap Myriad Benefits

July 20, 2021

CommonWealth Magazine: Activists seek moratorium on prison construction

July 19, 2021

Patch: MA Bill Would Ban Native American Mascots For Public Schools

July 18, 2021

The Recorder: State rejects Orange’s request to opt out of aerial mosquito spraying

MassLive: State Senate redistricting may shakeup Western Mass.

July 15, 2021

The Recorder: Lawmakers urge action on ‘forever chemicals’

July 14, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Lawmakers urge action on ‘forever chemicals’

July 13, 2021

Berkshire Eagle: Second east-west passenger rail study gets cranking, this time across ‘northern tier’

The Recorder: ‘We are hungry for rail’: Legislators hold meeting prior to Route 2 passenger service study

MassLive: Massachusetts kicks off northern tier passenger rail study as economy recovers from COVID

July 12, 2021

The Recorder: Comerford, McGovern convene panel on forever chemicals on Wednesday

MassLive: Massachusetts doctors, school officials, parents clash over bill to restrict vaccine exemptions

July 8, 2021

YourArlington.com: Bill to boost higher-ed funding gathers support in Legislature

Yahoo! Finance: MassNAELA Informs Public, Addresses Concerns Regarding MassHealth Estate Recovery Requirements Notice

July 6, 2021

MassLive: Amherst Regional School Committee votes 7-0 supporting creation of state panel to review special education funding

WHMP Radio: The Bill Newman Show

July 1, 2021

The Recorder: Beacon Hill Roll Call: June 21 to June 25, 2021

June 2021

June 30, 2021

The Reminder: Racial Inequities in Maternal Health Commission hosts first listening session

June 24, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Wait goes on for ranked-choice voting in Amherst

CommonWealth Magazine: Stop sweetheart deals with state utilities

June 23, 2021

WBUR: Food Container Bill Spurs Debate Between Lawmakers, Industry

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Lawmakers hear testimony on lowering voting age in Northampton

New England Public Media: And Another Thing Replay – Wednesday June 23

The Recorder: Dear Jo with Sen. Jo Comerford: Bugs, weeds and health

June 22, 2021

The Recorder: Native American activist from Colrain named Commonwealth Heroine

WWLP: Food container bill spurs debate between lawmakers, industry

WWLP: Bill seeks remedies for air pollution hotspots

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Dear Jo with Sen. Jo Comerford: Bugs, weeds and health

June 20, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Juneteenth officially ‘called into being’: Amherst celebrates a ‘rich, but extremely difficult’ history

June 19, 2021

MassLive: Amherst celebrates Juneteenth with cemetery service, songs and food

June 18, 2021

The Recorder: Beacon Hill Roll Call: June 7 to June 11, 2021

June 15, 2021

WWLP: Independent review office sought to ensure foster care accountability

The Reminder: Northampton City Council approves Academy of Music, Roundhouse projects

WHDH: Independent review office sought to ensure foster care accountability

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Amherst to celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday with a full slate of events

June 13, 2021

MassLive: Juneteenth state holiday is time to continue the journey for hope (Guest viewpoint)

June 11, 2021

The Recorder: Beacon Hill Roll Call: May 31 to June 4, 2021

WWLP: MA lawmakers discuss how to invest in public health after COVID pandemic

June 10, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Panel talks resources, solutions for combating food insecurity

Framingham SOURCE: Mass Senate Passes Bill To Allow Mail-In Voting Until Dec. 15; Remote Meetings Through April 2022

June 8, 2021

WWLP: COVID-19 committee hearing from western Massachusetts stakeholders

The Reminder: Comerford discusses budget amendments

The Daily News of Newburyport: Coronavirus updates: One more week under state of emergency

June 7, 2021

WHMP Radio: The Bill Newman Show

June 4, 2021

The Recorder: Beacon Hill Roll Call: May 24 to May 28, 2021

June 3, 2021

WGBH: ‘They Need To Understand The Harm’: How Indian Mascots Affect Native American Students

June 1, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Northampton gets $150K boost for Department of Community Care in Senate budget

May 2021

May 31, 2021

MassLive: $150K for Northampton community care department of unarmed emergency responders among proposals in $47.7B FY 2022 state Senate budget

May 29, 2021

WHDH: Mass. lawmakers to hold hearing on hurricane prep

May 28, 2021

The Recorder: Beacon Hill Roll Call: May 17 to May 21, 2021

May 26, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Hadley Senior Center welcomes vets on Friday

The Recorder: My Turn: We must cherish public higher education

May 25, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Dear Jo with Sen. Jo Comerford: We must cherish public higher education

May 24, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Beacon Hill Roll Call

May 23, 2021

Boston Globe: Adoptees still seeking their origin stories

May 19, 2021

The Salem News: Advocates push for tuition free state colleges

May 18, 2021

WHDH: Higher education funding bill now backed by at least 90 lawmakers

May 17, 2021

The Recorder: Virtual North Quabbin Food-A-Thon kicks off 12-hour campaign Tuesday

May 16, 2021

The Recorder: Franklin County rises to sixth among 14 counties in annual Health Rankings Report

May 14, 2021

Boston Globe: Baker has resisted setting separate rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated Mass. residents. New CDC guidelines may test that

May 13, 2021

Chelsea Record: Neville Testifies on Adoptees’ Access to Birth Certificates Legislation

May 10, 2021

The Recorder: Local legislators seek moratorium on med rides program consolidation

WWLP: Bill would lift birth certificate “lockout” facing many adoptees

May 8, 2021

Boston Globe: They’re coming for MCAS again, and maybe it’s about time

May 7, 2021

The Recorder: Grant-funded refrigerated vans will ease Just Roots farm’s deliveries

The Recorder: Beacon Hill Roll Call: April 26 to April 30, 2021

May 4, 2021

WBUR: Legislation Seeks Extra Level Of Review In Child Death Cases

May 3, 2021

WHMP Radio: The Bill Newman Show

May 2, 2021

Boston Globe: The Massachusetts Teachers Association’s misleading anti-MCAS effort

April 2021

April 30, 2021

The Recorder: GCC president, legislators respond to Biden’s free community college plan

April 29, 2021

WWLP: Baker critics now sharing some of his optimism

MetroWest Daily News: Lawmakers, municipal group work on local health funding

The Recorder: My Turn: No new women’s prison

April 28, 2021

Boston Globe: In divisive vote, Wakefield residents back keeping school’s Native American logo

Boston Herald: Wakefield Warrior logo should stay, voters say in divisive vote over Native American school mascot

April 27, 2021

The Recorder: Sen. Comerford looks to ‘build back better’ following pandemic

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Columnist Sen. Jo Comerford: No new women’s prison

April 26, 2021

The Recorder: State grant to boost tourism in greater Amherst area

The Recorder: NELCWIT moves offices, hopes to return to in-person services this summer

April 22, 2021

MassLive: Eruptor project in Amherst announces land deal, promises 75 jobs at technology incubator near UMass

Daily Hampshire Gazette: When Guard gets the call, lawmaker wants to know where and why

April 21, 2021

The Recorder: Franklin County legislators fight state move to take ride service from transit agency

April 20, 2021

The Recorder: GCC president launches online conversation series

WWLP: Downing slams Norfolk prison plan as “exact opposite” of state’s needs

April 18, 2021

Boston Globe: A new Mass. women’s prison may have disastrous consequences for poor and Black communities for decades, advocates say

April 14, 2021

MassLive: Infectious disease experts caution public not to lose hope in COVID vaccines after Massachusetts halts use of Johnson & Johnson doses

April 13, 2021

The Reminder: PVTA to start a pilot express route between Northampton, Holyoke, Springfield

April 12, 2021

MassLive: Nashoba Regional High School teams will now be the Wolves, as school leaves behind Native American mascot the Chieftains

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Beacon Hill Roll Call

April 11, 2021

The Recorder: Sen. Comerford visits Orange clinic she helped link to county vaccine supply

April 9, 2021

Amherst Wire: “Massachusetts 2050: A Warming State” Where have all the children gone? A reflection on youth absence at the 2019 Climate strike

April 8, 2021

MassLive: Lawmaker proposal on funding of police, fire, municipal buildings merits review (Editorial)

April 7, 2021

WCVB: Uneven, underfunded Massachusetts public health system hampers fight against COVID-19

April 6, 2021

Consulting.us: Massachusetts gives McKinsey $1.6 million to advise on ‘future of work’

April 5, 2021

The Berkshire Eagle: Bills would create new fund, opportunities for municipal building projects

Patch: Bill Would Block MCI-Framingham Replacement

WHMP Radio: The Bill Newman Show

April 4, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Northampton gets grant to develop affordable housing parcels

April 2, 2021

CommonWealth Magazine: State won’t require 11th grade MCAS

MassLive: Northampton receives $250,000 in grant money to set up affordable housing at former state hospital site

Bollyinside: Northampton Receives $ 250,000 in Grant Funding to Establish Affordable Housing at the Old State Hospital

The Recorder: Beacon Hill Roll Call: March 22 to March 26, 2021

April 1, 2021

WBUR: Lawmakers, Advocates Question Need For New Women’s Prison In Massachusetts

The Patriot Ledger: Massachusetts looks to adjust graduation requirement for class of 2022

March 2021

March 31, 2021

The Recorder: Forum promotes benefits of being vaccinated: Building ‘community immunity’

March 30, 2021

The Sun: Baker administration awarded $1.6 million contract to controversial consulting firm

March 29, 2021

The Recorder: Groups team up for series on housing in Franklin County

March 28, 2021

The Berkshire Eagle: ‘Train Time’: Podcast makes the case for rail in the 21st century

March 26, 2021

Boston Business Journal: Baker administration reveals details of McKinsey contract

WWLP: Virtual conversation to discuss the housing crisis in Franklin County

The Recorder: Grant will allow Greenfield to hire young adults for summer jobs

The Recorder: Beacon Hill Roll Call: March 15 to March 19, 2021

The Recorder: My Turn: What economic recovery and climate justice have in common

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Hampshire delegation adapts to remote legislating

March 24, 2021

WWLP: Legislators left with lingering questions after vaccine hearing

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Dear Jo with Sen. Jo Comerford: What economic recovery and climate justice have in common

March 23, 2021

WJAR: Gov. Charlie Baker testifies about rocky rollout for second time

WBZ-TV/CBS Boston: Lawmakers Say Equity Still An Issue In Massachusetts COVID Vaccine Plan

Boston Herald: LIVE: Charlie Baker, health and tech officials to testify before coronavirus oversight committee

MassLive: Amid scrutiny of COVID vaccine rollout, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says ‘there’s no region of the state that lacks access’ to shots

March 22, 2021

WWLP: Hampshire County has received fewer vaccine doses than any other county in Massachusetts

CommonWealth Magazine: Beacon Hill’s public health priorities

Worcester Telegram: As Equality Act is debated in D.C., gender equality-focused bills collect support at Statehouse

March 21, 2021

The Boston Globe: Inside the state’s $3.3 million scramble to build a better vaccine website

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Low doses: Hampshire County getting fewest number of vaccine doses per capita in state

CommonWealth Magazine – The Codcast: Beacon Hill’s public health priorities

March 19, 2021

WWLP: MA state legislators urge Baker administration to prioritize vaccine supply to regional collaboratives

March 18, 2021

MassLive: Legislators urge state health officials to provide COVID doses to community-run vaccination sites

March 17, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: COVID-19 oversight hearing will probe tech, planning

March 16, 2021

Western Mass News: Notifications begin for COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration, additional shots to Mass.

March 15, 2021

The Recorder: Residents, health officials frustrated over vaccine rollout in Western Mass.

March 13, 2021

Milford Daily News: As Equality Act is debated in D.C., gender equality-focused bills collect support at State House

March 12, 2021

Boston Herald: Massachusetts lawmakers set date for second coronavirus vaccine oversight hearing, invite Baker back for more grilling

WWLP: March 23 oversight hearing will probe tech, planning

The Boston Globe: Legislature calls Baker to second COVID-19 oversight hearing, this time to probe scrapped emergency plans

Boston Herald: Charlie Baker again pushes in-person learning amid escalating vaccine feud with educators

March 10, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: A difference-maker: Northampton chamber leader Vince Jackson receives a Black Excellence Award

March 9, 2021

WWLP: Next vaccine oversight hearing in about two weeks

MassLive: CIC Health, Curative and LabCorp have cost Massachusetts more than $10 million to run COVID vaccination sites since January

Boston Business Journal: Mass. paid private contractors more than $10M to run Covid vaccination sites

March 7, 2021

The Recorder: Forest protection, climate policy key topics in virtual coffee chat with local legislators

March 5, 2021

WGBY: Connecting Point

March 4, 2021

Barrington Institute: Rural Rail as a Game Changer

The Boston Globe: Massachusetts spent 20 years refining its own mass vaccination plan. Then it looked elsewhere

WWLP: Lawmaker: Changes to state’s vaccination website is creating confusion and chaos

Boston Herald: Massachusetts mass vaccination sites at Fenway, Gillette costing $1.1 million a week

March 3, 2021

WWLP: State aims to prioritize second doses with 12,000 vaccine appointments

Massachusetts Daily Collegian: CEPA Advocacy week: Debt crisis forum with local legislators

March 2, 2021

WWLP: Comerford: “Who is advising Gov. Baker now?”

The Recorder: Advocates applaud planned French King Bridge safety barriers

March 1, 2021

BusinessWest: Vince Jackson Recognized With Black Excellence Award

Bloomberg: Baystate Business: Re-Opening Controversy

WHMP Radio: The Bill Newman Show

February 2021

February 28, 2021

WWLP: Senator Jo Comerford and MBLLC give Black Excellence Award to Vince Jackson

February 26, 2021

MassLive: ‘Textbook case study of structural racism’: Lawmakers press Baker administration on COVID-19 vaccine rollout

The Recorder: Selectboards push for increased focus on local COVID-19 vaccination sites

February 25, 2021

The Sun: In the hot seat, Charlie Baker, PrepMod CEO called before coronavirus oversight committee

WWLP: Governor Baker, state, and health officials testify in hearing on COVID-19 vaccine rollout

The Recorder: State officials discuss water infrastructure funding

Boston Herald: Charlie Baker, PrepMod creator testify on Massachusetts coronavirus vaccine rollout issues

Boston Herald: PrepMod creator calls for ‘all hands on deck’ after Massachusetts vaccine website woes

The Recorder: Safety barriers to be installed at French King Bridge in 2022

WBZ-TV: Mass. Governor Grilled By State Lawmakers On COVID Vaccine Rollout

The Salem News: 50,000 available vaccine appointments quickly snatched up

February 24, 2021

Boston.com: Ahead of hearing, COVID-19 oversight committee co-chair disputes Charlie Baker’s ‘false choice’ on vaccine rollout

Western Mass Politics & Insight: The 413’s Jo Comerford Has a Starring Role in Next Episode of Vaccine Drama…

Boston University News Service: Gov. Baker unveils vaccine outreach funding, new appointment openings ahead of COVID-19 committee testimony

Framingham SOURCE: Gov. Baker & Healthcare Secretary Sudders To Testify at COVID Vaccine Oversight Hearing Thursday

The Recorder: My Turn: Sen. Jo Comerford: How we meet this moment

February 23, 2021

WBUR Radio Boston: State Lawmakers Prepare To Question Gov. Baker On Vaccine Appointment Website Crash

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Sen. Jo Comerford: How we meet this moment

February 22, 2021

The Boston Globe: ‘We don’t have any good answers.’ Local leaders frustrated with Baker’s decision to stop sending doses to local vaccination sites

The Boston Globe: Legislature drops deference to Baker as it more stridently questions vaccine rollout

The Sun Chronicle: Attleboro state lawmaker files bill to modify ‘high-stakes’ MCAS

February 20, 2021

Metro West Daily News: Political Notebook: Plenty more vexation over state vaccination

February 19, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: COVID-19 committee wants to hear directly from Baker

MassLive: Homeowners with crumbling foundations could get tax break, fee waivers under Sen. Anne M. Gobi’s pyrrhotite bill

NBC Boston: Baker to Attend Mass. Vaccine Rollout Oversight Hearing, Lawmaker Says

The Recorder: Beacon Hill Roll Call: Feb. 8 to Feb. 12, 2021

February 18, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Volume overwhelms state vaccination website

Boston Herald: Charlie Baker furious over Massachusetts coronavirus vaccine website crash: ‘My hair’s on fire!’

Boston Herald: Dems pitch wealth tax despite pledge for no new taxes by House leadership 

The Eagle Tribune: Angry Baker promises vaccination site improvements

Boston.com: Charlie Baker is under fire — again — for COVID-19 vaccine signup problems

February 17, 2021

Boston Herald: Massachusetts legislature to hold oversight hearings on state’s ‘confusing’ coronavirus vaccine roll out

February 15, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Legislators get new committee assignments; Comerford to co-chair joint panel on pandemic response

Amherst Bulletin: Around Amherst: Businesses get boost from state Winter Pivot grants

New England Public Media: Three Western Mass. Legislators Tapped To Head New Committees On Beacon Hill

February 13, 2021

MassLive: Northampton’s Jo Comerford to serve as Massachusetts Senate leader on COVID

February 12, 2021

MassLive: State to halt shipments of first COVID-19 vaccine doses to Western Massachusetts hospitals, lawmakers say

The Recorder: Whately officials talk pot approval, school budgets, police reform with legislators

The Recorder: Senators sponsor state bill to ban Native American mascots

The Recorder: Legislators hear concerns on French King Bridge safety: ‘We’ve got to focus on life’

February 11, 2021

MassLive: Massachusetts food banks receive $13.2M in grants to combat hunger

February 10, 2021

Public News Service: MA Lawmakers Urged to Pass End-of-Life Options Act

The Recorder: Comerford, Whipps taking comments on French King Bridge safety barriers

The Reminder: Legislators insist for larger Soldiers Home

February 9, 2021

MassLive: UMass tightens COVID restrictions while smaller schools stick to their plans

February 5, 2021

MassLive: Native American mascots under spotlight as Massachusetts bill proposes eliminating their use in public schools

February 4, 2021

MassLive: New Massachusetts bill would create mobile vaccination program, multilingual campaign to increase access

February 3, 2021

Patch: MA State Dinosaur Will Be Revealed Thursday

February 2, 2021

The Recorder: Area legislators push governor for equitable access to vaccine: ‘Our region is forgotten’

February 1, 2021

MassLive: With one mass COVID vaccine site west of Worcester, state legislators call for more options in Western Massachusetts

WHMP Radio: The Bill Newman Show

January 2021

January 31, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Vaccine hunt: ‘A wild goose chase’

January 29, 2021

WWLP: Tax assistance program seen as difference maker

WWLP: State senator calling for mass vaccination sites in Franklin, Hampshire counties

January 28, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Local health departments say they could use many more COVID-19 vaccine doses

MassLive: Western Mass. to get 3,000 more COVID vaccine doses per week as legislators demand ‘fair share’

The Berkshire Eagle: Berkshires lead in vaccine administration, even amid statewide registration, supply issues

Framingham SOURCE: Rep. Lewis Re-Files Legislation To Support Student Mental Health Hotline

MassLive: ‘Should have been done yesterday’: Legislators call for better COVID vaccine registration system; governor says hotline in the works

The Recorder: Officials, advocates seek to solve confusing, frustrating vaccine signup

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Dear Jo with Sen. Jo Comerford: Meeting this crisis moment: COVID-19 vaccines

January 27, 2021

WWLP: House examining gaps in MA COVID-19 approach, Comerford says Baker has left districts “high and dry”

January 24, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Northampton Community Music Center buoyed by $98K state grant

January 22, 2021

The Recorder: Four area towns in state’s highest-risk category with COVID-19 case numbers

January 18, 2021

The Recorder: Lawmakers talk environmental reform, hope for 2021

January 15, 2021

The Recorder: Gov. OKs commission to recommend new state seal, motto

The Recorder: Beacon Hill Roll Call: Jan. 4 to Jan. 8, 2021

January 14, 2021

The Boston Globe: With a new flag, Massachusetts would fly a symbol of ‘slaughter and attempted genocide’ no more

January 13, 2021

The Boston Globe: Local leaders say state leaving them in the dark about vaccination clinics and more

January 8, 2021

The Recorder: Local legislators speak to planned bills, focus in 2021

The Recorder: Beacon Hill Roll Call: Dec. 28, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021

January 7, 2021

The Recorder: ‘A monumental shift’: Pioneer Valley activists, politicians hail Georgia election results

January 6, 2021

MassLive: Massachusetts lawmakers pass bill that takes steps to change state seal and motto, following decades of protests from indigenous activists

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Bill lets Hampshire County towns off the hook for $5.8M in pension liabilities

MassLive: House approves Senate bill abolishing Hampshire Council of Governments, pay agency debts including $5.8M pension liability

January 5, 2021

WWLP: Amherst Area Chamber announces winter grant to help small businesses

January 4, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Valley legislators hail state climate bill for raising bar

WHMP Radio: The Bill Newman Show

January 1, 2021

The Recorder: Beacon Hill Roll Call: Dec. 21 to Dec. 25, 2020

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