The Short List

A rotating panel of journalists from Western New England discuss the big stories of the week.

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A student at the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange, Massachusetts, reads the names of 17 victims in last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. A chime was sounded after each name.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

A big story this week was the student walkouts across the region and the country, on the one-month anniversary of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

We start The Short List this week with former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and his possible political aspiration: a run for president in 2020.

Massachusetts State House.
AlexiusHoratius / Creative Commons

This week, the Massachusetts House received a report from its lawyers, which urged changes about how the branch handles sexual harassment allegations against its members and staff. 

Peter Kocot of Northampton, Massachusetts, represented parts of Hampshire County in the state legislature.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican /

This week, longtime Northampton State Representative Peter Kocot died at the age of 61. And State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose announced he is leaving the Democratic Party and becoming an independent, or "unenrolled" as it's known in Massachusetts. 

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Dave Roback / The Republican

The big story of the week: a horrific scene in Parkland, Florida -- a high school shooting that left 17 people dead. We know this cycle all too well in New England, with the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. Almost immediately, the conversation turned to gun control at the national and state levels.

Mass. Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler and Minority Leader Bruce Tarr talked to the press, backed up by most of their fellow members, following a marathon set of caucuses Monday that determined Chandler would be elected acting Senate president.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

This week, Sen. Harriette Chandler was named Massachusetts Senate President for the remainder of the year. And Sen. Stan Rosenberg, who stepped away from the post amid a scandal involving his husband, reaffirmed his vow that Bryon Hefner did not influence anything having to do with the state Senate. 

The Daily Hampshire Gazette is based in Northampton, Mass.
File photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

We kick off this week with many questions surfacing at The Daily Hampshire Gazette, based in Northampton. Its former executive editor says he was fired for speaking out for higher pay for female journalists, but a number of his former employees are questioning his commitment to the issue. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, gave his fourth annual address from the House rostrum.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

We're taking a look at Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's big week. With a re-election bid looming, he gave his State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, and a day later, released his budget proposal for the the next year

A demonstrator at a women's march in Jan. 2017.
bones64 / Creative Commons

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker pitched his newest opioid bill to state lawmakers this week. It calls for dozens of provisions to overhaul treatment, tightening restrictions on prescribing, with a focus on educating young people on the dangers of opioids. 

State Senator Stanley Rosenberg roamed the aisles of the House Chamber on Thursday greeting colleagues during a farewell session for former Sen. Thomas McGee, on Jan. 11, 2018.State Senator Stanley Rosenberg roamed the aisles of the House Chamber on Jan.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The week included some big personal news for former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg that could have big implications on his professional life. Rosenberg is now separated from his husband, Bryon Hefner, who is accused of sexually assaulting several men.