Do cannabis regulators need to rein in focus? Concerns grow at State House

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he agrees with many of the concerns Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration have raised with the Cannabis Control Commission’s draft industry regulations, including the worry that regulators have bitten off more than they can chew by trying to simultaneously launch several different categories of marijuana businesses.

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Baker eyes $200M for roads, Warren nets endorsement

It’s pothole season in Massachusetts, and Gov. Charlie Baker said he’ll soon be filing legislation to fix the winter-battered pavement. Also, Setti Warren’s gubernatorial campaign accepted the backing of the firefighters’ association in Newton.

Worcester an outlier in preventing opioid deaths

Although no single solution has been the magic bullet, there are signs Worcester is gaining ground. Of the 25 largest municipalities in Massachusetts, Worcester was one of five to see its opioid deaths per capita drop in 2016.

Sina-cism: Undermining your rights in the name of gun safety

“The Massachusetts bump stock ban is a case of government overreach that is unlikely to do anything to reduce gun violence. Most mass shootings come with warning signs that should have been recognized beforehand. But prevention is difficult and rarely makes the headlines. Tragedies do, and lawmakers are willing to do anything to show they are responding.”

More reports of Hefner misdeeds spur concern, calls for Rosenberg’s ouster

The Boston Globe reported that despite a purported firewall, Bryon Hefner had access to the Senate president’s email; lobbied for and then against an earmark for the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, where Hefner worked for a time; and gave direction to Rosenberg’s staff. “If those allegations are true, then I don’t see any way he could remain Senate president,” Gov. Charlie Baker said.

Caucuses signal political thaw as campaign season warms up

he consultant-to-staffer stage is observably where campaigns stood last weekend — a consultant or two about, staffers a-plenty for Elizabeth Warren and her $18 million operation, and a healthy contingent for the gubernatorial candidates, their campaigns getting rolling as they open offices and ramp up for the summer’s field work.