Beacon Hill In 5


Beacon Hill In 5 is a weekly check-in at the Statehouse from New England Public Radio. Get a quick look at the week ahead in politics and government in Massachusetts with Carrie Healy, NEPR’s Morning Edition Host, and Matt Murphy with the State House News Service.

In 2014, then-Governor Deval Patrick meets with students at William N. DeBerry Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican /

Since President John F. Kennedy, Massachusetts politicians have a poor record when running for the White House. But can two-term Governor Deval Patrick reverse the trend? Patrick recently told radio station KCUR a 2020 presidential bid was on his "radar screen."

Massachusetts Sen. Cynthia Creem (center) is the branch's new majority leader.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

With changes in place in Senate leadership, can we expect an overhaul to the criminal justice system to follow? Last week, Massachusetts Senate President Harriette Chandler named a new second in command, Sen. Cynthia Creem, a Democrat from Newton. Chandler previously held that position when Amherst's Stan Rosenberg was Senate president. 

A photograph of a Massachusetts taken at a polling place in 2008.
Heather Katsoulis / creative Commons/

We learned recently that two veteran western Massachusetts legislators won't be seeking reelection, another representative left his party and late last week state Representative Peter Kocot of Northampton passed away.

Massachusetts Rep. David Linsky urged his colleagues to advance his "extreme risk protective order" bill, which would create a process to temporarily reduce an individual's access to firearms if they pose a danger to themselves or others.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

While President Trump called for schools to be better secured, and expressed a need to address mental health issues, many in Massachusetts are calling for even stricter gun regulation.