Stan Steps Aside, DCF Issues, Auction Legal Fight, Springfield Voter Turnout: The Short List
We start this week on Beacon Hill, where Democrat Stan Rosenberg has, for now, temporarily stepped aside from his position as Senate president.
That's amid an impending investigation into Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner, who is accused of sexually assaulting and harassing four men. Worcester's Harriette Chandler was elected temporary president this week.
Meanwhile, a report by the state auditor's office says the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families was unaware of at least 260 serious injuries of children under the agency's care. The report looks at 2014 and 2015, before changes were put in place at the troubled agency by the Baker Administration.
In Pittsfield, the legal battle continues over the Berkshire Museum's plans to auction off pieces of its collection, including two Norman Rockwell paintings. The museum wants to move the legal process along, while the state attorney general's office is looking to extend an injunction blocking the sale.
And we wrap up by looking at recent election turnout in Springfield. Despite some open city council seats, only 9.9 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. So what can be done about this decades-long trend?
- Matt Szafranski, editor, Western Mass Politics and Insight
- Larry Parnass, investigations editor, The Berkshire Eagle