Acting Massachusetts Senate President Harriette Chandler says her Democratic colleagues chose to keep her in charge of the chamber until year's end. An election for her successor will be held Jan. 2, 2019.
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Massachusetts Senate Democrats agreed Wednesday to make Sen. Harriette Chandler the permanent president of the Senate for the remainder of the year, and will vote Thursday to remove "acting" from her title. 

Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET

Senate leaders reached a bipartisan budget agreement to increase military and domestic spending levels for two years, paving the way for the first long-term spending pact since President Trump took office.

The White House and House Speaker Paul Ryan quickly declared support for the pact, helping pave the way for its passage by the end of the week, despite opposition from fiscal hawks and liberal Democrats.

Massachusetts Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, at center.
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Senate Democrats are expected to discuss the chamber's leadership crisis when they meet behind closed doors at the State House Wednesday.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Lawyers representing two sets of clients suing the Berkshire Museum over a proposed art sale say they will continue the legal fight. This comes even as the museum may be close to settling the case with the state attorney general's office. 

Springfield, Massachusetts, City Hall.
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City councilors in Springfield late Monday night called for increasing diversity in Mayor Domenic Sarno's cabinet. Sarno has pushed back strongly.

Updated at 6:57 p.m. ET

The House passed a bill Tuesday evening to avert a government shutdown on Thursday, as Senate leaders still hope to clear the way for years of budget harmony this week with a long-term spending agreement.

But as Congress worked on keeping things running, President Trump made a fresh call to shut down the government over immigration.

Governor Dannel Malloy has unveiled his proposals to close Connecticut’s latest budget gap, and improve the state’s fiscal outlook in coming years. But it appears his ideas may face opposition in the legislature as the new session gets underway.

Kristin LaFratta / MassLive

A Democratic candidate for Massachusetts governor has called on the former state Senate President Stan Rosenberg to resign from the legislature.

Public comment underway on draft marijuana laws for Massachusetts. The first session held by the Cannabis Control Commission took place at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on Monday, February 5, 2018.
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The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission held its first day of public listening sessions Monday in Pittsfield and Holyoke. The board is asking for feedback on proposed regulations for the state's marijuana industry.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaking to reporters on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.
State House News Service

New allegations of a breach in the supposed "firewall" between Massachusetts Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and his husband while the Amherst Democrat was leading that chamber prompted one Democratic candidate for governor on Monday to call for Rosenberg's resignation.