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By adamg - 9/18/20 - 2:00 pm

Bipartisan - 3

He's done an ad spot for Brett Kavanaugh-supporting, impeachment-rejecting Susan Collins of Maine in her bid to remain in the Senate.

By adamg - 8/28/20 - 9:46 pm

David Wade at WBZ reports that around 7 p.m., Gov Baker sent out a press release about an order to activate up to 1,000 National Guard personnel "in the event that municipal leaders require their assistance" but did not get more specific.

By adamg - 7/27/20 - 3:41 pm

COVID-19 Update: Free Asymptomatic Testing Launching in 8 New Communities

CommonHealth reports that the state has now reported more than 200 coronavirus cases a day for the last four days - the first time that's happened since mid-June. Read more.

By adamg - 7/24/20 - 2:08 pm

A federal judge today dismissed lawsuits by health clubs against Gov. Baker's decision to shut them because of Covid-19, partly because the governor has since lifted the ban, partly because the governor acted responsibly to close the clubs as potential health risks in the middle of a deadly pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 7/24/20 - 12:11 pm

COVID-19 Update: July 24, 2020

WGBH reports on the new order, which lets visitors escape quarantine with a recent negative Covid-19 test result. Of course, the devil is in the details, such as how it gets enforced. In any case, it applies to everybody coming into the state - including students and returning Massachusetts residents - from the rest of the country, save New England, New York, New Jersey and Hawaii.

Details from the state.

By adamg - 7/21/20 - 12:09 pm

Gov. Baker announced today that he's extended the state's ban on evicting tenants and foreclosing on homeowners through Oct. 17, based on an April law letting him due that because of Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 7/20/20 - 5:19 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Gov. Baker has signed a law that lets restaurants with the proper licenses offer cocktails to go with their meals in this pandemic age (no, of course you can't just get a whiskey sour to go all by itself).

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 5:49 pm

COVID-19 Update: Targeted Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

WGBH reports Gov. Baker said today he's ordered ramped-up testing in eight communities that now have Covid-19 rates far higher than the statewide average. Read more.

By adamg - 6/30/20 - 2:01 pm

The owner of Assembly Sports Club in Somerville yesterday sued Gov. Baker over the state's continued ban on health clubs, arguing the ban deprives it of its Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights and besides, Baker's just wrong because, as everybody knows, fitness clubs are too "essential," or at least as essential as the big-box stores Baker let stay open, except that it's even worse than that because all businesses are essential in our free-enterprise system. Read more.

By adamg - 6/19/20 - 12:39 pm

COVID-19 Update: June 19, 2020

Boston Restaurant Talk reports on the restaurant part of Gov. Baker's press conference today.

By adamg - 6/6/20 - 1:31 pm

COVID-19 Update: June 6, 2020

Declaring that Covid-19 numbers in Massachusetts have been dropping dramatically in recent weeks, Gov. Baker and other state officials said restaurants and other retail establishments, as well as hotels, day camps, playgrounds and outdoor pools, can also start re-opening. Read more.

By adamg - 5/29/20 - 2:50 pm

At the end of his daily coronavirus press conference at the State House today, Gov. Baker said he was horrified by the video of George Floyd's death and shares people's outrage over it. Read more.

By adamg - 5/29/20 - 2:39 pm

Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Polito today announced plans for letting restaurants and hotels re-open, but said exactly when that can happen will depend on Covid-19 numbers next week. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/20 - 10:44 pm

The Massachusetts Council of Churches is not real happy with Gov. Baker's decision to let churches re-open immediately, even with some limitations, despite evidence they have sometimes turned into breeding grounds for coronavirus. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/20 - 11:38 am

COVID-19 Update: May 18, 2020

From the state report on re-opening.

Gov. Baker this morning announced the first phase of re-opening the state: Starting today, factories and construction sites can re-open - provided they take steps to protect workers, such as social distancing and liberal dispensing of masks and access to sinks for frequent hand washing.. Houses of worship can also re-open with more limited seating. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/20 - 9:03 am

You know which one. Watch.

By adamg - 5/17/20 - 10:49 pm

The Massachusetts Municipal Association has gotten a copy of at least some of Gov. Baker's planned orders for easing pandemic restrictions, which he will announce tomorrow at his daily press conference. Read more.

By adamg - 5/11/20 - 2:00 pm

COVID-19 Update: May 11, 2020

Gov. Baker today announced a four-phase plan for re-opening the state's economy after May 18, although he cautioned that the plan could quickly change if Covid-19 spikes in particular areas or businesses. Read more.

By adamg - 5/7/20 - 4:13 pm

A federal judge today issued a preliminary injunction that bars Gov. Baker from continuing to shut gun shops because, after all, come on, Charlie, Second Amendment. And that goes for you too, Maura. Read more.

By adamg - 5/6/20 - 5:01 pm

The Herald reports Gov. Baker isn't going to let golfers cut to the head of the re-opening line, and some golfers are so mad they might go rogue and start golfing anyway.

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